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Duvelle Jones

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  • Avatar for duvjones duvjones 3 months ago

    Ok so.... Ms. Kat Baily... HOLY CRAP?! That was a rant but I have got to say that I don't think that you are wrong on this take. So far, Loot boxes are kind of the new money grabbing game that publishers are playing to get more of your (and my) money. They have proven to be about as capable of predatory behaviour from publishers that abuse them as gatcha systems, and now that a nations government's are beginning to notice they will have to do something about.
    That said, in the short term... it's not going to be good. Even if the country puts up a law against such a practice, the likelihood of EA (or any other publisher in the same boat, really) simply pulling up roots and never selling their products in said country is rather high. The only way something like that would have an effect is if the greater EU noticed and passed a motion that was enforceable in Member states, or if the US government did something similar. Given the state of both government bodies (Trump and the US in particular) are in a state of flux, I wouldn't hold your breath.

    That said, there has to be a happy medium in how to use said systems because as you have pointed out, as bad as it is, Battlefront is far from the worst of it. The most spectacular clusturef--- in this gen with a franchise that extends well beyond your usual gamer? Sure, but not the worse.
    And that the thing, we know of the pressures that has been causing this "whale hunting". It's the games, they are costly to make and barely pay for themselves, if they do at all. With gamers wanting games out faster, with more detail, with more of that bleeding edge tech that makes us drool (VR/AR, 4k, HDR, etc.)... those costs are NEVER going to go down ("Quality, Fast, Cheap! Pick two..."), and publishers like EA are going to need to make up that money some how. I think that it is telling that EA even attempted this with a franchise as long-tailed as Star Wars. You would think with a fan-base as large as Star Wars to continue to sell too EA would never consider it but here we are, EA figuratively chopping the evergreen in a attempt to squeeze more green out of it. Shows you how antsy they are about making up the cost to the game's development cycle, they don't even have the confidence to let fans simply hand them money hand over fist. They NEED to go "whale hunting" on these consumers.

    The thing is that the more that this happens, the more that something needs to be done about. Take Japan, for instance. Sure, gatcha systems still keep happening but Japan also happens to have a law that controls their usage (ironically the change in opinion to an 1977 gambling law that was made in 2012 that covered kompu gacha [banning them in the process] also covers loot boxes by it’s wording), until then it was a complete free-for-all with sharks in chummed water. And they are far from the only nation to act against this. So, as long as real money is involved sooner or latter, regulation is coming… I am not sure that the industry will welcome that as much as they did with the rating system at the time and I honestly have my doubts that the industry, with the pressures of game dev not changing, will be able to police themselves on this one.
    It rather lucrative to “whale hunt” now and simply deal with the fall out because at the end of the day, AAA game dev is costly and they got to cover it somehow without inducing a sticker shock on the game itself (which will bar the game from people, people that they need to buy it day one). This is their way around that. This! Entire! MESS!

    Posted in The USgamer Podcast: A Huge Loot Box Rant is Approaching Fast

  • Avatar for duvjones duvjones 7 months ago

    AHHHHH.... Please, please post on Google Music Podcasts.

    Posted in The USgamer Podcast Returns!

  • Avatar for duvjones duvjones 7 months ago

    You know, I worry about what happens to MiiVerse, and this only really highlights that fact. This discussion would have never happened had MiiVerse died and not been connected to the game, and personally I have been in love with the art on MiiVerse ever since the project got off the ground with the WiiU. Honestly it is one of the few successes the system had, and I am not sure that it stays around for Switches lifecycle (which it honestly should).

    Posted in This Splatoon 2 Reddit Thread About Furries Is Surprisingly Civil

  • Avatar for duvjones duvjones 8 months ago

    Be very careful what you wish for...

    Posted in Can Destiny 2 Deliver "Too Much Damn Story"?

  • Avatar for duvjones duvjones 8 months ago

    I am not sure that will happen in the case of Ogundimu. Akande is a eloquently DRIVEN man, and clearly enunciates himself as such. This is a man will little time for something as petty as relationship, he's got a world to change and it wait's for no man.

    Honestly it would be more interesting to hear more about his conquest to drive the world into eternal war and how that shapes with the reappearance of Talon's nemesis in Overwatch. Akande is more interesting to listen to in his element, reaping havoc, sowing war and fighting. Even if he has down time (he is a business man), I doubt it will last long... and I suspect that he itches to get back to the blood spilling, the fighting. A natural Blood Knight if there was one.

    Posted in Overwatch Fans are Debating Doomfist's Philosophy About Conflict

  • Avatar for duvjones duvjones 9 months ago

    True but back when they just finished prime, Retro was rather clear on not being "just the metroid studio". It is half the reason that they started with that string of Donkey Kong Country Returns games, which turned out to be some rather great platformers.

    That said, I join you with that curiosity... if this isn't Retro Studio's project, then what on earth might they be working on?

    Posted in Retro Studios Isn't Working on Metroid Prime 4

  • Avatar for duvjones duvjones 9 months ago

    This was sort of expected Comcept was looking for a buyer for a while now, and this was before the mess of MN9.

    I am a little more curious on what Level-5 has planned for the studio now since it is rather clear that Comcept's intention on being a publisher of games wasn't going to last long.

    Posted in Keiji Inafune's Comcept Is Now a Subsidiary of Level-5

  • Avatar for duvjones duvjones 10 months ago

    @lonecow "What if Kojima was the problem behind older franchises getting ignored."

    You know that might not be as far fetched as you might think, Konami's biggest issue with Kojima was budgetary and resource concerns (and the fact that Kojima seems to "spend like a drunken sailor" on Metal Gear). It's likely what got them to kick his ass out the door as quickly and hard as Konami did, and as much as Konami seems to penny-pinch (which to be fair, any business would be cost-conscious. Those that don't will not be in business for long) it would be something that is in the way to spending on other title without spreading themselves thin.

    But you know, that flies in the face of the narrative of "Fuck Konami." and blaming them for the fact that my first-born is dead and all, among other perceived transgression.

    Posted in Super Bomberman R Patch 1.3 Kicks Game Up to 60FPS

  • Avatar for duvjones duvjones 11 months ago

    A mini Switch?

    I am not so sure that is so wise, but this does seem oddly familiar. Does anyone remember the 2DS? Does any remember what franchise released another game in the series at the same time as the 2DS?


    Pokemon is your answer, and to be blunt... I always looked at the 2DS as the pokemon machine. The 3D on the 3DS always limited that side of the market since you couldn't toss a 3DS to someone under 7, which was a large part of Pokemon's Demographic. So 2DS more or less filled a hole that Nintendo themselves created with the 3DS.
    And it worked for the most part.

    If you hear more talk about a Mini Switch, I would turn your attention to Game Freak, The Pokemon Company et all. Beacause if Nintendo has made anything clear over the years it is this, they will do what they feel is necessary for Pokemon to survive and they are more than ruthless about it. Wise or not, if Pokemon needs to be in smaller hands and/or on a machine with more battery life... IT WILL BE! Come hell or high water.Edited April 2017 by Unknown

    Posted in Nintendo May Offer Switch Mini in Next Fiscal Year, Says Analysts

  • Avatar for duvjones duvjones 11 months ago

    To be honest, NO. No it wouldn't.

    Don't get me wrong, you are right in the fact that The Wii U rather slim library of games was a phenomenal batch of games to play. And that playing those games on the Switch would be great to those that missed out on playing them.

    But the Swtich will not build it's interest on a library of old games, and Nintendo knows this. The more new games to the platform the better and right now.... They NEED new games more than any other platform (the Wii U notwithstanding).

    Posted in Nintendo Switch Has Mario Kart 8, Minecraft, Rayman, and Payday 2 Coming This Year