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#14525746 Limited Run Games Thread - Nothing is Limited, We Make Everything Now!

Posted by Mattiful-Joe on 23 March 2023 - 03:58 PM

Deathwish Enforcers looks fun. That said, not placing a preorder. May be I'll check it out if LRG sells copies on Amazon once it has them in-hand.

No longer preordering until I hear the fulfillment times have come down significantly.

#14525096 Japanese Niche Games Deals & Discussion Thread 4.0

Posted by Mattiful-Joe on 18 March 2023 - 03:58 AM

For anyone on the fence, the import of Fatal Frame, Mask of the Lunar Eclipse for PS4 has English subs on the disc. Ordered mine from PlayAsia.

#14521508 2023 Thrift Store AND Yard Sale Pickups Thread

Posted by Mattiful-Joe on 20 February 2023 - 01:28 AM

Everyone here picks up some amazing stuff.  I do wonder sometimes where you guys put all these things. 


I've become so picky about what I buy now -- mostly just because I don't want it taking up so much space.

#14521502 Best Buy YMMV Thread

Posted by Mattiful-Joe on 20 February 2023 - 12:31 AM

Online, they never have a clearance game at any stores near me and they almost never ever ship or else I would be buying more games from them.


I don't see why any retailer would see the need to offer significant discounts (besides the ones that are publisher-driven).  Fact is the ones that are still buying new physical games are mostly made up of folks who care enough about ownership that they're willing to pay a "premium" to get those. 


Stores/publishers are quickly wising up to that knowledge.  It's why we're probably seeing more/more pricey "limited"/"collectors" editions to get those folks to pay more.  Wouldn't be surprised if soon some publishers don't even bother with standard editions. 


For those who like buying a physical copy (me), everything about the current trajectory of the business is awful.  Pretty sure many will get priced out as this whole train keeps going, or just stop caring.  I'm in the latter camp.  Most of the new games aren't interesting me much, and the way publishers are releasing them (with incomplete/broken games on discs or material DLCs) is making it super easy to not buy anything.

#14521498 Meijer Sales/Clearance Thread

Posted by Mattiful-Joe on 20 February 2023 - 12:23 AM

Bye bye games section I'm guessing.

No surprise there.  Haven't bothered to walk into a Meijer's (let alone for games) in years. 


Sadly, we're going to see games sections at the big box stores get cut down significantly soon enough.  Just like how stores have pretty much removed or reduced bluray/dvd movie/show aisles to one shelf/kiosk, that's also coming for video games.


It simply doesn't make business sense to stock a deep inventory for video games at retailers when all the data shows we're way passed the tipping point with digital copies now making up 70-80 percent of software sales.  The footprint right now in stores like Target and Best Buy are such a giant waste of space. 


To be clear, the good news is that retailers will still sell this stuff -- just mostly online through their warehouses.  At least for now.

#14520994 Japanese Niche Games Deals & Discussion Thread 4.0

Posted by Mattiful-Joe on 16 February 2023 - 03:19 AM

Has anyone got an opinion on Wanted Dead? I ore ordered it during a Target B2G1 and forgot about it. It arrived today but I see such mixed reviews. IGN seems to be the only review that hated it and I never trust them

I plan to pick it up when it drops in price a bit but not because of reviews. I never buy games day-one anymore.  The game sounds awesome/fun to me. 

#14520487 NBA 2k23 Michael Jordan Edition $39.99, Standard $24.99 at Best Buy

Posted by Mattiful-Joe on 12 February 2023 - 12:39 PM

Now that the story modes are entirely server based, these 2k games are not at all attractive to me because the myCareers cannot be played when the game goes offline anout two years later.

#14520396 $54.99 Zelda Tears of the Kingdom via Play-asia

Posted by Mattiful-Joe on 11 February 2023 - 01:31 PM

If you pay with Paypal, they'll charge you when you order so I don't see how they could charge you twice.

#14519674 Target Clearance Thread XXIV

Posted by Mattiful-Joe on 08 February 2023 - 01:59 PM

Anyone been to Target lately? At my store, almost all of the PS and Xbox games have been cleared out, and it wasn't because people bought them. Very few titles remaining and no restock.

After reducing their movies section, it's pretty clear video games are next; we all know the tipping point for digital game downloads has happened. There is no good retail business reason for the video game sections to have so large a floorspace anymore.

#14517748 Japanese Niche Games Deals & Discussion Thread 4.0

Posted by Mattiful-Joe on 27 January 2023 - 08:52 PM

I'm a physical copy-only gamer; if the game's only sold digitally, or its physical copy is fatally broken, I'm not interested.

Anyways, while I'm much more picky now with purchases, I also find I'm less and less interested in the games being made today.

As for completing my games, I've long since abandoned any belief that I'll have the time to beat even a fraction of my collection. I just don't have the time or even the energy/motivation.

I just play a game as long as I'm having fun. If it's not fun anymore, I stop. I've never felt obligated to finish a game and I definitely don't care enough to hate-play to see the end credits.

Obviously, different folks have different approaches or needs. Mine is just based on whether I'm having fun - that's the same barometer I use for buying a game. Don't care whether it'll be worth squat. If I want to play something, I'll keep an eye out and get it when it's on sale. Only games I used to ever pay full price for were Zelda and Mario, but today, won't do it for those, either (not a fan at all of botw and its open world direction). Still love the mainline Mario games, but that's about it for Nintendo, which explains why I still haven't gotten around to buying a Switch -- and at this point, will just wait to see what's next.

#14517568 Japanese Niche Games Deals & Discussion Thread 4.0

Posted by Mattiful-Joe on 26 January 2023 - 05:41 PM

(Not so) Limited Run Games.

LRG's contracts don't lock developers from publishing it again. That's definitely a good thing.

#14516043 Limited Run Games Thread - Nothing is Limited, We Make Everything Now!

Posted by Mattiful-Joe on 15 January 2023 - 08:31 PM

Let's not get too hyperbolic here. Calling LRG a "scam" company or "not legit" are gross exaggerations. This is not a company that takes your money and doesn't send you your games.

What we all take issue with is that LRG is not delivering games with reasonable cadence. Waiting six, eight, or more months from the close of a preorder/sale to get a game is unreasonable, but that's not a scam.

Whether you dislike LRG selling a bunch of collector's editions with "junk" or whether they're "overpriced" are - again - topics we can (and should) raise for LRG to hear and address, but I don't see how either of those suddenly render the company a scam or not legit.

I have multiple orders that I'm waiting for. I do appreciate LRG bringing lesser known titles to disc/cart. That said, I too would like them to fix their production delays which are way out of whack.

I, however, still order games I want to play from them because I know LRG will get the games delivered to me. Hopefully, as it fixes its issues, I get them well before eight-plus months from ordering. This is the biggest problem LRG has to remedy.

#14515441 Limited Run Games Thread - Nothing is Limited, We Make Everything Now!

Posted by Mattiful-Joe on 11 January 2023 - 03:10 AM

None of the AA and A/indie games benefit much from being on PS5. Frankly, I'd almost prefer a PS4 version if only because then I know it can play on both. PS5 boosts performance anyways of PS4 games so, on balance for me, prefer a PS4 version.

#14515172 Japanese Niche Games Deals & Discussion Thread 4.0

Posted by Mattiful-Joe on 09 January 2023 - 04:59 PM

As others have said, buy games you want or intend to play, and not just because you speculate that it'll be worth something more in the future.

So long as you keep that mindset, it just won't matter whether something gets reprinted, or whether some price goes up or down.

I miss when video game discussions were just about getting good deals on games we all wanted to OPEN and PLAY. While I couldn't care less how others spend their money, the so-called investors and speculation that have invaded this space have led more and more publishers to leverage and exploit FOMO tactics to squeeze consumers/make us pay more. This of course hurts everyone. It's just a spiral of greed and money-making that it seems everyone now just accepts as part of the business.

It's all too bad. I'm certainly no fan of any of it, and it's among the growing reasons for why I'm losing more and more interest in gaming generally.

Oh well, I figure this gen is the last round for me buying in, anyways. I don't see myself caring much once games go fully digital and live titles like Fortnite become the predominate way folks play. No thanks.

#14513610 Limited Run Games Thread - Nothing is Limited, We Make Everything Now!

Posted by Mattiful-Joe on 29 December 2022 - 11:10 PM


Seems to clear more of the best buy situation up. Basically BB cut back on certain orders and thus it’s uncertain if games will go there anymore. Considering how some BB games have stuck around for ages I can’t say I blame em much. For every hit like Shantae there are a bunch that just sit at my BB for ages like COTM2 and Scott Pilgrim

Also, if you haven't noticed, all retailers are scaling back physical media generally at stores. The footprint isn't worth it to them, especially given the lion's share of sales now for games and movies are done digitally.

It makes sense that more and more retailers will start scaling back warehouse catalogs as well so that fewer and fewer games/movies are sold even online.