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  • Hands-on with Nintendo's final Amiibo designs

  • Nikanoru 04/11/2014

    I get that the supports needed to be sturdier than shown in the previews. But what the hell is with the colors? And the shapes? Bright yellow? Dark blue? Why does Fox's look like an upside down foot? There is no way these are cost saving measures, I get that added detail is more expensive to manufacture, but simply shapes and colors that aren't stupid looking should have nothing to do with cost.

    I'm confused and a bit disappointed.
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  • The Internet Arcade lets you play 900 classic games for free in your browser

  • Nikanoru 03/11/2014

    Thanks, but no thanks. I'll stick to regular MAME and all the control it offers, including making the game look like it's running on an arcade monitor, instead of playing something that's just the raw pixel output dumped and resized onto your PC screen. Which is the absolute worst way to view these games, and frankly downright disrespectful.

    (Hahaha, downvotes by 12-year-olds whose daddies' balls hadn't even dropped when some of these games were in arcades. It's a damn shame all the kids now think these games looked as shitty as they do in this browser emulator.)
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  • The Vanishing of Ethan Carter sells 60K copies in a month

  • Nikanoru 01/11/2014

    @Eoin_M No such thing for the mine entrance tunnel though AFAIK? Reply 0
  • Nikanoru 01/11/2014

    @Stevonymo Oh god I was stuck on the brass crow for so long. And the "entrance to the mine" I would've found a lot sooner if I'd known I was supposed to be looking for a TINY crack above a rock that blended in with the environment so much as to be pretty much invisible.

    And yet those were some of the only parts that required any actual effort.

    I'm just a bit ambivalent about this game. The story was nice but Idunno if it made up for the underwhelming gameplay, and frankly while it looked beautiful, I'd expected more, with all the chest beating about how it was supposed to look so un-game-like. Which it certainly did not.
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  • Death to the mini-map

  • Nikanoru 01/11/2014

    People talk about how turning it off should be an option, without realizing this is pointless, since the game world should generally be designed around either one or the other.

    Have a game where the explorable area is structured as to guide the eye around, and a minimap is going to feel superfluous and perhaps even like cheating (even when optional - just like an easy god-mode toggle in a shooter). Have a structureless sandbox game where many areas look similar, and the player will never not want to have the thing turned on.

    It's the same for many other optional mechanics in games. I feel the most polished games often provide few to no options at all.
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  • Nikanoru 01/11/2014

    Does anyone know any games that actually give you an in-game map without a location marker, leaving you to determine your location from the lay of the land? I think I remember Farcry 2 did this... any other recent ones? Reply 0
  • Nikanoru 01/11/2014

    Wow, I swear I thought I was crazy when I argued to remove the minimap in some games. People would tell me with absolute assertiveness how totally retarded it would be to remove functionality from a game.

    Minimaps help you navigate, so they're better by default, doofus!

    But here's an article saying exactly what I was thinking, and people in the comments agreeing with it. Between this and people starting to accept "tank controls" in traditional RE might actually be for the best, this is starting to restore my faith in gamers a tiny little bit.

    Now if only we could get over some other things like the absolute insistence that every game ever should be 1080p 60fps by default, and we could be getting somewhere...
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  • Prey 2 is officially dead, Jim

  • Nikanoru 31/10/2014

    "Prey 2 was a full game. And a crazy fun one. The team was small but you wouldn't have known it," said former narrative designer Jason Blair. "What happened to Prey 2, from where I sat, was political. And petty. And potentially litigable [sic]. Human Head had a great game."
    Frankly I'm more inclined to believe this version. I hate the games industry sometimes.
    Reply +21
  • Nintendo earnings improve, but Wii U and 3DS sales still slow

  • Nikanoru 30/10/2014

    @jetsetwillie Exclusives on any platform have the potential to be highly polished and optimized in a way that multiplatform games can't. Look at The Last of Us, most naughty dog games, or Resident Evil 4 which was near game perfection yet had to be severely cut down to be ported to the PS2 (it would certainly have fared better had it been a PS2 game from scratch). Or, well, most Nintendo games really.

    Most of my favourite games ever are exclusives. The first time a Final Fantasy game ever felt unpolished to me was the first time it became multiplatform with FF13 (and yes I know about the after-the-fact PC ports of 7 and 8 - both horrible).

    In short, when a dev can take 500 people and tens of millions of dollars, point to one single piece of hardware and say "build a game around THAT", that's just a beautiful thing.
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  • Nikanoru 29/10/2014

    @bluscorp91 Didn't pioneer anything? Wow. You do realize the N64 only gave us the analogue stick, rumble, trigger buttons, and the whole idea of having a d-pad and an analogue stick side by side? And everything else before that was pioneered by the SNES & NES.

    And as for games, oh, the N64 only gave us Mario 64 and Zelda OoT which defined many of the very standards which all 3D games derive from today. No big deal.

    (Watch the incoming revisionist history from some people.)
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  • Video: How does Resident Evil 1's new remake look on PlayStation 4?

  • Nikanoru 28/10/2014

    @SG79 So they rebuilt some areas and not others? Well, that's not gonna be jarring or inconsistent looking or anything... I've seen the screenshots of the places that are just upscaled bitmaps, they don't look very good. Walking from that right into a realtime 3D area...

    That coupled with their stupid way of handling the widescreen issue, I'll stick with the original on my good old CRT. The way they just cut off the screen at the top and bottom is a baffling decision to say the least.

    "But the screen pans up and down!" first of all, that still looks terrible (seriously it looks goddamn aggravating in the video) and it fucks up the original scene composition.

    Second of all, many places don't have the player move around enough to even get the chance to pan up and down to show the whole area.

    If they really are rebuilding whole areas in 3D (which seems like an uncharacteristically large amount of effort for Capcom these days) it makes me wonder how they managed to make such utter stupid design decisions elsewhere.
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  • Nikanoru 28/10/2014

    @ecco Eh, same difference. Reply 0
  • Nikanoru 28/10/2014

    Also: please Eurogamer, this is not a remake of a remake. It's a port of a remake. Don't get people's hopes up for nothing. Reply +23
  • Nikanoru 28/10/2014

    @-cerberus- So glad at least one other person understands this basic concept. Reply +15
  • Crusader: No Remorse is free right now on Origin

  • Nikanoru 28/10/2014

    @nobloodyname They also look a LOT worse on an LCD, like absolutely terrible. The stretched screen ratio is the least of its problems - the pixels and color values were meant to be viewed on a CRT.

    I highly recommend any serious retro gamer to drag an old CRT out of the attic or get one for a few cents at a yard sale, and use it as a second monitor. The difference for retro games is like night and day. Especially those running at 640x480 or lower, they look SO much better.
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  • The problem with video game guns

  • Nikanoru 25/10/2014

    @Zaiz Fucking Yes. I can't count the hours I spent in PD just messing with all the different weapons (42 total I believe) in the training room, every weapon having its own unique little training sequence with several difficulty levels to beat, which took advantage of the unique properties of each. Reply 0
  • Valve pulls game from Steam following dev's tweet threatening Gabe Newell

  • Nikanoru 21/10/2014

    @johnboyadvance Actually I would argue that if he was standing next to him and said something like that, consequences might have been less severe, since real-life communication has a way of better conveying true intentions.

    Like IRL if you heard someone did something really bad, you might say "I'm gonna kill that motherfucker" and nobody would bat an eyelid. It is assumed you're not really gonna commit murder. You're just gonna kick his ass, or possibly even just yell at him!

    Not so on twitter though.
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  • We cannot let this become gaming culture

  • Nikanoru 17/10/2014

    Here's another example of the kind of stuff you never see mentioned on gaming sites: https://twitter.com/GitGudGG/status/522139528010924032

    To summarize: an anti-gg person was caught trying to incite violence AGAINST PEOPLE ON THEIR OWN "SIDE" just to prove a point.

    That's more despicable than most things I can certainly think of.
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  • Nikanoru 17/10/2014

    @MrTomFTW Not rape, not censorship. It's all about definitions, isn't it? That's how the whole anti-gg club gets away with the same shit they accuse gg of doing. Reply +10
  • Nikanoru 17/10/2014

    @MrTomFTW
    Another attempt at GamerGate to silence it's critics
    Sorry dude, No Thunderf00t videos allowed.
    Very interesting.
    Reply +18
  • Nikanoru 17/10/2014

    @frazzl Alright one more then, because you insist.

    Am I comparing Quinn to a rapist?

    She held a deep personal belief that cheating is rape. Then, holding that belief, she willingly cheated on someone. With multiple people!

    WHAT, pray tell, would you call that?
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  • Nikanoru 17/10/2014

    @Totza Interesting how nobody has replied to this. I'll paste the link for anyone not wanting to bother scrolling up: https://twitter.com/lizzyf620/status/522896224157192192 Reply +4
  • Nikanoru 17/10/2014

    @frazzl Disappointing? If you say so, dad.

    If a person has strong opinions about a certain subject, as well as strong influence in a community, then their actions reflect on everything they have to say about it.

    Do I really need to bring out the old "if a rapist made a game, would you ignore the fact they are a rapist"?

    Anyway, once again this is useless, neither of us is going to be swayed, and I don't have any more time for this. So go ahead and have the last word if you really want it.
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  • Nikanoru 17/10/2014

    @morriss Exactly. There's a disturbing amount of "if you're not with us, you're against us" bullshit going around. Reply +8
  • Nikanoru 17/10/2014

    @frazzl Once again, it's everything else that flowed forth from it that matters, and again, I'm sure you've made your mind up about that and I'm not gonna waste my time trying to convince you. Reply +1
  • Nikanoru 17/10/2014

    @frazzl Thanks for making TWO separate assumptions about me in one line (I'll let you figure out which) and I think you missed the part where I said she previously made a public point to equate cheating with rape (which I mentioned I understood, if not agreed with), aimed mostly at men. That's what separates this from any normal cheating affair. Reply -2
  • Nikanoru 17/10/2014

    @Bertie
    Having the power to publish an article to a wide audience comes with the appropriate responsibility of doing so, and all the consideration and discussion that happens behind the scenes before something is published, because we know we'll be held accountable when it's seen.
    Makes you wonder what went on behind the scenes before Gamasutra's "death of gamers" article was posted, huh?
    Reply +7
  • Nikanoru 17/10/2014

    @salvodaze Again, whatever the blog is implying is colored heavily. Oh the role of the person in the dev team isn't good enough. The charity isn't good enough. The blog is trying so, so hard to discredit anything positive that could possibly be associated with GG, it's pathetic. But again, we already knew this just from the url. Reply -3
  • Nikanoru 17/10/2014

    @frazzl Hey you asked what she did that was bad, there you have it. If you want to go into all the implications that flowed forth from it, I'm not gonna write paragraphs about that. I'm sure you've read the internet, and I'm sure you've made up your mind. Like all the media has. Reply -4
  • Nikanoru 17/10/2014

    @salvodaze
    Can you prove to me any of the allegations on that link aren't correct? Please do.
    From what I'm reading, they are providing a team to shape the vision of a single person, something many a would-be games developer dreams about, and the blog post manages to twist it into a terrible thing. I'll just call that "typical" and be done with it.
    Reply +2
  • Nikanoru 17/10/2014

    @frazzl
    So what bad thing has Zoe done really?
    She very publicly equated cheating with rape. Then went on to do it multiple times, and yes she did it by her own admission. I'd say that's bad.

    And before anyone starts with the lynching, understand that I had a lot of respect for Quinn after the GAME_JAM thing, believe it or not. I loved how she stood up to that. And I could see her point with the cheating = rape thing, even if I didn't strictly agree with it. That was before the whole incident of course.
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  • Nikanoru 17/10/2014

    @salvodaze Haha don't link me to a self-proclaimed SJW blog and ask me to take a single word of it seriously. Reply -11
  • Nikanoru 17/10/2014

    @Pantsonmyhead
    You honestly don't know?
    You say that with an incredulity as if it's strange that I don't know every (or any) stupid 4chan meme. I'll thank you not to randomly assume stuff like that about people.
    Reply +10
  • Nikanoru 17/10/2014

    @Lemming81
    Look up 'the fine young capitalists'.
    Due to the totally-not-out-of-date EG comment system I have no idea which comment of mine you're actually replying to.
    Reply +3
  • Nikanoru 17/10/2014

    @Pantsonmyhead I'm sorry but WTF does that link have to do with the character? Reply +3
  • Nikanoru 17/10/2014

    @GamerFreak From the video comment:
    remind them that we donated more than $70,000 to help women make video games and no game site would talk about it.
    That's interesting. I HAVEN'T heard a thing about it on any gaming websites. Anyone care to explain?
    Reply +12
  • Nikanoru 17/10/2014

    @lindam Don't be reasonable, you'll get lynched around here! :( Reply -9
  • Civilian massacring game Hatred courts controversy, gets it

  • Nikanoru 17/10/2014

    It's already making a lot of people look inward, right here in the comments. And it's not even released yet. Regardless of the developer's motivations, that's at least interesting. Reply +11
  • E3 organiser and trade group ESA speaks out against GamerGate

  • Nikanoru 16/10/2014

    @sanctusmortis It seems like you still don't understand the point, and I'm not gonna repeat myself again. Reply -1
  • Nikanoru 16/10/2014

    @Zaiz I think you're still missing the point: it doesn't matter where these characters come from, the games are released on the western market, and the comic is about a western reaction to a certain visual character design.

    These characters look exactly like the kind of figure described in the comic page, we are playing with them, and we don't have a problem with them. Unlike what the comic is trying to make the viewer believe through its representation of the fat balding nerd.

    That's the strawman here.
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  • Nikanoru 16/10/2014

    @sanctusmortis Before you get all sarcastic it's advisable you fully understand the point of the original reply. Reply 0
  • Nikanoru 16/10/2014

    @Zaiz I think you've lost sight of the original point that the comic was trying to make. It was about looks.

    So many female main characters are represented as strong and independent but they still get bashed on by certain people because of the way they look. Like Lara Croft, who gets so much undeserved shit, and as a result has been turned into a shadow of her former self. A sad crybaby of a character. But at least she doesn't have big boobs anymore huh? Cool!

    Or look at Bayonetta 2, you can't get a more powerful character like that, but then look at Polygon's farce of a review of that game...

    As for your gay thing, I highly disagree, but that's a whole other discussion for another time.
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  • Nikanoru 16/10/2014

    @Zaiz I have no idea wth you just tried to say.
    Top image is the main antagonist from Final Fantasy IX. Yes, official concept art, yes, looks like that in game.

    Also, bigoted? Oh god you can't be serious.
    Reply +1
  • Nikanoru 16/10/2014

    @MrTomFTW Please god, not that utterly idiotic comic again. Hey, let's look at some of the main characters of some of the most popular high-profile games around, shall we?







    Welcome to the background radiation of my life. Point being that I'm totally fine with it, so the guy in the comic is a big fat strawman. But what else is new there.
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  • Anita Sarkeesian cancels university speech following school shooting threat

  • Nikanoru 15/10/2014

    @the_dudefather Yeah... now draw another comic where the guy's getting mugged on the street, then the next day blames someone else in a totally different place for the mugging when asking him for 20 bucks, and goes on about how "you criminal losers should get a job!" Reply 0
  • Children of Morta's pixel art is truly a sight to behold

  • Nikanoru 11/10/2014

    @Simbosan I think it's pretty much everyone. Everyone but you. ;) Reply 0
  • Nikanoru 11/10/2014

    @KanePaws Fucking precisely. By their logic, portrait painters should have quit as soon as color photography was invented. Reply +3
  • You can push The Evil Within beyond 30fps on PC

  • Nikanoru 10/10/2014

    What is with the fucking lynching here of anyone who suggests that maybe, possibly a developer could by any stretch of the imagination EVER have any artistic control on PC? Instead it's rows after rows of upvoted comments calling the director an idiot.

    No wonder nobody makes AAA PC exclusives anymore. You're a fine bunch, you are.
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  • Zelda and Sheik are separate Smash Bros. characters due to 3DS limitations

  • Nikanoru 06/10/2014

    @TPoppaPuff (PS: I know you can still read these in your notifications. ;D Do continue to be quiet though, it's nice.) Reply -1
  • Nikanoru 05/10/2014

    @TPoppaPuff Of course you need to block me, I know the truth stings a bit. ;) 5 years from college? That means you can't be much older than 25-26? LOL! I don't think you have a right to call anyone else out on age.

    It's very telling that you only mentioned your bachelor's degree (BTW you know what a bad name "video game colleges" have, right? lmao), and not any game dev jobs you might have had. Nobody would hire someone with such an incredibly weak grasp on game graphics theory.

    I sure as hell would never hire you. Just like so many interns I've rejected who were about to graduate from some of these colleges but had all the design sense of a wet sock.

    But at least they didn't pretend they were hot shit like you. Worthless.
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