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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
56. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 14, 2017, 06:26 Prez
 
Yes I saw the linked image. I found it interesting, but I also noted that it didn't seem to include consoles from the handheld market. I mention this because if you analyze the advertising the amount of time the Switch is shown docked versus how much it is shown as a mobile device one could make the argument that Nintendo is marketing the device as a handheld first. Given the gaming environment in Nintendo's homeland Japan, where the trend is heavily weighted towards mobile gaming, that would seem fair.

Also, the list doesn't take into account that all consoles are not created equal. The PS4 at launch had better features and more raw power than the Xbox One and yet released $100 cheaper, giving Sony a great advantage early on in the generation for example.

You mention indie games, and I agree embracing that scene would be the single best move Nintendo could make to achieve relevancy and market penetration it needs to be competitive this generation. I also agree that marketing was the single biggest failure of Nintendo with the Wii-U, which really wasn't that bad of a system. I think the lack of really good first party franchise games was a huge failure too. Nintendo has shown in the past that it can be successful without much third party support, but it absolutely has to have good in-house games.

While I have some concerns, as you said Nintendo has been on point with their marketing, already correcting the biggest failure of the Wii-U generation, so there is cause for optimism. I just can't underestimate Nintendo's ability to make horrible decisions from time to time.

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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
54. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 14, 2017, 05:17 Prez
 
There's really no point in using logic with some of these people.

It's been established that $300 is expensive for a console. That you need 4 controllers to play with 2 people. That the new Zelda is shit. That it's normal for consoles to launch with games included. That it's normal for consoles to not charge to use their MP servers. That 2 controllers included with a new console "isn't good enough". That the innovations in the Switch are "technologically backwards". That the semi-short battery life of a portable console is worse than no batteries at all. That the internal storage of 32GB isn't big enough for games sold on cartridges.

Bunch of whiny twats if you ask me. You'd think of ALL new console launches, that the Nintendo one with a new Zelda game would at least bring a small bit of simple joy to gamers. Nope. Shit all over it. Garbage.

I'm not sure you're characterizing the viewpoints that may be counter to yours fairly. $300 is not too much for a console. It may, however, be a bit too much for a Nintendo console for some people in the context for what has been revealed thus far.

Zelda looks great - I haven't really seen anyone dumping on it the way you suggest. But you can't expect unbridled enthusiasm about a game (that no one really knows anything about) from a company that has made some really bad decisions with its most beloved franchises in recent years.

No one suggested that it's normal for all consoles to release with games bundled in at base retail price, but Nintendo is not in a normal position given the unique challenges it is facing releasing a new system in an environment in which they have been consistently one step behind other console manufacturers, have lost a huge amount of relevancy in the console space due to anemic third party support and barely a drip-feed of first party games to keep core fans satisfied, and are releasing it between two new, more powerful versions of current gen consoles that make the landscape far more competitive. I merely suggested that bundling something like the 1-2 mini game collection could give them a much needed boost similar to what happened with the Wii with the charming Wii Sports package.

As far as the 32GB system storage capacity, in the context of a system that purely runs cartridge based games that's probably enough, but presumably Nintendo is going to allow digital game downloads through their online service - frankly I think it would be crazy if they didn't - which, given the size of many games today suddenly renders that 32GB in a completely different light. 32GB is not a lot of space if you are talking downloadable games, and as has already been mentioned, the SD cards present another challenge in the form of much slower performance.

Lastly, on the subject of battery life, the first Switch commercial did show the console being used to play Skyrim on a plane. With under 3 hours of battery life purported for more demanding games it would have to be a fairly short flight, and given the unreasonablly high cost of the extra dock, I shudder to think what an external battery pack would cost.

My kids are grown now so I don't really have a dog in this fight the way I did in the Wii generation, but I have a huge nostalgic soft spot for Nintendo and would really like to see them succeed. And who knows? If Zelda and Mario turn out great, and they revive some of their dormant franchises like Monster Hunter and Metroid, I might even be interested in buying a Switch for myself. But I can't deny that there are some concerning indications that Nintendo may end up repeating a lot of mistakes that have really hurt them recently.

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News Comments > Windows 10 Game Mode Plans
26. Re: Windows 10 Game Mode Plans Jan 14, 2017, 02:25 Prez
 
From a games storefront standpoint, Microsoft is abysmally clueless, as evidenced by the horrid GFWL in the past and now the amazingly awful Wingamestore. On the other hand from an OS standpoint, Microsoft has and continues to provide a solid ecosystem for gaming. I recently bought a mid-range gaming system that came with Windows 10 installed and it runs games excellently. Now I had no problem with my self-built Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 machines, but for the first time in a long time I went the prebuilt route and I'm happily surprised with Windows 10 for gaming. Which is why I'm pretty confident that Game Mode will basically work as advertised and be a decent boon for gaming.

Now if they just abandon their terribly misguided aspirations to turn PC gaming into a locked-down walled garden abomination and vastly improve how they sell and deliver games to the PC I'd be thrilled.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
37. Re: Into the Black Jan 13, 2017, 23:17 Prez
 

right, but the market has already spoken with regards to this, people are just fine paying $50 a year for multiplayer. That's an experiment that's almost 10 years old with xbox live.


People will pay for decent online functionality sure. Nintendo has not been great at all in the online space. As an aside the one free game per month that you lose at the end of the month is terrible in my opinion.




Also the Wii shipped with Wii sports, yes, that was also 10 years ago, and by no means the norm for this industry. The xbox doesn't ship with a game, the Playstation doesn't ship with a game. I can't remember the last time that was brought up as an issue, it's become standard practice.

This is true but Nintendo serves a pretty different market from Sony and Microsoft. There's a HUGE difference in how the Wii and Wii-U performed, mostly due to the Wii serving their market well while the Wii-U failed to do so. Shipping a very novel package such as Wii-Sports with the system was a huge part in getting the Wii off the ground and on its way to its huge success.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
35. Re: Into the Black Jan 13, 2017, 22:42 Prez
 
From my point of view regardless of what system it was originally intended for, a new Zelda game is a system seller. The problem is that while the Switch hardware is pretty cool and will presumably provide some pretty novel functionality for a lot of people, ultimately what makes or breaks any game system is the available software. In this day and age the online ecosystem also plays a role, and based on the reveal conference the Switch has some real problems in both the online and software arena. The Switch itself ships with nothing playable, which to me is a big mistake (not to mention the list of launch titles thus far revealed is woefully inadequate). Wii Sports was included with the Wii and gave the system purpose right out of the box. I have my doubts about whether people will be as keen on paying another $50 on top of the $300 for the system for the "1-2" package of games that looks VERY underwhelming.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 13, 2017, 19:00 Prez
 
Seems like today would have been a perfect day to release the new Friday the 13th game. Missed opportunity.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
30. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 13, 2017, 18:51 Prez
 
Recognizing that I am not at all the target audience for this, I still have to say I find the new Nintendo console reveal incredibly underwhelming. Admittedly it's very early.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 12, 2017, 11:12 Prez
 
Not any surprises on the most hated companies list. I know it was a different list (worst company maybe?), but I used to get such a chuckle out of seeing EA get hammered year after year.  
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News Comments > Diluvion Next Month
1. Re: Diluvion Next Month Jan 10, 2017, 19:58 Prez
 
Well it certainly looks fantastic, but in this day and age, with everything that has happened in the past, it boggles my mind that anyone would pre-order a game. I'll pick it up the day of release if it has a smooth launch with no performance problems.  
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News Comments > World War II Online Coming to Steam
12. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jan 8, 2017, 01:57 Prez
 
Rush job.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
41. Re: Op Ed Jan 2, 2017, 16:32 Prez
 
I find the OP Ed to be ridiculous; self-serving and completely pointless, but really... you kind of need to ask yourself how a guy telling his daughter that a classic Mario game is somehow misogynist and then bragging about it in a silly article affects your life at all. Why get bent out of shape over something so goofy and meaningless? Agree with it or not, is it really worth getting into an argument and hurling insults at each other over?  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 2, 2017, 00:14 Prez
 
Father Mulcahey was such a great character, a standout in a great cast. William Christopher, Thanks for the laughs and rest in peace.  
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News Comments > Steam Top 100 of 2016
15. Re: Steam Top 100 of 2016 Jan 1, 2017, 20:13 Prez
 
Primalchrome what are you doing?!? Posting that you are HAPPY with the sale and the state of PC gaming?!? Don't you know where you are???

On the subject of No Man's Sky, it is not impossible to believe that it is still selling well. It's not really my kind of game, but neither is Euro Truck Simulator but it's selling well. I imagine that the type of gamer interested in the latter might also be interested in the former. Not everyone got caught up in the hype, and despite the game wasn't what was promised, No Man's Sky in its current form may very well appeal to many more casual gamers. Different strokes for different folks and all that.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
18. Re: Op Ed Dec 31, 2016, 23:34 Prez
 
Eirikrautha wrote on Dec 31, 2016, 15:04:
See, this is the problem with interpretive lenses. Any particular lens might give a new perspective on a topic, but at the cost of filtering out other information.

So I'd don't have a problem with looking at female representation in games, just to see where things stand. If a programmer or producer wants to address that information in their game, more power to them.

The problem arises when people become so enamored with a lens (like feminism) that they forget that it is a lens, an imperfect view of the world. Then you get stupidity like this: a desperate attempt to find examples of your pet foibles in anything and everything. This is why most people not married to your lens look at your complaints as moronic... because you have to ignore so much contrary information in order to make everything fit into your lens...

Well said.
 
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News Comments > Steam Award Winners
21. Re: Steam Award Winners Dec 31, 2016, 23:29 Prez
 
Frijoles wrote on Dec 31, 2016, 13:48:
I don't think I voted the same for any of these. I'm out of touch with today's gamer, I guess.

Same. Not a single game I voted for won. Oh well, at least I got the trading cards.
 
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News Comments > Heavy Gear Assault Early Access
11. Re: Morning Mobilization Dec 29, 2016, 22:31 Prez
 
I liked Heavy Gear back in the day; it did enough to set itself apart from the MechWarrior franchise with smaller, more nimble mechs and a cool universe. I'm not so interested in this, being multiplayer only, but I'm really looking forward to the Battletech project that came out of Kickstarter recently. And since someone mentioned Starsiege, that would be awesome to see revived too.  
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News Comments > Crytek Closes Five Studios; Sells Warface?
24. Re: Crytek Closes Five Studios; Sells Warface? Dec 21, 2016, 00:00 Prez
 
Jamil20 wrote on Dec 20, 2016, 23:23:
siapnar wrote on Dec 20, 2016, 20:05:
Prez wrote on Dec 20, 2016, 13:07:
It's a shame nothing really interesting beyond the Crysis series made use of it. Unless I'm missing something?
Only one I can think of is Kingdom Come: Deliverance

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_CryEngine_games

Well I'll be damned! I had no idea that so many games used the Cryengine! Surprised
 
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News Comments > Crytek Closes Five Studios; Sells Warface?
10. Re: Crytek Closes Five Studios; Sells Warface? Dec 20, 2016, 14:46 Prez
 
Beamer wrote on Dec 20, 2016, 13:51:
Prez wrote on Dec 20, 2016, 13:07:
The Crysis games were love 'em or hate 'em kind of games - personally I loved them - but there's no question Crytek made some incredible tech. It's a shame nothing really interesting beyond the Crysis series made use of it. Unless I'm missing something? (And no, I'm not counting Star Citizen because from what I've read CIG has retooled it to the point that it is practically a new engine.)

I also loved Crysis. I think I played 1 & 2. Maybe 3? I remember getting a little tired of it in the middle of the second game, with some tedious passages.

Then again, saying that, I remember the end of the original Far Cry, where you had a sequence requiring you to fight something like 6 rocket mutants at once. I had to "cheat" by pushing a chair in the path of an auto-close door so I could run back halfway through for ammo and health. It... it just wasn't remotely fun.

edit - This part here, if I recall. Not even fun to watch. And wow, I don't remember Far Cry looking that awful.

Same here as far as Far Cry's graphics go - it REALLY didn't age well. I remember the later level with the multiple rocket mutants that you mentioned - I must have died 20 times before I finally beat them. Still, I have fond memories of that game. I just remember it looking much better than that...
 
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News Comments > Crytek Closes Five Studios; Sells Warface?
7. Re: Crytek Closes Five Studios; Sells Warface? Dec 20, 2016, 13:09 Prez
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Dec 20, 2016, 13:05:
Blame piracy

I was going to refrain from making a snide comment about only one in 20 gamers who played Crysis actually paid for it but you have forced my hand!

Unfortunately I can't think of anything clever to say. I guess I'm having an off day.
 
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News Comments > Crytek Closes Five Studios; Sells Warface?
6. Re: Crytek Closes Five Studios; Sells Warface? Dec 20, 2016, 13:07 Prez
 
The Crysis games were love 'em or hate 'em kind of games - personally I loved them - but there's no question Crytek made some incredible tech. It's a shame nothing really interesting beyond the Crysis series made use of it. Unless I'm missing something? (And no, I'm not counting Star Citizen because from what I've read CIG has retooled it to the point that it is practically a new engine.)  
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