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by scotland
April 29th, 2015, 11:31 am
Forum: Modern Gaming
Topic: Lessons of 8th Generation console launches
Replies: 18
Views: 1368

Re: Lessons of 8th Generation console launches

what about this for a lesson: Game systems are for Games Microsoft is a big company, competing in more markets than video games. We gamers looked for an Xbox 720 video game system, but after probably years of work, MS unveils not the 720 but the One. The Xbox One was a living room control center and...
by scotland
April 28th, 2015, 8:49 pm
Forum: Modern Gaming
Topic: Lessons of 8th Generation console launches
Replies: 18
Views: 1368

Re: Lessons of 8th Generation console launches

Microsoft has thankfully righted it's wrongs and a decent console is emerging... a terrible launch can be turned around if you respond and act quick enough. If the theorem is that a solid console can overcome a poor launch, the corollary is that gamers dont hold a grudge if the product is solid and...
by scotland
April 28th, 2015, 7:50 pm
Forum: Classic Gaming
Topic: Why did the NES do so well in the US
Replies: 70
Views: 5268

Re: Why did the NES do so well in the US

We were rabid for games and Nintendo Power increased the frenzy. This is why I like these forums too. You grew up on the NES, someone else on the Playstation, someone else on the 2600, etc. Its nice to hear about the systems that really created a passion for people. Sut obviously loves his Speccy, ...
by scotland
April 28th, 2015, 3:26 pm
Forum: Review Feedback
Topic: Review Spotlight
Replies: 19
Views: 1330

Re: Review Spotlight

I think I changed it from Review Spotlight to Review Flashback a few months back. Thanks for returning it to "Review Spotlight", as Flashback now makes me think of the AT Games units or something else from the 1960s of which we do not speak. This feature is still pretty lost on the mobile...
by scotland
April 28th, 2015, 11:25 am
Forum: Modern Gaming
Topic: Lessons of 8th Generation console launches
Replies: 18
Views: 1368

Lessons of 8th Generation console launches

We are well into the 8th generation now as the current generation. Since we now have at least one company talking about a 9th generation console (The Nintendo NX), it seems we've come far enough to talk about 8th generation launch. Now its the middle game for this generation. Nintendo announced the ...
by scotland
April 28th, 2015, 7:26 am
Forum: Video Games General
Topic: The Criticize Nintendo Thread
Replies: 113
Views: 8325

Re: The Criticize Nintendo Thread

How about the WiiU controller situation? I am never going to be a fan of the bundles with just one WiiU gamepad, but now that Smash Bros is out, we have people using the WiiU Gamepad, older Wii motes and nunchuck to have any other members of the family play the family system, the WiiU pro controller...
by scotland
April 27th, 2015, 7:51 pm
Forum: Classic Gaming
Topic: Why did the NES do so well in the US
Replies: 70
Views: 5268

Re: Why did the NES do so well in the US

The nationwide release was September 1986. In early '86 it was in only big cities. So, I think the 1 million sales figure (for '86)actually is impressive ... I think you're underestimating the launch titles. They had basically every sport available and Excite Bike. And people liked Duck Hunt, espec...
by scotland
April 27th, 2015, 5:57 pm
Forum: Classic Gaming
Topic: Why did the NES do so well in the US
Replies: 70
Views: 5268

Re: Why did the NES do so well in the US

For sure, 1987 and 1988 were powerhouse years. But that was built on the base of 1985 in arcades and 1986. That was a strong foundation. Games back then had a much longer life. Super Mario 1 and Zelda 1 were still popular two and three years after they came out, even as they sat on the shelf next t...
by scotland
April 27th, 2015, 4:18 pm
Forum: Classic Gaming
Topic: Why did the NES do so well in the US
Replies: 70
Views: 5268

Re: Why did the NES do so well in the US

Another development that the NES brought to the table, which I thought was a game changer and what also impressed me the most when I first played NES, was the fact games were now beatable. Good observation my friend. My counter would be that the trend away from quarter muncher high score arcade sty...
by scotland
April 27th, 2015, 3:12 pm
Forum: Classic Gaming
Topic: Why did the NES do so well in the US
Replies: 70
Views: 5268

Re: Why did the NES do so well in the US

Marketing and innovative gameplay. What marketing in particular? The 2nd generation consoles like Atari and Mattel did a lot of print advertising, as seen in the US comics of the early 80s. The NES though...not so much, and when I recall them, they were from 3rd parties like Konami in this ad: http...

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