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Discussion Playdate - The Console With A Hand Crank

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Nocturne, May 23, 2019.

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  1. Nocturne

    Nocturne Friendly Tyrant Forum Staff Admin

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    Soooo.... this has been announced:

    https://www.dailydot.com/parsec/playdate-hand-crank/

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    I really don't quite know what to think of it! I mean, I kinda wish the hand crack actually powered the thing, as that would make it ideal for poorer countries or for camping and travel, etc... as no batteries included or needed, BUT according to the developers it's "a flip-out rotational controller that puts a fresh spin on fun. Some games use it exclusively, some use it with the d-pad, and some not at all."

    So it's a gimmick.

    That's it.

    And, tbh, I can't see what's going to be "fun" about spinning a crank!

    Opinions?
     
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  2. nacho_chicken

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    Looks like the best portable SEGA Bass Fishing emulation machine ever.
     
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  3. chance

    chance predictably random Forum Staff Moderator

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    I agree. Although I suppose it depends what the crank controls. The GIF from the page you linked shows the crank apparently controlling forward / backward motion (to avoid a ball of some sort).

    Personally, I'd rather use arrow keys for this action. I suspect different actions can be mapped to the crank (up / down, speed, clicks, etc.). Seems more gimmicky than useful, but who knows?
     
  4. Nocturne

    Nocturne Friendly Tyrant Forum Staff Admin

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    Yeah, that's my take on it... I mean, okay, some of the games actually look okay, and they seem to have a lot of devs on board to make it work, but I feel it's a missed opportunity. I really would have been more excited if the crank actually powered the thing.
     
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  6. chance

    chance predictably random Forum Staff Moderator

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    I'm sure at least one game dev will use the crank that way. Figuratively, of course. The game could be named "Off the Grid", and players must turn the crank continuously, while the other hand controls the buttons.

    Or... how about a game for young couples? The girl turns the handle while the guy tries to push buttons. Actually, I think I've played that before. ;)
     
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  7. sitebender

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    Pocket fishing console for public transit?



    ooooo or no batteries! You hand crank it! And you can hand crank to charge your phone on the go with a USB port in the bottom? And possibly play games from your phone on the console with the USB connection? No clue if there is a USB connection, just wild speculation.
     
  8. woodsmoke

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    Is the crank "analog"? Could be useful for something like a brick breaker, so it's like using a mouse.

    Yeah a fishing game was my first thought too.
     
  9. Misu

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    I cant wait to play the next Halo on this device!!!
     
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  10. Samuel Venable

    Samuel Venable Time Killer

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    Gotta work those... Whatever they call arm muscles. This is like the new Wii boxing! lel
     
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  11. Roa

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    Not enough buttons and the crank is sub-optimal for anything. Also given this thing comes in at a 150 dollar price tag with no real development options, I've already lost all interest.
    I'm not exactly sure who this is for....

    you can buy a used GBA with better games, more power, more hackability for 20 bucks
     
  12. nacho_chicken

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    Hipsters.
    • Console developer from Portland, OR
    • Console developer has ties to Firewatch studio, Campo Santo
    • Priced so that only hipsters with upper-middle-class income can justify the cost
    • Confirmed game devs for this system are all indie darlings
     
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  13. Jabbers

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    I admire projects like this, but I also can't see it being more than a footnote among the ever-growing list of niche consoles that mainstream consumers will never embrace. It's cool if you're into quirky tech I suppose, but if you remove that novelty crank, what are you left with? Nothing special. Maybe it'll form a cult following of home-brew game makers?
     
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  14. flerpyderp

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    The common reaction to this has unsurprisingly been mostly bewilderment, but is anyone else struggling to imagine using this thing comfortably? First of all, I can't imagine how rotating a little crank is going to deliver any level of enjoyment, but think about actually holding this thing in front of you, awkwardly in your left hand, with your thumb I guess somewhere in that little space between the top left of the d-pad and the screen, and trying to hold it still while spinning the crank with your right hand.
     
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    But imagine a Grand Theft Auto set in the days of the Model T, where you have to crank your console to simulate crank-starting your vehicle. Come on, people! Let's get on board with this!

    (Yeah, I don't get this either...)
     
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  17. RichHopefulComposer

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    I actually think it's pretty cool, but the price tag killed it for me. I feel a little bad about that, because the build quality is probably great, and it's probably a small run production, so I don't think they're ripping anyone off... the value just isn't there for me. It's a Gimmick, but who cares? Fun is fun. I could make some interesting games with a crank. They apparently have some good devs, so seeing what they come up with once a week or whatever would be fun.

    But the cost is too high for me to justify it, personally. If it was like $40-$60, I'd seriously be interested. At $150, I'll save for an extra day and buy another Switch...
     
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  18. Misty

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    What a joke. Glad to see we have fresh comedy after that Soulja boy thing got cancelled.
     
  19. MilkMan5x

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    Thought that crank could charge your portable entertainer
    But nah it's just for game mechanics... If they added the functionality to charge up the thing then I might think about getting it
    Otherwise it's a bold no for me
     
  20. nacho_chicken

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    Video of the thing in action. Looks to be exactly what I expected and definitely not for me.
     
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    hey the gameboy was a thing lets steal that and sell our own!
     

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