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TheKbob

Member Since 11 Feb 2009
Offline Last Active Jan 26 2023 10:44 PM
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#14517198 Limited Run Games Thread - Nothing is Limited, We Make Everything Now!

Posted by TheKbob on 24 January 2023 - 06:43 PM

Hope is the first step on the road to disappointment.


#14517026 Fanatical Thread

Posted by TheKbob on 23 January 2023 - 04:43 PM

New Bundle; Lunar BYOB featuring:

 

  • Avicii Invector
  • Heroes of Hammerwatch
  • Redeemer
  • Shadowhand
  • Monster Slayers Complete Edition
  • Those Who Remain
  • and 10 more...
  • 1 for $1; 5 for $2.99; 10 for $4.99

 

It's alright, but mostly rebundles, so nothing for me. Good pricing, though.




#14517024 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by TheKbob on 23 January 2023 - 04:36 PM

 

I bought Asterigos: Curse of the Stars over the winter sale and just finished it last night with 55hrs. ...

I played the demo and wasn't entirely sold, but hearing your feedback and seeing the reviews, I'd consider it in the $10 range for something to try (only because I have a ton of games, obviously).

 

Per Elden Ring, I think the world astounding.  The worlds of the Souls games are not "living breathing worlds" but dying ones where your character is just another rando who happens to succeed versus other open world RPGs where you're the savior of the land. The fact is doesn't have a lot going on is always explained by being the outlands, the precipice of a failing world, or a place little go (and fewer return).  Half the endings in the series are essentially "you did nothing but prolong the suffering of the status quo," a metaphor for purposeless struggle against greater forces, or those corrupted by power, greed, or the best intentions creating the worst outcomes.

 

As for lore and story, it's the most approachable title in the series.  If you follow the side quests, it's pretty well explaining (for a Souls game) what's happening moment to moment.  I see the world as the main character in every Souls game, not the PC (also why Dark Souls 2 sucks, because it's the weakest world).  And Elden Ring's is superb (so far, I'm like 35 hours in, 3 Shard Bearers felled, Lv80~).

Searching every nook and cranny in Elden Ring has been the highlight.  All the "dual bosses" boss fights have been the lowlight (I hate the "let's make it TWO at once!" bullcrap and dying to an unseen attack because of the camera). 

 

I never play online because I generally refuse to pay for PS+ (PS5 version for me), and because it's become meme culture.  Playing Demon's Souls and Dark Souls at launch ages ago were magical moments of either true jolly cooperative comments, or the absolutely trolliest comments before they became a meme (and not "try but hole" stuffs).  I don't feel like I'm missing anything in Elden Ring playing offline and the addition of NPC summons through Ashes is fantastic.

 

It may not be revolutionary in every regard, but I think its the capstone of the "post-BotW" style open worlds so far.
 




#14516875 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by TheKbob on 21 January 2023 - 10:46 PM

https://www.amazon.c...09HBJ1Z96/?th=1

I bought this thing last summer and it has become indispensable for me at home gaming on handhelds or when traveling. It is actually on a lightning deal coincidentally as I looked it up. I originally bought it to charge the Baseus powerbank I use with my SteamDeck but more often I just use the type C cable to charge the Deck directly.


This is one of those items where I know I can use it, just need to fiddle with the stuff I have to fit it in. Likely a nightstand solution for me since I have UPS for the PC and Tripplites everywhere else.


#14516648 Japanese Niche Games Deals & Discussion Thread 4.0

Posted by TheKbob on 20 January 2023 - 02:33 PM

Probs once bitten, twice shy with LRG.

I'll be getting a copy, as well.


#14516647 Limited Run Games Thread - Nothing is Limited, We Make Everything Now!

Posted by TheKbob on 20 January 2023 - 02:27 PM

Logistics is hard, make no mistake, but having done this for years now, either hire an outside consultant who has experience in growing small to medium internet based systems or partner with a professional distribution agent.

No real excuse for it at this point; the timeliness of releases getting to LRG's warehouse is its own matter, but once product is in hand, reducing inventory on hand and handling times are both massive cost savings for a company. It's literally a win-win to improve your materials processing to get inventory off shelves and into the hands of happy customers.

Doug seemed like he wanted to express that they're improving, but all his responses were "talk the talk, but can't walk the wall." Still feels like the "My First Business" level of capabilities when they're trying to paint themselves as a premiere company defining their market sector.

And again, expending resources on opening a physical store (because they wanted to?) instead of investing that time and effort to correcting the in-house management issues is still incredibly dumb, no matter how much it makes the company owners have a warm fuzzy being game store owners now, too.

Doug didn't seem to quite process opportunity cost and ensuring your core business is ship shape before creating new ventures, but what do I know, I'm just some random internet dude with absolutely no background in large, market driven acquisitions involving both small, medium, and large (international) based businesses? (this is sarcasm)

They're lucky they have Gamers™ as their fanbase, as well as collectors and flippers (still?), a bunch of irrational , particularly whiny, but still subservient lot as their core customer base. As long as they don't commit any major sin (looking at you WotC!), their customer floor of people who will order just about anything (ex. Bill & Ted) is going to remain pretty high.


#14516277 Limited Run Games Thread - Nothing is Limited, We Make Everything Now!

Posted by TheKbob on 17 January 2023 - 07:41 PM

LRG may lie to their customers, have some interesting accounting of time, and have some of the worst communication a small business could have, but they're not a scam regarding their products.

A few products have been below the bar, infamously, but 99.9% you get what you paid for.

Whether you think it's the pandemic or LRG's poor logistics regarding delivery schedules, probably a little of both, it's obvious they can't get it right despite years of products. Seems like no small vendor really gets it right. Rather, they should report long lead times and post updates on each games page so purchasers know what's up. Their lack of communication is just befuddling.

Discord, Twitter, or Facebook is not good messaging. It should be readily available on the place I bought it first.

That said, scam has legitimate connotation, such as Logan Paul scammed people with an NFT project, and I don't think it fits with LRG.

I'm glad Chained Echoes is getting a physical, truly deserves (playing now), and I may get a copy, but it's to support the devs more than LRG. If they had a little slider like Humble and allowed me to choose where my money would go, I'd 0% LRG, 100% devs.

Edit: I feel like they lost their vision long ago. Felt like Forever Physical was a goal to aid in game preservation and enjoy providing a niche service. Now it just defines the lifespan of the plastic garbage in all those CEs.


#14515947 Limited Run Games Thread - Nothing is Limited, We Make Everything Now!

Posted by TheKbob on 15 January 2023 - 01:48 AM

I pre-ordered a copy of Ara Fell & Rise of the Third Power.  Last game I got was Mercenaries Blaze, so about a year between orders for me.

Now I can officially complain again about slow shipping instead of just being a rabble-rouser in the crowd.




#14515435 Limited Run Games Thread - Nothing is Limited, We Make Everything Now!

Posted by TheKbob on 11 January 2023 - 01:59 AM

Why couldn't you just put out PS4 releases that also had a PS5 version on disc?

Seems like two birds with one stone. It's buying those Blu-ray sets with the digital and DVD included.


#14515367 Fanatical Thread

Posted by TheKbob on 10 January 2023 - 06:43 PM

Everhood is rad.


#14515316 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by TheKbob on 10 January 2023 - 01:51 PM

Looks like Forspoken on Steam will ship w/ Denuvo.


Played the PS5 demo and there's a lot going on. It's like they looked at every open world game mechanic and crammed them in their. It was too much in terms a demo, IMO.

Very, very pretty, though.

I think I'll grab a $20 copy for the PS5 come Black Friday, but don't think I need it since I'm trucking through Elden Ring.


#14515315 You can talk about LRG non gaming stuff here!

Posted by TheKbob on 10 January 2023 - 01:40 PM

Hey, I think LRG did the sensible thing given it was their Community Manager. Plus, there could have been more issues we don't know, such as a long list of other problems.

Regardless, I will defend trans rights and some of y'all need to crack a book or talk to someone IRL because the dog whistles are pretty deafening. Trans folks have exists as long as humans have, they're not sexual predators, they're not child groomers, and they're not "confused" nor is it a choice.

For the record, that's like LRG being 1-8, one recent win, loads of losses.

Hey Doug, I'll up my ante to $200 to the Trevor Project if you post a tweet or blog post about manipulating the sales data. :D


#14515313 Nintendo eShop Deals and Discussions

Posted by TheKbob on 10 January 2023 - 01:31 PM

I'd rather pay $4 and have them all forever than the sub route.

Waiting for the Advanced Collection to dive below $10.


#14515255 Japanese Niche Games Deals & Discussion Thread 4.0

Posted by TheKbob on 10 January 2023 - 01:13 AM

The only reason rarity is a concern is that our ownership of things has been grossly eroded and will be non-existent in the fully digital age.

That's my hottest of hot takes.

Otherwise, reprint all the things that are way over MSRP. Speculation in collectibles is also very dangerous and not recommended.


#14515254 You can talk about LRG non gaming stuff here!

Posted by TheKbob on 10 January 2023 - 01:07 AM

For those playing the home game, Dave Rubin and Blaire White are affiliated with the likes of BlazeTV and the like.

They're judged by their choices they make, their political choices, not their personal identity. They're chuds by choice, not because of being gay or trans.

Again, if saying a certain group of people exists makes you mad, it's probably a you problem. And if you don't understand how being trans is different than a political beliefs, let history be your guide for any other social progression.