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AuthorRe: Flipnote Studio...FINAL COUNTDOWN(???)
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11,851. Posted:

@IndianDan: whoa, someone made a wiki specifically for one DSiWare app? that's kinda overkill, lol... o_O

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AuthorRe: Wii RPG paradise.
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11,852. Posted:

@Adam: it's certainly a good time to be an RPG fan. :3

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AuthorRe: QUANTUM OF SOLACE play me
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11,853. Posted:

@irken: that was pretty obvious from the userpic, but it still doesn't explain the reason behind the name :3

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11,854. Posted:

... so what happened to that reply where AlexSays was asking why your name was 'katiepoo'? inquiring minds wanted to know. :P

edit: ah, never mind, i found it. why post the same request twice over, though? :3

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11,855. Posted:

@IndianDan: 's all right, no harm done. still hoping it comes out sooner than later. :)

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AuthorRe: Wii online multiplaying..
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11,856. Posted:

I don't have many games that have online capability anyway... i prefer local multiplayer or single player gaming action. I don't like having to depend on someone else's connection and willingness to not shut off their machine if they're losing in order for me to have fun. :3

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AuthorRe: What DS game were you surprised you hated??
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11,857. Posted:

@Dicesukeinuzuka: ouch, even the classics?

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AuthorRe: DSlite vs DSi for kids?
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11,858. Posted:

... if there's a Gamecrazy near you :P

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11,859. Posted:

@IndianDan: ... so you're daring to say the all-knowing, all-seeing TheEmulationZone might be (gasp) wrong about his ultra-confirmed never-mind-his-secret-Nintendo-source July 31/August 3 dates? this is quite the switch from that thread where you blasted me for continuing to say they're just rumor at best. :P

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11,860. Posted:

@Kid_A: drawing skill doesn't matter with that game... for me, the problem was that it was flat-out boring. There is no freedom as to what you may or may not design yourself -- you literally walk into some levels and are thrust repeatedly into designing platforms or elements when you just want to play the darn level already. Also, certain things I thought would be most fun (i think i remember a submarine and/or an airplane or a rocket on that list) turned out to be the most annoying because they had an enforced shape that could not be altered (i couldn't make the submarine into an octopus, for example).

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11,861. Posted:

@Odnetnin: that's for new ones... used/refurbished ones run $99 at GameStop.

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AuthorRe: Epic Mickey - Wii Project
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11,862. Posted:

Chicken+Brutus wrote:

I'm disappointed that the only one who ever flirts with me here is Adam. :(

Which is surprising, considering Wiiloveit is the resident breast man, as I recall. :3

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11,863. Posted:

do you two need some time alooooooooone? ;)

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11,864. Posted:

clicketyclick wrote:

theblackdragon wrote:

you don't know that he doesn't have permission to post those movie stills. plain old (however amazingly detailed and downright awesome) artwork is so subject to edits and redrawing and drawing the same shot in a different style or having another person draw the same thing because the director likes their take on things a little better that there's no guarantee those images will actually be used in this game.

Of course not. We don't know how anything went down. Maybe he wasn't supposed to post those pics but didn't know. Maybe it was just yet another leak. Who knows. Who cares. But the point is that the artists working on the game weren't just told, "here are some disney characters. Have fun." No, they were working with explicit instructions to create steampunk, robot versions of Disney characters. You may not see these exact scenes in the game, but concept art is often used to get the style down.

and now we come back to my initial reply to you, wherein I refuted the allusion to the myth about the dude who commissioned the Taj Mahal mutilating his architects so that they could never create anything similar -- those designs were definitely put to use, whereas we may very well see nothing like these images in the upcoming game (provided it sees a release at all).

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11,865. Posted:

@Clicketyclick: you don't know that he doesn't have permission to post those movie stills. plain old (however amazingly detailed and downright awesome) artwork is so subject to edits and redrawing and drawing the same shot in a different style or having another person draw the same thing because the director likes their take on things a little better that there's no guarantee those images will actually be used in this game.

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11,866. 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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11,867. 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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11,868. 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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11,869. 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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11,870. 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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11,871. 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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11,872. Posted:

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

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11,873. 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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11,874. 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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11,875. 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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