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Games "On January 31st, 1997, Final Fantasy VII was released to the Japanese public. This single game both revolutionized and raised the bar of Japanese style console role playing games. It success was so staggering, it placed Squaresoft firmly on top the the the genre, displacing the Dragon Quest series created by the rival Enix company. The story of how this game came to be has a story more expansive than the game itself. It starts, as most stories do, with it's prequel." An insanely detailed - although missing certain parts, here and there - look at Final Fantasy VII's engine. As in, 211 pages detailed. You might want to grab a coffee.
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RE: Comment by Laurence
by delta0.delta0 on Mon 4th Feb 2013 12:39 UTC in reply to "Comment by Laurence"
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http://innovationzen.com/blog/2006/10/18/the-playstation-true-story...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SNES-CD


The CD-i add on was a flop, Nintendo broke its deal with Sony and jumped into bed with Phillips, but some how Sony was to blame...

If Nintendo hadn't done what it did, there wouldn't have been a playstation so I am kind of glad they broke the deal / pissed off Sony.

Nintendo selected the cartridge as it thought it superior / more rugged. Nintendo tends to aim its consoles at the younger market.

look at the wii with its gimped dvd's, I guess Sony were to blame for them selecting that format as well.

What about the current wii-u again Sony blocking them from adding a bluray player ?

Edited 2013-02-04 12:40 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by Laurence
by Kochise on Mon 4th Feb 2013 13:08 in reply to "RE: Comment by Laurence"
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2006-03-03

Nintendo selected the cartridge as it thought it superior / more rugged.

Plu-h'ease ! I do not recount how many times I had to give the NES connector a blow job before getting it hard and steady for a round...

Kochise

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RE[3]: Comment by Laurence
by delta0.delta0 on Mon 4th Feb 2013 13:50 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Laurence"
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2010-06-01

My GC games were ok, they required the odd occasional BJ, up until around 5 years ago they were still working. I gave the whole lot away so cant confirm if they still work.

Goldeneye still remains one of my most favourite games of all time. Zelda ocarina of time was also damn good and mario kart on the N64. Loved the N64, brings back so many fond memories.

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RE[3]: Comment by Laurence
by drcouzelis on Mon 4th Feb 2013 14:38 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Laurence"
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2010-01-11

"Nintendo selected the cartridge as it thought it superior / more rugged.
Plu-h'ease ! I do not recount how many times I had to give the NES connector a blow job before getting it hard and steady for a round... Kochise "
I can't tell if you're joking and just wanted to make a silly comment or if you actually don't know the history / details about NES cartridge design.

I'll summarize it super quickly for any who doesn't know: Blowing into NES cartridges hardly ever had any effect. The reason the NES would blink is because of a bad connection, which was due the NES having a front loading design as opposed to the much superior top loading design of [every other console with cartridges]. The front loading design was necessary for business reasons due to the then recent video game crash.

Cartridges are more rugged, have much faster loading times than optical discs, and require no moving parts, whereas optical discs can hold much more data and are far cheaper to produce.

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RE[2]: Comment by Laurence
by Laurence on Mon 4th Feb 2013 13:53 in reply to "RE: Comment by Laurence"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

Did you actually read any of the bit I quoted or the article it came from?

It categorically states why Nintendo ended up with cartridges on the N64 and they Nintendo broke their deal with Sony (see article for that explanation).

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RE[3]: Comment by Laurence
by delta0.delta0 on Mon 4th Feb 2013 14:30 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Laurence"
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2010-06-01

Laurence, is there any proof to back up that statement ? Do they actually have any proof about Sony blocking Nintendo from using a cd drive ?

According to Wikipedia Nintendo chose it and I remember at the time when I got my n64 reading Nintendo wanted to use Cartridges, this is why it all seems a bit bullshit to me.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nintendo_64DD -- optical drive addon for wii. --> also dont forget this little gem which was Japan only.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nintendo_64

"Nintendo cited several advantages for making the N64 cartridge-based.[40] Primarily cited was the ROM cartridges' very fast load times in comparison to disc-based games, as contemporary CD-ROM drives rarely had speeds above 4×" ... Read that section and look at the references for corroboration.

http://nintendo.wikia.com/wiki/SNES_CD-ROM -- the snes cdrom flop.

Sony might have blocked it, but I doubt philips or matsushita or any of the other companies would give a damn what sony said and would supply Nintendo, it just sounds very bullshit to me.

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