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#14340036 Indie/Limited/Obscure Physical Release Deals and Discussion Thread

Posted by bojay1997 on 01 November 2020 - 03:00 PM

They confirmed selling more than 90 copies... who knows what the final count was:



At one point, they posted a direct PayPal link while their site was down as well. I'm pretty sure the site went live around noon PST, and they pulled the plug after ~12 hours, with intermittent outages in between.

Yep, based on posts on other groups, I suspect they sold hundreds and hundreds of copies.  Assuming it is the same people behind Poop Slinger, I would be worried if I was someone that ordered multiples given what happened with that.




#14339796 Limited Run Games Thread - Global Outbreak of...Delayed Shipping

Posted by bojay1997 on 31 October 2020 - 05:03 PM

I don't see how that helps out with damaged discs, though. Most loose discs won't be damaged but I've received some from stores that I returned due to scratches or chips on the sides. I am not going to have a damaged product due to Sony's negligence so anytime I receive a damaged PS4 case or loose disc with even the tiniest scratch I will exchange it or return it for one in the condition I ordered it in. It also doesn't address the fact that a product is inherently flawed if it doesn't work as intended. Discs are not supposed to rattle around in the case, they are supposed to stay in place. It's a huge design flaw.

As someone who literally has thousands of disc based games, most of which were acquired through mail order and most were sent in thin pouches by the major retailers, I can say that not a single game I have received with a loose disc has showed up with scratches or other damage.  Could it happen?  Sure.  Does it happen very often?  Nope.  I think even LRG would agree that the PS4 cases have a design flaw, but the reality is that other than anal retentive collectors, the practical effect of loose discs for most consumers is zero.




#14339792 Limited Run Games Thread - Global Outbreak of...Delayed Shipping

Posted by bojay1997 on 31 October 2020 - 04:42 PM

I know people have had problems with floating PS4 discs from LRG and I have two opinions on the matter. One is that it is up to the shipper to make sure the product arrives to the customer without damage. If you just threw it in a flimsy bubble mailer and it comes damaged then it's the seller's problem. LRG is literally the only company I've ever heard of that says "tough shit, you should have paid extra for a box". Can you imagine if one of us sold a game on eBay, the case arrives smashed and the disc is damaged and we say "too bad, should have paid extra for shipping!" Our account would be shut down very quick if that was the case.






On the other hand the PS4 cases are ridiculously cheap and flimsy compared to other companies and Sony should have revised them for the PS5. They look nice, but they are not durable and almost every time I receive a PS4 game in the mail the disc is either loose or the case is cracked if it's not packed in a box or extra bubble wrap. DVD cases so cheap to make that it's insane that Sony would cut corners that badly. I do not have this problem with Xbox One or Switch cases so Sony's cheap cases are the problem. The sad thing is that I honestly think that the blue PS4 cases look much better than the competitions, but their build quality sucks.

This subject was debated to death years ago.  Loose PS4 discs are very easy to reattach without opening the wrap.  Just search Youtube for instructional videos.  




#14339547 Limited Run Games Thread - Global Outbreak of...Delayed Shipping

Posted by bojay1997 on 30 October 2020 - 07:56 PM

Not sure what other feedback they'd be responding to...  those were the complaints - no discs and the artwork (or lack thereof).  They didn't want to use the big box art work because people can already buy it, even though they used that art for the Sega CD release.  They didn't want to incorporate the dial-a-pirate wheels because people can already buy them.  I guess it makes sense not to include the games on a disc - even though they have for every other PC LucasArts release - because people can already buy them.  LRG is all of a sudden reluctant to release something people can already buy elsewhere.

They wanted to do more, but couldn't get access to art...even though I thought the included book was supposed to have art and I think Doug was hyping how good the book was going to turn out. 

 

So, they went with a simple black design with something for each game in the box, but no actual disc in whatever was in the slipcase.  

Not that I know if anything would have been different normally.  I have been underwhelmed by all of these LucasArts releases so far from a design perspective.  They've replaced nostalgia with minimalist designs and the usual trinkets.  I'm waiting to see if the essay booklets they've included are at all well produced.  

I think you're confusing feedback here with the feedback LRG was responding to.  The USB and original art thing is not a big deal to the people that have been driving the feedback.  It's mostly about the fact that the pin set seems badly designed and that they would rather see code wheels and buttons and other items that more closely resemble the items contained in the original releases.  The collectors driving the feedback have created their own mockup of what they would like to see and the USB stick is still very much part of it.  




#14339477 Limited Run Games Thread - Global Outbreak of...Delayed Shipping

Posted by bojay1997 on 30 October 2020 - 04:43 PM

The game came on a USB thumb drive versus a disc. Also, apparently there were some issues with not being able to obtain artwork for use in the short amount of time. It appears they are postponing the preorder/release until these items can be further developed.

That's not the impression I got.  I believe the issue was with some of the physical items they intended to include in the box and they took a bunch of feedback from PC big box collectors about what they would prefer to see.  I don't think they are planning to swap out the USB or that they will be able to get access to the original art.  




#14336825 Limited Run Games Thread - Global Outbreak of...Delayed Shipping

Posted by bojay1997 on 22 October 2020 - 06:29 PM

To be fair, this is every company's objective.  LRG expanding their "mission" isn't surprising given how corporations operate nowadays.  Video game publishers have especially gotten more and more creative about how to squeeze out every dollar from their fan/customer base.  And that there are folks out there that buy in and defend it are just more signs that consumers have generally gone either blind or tolerant to greed, opportunism, and cynicism.  All very bad signs for us as a society.

This is how every company has operated since capitalism was created.  There isn't some greater lesson about the decline of our society.  It's pretty simple, if you don't like what a private for-profit company is doing, don't buy their products.  Nobody needs to own physical copies of games and complaining about the greed of a company selling them is the ultimate form of entitlement.  




#14333692 Japanese Niche Games Deals & Discussion Thread 4.0

Posted by bojay1997 on 10 October 2020 - 05:09 PM

I'd be careful. I want to order, but a lot of reviews online say they don't send shipping info and then when it doesn't arrive will just ignore you. This is from multiple sites and their facebook page.

I've ordered dozens and dozens of games from them in the past two years and every one has arrived quickly and as promised.  The only issue I am aware of is that they have been hacked on occasion, so you should always use Paypal and not a credit card payment.  


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#14332222 Limited Run Games Thread - Global Outbreak of...Delayed Shipping

Posted by bojay1997 on 04 October 2020 - 10:54 PM

Does anyone know if Toaplan Collection is pre-order only? I know limited run isn't the only place selling pre-orders, but I can't find anyone if it's going to be for sale on any storefronts or just pre-order only.

 

I want that package but with the new consoles in a few weeks money is tight. I would love to pick this up in January or something.

It looks like other sources like Castlemania don't have a firm order cutoff date.  I suspect you'll still be able to order in January when the release date is allegedly set.  




#14324002 Limited Run Games Thread - Global Outbreak of...Delayed Shipping

Posted by bojay1997 on 17 September 2020 - 02:14 AM

What's up with the four Genesis games LRG is distributing? The only one that seems noticeable is Zero Wing, and that's due to the poor English translation and perhaps the fact that it was never released in the USA. The other three seem pretty uninspiring for a retro re-release. Or am I missing something?

All of them are highly regarded SHMUPS, although I suspect many SHMUP fans and collectors already own the originals as they aren't super expensive for the most part.  




#14317871 Limited Run Games Thread - Global Outbreak of...Delayed Shipping

Posted by bojay1997 on 31 August 2020 - 06:25 PM

It would actually be really cool if they were able to offer a digital copy of the games they sold

I have an opposite view on that.  It will likely add to the cost and will only encourage LRG and other companies to take pre-orders even earlier for games that haven't seen all the DLC or patches come out.  I'd rather they just wait until games are complete, take preorders and ship 2-3 months later.   




#14316119 ►Best Buy: Get $10 in Rewards or eGift Card (w/Pre-Order)

Posted by bojay1997 on 23 August 2020 - 08:09 PM

Has anyone pre-ordered any games for shipping lately? If so, have you received it on release day?

Looking to get 2K21 and Madden but for shipping, they both say 'expected to ship by (release day)'. 

I haven't had a single release arrive on release day from Best Buy since May or so.  Most games stay in preparing to ship for a week and show up seven days after the release date.  I am Elite Plus and always pre-order far in advance.  I'm also in Southern California, so maybe our local distribution centers are just really, really slow.  It wasn't this way before as in the past two years, I think I only had maybe one or two games that didn't show up on release day. 




#14315920 Limited Run Games Thread - Global Outbreak of...Delayed Shipping

Posted by bojay1997 on 22 August 2020 - 05:48 PM

Found a sealed copy of Deliver us the Moon at a local game store.  Had been looking for it for a while, didn't know it was a LRG.  No insane mark up that these places usually do, paid the same cost as listed on the site.  Only 600 produced.

 

Anyone else pick some of this stuff up out in the wild or is it all through the LRG site and Ebay?

It's not an LRG release.  It was a distribution title and many more than 600 were produced as it's available at major retailers like Amazon and Best Buy as well.  The CE with an ESRB game was exclusive to LRG.  




#14315650 Official Collector's Edition Compilation XI - 2020

Posted by bojay1997 on 21 August 2020 - 04:56 PM

I wonder if this is because MS is stopping production of some of their Xbox models?

How would the two be related?  There are tens of millions of Xboxes out there that have disc drives.  It's not like CEs are only sold to people that buy new Xboxes.  




#14309348 Indie/Limited/Obscure Physical Release Deals and Discussion Thread

Posted by bojay1997 on 27 July 2020 - 08:59 PM

Has anyone heard anything about Ready to Dispatch Games? I am wanting to preorder The Game Paradise for Switch but have never seen them before. Thanks for any help.

 

I would hold off for now.  They have gone radio silent for months at a time and after being called on it, they are now providing monthly updates that don't really say anything helpful.  It's basically a one-man operation run out of a house in Northern California.




#14309180 Limited Run Games Thread - Global Outbreak of...Delayed Shipping

Posted by bojay1997 on 27 July 2020 - 12:56 AM

It will at retail

Actually Douglas posted that the US retail publishing partner may have fallen through and if it does, LRG will be selling the standard version at some point in the future.