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  1. 11 hours ago, SeanR said:


    the only fist of the north star game I played was the fighting mania arcade cabinet with the six punchpads


    They had one of those Fighting Mania's in the Namco Station in the Trafford Centre years ago. The Atomiswave game is a beautiful 1v1 fighter by Arc System Works. Highly recommend it if you can find a way to play it. The Atomiswave cart is pretty expensive now.

  2. 20 minutes ago, StoooTube said:

    I quite fancy getting the Saturn version (again, I think i sold my PAL version for £20-£30 back in the day) but I imagine the JPN version is full of text I won’t understand? I guess if I’m not interested in the story that won’t really matter...


    From memory I think you do have to make path decisions like the Capcom CPS2 D&D games which would be helpful to read.

  3. 1 minute ago, DukeOfEarlsfield said:


    True. But you still have to get approval from Sony or Nintendo. And you still have to pay for that approval and give them a cut of those sales.


    You’re still restricted by their eco systems, they still hold a monopoly on their platforms. It’s hardly dissimilar.


    The alternative methods of redemption do however block the console manufacturers from truly taking the piss on their platforms though.

  4. 11 minutes ago, Paulando said:

    These are also the platform holders who are doing their absolute best to kill of physical sales once and for all. Tempting buyers with a cheaper, all-digital console, you say?


    Regardless of their future intentions, the point was, right now I can buy a PS4 game from either PSN or Amazon, I have a choice. Even tiny devs have more choice than ever to put their products on disc via all these small print run companies.

  5. 2 hours ago, DukeOfEarlsfield said:

    Agree with your post, but I don’t think anybody is disputing this part, at least not the way you’ve worded it.


    But the way “monopoly” has been used has often been unclear and in one case has even been compared to the MS Internet Explorer case. Apple don’t have a monopoly over internet connected mobile phones in the same way that MS had an effective monopoly over internet connected PC’s. I think that’s where the disagreement has been.


    So yes, Apple have a monopoly over their own eco-system, just like Sony and Nintendo do.


    Not exactly the same for Sony or Nintendo though, you can go to a store and buy games there. Developers have the option of a physical product for those platforms, that doesn’t exist with Apple.

  6. 5 minutes ago, Gotters said:


    or tens of millions of dollars to reduce the hundreds of millions of dollars they pay in commission, they may not give a stuff about the monopoly aspect.


    They almost certainly don't care, but they'll use it against Apple to get their way.

  7. 2 minutes ago, Disgraced Toblerone said:


    We'll see indeed if it's an abuse of a dominant position. I'd gladly bet my remaining bollock it's not. But we'll never know, they will get an off court agreement.


    But it's not a monopoly. 


    Sorry to be a bit pedantic, but in legal matters, words are important. 


    We'll have to agree to disagree then. I think it is a monopoly, and that word is used heavily throughout the court documents we've seen, so Epic and their lawyers seem to think it is as well.

  8. 9 minutes ago, Disgraced Toblerone said:


    By your logic every single manufacturer is a monopoly. 


    And MS was fined for basically forcing people to use Explorer on their OS, an OS which was effectively the only one in town, basically. And it was not deemed a monopoly, but an abuse of a dominant position. Not quite the same.


    Yea, if they operate an exclusive store front on their hugely popular platform then it is. Epic Games agrees with me and is willing to spend potentially tens of millions of dollars to prove it.

  9. 1 minute ago, Disgraced Toblerone said:


    I'm no fan of Apple's practices, but in no way it could be descibed as a monopoly.


    I disagree, MS lost the whole Internet Explorer thing when others were available. If you have an Apple phone, then you have 1 option for purchases without invalidating your phone warranty. I realise you can buy other phones, it's down to how the judge will define monopoly in this case.

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