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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'.

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#1

TheRealThanos commented on Feature: HD Remasters That Would Be Perfect fo...:

@LavaTwilight Is that an insanity effect or did you actually double-post? ;)
Seriously though, I agree with you on the necessity of redoing some of them. And F-Zero GX? Yeah, bring it... (and with all the arcade content selectable from the start instead of hidden away like in the GameCube version)

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#2

TheRealThanos commented on Feature: HD Remasters That Would Be Perfect fo...:

@Abziwabzi Well, @Ralek85 is also from Europe, and although I'm not from Europe, I've been living here for over 30 years now, so I have a PAL GameCube with only the first Baten Kaitos game, but I know of the sequel, which is why I mentioned it.
As for Eternal Darkness and the GamePad: man, so many cool things I could think of. Besides the things you mentioned, there could be interference, false battery warnings, screen going black, upside down, mirror image (or thumb stick controls reversed) and @JudgeMethos's creepy messages through the speakers of the GamePad are also interesting in my opinion. More and more examples keep popping into my head. I should call Nintendo, this is a necessary remake, F**** Mario Galaxy... ;)

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#3

TheRealThanos commented on Nintendo Offers Condolences to Robin Williams'...:

@shaneoh Although I do agree with you that other people passing away deserve equal respect and grieving, or at the least some moment of reflection, such as with great disasters or accidents, you must surely understand why it is slightly different in Robin Williams' case. It's quite simple: he has done commercials for Nintendo, has a deeper connection to them that even Nintendo themselves acknowledge and he was an avid supporter of the Legend of Zelda series. To top it all off, he named his daughter Zelda because he was so into the game.
Bob Hoskins was a great actor, but he hasn't done a damn thing for Nintendo other than making that horrible Mario movie that even he himself didn't like, so that was hardly a good example of you, unless it was sarcasm...
Anyways, Robin Williams was a great actor, a great comedian and an all round great human being, even taking the time to talk to the average joe in the streets when they happened upon him, without all the usual star behavior that so many actors and famous people put on display. He was very down to earth and always kind.
Putting him or references to him in a game could even inspire people in some ways, once they get to learn more about him and what kind of person he really was.

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#5

TheRealThanos commented on New Project CARS Screenshots Race Into View:

@midnafanboy Well, they did. You are free to think what you want, but the truth is in the facts. You can even get this info from the guys themselves if you email or tweet them. They are really nice. And as for them not having shown anything: just think of the new Zelda, which was already well over 2 years in development and was supposed to be ready to have been shown off at last year's E3 and a full year later we only got a snippet of 1 minute of so called gameplay... (and yeah, I know an adventure isn't the same as a racing sim, but still. You're smart so you'll get the point)
And the game should be worth Nintendo gamers' time because this is at least a developer that is still prepared to give the Wii U some love & attention and not just make it a sloppy port with missing components and truly wants to go the extra mile to give us a memorable experience.
@electrolite77 I re-read my own comment and it came across as a bit harsh. Sorry about that, it was late here and I was a bit grumpy from being on several forums and all I came across was negativity. But I do think that the problem lies in the comparatively small amount of Wii U's sold and it's online structure, which is still well behind that of the other two. The reason why this is not coming to Xbox 360 or PS3 is because of owners of those consoles largely moving to the new versions of their favorite platform, and because more can be done with the newer hardware. That is totally unrelated to the whole Wii U "debacle" so it is no simple equation of Project CARS = not coming to Xbox 360/PS3 = Wii U version will also be cancelled. A Wii U version will be released, trust me.
The only thing that worries me is that people aren't going to buy it, or that it's not going to sell enough to make it profitable for Slightly Mad Studios and so they may very well pull the plug on any other game they will make after Project CARS has failed to sell on Wii U.
And THAT is why people need to give them some love and support in return. Efforts like these must be rewarded, even if it's not truly your kind of game. Heck, give it to someone else as a present but support them and let them know that we DO want games like these on Wii U. The poll on their site showed as much, so let's put our money where our mouth is...

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#6

TheRealThanos commented on New Project CARS Screenshots Race Into View:

@Videogamer123 could you link to where it says that on the site? I've browsed my butt off but I couldn't find any info on there being less tracks in the Wii U version.
Here's where I looked:
http://www.slightlymadstudios.com
http://www.projectcarsgame.com/faq.html
@Laxeybobby there are indeed no screenshots or videos of a Wii U version, but to say that it hasn't even gotten from the ground yet is way off: they have been working on the Wii U version for well over 1,5 years now and they are just using these final months to tweak it to what they want it to be. The guys that made this can be considered veterans in the racing sim business as they have made more titles then the people behind Gran Turismo and Forza combined. Their last titles were the Need for Speed Shift games and these were on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3. Therefore you could expect the Wii U version of a newer game from the same developers to look even better than that, even if only by a margin.
So, as for what to realistically expect for the Wii U: keep NFS Most Wanted in mind because that already looked pretty good and then think upgrade from that, so somewhat better graphics wise.
There are already videos of the PS4 and Xbox One versions, so just put the Wii U version smack dab in the middle of these and Need for Speed Shift, because that is well within reach of the Wii U's hardware.
Here are some videos so you can compare for yourself:
Shift 2 on Xbox 360:

Project CARS on PS4:

@electrolite77 Ehm no, that's bull: the XB1 and the PS4 are NOT similar in architecture to the Xbox 360. The Xbox 360 is based on PowerPC architecture, and the two new consoles are x86 based, so a HUGE difference. Which is what makes the whole "The Crew is not coming to Wii U" story a big load of BS, that is UNLESS they were talking about the online infrastructure, because that is the word they used, not architecture. If it was, then the Wii U would actually be closer since it is also PowerPC based but with a newer and more capable chipset compared to the Xbox 360.
@Rafie Thumbs up for keeping it cool once again, friend. All this panicking and negativity for nothing...

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#7

TheRealThanos commented on Feature: HD Remasters That Would Be Perfect fo...:

@Cyberbotv2 That is what the original tweet seems to point to, but keep in mind that it is only a rumor for now, although the guy who came up with it does have a knack for getting these things right, so who knows. It might tie in to the change in headquarters and connecting departments/taking on new employees a couple of months ago. If it is true, they may very well already be working on several titles to be able to publish them next year. Remember: the Wind Waker remake took them about 6 months...

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#9

TheRealThanos commented on Feature: HD Remasters That Would Be Perfect fo...:

I have to agree with @Ralek85 that the two racing games should rather have a new game instead of a remake (and while you're at it Nintendo: throw in another 1080 as well. It's about friggin' time) but Eternal Darkness with sanity effects incorporating the Game Pad would be awesome in my opinion. So much could be done with that, like some of the examples that @JudgeMethos gave.
As for my own GameCube choices: I would like to see HD versions of Geist, the Star Wars Rogue Squadron games, R Racing, Time Splitters, Viewtiful Joe, Skies of Arcadia, Second Sight and I really liked the platformer I-Ninja.
It would also be nice to see a Pokemon game in full HD and as a full fledged open world adventure too, NOT just a battle game or a game with a very thin story line. Also wouldn't mind something like Beach Spikers and I'm kinda partial to Beyond Good & Evil too.
Yeah, it has to be GameCube remakes all the way in my opinion, although because of it being so scarce and being a great title, Metroid Prime trilogy could be given another chance as well, and as a fan of Xenoblade I can't help but wonder how much better that would look in HD...
Other than that I am absolutely stupefied by so many people wanting to see Mario Galaxy AGAIN, that makes no sense whatsoever. Besides the title already being re-released as a budget title, it already looks quite nice on Wii U or on a Wii with a 1080p upscaling module, so not that much will be gained in the graphics department as far as that game is concerned, as @Montegarde already said. And I agree with him choosing Sunshine instead.
@Abziwabzi I'd second that, that was a great game. Maybe if they would indeed remaster it, they could also throw in the sequel Baten Kaitos Origins...
EDIT:
@ThomasBW84 I've translated the original tweet and it is not speaking of "a" remastered title in 2015, but a remastered title EVERY month in 2015.
The translation is something like this:

"It'll be fun but it's #remastered! But it's perfect for filling up the release list.Truly, in 2015 it's a game a month for the Big N"

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#11

TheRealThanos commented on Shin'en Multimedia to Finally Show Off Fast Ra...:

@Gerbwmu I wouldn't be too worried about Shin'en delivering the goods. I don't know how many of their games you have seen or played, but they ALWAYS deliver and they seem to be able to always squeeze just that little extra bit more out of the hardware. They use some clever tricks on low end hardware, but the way they subsequently code it is amazing. Just in case you don't know any of their older games, here are some examples of their shooter series called Iridion on Gameboy Advance, just to show what they were able to do with that hardware limit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_14_kTNMD2s - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jPxhwqc5gE - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olLerQdtl0I
And as far as I'm concerned all of their Wiiware games are worth a purchase as well. And for the 40MB limit, the graphics are truly amazing in all 4 of them.
@Kirk Couldn't agree more. They said earlier that they would be showing off some images or footage at the E3, but kept very quiet after that. That somehow tells me that they weren't satisfied with it yet, so now I expect quite a bit more of them. Curious doesn't even begin to describe it, but not yet (completely) hyped...
@rjejr change these: < > to these: [ ] and the picture posting will work... ;)

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#12

TheRealThanos commented on Orders Open For Xbox One in China as Nintendo ...:

@Dogpigfish "Microsoft already manufactures everything in China"
Ehm, no they don't. Certainly not concerning the Xbox One: around 90% of the hardware is manufactured in Manaus, Brazil. Same place as the 360 Slim and PS3, by the way:
http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dhttp://jogos.uol.com.br/ultimas-noticias/2013/10/23/xbox-one-sera-fabricado-no-brasil-segundo-anatel.htm%26newwindow%3D1%26safe%3Doff&sl=pt-BR&u=http://jogos.uol.com.br/ultimas-noticias/2013/10/23/xbox-one-sera-fabricado-no-brasil-segundo-anatel.htm%3Ffb_action_types%3Dog.recommends&sandbox=0&usg=ALkJrhh_KzFLLtA46F7_IhMWWTiRPGQJ2w
The orders are mostly shipped to Singapore, which is in Asia but isn't a part of China as it is a republic and sovereign state:
http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20130904PD219.html

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#13

TheRealThanos commented on Orders Open For Xbox One in China as Nintendo ...:

Nag, nag, nag. A lot of pseudo marketing analysts at work here again. A lot of people seem to forget the ridiculously stringent rules coming from China's Municipal Administration of Culture, Radio, Film, and TV, to which all parties must abide.
For example: consoles that are being sold in China may ONLY be produced in the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone. The Municipal Administration of Culture, Radio, Film, and TV must give it's approval on each and every game and ANY further developments concerning the consoles themselves.
Even something as simple as changing a button or firmware will result in a renewed investigation and subsequent verdict. All these measures result in having to make quite a few extra expenses, which is what Nintendo can't afford to do as easily as Microsoft or Sony. But still, Nintendo has indeed already had some experience with that because of the iQue range, so they know all this.
Microsoft and Sony do not, so there is definitely a method behind Nintendo's "apparent" madness.
The other two may have to invest quite a bit of money with no guarantee whatsoever that they'll be successful and the iQue range is already selling so Nintendo is actually ahead of the other two. And Microsoft's track record in Asian countries is hardly anything to write home about, so no need to worry just yet...

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#14

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

@OneeUpp You say amusing, I read/hear tiresome. And the thing about the blame for the crash is that opening the landfill has (at least partially) proven that it wasn't just E.T. because a lot more Atari games and hardware were buried with the E.T. cartridges. I'm interested to know what you think is the saving grace of this video, besides all the BS being spouted. I'll probably watch it anyway though, since the Atari 2600 is one of the systems that started my gaming life, so I still want to know what new info or insights (if any) can be had from this.

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#15

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

E.T. the Game did NOT single-handedly cause the crash of the games industry, that BS needs to go, it was more like a visualization of the symptom. There where many more reasons why the crash happened. .
@OneeUpp The comparison didn't surprise me one bit. So, apparently Nintendo has downgraded from being the Sega Dreamcast to being Atari...

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#16

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?

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#17

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.

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#18

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.

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#19

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... ;)

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#20

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.

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#22

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

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#23

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".

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#24

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.

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#27

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.

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#30

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.

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#33

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.

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#35

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.

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#36

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.

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#41

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.

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#42

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...

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#44

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...

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#45

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?

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#46

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... ;)

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#47

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... ;)

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#48

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...

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#49

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...

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#50

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... ;)