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#25801 DoubleDam21  

DoubleDam21

Posted 24 May 2018 - 06:01 PM

Wow! So if you buy both titles from Amazon they'll be $99.98 + tax and free standard shipping. But if you buy the Limited Edition Box Set directly from PQube/Rice Digital, they're $79.99 + $30.00 for international shipping + nominal international transaction fee (about three dollars).

 

So if, as example, I were to order both games from Amazon, with S.C. 6% state sales tax, total would be: $105.98

But if I ordered the L.E. Box Set direct from the publisher, total would be roughly: $113.99

So for about $8 more you get can have the L.E. Box Set, crazy!

 

Bizarre for this to happen, but clearly the Limited Edition Box Set is a much better value even with the laughably terrible $30 international S&H.:

https://www.ricedigi...vita-us-version

So I'm considering on getting both of these games but someone persuade me into the Limited Edition.  Is the LE just a box and 6 art cards and that's it or am I missing something?



#25802 Zaku77   \m/ CAGiversary!   4624 Posts   Joined 8.8 Years Ago  

Posted 24 May 2018 - 06:04 PM

I'm surprised that no one has linked to this pre-order option yet:

 

https://www.videogam...85&currency=USD

 

 

About $72.50 shipped, which is a nice price. 



#25803 Dead_Batteries   Voltaic Pile CAGiversary!   1049 Posts   Joined 7.6 Years Ago  

Dead_Batteries

Posted 24 May 2018 - 06:10 PM

So I'm considering on getting both of these games but someone persuade me into the Limited Edition.  Is the LE just a box and 6 art cards and that's it or am I missing something?

You are correct. I'm going to AX18 this year, and Ricedigital/Pqube is on the vendor list. So hopefully they'll have the CE on sale there to avoid S&H.



#25804 Darshminder   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   221 Posts   Joined 10.6 Years Ago  

Darshminder

Posted 24 May 2018 - 06:30 PM

I'm surprised that no one has linked to this pre-order option yet:

https://www.videogam...85&currency=USD


About $72.50 shipped, which is a nice price.


Cool, thanks. Totally the cheapest alternative yet... Free worldwide shipping blew my mind!

#25805 Zaku77   \m/ CAGiversary!   4624 Posts   Joined 8.8 Years Ago  

Posted 24 May 2018 - 06:31 PM

Cool, thanks. Totally the cheapest alternative yet... Free worldwide shipping blew my mind!

They also have really good customer service and package things very nicely. They tend to ship items from their US address, so you don't have to wait for an 'international' shipment from Canada.



#25806 Richard Kain   The Kaiser CAGiversary!   2592 Posts   Joined 11.2 Years Ago  

Richard Kain

Posted 24 May 2018 - 06:33 PM

I don't know the way to best do that (otherwise I'd be talking at a board meeting instead of here) but I don't think it's just Vita+better hardware.

 

You would be correct. Vita+better hardware is not the way to go. Oh, better hardware would be nice. But it shouldn't be the point. It doesn't need to be the point.

 

And you're on the right track with the on-line PSN store, but I suspect that the use-case you are describing is for more of a niche audience. Not everyone is interested in inexpensive digital imports. (though I can certainly see the appeal) Discussing a global on-line store would be something Sony would have to collaborate on with their development partners. You can't just force that sort of thing, though it would be possible to offer it as an option to developers.

 

Take a step back, analyze the industry, and get a feel for what the competition is doing. Then make some informed predictions about the direction things are going. That is how you plan for a new product. With the PS4, Sony re-focused their efforts on games. They stepped back from the media machine they had been trying to build with the PS3, and instead focused on what had made their gaming division successful in the first place. A tight focus on games, and really solid third-party development support. All of the design decisions for the PS4 are focused on those strengths.

 

Now look at the current portable market. You've got mobile platforms, which are hugely successful, but have grossly underpriced mass-market software. Most of their stores are just straight-up stuffed with shovel-ware, and discoverability is a real problem. Then you have dedicated platforms like the 3DS and Switch. The Switch is competition to worry about, Nintendo did a lot right with that system. The 3DS is dangerous because its so well established, and can be very competitively priced. Those are some substantial obstacles, and they need to be taken into account. They have weaknesses to exploit as well, though.

 

Now take a look at Sony, and figure out what their core competencies are, and what advantages they can leverage. Sony has solid industrial design. The PSP, Vita, and Vita slim all had smooth, appealing exterior design. They can make a good-looking system that will appear slick and appealing on-the-go. They have decent developer relations and support. These qualities have been re-inforced with the release of the PS4. Now is the best time for them to leverage that strength. And perhaps most significant, they have a strong on-line infrastructure and store, as well as a sizable heaping of digital offerings. This is an advantage that few, if any, of their competitors can boast of. Nintendo has always been behind when it comes to on-line support, Sony could leap-frog them easily on this front. And mobile storefronts have become choked with un-regulated run-off. PSN's more closely managed storefront is vastly more appealing, and considerably less clogged with gunk.

 

My personal suggestion is a mobile Sony platform with mid-range hardware, specifically geared towards portability. If they make it more powerful than the Switch, they've probably gone too far. It would be ideal if they could squeeze a mobile-optimized x86 chip into it. Many of the major chip manufacturers have begun optimizing their CPUs for laptops, resulting in CPUs with much lower power draw that can run cooler. Normalizing the architecture across their mobile and console platforms would make porting to the mobile platform a complete breeze, which would make developers very happy, even if they have to sacrifice power to make it happen.

 

The really big question is the controls. What do you do about those? Nintendo kind of knocked it out of the park with the Switch's Joycons. But I'm not sure it would be best to ape that design. Allowing people to pair their own controller options via blue-tooth is a given. You should be able to pair the portable with a DualShock 4, right out of the box. A dock would also be a good idea, but I'm wondering if they should make it as a secondary add-on. I'm also thinking that you should be able to plug the portable into a PS4, and essentially use the PS4 as a dock if you want to. (pass the video from the portable through the PS4, not sure if this would be possible with USB 3)

 

And of course, any and all legacy digital PSN offerings should run on this thing. PS1 games should run on it. PSP games should run on it, and digital PS Vita games should run on it.



#25807 Olengie   Your Waifu is Kuso. Except Mine CAGiversary!   11320 Posts   Joined 6.3 Years Ago  

Posted 24 May 2018 - 06:34 PM

Cool, thanks. Totally the cheapest alternative yet... Free worldwide shipping blew my mind!

be sure to purchase it through Paypal



#25808 Darshminder   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   221 Posts   Joined 10.6 Years Ago  

Darshminder

Posted 24 May 2018 - 06:38 PM

be sure to purchase it through Paypal


Wait, why?

#25809 Zaku77   \m/ CAGiversary!   4624 Posts   Joined 8.8 Years Ago  

Posted 24 May 2018 - 06:40 PM

be sure to purchase it through Paypal

 

 

Wait, why?

 

I'm not sure where that advice came from? I can say that from my own anecdotal experience (probably about 15 orders with them). I have always paid with a credit card via the pay when it ships payment option, and I've never had any degree of a problem.



#25810 Nothing371   Tomorrow King - Interloper Kai CAGiversary!   7340 Posts   Joined 7.1 Years Ago  

Posted 24 May 2018 - 06:55 PM

I'm not sure where that advice came from?

He was probably saying that because people have had their credit cards compromised through ordering from videogamesplus.ca.  The weird thing is that I don't remember any sort of public announcement or follow-up from the incident, either.  So it seems like they have very little accountability.



#25811 Zaku77   \m/ CAGiversary!   4624 Posts   Joined 8.8 Years Ago  

Posted 24 May 2018 - 07:00 PM

He was probably saying that because people have had their credit cards compromised through ordering from videogamesplus.ca.  The weird thing is that I don't remember any sort of public announcement or follow-up from the incident, either.  So it seems like they have very little accountability.

Damn, that's good to know. I didn't even know that had happened! 



#25812 nagpo  

Posted 24 May 2018 - 08:45 PM

Sweet Jesus another one of you mindless internet Queefs ? Go back to downloading your PornHub videos or watching Paul Logan please

Please don't make fun of the natural body function that is queefing. It is completely normal and not funny at all. Do you know how many woman suffer from worrying about this while having sex because of people like you? Laughing at queefs is as funny and mature as laughing at farts. Please do no do this. It really brings the high quality discussion that is found only on this website down to a base level only low IQ people such as yourself can appreciate. We're above that here, thank you very much.



#25813 Zaku77   \m/ CAGiversary!   4624 Posts   Joined 8.8 Years Ago  

Posted 24 May 2018 - 08:47 PM

Farts are hilarious, though, so I think the comparison falls apart...



#25814 Dead_Batteries   Voltaic Pile CAGiversary!   1049 Posts   Joined 7.6 Years Ago  

Dead_Batteries

Posted 24 May 2018 - 09:04 PM

Farts are hilarious, though, so I think the comparison falls apart...


We're low iq people :c

#25815 itzd4n   Dank Lean CAGiversary!   805 Posts   Joined 8.3 Years Ago  

Posted 24 May 2018 - 11:44 PM

Everyone should just ignore him. He's a choosing beggar

#25816 elessar123  

Posted 25 May 2018 - 12:32 AM

Everyone should just ignore him. He's a choosing beggar

I wouldn't be surprised he's been featured on r/iamverysmart



#25817 Zilvik   CAG in Training CAG in Training   30 Posts   Joined 5.9 Years Ago  

Posted 25 May 2018 - 03:21 AM

Bloodstained Ritual of the Night looks so cool. I wish I'd known about it in time to back it for a physical edition.



#25818 Josef   Touched the dead CAGiversary!   11591 Posts   Joined 14.6 Years Ago  

Posted 25 May 2018 - 02:25 PM

So when are Kickstarter copies of Muv Luv supposed to be shipping out?  I imagine at or before the normal copies go up for sale?



#25819 Tothoro  

Posted 25 May 2018 - 02:47 PM

So when are Kickstarter copies of Muv Luv supposed to be shipping out?  I imagine at or before the normal copies go up for sale?

If only. The most recent Kickstarter update implied August: https://www.kickstar...s/posts/2184527



#25820 Josef   Touched the dead CAGiversary!   11591 Posts   Joined 14.6 Years Ago  

Posted 25 May 2018 - 03:21 PM

If only. The most recent Kickstarter update implied August: https://www.kickstar...s/posts/2184527

Ugh.  And to top it off I bet I get sent a PEGI rated European version instead of an ESRB rated North American version.  I just know it.



#25821 Olengie   Your Waifu is Kuso. Except Mine CAGiversary!   11320 Posts   Joined 6.3 Years Ago  

Posted 25 May 2018 - 03:28 PM

So when are Kickstarter copies of Muv Luv supposed to be shipping out? I imagine at or before the normal copies go up for sale?


Were getting them last.

#25822 Josef   Touched the dead CAGiversary!   11591 Posts   Joined 14.6 Years Ago  

Posted 25 May 2018 - 03:35 PM

Were getting them last.

So, in other words, a nice big "fuck you" to the people that actually paid for the project.



#25823 Vigilante   The Deal Is Already Dead CAGiversary!   36691 Posts   Joined 13.1 Years Ago  

Posted 25 May 2018 - 03:38 PM

So, in other words, a nice big "fuck you" to the people that actually paid for the project.

Maybe, but at least we're getting a bunch of exclusive physical stuff?



#25824 Olengie   Your Waifu is Kuso. Except Mine CAGiversary!   11320 Posts   Joined 6.3 Years Ago  

Posted 25 May 2018 - 04:02 PM

Maybe, but at least we're getting a bunch of exclusive physical stuff?

True. $150 got the best deal

 

1 Christmas-2017-Artworks-Digital
1 Director's Cut Patch
1 Muv-Luv Alternative CODEX (Digital)
1 Muv-Luv Alternative Vita Digital Copy
1 Muv-Luv Photonflowers and Photonmelodies PC Digital Copy
1 Muv-Luv Trilogy Collector's Box (Muv-Luv Japanese Team Printed Signatures on Mini-Shikishi) with physical PS Vita Cartridges, physical+digital Artbook, physical+digital OST and Sumika Figma
1 Muv-Luv Trilogy Digital Bundle PC
1 Muv-Luv Vita Digital Copy
1 Sumika Figma


#25825 trick1276   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   11 Posts   Joined 9.6 Years Ago  

Posted 25 May 2018 - 05:16 PM

I'm surprised that no one has linked to this pre-order option yet:

 

https://www.videogam...85&currency=USD

 

 

About $72.50 shipped, which is a nice price. 

 

 

I found them here for $68 total but it's the European versions.

 

https://www.shop4meg...luv/exclude-oos

 

 

If I'm just looking to play the games, any reason why I'd need North American vs Euro versions?  I've bought euro games from shop4 before without a problem.  Had a good experience with customer service via chat too.



#25826 Olengie   Your Waifu is Kuso. Except Mine CAGiversary!   11320 Posts   Joined 6.3 Years Ago  

Posted 25 May 2018 - 05:22 PM

only if you specifically collect for the Region



#25827 DoubleDam21  

DoubleDam21

Posted 25 May 2018 - 06:48 PM

Looks like Aksys is having a Memorial Day sale:

 

https://store.aksysg...ections/reduced



#25828 roger watersmelon   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   2700 Posts   Joined 8.4 Years Ago  

roger watersmelon

Posted 25 May 2018 - 07:04 PM

So, in other words, a nice big "fuck you" to the people that actually paid for the project.

I'm not saying you're wrong (to be clear), I just wanted to mention to everyone that this happens more often than you'd think it would with Kickstarter. It's especially common in the board game section. Sometimes they're apologetic and explain why, other times they just chuckle and shrug.

Usually it's being driven by some window or deadline that we may or may not even be aware of. A quick example was a project where if they waited to ship out all of their KS copies, they'd miss out on selling them at GenCon that year.

#25829 bojay1997   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   5925 Posts   Joined 14.9 Years Ago  

Posted 25 May 2018 - 07:10 PM

I'm not saying you're wrong (to be clear), I just wanted to mention to everyone that this happens more often than you'd think it would with Kickstarter. It's especially common in the board game section. Sometimes they're apologetic and explain why, other times they just chuckle and shrug.

Usually it's being driven by some window or deadline that we may or may not even be aware of. A quick example was a project where if they waited to ship out all of their KS copies, they'd miss out on selling them at GenCon that year.

You're right, it is very common.  Usually it's because the campaign is partnering with a publisher and needs to repack the retail product into the custom collector's packaging and add the specific items that only Kickstarter backers were promised.  I suppose they could force the third party publisher to wait to release until the Kickstarter copies go out, but that could take weeks or months.  As long as they deliver what was promised to backers, it doesn't bother me that retail copies may be available before I receive my special backer version.    



#25830 Tweeg  

Posted 28 May 2018 - 05:34 PM

News! One a holiday even!