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@  Pennpenn : (22 October 2018 - 01:57 AM)

Given that by the time we're up to in the story Functionalism had been dead for millions of years and many of the people around were made during and for the war, it's probably more likely that "sports car shaped thing" was an easy to make alt mode for expendable troops.

@  MEDdMI : (21 October 2018 - 09:52 PM)

maybe there's underground demolition derbies too

@  Locoman : (21 October 2018 - 09:25 PM)

Every single sports car was one of those two jobs? Considering how many there seem to be....

@  RichardT1977 : (21 October 2018 - 07:34 PM)

Athletic Entertainment

@  TheMightyMol... : (21 October 2018 - 03:32 PM)

It's mentioned in one issue that Bumblebee was a courier. The only other fast cars I can remember seeing in Functionist times were Blur and a couple of Stunticons, as racers.

@  SG Roadbuster : (21 October 2018 - 12:14 PM)

i figured the sports cars were either racers or couriers.

@  Nevermore : (21 October 2018 - 12:13 PM)

Upper Class. They're clearly not made for manual labor.

@  Locoman : (21 October 2018 - 12:09 PM)

Functionism only really makes sense for certain alternate modes like mining or construction equipment; where do things like sports cars fit in?

@  Xellos : (21 October 2018 - 11:51 AM)

At least in the movies they can switch to a (similar) alt mode at will, it seems. Especially if they want to sell more toys per movie.

@  wonko the sane? : (21 October 2018 - 10:44 AM)

They are a race of adaptive machines. Maybe they were expected to change themselves to fit the role?

@  RichardT1977 : (21 October 2018 - 10:06 AM)

IDW-verse discrimination still made more sense than the backstory in TF: Exodus, where everyone's caste was assigned seemingly at random with no regard for their aptitudes (altmode or otherwise)

@  MEDdMI : (21 October 2018 - 07:55 AM)

Lost Light is good too, so far.

@  MEDdMI : (21 October 2018 - 07:54 AM)

I'm not terribly into Transformers in general, but I did mostly enjoy the More Than Meets The Eye series.

@  Nevermore : (21 October 2018 - 05:11 AM)

Which has been in the state constitution since 1946, but was never actually executed according to documents, and is currently not in effect because the German federal constitution, which takes priority over state constitution, has banned the death penalty back in 1949.

@  Nevermore : (21 October 2018 - 05:09 AM)

Huh. So next weekend, when the German state of Hesse will have its state election, there will also be a ballot about changing the state constitution... and one of the proposed changes will be abolishing the death penalty.

@  Waspinator : (21 October 2018 - 03:44 AM)

I really need to read those comics

@  Pennpenn : (21 October 2018 - 03:28 AM)

Up to and including the fact that certain alternate modes could end up being classified as "surplus to requirements" and systematically murdered.

@  Pennpenn : (21 October 2018 - 03:26 AM)

And in IDW comics where it is/was literally a form of apartheid where your alternate mode pretty much dictated how you were treated by society, what jobs you could pursue, pretty much everything.

@  Waspinator : (21 October 2018 - 02:24 AM)

We do get hints of that from time to time in Transformers, with stuff like some jets acting smug towards cars and whatnot.

@  RichardT1977 : (20 October 2018 - 08:10 PM)

"No shotgun of Mine is going to marry a rocket launcher" sounds like something that Targetmasters (or WFC Siege Micromasters) might say...

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (20 October 2018 - 08:06 PM)

The characters are actually kinda nice. Sure a bunch of them are from New Jersey, but you get a few aliens too.. But if you do that, you might want to go digital delux verisons.

@  Xellos : (20 October 2018 - 06:38 PM)

My only issue is that the aside from Fox, the looks of the characters are kinda bland. If anything, I'll at least get it on Black Friday, as they almost always have deals on the toys to life stuff.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (20 October 2018 - 06:07 PM)

Well I can tell you, if you are going physical version because you want the toys. The Switch version has the best Ship mount as you just slide the joycons into it. The PS4 ship mount is wired. The game itself is very good in my opionion. In some ways it starts to turn into an RTS without being an RTS. You've got to start focus on keeping your planets from being taken back over. It has a LOT to do. It does have some repitive missions, because well, trying to let you level up all pilots and ships and such. The switch version -ALSO- has starfox only missions and the characters are incorporated into the story.

@  Xellos : (20 October 2018 - 06:03 PM)

How is Starlink anyways? Been thinking of getting the Switch version for StarFox, which is quite unusal for me, as I almost always pick the PS4 versions (favorite controller and I already have so many Trophys on it).

@  Waspinator : (20 October 2018 - 05:42 PM)

No shotgun of mine is going to marry a rocket launcher!

@  TheMightyMol... : (20 October 2018 - 05:22 PM)

Should they be allowed to marry outside of their own caliber?

@  Waspinator : (20 October 2018 - 05:18 PM)

I'm conflicted on the subject of marriage rights for shotguns.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (20 October 2018 - 03:24 PM)

You say, "Damn it, what do you think this is, a shotgun wedding?"

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (20 October 2018 - 03:23 PM)

What do you do if someone wants to bring their concealed-carry to your American wedding?

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (20 October 2018 - 01:58 PM)

Benbot, I was streaming the PS4 version of Starlink

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (20 October 2018 - 01:25 PM)

Ergo their reporting will have its own slant on the facts as they choose, not the most neutral way possible.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (20 October 2018 - 01:24 PM)

I find it sad to realize that the prestigious New York Times which I trusted a lot as a kid in fact has its own editorial agenda.

@  Nevermore : (20 October 2018 - 01:20 PM)

The end result is NOT that stupid bullshit gets equal coverage as reasonable arguments. That would be problematic in itself (the "false balance" bias), but the provlem is that the controversial stupid bullshit gets MORE coverage than the reasonable arguments.

@  Nevermore : (20 October 2018 - 01:17 PM)

The media doesn't want to miss the opportunity to report on a controversy, and as a consequence makes sure that the controversial statements reach an audience.

@  Nevermore : (20 October 2018 - 01:17 PM)

Because they realized that saying controversial shit is guaranteed to get coverage.

@  Nevermore : (20 October 2018 - 01:16 PM)

It's the same here in Germany. Our right-wing moron party is still a political minority, yet they succeed in driving the topics the media keeps reporting.

@  Nevermore : (20 October 2018 - 01:15 PM)

The main problem was that Trump was banking on controversy, and the media was reporting controversy because it gave them ratings.

@  Nevermore : (20 October 2018 - 01:15 PM)

"Fairness" was not the media's main problem.

@  wonko the sane? : (20 October 2018 - 11:40 AM)

Holy fish! Second life is still a thing?!?!

@  Benbot : (20 October 2018 - 08:32 AM)

What were you streaming, Silverclaw?

@  Shrug : (20 October 2018 - 05:28 AM)

Russian interference should have been fighting an uphill battle, but as far as I'm concerned we gave them a head start.

@  Shrug : (20 October 2018 - 05:23 AM)

I disagree with Hillary being a good choice to run against Trump. Plenty of mixed feelings about her long before 2016 within our own party. When the DNC has to rig it's own primaries to get their chosen candidate running, maybe you shouldn't expect an easy landslide at the actual election.

@  Pennpenn : (20 October 2018 - 05:20 AM)

It would have also helped if the US was also an actualy democracy where the candidate who gets the most votes wins, but hey.

@  Rycochet : (20 October 2018 - 04:42 AM)

You helped destroy western democracy, but hey, at least no-one can accuse you of bias... Oh wait, they did, still do, and are going to keep doing so as long as you report facts.

@  Rycochet : (20 October 2018 - 04:39 AM)

Hillary was a good choice to run against Trump, the big problem was the media crawling all over themselves to try and push the idea of fairness, and threw her under the bus to do so. Any hint of impropriety was treated as being exactly the same as actual proven criminal acts by Trump in order to avoid being seen as biased... and at the end of it all, he turned around and bit them for doing so because that's who he is.

@  Nevermore : (20 October 2018 - 03:37 AM)

Many right-wingers are using its name as part of our version of the term "libtards": "Left-green filthy".

@  Nevermore : (20 October 2018 - 03:35 AM)

It's the only of the "established" parties (it's almost 40 years old at this point) that has remained true to its principles.

@  Nevermore : (20 October 2018 - 03:34 AM)

Meanwhile, some uplifting news from Germany: While our big parties are rapidly losing voters, and our new "we're not really extreme" right-wing party is gaining voters, there is one other party that is scoring massive points, both in polls and the recent Bavarian state election: The Green Party.

@  Nevermore : (20 October 2018 - 03:33 AM)

I still think having Hillary run against Drumpf was a bad choice.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (20 October 2018 - 03:32 AM)

Well on the bright side, we know more people voted for HIllary than the cheeto.


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#1 2018

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Posted 17 March 2015 - 04:35 AM

http://www.siliconer...artphone-games/

 

 

Mobile phone games maker DeNA and Nintendo have entered a “business and capital alliance for the joint development and operation of gaming applications for smart devices” the two companies announced today.

 

The two companies believe they can create new business opportunities by combining their strengths, and will jointly operate new game applications developed specifically for smart devices. These applications will feature Nintendo IP.

 

In addition to developing and operating smartphone games together, DeNA and Nintendo will also develop a new “core system,” which they say will be compatible with a variety of smartphones and tablets, as well as Nintendo’s own dedicated videogame platforms. A new membership service utilizing this system will launch in Fall 2015.

 

As part of their new partnership, DeNA is to allocate 15,081,000 of its treasury shares (corresponding to 10.0% of its issued shares, having a total value of about 22 billion yen) to Nintendo by means of a third-party allocation, and Nintendo is to acquire such shares in DeNa. At the same time, Nintendo is to allocate 1,759,400 of its treasury shares (corresponding to 1.24% of its issues shares, having a total value of about 22 billion yen) to DeNA, and DeNA is to acquire such shares in Nintendo.

 

Nintendo says this new alliance is not expected to have any effect on its business performance for the remainder of the fiscal year, which ends March 31st, 2015. “The expected impact upon future business performance is to be reflected in the forecasts of financial results for the next fiscal year onwards,” the company said in a statement.

 

http://www.siliconer...m-codenamed-nx/

 

 

Nintendo may be teaming up with DeNA to create games for smartphones, but that doesn’t mean they intend to stop creating games for dedicated videogame platforms. In fact, their next dedicated videogame hardware is codenamed “NX,” company president Satoru Iwata revealed at a press event today.

 

Iwata said it is currently too early to reveal details on NX, but that more details on this device will be shared next year. He did not provide any further details regarding what shape the device would take, but has said in the past that Nintendo’s next home console and handheld will both share a similar architecture and operating system.

 

During the joint press conference with DeNA, Iwata clarified that Nintendo will not port videogames created for dedicated consoles to smart devices. He went on to say that Nintendo intends to use smartphone games to draw consumers to their dedicated videogame platforms, and that the company maintains its passion for dedicated game devices and game experiences that offer good value to customers.

 

Update: During a Q&A session, Iwata was asked why the company chose to announce its next dedicated videogame console during a press conference about their partnership with DeNA. He replied that Nintendo chose to make the NX announcement so people would understand that Nintendo are not exiting the dedicated videogame business, and that the company “will be progressing with dedicated videogame devices with passion”.

 

 

My first reaction was that this is too early but actually the Wii U's been around for a while.

 

The console generations are kind of messed up now, though.

 

On the other hand, mobile Nintendo titles! Money money money!


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Posted 17 March 2015 - 04:50 AM

I am really interested to see what Nintendo does on mobile, they've always been so good at developing with their platform's strengths and needs in mind and it'll be interesting to see how they tackle this environment. New hardware seems like a smart move, the Wii U has great games and all but it's had a few years and hasn't got the staying power for many more.

...Am I too optimistic to think this "new membership service" might lead to Nintendo actually having a proper account system for their digital stores? Them not having one certainly hasn't stopped me buying tons of games digitally, but it'd be nice.
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Posted 17 March 2015 - 05:25 AM

Well, of course Nintendo is making something new, just like Sony and Microsoft already are working on their next thing. :)

 

Honestly I would not expect anything before late 2016 or even 2017 though, at the earliest. By then the Wii U has been out for 4 - 5 years, so its probably time.

 

As for the system itself, going by the info we have so far, I sense that cloud gaming is a huge part of this. Maybe streaming games to the different platforms, workload being 50 - 100% handled by dedicated rigs hosted by Nintendo? 


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Posted 17 March 2015 - 06:06 AM

will this finally give us a proper account system


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Posted 17 March 2015 - 07:58 AM

DeNA?  The company that makes these crappy "pay to win" games for my phone?  This makes me...concerned.  "Free" app mobile gaming is the worst thing to happen to games since EA.



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Posted 17 March 2015 - 08:19 AM

Can't wait for Mario Legends and Metroid Battle Tactics.




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Posted 17 March 2015 - 08:26 AM

From what I've been hearing from GDC, the NX should be what I've been predicting. It will be a home console that you can plug you mobile device into to extend your mobile games to your television. The basic idea is that you can buy the next Zelda game (for example) play it on your home console. Unplug the mobile portion and take the game with you or at least take a portion of the game with you. Very similar but more advanced (obviously) than the Dreamcast memory card game things.

 

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Posted 17 March 2015 - 08:53 AM

I'm not sure I understand this much... but it does offer an interesting option.

 

For example.. my mom loves puzzle games. Now imagine a Wii u RTS *hey.. wouldn't be that hard with the gamepad honestly* where she could play the puzzle game on her own, plug it into the game, and I get resources.

 

Or a Zelda game where you need to decode maps. *kinda like windwaker* You could either pay rupees to do it, or do it yourself in your free time on your phone.

 

Or.... possibly the best idea ever. Streetpass. -EVERYONE- has phones. People don't want to carry around their 3DS's, send the street pass data to their phone!



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Posted 17 March 2015 - 10:52 AM

Eh. I'm holding out for the Constitution class.

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Posted 17 March 2015 - 12:39 PM

I wouldn't want to see a freemium model for things like Zelda puzzles, or anything...but I could definitely see some of that mobile swappability.  Play on your home console, then pick it up on your phone during your commute - almost like the WiiU tablet, but on a mobile network instead of just being in the same room.

 

Or if you play games on the phone, bring them home and pick up on the TV.  Or have the same games on the phone, but have a universal controller that works with all of them instead of the stupid and confusing and glitchy and inaccurate and accursed on-screen soft keys for mobile versions of "real" games.

 

Basically, Nintendo could take control of the mobile game market with some very smart integrations, partnerships (which they're apparently on top of!) and innovations.


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Everything I'm reading says that the mobile marketed games will be completely separate from what theyre doing on the main hardware.

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Posted 17 March 2015 - 01:05 PM

I can see the NX being a joint successor to the Wii U and 3DS, a unified handheld and TV-based console while being more of the latter, while mobile development replaces Nintendo's dedicated handhelds. I wouldn't count on it having any sort of backwards compatibility, unfortunately.
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Posted 17 March 2015 - 02:42 PM

Everything I'm reading says that the mobile marketed games will be completely separate from what theyre doing on the main hardware.

 

http://www.siliconer...artphone-games/

 

In addition to developing and operating smartphone games together, DeNA and Nintendo will also develop a new “core system,” which they say will be compatible with a variety of smartphones and tablets, as well as Nintendo’s own dedicated videogame platforms. A new membership service utilizing this system will launch in Fall 2015.

 

Iwata said it is currently too early to reveal details on NX, but that more details on this device will be shared next year. He did not provide any further details regarding what shape the device would take, but has said in the past that Nintendo’s next home console and handheld will both share a similar architecture and operating system.

 

During the joint press conference with DeNA, Iwata clarified that Nintendo will not port videogames created for dedicated consoles to smart devices. He went on to say that Nintendo intends to use smartphone games to draw consumers to their dedicated videogame platforms, and that the company maintains its passion for dedicated game devices and game experiences that offer good value to customers.

 

Looks pretty interconnected to me.



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Posted 17 March 2015 - 06:52 PM

That's referring to their network and Club Nintendo infrastructure. They're pretty adamant that a mobile device's games and a console's games should be treated differently.


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Posted 17 March 2015 - 06:55 PM

From what I've been hearing from GDC, the NX should be what I've been predicting. It will be a home console that you can plug you mobile device into to extend your mobile games to your television. The basic idea is that you can buy the next Zelda game (for example) play it on your home console. Unplug the mobile portion and take the game with you or at least take a portion of the game with you. Very similar but more advanced (obviously) than the Dreamcast memory card game things.

 

It's the next logical step for our industry.

but hasn't nintendo said that they're specifically not going to be doing that?


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Posted 17 March 2015 - 07:51 PM

 

From what I've been hearing from GDC, the NX should be what I've been predicting. It will be a home console that you can plug you mobile device into to extend your mobile games to your television. The basic idea is that you can buy the next Zelda game (for example) play it on your home console. Unplug the mobile portion and take the game with you or at least take a portion of the game with you. Very similar but more advanced (obviously) than the Dreamcast memory card game things.

 

It's the next logical step for our industry.

but hasn't nintendo said that they're specifically not going to be doing that?

 

From what I'm currently reading, these games are a bit different. They're small mobile games meant to advertise Nintendo's ips and hardware. What I'm hearing from GDC is that the next consoles from Nintendo will be able to connect together in a fashion like I explained above.


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Posted 17 March 2015 - 10:38 PM

So basically major title on the system, mobile companion title on the phone with additional functionality unlocked on both by owning/linking the hardware and your mobile device?

 

I also realize that if Nintendo releases mobile games that takes advantage of Amiibo support they will likely be literally printing money. Amiibos are already ridiculously successful with their own customer base, expanding that to a wider audience that won't even require them to first buy Nintendo Hardware and are used to the concept with Skylanders/Infinity?

 

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Posted 18 March 2015 - 02:20 AM

Reminds me of an article a few years back about what Super Mario Brothers 3 would look like as a free to play mobile app.

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Posted 18 March 2015 - 02:44 AM

I would love to be able to SimCity a Kakariko Village, then take it home and play Zelda with it.

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Posted 01 June 2015 - 09:03 AM

This works with some of the rumors I've been hearing.

 

 

http://www.engadget....ndo-nx-android/


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