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Thu 6th September, 2012

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Zombie_Barioth commented on Shu Yoshida Hopes Rise of the Tomb Raider Rele...:

So does Square-Enix. I don't think this is a case of SE needing help, I think its just a case of them thinking they can get both Microsoft's money and our money on top of it. Just as Yoshida said, the money has to be covered somehow, otherwise they wouldn't make it an exclusive at all. So they must think timed exclusivity will result in more money than if it was a multi-plat from the get-go.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Why Won't Sony Allow You to Subscribe to EA Ac...:

Thats exactly the issue. Sure, you don't have to now, but what about when things take off and they feel like they can get away with more and more? This is an industry thats become pretty well known for taking good ideas and slowly twisting them into something bad after all.

DLC started as just "extra content" to encourage people to keep their games longer, now we have day-1 DLC, on-disc DLC, and exclusive pre-order DLC. Pre-orders and their bonuses went from securing your copy and receiving a thank you gift of sorts to the games and their "bonus content" being sliced up 9-ways till Sunday and handed out piece by piece. Same with exclusivity, which now also comes in the aforementioned piece meal or bought and payed for flavors.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Gamescom 2014: PlayStation TV Changes the Chan...:

Its tempting to me just for the PSP backwards compatibility, since its right around the same price on top of having (most of) the Vita's own library. Problem is, several of the games I would get for it are PS3 or PS2 ports, albeit enhanced versions, but it would literally be hooked up next to them.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Popular PlayStation Network Classics Cost Just...:

My guess is the companies are just willing to eat the cost, assuming most people will end up spending more than that anyway, which they usually do. I remember hearing the reason most apps or in-app purchases are never under 99ยข is the transaction fee.

Amazon created their own currency, "Amazon coins" , which allows them to work around that issue with transaction fees though, since they're prepaid.

The Humble Bundle could be exempt from that due to being a charity, maybe they get the fees waved because of it. I don't know if that would count as a '"charitable deduction" for a company, but I wouldn't be surprised if they can spin that as a "donation". That or they just assume (or hope) people will spend more.

I'm not sure, but I think Steam also has a $5 minimum.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Talking Point: Are Publishers Taking Pre-Order...:

Thats not the same case as with Titanfall. The PS brand is where the majority of the Tales of fanbase is (i.e. sells best), its Namco's choice to make it PS exclusive. Its likely the same case with Ni No Kuni and Metal Gear Solid. Playstation is practically the home of JRPGs, and where MGS got big.



Zombie_Barioth commented on PS4 Propels Sony Back to Global Hardware Sales...:

Yea, and needless to say their follow up to that didn't exactly do them any favors. I don't mean the "deal with it" fiasco either, but the way they fumbled their explanations then got upset when people "don't understand" .

That is, if they really did just explain things poorly, and weren't dancing around the truth, which is what a lot of people probably take issue with.

The success of the 360 was enough to sell many people on an Xbox One if it wasn't for that, although $500 was a pretty steep price difference, kinect or no kinect.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Talking Point: Will the PS4 Get a Price Drop a...:

Its not really needed, they'd be better of taking whatever money they'd lose and spend it fixing the Vita's problems. A bundle is good enough, especially if its completely digital. They could also use it to get people to try PS Now when its ready. Just give people a few free rentals or something.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Talking Point: What Are Your Fondest Memories ...:

Those media features certainly came in handy, I used my PSP just as much walking to and from school as I did playing games.

Having portable PS1 games was nice, and one of the main things that made me want a PSP in the first place, besides Monster Hunter of course. Having classics like Legend of Mana and Wild Arms playable anywhere is tough to beat. All the retro collections and modern RPGs like Disgaea and Hexys Force makes it even better, and probably one of my all-time favorite handhelds.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Farewell Old Friend! Sony to Cease Selling the...:

I'm kinda surprised they kept up production so long. Around here I'd see a few stores keep one on shelves, but I just figured it was leftover stock or something.

The good news is with 76 million units sold there should be enough floating around picking one up should be pretty easy, and this would be a good time to do so.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Here's PS4 Sequel Assassin's Creed: Unity's Fi...:

Its not the DLC people have a problem with, its the way its used. Why is it that pre-order goodies are the first thing we learn about the game?

I don't think anyone really has a problem with giving people incentive to buy brand-new, but trying to coax people into pre-ordering before any info on a game is released is sneaky and underhanded at best. How about leaving the mystery curtains to the game shows, huh?



Zombie_Barioth commented on Japanese Sales Charts: inFAMOUS Fails to Jump ...:

Yep, and handhelds of course. Gaming on the go is a lot bigger over there since people commute to work more.

Theres also the issue of space, but I think not being home as much plays a bigger role. Most people probably don't see the point in owning both, especially with the way mobile tech is progressing.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Don't Holster Your Six Shooter, More Red Dead ...:

Red Dead Redemption was one of the best games this gen imo, so this is good to hear. Well, that and I'm a sucker for westerns, so theres that.

I was on a bit of a western kick when I picked it up too actually. Who'd have though reruns of Little House on the Prairie would lead to that.:O



Zombie_Barioth commented on You're Going to Want This Ace Freedom Wars Col...:

Eh, thats my problem with "today's standards". I certainly don't expect everything but the kitchen sink but I miss the days when things like plushies were pre-order bonuses, not one of the nicest things you hope to get out of collectors editions.

That being said most of that stuff is probably worth their price, going by what they'd be worth at retail, but probably not the entire $63 extra they want for it. The game being only $30 is probably why its so cheap to begin with.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Sony's Square Enix Stock Sales Don't Spell Dis...:

I'm aware of why FF7 went was on PS1, but they could still have stuck with Nintendo if they really wanted to, and their games would sell systems still. In fact Final Fantasy was a system seller for Sony, who didn't have much of any clout compared to what Nintendo had with their IP. It was very much a symbiotic relationship.

As for stocks, what I mean was they basically bought back the shares Sony originally bought, so it was almost like borrowing money.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Sony's Square Enix Stock Sales Don't Spell Dis...:

So jumping ship from Nintendo consoles to Sony's for almost all their games since the N64/PS1 isn't showing Sony preferential treatment? Its been like that for 20yrs now, is that enough or do they owe Sony their eternal loyalty?

What they're claiming is they're literally returning the favor, Sony bought their stocks when they were strapped for cash, now they're buying those exact same shares back for the same reason.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Sony Bosses Forfeit Bonuses Ahead of Billion D...:

Its kinda funny how that happened, I mean Nintendo and Sony's short-lived partnership lead to Sony entering the market, and Sony not partnering with Microsoft lead to them entering too. I think Microsoft even have tried to partner with SEGA at one point. Apparently nobody wants to work with them.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Talking Point: Why Sony's Right to Retain the ...:

What about 1st-party exclusives? Why would Sony put Uncharted on Xbox if their goal is to sell Playstations? It doesn't work for PC because no one company owns it.

Its a two-way street, it can be good for the developers as well as the publishers, but it can go south as well. It really sucks when an IP is stuck in limbo no matter how much fans or the developers want to work on it (do I even need to say who?).

I wouldn't go so far as to call it anti-consumer though because every business has its secret sauce. Why do you eat at one restaurant over another? Because they offer something the others don't.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Naughty Dog Struggling to Squeeze The Last of ...:

As long as the disk space is actually used I don't have a problem with it. I've played at least one game where the second disk was literally just end-game bonus content (ToS grade shop) and nothing else.

I think thats the main reason studios don't like multi-disk as well, its another mostly unnecessary expense.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Gaikai? No, PlayStation Now Is Powered by Blac...:

Well to be fair, most of the Go's problems were with the PSN, not the Go itself.

The problem with the internet isn't that not everyone has a fast enough connection, obviously Sony must think there are enough people for it to be worth the trouble. The problem is the ISPs themselves not wanting to expand and grow. With monopolies like Comcast and Time Warner and how easy the system is for them to manipulate they don't have much incentive to do so.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Wait, Why Does The Last of Us' Ellie Look All ...:

If its what I'm thinking it is Avatar's sequel isn't supposed to be a direct one, assuming your referring to the underwater one that is.

You make a good point though, while it might be nice sometimes the end should stay the end. It probably won't ruin anything but they might not be able to get it just right the second time either.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Heartless Americans Thought Tokyo Jungle Was Woof:

Thats not true, we also like games about balled space Marines.:P

Seriously though, such close-mindedness ain't cool, and spewing comments like that certainly doesn't make you sound intelligent. You could make the same remark about any country by the way, doesn't make it anymore true.



Zombie_Barioth commented on PS4's Power Advantage Over Xbox One Is Irrelev...:

Hes right, power isn't going to be the biggest deciding factor for most people. If it was then just about every console generation should have went in the opposite direction. Power is nice when you have it but games and price will come first, even if the Xbox was stronger would the extra $100 be worth it?

The raw power itself is might as well be meaningless anyway, what matters most is public perception. All that matters is that people think something is more powerful, it doesn't matter if it actually is.



Zombie_Barioth commented on So, the PSP Almost Matched the Vita's Sales in...:

Thats definitely a big part of it. The reason its practically the other way around in Japan is because thats exactly what they want, elsewhere its mostly the people buying them specifically to play the games they get that play them at home. Like @Hydeks said people are switching to mobile, games like tetris are no longer console sellers. So handhelds will probably sell more like the GBA or PSP did.

The funny thing is how playing a handheld in public is sorta seen as 'weird' yet sitting there with your nose in your phone is perfectly 'normal' in today's society.

I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of the PSP sales are replacements and that sort of thing. Its whole PSN library is available, its affordable, and memory is more reasonable though, so who knows.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Drinkbox: People Don't Understand the Purchasi...:

Thats exactly how it is, the funny thing is most people don't actually want both. Most people who would opt for the multiplats first wouldn't buy games like Freedom Wars or MH3U anyway. The opposite is much more likely. Big IP like Mario and Zelda are the only ones they'd care about.

The only thing these consoles "fail" at is not out-selling their predecessors. No way but up is the name of the game unfortunately.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Drinkbox: People Don't Understand the Purchasi...:

For us its all about support, the rest boils down to executives that have no idea how this industry works. Maybe if all you play are giant AAA blockbusters you'll have a problem, since thats where the "has no games" argument comes from, but the only reason the likes of the Wii U and Vita are "failed" consoles is they don't rake in money. They still have lots to improve of course, but they're by no means bad. A lot of the big companies could learn a thing or two from guys like Chris McQuinn.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Sony's Shuhei Yoshida Has Been Banned from Nin...:

I'm pretty sure "yosp" ShuYoshida gave it away that he was trolling just as much as brand promoting. Being a second offense probably helped. It was the competition after all, not just a random website.

I wonder if it wasn't Shu Yoshida if they would have caught onto it as quickly, the president of Sony World-wide studios isn't exactly anonymous.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Feature: 12 PS3 Hits We'd Like to See Remaster...:

For me it'd be Ni No Kuni. The game's art style is great as it is, making it crisper, smoother, and fixing the AI is all it really needs. Giving it another chance to shine wouldn't hurt either, nor would another excuse to play it again.

Or better yet, how about that sequel?



Zombie_Barioth commented on Talking Point: Has Sony's Dithering Turned Off...:

I think the Vita TV has a market outside Japan, but they need to get the Vita going first. No sense in rolling out a new version going "look, we have another" when people have hardly grasped the original.

They should try to make a new Vita model that allows you to dock it, hook it up to a TV, and grab a controller like the PSP Go. That would even work better in Japan since they would sorta be selling them both a handheld and a console in one.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Would You Like to Change Your PSN Username?:

Eh, I forgot about the reputation system. It should be fine as long as they don't do what Microsoft is doing with theirs. Its probably all but impossible to avoid false down votes/flags with any system like that, unless you give false accusations a penalty too.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Would You Like to Change Your PSN Username?:

I actually if I could come up with something good. I've been using this username for everything game related which isn't exactly helping.

I actually did get laughed at once for having "zombie" in my name, on RDR's online. It was funny though cause I just so happened to pick Seth at the time, which coincidentally they were betting I'd have picked. I actually picked him cause hes so short and, well, its Seth.XD



Zombie_Barioth commented on You Should Expect to See More British Develope...:

Yea, I don't like this cultural tax break for the most part. A lot of employees will probably be from the UK so being able to qualify that way is nice and shouldn't be hard due to modern staff sizes, but I hope we don't see publishers pushing for more UK influences just to qualify. Unfortunately, that 25% is a pretty nice incentive to do so.



Zombie_Barioth commented on PS4's Virtual Reality Headset Project Morpheus...:

Seems interesting but I'm still skeptical about the price and comfort. I know this thing is supposed to work with glasses but I don't really buy that it works perfectly with every size and style without feeling awkward no matter who is wearing it, especially if you try to wear headphones with it. That kind of comfort won't come cheap either.



Zombie_Barioth commented on PS4 Sales Slip Behind Pace Set by Nintendo Wii...:

Thats the thing about these payed online services, the way they've all but convinced people they NEED to charge now. I'm not knocking either purely as a service, but generally such upkeep is done at the company's expense, not the consumer's. If your not making enough to cover costs theres a problem with your business. This is the only industry I know of that acts like the consumers are directly responsible for their well being. Whenever theres a problem its always our end thats the root of it.

As for the big 3's livelihood, I doubt they'll ever truly vanish. They'll probably streamline things and shrink to fit the market but as long as gaming is a profitable business they won't let things go.



Zombie_Barioth commented on PS4 Sales Slip Behind Pace Set by Nintendo Wii...:

Yea, thats always gonna be a problem. Unfortunately, most of the venom spewed isn't really about that. I've seen plenty of perfectly reasonable discussions.

Your not alone there. For me though a lot of what i play are RPGs and other (potentially) long games, so I don't go through games very quick. I'm almost 70hrs in Ni No Kuni, at that rate I'd probably finish 1 or 2 PS+ games, so I might as well just buy 'em outright.



Zombie_Barioth commented on PS4 Sales Slip Behind Pace Set by Nintendo Wii...:

Gamers these days certainly have a more than healthy appreciation for sales and the like thats for sure. I care about this stuff as much as the next guy, after all nobody wants their console to be the next Virtual Boy, but its just become another source of ammo for fanboy wars.

It used to be a GOOD thing when your buddy had a different console than you, it meant a whole different system for you to play. This is also the only industry I know of where people argue over this stuff. You don't see people arguing over which car brand sells the most, or which restaurant does the most business now do you?



Zombie_Barioth commented on Sony: PlayStation Vita Is Proving to Be a Big ...:

I'd say theres nothing wrong with being a "big niche" device, in fact if handled well it'd just be further proof you don't need to be the biggest fish to be successful.

There are plenty of people who will buy a console for just one particular game or series, even if they don't really like the hardware itself much. If Sony can be the go-to company for such games they can make up for being niche with the sum of the collective fanbases.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Super Smash Bros. Director Stunned by PS4's Vi...:

Tell me about it. At least back then many of us actually WERE kids, so fans getting a little er...overzealous had a slightly different tone. The "that game/console/ect. is kiddie" and similar arguments were also somewhat more appropriate since most kids go through that stage.

I like Sakurai's stance on 'em, too bad more people don't realize that not even the people responsible for their beloved hobby behave in such a manner, but rather the opposite.



Zombie_Barioth commented on These Japanese Fans Have Been Waiting for Thre...:

I'm sure they are, after all its not like once they're sold out there won't be anymore PS4s. You get together with a bunch of like-minded people and basically have yourselves a little launch party. Its probably even funner in Japan since just about everyone has a handheld of some kind so you can sit and play together.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Square Enix Will Only Remake Final Fantasy XII...:

Not sure if it was official or not but from my understanding its because they'd have to do such a major overhaul of the game to do a remake of a game like FFVII. I'd be really expensive and being such so critically acclaimed the expectations for it would be near impossible. Just imagine the outrage if they screwed up, or worse if fans learned the hard way its not as good as they remember.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Weirdness: This PS4 Owner Managed to Get a 21 ...:

He probably would have gotten into more trouble if he kept his mouth shut and Sony noticed whats wrong with the picture.

Anyway, this wouldn't be grounds for banning. He certainly shouldn't be allowed to keep them but banning him for exploiting a glitch would do more harm than good. Hes a first time PS+ member so rewarding him with a few months or so of free PS+ could turn him into another loyal customer, that would be worth far more to Sony than banning him.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Pachter: PlayStation Now Doesn't Have a Prayer...:

I'd say hes absolutely right about the problems PS Now will face. He might not be right about whether or not it'll succeed but then we really don't know much better either.

The way i see it the two biggest selling points for this are legacy content and not having to buy dedicated hardware. I'm sure there are plenty of people who wouldn't normally invest in the hardware just to play one or two games they find interesting, thats a lot of potential customers for a service like this. The only problem is how many casual players would buy a gamepad just for streaming service?