I use Q-tips dipped in rubbing alcohol and rub them gently along the connector inputs, both inside the console and on the cartridges. I’ve been taking care of it since I got it way back in the 90s, and it still plays pretty well, but when even that doesn’t make a particular game work, I just blow on the sucker and bam, works fine.
Similarly speaking, a lot of people say smacking things never works, but it’s never failed me. When the soft touch fails, an open palm smack to the side of something usually makes it work. I’ve never hit a console before, but I have slapped the old-fashioned cube TVs before. All that said, I’ve seen a new console that’s supposed to play ‘retro’ games, and by retro I assume they mean cartridge games. I wouldn’t mind getting one of those. I’d just have to clean the cartridges instead of the whole setup each time. Do you know hard it is to get those antenna hookup adapters to work on a modern TV? Of course you do, you probably have one, too. It’s a pain in the ass, man. It’s hard to screw those things on.
@Kitty_Jo: F***in’ 360 controllers DO wear out easy! My god, everything about the 360 is fragile. I’m on my 3rd 360, the first one being an old white model that still works for the most part, but doesn’t read discs anymore and is generally a pain in the ass to open, and the second one was a ‘slim’ model, its fan died and it kept overheating, so when I sent it in to be fixed, they just sent me back my current 360 because apparently there were some problems with the last one.
My latest 360 has held up just fine, but I’ve been extra careful with it, so no shock there. It’s just that the stupid joysticks are garbage on 360 controllers. I have stick drift on four of the five controllers, and the last one, while it has no drift, does have a sticky Guide button and a squeaky right trigger. I know squeaky triggers aren’t as big a deal as triggers outright not working, but in any game that makes extensive use of the trigger, like any shooting game ever, such as Borderlands 1, 2, and TPS, it’s really irritating.
So hey, I’ll agree to hating how 360 thumbsticks crap out after a few months. First time it happened, I was playing NG2, and Ryu just suddenly started slowly walking away when I was taking a drink… sigh.