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BrandonJF

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#14400638 The Home Arcade Tremendous Deals and Discussion Thread

Posted by BrandonJF on 02 June 2021 - 06:23 PM

I've been trying to order a Midway Legends since it was announced. The day they went live they immediately showed as 'sold out' at Best Buy. For some reason today it doesn't even show up in a search in their site. I was able to order the shitty WalMart version for store pick up from a store about 30 mins away from me. The next day they email me saying the order was canceled because it was OOS. Fuck off, WalMart.

I didn't even know Wal-Mart had those Legacy cabs with no riser or lit marquee.  The risers should have been included with all of these since day one since I doubt A1UP's target market was ever toddlers.  

I did grab the Midway cab from Gamestop when it briefly popped back up a month or so ago.




#14393997 Limited Run Games Thread - Global Outbreak of...Delayed Shipping

Posted by BrandonJF on 29 April 2021 - 07:19 PM

So much extra garbage IMHO in that ultimate edition. I think I got both that and the Contra Collection for $5 digitally...kind of gets me to want to play them though. Good games for sure though.

One of the rare LRG CEs where I don't consider the extra stuff "garbage".   In fact, if I could have designed my "dream" CE for this release, they pretty much nailed it exactly.  Box replicas?  Finally.   For a company that seems to have been against replicating original box designs (see - Star Wars CEs), I can't believe they went all-in on my most wanted release. 

 

Tomorrow is going to be an expensive day.




#14393907 Limited Run Games Thread - Global Outbreak of...Delayed Shipping

Posted by BrandonJF on 29 April 2021 - 02:01 PM

It's a bunch of games.  They are releasing the Castlevania Anniversary Collection.

 

Castlevania

Castlevania II Simon's Quest

Castlevania III Dracula's Curse

Super Castlevania IV

Castlevania The Adventure

Castlevania II Belmont's Revenge

Castlevania Bloodlines

Kid Dracula

 

This has to be my most wanted physical release - I've wanted a Castlevania collection forever.  Stings a little that Konami didn't include the SNES and PC Engine versions of Dracula X on there, but I guess it's close enough.




#14375047 Limited Run Games Thread - Global Outbreak of...Delayed Shipping

Posted by BrandonJF on 02 February 2021 - 12:10 AM

so bojay by himself and the rest of us in another thread?

No, I'd be in the normal LRG thread, too, but I'm not sure there is a point bothering anymore.  I can just check out their announcements and feedback on twitter.  This thread has just become toxic.  And now we're at the point where people are acting like Josh's parents judging him for what he spends (or spent) his money on.  It just seems like it's going too far. 

I did get shipping notices for 4 more items today.  A couple days ago I received shipping notices for a couple of replacements I had requested.  I received a couple of games last week.  When I contact customer service, they are quick to respond.  They follow up without me having to check after them.  I get they've been slow.  I get that I care less than most probably would.  But, for me, the positives outweigh the negatives and I - like most in this thread - do not buy from them with blinders on.  




#14373537 Limited Run Games Thread - Global Outbreak of...Delayed Shipping

Posted by BrandonJF on 27 January 2021 - 02:04 PM

The long delays suck, but those are not entirely on LRG. They have to get these games cleared and published by Sony, and given their small print runs, I'm guessing Sony puts LRG titles on the lowest end of its print priorities. It's not like LRG, or any of these smaller publishers, can just go to a local Kinkos and get these made. It just doesn't work that way. Just buy the games you want, or wait to preorder it at Best Buy if that's an option.

No, it's entirely on LRG - their company, their responsibility.  This is their business model.  There wouldn't be a "delay" if they operated differently.  But, since their entire model has the customer footing the bill upfront for production of the product, every pre-order is almost a more reliable Kickstarter.  They sell way more product than they can handle while maintaining a more "acceptable" delivery window.  I'll give LRG a pass for any delays once product is handed off to a carrier.  Everything before that is on them, though.

And that's not me complaining.  I really don't care, but I don't expect most to be the same.  I'm in no hurry for anything.  But, hopefully most know by now what they are getting with LRG.  I have no expectation as to when something might arrive.  I've had cases where something ships and I barely recognize the name of the game.  For anyone not wanting to wait indefinitely (most people, I'd guess), I can see why LRG would be a huge dissatisfier for them.

But, I am almost always happy with the end product and their customer service has been really good.  The actual fulfillment of replacement items/parts is just as slow as everything else, but the actual customer service part of it is pretty responsive and accommodating.  




#14359788 Limited Run Games Thread - Global Outbreak of...Delayed Shipping

Posted by BrandonJF on 11 December 2020 - 03:42 AM

There's no unboxing or collection related discussion because literally nothing that was ordered months or years ago has been delivered. There's no products in our hands to take pictures of or talk about. So yes, that's lacking in this thread. And yes, LRG is to strictly blame for that.

Here's my nothing that has been recently delivered:

 

Spoiler



#14358672 Limited Run Games Thread - Global Outbreak of...Delayed Shipping

Posted by BrandonJF on 08 December 2020 - 02:34 PM

As bojay1997 correctly notes, the loose disc is a Sony issue, not an LRG issue.  It's the way those cases are designed that causes the discs to not slip in entirely during manufacturing.

 

Of course, did Sony fix this problem with PS5?  Nope!   That said, I've not yet experienced a big issue given blurays have protective coatings that usually protect it against scratches.  I've heard, however, that PS5 discs (e.g. UHD discs) do NOT have the same layer of protective coatings and thus are more vulnerable to scratches/scruffs. 

 

So, in other words, may become more of an issue with PS5 releases.  Sounds so next gen, doesn't it?  Ugh.
 

 

It's not a "Sony issue".   Not that I don't get what you're saying - yes, it's very easy for a PS4/PS5 disc to pop out.  BUT, this idea that there is just nothing that can be done to mitigate that issue was ridiculous.  LRG acted like it was out of their control.  There is a reason why the number of loose discs you'll find at retail are much lower than those that come shipped in a bubble mailer.  How do they get to retail without popping out?  Oh, and I've bought a ton of LRG games and I always make sure to get a box.  No loose discs.  Well, I know I had ONE once, but I think that one was before I made sure to always add a box to the order if I didn't have two items.  

In grade school, they had us find a way to package an EGG so that it wouldn't break when dropped off a rooftop.  But, somehow we're supposed to believe nothing can be done to prevent PS4 discs from popping out of their case during shipping.... even though LRG themselves have proved otherwise.  Yes, someone will say "I received a game in a box and the disc was loose, therefore boxes offer no guarantee."  That's true!  But, if anyone ever wants to compare the number of loose discs shipped in boxes to the number of loose discs not shipped in boxes, you will likely see that boxes where the game isn't free to bounce around are pretty effective.




#14357138 The Home Arcade Tremendous Deals and Discussion Thread

Posted by BrandonJF on 04 December 2020 - 03:28 PM

I think you should take the screen protector off (at least the top) before screwing in the marquee. Part of the marquee sits over it so you can't reach it entirely otherwise.

The film on the screen/deck protector is always the most difficult part of this for me.  Yes, I would remove the film on the screen before putting the marquee on because the marquee just leaves one more thing that can grab on to that plastic film and not let go.  It's already bad enough that it's trapped by the screws.  The last couple I've needed to take tweezers to pull off pieces of plastic.  

I do use a powered screwdriver for the whole thing, but it is a very weak battery operated one.  




#14341869 The Home Arcade Tremendous Deals and Discussion Thread

Posted by BrandonJF on 06 November 2020 - 09:47 PM

I just noticed HSN has an exclusive Ms. Pac-Man, too, with the light-up area under the control panel.  It also differs from the Best Buy "exclusive" by swapping out Galaxian for Pac-Mania.... and being $50 cheaper.

I am annoyed that Arcade1Up told me the light-up marquee was exclusive to Best Buy when I inquired about the $50 higher price.  Based on a review at WalMart.com, their cab also had the light-up marquee for $50 cheaper than Best Buy.  I have no idea what warrants the higher price at Best Buy.   

I don't think I really like that light up area under the control panel.  I don't recall ever seeing something like that in an arcade.  It seems like an odd thing to throw into the mix.  Although, I guess they started going down the weird lighting path when they added some LED light strips with the Costco Super Pac-Man cab (I did not put them on).  

 

arcade1up-ms-pac-man-full-size-5-ft-arca




#14340967 The Home Arcade Tremendous Deals and Discussion Thread

Posted by BrandonJF on 04 November 2020 - 06:16 PM

Outrun up for pre-order.  "Sit-down" configuration and $500.   They call it an "online first release", so I guess the first batch will be sold direct.

 

https://arcade1up.co...-arcade-cabinet




#14334389 The Home Arcade Tremendous Deals and Discussion Thread

Posted by BrandonJF on 13 October 2020 - 06:05 PM

My Ms. Pac-Man (normal stand-up) shipped from Best Buy today.




#14323556 Playstation 5 Re-stock Thread

Posted by BrandonJF on 16 September 2020 - 10:45 PM

It took about 15 tries before the Wal-Mart order went through.  




#14313953 The Home Arcade Tremendous Deals and Discussion Thread

Posted by BrandonJF on 13 August 2020 - 09:41 PM

The description in the MvC Best Buy product page mentions an included stool.

I see that buried in there now - they did a great job not including any pics of it. 

 

Edit - Ok, now I see a pic!  Has that been there this whole time?   The stool seems kinda lame... it's just the Marvel half of the face-off art on the cab.  Might have been a good opportunity to include two stools and stick the Capcom art on the other one.




#14313920 The Home Arcade Tremendous Deals and Discussion Thread

Posted by BrandonJF on 13 August 2020 - 08:33 PM

The Ms. Pac-Man upright cab is now completely gone from the Best Buy site, they've been removed as a "partner" from the Arcade1Up listing, and it's now up at Wal-Mart for $50 less than it had been listed at Best Buy.

 

The X-Men version of the Marvel Vs. Capcom cab is up at Wal-Mart.com and it is $100 less than the "Marvel Super Heroes" version at Best Buy.   I wonder if the MSH "Special Edition" version has anything else going for it beyond having a different SNES game, one additional arcade game, and one different arcade game.  That's a pretty huge difference in price.




#14312138 Limited Run Games Thread - Global Outbreak of...Delayed Shipping

Posted by BrandonJF on 06 August 2020 - 02:24 PM

Best Buy is desperate to get rid of their Limited Run Power Rangers stock with the price now down to $40.

They aren't that desperate at $40.  They're gonna need to get more desperate than that if they want to get rid of them.