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bigbadboaz

Member Since 19 Dec 2003
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#14379958 Fry's Ads 11/4-10

Posted by bigbadboaz on 24 February 2021 - 10:23 PM

Yeah, had a blast with Fry's from about 2003-15, and it was the deals posted here that got me started. I had the Manhattan Beach location in my backyard here in Los Angeles and didn't even realize it until a few CAG postings.

 

Though they had some sketchy practices at times it was great fun to browse through their stores and see such a selection of things you'd never find in other retail locations. It was indeed super sad to see what those huge stores looked like in the last couple of years. The writing was on the wall but even so this ending manages to surprise. Can't imagine why they would drag it on like they did for so long if they were willing, in the end, to act so suddenly.




#14374614 PSN Weekly Deals - 2/10: Big in Japan Sale ends 2/25, Critics' Choice Sal...

Posted by bigbadboaz on 31 January 2021 - 05:06 AM

More and more just exposes how not ready they were to launch consoles last year.

 

How silly.

But it's always like this. Always. They push the consoles out the door on a certain timeline, the hell with the fact that everything else falls behind schedule and doesn't sync up with the machines being on the market.

 

PS4 launched late 2013 and how long was it until we saw a real, consistent release schedule - end 2015?

 

In their defense, it does help them build the userbase in order to ensure those eventual releases do continue. By sales figures, either company could argue they weren't early at all.

 

Not saying it isn't frustrating or shouldn't be done better in a perfect world, I just don't get any surprise or even the need to point this out after so many generations of the same.
 




#14373360 PSN Weekly Deals - 2/10: Big in Japan Sale ends 2/25, Critics' Choice Sal...

Posted by bigbadboaz on 26 January 2021 - 09:12 PM

It's pretty disgusting that so many people on this board jump on the "people just need to be responsible and know what they're signing up for" horseshit. Shows how far degenerated and abusive our society has become.

 

You can be on either side of this debate, but equating the (more than valid) idea that people need to take responsibility for their own finances with "a degenerate and abusive society" is just ridiculous.

 

I'd argue that idea is what's causing a lot of societal problems.




#14347016 PSN Weekly Deals - 2/10: Big in Japan Sale ends 2/25, Critics' Choice Sal...

Posted by bigbadboaz on 15 November 2020 - 03:10 AM

Surprisingly, it shipped Friday night to be delivered on Saturday, but when I woke up, I found out another email was sent out a few hours later proclaiming it undeliverable, cancelled the order automatically, and I'd get a refund.

This sounds like a situation where a free PS5 may mysteriously show up in a few days  :D




#14346189 PSN Weekly Deals - 2/10: Big in Japan Sale ends 2/25, Critics' Choice Sal...

Posted by bigbadboaz on 13 November 2020 - 07:12 AM

It's sad. but yes, indeed, the first two years or so of a system cycle have become a glorified beta period.




#14342659 PSN Weekly Deals - 2/10: Big in Japan Sale ends 2/25, Critics' Choice Sal...

Posted by bigbadboaz on 08 November 2020 - 11:08 PM

They produced the DE strictly so they could hit the $399 pricepoint on paper. I'm not sure exactly why they seem to have concluded internally that selling more of the disc edition is beneficial to them, but I'd guess they're making more money (read: losing less) on these systems since the cost of a BD drive is a lot less than the $100 price gap.




#14340531 PSN Weekly Deals - 2/10: Big in Japan Sale ends 2/25, Critics' Choice Sal...

Posted by bigbadboaz on 03 November 2020 - 05:05 AM

You’d have a point if they were providing a product that clearly has demand. If they had wanted to be first to market

You'd have a point if we were sitting here in 2022 and no one had faceplates on the market. The creators of a platform have the right to monetize it in all viable directions, and there certainly aren't enough resources to have EVERYTHING ready on launch day. It doesn't even matter if they "wanted to be first to market". If it takes them a few months to get something superficial like faceplates out the door, so be it.

 

Again, they created this entire thing. I know you're not ignorant of the incredible investment that requires. They have every right to a reasonable amount of control over what's produced and sold in relation - that potential payback is the only reason to create the system in the first place.




#14336625 PSN Weekly Deals - 2/10: Big in Japan Sale ends 2/25, Critics' Choice Sal...

Posted by bigbadboaz on 22 October 2020 - 03:44 AM

This is nonsense. Some of the circumstances of the differing time periods vary, but it is extremely apt to compare Sony’s actions going into these specific gens.

The two biggest mistakes Sony made with the PS3 were the exotic, unnecessary architecture which hamstrung game development, and FIVE HUNDRED NINETY-NINE US DOLLARS.

 

This time around they have followed up the PS4 with another sensible, straightforward hardware design, and gone out of their way to offer a $399 SKU despite every indication the consoles still have a very high BOM. This is a clear choice to do the OPPOSITE of what has gotten ridiculed about the PS3 to this day (as well as costing sales and market share).

 

If you don't see the importance here, or that they are clearly still paying heed to those lessons, I don't know what to tell you.




#14336477 PSN Weekly Deals - 2/10: Big in Japan Sale ends 2/25, Critics' Choice Sal...

Posted by bigbadboaz on 21 October 2020 - 05:40 PM

Please. They've adjusted to a much stronger market position and are naturally grabbing the bigger profits that are right in front of them. But compared to the PS3 transition, the behavior isn't even close. Not close.




#14333914 PSN Weekly Deals - 2/10: Big in Japan Sale ends 2/25, Critics' Choice Sal...

Posted by bigbadboaz on 11 October 2020 - 09:15 PM

Again, that just isn't true. Let it go.




#14332921 PSN Weekly Deals - 2/10: Big in Japan Sale ends 2/25, Critics' Choice Sal...

Posted by bigbadboaz on 07 October 2020 - 06:37 PM

Look at the size of that damn fan and HEAT SINK. Jesus. I'm not doubting at all the online reports that the Series X is running hot as hell.




#14332682 TurboGrafx-16 Mini Retro Console (Amazon Exclusive : Pre-orders start July 15th)

Posted by bigbadboaz on 06 October 2020 - 11:48 PM

Amazon is disgusting.




#14332216 PSN Weekly Deals - 2/10: Big in Japan Sale ends 2/25, Critics' Choice Sal...

Posted by bigbadboaz on 04 October 2020 - 09:15 PM

Truly Ultimate.




#14321661 PSN Weekly Deals - 2/10: Big in Japan Sale ends 2/25, Critics' Choice Sal...

Posted by bigbadboaz on 11 September 2020 - 08:17 PM

The specific reason for the 825 gig capacity has been explained ad nauseum. Not going to rehash it again here.




#14320809 PSN Weekly Deals - 2/10: Big in Japan Sale ends 2/25, Critics' Choice Sal...

Posted by bigbadboaz on 09 September 2020 - 07:17 PM

Sure it could be. $399/$499 would allow Sony to match Series X with the high-end SKU while hitting the magic $400 with the low-end SKU.

 

I agree with RiPPn that most consumers wouldn't see $50 as enough of a differentiator to give up the drive. It's not as big of a difference when you're starting at $500, as opposed to $300 in the Xbox S example.