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kurtasbestos

kurtasbestos

It's funny because it's poisonous!

Male, 33, Japan

I like music and cats and probably some other things.

Joined:
Thu 9th September, 2010
Website:
http://kurtasbestos.blogspot.com/

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kurtasbestos

#2

kurtasbestos commented on Talking Point: The Wii U May be Best as One of...:

How can people afford multiple systems, let alone find the free time to play games on said systems? I'm still struggling through my library of Wii games in the limited time I can find to play games (usually when my wife falls asleep and I planned ahead enough to put my Wiimote within reaching distance so as to not wake her up). When the next generation comes out, I'll probably be ready to buy a WiiU and be content with that. Or I'll try to finish all those Sega Saturn or Gamecube games that I never got around to.

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#8

kurtasbestos commented on Review: The Letter (Wii U eShop):

It was all a dream!
No wait... you play from the perspective of a ghost!
Or... you were responsible for the murder in question!
Just kidding, aliens!
I mean, it's a flash-forward to the future when you solve the mystery of your own death in the past!

...did I guess the right cliche?

Seriously, though, I LOVED the screen savers included with Windows 98. This game looks great!!!

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#11

kurtasbestos commented on Sony: PS4 Is "Welcoming Back" Wii Owners Who S...:

Can you REALLY call games from the previous generation (which plenty of people are still playing and even buying these days) classics? Also, this:

"And anecdotally I've had people who were the Wii generation and who are back in the consideration set. It's certainly something I hear about."

So... basically he has pretty much nothing to actually back up the statement that Wii owners are buying PS4s other than random guessing.

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#12

kurtasbestos commented on New Fighter for Super Smash Bros. to be Reveal...:

I'm kind of surprised how many people seem to think it's going to be Shulk. Don't get me wrong, Xenoblade Chronicles is one of my all-time favorite games, so I would love for it to be Shulk... but it also seems incredibly unlikely considering how many much more famous Nintendo characters (not to mention possible 3rd party characters) there are out there. Then again... to those of us who have never played a Pokemon game, they can add as many characters from those games as they want and it's probably exactly as interesting as adding Shulk would be to a person who has no idea who he is. Still, here's hoping...

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#15

kurtasbestos commented on Video: You Really Don't Want To Know What Kids...:

I can't blame the kids for being afraid of ancient technology, but I wish they had been nicer to the Game Boy if for no other reason than to not make me feel so old for having one when it first came out and being super obsessed with it.

@eleccross To be fair, though, have you ever actually pressed a physical button? They take SO much effort to use. It's like... REALLY hard. I'm getting tired just thinking about it.

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#18

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

As an outsider who decided to live in Japan for the rest of my life for some reason, I think it's interesting that this huge list of comments is something that probably wouldn't and/or doesn't happen in Japan. Well, maybe it does somewhere, but the average person probably doesn't realize there's a problem. If you just look at the girl-group-idol-whatever industry... a bunch of fake-looking girls in doll-like outfits singing incredibly over-produced generic pop music... the fans at their concerts are pretty much exclusively men from teenagers to those in their 30's or 40's or so. The young girls that are supposedly (or not) the target audience tend to get stuck way in the back of the arenas. Most Japanese people don't see that as anything unusual (and hey, I don't know how pop music works so maybe it's not), but I personally find it incredibly disturbing.

This is still a VERY male-dominated society, and unlikely to change in the near future because people pretty much think "ehhh, it doesn't really apply to me, but I'm not going to do anything about it because it's tradition or whatever" (think of how the rest of the world is furious at Japan for hunting whales... MOST Japanese people (other than old people who are super-set in their ways) don't actually have any interest in eating whales, but they don't really see it as a problem so the government just keeps doing whatever it wants). My wife is one of two (2) women in her company, and I get to hear her complain about how incredibly unfair her workplace is on a near daily basis. No matter how much I suggest that since she lived in Canada for a while and she's married to an American, she could probably use her experiences in the outside world to change things for the better (because they put so much responsibility on her that they'd be totally screwed if she quit). But... she just puts up with it because that's what Japanese people do.

Wow, I didn't mean for this to turn into a rant about the things I don't like about this country. There are plenty of things I DO like about this place, and I see this new law as a very good thing. I only hope that they'll keep working on it. Of course there are creepy people here who take their obsession with young girls too far, but it's something you rarely hear about. That doesn't mean it's not a problem, though... just not as much as in other countries. Still, if other countries get super-sensitive about this sort of thing, I feel like it really is in Japan's best interest to go along with those other countries' wishes and crack down on this sort of thing more. Sort of like the whale thing... personally, I don't see it as a huge problem, but since the rest of the world is all like "holy crap that's totally wrong, yo", then I really wish Japan would get the message and change its ways. Because I'm planning on living here for the rest of my life, after all, so I really kind of want the country I live in to be a part of the world instead of its own special magical set of islands that doesn't have to care about what the rest of the world thinks.

Holy crap I swear I didn't meant to type that much when I started. Sorry.

kurtasbestos

#21

kurtasbestos commented on Review: Abyss (Wii U eShop):

Bleeargh, he's back. Why does EnjoyUp Games insist on ruining the otherwise awesome atmosphere of their games with that horribly annoying voice?

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#24

kurtasbestos commented on Weirdness: Square Enix Reproduces Deadly Final...:

How come the music in this video does NOT sound 16-bit? Final Fantasy VI is the only game in the series I ever had any interest in it, and a big part of the reason I liked that game so much was because the music was ridiculously good.

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#25

kurtasbestos commented on Weirdness: 10th March is Mario Day, Apparently:

In Japanese, there are approximately ten billion ways to pronounce every number (or more like... three), so pretty much every single phone number and day of the year gets twisted into some horrible mnemonic device in order to trick you into buying life insurance or puppies or daikon radishes or whatever.

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#26

kurtasbestos commented on EnjoyUp Confirms Abyss for the Wii U eShop:

I hope one of the new features is that it doesn't include that horrible over-chatty Euro-guy voice that ruins the otherwise great atmosphere and that EnjoyUp Games seems to feel belongs in all of their games.

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#28

kurtasbestos commented on Monolith Soft's X Combat is Shown Off, Based o...:

YAYAYAY!!!! I'm super excited for this game! Since I'm in Japan, I won't have to wait as long as the rest of you people. Though... I suppose I should probably finish Xenoblade Chronicles first (I'm "only" 150 or so hours into it). Also somehow convince my wife that we need to buy a WiiU, which will easily be the biggest challenge.

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#31

kurtasbestos commented on Remake Request: Shining The Holy Ark:

Oh man I would LOVE to re-play this game in glorious THREE DEE!!! This game was like one giant teaser for the ridiculously awesome Shining Force III, but it was amazing and memorable in all its own ways. Just looking at those screenshots makes me want to go boot up my Saturn with this disc inside.

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#32

kurtasbestos commented on 3DS Hack Removes Region Locking For Retail Car...:

Awww, the article's title got me all excited that I'd be able to buy a 3DS in the country I live in (Japan) but still be able to play games in my native language (English)... but now I see that it's far too complicated and I'm probably better off just not being lazy.

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#33

kurtasbestos commented on Review: 3D Ecco The Dolphin (3DS eShop):

I loved this game for the Sega CD, mostly because the music was amazing, and it was such an atmospheric game overall. I also kinda hated it because it was so damn hard... swimming around in the deep not knowing where the next air pocket made it feel like an incredibly scary horror survival game, because the fear of drowning is something I can relate to. I can't remember if I ever actually beat the game, though I know that I at least got to the last boss a few times... but even in spite of all the flaws, I still have overall positive memories of this game. I'm just not sure if I would want to give it another try because I don't remember the Genesis version being quite as good as the Sega CD version.

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#35

kurtasbestos commented on Matters Of Import: Shining Force Feather:

I picked this game up for 1000 Yen (around $10) a while back and keep forgetting to play it... probably because I'd rather just re-play Shining Force III for the millionth time. But it's next on my list, especially since SFIII will be much harder to play on the train during my daily commute.

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#36

kurtasbestos commented on Review: 3D Galaxy Force II (3DS eShop):

Awesome! I'm glad to hear this turned out well. I absolutely loved this game in the arcade (the full rotating version), and I still own the Sega Saturn version. I can't wait to play it again!

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#38

kurtasbestos commented on Review: Christmas Wonderland 3 (3DS eShop):

This kind of makes me feel like I'm watching some beloved Christmas story from my childhood that has been made "darker" for a modern audience that's into that sort of thing. But it makes me feel like that in a GOOD way, especially since [SPOILERS!] it had a happy ending [/SPOILERS!]. I can only hope (mostly for Phil's sake) that the sequels aren't quite as dark.

Also, please post screenshots of the hideous faces!

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#40

kurtasbestos commented on Check out These Awesome Super Mario Happy Meal...:

Dang... I walked past something Mario-related at McDonald's the other day but didn't really pay attention. Now that I've seen them in more detail, they're super tempting... too bad I'd be too embarrassed to order a children's meal in front of my wife, and even MORE embarrassed to do it on my own. Also I'd have to eat McDonald's. People can say what they want about it being "healthier" here, but when you only eat it at most once a year it does horrible things to your tract in any country.

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#41

kurtasbestos commented on Shigeru Miyamoto Is A Fan Of Mobile Hit Puzzle...:

Man... I see people playing this game on the train all the time here in Japan and I really want to tell them "you know, there was this game called 'Puzzle Quest' a few years ago that totally did it first and you're a jerk for playing this game instead of that one", but that would probably be kind of a creepy and/or and/or bitter and/or pretentious thing for me to do. Also it would be just plain weird if I didn't bother saying it in Japanese.

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#42

kurtasbestos commented on Federal Aviation Administration Lets Passenger...:

Dang, I already miss the days where people would blatantly ignore the rules because they couldn't stand not using their cell phone for 30 seconds, while meanwhile I'd get yelled at for trying to discretely take a picture out the window as the plane is leaving whatever city I happened to be in.

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#43

kurtasbestos commented on SEGA Confirms Western Release Dates and Detail...:

Man... every time Sega makes a classic compilation or retro remake or whatever, they ALWAYS use the original Ecco the Dolphin. The Sega CD version may not have been drastically different, but the audio was a million billion times better. Still... I wouldn't mind giving that game and especially Galaxy Force II another run.

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#44

kurtasbestos commented on Nintendo Wants To Close Down This Open-Source ...:

Besides the fact that there have been literally a billion (not actually literally) flash-based or whatever else things like this released before, the part that bothers me is that if someone puts that much time into making something this detailed, why don't they just make their own game? Clearly the person making this could if he tried, but it kind of seems like the only things stopping him is that he's afraid of no one playing his creation, or he just can't think up anything original. So he puts together a Mario clone and doesn't understand why Nintendo isn't happy. But if he spent his time working on an original idea who knows what could happen. Just look at games like Cave Story... a very talented person made a very good game and let people play it for free, and it went on to become a cult hit and even lead to people wanting to pay for something they already played for free.

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#45

kurtasbestos commented on Talking Point: Pokémon X & Y's Grand Global R...:

People who leak things after they've signed an agreement to NOT leak them are dumb. People who post videos/comments/tweeters/whatever like crazy on the internet while they're playing the game are mostly just ridiculous... if your goal is to show off that you're playing a game before other people, what are you REALLY trying to accomplish... rather than enjoy the game you're playing, you're trying to earn respect (or something) from other people that you hope are SUPER jealous of you? It's really just kinda sad, especially when you consider the game you're talking about will probably be forgotten in a year or two (or if nothing else, it certainly won't have the same kind of hype about it).

However, the real fault lies with the people who watch the videos or read the posts or whatever else that end up spoil the games they're excited about and then complain about it. It's your own damn fault if you end up upset because you don't have the self control to stay away from the internet for five seconds. Seriously, life is like a million billion times better without the internet anyway (really seriously, try it sometime), so just be patient and enjoy the games you want to enjoy without relying on other people to tell you absolutely everything they can about the game while simultaneously expecting them to not tell you anything at all about it.

Also, that being said, I've always felt that Nintendolife does a fantastic job of not spoiling the games they talk about (while also being quite talented at writing). I gave up on all other video game websites for that reason... and even now when I'm not actively buying a lot of games I still can't help but come back to read about games I may never actually play, just because the Nintendolife crew are so much better at what they do than any other game website I've ever visited.

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#48

kurtasbestos commented on Review: Pinball: Revenge of the 'Gator (3DS eS...:

YEEEEAAAAAHHH!!!!
This was one of my favorite games as a kid. And like the other posters who have nostalgic memories of this game, I'll never forget the music. Someone hurry up and buy me a 3DS so I can download this and relive my childhood!