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Originally posted by Penge Eagle

Am thinking of getting the Super Nintendo Mini Classic as it's got Mario Kart and Street Fighter. The Mega Drive Classics console looks good also. Anyone got these?

Am thinking of buying a retro arcade machine with Pac Man, Space invaders, Galxian, Donkey Kong et al on it...anyone else got one?

 


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Originally posted by chateauferret

I can't stand modern games.

Regular readers will know of my particular loathing for all things Micros***e, but everyone else is jumping on the same commercial bandwagons now; and in this area we have subscription pricing, in-game purchasing, enforced obsolescence (which you mention) but for firmware, hardware and operating systems as well as for application/game software - Windoze 9, anyone? - and the addiction factor and lock-in that is exemplified by Fortnite, a game so controlling that children would rather wet themselves than stop playing for long enough to answer the call of nature FFS.

I've also found that the XBox is an automated money-removal machine. We have (for some reason) one of these pieces of witchcraft in our house. One day we bought a game. Over the course of the following week, with no explanation, permission or warning, about 400 disappeared from my bank account in a series of transactions with "Micros***e" written next to them. Now if we want to buy anything for the XBox we have to key in all the card details, make the purchase, then go through a whole heirarchy of settings and menus to delete the card details each time. Incidentally it's an interesting exercise to compare the prices charged in the XBox Store with those on offer in high-street toy shops.


Completely agree, the bigger the company the worst the exploitation. The more they can afford the large teams to create a rushed and but ultimately buggy product and then advertise it to death.....In this regard western software houses are poor compared to say Nintendo who rarely released a buggy game.

Yep, and both Microsoft and Apple are complete and utter arseholes, Wozniak excepted.


Originally posted by chateauferret

The other problem with modern games is that I'm s***e at them :-) - actually there's a serious point, they're too complicated and with too much to try to remember from the outset you just start, feel confused for about ten seconds then there's a big bang and a little demonstration of OpenGL particle systems and it's over. Anything later than SimCity 2000 or Transport tycoon is beyond me. And I'm not stupid - I could be writing code for these games.

Noted, is it a form of motion and light disorientation similar to epilepsy? It's quite common. I think my partner has a light version of it.

It's a shame because in amongst the dross is some classic stuff....Witcher 3 and the 'Last of Us' were really up there. But I'm more strategy focused myself as well....I'd recommend Cities: Skylines as the best city builder out there....though their dlc practice is the typical over exploitative greedy behaviour.

As soon as the better publishers go public and get shareholders it's all downhill......You can't rush quality no matter how many high functioning autistics you unethically have working 100+ hours a week.

Originally posted by chateauferret

Then though there are things like Minecraft. I don't like its blocky, coarse appearance and I have a near-obsessive insistence that the world is round and therefore should be modelled not as a grid but as a subdivided icosahedron, but that aside it is inclusive, allows (admittedly highly awkward) user additions and modification, doesn't cost the earth and although it has in-game purchases they seem to be useful rather than required-if-you-want-to-last-more-than-ten-seconds. There are options which allow a newbie to get to grips with it and endless variety in what you can actually do. Minecraft is available on multiple platforms although it was swallowed up by Micros***e a few years ago.

And so came to pass the saying that was written: the day shall come when Micros***e will sell Linux software :-)

Programmers had a far more egalitarian vision of the world for software before companies like Microsoft commercialized everything and anything.

While I'm far from an egalitarian I recognise that without it within the world of technology that technological improvements for the world become very much restricted to who can afford them rather than improving humanity....With pure capitalism we have to wait for the cutting edge to move on and until mass production brings the cost right down for everyone to benefit (though with digital it's competition and innovation). ...We see this within the world of pharmaceuticals as well.

Thank god for people like Tim Berners-Lee.

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