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  1. As of today, The record of the largest gap between Nintendo directs has been broken again, as Nintendo has not released a general Direct since last September. This perplexes me, as the last direct didn't have a lot going for it, as its biggest announcements were basically a port and a remaster. I know January had two livestreams for Pokemon and Smash respectively, but they were both divisive, the former because of the state the Pokemon franchise is in, and the latter because of the character choice. I feel that because of this Nintendo should have released a direct sooner because fans don't really have anything to be to be hyped about besides Animal Crossing. What do you think of this drought of news?
  2. Everyone seemed to have some big expectations for the Game Awards, especially for a rumored batman game, and the 5th Smash DLC fighter. However, all we got was a quick reveal of the next Xbox, a Fast and Furious game, and some other stuff nobody really cares about. There really wasn't anything of substance in terms of announcements. Why do you think that is?
  3. Over the past few weeks, I've heard many people speculating that Lloyd Irving from the Tales series will be the next DLC fighter, and that he is actually popular pick as a fighter. Except that up until recently I've never really heard of the Tales series, and seeing that it features yet another JRPG swordsman, I'm puzzled on why people want this guy in. At least with Dragon Quest, I've constantly heard about the series and its impact way before the Hero got into Smash, and while I heard Tales is also popular in Japan, it doesn't seem nowhere near as popular as FF or DQ. What is the Tales series all about, and why does it deserve a fighter representative in Smash?
  4. Over the past few days, I have been hearing things about a government act called COPPA, which seems to be going through some changes unfavorable to creators whose content is directed at children. The internet as such has reacted badly to this, even going to say that this is the end of Youtube. However, when I talked to some IRL friends about it, they said that the effects won't be as bad as everyone thinks, and that it will hurt large corporations more than individual creators, and that it is at least a necessary evil. Is COPPA really that big of the deal as the internet makes it out to be? Or is it just a case of overreaction on the internet? Also, if it will really have that disastrous of an effect on youtube, will the newly revised act really last that long? Youtubers are already struggling to make their content child-friendly to avoid demonetization from Youtube, and so the act will create a no-win situation for them. With such ridiculously bad implications I heard COPPA will bring, how long would the people actually tolerate such an act before it is forced to change?
  5. I recently heard of a credible leak that points to a character from a game company called SNK being the next Smash DLC. I really am not familiar with SNK, other than hearing of a small subset of fans wanting such a representative in. Who exactly is SNK, and why do they deserve a fighter in Smash? Can you fill me in on this?
  6. Since Astral Chain is a new IP first published by Nintendo, does that make it a 1st-party IP in the same vein as the Xenoblade series? If so, given all of rave reviews it's been getting and the social media focus Nintendo has been giving it, it's almost certain then that it will get a fighter representation in the next Smash bros game.
  7. Just....damn. This is just plain incompetency. With the government already getting involved after ESA's failure to regulate microtransactions, what do you think of the fate of the ESA, along with the gaming industry overall, will be?
  8. The gaming and film industries seem to be suffering from a common problem: a lack of care for quality in favor of easy ways to make money. On Hollywood's side. We have studios constantly rehashing existing franchises to pander to brand recognition and recently been failing miserably, as evidenced by the last few summer box offices being held up solely by Disney-related movies, and the fact that one major studio, FOX, had decided to Disney as well. On the gaming side, we have scummy companies practicing morally wrong business practices to steal money from gullible consumers, and these actions, too, seem to be failing now in the long-term, with sales not meeting expectations and their stock falling. With all these wrongs going on, it feels that a crash in both industries is inevitable. Do you think one will happen in the near future? Furthermore, do you think these industries need a crash as the ultimate wake-up call to tell companies that their lazy and dirty practices will hurt them in the end?
  9. Do you think mediocre reviews would affect the sales of SwSh? I feel that it may get judged more harshly now that it is on a home console.
  10. Recently the UK has made the unpopular declaration that lootboxes are not gambling. This makes me incredibly frustrated, as I really thought that the days of lootboxes were coming to an end. I just can't see these malicious practices staying around for much longer. I feel there HAS to be a point (like a market crash, etc.) where everyone decides they have had enough and force companies like EA to change their ways for good. What do you think that point would be, and do you think it will be coming anytime soon?
  11. I just learned after coming home from a vacation that major channels like CBS is getting blacked out as part of some disputes between companies that create the shows and the companies that broadcast them. What's going on here, and does this have anything to do with the so-called "death" of television to streaming services?
  12. 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?
  13. 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?
  14. 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?
  15. 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.