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Comment Re:How many people have that controller? (Score 1) 157

No, they really aren't. They look like something from ten years ago. The game itself is dull, uninspired and lifeless.

Yes, the game is lacking a director in production. It's not exactly uninspired, but it is a but dull and lifeless at times. There are definitely better games out there for sure.

As for the graphics, mainly it's a hardware limitation in that you can't throw textures and high geometry like you can a dedicated gaming console these days. But that's ok, because it was purposefully designed to be a swashbuckling Wind Waker clone. It's truly an art form to match the evocative retro effect with the hardware you have. A perfect example is Horizon Chase on iOS. The It's flat-shaded polygons with arcade style synth music. If that looks and sounds like a hybrid modern/retro Sega Outrun clone, you would be correct :). So, depending on the game and designer, you can leverage HW limitation as a form of artistic expression. In some cases, emulate it for the retro effect.

Comment Re:How many people have that controller? (Score 1) 157


The problem isn't hardware availability, it's content. The best title I have so far for the Apple TV is OceanHorn. It's basically a Zelda Wind Waker clone. The graphics are really superb, and the music is composed by the some of the best console musicians out there - Kalle Ylitalo, Nobu Uematsu (Final Fantasy) and Kenji Ito (Secret of Mana). It's a pale imitation and leaves lots to be desired. But the point is, the Apple TV with a 3rd party controller would explode in sales if Shigeru Minamoto coded games for it. So the platform is there. Nintendo just needs to develop for iOS and stop chasing waterfalls with new proprietary console hardware. It's a complete waste of their time IMHO.

Comment Re:How many people have that controller? (Score 1) 157

How many other people own that controller or others like it? I haven't seen one third-party controller maker release sales figures, and without them, it becomes hard for a for-profit company to justify developing a game targeted at a particular third-party controller. It's also bulky to carry in a pocket.

I'm glad you asked. When the latest AppleTV got released, one of the first items to purchase with it was a game controller. At the time there was just the Nimbus, which is the one I got. Shortly thereafter, the Steel Series Status came out. Now there are a total of six different controllers in all available. The pricing ranges from what you normally expect, so nothing shocking here.

FYI - will continue on next post as lameness filter is fucked

Comment Re:Huh (Score 1, Insightful) 96

GOP is done, and has been for awhile - as a party. From the ashes will be Trump and whatever falls after. Probably after the damage there will be a Libertarian movement from the ashes of both the GOP and DNC types - small government with urban liberal independent views and a mix of rural "don't tread of me" folk. Either way, first you must deal with the massive multi-billon dollar onslaught that Zuckerberg and Soros will be throwing. THEY ARE GOING FOR BROKE to ensure Clinton wins. They must, to SURVIVE!!! This is where it gets real fucking dangerous. You all haven't seen nothing -yet- from these two spawns of Satan.

Comment Re:It's Simple Economics (Score 1) 180

The cold hard factual brutal reality of the situation of SanFran is this: This is the city of the young college graduate working campus. It's the first place you go as a professional first to cut your teeth on prior to leaving to another state/city to get married, have children, and settle down. SanFran will ALWAYS have a perpetual flow of a young expendable *cheap* workforce. Now add to the fact you've got unlimited H1Bs living in communes for the very same reason (prior to going back home to China and India) and you've got exactly what simple is of San Fran - a giant youth working campus/city. IT IS NOT A PLACE TO RAISE A FAMILY!!

Comment Re:Laptops and the Steam Link (Score 1) 162

Oh, you could do that, but then again, it's not console gaming. Console gaming typically implies a level playing field were all gamers (local or online) have the same controller, same platform/specs, and the same resolution. Out of fairness, I'd imagine these new "Plus" console editions to pair players up in the same game so as to not leave other players at a disadvantage. With PC gaming, anything goes with your own rig spec wise.

Comment Re:Average car? (Score 2) 622

It's the dealers. They add in all sorts of fucking bullshit like lifetime nitrogen for the tires (Honda civic), or bolt-on running boards (Toyota RAV4, wtf?) that have insane profit margins. Wherever the sales guy falls short, the finance dept will make up for via some numerical wizardry and voodoo. After TTL, yeah, I can totally see that going up to 34k for a decent family car!

You will never pay MSRP, because MSRP doesn't include bullshit! Bullshit costs an extra 10% above and beyond what you expected!!!

Comment Re: What typically happens (Score 1) 209

Yes, but that was the best 40 minutes of THEIR life. It was mind-numbingly easy. Why actually work hard of reviewing four cases in an hour (15 minutes each) when you can sit on your ass for at least 40 minutes on one call burning time on the clock? It wasn't for your benefit, it was for theirs; a few more like that and they can clock out with a less stressful day.

Comment Re:So the end of the perfectly optimised console g (Score 1) 162

What is the purpose of the console?

Social gaming around a centralized monitor (TV) with plug-in-play functionality. But yes, standardization is somewhat gone in favor for market segmentation. But the premise is still he same; plug in, turn on, choose game, pick up controller and game. Hardware wise, yeah, a glorified x86 based PC mass-produced on contract (to amortize the cost) for the projected generational life of the unit.

Comment Re:They don't know who their customers are (Score 2) 78

Ok, I'm responding to you (post# 52380023) and Sibko (post# 52380113). Yes, RIM knows EXACTLY who their customers are; government and the banking industry in general! RIM is backing Clinton. They're betting the horse that she will enact provisions to weaken encryption, create yet a whole other department for managing all root certificates and mandating Gov having them installed on all devices, and RIM being the primary government contractor for cell phones.

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