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Re: PSA: Small batches of physical copies of digital-only ga

by ElkinFencer10 Sun Jan 31, 2016 10:15 am

touchofkiel wrote:This is a little unrelated, but... Seeing how the Vita is region free, I thought I'd recommend a couple of digital games that saw physical copies exclusive in Japan...

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Also "normal" editions of the Senran Kagura stuff.

Hotline Miami got a physical PS4 release in Japan, too.
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by wclem Sun Jan 31, 2016 10:26 am

I just learned of this happening. I am calling bullshit on it. Selling a game on a pre-order only basis is one thing but selling like this is stupid. Things like this have killed other hobbies and will kill this one. I am sorry to see how much of this is happening now.

At least with a pre order window anyone who wants in can get in. This kind of selling and collecting is horrible. I have been collecting long enough to see this whole cycle. It is sad, but heck I have a pallet of baseball cards worth nothing if you want em LOL!

Thanks for informing us of this and hopefully they at least make a limited run that fulfills at least the original demand and not a scalpers paradise.

Thankfully Sony and others are releasing physical versions of many of the indie developed games. They are also mostly 20-30 dollar games. I buy everyone I know of when it comes out because I want it to continue. :D
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by ElkinFencer10 Sun Jan 31, 2016 10:29 am

No, it is a scalper's paradise. They sell the games for $25; they're up on eBay for $100 within minutes.
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by Reprise Sun Jan 31, 2016 10:57 am

Yeah, I went to buy Saturday Morning RPG for the Vita yesterday and then decided against it. I can't be arsed with the bullshit.
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by CRTGAMER Sun Jan 31, 2016 11:04 am

ElkinFencer10 wrote:No, it is a scalper's paradise. They sell the games for $25; they're up on eBay for $100 within minutes.

I usually hate resellers, but in this scenario it might just help that small company into producing more physical copies. There are some Wii games I would love to have a physical copy such as World Of Goo and Fluidity. No not for collecting, but a permanent copy that will always run on ANY Wii console when the download support goes away.
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by MrEco Sun Jan 31, 2016 11:14 am

It might not be a perfect solution, but ultimately this seems like a consumer friendly service to me. 1,000 people getting physical copies of an otherwise digital game while 500 are being re-sold on Ebay is still better than 0 people having those physical copies.
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Re: PSA: Small batches of physical copies of digital-only ga

by wclem Sun Jan 31, 2016 2:57 pm

MrEco wrote:It might not be a perfect solution, but ultimately this seems like a consumer friendly service to me. 1,000 people getting physical copies of an otherwise digital game while 500 are being re-sold on Ebay is still better than 0 people having those physical copies.


Yeah but why not fulfill the entire market demand. Why shut me out when I am standing there with my 25 dollars in hand?
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Re: PSA: Small batches of physical copies of digital-only ga

by Reprise Sun Jan 31, 2016 3:43 pm

wclem wrote:
MrEco wrote:It might not be a perfect solution, but ultimately this seems like a consumer friendly service to me. 1,000 people getting physical copies of an otherwise digital game while 500 are being re-sold on Ebay is still better than 0 people having those physical copies.


Yeah but why not fulfill the entire market demand. Why shut me out when I am standing there with my 25 dollars in hand?


Indeed. The first batch sold out within, what? 15 minutes? 30 minutes? There's obviously a higher demand than they're catering for.
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Re: PSA: Small batches of physical copies of digital-only ga

by touchofkiel Sun Jan 31, 2016 6:49 pm

Who knows, maybe they don't have the infrastructure/production capabilities to do them in such large quantities. But a guess a second print run is totally possible. What do I know?

I've never actually heard of this Saturday Morning RPG. That's weird, I'm usually pretty on top of these things. The only other game I see (sold out) is Breach & Clear, which is just an iOS port.

I like this idea in concept, but yeah... needs more Spelunky.
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by ElkinFencer10 Sun Jan 31, 2016 6:57 pm

My guess would be that they're going to do it like fast food chains do certain products - do limited runs that they bring back every now and again. That's what would make the most business sense, anyway. Release small amounts in occasional bursts ensures that it keeps feeling rare even if there's a fairly regular influx of copies. I hope that's what they'll do, at any rate.
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