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Video Game Database Discussion / "Grey" or "Gray"? - Poll for Style Guide
« on: November 29, 2019, 12:11:52 pm »
In our database, I think it's time to settle on a unified style for "grey" or "gray" for item descriptors. What I mean by this is how an item with a grey/gray colored variant should spell the word; should it be spelled with an "e" or an "a"? As of now, we have no unified approach, and we've got a mishmash of items in the database using both spellings.

● "Grey" spelling examples:
https://vgcollect.com/item/38526
https://vgcollect.com/item/9173
https://vgcollect.com/item/141567
https://vgcollect.com/item/72082

● "Gray" spelling examples:
https://vgcollect.com/item/9628
https://vgcollect.com/item/99844
https://vgcollect.com/item/63686
https://vgcollect.com/item/141558

It should go without saying, but if it doesn't, this will not apply to items where the official name of the descriptor on an item's packaging is "grey" or "gray".

● Example where "Grey" is the official descriptor, printed on the item's packaging:
https://vgcollect.com/item/120824

● Example where "Gray" is the official descriptor, printed on the item's packaging:
https://vgcollect.com/item/117954

For what it's worth, grey is the spelling commonly used in British English and gray is the spelling used in 'Murican English. It seems like as of now, gray with an a is the more common spelling in our database.

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Video Game Database Discussion / "Grey" or "Gray"? - Style Discussion
« on: November 18, 2019, 07:51:10 pm »
In our database, I think it's time to settle on a unified style for "grey" or "gray" for item descriptors. What I mean by this is how an item with a grey/gray colored variant should spell the word; should it be spelled with an "e" or an "a"? As of now, we have no unified approach, and we've got a mishmash of items in the database using both spellings.

● "Grey" spelling examples:
https://vgcollect.com/item/38526
https://vgcollect.com/item/9173
https://vgcollect.com/item/141567
https://vgcollect.com/item/72082

● "Gray" spelling examples:
https://vgcollect.com/item/9628
https://vgcollect.com/item/99844
https://vgcollect.com/item/63686
https://vgcollect.com/item/141558

It should go without saying, but if it doesn't, this will not apply to items where the official name of the descriptor on an item's packaging is "grey" or "gray".

● Example where "Grey" is the official descriptor, printed on the item's packaging:
https://vgcollect.com/item/120824

● Example where "Gray" is the official descriptor, printed on the item's packaging:
https://vgcollect.com/item/117954

For what it's worth, grey is the spelling commonly used in British English and gray is the spelling used in 'Murican English. It seems like as of now, gray with an a is the more common spelling in our database.

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General / What Does Everyone Think of the Nintendo Switch Lite?
« on: July 13, 2019, 12:24:01 am »

Apparently Nintendo is releasing a Nintendo Switch Lite later this year. They announced it a few days ago and I had no idea. It's handheld only and doesn't feature removable joy con controllers. The battery life is apparently slightly better than the original Switch model. I guess Nintendo's going all-in on the Switch completely replacing the Wii U and 3DS since now they're going to have a home console (which is also portable?) and a portable handheld-only console.

Here's a trailer for it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCUon1SgKi8

It's odd because in the trailer it comes across as if he's advertising the features it doesn't have versus the features it does have. Also, the USB C port is still on the bottom of the unit (which is pretty ridiculous for a handheld only system)

I kind of understand why Nintendo would do this. It's cheaper plus it'll probably help widen the appeal of Pokemon when it comes out.

Is anybody getting one of these or are you happy with the original model?

As somebody who's used his Switch exclusively as a home console I honestly can't see the appeal of it, but I bet some people will like it.

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General / Anyone Ever Had an Injury Which Kept Them from Gaming?
« on: January 16, 2019, 05:55:07 pm »
Hello all!

I recently suffered an injury which immobilized all of the fingers on my left hand as well as my wrist, and since my job basically requires me the use of both hands I'll be out of commission from work for a bit, which leaves me a good amount of free time to be playing my backlog of video games. The only problem is... well I can't use my left hand at all unfortunately. I was just wondering if anyone else here has ever suffered an injury which kept them from gaming, because frankly, I game on the daily, and not being able to is going to be difficult.

Now I know, controllers exist for one handed use only and some Wii games only need the Wii remote and I have a few of those like Zack and Wiki. I guess if you know of any that only need one hand, I'd be very grateful if you could recommend some.

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Video Game Database Discussion / Need Help Naming Cover Variants
« on: June 21, 2018, 08:19:53 pm »
With Limited Run Games now releasing pretty much all of its games with two covers and randomizing the cover you get under the seal, it has gotten tough to name the variants for our database. At first I was classifying them as "default" and "alternate" but that isn't distinct or descriptive enough and doesn't fall in with the style guide, so, on the suggestion of Tripredacus I'm looking for some suggestions on what these games should be titled in the database. I'll post both covers for each title and if you'd like, just give some suggestions on what you think the parenthetical dentition after the game's name should be:

Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut
Cover 1 - Cover 2 -

Flinthook
Cover 1 - Cover 2 -

Kingdom: New Lands (Both almost identical)
Cover 1 - Cover 2-

Saturday Morning RPG
Cover 1 - Cover 2 -

Slime-san: Superslime Edition
Cover 1 - Cover 2 -

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I was cleaning some things up over the past weekend and stumbled across my Nintendo Power collection that spanned from 2003 till 2009. I remember how helpful it was in the earlier days but after around 2005 it became just a gaming news and review magazine. I liked the magazine while I had it and seeing it again made me wonder what everyone else's favorites were or maybe still are if they're still in print.

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General / Anybody Else Ever Fall in and out of Love with Collecting?
« on: July 13, 2017, 11:50:44 am »
Recently I packed up my entire collection and put it into 9 plastic tubs and I haven't bought a video game title in over a month. Shoot, this is the first time I've been on the site in three to four weeks and I'm a guy with 1,000+ items and 5,000+ edits, so I've spent a good chunk of time here on VGCollect!
I don't know what it is, I just recently stopped caring about video game collecting, which for me is actually a good thing in the mental and financial sense, I'd spend about half of my money on video games and I'd be glued to my phone or computer reading news about upcoming video game releases, checking eBay for deals on games I would never play, etc. It would get to the point where I'd have 10-20 things showing up in the mail each week, I'd open them, put them on the shelf, and that was it. I'd be upset after e3 conferences and Nintendo Directs and things like that; video games were controlling my whole life. I was buying things for the sake of buying things, just to have them but I was never using them. I'd get mad at myself and try to hide my collection and not show it to my friends or family. I was depressed all the time, especially looking at the amount I spent on things I was never going to use. It reached a peak when I was about to hit the "Buy it now" button for a $90 copy of The Croods for Wii U on eBay, but for once I stopped myself and thought, "is this really going to make me happy? Enrich my life? Make me feel better?" The answer is no. Since I've stopped buying and gaming, I've been feeling much better, I've made new friends, gotten new hobbies and occupations, and overall I just feel happier, more confident, hell, I feel like a new man! I think I should sell most of it and just keep the consoles/systems I really care about and will maybe want to go back to eventually, maybe I'll actually use my games for videos and the like. Sadly for me that means I will likely spend very little time here on the site, which makes me a little sad because everyone on this site is great and it's hands down the best tool and community for video game collecting.
I guess what I want to ask is if anyone else has ever felt this way? Did you swear off it forever? (Probably not if you use VGCollect, haha!) Go back to it eventually? Or does collecting simply make you happy and you love it and collect because you love video games? For me at first, it was a combination of having money to buy things I wanted and wanting the things I had, but over the past two years I've squandered so much time and money on games I don't use, I don't even care to think about it.

Let me know your thoughts!

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In the Intellivision category, I made several edits on certain titles from "Official Release" and changed them to "Unofficial Release" titles such as:
Any of the Imagic titles
Any of the Activision titles
Any of the Coleco/CBS titles
Any of the Interphase titles
Any of the Atarisoft titles
Any of the Parker Brothers titles
should all be classified as "Unofficial Releases" correct? Although they were mass produced and commercially available, Mattel never sanctioned them to be sold on the system. Some games don't work on the Intellivision II console either. I was just looking for some clarification from an Admin who could maybe shed some light on this (preferably @badATchaos or @tripedacus) before I continue making edits and getting some accepted and some rejected without knowing why.

Also, the SEARS or Super Video Arcade games are all official Mattel releases, but the boxart was different. While many don't recognize these as Official Releases, the games themselves are the exact same as the versions Mattel published.

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General / Super Mario World VS Sonic the Hedgehog
« on: March 31, 2017, 11:26:20 am »
VS
These are two of the greatest platforming titles of all time as well as the killer apps for their respective consoles. Which of these two classics do you like better? The tried and true Super Mario formula that was nearly perfected in Super Mario World, or the fast and furious gameplay of Sega's edgy blue hedgehog? I am very curious to hear everyone's thoughts on the subject.

Also, I've got another video to shamelessly plug: https://youtu.be/3E6HVC4CmHc - Check it out if you feel so inclined.
Otherwise, let's have a discussion!

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General / Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed VS Mario Kart 8
« on: March 11, 2017, 11:32:05 am »

Sonic and All-Stars Racing and Mario Kart 8 are both pretty excellent racing games on the Wii U. Which one of them do you like better or do you like both about the same?
I'm going to shamelessly plug the video I made detailing which one of the two I like better: https://youtu.be/LhhNbdmyR7I
Check it out if you would.
Otherwise, let's have a discussion. Who's got the better racing skills? Plumber or Hedgehog?

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Retro City Rampage DX, one of the most illusive (and expensive) PlayStation 4 physical titles is being re-released due to popular demand, you can check the link out here: http://vblank.com/20160719.php#retail. The orders go up Friday for anyone interested on this page: http://vblank-entertainment.myshopify.com

Apparently, the PS4 version is getting new cover artwork as well as new disc artwork to separate it from the original print run of 2000 copies. It sounds like there are 3000 copies going up for sale which still means the print run is relatively low. It also comes with a physical box (no disc) for a PSP version of the game and a download for Retro City Rampage on the PSP (in 2016, really?) which is pretty cool too.
As someone who owns a copy of the original print, I don't know how happy this makes me because it will decrease the overall value of it, but hey, at least Vblank listens to its fans. Just thought some of you might be interested, especially if you missed out on this one the first time around.

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Video Game Database Discussion / New Nintendo 3DS eShop titles
« on: March 06, 2016, 09:27:46 pm »
During the past Nintendo Direct, Nintendo announced that a few SNES titles would be released as digital downloads exclusively for the New Nintendo 3DS family of systems. It can be seen at roughly 18:22 in the video. I was wondering if in the VGCollect site a new category would be added called Nintendo eShop (New 3DS) or if those titles should just be put under the regular Nintendo eShop for 3DS.

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