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  • Metroid Prime Federation Force review

  • Repsode 19/08/2016

    Based on what I've heard of Nintendo's process they tend to come up with gameplay ideas and mechanics first then see what existing IP it can be attached to. This has the twin benefits of making the idea commercially viable and keeping said IP fresh. Because Mario is so versatile and malleable as a video game character he is the usual go-to. Splatoon was at one point in its development a Mario game. However they couldn't reconcile those characters with the ink swimming mechanic and, with nothing else suitable, a new IP was born.

    I definitely think that this may have been tried here and failed. Perhaps Hunters multiplayer gave a incorrect belief that Metroid is a broader IP than it is. Metroid is a very specific thing. Which may explain why it's not gotten much attention given this apparent design process.
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  • PES 2017 demo detailed

  • Repsode 18/08/2016

    Looking forward to next year's PES, Heroes of PES, which will be a MOBA that takes a divergent look at familiar PES themes with 100s of your favourite players and mascots. Looking forward to maining Partick Thistle's Kingsley myself. There are also rumours of a pachinko based reward system. Reply -1
  • The THQ name lives again as Nordic Games rebrands

  • Repsode 12/08/2016

    @BabyBabyBabyOh Well it wasn't too surprising given that at the time they were technically a toy company. (Toy HeadQuarters if you're not old enough to remember). Founded by an ex-LJN founder no less. First THQ game I ever played was Home Alone 2 on NES. An experience I will sadly never forget.

    Edit: A couple of THQ's toys:

    Wonder why they got out of that industry?
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  • Telltale Games is teasing something to do with Mr. Robot

  • Repsode 10/08/2016

    Telltale may be making a Mr. Robot game but the only video game company I can think about when I think Mr. Robot is Sega. Am I the only one? Fairly certain this has happened to me before when something uses the logo font of a more recognisable entity. I think those projects may have used the old Star Trek and Transformers fonts and I all I could think about when I saw them were Star Trek and Transformers.

    Guess that just goes to show how strong visual design is to a brand.
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  • Sega has quietly become one of the world's best PC strategy game companies

  • Repsode 04/08/2016

    While I am happy that the company has found a niche in which it can be successful, being a massive fan of Sega since the Master System and its late 80s arcade heyday I can't help but feel like it's so far removed from the Sega I know that it's almost like Infogrames' Atari. Sega in name only if you will. We occasionally get a Sonic or Japanese in-house game but the success of the strategy games means Sega are now less likely to bother with the latter. I get that business plans change and that a company's identity can too but even through all of its changes in the past big and small, Sega's always really felt like Sega. Now there are two Home Segas and I'm not as keen on the one in my region as I am of the other.

    Oh well that's business I guess.

    Also on Sega being a huge multi headed hydra, I didn't quite understand that until very recently. Sega still remains a force to be reckoned with in the western amusements market with the European arm in particular being very successful. They also have a division purely responsible for ticket redemption and crane game prizes. Sega even has their own brand of Android tablets and phones(as do Bandai Namco) related to the above.

    The rabbit hole goes deep if you dig enough.
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  • People think the Mario & Sonic Rio Olympics game shouts a really bad word

  • Repsode 29/07/2016

    Not what he's saying at all but is now all I can hear. Cheers Angry Dad from Barnstaple. Maybe Shadow's just venting his frustration at the state of the Olympic Village. Reply 0
  • Yakuza 0 release date set for January

  • Repsode 28/07/2016

    Wait. Sega themselves are publishing this? Not Deep Silver? But it hasn't got football managers, giant armies, Xenomorphs or gothic space xenophobes in it. And on disc too?!! What madness is this?

    Good madness. That's what. I can't wait!
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  • NX is different, and different is Nintendo's best option

  • Repsode 28/07/2016

    The best route to graphically shiny Nintendo games delivered in a conventional format is for Nintendo to exit hardware altogether and become a third-party developer, addressing the biggest possible audience. If that is what the world really wants, then NX will fail and that is what it shall have.
    Or they could drop video games altogether and do something else like return to and double down on their health products idea that's on the back burner. Wouldn't be the first time. Video games used to be that something else back in the early 80's.

    Losing the licensing fees per game sold on their machines(particularly on handhelds, with strong Japanese third party support) may not be boosted by any increase in first party game sales, which could be negligible. Looking at the sales figures for first party games, how many more copies could they realistically sell. Without profits from hardware or a cut of everything sold on it, it may not be attractive to keep going.

    They MAY go third party, and if they do expect them to pay minor lip service to home consoles. Make no mistake, like the 3DS/WiiU split they WILL prioritise mobile. It's where it's audience traditionally sits, particularly in Japan. That's not insignificant. Most Japanese companies seem to view international success as a bonus but the Japanese market must be answered first.

    There are a great many things that could happen should the NX fail, and I really do think this thing needs to sell to prevent major shake ups to Nintendo's business plan. Going third party is only one possibility. Who knows, they could even pull a Konami.
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  • Nintendo nets large loss for latest financial quarter

  • Repsode 27/07/2016

    Not sure why people think making the same system to everyone else will miraculously save Nintendo or even boost third party support. People forget that GameCube was the lowest selling Nintendo home console before the WiiU took that dubious crown. It had decent third party support early on and was more powerful than the PS2. Why did it fail? By the time it launched the PS2 was gaining quite a library and had sales momentum. It just came too late to make a dent.

    We're already seeing something similar with PS4 and Xbox one. The PS4 is now the accepted standard and the Xbox One is perceived as the same thing but not as good and it has more or less the same third party support. It's ludicrous to think that a third equivalent system by Nintendo at this point in the generation would succeed.
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  • Nintendo NX is a portable console with detachable controllers

  • Repsode 26/07/2016

    This has some serious potential. I'm not looking for another PS4 or Xbox One. Already got those. And I have a PC that outclasses both, so I'm not exactly pining for the best graphics new hardware can muster either. What I am looking for is a next-gen 3DS. It seems as if they want to replace both of their current devices with a single product. If they've come up with a handheld powerful enough to not look massively outclassed by home systems on a big screen while remaining a true handheld then count me in. Nintendo's nack for art direction that punches above its technological weight will make up the difference for me. Reply +7
  • Here's how Sonic's Green Hill Zone looks in Lego Dimensions

  • Repsode 25/07/2016

    I've had a good time with TT-developed Sonic before though even if I didn't have access to the game I'd just buy it for the minifig. If there's no Richard Jacques music in there I'd be disappointed. Wonder if they'll get any Sonic 3D or Sonic R references in. Reply +4
  • Sega announces two new Sonic games

  • Repsode 24/07/2016

    @Ash735 Oh god! If I didn't know better I'd swear that was an unused Sonic CD track! The good JPN/EUR one. Reply +1
  • Civilization 6 pre-order gets you early access to the Aztecs

  • Repsode 21/07/2016

    While I'm all but sure the game will be good and I'm also certainty going to buy it I can wait. There'll be plenty of other civs I can play as for a month and a half. Reply +4
  • The weirdest Pokéstops in Pokémon Go

  • Repsode 21/07/2016

    @NullDev they can't be all bad if they're giving free pugs to charity. Reply +1
  • Pokémon is getting a live-action film based around Detective Pikachu

  • Repsode 21/07/2016

    @riceNpea I'd absolutely get behind any one of those. Well. Maybe not Pasquale. Pantoliano perhaps? The key thing would be to hire a great detective voice and ignore the Pikachu aspect in the casting. The more hilariously incongruous the better. Reply 0
  • Repsode 21/07/2016

    @riceNpea Or it might be that DeVito might just be considered by many to have a great voice and attitude for a Pikachu PI with a noir-esque interior monologue, which the Pikachu in the game this will adapt has. This whole DeVito thing was only really born from someone plugging choice DeVito quotes into the Japanese trailer of the game and people latched onto it. Reply +2
  • Capcom to let Street Fighter 5 players buy Survival Mode character colours

  • Repsode 20/07/2016

    This whole thing just feels like Capcom is determined to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. The game seems like it has some really solid gameplay but everything else surrounding it has been just awful. SFV just feels like a vat of faeces with a small but extremely rare gem at the bottom and I'm still not sure I want to dive in to get it. I'm definitely thinking about waiting till Capcom have moved on from it, the game is done and they sell everything on one go in a complete package. It'll be easier to evaluate whether it ends active support as a great game. It's still an abject lesson in how not to release a game. Reply +1
  • We need to talk about Pokémon Go's lure feature

  • Repsode 11/07/2016

    @LazyDan Agreed. Not doubt a mod will be on here soon saying that they need to have clickbait-y headlines to survive. As I said in that article about imagine publications and Future merging, if that's what internet publishing has reduced itself to its quite frankly in worse shape than print's ever been and in much shorter time to boot. Reply 0
  • Richard Garriott selling vials of his blood on eBay

  • Repsode 08/07/2016

    Yup. This is against the eBay ToS.

    "We don't allow humans, the human body, or any human body parts or products to be listed on eBay, with two exceptions. Sellers can list items containing human scalp hair, and skulls and skeletons intended for medical use."

    Examples of prohibited items include, but are not limited to:
    Native American grave-related items, including skulls and skeletons intended for medical research
    Tibetan prayer skulls
    waste products
    body fluids
    any of these items included as a gift, prize or giveaway in connection with another item listed on eBay
    You can't sell any of these items even if you state they are intended for medical research.

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  • So long, Mrs White: Cluedo's housekeeper is no more

  • Repsode 08/07/2016

    Wasn't there a game show on TV in the early 90s or did I just dream it?

    Also didn't the film have at least two endings? I heard that the murderer was different depending on the print the studio sent to the cinema.
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  • Persona 5 coming to Europe - courtesy of Deep Silver

  • Repsode 06/07/2016

    Sega Europe Bosses: This Persona 5 thing? Was it developed by Creative Assembly, Sports Interactive or Relic Entertainment?
    Random Employee: Um, no. It's by Atlus, one of our subsidiaries in Japan.
    Sega Europe Bosses: Does it have any blue hedgehogs in it?
    Random Employee: No sir, no Sonic.
    Sega Europe Bosses: Screw that then. Fob it off to that Mighty No.9 publisher. They take any old shit. And what's that you have there? Yak...oo...zah 0? We make that?!
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  • What does Brexit mean for the UK video games industry?

  • Repsode 24/06/2016

    As citizen of Northern Ireland at least I can apply for an Irish Passport for dual nationality. I'll still be an EU citizen yet.

    And before anyone gets the impression I'm being slightly smug just remember that this has the potential to set our country back 20 years politically. Back to an era that quite frankly terrifies me. My only consolation is if NI beats the tar out of Wales on Saturday. Unlikely, but it's all I have.
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  • Nintendo denies Paper Mario: Color Splash joke references "online hate campaign"

  • Repsode 23/06/2016

    @HappyGator Plebgate(remember that one?) had been less frequently referred to as Gategate. Reply +4
  • Repsode 23/06/2016

    Either she has some serious case of paranoid egomania or Gamergate really IS the only cultural reference she knows of with -gate at the end. Both of these potential truths depress me. How could she not know what Watergate is? She is a 28 year old American(whose Twitter account is called teenage shirtbag). How could she get this far without knowing what Watergate was. Reply +20
  • Read Only Memories released date set for PS4 and Vita

  • Repsode 23/06/2016

    I own this on PC but have not yet sat down to it, only having played the demo which impressed me. Heard good things. Soundtrack is really good though. Snatcher is one of my all time favourites so this obvious homage was definitely up my alley.

    I wonder though if the PC version will also be updated.
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  • The UK's two biggest video game magazine companies are now one

  • Repsode 23/06/2016

    @Xboxfanuk Thanks the rise to top 10 lists, click bait, content farmers and Taboola the internet died first if you ask me. Reply +7
  • Dragon Quest 7 finally gets a western release date

  • Repsode 16/06/2016

    Looking forward to this. Didn't I hear that they fixed the terrible pacing of the first few hours? Could swear it took nearly 2 hours to get to a battle in the original. Reply 0
  • Nintendo confirms there is no female Link in Breath of the Wild

  • Repsode 14/06/2016

    I feel that this article might end up being relevant here.

    More so its follow-up.

    The TL;DR for the above is about the toxic entitlement of "Fandom" not just when they come from a place of obvious hate but also from not just asking for progression in an existing property but demanding it be done only in the way they want.

    Perhaps the key take away snippet(from the follow-up) that would sum up my position on issues like these:

    "I believe that people should let the decision-makers know that they want more stories featuring underrepresented groups. I believe that the only way to get more representation is to let the suits and the bean counters know that there's an audience for this stuff, to loudly proclaim your willingness to buy tickets or comic books (and then follow up on it by actually buying tickets and comic books). Everyone should let the companies behind the stories we love know that they would like to be included in them.

    But the line is crossed when you go from "Disney, I would really like to have a queer princess in one of your cartoons" to "I demand that the writers and directors of Frozen 2 make Elsa canonically queer." You can - and should! - let the higher ups know the kinds of stories you want told. You should not demand that storytellers tell their stories in the ways that you want."
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  • Nintendo Zelda Treehouse E3 2016 live report

  • Repsode 14/06/2016

    Ganon, not Ganondorf confirmed? Reply 0
  • Repsode 14/06/2016

    Liking Link's new persona as a pyromanic. Reply 0
  • Repsode 14/06/2016

    @arty. Ak. Beat me to it. Reply 0
  • Repsode 14/06/2016

    This is a Far Cry from what I'm used to with this series. ....Sorry. Reply +1
  • Repsode 14/06/2016

    @vert1go. Yup. Haven't seen it yet but it will suck. Unless it's yet another broken convention. Reply 0
  • Repsode 14/06/2016

    "Look at this giant meat!" Quote of E3 right there. Reply 0
  • Lego Dimensions' second year adds Harry Potter, Adventure Time, A-Team

  • Repsode 09/06/2016

    @abigsmurf My theory is that they'll just add all the content as a gigantic patch, or maybe smaller ones on each wave's launch date. I guess they figure that the base game is flexible enough that a whole new game or portal won't be necessary. TT did say they had a 3 year plan for Dimensions. Nice to see that it looks like they meant what I thought it meant. After 3 years it'll be easier to evaluate or even justify a full sequel. The model looks kinda Sims-like in that respect. Reply +3
  • Now Injustice 2 has leaked

  • Repsode 07/06/2016

    Hoping for a Marthality move specific to Batman v Superman matchups which instantly ends the match with a hearty handshake and declarations of now being BFFs. Reply +1
  • There's a new Metal Gear Solid game coming this autumn

  • Repsode 02/06/2016

    I'm not particularly up on the state of the pachinko business but the opposite trajectories of Konami and SNK in the field confuse me. My current (possibly wrong) understanding that there while there still is a decent amount of money in pachinko, it is very much a shrinking market now that other forms of gambling have a tad more freedom in Japan. Is it just that Konami are only looking at the huge money they can make right now, while SNK see the writing on the wall long-term and transitioning before it becomes a problem? Or is it that Konami are making a shrewd choice in doubling down on their bigger money earner and SNK have merely been muscled out by stronger competitors and are re-entering the video games business as a fall-back? Reply 0
  • Yes, Overwatch has a story. Here's everything you need to know

  • Repsode 23/05/2016

    It's always been a personal frustration of mine that I find myself immensely enjoying the worlds and characters of Blizzard games but almost universally not the games themselves. Not because they're terrible games or anything but they operate in genres I just don't find enjoyable. I have bought their RTSs in the past as the story makes slogging through what is perhaps my least favourite genre worth it but I just can't justify MMOs and multiplayer team shooters are just not my cup of tea.

    I almost feel guilty that I do not see myself ever buying Overwatch simply because everything I actually enjoy about it is only hinted at in the game itself. I get my hit from these amazing shorts. In gameplay terms there simply is nothing that personally appeals.
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  • In Theory: Will future consoles share identical tech specs?

  • Repsode 03/05/2016

    "Sony assumes that smart phones raised the acceptance of shorter product cycles in younger generations of gamers"

    While this would initially seem sound there does seem to be some evidence that the Smartphone product cycle has a hard time working in other product categories. Take tablets for instance, arguably the closest device to the smartphone market in terms of product cycles. Tablet sales are down across the board even the iPad and have been for a while. Now Apple has stated in their recent earnings call that usage and satisfaction remain high and I'd be surprised if Google or Amazon would claim different for theirs. People don't seem to be sick of using tablets. The conclusion would therefore be that the tablet market has matured to the point that the number of people buying their first tablet is shrinking and that people are happy enough with the ones they already have and aren't upgrading. Tablets increasingly look to have a PC style purchase cycle, where people upgrade only when support stops or it dies.

    Short product cycles have worked for smartphones largely due to subsidised contracts encouraging an upgrade at least every other year and even that no longer seems like a sure thing long term. Contracts seem to be very slowly going out of fashion, in the states particularly. Apple saw its first quarterly decline in a good few years and its competitors aren't fairing much better. I'd bet some of that decline is due to people choosing not to upgrade their handset, either going pre-pay or sim-only.

    I would have agreed a couple of years ago that shorter product cycles might work well for consoles but current market trends suggest it may be more of a gamble in 2016 and beyond than it would have been in say 2013.
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  • Amazon marks GTA5, FIFA 16, Minecraft and more as "exclusively for Prime members"

  • Repsode 22/04/2016

    As someone whose online shopping habits don't justify prime (nor have time to add their streaming service on top of my already over long viewing list on other services) it really does come across that Amazon would rather not take my money as I'm not psychologically locked in to the system.

    Amazon became the 'default' store on the Internet by building up to encompass everything, competitive pricing and a quick painless shopping experience.

    The simplicity part is no longer true unless you are a Prime member. Now I can't guarantee getting the item from Amazon itself rather than from third parties. At that point why shouldn't I google around and go elsewhere. Amazon was built on slowly and carefully training people to go to them automatically when they wanted to buy something. Moves like this have the potential to break that traning and could hurt them long term.
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  • Final Fantasy 15 Ultimate Collector's Edition eBay scalpers criticised

  • Repsode 04/04/2016

    The key is patience, I think. When the fallout 4 pip boy was put up for pre-order the things were put up on eBay for really silly money. I missed out on buying officially so I held my nerve but kept checking and got it for only Ł20 more than what Bethesda were selling it for. This was just a few weeks after release when the hype died down and the market no longer justified stupid pricing. I would say that if you're balking at these prices try again in June or July which should be the point when people have stopped thinking about the game, lowering the market. Just before the marketing blitz begins and interest picks up. Reply +1
  • What would you uninvent about modern games?

  • Repsode 03/04/2016

    To expand on Simon's point I'd uninvent pretty much every single modern industry practice. Day 1 patches, Day 1 DLC(Those that are essentially expansion packs released months later can stay), micro transactions, pre order bonuses, Season passes. Pretty much everything. All the above has only served to devalue the gaming experience for me. Actually I find myself feeding less money into the industry as a result, choosing to wait until a game feels finished( often on sale by this point), buying retro games (money goes to eBay sellers) or spending money on something else entirely. It's drained a decent chunk of my enthusiasm for the medium.

    Edit: Oops. Forgot Early Access. That can go too.
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  • Epic boss accuses Microsoft of trying to "monopolise game development on PC"

  • Repsode 04/03/2016

    @CaptainKid If it makes you feel better do know that not only can you get Mac software from outside the App Store, said App Store is rapidly losing support from the best Mac developers as Apple have seemingly abandoned serious development on it. Apple never restricted distribution on Mac OS as it was already open as that genie wouldn't go back in the bottle without losing support for the OS entirely.

    Point being you can only really restrict distribution right from the start of the platform. Apple were smart enough to not change how Mac OS software availability already worked and I'd imagine MS are too. Because if they aren't they're going to be in a world of hurt.

    Edit: Ack! Other people already covered this. Didn't mean to pile it on.
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  • Vote on Doom's alternate box art

  • Repsode 04/03/2016

    Oh god B is glorious. It just screams Doom. Why are they faffing about with any other option? (although there's a nice Ultimate Doom vibe to A) Anything is more representative of the franchise than that boring default. Reply +1
  • You'll need $3000 to pre-order a Microsoft HoloLens dev kit today

  • Repsode 29/02/2016

    I distinctly remember reading an interview somewhere that the price is intentionally inflated precisely to put off consumers. The lesson this team apparently learned from the Kinect was that it gained too much initial success too early. Almost as if they felt Kinect should have gone through a few generations before becoming mainstream. Indeed that same interview could peg when MS think it could go consumer. The time frame stretches from within a year to possibly over a decade away. Hololens is now at Open Alpha stage, if that. MS want this to work out and clearly don't want to rush it.

    Here's the link:
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  • Watch: Are fighting games losing popularity?

  • Repsode 20/02/2016

    The problem really is that as time went on fighting game developers only listened to the vocal hardcore above all else and went to a technical extreme by the end of the 90's. As such the games became less fun over time to the larger more casual set. Easy to learn, hard to master simply became hard to learn and master and that's what turned people off. Street Fighter III being the poster child for the trend. Street Fighter IV did it's best to lean more towards what made fighting games the beast it was in the early 90's but I'd imagine damage to the genre's perceived accessibility had been done. I don't think the genre will ever come back in force, sadly.

    Also looking at other eSports genres would anyone be surprised if MOBAs followed the same trajectory?
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  • No new Assassin's Creed this year, Ubisoft confirms

  • Repsode 11/02/2016

    Probably for the best. To be honest, given the cast and the costume shots revealed so far, the movie was looking like a more exciting prospect than yet another annual game in my opinion. A break will do the franchise good. Reply +1
  • XCOM 2 review

  • Repsode 01/02/2016

    Remember when this game's predecessor was,to the publisher, the comparatively cheap little bone thrown to the hardcore to keep them from bitching too much about the brand's new primary direction into FPSs?

    Well, where's the sequel to the The Bureau, eh?

    God I love these little justices.
    Reply +18
  • Metal Gear Solid 5 has shipped 6m units

  • Repsode 30/01/2016

    That the pachinko business is underperforming isn't all that surprising. A story came out recently that SNK Playmore had begun a video game developer hiring spree as, due to new gambling regulations among other factors, they too were seeing declines in their pachinko business. SNK seem to think that now's a good time to get back to what the brand was best known for right at the same time Konami seems to think it should abandon theirs.

    Link to the article:
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  • The Angry Birds Movie is still a thing, here's a new trailer

  • Repsode 27/01/2016

    I've always found it funny how fads end. Sometimes you get something like Pokémon which settles down into a comparatively unhyped but otherwise massively successful franchise. Then you have TMNT, a franchise whose 90's peak has long since past but has been able to continue to be popular almost consistently after a brief break in the late 90's. Angry Birds which is definitely at that 'sick of it' stage that caused the Turtle's hiatus. Pokemon never got to that stage because the core of the franchise, the games, were just that good. The turtles as characters were solid but ultimately overexposed. A few years later and a few fresh spins on the things people liked about them and they're still relevant 30 years later. I think that Angry Birds' problem is that there's just not much to latch onto as characters or really evolve the games much further. I could be wrong but maybe the whole franchise is probably too shallow to get itself permanently embedded in public consciousness. i suppose the performance of this movie will be the litmus test. Reply 0