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#465 A Response to “Should Nintendo Launch New Franchises Soon?”

The good people over at Gamemoir has asked a question about Nintendo and their Intellectual Property, wondering if the gaming company should make a new franchise to make them better appeal to a new generation of gamers who are hungry for a new batch of iconic characters. You can read to post in question HERE.

A day may come when I will stop blogging about Nintendo, but it is not this day.

A day may come when I will stop writing about Nintendo, but it is not this day.

To cut right to the point I highly doubt that Zelda, Mario or any other Nintendo properties will go stale anytime soon, whether it be this, the next generation or beyond that.

Nintendo has been very good at keeping these characters timeless with every installment of the game series, Most main series Mario platform games takes place in a modern age kingdom with no hint of modern technology from the real world. We see with the Zelda series the game’s most common setting is a fantasy medieval kingdom setting, with the common way of fighting was with swords, bows, and magic instead of guns and grenades.

Even with the two Gamecube oddities of  Super Mario Sunshine and Zelda Wind Waker, that  moved away from the traditional game setting, Nintendo made sure that both games to never introduce social or technological influences from the real world into their games that would allow them to be dated in anyway.

And I serectly allowed Nintendo to keep their characters purposely blank in character personality to allow everyone to imagine themselves as either the Hero of time or a Space Bounty Hunter

And Nintendo keeps their characters purposely blank in the personality department to allow everyone to imagine themselves as either the Hero of time or a Space Bounty Hunter

The funny thing is Nintendo is has been busy making new game franchises beyond the staple Mario/Zelda/Pokemon marketing triforce. In the N64 days we were given the first Super Smash bros game, with the Gamecube we witnessed the birth of the Animal Crossing series. The Wii console saw Nintendo’s big push of their Mii franchise with all of the games that incorporated your cartoonist avatar (List), and most recently we have seen the possible creation of the new Wii U franchise, Splatoon.

It is far too early to predict what is the future of this game.

It is far too early to predict what is the future of this game.

Even if Nintendo stopped creating new Intellectual Properties I would still believe that Nintendo’s classic characters would last for years to come, because Nintendo has almost cornered the market with local co-op games. With the recent Mario platformer games that allowed multiple players to play the game at the same time and it is obvious that all of the Mario Kart, Mario Party, and Super Smash games that were specifically designed to be played with multiple players in one room.

We saw this game play design work into the the 3DS, with the ability to connect to the internet the handheld constantly rewards you for running into 3DS gamers with the use of the Streetpass worked into most of their game.

We saw this game play design work into the the 3DS, with the ability to connect to the internet the handheld constantly rewards you for running into 3DS gamers with the use of the Streetpass worked into most of their game.

If Nintendo stay to course and continue to create quality games that allows a living room full of people to have fun at the same time, those experiences will be memorable to the young and old gamers alike and in turn those characters they played as will be an iconic part of their childhood, which creates a wonderful cycle of nostalgia for every new generation. We most of us picked up Super Mario 64 I doubt any of us were worried about how this was the same character that our parents played back in his debuted in 1985 on the NES.

It is the same reason why Superman, Batman and Spider-man are still considered iconic characters in the comic book world dispute the fact that the Man of Steel and the Caped Crusader all of them are pushing 75 and the Manhattan Webhead just celebrated his 50th anniversary.  None of those characters would be remembered or iconic if they did not have their company constantly push out quality stories in comic books, live action movies, or Saturday morning cartoons for a our parent’s and our entertainment.

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These fictional characters are older than most parents and some grandparents. 


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#441 The Big Mouse arriving on Steam

Lets break up this Be MOP trend with a bit of Steam news. News broke this week we heard news that Disney allowed some of their collection of Disney PC games to sold on the Steam Market Place. The first batch of games contains such titles as Split/Second, Disney Universe, Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure, and most noticeably, Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two.

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This is a bit of big news, at least for me, because after looking at Disney’s business plan I have always got the impression that Disney is not one to co-op into a business deal. With their near-infinite money Disney have the option to buy any major company whenever they want to go into a new market. When Disney wanted to get into television and pop music they created several of their own TV channels and pop stars. When Disney wanted the Science Fiction demographic, they went out bought the entire Star Wars franchise, when they wanted their own comic book fans they went out and bought all of Marvel Comics. Disney even brought the YouTube channel, Polaris, when they realized YouTube community content was not only a fad, but here to stay.

With all that being said imagine how important Steam is to the gaming and out of gaming world when Disney decides do not compete with Steam with their own PC gaming service and go with the flow and opt in to have their games and a part of their merchandise be handled and sold by a third party company.

worst possible headlines could see, "Disney plans to buy Valve and Steam".

worst possible headlines could have seen, “Disney plans to buy Valve and Steam”.

Besides Disney Epic Mickey 2, I have no interest in any of the other Disney games that went on sale this week which seems to miss the mark on Steam’s targeted demographic, but I do have interest in what is means for future Disney games appearing in the Steam catalog.

The important thing to take away from this new business deal is we could be seeing more PC ports of old console specif Star Wars and Marvel games while potentially securing all future Star Wars and Marvel/Avengers to arrive on steam on the same day Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Wii U gets their copy of the game.


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#382 Enough with all the Batmans

This week I will celebrate my one month milestone of consistently streaming four times a week on Twitch. If you have been tuning in on my regular broadcasting times you know that I have been playing the open beta of Turbine’s Action Real Time Strategy (or as other people call them, MOBAs) game for DC Comics, Infinite Crisis.

As a beta tester I feel like it is my duty to voice any comments or concerns I have with the game. I have mentioned numerous times that I am not a professional player by any stretch of the imagination and I do not crunch the numbers so I have no idea what champion’s move sets needs to be buffed or nerfed. For my lack of professional videogame skills I can make it up by being a huge comic book fan. As an avid fan of both DC and Marvel comics I can confidently say to Turbine and DC, Enough with all the Batmans!

Listen I understand, In the 1989/early 90’s we saw the shift in popularity from Superman to Batman, almost overtaking the last son of Krypton as the face of DC comics. Who can blame us? During that time we had quality Batman movies and Television shows aired that introduced a new wave of children and young adults into comic books. DC Comics saw this and used Batman in every way to keep us hooked by diverting a heavy focus on the Caped Crusader. But that Batman popularity force shows in Infinite Crisis and it has a bit of a negative impact on the game, as of writing right now 2/3 of the games maps takes place in Gotham City.

I understand Gotham Divided's map decision, showing the meeting point of two worlds but there was no reason to make Gotham's Height's map to take place in Gotham. That dominion map would have worked in a Metropolis or Central City setting

I understand Gotham Divided’s map decision, showing the meeting point of two worlds that have merged together but there was no reason to have Gotham’s Height’s map  take place in Gotham. That circular map would have worked in a Metropolis or Central City setting

 

But the Bat-force does not just stop there, in the character selection screen we currently have 11 characters from the Batman series, with Green Lantern being the runner-up with 5 characters from his comic books and Superman follows up next with only 4 representatives.

To only prove my point even more in the Robin profile Turbine made sure to mention that this Robin was Tim Drake (the third Robin) leaving themselves open for a Nightwing, Red Hood, and another Robin. Not to mention the Atomic Age Joker that has been used in the advertising of the game.

To only prove my point even more in the Robin profile Turbine made sure to mention that this Robin was Tim Drake (the third Robin) leaving themselves open for a Nightwing, Red Hood, and another Robin. Not to mention the Atomic Age Joker that has been used in the advertising of the game.

 

Turbine has the licence to use all of the DC creations in their game plue the 2-3 new universes they created for this game. I want to see them use the most of it. I want them to introduce new non-Batman characters, like Lex Luthor, Kyle Rayner, Saint Walker, Darkseid, The Trickster, Metallo, and Black Manta. Or utilize their already introduced champions with the Gaslight and Nightmare worlds that they have already made. This is not just me belly aching, expanding your roster from beyond the usual suspect will benefit you and DC comics.

I will let all in on a little secret, the Batman Animated Series did not get me into comic books, it only got me to tune in for the next episode or movie . It was the Justice League Unlimited with the introduction of all the extras that finally got me interested in following comics, if only  to figure out the back story of The Question, Huntress, Doctor Fate, and Orion.

Not to leave Marvel out but their Civil War event was the first comicbook trade I ever bought and that did the same thing, it showed me a world of other characters that had their own back stories and experiences that you had to go read for yourself.

Not to leave Marvel out but their Civil War event was the first comic book trade I ever bought and that did the same thing, it showed me a world of other characters that had their own back stories and experiences that you had to go out read/research for yourself.

 

If Turbine add these B and C list heroes and get the players interested in those characters enough to go on to the Wiki pages and eventually pick up some actual comic books you will have an invested user base that will help support the game, the parent company (DC Comics), and any new caped videogames that comes out during Infinite Crisis’s run.

So Turbine please, cool it with the Batmans for a while.

 


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#347 The current RomCom status between me and the Arkham series

Welcome back Bat-fan, as you might have heard through your Bat-computer a new Arkham game, officially called Arkham Knight, was just recently announced along with a new yesterday. While there were not much to revealed the highlights are that the Arkham game is going to back to Rocksteady studios, we are going to see the return of some of the fan favorite villains, and the promise of a drivable batmoblie.

As much as I would love to hop on the Bat-hype train I am hesitant about the series after just playing Arkham Origins. If this was a Romantic Comedy movie, the Arkham series and I would have just experienced our the big conflict that sprang from a series of unfortunate events.

At the beginning Arkham and I met from a result of a chance encounter with Steam introducing me to Arkham Asylum, we hit it off right away and we had both had an amazing time together. Then next time we met Arkham just released Arkham City, and it showed me that it can much more deeper, entertaining, and fun than I first thought and I started to see myself actually loving the franchise.

Then things turned sour just before the third act, the Arkham series started to make mistakes by making some poor choices, Arkham started hanging out with some odd friends that was a bad influence on its future and then become a bit lazy in its development stage by just recycling its old material and only half-heartily adding new stuff to the mix. More importantly started to take me for granted, excepting me to always be there for it, eager to buy any and all DLC that it could think off.

That was kind of jerk move to do

That was kind of jerk move to do

 

Now it looks like the Arkham series realized its mistake and from what I have seen this is Arkham’s last-ditch attempt to win me back by going into full damage control. It is going back to its old, realizable buddy, Rocksteady, it look like trying to clean up its act for the next generation of gaming by adding few features about itself. I hope that it turns out for the best.

I am still do not trust it enough to commit to preordering the game and I am going to wait extra long and doing a proper amount of research about the product before buying and even then I will probability buy it when it is on sale.

Because for every two steps forward, it takes one step back. It looks like it is bringing back the core group of villains from Batman’s rogue gallery and they are bringing driveable batmobile to the table but in its pre-rendered debut trailer it already advertised a preorder bonus (read as: Day One DLC) of  Harley Quinn’s challenge maps.

If Arkham really wanted to prove that it loves me it would do so by NOT bringing back the deceased Joker for this game. In Arkham City, was huge shock at the end of the single player campaign it was bold and emotional and that last thing I want is for that event to be undermined just because the gaming executives wants him back for the sake of marketing and advertising.

 A true test of love is giving up the easy and lazy way (of writing comic books stories) for the sake of the person you care about....A lesson that I wish Marvel would practice with their Superior Spider-man series.

A true test of love is giving up the easy and lazy way (of writing comic books stories) for the sake of the person you care about….A lesson that I wish Marvel would practice with their Superior Spider-man series.

 


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#333 A Response to SUPERHEROES DESERVE MORE THAN ARCADE FIGHTING GAMES

Yesterday I was reading an interesting article on Gamemoir about the go to genre of action fighters when it comes to licensing  caped superhero games. It was a good read, and I suggest that you read it over before continuing with my blog post. My only comment is that I think the author missed the point on what Injustice was meant to be. NetherRealm Studios didn’t want to make a Superhero game but instead a fighting game with Superheroes.

My only comment is that I think the author missed the point on what Injustice was meant to be, I think NetherRealm Studios didn't want to make a Superhero game, but instead of a fighting game with Superheroes.

To answer the author’s desire to play a video game that recreates a world where it is perfectly normal for people to fly in tights. I would suggest Activision’s Amazing Spider-man game (for the sandbox) or one of Marvel’s or DC’s F2P MMOs

But it did bring up an interesting topic about the caped superheroes games focusing a bit too much on the action in videogames. I touched on this a bit when I asked where is a good Doctor Who game (Be MOP #302) but how could anyone pull it off?

Ignoring the fact that most superheroes comic books are based in and spawned from action, how can you create any other non-action based gameplay with them? Recent Spider-man games has a good way simulating the feel of web-slinging and the Arkham series perfectly captures Batman’s gliding and gadgets but what about the heroes with more interesting and extensive move sets?

The timelord only known as The Doctor is all about being the smartest person in the room and then uses his brilliance to get himself, his friends, or even an entire planet out of peril at the last possible minute. How can you properly show that in a game, playing as the Doctor, without dumbing down the conflict or the brilliant solution at the end of the episode.

Who would have thought to use a gold foil (a weakness that was revealed in 1975 broadcast) to foil the Cyberman's plans this the most recent season

Who  else would have thought to use a gold foil (a weakness that was revealed in 1975 broadcast) to foil the Cybermen’s plans besides the Doctor himself?

 

Could a game developer make an interesting DareDevil game where it’s one part action beat them up -making sure that the thugs and crimelords ends up in police custody- and one part playing as the prosecutor making an iron clad case making sure these bad guys get sent to prison.

Maybe there could be the courtroom challenge of making an argument for their crime while not using evidence that would place this New York Lawyer at scene of the crime.

That is game pitch completely ignoring that fact that DD is blind.

That is game pitch completely ignoring that fact that DareDevil’s defining characteristic is that he is blind.

 

I mentioned on my blog before but the closest thing we have to a proper green lantern game, with the ability to create any energy constructs you desire was the Scribblenauts series.  Even Scribblenauts Unmasked lets you unlock a Green lantern outfit that automatically gives you fight and the ability to shoot green lasers from the ring

 I'm pretty sure they added this cut-scene on OA because those two are almost identical.

I’m pretty sure they added this cut-scene on OA because Maxwell and Hal Jordan are almost identical power.

 

The bigger question is how could anyone even being to start making a balanced game that lets the players have all of Superman’s powers off the bat.

Batman had the plot convenience of having the newest gadgets flown in when needed.....maybe we scrap the could make a Kal -El flying simulation game.

Batman had the plot convenience of having the newest gadgets flown in when needed…..maybe we scrap idea of Superman fighting Lex Luthor and Doomsday and just make a Kal -El flying simulation game.

 

I am not saying that a good game starring The Doctor, Daredevil, or a properly balanced Superman is impossible but I think in order to make it work we need a ground breaking team, like what Rocksteady Studios did for Batman.

 

PS: To anyone that makes a good Superman videogame there is a Nobel Praise waiting for you.

 


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#323 Deadpool: DoA

Last week, at the start of the year, a bunch of Marvel games were pulled from the shelves from Steam, Xbox, and PlayStation stores including titles like, Spider-Man: Edge of Time, Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, Marvel Vs Capcom 3, and a handful of X-men games.

I bring this up because one of the casualties of this legal move was Deadpool, a game that only lasted six months on the digital shelves. This was a shame too because Deadpool was my unofficial Game of the Year for 2013. Deadpool was one of the few games I played in 2013 that I played that actually made me laugh. I wrote about it in full here but the Tl;Dr version was that the game’s run of the mill average plot and combat earned it a 6 or 7/10, but if you like that kind of humor it easily bumped it up to a 7 or 8/10

 It's odd how a full game can just legally disappear.

It’s odd how a full game can just legally disappear.

 

The reason for this act was because of the legal licensing Marvel had with these companies using the image of Marvel’s creations ended on the last day of 2013. If one were to hazard a guess it might have been because of a recent buyout Marvel had with Disney a while ago. 

Between this and the announcement of Sony closing down Gand Turismo 5 and Resistance multiplayer servers soon, we are on the edge of the gaming community needing to sit down and have a serious discussion about the topic of limited gaming licences and production life in an always online world. One of the cornerstones of the internet has been the saying, ‘once it’s online it’s on the internet forever’ and but the that idea is being challenged with these actions. Previously old games lost support when the gaming company stopped the production line that made copies of the game, not asking the stores to take their items off their catalogs lists.

A while ago the Internet Archive published their download link of classic PC and console games from the 70’s and 80’s  and I am starting to wonder if we need a service for a AAA games and multiplayer servers that have recently bit the dust.

I wonder how Pirate Bay's traffic has or well be effected once people wants to play these games again.

I wonder how Pirate Bay’s traffic has or will be effected once people wants to play these games again.

 


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#273 The Magic behind the Deadpool Game

This past week I have been playing one of the few games that actually came out this year that is also on my month’s backlog, the game simply called Deadpool. As creation of High Moon studios the game received average scores across the board by every reviewer. My experience was no exception, is just like what all critics have said about the combat, it’s a bit bland with two button mashing, forced stealth levels, and the special combo move refills so fast that in heavy fighting levels it almost becomes a regular part of the fighting routine.

and since you outrun most bosses a lot of my boss fights consisted of me running around the stage, dodging blasts and waiting for the healing factor to kick in

and since you outrun every enemy a lot of my boss fights consisted of me running around the stage, dodging blasts and waiting for the healing factor to kick in

 

With everything true about the combat in the game it is still on track to be my favorite game that I played this year, with the redeeming factor that saves this game is the script and humor. Just like the Deadpool comic book the game is full of 4th wall breaking scenes, a bundle of lesser known mutants, and adult humor that makes it truly earns the ESRB mature rating.

literally half of the screenshots I have of this game cannot be displaced on the blog

literally half of the screenshots I have of this game cannot be displaced on the blog because of the mature jokes 

The plot follows Deadpool who is determined to star in his own vidoegame, but after the videogame executives breaks the news that the script he sent in needs to be rewritten and needs to follow a budget. Deadpool decides to leads a one man army into the executive headquarters and try smack some sense into the CEO. That then gets interrupt by Mister Sinister and his gang  which then kidnaps the executive and transport him to the fictional marvel country Genosha (an island nation that served an important point in the X-man series) where Deadpool meets up with Wolverine, the time traveling Cable, and some of the X-men who are there to stop Mister Sinister from completing  his plan to conquering the world.

From there the Deadpool follows the new script while continuously cracking meta humor comments and making 4th wall breaking game objectives like “Be Awesome” and “Enjoy the singing”

Yup there's a moment where this happens

Yup there’s a moment where this happens and so much more like this

 

Between the kooky and crazy gags, and this might be my imagination acting out, I would taste a hint of dept and sadness from the game. When I explored the island of Genosha (being the island where hundreds of mutants were slaughter by the humans) I could have sworn that some subtle sorrowful piano music tinkering over the soundtrack.  Then there was this one, seemingly 4th wall breaking, scenario where you pelt circus clowns with beach balls from a small-world-after-all boat and the last part  of the ride have you fight back a clown surgeons from the perspective of someone who is on the operating table.

....very similar to the operation that Deadpool experience that gave him his powers and made him completely mad

….very similar to the operation that Deadpool experience that gave him his powers and made him completely mad. A glimmer of sanity shining through Deadpool’s insane mind? possibly. 

 

The whole experience was truly, honestly fun and entertaining with me getting a kick out of almost all the crude mature jokes it had. The script and the awesome voice-actor for Deadpool (who you do get to have a phone-call conversation with at the beginning) really pulled this game above mediocre game for me. I got the impression that when everyone was starting this project they knew that they could not hold a candle to the Bioshocks and the GTA heavy hitters so the writers, programmers and game designers went ahead and created a game that has Deadpool act and play as the Deadpool in the comics and did this without having to worry about any focus groups or trying to appeal outside of the small-ish Deadpool fan base. That is exactly why I liked the game so much, not only am in the niche demographic but I appreciated that the game stayed true to the current source material without holding back or toning down the script to pander to anyone else.

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And I hearty recommend this game to anyone who is also a fan of the Deadpool character or the his comicbook series.

 


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