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  1. When I made that thread on how the game industry was more in touch with gamers, I was thinking more about the Japanese companies, which mostly don't seem to share the same problems with the American companies (barring ones like Konami). However, now that I think about it, I realized that the American gaming industry has pretty much run rampant with greed. Companies like EA are now prioritizing making as much money for the executives as possible by screwing over their customers and even their own employees, and they are trying to defend their predatory business practices to the bitter end and refuse to acknowledge the error of their ways. Even the ESA seems to be supportive of these terrible practices, to the point to which that now the government seems to be getting involved through that new anti-microtransaction bill they seem to be pushing. How has the American gaming industry fallen under this anti-consumer mentality, unlike in Japan and more so than other entertainment industries, and now that the government is getting involved, do you think that this dark age will soon come to an end? If not what do you think would be the breaking point that would finally force these companies to end their shady practices?
  2. I can't really see Nintendo, a company so focused on utmost quality and not rushing games, being ok with seeing one of their most beloved franchises turning into a soulless cash-grab franchise. Is there anything they can possibly do to save the series?
  3. Ever since the end of Gen V, Game Freak seems to have taken the Pokemon games in a questionable direction; that is, they are putting their focus on drawing in and pandering in a broader audience at the expense of alienating hardcore fans. They ignore common fan complaints about things like friendly rivals and continuous handholding, and give some pretty lame reasons as to why there are doing those things. Add in the casual-friendly gameplay , stories that lack depth compared to ones from previous generations, and it seems like Game Freak is keeping Pokemon from properly evolving as a game series. Rather than taking their time creating a new installment filled with more content, GF seems more than ever committed to half-assed annual releases that do away with the gimmicks from the previous generation, no matter how well-liked they are. This habit feels especially troubling, as Nintendo is known for taking their time with their in-house titles to make sure that they are a proper expansion of their respective series. And while Nintendo has been recently been more sensitive to fan complaints. GF still makes the same decisions that fans hate so much. This all came to a head when they announced that Pokemon not from the Galar Pokedex would not be programmed into Sword and Shield. Because of this, I can't see Nintendo being too happy with GF running one of their most iconic franchises to the ground for the sake of drawing in more audiences. Do you think it's time for Nintendo to step in and do something to save this franchise?
  4. Bonk? Really? This guy is way too obscure, and is not even a popular pick by fans. I'm talking about characters whose inclusion you think are inevitable, i.e. are bound to happen sooner or later, based on mainstream relevance, legacy, fan popularity, and/or other factors, not just the ones you want in. All the others are pretty good ones though.
  5. With Banjo-Kazooie joining Smash, it seems now that no fan requested third-party character is impossible to bring into Smash. I remember posting a thread a long while saying that Banjo will definitely be in Smash, before being shot down with counterarguments like "Nintendo will never bring in a competitor's character." Shortly before E3, I also thought that a Dragon quest character would eventually join Smash, given then focus Nintendo gives the series in their Direct. Now that we have both of these characters. What other third-party characters do you think will inevitably join Smash, whether it be in Ultimate or a future title, ignoring any unforeseen legal issues. Right now, my eyes are on Crash Bandicoot, given that he is one of, if not the since Banjo got in, the most requested third-party characters to come in Smash. But what ones do you guys think will join Smash for sure eventually?
  6. As I heard, there is a bill called "The Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act", which seeks to ban pretty much any predatory pay-to-win methods in games. If this act is really passed in its entirety and is enforced correctly, what actual effect will this have on the industry, specifically on how gaming companies will act from then on. Will greedy publishers like EA be forced to finally make quality games for its consumers now that they cannot exploit them, or will they just find somehow other way to make easy money? Will the stocks of those companies plummet because of their dependence on their newly-outlawed practices?
  7. With movies these days, It seems the majority of high-profile blockbuster franchise movies like Jurassic World TFK and Fantastic Beast TCOG, seem to either fall flat or at best seen as average, only gaining money because of franchise recognition with the exception of many Disney movies, and even then they have their vocal haters. However, things seem to be different with the game industry, with franchises like God of War, Mario and Zelda, both finding much more success with both critics and fans alike, with some even praising the latest entries as the best in their respective series, instead of complaining that the old ones were better. While there are a handful of nasty companies right now like EA and Activision, the good companies seems to do real well in understanding how to make quality and please fans, at least much better than the movie industry. Why does it appear that there is such a stark contrast of quality between the two entertainment industries?
  8. Nintendo lately has been lax on releasing past generation games besides those on the NES. In fact, the only recent release besides NES was the SNES classic, with no plans of an N64 classic or anything past the NES on the online service. What's going on here?
  9. I know I've kind of touched upon this on my Captain Marvel thread, but I feel this should be its own topic. In recent years, Disney has gotten this reputation of being an "evil corporation" who "ruins" franchises like Star Wars and Marvel and pays the critics to give their movie good reviews. I can kind of see where this is coming from, with Disney being one of the biggest companies in the world. I can also get how Disney probably influences the critics a little bit, but I feel the same can be said with any other major studio like Universal. Besides, I just can't see movies like The Last Jedi and The Incredibles 2 getting over 90% on Rotten Tomatoes through corporate influence alone. I know RT can be unreliable at times, but a movie pleasing that high of a percentage of critics has to be at least genuinely good. Still, I always see a lot of channels (Geeks + Gamers and TheQuartering in particular) criticizing even the most critically acclaimed Disney movies more heavily than good movies from other studios like MI: Fallout, It, Shazam, and others. I really seems that there is some sort of bias against anything related to Disney, especially Star Wars. Is there something more to it than Disney just being a big company? Speaking of Star Wars, I am perplexed by the state of this franchise. It seems that no matter what it does, the fandom will always seem to bash it in the end, and there is seemingly no way to please the fans universally. Even the TLJ which had been lauded by so many critics, still seemingly failed to convince the fans that Star Wars is ruined. I heard that this could be because of George Lucas's previous tinkerings created a lore so disparate in taste that appeals to no one person. I also feel that it has something to do with the franchise's legendary status as a household name in pop culture. However is there anything more to it? And is there anyway the franchise can truly be "fixed"?
  10. Still, the problem is not as extreme as them just straight up bribing critics and buying seats from hundreds of theaters, right?
  11. Still, Is it enough of a problem for all these haters to endlessly complain about, or is it just something we should accept?
  12. Urg... I'm seeing articles now that say that Disney has confirmed that they manipulated perception of the film. Are these reports reallt true, or are they blown way out of context? Also, regarding Disney in general, they seemed to have garnered a lot of hate recently despite their recent successes. All around I still see more videos criticizing even its highest-rated films like The Incredibles 2 and Ralph Breaks the Internet than praising them, saying they are just rehashing other films and the like. And then there's the fact that people think that Disney is bribing critics to give them favorable reviews. What exactly is making people so distrustful of Disney. Is there really any truth to their claims, with all the influence Disney has? I just really can't stand all this negativity.
  13. It's good to know that you guys aren't giving in to the controversy, but my problem is that I see few people defending the film in any way. What's going on here? Should I just let time pass until the hate blows over and more honest opinions are shared?
  14. So I saw the movie. It's not amazing, but still pretty decent, and it definitely doesn't deserve all the hate it gets. However, I'm still seeing channels on Youtube like The Quartering mercilessly hating on it despite its box office success showing that general audiences like it. What's more, I'm hardly seeing other videos that defend the film. Shouldn't there be people ready to call out the haters, or at least present a more honest and impartial view at the film?
  15. I have been hearing from all over the internet about the controversy that Captain Marvel is stirring up. Its marketing seems to be pandering towards SJW's, and so is drawing mass ire from fans. This backdraft seems so big that the box office predictions are getting lower and lower as time goes on, and it feels like the Ghostbusters 2016 debacle all over again. While I do object to some of this marketing, including Brie Larson's insult toward white males, do you think this time the hate is a bit.....overblown? For one, I haven't seen anything real wrong with the movie judging from the trailers, while the Ghostbusters trailers were infamous for dividing audiences on the special effects. It seems that much of the controversy stems from the marketing than the actual film. Secondly, it's important to remember that while Ghostbusters came from a company who were already making some reputation-damaging mistakes before the movie was released, Captain Marvel is coming from a Marvel Studios that has been building up goodwill in its community with a hot streak of great films, especially in recent years. They seem to have proven to learn from its own mistakes and really care about each and every one of its properties. And while Captain is an obscure property and hasn't rubbed right with comic book fans in recent years, it's important to remember that Guardians Of the Galaxy was even more obscure than that, and in recent years before the release of the first Iron Man movie, the title character has had his reputation tarnished thanks to his portrayal in the Civil War event. So do you think that fans should give Marvel the benefit of the doubt after all the studio has done for them, or is this anger completely justified? If the movie is actually pretty good in line with other Marvel movie, should it still deserve to bomb because of its disastrous marketing moves?
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