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Zach

Zach

Cool Dude

Male, 29, United States

I love video games and I love writing about them. I used to do so here, as well as edit, but now I'm simply a mild-mannered Wii U and 3DS owner and appreciator of fine Nintendo Life articles. And no, I'm not afraid to admit that I love Clu Clu Land.

Joined:
Wed 7th April, 2010

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Zach

#1

Zach commented on Video: GameStop Shows How It Faked 'Karissa th...:

It was just a publicity stunt. Feels silly that people are getting so butthurt about it. Especially when GameStop is being transparent about it now, and especially when it raises interest in Smash and the Wii U.

Zach

#9

Zach commented on Nintendo's Unity Presentation Confirms Critica...:

Can't people accept that good reviews for a game they don't like just might be evidence that there are some divisive games that some people like and others don't? People harp on the fact that they love unique and new experiences coming to Wii U until they find one they don't like. Granted I haven't played this and apparently there's some debate about the correct price point that sounds legitimate, but this type of thing bothers me. Others are arguing about whether it's a game or has replay value. I don't care if it's a "game" and I love rewatching movies, so I will probably buy this. More game sales should be a good thing for all Wii U owners, even those who won't end up buying it themselves.

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#11

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

I am so excited about this, but I've spent more time thinking about and getting annoyed with these anti-DLC comments. I think it's worth remembering that whether this was planned from the start, in development from the start or planned and developed after the game's release, you are either saying that in lieu of DLC they should have waited until this was complete to release the game or devoted more resources to getting the DLC content in the retail release. Or, you are saying that the pricetag for the retail release was too high, and that Nintendo should have charged less for this and then the DLC would complete the full $60 pricetag. At a time when people are supposedly rooting for Nintendo and the company is looking for ways to thrive in an increasingly competitve market against financial losses, stockholder doubt and boundless criticism. You can't have it both ways. Either Nintendo fails or they continue to build on games with paid DLC. The same could be argued of amiibo. What Nintendo was doing before wasn't working, and when it has gone with the trend in the past (disc-based gaming, download sales, online multiplayer), it has proven a good thing for the company and in turn for the players. Nevermind the fact that this is essentially prolonging the game's lifespan and giving us more content than we had before, so I find it kind of ludicrous to argue against it in the first place. But in doing so, you are trying to have your cake and eat it too.

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#16

Zach commented on Vblank Entertainment Provides Sales Threshold ...:

People asking what they were thinking need to mentally place themselves back in the time when this was leading up to release. WiiWare was mentioned from the start — if I remember correctly, it may have originally been an exclusive. As fans always do when discussing games that go from Nintendo-exclusive to multiplatform, people wondered if it would release on Wii at all and got ready to curse the developer for being one in a large group that supposedly doomed the WiiWare service to obscurity by pledging support and then jumping ship. To quote a forum post on the game's page from late 2010, "the intent of this game ,was to scare competitors into never making the above mentioned canceled game. Why? Because Im sure this dood wrote a little bit of code for the game, but come on, lets be real, its like if you are not ready to release it, then do not give a date, do not give us false hope!" Granted this is from a user who often posted similar remarks on other games that looked like they might not end up coming out at all, but many shared his sentiments. Wondering why he ended up releasing this on WiiWare at all is a bit like wondering why Ubisoft released Rayman Legends on Wii U at all, albeit on a different scale. Promises like Brian's to release on this platform are forgotten years later, but when a developer hurts their fans, they remember. It's a shame that people still curse those who made "intelligent" decisions to abandon Nintendo consoles and yet scratch their heads at those that follow through, despite the odds and everything else. Just look at Mega Man Legends 3... people still lament that game's demise. Again, different scale, but same concept. So, I for one am going to buy this game on WiiWare, though I already got it on PS3. I hope he makes the money he deserves off this release, I really do.

Zach

#28

Zach commented on Book Review: Console Wars - Sega, Nintendo, an...:

@HappyMaskedGuy I think that kind of argument is kind of overblown. I used to think the same way, but really, I believe that gaming is just becoming another form of media. Just because Michael Bay speaks as a filmmaker doesn't negate the artistic sphere in cinema. Just because John Grisham speaks as an author doesn't mean that every book is brought down a peg because of it. The worry is that the mainstream media will only pick up on the story of the blockbuster games like CoD, but that's just how it goes with media, the same as Michael Bay's films and John Grisham's books make the most money in general. But there are success stories in gaming outside of these examples, the same as how sometimes a great artistic film will make a lot of money and remind everyone that it's not all Transformers — games like Portal, Minecraft and Zelda. But I think just as important is the fact that without games like Call of Duty, we would have a less compelling context in which indy gaming can thrive, as now its identity is strengthened in contrast to the big blockbuster shooters and iOS games. (The two both existing side-by-side also means that neither one really threatens the other — just like we can have guilty pleasures in movies, books, music, and so on, we can enjoy an artsy indy game and not have to feel like we're betraying the art by playing a few rounds with a shallow but fun game.) My two cents!

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#29

Zach commented on Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn Slam Dunks Its Fundin...:

I cannot wait for this. I love the over the top Shaqness. Oh man. @sinalefa I agree, I thought that was odd, but I heard this one had awesome backer gifts like dinner with Shaq, Shaq DJ'ing a party, etc... seeing as how much $ an NBA fanatic might spend, I am not surprised that they were able to do it! Well I'm happy.

I wanted Cult County a lot too. Maybe if this is a success they can team up and make that Shaq shooter after all, and it'll finally see funding. Shaq County.

Zach

#30

Zach commented on Cult County Kickstarter Ends Without Success, ...:

I'd back an ep 1 only release. I bet that'd get more interest in the rest of the eps and they could fund them. Maybe not all at once. Profits from ep 1 could help fund the second and so on, as well.

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#31

Zach commented on Nintendo Download: 1st May (North America):

Got Stick it to the Man and am loving it. It's like Oddworld meets Day of the Tentacle meets even weirder humor. The papercraft art style looks amazing. I haven't gotten far but it's a blast to play as of thus. I'm happier with this than Child of Light even. I recommend it! Based on a limited playthrough, sure, but it really grabbed me.

Zach

#34

Zach commented on Nintendo Download: 1st May (North America):

Apparently the dialog in Stick it to the Man is written by the guy who does Dinosaur Comics. If I'd known that, I'd have become interested a long time ago!

This one seems appropriate. Untitled

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#37

Zach commented on Review: Flowerworks HD: Follie's Adventure (Wi...:

@Cathousemaster Thanks for the game! Really like it. And I'm looking forward to the patch! Would it be possible to have it so you can swap what flower you're aiming at with a button press, rather than having to go near said flower and then press the button? I think it'd help a lot. It'd be nice to be able to type a name in too, instead of just selecting one from a short list. Sorry if these have already been addressed, I haven't gotten a chance to read all the comments yet! Thanks again, and thanks for communicating with players!

Zach

#43

Zach commented on Site News: Tom Has Evolved Into A New Form: Ed...:

Congrats Tom! Crazy to think that I was there to read your sample review from when you first applied for the job way back in the day. You've come very far and deserve all the accolades you get! An extremely well-deserved promotion indeed.