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General / Re: VGC's Anonymous/"General" Topic:
« on: March 04, 2020, 07:58:26 pm »
Has anyone here played Control on PS4, or XB1 as of late? I heard the game ran pretty bad on most base consoles when it first came out, but then I heard there were some patches released that might have made it lot more playable?

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I'm currently negotiating a fairly large deal with a local collector who is getting out of collecting. If this ends up happening this will be one of the largest purchases I've made in years! I'd say there's a 50/50 chance at this point it's going to work out. I just wish he'd message me back more consistently  >:(

Facebook, I'd assume. In the few experiences I've had using it to buy things, people are insufferable on there. A total lack of basic communication skills and etiquette. They'll stop talking to you mid conversation, leave you hanging after making actual plans or dealings, and generally just don't give a crap. I had to wait like 45 mins after driving an hour, in a parking lot while the seller was inside of a grocery store after they changed the meet location on me, and decided to do all their shopping before they'd come out and meet me to sell me something we met up for. Not so much as an acknowledgement or response when I told them via Facebook that I had arrived at the parking lot, and they were completely aware the whole time.


This is exactly what happened. The guy has been jerking me around for 2-days despite me offering a very reasonable amount for what he was selling. I'm like 99% sure this isn't happening now. Yeah, it was on Facebook lol

This can apply to just about any local sells apps like Letgo and Craigslist. Some people communicate no problem and all is good. Then there are others who have no business selling anything. I remember wanting to meet someone to buy their copy of Nioh with the letter opener that came when you pre-ordered the game and all was find at first. I told them I was going to pass by their place after picking something else up on the way and they said no problem. Fast forward and I arrive at the meeting location, I parked and told them I was hear and didnt hear anything back like at all. Im pretty sure I was there for like 20-30 minutes top and in between sent another message and no response which at the point i was like fuck it and left. Needless to say I wasnt happy especially considering the distance wasnt exactly the closes to where I live. Maybe they already sold to someone before I came but say that instead of making make waste my time. People suck sometimes.

There is also an option called shipping to avoid all that waste of time?

Fuel costs and 2 hours or more invested to go back and forth + wait time to pick something up how much does one actually save?. I rarely pick stuff up only if it's fairly close or at a flea market. even if it's only 30 or 20 minutes away it means also going 20 30 minutes back even in those cases you waste over 1 hour to save almost nothing or lose money thanks to fuel I just say fuck it and pay the 4 to 7$ shipping with tracking my time is far more valuable than saving a few $. picking stuff up is always a time sink. Only if it's super pricy as in 1000$ or up might I consider picking stuff up. If it was a guy I bought stuff from before I'll just pay for insured shipping for 20$ not to mention that for under 500$ in my country there is an option to insure upto 500$ for just 9$ for up to 10 KG's. again you rarely save money by picking stuff up if where talking fuel costs alone let alone the time.

still though out of all the local pickups that you guys had? do you guys really not trust for those same people to ship the items out? I mean the guy has the items if you payed before hand he can't sell it anymore, also in the sellers perspective for a local pickup a buyer can also just ditch the meeting place so there is no guarantee wich could result in some people selling it to somebody else. Modern stuff especially consoles sure tons of scamming, retro games especially obsecure stuff way less and you could just pick the actual scammers out. but that's just my experience.

Also if you don't believe the guy to have the items ask for particular pictures of said item, or with note with the correct date of today + the sellers name to guarantee that the guy actually has the items that he is selling. or say you bought a bunch of items to ask a picture of that bundle of games before you pay.

In my case, I was buying a TV stand for my new retro setup and saved quite a bit shopping Facebook versus buying a similar one brand new, or having one shipped. With actual games, I doubt I'd ever bother contacting anyone on Facebook. Meetups are sketchy, and there's less guarantees. You don't get a receipt, or buyer protection. Not worth the hassle to me, and what little I've seen posted is nothing special.

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General / Re: VGC's Anonymous/"General" Topic:
« on: March 04, 2020, 01:36:25 am »
It honestly amazes me that even in 2020, I'm still finding PS1 games that I've never heard of before. The days of this happening with most other classic consoles are long over by this point, but PS1 is like a never ending trove of games. I've heard of a lot of PS1 games, and I own quite a bit as well, including some rather obscure ones... but still, I can walk into a shop and discover something that's total new to me. Almost like shopping a current gen console and discovering brand new releases.

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All he came into my home for was to look around you know, that type.   I didn't let this person in but someone else did after I told this person not to.

No, I don't know that type. If someone strange comes to my house and asks to come in just so they can look around? I would laugh, tell them to leave immediately or I'm calling the police, and slam the door in their face.

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I'm currently negotiating a fairly large deal with a local collector who is getting out of collecting. If this ends up happening this will be one of the largest purchases I've made in years! I'd say there's a 50/50 chance at this point it's going to work out. I just wish he'd message me back more consistently  >:(

Facebook, I'd assume. In the few experiences I've had using it to buy things, people are insufferable on there. A total lack of basic communication skills and etiquette. They'll stop talking to you mid conversation, leave you hanging after making actual plans or dealings, and generally just don't give a crap. I had to wait like 45 mins after driving an hour, in a parking lot while the seller was inside of a grocery store after they changed the meet location on me, and decided to do all their shopping before they'd come out and meet me to sell me something we met up for. Not so much as an acknowledgement or response when I told them via Facebook that I had arrived at the parking lot, and they were completely aware the whole time.

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Recent grabs. Tokyo Highway Battle is actually the first in the Extreme Racer series that we got locally. Midtown Madness I remember playing the PC versions back in the day, lots of fun.


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I've never noticed the citrus scent lasting beyond maybe a day after using it. Hard to say if the liquid could somehow find it's way through the wrap and onto the box. I mostly use that stuff on plastic game cases, and I always remove the artwork first because typically it finds it's way around the surface I'm trying to clean. It's a very thin and runny liquid, for sure.

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It would seem that Scott has overdosed on red pills since the last we heard from him. I honestly, can't decipher this. I have no idea what he's even on about.

Yeah, me neither...

I think it's 'sony put up a comparatively strict content policy & that's somehow an attack on their fanbase?' I mean- really? I am an otaku/weeb/final fantasy fan gamer type, but I dont think, say, not being able to rub objects between a girl's tits in Omega Labyrinth is a freakin' personal attack!

Whether you like it or not, ecchi is niche, & cutting content increases distributors & sales. If you must have cartoon boobs, buy a switch & set up steam. There's always gonna be someone ready to sell this stuff to you.

Yeah, I looked into this supposed censorship via YouTube and it basically amounts to that. Although, there was one example in Devil May Cry where they chose to remove some partial nudity from a cut scene as well. Don't know if this is proving to benefit Sony in the end, or not, but it does come a somewhat of a surprise to see them choosing to moderate content rather than Nintendo. I will say though, that once again it only demonstrates the western mentality of sex being obscene, while gratuitous violence will get a pass. Remember how up in arms America was over Grand Theft Auto having a hidden sex scene in the game? Think of the children.... playing M rated games.

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To be honest, I think those holes in regards to modern games discs indicate people not taking care for their stuff more than anything else. Particularly when it comes to certain titles, you'll find that condition is more of challenge due to the demographic of those who typically buy and re-sell those games. Hate to say it, but it's true.

If you're buying a Call of Duty game for example, I'd suggest going on eBay and searching out listings which describe the condition as mint. If you pick it up from a trade-in store, it's very likely to be trashed. Discs don't fare very well as a children's toy. PS3 game discs are very susceptible to label side scratching which can destroy the data layer of the disc.


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General / Re: My 2020 Game Room Tour!!!
« on: February 23, 2020, 01:21:50 pm »
Stellar as always, Biking. Efficient use of space, lots of creative touch. The collection is much more lean than what I remember!

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General / Re: Does Anyone Else Sort Their Games By Genre?
« on: February 23, 2020, 01:12:12 pm »
I order everything by console, and sort the games either chronologically (release date oldest to newest), by developer/publisher, or by similarity of genre depending on the console. I don't do the alphabetical thing because it groups games together that bare no similarity other than same first letter in the title which to me isn't really significant, and if you want to be a stickler about it, can often separate games within the same series and defeat the purpose of the sorting.

If you know your libraries well enough, then these other methods of sorting can make seeking a game out just as easy.

To this day, in the case of 2D games, I'm not sure on what is the exact difference between the genres of platformer and action, for example.
And it also depends on the way someone classifies different genres. As an example, here in Japan, adventure is usually only used for point-and-click adventure games specifically such as Myst and Cyberia while, at the same time, if you take a look at the shooting games section of any video game (or TV game as our hobby is called around here) store in the country, you'll find Space Invaders, RayStorm, Time Crises and Doom all in the same shelf as they all involve shooting in a way or another.

I would say that action alone isn't any kind of genre per-say. Games that are purely centered around action/re-action are what I'd call "arcade" games or action/arcade, like Pac-Man. The "action/adventure" sub-genre is a mix of classic adventure game story with "action" game play and controls, and yeah sometimes those games can have some platforming in them. Platformer on the other hand, is usually focused heavily on jumping to platforms, onto enemies, into items or collectables, etc. Sometimes there's a bit of "story" to them as well so, not all genres are entirely distinct I guess.

Technically shooters are all similar enough. I think it's fair to group all games together where shooting is the primary game mechanic, you might separate the first person from the third but they all belong in the same segment.

Also you can make your own genre up as well, so you can remember :)

Yeah, sorting games by genre/similarity I think is a very practical method and more conducive to actually playing them, rather than feeling intimidated by them or having a potential title of interest become lost in a sea of names. Alphabetical is better only if you often know exactly what you want to play.

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General / Re: I just watched a documentary
« on: February 21, 2020, 01:10:24 am »
The thing is, I don't really care if this whole collection was essentially worthless. Most of it I got rather inexpensively. If this stuff was all cheap again, I'd probably get more heavily into collecting. To me it's cool, and it always will be.

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I often heard during the 7th gen, that a lot of PS3 ports suffered in comparison with frame rate issues and glitches due to lazy one-size-fits-all mentality in porting games over, especially during the early days.

https://www.videogamer.com/features/top-10-worst-ps3-ports

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It would seem that Scott has overdosed on red pills since the last we heard from him. I honestly, can't decipher this. I have no idea what he's even on about.

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Action 52 is a well documented case of exceptionally poor game programming and marketing by a small company that was in over it's head with grandiose ideas. Still, there are people who love punishing themselves with jank. Maybe Action 52 is the greatest game of all time then?

If the greatest game of all time is defined as one that is the opposite of janky, then we first must agree on what that entails. It's kind of difficult, because games don't all require the same control schemes. How do we decide which controls are ideal for an 8-bit racing game? What about a stealth/action game? What's the ideal jump button? A, B, or up on the directional pad? How do we really know which one is the best for all players? Does length of the player's finger play a role in ease of control? Should they use the NES Max instead? Etc, etc.

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