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BulbasaurusRex

BulbasaurusRex

Male, 30, United States

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#1

BulbasaurusRex commented on Natsume Suggests That Nintendo's Moving Away F...:

@JaxonH If by old school TV, you mean an analog CRT set, then yes there can be some blurriness, although less with later models. However, there are also flat-screen LCD and other digital sets that were made before HD became popular that only display an SD resolution but still provide a crystal-clear picture of SD broadcasts compared to old CRT sets. Then again, those TVs also introduce input delay, so it's still a trade-off no matter which way you go; whether it's input delay on a gorgeous modern TV screen, no input delay with blurrier graphics on a CRT TV screen, or no input delay on a crisp yet relatively tiny GamePad screen.

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#2

BulbasaurusRex commented on Natsume Suggests That Nintendo's Moving Away F...:

@JaxonH The technical truth is that HDTVs can only display things in high definition that were made in high definition, which didn't happen until the PS3 and X360. Anything from 32/64 bit era to the Wii wouldn't look blurry at all in Digital SD, since they were designed and created from the ground up for SD and were powerful enough to support the full resolution of most sized SDTVs.

As for earlier games (which look nicer in Digital SD anyway, which I highly doubt you had back in 1989), the only thing an HDTV can do is upscale the resolution and apply a screen-smoothing technique. It's not true HD, and while it probably does look nicer, you're paying for it with increased input lag with the extra processing the TV is constantly required to do for the smoothing. It's up to you if you think it's worth it, but personally I prefer to be able to make the jumps properly in my Super Mario games (for example) over any graphical increase.

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#4

BulbasaurusRex commented on Natsume Suggests That Nintendo's Moving Away F...:

@JaxonH A pixel is just a tiny square dot at any decent resolution. There's no way to make it any sharper or less blurry. Sure, it wouldn't look as good on an old analog CRT set (although that does have the benefit of absolutely no input delay), but any digital SD set would display it just as well.

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#5

BulbasaurusRex commented on Natsume Suggests That Nintendo's Moving Away F...:

@JaxonH HDTVs can't just create extra pixels that don't exist in the game. All HD can do is upscale it by duplicating pixels where they best fit. If anything, it should look slightly worse due to the imperfect modification of the original graphics design in the same way as a blown-up bitmap file. I suppose if you're using a screen smoothing option on your TV it could look sharper, but that's only going to add to the input delay, which is already bad enough for some of these games. Playing on the GamePad is really the best option for some genres like platformers, fighters, shooters, and sports games, even as awkward as it is to use for the ones in Wii Mode.

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#7

BulbasaurusRex commented on Natsume Suggests That Nintendo's Moving Away F...:

@JaxonH Well, technically the Wii VC also allows off TV play on the Wii U. It's just somewhat awkward, as you have to have the GamePad either on your lap or in front of you on its stand while you hold a Wiimote or Classic Controller. Also, HD graphics are meaningless for straight emulation of older games that were never released in HD to begin with.

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#17

BulbasaurusRex commented on Games Consultant Believes Nintendo NX Could Be...:

@IceClimbers I wouldn't be too sure about that. If they could get the third parties back on board, I imagine there would be a lot of PS/XBox fans who would be swayed by the combination of standard third party releases combined with Nintendo's second-to-none first and second party catalogue (along with whatever Virtual Console the system may include). After all, there are a lot of people this generation who own either a PS4/XBO for third party games (and whatever first party gems their company of choice manages to squeeze out) and a Wii U just for the Nintendo exclusives. Most of these people would stick just with Nintendo if they had full third party support, and there's probably at least thousands more who can only afford one console a generation who would also jump on the bandwagon.

Now, Nintendo is never going to get into a spec war with the others, so they'll always be a little underpowered. However, as long is the gap is close enough to make the downgrading in ports relatively minimal, the right development tools are provided to make Nintendo ports as easy as any other, the online infrastructure is fully modernized, and they get off to a strong start to keep third parties from jumping ship over the "low install base" excuse, then they can pull it off. Managing all of that will be difficult, but you should never bet against Nintendo.

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#18

BulbasaurusRex commented on Games Consultant Believes Nintendo NX Could Be...:

My money's still on a full-blown virtual reality system. They've already got the motion sensing tech, VR technology has finally reached a point where such a system would be feasable in a couple of years, and it would indeed be the next big thing in gaming.

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#19

BulbasaurusRex commented on Let's Educate Parents About Mature Titles, Sug...:

@Zombie_Barioth Yes, they are indeed very similar. They all provide an immersive experience of inappropriate content. M-rated video games are just as bad (if not worse due to the interactivity, but that's questionable) as other inappropriate multimedia such as R-rated movie and porn, and yes the realism depicted in modern-day games is now almost at the level of films and porn. Yes, adult videos are even worse, but people get addicted just from lesser porn like still pictures or simple animations as well, which are also making their way into games more often. Anyway, any negative effects found by the other media would implicitly apply to video games as well.

@Kirk As I said, it's perfectly normal to spend lot of times playing video games, even among people who are otherwise socially well-adjusted (not to mention the social aspect of multiplayer games). I don't know why anyone would play for 6 hours a day for a few weeks then stop for two weeks, but lots of people play for 1 to 3 hours a day nearly every day. Add that up and it becomes dozens of hours per year. If even only half of that time is spent on M-rated games, then there are going to be permanent effects

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#24

BulbasaurusRex commented on Let's Educate Parents About Mature Titles, Sug...:

@Kirk Lots of people (myself included) play video games over a course of dozens if not hundreds of hours each year without being obsessed with them.

@Zombie_Barioth Why are you only searching for studies that specifically test out violent video games? Try broadening the search for similar content such as pornography and R-rated movies.

@Darknyte Only mainstream Protestants believe in being saved by grace alone. Other branches of Christianity like Catholics and Mormons teach that both faith and works are needed in addition to Christ's Atonement.

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#25

BulbasaurusRex commented on Video: Lucas Visuals and Moveset Compared Betw...:

@Captain_Toad Wolf is someone I can definitely live without. We already have two very similar Star Fox characters, so we don't need a third. Sure, they have their differences, but they're all still basically clones of each other right down to their Final Smashes. While we do have Mario, Luigi, and Dr. Mario; Luigi has been tweaked so much over the course of the series that he no longer counts as a clone.

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#27

BulbasaurusRex commented on Review: Mario Kart DS (Wii U eShop / DS):

I never had a DS, and by the time the 3DS rolled around "Mario Kart 7" was just around the corner, so I never saw any reason to get this one. Without the multiplayer modes, I still see no reason to get it.

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#28

BulbasaurusRex commented on Retrospective: Sega's Streets of Rage Series:

I actually think the 3rd game has the best gameplay of the series. I especially like the ability to use your super attack for free after building up a power bar.

The problem is that the Western release was absolutely butchered. In addition to the previously mentioned difficulty spike (which was increased over the original Japanese version) and removing the transvestite boss Ash, they also heavily censored the plot into a nonsensical mess (the original plot was actually pretty decent) and removed a large chunk of the game when playing on Easy mode (which combined with the difficulty spike is especially insulting). If M2 ever makes a "3D Streets of Rage 3" with a translated copy of the Japanese version included, I'll buy it in a heartbeat.

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#31

BulbasaurusRex commented on Video: Here's a Handy Comparison of Mewtwo's M...:

Oh, it does still have the lame flipping special (Confusion?), although I didn't know it could be used to reflect projectiles. Darn it, I really wanted at least one improvement to its lackluster moveset! (The Final Smash doesn't count.) Oh well, hopefully the customizable moves will have some good options.

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#33

BulbasaurusRex commented on Let's Educate Parents About Mature Titles, Sug...:

@Kirk While there can be other issues involved, plenty of studies have proven that exposing children to inappropriate content desensitizes them and otherwise negatively affects the brain. Turning into a rampaging murderer is only the absolute worst case scenario of how this can affect them in their later adult lives.

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#34

BulbasaurusRex commented on Let's Educate Parents About Mature Titles, Sug...:

@Kirk Well, one R rated movie isn't going affect a kid too much. The real danger comes from repeated exposure to inappropriate content at a young age. In fact, you kind of reinforced the point yourself by comparing how differently the same content affected you both as a child and as an adult.

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#35

BulbasaurusRex commented on Let's Educate Parents About Mature Titles, Sug...:

@Shiner1776 Yes, but the latter is much simpler and easier to correct.

Huh, I hadn't considered the possibility of PEGI age rating system being confused with the age recommendations on board and card games, but it is kind of confusing in hindsight. Perhaps Europe needs to switch over to the less confusing ESRB system?

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#37

BulbasaurusRex commented on Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem Wii U Cross...:

Awww, I watched the trailer again on the Wii U eShop, and it says they expect an M rating for the game. That's disappointing, as I don't play M rated games. Can't they edit it enough to get it down to a T rating without really affecting the game itself?

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#38

BulbasaurusRex commented on Mewtwo And Lucas Confirmed As Super Smash Bros...:

Well, I'm somewhat disappointed that Mewtwo's moveset wasn't overhauled more than it was, but at least it seems it has a new barrier-like move (Light Screen?) to replace its lame flipping (literally, not a profanity substitute) special from Melee, and there should be some decent options available among its custom moves.

Anyway, I voted for Ivysaur. It could use something like Leech Seed or Seed Bomb for its Down Special and fire off a huge Solar Beam for its Final Smash. The tricky part, though, would be reworking its Up Special so it would no longer rely solely on a tether recovery as they did with Zero Suit Samus and Olimar.

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#40

BulbasaurusRex commented on Head Teachers in the UK Issue Warning to Paren...:

@64supermario Just because they can process it doesn't mean it won't affect and desensitize them. If a parent and young child happened upon a bloody murder scene before the police were able to clean it up, you'd expect the parent to cover the child's eyes, wouldn't you? The same thing also applies if they caught a couple of exhibistionists having sex in a public park or even just blocking porn sites on the family computer.

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#41

BulbasaurusRex commented on Head Teachers in the UK Issue Warning to Paren...:

@Quorthon There's no way this is going to go so far as to actually remove kids from their homes (at least not without further evidence of neglect). After all, the legal basis is extremely shaky. The idea is that by threatening such action or actually arranging some preliminary visits, the parents will then be more educated on what kind of entertainment is inappropriate for their children.

Anyway, good for them. I don't know if this will really accomplish much, but it's nice to see people take a stand over the fact that it's much harder to keep inappropriate video games away from children than it is to keep them out of R-rated movies (although even there parents need to be careful not to buy them the DVD/Blu-ray or order them off of Netflix, but then again parents also seem to be more educated and strict when it comes to movies).

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#45

BulbasaurusRex commented on Poll: Vote For Your Ten Must-Play Games On Nin...:

No "Code of Princess" or "BlazBlue?" They wouldn't have made my Top 10, but they're within my Top 15.

I went with (not listed in order):
Super Smash Bros.
Mario Kart 7
Fire Emblem: Awakening
Pokémon X/Y
Pokémon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire
Kid Icarus: Uprising
Dead or Alive: Dimensions
Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition
Star Fox 64 3D
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy

If I were to expand to 15:
Code of Princess
Super Mario 3D Land
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars
Project X Zone
BlazBlue 2: Continuum Shift

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#47

BulbasaurusRex commented on Review: Xenoblade Chronicles 3D (New Nintendo ...:

I have no reason to get this version (or the New 3DS) with my mostly complete original version still taking up some of my time. There's no real reason to double dip on this almost completely straight port.

Still, for those without access to the original version, this sounds like a still excellent way to experience one of the best JRPGs ever made.

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#48

BulbasaurusRex commented on Review: Navy Commander (3DS eShop):

It sounds like the reviewer is biased against "Battleship" in general.

Still, reading between the lines leads me to believe that the best Battleship game on the 3DS is still a 25-year-old Game Boy game (namely "Radar Mission"). How sad is that?