Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Shaka, When The Walls Fell (Konami)

Konami recently instituted a policy whereby all in-game money (earned in-game or purchased with real money) in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain must be used within 6 months or disappear forever. 

This brings up so many questions. Let me ask a few...actually let me ask just one:

1) WHY? No other game I heard of even does this. The closest real-life example was when Microsoft switched over from points to money.

2) WHY? Does this policy track each and every portion of the money earned or purchased? For example, if I earned 10 MB one day in-game and I bought 100 MB the next day, will the game tell me when each of these will expire? Will it be different dates, or will it be within a set 6-month window? 

3) WHY? Will the money accumulated by players fill up the memory on the servers quickly, slowing them down and potentially crashing? Does 10 MB take up a gigabyte of memory? Does 100 MB fill up a terabyte of memory? Is that even possible?

4) WHY? Remember, someone actually took time to code this into the game with the last patch. Why couldn't they just saved time and effort and NOT code this, when they could have just made DLC instead. 

5) WHY? Will this force players into playing the game more? Or spending more of this fake money so that they can spend more actual money to get more fake money to spend in the game?

Konami has given no reason why they are doing this. I wish they did, so I don't have to map out in my head why this was done. I literally can't tell if this is some Lex Luthor-type master plan, or if this is some Wile E. Coyote blueprint for failure.

This is why I named this portion of my blog the above title (the Tamarian language for failure from Star Trek: TNG). There will probably be more entries in this blog portion in the future.  

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Best Comment Ever (This week: February 18, 2016)

This was for the Street Fighter V game recently released, said by Maomao on Metacritic:

"Where's the game? I want to make a review but i just buy a disc with a promise, will be more useful if dropped my money on some underpants"

There's more, but I'll stop here, since this pretty much says it all.

Friday, February 12, 2016

I Wonder...

So, I've been threatened with 3 more Transformers films, and it turns out one of those movies' release dates falls on the same date as the Wonder Woman movie. Devin Faraci opines on the significance of these dates here:

http://birthmoviesdeath.com/2016/02/12/paramount-has-declared-war-on-warner-bros


So, my movie choice on June 23, 2017 is between:

1) A movie I have been waiting 41 years to see since I first saw the original Wonder Woman on TV?

OR

2) The 5th consecutive bastardization of a beloved cartoon franchise whose last good movie is still the animated version from 30 years ago (Transformers: The Movie)?


Decisions, decisions....

Thursday, February 4, 2016

All Eyes On: Jimquisition

Here is another blog worth paying attention to, though in this case I may be preaching to the choir. Jim Sterling is very popular, having worked at Destructoid & The Escapist first, then striking out on his own. He praises games and games developers that treat him like a human being, and thumbs his nose at those that insult his intelligence (right now Warner Brothers seems to be his favorite target, and believe me, after Arkham Knight they deserve his rancor).

He does game reviews, podcasts, youtube videos; the amount of content he puts out is truly amazing. You can find his main blog here:

http://www.thejimquisition.com/

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Pile On The Goofy/Awesome

I recently talked to a friend about how the Legends of Tomorrow TV show is piling on the 2nd and 3rd tier heroes and villains. Before now, not a lot of people outside of comic book nerds would know Rip Hunter, Atom, Captain Cold, Heatwave, Hawkman & Hawkwoman or Vandal Savage. But now we live in an age where lower tiered comic book characters are viewed on TV and film. And now Hollywood is doubling down on this trend.

On DC's Instagram account, they are teasing the appearance of other barely-recognized characters like Doctor Midnight, SGT Rock, Sandman, Hourman and Ma Hunkel (the original Red Tornado who originally appeared in comic books in 1939). 

In the new 20th Century Fox film Deadpool, there is a woman hanging around the main character called Negasonic Teenage Warhead, who only appeared alive once, in New X-Men #115 before she was killed. What, did the X-Men movies burn through the more-famous mutants already? Oh, and Colossus is in this movie too.

If you told me 10 years ago that not only would superhero movies and TV shows starring major heroes happen, but also give the lower tier heroes and villains a chance to shine, I would have laughed in your face. Now, I'm about to see Ma Hunkel on TV. This makes me so happy.  

But if DC ever shows live-action Ten-Eyed Man, I'm out!