I fear that neither Splatoon nor Xenoblade Chronicles X would get nominated for GOTY for 2015's Video Game Awards due to westerners having some sort of bias against nominating Nintendo games that aren't Mario or Zelda onto the GOTY category, not to mention the potential contenders for this year (Witcher 3, MGSV, and Fallout 4) are open world games, a genre which XCX also is, which are bound to be GOTY material.
Would a thread involving the philosophies suggested by the Metal Gear series such as social media corruption from Sons of Liberty and Senator Armstrong's I have a dream speech from Revengence be more fitting in the video games section or at the Round Table? I want to have a discussion if any of these philosophies have legit points and should we follow them to live a better life.
I've yet to watch the video, partially because of the length but also because, as it stands, I disagree. I did see part of the video, though, and I think it's not only unrealistic, but also a bit idealistic.
I won't go on a long spiel about this, just note two things. The first of which is that Reggie, now more than ever, he's a video game celebrity. When Reggie's on screen, people get hyped, and ultimately he does well to provide a likable face for NoA (and, as a result, Nintendo as the West sees it. Until that dies off completely, firing him is not only unlikely, but its also unsafe, as it would paint Nintendo as a dubious and unfriendly company that cares as little for its employees as it does its fans. It would be a very bad move on a public level.
Second, on to the "idealistic" part...this idea that Reggie is the reason for such a disconnect between Nintendo and Western Audiences seems...misplaced. Regardless of what the previous head of Nintendo might have done, these "would haves" are not only speculation, but also they deny the idea that NoA is a company. A company full of people with ideas and suggestions, a decision-making body as a whole rather than simply in parts with the head controlling the whole thing. If NoA fails at something, its a failure as a company, not simply on Reggie's side- he didn't make the decision alone but, as the head, he is the one who will take the blame.
Ultimately, though, I reserve judgment on these things until Nintendo "fails". I like Nintendo quite a bit, and as a result, I really want to see them "fail". Their E3 conference this year, at least to the masses, was close to a failure, but they didn't really take a large hit for it. But true failure, hitting rock bottom at at least one point, is where we can really see the company opening their eyes to a larger future and taking chances. Once they've reached that point, then I'll say either way, but as Nintendo exists as a stable company I feel that firing either of these individuals would simply be a waste.
As for SMT x FE, I think it's to be expected. I don't think it's warranted- just the opposite, really. Considering we knew next to nothing about the idea after it was announced, people acting like this out-of-left-field crossover stomped on their expectations are overreacting. I mean, I get it, it has a modern Persona feel that contrasts with the rather rustic FE and the neo-apocalyptic SMT, that much makes sense...but we haven't even seen the game yet. We saw snippets, but ultimately we don't know what the game'll be like.
...So in short, I just say it's premature. I get why its happening, but trashing it this early just because of how it looks and based on nothing else...eh. Just seems like complaining for complaining's sake.
That doesn't really change my stance on it. In fact, I think it makes more sense that Watch_Dogs uses dead memes (which, surprisingly, is a term used in the same sense as the way that I use it). That's the only reason I really think it's appropriate, because it seems self aware, especially considering that this hacker is posting these in what is supposed to be a real-world reflection of Chicago.
Memes and jokes are meant to be created chemically, they're not supposed to be forced (hence why forced memes exist), and any attempts at creating memes will end horribly. If they really wanted to force something funny then they would use original content, and likely use the many dialogue outlets they have available, such as the text conversations, talking, cutscenes, etc. But it hardly seems like they were using it in that sense since Billboards are such a minute part of the game that they seem more as if they're there for fanservice rather than anything else. Initially, they spur shock in those not expecting memes so old and so dead to resurface, such as "All your base r belong to us" and "Over 9000", and later, it just becomes a test to see how far you can date yourself. I don't really see anything wrong with that, it's just a small bit of fanservice, not a means to force dated memes on people for laughs.