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  • Secret of Mana's 3D remake is good fun - but won't impress retro purists

  • Nikanoru 18/02/2018

    @barryr1285 Not sure why you're being downvoted, the idea of a SNES game remake being on everything but Nintendo platforms is idiotic indeed. Reply -1
  • Nikanoru 18/02/2018

    @Games_Should_Be_Fun You're already making an assumption in your statement, the idea that all of these remakes are necessarily "up-to-date". If that includes being up-to-date artistically, then sometimes they just lack in that area. And that's definitely bad for games that claim to be an improvement over the original. The "fuss" is justified. Reply -2
  • Can Kingdom Come Deliverance's tech deliver its ambitious vision?

  • Nikanoru 18/02/2018

    the attitudes of Daniel Vávra, the lead developer, whose views speak for themselves in both his social media and this Kotaku interview - aspects of which are reflected in the game content, and may give pause in considering it for purchase.
    What attitudes? Seriously? What am I supposed to be seeing there that's bad? Aside from Kotaku itself.
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  • Super Nt review: a SNES for the 21st century

  • Nikanoru 13/02/2018

    @laughingorc Knowing the impossibly high standards Byuu holds himself to, I'm completely sure he's done it "properly" in the years since.

    Still had an old 2006 version of Zsnes sitting around and 2 player mode does still work on that as well. I guess that was achieved via a hack then, though for us average players it didn't really matter. If it worked, it worked!

    Either way, have fun with Uniracers! Or Unirally - I never did know why they changed the name in PAL land.
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  • Nikanoru 13/02/2018

    @laughingorc Just to make sure I wasn't insane I tried both Snes9x and Zsnes (Higan is a given) and it works just fine. I can't actually remember a time when it didn't work on Zsnes, and I think I first used that in 2001. You've been missing out! :P

    I'd recommend Snes9x, it's simpler than Higan and is actively updated unlike Zsnes.
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  • Nikanoru 12/02/2018

    @jasonchurch Fingers crossed for Cen64. Not that I'd use it to play games over my real hardware mind you, but preservation is important. Reply +1
  • Nikanoru 12/02/2018

    Of course, the best option is still a real console on a CRT, the unpracticality of which is hilariously exaggerated for some weird reason. If you have to believe what people say on the internet and articles like these, everyone lives in a 2 by 2 meter box with no place for a table and chair, where something the size of a microwave oven is a major sacrifice.

    Though speaking of "real" consoles, the 1-chip SNES is not all it's cracked up to be. In fact it has fairly major issues in several areas, most likely because of cutbacks in manufacturing costs, being a late model. I don't know why people seem to treat it as the holy grail. It isn't. The original is preferable.
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  • Nikanoru 12/02/2018

    @laughingorc Not sure when you last touched an emulator. I don't know of a single one that I've tried after circa 2006 that had any trouble running it.

    In fact most people's opinion about emulation around here seems to be informed by data from more than a decade ago. Compatibility and accuracy has been practically (and theoretically in case of Bsnes) 100% across the board.

    Not to mention emulators offer more and better options when it comes to visuals. The so-called CRT simulation effects on the super NT are some of the most terrible I've ever seen, even the DOS version of ZSNES back in 2002 did it better. And you're stuck with it.
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  • Kingdom Come: Deliverance has a hefty day-one update

  • Nikanoru 12/02/2018

    @Naetharu Are you saying the last time games "just worked" out of the box was the SNES era? Was that the last console you owned before you jumped straight to the Xbox 360? :P

    Consider also that for example BotW, which is a modern open world freeform adventure game of the highest order, came complete and fully functional on disk/cart, with patches amounting to nothing more than minor framerate optimizations in a few isolated spots.

    Giving proper modern games proper finished releases is still possible. Patching has done nothing to enable them. It's just that corporations will cut corners when given any opportunity to do so, and the age of online patching gave them ample opportunity. That's all it's done.
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  • Why the founder of Traveller's Tales released a director's cut of an old Sonic game 25 years later

  • Nikanoru 05/02/2018

    This may be the worst misuse of the word "remaster" I've seen yet.
    Throughout our conversation, Burton always refers to his pet project as the "director's cut," and never one of the usual gaming terms for such a project, such as "remaster".
    He's right, and neither should you. It's a mod of a game on the same system it was originally released on. Even though it is emulated. There's nothing here that even resembles "remastering" of any sort.

    Unlike many ROM hacks, though, Burton deliberately boxed himself within the limits of the Mega Drive hardware itself,
    Maybe I'm missing something, but it seems as if the writer is confused as to what a romhack actually is. All romhacks respect the limitations of the original system by necessity (disregarding rare exceptions such as MSU-1). If you do anything that doesn't respect the limitations, the game will no longer run.
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  • The question of fidelity and Shadow of the Colossus

  • Nikanoru 04/02/2018

    @Ishkur Oh wow, the animation of the new colossus in that chase gif comparison is dreadful compared to the original. Are all animations that bad?

    (And whoever's downvoting clearly hasn't looked at the animation I'm referring to. It's objectively worse whether you like it or not, sorry.)
    Reply -3
  • Nikanoru 04/02/2018

    @n0signal And yet the remaster sits there taking up a mere fraction of the PS3's capabilities among other games that use it to its full extent, and comes out looking a bit "emulated" and sad in comparison to those games. Whereas on the PS2 it was an achievement, a result of years of development specifically tailored to that hardware, and one of that console's most advanced and best looking games.

    If I'm going to play an old classic, between the two, I know in which way I'd rather experience it.

    (Uh oh! The HD brigade is here!)
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  • Nikanoru 04/02/2018

    @n0signal I would say even the PS3 remaster goes too far in trying to clean up the game. Worse in fact, remasters in general update resolution and maybe sometimes textures and a model here and there, but leave most other assets untouched, making for a disjointed and inconsistent visual experience that doesn't seem to fit on the platform it's on. Yet those are the versions that are most often used to represent the "original" game, while the true original achievement on its developed-for platform becomes forgotten. Reply 0
  • Nintendo announces Mario Kart Tour for smartphones

  • Nikanoru 01/02/2018

    @the_milkybar_kid Making shitty apps chock full of elements that have nothing to do with gaming, for a shitty phone platform, is "getting with the 21st century" for sure, but they only do it to appease investors. Luckily, these non-games are just glorified ads to draw people to their actual consoles so they can keep making their actual games.

    Edit: Seems maybe people are taking this as an attack on Nintendo, but it's quite the opposite. They're just handling their phone app output, which they are forced into, exactly like it should be handled. It's the phone platform that's the problem.

    But if anyone's really upset that I'm rightfully shitting on the app market and phones as a gaming platform, they can go do one. :)
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  • Shadow of the Colossus is one of the best remakes of all time

  • Nikanoru 29/01/2018

    Is there any new content? One of the things that made the RE1 remake on Gamecube almost magical, was that it added new doors that led to new areas in many places of the map, expanded existing areas in interesting ways, and cleverly remixed almost all the puzzles and enemy encounters. Yet all the while, the game still managed to be everything the original was and more.

    After that I've found it hard to be interested in any remake that's merely a graphical overhaul.
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  • The Virtual Console's continued absence on Switch is creating some exciting possibilities

  • Nikanoru 29/01/2018

    @FilthyAnimal Thank god someone else agrees. I sometimes feel like I'm living in bizarro world when I see awful upscaled emulator screenshots and gameplay absolutely everywhere with people insisting that it's better just because the lines are sharper.

    Though I don't agree that any early 3D era game looks good when re-rendered, at all. Not even exceptions.

    To clarify I think these old games look great, with the right visual presentation.
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  • Nikanoru 29/01/2018

    @robbiesabo I'm sorry but that looks terrible. The entire game has completely fallen apart. From the incredibly pixelated UI to the jagged and glitched edges on the transparent texture edges like the tops of the grass on the wall, the trees and the yellow arrow, as well as the overly exposed joints on the character, none of that shows up on real hardware. Reply +1
  • Nikanoru 29/01/2018

    @FilthyAnimal
    you realise how rough the game truly looks.
    You mean it looks ugly if you rip it out of its intended mode of display? No shit. You might as well say theater sets and props look ugly if you go right up to them on stage, up close. That's essentially what's happening when you re-render N64/PSX/Saturn games in HD.

    Like that waverace shot robbiesamo posted.
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  • Remembering Bob Wakelin

  • Nikanoru 28/01/2018

    That Ocean logo brings back so many great memories. Reply +5
  • Amnesia: The Dark Descent and A Machine for Pigs are currently free on PC

  • Nikanoru 25/01/2018

    A Machine for Pigs did the worst thing a sequel can do: take away everything people loved about the previous game. One of the larger gaming disappointments I've had. Reply +1
  • Where do downloadable games go when they die?

  • Nikanoru 23/01/2018

    Re: "when is Minecraft?": Minecraft has an option to download and play every single past development version right from the launch client, all the way down to the very first plain block world experiments by Notch that would later become the actual Minecraft.

    I always thought this was a very nice thing to have. I myself certainly feel nostalgic about the one version that used to be playable as a web app demo on the site, which had interesting "miniature scale" terrain generation, and little functionality beyond building.
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  • Switch gets the original SteamWorld Dig next month

  • Nikanoru 22/01/2018

    @stephendupays Considering Steamworld Tower Defense came before Steamworld Dig, the sentence was technically correct (given subjective interpretation of "a little bit"). :lol: Reply -1
  • Nintendo Switch announcement tonight to reveal "new interactive experience"

  • Nikanoru 18/01/2018

    @MORZTAN So you can't sell disposable cups in Denmark? Reply 0
  • Nintendo has announced Nintendo Labo, a bizarre new interactive cardboard toy line

  • Nikanoru 17/01/2018

    @treaclewench I'm gonna guess they may possibly offer replacement packs, from the looks of it those shouldn't cost more than $10 (deducting assumed full-price for the software which is usual for Nintendo). Reply +3
  • Nikanoru 17/01/2018

    @FilthyAnimal Oh, I understand that, I didn't think they had some magical propulsion force. :P Was just commenting on the sheer bonkers idea that you control a controller using a screen (usually it's the other way around). Reply +3
  • Nikanoru 17/01/2018

    @Adamski707 Looks like it uses the infrared camera in the right joy-con. A number of these builds seem to work that way actually.

    (oops, was too slow)
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  • Nikanoru 17/01/2018

    Those little RC animal things... you use the screen to control the controllers.

    Never thought I'd type that in my videogame-playing years.
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  • Final Fantasy 15 Royal Edition announced, PC version dated

  • Nikanoru 16/01/2018

    Remember when a Final Fantasy release was an event, a complete and cohesive adventure that wasn't cobbled together from little bits of independently developed DLC?

    There's a reason I've played only a bare few modern games lately. There are enough older classics left to last me a lifetime.
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  • Deep sea survival adventure Subnautica launches this month after three years in Early Access

  • Nikanoru 14/01/2018

    @Mar27w Exactly, that's why I can't fucking play this game. Reply +1
  • The original Xbox's oversized "Duke" controller has been revived, and returns this March

  • Nikanoru 14/01/2018

    While I have no interest in this controller, a lit-up animated green logo under the round jewel in the middle does sound awesome. Reminiscent of Jumanji perhaps? Reply 0
  • A voice from the past

  • Nikanoru 13/01/2018

    @spamdangled Well I was talking about the kind of value this article is mainly about.


    (Edit: I know talking about downvotes is getting old, but... this one is truly a mystery to me.)
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  • Nikanoru 13/01/2018

    I sometimes wonder how some people can just throw all their old toys and stuff away or get rid of them in yard sales, just because they're old. They can be of such immeasurable value. Reply +2
  • PUBG becomes Xbox One sensation surpassing 3 million players in a month

  • Nikanoru 12/01/2018

    Oh my, Johnny and Ian look so fetching in the thumbnail! Reply 0
  • Binding of Isaac creator Edmund McMillen's cat game Mew-Genics is back from the dead

  • Nikanoru 11/01/2018

    Good news. I wish canceled (or "indefinitely suspended") games came back from the dead more often. Reply 0
  • Super Mario Odyssey free update adds a new mini-game

  • Nikanoru 11/01/2018

    Meh, the game was complete as it was. Well, at least this is free. Reply -2
  • Overwatch, Pokémon dominated Pornhub's most popular game characters of 2017

  • Nikanoru 11/01/2018

    @_TheDarkSide_ It's OK dude, no need to say more. Everyone understands loud and clear. You're totally normal and not insecure about anything at all. ;) Reply 0
  • Nikanoru 11/01/2018

    @_TheDarkSide_ Riiiiight, tell me more about how you're totally not into this thing. Because you just aren't. I get it. ;)


    Attention everyone, darksideguy has an announcement to make! He wants everyone to know that he absolutely does not like animated adult material of any sort. He's a totally normal guy, he swears! Like, really, he wants you to be sure. Don't think that he does for a second, not even a little bit.
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  • Nikanoru 11/01/2018

    @_TheDarkSide_ Wow, trying real hard to deny it there champ. :lol: It's almost as if I hit a nerve... Reply -1
  • Nikanoru 11/01/2018

    @_TheDarkSide_ No, you willful dimwit, I was showing an example of one type of person he (and you) personally insults with comments like that. You think that just because I mentioned the artists, I think it's totally ok to shit on their audience?

    You're not cool, sport. You're not better than other people just because you happen not to like drawn adult material... or pretend you don't, anyway. Hell, perhaps the lady doth protest too much? Maybe it's time to come out of the cartoon closet. ;)
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  • Nikanoru 11/01/2018

    @_TheDarkSide_
    surely anyone who’s experienced any kind of actual physical sexual encounter would not be finding cartoon avatars having a romp on their screens in anyway sexy?
    It's called reading. Learn it.
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  • Nikanoru 11/01/2018

    @_TheDarkSide_ Are you actually dense? Read that guy's quote again that started this. Reply -1
  • Nikanoru 11/01/2018

    @SHPanda You seem to be really hung up on the one pikachu entry on this list, aren't you, with your nice little dog fucking example? Ignoring that all of the rest of it is just people.

    Not that it matters since it's all just pen and ink, and only disturbed people don't understand the difference between fantasy and reality. Something to think about.


    I don't even know why you're in here trying to attack people who are into something innocent. Is there something you have to prove, guy?

    I mean I don't personally get furries, for example. But I'm not gonna sit here and tell them they must all be virgins or some sort of bone-headed shit like that.

    You're no better than your average homophobe.
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  • Nikanoru 11/01/2018

    @_TheDarkSide_ I'm pretty sure the "cool kids" are the ones trying to make themselves feel better by trying to pretend they're more "normal" than other people.

    As for whose nerves he touched, did you know most high profile adult artists are happily married or in a relationship? I'm sure they'd be happy to be told something like that by the likes of you, huh?
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  • Nikanoru 10/01/2018

    @_TheDarkSide_
    Whether you've seen a real naked woman or not, isn't really the defining factor.
    Well that's what he seems to think if you read the utterly demeaning second paragraph of his post. "I don't see the appeal" is one thing. Trying to make judgement calls about what's supposedly "normal" for others to enjoy is... something else.

    You got negged for THIS???
    No, he got negged for the part you're not quoting.
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  • Nikanoru 10/01/2018

    @SHPanda
    surely anyone who’s experienced any kind of actual physical sexual encounter would not be finding cartoon avatars having a romp on their screens in anyway sexy?
    THIS again? It's the weirdest idea. That as soon as you've seen a girl naked in real life, all of a sudden your brain's ability to interpret 2 dimensional images stops working completely! What?

    "I've driven a powerful car in real life, now I can no longer enjoy racing games or even drawn pictures of cars, and it's stupid that anyone can!"

    Seriously what's your thought process behind this?
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  • Nikanoru 10/01/2018

    @Plumbus Some prefer the long block... Reply +1
  • Impressive fan-made Overwatch map gets the Blizzard nod of approval

  • Nikanoru 08/01/2018

    @Bauul
    If anything, they perhaps see him as a talent worth cultivating.
    You're probably right. I hope so.
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  • Nikanoru 08/01/2018

    That looks really nice. But it just doesn't quite look Blizzard quality, both in concept and execution. Really hope they don't put it in the game as is, as I expect Blizzard to come up with interesting things for the Overwatch world and its maps, not just existing stuff remixed (which is what many fan concepts tend to be). Reply -3
  • New mass shooting simulator aims to help teachers respond more effectively in a crisis

  • Nikanoru 06/01/2018

    @Stainless_Steel_Rat
    we can put the genie back in the bottle.
    Yeah, we did.

    Maybe you missed it, that's ok, here you go:
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  • Nikanoru 06/01/2018

    "You can't just take people's guns away now, it won't solve the problem, the shootings will just get worse, blah blah blah."

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