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Comment Re:I don't get it... but maybe I'm not supposed to (Score 1) 113

I grew up playing games like Mario and FF3 (6). Hence my inclinations towards good gameplay over good graphics.

The graphics in those games WERE good state-of-the-art-for-consoles graphics at that time. You're letting your Nintendo Nostalgia cloud your thinking there.

It was popular with EVERYONE.
We actually dusted off the old Wii just a few weeks ago for New Years:

It it is so popular why did you have to "dust it off"?

The reason you had to dust it off was because the Wii is like that Monopoly, Risk or Life set everyone has....that doesn't actually get played that all that often.

Nintendo focused on simple FUN, and absolutely destroyed the much more powerful competition of the time.

There was plenty of simple Fun to be found on non-Nintendo systems, your Nintendo Fanboyism is getting in the way of objectivity.

Nintendo made a lot of money by convincing non-gamers to buy Wii's...who played some Wii Play or Wii Fit now and then...but mostly the machine sat around gathering dust. And yes, Nintendo sold a lot of Wii's, but other than the minority of Smash bros/Zelda/Kart fanboys, those PS3 and Xbox 360 owners actually USED their systems.

Comment Re:I don't get it... but maybe I'm not supposed to (Score 1) 113

Nintendo has always had a cartoonish aesthetic about their games. They aren't trying to be hyper realistic, they never have. I seriously don't get where this "competing on graphics" thing came from.

Nintendo most certainly tried to compete on graphics with the NES, SNES, N64 and Gamecube. After all, the codename for the N64 was "Project Reality"

Back in the SNES days people who I believe to be people like you always said "Why have a SNES, Sega has better graphics". Nintendo has literally never been top tier graphics except possibly for the original NES, at which point I honestly can't tell as I was too young.

The NES wasn't quite as graphically capable as the Sega Master System, it does have better sound though. The SNES however is a different beast and does have superior graphics and sound to the Genesis.

Comment Re:I don't get it... but maybe I'm not supposed to (Score 1) 113

that Nintendo sells most of their consoles at a profit while Xbox and Playstation have largely been subsidized

Not the PS4, that thing has sold at a profit since day 1, which is something that couldn't be said for the Wii U.

It's very difficult to play an XBox One or PS4 with my kids on the couch.

How so? Playing Disney Infinity, Skylanders, Lego-whatever, Uno or Minecraft on a PS4 is no different from playing it on a Wii-U. I think you're letting your "Nintendo Nostalgia" cloud your objectivity on "family friendly"

If you don't want to hear what was done to your mother by a 12 year old, but want to play with others, Nintendo is the console to fulfill that.

You're letting your Nintendo Nostalgia cloud your objectivity again. It is quite possible to play online on non-Nintendo platforms and not have that issue. Besides the fact that certain games are simply not available on Nintendo platforms. After all, if you want to play War Thunder, Star Trek Online, The Elder Scrolls Online, DC Universe Online, Diablo Ultimate Evil Edition, FFXIV.....they're not available on the Wii-U.

If you want the nostalgic IP of your childhood (assuming you grew up playing games) you also tend to gravitate toward Nintendo,

There were them new-fangled video games on the TV box before Nintendo, whippersnapper. I was old enough to VOTE before Nintendo released the NES in the US. So some us DON'T have that childhood nostalgia for Nintendo.

Comment Re:Sure... (Score 1) 113

Getting HD versions of franchises that are on the 3ds today like Fire Emblem and Monster Hunter

We could have had those things years ago if Japanese developers weren't so stuck in the past with their development practices and weren't so Japan-centric and actually made versions of those games for the mainline consoles.

Comment Re:Evidence (Score 1) 480

It may be that people who were using their PC primarily for gaming are beginning to opt for consoles more (if I understand the term "console" correctly),

My PC runs Linux, but I game on a PS4.

And if the major software manufacturers decide to move to consoles, I think that will encourage more people to use FOSS.

Here's a thing you probably didn't think of....consoles (and console games) using FOSS.

Every piece of Sony gaming hardware since the PSP, has FOSS notices. In fact you can see Eric S. Raymond's name in every PSP, PS3, Vita, and PS4. The PS4 is essentially a FreeBSD system.

Comment Re:Double-dipping Nintendo (Score 1) 157

Hell I can fire up MP on games I bought a decade ago on my PC and play all I want and it don't cost a cent

Sure you can do that, but how many people are actually doing that or "want" to do that. Two words...niche community.

The reason Sony switched to the method it uses now is because:

1. the DEVELOPERS complained about having to maintain servers and account systems and whatnot for each individual game.

2. The PLAYERS complained about not having a unified service.

why in the world would I want to pay money to some third party which we've seen will happily pull the plug the second they can't nickel and dime enough shekels to make them happy?

Sony and the other companies aren't the third parties. They're the First parties. Third parties in this situation are things like Gamespy, or those dudes with a server in their basement for a niche community playing a game from 2004, who could shut it down at any moment.

Comment Re:More Nintendo Stupidity (Score 1) 157

You need a smartphone for voice chat?

What kind of insanity is this? Even the PSP had voice chat built into the few games that used it.

I'm thinking this is yet another way that Nintendo is stuck in the past, after all with all the Nintendo fanboys on slashdot going on about Smash brothers or Mario Kart played LOCALLy, how many people actually used voice chat on Nintendo consoles.

Not only that but if you want to use the pro-controller and voice chat, you have to plug in a mic into the Wii-U's gamepad.

Comment Re:Remember OUYA? (Score 1) 157

I've told you why it fizzled. It fizzled because no one wants to play IAP Android crap on a TV except a few guys like you obsessed with claiming how Nintendo/Sony's/MS's policies are hostile to garage developers

They're not.

You'd just rather complain and whine about how Evil Nintendo or Sony is preventing you from your dream...when it is something else more personal to you that is doing that totally unrelated to Sony or Nintendo.

Comment Re:PC (Score 1) 157

I can still setup a SvenCoop server

Hell, I can still load up AOE2

Sure, you can do that...but how many people actually "want" to play those games in 2017. Sure you can boot them up for nostalgia sake and some of the old games have small niche communities still.

But that's the point "niche community". In console-world we get new stuff all the time, we don't have to keep playing/modding brown-shooter 2004 because we're second-worlders with no money. Or we don't have to wait because Brown-shooter-maker's CEO is a lazy bum who just wants to sit around playing games, distributing OTHERS games for a serious cut of the money, eating cheetos and complaining about console ecosystems and then MAKING a pseudo-console with a horrible controller that no one wanted rather than MAKING games.

The funny thing is, there ARE console games that support LAN.

Comment Re:Additional Info (Score 1) 157

Sony accepted the invitation and sat around the table- smiling & nodding, until they learned enough from Nintendo... then they walked on the deal, withheld the CD licensing, and made their own system.

Yep the PlayStation was actually Nintendo's idea, and is the bastard child of Sony's betrayal.

You are incorrect, the betrayal was on NINTENDO's side of the deal, Sony didn't walk out, Nintendo did.

Under their agreement, Sony would develop and retain control over the SNES-CD disc format, with Nintendo thus effectively ceding a large amount of control of software licensing to Sony. To counter this, Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi sent Nintendo of America president Minoru Arakawa and executive Howard Lincoln to Europe to negotiate a more favorable contract with Philips, Sony's industry rival. At the June 1991 Consumer Electronics Show, Sony announced its SNES-compatible cartridge/CD console, the "Play Station". The next day, Nintendo revealed its partnership with Philips at the showâ"a surprise to the entire audience, including Sony.[7]

So YES bring back the cartridge for speedy access & saved-game retrieval. Boo hoo on MS & Sony for having to include a hard drive on their machines to simulate the same thing !!!

Saving on cartridge is inferior to a hard drive or separate storage card because it means that EACH game has to have save-game storage on it, increasing the price of the cartridge. Don't you remember that N64 games cost more than PSone games which used separate external plugin replaceable PSone memory cards?

Comment Re:Double-dipping Nintendo (Score 1) 157

If you already have a desktop PC with a competent CPU and 8 GB of RAM or more, adding a $200 GPU will let you play essentially all games on settings equivalent to those on the consoles.

And the total cost will be MORE than a PS4. Remember, you can just run out get one for $299 at the local big box.

And if you want a large enough selection of worthwhile exclusive games to rival PC exclusives, you need both the current generation PlayStation console and the current generation Nintendo console.

Who says anyone "needs" a Nintendo machine. I've got more "worthwhile" games than I have time to play on just a PS4. Remember, "worthwhile" is an individual thing. Not everyone is stuck back in that after-school Goldeneye/Mario kart/Smash Bros mindset.

Comment Re:Double-dipping Nintendo (Score 1) 157

You have to pay for the fancier benefits like game demos IIRC, but that's not really relevant to this discussion. (Although, being asked to pay for game demos? Horseshit.)

Playstation users don't pay for demos, why do you think they do? Now if you want "Featured content" demos to be automatically downloaded to your machine without you doing that's a PS+ benefit.

What's actually interesting about that is that Sony themselves have a fairly good history of keeping servers up long past the point at which a game is profitable.

Except for "Home", the thing was profitable, but they dropped that thing like a rock. Funny thing is, now we have these "Home-ish/Unity-ish" things with microtransactions on PS4 like Big City Stories (aka Home Tycoon), and that Casino one (basically Home Casino), but they're separate from each other. That makes no sense to me, because they duplicate functionality! They should have been incorporated into a new version of Home on the PS4.

Comment Re:Subscription for online multiplayer (Score 1) 157

You don't need Playstation Plus for multiplayer on the PS3, PSP or Vita.

You DO need it for most, but not all multiplayer on the PS4.

If you have to buy the game to play: Yes. (Note that this includes TESO since you have to buy the game client)

F2P: No. You can play all the DCUO, War Thunder, WoT, STO, Neverwinter, Onigiri, etc etc all you want. without PS+

Turn based games where you send-a-turn, asyncronous multiplayer: No.

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