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Male, 49, United States

Mon 7th March, 2011

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mike_intellivision commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Must Take Careful Step...:

A point with the article — Europe is getting a substantially lower combined package price (an additional savings of 3 e/2.7 UKP) for early adopters who buy all DLC.

The North American price and the full European price for the combined DLC is roughly the same savings ($3/3 e/2.6 UKP).



mike_intellivision commented on Hardware Classics: Sega Saturn:

Releases were so sparse in the US that mainline shops (i.e., Gamestop) started selling imports — both JP and EU — as well as the tools to play them.

I wish I had gotten Elevator Action Returns. (Did nab Radiant Silvergun).



mike_intellivision commented on EA Boss Peter Moore Apologises For Frostbite's...:

As I have said elsewhere, you can defend not making WiiU games from a business decision but it is very difficult to use the same rationale for not making games for the 3DS.

Additionally, if the Frostbite Engine is scalable and works on X360 and PS3, making it work on the WiiU should be technically possible. The lack of compatibility is a choice.

Given its commitment to on-line exclusive (which have network issues) and mobile (which some think is about to crash), EA could be in trouble soon.



mike_intellivision commented on Twisted Fusion Joins the Kickstarter Ranks, Wi...:

Does anyone know how it works if you back a game in a currency that is not your nation's currency?

This is the first Kickstarter in UKP that I have thought about backing. (I am in US, so the others have been in USD).

This game reminds me of the old Commander Keen games. So it could be a lot of fun.



mike_intellivision commented on Square Enix To Focus Less on the 'Global Aspec...:

There is an old business adage: "Stick to the knitting."
If you do something well, usually you can find a market for it. So rather than trying to meet the perceived market demands, S-E realizes it can be a market leader and shape the market by playing to its strengths. While this does not always work, it has a much better potential for success than what S-E had been doing more recently — which was neither working in its home country or globally.



mike_intellivision commented on Industry Veteran Peter Molyneux Warns The Indi...:

Thoughts on what is likely to happen.

  • Some companies will have a success or two and become bigger players.
  • Some companies will have a success or two and try to milk that for all its worth.
  • Some companies will have a success or two and be bought out and eventually ruined/run into the ground.
  • Some companies will have a success or two and then fade away when they can't repeat their success.
  • Most companies will never have a success or two and will cease to exist.

In other words, what will happen is like any other business.

As for games — there are a couple of points that PM misses. The first is that the mode of distribution shifting from physical to digital has substantially lowered the barrier to entry for the industry. That means it is possible for people to create games with less inputs on a smaller scale and self-publish them. This was not the case in the music industry during the period he selected for comparison.

Additionally, people's tastes are changing and their attention spans are lessoning. In other words, in our chaotic society, the single student who has time for hours-on-end gaming sessions today, may only have minutes between work and family commitments tomorrow, So the style of games has to change to meet the demands of that cohort. There is always the next cohort, but with continually increasing demands on time, they will start with less time available for gaming and see it decrease even further over time — so the smaller games will be viewed more favorably.



mike_intellivision commented on Nintendo Comes Up Empty at BAFTA Awards:

As I noted, I am in the US so my info just comes from observing postings on various websites, reviews/articles posted by sites/periodicals serving the UK market, and the actions of trade groups - like BAFTA.

I do think we both agree that not having a single Nintendo game nominated for that category is "strange" to say the least.



mike_intellivision commented on Nintendo Comes Up Empty at BAFTA Awards:

I am not going to be critical of the winners because I have not played them all.

However, a nominations list in the mobile/handheld category without a game from a Nintendo platform does seem, how do you say, a bit odd.

To me, as someone on the left side of the Atlantic, it smacks of the fact that Nintendo does not seem to hold the same place of reverence and respect in the UK as it does in US. (And appears to be thought of in the mainstream in a much less favorable light — which is saying something given how the mainstream in the US has been treating Nintendo lately).



mike_intellivision commented on Former Criterion Boss Alex Ward Laments Issues...:

One clarifying question — who was responsible for distribution in Europe? Many of us looking at this in North America really wonder why NIntendo is being mentioned because it was EA's game and short of an agreement between the parties (which had no relationship by this time), there would be no joint marketing. EA even price dropped all versions of the game (including the WiiU version) on the launch day — screwing over those of us who pre-ordered the game at full price. And ironically, even last week, NFS was on the front page of the North American eShop.

However, I don't know what it is/was like in Europe. If NIntendo was supposed to be distributing the game there and did nothing with it, including being slow to make physical copies available, then some of the criticism of this developer is understandable. But if EA was also in charge in Europe, then Nintendo, while not completely innocent, does not deserve the blame being heaped upon it.



mike_intellivision commented on The Next Batman Game Is Arkham Knight, And No,...:

This is a business decision. If you look at the demographics of the marketplace, the WiiU owners are typically not buying this type of game. So even if all the consoles had similar power and architecture, the WiiU might not receive it.

What is far more surprising is the abandonment of the original HD Twins (PS3/X360) so early. If you need to sell several million copies to break even, it would be difficult to do on a base of 15-20 million PS4 and XB1 consoles.



mike_intellivision commented on Iwata Hits Out at Smartphone and Social Networ...:

One thing that people are missing, when talking about how great mobile games are, is that EA and SE and others are mining old software to produce these cheap games.

In other words, the R&D for Dead Space and Chrono Trigger have already been done. Thus, the pre-existing console versions have made it cheap to port them. [I only wish EA had spent as much time porting NfS: HP to the Wii as it did to the iPhone.]

I also wonder how many people only DL demos and freebies. I do that. I won't pay Namco $8 for a game that I already own on a console.
Basically, Iwata is telling people what the future could look like. And they don't want to hear it.

Mike from Morgantown