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nessisonett

@Rudy_Manchego I think some just looked at the aesthetics of Revachol and thought it looked like a Commie paradise. It really does make fun of every conceivable political stance, it’s brilliant. My favourite is when the game/your subconscious tries to convince you that fascism is a dirty word so we should call it something like ‘traditionalism’! It’s all about traditional values and such 😂

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RogerRoger

Rudy_Manchego wrote:

...you'll also encounter an underground drug trade, the political fall out of a communist revolution that failed and destroyed the suburb you live in, suicide, alcoholism, drug use, poverty, capitalism and trade unionism, the metahphysical quanderies of this fictional world, insanity, race relations, corporate espionage and invisible fantastical creatures.

Sounds good. And then what'll we do after lunch?

In all seriousness, that's an excellent write-up, and a very convincing one at that. I'd heard the game's name bandied about, but had zero idea what it entailed, so I'm grateful for your thoughts. As and when it arrives on console (not sure I could play such an engrossing game sat at my desk) I'll see what price it is and consider it whenever it's time for a change of pace.

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nessisonett

@JohnnyShoulder The devs gave a shout out to Marx, Engels, Maiakovski etc for their forwarding of political science and theory. I think Americans just have such a bad and somewhat distorted idea of what their writings actually mean, due to what they eventually led to. They also had a bust of Lenin in their offices because it belonged to a Soviet-era author that they idolise. They’re Estonian, it’s one of these situations that nobody truly understands unless they grew up in a Soviet and later post-Soviet country.

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Rudy_Manchego

@nessisonett @JohnnyShoulder People always go on about Karl Marx but they never, ever mention his sister Onya who contributed far more to the world when she invented the starting pistol.

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JohnnyShoulder

@Rudy_Manchego @nessisonett For the record I have no issue either way, and I don't know the exact context (well I kinda do now thanks to ness's explanation) of the situation. I heard of some people boycotting the game because of this. That is a bit alien to me as it would have to be something horrific or very personal for me to even think of refusing to buy a video game.

Thanks for the excellent review Rudy, this game does interest me but have been put off by the amount of text in the game. And that it is not out on consoles yet.

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Rudy_Manchego

@JohnnyShoulder Not at all mate - to be honest I had forgotten all about the supposed hoo ha from the developers and didn’t realise what it was all about.

I get your thoughts on reading - I find that since I play in the evenings, text heavy games make me sleepy!

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mookysam

@Rudy_Manchego Brilliant review. 😀 I completely forgot about this game, but it sounds very interesting indeed. I like RPGs, the aesthetic is great and the social and political themes are thought provoking, so I think this will be right up my alley.

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Ralizah

@nessisonett In fairness, Americans see communists under their bed at night. Advocate for things that people in every other developed nation on Earth have access to, like basic universal health care, and even our so-called "lefties" will treat you like a loon who wants to nationalize the banks and abolish private property.

Although I guess you could explain that away by saying every developed nation on Earth DOES have universal health care, whereas the U.S. is on the verge of becoming the world's largest failed state.

@Rudy_Manchego Great piece! This game has been on my wishlist forever now, and I really love how creative and free it seems with its RPG mechanics. And, of course, fleshing out a character's personality/ideology is a great twist on normal RPG progression mechanics.

Your nicely detailed review only makes me want to play it all the more.

@RogerRoger If I ever get to the point where I have no further interest in pursuing new releases in the hobby, I'll probably take up retro collecting and, yes, eventually purchase a Saturn. Until then, I'll have to be satisfied with emulators.

The controller for the console is brilliant, by the way. The Sega Saturn has THE best 2D console controller ever.

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My current favorite retro controller, 8bitdo's M30, is actually heavily inspired by the design of that particular controller.

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Before going for the Saturn, though, I'd probably opt to buy a Sega CD along with a few games that'd be TERRIFIC to own for it, like Snatcher, Lunar 2: Eternal Blue, and Popful Mail.

Edited on by Ralizah

Current Games:
Super Mario 64 (Switch)
Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 2 (PS2)
Ys I & II Chronicles+ (PC)

PSN: Ralizah

nessisonett

@Ralizah I am now intrigued by whatever Popful Mail is, mostly due to that pretty dire Arnie impression 😂😂

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Black Lives Matter. Enough is enough.

Ralizah

@nessisonett It's a cute Nihon Falcom-developed action-RPG that's mainly memorable because it was localized by Working Designs. As with Lunar, the script is filled with great, stupid humor that in no way reflects the script of the original game.

Edited on by Ralizah

Current Games:
Super Mario 64 (Switch)
Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 2 (PS2)
Ys I & II Chronicles+ (PC)

PSN: Ralizah

Rudy_Manchego

@mookysam Defo give it a go if and when you get the chance - if it comes out physical for PS4 I'll probably double dip.

@Ralizah Thanks - I think you'll probably really enjoy the game from reading your previous reviews.

On the subject of retro gaming - I have an 8-Bit Do SF30 - basically a SNES controller with analog sticks and two shoulder buttons and the build is great as it has a solid d-pad but can also handle N64 and up games comfortably. I'd recommend most 8-bit do controllers.

For Mega/Sega CD, I have a a working unit and a few games in the collection but the prices for some games like Snatcher are insane - in the UK a good copy can go for several hundred pounds. Alas the only way to really play a lot of those titles is via emulation which is a shame.

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ralphdibny

@Rudy_Manchego @Ralizah I've been thinking of playing snatcher actually, will be emulated though, mega CD does run on the raspberry pi. Shame it doesn't get a re release, I think id be interested in trying some of kojimas non metal gear games

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Ralizah

@Rudy_Manchego I think I will too. Thanks for bringing it back to my attention with your excellent review.

I've only owned two 8bitdo controllers - the SN30 and M30. While the former is an impressive replica of an SNES pad (I even compared it side-by-side with an actual SNES controller I own), the buttons gummed up disturbingly quickly. The M30 has been grand, though: not a single issue with it since I bought it, and I use it multiple times a week. I only paid $29.99 for it at launch, but it feels premium.

On the topic of emulation, and this is directed at @ralphdibny as well... I've really come around to it. Some emulators are good enough that you can actually achieve superior performance than you could on the original hardware (PCSX2 and Dolphin come to mind), and it's a great way to experience games that would otherwise be largely lost to time due to their rarity. I've actually taken to ripping some of my PS2 discs so that I can play them at higher resolutions/with anti-aliasing on my PC. It's very cool.

I know the topic is mixed into the same murky waters as software piracy, but I've never, for the life of me, been able to see who is being hurt when someone downloads some obscure, decades out-of-print game that would otherwise cost hundreds of dollars to experience on the real hardware.

Edited on by Ralizah

Current Games:
Super Mario 64 (Switch)
Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 2 (PS2)
Ys I & II Chronicles+ (PC)

PSN: Ralizah

nessisonett

@Ralizah Fellow ripper here, I don’t see much issue given the copies are mine. The waters do get murkier but I draw the line at lazy piracy of games that I could just as easily buy. PCSX2 and Dolphin have come leaps and bounds recently and I actually made use of emulation a lot with my Tekken binge as I put the first 3 on my Vita and ripped Tag Tournament and 4 onto PCSX2 after my eyes bled. I might delve into it a bit when I eventually write a Tekken roundup.

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Rudy_Manchego

@Ralizah @nessisonett Going off topic I guess and I know emulation is a non-topic on the site but my view point is that I will always try and purchase an old game legally if I can and I will also backup and use ROMS of games that I own. For example, I have a paid copy of Castlevania:SOTN on my Xbox One - I also have an emulator version on my Pi. However if a game is out of print and I can no longer support the developer or publisher than I have accepted ROMs before. Snatcher is a case in point - allow me to buy it and I will but otherwise this game is lost to everyone. I bought an Evercade and have a good few cartridges because the rights holders get the money.

I really wish game preservation was more of a priority for game companies. I know rights issues get murky as time goes on but ultimately, if all the publishers got together and put a paid library of retro games out there, I'd subscribe day one.

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Kidfried

@Rudy_Manchego Yea. Well...

Nintendo had the Virtual Console, which was a great initiative that I supported with quite a sum of money. Then they decided: we earn more money if we don't offer something like that, and can just sell Mario 64 again and again and again.

Of course, it's not like Sony does have a Virtual Console system, but it just comes accross as pure evil that Nintendo had created the infrastructure and anything, got a lot of money from gamers out of it, and then just dropped it, because the old ways (creating scarcity) were more profitable.

I played Mario 64 on Nintendo 64, on DS, then bought it on Virtual Console in hopes of having something lasting, and now they're expecting me to buy it again, and even added some kind of timer to it? Yuck.

What I'm saying is that right now I'm not holding my breath for a gaming preservation service, because apparently... it's not earning the publishers enough money.

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ralphdibny

@Ralizah rock on 🤘

I think I must be the most idiosyncratic pirate ever. I'll happily engage in the lazy pirating but I'm also a sucker for games and collecting in general, so I'll almost always buy any new re release/collection/port/remaster of something I like. Digital and physical that is.

That being said, by storing data I do feel like one day I may be doing somebody a service by being able to provide the data. Much like how the BBC has an open request for people to submit old TV programs that they may have recorded at home because the then not forward thinking BBC just taped over all their master recordings!

But yeah I don't feel bad about it. I've given Sony, Nintendo, Sega etc thousands of pounds of my money and I struggle to store all the junk I've bought from them. Sometimes emulating just gives you a better quality game experience too over the lazy poorly performing collection (that I've inevitably bought anyway - such as mega drive collection on switch) that has been officially released.

I do basically live in a museum, I have like 9 book shelves of varying sizes (as well as home made extensions) full of books, dvds, blu rays, games, comics etc. Begrudgingly so in some cases too. I have all of star trek, bought and paid for and I'm rewatching Enterprise only to find all the DVDs I've paid hard cash for have disintegrated so much that they are barely playable -_-

ralphdibny

Rudy_Manchego

@Kidfried I completely agree. Nintendo were really on to a good thing with the Virtual Console and I was really really expecting the Switch to carry that over and allow people to keep developing their libraries, particularly since the hardware was up to a point that you could run pretty much all previous gen titles . When they ditched it in favour of the far inferior Online service and countless re-releases at high cost, it really disappointed me.

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Ralizah

@Kidfried Sony had a Virtual Console in the form of the PS Classics line, and they completely abandoned it with the PS4. One of the few ways in which I'd say that console was a massive downgrade from the PS3.

Anyway, aside from the limited availability BS, I don't see how re-releasing Mario 64 on different consoles is really any different than a company, say, re-releasing a movie on various media formats over the years. Although I do agree that the complete absence of the Virtual Console on Switch sucks, just as Sony's abandonment of the PS Classics line in favor of a handful of "remastered" PS2 games sucks.

@ralphdibny @Rudy_Manchego Most of the "pirates" I know are people who are just massive gaming enthusiasts and don't want to wait years or decades for classics to re-release on the modern hardware they prefer to play games on. Hell, speaking personally, I've had a complete library of ROMs and ISOs for a ton of old systems over the years... and I've also purchased hundreds of older games via Virtual Console, Playstation Classics, and various retro collections over the years, even though I technically already have access to nearly all of them.

Now, this isn't to say there's no harm to be had with piracy (anyone who remembers how common piracy of new Nintendo DS titles was after people learned about R4 cards and whatnot can attest to that; tons of people bought the console and then refused to support actual releases on the system), but, in general, it's a symptom of a problem or deficiency. People tend to pirate when the official channels for game distribution are sub-standard in some way. As Gabe Newell famously said, "Piracy is almost always a service problem[.]"

It is absolutely a shame the industry at large doesn't maintain more interest in game preservation, though. Some games are only preserved BECAUSE they're illegally distributed. Companies should be taking advantage of the demand for older games instead of leaving countless masterpieces drifting in a legal twilight world.

What I've always found interesting are people who think there's some great evil in pirating old games that won't be making anybody any money anyway, but will happily buy all their modern games used from Gamestop or Ebay in order to save five bucks. I almost never buy modern games used primarily because I feel like there's a level of harm in paying Joe Mac from Pennsylvania for [insert modern game] versus the actual publisher who relies on sales from the game to stay afloat in the first place. Every copy of a modern, accessible game that is recirculated via second-hand market transactions is arguably a lost sale. Which isn't to say that people shouldn't buy games used if that's what they want to do, but it has always struck me how, in terms of almost all pertinent moral issues involved, a person like that is almost indistinguishable from a person who just downloads everything they want to play from torrents on the internet. Granted, the former person still pays money, but that money ends up in the accounts of random people with no connection to the industry.

@nessisonett Another reason I sometimes emulate my old games versus playing them on the OG hardware I bought them for is because it's easier to take screenshots of them. I probably should have done this with Digital Devil Saga 2, but I wanted to take advantage of my save file from the first game on my PS2 memory card.

Current Games:
Super Mario 64 (Switch)
Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 2 (PS2)
Ys I & II Chronicles+ (PC)

PSN: Ralizah

ralphdibny

@Ralizah I think you've pretty much hit the nail on the head with regards to most of your points.

It really isn't a morality thing for me, if I wanna play a game on PS4 and it's cheap price entices me then I'll buy it there, same for Switch and Xbox. If I want a boxed copy of Snakes Revenge on NES then I'll turn to eBay. If I just wanna play the game I'll play it on the pi. It really is just about what you as a person want to play, how you want to play it and how much, if anything, you are willing to pay for it.

An example of where I turned to the black market over legitimate means is NowTV in the UK, I was subbed to it so I could watch all my American shows but the quality was rubbish (sub-HD), I had something like 30 days to watch the show before it went offline and some other BS. I ended up torrenting the shows at the same time as paying for now TV for a while.

All that said, I am looking forward to playing my new in box copy of Mario 3d all stars when it arrives 😅 despite owning all of the games and some of them in more than one iteration...

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