As you probably now though, tensions between gamers and gaming journalists are at breaking point. Thanks to the Gamergate controversy, the entire gaming world has quite literally turned to hell and people on almost all sides have shown themselves to utterly awful individuals in all sorts of ways.
But now, things have reached an all new low. Behold, some very, very disturbing proof that many individuals fighting against gamers are actively malicious, sociopathic individuals:
Didn’t feel like going through that? Well, how about this summary. We have:
Gamers being compared to ISIS and the KKK. Because apparently, internet criticism (and some internet trolling) is equivalent to actual murder and terrorism.
Comments in support of bullying (during the national anti bullying week to boot).
Mockery and attacks on people on the Austistic spectrum. I guess social justice only refers to those you like, right?
Actively mocking the casualties of wars in Iraq and Syria.
Casual racism, which again completely tosses the so called ‘social justice’ terminology out of the window.
More death threats. Because apparently, the best way to respond to being victimised by death threats is to make threats/have your ‘fans’ make threats against others in return
Yeah, I’m done here. We’re done here. From now on, I am actively boycotting sites like Kotaku until the people involved in the above comments get permently removed from their jobs. And while most of our affiliates are decent people who are either baffled by recent events or actively critical of them, I am also going to remove all links to any website that dares do any of the above or actively bully and harass gamers. If you act like the people shown above, you do not deserve to succeed in gaming or ‘journalism’. Period.
In Super Smash Bros 4, obviously. The general gist seems to be that your Amiibo characters gain in levels every time they fight, and learn to do things like mimicking opponent fighters and their strategies. Here’s Nintendo’s official ‘guide’ on how the Amiibo system works in Smash Bros:
Your Amiibos are read and turned into ‘figure fighters’ that can battle either with or against you. In other words, if you’ve got an empty character slot on the screen and scan an Amiibo via the NFC touchpoint, it appears in said slot as ‘My [character name]‘.
The more your Amiibos fight, the higher their levels gets. The maximum level one can be is level 50, and each level increase boosts their attack power and defence.
They also pick up strategies from opponents, meaning that their AI learns to adapt to what you or your enemies do to counter them. So as shown, if your opponent blocks with their shield, the Amiibo fighter mimics this and then grabs them to bypass said tactic. It’s kind of like the rumoured ‘learning’ ability AIs were supposed to have in Brawl, except… you know, it actually exists.
You can equip them with the equipment found in game, like you can with custom fighters. They also learn to fight differently based on their raised, becoming attack, defence or speed focused respectively.
Well, isn’t this interesting? In a case of embracing video game memes and Mario Kart 8’s Luigi Death Stare fad, the people over at Halloween Costumes.com have now gone and made a pumpkin carving based on it! Here’s a picture showing it in action:
It’s certainly a unique idea, isn’t it? I mean, a Jack-o’-lantern with Luigi’s mean looking face on it? And based straight off an internet meme? That’s sure to get some attention from the trick and treaters knocking on your door in the evening!
So yeah, if you want to carve your own Jack-o’-lanternbased on the Luigi Death Stare, go ahead and download the template from their site. And maybe some of the other ones too, if you’re a fan of Ghostbusters or Game or Thrones…
Or, if you don’t know what an Occulus Rift is… it means that someone is remaking Super Mario 64 in Virtual Reality form! So you’ll be able to play a perfect remake of the Nintendo 64 classic, in first person, while wearing VR goggles! Here’s a video showing what they’ve got so far:
As you can see, it’s nowhere near complete yet (Mario’s arms are really messed up, and the viewpoint needs some work), but damn, it’s definitely an impressive remake. Remember, this isn’t a ROM hack. What you see there was made from scratch in the Unity game engine, including all the original title’s physics engine.
Over the last few years or so, Game Freak and Nintendo have been making a big deal about Mega Evolutions. And with everything from legendaries and pseudo legendaries to joke characters getting them for all kinds of reasons, speculation has been pretty high about what future species will get them next.
So here are they are. Here are ten more Pokemon that I predict… no wait, guarantee will get Mega Evolutions in the foreseeable future.
Why? It’s God, that’s why. I mean, it created the Pokemon universe. So if any Pokemon out there has the potential to Mega Evolve into some sort of super powered monster, this is definitely it. Not to mention that in recent years, Mewtwo, Groudon, Kyogre and Rayquaza have all overtaken it in terms of stats due to their own Mega Evos. So I suspect we’ll see a new Arceus Mega Evo that boosts its up to a base stat 800-900 level in order to overtake Mewtwo again.
Well, we’ve had most of the other pseudo legendaries get Mega Evolutions. Tyranitar and Garchomp got one in Pokemon X and Y. Metagross and Salamence are getting them in Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
So it only makes sense that the very first one ever seen will get a Mega Evo too. Especially when it’s a Pokemon as popular among the fans as Dragonite.
And the design/abilities? Well, that’s a good question. Some people think we’ll get some Fairy type monster which increases the whole ‘cute’ factor even more. Some think we’ll get a Dragonair like Eastern Dragon, where there’s more focus on a snake like body with wings that the more traditional ‘dragonic’ appearance Dragonite’s normal form has. But either way, it’s pretty much guaranteed that we’ll get one at some point or another, and that it be absolutely awesome.
Next on the list, a Pokemon so powerful it apparently moved mountains… well, assuming it got five turns to prepare first.
Put simply, Regigigas is just desperate for a Mega Evolution. And with its currently crap ability and epic backstory, it seems like it really will get one. Taking it stats up a bit further than ever before and giving it an ability that really shows off its full potential (like say, No Guard), a Regigigas Mega Evo would mean this supposedly super powerful legendary golem would actually live up to its name and description, being a metagame changing monstrosity just perfect for play in all the best tournaments.
As you may know, certain parts of the gaming media have been… a little too quick to write off gamers. Calling gamers ‘dead’ and ‘irrelevant’ and various other things, they act like the recent Gamergate controversies show that gamers are some minority who shouldn’t be catered for any more.
But the truth is different. Indeed, I don’t think gamers are ‘dead’. What’s really dying off is gaming journalism and the gaming press. The idea simply has no feasibility in this day and age, and as I’ll explain below, is very much on the way out.
So here’s why this is the case. Here’s why it’s gaming journalism that’s dead, not gamers…
Well, we all knew it was coming to this. First we lost Nintendo Power. Then we lost NGamer… and now Future Publishing has confirmed that Official Nintendo Magazine is set to close as well. This last issue of the magazine will be on the shelves from the 14th of October 2014, beyond which Nintendo coverage will merely be within other (more general) gaming magazines and via internet sources like Nintendo Direct. So yeah, it’s pretty bad news all round.
So what do we think here at Nintendo 3DS Daily? Well, for starters, it kind of depresses us that the last remnant of NOM is now gone for good. I mean, that magazine was awesome at the time, and was in my opinion much better than Nintendo Power ever was. Like the whole Pokemon tournaments thing. Yeah, remember when Mew was a new thing, some unannounced Pokemon that Nintendo was only starting to give away via events? Well, the magazine actually made you battle and defeat their staff at Pokemon in order to get it. That was glorious. I mean, imagine the reaction from some kid when they can’t get Mew because the official magazine editor’s level 100 Pokemon team has curbstomped their one? That would have been epic. I also quite fondly remember their tendency to actually tell you about all the glitches in Nintendo games (unlike modern magazines and their ‘don’t do anything the companies don’t like’ crap), their defences of Rare (at a time when Nintendo Power and some others turned on them for being ‘sellouts’) and their tendency to defend things like ‘snaking’ as 100% fsir. Kind of like having an official equivalent to Smogon, in at least some sense.
All in all, Majora’s Mask replicas are not particularly rare. But while you can easily find a lot of real life replicas based on the titular mask due to how iconic it is, the other masks in the game don’t quite get as much love in the hobbyist scene.
This Kickstarter on the other hand, looks to be different. Instead of just remaking Majora’s Mask, and maybe a few more ‘popular’ ones like the Fierce Deity Mask and transformation masks, Frida Paredes actually plans to remake every single mask in the game. Yep, all 31 of them. So if you’re interested in trying a real life Postman’s Hat, or wearing the remains of the bosses on your face for whatever reason (was that even possible in the actual game?), or even just trying to creep people out with the Garo Mask, this is your chance.
I’ll just warn you though; this could be expensive. After all, you know how much you’d need to donate for all 31 masks? Over 3000 dollars. Still, here’s the Kickstarter link for anyone who’s interested:
As any Nintendo fan with access to the eShop knows, the Virtual Console on the 3DS and Wii U is filled with games from all kinds of different systems. You’ve got games from the NES, SNES and Nintendo 64. Handheld titles for the Game Boy and Game Boy Advance. Heck, you’ve even got games for what used to be rival systems, like the Sega Genesis or the TurboGFX-16!
But one group of games hasn’t ever appeared on the Virtual Console, or any other console based digital download service for that matter. And that group of games, is that of classic PC games. Games from both the DOS era and earlier computer based systems like the ZX Spectrum.
The first group, is an interesting one. You see, while a lot of people were growing up with consoles like the SNES and Genesis/Mega Drive (especially in the US), European gamers and various others had their own interesting games in the form of PC exclusives. These included ID Software’s Commander Keen series, a series of Mario inspired platformers that actually started out as an attempt to make a computer port of Super Mario Bros 3:
And Jazz Jackrabbit, a series of 2D Sonic style games that were extremely impressive in terms of technical capabilities, even for the time:
These franchises, along with many other PC only platformers and games of the day (other notable examples including Speedy Eggbert, etc) were never released on consoles. So just about everyone who enjoyed Mario, Sonic, Mega Man or various other console only franchises, never got to play them. Perhaps the Wii U could finally change this, with the game’s being available for Nintendo fans just as they were for old school PC gamers. After all, they definitely seem like the type of games that fans of NES and SNES era platformers would enjoy playing, right?
The other type of old school computer games that should be available on VC, are not DOS or early Windows PC games. Instead, they’re titles for old British systems like the ZX Spectrum or BBC Micro or Amstrad computers. These include some of the very first games made by Rare, then called Ultimate Play the Game. Like Knight Lore and Sabre Wulf:
And these aren’t the only games either. Dr Ashens and Guru Larry on Youtube have made tons of videos showing these old school UK only games on systems like the Spectrum. For example…
And so while many of the games they mention are the less impressive ones (because they’re internet comedians, and poorly done games make funnier videos), they do remind us how many games were released for these systems way before Nintendo struck it big with the likes of Super Mario Bros. Seriously, the wiki page for the Spectrum says about 25,000 games were released for the console. And even with Sturgeon’s Law in full force (and about 1% of that total being good games), that still leaves hundreds or thousands of titles that could be seen as great classics if they were finally released on a modern console with an audience outside of the UK.
So let’s try and get some of these titles rereleased on the 3DS and Wii U Virtual Console, so that the a whole new generation of gamers (plus anyone who’s only played Nintendo titles in general) can experience such gems for themselves.
As you may have noticed in recent days, something awful has been happening in gaming. Attack articles on gamers have gone up, Twitter and other social networks have turned into battlegrounds over videogames and political beliefs, and there have been many, many calls for journalists at sites like Kotaku to resign for the good of the medium.
This is all down, to what some people are calling ‘Gamergate’. A crisis best described as a sort of civil war between gaming media and the gamers themselves, it’s caused utter chaos online, with gaming and non gaming websites everyone going into utter collapse due the events.
And so, in the name of fairness and honesty, here are my thoughts on Gamergate, the events behind it and the future of gaming journalism in general. Just be warned, we side with the gamers…
Above: Us at Nintendo 3DS Daily and Community go against the corrupt gaming journalists.