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General / Re: VGC's Anonymous/"General" Topic:
« on: September 21, 2018, 07:11:28 am »
This thread sure has gotten quiet. We used to take up multiple pages a day a couple years ago. :o How's everyone doing?

Reddit told me to join back in 2011 when I first started collecting. I lurked for a couple years, then started posting pretty regularly, but don't visit much anymore since life keeps me pretty busy.

Now if I could just find the VGCollect counterpart for comics and movies...

Dunno about comics, but Libib works pretty well for movies. Their app is great too, and unless you're running an actual library paying for the pro version is unnecessary.

Nurse Love Addiction finally arrived. Maybe I'll actually open this one and play it. :-\

General / Re: 52 Game Challenge 2017
« on: October 11, 2017, 08:22:09 pm »
I've gotten busy with life in general, so I've been neglecting my updates, and I'm definitely not making it to 52 again this year. :'( On a positive note, what few games I've had the time to play to completion are pretty great. :)

Finished (replayed games are in purple) Full List Here
    8. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia (3DS)
    9. NEKOPARA Vol. 2 (PC)
    10. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (WiiU)
    11. Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance (GCN) Aug-16
    12. Muv-Luv Extra (PC) Aug-25
    13. Muv-Luv Unlimited (PC) Aug-26
    14. Muv-Luv Alternative (PC) Aug-30

Not likely. There are a some issues. Actual ownership of something you can hold in your hands vs being licensed software is one problem, as people have already mentioned. Another problem is that digital games also lack the rarity appeal that many physical games have. For the most part, digital copies of games have no rarity whatsoever. If you want it, you can buy it. Steam isn't going to "run out" of a game. The only exception is when a publisher loses rights to a property and the game gets taken down from all official digital storefronts (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game).

General / Re: What are you playing?
« on: April 10, 2017, 07:13:53 pm »
Persona 5! 8) It's quite the experience, and was worth the wait. I'm around the 30 hour mark and it feels like I've barely scratched the surface. If the story trophies are any indication of the game's length, I'm not even at the halfway mark yet! :o

I'm also playing Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker. Having lots of fun with that too, though I'm mainly only playing on lunch breaks at work and as a result progressing much more slowly than with P5.

General / Re: VGC's Anonymous/"General" Topic:
« on: April 10, 2017, 07:00:53 pm »
Or I can finally dive into P4 Golden.

Or Persona 5. ;)

Okay, I have updated the main page. Streamlined it and added a list of all the previous and numbered upcoming games.

Thanks for doing what I've been too lazy to do. :)

I was lucky enough to get my copy of Persona 5 a day early in the mail today! All these years of waiting have finally com to an end. ;D Today is going to be a good day. 8)

General / Re: 52 Game Challenge 2017
« on: March 27, 2017, 01:28:02 pm »
Finished the new Zelda after 90 hours of play. Wow. What an adventure that was, and what a way to launch a new console. At the beginning of the year I had it in my head that Persona 5 was probably going to be my GOTY, but it's got some serious competition with Breath of the Wild.

I've got a lot of good stuff to say about the game after all the time I've spent playing. I didn't have too much to complain about, but the frame drops are what most people seemed to take issue with. While it's unpleasant and can get pretty bad at times, it doesn't really happen often enough to be a huge issue. Some people didn't seem to be a big fan of equipment durability either, but I had no issues with it. It was a nice change and weapons were never scarce enough for it to be a problem. The game looks great, and has great music too. Hyrule was huge and exploration was a lot of fun (when it wasn't raining). There's stuff to do and look at just about everywhere on the map, and every place was full of character. It turned into one of those "just a few more minutes" kind of games for me. There's so much to do between the side quests, story quests, shrines, and collectables that I had a hard time putting the game down. That's the main reason I didn't get around to finishing it until I had played as long as I had. Another aspect of the game I really liked was the freedom you had as the player. You can do more or less anything you want in whatever order you please after finishing the opening four shrines and getting all the "runes" you'll need to finish the game. While it's not the best idea to rush straight to Hyrule Castle to fight Ganon after you finish the first four shrines, you can if you want to and I like that a lot. While it's quite the departure from the previous Zelda formula, I had a lot of fun and as I've said this may very well end up being my personal choice for GOTY.

Finished (replayed games are in purple) Full List Here
    7. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch) Mar-27

I haven't been paying much attention to this thread recently, so maybe this one has already been mentioned. Ray Gigant is getting a print from LRG! :D Never thought I'd see that happen, but I'm looking forward to getting my hands on a copy. Orders will go up on April 14th.

Got my Switch in the mail from Best Buy today and picked up a copy of Super Bomberman R. So far so good. :D

Now I'm just waiting on my copy of the new Zelda and my pro controller to arrive in the mail.

General / Re: What are you playing?
« on: February 24, 2017, 06:10:12 pm »
Got back into Final Fantasy XV after not touching it since the week of its launch and I'm loving it. So much fun. It looks and plays great, and I'm glad I decided to give it another go. Hopefully I can finish it before the Switch releases and I get distracted by the new Zelda.

General / Re: 52 Game Challenge 2017
« on: February 20, 2017, 08:53:18 pm »
I've fallen a bit behind schedule since my last completion, but I've got another one to add to the list tonight. Finally got around to finishing Erika's route in FE8 after not playing for several months. It was a lot of fun and I would highly recommend it. At some point, I'll probably get around to playing through Ephraim's route as well, but for now I'll go back to playing other things.

Finished (replayed games are in purple) Full List Here
    6. Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones (GBA) Feb-20

Classic Video Games / Re: English translations, ROMs, re-pro carts, etc...
« on: February 09, 2017, 12:07:51 pm »
Ah, thanks so much, Abe!  I've avoided roms and such for so long (last one I played was probably like 15 years ago - Earthbound about 40% through or so) since I'm not super techy, especially with paranoia of downloading files from the internet. Used to be so carefree back in the day!

Sounds like the easier options are to get a Retron 5 and the cart or a flash cart/repro. The R5 and the cart may likely be the way as I prefer having the original game if possible. Thanks again! Everything I searched was just a mess of terminology that I wasn't familiar with, and I didn't want to get too deep into it if it'd require a lot of work in the end.

Edit: Funny, did you know people also sold repros on etsy? Never would've guessed...

Glad to be of assistance. :)

My personal favorite method (because I'm cheap) is to buy an actual copy of the original game, then emulate the patched version on my softmodded Wii. I don't have the Retron 5 yet and probably won't in the foreseeable future (it's more than $200 after shipping and or taxes if you want to get one in Canada at the moment), and good flashcarts can be expensive ($99 USD for the EverDrive GBA X5 before shipping and the exchange rate). Repro GBA games tend to be the cheapest from AliExpress and go for no more than $6 or so for GBA stuff (didn't see the FMA game you mentioned though). I tend to go that route if I really want to play the patched game on official hardware.

There's quite a lot of repros on Etsy, yes. However, most seem to be pretty overpriced. Sometimes they'll come with nice custom boxes though, which is neat.

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