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I just got my ps4 a little over a year ago so this gen is still kinda new to me. That and the fact that the ps4 pro and xbox one x are still fairly new and were released with mostly current market tech, I wonder what new things a new console could even offer that the current ones don't already satisfy.

The switch kinda bores me a little right now. There hasn't been many big releases that aren't first-party, ports, or multi-platform releases. I DO like the switch but I think it still isn't being taken seriously enough for that. Ill be happy with just getting a new metroid and bayonetta though.
I'm pretty cool with the switch, it's a nintendo machine and they are usually for first party games. Nintendo has supported it super well. Mario Ody, Zelda BOTW, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe all to play in the first year - Kirby, Donkey Kong, Fire Emblem / Hyrule Warriors, Arms, Splatoon 2, Mario Tennis Aces, Yoshi, Star Fox, Metroid, Smash Bros, Captain Toad, Fire Emblem core series title ... all of these are out or coming.

Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee in holiday 2018, 8th Gen Pokemon game in holiday 2019

Mario, Zelda, Kart, Kirby, Donkey Kong are all out now on the system - Yoshi, Star Fox, Metroid, Smash, Fire Emblem and Pokemon are all on the way. Nintendo are supporting it with almost every damn franchise they have. Couldn't be more happy with it.

Just having Mario Odyssey, Zelda BOTW, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Pokemon easily, easily, easily, justify owning the system. 

Certainly interested in a PS5.  Sony has pumped out more than enough reasons to justify a PS4, while Microsoft has utterly failed with the Xbox One.  They screwed things up with their E3 reveal and never were able to recover and I don't know how they turn it around.  Something Sony will always have as an advantage, is the Japanese market.  Japan don't give a crap about the Xbox, so there's a lot of stuff it will never get. 

Microsoft hasn't justified the Xbox One, so I see no reason to be interested in whatever they have next.  Right now, the Switch covers all the Nintendo properties while having portability as a bonus, Sony has all the great exclusives, and PC covers all my shooters and everything else.  Even Microsoft doesn't truly support the Xbox One anymore as they are releasing most games on PC now.  Sunset Overdrive is seemingly getting a PC port, and if Rare Replay gets a PC port, that's it.  They got nothing for me on the Xbox.
I agree the exclusives aren't numerous or wonderful on xbox but in other respects I've preferred the xbox, the controller is more comfortable, the controller battery lasts longer for wireless play, for a long time at the beginning of the generation only xbox had external hard drive support and both systems launched with only 500GB much of which taken by system software and games were 50GB each so this was a huge deal to me. Playing Forza Motorsport 5 on day one was ecstasy too, it was like the best track racer ever at the time. All said and done PS4 definitely had more support both first and third party and a higher calibre of exclusive games but xbox has a lot of quality of life stuff I enjoyed and they include stuff like 4K blu ray players in their systems and have niche advantages that way.

Also, xbox game pass, EA access, backwards compatability and more have really raised xbox in my estimation. I have been able to play Mass Effect 1-3, Tekken 6, Injustice Gods Among Us, Fallout 3 + all dlc, Fallout New Vegas + all dlc, Oblivion and more on my Xbox One. Moreover, xbox game pass has been including their bigger releases as part of the subscription like Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2 and soon Crackdown.

Pros and cons to both. I certainly would only buy one system next gen if anything though, having both is unnecessary.

Are you interested in the next generation after seeing how this one played out?

Personally I think I can resist. I have a PS4, XB1 and capable gaming PC. I mostly play on PC, it has free online multiplayer, most of the games and I can easily listen to music or a podcast in the background.

I wasn’t blown away by console exclusives this gen, despite the many offerings of Sony.

My tastes in modern games are usually catered to by third parties like Bethesda and Bioware, I like RPGs and Sony and MS don’t really fund those.

I was super into games a few years back and bought both systems at launch to experience everything and have all the announcements at E3s be for me etc.

Now there’s only a select few games on each that still appeal to me. I’m not a big multiplayer guy and I don’t like linear games because they’re over in a weekend with no replay value. When you rule out multiplayer focused and linear single player there isn’t a ton left.

I like my Switch a lot right now.

I like games that have branching paths, skill trees, custom characters, non-linearity, open areas, exploration (Skyrim, Mass Effect, Dark Souls, Fallout)  - or - games with unlimited replayable fun core gameplay with no story to see once and be done with (Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Injustice 2).

General / Do you still love your purchases after you buy them?
« on: June 04, 2018, 04:10:18 am »
Or do you get a high from finding something and/or getting a good deal then put it away and stop thinking about it?

This is a pretty well known psychological thing - wanting what you don’t have. Once you have it, it ceases to be what you don’t have and you care about it far less.

Are you getting ongoing satisfaction when you make purchases for your collection or do you just immediately crave the next thing you don’t have?

Because it's rare.

Finding Sly Raccoon out in the wild is wayyy more satisfying than finding say Grand Theft Auto San Andreas despite the latter being a fun and popular title on the system.

The best feeling is when it's rare and also fun and you get it for a bargain, I live for that rush.
If you mean Sly Cooper it isn't a rare PS2 game it got a greatest hits release.
I don't, I mean the PAL game Sly Raccoon

Also, lol greatest hits editions

Modern Video Games / Re: Played Mario Tennis Aces demo
« on: June 03, 2018, 03:14:21 pm »
Tennis is fun but it takes practice to get good at it both real life and video games that I've played before like Tennis for the Atari 2600 ported to the PlayStation 2. I could not imagine a tennis demo,

I mean how was it Seether? did it even let you go complete 1 full round? I never heard something more ripoffish than a demo of tennis
It's a limited time online competitive tournament thing so you can play full rounds against other people online, and you can play full rounds against AI for practice too.
'Mario Tennis Aces Pre-launch Online Tournament Demo' Friday 1st June (15:00 UK time) – Sunday 3rd June (23:59 UK time)

So yeah you do experience what the core game is, obviously the 'story mode' or cups or what have you single player content isn't there, but you can play rounds of tennis.

This £15.40 is 17.59 Euro and 20.56 USD, for context.

It feels too much. And I've found myself in other dumb situations for more money before impulsively.

I hate myself.

It's not that it's a lot of money or anything, it's that it's a lot of money for what it is and that these upper amounts are reaching bill paying levels. My home insurance is like £18 a month and mobile phone around £34, I don't know man, it just feels somehow immoral to me to spend the price of a bill on an old ass game.

It adds up when you do it often. In 2016 I spent over £750 on random garbage on eBay (not all games), I've added it up in purchase history.

There is a copy of Mr Driller for PS1 ending on eBay in 2 hours and 35 minutes from now, a game very dear to me that I played and adored when I was much younger.

I currently have the winning bid at £12.50 plus £2.90 postage.

Now you might be thinking - "Why didn't he snipe at the end of the auction to get the best price?!", well, it's because the bidding already got to a level where I was pushing my comfortable boundary to spend on a retro game and truthfully I almost WANT to be outbid because god why am I putting £15 up for a PS1 game?

Sometimes I have these internal struggles with myself and I really think I shouldn't be paying more than something like £8 / $10 for a retro title, regardless of what they are worth in the market. I feel better about the games I pick up for £1 than the ones I shell out for.

Do you ever feel dirty for paying market rate, or above the odds, or more than you really want to be paying for retro games?

How much maximum will you spend for a retro game?
If prices go up will you pony up the cash?
Do you care how much old games cost / does it bother you at all?

And as well as only some games having more value than a baseline 5 or 10 bucks, moreover, I think only a subset of retro games 'hold up' today as still being fun.

It's subjective of course but some people say early polygonal games like N64 and PS1 titles are in general very ugly now.

Outside of first party Nintendo titles and some choice games is retro really the golden age compared to present day?

I think I'm at a realisation that most retro games are worthless and not fun - but that's not to take away from the special ones that do hold up and are still rightfully sought after.

Pac-Man is never not going to be fun, Street Fighter II is iconic and excellent, Super Mario Bros is super raw gameplay and awesome but for every one of those great games there's 50 that are mediocre to bad.

I have an easy time intimately learning and pursuing the valuable and still loved titles in a game library.

I still see PS2 around from time to time and have picked up Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel, Silent Hill 3, PaRappa The Rapper 2 and Sly Raccoon all for next to nothing on my travels. That system has something like 2,500 games and I am able to scan piles of them and just from the title on the spine largely know whether it's sought after or goes for more than a penny.

I'm finding satisfaction in being discerning and hunting for treasure and scouring the best things.

Maybe my headspace is very different from most collectors.

I like only going for gold and having a mental list of the best things and knowing I don't have all that much I need to buy because only a small amount of all retro is pure bliss. I'm going for the high of the greatest crap in the libraries and leaving all the common tat. I feel fine knowing that what I want might have to come from eBay because the list of stuff I want is relatively short so it's all good.

I feel like each system only has a small minority of titles worth collecting; like a vast majority of games are 'commons' and in abundance, worth very little and aren't being hoarded or coveted by most collectors.

Do you think there's this top level of creme that is a cut above most of the library for systems whereby most of the games on a system go for a certain price and then this group of 30 or 50 or 100 titles peak above and are more choicey and sought after?

Modern Video Games / Played Mario Tennis Aces demo
« on: June 01, 2018, 04:50:59 pm »
It's not satisfying to play ... it's just tennis. 

Because it's rare.

Finding Sly Raccoon out in the wild is wayyy more satisfying than finding say Grand Theft Auto San Andreas despite the latter being a fun and popular title on the system.

The best feeling is when it's rare and also fun and you get it for a bargain, I live for that rush.

General / Is the ultimate goal for you getting full sets of games?
« on: June 01, 2018, 08:36:10 am »
Or are you more selective?

I just want the sought after games.

We can dream eh?

*gets back to paying a mortgage*

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