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Yesterday, I introduced a new weekly segment here at Gamnesia where every Friday I release a poll on a complicated, controversial, or just popular topic. Then each Saturday, I'll respond with my personal thoughts on the subject, welcoming alternate points of view from our readers and basically opening the floor up for open debate. My first hot topic poll asked viewers "should Nintendo release mobile games?" Unsurprisingly (most Nintendo fans I know tend to be adverse to change), over 50% replied that Nintendo should not ever release any games on mobile platforms under any circumstances. 

As a generally traditional gamer, I understand the distrust of the mobile market as a gaming platform and the stigmas attached to it. Inferior products, shoddy controls, annoying advertisements, microtransactions, and other problems plague many mobile games, but I object to the idea that this is how it has to be. The mobile market is rapidly expanding, whether traditional gamers like it or not, and developers and publishers are directing more and more of their attention and resources towards it. Someone needs to step up to the plate and do mobile gaming right. If anyone can do that, it's Nintendo.

“One myth, countless stories, FINAL FANTASY XIII. The New Tale of the Crystal. Like the Light that shines through the Crystal, the universe shines with multicolored content.”

So reads the online description of Fabula Nova Crystallis, the mythology driving the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy. It speaks of the heart of mythology: disjointed and fleeting snippets that can be hard to understand on their own, but together make a beautiful whole. That is precisely what a mythology is: a collection of stories.

Female protagonist: must be sexist, right? Wrong!

We live in a society constantly on-edge for potential discrimination. No longer is it “Baa, Baa, Black Sheep,” it’s “Baa, Baa, Rainbow Sheep.” No longer is it the black sheep of the herd, its just the odd one out. Even innocent Gollywogs have become controversial. 

When it comes to considering video games as offensive on discriminatory grounds, let us remember to always take a step back and a moment to think. Let us always consider intent and context thoroughly before pointing the accusatory finger. 

The issue of discrimination is a very real and a very serious one, but claims of what constitutes discrimination these days are often as ridiculous as the very idea of a rainbow sheep.

Lightning Returns likes it clocks

I run among the busy townspeople as I pass the Clock Tower, but I’m not in Clock Town. I gaze up at what the citizens refer to as a moon, but I’m not in Termina. The on-screen clock counts down to doom, but this isn’t The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, it’s Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII and I’m running through Luxerion gazing up at the Ark.

An earlier article published at Zelda Informer heralded Final Fantasy X-2 as the Majora’s Mask equivalent of the franchise. Psdeisgnuk described the piece as “bringing together two much-loved and much-maligned games in [a] way few have realized.” That “way” being as more spiritual counterparts than literal ones.

Whereas Majora’s Mask and Final Fantasy X-2 find similar ground by being sequels that are largely alien to their predecessors, Lightning Returns strikes much more direct and literal parallels with the 2000 Legend of Zelda title, as popular opinion is apt to point out.

With live streamed press conferences from Microsoft, Sony, EA, and Konami, as well as other scattered announcements, the last three days have been full of surprises out of Gamescom. We've seen new franchises announced, special edition console bundles revealed, and much more. With so many to choose from, what was the biggest Gamescom surprise for you?

Personally, I would go with Rise of the Tomb Raider being an Xbox exclusive, but in reality, it really isn't. As such, my top surprise is the announcement that Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro are making a Silent Hill game starring Norman Reedus. The combination of all those prominent names sounds like fantasy, but it's happening, and it sounds extremely promising. Chime in with your biggest surprise after the jump!

Welcome to this week's edition of the Gamnesia Weekly Recap! It's been a busy week with lots of news across the board, and our top two stories are both full of controversy. Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli finally opened up about the financial troubles his company has been having for months, and Twitch announced some new changes that aren't sitting well with many gamers. You can catch these stories, the top news from Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft, exclusive Gamnesia content, and more in the latest Weekly Recap!

An unfortunate and ugly situation has been brewing at Crytek for months, and last week it took an ugly turn that was capped off with CEO Cevat Yerli closing the company's UK branch, downsizing the USA branch, laying off over one hundred workers, and selling off the rights to Homefront: The Revolution. These announcements came less than a week after the studio issued a press release stating that positive news was on the way.

All of this followed months of rumors that Crytek was in financial trouble and reports from both current and former Crytek employees that they were not being paid on time, not being paid in full, or not being paid at all. Employees quit the company in droves, and finally some began to speak out. After the dust settled, Yerli opened up about the situation in an interview, but his attitude was far from apologetic or responsible. In fact, I found it downright despicable.

At this year’s E3, I had the opportunity to play Mario Maker, a recently-announced game from Nintendo that lets players design levels for the famous Super Mario Bros. series. I got to the booth and played through a few quick demonstration levels before hopping into the course designer to fiddle with the toolset. I found blocks, warp pipes, various enemies, and a few modifiers at my fingertips. At first glance, it looked like any other Super Mario Bros. level.

But I quickly learned that Mario Maker lets gamers break the rules of the traditional Mario games and put any pieces anywhere. You can make flying Hammer Bros. and multistory Koopa towers. If you can think of it, you can build it, and that’s what Mario Maker is all about. The more creative you get with the small number of tools, the more rewarding the experience becomes.

There were only about nine tools and two aesthetic options, but Mario Maker was nonetheless a complete and compelling product. When my time with the demo was over, I was ready to download it on the eShop the minute I got home. So when does it come out? The end of the month? Late Summer?

Nope. The launch window was a vague "2015." Head inside for more.

There's a lot of buzz in the video game industry right now about the strong sales of PlayStation 4 compared to the more modest numbers of Xbox One. This has been the case for months now, but the talk really picked up when it was revealed that Microsoft only shipped 1.1 million consoles from April to June, whereas Sony sold 3.5 million home consoles, not counting PSP and Vita's numbers.

With the headline "PlayStation 4 outsells Xbox One three to one" plastered all over the place, many are declaring an early death for Microsoft's console. Personally, I think it's ludicrous to declare a winner of a generation after less than nine months, and Xbox One definitely has plenty of time to recover, but it's entering into a crucial period. Xbox One needs to win over the North American crowd this Christmas, and the push to make that happen needs to start right now.

Welcome to Gamnesia's Weekly Recap! If you missed any of the top stories or any of our exclusive editorials from the past week, we've got you covered. This week saw the release of the sales and financial reports for the first quarter of the year, so you can see how Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft are performing so far this year. We also have all the details on the troubling situation at Crytek, new trailers and gameplay videos for highly anticipated games, and more. Check it all out in this edition of the Weekly Recap!