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Payday 2 arrived on the Switch this week, nearly five years after its initial release on PC. A lot of questions have already been raised about how it will be missing a large chunk of the additional content that has come out since 2013, but a bigger head-scratcher remains the lack of proper voice chat.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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Growing up, you probably played hide-and-seek, and you probably had one friend who was so good at hiding that it felt as though they'd vanished. Well, imagine that they could literally phase through walls in order to win, and you'll have an idea of how Mario Odyssey players are feeling right now.

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It can be frustrating to be a fan of video game. The game you've waited years for has been delayed a second time. The series you love is being ruined by its publisher. The patch the developer just issued nerfed your favourite character. These problems do not apply in the world of Kirby, the Nintendo series that must be the least frustrating thing to be into in all of video games.

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Beautiful adventure game Rime wasn't quite as beautiful when it was released on the Nintendo Switch back in November, suffering from severe frame rate drops, bad pop-in, faded colours and poor lower resolution textures. Yesterday's 1.02 update doesn't fix everything, but the game looks and plays so much better now.

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One of the biggest highlights of the Wii era was playing shooters such as Resident Evil 4 by waggling your remote at the screen. Now you can recapture that feeling with Doom on Switch, which received a patch yesterday that adds motion controls.

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Super Mario Bros. speedruns are almost as perfect as humanly possible. The swift sprint through the Mushroom Kingdom has only seen incremental gains over the last few years, with runners besting times by fractions of a second. Runs of the game have become so optimised that it seemed impossible to do any better. Yesterday, a speedrunner pushed the game even further with a new world record run.

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This is not a review of Bayonetta. Oh no, my friend. This is something else entirely. Bayonetta - and its sequel Bayonetta 2 - are action video game masterpieces that are out today for the Nintendo Switch. I've been playing them for a couple of days. I asked you (on Twitter!) to ask me anything about the games.

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Are you sitting down? I've got something to tell you - something that may shock you. Between the events of the various Donkey Kong games, the Kong family was involved in a bitter and vicious war. Among its many casualties, this war may have claimed the life of a classic Kong character, explaining his disappearance from all future games in the series.