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Mike Williams, Washington, DC

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News Editor at USgamer. M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

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  • Avatar for MHWilliams MHWilliams 5 days ago

    @docexe It exists already, the shows just aren't televised or streamed.

    The DICE Awards and the BAFTAs.

    Posted in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Wins Big At The Game Awards 2017

  • Avatar for MHWilliams MHWilliams 8 days ago

    @Kuni-Nino Even just the idea of "make a good movie" is some guff. Making good movies is damned hard folks. It's an immense machine and all of the pieces have to line up.

    Posted in The Problem With Trying to Pick the 500 Best Games Ever

  • Avatar for MHWilliams MHWilliams 9 days ago

    These Mega Man 11 reactions.
    Edited 2 times. Last edited 2 weeks ago by Unknown

    Posted in Mega Man 11 Coming to Switch, PC, PS4, and Xbox One

  • Avatar for MHWilliams MHWilliams 13 days ago

    @Roto13 I'm going to disagree to a point..

    >>Lack of transparency can have devastating effects that sometimes leave a permanent stain on a company or brand’s image. Brands cannot thrive without the public’s trust.

    A recent case that demonstrates the negative outcomes of failing to be transparent is the emissions scandal at Volkswagen. In 2015, news outlets reported that the German car company used a “defeat device” in many of its cars as far back as 2009 to cheat on several emissions tests conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency. These devices were able to detect when tests were being conducted and help reduce toxic emissions during the procedures. In reality, the vehicle emissions were well above the levels permitted by the EPA.<<

    To be transparent is to be clear, open, and honest. The opposite of that is obfuscation, which includes lying.
    @KaiserWarrior Sure, but that wasn't the point of the article. The point is the underlying mechanic is largely the same and actively hiding it and the same it's framed is a part of their problem. Rested XP is used in MMOs that have gone free-to-play, and in those cases, you could say the system pushes players to use XP boosts to level. That's not the intent in those cases, it's the system interacting with the business model. WoW is different because of the business model involved.

    Yes, Bungie likely intended to get players to buy Bright Engrams. I wrote that in the article. But we have articles about that. This is not that article, it's about the mechanic itself.

    Posted in Destiny 2's XP Throttling Isn't The Problem, It's a Lack of Transparency and Framing

  • Avatar for MHWilliams MHWilliams 13 days ago

    @KaiserWarrior Kaiser, buddy. That's what a lack of transparency is.

    And you agree it's the same, except the extra stuff that I pointed out in the article. The underlying system is the same, regardless of the additional "features" on top.Edited 2 weeks ago by Unknown

    Posted in Destiny 2's XP Throttling Isn't The Problem, It's a Lack of Transparency and Framing

  • Avatar for MHWilliams MHWilliams 20 days ago

    That fish does not look like a friend.

    Posted in In Final Fantasy XV: Monster of the Deep, Fish Are Friends, Not Food

  • Avatar for MHWilliams MHWilliams 22 days ago

    @Kuni-Nino "I'm a huge Snyder fan but I would agree that he shouldn't have been handed the rein to craft what was supposed to be a billion dollar universe. He's a niche director who specializes in genre films and has carved out an aesthetic in service for those kinds of films. "

    At least you understand this. Trying to get other folks to understand that is hard.

    And BvS aimed for a bunch of themes and forward-thinking ideas, but missed most of them. If I'm aiming for a director to do deeper work and actually execute on it, I'm looking towards Denis Villeneuve, Alejandro Inarritu, Jeff Nichols, or Paul Thomas Anderson. Snyder wants to be there, but his storytelling simply isn't up to snuff.

    Posted in It's Time for the Ultra Sun to Set on This Version of Pokemon

  • Avatar for MHWilliams MHWilliams 27 days ago

    "The latter group, on the other hand, is absolutely huge, and does not care about these issues. It's enough, for them, that NBA2K18 allows them to play digital basketball to supplement their watching of basketball on TV. If it costs more than it would have in years previous -- even substantially more -- they're not bothered. Because it is one of the handful, if not the only, game they will buy this year."

    I believe this was a point I made on one of our earlier episodes of the USgamer Podcast and it's still true. If you buy 6-7 games a year or more, you notice the microtransactions much more than the person that buys 1-2. Hell for them, micros may be a boon, given that they probably have more money than time.

    Posted in Those Hoping Star Wars Battlefront 2 Will Flop Amid Loot Box Controversy Should Look to NBA 2K18

  • Avatar for MHWilliams MHWilliams A month ago

    @Mr.Spo You are correct on the status of this as an unconfirmed report, so I've appended "Report" on the headline. The WSJ—Takashi Mochizuki in particular—usually doesn't go to press without good cause, but the headline should reflect that clearly.

    Posted in Nintendo Wants To Ship Nearly 50 Million Switch Systems By April 2019 [Report]

  • Avatar for MHWilliams MHWilliams A month ago

    @chaoticBeat Yes, this is a better choice.

    Also The Crew 2 looks promising and is coming in early 2018.

    Posted in Need for Speed Payback Review: Needs More Tuning