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Tue 17th January, 2012

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DanteSolablood commented on Sega Is Focusing On 3DS For Sonic Boom Because...:

@GreatPlayer, the horrific buginess of Sonic Boom has nothing to do with the WiiU's ability to handle CryEngine 3, Sonic 06 was just as gut-wrenchingly buggy & was an early, easy to handle game on the XBox 360. The real issue is that Sega & it's connected developers are rushing games out to make quick money & not spending time quality assuring their games.

For anyone who reads The Trenches, there are thousands of people paid to find & report bugs & glitches in games before it's released... but developers OFTEN ignore their reports & post games broken at birth. I feel Sega has genuinely stopped caring about quality.



DanteSolablood commented on Pokémon Shuffle Celebrates 3.5 Million Downlo...:

@MadAdam81 I agree with you completely. The "Pay to Play" concept only works as many modern gamers have mistaken "completing objectives" with "having fun playing". Growing up in the NES/SNES era, I'd have laughed directly in someone's face if they'd told me they could pay £10 to skip to the end of Mario Bros.

Nowadays Nintendo could make more money by just selling ready completed copies of Pokémon ORAS. Would save hackers a lot of time.... could even charge more. :D



DanteSolablood commented on Nintendo Steps Away From The Brazilian Market:

@BulbasaurusRex That's not socialism Rex, England has free Healthcare, schooling (up until 18/19), working credits and the provision of benefits towards childcare & yet we don't need gigantic charges on companies that sell their products here. You pay 20% tax at the point of sale whether it's a bar of chocolate or Mario Kart 8.

I remember a US news story stating that if Stephen Hawking was English he'd never have survived to revolutionise physics. He IS English (his voicebox has a US slang) & we provided the pioneering, free care that enabled him to live his life. I think America is so against National Healthcare because they hear so many lies about it on a regular basis. Much like Fox & their terrorism expert who came out with some ridiculous lies about the UK a few days ago.



DanteSolablood commented on Nintendo Steps Away From The Brazilian Market:

@Savino That's because sentence structure is different between languages & Google Translate just does a literal word for word translation.

I'm not up to date enough to really discuss Brazilian economics, but I can understand Nintendo's decision as the WiiU was always designed to be the cheaper, more fun console... a position they can't sustain in a country where they either invest heavily in new manufacturing plants (at a time when they are recovering from some pretty nasty losses) or sit next to the xBox as the console that does less for more.

As for their lack of marketing, it doesn't seem to make much sense for Nintendo to spend huge amounts of money advertising when they already know their returns are limited. Do you spend the hundreds of thousands of dollars a year on a marketing campaign in a country where you already know a large amount of the people can't afford your hardware?

As for comments about the UK being a Sony State, that's rubbish - the PS4 is outselling the WiiU, but that's not limited to the UK... that's Nintendo's fault for a terrible launch and slow games release. The PS Vita however was predictably destroyed by the 3DS in the UK sales for years & was saved by the PS4 compatibility. Even in Japan the Vita was behind until Monster Hunter 4 was released to the Vita. Even now, Vita game prices hold value like a sieve holds water (the only reason I'm tempted to get one - £20 could get me a pretty big games collection).



DanteSolablood commented on Pokémon's Other Hidden Legendary Monster's De...:

@MegaBeedrill: Excellent, I'd rather they not be used over wi-fi. While I'm not going to go into whether hacking pokémon is good or bad, I'd rather not lose a battle to one or have one infecting my game.

invictus4000: If they ever did create a pokémon MMO you'd have to start collecting your pokémon from scratch. Just imagine how powerful someone with hacked pokémon would be. :P



DanteSolablood commented on Guide: Everything You Need To Know About Poké...:

I noticed you could sneak & catch pokémon with their tails poking out of the long grass in the ORAS demo. I'm really glad that this turns out to be a more fleshed out feature. While part of me is a little annoyed with how easy it's becoming to put together an awesome team... I'm also salivating over my chance to try this out. COME ON UK RELEASE!!!



DanteSolablood commented on Sonic Boom Wii U And 3DS Both Stall Outside Of...:

This is the first game where I'd say it would have sold better had they NOT released a demo. I played through it as far as I could be bothered... but it was terrible. Say what you will about how Sonic Team handled the blue hedgehog... at least in those days the only thing that really stank were his sneakers.



DanteSolablood commented on Review: Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire...:

@Angelic_Lapras_King Hey, this isn't your site... get back to where my OCD tells me you should be! :'D

I must admit, this review seems to have a touch of disappointment about it, I was hoping that Gamefreak would be taking a few liberties with the storyline rather than following it "religiously". Though maybe this will be corrected by the amount of after-story that they seem to be putting in place.

As for the Contests... I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that they have kept the mechanics similar to the originals. Training a team of pokémon with Contest skills instead of battle skills was always a completely different challenge & added a lot of depth to the game for me. It should be even more fun now that anyone can make a fully EV'd 'mon.



DanteSolablood commented on Little Mac Is Officially The Least Successful ...:

@Olmectron Actually you quoted Sakurai right, but understood him wrong. Sakurai didn't say he wasn't changing character's stats.... he only stated that he wouldn't "average them out" (meaning they would all be exactly as strong as each other in all areas). He could still make huge differences in some aspects of a characters playability.



DanteSolablood commented on Announcement Of "Delta Episode" Brings More Le...:

This is awesome news & confirms there will be huge new story elements in this version as well as the old story... which will also be shaken up. Interestingly, JWittz has stated that ORAS also appears to delve into AZ's backstory... so may even directly continue the story from X&Y.

Can't wait to get into what's looking like a behemoth of a game,

What's your opinion @Kaze_Memaryu ?



DanteSolablood commented on Game Freak Emphasizes Its Ability to Go "In De...:

@Kaze_Memaryu Well, I'm glad your motivation is a lot simpler than I thought, you can facepalm all you like but divining intent via text chat isn't easy. Now I know you're simply against the game in it's entirety... good. Don't buy them, other people will. And no, you shouldn't care, but again Gamefreak feel the same way about you.

As for people manipulating data on the digital download... yes they are. Not only have people been duping pokémon using simple methods such as backing up their save files, trading & restoring them, but of COURSE people can access and edit the code. How do you think people are finding out about the event pokémon that haven't be released/announced? Psychic powers?

So yes, people have used the digital downloads to manipulate the data & yes, it is possible to open & amend files if you have the right tools. I look forward to another colourful reply. :D



DanteSolablood commented on Game Freak Emphasizes Its Ability to Go "In De...:

@Kaze_Memaryu Nope, you're not meant to care, though I genuinely hope you come around at some point & join in. Other than huge amounts of money, pokémon is also about getting people together.

That's quite an assumption that the game path will be the same as before, just because the characters are the same doesn't mean they'll do the same things or have the same experiences. The exact game path wasn't the same between Ruby & Emerald, so it's a pretty pessimistic point of view that Gamefreak are going to keep the path identical.

Also, your point about HG/SS "taking the liberty" of adding a female trainer is pretty weak, this was only done because the female trainer had become standard at this point & would have elicited complaints had she not been added. Plus considering that pokémon protagonists are universally mute with the exception of a 'yes' or 'no', I doubt adding new trainers would make that vast a difference. Judging by the ORAS demo, the story could be quite different anyway. Plus there is the added dimension that some of us who played RSE the first time round may actually want the original trainer back for the nostalgia.

As for the code issue, would Gamefreak really be stupid enough to put actual pokémon data onto the players SD Card where it can be manipulated externally? Yes, bug fixes and level data can exist outside of the cart... but as soon as they allow the actual full pokémon data including models outside the cart storage itself, they pretty much give up on preventing people freely manipulating pokémon as much as they want.

I can see where you're coming from, you're upset that X&Y won't be getting an update to include all the pokémon and that's why you're throwing your toys at Gamefreak. Are they supposed to care? They'll have more than enough money from better fans.



DanteSolablood commented on Game Freak Emphasizes Its Ability to Go "In De...:

@Kaze_Memaryu The story of ORAS will follow the same theme & share the same characters, but there will be a lot of changes for the better, not just because of how technology has changed, but because they know the people who played the original RSE are 12 years older now.... Gamefreak will pack in all sorts of surprises and twists. They added a BIG chunk of new map just for Emerald, imagine what they could do now?

Secondly, I don't know why you're so desperate for new protagonists... yes, you could play as "Joe or Tina", but then you STILL go on a quest to collect all the badges, win through teamwork & face an evil team looking to upset people (through stealing pokémon/destroying the world/flooding or drying the world). I personally think a new twist on the original RSE would be more intelligent than running through the same old story with different names... in fact new protagonists would allow Gamefreak to be MORE lazy.

Finally, if you're not going to buy ORAS until Gamefreak patch XY... it's a shame, but we'll all just have fun without you. While it may be "laughably easy" to patch in the new mega evolutions, developers always have reasons why they can't do something. They obviously haven't dropped support for XY as we recently received patch 1.3.... my guess is they haven't left enough space for all of the new pokémon forms (which could be cause by the large patch they had to release to fix the save-deleting glitch). Yes, it could be saved to your SD card... but it also needs gamecard space too.



DanteSolablood commented on Eon Ticket StreetPass Relay Announced for Pok...:

Sounds cool, most towns in the UK have streetpass meetups if you look for them... I wonder how quickly the ticket will spread? Is definitely better than last time around when they used e-cards (UK didn't get the e-card reader).

Definitely going to apply to be one of the 15, hopefully my official Google pokémaster status will help. :'P



DanteSolablood commented on Miley Cyrus Confuses Fans by Owning a Wii U:

@Ron1212 Based on ALL posts before mine (the one you first picked on), literally no one was hating on her. The only thing which could have been considered an insult was a comment saying "Just Twerk". So again, the only assumption was yours, unless you're definition of hate includes ANY mention of something she's done in the past.



DanteSolablood commented on Miley Cyrus Confuses Fans by Owning a Wii U:

@Imagamerboi Well it's hard to take a selfie with a gaming console which is plugged into her TV. If she'd been holding it, you'd have complained that she couldn't have been playing it because it wasn't plugged in.

The story is not news worthy, but I don't see why anyone would attack Miley over it.



DanteSolablood commented on It'll be Possible to Catch All 719 Pokémon Us...:

@ZenTurtle I've asked for codes from my local GAME quite a few times & no one has ever laughed at me... in fact I've had some really fun conversations with both the store staff & other pokémon fans in store.

I've been to a few events & generally had to travel to them myself... they're huge fun and wouldn't have exchanged the experiences I had for anything. Yes, you could spend 5 seconds to download a code & then get on with your life.. or spend 30 minutes on a train & mess about with 30/40 people who love the same thing you do...



DanteSolablood commented on It'll be Possible to Catch All 719 Pokémon Us...:

@BassLostie All 719? When was Diancie released? As far as I know, outside of the Japanese movie release (which can not be traded via GTS), Diancie has not been released in the US or Europe.

It's not an accusation as you may know someone who saw the movie in Japan & traded their one, super rare pokémon from them.

Catching all 719 is pretty easy if you accept cloned/hacked pokémon. I'm sticking to 718 until GAME/Gamestop officially release DIancie in the west next month. :D



DanteSolablood commented on It'll be Possible to Catch All 719 Pokémon Us...:

@Great_Gonzalez I'm the same, I've fully completed my pokédex with the exception of pokémon that are not legally available. Can't wait to download my Dancie in a few weeks! :D

But yes, it's VERY easy for those of us who have been playing since RBY to forget how hard it must be for younger players to build up their pokédex without going back & buying ancient Nintendo hardware (the stuff I grew up with).



DanteSolablood commented on Pokémon X & Y Won't Be Patched to Accommodate...:

I understand people's disappointment, but at the same time I can understand why Gamefreak feel it necessary not to patch in the new Mega Evolutions.. a lot of people would simply get their friends to clone in the new Mega Stones & then transfer them back to X&Y... completely negating the need to buy ORAS.



DanteSolablood commented on The New Nintendo 3DS Web Filter Does Successfu...:

@ikki5 Nintendo aren't playing parent, they're thinking about sales. Parents are still responsible for a lot of 3DS sales around the world and now that there are SO many models already sold... they need to find ways of attracting the last few sceptical parents out of the woodwork.



DanteSolablood commented on Capcom Won't Greenlight Sequels If A Game Does...:

Capcom are basically digging their own grave - while it can seem attractive to pump all your money into one or two "big AAA" games, eventually people will get bored of those and what has happened to the games you've left to rot? All the good will they had has gone & you've left yourself no where to go.

Capcom would be well served to start up the Megaman Legends 3 project up again, license Darkstalkers to a company that knows what to do with it and build up some good will. If people expect bad service from a company, they won't buy a game no matter WHO is on the cover.



DanteSolablood commented on Reaction: Picking Apart The New Nintendo 3DS A...:

I would normally tell people when a new form factor is released for a handheld, "don't worry, you can still play all the games... that's what matters". But that isn't true. If it's true that some newer games will ONLY be able to run on the NEW 3DS, then I'll finally lose ALL faith in Nintendo.



DanteSolablood commented on Super Smash Bros. For 3DS Will Feature A Music...:

Having used my 3DS as a music player before, the only downside is that they're still using the L & R buttons to skip tracks.... while this works fine while holding the 3DS, it stops working as soon as it goes in a case.

I used my 3DS for a while when my phone was being repaired... and in a case ANY knock or bump causes the music to skip 5/6 tracks or just jam & stop playing.

If someone invented a belt-clip case with the L & R spaces cut-out... that would work!



DanteSolablood commented on 3DS Homebrew Channel Reportedly in Final Stage...:

Of course the person who coded this is saying "this won't be used for Piracy"... because it's illegal & he doesn't want to face criminal action! Every single console chipper & hacker that's ever released an illegal rom has said "it's not to be used for Piracy", because they're not stupid.

As for the person who said that the internet & phones wouldn't exist without "hackers" has watched too much Matrix - I'm 33 & grew up while the internet was being developed... I did my A-Level Computing pre-broadband & my dad was a professional programmer for a large software company... & you know what contribution "hackers" made to the internet? Thousands of hours that could have gone into making things faster, cheaper & more fun wasted in LAYERS of security.

Being an coder who works on Open Source systems like Android (which I do) does not make you a 'Hacker', unless you're a 12 year old whose idea of hacking is from dodgy movies.



DanteSolablood commented on Donkey Kong, Pac-Man And Q*Bert Cast Alongside...:

I've only ever really enjoyed one Adam Sandler movie, Little Nicky... and that was mostly because of the script. I'll have to take people's word that he can actually act.

As for whether this movie can be good - of course it can. Every movie has the potential to be awesome & no director goes out to make a bad movie. Problem comes in the execution.



DanteSolablood commented on Mario Kart 8 Hackers Show More Mods and an Unu...:

I doubt that there won't be any attempts by this duo to make money from these hacks - it takes hours of work & a massive amounts of trial and error to work out the code in this way. Stating that it's being done all for fans is the best way of avoiding lawsuits.

While they're not doing anything illegal (other than breaching the terms of sale which state you're not allowed to attempt to reverse engineer or alter the code), I reserve my judgement on the good nature of the hackers.



DanteSolablood commented on Captain Falcon, Lucina and Robin All Join The ...:

I'm fine with the new characters, the one thing you can't accuse Nintendo of is failing to give players a choice. As for getting "too non-nintendoey"... well they've already used most of their characters several times already. You either keep things fresh & add characters from further afield or moan about the "same old fighters".

I must also add that female Robin looks a bit like Maka Albarn from Soul Eater - a definite bonus.

P.S. The "update" against Robin at the end of the video might just be referring to the fact that they added the option onto the end of the video at the last moment... it certainly seems tacked on.



DanteSolablood commented on New Trailer Shows Cosplay Pikachu & Mega Metag...:

@ollietaro I'm sure there will be plenty of changes and surprises to be found, but they have to be careful to get the balance right between walking all over peoples memories & updating tired characters. Also, they need to save the big drops for closer to release. Personally I think they've made Flannery a lot cuter with just some minor style adjustments.

I'm hoping that the "cosplay" is something that rolls out to all the pokémon so that it can be used in the contests. The only issue with this would be that that'd have to make the models for all the separate outfits.



DanteSolablood commented on Controversy Arises at U.S. Pokémon Nationals ...:

@8BitSamurai That's a good question, why did he cheat? They've added the Friend Safari which guarantees you 2 perfect IV's a pokémon, there are items that pass on those IVs in breeding, there are mini-games which allow you to perfectly EV your pokémon in 20 minutes and need no skill. Gamefreak have gone out their way to make sure anyone can make a perfect pokémon in a couple of hours... so why cheat? It's laziness.

So why don't you endorse fake cards, it fills all of your rules for being fine - doesn't effect the gameplay, makes no difference to the other player does it? It's not as if there is skill in opening a packet, it's just patience and grinding. If you endorse fake pokémon you MUST endorse fake TCG cards as it's the same principle.

Finally, if he didn't tell anyone it's a fake pokémon when playing in a tournament where fake pokémon are banned then he IS being dishonest - entering a tournament where you are meant to have legal, game spawned pokémon FUNDAMENTALLY means you are being asked "are your pokémon 100% game spawned". When he started playing he was saying "yes"... which was a lie.

I used to be a national Yu-Gi-Oh player and we had cheats and fake cards - it's the same principle, it makes things easier for the cheater, gives them more practice time over the honest player AND is just plain wrong.



DanteSolablood commented on Controversy Arises at U.S. Pokémon Nationals ...:

Thing is, patience is a skill too, if you don't have it then you're not suited to "raising pokémon". Plus it doesn't take days - it takes me an hour or two per pokémon to make a perfect IV & EV'd team in X&Y... they've made it SO frickkin' easy!

Finally, if I photocopy TCG cards... it won't effect the stats, the battle or have any bearing on the matter at all, it's still wrong & the cards are still not legit. Honest people have spent time getting their cards - same applies to pokémon in the game.



DanteSolablood commented on Controversy Arises at U.S. Pokémon Nationals ...:

@8BitSamurai No, it doesn't seem you do get it - if the key animation is wrong, it means the pokémon is hacked & it is therefore NOT at all legit. Legitimate is nothing to do with the stats, it's whether it's a genuine game-spawned unhacked pokémon.

As someone who has spent the time training up a fully IV'd EV'd team for online events, I think it's absurd that someone who at some point cheated is not disqualified... if he turned up to a TCG event with photcopied cards he'd have been kicked out. We're not talking about someone who may have "accidently" made a mistake, if he's into pokémon enough to attend 3-4 nationals then he'd know that his pokémon was dodgy.



DanteSolablood commented on Developer Hints At How Minecraft Could Shape U...:

@TheWPCTraveler I understand that a touch interface could be good, as an alpha tester for Minecraft PE though (and someone who has played Pocket Edition long before that), I can tell you that it adds little to the game so far. Also take into consideration that due to the technical limitations of the WiiU you'll lose a large amount of the PC version's features - infinite worlds, mods, weekly updates (snapshots), world generation, full open servers, home made skins and a whole lot more. What's worse is that most households will already own a laptop or PC more than powerful enough to run full Minecraft online (as I've said before, I started recording a YouTube series on an old i5 laptop with no graphics card).