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Mass Effect 2-Discs

Since Mass Effect 2 is so large, using two discs is better than cutting content. Heck, over ten years ago, Final Fantasy VII used three discs and it wasn't a big deal. Consoles are cheap and hard drives weren't necessary; a memory card for save data was all you needed... And that was before all the digital downloads came along. Computers commonly use multiple discs to install video games, while only requiring a single disc to play.

Consoles nowadays have large enough hard drives to support this same feature. Oddly enough, Microsoft puportedly told BioWare to make the disc-swap on Mass Effect 2 necessary even when both discs are installed to the hard drive. I own The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Game of the Year Edition; the game comes with two discs and requires only one to play.

The double standard is confusing, what purpose does requiring a disc-swap fulfill? Is it for anti-piracy purposes? Making a second, install-only disc won't make pirating the game easier for less adept software pirates, and veterans won't be stopped by the *all powerful, required disc-swap* anyway. If there is any other purpose, it fails to make itself evident. In this age of convenience, making a disc-swap is just... well, stupid.

What I REALLY want

AVAILABLE

ARRIVING SOON

Tomb Raider (X360)

RELEASE DATE UNNANOUNCED

Kingdom Hearts III (PS3)
Half-Life 2: Episode III (PC)

Pikmin 3 (Wii)

IN MY DREAMS
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic III (X360)

I am 1337

Today is the last day I have 1337 posts on the GameSpot forums.  I will bite the bullet and go beyond LEET.

why Link should talk

Why Link Should Talk
in Addition to Audible Dialogue

This is my personal opinion, so that doesn’t mean I’m right or wrong. Discussion is all I’m looking for…

I love what Nintendo does. They have a vision, and their vision is to make video games the way they like it and the way they think is right. But there is always room for progress, no one is perfect.

Judging from the title of this thread, you have surmised that I obviously want Link to speak out in the following “The Legend of Zelda” title. I will explain why I think it would be the right way to go.

Nintendo and the people in charge of the direction of Zelda state that the character commonly known as “Link” is kept silent and you can choose your name as his so you can project yourself as him, or immerse yourself into the game more closely. But I believe the direction they are going at the moment contradicts those statements.

My first argument is a simple one; simply that when we see a character, or witness the events of a character from the third-person perspective, we expect to see them show personality. Especially when there are cut scenes or FMV’s, we aren’t necessarily controlling the character anymore and therefore expect them to do their own thing, since they are already doing most of their own thing anyway.

Obviously we are controlling the character most of the time, but the only thing we control are their movements and physical actions. We can’t speak to other characters in the game for them. There is no way for us to truly project one’s self as that on-screen character interacting with others.

A few games actually are closer to taking Nintendo’s philosophy for Zelda more closely. Namely, The Elder Scrolls series, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic series, and Fable all give you a bigger voice and choice in the matter when playing the game. Projecting yourself as that on-screen character means making their choices as well. Link makes all his own choices ultimately; sure, we decide how and what to cut with his sword, but his greater goal isn’t for us to choose. We can choose whether to play the game or not, and that’s about all the choice we get.

My second argument branches off from the first one; we obviously have a character who makes his own decisions in the game, whether it be completing temples to gain items to advance or saving Zelda by defeating Ganon, but then we don’t understand why he does it. Are we expected to come up with a reason “as Link” for doing all this from nothing? In other words, do we have to make up a reason for why Link does the things he does? It is more of a distraction really, and not very immersive.

Being a unique character, Link has no real personality, besides being that of a [assumedly] good guy. We aren’t given any choices on how or why he is a good guy. He decides to do the things on his own, but no explanation is given why, mainly because Link doesn’t voice his own opinion. The player can’t be expected to relate with a character making his own decisions for no apparent reason. I am sure most of us find ourselves relating more closely to supportive characters in the series. We can say we relate to Link since he is the strong, courageous good guy, but how else do we relate to him? That’s just about it, he is a shallow character, we can’t be him since he does make his own choices, but we are “expected” to come up with our own inner feelings as to why Link makes his choices, which is more of guess work than relation.

My final argument is that Nintendo should grow with the times. They talk of innovation and growth, but sticking to old formulas won’t get you far with that philosophy. Adding dialogue to a game (and not just audible dialogue in “The Legend of Zelda” series, but having Link speak as well OR making it more Knights of the Old Republic based, where Link has a reason to be silent since we simply talk for him) could essentially be catching up with the times and technology.

Back when the first The Legend of Zelda was released, there was the same format of choosing your character’s name and not seeing/hearing Link speak. That is understandable since it simply was not possible to put lots of personality into a character with the limited technology. A decade later, Ocarina of Time is released and there is no audible dialogue or FMV’s at all, which is understandable since sound and movie files still were fairly large compared to the space the more primitive graphics took. But now that there is a huge amount of space for dialogue and plenty of tricks to fool our minds into believing a character on-screen is a breathing, living person, why not take advantage of that?

My conclusion: Nintendo can and will do what they like, but taking advice from the consumer is important since we know what we want and like. The Legend of Zelda is a franchise that we expect things from. The expectations should definitely be met, but exceeded as well. Twilight Princess came about because we all wanted to see Link as he was in Ocarina of Time, and we all expected - or wanted - it to be perfect. Perfect means whole, and Twilight Princess was missing fundamental things that we expect in this day and age. There is not any reason for avoiding our expectations unless they purposely want to disappoint.

The greatest goal is to do something the way you think is the best for it, and if Nintendo continues to do that, then I’m pleased. But most of us like to see those around us succeed, and we ourselves definitely want to succeed as well. I have one request. I would like Nintendo to experiment at least, and put audible dialogue into “The Legend of Zelda” and to even take it up a notch; give Link spoken dialogue, and his first ever dialogue ever in any of Nintendo’s Zelda games.

So please, voice your opinion and criticize any fault you find in my reasoning or reasons. I'm not looking for "You're stupid", I'm looking for explanations on what you think is wrong. Thanks.

What a crazy year!!

I got tons of games this year.  It was nuts.  Then I played my last year of high school football and I will be finishing up drama by the end of senior year.  WoW.

I guess my New Year's Resolution will be to continue my journey towards finding the meaning of life and doing what I think is right.  And in addition to that, I'll probably find myself an Xbox 360 and Gears of War and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.  Perhaps I'll start making some money so I can buy a nice, powerful computer.

I want to make more friends and get my body into *athletic* shape as well.  Yeah, this last year was nuts.  But I had fun.  I want to have more fun next year.

Wii Terms

Here are some terms I have seen (and come up with) for Nintendo Wii.

Wii-mote
Wii-set (reset)
Newbie on the Wii = Wii-tard
Wii will rock you
Wii-place/Wii-charge the batte-Wiis
When the console breaks, Wii-turn it
Wii-l in some fish

And a game Nintendo should make: Pilot Wii-ngs

Twilight Princess the best Zelda yet

(no spoilers here)

That's right, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is the best Legend of Zelda title yet.  The only thing is that it is not quite the leap that Ocarina of Time was to A Link to the Past and Link's Awakening.  It isn't quite the revolutionary expected, but it is still magnificently well done.

Look at my review if you want any more of my opinions.

Hunch: Xbox 360 Price Cut in 3rd Quarter Next Year

It was hopeful thinking that Microsoft would lower the Xbox 360's price this holiday season.

They are definitely figuring that they will get a lot of sales since it is the holiday season. The PS3 will be too much money for some and not available to purchase for most others, so the Xbox 360 for $400 seems like a natural fall back system for disappointed PS3-goers... as well as Wii-goers who can't find one.

But with the Nintendo Wii cheaper even than Xbox 360's core system, a price drop seems like the best plan at least by the end of next year once Nintendo is up to speed with demand.

Who knows, it's possible the summer of '07 will see a 360 price drop.

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