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Ruffigan

Ruffigan

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#2

Ruffigan commented on Talking Point: The Argument For And Against Re...:

Copyright was established to give content producers a 'grace period', a pass to sell their ideas unmolested for an established period of time before it becomes a part of the public domain, to assure them that others will not profit off of their ideas during that time, and that after that time it will be available to the public to use. But, due to the lobbying efforts of Disney to keep Mickey Mouse out of the public domain (and the modern efforts of Nintendo et al.) the original grace period (28 years after conception) has been pushed steadily back to the current period of 120 years after the creator dies (essentially 200 years after conception). These corporations are trying to keep profiting off of things that should rightfully belong to the public (such as Doctor Who, Mickey Mouse, and Sherlock Holmes), and they don't ever intend to let these characters, books, and ideas into the public domain. That's just the way it is.

Most of these ROMs are not older than the original grace period, but it's something to keep in mind moving forward: these games will never go into the public domain, and Nintendo, SEGA, Atari, and others want to profit off of this software indefinitely. If that's the case, the onus is on them to create a reliable service that allows us access to these thousands of games, or else gamers will continue to use emulators, ROMs, and flashcarts to play them.

As a side note, I am against the use of flashcarts to play games that are still sold in retail. Copyright is useful, it is just being abused.

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#3

Ruffigan commented on Poll: Should Nintendo Patch The Controversial ...:

@Yorumi An exploit is something that allows you to "make full use of and derive benefit from (a resource) [Google Dictionary]", which is most certainly what is going on in your example and in Mario Kart 8 with Fire Hopping. An exploit is not necessarily a negative is the point I think you're trying to make, which I agree with. But this is most certainly an exploit; you are making full use of the drifting and boosting by utilizing a bug in the physics of the game.

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#4

Ruffigan commented on Poll: Should Nintendo Patch The Controversial ...:

@Yorumi You think the developers intended for players to constantly be jumping after every drift to get a minuscule boost that doesn't matter unless you hop the entire race? With no mention of this mechanic anywhere in any of their promotional or instructional materials? And, as Jayvir pointed out, not utilized by any of the people who made the game? That's poor, annoying design, and I think the developers deserve a little more credit than that. This is an unintentional boon resulting from their physics engine, and people are exploiting it to give themselves a slight advantage. That's the crux of it. Whether or not it should be removed is another debate, but it is certainly an exploit.

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#5

Ruffigan commented on Poll: Should Nintendo Patch The Controversial ...:

This is obviously unintentional, and also a pretty obviously mundane exploit, bordering on useless in all but the most uneven online races. To get the most out of this you need to be away from the pack and unobstructed, which is harder to do since the meta changed and the player in 1st can no longer hold two items to block. If you can use this to shave a second or three off of an online match, you're most likely going to win anyways. If you're in 'the pack', you're probably going to get hit and you're just going to look stupid hopping around. The only real effect I think this has is on Time Trials, but again, if you're using the exploit, you were probably going to get a great time anyways.

No one is forcing people to use the exploit , and while you may gain slightly less VR and have slightly worse times than those using it, its not major enough to warrant change. This isn't snaking, which I'm sure Nintendo would have patched out of Mario Kart DS if they had the ability.

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#6

Ruffigan commented on Handle Stand Adds Steering Wheelosity to Your ...:

@unrandomsam I wouldn't trust MadCatz to do, well, anything. I've used their controllers on consoles ranging from the original Playstation to the Gamecube and the best I can say about them is that their controllers look neat sometimes. In terms of functionality and endurance I've had more problems with analog sticks breaking, wires bending, buttons sticking, and accessories not functioning than actually playing games with them. And I take pretty good care of my video games.

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#7

Ruffigan commented on Nintendo Hosting Two Big Evening Presentations...:

@Jetset

"Second-party developer
Second-party developer is a colloquial term used by gaming enthusiasts and media often used to describe two different types of game development studios:

Independently-owned studios who take development contracts from the platform holders and what they produce will usually be exclusive to that platform.
Studios who are partially or wholly owned by the platform holder (also known as a subsidiary) and what they produce will usually be exclusive to that platform.

In reality, the resulting game is first party (since it is funded by the platform holder who usually owns the resulting IP), but the term helps to distinguish independent studios from those directly owned by the platform holder. These studios may have exclusive publishing agreements (or other business relationships) with the platform holder, while maintaining independence. Examples are Insomniac Games (which previously developed games solely for Sony's PlayStation platforms as an independent studio) and Game Freak, (which primarily develops the Nintendo-exclusive Pokémon game series)."

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#8

Ruffigan commented on Nintendo Hosting Two Big Evening Presentations...:

Nothing is shocking. The mystery press conference will probably be for Pokemon; just like the footage of a 'new game' during Spike's video game awards was new footage for Donkey Kong: TF.

@Jetset A first-party in relation to video games is a company that creates for and has their games published by the owner of the platform. Monolith Soft is a first-party company, but they don't necessarily make first-party games. Similar to how Rare was able to make games for the DS and GBA after being assimilated by Microsoft.

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#10

Ruffigan commented on Soapbox: Ignoring The Objectification Of Women...:

@DarkKirby
I'm saying there are ramifications. You can yell 'FIRE' in a crowded movie theater, but don't be upset when you're charged with disorderly conduct. You can wear black face on Halloween, but don't be upset if someone breaks your nose. You can slander someone's work, but don't be upset when they sue you for libel. You can make offensive caricatures of women, but don't be upset when people protest your work. Freedom comes with responsibility, and freedom does not protect you from the consequences of saying or expressing stupid things.

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#11

Ruffigan commented on Soapbox: Ignoring The Objectification Of Women...:

@I-U
That's not a case of someone objectifying them, they ARE being objectified. They are women with supposedly deep personalities being portrayed in an undignified, sexually explicit, and shallow manner to sell a game to men. That is the DEFINITION of objectification.

@DarkKirby
I'm aware of what a target audience is, and that this game is marketed toward young men. I'm also all for freedom of speech and artistic expression. But what, exactly, are they expressing? That they like girls with big tits? Freedom comes with responsibility, and part of that responsibility is knowing how your actions and expressions influence others. If you're going to make art that shimmies on the border of pornographic and projects negative societal values, that art needs to be targeted at people old enough and wise enough to understand that, which their target audience is not. This game is a light example of that: from what I can tell the characters are well defined and have much more value beyond their overt sexualization. I'm personally not very offended by this game (the advertising and figurines are more offensive), but this soapbox is not just about this game but the objectification of women in video games in general, which is a serious problem.

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#13

Ruffigan commented on Soapbox: Ignoring The Objectification Of Women...:

@I-U
If the characters having gigantic breasts is not a necessary component of the game, they draw attention away from their unique and well-developed personalities, AND it offends potential customers, why do the characters need them at all?

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#14

Ruffigan commented on Soapbox: Ignoring The Objectification Of Women...:

The quality of a game is the sum of its parts. If a game has an involving story; tight game play; high replay value; and deplorable, sexist imagery it should be reflected in the rating. While we can fault the developers for making games with buxom babes, they're making these games for us, and as consumers and reviewers it is our job to relay our satisfaction with their products back to them. If we keep heaping praise on games such as this, they're going to keep making them. People are crying 'CENSORSHIP!', but what, here, is being lost by making these characters normal looking, relatable women? Offensive imagery that doesn't further the plot or add artistic merit? People are saying this is a great game, so why would deflating their breasts and showing respect for another potential demographic be a bad thing?I think the staff of Nintendo Life, IGN, Kotaku, etc. should grow some balls and start docking points for exploitation and controversy without merit.

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#16

Ruffigan commented on Nintendo of America Releases Snaps of Young Ce...:

@Artie The world where Mike Tyson helped sell Punch-Out; or where a feature length movie was made to plug Super Mario Bros. 3; or where inane cartoons, trading cards, and collectibles spurred the initial sales of a certain monster fighting RPG? The use of pathos (or ethos and logos) is not an indicator of quality, it's a megaphone to reach the less informed (albeit, in this case, somewhat contrived). If you're going to rip on the quality of the game, you need a better argument.