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panbient responded to Darkedone02 comment in
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Nintendo have pulled Super Mario 64 Online creator’s Patreon and Youtube videosNintendo have pulled Super Mario 64 Online creator’s Patreon and Youtube videos
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You can't stop modding and creativity nintendo, expectually when it comes down to your games when people, expectantly older games that you should no longer care, can do whatever the fuck they please.
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Right. People can do whatever they want. But that doesn't change the fact that Copyright, Trademark, and Intellectual Property laws exist for a reason. Nintendo - out of all game companies has one of the strictest reputations in regards to maintaining control over their IPs.


If they start allowing some mods to persist then it sets a precedent for other modders to start profiting off their original works at the cost of their own profits. And while it might seem like they're taking their time addressing this, legal matters generally don't move very quickly.


It's almost like businesses primarily exist to profit rather than provide...


As far as I can tell the only real value to modding a Nintendo property like this is to get this kind of publicity when the totally inevitable (unless you're willfully ignorant) legal challenge shuts down the project then parlaying the skills and ability demonstrated into an actual industry job. Though at the same time, this also demonstrates a blatant disregard for IP laws which could easily appear as a risk to a potential employer.


I mean really, given the vast amount of other games that actually encourage modding choosing to spend any amount of time on a Nintendo property seems incredibly foolish to me.

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Free-for-a-day promotion gains Mirage: Arcane Warfare over a million ownersFree-for-a-day promotion gains Mirage: Arcane Warfare over a million owners
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I wonder how many of those million new users are people like me who just tag any free offer to their account. It's not that I'm not interested in trying, it's that I've got a large backlog and limited hard drive space.
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The offline QuakeCon: how a broken internet connection brought PC gamers togetherThe offline QuakeCon: how a broken internet connection brought PC gamers together
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Gee... it's almost like there's a much MUCH higher priority event happening elsewhere in the state of Texas that still impacted Dallas (albeit far, far, less dramatically than the Houston area).

Also a far more appropriate thing to broadcast onto the wall of a Quake event would have been "Remember when you didn't need the internet to play multiplayer on a LAN?"Reply
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Yeah seriously, always have to love when we do something worse now than we did in the past.

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3 Weeks ago
Upcoming PC gamesUpcoming PC games
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Please archive and catalog these type of compilation articles (upcoming, best free, best MMO etc.)

They're great and all, but a "Fall 2017" version rather than an update to the most recent iteration would make for a clearer read (especially regarding comments). Linking back to previous iterations of the article would still allow readers to look back on past overviews as well as give a sense of industry accomplishment (and to see how many times Star Citizen gets listed).
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panbient responded to Darkedone02 comment in
3 Weeks ago
Is dabbing ok? Videogame Twitter accounts have extremely serious debateIs dabbing ok? Videogame Twitter accounts have extremely serious debate
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apparently your reading the old dictionary, the new one will come out here soon by the end of this new year to include the new meaning of the word "dabbing". Kappa

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So where you seem to know what this newest iteration of 'dabbing' means can you please explain it to the rest of us considering the article doesn't.

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panbient commented on
1 Month ago
Why are games so bad at sex? We ask an expertWhy are games so bad at sex? We ask an expert
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“But if we look over the last few years especially, we’ve seen this real broadening in understanding of what having sex actually means, and people have started to focus more on the pleasure and the fantasy.”

How insular and self-focused does a person need to be to make a statement like that? Sure, media standards have relaxed over the last few years but attitudes have been changing for, well, pretty much ever.

What about the whole 'free love' movement of the 60s?
The reputation of so many rock bands from the 70s and 80s having orgies with groupies after shows? Grand Funk Railroad has an urban legend of a full-on 3 day group sesssion.
All of Kinsey research in the 40s?
The Marquis de Sade in the mid 1700s?

To make a statement like our social perception and attitudes regarding sex have been broadening dramatically over the last few years is like a teenager thinking their generation invented oral sex.
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Silentius responded to panbient's comment in
2 Months ago
Musician sues Bethesda for using music in "morally indefensible" Fallout 4 advertMusician sues Bethesda for using music in "morally indefensible" Fallout 4 advert
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But... Dion is the plaintiff and Bethesda is the defendant...

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Yeah, my point - poorly made I must say - is that the plaintiff (Dion) has noticed that the defendent (Bethesda) has made oodles of cash and is seeking his piece of the pie on a trumped up basis... I'm a cynic at heart.

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2 Months ago
Why Warframe is going open-world with Plains of Eidolon, and what it means for the futureWhy Warframe is going open-world with Plains of Eidolon, and what it means for the future
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Seriously? 7 Articles in a row for the same game all within an hour?

Are you all going on holidays next week hahahah?Reply
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Nah, they just had a warframe specific convention so the devs were talking a lot about upcoming stuff.

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brjann responded to panbient's comment in
2 Months ago
Stop waiting for Red Dead Redemption 2 - the best western shootout sim is already on PCStop waiting for Red Dead Redemption 2 - the best western shootout sim is already on PC
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Calling this game a "western shootout sim" is like calling Mario Kart a real world racing sim.

The Steamworld games are great fun (on the 3ds) but not at all any sort of sim, and don't provide the kind of depth a PC gaming sim fan would expect. They're super fun casual console games and little else. They don't even get a physical commercial release (eShop / digital only).Reply
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Hi! :) You're right that there's no physical release for PC, but we actually released a combo called SteamWorld Collection for PS4 and [sic] Wii U. So not entirely digital - and hopefully we can release more for physical retail down the line.

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monkeyfritz responded to panbient's comment in
3 Months ago
Paradox offer free games to those who bought during the price hikeParadox offer free games to those who bought during the price hike
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These days? No one has liked price hikes EVER. People have been making the same complaints about the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer for literal centuries now.

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And the rich are a lot richer than when they started a few centuries ago.

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panbient replied to 9 questions on the DG2: Defense Grid 2 Review
9 Months ago
DG2: Defense Grid 2 review snippet Does the setting of DG2: Defense Grid 2 feel original?
As original as any other post-apocalyptic / dystopian future in a sci-fi game.
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panbient replied to 12 questions on the SimCity™ 4 Deluxe Edition Review
10 Months ago
SimCity™ 4 Deluxe Edition review snippet How hard is it to make money in SimCity™ 4 Deluxe Edition?
The underlying economic model isn't super complex. Industrial zones create jobs, Residential zones provide housing, and Commercial zones maximize the profits from the Industry. Just don't spend all your money at once while the game is paused.
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11 Months ago
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II review snippet How does Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II compare to other Warhammer 40K games?
It's a departure from the earlier Dawn of War titles in that there's no base building at all in the single player campaign. It's all about controlling 4 hero units / squads in a cover based RTS.
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panbient replied to 4 questions on the Drox Operative Review
11 Months ago
Drox Operative review snippet How does Drox Operative run on your PC?
It's an older title as such it runs fine on my old system (2010-ish). The game also runs fine in Big Picture mode but the text is a bit small on a TV. Steam Controller is functional as well but this plays better with mouse and keyboard.
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panbient replied to 7 questions on the Grim Dawn Review
1 Year ago
Grim Dawn review snippet Does Grim Dawn feel grindy?
It starts feeling a bit grindy after the 2nd playthrough. But for the most part the action is fluid enough that you don't notice it. Very rarely find myself staring at cooldown boxes rather than the action on screen.
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panbient replied to 8 questions on the Dungeon of the Endless Review
1 Year ago
Dungeon of the Endless review snippet Why does Dungeon of the Endless feel retro?
It absolutely does not feel retro. This is a modern tower defense game with heroes added to the mix and a novel room / power mechanic to control the rate and difficulty of the mobs. The pixel art style is definitely 'neo-retro' looking but that only seems to make the game feel more modern to me.
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panbient replied to a question on the Battlestation: Harbinger Review
1 Year ago
Battlestation: Harbinger review snippet What are gamers first impressions of Battlestation: Harbinger
Absolutely. It's basically FTL + Space Pirates and Zombies + somehow relaxing. Also plays nicely with a Steam Controller / Big Picture mode.
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