*sigh* This was a tough decision for me, but like so many other users before me, I'm leaving GameSpot for good.
This is not a joke, guys. Considering that I've spent all my time on other sites lately, and not coming back here all that often, I've decided that it's time. This site just hasn't been the same since it's renovation. I remember when a lot of my followers took off left and right. I remember the good times and the bad times on this site. And I remember all the cool users that I've interacted with over the years too. SloganYams was one of them, and now he's got his own site called Wizard Dojo that he writes for these days: https://wizarddojo.com/
Derpalon was another one, and that person writes for a blog called Insert Rant Here on Blogspot...when that person feels like it anyway LOL: http://minisiets.blogspot.com/
Rotondi, soulless4now, uglypinkmoose, Asagea_888, I miss you all and I have no idea where you all went.
Well, for those of my followers who still check in every now and then, I mainly hang around Disqus and SloganYams' new site Wizard Dojo. My username for both those sites is alex9234. On Disqus, I'm part of a community called Video Game Facts (https://disqus.com/home/channel/videogamefacts/) and be sure to check out that community whenever you can. If you're looking to follow me and not sure where I am, my profile picture on Disqus is a maize and blue Michigan Wolverines logo.
So yeah...It was nice being on GameSpot with all of you, and I hope you all follow me and my new community!
Well, I've decided to take an attempt to master one of the Sega Saturn's Shin Megami Tensei games. I picked up the original Devil Summoner last weekend, and I decided to give it a go, despite not knowing Japanese. Also got it at a very good price - $6.
Devil Summoner is one of the earliest Saturn games released, and I heard from fans that it's considered to be a black sheep of the Shin Megami Tensei franchise.
Luckily for me, someone happened to translate the entire script of the game, so I downloaded it, and decided to jump right on in. I had no problems when I first started the game, but things started to go downhill when I entered the first dungeon.
Overall, the game has a nice setting - Modern day suburban setting instead of post-apocalyptic setting of other SMT games, it's got a very good soundtrack, and the gameplay and controls aren't too bad. I do have issues with controlling demons - I've been told that you have to keep your demons happy with this one, as they can disobey you and at times, leave your party. Also, I'm having a very rough time negotiating with demons because the conversations with them are all in Japanese, which means that I have to take guesses with the choices and hope that I don't screw up. Plus, I'm having a hard time making money on this game, as it doesn't appear to me that you can make money from random battles.
So yeah, if anyone has any tips, feel free to comment and tell me because I am having a rough time with this one.
ANYWAY, this time I'm gonna be pointing my rant gun at the Fire Emblem fanbase once again, because they are a bunch of hypocrites who will outright deny what I will say about them, and their franchise, because it is the truth and they refuse to admit it.
More often than not, I have seen tons of fans say that Fire Emblem was never a "weeaboo" or anime-cutesy series since Awakening came out. And with the upcoming Fire Emblem Fates, and of course, Genei Ibun Roku #FE, comments like these have been popping up like cancer. They say that it's all because of Awakening that the series is now using anime-trope, and anime-stylized characters, that gamers have been coming up with "shipping" combos with Fire Emblem characters, that the series is now anime-cutesy, that the series is now "weeaboo", you get the idea. Well, you can argue that the shipping started with Awakening though, but as for the series never being anime-cutesy or "weeaboo"...yeah, it's not like Fire Emblem WASN'T anime-cutesy, or "weeaboo" before Awakening, right?
Stop playing the blame game, Fire Emblem fans! Awakening did not make the series anime-cutesy or weeaboo. Fire Emblem has always been weeaboo since the release of Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light on the NES in 1990. And I've listed more than enough evidence proving that Fire Emblem has always been anime-cutesy and weeaboo.
Just admit it Fire Emblem fans, you're all a bunch of weeaboos!
Okay, so I'm going to do a blog that's not about gaming or anime this time, and I just know that none of you will show up to comment since I'm sure that you guys don't give a crap about sports, so yeah.
One thing that sports fans like to do is hate on other, mostly successful teams. Most of the time, fans hate on a certain team because said team is their favorite team's arch-rival, or because they just keep on winning at the expense of every other team, or it's because they got engulfed in some sort of scandal, and they're trash talking them just to add insult to injury. Anyway, there are a lot of teams that are hated, and now here's my picks for the 15 most hated teams in American sports:
You know that you've got one helluva list when the Green Bay Packers barely make it. They've won the most NFL championships of any NFL franchise with 13. Today the Pack are lead by a quarterback that everyone wants to see get his head ripped off. Seriously, Aaron Rodgers appears in those State Farm "Discount Double-Check" commercials, and he's seen as a very arrogant QB, one who hates his fellow players, and believe it or not, he even hates his fans. Plus, the Packers get by because the NFL airdrops in crooked refs like commandos in a war-torn jungle whenever the Packers desperately need a win. The Packers are the team of the establishment and people hate the establishment. Also, it doesn't help that the Packers fanbase is full of bandwagon jumpers that fell in love with the team overnight. How could they not be on this list? Anyway, there is a lot to hate about the Packers, and anyone who thinks that they don't belong on this list is absolutely insane.
Okay, I'll tell the truth here. I am a HUGE Pistons fan. I've loved them since I was a kid, my dad told me all about the Bad Boy-era Pistons so much that they've become my favorite retro NBA team, and I was cheering like crazy when the Pistons beat the crap out of that over-hyped and overrated L.A. Lakers (don't worry, we're getting to them) team in the 2004 NBA Finals (and here come all the angry comments...). But I can understand why the Pistons are hated. Back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, they were lead by a bunch of down-and-dirty blue collar players, like Dennis Rodman, Joe Dumars, Bill Laimbeer, Isiah Thomas, and Rick Mahorn, along with their Napoleon of a coach, Chuck Daly, with their own brutal and dirty style of play, making them the most hated team in the NBA. Perhaps the one of the reasons the Bad Boys are hated so much is because of Bill Laimbeer (right). He was a very dirty player, got into fights with Larry Bird, Robert Parish, Charles Barkley, and was known for hacking Michael Jordan constantly. No wonder he was seen as a villain. Even though the Pistons aren't as hated as they were before, as they have been rebuilding for a while, there are still some out there who hate them for how dirty of a team they were, and that's why the Pistons on this list.
It's not hard to see why people hate USC football. For one, they play in Los Angeles, and a lot of people really hate L.A. and everything it represents. Also, just look at their lovely cheerleaders. Seriously, don't get your hopes up in scoring with any of them. Also, they're winners - I mean, they've on 11 National Championships, they have the most Rose Bowl wins of any team with 24, and the only team that comes even remotely close is a team that they've made their bitch (literally) in the Rose Bowl, Michigan, with 8 wins (don't worry, we'll get to them soon). But people also hate them because of their celebrity fanbase that comes out when the Trojans are winning, and also because of Reggie Bush, and his time with the team during their 2002-05 Title run. There is so much to hate about USC and that's why they're on this list. Oh, and did I mention O.J. Simpson?
Ah, the Spurs. The goddesses of victory have smiled upon the Spurs since they drafted Tim Duncan, and since then, they've made the playoffs every single season, and they've won 5 NBA titles, so of course they're going to have their fair share of haters. Even though the team is well respected by tons of basketball fans, and have been a feel-good story around the NBA for some time now, they're hated by many because they supposedly made the NBA boring. They're not a sexy team, like the Lakers, Celtics (they're coming up soon), Bulls, and even the Pistons. It was because of them that the NBA's ratings sunk so low. It's a miracle that the NBA has recovered and is now doing better than ever. Well, I don't have much else to say, but that's why the Spurs on on here, and anyone else is free to list reasons why people hate the Spurs so much in the comments section to help me on this one.
Again, I'll tell the truth - I'm a big Michigan fan. But I can understand why people hate Michigan football. Lots of teams are hated at the moment, and it takes a special team to remain hated, even after they've fallen into mediocrity, and that's why the Wolverines are on this list. People hate the Wolverines because they're winners - they're the winningest program in college football history, and they've won 11 National Championships. They're also hated because of how they and their arch-rival, the Ohio State Buckeyes (don't worry, we're getting to them) dominated the Big Ten conference for pretty much the entire past century, which sucks for every fan who had to watch their own sorry-ass team flounder about in mediocrity. It also doesn't help that the most hated player in the NFL, Tom Brady, played for Michigan back in the day. They were hardly a down and dirty blue-collar team. They were white-collar. They were skill players. They were wine and cheese instead of beer and pretzels. Pretty-boy football. That's why people hated Michigan back then, and that's why they're still hated today.
An obvious pick, as it's not hard to see why people hate the Celtics. No NBA team has been more successful than the Celtics, as they've won the most NBA titles of any team with 17, thanks to players like Bill Russell, Bob Couzy and John Havlicek, who won 11 NBA titles in 13 seasons, and Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, and Danny Ainge, who helped the Celtics dominate the NBA scene in the 80s with their arch-rival, the L.A. Lakers. I mean, how can you not hate the Celtics? Need I say any more?
Ah, one Boston team after another, eh? Before 2007, lots of fans across the MLB felt sorry for the Red Sox, as they had not won a title since 1918, and were seen as the heroic underdogs against the most hated team in Major League Baseball, the New York Yankees (don't worry, we're getting to them. Sure, people still loved the Red Sox when they finally broke the "Curse of the Bambino" in 2004, when they won their first World Series title since 1918, but when they won it all again in 2007, people hated the Sox as much as the Yankees. They got into an arms race with the Yankees, spending more money than any other team than the Yankees in an obsession to slay their rivals once and for all, and when it happened, the once-beloved Sox became just as hated as their arch-nemesis, the Yankees. Also, Boston's whole "underdog, woe is me" crap is very much bogus now, seeing that Boston has won tons of championships between their sports franchises. And, well, there you go.
Ah, the Red Wings. I love me some Red Wings, and I've been a fan for pretty much my whole life. But, you know, quite a lot of people really hate the Red Wings and everything they represent. Not me though, but I can understand why people hate the Red Wings. Like Michigan football, people hate the Red Wings because they've been such a dominant team for so long. They've won the most Stanley Cup titles of any American-based NHL team with 11, and they currently have the longest active streak of playoff appearances with 24. They also don't have the tough, blue-collar Canadian players that many fans love and praise so much, relying on Russian and other European playmakers. Those are only a few of the reasons why the Red Wings are so hated and that's why they're on this list.
It's easy to see why people hate the Patriots so much. Like the Spurs, the Patriots have been a consistently good team, winning 4 Super Bowls, and making the playoffs pretty much every season. People also hate the Patriots because of their golden boy quarterback Tom Brady and their coach Bill Belichick. Tom Brady is marred to Gisele Bundchen and he models for Uggs Boots. No wonder people hate him. Also, they're now hated more than ever because of the recent Spygate and Deflategate incidents, which exposed the Patriots as a bunch of cheaters, and, well, there you go.
There's lots of reasons to hate Ohio State's football team. They have one of the most arrogant fanbases in college football, full of attention seekers who think that Ohio State really is better than everyone else, that they're the best thing since sliced bread. Not to mention that their fans always make a big fuss that nobody other than themselves call Ohio State, THE Ohio State University. The insistence of adding the THE to Ohio State is a nice example of the entitlement that Buckeye fans have become known for. It's nauseating and arrogant as hell. People hate the Buckeyes because they seem like the sort of team their boss roots for - Ohio State football, well, these days at least, just feels like one giant rap video - one filled with gang symbols, brutal violence, tattoos, fancy cars and total disrespect for the opponent. I'm not saying that's all true (except for the tattoos part, and the cars part), but that's the perception. When people think of Ohio State football, they think of Woody Hayes punching that player from Clemson. They think of Terrelle Pryor's cars, and his traffic violations. They think of Jim Tressel and many other players selling memorabilia for tattoos. Ohio State is a team of haves trying to steal every last bit of happiness from a world full of have-nots. Ohio State is not hard to hate. No, no they are not, and anyone who thinks that they don't belong on this list is absolutely insane.
America's Team. Need I say more? Any team that's labeled as "America's Team" is going to have a torch-carrying mob after them in a heartbeat. They get the most exposure of any NFL team, dominating national television since the 1970s, and their fanbase has been compromised of mostly bandwagon jumpers that fell in love with the team during their Super Bowl dynasty during the 90s. No wonder people hate the Cowboys. They also have an owner that fuels their overexposure in Jerry Jones, who many people feel has turned the Cowboys into a villainous team in the NFL - a rich, self-promoting, arrogant team. Oh, and did I mention that they have the best cheerleaders in the NFL? Yeah. And that's why people hate the Cowboys.
#4 - Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
Notre Dame football is hated for tons of reasons. Their fanbase makes a bunch of arrogant statements like "Good Notre Dame football is good for college football." They're also hated because they refuse to join a conference, and they have their own network deal with NBC which gets them all kinds of overexposure just like the Cowboys. They also grew the grass on their field longer to try and stop #1 USC back in 2005, which failed miserably. Notre Dame really does think that they're better than everyone else, up until recently, since Lou Holtz retired as head coach in the mid 1990s, the team had floundered in mediocrity for the past 2 decades. Now that the Irish have returned as a college football powerhouse now, there are even more reasons to hate them than ever before, and that's why Notre Dame is on this list.
It's not hard to see why people hate Duke's basketball team. A lot of their players seem to carry air of arrogance that fans of other teams despise - Christian Laettner, J.J. Redick, Danny Ferry, Bobby Hurley, Grant Hill, you name it. Also, people hate Duke because they've been so damn good for so damn long - 5 National Titles in the last 24 years. 11 Final Four appearances since 1986, and 8 Title game appearances over that span as well. Their success as also created a perceived bias in the media, and with the referees. Yeah...
There's a lot to hate about Duke and anyone who thinks that they don't belong on this is crazy.
The Lakers represent everything that people despise about Los Angeles, a team of glitz and glamour. They're the second most successful NBA team, closely behind the Celtics with 16 NBA Titles, and the most NBA Finals appearances of any team with 31. Like USC, they're also hated because of their celebrity fanbase that pops up whenever the Lakers are winning. And their fans set fires, and smash cars whenever the Lakers win a title, as if they've never seen their team win a title before. Plus, like Duke, their hatred has also created a perceived bias in the media and with the referees. The media always favors the Lakers in the NBA Finals (even against the freaking Michael Jordan-led Bulls!), and the referees always seem to have a soft spot in their heart for the Lakers - the perfect example being this. Anyway, those are some of the many reasons why the Lakers are on this list. The most hated team in the NBA, everyone.
27 World Series titles. 40 World Series appearances. All at the expense of every franchise in the MLB. The most successful team in American sports history. Need I say more?
"To insist on strength is not war-mongering. It is peace-mongering."
Ah, how about those complaints from hips...I mean gamers about the removal of the suggestive costumes from Fatal Frame 5, eh? I swear, I lose faith in the gaming community every passing second these days... Anyway, you may get angry about this when I say this, but Nintendo's doing the right thing here with Fatal Frame 5. All these gamers who are complaining may say otherwise, but those gamers really shouldn't comment on topics that they don't understand. Also, those gamers who are complaining about the risqué costumes removal weren't going to buy the game anyway, as they were just looking for something to complain about.As I like to say, protest is basically masturbation. You only do it because it makes you feel better, and it accomplishes nothing more than that. Come on guys, you got a Twilight Princess-era Zelda costume, and Samus' almost-but-not-quite risqué, skin tight Zero Suit costume as replacements. I don't see anything wrong with that.
The removal of the risqué costumes were blatantly done because of cultural differences. This is not censorship.
Dear Gamers complaining about FF5 costume removal:
You have NO idea of what censorship truly is. I really hope you do find out one day, you unwashed, wannabe, activist pricks.
Come on guys, you have a 14 year old girl wearing very risqué costumes. A 14 YEAR OLD GIRL. Keeping the costumes in for the US and European releases would have been considered a form of taboo in American and European cultures.
"But..but...Nintendo should stop treating us all like fucking children! They need to wake up and realize that we can handle content like this! We're mature adults! This is why Sony took their audience in the 5th generation! The Wii U makes them look like a kiddie company!"
If this is the sort of entitled mentality that has become acceptable in the gaming community, then gaming is fucking dead within the next 5 years. This is such a "Me" generation thing to say. So freaking entitled that they can accept that there is a lot more to it than Nintendo wanting to be jerks to their fans, as a lot of those "gamers" seem to think it's like that.
Also, Sony is blowing smoke when they say that their audience is Nintendo fans who "grew up." They just tapped into an audience that's easy to manipulate: Teenagers trying desperately to see themselves as adults. It's a bad audience to focus on, as they'll eventually jump ship to the next thing that's "cool" or "hip." And that's the kind of audience that's complaining about Nintendo removing the costumes. Also, it wasn't the Wii, Wii U, or FF5's costume removal that made people think that Nintendo is "kiddy." That bullshit started long before. Sega played that card, and Sony then ran with it wholeheartedly.
All people ever do is complain that Nintendo only rehashes their games and never does anything new with them, right? Well, here's something new, and all of a sudden, gamers are bitching and throwing hissy fits. The hell? The costumes are gone, so NOW the game sucks, according to them, anyways...
Word of advice: NEVER listen to your fans in business. They simply don't know what they want.
"We want Fatal Frame! No, not that Fatal Frame..."
"We want something new! No, not that something new..."
You don't listen to fans who constantly complain about everything, regardless about what you actually say. Nintendo knows this very well, and nothing you, or these "gamers" say impacts their bottom line at all. And don't play the "Nintendo is greedy" card. Sony, Microsoft and EA easily make them look like Mother Teresa by comparison.
Anyway, back to the main point: The risqué bikinis in the game were removed, so that the game wouldn't get an Adults Only (AO18+ ESRB) rating. Again, like I said, it would be taboo to keep the costumes for the American and European releases. That type of lingerie, in Japanese culture, is most commonly associated with underage models. You even see an underage character wearing it in a flashback. It is also likely very illegal to show even a fictional under aged person nude so the "censorship" - which is debatable at best and stupid at worst - is less Nintendo being at fault and more them acting like a responsible company. Just because one form of culture is acceptable in one country, doesn't mean it's acceptable in another. I have one thing to ask you gamers who are complaining about the risqué costume removal: So you don't care if Nintendo products get banned from certain countries, FFV getting an AO rating, and Nintendo getting potentially SUED out the ass by western consumers who are unhappy about the risqué costumes and for infringing on their customs and laws, and possibly having their reputation ruined?
Like it or not, Nintendo's doing the right thing. It was either switch the bonus costumes, or risk getting an AO rating. The game itself is relatively untouched to the point where all the ideas present in the original product are in the localized version.
The complaints from these "gamers" scream PEDOPHILE, if you ask me. They weren't going to buy the game. It's laughable to me how people are making such a big stink about this, considering how it's not a bad thing that the bonus costumes were changed. It says a ton about your fanbase when they are more upset at a couple of costume changes than they are thankful that the game is coming to the west after all.
Well, you know what they say: Dammed if you do, dammed if you don't.
For the past half-decade or so, there has been this one trend that has become so popular, that I have a major distaste for: Nerds, or "true fans" who deface video games with nitpicking and immature and insecure commentary. Sure, nerds have always found it fun to shun the works of people who can make games that they never could, but the rise of the social media age has given them an opportunity to become famous for their "hobby" of doing this.
I may sound like a hypocrite because I'm a person who has pretty much dedicated an entire blog to giving my thoughts on video games and anime, with an almost un-nerd like viewpoint. But I'm going to defend my stance as someone who has opinions and wishes to share them. I like pretty much ever game genre out there. There are games that I like, and some games that I just don't like at all. Tons of people out there who use blogs, videos, and other such methods of sharing their opinions who can be constructive and reasonable with what they do. Even though I'm not perfect at doing this, I at least try to fit into this category.
For this blog, I'm going to talk about nerds and self-proclaimed "true fans" who simply trash certain games for completely ridiculous reasons, but I'll be focusing on certain Nintendo and Atlus games for this blog. A certain plot hole gets blown into a story-breaking flaw, or a tiny gap in plot consistency demeans all merits a game could have, or a game's art style or graphics ruin every single thing about a game (*cough* Wind Waker *cough* Persona 4 *cough* Fire Emblem: Awakening *cough* Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem). Even some of the best games of all time are trashed on for the most trivial things, these days.
The social media age has supported nitpicking and immature commentary, and combine this with the nitpicking and immature and insecure commentary of nerds and "true fans" and it turns into one giant mess. Every single time I check the comment sections that talk about certain games that I like, and see the immature comments of nerds who nitpick at everything in a game, It makes me want to puke. They would then argue that no matter how much they try to push their comments as facts, it is still their opinions, and perhaps that may be the intent of these people sometimes. But I've seen plenty of blogs, reviews, comments, etc. that delivers some inoffensive humor towards certain games without seemingly shunning them just to inflate their own egos and force their agendas onto others.
Call me an asshole or a butthurt fanboy for saying this, but the way I see it, these nerd comments, blogs, videos, etc. are the ones more or less bullying game developers and artists for inconsequential elements just to make themselves feel better. As I like to say, protesting and complaining is basically masturbation, you only do it because it makes you feel better, and it accomplishes nothing more than that. I would always takes sides with the developers at Nintendo and Atlus who are able to make wonderful games over the nerds and "true fans" who scream and throw temper tantrums at them. I would love to see these nerds try to make a game HALF as good as the ones that they criticize. Their bully-like criticisms come from their inability to create what the Nintendo and Atlus developers can, and the jealously that comes with it.
Sure, Persona 4 may have some pacing issues, along with a couple of questionable plot and editing choices, like with Nanako's "death and revival" scene, but it's hardly the disaster that the Shin Megami Tensei nerds would love to claim. Even if they don't like a game's story, it's possible to share their dislike for the story intelligently and even humorously. But to point out the most throwaway inconsistencies, complain about a game's art style like an immature brat, and so on and using other elements that they don't like to fuel immature and insecure complaining has become absolutely disgusting. Instead of honestly critiquing games, and going over the positives and negatives, the nerds and "true fans" are trying to ruin them by blowing inconsequential details out of proportion. It comes off like they’re trying to insult anyone who likes games like Persona 4, Fire Emblem: Awakening, Wind Waker, SMT x FE, etc., and promote themselves for their ability to criticize games people like. Hey, Final Fantasy IV had a good number of questionable plot choices and pacing issues - which I would say are FAR more questionable than Persona 4's, what with the supposed deaths of the twins Palom and Porom, Yang, Cid, Lydia, etc., yet I haven't seen any of those nerds come out and attack FFIV because of those plotholes. So, let me get this straight: Persona 4 gets shat on for the very minor plot hole where Nanako appears to die, yet Final Fantasy IV has a bunch of highly questionable plot points like the scenes where Palom, Porom, Yang, Cid, and Lydia appear to die, and gets a free pass?
They're worse than hipsters this way. Whenever a developer tries something different or new with an existing franchise, according to them, immediately it sucks, and automatically the older stuff is better and then they’ve got to find something more obscure to like and put on a pedestal. The reactions from “true fans” to games like Persona 4 and Fire Emblem: Awakening, and now SMT x FE, prove that Nintendo and Atlus should not be listening to people like them when it comes to the decisions they make with their games.
I hate how popular their kind of criticism has become. It’s not constructive, it’s not creative, it’s not contemplative, it's not necessary, it's uncalled for, and it's not compelling either.
Well, for the past couple weeks I've been looking at this one game series called Growlanser by Career Soft and Atlus. From what I hear, it's a strategy RPG series set in a world that is being taken over by ancient evil, which reminds me of some games in the Fire Emblem series. There are 6 games in the series as of today, and with the exception of the 5th game, I've heard mostly good things about the series. The first game was released on the PS1 in 1999, and has never been released outside of Japan. I have not been able to find much info on the first game, nor a fan translation of the game either. The first 2 games in the series which came stateside are Growlanser II: The Sense of Justice and Growlanser III: The Dual Darkness, both on PS2. Both were packaged together in one compilation called Growlanser: Generations, which is pictured in this blog. I'm planning on getting Generations sometime soon and I hope I can here some of your thoughts on the second and third games in the series. I've heard that Growlanser IV: Wayfarer of Time on the PS2 (Japan only) and PSP (not Japan only, thank god) is the best game in the series - I plan to check that one out once I check out II and III first (and thankfully I have a PSP!). I've also heard that Growlanser V: Heritage of War is the worst game in the series, so I'm going to stay away from that one. The last game in the series, Growlanser VI: Precarious World, also on the PS2, never made it outside of Japan, and I have no idea if it's any good, or if there is a fan translation of that game.
I really have no knowledge of this series, and I haven't heard of it up until a few weeks ago, so if anyone is willing to fill me in, please do so. I could also use some opinions on the series as well because I'm planning to check out this series soon, so please leave your opinions on the series in the comment section below. Although I'm probably not going to hear any opinions since this looks like a pretty niche series, maybe even more niche than Shin Megami Tensei, Fire Emblem, and Front Mission.
Damn, this really caught a lot of us off guard. Who would have thought this would have happened, eh?
Well, Nintendo President and CEO Satoru Iwata has officially passed away at the age of 55. His cause of death was due to a bile duct tumor that he was diagnosed with last year, which is why he skipped E3 2014. Nintendo announced that his funeral will be on this Friday, July 17th.
Iwata gained an interest in becoming a video game developer in his high school years, and the several simple number games that Iwata first produced made use of an electronic calculator that shared with his friends. He majored in computer science at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, and he often did freelance work with HAL Laboratory, Inc. when he was in college. He then decided to work for HAL when he graduated college, and he helped save HAL from bankruptcy in 1993 when he was promoted to president there. He worked on Balloon Fight, EarthBound, and the Kirby games when he was with HAL.
And then his glory years came when he was handpicked by Hiroshi Yamauchi to become president of Nintendo in 2002 when Yamauchi was stepping down from Nintendo. He was the first Nintendo president who was not related to the Yamauchi family through blood or marriage. He still worked for HAL as a consultant as well. Iwata's experience as a programmer, a rarity for tech CEOs, helped contribute to his leadership of the company. He had been listed as one of the most successful CEOs of all time by financial sites like Barron's, and during his time as Nintendo president, he made some notable accomplishments:
-Created the Game Boy Advance SP
-Created the DS, Nintendo's best selling game system of all time
-Pushed development of the Wii, Nintendo's best selling home console
-Helped double Nintendo's stock prices
-Lead Nintendo to their most successful sales period in December 2009
-Purchased MonolithSoft, the creators of Xenoblade Chronicles
-Worked out the current partnership with Platinum Games to bring Bayonetta 2 to the Wii U (It's still not going anywhere. Just buy a Wii U for it instead of crying about it.)
-Helped Nintendo surpass Sony in overall value
-Created the 3DS, which is currently the best selling game system of the 8th generation
-Helped Nintendo strike a deal with Capcom to make the Monster Hunter series Nintendo exclusive
-Helped Nintendo form a partnership with DeNA due to mobile gaming
-Cut his salary in half when the 3DS wasn't performing well and did so again when the Wii U wasn't selling well
-Also refused to lay off ANY of Nintendo's staff when the company went through some minor rough stretches recently
-Helped Nintendo form a partnership with Atlus for Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem on Wii U
-Made Nintendo more money in his 13 years as president then Hiroshi Yamauchi did in his 53 years as president.
So yeah. It sucks for Iwata to go out like this, but he was a damn good CEO, and he brought Nintendo to new heights during his time there. He will be greatly missed by the gaming community.
*note* This may sound a bit too much like A Dose of Buckley's "Metalheads" video because I'm basing some of this blog off of that video because it's excellent and it kind of relates to the topic I'll be discussing.
Alright, the blog alarm clock is buzzing in my ears. Time for a new blog. For this blog, which will also be a rant blog, I'm going to set my fangs into my next target, and a target that I've wanted to get to since 2012: the Shin Megami Tensei fanbase.
As you all know, Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem (I don't want to call it the other name because this is simpler for me) is still alive and kicking after not hearing any news since Nintendo and Atlus announced the game back in early 2013, due to Sega's buyout of Index Corp./Atlus which slowed down or even stopped development of this game for an unknown amount of time. Anyway, the game is still alive and it's going to making it's way to the states sometime next year. When trailers and gameplay footage surfaced in the April 1st Nintendo Direct and during Nintendo's E3 Press Conference, the people who are excited for this game (including me) were sort of caught off guard with it's themes, art style, story etc. Even though people weren't expecting this game (including me) to be like this, the response from the community still looks mostly positive and a lot of them just can't wait to play this game. I am one of the many people who are excited for Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem, and I'm definitely going to purchase a Wii U because of this game - but there are also plenty of other Wii U titles that I'm excited for as well.
Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem is a JRPG which mixes elements of both Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem(duh!). This is due to the main characters, who merge themselves with Mirages based on characters from Fire Emblem. An example would be the main character Itsuki, who merges with Chrom from Fire Emblem Awakening. Outside of battle, the player can interact with other characters, visit shops to stock up on supplies, and use a cell phone based texting system. When in dungeons, the player can attack enemies to stun them, allowing the player to have an advantage in battles or escape them. Battles in the game uses gameplay mechanics from both games, including Fire Emblem's rock-paper-scissors mechanic of melee weapons (Swords beat axes, axes beat lances, and lances beat swords) and elemental properties from Shin Megami Tensei. To go with the numerous skills each party member possesses, some skills trigger Session Attacks where all members in the player's party attack in a combination, like what is seen in Persona 3 and Persona 4. During these sessions, sub-characters can be called in to attack, and character pairs can activate combined techniques. And as you can see from the screenshots of the game that I posted on my blog, this game appears to be going the ecchi anime style, with some of the screenshots being very fanservicey. It's weird, but it's Japanese. They've got porn where octopus rape women (aka tentacle porn) - don't report me please), and they have vending machines that sell used schoolgirl panties. This isn't even close to being called the weirdest thing to come out of The Land of the Rising Sun. Also, it looks like Nintendo wants to ditch the "Nintendo is for kids" label that people have stuck on them once and for all with this game.
But after reading the comments in some discussion articles about this game, reminds me why I hate Shin Megami Tensei fans. I like pretty much every game genre and or series. I have games that I like, and games that I just don't like at all and Shin Megami Tensei is no exception. However, I hate Shin Megami Tensei fans as much as I hate almost any other group of fans that exists in the gaming community. I have never seen a group of fans go so far out of their way to hate things as much as the Shin Megami Tensei fanbase (well, maybe the Sonic fanbase beats them out, but just barely.). So, the SMT fans saw gameplay footage and images from the game, and then they made lots of stupid comments about how both Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem are dead and that it's a disgrace, saying that it's only pandering to "otakus", but let's pause for a second and discuss the word "otaku":
Dear Shin Megami Tensei fans:
You have NO idea of what an "Otaku" really is. I really hope you do find out one day, you ignorant and entitled cult of hipsters.
Some of the comments I found:
This game isn't being set in a post-apocalyptic world, so...go figure? However, having people deal with the struggles of bringing out their inner creativity and potential is not asinine because it fits in what he's saying, but this person lacks vision to see such a thing. Also, both anime and J-pop are a pretty big part of modern Japanese culture, plus, most Shin Megami Tensei games take place in present day Japan, and since the developers are trying something new by using Fire Emblem, why not explore a different theme? Also, the Devil Summoner series, also part of SMT, abandoned the post-apocalyptic world theme as well.
Here, this person is trying to make himself feel better because this is not what he expected from the game, so he says that Fire Emblem fans are not looking forward to this game.
The Persona series is still part of the Shin Megami Tensei series. And just because it's using anime elements, or is anime stylized, doesn't mean it will be like a Persona game. Hell, a ton of games are anime stylized, and it's a style that has been used in video games for a very long time now, even going as far back as the late 1980s (even predating the Tales franchise)! A HUGE difference there, and I don't think this person has noticed. As for the franchises having something to do with J-pop, Fire Emblem characters would stick out like a sore thumb in present day Tokyo, So, they made them into mirages that are drawn to certain characters and only these characters can see their real identities. This is present day Japan after all, plus the music industry is GIGANTIC there, so it makes sense to tie the two franchises together.
What I've learned is that just because a certain game has a certain title doesn't always mean it's aimed at existing fans. All people ever do is claim that Nintendo only rehashes their games and never puts out anything new, well, here's something different, and this person is whining like a 5-year old who didn't get what he wanted at the store, also basically saying to Nintendo and Atlus: "ANYTHING DIFFERENT YOU DO IS A F**K YOU TO US! F**K YOU, EAT SHIT AND DIE!" The hell? It's not what THIS person wanted, so according to him, it's BAD. Also, this person believes that Nintendo and Atlus tricked him and he also thinks that this game is "shitting" on both series legacies, claiming that Nintendo and Atlus don't care about the legacies of both series. Well, Nintendo and Atlus aren't tricking this person, and, well, they DON'T CARE? YOU DON'T SAY? Because that's why this game has been in development for around 3 years now, right? Shigeru Miyamoto once said that "a delayed game always turns out better than a broken/rushed game"...or something like that. Someone can find me the actual quote if they want to. When a developer creates a crossover between two franchises, it's to appeal to said fanbases of certain franchises, and what do they have to gain by not following that rule? Nothing. If Nintendo and Atlus were doing this at the expense of both series' legacies, they wouldn't have made this game to begin with. If they really did it just to make a quick buck, both companies would milk their most popular franchises to death like Activision. Also, Nintendo wouldn't have touched Fire Emblem anymore since it's one of their niche franchises, along with F-Zero and Star Fox. Awakening was the FIRST game in the series to break 1 million units sold, yet Fire Emblem has been around since 1990. Also, when it comes to SMT games, Persona 3, including it's re-releases, was the first game in the franchise to break 1 million, yet SMT has been around since 1992. They are THAT niche. People like this are hilarious to me. Of course there will be a great deal of elements in this game meant to cater to fans of both franchises.
F**KING. MOUTHBREATHERS. The reactions to this game from fans like these here are why Nintendo should not ever listen to these entitled "true fans." I'm glad these people aren't running a company that's been around for over a century...man, I sure have lost a lot of faith in the gaming community. After all, protest is basically masturbation, you only do it because it makes you feel better, and it accomplishes nothing more than that.
They're also like metal fans saying that Metallica is completing the way to commercialize metal music. I think it's safe to say that Shin Megami Tensei fans will think that Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem is marking the completion in the process to commercialize both franchises. You see, it's not like Shin Megami Tensei or Fire Emblem were commercialized before. The first two Shin Megami Tensei games on SNES, and Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon on NES? Must have been free, huh? Nintendo and Atlus are giving away all their shit correct? Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne on PS2 must be $0 a copy, right? It's ALL commercialized. There is no such thing as "less commercialized." You're either selling a product, or you're not. So how come Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem aren't as popular as big franchises like Mario? Because of the fans. Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem games could become popular, if it wasn't for all the infighting, and all the stupid perceptions once a game in the franchise does start gaining popularity. Shin Megami Tensei fans (and Fire Emblem fans to an extent) are almost as bad as Mega Man fans, who hate on Mega Man 7 and Mega Man 8 for being "different" from the rest of the series, yet the main complaint with the series is that every game is the same. I'm glad it didn't take the route the Shin Megami Tensei fans expected. I'd rather have a game crossover be unique and borrow elements from each game that mesh well, rather than just toss characters from one game into the world of the other game and try to make sense of it.
There have been a few games in both franchises that have managed to sell around 500,000-1 million copies, and also have Metacritic scores in the 80-90 range or above, such as Persona 3, Persona 4, Fire Emblem Awakening, Shin Megami Tensei IV, and Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor. But the second and third games are very well shunned by self-proclaimed "true" Shin Megami Tensei fans and "true" Fire Emblem fans and called "disgraces" (even though those games have received near universal acclaim from fans and critics alike, and in Fire Emblem: Awakening's case, Awakening is regarded as a great starter title by a lot of Fire Emblem diehards) while Persona 3, SMT IV and Devil Survivor just sort of died off in popularity before they had the chance to be called "disgraces."
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 (PS2, 2008)
"True" fans think that Shin Megami Tensei was "ruined" here.
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (3DS, 2014)
"Posers" think that Shin Megami Tensei was "ruined" here.
Persona 4 Golden (PSVita, 2012)
This is the captain of your high school football team's favorite new game.
Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS, 2012/2013)
"True" fans think that Fire Emblem was "ruined" here.
Fire Emblem Fates (3DS, 2015/2016)
"Posers" think that Fire Emblem was "ruined" here.
Satan forbid a game in the Shin Megami Tensei (or Fire Emblem) franchise try something new and becomes popular! They're worse than hipsters this way. Whenever a game in a certain franchise tries something new and becomes popular, according to them, immediately it sucks, and automatically the older games are better, then they've got to find something more obscure to like, and then they go make stupid comments about how both series are dead.
Getting back to SMT x FE, and how it "ruins" both Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem, how does it exactly do that? Does it cause your favorite games in the Shin Megami or Fire Emblem series to degrade in quality? Do classic titles from both series start disappearing? (*Beginning of Sarcasm*) Because of this game being announced, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, Shin Megami Tensei 1 & 2, and SMT Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers have been wiped from the planet and erased from everyone's minds. They never existed. The names of the games I just said mean nothing (*End of Sarcasm*). You know what's funny to me? Most Shin Megami games are about the apocalypse, the underworld, satanic rituals, and have all sorts of religious themes that revolve around Buddhism, Gnosticism, Christianity, along with involving demonic symbols like the Pentagram, and what scares you fans more than that is the irrational fear that this game is adding in a couple of anime and pop-culture related themes, along with adopting an anime art style that could hurt an entire franchise or two.
Tell me again how badass you guys are? Yeah... Yeah....
I'm not going to say very much for this blog as George from Super Bunnyhop pretty much does all the talking in this video, but I do want to say some things here. I know that a lot of you have been getting upset about YouTube's Content ID checks and so on, especially the ones that do Let's Plays and what have you, but, as I've said many times before, you shouldn't be blaming the game companies for all this. George here from Super Bunnyhop, I think, brings up some very good points and I do agree with most of them, plus the possible truth behind why YouTube has put up the Content ID checks, as Viacom has something to do with it. Well, just watch the rest of the video and you'll see what's up.