From The Trenches
I ran an independent game store in a mid-size town and was doing fairly well. We opened up with an imported N64 (the first in town); we rented out a Neo Geo CD system; we had arcade machines along the back wall, and we just happened to be at our peak when Final Fantasy VII came out.
Now we had a long history of selling Final Fantasy games, we had a serious core customer group who relied on us for their RPG fix. FFVII was going to be massive, and we had dollar signs in our eyes when we placed our pre-order for 125 copies. This was the biggest order for a single game we ever placed, by far.
We were stunned when, in an industry where ordering 20 means you get four, we got our entire order. One hundred and twenty five copies, it was a huge deal for us. We had pre-orders for everyone, and a waiting list as well. And at twelve dollars profit per copy, we were expecting a pretty decent week.
And then Wal Mart dropped the retail price to below our cost. We sold 125 copies of the game at a dollar loss, then cleaned out Wal Mart and sold 40 more with the slimmest of profit, matching the other big retailers. The biggest game launch in our four year history, and we didn’t even make fifty bucks.Read Replies (0)
By samzenpus from Slashdot's me-and-more-me department
writes Walmart-owned ASDA supermarkets in the U.K. are beta testing 3D full-body scanning booths that allow patrons to buy 6-in to 9-in high "selfie" figurines. Artec Group, a maker of 3D scanners and software, said its Shapify Booth, which can scan your entire body in 12 seconds and use the resulting file to create a full-color 3D printed model, is making its U.S. debut this week. The 3D Shapify booths are equipped with four wide view, high-resolution scanners, which rotate around the person to scan every angle. Artec claims the high-powered scan and precision printing is able to capture even the smallest details, down to the wrinkles on clothes. The scanning process generates 700 captured surfaces, which are automatically stitched together to produce an electronic file ready for 3D printing. Artec offers to print the figurines for booth operators (retailers) for $50 for a 6-in model, $70 for a 7.5-in model, and $100 for a 9-in figurine.Read Replies (0)
By Jacer from TFW2005
Wow that was quick. One of our sponsors, BigBadToyStore just updated their listing
for MP-05G with a fresh out of box image. Megatron is spotting a new metallic gold chrome finish, separating itself from prior releases and reissues of the mold which showcased Megatron's traditional silver color scheme.
Think he will suffer from Gold Plastic Syndrome? Share your thoughts in the discussion thread!Read Replies (0)
By Jacer from TFW2005
:The Loyal Subjects
just posted via Twitter a teaser of what seems to be our first glimpse of possibly one of their wave 4 figures, Jetfire, along side a fan's sketch of the character. This is pretty exciting considering wave 3 is not released yet, nor is the full listing of characters for the wave. Another interesting thing is that on the side of Jetfire there is a hole for a button. A similar hole was used for Wave 2's Optimus Prime's speech box.
Join the discussion after the jump!Read Replies (0)
By SilverOptimus from TFW2005
2005 Boards Member bellpeppers is sharing with us a very cool commercial for Transformers: Age Of Extinction, advertising the GAC Trumpchi GS5 SUV. You may remember that GAC was a sponsor for the movie and one of their cars; the Trumpchi e-Jet was even featured in the movie.
VFX Artist Joaquim Montserrat is sharing this video and he has this to say:
A commercial for GAC GS5, a chinese SUV that is sponsoring the Transformers 4 movie. This is the VFX edit as nearly 20% of the VFX were cut from the broadcasted edit.
This was graded in Resolve, modeled and animated in Max, rendered with VRay and composited in Nuke.
VFX Supervision: Julien Vanhoenacker
VFX Producer: Sahattaya Chantanop
VFX Artists: Joaquim Montserrat, Alejandro Garcia, Pichaya Popanyasak, Gabriel Maymon, Chanon Adisakkitti, Brad Lorimer, Natthakit Sarunsikarin
Compositing: Daniel Eggert, Ankit Vajpayee
You can find the "Making of" video at Vimeo
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By SilverOptimus from TFW2005
The next DeNA Transformers: Legends event is now live. Titled as The B Team - Part Deux, the event features PIPES, SWERVE, SKYHAMMER, HUBCAP, OVERBITE and NAUTILATOR.
Event Synopsis:With the surgical strikes perpetrated by BUMBLEBEE and his team a success, OPTIMUS PRIME orders PIPES to put together a team to protect a group of researchers at a seaside town.
As predicted, OVERBITE and NAUTILATOR attack the town, trying to steal the research for the DECEPTICONS’ leader. PIPES, SWERVE, SKYHAMMER, and HUBCAP strike back, intent on using their innate talents to keep their enemies from fulfilling their vile mission.
Will PIPES and his team prevail, or will OVERBITE and NAUTILATOR be able to destroy their diminutive enemies? Find out on TRANSFORMERS LEGENDS – “The B Team, Part Deux!”
This event is the second part of the 06/29/2013 event; The Bee Team
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By samzenpus from Slashdot's have-and-have-nots department
First time accepted submitter dkatana
writes Having some type of fiber or high-speed cable connectivity is normal for many of us, but in most developing countries of the world and many areas of Europe, the US, and other developed countries, access to "super-fast" broadband networks is still a dream. This is creating another "digital divide." Not having the virtually unlimited bandwidth of all-fiber networks means that, for these populations, many activities are simply not possible. For example, broadband provided over all-fiber networks brings education, healthcare, and other social goods into the home through immersive, innovative applications and services that are impossible without it. Alternatives to fiber, such as cable (DOCSYS 3.0), are not enough, and they could be more expensive in the long run. The maximum speed a DOCSYS modem can achieve is 171/122 Mbit/s (using four channels), just a fraction the 273 Gbit/s (per channel) already reached on fiber.Read Replies (0)
By samzenpus from Slashdot's how-you-doing? department
writes DNA recovered from a femur bone in Siberia belongs to a man who lived 45,000 years ago, according to a new study. His DNA was so well preserved that scientists were able to sequence his entire genome, making his the oldest complete modern human genome on record. Like present-day Europeans and Asians, the man has about 2% Neanderthal DNA. But his Neanderthal genes are clumped together in long strings, as opposed to chopped up into fragments, indicating that he lived not long after the two groups swapped genetic material. The man likely lived 7000 to 13,000 years after modern humans and Neanderthals mated, dating the mixing to 52,000 to 58,000 years ago, the researchers conclude. That's a much smaller window than the previous best estimate of 37,000 to 86,000 years ago.Read Replies (0)
By Salvador GRodiles from Japanator
We have a few weeks until October returns to the shadows, and it's time to learn about the 39th Sentai
show's title. Going by the name of Shuriken Sentai Ninninger
, the next installment in the franchise'll likely feature a ninja motif.
Come to think of it, this motif might result in a team-up film where the Hurricanger and the Kakuranger make an appearance, since it's a good opportunity to have three ninja-themed Sentai teams on screen. Seeing that the Kyoryuger got to join forces with the Abaranger and the Zyuranger in Kyoryuger vs. Go-Busters
, there's a small chance the Ninninger could receive a similar treatment down the road.
While Toei's reusing a previous theme, I'm still interesting in seeing how they'll differentiate the show from the previous two ninja Sentai
shows. Then again, the title might have a different meaning, so we'll have to sit back and wait for the next update on the series. Until then, you can check out the document that features the title in the gallery below.
To those of you who're into Super Sentai
, what your thoughts on the next Sentai
[via Orends: Range
, The Tokusatsu Network
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