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#14434385 The Home Arcade Tremendous Deals and Discussion Thread

Posted by chrislaustin on 05 November 2021 - 09:24 PM

Last call on New Wave Toys latest Replicade 1/6 scale arcade cab of "Missle Command", as the preorders close today at 6 PST. They are offering 2 cabs, one is the OG arcade unit(149.99) and the other is the "Field Test Edition(169.99)", and both have a standard discount of $10 for preorder($279.99 for bundle pack). Use code  "MCVIP10" at checkout for another $10, so $20 off total up until 6 PST today. They are also including a free mini poster for preorders, and that is a first, while supplies last of course. https://newwavetoys....-pre-order-page




#14432343 The unOFFICIAL Art Book Pre-Order Thread

Posted by chrislaustin on 29 October 2021 - 10:17 PM

I've never ordered from Bitmap before, but had to pick up that JRPG book I heard about recently. Does anyone know how long shipping tends to take who's ordered from them in the past? And do books like that tend to ever receive discounts before selling out?

I've gotten all their major releases over the last few years, and all have come DHL express, so normally 2-4 days(I'm in the US). I often get their posters, and they used to use rather thin tubes(have been improved in recent times), so I've had several arrived damaged. I've always contacted Sam directly, and replacements have been shipped the same way, DHL express within a few days. Their book packaging is insane(probably the best in the industry), and I've never had a book arrived damaged. And with their thicker postal tubes, haven't had any poster problems recently either.

 

A signature is always required, but if you set up a free DHL account, you can waive that online, and have them leave at your door(or backyard, etc). I always leave a note at my door, and in the instructions I state if they arrive and there is no note, DO NOT leave the package, as you have the wrong house. That has kept me from having packages left elsewhere, when the drive is daydreaming, so always "cover your ass". The guy on my route knows me from my notes, as one time a package arrived so quick, I didn't get to leave the note, and luckily I was home when he knocked, and he asked were my note was? LOL




#14432074 The Home Arcade Tremendous Deals and Discussion Thread

Posted by chrislaustin on 29 October 2021 - 12:19 AM

Here's a video from Numskull Designs, and it shows their latest Quarter Arcade offerings, as well as some mentions in regards to why some past announced games still have not arrived. Seems the C19 has effected them more than New Wave Toys, as they are changing from the wood of past cabs, to plastics going forward. For those of you who are interested, they have a link to their survey in the description, and it's about how best to go forward in these uncertain times. For now, they are waiting on prices to come down before making new cabs, so one of the questions is would customers mind paying more now, or waiting for awhile until prices come down(stuff like that). 

 




#14428194 The unOFFICIAL Art Book Pre-Order Thread

Posted by chrislaustin on 11 October 2021 - 05:02 PM

Ugh dammit, of course this had to coincide with them giving me a "make 3 $40 purchases and get $15 back" on Circle offer as well.

 

I'm legit out of space on my bookshelf to put new books, but I keep buying them.....

Bookshelf full, hell, mine are sprawled out on my office floor like high-rise towers of a major metropolitan city. I haven't even got to the bookshelf being full yet, and I'm still buying, so yeah, misery loves company I suppose. LOL




#14424970 PS Vita Deals & Discussions Thread

Posted by chrislaustin on 30 September 2021 - 05:11 PM

Hey, is the art book/guide book thread still around? Couldn't find it, so didn't know if it moved, got closed, etc. Anyways, Sandeep over at 2 Old 4 Games is offering his PS Vita game manuals round 3 tomorrow on his site. Sadly, by the time I discovered these, most of my Vita collection was long gone. I know many here are in to these, so show some support and grab some. Sandeep is a cool dude, who has shown the Vita some good love over the years. He also has some cool related Vita books as well, which are excellent and well done. https://www.2old4gaming.com

 

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#14424484 Limited Run Games Thread - Global Outbreak of...Delayed Shipping

Posted by chrislaustin on 28 September 2021 - 10:11 PM

The reason why Jeremy went to LRG for his books, instead of Fangamer, is he actually works for LRG now.  Sadly this does not bode well for his future books.  Maybe if enough people complain they will start shipping these things in boxes and with care.

Well that sucks and then some, but I don't see why working for LRG means you have to use them to distribute your own books does it? I'm guessing he's working with them to write all guides/art books for their over priced SE/CE offerings? And that's cool I guess, as Jeremy is a good writer in the gaming space, and seems to care about accurate gaming history.

 

Yeah. That was me. I've long been pushing for them to offer art books in their CEs and separately. But they need to ship them the correct way.

 

fangamer puts them in bubble mailer and then inside a box. Bitmap uses foam inserts on all the corners of the book, then a cardboard book mailer, then an outer bag.

 

LRG using a flimsy bubble mailer (or it looks like just a plastic bag) won't cut it.

I'd think that gives Jeremy more leverage to say ship my shit in a proper box.

Thanks for the heads up guys, but I don't know what to say on this, as a box is great, but a HUGE box with no proper protection or padding, will probably do more damage than the bubble mailer would. At least that's been my experience with small & heavier books from Amazon, and from LRG as well. My Cosmic Star Heroine books came in a box, that was padded like a$$, and the books bounced around like lottery number balls on the big night.

 

That statement that LRG is now using boxes for books really means nothing, as the same shipping staff who thought a bubble mailer was OK, are going to be the same ones now using the book box. All that tweet shows is that a box is going to be used, nothing about bubblewrap, packaging peanuts, or the like.

 

The same company that didn't have a few seconds to use a box to begin with, when clearly the cost was covered in their uber high shipping cost, is not going to now use a box, wrap said item, and then add more packaging. I just don't see that shit happening!




#14423756 Limited Run Games Thread - Global Outbreak of...Delayed Shipping

Posted by chrislaustin on 25 September 2021 - 11:48 PM

$24 shipping is absolutely insane even if it was in a box...in a thin plastic bag is even worse.

 

That's pathetic.

This seems to be their standard go-to now. Receive a damaged item? We can't replace it so here's a fraction of its worth.

 

Yes, I'm still upset about my damaged 'Streets of Rage 4' steelbook.

I think the issue with refusing replacements is that they only produce a certain amount of extra and their shipping practices have led them to a point where they now need more than that small percentage of extra to cover damages. Rather than bite the bullet and hurt their bottom line they'd rather just screw the consumer.

 

Related, I got the copy of Meat Boy I ordered today and despite paying $2 for a box (on top of the existing $5.79 shipping charge) it had 0 protective material. Just rattling around because they couldn't be bothered.

If memory serves me correctly, they used to hold back 10% of an overall run to replace damages and the like, and whatever wasn't used on replacements, always got sold at a later date. I'm not sure if those same rules apply anymore, but if they do, a LE book run of 500, would have 50 held back to replace any damages. If all 450 books are sent in bubble mailers, 50 is going to be gobbled up pretty quickly, and I'm sure that's when the "Sorry, can't replace, so take a 10% refund, or piss off" comments come in to play.

 

Sadly, this is all a numbers game, and even with a high number of replacements, LRG won't care, as it's pretty much free money for them, even if their final profits are less than planned. I can't speak for Jeremy, but I would assume since he left Fangamer for LRG, he has a similar mind set. Maybe they could store more, are sell faster, or charge more and then put more funds in all parties pockets, who knows? Maybe they offered more profits over what Fangamer could, sadly, not all money, is good money, but I guess that's to each individual or organization to decide for themselves.

 

Using a bubble mailer when this kind of money is charged for shipping, really amounts to robbery in my opinion(plus the value of the books). All I can do is wait and and see how mine get shipped at this point, but I'm expecting a shit show, and that's OK, as I stopped ordering from LRG awhile back over their hostage holding of Vita software. So if this goes bad, I'll get my CC involved, get my refund, and they can blacklist me, as I would consider that a badge of honor at this point.




#14423696 Limited Run Games Thread - Global Outbreak of...Delayed Shipping

Posted by chrislaustin on 25 September 2021 - 05:53 PM

My shipping was $32, as I got one CE and one standard, as I missed out on the other CE, so I'll report back once my order arrives if a box is used or not. Sadly, this is what I warned the author about, and depending on how many of these books arrive in this manner, hopefully he'll go back to Fangamer for his future books and leave this shit show behind him.

 

If my books arrive with any issues big and or small, I'll be looking for a replacement or a refund, as I had ZERO desire to shop here to begin with, but since the author thought it was a good idea, here I am.




#14423481 Limited Run Games Thread - Global Outbreak of...Delayed Shipping

Posted by chrislaustin on 24 September 2021 - 02:03 PM

LRG is shipping the Yooka Laylee Grand Tomb Edition books in super tight bubble mailers. Mine is beat to hell. So glad I paid $7.99 shipping. I see it was put to good use.

 

Put in a ticket for a replacement, but now I'm wondering if they'll pull the same crap for the Virtual Boy and SNES books. I'm also waiting on a Knights and Bikes art book. I don't get why a company with an entire business model around limited print items would put hardcover art books in bubble mailers.

It's funny how they expect you to pay more for a box. Bruh, if my item arrives damaged I'm getting a replacement of refund if you chose not to pack it properly or send it in a box. It's the seller's responsibility to get the item to your buyer without damage.

I'm sure the direction is 'stuff this item in the smallest package you can.' It'll take a replacement rate of 50% (80%? something else?) before someone says 'maybe we should place this in larger boxes.'

Yeah, I'm pretty sure the jig is up at this point in regards to those two dudes and their BS claims of fan service or "limited edition" items and actually caring. I've shipped thousands of items all around the world for years, and I shipped everyone of those items in the exact way I wanted to receive it, and my 99.9% positive feedback confirms those facts. Talk is beyond cheap, and actions is how we know the tree and the fruit it produces, we've all seen more than once the types of "fans" LRG really is, and most of us have changed our own buying based on that.

 

Yeah, I got that Cosmic star book from them damaged as well, and got a better packaged replacement, which I know had a HUGE amount of damages just by the comments here. I bought Jeremy's new books as it was the only way to get them, but I left a comment the same day on his YT clip for the books and asked why the hell he left Fangamer, and went to LRG? Of course he never replied, but I assumed it was due to the larger numbers he could move with LRG, and probably didn't think past that.

 

I've gotten tons of items from Fangamers over the years, and packaging is how you would assume a business with "fan" in the title would ship things. I told him LRG packages like a$$, charged an insane amount for shipping for these specific books, and really isn't a good fit for his brand. Oh well, I hope his deal with them included boxes, because if those LE books come in bubble mailers, he's going to catch a shit storm of epic proportions, and "I told you so!" will be my first comment for sure. I hope I'm proven wrong, but past evidence says I'm probably right.




#14410379 Official Steamdeck thread

Posted by chrislaustin on 16 July 2021 - 11:50 AM

Yeah, this is now on my radar and then some, as I might just end up skipping the NS Lite, and just grabbing one of these, as this is a way better value. I would mainly be getting a Lite for indie titles anyways(don't care for most 1st party games) and I can get them cheaper and run much better here.

 

Now that being said, not sure if I want to get in on this first version, as I would expect better versions down the road(I would like this slightly smaller). But due to the chaos of the world stage currently, revisions may not happen anytime soon(or at all depending on success). I'll for sure try to get a preorder, as $5 is all it takes, and I can decide later if I want this now or later?

 

No matter what, this is a game changer to be sure, and for a mostly handheld gamer like myself, this has my name written all over it. There have been many handheld style PC's like this over the last few years, but none with the backing of a "Valve". So I'm expecting some great things from this device going forward, and for sure I'm hoping to get on board.




#14408828 Switch OLED Model Announced

Posted by chrislaustin on 09 July 2021 - 02:21 PM

So what do you all think?  I'm thinking about finally getting a Switch, a Switch Lite since that's all I can really afford and find at the moment. 

Then, I'm going to buy this OLED model of Switch when retailers throw in a game or gift card to offset that $50.  Maybe during this Thanksgiving/Christmas at the earliest.

Also, it is news to me that there is a blue/red joycon OLED model.  Thought it was just going to be the white joycon one only.

First you need to decide what you need in the Switch, and go from there? Do you play mostly portable, or docked? If it's 50/50, getting the Lite is probably not a good idea. If it's mostly docked, than the OG or the new OLED is the better option, or the "Lite" if mostly handheld is your poison.

 

Yes, there is a red and blue "OLED" model. as I have seen the box pics, but their promoting the "white", as it's "New" and that's the focus, and why they show Dread as well, as that's the new game they want to promote. Plus they still need the public to understand, the OLED is different than the OG, and showing that one now, would probably just confuse folks. But the packaging is different at retail, so that should help get the messaging right.

 

Then lastly, decide if you need the new features of the OLED for $50 bucks, or if the standard $300 unit is fine. OLED is the bomb, but maybe not worth $50 to some? Do you ever see needing that kickstand, if not, the OG's is crappy, but if never used, why bother? Is the slightly bigger screen size important? Does using Labo matter, as it's stated some things may not work as they do for the OG model.

 

For me, the Lite is still my best bet, as I NEVER use docked, unless I have to and all the other features of the OG or lost on me. Now if they offered a Lite with the OLED option for $50, I would probably jump on it, but for regular unit, meh. So a bigger better screen is pretty moot for some, but for those who like the best picture possible, or the best new features a system has to offer, then this is for you. So some will trade up, some will stay with what they have, and others will pass on this in hopes of a "Pro" down the road, the choice is yours!




#14408079 Switch OLED Model Announced

Posted by chrislaustin on 06 July 2021 - 02:49 PM

Well, I guess it's easy for us all to see now why this wasn't shown at E3, as it would have been the only news talked about, and not the games. So I guess that should have been our warning sign as well, but it's not like I was waiting on this model either way, so this news was "funny" to me, but not much else.




#14408069 Switch OLED Model Announced

Posted by chrislaustin on 06 July 2021 - 02:17 PM

Talk about a marginal upgrade.  With the tech being over 4.5 years old when this launches, you'd think that they would still have a similar profit margin if they sold this at $300 (but alas, Nintendo).  They were making a profit on the Switch when it launched.  They're probably making a significant profit now.

LOL, this is just what I told my son not 10 minutes ago, as I told him this should have been a "New" model with a price drop and the few new features. Sadly, that would have required dropping the price on the OG model, which should have happened by now, but with the NS popularity, and C19 manufacturing issues, this was probably their best play actually.

 

Maybe they planned for a more robust unit, but due to sourcing parts, maybe they didn't want to bother, or maybe this will be a stop gap to actually getting one when parts get better to source? This unit seems geared towards a very niche market, the same as the "Lite", so if you like using handheld mode most, or have never bought  that model yet, this is probably for you.

 

If you play mostly docked, and have no need for an Ethernet port, this probably is mostly a waste. I can already see the shit storm from those expecting more, but this is "N" after all, and if you ever let your hopes get up, plan on the kick to the nads in short order. LOL




#14395177 Limited Run Games Thread - Global Outbreak of...Delayed Shipping

Posted by chrislaustin on 05 May 2021 - 09:45 PM

That said, I'm sure there are folks who will be all-in on this, which is of course, fine. 

"LawBreakers" here, just passing through to say hi.




#14394949 Limited Run Games Thread - Global Outbreak of...Delayed Shipping

Posted by chrislaustin on 04 May 2021 - 04:53 PM

Breach & Clear (Vita) was my first order, but I opted out of their emails a while back... so no email for me.   I can't imagine it'll be anything worth my cash.

Same here, and while I opted out of emails awhile back, I also haven't bought anything from those clowns since they announced holding the last few Vita games hostage. So I'm probably on their "no fly list" either way, which is what I signed up for, and no regrets(at least none yet). LOL