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Video Game Database Discussion / Re: TPX VGCOLLECT R&D LIST
« on: August 17, 2022, 11:55:08 am »
Have decided to go back and work on making sure we have game entries before doing the additional extra stuff like the ID guide posts.

Currently working on making sure PlayStation [NA] has correct covers and add any missing variations I come across.
Not going about and checking every entry for incorrect back art.

Off Topic / Re: CD's, Vinyl (etc) Music Collectors Unite
« on: August 15, 2022, 10:58:41 am »
What is meant by quality?

Just to build on what others have said…

If we’re talking about CD vs vinyl, it’s a matter of opinion which sounds better. I personally think CDs have the best sound quality, but a big reason vinyl has made a comeback is because many think it has a better sound.

Of the few comments to this simple question I posted most deviated from the physical media discussion to bring up digital file formats, and only one mentioned low quality headphones.

It wasn't a real question, it was a feeler. Because one thing I have learned over the years is that in general, the (physical) format doesn't actually matter. The quality of the equipment is what matters. Everyone hears differently as well, but even so, all sound can be fixed by equipment and environmental acoustics.

The only issues with (pressed) CDs I have encountered are with modern CDs that have clipping present, which indicates that the mastering source was digital. General illustration of what clipping is:

General / Re: 52 Games Challenge 2022
« on: August 12, 2022, 09:48:52 am »
13. Batman: The Telltale Series

I guess I am done with this game. I played all the chapters and there is nothing left. It is just Season 1, on the Steam page there is DLC for a Shadows Mode and it has screenshots showing Harley Quinn and Bane but I am not sure if those are from this game or the separate Batman Telltale game. Oh well, it is enough for me to do at the moment.

Plays like any other Telltale game I've played so far. Only issues I ran into was that turning down the volume slider for Music did not actually turn down the music volume. Also, do not try to use keyboard/mouse and gamepad. First the gamepad is extremely slow for the actions where you need to use the analog stick. Otherwise is is fine except that I am still not used to where the buttons are on an Xbox 360 pad without looking, which does not work well for the quick-time events. There are some controls that work better on gamepad than with kb/m but in the end I had to stop using the gamepad entirely. It happened when it gave me a prompt to hold Shift key on the keyboard and A button on the gamepad.

Off Topic / Re: CD's, Vinyl (etc) Music Collectors Unite
« on: August 12, 2022, 09:42:30 am »
What is meant by quality?

I wonder if they're accounting for games that are just not available physically, as there's tons of smaller, indie titles on the systems that will never get a physical release.

Corporate accounting is creative but not being in that particular industry to know exactly how products are distributed I can't give any good alegories about it. In any case, this isn't anything new. That site decided to write a news story about it, that Q1 2022 had more digital than physical sales, but this information comes from a recent earnings announcement. And as you can see from digging down through the sources you come the source:

I would forgive anyone who doesn't know how to read this type of thing, but knowing how corporations twist numbers, you cannot infer that they are specifically meaning something that isn't specifically stated. Page 9 it shows the earnings per type and here is shows in Q1 22 that they earned 101B¥ from digital and 16B¥ from physical. But looking back on the chart shows that they earned more from digital over physical in all of 2021... so this isn't even news.

Reading the notes shows that their physical sales prices only includes first party and the digital includes first and third since they control the store. And from here we can now start to see how they twist the numbers around. It does not say "In Q1 of fiscal year 2021, digital purchases stood at 71 per cent" as OP has put. The source documentation only says this number is relating to download ratio and not purchases. Nothing regarding that ratio can be used to determine what the actual physical vs digital sales numbers are, to even prove that digital outweights physical. The reasons being:
- Physical unit totals are not mentioned, only revenue
- Renevue on physical only includes first party
- the digital ratio value includes software pre-installed on the consoles, which includes all consoles that were purchased by the channel and will also include consoles that are in transit, sitting in a warehouse or otherwise not sold to customers yet. This also will include those "physical" games that download their software from PSN.

That situation regarding them counting the stuff pre-installed to consoles is something that can push their numbers up to their investors. They are going to count those in these numbers because they have sold the consoles into the channel, that product has been invoiced. Their listings for physical games will work the same way, those will be product sold to channel, not to customers.

So what is the actual news that is being reported here? That in Q1 22 Sony had more revenue on digital than physical? Ok but that isn't anything new. When was the first quarter where that happened?

Video Game Database Discussion / Re: Plants vs Zombies
« on: August 09, 2022, 12:17:05 pm »
Match gamefaqs even if they have different formats for their titles.

Item was submitted with number BCUS-99249. The copy I got has it on areas listed in the description, but the spine shows BCUS-98280 (used in Googled pictures of other copies and all I've found with visible spines show BCUS-98280 as well.
Figured it might've slipped by in the submission process but without pictures of the og submission's spine it's hard to tell.

I have found one showing a spine and it says what you say.
One thing about this is that it is not a good quality image but it looks to me the back number is 98249 and not 99249.

For whatever the reason is, this game on the various MLs have urls and item numbers redacted and it is from multiple sellers. It is a little weird and makes positive ID impossible for most listings. That one from Argentina was the only one that I could find with something not redacted.

I eventually found this one and has the same back and spine number as you say.

So I will change the item number on the entry you posted.

Added Costa Rica and Chile

I knew I had to go thrifting for games just because I had that wii nunchuk in my collection and the artwork was deforming my recent pickups image in my signature.

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Mission Pack Eagle Watch
NASCAR Racing 2


Disney Infinity 2.0

Video Game Database Discussion / Re: Duplicate List 2022
« on: August 05, 2022, 11:58:37 am »
OK merged and fixed the title.

Video Game Database Discussion / Re: Duplicate List 2022
« on: August 05, 2022, 09:50:17 am »
These are not dupes, the have a different back cover. I cannot confirm the back cover for the first one. I looked on ML and the only one with the label has no back picture and none of the loose copies have this back cover. Since Dhaabi made it, he will have to determine if there is an error on the first entry or not.

General / Re: 52 Games Challenge 2022
« on: August 05, 2022, 09:40:50 am »
12. Batman: Arkham Origins (abandoned)

I knew by just looking at the option after I launched the game that this was going to be a problem. But before getting to why it was abandoned after 5.3 hours, I can talk about some positive things.

First thing to note is that the game has defaulted to home theater for audio setting and it actually worked properly. A lot of games either don't support a true surround setting, have the sounds done correctly and/or it runs in software mode. The presentation was good and I did really like that you could just go around the city basically anywhere you wanted. I liked the idea of the collectibles and the extra content.

Middling things... the game does not necessarily tell you how to do everything. Or in reality it uses a tutorial system and will only tell you how to go about certain things until the point in the story where the developers decide, aka some thing you have to do to advance the story. This is an issue because after the tutorial area, the game immediately puts you into the open world where you can find these things and when you do encounter them, either an option won't be present or it doesn't have any hint as to what to do. Such as being able to throw the batarang through electricity and have it hit a box to open a door or container. There are also things that you find that I had found you couldn't do anything with until you get an upgrade, but there is no notification that you can't do whatever. I can hear you say about how games don't need to tell you anything, but this game tells you everything else and certainly it would be putting up prompts had I gotten to those tutorial segments in the MQ. Also, Batman can't go into water, ever. And Gotham has no people in it besides gang members.

Despite being open world, the game does not actually offer you the ability to be creative in solving situations. There are some fights where it is just not possible to full stealth it. Maybe it is because there is an enemy with a gun and the game wants to tell you how to use some mechanic. And then what happens is that most of the fights against enemies that are not low tier are actually scripted. You have to defeat them in a certain way and not any other way. And for a game with a stealth mechanic, not actually being able to stealth 100% of the time seems like a waste, especially since most fights are annoying to begin with. The first real boss fight against Deathstroke showed my fears from looking at the options menu at the beginning. You have to fight that boss the way the game wants you do, and then it becomes a quick-time event simulator. And with all of the different skills you can unlock, you get more and more options for button combinations you can do making things even more tedious.

I was willing to push forward only with one answer: cheats. And unlike a lot of games there are cheats available BUT only if you have DLC. I didn't have any and I looked and found there was one DLC for $2 I could get. Then I read that you pretty much needed the Season Pass for the cheats to work and I wasn't willing to even try to see if the $2 DLC would have been enough.

There was one good glitch I encountered. There is a part where you have to go onto Penguin's boat and when you get there, Batman says to himself that he needs to take out the two snipers. Only the back half of the boat has enemies on it. One sniper is in a tower and the other is at the middle of the boat on a container. In between them are 6 others with machine guns. I took out the one on the tower with stealth. Then I snuck around to the middle of the boat and took out the guy on the container. Then I saw a pickup on the front half of the boat and went to pick it up. On my way to there I hear "I'm OK!" and this was the sniper on the container waking up. Then I pick up the intel item. Then I hear a bunch of screams. Looking on the detective vision I see that all of the enemies on the deck of the ship (including the container guy) all suddenly clipped through the ship and fell into the bottom of the map and died. Sure made that section easy.

Next I will retry getting Wolfenstein The New Order to run on my computer.

Stick to one thread

General / Re: Intro thread
« on: August 02, 2022, 09:27:00 am »
Do I have to get to a certain post limit before that ends or is that for good ?

It is an anti-spam measure.

Classic Video Games / Re: What is the best PS2 launch title?
« on: August 02, 2022, 09:26:15 am »
I don't think I've actually played any of those. I'm not even sure about the sports games which is a coinflip whether I may have played on at a friend's house. I had played NHL 2001 on PC so that doesn't count.

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