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#1

bloodycelt commented on The Nintendo Wii U Is Better Value For Money T...:

@Yorumi
3DS sells because of pokemon, because pokemon is cool with elementary school kids. And parents are more likely to buy a 3DS for their kid to get him/her to shut up, then a console just for the kid that takes up time away from mom and dad fragging time.

And I'm also a old school gamer. This entire decade has been like watching your childhood friends shoot up and kill themselves in the slowest manner possible.

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#2

bloodycelt commented on The Nintendo Wii U Is Better Value For Money T...:

@Yorumi
That's the point, even if they had killer games that would still not help them. It didn't help Sega or NEC. It didn't even help Nintendo during the N64 and Gamecube eras. (I do think Mario 3D World is a killer game however).

The WiiU would not have succeeded if it was the most powerful of the three.
It would not have succeeded if Nintendo actually marketed it.
It would not have succeeded if it still had 3rd part support.

Nothing Nintendo could have done or can do will make this console succeed.

Barring, making a subsidiary like Touchstone, and releasing their console under a new brand.

I'm not trolling here, I'm quite fond of Nintendo games, and am satisfied with the WiiU. But I'm well aware or reality. Among "hardcore" gamers, your console choice is how your status is determined, its about brand, just like clothing, just like music.

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#3

bloodycelt commented on The Nintendo Wii U Is Better Value For Money T...:

@Yorumi @WWammy
o.0 I should point out, the good JRPGs are still being released on the PS3, so its not much incentive to get either a PS4 or WiiU. (Though after the $200 for the cart, adapters, working SNES it may be cheaper to get a WiiU to play Earthbound then to get the SNES cart, unless you already have some or all the required assembly).

Right now PS4 and XBONE are good buys for FPS gamers, and the choice depends on the network your friends are on.

Everyone else are hanging on to their PS3s, and getting a WiiU if the like platformers, Smashies, and Mario Kart. Though I suspect the Zelda and Metroid crowd are still hanging on to their Wiis waiting on Nintendo.

While I don't expect them to, if Nintendo managed to make a Bioshock/Last of Us caliber plot for a new HD FPS starring Samus Aran... that might help but here is a list to remind you that good games are not what gets a console sold.

Bonk
Ys I & II
R-Type
Soldier Blade
Ninja Spirit
Popfull Mail
Lunar
Sonic CD
Metal Slug
D
Bomberman
Street Fighter vs. X-Men
Die Hard Trilogy
Panzer Dragoon Saga
Burning Rangers
Nights
Guardian Heroes
Ikaruga
Shenmue
Skies of Arcadia
Soul Calibur
Chu Chu Rocket
Crazy Taxi
Space Channel 5
NFL 2K2
Resident Evil: Code Veronica

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#4

bloodycelt commented on The Nintendo Wii U Is Better Value For Money T...:

@Quorthon
I suppose I don't notice Zelda as much because if I need a platformer game and there is no new Mario, I usually have the choice of a few other titles that came out recently. Hence I feel oversaturated by Mario games.

Zelda on the other hand, if you ignore the side games and remakes, you get 1-2 games per console. And for someone that doesn't like the portable zeldas, I generally have to wait 3 years for the next Zelda, with almost nothing out there like it in-between.

And yes they need new franchises, for genres they are weak in, probably just need to buy a few more american studios. And they need to bring over Fatal Frame.

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#5

bloodycelt commented on The Nintendo Wii U Is Better Value For Money T...:

@Quorthon actually, the only franchise Nintendo is generally guilty of overexposure is Mario. I'll agree, as much as I like Mario Wii U, it probably would have been better to just have released Mario 3D World as a launch title.

More often then not, Nintendo is much more guilty of releasing a single game in a franchise on their console. And yes like other franchises, they rarely deviate from the main line.

I don't think its the same argument of COD vs. Nintendo of sameness, fact-is: Nintendo's whole thing is basically classic style gaming, bright colors, minor plot, and usually a focus on 1-2 mechanics.

COD just happens to be a flag bearer for a GENRE that has overwhelmed an entire console generation. Nothing unique, it happens; the AAA industry has always preferred going with a formula then anything new. And you have smaller indie developers that experiment.

Remember, DOOM started as a shareware game... which was indie at the time.

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#6

bloodycelt commented on Konami Demands That Hardcore Gaming 101 Presen...:

A company can send a cease and desist to anyone, for anything. The defendant if the have a lawyer can object to it, and then it goes to court. Sometimes a judge will throw the cease and desist out. But if he doesn't then lawyer fees alone can bankrupt him even if he wins the case.

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#7

bloodycelt commented on Nintendo Outlines Confusing amiibo Save Data L...:

I think its no problem for say someone the just buys their favorite character, they get a CPU buddy they can train and bring over someone else's house to beat their CPU buddy, sort of like pokemon.

As a bonus, you get tiny extras in other games. I don't think Nintendo's marketing and sales expect people to buy amiibos for the bonuses. I think they expect people to buy them for the Smash Bros. functionality.

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#8

bloodycelt commented on Review: Pier Solar and the Great Architects (W...:

In some ways I think the reviewer is in a lose-lose situation. Pier Solar is NOT a game for someone that doesn't know what the fuss is about an old school RPG game. I enjoy Pier Solar a lot; but I would still point a noob to Chronotrigger. So the reviewer can either score it for people that have waited too long for Phantasy Star V or Lunar 3, or he can score it for someone that has never even heard of either series.

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#10

bloodycelt commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Ability to Charm You...:

@Vash_Visionz the difference between a casual player and a hardcore player is generally simple: How much of your life is dedicated to gaming? A Hardcore gamer is someone that dedicates their life to gaming and puts it above a spouse, children, even their job. A Hardcore game could be considered one that requires dedication. The two are not mutually exclusive.

I don't consider myself a hardcore gamer, but I do play quite a few hardcore games (Crusader Kings 2 for example).

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#11

bloodycelt commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Ability to Charm You...:

Preteens and teenagers are more interested in being 'grown up' so they want something 'unsafe', 'hardcore', and 'mature'. Hence why over the top sexual and violent video games are popular. Not that some of them lack good gameplay, its just that gameplay is less of a concern with this crowd. Nintendo trailers need a deep ominous bass in their trailers to inform the viewers that something dark and edgy is happening otherwise its just not interesting to a 12 year old boy that wants to shock his mother.

The you have women, they potentially could be courted more. Nintendo just needs to use their female protagonists more, a solid Metroid game (like Prime or Fusion) for instance.

I think @zool has a point, its not children, its adult parents that buy the wiiu for their children. And guess what parents of children do? They get by with whatever, getting a new expensive system is usually not on a parent's todo list. They might buy an old wii system, which doesn't help nintendo.

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#12

bloodycelt commented on Koei Tecmo Europe All But Confirms Fatal Frame...:

They probably consider the localization costs to be too high, its why most of the Fire Emblem games did not make it stateside. And AFAIK this title has voice acting, which is another cost, since Nintendo would not consider releasing this without voice acting. (Even keeping the existing japanese voices might cost more since they might require re-negotiation for a US or Europe release).

You also have to remember, NOJ doesn't care about the US or European markets. Most japanese companies only care about Japan.

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#13

bloodycelt commented on Mother 4 Is On The Way, But It's Not Being Mad...:

Why can't they just change the name? Nintendo can't stop someone making a game with the feeling of Mother/Earthbound.

Granted, I'm not sure if Nintendo even has a Trademark for Mother in the US, so I suppose they could call it Mother in the US so long as it never released in Japan.

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#14

bloodycelt commented on Developer Profile: Masahiro Sakurai:

@R_Champ They used to, in fact it was Electronics Arts that pioneered it in the 80's (before Trip Hawkins was ousted), their games were sold like record albums, with profiles on the developer.

Plenty of people know of Lord British (Ultima), Sid Meir (Civilization), Will Wright (Sim City, The Sims), Carmack/Romero (Doom, Quake)

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#16

bloodycelt commented on Mario Kart 8's Hackers Open Up Over Their Plan...:

There is nothing wrong with tinkering with something you pay for. I never liked the term 'hacking' for something that we have had in the language for eons: 'Breaking and Entering', you get into a site and grab a bunch of email addresses, that might involve hacking; but the crime is 'Breaking and Entering'.

(Then again I always considered Software Piracy to be more akin to trespassing then stealing. Pirating a game denies the company $$$, not their ability to use it; just like sneaking into an amusement park without paying; its trespass not theft.)

Many of the technologies and the security we do have in the internet is made possible by the freedom of information. If you find an exploit, if anything the company running the game should know; and if they don't do anything about it; it should be shared. Why? Because a game exploit can lead to other exploits that can be more dangerous. A responsible company accepts submissions of this nature. While I think these mods are cool, I also think the exploit should be disclosed to Nintendo.

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#17

bloodycelt commented on Capcom Is Remastering The GameCube Resident Ev...:

It would be easy to port it to WiiU, easier than making the PS3 version. After all the Gamecube/Wii has a very similar architecture to the WiiU.

If the WiiU picks up enough sales, capcom will prob. release the REmake for WiiU, but at a later date; since who here would buy it if it did not have second screen support?

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#18

bloodycelt commented on New Japanese Law Bans Child Abuse Images, Yet ...:

From this article it seems as though it just brings their law in line with other countries... before it was illegal to just produce such images, now possession is also illegal.

I don't think thats a particularly good idea, it should have been made illegal to distribute, however possession brings about some unusual problems such as:

1. Such images are needed by Law Enforcement to find and prosecute the perp.
2. It silences discussion, possession means you cannot admit to even seen such an image, which dissuades people from reporting abuse. It also prevents/hinders any third party investigation into such crimes.
3. Harm is only done by production, and distribution.
4. It can be abused by prosecutors looking to enforce morality on minors.
5. It has not deterred abuse in other countries.

I hope it does not impact fictional depicitions, as that would for instance ban possession of Ranma and Dragon Ball.

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#19

bloodycelt commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's System Updates Bring...:

@vonseux, why not? There were plenty of games released right when 3D began that never reached their potential due to horrible controls, and horrible 3D. And many of the 16-bit era games are highly polished and playable games that have accessibility issues because not everyone has a CRT television and the original console and cartridge.

For me to even want to play a new game, it would have to be better than the classics. The entire reason I and others I know bought a Wii was so we could replay the classics without pirating ROMS.

I never see people complain about remastering 2001 Space Odyssey or Citizen Kane, why shouldn't the classic video games be remastered and presented to a new audience?

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#21

bloodycelt commented on New Version Of Petit Computer Will Allow For S...:

I actually think for a beginner, BASIC is good choice. It may be limited, but its rather harsh to force un-trained programmers to be mindful of pointers (C), understand OOP (Java, C#), or deal with white-spacing, and an opinionated community (Python).
The only other choice I would see is Scheme/Racket, since like BASIC its a simple little language, that is still rather powerful.

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#23

bloodycelt commented on Retro Studios Talks Up Wii U And Has Been Work...:

I want it to be Metroid, but I don't think it will be. Nintendo needs this to sell well in Japan, and Metroid never sells well in Japan. Its probably another Donkey Kong title. I actually think the Metroid franchise died with Other M.

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#26

bloodycelt commented on Feature: The Big Nintendo Direct Summary - 13t...:

@Gerbwmu,
I do agree turn-based gamers are a minority, but I think a sizable minority. Pokemon, and Civilization both do very well in terms of sales. I hear Child of Light is turn-based and inspired by Grandia's battle system.

And yeah... they could fill the drought via high profile VC releases, I am surprised they haven't put up N64, or gotten Genesis/Neo-Geo back on there.
I wish I knew how much it really cost to put a VC title on the WiiU, because it seems like that should be their short term strategy... explode on that in between retail titles.

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#27

bloodycelt commented on Feature: The Big Nintendo Direct Summary - 13t...:

Sort of disappointed that X was going to use the Xenoblade gameplay... I'm sure it has its fans out there, so good for them. But that means I have to hope that a more traditional turn based rpg comes to Wii U. (How many I wonder were hoping for X to be more like Xenogears/Xenosaga? ) Then again, if X was like Xenosaga... there would be people in my position... disappointed that it wasn't Real Time. (Why can't Monolith be awesome and do what Fallout 3 did... allow for both.)
Maybe we could get a Golden Sun or Radiant Historia on WiiU ?

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#28

bloodycelt commented on Intriguing Data Helps Explain Nintendo's Smart...:

@unrandomsam
Yup and that is why Sega is doing horribly.

SNK on the other hand has brand recognition from the Arcades market, while they did not advertise, I assure you that they did marketing with the owners of the arcades, as that was their core business during the Neo-Geo days.

Now if SEGA had not destroyed their cred with rushed/craptastic sonic games, alien colonial marines, and other garbage. AND they sized down to something closer to SNK's size... they could get away with making a handful of really good games each generation, with no marketing. (Yes NIS, Aksys, Atlus, Xseed all get away with little advertisment due to catering to a niche, even so... they all set up booths at PAX, they all put a few ads in Game Magazines. )

However, that would suggest Nintendo needs to trim down to around 30 employees, and then make a single game every 3-4 years, and keep their system alive for another 20+.

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#29

bloodycelt commented on Intriguing Data Helps Explain Nintendo's Smart...:

@unrandomsam, @IceRod: Nothing wrong with a eurocentric site, however at least other ones I visit such as El Reg... have a .co.uk as a dead giveaway.

People's perception of a product and company are a necessary requirement for success... nobody will buy your console or games even if they are the best on the planet... if they don't know that. On the otherhand... the product had better match the expectations marketing has given the customer... or it backfires.

A large reason why some great games like Valkyria Chronicles will no longer bring ports over is... Sega seems to think that gamers will automatically know a game is good. But... IF YOU DONT PUT OUT A FEW ADS... EVERYONE WILL JUST THINK ITS THE USUAL TRASH YOU PUT OUT!

The only way you can sell a game with no marketing is if your brand is THAT recognizable with the target audience.

Nintendo has Disney's problem... everyone knows they put out good product. But they're also associated with children... and so once a kid needs to prove they are an adult... they don't want to be seen with a nintendo product. If they wanted to go after hardcore gamers... they may have been better off making a new brand like Disney did with Touchstone.

(Maybe call it Cod box, trick both call of duty fans... and fishermen).

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#30

bloodycelt commented on Satoru Iwata Outlines Belief that Continuing w...:

@HyperSonicEXE
Last generation PS3 owned the JRPG/Adventure game market (well non-handheld consoles anyway). Just saying Nintendo should buy 1-2 of the smaller RPG devs in Japan and try to become THE system for this niche as well.

Also, Dragon's Crown is part of an old genre that includes such games like Odin's Sphere, Valkyrie Profile, Guardian Heroes (a very rare Saturn game), Faxanadu, and Zelda II.

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#31

bloodycelt commented on Satoru Iwata Outlines Belief that Continuing w...:

@TheRealThanos, @HyperSonicEXE
Don't knock them too much, after all The Last of Us is prob. one of the best games of last generation. Deathsmiles, Atelier Toutori, Valkyria Chronicles are amazing games in their own right and I have no problem with them sitting next to Skyward Sword, Smash Bros, or Pandora's Tower.

As for the article... that conversation is degenerating into a need to prove that yes the WiiU CAN do 3D graphics... not the point. A traditional AAA shooter like CoD will not differentiate the WiiU, and since those games go with the platform the crowds play.

On the other hand, Adventure games benefit highly from a touch screen (Return to Monkey Island is amazing on the iPad), and turn based RPG games would also heavily benefit from a second screen, (example Chronotrigger DS or FF IV DS). And, unlike the shooters which may/may not get ported to WiiU, whatever system the Adventure games/RPG games pick will become the exclusive system for that genre pretty much as its rather niche. If Nintendo got that market, it would benefit the WiiU.

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#32

bloodycelt commented on Nintendo Completes Share Buyback, Including So...:

Actually, I do think Nintendo should buy some eastern developers, namely ones that would round out their short-comings, Gust for instance has proven to be a solid developer for traditional JRPGs that would work well with the WiiU. Treasure or Irem could round them out with solid shooters (imagine a treasure made star fox?). At the same time they should get a western developer to shore up Retro. One that can either free Retro up to make another Metroid, or make one themselves (And maybe Mario Paintball). Another option is to create a company to collect veterans of LucasArts, as old-school adventure games also would work well with a touch screen. They can't rely on third party support, and must strategize for being the sole publisher on WiiU.

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#33

bloodycelt commented on Satoru Iwata Outlines Belief that Continuing w...:

@TheRealThanos Here, this is my source: http://www.notenoughshaders.com/2013/01/17/wiiu-memory-story/
WiiU's bandwith is lower than 360 and PS3, not to mention PS4 and XB1... this limits the speed at which data is loaded into memory and sent to the CPU, irregardless if its the HD or Optical Drive. Its narrow enough that spartans could defend the chip against some angry persians.

And Yes, if we bring PC's into this... they are more powerful, but the WiiU has less to worry there. If anything the XB1 is almost as expensive as a PC that outperforms it, and with what valve is doing with Steam... hooking a PC to a TV with a controller may be a better experience then dealing with the installation/Microsoft is watching/XBox Live crap. Not to mention XSeed has been porting JRPGs to steam as well...

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#34

bloodycelt commented on Satoru Iwata Outlines Belief that Continuing w...:

@unrandomsam, this was refuted in reviews of Assasin's Creed and a few other games played from the HD instead of Disc, the data problem is the Bus between CPU and Data, not to mention both the Optical drive, the USB port, and the Flash Memory of the console are slow. This isn't a death sentence, but it does mean that like the Saturn... the WiiU needs some skilled developers to eke out performance.

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#35

bloodycelt commented on Satoru Iwata Outlines Belief that Continuing w...:

@TheRealThanos
As demonstrated with the HD 3D AAA titles released so far, they rely on large textures that the WiiU struggles to move from data to GPU, so it has a disadvantage to the PS4, so the focus should be on less-demanding titles that can take advantage of a touchscreen controller, as a high-end GPU on the PS4 offers no advantage to a 2D game.

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#36

bloodycelt commented on Satoru Iwata Outlines Belief that Continuing w...:

@unrandomsam: Sega, Square-Enix, Konami, and Capcom are not doing well, they're trying the mobile platform along with everyone else, but again you don't make that much money off mobile games, at least not enough to support a company that large. The only path viable to mobile for Nintendo is if they downsized to a skeleton crew and ported their back catalog to mobile... and pretty much became an IP holding company.

Sun Microsystems lost everything because their industry completely imploded. When things went well, they gambled on the bubble continuing to expand, but when it crashed... all that hardware went to market for cheap. The demand for servers went to zilch.

But then nothing is permanent, my own forecast is Nintendo will branch out to that third pillar and strike it big there, and eventually leave the video game market. But then, so will Sony and Microsoft as they are losing money.

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#37

bloodycelt commented on Satoru Iwata Outlines Belief that Continuing w...:

Despite the fact that smartphone hardware sells well, and the total cumulative apps on the stores sell a lot, its not a lucrative market. Only a hand-full of mobile developers make a ton of money. Not only that, but the rapid hardware changes requires constant updates to this software for free... so any initial profit is eaten up by the maintenance cost.

I actually think Nintendo is smart to look into tapping the casual market outside the console system, treating it as a separate platform, after all... they made small devices before like Game and Watch.

The WiiU, they should play its strengths: It has the best motion control controllers, and a touchscreen controller. Its GPU is less powerfull, however cartooney, cell-shaded graphics look really good. This means focus on becoming THE system for: 2D games, Classic Adventure titles, The Atelier and Tales series, Persona, Treasure shooters, etc. But Nintendo needs to make deals with these companies and buy a few studios themselves in order to make this happen.

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#38

bloodycelt commented on Nintendo Has "Great Games" But Is Facing A "St...:

Mainstream gaming is going to smartphones and tablets, but then the companies that make money off that are the store owners, and small companies that make a hit (Angry Birds) and have low overhead.

Nintendo just has to realize (and I think they do) that they are now a niche market which will continue to shrink (as it will for Xbone, PS4) until it re-stabilizes.

Industry Analysts don't care about a company's longevity or their products. They just want to see the stock value always climbing... up to the point where their customers can sell at profit and move to the next victim.

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#39

bloodycelt commented on We Cannot Continue Without Winning, But It's N...:

To join the armchair CEOs...

1. Spend some money to buy interest in a few other good independent studios, both Japanese and Western. A good example is Platinum Games and High Voltage Software (Conduit).

2. Hire more development teams internally to fill in gaps. They need in addition to the the 2nd party companies, to produce at least 1-2 games in a genre (not IP) per year. So yes that means hunt the developers of Illusion of Gaia, Alundra, Landstalker, and Oasis to make some WiiU Action RPGs to tie us over in between Zelda games.

3. Don't expect third party companies to port to Wii-U, they have their systems (PC-Twins), they are the competition. Instead invest in talented independent developers to make the AAA titles needed by the WiiU.

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#41

bloodycelt commented on A Third-Party "Secret Developer" Gives an Insi...:

From looking at the various internet articles, the reason the WiiU is hard to port titles to is the limited data transfer. As far as I can tell, the bottleneck is getting the textures over to the GPU and CPU. This is why the developer mentioned leveraging shaders, because you could do some of the textures as code rather than loading them from disc.
When they realized this, they didn't have the time for their current project to try and leverage that.

They are correct, making a game on the WiiU is going to require optimization to get around this rather large flaw. This is not laziness, its trying to make your time efficient so you can make a profit, and continue making games.

I think Nintendo would be better off buying more development teams as 2nd party devs, to fill out what they are missing. If they can get systems sold, and a decent collection of games for each demographic, the WiiU will do well.

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#44

bloodycelt commented on Weirdness: Try Not To Squirm As This Doomed Mi...:

@ACK, @WiiLovePeace
Adults masquerading as children is illegal.
Children should not be allowed on the internet without direct adult supervision, they're too hormonal and stupid.
And 8th graders should be focusing on school work, not on dating, plenty of time for that AFTER college.
Hence why I hope those kids get grounded, or if they are adults, arrested.

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#46

bloodycelt commented on Nintendo Download: 9th January (North America):

Its probably politics, if they deferred konami's release of Gradius for their own title it would irritate Konami and they might decide not to release other VC titles.
Lets face it, any week SMB3 or ALTTP is released means no sales of anything else.

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#47

bloodycelt commented on Rumour: Mega Man Legends 3's Aero To Live On I...:

What we would consider good games do not make enough of a profit. The market dictates either cheap .99 iOS titles that took < 3 months to make, or a AAA title that MUST sell millions of copies.

The smart thing any big company can do now is cut out anything that doesn't sell as well as CoD/Battlefield/GTA. And if they can't produce a franchise that does, close the company and give the investors their money back.

Of course customers only win when companies are stupid, profit is mostly determined by the difference of intelligence between the two.

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#48

bloodycelt commented on Poll: Nintendo and the Wii U Fight For Your At...:

This season does matter, considering that a few retail managers I know are basing their decision on further stocking the WiiU at all based on christmas sales. They don't have room for xbox 360, ps3, wii, wiiU, ps4, xbone, 3ds. (They haven't carried the Vita since last year). Their main desire unless the District Managers overrule them is to only have 2 consoles in the store.

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#50

bloodycelt commented on Former Pikmin Director Currently Working On "O...:

@Beta
Not all games work well within a "E for Everyone". One of Nintendo's biggest vulnerabilities is they lack cinematic games that deal with mature topics. (Zelda which does have some storytelling often gets into the T rating for example). And I don't mean Call of Duty necessarily. There's a scene that I recall (censored in america) from Xenosaga that made more sense once I saw the Japanese one: in the aftermath of an attack you see a little girl awkwardly moving her hands near her mom's corpse... in the uncensored, she's trying to put her mom's blood back in. So sometimes violence and blood, and sex... enhance a story, when done in a mature fashion. I would actually prefer games that deal with violence to be disturbing, uncomfortable in a Grave of the Fireflies or Children of Men sort of way, and that would almost certainly earn a Mature rating.