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Fri 1st Apr 2011

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Dipso commented on Voice Actors Union Authorises Strike Action Wi...:

@shaneoh This would probably have been a debate had it not been for the fact that there seems to be nobody making efforts in organizing the devs.

Devs should unionize as there are numerous examples of exploiting the workforce in this business, especially in the "crunch" right before deadlines, with people working extremely long hours without any extra pay.

In a lot of game media this strike seems to have the angle of "well payed actors want more" but for most of them it seems the working conditions are more important, and also, voice acting is miles away from screen time when it comes to salaries, so its unfair to compare the two.



Dipso commented on Tablets Stole The Wii U's Thunder, Laments Shi...:

I find it surprising that they never see the pattern of too few launch titles and problematic sales. Same happened to the 3ds.

They need to have at least one of their big hitters there on launch, and they need to have another one coming up within the first 6 months of launch.

"Here, have a simple mario game that is very similar to what we did last year" with the promise of mario kart or zelda in a year or two, ain't gonna sell consoles.

That being said, i bought my WiiU at launch and love it



Dipso commented on Star Fox Zero Doesn't Have Online Multiplayer,...:

@MrRaven1972 the graphics need to be scaled down compared to i.e xenoblade, in order for it to be able to achieve 60fps on both TV and gamepad. Its rendering two viewports. So its 2x more power required right there. I'd take fluid 60fps, esp in a game like this over flashy visuals any day. But then again, I'm as old as Mario



Dipso commented on Review: Splatoon (Wii U):

A huge part in dropping online on the Wii was the closing of gamespy, that provided services to the online componen on the Wii. This is not an issue on the WiiU because all that stuff is handled inhouse by ninty for the U



Dipso commented on Code Name S.T.E.A.M. Fails to Chart in Week of...:

@IceClimbers Actually I know one of the Devs on Alien:Isolation, and although it has underperformed, its still selling about 100k copies each week, so it might be to early to write it off as a flop. He seems to be pretty happy with sales, at least.

I'm loving S.T.E.A.M and I'm hoping to get some quality time with it when im going traveling in about two weeks Unlike a lot of other comments here i like the art-style and the bonkers setting. And i find that stylized art looks way better on the 3ds than trying to go for a more realistic look, esp. considering its hardware limitations.



Dipso commented on Analyst Thinks Nintendo Is Already Winding Dow...:

@Quorthon while you have some good points i think you misunderstand the term warchest here...

Warchest = money in the bank to spend in case of loss. Unlike a lot of other companies, a fair amount of the profit nintendo makes goes into building a cash reserve, not giving it out to the shareholders and CEO's

This means they can spend a lot of money on experiments and failed attempts without going under. Heck if all else fails they can go back to creating playing cards and toys. (aMiibos seem to sell fine )

What brought companies like Sega to their knees is that they spent a whole lot of cash to launch failed hardware, expecting to make it back, and buckled under a lack of money to finance any next project once that fell through. Call it over confidence or a gamble, it was a risk they took, and one that they could not afford failing.

And its not like Nintendo are hemorrhaging money. Its just that profits are lower then expected. They are not in the red numbers, just lower black numbers



Dipso commented on Analyst Thinks Nintendo Is Already Winding Dow...:

@BaffleBlend I have a small hope that part of this unified platform effort made by Nintendo is that this is a thing of the past. (Though I'm not holding my breath)

They just made Wii Games run "emulated"(still launches wii mode so i suspec it still uses the fact that the U has the same architecture) on the wii U. Hopefully they will at some point make some sort of emulation framework that will be able to be moved over as the upgrade platforms.

I do fear that the temptation to keep asking us to pay for the same game on each hardware platform is to big though... and us fans.. we will do it too.



Dipso commented on Analyst Thinks Nintendo Is Already Winding Dow...:

@Quorthon I agree, mostly. I think its too bad they where unable to do the same turnaround as they managed with the 3DS, and i think mainly they needed to have a much bigger push with their first party software much more early on.

What i fear for the NX now is that they do the same. Hurry to launch new hardware without any first party big hitters in the pipeline and watch the thing fall short of potential success.

As it stands now i feel the Wii U is not a complete failure, its just barely limping along instead of running. And i feel that nintendo don't think the machine is as much of an obscure failure as the 'Cube turned out to be, but its far from where they want the hardware to stand as far as sales go.

The main difference from other game hardware manufacturers, a lot doomsayers seem to forget about Nintendo is that they A) have a large warchest, and B) Sell their hardware with much less loss (in fact the 3ds and wiiU where the first to be sold at a loss on launch) then other players in the market. This alone makes these "failures" (I prefer lack of success) much less of an issue in the long run.

Nintendo is not going anywhere, and they are not going the way of Sega any time soon (Becoming a pure software dev). That's the two points i find important, Among all the doomsday predictions that gets thrown around.

That being said, i agree with you that the NX needs to step it up. And i think rushing it out is the worst possible idea right now, and i hope that for once big N understand that.



Dipso commented on Analyst Thinks Nintendo Is Already Winding Dow...:


Yes that is a good point, and as a fan of both this system, and quite francly all previous systems i find it sad that this console has fallen so flat sales wise.

I think that fires up a lot of people that love the console too, they feel (and probably incorrectly so) that a lot of people making comments havent given the wii U a proper chance and are just joining in on the "wii u sucks" circle jerk instead of any real comments on what they specifically don't like about it.



Dipso commented on Analyst Thinks Nintendo Is Already Winding Dow...:

@Quorthon Really... you and I must frequent different parts of the Internet. I don't find the Wii U to be a massive embarassment at all, and most players i talk with love both the machine and its games.

Note the guys i talk about are broad gamers, and not xbox or playstaion purists, that only care about the next COD. I think you have to have a broad and playfull mindset to enjoy the different flavour of the nintendo brand



Dipso commented on Analyst Thinks Nintendo Is Already Winding Dow...:

@MasterBlaster I seem to remeber a lot of them went way further and predicted it would go the way of the dreamcast. Forgetting completely to bring the difference between Nintendo and Sega in how they back up their company financially, and just how strong first party titles are for Nintendo.



Dipso commented on Analyst Thinks Nintendo Is Already Winding Dow...:

@Quorthon I think he means that its your subjective interpretation of that data.

Whenever you extrapolate, be it from facts or not you are bringing your own frame of reference into the extrapolation, in fact that is how extrapolation is possible for the human mind.

And Subjective does not simply mean "emotion based, non fact based." it means in lack of a better phrasing "colored by your subjective (personal) frame of reference"



Dipso commented on Analyst Thinks Nintendo Is Already Winding Dow...:

@Quorthon I mostly agree with you. And i think a 2016 release is feasible, but my gut feeling says it might take a bit longer this time.

Also with regards to your time line. You have a timeline between reveal and release, but how is the timeline before first mention or first rumors and reveal/release.The fact that the mention of this new "dedicated game platform" comes this much out of the blue, leads me to believe it might take a bit longer this time (But i think we will see it before 2017, but not not much, i think possibly holidays 2016) - Of course unlike a lot of these analysts i will state that this is just wild guessing on my part

I think its the wording of the articles and some times the analysts statements them selves that tick people off. Because its allways "X is doomed!" "X is heading down the drain!"

Oh, and I'm not but-hurt My behind is doing just fine now that i got that ointment.



Dipso commented on Analyst Thinks Nintendo Is Already Winding Dow...:

@Quorthon Yes, i agree. But people keep repeating this stuff like its gospel. And quite often they are way off. And Patcher (the top one in the list i posted) is renown in the industry for being accurate, most analysts are far worse off.

I think also I'm being biased because i pay the most attention to the Nintendo side of the industry, and if there is any company that Analysts have been way of with, its Nintendo. (The 3ds would fail, the company would fold within a year etc etc... just completely ignorant claims.)



Dipso commented on Impressions: Nintendo Made The Right Call With...:

Loved the demo. Went from quite interested to exited about this title. I like both action games and turnbased strategy games that lets me think about a problem, this feels like a great blend of both. Love the clever gameplay of this title.



Dipso commented on Video: Try Not To Overheat As You Watch Excite...:

@NbaJunkie Well to put it this way: if the F-Zero track doesn't have any antigrav stuff, they are officially idiots

I suspect they save this feature for where it works both thematically and with the layout. I for one is happy that they didn't just shoehorn it into every single map.



Dipso commented on Mario Kart 8 DLC Coming In November, Features ...:


You make some valid points, but consider that Nintendo has a history of releasing a lot of their downloadable content on disk too (Like the luigi U game), so you might be able to either get a "DLC Disc" or a "Gold edition" of MK that contains all of these add-ons in the case of the system "going retro" as it where.

Also games releasing with additional content for payment, is nothing new. We had expantion packs as far back as doom and quake. DLC is in its propper form (Not the on disc bullpoopoodoodoocacapoopledoople) is just the modern take on this, and makes a lot more sense now seeing as making additional content to a modern game takes a lot more money and hours of work to do.

I'm fine with the DLC model, if it means i can get more content for my games and enjoy them longer.

Would your position be the same if it where free? - i would imagine so with your whole "the game is not complete" rationale?

I would be standing with my pitchfork out, yelling "burn the witches", if i felt the original game was somehow lacking and you needed the DLC to get a propper game, but as it stands, this is simply not the case.



Dipso commented on Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams May Get A Patch ...:

Its a carefully worded tweet. Note that he says "depending on how it works on the system" They probably don't know what the patching/ patch submission process on the wiiU is yet, and don't want to make promises they can't keep. Seeing as other devs, have released patches, I say this is going to happen.



Dipso commented on EA: Frostbite 3 On Wii U "Not Impossible":

So... are they having a hard time optimizing frostbite 3 for the WiiU architecture then? and they said all those other things so they wouldn't "look bad"?.... ٩(͡๏̯͡๏)۶

I find it baffling that there are so few official lines of communication in companies like these, that they have to go putting out fires all the time.



Dipso commented on Wii U Can Stream MP4 Videos Directly From Your...:

This confirms what i allways expected, that you will be able to make a webbased mediacenter-server that you can run on your computer to access videos, it will even in theory be possible to have the computer convert to mp4 on the fly.



Dipso commented on 3D Won't Be a "Key Feature" of Future Nintendo...:

I think alot of people that see 3d as an effect to realize enough how 3d helps the mind understand shape, distance and spatial relations of objects, it can really add to the feel and gameplay of games, letting the mind make more accurate judgement calls.



Dipso commented on Preview: Wii U Hands-On:

About the cords: It has been stated that current "prototypes" and "developer" versions of the tablet has a cable for communication but that the final product will be wireless. I would assume that going for the wired models in an environment like E3 would be wise not only because they would need a tether and PSU anyways, but also due to interference. Remember we are talking a pretty dense stream of HD data here, so several consoles sending the same type of data, and other sources of interference could quickly give unwanted results.