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Richard Kain

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#13851676 PS Vita Deals & Discussions Thread

Posted by Richard Kain on 12 October 2017 - 07:39 PM

And in doing so, they have crippled what was previously an enjoyable part of my hobby. (shopping for games) Their obsessive quest for profits, and consolidation of an entire second-hand industry essentially spoiled that industry for people like me, by re-targeting it at casual rubes. And it did this to the benefit of its stockholders, and no one else. The second hand game market now consists of just GameStop. All competitors are so much smaller, and so much less accesible that GameStop is basically running the entire show. It's incredibly frustrating for anyone old enough to remember a time when this behemoth wasn't lumbering around. I used to love shopping for used games. Now I essentially never buy games used! GameStop's exploitative policies are largely to blame for this current, lamentable state of affairs.




#13851627 PS Vita Deals & Discussions Thread

Posted by Richard Kain on 12 October 2017 - 05:43 PM

The problem for me is how badly GameStop has screwed up used game pricing. This is not a recent thing, it's been happening for the better part of two decades. And GameStop aren't the only ones contributing to it, EBay is also to blame. But GameStop has definitely been a prime factor.

 

Basically, used game pricing sucks. Most used games these days are literally $1-$3 cheaper than their brand-new counterparts. At that kind of a difference, there's really no decent reason to go for a used copy. And except in very rare cases, GameStop does not have decent sales. Every once in a while you'll see a B2G1 free sale. But even those are based on the inlfated used pricing which never seems to lower. So their appeal is more than a little limited.

 

When you compare all this to pricing on brand-new games, the disparity is obvious. GameStop's used pricing never really drops or goes on sale. But brand-new copies at big-box and on-line retailers do go on sale. And occasionally they are put on clearance. Over the past decade, I've found that I can consistently find brand-new copies for cheaper than used copies, pretty much 100% of the time. I often have to be patient, but for the discerning shopper used pricing at GameStop has essentially killed used game shopping. Rarity, and the occasional game that slips out of wide availability is now the only reason I ever go into a GameStop. And nine times out of ten, I leave without buying anything.

 

Once upon a time going into used game stores was a thrilling hunt for me. It was possible to find decent prices, bargains, and the occasional rare gem. GameStop has ruined all of that.




#13849584 Smaller/Obscure/Limited Physical Release Deals and Discussion Thread

Posted by Richard Kain on 09 October 2017 - 04:55 PM

Got in my order for the Collector's Edition of Retro City Rampage for the Switch. I love how VBlank has been catering to nostalgia. Any company that is willing to port their game to DOS I'm on board with.




#13845389 Japanese Niche Games Deals & Discussion Thread 4.0

Posted by Richard Kain on 02 October 2017 - 11:50 PM

I played through the first two class trials in Danganronpa V3 over the weekend. Loving it so far. I won't go into any particulars, as the story beats for Danganronpa have always been a big part of the appeal of the series. But it is essentially more Danganronpa. If you liked any of the previous games, you will likely be on-board for this one. Great writing, ridiculous over-the-top characters, and some pretty cool puzzle solving and mysteries. Good stuff.

 

I'll likely slow down a little during the week, as I have a few chores that i need to tend to. But as is always true with this series, I'll end up playing all the way through it sometime this month. I just love my adventure games.




#13843240 Japanese Niche Games Deals & Discussion Thread 4.0

Posted by Richard Kain on 29 September 2017 - 10:10 PM

‚ÄčI took advantage of the GameStop buy-two-get-one free deal over my lunch break. What did I pick up? Danganronpa 1&2 Reload, as well as the Mega Man Legacy Collection. (first volume) Both for PS4. The third bonus game I snagged for free was the PacMan chapionship collection volume 2, also for the PS4.

 

I would have been interested in snagging some Vita games, but the selection was very poor.




#13840962 Japanese Niche Games Deals & Discussion Thread 4.0

Posted by Richard Kain on 27 September 2017 - 05:25 PM

I installed and started playing Danganronpa 3 last night. With the size of my backlog, it is telling that I never hesitate in playing the latest Danganronpa. I will probably take my time a little more with this one, I just have a lot of other stuff I'm working on. But while other games languish on my shelf for years, Danganronpa gets play right away.




#13840921 PS Vita Deals & Discussions Thread

Posted by Richard Kain on 27 September 2017 - 04:36 PM

You forgot about the two releases from FanGamer. You know, Retro City Rampage DX and Shovel Knight.

 

I forgot Retro City Rampage. But as you can see from the image you posted, Shovel Knight did in fact have an ESRB rating printed on it. This is actually not that surprising. Shovel Knight had already had a commercial physical copy release on several platforms before the fan-gamer release on the Vita. So they likely didn't have to get it re-rated.

 

But you are right about Retro City Rampage. Of course, RCR has only ever gotten very small print runs, so it is already one of the most scarce PS4 and Vita games in existence. I was able to get one of the reprints with the alternate cover for the PS4, but never got the original for the PS4 or the Vita. This change in physical rating policy will affect those releases as well.




#13833544 amiibo Deals and Discussion Thread

Posted by Richard Kain on 17 September 2017 - 06:50 AM

When is Metroid 4 scheduled to be released? I haven't even heard it officially announced yet.

 

Oh, we have no release date. In fact, all we really have is a teaser trailer. And not one particularly rich in detail, either.

 

All the same, Nintendo does not make announcements like this one for games that they don't intend to follow through on. So Metroid Prime 4 is happening. It will be on the Switch. And given the Switch's current trajectory, it will most likely be pretty popular here in the West. (where the Metroid series has been considerably more successful) The Prime spin-off series was very popular here in the U.S., so the fourth instalment is likely to sell.

 

And as we saw with the popularity of Zelda, a critically and commercially successful title can drive sales of amiibo figures. This includes already existing figures, so long as they tie into the game in question. The two recent Metroid-themed amiibo are the first of their kind. All other Metroid-related amiibo have been part of the Smash Brothers line. So these two in particular will see their demand skyrocket when Metroid Prime 4 releases. (whenever that may eventually be, could be a while) If you want to get these as cheaply as possible, you can hope for decent restocks, and then buy after the release date for Metroid Prime 4 has been announced. Just be sure that you don't wait until after the release date has come and gone. Once Prime 4 is on store shelves, it will be too late.




#13832501 CAGcast #514: We Also Have Nipples

Posted by Richard Kain on 15 September 2017 - 06:14 PM

As far as their dismissive attitude towards Octopath Traveler, they are not the guys who play those kind-of games. JRPGs are generally not their type of games. I can personally relate because I don't play anything JRPG, and when I saw the trailer for it in the Nintendo Direct, I thought it looked nice but I knew it was a game that I would never play. The CAG panel would rather play a new shooter, or a new racer. That is their genre.

 

Yes, I get this. I don't want to bust their chops too much over this sort of thing. Some games are not for some people, that's just how it works. I certainly don't expect them to play every game, especially not games that they would not find personally entertaining.

 

It's more the dismissive attitude that they took in the show that put me off. While personal taste is far more significant in dealing with which games you personally want to play, they are putting on an audio show, and they have an audience. And their audience is going to have a broader range of tastes, simply by being a diverse and eclectic group of people.

 

I brought up Octopath Traveler as a specific example, but it wasn't the only title they showed a distinct lack of interest or concern over. They were also very dismissive of the Metroid release. They spent more time discussing how they felt the 3DS was no longer relevant than they did discussing the game itself. And they knew nothing about the game either. They looked up details on the title in the middle of the show, and only then found out that it was a re-make of Metroid II: The Return of Samus for the original GameBoy. That kind of embarrassment could have been easily avoided with a quick review of the show outline ahead of time, and 30 seconds of internet research on what the heck this new Metroid thing is. The game was announced months ago, and all of the early reviews have been very positive. I would expect anyone who follows the industry to have at least that level of knowledge, even if they've never played the game.

 

I mean, is it really so much to expect someone on a podcast to briefly review the talking points before the show starts? These types of foibles seem to be cropping up more frequently on the Cagcast. This is what I mean when I say I'm not feeling as much enthusiasm.




#13831780 CAGcast #514: We Also Have Nipples

Posted by Richard Kain on 14 September 2017 - 07:36 PM

I'm beginning to grow concerned that the Cagcast crew is drifting out of touch with their original CAG-related demographic. In recent Cagcast episodes the crew has demonstrated a dismissive attitude toward most gaming topics, and have been much more enthusiastic about passive media, their non-gaming extacuricular activities, and family matters.
 
I don't blame you guys for having a broader, more balanced focus. All of you are older than you were. You're all starting to get into a part of your life where your priorities have shifted. There's nothing wrong with any of that. It's just a part of growing up, and I certainly would never encourage anyone to neglect their families in favor of playing video games. Taking care of, and spending time with your spouses and children should be among your highest of priorities, and rightly so.
 
That said, I think a little bit more research and enthusiasm for gaming topics would be warrented. Playing a game can take hours. Basic internet research on a game usually doesn't take nearly as long. And flippantly dismissing titles is also more than a little off-putting. A game might not be your cup of tea. But your audience may still be interested. You guys blew off the upcoming Square/Enix RPG for switch. Just a tiny amount of research would have highlighted that this game is being produced by the same internal team that developed Bravely Default, one of the most critically acclaimed RPGs to come out of Square/Enix in the past decade. For fans of JRPS, and older Final Fantasy titles in particular, this game is hotly anticipated.
 
You guys are all at a place in your lives where you don't have to pinch pennies to purchase games. But a lot of your fans who frequent the site and listen to the podcast still are. Kindly keep us in mind when planning content. We're fans, so we won't get up in arms if you want to pontificate on non-gaming matters a little. Such topics help to add personality to the proceedings. But we are also mainly game enthusiasts. A bit more enthusiasm for the subject of gaming would be appreciated. When a particular episode becomes a cavalcade of "mehs", I can't help but wonder what's going on. Especially when the loudest "mehs" all seem to be coming from the gaming sector.



#13830356 Anime & Manga Steals and Deals (Rightstuf, Amazon, DD...etc)

Posted by Richard Kain on 12 September 2017 - 09:21 PM

Does anyone know the name of this anime? 

 

I believe that is Occult Academy? https://www.rightstu...Complete-Series

 

My friend showed me this one. It is weird, but appealing in its own way.




#13827672 Official Playstation VR Deals and Discussion Thread

Posted by Richard Kain on 08 September 2017 - 04:45 AM

And now for some of those impressions I promised.

 

I set up and tested my PSVR rig tonight. The general set up process was a few more cables than I would have liked, but was otherwise fine, and reasonably straight forward. Activating and operating the PSVR was rather simple, no real issues or complaints there.

 

On the game front, I've only yet tried the copy of Drive Club VR that I got last week. It worked fairly well. I did notice that the graphics were a bit grainier than I would have preferred, but that is likely due to the display resolution of the headset. I had heard that would likely be a noticeable issue before I acquired it, so it didn't come as a surprise. The motion tracking was solid and smooth. Turning my head to look at the world around me gave me a nice view, with no real lag to speak of. Overall, a pretty good driving simulator experience, and quite a bit more engaging than that kind of game usually is for me. I'm hoping they have a VR mode for the next Gran Turismo title.

 

I did a bit more practice with the 3D Blu-Ray film experience. Once again, the lower resolution was a noticeable issue. You won't be getting the same crisp visuals for the screen that you would from a static full-1080p display. But that was where the drawbacks ended. The 3D effect was pronounced, and rock-solid. While my eyes constantly struggle to focus with conventional 3D glasses, they had no problems at all with the PSVR display. The 3D was never out of sync or unsteady, most likely due to the different images being displayed separately to each eye. The virtual "movie-screen" is also large enough to take up the majority of your vision, giving you ample space to appreciate the visuals of the film. It's like being in a large theatre in the seventh row from the front, right in the middle.

 

Another pleasant bonus was the brightness of the visuals. With conventional 3D display tech, the glasses you have to wear frequently dull the image, often darkening it. This can make things difficult to see, especially in night scenes, or scenes with a lot of darkness. The PSVR did not suffer from this in the slightest. I used Pacific Rim as my primary source material, as it was shot from the beginning in 3D. Several scenes that take place predominantly in darkness were very clear and bright. You could make out all of the 3D effects and tell what was going on just fine, despite the numerous shadows on screen.

 

For anyone comfortable with more standardized 3D display technology, the drop in resolution for the PSVR might make it a lesser experience. For me, I am seriously considering watching all my 3D films going forward with the headset. While the slightly lower resolution display is unfortunate, the numerous benefits make it well worth it. The greatly enhanced 3D stability, reduction to eye-strain, and brighter image outweigh almost any other disadvantage. If Sony ever releases an upgraded PSVR with higher resolution displays, I would be willing to consider picking one up expressly for viewing 3D movies.




#13816733 Limited Run Games Thread - Here's to November!

Posted by Richard Kain on 25 August 2017 - 08:06 PM

The best way for anyone to support the concept of pre-orders is to actually show up and order the pre-orders. If you abstain, LRG looks at the numbers and probably makes a decision that you won't like. If you show up and order the titles, then you've done your part and indicated that you support pre-orders.

 

You also need a lot of other people to also support the pre-orders, but at least you'll know you did your part.




#13816600 Limited Run Games Thread - Here's to November!

Posted by Richard Kain on 25 August 2017 - 06:16 PM

Question: Why dont they go the preorder route for all games? It seems like the numbers here are pretty comparable to their regular allotments. It just seems this way you have guaranteed sales and everyone gets a fair chance to get what they want in a non-stressful way. 

 

Basic human psychology. The concept of a limited resource available at a specific time drives demand. Without those strict limitations, the demand significantly decreases. People are less likely to rush or impulse buy when there is no pressure pushing them in that direction. The lack of a strict time window also significantly decreases the excitement and thrill associated with the experience.

 

They are actually experimenting today with the pre-order approach. The problem is that the sales are not guaranteed when you take away the excitement. A game that might have sold 10,000+ copies with the previous sales model may only manage to eke out 5,000 pre-orders. The 24-hour limit is good, as it will add some degree of time pressure. But the pre-order approach will inherently decrease the demand.




#13815865 SNES Classic up at best buy

Posted by Richard Kain on 25 August 2017 - 01:03 AM

I've recently been working on upgrading a retropie-box that I gave to my brother a year or so ago. Would anyone be interested in a nice tutorial? I've managed to get it set up well, I've got light-up LED buttons on it and everything. With how difficult it is going to be to find a SNES classic this holiday season, some people may be interested in low-cost alternatives.