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The_Hyphenator

  • joined Oct 31, 2012
  • last login Apr 07, 2014
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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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Smart move on Nintendo’s part. Mario Kart 8, of all the games they’ve released and announced for the Wii U, is by far the one that’s most likely to sell consoles, so a hardware bundle makes perfect sense. I hope this deal isn’t just limited to Europe, as I’m sure it would do very well in North America and other regions, too.

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Yes, but so am I, so it’s all good. Let’s go forth and buy our Wii Remotes while singing the Battle Hymn of Frank Miller!

“Whores, whores, whores, whores…”

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Agreed, though I think RDR’s ending was rather flubbed and lacked closure (the “epilogue,” not so much the “main” ending). But as an open-world game, it was pretty much the best one I’ve played to date.

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Oh, wow. Is the hype train de-railing already? The game isn’t even out yet; that’s not a good sign…

In all seriousness, I’m cautiously optimistic about Watch Dogs. I think the concept has a lot of potential to break new ground in games, but there is always the possibility that it might just turn out to be a standard open world run-and-gun sprinkled with hacking actions and mini-games. Ironically enough, the delay of the only version I’m interested in buying (the Wii U version) will give me time to parse the reaction to the other versions and determine if I want to buy in later this year or not, so either way, I’m not too concerned.

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Aren’t most of those games pirated, though? Will they run on an off-the-shelf console without mods being involved?

I do agree that the console manufacturers are going to have a hard time making headway against the deeply-rooted pirate market in China. It’ll be interesting to see how this all shakes out.

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So, depending on how broadly the censorship board interprets those guidelines (given that this is China we’re talking about, almost certainly as broadly as possible), Nintendo’s the only company of the big three that I can see getting most of their library of games sold legally in the country, at least without some major censorship.

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If you read the original post, it says “most employees” will be leaving the branch by the end of the month. To me, this indicates that at least some of them will be moving to the Hong Kong branch, which is the exact scenario you just described. So no, I don’t think it has anything to do with “Nintendo’s dwindling finances” (FYI, they still have billions of dollars in reserve and no debt whatsoever), but rather with them streamlining to capitalize on the new Chinese market.

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They’re closing down that entire branch. In order to retain the employees, they’d likely have to move them to Hong Kong. What about relocating an entire branch’s worth of employees to a different country/region (depending on whether or not you view Taiwan as part of China) seems logical to you? It’s not like other companies make a habit of it.

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But…Sony is on the verge of bankruptcy. Or did you just wake up from a ten-year coma?

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Can you even call them adaptations at this point? The first two films barely had anything to do with the games, and by the third film, any resemblance was purely superficial.

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Good news for fans of the franchise. I have a feeling Nintendo will be localizing this one; the Wii U needs as many games as Nintendo can get for it, in all regions, and if the international release of “X” is anything to go by, Nintendo’s learned a thing or two from what happened with Xenoblade.

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This was my thought as well. The “NintenDOOMED” angle here really doesn’t make sense. Nintendo is nowhere near the point where they need to close branches to stay afloat; more likely they’re just streamlining now that China has officially opened up their console market. I’d be very surprised if Nintendo hadn’t been planning this move for some time now.

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Actually, I was referring to the NPD numbers, which actually do outline sell-through to customers (or at least they’re supposed to; if MS is claiming shipped units month to month, that’s pretty crappy of them). I have a hard time reconciling the fact that they sold more than 300k in March, and roughly 200k in February before that, with what I’ve seen on store shelves for the past several months.

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I’m just wondering what regions of the US all these Xbones are selling in. Everywhere I go in my city, the shelves are full of Xbones, and I barely see any movement from week to week, yet Microsoft keeps posting numbers in the hundreds of thousands month after month.

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Excellent. Now I just need to find out what the exact release date is, casually mention it to my wife on the day of, and watch her break the sound barrier running out the door to buy one.

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Clearly you haven’t tried to buy a Windows or Office license recently…

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1. It’s a work in progress, which they clearly state less than 1 second into the video.
2. It’s also partially an atmospheric choice, similar to how Silent Hill 2 and 3 used fog to create a frightening atmosphere.

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Well, sounds like even after a hardware overhaul, the Kinect is still a mess. I know the original Kinect sold really well for about a year or so, but Microsoft really should have just given up on the thing and tried to undercut Sony on price.

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I believe Family Guy has already shown us the inevitable outcome of personal theme music. It ain’t pretty.

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This is one of the major (and many) reasons I think that mobile gaming is heading for a crash; not in the sense that people stop buying the hardware (obviously smartphones and tablets are here to stay, at least until something better comes along), but in the sense that the current mobile game model is just not sustainable.

There are too many companies fishing the same waters, struggling to maintain visibility in poorly curated app stores, and if many of these companies keep using exploitative F2P mechanics without restraint, then outside parties (either the hardware manufacturers or the government) will restrain them and cut off the revenue stream almost entirely. When either one happens, a lot of these companies are going to go out of business. Maybe once the field clears up somewhat we’ll see greater, more consistent quality out of the mobile market.

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