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Forum: NES/SNES/N64 Zelda 10-04-2014, 12:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 185
Posted By Cartesian Thoughts
Back then people wanted more of the Zelda formula...

Back then people wanted more of the Zelda formula because it was working.

Then when the flurry of Zelda games from 2004-2011 pushed the Zelda formula to its limit, now people are appreciating MM...
Forum: Gamecube, Wii and Wii U Zelda 10-04-2014, 09:57 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,986
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I think a lot of series have a "burn out" effect....

I think a lot of series have a "burn out" effect.

I remember people playing GTA San Andreas and GTA IV for many months. And then only playing GTA V for like 2 weeks. Not that GTA V was lacking,...
Forum: Gamecube, Wii and Wii U Zelda 10-04-2014, 09:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 446
Posted By Cartesian Thoughts
I do enjoy Twilight Princess. Its an overall...

I do enjoy Twilight Princess. Its an overall good game. But compared to all of the other Zelda games, I feel like it doesn't match the merits of the other ones.

I think the problem with Twilight...
Forum: General Chit-Chat 10-03-2014, 11:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 350
Posted By Cartesian Thoughts
Sticking your hand out and catching a large (but...

Sticking your hand out and catching a large (but not heavy) object that's nearby isn't sorcery.
Forum: Gamecube, Wii and Wii U Zelda 10-03-2014, 03:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 446
Posted By Cartesian Thoughts
Sorry but with the massive hype train and the...

Sorry but with the massive hype train and the fact that TP aged horribly, its hard not to.

Whenever someone suggests Nintendo go the AAA route, I always cite Twilight Princess as an example of why...
Forum: Gamecube, Wii and Wii U Zelda 10-03-2014, 12:01 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,986
Posted By Cartesian Thoughts
Exactly. People can deal with fluff once. ...

Exactly.

People can deal with fluff once. But not twice.

The other big reason was beginning of gen, vs end of gen.

In 2006, there weren't a lot of great new titles out there so people were...
Forum: Gamecube, Wii and Wii U Zelda 10-03-2014, 11:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 446
Posted By Cartesian Thoughts
^ I'd say Twilight Princess was ambitious. Just...

^ I'd say Twilight Princess was ambitious. Just in the wrong areas. It had massive areas with realistic visual fidelity and large labyrinthine dungeons. It was built to be a 40 hour campaign. If...
Forum: Handheld Zelda 10-01-2014, 07:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 364
Posted By Cartesian Thoughts
Its underrated in the sense that many Zelda fans...

Its underrated in the sense that many Zelda fans only play the 3D games.
Forum: Gamecube, Wii and Wii U Zelda 09-26-2014, 11:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 530
Posted By Cartesian Thoughts
To have three unconnected story elements that...

To have three unconnected story elements that vary in importance based on the moment in the game? No.

> OMG we gotta save Illa..
> (10 hours of adventure. who's Illa?)
> OMG we gotta save...
Forum: Gamecube, Wii and Wii U Zelda 09-25-2014, 04:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 530
Posted By Cartesian Thoughts
Becuase Ganondorf was in Ocarina of Time. ...

Becuase Ganondorf was in Ocarina of Time.

Zelda fans wanted a standard game like Ocarina of Time, and not wildly original game like Majora's Mask or Wind Waker.

In the end, Zelda fans got what...
Forum: NES/SNES/N64 Zelda 09-24-2014, 12:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 290
Posted By Cartesian Thoughts
I never had any problems with Navi. I do...

I never had any problems with Navi.

I do have a problem when people say "OOT is a perfect game, except for Navi".

1. Ocarina isn't perfect
2. OOT has numerous flaws
3. Navi isn't one of the...
Forum: General Zelda 09-22-2014, 10:43 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 433
Posted By Cartesian Thoughts
1. What you mentioned of Ocarina is basically...

1. What you mentioned of Ocarina is basically nostalgia and familiarity. Fan's lofty perception of the game rather than the game actually did. It wasn't an inherent quality of the game.

2....
Forum: General Zelda 09-21-2014, 09:44 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 433
Posted By Cartesian Thoughts
- A Link to the Past's dungeons - The Minish...

- A Link to the Past's dungeons
- The Minish Cap's graphics and sound
- Link's Awakening's story and overworld.
Forum: General Gaming 09-21-2014, 09:39 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 400
Posted By Cartesian Thoughts
It's really smart financially speaking to plan...

It's really smart financially speaking to plan out purchases.

Let's say there are two columns, and we were to divide all the games I ever bought into them.

Left Column: The planning column. ...
Forum: General Gaming 09-21-2014, 09:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 289
Posted By Cartesian Thoughts
Yeah. I agree. It all depends on the quality. ...

Yeah. I agree. It all depends on the quality. Some games can pull off 20+ hours. Others can't.

The problem arises when games add filler and such in order to get them at an acceptable length to...
Forum: General Gaming 09-21-2014, 09:25 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 400
Posted By Cartesian Thoughts
When I first started using Steam, I went a bit...

When I first started using Steam, I went a bit nuts on the sales and then calmed down a bit. Now, I don't spend a lot of money on Steam anymore.

Its one thing to be able to afford 15 games for...
Forum: General Gaming 09-21-2014, 09:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 289
Posted By Cartesian Thoughts
How long, ideally, do you prefer a single-player game to be?

It, of course, depends on the game, and the genre. For example, shooters are generally shorter and RPG's are generally longer. On the whole though,verall, I like games on the shorter time.

I...
Forum: General Gaming 09-21-2014, 08:24 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 400
Posted By Cartesian Thoughts
That's the thing. Time. I already have 100...

That's the thing. Time. I already have 100 games. Before I get another game, I want to know if its something I'll actually play after the first week. So, I read the reviews before I even think of...
Forum: Gamecube, Wii and Wii U Zelda 09-21-2014, 08:22 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,986
Posted By Cartesian Thoughts
With Twilight Princess, one way I could see a...

With Twilight Princess, one way I could see a re-make working is if they conjoined many of the isolated areas together and took away loading screens, while also adding new paths to connect segmented...
Forum: Gamecube, Wii and Wii U Zelda 09-21-2014, 08:20 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 540
Posted By Cartesian Thoughts
I'm ultimately giving it a 2, though I'd probably...

I'm ultimately giving it a 2, though I'd probably rate it a 2.5/5.

It gets more hate than it should, but it still got a lot of things wrong.

I'm not upset that the overworld is linear or that...
Forum: General Zelda 09-21-2014, 08:15 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 463
Posted By Cartesian Thoughts
^ Lol, we said we wanted less Triforce seeking ...

^ Lol, we said we wanted less Triforce seeking

So they gave us more late-game drawn-out fetch quests

- TP: Late-game statue collecting
- PH: 4th and 5th Ocean King visit
- SS: Song of the Hero
Forum: General Gaming 09-21-2014, 08:13 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 400
Posted By Cartesian Thoughts
Does anyone else wait a year to buy most games?

90% of the games I buy are used. Sometimes I cave in and buy a new game if its something I'm really really into. Otherwise, no.

Paying $10-20 for a game is much more affordable than paying...
Forum: General Gaming 09-21-2014, 08:05 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 672
Posted By Cartesian Thoughts
Yes, Smash hype is a prime example of this...

Yes, Smash hype is a prime example of this phenomena.

Back when Melee came out, it wasn't too hyped and it managed to be an amazing game. Now the series is so big, people have expectations for it...
Forum: General Gaming 09-21-2014, 03:33 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 672
Posted By Cartesian Thoughts
So basically, the fighting genre has dried down...

So basically, the fighting genre has dried down into a niche game. Because people in general want that big sense of innovation, but niche fighting fans care more about the fine tuned mechanics.
...
Forum: General Gaming 09-21-2014, 12:20 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 672
Posted By Cartesian Thoughts
Well, that's another things. Fighting games are...

Well, that's another things. Fighting games are far from their prominence from 97-03. So, the most familiar widely-purchased fighting games out there that other fighting games base themselves on is...
Forum: General Zelda 09-21-2014, 11:46 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 463
Posted By Cartesian Thoughts
About getting lost, I think with the advent of...

About getting lost, I think with the advent of technology its harder to get lost when a world is actually open. The problem with games like OOT/TP/SS, is that there needed to be loading screens in...
Forum: General Gaming 09-21-2014, 11:42 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 672
Posted By Cartesian Thoughts
The problem with fighting games...

With adventure, story and open-world games, you can always take the player new places and have them do new things. With MMO and online-focused games, there's always new ways to have social...
Forum: Gamecube, Wii and Wii U Zelda 09-21-2014, 11:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 446
Posted By Cartesian Thoughts
Nah. I don't think you were rude at all. Quite...

Nah. I don't think you were rude at all. Quite polite actually.

I think Zelda fans who picked up a used copy of Twilight Princess later on were just expecting a fun game, whereas the many older...
Forum: General Zelda 09-21-2014, 11:26 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 797
Posted By Cartesian Thoughts
Yeah. I think due to the entitlement mentality,...

Yeah. I think due to the entitlement mentality, the Zelda fanbase is really victim to overhyping games and then stridently moaning about how bad they are because they didn't live up their crazy-high...
Forum: General Zelda 09-21-2014, 01:38 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 797
Posted By Cartesian Thoughts
Maybe Ocarina is the best Zelda game ever. ...

Maybe Ocarina is the best Zelda game ever.

However, a healthy majority of the people who say that, say it because they've only played 4 or 5 Zelda games ; the 3D console entries.
Forum: Serious Discussion 09-21-2014, 01:25 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 887
Posted By Cartesian Thoughts
Your avatar makes sense lol

Your avatar makes sense lol
Forum: General Zelda 09-21-2014, 01:23 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 463
Posted By Cartesian Thoughts
Because Zelda fans are currently in the...

Because Zelda fans are currently in the non-linearty phase.

They were burned by Skyward Sword's linearity and paper-thin overworld and A Link Between Worlds (as well the Zelda U trailer) came...
Forum: General Gaming 09-21-2014, 01:08 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 246
Posted By Cartesian Thoughts
Honestly, I think we made a big mistake by...

Honestly, I think we made a big mistake by calling games "games".

We should have called them "interactive software".

Because a "game" is basically a system with (a) rules and (b) win states.
...
Forum: General Zelda 09-21-2014, 12:57 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 797
Posted By Cartesian Thoughts
What do you think of the Zelda fanbase?

Not particularly this community, but moreso the overall fanbase including other Zelda communities. Obviously, I can't generalize, but I do observe overall trends.

I wouldn't call the Zelda...
Forum: Gamecube, Wii and Wii U Zelda 09-21-2014, 12:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 456
Posted By Cartesian Thoughts
An interesting thing I discovered about Wind Waker

The dungeons are quite hidden and take a bit of time to access if you're looking to re-explore them. Its like the developers didn't want the player to return to the dungeon.

Many Zelda games have...
Forum: General Zelda 09-21-2014, 12:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 233
Posted By Cartesian Thoughts
I actually liked the pre-dungeoning in Skyward...

I actually liked the pre-dungeoning in Skyward Sword. I'm totally fine with a seamless approach. Minish Cap did this too. Of course, you would be sacrificing exploration for a stronger...
Forum: Gamecube, Wii and Wii U Zelda 09-21-2014, 12:35 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 446
Posted By Cartesian Thoughts
Unhappy I find myself appreciating Twilight Princess for what it could've been rather than what it is.

TP was my very first Zelda game. I've battle nostalgia with it for a while and I still have nostalgic feelings toward it, but I have to be objective. It's in the bottom half of Zelda games as far...
Forum: Handheld Zelda 09-19-2014, 09:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 266
Posted By Cartesian Thoughts
I got it from the sale also. With LoZ, AoL,...

I got it from the sale also.

With LoZ, AoL, LA, OOS, OOA, ALBW, OOT, PH and ST, the 3DS is my Zelda machine.
Forum: General Gaming 09-19-2014, 09:10 PM
Replies: 5,895
Views: 173,308
Posted By Cartesian Thoughts
Okay, my analysis on the characters in the demo. ...

Okay, my analysis on the characters in the demo.

When it comes to competitive play or overall just doing well, there a four crucial aspects to a quality character:
1. Speed (both running speed...
Forum: General Gaming 09-19-2014, 12:53 PM
Replies: 5,895
Views: 173,308
Posted By Cartesian Thoughts
I tried the new demo. Opinions are like...

I tried the new demo.

Opinions are like ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤s. And here's mine.

Graphics - 4/5

Really good for a 3DS game. 3D effect is minimal but nice option to have. It reminds me of The Minish Cap...
Forum: Serious Discussion 09-19-2014, 11:20 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 887
Posted By Cartesian Thoughts
This is not unlike the lever problem: intentfully...

This is not unlike the lever problem: intentfully kill 1 to save many, or not.

It's basically a matter of maintaining the status quo, or creating a better status quo that would have some negative...
Forum: General Gaming 09-19-2014, 11:14 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 760
Posted By Cartesian Thoughts
I consider the 21st century to be the divider...

I consider the 21st century to be the divider between retro and modern.

I never claimed Shovel Knight to be retro.
Forum: Serious Discussion 09-19-2014, 10:20 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,888
Posted By Cartesian Thoughts
American Dream: Baby Boomer (70's) vs. Millennials (now)

Comparing the 70's (the generation of baby boomers) to now (the generation of those of us in our 20's).

A lot of things are better now than they were in the 70's: medicine, civil rights,...
Forum: Handheld Zelda 09-15-2014, 09:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 265
Posted By Cartesian Thoughts
Thanks for taking the time to explain your...

Thanks for taking the time to explain your choices.

I agree that the dungeons overall get better in progression. Though we'd probably both agree that even the best temples in Phantom Hourglass...
Forum: Handheld Zelda 09-13-2014, 07:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 265
Posted By Cartesian Thoughts
Exclamation Phantom Hourglass: Dungeon Ranking (best/worst dungeons)

The dungeons in Phantom Hourglass are short, lack complexity, lack the atmosphere that some of the other Zelda game dungeons had and all reuse the same humdrum music instead of having an original...
Forum: General Gaming 09-13-2014, 02:35 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 760
Posted By Cartesian Thoughts
Thankfully, AAA isn't all that modern gaming has...

Thankfully, AAA isn't all that modern gaming has to offer.

There's a giant indie market full of creativity. If you take away the prestige, acclaim, the nostalgia and familiarity, there's probably...
Forum: Handheld Zelda 09-12-2014, 11:15 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,885
Posted By Cartesian Thoughts
I'm about 75% through Phantom Hourglass. Unless...

I'm about 75% through Phantom Hourglass. Unless the last fourth of the game nosedives and becomes horribly bad, it's actually a good game.
Forum: Gamecube, Wii and Wii U Zelda 09-12-2014, 11:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 492
Posted By Cartesian Thoughts
You could say the same thing about Twilight...

You could say the same thing about Twilight Princess.

I don't expect every game to be non-linear. If Skyward Sword wanted to have a big campaign and a small overworld, that's totally fine. But...
Forum: General Zelda 09-12-2014, 11:04 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,246
Posted By Cartesian Thoughts
Bottom 5 Least Favorite Zelda Games

Candidates:


Zelda II: the Adventure of Link is often considered the black sheep of the series for being unlike the others in its side-scrolling and RPG elements.. The first game in the series...
Forum: General Gaming 09-12-2014, 09:17 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 760
Posted By Cartesian Thoughts
It's hard to look at this objectively because...

It's hard to look at this objectively because they're both nostalgia bias and novelty bias.

I'll put it this way.

Modern games are better quality overall.
Retro games were better quality for...
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