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HylianJowi

Zelda is love, Zelda is life

Male, 24, United States

News reporter, reviewer, and lover of all things Zelda. Also a huge PlayStation fan.

Joined:
Tue 11th March, 2014

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#1

HylianJowi commented on Review: psyscrolr (Wii U eShop):

@ActosGames Oh my goodness, this is so great to hear! I have to be honest, it's never been more painful for me to give a bad score — I specifically requested to review this one because the trailer got me so excited.

I can't overstate how outstanding it is to see a developer taking responsibility and listening to criticism. I know it's probably not the easiest thing to do, but there's clearly so much passion in this project and it would be a shame to let it go to waste.

I'll be looking forward to seeing where this goes in the future! Keep up that awesome attitude! :)

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#2

HylianJowi commented on Review: psyscrolr (Wii U eShop):

@BLPs Definitely! It's a bit of a weird position for me, because as reviewers we're writing from two perspectives simultaneously — we're giving both our individual opinion as well as representing NL's take on a game. It can get confusing.

My reasoning this time around stems from the fact that the conclusion portion of our reviews usually appear on Metacritic and other critical aggregation sites, so I switched to the collective pronoun to speak in my capacity as NL's representative.

It's not technically grammatically correct in that it lacks clarity, but again — it's a weird stylistic thing (like AP style dropping Oxford commas, which I also think hurts clarity). I'm pretty sure most people who read these reviews are aware that we are writing in a dual role and understand that "we" means the publication and not necessarily an actual collective.

Either way, the consensus seems to be that the game's disappointing — look, there's our collective! (Just kidding.) ;)

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#3

HylianJowi commented on Review: psyscrolr (Wii U eShop):

@BLPs It's a journalistic style thing. Many publications, including NL, frown upon using first person perspective in articles and reviews. In place of that, we often write "we" (as if we're speaking AS the collective publication) or "this writer/reviewer" to avoid that. It comes across as a little strange sometimes, but that's journalism. :P

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#12

HylianJowi commented on Eiji Aonuma Explains Why Tingle is Such a Pecu...:

@duffmmann Just being gay doesn't sllow you to speak on behalf of all gay people. In addition, your claim that I invented the context is flawed — if there was truly no stereotyping going on, Aonuma would have fielded questions about the other Zelda characters' sexualities at some point, too. But he hasn't. Why do you think that is?

@NorthLightSuplx The site Tom cited, while actually a site for gay gamers, disappointingly labeled Tingle gay for the stereotypical reasons I mentioned before. He's flamboyant, wears tight clothing, and has a high voice. That gives no inherent evidence of sexuality, but many gay men allow themselves to be stereotyped. Why? I dunno. But look, they were wrong.

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#14

HylianJowi commented on Eiji Aonuma Explains Why Tingle is Such a Pecu...:

@duffmmann It is inappropriate to ask about someone's sexuality because of certain characteristics they exhibit, especially when the question reinforces stereotypes. The question isn't just "Is Tingle gay," it's actually "Because Tingle is flamboyant, wears tight clothing, and has a high voice, does that make him gay?" That's the problem.

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#15

HylianJowi commented on Reaction: Pokémon Shuffle Isn't Quite Microtr...:

What's concerning is that Nintendo would never even have CONSIDERED doing this years ago. Suffice it to say that this is one of the parts of the modern gaming landscape I'd rather Nintendo not adapt to.

You're picking the wrong things to get hip with, Ninty! D:

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#16

HylianJowi commented on Eiji Aonuma Explains Why Tingle is Such a Pecu...:

@duffmmann Beyond just being a stupid question to ask Aonuma, the problem is that the question is directed at Tingle. People rarely (if ever) question the other characters' sexualities, mainly because it's not relevant in the slightest to people's enjoyment of the games. So when Tingle's sexuality is questioned on the basis of his flamboyant personality and dress, there's an insinuation there that flamboyance in men has a direct correlation with homosexuality.

I don't think it really needs to be said, but that's a really old and tired stereotype that can be hurtful to a lot of people. I know plenty of straight men whose personalities just happen to be flamboyant, just as I know plenty of gay men who act more traditionally masculine. Sexuality is an indicator of sexual preference, nothing else: it's not a lifestyle, not a culture, and certainly not something to use as a basis for conclusions on what type of a person someone is.

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#19

HylianJowi commented on Eiji Aonuma Explains Why Tingle is Such a Pecu...:

Suffice it to say that a question like that doesn't deserve a response. You have an opportunity to interview Eiji Aonuma, one of the most influential game creators of all time, and you ask a stereotype-reinforcing question about a character's irrelevant sexuality?

Somebody needs to go back to journalism class! :D

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#24

HylianJowi commented on Review: Frenchy Bird (Wii U eShop):

@TylerTreese Oh yes, I would agree. Gunman Clive and its sequel are excellent examples — but then there are also flash sales on rival platforms with FULL GAMES from 99 cents to a few dollars. 2 bucks doesn't seem like a lot, but for what you get here it's actually a ripoff.

I try to assess these games as fairly as possible and find something to enjoy, but many just don't have much content at all. Say what you want about Nintendo, they do offer excellent value for their asking prices. Just wish some indies and third parties would take note.

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#26

HylianJowi commented on Former Nintendo Indie Champion Discusses the C...:

@Quorthon Wow, you locked it up and put it away. That last post just about sums up my reaction to how they've been handling things, and how so many people hold a bias that — while understandable, Nintendo is awesome — doesn't change the fact that the company is woefully behind.

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#27

HylianJowi commented on Review: Lucadian Chronicles (Wii U eShop):

@KeeperBvK That was an error on my part — my apologies. I guess I was at a loss for words! :P

@DiscoGentleman That sense of community is one of the things that's really made this game worth it; Dark Roast has clearly made a concentrated effort to keep it moving with updates, which is a breath of fresh air during a time when so many major companies — let alone indie developers — seem to offer middling support for their software.

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#29

HylianJowi commented on Review: Fire Emblem (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Ad...:

To everyone saying some screenshots are from Sacred Stones, good eye — but those erroneous screens are randomly pulled from our image collection on the game page. Wish I could fix it, but alas, only an editor can do that. Sorry!

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#33

HylianJowi commented on Review: Plenty of Fishies (Wii U eShop):

@TylerTreese I wouldn't mind if it was occasional, but it is absolutely unrelenting. I know there's going to be a patch, but this trend in gaming — products being released half-baked and then getting put back in the oven a couple minutes at a time — needs to stop.

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#36

HylianJowi commented on Iwata Saw Miyamoto As A Rival When He First St...:

Iwata talked about this rivalry in a few of his GDC keynotes; it actually helped form some of his most solid philosophies on game development at Nintendo. Iwata had quite the chip on his shoulder when he was younger, and thought his genius programming would guarantee his software higher sales than that of Miyamoto. He goes on to describe the "painful lesson" of Miyamoto's software outselling his by an enormous margin, and how it helped him identify that technology alone is not enough to make a good game.

Totally worth checking out, especially to see Iwata laughing. It's infectious.

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#39

HylianJowi commented on Professional Super Smash Bros. Melee Player Ta...:

@Turbo857 Tier lists take a long time to compile, so that's more a credit to the number of characters in the game than its balance.

As for the casual vs. pro garbage, both sides have their share of infantile whiners who are insecure about the way they play the game and feel the need to get defensive every time it comes up in conversation. Play what you like, how you like it, with no reservations. Stop telling others how best to enjoy their entertainment.

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#41

HylianJowi commented on Review: Heptrix (Wii U eShop):

@BearClaus I would agree, except I believe that developers who truly enjoy making games always try to bring something of their own to the table. This doesn't guarantee their game will be a masterpiece, but they try nevertheless. With this recent influx of shovelware, I feel there's absolutely no effort involved at all. These are, at best, C-grade homework assignments from a beginner's class in game design.

I firmly believe that the worst game driven by passion will always be more interesting than the best cynical cash-in. At least then you're given the opportunity to wonder what motivated the creation. Here, I know pretty much exactly what motivated it — the need for attention and the chance to make a quick buck off of someone else's idea.