I am actually going to lose it if they recycle 1 more cube model, the only way that I would be okay with GAN doing another rehash is if they actually put some ridges on their megaminx.Had a skype chat with GAN earlier today and I personally like the direction they're heading over the next few months or so.
I switched back to my original Valk 3 M recently since I get the fastest LL times on it. I absolutely love how stable it is and It might even become my solo main instead of using it alongside my Valk Elite and Mystic WRm (I haven't had a single 3x3 main since my days with the GTS2). Its honestly a fantastic puzzle, even 4 years later. I'm also thinking about getting a Valk Power since my brother has a Thunderclap v3 and it's pretty nice, from what I have heard from speedcubers in my area the Power is like a more refined Thunderclap v3.Valk's are the best.
Like @I'm A Cuber said, these cubes perform at a flagship level. For crying out loud, the RS3 2020 is only 10 dollars and is the main of Yusheng Du! When 10$ cubes outperform 50$-60$ cubes to such an embarrassing degree things are going to have to change. From some videos I have seen recently from Cyoubx and TC, the community is fed up with GAN's antics and if they don't change things soon I can definitely see them becoming the next shengshou, but without the cool non-WCA puzzles. I mean people are already modding gan cubes to improve performance. If you need to mod something that is 10-20 dollars like the Volt v1 and YLM square-1 that's okay, they aren't perfect by any means and they don't advertise themselves to be perfect either like GAN does. Not to mention, square-1 has the worst hardware out of any event aside from clock since the first good square-1 came out around the same time as "Modern" hardware like the original Valk 3 and GTS1.those are budget cubes
Like @I'm A Cuber said, these cubes perform at a flagship level. For crying out loud, the RS3 2020 is only 10 dollars and is the main of Yusheng Du! When 10$ cubes outperform 50$-60$ cubes to such an embarrassing degree things are going to have to change. From some videos I have seen recently from Cyoubx and TC, the community is fed up with GAN's antics and if they don't change things soon I can definitely see them becoming the next shengshou, but without the cool non-WCA puzzles. I mean people are already modding gan cubes to improve performance. If you need to mod something that is 10-20 dollars like the Volt v1 and YLM square-1 that's okay, they aren't perfect by any means and they don't advertise themselves to be perfect either like GAN does. Not to mention, square-1 has the worst hardware out of any event aside from clock since the first good square-1 came out around the same time as "Modern" hardware like the original Valk 3 and GTS1.
If you think I'm joking about modding GAN puzzles, I'm not. Here is a video of Cyoubx modding the XS to get rid of the stupid tensioning system in favor of the superior screw
I'm gonna bring up an example from Gaming that applies to this thinkingI would like to challenge the statement that gan is ruining the market with their super high prices.
Actually they allow the competition to flourish. Imagine that gan would sell all their flagships for 6.99 usd. Tell me what other companies would feel that there is a sense to design and innovate in a market where there are already excellent products for almost nothing?
Gaming was huge way before that. Gaming was huge back before consoles were a thingI'm gonna bring up an example from Gaming that applies to this thinking
When the Gamecube, Xbox, and PS2 were at their height, the online gaming scene first formed. All 3 of these consoles allowed for online play in a few of their games, but there is 1 major difference, Xbox Live was a paid service, while you could play online for free with the Gamecube and PS2. After the other companies saw that Xbox was making money off a service that cost next to nothing to produce(Like customizability) they realised it would be easy to make money off of this service. The PS4 required you to pay for online play, and recently the Switch requires a subscription service to play online. Back in the days of the Xbox and Xbox 360, they were the only company that required you to pay for their online service, and even then they didn't have the best performing servers by any means (like how gan doesn't outperform their competitors). If Microsoft decided to never launch the Xbox Live service, the chances of online play being free on the Switch and PS4 would be almost 100%.
I know that the comparisons aren't completely accurate, but they sure do paint a picture of what GAN has done to the market. But even now, we are still getting great prices on great cubes like the RS3 2020. If gan sold all their flagships at 6.99 USD, I think that the other companies wouldn't care as much as you think they would. GAN products are inferior in objective performance already, so it just makes sense that they should cost less. And I have already said before that GAN hasn't innovated for almost 2 years now, ever since the X they haven't done anything innovative that wasn't already done better by another manufacturer.
I know this is an old post, but I want you to answer this and tell me if I’m just being silly or if I’m actually making a decent point here. For the average cuber, how much of the hype for the new Gan cubes comes from Gan marketing their products on platforms like Instagram, and how much of the hype comes from places like cube stores and cubing youtubers? I feel like back when I was a mere uneducated slow cuber who was not on these forums, wondering which cube was the best, I would go to TheCubicle’s website, and see on the homepage “awesome new cool different Cube from Gan, the Gan xs”,You know what, I will. They are doing the worst job out of any cube company on making clear what products are what. When MoYu came out with the WRm it was clear that it was just a GTS3 without ridges and with some small variations. When QiYi came out with their valk power it was clear that it was a mere alternative to the original valk. When companies like Qiyi, YJ, Moyu, and Yuxin are as clear as they are about what puzzles are different from which it's inexcusable for GAN to keep tricking their customers into buying "New" puzzles for prices that are hard to justify for the product you are receiving. For me, and many others, the Air M was the last straw. Not only was it advertising itself as a new cube in the Air series, but it was also literally just an XS with capsule magnets instead of the adjustable ones. I'll stop blaming gan for a lack of research when they either actually inform their customers instead of selling them the same thing over and over again, or if they actually make a new puzzle that isn't a core swap of existing puzzles.
Also, by options do you mean 4 different cubes that are actually the same exact thing? Yeah, I love pseudo options.
I'm sorry, that is just ridiculous.Spoiler: What I think is going on here I think that Gan is paying off everybody reviewing their products to say that each cube is new and different. So I won’t be surprised if Cyoubx is murdered in the middle of the night by ninjas
Actually they did market it as an alternative. If you go watch TheCubicle's Everyone Solves on it from back a few years ago, they say how it was not meant to replace the Valk.For your example with the Valk power, I don’t think that they marketed it as an “alternative.” The Valk power was the latest and greatest cube in the Valk line, and the only people who said otherwise were outside of qiyi as a company.
So basically they don't make good cubes, they make a good cube.Gan makes good cubes. They make great cubes, amazing cubes. No one can deny that(I'm sure that even someone like Kit Clement(who hates Gan cubes(and also Gan)) would say that they just don't fit his preference). The problem that people have with Gan is that almost all their recent cubes have been very similar to each other. Gan doesn't make unique cubes. But their cubes are still good
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