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Editor, gamer and bookworm

Male, 30, United Kingdom

Features editor of Nintendo Life since August 2011, editor since March 2014; love video games and Nintendo. I've previously completed two degrees in Literature and the History of the Book, which haven't been helpful at all...

Fri 28th August, 2009

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ThomasBW84 commented on First Impressions: Hands On With Playtonic's Y...:

Glad to see lots of people are excited :)

On the "looks like a Unity game" comment, I was mainly trying to make the point that it wouldn't have surprised me if they'd said it was a custom engine, was my only point. I think it's because I watch the PC Indie scene a bit that I feel there's a 'look' to a lot of Unity games.

Poorly worded though, as I know a lot of devs do a great job with Unity to make unique visuals. Teslagrad etc.



ThomasBW84 commented on Editorial: Why We Don't Plan to Provide Furthe...:

@Kirk That's fair, sure. I'm not going to fib and say I've trawled through everything that came out of it, we just felt that after the hornets nest it became the last time out it wasn't worth getting into this time. The web seemed to be swarmed with petty nonsense last time, private conversations used against people for no obvious goal other than a bit of gossip. It almost got a film cancelled, too, but I'm not getting into all that here!

I'm not against (personally now, this isn't NL talking) some of what Wikileaks and other leakers have done in the past, and fully supported (personally) all the stuff with Edward Snowden, for example. It's always a tricky area. With the Sony stuff, its goals were clearly less about revealing public interest truths and more about screwing over those that had made a decision unpopular with some.

As for this article, it's really just to be clear so we don't have a lot of people asking why X wasn't reported from these emails, saving people time :) When it comes to rumours, leaks and where they've come from it's a case by case thing in terms of what we run, completely ignore or tackle in this way. With this case we've decided to pass on sharing these particular emails, opting to just explain why.



ThomasBW84 commented on Editorial: Why We Don't Plan to Provide Furthe...:

@rjejr My comment on the importance of the emails was an aside, to be honest, in hindsight I shouldn't have bothered with that paragraph. Ultimately, we just wanted to be clear, as when we've ignored specific rumours or leaks in the past we get many people asking what's up. So it's just clarity.



ThomasBW84 commented on Guitar Hero Live Won't Work With Your Old Gear...:

@rjejr Very surprised. I'd ignored the leaks etc on the basis it had, in my mind, a snowball's chance in hell of coming to Wii U, so I'm pleasantly surprised.

I'm pretty unconvinced by the reveal trailer though, mixing Sega CD style FMV for (presumably) a small number of tracks, and SingStar-style playing over music videos for the rest. The old formula was just dandy, but they clearly decided it was broken.



ThomasBW84 commented on Community Interview: Affordable Space Adventur...:

@rjejr To give a little context to that Nifflas answer, he's said in interview with us in the past (and I'm paraphrasing) that he feels violence gets more of a 'pass' in age ratings and with some parents than bad language, and doesn't necessarily feel that should be the case.

Just giving a bit more context, not having a go :)



ThomasBW84 commented on The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth Developers Talk ...:

@Quorthon I think you're reading a lot into my calls for readers to be respectful of each other. I've aware it's complicated, but I wasn't exactly writing a thesis.

@everyone For the sake of our moderators I ask everyone to stay on topic (a game coming out on the eShop) and show a bit of common sense about what's sensible for a conversation on a Nintendo website and what isn't. If too many off-topic posts are shared that make life too difficult for our moderators I'll simply lock the comments. Freedom of speech goes as far as readers feeling welcome and this being a safe place for people to read about Nintendo games. When it goes beyond that then we shut it down. Call it censorship if you want, though you'll be missing the point if you do.

I'll consult with the moderators, and lock comments if they feel that's the solution. Consider this a final warning.



ThomasBW84 commented on The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth Developers Talk ...:

@PvtOttobot I'm not on the moderating team, and haven't been following this thread. The best thing to do is the report any comments you feel are overstepping the mark. The moderators then get email notifications and deal with them accordingly.

Without delving into the comments (I'll leave that to the moderation team) it's important that we respect each other's views without being disrespectful. It's not complicated or difficult.



ThomasBW84 commented on Nintendo Direct Confirmed for 1st April, With ...:

@AlienX I know how the Wii downloads work, and the fact they're the simplest option suggests that Ninty isn't going to go nuts and mess about too much. Fair play on the GBA comment above though, with the smoothing effect etc.

I ultimately think the 'leak' is nonsense but, hey, if it's actually correct then it'll be a fascinating Direct! Ultimately a few parts of it didn't seem right, and it wasn't from a reliable source. Goodness knows if we'd reported it we'd have been fairly slammed, so damned whatever choice we make! Some of it was obvious stuff, so it'll be 'right' in a few cases.

In any case, we'll know soon enough!



ThomasBW84 commented on Reminder: This is Your Last Day to Register Pr...:

@Grumblevolcano Hm, I'm interpreting the official page which, to be honest, isn't worded that well.

"April 1st 2015: From this date, Nintendo will no longer include product registration cards with its packaged games, so such products cannot be registered in Club Nintendo. You may still find product registration cards in games that were in stock before this date, however.
April 20th 2015: Termination of the registration of digital products downloaded from Nintendo eShop. Digital products obtained from Nintendo eShop after this date will no longer appear in the My Registered Games & Systems page in Club Nintendo. In addition, surveys for download software titles will no longer be available."

Sadly it's not explicit in when the deadline ends, like it is in the 20th April bullet point referencing downloads specifically. I've interpreted in a way that plays safe in case today is the last day for registration card codes.



ThomasBW84 commented on Nintendo Direct Confirmed for 1st April, With ...:

@BarryDunne I feel it was the guesswork of a fan, and we couldn't report on it as it was a comment posted on YouTube, so I'm afraid there was no credibility there.

Some of what it said was possible (again, good guesses!) but the N64 being upscaled was a big red alarm for me.



ThomasBW84 commented on Talking Point: The Legend of Zelda on Wii U Ma...:

@King_Stannis Erm, ok...

Anyhoo, it'll be interesting to see what else is coming to the Wii U that we don't know about; as I said in the article, Captain Toad was shown at E3 last year and arrived in 2014, and like many others I suspect a Direct is very close. There'll still be surprises, so that's exciting.

In any case I've aimed to be balanced. I thought Zelda would have been a big play for Nintendo in the Holiday season, but now it'll have to focus its Wii U marketing efforts elsewhere. It'll be interesting!



ThomasBW84 commented on Poll: Vote For Your Ten Must-Play Games On Nin...:

@Curly_Brace Ah, I see what's happening. The votes are tallying correctly, but it's counting each check box as a single vote even when part of a group. In other words, even if half of everyone votes for one of the Zelda games, for example, the percentage it's showing is much lower because of the way it's calculating it.

Don't worry though, in the back-end I have precise numbers, so can pick out the top 10 with no hassle :)



ThomasBW84 commented on Poll: Vote For Your Ten Must-Play Games On Nin...:

@Wouwter I'm mainly referring to the comments about eShop games, which I tried to explain in the article, but a number of people commented without seeing / reading what I've written. We actually did things this way to support the eShop down the road with its own focus, so the intention was the opposite of disregarding download games.

I'll be counting votes for those that were missed, of course, annoyed with myself that I missed Rhythm Thief!



ThomasBW84 commented on Poll: Vote For Your Ten Must-Play Games On Nin...:

I'll count the various comments for Rhythm Thief / Code of Princess / Style Savvy / Zero Escape as votes. It was never going to cover everything unfortunately, but I'll be sure to include them when the 10 is taken.

@RupeeClock - It'll be there when we do an eShop equivalent in June, it's just down to interpretations!

@Wouwter - Initially I was doing 50 with 40 retail and 10 eShop, but that didn't seem fair. Then I remembered the eShop didn't launch until June 2011, and this is really to celebrate the 4th Anniversary of the 3DS. Not arbitrary, ironically it was a call we made to try and give the eShop its full due when it turns four, with its own hefty list.

It's funny that in trying to accommodate the eShop for its own day in the sun, I'm getting flamed!



ThomasBW84 commented on Review: Xenoblade Chronicles 3D (New Nintendo ...:

@TimeGuy "Considering how rare and expensive the home console original can be in some regions, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is a fantastic option. It delivers a technical marvel in producing this sizeable experience on a portable, with only minor detail lost visually, a framerate comparable to that on Wii - always sufficient for gameplay, albeit with some drops - and some nice stereoscopic 3D to enjoy."

I think after four years of 3DS most games qualify as having decent 3DS, but I did confirm this has stereoscopic 3D. It frustrates me when games are 2D only, so I normally have a line in there to acknowledge its presence :)



ThomasBW84 commented on Review: Xenoblade Chronicles 3D (New Nintendo ...:

@Spoony_Tech I'm pretty sure I said somewhere (might have been in a feature, not the review) that I'd LOVE Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate on Wii U.

They are rather different though. In MH4U you can jump on and do a quest or two in less than half an hour, whereas Xenoblade is rather different. As I've said, you can dip in to try and tackle some sub-quests etc, but I think its natural home is on the TV.

Not a criticism of the port though, which is excellent. As an individual option this New 3DS one is great, and I did ultimately give it the same score as I gave the Wii original.



ThomasBW84 commented on Editorial: Nintendo's Heading For a Period of ...:

@Geonjaha Not what I'm saying at all :)

I'm saying we should see where it goes and make decisions on our individual relationships with Nintendo depending on what happens. I'll be giving it a whirl anyway.

If you don't want to give it that chance though, that's your prerogative!



ThomasBW84 commented on Editorial: Nintendo's Heading For a Period of ...:

Some good debate here, I think with this now being a reality we are at least - as fans - beyond the stage of will they/won't they.

As I've said a few times, I think there'll be a few bumps, possibly big ones, and definitely mistakes. How the overall strategy progresses will be the key thing.

Great to read the debate in the comments though, so thanks everyone :)