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  • posted a message on World Cup
    Quote from Sene »
    Well, looks like we have another clear candidate for the title - France is 5-0 up against Switzerland. Sadly I'm only following along on radio - I would have much liked to watch this one on TV.
    What about watching it on the stadium? :p

    I know that this was ages ago, but I couldn't resist a little bragging. My city has been especially lucky this World Cup, and I got to watch France-Switzerland, Netherlands-Spain, and Germany-Portugal from the stands. It's been the kind of month my grandchildren will hear about.

    On another note, I was devastated about Mexico yesterday. They're dominating the game, up 1-0... and then decide to start playing defence and let the Netherlands do what they do best, from freaking 60' onwards. Come on, Herrera, how can you be this dumb and this coward? Man!

    I'm still rooting for all teams from the Americas to get as far as possible, either way. Go Argentina and USA tomorrow! I'll try to get ahold of a last-minute ticket for the USA match.
    Posted in: Sports
  • posted a message on [[M15]] Hushwing Gryff
    White rules-setting cards are my favorite kind, so I obviously love this guy. Going right into my Thalia rules-setting commander deck. Smile
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on World Cup
    Well, it's not like England are oficially out. If Italy wins both matches (very plausible) and England trashes Costa Rica (definitely possible), they advance.

    Anyway, today was a great day. Japan-Greece just ended, and even though it was a goalless draw, it was still quite fun to watch, with some amazing saves by both goalies. Japan kept attacking and attacking, but the outnumbered Greeks managed to hold the fort until the end (hmmm, I feel like I've read this story before). Nothing like Uruguay-England or Colombia-Ivory Coast, but still exciting.
    Posted in: Sports
  • posted a message on World Cup
    Man, Spain has it tough this time around, huh? It seems fairly certain now that Chile and the Netherlands will advance. That might be an actual certainty in 45 minutes.

    I'm cheering for my fellow South Americans, won't deny. Smile
    Posted in: Sports
  • posted a message on [[JOU]] Dictate of Heliod (TCGPlayer spoiler)
    Meh, I was reeeeeally hoping for a rules-setting enchantment to go into my Thalia Commander deck.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [[JOU]] Athreos, God of Passage (PAX spoiler)
    Well, white and black are the "religion" colors. Figures that their god is a freaking beast. Smile

    This will push the WB aggro archetype over the top in block constructed, which usually means great things for the deck in question in future Standard.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [[JOU]] Silence the Believers
    Quote from rancored_elf
    More rare spot removal - Yuck. Should be common, MAYBE uncommon.
    This would never be common, especially nowadays. It's a potentially devastating card that can generate tons of card advantage in limited, especially with bestow as a significant part of the format.

    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Nintendo Killing Itself?
    Quote from Soriel
    Where I live, the 3ds games are seperated from the WiiU games.
    Well, of course they are. And I bet PS3 games are separated from Xbox ones. What I meant is that they're all standing on a general "Gaming" space; there isn't a "Home console" section and an unrelated "Handheld" one. That's because, for the market, they're basically the same overall product: dedicated gaming devices.

    Quote from Soriel
    Also, maybe you didn't search enough to find the charts, or you didnt use system specific keywords. I took around 3 or 4 keywords and instantly got this:


    Here's for the 3DS:

    Not all that hard to find.
    Again, you misunderstand me. If you specifically separate them in your search, of course they're going to show up separated.

    What I meant is that weekly charts are displayed in the following manner:

    1. 3DS LL – 26,484 (32,393)
    2. PlayStation Vita – 21,498 (24,755)
    3. PlayStation 3 – 13,360 (13,243)
    4. 3DS – 11,745 (15,045)
    5. Wii U – 8,490 (11,443)
    6. PSP – 3,428 (4,024)
    7. PlayStation Vita TV – 1,792 (2,208)
    8. Xbox 360 – 260 (273)

    That's this week's Japanese console sales, by the way. A general chart for video gaming devices, and note how there's no "handheld" and "home console" separation. Furthermore, take a look at this week's Japanese charts for individual games sales:

    1. [PS3] Sengoku Basara 4 – 176,313 (New)
    2. [3DS] Kirby: Triple Deluxe – 58,015 (353,291)
    3. [3DS] Puzzle & Dragons Z – 35,568 (1,300,778)
    4. [PS3] Saints Row IV: Ultra Super Ultimate Deluxe Edition – 34,486 (New)
    5. [PS3] Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z – 30,192 (New)
    6. [PSV] Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z – 22,901 (New)
    7. [3DS] Yokai Watch – 17,544 (345,529)
    8. [3DS] Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind – 17,282 (221,249)
    9. [3DS] Pokemon X and Y – 16,933 (3,910,658)
    10. [3DS] The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds – 15,095 (356,494)
    11. [PS3] Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster – 10,412 (266,171)
    12. [PSP] Kiniro no Colda 3: Another Sky feat. Jinnan – 10,295 (New)
    13. [PSV] Uta Kumi 575 – 9,701 (New)
    14. [3DS] Sentouchu Densetsu no Shinobi to Survival Battle – 9,271 (251,197)
    15. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 – 8,285 (3,201,132)
    16. [Wii U] Super Mario 3D World – 7,667 (470,687)
    17. [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V – 7,199 (689,415)
    18. [PSV] Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster Twin Pack – 7,033 (214,245)
    19. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 6,437 (3,656,250)
    20. [360] Saints Row IV: Ultra Super Ultimate Deluxe Edition – 5,393 (New)

    My point, in case it's not obvious, is that it makes no sense to alienate home console sales from handheld ones, as if they were two completely different kinds of products, as some posters were suggesting. They all coexist in a single video gaming market which affects all of them simultaneously.
    Posted in: Video Games
  • posted a message on Nintendo Killing Itself?
    Quote from Sepiriel
    However the second part is just not a valid point because the nature of a handheld console and a home console are just that different.
    Just wanted to chime in here and say that I really don't see the difference. I own a Wii U and a 3DS right now. I bought both because I wanted to play specific games - same decision-making process. I play both at home, mainly, with the difference that I can take my 3DS with me more easily on trips.

    I think the crux of the argument here is that the 3DS (and dedicated handheld gaming devices as a whole) is absolutely NOT a platform thought mainly for quick-play games, like mobile phones or tablets. There are several home console-quality releases in the system that take dozens of hours to complete fully, like Fire Emblem: Awakening, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon.

    Furthermore, 3DS consoles, accessories and games fight for shelf space with the actual home console games in pretty much every single store I go to. It's not like they have a separate "handheld gaming" section, because that wouldn't really make sense - it's all dedicated video gaming.

    When talking about sales, by the way, every single game site I visit, presents unified charts - there isn't a separate sales chart for handheld gaming.

    So again, I really don't see why you think we can't include a console like the 3DS (and the Vita, for that matter) in a discussion about sales for dedicated gaming devices.
    Posted in: Video Games
  • posted a message on Nintendo Killing Itself?
    OK now start combining the Xbox and ps3 titles that are multi platform together

    Also take into account
    2 games had system bundles for the wii and one had the motion plus bundle.
    If you do that, only one game (GTA V) manages to match Super Mario Bros Wii, which is only the fifth best-selling Wii game. And we're talking freaking GTA V, which has been touted as having record-breaking sales.

    On bundles, well, both other consoles had a lot of bundles as well, including a GTA V bundle for the PS3. So I don't see a point here.

    Seriously, there are many angles one can take to point out failures on the Wii. I know I have a lot of complaints about it, including the abundance of minigame collections and forced waggle controls in games like Donkey Kong Country Returns. But really, number of games sold isn't one of those angles, not by a large margin.
    Posted in: Video Games
  • posted a message on Nintendo Killing Itself?
    Quote from Bataar
    When you look at time spent gaming and number of games sold, the Wii was a colossal failure.
    There are two problems here.

    1) Where's the comprehensive data for "time spent playing"? Unless you're merely using anecdotal data to back that claim up, which doesn't really work.

    2) The Wii was a failure in number of games sold? Have you even seen any "best selling games" chart for the last generation? Here's Wikipedia's top-selling list (5 million plus copies) for each home console, which should speak for itself:

    1. Wii Sports - 82 million
    2. Mario Kart Wii - 34 million
    3. Wii Sports Resort - 31 million
    4. Wii Play - 28 million
    5. New Super Mario Bros. Wii - 27 million
    6. Wii Fit - 22 million
    7. Wii Fit Plus - 20 million
    8. Super Mario Galaxy - 12 million
    9. Super Smash Bros. Brawl - 11 million
    10. Wii Party - 8 million
    11. Mario Party 8 - 7 million
    12. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games - 7 million
    13. Super Mario Galaxy 2 - 6 million
    14. Donkey Kong Country Returns - 6 million
    15. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess - 6 million
    16. Just Dance - 5 million

    Xbox 360:
    1. GTA V - 15 million
    2. Call of Duty: Black Ops - 12 million
    3. Minecraft - 10 million
    4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - 8 million
    5. Halo 3 - 8 million
    6. Gears of War - 5 million
    7. Gears of War 2 - 5 million

    Playstation 3:
    1. GTA V - 14 million
    2. Gran Turismo 5 - 10 million
    3. Gran Turismo 5 Prologue - 5 million
    4. God of War 3 - 5 million
    5. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - 5 million
    Posted in: Video Games
  • posted a message on The Internet reviewer world was dealt a blow today
    That is pretty sad, especially given the circumstances. My condolences to his family. Frown
    Posted in: Television
  • posted a message on Why Are the New Game Systems Not Backwards-Compatible?
    Quote from Cyan
    People have this notion that the systems should always be backwards compatible 'because disc'. But that is kind of silly, IMO. Out of all of the generations of video game systems, only one featured any kind of meaningful backwards compatibility(PS2 being backwards compatible to play PS1 games) This really is not, nor has it ever been, any kind of standard feature.
    This has been a standard feature for Nintendo hardware for a while, though. Wii U plays Wii games and Wii plays Gamecube games, whereas 3DS plays DS cartridges and DS plays Game Boy Advance cartridges (so it's not only "because discs"). Hell, the Mega Drive had a Master System adaptor back in 1989.
    Posted in: Video Games
  • posted a message on Racism in day-to-day and pop culture (Asian-Americans/Asians)
    Quote from Darkzephyr
    That's interesting. My wife is Filipino too and she and her family have informed me of another "racist" practice there. Apparentley, whenever a vendor or salesperson sees a foreigner (especially white or American), they assume their rich and automatically charge more for whatever they're selling. I'm not sure if it's true (I honestly kinda doubt it sometimes), but whenever they go to the dirty/wet market, a resort or anywhere really, they have me stay outside or far away so they don't get overcharged.
    That happens all the time in Brazil too, and not only to foreign tourists. I live in the northeastern part of the country, which is predominantly black / mixed race. Whenever my blue-eyed, blonde southern relatives come to visit, people on traditional markets or at the beach ALWAYS overcharge them. Granted, this only comes from more informal vendors and not from restaurants or shopping malls, but it's still a pretty shady behavior.

    Quote from TomCat26
    Yes it's fear and ignorance. But consider for a second. What impels these people from having to deal with you equally by race?

    It's a funny question to ask, and one so fundamental you probably haven't considered it. But in a land, with no MLK, no need to remedy past racial injustices, no need to even coexist in racial harmony, no past two hundred years of racial relations, or even racial tensions for that matter, why would they go out of their way for a stranger/foreigner in their land?

    If a stranger came over to your house/land and started off demanding not to be stereotyped what would you say to them?

    Well you would probably look back your past two hundred years of racial injustice, indirectly insinuate how enlightened your people have become after overcoming the worst racial inequalities, and proceed to argue how you ought to be treated as an equal in their land.
    That is pretty interesting. I hadn't thought this way about those countries before.
    Posted in: Talk and Entertainment
  • posted a message on Being called out for "min-maxing" and "running a GP net deck"
    It's just that whining and calling people names is much easier and less time-consuming than actually fine-tuning their own decks to beat the opposition. And people are lazy. So you do the math. Wink
    Posted in: Other Formats
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