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Crash fan, animation fan, game fan.

Male, 18, United States

Tue 27th September, 2011

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Sforzando commented on More Minecraft Mania Looks Set for Wii U With ...:

At the very least, this game has the best title of the lot!

In my opinion, Minecraft is its own genre, calling it "theft" or a knockoff misunderstands the nature of innovation. Unless you build on another's ideas, you can't make anything. See the YouTube documentary "Everything is a remix." I say let as many developers as possible make Mining/crafting style games, one is sure to emerge as the best, and there's no guarantee it will be Minecraft. Why let Mojang reign supreme just because they had the idea first? I wish these developers the best of luck.

Remember: The second game in any genre was likely considered a knockoff.



Sforzando commented on Nexis Games is Developing U Craft, a Minecraft...:

Minecraft is a pretty basic game, so clones aren't too hard to do well. But from an inexperienced developer, not too confident about this one. Good luck to them, though.

I have nothing against Minecraft clones. The game template is so simple that if other developers can offer a similar or better product, it's fair competition.



Sforzando commented on Capcom Shows Off Comparison Screens For Phoeni...:

I actually see a difference
And prefer the pixel-sprites as they have a little more personality. The shading has hard edges, rather than this airbrushed look.
Of course it's a nitpick as they're not that different, and the new ones do look cleaner.
I got the first two Phoenix Wright games for Christmas last year, so I'm a little annoyed that I hadn't heard of the trilogy remake at that point, or I would have waited. Which reminds me, I still need to finish the final mission of the second game!



Sforzando commented on Developer Interview: How Two Graduates From No...:

Nintendo should release an easy-to-use SNES devkit for fans to use. That would really be something!

Of course, easier access to a 3DS devkit would be even better. For Wii U, they seem to be giving them to anyone who asks (cough spikey walls cough meme run).



Sforzando commented on Mother 4 Is On The Way, But It's Not Being Mad...:

I'm weighing in because I have opinions.
Fan games are cool and I support them 100%. Copyright owners CAN legally shut them down, but there is no reason that they need to in most cases.

When I think fan games, I think Fighting is Magic, the MLP fighting game. Hasbro shut them down about a month before their first official release was ready. This after years of dedicated development. This move definitely made Hasbro look like the bad guys in this case, but the game was getting so big that it was being considered for EVO, the fighting game tournament. In this case, Hasbro kinda didn't have much of a choice. It was about their brand image. I'm sure they didn't want to shut down the project, but it was at the point where they had to support it or make it cease and desist, and they couldn't really endorse associating their characters with violence.

Of course, even though the public never got their hooves on the game (although some fans created a "finished" version later,) the developers themselves learned a lot from the development of the game. So much that they are currently making a new Fighting is Magic game starring various, non-Hasbro-owned cartoon quadrupeds including cows and llamas. Designed by MLP:FIM creator Lauren Faust, who reached out to them after their original project was shut down.

Fan games are cool. And can lead to even cooler things.

Despite Crash Bandicoot being an iconic and recognizable platforming mascot, Activision hasn't done squat with the property for something like five years. Fans have worked on several fan games since then, the most impressive (imo) being Crystal's Wrath. Development on the fan game has been slow (the whole thing was rebooted from the ground up at one point), but it is all that Crash fans have had.

That being said, calling this game Mother 4 does seem a little bold. I don't know much about the series, but maybe a different subtitle would be better for this fan game.



Sforzando commented on Developer Profile: Masahiro Sakurai:

@xj0462 All he ever did was tease Ridley as a stage boss. Anything else is fans making stuff up, IMO. I have heard from enough sources (leaks) that there will be DLC for Ridley, Dixie, Metwo, and Chorus Men, that I would be surprised if it ended up being untrue. That being said, the current number of characters is overwhelming enough, I'll never be good with all 51 of them! More with custom specials.



Sforzando commented on Hyperkin's RetroN 5 Console Allegedly Infringe...:

How about a subscription service similar to Pandora or Netflix? Let's call this fictional service NESflix.
For, say, $5 a month, you get access to a vast library of NES, SNES, Genesis, etc games, which you can play on any console, computer, or tablet. Ideally, all publishers would come to agreements and each console's entire library would be available. At the least the library would have to be better than the VC.



Sforzando commented on Hyperkin's RetroN 5 Console Allegedly Infringe...:

@Zobocop Yeah, no.
There is a fantastic NES puzzle game called Fire n' Ice. It costs $100 for a cartidge used. It's not on the Virtual Console on any Nintendo system. Downloading this old game isn't stealing from anyone. Is it "illegal?" Yes, but I don't see it as unethical at all. Emulation makes it possible to play these games that have been lost and forgotten. And to play games that you have legitimately backed up, yourself. It's not theft software.



Sforzando commented on Preview: Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Go...:

I can't stop playing as Mega Man!! The demo is fantastic. Hope my 2DS can handle the nightly beating it's going to receive from me playing Smash.

I actually really like having a small roster in the demo, it's much easier to learn the characters idiosyncrasies when there are only 5 available. 49 characters is overwhelming!! I'm sure I'll have mastered all five by Oct 3 though.
I am so hype.



Sforzando commented on Review: Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe (3DS eShop):

I like the game quite a bit but it seems... Lacking in a few ways. I don't think it would have hurt the game to include the songs from Triple deluxe, especially since those songs are more iconic and catchy. Price point is a bit steep imo. I'd recommend waiting to see if it goes on sale.

But still a great game. If price/value is included in my score, 7/10. Otherwise I agree with NL.



Sforzando commented on Mario Kart 8 DLC Coming In November, Features ...:

It is a shame that future gamers might not have access to these tracks and costumes, but it will be available to those who purchased it ten years before.
The same can't be said for online play. Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart DS will never be the same since the online play shut down. Does this make them lesser games? No, it's just that they are now in the past. You will never be able to see the original Star Wars in its original theatrical run. So in some ways, anytime you watch the movie, your experience is "incomplete."

DLC does not make the original release of the game incomplete. It's like a book receiving a sequel. You can choose to buy it and place it next to the original on your shelf, or you can choose to ignore it and enjoy the story contained in the first.

Claiming that gamers in the future won't be able to play the new courses is simply inaccurate. Used Wii U's might be sold as "Containing the Mario Kart 8 DLC." It will be harder to track down, but dedicated Nintendo fans of the future will be able to do it. Heck, maybe hackers will even make it possible. But the online portion of the game? One day that is all going away, and that experience to me is more sad than a handful of bonus tracks.

Besides, each entry in the Mario Kart series largely replaces the previous. No new 3DS user, after playing Mario Kart 7 for a long time, is likely to go back and buy Mario Kart DS. It would be a graphical downgrade with no online. For example I never played Mario Kart DS but I am not planning on it now, because Mario Kart 7 would be a superior replacement/alternative. So in the future, interest in MK8 is likely to be about at the level of current interest in Double Dash. Not much.



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

On the DS, you can dump your own DS ROMs over WiFi, using the DS Backup Tool. I did this to 90% of my DS games. And it is probably legal.

I don't think you can backup games with a retro cart, though. No WiFi. Although I think there is hardware you can find online to make your own backups for your retro flashcart.



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

Legal does not always equal moral.

Laws are created by politicians, who are flawed humans with their own incentives. One incentive being the extremely rich copyright lobbyists.

Remember when slavery was legal? It stayed legal for so long in the U.S. because rich people relied on it to make more money, and didn't want it to go away.

Sound familiar?

(Of course, the IP industry, while corrupt and old-fashioned, is not as heinous as a slave-owner.)



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

When it comes to getting games that are unavailable or overly expensive to obtain legitimately, I don't see anything morally wrong with pirating games. Or music, for that matter. If a band posts a song on YouTube but not iTunes, I download it with no qualms, and if it's later released on iTunes I purchase it there.

This could also be extended to games unavailable in your region. If a publisher doesn't bring a game outside of Japan, for instance, then I'm not even considered a prospective buyer. If it's not worth it for them to make it available to me, why should I import it? This is a bit more morally questionable, but I will admit to using this logic on a few Japan-only DS games.



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

I was actually unaware that there were Retro flash carts until now. That is actually very cool.

The article states that people "should" be paying for these old games. I tend to disagree, especially titles as old as NES games! The original duration for a copyright (in the U.S.) was 14 years with the option to renew once for another 14 years. If this was still the case, a lot of NES games would be approaching public domain territory, even if the publisher had renewed. Publishers and developers deserve to make money off their games, but only for a certain amount of time.

These days, there are only two legit ways to get NES games: hunt them down online or use the Virtual Console. This can be costly for rare games such as Fire N Ice, an amazing prequel to Solomon's Key with Lode-Runner like elements, great music and graphics, and devilish block puzzles. Love this game.

This game is $95 used (at least on Amazon), and not available on the VC. No, I didn't get this game legitimately. And I don't recommend you do! It's great but not worth $95.

I wouldn't mind paying $5 for great NES games if the VC had an exhaustive library, but so many publishers have since gone out of business or simply don't care about their old NES properties, keeping many games unavailable. These games that are an important part of culture are continuously held under copyright, at best being monetized to line the publisher's pocket 20 years after their release, and at worse being unavailable in any digital format.

Free the games! Reform copyright!

I am starting to sound like a techdirt article.



Sforzando commented on Nintendo Has Nothing to Say About Recent Smash...:

I believe the roster is legit.
However, the DLC characters are likely untrue. I heard it was somebody who used the same username as the leaker. Or maybe the leaker is mentally unbalanced.

In any case many of these leaks are DEFINITELY legit. The videos for one. There is NO WAY anybody could have faked those. Look at the animations. Neogafers have pointed out other details I don't understand, such as how Bowser's flame breath works matches how it works in ssb4 rather than brawl. It's not a brawl mod.

This is most likely a NOA employee who got hold of what Nintendo was sending to ESRB and released it online. Adding credence to this is the contents of an imgur image dump. It shows a bunch of trophies of female characters zoomed in on the crotch, butt and chest. Content that would be sent to ESRB as it would affect the rating. I am convinced of this.

However, I am highly unsure about the DLC characters. The leaker trolled Nintendo, he is likely trolling us in that regard.

I think the roster is legit for sure. But it is almost certainly incomplete. One of the screenshots leaked shows All-Star Battle mode (I think that's what it's called--the mode you unlock after you get every character) is still locked. So there are still a few more slots.

And Duck Hunt dog reminds me so much of my initial reaction to the pac-man reveal that I sincerely believe he's included.



Sforzando commented on Mario Kart 8's Hackers Open Up Over Their Plan...:

They are not releasing the exploit! The exploit was on an old firmware! The online play will not be corrupted. And if it does, Nintendo needs to put other measures in place. Such as the ability to boot cheaters.

As for "piracy" I would bet that R4 cards sold more DS hardware than any one game!

Actually, what really annoyed me about R4 cards is that a lot of kids got them from their parents, having no idea every game on there was illegal.

In any case, it's difficult to show that piracy actually hurts sales much, since every pirated game does not equal a lost sale. The DS games I pirated, I never would have bought, either because they were only released in Japan or they weren't very good.

(Also: I bought far more games than I pirated. Also: I frequently bought used games, so the publisher got just as much money from me as they would have if I pirated.)



Sforzando commented on Flipnote Studio 3D:

Flipnote Hatena is not back.
Sudomemo is cool, but doesn't make up for Nintendo's failure to deliver.
Especially since, you know, Nintendo had nothing to do with Sudomemo.



Sforzando commented on Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Delay in Europe...:

NOE "explained" the Flipnote delay too, at least at first. NOA on the other hand hasn't said a word since the Flipnote Direct in March 2013. Meanwhile in Japan, it's very popular and successful, having been updated three times.



Sforzando commented on Flipnote Studio 3D:

@atariman Doctors have patients.

And we have had *patience for almost a year. Over a year, if you're counting from when Hatena shut down.

Believe me...the fans are justified to start taking action.