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  1. 11 points
    All they have to do is provide a better service than the pirates, and it will then become easier and more convenient not to pirate. Valve's Steam is a fine example of this in action.
  2. 10 points
    Diogenes

    Initial reaction to Sonic X

    The problem isn't that there's more than one human, it's that the others are all boring and shitty (but then, in Sonic X, who isn't).
  3. 7 points
    Nobody's advocating that they get rid of gift cards. It's the whole system of using points instead of actual currency. Like, say I want to buy a game for 800pts. I've got to buy a 1200pts card or something, which is like way more than I wanted to spend. So then those leftover points are just sat there in my account doing nothing. It's a waste, and really not at all helpful when you want to keep track of what you're spending. Sony have always used real money, and Nintendo made the switch to real money with the Wii U. You can either pay by credit/debit card, gift cards you credit to your account or a mixture of the two.
  4. 7 points
    Scar

    PlayStation 4 Discussion

    Do we need "innovation", or do we just need a reliable input system which facilitates the enjoyment of games...?
  5. 6 points
    Sally may have been the leader, but she's never presented as the hero, or the main character, or the main focus. All that is Sonic. The portrayal of Sonic as a bit of an impatient idiot may rub a lot of people the wrong way, but in the mid-nineties the only characterisation Sonic had was from the game manuals, and those were inconsistent as hell. I won't argue with Tails's downgrade, but Sonic being "clearly resourceful and collected" in the games is simply not true. He's a blank slate. All we know for certain from the old Genesis games in terms of personality is that he's impatient, and I do love that annoyed expression Sonic gets when you're idle. I tend to hold Sonic SatAM as one of the few shows that managed to take the Darker and Edgier trope of the nineties and get it right. Yes, the story is a heck of a lot darker, but it's always optimistic. Even though Robotnik has basically conquered half the world from the get-go, everything from the upbeat intro sequence to the jovial heroes stand by the theme that no matter how bad things get the good guys will always win through in the end. Robotnik himself is...honestly, a pretty generic evil monster type person, but my god man when you've got Jim Cummings voicing the character it's a treat to listen to every scene. I really love watching an actor chew the scenery, and holy crap Robotnik sounds like he's having an Evilgasm every odd minute. I won't deny that some will hate the portrayal, but I love it. Finally, Sonic X isn't really a fair comparison because in additon to having direct influence from Sonic Team of Japan, the Sonic video game universe was a heck of a lot more fleshed-out by the time the series started production. And yet it STILL kept most of its focus on people who had absolutely nothing to do with the games. I'll hear nobody claiming that Sally or Bunnie Rabbot are ever as obnoxious as Chris, his butler, his butler, his teacher, and his wide group of friends that confuse the hell out of the notion that he's supposed to be "lonely". Antoine is easily MORE obnoxious than Chris, though. French jokes were never funny, and being the same joke over and over and over is just painful to watch. "Ooh, look at me, I'm French. I'm a stuck-up napoleon charicature who's a big coward ho ho ho!" I guess the point I'm failing to hit is that the two shows both have strengths and weaknesses, but not necessarily the same ones.
  6. 6 points
    Kuzu

    Initial reaction to Sonic X

    I don't remember Robotnik being an evil dictator who's already taken control of the planet, and that Sonic leads a small resistance group to topple his rule consisting of characters who had never been seen in the games up to that point in time. I don't remember Tails being sidelined because he's "too young" despite the fact that he's always with Sonic when it counted regardless of his actual age. I don't remember Sonic having a girlfriend named Sally at that point in the games either. Also: Does Robotnik look different to you? I never said SATAM is a bad show itself, just that it's not a good Sonic show. Almost everything in it is completely foreign to the series it's based on, with the only thing sharing are three characters(one of them not even in the spotlight often), and rings. That's it. Sonic X by comparison, as shitty as it may be, is a much more faithful adaption hence why I say it's the better Sonic show.
  7. 6 points
    Patticus

    PlayStation 4 Discussion

    I'd say we need a combination of both. If you maintain one controller type long-term, eventually you run out of things to do with it. Oh sure, the games get prettier with every passing generation, but you're using a controller designed for a whole different era of gaming, when needs and limitations were quite different. Sooner or later, someone or some group will have to come along and say, "That design was great, but here's how we can make it better," and whip out several new input designs, some quite radical departures from the norm. One might stick, becoming popular and a base for future innovations by rival groups. Slowly the new features will filter into our games and systems, until one day you try to play a PS2 classic, and find the experience mind bogglingly hard to get into - either because of the controller, or because of the lack of future features. Reliable input systems are great, but boy do they get stale if you keep the same designs in place for too long.
  8. 6 points
    Vertekins

    Initial reaction to Sonic X

    I totally agree with the notion that Shadow was glorified unconvincingly in X, the aforementioned episode 73 being a particularly fine example. Though he's still nothing compared to Chris. He takes down Sonic in one single attack. Now when you consider that Sonic is practically made of iron every other time, even getting up after the immense beating by E-99 in ep 26 which entailed being sent flying through buildings and punched into the ground, ep 73's one attack beatdown of him looks downright stupid and very unconvincing in comparison. Whilst Chris himself actually fulfills all four criteria for Creator's Pet status with flying colours; Need I say more? Is in every single episode sans 17 and 68, has sympathetic 'flaws' and gets hugely influential roles. OH DEAR GOD. See episode 8 in which Tails built another seat in the X-Tornado at the brat's request and so many other episodes that focus on Chris' input in the latest scheme to foil Eggman when much more competent and powerful characters are fully or should be fully capable of dealing with such situations by themselves. Steals character roles (See episode 38 when he shamelessly leeches Amy's shot at character development by acting as Shadow's conscience) Frequently praised by Sonic above other characters even when he had minimal involvement in saving the day, is put on such a massive pedestal by Sonic himself that he's willing to abandon the people he's been friends with far longer to satiate his selfishness...
  9. 5 points
  10. 5 points
    Kuzu

    Initial reaction to Sonic X

    But Satam isn't even a Sonic show...
  11. 5 points
    Ming Ming Hatsune

    PlayStation 4 Discussion

    Sometimes you got to stop thinking for yourself and think of others. There will be plenty of gamers who would love the social stuff. And for me, it will be so cool seeing my online friends playing their game.
  12. 4 points
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mQO0-zNyzA I don't think anything needs to be said. XD
  13. 4 points
    Komodin

    Initial reaction to Sonic X

    You know... every time I think about Sonic X, I remember watching the first episode on Channel 5 back in Summer 2003, when I was just 12 years old. Ah, yes, I remember the awe I felt when I watched Sonic and his entourage infiltrate Eggman's Tower Base. The shock when I saw them get engulfed in that Chaos Control explosion. The fear when Sonic first appeared on Earth... alone. The sheer, unadulterated, pants-wetting glee that coursed through my body when I saw Sonic shatter the sound barrier in that chase sequence with the S-Team... ... and from there, one more thought usually pop up in my mind: "Where did it all went wrong? Why weren't the other non-Super Sonic episodes this awesome?!"
  14. 3 points
    Badnik Mechanic

    PlayStation 4 Discussion

    Sony: It's a disc based future. Theres a very interesting point in the article as to why. The Blu-Ray discs are 50GB. Whats the largest game size you've ever downloaded? For me, it's around 11GB, but I have one on my backlog thats 15GB. I know it's going to take several hours for that one to download. Yet we're moving to another generation. More impressive visuals, bigger games... so more data, more numbers more GB's... But Broadband speeds are not upgrading as fast as people want, well depending where you live, and even then theres a huge cost for fibre optic broadband depending where you live (if you can get it). The article says that they can see some PS4 games being as big as 45GB (probably an exaggeration), whilst it'll take some time for games to be that big, the games will definately be larger than the sizes we've got right now, so unless we have fibre optic broadband rolled out worldwide and at an affordable cost, the disc is never going to die because whilst the companies will want to go digital as it saves them a bloody fortune, the consumer isn't going to be priced out of the market as much as they're going to be left behind from a technical standpoint, even if they have the system good enough to play it.
  15. 3 points
    Emmett L. Brown

    Initial reaction to Sonic X

    Yes, I can see how the show where Sonic uses his super speed to defeat robots made by Dr. Robotnik, while using rings to strengthen his powers, and backed by an assortment of animal characters would be very different from the games where Sonic uses his super speed to defeat robots made by Dr. Robotnik, while using rings to strengthen his powers, and backed by an assortment of animal characters. It's hardly the Super Mario Bros live-action movie in terms of adaption displacement.
  16. 2 points
    Clouder

    DaHog's character voices

    So I've finally perfected one of my Sonic character voices. It's my Tails voice, the one that puts the most strain on my voice. Tell me what you think! Tailstest2.mp3
  17. 2 points
    Badnik Mechanic

    PlayStation 4 Discussion

    This is great. It's by far one of the best critiques of the announcement, I'm upto number 3 right now and I've agreed with all of them.
  18. 2 points
    Cola

    Xbox 720 / NeXtBox / Durango / Infinity

    On top of that, Nintendo's points system was always easy to understand. 2000 points? Oh, just move the decimal over two places and it's $20.00 Microsoft Points have always had this dumb exchange rate and confusing amounts. 1600 points = $20. It makes more work for the consumer and isn't as simple. I pray they get rid of MS points.
  19. 2 points
    Unwillingness to change is actually one huge reason that rental stores like Blockbuster is slowly but surely dying out. Sure, they now have their own Netflix-like rental service, but they're so late in doing so that it doesn't even matter anymore. I can't understand why businesses and governments think the only way to fix something is to penalize people for it. If their primary motivation is money, don't you think it would make more sense to, you know, change things so that you actually -make- money?
  20. 2 points
    The Kid

    PlayStation 4 Discussion

    I don't really know what people are arguing about. Each of the "Big Three" innovate in different ways. They aren't exactly competing in the sense that they all have very different philosophies concerning what they want to bring to the consumer. Nintendo strives to change the way players physically interact with their gaming systems each generation (different controller interfaces, different type of communities, different experiences), Sony strives to make the way you game more convenient each generation ( easier for developers, sleeker interface, better graphics, etc.), and Microsoft is trying to turn their systems into a media hub where gaming is a single part of a bigger ecosystem (Zune, Apps, Windows 8, etc.). They all innovate in their own ways, so all you're really arguing about is what you personally consider "innovating" to really mean. Anyways, back on track. The one thing I'm concerned about with the PS4 is the bigger emphasis on sharing and viewing other people's game. I'm a rather private person when it comes to my technology, so I'd most likely never use the "share" button. I hope I don't have to jump through hurdles to hide my profile and shit from others.
  21. 2 points
    Dobkeratops

    PS Vita

    Well, after 5 years of postponing it, the day finally arrived. This is gonna be good.
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  23. 1 point
    Kuzu

    Initial reaction to Sonic X

    The early 21st century was a pretty high point for new Sonic fans so I understand, I just still find it hilarious that a show you've come to hate so much was the very reason I'm talking to you right now.
  24. 1 point
    Really? Because Fi was the one overtly negative thing about the game to me. She constantly stops the game to offer slow, grating tutorials which im sure could have been presented much better. She has zero character to me, to the point where I forget she's actually part of the story and the narrative as a whole, she's basically a talking databse and literally every other partner you had in Zelda games had more of a character than her. I just don't like her all that much. And the beeping was so fucking obnoxoius.
  25. 1 point
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJmIvOBcJEs Why hello there Friendship is Witchcraft.
  26. 1 point
    Detective Shadzter

    THE PIZZA TOPIC

    Me and my wife just shared a large pizza from Pizza Hut Delivery with their new Hot Dog Pizza Bites. I had BBQ Meat Feast on my half and she had Meat Machine on her half. It was delicious. Who'd have thought hot dogs and pizza would be such a perfect combination. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151443885687278&set=pb.73140987277.-2207520000.1361648326&type=3&theater Domino's is now doing a Hot Dog Stuffed Crust that you can have with or without American mustard, too. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152566073625453&set=a.219642535452.284783.207571100452&type=1
  27. 1 point
    My Little Rednecks, coming this fall to a toy store near you!
  28. 1 point
    It most likely pertains to everything under the care of the MPAA and the RIAA. Popular music and movies, in other words. So, if you downloaded an Xbox 360 game off the internet, I doubt anything would happen. But if you downloaded Justin Beiber's new album (And oh god why would you do that)? There might be hell to pay for it.
  29. 1 point
  30. 1 point
    If I saw someone was visiting an import site, I'd think, "Hey, this guy's going to import something." I would not be instantly suspicious that piratical behavior might be imminent. So anyways, I'm an impatient chap when it comes to shows I'm following; I have to watch them as soon as I can after they air, DVDs take too long to come out, and Netflix too is really slow on the uptake (possibly thanks to the industry trying to shit on it constantly). Also, cable TV is far too expensive for us and our TV antenna only picks up CBS reliably. Therefore, our only option for watching, say, the latest episodes of The Walking Dead (Season 3), is illegal - Torrenting and whathaveyou. If they would just put these things up on Netflix et al as they air, or just after, I wouldn't feel the need to, but they don't so I do. Am I screwed?
  31. 1 point
    I know, I just felt like reiterating the point. Anyway, they can resist all they like, but the writing is already on the wall, and the longer they fight, the worse they'll fare. I wouldn't be surprised if some huge names in the cable, music and movie industries are sunk by the rising tide of Netflixes, Spotifies and the like. Fighting the future doesn't work.
  32. 1 point
    Alexander

    ARTWORK: Swiss' Arena of Artwork

    Your style. If I could marry that shit, I would.
  33. 1 point
    Swiss

    ARTWORK: Swiss' Arena of Artwork

    Thought I'd revive this dust-filled heap with...this! Nothin' special, just finally starting to get to grips with Photoshop painting and shizzle:
  34. 1 point
    Do I have to mention what a crushing disappointment the Temple of TIme boss is? The only boss that gave me a hard time somewhat was the ice boss, other than that they were all easy as shit (though some like Stalord and the Lakebed boss were still fun).
  35. 1 point
    Uhhh...doesn't this already happen? My brother torrented Bully once, and the next day Comcast sent us an e-mail and told us to cut the shit or they would throttle our internet. I'm not quite sure why people are acting like this is new. It's a problem but, not a new one. Edit: I should mention this was about 2 years ago.
  36. 1 point
    Carbo

    PlayStation 4 Discussion

    The PS Menu button only pauses certain games, not all of them. It depends on how the developers integrated it. Some go to a pause menu, some freeze the game, some just stay as is.
  37. 1 point
    Detective Shadzter

    PlayStation 4 Discussion

    The PS button does pause in-game in my experience. I was playing Sonic Generations just the other day and the PS button made the in-game pause menu come up as well as the XMB. When I pressed the PS button again to go back to the game, I had to press start to exit the pause menu. EDIT: No, actually I think it might have been SA2, but I think the same thing happens in Sonic Generations and other games, too.
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  39. 1 point
    Dobkeratops

    PlayStation 4 Discussion

    Well, there's no new optical format this time and most of the entertainment/social apps found on the PS3/Vita already satisfy those demands, so they can sort of get away with not adding much else in those terms. Sony's pushing the console as a gaming machine first and foremost out of the gate, all of the budget and feature focus directed towards games and ensuring developers have easy and cheap ways to put their content on the platform. Even the social stuff was adapted for this (sharing, spectating, helping). Pleasing the core audience at first and dealing with the fickle casual sector later? I'm totally okay with this approach. now watch their e3 be all about families and puppies
  40. 1 point
    Nope. I always found chao gardens boring as all hell anyway.
  41. 1 point
    This is the opening video of the game!!
  42. 1 point
    Covskin

    Knack- The PS4's first platformer

    I can't look at giant Knack's face without seeing Wind Waker Ganondorf...
  43. 1 point
    SweeCrue

    Game Grumps

    I still want to see them do the ball puzzle.
  44. 1 point
    "Baby come back! You can blame it all on me!"
  45. 1 point
  46. 1 point
  47. 1 point
    Eternal EX

    DmC: a new Devil May Cry

    Am I really the only person still laughing at the people who continue to bash DmC? It's so pathetic that it is hilarious.
  48. 1 point
    JemiDove

    ARTWORK: JemiLoke97

    A commission of Mephiles with a Mephiles chao without a mouth...creepy... this is just a sketch commission, and I don't think I'll be colouring it...the details would kill me D: And I'm startng to think that my commission prices are too low...2 deviantART points for a sketch like this. How's that? :/ I'm quite pleased with how Mephiles' eye shape came out though
  49. 1 point
    Scar

    Xbox 720 / NeXtBox / Durango / Infinity

    That comment is so untrue its a joke. Games would be plenty popular without Nintendo. Also, its funny how Nintendo innovate more with hardware than they do where it matters; the software.
  50. 1 point
    Swiss

    ARTWORK: Swiss' Arena of Artwork

    More artwork, starting with my most recent Sonic piece, made for TSS' Christmas Carol Competition: My first real go at getting an 'official' look down. I definitely like how it turned out, but I much prefer doing my own styles. This is actually just an edit of my super-secret image used for a recently-revealed project, but my original image won't be unveiled until the New Year by a member of this very forum...wait and see! I had to use this instead of creating an entirely new one due to spending far too much time thinking up that insanely cheesy Carol to go with it. Still, all in good spirit, eh? For now, until the New Year comes, here's more 'other' stuff... This is a character concept I did for a College project about 2 years ago...: ...and just recently decided to give the whole thing an overhaul in the form of: Same character, different look (using my improved techniques and shiz I've gathered since I made the original). Here's some enemies I designed to go along with it, I won't post them all since we'd be here forever: You get the idea... humorously grotesque was what I was going for. They easily could have been more grotesque, but I think they did the job. Again, there will be more to come! I promise I'll get the other SEGA/Sonic-related stuff up soon. :3
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