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TheRealThanos

American/Dutch halfblood

Male, 44,

Nothing wrong with your eyes: I'm a 43yo gaming dinosaur. Started gaming at 5yo (Atari2600). Used to play Nintendo at a cousins', but never owned one. Had an Amiga500 & GBC, after that my 1st console: N64. Besides Dreamcast & Xbox360 I own most Nintendo systems, because of the 'Nintendo difference'.

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TheRealThanos

#1

TheRealThanos commented on Latest Project CARS Trailer Shows Off Stunning...:

@FalconPunch no offense intended, but as you might have guessed, it is hard to read sarcasm or humor if there isn't any smiley attached to a piece of text.
@rjejr the way you described that made me think of those clips sent by email where a scary face just pops up in the middle of some serene nature setting. Always good to scare your kids (or the wife) with...
Something like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWPlZSL9ZMc ;)

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#3

TheRealThanos commented on Latest Project CARS Trailer Shows Off Stunning...:

I will definitely be buying this. Companies like this should be awarded for their work by all of us, even if you're not really into racing sims. They show us support, so we should support them right back. Let the wallet speak!
To all negative Nancy's (@jasonbra @Brickbuild101 @FalconPunch @DiscoGentleman): rest assured that this game is NOT going to be cancelled, have some faith please, Slightly Mad ain't EA or Ubisoft. They actually make promises and keep them, at least up to this point. A colleague of mine has been fortunate enough to be an early subscriber so he's one of the beta testers and I was able to try the beta out when he invited me over. Of course that was the PC version, but the amount on offer is ridiculous: the graphics are the best I've ever seen in any race simulation, the roster is the most complete and all types of racing are incorporated, from touring car to road racing to F1 to go-karts, you name it. They said they were going to make the most complete and realistic racing sim ever made and so far they have kept this promise. The reason the Wii U is still in is that it can offer way more than the Xbox360/PS3, and as stated in the article this game is finally going to show what is really possible on Wii U if developers have and take the time to squeeze every ounce out of the hardware and optimize with the Wii U's GPGPU in mind. And that is also why the other two versions were dropped in favor of their successors.
The team behind it is also very forthcoming with information whenever they are able to. Both me and my colleague have emailed them a couple of questions over the course of the year and they are always very nice and honest from what I can tell. Go to their site (www.slightlymadstudios.com) and contact them, you will find out for yourself. There is also enough info on the promises they made on their site and with the long development cycle that they have already done on the Wii U version of this game, they will release it no matter what, that is my firm belief based upon all the facts at hand.
@rbmoura85 There's F1 racing present in Project CARS, although I don't know for sure if the complete roster and tracks are in there. I have seen and tried out Monte Carlo, Silverstone, Suzuka, Monza, Nürburgring, SPA and some others that I can't recall (not really into F1), but if the list is complete and they update the team roster then all your needs will be covered by this game and you will not need another F1 game. Here's a slightly outdated list to give you an idea of what they have put in so far: http://www.projectcarsvideos.com/2013/02/project-cars-track-list.html
@K-Gamer Hell yeah, I got the complete edition of Midnight Club LA for the Xbox360. Great game, but in a totally different league. Project CARS is a pure simulation, NOT a street or arcade racer, so it is not the same genre. Oh, and the weather effects are second to none, as are all the graphics. Here are some rainy clips to give you an idea: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jY5PFvsmEks, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lG-MQL1l9ZE, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FI8OTx0-PVc
@everyone I can recommend JonZ Movies on YouTube. He made quite a few great quality videos of nearly all cars and tracks as well as weather effects, so if you're interested, check out his channel: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCitN4H8tA-ZR0PzjAjH28lQ A nice thing you will come across is that he also made videos from Need for Speed Shift 2 from the same team that is behind Project CARS, so you can compare how far they have come both graphics wise and with car handling and so on. It is also a good indication of the graphics of the Wii U version of Project CARS, since Shift 2 was on the Xbox360 & PS3 and although the Wii U version of Project CARS might not be quite up there with the PC edition, it will DEFINITELY look considerably better than Shift 2, so that should give all of you some idea of what to expect from this.
Other channels I would recommend are:
World of Mass Development (which is the official channel) http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEvLIe1Vc3FfV5Oktqq4heA
Team VVV, a collaboration of beta testers, they also cover just about any other racing game, but here's all their Project CARS videos: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL711FCBE96F56B74B
Team Elite Motorsport Racing: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7InTbsA5AVkvt95wFKQCvf_VCQafExI1
and AdrianF1esp & Digiprost for all you Spanish speaking fans (clips and descriptions are also in English, though) http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL87AB1E4E8F73F3CF, http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8AC402DCC2C3D286
Also pretty nifty: an in-helmet cam, which you can move independently from the car, just like you would be able to do in real life: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzAPCZBA7jo, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWxkzKH9MIA, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCJjxq06n4g
And finally, here's a couple of beta clips that compares in-game tracks with real-life ones: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4Yp7gpL4Wc, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Q4C3BSIAS4, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKZcF2xaL-8
@Pod as you can see in these three clips, the in-game tracks are no more drab or uninteresting than their real life counterparts. Maybe racing sims aren't for you, then?

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#4

TheRealThanos commented on Possibility of SNES Remix and Other Remix Titl...:

@Nintenjoe64 Some in-game stills or short clips spruiced up with 5 second gameplay do not a GameCube game make, my fellow NLife commenter. You should just look at the logical side of it, and that is the side that I already explained: size, cost, revenue. Not going to happen. period. @Rafie understood that too and he is after all one of the logical ones on here. It's not that we don't want it to happen, Nintendo is just not going to do it, no matter what reasons for it being possible you come up with.

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#5

TheRealThanos commented on Possibility of SNES Remix and Other Remix Titl...:

Depending on the titles offered, a SNES remix could be an insta-buy. People fantasizing about a GameCube remix should consider the premise of a remix: 3 to 5 titles bundled into one with extra gameplay features added. There's NO way in hell that Nintendo would be so stupid as to compile even 3 GameCube titles into one under the Remix label and add extra features. That might be something for gen 10 or 11, that is: if there are still dedicated consoles by then. And another thing to consider is that such a bundle would be way too expensive, because the titles are considerably more recent compared to NES/SNES and you just need to look at the Wind Waker remake to see what added features will cost you for just one GameCube title, so never mind bundling several titles and adding extra features to that. And on top of that it would be too big in size to download it from an eShop, so they would then probably make physical bundles of them and sell them in stores. It's a nice thing to dream about, but it's not going to happen. At least not any time soon...

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#6

TheRealThanos commented on Talking Point: Amazon Fire TV is an Early Warn...:

@unrandomsam As far as wanting the arcade in your home I can agree with you. Don't know about the investments of Amazon, nor do I care. I do think that there's a couple of game studios or rather titles that have budgets to match that, these franchises are simply too big to not have a huge budget.
The tablet issue is irrelevant to me: never liked them as a gaming device and I never will. No matter how powerful, they will never be a true game console and more importantly (like I said before) they will NEVER have the interesting IP's that are tied to each console. Furthermore, I don't like the tacked on (blue tooth/USB dongle) controller option. I would still want to be able to connect it to a big screen, because I hate gaming with a tablet on my lap or with a kick stand on a table, and especially on vacation connecting one to a bigger screen is not always possible, because not every hotel or apartment in whatever foreign location has modern TV's. To me, tablets are just pacifiers for kids, because they are, unfortunately, used to them and have no idea what true gaming systems are. Oh, and I loathe iOS or Apple. Never been interested in any of their products.
I do agree with you to an extent that the current HD twins are rather underwhelming, so I haven't yet bought either one. Yet they still have some titles coming up that I may be interested in, and since they won't come out on a Nintendo console or PC, I might have to buy one in the near future anyway.
As for input lag: never experienced it myself, on any console. I have a 42" Panasonic Viera Full HD plasma screen (bought it for a €1000) and it works perfectly in conjunction with all my consoles. The Wii U GamePad has an (for normal humans) unnoticeable "lag" of only one frame in every sixty, so you'd need to be superhuman or would have to use something to measure that to detect it.
With that being the case, simply knowing that it has "lag" might disturb some extremist purists simply for the sake of being able to nag about it because it isn't perfect, but to me it is totally absurd to be annoyed by something that insignificant. And it is not even present in all games, nor is it an issue because such a minute discrepancy will definitely NOT harm your reaction time on screen.
And another thing why it's a moot point: there's also the delay between what your brain registers and what your hand does. Talk about lag... ;)

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#7

TheRealThanos commented on Ubisoft Announces a Watch_Dogs eBook, //n/Dark...:

@ICHIkatakuri Never read those, so I wouldn't be able to tell you which one I'd prefer, but I was always into Space Marines: on the Amiga I played the Space Hulk games, then I started to collect and paint Space Marine figurines both to play board games with as well as display them, and after that I started reading Space Marine novels. And finally there was the game for my Xbox 360, and I also have a Space Marine game on DS (Warhammer 40,000: Squad Command).

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#8

TheRealThanos commented on Ubisoft Announces a Watch_Dogs eBook, //n/Dark...:

@Excep7ional You're welcome. I have to admit that I have no idea whatsoever what the books are going to cost or if they are even still available. After all, it isn't exactly high literature, so the older titles may be out of print, so good luck hunting them down. The game should be available for no more than 10 to 15 bucks by now.
Here's a video to help you get a quick impression of the game:

I also came across ratings and never even knew that the game scored this high: 92 on IGN and 4 out of 5 on Metacritic, to name but a few. I never bothered to check back when I bought it. I just got the game because of liking the books and the setting and also because I did read about it being somewhat in the vein of Gears of War. Buying it was still a bit of a gamble, but luckily I liked it the moment I started playing it. The finishing moves are VERY satisfying...
Anyway, let me know what you thought of any of it, both books and the game, if you decide to buy any of them. Always nice to find like minds... ;)
UPDATE: man, I should be a contestant on the price is right:
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_0_19?url=search-alias%3Dvideogames&field-keywords=warhammer+40000+space+marine&sprefix=Warhammer+40000+spa%2Cnull%2C283&rh=n%3A468642%2Ck%3Awarhammer+40000+space+marine

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#9

TheRealThanos commented on Ubisoft Announces a Watch_Dogs eBook, //n/Dark...:

@Excep7ional I see that I forgot to add the 40k part to my Warhammer comment. I only read the space marine novels, and talking about the Halo books made me remember that. I can recommend nearly all of them, if you're into space battles and figthing aliens set in a sort of neo-classical-empire-with-ridiculous-guns-and-technology kind of setting. The Blood Angel and Blood Raven stories are some of my favorites:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Warhammer_40,000_novels
And if you have an Xbox 360, PS3 or a PC, then you might also want to try the Warhammer 40k game, it's pretty entertaining, but once again: IF you are into that kind of thing. If I would have to describe it, then it would be a mix between Halo, Gears of War and a squad based real-time strategy game in 3rd person perspective.

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#10

TheRealThanos commented on Talking Point: Amazon Fire TV is an Early Warn...:

WARNING: TL:DR material coming up right below!
Don't say I didn't warn you, but thanks in advance if you do take the time to read it. This touches upon my area of expertise, so logically, I do like to talk about it.
At length... ;) So, here we go...

Market segments will shift, but in my opinion these kind of devices being a real and serious threat to dedicated consoles (or even handhelds) is a long, LONG way off. And that is just in general. The Ouya has some nice games, but most will probably use it for what @Tasuki didn't want to mention: let's just say it's the Ouya's none too legal version of the virtual console, something that the team behind the Ouya was even openly advertising at the time of it's reveal.
Besides that most if not all of the accompanying controllers absolutely and totally suck, and even the controller that the Steambox (the only system I would be interested in) is apparently opting for, doesn't exactly inspire me with confidence. Although I haven't been able to try one yet, so I can't give a final verdict on it. And besides, they will also give the option to add your own controllers because the Steambox offers USB ports, so if you really don't like the controller, you could use your own. As for Amazon, it is big, but not as big as some of you might think.
Just to paint a clear picture for you to be able to go along in my story/train of thought: I'm an American, but I have been living and working in several countries for over 30 years and in the end chose to settle in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. (great city, by the way) But to the point: here, and in the Benelux at large, Amazon is small fries and means next to nothing. There are several other big warehouses (both online and physical) that are WAY bigger. Same goes for other countries like a big part of Scandinavia and I can well imagine plenty of other countries not having Amazon as it's biggest online warehouse contender.
Consoles and the companies that make them are WAY more integrated throughout the world, so that is a hurdle that Amazon (or any other contender to the throne, if they could even be considered as such, and I don't think so) should take first, so at the very least they will not succeed with this first version of their box, and even the second one is only going to shift some market share. And it is not just because Amazon isn't a worldwide contender: same goes for the additional services offered on boxes like this: they are either very expensive around here (HBO) or are very limited in what they offer (Netflix). Before Netflix is going to be a success in the Benelux, they would really have to up their game in a MAJOR way. They aren't anywhere NEAR being in the same league as their American sibling. Another VERY important factor is of course the various high profile and console exclusive games and IP's that they will NEVER be able to offer.
Also, the shift in market share comes mostly from people that haven't grown up with dedicated game consoles and arguably people that are fed up with some aspects of dedicated game consoles, be they price point of the console, price point of the games, number of games released on it, type of games released on it. Or just add your own reason for not being as interested in dedicated consoles anymore if I didn't mention it. As for the people not really "used" to consoles anymore, just look around your own circle of friends or family, I'm pretty sure you will have had similar experiences: nowadays, all kids from 3 years and up are glued to either a tablet or anything similar that starts with "smart". If they can press a button or move their fingers across a touch screen in a somewhat coordinated manner, they can learn to play a game, so for them, there is no need for a "complicated" controller with all these buttons and sticks, nor is there a need for a big, immobile screen to play these games on.
There's a couple of little runts between 3 and 10 in my family displaying those exact symptoms, and some of them have even managed to smash or break their new toy and their parents eventually just end up buying them another one because they are relatively cheap, especially compared to the real deal of a full blown console, so the choice for most parents is somewhat obvious. And of course there's the comfortability factor: you can take a bunch of tablets/smart devices just about anywhere with you, because it doesn't take up too much space and they are versatile in the various types of entertainment they offer, so it's the perfect thing to keep the kids happy during the trip and on vacation or on a visit to family that they aren't interested in. (read: old people that just want to squeeze their cheeks/pat them on the head and compliment them on their apparent growth)
To do the same with a console would be far more inconvenient, although me and my friends have done that more than enough times, especially on a winter sports vacation. But to be honest, that was mostly WAY before the smart device era and the console that got the most playtime in foreign locations back then (besides handhelds, obviously) was the N64. Blame Goldeneye and Mario Kart 64... Good times...
Anyway, for me as an old gamer (not glued to a smart device but to an Atari 2600 when I was young) the dedicated console will always be number one and NOTHING will replace it. Smart boxes like the Amazon offering will at the most be a second or third choice for experiences not being offered on these consoles. And if consoles start to change even more and also start to offer more of these services that are similar, then my interest in these set top smart device boxes will once again dwindle into oblivion, because I'm really not into most of these snack bite smart games at all, so only deep and profound experiences will tempt me into buying one, but only AFTER I have invested in the new Nintendo console and any one of the other two, just to have all my bases covered. Or the Steambox, we'll have to wait and see. So, am I worried about the foreseeable future (let's say this and the coming generation) of dedicated consoles? Nah...

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#11

TheRealThanos commented on Nintendo Involved In Patent Dispute Over Wii U...:

This again; it's just stupid and most patent trolls lose, so why bother? Then again, the apparent reason they keep doing it is because sometimes they're lucky and there is still some profit to gain from it, so to ensure that I myself will make some extra pocket money every now and then, I've gone and patented patent infringement... ;)

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#12

TheRealThanos commented on Ubisoft Announces a Watch_Dogs eBook, //n/Dark...:

@Marshi In before me. I fully agree with you. The Halo books were, ESPECIALLY for game related books, pretty well written and quite an entertaining read. For other good reading material, only PC game-related books have been decent enough for me. (Warhammer, AD&D and so on)

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#13

TheRealThanos commented on Capcom Investing $80 Million in Two New R & D ...:

@jillsand "You kids?" No offense but I'm a 43yo IT Sales & Marketing professional and happen to have quite a bit of experience in sifting through company financials. Whichever way you look at it, it IS a big investment for Capcom, considering the state they're in, and seeing as so many media reported the same story (and some of them in elaborate detail), there should at the very least be some truth in it. It could certainly be true that they have money on the side and they do have money invested in other areas such as the examples you gave, which also makes them money in return, but none of that takes anything away from the fact that they have very little savings in their account for a company of their stature. There are very few other software companies of the same size with such a small amount of cash reserves. Other than that, I actually think it was the right move for them to make, because they have to do something to be able to get back to making a healthy profit in the software market and investing in new property, personnel and probably IP's might get them just that, whereas standing still could very well be the final nail in the coffin for them, so this is at the very least the better choice for them to make. Now we just have to wait and see if it will bring them the success that they are so in need of. Recent events also point to that, as stated in this article:
http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2014/03/capcom_cuts_profit_projections_by_over_50_percent_despite_strong_sales_of_monster_hunter_4

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#14

TheRealThanos commented on Details Emerge of a Cancelled Nintendo-Exclusi...:

@DinoFett Well, besides the trademark having been abandoned we may never know for sure what (or if something) will happen with the title in the future, but the official site (although it shows only videos and pictures) is still online:
http://www.lucasarts.com/games/1313/
Maybe they will use elements of it in a new game still to be announced. That happens way more often than most of us probably think.

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#17

TheRealThanos commented on Details Emerge of a Cancelled Nintendo-Exclusi...:

@Tsuzura Exactly.
@Joshers744 I don't know how people are thinking about it in your area, but most people do NOT find the original trilogy bad, just the prequels. And rightly so. The prequels may to an extent be somewhat entertaining, but mostly they are just hollow, bombastic attempts at creating an answer that connects them to the first three movies, and it failed miserably. The people writing all the Star Wars books did a much better job of it.

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#18

TheRealThanos commented on Next-Generation Visual Novel Nero Confirmed Fo...:

@Vriess I can understand your point of view (although admittedly I have a slight reservation as even in the US the rivalry between the French and the British is known in some parts of the nation) but personally I do think it depends on the type of game. These guys look like wizards, sorcerers or druids and even as an American I would not want to hear a druid or such speak with an American accent. (imagine a hillbilly or Texan voice on them... ) Hell, we never even had druids, so maybe they shouldn't sound British per se, but they should at the very least sound European, if only to give the characters more credibility, even if it is only a fantasy game. Although the characters themselves didn't speak, I would imagine that the story teller is either one of their kind or a fellow country man, since he is familiar with their history. And it is also being made by a European company, so maybe not all that strange that they hired a British guy to do the English voice over.

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#19

TheRealThanos commented on Feature: The Castlevania That Konami Doesn't W...:

@unrandomsam it's not set in stone, but it is my opinion that they are. (hence the "Those to me" part in my previous comment) To me they do represent the more classic Castlevania and even though there have definitely been a couple of good 2D Castlevania games after that, I agree with most people on here that instead of pure Castlevania, they were more Metroidvania, and don't get me started on most of the 3D games.

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#20

TheRealThanos commented on Feature: The Castlevania That Konami Doesn't W...:

@Caryslan quite a well thought out comment. As for your (rhetorical?) question: "Then will someone please tell me what Castlevania should play like?" the answer to that should probably be either the first two games or the one time masterpiece that is Rondo of Blood. Those to me are the best examples of what a good, classic Castlevania game should be.

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#21

TheRealThanos commented on Feature: The Castlevania That Konami Doesn't W...:

@unrandomsam I got curious about the X68000 and have watched this lengthy review:

As it says in the review the X68000 has a LOT of shooters so in that sense it is not quite comparable to the Amiga, but I do agree with you that their version of Castlevania looks pretty good (it is in the review around the 8 minute 30 second mark) and overall the system had great audio, but to me most of the games shown look like they are either first gen A500 games or are even below the quality of the Amiga games that I know and love. They have Super Hang-on in this review and I'm quite certain that the Amiga version looks better. So to each their own I guess...

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#23

TheRealThanos commented on Road Redemption's Latest Footage Looks a Bit M...:

It's coming along just fine. Just like I said the last time when the game was way too harshly judged by way too many people for having shooting elements in it and "not feeling like a tribute to Road Rash" at all.
I really like how it is developing and this trailer made me smile, and not even for the graphics, because they honestly aren't that much better than the last time, but it is good enough and the improved camera angle does a lot, but most of all they truly seem well on their way in succeeding to actually capture that Road Rash feel. Kudos.

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#24

TheRealThanos commented on Feature: The Castlevania That Konami Doesn't W...:

@FineLerv So, you liking the comments means you're an (ex-)Amiga user too?
@unrandomsam Honestly, I'd have to take your word on that. Other than the MSX, C64 and Amiga 500/1200 I don't have any experience with other systems like the X68000 or Archimedes. I've heard of them back in the day, but never tried any of them out. One home computer at a time was enough for me. I started with a Toshiba MSX and upgraded to an Amiga 500, then an A1200 with internal hard drive. After that I switched to consoles, the N64 being the first one.

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#26

TheRealThanos commented on Feature: The Castlevania That Konami Doesn't W...:

I love how the text in the lower part of the screen keeps disappearing behind the scenery: talk about bad programming. And that second level was hilarious: first above ground he is not walking on but floating above the ground and only when he reaches the stairs do his feet actually connect with the floor. And what's with that last bit and those lava streams (if that's what they are, not sure) if you can't even see where you are going? It has definitely got my vote for worst Castlevania.
@antonvaltaz Hey! No Amiga bashing! (best home computer ever made) ;)
But seriously: you are right, it was a bad Castlevania game, but in comparison it at least looked better than this Arcade game, and the collision detection, scrolling & layering were also a lot better as far as I can compare from the video clip in this article.
Just for comparison's sake:

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#27

TheRealThanos commented on Video: What Could Xenoblade Chronicles Look Li...:

One of the best Wii games I've ever played, it would fully deserve an HD treatment, to say the least. I hope that X is the HD sequel that it deserves. It's also one of the few games from which I've seen all the intro animations (the ones that you see if you don't press any button to start). It takes some time to let the game cycle through them all because you go back to the start screen before the next one is loaded, but it is definitely worth the wait...
@Brickbuild101 what browser do you use? If it's Chrome or Firefox, you can install a browser app called "Flash Video Downloader (Full HD Download)" which allows you to download most YouTube videos in whatever resolution they are available, so also in full HD. You can then just watch the clips on your computer with your own Media player without the need for online buffering. (or put them on a USB stick or portable HD and watch them on a big TV screen, like I do. It's great... )

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#28

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

Just my two cents:
Some people on here don't seem to know what constitutes a good april fools day joke, or (imho) just don't have a good sense of humor.
You only need to look at the other april fools jokes to see the difference (hint: if you can't tell the difference in intent and tone of the joke, then it's just you)
Google's joke (as nearly always) was brilliant, lighthearted and well thought out. Blizzard had a nice one, and a few other software companies also made an effort to do something worthwhile.
NLife's joke was good too; just a little tease, giving some people a bit of hope and then gently pulling the rug out from under them without hurting feelings too much, which in turn makes it also much easier for people to own up to the fact that they fell for it, even if only for a moment.
And in other industries/media there were also plenty of good natured ones that set the example of what april fools jokes SHOULD be like. Just an example: the weather news on one of the commercial stations here in the Netherlands reported that temperatures were going down near the end of the week and light snow could be expected. The joke may be lame or stupid to some of you but it is mostly in the delivery and the weatherman kept a straight face all the way through explaining where this supposed weather was coming from. Oh well, guess you had to be there to appreciate it, but I hope you get the idea of what I'm trying to get at.
Now don't get me wrong; even though I'm a longtime Nintendo supporter, I'm also in the camp of all of you that are saying that Nintendo is to blame for a large part for the situation they are in right now, and they still need to work VERY hard to make things better. It isn't going to be a win anymore, but to say all is lost, is a bit too pessimistic for my taste. And you also don't kick someone when they're down, regardless of the fact that things they are "accused of" are true or not. It's just not done, PERIOD.
Now, to get to the point, and many of you have already said it: you don't have to own a degree in psychology to see the idea behind DICE's "joke" because it had none of the qualities that an actual april fools joke should have had. April fools is meant to make you doubt to a point that it makes you think that something COULD be real and a percentage of the populace actually falling for it is of course also the goal of a good april fools joke. No sane person believed anything from DICE coming to Wii U, let alone anything based on Frostbite. And also stating the Wii U to be the most powerful console is just WAY too obvious for anyone besides the most gullible person walking this Earth to ever fall for believing this "joke" to be an april fools day prank.
Them being the idiots that they are more than oozes out from both twitter messages (and as some of you have already said, the gen 4 statement is a clear sign of their stupidity) and Peter Moore, by apologizing (and rightfully so, both from a business aspect as well as from a decency aspect) acknowledges this, so it truly wasn't a nice joke, and I think it is pretty safe to say that someone in Peter Moore's position wouldn't bother taking the time to make a public statement like this if he didn't think it was truly necessary. No, it was just an underhanded attempt at using april fools as an excuse to make one more insult towards the company that they so seem to loathe at DICE. Some of you may find that truly funny, but that hardly constitutes a good sense of humor in my book and compared to other, successful april fools jokes, you too should come to the conclusion that this one just didn't cut it as being one. A bad joke maybe, but certainly no true april fools...
And as for the (WAY too endless) Wii U power debate? Some of you might find this an interesting read:
http://www.cinemablend.com/games/Wii-U-Memory-Bandwidth-GPU-More-Powerful-Than-We-Thought-62437.html
Well, my two cents turned into something closer to twenty bucks instead, so thanks in advance to all of you nice enough to read through it entirely... ;)

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TheRealThanos commented on These Sega 3D Classics T-Shirts Will Be Perfec...:

@Damo I also seem to remember seeing that, but I don't know for sure, since you say it was a UK ad and I was already living in the Netherlands back then. Maybe I saw it when I visited the UK. The whole Sega Ages thing brings back memories, though...
By the way, are you guys up to speed on the latest Pachter quote? Seems like another article waiting for a huge number of comments... ;)

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#32

TheRealThanos commented on Video: Learn More About the Technical Wizardry...:

@Kafei2006 Thanks for the info but honestly, I'm not that much into comparisons like that; I'm no techie. I just like to play games and could care less if one processor is 23Mhz slower than the other and in the first link there isn't even any PS2 info. I think your suspicions about the second link are right, though. The guy who made that list could have made it look a bit more professional/believable if he hadn't put so many "dunno's" in it...

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#33

TheRealThanos commented on Video: Learn More About the Technical Wizardry...:

@Kafei2006 Thanks for the explanation. Never been a big Sony fan, so I wasn't that informed about it. At the time, most (multi-platform) software seemed to be more or less on the same level to me across the three platforms, with each console displaying strengths only in exclusive titles, as is still the case today, for the most part.
@Kirk I was gonna say that you must be somewhat of a retro gamer if you like the SNES version of Star Fox more, but it immediately dawned on me that the N64 also belongs in that category already, although to me retro gaming is from the seventies (Pong, Atari2600, Colecovision) up to the 16 bit era. I would sooner call everything after that, such as N64 and PS1 "modern retro" for lack of a better term.
Personally, I have to go with @Dr_Corndog as far as Star Fox is concerned, and not only because of my opinion. What makes a game hold up today seems to come down to graphics most of the time, which is why I think that 2D games score so well in that category, because we tend to compare older 3D graphics to what we have now and 9 out of 10 people will then call the first generation of "true" 3D games ugly or far less attractive than they used to be. The thing is that these graphics haven't changed at all (logically) so WE have changed, or at least our tastes/perceptions concerning what is good/bad/pretty/ugly. I do think that in this case, the game on a technical level looks better/smoother, sounds better and also plays smoother. I still like the SNES version as well, but also because of the memories that I attach to it, same as playing with a rumble pack for the first time on Star Fox 64.
Just for comparisons sake (with the video posted in the article), here are two videos. The first one is a Classic Game Room review and the second a gameplay video from the game as it must have looked on most of our TV sets.

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#34

TheRealThanos commented on Video: Learn More About the Technical Wizardry...:

@AshFoxX Well, don't be surprised if, when you reach my age, you will still crack an ear to ear smile when you start up a Nintendo game. I know I still do. They may be making a lot of mistakes business-wise these days, but they sure know how to entertain people nonetheless...

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#35

TheRealThanos commented on Video: Learn More About the Technical Wizardry...:

@AshFoxX agreed for the most part, but I do think that DK Returns and Tropical Freeze are solid and fun experiences. One of the reasons why, at 43 years old, I'm still a supporter of Nintendo. The only company that, in my opinion, truly has kept that fun factor, but of course same as like I said before, times have changed and they're all businesses in the end, so money is on the forefront and all the rest is (sometimes necessarily) put on the back burner. As for me, I can truly enjoy current gen games, but I'm also an avid retro gamer and play (whenever I get the chance) everything from 8 bit up to the GameCube and I also have a Sega Dreamcast with a nearly complete library of games. I also still have both my Amiga's.
Besides all that a Wii, an Xbox360 and a modest gaming PC. And except for the GBA micro and the DSI all handhelds of Nintendo since the original Gameboy, the 3DS XL being my latest purchase. Haven't invested in a Wii U yet because there are more pressing matters than buying a new console right now, but eventually I will get one and whatever comes next, both console and handheld or whatever they come up with...

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#36

TheRealThanos commented on Video: Learn More About the Technical Wizardry...:

@AshFoxX Yeah, the Amiga had some great games of it's own and a lot of good conversions too. Current day developers might learn something from that. Then again, the reality of it is that it is a different world altogether and both teams and budgets are a hundredfold of what they were then. But the fact stands that teams back then, small as they may have been, were dedicated to the bitter end to give us conversions worth playing.

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#37

TheRealThanos commented on Video: Learn More About the Technical Wizardry...:

@unrandomsam Ah, my bad. Thought we were talking about the Dreamcast there. It seemed like you were making a comparison between PS/N64 and Dreamcast, not the PC. For me personally, PC gaming wasn't that interesting back then. I wasn't impressed. Before Win98 I was ahead of PC gaming with my collection of Commodore Amiga systems (A500 & A1200), and in my experience early consoles were also ahead of PC gaming. One of the reasons for that was that for the general public, gaming rigs were next to unaffordable in the early days of really powerful PC's. PC technology has since raced ahead and now you can get a decent PC playing games at better resolutions and framerate for less or the same amount of money that buys you a current gen console.

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#38

TheRealThanos commented on Video: Learn More About the Technical Wizardry...:

@dereq Agreed on "Super Ness" but not on S-N-E-S like JJtheTexan stated. Maybe my experience is different because I've been living in Europe all these years, but both Super NES AND SNES (spoken as a single word, not a collection of capitals) are quite common here. As for the GameCube, this is what your friendly neighborhood online Nintendo database came up with:

"The console is officially abbreviated to the acronym "GCN" ("GameCube by Nintendo")."

Hope that helps. I Myself used to think that the N was either just tacked on or that it was because of the Japanese origin, resulting in a (for Western people) not so logical abbreviation, but nowadays I'm a bit smarter than that... ;)
@unrandomsam 3Dfx wasn't in the Dreamcast. The collaboration failed and they went with NEC instead, which resulted in the NEC-based Katana. And I'm not a big Sony fan, let alone Playstation, but jagged edges on the PS2? Probably not much more than on GameCube and Xbox at the time...

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#39

TheRealThanos commented on Smartphone Game Market Shows Impressive Growth...:

If you look at the first graph it just shows that even though there is growth, the difference has stayed more or less the same (around 6000) and the second graph not only shows a significant decline in growth, but also that smart phones are NOT going to win from dedicated handhelds any time soon, especially Nintendo's, so not something to lose a single minute of sleep over, methinks.

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#43

TheRealThanos commented on Nintendo 64 Support Teased For A Future Hyperk...:

@Reala 32x would indeed be nice, but probably not in the cards, at least for now.
@RadioShadow it does support ALL original controllers of ALL the consoles it emulates. Ports are on either side of the Retron, two for each console and it also supports multi-tap. And another plus over original hardware would be the HDMI output combined with shaders to pretty up the picture quality. Read the hands-on posted at the end of my comment to get more info on that. They've done a pretty decent job from various previews I've read so far. And all of that for around $100...
@unrandomsam it's quite a bit less black and white, actually. It's a highly customized Android chipset, solely built for the purpose of running these games and supporting all the hardware connections of the original cartridges AND controllers, coupled with good quality HDMI output.
@Kafei2006 Don't know what emulators you've tried, but N64 emulation with Project64 already ran fine on my old dual core 1,6Mhz PC and will run even better on newer systems. It's actually more up to the skills of the user in knowing how to implement patches and plug-ins, but once you get that right it runs pretty smoothly. Only a handful of games aren't supported, other than that I got everything else up and running.
@everyone For any of you that are interested, here are various preview/hands-on links to give you a better idea of what you can expect and form your own opinion:
http://awildpodcastappears.com/2013/06/the-retron-5-review/
http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/06/11/hyperkin-retron-5-uses-android-to-emulate-9-classic-consoles-for-under-100-no-you-cant-buy-it-yet/
http://www.joystiq.com/2013/04/04/retron-5-and-the-uncomfortable-tension-between-old-and-new/
http://www.engadget.com/2013/06/11/hands-on-with-hyperkins-retron-5-emulating-nine-classic-consol/
http://www.retrocollect.com/News/hands-on-a-first-impressions-of-hyperkins-retron-5-console.html
The last link has actual live footage of the device running on a large HD TV set.

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#44

TheRealThanos commented on Artwork: When Nintendo Finally Gets Around To ...:

I think it is horrible, un-Starfox/Nintendo-like and like quite a few have already said: the faces are COMPLETELY off. Especially Fox's face. A really strange stumped, human-like face with a snout glued to it.
In and of itself the art is quite an accomplishment, but I don't think it is a good version of Starfox.

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#45

TheRealThanos commented on Video: Meet Torri, One of Conception II's Her...:

What video?
All I get is a Google logo with this message underneath:

502. That’s an error.

The server encountered a temporary error and could not complete your request.

Please try again in 30 seconds. That’s all we know.

And I have already tried several times, but still no luck.
F*** the internet...

UPDATE:
And just when I finished typing this angry message, the internet decides to taunt me again and show the video as if nothing ever happened.
Good to be able to see the video, but I still think the same about the internet, though... ;)
Also "See Torri in all her Glory"? That's a LOT of cheese going on there...

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#46

TheRealThanos commented on Video: The Top 20 Wii U Games So Far - Part Two:

@Dark-Link73 Indeed I did, my friend, so no worries. That is exactly why I started the part not meant for you with "on topic and in general". I just wanted to give you a heads up on W101. All the rest is for, well nobody apparently, since I see that there's already another victim of the "I wrote down my opinion as fact" virus. One starts to wonder if they'll ever learn... ;)

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#47

TheRealThanos commented on Video: The Top 20 Wii U Games So Far - Part Two:

@Dark-Link73 Since I don't own it, I couldn't tell you from experience, but a lot of people have told me that they've had quite a different experience with the W101 demo compared to the full game, and the verdict overall was that the full game was better, and a lot of similar opinions can be found in reviews throughout the internet, although some of them also mention that the game needs to grow on you or you need to get through the first bit to start appreciating the mechanics and so on, so might be you ought to give it a chance...
@Damo Nice job dodging the bullet... (or should I say "passing it on"?) ;)
On topic and in general:
You could of course bet your you-know-what before even a single comment was posted that people were gonna disagree and rant over some of the games. Sorry to see that a lot of the natives are using their opinions as fact once again.
Let me all help you out here with some real facts:
1). Contrary to some of the supposedly funny or sarcastic remarks, the Wii U does have a fair amount of games, both retail and download. Yes there could have been more, but if you would have to play them all, you would still be busy today (and wouldn't even have been able to finish half of them)
2). Game A isn't better than game B, unless it is a truly awful game. If the game gets a decent review or above on a large number of sites or in other media, then it's just YOU not liking it. Therefore you might want to use words like "I think", "I feel" or "in my opinion" instead of "it IS". And that applies to any single game as well: a game isn't (necessarily) bad, that is your opinion, other people might like it just fine. If it truly is that bad, nobody would like it.
3). Same with the list: just because YOU don't like a lot of the games on it, that doesn't mean that it is a bad or incomplete list. The list tries to take into account different tastes and genres, but they can't make us all happy, so once again: it's just you. NLife or anyone else can't help it that you only like one type of game or that the other games on the list don't appeal to you for whatever reason. Deal with it: it's their list, NOT yours.
I think it's a reasonably good list, but I also understand some people's mentions of games that aren't on the list. There, all done... ;)

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#48

TheRealThanos commented on Weirdness: See Through the Eyes of Samus Aran ...:

@noctowl the experience is nowhere near the same. Normally the TV shows you the in-helmet view, with Oculus you're actually WEARING the helmet, because it is on your head and the two separate eyecams make the image 3D, like in real life, so your eyes fool the brain into thinking that you're actually inside the game and can walk around in it.
@WaveBoy where did it show that he is using a GameCube controller?
As far as the Oculus Rift is concerned, the black "borders" you see, aren't in the picture when you play: it is the inside of the visor. More info and what the insides look like can be found here: http://www.popsci.com/gadgets/article/2013-01/ces-2013-oculus-rifts-virtual-reality-headset-freaking-amazing The screens inside the Oculus are entirely occupied by game footage. You sometimes also see footage with the two eyes separated, to show you the different views per eye (like in the real world), that when combined, make for the "being in the game world" effect. There's quite a few videos out there to demonstrate that, and with better video quality than this Metroid one. I know it can run much, much smoother, so blame the uploader or YouTube for crappy videos like this. The choppiness is also not found in Oculus when it is used in real time. Here's a list of interesting demos for you to see:
Tuscany Demo - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxzb38ifc3g
Improved Tuscany Demo - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OS4koae0l9U
Heli Hell demo - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XBwUM49a0w
Roller Coaster demo - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7KE4L6GaS4
Battlefield 4 demo - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PdmDzTvuCg
Cartoon World demo - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LebH3-EbECw
Malfunction demo - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rl66kVQ5DZQ
Canyon Run Demo - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whdHElU83bk
Hydradeck RTS demo - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYvwMd4JCIM#t=52
Hydradeck Real Life Human models demo - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bytIGCeGxo
Hands-On test by Jamie Hyneman (from Myth Busters) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKhp4H3DUwE
And if you haven't already heard of it, look up the Omni too, it's a round platform with a frame on it to secure you so that you stand in it and "walk around" in the game world while using the Oculus to look around. Talk about total immersion...
And to top it all off, some good news for the interested:
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/oculus-rift-oculus-vr-price,news-47353.html

P.S.
Don't believe the hype of the Sony VR helmet. The industry at large has already amassed it's marketing and sponsoring force behind the Oculus Rift, so they're not going to back another one, UNLESS they use the exact same technology and interfaces, so that the two are interchangeable, and then it is going to be a price fight. If Sony's version is supposed to be better, then they would more than likely also have to set a higher price, because in their current state they cannot afford to put another product to market sold at a loss, so they wouldn't stand a chance. That may seem strange, Sony being the giant corporation that they are, but in the current economy and because of the financial standings/credit rating of Sony as a brand, that is indeed the way things are in the world today...

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#49

TheRealThanos commented on Japanese Prime Minister Says the Country's Eco...:

@Einherjar Interesting point about Dutch and German. It does seem somewhat similar to me as well, although my Dutch is now fluent while German grammar honestly still baffles me. Still have to wonder what the deal is with the Dutch and the other countries expecting them to speak their language as well, though...

On topic: nice to know that my idea about this isn't too harsh since you largely think along the same lines.

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#50

TheRealThanos commented on Japanese Prime Minister Says the Country's Eco...:

@Einherjar You're welcome. But as far as the Dutch are concerned, I believe it is more their experience that Germans in general, and some other people like the French and Italians sort of refuse to speak another language, the exception like you of course neglected. From my own experience with the Dutch that is largely due to them being tired of people in other countries always expecting them (apparently) to speak their language, because the Dutch are known to speak more than their own language and to be honest, Dutch isn't an easy language for a foreigner to learn. I speak and write it fluently now, but I have been living here for almost 30 years now, so I feel that people are allowed to expect that from me...
As for Jim Steling: you make it sound more and more interesting, so I'll definitely look into it, and objectivity is a very good thing, I would almost say that it is the holy grail of debating, since we all have our own opinion, rightfully or not (because some people on here are so off the mark, they would hardly be visible on a reality radar) and it is difficult to set that aside or to truly consider another one's points before blindly countering them if you don't agree and just want to make your point without accepting that no one is right all the time. Personally I think that on NLife, and I mention it every now and then in my comments as you may have seen, a LOT of people confuse their own opinions with fact, and besides it being enormously irritating it is also very shortsighted and stupid, although I also suspect some people are not even aware that they are doing it, so you can't blame them. Don't know if it is an intelligence or grammar thing, but either way it is so simple to show that it is only your opinion and not a fact by starting your sentence with "I find/think that" or "in my opinion"" instead of saying "this IS stupid" or something similar.