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Wed 23rd Jan 2008

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ejamer commented on Review: Xenoblade Chronicles X (Wii U):

Score almost doesn't matter to me - this is a game that plays to all of my "wants" in an RPG and looks like a fantastic (if maybe a bit safe) follow-up to one of my favorite games of all time. Can't wait to experience this gem.



ejamer commented on Review: Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival (Wii U):

Or the game just isn't for you. You don't have to be a jerk about it.

(FWIW, games isn't really for me either and looks pretty disappointing. However, I have two young kids and we already own a bunch of Amiibo cards because our family really likes the Animal Crossing seris. So despite being disappointing as a game, this might be an ok "family" purchase.)

The one things that I really question about this game is the value. It looks and sounds like it should have been a free download to add value to the (massively successful) Amiibo market. Instead it's pretty expensive because they packed in extra figures. It's like they saw how well Animal Crossing cards sell without any useful application and figured they could double-dip.



ejamer commented on Nintendo of America Confirms Its Black Friday ...:

Meh. There are a few good deals for digital exclusive games, but it's always disappointing how often "big eShop sales" for games with retail releases ended up being months (or years) later and not as cheap.

I thought one of the big pushes for going digital was supposed to be super competitive pricing since the game companies get a higher margin. Guess not. (Or maybe more accurately, I guess games are so expensive to develop now that better margins doesn't result in lower pricing.)

Six games look possibly interesting to me. I'll probably buy one or two during the sale.



ejamer commented on Rumour: A Class in Bravely Second is Supposedl...:

Thanks for posting the good (and very relevant) link!

Understanding why the native american costume could offend people, and how it's an important cultural icon that unfortunately gets used in inappropriate ways, is really important and it's a shame that more people don't take the time to understand why it's an issue.

I know not everyone will agree about what should/shouldn't be allowed in a fantasy-based, video game setting. After all, this isn't real. Personally, I'm pretty lenient in that regard... However, it's pretty clear why the change was made in this case, and (whether individuals here like it or not) it's an understandable choice.



ejamer commented on Review: Typoman (Wii U eShop):

Liked the concept a lot, but (from the demo) controls and platforming were bad enough to put me off the game entirely.

Limbo was a weak game hiding behind nice art. It's a shame that the critical success it received kicked off so much style-over-substance indie development. (Not saying there isn't substance in Typoman - because the game has good ideas. It just doesn't have the level of polish required to make it "good".)



ejamer commented on You Can't Alter The Chest Size Of Female Chara...:

The slider bar allowed you to adjust the chest size of your personal avatar. Sizes were never ridiculous (at least, going by "video game" scale), so it was just another in the list of customization options available.

Is it a big deal to have it removed? Nope - at least not for me.

Did the slider make sense within the context of the game? Yeah.
Oddly, now the avatar's bust size never changes even though the overall size of that character (and the size of any other individual feature) can vary.

So if it's not a big deal, was reasonable within the context of the game, and was in a T-rated game (which means the audience aren't kids anyway), then why was it removed? Why spend the time and effort to change this?

What bugs me is how arbitrary Nintendo's decisions are during localization. If they are making changes, make sure there is a reason for the change. Treat your audience appropriately based on the ESRB age rating assigned. Sounds easier than it actually is of course.



ejamer commented on Review: Stella Glow (3DS):

The nice thing is that, being an Atlus game, you know it will go on sale.
But it when your budget allows - either physical or digital. Just do buy it eventually.



ejamer commented on Fire Emblem Fates Releases In North America On...:

So happy that NoA is releasing the special edition - definitely the option I'm buying (as long as stock issues aren't an issue).

Is the full game "worth" that much? Probably not. I agree that Xenoblade look like a better value if you are trying to measure such things. But NoA are releasing a game I want, in a format that I hoped for but didn't really expect to see. My budget allows it, so that's good enough for me!



ejamer commented on Super Mario Maker Web Portal Arriving in December:

I agree with A01 that it would be nice to see this integrated directly into the game... but this is still a huge step forward for the game. Discovery has always been the biggest problem with this game - and while the improved portal won't be perfect it will be the best option available so far!



ejamer commented on Free Origin Story and 'Remaster' Update Coming...:

Really? Short of options? This discussion is done, because you have officially been drinking the Nintendo Fanboy kool-aid if you think there aren't a TON of options available (including retail) for less than $20 - and enough quality digital games under $10 to keep you busy for years.

Edit: Added the qualifiers "retail" when talking under $20 (which is the price of ASV with sale price) and $10 for digital.



ejamer commented on Free Origin Story and 'Remaster' Update Coming...:

@vonseux: Nonsense. It has a lot to do with the real world - notably that it's real money coming from my real wallet, for entertainment that is competing against other very real and very inexpensive options.

Paint it however you want - you are free to hold different opinions - but there are good arguments for why digital content is worth less to some people and your rhetoric doesn't change that. Especially for someone like myself who isn't a newcomer and has an extensive backlog of great games waiting to be played.

I'm not trashing Affordable Space Adventures. The game looks great and reviews have convinced me it's worth trying. It's just not worth $20 for me. (FYI: Canadian price is $25; assumed price after the upcoming discount will be $20. There are many great retails games available for Wii U, Wii, 3DS, and DS for that price point - comparing only to brand new $60 retail releases is foolish, doubly so when Affordable Space Adventures is already 6 months old.)



ejamer commented on Free Origin Story and 'Remaster' Update Coming...:

Problem for me was never lack of content, but price. Digital goods aren't worth nearly as much to me as physical - and I still have a $10 limit for digital content in almost all cases. Remastering content and adding more levels is nice, but without a sale bringing the price to $10 or less it won't affect my choice to buy.



ejamer commented on Nintendo Is Making Female Characters Cover Up ...:

I agree that T-rated games don't need to be censored this way... but I'm ok with it happening in a T-rated game, while I'm pretty much flat out against silly changes like this if the game is M-rated.

I agreed - if this type of change is applied to all female characters, it would be very unfortunate.



ejamer commented on Nintendo Is Making Female Characters Cover Up ...:

I complained about the Fatal Frame situation, but feel much less upset here — mostly because there is a difference between M- and T-rated games and the audiences they are targeting. The age of the (fictional) character also forces me to give pause before criticizing changes; yes, she's fictional but it's still in bad taste to overtly sexualize underage characters (at least in this country).

That said, the outfit modifications look pretty ugly from the shots above. I mean, surely they could have replaced the skimpy bikini with something more visually interesting than that. Give her a cute and colorful bathing suit with full coverage, for example. Play up the reason for the change in western markets instead of just providing an ugly alternate.

In the end: not a fan of Nintendo's puritanical trend towards modifying content, even though in this case I'm not really offended or upset by the decision.



ejamer commented on Don Bluth And Gary Goldman Want Your Help To M...:

Although I don't like backing KickStarter projects on principle, this is one that might get money from me. I'd definitely be keen on see a Dragon's Lair movie, and have fond memories of the old games (despite thinking they were pretty horrible from an actual gameplay perspective).



ejamer commented on Poll: The Tricky Issue of Retail Games as Down...:

Steam is a tough example for consoles to follow - the sheer mass of games, the (regular and expected) massive discounts, the ability to transfer to and play on many devices, not being tied to any specific hardware... Although I strongly dislike going digital only with Steam it makes at least some sense.

But on Nintendo consoles you don't get any of the perks listed above, and you pay more for the privilege of not actually owning the game. That's a hard pill for me to swallow.

I'm surprised to see how pro-physical the poll results are at the time I write this. Given the steady push in that direction, I had assumed more people were on the "rah rah - downloads only" side of things.



ejamer commented on Nintendo Download: 22nd October (North America):

Yes - contacting them directly is the only message that matters. I prefer to use an actual letter because I think it shows them more thought/effort went in instead of just writing an email, but any direct communication is good.

I will buy the game if it ever fits my "digital requirements" - I'm just worried that it won't get marked down enough as a first-party title. And I do recommend anyone who doesn't insist on owning physical goods buy it. Fatal Frame looks fantastic.



ejamer commented on Nintendo Download: 22nd October (North America):

But that's the problem - there is no way to send NoA a meaningful message. If I buy then it supports practices I dislike: if I don't then it will make them think it's because the genre isn't wanted. They are willfully deaf to any messages sent by sales figures, so instead of trying to communicate it makes sense to only support products that you actually want.

(Some might say that Nintendo dumb in addition to being deaf... but I think they're implying a different usage of the word.)



ejamer commented on Nintendo Download: 22nd October (North America):

I've already made my choice - would have purchased day one at retail, but am not purchasing digital (unless it eventually drops under my $10 sweet spot for "games you don't really own").

So, yeah... Vote with your wallet in action, just like you asked.



ejamer commented on Nintendo Download: 22nd October (North America):

"If the game does not sell on the eshop, it's over; and I'm sure we will never get another Fatal Frame in the west again. Just saying."

But if it does sell well we send the message that we are ok with digital only, altered releases. Damned either way.

As a Nintendo gamer, I should be used to this by now?



ejamer commented on Yes, Fatal Frame's Lingerie Outfits Have Been ...:

Just want to add that the Samus/Zelda costumes look like garbage. Terribly out of place - moreso even than the removed content - and really, really silly.

The embarrassing part of this whole situation is that the racy costumes exist at all. It's not necessary content. It doesn't add value. If the sexist costumes weren't in the game to begin with then there would be no controversy.

Localization always involves hard choices, as changes are made so that games become more appealing to the target market, It's a shame that Nintendo of America in particular feels so comfortable removing content from a game that is already restricted to adults though.



ejamer commented on Yes, Fatal Frame's Lingerie Outfits Have Been ...:

I disagree with censorship in general, and given the age rating for this title there is no good reason to remove any content.

That doesn't mean the underwear costumes really had good reason to exist in the first place - while I'm not against the idea, it seems to have been added as an unlockable afterthought for no reason other than to be racy and titillating...

In the end it doesn't matter to me though. NoA choosing to go digital only already killed my interest in the game.



ejamer commented on Review: Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water (W...:

Very excited about this game.

Not buying unless NoA releases a retail copy or drops the price to under $20 though - paying full price for digital content is a waste of money. Would have bought day 1 if there was a retail copy available here. :/



ejamer commented on Video: Take a Look Around the Interior of Nint...:

Some people might feel it's cringeworthy... but I thought it was pretty cool to see the way in. Even though the guy filming knew he wasn't supposed to be there he wasn't really a jerk about it - just trying to get a glimpse behind the curtain - and the secretary was (of course) very polite and generous to him.

Kind of a shame that Nintendo doesn't embrace their history and offer short little videos showing off their history. I bet lots of geeky people like me would be interested to learn more about the origins of the company with a video tour like this.



ejamer commented on Super Smash Bros. 'Digital Complete Pack' Comb...:

The bright and shiny digital future continues to target people who have more disposable money than common sense. But hey, it's not like Nintendo are giving their fans many options about how to spend - might as well burn your cash somewhere.



ejamer commented on SmileBASIC Releases on the North American 3DS ...:

According to the Nintendo site, it's going to be $9.99 on release. Maybe that will change... but it seems like a safe bet right now.

Using C or C++ is more complicated and requires you to have special hardware (and a PC to develop on) before seeing your programs run on a 3DS. Not saying it's a bad choice - obviously you get more power and flexibility, but SmileBASIC has a different set of benefits (and limitations) that make it a better choice for many people.

I tend to agree - diving directly into Petit Computer (the old DSiWare version) was tough and sometimes discouraging for some people who didn't have any background with coding.

That said, there were pretty good communities here and at GameFAQs (and maybe elsewhere) to help if you were still figuring things out. Hopefully SmileBASIC will see the same grassroots support.



ejamer commented on SmileBASIC Releases on the North American 3DS ...:

If you truly believe that, then you either aren't cut out to be a programmer or are basing your opinion on personal biases instead of facts.

SmileBASIC looks like an interesting tool to fool around with, likely with some notable limitations. It's likely not the "best" place for people to start learning to code, but almost certainly not the worst either.



ejamer commented on Feature: The Biggest Wii U Games of 2015 - Q4 ...:

Ugh... Xenoblade looks awesome, but outside of that it's an incredibly weak holiday season for Wii U.

Also, NoA sucks for not giving fans in North America any physical option at all for Fatal Frame (aka: Project Zero). The game looks amazing, but I never pay more than $10 for digital games which means I'll probably never play it. Incredibly disappointed by this move...



ejamer commented on First Impressions: Taking A Shot At Fatal Fram...:

Incredibly disappointed that this is a digital-only release in the West.

I'm VERY interested in the series after importing 2 and 4 for Wii, but don't buy digital games unless they cost $10 or (prefereably) less. Given Nintendo's pricing strategy it seems unlikely that I'll get to play the game.



ejamer commented on Climate "Not Healthy" For Dedicated Handheld G...:

This statement conveniently ignores how poorly Vita was handled almost from launch. The platform had a ton of potential and Sony never delivered.

Mobile gaming presented some challenges... but that doesn't change the fact that Vita's failure as a platform is squarely on Sony's shoulders.



ejamer commented on Gorgeous Xenoblade Chronicles X Special Editio...:

Ouch. $120 CAD, and the soundtrack is only a sampler? The art stuff looks gorgeous, but for me the soundtrack was kind of a "make or break" item after absolutely loving the Xenoblade soundtrack...

Also, I've got a preorder locked in for half the special edition price... so not sure I can justify paying that much more for some supporting trinkets or not.



ejamer commented on European Club Nintendo Has a Lovely Last Hurra...:

Wow. Wildly jealous of all the CD soundtracks that were offered, but this one in particular seems appealing.

Oh well, NoA offered some good stuff too. Certainly not better stuff, at least not for me, but good and free is still hard to complain about.



ejamer commented on Kerbal Space Program On Wii U Is The “Defini...:

Too early to know if it's the definitive edition... but it's certainly possible. I think the touch screen is a huge plus for this game, and the GamePad could be put to really good use if the developers take advantage of it.

Very interested to see how this turns out!



ejamer commented on Shovel Knight amiibo Confirms "Evolving" Relat...:

It's very cool to see an indie Amiibo coming out, but (consider how garbage the supply situation STILL is almost a year later) the unlockable content described is the worst kind of physical DLC implementation in my opinion. Despite being skeptical, I sincerely hope that Nintendo actually creates enough figures to meet demand.



ejamer commented on Talking Point: The Argument For And Against am...:

It's not "pirating Amiibo". The Amiibo figures are notably different in appearance, which is the reason many (not all) people buy into the system.

Amiiqo requires you to own both a console and the relevant software to get any value. It replaces figures have incredibly little in-game value (Smash Bros excepted) and are instead being used as simple keys to unlock already on-disc content for most games that do support them.

Nintendo has done a very poor job of providing reasonable Amiibo stock levels or any alternatives for people who are interested and willing to pay for the real thing. They have also done a very poor job of providing basic functionality (back-up Amiibo save data, for example).

If Nintendo had done a better job on any front in providing and supporting Amiibo figures, I might be inclined to think Amiiqo is a bad idea. But Nintendo hasn't - despite improving the supply situation slowly. To the contrary, their inability to support the platform makes Amiiqo not just a smart idea, but very nearly a necessity if people want to get full value from games they have already purchased.

If people start selling knock-off figures that don't add significant and meaningful functionality the way Amiiqo does, I might change my tune... but at the moment they are providing a service that Nintendo either won't or isn't able to. More power to them.



ejamer commented on Card Matching Game And Kirby's Dream Blanket A...:

Grass is always greener and all that, but Club Nintendo in Europe has really provided some amazing physical rewards. I know people complain about pricing, but this stuff is still awesome.

North America was really good about providing digital downloads. I would much rather have gotten some of the novelty items though.