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  1. Huh? Dont forget there are two bloodstained games. Curse of Moon is what I was talking about. Honestly I wasn't fond of the art style and slow movement of the polygon game either. I'd like more colorful cleaner sotn sprites personally, or just any late 90's early 2000's style console or arcade sprites.
  2. I'd like to play Bloodstained if it had a budget and wasn't another pixel art game. It could have been another SOtN with better sprites. Considering the money raised it seemed like another MN9 situation to me where there are red flags and questions marks. Difference is MN9 was a bad game.
  3. If you're talking generally that may have been true initially, but by end of 2006 MS had 56% of the market: But if you're talking about individual yeah, Blackberry was the leading hardware: https://www.cbc.ca/amp/1.644327 But they werent that far apart. 3.8 million isn't too far ahead of 2.8 or 2.3 million. Granted in the next two years Blackberry would have explosive growth surpassing everyone and helping kill off PPC as MS shifted focus to Windows phone. It was much more competitive in the early years though. Oh that was something MS never really fixed until Windows Phone started over from scratch later. The devices had tons of compatibility issues, bugs, crashing, poor interface, etc. Depending on the manufacturer you could get more stable devices, but even in later HP or Motorola devices you still ran into quite a few problems. Say what you want about early Android but they updated with some fixes each time, and by Gingerbread Android was somewhat stable enough. MS ended up going backwards with the mobile 6 series OS.
  4. Elites are generally good. Pro models depend on when they were produced. The models with the huge RROD issues are the core and arcade skus. There are some places I saw them for $50 with a bunch of games. Even around 2009 retailers wanted to rid the stock of those. They are the ones most stay away from.
  5. Bongo seems to scroll only during transitions. Lupin the III however does consistent scrolling, and looks pretty neat to play actually. Getting CGA vibes from the color scheme and title screen. Btw, I see the text over the video. Maybe it was just a hiccup on your end?
  6. It depended on if you had Sprint CDMA or another company, Sprint the data was in the phone largely (no SIM) which was always connected to the network and would have to check into the network to access a lot of phone functions or it wouldn't work. So if there was a block, or hack, or network issue your data was not accessible or limited Verizon did this differently. I dont recall that being an issue with Verizon. The other three being GSM so wouldn't apply. I think it was just Sprint that took it that far. The whole set up was done for "security" purposes and was still a thing with many sprint phones until 2014-5. I remember when one later Sprint phone came out when they were starting to use "fake" sims, I forgot the brand, and I opened a temp sprint account to try it out. One of the early attempts at a bezeless phone. There was a sim in the phone but it was just for show really, just to check in to the network. If you took it out the phone was still registered in my name. When I cut service I couldn't sell or give the phone to someone because some settings were still based on my old account, my name and some other information locked to the phone, and some features were turned off. When I put in the old sim, it would detect the sim and some features, like wifi (I know right?) turned on, but since I closed the account the sim couldn't check into the network to get the necessary data. I did a factory reset but the phone registration is not impacted by that, it wouldn't get you anything more than the home screen unless the sim was in, then it will fail to connect to a network unless the sim was active. The phone useless other than the home screen I tried a friend's sim and called customer service to get the phone in his name, nope. I opened a new account with the same info I put in before, gave customer service the phone info, put in the new sim and it worked like before I closed my account the first time. This was 2013-2014 iirc. Before 2013 many/all Sprint phones didn't even have sims, especially in the 2000-2007 time frame we are talking about. Any Sprint device worked based off the network. Blackberry was a big Verizon and Sprint brand, so several BB buyers had Sprint
  7. So when I first saw Fight Fever I thought once I played it, it would be like disco fever. But instead it was more like Typhoid Fever, the type that puts you in the hospital. Wow, such a cool name for...nothing.
  8. The crash had nothing to do with the rise of computers in the US. Nor was there anything other than marginal disinterest in video games after it. There goes that NES myth again. That aside, the price wars were what drove Micro adoption in the US, temporarily, which pissed off retailers, and mostly just the C64, however by the time the Amiga and ST came out Micros were falling out of favor. ST did ok for awhile but faltered, and Amiga was driven into a niche. PC and clones, which almost never participated in the price wars, were selling at higher rates at higher prices. That is where the real rise in computer adoption took place. PC and clones were growing at 10x the rate the C64 ever could. One could argue Micros in general where a fad and place holder in the US market. In Europe top manufacturers early on (1980 starting) where able to produce incredibly affordable consumer and professional Micros. In the same time frame, there were no comparable machines in the US. So in Europe those spawned companies pushing Micros at all levels of the market. While in the US there really wasn't a storm of affordable machines targeting multiple demographics like in Europe, the cheap Micros only occurred in the US starting in early 83 when the snowball effect began after TI started the race to the bottom. But even that barely lasted two years. The most successful Micro in the US was the C64 followed by Tandy stuff. Atari never did that well comparatively and also never made any money. It also helps that cheaper formats for storage were more prominent in Europe too. Really early on. Amiga would have made money as a game and media machine, but bad decisions overrode what was made in profits. It was also becoming more and more outdated post 1990. At least an Acorn machine would be competitive until about 1994 in those areas. It may have been a profitable niche. Just look at Star Fighter as an example. Of course it wouldn't win, but imo I think it would have done better than Commodore Amiga did.
  9. Back in the early and mid 2000s if you wanted media and productivity software and access on the go you had two major choices, Pocket PC and Blackberry. Now I dont know if I was the only one using these for not just the media but also the productivity side, and am interested in others opinions on which was better. Both were a pain in the ass to set up exchange/web client or set up printers. I'm glad those days are done, really frustrating. Contact synch would sometimes mess up too, you'd have to do it 3 or 4 times to make sure the contacts and address books were properly transfered. One thing I noticed was Blackberry's usually didn't have an SD slot, and for many document formats or attachments, you could only read, not edit, while Pocket PC let you do both. You had complete access to office suit, and PPC had an advantage in multimedia with better video codecs, nicer screens, and games. PPC's also usually had better wifi and audio. Image editing for PPC's with cameras was also helpful for fliers etc. Then you have one of the first instances of using a mobile device as an IR remote which was useful for PowerPoints. Compatibility with Windows desktop programs was a big deal too. At the same time, Blackberry was more secure, although the gap wasn't huge or anything. However, PPC's crashed quite a bit compared to Blackberry, which was more stable. Though the crash rate depended on which PPC you got, Blackberry always had the advantage. The famous Blackberry keypad is also useful for documents you "can" create or edit, unlike PPC's that use unreliable stylus keypads that aren't anywhere near as fast. Though reliability depends on the model. Blackberry also had the "near instant email access" feature, being one of the fastest, seems silly today but was a big deal back then, no, a HUGE deal. While both could be used overseas, Blackberry has a more stable connection and could be used in more countries in most cases. Both featured varying levels of cellular connectivity and phone call quality depending on the model, the original Smartphone devices. My old company used to switch phone models, or use PPC for some departments and BB for others for some time. The HP Ipaq 3715 and BlackBerry 7100t changed the game and the heads wanted to consolidate, they ended up picking the Ipaq, though the staff were still divided on which was better. The early days of portable/mobile computing were rough, but was varied with many competitors. It was a fun time.
  10. Not being from the UK, I can't say too much, but having used a ZX spectrum I can say he came up with an incredible cost effective machine, and created a gateway that got a lot of Brits into computing. Some well known developers of the past and today would not exist otherwise
  11. Well SOtN had all those cool effects even with that intro boss along with smooth animation I figured wasn't replicated in other 2D games due to budget. Unless you're saying Aria does have similar effort put in. Like I said never played any newer 2D ones post sotn outside dissonance
  12. Wouldn't it make more sense to play the All Star SNES Mario games than the Mario Advance titles? Or are those not on Wii U?
  13. You prefer floppies over carts? Why is that? Yeah my friend told me you could make Circuit City discs "gold" or something for unlimited play... Temporarily since even those were paper weights after discontinuation since you still had to have check ins on their server to play. You were basically paying a premium on not so special dvd players to rent discs that are worthless after 24 hours, unless you pay more than buying the actual DVD of the movie itself, for a format that would stop working at discontinuation. It seemed like an obvious scam but my friend jumped right in. But this is also the same guy who spent money on a Sega CD with no Gen/MD thinking it was a different system, so a fool and his money are soon bankrupt, lol.
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