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Male, United States

I'm a digital artist, wannabe game designer, and all around nice person. I love Nintendo and most video games.

Mon 4th November, 2013

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Action51 commented on UK Government Effectively Decriminalises Downl...:

@FuseBlues - I still don't buy that, and my original point's ridiculous to think that because it's easier to steal something, that we should expect the developers to sell their product at or near losses to avoid the inevitable theft and be happy they can squeak out a few pennies from honest folks.

Again, take the idea of a patent...the reason we don't have rampant theft of patents is because we have proper enforcement capability and avenues. It's not a perfect system (AKA Phillips vs Nintendo) but otherwise we'd would expect any idea or process to be ripped off immediately as it went to market, and by your logic the only recourse is: "oh well, shouldn't have made such a great idea that people would want to copy"...



Action51 commented on UK Government Effectively Decriminalises Downl...:

@FuseBlues - Napster's original practices got shut down due to legal reasons.

I think the point both you and @DarkKirby aren't getting is that you are not entitled to free content just because it's easier to steal digitally and you believe it's overpriced. Just apply that logic to a physical release...if I think the latest Super Mario Bros. game is too expensive, should Nintendo sell it for $20 retail or expect me to shoplift a copy from Gamestop?

How does that work?

This is nothing new either. For decades in the United States (where we don't have a TV tax) people steal cable and "premium channels" (like HBO and porn) through splicers and other means.

The internet is a wonderful and open place where content is offered both free and paid. Just because the means of obtaining intellectual and copyrighted content is easier does not mean it's free because you feel entitled, and it certainly doesn't mean someone didn't work hard and invest a lot of their time and resources into developing it.



Action51 commented on UK Government Effectively Decriminalises Downl...:

@DarkKirby - "You want to stop piracy, make your product fair and more convenient to buy than to pirate. It's the success story of Steam."

How do I even respond to's the most entitled, naive mindset imaginable.

If a company doesn't want their trademarks ripped off, they should make ideas and products so ugly and unworkable that no one wants to steal them?

If I don't want my car stolen I should get a cheap clunker and fail to maintain it so no one wants the hassle of stealing it?

The success of Steam also has to do with creating a community for online play, peer reviews, convenient updates and system spec guides in a one stop shop. The reason they can offer things so cheap is because of volume, low overhead, and "evergreen" revenue. They were able to build this based on the success and reputation of their software and modding community.

Yes...Steam has made it so many would-be pirates just give it up for the convenience, but I think you've completely misplaced the cause and effect situations here...a true pirate won't pay a penny for anything.



Action51 commented on Wii U Purchasing Intent Doubles In The Wake Of...:

This is very good news for the Wii U.

While this doesn't directly translate into precious sales right now, it reveals that public perception has changed and that more people are considering the Wii U a viable purchase.

I'm pretty sure some of this has to do with the lackluster releases and line-ups for the PS4 and XB1 after so much launch window hype. Yes, Nintendo still lacks third party support, but with most multiplats still being released for 360 and PS3...there's not enough big exclusives coming for the "next gen" platforms while the Wii U is getting tons of exclusives.



Action51 commented on Ubisoft Confirms Exclusive 3DS Mode for Tetris...:

What a shame that Ubisoft got the rights to Tetris.

Maybe they can release it every year with a new skin and call it "Just Tetris 2015" ...

Yeah I love Tetris but no money from me Ubisoft. As primarily a PC and Nintendo gamer I'll wait until you clean up your act and treat me like a valued consumer first.



Action51 commented on Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures To Utilise To...:

Holy $&#, this &$@ game coming to Nintendo platforms? I'd rather suck the &$@%* of a dead %#$@ then....

Okay, you get the idea. Wow...I'm really surprised this is coming to Nintendo. James Rolfe is probably flipping out and I'm shocked that something with so much swearing is on Nintendo.




Action51 commented on Mario Kart 8 Secures Place as Top-Selling SKU ...:

I read a recent report detailing how PC is the big money making platform.

Some of that accounted for the higher entry level costs to gamers for putting together a high end PC and peripherals...however...more money is more money...and being a PC gamer I simply have no reason to pick up a PS4 or XboxOne after seeing what their gaming line-ups look like.



Action51 commented on Violetta: Rhythm & Music Coming To 3DS, Wii an...:

I went back and actually started to watch the I have a wide and varied taste in music, and I can appreciate good pop music even if it's not what I might listen to or purchase...

That was bottom of the barrel bad...I don't think kids actually like this, they just don't have anything else of better quality to watch - even the production values and dub over were cheap and lazy.



Action51 commented on Violetta: Rhythm & Music Coming To 3DS, Wii an...:

For whatever reason this shovel-ware is staying off the Wii U.


Having useless entertainment tie-in licensed shovel-ware can only hurt the profile of the Wii U...third party shortage aside, it's better to have a small library of prestigious games.



Action51 commented on Mario Kart 8 Secures Place as Top-Selling SKU ...:

Wow....amateur sales and marketing executive hour in here...

My advice: Take these numbers for what they are, a nice positive bump for a console that is still struggling but doing better recently in sales and public perception.

The Mushroom Kingdom wasn't built in a day...and it will take some effort to get the Nintendo console business back on track.



Action51 commented on Nintendo Download: 17th July (North America):

People of Nintendolife:

Don't be afraid to check out Mr. Driller 2. It's a great little puzzle game that will keep you up past your bedtime and wanting to try that stage 1 more time...

Nice for me that when I downloaded it I got an E-shop Deluxe Digital promotion bonus $5 too!



Action51 commented on Nintendo and Koei Tecmo Hosting Fatal Frame Br...:

Even if this isn't a big moneymaker for them, Nintendo would be foolish to pass on this.

Lately the horror genre in video games has been popular in the indie scene, but lacking in major console releases. This is a title that will bring a niche audience specifically to the Wii U...knowing they can pick up this at release and both Zombie U and Resident Evil Revelations cheap at retail or download.



Action51 commented on Sony: PS4 Is "Welcoming Back" Wii Owners Who S...:

@Gamer83 - Just a nitpick here...

You say the Wii had nothing of note after 2010?

  • Skyward Sword
  • Xenoblade Chronicles
  • The Last Story
  • The Conduit 2
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2
  • Monster Hunter Tri.
  • Kirby's Epic Yarn
  • Sin and Punishment: Star Successor

I think you meant 2011-2012 or you just weren't looking, man.



Action51 commented on Video: Fi Shows What She Can Do in This Latest...:

This game looks so good and has all the great heroes of Hyrule with glorious move sets...

So why, why, why must it have that same button-mashy game play where hordes of enemies are little more then paper targets of Dynasty Warriors?



Action51 commented on Interview: Nifflas Takes Us On An Affordable S...:

@sinalefa, @JaxonH -

I'm somewhere between. I bought Monster Hunter 3 on Wii, and I put in a bunch of hours playing and getting new armor, fighting new monsters, and doing quests.

I thought it was pretty fun, but very repetitive and there was poor feedback as to whether or not you were actually harming these monsters or not with your has the same problem I feel Dynasty Warriors has but in reverse.

I would have picked up a whole brand new iteration of Monster Hunter on Wii U to see if they made any major overhauls, but I wasn't interested in an upgraded version of a game I already owned and had become kind of bored with.

Now Capcom is releasing Monster Hunter 4 on 3DS only...and again I'm going to pass because that's not a game I want to play on a small screen or CAN play in little chunks or turns.



Action51 commented on Renegade Kid Open to Another Kickstarter Campa...:

Dear Renegade Kid:

I really enjoyed Mutant Mudds and appreciated the free bonus levels and updates. Great game!

That being said...Moon Chronicles does not interest me on 3DS or Wii U. Why not try making something new to fill in a niche on the WIi U that we're missing like an action RPG or rogue-like?



Action51 commented on Retro-Styled 2D Action Adventure, Midora, Hits...:

@WaveBoy - come on dude...

The only thing that's changed is that now there is a lot of shovelware and mobile ports mixed in with the great indie titles, so you have to do a little more sifting to get to the good stuff. There's just as many great indie games now.



Action51 commented on New Official Hyrule Warriors Screens Show Off ...:

I really liked Fi...and I never understood why people didn't like her as a character.

I can understand people not liking the "tutorializing" she did maybe a little too frequently, but what an amazing concept and unique design she has.

I for one, am pleased to see Fi make it to this game!



Action51 commented on Nintendo Direct Confirmed For Japan on 11th July:

Ah, this is good.

Many people were complaining about Nintendo neglecting the 3DS to focus on the Wii U. It seemed like something of a valid complaint, but perhaps Nintendo has decided to turn the ship a few degrees and court 3rd party developers more aggressively... starting with the wildly successful 3DS platform.

Let's hope this starts a trend! I think developers need to know that Nintendo gamers aren't going to dump money on cheap ports of games that are popular on other platforms, but if you are willing to put in the effort you can find a large audience willing to spend money on your games.



Action51 commented on Kotaku Says YES to the Wii U - Rejoicing Begins:

@ShadyKnights - I agree mostly with what you said in your long wall of text (I actually read the whole thing) but I think it's not really hate that drives these people, it's laziness and peer pressure.

I also think internet and gaming culture has just and is still undergoing a major shift in culture.

I want you all to think about this: I remember a few years ago that making an intelligent post with correctly spelled words and proper punctuation a few years ago would garner ridicule and be dismissed.

Today I had someone go grammar Nazi on me for misspelling a word in a post on a gaming site.

It made me stop for a moment and ponder the ramifications. Maybe it had something to do with phones allowing you to actually type on a virtual keyboard rather then txt-ing with thumbs, or maybe the culture is just taking a turn for the slightly less dumbed down.

I also have noticed that many more gamers are getting tired of the samey-samey grey/brown shooters and annual franchises. While those kind of games are still king and will be around for a while, it's nice to see a shift toward greater variety and appreciation for more imaginative fare.

Well that's my meandering rant, as Keanu Reeves once said: "Be excellent to each other!"



Action51 commented on 3DS On Top As Wii U Remains Highest Selling Ho...:

As Cyndi Lauper once sang: "Money changes everything"

All the people talking about the value of a PS3 are absolutely correct. If you had bought a PS3 on the launch day of the PS4, you would have made a much better choice, even today.

The PS4 is experiencing the exact same problems more or less that the Wii U suffered in it's first year (with the exception of third party support being stronger) and the gaming media never questions a thing because of the strong sales.

Let this be a lesson to Nintendo never to get so complacent again. Advertising and hype really pay off.



Action51 commented on Review: Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship E...:

@XCWarrior - Oh definitely.

That is an issue though. Like the release of Deus Ex Director's Cut on Wii U coming out as full price as a digital download while other platform owners were getting it for as low as $20! (then low sales were used as proof that Nintendo owners won't support third parties again)

These games really should get some kind of discount on the Wii U as they release so much later. Maybe we'll start to see this as the Wii U gets more exclusive indie developed titles.

On the plus side, "Definitive Editions" and bonus exclusive content helps a lot to make something feel like more of a value too.



Action51 commented on Review: Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship E...:

@XCWarrior - Yup.

I find it a little frustrating as a PC and Nintendo gamer. I want to support these indie games and their developers, especially the really good ones that come to Nintendo platforms. However, I see these games on STEAM during sales or simply at reduced prices for mere fractions of the price that you can buy them for on Wii U.

How to Survive was like $3.99 during the summer sale, Guacamelee went down to $2.99 or less...1001 spikes and Shovel Knight are the only exceptions.

I kinda feel conflicted. I'd love to have these games on the pad and support third parties on the Wii U, but I also understand the value of a dollar and like anyone else I'd rather pay a fraction of the cost for the same game.



Action51 commented on HullBreach Studios Bringing New RPG, Tomeling,...:


Oh my god, your description "looks like the CG stuff we made in the lab when I was in high school... IN 1996." made me think of this abomination:


While the art application for $1.99 sounds cool and will be another good use for the gamepad, I agree the dumping of unpolished turds onto the E-shop should stop.



Action51 commented on First Impressions: Hyrule Warriors Is Zelda, B...:

As for the argument over whether we need to "support this" or not...

It's super simple:

A) If you think you will enjoy playing this game and get your money's it.

B) If you aren't interested or all the information leads you to believe you won't enjoy it enough to justify the purchase...don't buy it.

C) Wait for the finished product and maybe a few trusted reviews before you make that decision.

Simple enough. I'll support third party exclusives and collaborations if they're good games. Buying games that don't interest you or you don't think are up to Nintendo's usual standards of quality only encourages them to make more like that.



Action51 commented on Nintendo Download: 3rd July (North America):

I've been putting off all my Wii U E-shop purchases for a little while now because of the Steam Summer Sale, but depending on how busy or bored I get this weekend, I may have to pick up something...maybe Guacamelee or Bike Rider DX Galaxy.



Action51 commented on Shigeru Miyamoto Explains His Belief That the ...:

My opinion:

The popular culture of the post millennial world really declined across the board, but I think we're seeing it rebound now.

I think it sank to it's lowest between 2004-2011. Worst period of music, television, movies, actors, and culture in general.

Don't get me wrong, we can always pick out a great example of inspiration during a period of garbage culture (Breaking Bad was amazing, but still not nearly as popular as the Kardashians), and we can certainly pick out garbage during periods of great popular culture (Mariah Carey actually dominated the billboard charts when Nirvana was recording their second album) ...but I get the general sense we're finally moving out of the 00's or "oughts" crap culture period.



Action51 commented on Bike Rider DX2: Galaxy:

Oh cool!

The original Bike Rider DX game is a great, addictive little endless runner style game with catchy music and nice visuals.

I hope this one continues that tradition, looking forward to catching a few trusted reviews before taking the plunge and buying it.



Action51 commented on Nintendo Highlights Hundreds of Developers Wor...:

@bizcuthammer - You rehash many valid points, but I don't think it's a matter of trying to appease the third party mega-publishers enough to get their "sloppy seconds" ports of games geared to the core PS4/XB1 gamer anymore.

Nintendo has to try new strategies. Trying to draw people who have been playing Assassin's Creed and Battlefield away from the consoles they are used to playing them on with rushed ports that lack functions doesn't work.

@ricklongo - I agree. The solution is to try new partnerships and work on new content or crossover content with publishers willing to work with them.

We'll never see as robust a third party line-up as you're gonna get with a Sony or Microsoft console, but by focusing on the unique experiences, Nintendo has a shot to recapture the imaginations of gamers and fill out their release schedule between major first party blockbusters.



Action51 commented on The eShop Is "A Great Place To Be" And Packed ...:

@zool -'s failing to deliver because the game pad turns out to be a good way to play indie games off screen?

I wasn't aware that firing up a game of Mighty Switch force HD, Shovel Knight, or Swords and Soldiers for a pick up and play session would cause my Mario Kart 8 to brick and ruin my local multiplayer experiences on the big screen.

But apparently these are mutually exclusive experiences now?



Action51 commented on Video: Hands-On With Captain Toad: Treasure Tr...:

I am disappoint, this looks like a $10 title, but if it includes more then three ice world based areas, I'll admit it could be $15, but if toad gets orange shoes it will only be worth $5.

Honestly though, they should pay me $30 to play it because I can determine the value of a game from early trailers and off screen footage of one level of a demo.



Action51 commented on Bandai Namco Picks up Project CARS for Worldwi...:

I'm very excited for this, I really like racing games and I don't want to buy anymore EA games for my Nintendo or PC platforms.

Oh well, I enjoyed Need for Speed for quite a few years, I'm ready to give Project Cars a whirl.



Action51 commented on Nintendo Scoops Three "Best Of E3" Game Critic...:

It's amazing in this toxic gaming media atmosphere that the Dorito and Mountain dew pushing hipsters conceded that Nintendo would win they had to choke down their protests to reluctantly award Nintendo anything.