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Playdate Has Me Feeling Cranky

Lokii

It's always time for burgers
(He/Him)
Staff member
Moderator
lol pen holder but the games look fascinating and I'll def be pre-ordering one as early as possible.
 

Tegan

dirtbag lesbian
(She/Her)
You guys know how I feel about dumb handhelds. I adore the Playdate, but I don't think it's in my price range. I don't think the price is unfair or anything, I knew it was gonna be expensive and even if all the games turn out to be the kind of thing that runs for a fiver on Steam then I still think that's a sensational deal; but looking at the sheer dollar amount, I just can't afford it.

Guess I'll finally buy a Pokémon Mini to get my novelty handheld fix!
 

karzac

(he/him)
You guys know how I feel about dumb handhelds. I adore the Playdate, but I don't think it's in my price range. I don't think the price is unfair or anything, I knew it was gonna be expensive and even if all the games turn out to be the kind of thing that runs for a fiver on Steam then I still think that's a sensational deal; but looking at the sheer dollar amount, I just can't afford it.

Guess I'll finally buy a Pokémon Mini to get my novelty handheld fix!

Yeah, this is exactly my feeling. It's weird, because I spent a couple hundred bucks on a Lego set a few months ago, and I would happily do that again (not all the time, but ocassionally). But that was a "non-video game" expenditure - and when I think about all the time and money I spend on video games already, it's hard for me to justify adding more to that bucket for something so niche as this.
 

Tegan

dirtbag lesbian
(She/Her)
Oh, also, is this the first handheld to come out after its crappy famiclone knockoff version?

 

spines

behold my godlike
(she/her, or something)
"twee" was also the word that came to mind. and not to say this in a disparaging way since this is obviously the appeal to me and plenty of other people, but i don't see how a weird little anachronistic game system with a lineup of exclusive indie games is not at least a little "hipster". it's possible i'm just out of touch with what everyone else knows from following actual gaming news or something but i kind of assume that most people out in the wild would not recognize the thing if i started carrying it around

i'm definitely curious and happy to have a while to think about whether to take the plunge, though. i've certainly invested plenty of my own time/money/attention into weird little handhelds and just what has been revealed about the lineup and everything is more than a little intriguing; i fully agree with madhair that the drip feed approach to a library is fantastic, as it both paces out each new title as something exciting to look forward to as it approaches and cuts back on some of the common difficulties of just ending up with 50 new things to try all at once, not even knowing where to start.
 

madhair60

Video games
I think it's funny how oppositional the terms "pretentious" and "hipster" have been taken mostly because if anything else fit that egregious bill it was this thing. I personally do not think either term is insulting but I know that's not typical. Look what I'm saying is I am just really super smart, ok. Praise my smartness
 

Phantoon

I cuss you bad
I like the look of this thing and I hope it's successful, but the price is just too high for me to bite. The gimmick is fun (and I do love my gimmicks) but it's not that fun. I'd be delighted to be wrong on this.
 

Sarge

hardcore retro gamin'
This is not for me, but I will be interested to see how it all shakes out. I'd probably even take a chance on something like this in like the $60 range, but $179 definitely removes the "huh, let's check this thing out" factor.
 

Sprite

(He/Him/His)
"twee" was also the word that came to mind. and not to say this in a disparaging way since this is obviously the appeal to me and plenty of other people, but i don't see how a weird little anachronistic game system with a lineup of exclusive indie games is not at least a little "hipster". it's possible i'm just out of touch with what everyone else knows from following actual gaming news or something but i kind of assume that most people out in the wild would not recognize the thing if i started carrying it around
I mean, Panic Inc. is based in Portland. The crank has real "Put a Bird on It" energy and I am digging it.

When the game maker comes out I should make a game with a black screen that just displays "you've probably never heard of it" when you turn the crank.
 

MetManMas

Me and My Bestie
(He, him)
This thing looks neat but $179 is a lot to gamble on a handheld with two dozen games of unknown quality/longevity and anything that's really worth playing will probably be adapted to gaming platforms where they'll get way more exposure eventually.

I mean, the crank certainly is an eye-grabbing feature, but somebody could always release a Crank-Con.
 

RT-55J

definitely not a robot
(He/Him)
Right now I'm imagining somebody releasing a crank attachment for the original Game Boy, which would enjoy 5 minutes of modest press until somebody posts about accidentally ripping the link cable port off the motherboard.

Actually, now that I think about it, what worries my the most about the Playdate is just how durable or not the thing is. That crank had better be made of solid nintendium or something.
 

MetManMas

Me and My Bestie
(He, him)
Right now I'm imagining somebody releasing a crank attachment for the original Game Boy, which would enjoy 5 minutes of modest press when somebody posts about accidentally ripping the link cable port off the motherboard.
 

Patrick

Magic-User
(He/Him)
There are a lot of good game makers involved. Diego Garcia and Bennet Foddy are making games. I can’t remember them all offhand, but I saw a bunch of names I recognized. And there are a few games specifically from underrepresented communities, which is great. Oh, and I’ve heard good things about Poolside FM.

They collaborated with Teenage Engineering on the hardware. And Panic has been making Mac software since the 90’s. A boutique handheld is not for everyone, but it seems like they are putting out a solid product, from what I can see.
 

Phantoon

I cuss you bad
Bennet Foddy definitely piques my interest, although his work will probably result in a destroyed Playdate
 

madhair60

Video games
Look if they're never putting out god-damn UFO 50 (WHERE IS UFO 50?!) then this will have to do.

Jokes (...?) aside, I do think this is really cool. I'm mildly concerned about longevity, but I wouldn't be too surprised if when the planned "seasons" have played out, this thing goes fully open source and we start seeing the truly wild shit. I know devkits are in the hands of some really cool, creative people (insider-ish smug smile) and I'm really excited about the prospects of this dumb piece of stupid garbage for bougie idiots. Like me!!!
 

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
re: the lack of a backlight - I look forward to seeing someone do a teardown of this when it comes out to see if modding a backlight in is even possible, as I admit, I'd like one, even if the screen is very visible as is.
 

Dracula

Plastic Vampire
(He/His)
I'm sure even with out a backlight it will still be more visible than the original GBA screen.
 

Lance Noble Aster

did his best!
(he/him)
they have a list of games on the website
and i have to play some of those games
also it comes with the SDK for the platform
 

q 3

here to eat fish and erase the universe
(they/them)
Looking forward to someone figuring out how you can play the games on a modded GBA with a copy of Warioware Twisted.
 

Nich

stuck in baby prison
(he/him)

(sorry this is so ugly, the logo generator just did not want to put "feeling" up top)
 

Sprite

(He/Him/His)
they have a list of games on the website
and i have to play some of those games
also it comes with the SDK for the platform
Oh, I added this to the OP, but games in Season One should be considered spoilers, since the mystery is part of the draw. I think anything outside of those is fair game, though.

(sorry this is so ugly, the logo generator just did not want to put "feeling" up top)
I love the Twitter feed that’s just these
 

Kirin

Summon for hire
(he/him)


(It puts the first three "words" up top so you have to cheese it with punctuation. Maybe a non-breaking space would work but this was quick.)
 

Lance Noble Aster

did his best!
(he/him)
Oh, I added this to the OP, but games in Season One should be considered spoilers, since the mystery is part of the draw. I think anything outside of those is fair game, though.

A further warning: the webpage defaults to showing them all. There is a spoiler warning and an option to hide them, but if you scroll through too fast, you'll miss it.
 

Sprite

(He/Him/His)
The chances of actually avoiding spoilers until getting my hands on the system seem pretty slim. "Don't tell me what games this system plays" is a pretty tall order, media-wise. I'm guessing their marketing department probably balked at the idea since they're doing the equivalent of "hiding" Christmas presents in a shopping bag on the couch.

I'm-a try, but I'm not gonna try too hard. It's not a big deal, all told, I just thought it was a neat idea and wish they had actually stuck to it.
 
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