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Comment Differences... (Score 1) 156

There is a huge difference between Pandora's ads and Facebook's ads. Even without adblock its easy to ignore Facebook's ads, not so much when your music is interrupted with an ad on Pandora. The reason why Facebook has been mass adopted has been:

1) Everyone is on it
2) Its free
3) Its not Myspace

I don't think there's a single person who would say that Facebook is great or amazing, instead its simply adequate enough for most people's needs. Other than simply having a lot more people on it than other social media sites, there is no advantage to Facebook when compared to literally any other social media site, it has no competitive advantage other than merely being the most popular. Pandora is different, its predictions are much more accurate than Apple Genius or Last.FM, its superior to its competitors, not merely the most used and until someone makes better predictions, it will continue to be used.

Facebook needs to make their platform better if they expect people to pay for it because all they have going for them now is sheer numbers, just like Friendster and Myspace had going for them in their heyday...

Comment Most negative publicity... (Score 2) 300

This is perhaps the most negative publicity that I've seen for a console before it even came out. Even the failures like the 3DO had great publicity (the 3DO was named Time's 'product of the year')

Has there been -anything- positive that has come out of the Xbox One's pre-launch that hasn't just been damage control?

Comment Re:It is better than buying used games (Score 1) 300

You're free to sell your games for however much you want them. Hint: There's more than just Gamestop.

Steam is actually pretty crappy, but its better than some DRM schemes that publishers have come up with since you can't just swap disks like you've always been able to with console games.

Comment Why? (Score 5, Insightful) 300

Why are there even ads on the Xbox? After all you've:

A) Bought the console
B) Bought some games (presumably)
C) Quite possibly bought a gold membership

Now, I can understand something like when you go to the store to have maybe a little promo of "what's new" but beyond that, ads are unacceptable.

Comment Re:Even before those... (Score 1) 135

Yeah, I'm not sure why Nintendo released the Wii U (and the 3DS) so soon with really no good games. I'm going to buy a Wii U (just like I bought a 3DS) but I see no point in shelling out $300 for a system that I'd just play one or two games on (New Mario Bros 2 and maybe Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate) until the rest of the games that I want to play come out.

The 3DS had exactly the same problem, it launched with no games of note and for the first 6 months or so of its existence its flagship title was a remake of a game from 1998. Now it has a large selection of excellent titles, Super Mario 3D Land, Fire Emblem: Awakening, Mario Kart 7, Tales of the Abyss, Animal Crossing, Luigi's Mansion, Kid Icarus, etc. but for the first year, there were really no reasons to buy it.

Comment Enough sequels (Score 1) 135

We've had enough sequels with Nintendo, what we really need is more original games. Yeah, its fun playing Mario/Zelda/Metroid every generation, but there's only so much you can do with them before you totally destroy continuity and cohesion as a series. Either that or do what they've done with Fire Emblem and make it be more like Final Fantasy where each game has some tie-ins (similar weapons, the Fire Emblem, a couple of references) but each game is mostly stand alone and so they're free to add and remove features at will and it doesn't really make the game feel any less of a Fire Emblem game.

I mean, there's some good concepts out there, but they feel shoehorned in a universe where they don't belong for example, Zelda: Spirit Tracks.

While Nintendo certainly shouldn't forget its classics, there is a need for fresh blood.

Comment Re:How about (Score 1) 135

Mario RPG was excellent, the Paper Mario and Mario and Luigi games are fun in their own ways, but they're nothing like Super Mario RPG. A sequel similar to Kingdom Hearts would be pretty fun... Assuming SE puts in likable characters and not the emotional, over-dramatic teens that they seem so fond of designing of late...

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