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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

#5

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

#17

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!

Zach

#18

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

#19

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.

Zach

#20

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

#23

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

Zach

#26

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

#32

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.

Zach

#40

Zach commented on Soapbox: Ignoring The Objectification Of Women...:

@Galenmerth Men and women are psychologically and physiologically different. Men and women can understand each others' dreams. Men and women can both legitimately dream of being a comic book artist, which is the point at issue in Bakuman in my example. Meaning that Bakuman is not talking about how men and women fantasize differently or some other such argument, but being sexist and dismissive.

Zach

#41

Zach commented on Soapbox: Ignoring The Objectification Of Women...:

@TrueWiiMaster Sorry, that line is so clearly sexist. Men have some dreams that women can't understand? How is that anything but saying that women aren't equal? And any argument that men's dreams are different than women's is basically arguing that "separate but equal" makes sense. Separate is never equal. Especially when the dialogue is set by those who are in power.

Zach

#43

Zach commented on Soapbox: Ignoring The Objectification Of Women...:

I lost patience for the "it's just Japanese culture" argument when I bought my wife the first two Bakuman mangas, having thoroughly enjoyed the creators' other work, Death Note, together, only to find that it had female characters openly stating that they were just women and their dreams could not amount to those of men. I was sure she was taking this out of context until I read it myself and agreed completely. It's this type of dismissal of women in art that feeds a sexist culture, a culture that can ignore how widespread sexual crimes against women are, a culture where we get extreme examples like the Steubenville incident because of people not taking women seriously as human beings. And that's how you have a culture that immediately vilifies women who would have their birth control covered by national insurance, automatically imagining her as an insatiable sexual creature who should just wants to have a lot of sex (when many women use birth control to regulate their cycles or prevent horribly painful menstruations and treat endometriosis), and yet looks the other way when so much Viagra and so many penis pumps are bought through national insurance programs like Medicare in the United States. I'm not exaggerating. We should be demonizing this stuff the same way that we now demonize racist portrayals of blacks, Italians, Asians and otherwise when at one time they were so common. It certainly made it harder for those cultures to be taken seriously, to seek justice, to feel like full members of society. Not because art should be censored, but because art should be responsible. Would we be so quick to accept Senran Kagura Burst's art style if it were about avaricious Jews with huge noses, blacks with huge lips who eat watermelon all the time and are lazy, Asians who swap their "l"s and "r"s? You can exaggerate it to a degree where you can call it a "style" but it's still racist at the core. Just like this is sexist at the core. The result is an entire segment of the population being trained to feel that they are unimportant, that they are less than the norm. That they shouldn't worry about being taken seriously. That maybe, the patriarchy is correct. Women came out against the Equal Rights Amendment when it was first proposed as well, because they had been trained to think that their only correct place was in the home with the family. Sure, that's a fine choice to make for an individual, but a terrible thing to impose on others and a soul-crushing prospect for some. We have to remember that presently and historically, it's been men who have been in power in these cultures. And in a Western culture, it's white men who have been in power. The powerful can either choose to take responsibility and make responsible art, or appeal to the lowest common denominator and keep encouraging its audiences to view women as nothing more than the sum of their body parts. Eating disorders are an epidemic, sexual assault is on the rampage, and this type of stuff feeds into the mindset that says it's ok to not take these things too seriously. But it's all part of the same thing. And it's something that the culture-makers, the artists, the game makers should consider. They have a responsibility to do the right thing. They can either buy a share in the "it's ok to objectify women" set, or they can treat women as actual human beings and try to make a game that's good and entertaining without it being at their expense. (Easy fix: give the guys huge unrealistic oversexualized images too. But that assumes that fighting for equality at the production end is the problem, when all this stuff points to is inequality at the creation end. Art that results from a sexist stance that refuses to question itself can't be fixed by an equality band-aid, and the type of art that unquestioningly puts this type of portrayal into the world only strengthens that inequality. And more people go on unquestioningly accepting it, and the cycle continues.)

Zach

#45

Zach commented on Soapbox: Ignoring The Objectification Of Women...:

Thanks for wiring this Damien. Great article. I hate the idea that we're supposed to just accept the objectification of half of the human race. The seeds it plants in the minds of straight men, gay men and women are "it's ok to see women as less than people", "something is wrong with you for not liking this" and "you are an object". The culture this type of thing has contributed to is incredibly dangerous and harmful.

Zach

#47

Zach commented on Tyrone Rodriguez Continues to Lobby Nintendo t...:

Assassin's Creed III — and, probably, the other Assassin's Creed games — begin with a disclaimer that it was made by a team of various faiths and beliefs. I don't understand why they can't just do that here and call it a day.