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Male, 34, United Kingdom

Fri 17th Apr 2009

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antonvaltaz commented on Devil's Third Fails to Hit UK Top 40 in Poor W...:

Just come back from holiday to France (I live in the UK). Couldn't believe how much shelf space there was in a typical supermarket for Wii U - almost as much as for Sony or Microsoft's consoles - compared to a typical UK supermarket, where it's practically non-existent.

I wonder why Nintendo do so poorly here in particular?



antonvaltaz commented on Soapbox: It's A Tragedy That Rare Replay Isn't...:

"The early Spectrum games - so ground-breaking at the time of release - have not aged well."

Sacrilege! Their inclusion on this is the main reason I want an XBox One! I can only surmise from this that you were an evil C64 owner back in the day...



antonvaltaz commented on Team17 Is Publishing Yooka-Laylee And Wants To...:

@TheRealThanos they were a developer first - although apart from Miami Chase for Codemasters, they also self-published all their own games.

But they also published lots of other developers' games for the Amiga - e.g. Assassin, Qwak, Super Stardust, Apidya (re-release), Cardiaxx, F17 Challenge, just off the top of my head...

Even the original Worms was already a working prototype before they got involved...



antonvaltaz commented on Review: Life of Pixel (Wii U eShop):

@Bass_X0 Like the idea. Only thing I don't like is it's so console-heavy...

I really like the way that the authors of this game don't whitewash the history of computer and video games in the UK (and other parts of Europe too), where home computers completely dominated the 1980s and were very popular well into the 1990s... my memory is that Sega AND Nintendo were pretty niche here really until the VERY end of the 1980s at least (and even then never had the dominance they seem to have had in the US).



antonvaltaz commented on Review: Life of Pixel (Wii U eShop):

@arronishere I actually emailed the developers and they confirmed that a UK release is on the way. Actually seems strange it launched in the US first given how few gamers there were into, say, the Amiga or the Master System, while I imagine that most won't have even heard of the Spectrum or the ZX81...

EDIT: Or the BBC Micro for that matter...



antonvaltaz commented on The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is Hittin...:

@Peach64 that would be awesome - and recently got lots of DOS Star Wars titles up as well (including Rogue Squadron) so it's certainly possible.

On the other hand they've still not put the SNES Super Star Wars trilogy up yet, even though they were on Wii VC..,



antonvaltaz commented on First Impressions: Our Maiden Flight In Star F...:

As far as I can work out, the article's author basically didn't like it because it was different to what he's used to, and the graphics aren't good enough for him.

Not sure how he's concluded from that, that either "Star Fox Zero is a game forced to exist in this half-baked state due to a thin cupboard of flagship Nintendo titles for E3", or "this game is actually headed down a poor path"?



antonvaltaz commented on Feature: Ten Must-Play Games for the Nintendo 3DS:

I only have one of these games (3D Land), and it is surprising how few of the rest I want. I actually bought both Pokémon Y and Animal Crossing - a first for me for either series - but sold them both on after not really 'getting' them (despite playing each for over 20 hours).

I have the original N64 Zelda games on my Wii VC, and have been a bot overloaded with Zelda of late so not interested in LBW right now. And for me, Mario Kart and Smash belong on my Wii U.

So that just leaves Fire Emblem and Luigi's Mansion, again I've not played any game in either series so don't know how much I'd like them?



antonvaltaz commented on Satoru Iwata States That Around 5.7 Million am...:

Does no-one else think Iwata's comment is significannt?

"If we follow current games on smartphones and we just bring our current games into smart devices, it won't lead to the future."

He specifically said current games, as if to deliberately avoid ruling out virtual console games on tablets / smartphones. Interesting choice of words.



antonvaltaz commented on Nintendo's NES Predecessor, Unveiled at CES 31...:

@Quorthon That's a very US-centric perspective. Here in the UK, the ZX Spectrum (and the Commodore 64 for that matter) had much more impact than the NES.

@Asaki Oh, well that's a bit less exciting than the article sounded. Both Sega and Nintendo used other companies for distribution of their 8-bit consoles in the 1980s in the West (or at least in Europe, where Mattel distributed the NES and Virgin Mastertronic distributed the Master System).



antonvaltaz commented on Weirdness: Meet The Studybox, The Famicom's Au...:

@FritzFrapp I never knew Forster wrote anything along those lines, let alone that it influenced the game - will have to check it out!

I only actually tried out Deus Ex Machina a year or so, having wanted to since I heard about it as a kid - that link I posted has an MP3 rip of the audio cassette as well as the program tape image, so you can play it in an emulator!



antonvaltaz commented on Review: Dig Dug (Wii U eShop / NES):

Got this on Namco Museum Remix for the Wii (which of course I can play on my Wii U). Has both the original graphics / correct aspect ration AND no need for scrolling. So I think I'll pass!



antonvaltaz commented on Nintendo's NES Predecessor, Unveiled at CES 31...:

@Kirk Interestingly, in the brochure you linked to, it makes it look like the keyboard is an optional extra, with the machine proper housed inside the console case. But in the photos from the CES exhibition, there is no separate console, suggesting it is a slightly different prototype where the CPU etc would be inside the keyboard unit, a la the Commodore 64 or Atari 800. Curious!

@ThomasBW84 "another being what would have happened had Nintendo and Atari done a deal to release a system together before the NES took shape." Wait, what? Was this a possibility at one point? I know nothing about this - please tell!



antonvaltaz commented on Project: Nintendo 64x64:

Maybe the authors know something we don't and this is all hype for an imminent announcement of N64 on Wii U VC... well, we can dream...



antonvaltaz commented on Talking Point: A History of the Sexualisation ...:

@TheClockworkB Ad hominem attacks rather than addressing the issue at hand? FWIW I have been gaming since the mid-1980s, am very familiar with the Metroid series and own Super Metroid, Prime 3 and Other M, as well as SSB Brawl. Am I allowed to have an opinion now?

Whether something is "canon" or not (and for goodness sake, this is just a computer game series, not some piece of great literature) is completely irrelevant. What IS relevant is whether this is objectifying women in order to help sell videogames to men - and it clearly is, and as a Nintendo fan I am allowed to be disappointed with that.

@DarkKirby I suggest you read up on your history. Centuries of women being kept-in-their-place through all sorts of direct and indirect social and political means, does actually require some more proactivity. There is a huge weight of history that is being struggled against.



antonvaltaz commented on Talking Point: A History of the Sexualisation ...:

@mastermp2 But those are not exclusively, or even primarily, for the titillation of women. They are aspirational for the men/boys who play those games / watch those shows.

So it's not even vaguely the same thing.

EDIT: i.e. men are not, in your examples, being objectified for the benefit of women.



antonvaltaz commented on Talking Point: A History of the Sexualisation ...:

Look. There is NO reason for Samus to be dressed in those suits other than to titillate men. None.

Therefore it is an example - agreed, only one of many, and by no means the worst in videogames - of the objectification of women for the benefit of men.

If you can't see why that is a problem, then there really is little help for you.

(Addressed to most of the commenters in this thread, not anyone in particular).