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I've tried to get others to start a thread on this. I felt compelled to go
ahead and do this ( not that I'm a major fan of this medium ) since it
seems people post about this subject but they are lost among all the
various threads they appear on. Hopefully they will converge here.

How Bethesda was able to fit Skyrim on the Switch:
https://www.polygon.com/2017/11/17/16670026/skyrim-nintendo-switch-visuals-quality

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Other recent posts re-posted:

Real Good You Guys: Nintendo, Nvidia, and Not Chasing Power:
https://www.geek.com/games/real-good-you-guys-nintendo-nvidia-and-not-chasing-power-1722869/

The Nintendo Switch is winning because it’s ‘good enough’:
https://www.polygon.com/2017/11/22/16689870/nintendo-skyrim-doom-rocket-league-graphics

Skyrim on the Nintendo Switch is much better than it has any right to be:
https://www.polygon.com/2017/11/16/16665216/skyrim-nintendo-switch-impressions-elder-scrolls

GameStop 'Temporarily Pauses' Unlimited Used Games Program
https://kotaku.com/gamestop-temporarily-pauses-unlimited-used-games-progra-1820429511

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L.A. Noire for the Nintendo Switch:
http://www.rockstargames.com/lanoire/switch?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=lanoire-switchscreens-11222017&utm_term=newswire

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I absolutely hate consoles with a burning passion these days.
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Charcharo:

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I absolutely hate consoles with a burning passion these days.

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Charcharo~

You've elaborated on your deep, burning passionate hate for both
Intel & Nvidia, so please don't spare us your story on Console Games.

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  11:36:48  27 November 2017
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My last console was a PS2 but the games I enjoyed were few and far between, I can't get on with a controller due to partial paralysis in my right arm, I'm okay for racing games like Gran Turismo but using my right hand for first person shooters is a mess as the having no sense of touch means I struggle when it comes to keeping my fingers on the right button and trying to move from button to button is messy as I have to look at my hand to get the right button making me too slow hence the lack of interest in multiplayer titles.

I still have my PS1 & PS2 plus all the games boxed up in the attic, I can't see me ever using them again but maybe my grandkids grandkids will find them one day and make a small fortune on what will then hopefully be Retro toys that are worth a few quid.
They may even enjoy using them themselves, I remember finding an old reel to reel player with loads of reels in the attic as a kid, It was a standalone model that projected the picture onto the bedroom wall there was no audio but there was one reel with a Thunderbirds movie on it. Sadly it was accidentally left behind when we moved house in the 80's, Anyway I've gone a bit off track sorry.

I think Microsoft messed up a bit when they started selling Xbox games in the Windows store for the PC as for me that means if I was to buy a console it wouldn't be an Xbox. That said they may change their tune now the new Xbox Scorpio's out, That's if it sells well, I was hoping to get some Halo FPS titles on PC as I've never played it.
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Charcharo:

I absolutely hate consoles with a burning passion these days.


Charcharo~

You've elaborated on your deep, burning passionate hate for both
Intel & Nvidia, so please don't spare us your story on Console Games.

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I hate Intel's lying scummy POS higher ups. Not their engineers. And I dont hate Nvidia near as much as that, even if their G-Sync and anti-open source stances are dangerous to PC Gaming long term. Mostly I am salty on their stifling of game design when they bought PhysX.

Conslows are an anti-art, anti-consumer market model that makes no sense in the current days.

They cost more long term. They do less. They harm modding. They harm backwards compatibility. Nintendo and Sony bully developers at time. All consoles are good for, is to test small arms ballistics. Their time of good for gaming ability... ended in 2000.

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My Argument: Game consoles are worthless thus not worth buying, unless you absolutely can't refrain from their exclusives and cannot emulate them. But I will also debate the value of some of these exclusives, particularly the ones whose main focus is on emulating cinema above all else, to the point where I will suggest people defending these need more experience with other kinds of games and perhaps need to watch more movies and TV and after doing so, will no longer strongly argue in their favor.

And stating an obvious but always overlooked fact, consoles (proprietary systems that can't be upgraded and have little to no backwards compatibility) are of course objectively bad for the industry

Most anti-PC gaming/pro-console arguments I see are based on falsehoods, so I suggest reading this (lots of facts and more specific arguments in there) to avoid doing so.

And some things to note, I was a console gamer from 1999-2007, though I still played a few console exclusives after 2007 like the first three Uncharted games, Gran Turismo 5, and Forza 4 (these are the only ones I played extensively after 2007).

Not an argument, but an objective fact often ignored and I want to see commented on: Consoles are objectively damaging and limiting to the gaming industry, due to them causing there to be multiple proprietary systems, none of which can be upgraded, and due to their lack of backwards compatibility, lack of modding and game content creation, tyrannical multiplayer model in which players have no control over dedicated servers so MP games can and will get shut down forcing you to abandon the game's multiplayer, and general lack of functionality (e.g. device compatibility). What do you pro-console gamers have to say about this?

So, let the debate begin.

Proposed value of consoles so far by members in this thread:

Nothing new since these are really the only things you can point to.

Out of the box apples to apples performance in favor of the XBOX One X, without any regards to long term viability and how quickly this will change, and without consideration of the fact that PC isn't limited to apples to apples performance due to the option to select different resolutions and graphics settings.

Plug-and-play nature of the consoles. There are pre-built PCs, but as the article linked above states, they are indeed overpriced."

This is the article:
https://www.gnd-tech.com/content/876-Console-Gaming-to-PC-Gaming-FAQ

I am yet to see a console gamer manage to defend consoles on any moral or long term manner. The most they can say is that... they used to be good for gaming. Or that they cost less if you buy it second hand, a few years after release and play all your games second hand and resell them (which is as efficient for the industry as piracy...). And id argue even then it costs more long term.
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nashathedog:

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I can't get on with a controller due to partial paralysis in my right arm,
I'm okay for racing games like Gran Turismo but using my right hand
for first person shooters is a mess as the having no sense of touch
means I struggle when it comes to keeping my fingers on the right
button and trying to move from button to button is messy as I have
to look at my hand to get the right button making me too slow hence
the lack of interest in multiplayer titles.

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Nasha~

You've vaguely given some info on your accident, making you more of
an indoor person but I wasn't aware of the exact details as to what or
how it happened. That certainly sucks on having difficulty with a mouse
and getting a good feel for control. Twisting one's wrist to the left and
placing a hand flat on an object is not a natural position and requires
more strain than how a hand rests naturally. With that in mind, rather
than using a horizontal mouse like most of us do, have you considered
trying a vertical mouse? The hand rests more naturally on it, and the
tactile control of clasping and using your fingers is a lot easier and more
comfortable. They aren't very expensive and you may find it the solution
to your difficulty with a regular mouse. Here's a link to show the design:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Wireless-Ergonomic-Vertical-Optical-USB-Mouse-5D-Optical-Mouse-For-PC-Laptop-Mac-/302545721514?

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with regards to one-handed gaming (and I don't mean to pry, nor tell anyone that controllers are an alternative, but - I have encountered the subject before), people have been coming up with various solutions for years; mainly on their own, I assume, but these days there are also other sources available:

http://www.oneswitch.org.uk/art.php?id=89

it is a site dedicated to one-handed controllers; of course these needn't apply for the PC-crowd, but since this is a console-topic...

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on a different note; if anyone is still playing Red Dead Redemption on the Playstation 3 (since it's not backwards-compatible on the PS4, AFAIK) - and (still) have issues logging onto the multiplayer servers, then there is a 'solution':

start single-player
start Private Multiplayer Server
from there join a Public Multiplayer Server

now this 'fix' may eventually crash, if someone with the hack/exploit enters the server; but I've had a good few runs on-line the past few nights, without too much hiccups

it is a crying shame that Rockstar has not bothered fixing the PS3 servers, since the exploit was added about a year after RDR's release for the PS3, but at least it's still got a kick-ass singleplayer campaign and LAN-capabilities
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and speaking of Playstation 3, if you want to get some more fps and longer draw-distance/less pop-ins in games such as RDR, GTA IV, etc. - try this little trick:

https://youtu.be/2AN28MNDj6E

basically it's a video showing how to turn off certain, not too obvious features, in order to gain framerate, at a very slight quality-loss (especially for me, who have my PS3 hooked up to an old CRT anyways )

and yes; above video actually worked
and no; I am not surprised, but rather dumbfounded by my own negligence, not having turned those features off years ago

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I realize these were nor reviews, nor deals - but figured it'd be best to keep the console-talk in one thread, no?
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PICO-8

if you want something very different and not necessarily fitting for this thread, since it only runs on PC's (Linux, Mac, Windows), but at the same time, it refers to itself as a Fantasy Console, PICO-8 is exactly that

when booting up PICO-8, the user is presented with a black screen and a text-prompt, much like DOS, or BASIC, by pressing escape the user will enter the GUI of PICO-8 and this is where the magic happens

in the GUI, you have several 'tabs', the first one you are presented with, being where you need to input your code (i.e. program), then there's the tab for your sprite-editor, then there's the tab for your map-editor and one for your sound/music-editor

PICO-8 uses a 'simpler form of LUA' (from what I've gathered) and there have been and still are games being produced/released at a constant rate

the games themselves will be made within the restraints of the 'fantasy-console' that is PICO-8 and it provides you with the following specs:

32kb RAM
16 Colors
128x128 pixels per frame

add to that four directional-keys and two 'action'-buttons for up to two players (i.e., technically the programmer has 8 directional-keys and 4 'action'-buttons to work with, thus allowing for a certain extent of flexibility in terms of user-interaction in the games)

to load a game from within PICO-8, the easiest way is simply to type splore at the prompt, which gives you an on-line database of games available and all you need to do is scroll to the one you wish to play and then run it; simple as that

if you have any controllers for your PC, then you may utilize these, if you encounter any issues, whilst using third-party controllers, or similar; I strongly recommend XPadder, which allows you to rebind any key on your keyboard to any button on your controller; I personally have a SNES-controller hooked up to my retro-PC, running PICO-8 games on my CRT-TV from the couch - very convenient

also, if you wish to play the games, but don't want PICO-8 itself, then they're all freely available at:

https://www.lexaloffle.com/bbs/?cat=7&sub=2&mode=carts

there are some amazing games (and demos) being made out there, given the constraints of the 'console'

there is a renewed interest in older consoles/computers, much due to their limitations, as these constraints really force the programmers/artists/designers to think outside the box (of endless RAM, CPU-power and graphical fidelity), thus giving us contemporary iterations of games which might as well have been released in another decade, but with a modern design perspective, thus giving those of us who actually do enjoy pixelated graphics, bleepy sound-effects and score-boards something to look forward to, whilst at the same time promoting new programmers, artists and designers to really push their creativity to the limit, in trying to create something even remotely interesting in a world with triple-a games and retro-'esque' games being pumped out daily

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(do note above rant does not necessarily apply to current gen consoles, since they are basically PC's in terms of hardware; rather I am mainly referring to the 8-16 -bit era)

for further information I'd suggest reading this:

https://thenewstack.io/retro-game-pico-8-basics/

to learn how to program for PICO-8, I recommend the fanzines:

https://sectordub.itch.io/pico-8-fanzine-1

as a splendid example of a game in PICO-8 I personally enjoy:

https://youtu.be/LrrZvixSUgA

and for PICO-8 itself:

https://www.lexaloffle.com/pico-8.php
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Splitfish Mouse and 'Fragchuck'

for those of you who have a difficult time adjusting to controllers, especially in FPS's and Third Person Shooters/etc. where you are used to controlling the camera with a mouse, per example, then there's Splitfish's accessories; I personally use their PS3 and Xbox 360 mouse and fragchuck with little to no issues (the main problem I have with is with the shape of the Xbox 360 mouse, due to button-placement, but one can get used to it)

a 'fragchuck', is basically inspired by the Nintendo Wii 'nunchuck' (i.e. a controller fit for one hand, with a thumbstick on top and a couple of buttons available), thus the fragchuck emulates the keyboard, whilst the mouse is... a mouse

https://eu.splitfish.com/

it is also possible to use a variety of keyboards and mice, by default for PS3 and PS4 (may work for Xbox 360, as well) - just ordinary PC-accessories - the main issue being that very few games utilize PC-mouse and/or keyboard, but at least you are able to use the keyboard for text-communication, if nothing else (which is how I mainly used it, since I don't care for voice-chat)

I'm not saying that playing GTA V with an 'inferior mouse and a fragchuck' will make it on par with the PC-version, but there are a bunch of games out there, console-exclusive (Red Dead Redemption and The Warriors, both Rockstar games, both console-exclusive, both worthy entrances in their catalogue, IMO - as recognizable examples), where this solution (or similar) may provide the user with a more familiar experience, thus hopefully heightening their experience of enjoying the game(s) overall
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Lord_Santa~

Wow. Three great posts in a row. Keep it up. You rock.

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Free PS Plus Games: November 2017 PS4 Games Out Now On PlayStation Store:
https://www.gamespot.com/articles/free-ps-plus-games-november-2017-ps4-games-out-now/1100-6454738/

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The Xbox One X makes the PlayStation 4 Pro feel like a half-measure:
https://www.polygon.com/2017/11/29/16704346/xbox-one-x-playstation-4-pro-power-discs

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December’s PlayStation Plus games end 2017 with Death and pandas:
https://www.polygon.com/2017/11/29/16715130/playstation-plus-games-december-2017

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The Pros and Cons of XBOX on The Computer Chronicles ( 2002 )
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgVjK9pwl2A

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Fallout 4 Looks Better On Xbox One X But Runs Slightly Smoother On PS4 Pro:
https://kotaku.com/fallout-4-looks-better-on-xbox-one-x-but-runs-slightly-1820919499

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ThinkGeek's Got More NES and SNES Classics to Sell You... If You Win a Contest:
https://gizmodo.com/thinkgeeks-got-more-nes-and-snes-classics-to-sell-you-1820917105/amp

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I Love It When Games Let Me Collect Souvenirs:
https://kotaku.com/i-love-it-when-games-let-me-collect-souvenirs-1820929559

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Sony Will Send You A PS4 PSVR Headset
(Plus Skyrim) To Try Out For Free, If You're Selected:
https://www.gamespot.com/articles/sony-will-send-you-a-ps4-psvr-headset-plus-skyrim-/1100-6455336/

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Some Classic Jak And Daxter Games Are Coming To The PlayStation 4:
https://www.cinemablend.com/games/1733519/some-classic-jak-and-daxter-games-are-coming-to-the-playstation-4

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The Last Of Us 2: What We Know So Far:
https://www.cinemablend.com/games/1431559/Last-Us-2-What-We-Know-So-Far

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DayZ will leave early access, hit consoles in 2018:
https://www.polygon.com/2017/12/1/16723532/dayz-beta-early-access-consoles-release-date-2018

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Games With Gold and PlayStation Plus free games: Change is inevitably coming:
https://www.polygon.com/2017/12/2/16728566/games-with-gold-and-playstation-plus-free-games-2017-analysis-opinion

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Xbox One X review:
https://www.polygon.com/2017/11/3/16601914/xbox-one-x-review

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GoldenEye 007’s most untouchable speedrun record falls after 15 years:
https://www.polygon.com/2017/12/3/16730066/goldeneye-007-52-seconds-dam-agent-karl-jobst

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Xbox Games With Gold gave out $1,029 worth of games in 2017. Were they any good?
https://www.polygon.com/2017/12/2/16717854/xbox-games-with-gold-free-games-2017-value-analysis

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The best Xbox One games:
https://www.engadget.com/2017/12/04/the-best-xbox-one-games/

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Guess who's back in the Top Ten of the UK Charts:
https://www.destructoid.com/guess-who-s-back-in-the-top-ten-of-the-uk-charts-476059.phtml

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We got our hands on the Mario amiibo cereal, here's what it does:
https://www.destructoid.com/we-got-our-hands-on-the-mario-amiibo-cereal-here-s-what-it-does-476528.phtml

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Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Debuts at Number 2 in Japan:
https://attackofthefanboy.com/news/xenoblade-chronicles-2-debuts-japan/

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Bayonetta 3 Revealed As Nintendo Switch Exclusive:
https://www.gamespot.com/articles/bayonetta-3-revealed-as-nintendo-switch-exclusive/1100-6455491/

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New Call Of Duty: WW2 Update Adds Winter Version Of Classic Map, Gun Game Mode, And Lots More:
https://www.gamespot.com/articles/new-call-of-duty-ww2-update-adds-winter-version-of/1100-6455457/

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Biggest PS4 Trailers Of PlayStation Experience 2017: Soul Calibur 6, Medievil Remastered, And More:
https://www.gamespot.com/articles/biggest-ps4-trailers-of-playstation-experience-201/1100-6455524/

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Atari plans to open preorders for its Ataribox home console this Thursday:
https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/12/11/16764802/atari-ataribox-classic-retro-game-console-preorders-open

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There Are Still Some Great Games Coming To The Vita:
https://kotaku.com/there-are-still-some-great-games-coming-to-the-vita-1821155330

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Putting Nintendo Switch’s 10 million sales in context
https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2017/12/putting-nintendo-switchs-10-million-sales-in-context/

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The State Of The Nintendo Switch In 2017
https://kotaku.com/the-state-of-the-nintendo-switch-in-2017-1821255586/amp

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Mods Turn Zelda's Dirt Bike Into Sonic, GTA
https://kotaku.com/mods-turn-zeldas-dirt-bike-into-sonic-gta-1821270387

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See PUBG’s Xbox One and Xbox One X performance issues for yourself
https://www.polygon.com/2017/12/13/16771642/pubg-xbox-one-xbox-one-x-performance-summary

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The Nintendo Switch Gave Me Back My Video Games
https://kotaku.com/the-nintendo-switch-gave-me-back-my-video-games-1821306662

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HITMAN™ - Holiday Pack
https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP0082-CUSA02976_00-0000HOLIDAYPARIS

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PUBG Is Free With Xbox One X For A Limited Time
https://www.gamespot.com/articles/pubg-is-free-with-xbox-one-x-for-a-limited-time/1100-6455683/

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10 Fantastic PS4 Games Coming Out Sooner Than You Think
https://www.gamespot.com/gallery/10-fantastic-ps4-games-coming-out-sooner-than-you-/2900-1686/

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Wii U Games, Ranked By Probability Of Switch Ports
https://kotaku.com/wii-u-games-ranked-by-probability-of-switch-ports-1821342417

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The PS4's Library Of PS2 Games Is Only Getting More Disappointing
https://kotaku.com/the-ps4s-library-of-ps2-games-is-only-getting-more-disa-1821402010

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Breath of the Wild's DLC Boss Has A Funny Weakness
https://kotaku.com/breath-of-the-wilds-dlc-boss-has-a-funny-weakness-1821388287

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The Witcher 3 Now Officially Runs At 60 FPS On The Xbox One X
https://kotaku.com/the-witcher-3-now-officially-runs-at-60-fps-on-the-xbox-1821465101

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PS4's PlayStation Network and Nintendo Switch's Eshop Having Some Connection Issues
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yeah - I've noticed that, being an avid collector since long, I've been following the 'retro-scene', since mid-90's (when games/consoles/computers started being 'retro' and the interest-groups started gathering, with regards to 'preserving the past', as it were)

there's been some crazy times with people (ab)using eBay in various ways to drive the prices of certain games up, way beyond what's been reasonable; not to mention how many pirate-carts, etc. are floating around out there

of course, the main issue is that for those of us who actually enjoy playing all those games, suddenly we have to pay 3-4x the actual value, just because there's a bunch of 'collectors' out there

fortunately most people who collect seriously demand CIB (Cart, Instructions, Box - or Complete In Box) in as mint condition as possible, so that they may have their prized possession appraised (there's a system for that) and put it on their shelf and post pictures on-line of their collection, thus those of us who actually love playing games can try to hunt down 'cart-only', or similar; which kinda sucks, since part of the charm is to have an actual manual, etc.

either which way, I'm glad to see these kinds of solutions (such as the NES-mini, SNES-mini, etc. - and there's already a gazzillion clones out there) and I believe that one of the main reasons why Megadrive/Genesis games constantly have been available at low/decent prices (compared to NES/SNES), is that the Megadrive is still being produced (in Brazil) and there's been numerous, countless Megadrive/Genesis -clones with built-in games sold across the globe, since the mid-90's, thus satiating the demand for games and keeping stuff somewhat sane

(of course I am fully aware of the NES-clones, like Dendy, et al - but considering that they were targeted at a very specific (however large) market-group, I don't think it could in any way have impacted the NES; the way that the many Megadrive/Genesis-clones did on a global scale)
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yeah - I've noticed that, being an avid collector since long, I've been following the 'retro-scene', since mid-90's (when games/consoles/computers started being 'retro' and the interest-groups started gathering, with regards to 'preserving the past', as it were)

there's been some crazy times with people (ab)using eBay in various ways to drive the prices of certain games up, way beyond what's been reasonable; not to mention how many pirate-carts, etc. are floating around out there

of course, the main issue is that for those of us who actually enjoy playing all those games, suddenly we have to pay 3-4x the actual value, just because there's a bunch of 'collectors' out there

fortunately most people who collect seriously demand CIB (Cart, Instructions, Box - or Complete In Box) in as mint condition as possible, so that they may have their prized possession appraised (there's a system for that) and put it on their shelf and post pictures on-line of their collection, thus those of us who actually love playing games can try to hunt down 'cart-only', or similar; which kinda sucks, since part of the charm is to have an actual manual, etc.

either which way, I'm glad to see these kinds of solutions (such as the NES-mini, SNES-mini, etc. - and there's already a gazzillion clones out there) and I believe that one of the main reasons why Megadrive/Genesis games constantly have been available at low/decent prices (compared to NES/SNES), is that the Megadrive is still being produced (in Brazil) and there's been numerous, countless Megadrive/Genesis -clones with built-in games sold across the globe, since the mid-90's, thus satiating the demand for games and keeping stuff somewhat sane

(of course I am fully aware of the NES-clones, like Dendy, et al - but considering that they were targeted at a very specific (however large) market-group, I don't think it could in any way have impacted the NES; the way that the many Megadrive/Genesis-clones did on a global scale)
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Lord_Santa

I gotta admit I know how you feel. My first Console ( as I have probably
mentioned before was from around 1990 when I had to choose from the
8 bit Sega or 8 bit Nintendo or the 16 bit graphics NEC Turbo-Grafx 16.
I went for the NEC Turbo-Grafx 16 that was on sale for $99 while the
others were still $149. Not the best decision in the long run since the
NEC didn't last long in the US market while the Sega did for a little while
and Nintendo was the clear winner ( until the Sony Playstation and the
Microsoft Xbox came along ). Needless to say I am partial to what I
bought and still have it with about 30 to 40 games. So I do have a nice
small collection of an obscure, not well known system that I really like.

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PlayStation Plus: Free Games for January 2018
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Nintendo is delaying the Switch's 64GB game cards
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Nintendo Switch was 2017's best gadget. What does it mean for 2018?
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Xbox's lack of compelling games won't be fixed next year
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Man Loses Switch, Meets Person Who Found It Via Reddit
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The Nintendo Switch's GPU is key to installing unofficial games
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8 Awesome Things to Try on Your PS4 Right Now
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5 Things You Didn't Know Your Xbox One Could Do
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10 Surprising Things You Can Do With Your Nintendo Switch
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The 10 Best Free Xbox One Games
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Five Video Game Moments That Stressed Me Out In 2017
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Nintendo started 2017 as a punching bag — and ended up with the hottest gadget of the year
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Nintendo Postpones 64GB Switch Games Until 2019
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Free PS4 PS Plus Games For January Coming Soon
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Nintendo Profits Nearly Double in Nine Months
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Xbox One's Kinect Is Really Dead Now, Basically
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This Week's New PS4, PS3, And PS Vita Deals On PSN Revealed
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The Biggest Nintendo Switch And 3DS Games To Play In 2018
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Knights of the Old Republic 2 beat The Last Jedi to its best lesson
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8 PlayStation Games That Need to be Remade or Remastered
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Here are the 10 most popular downloads on PS4 in 2017
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Last Chance For This Week's PS4, PS3, And PS Vita Game Deals
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Some Great Nintendo Switch Eshop Games Are On Sale Now
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Swivel Grips Make Switch Joy-Cons Easier To Hold
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Only One Joy-Con Was Harmed In The Modding Of This Switch
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Nintendo is now selling its colorful Splatoon 2 Joy-Con controllers separately
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DISSIDIA® FINAL FANTASY® NT Open Beta Test
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All The New Switch Games Revealed During The Nintendo Direct January 2018
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Super Meat Boy Is The Latest Port To Sell Better Than Expected On The Nintendo Switch
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Microsoft Brings Back the Xbox's 'Duke' Controller in March
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Sony taking beta sign-ups for PS4’s next major firmware update
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The 10 Best PlayStation Now Games
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US Navy submarines are getting Xbox 360 controllers to control their periscopes
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Microsoft puts Minecraft boss in charge of Xbox games
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The Directors Of Monster Hunter World Try To Explain Why It's Not Coming To The Nintendo Switch
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Unlocked PS4 consoles can now run copies of PS2 games
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The Nintendo Switch is a hit, and game developers are flocking to the console
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This Week In The Business: Microsoft Bets On Xbox Game Pass
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Rocket League

been playing Rocket League (Playstation 4), for about a week now and am thoroughly enjoying it (also available for PC/Xbone/Switch)

at the core, it's basically a game about RC cars, with rocket-boosters playing football/soccer

you usually play 3v3 matches and the playing-field is aptly sized to accommodate for all players, while leaving plenty of room for strategy and planning

it has a relatively simple control-scheme (gas, break/reverse, power-slide, rocket-boost, jump) <-- these are your basic functions; but with the rocket-boost, you are able to perform various tricks, if you get good enough

having watched a game on-line (I watched esports for the first time ever), I noticed that 'the professionals', barely ever even touch the ground

I personally prefer not to play (on-line) multiplayer, due to various reasons; but this actually works quite alright on-line and it's easy enough to ignore whatever the kids might be yelling into their microphones... mute-button is a wondrous thing

the PS4 version is able to play against the PC version and vice-versa; same goes for the Xbone version - but the Xbone cannot play against the PS4 (nor Switch? afaik), due to... 'apparent reasons'(?) (MS, SONY, Nintendo all having their own 'on-line' thingie?) - but supposedly they are working on finding a solution

the game itself has been created in Unreal Engine 3 (I believe) and runs perfectly smooth, whilst having pleasant visuals and fast-paced gameplay

there are (of course) a variety of tricks to learn, especially how to make best use of the rocket-booster (and subsequently learning to fly), double-jump with forward-spin +boost, etc.

I highly recommend this game to anyone who enjoy arcade-football/soccer and/or RC-like cars

I paid about 25€ for a brand new copy, which granted that the game is three years old wasn't necessarily the cheapest game in the bin; but it has given me plenty of fun thus far and I highly suspect that it will keep entertaining me for much longer

the matches themselves are five minutes (add a few minutes due to replay, etc) and thus I am able to jump in, play a match until the end and then just log out and continue with my daily chores, or whatever

a perfect blend of arcade-style racing and football, coupled with excellent controls and physics and you've got yourself a nice little gem, that technically isn't groundbreaking in any sense of the word, but what it does, it does good

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A Nintendo Switch bundle perfect for Valentine’s Day and more gaming deals
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How to use a PS4 controller on PC
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Pillars of Eternity II is (of course) coming to a console near you.

ain't no such thing as "PC-exclusive" in today's market, not when it comes to big-budget; too many moneys to be had:

http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2018/02/06/pillars-of-eternity-ii-deadfire-coming-to-consoles.aspx
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Final Fantasy 15 on PC will support Xbox One cross-play
https://www.pcgamer.com/final-fantasy-15-on-pc-will-support-xbox-one-cross-play-for-online-co-op/

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This is the one problem with the Nintendo Switch
https://www.cnet.com/news/nintendo-switch-one-problem/

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The Nintendo Switch's Secret Is That It's Already Obsolete
https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidthier/2018/02/05/the-nintendo-switchs-secret-is-that-its-already-obsolete/#4d8cd0273913

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The Nintendo Switch and Labo make pieces of cardboard feel like magic
https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/2/3/16965900/nintendo-switch-labo-cardboard-features-youtube-video

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Has the PS4 peaked? Annual console shipments are flat for 2017 [Updated]
https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2018/02/has-the-ps4-peaked-annual-console-sales-are-flat-for-2017/

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Getting the most out of your PlayStation 3 in 2018
https://www.destructoid.com/getting-the-most-out-of-your-playstation-3-in-2018-486183.phtml

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Hackers hijack Nintendo Switch, show Linux loaded on console
https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2018/02/hackers-hijack-nintendo-switch-show-linux-loaded-on-console/?amp=1

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Getting the most out of your PlayStation 3 in 2018
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it's worth mentioning that the Playstation 3 is indeed a fine console; personally I (currently) have two hooked up; one to my CRT and one to my HDTV

they are quite sufficient for streaming both Netflix and HBO if you ask me, also you can use it to stream movies/music from your PC and there's plenty of interesting titles for it

besides, the reason I have two PS3's is because I actually found 2 (one slim and one 'phat' model) of them in a (literal) trash-pile; the same one, mind you... just with a few months apart; the slim one working 100%, whilst the phat one had its HDMI-port broken (hence hooked up to CRT)

I gave the slim to my brother, since I already owned one (two, since I found the phat one), but that'll give you an idea of what people in my region think the PS3 is worth
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Nintendo hopes “every single person” will own a Switch
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Xbox One Adds New Backwards Compatible Game
https://www.gamespot.com/articles/xbox-one-adds-new-backwards-compatible-game/1100-6456659/

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Street Fighter's Best Character Continues To Look Beautiful
https://compete.kotaku.com/street-fighters-best-character-continues-to-look-beauti-1822934763

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I built and played Nintendo's next big thing, Nintendo Labo — and it was a surprisingly brilliant learning tool
http://www.businessinsider.com/nintendo-labo-switch-hands-on-photos-2018-2

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Microsoft has a problem with Xbox that it can't buy its way out of
http://www.businessinsider.com/what-is-the-future-of-the-xbox-one-2018-2

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Nintendo Switch deals, a PUBG Xbox One bundle and more Valentine’s Day gaming deals
https://www.polygon.com/2018/2/10/16995426/best-game-deals-valentines-day-gift-nintendo-switch-pubg-xbox-one-bundle

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Bayonetta 2 Switch Review Roundup [Updated]
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Play These Xbox One Games For Free Right Now
https://www.gamespot.com/articles/play-these-xbox-one-games-for-free-right-now/1100-6456816/

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Monster Hunter World's Street Fighter 5 Event Begins Today For Some PS4 Players
https://www.gamespot.com/articles/monster-hunter-worlds-street-fighter-5-event-begin/1100-6456813/

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Some Copies Of Bayonetta 2 On Switch Shipped With Misprinted Download Codes
https://kotaku.com/some-copies-of-bayonetta-2-on-switch-shipped-with-mispr-1823095901/amp

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Zelda Fan Breaks Down BOTW's Most Overpowered Move
https://kotaku.com/zelda-fan-breaks-down-botws-most-overpowered-move-1823044537

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Man Says Switch Helped Him Find A Tumor In His Hand
https://kotaku.com/man-says-switch-helped-him-find-a-tumor-in-his-hand-1823040968

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5 Video Games Sony Forced To Be Censored
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This tiny USB adapter lets you use a PS4 controller with a Nintendo Switch
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The Nintendo Switch made me swear off physical games
https://www.theverge.com/2018/3/3/17067564/nintendo-switch-games-digital-downloads-zelda-mario-sonic-anniversary

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If you bought an original PlayStation 3, you could be $65 richer
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PlayStation 3 Phat owners have a month left to claim ‘OtherOS’ class action settlement
https://www.polygon.com/linux/2018/3/18/17135994/playstation-3-otheros-settlement-lawsuit-linux

Sony paying up to $65 to people who purchased the original PlayStation 3
https://www.clickondetroit.com/consumer/sony-paying-up-to-65-to-people-who-purchased-the-original-playstation-3

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word of warning (epicgames & free2play)

I played Crossout and Fortnite on-line on my PS4 and have since had attempts at having both my Crossout account and my Epicgames account hacked multiple times

I managed to delete my Crossout account (do keep in mind, I started playing it on PC - with no issues, it wasn't until a few months later, when I moved on to the PS4 version, that someone attempted to hack me)

I've had my Epicgames account since... a long time (I bought Unreal 1 upon release and have continued supporting Epicgames ever since) - same principle goes there; I download Fortnite (Free-to-Play online shooter) and voila - few days later hackers are locking me out of my account due to too many attempts at logging in

I get a two-step verification, which doesn't really help - since now I'm just constantly getting e-mails about verifying my activity

I've been mailing them since yesterday about deleting my account and no response thus far.

bottom line (TL;DR)
stay away from free-to-play games; especially on console - hackers gonna make you life a constant nuisance

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this seems to be an issue with epicgames, rather than anything else:

"Account Hack - Any possibility to contact support faster?"

https://www.epicgames.com/fortnite/forums/early-access/feedback/192049-account-hack-any-possibility-to-contact-support-faster

epicgames has lost all my trust.
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Firewatch Is Coming To Nintendo Switch
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26 Years Later, Night Trap Is Finally Coming To A Nintendo Console
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6 things to know about Labo, Nintendo’s quirky cardboard video game accessory kit
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'Wolfenstein II' blasts its way to the Switch on June 29th.
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Nintendo is slowly erasing the Wii U from existence
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Player Crushes Atari Record Using A Glitch Thought Impossible
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Introducing the Xbox Adaptive Controller

this doesn't necessarily apply to consoles only and not just because it's Windows 10 compatible, but because mouse/keyboard isn't always the best approach to PC gaming, especially if you have a handicap

https://youtu.be/9fcK19CAjWM

I don't care much for the presentation of the video (it is way too 'Hallmark '-esque in my opinion) - but it gets the message through

good job Microsoft
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The Xbox Has Quietly Gotten Some Cool Features
https://kotaku.com/the-xbox-has-quietly-gotten-some-cool-features-1826154994

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This $45 console looks like the SNES Classic, but it’s so much better
http://bgr.com/2018/05/17/snes-classic-alternative-in-stock-on-amazon/amp/#amp_tf=From%20%251%24s

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Sony is working with AMD's Ryzen CPU tech

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But is AMD really the best fit as Sony's technology partner for a new machines? While system architect Mark Cerny told us that Sony favours the traditional console generation model - opening the door to a clean break for a new machine with a dramatically different hardware make-up - the ability to combine Ryzen x86 CPU architecture and Radeon graphics into a single chip (and to license both key components from a single vendor) has great advantages in terms of economy, ease of development and cross-platform compatibility. With that in mind, it's no surprise that AMD is now the partner of choice for both Sony and Microsoft.
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Let's hope the next gen consoles use an AMD cpu & gpu as it's a very important contract for them. Especially so taking RTG's current situation into account.
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Sony: Next PlayStation is at least three years off
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Report: Fallout 3 Anniversary Edition Leaked, Could be Coming to PS4
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What Sony’s PlayStation 4 ‘end-of-life’ means for PSVR and PSVR 2
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PS4 Is Entering The End Of Its Lifecycle, Sony Says
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Atari Opens Pre-Orders For Retro 'VCS' Console (Update: $2M Raised In 24 Hours)
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Sony Reveals New PS4 Game From Life Is Strange Dev, But It’s Coming To Xbox One And PC Too
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Hands-on with Super Mario Galaxy at 1080p on Nintendo's official Wii emulator
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Microsoft Xbox at E3 2018: New console coming, Halo Infinite, Gears 5, Fallout 76 and more
https://www.cnet.com/news/microsoft-xbox-at-e3-2018-new-xbox-coming-halo-infinite-gears-5-fallout-76-and-more/

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Devil May Cry 5 Is Coming Next Year
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Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo consoles and video games are all on sale this week — here are the best deals
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Why didn’t anyone warn us not to play Fortnite on PS4?
https://www.polygon.com/2018/6/12/17456320/fortnite-login-failed-ps4-switch-epic-account

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The NES Classic is so popular it outsold the PS4, Xbox One, and Switch in June
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Red Dead Redemption 2 (or rather an alternative on how to play it, for people who prefer keyboard and mouse)

only thing I have to say about the game itself, thus far - is that playing in first person perspective; the introductory sequence (i.e. about the first 20 minutes of gameplay, or so) reminded me more of The Long Dark, than GTA V

apart from that, I just wanted to give a heads up to those curious about the game, but are unable to come to terms with a controller (fully understandable), that there is supposedly 'a device' available that let's you play any PS3/PS4/Xbox360/Xbox One game with your preferred PC keyboard/mouse -setup: XIM APEX

'trailer':
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'quick start guide':

https://youtu.be/EBjKUyngL7k

home page:

https://xim.tech/

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now that I have spent quite some time with RDR 2 and have a few minutes to spare - I'll say that depending on your play-style, I suppose that it is possible to play this kind of how you'd play a GTA (3rd person, guns blazing) - but given the 'survival-aspects' of the game (you must eat/sleep, preferably bathe, etc.), coupled with the hunting and camping, not to mention the environments; I personally have spent about ten hours, or so - simply roaming about and trying out the various mechanics (First Person only) and I even enjoy the way that horses handle (i.e. 'realistic', when trying to push down a hillside, etc. - not to mention how many times my poor horse has been knocked over by my idiocy and I have had to spend valuable potions in order to 'revive' it)

it's not completely without its flaws, but this game does seem to deserve all the praise its getting, if you ask me.
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I was hoping RDR2 would come to PC. Sadly not? I think we'd of heard something by now if it was. I've got a PS4 and an Xim Apex but the mouse movement is too slow for my liking so I'm going to sit this one out and wait until it's on sale in a year or so.
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I was hoping RDR2 would come to PC. Sadly not? I think we'd of heard something by now if it was. I've got a PS4 and an Xim Apex but the mouse movement is too slow for my liking so I'm going to sit this one out and wait until it's on sale in a year or so.
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that's a shame (about the Xim Apex) - fortunately I've learned how to play with controller by now (First Person/Free Aim/Iron Sights/No Radar/Dynamic HUD - just what the doctor recommended)

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Dirt VR Playstation 4

so, I bought a PSVR headset about a month ago and have been playing Dirt Rally VR with it, which was all fine and well with a controller, but it wasn't until I tried it with a racing-wheel with pedals, gear and stuff (just my plain office-chair, but still) that I truly 'felt' the VR experience and basically tried to cover my face every time I ran off the road

once I've gotten a little more money put together, I'll be buying myself a decent setup so that I can race - this footage is not from the PSVR, nor PS4 version of Dirt VR; but merely to illustrate the sensation itself (since I didn't capture any footage and... well it's kinda pointless trying to show VR in 2D )

given the limitations of the PS4 (graph0x-wise and such), it was still plenty enough immersion to make me jolt (my friend who is an experienced driver, as well)

also, I'm posting this to keep the front-page somewhat 'free' from all the bots currently invading:

https://youtu.be/jVLPO6A5Hx0

and yes, I also have my PSVR hooked up to my PC via a complex series of BS software and yes, it works quite fine. I'll try to do a little write-up in the VR-thread, once the front-page gets too cluttered, if nothing else
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A friend's kids (aged 11-15) are asking for a new gaming console (currently they have a PS3, I think). Which one would you recommend for children that age span?
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it (partly) depends on the parents' view on gaming and partly depends on the kids' preference in gaming

from what I have gathered (without children of my own that age), it seems as if though Fortnite per example, is 'more than just a game' - i.e. it seems to be the de facto place for 'teens/kids' to 'hang out'

Fortnite is available for all consoles (XboxOne/PS4/Nintendo Switch) - the issue being that the Nintendo Switch isn't as powerful as the other consoles, nor a PC and as such, even though you are able to 'cross-play' with PC and PS4/XboxOne (if you have a Nintendo Switch), due to the Switch's limitations, you are only able to play with others who are playing the game at 30FPS - and as such, when joining servers, there will be a harsher limit on those who have a Nintendo Switch

Rocket League is another excellent example of cross-platform gaming and a great example of an 'all age-limits' kinda game - the game itself being football (soccer) with cars, basically - fast-paced and fun (IMO)

Nintendo has 'always' been the go-to company when it comes to kids, but given the current landscape in gaming and given the age of the 'kids' in question, perhaps a PS4 would be easier to recommend as it has a wide user-base, nice selection of peripherals (such as motion-controller/Virtual Reality and a few other gimmicks), a whole lot of games available cheap (due to having been on the market for quite some time) and you get free games (PS4/PSN (<-'N' = 'Network') as a subscription bonus every month - also you can install the various HBO/NetFlix/Whathaveyounot on the PS4 'without any hiccups'

XboxOneX has more power than the PS4Pro and the PS4Pro has more power than the PS4, etc. but if you ask me, a used PS4 (standard) and an external 2GB HDD (said HDD cost about 100€ in Sweden) would be quite a safe bet for kids going into their teens - the main costs will be the external HDD and an extra controller, but apart from that I believe that there's enough games aimed at their age-group to go around and they will still be able to join any Fortnite match, while at the same time parents can use the HBO/Netflix part of it and have the console itself act as a media-center

(do keep in mind that I do not own the XboxOne, but I do have six original Xbox's and have had 3 Xbox360's (I bought into XBox from launch 'til XboxOne) - I have absolutely nothing against the Xbox, nor Microsoft when it comes to consoles, but I find the XboxOne to be... the least interesting of the current bunch)
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Thanks Santa,

I will have to ask what kind of games they're playing, but I've only heard about sports game so far. I think the console is meant as a gift for the youngest one (aged 11), but obviously the siblings will use it too.

Can you also play games from the existing PS3 on a PS4? Then they may not need the old PS3 console anymore, and can get some money from selling it. Speaking of which, is it worth it to buy a used console, or do used ones tend to have hardware problems?
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Thanks Santa,

I will have to ask what kind of games they're playing, but I've only heard about sports game so far. I think the console is meant as a gift for the youngest one (aged 11), but obviously the siblings will use it too.

Can you also play games from the existing PS3 on a PS4? Then they may not need the old PS3 console anymore, and can get some money from selling it. Speaking of which, is it worth it to buy a used console, or do used ones tend to have hardware problems?
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unfortunately the PS4 is not backwards-compatible with the PS3, instead Sony has opted to allow users to pay for and sign up to a service called 'Playstation Now' (https://www.playstation.com/en-us/explore/playstation-now/) which gives access to a wide range of PS2, PS3 [and] PS4 titles (streaming service, so it does depend on your connection, as well) - which I personally find a bit... 'annoying', but I guess it's in vogue to stream these days

apart from that the PS4 and XBoxOne are basically the ones running the show and all 'major' titles will usually be available for both (there will of course be exclusives, as well) and as such I don't think there's going to be any issue in finding per example EA's latest sport -titles and such (the Playstation (online) Store is very easy to navigate with a huge selection of titles readily available, if one prefers not having phsyical copies)

I buy used consoles 99% of the time - the two Xbox 360's that I bought new in store both gave me RROD (Red Ring of Death), while the PS4 I have that I bought 'second-hand' a few years back is working perfectly fine

I've been told that some PS4's can seemingly have issues, but I've never experienced them myself and a friend of mine has his running basically 24/7 (he's a GTA V nut) without issues, but with that in mind; it's still always a gamble to buy used electronics, so it's a good thing to make sure everything seems legit beforehand
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Get the PlayStation Classic for just £29.99
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Sony discounts tons of PlayStation games in its latest flash sale
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Xbox Boss On Microsoft’s Struggles With Game Quality And Efforts To Improve It
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RENO, Nev. (AP) — An unopened copy of a 1987 cult-classic video game that a Nevada man found in the attic of his childhood home is expected to sell for up to $10,000 at an online auction. The boxed game cartridge of Nintendo's "Kid Icarus" was still in the bag with the receipt for $38.45 from J.C. Penney’s catalog department three decades earlier.

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Back in 1990 I went to buy my first Console and there were 3 choices. The Sega 8-bit system. The Nintendo 8-bit system. The NEC Turbo-Grafx 16 which was called a 16 bit system but actually only the graphics were 16 bit and the system was 8 bit. All were about $150. Then the NEC Turbo-Grafx 16 system went on sale for $99 and I bought it. Unfortunately within a couple of years, while it was very successful in Japan, in the US market it was withdrawn.

Here we are in 2019 and all the Console makers are releasing Mini-Retro systems. While I came close to buying the Nintendo system, I didn't because it really didn't have that many Games and I knew few of the ones it did. Now there is another choice in the Mini-Retro revival. It looks like the one made for me is now on the horizon. I've pre-ordered it.

Polygon: TurboGrafx-16 mini/PC Engine mini impressions from Tokyo Game Show 2019.
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Seems like everyone's getting into the Retro Consoles market.

What does "Not Machine Specific" mean?

retrogames The C64 Mini USA Version - Not Machine Specific
https://www.amazon.com/C64-Mini-not-machine-specific/dp/B07GMV1X1K/ref=pd_bxgy_63_2/144-5624063-0309968

And why are there so many versions of this? I've seen Flashback 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3 etc...

https://www.amazon.com/Atari-Flashback-9-Gold-Electronic-Games/dp/B07FFT5FPK/ref=pd_sbs_63_4/144-5624063-0309968

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Seems like everyone's getting into the Retro Consoles market.

What does "Not Machine Specific" mean?

retrogames The C64 Mini USA Version - Not Machine Specific
https://www.amazon.com/C64-Mini-not-machine-specific/dp/B07GMV1X1K/ref=pd_bxgy_63_2/144-5624063-0309968

And why are there so many versions of this? I've seen Flashback 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3 etc...

https://www.amazon.com/Atari-Flashback-9-Gold-Electronic-Games/dp/B07FFT5FPK/ref=pd_sbs_63_4/144-5624063-0309968

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as for the C64, I assume it's both PAL and NTSC compatible (it was mainly popular in Europe where we run/ran PAL, i.e 50hz, rather than the 60hz that NTSC uses)

as for the Atari Flashback.... it's Atari... they've been cashing in on the console-market since forever... not even nostalgia anymore it seems like, rather just brand-recognition (although the Atari 2600 community is very much alive and active - but they mainly deal with the real hardware)

apart from that; it's all about cashing in on nostalgia - the Genesis mini I bet is selling like hot-cakes

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I will however add that the Commodore 64 community is basically as much alive and well today, as it was back in the early 90s (at least) and there's about 4-5 different models available these days, apart from the 'mini' - the mini merely emulates the C64, while the other iterations are people with the proper skill-set, who have recreated the motherboard and components from scratch, thus creating new iterations

the main reason as to why the C64 is still so active, is partly due to it being the best selling computer of all time and partly because all information about it (how it functions hardware-wise) has been available to the public since its release - and thus people who have been working with it since the early 80s (I got my hands on one already back in 1981 - although I am not quite as capable as others are, at programming, etc.) - and as such people have decades of experience and at currently those in their 40s-50s seem to have 'spare time' to work on projects such [as] new iterations of the hardware - there's even BBS's up and running and Wi-Fi modem available (for the original C64) at the same time there's a constant flow of new games (ranging from adequate to really good), some dude's even creating a new O/S for it, so... there's that
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So do you like the C64 Mini? Does it have the Games you like or the most popular ones from it's past? Is it worth getting for the modern hardware and newness?

As I've mentioned before, other than my Pong machine from the mid-70s, the next console I bought was the NEC Turbo-Grafx 16 with an 8-bit engine but 16-bit graphics. I really like those graphics as a minimum so I'm looking forward to it's retro version coming out early 2020.

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So do you like the C64 Mini? Does it have the Games you like or the most popular ones from it's past? Is it worth getting for the modern hardware and newness?

As I've mentioned before, other than my Pong machine from the mid-70s, the next console I bought was the NEC Turbo-Grafx 16 with an 8-bit engine but 16-bit graphics. I really like those graphics as a minimum so I'm looking forward to it's retro version coming out early 2020.

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well, while I do enjoy my mini (I got it for X-mas from my family) and it does contain some of the greatest titles out there; I, however, like many do find the joystick to be a bit lacking in quality, but fortunately this can easily be remedied by using a 3rd party controller

its convenience-factor is a plus, in that it doesn't take up much space, but then again - the keyboard is completely non-functional and serve only as a casing/visual treat

the menus are easy enough to navigate and it's easy enough to hook up, etc. - there's also the added 'functionality' of being able to download and run games off of a USB-drive, by default - thus basically unlocking the entire C64-library allowing for tens of thousands of games to be played

'technically' (metaphorically speaking), it has all that one would wish for, from a 'relatively cheap' alternative to the real deal

it does, however, lack what made/makes the Commodore 64... 'special'.... the Commodore 64 community has been around since (at the very least) 1981-1982, in various groups and forums, scattered (especially) across Northern Europe (Scandinavia, Germany, Finland, Poland (to some extent), Spain (to some extent), France, the UK, Greece, etc.) -it was a huge deal during the 80's - it is and to this date remains the most widely sold computer of all time and given how many PC's has been sold over the decades (IBM's, Gateways, DELL's, what-have-you-not), none of them has ever matched the level of enthusiasm that the C64 once had and to this day, still very much has

the main driving-force behind this little 8-bit wonder is mainly the fact that it has been so widely adapted and thoroughly 'researched' in a time and age (the 80s) when computers were at their absolute finest, due to being easy enough for a kid to understand, yet powerful enough for anyone with the know-how to create absolutely astounding digital pieces of art - the 'scene' as it is known (Demo-scene), where people create musical/graphical demos, pushing the hardware to its absolute limits and then bypassing a lot of these, by using various technical tricks available only through Assembly-language (being the main programming-language on the platform, i.e. you communicate *directly* with every single component in the computer, via code, so to speak), not to mention the games... so many classics came and went with the Commodore 64 and while a lot of them are available on the mini64, it doesn't even come close to containing all the innovative, quirky masterpieces of the 80's, nor 90's - not a single Jeff Minter game on there, no IK+, etc.

but I digress

the point is; I and a lot of other people, found the The64 (Mini) to be an adequate accessory for our living-room televisions, but prefer to use the real thing

about 2 months after receiving my The64 (Mini), I purchased myself a real Commodore 64 (again), having lost mine back in 1999, along with... so much... I started recollecting a few years ago (with a Commodore 128, which is... almost the same, but... 'it's complicated') and as such I have a disk-drive, a tape-deck (C2N), ten to fifteen joysticks(?), couple of hundred floppy-disks, bunch of tapes, SD-card-loader-thingie, etc., etc. I'm looking into getting me a Wi-Fi- modem, since they pretty cheap

the C64 community has since a few years re-emerged as a more 'complete' community, now that we are all hooked up to the Internet, in one way or the other and we've started gathering on Facebook, mainly ('t would seem) - which is suiting for.... 'kids of my generation'....

the C64 does have games for everyone... literally - it has more genres than I can count and if one does enjoy 8-bit music and graphics, then it's one of the best out there (although, admittedly, the NES does outshine it in certain aspects, mainly due to being slightly more powerful, but running off of the same CPU: the 6502 (6510, to be precise - but the difference is negligeble), if I'm not mistaken)

TL;DR

it's a great machine if you want to see what the C64 was/is all about and you can plug'n'play your roms via USB, make sure to have an extra controller laying around and you should be good to go - I highly recommend California Games and Winter Games as good starting-points (can be played with up to 8 players on the couch, with 1 joystick!)


(also, T.S - what games do you recommend on the NEC? I don't think it reached/got a breakthrough in Europe, so I haven't really seen many games for it)
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As I've heard you mention the Commodore 64 before, I was unaware of the existence of the C64 Mini until I came across it looking at Retro Gaming on Amazon. I was curious if you had it and if you did, does it live up to your expectations of having a modern rendition with multiple Games built in.

As I may have mentioned before, the NEC Turno-Grafx 16 attempted to go toe-to-toe with the Nintendo and Sega offerings at the time as there was a lot of competition in the early 1990s. Sadly, despite their effort to undersell the others at $99 ( the reason I bought it ) the $149 NES & Sega Consoles survived, while Japan withdrew their NEC model from the US Market after a few years, where it continued to remain very popular in Japan.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TurboGrafx-16

For that reason I didn't know which way the market was going and never really bought another Console again, later getting into PC Gaming with my first Computer in 1998. My tastes in Console Games were quite different than me later falling in love with First Person Shooters on PC. Some of my favorites were "Neutopia" & "Neutopia 2", a top down fantasy based sword and exploration Game. Probably has similar NES versions, as Wikipedia calls it a The Legend of Zelda clone.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neutopia

Another favorite I was very good at was "Military Madness" which is a turn-based strategy game that takes place on the moon in 2089, with the player controlling the Allied-Union forces against the Axis-Xenon forces. Units cannot be produced, but the Allied-Union forces could "capture" enemy units if they were in factories, or find unsecured factories and gain units from them. Units could also be repaired by returning them to factories under Allied-Union control. It was a hex based strategy game where once units made contact, the screen changed to a turn based shoot and be shot volley where superior numbers and random luck dictated the winner.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_Madness

I probably have 30 Games or so. Many I got far on and some not very far due to being hard and getting killed easy. NEC was the first I believe to come out with a CD version, which I later picked up one used from E-Bay. Consoles made you start over again while PC Games had memory to allow saves and maintain progress, which is most likely why they never really caught in with me. However no doubt I will buy the NEC Turbo-Grafx 16 Retro version when it is released in March of 2020. Nostalgia seems to be the driving force.

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well, games I'd recommend checking out on the C64 Mini would be:

Boulder Dash
California Games
Creatures
Impossible Mission
Jumpman
Paradroid
Pitstop II
Skool Daze
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Summer Games II
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Thing on a Spring
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Winter Games
World Games

these are (off the top of my head) highly representative of what one might expect of the Commodore 64; Boulder Dash being the most highly regarded (and a series that continues to this day), it's an arcade game, where you collect a set amount of diamonds before time runs out, all the while dodging monsters, or killing them with boulders - it's a very straight-forward experience and holds up very well to this day:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiEVfa1OK_o

California Games, Summer Games II, Winter Games and World Games, are all fantastic sport-games, with a wide variety of events to compete in, all with their own use of the joystick and skill-set required to complete - fantastic multiplayer games (the Surfing-event of California Games, usually being the most played one) :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_avMiDmAUT8

Creatures is a platform game with a cute little creature, trying to save his friends from other mean creatures, who torture them in the most cruel ways possible, a true classic:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDDkxfJCB9Y

Impossible Mission (both 1 & 2) are platformers, where you must infiltrate 'a secret lair' of 'a mad scientist' and search through every room, finding various pieces to, in order to finally solve a huge, difficult puzzle, all the while avoiding various robots (you can also hack computers to make the robots fall asleep, control platforms, etc.) - also a treat for the eyes, as it contains some super-smooth animation and wonderful, digitized sound-effects:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivHFP3dJAkM

Jumpman, as the name might imply, is a platformer of the old school, one of the very first, I believe and a true challenge for most people, very simple, yet elegant in its execution - one screen at the time (unlike Super Mario, etc.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rc1stgFZrQ4

Paradroid is a tricky one, in that you control a robot that's supposed to take control of other robots, while infiltrating a huge space-ship - the main draw of the game is the 'combat', where you basically connect to another robot (droid) and then have to do battle, using a rather simple, but clever puzzle-mechanic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEam-zQgWcU

Pitstop II is a brilliant racing-game, akin to Pole Position on the Atari and Arcade, but with 2-player split-screen, tires that explode and the need to make... pit stops. (you can also play against A.I. - one of my personal favorite racing-games, across all platforms)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAfc_Ugki5U

ever heard of "Bully" for the PC/Xbox and what-have-you-not, a game by Rockstar - well Skool Daze is the precursor to Bully; you play Eric a young boy up to no good - you attend school and have to complete a set number of objectives, in order to get into the teacher's lounge and 'fix' your grades, etc. - it's a very interesting game, in that you must partake in classes and not get spotted by teachers, as you are... per example, bullying others (also be careful, 'cause there are other bullies out there, as well as Einstein, the little snitch.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lX9Y8ZP_C3k

Spindizzy is an arcade-game where you control a spin-top from a 'isometric' perspective, where you need to get through various levels all the while avoiding dangers, it's akin to Marble Madness and Monkey Ball, but slightly more frustrating and much bigger

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5WbTEbO-Qw

Temple of Apshai trilogy are early Rogue-likes, but are fun enough to spend a few hours with:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihneu571t0k

Thing on a spring is what I would call a 'classic C64 platformer', in that all the while the Japanese were developing their take on the genre, Westerners were developing theirs - "Thing on a Spring" is an excellent example in difference of game-design:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhkFF0c-gUo

Trailblazer is a kind of racing-game, but where you control a (sometimes bouncing) ball instead (seen from behind) and you traverse tracks going straight forward, containing various traps and 'steps' which will grant you specific abilities, as you touch them - also split-screen and available for two players simultaneously (or against A.I.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4fbfe9jR_I

Uridium is one of the definitive Shoot 'em ups on the C64 and (once again) highlights the difference between Japanese and Western game-design; it's a side-scrolling SHMUP, where you basically fly above a huge space-craft, back and forth left to right, trying to neutralize it, along with all the enemies it keeps sending at you - very good game, in my (and many others) opinion and recently had a remake available for all contemporary platforms

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0TfHkNpRNs

Who Dares Wins II is basically a Commando-clone, i.e. it's a top-down vertically scrolling shooter, where you control a dude who needs to advance forward, all the while shooting (and tossing grenades) at enemies, hiding behind obstacles and such - a very competent game and lots of fun to play

(honorable mentions, and also excellent example of 'Western design' in platform-games are Monty Mole, Monty on the Run and Gribbly's Day Out - although the Monty games are insanely difficult)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAyDCti2XAc
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Wow. Thanks that's pretty in depth. I think I just might pick up a C64 Mini since it seems pretty nifty and an easy way to be exposed to the Commodore 64 world I missed.

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The Switch Just Can’t Handle Overwatch
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The 10 Best Video Game Consoles of All Time, Ranked
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I finally bought the C64 Mini. Great deal for 64 Games. Picked it up on Amazon for $36.99 ( was $39.99 when first viewed ) and now it's down to $35.48. However as a frequent Amazon shopper, don't expect it to go lower as it's just as likely to go back up again and even shoot through the roof in cost like the Nintendo NES Classic did.
https://www.amazon.com/C64-Mini-not-machine-specific/dp/B07GMV1X1K/ref=pd_bxgy_63_2/144-5624063-0309968

This started out as $59.99, went up to $79.99 and is now $101.99
https://www.amazon.com/Nintendo-Entertainment-System-NES-Classic/dp/B01IFJBQ1E/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=NES

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I finally bought the C64 Mini. Great deal for 64 Games. Picked it up on Amazon for $36.99 ( was $39.99 when first viewed ) and now it's down to $35.48. However as a frequent Amazon shopper, don't expect it to go lower as it's just as likely to go back up again and even shoot through the roof in cost like the Nintendo NES Classic did.
https://www.amazon.com/C64-Mini-not-machine-specific/dp/B07GMV1X1K/ref=pd_bxgy_63_2/144-5624063-0309968

This started out as $59.99, went up to $79.99 and is now $101.99
https://www.amazon.com/Nintendo-Entertainment-System-NES-Classic/dp/B01IFJBQ1E/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=NES

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glad to hear you managed to buy one, in case those prices go up as well - it is a beautiful little machine with plenty enough games to justify its existence (IMO)

as for pricing, there seem to be a tendency that certain people buy a whole bunch of these mini-consoles and then they sit and wait for the hype to spread and once the retailers have sold out, they start selling them off, one by one

fortunately the retro-gaming community mainly consists of enthusiasts who just want to have fun, but considering the nostalgic value for certain items (not to mention availability/rarity) prices seem to go crazy every now and then, so it might be good idea to buy 'em while they're still at, or slightly below retail prices
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Do many of the Games require/need a 2nd Controller? Just asking if I should pick up one why they are still available/inexpensive. Or did you say somewhere you didn't like the Controllers and liked another brand better?


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Sony decides not to sell Call of Duty: Modern Warfare on the PlayStation Store in Russia
https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2019-10-22-sony-decides-not-to-sell-call-of-duty-modern-warfare-on-the-playstation-store-in-Russia

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The C64 Mini Review - Quality emulation, a generous collection of games and external ROM support is hampered by a decidedly low quality controller that can prove to be more of a killjoy than a joystick.
https://www.ign.com/articles/2018/03/30/the-c64-mini-review

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So that last review didn't really like the Controller that comes with the C64 Mini. I think Lord_Santa said something similar but he hasn't come back yet to tell me that for sure or what he recommends instead. A quick search on the internet gave me a few links to consider and read more about.

Which joysticks work with the C64 Mini?
http://thec64community.online/thread/12/which-joysticks-work-mini-list

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Here is list (normalised) of joysticks configured in firmware 1.0.6, note that support might not be complete though:

8Bitdo SFC30 GamePad
8Bitdo Zero GamePad
Afterglow Wired Controller for Xbox One
DragonRise Inc. Generic USB Joystick
EA Sports PS3 Controller
GameCube {HuiJia USB box}
GameCube {WiseGroup USB box}
GameStop Gamepad
Generic X-Box pad
Goodbetterbest Ltd USB Controller
Gravis GamePad Pro USB
GreenAsia Inc. USB Joystick
HitBox (PS3/PC) Analog Mode
HJC Game GAMEPAD
hori
HORI CO. LTD. FIGHTING STICK 3
HORI CO. LTD. REAL ARCADE Pro.V3
Hori Pad EX Turbo 2
iBuffalo USB 2-axis 8-button Gamepad
InterAct GoPad I-73000 (Fighting Game Layout)
JC-U3613M - DirectInput Mode
Jess Technology USB Game Controller
Logic3 Controller
Logitech Cordless RumblePad 2
Logitech F310 Gamepad (DInput)
Logitech F310 Gamepad (XInput)
Logitech F510 Gamepad (XInput)
Logitech F710 Gamepad (DInput)
Logitech F710 Gamepad (XInput)
Logitech Logitech Dual Action
Logitech Logitech RumblePad 2 USB
Logitech WingMan Cordless RumblePad
Mad Catz C.T.R.L.R
Mad Catz Fightpad SFxT
Mad Catz Wired Xbox 360 Controller
Mad Catz Xbox 360 Controller
Microntek USB Joystick
Microsoft X-Box 360 pad
Microsoft X-Box One pad
Microsoft X-Box One pad v2
Microsoft X-Box pad (Japan)
Microsoft X-Box pad v2 (US)
Moga Pro
NEXT Classic USB Game Controller
Nintendo Wii U Pro Controller
Nintendo Wiimote
OUYA Game Controller
PC Game Controller
PS3 Controller
PS3 Controller (Bluetooth)
Razer Onza Classic Edition
Razer Onza Tournament
Retro Games LTD THEC64 Joystick
Retro Games The64 Joystick Prototype
Retrolink Classic Controller
RetroLink Saturn Classic Controller
RetroUSB.com RetroPad
RetroUSB.com Super RetroPort
Rock Candy Gamepad for PS3
Rock Candy Wired Controller for Xbox One
Saitek Cyborg V.1 Game Pad
Saitek P2900 Wireless Pad
Saitek P880
Saitek PLC Saitek P3200 Rumble Pad
Sony DualShock 4
Sony DualShock 4 BT
Sony DualShock 4 V2
Sony DualShock 4 V2 BT
Sony DualShock 4 Wireless Adaptor
Sony PS2 pad with SmartJoy adapter
Speedlink TORID Wireless Gamepad
SpeedLink XEOX Pro Analog Gamepad pad
Super Joy Box 5 Pro
Thrustmaster 2 in 1 DT
Thrustmaster Dual Analog 4
Thrustmaster Dual Trigger 3-in-1
Thrustmaster Firestorm Dual Power
Thrustmaster Run N Drive Wireless
Thrustmaster Run N Drive Wireless PS3
Tomee SNES USB Controller
Toodles 2008 Chimp PC/PS3
Twin USB PS2 Adapter
USB Gamepad
USB GamepadChris
Valve Streaming Gamepad
VR-BOX
X360 Controller
X360 Wireless Controller
Xbox Gamepad (userspace driver)

I also found the SPEEDLINK USB Joystick Anniversary Edition Competition Pro Extra Black/Red which seems to be based on the original C64 Joystick everyone raves about. It's on E-Bay and comes from Europe.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/SPEEDLINK-Anniversary-Edition-Competition-Pro-Extra-USB-Joystick-Black-Red/132919376735?epid=5029928168&hash=item1ef29cbb5f:g:hcsAAOSw8VtcPfrV

Generally I like Microsoft ( non-Xbox ) Logitech and Saitek products. I'll probably try one of my older Microsoft products or maybe a new Logitech F310 Gamepad .

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yeah - the joystick has (unfortunately) proven to be an issue with the "The64 Mini", due to cheap quality - there's a 'hack' people been using in the Facebook -group, which consist of changing the (inside of the) handle, with a screw

apart from that, I believe that there are ways to make just about any USB-controller to work, as long as one 'writes the correct routines' for it, so to speak (basically a config-file, which then need to be transferred to the device, via USB, IIRC - but keep in mind that it's been some time since I tinkered with mine)

a lot of games may utilize a second controller, but a lot of them (such as the EPYX games) are quite possible to play multiple people, using but one joystick

(I've been trying to keep up with the forums, at the same time that I'm realizing how much time just... disappears now that we have a 'new-born' (4 months in a few days ) as such the forums serve as a perfect diversion, from cats, baby and wife - alas, I can't always get my thoughts written down, before becoming distracted)
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(I've been trying to keep up with the forums, at the same time that I'm realizing how much time just... disappears now that we have a 'new-born' (4 months in a few days ) as such the forums serve as a perfect diversion, from cats, baby and wife - alas, I can't always get my thoughts written down, before becoming distracted)

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Santa has a Baby Elf now? I did not know that. Congrats!

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thanks for the congrats guys and sorry for going off topic - figured I'd put it out there, since I prefer not making too much of a fuzz with regards to such matters (not even our family/friends had any idea, until very late in the pregnancy) - it might be due to this whole... 'sharenting' biz (parents sharing pictures/videos, etc. of their kids in social media/blogs like it was going out of style) - I'm hoping to teach my child some fundamentals of The Internet (security) and Humanity (social awareness) before being introduced to such matters.

and back on topic, here's a site that might help with regards to configuring joystick, etc. (if you wish to try a 3rd party controller, not listed as compatible)

https://retrogames.biz/support/file-loader
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I got the new Logitech F310 Gamepad. I love the quality of their products.
https://www.logitechg.com/en-us/products/gamepads/f310-gamepad.html

I also picked up a used ( with box and wrapped ) Microsoft Sidewinder Plug & Play Game Pad on E-Bay. This version:
https://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Sidewinder-Plug-Play-Gamepad/dp/B00004SUG0

I haven't tried them yet on the C64 though.

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Sony to shut down PlayStation Vue streaming service in January
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PS4 games WARNING - Sony kills popular PlayStation franchise that has sold millions
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Leaked Goldeneye 007 documentary suggests it nearly launched on Xbox after all
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Death Stranding itself will release on November 8th for PlayStation 4, while a PC version is expected at some point in Summer 2020.

Reedus: I Completely Forgot About P.T. When I Heard of Death Stranding, Thank God It Didn’t Work Out
https://wccftech.com/reedus-i-completely-forgot-about-p-t-when-i-heard-of-death-stranding-thank-god-it-didnt-work-out/

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Everything Announced For Xbox One And PC At X019
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Kojima: Death Stranding Had Stronger Criticism in the US, Possibly Because It Flies Above Shooters
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Black Friday comes early for Red Dead Redemption fans: $10 off either game
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Even Half-Life: Alyx wasn’t enough to convince Xbox boss of console VR
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The State Of Xbox One In 2019
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The State Of The PlayStation 4 In 2019
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The next Xbox is in the wild, connecting to current-gen Xbox One players
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It's happening on some PC Games but mainly Consoles:

Video Games and Online Chats Are ‘Hunting Grounds’ for Sexual Predators
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PS5, Xbox Scarlett should BEWARE: Nintendo Switch has a powerful secret weapon
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Donkey Kong 64 Originally Had A Realistic Shotgun, Horrifying Shigeru Miyamoto
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All The Big Announcements From Nintendo's Indie World
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