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Daily Deal: NES Classic Giveaway

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Enter to win an NES Classic in this giveaway. Plus you'll get an 8Bitdo NES30 Bluetooth controller and Retro Receiver to play anywhere. All you need to do is sign up for a Deals store account either with your email or Facebook login. Enjoy games like Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, Metroid, and The Legend of Zelda.

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  • identicon
    Lurker Keith, 31 Jan 2017 @ 1:36pm

    the impossible

    How did you get a hold of one of those? They can't be found!

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    Anonymous Coward, 31 Jan 2017 @ 4:06pm

    I saw "Daily Deal: NES Classic..." and I got really excited. Then I saw "...Giveaway" and my heart dropped. :(

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      GristleMissile (profile), 31 Jan 2017 @ 8:35pm

      Re:

      You can always just set up a RetroPie system instead. From what I saw in the TASbot section of this years AGDQ, the NES classic is evidently not that great an emulator. RetroPie can do a lot more than just NES games too.

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  • identicon
    Rekrul, 31 Jan 2017 @ 8:36pm

    I've never really seen the appeal of these self-contained consoles. Sure, they're convenient, but you only get a small selection of games, usually played through emulation, with all the same limitation of the original games/system.

    On the other hand, you can download a probably superior emulator for a computer, have the advantages of things like save states, speed adjustment, cheat codes, etc, use any controller you want and have pretty much the full library of a system's games at your disposal. If you have a relatively modern system you can even plug it into a modern flatscreen TV and use all sorts of graphics filters to enhance the image.

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    Lurker Keith, 1 Feb 2017 @ 1:30pm

    legality

    Some people want to play the games legally, you know. As in, actually pay Nintendo. (not everyone understands buying from someone else, or even used from GameStop, doesn't actually pay Nintendo)

    And some people WANT the games to be identical, or near identical, to the originals, which the NES Classic only partially does. Few NES games had actual save files, but the Classic adds 4 for every game. Also, there are 3 different settings for video output, enhancing or preserving video quality.

    And getting all 30 for $2 each is cheaper than paying $5 or so apiece on the Wii U, which objectively has inferior emulation (it's been shown something darkens the Wii U's output -- The Wii, on the other hand, did have better emulation, compared to at least the Wii U).

    I'm tempted to get a NES Classic Mini if I can find one, for the original $60, in a store, because there are games on it I haven't played & at $2 apiece, it isn't a terrible price, even if 1/3 are duplicates of games I do still have in some form.

    Piracy is only an option for some people. And it is still illegal. Whether or not it should be doesn't matter.

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      Rekrul, 2 Feb 2017 @ 3:08pm

      Re: legality

      Some people want to play the games legally, you know. As in, actually pay Nintendo.

      I can honestly say that I've never personally met anyone who preferred to pay for games rather than getting them for free, based purely on moral grounds. Some bought games because they wanted the manual and everything else that came in the box, or because they wanted an untouched original copy, but not one person I've known has ever said "I'm going to buy this game rather than pirate it because it's the right thing to do."

      And some people WANT the games to be identical, or near identical, to the originals, which the NES Classic only partially does.

      I've never understood why the emulation in these stand alone consoles is usually inferior to the free emulators you can download for computers.

      The Wii, on the other hand, did have better emulation, compared to at least the Wii U

      Depends which system you're talking about. I seem to recall that the C64 emulation on the virtual console was regarded as fairly bad. I remember hearing that two games had to be withdrawn as they couldn't be completed due to bugs in the emulation.

      Piracy is only an option for some people. And it is still illegal. Whether or not it should be doesn't matter.

      In a sane world, they would put out a small, inexpensive console with a few built in games and an SD card slot. All the various companies would license their NES games so that Nintendo could put the entire library up on a virtual store for $1 a pop. Users pay, download the game file, stick it on the SD card and play. The console would have the ability to hook up virtually any controller you wanted and configure the controls any way you want.

      People will say that everyone would just pirate the games. Yes, some would, but many would pay if for no other reason than they're clueless about the fact that ROM sites exist. Besides, look at music; You can find any song ever written on the net for free, but people still buy songs from iTunes.

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        Lurker Keith, 3 Feb 2017 @ 12:18pm

        Re: Re: legality

        Just because you've never met them doesn't mean they don't exist. There are BILLIONS of people on the planet. Let's be generous & say you know a few thousand. That's like 0.000005% of the population (& I dropped a 0 & rounded up to the 5 to be EXTRA generous).

        Some devout religious people would avoid breaking the law when it is so easy not to. Especially extremely serious Christians. And Christians, at the very least, do play games; I'm sure other religions allow it, too.

        The middle 2 points can't be argued against. Official Emulation should be better, just like the official uploads of TV shows online should be better than pirate sites. Seriously, I'm getting tired of shows I missed on, say NBC, skipping like they're scratched DVDs online, when I know unofficial uploads don't usually do that.

        We don't live in a sane world. If we did, ALL of the Laws would at least make sense.

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    Rekrul, 4 Feb 2017 @ 12:10pm

    Some devout religious people would avoid breaking the law when it is so easy not to.

    What happens when there isn't a legal alternative?

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      Lurker Keith, 4 Feb 2017 @ 11:37pm

      Re:

      There are people who prefer not to break the law, you know. Some even won't if the law is objectively wrong/ bad. I'm a bit more flexible in those instances.

      In most cases, I do without. For example, if I can't get the game I want legally, I don't get the game. Period.

      More devout than I always do without.

      There are even people who will never break a law, even if the law is invalid.

      I will make exceptions, on occasion. Especially if the way the system is supposed to work completely breaks down, like if a company won't sell me an anime DVD, after I've paid at a store, because not enough people have ordered it to justify a new run (got a refund instead). If they refuse to take my money, why should I care at that point?

      We're currently talking about stuff we only want & don't need. I don't need video games, but they are nice to have.

      There are people out there who would refuse to steal food if they've been starving for a week. There may not be many, but they do exist. Some would die first.

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