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Fri 21st Dec 2012

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PanurgeJr commented on Climate "Not Healthy" For Dedicated Handheld G...:

For the foreseeable future there will be a place for dedicated handhelds. Supported properly they will be profitable. But the profits will never again be what they were. Mobile has changed the industry too much. And I loathe many of the changes it has wrought, like conditioning people who upgrade their $500 phone every year to demand software for 99¢. Like creating a market in which in a few years it is expected that 1 in 10,000 apps will be profitable.



PanurgeJr commented on Feature: Have You Played... ZombiU?:

I played it (and in fact I bought the ZombiU Wii U bundle) and loved it. Certainly not perfect technically, but I thought the gameplay was well-designed and that the game did a great job of building atmosphere and creating tension.



PanurgeJr commented on Video: Ocarina of Time's Kakariko Village Gets...:

@Not_Soos It does look beautiful. It also costs a f@*!ton to make entire games look like that, in both money and time, and in both cases the costs are increasing for decreasing improvements. Nintendo has chosen not to bear those costs, and as they increasingly have to go it alone the choice grows less feasible.



PanurgeJr commented on Review: Year Walk (Wii U eShop):

This review suggests it's exactly what I'd hoped it would be, making it an instabuy. As for length, we need more two hour games; not every game has to stretch out its content. We also need a market that will support such (appropriately priced) games.



PanurgeJr commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Continues to Shift Its...:

The biggest advantage to working with independent studios is that they are small enough that they can focus more on the quality of game and less on the quantity of sales. Yes, they are businesses that have bills to pay, and yes, people who work at AAA studios want to make the best products they can; but when you factor in the pressures publishers place on them, and the pressures shareholders place on the publishers, what AAA studios can do becomes very restrictive. They in many ways simply can't offer the alternative that Nintendo seeks to provide. Nindies can, and Nintendo is absolutely correct in courting them, and in making the eShop a place where they can (by modest standards) thrive.



PanurgeJr commented on M2's Porting of Gunstar Heroes To 3DS Was Almo...:

Maybe not Thursday, but I will definitely pick this up. I loved the GBA game and expect this to be better. And while I'm thinking about it does anyone know what Treasure is doing? Seems they've been silent for a while.



PanurgeJr commented on Hands On: Devil's Third - Sampling Online Chao...:

I'm not an online player, so I'll be getting this based upon the single player campaign, but I liked the words at the end of the preview: "good intentions and passions on display." I actually prefer unpolished passion to lifeless perfection. (I find passionate perfection too rare to worry about.) I'm leaning towards giving this the benefit of the doubt, as well as not punishing NoA for listening to the fans who were in an uproar about this game.



PanurgeJr commented on Talking Point: Fatal Frame's Trial Version and...:

Hopefully a limited edition will come to NA. While I prefer physical to digital, I vastly prefer digital to no game at all; I suspect that games like Fatal Frame and Yumi's Odd Odyssey are so niche that they'd never be localized if they had to incur the cost of being published physically.



PanurgeJr commented on Typoman Set to Spell Out a Release on 16th Sep...:

The demo did exactly what it should have, and demonstrated that the game concept has potential. I'll wait for a review or two (and sadly, games like this don't get reviewed enough so there won't be many to choose from), but if the game lives up to at least some of that potential I will definitely be buying this.



PanurgeJr commented on Rumour: Rodea the Sky Soldier Release Pushed B...:

I've had the limited edition preordered for a while, and I have no problem with waiting a bit longer. It puts off when my credit card is charged, and it isn't like I don't have a huge backlog that will keep me more than occupied in the meantime.



PanurgeJr commented on Zombi Reveal Trailer Suggests That Wii U Gamer...:

@heyzeus002 It's the same as Hollywood relying ever more on franchises; it seems that's how everything is going. It won't get this bad, but my gaming nightmare would be to have nothing but two types of games made any more: multi-million dollar AAA sequels and F2P mobile titles. (shudders)



PanurgeJr commented on Editorial: Satoru Iwata Embodied The Playful B...:

Yesterday was for sorrow and prayers for those left behind; today is for beginning to reflect upon the man lost; and later will be for the decisions which eventually will have to be made. One point made above with which I entirely agree but which I see in leaders far too infrequently, is that whatever you thought of Iwata's decisions, not only did you have to acknowledge that there was purpose behind them, you had to respect what that purpose was. How many corporations, after going from the profit levels they saw from Wii and DS to the struggles they've been having, would refuse to abandon their identity as they addressed those struggles? Very, very few. Nintendo, under Iwata, was one of them. And I look forward to watching, and playing, as a new steward continues Iwata's work



PanurgeJr commented on Limbo Looks Set to Finally Arrive on the Wii U...:

I just bought the Android version last week because even though I hate playing games on a smartphone which weren't designed specifically for one, I've always wanted to play this and it was my best chance. I'll double dip if it turns out I like the game but hate the controls, something which is quite possible. And if it turns out this rumor is true. That's also important.

And while I'm at it, I'd love it if Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons also gets a Wii U port. I'll play it on my phone if I have to, but I don't want to.



PanurgeJr commented on FreezeME, Coming to Wii U, Looks Rather Simila...:

@ricklongo I was also sad to see the Kickstarter fail, but I was glad to read in the referenced interview that the campaign wasn't run for the money and the dev didn't really need it (although I'm sure it would have helped). And you're right, at least we get updates on the project, which nobody else gets. My opinion of what the game might be hasn't changed with the updates, so I'll be getting this when it is released; I figure with my pledge I already attempted to buy it, and if I go back on that I make a liar out of myself.



PanurgeJr commented on Poll: Does Nintendo's Drive Towards Multiplaye...:

I prefer single player, but in all honesty I'm a bit of a misanthrope so nobody making business decisions should include me in their data. I also don't think the benefits of online outweigh the negatives, like poor connections and poorer sports, but again, I'm in a shrinking minority. I will say that playing Mario Kart with my nieces and nephew reminded me that local multiplayer can be quite fun, so I'm glad Nintendo keeps some focus on that.



PanurgeJr commented on Blast Ball is Actually the Tutorial in Metroid...:

@Kaze_Memaryu It's one thing to be disinterested in a title because it's not single player, or because it seems to have a tone other than what you're looking for. It's another thing entirely to take the insulting tone that you have towards Next Level Games to express that disinterest, especially when in the process you prove that you are one of the entitled, kneejerk masses that the rest of us have grown so tired of these last two weeks. I've seen all the footage that you have; I've played the same amount of the game as you have; so I know exactly what your opinion is based on, and exactly how seriously to take it. Which is not in the least. At this point I'm not even embarrassed anymore for everyone who can't see how ridiculous they're being. The initial, emotional reaction was one thing, but to not only keep it up but to attempt to construct rational argument to justify it is Camusian-level absurd.



PanurgeJr commented on Review: Never Alone (Wii U eShop):

If they patch it I will pick this up. Even without a patch I still may. I certainly don't want to support buggy game development, but I also do want to support a wider range of thematic material and artistic aesthetics in gaming, and sending the message to other developers that there is an audience for games like this is something I'd like to do, even as I worry that I'd send the message that people will accept poor execution.