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Thu 28th Jul 2011

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ClockworkMario commented on Video: We Deduce That The Great Ace Attorney i...:

Looking very good so far. They're really shaking up the formula and bringing in new gameplay hooks (which this franchise sorely needs to keep fresh).

The only thing I'm disliking so far is the Watson-girl. Sure, we've seen just a glimpse of her so far but I can almost see all the cliches: she has a tragic history, her parents murdered or otherwise missing, and she's wise beyond her age but has some "adorable" fault, like overeating or clumsiness. Ace Attorney sidekicks have already tread these paths way too often. Hope the game proves me wrong in the end.



ClockworkMario commented on Video: Bask in the Glow of These Live Performa...:

I really like this direction Nintendo has gone with their soundtracks lately. It seems like a good fit of live instruments and orchestral feeling when necessary. Here's hoping they keep up the same standard in Zelda U.
Too late for many, I fear; the track was in Super Smash Bros. Wii U after all.



ClockworkMario commented on Poll: Do Video Game Reviews Need To Have A Score?:

People surely interpret different ratings differently, they're not interchangeable. Doesn't three out of five stars seem a bit more than 6/10? I agree with you: they should keep the current system, but there's no need to start bashing those who think otherwise.
But a solid number does give some indication of how the reviewer experienced the game. It gives us some means to rank a game, however crude, and compare it with others without delving deep into the game. I like that. A score is no substitute for a proper opinion piece, for sure, but it does tell us something: like, is the game complete thrash, worth finding about more or perhaps a rare gem.



ClockworkMario commented on Weirdness: This Video Uses Super Mario Bros. 2...:

I was trying to point out the fundamental difference between arguing for a point and summarizing the works of others, since that seems to be lost on many. He isn't saying "This is why capitalism is bad for you!!!", he's explaining what Karl Weber thought of the subject: that is, the constant demand to produce more and more in the face of severe punishments creates anxiety, a cage of sorts. Wasn't that fairly evident from the video? I'm not saying to agree with it – I certainly don't – just don't burn down the movie theatre because you disliked a film. I recommended his channel to give an overview of the content he produces and therefore making my own point stronger: he has talked about Plato before, but I doubt he believes the real world is but the shadow of a world of Forms.

About the video itself: a few very rough conclusions have been drawn from the work ethics lifted from religions, for example when trying to interpret the differences in mind set between Northern and Southern Europe. The idea is that in the reformed countries a thought of working hard has been etched in the minds of the people, whereas in catholic states people are a lot more lenient or to be cruel, lazy. This all seems rather flimsy and oversimplifying, though.



ClockworkMario commented on Poll: Do Video Game Reviews Need To Have A Score?:

The numbers do give a nice indication of of what ballpark the game's on, and support the points made for and against in the text. It's not some absolute guideline one should follow, but I like to see the reviewers opinion imbued on this easy-to.understand format. That's why NL should keep some sort of numerical scale in their reviews.

To those who mentioned the length: remember that the function of reviews is to both judge and inform. Someone new to gaming might not be familiar with even the basic mechanics of say, Monster Hunter 4, hence the need to write it all down, even if it means long-winded texts. Luckily the subject of each paragraph is usually evident by the first few words, so I just skip the parts which I'm already familiar with.



ClockworkMario commented on Weirdness: This Video Uses Super Mario Bros. 2...:

NO NO NO! He isn't a bitter commie out to get 'muricans. He's reciting the writings and thoughts of philosophers throughout history trough the means of a humorous video. For heavens sake, he isn't a crazy agitator pushing his agenda. I urge you to check out his channel if you're interested – there's some good stuff in there.



ClockworkMario commented on Weirdness: This Video Uses Super Mario Bros. 2...:

Many of you are completely missing the point of that video. It isn't trying argue for or against capitalism, in fact the creator doesn't say how you should think about the subject – it's simply reciting the thoughts of famous philosophers. Had you checked the channel in question, you'd know that.



ClockworkMario commented on Rumour: New Nintendo 3DS To Launch In Europe N...:

You know, it's not completely out of the question that a retailer here imported those. I've been getting games from all sorts of countries from Finnish retailers – since the games don't have to be translated, as long as it's a PAL-version, everything goes.



ClockworkMario commented on New Study Finds No Connection Between Video Ga...:

Great news for gamers, although this isn't the first study to say so. Yes, there's been few odd ones that claim the contrary, but the "they don't cause violence" -camp seems overwhelming – and for a good reason. Say if I watch or read A Clockwork Orange, I don't feel slightest need to start dressing like a goofball and doing a bit of the old ultraviolence.

That being said, the conclusion that violent games outright curb real world violence sounds like simple correlation error to me, as there are surely many more meaningful reasons for the trend.



ClockworkMario commented on Sherlock Holmes And An 8-Year-Old Female Watso...:

So let me guess: the girl is a prodigy/wizard, whose parents faced a dire fate in an unsolved mystery case and this Sherlock has to take her under his wing. The girl is at one or several points accused of murder. Oh, and she overeats, is clumsy or has some other hilarious quirk from the "Anime Girl 101".



ClockworkMario commented on Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Delay in Europe...:

Read: we don't have anything for early 2015, so we delayed this Holiday release.

At least there's Watch Dogs, that is, if Ubisoft mercifully throws it out of their door this year. With Project Cars gone, there's precious little to enjoy besides the few first party offerings.



ClockworkMario commented on Exclusive: Getting Into Sync With Dead Pixel E...:

Those pictures have a sterile feel bit a kin to the first Portal game, but other than that, yeah I haven't seen many similarities either.

It'll be interesting to see how this develops. It's not a insta-buy yet, but that might change when they start to release proper trailers.



ClockworkMario commented on Talking Point: What We Expect From Nintendo at...:

[If you may recall, last year The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds was first shown at E3 for 3DS and arrived just 5-6 months later.]

I thought it was revealed already in April of that year. I have strong memory print of it being presented in a Nintendo Direct.



ClockworkMario commented on Nintendo Download: 29th May (Europe):

I'm really tempted by that Arkham Origins -deal. When added to MK8+Game&Wario, which I'll snatch as my free game, I'll have some busy times trying to play them all. Summer job's beginning in a week, too.



ClockworkMario commented on Mario Kart 8 Free Wii U Game Promotion Extende...:

What's this? Is Nintendo acknowledging the existence of Fenno-Scandia!? This is unprecedented!

But that's seriously great, it actually finally convinced me to pre-order. I'll probably snatch Game & Wario, as I already own Pikmin, NLand, NSMBU and Wind Waker.



ClockworkMario commented on Nintendo Provides Some Context to 2013's Tomod...:

Nintendo sure ended up in a pickle. I assume they originally intended to take no stance to the subject, but were, in a way, forced to because of the glitch. Either way they went from there was sure to irritate somebody. Since I have nothing against gay marriages I understand Nintendo's decision either way.

Wasn't gonna buy it anyway, 'cause these types of games don't interest me.



ClockworkMario commented on New Watch_Dogs Trailer Highlights a Living, Br...:

I fear they'll release the Wii U version January-February next year at full price and without the DLC out at that point. That way they can ensure that it competes against the 30€ GOTY-versions out on other platforms. Then the sales will be abysmal and Ubisoft shan't release anymore Wii U -games aside from Just Dances.

Of course everything above is just speculation. They could just cancel it outright, too.



ClockworkMario commented on Nintendo Comes Up Empty at BAFTA Awards:

Who are you attacking exactly? You seem to assume that: 1)No one else here can own more than Nintendo consoles 2)Even if they only have the big N (like me), they can't appreciate games on other platforms.

Most of the comments concerning that here only seem to say "I really enjoyed X-game, I wish it would've won. Oh well." And no idea how you came to the conclusion that SM3DW would be forgotten; Sunshine and 64 are still looked upon fondly by many.



ClockworkMario commented on Valve's Gabe Newell Thinks Super Mario 64 Is J...:

But the question isn't which game had the greatest controls in 1996 nor is it which one revolutionised gaming most; it's about which feels the most fluid today. I played 64 on VC 'round the year 2011 and was astounded about how sloppy the controls and camera felt, especially after the universal praise the Internet had showered on it for the past decade. Simply put playing it wasn't enjoyable, and if a Mario game like that would come out in 2014 it would be slaughtered by critics and audience alike.

Don't take me wrong; I'm not trying to strip it of its merits –SM64 forever changed the field of gaming. Let's compare it to airplanes: I'd rather fly on a shining new Boeing than the Wrights' first effort, that barely got off the ground, even though I can admire their legacy.



ClockworkMario commented on Nintendo Download: 6th February (Europe):

Zero Escape for me. I would've bought it at launch, in fact I had already put some money aside for it, but then I read that the European release only has Japanese voice acting, even though a English one exists. That was a deal-breaker for me, but I'm more than happy to pick it up for 1/4 of the original price.



ClockworkMario commented on Clash Of Clans Creator Supercell Doesn't Want ...:

Their games don't interest me in the slightest, but Supercell earned my eternal respects by paying 160 million € in taxes from the investment. It's magnificent to see a company to take responsibility for society, especially when, I assume, they could've just "planned" the taxes so that us Finns would've been left in the best.

All the best to them. They'll never be another Nintendo, but they could still make unforgettable experiences, provided they don't get too greedy with the "pay-to-win" -plans.



ClockworkMario commented on Review: Angry Bunnies (3DS eShop):

I wonder what it is with game names nowadays. It's always adjective + noun (Angry Birds, Amazing Alex, Tiny Wings etc. etc.). They probably have some sort of mobile game generator that decides these things. Heck, maybe it even picks the gameplay from one of the three options available.



ClockworkMario commented on Nintendo Financial Reports Bring Minor Profit,...:

@Finntendo @Kolzig

Glad to see some Finns around here. I agree on the price point it's preposterous in some place ahöm gamestop ahöm but with little comparing a bearable price can usually be found. Like I was recently able to preorder AC:IV for 53€ online. The console itself can also be found for cheap nowadays; for example here's Premium Wind Waker Pack for 299€.

@Kolzig raises another good point about the presence of Nintendo outside the few core countries they seem to have in Europe (Germany, Italy, UK etc.). I believe they should have a stronger centralised NOE, with sections for different regions –Fenno-Scandia, the Baltic states, Central-Europe and so on. This way they might be able to provide better services for customers, with proper translations, Nintendo Club and regulated price points.

Of course I'm no business expert, so perhaps there's some reason why they haven't done this already.



ClockworkMario commented on Nintendo Will Be "Careful" About The Artistic ...:

I've enjoyed every Zelda-style they've released thus far – favourite being Twilight Princess–, with the exception of Link Between Worlds. There's no way around it; that game's graphics are ugly and bland. Mixture of muddy textures and plethora of saw-edges on everything makes it seem unrefined, something I wouldn't expect from a Zelda game



ClockworkMario commented on Nintendo Wants To Close Down This Open-Source ...:

Very much understandable, seeing as they're still selling the game and it is, after all, their property. Things would be different if they were only using some assets, but had created something original out of them. As it stands, I'm completely on Nintendo's side.