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  • Left Joy-Con issues resolved for future units, Nintendo claims

  • George-Roper 22/03/2017

    Haha, just amazing.

    There is no problem but we're fixing it anyway, so there won't be a problem with new units.
    Reply +2
  • BioWare mulls Mass Effect Andromeda animation, character creator improvements

  • George-Roper 22/03/2017

    Another shining example of how a release will be (best case) better several months post-launch.

    Name one reason why people should buy a game at release?
    Reply +10
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda review

  • George-Roper 20/03/2017

    DA:I in space = autofail.

    It was so, so obvious. Painfully so.
    Reply -1
  • Beyond the pitch: How FIFA is influencing youngsters away from the TV

  • George-Roper 19/03/2017


    Then there's the other way FIFA influences youngsters. I've heard tales from the guy at the petrol station talking about young kids stealing (then) Microsoft points (which was funny, i thought they had to be activated at the till, perhaps they never got their points) to spend on FUT. That and the borderline gambling system that EA gets to reset every year to scrape in more hard earned cash from responsible adults and kids alike. Not to mention questionable YouTubers with their own Fifa gambling sites.
    Immeasurably more relevant than this nonsense of an article.

    If FIFA was developed by someone who didn't layer 'pack opening' mechanics into the game, for the very obvious reason of monetization, then maybe the article would have some point but as FIFA currently is, that's not the case.

    It's borderline gambling, teaching kids that if they stump up more money they might have a chance of getting good players. And if they don't, hey, have another go. You never know!

    Disgusting, preying on peoples addiction to the sport.
    Reply +1
  • New For Honor emotes spark fresh debate about the cost of Steel

  • George-Roper 17/03/2017

    Absolutely disgusting. Reply +30
  • Mass Effect Andromeda: the first five hours

  • George-Roper 16/03/2017


    I can't agree with any of that when it comes to Dragon Age: Inquisition. The story is incredibly badly-paced in that game, regularly forcing you into boring, MMO-esque side quests in order to gather the 'Power' required to unlock the next story mission. The story itself is also rather bland and forgettable (with a wet fart of an ending), but that's another matter. And whilst it's subjective, I hated pretty much every character in that game. In fact, the only tolerable ones were holdovers from previous games, such as Varric and Morrigan.
    That plus pew-pew wands = worst Bioware game by a long, long shot.

    So utterly derivative, repetitive and lacking in any engaging narrative and action.I found myself becoming bored whilst trying to play it, very early on.

    Truly awful.

    If this is just more of that, they can forget it.
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  • Fast RMX showcases Switch's technological leap over Wii U

  • George-Roper 12/03/2017


    This gives me hope for improvements after the framerate dips in Zelda.
    That's just delusional. You think that because this dev can crank more performance out of a simple track racer that the same can be applied to an open world RPG?

    Track racers can hit the higher numbers because the asset count is so low and calculated well ahead of time. Going round and round on a known track, with known textures and known opponents is immeasurably easy when compared to other game genres.
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  • The story of Crash magazine

  • George-Roper 12/03/2017

    Just the very best memories of 80's gaming. Oli's artwork is the very definition of the era. Reply +2
  • Embattled Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega Plus delayed again

  • George-Roper 10/03/2017

    Been involved in this for a while now, the latest comments (today) on IndieGoGo from RCL are outrageous. When asked about refunds, they've stated that they've never refused anyone a refund, even though the comments sections and submissions for refunds have largely gone totally ignored, with people being forced to resubmit their requests over and over again. I guess nobody really knows the full story of who has and who hasn't had a refund but with the amount of comments being created for that purpose, it looks like a LOT are being ignored.

    Disgraceful company, dragging such a treasured brand through the fucking dirt.

    Retro Computers Campaigner 3 hours ago
    We aren't deleting any comments - but we are aware of a number of bugs. Some people can;t post. We have never refused to refund a backer.
    Reply +10
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti review

  • George-Roper 09/03/2017


    and I'd much rather play games at 144fps than at 4K60.
    Absolutely. I'm a convert also, 144hz makes such a big difference to the game, its hard to describe but once you experience it, you just can't go back to 60fps.

    60fps to a 144hz gamer is like 30fps to a 60fps gamer. The difference is that distinct and clear.

    Amazing tech.
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  • Big No Man's Sky update out this week

  • George-Roper 09/03/2017

    The patches are looking really rather good for NMS.

    It's another classic case of those rushing out to buy at launch actually not experiencing the best it had/has to offer. It's always wise to give games 6+ months in the oven, post-launch. They're just wildly better for it, generally speaking.

    If only HG would start to update people a little more between patches, they may start to rebuild some trust.
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  • Super Bomberman R review

  • George-Roper 09/03/2017


    I really don't get that arguement. The idea is you have friends who would bring round controllers to play a 8 player game. No one would spend that amount just to enable 8 players on a game, and you can apply that to any console at launch, PS4 would have cost you 750 to do the same, and X1 over 800...
    An idea isn't necessarily reality. I have a lot of friends who don't jump into the latest tech but who would come around and enjoy games on new consoles. Assuming that 'everyone' will have a Switch and so ignoring all these additional costs is bonkers.

    Lets look at this the other way. Someone has a large family, several generations and wants to buy something everyone can play on. They see Bomberman has 8 player. Perfect. How much?!?!

    And don't forget the switch offers two player multiplayer out of the box too! But let's overlook that right?
    Avoidance tactics. The context of this discussion is an 8 player Bomberman game and the costs involved if you wanted to buy a system for 8 players. The price gouging is outrageous and its disgraceful to see their fanbase seemingly accepting of it.
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  • George-Roper 09/03/2017


    From the ground up, you're surely looking the best part of 500 if you want to play this in local 8 player mode?
    More. Way more.

    280 Switch
    50 for the game
    240 3 x Joycon pack
    75 3 x Joycon chargers

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  • George-Roper 09/03/2017

    You can hook up to eight different controllers to a single unit, falling short of Saturn Bomberman's high score of ten players but more than enough to fit around a screen.
    So just another 240's worth of Joycons, plus charging docks to go with, for the full experience of one game. Almost the cost of the Switch itself.

    Excellent value for money.

    Nickel and dimed.
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  • George-Roper 09/03/2017

    50. Reply +63
  • Is Zelda on Switch worth the upgrade from Wii U?

  • George-Roper 06/03/2017


    A 900p launch does not indicate or determine how every forthcoming release on the console will perform.

    Some games will perform better and some will perform worse.

    The hardware limitations of the console are quite obvious, but guess what I don't care. I bought the console to play Nintendo games, it is the 3rd console to compliment the Pro, XO/Scorpio and PC.

    If not caring more about the fantastic gameplay over the resolution/framerate of a launch game makes me a Nintendo fanboy. Then knock yourself out pal.
    You're just going around in circles, with no idea on what point you want to make.

    First off, you said 900p/20fps isn't indicative of all Switch games and touted an apparent 1080p/60 MK game as being evidence. So, apparently resolution and framerate are important. Certainly enough for you to start waving stats around.

    Then, you don't care about games being 900p.

    Then, you don't care about games being 20fps.

    Then, you're absolutely sure that games can and will look and play better.

    Then, you don't care about games being 900p. Or 20fps.

    What is it? What's your point? You don't care? You do care?

    Great, you're happy with your Switch and you can accept all its flaws. Good for you. Well done. Model consumer. But that doesn't wipe away those flaws and if you're good with that, if you're happy, why the hell are you busy here trying to convince everyone else that games can and will look and perform better?
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  • George-Roper 06/03/2017


    I am not wrapped up with blinkers on. I am fully aware of the limitations of the console I just don't care about the framerate dips in Zelda - not too difficult to understand. Something you just can't seem to grasp.
    Give me a break, you're so wrapped up in it, you couldn't wait to explain how 900p/20fps was just an anomaly and that it in no way reflects the as of yet unseen 'better' games coming out.

    That's the very definition of having blinkers on and being a fanboy. You're extolling the virtues of as-of-yet unreleased games as 'proof' that the hardware limitations of Switch are to be ignored.
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  • George-Roper 06/03/2017


    God your anti console rhetoric is predictable. November it was the PS4 Pro
    Here we go, classic redirection. If you care to check even recent posts, you'll see I'm considering a Pro given the recent news regards boosting performance but hey, dont let facts get in the way, right?

    As a console/pc gamer I always have a laugh when a pc enthusiast, such as yourself, gets all judgemental and righteous over the cost of console gaming.
    Makes no sense. Its cheap tech wrapped up into a premium price 'for a console'. That's the problem with Switch. So how is me being a 'pc enthusiast' anything to do with that problem?

    Just because fanboys like you are wrapped up in the launch, with blinkers on, doesn't mean the objectively stated issues with the hardware don't exist. That you don't have a problem with 900p/20fps on a brand new games console in 2017 speaks volumes.
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  • George-Roper 06/03/2017


    Just face it, you've thrown in a hysterically overexaggerated figure to try and justify a point and to get to that figure you needed to add in a load of completely optional extras you don't need. 320 has you playing Zelda within 5 minutes of getting home.
    Not in the slightest and your explanations for why the stuff I listed 'isn't needed' is based entirely off your focus on playing one game and nothing else, which in of itself is laughable.

    If you want to experience Switch in the best, most complete way possible, everything I listed is needed.

    If you want to play Bomberman properly, you need most of the stuff I mentioned. And that's treated as a core Switch launch game.

    Nickel and dimed.
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  • George-Roper 06/03/2017


    What console is 500+?
    Switch 280
    Game 40-50
    128gb MicroSD 50-60
    Joypad 60
    Additional Joycons 80
    Charging Dock 30


    Need MicroSD for storage, given the pitiful included storage.

    Need Joypad for VC games, given the cramp inducing Joycons.

    Need additional Joycons for multiplayer, given thats the entire point of Switch if you believe their own PR.

    Need the dock to charge said additional Joycons.

    So yeah, as I said, nickel and diming drives the price of Switch right up. Sure, you can just choose to ignore all that additional cost but it doesn't make it disappear.

    And, as for your initial point. I don't really care about the frame dips either. I am enjoying Zelda.
    Good for you. You're Nintendos perfect consumer. Someone who doesn't mind paying a premium for low-spec hardware.


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  • George-Roper 05/03/2017


    I'm not trying to convince anyone as I don't particularly care if the entire catalogue of the Switch runs at 900p.
    And yet, for all your "I don't care" posturing, you care enough to not only argue the point but then focus only on the resolution (900p) and conveniently disregard the sub-30fps gameplay.

    Its poor, no two ways about it and having to 'make do' with a 500+ games console (with all the nickle and diming) in 2017, in the ways youre saying, is lousy.
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  • George-Roper 05/03/2017


    I genuinely thought that too. That the base unit would boost performance enough for it to work as a static home console.

    I have a very bad feeling that its going to be another Wii-U.
    Reply +2
  • George-Roper 05/03/2017


    Jumping the gun a bit there thinking a cross platform port represents any consoles's capabilities.
    In what way? That's nothing but grasping at straws.

    For example, MK8D is 1080/60.
    Great. A small track racer can manage 1080/60 (if I take what you're saying at face value). Is that really something to write home about?

    What we'll see with Swtich is another XBO. Games that require smaller amounts of assets that can be more readily managed will be the ones that come out best, just like track racers. Yet, objectively, an open world RPG like this can only manage 900p and nowhere near a consistent 30fps to boot.

    Trying to convice anyone that a 900p/sub-30fps first party, AAA game is a 'one off' is a total non-starter.
    Reply +3
  • George-Roper 05/03/2017


    Perhaps you could give us winners for the upcoming Cheltenham Festival after you finish with the crystal ball.

    Please. As if its not patently obvious when they can't get their own flagship title running 30fps consistently at 900p.

    Optimism is healthy but in this case, misplaced.
    Reply +3
  • George-Roper 04/03/2017


    My biggest concern with the Switch was how bad Zelda was going to run in portable mode. I never imagined it would have problems running in docked mode.
    C'mon now, you really didn't see this as a faux home console? It's a wolf in sheeps clothing. The entire hardware makeup has been designed around lower fidelity settings for the tablet, hence why its way more performant with this game.

    Quite literally, the dock is there to allow charging whilst continuing to play the game. I don't believe the intent was ever to get games running faster whilst being better looking.

    Nintendo are a portable gaming company. What you're seeing here will consistently be the same for all but very basic (indie) games.
    Reply +1
  • George-Roper 04/03/2017

    Switch's ability to decouple from your HDTV, to play wherever you want, is by far and away the most tangible difference between the two versions.
    There you have it.
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  • GAME is having trouble with launch day Nintendo Switch deliveries

  • George-Roper 03/03/2017

    "We'd like to apologise to those customers who have not received their consoles and assure them they will be delivered before midday Saturday 4th March, we are in contact with all affected customers."
    Yeah, sure they will. After all, couriers usually just roll over to premium weekend delivery days if they fail to deliver on time....
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  • Nintendo Switch eShop games and prices revealed

  • George-Roper 03/03/2017

    Of course, the real irony about all the Bomberman price whining is that if you want the full experience, its not just 50. Its the price of X additional controllers for the full multiplayer. So you're probably looking in the region of 150? More?

    Nintendo have carefully cultivated this image of being kid/family friendly, which seems to egg them on more and more to nickel and dime their userbase and judging by the comments on Switch so far, it seems they're deffo on track to continue that approach.

    Me? Won't be touching Switch for at least 6-9 months, which is more than enough time to judge exactly if its going to be Wii-U all over again. There's literally zero impetus to jump in now. Zelda will be the same game in a year that it is right now.
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  • Nvidia unveils GTX 1080 Ti: 'faster than Titan X Pascal'

  • George-Roper 01/03/2017

    Day. One.

    What a stunning GPU.
    Reply +2
  • Microsoft announces EA Access-style Xbox Game Pass subscription

  • George-Roper 28/02/2017


    Probably be a few months before any new releases start appearing
    Curious as to why you believe this. EA Access is taking, what, 12-18 months to include games and PSN/XBL are way worse than that and then normally taken up with indie releases.

    Mark my words, services like this are going to eventually lead to all games being sold on a rental/subscription basis. Thin end of the wedge, no doubt.
    Reply -2
  • Shadow of Mordor sequel details leaked by shop

  • George-Roper 27/02/2017

    Played the first to completion (story), don't do that with many games nowadays but I always thought the Nemesis system was far too lauded. I didn't bother with any of the manipulation, it just didn't feel like I'd get an advantage. At the end I went straight for the boss and did it with hardly any trouble. Nemesis needs to be far more worthwhile in its implementation. You should absolutely require the backup of minions to achieve stuff.

    Also the skill system was a let-down, in that by the end I was the best at every skill in every tree. It needs specializations to promote replays. I completed it and uninstalled, never to return. That can't be good for longevity and certainly no DLC brought me back.
    Reply -2
  • Four hours with Mass Effect Andromeda

  • George-Roper 24/02/2017


    Pew-pew wands? That's 90% of the gameplay in DA:I.

    Press X to fire wand magic!

    Hold X to perform wand explosion!

    Just the worst 'RPG', action or otherwise, I've ever played.
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  • George-Roper 23/02/2017

    Far more than just Dragon Age Inquisition in space
    TBF, the DA:I formula is more suitable for space marines and guns. I mean, pew-pew wands FTW!!
    Reply +3
  • Dead Space is the sequel Resident Evil 4 deserved

  • George-Roper 19/02/2017

    Excellent series. I played 1-3 back to back on PC, loved every moment of it. Reply +6
  • Here's our first look at FIFA on Switch

  • George-Roper 15/02/2017

    EA Sports' FIFA on Nintendo Switch will be the most immersive, social, and authentic sports game ever created for Nintendo players

    3rd party publisher that abandoned Wii-U comes storming in with good news message for Wii-U.2.

    Reply +5
  • Why Valve has no interest in making console games

  • George-Roper 10/02/2017


    Thingis, Steam is a walled garden, even if the walls are lower than iOS etc. You have to play by their rules if you want into their garden.
    The 'walled garden' is pretty clearly the platform the application/game sits on. Are apps on iOS walled gardens, or is it iOS itself?

    Steam is an app that sits on Linux and Windows, neither of which are remotely comparable to PSN and XBL, for the exact reasons stated in the article. If Valve want to drop an update out to Steam they don't have to wait for Microsoft to certify it first. By extension, Valve do not hold up developers who want to patch their games up on Steam.

    Console services are the very worst walled gardens for gaming. Everything stated in this article is 100% bang on.

    So it's a tad hypocritical to complain about the concept of a walled garden.
    Not in the slightest, when you understand the differences.

    If developer X wants to put a game out on the PC, they can choose from dozens of digital delivery systems, including but not limited to Steam.

    If developer X wants to put a game out on the PS4, they have one option and that option is mired in red-tape, exactly as the article says.
    Reply -1
  • George-Roper 10/02/2017


    "We get really frustrated working in walled gardens,".... Valve founder Gabe Newell said "UNLESS IT'S STEAM... Then it's AWESOME!", he went on to add.
    I don't know what's worse. That you totally missed the point or that, as of now, 49 other people also didn't....
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  • Valve is making three "full" VR games

  • George-Roper 10/02/2017


    VR is the future of gaming. Gabe, someone's already beat you to the reason to get a headset.
    What percentage of PSVR owners do you think bought "the full package", ie a Pro and PSVR, to play one game?

    VR across all formats needs several enticing games to justify the overall expense. As much as you might gush about RE7 on PS4, the sales figures for that are massive, small potatoes.
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  • Notes from the end of a world

  • George-Roper 08/02/2017

    Asherons Call.

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  • PS4 Pro boost mode: a game-changer for unpatched titles?

  • George-Roper 08/02/2017


    TBF, that's a shrinking market now. Its folly to up the price to get a UHD player in, in an era of Netflix and Prime.

    If/when I go UHD, it will be via a standalone unit anyway. I don't currently put Blu Rays through my consoles.

    I think Sony have got that part right with the PS4/Pro.
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  • George-Roper 08/02/2017


    Yeah, possibly. I like the idea of plugging it in and seeing game improvements straight off the bat/patched up, much like a PC hardware revision. Very enticing that, especially to hit a consistent 30fps without tearing. That should be the bare minimum.
    Reply +2
  • George-Roper 08/02/2017


    Hehe, well, its just pressing all the right buttons now. A hardware revision that can play patched and unpatched games better. Who wouldn't want a more even Bloodborne experience?

    Yeah, will give it another few months to bake and then see how things are looking, I think. No rush.
    Reply +6
  • George-Roper 08/02/2017

    Now this right here could be a reason to move to Pro. Reply +125
  • Johnny and Ian had a fight about Switch - in video form

  • George-Roper 04/02/2017


    My only disappointment comes with the accessory pricing, which i'd still like to see come down a bit.
    A bit? Surely you mean, to normal levels?

    The controllers are extortionately priced. Admit that and you may have a point but trying to put an angle of them being a 'a bit' overpriced is ridiculous.
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  • Resident Evil 7 at 4K: does resolution really matter?

  • George-Roper 03/02/2017


    So when pc master racers say console games cost much more on consoles, they probably don't know that console games bought on a disc are resellable as opposed to the majority of pc games that are bought digitally for 30-ish at launch and the cost, even partial, is never recovered.

    For reference, I am not taking sides here, just stating the fact.
    Sure but its also then fact that your game collection will be on a downward spiral and minimal (I personally believe thats a poor way for someone to maintain this hobby) and its also a fact that your specific scenario only exists for someone able to consume a video game within a week or two, after which the resale value plummets.

    I also own several consoles and a gaming PC, so I'm just stating the facts.

    Console gaming is designed, from the ground up, to maximise revenue from a captive, closed-garden audience. That's the biggest fact of all. Sure, you can offset some of that cost but you make sacrifices to do so. I have several hundred games just on my Steam account and when I build my new gaming rig later this year, every single one of those games will automatically look and run better. That's the bigger value proposition that PC gaming really offers, given each of those games cost anywhere from 30-70% less than their console equivalents too.
    Reply +9
  • 10-hour trial of Mass Effect Andromeda out five days before launch

  • George-Roper 23/01/2017


    There is nothing about Andromeda that screams buy me. And to think BioWare used to be master craftsman when it came to RPGs. Recently been playing Baldurs Gate 2 and Black Isle's Icewinddale Enhanced Edition. So, so good.
    Totally agree. DA:I was a disgrace of an RPG.

    PEW-PEW went the wand.

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  • Resident Evil 7: Biohazard review

  • George-Roper 23/01/2017

    Hmm, could have nabbed this for 24 pre-order on PC from Amazon and yet something prevented me from hitting the button.

    Capcom-senses confirmed!
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  • Developer admits "we screwed it" after game website exposes review blacklist threat

  • George-Roper 18/01/2017


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  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild download fills almost half Nintendo Switch internal storage

  • George-Roper 16/01/2017


    Another piece on Switch from Tom Philips that leaves out key pertinent information, namely that this won't be any sort of issue with the physical versions of software most of us will be buying
    Oh, so because it won't affect you, it's not a problem?

    32gb storage is laughable in 2017. For hardware costing close to 300, no less. Trying to spin such a pathetic spec into a non-issue is a total non-starter.
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  • Switch clicks in the hands, but on paper, it's in trouble

  • George-Roper 16/01/2017


    Just out of interest @George, what price point/software would it take to get you onboard with this?

    I reckon 200-220max. would be the sweet spot for me. Software looks to be the biggest hurdle, though...
    Very few first party games.
    Tumbleweed (as usual) where there should be third parties..

    I like the look of Mario Odyssey, though.
    230 with a game might have tempted me but even then, I'd be seriously eyeing the line-up.

    Its the same problem with Nintendo now, their smash hit games just aren't ready and likely won't appear for a long time. So the question becomes, why not wait? By then the hardware is cheaper, it may have gone through a revision, games are cheaper, peripherals are cheaper, its just a much better strategy surely?

    I tend to get a bee in my bonnet about stuff like this, not just games consoles, but anything where it looks like people are having the piss taken out of them. Now, with the lack of a powered charging stand forcing yet another peripheral cost, the actual cost of buying Switch at launch is from a place of greed. We must be looking close to half a grand! I can't bring myself to support a company who has that sort of mindset, especially after retiring the Wii-U in such a sorry state.

    Massive shame. Why can't they just forget the gimmicks and release a solid box of silicon that can run Mario at 1080p/60? What makes them think that would fail to be a success? They're just such a dinosaur, unwilling to change.
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