Pandora’s Box – Discord Chat

I just opened up a Discord server for discussion about the Pandora’s Boxes and similar devices that anyone can join. Just started so not much going on yet but if you read this blog, I think it may be helpful for you. I’m hoping that it can be a central place for people to get help if they need it, talk about games they’ve added to their PB6 and talk about what we might like in the future, that sort of thing.

Feel free to join up: https://discord.gg/ZM2b2zd

General Site Updates – Comments, Forums, Future, etc…

Hiya. If you’re one of my regular readers, thanks for sticking with me as we explore some really odd territory in gaming. I’m not entirely sure why I find Pandora’s Boxes to be so interesting but I sure do. I guess part of it is seeing how different and odd some of them can be from one another even though they are all birthed from pretty much the same product. The other part is probably more consumer protection more than anything. It’s very easy to feel like you’ve been scammed if you just bought one of these boxes and don’t know much about them, so I’m hoping to help those of you out there get something you’ll be happy with. For now, however, let’s talk about this site.

Commenting on… Well… Comments

First, sorry that I haven’t been around as often. Honestly, I didn’t expect to be generating any traffic whatsoever for what is essentially a niche of a niche of a niche product but I was getting a few more visitors and comments than I had originally anticipated. This lead to a lot of comments awaiting my approval for far too long. I apologize for the long wait. To that end, you shouldn’t need to worry about waiting for your comment to be approved anymore.

  • All comments are handled by anti-spam that will automatically approve anything it doesn’t deem as spam.

The Forum Is Yours

While it has been great to get people coming to the blog and leaving comments, I feel a bit like they aren’t the best place for long-term discussion, especially when it comes to certain subjects such as hacking or understanding how things work together. I find that while the Facebook group is good for asking a quick question or getting a video out there, having a singular place we can chat and talk is likely a better thing for everyone. Ideally, I’d like to have the kind of content here that I remember I used to see on Jamma Plus before it went down – people discussing their PBs, collaborating together on hacking them and posting information about how they work and helping others to identify their Pandora’s Box clones and such.

On the subject of hacking the Pandora’s Boxes, I’ve run into quite a few roadblocks. I had originally intended on making some blog posts with some of my findings but until I feel that I’ve made any real progress, I don’t really see the point. So instead, I think I will be posting my notes and ideas in the newly created forums. It’s small and modest for now, but I hope to create a real community here that can be a good resource for all. Perhaps we can spin up our own collective community version of the Pandora’s Box 6 USB drive.

Forum Rules:

  1. Don’t be a dick.
  2. Don’t attack others needlessly.
  3. See Rule #1.

Other Updates/New Info/Future Post Ideas

First off, this blog now appears to be the number 1 search result in Google when searching for “Pandora’s Box 9”. I’m not sure if I should be proud or scared of that fact.

Secondly, I’m planning on writing up a blog post about all the new and various types of Pandora’s Box form factors you can find out there. Aside from the standard JAMMA and dual arcade stick formats, there are some interesting ones such as bartops and wireless controller types out there that I’d like to cover.

Third, I will be rearranging the blog a bit to make it easier to find any particular posts or information as I’m finding it a bit of a pain in the ass myself for the moment.

If you’ve got other ideas of what you’d like to see here, let me know and I’ll see what I can do. I want this place to be a great home for the Pandora’s Box fans out there so please tell me if there’s something you would like to have here.