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    How Tough Are NES Games?



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    I have to say I'm still surprised on how tough nes games are. I mean they sure took some punishment in this video. *Has seen this video before*

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    Having had some rough treatment occur with some of my own NES games (my copy of Zelda 2 too a falling statuette and still functioned, similar to the drop in this video and until the day it disappeared with the rest of my collection, it worked 100%) I'm actually not surprised that all, but one of the games in the video continued to work.
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    There have been a few that I considered setting fire to in anger. Ninja Gaiden for example. Back then the players weren't as pampered as they are with a lot of today's titles. We've been spoiled.

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    Haha yes. I also thought this would be a testament to how difficult the games are. But hell, I'll take this case too. These games are rough 'n tumble, apparently. Small electronics, I guess.

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    NES controllers are also among the most durable controllers ever made. They are more likely to put holes in walls than break after being thrown at them.

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    Heh, there was an article on Holdtheline about this very subject:

    http://www.holdtheline.com/threads/c...ty-plague.6289

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    It goes beyond fragility. The hardware itself just isn't built to last in the first place, much of it is the fault of 2nd and 3rd parties cheaping out with inferior, but cheaper components. there are a ton of other reasons for this like the use of QFN chips, and the general short term thinking among modern corporations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by King Aquamentus View Post
    NES controllers are also among the most durable controllers ever made. They are more likely to put holes in walls than break after being thrown at them.
    You got that straight King. They're damn near as strong as titanium. Good for "Angry Gamers"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anarchy_Balsac View Post
    Heh, there was an article on Holdtheline about this very subject:

    http://www.holdtheline.com/threads/c...ty-plague.6289

    TLDR version:

    It goes beyond fragility. The hardware itself just isn't built to last in the first place, much of it is the fault of 2nd and 3rd parties cheaping out with inferior, but cheaper components. there are a ton of other reasons for this like the use of QFN chips, and the general short term thinking among modern corporations.
    I wouldn't say it is short-term thinking. It makes perfect sense because it gets them more money. People break their systems all of the time and about half of them, even if it may be within warranty, cough up the money for a replacement. People buying replacements means more units sold and units sold equals money.
    Another reason for this is that all of the good equipment is very expensive. Gaming computers can cost upward of $2,000 because of the sophisticated equipment they use. If consoles used all of the good parts the good gaming computers use, they would be too expensive for most people to buy. Imagine paying $1,000 for a Wii-U. That's what we will be looking at if consoles used all of the good equipment that gaming computers used.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Orithan View Post
    I wouldn't say it is short-term thinking. It makes perfect sense because it gets them more money. People break their systems all of the time and about half of them, even if it may be within warranty, cough up the money for a replacement. People buying replacements means more units sold and units sold equals money.
    Another reason for this is that all of the good equipment is very expensive. Gaming computers can cost upward of $2,000 because of the sophisticated equipment they use. If consoles used all of the good parts the good gaming computers use, they would be too expensive for most people to buy. Imagine paying $1,000 for a Wii-U. That's what we will be looking at if consoles used all of the good equipment that gaming computers used.
    The reason I call it short term thinking is because long term, it probably discourages sales. I don't even want to buy a PS4 or XB1 because of the RROD and YLOD thing.

    The price point though, makes sense. It's about what an NES would cost today if 1980's pricing was adjusted for inflation, and, honestly, I'd prefer the higher price tab if it meant I could expect it to actually work in 20-30 years time.

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