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  • Snake Pass on Switch holds up nicely against PS4

  • Der_tolle_Emil 29/03/2017

    From what I have read on other sites (and reddit especially) most people said the visuals were rather poor because the game looks quite blurry and too soft overall. Reading this article it looks like this isn't necessarily a thing that's limited to the Switch version, the comparison images hold up rather well.

    Although the fact that I have spent 99% of my time with the Switch looking at rather large pixels might have something to do with this. Shovel Knight is just too good
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  • Heroes of the Storm's 2.0 update adds loot boxes and a familiar face from Diablo 2

  • Der_tolle_Emil 29/03/2017

    I thought this game was going to take off after launch but I guess League and Dota are just too big.
    I thought it would become a lot bigger, too. But when I started to play it was immediately clear that this was never going to compete with the others (as far as professional esports is concerned), at least not when it was released. While a lot of fun to play it quickly felt like the skill ceiling was very low - and that mistakes weren't all that punishing. In Dota 2 for example you don't win games - the enemy team makes mistakes. And most mistakes are really difficult to get back from. Lose three team battles in a row and it probably doesn't matter if you win the next 5 ones, in most cases you still won't catch up. In Heroes it felt more like it was a basic scoring system and lost team fights weren't that punishing.

    That's all based on the original release though, no idea how much as changed. I liked it and it would have been great if it was a viable title for some real competition as well but for that it just isn't sophisticated/difficult enough I guess.
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  • Fans have noticed something odd about Lego City Undercover on Switch

  • Der_tolle_Emil 28/03/2017

    If the game "just" needed an installation I would probably not think too much about it, even though it defeats the points of cartridges. But a download? That's just ridiculous. This is just a farce, at least have the balls to simply include a paper slip with a download code on it - but pretending you are buying the game when you are really not is a joke.

    I really hope Nintendo will think twice next time it has to decided whether to allow this or not.
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  • Nintendo: Super Mario Run sales "did not meet our expectations"

  • Der_tolle_Emil 24/03/2017

    I haven't played it yet but I'm glad that Nintendo will stick with this model for now. The price is relatively steep compared to other mobile games but I'd rather have it this way than a completely free game with purchase nags popping up every other day.

    Maybe the price just wasn't balanced enough but I still think the buy-once way is the way to go.
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  • Castlevania: Symphony of the Night turns 20 today

  • Der_tolle_Emil 22/03/2017

    @gabrieleriva Pillarboxed of course. It would not fill the entire screen but keep the aspect ratio and still fill the entire height of the screen. Nice and crispy pixels :)

    Edit: The Digital Foundry video explicitly mentions 256x240 for the PSX version, which would result in a 720 pixel high image, which is what the Switch's display uses. But you are right, I forgot the part where it only actually renders 207 pixels in height letting the CRT stretch the image. A shame, it would have looked so good on that display :/
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  • Der_tolle_Emil 21/03/2017

    I do have it now, downloaded to my Vita, but it's just finding the time to play it. Has it aged well?
    It definitely has. It is one of the very, very few games, that is still as good as it was when it came out.
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  • Der_tolle_Emil 21/03/2017

    I don't why you got downvoted (I guess there are just a lot of "special" people here), but it would just fit perfectly into the switch!
    "Special" is right. Way too many people have become religious, platform-backing zealots completely ignoring that we ultimately all enjoy the exact same thing. But I guess that's just not cool enough anymore.

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  • Der_tolle_Emil 20/03/2017

    I'd buy it again if I could. It would look lovely on the Switch, too, given that the resolution it used can be scaled by 3 to allow for 1:1 pixel mapping (256x240 x 3 = 768x720) at least in portable mode. Reply +3
  • Mana series slated for Switch in Japan

  • Der_tolle_Emil 22/03/2017

    Full price sounds a bit steep but to be honest, the last two games are absolutely fantastic and if we would get an official translation for the last one then the full price is more than justified. Reply +2
  • Daytona USA is coming to Xbox One today

  • Der_tolle_Emil 21/03/2017

    I'm pretty sure that depending on the person I'd think twice about killing to get my hands on Outrun on the XB1. Reply +4
  • 26 years later, Street Fighter 2 expert reveals never-before-seen combos

  • Der_tolle_Emil 21/03/2017

    Desk is a beast. His patience and dexterity are unmatched. Reply +3
  • Flatout 4: Total Insanity is a welcome return to form for the series, but stalls on innovation

  • Der_tolle_Emil 17/03/2017

    Ultimate Carnage was wayyyy more fun than I expected. It had such an odd but fascinating vibe to it, like the game itself was just as crappy as the cars. But it fit so well and played fantastic, got me hooked for quite a while.

    I'm not sure if Flatout 4 can repeat that, plus there's also Bugbear's next project to keep an eye on.
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  • Get Even is like a playable episode of Black Mirror

  • Der_tolle_Emil 17/03/2017

    Most of the time, the series looks at the ways modern technology and media already influences us and reinforces our behaviours and attitudes and heightens these; it's not about the future, it's very much about the present.
    That is true, and is exactly what I asked my friend after watching it. Why would I watch something on TV that I get to see (and loathe) every day on my train ride to work? (Relating to the people rating episode).

    Maybe it's because I have always hated social media with a passion and never used any of them because this is exactly what I envisioned will happen.

    What's interesting to me is how often I hear people say that Black Mirror is a satire. I only ever saw the term describing something that is funny (in addition to being close to reality of course). The term would have never crossed my mind. Social commentary yes, but even then it's not judgemental enough for me. I like making fun of people I don't like :/
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  • Der_tolle_Emil 17/03/2017

    @Thirith The very first episode of the first season was interesting. The story unfolded over time and I as a viewer had numerous points to think about all the implications and when would I finally concede and just follow the demands. I was able to make up my own mind on what I would do in such a situation, weighing pros and cons - plus actually getting surprised by some events that I didn't think about. THAT was engaging television. It just wasn't a clear cut case of what is good, what is bad, no blacks and whites. Reply -3
  • Der_tolle_Emil 17/03/2017

    Plus in a world of epic series of huge story arcs, I enjoy a short story.
    That's a really good point. I always enjoyed huge story arcs, in fact I didn't watch much TV until shows started doing that - nowadays I prefer TV shows even more than movies because of that. And thinking about this is what made me realize what I found so annoying about Black Mirror: It feels over the top to me because it doesn't depict HOW these tomorrows actually came to be.

    Take the first episode of season 3, where people rate each other and this rating determines their social status. Does anyone really need a 50+ minute story to realize that this is probably not a good idea or a future we want? Two minutes would have been enough to make that point. Far more interesting would have been to see small nuances that actually get us there. At least for me this is what keeps me interested, as I can make up my own mind and have to think about the implications as the show goes on. That element is missing completely which is why it didn't feel all that engaging to me.

    I guess I just prefer watching the impending doom instead :)
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  • Der_tolle_Emil 17/03/2017

    @bigbadbeasty I'm very well aware that I am in the vast minority (or might even be the only one) when it comes to my opinion about Black Mirror. It's just way over the top for me. Technophobia or say the invasion of tech and how it affects our daily lives is a fascinating topic but Black Mirror doesn't do it for me, even though I wanted to like it. Reply -1
  • Der_tolle_Emil 17/03/2017

    Funny timing, I started to watch Black Mirror yesterday. Unfortunately I found it incredibly bad. Way over the top and every single scene feels like they are trying to spoon-feed the audience the opinion it should have. It leaves absolutely no room for interpretation or speculation and eventually is just plain boring.

    The game does sound interesting though.
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  • Turok 2 remaster now available on PC

  • Der_tolle_Emil 17/03/2017

    I had fond memories of Turok and bought the first one just a few weeks ago out of pure nostalgia and boredom. A couple of hours later I finished it with a 100% completion rate. I never expected that the game would have aged that well.

    I will definitely get this one as well. Night Dive did a fantastic job with the first one - and they made the map useful for a change. I'll happily support them by getting this one as well.
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  • Microsoft testing PC, Xbox One Game Chat Transcription feature in Halo Wars 2 right now

  • Der_tolle_Emil 16/03/2017

    What they really need to do is couple this with their Skype translation.

    I've seen this even in earlier Dota (1) days where we had programs that sniffed the chat and sent it through an online translator back to your language. Made understanding the russians (who either had no clue about English or plainly refused to use it) much easier.
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  • Dead End Job looks like a 2D Luigi's Mansion

  • Der_tolle_Emil 15/03/2017

    That doesn't look like a 2D Luigi's Mansion at all but just like yet-another-i-am-too-lazy-to-do-proper-level-design game.

    At least that's how it looks to me. Randomly generated worlds mean nothing to me, unless the game is a sandbox to begin with. Everything else... not so much. I like twin-stick games but most of them are very forgettable. One of the memorable exceptions is Hotline Miami. You see, this one has properly designed levels. This added a certain puzzle-like element - and you had some incentive to improve, too.

    I always thought that randomly generated worlds would be one of the best thing gaming has ever seen. You get presented a challenge with no way to properly prepare and you are solely relying on your skills. However, without proper balancing it's either way too easy or just plain frustrating. Skills never come into play the way it should.

    Oh well, looks like this is more a rant about randomly generated content than about this game. Probably because it looks incredibly boring even if it wasn't random and I don't have that much to say about it.
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  • Cancelled Primal Rage 2 finally playable

  • Der_tolle_Emil 15/03/2017

    Yeah, the transformation does sound like Bloody Roar. The GameCube version did indeed have the subtitle "Primal Fury". Thinking back, I kind of liked Bloody Roar. No idea if it was even close to being balanced but I still had a lot of fun with it.

    Primal Rage: Not so much though.
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  • Machinists carve Triforce into a Switch, sell it for nearly double the price

  • Der_tolle_Emil 15/03/2017

    I don't necessarily have a problem with expensive things being destroyed; As long as there is at least some kind of entertainment to be had. But neither the process itself nor the end result are interesting or nice to look at. Highly unimaginative and poorly executed, all in all quite a waste. Reply +9
  • Metroidvania Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight is getting a PS4 and Xbox One release

  • Der_tolle_Emil 14/03/2017

    Super Castlevania and Mega Man mixed together
    So, nothing like typical Metroidvania games at all? Oh well, still interested. I can't say I didn't enjoy Super Castlevania and Mega Man might as well be my favorite game series ever (at least on the NES).
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  • Der_tolle_Emil 14/03/2017

    Trailer looks good. I've only just recently completed Axiom Verge and it did a great job reminding me why I fell in love with the genre in the first place. However, I should really start La Mulana as well at some point, it's been sitting on my pile for years now. Reply -1
  • The first race of the Eurogamer Assetto Corsa Championship kicks off tonight

  • Der_tolle_Emil 08/03/2017

    Unfortunately I'm not able to watch this right now but I will catch up tomorrow. I need a racing fix during F1 off-season. The Forza championships were quite fun to watch (unfortunately the online/lobby system is outright hostile to spectators) and I probably watched every single camera angle from WRC's Monte Carlo and Sweden events.

    Fortunately it's only three weeks left until Australia. Too bad that won't be enough for Honda to get their sh*t together and deliver proper engines for McLaren. Their performance and reliability in Barcelona is a disgrace.
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  • Rime comes out in May, costs Ł10 more on Nintendo Switch.

  • Der_tolle_Emil 08/03/2017

    It's unfortunate that the price for the Switch version is higher. There are very valid arguments as to why this can be the case, as mentioned. Lower install base and maybe slightly higher costs/more hours needed due to being unfamiliar with the SDK and the hardware in general.

    That's the downside of releasing early in a console's lifecycle. There are upsides to it too though. Fewer available titles means less competition between games which slightly offsets the lower install base. Plus there might also be a bit of a bonus as gamers like it when devs support a new platform.

    Either way, I think it would have been smarter to match the price. Besides all the already mentioned economic reasons: The Switch will the people's second console next to a XB1 or a PS4. That is not a dig against the Switch but simply a fact given how much longer the other consoles have been on the market. I'm sure the Switch will convince some people to get into console gaming and the Switch will be their first (and maybe even only console) but the vast majority will likely already have one of the others. The mobile aspect of the Switch is intriguing but I'm not sure if it justifies such a price increase. People will, I think, get it for the other console so the higher price will not even come into play when it comes to getting even with dev costs.

    All in all a strange move; I appreciate them supporting the Switch but then again either do it convincingly or not at all. The higher price makes it look like the port is somehow an annoyance for them.
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  • Nintendo hid secret message for Switch fans in Pro Controller

  • Der_tolle_Emil 06/03/2017

    Gamers who hate on Nintendo... just ain't gamers.
    No idea why you are being downvoted that much. You don't have to like Nintendo's output but belittling what they have done and are still doing for gaming is just ridiculous.
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  • Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 3 out in April

  • Der_tolle_Emil 06/03/2017

    Can't wait. I don't really know how I got into Dawn of War but it was pretty cool. Dawn of War 2 really got me hooked though. Such a brilliant game. Reply +1
  • GAME is having trouble with launch day Nintendo Switch deliveries

  • Der_tolle_Emil 03/03/2017

    I wonder if they already knew this before. My shop informed me weeks ago that Nintendo told them how many consoles they were going to get at launch and that my Switch will not arrive on day 1 but a week later (that's then Nintendo's next batch will come) because I placed my preorder a few days after it was announced. They split all the pre orders into three batches because of this.

    So at least some shops were clearly informed about how many consoles they will get. However, that not even Nintendo UK themselves know seems odd.
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  • Here's our first look at Nintendo Switch eShop

  • Der_tolle_Emil 01/03/2017

    @JiveHound It's 9.99 on the Switch? Reply +5
  • Cities: Skylines next expansion to add ferries, blimps and cable cars

  • Der_tolle_Emil 28/02/2017

    But... But I just started with Factorio, I'm busy the next couple of months :( Reply +1
  • Developer hits back at claims his Steam game rips off Banjo-Kazooie and Yooka-Laylee

  • Der_tolle_Emil 27/02/2017

    I'd like to hear about the actual developers of the game. Not a youtuber who is 'the face' of the game.
    Well the Steam page does list him as one of the devs, of course that doesn't mean that he is heavily involved with any of the programming, gameplay, art and/or music but it does mean that he speaks for the devs, which is the critical issue. However, I'm still not entirely convinced that he isn't just taking his moderation duties a bit too seriously. He is absolutely right that personal insults have no place on the game's hub on Steam, regardless of the game's quality, but not everything bad is necessarily an insult. "Yeah this is really shit" is far from constructive feedback but personally I'd leave that comment up either way. It's still someone's opinion. Sure, poorly worded, no doubt about that. But that is really matter? Start deleting reviews like this and you're in for one hell of a ride because that's when everything goes downhill.

    I can very well imagine it's exactly this is what happened, maybe the reviews cropped up because someone mentioned it was a rip off (which I personally think is definitely not the case, but everyone is entitled to their opinion of course), but there has to be some reason why this has escalated the way it did. The game itself is no AAA title, that's for sure, but it is in no way so bad and misguided to cause such a review "outrage" that ends in a complete back and forth of everyone attacking each other. Heck, the Steam page even says "mixed reviews" which is better than a lot of other games on Greenlight.
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  • Der_tolle_Emil 27/02/2017

    I watched the original Kickstarter video and I feel kind of bad for the dev. It looked like the work of a complete amateur in most cases, but for me it still had some passion behind it. It didn't look good but there certainly was a attention to detail there that a lot of other quick cash ins are missing. In a way it looked exactly like a game on Kickstarter should look like.

    Now, as far as the ripped assets are concerned: Using music from Banjo Kazooie to get a certain groove for a level when designing it, nothing wrong with that if you ask me. We all get our inspirations from somwhere - I wouldn't even be surprised if he simply forgot to remove the files after they have been replayed. Unfortunately I can't watch all the videos with sound since I'm still at work (plus they are two hours long) but if they never showed up during regular gameplay then all that's left is a stupid mistake, nothing else. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt, unless someone can confirm that the music does in fact show up during gameplay.

    That of course doesn't excuse his behavior. Ultimately though I can only see someone who is completely overwhelmed with the sitation, which I can understand if you have no experience. Especially if you are successful (more or less) on YouTube and feel like you should get better along in your new venture as well.

    But the main point I want to make is about this being called a rip-off. Regardless of the game's history, assets or behavior of the people behind it... I find it ridiculous to call this a rip-off and Yooka-Laylee a spiritual successor. Of course it helps that a portion of the original dev team are behind Yooka-Laylee but ultimately it's a 3d platformer. Did the first PSX platformers rip off SNES platformers which ripped of Mario? How much did Banjo Kazooie rip off Mario 64? Why was this all OK but having two characters interact in a similar as BK is too much?

    Does anyone notice how incredibly ironic this article is, especially considering that 24 hours earlier this has been posted: ?

    A lovely tribute? Isn't it completely hypocritical to use a game's quality to determine whether it's a rip off or whether it's a tribute?
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  • Battle Princess Madelyn is a lovely tribute to Ghouls N' Ghosts

  • Der_tolle_Emil 26/02/2017

    Absolutely can't wait for this retro indie game fad to be over. Even if it has been going on for years. I feel i'm really missing out but I just don't see the appeal of graphics like this. Deliberately hobbled animation and detail.
    Beauty is subjective and you have every right to don't like them - but you are wrong to call them deliberately hobbled. Most retro games look like 8bit or 16bit titles on the surface but would bring the original consoles to their knees if they were running them, which in most cases wouldn't even be possible to memory restrictions.

    What I'm getting at is that most retro games aren't doing less than they could but that they are rather aiming to achieve a very specific art style.

    Even with tools available to create smooth sprites (even if we're just talking about filters like hq2x) - most of them look like really cheap flash animations. There's a reason this look never took off. It just doesn't look good to the majority of players.

    Ultimately some people just prefer the raw but ultimately genuine look of handcrafted artwork. Not just in games, I'm sure you'll find enough people out there who prefer the style of older, hand drawn Disney movies before everything started to get computer animated. I'm not even talking about complete CGI movies like Toy Story. Me personally I'd also much rather watch an 80s action movie with real car chases and explosions instead of the CGI-fest we get these days. The explosions might not be as big and there are no buildings collapsing in the background but at least it looks genuine.

    Hm, long post for a non-issue, really. Ultimately tastes differ, which is fine, as long as you don't come with made up reasons why the things you don't like should go away.

    As far as the game is concerned: It looks lovely and if there's one game (series) that I remember for its difficulty it's definitely Ghouls'n'Ghosts yet I still kept coming back to it. Basically the only game I kept my C64 hooked up for once I got a NES.

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  • Snipperclips now a Nintendo Switch launch title

  • Der_tolle_Emil 24/02/2017

    This is such a lovely title. Saw a stream of it once and the appeal was immediately apparent. Reply +11
  • Nintendo Switch Joy-Con connection issue sparks concern ahead of launch

  • Der_tolle_Emil 24/02/2017

    Ah yes, good old bluetooth. Not too surprised to be honest (and not too bothered either). EVERY bluetooth device I have starts to act weird when it's obscured like that. My XBox One controller completely disconnects at least once every two hours as well so at least in that regard it won't feel too different.

    Bluetooth simply hates water. Always has, always will. Let's just hope that the signal strength is limited by software and not by hardware because then it could be solved via a software update.
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  • We finally unbox the Nintendo Switch

  • Der_tolle_Emil 23/02/2017

    EG have you experience the problem some others are reporting with the left joycon losing connection when in the JoyCon grip?
    Isn't the JoyCon grip just a piece of plastic? Sounds interesting that it could interfere with the connection.
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  • Dead Rising 4 shuffles onto Steam in March

  • Der_tolle_Emil 23/02/2017

    DR 1 is a personal favourite.
    DR 2 was awesome (played on PC)
    DR3 was ok,not great but not all that good.
    Sounds like you are like me in which case I'd steer clear of DR4. DR4 has no meaningful decisions, no timer, the ability to craft weapons everywhere. The focus really is on killing zombies until you grow tired, a glorified sandbox. Not really much left of what defined Dead Rising in the first place.
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  • Here's what Zelda: Breath of the Wild's new amiibo do

  • Der_tolle_Emil 22/02/2017

    @jabberwocky Ignore my previous comment. Reading it again it sounds just rude, that wasn't really the point. Sorry about that :) Reply +2
  • Blizzard stuns with big hint Doomfist is not the next Overwatch hero

  • Der_tolle_Emil 20/02/2017

    Blizzard are slow in comparison to most MOBA/Hero games.
    I take it you don't play Dota 2 then.
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  • You can spend Ł8 on a hat in Pokémon Go

  • Der_tolle_Emil 20/02/2017

    Inviting ridicule of the price of these pointless cosmetic items
    Must be one hell of a slow day if that warrants a front page article.

    I agree that the in-game currency is better spent on other upgrades but since when do we need articles on the fictional ecosystem of a made-up universe?

    Might be fine if the headline wasn't out to suggest that you need to pay real money for this. Then again, if that wasn't the case, who would click on it? 8 pounds for a hat sure sounds better than 800 pokecoins.
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  • Der_tolle_Emil 20/02/2017

    What's the point of this article? Reply -19
  • New Dawn of War 3 trailer shows off Space Marines, Eldar and Orks

  • Der_tolle_Emil 17/02/2017

    Oh I really hope my aging CPU will still be up for the task. Way more units on screen/in battle than I imagined. Looks absolutely beautiful. Reply +2
  • Cool Nintendo DS game Lock's Quest coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One

  • Der_tolle_Emil 17/02/2017

    I do in fact remember this. One of the few titles that had a demo. Unfortunately it didn't click at all, even though I am fond of Tower Defense in general. Reply 0
  • Nintendo Switch system features shown off in video

  • Der_tolle_Emil 16/02/2017

    Higher quality version:
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  • Der_tolle_Emil 16/02/2017

    Not that much to see but boy am I glad that it doesn't lag as much as the Wii or WiiU menu. Nice, clean and smooth, finally. Next thing to tackle: Download/Install times. My external HDD died and I had to download and install patches and DLC for Mario Kart 8 again. Took over an hour in total, that's just ridiculous. Reply +12
  • Yet more bad news for SNES preservation project which lost $10k of games in the post

  • Der_tolle_Emil 16/02/2017

    Somehow I have a hard time imagining the parcel was stolen; Not because of the Patreon etc. but rather because I just can't imagine who would steal the games in the first place. While the games are obviously worth something they are at the same time not that easy to get rid off. Selling PAL SNES cartridges in the US is probably not something that happens on a daily basis, even shipping to Europe likely isn't worth the hassle. It could have been stolen by someone who does in fact collect games but then there's the point of the games still being PAL and I think the vast majority of collectors wouldn't like to have stolen games in their collection.

    Besides, how would they even know which parcel to open? They do get x-rayed but you won't see much besides the boards. The only thing I can imagine is that someone might have thought the electronics inside were worth something and then tool the parcel hoping for it to contain something "valuable".

    Either way, I know this sucks a lot, but personally I find the "wrapper got stuck, blank parcel is on the other end of the facility" far more likely. You have to be slightly delusional if you think that the parcel would be right next to the wrapper. These things are far too automated and sophisticated for it to work like that.

    I hope the package will still show up at some point; I totally understand how Byuu must feel but "I HAVE PROOF IT WAS STOLEN" is still overreacting quite a bit if you ask me.
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  • Snake Pass release date set for March on all platforms, including Switch

  • Der_tolle_Emil 16/02/2017

    Watching that snake move is somehow quite mesmerizing. I want this! Reply +2
  • This week, Pokémon Go gets its biggest update since launch

  • Der_tolle_Emil 15/02/2017

    Sounds good; Still playing (at least on my way from/to work) so I am looking forward to this.

    I wonder if they will also increase the number of items you can hold (without buying an upgrade) now that there are more available. I'm constantly maxing out yet low on regular Pokeballs (that I need for PoGo+).
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  • SNES preservation project "dead" after $10k of games lost in the post

  • Der_tolle_Emil 14/02/2017

    100 cartridge loss led to defeat?
    Sounded seriously underfunded.
    It sounds more like he understands the sentimental value of a proper games collection? Forget the money (which still adds up quite a bit, PAL SNES cartridges aren't that easy to come by) but losing a significant portion of your collection does hurt quite a lot. I wouldn't want to be the one "causing" this either.
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