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streissguth
streissguth

sony and nintendo should merge and make us an M rated Zelda

TransformerRobo
TransformerRobo

I've wanted a Nintendo theme park for I don't know how long now!


Or even just Nintendo became a supporter of East Side Mario's restaurants.

Shielder7
Shielder7

Seems Bioware has stuck to their atrocious art style and crappy graphics from the last 2 games.  I wonder if they will move like Team America puppets this time as well...................

shina777
shina777

Eww ! Morrigan was way hotter in my memories, what the hell happened to her face

youre_a_sheep
youre_a_sheep

"Whether you love or hate Morrigan"


I hate her cold, emotionless disposition in the sense that I wouldn't want to hang out with her, but as someone who appreciates realism and character depth she is awesome.  I can't imagine anyone saying "I wish there was less Morrigan in this game"

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

That prankster should be done for fraud at the very least. You can't just forge someone's signature and give away their trademarks.

Rooten
Rooten

Damn! so now anyone can sign papers or what ever to cancel trademarks from any companies? Looks illegal to me or a serious mistake from who's responsible for the trademark thing.

kenundrum7
kenundrum7

Do they even know who the prankster is?

If so, there should at least be a financial penalty against him.


Rock the ice cream Jess.

neowarrior121
neowarrior121

jess you have all the ice cream you want, you look perfect just the way you are.

RS13
RS13

I probably qualify as a nintendo-hater (cackling maniacally at every "nintendo is trouble" article out there does qualify me, right?), but the nintendoland theme park is an awesome idea!  I may not be willing to buy a console out of nostalgia, but I'd totally be willing to spend a day at the theme park. 

alfisace
alfisace

wtf have they done to Morrigan?? she looks like a transgender. pre op.

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

1. That is basically industrial espionage considering what it can do to stock and reputation. I hope that person disappears in such deep legal action he's on the roadside asking for scraps.... That is a lot of lives he just messed with as a 'joke'


2. Company merges hmmm.. I remember them making a deal with Sony long ago...hmmm.... just sayin =)


3.Games are a risk. it's an industry. Hold back the next gen and people surely wouldn't buy it. Just means more smaller companies is going to die off this year to help add support to those whom don't in the shrinking market. I mean not everyone can sell like GTA V now can they? That is what publishers want is those numbers the greedy bastards.


4. Even if I was a cosplayer I couldn't pull off a dress since I am a guy so......

h3nks
h3nks

Is it possible that the whole Watch Dogs thing is part of their marketing strategy?

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

Thanks for the News Jess! 

Love your shows!

Spybreak
Spybreak

Hawk, def just rub some blood over my face, cosplay! Lol but no in all seriousness I think the digital forefront is allowing non and triple-A games and we're still stuck in that internet isn't good enough transition phase.

adam
adam

Jess Mcdonell, why you make me turn speakers to max just to hear you whisper? Don't make me tell Ronald.

biglee424
biglee424

I would definitely go to a Nintendo theme park !! I'd go to any gaming inspired theme park are you kidding me its a brilliant idea !! ... will it make enough money for the company though ? hmm don't know lol sounds really expensive if you ask me. and I'm not sure if the world has enough gamers that would go out and enjoy the sun :p 

Robert Thomas Rash
Robert Thomas Rash

I wonder....could you say that Watch Dog got Watch Dogged???????

sunyatanada76
sunyatanada76

I like the name Jess Sunyatanada it has a nice ring to it.

pgharavi
pgharavi

What's that desktop background at the :57 second mark in video, to the left of Jess?

eze_sl89
eze_sl89

ill keep on buying COD every year, and nobody is gonna change that.

hystavito
hystavito

Hey gaming industry, how about working on streamlining and increasing efficiency?  I think that's like a thing businesses do, not sure, I'm not an expert :P.


Cosplay eh, hmm, let's just say my overall look and physique would probably not work well with cosplay :).

nayce54
nayce54

what is a Triple A game exactly?

RicanV
RicanV moderator

If triple A games are dropped then we are subject to an onslaught of pay to progress games. We need triple A games still but we should find a better way to sell them. You have games that have hundreds of hours of content at $60.00 and you have games which have about 8 hours of content sold at $60.00.

However, it's really difficult to judge someones creation but I honestly think no one has sat down and thought about a solution for more than 15 minutes.

amdreallyfast
amdreallyfast

I have seen the statistics of AAA title budgets and sales, so I don't know if they are, in general, unprofitable.  A few certainly are, but only a few.  I can definitely see though how a AAA title whose IP is not held entirely by the developer can be a nasty bit of required flexibility, what with publisher marketers and other business types getting their noses into development where they don't belong.

SaintsRowLA
SaintsRowLA

*I'm happy because I watch Jess*

Thank you Jess.


Watch Dogs

Forgery: never good.  Gotta set a precedent and make sure bad people don't keep doing bad things.


Nintendo

Being innovative with their business practices instead of their hardware.  "The only certainty in life is death, taxes, and change,"  A theme park sounds cute. Maybe a partnership with Disney.


AAA titles

I empathize with the time and money developers have to put into making a game and their disdain for the buying of used games where don't get a return on investment.   I wish them the best at being profitable so they can keep making quality games for everyone to enjoy.


Morrigan from Dragon Age

I put dark red hair on her character and had a great time playing her in DA: 2 as the mage.  I think playing as the mage offers the most fun.  I would dress up as Emperor Palpatine from Star Wars and take her out, but I would prefer Alice.

biggest_loser
biggest_loser

If we have to pad out a Thief game with explosions and action sequences because its the only way to sell the game and make it supposedly marketable then yes AAA games are in hot water. 

omnyoto
omnyoto

I've heard advertising is a huge factor in AAA costs, I wonder if it could be scaled back.  Sometimes it seems companies over advertise.  Idk

omnyoto
omnyoto

Should AAA games be dropped?  I thought AAA just meant it was a big title/game.  Please enlighten me.

youre_a_sheep
youre_a_sheep

@adam So it's not just me.  I have headphones and always have to crank the volume for this to be audible.

SaintsRowLA
SaintsRowLA

@hystavito  Increasing efficiency and efficacy is supposed to be basic business administration 101 skills.

RicanV
RicanV moderator

@nayce54  From Wikipedia: 

  • Triple A (AAA) game, a term in the video game industry for games developed for major platforms with large marketing budgets

Fairly accurate. It's essentially a big budget long production. Think of it in terms of a movie where you have Michael Bay big budget A list celebrity packed films and you have independent films which star unknown people and are shot within a few months as opposed to years. 

SaintsRowLA
SaintsRowLA

@RicanV  

Good point.  

But, length of game doesn't always mean it's better or more fun.  Some games with hundreds of hours of content are riddled with fat, e.g., drudgery, tedium, sometimes headaches.  That eight hour game might be much more fun and a better investment of your time.  You don't just pay for a game with you money, you pay with your invested too.  Similar to being more efficient to being less efficient.

SaintsRowLA
SaintsRowLA

@amdreallyfast  Are the marketing costs factored into the development cost of the game or is the marketing budget a separate animal?


Movie studios put out a lot of movies. The lose money on some, make profits on others, and some are mega hits and everything balances out.  I'm sure that might be the same with video games.  You also have to factor in cancelled projects into the mix.

SaintsRowLA
SaintsRowLA

@omnyoto  I wonder if the marketing cost are factored into the cost of the game or is it separate?   If the marketing cost are separate from the cost of development, then the cost of the game is perhaps doubled.

tommyd79
tommyd79

@omnyoto The amount of money spent on a title also contributes to the overall rating of a game.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@dani_i89

Hop some more on the Call-of-Duty-hate bandwagon, dude. 

Also, it's other people's money and time - not yours.

RicanV
RicanV moderator

@SaintsRowLA @RicanV  I agree and that's why it becomes difficult to judge someones creation. We can both play the same game and I can find it to be amazing and you could find it to be sub par.

It's easier with food where you pay by the lb and even then you might get something at the buffet you don't like. 

Chronologo
Chronologo

@Gelugon_baat Oh it's you again... every time COD gets the hate it deserves you appear to make keyboard justice. Give it a rest buddy, it's his opinion and time -not yours

SaintsRowLA
SaintsRowLA

@RicanV @SaintsRowLA  True.

Less is sometimes more.  

There are many shorter games that I would rather play over and over again than play Skyrim, for example, all the way through.



NHL 14 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2014:  Hundreds of hours of gameplay and fun all the time, unless I'm about to lose.


inFamous, Saints Row 2 and 3 hundreds of hours and fun most of the time.  I haven't played much of Saints Row IV yet.