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Author Topic: Retro VGS - a new retro console - funding on Indiegogo  (Read 2809 times)
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JonLeung
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« on: September 20, 2015, 01:34:50 PM »

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« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2015, 08:21:37 AM »

At first I thought this was a good idea.  It's still interesting and cute and all.  But from a viability standpoint, I don't know.  The influx of retro games in the past few years is thanks to apps and digital distribution where there aren't as many barriers for independent developers to make games, especially the barrier of having spend the money to produce physical media, like discs.  Cartridges are even more expensive, so to now have to expect to produce them, would they?

And if games are also available on other platforms, and later get updates on those other versions, this machine that brags about not having to do updates, well, they're going to have inferior versions of these games.  It's going to need a lot of exclusive games (as with any console, really).

It's clear they don't like patches and the whole thing about having a complete game in physical media.  But there are advances in the past few years it would be hard to regress from...back to wired controllers, gah.

And if people want to relive retro games, there are plenty of opportunities to get old consoles in good condition that already have a proven library, and the games that likely make up those very memories.

I still like the idea, I just honestly don't think it'll go too well.  Despite this "Negative Nelson" post part of me wishes to see it have some success.
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« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2015, 08:02:37 PM »

It's been a while but I have looked into this and watched the video on the progress posted at the main site. The problems I have with this is that the ide is from someone who worked for Atari and how the atari went broke and how the console looks like the Jaguar. It was deliberately shaped like the Jaguar. Not to mention it's only 14% funded and no time left.. hopefully they'll get funding somewhere or not..

Idie game devs currently have a vartiety of platforms to port thier games too (PS4, xBox1, Wii U). It may be a good thing for those older guys like me who grew up playing games starting with Yar's Revenge on Atari Etc.. moving onto the nes, sega and so on. I fear the controller is gonna be too thick. Most games will probalby be 2d games with plenty of action. It will not feel the way it use to back in the day. Even using my PS2 controller on my PC (only when I'm forced to) playing a 2D side-scrolling one just doesn't feel right. Now when I get to use my USB NES or SNES game pad, it is better suited to my taste and more comfortable.

Overall I myself would like to get one if and when it comes about. It wouldn't matter if it flapped over on it's back and die shortly after. It's a nice concept bringing the good ol days back to our living rooms. There seem to be a few nice looking games waiting for it, or being developed.

Games should start being announced for it in January.. So, not too much longer. We'll see what gives.
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