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Comic 145: Meeting PC -4


So yeah, after PC left the others aren't too happy about what they heard

Sony's comment, by the way, is based on this


by Ajax at 14th Nov 2017, 12:16 AM

And thus balance is restored. Nintendo is often mocked and derided, but at the same time, she still makes great games and great systems, even if people are a little slow to recognize it sometimes. After all, she's been in the business continuously longer than everyone else still competing. Ma she go on to make more consoles.

I'm afraid to say though I'm seeing less and less reasons for Xbox to still be around though. Microsoft seems to be switching most of their market to PC.

Also, assuming Nintendo sells all 30 million Switches next year and keeping that momentum, I could see them conceivably catching up to Sony by 2019 and perhaps even surpassing them, especially with the news that they may have broken into the Chinese market.

by Zanreo at 16th Nov 2017, 4:59 PM

Yeah, Xboc should probably keep more exclusives if they want Xbox to be more appealing... and I bet Nintendo will manage to keep selling those Switches

by NeilKapit at 15th Nov 2017, 3:47 AM

..."But PlayLink!"

by NeilKapit at 15th Nov 2017, 3:47 AM

..."But PlayLink!"

by MadJak91 at 15th Nov 2017, 9:14 PM

And yet said bosses seem to happily lalalala around the actual issue of what is going to be detrimental to the industry. Their practices as of late.
The decline in things I see are just costumers who are tired of the same issues repeating themselves the last couple of years and the way games are delivered. Hm.

Also.... Maybe it is just me but I see it like this:
Nintendo games are played by adults while kids play the violent Sony games, LMAO :D

by Ajax at 16th Nov 2017, 2:26 PM

Darn straight.

by Zanreo at 16th Nov 2017, 5:00 PM

heh, true... I guess some kids/young teens are worried about doing anything that might be seen as "childish"? But adults who play games (which as a whole is considered a "childish" activity by some) care less about that? hmm

by Ajax at 25th Jan 2018, 2:06 AM

The way I look at it is that the mark of adulthood is being able to enjoy childish things without caring what other people might think of you. I think CS Lewis put it best with this quote:

“Critics who treat 'adult' as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence. And in childhood and adolescence they are, in moderation, healthy symptoms. Young things ought to want to grow. But to carry on into middle life or even into early manhood this concern about being adult is a mark of really arrested development. When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.”

by Zanreo at 25th Jan 2018, 11:46 PM

Yep, very true, and I agree

by Ajax at 17th Nov 2017, 1:26 PM

So EA is under investigation by several European governments for predatory practices. Finally they’re sitting up and taking notice. Hoping EA finally gets the comeuppance he deserves for pushing out a game where you need to pay $2000 to get everything in the game in a $60 game where not paying puts you at a horrific disadvantage.

by MadJak91 at 17th Nov 2017, 10:12 PM

The recent BF2 incident was a huge fiasco but let's not kid ourselves. Unfortunately, companies just test and treat consumers like idiots to check with how much they can get away with.
Their talk about being "saddened" is just well, talk, and they are just going to revise their loot box practice instead of getting rid of it. They are not sorry at all. They are just noting how far they can go before it becomes another standard people are OK with before going once again even farther.

by Ajax at 18th Nov 2017, 1:17 AM

The optimist in me wants to see EA get hit with hundreds of thousands in fines and go down in ignominy. The cynic in me knows that they’ll just continue to screw over the gamer. And the problem is the dudebros just wat their games up.

Economics says that humans will usually act in their own self interest, thus creating a Darwinian situation where those whose practices are excessively anti consumer are forced to dial it down.

That’s a load of BS, I say. You can sell anything to anyone so long as you dress it up pretty and sucker them away from just how much they’ll be getting screwed by anti consumer practices.

I can only hope that ol’ Abe Lincoln is right on one thing. “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and you can fool all of the people some of the time, but you’ll never fool all of the people all of the time.”

by MadJak91 at 19th Nov 2017, 9:17 PM

Can only agree.

In the end, everything exists because consumers allowed it at some point. That is how it is and that is how it should be. Voting with wallets does not happen often and when it happens, it only lessens the impact while the core is revised by corporations and used in another way later when people become a bit more used to it.

But it is never about what "we" want. Take a look at the movie industry. Chinese audience ALONE can generate as much money as well, most of the world combined so they do not need to continue doing it for us, just for those who pay. And once we have nothing, we will adjust.
That is what happened to anime in my opinion as well. The so called otakus are the paying force so that is what is coming out the past few years. But I guess it is not my right to say anything. Definitely not.

by Koshi at 19th Nov 2017, 10:28 PM

I think dunkey put it best.
Nintendo doesn't understand marketing, they don't understand how to run a business, but what they do know how to do is make video games. Really really really fucking well.

by Ajax at 20th Nov 2017, 1:10 PM

I think that’s hardly fair. They’ve been doing a better job at marketing with the Switch.

by Koshi at 25th Nov 2017, 9:16 PM

That is very true.
I think that was mostly related to the Wii U though.

by Ajax at 27th Nov 2017, 1:29 AM

And so far they haven't sold their soul to the devi-I mean EA. So that counts for something.

Also they didn't let Microsoft buy them out

3:39 on this video:

by Zanreo at 25th Jan 2018, 11:41 PM

Huh, didn't know that! Might have to look more into that for later....

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