Gamer Unleashed and Fantasy of the Month Discussion
With the Blog slowing down because I'm basically just rehashing content on other sources. I have decided to keep this Blog as a Monthly instead of a Weekly or Bi-weekly thing.
But that doesn't mean I won't have interesting things to discuss on here!
This month I want to discuss a Gamer topic you've seen on other articles before. The taboo of the Consoles and why PC is the Master Race. I'll go over ideas on what Consoles can do to catch up to the Master Race and explain what these terms mean for casual gamers and those who don't understand what I am talking about.
This Month's Fantasy Discussion goes to a movie I'll go into deeper detail with on the Youtube Channel.
Before you say anything. I know!
Ducktales isn't exactly what you call Epic High Fantasy.
But it IS technically a Fantasy type of Fiction.
I grew up on the old 80s-90s show and the theme is stuck in my head even today. It has been on my mind for weeks now and I've been dying to get back into it.
When I learned that Disney was planning a reboot of the series for Modern Audiences, I nearly flipped out.
I was two years late to the party and when I saw the first Episode (free on Disney XD's youtube channel) I felt immediately 15 years younger.
They did NOT mess this up! The animation feels like a mix of the classic and the new. The only major change was the addition of Donald Duck to the cast, but that is easily forgiven because he is such a beloved character.
Disney! If you EVER read this Blog! Reboot Rescue Rangers, Tailspin, Darkwing Duck, and Goof Troop as well!
Revive the classics and inform today's audiences why the Mouse is your Mascot!
Today I ran into a wonderment that I wondered many a time before: why isn't the PS4 or the PS3 backwards compatible to the PS2?
This is one of the major reasons I have not bought a PS4. I do not like the non-backwards compatibility here. I have an extensive PS2 library, and yes. I do still play my old PS2 games often and I'm still in the market for buying new PS2 games I missed during the PS2's run.
There is a reason the PS2 was one of the BEST SELLING CONSOLES EVER MADE!
The PS3 rereleased alot of PS2 classics on the PS3 in bundles and in the PSN's Playstation Store.
I can forgive the PS3 for that. But the PSN's Store does not have NE-HE-HE-HEARLY enough titles to make it a good collection!
Old PS2 classics that didn't have a long run on shelves that can't be played on the ps3 and ps4 means if you DO have a PS2 game that you can't buy in HD, you're stuck needing a PS2 to run it!
I'll give you an example: Xenosaga 3.
Xenosaga 3 is a Japanese RPG that had a short run outside of Japan. It was MonolithSoft's last farewell to the franchise due to the bombing Xenosaga 2 gave it. I enjoyed Xenosaga 2 for the story but I agree with the critics. I did NOT appreciate the Combat System.
There are a limited supply of Xenosaga 3 games. And when you configure many of these copies were in the hands of small kiddies when they were first bought. Today they have loads of scratches and some parts of the game skip.
I purchased my copy 4 years ago for FOURTY DOLLARS. Used! Do you know what the price is today? Nearly NINETY DOLLARS Used!
Why? I might be able to shed some light here. MonolithSoft was eventually picked up by Nintendo and the team behind Xenosaga was split apart. Nintendo re-released Xenosaga 1 and 2 (But NOT 3) for their Nintendo console the 3DS. I highly recommend picking that up.
But what about Sony Fans? Will we ever get a Xenosaga 3 HD port? Sadly your best bet anymore is an Emulator on the PC and running a ROM of Xenosaga 3.
This takes me back to backwards compatibility. PS2 consoles are getting more and more limited as they get older and older and begin to break down. Retro gaming is alive and strong and most RPGs from the PS1 and PS2 era have aged REALLY well. Dark Cloud, Dragon Quest 8, Xenosaga trilogy, the .Hack games, Rogue Galaxy, and more!
PS1 consoles are in even LESS supply! If someone wanted to play a PS1 game, there's an EXPANSIVE PS1 classic library and I will not hate on Sony for that. The PS1 library is extensive but it's still missing some old beloved Games. Croc 2. Crash, etc. (though Crash has been remade for the PS4).
The PS2 library on the PS3's PSN especially is painfully small. Under 70 titles.
I believe the Developers DO get a cut for every purchase off the PSN. So I can't understand why they wouldn't add more titles. Developers do NOT get a cut for a Used Game purchase from say, GameStop.
If there is one thing I do not understand it's cutting profits. If you have a product and there is a DEMAND for that product. Then why not keep a supply of said product? If there's not much of a demand to have hard copy versions, then add your game to the Console's Online Digital Store. It costs you little to nothing to have a game on the Digital Store so what is stopping you from making profits off classic games? Licensing? Well, let's talk that actually.
Nintendo Owns Monolith for example. Monolith under nintendo doesn't have the whole Team behind Xenosaga. So what did they do? They started making Xenoblade Chronicles. To this day that series is Nintendo and I think PC only.
I am not that big of a fan of Nintendo. So fans of say the Xbox and the Playstation miss out on products made specifically for Nintendo consoles. I do understand the need for Exclusive games, it gives people an incentive to purchase that console for that game. But Monolith is a company that made games for other consoles, thus you should not limit Monolith's games only to Nintendo.
Buuut. That's just my old wounds. My main biggie is Backwards compatability. What I honestly think is that they should bring back Manufacturing of old games and consoles.
Amazon KDP has a similar thing for Paperbacks for authors. They charge and manufacture based on who purchases it.
For example. If nobody's buying. It's not being manufactured thus you don't have to pay a manufacture cost to have a copy until someone purchases it. The cost to manufacture is included in the purchase price thus the developer does not LOSE money!
If factories that made games picked this up for their discontinued products such as the retro consoles. They could fix the economy for these games and bring back consoles for gamers from the 80s, 90s and early 2000s.
How would that work?
Well, say for example Sony Owns the PS2. Say you want a PS2. You go directly to Sony and purchase one. The price to manufacture a PS2 is included in the price of purchase plus a little for their profits. Thus they do not lose out on money. This could work for video games too. Whoever owns the license to any game title can have an online shop where you purchase a game that they own, which the price to manufacture said game is included in the price of purchase.
No one loses money, and consumers are happy.
This makes alot of sense, doesn't it? We can bring back the classics and save alot of money and developers can only stand to GAIN from this. Instead of not making money because they discontinued a product and only used versions are sold, you can now make money buy recontinuing older products for an on-purchase only basis!
Anyways. That's all for my rant today. This blog was pretty short. But every monthly will have one of these discussions plus a Fantasy story of the Month that I'll fill you guys in on.
To find Ducktales, check out Disney XD!
To find Backwards Compatibility on PS3 and PS4 consoles? Start a riot in front of Sony HQ demanding it.
That's all, folks. Take care, and I'll see you on my other social media!