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Comment Re:Why aren't people more hyped about the Wii U? (Score 1) 188

The sad thing is, some of the games which I've enjoyed the most were on the Wii (Red Steel 2, Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, 007 Goldeneye) and it seems that that style of gameplay is not being carried on for new games on the Wii U

Not sure this matches your style of gameplay but take a look at:

Zombi U

Fist of the North Star

Ninja Gaiden

For a launch there seems to be a good selection, but if the games don't match what you want I agree - why by the console.

Comment Re:Why aren't people more hyped about the Wii U? (Score 2) 188

Well as a parent I'd agree with a lot of what you said. I bought ours in 2006, and in the last couple of year our Wii has been one of those collecting dust due to it being noisy. I finally decided to do brain surgery on it, and fixed the noisy drive, and it is now being played in again.

All that being said, I preordered the Wii-U, and did so for a few reasons:

1) We have Netflix, a drive full of movies, BBC and a pile of other things (nope, no cable :), a bunch of hardware, that I'd like to consolidate and control through one remote. I don't think I'm the only one, which is why Harmony make out like bandits selling very pricey remotes;

2) I don't have to go finding disks each time and am hopeful the Wii online store will contain the games on Wii that get played regularly;

3) I'm looking forward (VERY MUCH) to the asymmetrical gameplay elements;

4) I like more "hard core" games as well, and this game allows for that (along with differentiated play types).

I don't think Nintendo forgot their market at all, but not all the market will move immediately. Wait :)

Comment Re:Why aren't people more hyped about the Wii U? (Score 1) 188

"You can't get Amazon or Hulu outside the US. Netflix is seriously underpowered outside the US as well."

I live in Canada - actually you can. You just have to know how :)

"I have a Universal remote. It was $10 at what used to be Radio Shack."

I have one too, and it is a $200 (now $179) Harmony that configures my Sony stereo, PS3, Wii, and Pansonic TV for usage. I'd rather the TVii if it works as it has both Bluetooth and IR and currently my Harmony only supports IR

" The shittiest browser I've ever used, and I include the one I wrote in College using BCB+, was the whatever the fuck Nintendo has on the Wii. The browser on my WATCH is better and it doesn't even have an Internet connection"

Well, the one on Nintendo is Opera. Opera is miles, and miles ahead of whatever it is on my PS3. I use Chrome and I like Chrome, but I don't find that I have a major problem with Opera.

"Nintendo banks on their legacy games, and frankly their selection is terrible compared to the other consoles."

I hadn't played with the Wii for a couple years now (using PS3) but then repaired the noisy drive recently and introduced my daughter to it. I think it is a great system for a 6 year old. She LOVES making Miis, likes Donkey Konga, and Wii Sports. I don't have a lot of legacy games on the Wii beyond Donkey Konga and I'd argue the selection is only terrible because they are geared towards kids. That seems to be changing with Wii U.

Comment Re:Why aren't people more hyped about the Wii U? (Score 1) 188

For all the lack of "hype" (I'd agree with you in North America, at least) they still seem to have sold out, and according to Fudzilla Nintendo will be hard pressed to keep up with demand. So ... how much advertising and marketing do you throw out there when you can't even keep up, as is? Kind of like throwing money away. That being said I've seen a lot about Zombi U, Nintendo Land, and some Nintendo Mario game? The major attribute that Nintendo has going for it (outside of the current large Wii audience looking for an upgrade) is that they bring about change (this time the tablet) that they put into ALL units, so there is hardware consistency. Sorry Sony, but a PS3 and PS Vita combination aren't the same; developers can't count on that hardware combination being available in all cases.

British Pizza Chain To Install Cones of Silence 122

itwbennett writes "British pizza chain Pizza Express is installing iPod docks and soundproof domes in booths of their new iPizzeria stores. 'The idea is that you can plug in your iPod and play whatever music you like without disturbing other diners,' says blogger Peter Smith. 'But I'm sure it'd work for talking about government secrets and other spy stuff, too.'"

The Home-Built Dark Knight Batmobile 87

ElectricSteve writes "RM Auctions recently declared James Bond's Aston Martin DB5 to be 'the world's most famous car,' but there's no doubt that there is another contender for that title — the Batmobile. One thing that muddies the waters a bit is the fact that the term 'Batmobile' actually describes at least three different vehicles: the modified Lincoln Futura concept car from the '60s TV series, the vaguely Corvette-shaped 1989-and-beyond movie cars, and now the car from the most recent two movies, the military-spec Tumbler. Michigan-based movie props artist Bob Dullam really likes the Tumbler, so he did what any of us would do in his position — he built one of his own from scratch."

BioWare On Why Making a Blockbuster Game Is a Poor Goal 192

BioWare co-founder Greg Zeschuk spoke at the 2010 Develop Conference about the current focus within the video game industry on making huge, blockbuster titles, and why that is the wrong approach. Quoting Gamasutra's coverage: "'While blockbuster game creation is everything that most game developers working today growing up wanted to do, it's precisely the wrong thing to chase in gaming's contemporary landscape.' Risk-taking from publishers and investors has dramatically declined in recent times, the Mass Effect and Dragon Age studio-runner noted: 'As a result, innovation and creativity [are] being squeezed. Where the bottom of the market had dropped out at one point, now it’s the middle of the market has dropped out. Unless you can be in the top ten releases at one given time, it's unlikely that a triple-A game is going to make money.'" Zeschuk also commented that consoles aren't necessarily the future of game platforms, and that BioWare is experimenting with smaller scale MMO development in addition to working on their much larger upcoming Star Wars title.

Comment SugarCRM replacement ... (Score 1) 357

two years ago when looking for a system for our 200+ person company, I looked at SugarCRM. It was "okay", but there were licensing issues. Was it really open source? There were certainly questions at the time. Then I looked at VTiger. It was better than okay (and much improved since then, although I'm sure SugarCRM has improved too) and it was clearly open source.

Microsoft Patents "Fonts With Feelings" 150

theodp writes "Seems like those old IBM flaming logo commercials (video) should count as prior art, but the USPTO granted Microsoft a patent Tuesday for inventing Fonts With Feelings. Giving font characters sound, motion, and altered appearance, Microsoft asserts, gives a user 'the impression the fonts have personalities,' thereby enhancing the user's understanding and/or fluency of words. From the patent: 'As a few non-limiting examples, the word 'giant' can get very large; the word 'lion' can morph into a line drawing of a lion; the word 'toss' can morph into a hand that animates a ball toss; the word 'bees' could show bees flying around with or without a 'buzz' sound effect'. If you're curious, Microsoft Research offers some explanations and examples of 'fontlings' in action — don't miss 'f' kicks 'a'!"

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