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FLUX_CAPACITOR

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#1

FLUX_CAPACITOR commented on Weirdness: Someone's Made a Super Mario 64 HD ...:

It's pretty cool, and the guy did a good job on it. But anytime I see something like this, with hd remakes of games from the early-3d era, I feel like it just accentuates how barren and sparse and devoid of texture these games were. Perhaps that's why you don't see many hd remakes of games from that time.

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#2

FLUX_CAPACITOR commented on The Legend of Zelda for Wii U No Longer Set fo...:

@firstnesfan I don't think you have an accurate grasp of how games are developed. It's not an issue of not having enough programmers to sit and churn out code, it's an issue of actually creating ideas and stories and concepts and then implementing them in the game, followed by countless review and debug sessions, all of which has to be overseen by the handful of directors and producers involved to make sure someone is getting the big picture so they can make sure it all fits together.

I guarantee that Nintendo isn't hampered by lack of staff. They have hordes of top-notch programmers, and a game like Zelda gets priority over most games when it comes to resource allocation. It's just that game development isn't something you can speed up simply by adding more labor, at least not in Nintendo's case, and not if you want a quality product at the end of it all.

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#3

FLUX_CAPACITOR commented on Dot Arcade Lights Up the North American Wii U ...:

@CrazyOtto Because it looks like one of the laziest efforts in game development that I've seen in thirty years. None of those games are original, they are as basic and stripped down as a game can be, and these guys have put more time and energy into polishing their packaging and their pitch than they seem to have put into developing the actual game. Sorry, but it just looks like extremely cheap shovelware that should be free in the app store but instead they put it on the eshop where they know people are willing to pay more than most other markets.

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#7

FLUX_CAPACITOR commented on Mobile Developers Extremely Positive About Nin...:

"...the reality is they are no longer the leaders of their respective markets."

Really? I know next to nothing about DeNA, but last I checked, Nintendo was still the largest/most valuable company within the industry (if you consider xbox it's own brand apart from the rest of Microsoft, which it pretty much is). The 3DS is the best-selling system for the last couple of years, and Nintendo games are commonly near the top of sales charts. They're also rated very highly by critics, as a rule. So as I see it, Nintendo is still very much a leader in their realm.

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#9

FLUX_CAPACITOR commented on Reaction: The Nintendo 'NX', and Why We Think ...:

@BinaryFragger That's nice, but again, just look at the numbers. Dragon quest pushed an extra 100k units or thereabouts, according to that story. But DS sold over 150-million units over its life, so in the grand scheme of things, those extra sales barely register. But I'm not saying that no one cares about third party games anyway. I'm simply saying that they're an afterthought for most people that buy Nintendo systems. And with all the casuals that bought Wiis, this was especially true. Go to any grandma's house with a Wii in it, and you'll find two or three games, and they're always Nintendo titles.

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#10

FLUX_CAPACITOR commented on Reaction: The Nintendo 'NX', and Why We Think ...:

@BinaryFragger Yeah sure, that's definitely a positive. I've never said it wasn't. But at this point, it's safe to assume that if anyone is buying a Nintendo system, it is because they want to play Nintendo games. Xbox and Playstation don't have anywhere near the same level of fan devotion to their first-party offerings, and are basically stuck in a two-way marketing battle to see who can convince the non-Nintendo gamers to buy their console over the other nearly-identical console to play the multi-plats that will most definitely be coming to those two systems. For Nintendo, their bread and butter is made or lost on creating unique systems with unique software, and then remembering to actually advertise the stuff.

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#11

FLUX_CAPACITOR commented on Reaction: The Nintendo 'NX', and Why We Think ...:

@Quorthon And you went out and bought those systems for those games, right? I can totally remember all the lines of people waiting to get their hands on an NES for Contra, or the N64 for Goldeneye...

And anyway, besides the fact that third-party software wasn't a major (emphasis on "major") selling point even back in the NES-N64 days, that wasn't the point of what I said anyway. My comment specifically referred to the Wii, but you can keep skirting around my actual points and keep looking for random holes in my comment that have no bearing on anything anyway. It's ironic that you accuse me of not reading or understanding what you said, but your response makes it seem like you're reading every other sentence or else you're just not able to comprehend what you're reading.

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#12

FLUX_CAPACITOR commented on Reaction: The Nintendo 'NX', and Why We Think ...:

@BinaryFragger Gee, thanks for the history lesson. Not like I was alive back then and owned those systems. You're missing the point entirely though, which is that no one ever buys Nintendo systems for third party software. It has always been more of an added bonus, and at varying degrees from one generation to the next. Moreover, I'm talking more specifically about the last couple of generations anyway, so the NES and SNES aren't all that relevant. to this discussion, although the argument does still apply to those two systems, as first-party games sold so much better on those systems than probably most other games combined. And sure, it helped that games like Super Mario Bros. and World came bundled with their respective systems, but that just proves my point that people were going out of their way to buy Nintendo systems for Nintendo games, even back then.

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#13

FLUX_CAPACITOR commented on Reaction: The Nintendo 'NX', and Why We Think ...:

@Quorthon Ouch, you really burned me, man. Way to build an argument.

/not.

Everything you say in your posts is based on an apparent ignorance to the fact that not everything is black and white. You just post absurd, absolute statements that are nowhere near approaching the complex truth of any given matter that you might be ranting about, and then if anyone challenges you, your first and only reaction is to fire off some petty insults and make yourself look a petulant brat. None of which is very surprising, since you seem to exist in this place for the sole purpose of trolling everyone here.

Anyway, back to the point- your statement that third-party software is what leads to sales is the core of this discussion, and my response to you is that apparently everyone but you seems to recognize that third-party software has NEVER been a selling point for Nintendo hardware. You can see evidence of that just by looking at the sales of third-party games in relation to the sales of whichever Nintendo console that game was offered on, and you'll see that the numbers are never in sync.

But the one constant with every single Nintendo console ever made is that Nintendo's own games are by a very wide margin the best-selling games on all of their systems. Which means what most people already know, which is that people buy Nintendo systems to play Nintendo games. The other factor that feeds into Nintendo hardware sales (and this is where you are actually correct for a change) is what you call "gimmicks" but most people just call "user interface".

For most of Nintendo's systems, the control options have played a major role in the consumers' perception of and willingness, or lack thereof, to buy a given system. But it is when the two separate components of software and hardware complement each other that Nintendo hardware sells the most. The combination of the NES Zapper and Duck Hunt was a 'gimmick' that pushed millions of on-the-fence consumers over the top and helped them decide to buy that system. The Wii remote was interesting to people, but it was only when people saw it in action with first-party software such as Wii sports that people felt compelled to buy a Wii.

But in no case has anyone gone out of their way to buy a Nintendo console because they knew it was home to a plethora of multi-plats. That has just never been the case, and everyone knows that. This is why you will never see the same degree of third-party support of a Nintendo system that you see on the other two, no matter how powerful the system, and no matter how massive the sales figures are. The engine that drives Nintendo's sales is innovation in software working in tandem with innovation in hardware, or what you call "gimmicks". Sometimes, Nintendo's offerings will resonate with people, and at other times, they won't. But just remember that the gamecube is a perfect example of what happens when Nintendo builds a powerful system with a standard control scheme and no gimmicks- no one buys it, no matter how good it is.

To sum this all up, your statements are just incredibly reductive and you seem to be unwilling or unable to recognize that there is a lot more that goes into hardware sales than just raw processing power and large third-party software libraries, especially for Nintendo. They are a market unto themselves, with a unique set of fans and a unique set of consumer-imposed rules and expectations that they have to deal with. Your suggestions for how Nintendo should go about their future hardware development is tantamount to abandoning their careful, near-surgical approach to getting over and around obstacles and instead smashing them with a sledgehammer and hoping they shatter. That might work for Microsoft and Sony, but it has never been Nintendo's style. So maybe you're just on the wrong site.

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#16

FLUX_CAPACITOR commented on Weirdness: The Mail on Sunday Still Thinks We'...:

@faint Yes, just look at Fox News, and while doing so ignore the fact that they're the only news channel in the US that doesn't pander to the left and yet they still have massive leads in the ratings in pretty much every demographic. Sorry, but I come across this typical "just look at Fox News!" comment every day on one site or another, and it's as old and tired as it is inaccurate.

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#17

FLUX_CAPACITOR commented on Mario Kart 8 Misses Out at BAFTA Game Awards, ...:

@Jahir Just ignore him. This is a person who thinks that Nintendo releasing one game per gen for most of their franchises, with vast differences between one release and the next, is a "/bummer" but still thinks Call of Duty is good and is only just now starting to question his enthusiasm for that bloated, tired, offensively-repetitive snoozefest after Advanced Warfare. He just likes being contradictory, and is more or less a troll, even if he doesn't realize it.

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#18

FLUX_CAPACITOR commented on Review: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars (...:

@aaronsullivan Dire straights? Um, no. Sorry, but Nintendo is far from being in "dire straights". If you want an example of a company that IS in dire straights, just look at Sony. Outside of playstation (excepting Vita), they make mostly bad decisions and have been flirting with the brink for like a decade.

Nintendo, on the other hand, has never come close to being in any kind of significant danger, has never been in significant debt, has never had to lay anyone off, and has never lost money on a product at retail. But if they slashed wii u prices even further at this point, then you can rest assured that their one or two years of operating losses would become the norm, and then they really would be in danger. Nintendo is very slow to evolve and that can be a problem sometimes, but at least they're responsible and take the tough decisions seriously, which is what has seen them through since the 1800's and will continue to do so for some time in the future, I suspect.

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#19

FLUX_CAPACITOR commented on Review: OlliOlli (Wii U eShop):

@sketchturner I'm in more or less the same situation. My main obstacles are convincing my wife that gaming is something that a 30 year old man should spend all of his free time on, and then finding enough time to play a single game consistently enough to where I don't forget what I'm doing the next time I pick it up.

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#20

FLUX_CAPACITOR commented on Review: OlliOlli (Wii U eShop):

I'm severely disappointed by this game so far. I was really looking forward to it, but I seriously hate the mechanics and the control layout. I honestly feel like they designed the controls the way they did specifically to make the game much more difficult than it otherwise would have been. And I have no problem with difficult games. But half the time I just feel like I'm fighting the controller, and that's not the kind of difficulty that inspires me to keep playing- it's the kind that makes me want to stop playing and smash my controller. I don't have unlimited time to sink into mastering the controls for a budget indie game. I just wish I could get my $8 back. Oh well.

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#21

FLUX_CAPACITOR commented on Indie Developers Praise Nintendo's Policies an...:

@DontPlayDumb I'm not sure what you mean. There are arguably as many indies developing for Nintendo's platforms as there are on Microsoft's and Sony's at this point, or at least in the same ballpark. There aren't as many major 3rd parties publishing for Nintendo's systems, but that comes down to the fact that Nintendo's core audience doesn't really buy big AAA titles from non-Nintendo developers.

And like Quorthon said, developing for Wii U in particular is very easy, and learning/getting access to software is definitely not a problem, since Nintendo gives a free Unity license to every developer that registers with Nintendo. And Unity is a very friendly tool set to develop with, so offering that free license has really knocked down a lot of barriers for independent developers. And in addition to that, Nintendo has introduced the Nintendo Web Framework, which has made it possible for just about anyone who knows HTML5 to start developing games.

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#23

FLUX_CAPACITOR commented on Gone Home Console Versions Are "Not Actively i...:

@Harrison_Peter That's because people here are generally the type who like games that you can actually PLAY, as opposed to just clicking a button every couple minutes while you watch a badly written movie. This type of hipster trash doesn't even count as a game. It's just slightly-interactive media, like one of those books on tape little kids listen to that make a chiming sound when it's time to turn the page.

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#24

FLUX_CAPACITOR commented on Unity 5 Development Engine Launches, Includes ...:

@ThomasBW84 If I were a writer on this or any site, I would just avoid reading the comment section. It doesn't matter what you're reporting on, there will always be someone to complain about it. People seem to incorrectly assume that reporting on one thing means that some other more-important thing is being ignored.

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#25

FLUX_CAPACITOR commented on Mario Kart 8 DLC Still Set for May as Online e...:

"I don't know. I still find 8 new tracks, or 4 if you want to be edgy like me "little". But that's just my opinion."

That's your opinion, and I can't fault you for having one. But my opinion is that you are either new to gaming or unfamiliar with dlc outside of this game if you think these packs are "little".

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#26

FLUX_CAPACITOR commented on Mario Kart 8 DLC Still Set for May as Online e...:

@Eclipse It's funny that everyone who complains about the gap between dlc packs says the same thing- "Nintendo waited so long to release the second pack that no one even cares anymore", followed by "Nintendo needs to hurry up and release this dlc because I'm sick of waiting!" I mean clearly your hype hasn't "diminished entirely" if you're on here saying you want them to release it already.

Also- "considering how little the DLC contains.." really? So 8 new tracks and a bunch of cars and characters is a "little" dlc pack in your mind? Check out the dlc on most non-Nintendo games and I think you'll change your mind.

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#32

FLUX_CAPACITOR commented on Feature: The Heartwarming Tale of a Missing 3D...:

@Platypus101 How am I upset with you? I apologize for my sarcastic tone, and if that offended you I'm sorry. But no, I'm not upset with you. I was just trying to stress the fact that my interpretation of the term "the American Dream" is just the basic academic definition that you can read on wikipedia or any other source. I don't have a lot of philosophical insights into it, because I don't personally put a lot of stock in buzzwords and catch-phrases.

What I will say, though, is that I have little patience for people like that Kirk person who have some kind of political ax to grind so they outright condemn an entire nation and everything it stands for, while writing off millions of people and labeling everyone across the board as greedy and shallow. It offends me in this particular instance because I am American, and my ancestors, along with the ancestors of millions of other Americans, sacrificed their safety and belongings, and in some cases their lives, to escape the oppressive governments of their home nations to get to America and work towards building a better life.

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#33

FLUX_CAPACITOR commented on Feature: The Heartwarming Tale of a Missing 3D...:

@Platypus101 Do you have the internet? Google "the American Dream". It isn't some broad, loosely-defined notion that's subject to individual interpretation. It's a coined term with specific parameters. But having said that, it's not really as important as people think, because it's just a catch-phrase that people latched onto. It's not like some law that people have to live by.

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#34

FLUX_CAPACITOR commented on Feature: The Heartwarming Tale of a Missing 3D...:

@Kirk No thanks. I have a firm handle on the subject and I don't need to waste my time on conspiratorial propaganda from a bunch of anti-American hacks. You want to live in a police state where the government takes half of your money and controls everything you do, be my guest. But don't go around spouting off about how terrible entire countries and political systems are just because you're not satisfied with your own personal circumstances in life. Get over it and move on.

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#35

FLUX_CAPACITOR commented on Feature: The Heartwarming Tale of a Missing 3D...:

@Kirk Again, you're wrong. Saying that the "American Dream" is about nothing more than greed and materialism is blatantly reductive and extremely ignorant, as is your similar description of the UK. It sounds like you just have a screwed up life and need to blame it on someone.

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#36

FLUX_CAPACITOR commented on Feature: The Heartwarming Tale of a Missing 3D...:

@Kirk I comepletely disagree and think that's just your own personal cynical view of the world. There are jerks everywhere, yes, but there are also good people wherever you go, if you're paying attention. And if you think the world you live in is lacking in good will, you can always be the one to get the ball rolling.

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#39

FLUX_CAPACITOR commented on Club Nintendo Goes Rewards Crazy With Final Up...:

@Mario_Fart Offend me? No, it doesn't offend me. I simply find it annoying when people buy a product and then complain that the free products that they are given aren't good enough, when that company doesn't have to give you anything beyond what you originally paid for. And I find it preposterous that you would actually go out of your way to buy a video game console or games specifically so you could get some free kitsch or downloadable games that cost very little anyway if you were to buy them on your own.

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#40

FLUX_CAPACITOR commented on Club Nintendo Goes Rewards Crazy With Final Up...:

@Mario_Fart You start by admitting that gamers are entitled and stating that you know that's wrong, but then your entire post is nothing but a list of ways that you are entitled. It's pretty funny, if I'm being honest, and it makes me wonder if you're playing with a full deck.

I also have to wonder the same thing when you state that Nintendo offers less value than the competition. Beyond being incorrect from just a product pricing standpoint, things like the cost of online gaming and the pricing of dlc prove your judgement on this topic to be way off base and poorly informed. How's that $400 ps4 treating you, or that $100 psn membership, or that $20 gun dlc pack for some generic fps? Okay, have fun with all that value.

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#41

FLUX_CAPACITOR commented on Club Nintendo Goes Rewards Crazy With Final Up...:

@Mario_Fart Sorry, but you're annoying me. First of all, you didn't just get wrapping paper. You got the console and the games that you paid for. It's not like you bought those for the cheap rewards from club nintendo, which nintendo doesn't have to offer, and are literally giving away for free as a thank you for buying their products. It's not like they're required to offer a loyalty program.

Moreover, when they announced that they were closing club nintendo, they specifically said that it was not closing immediately and that they would be adding more rewards for people to choose from. So if you had been paying attention, you would have waited for better rewards, and would not now be complaining over something that you only have yourself to blame for.

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#42

FLUX_CAPACITOR commented on YouTube Stars Aren't Happy With Nintendo's Rev...:

Meh. No big loss. Virtually all of the market research that's been done on this type of "exposure" shows that the boost in sales it provides is negligible, if not non-existent. The tweens that make up the bulk of viewers for youtube channels like this are considered a non-demographic by advertisers, because they generally don't buy anything based on marketing that they've been exposed to. So if what this guy is saying is true, that his viewers are there because they want to watch HIM in the first place and not some game, then that right there proves that there is little to no benefit for the creators of the content he shows on his channel (like Nintendo) because his subscribers would be watching him regardless of what game he's playing, and they have no desire to buy that game because it is essentially meaningless to them.

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#46

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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#47

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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#48

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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#50

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.