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Zombie_Barioth

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#1

Zombie_Barioth commented on CD Projekt Red Doesn't Believe in Charging for...:

@Godsire-
Well, at least Bethesda learned from that, unlike most other companies out there. Gotta give 'em credit for that, they haven't tried to slip a fast one past us since.

Bethesda, CD Projekt, and R* definitely prove the industry wrong that you have to nickle and dime your fans at every turn to make a profit. Same goes for games needing online multi-player too.

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#2

Zombie_Barioth commented on Er, Where's the PS3 Version of Grand Theft Aut...:

So the PS2 classic version is also missing? That actually suggests the PS3 will be getting an HD version, since if they're planning on releasing an HD version why leave up the PS2 version? Especially if they're the same price.

It could still be a timed exclusive though, why for the 360 though I don't know. Of course, whoever leaked it might not know the whole story either.

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#3

Zombie_Barioth commented on Could Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas HD Be on t...:

@Boerewors
Well, they did base this games of of real-life California, and they had two games to learn from before hand. San Andreas was probably one of their most ambitious projects.

@Godsire-
I've been wondering the same thing. I mean, they already have an trilogy set, so an HD trilogy would be a no-brainer. Maybe they were too busy with other projects, they aren't the most prolific company after all.

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#4

Zombie_Barioth commented on Wild Season Is the PS4 and Vita Harvest Moon T...:

@ztpayne7
it really depends on what your expecting, but yes, they're still good. Some of the DS ones have been a bit iffy though, namely Island of happiness, Sunshine Islands, and Grand Bazaar, but its mainly due to playing with the formula.

As @Ohhaime said thePS1/GBA/PSP games are a good, Back to Nature is pretty much a reboot/spiritual successor to HM64.

If you want a modern one, Magical Melody and Animal Parade are probably the best console games so far. I can't vouch for the recent DS/3DS games though.

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#5

Zombie_Barioth commented on Soapbox: Why Are We Arguing Over Holiday Exclu...:

@thedevilsjester
Yea, its pretty ironic, seeing as Nintendo created the very controller that influenced one of today's standards. People joke about them purposely doing the opposite, but in this case it seems as thought they really are determined to do anything but what the competition is doing.

Unfortunately, the gimmicky hardware is apart of something they've done for generations now. They have a history of using proprietary hardware and other unorthodox methods in an attempt to control the market, that was Yamauchi's way, and they seem pretty keen on following.

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#6

Zombie_Barioth commented on Soapbox: Why Are We Arguing Over Holiday Exclu...:

@thedevilsjester
I get what your saying, but you could use that logic for pretty much any game. Even COD's fanbase would be a "vocal minority". I'm not saying your in the minority, not at all, I'm talking about the game's ability to push systems.

Even if OOT is the "best game ever" is that game worth missing a half dozen more great games on another platform? Is it worth buying a $299 console just to play one game? This is a problem I think Nintendo has been facing for a long time, its just been slowing getting worse.

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#7

Zombie_Barioth commented on Soapbox: Why Are We Arguing Over Holiday Exclu...:

@thedevilsjester
If I remember right, OOT sold about 7mil. and SM64 about 9.mil, thats about par for the course for Nintendo games. Thats not really a "vocal minority" either, those are pretty good numbers, especially for the N64.

I don't think its a matter of people not valuing Nintendo's games, I think people just value the plethora of 3rd-party games more. When they lost those games the fans followed.

Arguably, its not the exclusivity that sold consoles, it was the 3rd-part games themselves, and its always been the 3rd-parties. It just so happened many were exclusives. Many of those who made the NES and SNES so great jumped to Playstation, and stayed there. Coincidence? Maybe, maybe not.

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#8

Zombie_Barioth commented on September NPD: Sony Silences Analysts as PS4 S...:

The PS4 is doing ridiculously well, you'd think it'd slow down at least enough that Microsoft could catch up but its not, so I can't really fault Pachter for being wrong here. I don't want to go so far as to say we have another PS2 on our hands, but dang, it sure as heck looks like it.

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#9

Zombie_Barioth commented on Talking Point: What Are You Playing This Weeke...:

I finally got around to playing Tokyo Jungle, so I've been working my way through that for the past week. So far I've gotten up to the axis deer and wolf in survival and the hyena in story mode. It doesn't seem like much, but its crazy fun (literally and figuratively).

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#10

Zombie_Barioth commented on Feature: Why Do Next-Gen Games Keep Disappoint...:

Overly high expectations are a big part of the problem, on both sides. People expect every big release to be revolutionary, like it'll change the genre or even games as a whole. The publishers are the ones pushing the marketing that encourage these sky-high expectations.

Sadly, anything less than an 8 is a 'bad' game, its a sentiment carried on both sides. The reviews themselves are used as apart of the marketing campaign, thats why both news sites and publishers are choosy about what gets shown when and fans get just as upset if their game scores 'poorly'. People aren't happy with just a good game, they expect the "best".

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#11

Zombie_Barioth commented on What Happens When a War Photographer Plays The...:

@Cowboysfan-22 @wittypixel

No, I believe he really was trying to say violent games desensitizes us to real violence. Read the quotes @get2sammyb posted, particularly the second, hes implying desensitization from simulated violence directly impacts his work.

I have to give him credit for admitting his problems with the game is just how his brain is wired, thats a pretty big deal admitting your own faults. Its an interesting experiment but I don't believe fake/simulated violence desensitizes people to the real thing. By his logic if you enjoy murder-mysteries, crime-dramas, and the like then your also a desensitized zombie.

That Jimquisition @seeafish posted is what exactly comes to mind, I'm an aspie and even I had knots in my chest watching that. This is just someone who doesn't game, has no interest in the medium, having a gut reaction to something he isn't accustomed to or understand.

You can see that when he described being killed by clickers as "pseudo-sexual". Yes, thats actually a thing, but thats not what that is. He also seems to expect an almost human-level of detail and emotion out of the characters. He doesn't try to look at why things are the way they are at all.

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#13

Zombie_Barioth commented on Minecraft Will Continue to Exist on PlayStatio...:

@get2sammyb
Minecraft is so big and wide-spread now I don't think Microsoft really 'gains' anything from removing it from competing platforms. Not monetary, and certainly not PR wise. Because of that I doubt its a big system seller in the same way as Halo or Forza, since unlike those most people likely already own something that plays Minecraft. Thats arguably why its so popular to begin with.

I believe Microsoft likely bought Minecraft just for the sake of owning it, and its under Xbox simply because its their gaming division, just like how Atlus is technically under SEGA instead of being its own separate subsidary. Phil Spensor would manage it far better than, say, the head of their PC division.

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#15

Zombie_Barioth commented on One Day, You May Be Able to Play Every PlaySta...:

@ferrers405
I doubt that will be the case. I mean, Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime is supposedly "the future" of movies/TV, but that hasn't overtaken DVD or Blu-ray. Same with music. The only thing thats declining is cable. An all-digital console is whats most likely to happen, physical could still have a niche since someone still needs to sell the hardware, and they'll want something to profit off of, especially dedicated retailers like Gamestop.

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#16

Zombie_Barioth commented on Sony: PS Vita's Remarkably Resilient, and Won'...:

@Heavyman99
They could, the problem is if they see making enough of a return on those ads. The other games (besides Freedom Wars) aren't theirs. That price tag gets in the way of selling "kids" games too, nevermind the memory cards. I wouldn't trust my kids with cards that size either, not for what they cost.

They could partner with youtubers, Twitch streamers, ect. They wouldn't demand nearly as much and would still be pretty effective, not to mention appreciate they'd support too.

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#17

Zombie_Barioth commented on Sony: PS Vita's Remarkably Resilient, and Won'...:

@Heavyman99
I don't think its really weird, its just that like most other companies I don't think Sony knows how to market something outside the typical multi-million dollar ad campaign. Thats not really something you can do with games like Persona 4 Golden or Guacamelee.

The other problem is not only is Sony not quite as well known for 1st party game, they don't have as much oomph as Nintendo's either. Sony themselves said only 4/10 of their games sell well, where as Pokemon alone can do 14mil. combined. Most of their big IP aren't as suited for handhelds, they're 'big screen' experiences, where as most of Nintendo's can scale down pretty well (going 2D/2.5D for example). Not knocking them but I think how many people bought a Vita for Uncharted compared to a 3DS for Mario or Zelda speaks for itself. Being a console seller doesn't mean it'll sell handhelds too.

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#18

Zombie_Barioth commented on You'll be Able to Play PS4 Games on Sony's New...:

@NEOTDS
The same way you would a tablet, using a dock of some sort. The PSP Go had this feature so I find it funny they removed it with the Vita.

The thing is while this is a smart move on Sony's part, its also one less reason for people to buy a Vita. Its a stand-alone device so theres nothing stopping someone who bought it for remote-play also buying a few games. A phone on the other hand is something you'll likely have regardless, and while more expensive have much more utility than a Vita. If someone would buy a $600 computer laptop why wouldn't they buy a $600 phone or tablet? Isn't your typical mac easily twice that?

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#20

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

@WARDIE
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.

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#21

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

@hadlee73
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.

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#22

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.

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#23

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

@thedevilsjester
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.

@rjejr
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.

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#25

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

@SecondServing
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.

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#27

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

@Gamer83
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.

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#28

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.

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#29

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.

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#30

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.

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#31

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

@rastamadeus
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?

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#32

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

@Munkyknuts
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.

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#33

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

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#34

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

@gbanas92
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.

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#35

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

@naruball
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.

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#36

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

@naruball
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.

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#37

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

@BornOfEvil
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.

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#38

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

@DaftPlayStation
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.

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#39

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

@charlesnarles
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.

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#40

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

@bbq_boy
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.

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#42

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

@JaxonH
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.

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#43

Zombie_Barioth commented on Heartless Americans Thought Tokyo Jungle Was Woof:

@AFCC
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.

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#44

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.

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#45

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

@thedevilsjester
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.

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#47

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

@JaxonH
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.

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#48

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

@JaxonH
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.

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#49

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

@JaxonH
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.

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#50

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?