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    Mr Loopone got a reaction from TCB in I really do resent how hellbent Sega are on burying every past iteration of Sonic. Wh   
    It isn't Sega to blame but rather the people who handle the entire Sonic department. Whoever is in charge of that wants a very narrow view, it's been mismanaged for years perhaps decades. Not just Sonic but Atlus seems to also have problems regarding the first two Persona games to the point that it has become a meme.
    Taking another Sega owned but part of a different department (TMS) example regarding Lupin, a very positive example:
    The new movie looks like it will add another subsection but all sections (green, red, pink, blue jacket, Fujiko Mine) all co-exist just fine. The only thing that is off limits is a re-release of The Fuma Conspiracy but apart from that, nearly everything is up for grabs. Now the issue of places outside of Japan, US and Italy getting things is a completely different matter...
    Had this been Sonic Team (or whoever runs the Sonic series now), we would have stuck with Blue Jacket only. Maybe "classic red" popping up now and again.
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    Mr Loopone got a reaction from tailsBOOM! in My Hero One's Justice 2 was announced and the comments on YT and Twitter are just fil   
    I thought the thing that people complained about the game were the name (similar issue to the Attack on Titan games) and the lack of an English dub mainly.
    It is a decent game though especially since its a licensed game all things considering.
    @tailsBOOM! That's more on an issue since it's Bandai Namco and they have a metric ton of anime licenses including Gundam that's pretty much for free. Almost monopoly-esque in terms of series that they have the rights to. Name a famous anime and chances are that they got it, even stuff that hasn't had a game in over a decade they have rights to.
    Yeah, I do feel that the Namco side is getting pushed out and has been since the takeover, where the company often handles Nintendo games just to have something. Even the games department has been smaller when compared to the anime stuff where it is mostly outsourced. Now I'm starting to think that Sega got lucky that the merger back then didn't happen otherwise they would have been making anime games.
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    Mr Loopone got a reaction from Blueknight V2.0 in (Tweet) The Sly Cooper franchise turns 17-years old today!   
    Happy birthday Lupin the 3rd ripoff Sly Cooper. Hope that something comes out of the series in the future whether its the TV series or another game. I know it isn't Sony's most famous series and they are focusing more on mature story based games or VR stuff but who knows, maybe the master thief gets another chance.
    Sly Cooper 1 remains to be one of my faves, there's just something about the first that makes it great to play. Did enjoy 2, 3 and really enjoyed Thieves in Time though.
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    Mr Loopone got a reaction from Speederino in The big downside to places like Blockbuster being all but dead is that game rentals h   
    Outside of the US is even worse, I think there's only one company left in the UK and anywhere else doesn't have that anymore.
    It's not just rentals that are more or less gone but demos. There are still a couple now and again (or in the case of Spyro on the Switch, unless you have the 10GB update is pretty much a paying demo) but nothing compared to the past where the PS1/Dreamcast era was gold regarding this where any major game and some lesser known ones got demos. They might not be the same as the final but often gave an opportunity to try the game.
    Like there are a bunch of games that I might be interested in but without knowing for sure whether you like it or not parting with your money is a bit umm... Unless you are willing to wait for a price drop or in the case of some selected Japanese made games/limited run esque games actually go up in price. e.g. saw Persona Q2 the other day but £48 used minimum is gulp and that is way too much for a game that I might not even like.
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    Mr Loopone got a reaction from Ferno in I'm sitting here thinking about the Dreamcast and tbh, if it survived, then the 6th g   
    It would have been tight but then again maybe not? People were hyping up the PS2 a year before that came out and that pretty much coasted an easy win throughout the generation especially worldwide, Sega would have still struggled and would had to bring a new console or a revision based on a cutdown NAOMI 2 to match up with the Gamecube and the Xbox, plus the DC would have been getting old unable to cope with later games on the other three systems due to the GD ROM that was more restricted in space than the GC discs that itself got criticism. If anything, the Xbox would have struggled more due to no Sega, no Tecmo and Halo might have not been a hit making it no different than some of the failed competitors such as the 3DO. The Gamecube also benefited from Sega so the console would have sold less too.
    By this new 7th gen, it would have been a two horse race between Sony and Nintendo with Sega being third if they even survived by 2006. Then by 2012, the gaming market might not even be a thing or at least different than what we imagined it.
    Besides the Dreamcast getting discontinued was just an accelerator for Microsoft to get into the console business. Some original Xbox games were actually cancelled Dreamcast games and I wouldn't have been surprised if Dead or Alive 3 and Ninja Gaiden would have been on that or Sega's next console had they had the cash to make one. Either that or Sega gets Dead or Alive while Nintendo gets Ninja Gaiden.
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    Mr Loopone got a reaction from DanJ86 in Wish I knew and understood how to rip sprites from a game. I have an idea for a littl   
    Ripping sprites are either as simple as getting the PNG files or as hard as hitting your head on a desk as your pretty much have to be a programmer (e.g. knowing file formats and in the case of many old games their compression routines). The more popular games have tools or at least have a community e.g. Nintendo games but lesser known games, yeah... Some games are hard to rip and from experience, they can be blooming hard depending on what system and what game it is. Used to sprite rip back in the day but more or less retired now.
    As for Super Neptunia RPG, there's one ripper in particular who would know. Maybe he can help you rip the sprites. I know the Neptunia Rebirth series store their stuff in .pac files but not sure for this one.
    @Failinhearts What games in particular? Just curious...
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    Mr Loopone reacted to Supah Berry in https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-49633203 Now Disney are buying one of o   
    "For England, James?"
     
    "No... For Mickey."
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    Mr Loopone reacted to Noodle Panda in You have to put one gaming franchise in hiatus for the foreseeable future. What would   
    Pokemon, without a doubt. At least the core series. Spin-offs and side games are still welcome, but it’s obvious GF needs a serious break from releasing new RPGs on an almost yearly basis.
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    Mr Loopone got a reaction from Supah Berry in With Jedi Outcast being ported to Switch, what does that mean for other old Star Wars   
    Well Jedi Outcast got a port due to that the source code was already available (as well as that I think it runs on the Quake 3 engine so even if it got lost, it could be remade).
    As for the other Star Wars games, well... I can see its sequel Jedi Academy getting a release since it used the same engine. Oh wait... it is coming out next year. Others are a bit tricky. Apart from the older games that can be emulated, most ran on custom engines and some may need a lot of work to port onto a console or the PC. Republic Commando has a chance since its Unreal but the others look doubtful at best.
    I don't think the Switch is going to get any of the Battlefront games and doubtful for future Nintendo consoles (or PS5 onwards if there's no PS2 emulation). Maybe if EA's contract runs out, you might see the older ones but for Disney they'll consider it too much effort required, the PC got an update but there's a difference between making a patch and porting a game. Most of the Star Wars games since Disney took over were the easier route (emulation, backwards compatibility, patches for PC versions, released source code). If there were going to be any more Star Wars games on the Switch then its just the Super Star Wars Trilogy whether SNES Online or the 2015 emulated package.
    I would personally like to see that Rogue Squadron Trilogy that Factor 5 was working on that was basically a remake of Rogue Squadron (that has its issues today with a dodgy PC port and emulation only just got that working after so many years) and a port of the two Gamecube games. Dream game is of course Sega's Star Wars Trilogy but I know that has a snowballs chance of ever getting a home release.
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    Mr Loopone reacted to TCB in So do yall have any faith in the next main 3D Sonic title being good? Because of the   
    Just get Toshihiro Nagoshi's name in there somewhere for me = buys
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    Mr Loopone got a reaction from DanJ86 in What happened to The Witcher 3 for Switch? Haven't heard a release date yet and I'm r   
    Just checked and from the looks of things it might be delayed since it just says TBD. Considering how much its pushing the limits of the handheld, not surprised if it does.
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    Mr Loopone got a reaction from PublicEnemy1 in How the actual fuck is Hollow Knight PEGI 7? I mean, E10+ is understandable, but I wo   
    The PEGI rating system is done by context rather than content.
    Hollow Knight got a PEGI 7 because it is the rating that are usually given to platformers (e.g. Sonic, some Mario games) while Super Smash Bros. got a 12 because of the violence as in that you beat people and things up, the latter in a cartoony way otherwise it would be a 16. Smash Bros. has the same rating as Dragon Ball games.
    At the end of the day, it is just guidance even if yeah, the chances of a child playing Hollow Knight are slim because Metroidvanias are usually played by adults and then we get towards where the child can handle it scenario. Not that people read the ratings anyway if GTA and COD are any indication.
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    Mr Loopone reacted to PublicEnemy1 in You get to pick 20 games for a PS2 Classic, which do you pick?   
    All of them are San Andreas.
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    Mr Loopone got a reaction from Stasis in When SegaSonic Arcade was considered for Sonic Gems Collection, would it have been tr   
    Actually funnily enough the game was actually translated and even localized but it went unused: http://randomhoohaas.flyingomelette.com/shr/segasonic/gfx.html Only thing missing is the How to Play screen.
    It shouldn't take too much work to do (and actually surprised that there isn't a hack that already does this). There might even be an English ROM lurking somewhere in Sega's HQ like what happened to the arcade version of Wonder Boy in Monster Land.
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    Mr Loopone got a reaction from BlueSky in Okay, a question about a PAL Dreamcast. . . . There's one game that made them to star   
    The Dreamcast especially the PAL version is so delicate that you could sneeze and it'll be busted, both the console and the cases. It is one console that you have to treat it like a baby.
    As for your problem, it could either be that your disc needs a clean. Clean it with a slightly damp cloth should remove the fingermark. If it still has issues resetting then you would have to open your console up. I can't remember exactly but it involves the power supply on the console and its pins. Remove it and put it back in. Even someone who doesn't trust myself with electronics at all could do it.
    It could be down to the game. Sonic Adventure and Crazy Taxi had dodgy print runs. I gave up getting Ferrari F355 Challenge to work on mine despite that I had about 4 copies that I tried.
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    Mr Loopone reacted to Polkadi~☆ in It’s hard for me to believe that the same people who animated Akira of all things als   
    Yes, because Sonic X is a TV series. Akira is a movie. You don’t get movie quality in a TV series. Sonic X also wasn’t popular in it’s home country, so the budget was slashed.
    And once again, the same studio does not mean the same people. A lot can happen in the 15 years time between the two, that much of the team on Akira will have moved on to other ventures.
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    Mr Loopone got a reaction from Polkadi~☆ in It’s hard for me to believe that the same people who animated Akira of all things als   
    Actually not quite... Anime is a series of complex outsourcing among outsourcing among outsourcing, more so than Western animation and it is even rare for 1 episode to be done by a single company. Akira even had GAINAX and Studio Pierrot being involved. Besides when people think of TMS, much of the time it is from Telecom who are usually considering their A studio.
    The only involvement that Telecom had with Sonic X AFAIK was with the unaired pilot, some backgrounds and small bits here and there. Much of the work on Sonic X was done by cheaper studios, most that you haven't heard of (the only ones that I've heard of were Dr. Movie that's from South Korea, Nakamura Production who seems to do a LOT of anime out there and Oh Production who was considered one of the better studios that TMS used especially back in the 70s).
    Besides TMS actually rarely animate anything themselves since most of the time they are a producer and usually a really good one at that. Just not for Sonic X.
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    Mr Loopone got a reaction from Polkadi~☆ in Is it really a bad idea to buy a DVD for a movie you’ve never watched?   
    Not really... DVDs (unless they are certain anime boxsets) are cheap enough and even Blu-rays can be cheap, some are literally pennies and worth a shot to try. Plus your mom doesn't realise that you have to try new things, you won't get buyers remorse from a blooming Miyazaki movie one that many consider the best Japanese animation of all time. At worse, you wasted 2 hours or so and if somehow you don't like, you can get rid of it.
    Also ignore your sister, not everything is on streaming sites legal or otherwise and if they are, they might be region locked and many are even blocking VPNs if you have the money for those. They might also only be in one language and not available in another (e.g. Lupin Part IV is only in Japanese outside of the US, if you want it in English you have to get the Blu-ray). Sadly DVD/Blu-rays also suffer from the same issue and not every player is region free... She also doesn't realise that there are advantages to watching stuff on DVD/Blu-ray such as no buffering for one, no degrading picture quality when your Internet connection is dodgy (instead you get macroblocking or interlacing if it was mastered poorly for DVDs or a scratch affecting playback). They might even have extras that you'll never get from a stream.
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    Mr Loopone got a reaction from Dee Dude in Friendly reminder that this commercial was a thing: and it aged poorly.   
    @Dee Dude There were attempts of bringing it back, think the most recent was a 2D platformer. The problem lies is that the creators of Ty are an Australian company (Krome Studios) and their main focus have been PC ports of the first 3 games with improvements. Last I heard they have ported 3 as an early access. It is doubtful whether they will be ported to consoles and indeed any future games as the company focuses on either PC or shovelware elsewhere. EA don't own the series and only published them back in the day.
    If anything it was when Activision took over publishing it was what killed the series as the 3rd game wasn't even released in Europe (it was in Australia but good luck getting a copy!), apparently the game was also weaker than the other two.
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    Mr Loopone got a reaction from SaturnWolf in THEORY TIME: What if the popularity of video game remakes (not counting retellings in   
    Nah... Remakes existed as far back as Pong, Space Invaders and them sort of old games, confusingly they got remakes and sequels. Even if in a Nintendo point of view, they can be tracked as early as Super Mario All-Stars (there were earlier ones but can't recall ATM, I know that they were two Wild Gunman games however I don't think they were connected) and that collection did really well, a big seller for the SNES.
    A lot of the remakes existed on the ground that we have better hardware, let's remake this game on the next console/home computer/arcade hardware. Atari, Taito, Enix and a few others were known for this. There was even a case where Sega remade Monaco GP on the Sega Saturn in a collection in Japan and the only modern way of playing it, a game that has yet to be properly preserved in its original form. It's not emulation as the game uses different pre-1975 arcade hardware, as in not using ROM chips.
    Breakout was one of the earlier cases as it was remade as Super Breakout, the latter can be played today however the original Breakout has yet to be preserved (on about the arcade version, not the Atari 2600 version).
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    Mr Loopone got a reaction from Tornado in THEORY TIME: What if the popularity of video game remakes (not counting retellings in   
    Nah... Remakes existed as far back as Pong, Space Invaders and them sort of old games, confusingly they got remakes and sequels. Even if in a Nintendo point of view, they can be tracked as early as Super Mario All-Stars (there were earlier ones but can't recall ATM, I know that they were two Wild Gunman games however I don't think they were connected) and that collection did really well, a big seller for the SNES.
    A lot of the remakes existed on the ground that we have better hardware, let's remake this game on the next console/home computer/arcade hardware. Atari, Taito, Enix and a few others were known for this. There was even a case where Sega remade Monaco GP on the Sega Saturn in a collection in Japan and the only modern way of playing it, a game that has yet to be properly preserved in its original form. It's not emulation as the game uses different pre-1975 arcade hardware, as in not using ROM chips.
    Breakout was one of the earlier cases as it was remade as Super Breakout, the latter can be played today however the original Breakout has yet to be preserved (on about the arcade version, not the Atari 2600 version).
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    Mr Loopone got a reaction from Tails spin in What kids animated shows do you remember from your childhood?   
    Let's see if I can remember that far back...
    Looney Tunes (debatable whether they are classed as kids), Tom & Jerry, Droopy/Tex Avery cartoons, Popeye, AoSTH, SatAM, Scooby-Doo Where are You?, 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Inch Eye Private Eye, Hair Bear Bunch, Dexter's Lab, Cow & Chicken, I Am Weasel, Powerpuff Girls (original), Johnny Bravo, Adventures of Tintin, Iznogoud, Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat, Superman: TAS, Batman: TAS (possibly, not 100%), Tiny Toon Adventures (possibly, not 100%), Animaniacs, Freekazoid, The Tick, The Mask, Men in Black, DuckTales, Hercules, Aladdin, Timon & Pumbaa, Recess, Rugrats, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Wacky Races, Dastardly and Muttley, Penelope Pitstop, Hong Kong Phooey, Donkey Kong Country (borderline).
    It was a really good era to be brought up with cartoons with the classics airing and the new stuff.
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    Mr Loopone got a reaction from NegaMetallix in What kids animated shows do you remember from your childhood?   
    Let's see if I can remember that far back...
    Looney Tunes (debatable whether they are classed as kids), Tom & Jerry, Droopy/Tex Avery cartoons, Popeye, AoSTH, SatAM, Scooby-Doo Where are You?, 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Inch Eye Private Eye, Hair Bear Bunch, Dexter's Lab, Cow & Chicken, I Am Weasel, Powerpuff Girls (original), Johnny Bravo, Adventures of Tintin, Iznogoud, Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat, Superman: TAS, Batman: TAS (possibly, not 100%), Tiny Toon Adventures (possibly, not 100%), Animaniacs, Freekazoid, The Tick, The Mask, Men in Black, DuckTales, Hercules, Aladdin, Timon & Pumbaa, Recess, Rugrats, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Wacky Races, Dastardly and Muttley, Penelope Pitstop, Hong Kong Phooey, Donkey Kong Country (borderline).
    It was a really good era to be brought up with cartoons with the classics airing and the new stuff.
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