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Its like "the new iPhone" and "the new iPad" before apple decided on switching to a number based system for their portable devices. They still do the same thing with their computers though, so Nintendo isn't the first one to do this.

Anonymous

Actually nvm, it was iPad -> iPad 2 -> “the new iPad” -> “the new iPad” (again) -> iPad Air. Oh, and it doesn’t help that they’re still selling the iPad 2 at the same time as the 3rd gen iPad so people got confused and thought the 2nd gen was newer.

I’m not quite sure what point you’re trying to make.

Nintendo said in an earnings call early this year or late last year that they wanted to adopt a more smartphone-style release schedule. Less huge generational gaps, more small incremental upgrades closer together.

This seems like the first step down that path.

That’s… all?

So with Shulk in smash bros now, are you going to try our Xenoblade Chronicles?

Anonymous

Well, I mean, it didn’t take Smash Bros. to make me interested in Xenoblade Chronicles. It’s more that… Xenoblade is a 70+ hour RPG.

RPGs became things I finish on portables. Console RPGs are a lot more difficult for me to get through because it feels like there are a lot of distractions bearing down on me.

For example,  when I went through Earthbound last year, it’s because my computer was out of commission for almost a week and I had to find other ways to occupy my time. Same reason I beat Twilight Princess, and even then, it took me 75 hours because I had an (awful, crappy, slow, dying) laptop next to me.

It’s not impossible, though. GTAV took me a good 50-60 hours, but I still managed to finish it. I’ve been getting a lot better at actually, like… finishing games.

But generally, portables come with me in places where I can’t be distracted by Youtube or emails or chats with friends, so I end up focusing on them a lot more singularly.

Still, knowing how I trudge through games, Xenoblade would probably last me well over 100 hours, and I don’t know that I can spend 100+ hours on just one game. I have so many other games I should probably get to, first.

I agree with what you're saying, but it still has regular SD support as well and Micro SD support.

Anonymous

Does it? Tinycartridge’s post seems to suggest that it’s MicroSD or bust:

It also now uses Micro SDs instead of SD cards.

If you look at the image of the underside of the device, there’s not a whole lot of room in that slot for anything but a MicroSD.

So Nintendo announced a “New 3DS”. And like, that’s actually the name. The New 3DS.

And, man… I am not feelin’ this. Well, I mean, I am, but I’m feeling it in a way that makes this seem more gross than anything else. I feel gross that I want one, because I shouldn’t need one.

I don’t like the position of the second analog nub. Nintendo’s had a serious ergonomics problems lately (the 3DS’s d-pad is in a really bad spot, the d-pad on the Wii and Gamecube were super tiny and uncomfortable, etc.) so to see this second analog nub just sort of… awkwardly jammed in next to the face buttons doesn’t look comfortable in the slightest.

Nor do the ZR/ZL buttons. The 3DS shoulder buttons, like the DS’s shoulder buttons, aren’t the easiest things in the world for me to hit, so asking me to extend my finger even further along the ridge of the console sounds like maximum discomfort.

And then comes the news that they’re switching from SD cards to MicroSD. So you’ll probably have to buy all new storage for your New 3DS. I know I will.

And the color coded buttons to suggest that, hey, we know you wanted SNES games on the 3DS Virtual Console, so give us another $150 for what you expected three years ago.

And… no, Nintendo. I expected better of you, even with your weird, dated, draconian idiosyncrasies. Don’t just haphazardly slap stuff on to a system that should’ve been designed for it originally.

If this is the first step in Nintendo moving towards an “iPhone-like release schedule” like they mentioned in that earnings call last year, it’s not the most solid foot forward.

Does The Simpsons crossover with Family Guy weird you out? Because watching a clip, it's like I can hear the writers of both shows arguing over the middle ground on humour. :(

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I think it’s probably supposed to feel that way on purpose. The episode does apparently devolve in to a fight between Peter and Homer, so it’s meant to be a bit oil vs. water.

I just think it’s an example of the state of things. Family Guy has no shame, and The Simpsons is clinging to whatever scrap of relevance they can find.

It’s just… so… lame. I don’t even know if I made it all the way through the Comic-con clip or whatever. And Fox is treating it with all of this reverence, like it’s these two colossal juggernauts coming together, when it just feels like the last gasp of desperation to me.

And it’s like, okay, sure, yeah. The Simpsons have done crossovers before. The idea of a crossover is fine. But… I haven’t met a single person who still likes Family Guy since its resurrection, like, jeeze, what… 9 years ago?

It’s so weird to watch pre-cancelation Family Guy, because there’s like, actual jokes! And no cutaways! And maybe that’s why it got canceled, because it was too directly copying The Simpsons, but jeeze, New Family Guy wore out its welcome years and years and years ago. There’s not a lot to the formula.

And maybe even that contributed to what happened to The Simpsons, because for a while there, New Family Guy was pulling in amazing ratings. The Simpsons probably felt pressured to keep up with Family Guy. Things got dumber, and wackier, and more random, until the heart of the show crumbled and blew away in the wind.

So no, it doesn’t weird me out, it just makes me intensely sad that it’s come to this.

So here’s something I’ve been meaning to scan for at least a week, probably more like two or three weeks.
This is a picture I drew in 1998. I was 15, maybe 14. The “End Game" arc for Archie’s Sonic the Hedgehog comic had probably just come to a close. Can you guess where some of the inspiration for this image came from?
As of this year, this image is old enough to drive.
If you can believe it, this actually used to be hanging up in my room for many, many years. I think it might’ve actually been on my bedroom door for most of that. Since being taken down, it’s just sort of been shuffled around my room, not really being taken care of.
So… yeah!

So here’s something I’ve been meaning to scan for at least a week, probably more like two or three weeks.

This is a picture I drew in 1998. I was 15, maybe 14. The “End Game" arc for Archie’s Sonic the Hedgehog comic had probably just come to a close. Can you guess where some of the inspiration for this image came from?

As of this year, this image is old enough to drive.

If you can believe it, this actually used to be hanging up in my room for many, many years. I think it might’ve actually been on my bedroom door for most of that. Since being taken down, it’s just sort of been shuffled around my room, not really being taken care of.

So… yeah!

Also, apparently at Wal-Mart they're selling a classic Sonic doge shit that, among other things, has "much sanic", "gotta go fast" and "blaze it" on it. Is SEGA trying to target the internet dweeb/stoner audience now because, I don't know anymore?

Anonymous

as in “420 blaze it”

They’ve been doing this for a while now. A few months ago Sega tweeted like, “WE’RE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT SONIC SHIRTS AND HATS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT SPENCERS

I browsed their selection of other stuff and it’s all the worst, most stereotypical frat rat garbage about smoking weed, being drunk, etc. They also sell sex toys.

Which, I mean, I knew Spencers was weird (we had a few brick and mortar locations around here years ago) but, jeeze. The context is completely different now that highschool is a distant memory.

Like, you’re proud to have your products listed next to this stuff, huh?

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So, I dunno. I guess Sega wants to cater to 19 year olds who finally have their first taste of freedom and use it to look like insufferable assholes.

All that kind of stuff does is make me think of like, episodes of The Simpsons where they’re going through the attic or the garage and they find some old dusty box full of stuff the kids aren’t familiar with

20 years from now some idiot’s going to dust off a box and his son’s gonna look at a hat he bought from Spencers and go, “Dad, what’s ‘trillest’ mean?

What do you think about Amazon buying twitch - is it a good thing or a bad thing? Will this lead to the showing of professional esports on major TV networks like espn? Personally, I'm starting to think TV networks aren't necessary for that industry to grow and turn into a huge juggernaut.

It’s hard to say because Amazon’s never really been in a space like this before where it’s serving user-generated content of this type at this scale. It basically makes Amazon a Youtube competitor, in a sense.

You’re absolutely right that TV isn’t necessary for those. TV’s kind of a dying art. More and more people watch their shows on Hulu or Netflix than they do live, and with Amazon launching their Fire TV device they could be getting in to a position to push Twitch streams out to a lot more people a lot more easily.

And they’re going to do it, too. Gaming is a big market Amazon’s trying to break in to now from multiple angles. I don’t expect they’re going to give up terribly easily.

The only thing that worries me is that Amazon is kind of a territorial company. The entire reason Amazon’s never accepted Paypal payments is because Paypal is owned by Ebay, and Ebay is Amazon’s biggest competitor. They don’t want any money, even a little bit, going to Ebay. Similarly, they don’t support any of the Google payment stuff.

Amazon could cut the cord on things like exporting streams to Youtube in favor of trying to keep viewers watching video on Twitch, and seeing Twitch ads. They certainly have the technology backbone to handle storing the millions of hours of video Twitch will no doubt generate.

Only time will tell, I guess.

Hey! i was looking for a free font similar to camcorder font family, and your font was the closest i could find, but the link isn't working. Do you have any other link you could share?

That’s weird. It’s working just fine for me. But yeah, sure, here’s a Mediafire link:

http://www.mediafire.com/download/z3vexbfvvcghlgl/VCRfont.zip

I’ll update the main post with this link, too.

You can play Destiny without Gold/PS+, you just can't party up or do the PvP without it.

That’s kind of weird. Like, I figured there would probably be a non-subscription mode, but the fact that you still connect to a server and can do whatever is… just… weird.