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Tue 17th January, 2012

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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).



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

@jakysnakydx Oh certainly, I understand the difference between being in trouble & being bankrupt - but when the top executives take pay cuts (Jan 2014)... it's unlikely that Nintendo will cut prices on a successful handheld out of the kindness of their hearts. :P

As for the "gaming" rig, I built my PC myself for £700 ($1206) and it can run almost any game currently available on full, but this is beside the point as I started recording my Minecraft YouTube series on an old £300 ($525) laptop with NO graphics card, Minecraft is very processor intensive but didn't actually run through the graphics card at all (unless forced too) until a few months ago. Now taking the fact that a 2 year old i5 laptop can run full infinite world Minecraft with it's weekly updates (snapshots), servers, skins and mods... I wouldn't buy a WiiU just for Minecraft - you'll end up paying more & likely get a vastly reduced experience.

I actually have my TV on my computer desk & only watch online TV - I know a couple of my friends that do that, but I understand that it's not currently the norm. I think it's possible that this will become more common as consoles become ever closer to PC's themselves.



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

@vamkar The only issue with a WiiU version is why play a console version when the PC version will always be superior (and can equally be played on a TV) - let's not forget that while the WiiU is a fantastic console, it's capabilities are closer to a supe'd up 360 than a modern PC.

@maceng There are a few reasons why consoles maintain their original price longer than something like a tablet, partly it's due to the fact there are less avenues to make money. When was the last time Nintendo put an advert for another company in it's game (not counting Mario kart 8 :D).
(1)it's not possible to charge companies to produce games for your console... Nintendo was one of the last companies to do this & it's almost destroyed it's third party relations. However Apple & Google CAN charge a small amount for Apps & take a cut of advert revenue as small independent creators don't have the power to say no.
(2)Prices drop when demand drops, whereas tablets last a few months & then sales pretty much STOP, the 3DS & the 3DS XL are still selling in huge quantities. It doesn't make financial sense for Nintendo to drop the price.. especially when the company is still pretty much in crises.
(3)The 3DS was reduced by almost a third within the first few month of it's life due to Nintendo BLOWING THE LAUNCH & then hundreds of thousands of dollars/pounds of software was given away for free to people who bought it full price. That £100 price reduction accounts for almost 4 years of your $35 (£21) reduction.
(4)Nintendo actually spend a lot of money in support of the product that tablets don't. With the exception of Apple, most tablet makers simple DON'T have their own online shop or internet support. They rely on Google Play etx to do it for them & this is because it costs a lot of money to create & maintain. It's one of the few areas which make it not SO bad that Apple charge about 33% more than it's competitors.

Anyway, there are more, one of them again pointing out that Nintendo is still in a big financial black hole & can't be reducing prices unless they know it will increase sales... this might work on the WiiU, but as for the 3DS, they're still selling as many as they make.



DanteSolablood commented on You May Need This Super Famicom or SNES Game B...:

Odd, I had a SNES up until recently and it had the colourful buttons - were the purple & grey America only?

As for the GBA? Nope - you can get them second hand now for under £20. I'd rather consider buying a few second hand ones & try spray painting them. I can fail 7 times and STILL save money.



DanteSolablood commented on Weirdness: Japanese Rocker Gackt Plays Mega Ma...:

@Stumpynuts Lol, afraid not, I eat a lot of processed Western crap, am in my mid 30s and still get called out for being in my late teens or early twenties. It's all in the genetics, my mum was the same.

Gackt is actually HUGE in Japan and not only does a lot of music for some of the biggest kids shows such as Sentai & Kamen Rider... but also guest stars in them, I think he was in one of the Kamen Rider movies. Weirder still, is there is a Kamen Rider Decade version of Megaman... featuring Gackt's music... I LP'd it on my YouTube channel last year!



DanteSolablood commented on Buck Rogers SNES Prototype Materializes:

@Emblem @Raghouse I'm fine that this never came out, it meant that I instead ended up with Buck Rogers on the Megdrive/Genesis which was one of the most amazing, fun RPG experiences I ever had as a young man. It's ridiculously underrated and still have more features than the average space game out now (space battles leading to boarding ships, leading to hacking, leading to upgrading, landing on planets, exploration, etc,etc,etc...).



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

I'm on the Minecraft PE Alpha team and I can confirm that we're currently testing infinite worlds with pretty much EVERYTHING from the PC version except redstone right now... and it runs on my 2 year old HTC One X.

While the 3DS will never run the full PC version.. or even the latest Pocket Edition, I'm sure there is a compromise that will make it really fun to play. imagine a "secret bases" feature on the 3DS where you can streetpass you house??



DanteSolablood commented on Nintendo Open To Minecraft on Wii U and 3DS, a...:

@kensredemption Who's making you pay to play online with friends? You CAN get one friend to pay about £7 a month for a server... or Minecraft also allows you to run a server from your PC. It's easy to do AND free.

As for people mentioning the Pocket Edition for 3DS, I'm an Alpha tester for Pocket Edition... it's about to catch up & overtake the 360 version, Infinite Worlds, full online with Realms and all mobs, caves & features are going to be introduced in 0.9.0.



DanteSolablood commented on Feature: Nintendo Moments You Never Saw Coming:

@Interneto True, but the topic played the "isn't Wii a funny name" card & I thought it was important to balance that with the fact that the name indirectly led to the poor woman's death... I don't think it should be taken lightly.

If it makes you feel better - fact:Sega mean handjob in Italian.



DanteSolablood commented on The Legend of Zelda LEGO Set Misses Out On Off...:

Wow, Nintendo should be actively tracking down LEGO and asking to have their properties released in sets like these... it's no wonder Nintendo still has a problem with their image when they hand out licences to second rate kid's toys like Kinnex... but not with LEGO which bridges the gap between kids & adults.



DanteSolablood commented on Feature: Nintendo Moments You Never Saw Coming:

FACT: A woman called Jennifer Strange died in a publicity stunt for a local radio station called "Wee for Wii" which challenged members of the public to drink as much water as possible without using the toilet... she died of acute water intoxication while trying to win the console for her young son.

The name "Wii" may have got a few laughs when the console launched, but for one family the silly name was deadly.



DanteSolablood commented on Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Footage R...:

See, this is why people shouldn't complain about yearly releases... then people would remember that this is EXACTLY what happened with previous games, the show has always had teaser footage & it's always been a small amount of it. I think the only time they EVER game out any info was HG/SS when they showed a Pikachu walking behind the player for 3 seconds.



DanteSolablood commented on First Footage of Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha S...:

I just can't wait, I completed X&Y and filled my pokédex aaaaaages ago & RSE was my favourite generation by a complete mile.

@antipop621 It's almost certainly going to be in the same 3D style as X&Y, not only because they already have all the pokémon models completed & ready to go.. but because of the close release date, it's likely there was some overlap in development.



DanteSolablood commented on Pokémon Omega Ruby & Pokémon Alpha Sapphire ...:

@ZenTurtle Almost all RSE pokémon including Groudon & Kyogre are available from DS games forward, while it is true that online trades can seem unfair, there are bargains to be had... for example I managed to trade a UK Geodude for a Japanese Xerneas (Japanese guys seem to go mad for English language Geodudes & traded them for tonnes pre-transporter)... and then the Xerneas for Arceus. Plus I know plenty of people online from forums who helped out on my pokédex.

As for events, I have been to a good few local events where I've been able to chat to fans who have traded with me. While I don't like any form of cheating, you're quite likely to at least get a clone.