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Comment Re:What about side-scrollers? (Score 1) 205

A side-scroller probably wouldn't improve your peripheral vision at all, because your eyes are generally focused on the right side of the screen rather than the center. A first-person shooter or racing game, on the other hand, requires you to look at the center of the screen fairly often but also to be alert to quick developments on the edge of the screen. Of course, you'd have to be very close to the monitor to actually exercise the edge of your vision in this way.

Comment Missing the point of Bioshock (Score 3, Insightful) 20

We didn't buy Bioshock and give it all these Game of the Year awards because we liked the mechanics. The game is impressive because of its atmosphere, its unfolding mystery, and the sprawling world it invites you to discover while fending off hordes of bad guys. The actual enemy killing part is the least interesting portion of the game, but it's the only part of the game that would translate to a cell phone.

Comment Re:Bah (Score 1) 118

Instead of throwing a $100 graphics card into your old computer to play four-year-old games like Half-Life 2, you could spend $100 on a PS2 or Xbox to play four-year-old games like Half-Life 2. Technological depreciation is only a problem if you're on the bleeding edge.

Comment Re:Finally (Score 1) 509

Using this kind of detailed knowledge about the game's idiosyncrasies isn't cheating, or even micro-cheating. We call it "Playing to Win." In several cases, it can make an otherwise unplayable game competitive and fun. (Capcom vs SNK 2, for instance, is a lot more dynamic thanks to a bug allowing every character access to invincible attacks.)
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PS2 the Most Played Console In 2008 172

An anonymous reader writes "In terms of console usage, the aging PS2 still leads the competition, according to data from US research firm Nielsen. Data the company compiled between January and October 2008 shows that the PS2 commanded 31.7 percent of the total number of minutes spent playing consoles. Only 37.9 percent of play time took place on current-gen systems, with the Xbox 360 (17.2 percent) leading the Wii (13.4 percent) and the PS3 (7.3 percent). Users even spent more time playing on the original Xbox (9.7 percent) than the PS3, while Nintendo's GameCube (4.6 percent) wasn't far behind Sony's new console either." World of Warcraft once again topped the most-played PC game list by a large margin. Tetris was the top mobile game, followed by Bejeweled and Guitar Hero III.

Comment Re:Follow the money (Score 1) 381

I'm as happy as anyone about Bison's new devil reverse, but to the casual players who actually made the game a success, the changes are totally transparent. Sirlin's tweaks are only going to matter to the 10,000 people who know that Street Fighter tournaments exist - the rest are just going to see Ken's move list hasn't changed and leave it at that.

The marketing campaign I'm talking about is getting the #1 slot when you first boot up the new Xbox dashboard - a strategy which also worked well for Kingdom for Keflings and UNO, and they took several more clicks to download. A lengthy open beta and several timed previews also helped to get the word out to fans early.

Yes, HD Remix was a group effort - but I'm betting Capcom is realizing most of the profits, and they're the ones who should be warned that the same formula won't work for every old property they dig up from the archives. Street Fighter 2 was a successfully resurrected old game - but it has always been a good game, and it sold well even when it wasn't remixed. Capcom probably budgeted more money for Bionic Commando Rearmed, and got a lot less return per dollar for it despite its critical acclaim.

Comment Follow the money (Score 1) 381

Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix is setting Xbox Live download records left and right, despite containing zero new mechanics. It's clear that a straightforward improvement to graphics and sound, a big marketing campaign, and minor gameplay tweaks has really paid off for Capcom. There is one important caveat here: Capcom's successes are all existing popular franchises. 1942 Joint Strike and Commando 3 didn't do nearly as well as Mega Man and Street Fighter.

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