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  • Mar 20th, 2015 @ 2:43am

    Well, just don't expect 'proper' Nintendo games on smartphones. Or ports. Or old games.

    Sure, it's interesting that they're doing this, but Nintendo have openly stated with this announcement that a) all their smartphone games will be content produced exclusively for smartphones and designed around smartphones, and b) they will not port games made for handhelds/consoles to smartphones. Which will likely include virtual console games.

    So don't expect anything that you'd expect Nintendo to usually make, and expect these games to actively advertise Nintendo's hardware and the 'real' games on them. Which is a fairly sensible move, in my opinion. Nintendo should certainly not be trying to port over old games that were never designed for the limited interface of smartphones. Their smartphone efforts will likely be a 'third pillar' as a supplement to handhelds and consoles.

    And no, they're not developing content for PCs, that's just their new account system (to replace Nintendo Network accounts and Club Nintendo and basically merge them), which can be accessed via PC.

  • Feb 8th, 2015 @ 3:44am

    Actually, Nintendo are pretty much right this time around.

    Let's be frank, smartphones are pretty terrible gaming devices for anything that isn't designed around the use of a touch screen, and Nintendo knows that.

    Putting old Nintendo games on smartphones would be a terrible idea, because the lack of tactile buttons would make them virtually unplayable. Maybe the NES and Gameboy would be doable, but anything more would be pretty much out of the question. There are emulators of various consoles, but I'd be surprised if anyone actually used them for anything other than turn-based RPGs, because that's honestly really the only thing they're good for.

    Really, the lack of proper controls is pretty much the only thing preventing smartphones from becoming a legitimate gaming device. There are special controller add-ons, but those are a niche at best. And the app stores are terrible, not to mention the utterly unhealthy digital market on those things, it's either F2P, or 2-dollar apps at best.

    Nintendo's focus is entirely on its own hardware, and only its own hardware. Microsoft and Sony do the same thing, except they actually make smartphones while Nintendo doesn't. And Nintendo don't need to anything on smartphones, they'd rather release nothing at all rather than a compromised user experience that smartphone ports of their old games would bring.

  • Jul 25th, 2014 @ 12:06pm

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    Well, it's a good thing the senate is practically rigged against the government. The opposition only needs Labor, the Greens and three more senators to shoot down anything that comes up to vote. If Palmer United or another three senators give the government the finger, the bill won't pass.

    Palmer United is basically a wild card, though, so who knows what Palmer himself will do. He's a populist, but he's also virtually impossible to predict. Though it's likely that more reliable senators like Xenophon will vote against the bill.

  • Mar 20th, 2014 @ 12:54am

    It's because Tony Abbot is a buffoon.

    That's the long and short of it, really. Labor was opposed to ISDS provision in trade agreements, but the recently-elected Coalition, who have embraced the "the free market can do no wrong" ideology, doesn't care.

    The new government's policies have been nothing but disaster since they came into power.

  • Aug 14th, 2013 @ 7:27am

    Re: Give Nintendo a break already

    Or they could not buy the game and simply get their fix from the demo. Seriously, dude, that's an actual problem with demoes. It's not as black and white as you make it sound. Nintendo have a legitimate reason for implementing the limit, and it's not nearly as bad as some of their other "slip-ups".

    And if need to boot up a demo more than 20-30 times to figure out if you actually like the game or not, you have to be incredibly indecisive.

  • Aug 14th, 2013 @ 3:28am

    I'm gonna have to play Devil's Advocate, here...

    There are many cases where people will simply play the demo over and over and get what they want out of it instead of buying the full game. Hell, demos in general are highly problematic, especially in this day and age. Extra Credits did an episode on demos highlighting the potential problems and why making a demo for a game is an extremely risky thing, especially if the demo is either bad or mediocre.

    It's not a pleasant reality, but Nintendo does have a perfectly valid reason for restricting the number of times you can start up a demo. It may not be the best solution, but all things considered, 20-30 start-ups is plenty, and if you want more than that, well, you've just made yourself an example of why it was done in the first place.

  • Jul 18th, 2013 @ 5:16pm

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    Obama is in a rock and a hard place right now, unfortunately. While it is true he could win considerable support by just killing the illegal NSA surveillance programs, he has made his position on the program quite clear, and it would be extremely difficult to walk that back without cutting deeply into what ability to govern he has left.

  • Jul 11th, 2013 @ 2:21am

    Michael Pachter has always been considered a complete joke of an analyst.

    I'm actually surprised to see his name outside of the gaming scene. He's the frequent target of mockery among gamers, as he's a complete idiot who has no idea what he's actually talking about, whenever he's not saying anything that isn't blatantly obvious.

    Nice to see that trend hasn't changed for any other field, then.

  • Dec 7th, 2012 @ 9:33am

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    There's a discussion on this over at Sonic Retro, and there's a theory that this is the work of youtube troll(s) rather than Sega themselves, especially since the claimant is using 'sega' with no caps, which is incredibly suspicious.

  • Nov 17th, 2012 @ 9:26am

    Anyone else see the irony in the Republicans effectively calling copyright, well, communist?

    Remember this old pic?

    http://radified.com/gfx/downloading_communism.jpg

    Yeah, so deliciously ironic.