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Socoder -> Off Topic -> PlayJam/GameStick News?

Posted : Monday, 12 September 2016, 03:20
rockford
PlayJam dead? I think so... Expect news soonish.
Posted : Monday, 12 September 2016, 03:20
Jayenkai
Ongoing discussion over on OUYAForum.

No idea what's going on!

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Posted : Monday, 12 September 2016, 04:10
rockford
I don't think PlayJam have any idea either. But then, I'm not sure they ever did.
Posted : Monday, 12 September 2016, 16:21
9572AD
Well, I know the FlarePlay has been dead for a while, and I thought they officially discontinued making GameStick before they started FlarePlay. So, they're dead by default?

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Posted : Monday, 12 September 2016, 21:42
rockford
Yeah, but PlayJam - the company behind both the GameStick and Flare (which was DBA - Dead Before Arrival) still existed. It looks as though that may well have come to an end.
Posted : Monday, 12 September 2016, 22:33
Jayenkai
All I know is that my contact in the PlayJam world left rather abruptly a few months ago.
He said it was "Because he'd got a different job", but it was only a couple of months after he'd been promoted over there..
*shrugs*

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Posted : Tuesday, 13 September 2016, 05:33
rockford
That was Carlton, right? Yeah, he said the same to me. However another Dev Relation John Vega, contacted me afterwards, about getting AquaVenture onto the FlarePlay service - promising oodles of cash if I adapted the splash screen to show the new Flare controller and altered a few controls. I said I would, but couldn't be bothered and never heard from him again.
Posted : Tuesday, 13 September 2016, 05:42
Jayenkai
Nope, it was John Vega!!!
Posted : Tuesday, 13 September 2016, 06:46
rockford
So John left too? No wonder I didn't hear any more from him!
Posted : Friday, 16 September 2016, 00:28
rychan
I met John Vega also, seemed like a really cool guy, really loved Super Grid Run and it was on show at a few game shows, he even sent photos to me of it in action on the show floors, awesome dev relations guy really!

It's a shame the Gamestick didn't get any real following going though. They didn't help themselves much by releasing the console around the same week as both the XBOX1 and PS4 though.

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Posted : Friday, 16 September 2016, 01:02
rockford
They didn't help themselves by offering such shit hardware in the first place.

The controller was awful and the stick had some of the most stupid design decisions ever. THAT reset switch? You're fucking shitting me?! Dev and consumer units as separate entities? Idiotic. And don't get me started on the "P-I-N-K with everything" front-ends and menus. Tres ghey. Orange on OUYA was bad, but pink? Bleurgh.

Don't get me wrong, I like the idea behind Gamestick but everything else about it was awful - including the background support; from marketing, to the Dev portal to the official forums, all were terribly broken and ignored from the start.

Yeah, John and Carlton were good guys, but they couldn't support the machine single-handedly.
Posted : Sunday, 06 June 2021, 13:11
TKS
I hope reviving years old threads isn't too frowned upon here!

Jay, I remember seeing that you were given a PlayJam Flare console to dev on several years ago. I was wondering if you still had that and could take some photos of everything. The box, console, controller, any documentation etc. I've been looking into Gamestick preservation stuff and I'm delving into the FlarePlay rabbit-hole. What a mess.
Posted : Sunday, 06 June 2021, 14:53
Jayenkai
The unit's a possibility, but I'm not one for keeping boxes I'm afraid.

I'll summon the gods of the drawer of lost gadgets, later tonight.. or maybe in the morning.
If you don't hear from me again, assume I'm entangled by a hundred forgotten scart cables.

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Posted : Monday, 07 June 2021, 02:22
TKS
Cheers!
Posted : Monday, 07 June 2021, 05:34
rychan
I have some gamestick stuff over here still, probably got the devkit about also,if you're interested.

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Posted : Monday, 07 June 2021, 12:55
Jayenkai
I'm afraid you'll have to wait..
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'cos I looked in the drawer where I was almost certain it was.. The WiiU, the OUYA and the Razer ForgetV, all looked up at the bright light, the WiiU gamepad lighting up as if to say "Oh boy, someone wants to play NintendoLand!!"
I rooted around, but nope..
It wasn't in drawer of cable despair, nor was it in the drawer of handy things, with the Pritt Sticks, the mountains of Cellotape, the huge number of AA's, and the occasional CR2032.

The fourth drawer which doesn't have a name, but does have a Dreamcast keyboard and an old Razor (of the face shaving variety, not the light up with 100,000 LEDs for no valid reason variety) also didn't contain the PlayJam things.

I'm kind of at a loss as to where they might be..

I shall continue to hunt, but even that has completely knackered me out!!
If I find them, I'll be sure to post pics.
Hmmm..

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Posted : Tuesday, 08 June 2021, 00:35
TKS
Cheers for looking Jay!

Rychan, I'm after the PlayJam FlarePlay console dev kit if you have pictures of that. Fortunately I've already got photos of the Gamestick Dev kit
Posted : Tuesday, 08 June 2021, 07:11
rychan
Ahh, bums, only had the Gamestick one, good luck with the hunting.

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