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Galenmereth

Galenmereth

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#1

Galenmereth commented on Talking Point: Metroid Prime: Federation Force...:

The game looks absolutely horrible, regardless of its brand. When you add the fact that they call it Metroid Prime: Federation Force, well... the pill that was already hard to swallow is a jawbreaker shoved down your throat.

I'm not even angry, myself. I'm not /that/ big of a Metroid fan that this bothers me. I just move on. We all should. Don't buy it, vote with your wallet, and move on.

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#6

Galenmereth commented on Super Smash Bros. Club Nintendo Mewtwo Codes a...:

So I managed to miss the info that I had to register both games on the dumb defunct Club Nintendo website prior to 31.03. Apparently buying both games at launch, playing online and having my profile tied to my Nintendo ID isn't enough. I'm getting really pissed off at Nintendo's lack of modern infrastructure. I'm not about to pay even more for this bonus character when I own both games already just because they wanted their annoying surveys filled out.

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#7

Galenmereth commented on Review: BOXBOY! (3DS eShop):

Ok honestly, "black and white" is not a "Game Boy" aesthetic. What are you on about? It's a minimalist design decision, it has nothing to do with retro or Game Boy at all. It's not low resolution, it's not green-tinted monochrome. It's its own, minimalist style. The benefit of such a style is clarity of information. Not every game needs to look like the offspring of a rave party.

Whether you like it or not is of course entirely up to you, but don't go calling it "Game Boy" aesthetics when it's clearly got nothing to do with it. And then to let that be a defining factor in the score? Please.

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#8

Galenmereth commented on Review: IRONFALL Invasion (3DS eShop):

I tried the demo of the campaign recently... Ooh boy, this is a really bad FPS. In every way. The bullets are clunky, the graphics are really ugly, and everything about it feels super low budget in the worst way possible. Voice acting was also atrocious.

I really don't agree with 7/10 here.

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#11

Galenmereth commented on 3DS Web Browser Exploit Allows Game Boy Color ...:

@Kaze_Memaryu You really think Nintendo wouldn't patch region locking if it weren't for this exploit, out of fear of "public outcry"? I can assure you the vast majority of 3DS owners have no idea you can use the region lock exploit whatsoever; a vocal tiny minority would whine and nobody would care.

Nintendo has their own reasons for region locking: It has to do with the income inequality and conversion rates of currencies between countries. I pay 2.5 times the US price for my games here in Norway; that's money Nintendo doesn't want to give up. It makes perfect business sense. I do not like it as a consumer though, but it sure is a legitimate reason to stop the region lock bypass.

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#14

Galenmereth commented on Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Demo Smashe...:

I would have liked to have the unique 3DS modes playable in the demo: I'm not getting the 3DS version for multiplayer, since I want the Wii U one for that. So this isn't really convincing me to buy the 3DS version, since none of my friends are going to bother with it anyway.

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#16

Galenmereth commented on Review: Hyrule Warriors (Wii U):

"This sentiment carries over to the music, which is made up of classic Zelda tunes which have been mercilessly butchered by Omega Force's in-house musicians."

Yeah no thanks.

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#19

Galenmereth commented on New Nintendo 3DS Models Announced:

@Vrael It's not a new console, it's just an incremental upgrade, yet it is released for full price.

While the same can be said for mobile gaming — a new iPhone released roughly every year — keep in mind that the asking price for software in mobile gaming is way too low to produce quality products like dedicated hardware gets. This is the problem. This sets a very bad precedent.

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#20

Galenmereth commented on New Nintendo 3DS Models Announced:

This would be perfectly fine if it wasn't for the fact that the "new" 3DS is only a slight upgrade from the old models in terms of CPU and "power". While this was the same for the DSi, the DSi didn't have exclusive retail games. I really don't like this development.

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#24

Galenmereth commented on Talking Point: A History of the Sexualisation ...:

I don't understand why women wear stiletto heels. They're scientifically proven to be bad for your feet and your back, they're painful, and you set yourself up for serious foot injury the higher the heels get if you step wrong. And yet, women decide to wear these things — despite all the warnings — every single day. My ex did, and I tried talking her out of it, because I see them as torture devices.

So tell me, then: why are stiletto heels such an issue, when women wear them, buy them, and enjoy them? We all know /why/ women wear them: it is to look good. It makes you taller, it makes your butt more perky, and if used by someone who have trained to walk with them, it can look elegant (although it often does not...) Are we trying to say that women using stiletto heels are demeaning themselves? That you cannot want to look good and also be independent and strong? Seriously? That's sexism on the same level as saying men with muscles are stupid.

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#25

Galenmereth commented on Talking Point: A History of the Sexualisation ...:

@Yorumi Isn't it attacking people by proxy you're annoyed by? People that align themselves with a group cannot claim personal attack when it is the opinions of the group that is attacked.

I read the article. But Samus' new attire in SSB is the spearhead of the argument — "look at what Nintendo is doing with Samus". I agree Other M was manchauvenistic piece of garbage — at least based on cutscenes, I never did play it. But the article talks about her visual appearence being demeaning, or sexualized, and her being objectified. Which is wrong.

I'm also not hiding behind anything: I did directly say that many social justice warriors make issues out of non issues. I stand by that. And I see nothing wrong in questioning a group's motives, when it directly correlates with the discussed topic. And make no mistake that this whole spectacle on women in games is used by some individuals as marketing for their own brand. It's a hot topic. It sells games, it pulls article clicks.

The target I paint with the term social justice warriors are for people that take the act of judging and serving justice into their own hands. Because that's what it means. People bullying those that do not conform to their own ideas and principles. I'm not saying the writer of this article is among these people: but the narrative is certainly narrated by such figures. Recent controversies over the past week ought to make you, too, question their motives.

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#26

Galenmereth commented on Talking Point: A History of the Sexualisation ...:

@Yorumi: Except I do not do what they do. I am not saying their arguments are invalid because of who they are, I'm making a statement about their agenda. What is the point in me repeating the great arguments on this already found and made here in these comments? I'd rather supplement them by adding that a lot of the basis for these arguments is without good reason. Like stated elsewhere, women wear training outfits when they exercise, like men do. What Samus wears is not demeaning: it's perfectly tasteful. Words like objectification are thrown around with no regard for their actual meaning. Samus would be objectified if her purpose in the game was only to be an object of sexual reference and fanservice. But she is a fighter, as powerful as any of the others — male, female or dinosaur — and she wears a sports attire. Like Little Mac.

Believe it or not, but most women do not feel bad about dressing attractively. It's not a shameful act that demeans their person. It's freedom of expression, and the majority dress in a way that makes them feel good by choice. for some that's "skimpy", for others it's more muted. But let's not make an issue out of a fictional character looking attractive while performing martial arts and kicking ass.

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#27

Galenmereth commented on Talking Point: A History of the Sexualisation ...:

@Yorumi: "You're making broad generalizations about a diverse group of people making statements that are absolutely unprovable." Which is precisely what a lot of people in said group of people also do, but the other way. I cannot count the number of times I've been told my opinions are worthless because I am male. If I am male, by default I am part of the patriarchy, and unless I agree 100%, I am a misogynistic apologist. The term sexism going both ways is apparently irrelevant, because due to men ruling the world, men cannot discuss the oppression of women. That is an ad hominem attack based on gender. And this is why I specified one group of people — the social justice warriors. When social justice turns to bullying those who have a different opinion, is it still justice? Most of the arguments thrown around are not based on research, and so we are discussing subjective opinions. For all the people offended by Samus' new training attire, all the people that do not care are silent. They are the majority. The majority of women do not care one iota about how women are portrayed in video games. This is conjecture and I don't have a specific study to link to, but seeing as there's just a tiny group of people online complaining about this serves as my baseline for that argument. It is making issues out of non-issues instead of handling and working on things that do matter. If people honestly feel the portrayal of Samus and her other female counterparts in other videogames warrant attention more than the issue of unequal pay — a cause which women started fighting for in the 70s and still society at large has yet to rectify — then honestly they are more focused on their own image than on the unfair treatment of women.

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#28

Galenmereth commented on Talking Point: A History of the Sexualisation ...:

@Yorumi: I am not attacking any specific person, although I have quite a few in mind. However, again, I do not mention names because that would be a personal attack, and I do not condone that in any way. But sometimes it's required to not tippy toe around people's feelings and just say what you mean: these are my opinions. I'm not naming or targeting anyone with them, and so I do not see what harm it causes whatsoever.

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#29

Galenmereth commented on Talking Point: A History of the Sexualisation ...:

@MagusDiablo: I am saying it to prove a point: that these arguments are patently absurd, and the people making a fuss about this seem to only want attention. Sexualization in videogames is a non-issue: unequal pay and governments trying to regulate things like birth control are true issues for women that the social justice warrior league don't seem to give two seconds of thought for. All they want is to complain about something but do nothing to try to fix anything. Most of them are attention seeking people with an agenda: marketing their own image.

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#30

Galenmereth commented on Talking Point: A History of the Sexualisation ...:

Ok, I'm going to bring this argument down to the level it seems to like to go in: the writer of this article is male, thus part of the patriarchy that oppresses women, and so his opinion is void. Furthermore, since we know no free-thinking woman would ever wear something like a sports bra and shorts attire, or a skin-tight suit (or tights!) by her own free will, all women doing this are not acting out of free will, but are acting out of the oppression of the patriarchy.

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#32

Galenmereth commented on Screenshots Disabled in Comic Workshop Miivers...:

@McGruber I hear that. I'm 28 myself, and Letterbox was a service I really enjoyed. I had many "pen-pals" there from all over the world, where we would draw drawings and short stories back and forth to each other. And then Nintendo shut the whole thing down because someone didn't behave, and a parent complained. I mean, I really don't see why they couldn't just make the app unavailable if you had parental restrictions activated. Instead all of us just lost a feature that made the console a great social medium...

To me as an adult, that is offensive, because I'm pretty much being told that this device is now for children first, and everything must be child-proof on it. And apparently since there is the off chance someone doesn't behave, I lose a great feature. It's no wonder a lot of people see Nintendo's consoles as "childish" when things like this keep happening.

For everyone with children who think this is ok: if you haven't set up the parental restrictions on your childs' 3DS or Wii U, they can tap the browser icon and watch porn on it. Or anything else. They can visit 4chan if they want, too. So if you're worried about your children being contacted or getting in contact with strangers, or seeing imagery unfit for them, set up parental restrictions and inform other parents of the same. And perhaps, if you'd be so kind, stop ruining everyone else's fun.

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#33

Galenmereth commented on Screenshots Disabled in Comic Workshop Miivers...:

GTA is 18+ on the package. If a parent does not follow this, it is their problem. If parents do not even bother setting up child protection systems on consoles given to their children, it is their responsibility. You can argue all you want that most parents don't do this: all that says is that most parents aren't doing their jobs as parents when it comes to letting their kids play with consoles.

Here's a parenting tip: children below a certain age should not be allowed to play games on consoles unsupervised. I know that sounds like too hard a job, but hey, that's how I was raised. I still managed to sneak out and play Doom when I was way too young because a friends' parent's didn't give a crap about age ratings, and I certainly survived it. But does that mean nobody should be able to play Doom because kids /might/ play it due to irresponsible parents? "Think of the children" is an argument used by parents who do not wish to be responsible for raising their own children.

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#35

Galenmereth commented on Screenshots Disabled in Comic Workshop Miivers...:

@Kalmaro With any service where people can post drawn images, there will be kids drawing dicks. If that causes so much trouble, then don't allow kids on the platform.

The thing people forget in all this "please think of tje children" nonsense is that these services aren't just for kids — they're also for adults that do behave themselves. When Nintendo shuts down Letterbox in its entirety because one bad apple managed to get one child to post inappropriate pictures or details — allegedly — then I am angry. Because you can never ever stop this from happening unless you shut it all down. Instead, use the built in child protection to keep children out of it. Case solved.

I am actually getting legitimately angry at the approach Nintendo is taking because it not only makes using these online services completely useless, but it also hurts their reputation. It's nonsensical, ridiculous, and no other company does this. And the children are still ok.

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#36

Galenmereth commented on Screenshots Disabled in Comic Workshop Miivers...:

Seriously, the consoles have child protection systems. Just make it so you can't view images created by others if the system is in protected mode. If parents fail to utilize this system — which they are informed of when starting it for the first time — it's their fault, and Nintendo's hands are clean.

This solution Nintendo is using now — like the closure of letterbox — is borderline offensive to me as an adult, and I really kitten hate it.
Please watch the profanity — TBD

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#38

Galenmereth commented on Mario Kart 8 Still Competing in Nordic Region ...:

I'm probably the only Norwegian that enjoys Tomodachi Life. That's probably not true, but it feels like it.

Then again, the game wouldn't have been fun at all if it wasn't for the fact that I made an irc community into characters in it, and other people find it hilarious to watch what develops. If I had been playing it alone, I don't think I'd enjoy it at all.

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#43

Galenmereth commented on Mercedes DLC Confirmed for Mario Kart 8 in the...:

I don't like non-Nintendo product placement in my Nintendo games, TYVM. I really really hope I don't see this online if I don't download it; it ruins the feel of the game, simply put. I don't care if other people enjoy it, but I'll actually get annoyed if it's forced on me. I hope those who like this can respect that.

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#44

Galenmereth commented on Eiji Aonuma Plans To Shake Up the Puzzle Formu...:

@Shambo Skyward Sword was a wagglefest of a game, with the first few hours of the game a boring, mind-numbingly extended tutorial made for people who'd never played a game before.

I couldn't play through the game for those two reasons. The motion controls better be completely optional in the next one, or I won't bite again, no matter how gorgeous it's looking.

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#45

Galenmereth commented on Steel Diver Version 2.0 Delayed, Now Targeting...:

Now if only online matches didn't disconnect ALL THE TIME. I can count on one hand the amount of complete matches I've been able to have, both globally and in my own region. And before you ask: Yes, every other 3DS game works flawlessly online, so no, it's not a local problem.

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#46

Galenmereth commented on Video: Musician Lindsey Stirling Dresses Up As...:

Eh, I really am not a fan of her videos. The random jumping about with a violin in hand doesn't do it for me.

Also disappointed that it isn't a cover of a song from the game; I don't see any relevance between her song and the game's theme at all.