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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 Editorial: The eShop's Pricing Dilemma is the ...:

The summary I get from 80% of comments, give or take, is that it's capitalism, supply and demand, that's the way it is. I get that, I ended the article by stating I'm a hopeless idealist, after all!

I think my observations stand up, but there are no easy solutions and, I gather, the majority don't want or expect any change.

As someone who, as a teenager (I'm now 30), dreamt of forging a successful creative career, and having done a bit of publishing with eBooks where I tried to promote sensible pricing, I'm well aware of the 'realities'.

The fact is that the creative markets have been royally screwed by the digital age in the last decade. It's not fair, but it seems that it's 'economics'. Sucks to be a creative, unless you're in the 0.1% that go viral and make millions. A far cry from past times, that's my main point. Ultimately, we'll get the products we 'demand', we may just look at them and be dissatisfied in years to come.



ThomasBW84 commented on Capcom's Spring Sale Offers Up Six eShop Disco...:

@Applewithasn I certainly recommend Revelations, I rate it highly. If you have a Circle Pad Pro or New Nintendo 3DS XL then the portable version is a good affordable option; if not it may be worth putting down the extra for the Wii U version. Both are great, but I think having dual stick controls makes a real difference. On 3DS the 3D and immersion (with headphones) is great, while it's nice playing in HD on the Wii U as well :)



ThomasBW84 commented on Feature: The Key Details on Splatoon, Nintendo...:

@The__Goomba Yeah, you have a choice of two maps at a time, and they'll change them every four hours, as you say. This seems to me like a way to take a bit of load off servers by limiting the choice; it's slightly disappointing but I don't personally think it's the end of the world.



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.