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  1. This thread has helped me decide not to upgrade my 1200p pc monitor or 1080p TV. Great as they clearly are an LG OLED TV isn't on the menu due to size and price (not that I think they're overpriced for what they are, it's just far more than I want to spend on a screen). A more modest upgrade to a cheaper 144hz/1440p/4k monitor just doesn't really seem like a massive leap in terms of the experience for my use case/the type of stuff I play, and chasing ultra high framerates/resolutions would put me back on the "need to upgrade PC again" treadmill much sooner.
  2. Yes, this is the one upgrade I know is definitely a major step up, it's the options below it that I'm not so sure about.
  3. And for those of you who got something more modest than a 4K OLED(we know they're great), how worth it was the upgrade when compared to your old 1080p, 60fps screen? I recently put together a decent PC, mainly for playing VR games. My previous PC was still doing OK at 1080p in non-vr stuff despite being ancient (old i7 and gtx780ti). Now that I have the PC I'm feeling like I should upgrade my monitor since 1080p 60fps feels like a waste of the hardware/doesn't feel any different than my old PC in most games. Large 4K OLED TVs and other high end displays aren't on the menu. To be honest I haven't been blown away by 1440p/4K display monitors in shops (aside from high end OLED TVs) and the "compare 60hz and 144hz by moving a mouse in a fps demo" thing in my local computer shop did nothing for me. Are these the type of things that once you spend some time with them you realize they're a big jump, or is 1080p and a rock solid 60fps good enough?
  4. I don't think we'll see a new console anytime soon. Why would they bother when it basically has no competition and is still selling well? Also I see the "people didn't understand the Wii U name/what it was and that's why it didn't sell" thing coming up again. It's amazing that consumers can tell the difference between Xbox one, Xbox one s, Xbox one x, Xbox series s and Xbox series x well enough but they just couldn't wrap their heads around a move from Wii to Wii U with a gap of years between the two.
  5. I have a switch that gets basically zero use, in large part because I played a lot of the games on Wii U. I would have bought any of the current gen consoles when they first came out if it had been possible, due to the usual new console hype etc. Any interest I had in them has really cooled off at this stage though so I'm not bothered anymore. I wouldn't be able to think of a single game I'd be interested in getting either PS5 or Series X for. I'll see how PSVR2 is, and how many big games it gets to make it worthwhile. Won't be an impulse buy like the first PSVR was though, the novelty of vr has worn off, if some genuinely impressive big games aren't there, I won't get it. It will probably be another impossible to find item for a year or more after release, so it's not happening anytime soon. I skipped the PS3/360/Wii gen, I was regularly playing games during that decade or so, but exclusively old stuff. I think I might be in a similar phase now. Still enjoy games as much as ever, but my gaming tastes haven't moved with the times at all so I'm happy to play what I already own.
  6. Anyone have any recommended games that are fun to play frequently and also provide a half decent bit of cardio exercise? I have Creed so not really looking for another boxing game. I've heard people mention Pistol Whip, and it's currently on sale, but the comments seem mixed so I'm not sure if it provides any noticeable cardio workout if you're already in decent shape. Tried the Beat Sabre demo but it isn't really my cup of tea.
  7. If you want a new one I'd say its a bit much to pay at this stage, but it depends how much you want to play the games you have I suppose. If you're OK with a used one, which I know some people aren't when it comes to VR headsets, Janpara in Nipponbashi usually have some going cheap (they had a bunch for between 6000-10000 yen a couple of months ago). I've seen them for below 10,000 used in good condition in some other used game shops too in the past year or so.
  8. I know this is just the usual post release "latest From game is best ____ ever!!" topic, but From fans really are quite awful at putting the appeal of these games into words to explain the hyperbole to people who aren't already fans of the From template. I will however accept that if your previous favorite game was the last From release, and before that the one they released before that, this probably is the greatest open world game because why wouldn't it be? I've read this entire thread and have no idea what people think makes this the best open world ever. Best I can gather is that it's the latest game with Souls mechanics and happens to be open world and therefore it must be the best open world game. Is that about it, or is there anything more to it? What does this game do in terms of the open world that elevates it above other open worlds and might help explain the appeal to people who aren't already sold on From games, other than be a From game set in a large/open world? I don't think BOTW is the perfect game but even in this Elden Ring thread its fans are certainly far better at articulating what they feel it added to the open world genre, beyond just " it's a Zelda game and it's open world therefore best open world".
  9. Hyperstone Heist is the best of the Turtles belt scrollers, in terms of gameplay, solely due to the ability to run by tapping a single button. It's one of my favourite MD games, the ability to keep rushing enemies and pushing ahead with the run button really makes the moment to moment gameplay feel far more frantic and exciting than stuff like Streets of Rage. The arcade games are superior in terms of sound and visuals, but as mentioned by others they're extremely unfair coin guzzlers. The home versions aren't just ports with inferior graphics, they're totally rebalanced due to the fact they don't need to kick you off a machine/get you to put in more money. It's an interesting example of the "inferior" home conversions being better games in hindsight. I think all the NES TMNT games are varying levels of garbage.
  10. I'm glad this thing looks quite chunky. I found the Wii U gamepad very comfortable but the switch with original joycons extremely uncomfortable to use for more than a few minutes. Vita was pretty unpleasant for anything that used the analogue sticks and shoulder buttons too. For me the appeal of this device is mainly just the convenience of being able to play at home without isolating myself in a separate room for hours etc. Maybe occasionally bring it somewhere, but I can safely say I wouldn't be carrying it around in my pocket like a DS to play my steam library on the go regardless of size. Will definitely order one if if they ever open pre-orders here
  11. I've claimed every game in the last couple of years (and played precisely none of them, of course) and I never had an issue claiming them through the website. It's only more recently with the Origin/other launcher games that I've been using my pc to claim them.
  12. I've started with the audio cassette case method for gameboy games. Got some little storage boxes for cassette cases that hold about 20 and it looks pretty tidy. Far better than a bunch of loose carts strewn in a box anyway. Unfortunately I don't know any cheaper way to get tape cases than buying cheap blank tapes so I now also have a bunch of low quality blank tapes with no cases
  13. Despite my defense of having a collection above, I can't relate to this. I assume you bought at least some of those 90 limited run vita games because they were limited run games and not because there were 90 games you wanted to play and own that happened to be limited run vita games. "Maybe I'll play some shmups because I have little time" becoming "I'll buy every switch shmup" is also a thought process I can't quite relate to. It sounds like collecting things for the sake of collecting something and in that sense it seems pretty straightforward that once you've accumulated that arbitrary collection you might not have much attachment to it. I remember as a kid the premier league sticker book wasn't particularly interesting once it was completed. Did you buy the limited run games because you wanted to play them all or because they seemed like a safe bet in terms of likelihood of appreciating in value?
  14. I have my collection of games from consoles I'm interested in and never sell anything. We can talk about everdrives, raspberry pis, misters and the rest, but it isn't the same experience as putting the cart into the original console, looking at the boxes/manuals etc. I didn't buy any of my stuff for market rate on eBay etc so I look at my games and can remember a little story attached to where each thing came from. That makes me less likely to sell them. My boxed nes and boxed games that happen to now be valuable aren't just some junk I randomly accumulated. I trudged through Sunday morning car boot sales every week when I was 18 and got lucky a few times when someone was selling off some classic for pennies. I bought a virtual boy boxed for 30 quid in some rural recycle shop in Japan that I went out of my way to get to 15 years ago. Bought my ps2 while studying abroad and had many a good late night gaming session on it with people who then went back to the four corners of the earth never to meet again. Everything else that I have was something I went out of my way to buy or at least was happy to stumble across randomly. Didn't fall into my house like a hoarder's bunch of shit stained nappies or expired tins of dogfood or whatever did. I'll happily clear out various other things to make space, certain books I'm finished with etc, but I like having the games to look at/play if the mood takes me. I don't find decently organised retro games take up that much space, comparatively speaking, and of the various things I own that take up space I'd say they're about the closest to something that actually "sparks joy" as people like to say in these topics. I'd certainly sooner downsize my collection of old t-shirts and other clothes I haven't bothered throwing out yet than my game collection. I guess it depends whether you're tight on space (I don't have a huge amount but I have a spare room and choose to use it for games as opposed to something else), want to cash in on inflated retro prices (I bought anything I have because I wanted to own it so I don't sell anything) and whether your owning of certain things bothers people you live with , in my case it doesn't but it certainly seems to be a factor in a lot of retro collection selloffs.
  15. I have a mix of loose carts and boxed games for the 8/16 bit systems, with the balance leaning more one way or the other depending on system. For example, I have a lot of gameboy/GBA games cart only. As we all know the price of a lot of complete in box games is a bit silly these days. Has anyone tried any self made/purchased solutions? I've seen a few options, like GBA games in DS boxes with appropriate covers and also gameboy games in cassette tape cases with covers etc printed (I quite like the look of the latter). What are you opinions on such things? Better than having all your loose carts thrown together in a big box or pointless as the only reason to have a box is as a display of the monetary value of your collection?
  16. Yes, I noticed this recently. I hate that disgusting shit they use to coat things as it always seems to flake off after a few years on headphones etc too and makes a total mess when it does.
  17. The fundamental problem with this question is that the term "retro games" doesn't actually mean anything in particular. The Japanese equivalent of Retro Gamer magazine was just called "Used Games". That made more sense to me in that it was a magazine that covered games that were generally not being sold new at the time. I suppose in practice it's the same outcome (they covered everything up to the generation before whatever was current). I don't care about the age of a game. The important distinction for me is that in the 80's and 90's the mainstream market in many countries was dominated by Japanese companies and pick up and play/arcade style games. There was a decline in that market alongside the rise to total dominance of western AAA games(and western AAA inspired big budget Japanese games). I suppose the death of the Dreamcast is as good a point in time as any to represent the rise of a certain type of experience and decline of the older market. Dreamcast was basically the last console that went all in on arcade experiences. Sure, PS2 had a lot of arcade style games in its massive library, but they weren't the main event. In later gens than that, fans of arcade style experiences have been living on the occasional crumbs tossed their way by a big company alongside low budget indie games. Uncharted might be an old game depending on the age of the person you ask and their gaming history, but the idea that it's necessary to call it "retro", as if it's somehow a fundamentally different affair than Uncharted 4, is laughable. There's a case to be made that the massive changes in technology from the 8 bit 2d era to the 32/64 bit 3d era might have seen significant enough changes to make games that were 10 years apart seem massively different, but the idea that now any 3rd person game where you shoot people between cinematics that is 10 years old is " retro" due to having a lower resolution and puddles that aren't quite as shiny as the latest version doesn't make sense to me. Anyway, whoever popularized the terms "retro games" and "retrogaming" really messed up. You don't see this issue in the world of movies. People there seem capable of making more meaningful distinctions between silent, black and white, westerns, comic book movies, 80’s horror, whatever, as opposed to making some silly blanket distinction between anything that came out more than x years ago and more recent stuff.
  18. Thanks for the info. I have a spare GBP in great condition aside from a completely destroyed screen (someone else's doing), so I'm interested in getting whatever the cheapest screen replacement option is. The IPS options seem to involve case modding/replacement to fit the screen in. The terrible battery life on the pocket doesn't bother me that much since you can just pop in another pair of rechargeable AAA batteries and I'd be using original carts and not a flash cart. I've seen GBA and GBC front lights online but no mention of pocket ones. It seems like something that should exist considering the issues with backlighting but I can't find any mention of them. I'm not really in the mindset of needing the "best" modern screen replacement going. If there was a washed out looking frontlight option for a fiver, I'd probably prefer that to an IPS screen for £50+. I already have a backlit (but not biverted) DMG, an original sp (front light version) and an unmodded pocket, so I'm used to sub optimal screen experiences Also I'd sort of prefer keeping the original screen with a subpar light than a nicer modern screen that just feels somehow inauthentic... Maybe that makes little sense. To be honest original gameboy looks acceptable to me on the frontlit sp, its only really the GBA games that suffer from looking unevenly lit/dim in my opinion. Maybe I'll look into a putting a front light into a gameboy color. I regularly see cheap Pockets, Colors and GBAs here. Don't see too many cheap dmgs these days though. Probably because people are buying them to backlight mod and resell.
  19. Couple of questions about mods. Where is the cheapest place to buy replacement screens, IPS or otherwise, for the various models of gameboy? Not the highest quality screen, just the cheapest ones that work. Same for backlights etc. Is there such thing as a gameboy pocket frontlight mod? Peeling the reflective layer for a backlight mod without damaging the ribbon cable seems to be much more delicate work on pockets than on DMGs.
  20. I put a backlight into a DMG gameboy but not a bivert chip because A)I don't have one and B)even if I did its a more substantial job than soldering two wires for a backlight. It's nowhere near as bad as I expected, totally playable. IPS screens are very nice but there's also a balance between "better" and authentic feeling and at some stage maybe you're approaching something closer to the experience of a modern emulation handheld than an original gameboy(or maybe that's just something I'm currently telling myself to avoid buying a pre-modded one). I have a pocket with a broken screen and I've been eyeing up IPS screens but they're quite pricey and I've read the battery life on IPS modded pockets is less than two hours... Shame you can't buy a replacement original screen (without the reflective layer would be even better). What's the battery life on the gameboy in the picture above like?
  21. Are you mainly into home computers? (I have that impression from reading your posts over the years). I can definitely notice that playing C64 or Amiga on mister just feels better than playing on an emulator and is less hassle, but for Japanese 8/16 bit consoles it's less obvious to me.
  22. Just out of curiosity, for the 8/16 bit consoles how superior do people find the actual gameplay experience of a mister vs software emulation like a raspberry pi? I have 2 misters, some pi 3s that I run on a CRT and all the original hardware so this is the type of thing I like to ponder.. I think the experience on the mister/original hardware is better than emulation by some tiny amount, but there isn't really much between them, is there? The whole discussion of FPGAs kind of comes with an insinuation that all software emulation is noticeably laggy or something, but it isn't really, is it? Been noticing it again recently with the "release" of the analogue pocket and discussions around that. Just curious what others who've compared the two experiences think. Mister blows away software solutions in terms of ease of use, instant boot time and just feeling more like a console. Is this what most people think or do others find a noticeable difference between mister and pi gameplay. FPGA Saturn will be a game changer though. FPGA Saturn vs software emulators will be a bigger deal than FPGA SNES vs bsnes or whatever.
  23. The fact that some people have about 30 of them might also explain the difficulty in finding them There must be plenty of collectors with a hoarded collection of boxes of the things, just in case.
  24. That's true enough. I'm happy to have a bunch of handhelds for different systems but I know some people are looking for the one that does everything. I should add I recently got a rg351v, mainly for pico 8, and I think it's an excellent device. I'm really pleasantly surprised by the build quality, the shell and buttons etc.
  25. Also, this is just a guess, but they don't take up much space or require any special tvs/upscalers etc so are a good gaming nostalgia purchase compared to a console etc. That said, I wasn't aware they were pricey. What's the going rate over there now? I put a backlight into an old DMG I had hanging around a couple of days ago, fixed some vertical lines on the screen etc. Might buy another to have a spare
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