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by scotland
May 9th, 2015, 8:15 am
Forum: Classic Gaming
Topic: Why did the NES do so well in the US
Replies: 70
Views: 5085

Re: Why did the NES do so well in the US

Imagine if there was a system that combined all the best titles of the Spectrum, C64, Amstrad CPC, BBC Mico, etc, while filtering out much of the worst? With zero load times? Because that was the NES, to us. The importance of their monopoly on 3rd parties can't be overstated. If you wanted to play ...
by scotland
May 8th, 2015, 9:00 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: My daughter and I have gotten into Star Trek
Replies: 29
Views: 3235

Re: My daughter and I have gotten into Star Trek

Actually rewatching the MeTV episodes with one of my children. The enhanced special effects are done well, and pretty unobtrusive. Most of season 3 is disapppointing, but 1 and 2 quite good. The actress who played yeoman rand just passed away, leaving early in season 1 due to something ugly off set....
by scotland
May 8th, 2015, 11:27 am
Forum: Video Games General
Topic: Nintendo in theme parks
Replies: 3
Views: 299

Re: Nintendo in theme parks

I agree, which is why I suggested Legoland. These are new parks, just getting going, in search of an identity. Nintendo could be that identity. Lego has a few IPs of their own - chima, ninjago and the recent movie. The rest are licensed. A partnership with Nintendo would be awesome at the park, and ...
by scotland
May 8th, 2015, 11:18 am
Forum: Classic Gaming
Topic: Why did the NES do so well in the US
Replies: 70
Views: 5085

Re: Why did the NES do so well in the US

I appreciate the earnestness of the discussion. I do want to say I like the NES, paricularly games like Legend of Zelda or Bionic Commado, and I am not trying to denigrate the system or the company. So thanks to all for being respectful and tolerant. Its that we have three parallel gaming worlds in ...
by scotland
May 8th, 2015, 9:29 am
Forum: Video Games General
Topic: Nintendo in theme parks
Replies: 3
Views: 299

Nintendo in theme parks

Reading that Nintendo is working with Universal Studios Theme parks. Given a choice, I think Nintendo would work better with Lego Lands, which focus on younger families and would showcase and benefit both products well throughout the park. Mario and his pantheon would have been excellent there. We w...
by scotland
May 8th, 2015, 9:20 am
Forum: Classic Gaming
Topic: Gulf Between Arcades and Consoles
Replies: 36
Views: 2622

Re: Gulf Between Arcades and Consoles

I agree there has always been a gulf. The 2600 could not port a dedicated expensive arcade game made after it was, especially one using vector graphics, but it tried and did okay. Arcade machines could have specialized controllers a home console will never have, like a hang on motorcycle. Even a sim...
by scotland
May 8th, 2015, 8:31 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever
Replies: 4
Views: 403

Re: The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever

Don't rush out for Mordants Need. It really could have been a single book, the villain may as well be called Snidley Whiplash as he is right out of some melodrama, the protagonist is not just weak willed but weakly created, etc. It seemed like he was writing because he was building on his success, a...
by scotland
May 8th, 2015, 6:16 am
Forum: Classic Gaming
Topic: Why did the NES do so well in the US
Replies: 70
Views: 5085

Re: Why did the NES do so well in the US

You cannot say that the home computers were both niche and participants in the crash. Its one or the other. Nintendo did do what Tramiel predicted to a large extent, having a mass market Asian product in the famicom ready for the US market, the only difference being a retail perception of gaming as ...
by scotland
May 7th, 2015, 10:03 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever
Replies: 4
Views: 403

Re: The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever

I have read the 1st and 2nd chronicles, my friend. They are a great counterpoint to Tolkien and his imitators, like Terry Brooks' Shannara. The protagonist is an unlikeable anti hero, sick in body and soul, in a fantasy world that is also not coincidentally sick in body and soul. His story begins wi...
by scotland
May 7th, 2015, 9:45 pm
Forum: Classic Gaming
Topic: Why did the NES do so well in the US
Replies: 70
Views: 5085

Re: Why did the NES do so well in the US

I actually didn't realize the C64 was that cheap, but I'd wager that most people didn't think of Commodore computers as serious productivity machines, so the analogy with modern computers might get lost in the comparison. Here is a quote from a history of Commodore: Tramiel knew that the way to bea...

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