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HaloGX

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#14389755 Limited Run Games Thread - Global Outbreak of...Delayed Shipping

Posted by HaloGX on 07 April 2021 - 01:22 PM

Your first comment is right on the money. It's common to, for example, amazon to buy amzon dot com. It's a common mispelling of their brand and business and it relates to such. But for them, for example, to buy wamart dot com would potentially be ground for a lawsuit I imagine because it is then infringing on taking possible traffic away away from walmart by using the walmart brand.

 

This is just proof LRG is scum and not using fair business practices.

 

You latter statement that the other companies are playing off LRG's name, I have to disagree. If what you mean their names are similar, then what is the difference between any store ending in "mart". And if business practice is what you mean, monopolies are technically not allowed and are often broken up in the state. Publishing physical games is something anybody, technically, is allowed to do. And just because LRG may have been the first on the block doesn't allow them to do scummy things like this.

No, I wasn't talking about monopolies, just the subsection of companies in the gaming space that specifically publish low print runs of physical games. And I certainty wasn't excusing LRG's practices.

 

I do, however, think there's a difference in a company ending their name in "mart" (or "market") because that describes a pre-existing type of establishment and "mart" or "market" are general terms used to describe said establishments. But, come on, when companies like Super Rare Games or Strictly Limited Games came up with their names, it's hard to argue against that they specifically named themselves to sound like LRG and to take advantage of sounding like LRG.

 

My point was that many of these limited companies are, at least a bit, scummy for one reason or another, but that's a fluid scale too. I love the Dreamcast, but I've made my view of publishers like JoshProd very clear that what they charge for their products is too high, especially given the emulation of some of them, even though they are the biggest publisher for the Dreamcast right now.

 

Again, it doesn't excuse any of these scummy practices. Scummy is scummy on any scale in my opinion.




#14389748 Limited Run Games Thread - Global Outbreak of...Delayed Shipping

Posted by HaloGX on 07 April 2021 - 12:39 PM

It's common practice for companies to buy domains for similar or misspelled products or company names that they are/own and redirect it to their main site, but doing it for companies and products they aren't/don't own is super shady.

 

Then again, all these companies are playing off of LRG's name in the first place. This whole subsection in gaming has become rather shady.




#14389278 PS Vita Deals & Discussions Thread

Posted by HaloGX on 04 April 2021 - 03:03 PM

I was on the Vita PSN Store yesterday (only purchased two smaller PSP games), but geez has a lot already been delisted (you can tell it's been a while, though I still buy everything I can physically so I had little reason to visit the Store). I only have about a dozen PS1 games on my Vita, but all have been delisted. Most PSP games that were on there were already gone. It's been a slow death for sure, but I still don't want to see it go.

 

Side-story time: Back in 2013 or 2014 I had a few hours to kill at LAX between flights, so I went to the Delta lounge. I had my Vita and decided to jump onto the WiFi for whatever reason.

 

Now, when I got my Vita shortly after launch I downloaded what PSP games I already had digitally and could be directly downloaded from the Vita's PSN store to my Vita. I used a friend's PS3 (because I didn't have PS3) to transfer a few more, but I still had other PSP games with no way of legally getting them onto my Vita.

 

Back to sitting in the Delta lounge, to my surprise, every PSP game I owned, regardless of whether it could be downloaded directly to the Vita was available for download. There were a few articles that caught it, but the "switch" was only flipped for a few hours. Luckily, I was able to download everything else I had while in LAX.

 

My point in bringing this story up now is that Sony clearly had the means to make everything that was available on the PSP digitally, available on the Vita digitally. They just chose not to. Why? We'll never know. Sony, like any for-profit, likes money, so it makes that decision even more baffling.

 

Though, most of Sony's decisions with the Vita are baffling in general.




#14388495 Limited Run Games Thread - Global Outbreak of...Delayed Shipping

Posted by HaloGX on 01 April 2021 - 03:51 PM

So it is real?

 

Seeing it as a joke, and thinking I wouldn't be surprised if it wasn't a joke while still thinking it's a joke, only to find out it isn't a joke, isn't a very good joke.

 

It's like LRG is simultaneously self-aware of the criticism levied against them but they also don't fully understand that criticism. 

 

I'm just queasy now. 




#14386443 Limited Run Games Thread - Global Outbreak of...Delayed Shipping

Posted by HaloGX on 25 March 2021 - 12:41 AM

I'm curious as to how Best Buy chooses which LRG to carry. For example, why would they choose to distribute unpopular titles like Windjammers and Lumines which seems like they'll never be able to sell out of while pass off games that would sell out quickly like the KOF games and Grandia HD Collection?

Well, first, those were two of the first titles they had the opportunity to carry.

 

Second, 'Windjammers' and 'Lumines' are far from unpopular. The interest in 'Windjammers' alone garnered a second after how many years from the first release.




#14384423 Limited Run Games Thread - Global Outbreak of...Delayed Shipping

Posted by HaloGX on 15 March 2021 - 03:22 PM

As noted, zero.   But I have a question... what is the itch for steelbooks?  Is it that you started collecting them and now can't help but want them?  Do you have a nice curio or shelf at home and you display them all with picture frame stands?  Is it just these two games are super special to you?  I'm really curious.  I have several games that came with steel cases and while some of them have nice art and are for games I love... I have no real use for them and they just take up shelf space (not display shelf space, just spine-art normal shelving of media).

I know the question was directed towards me, but personally, if there's an edition that comes with a steelbook, either day one (like the Yakuza games) or for $10 more, I'll get the steelbook version. They just look nicer compared to standard cases. This is true for me going all the way back to 'Halo 2' and one of the 'Splinter Cell' games on the original Xbox.

 

I'm not too sold on steelbooks for LRG games, unless it's part of a large edition (which is why it pisses me off so much they won't replace the damage 'Streets of Rage 4' steelbook I received), but those editions typically come with other items I want, and I already have a major interest in the game itself. I didn't bother with any of the 'Shantae; steelbooks for instance.




#14383284 Official Playstation VR Deals and Discussion Thread

Posted by HaloGX on 10 March 2021 - 03:07 PM

Doom 3 VR , only at Gamestop: https://www.gamestop...l?condition=New

Ugh. At least it's only $20. I guess I know what I'm partially using my next gift card on.




#14381570 Limited Run Games Thread - Global Outbreak of...Delayed Shipping

Posted by HaloGX on 02 March 2021 - 06:25 PM

Not to stray too far off LRG, but ...

 

I'm with you on all of these points.  Matt Smith and Karen Gillian were such a joy.  While David Tennant was a phenomenal doctor, I still think Season 5 of the series (Matt Smith's first and Moffat's first at the helm) remains one the best DW seasons of all time. 

 

I've been mostly disappointed with the Whittaker era, but I attribute this to shoddy writing and bad direction by Chibnall.  I think Jodie is a strong actress (enjoy her quite a bit), but the decision to surround her with three companions IMHO just hasn't worked.  That said, I've liked all of the companions, but I think the series would have benefited from starting with one, especially with a new doctor and writer on-board. 

 

There have been some brilliant episodes, though most of them were in Season 11.  I liked Kerblem! and It Takes You Away.  Demons of the Punjab was a fine episode, too.  Did not enjoy Season 12 as much.

 

Of course, I like that Yaz will stay on and hopefully get more time to shine. Not sure what the BBC intends to do at this point since I've heard DW ratings are not great.  I wonder if the network will can Chibnall when Whittaker (allegedly) regenerates at the end of next season.  

I'm going to continue the off-topic...topic and mostly agree. I was actually really excited for the change to Chibnall after the last showrunners and their knack for painting themselves into storyline corners with every show they do. Plus, the final season of 'Broadchurch' was excellent.

 

But yeah, there has been a lot of retread with DW enemies (which all DW showrunners struggle with when a show has been going this long) and the new ideas have fallen pretty flat with few exceptions. I think there were too many companions. The early stories were okay, and then I agree, Yaz was shoved to the background and I ended up not caring about any of them. Hopefully they don't introduce more companions, and we get to explore the push-and-pull relationship Yaz and the Doctor already have.




#14381344 Limited Run Games Thread - Global Outbreak of...Delayed Shipping

Posted by HaloGX on 01 March 2021 - 06:52 PM

According to the rep that's been helping me, who has been doing his best, they don't have any steelbook replacements. I now await the next New Years/whatever sale that includes the 'Streets of Rage 4' editions that obviously have steelbooks in them.

 

They're replacing the other damaged items, finally sending the OST sampler and refunded me $15, but big deal when the steelbook is the best item they aren't replacing. The damaged goods were inside the otherwise non-damaged goods, which means the manufacturer probably busted them. Unless LRG assembles these editions themselves?




#14379868 PS Vita Deals & Discussions Thread

Posted by HaloGX on 24 February 2021 - 05:38 PM

Wow. I'm extremely tempted by that Indie Collection 2.




#14379128 Official Playstation VR Deals and Discussion Thread

Posted by HaloGX on 21 February 2021 - 01:49 PM

The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners - The Complete Edition is currently half off ($19.99 with Prime shipping) on Amazon. This is the first discount I've seen for the physical release. Best Buy has only had it for in store pick up for some time. 




#14374100 Limited Run Games Thread - Global Outbreak of...Delayed Shipping

Posted by HaloGX on 29 January 2021 - 03:49 AM

Have you tried going on Twitter and tagging them?

The customer service gentleman helping me, Jose, is going to try a different approach. If that doesn't work, I'll have to see. 

 

Also, I don't have/use Twitter. 




#14373989 Limited Run Games Thread - Global Outbreak of...Delayed Shipping

Posted by HaloGX on 28 January 2021 - 07:46 PM

I'm not pleased.

 

I can see possibly not having extra steelbooks and clamshells since they were part of an assembled order (I assume) that the game came in, but yeah, crack open a classic edition (which I also assume they have extras of) and send the two parts of mine that arrived damaged (and the soundtrack sampler). They can still sell the game on it's own during their next special stock sale, because it's just a standard release with a barcode.

 

edit: I should note they also offered a complete refund with return, or an exchange for a sealed item, and I'm getting clarification on what a "sealed item" means, but I don't think I've been this excited for a collectors/limited edition for some time (Spider-Man (2018)), so I want to keep it. And everyone here knows how much I defended the price of this particular release based on included items too. That effectively makes those two options, not options.




#14373976 Limited Run Games Thread - Global Outbreak of...Delayed Shipping

Posted by HaloGX on 28 January 2021 - 07:21 PM

Well, time to vent a little:

 

My larger clamshell case and steelbook from my 'Streets of Rage 4' limited edition came busted INSIDE the box, and they forgot the extra music sampler. After a couple of week, LRG has told me today they can't replace them. The best they can do is 10% back.

 

Whoopty-fuckin-doo...




#14373402 Limited Run Games Thread - Global Outbreak of...Delayed Shipping

Posted by HaloGX on 26 January 2021 - 11:14 PM

I think as long as Sony is making money on PS4 discs, we're going to keep seeing physical PS4 games. Just look how long production of the Vita carts went, and that had to be much more expensive to produce than the (otherwise) universally used disc that is currently Blu-ray. Maybe the minimum print/order run will increase, but it'll be years before physical PS4 games end I reckon.