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Posted by YukoAsho

Remember, these are emulated games, not reworked ports like what you see on XBLA, which are designed mainly for online play.  Reworking them all for online play would cost too much, and the alternative - Kaillera-style jury-rigging - would SUCK.

Lolwut - Indeed.  Also, while the arcade Space Harrier is kind of whaked auto-wise, the Genesis and Master System games are SPOT-ON.

thiago - Hell, they look better than they did on SD TVs back in the day.  The Genesis was HELLA grainy, especially when looked at side-to-side versus the SNES.  Even with the filter off, it's clear Sega was using Bilinear filtering at the least (The turned-on filter is clearly 2xSai, which is shit).

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I have both this and the 360 game.  Very sexy, very shameless, very awesome.

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I'm with Snipper 138.  That was awesome.  Best line: "Why are you playing as Sephiroth?"

Seriously guys, you need to do even more of these bad game rips.

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Yeah, saying that he's doing it wrong is being rather kind.  Nintendo is, as Gerstmann pointed out a few Bomcasts back, VERY peculiar with who they will and won't deal with.  Acting like a fucking nutjob will NOT get you noticed.

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I've always viewed digital distribution much like hydrogen fuel - It's the wave of the future, but will never be the present.  As you mentioned, Steam is incredibly niche.  At the hardcore level, we gamers like our shiny discs, printed manuals and all the things that come with physical copies.  At the casual level, as you mentioned, digital distribution renders the product invisible, much like equipping a Gamestop with thermoptic camouflage.

Also, games (and movies) continue taking more and more data.  Metal Gear Solid 4 uses all 50 gigs of a double layer blu-ray, and there are already quad-layer, 200GB Blu-Rays out on the market.  None of the digital services offer true high-def video (XBL Marketplace movies are compressed).  Then we have ISPs like Comcast throttling bandwidth which, while not an issue now, can become an issue down the road when DVD is phased out entirely for games and 200GB Blu-Rays for PS4 become the norm.  And don't get me started on holographic disc.

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That's just BEAUTIFUL!  I can't believe that got past anyone....

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I found the story to be very easy to follow and quite compelling, especially upon picking up some intel.  Then again, game reviewers tend to like story that's handed to them on a plate, a la Final Fantasy XXL: The Predictable, so maybe I'm just different.

Posted by YukoAsho

As you all can tell, it's been a while since I posted to my blog. Mainly, it's because there have been a ton of games and I've been trying to actually play them. Two of those games are going to be topics of this post. First off, we have Fallout 3, which is a spectacular game by Bethesda Softworks. However, an important part of the game is being undone for the Japanese release of the game. Bethesda has unilaterally decided that making Megaton go boom would be too offensive for Japanese audiences. Mind you, Japan's had nuclear weapons as part of many games and anime. Consider the video below, from the anime Barefoot Gen.

  


This is just one of many times in which nuclear devastation or similar phenomenons have happened in Japanese entertainment. Consider the destruction of the world – starting with Tokyo – in Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne, or the continual devastation of cities in Godzilla, or 3 impact in Evangelion. It's a very common theme in Japanese entertainment, and unsurprisingly so, considering the undeniable effect the most horrific weapon of all kind being used on a country would likely have on its culture. However, american company Bethesda doesn't bother doing their back research, and as a result, one of the most profound choices in Fallout 3 is removed. This isn't the first time this has happened, of course. The movie Pearl Harbor was edited in its Japanese release to remove direct references to Japan. Why the rest of the world sees the need to coddle Japan, when they themselves aren't anywhere near as prickly, is beyond me. This didn't even help Fallout 3 in the ratings department (Where it still got the strictest CERO rating possible – Z). If you can't even get a ratings change, why do it? Sufficed to say that if Fallout 3 were being published in Japan by a Japanese company, they wouldn't have made such a brainless decision. And then we wonder why Japan has no interest in our games half the time.

  


Another game I've been playing is the Xbox Live Arcade version of Duke Nukem 3D, which is indeed the full Atomic Edition. Expect a full review after I've had some time with it, but the one thing that gets to me now is just how silly it seems now. Yes, the game is as hardcore and fast paced as ever (aim assist is a plus here), but the 12-year-old jokes are incredibly dated. I go back and realize just how dated everything feels. A lot of the more memorable parts of that game (like the white ford bronco on the one TV screen in “Red Light District”) feel so far removed from 2008 that they don't elicit the giggles that they used to . Even the Evil Dead quotes and other one-liners from Duke aren't as cool and funny as they were all the way back in 1996. Humor is one of those things that's incredibly hard to keep fresh, and Duke Nukem 3D, while still able to get the occasional laugh, isn't anywhere near as funny as it was all those years. It is, however, a striking testament to how far the gaming industry has come. This used to be the goal, the pinnacle of “mature” gaming in an era where Nintendo was more than a novelty and gaming really was mostly aimed at kids. Now it comes off as patently immature and purient when held next to games like Bioshock, Halo and Fallout 3. The meaning of “mature” sure has changed.

  
Posted by YukoAsho

That's cute. :)  Though I wonder what you can have him hold for comedic effect. :)

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I have no sympathy for the man.  He's been a crusader for censorship for as far back as I can remember, dating back to 2 Live Crew.  The problem with this nutter is that he abused the legal system and slapped anyone who didn't agree with him in the face.  Seriously, the guy sent gay porn to a judge!  The man has had nearly 20 years to get his act straight, and he's not done so.  He needed to go.  Now he can go scream and flail about in a back alley somewhere.  Couldn't have happened to a bigger asshole.