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  1. On 21/09/2023 at 2:30 PM, Glen-i said:

    Oh, that one's easy! Depressingly easy to answer, but that answer is money.

    Why risk putting resources into a game that didn't do well, when you can remaster a sure thing, like Metroid Prime?

    But you're right. Remakes would be better utilised to improve upon games that really need it. An example of the top of my head? Hmmm...

    Tell that to Limited Run Games...


  2. Yeah, NetEase does seem like the most likely candidate.  Chinese developers/publishers are just offering better pay & conditions than their Japanese counterparts right now, and all the big Japanese developers are suffering brain drain as a result.

    For someone like Kamiya though? You’d think that every big Japanese giant would be tripping over themselves to throw money at the guy…

    Still, I think he’ll want to remain as independent as possible, and I can’t see anyone other than NetEase being willing to let him establish a new studio on their dime.

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    It works just as well as I was hoping it would! Like a little diorama come to life :D

    Yeah, if you crave the 3D experience again; I massively reccommend this screen!

    I gotta try out some Virtual Boy and 3DS games on this thing...

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  4. On 15/08/2023 at 11:13 PM, Dcubed said:

    So I just found out that this is a thing...



    Acer have just recently brought out a range of autostereoscopic PC displays and laptops, and it's actually available to buy commercially! It's not some sort of fancy prototype pie-in-the-sky concept device, it's a real thing that you can buy and use with your own Windows PC today!


    Oh baby! That's the good stuff!

    It's basically exactly like the New Nintendo 3DS screen, complete with eye tracking... except that it's a 4k display that can show S3D content in full 1080p resolution

    And in a shocking move, they're actually working with game developers to give games a proper stereoscopic 3D makeover.  And this isn't just your typical PC gamer shite that I'm not interested in... because they've actually given the full S3D treatment to the likes of Octopath Traveller 1 & 2, actual good games that I would actually care about! :o 

    If you know anything about me, you know that I fucking love stereoscopic 3D! Right now it costs a bomb, but I really hope it does well and we start seeing larger versions of the display, prices come down and more games get the S3D treatment.  I'm really happy to see someone push autostereoscopic 3D tech once again, I've missed it so much with the Switch.

    Acer does what Nintendon't! :D

    I… I bought it… (got it on a discount at least)

    I just tried it out…

    I just saw the greatest avocado I’ve ever seen in my life!

    This thing is the real deal! It works exactly as advertised! I cannot WAIT to play Octopath Traveller 1 & 2 on this thing!! :D (But it’ll have to wait until Saturday).  God it’s SO fucking cool! I LOVE it! :bouncy:

  5. Xbox wanting to buy Nintendo isn't a revelation in the slightest, hell; they tried to buy them multiple times before, as far back as 2000.  This is fully public info, even appearing in the Xbox 20th anniversary documentary and museum website!


    I bet Jim Ryan would also love to buy Nintendo... it's never gonna happen though :p

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  6. Potential switch to ARM for the next gen Xbox? Ohoho!

    Xbox does what Nintendoes! :D

    Speaking of which... looks like Xbox controllers are finally getting motion controls! Only took 'em 3 generations to catch up!

    Bethesda's lineup looks disappointingly dull though.  Who asked for another Ghostwire Tokyo!? And while it's nice to see more Nu Doom, I would rather have seen ID do something a bit different like a new Quake or something.

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  7. I think the bigger issue than raw sales is the fact that F-Zero is typically positioned as a bit of a tech showpiece franchise for Nintendo.  Much like its sister series Pilotwings, F-Zero was developed as a tech demo for the SNES' Mode 7 tech, and then used to show off advancements in 3D technology.

    With Nintendo moving away from pushing graphics horsepower, and the Switch not exactly being much of a powerhouse itself? F-Zero is in a bit of a bad spot from a creative perspective...  Though that being said? It would certainly be a great fit as a launch title for Nintendo's shiny new Switch successor ;)

    Anyway, thoroughly enjoying F-Zero 99 myself.  Though the physics don't really feel quite right here, and it does feel a bit sluggish as a pure F-Zero racer, the sheer chaos of fighting against 98 other racers on the track is always fun.  It's always funny seeing like 20 other racers all explode right as you come to the end of the final lap :laughing:

    Haven't managed to win a race just yet, but I haven't had much time to play it yet.  I'm sure my time will come soon enough though!

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  8. I quite enjoyed 12 Minutes myself.  Sure, the plot is full of holes and is overly reliant on the Unreliable Narrator trope (much like Heavy Rain… also lambasted for very similar reasons), but I quite enjoyed the gameplay and how you can experiment with changing the outcome of the story and unlocking new parts as you figure out the game’s structure.

    But much like Heavy Rain, it’s a story that only really works within the context of an interactive game; and it genuinely takes advantage of the medium to present a unique form of storytelling.  And while everyone is overly focused on the actual story itself (and their use of the Unreliable Narrator trope; as well as the “eww gross!” factor of 12 Minutes), they do make good on their respective gameplay/narrative structure promises.  That’s worthy of recognition, and it’s not fair to dismiss their legitimate accomplishments.

    Also 12 Minutes lets you stab yourself for no reason, and that always makes me howl with laughter every time I do it :laughing:

  9. Funnily enough, I just so happen to already have a Your Gaming Diary post ready to go for Wand of Gamelon and Superman 64!

    In short? Wand of Gamelon and Faces of Evil are actually not totally awful.  They’re really both victims of the horrible console that they were made for, and the terrible circumstances that they were made under; but they’re honestly nowhere near as bad as their reputation makes them out to be.  They have some good ideas with some questionable execution, but they’re genuinely entertaining; both in spite of, and because of, their limitations.  And any game that can offer legit entertainment value can’t really be all bad.

    Also, their soundtracks are banging…

    I haven’t actually played the fan-made remaster yet, but I can honestly imagine these games becoming genuinely decent if it manages to address the big technical flaws with the original CDi release.

    Superman 64 though? Nah, that actually does deserve its reputation.  It’s utter trash, with no real redeeming features.  It is at least fun to point and laugh at though… unlike Perfect Dark Zero (ugh…).

    Honestly, Perfect Dark Zero might actually be a genuine contender for worst game I’ve ever played.  While it’s perfectly functional as a piece of software (unlike Superman 64), it’s just so utterly mind numbingly boring to play; with some of the absolute worst level design I’ve ever seen.  It’s just so shocking that this was the follow up to Perfect Dark of all games; you know, one of the very best games ever made.  And it’s also just so disrespectful to its predecessor as well! Fuck that game!

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  10. 6 hours ago, Glen-i said:

    I'm racking my head wondering how some of the puzzles work in this version! Because I still remember the Home puzzle in the sequel.

    The eShop page does mention there being new puzzles, so I suspect that those puzzles will end up getting replaced…

    Either way, I’m loving this recent Nintendo Adventure Game revival trend :D