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  1. Damn, I can't even begin to understand the logic behind that statement. M$ is basically telling you to buy the product that their new one IS MEANT TO REPLACE. So either accept these new DRM restrictions/connection requirements/mandatory Kinect interface or... just buy last year's model and hope that someone keeps making games for it. Christ, what a PR fucking nightmare they're cooked up here. They seem to be going out of their way to do everything wrong with this new console. All I can say is, come holiday season, vote with your wallets people, vote with your wallets.

  2. I've wondered about this too. I would really like to own a Sharp Twin Famicom, but they're fairly expensive. And apparently, the drive motor band on these things is prone to breakage fairly easily. As for the basic famicom system, it is really, really fun to collect for. I love the small, multi-colored carts that were made for it. It's the Skittles of the classic gaming world! And there are so many strange and wonderful games that were never released here in the west. And if you're into pirate and multi-games... woo-boy are you in for a treat.


    But back to the disc system, the format is of course pretty fragile. Because of this and the fact that pirated games could be loaded onto them fairly easily, Nintendo chose not to release the system here in the states. But if you've got the money to spare, I say go for it (I'm a sucker for Japanese hardware). If you're concerned about the shipping cost, you could always wait for a US seller to post one on eBay. BTW, I've always found it amusing that the initials for the Famicom Disk System are FDS. Just like feminine deodorant spray. Heh.

  3. YES! I'd love to go back to '83 or so to revisit the glorious golden age of the arcade! And afterward, I'd head over to Lionel Playworld and gaze in wide-eyed amazement at all the rows of Return of the Jedi/G.I. Joe/He-Man action figures (when they had the loooong straight isles, not the crappy island-style ones). Then I'd grab a slice of pizza at either Mr. Gatti's or Pizza Inn, and then it's off for some fun at the roller skating rink! Oh, and like Cafeman said, it would be great to hear GOOD music on the radio while I'm driving around.

  4. It sure looks like Gamefly, Redbox, and whatever's left of Blockbuster are completely screwed this next gen. According to the few details that have been revealed regarding used games, the rental model simply won't work on the new consoles. And that's a real shame because that's another aspect of traditional video game culture that'll be swept away.

  5. I'm glad I bought all the games I wanted when the PS1 was still around. Some games are brutally expensive now.

    Yes, ridiculously expensive! I'm still kicking myself for selling off my copy of Suikoden 2. That one goes for a pretty penny nowadays.

    Wish we had an official PS1 thread here. I can talk all day about all the games I played and finished on that system.

    Same here, that's the system that made me a gamer. And it's the first one I ever bought for myself new! Maxed out my Sears card on that one purchase.

  6. PS1 is actually my favorite system to collect for! Most of the big names have been mentioned already but I'll add of a few of my favorites:

    1) Silent Hill: Dear God, this game came out of nowhere and for its time there was literally nothing quite like it. For mood and atmosphere and a generally unnerving experience you're not soon to forget, give this game a try. The visuals are quite dated by today's standards, but that incredible music and soundtrack still get under my skin.

    2) Crash Bandicoot series: So much fun! Cartoony platformers that were so well made that they provided Sony with their unofficial mascot for that era.

    3) Metal Gear Solid: This was a turning point in games, so epic and cinematic. Practically created the stealth action genre. If there's one killer app for the PS1, this is it.

    4) Dino Crisis/Resident Evil series: My favorites for the system. Excellent exploration/action/survival games. All of them are great, especially RE2.

    5) Syphon Filter series: Tasing people will never, EVER get old! Great action shooter series with interesting characters and solid storylines.

    6) Castlevania Symphony of the Night: The granddaddy of action platformers on the PS1. This is one EVERYBODY will recommend.

    You've also got Final Fantasy, Tomb Raider, Twisted Metal, tons of great RPGs (which can be expensive but worth it), and a vast treasure trove of obscure gems like Project Overkill, Loaded, Tenchu, and Medievil. So keep digging and you'll definitely find something you'll like!

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  7. I'm officially calling it: There's no such thing as an 8th generation for consoles. The WiiU aside, the next batch of machines from Playstation and Microsoft mark a sea change in the industry where all of our consumer freedoms have been stripped away and physical copies of games have become obsolete. We can really no longer consider these machines "consoles" in the historical sense. They're morphing into PC/cable box/DVR/streaming devices that, oh yeah, just happen to play games (with a GIANT asterisk!). I have no doubt that Sony will follow suit with some sort of pay-to-play infrastructure for used games. So my question is: Why bother buying a used game at all when you're going to most likely have to pay full price for it and you won't be able to play the game from the disc anyway? As far as your system is concerned, it only exists in a digital form anyway. You might as well just download it (just like they want you to!). The difference between consoles and PC gaming used to be the freedoms we could enjoy with our physical media and the lack of an internet registration/connection requirement. Now all that's been completely thrown out the window with this next generation. We used to be able to just hook the system up to a TV, plug the power cord in, pop in your new or used game, and you'd be ready to go. That's what a console is. These new machines coming later this year are very different animals. And I do NOT like what I see so far...

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  8. Nintendo's starting to look better and better by the moment. I'm not saying they're completely innocent, but rather the (much) lesser of three evils. That, or Ouya. :-D

    Agreed! The Big N might have to step in once again and save the industry from itself like it did back in the 80's. It'll be interesting to see how the WiiU repositions itself this holiday season once the new rival consoles roll out.
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  9. "I hate Big Brother!"


    "No. You must love him."


    I agree with Keatah 1984%. Does Microsoft really expect us to put up with this crap??? Christ, I just want to play some new games without having to deal with all this DRM and spyware bullshit. And don't count on Sony being this "white knight" alternative, either. I'm sure they've got something just as devious planned but are not showing their cards out of fear of the backlash that Microsoft is currently receiving. Remember that RFID patent they filed earlier this year? Now what could that possibly be used for... ?

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  10. HAHA!!! Ignorant whipper-snappers! They've been brainwashed by all those repetitive, formulaic "casual" games and can no longer problem solve or think outside the box. There was no hand-holding or coddling back then. Super Metroid was a very challenging game, but that's part of why it's considered the classic that it is. Funny article, btw.

  11. My God, what an amazing game. It really does push the boundaries of what's possible with storytelling in this medium. Irrational Games really outdid themselves with this one. It's still a bit too soon to say if it's a better game than the first Bioshock, but it's easily one of the best games I've ever played. It's that good. The gorgeously rendered streets of the floating city immediately pull you in to its mind-bending narrative, and you very quickly find yourself caring for these characters in a way that's usually reserved for movies or literature. So don't let anyone spoil any of its mysteries before you play it because it's one helluva good ride. One you'll be thinking about long after it's over.

  12. Joan Jett loves Gyruss too.



    Aww, you beat me to it! I just watched this the other day and was pleasantly surprised at how good "Light of Day" was. There's a couple of cool retro arcade scenes in this film. And yes, Joan TOTALLY rocks on that Gyruss cabinet! Also watch for a very young, pre-NIN Trent Reznor who makes a brief cameo near the end of the film.

  13. I haven't seen this mentioned yet, so I'll go ahead and chime in: I've noticed that the PS2 is much better at playing scratched PS1 discs. I have about a half dozen scratched games that are very glitchy (loooong load times, stuttering cinematics, freezing, that type of thing) on my PS1 but play perfectly fine on my fat PS2. Anyone else notice this?

  14. Another hardcore MST3K fan here! I went to the Rifftrax screening for Manos a few months back and to my utter disbelief almost the entire theater had sold out. I couldn't believe it!!! So yeah, there are a lot more fans of this show out there than you think. And to their credit, the Rifftrax crew didn't recycle a single joke from the previous episode, and it was just as funny as the original! BTW, does anyone know if this will be coming to Xbox Live or PSN?

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