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Darknyht

Darknyht

Male, 35, United States

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#1

Darknyht commented on Mother 4 Is On The Way, But It's Not Being Mad...:

@NoUsernameHere @Mr_Video You want to support a fan project that you like, and I am sure the creators have worked hard on the project. That does not change the harsh reality that as the law currently stands they are breaking copyright by stealing someone else's IP, and most likely they will be shut down because of it.

All they had to do was avoid infringing, and who knows a kickstarter later we could have something else like Citizens of Earth (which was also inspired by Earthbound, but they went about it the right way). This team chose to knowingly infringe, and they had to know getting shut down is the most likely result.

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#2

Darknyht commented on Mother 4 Is On The Way, But It's Not Being Mad...:

@NoUsernameHere Yes, and yes. The first because they are taking other companies copyrighted IP and placing them in their game, the second because they are stealing the copyrighted name and possibly copyrighted IP.

Game mechanics cannot be copyrighted, but the name, artwork, and other assets of a game can be. Both those projects cross the line of being a clone of the games to out right stealing IP.

Basically when you take something that is not yours to use and use it anyway you are asking for trouble. Some Companies choose to look the other way, such as Capcom; but most don't as they want full control of their IP.

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#5

Darknyht commented on Review: SPIKEY WALLS (Wii U eShop):

@Quorthon I wouldn't call him bitter, and it isn't a question of his coding skills. As he said this is somewhat of a parody, but I would say it is more of a judgmental commentary on gamers and their behavior. I see more channeling of Andy Kaufman than Phil Fish.

Basically he is betting that the masses will buy crap just because the crap is priced $0.99, even though the conversation started with him saying he was producing crap. He feels it is a safe bet because despite all our claims of wanting "quality" games, gamers on the Wii U apparently just buy Nintendo releases and crap eShop games in large quantities.

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#6

Darknyht commented on Review: SPIKEY WALLS (Wii U eShop):

@Quorthon His job is to stay in business. The way to stay in business is to give the masses what they want. Apparently, we want subpar, crappy games. So he met the demand.

He tried the other model and was not as successful, so he is now going with a more successful business model. If we show by voting with our dollars that this won't work, I am sure he will try something else.

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#7

Darknyht commented on Review: SPIKEY WALLS (Wii U eShop):

Still feel that this quote, slightly modified, best sums up the entire Spikey Walls situation, "In democracy you get the games you deserve. Alternately you deserve the games you got." We are sitting here stewing because we collectively voted with our dollars that we want subpar games (someone is buying the crap), and now are mad because someone just straight up (without pretense) gave us what we collectively voted for.

The same thing can be said for third party releases. We don't get third party releases because we collectively voted with our money. The lack of sales showed third parties that we collectively didn't want their products, so they left to sell to those that do. We each individually had own on reasons to do so, but the result is the same. Yet, we now (collectively) complain that third party releases don't happen on the console.

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#10

Darknyht commented on Review: Bayonetta (Wii U eShop):

I think my feelings on this are the same as when it released on 360. I am sure there are those that will like it, but it is not for me nor any of my children.

Simply put, even though Bayonetta is a strong female character, she also has a sexual exploitation aspect to her that for me takes away from the game by cheapening it. Why couldn't she designed to be just as powerful without needing that exploitation and fan service? The GIF above highlights that, and makes me cynically wonder why Devil May Cry never had a butt/junk shot fly under?

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#11

Darknyht commented on Hyperkin's RetroN 5 Console Allegedly Infringe...:

The issue is they took the code without complying with terms of the license it was released under. The specific violation is probably that GPLv3 specifically prevents "tivozation" of GPL code. That is preventing users from modifying the code on the device. GPLv3 came about specifically because of this issue and because of the Microsoft-Novell deal.

Edit: I really shouldn't post something when I just woke up.

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#12

Darknyht commented on Sakurai Explains Reasoning Behind Removal Of I...:

Having the Ice Climbers always made little sense to me exactly because of the lack of games from the series. If they made the cut, then the guy from Urban Champion and the Balloon Fight guy should be in. Heck, Mike Jones from Star Tropics has starred in more games than the Ice Climbers.

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#13

Darknyht commented on Review: Hyrule Warriors (Wii U):

Thank you for the this review. I prefer this review to the mess over at Polygon, as you actually compare it to other works in the genre and to the series progression itself. This wasn't on my must buy list and I am happily keep it off until a good sale or my Platinum Club Nintendo choices come up.

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#14

Darknyht commented on Missing Super Mario Philips CD-i Game Comes To...:

@SirQuincealot As an American, sadly I currently have more faith in non-Americans getting our history correct than those currently in charge of preserving it in our own country. The current trend seems to be repaint history to show that our country was founded by the 1776 edition of Legion of Doom and the old history books were nothing more than the story they told to placate the masses.

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#15

Darknyht commented on Video: These Hacked Mario Kart 8 Runs Show Tra...:

@Kirk I get what you are saying, but at the same time I am not sure if I agree fully. It could have been sold better by making the 3D World levels look similar to the world map.

I see it more like Super Mario 3 (or to a lesser extent Super Mario 2 and World) that we are looking at a staged performance. It is just that the stage is now 3D versus 2D. Again, they could have done a better job of selling that presentation choice also. Instead they seem to be sort of in between.

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#16

Darknyht commented on Video: These Hacked Mario Kart 8 Runs Show Tra...:

@Kirk I think that was a design decision, they don't want you to meander in the 3D World levels. The point is to get to the goal as quickly as possible. If they had made it these vast open worlds people would get lost, waste time wandering, and eventually die because time ran out. Having restricted exploration forces you to focus on getting to the goal post.

What you are wanting seems to be a Mario 64, Sunshine or Galaxy style game. If one of those come to Wii U, I fully expect that they will make Mario Kart 8 look like child's play in the level of detail.

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#17

Darknyht commented on The GameCube is 13 Years Old:

A GameSharked Animal Crossing to unlock the good NES games, the first Prince of Persia, Spider-man 2, Smash Bros., and Metroid Prime were all reasons that I loved and miss that system (mine was unfortunately stolen).

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#18

Darknyht commented on Mega Man 7 Storms onto North American Wii U eShop:

I am protesting until they call it Rockman as it should be. Mega man is a slightly out of shape midde aged man in a bad fitting space suit with a laser gun.

It is cool that at least one company besides Nintendo is still fully behind the VC service.

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#20

Darknyht commented on From the Forum: To Buy or Not to Buy? SPIKEY W...:

@gage_wolf Spin-off, Rip-Off, Clone, Knock-Off are all terms I don't disagree with. I would also go with 'a poorly worded press release', in bad taste, creatively bankrupt cash-in, public relations nightmare, foolishly thought out, and probably a lot of other ways of putting it. However, even that still does not prove blatant IP/copyright theft, although I am sure the Flappy Bird creator could probably make a strong case using statements like that to argue otherwise.

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#21

Darknyht commented on From the Forum: To Buy or Not to Buy? SPIKEY W...:

@Yorumi I am fairly confident that RCMADIAX did not take code, art assets or music from Flappy Bird. If he did, I would agree that would be IP Theft.

He is doing the same thing that Nokia did when they put Snake on their cell phones. Snake is essentially Nibbles for MS-DOS, which is essentially Tron: Light Cycle (arcade), which is essentially Worm (C-64), which is essentially Surround (atari 2600), which is essentially Blockade (arcade). They all can exist because the basic gameplay concept of "ever growing line you control until you crash into yourself" cannot be copyrighted.

Now each can have a slightly different spin on the concept such as controls being fixed or relative, number of lives, etc.; but the basic concepts are the same. For all we know, the fly creature in this game goes up unless the A button is pressed to make it stop flapping it's wings, can pick up a force field to protect it from hitting something, shoot freakin' laser beams out of it's eyes, or be running from a angry beaver trying to eat it. Regardless, the basic gameplay concepts and structure of the "endless flyer" genre will remain the same as Flappy Bird (or the "Helicopter Game" that Flappy Bird took it's concepts from)

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#22

Darknyht commented on Watch Dogs Wii U Release Dates Confirmed:

I fully expect this to sell poorly for all the reasons stated above. And like Assassin's Creed: Black Flag (Well, every Ubisoft game since the Prince of Persia series was ruined), I may pick this up once it hits $19.99 or lower and I am completely without anything to play (Currently have over 60 games in the backlog between Wii, Wii U and PC).

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#23

Darknyht commented on From the Forum: To Buy or Not to Buy? SPIKEY W...:

@Yorumi What we are all trying to explain is that you really have next to no understanding of US copyright law when it comes to games. I suggest you go read up on the lawsuit between EA Games and Zynga over "The Ville". I will throw you a useful quote from the Forbes article on the issue:

"To win this lawsuit, EA will have to overcome some complicated aspects of copyright law. EA can’t win simply by claiming that Zynga copied its basic game concept and that Zynga’s in-game window dressing is substantially similar to EA’s. Under copyright law, everyone is free to copy the basic game concept. And, per its standard practices, Zynga carefully changed many details in its execution of the game concept. EA is mostly complaining that Zynga didn’t go far enough in making changes to those details, and its complaint does provide some examples where Zynga didn’t appear to deviate very much from EA’s precedent. But finding a few minor identical details, especially when the game concepts are identical (as they are legally entitled to be), doesn’t make for a very strong complaint. "

So to stress the point this game while extremely similar to Flappy Bird, it is not blatant IP theft (at least as far as US law sees it). Public opinion is, however, something entirely different.

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#24

Darknyht commented on This New Fatal Frame Trailer Highlights the Ga...:

I hope this game comes over to the US, but I probably will not purchase it. These kind of games get to intense for my over active imagination, especially since I generally can only play late at night after the rest of the house is in bed.

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#25

Darknyht commented on Nintendo 64x64: Star Wars: Rogue Squadron:

At the time I wasn't interested in this because X-Wing and Tie-Fighter were so much better on PC, and unfortunately I probably never get to enjoy this game since I doubt I will ever see it on Virtual Console. Lucas Arts is gone and I doubt Disney has any interest in re-releasing this.

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#26

Darknyht commented on From the Forum: To Buy or Not to Buy? SPIKEY W...:

@Yorumi Talk is cheap. You claim you need two days, let's see you get it done. We could use more eShop games on the platform, and I promise not to be as harsh to your offering either (unless it is a tech demo missing the gaming component). I even tolerated Yaris on Xbox Live Arcade, so I can have low standards.

I also think you are giving 2D platformers a lot more credit than they deserve. There is a reason there is a genre called metroidvania after all. What most stories have that this doesn't is a story with the associated tropes of a genre. Again, there isn't much story to a endless runner except to run until you die.

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#27

Darknyht commented on From the Forum: To Buy or Not to Buy? SPIKEY W...:

@Yorumi There is a single gameplay mechanic, press A. Exactly how do you change the mechanics of a game that has a single gameplay mechanic? He changed what could be changed: the art style, music, and would guess the physics of the game. However, we are talking about a game with less complexity than Space Invaders.

@SparkOfSpirit I think there is a level of disconnect between the complexity of the game in question and the arguments being leveled against it. I seriously doubt the Video Game market crash will come about over $0.99 games when there is more serious issues like Sequel stagnation and everyone basically just trying to be a better version of whatever is popular.

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#28

Darknyht commented on From the Forum: To Buy or Not to Buy? SPIKEY W...:

@Yorumi I am well aware of the limitations of hardware over the years, and that design decisions are made within those limitations. But first, you need to realize that game mechanics are not copyrighted, hence why there isn't just single game covering each game mechanic. Otherwise there would be no platformers other than Donkey Kong because it came out first in 1981 with jumping. Would you have been happier had it been Canabalt, because arguably that is the original endless runner?

I hear a lot of complaining about art style, depth of gameplay, and game mechanics, but it basically comes down to a personal preference. Just because you think it is not good, doesn't exclude it from being on the market or entitle you to crusade against the someone just trying to make a living.

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#29

Darknyht commented on From the Forum: To Buy or Not to Buy? SPIKEY W...:

@Yorumi That is my point. My issue is that the good can be lost in the lazy and cheap cash grabs. The market gets flooded and you end up with the Xbox Indie Arcade marketplace. All you can see is the cheap vibrate the controller and prey on teenage boys with pictures of half-dressed women cruft and miss the gems from good, young developers

I am glad that this wasn't the attitude shown when games like Stampede, Asteroids, Lunar Lander, Pac-Man, Dig Dug, Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong, Jr., Mario Bros., Pole Position, Centipede, Pong, Missle Command or Combat came out. Because they are little more than a simplistic game that exploits a single gameplay concept while steadily increasing the difficulty. A lot of great classic games (and game companies) that went on to spawn even greater sequels and spin-offs started with a game much like this.

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#30

Darknyht commented on From the Forum: To Buy or Not to Buy? SPIKEY W...:

I am torn on the issue for lots of reasons. First, developers have to start somewhere. If it becomes an issue, Nintendo can always create a special eShop section.

Second, we are complaining about the gameplay but I remember a time when a game like this was the best out there. Most early arcade games, Atari 2600, Odyssey and Intellivision games were little more than a simple gameplay mechanic that repeated itself while the difficulty increased. When I was six, I had no problem with that. Even early Nintendo games played on that concept.

Finally, who knows when the next gem will come along. Mario Bros and Donkey Kong are pretty basic, but they spawned Super Mario Bros and all the sequels that followed.

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#32

Darknyht commented on SPIKEY WALLS is Flapping Its Way Onto the eSho...:

I don't see a problem with this sort of stuff in the eShop, but if it did become an issue it would not be difficult to modify the eShop to have three sections similiar to Microsoft's Games on Demand, Live Arcade, and Indie Store.

I am more interested if the developer's intent is to eventually develop something more complex or to just continue with simple iPhone style games?

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#34

Darknyht commented on Rejoice, Little Orbit's Penguins Of Madagascar...:

I miss the golden era where Capcom took a license for Disney TV Shows and actually produced good games with them. Ducktales, Chip & Dale: Rescue Rangers, Aladdin, and Darkwing Duck all got a lot of time in my NES. Or Spider-man 2 on the Gamecube.

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#35

Darknyht commented on Video: Nintendo Minute's August Favourites Are...:

When I saw that they were playing Xenoblade Chronicles last month, I assumed that it was an HD remake to be released with Xenoblade Chronicles X. Little did I know that it was the N3DS remake.

So if we see them playing the N64 Majora's Mask, you can consider the remake confirmed.

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#36

Darknyht commented on Shigeru Miyamoto Flipped The Tea Table with Hy...:

@Starwolf_UK I just was listening to a podcast archive and heard a discussion from 2011 regarding those statements. They were actually more along the lines of, "Depending on who is in charge of the development, I may prefer them just to make a port of 'LoZ: aLttP' rather than a direct sequel." I think it is a sign of his wisdom to know that a cherished game in the franchise couldn't be messed with by just anyone. In the wrong hands what because 'A Link Between Worlds' could have been disastrous.

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#37

Darknyht commented on Project CARS Wii U Delay Was To Ensure It's As...:

@JJtheTexan I am not mad, I just have no faith in the developer delivering on the promises made when they looked for crowdfunding. If after two years they are unable to produce anything showing Wii U gameplay then it is justifiable to question their ability to deliver. At lot of the frustration and annoyance could be solved by them just by putting up screenshots or gameplay video of the Wii U version functioning.

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#39

Darknyht commented on Wii U Minecraft Looking Doubtful As Dev Says T...:

@XFsWorld I guess that is personal preference, I would rather not have yet another generic Gears of War clone. My favorite Third Person Shooter by far is Monday Night Combat and Splatoon seems to have a similar flavor to it's multi-player.

@kereke12 It is a problem Nintendo created and it is not. It is a problem that was started in the Gamecube era. Nintendo had the most powerful console but was panned at being "kiddie" and uncool by PR people at Microsoft and Sony. Nintendo also picked a horrible disc format for their games that limited it compared to the competition. So it became the second console that was purchased to play Zelda and Mario, and third party software didn't sell because everyone had a Playstation or Xbox also.

They further distanced themselves from Third Parties when they decided with the Wii that graphics didn't matter as much as gameplay and accessibility. Companies like EA and Ubisoft sell on graphical flash on top of shallow gameplay (so you will be ready for a new sequel next year), and a console developed by a company that focuses on great gameplay raises the standard on their console beyond the efforts that EA and Ubisoft generally want to put into something. People still talk about GoldenEye 64, but the same cannot be said of the 007 games published by EA. So they grudgingly supported it because there were so many out there.

The Wii U didn't sell well and most hardcore gamers have multiple consoles again, while the Nintendo standard of quality is expected. So what incentive is there for Third Party publishers to their games there? The bad quality stuff will not sell, the gimped stuff will be purchased elsewhere, and they don't want to do the work to make good quality because they care more about their bottom line.

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#40

Darknyht commented on Wii U Minecraft Looking Doubtful As Dev Says T...:

This makes me sad for those that are really wanting Minecraft on yet another platform, but it honestly doesn't bother me. From what I played, Disney Infinity is a more expensive but prettier Minecraft.

I think I am done worrying what game isn't coming to the console and instead will focus on what is actually on the console. Outside of sports titles (which to be honest I only care about Hockey), Nintendo is quickly filling in the genre gaps. We now have (or they are on the way) these exclusives just from Nintendo:

Action (W101)
Action RPG (Xenoblade Chronicles X)
Action/Hack & Slash (Bayonetta 1 & 2, Hyrule Warriors)
Action-Adventure (Lego City Undercover, Zelda Wii U, Wind Waker HD)
Fighting (Smash Bros, Project Robot)
FPS/Hack n Slash (Devil's Third)
Level Editor (Mario Maker)
Music (Sing Party)
Party (Game & Wario, Mario Party, Nintendo Land)
Platform (DK: Tropical Freeze, NSMBU, Super Mario 3D World, Yoshi, Kirby)
Puzzle Platformer (Capt. Toad)
Puzzle (Pushmo World, Dr. Luigi, Mario vs DK)
Racing (Mario Kart 8)
RTS (Pikmin 3)
RPG (Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem)
Shoot'em Up (Star Fox)
Sports (Wii Sports Club, Mario & Sonic Olympics)
Survival Horror (Fatal Frame 5)
Third Person Shooter (Splatoon)
Tower Defense (Project Guard)

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#41

Darknyht commented on Gallery: It's Time for a Shulk Super Smash Bro...:

@Action51 The faux over-reaction to Shulk in a swimsuit is, at least for me, criticism of the over-reaction to Samus Aran in a Sports outfit. Classic Disney Princesses have more sexploitation than Samus Aran in a Sporting bra and shorts.

Samus Aran isn't helpless, judged solely by her looks or just there to be rescued. She is there to kick butt and chew bubblegum, and she is all out of bubblegum. To be honest, Metroid: The Other M is more offensive because it forced her to be an over-sexualized caricature of the strong, independent character she was created to be.

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#43

Darknyht commented on Xenoblade's Shulk Confirmed For Super Smash Br...:

@Dodger I just paid $40 for a copy at Gamestop a few weeks ago. I am sure with the announcement of the N3DS version the price will drop further.

All I need to say is dang it.... now there are two amiibo figures I will have to buy. Shulk and the world of Xenoblade is currently trying to usurp my favorite console RPG of all time title held by Final Fantasy IX.

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#44

Darknyht commented on Xenoblade Chronicles Coming to 3DS in Japan:

It is impressive to have this game be portable. I have already invested over 40 hours into it this month (and fairly sure I have only barely scratched the surface of the story). It looks like it is the same or similar textures on the models, but the models and effects themselves might be simpler.

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#48

Darknyht commented on Talking Point: The Wii U May be Best as One of...:

I don't plan on getting another console, the Wii U is all I want. It has the most important feature for my family in Off-TV play, and covers the gaming needs of my family.

Honestly, the only thing that frustrates me with it is that games that are capable of being on the console are not brought to the console. I understand a studio like 2K not bringing Borderlands to the Wii U; but struggle to understand the lack of EA Sports titles, especially when the Wii just got FIFA 15.

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#49

Darknyht commented on New Legend Of Zelda "Only Possible" Thanks To ...:

A company representative states that latest game only possible on the latest hardware the company makes!!! Say it isn't so!!!

As for his reasoning, I thought Xenoblade Chronicles already showed you how to have a huge open world while having players not get lost on story elements.