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  • Avatar for KaiserWarrior KaiserWarrior 6 days ago

    @SargeSmash Fair enough. Yes, the Kirby Collection was very good -- surprisingly so, given Nintendo's history on the subject. For what it's worth, the Zelda collection disc that came packed as a Wind Waker pre-order -- the one containing Zelda, Zelda II, Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask -- was also a pretty good disc. Four Zelda games, good quality, a sensible frontend and even a little timeline extra, IIRC.

    Except it was never made available at retail. It was a pre-order bonus for another game. So much money left on the table.

    Posted in The Disney Afternoon Collection Review: Step Right up and Come on In

  • Avatar for KaiserWarrior KaiserWarrior 6 days ago

    @chiptoon This is my whole problem with Nintendo's way of doing things.

    Nearly every time we see an emulation release from anybody that is NOT Nintendo, it has several desirable properties:

    * It's usually a collection, either of a particular series, or a particular publisher, or some kind of theme.
    * It's got a frontend of some sort, even if that frontend is just a functional menu of the games instead of haphazardly-disorganized tiles.
    * There are extras, in the form of interviews, production artwork, soundtracks, or even optional gameplay enhancements such as the rewind button or extra challenge modes that did not appear in the originals.

    Nintendo VS releases have none of this, yet they still have the gall to charge the prices they do -- this Disney Afternoon collection contains 6 games and retails for $20, which works out to $3.33 per game. Nintendo, meanwhile, is charging $5 per game for NES titles.

    $5 for no-frills ROMs, vs. $3.33 for all of the lovely extras in this collection on top of the games themselves.

    I'm will to pay for old games, as long as they have some kind of value proposition. I've purchased many retro collections in my day. But I refuse to pay top-dollar for straight-up ROM dumps. That's what a Pi is for. I've already bought the games at least once before in original cartridge format.

    Posted in The Disney Afternoon Collection Review: Step Right up and Come on In

  • Avatar for KaiserWarrior KaiserWarrior 7 days ago


    Basically, yeah. Please Look Forward to our new and exciting way to extract money from your wallets, now with 20% less consumer-friendliness.

    Radical Idea: Ensure the longevity of your game, and increase post-release sales of the base game and expansion packs, by releasing a map editor and a modding SDK so that players can make their own maps/skins/modes/mutators/etc. This will, of course, require dedicated servers that can be player-operated to form tight-knit communities around servers that have a very long tail.

    Oh wait, I'm sorry. For a minute there I had a brain aneurysm and I thought I was back in the 90s.

    Posted in Star Wars Battlefront II's Season Pass Situation Causes Confusion

  • Avatar for KaiserWarrior KaiserWarrior 11 days ago

    Cool. So Nintendo just made the choice between this and a Raspberry Pi real easy.
    At this point I'm fairly convinced that Nintendo deliberately short-stocks almost literally every one of their products -- from systems to accessories to amiibos to games -- with the intent of keeping their second-hand market prices high. Nintendo has not survived as long as they have by being stupid about money (customer and fan relations being a separate-if-related thing), which is what this sort of thing would appear to be on its face. It's an intentional move to keep aftermarket prices sky-high, and thus keep the perception of the brand value sky-high as well.

    It's all imaging.

    Posted in NES Classic Discontinued in North America

  • Avatar for KaiserWarrior KaiserWarrior 14 days ago

    After a year or so of updates giving various flamboyant holiday-themed skins for the cast, I think it's fine that we get one focusing more on in-game lore, and particularly on the O.G. Overwatch crew. It's "generic superhero" because, quite frankly, Overwatch WAS generic superheroes.

    Even still, there's a lot of nice little details packed into these things, aside from the uniform color scheme (which makes sense as, well, uniforms). Mercy's got her hair down and has a much more practical field medic kit going on. Torbjorn's lacking the armor and some of the grizzled, home-grown look of his cybernetics -- and he's rocking a few engineer-y bits and bobs as well. Reinhardt's looking largely the same, though that makes sense given that he's still using the Crusader armor he was using in the old days, and it was mass-produced armor to begin with. Still, he's cutting a different figure, evidence of how far he's fallen since his glory days, which gives a lot of nice context to his whole "creaky old man" thing from voice interactions.

    Posted in Wow, These New Overwatch Skins Are Boring

  • Avatar for KaiserWarrior KaiserWarrior 14 days ago

    Ah, a storefront for folks to sell mods that, in earlier years, were free by default.

    Didn't work out so well for Skyrim, let's see how it does this time around. Personally I don't mind, people always had the option of selling their mods if they really wanted to, just not through an official storefront. And I firmly believe that it's up to content creators whether they want to charge for their work or not. But it will be interesting to see how the Minecraft community handles a concept that the Skyrim community violently rejected.

    "The marketplace will feature an in-game currency dubbed 'Minecraft Coins,'"

    Oh, it's going to be tied to industry-standard Funny Money that is deliberately set up to leave me with worthless "currency" in my account that I paid for, but cannot use unless I buy even more of it (in an attempt to drive me to make said additional purchases for fear of wasting earlier purchases)? No thanks, I'll pass. Straight across or no deal.

    There is zero reason to use middleman currency. None. Not one single good reason. It exists only to mask actual cost and to guilt people into additional purchases they did not originally plan to make. It is a predatory practice and I will not support it.Edited 2 weeks ago by Unknown

    Posted in Minecraft Launching New Marketplace for Community Developers

  • Avatar for KaiserWarrior KaiserWarrior 15 days ago

    @pdubb Eh, depends on your tolerance for Playstation-era load times.

    Full disclosure, my first exposure to V and VI was through Final Fantasy Anthology, and by that point I'd gotten VERY accustomed to Playstation RPG loads -- I was a very late bloomer on FF, originally taking a few looks at VII and deciding that it looked boring, then falling in love with a friend's copy of Tactics, then seeing that sweet FMV reel serving as the "ending" for the FF VII characters in the home port of Ehrgeiz. Suffice it to say, my Playstation library now includes a copy of every Final Fantasy game up through IX, Square having done us a solid by making the entire series available on the one platform eventually.

    So all that being said, the load times aren't that bad. Certainly, any load time is bad by Cartridge standards, I.E. 0... but really, they're not that bad.

    Posted in The Best Version of Every Final Fantasy Game

  • Avatar for KaiserWarrior KaiserWarrior 18 days ago

    So one of the primary use cases is that you already have one of the original release consoles, and then you upgrade to this "mid-gen refresh" -- with over 50 million units sold of the PS4, it's pretty safe to say that most people who want one already got one, and genuine "Pro is the first purchase" consumers are a real niche. It's likely similar for Microsoft's house.

    So at that point you've dropped somewhere between $700 and $900 on the things. Which is getting pretty close to enthusiast-class PC territory.

    Really, what's the point anymore?

    Posted in Xbox Project Scorpio's Strength Isn't Enough To Lead The Pack

  • Avatar for KaiserWarrior KaiserWarrior 18 days ago

    @camchow Yes. Yes it is.

    A video game is not a movie. The interactivity is a key component, else it would not be a video game -- or at the absolute least, not one worth playing. Watching somebody play a game, and playing it yourself, are two vastly different experiences if it has any business being a video game in the first place. The majority of video game streaming involves discussion, explanation, and various other bits of meta around the game for precisely this reason -- to the point that you have to actually go out of your way (via looking for a Longplay specifically) to get a video of a game that doesn't have somebody talking over it these days.

    These features are now built directly into the consoles. That's how integrated it is. That's how expected and standard it is. And now, it's become acceptable for companies to outright threaten their customers for daring to use the features that are, ostensibly, part of the whole reason they bought the console in the first place? Advertised features of the product they purchased? I don't even use the Share button on my PS4 and that sort of thing makes me furious.

    Posted in Persona 5's Restrictive Streaming Guidelines are an Unfortunate Bit of Self-Sabotage

  • Avatar for KaiserWarrior KaiserWarrior 18 days ago

    Sounds more like a "Not buying your products" guideline to me.

    I sincerely hope that consumers stand up for their rights on this. These companies do not own you. Do not financially reward the ones that think they do and are not ashamed of telling you such.

    Video Games have been around for over 30 years at this point. You have not played all of the legitimately great ones. You will, in all likelihood, never play all of the ones that are 'merely' good. You will very certainly never play all of the ones worth playing.

    These companies want to act like they own me? That's nice. I've got literally thousands of other games to play, so they won't be seeing one more penny from me.

    Posted in Puyo Puyo Tetris Is the Latest Sega Game to Be Hit With Post-Launch Streaming Guidelines