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8 minutes ago, lytron said:

 

First part: Imagine I'm a gamer who owns whether DDP nor SMB USA and I read that review in the Famitsu. My conclusion would be: I can pick up DDP which should be a bit cheaper by the time now and get the same game sans plumber for a cheaper price.

On these sports games, I would consider it fair to the customer if reviewers would handle it the same way. These games get dirt-cheap for a reason after a year. And every now and then, there is a (graphical) overhaul and maybe a tweaking of the game mechanics which may give a good reason to bump the score a bit up again, but generally, I think there is nothing bad in pointing out one gets sold the same game over and over again.

But I think these sports licence games (Madden, NBA, FIFA etc.) are a bad example to win me over. I think they are an evil that needs to be purged from mankind.

Right, as I said, pointing out those sort of things in the review is fair and responsible.  But since they aren't about the quality of the game itself, I don't think  it should affect the score. 

Btw, I don't like sports at all, but for some reason I enjoyed a lot of sports games when I was a kid.  Tecmo Bowl, Double Dribble, Ice hockey etc.  But I understand your feelings.  Personally, I can't comprehend how anyone could find pleasure in driving a car and calling it a game.  Gran Turismo?  Urgghh...  But I can accept the fact that if you are the sort of person who finds cars more interesting than any other kind of tool or appliance (Screwdriver: The Game!  TOASTER OVEN: THE GAME!!!) then it would stand to reason that a game that simulates driving a car well should be scored accordingly.  To each his own.:) 

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1 hour ago, kitsunebi77 said:

Right, as I said, pointing out those sort of things in the review is fair and responsible.  But since they aren't about the quality of the game itself, I don't think  it should affect the score. 

Btw, I don't like sports at all, but for some reason I enjoyed a lot of sports games when I was a kid.  Tecmo Bowl, Double Dribble, Ice hockey etc.  But I understand your feelings.  Personally, I can't comprehend how anyone could find pleasure in driving a car and calling it a game.  Gran Turismo?  Urgghh...  But I can accept the fact that if you are the sort of person who finds cars more interesting than any other kind of tool or appliance (Screwdriver: The Game!  TOASTER OVEN: THE GAME!!!) then it would stand to reason that a game that simulates driving a car well should be scored accordingly.  To each his own.:) 

Generally: Yes. But not for sports games. They have to be burned. All of them.

Serious time: I myself had a real fun time playing Fifa 98 with a classmate (in the early 2000s), so there is definitely a good reason for those games to exist. My problem is more of philosophical nature: It's actually shovelware. Not because of its quality, but because of the fact that its the same game sold over and over again with the least effort put into it. But its not actually shovelware because it still sells well.

But the points of criticism to that are obvious to me, too: It's a well-functioning game; if it gets bought by many, then there is actually a demand for this; and, of course: No one forces me to buy it, so what's the deal? I think my antipathy to... not sports-games, but their production schedule... is rooted in the way I want to see video games. I don't want to tap into this whole contrived discussion of "video games as art", so I phrase it a bit different: To me, video games are a perfect way to conserve feelings. Maybe that's why I say I love RPGs, even though I rarely play them anymore and can't stand their gameplay most of the time. Story-focussed games like Illusion of Gaia and Secret of Evermore contain certain locations I always wished to experience, and I think this stuck with me.

Maybe my stance is understandable when considered from that point of view. Because these annual sports games are more planned as a consumable and easily disposable item. Like toilet paper.

But this over-emotional connection to video games as "time capsules of feelings" is what copulates me in the sphincter, because of mobile games that disappear easily, because of digital releases that easily disappear (i.e. P.T.), because of belated digital updates to physical releases which make the physical release playable in the first place (i. e. No Man's Sky), because of updates that break things you love about a game (i.e. the whole WoW Cataclysm story... I'm glad I was never into that game) and so on.

When you say you can't comprehend the merits of racing games, I hold myself back from breaking down what I think are their strength, since I expect you meant it like "I know what others like about it, it just never clicked with me." To me, I was always too bad at these games to have fun with them.

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4 hours ago, lytron said:

DOUBLE POST! <

I just went through the first 1.000 auctions of Famitsus and collected another bunch of Tables of Contents, plus maybe a lemmings special you haven't in the database yet...? Maybe you can use it.

I've actually been ignoring all of the Famitsu supplements (like that Lemmings issue) and focusing on regular mags that were on sale.  There are tons of those little free strategy guide supplements that came packaged together with the mag, but it's very difficult at this point to know which issue they came with.

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Would you pay $50 for a magazine?  A new one, mind you, not the premier issue of EGM.

As I work on the database for Dengeki G's Festival, it becomes exceedingly clear that Japanese gaming mags can succeed in ways that Western mags never could.  The magazine itself was perhaps secondary to the swag that came packaged with it, and the issue prices ranged from $20-$50 depending on what stuff was packed in.  Included goods could be anything from sticker sets to playing cards, jigsaw puzzles, mouse pads, tapestries, bed sheets, towels, body pillow covers, or plastic figurines, and everything including the actual mag was contained in a box.  That's right, magazines sold in boxes.  It wasn't just special issues, either.  It was every single issue. 

Madness.

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Did that magazine come out every month? I wouldn't pay that ever month since that would get unaffordable real fast. And with Japan being a small country with less cost and logistics needed for shipping, that $20-$50 would easy turn into $40-$80 in North America just to deal with the vast area the magazine would need to be shipped to. Plus the cost of importing all those good from China is probably more costly than it is for Japan to import from there.

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8 hours ago, E-Day said:

Did that magazine come out every month? I wouldn't pay that ever month since that would get unaffordable real fast. And with Japan being a small country with less cost and logistics needed for shipping, that $20-$50 would easy turn into $40-$80 in North America just to deal with the vast area the magazine would need to be shipped to. Plus the cost of importing all those good from China is probably more costly than it is for Japan to import from there.

It was irregular but usually came out every other month.  This particular mag focused on one or two games per issue, and all of the extra stuff pertained to those games, so I imagine you only bought the issues featuring games/characters you really cared about.  And of course these are games made for adults, so presumably the target audience is a bunch of grown-ass super-nerds with plenty of disposable income.

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By the way, since this is my thread (mwahahamaniacal.png), I figure this is as good a place as any to mention that I've been adding TOC scans to a lot of mags in the DB recently.  They're probably going to go forever unseen, since I'm not uploading them as Gallery pics, so they won't show up anywhere as a new image.  All of my (currently) 8,332 image uploads are actual covers (or advertisements) -- no filler pictures of random stuff padding that number -- and I'd like to keep it that way.  So since a table of contents isn't a cover, I'm just pasting them directly into the item description rather than upload them to a Gallery.  Unless you actually click on the database page for that issue, you'll never even know they're there. 

But at any rate, I've added contents to a bunch of the aforementioned Dengeki G's Festival mags, as well as Dengeki G's Festival Comic, and I'm currently adding them to Dengeki G's Magazine.  Not that I expect anyone to really read them or care, but since I have access to them, I figure why not add them?

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I never quite figured out pasting an image into a post or into a description field, which is pretty lame since I am supposed to be one of the people helping to run the site. What did you do to get it to work the way it does?

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2 hours ago, E-Day said:

I never quite figured out pasting an image into a post or into a description field, which is pretty lame since I am supposed to be one of the people helping to run the site. What did you do to get it to work the way it does?

No tricks.  Just drag and drop from wherever you have the file saved, and RM will upload a copy locally.  The file has to be less than .5MB though, which is kind of lame (no restriction like that in the galleries).  Luckily, these TOC pics don't need to be 600dpi to serve their purpose.

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Kitsunebi77 - Do you own most of these Dengeki Festival magazines? I am wondering if I have the opportunity to get any of these if I should buy and hold them until they are allowed on the site.

I recently bought two Tech Gian issues that will be allowed next year that I will probably use as my inaugural uploads.

 

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4 hours ago, Ethereal Dragonz said:

Kitsunebi77 - Do you own most of these Dengeki Festival magazines? I am wondering if I have the opportunity to get any of these if I should buy and hold them until they are allowed on the site.

I recently bought two Tech Gian issues that will be allowed next year that I will probably use as my inaugural uploads.

 

I don't own a single one, actually.  I've still got about 30 Dengeki G's Engine/G's Magazine issues and about 40 Tech Gian issues left to scan, but no G's Festivals.  All of the issues I own of those mags are allowed now, so if you have newer stuff, it won't overlap with mine.

Keep in mind, unlike Dengeki G's Magazine or Dengeki G's Festival! Comic, Dengeki G's Festival! was mainly sold to collectors interested in the character goods included in the box.  The mag itself (as you can see from the TOCs I posted) is quite short.   Unless you really want an anime girl pillowcase or set of trading cards or whatever, it isn't worth it in my opinion.

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9 hours ago, kitsunebi77 said:

I don't own a single one, actually.  I've still got about 30 Dengeki G's Engine/G's Magazine issues and about 40 Tech Gian issues left to scan, but no G's Festivals.

Do you have Tech Gian issues 94 & 99?

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