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He is our hero!

Male, 40, United States

Mon 13th Apr 2009

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the_shpydar commented on The Starforce Pi Is An Arcade You Can Fit In Y...:

Neat idea, but price point is unfortunately too high. If they could price it at $100-$150, people would buy it in droves (especially at $100); at $220 for the basic model, they're only going to get a niche market of buyers (assuming it gets funded in the first place).



the_shpydar commented on Arc System Works Now Owns The Rights To All Of...:

@TheRealThanos Aye, brother. But us "old timers" just can't help but sharing our knowledge and love of the almighty Atari. In fact, during my last visit to my local retro shop, i spent almost an hour educating the owner about the value of some of the rare Atari games he had and on how to spot certain high-value/in-demand variants.



the_shpydar commented on Antipole Gets the DX Treatment in Flip to 3DS ...:

I'll echo the comments of both @Klimbatize and @Phillip_J_Reed (because i agree and they are both awesome guys who share space in my brain).

This is a game i had a lot more fun with than i expected, and played it a lot more than i thought i would have going in. I'm on board for a remake, and i think the extra polish (both graphically and otherwise) should turn a very good game into a truly great game.

Also, i always choose to pronounce the title so that it rhymes with Sophocles's "Antigone". Because i'm cool like that.



the_shpydar commented on Woah Dave! May Become a Real NES Cartridge Rel...:

Same here. I bought it when it went on sale, then i almost felt bad i didn't support them further by spending full price.

Amazingly addictive fun. I'd buy an NES cart version just on principle. But i'd really rather see it on the 2600 ... some of the Atari Age wizards could probably pull it off (though i imagine the music would have to take a hit); there is some remarkable programming-fu that can be pulled off on the 2600 by people with the know-how.



the_shpydar commented on Video: Let's Play Mario Kart 8 With Lydia:

Hey Lydia!
I've been subbed to your channel for a while now (those vids of you playing Condemned were hilarious), so I thought i clicked on my YouTube bookmark when i saw your pic on the NL main page.
Cool to see you here!



the_shpydar commented on Coleco Wants to Bring Back Their Version of Do...:

ColecoVision on WiiU VC would be a perfect fit, since they could emulate the CV controller's keypad on the touchscreen (this would work equally well with Intellivision also).

One big hurdle is that a very large portion of CV's library (and most of the best games released for the system) were licensed arcade ports from other companies, so there would be the obvious legal difficulties.

Good thing i still have my CV in perfect working order (even if the controllers are rubbish )



the_shpydar commented on Video: The Trailer For E.T. Documentary Atari:...:

Ahh, revisionist history is always entertaining.

Especially when half-truths and untruths get perpetuated year after year by ignorant uninformed youngsters who basically just repeat what they've heard over and over.

The landfill was NEVER a mystery. It was well-documented. There were multiple articles about it from the 80s alone that spoke specifically about it. Never a mystery.

ET did not cause the crash. Neither did Pac-Man for the 2600. They've just become the iconic symbols of the crash over the years.

And if anyone genuinely believes ET is the worst game ever, i suggest you check out the literally hundreds of Atari, NES and other 2nd and 3rd gen games (and beyond) that are infinitely worse.

But what do i know. I was only around when it all actually happened. Obviously those who know nothing of the truth but what they've been told by others know better than i do.



the_shpydar commented on Atari's "Corporate Comeback Strategy" Includes...:

True dat, bro.

This isn't Atari. Atari isn't Atari anymore, and hasn't been for many many years. It's just some company that owns the name, assets and logos and such.

Never could they once again reach the heights that produced the majesty and wonderment of E.T.



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

Maul teaming up with Darth Talon against Krayt's Sith? I wonder how that would work, considering that Talon and Krayt's Sith weren't around until more than a century after Maul's time (although Krayt himself, aka former Jedi A'Sharaad Hett was around during Maul's time).
Shpy be droppin' the EU knowledge on y'all



the_shpydar commented on Review: Mach Rider (3DS eShop):

I loved this game. I always used to imagine the in-game text exposition (there is more between each level of the main mode, if memory serves) being spoken by the guy who did the voice-over during the opening credits of Knight Rider.



the_shpydar commented on Soapbox: A Case For The Defence: Castlevania 64:

Cool article. I'm actually in the middle of playing this for the first time right now (I'm up to the infamous dynamite/nitro part) and enjoying more than I expected. It certainly has its flaws, but I definitely agree that the atmosphere created by the game is great.



the_shpydar commented on Review: Life Force (3DS eShop / NES):

Such a great game. I poured many hours into it back in the day, and will certainly grab it as soon as it comes to the US. And just in case anyone doesn't know and is having a rough go with it, you can use the almighty Konami Code to get 30 lives, a la Contra.



the_shpydar commented on Dallas Tech Company iLife Thinks Nintendo Stol...:

@SebCroc Thank you for your interest. In all honesty I'd rather not get into a long legal discussion — lawyerly stuff is what I do all day, and the last thing I want to do when I'm home for the night and reading my fave video game site is discuss legalities. Sorry. But I do appreciate the fact that you actually want to know more.

Just one quick legal point though: the timing of the suit is irrelevant — 7 or 8 years after the Wii was released? So what. There are statutes of limitations for lawsuits, and the fact that they exist doesn't mean that a suit needs to be filed right away. We have no idea what's gone on behind the scenes — iLife may have been trying to deal with Nintendo for years to work out a settlement and once that wasn't going to happen, iLife decided to file suit.

Sadly, I can't help but think if this exact same situation was happening but iLife was suing Sony or MS, then the same commenters on this site would be supporting iLife.

Facts are this — we don't know the full extent of this suit, its validity, or its likely outcome. iLife does appear at first blush to be something of a patent troll (though this term, more properly referred to as a "patent assertion entity", is being misused by many — it's correctly used to refer to companies who sit on owned patents to collect revenue, while creating no true products of their own), but we don't have all the facts.

Even if they are a "patent troll", if Ninty did infringe on patents that they hold, then iLife is entitled to restitution (so long as they are acting in good faith, which will of course be a large part of the argument in defense).

Meh, time to turn by brain back off and watch more Old School Raw.



the_shpydar commented on Dallas Tech Company iLife Thinks Nintendo Stol...:

While this is likely a so-called "patent troll" in action, I just love how people in the comments section on these types of stories are all of the sudden legal experts who pretend to actually know what they're talking about, when they clearly don't. I find it rather entertaining.



the_shpydar commented on Microsoft's Phil Spencer Can't Say Enough Nice...:

I like you.

Thank you for that comment, as it was exactly what I was thinking as scrolling through this comments section. It's a shame that so many people still want to just senselessly bash or find ulterior motives rather than just accept that something positive was said, regardless of the motivations behind it.

And then these same people wonder why people complain about Nintendo fanboys being ridiculous.



the_shpydar commented on Aonuma: Information About Majora's Mask Can Be...:

If they're going to do a MM remake (which i'm sure would be on 3DS), the most logical thought would be that it would release in close proximity to the eventual new Zelda for WiiU. Think about it — we get a Zelda remake for WiiU released in close proximity to a new 3DS Zelda, so perhaps we'll get a Zelda remake for 3DS released in close proximity to the eventual new WiiU Zelda!



the_shpydar commented on Review: Picross e3 (3DS eShop):

Yep, 15x15 is the biggest they go (again).

Mega Picross mode can be rough, especially after playing a bunch of standard puzzles — you really need to adjust the way your brain tackles the puzzle. Cool though.



the_shpydar commented on Video: Two More Pokémon X & Y Commercials Are...:

While I have absolutely no interest in these games, I have seen these commercials on tv over the past week, and have to say I was actually impressed. Good marketing (and I too noticed that they are obviously shooting for a slightly older crowd than the stereotypical Pokefan kiddies).



the_shpydar commented on Nintendo 2DS is Actually Made With Just One Sc...:

You are my new best friend.

Sadly, this is the internet, so logic rarely (read: never) prevails, especially amongst the whiny gamer population. But it is always good to know there are some other people out there who actually have common sense and are able to reason things out in a logical fashion. Spock approves of you.



the_shpydar commented on Metroid Fan Film Fundraising Campaign Demolish...:

I can understand your view — copyright lengths in the U.S. have become drastically over-inflated (again, this is primarily or substantially due to lobbying dollars from Disney and others), with some copyright protection extending over a century from the date a work is created (and for works created since the late 70s, it's the Life of the Creator + 70 years).

But the 14 year provision was established at a time when the nature of media was very, very different. Digital media and the proliferation of how easy such media is available to basically everyone at once, not to mention the nature of media existing in the public marketplace (for sale and consumption) for much longer, necessarily requires stronger protection than what existed in the past. 14 years just isn't realistic in the modern world.

Obviously, the issue always comes down to the core of what copyright law (and all IP law) is meant to protect and encourage — protection of a creator's work and IP in order to encourage creation. There's always room for a debate of the pros and cons of each side of the argument, but given the intricacies of the issue, this probably isn't the best place for it.



the_shpydar commented on Metroid Fan Film Fundraising Campaign Demolish...:

Dear Stupid Peoples,

If you're going to make a fan-film, don't look for money to fund it.

Common Sense


You are wrong on several levels — there's a HUGE difference between a 30 year old IP and an IP that's been in constant use over the past 30 years. There are problematic issues with copyright law (primarily because of Disney), no doubt, but that's a seriously ridiculous point of view.



the_shpydar commented on Soapbox: Why Region Locking Is A Total Non-Issue:

I personally don't care either way. I could count on one hand the amount of games I've considered importing, and I never have because most are filled with Japanese text.

I do understand some people being frustrated with it, but I tend to agree that it's a "problem" that's been grossly overstated by the infamous "vocal minority" of gamers on the 'net.