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Nintendo - Switch, Wii U, and 3DS / Re: My Wii U Experience......
« Last post by targetrasp on January 13, 2019, 06:58:15 AM »
the top being damaged is much worse. the bottom section seems to have more meat and can be ground down and polished "resurfaced" when severely scratched but once that aluminum or magnesium or whatever metal alloy foil that holds the information is touched the disc is pretty much shot. The foil must be closer to the top of the disc. Long ago I purchased a lot of PS2 and DC games (several hundred each) for pennies a disc that were all scored on the top of the disc. They were purposefully cut and came out of Texas so my assumption was Gamestop purposefully destroyed to get them out of their inventory and to keep them from finding their way back into the market. Out of what could have been a thousand or so discs I was only able to get a handful to work and for the most part they were the ps2 games. If the razor didn't make it far enough into the disc to cut the foil too much I was able to use a sharpie to cover the scratch and play the game with varying degrees of degradation. Matter of fact, Dark Cloud, one of my most favorite ps2 games, was fixed this way an I could never tell a difference.

I've experienced the fragility of the wii u games a lot. I've had at least two that I purchased new mess up like Retro mentioned. Super Mario U and Lego City both took a dive. I ended up coloring in the top of the disc where the holes were and got more life out of Mario but it eventually crapped out. Lego never recovered. Both have since been replaced. I've had another 4 or 5 resurfaced from where the kids mistreated the discs as well.
Parker has started to pick up Splatoon 2 again. I think it's a pallete cleanser after some bad fortnight rounds.

Nintendo - Switch, Wii U, and 3DS / Re: My Wii U Experience......
« Last post by retro junkie on January 12, 2019, 10:11:58 PM »
I guess I never thought about it until now. Never experienced it before.
Outside of Super Smash Bros, Splatoon has most of my time.  Such a fun game IMO.

Bomberman R is pretty fun as well!  My son played a ton of Mario Odyssey.  I played it for awhile... it's definitely cool.  I just don't find myself playing a lot of platformers right now.  I don't know why because historically I like them a lot.

I still want to get Zelda.  Flashback was fun... and there's a few cool shmups and Neo Geo games too on the shop.
Nintendo - Switch, Wii U, and 3DS / Re: My Wii U Experience......
« Last post by BLUEVOODU on January 12, 2019, 09:26:12 PM »
Isn't this typical of all CD, DVD, and Blu-ray type discs?  If the top side is damaged... that's worse than the bottom side as that the top is where the data layer technically resides.
Nintendo - Switch, Wii U, and 3DS / Re: My Wii U Experience......
« Last post by retro junkie on January 12, 2019, 09:15:42 PM »
I just found out, from personal experience, about a troubling issue with the Wii U games. And that is "disc rot."  The top decal can be scratched exposing the metallic reflective material of the disc which can oxidize and deteriorate. Wii U games seem to be very fragile. They can just deteriorate too on their own. I purchased a game over ebay, Super Mario 3D world. I cannot get it to work. After researching this, I got out my flashlight and sure enough light found the areas that contain the damage.
This is disturbing. Evidently the Wii and Gamecube games are safe due to the difference in their manufacturing.
This is the first time that I consider digital download as an option. Too bad the Wii U has such a small hard drive.
Yeah... I get that.  I've had to re-invent myself 3-4 times now after my store... and working on another one even though I'm keeping my current tasks going that I've done the last 7 years.

So... working through 6-8 new certifications now.  I know and am friends with several Ex-IBMers still working in the IT fields in their 60s. They've been lucky to be able to do the same thing (with subtle changes) for the last 25 years.  I've never had this pleasure... most people do not. 
I had a certification in 486, Pentium 1, 2, 3 at one time. But that has been a long time ago. At this point in my life I am really not as motivated toward digging into that anymore. I have also forgot a lot of that stuff. You tend to do if you don't stay with it. I have a java book around here somewhere. Right now my main interest is to learn how to use Krita, a graphics program. I want to get back into art as I contemplate retirement in two years.
somewhere I have some awesome Visual Basic stuff, if I can dig it up and its content I'll be glad to add it.
my switch time has been very limited, in fact all I've spent any real time on has been Zelda. I have had limited time on Mario / Rabbids, Starlink, and Golfstory.
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