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With the rise of tablets/smartphones and the skyrocketing costs of AAA development, I think we're moving into an era where consoles aren't just competing against their direct competitors but also against the market itself. Each gaming company is fighting for a limited pool of money.

Take the 3DS. It is - unquestionably - the top handheld on the market and will remain so. But Nintendo cannot afford to rest on its laurels, not with indirect competition from phones and t...

888d ago 1 agree0 disagreeView comment

Nope, Nintendo doesn't need third parties. Didn't the Wii teach you anything? All of the highest-selling games are 1st party.

Anyway, I think the Wii-U could definitely benefit from a strong re-launch plus marketing push. I am not the sort of person who believes "bad marketing is why it isn't selling better" (it's usually other reasons) but in this case I do believe it is playing a big role.

Get a commercial out there. Show people pl...

889d ago 1 agree0 disagreeView comment

@ ThePope

"Doesn't change the fact that when the X1 is in more territories it will have more sales. Plain and simple."

Might as well say "doesn't change the fact that when the X1 is on the market for another 2 years, it will have more sales. Stop burying your head in the sand derp derp"

Really? Might I ask which markets the Xbox One hasn't launched in that will make such a huge impact on sales? Xbox One is avai...

889d ago 8 agree3 disagreeView comment

It's not about price. Like you said, AngelicIce, it's about games and a clear focus. People buy the console to get to the games (or at least, the promise of games). People also buy a console if they believe the company who makes it has their back. Microsoft fails in both these departments.

If price was so important, Wii-U would be in the lead right now, but it isn't. Most consumers don't go "look, this is the cheapest on the market. Therefore I will buy i...

889d ago 7 agree2 disagreeView comment

Huh? Am I imagining things, or did I get Bioshock Infinite, Metro Last Light, and Brothers all for free this year (games that are only a year old)?

889d ago 21 agree2 disagreeView comment

The FFX collection? Can't say for sure. Haven't tried it yet.

899d ago 2 agree0 disagreeView comment

They should be considered for Awards if...

1) The game truly stands the test of time and can be compared favorably to new games released that year

2) The quality of graphics/mechanics can be compared to new games

899d ago 2 agree3 disagreeView comment

Yep. It's mostly for the sake of 360 gamers (or rather, non-PS3 gamers) who moved over to PS4 and wanted to play one of the highest-awarded games of all time. No biggie.

The same thing happens each gen: people get upset at ports on their new systems. Guess what? It has been that way since the beginning. Atari 2600's top-selling game was a port of the arcade Pong. Big deal. Most of the NES's biggest games were arcade ports. Ports and conversions have been around si...

899d ago 7 agree2 disagreeView comment

It would be nice if Kinect just...worked. I don't mind flailing my arms. Wii Sports, Wii Fit, etc are some of my favorite games (I'm serious) and I loved the Wii.

The thing is: the Wii just...worked. Kinect doesn't. What's even worse is that it has taken this long for Xbox One to come out with a single game that fully uses Kinect, and yet the game is disappointing. Another bullet-point for those who would argue that Kinect should've been an optional periph...

903d ago 5 agree2 disagreeView comment

No, it doesn't affect "two thirds of all servers". It only affects servers with CentOS 6.x which has openssl 1.0.1. Earlier versions of openSSL are not affected. The fix is already available and takes 10 minutes.

And of course, not all servers use openSSL.

904d ago 1 agree2 disagreeView comment

Dude. Sonic All Stars?

So good...

Haven't played it online but I got it as a PS+ game a few months ago and I was straight-up shocked at how good it is.

Anyway, maybe a good compromise is that Nintendo restricts voice chat in "public" games. As in, if you jump online with random other people, no voice chat. And then in order to voice chat, you log into a private room. It doesn't have to be password-protected, just a private r...

905d ago 2 agree0 disagreeView comment

Maybe my luck will be better this month.
Didn't win the random PS4, and I didn't win the blog PS4.

Anyway, good luck to all participants. We had an amazing number of great blogs last month. Hopefully we get some good ones this time around, too.

905d ago 0 agree1 disagreeView comment

Nintendo has been very vocal (irony) about not allowing voice chat. Their reasoning is sound: they want anyone - from a 4 year old kid to a grandmother in her 70s - to be able to play with others online in a "clean" environment. While it's annoying, it is also something that sets them apart from other companies. I'm not saying it's right or wrong, but we all know that when voice chat is involved, you're going to have those people who mess it up for everyone.
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906d ago 9 agree0 disagreeView comment

When I was playing it on PC, there were times of latency that would cause the AI to simply stop and stand there. It was weird. You'd be in a firefight and then suddenly all the troopers as well as any AI-controlled titans would stop shooting and would simply stand there doing their "idle" animation. Titans sprinting forward would screech to a halt. AI troopers (who are stupid as dirt anyway) would point their guns at you but not shoot, not until the game got re-connected to &quo...

907d ago 7 agree16 disagreeView comment

The big surprise is not that the Xbox One version is going to be inferior (anyone with a brain knows that).

The big surprise is that both of the console versions will be a significant step down from what they showed off in the past. Neither the PC (maybe...after mods) nor PS4 nor X1 versions will live up to that original "gameplay" trailer. Ubisoft has been downgrading their games for years now. People should know better. They took the crown of "Bullshot king&q...

907d ago 9 agree14 disagreeView comment

1) The Wii U doesn't need "saving" from a gaming standpoint. Already enough games on it that make it worth owning, IMO, as long as you know what you're getting yourself into

2) Nintendo actually seems like they're trying hard with this game, advertising it, showing off previews, etc. With NSMB U and Mario Meow, it felt incredibly phoned in, like Nintendo was just going through the motions. Mario Kart 8 feels like they're pouring everything they'v...

907d ago 13 agree7 disagreeView comment

Came here to say this. Well said.

SS is a decent game (if you take away the Zelda name, perhaps) but it shows how broken Modern Zelda is. The combat is a puzzle. Constantly talking to NPCs and doing fetch-quests for them instead of going on cool adventures. Combat is never threatening or exciting.

907d ago 1 agree3 disagreeView comment

What? I thought that was a placeholder! Thank you Porpoise

*excitement intensifies*

907d ago 1 agree1 disagreeView comment

It does look really good. I was a bit disappointed with this game after playing the demo last year at Best Buy after E3, but they've improved it significantly. I still think the kites and underwater segments and anti-gravity stuff is dumb (just my opinion) but it still looks great.

Release date, please!

907d ago 0 agree8 disagreeView comment

My job is to make the internet run. I work for a hosting company similar to Rackspace, HostGator, etc that supports cloud servers, dedis, shared boxes, and all the stuff involved with setting up a network infrastructure.

And I can tell you, what Microsoft is showing is purely PR. They are able to do it, technology-wise. What Microsoft is showing off EXISTS. It is actually real, it can be done. But here's the bait-and-switch: we are not to the point where offloading portio...

907d ago 28 agree19 disagreeView comment