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Playdate Has Me Feeling Cranky

conchobhar

What's Shenmue?
Positive impressions over at Ars Technica. I was on the fence but I think I'm going to go for it now.

The author also said this down in the comments, which is relevant to earlier posts about the handedness of the device:

My pre-release hardware includes a firmware-level "upside-down" mode to put the crank on the left side if you prefer. Not ideal for games that revolve around buttons, but for crank-only games, it totally works.
 

conchobhar

What's Shenmue?
Me, just under two months ago:
~$180 CAD was already a bit on the pricey side but I could just about justify it to myself, but this price bump puts it at least ~$220 CAD, and that's a lot harder for me to swallow.

Me today: well I may as well buy the cover as well what's another twenty bucks
 

Sprite

(He/Him/His)
If I followed correctly it looks like they sold through their 2021 allotment in about 20 minutes. Kudos to them, though, the site is up and you can still pre order, even if it’s going to take a long time to ship.

I wonder if my order is part of the first batch…
 

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
If I followed correctly it looks like they sold through their 2021 allotment in about 20 minutes. Kudos to them, though, the site is up and you can still pre order, even if it’s going to take a long time to ship.

I wonder if my order is part of the first batch…
I don't know about batches, but the email I got from them said mine is shipping in December 2021...
 

Sprite

(He/Him/His)
My email makes no mention of a shipping date at all, only that they’ll notify me when it has been shipped. That’s… not encouraging!
 

Lokii

It's always time for burgers
(He/Him)
Staff member
Moderator
I wasn't fast enough... a nebulous "2022" for me.

 

Patrick

Magic-User
(He/Him)
Man, if I had a bit more disposable income I would have picked up one of these for sure. Maybe I'll have another chance next year when they're more widely available.

Also, has Panic said anything about future seasons or additional software after the first 24 games? I'm curious about what kind of legs this thing will have.
 

conchobhar

What's Shenmue?
Also, has Panic said anything about future seasons or additional software after the first 24 games? I'm curious about what kind of legs this thing will have.
According to the Wikipedia page, there's another ten games that have been announced (or shown off in some form or another) that aren't part of the initial batch of games, so there's probably going to be at least one more season.

No idea how long Panic will support it beyond that, but the SDK is going to be made available for free, so that could keep it going, too.
 

Sprite

(He/Him/His)
They are planning on more games, though they haven’t landed on a distribution model yet. I still love the idea of a season of games you don’t know anything out about until they arrive on your device, though they seem to have distanced themselves from that idea. I imagine it’s a hard sell for developers.
 
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