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PlywoodStick

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#1

PlywoodStick commented on Today Was Reggie Fils-Aime’s 54th Birthday:

@Quorthon @Nico07 Reggie wasn't really in power yet when the Rare deals were being made and finalized. Reggie might have signed off on the deal (or not, who knows, nondisclosure agreements), but he holds little or no responsibility for the Rare deal's details. There is probably some behind the scenes feud we never got to hear about, pertaining to why Rare was sold off when the opportunity was presented.

Also, many of the partnerships in question built by Lincoln and Arakawa had kind of moved away or evaporated by the time Reggie took the wheel... He wasn't responsible for the N64 and GCN losing developer and publisher deals left and right. :p If anything, we saw a resurgance of deals with the emergence of the DS and Wii. I think those allegations are a bit unfairly harsh. There are blunders Reggie has made, but almost every deal made until the DS/Wii years was not among them, and certainly the Rare deal was not among them.

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#3

PlywoodStick commented on Sony Hardware Takes Charge of Japanese Charts ...:

@Quorthon While it's probably true that the Wii would have been like the second coming of the PS2 if it's specs were comparable to the 360's, we have to remember that every console costing more than $350 up until the 7th generation met with abject failure. The Wii would have had to be sold for $450 minimum, instead of $250. Nintendo didn't take the risk, and it was an honest mistake at the time to have misjudged the public's substantially increased willingness to pay outrageously higher prices on consoles compared to past generations. (Especially for the 360 degrees of Red... Good God, people were fooled out of millions on early 360 models...)

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#4

PlywoodStick commented on Sony Hardware Takes Charge of Japanese Charts ...:

@Quorthon Whenever I go into various Gamestops, there's more PS3 and 360 titles on the shelves than PS4 and XB1 titles, and there's more overlapping ports than ever. (In every previous generation, stores would have made way for the new consoles after 2 years on the market.) PS4/XB1 don't have the specialized boards of their predecessors to make them stand out from PC (which used to ultimately redirect sales away from PC).

They've only sold as well as they have because people continue to tolerate their increasingly restrictive and disrespectful practices, while being greatly influenced by PR campaigns and convenient voice chatting. Sooner or later, people are going to stop tolerating those practices, and move over to PC, since the price performance ratio between those consoles and PC has already been matched, and games are either no different or even enhanced versions of what consoles have available.

Digital sales are proprietary information, so we really have no idea how well current console software is selling overall. Since almost all PC software is digital, this can give the impression that PC software doesn't sell as well as that of consoles. (The sales shown here are only physical sales.) In reality, there are exponentially more people with PCs than consoles, and various services available, giving far more opportunities for different types of people to buy a wider variety of games at more affordable prices than consoles.

Raw sales numbers also belie the fact that many current gen console titles, especially AAA titles, are not as profitable today as in the past. It's not uncommon for studios to lose money on high value productions these days, even with relatively high raw sales numbers. There are also less people willing to spend $50+ on individual titles up front than in the past. (Although microtransactions are highly profitable, PC boasts far more varied and intelligent use of microtransactions than console titles tend to have.)

Only the Wii U really stands out as offering something markedly different from PC in this generation of home consoles. Unfortunately, both Nintendo and the physical storefronts have made huge blunders in marketing presence. Hopefully, DeNA will serve to pick up the slack where Nintendo and the physical storefronts have faltered. (Don't forget all the physical storefronts being shuttered due to increased digital presence and ruthless restructuring practices!)

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#5

PlywoodStick commented on Sony Hardware Takes Charge of Japanese Charts ...:

One of my friends and I have been talking for a while now about how consoles in general are going downhill, while PC and mobile are climbing. This has been the weakest console generation sales wise since the 4th console generation. (As great as that generation was, it didn't break many records sales wise.) Neither of us see any reason for the PS4 or Xboned's existence, since they're just low end x86 PC's in a box, while actual PC can provide everything they can; and with a few exceptions like Bloodborne, we can't justify the investment. (It'll probably get a PC port like the other Souls games.) This is the first generation where console tech and price-performance ratio is dwarfed by that of PC right off the bat; traditionally it takes an entire console generation or two for either of those PC ratios to match a generation's console ratios. Sony's portable only took off in their home base, while Nintendo's portable struggles to keep up with their competitors and predecessors.

Don't get me wrong, there's some awesome stuff here and there, but my friend and I have mostly become PC and retro gamers. (I use my Wii U and 3DS every day, but more for photos, media and internet browsing than gaming.) The future of all consoles is looking bleak, and the public no longer has any idea how much software sells, because digital sales are proprietary corporate information that is bought and sold, instead of manditorily revealed for public auditing. Physical stores are starting to go the way of the dodo; many malls and Gamestops have shut down as of late.

Brace yourselves, folks, we're in for a rough ride. Either Nintendo turns things around with the NX, or consoles fade into obscurity after the 9th console generation.

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#7

PlywoodStick commented on We Have Shigeru Miyamoto To Thank For The Supe...:

@DarkKirby You're right, people wouldn't buy a new phone 5 years later for minor upgrades- because people buy a new phone annually for minor/no upgrades, just a different number slapped on! Then they toss their "old" phone into the trash can without recycling or donating it, if they can't sell it! (LOL America)

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#8

PlywoodStick commented on We Have Shigeru Miyamoto To Thank For The Supe...:

Fascinating... Without the contributions of people like Yokoi and Miyamoto, Nintendo probably really would have abandoned the idea of specialized hardware by now.

I've tried out the New 3DS XL in a Best Buy recently. The head-tracking 3D seems to have a "sweet spot" of it's own, honestly. It just makes the "sweet spot" a much wider and further area than before. I still like the 3D features, and I wish that more games used those 3D cards.

I will admit though, it was an off-putting move, taking away the charger from the new devices. There's no valid excuse for that.

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#10

PlywoodStick commented on New Nintendo 3DS Exploit Makes Japanese System...:

@TingLz Happens in Poland a lot, from what I've read. One recent example is Poland not having access to the Xbox One version of The Witcher 3 due to region locking, despite the game being made there! "Poland isn't a big market anyways," one might say? Well, I don't like segregating the world using arbitrary reasoning or even reductionist thought processes, myself.

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#12

PlywoodStick commented on New Nintendo 3DS Exploit Makes Japanese System...:

@kenzo Uh... I'm not sure that means what you think it means. From the perspective of a lot of people at the time, including one of my distant ancestors, the Celts (who were among the so-called "barbarians"), the "storming of the gates" at the Roman Empire was a good thing compared to letting it go on unabated.

If modders/hackers are the "barbarians" in this case, I would probably side with them again, as my ancestors did... Then again, I'm not sure if I would compare Nintendo to the Roman Empire. :p

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#13

PlywoodStick commented on Poll: Where Do You Stand On DeNA, Smart Device...:

@Souflee I answered not sure/not sure/damaged Wii U myself. :p I am leaning towards the capital alliance side of the equation perhaps providing a little too much breadth, though. I think Nintendo should have just commissioned DeNA for their infrastructural projects while maintaining full control, without entering into a capital alliance... although DeNA might not have accepted that kind of deal.

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#14

PlywoodStick commented on Poll: Where Do You Stand On DeNA, Smart Device...:

@IronMan28 In this beginning, the deal seems benign enough for now... However, the proof of DeNA's future level of involvement is in their own documents on their website for the release notes coverage on Nintendo. Since DeNA will be the ones in charge of actually managing and constructing the online infrastructure, with some requests based on joint design decisions by Nintendo's engineers, that is something that DeNA will indeed have a leadership role in. Nintendo may be commissioning their services, and will have a 10% outstanding stock in them in addition to other trades, but DeNA will ultimately make decisions which prioritize their own business outlook above that of Nintendo's. They will have the freedom to do so, because DeNA won't be an agent, subsidiary, or merged company, but a capital ally.

Once DeNA has gotten a greater foothold through their infrastructual services several years down the line, due to having bigger responsibilities that Nintendo will have only partial, not full control over, DeNA will acquire more influence by default, whether Nintendo's employees like it or not.

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#15

PlywoodStick commented on Poll: Where Do You Stand On DeNA, Smart Device...:

@NandN3ds ...Unless the plan backfires, and ends up helping DeNA more than Nintendo, by keeping many people satisfied with just smartphone/tablet based Nintendo games... Which would bring into question the need for a direct successor to the 3DS, from an economic standpoint. Yes, Nintendo's portable consoles routinely outperform their home consoles, yet DeNA has already convinced Nintendo's executives to provide them with sufficient power to partially control Nintendo's future infrastructure. Who knows how much more ground DeNA could gain into Nintendo's operations?

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#17

PlywoodStick commented on Poll: Where Do You Stand On DeNA, Smart Device...:

@liveswired All of that assuming Nintendo and DeNA can overcome any possible conflicts of interest between the two of them, as will inevitably occur sooner or later. (Unless a compromise is reached, which will result in products nothing akin to what we're familiar with.)

There is no guarantee DeNA won't suddenly try to bite off more than they can chew, given that they will hold direction over the mobile products of, as you call them, "the biggest gaming company in the world." Every opportunity of this size has a similarly appropriate cost... It remains to be seen whether that cost will be too great to bear.

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#18

PlywoodStick commented on Satoru Iwata And DeNA CEO Isao Moriyasu Discus...:

@DarkKirby LOL, I don't know their analytical methodology or variables/constants standards, but that poll is basically a proclamation that most people are complete idiots who never should have been allowed to graduate from high school. :D

Edit: Apparently, that article writer is known for their satire... that explains that!

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#19

PlywoodStick commented on Poll: Where Do You Stand On DeNA, Smart Device...:

I'm still not entirely sure how all of this will pan out. However, just as Iwata said (using corporate doublespeak to reduce negative impact), confirmation of the NX is centered around the flagging sales of the Wii U. It might not have been portrayed as painfully obviously as Bernie Stolar's infamous proclamation that "the Saturn is not in Sega's future", but I wouldn't be surprised if this has a "chilling effect" of sorts on future prospects for third parties on the Wii U, all the same.

I've already described elsewhere my thoughts on how I think there is inevitably going to be a conflict between Nintendo's traditional methodologies and DeNA's more "modern" methodologies. It's tempting to believe the two companies will be symbiotic, resulting in only gains for both companies. However, anyone who is familiar with these sorts of partnerships knows that critical differences of philosophy on direction will occur between two differently operating companies, sooner or later.

Not to mention, DeNA foretold in their own documents that they will be taking a leadership role on future mobile titles, and on the future online infrastructure; which will reportedly be implemented for the Wii U and 3DS this Autumn, and for the NX when it is released. Nintendo will not hold full responsibility or control over these aspects, since they are handing part of the reigns over, as implied by the words of DeNA's own documents.

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#20

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

Nancy Lu's comment is right on the money. Nintendo has proven that they have no longer have any reservations about diving into the free to play micro-transaction business model with the release of Pokemon Shuffle, which is caustic to Nintendo's own traditional methodology of game and business design. DeNA, of course, has absolutely no reservations about employing their own specialty. Since DeNA is going to be the ones directing the infrastructure of the mobile entries, well... The writing is on the wall, so to speak, and Ms. Lu has done well to call it out.

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#21

PlywoodStick commented on Satoru Iwata And DeNA CEO Isao Moriyasu Discus...:

@HyperSonicEXE Yes, several professionals (including on gamesindustry.biz and Gamasutra.com) have written articles indicating that the details concerning the rise of the smartphone market is a little too reminiscent of the crash of 1983 for comfort. "The race to the bottom", as it is known. Not a sustainable market over the long term, so for all we know it could once again be up to Nintendo to change that.

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#23

PlywoodStick commented on Nintendo NX Will Be About Creating "Fun New Wa...:

@DoctorWily Memory Paks could be loaded into the back of the N64 controller to increase data storage options for many games, several of which made extensive use of this feature. Interact also offered the DexDrive as a 3rd party option to fully manage data storage for all N64 titles. You could even manage the files on a PC and share them with others through the internet!

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#24

PlywoodStick commented on Video: Did You Know That Gunstar Heroes Shippe...:

This reminds me of how Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2) Arcade Edition for the NES was originally sold with a coupon for Pizza Hut! Play the full arcade edition at home with one of your buddies, while ordering out free pizza for the night... The 90's certainly had interesting methods of advertisement! :D

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#25

PlywoodStick commented on Satoru Iwata And DeNA CEO Isao Moriyasu Discus...:

“...In other words, both men discussed how Nintendo will make the games and DeNA will handle the back end; server development and the like...”

Anyone who has ever experienced the life span of an international MMO being provided by a different company than it's creator, outside of it's home country, knows this is not the whole story of what actually happens in practice when you have a business relationship between a developer and a separate distributor/infrastructure operator. There is inevitably going to be issues arising between the decision making processes of two differently operating companies in such an arrangement.

Ideally, we would like them to be symbiotic, but their operating procedures have been rather different from each other up until now. We cannot expect them to be on the same page all the time, and some sort of conflict will inevitably come out of one company or another either asserting themselves a little too much, or having too much decision-making power on certain projects. It has happened frequently elsewhere, and I haven't seen anything suggesting it couldn't possibly happen here. That is rather worrying to me.

“Another question inquired why Nintendo decided to partner with DeNA, and if it had anything to do with their recent troubles with the Wii U underselling... "The world of business is always changing," Iwata said. "Therefore, Nintendo is always adjusting." This, it seems, is one of the reasons Nintendo decided to enter the mobile gaming market...”

“Adjusting” is known in the American economic world as corporate doublespeak for “Reducing”, especially when referring to forecasts. This is kind of an unfortunate use of language, but it basically concurs with the question being asked.

“...Iwata claimed there is no relationship between DeNA and the Nintendo NX... A question much later inquired whether or not there will be any cross platform interaction between smart phones and dedicated Nintendo devices. The short answer is yes, Iwata is thinking about it. The systems will all connect somehow through Nintendo's new membership program...”

Well, according to one of DeNA's own documents:

http://v4.eir-parts.net/v4Contents/View.aspx?template=announcement&sid=22498&code=2432

I quote, from the document: “Nintendo and DeNA expect to develop a new core system compatible with a variety of devices including PCs, smartphones and tablets, as well as Nintendo’s dedicated video game systems, and are to jointly develop a membership service utilizing this system, with a launch targeted for the fall of 2015.

DeNA also specifically mentioned that this new infrastructure will be applied onto the Wii U and 3DS in their original report. By extension, this implies the new infrastructure will indeed affect how the NX is developed, therefore fundamentally affecting how it functions by design. The reported release date of Autumn of this year, with the capital alliance taking place to kick off each companies' new fiscal year, implies a more concrete plan constructed thus far than undecided considerations.

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#27

PlywoodStick commented on Editorial: Nintendo's Heading For a Period of ...:

@GloryQuestor But did he mean growth as a company, or just plain economic growth? If he meant economic growth, then for how long? There is no such thing as infinite economic growth, after all. Everything must eventually peak and level out or fall. If he meant growth as a company, well... that can mean many things, over a long period of time. Including building joint partnerships which fundamentally change how the company operates.

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#28

PlywoodStick commented on Nintendo to Lead Design and Development of Sma...:

Regardless of the insistence that Miyamoto is being segregated from the new DeNA deal, it will reportedly change how the Wii U's online infrastructure operates, come this Autumn. Even if Miyamoto is not directly involved with it, the new infrastructure will directly affect how his work will be implemented. This will come into effect by the time the Zelda Wii U title is released, and it will most likely affect the Star Fox Wii U title.

It will also directly affect other developers within Nintendo, since they will be jointly operating with DeNA on the smartphone/tablet games, while DeNA will be the ones managing Nintendo's online infrastructure, therefore changing the Wii U, 3DS, and NX online infrastructure... in other words, DeNA will lead the direction on the ground work for both the smartphone/tablet arena and the upcoming unified console online infrastructure, not Nintendo. DeNA will also have a hand in how the NX fundamentally operates.

When it comes time to actually creating games, this will inevitably lead to internal disputes and conflicts on some level, if both sides adhere to their respective philosophies of game design... unless a compromise is reached. A compromise which would result in rather different products than the ones we're familiar with on Nintendo's consoles...

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#30

PlywoodStick commented on Editorial: Nintendo's Heading For a Period of ...:

@Quorthon "I don't own smart devices because I don't want to be tracked, recorded, or monitored."

"Said the person posting on the internet."

May I introduce you to some friends, Ghostery and NoScript? Or even Tor, if you're hardcore... Sure, they won't completely circumvent professional high level government internet footprint heuristics scanners, but they will shake off the likes of Google Analytics and all the various social media trackers, provided one uses search engines that don't create a "personalized bubble."

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#31

PlywoodStick commented on Nintendo NX Will Be About Creating "Fun New Wa...:

@aaronsullivan @Yorumi There are multiple articles detailing the meeting of Iwata and Moriyasu, here is another example:

http://www.gamnesia.com/news/nintendo-announces-new-business-partner-plans-to-bring-games-to-smart-devic

An excerpt from this article: "Iwata first met DeNA President Isao Moriyasu in 2010, and Mr. Moriyasu has been "very passionate" about collaborating with Nintendo ever since. Although Iwata has seemed against putting Nintendo games on smart devices in the past, he now says he was waiting for a time when Nintendo was ready to create products that were both high quality (as is Nintendo's standard) and "ever-evolving," and with DeNA's help, he believes this can be done in a way that will attract hundreds of millions of customers."

This is not all, though. On DeNA's own website, their report explains the economic reasoning for their secured partnership:

http://dena.com/intl/press/2015/03/nintendo-and-dena-form-business-and-capital-alliance.html

From DeNA's own report, quote:

"Nintendo and DeNA also plan to develop an online membership service that is accessible from smart devices, PC and Nintendo systems, such as the Nintendo 3DS portable system and the Wii U home console. The membership service, which is targeted to launch in the fall of 2015, will be built on DeNA's extensive experience and capabilities in online membership services."

This is going to be Nintendo's method of building their online services from here onwards. It is also going to critically affect Nintendo's current and future consoles. In other words, these operations will be built upon DeNA's model of operations, not Nintendo's.

Another important quote:

"As part of the long-term relationship and commitment by each company, Nintendo and DeNA have also agreed to form a capital alliance. Under the capital alliance, Nintendo will acquire 15,081,000 of DeNA's treasury shares, which corresponds to 10.00 percent of its total outstanding stock, for a total of approximately 22 billion yen. DeNA will simultaneously acquire 1,759,400 of Nintendo's treasury shares, which corresponds to 1.24 percent of its outstanding stock, for a total of approximately 22 billion yen. The payment is due April 2, 2015."

This deal is moving forward very quickly after the beginning of their upcoming fiscal year, now that it has been decided upon. This is a huge investment on Nintendo's part, deliberated over for years. One might notice that the investment Nintendo and DeNA have made is reported as being equal to each other, at the equivalent of 22 billion yen each.

However, another important couple of documents also come from DeNA's own website:

http://v4.eir-parts.net/v4Contents/View.aspx?template=announcement&sid=22498&code=2432

This is a summary of the economic reasoning for Nintendo's and DeNA's capital alliance, which includes the previously alluded "Joint development of a new multi-device membership service” which will merge the service on Nintendo's dedicated consoles with a new one directed by DeNA, built for PC's and smartphone/tablet devices. It's also interesting to note that each company's total capital is listed, both at about 10 billion yen... with DeNA currently having a few hundred million more yen in capital than Nintendo right now.

Finally, there is another important document, which goes into great detail about the statistics and numbers behind the deal, again from DeNA's own website:

http://v4.eir-parts.net/v4Contents/View.aspx?template=announcement&sid=22499&code=2432

I believe that disseminating and cross-examining this information with past information would tell a greater story behind all of this.

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#32

PlywoodStick commented on Shigeru Miyamoto Sheds Light on His Developmen...:

It is good to see that Miyamoto is indeed maintaining his long-standing commitments to his vision within the workplace, despite all of the rampant spin going on around him. I think that is an even more admirable quality than his direction on actual productions.

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#34

PlywoodStick commented on Nintendo to Lead Design and Development of Sma...:

@Yorumi I agree with what you're saying... this is a sudden 180 degree turnaround, overall. Even if Nintendo doesn't pull some of their talent into the smartphone and tablet arena, we still have to remember that DeNA's specialty is free-to-play monetization models of game design, which run directly counter against the more traditional game design and business operation of Nintendo's stalwarts and veterans.

There is inevitably going to be some kind of conflict or big changes behind the scenes, when such different operating philosophies are clashing against each other. With as big as the 22 billion Yen deal between them is, there's no way that their operations won't bleed into each other to some degree.

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#35

PlywoodStick commented on Nintendo to Lead Design and Development of Sma...:

Miyamoto has a long history of declaring that he specifically works on Nintendo hardware because they have been distinct from the formats of other hardware. This especially refers to the formats of homogenized platforms, such as those in the smartphone and tablet arena. I would hope he does not intend to go back on that long-standing commitment, and I do indeed worry that his peers will pressure him to abandon his commitment.

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#36

PlywoodStick commented on Editorial: Nintendo's Heading For a Period of ...:

I'm not sure why this hasn't been posted yet in the stocks related articles, but other sites have posted detailed information regarding the stock trades between Nintendo and DeNA. Here is one example:

http://www.rpgfan.com/news/2015/2851.html

An excerpt from this article: "Yesterday at a joint press conference at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Tokyo, Nintendo Director and President Satoru Iwata and DeNA CEO & President Isao Moriyasu announced a business and capital alliance to develop and operate new games and a membership service worldwide. This alliance began in 2010 when the two men began discussing the possibilities of such an arrangement, which will result in a stock exchange of 22 billion yen between the two companies. Specifically, Nintendo will acquire 15,081,000 shares of DeNA (which equates to 10% of its total stock), while DeNA will acquire 1,759,400 of Nintendo's shares (which is 1.24% of Nintendo's stock)."

I think this makes it pretty clear just how invested Nintendo has now become in the smartphone and tablet arena. It also highlights the fact that their past public announcements of choosing not to undertake such a high amount of involvement in the mobile hemisphere were actually acts of corporate double-speak. In their private arrangements, the involved parties have long been planning this course of events.

This is a train track designed with the shareholders and stock investors first in mind, with Nintendo's loyalists coming second. Even if the result of this deal is a "success", exactly who would it be a success for?

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#37

PlywoodStick commented on Editorial: Nintendo's Heading For a Period of ...:

http://www.itproportal.com/2011/09/16/nintendo-boss-rules-out-smartphone-games/

http://www.digitalspy.com/gaming/news/a545196/mario-wont-come-to-smartphones-says-nintendos-satoru-iwata.html

http://blogs.wsj.com/japanrealtime/2014/01/20/nintendos-woes-dont-mean-game-over-for-its-consoles/

This is a complete 180 degree turnaround from their previous smartphone and tablet arena announcements. All of the things being said now by Nintendo's PR department and spokespeople in favor of current plans in that field are skirting their previous comments and publicly announced commitments.

"In the course of a short presentation Nintendo took a bold step in its smart device policies; yet Satoru Iwata was absolutely right when he said it wasn't a reverse in course, as previously briefings had said that games and core IPs weren't ruled out for these platforms."

This is commonly known as "corporate double-speak."

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#38

PlywoodStick commented on Nintendo Working On New 'Dedicated Game Platfo...:

I'm not sure what to think about this yet. I can't say I'm thrilled with the concept by itself, but it's interesting to see this 180 degree turnaround from publicly showing little or no interest in the phone/tablet arena to suddenly recognizing it's current significance. The unified platform combined with phone/tablet market aspects reminds me a little too much of Apple's strategies, which is nice for investors and fans of those products, but it worries me personally.

The thought of a DRM-laden digital only console from Nintendo sickens me, as someone who grew up throughout Nintendo's classical era. I've accepted that Sony and Microsoft are going that route as multi purpose electronics companies who have a vested interest in doing so, but it would disappoint me to see Nintendo go down that route.

I'm also worried about the recycling/refurbishing accountability and environmental standards sustainability of a hybrid style device, since Apple's devices are notorious in the electonics recycling field for being a lot more difficult (or even economically undesirable) to work with than traditional PCs and consoles, depending on the product. Apple phone/tablet products also tend to be almost impossible to work with in the nonprofit sector for refurbishing, by contrast to traditional PCs and consoles, an aspect which I find morally questionable due to disabling possible services for the needy and handicapped. I would be greatly disappointed if Nintendo's engineering for their new product(s) follows the same path.

Living through all the ongoing net neutrality stuff and seeing what it means to be DRM-free has changed my opinions on this matter. I won't judge the situation at this time, but I'm not feeling so hot about all of this. A changing environment isn't a bad thing, it's perfectly natural- I'm just worried now that Nintendo will eventually forget their roots and embrace the temptations of the modern market.

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#39

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

Interesting to see in action how a popular opinion of yesteryear (no mobile involvement and no consolidation of hardware/game resources) can become a dissenting opinion of today... The value of being well grounded and sticking to one's strengths/traditions is not as high as the value of being malleable enough to change one's tune with the passing of a breezy gust of wind, in this case...

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#41

PlywoodStick commented on Nintendo Share Value Spikes Following DeNA and...:

Well, Nintendo just gave the investors exactly what they wanted... It remains to be seen whether either the investors or the loyal customers come first from now on... The stock market is just a glorified, legalized gambling arena which primarily only serves the wealthy...

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#42

PlywoodStick commented on Games Industry Analysts Somewhat Divided On Ni...:

DeNA specializes in the free to play monetization model, which has traditionally run directly counter to Nintendo's marketing and gaming strategies, and indeed, as many have argued in the past of the mobile phone and tablet arena, runs counter to Nintendo's core methodology of game design. Contrary to the suppositions made by some of these analysts, these two companies are incompatible from a traditional stand point. A big shake up behind the scenes was probably necessary to make this deal happen.

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#43

PlywoodStick commented on Guide: Everything We Know So Far About Nintend...:

Yeah, this is a complete 180 degree turnaround from their previous messaging. Nintendo is not as consistent with their focus today as they used to be. I'm not quite sure what to think about all of this yet, but it's not a good feeling. I don't think it's the beginning of the end, but I'm not thrilled with this sharp change in direction. I'm worried that Nintendo's executives might be succumbing to the temptations of the modern market.

DeNA is a company that specializes in free to play titles with lots of monetization- a type of game library which is very different from Nintendo's traditional offerings. I am not looking forward to the possibility of FTP model business tactics and DRM-laden antics to follow. Since DeNA specializes in the free to play monetization model, their style of designing and marketing gaming atmospheres and products have traditionally run directly counter to Nintendo's marketing and gaming strategies, and indeed, as many have argued in the past of the mobile phone and tablet arena, run counter to Nintendo's core methodology of game design. These two companies are incompatible from a traditional stand point. A big shake up behind the scenes was probably necessary to make this deal happen.

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#44

PlywoodStick commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's DeNA Plans and Ideas...:

"We have, in the past, made arguments that it's a mistake for Nintendo to simply direct its IP onto smart devices. Upon hearing the news today, however, there's a feeling of optimism - for this writer at least - at what has been announced..."

In other words, the content of these articles has changed with the passing of a gust of wind...

"Let's consider the strengths of DeNA, in particular, and what it could bring Nintendo gamers. Beyond its smart device expertise in terms of games, it specialises in e-commerce and online infrastructure for significantly-sized businesses..."

They also specialize in the free to play monetization model, which has traditionally run directly counter to Nintendo's marketing and gaming strategies, and indeed, as many have argued in the past of the mobile phone and tablet arena, runs counter to Nintendo's core methodology of game design. These two companies are incompatible from a traditional stand point. A big shake up behind the scenes was probably necessary to make this deal happen.

"What it doesn't mean, in our view at this stage, is the beginning of the end. This isn't a 'Sega' moment, in which Nintendo is taking moves towards solely making games and stepping out of hardware..."

I don't think it's a Sega of America (NOT Sega as a whole, an important distinction) moment either, but the fact remains that Nintendo is moving away from their traditional designs and messaging by embracing this partnership. The possibility exists that Nintendo will forget their roots in favor of chasing the young stud/vixen on the block. In that sense, that's kind of doing what Sega of America (NOT Sega of Japan) did with launching the Saturn- trying to chase the hot new commodity while forgetting their roots and failing to understand their loyalists. If you don't even have your loyalists on board, you're in trouble.

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PlywoodStick commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's DeNA Plans and Ideas...:

Yeah, this is a complete 180 degree turnaround from their previous messaging. Nintendo is not as consistent with their focus today as they used to be. I'm not quite sure what to think about all of this yet, but it's not a good feeling. I don't think it's the beginning of the end, but I'm not thrilled with this sharp change in direction. I'm worried that Nintendo's executives might be succumbing to the temptations of the modern market. DeNA is a company that specializes in free to play titles with lots of monetization- a type of game library which is very different from Nintendo's traditional offerings. I am not looking forward to the possibility of FTP model business tactics and DRM-laden antics to follow.

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#46

PlywoodStick commented on Nintendo Set To License All IP to Mobile Publi...:

Yeah, this is a complete 180 degree turnaround from their previous messaging. Nintendo is not as consistent with their focus today as they used to be. I'm not quite sure what to think about all of this yet, but it's not a good feeling. I don't think it's the beginning of the end, but I'm not thrilled with this sharp change in direction. I'm worried that Nintendo's executives might be succumbing to the temptations of the modern market. DeNA is a company that specializes in free to play titles with lots of monetization- a type of game library which is very different from Nintendo's traditional offerings. I am not looking forward to the possibility of FTP model business tactics and DRM-laden antics to follow.

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#47

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

I'm not sure what to think about this yet. I can't say I'm thrilled with the concept by itself, but it's interesting to see this 180 degree turnaround from publicly showing little or no interest in the phone/tablet arena to suddenly recognizing it's current significance. The unified platform combined with phone/tablet market aspects reminds me a little too much of Apple's strategies, which is nice for investors and fans of those products, but it worries me personally.

The thought of a DRM-laden digital only console from Nintendo sickens me, as someone who grew up throughout Nintendo's classical era. I've accepted that Sony and Microsoft are going that route as multi purpose electronics companies who have a vested interest in doing so, but it would disappoint me to see Nintendo go down that route.

I'm also worried about the recycling/refurbishing accountability and environmental standards sustainability of a hybrid style device, since Apple's devices are notorious in the electonics recycling field for being a lot more difficult (or even economically undesirable) to work with than traditional PCs and consoles, depending on the product. Apple phone/tablet products also tend to be almost impossible to work with in the nonprofit sector for refurbishing, by contrast to traditional PCs and consoles, an aspect which I find morally questionable due to disabling possible services for the needy and handicapped. I would be greatly disappointed if Nintendo's engineering for their new product(s) follows the same path.

Living through all the ongoing net neutrality stuff and seeing what it means to be DRM-free has changed my opinions on this matter. I won't judge the situation at this time, but I'm not feeling so hot about all of this. A changing environment isn't a bad thing, it's perfectly natural- I'm just worried now that Nintendo will eventually forget their roots and embrace the temptations of the modern market.

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#48

PlywoodStick commented on Swedish Newspaper Questions The European Relea...:

@Quorthon "That's a little like saying that the World War II made everybody look bad because the Allies had to end up fighting with the Axis to prevent the world from turning into a full-blown fascist toilet."

Another thing that storytelling in games has inadvertently taught me... There is almost always someone who is a hidden Puppetmaster trying to guide the course of events behind the scenes.

The Nazis would never have have been as efficient and effective as they were without Thomas J. Watson's support- the support of the American branch of IBM. You've heard of them, right? The manufacturing and service of the Hollerith punch-card machine, used in conjunction with their extensive census data gathered during the decades leading up to WW2, helped ensure a steady flow of inmates to the concentration camps... Not to mention Henry Ford of Ford vehicles supplying both sides. He was even awarded the Grand Cross of the German Eagle, in July 1938.

Surely, such grand acts of treason would not go unnoticed by our government and President? Surely, they must have known? But then, that's not how they want that imperialistic war to be portrayed... In reality, the Puppetmaster doesn't care who wins, they just roll with whoever has the most money.

Suffice it to say, there are no good nations in war, only bad nations and less bad nations. The only ones who can be good are individuals. That lesson also crops up in game storytelling from time to time.

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#49

PlywoodStick commented on Flashcard Company Announces Initial Support fo...:

Cool, it's TwilightHack 2.0! Not interested in unofficial cards, though. I'll be waiting for software mods.

Nintendo could learn a thing or two about selling retro games from GOG.com... ;) (Geez, I sound like I'm advertising that site at this point...)