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#1 Posted by SomethingClever (454 posts) -

From my experience, I would rather keep my old Wii setup and use it if I have a desire to play an older game or any of those Virtual Console games. The Wii U as it currently exists is slow to navigate and cumbersome, Wii functionality feels like a crammed in afterthought and not a fully integrated backwards compatibility. I would have rather they didn't bother with it if this is the best they could do. Don't get me wrong, I'm enjoying the system so far but to go through the multiple steps and loads required to play a Wii game is just not worth it to me. The Wii is pretty small the solution for me is that it gets to live alongside it's new brother for a while longer.

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#2 Posted by SomethingClever (454 posts) -

Good list. I had a discussion with my mother years ago but she simply couldn't see games as anything more than an idle passtime. Certainly no redeeming value or reward could come from them. But I've told her stories from some of my favorite games over the years, disguised as books I was reading. When she would get all excited and ask what it was called so she could go get it for herself I would say "well, actually that was a game called Bioshock" Or Red Dead Redemption. Or Mass Effect. Even Left 4 Dead. Now she realizes games can be as 'important' as films and books. So I figure I did something pretty great there.

Also, the reason I actually wanted to comment... I really enjoyed I Am Alive too! It may have been a little bit broken in some ways but the atmosphere was so well realized that I came to really care about the story and love the game. That scene with the kids upstairs from their parents, man that really got to me. I put the controller down and actually sat there for what felt like an hour thinking about my actions and why I didn't just sneak around them. I played through again on Survivor mode and really tried to only kill when I had to, to sneak around more and it made the experience more meaningful. I was afraid of encounters, not because I thought I might be killed but rather because I was afraid of having to kill someone who is possibly just as scared and trying to survive as best they can. I got into the characters head. Few games have done that to me. People looked down on that game but they really should give it a chance.

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#3 Posted by SomethingClever (454 posts) -

I bought the Wii for one game (Super Mario Galaxy), the PS3 for one game (Valkyria Chronicles) and the Xbox for one game (Halo). I don't remember any particular game encouraging me to get a 360, I just wanted it. Going back further the same could pretty much be said for every gaming console I've ever had. One game. Some systems panned out better than others but they all started with one game that got my attention.

That said, WiiU has ZombiU and that game really is damn good. For that, I'm pleased. I've also played the hell out of New Super Mario Bros. U and Scribblenauts Unlimited so I consider my purchase more than justified.

What it comes down to is I am an adult with disposable income. It doesn't matter if it is actually all that good, all that matters is that I don't have buyers remorse. It's a competent little system with some interesting promise (but never buy a thing based on the promise, buy it for what it can do today). Is it perfect? No. Is it terrible? No (okay, in some ways it sort of is but it does what I need it to do).

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#4 Posted by SomethingClever (454 posts) -

I've got a Kindle Fire and while it is far from perfect it suits my needs really well. Mostly as a video player, I download videos at home (either directly download or transfer from my PC) and watch them at work. The rest of it is decent... or usable anyway. I modded mine to run cyanogenmod so it basically looks and acts like a Nexus 7.

That said, get a Nexus 7.

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#5 Posted by SomethingClever (454 posts) -

I have a perfectly capable PC that I could play this on with above normal settings. I'll still get it on my 360.

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#6 Posted by SomethingClever (454 posts) -

Couldn't you use the hours and hours and hours of video and audio content that is already available to make one? Including using stuff from the Drive Home videos and such. Could be an interesting exercise anyway.

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#7 Posted by SomethingClever (454 posts) -

Haven't touched it or even thought about it since about a month after it came out. I got caught up in my memories of the first game and my hope for the new one but very quickly realized it just wasn't doing it for me. Still I played it nonstop for those first few weeks and then played the auction house game for a few weeks more (making a rather tidy sum of real cash). I should have remembered I grew extremely bored with Diablo 2 within the first month of playing that one too (though I still go back and play the original all the time).

I think regarding game of the year contention it would depend on how they view it in hindsight. A game that burns bright but fades quickly may not be worth talking about for GOTY, the lasting impression was pretty much "yeah, it was good and I played it intensely for a bit but then was totally over it".

Whereas something like Saints Row the Third, which I have not gone back to either is still something I have very positive feelings about and loved.

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#8 Posted by SomethingClever (454 posts) -

@Rane500: Yes, welcome. I am a lurker myself only rarely saying anything at all because as you said, others have already said everything and there isn't much need for me to chime in with 'me too'. However...

@Nightriff: How the hell have I never heard this? Combine this with the super slowed down theme and I could just loop the two forever.

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#9 Posted by SomethingClever (454 posts) -

I don't feel incredibly passionate about it, but I do play this newest game with the volume off. I'm missing out on all of the sound design because without even realizing it the incessant bah's turned me off completely. That really is a shame. I didn't realize it actually mattered that much to me but it must.

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#10 Edited by SomethingClever (454 posts) -

I kept it simple and used my name.

DFrasier.