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The_Hyphenator

  • joined Oct 31, 2012
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Paralegal by day, writer by night! I love video games, fantasy and science fiction novels, comic books and films. Favorite game genres are RPG, adventure and action platformer.

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Yeah, it’s pretty much dead-on. I do wish they’d given him the goggles from his light armor headpieces in the game, though; that really helps complete his look, IMO.

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I dunno, if Nintendo’s having trouble making Ridley a PC due to his size, then I think Metal Face is definitely off the table for the same reason; after all, dude’s as tall as a house!

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Much as I’d love for Shulk to be in the game, I’m not going to hold my breath on this one. Seems like it could very easily be a hoax.

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I wasn’t even aware there had been another Leprechaun movie after “Back 2 Tha Hood.”

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This is the reason I’ve always found it laughable when people claimed that mobile development was going to blow console and handheld development out of the water. There is so little curation on these platforms and so little in the way of standards that it’s almost impossible to make your app stand out enough to make it a success. Unless the platform holders get on board with some better curation and more restrictive requirements for registration and publication, this bubble is going to burst and they’re going to be the ones left with stores that have nobody providing content for them.

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I mean that it’s in the best interest of these publishers to ensure that the Wii U version gets released on the same day as the other versions if they want it to be a success. I don’t mean Nintendo should start bullying them into releasing same day or not at all, a la Microsoft.

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This is very similar to the reasons why the Wii U ports of AC3 and 4 didn’t sell well; the fanbase for CoD is on Microsoft and Sony platforms (especially Microsoft). Granted, the CoD games were getting Wii ports for a long time, but they never sold all that well (though presumably enough to justify the cost, or Activision wouldn’t have kept making them), but the real money for that franchise has always been with the Xbox and Playstation brands.

So, why would gamers who have played CoD on a Playstation or Xbox suddenly jump ship to play on a Nintendo platform when it would mean leaving their friends behind to play a version of the game that isn’t well-optimized and won’t receive DLC in a timely fashion, if at all? It just doesn’t make any sense, and much like with Ubi and AC, I have no idea why Activision expected the Wii U ports to sell well, given these facts.

If third-party devs are serious about getting a fanbase for their multi-plats on the Wii U, they need to do new IPs so Wii U owners can enter on the ground floor alongside other platform owners, they need to advertise their games well, and they absolutely must ensure parity with launch dates, port quality and DLC. But these third-party publishers can’t see their own poor decision making skills and unwillingness to take a risk on new IPs as being at fault in the matter and would instead prefer to place blame on Nintendo and the Wii U install base.

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My point is they easily could have decided not to port AC 3 and 4, and instead prioritized the Wii U version of Watch Dogs. I’m sure with the funding and manpower from those projects they could have gotten it out on time, and it would be more beneficial to them to establish a fanbase for Watch Dogs on the Wii U (since WD is supposed to be their new blockbuster franchise) than it would have been to blindly flail at the small percentage of people who would buy a Wii U version of Assassin’s Creed.

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Ubisoft went about this all wrong. Frankly, if they really wanted to try and sell to a “mature” audience on the Wii U, Watch Dogs was always their best bet.

The real reason Assassin’s Creed 3 and 4 sold poorly on Wii U was simple; none of the prior Assassin’s Creed titles were on the original Wii. The series has been established on the Playstation and Xbox platforms for nearly a decade now, and anybody who cares about Assassin’s Creed bought one of those platforms to play it. So what are the odds that those fans are suddenly going to decide to buy it on an entirely new platform unrelated to the one they’ve been playing the series on for so long? And what are the odds that, if somebody wasn’t sold on the first several installments, that they would suddenly decide they needed to jump on board with part 3 or 4?

With Watch Dogs, Ubi had an opportunity to bring a brand-new series to a brand-new audience. Instead, they ported two installments of a long-running franchise to a platform where it had little chance of selling, and then delayed the brand-new title, ensuring that virtually all Wii U owners who planned to buy the game and were dead-set on buying it earlier would buy it for one of the other platforms they owned instead (because let’s be real, how many Wii U owners don’t also own a PS3 or a 360?), thus guaranteeing that this cycle would perpetuate itself and cutting the Wii U out of the loop.

Ubi has done a better job of supporting the Wii U than most major third-party publishers, but they still approached the system all wrong, and now they’re blaming the audience for their lack of commercial success instead of their illogical business strategy. It’s frustrating, to say the least.

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This sort of harassment is going to go on as long as the Internet remains completely open and anonymous. As long as people are able to hide behind false screen names and say whatever they want without fear of real world repercussions, a small subset of assholes will take advantage of that fact to harass and abuse people that they, in their narrow, self-centered asshole world-view, feel have wronged them.

The kind of people who are willing to engage in the behavior described in the article won’t be swayed by arguments appealing to their empathy, because they have none. The only thing keeping them from behaving the exact same way in the real world is a fear of legal repercussions and/or savage beatings. Until the Internet changes so that those consequences apply online as well as off (and whatever your opinion on the subject, that change is inevitably coming), anybody well-known enough to be considered famous will just have to expect and deal with the fact that they’ll be a lightning rod for the vitriol of all the Internet’s assholes.

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