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Nintendo Direct Bombshell
Nintendo Direct unveiled a bunch of big announcements the other day, the highlights being a HD remake of Wind Waker, announcement of a new Zelda, a new Yoshi's Story game, a new 3D Mario game, a new Mario Kart game, and a new Smash Bros game to be unveiled at E3 this year. Other info like a possible sequel to Xenoblades, updates on Bayonetta 2, and a forthcoming WiiU firmware update that'll alleviate some of the sluggish load times and unlock the Virtual Console (as well as the announcement that Gamecube games and GBA games will be possibly sold in the eShop).

Quite a lot of info, but here's my question. Why is everyone surprised at it? I've lived through every console generation with Nintendo and I can honestly say, a lot of this wasn't really a surprise to me. Like, yeah of course they're gonna make a new Smash Bros, Mario Kart, and 3D Mario game. It's friggin' Nintendo. Why is that a surprise? It's not like those are second tier franchises like Metroid or Star Fox which may or may not get a console release... they're THE BIGGEST franchises Nintendo owns and we're only 2 months into the WiiU's launch. Of course we're gonna get those games.

Are the people freaking out just really young and don't understand how console generations work? Or did people honestly think Nintendo of all companies wouldn't milk their franchises for all their worth?

On Copyrights
It's taken a while but I have come to terms with the fact that I can't dictate where my content gets posted online. 9gag, Reddit, Memebase, tumblr, etc. If people like something I do, they're gonna share it with friends with or without my permission.

In the past I used to get annoyed at this (especially after seeing what happened to theoatmeal when he requested his stuff be taken off a lol website), but these days I just don't care. Trying to maintain a semblance of control on every work of art I've created is both a full time job and also limits the ability to gain new fans.

So these days I'm pretty much chill with whatever you want to do. If you wanna post my art anywhere or use it for a project, by all means be my guest. I only request that if you are gonna post my art somewhere at least give me credit or a link to the original source. As long as you aren't making gobs of money off it, I really don't care where my stuff ends up... Unless it's DA cuz my art is already here on DA and there's no earthly reason to repost my stuff here.

We cool on that?

Science Proves Trolls Ruin Everything!
Fun little article over on escapistmagazine.com. We all know trolls cause a problem, but now we have SCIENCE to back it up! www.escapistmagazine.com/news/…

Found the article quite fascinating, especially this little snippet:

Everyone who read a rude or derogatory comment quickly became more secure in their original beliefs. Most interestingly, the troll's stated opinion had no effect on the reader's reactions; it was the hostility itself that made everyone less rational. To scientists, this behavior bears a strong resemblance to the theory of motivated reasoning, which states that humans are emotional first and rational second. This means that if you're presented with a balanced and well-reasoned idea, you'll probably ignore the details if someone is hurling out inflammatory comments nearby.

Can't say I'm surprised, but it is comforting to know the science behind it!
  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: Sidescrollers
  • Watching: King of the Hill
  • Playing: Harvest Moon 3D: A New Beginning
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Flyffel Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Student
"Are the people freaking out just really young and don't understand how console generations work? Or did people honestly think Nintendo of all companies wouldn't milk their franchises for all their worth?"
Eh? They said even in the ND that it should not be a surprise.
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Ardhamon Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
The Nintendo thing caught me by surprise. I loved the fact a new Yoshi game is coming out as well as a Fire Emblem and Shin Megami Tensei crossover. I also love the fact that Earthbound is finally getting a Virtual Console release in Japan as well as this big announcement that the creator of the mother series is making.
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Paladin343 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's actually utterly fascinating. I am so bringing that up in psych class first chance I get.

Also I think it's a shock to people because, yes, people don't really get console generations. I'm not quite old enough to have lived through all of Nintendo (no offense intended), but being limited by money and ethics to emulated SNES and GBA games (I swear, I'd get 'em legal if I could), and seeing the people around me, I can get it. It happens everywhere. Introduce something too different too soon and people don't want it, unless it appeals to the perfect and sizeable niche of people who didn't already have something they're familiar with. That's a huge crapshoot.

Therefore, big businesses with successful franchises have no reason to do anything too terribly different-- too different and they lose their fanbase, and there's no guarantee they'll pick up enough new people to justify. Their best bet is in sequel after sequel after sequel.

However, that's a shock to people (in either the OH YAY NEW INSERT-FRANCHISE GAME sense or the Wait, Seriously, More of the Same, Whoda Thunk? sense) because for the former, they haven't gotten to the point where they're tired of the same old thing recycled, and may never. Good for them, on such foundations are franchises built and maintained.

The second set of people are shocked because... Possibly because there has been a lot of innovation, recently, in the independent-game crowd, and thanks to the internet, those games are much more widely available to a general audience. And that general audience (barring our beloved Franchise Foundation group) has discovered that they like innovation. So looking back on, say, a new MarioKart-- there's only so many ways you can drive a virtual car, so many places you can put a car, so many hazards you can hit or bonuses you can get. There's very little innovation in that.

So the shock comes from a mix of not understanding supply and demand (you outlined that pretty well) and the conflict in a business between the safe course and the fun course.
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Flyffel Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Student
You cann get SNES games legal on a Wii, you can get a Wii for like $40 nowadays...
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Paladin343 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That assumes that I have forty dollars to spend on something like that. Sorry, I've considered all my options.
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Flyffel Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Student
You don't have 40 spare dollars? ô-o
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Paladin343 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
College student living off campus with an old, used car that runs on premium gas. Need I say more?
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Sarru-san Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
I didn't know of the theory of "motivated reasoning"! =0
I've just thought for a long time that it's common sense. xD
Even if you're making a valid point, if you're being a snide jackass about it, no one is going to listen.
They're just going to pick up "This guy is being an asshole" and go with that.
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woohooligan Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Mmm... yeah, first time I'd heard the term "motivated reasoning", but that's in keeping with previous studies on the subject of polarization.
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Kapten-N Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
So trolls are the reason that religion is not yet dead on Internet.
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