1) Pandemic and The Doctors
While most of this was just a very straight forward, informative answer, Pachter should get a medal for the ending of this question. I always, always hate it when gamers forget that there are real people working behind these games, creative people who do get joy out of entertaining other people. As a game designer, it’s why I make games and I could relate to everything Pachter said to describe the doctors. So when you can put it into the perspective that the whiners, those people who find every little unsatisfactory element in a video game and blow it out of proportion, they potentially ruin all future installments of the things they love. I may not have played Mass Effect or any of the games in that series, but I sure as hell loved Metroid: Other M. I think the sexism comments were blown out of proportions, I think the attacks on Samus’ character are not only evidence of people ignoring the actual story but also a sign that gamers don’t care about interesting characters or well-developed stories, and Nintendo has stated that they have no idea how Other M could have been so panned. I doubt we’ll be getting another Metroid game soon, and I am mad at everyone who ruined that for me.
2) To Re-master or Not to Re-master
It’s a simple supply and demand thing. Of course, the good thing about the Halo anniversary edition was that it came with a new look, new content, and acted as like a teaser for Halo 4. I know I’ve mentioned Metroid Prime Trilogy before when talking about good reasons for re-master or re-selling of a game. Sony’s collections though are the only ones I have a problem with since they don’t have much of an excuse. They pretty up some games and sell them as a collection, but I don’t recall them offering much of anything new. Sega is kind of the same way, with how Sonic Adventure 2 was just released in HD. It doesn’t look any different and the stuff from the GCN port cost extra as DLC.