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At 16:44, I utter:
And then realise that it’s crap
At 46:09, I say:
It was Koch Media
which, when read on the page doesn’t seem content flag worthy, but when said out loud it is.
Please listen responsibly.
Stick around for the stinger, folks
Squidge, Chief, and myself
jump straight in with a question about mini consoles:
My question to you is ‘What other mini consoles should there be?’ Should a company decide to license out the technology for another mini console, what would it be?
Should there be an N64 Mini? A DreamCast Mini? Chief thinks not, but he likes the idea of an Amiga or C64 mini. His reasoning is pretty sound, though.
Interestingly, there are so many mini versions of consoles that we tend to forget about, either already on the market or coming to market soon:
- NeoGeo Mini
- Amiga Mini
- C64 Mini
Then again, since the industry is more geared towards console play these days, I’m not surprised.
And of course I bring up Arcade Attack again
seriously though, it’s a great show and you should listen to it
by talking about an episode the recently released where it’s mentioned that they paid way over the odds for a SNES mini. One of the reasons that the prices are so high is because the hardware used in the SNES mini is more than capable of emulating the PlayStation way better than the PlayStation Classic
something I brought up in a recent article
which leads us to quickly comparing the libraries for both the SNES Mini and the PlayStation Classic. Including the fact that the PlayStation Classic used ROMs from different regions, regardless of where in the world you bought yours from; and the fact that the emulator that they’ve used was good but badly implemented on the system.
And then there was the encryption:
Essentially what they’d done was they’d locked the house and left the key in the door, then sold you the house
Then Squidge comes up with, quite possibly, the greatest product name ever:
I’d come up with a SNES mini mini, and call it the SNES Mini Dinky-Doo: it’s nothing worse than what Sony did
Chief then proves that whilst he understands metaphors, he might have a little trouble coming up with his own:
I think of consoles as like a fork. I don’t have to have a brand of fork, and if I want to play a game, I just put the PlayStation on.
I’m about as confused as you are.
Chief then tells us that he thinks that the Xbox One looks bad, and I get Squidge to show him the (then leaked) photos of the Xbox Series X:
image taken from Xbox Series X homepage
I then tell everyone to never, ever buy a console at launch. Let my man Brentalfloss tell you why:
I then start off a conversation about DRM and how, when the rights expire, you lose access to the content that you have paid for. My example being when Amazon had to remove all copies of 1984 from Kindles because they didn’t have the rights to sell in in the first place
which is pretty Orwellian, when you think about it
I also bring up that time when someone thought Bruce Willis wanted to sue Apple because they said he couldn’t leave his iTunes library in his will.
it was proven to be fake news - I really hate that term
Which becomes a discussion about DRM and whether it’s actually useful. In my opinion, DRM is required but is often handled badly, and never works in the legitimate consumer’s favour. I bring up two examples as to why: Assassin’s Creed, and Sonic Generations. And another example in the form of Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War - my physical copy of which has a misprint, and has a missing character from the license key.
I then go off on one about how encryption and decryption never works when used in DRM.
sorry for the boring topic, folks
We then talk about Game of Thrones, and I remind everyone of the name of the (UK) puiblisher for that game:
Incidentally, that game is in out Cupboard of Shame
here’s a link to the first time we talked about it
But suddenly a question:
Which two games are you both looking forward to in the next three months?
It’s important to note that we recorded this episode before it was announced that FFVII (2020) and Cypberpunk 2077 would be delayed
so that they could release on PS5 for reasons relating to quality control.
- Squidge & Chief
- Final Fantasy VII (2020)
- Cyberpunk 2077
in reality, Squidge is actually looking forward to the Resident Evil 3 remake
- Warriors Orochi 4 Ultimate
External Links of Interest
- Support us on Ko-Fi
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- Arcade Attack January 1, 2020
- Mini Consoles - A Little History
- Amazon’s ‘1984’ Deletion From Kindle Examined
- No, Bruce Willis isn’t suing Apple over iTunes rights
Links to the music used in the podcast can be found below. Definitely check them out, because they're amazing tracks by awesome musicians.
- Intro music is Behind the Lines by Ian Sutherland
- Spoiler Break music is Spectrum (Subdiffusion Mix) by Foniqz (BandCamp)
- Pallet Cleanser music is Breath Deep Breath Clear (Wu Chi) by Siobhan Dakay
- Outro Music is I N e e d Y o u 私の側て by G.H (removed from BandCamp)