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SackAttack

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#14312416 GOG Deals Thread

Posted by SackAttack on 07 August 2020 - 04:26 PM

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Did you ever activate your CD-ROM/DVD key-code onto GOG?

That's originally how I got Witcher 1 onto GOG. And when it came to free upgrade time for EE, I did it via GOG.

GOG Activation:


Didn't. The original retail copy didn't make the move from CA to WI with me.

So free EE giveaway = I'm in, you crazy bastards.


#14312173 GOG Deals Thread

Posted by SackAttack on 06 August 2020 - 04:44 PM

If somehow you don't own it by now...

 

Witcher 1: Enhanced Edition is on FREE Giveaway on GOG.com

I had the original release on CD-ROM or DVD or whatever years ago, but I've had the Enhanced Edition on my wishlist for a while and just keep neglecting to buy it whenever it hits $1.49.

Procrastination pays off today, and now I have the entire trilogy on GOG via one giveaway or another. They gave away 2 years ago; they had the 'link your PSN if you own Witcher 3 and we'll give you a PC copy of whatever version you own' promo for GOG Galaxy; and now this.

Whee!




#14311783 The Gamestop Thread

Posted by SackAttack on 05 August 2020 - 03:32 AM

$9 is not a livable wage on 40 hours a week. That's $1440/month before taxes. That's $17,280/year before taxes.

And, yes, there are some taxes you pay regardless of income. You may get a chunk of that back when you file thanks to tax credits and such, but probably 15% gets withheld for payroll taxes, Social Security, etc.

So you're really at more like $15,500. About $1291 take home.

Rent varies but where I'm at? $800 or so for a 1 bedroom is close to market, and if we see a wave of foreclosures due to COVID, market pressures are gonna increase that.

So now you're at $491/month for all your remaining expenses. Oh, and spoiler alert: if you need government programs such as food share to make up the difference, THAT IS NOT A LIVABLE WAGE.

We need a robust safety net, but if that safety net is being asked to catch both those working 40+ hours a week and those who are either unemployed or unable to work, the failure is with the system that gives businesses billions in tax breaks but doesn't mandate a living wage for those who do the labor.


#14311365 PSN Weekly Deals - 7/22: Summer Sale! $21 Control, $20 Chocobo...

Posted by SackAttack on 03 August 2020 - 08:26 PM

No it is still you, because answer this, This generation is all but over, why would Sony or any company exert themselves in a race that is all but won?


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Because while this generation is won, there's a value proposition comparison for the next generation. Sony made the assumption that with BC and their dominance in the PS2 era, that that would translate seamlessly to the PS3. They made some poor decisions based on those assumptions, and the rest is history.

 

Coasting because the PS4 won its generation while Microsoft is busily laying the foundation for next-gen risks repeating those mistakes. I'm not saying they should be giving away the store, but not 'exerting' themselves risks repeating history.




#14305480 PSN Weekly Deals - 7/22: Summer Sale! $21 Control, $20 Chocobo...

Posted by SackAttack on 11 July 2020 - 08:34 PM

Not sure how you are equating this, Microsoft didn't come out the gate with that feature or Game Pass.  Sony came out with the better price, message and PS+ service and we all know how the Xbox One launched.  If you think this new generation is going to play out the same, I implore you to research how the 5th generation went when Microsoft was competent. 

 

Microsoft looks to have the better product, services, features and will at the very least match price if not beat them.  Things are going to be very different this time.

"Competent," though. That really only translated to North American dominance. They had the floor wiped with them in Japan and Sony finished on top in the European market.

And, yeah, Microsoft have a lot going for them this time around, but they don't have the same level of consumer investment in the platform in North America that they should have had going into this generation. Hardware and Game Pass and backwards compatibility and Smart Delivery are all great, but none of that is going to lure people away from the PlayStation ecosystem, necessarily, unless either Sony stomp on their collective dicks with messaging, or the price difference is REALLY compelling.

 

But I get the sense that maybe Microsoft isn't interested in peeling people away from Sony. They see the revenue potential in Game Pass, and may be willing to take a haircut on hardware to get people to buy the system and then sign up for GPU. Xbox Series X being in consumers' homes "also" is still being in consumers' homes.




#14303766 PSN Weekly Deals - 7/22: Summer Sale! $21 Control, $20 Chocobo...

Posted by SackAttack on 05 July 2020 - 09:25 AM

Those are the PS+ games. The big games that are new to the PSNOW service will most likely be announced on Tuesday like whitereflection said, although the indie game (Hello Neighbor) was already announced.


I R DUM


#14302932 PSN Weekly Deals - 7/22: Summer Sale! $21 Control, $20 Chocobo...

Posted by SackAttack on 02 July 2020 - 03:57 PM

With the caveat that I'm not saying it makes sense for publishers to go to $70, if game prices had kept up with inflation in the last 30 years, as virtually every other segment of American life has, new AAA titles would be double that.

Video game prices have been resistant to inflation - and even been deflationary - in a way almost nothing else has.

In the mid 90s, there wasn't really a "standard" price, but top titles frequently went for $90-100, with an industry market share half what it is now.

Car and housing prices are have doubled or more since then, but even if you stick to entertainment as an apples-to-apples comparison? Movie ticket prices are up probably 400%. Disney World tickets are up 400% for single day passes. Sporting event ticket prices are, generally, at least double. Concert tickets, same.

For whatever reason, video games have been the one industry inflation hasn't really touched. Console prices have crept up and been slower to decline, but software? Stabilized at $50 in the mid to late 90s, went up to $60, and we're only just now talking about $70, 30 years after top cart games were $100 without blinking.

Again - none of this is to suggest that $70 is a sound business move. Only that if gaming had been as affected by inflation as basically every other sector of entertainment, the prices we see on collector's editions would be what we see for standard editions instead.


#14299838 PSN Weekly Deals - 7/22: Summer Sale! $21 Control, $20 Chocobo...

Posted by SackAttack on 21 June 2020 - 09:15 PM

Loving The Last of Us Part 2 so far, though I'm only about two hours in so far. Very nice evolution of what the first game did with a much better stealth system to it and an easier way to tell when enemies can see you, though there are a variety of options to make that stuff easier or harder. They do a good job of evolving beyond the general corridor design of The Last of Us to be more spread out and more open to explore, which lets you breathe a bit more and enjoy your surroundings.

 

The wide range of accessibility options is amazing and genuinely makes me happy to be able to have more fine control over things that help me out (hearing issues mainly) without compromising the game experience itself. I hope that stuff becomes more of a norm for every company out there that wants to make their games more accessible to those with various types of issues. It even has a nice option when starting a new save to turn off the pre-order bonuses if you want to start at zero, which should be an option for any of these remastered games that come with all of the DLC that gives you high level weapons, vehicles, etc that ruins the original progression balance that game had at launch.

I wish there were an easy way to tell if games have subtitles on by default because I would buy those sight unseen just to support the notion. I'm hearing-impaired myself, and it bugs me when I miss an intro cinematic or other audio content at the start of a game because I have to wait until after that intro to get access to the 'enable subtitles' option.

Assuming the game has subtitles to begin with (and even in 2020, many do not).




#14297332 YMMV PS4 and Xbox One games are at Dollar Tree for $1!

Posted by SackAttack on 12 June 2020 - 09:40 PM

I had to go to Dollar Tree for batteries for work today. Hadn't planned on going for the games because I expected them to be picked over, and I was right.

They DID have a single copy of Scribblenauts for Xbox One, though, so i snagged it.


#14295489 Best Buy Xbox One Games Sale Forza 7/state of decay 2/ hellblade $9.99 +...

Posted by SackAttack on 08 June 2020 - 02:36 AM

Picked up my copy of Forza from Best Buy before work yesterday and installed it today.

Three achievements popped before the intro video finished playing and that was hilarious.




#14292335 PSN Weekly Deals - 7/22: Summer Sale! $21 Control, $20 Chocobo...

Posted by SackAttack on 27 May 2020 - 02:38 AM

I mean, there's some good stuff in there. Persona 5 for $8 is an amazing deal IMO. It's just that a lot of what I would personally be in for, I already have. The Arkham double pack, Persona 5, the Lego Marvel 3-pack for $15...


#14292104 PSN Weekly Deals - 7/22: Summer Sale! $21 Control, $20 Chocobo...

Posted by SackAttack on 26 May 2020 - 04:12 PM

Or, you know, they announced a war game on Memorial Day because timing, and wouldn't have announced early absent that synergy?


#14289381 Free GTAV (PC) at Epic Store

Posted by SackAttack on 16 May 2020 - 12:15 AM

The coupon isn't earned for downloading GTA. It's claimable at the start of the sale.

Grabbing GTA is just what most people did first, so it ends up looking that way.


#14281499 PSN Weekly Deals - 7/22: Summer Sale! $21 Control, $20 Chocobo...

Posted by SackAttack on 16 April 2020 - 03:48 AM

So I just logged into the PS Store via the app, and it let me "purchase" Uncharted Collection and Journey even though I already have them as freebies.

Journey showed two different buttons for "free," one of which was greyed out.

But it may be possible to grab these even if you've previously redeemed them as PS+ freebies.


#14262215 SEGA Genesis Mini Console - $45 (New) $35 (Pre-Owned) @ GameStop

Posted by SackAttack on 06 February 2020 - 06:40 PM

Hey thanks for checking back with me. Hope work has settled down since then.

 

The options you mentioned sound pretty good and I ended up picking up two of them this week as they pair aesthetically with my Mega SG . Still in the box but I did open them to check them out. Mine were not sealed and I am not sure if they are all like this. Looked brand new however. They do feel good in the hands and the D-pad is up there in quality. I do prefer my Retro-bit wireless controllers for my OG Sega systems but I can't deny that the 8bitdo M30 feels a tad more ergonomic when holding it.

 

I was taking a look at the manual and it looks like the Star button is for setting a turbo function to a button you hold before pressing it. I also found this mentioned in their M30 FAQ regarding the Mode (pyramid) button. By default the controller is set to 6 button mode and since some Genesis games are incompatible with this, you put the controller in 3 button mode by pressing and holding the Mode button.

 

I'm going to check them out later today. 

Don't think I'll ever use the Turbo functionality but good to know on the 3/6-button mode swap.

I've been using the hell out of my 8bitdo on Road Rash II lately.