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Nintendo Announces The New 2DS XL

Apr 28, 2017, 12:37pm

This is just the 2DS version of the New 3DS that came out several years ago. A year or two before Microsoft and Sony had their half-gen refresh too I might add.

Street Fighter 5 Stage Pulled Over 'Unintentional Religious References'

Apr 27, 2017, 7:39pm

Oh, oh. I know this one. Salaam, or Salaam effendi. I always remember that from Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis.

Atlus Apologises For Persona 5 Streaming Restrictions, Loosens Them

Apr 27, 2017, 2:17pm

Seems like someone might have found their keywords. On the one hand it feels like they are slowly coming around to being amenable to the idea of streaming being a big part of modern culture, but on the other hand it feels like they're just trying to look less like a villain. "You can come out of your room now, but you're still grounded and can't leave the house".

Games Like Project Phoenix Ruin Kickstarter For Everyone Else

Apr 27, 2017, 10:27am

Video game projects themselves ruined Kickstarter in a way. By including the game as a reward, they gave people the impression that Kickstarter was like Etsy. You pay for someone to make something, you get that thing in return. It's not like that though, you're giving someone money to try and realise a project and they have said they'll give you something as a reward in thanks.

Stories like this should only serve to remind people that they need to be more cautious about where they put their money. Investors don't just throw their money around willy nilly, (if they're smart) they want to see business and marketing plans, guarantees of success, risk analyses and contingency plans should things go wrong. You should approach Kickstarter in the same way and consider whether the project is feasible. Ask yourself if you think these people can deliver. Analyse the risk of putting in money you may never see again and pay attention to the failed projects. If the one you are about to back seems to be going down the same path, maybe you should reconsider.

The Big Question: Is The Nintendo Switch Worth It?

Apr 26, 2017, 12:25pm

I already have a Vita and 3DS with games I like to play so I don't really need a third right now. At home I also have three consoles with the games I like playing and are getting a lot of the third party Switch games as well so I don't really see a need for another console there either. If I do get one it will be because Xenobalde 2 was released and I had a fierce internal debate about whether it was worth it for that one game. It was the same debate for the Wii U and while I mostly don't regret the decision, I wouldn't buy it if I could make the choice all over again.

People Are Trying To Find The Truth About A Creepy 'Unfinished' Playstation Game

Apr 23, 2017, 6:53pm

They covered Ben Drowned back in the day.

People Are Trying To Find The Truth About A Creepy 'Unfinished' Playstation Game

Apr 23, 2017, 6:52pm

I doubt the actual abandoned 1997 PS1 game called Petscop is real, the graphics are better than what a PS1 could do in places. It's either an interesting and elaborately done creepypasta or a promotion for a new creepypasta game.

Just How Badly Did Street Fighter 2's AI Cheat?

Apr 22, 2017, 8:25pm

Input reading has always been a basic staple of Fighting game AI. I love "Anime fighters" but the AI in those is always designed to be cheap with its cheats. Especially bosses which always have a lot of the rules around super moves and recovery times removed.


Apr 22, 2017, 2:25am

Nice spotting. I was thinking it might have been Ar Nosurge.

Bandai Namco Announces Code Vein, Which Is Certainly A Video Game

Apr 22, 2017, 2:00am

So you're saying that a trailer that showed vampires that transformed and were hunting monsters is a far cry from a game about vampires that transform and hunt monsters? Sure, I'm disappointed that it's not a game with the same visual style as the trailer but the gameplay and visual aesthetics do not surprise me at all. Especially when you know that it's done by Shift (A fact the article neglects to mention), the makers of God Eater which shares many of the same themes and elements. Just replace the dark entity with Oracle Cells, the Revenants with the God Eaters and harvesting blood with devouring the cells of the enemy. I'm looking forward to it. I'm a huge fan of the God Eater games and Freedom Wars so I have no doubt they'll have improved on the formula.

More Classic Games Need Remakes Like Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap

Apr 21, 2017, 4:47pm

My thoughts exactly. This is like saying tilesets for Dwarf Fortress are remakes.

What Are You Playing This Weekend?

Apr 21, 2017, 12:05pm

I feel like picking up Overwatch again to check out the new event and see what's changed in the last few months. I'm also going to check out Portal Knights because it looks like Dragon Quest Builders, a game I enjoyed a heap.

What Are You Playing This Weekend?

Apr 21, 2017, 12:03pm

When do I hold F to pay respects?

Street Fighter 5 Players Are Divided Over R. Mika's Unusually Powerful Dash

Apr 21, 2017, 12:03am

Street Fighter V has some very janky hit collision detection shenanigans that I'm surprised I don't see more people talking about. Rainbow Mika gets the Lion's share of them too for better or worse. Not only does this happen but her command normal where she grabs and swings her opponent can actually grab you at the space just in front of your character, looking like she just used to force to pull you into range.

Both her and Necalli (Haven't confirmed any others) can also end up in the weird situation where if you are just that little bit too close your command throws will actually go through a character and miss. Basically you're just giving them a quick hug. I even noticed it happen once or twice in the NorCal tournament. This tends to happen most if you've jumped in.

Both Cammy and Karin have "ROFLCopter" moves as well where the hitbox just shifts up to the top half of their body so any attacks that collide with their body on screen don't actually count. It's great for avoiding fireballs and mid to low attacks but if you forget to attack high to counter it's really frustrating see your attack visually go right through them.

A Better Designed Kirby Dress Is Impossible

Apr 20, 2017, 6:52pm

If it doesn't inflate like a beach ball then I'm sorry, it's not a good Kirby dress at all.

How Would You Improve Mario Kart?

Apr 20, 2017, 12:26pm

Microtransactions. Think of how awesome it would be to buy colours for your kart or purchase different types of kart. Imagine being able to plonk down some cash to buy specific power ups instead of getting random ones all the time. What if you could buy your own taunts and emotes to display to other people while hurtling down the track? I know, I know. Unprecedented genius right there.

But wait! Hold on to your horses, they're about to go wild and crazy. What if you could get that for free, but only via a loot box that randomly spits out these magnificent items? And you only got those boxes sometimes? "How is that better than buying stuff?" I hear you ask. Well, what if you could buy these boxes?! Then instead of spending a finite amount of cash on things you want, you can spend infinite cash only getting things you want sometimes! *Heads explode and wallets open*

Final Fantasy 7's Cast, Revised

Apr 20, 2017, 8:21am

they show that everything iconic about this cast has to do with their original designs, haircuts and weaponsUmm, if you're changing the hair style then it's not really iconic. The hair colour yes, but not the style. At any rate, they show that it's the costume and weapons that are the iconic part of each character's design.

Pop Star YouTuber Captures The Hell That Is Being Online

Apr 20, 2017, 12:21am

How have I gone so long without knowing about this? It's like every vision I have of the future made real. A world in which banaal and meaningless phrases are repeated endlessly by an innocent character on screens that pervade every aspect of our lives while a slow progressive chord drones in the background, steeped in subliminal suggestion.

EA Gets Involved With Pony Island

Apr 19, 2017, 3:34pm

Two things I bet you didn't think you'd see next to each other this week: Pony Island, a game about possessed unicorns shooting laser beams and the DevilEnough said. ^_-

Why Is This Happening

Apr 19, 2017, 3:13pm

Willy Wonka/Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has always struck me as the gateway drug to teen slasher flicks. You have a group of kids with distinct personality archetypes slowly getting picked off one by one in varied and disturbing ways until only one remains. The only difference is no one dies and Willy Wonka isn't "killed", only to be resurrected ad inifinitum in sequels (Just remakes).

Someone totally needs to do a "Jason and the Meat Factory" parody now where Jason Vorhees is just an eccentirc guy in a mask taking kids on a tour around an abbatoir.

How Do You Feel About The Nintendo Switch Now?

Apr 19, 2017, 11:42am

I'm still contemplating picking one up... next year. At the moment the library just isn't compelling enough and so far the release list doesn't hold any exclusives I'd pick up a new console for. When Xenoblade Chronicles 2 releases is when I'll seriously consider it but for now most of the games are coming out on platforms I own so it's not like I'm missing out on much.


Apr 18, 2017, 12:40pm

Kind of looks like a Yabbie so maybe Ty The Tasmanian Tiger?

Nintendo Sells Nearly A Million Switches In The United States

Apr 18, 2017, 8:24am

That's all well and good, there is hype for the new Zelda game. Once that dies down though what is there? After the Nintendo Direct it doesn't sound like there are many big hitting titles coming out until late June so what's going to happen to the momentum in the mean time? If Nintendo can't keep this up, the launch numbers don't really carry much weight.

Are Video Games Keeping You Unemployed?

Apr 17, 2017, 7:12pm

Summed up, the article is just saying that if there is a more enjoyable alternative, you will be more likely to engage in it than do something you feel less enthusiastic about. You did it as a child (unless you absolutely loved chores and homework) and you will do it as an adult for many reasons. Video games are just a modern alternative to the vices and distractions of the past. Can I get funding for "researching" obvious things too?

Just Look At This Zelda Shield Parry

Apr 16, 2017, 7:06pm

This is some anime superweapon-arse shit.Not really, it's just a laser. A really slow moving laser, unless of course the distance Link traveled to get to the top of the hill is several billions of metres away, letting him see the light travel towards him for a few seconds. What's more impressive is that by swiping a shield with a non-reflective, uneven surface to the left reflects the beam along the exact same path it traveled to get there.