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#450 My Growing Concerns with Nintendo’s DLC

Lately I have been watching and rewatching the recent Nintendo Direct Super Smash Bros. 50-Fact Extravaganza reliving the bombshells and more general hype excitement facts about the new standard features of the game and why it is the next best installment to the series.

The only thing I could once they got to "Fact 11: Ridley" was to laugh

The only thing I could once they got to “Fact 11: Ridley” was to laugh

Out of all of the 50+ facts two announcements caught me off guard: the announcement of a physical copy of the 2 CD -pack of some of the music tracks from both 3DS and Wii U games and the my favorite melee fighter, Mewtwo, will be returning as DLC. Both of which will be free to everyone people who buys and register both copies of Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U the 3DS.

This announcement does answer mine and everyone else’s question about Super Smash Bros. DLC and how Nintendo will handle the potential cannibalism of Smash sales when the company decided to make Smash cross-platform.
That business move is a success because I was not planning on buying the 3DS version of Smash until now, but the question I have hovering over my head is, is the move for locking rewards behind a the people who have bought both copies as an act of evil?

Currently it is an incredible value to be had if you buy both games, as of right now you get a free Mewtwo character, two CDs of music, the ability to transfer your data from one copy of the game to another, and with the game cartridge in your 3DS you can use your handheld as an extra controller for the Wii U. But something still feels off, if you were cynical you could easily call it holding off content for those who bought the deluxe edition of the game.

This gaming generation has marked a big chapter in Nintendo’s life, with the introduction of the 3DS and Wii U we have seen the introduction of free game demos, the growth of indie games on their platform, a big push for digital distribution and the birth of their own gaming forum, the Mii-verse which I am incredibly thankful for.

even if I do not post anything on Mii-verse I do find some entertainment scrolling through the one line posts and very creative drawings

even if I do not post anything on Mii-verse I do find some entertainment scrolling through the one line posts and very creative drawings

With all those beneficial features we also have seen the admittance of DLC on behalf of Nintendo with later content being added in New Super Mario Wii U, Mario Kart 8, Pokemon Mystery dungeon, and now Smash. If they did not already stress that Mewtwo is still in development I would be joining everyone else in saying that this is content hiding behind a paywall, it still might be the case depending on how necessary Mewtwo will be to online and competitive world.

With Mario Kart 8 we even seen in game advertisements DLC along with the option to place a preorder on both DLC packs and receive cosmetic bonuses for Yoshi and Shyguy.

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I just do not know how feel about this, for right now I am going to say the same thing about Nintendo when I last talked about their dabble with DLC:

DLC is a very fickle and corruptible force. DLC can be used for good, adding new levels and characters that would not be able to be made before the developer deadline, but it can also be a power for the selfish purposes for the sake of the company’s bottom line rather than for the consumer, like hacking off content from a full price game or filling the DLC shop page full of superfluous content or skins. It is not that I do not trust Nintendo or worst, rooting for them to fail, but making DLC in this age requires a lot of self control on behalf of the company.

To all of the people online that would say not the worry about DLC because it is Nintendo, remember that we once thought that George Lucas could do no wrong with his movies. (Be MOP #423)

Right now, for New Super Mario Wii U, Mario Kart, and even Smash, the value of the DLC is a net positive towards the side of the players, but Nintendo is walking a very thin line and if they mess up with future DLC pack they could lose a potential DLC customer for life.


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#449 Kicking off Nintendo Domination Month

Yesterday I finally got around to receiving my slightly belated Birthday gift, Bayonetta 2 and because of the benevolence of Nintendo, along with the sequel I received a physical copy of the first game in the standard edition. Since I am new to the series I have spent most of my free time yesterday playing through Bayonetta 1 before I even touch the shiny new next-gen follow up game.

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I have gotten to the point in the game where it introduce the ,lack for a better word, causal insta-kill scenarios into the regular part of the game

Depending on how well I take to these games I might continue the Platinum hype train with buying their earlier Wii U game, the Wonderful 101.

Besides game play Bayonetta is an interesting topic because there is so much one could talk and speculate about. I could go into an full post about how this is one of Nintendo’s first mature rated first party game since Conker’s Bad Fur Day or how it was Nintendo’s choice to allow some of their greatest female characters like Peach, Daisy, and Samus to be cosmetic costumes for Bayonetta, and even pushing the creators to make the costumes even more sexier and what it means for the future of Nintendo and their Family Friendly status that they have been building up for the past few decades.

Or I could talk about Nintendo’s choice actually advertise this game, on both Adult Swim and on the “American men’s lifestyle magazine” Playboy to advertise their Nintendo exclusive game with web advertisements and  they only way Playboy knows how, with a photo shoot with one of their models.

 What a time to be alive. My favorite thing is how the Mii-verse is handling  a game with such unapologetic sex appeal and swearing.

What a time to be alive. My favorite thing is how the Mii-verse is handling a game with such unapologetic sex appeal and swearing.

These are all good topics that I might return to later, once we have more evidence to suggest that this is a new trend for Nintendo, rather than magnificent lighting in a bottle event. Instead I want to shine light in the fact that Bayonetta 2 kicks off what I am calling, and what I have written about before (Be MOP #440), Nintendo Domination Month. I have been waiting for this event for a very long time because within this one month period all of my most anticipated games for 2014, most of them just so happens to be Nintendo IPs, will hit the shelves.

The arrival of Bayonetta 1 and 2 on the Wii U kicked off the season followed by the remake of one of my favorite game, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, the only PC game on this list, but from what we saw the advancement of Bayonetta, it could be on the eShop catalog one day. Then sometime in November we will be receiving the first half of Mario Kart 8 DLC, with the introduction of new characters, vehicles and new tracks.

After THAT we finally see  the Gen 3DS remake, Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire and long awaited Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U released on the same day. All of these games are coming out within four weeks and all of these games are titles I am beyond pumped to buy them all, which is great because recently I have been using my Wii U’s Amazon streaming app more than playing games on it, which is a serious sign that I needed to improve my console’s library.

I will be talking about Smash, the DLC, and my thoughts very soon.

I will be talking about Smash, the DLC, and my thoughts very soon.

Pardon me if for the next month or two I will be focusing mostly on Nintendo’s practice and games, this is the first time in quite a while that I have been excited for the release of any one game, let alone six of them. Heaven only knows how I will be able to juggle my free time between all these games.


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#448 24 Hours After the 24 Hour Stream

Ladies and Gentlemen early last Sunday, at 8 am to be precise, I finished my first attempt at a 24 hour live stream event in the name of the Extra Life charity.

 I think this is one of my greatest streaming achievement.

I think this is one of my greatest streaming achievement.

Following a day of recovery I am back at full health and ready to rejoin my friends, family and the rest of society. Before I go ahead and talk about any other video game topics that occurred over the weekend, I want to do a quick little recap the extra Life session for those who might have missed it. The event was fun overall, but definitely not as much fun as I imagined. Who knew that just doing one thing, and only one thing, over a course of 24 hours would be tedious and get annoying once I hit that last third of the day.

I said over and over on the stream that the day was like being trapped in the Twilight Zone episode, ‘Time Enough at Last’, finally be given a full day to play what ever game I wanted to play. Funny enough I had a Be MOP post in the wings about how, since I have left college, I have had no time to play as much videogames as I wanted, needless to say that idea has been discarded.

That stream did make me break two of my self-instilled streaming rules, no eating and no slouching, funny enough at the beginning of the stream you see me profusely apologize for breaking these rules but towards the end of the event I was breaking both rules apologetically. Surprisingly, considering this was my first attempt at an event like this, I was well prepared. I had plenty of snacks, fruits, juice and water to keep me well fed during the entire day. and I had enough games installed for entertainment, although I did have a bit of problems with games, knocking down some games down to the right specs that my computer could both play and stream the game at a reasonable frame rate.

A question I was asked over and over during the stream is the question, “Would I ever do another 24 hour stream again?
I answered it on stream and I will give the same answer here, I would gladly do another all day gaming session like this again but I need quite a bit of time to recover and put enough time and distance between me and the last event. I need enough time to make me forget the bad and makes me reminisce about all the good parts, the same thing I do for any season or major event. The short answer is yes, I would gladly partake in another all day stream again especially if it was for charity.

 Despite all the hardship and sleep deprivation, with help from you guys we were able to raise $290.00 for Boston Children's Hospital and for that I thank you all for making this a success.


Despite all the hardship and sleep deprivation, with help from you guys we were able to raise $290.00 for Boston Children’s Hospital and for that I thank you all for making this a success.

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As promise I need to announce the winner for the raffle to name one of our family’s spring chickens. Earlier today I made raffle bowl full of the names of all the people who donated to me via Extra Life profile and the winner is Mr Thomas K. I will be contacting him for his choice for our pet’s name.

Out chicken has grown quite a bit since then but I will always imagine her at this size.

Out chicken has grown quite a bit since then but I will always imagine her at this size.


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#447 The Be MOP Extra Life 2014 kick off post

Tomorrow’s the big day, the day I will tackle and try to complete a continuous 24 hour stream for Extra Life.

For those who do not know what I am talking about, The Extra Life charity is an organization that gets players from all around the world to get together and encourage them play videogames from 24 hours to try to raise awareness and funds for that gamer’s preferred hospital within the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

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I have heard of the Extra Life charity before, the organization had their presences at both PAX East, Boston FIG, and of course online with self promotion via Twitch. Back in May (Be MOP #376) I tossed my hat into the fundraising ring by signing up for the 2014 extra life challenge, with the promise that if I was able to raise the $200 goal I would broadcast my 24 hour gaming session on Twitch for everyone to see. I was going to do play videogames for the entire day anyways so why not have the Twitch session to act as a reward for everyone who donated.

Between that and the four months and an extra blog posts on my site (Be MOP #416) and one from my mother’s site (Lessons Learned from the Flock #1095) we were able to hit the fundraising goal and then some more.

As I said, thanks to the rules of English grammar, I confidently say that I have raised hundredS of dollars for Boston Children

As I said, thanks to the rules of English grammar, I confidently say that I have raised hundredS of dollars for Boston Children

The Politician that I am would be remiss if I did not remind everyone that that my Extra Life campaign is still accepting donations for Boston Children’s Hospital, but since I have already reached my 2014 fundraising goal I would rather ask all of those who wants donate to a good cause to instead browse through the Extra Life Twitch directory the day of the event (this Saturday) and find another participant who has not hit their fundraising goal yet and help make their day.

Be sure to tune in to my Twitch channel starting at 8am to see me the kick off my 24 hour stream where I will be playing through various games throughout the day. To celebrate I also have special treat for Saturday, a complete play through of the infamous Power Rangers Super Legends (Be MOP #277).

One of the most hated game in my library and I and going to play it start to finish to show it to you

One of the most hated game in my library and I and going to play it from start to finish to show it to you


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#445 The Bittersweet Birthday Gift

As I mentioned about three weeks ago, the beginning of the month was also my birthday, and today I want to talk about a gifts one of my brother gave me. As I mentioned before at the start of the month I was gifted a pre-order ticket of The Binding of Isaac Rebirth, one of my most anticipated sequel/remake of one of my favorite and most played Steam game on Steam.

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It is not just me who loves the game,The Binding of Isaac is full of family fun, because I, and two of my brothers religiously play the game. Because of that my brothers and I have had many conversations about our own personal adventures through the game with the odd combination of items the RNG loot room gave us and getting hyped about what could possibly be added to the next installment.
Bless my brother’s heart, he knew I was going to get The Binding of Isaac the moment the game went live, and I know what he did was with good intention, but no good deed goes unpunished. because in giving me one of the games I have on my wish list he has ended up preordered a game.

I wrote about my policy with pre-ordering games here in Be MOP #272, but just as a one paragraph recap:
Preorders are one of the few things I do not like with the videogame world, I have wrote before but I see no reason to preorder a game anymore, because if it is a major game it has enough marketing and research behind it to ensure that every major videogame outlet has more than enough physical copies of the game at launch. The idea of pre-ordering something through a digital service, like Steam XBL/PSN, and the such is even more pointless because those services have an unlimited amount of resources to hand out the day of launch and for all the days after that. Now Pre Ordering has changed from making sure that the consumer has the desired limited supply product to a tool for the gaming companies to add the most amount of profit of a game before it is even released, which all adds to the mess of things within the AAA gaming economy.

I swear this is world's best technique for persuade steam users to preorder any game

I swear this is world’s best technique for persuade steam users to preorder any game

Because of my policy, and seeing how bad preording can get with some game companies, I have sworn off of pre ordering any games from any gaming device, no matter how much I like the game or how excited I am for it’s release. The kicker is my brother knows of stance because I have spent multiple times ranting and debating him about the issue of preorders, using the Binding of Isaac, a game that I am currently has a countdown timer on my phone, as example on how determined I am to stick to my principles about not preordering a game.

So imagine the bittersweet moment I felt when I received the notification when my brother, the same brother that I have had extensive conversations with about policies and politics in videogames, went ahead and made a preorder purchase of my favorite game for me, thus encouraging the growth and the practice of preordering in the industry. I still love him and I still can not get too mad, because of him I am now qualified to unlock the special Binding of Isaac hat in Team Fortress 2

Hey I said I was against preorder bonuses for TF2, I did not say I wanted them

Hey I said I was against preorder and preordering bonuses, I did not say I did not want them


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#444 Almost Completing my Ultimate Pokemon Quest

Yesterday was a big day for me, if you followed me on Twitter you know that I went on the exciting trip to buy ANOTHER Pokemon game. Not just any Pokemon game. this particular plays vital role towards completing one of my greatest Pokemon quest of all time. My long running quest is to try to transfer my Classic Generation 3 team through the various editions of Pokemon games to my eventual copy of my Pokemon Generation 3DS remake.

So close

So close…also just like ten years ago, Omega Ruby is the superior choice.

During the spring time I did some spring cleaning and I found a handful of old Pokemon games, including the original Pokemon Red/Blue along with my copy of FireRed and my younger brother’s Emerald game (Be MOP #371)

He did not give me his Emerald, I saw that it has a few lv 100 Rayquaza's and then phoned him up telling him I was adopting his game wether he liked it or not, and luckily he was cool with it.

He did not give me his Emerald, I saw that it has a few lv 100 Rayquaza’s and then phoned him up telling him I was adopting his game whether he liked it or not, and luckily he was cool with it.

If the past few blog posts has revealed anything I been on a major Nintendo Games kick, and the catalyst of that gaming streak is my second playthrough of Pokemon White, my old game file that had the unlocked the ability to transfer Pokemon from older games, was deleted just before I rediscovered old my Gameboy Advanced games.

After a bit of research I found out that Pokemon White/Black, although does have the power to accept Pokemon from Generation 4 and send off Pokemons to the PokeBank, it does not have the GBA transfer feature that I desperately need to send my FireRed team to the New Hoenn.

Since I reaching toward the end point of the story campaign in my Pokemon White file I decided to go shop around, to see if I could obtain a second hand copy of a Generation 4 Pokemon game, whether it be Diamond, Pearl, Heart Gold or Soul Silver. Luckily I was able to find what I need at the first stop after a bit of chit-chatting I was able to walk out with a used copy of the cheapest version of their Generation 4 game, Pokemon Pearl, in one hand and a code for my very own Shiny Gengar in the other. From my past experience with second hand copy of Pokemon games I was hoping for a fully completely save file, with the unlocked transfer feature, a nearly completed Pokedex, possibly a few extra legendaries.

After returning home I boot up the cartridge to be greeted with a game with less than 44 minutes on the file. So now I have one more new game to add to my backlog, BUT I now have all the pieces I need.

I have two DS systems with GBA compatibility, my 3DS, my PokeBank pass, and at least one edition of every Pokemon from generation three onward. After such a long wait I will soon be able to finally, finally transfer my 10 year old Pokemon, and any Pokemon from that point forward to the newest 3D(S) world, and with the creation of the PokeBank there is nearly no limit on the number of old Pokemons I can transfer to the next generation.

I am just hope I am able to play do everything I want to do with this project before Pokemon OR/AS becomes obsolete.

I am just hope I am able to play do everything I want to do with this project before Pokemon OR/AS becomes obsolete.


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#443 The WoD Pre-launch Patch

From the sudden explosion of hub bub on my Twitter and WordPress feeds I have reached the conclusion that Blizzard has just released their Warlords of Draenorpre-expansion patch on the live servers.

I have not talked about Warcraft in a while, and certain not as much as I used to, since I have cancelled my subscription little more than a year ago. To celebrate this patch going live I decided to revisit some of my favorite WoW news sites, sit down, and read through the most recent patch notes to see what has changed. After reading them all I understand almost none of it. So much stuff has changed since I left, and so much of this patch has changed that changed content that it feels like going back to my old High school, I know the basic layout, but so tiny subtle things has changed, and all the people I knew moved on that it is completely different place compared to when I used to attend. I do understand that the ancient WoW player character models did get a revamp and the fire Mages did receive a buff to their spells so Patch 6.0.2 have earned my approval.

I just wish I could see my main Mage's new face but I left the option to see the helm on. Kinda kicking myself in hindsight

I just wish I could see my main Mage’s new face but I left the option to see the helm on. Kinda kicking myself in hindsight.

I did read up on the Blizzard’s traditional pre-expansion event to entertain and excite the players between now and actual expansion drops. After skimming through the videos and I will say that Blizzard has learned from their butchered Mists of Pandaria pre-expansion content with an actual in-game event with quests, story, and a special dungeon that actually takes place in the virtual world and does not exclusively resides in one little scenario queue. (Be MOP #110)

A professional blogging tip: Never write when you are angry.  Another professional blogging tip: You don't always need to adhere to the last blogging tip

Professional blogging tip: Never write when you are angry.
Another professional blogging tip: You don’t always need to adhere to the last blogging tip

I also read that Blizzard has rolled the Mists of Pandaria expansion pack into it’s basic game which is, i believe, the quickest Blizzard has ever rolled their past expansion into the main game. Which is really big of them, nothing more to say there but hats off to Blizzard for that move.

I would also use this time to give my thoughts about the next expansion on a whole but because I have been out of the WoW news loop for months I have no idea where to start. Should I talk about the main plot, the player stat change, the change in Blizzard’s game direction? I just do not know. Although I will say that while I was reading through the patch notes now there was a part of me that was making a mental note of all the World of Warcraft/Be MOP posts I could write between the now and when the actual expansion goes live. I did not keep an official count, but I know that was so potential blogging content there that was there could have lasted me months.

As I mentioned in my most recent World of Warcraft post, Be MOP #375, there is nothing in this expansion or in the next one that will ever bring me to Azeroth from a combination of a lack of a social network or guild to go back to and I have moved on from World of Warcraft to greater things in life. But I will always remember the adventures, the fun, and the gaming, writing, and communication skills I picked up along the way with Blizzard and WoW.

"Who can say if I have been changed for the better...."

“Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better….”


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