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AuthorRe: Epic Mickey - Wii Project
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11,826. Posted:

clicketyclick wrote:

Seems the art leaked from freelance artists who had done work for Junction Point. They retain the rights to their own artwork, and decided to post it on their websites as part of their portfolio in conjunction with their resumés in order to promote themselves.

Oh well, you know these artistic types. This is exactly the reason why Shah Jahan killed or blinded all his architects and builders after they finished the Taj Mahal.

not so much, considering the designs for the Taj Mahal were actually used. The posted artwork could very well be of designs that were not/are not suitable for use in the game for whatever reason... that's pretty common among artists; rejected artwork is fair game for portfolio fodder.

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11,827. Posted:

i am sad now, because I was very much looking forward to this title. :/ I suppose I'll have to go the rental route.

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AuthorRe: Epic Mickey - Wii Project
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11,828. Posted:

Chicken+Brutus wrote:

Right. I bet they'll call it Mickey's Magical Adventure Through Hypocrisy.

i would buy that game in a hot minute. no lie. having lived in Orlando and worked for The Mouse, I would love to see the in-jokes and stuff they could cram into a title like that, and I know all my friends and former co-workers would too. :D

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11,829. Posted:

G&W being confirmed for a western release would be news to me...

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AuthorRe: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Old vs. New
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11,830. Posted:

@Chicken Brutus: Yeah, they're all classics, but give me a break... 'Cheer up, Charlie'? ugh... and I can't stand all the Oompa Loompa songs either; I very much prefer the new ones that at least use lines from the book's songs (even if the way the writers knitted them together doesn't make much sense, as in Violet's song). At least Dahl's original work (and Charlie, as it followed that with the OL songs) gave us the morals in a darkly amusing manner after we watched the drama with the kids play out; Willy Wonka beat us over the head with them (in sequences with seriously dated textual effects; what the hell were they thinking!) after we already knew what they were trying to show us (don't be a glutton, don't chew gum all day, don't be a spoiled brat/don't spoil your kid, too much TV is bad for kids).

Also, I think I forgot to mention that I like some of the other actors much better in the new version. Charlie has some personality (beyond just being a young poor child) in this one, as do all the grandparents (Grandpa George is pretty hilarious in fact... he reminds me of one of the old guys from The Muppet Show that always crap on everything :3), and that old guy who plays Grandpa Joe -- I like him a lot. He has this gentle, kind aura about him that the Joe from the first movie lacked, and you can really believe that he's too feeble to walk at first (unlike Joe, who looks like he's just laying there).

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AuthorRe: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Old vs. New
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11,831. Posted:

@eripmav: My favorite Dahl stories have always been Matilda and The Witches. Granted, I haven't read every single Roald Dahl book out there, but a lot of what I have read was either dark and creepy or they just have some seriously twisted characters, and I like that. :)

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11,832. Posted:

omg, i am loling so hard right now... his expression is priceless :D :D :D

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AuthorRe: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Old vs. New
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11,833. Posted:

i don't understand what you're talking about with the CGI in that particular scene -- you know the squirrels were real, right? sure, there was probably some CGI going on there to help set up the shots, but most of the squirrel acting was done with live animals in the actual room with actual props (and actual nuts :)).

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11,834. Posted:

@grenworthshero: i'm pretty sure the squirrels were actually in the book, though. i'll admit the 'don't touch that squirrel's nuts!' line was a bit over-the-top, lol, but I liked how the little guys turned the tables on Veruca, determined her to be a bad nut, and then carried her off to the chute... and then went straight back to work like nothing was wrong. I also liked the bit with Wonka trying to find the right key and then magically finding it right when it was time for dad to enter the song. :)

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AuthorRe: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Old vs. New
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11,835. Posted:

(a) yes, I very much agree with you that the new version was much better than the old. The lame songs were left out (and the Oompa Loompas didn't have morals shoved into their mouths in Charlie; they actually used lines from the songs from the book!), the kids and their families were updated for modern times (Violet being a best-at-everything tomboy with a room full of trophies instead of just a salesman's daughter with a gum-chewing record; Mike being an insufferable know-it-all and into violent video games, which didn't exist back then or when the book was written; etc.), they didn't keep the awful schoolmaster scenes or the part with the fizzy lifting drinks (which didn't exist in the book) or the part with Wonka screaming at Charlie, and you're absolutely right -- the new version did a much better job of coherently telling an interesting story that was also visually pleasing. I think that's just the magic of Tim Burton and Danny Elfman, though, along with the narrator they utilized to keep everyone focused on what was happening.

(b) I have to disagree... I liked Johnny Depp's Willy Wonka much better than Gene Wilder's. Wilder portrayed a much more business-like Willy Wonka, and between the contract, the schemeing with the Slugworth impostor, and the screaming at Charlie at the end of the movie, it was hard to believe that such a whimsical factory was really any product of his own doing... Wilder's Wonka was more like a ringmaster or a frontman than a lighthearted soul capable of creating impossibilities at whim. In contrast, Depp's Wonka was so airheaded, flighty, and (for most of the movie) inwardly focused that it was easy to see he honestly believed he could do anything with candy, and thus, he was actually able to do it (and it helped to have the added backstory behind his current mindset). Depp's Wonka was still a child at heart, and even though he did yell or do things to prompt adverse responses at times, he was so silly about it that it was impossible to believe he was doing anything out of malice. Wilder's Wonka seemed truly angry and downright psycho at times, and there is never a time in Willy Wonka where I am able to believe that he is anything other than an old, cranky businessman at heart.

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AuthorRe: What's Your Favorite "Turn Based RPG" Currently Available on the VC?
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11,836. Posted:

@Ravage: I love SMRPG, Paper Mario, old (pre-VII) Final Fantasy games, Secret of Mana, Chrono Trigger, and other old RPGs, and I also loved Breath of Fire II. I'd go for it if I were you, it's a great game.

The only advice I have to give about BoFII is this: you have the opportunity to be nice to people throughout the game, and then later on if you talk to those same people you'll have the ability to invite them to live back at your place. Some people will give you awesome stuff (they'll sell great weapons/armor/items for you), and others just take up space... and you only have so much space to fill, so visit GameFAQs and decide who you want to butter up. :)

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AuthorRe: Quality or quantity?
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11,837. Posted:

@Adamant: ... maybe you've missed other threads where PhoenixSage has replied, but nearly every single comment they leave here on NL talks about how they love Golden Sun and how they can't wait for the new one to eventually come out. it's their sacred cow, man. :3

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11,838. Posted:

i'm not absolutely desperate for anything at the moment, but I do prefer quality over quantity. my money trees have been rather unproductive lately, so it's not like I have the extra dough lying around to purchase a VC game and hope I don't hate it. of course, my label of 'quality' translates directly into 'games from my retro collection that I loved playing the heck out of', so ymmv re: whether or not you'd agree with what I'd call a 'quality' game. :P

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11,839. Posted:

downloaded anything? no.
played anything? you bet. 'Drunken Mario' was a surprising hit last christmas with my friends, and then of course we had to bust out with the Guitar Hero World Tour because one of the dudes who lived in that apartment had gotten it from his girlfriend as an early present. :3

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AuthorRe: The "question Nintendo's support of VC" thread.
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11,840. Posted:

SuperSonic1990 wrote:

They truly only care about money when it comes to VC!!

Nintendo is a business. In order to remain a successful business, they need to cater to wherever the money is. If the money is in WiiWare at the moment, and they've got some good WiiWare titles lined up for release at the moment, that's what they're gonna focus on.

SuperSonic1990 wrote:

Even petitions are not going to change their minds, only decreasing sales numbers of WiiWare games.

Absolutely, because money talks louder than any words (unless you're talking contracts, but contracts are generally money-related anyhow) in the business world.

SuperSonic1990 wrote:

This also means we will more than likely not see a Virtual Handheld service on the DSiWare ever. If this is the case, NOA has made one of the worst decisions ever.

And if this is the case (i would be sad :/), then at least Reggie has been up-front with us from day one about it instead of dangling it over our heads.

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11,841. Posted:

@Stuffgamer1: in my yard, silly! :P

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11,842. Posted:

lol, that's pretty hilarious. i thought you were quoting this video :3

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11,843. Posted:

Where do I live? In a house! :D

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AuthorRe: Hey how about some Carmen sandiego for Wiiware?
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11,844. Posted:

@RJay: we had that game in one of my elementary school classes too... lol, I remember we only managed to catch her once, and that was because we left the computer on and running all day during class (this was back in the days before computers running Windows became standard fare in classrooms, and you turned a computer off when you were done with it). We played it before class started, played it during recess, and then we played it when we were done for the day and were waiting for the bell to ring.

either way, i don't think i'd bother with a WiiWare CS game, though it would make a great point-and-click educational title. :3

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11,845. Posted:

@Vendetta: oh now that's a good one. ;)

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AuthorRe: POLL: How many times have you seen the Orphan trailer? :D
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11,846. Posted:

do you mean the commercial on TV? if so, I'm pretty sure I've seen that come on more than 27 times. oh, it's another ad? my bad, carry on. D:

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11,847. Posted:

it depends on where you're located. If you're in Europe, it's white or black, but if you're in North America it's black or a teal-ish light blue color.

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11,848. Posted:

I don't think anyone purposefully set out to make FTW 'clean'; it was just that 'for the win' was a popular saying on the internet that got compressed into acronym form. lots of common things get compressed like that: 'IANAL' (i am not a lawyer), 'IAWTC' (i agree with this comment), 'IIRC' (if i recall correctly), 'YMMV' (your mileage may vary), 'YHBT' (you have been trolled), 'DIAF' (die in a fire), 'TBH' (to be honest), 'IMO/IME' (in my opinion/in my experience)... :)

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11,849. Posted:

that kind of thing is pretty common with pre-painted statues/figures IME... the glove/fingers have got problems too.

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11,850. Posted:

each DSi has its own Shop account and must make its own DSiWare purchases. :)

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