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  1. With Detective Pikachu being the first real good video game movie, and with Miyamoto heavily involved in the production of the upcoming Mario movie, it seems that Nintendo is really serious about the quality of their ventures into Hollywood. With such major oversight over the films they're making. I feel that it would be natural for them to take a page from Marvel for them to create their own studio, instead of trusting another to handle their franchises. This is assuming, of course, that they plan to make further film adaptions of their IP's. If that's the case, do you think that this is a route that they should/would do?
  2. It's March, and we still haven't gotten any direct yet. New Horizons is just around the corner, and after that, we have no new things to look forward to the rest of 2020 besides a xenoblade remaster. What's going on here?
  3. 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?
  4. 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?
  5. 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?
  6. 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?
  7. 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?
  8. 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.
  9. 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?
  10. 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?
  11. 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.
  12. 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?
  13. 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?
  14. 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?
  15. 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?
  16. 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?
  17. 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.
  18. 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?
  19. 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?
  20. 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?
  21. 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?
  22. 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"?
  23. Still, the problem is not as extreme as them just straight up bribing critics and buying seats from hundreds of theaters, right?
  24. Still, Is it enough of a problem for all these haters to endlessly complain about, or is it just something we should accept?
  25. 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.