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  1. I think your point was reasonable. While I also think there are still interesting things to be written about the period you mentioned, in terms of whether there's a market for a more niche/in depth retro magazine, I'd say it's unlikely since it's now a niche within a niche and the low hanging fruit with wider appeal is probably the difference between making money or not. There's barely a market for any paper gaming magazine these days. In terms of 360 or PS3 being retro because they're now x years old, I'd be inclined to wonder what can be written in 2021 a
  2. I bought the wii u fairly soon after release and it really did feel like a golden era of Nintendo games/creativity. It completely rekindled a fairly dead interest in modern gaming(I had completely skipped the ps3/360 but never stopped playing snes/megadrive etc). I can see how the switch might be the "best console ever" if you didn't have a wii u, but if you did I honestly think that aside from a couple of exceptions, the first party switch exclusives are pretty lacklustre. 3d World is out soon on Switch. Probably the best game I've played in the past 10 years and in my top 5 of al
  3. The free pass that Japanese companies get from people concerned about this recent "crunch" issue just because the western games media don't seem to have the ability to cover them as easily as EA/Ubisoft or at all (and Japanese games journalism died about 20 years ago) is borderline willfull ignorance. It's Japan. Unless you explicitly know that a company is a rare exception to the rule, you should start from the assumption that they're pressured to do a totally unreasonable level of overtime.
  4. I quite like Nitrobike on PS2 but I'm not massively hard to please when it comes to arcade racers. It's been a while but I think I didn't get on with the Wii version as much because I'm not a big fan of wii motion controls.
  5. I certainly wouldn't care about that particular thread enough to do that (my own contribution was a half baked opinion which was quickly disproven by @Wiper ), but I think the policy of letting thread starters delete (hide) everyone's posts should probably be reconsidered.
  6. Shit thread or not (and no, it probably isn't a massive loss), I've always found giving thread starters the ability to delete an entire thread of other people's posts a bit misjudged. People should be allowed to delete their own individual posts and thread starters should be allowed either delete or edit out the content of the opening post if they want to, but I think when someone bothers typing and posting something it should be on the understanding that it won't be deleted unless it goes against the rules or they themselves decide to remove it.
  7. Sega announce that they're porting some of their much loved classics to PS5 and Series X. All the games the fans have been waiting for. Sonic the Hedgehog 1! Altered Beast! Bonanza Bros! Columns 1! They're all here! Outrun 2? Afterburner Climax? Daytona 2? Scud Race? Sega Rally 1/2/3? Never heard of em, but you might get Outrun 1 in 2024 after we've ported(an emulator running) Golden Axe and Columns 2
  8. I think it's really a non-issue for most people who enjoy playing games that were made both more and less than x years ago. Individuals can use "retro" however they like, and depending on their age retrogaming might mean the spectrum, the 360, or anything in between. Magazine and game publishers can continue to use it however they suspect will maximise sales. I don't think it's worth the effort even wasting time trying to define "retro" games and think it would probably be better if we could move towards just talking about playing "games", even if we've been sold a
  9. I am often quite negative in any "general state of gaming" type threads as those threads are just for navel gazing opinions anyway and I do feel fairly negative towards modern (non-indie) gaming trends and market forces. I'm not a fan of people camping in a game's thread and incessantly posting about how terrible it is etc while others are enjoying the game. I'm not suggesting we prevent people from doing so but in my experience reading people nitpick and whine about a game while you're playing through it really doesn't add value to the experience. Sometimes it's best to avoid the
  10. The forum's non-indie game of 2021 will be a 2013 Wii U game. The forum's indie game of the year will be whichever high production value roguelike/metroidvania releases in the latter part of the year.
  11. The constant stream of free pc games from epic, twitch prime and a bunch of other places, and the number of games I've built up have had several effects. It's completely put me off buying random stuff in steam sales. It's prevented me from buying various full price indies on switch after realising I've already got them on epic/twitch. More recently, it's a major factor that's making me rethink the importance of even getting a ps5/series x since I'm not into the aaa cinematic stuff. Gamepass would look a lot more appealing if it wasn't for all the free(to keep) pc games I get every month.
  12. This seems as good a thread as any to ask this. Are there any other games magazines that are worth reading these days? I read Retrogamer and Edge, are there any others worth a read? Single or multiplatform is ok.
  13. Well it's certainly a more exciting prospect than reduced load times.
  14. The next gen console launches in Japan seem to have been a case of just halfheartedly getting a small number of consoles out there so they could technically say they launched in Japan. Don't think there's been a single xbox restock since release and I suspect the launch day number of units was utterly tiny too. PS5 stock too is clearly in significantly smaller numbers here than in the UK/US. The transformation of Japan from what seemed to be the centre of gaming until the mid 2000s to a total afterthought now is interesting. Also, Japan's a bit of a scalper's paradise whenever any in demand i
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