Bobak wrote:I'd normally say sorry for bumping a fairly old thread, but I'm in the States and this is the most recent issue on the shelf (as always, we're one to two issues behind).
Here's my feedback: overall a solid issue. I enjoy reading about the people behind the games and all the various systems (particularly some of those we didn't get our here), the balance is solid. The only item that stuck out at me --enough so that I would register here to comment on it-- is the infobox on page 68, titled "The Price is Right?" (regarding Last Hope for the Neo Geo home cartridge system).
Let's take a look at how this section comes off: It purports from the outset to talk about whether the price is too high (even for a Neo Geo game), but what do we get? A complete side-step of any, any argument of why the price is incredibly high. It doesn't even compare the price of Last Hope to the normal Neo Geo home cartridges --This section merely toes the developer's line, taking any excuse for the high price, talks about why they say the game is as expensive as it is, taking every mindless argument at face value. The section concludes that we should be thankful to have such people making the games and we should purchase at full price --it stops short of saying doing so would be patriotic (but I did get the same vibe I get from the Bush Administration's proclamations on terrorism).
Now, that paragraph would've been passable if there was any semblence of similar consensus in the Neo Geo community on the issue. Alas there is not. The community is divided with a minority that find the twice-the-normal-MSRP acceptable, but a much larger majority that find the price unconscionable --this is the same group that wouldn't have winced if the starting price was Â£50 more than normal. I'll be the first to admit that Neo Geo fans are notorious for paying high amounts for almost anything, but this game was certainly a point where many of us finally drew the line. It troubles me that such a clear issue did not even get one line, not even a passing "some fans in the online Neo Geo fan base found this price to be too high" before repeating whatever the developers fed you in response. I'm not going to waste space here going over why the developers arguments are completely flawed, it's besides the point for your article. My only disappointment is that you'd let that small section go by without even a lick of an opposing view. That's troubling, especially when I read articles on systems I am not familiar with.
Other than that, your main coverage of the game was overall good --although, the Neo Geo community noticed that the kanji on their insert is actually a very bad translation of "Last Hope"; I guess that didn't make it in your article.
All the best, look forward to the next (or should I say second most recent) issue.
Well the reasons for the high price are explained the main article itself and the boxout is intended to expand on that. It's natural that the high price would put a lot of people off so and, as you point out, almost all of the Neo Geo community have reacted negatively to the cost - so I thought it neccessary to offer a counter argument to the dominat voice of the Internet. All of the points made were derived from the fact that the magazine does not condone piracy and that we believe indie developers deserve support but, of course, you're welcome to disagree.
In addition, I'd like to point out (again) that cheaper versions of Last Hope are on the way so complaining about the high price of a LIMITED EDITION cartridge is ultimately pointless.