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  1. FOR THE WRITERS: Tor.com is accepting novella submissions in May and June! (https://www.tor.com/2018/04/17/tor-com-publishing-opening-to-novella-submissions-on-may-1/)

  2. Question for everyone. Swords, Lances, or Axes?

  3. Bought Castlevania: Lament of innocence and Xenosaga I on a whim at a used game store. Any good?

  4. The new Etrian Odyssey game announcement has me all like:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8TvSVXlftVA

     

  5. The new Etrian Odyssey game announcement has me all like:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8TvSVXlftVA

     

  6. My life is just another chip in the pile. Time to ante up.

  7. Here’s a weird one for you: I’ve got plastic containers storing books, but some of them (the containers) have what I think are mold stains on them. I don’t really care if the containers are damaged, they’re $8 at Walmart, but are the books fine? They don’t appear stained in any way.

  8. Here’s a weird one for you: I’ve got plastic containers storing books, but some of them (the containers) have what I think are mold stains on them. I don’t really care if the containers are damaged, they’re $8 at Walmart, but are the books fine? They don’t appear stained in any way.

  9. Sony is changing their mind about another handheld. 
    https://www.tweaktown.com/news/56325/sony-patents-new-playstation-vita-handheld/index.html
    Though I wonder if they realize the Vita's bombing is due to three factors:

    1) Lack of marketing, seriously, Atari spent more on the Lynx.

    2) Proprietary memory cards at premium prices.  If they aimed for reducing costs over time to sell in bulk, they would draw in a LOT more people.  I don't think they paid attention to complaints about Sony cameras, their cell phones, or the PSP, where the #1 complaint was the memory card price.  Given sales they should be 1/4 the price, and even that would be quadruple the cost of competitory (and superior in most respects) SD cards.

    3) System price was far too high for a handheld.  Historically the main obstacle to handhelds has been price up front.  The PSP sold like ass until the first price cut, and its original price was decent.  The only reason the monochrome Gameboy beat out competition was...price.  That's it, price.  No one wants to spend over 300 for a system you hold in your hands.  200, fine, 250 is stretching it, but acceptable if the games are good.

    _____

    What's interesting is in checking system sales for each generation, for home consoles it's roughly:
    30m (2600*) -> 80 (NES*) -> 95 (SNES*) -> 140 (PS1*) -> 210 (PS2*) -> 280 (Wii*) -> 140 (PS4*...Switch counts as part of this generation, so Nintendo has two consoles in one generation, and wow what a drop in total purchasing power)

    Handhelds:
    80 (GB*) -> 40 (GBC*) -> 60 (GBA*) -> 240 (NDS*) -> 95 (3DS*) -> 15 (Switch is the only one in this category...for now)

    ---

    Sony's aweful timing on the heels of economic meltdown in the US is the biggest reason.  As you can see, the videogame industry is at sales levels of 3 generations ago in overall sales, though the PS4 is on par with the PS2.  It's interesting but the NDS wasn't released in certain countries, not like Sony's PS2, which is the only reason the PS2 has sold more than the NDS.  One has to wonder if Nintendo released the NDS in the same countries and pushed it just as hard as Sony pushed the PS2...would we see the NDS sales at 180~200m?  It's quite possible given price point.

    I'm hoping Sony competes again, and this time takes things seriously, and accounts for the current market trends.  Though it might be more to do with the burgeoning US economy, and actual shifts in the mainstreet market sector where we are seeing catching up to walstreet in actual production and sales.  I think perhaps the main reason Sony gave up is due to drops on all levels of system sales in the West and even in Europe and Japan.  Though Japan has the push for cell phones, company's pushing for more hours, and general attitudes relayed against videogames being for children but somehow smartphones being for adults even if the games are #$*! comparatively (though they have gotten better...still #$*! comparatively).

  10. Sony is changing their mind about another handheld. 
    https://www.tweaktown.com/news/56325/sony-patents-new-playstation-vita-handheld/index.html
    Though I wonder if they realize the Vita's bombing is due to three factors:

    1) Lack of marketing, seriously, Atari spent more on the Lynx.

    2) Proprietary memory cards at premium prices.  If they aimed for reducing costs over time to sell in bulk, they would draw in a LOT more people.  I don't think they paid attention to complaints about Sony cameras, their cell phones, or the PSP, where the #1 complaint was the memory card price.  Given sales they should be 1/4 the price, and even that would be quadruple the cost of competitory (and superior in most respects) SD cards.

    3) System price was far too high for a handheld.  Historically the main obstacle to handhelds has been price up front.  The PSP sold like ass until the first price cut, and its original price was decent.  The only reason the monochrome Gameboy beat out competition was...price.  That's it, price.  No one wants to spend over 300 for a system you hold in your hands.  200, fine, 250 is stretching it, but acceptable if the games are good.

    _____

    What's interesting is in checking system sales for each generation, for home consoles it's roughly:
    30m (2600*) -> 80 (NES*) -> 95 (SNES*) -> 140 (PS1*) -> 210 (PS2*) -> 280 (Wii*) -> 140 (PS4*...Switch counts as part of this generation, so Nintendo has two consoles in one generation, and wow what a drop in total purchasing power)

    Handhelds:
    80 (GB*) -> 40 (GBC*) -> 60 (GBA*) -> 240 (NDS*) -> 95 (3DS*) -> 15 (Switch is the only one in this category...for now)

    ---

    Sony's aweful timing on the heels of economic meltdown in the US is the biggest reason.  As you can see, the videogame industry is at sales levels of 3 generations ago in overall sales, though the PS4 is on par with the PS2.  It's interesting but the NDS wasn't released in certain countries, not like Sony's PS2, which is the only reason the PS2 has sold more than the NDS.  One has to wonder if Nintendo released the NDS in the same countries and pushed it just as hard as Sony pushed the PS2...would we see the NDS sales at 180~200m?  It's quite possible given price point.

    I'm hoping Sony competes again, and this time takes things seriously, and accounts for the current market trends.  Though it might be more to do with the burgeoning US economy, and actual shifts in the mainstreet market sector where we are seeing catching up to walstreet in actual production and sales.  I think perhaps the main reason Sony gave up is due to drops on all levels of system sales in the West and even in Europe and Japan.  Though Japan has the push for cell phones, company's pushing for more hours, and general attitudes relayed against videogames being for children but somehow smartphones being for adults even if the games are #$*! comparatively (though they have gotten better...still #$*! comparatively).

  11. If anyone here is into retro gaming, here's a console you HAVE to check out...high quality SNES retro with a ton of extra features:

     

  12. If anyone here is into retro gaming, here's a console you HAVE to check out...high quality SNES retro with a ton of extra features:

     

  13. Today they launched a f*cking Tesla Roadster into space. Life is cool.

     

  14. YES, official Dreamcast memory card in perfect working order.  Wow would that have sucked.  Time to test the 4-in-1.  System battery definitely needs replacing, but that's probably true for every system I have that isn't within the last two generations.

    Yep, 4-in-1 is still good :).

  15. Now that I've moved...it's time to check save batteries for old games and the memory cards for the N64 and Sega Dreamcast (if I had a Saturn, that would need checking as well).  I should probably check my 3D0 as well as I believe the internal system memory uses a battery.

    Currently, the games that need new batteries:

    1) The Legend of Zelda (NES)

    2) Crystallis (NES)

    3) Breath of Fire II (SNES)

    4) Ogre Battle (SNES)

    5) Final Fantasy Adventure (GBC)

    6) N64 Controller Pack (like 8 games worth of data gone)

  16. Now that I've moved...it's time to check save batteries for old games and the memory cards for the N64 and Sega Dreamcast (if I had a Saturn, that would need checking as well).  I should probably check my 3D0 as well as I believe the internal system memory uses a battery.

    Currently, the games that need new batteries:

    1) The Legend of Zelda (NES)

    2) Crystallis (NES)

    3) Breath of Fire II (SNES)

    4) Ogre Battle (SNES)

    5) Final Fantasy Adventure (GBC)

    6) N64 Controller Pack (like 8 games worth of data gone)

  17. Now that I've moved...it's time to check save batteries for old games and the memory cards for the N64 and Sega Dreamcast (if I had a Saturn, that would need checking as well).  I should probably check my 3D0 as well as I believe the internal system memory uses a battery.

    Currently, the games that need new batteries:

    1) The Legend of Zelda (NES)

    2) Crystallis (NES)

    3) Breath of Fire II (SNES)

    4) Ogre Battle (SNES)

    5) Final Fantasy Adventure (GBC)

    6) N64 Controller Pack (like 8 games worth of data gone)

  18. Now that I've moved...it's time to check save batteries for old games and the memory cards for the N64 and Sega Dreamcast (if I had a Saturn, that would need checking as well).  I should probably check my 3D0 as well as I believe the internal system memory uses a battery.

    Currently, the games that need new batteries:

    1) The Legend of Zelda (NES)

    2) Crystallis (NES)

    3) Breath of Fire II (SNES)

    4) Ogre Battle (SNES)

    5) Final Fantasy Adventure (GBC)

    6) N64 Controller Pack (like 8 games worth of data gone)

  19. Now that I've moved...it's time to check save batteries for old games and the memory cards for the N64 and Sega Dreamcast (if I had a Saturn, that would need checking as well).  I should probably check my 3D0 as well as I believe the internal system memory uses a battery.

    Currently, the games that need new batteries:

    1) The Legend of Zelda (NES)

    2) Crystallis (NES)

    3) Breath of Fire II (SNES)

    4) Ogre Battle (SNES)

    5) Final Fantasy Adventure (GBC)

    6) N64 Controller Pack (like 8 games worth of data gone)

  20. Now that I've moved...it's time to check save batteries for old games and the memory cards for the N64 and Sega Dreamcast (if I had a Saturn, that would need checking as well).  I should probably check my 3D0 as well as I believe the internal system memory uses a battery.

    Currently, the games that need new batteries:

    1) The Legend of Zelda (NES)

    2) Crystallis (NES)

    3) Breath of Fire II (SNES)

    4) Ogre Battle (SNES)

    5) Final Fantasy Adventure (GBC)

    6) N64 Controller Pack (like 8 games worth of data gone)

  21. Now that I've moved...it's time to check save batteries for old games and the memory cards for the N64 and Sega Dreamcast (if I had a Saturn, that would need checking as well).  I should probably check my 3D0 as well as I believe the internal system memory uses a battery.

    Currently, the games that need new batteries:

    1) The Legend of Zelda (NES)

    2) Crystallis (NES)

    3) Breath of Fire II (SNES)

    4) Ogre Battle (SNES)

    5) Final Fantasy Adventure (GBC)

    6) N64 Controller Pack (like 8 games worth of data gone)

  22. Now that I've moved...it's time to check save batteries for old games and the memory cards for the N64 and Sega Dreamcast (if I had a Saturn, that would need checking as well).  I should probably check my 3D0 as well as I believe the internal system memory uses a battery.

    Currently, the games that need new batteries:

    1) The Legend of Zelda (NES)

    2) Crystallis (NES)

    3) Breath of Fire II (SNES)

    4) Ogre Battle (SNES)

    5) Final Fantasy Adventure (GBC)

    6) N64 Controller Pack (like 8 games worth of data gone)

  23. It’s finally happened. I had a dream last night that involved idolizing SR Love Live! School Idol Festival cards.

  24. It’s finally happened. I had a dream last night that involved idolizing SR Love Live! School Idol Festival cards.

  25. It’s finally happened. I had a dream last night that involved idolizing SR Love Live! School Idol Festival cards.

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