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Fri 18th Jul 2014

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Desrever commented on Nintendo Download: 5th November (North America):

The Keep is on sale! I bought this on a whim last time it was discounted to kill some time waiting for Link Between Worlds to drop. It was a pretty good dungeon crawler. Like a puzzely Doom with a creative magic system. Its a good time killer. Not game of the year by any means



Desrever commented on ​Super Famicom Exclusive The Amazing Spider-...:

Bahamut Lagoon was such an amazing JRPG. Way ahead of its time. If there was a way for me to play it legit, I'd pay full price. I'm glad someone took the time to make this game accessible to English-speaking audiences that otherwise would have no way to enjoy this masterpiece.



Desrever commented on Weirdness: Former My Chemical Romance Frontman...:

Just about everything I listened to as a teen makes me cringe now days. But somehow MCR has withstood the test of time for me. Huge guilty pleasure of mine. Every interview I've seen with Gerard has only made me appreciate him more. And his comic book, Umbrella Academy, was pretty dope. So, now I know if our paths were ever to cross, I could chat about Zelda INSTEAD of admitting how much of a celebrity crush I had on his wife.



Desrever commented on Here's Why The StreetPass Bunny Couldn't Care ...:

I admit... as fun as Rusty's Real Deal Baseball turned out being, I still ended up buying the last two mini games only to see what became of Rusty's crumbling marriage. I saw through the clever marketing ploy for what it was, and then allowed his tragic life to tempt me into buying discount games.
Maybe if the Mii Plaza bunny had some sort of failing relationship with its partner to hold over my head, I'd be more willing to buy from them.



Desrever commented on Streets Of Rage 2, Gunstar Heroes And Sonic Th...:

In the immortal words of Hank McCoy:

You mean I get to play Gunstar Heroes?... On my 3DS?... In 3D? AND Sonic 2? AND Streets of Rage 2? This is by far the best serving of Sega Remasters. Pardon me while I mop up all this drool.

Yes, they're a lot like the 3D Classics line of the NES games on the eShop. But Sega does an EXCELLENT job of porting them. Adding very intuitive GUI save states, button customization, and other handy add ins. Blows the Nintendo Virtual Console games out of the water.



Desrever commented on Feature: The Big Nintendo Direct Summary - 1st...:

Considering the timing of this Direct, I think it was a solid showing. Nintendo Direct is mostly created to reach out to the Nintendo die-hards, and generate concentrated buzz on gaming sites. And I think it did a great job accomplishing that.
Now, E3 is a different animal altogether. The full spectrum of the gaming community is all ears for that one weekend. Its the best opportunity for the XBox, Sony, and PC gamers to pay attention to any worthwhile press releases. Any major announcements from Nintendo will be heard loud and clear.
With that in mind, I think Nintendo did a great job of whetting the appetites within their own communities while still saving the big guns for when it counts. They did such a great job in 2014, so I know they have it in them. However, if their E3 showing is weak, then the gaping hole that Zelda left for the holiday season can cause some major damage. And I fear that it might push them more heavily to tap into that new mobile market money DeNA is throwing at them.



Desrever commented on IRONFALL Invasion Hits 300,000 Downloads as Fr...:

My friends and I are always looking for online multiplayer games now that we all live in different states. This one is pretty decent. Though I admit, most of its merits are because of how technically impressive it is, and not the gameplay itself.
Like any multiplayer FPS, we still get that frantic rush trying to get that one last kill with 10 seconds on the clock, we still exclaim when we get a head shot from across the stage, and we still get nervous being chased around the various maps.
The improvements made were definitely warranted and I'm glad to see that the devs care enough to make changes based on feedback. This isn't a perfect game by far, but VD-Dev made so much out of so little that its well worth any money you put into it to support them.



Desrever commented on Game Jam Tasks Developers With Creating A Zeld...:

The Legend of Zelda has been my absolute favorite gaming series since I was 7, and I don't see any signs of that changing any time soon. I don't have much to add that hasn't been stated already, but I've got some heavy opinions on these matters, yo! It'll be long an redundant, but I want to type them out anyway.
I'm all for equal representation in video games. Especially in today's gaming culture. That being said, I know good and well that the Zelda franchise is not a great example of equal representation. But its tricky with this series in particular. In some titles, the only characters with darker complexions are villains. But as far as race goes, Zelda is chalked full of them. Just not humanoid races. As with most Japanese games, there's not much representation for people of color because the country is no where near racially diverse as Europe and America, so their primary market doesn't see the need for variation. But gender is a different ball game altogether.
Certain Zelda games have more of a story to tell, and others just hand you a sword and say "Here, go out to start your own story". Skyward Sword would not have worked as well with a female Link. Link to the Past would have worked just fine. I think the option to let the player choose the gender should generally have very little room for argument. However, in certain games (like Skyward Sword) it may impact the narrative of the story. Link and Zelda aren't always romantically tied, but when they are, gender plays a huge role, and I think a same-sex couple might cause more controversy than Nintendo is willing to deal with.
Mirroring what others have stated many times here, "Link" is a name used to 'link' the character to the game world. So, I think its completely appropriate to have an avatar that best represents the player. Choosing boy or girl and a sliding scale for skin pigment isn't asking much. For an open world game like the next Zelda, I think this would be the ideal option.
While I think the option for gender is a perfectly fine idea, I don't think a female-only Link would be received well for several reasons.
But the main point I'm getting to that many others have already hit on is: Seriously, why can't we play as Zelda?
I've seen people ranging from both extremes of "SJW Feminazi" to "proudly misogynist/racist" all come out and say "Hey, I would love to play as the titular character of this series" No outrage regarding a female main character, just a desire to play a game with a rapier wielding royal princess with magic powers. I think this is the common ground we all want to get behind.



Desrever commented on Interview: Yacht Club Games Talk Drawing in 8-...:

One of my favorite aspects of Shovel Knight was the lore. Or rather, the implied lore. Shield Knight's relation to Shovel Knight, the falling out between SK and the Order of No Quarter, and The Wandering Travelers could have a whole game to themselves. There's some rich mythos there, and plenty to expand upon. I can see Shovel Knight turning into a healthy franchise.



Desrever commented on Remake Request: Super Metroid 3D on Nintendo 3DS:

Nintendo has been name dropping Metroid in their official channels here and there. I'm hoping they're either testing the waters for fan reactions, or trying to build hype. The series has been put on the back burners, so I can see them releasing an updated Super Metroid to gauge whether or not a brand new title is worth the effort. Sadly, I think Other M did more to damage the fanbase rather than building the franchise. A new game can be risky if it's not up to snuff. Having two games commercially fail back to back would more or less kill any hope of future releases. A Super Metroid re-release might be playing it safe, but Metroid seems a little fragile right now. The Prime Trilogy doing well on the Wii U eShop was the best thing to happen to the series in a while.



Desrever commented on Fan Discovers StarTropics Music Tracks that We...:

That end theme remastered is amazing. And just like everyone else in this thread, I have a deep love and appreciation for this game. I was surprised that it was never released in Japan, and that it was exclusive to Americola.



Desrever commented on The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses...:

I was at the premier of the 25th anniversary tour when I was still living in Dallas, TX. It was sold out before I had the spare money to afford tickets. One of my friends had a schedule conflict, so I wound up with his ticket the day of the show. It was quite the surprise, and the show far surpassed any expectations I held. I really wish this tour made a stop near the city I live in now. I would love to experience this again.



Desrever commented on One Of The Brains Behind Tetris Explains How T...:

Tetris is one of the few games I would label as perfect.
Full 1080HD 60fps or monochrome graphics on a 2.6in screen? Doesn't matter! Still awesome!
Play for hours straight or in 2 minute spurts? Doesn't matter! Still awesome!
Competitive 8 player matches or playing solo? Doesn't matter! Still awesome!

That kind of game design is legendary, and so hard to capture. And I see no signs of Tetris becoming obsolete anytime soon. It will always have a place no matter what the gaming environment evolves into.



Desrever commented on Dead Or Alive Producer Feels That A Cultural D...:

@unrandomsam I see what you're saying, but perhaps ISIS isn't the best example in this particular point. Race and gender are not choices an individual makes. Religion is an ideology anyone can uphold.
Fantasy should be separate from reality. Thats the point, in the end. But would you care if a couple of people of color or a female main were thrown in the main cast? Most people wouldn't even notice, because it doesn't make a difference. But for females, or certain ethnicities, subtle things like that can make a huge difference to how they relate to it.



Desrever commented on Dead Or Alive Producer Feels That A Cultural D...:

@sonicmeerkat I believe in artistic integrity, and am not in any way trying to censor, despite how you may have interpreted my thoughts. Echoing what @Squid said, its more about the difference between "sexy women" and "only there to be sexy". As a form of art, I can critique it as such. And I see it as not helpful to shifting our societal views to something more appealing to all walks of life, and only perpetuating it. This is no easy task, and will take YEARS of effort. Segregation in schools is an example of how long it can take for societal views to improve. (No, I'm not comparing the two issues) That happened decades ago and there are still many who oppose it.

If you will still entertain me with a reply, then please answer my question that you acknowledged then neglected to answer.



Desrever commented on Dead Or Alive Producer Feels That A Cultural D...:

@sonicmeerkat When I brought up the Columbine shootings, I was agreeing with you, actually. I know plenty of people who play violent video games, myself included, who do not act upon them. I know plenty who play sexually biased games and do not act upon them, either. I grew up in the Mortal Kombat generation. I THRIVED on watching decapitated heads with spinal cords dangling down.
I don't believe in censorship, and I'm not saying all oversexualization of women needs to be banned on sight. But there is an overabundance of it, that is inarguable. Whats done is done, but there's no reason strides can't be made to improve female depictions going forward. It can be harmful for young girls who emulate their role models, and it can be harmful for young boys who haven't developed empathy who view women as sexual objects and not people.
Now may I ask you a question? The abuse and harassment of women is very real, no one is denying that. But other than accepting it by taking inaction, what other options can we look into to improve the treatment of women as a whole? Better representation in video games and other media, I believe can help, and most certainly won't hurt.
For some people, they don't want to see these changes made because they benefit from having their interests catered to, and thus don't see it as an issue. Some even prefer women in subservient roles and believe that is how society should be. There are many reasons for maintaining the status quo.
This isn't directed at you in particular, but more rhetorical now...
If you are opposed to better female representation in video games and other media, why is that? And is your reasoning helpful or hurtful to society?



Desrever commented on Dead Or Alive Producer Feels That A Cultural D...:

@sonicmeerkat I see your point. There's no one particular video game that gave some creeper the notion to sexualize and harass an innocent girl. The same way the Columbine shootings were not caused by violent video games.
But there are no doubts that women are sexually harassed constantly on a daily basis. And there is also no doubt that women are sexualized in just about every form of media. And the problem is completely caused by those, like you mentioned, that don't apply their own experiences to others. But we can't just say "Yup, those guys suck! Oh well." and do nothing. Humanizing females in media instead of sexualizing them is a step forward, that can (and hopefully will) have benefits.
Really, what other actions can you take? The problematic populous are far too many to sit down individually and say "Hey, Bud! Don't be a creeper!"
Doing nothing isn't going to change anything. How else can we change our culture? Media is far more powerful than most people realize.



Desrever commented on Dead Or Alive Producer Feels That A Cultural D...:

@sonicmeerkat I mean, I've witnessed the real life effects first hand. I Guarantee you they're real. I've watched my younger sister, my girlfriend, and close female friends get harassed. It ranges from simply being ignored and not passing a controller over when its their turn, to making lude sexual comments and groping, and it only gets darker from there.
Its hard to see when its not happening in your immediate vicinity, but dude, I promise you its out there. And granted, this is something that extends FAR beyond gamer culture. But saying that overly sexualizing females isn't harmful is turning a blind eye to a cultural problem.
And no, making a few more female-friendly games won't fix the problem. But it certainly won't make it any better, either.
If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem, yo!
Do it for your all the mama's, sisters, and lady friends out there.



Desrever commented on Dead Or Alive Producer Feels That A Cultural D...:

@Quorthon For many years, I was against feminist culture, even though I wholeheartedly believed in gender equality. I've seen some pretty disgusting behavior towards close female friends and family members that has upset me deeply. Then I realized my ideas of feminists came from extremists (on both ends, to be fair) and that the absolute meaning of feminism boils down to is gender equality.
However, when stating that I have feminist viewpoints, I almost always get negative backlash thrown at me, and arguments ensue. When I say I believe in gender equality, the response is usually "Yeah, totally. Me too."
It all comes down to branding, in the end.

@Mommar The issue is less about wanting games to be sexier for both genders, but overly sexualizing women needlessly. No matter what side you're on, its undeniable that its pretty rampant in video games. (ESPECIALLY fighting games) The downside is that It manifests itself in the treatment of women who take part in gamer culture.



Desrever commented on Ninterview: Learning Retro Secrets With A Form...:

I have vague memories of calling the help line in regards to Castlevania II: Simon's Quest. I can't even remember what it was in particular I was even calling about. But I distinctly remember being given instructions that confused my 6~8-year-old self, that I couldn't figure out. The man on the phone had to tell me several times, and I was just not getting it. I ended up crying in frustration with myself, then hanging up because I was embarrassed. I hadn't thought about that in YEARS.

Never-the-less... great interview.



Desrever commented on Club Nintendo to Close, With Replacement Loyal...:

OF COURSE I blew the last of my points on a Gameboy game and carrying case I didn't need. It was just the best thing they had to offer at the time. Now I have to watch as all the potentially awesome things fly by with my sad sack 25 points left.



Desrever commented on Nintendo of America Issues Non-Statement on th...:

I still use my launch day 3DS HEAVILY. And though I've drooled over my friend's XL screens a time or two, it really is cumbersome to take on the go.

I've toyed with the idea of having an XL to play at home, and my original for taking to work on my commute. But of course, you can only transfer your data over a set amount of times (five, I believe?)

With Europe getting those beautiful "Ambassador" 3DS's recently, I swooned over the design, and was really hoping NOA would do something similar. I've hit platinum on Club Nintendo 4 years in a row, so I thought I would have decent chances, but this is fairly standard practice for NOA, so I should've known better than to get my hopes up.

I still love you, Reggie. I just wish you loved me more.



Desrever commented on Nintendo Direct Confirmed for 14th January, Wi...:

Its been said a few times already, but I want a new Metroid, BADLY. Side-scroller on the 3DS, preferably. But Prime 4 on Wii U is more likely.
Or maybe... just maybe... both of those games with some sort of connectivity features, like the GameCube/GBA versions.

A boy can dream...........



Desrever commented on Review: Ultimate NES Remix (3DS):

This game has always looked really appealing to me, but I don't own a Wii U so I was especially excited for this to come out on the 3DS. I was honestly expecting this to be a cheap download-only title on the eShop for roughly around $14.99, or so.
I'm pretty bummed to see that $30 price tag. There's a huge backlog of games I'd rather play that fall under that price range. Maybe I'll get it if its on sale at some point in the foreseeable future.



Desrever commented on Super Smash Bros. 3-Poster Set Now Available f...:

They're not on my walls anymore, but I have a pretty great collection of Club Nintendo posters from over the years. I was shocked to see how much some of them are going for on eBay. I was about to jump all over this new poster set until I checked my coin balance. Welp... So much for a complete set :/



Desrever commented on Shovel Knight 3DS Theme Coming To Europe And A...:

The sample shown at the top looks GREAT. A lot of the official Nintendo themes available don't look too professional. Clashing colors, busy backgrounds, folders that are hard to see the label, etc. I want it, Free or not.



Desrever commented on Talking Point: Platinum Games Has Secured a Go...:

Oh snap! Platinum made Infinite Space? That game really is superb, so I'm not surprised to learn Platinum was behind it.
Seriously, if you can get your hands on a copy, give it a whirl. Tragically underappreciated. Once you get a fleet of ships the game really starts to blossom.



Desrever commented on Exclusive: Masahiro Sakurai on Planned Acciden...:

From what I've noticed about all the Dark Pit hate, both online and in my own circle of friends, a lot of these people have not played Kid Icarus: Uprising and have no personal attachments to good ole Pittoo. I felt the same about Marth/Roy back in the Melee days before I played any Fire Emblem games. So I can understand where they're coming from. The only solution is to appreciate the subtle differences in the characters or play KI:U.

Also, if Dark Pit weren't in the game there would likely be another cloned character in his place, not another unique fighter.



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

Based on how pokemon and assist trophies work, having Ice Climbers would likely slow the frame rate to 30fps. And I'm sure you all can imagine how pissy some people would get playing an online match and having someone pop on as Ice Climbers, dooming your match to a constant 30fps. Not worth the grief. I'm certain they could make it work, but probably not with all 4 players using Nana and Popo. And that would be a weird restriction to put on players.



Desrever commented on Feature: The Benefits of a Portable Super Smas...:

It had to of been about 10 years ago now, but I remember getting SO VERY excited about a fake picture of a portable Gamecube. It looked like a bigger GBA SP with a GC disc slot. (I'm sure the pictures are still floating around somewhere) And of course the first thought I had was portable SSBM. It took a while... but here we are.



Desrever commented on These Awesome Articulated Nintendo Figures Are...:

Went to Target tonight for some last minute groceries. I went looking for Link and Bowser but they just had several Marios and Yoshis. I found one last Link behind the others and grabbed it quick. Excite!

Reminds me a lot of my old GI Joe toys in size and articulation. Paint job is just fine and its a decent size. The joints bend at the shoulder elbow and wrist in all directions (which is great) but they're very loose and he doesn't hold a pose well. His sword is a little thin for his grip. As for the mystery item, someone in this thread said it was a key, so i was delighted to find a Hylian Sheild in mine. So I guess the mystery items are random which is neat. $8.99 is pretty pricey for a figurine of this caliber... but lets be real... Zelda merch is pretty uncommon stateside. The premium price is to be expected. No regrets, but definitely could have been better