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Rage Goblin

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#12964453 PS Vita Deals & Discussions Thread

Posted by Rage Goblin on 12 October 2015 - 12:25 PM

 

So... yeah. I love old games.  But if anything, they're just more evidence to me that I really, truly, don't need to worry about my digital collection.   Odds are, in 30 years there will be a better way to play them anyway, just like I prefer to play my PSP games on my vita.  Heck, I prefer playing the old genesis games I loved on my vita too.  Times change.  Worrying about some awful future where Sony decides to stop serving files on an extremely popular and profitable service just isn't worth it.

If you're content with emulation of varying quality and piracy, then sure, I see no reason not to go digital for your games.

 

I could counterpoint a few other little things you said in those two big posts, but it feels like arguing with a climate change denier.  We've reached the point where the conversation will generally just go in circles, so I'm out.




#12964207 PS Vita Deals & Discussions Thread

Posted by Rage Goblin on 12 October 2015 - 03:04 AM

I think it's a fallacy to point to a platform that only had the barest taste of digital content and try to apply the results to the world we are in now. Yes, XBL and PSN may eventually desist older platform content. But to look at the pioneer days of direct console content and try to use that as a crystal ball? Bad move.

If you don't want to buy digital, don't buy digital. Frankly, I'm not too concerned about games being unavailable fifteen or twenty years down the line. Mostly because I'll be in my 50s.

I'm not sure what age has to do with it.  I'm 32 now and still enjoy the games that I enjoyed when I was 10.  I don't see why I wouldn't like the games that I play now when I'm 52.  Hell, the way the industry is headed, everything in 20 years will be FTP mobile trash and I'll doubly value my ability to play retro games.




#12964035 PS Vita Deals & Discussions Thread

Posted by Rage Goblin on 12 October 2015 - 12:12 AM

But your point is ignoring the fundamental differences between the two.   PSM was a completely separate infrastructure that required it's own servers, it's own maintenance -- which never ends, since you need to ensure your servers are up to date security-wise, etc.   It was expensive to maintain, and almost nobody bought a dang thing from it.   And  I mean that -- even hardcore vita users generally only owned a couple PSM games, and even though were mostly acquired during 'free' promotions.

 

It was failed venture from the get go, and yes, failed digital ventures are 'high risk' for being completely discontinued for obvious reasons.

 

PS3 and PSP games are part of the -existing- PSN structure.   They already need to maintain the webstore and file servers for the PS4/PS5/vita/etc.    The cost of also listing and serving PS3/PSP files is negligible, and if anything, profitable since they actually do still sell.   Even if PS3/PSP sales dropped to zero, the cost of file serving is negligible since, in this hypothetical future where nobody is buying them, then we must also assume few are downloading ones they already bought.    So the cost approached zero -- server space for them is dirt cheap and already needs to be in place, maintenance already needs to be in place, etc, etc.

So you believe that the PS4/5/6 will all run on the same PSN that we have today?  Eegads, I hope not.  At some point, they will phase out this network and the current system will be, in your words, "a completely separate infrastructure that required it's own servers, it's own maintenance -- which never ends, since you need to ensure your servers are up to date security-wise, etc.   It was expensive to maintain, and almost nobody bought a dang thing from it. "

 

That is what happened with Original Xbox.  The pro-digital folks in this thread are really hung up on PSM, because it's admittedly a completely failed platform.  The Xbox was not a failed platform.




#12963455 PS Vita Deals & Discussions Thread

Posted by Rage Goblin on 11 October 2015 - 04:16 PM

 

 

There's just no reason to take down those servers in the foreseeable future, and most definitely no reason to remove older games.   It would be industry suicide, for example, to remove psp and ps3 games from their servers.  Why?  There's no upside to it.  

 

Please tell me how to redownload my Original Xbox and Playstation Mobile digital games/content.




#12963284 PS Vita Deals & Discussions Thread

Posted by Rage Goblin on 11 October 2015 - 01:17 PM

Yeah, I guess I don't worry about that for the same reasons I don't worry about losing my physical collection to fire or whatever.  

The difference is that in the case of losing a physical disc, there are still other physical discs out there.  It's replaceable.  When a digital exclusive game goes away, if it hasn't been released on another platform, it's just completely gone.  (Yes, of course the pirates will find a way, but by that logic, let's all just stop buying games in the first place.)

 

 

What is there to discuss? We know exactly what will happen. Original Xbox embodied everything naysayers said about losing digital games years ago.

This all the way.  It is simply unrealistic to expect publishers to maintain those servers in perpetuity.  A fire in your home is pretty unlikely, but the servers going away is completely assured.  It will happen.




#12953776 Japanese Niche Games Deals & Discussion Thread 3.0

Posted by Rage Goblin on 05 October 2015 - 06:33 PM

Maybe this is old news, but last I heard Marvelous was considering bringing over Natsuiro High.  They've decided not to do so.

 

 

 

 

Edit:  Botched the link.  Fixed.




#12895601 Japanese Niche Games Deals Thread 2.0

Posted by Rage Goblin on 31 August 2015 - 09:59 PM

Doesn't look bad at all and the PS3 version is on sale at Play-Asia. - http://www.play-asia...opers/13/7057ht

I forgot this game existed and that I wanted to play it.  Amazon had it with Prime shipping for $20, so I bit.




#12812690 Japanese Niche Games Deals Thread 2.0

Posted by Rage Goblin on 17 July 2015 - 09:30 PM

I already know the answer to this question, so this is sort of rhetorical, but if a video game doesn't have anything in it that you actually play(a la visual novels) then simply checking out a Let's Play is essentially the same exact experience, no?

To me, this would be like reading a book over someone's shoulder.  They're turning the pages at their own rate and you're just kind of along for the ride.  Except also this book talks to you and maybe sometimes you want to hear the voice work and sometimes you just want to move along.  And usually there's at least a little interaction in terms of story branching, if not some puzzle solving ala Danganronpa (but at that point it's maybe debatable if it's still a VN).




#12778467 Secret Amazon Prime Deals on Console Games like Batman and Elder Scrolls

Posted by Rage Goblin on 01 July 2015 - 02:20 AM

I would have rather used Amazon too if they hadn't start taxing in my state since February.  At least for me, this as well as the $99 price boost for Prime, has totally turned me off from Amazon.  I can find most things in store for the same price now.

 

With GCU combined with My BB Elite Plus...I'm good.  

Yeah, we're taxed here now too, but it's about half of regular retail tax.  $99 Prime is a no brainer for non-video games for me, since I split it with three other households.  Just add them to your account as family and it flags their account as Prime.  The people you add don't get access to any of your account, payment methods or otherwise.

 

I guess technically you're supposed to live together, but whatever.




#12778082 Secret Amazon Prime Deals on Console Games like Batman and Elder Scrolls

Posted by Rage Goblin on 30 June 2015 - 11:22 PM

Still not better than GCU, but it's nice to see they're trying.  I'd rather use Amazon, if they could match BB's pricing.




#12649723 Amazon & BestBuy: The Wolf Among Us (PS Vita) $9.99

Posted by Rage Goblin on 19 April 2015 - 11:34 PM

We know. Its in the cheap vita thread right on the front page. Bestbuy has had this for 10 or less on and off frequently.

That thread sucks.  It's a social/discussion thread that somehow is allowed to exist here, like the Japanese Niche thread.




#12639856 OFFICIAL Retail version of Digital Only games Compilation Thread

Posted by Rage Goblin on 14 April 2015 - 08:33 PM

This is a cool thread, but really needs bigger boxart to be even remotely useful.




#12561328 Titanfall Season Pass Free for Xbox One and Xbox 360 and PC

Posted by Rage Goblin on 11 March 2015 - 03:00 PM

I don't get the idea selling multiplayer maps and to me it is more ridiculous than horse armor to be honest. Map cost money to develop I know but what they are doing is segmenting the online community and in some case kill it because not everyone is going to get the dlc maps. It's not like pubs/devs get nothing out of it if dlc maps were free. People play their game longer and it stays relevant. Titanfall is the perfect example.

 

That said, Titanfall on PC bored the crap out of me but I am enjoying the heck out of it on Xbox One. Maybe because I suck less... l o l

The alternative is giving maps/modes for free and selling cosmetics and characters, like Evolve.  We know how the community felt about that, so I'm sure no major publisher will ever try again.  $20 Map packs and fractured communities for life, son.




#12561080 Titanfall Season Pass Free for Xbox One and Xbox 360 and PC

Posted by Rage Goblin on 11 March 2015 - 12:43 PM

Wouldn't have bothered if I had to boot the console up, but I'll click a link to download maps that I'll never play.

 

Thanks, OP.




#12426982 GameFly Used: (PS3/Xbox 360 only) Dark Souls 2 $9, Watch Dogs $10,...

Posted by Rage Goblin on 20 January 2015 - 08:43 PM

What's the condition of game flys games? I've never bought a used game from them. Do they tend to have a lot of scratches,etc?

YMMV, of course, but I've ordered about 20 games from them and all but one looked basically new.

 

I don't normally buy used, but I'll buy from GameFly.