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TheRealThanos

American/Dutch halfblood

Male, 43,

Nothing wrong with your eyes: I'm a 43yo gaming dinosaur. Started gaming at 5yo (Atari2600). Used to play Nintendo at a cousins', but never owned one. Had an Amiga500 & GBC, after that my 1st console: N64. Besides Dreamcast & Xbox360 I own most Nintendo systems, because of the 'Nintendo difference'.

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#1

TheRealThanos commented on Ubisoft Announces a Watch_Dogs eBook, //n/Dark...:

@Excep7ional I see that I forgot to add the 40k part to my Warhammer comment. I only read the space marine novels, and talking about the Halo books made me remember that. I can recommend nearly all of them, if you're into space battles and figthing aliens set in a sort of neo-classical-empire-with-ridiculous-guns-and-technology kind of setting. The Blood Angel and Blood Raven stories are some of my favorites:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Warhammer_40,000_novels
And if you have an Xbox 360, PS3 or a PC, then you might also want to try the Warhammer 40k game, it's pretty entertaining, but once again: IF you are into that kind of thing. If I would have to describe it, then it would be a mix between Halo, Gears of War and a squad based real-time strategy game in 3rd person perspective.

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#2

TheRealThanos commented on Talking Point: Amazon Fire TV is an Early Warn...:

WARNING: TL:DR material coming up right below!
Don't say I didn't warn you, but thanks in advance if you do take the time to read it. This touches upon my area of expertise, so logically, I do like to talk about it.
At length... ;) So, here we go...

Market segments will shift, but in my opinion these kind of devices being a real and serious threat to dedicated consoles (or even handhelds) is a long, LONG way off. And that is just in general. The Ouya has some nice games, but most will probably use it for what @Tasuki didn't want to mention: let's just say it's the Ouya's none too legal version of the virtual console, something that the team behind the Ouya was even openly advertising at the time of it's reveal.
Besides that most if not all of the accompanying controllers absolutely and totally suck, and even the controller that the Steambox (the only system I would be interested in) is apparently opting for, doesn't exactly inspire me with confidence. Although I haven't been able to try one yet, so I can't give a final verdict on it. And besides, they will also give the option to add your own controllers because the Steambox offers USB ports, so if you really don't like the controller, you could use your own. As for Amazon, it is big, but not as big as some of you might think.
Just to paint a clear picture for you to be able to go along in my story/train of thought: I'm an American, but I have been living and working in several countries for over 30 years and in the end chose to settle in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. (great city, by the way) But to the point: here, and in the Benelux at large, Amazon is small fries and means next to nothing. There are several other big warehouses (both online and physical) that are WAY bigger. Same goes for other countries like a big part of Scandinavia and I can well imagine plenty of other countries not having Amazon as it's biggest online warehouse contender.
Consoles and the companies that make them are WAY more integrated throughout the world, so that is a hurdle that Amazon (or any other contender to the throne, if they could even be considered as such, and I don't think so) should take first, so at the very least they will not succeed with this first version of their box, and even the second one is only going to shift some market share. And it is not just because Amazon isn't a worldwide contender: same goes for the additional services offered on boxes like this: they are either very expensive around here (HBO) or are very limited in what they offer (Netflix). Before Netflix is going to be a success in the Benelux, they would really have to up their game in a MAJOR way. They aren't anywhere NEAR being in the same league as their American sibling. Another VERY important factor is of course the various high profile and console exclusive games and IP's that they will NEVER be able to offer.
Also, the shift in market share comes mostly from people that haven't grown up with dedicated game consoles and arguably people that are fed up with some aspects of dedicated game consoles, be they price point of the console, price point of the games, number of games released on it, type of games released on it. Or just add your own reason for not being as interested in dedicated consoles anymore if I didn't mention it. As for the people not really "used" to consoles anymore, just look around your own circle of friends or family, I'm pretty sure you will have had similar experiences: nowadays, all kids from 3 years and up are glued to either a tablet or anything similar that starts with "smart". If they can press a button or move their fingers across a touch screen in a somewhat coordinated manner, they can learn to play a game, so for them, there is no need for a "complicated" controller with all these buttons and sticks, nor is there a need for a big, immobile screen to play these games on.
There's a couple of little runts between 3 and 10 in my family displaying those exact symptoms, and some of them have even managed to smash or break their new toy and their parents eventually just end up buying them another one because they are relatively cheap, especially compared to the real deal of a full blown console, so the choice for most parents is somewhat obvious. And of course there's the comfortability factor: you can take a bunch of tablets/smart devices just about anywhere with you, because it doesn't take up too much space and they are versatile in the various types of entertainment they offer, so it's the perfect thing to keep the kids happy during the trip and on vacation or on a visit to family that they aren't interested in. (read: old people that just want to squeeze their cheeks/pat them on the head and compliment them on their apparent growth)
To do the same with a console would be far more inconvenient, although me and my friends have done that more than enough times, especially on a winter sports vacation. But to be honest, that was mostly WAY before the smart device era and the console that got the most playtime in foreign locations back then (besides handhelds, obviously) was the N64. Blame Goldeneye and Mario Kart 64... Good times...
Anyway, for me as an old gamer (not glued to a smart device but to an Atari 2600 when I was young) the dedicated console will always be number one and NOTHING will replace it. Smart boxes like the Amazon offering will at the most be a second or third choice for experiences not being offered on these consoles. And if consoles start to change even more and also start to offer more of these services that are similar, then my interest in these set top smart device boxes will once again dwindle into oblivion, because I'm really not into most of these snack bite smart games at all, so only deep and profound experiences will tempt me into buying one, but only AFTER I have invested in the new Nintendo console and any one of the other two, just to have all my bases covered. Or the Steambox, we'll have to wait and see. So, am I worried about the foreseeable future (let's say this and the coming generation) of dedicated consoles? Nah...

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#3

TheRealThanos commented on Nintendo Involved In Patent Dispute Over Wii U...:

This again; it's just stupid and most patent trolls lose, so why bother? Then again, the apparent reason they keep doing it is because sometimes they're lucky and there is still some profit to gain from it, so to ensure that I myself will make some extra pocket money every now and then, I've gone and patented patent infringement... ;)

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#4

TheRealThanos commented on Ubisoft Announces a Watch_Dogs eBook, //n/Dark...:

@Marshi In before me. I fully agree with you. The Halo books were, ESPECIALLY for game related books, pretty well written and quite an entertaining read. For other good reading material, only PC game-related books have been decent enough for me. (Warhammer, AD&D and so on)

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#5

TheRealThanos commented on Capcom Investing $80 Million in Two New R & D ...:

@jillsand "You kids?" No offense but I'm a 43yo IT Sales & Marketing professional and happen to have quite a bit of experience in sifting through company financials. Whichever way you look at it, it IS a big investment for Capcom, considering the state they're in, and seeing as so many media reported the same story (and some of them in elaborate detail), there should at the very least be some truth in it. It could certainly be true that they have money on the side and they do have money invested in other areas such as the examples you gave, which also makes them money in return, but none of that takes anything away from the fact that they have very little savings in their account for a company of their stature. There are very few other software companies of the same size with such a small amount of cash reserves. Other than that, I actually think it was the right move for them to make, because they have to do something to be able to get back to making a healthy profit in the software market and investing in new property, personnel and probably IP's might get them just that, whereas standing still could very well be the final nail in the coffin for them, so this is at the very least the better choice for them to make. Now we just have to wait and see if it will bring them the success that they are so in need of. Recent events also point to that, as stated in this article:
http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2014/03/capcom_cuts_profit_projections_by_over_50_percent_despite_strong_sales_of_monster_hunter_4

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#9

TheRealThanos commented on Details Emerge of a Cancelled Nintendo-Exclusi...:

@Tsuzura Exactly.
@Joshers744 I don't know how people are thinking about it in your area, but most people do NOT find the original trilogy bad, just the prequels. And rightly so. The prequels may to an extent be somewhat entertaining, but mostly they are just hollow, bombastic attempts at creating an answer that connects them to the first three movies, and it failed miserably. The people writing all the Star Wars books did a much better job of it.

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#10

TheRealThanos commented on Next-Generation Visual Novel Nero Confirmed Fo...:

@Vriess I can understand your point of view (although admittedly I have a slight reservation as even in the US the rivalry between the French and the British is known in some parts of the nation) but personally I do think it depends on the type of game. These guys look like wizards, sorcerers or druids and even as an American I would not want to hear a druid or such speak with an American accent. (imagine a hillbilly or Texan voice on them... ) Hell, we never even had druids, so maybe they shouldn't sound British per se, but they should at the very least sound European, if only to give the characters more credibility, even if it is only a fantasy game. Although the characters themselves didn't speak, I would imagine that the story teller is either one of their kind or a fellow country man, since he is familiar with their history. And it is also being made by a European company, so maybe not all that strange that they hired a British guy to do the English voice over.

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#11

TheRealThanos commented on Feature: The Castlevania That Konami Doesn't W...:

@unrandomsam it's not set in stone, but it is my opinion that they are. (hence the "Those to me" part in my previous comment) To me they do represent the more classic Castlevania and even though there have definitely been a couple of good 2D Castlevania games after that, I agree with most people on here that instead of pure Castlevania, they were more Metroidvania, and don't get me started on most of the 3D games.

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#12

TheRealThanos commented on Feature: The Castlevania That Konami Doesn't W...:

@Caryslan quite a well thought out comment. As for your (rhetorical?) question: "Then will someone please tell me what Castlevania should play like?" the answer to that should probably be either the first two games or the one time masterpiece that is Rondo of Blood. Those to me are the best examples of what a good, classic Castlevania game should be.

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#13

TheRealThanos commented on Feature: The Castlevania That Konami Doesn't W...:

@unrandomsam I got curious about the X68000 and have watched this lengthy review:

As it says in the review the X68000 has a LOT of shooters so in that sense it is not quite comparable to the Amiga, but I do agree with you that their version of Castlevania looks pretty good (it is in the review around the 8 minute 30 second mark) and overall the system had great audio, but to me most of the games shown look like they are either first gen A500 games or are even below the quality of the Amiga games that I know and love. They have Super Hang-on in this review and I'm quite certain that the Amiga version looks better. So to each their own I guess...

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#15

TheRealThanos commented on Road Redemption's Latest Footage Looks a Bit M...:

It's coming along just fine. Just like I said the last time when the game was way too harshly judged by way too many people for having shooting elements in it and "not feeling like a tribute to Road Rash" at all.
I really like how it is developing and this trailer made me smile, and not even for the graphics, because they honestly aren't that much better than the last time, but it is good enough and the improved camera angle does a lot, but most of all they truly seem well on their way in succeeding to actually capture that Road Rash feel. Kudos.

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#16

TheRealThanos commented on Feature: The Castlevania That Konami Doesn't W...:

@FineLerv So, you liking the comments means you're an (ex-)Amiga user too?
@unrandomsam Honestly, I'd have to take your word on that. Other than the MSX, C64 and Amiga 500/1200 I don't have any experience with other systems like the X68000 or Archimedes. I've heard of them back in the day, but never tried any of them out. One home computer at a time was enough for me. I started with a Toshiba MSX and upgraded to an Amiga 500, then an A1200 with internal hard drive. After that I switched to consoles, the N64 being the first one.

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#18

TheRealThanos commented on Feature: The Castlevania That Konami Doesn't W...:

I love how the text in the lower part of the screen keeps disappearing behind the scenery: talk about bad programming. And that second level was hilarious: first above ground he is not walking on but floating above the ground and only when he reaches the stairs do his feet actually connect with the floor. And what's with that last bit and those lava streams (if that's what they are, not sure) if you can't even see where you are going? It has definitely got my vote for worst Castlevania.
@antonvaltaz Hey! No Amiga bashing! (best home computer ever made) ;)
But seriously: you are right, it was a bad Castlevania game, but in comparison it at least looked better than this Arcade game, and the collision detection, scrolling & layering were also a lot better as far as I can compare from the video clip in this article.
Just for comparison's sake:

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#19

TheRealThanos commented on Video: What Could Xenoblade Chronicles Look Li...:

One of the best Wii games I've ever played, it would fully deserve an HD treatment, to say the least. I hope that X is the HD sequel that it deserves. It's also one of the few games from which I've seen all the intro animations (the ones that you see if you don't press any button to start). It takes some time to let the game cycle through them all because you go back to the start screen before the next one is loaded, but it is definitely worth the wait...
@Brickbuild101 what browser do you use? If it's Chrome or Firefox, you can install a browser app called "Flash Video Downloader (Full HD Download)" which allows you to download most YouTube videos in whatever resolution they are available, so also in full HD. You can then just watch the clips on your computer with your own Media player without the need for online buffering. (or put them on a USB stick or portable HD and watch them on a big TV screen, like I do. It's great... )

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#20

TheRealThanos commented on EA Boss Peter Moore Apologises For Frostbite's...:

Just my two cents:
Some people on here don't seem to know what constitutes a good april fools day joke, or (imho) just don't have a good sense of humor.
You only need to look at the other april fools jokes to see the difference (hint: if you can't tell the difference in intent and tone of the joke, then it's just you)
Google's joke (as nearly always) was brilliant, lighthearted and well thought out. Blizzard had a nice one, and a few other software companies also made an effort to do something worthwhile.
NLife's joke was good too; just a little tease, giving some people a bit of hope and then gently pulling the rug out from under them without hurting feelings too much, which in turn makes it also much easier for people to own up to the fact that they fell for it, even if only for a moment.
And in other industries/media there were also plenty of good natured ones that set the example of what april fools jokes SHOULD be like. Just an example: the weather news on one of the commercial stations here in the Netherlands reported that temperatures were going down near the end of the week and light snow could be expected. The joke may be lame or stupid to some of you but it is mostly in the delivery and the weatherman kept a straight face all the way through explaining where this supposed weather was coming from. Oh well, guess you had to be there to appreciate it, but I hope you get the idea of what I'm trying to get at.
Now don't get me wrong; even though I'm a longtime Nintendo supporter, I'm also in the camp of all of you that are saying that Nintendo is to blame for a large part for the situation they are in right now, and they still need to work VERY hard to make things better. It isn't going to be a win anymore, but to say all is lost, is a bit too pessimistic for my taste. And you also don't kick someone when they're down, regardless of the fact that things they are "accused of" are true or not. It's just not done, PERIOD.
Now, to get to the point, and many of you have already said it: you don't have to own a degree in psychology to see the idea behind DICE's "joke" because it had none of the qualities that an actual april fools joke should have had. April fools is meant to make you doubt to a point that it makes you think that something COULD be real and a percentage of the populace actually falling for it is of course also the goal of a good april fools joke. No sane person believed anything from DICE coming to Wii U, let alone anything based on Frostbite. And also stating the Wii U to be the most powerful console is just WAY too obvious for anyone besides the most gullible person walking this Earth to ever fall for believing this "joke" to be an april fools day prank.
Them being the idiots that they are more than oozes out from both twitter messages (and as some of you have already said, the gen 4 statement is a clear sign of their stupidity) and Peter Moore, by apologizing (and rightfully so, both from a business aspect as well as from a decency aspect) acknowledges this, so it truly wasn't a nice joke, and I think it is pretty safe to say that someone in Peter Moore's position wouldn't bother taking the time to make a public statement like this if he didn't think it was truly necessary. No, it was just an underhanded attempt at using april fools as an excuse to make one more insult towards the company that they so seem to loathe at DICE. Some of you may find that truly funny, but that hardly constitutes a good sense of humor in my book and compared to other, successful april fools jokes, you too should come to the conclusion that this one just didn't cut it as being one. A bad joke maybe, but certainly no true april fools...
And as for the (WAY too endless) Wii U power debate? Some of you might find this an interesting read:
http://www.cinemablend.com/games/Wii-U-Memory-Bandwidth-GPU-More-Powerful-Than-We-Thought-62437.html
Well, my two cents turned into something closer to twenty bucks instead, so thanks in advance to all of you nice enough to read through it entirely... ;)

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#22

TheRealThanos commented on These Sega 3D Classics T-Shirts Will Be Perfec...:

@Damo I also seem to remember seeing that, but I don't know for sure, since you say it was a UK ad and I was already living in the Netherlands back then. Maybe I saw it when I visited the UK. The whole Sega Ages thing brings back memories, though...
By the way, are you guys up to speed on the latest Pachter quote? Seems like another article waiting for a huge number of comments... ;)

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#24

TheRealThanos commented on Video: Learn More About the Technical Wizardry...:

@Kafei2006 Thanks for the info but honestly, I'm not that much into comparisons like that; I'm no techie. I just like to play games and could care less if one processor is 23Mhz slower than the other and in the first link there isn't even any PS2 info. I think your suspicions about the second link are right, though. The guy who made that list could have made it look a bit more professional/believable if he hadn't put so many "dunno's" in it...

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#25

TheRealThanos commented on Video: Learn More About the Technical Wizardry...:

@Kafei2006 Thanks for the explanation. Never been a big Sony fan, so I wasn't that informed about it. At the time, most (multi-platform) software seemed to be more or less on the same level to me across the three platforms, with each console displaying strengths only in exclusive titles, as is still the case today, for the most part.
@Kirk I was gonna say that you must be somewhat of a retro gamer if you like the SNES version of Star Fox more, but it immediately dawned on me that the N64 also belongs in that category already, although to me retro gaming is from the seventies (Pong, Atari2600, Colecovision) up to the 16 bit era. I would sooner call everything after that, such as N64 and PS1 "modern retro" for lack of a better term.
Personally, I have to go with @Dr_Corndog as far as Star Fox is concerned, and not only because of my opinion. What makes a game hold up today seems to come down to graphics most of the time, which is why I think that 2D games score so well in that category, because we tend to compare older 3D graphics to what we have now and 9 out of 10 people will then call the first generation of "true" 3D games ugly or far less attractive than they used to be. The thing is that these graphics haven't changed at all (logically) so WE have changed, or at least our tastes/perceptions concerning what is good/bad/pretty/ugly. I do think that in this case, the game on a technical level looks better/smoother, sounds better and also plays smoother. I still like the SNES version as well, but also because of the memories that I attach to it, same as playing with a rumble pack for the first time on Star Fox 64.
Just for comparisons sake (with the video posted in the article), here are two videos. The first one is a Classic Game Room review and the second a gameplay video from the game as it must have looked on most of our TV sets.

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#26

TheRealThanos commented on Video: Learn More About the Technical Wizardry...:

@AshFoxX Well, don't be surprised if, when you reach my age, you will still crack an ear to ear smile when you start up a Nintendo game. I know I still do. They may be making a lot of mistakes business-wise these days, but they sure know how to entertain people nonetheless...

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#27

TheRealThanos commented on Video: Learn More About the Technical Wizardry...:

@AshFoxX agreed for the most part, but I do think that DK Returns and Tropical Freeze are solid and fun experiences. One of the reasons why, at 43 years old, I'm still a supporter of Nintendo. The only company that, in my opinion, truly has kept that fun factor, but of course same as like I said before, times have changed and they're all businesses in the end, so money is on the forefront and all the rest is (sometimes necessarily) put on the back burner. As for me, I can truly enjoy current gen games, but I'm also an avid retro gamer and play (whenever I get the chance) everything from 8 bit up to the GameCube and I also have a Sega Dreamcast with a nearly complete library of games. I also still have both my Amiga's.
Besides all that a Wii, an Xbox360 and a modest gaming PC. And except for the GBA micro and the DSI all handhelds of Nintendo since the original Gameboy, the 3DS XL being my latest purchase. Haven't invested in a Wii U yet because there are more pressing matters than buying a new console right now, but eventually I will get one and whatever comes next, both console and handheld or whatever they come up with...

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#28

TheRealThanos commented on Video: Learn More About the Technical Wizardry...:

@AshFoxX Yeah, the Amiga had some great games of it's own and a lot of good conversions too. Current day developers might learn something from that. Then again, the reality of it is that it is a different world altogether and both teams and budgets are a hundredfold of what they were then. But the fact stands that teams back then, small as they may have been, were dedicated to the bitter end to give us conversions worth playing.

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#29

TheRealThanos commented on Video: Learn More About the Technical Wizardry...:

@unrandomsam Ah, my bad. Thought we were talking about the Dreamcast there. It seemed like you were making a comparison between PS/N64 and Dreamcast, not the PC. For me personally, PC gaming wasn't that interesting back then. I wasn't impressed. Before Win98 I was ahead of PC gaming with my collection of Commodore Amiga systems (A500 & A1200), and in my experience early consoles were also ahead of PC gaming. One of the reasons for that was that for the general public, gaming rigs were next to unaffordable in the early days of really powerful PC's. PC technology has since raced ahead and now you can get a decent PC playing games at better resolutions and framerate for less or the same amount of money that buys you a current gen console.

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#30

TheRealThanos commented on Video: Learn More About the Technical Wizardry...:

@dereq Agreed on "Super Ness" but not on S-N-E-S like JJtheTexan stated. Maybe my experience is different because I've been living in Europe all these years, but both Super NES AND SNES (spoken as a single word, not a collection of capitals) are quite common here. As for the GameCube, this is what your friendly neighborhood online Nintendo database came up with:

"The console is officially abbreviated to the acronym "GCN" ("GameCube by Nintendo")."

Hope that helps. I Myself used to think that the N was either just tacked on or that it was because of the Japanese origin, resulting in a (for Western people) not so logical abbreviation, but nowadays I'm a bit smarter than that... ;)
@unrandomsam 3Dfx wasn't in the Dreamcast. The collaboration failed and they went with NEC instead, which resulted in the NEC-based Katana. And I'm not a big Sony fan, let alone Playstation, but jagged edges on the PS2? Probably not much more than on GameCube and Xbox at the time...

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#31

TheRealThanos commented on Smartphone Game Market Shows Impressive Growth...:

If you look at the first graph it just shows that even though there is growth, the difference has stayed more or less the same (around 6000) and the second graph not only shows a significant decline in growth, but also that smart phones are NOT going to win from dedicated handhelds any time soon, especially Nintendo's, so not something to lose a single minute of sleep over, methinks.

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#35

TheRealThanos commented on Nintendo 64 Support Teased For A Future Hyperk...:

@Reala 32x would indeed be nice, but probably not in the cards, at least for now.
@RadioShadow it does support ALL original controllers of ALL the consoles it emulates. Ports are on either side of the Retron, two for each console and it also supports multi-tap. And another plus over original hardware would be the HDMI output combined with shaders to pretty up the picture quality. Read the hands-on posted at the end of my comment to get more info on that. They've done a pretty decent job from various previews I've read so far. And all of that for around $100...
@unrandomsam it's quite a bit less black and white, actually. It's a highly customized Android chipset, solely built for the purpose of running these games and supporting all the hardware connections of the original cartridges AND controllers, coupled with good quality HDMI output.
@Kafei2006 Don't know what emulators you've tried, but N64 emulation with Project64 already ran fine on my old dual core 1,6Mhz PC and will run even better on newer systems. It's actually more up to the skills of the user in knowing how to implement patches and plug-ins, but once you get that right it runs pretty smoothly. Only a handful of games aren't supported, other than that I got everything else up and running.
@everyone For any of you that are interested, here are various preview/hands-on links to give you a better idea of what you can expect and form your own opinion:
http://awildpodcastappears.com/2013/06/the-retron-5-review/
http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/06/11/hyperkin-retron-5-uses-android-to-emulate-9-classic-consoles-for-under-100-no-you-cant-buy-it-yet/
http://www.joystiq.com/2013/04/04/retron-5-and-the-uncomfortable-tension-between-old-and-new/
http://www.engadget.com/2013/06/11/hands-on-with-hyperkins-retron-5-emulating-nine-classic-consol/
http://www.retrocollect.com/News/hands-on-a-first-impressions-of-hyperkins-retron-5-console.html
The last link has actual live footage of the device running on a large HD TV set.

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#36

TheRealThanos commented on Artwork: When Nintendo Finally Gets Around To ...:

I think it is horrible, un-Starfox/Nintendo-like and like quite a few have already said: the faces are COMPLETELY off. Especially Fox's face. A really strange stumped, human-like face with a snout glued to it.
In and of itself the art is quite an accomplishment, but I don't think it is a good version of Starfox.

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#37

TheRealThanos commented on Video: Meet Torri, One of Conception II's Her...:

What video?
All I get is a Google logo with this message underneath:

502. That’s an error.

The server encountered a temporary error and could not complete your request.

Please try again in 30 seconds. That’s all we know.

And I have already tried several times, but still no luck.
F*** the internet...

UPDATE:
And just when I finished typing this angry message, the internet decides to taunt me again and show the video as if nothing ever happened.
Good to be able to see the video, but I still think the same about the internet, though... ;)
Also "See Torri in all her Glory"? That's a LOT of cheese going on there...

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#38

TheRealThanos commented on Video: The Top 20 Wii U Games So Far - Part Two:

@Dark-Link73 Indeed I did, my friend, so no worries. That is exactly why I started the part not meant for you with "on topic and in general". I just wanted to give you a heads up on W101. All the rest is for, well nobody apparently, since I see that there's already another victim of the "I wrote down my opinion as fact" virus. One starts to wonder if they'll ever learn... ;)

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#39

TheRealThanos commented on Video: The Top 20 Wii U Games So Far - Part Two:

@Dark-Link73 Since I don't own it, I couldn't tell you from experience, but a lot of people have told me that they've had quite a different experience with the W101 demo compared to the full game, and the verdict overall was that the full game was better, and a lot of similar opinions can be found in reviews throughout the internet, although some of them also mention that the game needs to grow on you or you need to get through the first bit to start appreciating the mechanics and so on, so might be you ought to give it a chance...
@Damo Nice job dodging the bullet... (or should I say "passing it on"?) ;)
On topic and in general:
You could of course bet your you-know-what before even a single comment was posted that people were gonna disagree and rant over some of the games. Sorry to see that a lot of the natives are using their opinions as fact once again.
Let me all help you out here with some real facts:
1). Contrary to some of the supposedly funny or sarcastic remarks, the Wii U does have a fair amount of games, both retail and download. Yes there could have been more, but if you would have to play them all, you would still be busy today (and wouldn't even have been able to finish half of them)
2). Game A isn't better than game B, unless it is a truly awful game. If the game gets a decent review or above on a large number of sites or in other media, then it's just YOU not liking it. Therefore you might want to use words like "I think", "I feel" or "in my opinion" instead of "it IS". And that applies to any single game as well: a game isn't (necessarily) bad, that is your opinion, other people might like it just fine. If it truly is that bad, nobody would like it.
3). Same with the list: just because YOU don't like a lot of the games on it, that doesn't mean that it is a bad or incomplete list. The list tries to take into account different tastes and genres, but they can't make us all happy, so once again: it's just you. NLife or anyone else can't help it that you only like one type of game or that the other games on the list don't appeal to you for whatever reason. Deal with it: it's their list, NOT yours.
I think it's a reasonably good list, but I also understand some people's mentions of games that aren't on the list. There, all done... ;)

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#40

TheRealThanos commented on Weirdness: See Through the Eyes of Samus Aran ...:

@noctowl the experience is nowhere near the same. Normally the TV shows you the in-helmet view, with Oculus you're actually WEARING the helmet, because it is on your head and the two separate eyecams make the image 3D, like in real life, so your eyes fool the brain into thinking that you're actually inside the game and can walk around in it.
@WaveBoy where did it show that he is using a GameCube controller?
As far as the Oculus Rift is concerned, the black "borders" you see, aren't in the picture when you play: it is the inside of the visor. More info and what the insides look like can be found here: http://www.popsci.com/gadgets/article/2013-01/ces-2013-oculus-rifts-virtual-reality-headset-freaking-amazing The screens inside the Oculus are entirely occupied by game footage. You sometimes also see footage with the two eyes separated, to show you the different views per eye (like in the real world), that when combined, make for the "being in the game world" effect. There's quite a few videos out there to demonstrate that, and with better video quality than this Metroid one. I know it can run much, much smoother, so blame the uploader or YouTube for crappy videos like this. The choppiness is also not found in Oculus when it is used in real time. Here's a list of interesting demos for you to see:
Tuscany Demo - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxzb38ifc3g
Improved Tuscany Demo - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OS4koae0l9U
Heli Hell demo - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XBwUM49a0w
Roller Coaster demo - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7KE4L6GaS4
Battlefield 4 demo - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PdmDzTvuCg
Cartoon World demo - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LebH3-EbECw
Malfunction demo - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rl66kVQ5DZQ
Canyon Run Demo - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whdHElU83bk
Hydradeck RTS demo - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYvwMd4JCIM#t=52
Hydradeck Real Life Human models demo - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bytIGCeGxo
Hands-On test by Jamie Hyneman (from Myth Busters) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKhp4H3DUwE
And if you haven't already heard of it, look up the Omni too, it's a round platform with a frame on it to secure you so that you stand in it and "walk around" in the game world while using the Oculus to look around. Talk about total immersion...
And to top it all off, some good news for the interested:
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/oculus-rift-oculus-vr-price,news-47353.html

P.S.
Don't believe the hype of the Sony VR helmet. The industry at large has already amassed it's marketing and sponsoring force behind the Oculus Rift, so they're not going to back another one, UNLESS they use the exact same technology and interfaces, so that the two are interchangeable, and then it is going to be a price fight. If Sony's version is supposed to be better, then they would more than likely also have to set a higher price, because in their current state they cannot afford to put another product to market sold at a loss, so they wouldn't stand a chance. That may seem strange, Sony being the giant corporation that they are, but in the current economy and because of the financial standings/credit rating of Sony as a brand, that is indeed the way things are in the world today...

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#41

TheRealThanos commented on Japanese Prime Minister Says the Country's Eco...:

@Einherjar Interesting point about Dutch and German. It does seem somewhat similar to me as well, although my Dutch is now fluent while German grammar honestly still baffles me. Still have to wonder what the deal is with the Dutch and the other countries expecting them to speak their language as well, though...

On topic: nice to know that my idea about this isn't too harsh since you largely think along the same lines.

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#42

TheRealThanos commented on Japanese Prime Minister Says the Country's Eco...:

@Einherjar You're welcome. But as far as the Dutch are concerned, I believe it is more their experience that Germans in general, and some other people like the French and Italians sort of refuse to speak another language, the exception like you of course neglected. From my own experience with the Dutch that is largely due to them being tired of people in other countries always expecting them (apparently) to speak their language, because the Dutch are known to speak more than their own language and to be honest, Dutch isn't an easy language for a foreigner to learn. I speak and write it fluently now, but I have been living here for almost 30 years now, so I feel that people are allowed to expect that from me...
As for Jim Steling: you make it sound more and more interesting, so I'll definitely look into it, and objectivity is a very good thing, I would almost say that it is the holy grail of debating, since we all have our own opinion, rightfully or not (because some people on here are so off the mark, they would hardly be visible on a reality radar) and it is difficult to set that aside or to truly consider another one's points before blindly countering them if you don't agree and just want to make your point without accepting that no one is right all the time. Personally I think that on NLife, and I mention it every now and then in my comments as you may have seen, a LOT of people confuse their own opinions with fact, and besides it being enormously irritating it is also very shortsighted and stupid, although I also suspect some people are not even aware that they are doing it, so you can't blame them. Don't know if it is an intelligence or grammar thing, but either way it is so simple to show that it is only your opinion and not a fact by starting your sentence with "I find/think that" or "in my opinion"" instead of saying "this IS stupid" or something similar.

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#43

TheRealThanos commented on Feature: Games That Almost Were - A Look At Ca...:

@Kimimi Interesting article indeed. An equally interesting article could be made about the GameCube. I'm still disappointed to never have seen games like Raven Blade and Dark Phoenix being published and then to think of all the Japanese titles that never made it to the Cube...
To the people complaining about N64 games: yes, there are quite a few games that have lost a lot of appeal compared to what we like and play nowadays, but a lot of games are still perfectly playable in my humble opinion. Nearly all of Nintendo's first party titles amongst them, most Rare games, Wave Race, 1080 Snowboarding, Ridge Racer, Glover, Rocket - Robot on Wheels, Sin and Punishment, Snowboard Kids, San Francisco Rush 2049, Extreme-G, Star Wars - Rogue Squadron, the Top Gear games, Operation WinBack, Wipeout 64 and World Driver Championship all come to mind. Sure, some of them had fogging in them, but to me it is silly and kind of stupid to tie the quality of a game's experience to something like that. The 16 bit consoles had quite a few games with fogging too. Hell, I still vividly remember a lot of 16 bit racing games, like for example Lotus Turbo Challenge (Genesis/Megadrive), which had a LOT of fogging, but it was still a great game and it certainly didn't stop me enjoying the heck out of it. And it still does, by the way...

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#44

TheRealThanos commented on Japanese Prime Minister Says the Country's Eco...:

@Einherjar Agreed again. If companies would truly jump to every request their customers made, they would run themselves into the ground in no time at all. People also tend to forget that when they first experienced the NES, SNES or N64 they were still a young, wide-eyed and easily impressible kid, (probably between 3 and 10 years of age) so OF COURSE it was a wonderful and sometimes even magical experience. Nearly every kid loves toys and video games but once we reach adulthood, logic and negativity creeps in and we start to compare, complain and demand things, because we "know" things could be better. Thinking back they put on their rosy colored glasses and sort of cut and paste their childhood emotions and sentiments onto an adult mind, which doesn't even make sense. Everything changes when you grow up: taste in food, music, movies and hobbies too, at least for most people. Maybe not all of these things but definitely some of them. I would look kind of silly still dancing and singing along with the Disney Club... ;) (although I do of course still enjoy the movies)
On a side note I do have to say that, hypothetically speaking, there could be some merit to Nintendo and Sony joining forces, as a sort of an Asian gaming powerhouse. Nintendo with their great and unique IP's and know-how of making games a truly fun experience, and Sony with it's more Westernized vision to help gain more ground with third parties and not to forget the whiny "hardcore" gamers. Could be interesting, although we all know that is NEVER going to happen. Also, I'll have to look up that Jim Terling video. Might be interesting to share with my colleagues and some of the new guys that are still learning.
By the way, has anyone ever mentioned that your English is quite good for someone from Germany? No offense to others, but as an American living and working in the Netherlands (and having to deal with companies throughout Europe) I come across a lot of Europeans that aren't very good English speakers. And as you might know the Dutch in general don't consider Germans to be amongst the ones that are good in English (or any foreign language for that matter). Funny thing is that I've been living here for so long, I sometimes make more mistakes in my English than someone who isn't a native English speaker...

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#45

TheRealThanos commented on Japanese Prime Minister Says the Country's Eco...:

@Einherjar Agreed. And by the way: I actually am a Sales & Marketing professional (not offended, mind you), albeit in the b2b IT sector, so I market and sell hard- and software and have been doing so for well over 13 years, and one of my other tasks is to make company profile sketches (including financial health of companies and so on to see if they are interesting enough to want as a client) so with having that amount of experience under my belt I actually can say a couple of sensible things and share my two cents from a business point of view, same as some on here are game developers and can give us their insight from that angle, but like with any of us, statements/predictions are never 100% seeing as none of us work at Nintendo, so we can only be sure of so many things. And I hate usage of opinions as fact. Like you already said: WAY too many experts in general and it is VERY presumptuous to tell a company what they SHOULD do, again because we aren't aware of the internal affairs of Nintendo and some measures that may or may not have been taken by Nintendo recently will not show a tangible effect for some time to come; that is just not how businesses work. They think and act long term, so we will probably not see the results of these measures until later this year. In general, besides financial injections, there are no quick fixes in business life.
I also can't help but grin at comments of people stating that Nintendo should give them what they want, like they used to. That is truly hilarious if you know how the trick works. Because basically that's all it is: a (marketing) trick. Companies practically NEVER give the consumer what they want, they just make you THINK that you want or need their product or service, and if it is a reasonably decent company, then they will throw in some solid customer service as a bonus, but NOT as a requirement. Hell, I do that almost every day. For example: there's this CRM (Customer Relationship Management) package that I market and sell, and although it is indeed quite good and has a lot of options to play with, it isn't necessarily an enormous improvement for every company, but of course when I approach companies I make damn sure that it still comes across as though it is the next best thing since sliced bread... ;)
Anyway, we as customers will just have to wait and see, as with all services and/or products. And if people don't like it, well then just don't buy it. It REALLY is that simple.

TheRealThanos

#47

TheRealThanos commented on Japanese Prime Minister Says the Country's Eco...:

@MuchoMochi well said and kudo's on the articles; I like people that support comments with actual facts. Be prepared to get a lot of negativity thrown at you if you keep using actual info instead of purely your own opinion in comments though: I myself, even though as a person I of course still have my own opinion, try to do that a lot (provide undeniable facts) but still there are idiots that will go against that and they will use their own opinions or shortsightedness as facts against what you're saying. Truth be damned, because an opinion on the internet is apparently worth so much more. Too bad that the virtuality of it all doesn't allow for slapping some sense into some of them because there are a couple of individuals to be found on the web that seem in desperate need of it... ;)
@Einherjar good point, not quite how most people will or do see it, considering some of the comments, and of course something needs to happen for things to take a turn for the better, but it is good to continuously read (or rather sense) that Nintendo is indeed trying very hard to remain calm in this sh*t storm they're in right now. And most importantly, they themselves never lose faith in their own ability, even in the face of the current state of affairs. If anything, maybe THAT is something that we can learn from Nintendo, like some individuals on here and on other sites and media (especially all the doomsday prophets) should. And faith in oneself is never a bad thing and it certainly doesn't necessarily have to equate to blindness (in Nintendo's case) or mindless fanboyism. (in our case) Nintendo has been around for some time now and they will be around for longer than you and I will live to see, in one form or another, although gaming will of course always be a part of that.
@SecondServing I think you're more than jumping the gun here. I sometimes wonder what's with teenagers nowadays that they have to spell doom every time somebody farts? No offense, but it seems to me that you're way too young to go and make comments like that based on a snapshot of current events without even seeing the bigger picture. Two to three years of (somewhat debatable) failure does not a dropout make. And then you have to stack that against well over thirty years of near complete mastery of the video game hardware trade. Something neither Sony nor Microsoft can say, or even will ever achieve, seeing how it's going for them in today's world. In business, as in life, anything or anyone that in their lifetime has a total success rate of over 90% is a shining example indeed.
And although the Wii U may perhaps die a premature death if nothing major happens this year, Nintendo itself not only has more than enough cash to survive 2 or 3 more so called "console failures" and then still have enough left to develop another, but they are also so very rooted in this business of making consoles, that they will never stop doing that as long as they have something to say about it. Don't forget, handhelds came way later, and they don't have to go handheld only to react to the market or whatever, because the handheld gaming market isn't for casuals, whereas the mobile market is.
Otherwise you should also have to wonder why Sony decided to take another stab at it if that weren't true. Sure, there are some bigger, more elaborate games on tablets and smart phones nowadays, but by far the most of them are nowhere near a console or handheld experience in depth and story. So even though it is absolutely true that something has got to happen, like I said to @Einherjar, that still does not, and will not mean Nintendo will give up that part of their business that they have the most experience in, and that is making home consoles... (although I could see them pull something like the rumored project Fusion, but that too still means both a handheld and a home console in some form)

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#48

TheRealThanos commented on Video: What Could Super Mario Galaxy Look Like...:

@PinkSpider It is done with Dolphin, a GameCube & Wii emulator for PC. You need quite a modern PC to get the most out of it, though. As a legal alternative, you could go for a solution such as I mentioned earlier in comment #54.
@Mizore Although I personally do agree with you, officially it is still considered a remake, same as Pikmin, Donkey Kong Jungle Beat and Mario Tennis for the Wii.

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#49

TheRealThanos commented on Video: What Could Super Mario Galaxy Look Like...:

@Dark-Link73 That must then either be an age or an insecurity thing, I don't know. At my age (43), I don't feel the need to do that nor did I ever since I've always been quite comfortable with who I am. The only thing we all do is give ourselves an online name and that is no more than logical to me, if only to preserve some measure of privacy; wouldn't want irate gamers and fanboys to spam my professional online pages and profiles... ;)