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  1. This seems to be £30 everywhere for Black Friday. Shame that the Switch version sucks and as a Series S owner it will probably be the best part of a year till we see a similar reduction on the digital store
  2. Xbox series controllers are £35 on Amazon for Black Friday
  3. This is really infuriating. Want to play a quick bash of Doom64 on my switch, a game I’ve owned for years. Nope now you have to sign into a Bethesda account to do so. Enter details tediously on the pad, no you’ve already got an account, sign in with details, passwords incorrect, now have to go onto Bethesda’s website to change password, fifteen minutes later still waiting for the email to change password. Fuck you Bethesda! Not sure what this means long term. Do I now have to be online to play games I already own so that Bethesda can verify my account?
  4. It actually sounds like a decent kit for retro enthusiasts. The idea is playing modern retro games and modern takes on Atari arcade classics on an Atari system using the classic joystick is massively tempting. If it was half the price I’d probably try it.
  5. Fuck this tournament. Not going to give it the oxygen.
  6. Might be also down to Nintendo still charging the same they did 6 years ago! It’s ridiculous that they expect £300 for six year old tech, sure it’s been selling so well that they haven’t changed it but they must be making lots of coin on each unit sold at this point. A simple price drop by at least a £100 would easily drive sales back up.
  7. I guess if you’ve got a VR helmet on you might as well just go all out on looking like a tit and throw in some motion controls to wave around too.
  8. Probably derailing the thread a bit but it was more due to the poor business decisions and the lack of co operation between SEGA America and Japan that hobbled the Dreamcast at launch, it was never a failure and sold well but never was going to sell enough to dig SEGA out of the financial black hole it was in especially being tarnished by SEGA’s past decisions. Mega CD never harmed SEGAs reputation, it was a disc based add on at a time when every hardware was expected to have a disc based add on, and every one did, at least in late development if it never got released. It was a luxury add on for the fmv game market. The main issue is that SEGA overloaded it with tech which it didn’t need therefore giving it a prohibitive price point. 32X was a bit more damaging, a ridiculous add on to extend the MDs life when exploring chip options would have been more suitable especially as SEGA of America knew the Saturn was in development. The Saturn itself did very well in Japan. SEGA thought that 2D sprite scaling was the future (which did make far more visually appealing games) which disadvantaged it in the polygon crazy western market. Sega America could have pushed it as a second/alternative console once the PlayStation’s lead was inevitable (which wasn’t the case until ‘97), promoted it’s strengths and published many of the games that were left untranslated in Japan instead they inexplicably killed it off leaving SEGA with no market in the west. This is what hobbled the Dreamcast. SEGA had to fast forward the development of the Saturn’s successor to plug the losses they were now making in the west. They rushed the decision for its chipset, awarding the contact to a rival of a company EA had invested in thus causing them to break their long standing relationship with SEGA. The cost of replacing the loss of EA sports brands with the SEGA 2K range was an unneeded. SEGA had planned to build the Dreamcast around technology it had experimented with since the MD days, movie playback for example, a planned DVD drive for the Dreamcast was dropped early due to cost, online gaming was something SEGA had experimented with for years but they didn’t have the time to have it refined for the Dreamcast at launch. Probably most damaging was in their home market where the Saturn was hugely successful SEGA were forced to cut its lifespan short and alienate its user base. The Dreamcast was launched a year or two earlier than planned with technology that was scaled back due to the cost limitations at the time. At a time where having no market share in US/Europe meant that they were haemorrhaging money and had no core user base ready to adopt the new format. The fact that the tech held its own for so long with the PS2 and that it sold pretty well was a huge success even if it didn’t pull SEGA out of the red. Rather than SEGAs hardware tarnishing it’s name it was more SEGAs own business strategy. SEGA built many great franchises and IP but lacked a familiar set of core franchises, SEGA failed to build upon many of the franchises the developed in the MD era and rather than having ones that were synonymous with the brand they were more or less synonymous with the format. SEGA consistently failed to carry its IP from console to console and develop its best selling franchises. A SEGA that was tied to some loved and relatable characters and titles would have a pre existing market ready for the Dreamcast. SEGA also gained a reputation for prematurely killing off its formats. The master system (outside Europe and South America), Mega CD, Game Gear, 32X and Saturn were all dropped early. Only the Megadrive was given a long lifespan. The more experienced gamer by the time the Dreamcast came would be wary of investing in a SEGA console. And they’d be right as the Dreamcast itself was killed early, right after SEGA promised to support it as a multi format publisher/ developer. Amongst this they were never going to compete with the successor to the hugely successful PlayStation with its hype train in full flow. Anyway I’m still playing new Dreamcast releases in 2022 such as Xenocider, Xeno Crisis and Intrepid Izzy long after the PS2 has long croaked. Long live the Dreamcast!!!!
  9. Definitely as a factor in its failure. SEGAs well running dry for a variety of reasons was the main reason. The PS2 was well disappointing for the first 18months, it took a while to get going. Whilst the Dreamcast had an insane amount of amazing software during the equivalent period in its lifespan.
  10. Center mid has been inexplicably neglected for years and it’s coming back to haunt us. Players are too burned out and leggy in that area. Would like to see TAA being explored further up the field. He’s being targeted this year and with Fab and VVD not being at their best has not had the protection. Might be better for his confidence if he’s allowed to grow in a position that really takes advantage of his attacking talents.
  11. That’s what I meant Back in the Groove, I thought it was a bit pish really.
  12. Oh yeah, the kickstarters have gone out. They are doing a preorder for general release atm. How does it play? Gets two thumbs up? Looks ambitious and feels like a proper game, which is what I look for in a homebrew release .
  13. Just put a pre order in for the Cursed Knight which is due out later in the year. Looks like a very good game, plus Sega Lord X rates it which is enough for me.
  14. Shit move by Nintendo. Basically just made it available only to scalpers.
  15. https://retro-bit.com/valis-collection/ New Valis collection coming to the Megadrive for those with a bit of cash to burn. Looks lovely like all of the Retrobit reissues but gave those games a bash recently via the Evercade and thought them a bit meh.
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