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826. Posted:

@Aviator: absolutely that was a ridiculous statement to make, but am I going to cut off my own nose to spite my face over it? naah. They made fools of themselves saying it that way, but I'm glad they're making the effort to welcome the girlfriends, the wives, the daughters who've for so long gone totally unnoticed. I'm not about to not support the sort of movement in gaming I've always dreamed of, not when it's finally shown up in its initial stages by a company I've loved since I was a little girl.

A few years of this down the line i might be more pissed to see them still floundering around like this, but here in the beginnings of their efforts to make good with those who want and/or have always wanted a female option, i'm willing to forgive these flubs for now.

@moomoo: We grew up and now live in a gaming world where 'male' has always been the norm. It's been a rarity to have 'female' as an option to choose from in terms of console gaming and main protagonists, which is probably why there's been no ridiculous outcry from male gamers — and again, you're right in that when there's a female main protagonist, there's usually a huge story propelling her character. How many games are out there, though, where you're just female by default for no other reason than the developers feeling a need to pick a gender for the character?

idk, i'm trying to help you guys to see things the way I'm seeing them. I hope I'm making some sort of sense.

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827. Posted:

I'd advise against drinking children as well. They're not very liquid and they don't go down the old esophagus without a fight :(

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828. Posted:

@moomoo: speaking of 'social norms', it's currently the norm to be presented with a male protagonist to control. that's probably why they didn't bother pointing out either Alph or Charlie as male; it's naturally expected by gamers to be presented with male protagonists by default regardless of their given names. When you're marketing something, you point out what's new and improved about the formula (unless series or product staples are what people are looking for as opposed to innovations). Right now, the 'new and improved' is the fact that we're being given a female option.

and with all due respect, i am a girl. speaking as a female, you're right in that we probably wouldn't complain too much at controlling a male protagonist for the nth time provided the game is interesting enough on its own merits, and even when presented with an option that mirrors our gender, we may not even choose to use it. again, it's nice to have the option, and this sort of option is something we all (male and female gamers alike) should have had available to us long before now.

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829. Posted:

i'd sign a petition to get an explorer outfit and helmet as clothing in AC... Brittany's so adorable, i want that outfit now :O

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830. Posted:

@moomoo: never take 'obvious' for granted, especially in video games with made-up names. :3 besides, it wouldn't be the first time i'd ever seen a largely-accepted-as-female name used for a male, whether as a game character or someone i know IRL.

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831. Posted:

@AlexSays: yeah, that whole comment would've made more sense if you'd read past the first half of that first sentence — at least through to the second paragraph. i should probably work on my food-analogy skills, but since the entire point of that comment was apathy toward internets opinions and the people who post them... meh. :3

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832. Posted:

then why ask whether Nintendo had to go out of their way to point it out? It's an option that largely is not available nowadays that they seem to be making an honest effort to offer. why would they not try to advertise the new direction they're taking?

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833. Posted:

what's the problem? I'm happy to have the option, and it's nice to know about it in advance — if that is something that came with review copies, perhaps they wanted it to be mentioned? it's sad that they have to go out of their way to point it out like this, though, because these are the sort of options that should've been much more widely available to us (the gaming community at large) long before now.

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834. Posted:

Please feel free to advertise your petition(s) via your user signature. Thank you! :3

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835. Posted:

i think i'd also like to mention i've watched the last few seasons of America's Got Talent (does this count as reality TV?), but now that Sharon's gone, the magic is lost. I loved the season before now with her, Howard Stern, and Howie — Howard Stern was an amazing addition to the judges' table, i thought. the overall dynamic was really more positive with him replacing Piers Morgan, even though i did kinda miss the bits where Howie would totally mess with Piers, lol... ah well. :(

i also love RuPaul's Drag Race, but i wish more episodes would show up on Netflix since I don't get cable ;___;

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836. Posted:

AlexSays wrote:

SomeBitTripFan wrote:

while other games such as Duke Nukem or Saints Row use content suitable for a mature audience in immature ways, more than often luring in an immature audience because they think that by playing this "big boy game" that they are more grown up and superior to those whose interests are in games with a more general audience.

Or people play those games because they're fun

Nobody goes to the store and buys GTA because it'll make them 'superior'. Nintendo fans just have an inferiority complex and try to rationalize people playing mature games by saying they have psychological issues.

they don't buy GTA for that reason, no, but some do wind up posting about how playing these games instead of others makes them superior over other gamers for this or that reason, same as others buy E-rated games because they genuinely enjoy them and wind up on the internet posting about how their refusal to play M-rated games makes them superior for this or that reason. it's part of our darker or more selfish nature as human beings, the need to feel superior over others, to be the one who is right and to have anyone disagreeing be flat-out wrong.

This is why we have labels like 'hardcore' and 'casual', 'mature' and 'kiddy' being used by gamers to delineate sides so that they can denounce each other in rabid fashion. Problems are always the fault of the other side, whichever label they're wearing. It's all another game where the people playing think the way to win is to have enough people to shout down the other side, but in reality, the only way to win is not to play.

To respond to the OP — an 'M' rating is not the same as the word 'mature' as a label. the ESRB has specific guidelines laid out for the rating of video games so that adults may make an informed choice regarding which games they purchase for minors, or just people in general regarding which games they might like to play. For all intents and purposes they could have used 'stopwatch' or 'flashlight' as a keyword for the rating and it would still have the same intent behind it, but they chose the word 'mature' as a key word so that people would make the connection quickly that perhaps the game isn't going to be a wise birthday choice for their three-year-old niece or something.

Does Nintendo have M-rated games on their consoles? Not many.
Does Nintendo have games featuring complex plot structure and themes perhaps requiring advanced coordination, motor skill and finesse to complete on their consoles? Absolutely.
Will people continue to complain that Nintendo doesn't conform fully to their preferred label du jour? Sure.
Should it bother you? No. It's a never-ending cycle, one you have no control over whatsoever. Put forth your own thoughts if you're up to it, but don't allow the cycle to suck you in.

In short, it's not worth it to buy into the 'label everything, draw lines and choose your side' bullcrap that 'people' want to draw you into. let them have their fun playing their silly game of words on the internet. make your own decisions, play what you're genuinely interested in, and screw what anyone else has to say about it.

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837. Posted:

i try to, but half the time my efforts wind up spiked by the fact that on work days i'm usually up at 4 in the morning :(

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838. Posted:

^ it was an accident! he didn't mean to do 9999 damage...

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839. Posted:

@dumedum: you may consider it to be an inferior experience without the GamePad, but that's your opinion. I remember discussions like this cropping up back when the Wii was still in its heyday, with people crowing over how amazing the nunchuks were for this game or that game.. didn't stop multiplatform games from doing well on other consoles, though. Not having the GamePad as an available option won't automatically make a game 'unplayable', which is the point I believe AlexSays is arguing. The devs would come up with some sort of workaround, and the game would be left to survive on its own merits amongst a sea of available offerings in the same genre — perhaps giving it the best possible means to see how it truly stacks up against its competition.

Also, if you haven't heard about game-breaking bugs in ZombiU, then you're the only one, my friend. Mickeymac is right, there are plenty of videos on YouTube with people showing off problems, i remember watching a few back when the game first came out.

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840. Posted:

Has anyone considered that there may be a separate process for Japanese indie devs or something? Perhaps there are even weird laws involved, who knows.

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841. Posted:

@dumedum, @AlexSays: hey guys, we can have this conversation without making it personal, please and thank you. :/

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842. Posted:

pretty sure i've read that it doesn't work the other way around. you can back up cartridge saves to be used in a digital copy, but you can't put digital saves onto a cartridge copy.

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843. Posted:

@AlexSays: I get the feeling you're thinking that of everyone else because it's something you would've done yourself...

>.>

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844. Posted:

come on, let's not pressure each other for details, please. these questions are all in good fun, let's keep 'em lighthearted :3
and yeah, i'd stay out of my basement if i were you D:

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845. Posted:

@baba_944: even with no disc inserted, a PS1 should still boot properly and then go to the audio CD player screen.

@Electricmastro: When did it start doing this? As anything traumatic happened to the system in its lifetime?

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846. Posted:

World wrote:

Games like that are usually pretty easy (Threads of Fate is the closest comparison I can name off-hand)

shut up right now i love that game :O :O :O :O :O

... though I don't think i'd really compare this game to Threads of Fate unless you removed all the combat stuff and exploration, as well as the dual protagonist interactions and the whole 'play this story from two POVs' thing. in terms of just running around, talking to people and learning about their individual stories, that compares, sure, but Threads of Fate went much deeper and answered more questions than this i think. Threads of Fate is a game i played over and over and over again because i fell in love with the characters and their stories. AotFM is a game i probably won't play again, even if the card game part of it was completely removed.

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847. Posted:

@Phil: omg you just made me remember Kitchen Nightmares. I much prefer the BBC version, there's a lot less manufactured drama, but good god that Amy's Baking Company episode from the most recent season was a-mazing. an absolute must-watch episode if you have any love for reality TV whatsoever :O

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848. Posted:

Can you not wait two and a half weeks for a copy of the game you will be able to understand and enjoy to the fullest of your ability without having to look up translations? For heaven's sake, show some patience.

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849. Posted:

@WhoBeThat: as another example, sometimes you'll see ogo79 joke with me about toilets (like in the last batch of answers)... that came from the if you've ever sold a nintendo device you may have violated u... thread. in-jokes like these kinda happen when you're in the right place at the right time. there's no real way to force them or anything, the only way to learn about them is to be in the audience when they happen, y'know (thus the 'hang out more' recommendation), or to ask about them afterward if you're curious about something :3

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850. Posted:

I also used to like Deadliest Catch quite a bit, but then Phil's sons started getting super drama-tastic shortly before their dad passed, and then afterward with him no longer around to keep them together it was just hard to watch because they were all such jerks to each other on the Cornelia Marie and they kept focusing on it so much. the earlier seasons are a solid watch, though.

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