User Profile

TheRealThanos

TheRealThanos

American/Dutch halfblood

Male, 44,

Nothing wrong with your eyes: I'm a 44yo 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'.

Joined:
Fri 19th October, 2012

Recent Comments

TheRealThanos

#1

TheRealThanos commented on Donkey Kong, Pac-Man And Q*Bert Cast Alongside...:

I don't get all the hate either. Admittedly, Adam Sandler's movies are somewhat of an acquired taste, but he has made some funny movies and like some have already said, he CAN actually act, although it isn't always evident in the kind of movies he is usually in. The latest movie with Drew Barrymore isn't supposed to be that awful either, from what I've heard from people.

ON TOPIC:

Interesting and well made short, haven't seen it before. Could be interesting but one has to wonder what kind of a plot you could attach to it. Classic (8 bit and older) video games exacting revenge on humankind because of us abandoning them for newer and shinier HD ones?

TheRealThanos

#2

TheRealThanos commented on Hardware Classics: Sega Master System:

@Damo I can well imagine that the tune stays with you. Should have added a smiley to my "should have been banned" comment but, needles to say, I do think it was quite bad.
But now that I know a bit more about it thanks to some YouTubin' I do think that there are quite a few nice games on there. They even had their own version of some Genesis titles such as Street Fighter 2 and Mortal Kombat 1, 2 and 3.

TheRealThanos

#3

TheRealThanos commented on Hardware Classics: Sega Master System:

@Damo "Rapid fire units, bo, bo, bo?" Oh my...
That "rap" was absolutely and totally horrible. It should have been banned before it was ever published.
I think a lot of us Americans had no idea about the Master System at the time and for people that nowadays know a bit or people that still don't know anything about it, that video adds nothing. I had the same sentiment (calling it an issue seems a bit too heavy) so I looked up a review from Game Sack that is quite comprehensive in showing why you should take the time to investigate this system if you're into retro gaming.
It does also show in some cases that there were actually quite a few arcade conversions that were far from perfect, which shows that (as we all know) more powerful isn't always better (as evident in Sega vs Nintendo handhelds) because having more colors and (arguably) better sound doesn't necessarily equate to better games. There's some slowdown to be seen and some animation seems quite choppy, something that I hardly ever experienced on the NES, but that may be due to optimization. In any case, there were definitely some good games to play on the Master System and they certainly looked good too. Some of the best can be seen in this video:

By the way: living in the Netherlands from an early age I also never saw much of the Master System, so I think the UK and Brazil were probably the two top territories for that console. Most of us had a NES or a home computer and I knew only one friend that had one, but he has (up to the very last console) collected everything from Sega, so that was to be expected.

TheRealThanos

#4

TheRealThanos commented on Talking Point: Should Nintendo Be Promoting Th...:

@Damo okay, well then it was both our and your bad for apparently more than one member reacted more or less in a similar manner as I did. Like some before me have already said: maybe the title of the article should have been slightly different, and then there's the poll, again with the tablet reference. Consider this: just by referencing tablets to the GamePad's functions it might confuse the general public and probably disappoint more than one kid because they have already been spoiled with "real" tablets and wouldn't want to trade in their iPad for something with less functionality. All of us here know the what's what of the Wii U but for newcomers I just don't think this is a good idea. I want to reiterate that I did get your point and my previous comment wasn't to slam you or anything like that, but there must be some truth to it or otherwise there wouldn't be so many people reacting to it in the way they did and then I would have been the only misguided soul... ;)

TheRealThanos

#5

TheRealThanos commented on Talking Point: Should Nintendo Be Promoting Th...:

@rjejr You're most welcome.
@Damo I got your point very clearly (if I am one of the persons you adressed with the being stunned comment) but I just don't think that the GamePad should be labeled a tablet. It creates misconception and in my humble opinion would do Nintendo more damage than good, even though there are indeed a lot of things that "double-up" functions that a tablet also offers when in the home. So that was just my two cents, now and earlier, but no offense intended.

TheRealThanos

#7

TheRealThanos commented on Talking Point: Should Nintendo Be Promoting Th...:

@Dohv 60? How about almost half that? I buy all my points and subscriptions online, where much cheaper options can be found and you get the code in your mail account straight away. Same goes for PS Network, so you could probably save quite a bit of money. And with all the free games to be had, it is still worth it even if you don't game online. A lot of the games are the so called Arcade games, but there are quite a few full blown games as well. Just take a peek:
http://www.xbox.com/en-US/live/games-with-gold
EDIT :
Here are some links to cheap shops that I trust because I've already bought codes there.
The codes are valid worldwide, so the region you're in doesn't matter:
http://www.pcgamesupply.com/buy/12-Month-Xbox-Live-Gold-Membership-US/
http://www.cheapxboxlivecodes.com/xbox-live-gold-subscription-codes/cheap-12-month-xbox-live-gold-membership-subscription/
http://translate.google.nl/translate?hl=en&sl=nl&u=http://www.livecodes.nl/12-maanden-xbox-live-gold.php&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dhttp://www.livecodes.nl/12-maanden-xbox-live-gold.php%26newwindow%3D1%26safe%3Doff

TheRealThanos

#8

TheRealThanos commented on Talking Point: Should Nintendo Be Promoting Th...:

@ferthepoet Exactly. I would secretly be having some fun at the cost of little kids rubbing both their index fingers over the screen trying to enlarge the picture, though... ;)
But seriously, the absolute misnomer that is "the tablet controller" has to go, because it has almost become a stigma and besides it not being correct, it is also not helping Nintendo because most people actually do know the difference. It isn't and will never be a tablet.
@Dohv Do you have an Xbox Live Gold Account? In that case you can get 2 to 4 free games every month, both for Xbox 360 and Xbox One with "Games with Gold". I haven't even got an Xbox One yet, but I can still reserve the games for later on the Xbox website because of my Live subscription, so once I'll have the new console, I will have a ton of games on it already without having to buy them first.
IN GENERAL:
People complaining about it not being a tablet by comparing it's screen to an actual tablet are a bit off course: since it is NOT a tablet, but simply a touch screen, it cannot be compared to a tablet and can therefore not be judged to be inferior to one. It is a giant DS touch screen and as such, the quality of the screen is more than adequate. I've never heard anyone complain about the quality of the DS touch screen or call it a "tablet handheld" so why should we treat the GamePad any different? Everything it does is displayed with more than enough clarity for anyone to be able to see and use it, which is it's intended purpose, NOT to be a full HD tablet/second screen.
And that is also why it absolutely baffles me that up til now, the majority of the people has voted "yes".

TheRealThanos

#9

TheRealThanos commented on First Impressions: Breaking Out With Siesta Fi...:

@cyrus_zuo Having once started my gaming life with a Pong console, I can totally get where you're coming from. This is probably why they selected the touch screen; because of it's "looseness" if you get what I'm trying to say. For lack of a better term I should probably rename that to "freedom of movement" of the touchscreen. But the option of the thumb stick doesn't scare me away from this title either since that is also quite loose in it's movement. Maybe games like this should also have the option to remap to L and R as a semi-replacement for a paddle...
All that being said, I'm still quite confident that this title will work out just fine, since by their own admission they didn't add stylus/touch screen controls as an afterthought but have built the game around it to optimize said controls and I don't think that's a standard method of operation so they did take extra care to make it as user friendly as possible. Well, for the price it's offered at, I'll probably pick it up anyway and then I will find out for myself how the controls feel.

TheRealThanos

#12

TheRealThanos commented on The Wii U Version Of Tengami Is Complete, Age ...:

Love the art style. This has been on my radar since day one. Being my age it reminds me a lot of the collection of pop up books that I had when I was a kid. And the whole Asian setting makes it even more interesting to me and it's something different altogether from every other puzzle adventure that you see out there so as far as I am concerned this is one title to look out for.

TheRealThanos

#15

TheRealThanos commented on Video: You Really Don't Want To Know What Kids...:

@World Sounds like an open minded person to me, and that is all that I mostly aim for when sharing my enthusiasm of classic games with people. By the way: you should be able to get a second hand GBA or Game Boy color for next to nothing from any respectable online retro store. I got a friend a Game Boy color for 20 bucks.

TheRealThanos

#18

TheRealThanos commented on Video: You Really Don't Want To Know What Kids...:

@8BitSamurai Well obviously it held up a lot better than those systems, and that is mainly because of the way better games. Atari never had a chance so only Sega's offering, just as in home consoles at the time, was a real competitor, but still failed due to several reasons amongst which battery life and being even more bulky than the original Game Boy.

TheRealThanos

#20

TheRealThanos commented on Video: You Really Don't Want To Know What Kids...:

@Caryslan Yeah, I kind of figured it would be something like that and I can totally understand about being annoyed at seeing 8 and 16 bit console games displayed on modern TV's so fair enough. I guess I'm a bit more forgiving myself. My point about Game Boy games especially is that I'm so used to holding my handheld in a certain way that it feels strange, which is what I forgot to mention in my previous comment, because obviously the original Game Boy was held in, shall we say, portrait mode/upright/vertical and the DS line of handhelds is of course more landscape mode, so you also get the ugly sidebars and such. But I always respect opinions so the same goes for you. But I can only agree concerning the really old consoles: for the N64, GameCube and Dreamcast I have a VGA box to display graphics in the best possible resolution. (even got a 1080p HDMI upscaler for my Wii) They all look positively gorgeous on my 42" HD plasma TV.

TheRealThanos

#21

TheRealThanos commented on Weirdness: 3D-Printed Game Boy-Themed Case Cov...:

@OorWullie Well, maybe the language used on forums and websites is sometimes a little harsh, and I'll be the first to admit that it's easier to comment this way than in real life, which is something we all know, by the way. If your hunch is really true and the writer is the woman in the video, then I would say that I'm sorry that I was a bit direct in stating my opinion on her not being that aesthetically pleasing to my eyes... ;)
But seriously, I'm 44 years old and I have a good life, so I'll be damned before I get upset about some anonymous guy or girl on the internet who says that I'm ugly. I really could not be bothered less and it will definitely NOT ruin my day. Heck, there will even be people that don't like my avatar while I think it is the best. Who cares? I certainly don't. To some people I probably AM an ugly fugger. Still nothing going on. No raised heartbeat, no rage mode, no aggressive thoughts. Just a chuckle and a bit of head shaking at the ridiculousness of it all. Other than that I wish them well.

TheRealThanos

#26

TheRealThanos commented on Weirdness: 3D-Printed Game Boy-Themed Case Cov...:

@FalconPunch Completely agree with your first comment. She's a total Butterface. Then again, we also have to be honest and say that it's a taste thing. There will definitely be some people that will have a different view. As for Nintendo Minute's Krysta: that is probably more a thing if you're into Asian women and I too have to say that she's far from unattractive, but my Nintendo E3 cutie award goes to the blonde girl, although her awful laughter somewhat horrified me... ;)
EDIT: The girl's name is Audrey Drake, self titled "in-house Princess of Nintendo USA" (according to her Twitter account). She also writes for IGN. If you dare to watch, then go see and hear. Around the 36 seconds mark you'll get what I mean with "horrifying laughter". And it only get's worse later on... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yi8a4c5JEQ4
ON TOPIC:
Looks like a funny little project. Always been intrigued by the Raspberry Pi, but was never really sure what I could do with it, so good to get some examples. In ads for the Pi itself all you get to see is a tiny motherboard with circuits and wires, and no casing whatsoever. Made it look too techy for me. Although I do agree with an earlier comment that the screen looks way too small.

TheRealThanos

#27

TheRealThanos commented on Video: You Really Don't Want To Know What Kids...:

@World Ah Boulder Dash, brings back memories. I would say that is one of those games that goes into the same category as the likes of Pong, Pac Man, Arkanoid and Tetris. Anything but nice graphics but still extremely playable and quite hard to stop once you start playing.
@Caryslan Well then I must be a retro gamer or something... Nah, that's not it. A good example is the Mario game that I got on my 3DS because of the promotional campaign. I do play it every now and then and it is good to have a well lit display but somehow it feels "off" playing it on a dual screen handheld with more buttons and what not. I still pull out my Game Boy Color when I want to play a Game Boy game and I still enjoy the hell out of it. I'm firmly in the camp of "games should be played on the original hardware" which is why I'm also not a fan of emulators on smart phones. A friend of mine said he enjoyed Tetris way more on his smart phone, and always defended it by naming all the supposed advantages. That was until I bought him a second hand Game Boy Color with the REAL Tetris game and now he is a believer.
@Game-Over Yep, eighties or seventies like me. With every decade later you gradually see appreciation for the foundations of what they now enjoy disappear and instead of wonder and amazement you see lack of fulfillment because it is never enough. Now HD needs to be even more crisp and "HD-ier" because current gen is also still not pretty enough for some and they are already disappointed because they know that it will be some time yet before the next generation is here so these poor souls have to "endure" several more years of "horrible" looking games.
Megaton Facepalm...

TheRealThanos

#29

TheRealThanos commented on Video: You Really Don't Want To Know What Kids...:

@russellohh Like I said: I personally think it's today's faster society and the parents looking to give their kids something to keep them quiet after they outgrow their pacifier. Just look at your own childhood: how many spoiled kids were there at any one time in your class? I don't think as many. Nearly all kids in my surroundings, be they from family, friends, co-workers or acquaintances do have access to or own a smart/tablet device and I personally believe that it is inappropriate for some ages and also that parents shouldn't be so quick to give their kids one. No matter what the reason behind it is. I also never got any toy or device from my parents just because Billy, Tommy and the rest of the class also had one...

TheRealThanos

#30

TheRealThanos commented on Video: You Really Don't Want To Know What Kids...:

@russellohh I do agree that it is never that black and white, but even when trying to look at it objectively, I still feel that kids nowadays, mainly because of more, better and faster changing technology get to be spoiled much faster. Sure, there were spoiled kids back in the day when I was that young, but on average that was only about three kids max in every class/school/club I've been in. More often than not we only had one spoiled brat in our class. I remember this kid who's father was an international business man that traveled to Japan a lot, so his son got the latest/limited edition Walkmans and consoles (such as the for me completely unaffordable Neo Geo) and what not... Nowadays nearly ALL kids have access to or own some kind of smart- or tablet device. And they think that everything that isn't nicely drawn or in HD is ugly. Coming from a Pong machine on a black and white TV set, I still marvel at some 16 bit games and appreciate just about any generation that came after that. To some kids even the Xbox 360/PS3 games are starting to look ugly. Go figure. Like I said: no more appreciation...

But ehm... Game Boy in the dish washer?

TheRealThanos

#31

TheRealThanos commented on Video: You Really Don't Want To Know What Kids...:

@russellohh Well, as you have obviously been able to read from my previous post, I DO own a Galaxy S3, and I even have some games on it, but besides that I'm still a dedicated gamer, which also means that I'm willing to pay for the (in my eyes) superior experience.
And I've kept nearly all systems that I ever owned, except for my MSX machine, which I still regret to this day. I still have an Amiga 500, Amiga 500+, Amiga 1200, Amiga CD32, N64, GameCube, Wii, Sega Dreamcast, Xbox 360, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, GB Advance SP, DS Phat, DS Lite, DSi XL and a 3DS XL. And I've bought ALL of them with my own money so I don't know how that equates to being equally spoiled as the iPad generation. My niece's little boy got his first iPod touch when he was 4 which seems totally ridiculous to me. And it was cracked and broken in no time too. All my systems are still completely functional, so not only are kids more spoiled, they also don't seem to receive the upbringing anymore to appreciate and care for things. For which I blame the parents, by the way, NOT the kids.
On a side note: leaving EA and going for educational software might just get you a lot of fans on here. Especially because of the first part... ;)

TheRealThanos

#32

TheRealThanos commented on Video: You Really Don't Want To Know What Kids...:

@World It's basically just like food: don't pull your nose up and say it is disgusting/bad unless you've tasted it. Although come to think of it, there are some pretty horrible things that are supposedly deemed edible in some parts of the world... ;)
As for games, YouTube is your friend. There are tons of playthroughs of classic games and you may never know what you'll run into. May happen that my gentle nudge will end up in you having a giant backlog of games that you'll still want to play before you leave this earth for good. You can blame me later if that's going to be the case and I'll accept the blame with a big grin on my face...
Oh, and one should ALWAYS have faith in oneself. NEVER doubt, for that is the same as standing still. Take that with some milk a light biscuit, didn't want to make it too heavy... ;)

TheRealThanos

#33

TheRealThanos commented on Video: You Really Don't Want To Know What Kids...:

@World We get it, we get it: you like gentle nudges... ;)
But in all seriousness: I would just show the kids the games and ask them to try the games out, since you should NEVER force kids to do ANYTHING, so that is not exclusive to gaming. However, if you don't try something out, you will also never truly know if you'll like it or not, so saying that someone doesn't like being forced to play games that he/she doesn't like without them having tried it first seems to be jumping the gun a bit.
@GreatPlayer Your conclusion is just your opinion. Nothing wrong with that, just saying. I think (and that is my opinion) that graphics are the icing on the cake that can definitely add to the whole experience, but they AREN'T the whole experience in and of itself. You and @World both miss out on some really great games/classics if you can't poke through the "bad" graphics. And Mario64 and Sonic Adventure are both great games, which is not just an opinion; it is widely regarded to be so and the games have both garnered a lot of positive criticism in their time and to some extent still do.
@ToxieDogg I totally agree. I'm 44 and have been gaming since Pong and the Atari 2600. I think that if kids becoming programmers would truly think that touch screen controls will be the be all and end all of gaming, then that would be a very sad conclusion to come to and that it would be a very dire future for dedicated gamers altogether. But we'll just have to wait and see, I guess...

ON TOPIC:

I think some of you are way too harsh on these kids. Yeah they seem snobbish and spoiled, but that is because their dumb parents just hand out iPads like they cost next to nothing. All to keep the kids quiet and occupied. And of course there's the easier way of getting access to information on what is cool and how to play and so on.. Back in the day I had to save money from my allowance to be able to buy my gaming devices and we only had magazines. I once tried to explain to my little niece that we never had internet not that long ago and she just couldn't grasp the reality of that simple fact so it was pretty weird to discuss that with her. But I agree with some of you that we somehow should, IF they want to get into gaming, let kids understand, WITHOUT forcing them, where it all came from by letting them get acquainted with older systems and handhelds and then gradually introduce them to more recent systems. If they can grasp all that, then I'm pretty sure that they WILL have an appreciation or should I say MORE appreciation for their iPad 7 or 8 or whichever one it will be that they will be gaming on next. Maybe it will be a Nintendo smartphone with actual controls, or the much hyped (but probably non-existing) Nintendo Fusion...
Either way: exciting times ahead, and my kids WILL get to know all this stuff.
@Caryslan But the differences are getting way smaller than they used to. Just look at all the versions of the iPhone or Samsung Galaxy; they don't differ that much and I think newer versions will only focus on optimizing the technology inside rather than making them even thinner or smaller. The only outside thing they change the most is the glass, to make it even more unbreakable. Smaller screens aren't desirable and the technology to make thinner parts to put inside the cases is also some ways off into the distant future. When I was young I had a (what will now seem) GIANT Walkman hanging from my hip with a cassette deck and now I just put my music on my Galaxy S3 which has more memory and space than all Walkman/disc-man/mp3 players that I ever owned put together. But I still appreciate that giant red toaster of a Walkman...

TheRealThanos

#34

TheRealThanos commented on Buck Rogers SNES Prototype Materializes:

@9th_Sage Might be. I wouldn't be able to tell you for sure. I'm definitely no programmer so I was just thinking about possible solutions.
@dustin_g The Buck Rogers game will never come out; it was a prototype. The Jim Power game however, was released and can be bought. More than likely it can also be found online...

TheRealThanos

#35

TheRealThanos commented on Buck Rogers SNES Prototype Materializes:

@9th_Sage Nope. Factor 5 were Germans, Loriciel was a French company. Maybe there's a thing like "European game music" which could sound similar in some places. Although come to think of it, there were a lot of limits on what they could do with sound back then, so a completely original soundtrack was already quite an achievement. Smaller companies may have lent a few chiptunes from each other here and there, who knows...
@DaemonSword And that's why it became Jim Power... ;)

TheRealThanos

#36

TheRealThanos commented on Nintendo Files Patent for "Eye Tracking" Devic...:

@Zyph Yeah... some people just seem to need to take a step back and think instead of continuously pulling some card that says "gimmick" or "not innovative" or whichever negative comment they can come up with next. Sometimes it is true, but more often times than not a bit of calm breathing and clear thinking will do the trick for you and will let you come to the only correct conclusion. Oh well... ;)
@Squid Man, that's the easy part. Way back in the sixties and seventies they were already making stuff like that:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smell-O-Vision
There were even companies experimenting with bringing set top boxes into homes, but, obviously, it never took off. Right now, the Japanese are experimenting with it once again, so maybe that is what Nintendo is aiming for:
http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/152086-japanese-smell-o-vision-tv-releases-scents-with-per-pixel-accuracy
The wind part could be done by installing 4 wireless mini fans around your room, couple them with receivers and the console would then send a signal to one or several of them whenever the game requires it.

TheRealThanos

#38

TheRealThanos commented on Nintendo Files Patent for "Eye Tracking" Devic...:

@Zyph I do remember that game, but didn't have a DSi back then. Is it still available? Couldn't find it in the eShop at first glance...
@Montegarde and smell garlic all the time? No thanks... ;)

And to all the people screaming gimmick: I think you all need to understand that a gimmick is something that is implemented/used just for the sake of and really adds nothing other than being a trick and attracting attention. Taking that into account, you will find that none of the things that Nintendo have done such as the DS, the Wiimote, the 3DS and the Wii U GamePad are gimmicks.
Sure, all of these did and still do attract attention, but they're not there just for the sake of. Or at the very least let me say that it wasn't Nintendo's intention to do so. They implemented all of these features to try and truly add something to the gameplay instead of just tacking it on and have an attitude of "let's wait and see what happens".
It is of course perfectly debatable, especially in the Wii U's case, if they have already done enough to please the public, but the final verdict seems to be firmly in favor of "not a gimmick".

TheRealThanos

#43

TheRealThanos commented on Feature: The Biggest Wii U Games of 2014 - Sum...:

@arnoldlayne83 Yeah, it's too bad that all the good people that WILL buy the Wii U version have to suffer for every single multiple console owner that doesn't buy the Wii U version. Perhaps they just don't get how important choices like this can be and that you sometimes have to make choices like that for the greater good, which in this case is survival of third party support on Wii U. Oh well, what can you do? We can hardly force people...

TheRealThanos

#44

TheRealThanos commented on Feature: The Biggest Wii U Games of 2014 - Sum...:

@DiscoGentleman My thoughts exactly. I wasn't expecting that when I voted. Most people seem to want to give another third party a reason to leave the Wii U because of any one of the next three stupid reasons that I've come across so far on various sites: the Xbox One/PS4 version has better graphics, the Wii U controller has no analog triggers, the loading times on Wii U will probably be cr@p.
Of course, all these reasons are too dumb to be taken seriously. The graphics won't differ that much. Lead developer Andy Tudor himself has said as much in an interview, so differences will be minimal and will more than likely be reserved to technical features/special effects looking slightly better on the more powerful systems. As for analog: you can use the old classic controller and maybe someone (third party or Nintendo themselves) will release a new pro controller that does have analog triggers, and of course there will always be the steering wheel and pedal sets from third parties. Maybe there will even be an option to use the GameCube controller adapter for Wii U. And loading times are a matter of optimization; something that Slightly Mad Studios have also promised to take the utmost care with.
But maybe the most important thing is that if you have a Wii U besides your Xbox One/PS4, then you should STILL go for the Wii U version because it will not only show Slightly Mad Studios the appreciation that they deserve, it will also show Nintendo and third parties that there actually is success to be gained for third party titles on Wii U.

TheRealThanos

#45

TheRealThanos commented on Feature: The Biggest Wii U Games of 2014 - Sum...:

@SFR79 The official poll on the Project CARS site shows something different. Vote and see the astonishing result...
http://www.projectcarsgame.com/home/which-platform-are-you-getting-project-cars-on
@Link41x the only thing that is gimped is the cover image on the DVD box. Other than that the game is complete and the first game is even expanded and slightly improved graphics-wise.
@readyletsgo A PS3 won't do you any good concerning Project CARS, since it won't be released on that console. But maybe I misunderstood what you meant to say.
@Nintenjoe64 It's not going to be a port, let alone a horrible one. All versions are developed side by side, not on a PC first and then ported to the various consoles, so the Wii U version has it's own team of developers.
@everyone that voted Project CARS: here's an interesting interview with lead developer Andy Tudor. I've linked to page four, which is where the interview starts in English. For those of you that rather read it in Spanish, just select the first page.
http://www.revogamers.net/entrevistas/project-c-a-r-s-quisimos-trabajar-en-wii-u-el-primer-dia-1339/4.html

TheRealThanos

#46

TheRealThanos commented on Bandai Namco Picks up Project CARS for Worldwi...:

@Blue-Thunder Ha, no worries man. I sometimes get the same nonsense for being a Forza fan, so that is probably comparable to what you have to endure. (no fancy cinema system by the way: just a 42" Panasonic Viera plasma HD TV which has 4 speakers built in) I can now understand why you got that idea from my comment while I was only putting some facts together. I also know that damage models aren't the most important thing in the world, but if they call themselves the real driving simulator then they should (in my humble opinion) offer the total package and that includes everything that you would encounter in real life when racing. But I agree with you that all in all it is still a great game. (the list of what GT lacks compared to Project CARS is not my own opinion, it has been done by other people)
I truly do hope you get to try Project CARS out and even if you still like GT better after that, it might still be a nice addition to your racing sim collection, if only for the diversity of races it offers. (I only mentioned a few in my previous comment, but pretty much everything from go karts to every type of race imaginable is in there. The only thing I haven't seen yet is off-road, but they might surprise me yet)
The thing that convinced me the most was of course being able to try out the beta, but for a true sim racer like yourself it shouldn't be impossible to get quite a good impression from just watching the numerous gameplay clips on YouTube. All that is left to wonder about is how that will translate to consoles, since obviously all gameplay is only from the PC version.
As for the steering wheel: I'm kind of betting on some third party releasing a good wheel and pedals for the Wii U as well. The option to adjust the controls are in the game, so you should be able to remap that to whatever you plug into your Wii U. And no offense taken on anything. At my age I seem to be worried a lot less about things like that than I used to when I was 18 and a hotblooded, tunnel-vision impaired fanboy... ;)

TheRealThanos

#47

TheRealThanos commented on Bandai Namco Picks up Project CARS for Worldwi...:

@Blue-Thunder Ehm, sorry to say but it seems you read WAY too much into my reaction. It wasn't my intention at ALL to be negative towards you, so sorry if you felt attacked or something. Maybe I shouldn't have used the word "belittle" but you said "I don't think Project CARS is going to be any good. How can Slightly Mad Studios compete with the giants of racing game developers like Polyphony Digital or Turn 10 Studios? I can't see it." which is what prompted my reaction since they aren't as small or inexperienced as you seem to think. In fact their resume contains way more racing games than both "giants" combined.
Also, it is NOT my opinion concerning Forza winning in the racing sim category: it is an ironclad fact, the awards have indeed been given out in the industry by a jury consisting of people in the game/racing sim industry, game media and people from the ACTUAL racing industry, so that pretty much makes it a fact in any rational person's book.
And like I said: that is all BESIDES our respective opinions. You like GT, I like Forza and I respect that, but the industry has given it's verdict. It is not just my opinion. I can't make anything else of it other than that fact. Oh, and both games are classified as racing games in the industry if you look at the prizes won and in which category they were classified. Forza has won "best racing game" three years in a row now, and it ran against GT, obviously.
Here are some links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forza_Motorsport_3#Awards
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forza_Motorsport_4#Reception
http://www.xboxachievements.com/news/news-17263-Forza-Motorsport-5-Picks-Up-Racing-Game-of-the-Year-at-2014-DICE-Awards.html

As for my claims on Project CARS: I'm 44 years old and I sell graphical workstations for a living, so yeah, I KNOW about graphics and hardware and I don't have the time or the lack of intelligence to be that gullible. Besides that, a colleague of mine is a Project CARS beta tester and he let me play his version. I'm an avid sim racer and I have played quite a lot of sims, INCLUDING all but the last GT since I don't own a PS4, and I can honestly say, even as a Forza fan that Project CARS is considerably better than both series in a number of areas.
You on the other hand seem to simply wipe Slightly Mad Studios off the table as if they are some first timer that has never even made a racing sim before. They have the reputation, the licenses, the support and the community of dedicated racing sim fans/beta testers that have all given them continuous feedback for the last three years so that they could keep improving the game and they are still doing that. So it is actually realistic and fair to be expecting quite a lot from it.
The beta I played is from last year, and I know that a lot of things have been added and tweaked since then, so with my personal experience coming from the beta I only expect more from the final product. They set a pretty high goal for themselves wanting to make the ultimate racing sim, but the evidence so far points towards them having a pretty big chance of actually achieving it.
As for GT: I named quite a few points concerning GT's shortcomings, so simply saying it is better doesn't suffice. Also, Forza IS a sim. There is the spin-off series Forza Horizon which is more "arcadey" so that would fall outside of the sim category, but Forza itself is a complete sim, as can be witnessed in the latest outing.
I have to wonder why it seems to be so hard for you to have an open mind about Project CARS considering I am able to do the same even though I am a Forza player. (also taking into account that they have made WAY more racing sims than Poliphony and Turn 10 combined) Liking a game (series) is never a bad thing, but you should also never turn a blind eye to the possibility that a better option will come along one day.
Final point: the comment about using this game to showcase your Wii U also stands: it is NOT a port, is being made by a dedicated Wii U team within Slightly Mad Studios and is made to take full advantage of what the Wii U hardware can offer, so even though it will not look as good as the other two console versions, it will still stand a very good chance of being the best looking or the most technically impressive game on the Wii U so far. All we have for comparison in the racing genre is Need for Speed Most Wanted which already looked pretty good, especially for a port, but it did have quite a few bugs. So the evidence on hand is in favor of Project CARS since they will make way more use of the hardware specific features. Here are some links to an interesting interview with the creators if you are interested enough to take the time to check that out:
http://www.nowgamer.com/features/1856287/project_cars_wii_u_director_talks_graphics_gamepad_in_full_interview.html
http://nintendoenthusiast.com/interview/slightly-mad-interview-andy-tudor-project-cars-wii-u/
Anyway, from one racing sim fan to another: enjoy whichever sim you want, but if there is ever a demo released for Project CARS all I can do is heartily recommend it to you and if you keep an open mind and try it out for yourself, you might just find that you will like it as much as I do. Peace.

P.S. Sorry for the humongous wall of text so thanks in advance if you have read all of it.

TheRealThanos

#48

TheRealThanos commented on Bandai Namco Picks up Project CARS for Worldwi...:

@Blue-Thunder You might want to do some more research on the people behind Project CARS before you belittle them. They have a total of 150 game titles (http://www.gamesindustry.biz/resources/directory/company/slightly-mad-studios) behind their name, and quite a few of them are racing sims. (including GTR, GT Legends, BMW M3 Challenge, Need For Speed Shift 1 & 2, and Test Drive) They have spent more than 4 years on this new game and have the backing of a lot of specialists from the racing industry and they have test drivers that are professional racers in several categories (F1, touring car/DTM and so on). Besides that, being fan of one series can rather heavily color ones opinion (I should know, I was in the Forza camp). If you look at GT objectively and compare it to Project CARS, it doesn't even come close.
GT lacks damage models on all cars, lacks correct sound effects on most cars, the handling of some cars seems to be off and in my humble opinion the environments look decidedly clinical, e.g. too clean to be realistic. Another interesting thing to take into account is that Slightly Mad Studios had already implemented weather effects long before Polyphony even considered putting them in the new GT game, so they have naturally had more time to perfect their weather system and they are still able to tweak it even further since launch day isn't here yet. Also, the graphics really can't compare with Project CARS. Just look up some of the comparisons on YouTube of maxed out settings on PC. They absolutely destroy anything that any console will be able to produce, so if graphics are your thing you should probably not look at a console racer.
That being said it is of course abundantly clear that the Wii U version will also not be the best looking version, but it will be the game to showcase your Wii U to anyone who still doubts what it's capable of.
P.S. As far as your opinion (or mine for that matter) about Forza vs GT goes, they factually did win the last few rounds according to people in the industry that have awarded the last two games as being the most realistic and expansive racing sim on any system, so Forza actually IS the better game according to people with the know-how to be able to make such decisions. (and just to be clear, that is besides our respective opinions, as I stated before)
That is, until now. Slightly Mad Studios is well on it's way to do EXACTLY what they promised and that is to make Project CARS the ultimate racing sim.
@Gen0neD Well, you certainly had me wondering. I guess that is always the pitfall of written text: unless there's a smiley to go with it, you can never be too certain how some comments are supposed to be interpreted... ;)

TheRealThanos

#50

TheRealThanos commented on Bandai Namco Picks up Project CARS for Worldwi...:

@brandonbwii How exactly did you come to that conclusion? All versions are made separately as has been stated by the developers themselves and that statement has been reiterated over and over in numerous interviews so just because they get a publisher that doesn't mean that console specific features are all of a sudden going to disappear.