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FLUX_CAPACITOR

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#1

FLUX_CAPACITOR commented on Weirdness: According To McDonald's, Mario And ...:

@StarDust4Ever I am so confused. Are you mentally insane, or just too young to comprehend what I'm actually saying? I don't know where you're getting the idea that I was offended by this commercial, or that I "can't accept that Mario and Bowser are friends", but I sincerely couldn't care less. I never made any comments one way or the other about my feelings regarding this commercial. But it's fine, and I have no problems with it. Why would I NOT be okay with it?? So weird.

Your lack of understanding and your inability to follow along makes your insistence on involving yourself in this conversation all the more annoying. It's a public forum, and you can chime in whenever you want, but at least try to keep up and stay on point. And the fact that more than one person is arguing that it's fair use is meaningless. An incorrect statement doesn't become more true just based on the number of people that ignorantly believe it.

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#2

FLUX_CAPACITOR commented on Weirdness: According To McDonald's, Mario And ...:

@StarDust4Ever Excuse me? Get off my high horse? An ironic demand coming from you, considering that you're the one who decided to go out of your way to chime in on a conversation that you weren't a part of to challenge my position with a statement that wasn't even relevant to the discussion. And you're right, it's not infringement. When you get legal permission to use intellectual property that you don't own from the party that owns it, there is no infringement.

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#3

FLUX_CAPACITOR commented on Weirdness: According To McDonald's, Mario And ...:

@Donjwolf haha! How are you people for real? It's like I'm talking to a bunch of toddlers or something. This isn't parody. It is a commercial full of characters that McDonald's chose specifically because they would be easily recognized by everyone. Batman, the Joker, Freddy Kruger, Spongebob, Pac-Man, the Smurfs, guys wearing shirts with trademarked NFL logos that the NFL would never allow to be used without permission, etc. The fact that the art style is different from how these characters' usually appear is 100% irrelevant. Even Mario's hat is trademarked, and that alone is more than enough to make it necessary for McDonald's to get permission to use these characters.

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#5

FLUX_CAPACITOR commented on Weirdness: According To McDonald's, Mario And ...:

@Prof_Clayton You can't be serious. Guy, Mario and Bowser don't even look the same from one game to the next. On top of that, there have been animated tv shows, a live action film, and merchandise all with a variety of different looking Marios and Bowsers. The fact that this is even a debate is hilarious to me. This commercial is not parody on any level. It is a direct representation of multiple copyrighted characters, all of which are so iconic that they can be instantly recognized even when they are reduced to a simple, flat animation style, which is exactly why McDonald's used those characters in the first place, Even just the red Mario hat with the red 'M' on a white background, which is immediately recognizable even to people who have never even played a Mario game, is trademarked by Nintendo.

It's not like Robot Chicken, like another silly person suggested, but is more on the level of Wreck-it Ralph, a movie that used several copyrighted characters, and they most definitely got permission to use them in that movie.

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#6

FLUX_CAPACITOR commented on Weirdness: According To McDonald's, Mario And ...:

@Prof_Clayton Yeah, you keep saying that, but that is meaningless. Simply using a different art style has absolutely nothing to do with it. They are Nintendo's characters, regardless of how they are depicted. They're not altered in any way whatsoever. This commercial isn't made as a parody, where McDonald's is winking at us in the hopes that we will only find the characters to REMIND us of Mario and Bowser; they ARE Mario and Bowser.

This doesn't fall under fair use or any other law or regulation that would excuse the unauthorized use of copyrighted characters for a commercial. I live in the US, and I know the ins and outs of copyright laws pretty thoroughly from personal experience. I'm not trying to be mean or ruin your day or anything, but what you're saying just doesn't make sense.

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#7

FLUX_CAPACITOR commented on Weirdness: According To McDonald's, Mario And ...:

@Prof_Clayton I don't think there's any way they made this commercial without getting permission from the relevant copyright holders. You can't use someone else's intellectual property or characters just because you represent them in a different medium than they're traditionally seen in. If that were the case, than anyone could make and sell super mario t-shirts or other merchandise just as long as they didn't use the words "Super Mario", according to your logic.

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#14

FLUX_CAPACITOR commented on Sorry to Disappoint, But That 'New' GamePad Ma...:

@tysonfury that would be true if the image of the gamepad screen were much, much more out of focus. I honestly don't think that effect can account for this, because the gamepad screen is too sharp. If it were just a case of blooming light, the gamepad screen would appear as nothing but a big fuzzy blur with no distinct imagery visible, such as the mario kart horn button shown in that still. While i don't believe that this is some new kind of gamepad, I think something else is at play here.

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#15

FLUX_CAPACITOR commented on Rosalina & Luma amiibo Exclusive to Target in ...:

@TeeJay yeah, I think Nintendo is aware of the concept of supply and demand. They know what they're doing. The worst thing in the world would be to over-produce these figures, since their relative scarcity is clearly adding to their collectability and driving sales in the first place.

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#16

FLUX_CAPACITOR commented on Developer of Retro City Rampage Explains, Agai...:

I think this guy is missing two important points that would make a difference in the sales performance of this game on wii u. First, there's no sales threshold on wii u games, so he'd be making a profit with every copy sold. And second, indie titles are insanely more visible on the eshop, and are thus much better supported than wii ware games ever were. I think those two things, combined with the fact that wii u consoles and their owners are by percentage more connected to the internet than the wii was, would generate a major bump in sales for this game.

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#17

FLUX_CAPACITOR commented on The Man Behind Sega's Wonder Boy Series Hates ...:

@RainbowGazelle Definitely not. I can pretty much get Mario to do whatever it is I want him to. Rayman, on the other hand, is floaty and way too loose, and he accidentally runs himself off a cliff every other time I hit the run button, because the acceleration is immediate, with no sense of momentum. Rayman is good in a lot of areas, but control precision is definitely not one of them.

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#23

FLUX_CAPACITOR commented on Nintendo UK Executive Says Wii U Has Had "Quit...:

@electrolite77 Yikes. You seem sensitive. Considering that you went out of your way to argue with my comments and continue to do so because you don't like what I'm saying, you're definitely the one who has a problem dealing with contrary opinions. And your attempt at offending me by accusing me of being a fanboy is just weak and useless, and doesn't do anything to help your cause. Save that kind of flaming garbage for the likes of ign, because it isn't welcome here.

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#24

FLUX_CAPACITOR commented on Nintendo UK Executive Says Wii U Has Had "Quit...:

@electrolite77 oh, but somehow you DO get to decide on that? Last I checked it was Nintendo who was deciding on such things, and clearly they agree with me, since they didn't deem including features such as the ones you're griping about a necessary venture. Sorry, guy, but the entire corporation decided against your obscure complaints. If you don't like it, bring it up with them, or don't buy their products.

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#25

FLUX_CAPACITOR commented on Nintendo UK Executive Says Wii U Has Had "Quit...:

@electrolite77 It's not a legitimate customer issue because (like I keep saying) most people don't care. Backing up save data is generally something that only pc gamers care about. Moroever, you CAN backup your files, including your saves. It's not that straight forward, but you can do it if you're that concerned about it.

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#26

FLUX_CAPACITOR commented on Nintendo UK Executive Says Wii U Has Had "Quit...:

@Starwolf_UK I'm not blaming you, I just don't think most console gamers care that much about video output. Console gamers aren't like pc gamers; they're more just a plug and play kind of crow and what they get is what they get. And no, I've never once known a console gamer who cared about backing up saves. You're literally the only one I've ever encountered to give a crap about that.

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#28

FLUX_CAPACITOR commented on Nintendo UK Executive Says Wii U Has Had "Quit...:

@QuickSilver88 seriously? So they post an article about the recent major up-swing in wii u sales and public perception and the renewed optimism for wii u's future, and your response is "ditch the gamepad and cut the price"? Sorry, but that just doesn't make sense. I feel like you meant to post that comment in an article like 18 or so months ago, because it is gratuitously gloomy and doesn't line up with what this article is even saying, or with the current state of the wii u.

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#29

FLUX_CAPACITOR commented on Nintendo UK Executive Says Wii U Has Had "Quit...:

@Starwolf_UK besides the fact that you're a very negative and pessimistic seeming person, you're also wrong on several counts. For one, if you think the wii u os is bad, you must have never updated yours and you still have the original version, because the os on wii u is excellent now. It is fast, it has an amazing quick launch feature, it now allows for folders, and it does just about everything you could ask for a video game console os to do.

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#34

FLUX_CAPACITOR commented on Mario Kart 8 Update & DLC Scheduled for 27th A...:

Oh wow, I thought I was the only one who wanted to rip my hair out over the "view highlights" default. It's just such a dumb design choice, I wonder what they were thinking. Glad they finally got it right though. As for the mercedes dlc, I'm cool with it. But isn't the silver arrow really similar looking to the mach 8 racer already in mk8? They should have gone with the gullwing or something else instead. Although I guess the 300 sl roadster is just a gullwing convertible, basically. So I don't know. What's another cool mercedes? The mclaren slr would be awesome.

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#36

FLUX_CAPACITOR commented on Takashi Tezuka: Mario Maker Won't Move Quite L...:

@Dreamz because placement of objects would have to change, too. Pressing the jump button while running in super mario bros. will land you in a completely different spot than doing the same in the new games. So in order to make one single course and have the ability to switch between multiple art styles, there has to be one single set of physics, so that when you switch from the old look to the new look, the level works exactly the same and the character can actually move through it the way you'd want it to.

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#37

FLUX_CAPACITOR commented on Takashi Tezuka: Mario Maker Won't Move Quite L...:

To everyone who thinks the original smb physics are better than the physics of the new smb games- you're insane. As someone who grew up during the nes' heyday, I absolutely love the original super mario bros. I see that game, or even a single element from it, and the nostalgic feelings of joy instantly overwhelm me. But then I go to play it, and frustration takes over. I've put in countless hours and blocks of hours playing that game over the last 25 years, and I've felt like most of that time was spent fighting the physics more than the goombas and koopas. So I'm glad mario maker is being made closer to the new physics, where the character actually does what I want it to every single time.

But besides that, the choice of physics makes sense, when you think about it. Switching from one graphical style to another doesn't automatically change the placement of objects and enemies or adjust things to accommodate the difference in gameplay physics, so the character has to behave and handle the same between the different styles. And if they have to choose one physics style over another, it makes much more sense to go with the newer physics over the old style physics, as it's much easier to play with the new physics and newer players won't be turned off.

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#41

FLUX_CAPACITOR commented on Download Developer Hits a "Brick Wall" When Tr...:

@shingi_70 I've never dealt with Sony, but I know from personal experience what a pain in the butt it is to deal with microsoft from a developer's point of view. I don't know where this notion is coming from that microsoft is so good to indies; they're not. They're horrible, and they have legitimately driven devs under with their insane requirements and policies. It's not even indies, either. Just look at what microsoft did to rare and try to tell me those dolts know how to take care of their partners.

And I'd like to hear Nintendo's side of the story, although I'm sure that won't happen. But I'd be willing to bet that this guy's game looked like an obvious pass for nintendo, and that's why they had no desire (apparently) to fund his marketing campaign. Everyone criticized wii for its shovelware, yet praises the new tidal wave of indie games out there. But the sad truth is that the vast majority of indie games are just the newest incarnation of shovelware. Very few of them deserve the praise or the cheap prices they're asking.

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#42

FLUX_CAPACITOR commented on Nintendo Download: 20th March (North America):

@ThomasBW84 hey, I don't know if you guys have already done this and I just missed it, but is there any way you guys could use your vast nintendolife influence and general manliness to get noa to explain what happened to smb3? I mean I thought that game was slated to hit the na eshop last year.

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#44

FLUX_CAPACITOR commented on Former Criterion Boss Alex Ward Laments Issues...:

@AJWolfTill he's now an indie developer, so he's going to have to do better at pr if he wants to be successful. And you're wrong to say this is Nintendo's fault. They might have done well to step up and offer to help with marketing the game, but it's EA's own game and they didn't do jack crap in the way of promoting it. The blame should fall on them first.

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#48

FLUX_CAPACITOR commented on Video: These UK and US Donkey Kong Country: Tr...:

Wow, what a surprise that the people commenting on a UK-based website prefer the commercial with the voice of a guy from the UK! It's kind of a dumb thing to debate, but considering that the whole point of the original NA ad wasn't narration, but telling a brief visual story to set the tone and then following it with actual gameplay, I can't understand why you would want to overshadow the intent of the ad by dubbing it over with that guy's offensively loud and obnoxious voice. He sounds like Jeremy Clarkson on speedballs. But I guess that's why they made the UK version- different markets with different tastes.