In this pleasant month of October, with the advent of the fall season, we, at Play and Talk, are very excited for what has come into the world of computer and video gaming.
Yesterday, on the thirteenth of October, in the lord’s year of two thousand and sixteen, we have welcomed the arrival of the PlayStation Virtual Reality apparatus.
Have you ever wanted to go to a Hatsune Miku concert without your dad waiting at home to beat the ever living stuffing out of you? Or maybe you just want to be Batman or someone who makes enough money to eat more than Ramen Noodles every night? Well now you can and its more real than it ever has been. We at Play and Talk were able to test out the VR and here what we did.
The first thing we all did was Hatsune Miku, then we watched her concert haha alright. It was ok, just a bunch of other people jumping around watching a cartoon sing about stuff, 10/10 would do it again. After that we tried Batman VR was like being a bat and a man at the same time, it wasn’t as exciting and made me feel like a just brushed my teeth with icy hot. After trhat we decided to give up and go get some churros.
The Churros were great, they were by far the best part of the day and I would recommend them to anyone regardless of their social class.
When most people see that their disc is scratched and not working, they quickly run out to buy another copy. However, that can be very expensive with games now costing upwards of sixty dollars. Well, there is a cheap and effective alternative now! That alternative is using a disc repair machine. Disc repair machines come in various shapes and sizes. Some hold only one disc while others can hold up to fifty. The one that we trust at our store locations are Research Technology International’s Eco-Auto Smart machine or RTI: EAS for short. The machine holds one disc at a time. There are cleaning pads that are attached to the inside of the machine that are color coded to a numbering system of one through five. Each number is associated with the level of scratch severity. One (blue) is associated with discs that only have fingerprints or light smudges. Two (yellow) is used for very light scratches. Three (green) is for moderately scratched discs. Four (red) is for discs that have heavy scratches. Finally, the five (lighter blue) pad is used for discs that have very deep scratches or laser burns. The machine is made to clean DVD and game discs. It can, however, also clean blu-ray discs. For blu-ray there is a special purple pad that must be placed in the machine. Blu-ray discs have a lower chance of repair, so our staff usually suggests replacing them in the end. The machine itself operates by using a water filtration system that funnels the run-off through a hose. A special compound is put into the water. Also, there is a liquid cleaner that the machine needs to polish the disc during the “one” phase. Overall, this model of disc repair machine is top of the line and offers the utmost satisfaction. And, at only $4-$6 per disc cleaning, how could you refuse?
The Nintendo 64 brought about an evolution to the gaming world. Before the N64, most games were two-dimensional side-scrollers or Isometric top-down perspectives. Few companies were able to dominate the market like Rare, producer of various big Titles such as Donkey Kong Country, Conker’s Bad Fur Day, and a personal favorite, Banjo and Kazooie. Banjo and Kazooie is a 3-D platformer developed by Rare that came out in November of 2001, it’s protagonist is the Bear Banjo, who is assisted by his side-kick the Bird Kazooie. Together they must stop the evil witch Gruntilda from using her Machine to suck the life from the world. I have played a multitude of video games in my life, few have been able to make the impression that this game has on me. While the storyline isn’t winning any awards, the game more than makes up for it by being an amazingly fun 3-D platformer. The level designs in both Banjo Kazooie and Banjo Tooie are phenomenal. The trend with gaming today is to make these enormous worlds that are just so massive that there ends up being a lot of places that just end up being empty space, not Banjo and Kazooie. Nearly every area the player explores, they are rewarded with something to show for it such as one of several collectibles or even character upgrades such as new moves or new eggs for Kazooie to shoot. The soundtrack for the game is a masterpiece in itself, each world has it’s own unique and catchy tune which changes as you explore the level; going underwater causes the track to drag on and muffle, making it sounds like the player is actually underwater. In conclusion, the Banjo Kazooie series is a wonderful collection of games with a lot of potential for exploration and just a generally pleasant experience.
Summer is approaching fast and with that you are going to need plenty of games to keep you indoors on those hot, rainy and humid Alabama days.
Here is the official Play and Talk list of games you should play while you are stuck inside during the summer.
My personal favorite game to play during the summer is Bully for the PS2 or any of its ports (Nintendi wii or Xbox 360). This game will take you back to school while you are off, only this time you can actually fight the teachers and kids who try to mess with you instead of just cowering in a corner .Need for Speed Underground is another great game to play during the summer. Raising a car with friends is like raising a child but it doesn’t ruin your life. Left 4 dead on the Xbox 360 is the perfect way to spend nights up late with the squad.
It requires you to work together to fight zombies and survive to the bitter end. The ultimate summer game you can possibly play is Katamari Damacy for the PS2 or any of its sequels. Rolling around the Earth and listening to J pop is the best summer possible. So if you like this list comes into our store and buys stuff.
It is March of 2016 here at Play and Talk and it is crazy to us just how far this store has come and just how many rare and valuable games have walked through our doors. Last week we received the largest trade in that has ever walked through the doors of our business establishment that is knows as Play and Talk.
This trade in consisted of some of the rarest Playstation 1 and Playstation 2 video games out there on the market. Along with games for the Playstation 1 and Playstation 2 video games we also received games for the sega saturn and sega dreamcast video game consoles. Many of the Playstation games that were brought in were made by the great Working Designed video game company known for localizing many important JRPGS such as Lunar the silver star, Lunar Eternal Blue, Alundra and Vanguard Bandits. The biggest banger that came with this collection was the legendary Panzer Dragoon Saga.
In the 2 years that this store has been opened, never did we think we would get in a copy of Panzer Dragoon Saga in the near mint condition that it was brought into us. We hope many more trade ins close to this one will come in to help us bring video gaming to our community.
The New Year has started and we are ready for another great one here at Play and Talk. We have plenty of new accessories and figures in stock to get excited about.
We just got in our shipment of new Dragon Ball Z figures such as goku, vegeta, great ape and majin buu. We currently carry sailor moon, naruto one piece, neon genesis evangelion and full metal alchemist figures and plan to carry many newer anime figures such as sword art online and attack on titan. We still carry SURGE energy citrus flavored soda for all the 90s throwback you can drink.
In terms of new accessories we now carry Wii U gamecube controller adapters for super smash brothers, Nintendo Wii AV cables, power supply units and wired sensor bars. We are completely stocked on all series of retroNs including the RetroN 5 which was very sought after last year. We have a pretty good stock of most core retro games however they do sell fast so if you are in search of Marios 123 or either of the legend of zelds for the NES or SNES make sure to act fast to ensure you dont have to wait for a copy to get traded into the store.
Big things have been happening at your local Play and Talk so here’s a blog to get you up to date with everything that’s been happening. To start with we have opened our second location in the glorious town of Gulfport MS. The new store is located right in the outlet mall across from burger king. The new store offers everything the original store does including video games, toys, collectibles, repair, cell phone repair and an unforgettable video game experience. Even with the excitement of the new store don’t forget about the two Mobile Alabama locations are still going strong. We carry a variety of new products including USB controllers for SNES, NES and the Sega Genesis. We are full stocked on all forms of Retro which make great gifts for the holidays. We will also soon be getting in new toys and action figures for all the anime fans collections. Keep an eye out for attack on titan, bleach, neon genesis evangelion, one piece, sanic, and sword art online figures. These should be in for the holiday season to satisfy everyone’s demand.
Video Gaming has been around since the late 70sish but many say that modern gaming started with the NES in 1985. Gamers that have been around that long can recall every Mario and Zelda to come out and the excitement of playing them the day they came out. Some say it is the best feeling they’ve ever felt after ecstasy. It’s come to point 30 years after the original Nintendo where many gamers were not born early enough to experience multiple consoles and missed out on some of the greatest games in history.
Thankfully gaming companies have made it possible for the new generation of gamers to experience the past through HD remakes and virtual consoles/PSN. The releases of the ocarina of time and Majoras Mask on the 3DS are great examples of gaming masterpieces now becoming available to younger generations. These games changed the way people look at video games and even how games are played making it very important to keep them alive and not forgotten.
The Playstation Network has many great RPG classics up for download such as the legendary final fantasy 7 and more obscure titles such as xenogears and parasite eve.
If you have never played these classics we at Play and Talk highly recommend going back and giving them a shot. There is no experience quite like the first play through of Final Fantasy 7.
This week in gaming brings us the new Nintendo 3DS XL with better stereoscopic 3d effects, a bigger sd card and a few extra buttons for added play ability. The question is, is it worth it to upgrade if you already own a Nintendo 3DS or 3DS XL console?
The question you must first ask yourself is are you content with the pre existing models of 3DS and does it improve your quality of life? If so you may want to stick to where you are. Although the new 3DS is cool and makes the experience much more buttery and warm, it is a steep price for just a few more bells and whistles.
The main reason to upgrade would have to be the handful of exclusives coming out, such as the remake the wii masterpiece Xenoblade Chronicles. This re make itself may be reason enough for some to drop $200 on a new console.
Overall, there’s really no downside to the upgrade. It will drastically improve your gaming ability and make you a better person so that people will like you.
As of November 1st 2014, Play and Talk has been opened an entire year and what a great year its been! The store has grown so much since it began in the mobile Flea Market and has expanded even more since our West Mobile location has opened. We now have an even larger inventory of NES SNES and Genesis games along with consoles like the Atari Jaguar, intellivision and turbo graffix 16. We have made great friends with many customers who have become regulars, held tournaments on Friday nights for the kids of Mobile to come together and play games in a safe friendly environment that costs them nothing.
We very much would like to thank every customer that’s ever traded in games, had a console repaired, bought a shirt, conversed about games, competed in a tournament and supported the store in any way. We look forward to another great year with all of you and hope to do more great business in 2015. We would also like to thank China Wok on airport for having the best Lo Mein in town, Hungry Howies for Cajun crust and Foosacklys for having the best chicken fingers on the planet.