What a platform! We've never seen games like this.
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I don't hate Halo, I think it's a great game, but I also think it's outrageously overrated. (Yes I'm someone who thinks GE007 is the best console FPS but Halo isn't incredibly far behind because there aren't many great console FPSs)
Halo did indeed get just about everything right in terms of design of a console FPS, but it didn't do anything innovative for the genre at all. People tout it as the best FPS evar!11 when it's just as good as any other game that's abandoned for the next greatest thing within a year of it's release. In terms of the series, Halo 2 was insanely overhyped garbage, and Halo 3 compensated for that a bit by having a much better campaign.
This is judging the game solely on single player merits. Why anyone would want to compete in an FPS that uses analog controls and feels floaty as hell is beyond me.
Most people who "hate" Halo are just PC fanboys with better games to play, and most people who give it too much praise don't play PC FPSs.
If you're just getting a shitty stick to upgrade later get a Mayflash or something for like $30. Just look for a stick with quick disconnects on the stick and buttons.
Hori Real Arcade Pro 3. I don't remember the parts, but I believe it has a Sanwa JLF stick, the same or similar to the arcade cabinet. It has shitty, fake Hori buttons which if you're used to Japanese arcade buttons are difficult to play with, especially for fighters. You might want to buy some Sanwas or Seimitsus and throw those in.
There really isn't a huge market for the arcade stick you're looking for. People either want to spend $30 on a complete piece of garbage, or $150 on a nice stick. No one wants to spend $80 for something that's a sub-par stick, if they're that serious they'd just save up. I suggest saving up for the SF4 TE stick. It has all Sanwa parts, despite being manufactured by Mad Catz.
If you can get a hold of Japanese parts (Try Lizardlick Amusements) in the states, you could build a stick too if you're good at that sort of thing. Parts I'd recommend:
6x Sanwa OBSF-30 pushuttons ~$3ea. The arcade standard buttons found in most Japanese cabinets.
2x Some smaller button - $2ea. Start/Select buttons. Brand really doesn't matter, personal preference. I like to use more clicky buttons for these.
2x Button plugs - $0.50ea (If you want a stick with the option to expand to 8 buttons, otherwise just drill 6 holes)
Seimitsu LS-32-01 - Almost without a doubt the best stick ever made. Short throws, very sensitive, a dream to use. Sanwa JLFs have much bigger throws, despite being a more standard stick.
Remember that American arcade parts absolutely PALE in comparison to Japanese parts, despite what you may read. I really can't stress enough how you should spend your money on something decent you can easily upgrade when you have funds (Like Hori Real Arcade Pro 3) rather than completely waste it on an American stick. The only pre-built sticks you should consider on the SFIV TE stick, Hori's Real Arcade Pro line, and a custom built stick with an LS-32 and Sanwa pushbuttons.
"I agree on all of these.That's good to hear. With all the bitching and moaning I do about the RDI Halcyon, I feel like I'd be obligated to write a kick ass article when/if it gets put up.
Also i believe most of them are intended to be fixed from what i have heard from staff, at least the first two anyway."
Yes, this could have been posted in BoG's suggestion thread, and I have brought up these issues before, but no one has addressed the problems or even hinted that it may be addressed in the future. I also can't help but feel that the suggestion thread is full of outlandish suggestions for expansion rather than fixing up little things on the site. Sorry if I'm repeating myself in this case.
- Platforms need to be searchable and taggable. We're nearing 100 platforms and not everyone visits GiantBomb looking for the first 3 consoles that show up from the current generation. I'm trying as much as possible to fill out some of the more obscure consoles and in general make GiantBomb a resource for all gamers, not just those of the modern era. I also had plans to write guides for specific consoles, however, they are not taggable so it would be worthless to do so.
- Writing guides needs to be somewhat more rewarding. This really ties into the fact that consoles need to be taggable, because no one is going to read anything I write unless they find it under the guides section of a certain platform. That fact, and the fact that I have a guide written about video game collecting, which really doesn't belong into any particular category. The guide is huge and informative, yet I can't help but feel almost no one will read it because it can't be tagged under anything. I'm sorry if such articles are outside the bounds of what GiantBomb is trying to acheive, but I'd really like to because a guide author for GiantBomb, but it's worthless to the site if no one will read anything I write. Points obviously isn't the solution to this problem; I just want some kind of way for people to find work of mine.
- Let us suggest consoles to be added to the database. More than 93 video game platforms exist in the world, how can this fact be disputed? I've posted, messaged mods, and even PM'd Jeff about adding the RDI Halcyon to the database, and I get almost no feedback about this. It just doesn't seem possible. I'm just trying to make GiantBomb a place that goes beyond the 14 year olds who only live in the past 5 years, and I feel rather ignored in my venture. If you're going to make a video game database, why don't you want it to be complete?
I realize I'm just a small member of the community, but these problems are glaring in my eyes and as far as I can tell rather easily fixable. I'd appreciate feedback from someone with the power to change any of this. I want to be a more active member of the community, however I enjoy video game hardware as much as software, and truly enjoy writing guides, and these are 2 areas in which GiantBomb needs work!
NES isn't unreliable unless you start blowing into cartridges and degrading their contacts. Keep your carts clean! The 72-pin connectors didn't wear out for a decade or two, and could easily be refurbished with a simple pin or needle!
Xbox 360s have to be sent to Microsoft. Enjoy gaming on them now, cause they'll be dropping like flies without an easy way to fix them in a couple decades... not that anyone's thinking that far down the line.
Meh, I'm trying to do my small part expanding GB's obscure sections so it can be a place for all gamers, including crazy, obscure collectors to find info. I don't think console-specific guides are unreasonable. GameFAQs has them for pretty much everything.
I've been collecting games for a little more than 2 years now, which isn't very long, but I'm only 19 so I'm fantastically young by the hobby's standards. I'd love to meet a serious collector here, not that I'm truly serious about anything. I've mostly collected NES, and don't have many R7+ games in my collection, but oh well, I enjoy the hunt. I have around 1700 games right now, maybe 1400 unique with a whole bunch of demos, promos, interesting hardware...
Post or PM me!
I've also written a small collecting guide for anyone interested: http://www.giantbomb.com/guides/defaultgens-video-game-collecting-guide/729/
It's hard to get the word out for guides you've put a lot of work into, but don't show up anywhere on the site!