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as all bars, restaurants, caf├ęs and gyms, cinemas, theatres, leisure centres ordered to close

what about sports, reading any other hobby that is not gaming.

not everything has to cost money?

Also if where talking cinema's the cheap variant is netflix use that instead.

The post is obvious hyperbole.

That said, sports are definitely a no-go right now. I wouldn't recommend it. Also, Netflix is terrible and not even close to be being an alternative to cinema, or bluray in terms of quality or quantity. I've come to realize that Netflix is basically the 21st century HBO. I'd rather pay for exactly what I want to watch than pay a network to spoon feed me content that I may or may not want to watch.

Not a failure, just not the runaway success that other PlayStation systems have been before and since. I took a while for it to pick up steam, due to initial price and receiving some botched ports in early years. I'm not a big fan of where this era took Sony's first party exclusive efforts compared to the previous systems. Games like Uncharted, Resistance, Infamous and Killzone come across as also-ran responses to what was going on in the industry, and not as era defining titles. There were some interesting exclusive titles, but the majority of those weren't overwhelmingly successful.

I've had quite a few PS1 fail to output any video using my 60GB system. Although, that could be an issue with my TV not supporting the resolution through HDMI.

In all, I'm not the biggest PS3 fan and I do prefer both the Wii and the 360 over it, but it's by no means a "failure". It was quite a successful system in the end, with a vast library that has a little something for everyone.

I put many, many hours into that game in early 2000s. I now own Planet Coaster, the one and only digital only game in my possession. It's a vastly superior and long overdue improvement for the theme park simulation niche. It is developed by a lot of the same team behind the original RCT series. I don't ever see myself wanting to go back to the days of old, at this point. Planet Coaster is the way to go, if you're into this stuff.

So your idea of societal fabric is.... Costco lines and cheap hotdogs?

Canceling classes, and work, is a ultimately for the good. Hoarding toilet paper however, is not cool. The fabric of our society has had some ragged spots for some time now, I don't think the virus is to blame for that.

Invest in more stocks! Now is the time to buy!!!

Buy low and sell high.

What games do I get?

General / Re: Does a Game and Box Have to Match Exactly?
« on: March 15, 2020, 10:22:41 pm »
I never knew this was a thing. So, it certainly doesn't matter to me. Why stop there? Why not hunt down the literal box your games came in? Heck, just buy everything sealed. Unless you do, you'll never get all of those registration cards and Nintendo power ads, or those original baggies the carts came in, etc.

Either be 100% thorough and hardcore, or just settle for either boxed or loose, I'd say.

I use silica gel packs near my game collections to help keep things dry, also video game box protectors as much as possible for good measure, but also because I think they present better that way. For the record, I've owned games, movies, and music on disc since the late 90s and never had a good working copy stop working.

General / Re: Is Coronavirus going to crash the video game market?
« on: March 14, 2020, 11:03:09 pm »
I know I'm even a bit apprehensive of going out, and have considered not buying any more games, in particular ordering anything from who knows where to bring directly into my house. I want to limit my interaction in public spaces where it's not necessary. Not so much because I'm afraid to catch it, but more-so that I'm afraid I could possibly spread it to family members who are at much greater health risk if they contracted it. I feel like game collecting can wait, so I'm not so laser focused on it right now. I have a feeling a lot of others might feel the same. If so, yes it'll have some impact.

I find it hard to believe they're even nostalgic. This is a part of the past that nobody misses. Cheap, headache inducing knock-off products at best. The Angry Video Game Nerd episode on these is one that start holds up in particular, because it's a product that deserves to be mercilessly ripped into. I'd be shocked if these things aren't on clearance within 3 - 4 months. It's a terrible waste of time and money to do this.

Off Topic / Re: The Simpsons
« on: March 14, 2020, 10:35:08 pm »
I only had a passing interest in the show when I was younger, and I enjoyed playing some of the video games simply because I knew they were associated with the show. But I think I was too young to really "get" the Simpsons back then, so it didn't hold my interest like other cartoons.

About 2 or 3 years ago, I decided to sit down and really give the show a fair chance. I started collecting and binge watching the series with the DVD box sets. I really found myself hooked on the show, and eventually bought the first 10 or so seasons, watching them all in order. I would agree with most, in saying that the 90s really seemed to be the golden era of the show. Many of the seasons were very solid back to back. However, I noticed that around season 10 or so, the writing started to change a bit. I believe the show suffered from a lot of the same mistakes as other long-running shows. The creators want to take things in a different direction eventually, and it's a very delicate balance.

What always bothers me is when they start writing the characters in a way that totally conflicts with what you've come to "believe" about the universe they've created, the characters, the dialog. Once they start to tinker with that, it's a turn-off. I felt like what I was perceiving was more like the writers reaction to then up and coming shows, like Family Guy. By season 10, everything started to get way over-the-top for all of the standards that were established in the first 9 seasons. It kind of felt like they weren't taking the show as seriously as they had been. A lot of that subtle, witty humor was replaced with a lot of fast-paced absurdity and out of context gags, which is why I say that the show felt more like a Family Guy type deal. I remember being disappointed to find out in one episode that Skinner wasn't actually the person he said he was, or at least, was no longer the character they original wrote him as.

I've heard a lot of the later seasons were brought down by so many episodes based around a lot high profile celebrities. Rather than poking fun at American pop culture and celebrities, they were later embracing and incorporating a lot of that stuff into the show. I've not gotten that far at all into the 2000s era as of yet, but with the changes I've seen, and the things I've heard about the show's downturn, I'm not exactly that excited to continue watching. Although I am happy they've decided to continue releasing the box sets again, after a production hiatus they had taken for several years.

General / Re: VGC's Anonymous/"General" Topic:
« on: March 10, 2020, 02:05:59 pm »
Reggie Fils-Aime is now on the GameStop board of directors? Interesting. I wonder if one man could somehow turn the fortunes of the company around? GS is a having a "Mario Day" sale currently. Coincidence?

I intend to keep every title that I enjoyed playing. Even if I could never see myself actually going back and playing it again, it's still going to stay in my collection.

Modern Video Games / Always online and the era of disposable games
« on: March 06, 2020, 05:22:02 pm »
The other topic about upcoming games got me thinking of this topic again. It seems like almost every major developer is trying their hand at an always online game nowadays, otherwise known as a here today gone tomorrow game, with no single player option available. Effectively, this makes them long-term rentals, and forces the consumer to move on when the company no longer sees them as profitable. Do you support the no single player, always online formula? Do you buy these games?

I've bought one begrudgingly, but I don't plan to continue supporting this model. There's no legitimate excuse in many cases to exclude an offline mode from the games. It seems to be just another brick in the wall for the forced removal of physical media that publishers have been frothing at the mouth to phase out since the early 2010s. What better way to maximize overall profit for a game company, than to charge gamers to play a game that they don't really own, and aren't entitled to keep playing? That's a publishers dream.

I was in GS earlier and heard yet another preview for an upcoming multiplayer game. It's getting tiresome at this point... I'm actually thankful some of these attempts have gone horribly awry, like Fallout 76... they deserved it's failure. Steep doesn't need to be a game that's always online.... it's a snowboarding game. It's getting ridiculous. I hope how soon this stuff proves disasterous for as many companies as it takes for them to cut this crap out. I think most of us want to own our games. We want to be able to play them single player as well as online. I'm not really all that interested in an a game that I only have a window of opportunity to ever play. I've not opened my copy of Sea of Thieves yet, and I've contemplated selling it so as not to support this model. It looks like a fun game, but it doesn't need to be online, and in 5 years probably won't be available to play anymore. I know some have voiced a boycott of all always online games, and I'm essentially one title away from considering the same.

Modern Video Games / Re: 2020 Games
« on: March 06, 2020, 05:05:40 pm »
Ori is the only game on my radar, but I've yet to get the first one. So that's on the back burner. Also Doom Eternal, as long as it doesn't turn out to be an online game.

Off Topic / Re: Is it just me, or do 98% of new movies suck?
« on: March 05, 2020, 08:22:13 pm »
I honestly wouldn't know. Movies are largely a form of media I have never been highly intrigued by. I would say that on average, I see about 3 movies per year. To say that I've seen about 90 in my lifetime would probably be an over estimate, lol.

But I find that when I sit down to watch one, I rarely have an objection. I could get sucked into a Lifetime movie, so it's probably obvious that I have no standards. Or maybe I'm just a charitable consumer of the medium, much like with games? There's a lot of negativity surrounding video games nowadays that I don't understand, at all. "This is the worst game ever made" is what I often hear regarding a lot of games. I think it's jadedness. People grow tired of the same experiences, and the bar for what they consider amusing is raised to higher and higher standards. Then you have those who flatly reject change and risk, and ensure that those somewhat unique efforts crash and burn a fiery death. So producers really can't win when people don't want different, and also don't want something that's cliche or tired. The only way they stand a chance is to try and remake something that was successful in the past and cash in on nostalgia, and that sometimes works with movies, and sometimes with games as well.

Apparently the Sonic movie wasn't bad, if that's any consolation.

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