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Eric J. Baker

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  • Avatar for ericj.baker43 ericj.baker43 A month ago

    As a geologist, weirdly one of the things that excites me the most is how the onscreen map is basically a topographical map, with contour lines to represent elevation. I love it.

    Posted in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Is All About Wanderlust and Curiosity

  • Avatar for ericj.baker43 ericj.baker43 2 months ago

    Just out of curiosity, I wonder how people would feel about the Switch if they thought of it as a supercharged handheld and not a portable home console, i.e. a successor to the 3DS instead of the Wii U. The two markets have been converging for a while in terms of content-- the 3DS is getting (scaled down) Wii and Wii U games, and the Vita was getting PS3 games. I have a feeling people wouldn't be so down on the Switch if they thought of it that way.

    Posted in Opinion: Switch Isn't for Everyone, But It's Definitely For Me

  • Avatar for ericj.baker43 ericj.baker43 2 months ago

    @ericspratling56 I completely agree-- I feel like the Switch was tailor made for 30+ year old gamers who have families and/or professional lives that make sitting down to play a home console game difficult. The young ones who have the ability to play games for 10 hours a day seem to hoover up the Playstations and XBoxes, but that's not me. My gaming habits lately have shifted towards much more simple, pick-up-and-play type games because I've played more on portable systems, so the Switch will actually give me the ability to get more into longer form games by letting me play them how I want to.

    Posted in Opinion: Switch Isn't for Everyone, But It's Definitely For Me

  • Avatar for ericj.baker43 ericj.baker43 2 months ago

    The only slightly disappointing element of the presentation for me was the higher-than-expected price tag-- especially without a pack-in along the lines of Wii Sports or Nintendoland-- but it's still fairly inexpensive overall and it's making me realize that the "projected" price points were based more on wishful thinking than anything. I mean, it's essentially a $300 high end gaming tablet with a controller and TV dock included... that's actually really well priced for that.

    But more importantly, the hybrid design is a godsend for me. I have a PS3 and a WiiU, and although I own more PS3 games, I end up playing my WiiU more because of the off-screen capability. I don't even have kids, but my wife and I have just one TV and we don't always agree on how we'd like to use it; the WiiU is super handy at helping us compromise, so she can watch Netflix if she wants and I can play a game. Or, even more common since my wife is in grad school and often has a ton of homework, I can play a WiiU game on the tablet and plug in headphones and not worry about distracting her while she's working. My 3DS gets a ton of play for the exact same reason! And now Nintendo is making a system that takes by far the WiiU's greatest feature and brings it to its next logical conclusion? That's a day one purchase for me, the first time I've bought a new console at launch since I camped out for a Gamecube in middle school.

    Posted in Opinion: Switch Isn't for Everyone, But It's Definitely For Me

  • Avatar for ericj.baker43 ericj.baker43 2 months ago

    That's surprisingly congenial given Nintendo's obsession with locking down their hardware in all other ways. Good on them!

    Realistically, though, the fact that you can hack the system and add more games actually might increase its sales, especially among more tech savvy players that weren't the target market for the device in the first place.

    Posted in Nintendo Has a Secret Message For Famicom Mini Hackers

  • Avatar for ericj.baker43 ericj.baker43 2 months ago

    @mattcom26 Agreed, it's ingenious. I had never even heard of Frog Fractions, and I probably would never have heard of Frog Fractions 2 if it had been released conventionally. Now I feel like everyone knows about it. Kudos to the developer.

    Posted in Why is Everyone So Excited About Frog Fractions 2? A Quick Explainer

  • Avatar for ericj.baker43 ericj.baker43 3 months ago

    Given that the Switch is a home console/portable hybrid, wouldn't it be great if that version of Dragon Quest XI had both versions? =D

    Or should I say all three versions? The PS4 version looks pretty modern, but the 3DS looks like it has a PSX style on the top and a Super Nintendo style on the bottom. I love all three of the presentations, and I might actually buy two versions of the game to get everything.

    Posted in Dragon Quest XI Gameplay Revealed, Switch Version Confirmed

  • Avatar for ericj.baker43 ericj.baker43 3 months ago

    Can we talk about how Rogue One took its basic plot from Dark Forces, just with the genders of the lead characters swapped? Seriously: fiercely loyal member of the Rebellion recruits a jaded mercenary whose parents were killed by the Empire to steal the Death Star plans. The female character is even called Jan Ors, very similar to Jyn Erso.

    Can we consider Rogue One to be the first film adaptation of a Star Wars video game?

    Posted in Before Rogue One: When Games Were Filling in the History of Star Wars

  • Avatar for ericj.baker43 ericj.baker43 3 months ago

    "That said, we never learn why Mario recklessly runs forward in Super Mario Run. Is it ennui?"

    I snorted with laughter at this line, and now whenever I think of Mario buckling up to complete the same tasks game after game, I'm going to imagine him existentially questioning his existence and purpose on the inside.Edited December 2016 by Unknown

    Posted in Super Mario Run iOS Review: Quite Dashing

  • Avatar for ericj.baker43 ericj.baker43 3 months ago

    The WiiU was supposedly their primary platform, and a majority of their backers chose that as their version. They're pretty cagey on their website if they'll actually offer refunds for WiiU backers, which is kind of crappy. That's a disappointing way to treat the bulk of the people who made their project happen.

    Posted in Yooka-Laylee Launching April 11, 2017, Wii U Version Moving to Switch