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  1. In my experience, whether or not mister can fully replace original hardware/games depends on how far down the rabbit hole you are. The actual gameplay feels the same on the mister as it does on my megacd, amiga etc, but the overall experience feels different, less satisfying. I speak only for myself here, but part of the fun of playing retro games has always been the sort of time machine effect that you get when you set up the original hardware, play some games on an amiga/snes/ps1 connected to crt, maybe flick through the manual/admire the boxart, the same way you did when the machine was new. It's hard to explain/discuss this side of retro gaming, as it isn't something that can be measured as easily as frames of lag, and it also very much doesn't fit in with the general tone of a lot of this forum's opinion on original hardware/games. I suppose one could either claim it's about the full/real experience of a console/moment in gaming history, or else just dismiss it as nostalgic nonsense. That said, for me there's more of a difference in how I feel about the fullness of the experience/level of enjoyment I get from playing between original hardware and a mister than there is between a mister and a pi 3 running 8/16 bit games on a crt (despite the amazingly huge differences in lag etc that supposedly exist but are in reality barely/not perceptible).
  2. Is this PS5 games price increase a UK/Europe only thing? Returnal is 7000 yen on amazon.co.jp, which converts to 46GBP and I'm pretty sure is roughly what most new PS4 games cost too. I paid 7300yen for Cyberpunk on release day (and didn't regret it).
  3. This subject and the inevitable wheeling out of the word "entitlement" always shows how throwaway a lot of gamers consider games when it comes down to it. As mentioned above, people don't assume that everyone who wants to watch a movie/read a book/listen to a song that came out in the 80s (or any other decade) did so in the 80s etc and anyone who wants to experience it now is clearly suffering from a bad case of entitlement and should enjoy one of the many movies/books/songs we've been blessed with in the past 7 or so years instead. Game studios are uniquely terrible at keeping old works consistently available and that's understandable enough in some cases, because of the difference in effort required to port a game to a new console vs rereleasing a movie on tape/dvd/blu ray/streaming etc. Less understandable with older formats where rereleasing involves drip feeding roms for an emulator. What's harder to understand are posts on a gaming forum that treat gaming history as uniquely disposable/worthless. Sure why would anyone care about games you can't buy/play anymore. Many of them are even "obscure" and therefore of even less value. Just get gamepass and be grateful for what you're given.
  4. Have to agree with this. The setting and basic plot seemed right up my alley but the game has some of the most repetitive and boring gameplay out there combined with a distinct lack of enemy variety. Also, it's been a while but the ending wasn't at all satisfying (maybe they can fix that in a sequel).
  5. Pretty sure DS carts don't use batteries.
  6. Not trying to force my opinion on others, just stating it in a thread about streaming services. Has been mentioned in other threads before, sure, but we've also had plenty of "gamepass is such amazing unbelieveable value, lets all talk about how great this currently heavily discounted subscription service is" type discussions too. Anyway, I don't come close to getting through 10 retail games in a year, never mind being able to get value out of a subscription service on top of that, so I guess we're coming at this from different perspectives. I just think those of us who don't get through huge numbers of games need to look past the hype and the idea of "500 games for a tenner a month" and think about how many of those we'll actually get through each month and that all those tenners a month add up to hundreds over a few years. To actually give my opinion on the question in the OP, I'd say it's a combination of a number of things. Gamepass IS clearly better than PSNOW as will be obvious to anyone who compares the game lists. PSNOW has a lot of negative baggage from when it was just a half baked streaming service/excuse for the ps4 to have no PS3 BC and sony probably should have renamed/relaunched it. Xbox series x/s currently have no exclusives so Microsoft and those who enjoy engaging in console related discussion can spend more time promoting/hyping gamepass. Gamepass is currently being offered at an extremely steep discount and the vast majority of people here haven't paid the "real" price for the service yet, so of course people are going to be happy with the value for money. I think the difference between game subscriptions and netflix etc is that games (other than Nintendo ones) tank in price after a few months and can be picked up for a pittance in the many many sales that happen regularly throughout the year. Also, with all the talk of overwhelming backlogs among gamers, it surprises me that people are so impressed by having access to a bunch of oldish 3rd party games (the exclusives will be a bigger deal when they eventually arrive). I fear the rise in popularity of subscriptions will reduce the number of firesales or the level of discount and if you want to play some game that's a year or more old you'll need to get that company's subscription service instead of buying it for tuppence in a sale. But to be honest, reading over this post, I do actually think I'm inadvertantly derailing the discussion if I continue in this thread, which wasn't my intention, so I'll bow out.
  7. If/when microsoft actually start releasing quality first party games in significant enough quantities perhaps I'll change my mind, but for now I don't quite get the appeal of either unless you are incredibly time rich and happy to play whatever's there, as opposed to some specific games you actually want to play, or are just lucky enough to have constant overlap of the two. Posting lists of non-new release 3rd party and indie games makes little sense to me. Things you can pick up for peanuts in the 50 sales per year and actually own. Like I said, there are definitely people for whom gamepass is great value, but I think it's far from a majority of adult gamers. If you have mountains of free time and sit around ploughing through single player games (but only the ones on the subscription service, if you spend 100 hours on Cyberpunk/Breath of the Wild 2, you're still paying the subscription for a month or two of an unused service) then it probably makes a lot of financial sense. The people I know with gamepass seem more inclined to marvel at how many games there are on the service and how great value it is, but not actually play enough of them to make it actual significant value for money for them as a subscription service. This is assuming the actual price of gamepass, not the temporary heavy discount. There's a psychological aspect to these subscription services too. They play on the idea of how much you could potentially play/watch/listen to, as opposed to reality of how you'll fit that into your life. I had psplus for nearly 6 years despite not being an online gamer at all. I used to marvel at the "free" monthly games and it was only after I eventually cancelled the subscription that I realised I'd paid hundreds of pounds, completed about 5 old games from it that I could have bought in sales for a few quid each and owned nothing once I stopped paying the subscription.
  8. Don't know where in Northern Ireland had one, but there used to be one in Dr Quirkey's on O' Connell St in Dublin.
  9. I've never seen it either. I've just never felt like going out of my way to watch it and it's never been placed in front of me. It starts to feel like maybe subconscious avoidance at some stage though when you haven't seen some mega blockbuster and years have passed since it came out.
  10. It's generally just a bit of dirt/grease built up under the button on the metal connector that the rubber touches when you push it. Can usually be solved in a couple of minutes by opening the pad and cleaning the metal under the buttons using a cotton bud and isopropyl. I bought 4 "broken" sfc pads last week, 2 of which had unresponsive start buttons and a quick clean of the metal under the buttons (I can't think of the correct term) had them all good as new (in terms of responsiveness).
  11. Still not seeing how that precludes them from being punk, or why you chose to namedrop SAW and not any other musician/producer, but fair enough..
  12. Why do you think that early 2000s amateur newgrounds(and other sites) browser games aren't punk at all and are instead like "SAW" ?
  13. Oh, right Never heard of them. Just looked it up on wikipedia and now I have even less idea what the similarity to edgy newgrounds garbage made by untrained amateurs is than when I thought you meant the low budget edgy horror movie.
  14. The movie? Not sure I get the comparison but I haven't watched it.
  15. All those utterly shit edgelord browser games on sites like newgrounds in the early 2000s.
  16. Nex Machina is one of the most perfectly crafted gameplay experiences ever and my game of the generation. As much as I like them (the following will sound quite negative but actually I'm a fan of Japanese shmups...), I'd take Nex Machina over the entire (often interchangeable if you aren't a hardcore fan of scoring systems) post 1993ish Japanese shmup library, particularly the Cave stuff which may as well be reskins of DoDonPachi with increasingly iffy artstyles as far as the non-hardcore are concerned, because the gameplay is just more exciting and it's easier for a "normal" player to enjoy progression through increasingly skilled control of the character caused by experience/familiarity and feels more improvisational, without the need for rote memorisation of stages and bullet patterns. Nex Machina is all about learning the controls and figuring out an approach that works for you, as opposed to needing to memorise everything beyond an easy opening first stage in order to make any progress (as in most modern Japanese shmups), and for me that's a much more enjoyable/satisfying experience. Recently I was trying to think of games from the gen that I'll still be playing in 10 years and it was the one that immediately came to mind. Paid full price for it on PS4 and Steam and I'd happily pay full price again on Switch(not happening I know). I also really liked Resogun and Matterfall, but the latter doesn't seem too popular. Was more my cup of arcadey tea than Alienation, which I found a bit slow.
  17. I recommend Rise: Race the Future on Steam and Switch and I know there's at least one other person on the forum who's played and enjoyed it!!!
  18. Considering the userbase of this thing is pretty much entirely fairly dedicated retrogamers, the available cases are surprisingly uninspired/bland. I know the contents are more important than the case, but hopefully we'll see some more interesting case options in future. I'd love to be able to get an 80s home computer style case (with working keyboard) or just something with a bit more charm or relevance to retro computing/gaming hardware designs than the charmless little plastic/aluminium boxes we currently have to choose from.
  19. I much prefer the original games' pixel art to the graphics of this. To be honest, this type of artstyle in updates of pixel games does kind of give off the sort of "we cheaped out/don't have pixel artists anymore" vibe that the psp era 2.5D games like the psp GnG, Megaman X, Castlevania etc did, but that might just be a matter of preference. That said, this artstyle is definitely preferable to that 2.5D stuff.
  20. This is one reason why I can't quite relate to the xbox gamepass hype on gaming forums. Most of us seem to have pretty shocking backlogs of unplayed games that we actually decided we were interested enough in to pay for. There are more games out there that I'm actually interested in than I have time to play. Games can generally be picked up dirt cheap if you wait even a few months so a monthly subscription to temporarily access a selection of games from Microsoft that might have a few you want to play but not others you want to play doesn't quite strike me as the deal of the century it's being presented as on forums. What do you do when the game you actually want to play at the moment isn't on gamepass? Buy it and "waste" your gamepass subscription time?(at least if you have unplayed games on your shelf you're not paying a monthly fee not to play them). Don't buy it and spend your bit of free time playing some gamepass game you're less excited about because it's "free"? I used to think psplus was a good deal with its "free" games until I realised I'd been paying it for about 6 years and played about 4 games from it(I'm not an online gamer). Also, people talking about freebies as "backlog" and acting like they feel obligated to play/complete things they got for free makes no sense to me. I get all the epic and twitch games but have played almost none of them. I don't consider them my "backlog".
  21. Seems I spoke too soon. Humble Phil will be humbly learning from this thanks to all the great xbox fans. Thanks for helping him learn that doubling the price actually ISN'T what the fans want, it's an easy mistake to make.
  22. The cheap gold to gamepass conversion was pretty much the only thing tempting me to go with an xbox this gen. As someone with a big backlog I'm not remotely interested in full price gamepass. Most of the games on it are regular sale fodder anyway. I'd rather buy a good game in a sale and own it than pay hundreds over a few years to MS for a subscription and be left with zero games if I ever stop paying. This is beyond whatever might be considered a "reasonable" charge for playing your games online and basically means xbox is only really for people who are happy to pay full price for gamepass and its added features or only play offline. Also, I'm surprised there are no reassuring quotes from your friend and mine "Phil" in this thread.
  23. Ah ok. It seems amazon.co.uk was just hiding it from my search results because I'm in a country they don't ship it to. It shows up in the search if I enter a UK post code. Didn't know they did that.
  24. I bought a The C64 on an online marketplace but when I asked him to confirm that the "barely used/like new condition" item worked before sending it, the seller said he would then the next day claimed it was in fact broken and cancelled the sale . I suspect either he was a scammer and knew it was broken all along or he realised that it seems to be hard to come by right now and figured he can sell it for more money. Due to my location I don't have any chance of getting another. Where did you get yours @Nathan Wind? reading online it seems they're hard enough to obtain these days even in Europe and America. I'm not usually interested in these modern emulation devices (snes mini etc) but I found it appealing in the case of this thing because of the keyboard, the general hassle of using old home computers vs hooking up a snes or megadrive and the fact that I live in a place where the c64 wasn't a thing at all so original hardware isn't easily obtainable either.
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