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Comment: Steam User Score beats traditional scores (Score 4, Interesting) 135

by Holammer (#49031267) Attached to: Are Review Scores Pointless?

The Steam User Score is currently my most trusted metric for how good a game is, something which is considered "overwhelmingly positive" with a couple thousand user reviews is usually a worthy purchase.
For non-steam users, imagine Metacritic except you can only submit your score/review if you own the actual game and it's either thumbs up or down.

Comment: Re:ZOMG PANIC! (Score 1) 127

by Holammer (#47193693) Attached to: Sony Overtakes Rival Nintendo In Console Sales

Even if Mario Kart sells well and gets some machines off the shelf, it's not like 3rd party developers will experience a moment of epiphany and line up up to produce exclusive triple A titles for the system. Where did this 'wunderwaffe' type of thinking come from?

I can't imagine some soulless CEO of EA slamming his desk, denouncing Sony/MS and rushing over to Japan to give Iwata a teary-eyed congratulatory blowjob because MK8 sold so well.

Comment: Being a misantrhope is hard. (Score 3, Interesting) 116

by Holammer (#46395475) Attached to: Popularity On Facebook Makes People Think You're Attractive

I have a *very* rare name/surname combination, so I'm easy to find, or at least I would be if I had a Facebook account, which I don't.
So I've had two employers ask me why they can't find anything about me on Google/Facebook, one of them even asked me straight up if I had served time in prison. So I'm not surprised by the findings, at all.

Comment: Re:Let's first define shovelware (Score 1) 277

by Holammer (#45237161) Attached to: Can Nintendo Survive Gaming's Brave New World?

I like the Urban Dictionary definition. It's descriptive and succinct
"1. Software that is hastily made, without proper testing, and 'shoveled' down consumers throats in order to make some quick cash. "

We've had them since time immemorial. Indeed, in the past the precursors of LJN sold cheap chess boards made out of clay, straw and cow dung when real developers used hard wood or ivory.

Comment: Re:Yes, They Can (Score 1) 277

by Holammer (#45235329) Attached to: Can Nintendo Survive Gaming's Brave New World?

Blaming it on the name... It's a factor but it's not the entire explanation.
Yes, Nintendo will sell a decent amount of machines whenever they unleash their eagerly awaited first party titles, that's basically Nintendo's own analysis and that's the problem. They're going to sell millions of Zelda/Mario/Kart/Smash Bros, but third party developers get to eat shit and nobody will have the confidence to develop proper games for the system apart from shovelware and some token conversions of 360/PS3 games.
At this rate Wii U will have the worst third party library since the Wii and N64. They're lucky they have strong handhelds to keep 'em alive.

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