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3:16 AM on 06.23.2008 // JustLikeBuck
Where's my Baroque?

*I was angry when I started writing, then I relaxed upon switching from coffee to tea. But read on, if you will...*

I know Nintendo of Europe are trying; 'working on it' you might say. But I really don't see the effort.

The whole reason we EUs are unhappy with waiting for a game released in the US 6 month previously, is because we're waiting for a game for 6th months.

"But Buck!", you might cry, "That's a tautology!"

And after a moment to look the word up on Wikipedia, I'd agree with you. It makes sense. We're upset because we have to wait so bloody long for a game that is still going to have American English as its language, as well as some other EU languages for those who pay less tax, work less, and live longer... I hate the UK. But No!

You might think NoE would understand this fact. We bitch and moan about it enough, like someone on Big Brother denied fags (UK meaning) and booze. But apparently not. To NoE, it's not the waiting that irritates us, it's the release date. Which is why I've noticed a few games, already released elsewhere, delayed more than once. How can you get get translation and localization so wrong?

Take Baroque. A niche Dungeon RPG, with niche rogue-like gameplay. You might have dismissed it as being too hard, and having to start from scratch every time you die. If you thought this, you've made as big a mistake as assuming a Final Fantasy games protagonists would be ugly (also known as photo-realistic) testosterone-pumped, and yet not at all moody; or that Metal Gear Solids dialogue would be terse, to the point, and not at all hippy-like.

Baroque had a release date of June 27th, initially. Then that slipped to July 4th. And now, we won't be seeing this gem until August 1st, a date that smacks of "We have no friggin' Idea 'when'!"

Okami, the divine lupine adventure game, and Brawl are other examples.

So is this the trend now? In the same way that moron called us out for being "Geeks and Otaku", and yet didn't actually apologise (but regretted that 'we' misunderstood), are Nintendo attacking the symptom (Press Releases) rather than the disease (The dick-heads who issue said Press Releases).

Which is better? Waiting for 6 months, or waiting for 3, then 1, then another 2?
Should I just order all my games from the states, where by the time they're released in the EU, they're already discounted in the US? How well does the Region Free thing on the Homebrew Channel work? Honestly?
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