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American/Dutch halfblood

Male, 44,

Nothing wrong with your eyes: I'm a 44yo gaming dinosaur. Started gaming at 5yo (Atari2600). Used to play NES/SNES at a cousins', but never owned any. Had an Amiga500 & GBC, after that my 1st console: N64. Besides Dreamcast & Xbox360 I own most Nintendo systems, because of the 'Nintendo difference'.

Fri 19th October, 2012

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TheRealThanos commented on Hands On: Wii U GameCube Controller Adapter:

@Morph Probably not much by itself, but I can understand if people have been using GameCube controllers ever since the second Smash Bros game, that they are either used to that or prefer that control method. The fact that Nintendo acknowledges that by making a piece of kit for people to be able to do so, shows that the concept definitely has some merit.

As for me personally, I do like the pro controller(s) but I also still prefer the GameCube controller over all other Nintendo controllers, regardless of whatever game I play.



TheRealThanos commented on Video: Teenagers Try Their Hand at the Origina...:

@JellySplat Yeah, I was wondering about that. Comments I've seen from you in the past certainly were more lighthearted. And don't worry about working through your moods. I suspect you have quite a few years ahead of you to make something of that. But no offense taken, though; I'm still relaxed... ;)
(must be my Californian heritage)

Thanks for this, a pleasant surprise indeed. (because somewhere in the back of my mind I was still expecting another stiff reply)
I always hope to inspire or at the very least show others that, even on the internet, where it's so easy to anonymously stomp people into the ground (even if in real life you wouldn't be able to put a dent in a soap bubble) it is possible to make your point without refraining to certain language. I saw some other guy (calls himself Sadodi) get banned because of that a day ago in the "I'll Take Zelda And Mario Over Sharing Call Of Duty With Sony And Microsoft, Says Reggie Fils-Aime" article. Apparently he wasn't able to constrain himself. Seems totally useless to me since you win nothing...

Anyway, I'm sure I'll see you around here again since we both like gaming and specifically the stuff that Nintendo brings to the table, so until then. (tips hat)



TheRealThanos commented on Video: Teenagers Try Their Hand at the Origina...:

@JellySplat Negative impression of you? Nah, you'd need to do way more than this to achieve that, but you do seem to be a bit too acidic/sarcastic for someone your age. At my age you tend to get a lot more relaxed about things, which you may have noticed from my earlier comments and probably will notice when you yourself will get to that point.

I wouldn't be able to comment on many other Teens react videos, as I've only seen the few posted here and they were okay and mildly entertaining to me, but maybe you have a point there, I don't know.

As for the whole peer argument: I didn't mean to imply that you're equally "idiotic" or whatever as these teens, but based purely on age they are of your generation and that was all I meant to say, so no need to feel insulted by that.

So, I don't have you "pinned" nor do I care to. And even though you're young, it would be nice to see you react to my comments in a less personal way, seeing as I DO assume that you have manners and a brain. My comments were not intended in a negative way, they were just observations so I would appreciate getting the same treatment from you in return. I've always learned that you don't disrespect people for no reason, whatever age they are. And (unless they insult me) I'm always polite to older people, especially ones that are old enough to be my parent... ;)



TheRealThanos commented on Expect To See More Spin-Off Titles Like Hyrule...:

I'm a bit baffled at all the confusion here. It is actually quite simple, so all you people mixing Nintendo titles are completely off course. Just take Hyrule Warriors as an example and go from there. That means that there will be NON-Nintendo games featuring Nintendo characters.

And making several Warriors games is of course the dumbest suggestion, and one that no self-respecting Wii U owner should accept. "Yeah, great idea, let's turn every Nintendo franchise into a Dynasty Warriors game". Oh, man....



TheRealThanos commented on Video: Teenagers Try Their Hand at the Origina...:

@JellySplat Then don't watch or choose the other ones that you do like with the smaller kids. I just watched it again and to me they're just average kids, and not all of them are as game savvy as we probably are and yes, some have a bit of a (staged) attitude, probably coming from them getting more and more exposure on the REACT channel, but still I see no reason to send in the Spanish inquisition, as some of you seem to want to do.
I'm 44yo myself and to me all kids that age act dumb, rash or thoughtless to some extent or another but since I've been like that myself I'm certainly not going to blame them for it.

P.S. a peer is a person of the same age, status, or ability as another specified person, in this case you, and I'm pretty sure these teens are in or near your age category, so what I said before still applies...



TheRealThanos commented on Video: Teenagers Try Their Hand at the Origina...:

@JellySplat so basically, you hate your peers...
@PAppleyard Actually, they were playing something old. ;)
@OneBagTravel If you feel that way that is your opinion and that is fine, but I think that the description you gave is rather derogatory and/or insulting. Why not look at it as something that is mildly entertaining? And in varying degrees, seeing as not every video they post can cater to everyone's taste.
There are a lot of video's/channels to be found on YouTube that are far (and I mean FAR) more worthy of terms such as click bait because these actually do "cater to the lowest common denominator". As far as I'm concerned, and I'm pretty sure many others as well, calling out these videos definitely SHOULD be frowned upon. It's just kids having fun, is all, ffs... (or, for the sake of factual perspective: adults having a bit of mild fun subjecting kids/teens to things from their own youth)
Don't like it, don't watch it. Simple.



TheRealThanos commented on I ♥ Virtual Console: Monster Party Is The Wa...:

@Cosats First off: there's no need for you to correct anybody since no mistake was made, either by NLife or anyone commenting on this article. Secondly, what I was trying to make you understand is that because of it's origins, it is only natural for NLife to report on things Halloween related, and that has NOTHING to do with the fact that it isn't celebrated in other countries.

Every country probably has some festivity or other that isn't celebrated in the rest of the world. It is both pretty obvious and quite useless to point that out, but you seem to be pretty much set to stick to your guns.



TheRealThanos commented on I ♥ Virtual Console: Monster Party Is The Wa...:

@Cosats No, it was an "educational piece" about a game that was never played by most of us. And I'd sooner say it's a "did you know?" or trivia video since it doesn't do all that much to educate, especially on the topic of Halloween...
And seeing as this is an English site it isn't all that strange that they report on Halloween. They also take into account the many American subscribers, which is a nice thing.



TheRealThanos commented on Former Sega of America Marketing Director Divu...:

The thing that most people that like the awful name "Miles Prower" (which as a pun is probably THE lamest joke I've EVER heard of) seem to miss is that most names point to the character's actions, strong suit or appearance.
Sonic = (super)sonic runner
Knuckles = fighter/strong
Tails = has multiple tails and uses them to fly
It's pretty logical...
To me it is beyond strange that Sonic as a name would be alright for most people but Tails somehow doesn't suffice? Utter weirdness and worth a shake of the head or two...
Miles would be a name only fit for a turtle...
Glad I wasn't really into Sega back then because it would have seemed as ridiculous to me then as it does now and actually knowing this now kind of spoils the character for me.
Luckily I learned to appreciate Sega years later because of the Dreamcast, so in the end it was all good...



TheRealThanos commented on Mad Men Football Shows Off Its New N64-Inspire...:

@Tops I think that If you had read our previous comments the way we intended them, then the message should come across that the expectation argument stands for the purpose that we used it for. But thanks for giving your point of view, though.
Let's look at it this way: all developers have to start somewhere and there are plenty of developers that made a good first game, so why wouldn't we reserve judgment? This is like convicting someone for murder without having enough facts to make it even possible to pass such a verdict.
Simply put: objectively speaking, we need more evidence (like real trailers, not this slide show and something playable or fit for a preview)...



TheRealThanos commented on Mad Men Football Shows Off Its New N64-Inspire...:

@MikeLove Actually, it is VERY debatable, at least if you're an open minded soul. I don't know if you are in any way involved with making games yourself or not, cause that would be another reason to not pass judgment since none of us know (unless you're in the game development business) what can be done in what time scale and from what I've read before he's only a one man team and had to call in help from others to even get it going. And then there's the waiting for approval from Nintendo: who knows how long that took? And is he working full time on this or does he have a "regular" job besides game development? For all we know it may be a hobby that has gotten out of hand...
So, I still say that such a definitive verdict as "it WILL be cr@p" can't be made in any reasonable manner, since this (admittedly underwhelming) trailer is all we have to go on and nothing playable is present as of yet.
It makes me sad that people are so often so quick to judge nowadays if they see something that doesn't appeal to them right away. Whether it's the art style of a game, the story or the characters in it. A lot of games, on Nintendo systems too, could be named as example and almost always the preemptive judgment would be that a game deemed so horrible for whatever reason could never be any good. History has proven complainers wrong time and again. But instant gratification seems to be king now and one of the symptoms of that is hordes of people condemning certain styles of graphics because they think that is the most important part of what makes a game good... :(
Therefore, even besides my own opinion, we simply can't say for a fact that this is going to be bad: It can go either way. That you choose to believe in the worst possible outcome from the get go is your opinion and you're welcome to it, but I'll reserve my judgment until the game is actually out.
If by then it actually proves to be horrible, I'll gladly acknowledge that you were able to predict the future correctly and I'll trade in my crystal ball for one that actually works... ;)



TheRealThanos commented on Mad Men Football Shows Off Its New N64-Inspire...:

@MikeLove But you see: THAT is exactly the point. He is NOT comparing the games but the expectations, both examples being the exact opposite of the scale (this game expected to be crap, the others expected to be groundbreaking and all but the eighth wonder of the world), but equally ridiculous in comparison. Everything else has already been said. Don't know in what other way I could explain this to you. You either get it or you don't.

Also, no one said that this game is going to be great, he just said "let's wait and see what the future brings". That to me is FAR more reasonable than giving a final verdict on a product that isn't anywhere NEAR the final stage of development.

And we agreed on Watch Dogs and Destiny being entertaining, they just weren't nearly as stellar and innovating as promised, so we can lay that point to rest, methinks...



TheRealThanos commented on Mad Men Football Shows Off Its New N64-Inspire...:

@MikeLove You seem to be unable to get what @kyuubikid213 is ACTUALLY pointing at, and that is NOT that this game is "equal" to Watch Dogs or Destiny. It's about the expectations coming out BEFORE any of these games were launched.

People knew next to NOTHING about the gameplay, story and graphics (well, maybe not that last one, taking into account the plethora of trailers and teasers) but these two triple A games were praised into the heavens WAY before being released and were advertised as the be all and end all of gaming and it is VERY clear by now that even though they do have a certain entertainment value, they certainly did NOT live up to their promise AT ALL.
Just take a look here for example:
And there's more criticism to be found all over the internet on well reputed media/sites as well. The negatives by FAR outweigh the positives so he has a point naming these games as examples. It's almost always the same with these things. It brings to mind examples such as Fable and similar offerings that promised far more than they could ever deliver. And nothing much has changed since, but for prettier graphics (except for Minecraft which looks like sh** too, but it is still VERY playable so that should be an indicator that this game might be okay eventually as well, even with "N64 style" graphics... ;) )

Now this game here is far from finished too. It may very well end up being rubbish, but for all we know it could actually end up being fun to play. None of us has a crystal ball so we can't predict the future, which is why it isn't really a very strange thing to say that judgement should perhaps be reserved until the product actually lands on the console and is playable or gets previews/reviews from professional gaming sites....



TheRealThanos commented on Review: Bayonetta 2 (Wii U):

@midnafanboy Completely agree with you, but that is what you get when people "forget" to read all the comments and just skip them to answer the one that they feel the need to correct. Unfortunately this happens way too often...



TheRealThanos commented on Video: Footage Surfaces of Cancelled Wii Star ...:

Aw man, this sucks. Wish I hadn't watched these, because now I want something that is never going to happen. What with all the licenses for the franchise having changed and what not and our friends at EA being the party responsible for making most (if not all) of the upcoming games, the chances of seeing anything Star Wars related on a Nintendo console in the near future are truly less than zero... :(



TheRealThanos commented on Video: Let's Play Mario Kart 8 With Lydia:

Aw, shucks... this really takes the sting out of things when you win a match and want to use the "you play like a girl" comment... ;)

But seriously:
@Quorthon: solid comments, thumbs up.
@Darknyht #43 A VERY thoughtful comment too. (tips hat)
@yoko19191 I think that more than half of your target audience isn't mature enough to even know what misogyny means, so maybe you should address them in simpler terms...



TheRealThanos commented on Nintendo 64x64: Perfect Dark:

@Darknyht Do you mean the Xbox360 version on disc, or the high-res downloadable remake? If you mean the first I would agree, because even though it obviously had better graphics than the N64 version, the gameplay wasn't anywhere NEAR as good as the original. Don't know what went wrong there, but something definitely did...



TheRealThanos commented on Video: Aqua Moto Racing Utopia Footage Breaks ...:

I think I'll pass on this one: I agree with everyone that says that something about this title just looks really off, on several levels as far as I'm concerned. The water seems strangely synthetic and too viscous and/or unresponsive (missing huge splashes and waves), the jet ski physics seem too light and they don't really seem to make contact with the various surfaces in the way they should. Besides that the music is horrible too. This actually makes Wave Race Blue Storm on GameCube look good. The water was way more realistic, and the gameplay and controls were spot on. The fact that a game that clearly wants to be Wave Race being released so many years later can't even equal that quality on better hardware is either a testament to the prowess of the people behind Wave Race or a typical example of how cloned wannabe games just never quite seem to get it right...
Just look at what an HD update of Wave Race Blue Storm could look like on Wii U:

(fast forward to the 4:10 mark if you want to skip the tutorial)
And that is just upscaling. If they'd add some of the effects they used on the Wind Waker remake, it would look even better.
And here's a nice and recent review of this title:



TheRealThanos commented on Ocarina of Time gets a 2D Makeover:

Interesting. I'm digging into my memory like crazy because of this clip since I can't remember the tree saying "yes, I'll kick the bucket soon" in the N64 original. Maybe I'm wrong but it seems so out of place in between all of the "ye olde" English lingo used...



TheRealThanos commented on Warlocks Battles For Final Funding Push, With ...:

@ThomasBW84 Well, I seem to be one of the unlucky recipients of comments being removed, and not just some, but ALL of my most recent comments as well as the reactions to them from people I was talking to. Just out of curiosity: shouldn't there have been a fail safe in place to prevent exactly such an issue? When major work is done on a server park this is more than likely one of the things one could expect to happen, so preventive measures could have been taken.
One other question, totally unrelated: I've sent an item to your news department about the latest Fast Racing Neo screenshots released by Shin'en, but that is almost a week ago now and I was wondering why it hasn't been posted here yet, while numerous other sites have long since reported on it. Is it not news worthy enough for NLife, and if not, what are the criteria?


Looks like an okay game, but not nearly as "epic" as they themselves think it is. Also seeing someone presenting a promotional video in his boxer shorts lying on a couch in a semi-uninterested pose doesn't do much to raise my interest in this game.
And some of the others need to learn where to look when the camera is pointed at them... ;)



TheRealThanos commented on Guide: New Nintendo 3DS - Everything We Know S...:

@Kurtz Old people? On this site they don't come much older than me (check the profile) but I can see how commenting or reading articles on a website take a backseat when you have your hands full like that. As for the truthers, I hope you understand that I only "enjoyed" it for comedic value and have no real interest in them.


Martian time does not account for the huge difference: it's actually only 39 minutes longer... ;)



TheRealThanos commented on Hyperkin Responds To Accusations Of Infringing...:

@Prime That's your opinion (sounded a bit harsh though, or that's just me) and I respect that, but a lot of people either don't have all these consoles (anymore), are only just now getting interested in retro gaming and/or have some defective consoles lying around and not enough money to get them all fixed. This is then the cheaper option and like I said: because you can use your original cartridges and controllers you would never know the difference if you wouldn't be able to see the box your cartridges will be sticking out of. The difference is only in your mind and is, in my humble opinion a bit too much of a purist mindset. It's simply a good solution for some of us and we should probably see it as such. And it's also nice to have all these extra graphics modifying options on a modern TV as well, because most old consoles look like doggeypoop on a full HD TV without something done to the picture.
If you still have all your consoles in working order (as I have) then this isn't necessary, but for quite a few people this is a nice solution, also to save space by only having to place one console instead of five underneath your TV set.

As for Nintendo not supporting this: well, Hyperkin has been doing this for quite a few years now and this is their fifth console, so if Nintendo or any other party that they offer support for would have taken offense to it, I doubt they would have waited until now. Actually, Nintendo probably doesn't mind all that much because you will still have to get peripherals and cartridges, which is legal, so using a console like the Retron 5 will actually stop a certain percentage of people pirating their older software.



TheRealThanos commented on Bayonetta on Wii U Bewitches as the Best Version:

@Dezzy Yeah... you could focus on that, OR you could look at it as we (or rather: developers & publishers) should and take this as an excellent example of the fact that good ports are indeed possible on Wii U instead of all the buggy, handicapped sh** we've been getting from other companies.

Complaining or being sarcastic is always easier than looking for the positives...



TheRealThanos commented on Nintendo Confirms Development of Games That Wi...:

@Beetlejuice As for the first point: the whole uprising (since it's not just you, so please don't take it personally) seems to focus on everything that we can NOT do and also on the premise that people that have a 2DS/3DS/3DS XL would want to play ALL of these enhanced games. In my direct surroundings of friends and family there's about 12 people, mostly children, that have a 3DS and I know of only ONE person that would be interested in Xenoblade on 3DS and that is me so the rest could care less about missing out on that game.

Moving on: if you don't see how the dropping backwards compatibility is an opposite/reverse model of locking out some games and therefore has similar repercussions for gamers (especially if you only trade in your console/handheld but want to keep your games) then I would suggest we drop that point and agree to disagree because apparently we aren't going to see eye to eye on that one.

I do like your 32x comparison though, albeit that the 3DS situation is still slightly different since it is a standalone solution and obviously the 32x was an add-on. Removing the genesis would make the 32x useless but the new 3DS can play all your games.

A small side note before I get to the second point: I would kindly suggest you to refrain from using any derogatory terminology towards me such as "delusional", since I have used none towards you either (at least not intentionally, if you perceived any of my comments as such) so let's play nice.

As for your second point/the quote, that means nothing to me:
I'm 44yo and I've been an IT marketing and sales professional for almost 14 years now and I smell marketing lingo from a mile away and that is exactly what it is.
In no way does it mean that games won't run smoother, it could very well mean that in saying "the gameplay and graphics for these titles will not change" he is simply pointing out that the extra controls won't be used and that no extra features such as Miiverse will be implemented, because that would make a game different. Having a slightly better frame rate will not alter a game, and therefore it would not be different.

If an Expansion Pak in an N64 automatically made games run better, if more RAM and a better CPU makes a PC work better, then more RAM and a better CPU in the 3DS will also do something, no matter how little, to improve things. Maybe it's just the loading times which has been officially confirmed, but I wouldn't be surprised if there is some benefit to the frame rate as well.

And I don't know why you included the graphics part in your emboldened quote, but once again: I've already said that I'm not expecting graphics to improve in older games, so we can leave that one out from now on. I also never said that I believed that it would. Performance in and of itself has nothing to do with graphics, case in point being the N64 Expansion Pak that also improved frame rate in a lot of games without upgrading the resolution.



TheRealThanos commented on Nintendo Confirms Development of Games That Wi...:

@Beetlejuice No offense but I have no idea how you come up with these numbers. From actually calculating the difference from going from a sweet spot that only covers about 20% - 24% of the screen (the area size in which the 3D effect is still clearly visible without distortions) at any one time to a 3D effect that will remain sharp no matter what angle you view the screen from is a MASSIVE improvement, even if the screen resolution stays the same. It is even besides opinion, because it is a fact so it will remain so regardless of what we think about it.
If I take my current 3DS and tilt it horizontally to any one side, the effect is already distorted within the space of a couple degrees of tilting.

As for the possible firmware upgrade to use the extra controls: I clearly said SOME games, not ALL older games and it actually is a very viable option so I certainly wouldn't be surprised if it happens, seeing as rumors about such an option keep popping up everywhere. Of course I fully understand that it could also not happen, but I wouldn't go so far as to downright dismiss it, since neither of us actually knows, I'm just suggesting that it is an option, not a fact that it will be coming...

Same goes for older games performing better on the new 3DS. Not in terms of graphics, which I never said, but because of the improved CPU (and RAM), games may run smoother and as has already been officially confirmed, loading times will improve, so why not frame rate? Once again: it is a possible option, not a certainty, so you can't just dismiss it without further proof or knowledge that it isn't so.

As for me comparing to Microsoft/Sony and backwards compatibility:
Good point on the newer Wii models, forgot about those. I never upgraded to any of these other models, so I stuck with the original.
The point though, was that all companies do stuff like that and there actually are similarities: removing backwards compatibility altogether or locking out certain games of certain hardware are simply two sides of the same coin, or rather two opposite models of the same solution, albeit that one of the two upgrades offers more benefits than the other. (guess which one)

The point about the circle pad and/or the extra shoulder buttons is not to look at the negatives but acknowledge the fact that you don't HAVE to use them and that because of them being incorporated in a model the exact same size, they are NOT in the way: instead they are readily available in case you do need them in a game, instead of having to carry around a bulky Circle Pad Pro that you have to attach and remove every time.

Finally, the Expansion Pak on the N64 worked like a charm and really did improve some games in a big way. Perfect Dark is a good example, as well as Donkey Kong 64, Zelda Majora's Mask and Star Wars Episode 1 Racer.

And as for the "few" games that supported the Expansion Pak, here's the complete list of games that supported it:

  • 007: The World is Not Enough
  • Aidyn Chronicles: The First Mage
  • All-Star Baseball 2000
  • Army Men: Sarge's Heroes
  • Army Men: Sarge's Heroes 2
  • Battlezone: Rise of the Black Dogs
  • Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness
  • Command and Conquer
  • Cyber Tiger
  • Donald Duck: Goin' Quackers
  • Duke Nukem: Zero Hour
  • Excitebike 64
  • F-1 World Grand Prix 2
  • Fifa '99
  • Gauntlet Legends
  • Hybrid Heaven
  • Hydro Thunder
  • Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine
  • Indy Racing 2000
  • International Superstar Soccer 2000
  • International Track & Field 2000
  • Jeremy McGrath Supercross 2000
  • John Romero's Daikatana
  • Ken Griffey Jr.'s Slugfest
  • Madden NFL 2001
  • Majora's Mask
  • Mega Man 64
  • NBA Jam 2000
  • Namco Museum 64
  • NFL Quarterback Club '98
  • NFL Quarterback Club '99
  • NFL Quarterback Club 2000
  • NFL Quarterback Club 2001
  • Nuclear Strike 64
  • Pokémon Stadium 2
  • Quake II
  • Rayman 2: The Great Escape
  • Re-Volt
  • Resident Evil 2
  • Road Rash 64
  • Roadsters Trophy
  • San Francisco Rush 2049
  • Shadowgate 64: Trials of the Four Towers
  • Shadow Man
  • Spiderman
  • South Park
  • Star Wars Episode I: Racer
  • Star Wars Episode I: Battle for Naboo
  • Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
  • Stunt Racer 64
  • Supercross 2000
  • Tony Hawk's Pro Skater
  • Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
  • Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3
  • Top Gear Hyper-Bike
  • Top Gear Overdrive
  • Top Gear Rally 2
  • Turok 2: Seeds of Evil
  • Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion
  • Turok: Rage Wars
  • Vigilante 8
  • Vigilante 8: 2nd Offense
  • Xena: Warrior Princess: The Talisman of Fate

So that clearly shows that there were more than enough games that benefited from the Expansion Pak in some way or another, in most cases better frame rate, also in lower resolutions, and for some games the graphics could be switched to high res and had additional or more advanced textures.



TheRealThanos commented on Nintendo Confirms Development of Games That Wi...:

@arnoldlayne83 you're missing my point: get the focus off of the negative and look at what you gain from it, which is a lot and all you need to do is trade in your older model and spend around €100 which you can easily safe in the space of 5 to 6 months. On their PS3, Sony did far worse than Nintendo on it's handhelds, by removing backwards compatibility completely along with OtherOS/Linux support, a big thing for MANY PS3 users worldwide. And now with PS4 those same users are given the "wonderful" option to re-download their PS3 classics by letting them pay AGAIN for games that they already own! And to top that off they may not be the exact games that we want because Sony decides which ones of these are the PS3 classics, so YOUR favorite game may NEVER be available at all...

See? I can do it too. It is SO much easier to focus on the negative but you should always remember that all of these companies that are seemingly out to "hurt us personally", are simply businesses and they HAVE to make money. These additions (and even the omissions) will make them money, plain and simple.
You don't have to buy one: don't like it, don't buy it, but the actual hurt that so many people are imagining and expressing now is in reality almost non-existent, because ALL companies do it, not just console manufacturers...



TheRealThanos commented on Hyperkin Responds To Accusations Of Infringing...:

@DarkLloyd Ehm... this IS the Retron 5 so what ever do you mean by "should I wait for this new thing instead of retron 5"?
@Prime the emulation on most Retron consoles is spot on and for ALL consoles supported, you can plug in the original joypads, so other than your cartridges sticking out of a different plastic box, you won't notice the difference while playing. And the model 5 adds so much more: HDMI support, HD upscaling, screen options such as scan lines to get that "old tv look" and so much more.



TheRealThanos commented on Nintendo Confirms Development of Games That Wi...:

@gravesmeister Exactly. The amount of butthurt in the comments is appalling. It's also a very human thing to complain about things and of course WAY easier than focusing on the positive side of things, most of which I've already explained in my previous comment. (#152)
@arnoldlayne Just imagine this: your current 3DS is still in a very good condition, so you should be able to get around €80 - €100 for it in return. The New 3DS may be priced anywhere in between €180 - €220. And it incorporates the Circle Pad Pro only in such a way that it doesn't make the unit bulkier as the original Circle Pad Pro does (and I have the 3DS XL so in my case adding the cpp would make it humongous)
The cpp costs at least €19 so you'll save that money too and for an additional amount of money that's roughly the same as what you got in return for your old 3DS, you can buy this shiny new one. No one, unless they're unemployed or living on welfare, can make me believe that they can't afford that. If you save a small amount of money each month (say around €15 - €20) you will EASILY be able to buy the new model by the time it arrives in stores.
Like I said to @gravesmeister: why not focus on the positives instead? Better 3D screen, smoother frame rate, bigger games, better graphics, faster loading times, extra buttons, fully backwards compatible with all your current games AND giving you new and exclusive games. What's not to like? To me it's a no-brainer, and I've only had my 3DS XL for a little bit longer than half a year.



TheRealThanos commented on Nintendo Confirms Development of Games That Wi...:

@Beetlejuice #140 Kindly allow me to counter most of the points you made. I have no idea where you got the info from, but surely not from NLife, so it's not what we know so far but more what we guess so far...

First off, you can remove the word "slightly" from your points on the improved CPU and 3D effect: the CPU is quite the upgrade, otherwise a game such as Xenoblade couldn't be played on such a humble handheld, so they must have done something to make a large improvement to preserve the higher frame rate, the better graphics and the expansive world that Xenoblade consists of. Secondly, the 3D is actually vastly improved: it was tested and the original sweet spot (which could be quite infuriating sometimes, especially in the middle of some hectic part of a game) is replaced by a significantly better screen on which the 3D image should remain sharp no matter what angle you view the screen from. That doesn't really sound like "slightly" improved to me...

And your point about other companies not screwing us over is unfortunately only partially true:

This is especially so for users that have a habit of trading in their console when the new one arrives. Although you do have a point that it is a bit of a slap in the face to existing 3DS owners that there will be exclusive games, it is at least fully backwards compatible and will more than likely also improve your experience with existing games so when you trade your current one in for the new one the problem, if any, is gone and you can still play ALL your games and benefit from the new features and games as well.

Now take a look at our friends at Microsoft and Sony: they may not have "locked out" users (boo f***ing-hoo) in the same way, but people that traded in their console soon came to the conclusion that on Xbox slim less of their old Xbox games were playable and on PS3 it was even worse: from the first to the newer model backwards compatibility was ultimately COMPLETELY removed, as well as OtherOS/Linux support, a big thing for quite a lot of people worldwide. Now imagine you had sold your PS2 but kept some of your favorite games, expecting them to work on PS3...

Yep, Sony screwed absolutely no one... ;)

And as for the New 3DS's c-stick: it's not exactly in the way for games that don't support it so what's your gripe with that?
It's a better design than the circle pad pro, and they also added the cpp's two shoulder buttons and I wouldn't be surprised if the New 3DS would get a firmware upgrade somewhere along the line that WILL make it possible to use the extra buttons in some of the older games...



TheRealThanos commented on Guide: New Nintendo 3DS - Everything We Know S...:

@Kurtz Thanks! To me it's only natural to communicate like that with somebody that shows me the same courtesy. And @Ralek is quite a decent guy, so we can stay civil, even if we don't always agree. By the way: how come you've responded so late to this article? Are you behind on reading them or did you create your own backlog? No pun intended, I'm seriously curious.

You even got me curious about this David Icke fella, because I've never heard of him or the other guy you mentioned.
I can honestly tell you that after reading the first bit of text I came across, I was already done with it. I mean, seriously:
"British author exposes the reptilian bloodline that rules the world. Learn the truth about many people, including the British Royals"

But I do see what you did there... ;)



TheRealThanos commented on SEGA Announces Sand-Based Arcade Game, Probabl...:

@scamander comparing the two videos I'd have to say that you hit the nail on the head perfectly. This seems to be EXACTLY the same as the material that Sega uses, both in appearance and characteristics.
A̶s̶ ̶f̶o̶r̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶q̶u̶e̶s̶t̶i̶o̶n̶ ̶y̶o̶u̶ ̶a̶n̶s̶w̶e̶r̶e̶d̶,̶ ̶t̶h̶a̶t̶ ̶w̶a̶s̶ ̶o̶n̶l̶y̶ ̶p̶a̶r̶t̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶a̶n̶s̶w̶e̶r̶,̶ ̶c̶a̶u̶s̶e̶ ̶i̶t̶ ̶d̶o̶e̶s̶ ̶n̶o̶t̶ ̶e̶x̶p̶l̶a̶i̶n̶ ̶H̶O̶W̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶v̶a̶r̶i̶o̶u̶s̶ ̶s̶u̶r̶f̶a̶c̶e̶s̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶a̶n̶i̶m̶a̶l̶s̶ ̶i̶n̶t̶e̶r̶a̶c̶t̶ ̶w̶i̶t̶h̶ ̶i̶t̶.̶

EDIT: Sorry, that last part wasn't for you, because the question was from @Artwark and you responded to @FubumblR.

How it works, however, is probably more simple than it seems in case you want to know:
The container holding the sand is more than likely surrounded by projectors and sensors at certain positions and heights and they measure height of structures built, thereby "knowing" what the cameras/projectors must display in terms of terrain and animals. This can be done by programming (for example to let the fishes only appear in water and not on land) The effect of this measuring and appropriate displaying of terrains can be seen in the part of the video where the kids make higher structures that end up like mountains where only the bottom is green, purple is in the middle and grey from the rocky surface is displayed only on the top. Same goes for sculpting the sand into rivers and lakes. The programming tells the projectors to display blue/water and fishes once the sand is sculpted into depths lower than where grass and similar layers should be.

@Rafie and @ejvirzi If the sand is indeed the same sort of solution that is shown in the clip that @scamander linked to, then it is coated in polymers, and it automatically repels all dirt and bacteria, so the only thing that will need some serious cleaning from time to time is the container holding the sand; a quick rinse in water will suffice to clean the synthetic sand itself. This could all be done in a few minutes when the arcade is closed for the public. And @ejvirzi the sand is not wet: if you study the video carefully you'll see that it doesn't stick on any surface (or hands) other than itself.


Of course this will never come to Wii U (or any other console for that matter).
This is an arcade exclusive and will never work in any other environment. The whole point of the game is that you sculpt with real tactile matter and in heights (and depths) which is something that no console could ever emulate, unless you'd use the same sand and an add on that mimics the arcade cabinet's sand container. Displaying the sand on a touch screen and manipulating it with a stylus or your index finger totally defeats the purpose and intent of this game.



TheRealThanos commented on Project CARS Wii U Delay Was To Ensure It's As...:

@Action51 the funny thing is that they aren't exactly small fry themselves. They've made quite a few well known racing sims already and they are responsible for the two Need for Speed Shift games. Pretty good racers in their own right. Even if they themselves don't f**** up things, there is of course a chance that Capcom does screw us, but for some reason I don't think so and I also like to believe that. Not totally devoid of reason though, so maybe I will mail them to see if they're still as forthcoming with information at this stage of development...

I wouldn't deign to put them on the same heap as EA and Ubisoft though, both their company structure and way of publishing is totally different and they've always come across as very committed.


They're not MY contacts, anyone can just get in touch with them in general. I wasn't in contact with the same person every time and my colleague the beta tester has also had some contact with them because of him having to give feedback and I sort of used him to put a question from me in between his feedback every now and then.



TheRealThanos commented on Project CARS Wii U Delay Was To Ensure It's As...:

Wow, what a huge load of utterly thoughtless and unfounded comments here. I read them all and will in no particular order comment on what I know. Before I get a lot of flak from people let me explain that one of my colleagues was a beta tester (so he actually paid for the PC beta) and that it is actually very easy to get in touch with Slightly Mad via Twitter or email, and the guys are almost always willing to answer any questions you might have, so I'd say go ahead and find out for yourselves.

Now, as for all the criticism:
The Xbox 360/PS3 versions were dropped simply because they couldn't get the result that they wanted out of it and because it was pretty likely that most owners of those consoles were going to buy the next model anyway so instead of saying versions got entirely cancelled, it would be better and more appropriate to say that the Xbox 360/PS3 versions got moved to their newer siblings in order to make the most out of the game.

Now, as we all know those other two consoles are quite similar to PC's on the inside so people wondering why an Xbox One or PS4 version would be ready sooner than the Wii U version: there's your answer. Porting from the already finished PC version to those two consoles is fairly simple and little optimization is required.

And the whole crowd funding thing is nothing to be angry about if you're a Wii U owner, @Action51, since all funding has been done on PC, NOT on any console. There wasn't any kickstarter or something. Funding was done solely through their "World of Mass Development" website. And besides that, EVERY funder got a beta in return to download to PC, because that was/is also the whole idea behind this game: not only play the beta but also give feedback on what is good, bad and what is missing or what you would like to see in it, both car and track-wise.

As most of you will know the "CARS" in the name of the game is an acronym for "Community Assisted Racing Simulator" so community ASSISTED, not just funded. And the assisting couldn't have been done on consoles so that's why there are only beta testers on PC.

Andy Tudor is a VERY respectable person. Not only is he genuinely forthcoming with information when asked, there also isn't a single bad thing on his resume, in fact he's got quite the reputation in the field of racing sims so why should he be putting himself in a negative light right now over a single version of his current game?

And as for Capcom bombing the Wii U release: if you like to think only negative things, then that could be true to you, but according to me Capcom is hardly in a position to cancel ANY game, let alone a game that can make them some extra money, although seeing the comments here and estimating that NLife isn't the only site that has readers all outraged over this news, the number of sales of the Wii U version will probably be fairly minimal and to me that would be a huge disappointment, because Slightly Mad is a different kind of studio, so they don't deserve all this kind of anti-third party BS.

And for people wondering what the GamePad will be used for: in all applicable race types, the GamePad is your steering wheel with all wheel buttons displayed on the Pad. Just think Formula One detachable steering wheel, which happens to have a similar shape so putting these buttons and dials on the Pad was a given according to Tudor. Other proposed uses were (obviously) a map screen and rear view mirror and there has been talk of a pit crew communication system.

I do agree however that at least some images or footage of the Wii U version could have been shown, but it is what it is so we'll just have to wait and see. I for one am still quite confident that it will be released on Wii U and it will be a day one buy for me.

Maybe I'll try and get some answers again, it's been quite a while since I've emailed them but if I do then I'll promise you all that I will forward the information to NLife for it to be posted here. Should at the very least silence some of the negative Nancy's...