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  1. On 13 April 2016 at 05:04, Grey Fox said:

    The halcyon days of Britmeet :)


    Yes, those were the days, the first professionally organised Retro con in the UK, although some that held their own cons years later somehow claimed to be the first. 


     The years before all the resellers jumped on the car boots and you could get decent stuff AND leave stuff behind for someone else. Those big collections of boxed SNES games for £10.


    RVGC that small group of us school spanner bobble hat wearing old(ish) guys meeting up in someone's house in Essex or Enfield to have swap meets arriving with cars full of plastic storage boxes brought from Do it All.  I'd trade them all the British computer shite I could not care less for and in return I'd get stacks of Japanese Megadrive games that they had no interest in and were "not really retro anyway".  All of it now worth truly insane prices due to the commercialisation of the reto market. 


    Keith Ainsworths fanzines! 


    Good, good times.

  2. I remember getting Sonic 2 on Master System from Boots in Hastings when I was a wee nipper, but always thought this was a dream because nobody else has ever mentioned them selling games. Glad to hear it was reality.

    Brought my snes at launch from boots.

  3. This is a great photo. I love the contrast between the decor and the technology, and the cat picture. What's on the bottom shelf of the tv unit?

    It was my mums house I was living in when she got divorced, she decorated and I brought consoles. ON the bottom shelf is a Megadrive 3 button arcade stick and a cheap faux wood stereo amplifier I brought from Tandy hooked up to a pair of boombox speakers I got off the local junk market.

  4. What's the Achievement going to be titled?

    1G - Corporate whore

    1G - Bricks and Mortar retail is dead

    1G - Plastic discs? Time to go digital

    1G - I queued all night and all I got was this stupid achivement

    1G - Only because M$ need someone to sell Xbox Next on the High Street

  5. Needs confirming then. No pics and just the odd memory (maybe you happened to have an import etc) means nothing without proof, had a couple of games myself for my own sites master list that I won't put on without confirmation. Usually that involves pictures or me getting my grubby mitts on it.



    I remember now why I traded the boxed version was because I had 2 silverdiscs of the game already. Silver discs are the presed retail version of the game without any artwork printed on them for promo purposes and will run on a regular retail Saturn. (not a cdr)

    I found my discs of this game and I tried to take a picture of the serial number of the game, but it's not so clear.

  6. Ok, think about this: Crazy Taxi and Sonic Adventure. Sega WILL fuck this up, so stop getting your hopes up. If by some utter miracle against all probability they don't manage to make a complete pig's ear of it then we're all good, but the possibility of that happening is the square root of fuck all.


  7. I must say DCM, I'm not 100% sure what you're feelings on this issue are from your posts, however if you know about this type of thing could you share your insights? The whole thing sounds incredibly unpleasant, I'm sure I'm not the only one who would like to hear about it from someone with more direct experience than the western news outlets.

    There are two books you should read, that I have. Both of them are accurate and written by people that have had the same experiences I've had.

    Poorly Made in China

    factory Girls

    Both of them will tell you everything you need to know about manufacture in China without the "what a bad life" angle every China news story posted on a forum has. They go in to much more detail than I'd have time to on this forum without certain people trolling as I've got a bit more experiance on the ground than a lot of people.

  8. So suicide is the barometer with which we now measure corporate abuse, cool. No suicide = everything is hunky dory. Let's all go and have a cup if tea and pretend this silly debate ever happened.

    Your experience of Chinese factories really is outstanding. Let's hook up in Starbucks to discuss this further.

  9. Right, so conditions in the Foxconn plant are still so shit that people are willing to kill themselves, it’s just that they now have a new remuneration package that actually proactively incentivises people to kill themselves. Carrot and stick, simultaneously – why has nobody thought of this before? The factory’s productivity will go through the roof! assuming the purpose of the factory is to produce dead people, rather than iPhones.

    The suicides were last year, so they've changed something. I've not seen newer reports of Foxconn deaths this year, if so link me up.

  10. You didn't hear about the employee suicides led by extreme pressure to meet deadlines from western demand for devices (mostly iPhones and iPads), and then the factory owners installing 'suicide nets' to stop such practices?

    You didn't hear that under Chinese law staff that died "on the job" had a compensation policy that paid a lifetimes wages to their family?

    Of the 17 alleged suicides just a few of them were successful and some were not even considered suicide attempts.

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