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j.m.ratkos

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  1. close. it was actually this, a rather obscure band from the late 80s from lancaster, pennsylvania karen peris has a haunting, yet very melodic voice. both their debut and 2nd album (umbrella) featured a very interesting sound and some great tracks
  2. hello there, some of you may remember me from a few years back. I'm still into gaming but my passion in the hobby has shifted more towards pinball and arcade game restorations. (I currently am in the process of restoring a creature from the black lagoon and seawitch pinballs and 2 q*bert's and a tempest cabaret on the arcade side) for anyone that is planning on attending the MGC (midwest gaming classic) in wisconsin here in the states (april 8-10, 2016), please stop by my booth and say "hi" I will be attempting to unload a good portion of my 20+ year collection of sealed video games in the vendor area under the "digital rat's nest" banner I hope to see some of you there (and meet you finally for the first time). cheers - j.m.
  3. my question is that when you purchase the VR headset, does it come bundled with that stark white onesy?
  4. wow! talk about a strangehold. nintendo's products account for nearly 75% of *all* systems sold for that week/month? it boggles the mind when people keep stating things like, "nintendo should really re-think and get out of the hardware market"
  5. hmm... counting out the company which has a handheld device that is currently outselling *everything* else out on the market combined
  6. I'm not sure which one I'm more excited for? the xbox one or the gold/black 3DS XL bundle the ps4 launch was quite the disappointment, but thankfully made 200usd by flipping the extra system that I had pre-ordered for a mate that cancelled on me 2 days prior to launch
  7. personally, I think that there are a couple of things that the manufacturers need to address if they want to "wow" the [general] public and those who are upgrading from the last gen with each new generation launch - faster boot up and loading for games (I know that I'm comparing apples to oranges here, but remember how nice is was with your NES? put in the cart, turn it on and <bam!> 2-3 secs later you were playing the game (even the 3DS is a big offender here. for those of you that still have a game boy, gb color, advance or ds, check out your power up sequence times compared to the 3DS's. load up a game as well. there's a ton of decompression going on there - more stable hardware (yeah, faster and more polygons are great, but the fact that these newer machines [even the current gen] are running so hot that we've had to worry about things like motherboards flexing and causing the BGA (ball grid array) for cpu and gpu chips coming off of the boards [in both the ps3 and 360, even with massive heat sinks and fans - software that doesn't require a "day one" patch in order to run (again, remember the days before the internet where companies had to make damn sure that their titles were stable and actually ran as advertised? - have at least 4 solid titles at launch that showcase (or at the very least, give a glimpse) of what we can expect from this leap in technology that has wrestled the money from our purse strings. where's the incentive when the game looks and plays almost the exact same as the current generation? I'm not trying to be a negative nellie, but our microwave society is making us want things quicker and faster and as a result we are reaping what we sow
  8. I don't remember jessica chobot looking that furry when I got her started in this business
  9. yes, but not in the way that you'd like. tingle is the physical manifestation all of the messed up 30+ year old man-children who still live in their parent's basements here in the states. if you'd like, I'm sure that at least half of [normal] americans would be more than happy to send you some of the whack jobs that probably actually sport a green uni-tard 24/7 in real life
  10. quit lumping all americans together. some of us actually have taste (personally, I've never been taken in by the shiney, plastic look of killer instinct)
  11. is it just me or does the launch for both system seem a bit half-baked? given that there is no "backward compatibility" for either system (which I'm absolutely fine with), if I look at the list of games being made available, the pickings are rather slim it almost makes me think that launch for both systems should have been feb/mar of 2014 where we could have a good dozen or so titles, some of which actually start to showcase what the next gen will be capable of
  12. and japan is getting a sequel for bravely default already
  13. apparently, that's not stopping people from ordering it. they had almost 2,000 copies available when I made the post, and are now down to 1,240 (additionally, they have lowered the quantity that you can purchase. it was 3, and now is 2 pcs)
  14. I just received an email from play-asia.com, and although the audience for this deal is limited, they have namco bandai's capcom cross-over title, project x zone for the japanese nintendo 3DS on sale for 24.90usd for the next 23+ hours (their regular price is about 75usd)
  15. spainkiller: I've got an extra one of those too
  16. I'm a self-professed 3DS LL LE whore
  17. agreedif we look back at nintendo's older consoles; nes -> snes, snes -> n64; n64 -> gamecube, nowhere was there any backwards capabilities, nor did the consumer complain about the system "lacking" that feature. it was only when all of the companies started to include it (the ps2 having playstation compability, the xbox 360 having [some] xbox compability, the wii having gamecube compability and then the original ps3 systems sporting both psone and ps2 compatability did the it "raise the bar" where the consumer then expected it. personally, I've never found it a necessity (maybe that's because I've kept my older systems to be able and go back and enjoy them). but to be honest, other than a few classic titles, I find myself always playing the latest, games cheers to sony for giving us a fantastic system that created a huge market, helped increased the job market in the entertainment field by at least 10x over the past decade and made it possible [for something like videogames] to outgross the movie industry
  18. did I stumble into the wrong thread? the past page and a half has been all about the shrinking shelf space for pc games it's true that the EU has been screwed by NOE on the pricing for launch titles like nintendogs + cats, pilot wings and steel diver (games which can be had for a u.s. fiver or are frequently given away free with the purchase of a system here in the states for the past 8 months or longer) but we all know that the market isn't fair on a region by region basis. while NCL continues to shower japan with limited edition systems and bundles just about every other month, europe has finally received the pikachu edition XL. meanwhile here in the states, the big draw for the holidays was the blue/black XL system with a digital version of mariokart (big deal ). I find it interesting that even given all of the fevered interest for the limited edition systems and bundles that are released in japan by internet sites, blogs and press, that the markets outside of japan are either ignored or forgotten. edit: maybe (some of) this has to due with the fact that nintendo's own pokemon centres dot japan in every major city, but are virtually non-existant out of japan, but it's shouldn't apply to those things which are non-pokemon specific additionally, even though they are free, the prizes being offering on club nintendo here in the states for collecting points (other than the 3DS card case and the golden nunchuk) have been abysmal for the past year (and this year's redemption items were a paper calendar or deck of playing cards?!?). maybe it's the size of the market that prevents it, but it's kind of sad that nintendo doesn't seem fit to award its loyal customers in *all* territories at least the chance at some of the nicer items (like those nice "metal" mariokart trophies and the limited edition raffle mario, peach and toad 3DS systems) in more uplifting news, my copy of fantasy life should ship soon. can't wait to see what love level-5 managed to pour into yet another 3DS title that looks very intriguing
  19. as promised, photos to make you hate me more (apparently)
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