Sunday, October 28, 2012 6:28:02 AM
Well, it looks like I was right on the money about format of discs... It also seems like I forgot to talk about digital distribution - which according to this Kotaku article, Nintendo will be heading towards in most, if not all of their games.
As said in the article, the latest Tekken game (Tekken Tag Tournament 2) for the Wii U has been compressed to a monstrous 16.7 GB file size - this is clearly larger than the DVD disc format Nintendo are adapting to, thus what they are introducing is a mixed Digital and Hard-Copy format (you buy half the game as disc, and download the other half as a digital download via a code) or a full Digital-only purchase of the game. The point of the article is not so much as how it will be distributed (an issue on its own), but the sheer size of the file considering the default consoles are available in 8 GB and 32 GB versions. The former is clearly not suitable for T2, but if the latter is used, more than half the space is consumed just for ONE game. Furthermore, since the internal drive is not removable/changeable, consumers will HAVE to purchase an external hard drive for more games.
Sadly, most consumers don't know that external hard drives are EXTREMELY unreliable, so their drives will definitely die (over 50% chance) within the manufacturers warranty period (or if they are unlucky, after that period). The upside to this is that consumers will be able to replace the drive through the warranty, but sadly lose all content if it is corrupt or non-accessible. Also, most consumers will be looking towards drives which provide the most space for the least purchase price ignoring speed of drives and other specifications. Again, such drives can be unrealibe versus drives that offer better speeds or overall specifications.
Note: To achieve a satisfactory result in reliance on external hard drives - an internal drive stored in an enclosure is the best way to go.
Lastly, as Nintendo will be using USB 2.0 for these external hard drives to Wii U connectivity, I fear that will have a large role in slow transfer speeds - when playing a game that is stored on the drive - and downloading content to the drive from the internet - download T2 at maximum speed on my connection (2 MB/s) will take close to four (4) hours. However, considering no USB connections (480 Mbit/s) can sustain such high transfer speeds (at most, I have received 240 Mbit/s) until the end of the download, it will surely drop. In addition, maintaining a 2 MB/s from my part will depend entirely on the server from Nintendo's side. In overall, downloading 16.7 GB of T2 will take much much longer than the estimated 4 hours. I don't think the typical gamer would have the patience to wait...
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 8:28:31 AM
Ever since the Wii U was announced, I've been reading a lot of comments from fans and moderate gamers alike that the Nintendo Wii U is better in all forms than the current generation of consoles, the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3, because it is a next-generation system, because it can do a certain task better than the others, or simply because it has more processing/rendering power.
Now, although I am not a Nintendo fanatic (however, I do own the Gameboy Advance and Pokemon Sapphire), I must admit some of the information is true. Not everything though. There are indeed drawbacks to the system which may not appear at first sight, but after digging through the information (as Nintendo has yet to inform us themselves), those information reveal by themselves.
Format of Discs
On September 13, Nintendo revealed the Wii U, like everyone was expecting. One of the key features they mentioned is that it won't use or support the use (they are not part of the BDA consortium) of Blu-ray in the system. Now, this doesn't seem like big factor with the Wii U at first, but if you think about it, not using it introduces some limitations on the part of the game developers. Essentially, what Nintendo has brought is a reversal of technology. Let me explain.
Starting with the fundamentals, the purpose of Blu-ray and the now defunct HD-DVD was to increase storage space of the dics so that more content of films or game can be stored without having to limit or (heavily) compress it. The basic Blu-ray disc storage starts at 25 GB and can go as high as 100 or 128 GB. As Nintendo will not be using such high capacity (Blu-ray) discs, it can be assumed they are are still using DVD discs. Optical DVD discs have a maximum capacity of about 9 (8.7 to be precise) GB.
If you haven't caught up to what I am going on about, Nintendo has basically provided a restriction to game developers on how large they can make the game, how much content they can put in it, and also limit the graphics engine that can be used (since some of the higher-end engines use more space than the lower-end engines). The limit is 8.7 GB. The problem with that (for the game developers) is not the part where they cannot compress the data, which they can to that size (depending on the game), but forcing developers to a limit when the BDA movement opened the doors. Hence, a reversal of technology.
The upside to this argument is Nintendo HAD to increase the processing power and RAM so that these compressed games can be displayed and rendered faster, resulting in faster wait time and smooth play. They also supposedly increased the read speed of the disc (for this reason). Nevertheless, I feel that some games will not be made at all or lowered in visual graphics due to this restriction. Tekken Producer, Katsuhiro Harada, has already mentioned that the Wii U is somewhat inferior versus the current generation of consoles because it cannot handle certain tasks the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 can - in reference to their latest game, Tekken Tag Tournament 2.
Lack of On-line Play
Nintendo did not reveal anything concerning on-line game-play for their new system on September 13th. On-line game-play is a major part of many games today and without it, the game loses an essential part of the functionality or story, if it is tied. Christopher Grant from The Verge wrote a great article regarding this matter, and I just want to point out one part of it:
Lack of DVD/BD Playback
With no history of online aptitude and a looming release date, by not addressing the internet-shaped elephant in the room, Nintendo has defaulted to positioning the Wii U as another living room-focused box in a world of connected devices. While creating the so-called "next advance in gaming," it's hard to believe that Nintendo still hasn't figured out out why it's lagging behind in the first place.
Another element that does not seem very important at first, but Nintendo has just depleted all / any Nintendo buyers who don't own a physical DVD/BD player for use with the television. I, myself, have never owned a DVD player or BD player - even when my household had a television - so we used my PlayStation 2 for that purpose. Standalone BD players are still somewhat pricey ($50-100 or more), so had Nintendo introduced a Blu-ray player in their system, that specific audience wouldn't have to look elsewhere. Nintendo remains living in the world where their consoles are separate from the rest of the world, in reference to Christopher Grant's statement above. In closing, physical digital media is still superior in visual and audio quality than on-line (since on-line remains flash based). Once Ogg Theora becomes the standard, that may change - but then again, physical media standards are also changing / upgrading.
Lack of On-line Services
Just a few weeks ago (when I originally wrote this), Crunchyroll announced their exclusive introduction onto the PlayStation Network. Yes, you can play the latest simulcast anime from the PlayStation 3. The PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation Network also already cater to people that watch Netflix, YouTube, subscribe to MLB/NHL, the magnitude of films and television shows from Sony owned companies or other film/TV distributors, on-line comics or magazines, and many more. The same applies to Micro$oft for the Xbox 360. Nintendo, however has failed to introduce any of that with the Wii and is lacking behind on the Wii U, even though it has a few partnerships with some companies. Nintendo, unlike Sony and Microsoft, does not have any connection to those sources, as it remains solely a game company, so those resources are simply not easily achievable.
Although you may think this is a good thing - that Nintendo cater to gaming and leave other companies to cater to the other entertainment forms, more and more people, especially the youth nowadays want their gaming console to be their main use for entertainment so that they don't have to switch the longer way. The Wii U doesn't seem to be that kind of console that will provide all forms of entertainment, especially those owned by Sony. Micro$oft has already succumbed to that fact when they announced SmartGlass and other features coming to the Xbox 360.
Price of Game-Pad
My final point is regarding the price of individual Game-Pads. The Japanese price is roughly $170 USD, but knowing the market, I feel that it will be roughly $150 USD per Game-Pad. This figure is 3x more than your average PlayStation DualShock 3 controller. Nintendo say that they want people who already own existing controllers from the Wii to be used on the Wii U, however, considering the fact that Nintendo consoles in the 21st century cater more so for children than anybody else, kids will be jumping up and down for their own Game-Pad. And if the Game-Pad is not available at launch at all, some parents may be buying two consoles just to get the Game-Pad. Or nothing at all because of the sheer price.
Though, the peripherals doesn't stop there. We have another called the Wii U Pro Controller which is said to be roughly $50 USD. I'm actually quite surprised Micro$oft hasn't sued Nintendo due to the design, which looks 99% like the (re-engineered) Xbox controller. Nonetheless, Nintendo seems to be pulling a Sony for their new console and I'm quite certain there will be more later on. And so... The bills keep going up.
P.S. For the record, when the next generation of PlayStation console arrives and if Sony implements NFC support, I feel there will be some Nintendo fan-boy criticism about it - in response to that, right now I will just say Sony founded that standard along with Nokia and Philips in 2004. Sony also introduced it onto their Xperia phones earlier this year. Thus, whatever they implement will not be copying Nintendo, but rather the opposite as Nokia, Philips and Sony already knew the potential of the standard. And in that regards, you can pretty much say Nintendo is their test guinea pig.
Monday, November 28, 2011 3:56:32 AM
Scratch that. I don't have the time to maintain my blog much any more (school is resuming in less than a week) and I still have a boot load of anime to edit and typeset (~50). When I have the energy to rant about things and am not lazy, I'll post something on here. Until then, don't bother to waste your time checking to see if there is another more updates.
As for the FGA, it's shut down for the time being. I just don't have the patience and time to sit behind my computer watching crappy anime by crappy groups. Yes, that pretty much is my conclusion to it. Not a single "new" group is worthy of my recognition, except those that are subtitling anime which no other group or official "licensor" is providing. I won't even bother to judge even those group if that is your only option. However, if they are providing it as a soft-sub, you should change/fix any blatant obstructions.
That said, I have seen one group's work - Usagi Drop Specials by Oyatsu. Their encoding is good (quality), but seemed a bit "bright." I won't complain if the BD came like that. The translation/editing was almost stellar, but some blatant mistakes were there. I cannot remember what right now, but it was quite obvious. How can you mess up during QA, if any, for such a short anime? The biggest issue I had with their release that made me want to throw something at whoever did it, was the typesetting. You should never, and I mean NEVER use a light-coloured outline with a light-coloured primary for a "bright" anime. It was displeasing on many levels. It could have been resolved if some shadow were used or a dark-coloured outline was used. The typical white primary with a black outline would have been ideal. I would give Oyatsu's release a perfect rating IF the typesetting was pleasing and there were no translation mistakes as blatant as the ones I saw. Thankfully, both are resolvable since the release was soft-sub... I think.
Anyway, if you want to read about fan-sub group comparisons of new or old groups, check out 8thSin. I haven't seen or read any translations by 8thSin, but he seems like a very knowledgeable person (his Japanese by far is better than than me). However, I do have some disagreement with his views on translation and his translation method in general (judging from his speech). I would say his translation ratings are pretty accurate too.
Sunday, September 25, 2011 6:27:34 PM
It has already begun, but very little people actually know about it. The people that are suffering from it don't even know that it's a war. Yet, we have countless numbers of people affected by it. What can we do about it? Is there a solution? In this post, I shall analyse the situation of the next war that has been going on since World War II (Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, and Egypt are something else). What we can do to solve the situation and how exactly must we do it. If it is not dealt with now, it will affect all of us, regardless of whether you are poor or rich (upper middle class).
Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt or these so-called war on terror are just part of this ongoing war. We all know that in present day, most, if not all people, look towards the media (newspapers, television, radio, etc) for their daily news and sometimes education (as in being educated or informed about the situation). But did you know, it is also an area that is heavily controlled by people that play a major role in our political system, governments, and pretty much any other form to get into our heads apart from through the media itself. In short, what I am trying to say is that those wars above are all instigated by the people in these corporations with their political power. Those wars are/were only an illusion or brainwash to keep your mind off the real war. Of course, oil plays a role in this, but again, that is part of the illusion. If your mind is focused on one particular thing, it's really hard to think about something else.
I won't be providing any sort of data to back up my opinion (which is based on just logical thinking, documentaries, and some theories), but I just want you to think about this war, because it is real and it is happening without us even knowing about it in places we don't know because the media, as I have mentioned, are controlling what to show and what not to show - and so, this is being covered up. I will be going through a number of points analysing things that you really should think about too and find out more about it - remember don't uses sources that are controlled by the media giants, otherwise it'll be biased. Try to find information from "public" or "independent" sources.
The African-Middle East wars are cover ups of a real ongoing war that is taking place all over the world. The country that I live in, Canada, will soon be under serious threat. I already see signs that it's nearing to the same status as places in the United States which are already heavily affected by it. If you study cognitive-science, you will come to understand that fear is one of the largest, if not the greatest form of emotion to change the beliefs of people to something completely the opposite - which in turn is also changing their identity. When people die, especially anyone close to us, we are in shock, hatred, but more so, fear - fear about death. It is also an undying emotion that can last a very long time in a person's lifespan. Therefore, if you trigger it via a large force, it will remain until something of equal force can change that emotion. These are the reasons why there are many people and their governments that continue wars beyond the expiration point. Beyond the time when they have already "won."
If you are on the opposite end of the spectrum, you see the world differently - in the light, not in a constant dark. And that is what everyone should be doing to solve the ongoing war. The war I am speaking of is the war for water, if it wasn't already clear enough from the header image and the image of the post. It is quite a serious issue and should be dealt with not "as soon as possible," but NOW! Before I go on further, I just want you to think about a couple of things and answer it to yourself. 1) Would you buy or pay for air? An essential part of life and necessity to live for all beings. 2) Now, ignoring the fact that you may be doing it, would you buy or pay for water knowing about air? Water is also an essential part of life for survival. Not just for humans, but other species. And you know the best part? It's abundant and FREE. 3) Would you or why would you pay for something that is FREE?
Seriously, this is a question that shouldn't be a question. We simple shouldn't be paying for something that is so abundant and free that we should restrict others, even our own self, from access to it. You should, however, ask yourself the question, how abundant is clean water and do I have access to it? Because not all of the water you see around the world is clean or safe. Ocean water is salt-water which is deadly if consumed in the large. Safe and clean water are usually those that come from mountain tops, glaciers, small streams or lakes, and natural wells. Canada just so happens to be a nation that has access to this clean and safe water (while the United States has pretty much given all of its access to corporations), but I feel there will be a time where it will be monopolised to corporations, corporations that are deliberately trying to make the government in debt (via corruption, continual spending on unnecessary war, etc) so that it is forced to sell off their assets and/or borrow money from these same corporations. Do you see a paradox here? If not, you need to see a psychiatrist.
Think about this this way: Company "CP" is drilling water out of a well that is "labelled" 'unlimited supply of water' (when in reality it probably is linked one way or another with the household water system - e.g. lake, stream, or the pipes itself). Company CP then takes this water, "manufacturers" it into another product that is made 95% of water (other 5% = chemicals and food additives), whether it be water itself, a sports drink, or non-natural juice. Company CP after that takes the "new" product, ships it around the world and locally to sell it. Charges $1-3 a bottle (this itself is a dangerous container) where over half goes directly into the pockets of rich people, that just so happens to be affiliated with the government... To me, honestly, there is something wrong with this situation. It's pretty much a chain that benefits only the corporations and any outside individuals cannot do anything about it - unless you protest, make legislations, and force closures of these money-mongers.
Thus, if you want to take action against these corporations, follow a simple schedule like this to ensure yourself as the victor. a) Target a corporation that you know sells water or water-like products (such as water with "flavour"). b) Research, explore, and find to make sure that this corporation is doing something wrong - which is always the case, so make sure you have concrete evidence. c) Collaborate with people that have the same belief as you. Step b) and c) may be combined. This is very important as you need a lot of people - the more people, the more bigger the impact. d) Take action by showing your evidence and findings to a local or international group that deals with issues such as this and arrange for a protest / newspaper companies are NOT going to help you as they are own by rich corporations. The protest should not target the company, but rather the government to take action against them. e) If the government does not find anything wrong in the situation (either they are bribed to not say anything or they lie about their findings), then you know via the evidence that you have (make sure to keep this updated), to file a lawsuit. f) Always make sure to collaborate and ask the help of people that are honest, otherwise you will face a great consequence. And finally, g) this procedure I mentioned above may not be 100% accurate in terms of legality or order, so use your knowledge, legal rights, and common sense. Mass uprisings and action against a corporation (or government) can change the way in which you live, so this method is the greatest weapon that you have provided its done right.
Saturday, July 23, 2011 3:50:27 AM
16/10/2011 - I am offering the translator position to anyone that that has any kind of experience (whether it be personal, subbing community, professional, for friends or family, etc) or no experience. Additionally, the translation project has been changed to another anime which is from the same decade, however, the change is temporarily as the other anime is about half the number of episodes of Maicchingu Machiko Sensei. I shall let applicants know about it (the name, length) once they apply and complete a couple translation tests.
Rules & Regulations: If you decide you want to be paid to translate, you must either be a professional (with at least a few years of experience) or me that you can be as good as a professional. Being a native Japanese will not give you any points, however, it will give you an edge in terms of understanding dialogues that are not as clear as others. Professional translators do not have to do the translation tests, but must show me a Resume/CV. Contact me via email (see about page, use hotmail address) for more information.
25/9/2011 - Due to the leave of a translator that was on the project, I am once again hiring a translator (if you cannot do it for free - though take note that there are rules and regulations - read below) to do Maicchingu Machiko Sensei. The charge is $1 per minute of dialogue video/audio. Opening and Ending songs are not included, therefore should not be done. If you want to get a sample of the anime, search it via YouTube.
22/7/2011 - The charge has been lowered to $5 per episode since the translator I spoke about previously is charging this amount. How do I know? I am currently getting it checked by that person. It's a very competitive rate, so the only form that you can do better is to translation check alternate episodes for free. Otherwise, to do all for free. Who knows, maybe you'll like the anime if you get into it.