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Thread: N-Gage Prototype game? : "Space Impact" *PICS!*

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishsandwich
    I voted a big old fat NO (minority opinion it seems.) I'm thinking it was a store display box maybe? There's a good chance that there's no game in there and then you've messed up the wrap. At least wait awhile and see if the code shows up on the net somewhere... it's been theorized that Nokia is moving to a download-only model (like Snakes) and it might show up as a complete game for download. Perhaps the game is available under another name as a game running on the Symbian 60 platform?

    GREAT find!!!

    I almost forgot that Nokia was moving onward and doing the 'online download' thing for future games. That kind of sucks, IMHO, but if it saves them money and we still get our games, more power to them.

    As for this particular piece, I really wish that more information could be obtained about it. "Space Impact" is feeling more like a phantom title than anything else.

    I'm still pondering the questions; Is it a shooter? Is it a racing game? Is it even a game? IS THERE ANYTHING IN THIS BOX?

    Thanks for the compliment as well. I do quite like the fact that I have something that is seemingly rare, so I try not to remind myself of what I traded for it.
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    Shake the box and see if it rattles... I just shook an N-gage case and the game rattled around a bit. Might save you from opening it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ProgrammingAce
    Shake the box and see if it rattles... I just shook an N-gage case and the game rattled around a bit. Might save you from opening it.
    Even if it rattles, it could just be the plastic game sleeve that they generally include in the box. Those are usually a bit looser in the case than the card itself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ProgrammingAce
    Shake the box and see if it rattles... I just shook an N-gage case and the game rattled around a bit. Might save you from opening it.

    Oh, I've been shaking this box gently and there definitely IS something inside of it.

    Could be papers, could be that plastic MMC card holder or could be a couple of potato chips for all I know.

    But seriously, I'm really torn.

    The majority vote says to "open it" so I'm probably going to chance it very soon.

    If the vote for 'open' goes to 50, I'll open up the game, but I'll try to do something that's never been done before:

    I'll video capture the opening event, so everyone can be witness to this possible 'historic' moment in N-Gage history. It'll be like the suspense that occured when Geraldo Rivera was pining to see what was inside Al Capone's Vault.

    If the vote for 'leave it closed' goes to 30, then I'll leave it sealed.

    So please, everyone, VOTE!
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    as I was checking out the N-Gage E3 site http://www.n-gage.com/e3/index.htm I remembered this thread. Anyway check out some of the videos and the upcoming games and you'll see Space Impact.

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    So ... was this ever opened?

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    Can you open it without damaging the seals? I'd bet there's a way if you are determined enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RevQuixo
    The first line says: "Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectataur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incidudunt ut labore et dolore....."
    Usually latin gibberish is put in as a placeholder for actual text on a final product. Sounds like a mock-up to me.

    http://www.straightdope.com/columns/010216.html <--Link about lorem ipsum...
    better yet: http://www.loremipsum.net/



    Sounds cool.

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    It makes no sense why it is sealed. You can probably use steam to unseal it without damaging the plastic wrap. And then seal it back up to protect it. If you go to sell it just let the other person know you have opened it.

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    If the game is released and this cart is different from final versions...that'd be great to know. I'd open it out of curiosity. Also, it should be easy to tell if it's got a cartridge inside, by weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Oscuro
    If the game is released and this cart is different from final versions...that'd be great to know. I'd open it out of curiosity. Also, it should be easy to tell if it's got a cartridge inside, by weight.
    Ed Oscuro, you're a clever man.

    I would have never thought about weighing the game.

    I'll compare it to the rest of the N-Gage games I have and try to determine if there is something inside of it.
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    Open it already. If it is a proto it will retain it's value (about $5 since it's an N-Gage game )

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    Quote Originally Posted by The_4th_Survivor
    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Oscuro
    If the game is released and this cart is different from final versions...that'd be great to know. I'd open it out of curiosity. Also, it should be easy to tell if it's got a cartridge inside, by weight.
    Ed Oscuro, you're a clever man.

    I would have never thought about weighing the game.

    I'll compare it to the rest of the N-Gage games I have and try to determine if there is something inside of it.
    I'm not sure that weighing it would help. The MMC cards are very light. The big variable would be the instruction book... some of the more complicated N-Gage games have thick books. If this is a simple shooter then the book is going to have fewer pages and weigh less. This game (if it is a proto) might not come with a real instruction book... who the hell knows what's really in there without opening it? You could use a simple game like Puzzle Bobble for referance but the instruction book (if there is one) is the big unknown.

    Now if you had an MRI machine...
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    Now if you had an MRI machine...
    Anybody know any university students wih access?

    MRIs can't damage flash, right?

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    An MRI scanner would pull the MMC card right through the plastic case... i wouldn't try that.

    A hand held security metal detector will be able to detect an MMC card, it's what they use in the manufacturing plant to make sure employees aren't stealing the product.

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    These are all some great ideas by all of you guys.

    MRI machine?

    Metal detector?


    Seriously everyone...... PURE GENIUS!


    As a matter of fact, I used to work at a place where they used handheld metal detectors, walk-through metal detectors and even an X-ray machine conveyer belt to scan bags, etc. and show the results within 5 seconds, onto a computer monitor.

    That particular X-ray machine could filter out and detect metal in even the thickest of materials, such as thick plastic cases, between bundles of paper, clothing, etc. Not even a paper clip was undetectable in that X-ray machine, so I wouldn't doubt that it would be affective in trying to find out what's inside of an N-Gage game case.

    I'll try to make a trip down to the place that had this machine and see if I can get them to scan the contents of the "Space Impact" case as well as a commercially released N-Gage game, just to see what it looks like.

    Thanks for all the cool ideas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishsandwich
    I'm not sure that weighing it would help. The MMC cards are very light. The big variable would be the instruction book... some of the more complicated N-Gage games have thick books.
    You make an excellent point.

    How about weighing it in comparision to an empty N-Gage case? If there's anything inside this prototype game box, it's worth opening it (even if it's just an instruction manual), I'd say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stark
    Open it already. If it is a proto it will retain it's value (about $5 since it's an N-Gage game )
    Happy 1000th post Stark!

    That is all.

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    What ever happened? I'm gonna guess since there is no follow up post, not much. I hope I'm wrong!!!

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    You should definitely open this and see. At best, you've got a playable game, at worst, a fancy box
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