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kensredemption

kensredemption

Recreational/Hardcore/Plain gamer.

United States

I play games a lot. When I do, I can be competitive, relaxed, calculative or festive. I will play all platforms, and I have no bias towards any since I can afford to play them all. That said, I damn any and all who practice console elitism and xenophobia.

Joined:
Tue 14th January, 2014
Website:
http://www.ign.com/blogs/kensredemption/2013/11/03/following-up-on-my-previous-entry

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kensredemption

#1

kensredemption commented on YouTube Stars Aren't Happy With Nintendo's Rev...:

I don't really know what to make of this. I've seen PewDiePie before and, no offense to any Europeans, but he's just so damn obnoxious and Euro-trashy. After I heard about how immensely popular he is and the whole disabling comment fiasco he just sounds like a whiny child to me.

Anyway, as far as revenue is concerned, I'm not sure who it's hurting when YouTubers make all of these Let's Play videos. A good number of people use LPs to determine whether or not they want to buy a game - superficial as that sounds - and if they decide it doesn't appeal to them, then the developer would lose out as LPs spread through YouTube faster than a high school rumor.

A lot of people on YouTube tend to be sheeple as well, blindly sycophanting to whoever they're subscribed to because they like them, so if they say something bad about a game, word will spread as well.

Bah...

kensredemption

#2

kensredemption commented on Nintendo Wins Metacritic's Annual Game Publish...:

I took the liberty, or rather errand, of browsing through other sites that covered this very topic and I found that many, and I mean MANY, trolls and fanboils were so butthurt about Metacritic crowning Nintendo the best publisher that their arguments became more redundant than ever, becoming progressively incoherent. All I had to say was this:

You don't get that award by re-releasing titles from the year before. 😋

kensredemption

#4

kensredemption commented on Best Buy Cancellations of Majora's Mask 3D New...:

I'm thinking online commerce sites like eBay and Amazon should put a restriction on new products from being listed by individual vendors for like six months. That way, at least the supply for MM 3DSs will be restricted to retailers and being sold for the actual retail price for awhile instead of being jacked up by a bunch of greedy opportunists.

kensredemption

#5

kensredemption commented on Feature: 20 Wii Games We'd Love To Download Fr...:

My three choices were as follows:

1) The Last Story

  • Sakaguchi's works have all been exceptional, from the first Final Fantasy to X, Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey, I was ecstatic to explore the world of The Last Story. As far as the narrative was concerned, it was linear, but in all fairness the VOs were amazing, as were the environments, gameplay and even the multiplayer merited more replay value than most games these days! To play through this again would be very welcome. Personally, I'm hoping for an HD remake with an updated multiplayer roster to make matchmaking with friends easier.

2) MadWorld

  • Another of PlatinumGames' endeavors on the Wii, this game gave me plenty of hours of senseless and nonsensical fun. Killing enemies just never was as creative since until Bayonetta 2 came about. I lost my disc awhile back and I've been wanting to play through it again, and since I'd rather pay Nintendo and Platinum directly, this would also be welcome on the NeShop.

3) Metroid: Other M

  • Aside from completing the Metroid collection for Wii games, I've never actually played through OM. From the gameplay videos I've seen, it looks like an interesting hybrid of Ninja Gaiden, classic Metroid and Metroid Prime. Interesting enough for me to make a purchase. Better to get it new from Nintendo than second-hand from GameStop.

Anyway, that's all I have to say on the subject. Only time will tell if Nintendo will hear our requests.

kensredemption

#6

kensredemption commented on Hundreds of Limited Edition Majora's Mask New ...:

Bunch of opportunistic perverters of capitalism...No, this isn't capitalism. It's blatant profiteering. I refuse to give in to them. I'll wait for a year - two if I have to - to get my hands on the MMN3DS. I'll even buy it second-hand and used if Nintendo doesn't want me to buy it from them directly. The only ones profiting from taking advantage of stocks like this are the profiteers, not Nintendo. If my money doesn't go to Nintendo, it may as well just sit in my bank account...or at least go to some good pasta and ramen.

kensredemption

#8

kensredemption commented on Pokémon Shuffle is a Match-Three Game With Sl...:

Feh, if you're complaining about micro-transactions affecting the quality of the game, I only have this to say to you:

You can elect whether or not to pay for the damn game so you can continue playing. Arcade machines worked the same way in the past. You paid to play more. The only difference now is that with this kind of free to play game, all you have to do is wait to play some more. Those who pay to play more are either impatient and want to play more, incompetent and constantly mismanage their resources, or both.

If you're not going to pay but want to play some more, you can spend time waiting doing other constructive things - and no, complaining about the free to play model doesn't count. You can take care of whatever personal business you have to take care of, learn a few tricks to help you not mismanage your resources next time you play, or you could procreate.

These arguments against free-to-play models are becoming more and more whiny as the years go by. It's like when the PSN and XBL went down over Christmas. Little kids were demanding free copies of big franchise titles just because they couldn't play online for three days. Stop complaining and keep playing. We don't need the world to look at gamers like we're a bunch of children who throw tantrums when things don't go their way.

kensredemption

#15

kensredemption commented on Sony Pictures Is In Negotiations With Nintendo...:

As long as it's not live-action, just full CGI with the actual VAs for the characters and with a narrative that could actually be considered parallel to the games (I'd actually like to see a movie based on Super Mario 64 with remastered tracks and play itself out like an action-adventure film a la the Tomb Raider movies) I can dig it. :)

As far as this partnership with Sony Pictures goes...it is a little unorthodox. Not that it's a bad thing. This could be a huge boon to Nintendo and Sony both. Nothing against Microsoft, but they insist on pandering to their chief demographic of 20-30-something dudebros who still act like they're in high school, getting hyped off of every cliche action-overflowing piece of media that grabs their attention...or something like that.

kensredemption

#16

kensredemption commented on Lucadian Chronicles is the Latest Free-to-Play...:

This is a kind of model I've been advocating for third-party developers to follow. I usually only played Activision, EA and Ubisoft games for the campaigns - seldom for achievements, trophies or leaderboard positions. If I got the campaign for free but be forced to pay for achievements and all the online goodies, sure, I'd pay full price for a game like that. That's continge on whether or not I like the game, but I'm not TOO hard to please. Don't get me wrong, I'm no advocate for vapid storytelling with blatant sexual imaging, but a game just needs an engrossing enough narrative without going over the top. Hopefully that's not too much to ask.

kensredemption

#17

kensredemption commented on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Facing Potential E...:

@Artwark The issue surrounding Smash on both the 3DS and Wii U seems to revolve around the online multiplayer aspect of the game. It may just be a result of the strict protocols Nintendo's enforcing for online etiquette. Doesn't mean the game was rushed. After all, I play offline most of the time and I never, ever, EVER encounter problems there. Hell, the article even states this error was brought about when players play For Glory online.

kensredemption

#18

kensredemption commented on Review: Watch Dogs (Wii U):

Meh. Score it as low as you want. All of these frame rate issues that people are talking about seem to be nonexistent to me. Could be because of the fact I usually play off TV while I'm working on my character in Final Fantasy XIV, but whatever.

I thoroughly enjoy Watch_Dogs, regardless of the regurgitated arguments against Ubisoft's ports. ACIII and Black Flag were superb, in any case, and they don't deserve all the crap they've been getting. I'm inclined to think that all of the propaganda against Ubisoft is coming from first-party purists or fanboils...or perhaps trolls, but who am I to know what the agendas of other people are? I generally buy what I'm pretty confident I'll like.

This last month alone I bought Bayonetta 2, Watch_Dogs, Smash U and Dragon Age Inquisition on my PS4. I'm going to be busy until the end of spring, at the very least, and I couldn't care less about this relentless back and forth about third-party ports. I have the money to spend, and I'll be damned if I'm going to let some halfwit who spends all their time polluting public forums with their refuse tell me what I should do with my money.

kensredemption

#21

kensredemption commented on Video: Watch Us Merrily Cause Some Havoc In Wa...:

I picked it up and started playing yesterday. What I can tell you so far is that while I am a little underwhelmed with most hacking sequences, as they're instantaneous, it's understandable why Ubisoft designed it that way. Playing Watch Dogs has felt like a mix between Sleeping Dogs and Metal Gear Solid. Maintaining stealth is of the utmost importance, and enemies patrol areas rather quickly. Aiden can barely take any damage at all.

There are SOME sequences where using the gamepad would be appropriate, but those areas are few and far between. It may just be that I've been playing off TV, but saving the gamepad for sequences like those would make them feel throwaway, like Bayonetta 2's multiplayer.

Anyway, as far as the narrative goes so far, it's a little lackluster, but that only seems to be because I can't stop hacking into ATMs, people's phones and traffic control systems. You'll see notifications for things you can hack everywhere, and I do mean EVERYWHERE, when you start investing Aiden's stat points. It's a little chaotic at first, but it is very, very, VERY handy.

kensredemption

#22

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

Much as I love all of my consoles, I'm inclined to agree with Reggie. I've made it no secret that I'm dissatisfied with paying a subscription just to play with friends and family on the same network when I can do so for free on the Wii U. I've made it no secret that I'm not moved by the lack of backwards-compatibility for the sake of streamlining game production resulting in subpar, mediocre monstrosities and to be extorted into paying a rental fee to play games that are pennies on the dollar at pawn shops or GameStops. I'm quite dissatisfied with Sony and Microsoft for not dating to take risks with gaming and just giving us more of the same experiences we had last generation. It's time for a change.

kensredemption

#23

kensredemption commented on I'll Take Zelda And Mario Over Sharing Call Of...:

People will tire of Advanced Warfare as quickly as they have of Destiny. The quality and monotony of these games barely justifies the hype they both build up and people just end up wasting their money on their premium online subscriptions waiting for the next big thing to drop.

I'm a gamer. I'm also a consumer. I buy games and consoles which appeal to my gaming palate. I play shooting games, I play RPGs, I play music games, I play RTSs, I play sims, I play adventure games, I play MOBAs, I play platformers, I play racers, I play party games - I play EVERYTHING that appeals to me.

I don't buy into a franchise or the hardware just because everyone else does or is pressuring me to. I mean sure, I bought a PS4, XBO and NWU because I'm an advocate (and maybe pioneer?) of console unity, but seeing people getting worked up over something like this confounds me.

You can't accuse Nintendo of not having variety. They have the most number of original IPs ever - outnumbering Sony's, Microsoft's and third party IPs. You can accuse third parties of being lazy and pandering to the consumer base that seem to be the least informed and easily hyped that they can neglect the Nintendo fan base and treat them like they're lepers.

-Sigh- People seriously complain and talk too much.

You want to flood articles with refuse, misinformation and rhetoric to generate more traffic and income? Be my guest. I'm going to kill Jubileus in Bayonetta again, level my Ninja in Final Fantasy XIV and finally escape Los Perdidos in Dead Rising 3.

kensredemption

#24

kensredemption commented on Poll: Should Nintendo Follow Microsoft's Lead ...:

A price cut at this point would be foolish. The Xbox One is already selling at a loss, and this price drop is a desperate attempt by Microsoft to break even. I barely play the damn thing aside from Dead Rising 3, but with its obscene lack of features and even ability to stack up to the Wii U and PS4 library, it's basically done for at this point. Nintendo doesn't have to change a damn thing.

kensredemption

#27

kensredemption commented on The New Nintendo 3DS Web Filter Does Successfu...:

A lot of people are making a big stink over $0.30. Kids need to save their lunch money so they don't blow it all on porn or other age-of-consent sites. You'd be surprised at the kinds of stuff kids could see and hear on YouTube or Newgrounds and stuff like that.

The last time I saw my three year old nephew he straight up told me, "Fu** you" while I was setting up the PS3 I was giving to him and when I mentioned it to his mom she said he watches loads of stuff with his aunt on YouTube unsupervised. Yeah, I know, poor parenting on her part, but it'd be easier on parents and corporations just to do trivial things like implementing paywalls to keep kids from freely accessing inappropriate content as they have yet to be able to discern what is socially acceptable or not.

I mean seriously, what grown person can't afford $0.30? If the restriction was $20 then yeah, I'd be upset about it too, but it's thirty freaking cents.

kensredemption

#28

kensredemption commented on Super Smash Bros. Takes the Lead in Japan Once...:

Meanwhile, Watch Dogs is nowhere to be found, Mario Kart 8 is still going strong and Destiny sales have plummeted while Smash maintains its position on the charts. Hype for excessively marketed, "triple-A" games does not last and barely breaks even with advertising costs, I'll bet. I actually feel bad for Ubi and also want to prove that M-rated games can still sell on the Wii U so I'll buy it. I'm just hoping they did something with the game pad like Capcom did for RE:Revelations.

kensredemption

#30

kensredemption commented on We'd Be Cheating Fans By Bringing Assassin's C...:

Only the sheeple would allow themselves to be herded by these false shepherds of gaming. After Watch Dogs for my Wii U, I'm done with Ubisoft. Don't get me wrong, I still hope for third-party support for the Wii U and I'm only buying Watch Dogs as a last-ditch effort to try to prove a market is there for them to justify continued support. No one helps by buying their games second hand. Either digital, new, or nothing at all.

#ProjectUnderscore

kensredemption

#32

kensredemption commented on Immediate DLC Reinforcements Arriving Soon On ...:

@Nintenjoe64 "DLC that might be part of a special edition released next yearmseems like another reason to hold out for Bayonetta 2....."

Unfortunately for you, Platinum confirmed that they had no plans to make DLC for Bayonetta 2 and that it would be complete at launch. There's an NL article about it from a few months ago. Stop feeding people misinformation.

kensredemption

#33

kensredemption commented on Renegade Kid Now In A Position To Produce More...:

If they remake the Dementium games for the 3DS and make new ones in addition to that, I'll definitely pick it up...Damn it. Nintendo's getting way too much of my money. The only thing I picked up for my PS4 this year was Ground Zeroes. lol

kensredemption

#38

kensredemption commented on Watch Dogs Wii U Release Dates Confirmed:

@Shiryu "I will buy it, full price even if the other versions are discounted already. I manage to remain spoil free up to now, so I will rather enjoy the ride. But when this games fails to sell millions, I just hope Ubisoft realizes most people are not as patient as me. A shame too, I wanted to also give them wvwn more of my money, as if they put the new "Assassin's Creed Rogue" on the system."

I managed to stay spoil free these last few months as well. Playing Final Fantasy XIV and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate helped, but now I'm all RPG'd out. I'm itching for a sandbox. I was going to give Ubisoft all of my money if they put Rogue and Unity on the Wii U as well, but they just had to get my hope up...heartless bastards.

kensredemption

#40

kensredemption commented on Watch Dogs Stares at a November Release Date o...:

I might just be the most optimistic person here, but I'm not giving up hope of seeing third party support for the Wii U and I never will.

I was a little disillusioned because of what EA was doing at first, but I played Battlefield 4 and Titanfall on the PS4 and XBO respectively, and you know what I realized? We're not missing out on ANYTHING.

The graphics on BF4 are so horrendous, even WITH installing the data on your hard drive. Textures take forever to load in multiplayer and more often than not the connection lagged like a beast and sometimes the entire map would straight up disappear and all you'd see on the screen is the backdrop for scoreboards post-match and a crosshair.

As for Titanfall...the whole experience is just meh. It's basically Call of Duty with parkour and mechs. I'm a pretty average FPS gamer but the whole experience just left more to be desired. Garden Warfare was more exciting than Titanfall.

kensredemption

#41

kensredemption commented on Square Enix Temporarily Pulls 3DS Dragon Quest...:

@Mega719 ...What are you talking about? SE stated that sales were already much higher than they expected, but since the 3DS player base has to access the game via the cloud, so many people trying to access the game within the usual timeframe for playtime made it impossible to even login. There's no console agenda in this article.

http://arcadesushi.com/square-enix-would-love-to-give-dragon-quest-x-a-western-release/

kensredemption

#42

kensredemption commented on Square Enix Temporarily Pulls 3DS Dragon Quest...:

@DualWielding ...Dude, you have NO idea how much they LOVE MMOs. Nobunaga's Ambition and Romance of the Three Kingdoms were basically launch MMOs for the PS4 and Wii U respectively and they garner a huge following, albeit a cult following. It's enough that they keep making more installments for each franchise.

kensredemption

#43

kensredemption commented on From the Forum: To Buy or Not to Buy? SPIKEY W...:

You people talk too much. In the time it took me to read 75% of the comments in this article, I'd have already completed a silver match in Mass Effect 3 solo. We're gamers, not fanatics or activists. Get back in the game, for crying out loud.

kensredemption

#44

kensredemption commented on Resident Evil Revelations 2 Confirmed By Capco...:

I'm sick of publishers and developers spewing that crap about the Wii U not having enough of an install base. It trumps the XBO user base by two million worldwide, but apparently that's not enough for these money-grubbing people. Ugh, that's it. I wash my hands of third-party developers.

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#48

kensredemption commented on Shigeru Miyamoto Confidently Outlines Nintendo...:

@aaronsullivan "In other words, Nintendo hardware and games are still going to stand out starkly from what Microsoft and Sony are offering for a long time to come."

You know, now that I think about it, the fanatics drooling over the PS4 do seem to be...superficial in their support of the system. They're like a bunch of teenage "anarchists" who scream and bully others like rabid monkeys, but only wear it on their sleeves so they can easily take it off once the next big thing comes around.

kensredemption

#49

kensredemption commented on That Shocking Pokémon Announcement Was Arcade...:

@IceClimbers

"In fact, many of them also combine them with slot machines (there's a specific name for them but I can't remember what it is)."

Are you talking about pachinko machines?

Anyway, in regards to the article, first there's Hyrule Warriors, now there's Pokken Tournament? I really think Nintendo's snatched up Namco Bandai as well as Koei Tecmo as second party developers now.

kensredemption

#50

kensredemption commented on Talking Point: The Argument For And Against Re...:

@Williaint

"Another thing I find despicable, is the way that Emulators and ROMs are advertised over the internet. There are several "Why pay for these games, when you can play them free!" popups, or whatnot, on 'top ten list' sites."

You must be hanging around in the questionable areas of the internet if you're seeing ads like that. I frequent mainstream sites for social networking, media and gaming news and not once have I seen ads promoting flash carts.

Anyway, as far as the original topic is concerned, I base my decisions on one philosophy:

If a developer can no longer capitalize on a title, either through digital distribution or selling physical copies (pre-owned copies of a game does not give the developer any money whatsoever), then the use of a flash cart to play the titles in question is tolerable.