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Something to Think About… Plug N Plays

Name calling at its Worst?

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Everybody knows the Plug N Plays and pretty much everyone grew up wanting one for their birthday. Maybe you saw them on the store shelves at Walmart or Target; Pac-Man, Namco 6-1 Games, Batman. When you here the term Plug N Play in gaming there are three things that come to mind; first the obvious (needing to put this in here for everyone’s tech sake) to simply plug in a device to a computer and use it with out the need of drivers or really anything else, The SECOND is Jakk Pacific Plug N Play, those are the ones that everyone saw on the shelves at Walmart and Target such as Pacman, Batman, Spiderman and so forth… then there is the last one BOOTLEG, KNOCKOFF, just to name a few. These are the ones that you find at flea markets, swap meets and other back world places but that doesn’t mean you can’t find them anywhere else either.

First off Jakk Pacific Plug N Plays were fun to play and somewhat what cheap to buy some more expensive than others depending on the game or license product you find. I remember the surge back in the early 2000’s when they hit store shelves and people where buying them up as cheap birthday gifts and then they started to wane a bit and you could find them on the clearance aisle for cheap. These games are not the best games you could play but they were decent for what they were.

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And then they were lost in the darkness…

Until another surge of Plug N Plays came sweeping through…You would often find Player Choice (Now named Power Player or Power Racer) with over 100,000 games in 1 at thrift stores. Now nobody knew where these came from, well I certainly didn’t at the time but wow how about that over one hundred thousand games in one little controller, at the time that sounded awesome but to my surprise it was all Nintendo games in different formats. I thought this was cool and at the time most rental places had PS2 and Xbox games so Nintendo was a little hard to come by. I would see these every where and then different looking Plug N Plays would start to pop up here and there as I started going to different thrift shops. I didn’t know there were so many!

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Now I have always called these types of Plug N Plays, well Plug N Plays and nothing else. I have heard over the course of many years that they are called BOOTLEG and KNOCKOFF consoles which to my dismay they are. But that doesn’t mean we should call something such as this a derogatory name. Yes you heard right, I feel that calling them BOOTLEG is a derogatory name. Now call me a hypocrite but Knockoff sounds a bit better but not by much. I know what you are all thinking, they are taking the games we all know and love and ripping them to their console with just a few simple editing tricks such as; wiping the Nintendo logo away, copying one game and changing the sprites in every copied game, ect).

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There are tons of these everywhere but still I don’t think name calling is the right thing to do just because the console and games are crap and yes I have played many that have been. Call them by there name even if you have to find out what it is or simply call it a Plug N Play. If I went in to Game stop, Vintage Stock or Game Xchange, you wouldn’t here me calling the Xbox a load of ^*& do you? These people would look at me in the worst way. The same goes for Plug N Plays. I dislike the Xbox and I do have one I think the PS is far greater but I don’t go around calling it crap. I simple call it by its name. Now I will have to say that a lot of it has to do with YouTube. Click-bait at its best if you will. I would rather watch a video that said “The Top Ten Worst Plug N Plays Ever!” then watch a video that had the title “The Top Ten Worst BOOTLEG CONSOLES Ever!”

Lets Be honest with ourselves, they may have slightly different names to attract those that don’t know best about video games but we as gamers know that these so called “consoles” do not play CD, DVD, BLU-RAY at all. They have built in games in them that aren’t the best. For Example the PSXBOX I believe it is called doesn’t play PS or Xbox games nor does it have any of them built in. Now its OK to get make fun of it for the laughs (being a hypocrite now) but calling it a BOOTLEG is just taking it to far. Somebody took the time to make this and maybe this was the best they could do. Maybe this was an attempt to sell to unexpecting customers that didn’t know better. Who is to say? All I know is that the name calling is at its worst when you refer it to BOOTLEG or really anything other than Plug N Play.

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I hope that I have gave you something to think about. What do you think? I want to here from you!

Stay Retro my friends,

~Retro Mark

 

 

My Arcade GO GAMER Portable

Portable Awfulness Score: 3.4/10

Release Date: 2017 Developer: dreamGEAR

Ah yes the portable Plug N Play, every kids dream come true. Unless your dreams are the stuff of complete lazyness and garbage. The My Arcade GO GAMER Portable is the worst kind there is, terrible games behind a sleek design. I have seen the MAGGP on multiple occasions going to the electronics department in Wal-Mart and it always caught my eye. I thought to myself another Plug N Play and even deeper in the mind “another terrible one at that” but that all changed when I just took a chance with it and at $19.97 is was one awful descion that I regret.

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The Graphics are usually not the highlights of any Plug N Play but that doesn’t mean that they are terrible neither. One thing is that some of the games do have OK graphics but are blurred between the lines of 8-bit and 16-bit. Most games do have colorful graphics but the biggest problem is the FPS. Every game on the machine (all 220 games) are marred by slowdown. No game and I do mean no game is fast or even plays at a normal pace. Think of it this way say to yourself one mississippi slow and that is the speed of every game. NO WAY. You may be saying to yourself that the game art on the box makes them look cool. Well yes and they do look like that in the game but take my advise and stay away. Another problem with the device is the LCD screen can become negative in certain veiwing angles.

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Beside the bleeps and bloops of any Plug N Play they are completely normal but that is not saying much. Most games do have music and for the most part fit the theme of the game. Many Games have just one sound track and it constantly loops over and over. On the other hand some games just simply do not have music. Once you go into the mini-games as they call them, they just simply stopped making music for them and seemed to not care but as long as the first twenty games have music that should be enough for everyone or at least that’s probably what they thought and what is up with the main menu music?

Controls- 5

The Controls are your standard fare of arranged buttons from the D-pad to the A and B buttons. The D-pad feels weird and the A and B buttons protrudes outwards to much. No game is overly complicated in fact every game is very simple a four year old could pick the game up and start playing it. The only problem is the slowdown of the games themselves that make the controls somewhat hard to pull off. The mini-games are the easiest to control while the first twenty games are somewhat difficult to play especially MINI FIGHTER. Pulling moves off in that game is ridiculous and no game and I do mean no game comes with any instructions on how to play them. GOOD LUCK.

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Right now you have either regretted your decision on your recent purchase and have either trashed it or have made a video on how to destroy it in the fires of Hell.

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Final Thoughts-

I really thought in the back of my mind that this way going to be a different Plug N Play and the fact that it was an impulse buy at Wal-Mart made it even worst. The Sleek Design, jet black color and red clear buttons really caught my eye. Although for $20 you could have found something a little bit better. I have had other dreamGEAR Plug N Plays before and none of them were this bad. I would hate to admit it but the “good games” are in the mini-games section. Another interesting thing that they had put into the device was the 3.5mm jack to AV cables, unfortunately they don’t give you any and hopes of putting this on your TV is out of the question. One thing is for sure, they sure do know how to rip Nintendo characters off and put them into their own games. My advise is to stay as far away from this as you possibly can. Don’t fall for it.