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  1. The above user is Iizuka

  2. If Sonic Omens is trying to make a profit, then why is it taking Sega so long to C&D? They'll have every right to do so and I doubt fandom will be complaining much unlike with Nintendo.

    1. Rabbitearsblog

      Rabbitearsblog

      I'm assuming that the fandom might start complaining if SEGA told them that they can no longer do fan games (which is something we don't want to happen).  But, if it comes down to only Sonic Omens being taken down because of the creator making a profit off of the game, when they aren't supposed to make profits off of SEGA's character, then I guess the fanbase would be okay with that, as long as it doesn't lead to SEGA telling everyone to not do fangames anymore, like what happened with Nintendo.

    2. jungle_penguins

      jungle_penguins

      Plausible deniability? No wait, that's not the right term. But they could ignore it if they wanted to, provided it's lowkey enough, or heck, maybe Sega really does not know of it. For the former, the more it spreads the more likely it can't be fake ignored. Has there been some terms/conditions Sega has put up in regards to fan projects?

    3. Thigolf

      Thigolf

      I'm not well versed at all in this stuff, but their patreon doesn't mention Sonic in any shape or form. Some vague hints to it like "Tornado" exist, but otherwise, you're just giving money to an indie studio working on an undefined game. Nowhere on the page mentions you are giving them money for their Sonic project, you're just supporting the studio in general. Chances are there isn't really a case to be made against them, compared to other patreons, where they directly advertise and even have perks for the game if you pledge. 
      That's my guess, anyway.

    4. Lord-Dreamerz

      Lord-Dreamerz

      Not sure if you guys knew this. But fans have been making money off of fan content already for ages. There is near endless amounts of Sonic fan artists making money from their fan art on their patrons, and in japan they straight up openly sell fan manga over there. I understand those are not fan games so they are bit different. But just saying.

  3. If the fates of the original Batman and Superman films were any closer, and if Batman & Robin had the same budget cuts as Superman IV, they'd probably film it in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and fail to make it look like Gotham.

    1. Jovahexeon The Undyne

      Jovahexeon The Undyne

      Oh boy, do I have a story for you then.

  4. I got Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning on PS2

  5. https://www.ign.com/articles/cd-projekt-bosses-set-to-receive-big-bonuses-despite-cyberpunk-2077-launch-problems
     

    So, in spite of screwing over their biggest game to date, CDPR bosses are getting a huge bonus.

    1. HPX

      HPX

      This is just what AAA game development looks like.

      I was more shocked when they recently mentioned future games despite the fact that their latest release is still on fire. I thought they'd at least be all hands on deck, ironing out every kink before releasing two or three expansions for free before even thinking about moving on, much less publicly announcing it.

      Amazing. 

  6. I'll still maintain that the first Tomb Raider film is a fun movie.

    But I'd rather watch an Uwe Boll film than watch the 2nd one.

  7. Demon Slayer episode 1 was quite a dramatic start.

  8. Saw the first Hobbit film.

    Not a fan.

  9. Concluded my Superman catch-up with Superman IV: The Quest for Peace.

    Definately the worst in terms of overall quality (even if most of the blame can be thrown onto Cannon Films), but at least it's entertaining in how inept it is and with the performances of Christopher Reeve and Gene Hackman.

  10. https://www.ign.com/articles/tales-of-arise-september-release-date-next-gen-ps5-xbox-series-x

    The new Tales of game now has a new release date and is releasing on next-gen

  11. Nice to see the Great Ace Attorney use actual British VA’s for the characters 

    1. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      It really makes all the difference to me, personally. 

    2. AlphaRuby

      AlphaRuby

      I like that British VA’s are starting to be used more in major games.

      Not to say I don’t like the American ones, far from it, but it’s nice for your own country to get more of a shot 

    3. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      Not just that, but it's some variety too. Video game voice acting seems too be handled by the same few dozen VAs, often shooting for very similar performances.

    4. PublicEnemy1

      PublicEnemy1

      I stand by that DQ8 is my favorite in terms of voice acting with accents, since there's a diverse amount of them in that game.

    5. Teoskaven

      Teoskaven

      No Adam Howden, 0/10 not really feeling it.

    6. DanJ86

      DanJ86

      I'm certainly sick of the same voices in every damn game. Should be a nice change of pace.

  12. https://psnprofiles.com/trophies/12768-nier-replicant-ver122474487139

    Trophies for the Nier remake, spoilers of course.

    One of them isn't too popular.

    1. Teoskaven

      Teoskaven

      Wich one you're referring to? The only one i can think of being too infamous that's still there is

      Spoiler

      the one attached to the legendary flower minigame, and even then this version will be easier since modifying the PS4 clock and resetting is an easier process than on the PS3.

       

    2. AlphaRuby

      AlphaRuby

      Spoiler

      The daredevil one

       

    3. Teoskaven

      Teoskaven

      Couldn't find anything, what's wrong with that?

    4. AlphaRuby

      AlphaRuby

      Spoiler

      Considering that Kaine's intersex, people are not happy about the achievement having her fetishized, especially considering her backstory.

      That alone has me kinda hesitant buying the game now, straightaway anyway.

       

    5. Teoskaven

      Teoskaven

      Spoiler

      Did that type of achievement made you considered delaying/dropping Automata?
      Also, you don't even know if it's the same as in that game where you can't really see anything and the playable character throws the camera away annoyed. This not to mention the possibilty of skipping said trophy by purchasing it in-game if you wanted the platinum but didn't want to do that.
      Also also, Kainé's entire dress code can be considered that if you want to look it that way, the cutscenes have plenty of ass and boob shots on their own. I would find amusing if people started only now saying it's problematic or something when they had 11 years (1 at least if they knew nothing before this version's announcement) to note it.

       

    6. AlphaRuby

      AlphaRuby

      Spoiler

      It’s not even just that (putting aside that in Automata the character were cyborgs, not intersex).

      According to the Wiki, the version that this remake is based off has her aged 17, which if true is yikes 

       

    7. Teoskaven

      Teoskaven

      Spoiler

      For all you know the age stated in this version is gonna be the same as the one in western Gestalt, i.e. 20, potentially changed again for us like when it happened for the original most likely for the exact same reason. Appearance-wise the character looks the same, so it's not even a matter of that.
      Also, you know the twist already: replicants are technically not humans either, reguardless of gender, hence why they can't reproduce. If you want to put it on that angle, the Yohra android units are basically the same in terms of artificial machine-organic body.

      Let me put it like this: Sony has multiple times censored or blacklisted games with nudity and/or sexual themes not suited to them even when it didn't felt necessary, particularly from japanese games, so if they allowed this to happen now, it's probably not catastrophic and/or you have a way to circumvent in case you don't want to do it.

       

  13. https://www.capcom-unity.com/2021/04/21/kurae-the-great-ace-attorney-chronicles-summons-you-to-court-on-july-27th/

    It's finally been announced!

    I guess the Trilogy didn't sell well on Xbox because GAA Chronicles is releasing for everything except that.

    1. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      So just for the sake of reference, these are sales figures of the HD trilogy from the Capcom leak:

      Switch - 462,395

      PC - 245,339

      PS4 - 103,235

      Xbox - 4,821

      You can see why the Xbox is getting shafted here...

      Anyway, this is great. I'm very much looking forward to this!

  14. Just saw Supergirl 1984.

    Yeah, not good at all, yet kinda funny mostly down to Faye Dunaway and her sidekick.

  15. Possible Spider-Man No Way Home spoilers:

    Spoiler

    https://www.ign.com/articles/spider-man-no-way-home-alfred-molina-talks-about-his-return-as-doctor-octopus

    Um, if this is true, and while I did have a feeling this would happen, how exactly would Raimi!Ock be a villain again after he overcame the arms and sacrificed himself?

     

  16. https://deadline.com/2021/04/cartoon-network-studios-europe-renamed-as-hanna-barbera-studios-europe-1234729256/

    1. Mr Loopone

      Mr Loopone

      It doesn't make much sense unless remakes of old Hanna-Barbera cartoons are happening and from that press releases looks unlikely.

      Thinking about it, Cartoon Network was already a known brand name and the old HB stuff was rarely animated in Europe outside of those Czech Tom & Jerry shorts. It would have made more sense in the US or at least Asia where they outsourced the animation to have the HB name.

      Sure there is nostalgia for the old HB cartoons especially Flintstones, Wacky Races and Top Cat because they used to put them on TV but they haven't for quite a while...

  17. https://www.ign.com/articles/at-469-million-did-netflix-pay-too-much-for-knives-out
     

    “We’re already in massive debt, might as well add more!”

  18. Mind, even if this news is true, this isn’t gonna give Microsoft an instant win as some are saying, since they still have their own problems with their exclusives among other things.

    1. Jovahexeon The Undyne

      Jovahexeon The Undyne

      Oh god, of course it's not gonna give them a win. It will however, present them an opportunity to capitalize. Now, whether they take the hint, is up to them and I'm not holding my breath.

      It's really hilarious though, how it feels like Microsoft and Sony are trying to ying yang in balance with each other of all their flaws. It's almost like a competition of seeing who can get away with more crap towards consumers.

    2. Teoskaven

      Teoskaven

      Wich in turns has the latter being caught in the middle and forced to either take side or get dunked on. Simply put for me, the disadvantages in "siding" with Microsoft (having to wait more for games to be released due to exclusitivity deals and having the risk of them not being optimized at launch) feel more manageble than accepting this new policy from Sony (assuming it's true).

    3. AlphaRuby

      AlphaRuby

      Yeah, at least the nearer Sony exclusives look promising, whereas Microsoft’s, especially Halo Infinite, not so much.

      Meanwhile, Nintendo are probably standing at the side, shrugging at all this.

    4. AlphaRuby

      AlphaRuby

      For me, having the consoles for both sides, this’ll be an interesting battle.

    5. Supah Berry

      Supah Berry

      It's less a matter being the one superior company, but just being the lesser of the two/three evils in terms of current practices

    6. AlphaRuby

      AlphaRuby

      I’m not gonna judge on ethics since all three have at least one really questionable practice.

    7. Teoskaven

      Teoskaven

      I think this clip sums up the whole situation:

       

      At the very least a lot of third parties are still holding up atm so i can rely on them for the time being.

    8. Strickerx5

      Strickerx5

      Quote

      It's almost like a competition of seeing who can get away with more crap towards consumers.

      Well if this isn't just the best one sentence summary of capitalism I've seen.

       

      Eh, while I'll definitely say that I don't agree with Sony's move here... at all really, I can't say I don't see why they're doing it. If I look at my PS4 library (hell even my PS3 library)... it does consist mostly of the larger titles.

      Though truth be told I'm not really sure I'm even in their target audience these days (with my main platform being PC and Halo Infinite really being the only game on my radar so far this year)... yet I own a PS5... idk

    9. Jovahexeon The Undyne

      Jovahexeon The Undyne

      Out of the three:

      Nintendo arguably give the most consistent rate of quality and don't opt to abuse their developers and force crunch. With them, normally they do give a game the proper love and care it needs. That said, their greatest weakness is that they can be well behind the curve...and not take advantage of that. Instead of learning from all mistake their competition does, they sometimes repeat them, albeit not as bad, but they should still know better. And they are dinosaurs at online, yet have the nerve to charge for it when they originally had the advantage of it being free.

      Sony were champions with 8th gen, especially since they were going against the asinine decisions that Microsoft were making. Problem is, they had their own skeletons in the closet. Skeletons that are becoming way more prominent. They do offer pretty high scale production values and definitely do eventually give players stuff to chomp on. Their problem is that their uber pride leads them to make baffling decisions. From denouncing crossplay to charging terrible prices for mobile games to rampant censorship and doing an abysmal job job at retaining old classics. Sony's strength is high production, but their weakness is constantly missing the trees for the forest.

      And then there's Microsoft. Arguably the best at retaining classics via backward compatibility of the three, they'd be so on top, combining classics and games of all shapes in sizes while having a powerful system.....shame they keep screwing things up. And while they appear to be benevolent on the surface, they still keep doing things to remind us why they lost the crowd back in 2014 and onward. Microsoft's strength is that of an all around company in the department of supplying third party titles while remembering the classics. Shame that their own output is arguably the weakest aspect and boy does it show. And they keep. Screwing. Things. Up. They constantly have a chance on a silver platter, but they arguably throw it out the most. Nevermind them screwing up thier own flag ship franchises as well.

      Overall, it really depends on which you prefer.

    10. Ryannumber1gamer

      Ryannumber1gamer

      I’d argue there’s far more problems than that. Nintendo have a habit of continually repeating mistakes and not innovating enough, along with a heap of issues. They are in fact even worse than Sony in this regard. They couldn’t get away with things during the Wii U era, they were the ones behind, so they had to play to their strengths. Great quality games, consistent releases, budget game options, classic re-releases, and intergrating features people wanted like GBA, DS, Wii and N64 VC support.

      When the Switch came out, there was a heavy focus on attempting to achieve the best start they can get. Heavy hitter innovative titles like Breath of the Wild, Mario Odyssey, sequels to fan favourites like Xenoblade 2, fun small Eshop titles like Snipperclips, and portability for then current games.

      But the Switch has established itself as an actual competitor now, and Nintendo has fallen into so many archaic and anti-consumer policies that it’s not even funny. Their adversity to the Smash community and Melee community especially, their treatment of fan creators, their awful online functionality, their step backs in backwards compatibility, their garbage tier pricing (Still nearly full price for exclusives nearly five years of release at this point), releasing half-baked games with little content and then promising additional “free” content later to fill the gap when it’s too little too late, their limited time exclusivity bullshit and having the balls to re-release games with minor alterations for full price again years later, with the latest, most egregious example being Skyward Sword HD.

      So much about how Nintendo does business absolutely infuriates me on all levels, which sucks because their games are mostly good. Then there’s just the issue that while the Switch was impressive back in 2017, it’s fallen off hard five years later, showing its age more and more, where even Nintendo’s own first parties are having difficulties getting consistent performance out of the device.

      We can sit here arguing about how Sony’s let their ego get to them now they’re on top, and I don’t deny they haven’t to a degree, but no one compares to how egregious Nintendo gets when they’ve found success and aren’t having to do their damnest to keep up with the game. They’ve found a market that no one occupies and abuses the everlasting fuck out of it because they know they can get away with it. You don’t buy a Switch as your sole console usually, it typically acts as a companion to something more powerful, or as a portable device and Nintendo knows it, it doesn’t have to worry about competition, because they know the Switch will succeed anyway due to being one of a kind, so it’ll push its luck as far as it can.

      Meanwhile, Sony is in the weirdest position because while they’ve had a number of bafflingly idiotic policies (no one wants BC because they look old, dumbass censorship of random games meanwhile they allow a garbage tier fully naked uncensored sex scene into TLoU2, the awful usage of PlayStation Now, their game price increase, and so much more), the issue is...they clearly haven’t stopped trying. It’s not like Nintendo where they know they can get away with farting out old games onto new consoles for full price. It’s not like Microsoft where their UI and system features remain exactly the same as their previous console.

      Sony’s policies have gotten worse and more bafflingly over the years, ever since they dominated last gen, but they’re still actually putting out stuff you can’t experience anywhere else. Barring a few games, Sony’s exclusives remain as high quality as ever, the Dualsense is a legitimately new and innovative experience you can’t get anywhere else and adds a new layer of immersion to games, games like Miles Morales, Astro’s Playroom, and Demon’s Souls are still incredible games to play through, and need I even mention how much PS Plus has improved over the last year alone? We went from old exclusives to games like Final Fantasy 7 Remake and Oddworld Soulstorm, as well as free PS5 games each and every year.

      There’s still very clearly effort present on Sony’s part, and clear attempts to improve the quality of their games and services, which is why it just makes their mistakes so weird and bafflingly. Like they can push out so much quality in some areas but miss the mark so ungodly hard in others. The latest of which being the closure of the PS3 and Vita stores, a poorly communicated, dickhead move.

      Microsoft is in the same place as Sony. They have some excellent consumer friendly models. Backwards Compatibility is fantastic, The Series S is a excellent system that focuses on performance over visuals, and is a cheap entry model to the ecosystem, X-Cloud looks great, Game Pass is one of the best things you can get in gaming, period, and they do a great job of boosting stability and performance of older titles. Not to mention how good Quick Resume is.

      But then you also have the dumbass shit MS does too. The attempted price bump of Xbox Live Gold, the lack of exclusives if you don’t give a shit about Halo or Forza, the snapping up of various game studios as a quick means to buy exclusives instead of creating a studio and helping them grow to create new IPs and experiences, the lack of innovation when it comes to their UI and new system features, etc. Exclusives have always been Microsoft’s downfall and I still don’t particularly like their new direction on how to handle it, not to mention that will still tell on if the issue will ever truly be fixed when all of MS’ games drop day and date on PC now.

      All three seem to just go into the same cycle. Fight like hell when they’re behind, but push their luck and try to screw everyone over whenever they’re ahead.

    11. Mr Loopone

      Mr Loopone

      The Nintendo fans still love Nintendo no matter what they do. They could be treated like poorly and still find a way to defend them. In a way it has sort of reverted back to the Hiroshi Yamauchi era where it was no-nonsense business like vibe. Lately there have been a lack of attention grabbing games (perhaps already thinking of moving to another console?) and think even some publishers are moving away from the console. In terms of series, it has more or less become the Mario/Zelda/Pokemon/Animal Crossing console now (for myself, only like Mario out of that list) with less small budget/quirky games. There hasn't been an original game for a while. It also perhaps doesn't help that many games on the Switch now are just a download code in a plastic box or literally an incomplete game and have to download the rest of the game due to cartridge costs. The only plus is that Nintendo themselves haven't got that far yet. Would even go as far as saying if it wasn't for the third party support and the odd game, it would have been another Vita by now.

      Sony are still focusing on exclusives but like Nintendo, they have pruned to the high hitters (Last of Us, God of War, Horizon, Spider-Man, Ratchet & Clank, Gran Turismo) with smaller games are getting pushed out of the way and shoving them out as quickly as they can to close them. They used to be like Nintendo, have smaller more experimental series and have lesser known but still quality games. Since Japan Studio have really cut back and many of their other studios closed (Evolution, Studio Liverpool, Bend is uncertain) or moved elsewhere (Ready at Dawn, Supermassive, Ninja Theory, Quantic Dream), I would say some studios and series are on life support. All it takes is that one flop to add to a list that would make EA blush. Sony's policies have moved fans especially ones who favour the Japanese art style to the Switch or/and PC, those fans were around at least since the PS1/PS2 era. Plus their AAA or bust strategy will eventually backfire as not everything is GTA V, I mean developing The Last of Us remake already? That means that they will be getting rid of the PS4 next since that had the game and would have been easier just to update it and charge less than RRP depending on how much work is needed to be done. Yet Sony dominates because they see console gaming more than just Japan/US/the main five/six European countries and in many countries you have choice between a PlayStation or a PC. It wouldn't matter if they lost Japan and if they get China/Brazil/the Middle East in return. That's also another advantage on Sony's point, they localise the games and even translate games (both dub and sub) into languages that Nintendo/most developers never do such as most European languages, Arabic, etc. Except MLB The Show that is still the outliner of a mostly US only game, one of the two existing Sony games that have licensed content from the bygone PS1/2 era (the other being Gran Turismo) and even then that's now on the Xbox of all things.

      Strangest thing was that Microsoft actually had a decent lineup and variety during the original Xbox and early 360 days but then went to the cycle of Halo/Forza/Gears of War for years with Kinect Sports on top and a barely advertised Zoo Tycoon reboot. It's still there but all three of them series have been declining in the public eye and not much to replace them, it took MS years to realise this and why as a quick investment buying those high profile studios just to have something as well as bringing back Flight Simulator. They have plenty of dormant series, e.g. a new Crimson Skies game would create hype. It is also strange that they are US focused yet Windows is opposite and is a global thing. Microsoft could have been more successful in the console market if it solved those two issues that have been for over a decade.

  19. Falcon and the Winter Soldier spoilers

    Spoiler

    Captain America has completely lost his head

     

    1. AWild No.1 washed up gamer

      AWild No.1 washed up gamer

      We knew it would happen.

    2. TheOcelot

      TheOcelot

      Every episode gets better.

    3. The Master

      The Master

      He had it all coming. Now he just needs a punishment.

    4. mayday2592

      mayday2592

      I'm expecting that his actions will be defended by his supporters in universe, seeing as he killed a criminal. Sorta like real life, esp seeing how this show has been mirroring recent events in real life.

  20. https://www.ign.com/articles/netflix-makes-deal-for-rights-to-sony-pictures-including-upcoming-spider-man-films

    Sony Pictures films will be on Netflix after their theatrical release, yet the deal isn't an exclusive one.

  21. Watching Superman 3 and WHAT THE HELL IS EVEN THIS MOVIE

    1. Crow the BOOLET

      Crow the BOOLET

      This movie!

       

       

  22. I've seen both versions of Superman II this week.

    The Donner Cut, despite it's unavoidably choppy editing at times, wins because of a more consistent tone, as opposed to the original that had weird jokes in the middle of dramatic fights.

  23. Minor Falcon & The Winter Soldier episode 3 spoilers

    Spoiler

    Seriously, in fiction why does no-one in disguise ever switch off their phones?

     

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