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HappyMaskedGuy

HappyMaskedGuy

Twenty-three is number one!

Male, 28, United Kingdom

Nintendo love. Opinionated. Nasty drunk. Do you have any change at all???!

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HappyMaskedGuy

#3

HappyMaskedGuy commented on Nintendo@E3 2014 Community Now Live on Miiverse:

@Mr_Video Exactly- I'm predicting the things you wouldn't expect nintendo to do at E3, because we all know from bitter experience that nintendo almost never unveil what we want or expect from them! Lol.

Perhaps a direct sequel to Link Between Worlds? Or Majoras Mask Part 2? Hey you, Raichu?
Some lessons for the Art Academy Sketchpad would be nice...

A big part of the West's presentation will be Tomodachi Life I bet.

Then we can all slump bak into a resigned sense of underwhelmed-ness.

Love E3 ;)

HappyMaskedGuy

#5

HappyMaskedGuy commented on Nintendo@E3 2014 Community Now Live on Miiverse:

@Luna-Harmony I've got my fingers crossed for some Metroid, and I am also confidently predicting an unveiling of Twilight Princess HD.

Also an extra series of downloadable cups for Mario Kart 8, hopefully including both N64 Banshee Boardwalk and Bowsers Castle.

And Smash Bros Melee HD, purrdy p-p-p-please? :)

HappyMaskedGuy

#6

HappyMaskedGuy commented on Nintendo@E3 2014 Community Now Live on Miiverse:

I think it's a great thing. The Wii U has a strong online community spirit, a shared enthusiasm, more so than any of the other consoles- comparitively barren, soulless deserts of bashing each other's mamas.

Rock on with the intelligent, nonsensical and downright dumb expectations for Nintendo at E3!

HappyMaskedGuy

#7

HappyMaskedGuy commented on Weirdness: Luigi's Mario Kart 8 'Death Stare' ...:

Why is everyone getting so hung up on the fact it isn't Fox News? Plenty of people have already pointed out as much in the comments- aye, journalistic accuracy is important, but big woo, it isn't Fox Network News. Who cares? :/

No need to repeat what others have said already. Read the other comments first perhaps? It's good manners, yo ;)

HappyMaskedGuy

#8

HappyMaskedGuy commented on Weirdness: Luigi's Mario Kart 8 'Death Stare' ...:

Clearly the Wii U is still DOOOOMED...

Haha, those Nintendo cynics never cease to amaze me with their ability to grossly underestimate the greatest gaming company ever (and evermore).

All who bashed the Wii U, please get off this planet. You are all fools of the highest caliber.

HappyMaskedGuy

#13

HappyMaskedGuy commented on Mario Kart Month: Expanding the Universe of Ma...:

I think that introducing non-nintendo characters to smash bros took away a good deal of its purity and power as a franchise (compare Melee to Brawl), so NO, leave your hairbrained idea out of this, dilution would harm Mario Kart as a pure, working and consistently exciting formula.

Go play Sega or Sony's 'brilliant' multi universe multiplayer games if you want such watery nonsense.

HappyMaskedGuy

#15

HappyMaskedGuy commented on Interview: Mario Kart 8 Director, Kosuke Yabuk...:

@Thecoolmana777 perhaps I just look for things to worry about lol. I suppose it's just not my kind of game. You are right, it is a safe medium of escapism to do things you couldn't otherwise do, and who knows, it may even be therapeutic in a bloodthirsty quenching frustration kind of way.
Videogames need and deserve more study. There's some really interesting human insight to be found I'm sure! :)

HappyMaskedGuy

#16

HappyMaskedGuy commented on Interview: Mario Kart 8 Director, Kosuke Yabuk...:

@Spanjard Super Mario World 4 plot;

Yoshi babysits all the babies.

Yoshi eats them.

A hole is torn in the space time continuum.

Yoshi and Bowser merge and are stretched into one giant, Lovecraftian horror of the stars, travelling back and forth through time, devouring planets.

End.

HappyMaskedGuy

#18

HappyMaskedGuy commented on Interview: Mario Kart 8 Director, Kosuke Yabuk...:

@NavySpheal I think there is a huge mistake made by many people when comparing violence in a movie to violence in a videogame. A videogame is an active participation simulation- I don't think that violent Videogames make people violent, not at all. But I am worried by the desensitisation it can create, and often, parents buy these games for their younger children without realising the serious nature/ content of them, because there is a very real problem of Videogames still being generalised by non-players as just 'toys'.
I just don't see why we actually need these types of FPS? Regardless of story, the characters in the games have a total disregard for the rules of warfare, so it's not exactly making a valuable contribution to how we view war and how to avoid it. Nah, just torture some dude then blow his brains out. Doesn't matter, he's not real, no consequences.

Maybe I'm coming across as a jerk here, because I can hear a collective of people groaning, 'Chill, it's just a game'- but that is just the problem. The CoD games market themselves as super realistic, yet paradoxically it is viewed as a 'toy' to the uninformed. This contradiction can be incredibly confusing, so much that it could ultimately hurt gaming's development as a thoughtful space for creativity.

However, Suggesting an NWA album for their kids, or allowing them to go see the next SAW film would send 'em bananas in uproar, because everyone KNOWS how to view movies. They know where they stand. Also, movies stand completely seperately, they are not tied in to a particular media format, as games are. They are also non-participant in nature.

I think there should be room for all types of Videogames, to support that artistic freedom. But FPS' have a stranglehold on the market which is, to me, a problem. As a gamer, I don't want to be prejudged as someone who enjoys pretending to shoot people.

HappyMaskedGuy

#19

HappyMaskedGuy commented on Interview: Mario Kart 8 Director, Kosuke Yabuk...:

@Roadkill409 I think that is why I have always been such a big fan of Nintendo hardware. I don't have kids (yet lol), but violent 'adult' Videogames have never interested me. GTA etc, the majority of people who I know who play those games play ONLY those games. Which isn't a gamer to me. I find it perplexing when these people, who buy every CoD and GTA release but nothing else, proclaim themselves 'mature' gamers! It leaves me positively aghast!

Fact is, no Playstation or Xbox releases have made me want their consoles, for more than a decade- I'm just not their market. I love colourful, creative and exciting worlds that in reality I otherwise could not escape to and explore. I am however, frequently accused as being a fanboy by said 'mature gamers'.

It continues to perplex me. I want to be able to share these fantastic experiences with my future children. I DO NOT want them to become desensitised to simulated human violence through Videogames. There is so much violence in the real world, we see it happening all over the world almost every day to people we don't know, and I would prefer my kids were appalled by, rather than numb and indifferent to a stranger's suffering.

I love Nintendo games because, like reading to my future children, playing with them and generally enjoying life with them, I'll be able to explore these worlds and share something very special with them for a long, long time.

Hopefully :)

HappyMaskedGuy

#20

HappyMaskedGuy commented on Interview: Mario Kart 8 Director, Kosuke Yabuk...:

@BLPs I've always been extremely uncomfortable with Videogames which glorify shooting other human beings. I couldn't believe Call of Duty was allowed to include that airport massacre scene. It didn't have a point to make, it was simply shock value and marketing. It was utterly disgraceful. Also glorifying casual, indiscriminate violence such as torture in a videogame is unacceptable to me, and completely unnecessary. But jeez, is it popular. Disturbing.

Ill stick with games like Mario Kart, Zelda, Child of Light, Trine 2, Okami and other adventure, racing, RPG fun multiplayer games. All of which have more creativity and true escapism in 1 screen than all of CoD's series put together.

Games should be a positive force in the world. The most violent I can go (just) is in the Assasins Creed games. Purely for the work that goes into creating the worlds of past times, I find it fascinating.

HappyMaskedGuy

#21

HappyMaskedGuy commented on Interview: Mario Kart 8 Director, Kosuke Yabuk...:

@BLPs Totally agree, generally can't stand FPS games. The grunt squad soldier simulator guff that's plagued the genre has pretty much put me off them for life.

More fantasy FPS games like the N64 Turok series and I'd show interest. They just had to reboot Turok as..... a bloody squaddie. Was Enraged.

Also, I firmly believe the mass use of the Unreal engine destroyed the FPS beyond repair. I want organic, singular game engines developed with care that are unique to each shooter, like the good old days.

Death to COD.

HappyMaskedGuy

#23

HappyMaskedGuy commented on Interview: Mario Kart 8 Director, Kosuke Yabuk...:

@BLPs I enjoyed Sonic and All Stars Transformed, but compared even to MarioKart it is incredibly unbalanced and unfair, and many of the tracks are lacking a good sense of momentum and direction. Ultimately I just found it to be a little hollow.
But I did enjoy it.
I actually enjoy that sense of restriction within the Mushroom Kingdom and Donkey Kong- it encourages true creativity and forces the developers to really flesh out the world in a way which adds to the Mario universe, rather than just random locations which can't be supported in a shared universe.

I agree, it is definately a mixed bag of opinions!

HappyMaskedGuy

#26

HappyMaskedGuy commented on Interview: Mario Kart 8 Director, Kosuke Yabuk...:

@Mega719 No, no, no, no.

Mario Kart belongs in the Mushroom Kingdom, Sonic and his cringeworthy buddies belong in his many non-tangible, frequently confused and mediocre worlds.

Mario has a degree of class and quality to uphold- Sonic is enjoyable enough sometimes, sure, but he will never belong in as beloved and historic a game franchise as Mario Kart.

End.

HappyMaskedGuy

#27

HappyMaskedGuy commented on Interview: Mario Kart 8 Director, Kosuke Yabuk...:

@Volmun Sorry my friend but I couldn't disagree more- 'Nintendo Kart' would be plain awful. I don't want dilution between Smash Bros and Mario Kart characters to that degree. Sounds like the sort of thing Sony would do. Oh wait...
Also, please correct your grammar. 'I've said' 'Release' and 'money'.

Yup, I'm all kinds of villain today!
:p

HappyMaskedGuy

#28

HappyMaskedGuy commented on Become The UK's Best Mario Kart Family, Win Re...:

By family, is there a requisite participant set? Nuclear family ie mother, father, at least two siblings?
I haven't checked the rules so I'm just going to proclaim this competition unfair and intolerant of family diversities- particularly if it excludes my right to compete as a 28 year old son alongside my parents and 19 year old brother.

Nintendo continues to attack modern family ideals.

I shall fight this in the court of Human Rights.

#LetFamiliesKart

HappyMaskedGuy

#30

HappyMaskedGuy commented on Hyrule Warriors Confirmed for 14th August in J...:

@FalconPunch man, I feel so ashamed- I still haven't played any of the Pikmin games (I have all of them) Wonderful 101 (still in its wrapper since Christmas!) and have been waiting to play Viewtiful Joe ever since its original release! LOVE Wario Ware on the Wii and DIY on DS. Such weirdly chilled/ manic games.
I gather Mega Man will be your go to fighter in Smash Bros then? :D

HappyMaskedGuy

#31

HappyMaskedGuy commented on Hyrule Warriors Confirmed for 14th August in J...:

@FalconPunch I will admit to being deeply disappointed with Skyward Sword. I can understand the conflicts between religious beliefs and videogame imagery and contet though. I just wouldn't like to see those kinds of issues become relevant in a relatively free thinking form of entertainment.
I just think God (whatever or whoever that may be) has bigger things to worry about than a videogame.
In fact, I like to think he/she/it would be pretty darn proud of humanty for using our imaginations :p

I can't stand Call of Duty, and the prospect of the Last of Us bores me to death. Just different tastes and opinions, and everyone's entitled to them :)

HappyMaskedGuy

#32

HappyMaskedGuy commented on Hyrule Warriors Confirmed for 14th August in J...:

@FalconPunch also note, you clearly stated that your religious views didn't help in your ability to enjoy the game. Try not to get so defensive! I was simply responding to your statement. Opinions are totally sacred. Just try not to drag things like the 'R' word in here. Maybe I'm alone in feeling this way.

HappyMaskedGuy

#33

HappyMaskedGuy commented on Hyrule Warriors Confirmed for 14th August in J...:

Well I have some pretty darn high standards of morality myself, but when I switch on a beautifully designed game deemed suitable for everyone, I hang that crap up at the door.

And if you don't enjoy Zelda style of gaming, cool!
But please, leave the serious stuff outside in the real world, where it belongs ;)

HappyMaskedGuy

#34

HappyMaskedGuy commented on Hyrule Warriors Confirmed for 14th August in J...:

@FalconPunch I'm not sure why a fictional dialogue with temples, deities and prophecies should affect your point of view with regards to any religion.
These ideas are deeply ancient and entrenched in all forms of storytelling, dating much further back than any modern practice of religion.
No offence, but that's just a silly thing to say.

HappyMaskedGuy

#35

HappyMaskedGuy commented on Hyrule Warriors Confirmed for 14th August in J...:

@C-Olimar Agreed. I've been super sceptical of this from the start. Novelty style games don't tend to shape up well either.

This is a mistake that could harm the Zelda name. I mean, look at how badly Other M divided hardcore fans after the unquestionable brilliance of the Prime series...

I predict a reluctant Nintendo Life 7 for this one.

HappyMaskedGuy

#37

HappyMaskedGuy commented on Book Review: Console Wars - Sega, Nintendo, an...:

@Peach64 An author who;

1. Presents fictitious dialogue as actual events

2. Opens his book with a foreword by Seth Rogen

3. Gives the film rights of his book to Seth Rogen

Definitely is NOT an author I would give any time to!

Regardless of whether those comments were his or not, they are given privilege as foreword in his book.

HappyMaskedGuy

#38

HappyMaskedGuy commented on Book Review: Console Wars - Sega, Nintendo, an...:

@Nik-Davies If people like them continue to assume the role of speaking on behalf of the gaming community, most of whom are cerebral, creative and appreciative of the work and art of good games, rejecting trash like CoD, the wider assumption of video games and their enthusiasts will continue to be viewed negatively with zero credibility.

Personally, it makes me feel bloody sick.

HappyMaskedGuy

#40

HappyMaskedGuy commented on Philips Claims Wii And Wii U Infringe Two Of I...:

I spent a few horrible months working in a Philips TV assembly plant when I was just out of school.
They fired people just for sitting down, even for a second, despite the fact shifts were about 8 hours, minimum wage, often with compulsory overtime. Standing up for four hours in an assembly line putting little plugs into microchip boards, roasting hot before shuffling into the prison-esque canteen to be served 'food' (dog food really) then back out for more monotonous slave labour.....was the most depressing job I've ever done. Sensory depravation is no exaggeration.

Philips treated their staff like expendable pieces of meat.
I was pulled up for talking to the person next to me once, and I just snapped. Chucked the plugs on the floor, told them to stick their job and walked out grinning.

Horrible employers. Horrible company.

Nail 'em Nintendo, for me? ;)

HappyMaskedGuy

#42

HappyMaskedGuy commented on Video: Temperatures Rise With This Heated Bole...:

Nintendo can definitely lay claim to having the most artistic, creative and passionate fan base of most mediums of entertainment, not least the video game industry.

Treasure these people Nintendo, they hold all the keys to your future survival. Consider what makes them so enamoured and invest in those loyalties.

HappyMaskedGuy

#44

HappyMaskedGuy commented on Fresh Super Smash Bros. Screens Show Zero Suit...:

She's a fictional character whose design is both sexually appealing (to both genders I might add, if so inclined) and female empowering. She's wearing heels kicking people in the face. Cool.

I'd find more controversy in Peach's design to be honest. In this day and age, Mario saving the Princess is way out of touch with modern attitudes to female roles in society.

Rock on Samus.

HappyMaskedGuy

#45

HappyMaskedGuy commented on Weirdness: Hoverboards Now a Virtual Reality W...:

Very interesting- were there actually any Wii games which incorporated the balance board in successful experimental ideas, such as this? A super fast hover board game in the likeness of extreme g with big roller coaster tracks would be fantastic.
More wall breaking games please Nintendo! Make em awesome! What can you bloody well lose?!

HappyMaskedGuy

#47

HappyMaskedGuy commented on Mario Kart 8 Producer Explains The Absence of ...:

I don't think a custom track editor is relevant here. Each course in mario kart games is built around themes and the complexities of background art.
In this case, I would see it as a wasted exercise. I'd prefer Nintendo worked on new tracks to be downloaded as time goes on.

HappyMaskedGuy

#49

HappyMaskedGuy commented on Interview: Renegade Kid Discusses Its Cult Cou...:

@accc I completely agree- I think the 3DS' graphical constraints would encourage the developers to work more creatively in order to achieve a scarier game as well. I think Renegade Kid has dropped the ball on this one- what could have been a unique and niche market success on 3DS looks set to disappear under the mounds of high budget FPS' on other platforms. There will be a visual gap RK will struggle to fill.
But then I could be completely wrong- interested to read they worked with Acclaim- if they had anything to do with Turok, Turok 2, Rage Wars or Shadowman on N64 then I'll back it lol.

HappyMaskedGuy

#50

HappyMaskedGuy commented on Latest Assassin's Creed Announcement Continues...:

@pukka-pie Sorry, but I couldnt disagree more- the AC games are far better in terms of the work and imagination invested than COD games. If you haven't already, give AC IV a play, I couldnt imagine why you wouldnt enjoy it. It has flaws, but it has far more heart and soul than any CoD game Iv ever played, with some of the most gorgeous visuals Iv witnessed on Wii U, or any console for that matter.
I do not consider myself a moron or idiot in any sense, sir ;)