Tokimeki Idol (Same controversy as Metal Gear Survive?)

What the hell, ANOTHER IDOL-THEMED RHYTHM GAME? WHAT TIME IS KONAMI WASTING ON? HAS THIS POPULARITY FRIED THEIR BRAINS APART? STOP, THERE’S WAY TOO MANY OF THOSE GAMES EVER SINCE THE POPULARITY KICKED OFF A FEW YEARS AGO WITH UNORIGINAL CONCEPT! WHAT WAS THE LAWSUIT AGAINST DJ MAX DEVELOPERS FOR WHEN THIS UPCOMING IDOL-THEMED RHYTHM GAME IS BEING MADE?

It’s an epic waste of time with this upcoming spinoff with similar looking concept like the interface design being the same, 2D and 3D graphics of idols performing on stage during gameplay and I don’t know the amount of originality the gameplay has. Some of the games in the list according to Wikipedia have DIFFERENT CONCEPTS, like Taito’s Idol Chronicle where you manage only ONE idol group with whatever outfits and accessories you can randomly draw for, Tokyo 7th Sisters has different and better gameplay concept with version 2.0 onwards although it uses FMVs behind the HUD and of course, Bang Dream Girls Band Party which has rock bands instead of idol groups although the kind of fanbase along with partially original interface design are the reasons on why the game falls on this list.

I don’t know what caught the game developers like Square Enix, Taito and even Konami the attention into making such a copy-paste game like that with similar layout and template. This is like taking Street Fighter IV template and then making your own fighting game but this is too outnumbering.

Many of the nerds may regret the fictional idol stuffs due to being outnumbered by the endless amount of such games in existence for mobile and it can be a huge waste of battery and storage space in playing those anyway. You may look like a spoilt idiot if you have played all of those idol-themed rhythm games as stated in the on-going list in Wikipedia but a few of them should be enough as you have other things to do.

You know what Konami should do instead? Make a god damn campaign for Bemani games that is a tribute to Tokimeki Memorial franchise just like they did with Hina-Bitter campaign. Why would they waste such a god damn time ripping off the other rhythm games in existence?

It’s an unlucky time for us and especially that Konami is coming up with Bombergirl which is a controversial spinoff of the Bomberman franchise. This, on the other hand, is the spinoff of Tokimeki Memorial franchise and they made a comeback with it? Perhaps, THIS and Bombergirl are what Metal Gear fans can talk shit about and I hope nobody as a gamer cares about them. It’s a negative change and not what I want to see.

I don’t know what is so DIFFICULT to make a new game in the classic series like the Tokimeki Memorial one so to speak. Even without the main and famous director behind the series, they could have made a new one without him under a new team just like what the other team at Konami comes up with Super Bomberman R. Like Metal Gear Survive, this upcoming spinoff is unacceptable as if some fool thinks that a few idol-themed rhythm games is not an enough amount.

The only appealing so far is that one of the characters from this upcoming spinoff is a retro-gaming freak as if Gradius is one of her favorite games or some kind. Another thing is that the prologue CD has some songs from the classic Konami games.

Sure, Love Live School Idol Festival on mobile is one popular and excellent rhythm game and it’s fine for Bandai Namco to come up with their rival games from the Idolmaster franchise but THIS OVER-POPULARITY HAS TO STOP. It’s getting out of control with the endless amount that it can be difficult to find the ones you can recognize and be interested in.

At this rate, it may look like Konami can do whatever sinister shit they want besides doing the right thing. The game is said to be coming out in late this year or something and there’s nearly no way anyone can cause a reform of the incompetent game company we know of. Play the game by the time it comes out if you want, but that will mean you’re pissing off Metal Gear fans regularly.

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Top 10 IOS and Android apps banned by companies for security reasons

The majority of Android apps are probably banned by companies due to malware and anything that goes against cyber-security while the list for IOS mentions various famous apps like Whatsapp, Pokemon Go, WinZip, Facebook Messenger, Plex, WeChat and some unknown eBay app.

For Whatsapp on IOS, it can send Address Book while Facebook Messenger, WinZip and some unknown eBay app in the Top 10 list send SMS messages. Plex on the other hand, does something quite worse like exposing device name and location. Camera exposure through apps is another reason like you don’t want other people in public areas in the photo or video or maybe private premises SHOULD NOT be photographed or filmed. Plex is supposed to be some kind of a home media center service but why would it expose camera like it’s beyond me? This is something Plex should explain and media centers at home are for watching something like movies, dramas and other TV shows.

According to the firm however, it appears that companies are seriously concerned about those cyber-security flaws in the apps like they pay detailed attention to them. Most of the time, the information transmission isn’t encrypted despite the fact that there are promises to get messages encrypted for apps like Whatsapp, for instance. Furthermore, Facebook, Pandora and Yelp are to be treated with extra care by administrators, that is for IOS and on Android, Uber, Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger may include things like data leaks and breaches.

Lastly, about Pokemon Go being in Top 10 IOS apps banned by companies, it may be due to the fact that:

  • The players may be disturbing the workplace like trying to find and catch the Pokemon taking place in the company premises.
  • The locations may be vulnerable to trepassing because of rare Pokemon, gym or any other stuffs taking place there.
  • The game can be used by criminals for illegal activities which may make the players and non-players the victims. (Eg: Luring victims to such locations through illegal modification of the game)
  • Even with policies, the cases can occur.

To use those apps in the workplace is equal to seeking serious trouble and the researchers at Appthority spent tons of effort in identifying the flaws of the apps for IOS & Android. Perhaps, the same policy should go for Windows Store apps as used in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. To make them exactly like Windows 7 in which every Modern UI stuffs and apps have to be removed completely isn’t an easy task but the enterprise version of Modern UI apps should be a thing for business touch screen devices.

Raycrisis on IOS and Android

It had been years since Raystorm was released on IOS and Android and Raycrisis is the final addition to the series for mobile. Before the IOS and Android releases of Raycrisis, the mobile versions of Rayforce and Raystorm were updated again with widescreen support, bluetooth controller support and the arranged music for Stage 1 which may seem to be a strange and incomplete move for me. The same can go for Raycrisis in which one of the stages will have its track arranged although the original version is still there if you ask me.

Most of the gameplay videos of Raycrisis aim for the true ending so to find the ones with bad ending and good endings may be rare whether it’s the arcade version or the Playstation/PC version. The mobile version is based on the arcade version minus the 2-player support similar to other shmup games ported from arcades.

The future plan will be to buy the game for my Android tablet from Google Play Store as my Ipod Touch had its screen damaged even worse. Maybe I used it while it was being charged and no wonder it took up so much power than ever. However, I don’t know if Raycrisis is going to work well on my Android tablet as this is released this year but my guess is that it uses the same porting engine as Rayforce and Raystorm as indicated from the similar interface and walllpaper.

One thing to keep in mind is that the ending is different between the arcade and the Playstation/PC versions and the true ending leads to the beginning of Rayforce as Raycrisis is the prequel.

Miscellaneous

There might be plans to add something akin to Raycrisis’ Encroachment system in Project Conspieracy which has still been worked on but the balance was way too off so I discarded it. The idea of this feature might indicate on how dark the heroes’ kingdom’s karma was from the game’s start. The higher the value, the darker the karma was but at that time the feature was implemented, I had no plans to make the immediate transition thingy similar to what Raycrisis will do abruptly if the Encroachment reaches 100%. The Corruption Points indicated on how dark the kingdom’s karma was when they reached the high amount. The same corruption could go to the heroes as they were parts of that kingdom.

BLU smartphones banned in Amazon over spyware issues (Posted in 5 August in Blogger)

Update: A recent news update had indicated that things were already safe for the sales of BLU smartphone to resume at Amazon as if it all turned out to be a false alarm.

A bigger lesson than the one for Windows 10 was learnt as the spyware technology was removed in the devices. However, from the deeper report from the researchers, the data collection is still there via the telemetry in which the data collected is stored in the servers in China. Furthermore, the researchers have fears and concerns of security risks for servers in China.

Another concern is that the BLU smartphones are banned from sales by Amazon as it may seem to be an offense to Amazon like selling a phone, tablet, set-top-box, a computer or any other computing device pre-loaded with spyware is an illegal act and an individual, group or a company can be in deep trouble for that sort of sale.

It is controversial ever since last year in which those smartphones were pre-loaded with spyware but until the illegal data collection is completely removed including the telemetry, there will be no point in getting them available according to Amazon.

Fake reviews for Whatsapp

Like really, as if the worst games of recent years were already plagued with fake reviews like some of the worst Steam games were taken down and then reinstated with fake reviews and changed names for instances, how about Whatsapp being mistaken for a game? Whatsapp the game? LIKE SOME STUPID MORONS THINK THAT PEOPLE ARE PLAYING GAMES WITH WHATSAPP! THIS IS A SLAP ON THEIR FACES FOR THIS SORT OF IGNORANCE!

I don’t care if that is more or less a fake or real news or something to you from my recent discovery at Neowin but I was already annoyed even more than before from this year’s Lunar New Year days and especially for sometime after Lunar New Year where Singtel users like me were knocked out of internet access! So, the real annoyance was that while I was working on something, be it a Game Maker game or perhaps a music arrangement/remix or something, those home morons had the guts to tell the elder aunts that I was playing games or some sort. Their continued ignorance and presence continued to piss me off and there will be no guarantee of peaceful celebration of future Lunar New Year then and especially when it comes to DJ practice which I sometimes do with my DJ controller. Even if they looked at my computer screen, they couldn’t know what I was actually doing by then as if they told others that I was playing. Such ignorance from them was the reason on why I didn’t bring my laptop computer along this year and their manipulation of the others as I fear it is going to make me miserable like I may end up suffering from medical torture because of them.

So, the situation stated above may be why you shouldn’t annoy me with ignorant rumors about me or something else. NOBODY cares for morons like those who take Whatsapp for a game. We CARE for respectful and superior people although those morons who have been annoying me as stated above might think that I have communication problem or some kind and it is a future offense to deny the consequences you’re given by someone whom you have disrespected. You should realize your actions done to that person, NOT think that there’s something wrong with them.

Even as an adult or elder person, you should have decent attitude and knowledge of what’s actually going on and what is someone actually doing. And if you think or talk to others that some DJ doing DJ practice is playing games or something, that DJ will have an indirect “Fuck You” delivered to you for stupidly disrespecting them. You’ll be scolded indirectly with the use of that DJ’s brain. The same goes to the music producer producing something in the bedroom. So a lesson is that you should know what that person you’re intercepting is actually doing before you say anything from your mouth.

So for Whatsapp, they didn’t have time to investigate those morons doing fake reviews like that on the app and it was up to Google to do the investigation themselves. Those fake reviews popped up on Whatsapp from February to March and thankfully, other Google Play apps weren’t invaded with such. Those posting fake reviews like that don’t deserve to be respectful adults and we don’t have time and breath for fools like them.

Google’s inaccurate Best Android games of 2016 list

We were lucky about the Best mobile games of 2014 list like we took it for an accurate one but for this year’s, it’s not the same. It’s not that Google and Apple have screwed it up or something if you ask.

For Pokemon Go, I already ranted about it over the lack of proper security even with the policies intact. It was declared mediocre for me like it should fall under the Disappointing Games of 2016 list. Fast forward to the present time, I can assume that the game’s having some improvements and in the future, there will be additional 100 Pokemons for Pokemon Go. So, I guess that the game has gone from mediocre to a fine game and even then, it still falls under that list I just mentioned but it is inexcusable to put the game that is terrible, average or okay in the top 5/10 games of the year list. Not to mention that even The Game Awards had gone a little incompetent into making Pokemon Go as the Top Mobile and Family Game. Do people care about personal security or something?

Speaking of The Game Awards of this year, I already have another game to rant about, Street Fighter V, that doesn’t deserve to be involved in it as it has gone from great to okay but that will be in another blog post when possible. It’s still a fine game to be frank but people are not happy with it being the Best Fighting Game of this year for this year’s The Game Awards as if other fighting games deserve that due to sufficient features.

Lumines Puzzle & Music for IOS & Android

Four years ago, it seemed that the famous man, Tetsuya Mizuguchi, had stopped producing games for the time being but fast forward to the recent times, he had opened a new game studio called Enhance Games, where he’ll keep producing his games there. Also, Mobcast had purchased the IPs of Lumines and Meteos but the thing is, he’s still working at Enhance Games and that is that. It may be a disappointment if the company works on the new Lumines game without his involvement.

The game was soft-launched in some countries in July before getting a global release this month. Also, the upcoming collaboration with Ultra Japan will have the game shown at the event this Saturday. Ultra Japan as we may suggest, is the DJ event taking place in Japan. The recent Ultra events already took place in other countries this year and I guess that only Professional DJs may spin there. What is special about Lumines Puzzle & Music taking place at Ultra Japan is the fact that series uses the music elements where the actions are synchronized to the musical beat. Tetsuya Mizuguchi may be famous for producing games that synchronize things to the musical beat but I’ve seen other games inspired by his that do the same thing as well like Magical Beat by Arc System Works for instance.

Needless to say, the game is not free but at least you get a standard enjoyment just like the other Lumines games although I don’t know what to say about the controls as I still have yet to buy it.

Super Mario Run for IOS and Android

The Wii U and 3DS have enough momentum as of the present time but for whatever reason, it seems that Nintendo is having some financial troubles that going mobile may be one of the last resorts. However, that will make Nintendo look like a third-party company for that. There may be Playstation-certified games on various Sony-branded smartphones but forget about that feature as Sony was already struggling in the mobile business. Perhaps, Samsung and Apple are like super-strong competitors out there when it comes to smartphone and tablet market but it doesn’t probably mean that it may have affected the portable consoles that badly.

Nintendo had already gone mobile with Pokemon Go recently but that was made by Niantic. Perhaps, they could have presented at the Apple conference about Pokemon Go just like they recently did with Super Mario Run for IOS. The Android version will be coming in the future as well in addition to IOS version.

Game-wise, it’s basically an endless runner with the famous platformer franchise. It won’t be free to be frank but it doesn’t have the freemium model features. The concept is entirely based on the modern-era where you have the ability to wall-jump, slide down the wall as well as other abilities that originated from the classic sequels. Let’s hope that it’s tons of times better than Sega’s equivalent 2D endless runner game which I found it to be mediocre to be frank. Also, the Sega’s one was already discontinued at the end of July this year.

A word of warning, if you think that Fl**** B*** is better than this or any other 2D Mario games, you may be the biggest gaming idiot of all time.

Pokemon Go impressions and security issues

So, the hype for this was really big to be frank as you can wander around the globe and find various wild Pokemon on the wild areas to catch as well as to battle the gym leaders although I don’t know if you can make use of your own Pokemon to battle the wild ones besides catching them. What about those items like potions, revival restore and other stuffs besides Master Balls/Pokeballs? What about Pokemon Center in case some of your Pokemon are defeated in battle? I guess that losing to gym leaders in battle may make you completely useless that you can guess on things like going to nearby Pokemon Center for full revival. It’s a shame that Pokemon Go is missing certain stuffs like that based on what you can recall from your childhood if you had played the past Pokemon games before.
Unfortunately, the addiction is too high for this one and at the time of the game’s release, the new policies regarding it still have yet to exist like better safety rules, new policies in schools, companies and other indoor facilities against playing the game as well as the policies against entering those specialized facilities like police stations, hospitals, etc. There were already advises that you actually didn’t NEED to enter those facilities just to get various virtual items. This is kind of realistic enough but it also means that it can pose policy and safety problems if you’re not careful enough of your surroundings and where you’re going. What if you are lost or missing in action because of that?
And of course, even security issues had become additional problems the developers needed to be aware of. Normally, apps on IOS and Android should have request to basic contact information but this is beyond that for Pokemon Go and your privacy might be compromised as a result should you opt in to Google. However, the developers, Niantic, was aware of this problem and the update should solve it by making Pokemon Go request to basic contact information for players using Google account. The thing was, Google was the one taking action in reducing the permission for the app with Niantic including this solution in the latest update. This problem affected IOS and Android users but there’s one more thing Android users need to be aware of, the malware APKs disguised as the game app.
It was an interesting stumble ever since I played classic Pokemon games on Game Boy Color in my childhood. Unfortunately, none of them were English version so I couldn’t know what went on back then and the worse thing was that I was stuck in Pokemon Gold like I wasn’t able to finish it. There was also the trading card spinoff game on Game Boy Color which I played but I couldn’t make it far. But fast forward to the present where everything changed. I don’t think I’m going to have any interest in getting Pokemon Go on my Android at anytime although it is interesting and a huge hit but it lacks the features the other Pokemon games have.
Last thing, will there be a tournament for Pokemon Go players in the future? Unfortunately, it’s kind of like the tournament events for Splatoon where each tournament event is different for different country. Also, there are like way too many places marked as gyms and I don’t know how many badges you’re going to get. Maybe, there should be official Pokemon-themed places that act as the real gyms so that you can get the gym badges from there and THEN, once you have gotten all the gym badges, you’re eligible for the tournament, right?

King of Fighters 97 OL

What the hell happened? It was looking like SNK Playmore went mobile starting last year or earlier after a serious struggle with Pachinko slot machine games in which not many of the gamers are interested in and I’m severely against gambling stuffs as they ruin your life that easily. Rhythm of Fighters was kind of strange although Metal Slug Defense was like popular to the developers that they kept it going until today with additional units, crossover characters and even crossover stages that lasted a while. Yes, that game surely looked like Battle Cats which was released three years earlier than it so the word, defense, is a misleading word to the gameplay when comparing it to Battle Cats. Unfortunately, the developers of Battle Cats didn’t even mention the complete origins of Metal Slug units and instead, they mentioned by in-game text that those units came from Metal Slug Defense. There may be units exclusive to Metal Slug Defense of course but too much crossover can pretty much ruin the image of Metal Slug series. Then, there was Beast Busters featuring KOF which I already finished most of the areas like I eventually stopped playing it. Even worse is that this year, SNK Playmore is acquired by the Chinese company, Ledo Millenium, in which Ledo Interactive developed KOF 97 OL for IOS and Android.

At first, we thought that this was an HD remake but it’s not. It’s a beat-em-up spinoff game of King of Fighters 97 and fans of the franchise were really annoyed about this as if the franchise or perhaps SNK Playmore itself is on life support. Everything is redone in HD and the gameplay controls are way too simple for the genre. You just mash the specific buttons that represent the respective moves like normal move which does the comboing in normal way plus the special move, the special moves that once used, you have to wait until they’re available again, the desperation move and so on. If you have played tons of beat-em-up games or fighting games, you will notice that some of the stuffs are missing in the gameplay. You can’t jump, air-dash, ground-dash or even throw something. There may be ground-dash attacks but they originate from the original KOF games so that doesn’t count as a normal ground-dash attack in terms of the beat-em-up genre. Unlike Phantom Breaker Battle Grounds, you can’t even guard yourself against enemy attacks. Yes, even Phantom Breaker Battle Grounds is the spinoff of the fighting game using the same genre as KOF 97 OL. A KOF beat-em-up spinoff game will be a decent idea since you’re fighting tons of baddies like a fighter alongside other KOF characters in your team with other teams awaiting you as your rival teams. Perhaps, a real 3-vs-3 may make sense in this one where all team members are fighting the rival ones at the same time unlike the KOF series where it’s still a 1-on-1 match with the other team members watching it and one fighter down may mean other team member taking over.

There’s also a warning message telling you that the enemies in that stage you’ve chosen are too strong that you may need to strengthen yourself if you want to get in but you do have the options on whether you have to strengthen first or enter the stage anyway. There are tons of items that can be used as well as the outfit parts that can be strengthened. Plus, strengthening yourself may cost in-game currency and unlocking other fighters may require collecting cards representing them. There are also assist fighters that will help you out for extra overall strength. Like Beast Busters featuring KOF, each stage is short and features a boss at the end where you have to tackle him/her within the time limit.

Lastly, the FMV intro and loading screens are way out of place as if the fans are like, “What the hell is this?”, “What’s up with the look of the characters? How could SNK Playmore ruin their image like that?”, “Why is this going all 3D CGI like in KOF Maximum Impact?”. In fact, there might be cosplayers involved in the promotion of this game. The cosplay itself is fine but having to promote this game with it poses the fans a couple of challenging questions.

The worse thing is that King of Fighters XIV is going all 3D graphics via Maximum Impact series and there is some assumption that it is using Unreal Engine 4 with realistic effects or some sort but from what I saw in the trailers, the overall graphics looked like they were done in Unreal Engine 3.x or something. I mean the flame effects are not quite realistic enough and the smoke effect is half-assed as well. And what’s up with the look and outfits of the characters? WHY DID SNK PLAYMORE ASSIGN THIS TO SOME EXTERNAL COMPANY LIKE THAT? Going next-gen is supposedly a requirement but going 3D like in Street Fighter IV or Maximum Impact series is a major disapproval to the fans. Hell, even the FMV intro of KOF 97 OL is like graphically better but keep in mind that KOF XIV is still under development and I don’t know if KOF 97 OL will be superseded or not by the time it comes out next year for Playstation 4.

In summary of unacceptable flaws of KOF 97 OL:

  • Lack of standard abilities as required for a beat-em-up spinoff such as the lack of jumping, dashing and even throwing.
  • The way the sound effects are executed is flawed.
  • What’s up with the loading screens and FMV intro?
  • For the music, the way it loops is that it cuts off certain parts of each song or something. (Example: Psycho Solder’s theme song has chrous and post-chorus cut completely)
  • The stage uses the same background for every phase or something

Sure, there can be fighting game elements in today’s beat-em-up games like special and super moves, guarding, surrounding shockwave that repels every surrounding enemy off as well as to summon your assistant to help you along to make things more epic in the next level so why not?