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BrandonJF

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#14419377 Limited Run Games Thread - Global Outbreak of...Delayed Shipping

Posted by BrandonJF on 01 September 2021 - 02:45 PM

Wow.  Really amazing.  That takes some HUGE balls for the "Forever Physical" company to sell a physical game, find out they couldn't actually ship it, then ship a box without the physical game.  I think anyone else would have just cancelled the release and refunded the customers.  They must really think "shhhh.... they'll never open it".  




#14414774 The Home Arcade Tremendous Deals and Discussion Thread

Posted by BrandonJF on 08 August 2021 - 04:17 AM

Don't view it as a price increase. Instead, view it as a larger discount opportunity for when you snag X-Men at $175.

Walmart would have to carry it in store in order for that to happen.  And even then, you'd have to be near one of the stores that clearances them.   There have been plenty of A1UP cabs that haven't seen much of a discount (if any).   I don't think Golden Axe has ever seen anything lower than it's initial pricing.




#14414495 Limited Run Games Thread - Global Outbreak of...Delayed Shipping

Posted by BrandonJF on 06 August 2021 - 01:54 PM

From LRG's side, those are extremely high mark-up items. You can print art cards, soundtrack CDs, a poster, and an outerbox for $5 easily and it can be marked up $40+.

Oh, I am well aware of why LRG chooses to throw in Chuck-E-Cheese trinkets into their CEs.  The part I don't get is how art cards with mostly the same art as the other stuff in the CE, folded posters, pins, and standees appeal to anyone buying the CEs.  I understand that people are into different things - if it has a soundtrack and an art book, I am usually sold, and I really like the mini box repros in the Castlevania set that I'm sure some don't get, but.... pins?  Are the people buying these CEs hanging those folded posters on their walls?  

Not that videogame CEs filled with cheap crap is unique to LRG - that's what almost all of them do.  Low cost junk that they make a ton on.  Look at that last Namco Tales CE.  Wow.  Not that there isn't the occasional good CE (and I am hoping LRG's Monkey Island/Castlevania CEs fall into that category).   But, people buy them, so....

And I'm sure they would disagree with you on the cost of at least some of the boxes.  I remember when Doug and/or Josh used to post in here and they'd be adamant that the box production was not cheap and really seemed to be what they'd sell as driving up the cost.  In some cases, that box is the best part of the CE.  




#14414396 Limited Run Games Thread - Global Outbreak of...Delayed Shipping

Posted by BrandonJF on 05 August 2021 - 07:47 PM

A book with a fake repro cart for $70 is interesting to people? What am I missing?

I'm missing the appeal of most of LRG's CE items.  I'll see people respond with enthusiasm on Twitter, so I guess there are people out there who just love double-sided posters, pins, and carts that don't do anything.  A repro-cart that actually plays a game is one thing, but throwing in a fake cart for a game that was never on a cartridge or - and this is the best - a book?  

 

It also seems like when LRG licenses something, the licensor basically says "Here - you can have these three pieces of key art" and then LRG just sees how much mileage they can get from that small amount of art.  The art cards usually have the same art as the double-sided poster.  And the same art is probably on the cover.  Konami must have been really generous with "Castlevania" (luckily for me).




#14413089 Limited Run Games Thread - Global Outbreak of...Delayed Shipping

Posted by BrandonJF on 29 July 2021 - 09:51 PM

It is nice that both Shantae games overlap and you can order them together, but I would not if you are getting the Collector's editions. LRG is gonna stack both boxes on top of each other and wrap some flimsy bubble wrapping around, stick them in cardboard box that is only marginally thicker than cardstock and hope it doesn't get crushed in transit. Happened to my No More Heroes boxes.

I really like how NIS packs each collector's box in its own box, and it's free shipping about $75. Sorry for the rant.

Glad I'm not the only one to notice.  I dread the arrival of a few of my pending CEs.  It amazes me how LRG targets the collector and does a little above the minimum when it comes to packaging.  They've been ok with sending replacements or replacement parts, but when I tried to get the Streets of Rage CE box without any damage they'd just send the replacement exactly the same.  I think the CS person put a note on the 2nd replacement asking to double wrap it.  It came the same way.  The CS rep tried to blame the carrier, but I pointed out that these were shipped in thin boxes with one layer of bubble wrap (and I don't think it even covered the whole box).  The best part about that Streets of Rage CE is when I ultimately wanted to give up and get a refund, they refused because of that steam code they sent out.  So, because they sent me something I didn't ask for (and never used), I was ineligible for a refund when they could not figure out how to send it without it taking damage.  The CS rep did not care that I didn't use the code.

 




#14407355 The Home Arcade Tremendous Deals and Discussion Thread

Posted by BrandonJF on 02 July 2021 - 12:12 AM

Good luck to A1Up on that $650 price point for Turtles in Time.  I know there's a stool in the mix, but geeze....  




#14406446 Limited Run Games Thread - Global Outbreak of...Delayed Shipping

Posted by BrandonJF on 28 June 2021 - 02:38 PM

Even worse that the steelbook is tied to only that edition. Such bull

That steelbook is the only thing about it that I don't like.  That is one weird steelbook - I can't think of when else a steelbook has been sabotaged to that degree.  The huge "C"s on the front and back just ruin the whole thing.  




#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.