Avalith blogged
Jun 24, 15 6:03pm

It's no secret the Wii U is struggling financially, but Nintendo doesn't seem to mind. While Microsoft and Sony are enjoying over 10 and 20 million units shipped, the Wii U is just barely over 9 million despite having an extra year on the market. Poor sales have even led to major publishers like EA dropping Wii U support (their coming soon page doesn't even list the Wii U or even the 3DS even though Peter Moore claims Nintendo is a "great partner").

Scott Moffitt, the company's vice president of sales, explains why Nintendo isn't worried about a lack of support:

quote Financial Post
"Our job and our goal is through our first-party games, to build the installed base up so that it makes it easy for third-party publisher to bring their third-party content to our systems"
It makes sense, really. Nintendo never really has been big on making more money than the competition, but their games have spoken for themselves over the years. The Wii U was originally marketed to try and bring more core gamers back to Nintendo over Sony and Microsoft, but that hasn't quite panned out. Reviewers and gamers alike both seem to love Wii U games for the most part, so it's hard to say that the system is a failure. It may not be bringing home the bacon like the PS4, but the Wii U does have quality games that pretty much everyone can enjoy, and that's what really counts at the end of the day

Possibly looking to "smart devices" as a means to expand platforms Despite holding a "powerhouse" platform in the 3DS that continues to reach new milestones in the U.S. alone, Nintendo is still weighed down by a stagnant response to the Wii U.

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dirkj825 blogged
Jun 22, 15 6:47pm

I have the surprising tendency to accidentally screw over my teammates in video games.

It's gotten to the point where I'm actually beginning to wonder if it's not just a re-occurring accident and I'm actually harboring some massive trust issues deep inside me (Looking at you Dumbo).

For instance, I played a game called Trouble in Terrorist Town, or TTT for short. Incase you didnt know it, the objective of that game is to find and kill the small (unknown to everyone except other traitors) group of traitors among you, or if you're one of the traitors, the objective is to not let those innocent douchebags kill you and instead murder them all before time runs out.

So I was assigned the role of Traitor for the round and I was walking around inconspicuously with my trusty shotgun I picked up off the floor because that's how things work in terrorist town, when I happened upon my only other Traitor teammate.

We glanced at each other for a moment, that giant red T over our heads that was visible only to Traitors signifying our tied fate. We may have only known each for three seconds, but in that three seconds, we formed a deep, unbreakable bond.

Two lone wolves joined together by fate itself.

So we head out, two loners now turned a duo. We walked throughout that minecraft map, intent on silently bringing death to any poor innocent that would dare to go out by themself.

It didn't take long before we found a lone innocent terrorist to take out. Using my choice of stealth weapon, I quickly unloaded a shotgun blast into the innocent's head, killing him instantly.

However, when I turned to make my graceful escape, I noticed a f*cking crew of people walking towards me, every single one of them armed with shotguns and assault rifles.

Needless to say, I was both confused and terrified. To this day, I still think every single person in that group was Batman.

I immediately made a bee-line for the nearby ladder that led to the underground part of the map, screaming may or may not have been involved as I jumped down and hid in the corner.

Out of the entire group of 6 people, only one guy bothered to follow me. We engaged in a battle of epic proportions, him entering through one of the various doors in the underground labyrinth, and me shooting him in the head immediately after because I was in a dark, terrifying place at that time and that translates to me having a twitchy trigger finger.

When I eventually made my way back to the surface, I noticed everyone had dispersed.

I also noticed that my teammate was dead as shit.

What I believe happened is only one guy (the guy who I killed in a fit of terror) actually saw me commit the murder, and since I booked it out of sight so damn fast, the rest of the group just assumed that my teammate, who was just standing idly at the time, had killed the man.

So they killed him, saw he was indeed a Traitor, and high-fived each other before walking away. The sounds of my murdering one of their own right underneath them, muffled by the sounds of them murdering one of mine.

At least, that's what my angry teammate told me later. Albeit with much more colorful language.

I'm sorry Fireheart6, I was unaware of your inability to flee as good as me.

Forgive me.

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dirkj825 blogged
Jun 21, 15 6:29pm

I hate DisneyLand.

Well, sort of.

When I was at/below the age of 14, I most certainly did hate that place. Had I been given the chance to rant about DisneyLand within that timeline, you can rest assured I would have talked about it in a not-so-positive light and made more then a few unsavory comparisons about it.

Artist's rendition.

But how could you hate the happiest place on earth you may ask imaginary person I made up specifically to ask that question. Well, a few factors played into that actually. The car ride over used to make me sick (I got better about that), and I was honestly just completely terrified of a majority of the rides.

Like for instance, I hate waterfalls, heights, roller coasters, and loud, sudden noises because they scared the crap out of 5 year old dirkj825 like the milksop I still am.

Pirates Of The Caribbean? I like your song in the ride, but 7 year old dirkj825 caught onto your tricks long ago. I survived my past encounters with you, and 7 year old dirkj825 claimed that never again would you lure me in with your siren song to my spectacularly splash-filled doom.

Autopia? "I can't reach the pedal! Go push down on the pedal before we get hit!" -dirkj825 age 10 to his younger, currently panicking, passenger.

The Matterhorn? F*ck off.

However, the one that sticks out the most in my memory is the Dumbo ride. That one is special in the way that I went on it without protest, regardless of my fear of heights.

At the time, I was told that the stick infront of me could control how high I could take the ride into the air and like the foolish gullible child I was, I believed them. So I went on the ride. My heart filled with hope, and my head held high, my plan to use this ride to help with my fear of heights echoing through my mind as I stepped on to bravely face my fears.

It went as planned for the majority of the ride and I was actually having fun. At the time, it seemed Dumbo would be the hero I needed to truly appreciate DisneyLand.

It was around this time that the ride neared it's end that my trusty blue-clothed Dumbo flew up as high as he could, ignoring the pulling of my safety stick. I can still remember that to this day, the horror etched on my face as my dumbo betrayed me with that ever present smile on his face.

The words I uttered will never leave my memory. "HOW COULD YOU DO THIS DUMBO?! I TRUSTED YOU, YOU BIG EARED BASTARD!" Okay, well I was like 9 at that time, so I didn't actually say that. What I actually said was more along the lines of "AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!"

On an unrelated note, I despise Dumbo and have no problem trying to discredit the bastard whenever such an opportunity arises.

Needless to say, If there was a Scrooge when it came to DisneyLand, I would most certainly be it.

I'm either Scrooge here, or the money-hoarding version of Magneto. Neither works, now that I think about it.

That was of course, until my most recent journey to the Land of Disney.

The rides were different to me. I was able to casually stroll throughout the land without worry. The thought of deflecting my family onto the Small World Ride to protect me from other rides not even occurring (I did that because even though I believed Small World to be the product of Satan himself, I figured it was better then going on rides that I believed to actually be Satan)

Pirates of the Caribbean? I was tempted to keep going on it so I could finally catch Jack Sparrow when he was singing the song at the end of the ride. ( I just keep missing it)

Autopia? "Move aside sir, I watch Spongebob." -dirkj825 age current to the same, still panicking passenger.

The MatterHorn? F*ck off.

The rides getting easier to handle wasn't what did it for me though. No, what did my opinion in was something much more unexpected.

It was night, and I had just managed to weasel my way out of going on the Finding Nemo Submarine ride. Not because I found it scary, but because dear god, I didn't want to go on it for the 60th time.

So I found myself a place to wait for my family, and sat there. I was perfectly content to just sit there and wait, but then these three guys walked onto the nearby stage. One wore a cone as a hat, the other had a crazy-ass wig on, and the third didn't have anything on his head. I assumed then that due to his lack of headwear, he was the least important.

Regardless of the things they were wearing on their head, they started performing the song "Hey Mickey!" to the audience that started to gather. Their dance moves unfortunately, were not like jagger.

Didn't seem to matter to the audience though. They loved it, and seeing them like the performance so much, I couldn't help but to feel a bit of that happiness and wonder why.

"How could it be so?" I thought to myself, seeing their absolutely atrocious dance moves in action. "It came without ribbons!... It came without tags!... It came without packages, boxes, or bags!"

Okay, so I'm plagiarizing "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" right now, but my point still stands! I was pretty astonished to see people actually being blatantly happy at DisneyLand. Up until that point, I swear I hadn't seen a single happy face.

Unless they were a fast pass user walking past us non-fast pass users in a long line. I saw the occasionally happy face there.

I turned to see if my family was off the ride yet and saw two employees dancing and laughing with each other, two employees that had absolutely nothing to do with the event going on by them because they were standing guard at the very ride I had neglected to go on.

It was just then, as I sat there wearing my favorite bright orange shirt that I realized a few important things.

The first being that my artist was not very good at his job and I needed to look into a new lay-off policy in the future.

Pictured: My new layoff policy.

The second being that nothing's perfect and DisneyLand is certainly no exception.

But if it can spread that happiness, that genuine happiness that I saw on that day every once in a while, then maybe... maybe DisneyLand isn't that bad afterall.

F*ck Dumbo though.

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dirkj825 blogged
Jun 20, 15 5:22pm

You know what's the shit of bulls? The ice cream brand Scribblers. Not because I think it tastes bad, because I don't, but because people look at you weird if you use it as advertised in the commercials on TV.

The hell Popsicle guys? If I can't use your product to draw a kick-ass horribly disfigured turkey born in the bowels of hell itself that was originally meant to be a blue jay, then I don't think we can continue this relationship of my loved ones buying your product and me immediately mooching one or two off of them.

Come on Popsicle. Get it together guys.
Raziel2465 blogged
Jun 18, 15 7:13pm

I just got done reading an article about how fallout 3 will be bundled with fallout 4 only on xbox one. I hope its not a download, i hope its a 100% remake of the original fallout 3 in the same disk. Im glad I decided to pre-order it on my xbox one instead of my ps4.
Avalith blogged
Jun 17, 15 10:42pm

When Sony and Square Enix announced to the world that a remake of Final Fantasy VII was definitely happening at this year's E3, the Internet and the convention hall erupted. Many are still skeptical given the numerous false promises we've been given over the years, but it's actually happening (we hope). A remake of this magnitude will obviously take time. Square Enix isn't dumb enough to just touch up their flagship franchise's bestselling entry, back away from remake and call it a remaster, then rerelease it on PSN for the PS4. Final Fantasy VII has sold almost 11 million copies across all platforms, including Steam's 2013 re-release of the initial PC port. Many fans have speculated that the remake will be released in 2017 to coincide with the 20th anniversary of VII's initial release on the PS1.

The subject of a remake has been something Square Enix has dodged or denied for years, but after announcing that it's happening this week, game director Tetsuya Nomura revealed in an interview that he wants to do more remakes of classic Final Fantasy titles. The only catch? He doesn't want to do VIII or IX. While remakes of both Squall and Zidane's adventures would be welcomed by many fans and certainly criticized by others after retelling Cloud's story, Nomura was thinking further back to another fan favorite: Final Fantasy VI.

Speaking to various media outlets through a group interview session at E3 on Tuesday, Nomura was asked by VentureBeat if there was any interest in remaking Final Fantasy VIII or IX. He decided to stretch further back in the series catalog, stating:

quote VentureBeat
“Considering that we have remakes of Final Fantasy up to IV and then we have VII — I’ve been working with Mr. [Yoshinori] Kitase since Final Fantasy V, and we’ve noticed that V and VI are missing. That bothers me,” Nomura said. “How come we skipped over those two?”
Terra's adventures in VI are almost as beloved as Cloud and company's struggle against Sephiroth. While it certainly hasn't sold as many copies as VII has, it was just as loved by critics. A remake of Final Fantasy VI would certainly be a welcome addition to many a RPG fan's library, but what platform(s) would it be on? What kind of direction would the art take from the original 2D sprites? The iOS port is certainly prettier than the original SNES release, but it's still 2D. Would Square Enix wait for a special occasion like the game's 25th anniversary in 2019 or even the 30th in 2024?

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tsujack blogged
Jun 09, 15 8:56pm

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
-Mahatma Gandhi -
Mastix blogged
Jun 04, 15 10:52am

My brother and I are going on a bike trip! It will span 3800 miles, heading from Mongolia to Thailand. Anyone who'd like to follow my trip should totally look at our blog: bikingacrosschina.wordpress.com. It's gonna be a long one. Lorx, Amy, watch over anime while I'm gone? It's gonna be a 100 days or so, and I'm leaving on June 16th.
Willow blogged
May 28, 15 5:21am

"The first incident occurred in the early hours of Wednesday morning, when Geoff was awakened to the sound of someone in his kitchen... worried about what he might find, he went downstairs and discovered the badger with the fridge door open" Badger <3 Bakewell tarts bakewellbadger

The footage was captured by Geoff Taylor in Midhurst, West Sussex, who was woken by the badger in the middle of the night.

Hmszelda blogged
May 24, 15 4:10pm

Below you will find a list of games I own for the DS/3DS. Comment and tell me what to play. Okay thanks.

Rune Factory 4
Animal Crossing New Leaf
Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask
Tales of the Abyss
The Sims 4 Pets
Pokemon Rumble Blast
Super Mario 3D Land
Pokemon Omega Ruby
Luigi's Mansion Dark Moon
Pokemon Y
Mario Kart 7
Legend of Zelda A Link Between Worlds
Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D
(^3DS DSv)
New Super Mario Bros.
Animal Crossing Wild World
Nintendogs Labs and Friends
World of Zoo
imagine Teacher
Cooking Mama 3 Shop and Chop
Drawn to Life The Next Chapter
Drawn to Life
Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box
LEGO Harry Potter
Harvest Moon Sunshine Islands
Magical Starsign
Dragon Quest IX Sentinels of the Starry Skies
Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2007
Pokemon Black 2
Legend of Zelda Spirit Tracks
Legend of Zelda Phantom Hourglass
Naruto Path of the Ninja
Pokemon Black
Pokemon Conquest
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Explorers of Sky
Naruto Ninja Council 3
Pokemon Soul Silver
Pokemon Ranger Shadows of Almia
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Explorers of Sky
Pokemon Platinum
Pokemon Rangers Guardian Signs
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Blue Rescue Team

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trpking1 blogged
May 20, 15 3:15pm

Looking for an inexpensive mid game account. I really just need Lushen and a decent nat 5*. Of course things like Bernard, Bella, Shannon, etc. are nice but I am willing to compromise. Hit me up!
Lizardeye blogged
May 16, 15 4:09pm

So I fought solo Gold Rajang. I did a sleep bombing tactic, it worked well. I did loads of damage to him and then he carts me and ran. I came back, put him asleep again and he carted me. Came back one last time and died instantly.
Jeli blogged
May 12, 15 3:49pm

Only 75 shirts will be given away, so enter before May 15th 2015, 10PM US/Eastern. There isn't enough characters typed, so this is to fill in the blank.


Enter to win a Bruce Lee x DJ T-shirt, as worn by Tony Stark in the Avengers 2: Age of Ultron! #Avengers #AgeOfUltron #brucelee75

locksmithch blogged
May 11, 15 9:14pm

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Angry Kitten blogged
May 10, 15 5:02am

The uM is recruiting now! - Timo Kingdom!

If you love playing in team and having fun, this is the place you need to be!
Become one of our crazy members :P

Enjoy The Game of War :)
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