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Teacher; gamer; brony

Male, 23, United States

Yo. I'm a huge game collector (and obviously a huge Nintendo fan), a HUGE brony (adult fan of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic), and a high school history teacher in North Carolina.

Sun 23rd June, 2013

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ElkinFencer10 commented on Hardware Classics: Sega Dreamcast:

Hands down my favorite system. It got way more hate than it deserved. I wish they had put a second control stick on the controller, but the Dreamcast is still my favorite controller ever and, in my opinion, the most comfortable.



ElkinFencer10 commented on Weirdness: Super Meat Boy Is Calling For Your ...:

I'll never vote for Super Meat Boy. Sure, he's a cool character and would fit well, I think, but Team Meat doesn't deserve to have Smash grace their character with a Smash spot after they cancelled the game's WiiWare version in favor of PS3 and 360. "You stab my back, I'll scratch yours?" I don't think that's how the phrase goes.



ElkinFencer10 commented on Let's Educate Parents About Mature Titles, Sug...:

I'm admittedly an American, and America has different problems involving this issue than Britain does, but since I am a teacher, I figured I'd share my thoughts on the issue.

I think the letter had good intentions and does make some good points, but I don't think the wording and delivery was ideal. The biggest issue, as the letter and its writers mentioned, is that parents aren't keeping an eye on their children and what they do and play. Most kids, at least from my experience, aren't going to lose much if any sleep because of a scary game, but there are those who will and do if parents aren't aware enough. Games themselves aren't the problem, though; if kids slept in class because they couldn't sleep at night after their parents let them watch IT or Salem's Lot, most people wouldn't blame the film industry but instead the parents. There's a lot of knee-jerk responses and reactions to this type of stuff - just look at how everyone reacts in America when someone blames video games for gun violence - but if we can get out of that habit, there's a legitimate dialogue that can happen about how to keep kids from playing games they shouldn't and what responsibilities parents of gamers have.

If I may touch just briefly on the issue of kids having tablets and smart devices, I'm going to have to disagree respectfully with those who said that kids shouldn't have them. Certainly, like any tool, they have bad uses that only hinder a kid's attention and education, but if properly utilized, they can be the best tool in a teacher's arsenal. I don't know what the rest of the world or even the rest of America is doing with it, but I know that in North Carolina, our Department of Public Instruction is pushing us hardcore to use smart devices in the classroom, and for the schools that have the resources to enable such a program (I used to teach in one that had they money for it), it works extremely well and opens up possibilities that teachers don't have when working with kids who don't have access to smart devices.

So long story short, there IS, I think, an important conversation to be had here, but we need to get away from one side blaming video games for everything and one side insisting that video games play zero role in the problems observed. We need to be able to talk about the problems, not just point fingers.



ElkinFencer10 commented on Nintendo Download: 2nd April (North America):

I'll definitely be downloading AVGN when I get home since I've been a fan since the first few videos, but honestly, they should have released it on Wii U when it still had a lot of hype. Long-time fans like me are still excited, sure, but the hype for the Wii U release isn't what it was in the build-up to the Steam release (at least not what I've seen; correct me if I'm mistaken about that).



ElkinFencer10 commented on Nintendo Begins Takedown Proceedings on Super ...:

Nintendo owns the IP. Nintendo gets to call copyright whenever they want. It's not fun, but it's their right. Nintendo hasn't done anything wrong with this. Should they remake this game in HD? Maybe, but if it gets made, Nintendo has to okay it. Profit doesn't matter; it's Nintendo's property. I can't walk into your yard and take your lawnmower for a while just because I'm not using it to make money.



ElkinFencer10 commented on Editorial: Nintendo's Heading For a Period of ...:

I'm extremely old fashioned in my gaming, so I don't like the idea that Nintendo is branching out into mobile devices, but I do recognize that it's a necessary business move. It's similar to how I feel about the 2DS; I don't like the concept since I see 3D as a central part of the 3DS, but it's a good business move, and I'm glad they did it.

As long as this doesn't take too much focus and effort away from Nintendo's dedicated hardware, I can get on board with this. I'll be the grumpy old man griping about it, but my love for Nintendo as a company is greater than being a grouchy Southerner too stuck in his ways. I don't know what they're planning, and I don't always agree with their decisions, but at the end of the day, I stand next to Iawata, Miyamoto, Reggie, and the other Nintendo executives. Even when Nintendo screws up big time (Virtual Boy and Zelda games on CD-i, anyone?), they fix it. So I'm not too worried about this. Even if they botch it, they'll learn from their mistakes.



ElkinFencer10 commented on Nintendo Working On New 'Dedicated Game Platfo...:

How? They haven't done anything all that out of the ordinary. Announcing that they're working on a new console isn't really an announcement; Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony have all said that they begin work on their next console pretty much as soon as a console is launched. Most consoles get five or six years of development, so it's to be expected that Nintendo has spent the past year or two working on a new platform.



ElkinFencer10 commented on Not Everyone is Thrilled That Metroid Prime Tr...:

I hate that the value has dropped, but this will bring in more money for Nintendo rather than eBay resellers, and with a game series that incredible, they deserve it. I'm fine with it; I still don't regret picking up my Collector's Edition for $50 when it came out.



ElkinFencer10 commented on Nintendo Steps Away From The Brazilian Market:

This has nothing to do with socialism. Socialism is when the government owns the means of production. Nintendo, as a private company, can sell its products in Brazil without the Brazilian government sharing ownership; it is, by default, not pure socialism. High taxes and socialism are linked by correlation, not causation. Sorry if that seems obsequious, but as a teacher of history and political science, I felt the need to point out that fallacy.

I am one of those who holds the unpopular opinion that high taxes are good, but Brazil's video game tax is ridiculous. There's such a thing as "too much of a good thing;" this goes beyond that and straight into "Jesus Christ, what the hell are you people thinking?"



ElkinFencer10 commented on White Wii U 8GB System Trade Price Has Been Sl...:

I had to get an external HDD for it (so I went for 2 TB; go big or go home), but I initially thought the same thing since I never get retail games digitally. My problem (if you can even call it that) is Nintendo's promotions; what took up a whole lot of my space was really good sales on the eShop and (more importantly) getting Game and Wario for free from Club Nintendo and getting Pikmin 3 for free from pre-ordering Wind Waker HD.



ElkinFencer10 commented on Blinking Light Win Means You'll Never Have To ...:

Yeah, everything wears out over time, but the NES's problem pressing down on the cartridge like StarDust4Ever said. Will your NES still wear out? Yeah, sure, eventually; everything does. This will eliminate the annoying blinking problem that you get every seven or eight years (at least if you play your NES all the time like I do).

I backed it.



ElkinFencer10 commented on Loot Crate amiibo Details and Pricing are Conf...:

I'd totally do it if it came out to be a little less for each figurine, and while I do love limited edition collectors stuff, this is too much for me. If I had a better paying job, then I might, but on a North Carolina teacher's salary? That's a bit more than I can justify.



ElkinFencer10 commented on Poll: Should Nintendo Follow Microsoft's Lead ...:

I think it could be a good idea to cut the prices, but I don't think it's critical. What they ought to do is offer a Wii U without the gamepad for a reduced price (after, of course, making the needed software updates to allow that) and sell the gamepad separately. Either way, though, I think the Wii U will do fine this holiday season. I highly doubt it will outsell the PS4, but with Smash coming out next month, I think it will be on par with the Xbox One (though the temporary Xbox One price drop might change that).



ElkinFencer10 commented on Capcom Won't Greenlight Sequels If A Game Does...:

Two million is a bit steep, I think. Sometimes the original of a game is mediocre but sequels end up being amazing. Look at Red Steel. Look at Assassin's Creed. Look at Killzone. Look at Kingdom Hearts (in my opinion, at least). If sales completely flop, then sure, don't approve a sequel, but there's precedent for a sequel's fixing the original's problems, and two million is a bit steep anyway.

Keep in mind that, by Capcom's logic, neither Star Wars: The Old Republic nor Star Wars: Battlefront sold well enough to warrant making a sequel, and everyone knows those were both amazing games (and Battlefield's sequel was incredible).



ElkinFencer10 commented on Nintendo 64x64: Turok 2:

Turok 2 wasn't the best game, and it hasn't aged well, but it was pretty good at the time. I remember playing it at my friend's house when it came out, and we were both scared like crazy (we were in elementary school at the time). It was a heck of a lot of fun at the time, even if it hasn't aged as well as Perfect Dark or Goldeneye.



ElkinFencer10 commented on Nintendo Unleashes Wacky Super Smash Bros. For...:

The silliness of these commercials is everything that was right about video games in the 1990s and everything that gaming today is missing. It's silly, it's fun, and it's more than just "grit" and varying shades of grey and brown. Screw Call of Duty; let's settle it in Smash.



ElkinFencer10 commented on New Nintendo 3DS Models Announced:

I'm not a big fan of the tiny circle pad (hopefully that's not a finalized component and they'll take feedback about its size into account), but any second circle pad is better than only having one. I'll be picking thing this up, though lord knows when I'll have the money.



ElkinFencer10 commented on Talking Point: The Argument For And Against Re...:

I have no problem with the existence of ROMs for the purposes of preserving games. These flash carts, on the other hand, are a bit grey for me. I don't have a problem with their use to play hacks and homebrews - playing Legend of Zelda: Outlands or Super Mario Frustration on an NES, for example - but that's where I draw my limit. I'm less okay with their use to play released games and not at all okay with their use to play games that have been rereleased on a Virtual Console-like service. With that said, however, I don't think it's my place to pass judgement given how little money is likely to be denied to the developers and publishers from these devices. I just have a personal problem with emulators in general.