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  • PlayStation 4 passes 75m milestone

  • Ienjoysquid 02/02/2018

    I hope no-one negs my comment. Reply 0
  • Nintendo Labo costs at least £60 in the UK

  • Ienjoysquid 18/01/2018

    Hahah! Toy-con Variety Kit.

    Is it ever.
    Reply 0
  • Nintendo has announced Nintendo Labo, a bizarre new interactive cardboard toy line

  • Ienjoysquid 18/01/2018

    Well I'd say they'd just nailed the educational toy market. Based on my expensive experience of buying my son Sam Labs stuff, parents love getting their kids this stuff but the kids don't really use it. Reply +1
  • Nintendo Switch announcement tonight to reveal "new interactive experience"

  • Ienjoysquid 17/01/2018

    I hope no-one negs my comment. Reply +8
  • A voice from the past

  • Ienjoysquid 13/01/2018

    This was a lovely article. The comments too. Reply +8
  • Nintendo on giving Splatoon 2 another fresh lick of paint

  • Ienjoysquid 23/12/2017

    I hate clam blitz. I'm A+ to S+ on the other ranked modes, and levelled down to B- on clam blitz last night before I turned it off.

    The combination of running around pointlessly with no way to communicate with my teammates and that grating new music you can't turn off is no fun at all.
    Reply -2
  • Splatoon 2 is getting a champagne gun tomorrow!

  • Ienjoysquid 21/12/2017

    I almost pooped my cork when I read this. Reply +4
  • Microsoft Xbox One X review

  • Ienjoysquid 05/11/2017

    But can you play it on the bus? Reply -3
  • LA Noire's Switch download version doesn't fit on a Switch

  • Ienjoysquid 02/11/2017

    @mega-gazz haha yes I remember that too. :D Reply 0
  • This month's scintillating Splatoon 2 Splatfest asks what temperature you prefer your breakfast

  • Ienjoysquid 01/11/2017

    The best suggestion I saw is Incels vs Chads.

    I'd love to splat me a Chad.
    Reply 0
  • Nintendo's incredible year continues, but not without a few minor casualties along the way

  • Ienjoysquid 27/10/2017

    I played the demo and didn't like it very much. Fortunately, for the first time ever, I own a Nintendo console and there are tons of other things i want to play. Reply 0
  • Jelly Deals: Splatoon 2 amiibo down to £9.99 today

  • Ienjoysquid 23/10/2017

    Woomy. Reply 0
  • The original Mafia is back from digital purgatory and out on GOG

  • Ienjoysquid 20/10/2017

    I absolutely loved this game and played every pixel of it before the final mission and thoughtful, quite poignant, ending.

    A couple of years ago when I first drove over the bridge to Hoboken for real I had a sense of déjà vu that I had seen those giant girders before, and was suddenly transported back to the game.

    Would love to see a remaster of this, on the Switch!
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  • Doom on Switch won't have SnapMap level editor

  • Ienjoysquid 15/09/2017

    Great the Switch is getting so much support. This is the first time I've been excited about a new consoles future since, oh. The Wii. Reply +1
  • iPhone X: Apple bets the future of smartphones on Kinect's failed tech

  • Ienjoysquid 13/09/2017

    One of my buying considerations with a smartphone is that I'm not terrified to take it out of the house. For £1000 I think I'd probably just put it on top of the TV and look at it. Reply +9
  • Ienjoysquid 13/09/2017

    @TheStoneRoses I don't know. I've seen a lot of Apple fan people at work go out as soon as their mobile contract is up to re-sign for the newest iPhone, without knowing much about it other than that it's the newest one.

    They then walk around the office for a week or two telling everyone they got the newest one, putting it on desks.

    One of my colleagues was sold that plastic one by the Vodafone store a few years back and she was absolutely appalled when she came back to tell everyone she had the newest one and put it on desks, and was told that it was a lower specced one.

    It was exactly the same phone she'd bought, it had the same blue shell she'd wanted, but suddenly in her eyes it was no good.
    Reply +6
  • Ienjoysquid 13/09/2017

    I think Apple may be getting to the point now where even their most committed customers might think they're being asked to pay rather too much for a smartphone. Reply +10
  • Looks like Lumo is headed to Nintendo Switch

  • Ienjoysquid 08/09/2017

    I used to buy isometric games on the Spectrum and Amstrad and I hated them all because they were too hard.

    I wish Nodes of Yesod would come out on the Switch. Or that game where you have to collect primary colours on the moon.
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  • The limits for FIFA on Nintendo Switch

  • Ienjoysquid 02/09/2017

    I suddenly find myself in the astonishing position of owning a Nintendo console and finding there are more games coming that I want to play than I can buy.

    What is going on?
    Reply +8
  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle review

  • Ienjoysquid 29/08/2017

    I love rabbids. But I hate Mario. I hate his little face, I hate his trousers. I hate the way he says, 'Itsa me, Mario.' Like an imbecile.

    What to do...
    Reply -1
  • Digital Foundry: Hands-on with Skyrim on Switch

  • Ienjoysquid 23/08/2017

    Thanks to the Switch I finally can sink some time into doing some gaming again so really looking forward to playing this. Reply +3
  • Splatoon 2 sales overtake Crash Bandicoot in the US

  • Ienjoysquid 19/08/2017

    @PickleJuice You are wrong, friend. Reply +1
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda is heavily discounted on Xbox One and PC

  • Ienjoysquid 16/08/2017

    I loved the Mass Effect games and played them all one after the other. Would I like this? Reply +2
  • Is the New 2DS XL Nintendo's last dedicated handheld?

  • Ienjoysquid 02/08/2017

    @FilthyAnimal I agree about the smartphone gaming fad. Early on I bought flagship smartphones precisely because I wanted to be able to play the best games. But aside from a few notable paid for titles like Broken Sword and The Room (neither of which needed flagship specs), I couldn't find anything I wanted to play.

    So I took a deep breath and began trawling through the oceans of ad infested Freemium shovel-ware and got quite into Sim City before I realised it would cost about £300 to add ten city blocks, and then another £180 for pipes.

    I don't really agree about the Switch being a missed opportunity. I am really enjoying playing ours and it's got me back into gaming. More importantly it's got my 8 year old off of the ad infested ADHD inducing Freemium shovel ware on the iPad, and for the first time he's getting lost in proper gaming sessions on Zelda.

    I would think indie developers are getting really excited about selling their games to Switch owners, who are actually willing to pay for pick up and play commuter games, but who probably won't want a 3ds.
    Reply +11
  • Ienjoysquid 02/08/2017

    @Eraysor I would buy a DS in a heartbeat to play another Advance Wars game. Reply +5
  • Nintendo Switch system update fixes battery charge issue

  • Ienjoysquid 01/08/2017

    There's nothing wrong with my Switch. It isn't bent, the battery is fine, there are no dead pixels, the controllers work and it doesn't creak.

    I don't want any of these features so I will not be downloading this update.
    Reply +2
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 review

  • Ienjoysquid 31/07/2017

    @Bludsh0t similar experience with Z1 Compact. I really wanted to like it too, but I don't think I would buy another Sony phone.

    The camera, when it wasn't force closing was pretty bad too. Eventually it started falling apart then leaked in the rain.
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  • Ienjoysquid 31/07/2017

    It's a beautiful phone. For me it's far too expensive for something which is essentially disposable (if only due to how quickly non removable batteries degrade to the point they can't hold much of a charge), and where its graphical power is massive overkill for anything I'd use it for.

    It also looks like it would break into a million pieces the first time I dropped it.
    Reply +1
  • Face-Off: Kingdom Hearts 3 vs Toy Story

  • Ienjoysquid 23/07/2017

    @Fourfoldroot a lot of the claims from SCEE in the print media (which was what we had then, for the most part) were that the PS2 would provide 'photo realistic graphics'. Which was a buzzword of the time.

    There were stills released in magazines showing apparent gameplay from Gran Turismo 2 where this was evident.

    By the time anyone realised that the PS2 couldn't provide anything like this, the last nail had long been banged into the coffin of the Dreamcast, the purchase of which many delayed in favour of the graphical Sony behemoth which was meant to be coming.

    Prior to its release there was an absolutely massive campaign from SCEE focusing on the graphical power of the PS2.

    Sega had nothing like the amount of share of voice that Sony enjoyed, and nowhere near enough marketing firepower to counteract Sony's claims about the power differentials of their two consoles. It was forced to rely on some homemade looking adverts about online gameplay (a revolutionary concept at the time, that mattered to precisely no one who was considering purchasing a next gen console back then).

    Once the PS2 was released Sony went very quiet on photorealism and the term was never used again, to my knowledge. Nor were they ever challenged in the press as to why the console fell so short of what was promised.

    I remember reading about Toy Story like capabilities of the PS2 in print media, especially in relation to titles like Katamari Damacy.

    The whole thing put me off Sony as a gaming company a good deal, as the only people who lost out from Sony's campaign propaganda (apart from Sega's employees with families and mortgages and things) were gamers.

    It's notable that, having seen this, Microsoft went straight for specs when they took on Sony with their first XBox console.

    Of course we can't prove that games journos didn't invent all this, but considering how widespread the claims were, and that Sony is a company that went on to hire some awful rapper to make a fake blog and a music video entitled 'All I Want For Christmas is My PSP' and blatantly lied that they had done so until someone tracked the IP of this endeavour to a marketing agency in New York when they pulled the plug overnight - I know what I think.
    Reply -2
  • Splatoon 2 review

  • Ienjoysquid 19/07/2017

    @hana_fubuki Srsly, there's no two player mode? Reply +1
  • Ienjoysquid 19/07/2017

    @Skeletor It's usually in stock somewhere to buy or at least pre-order in the UK. We pre-ordered ours through Tesco and expected to wait 2 weeks but they shipped straight away.
    Reply +3
  • Nintendo Switch Online app launches for iPhone, Android

  • Ienjoysquid 19/07/2017

    I hate having to faff around on my smartphone to interact with my TV. It's one of the reasons I gave up on Chromecast and bought a Roku, and why I only use the Roku smartphone app when the batteries in the Roku app die unexpectedly.

    I would like to use Nintendo's online service as it seems good value if you get to play some games too but I can't see myself using this unless it's mandatory.

    As a parent I'm not sure if the social aspect of Switch online gaming only being able to be accessed by a smartphone is a good thing or a bad thing.
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  • Switch clicks in the hands, but on paper, it's in trouble

  • Ienjoysquid 14/01/2017

    This comes out about a month before my son's birthday. He's 7 and desperate for a console but we aren't ready to let him monopolise the family TV, or let him fester in his own room stuck in the cynical yearly franchise gravy train ecosystem that Sony and Microsoft have turned gaming into.

    This seemed like the ideal solution and I had every intention of preordering but...

    £280 for an apparently quite underpowered console
    £75 for a second controller
    £60 for one game (One. Game.)
    Another monthly fee for online

    So the console, two games that two people can play and online set up is going to cost nearly £500.

    They are quite simply mad.
    Reply +7
  • Sunless Sea's first expansion to release in October

  • Ienjoysquid 17/08/2016

    @LaurencD Exploring is quite fun but if you play it in Merciless, like they tell you to, death comes very unexpectedly. It then turns into a lot of dull water carrying to try and get back to where you were.

    I personally couldn't face reading anything else about guinea pigs and having to spend hours sailing back and forth to bring them things, so gave up.
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  • Ienjoysquid 17/08/2016

    I await this with no enthusiasm whatsoever.

    I was enjoying Sunless Sea, even after several deaths. Then finally doing well, hours into the game half my crew died in random interactions in a far off port, the rest threw themselves overboard. Then I received a pop up window informing me that I had thrown myself overboard too.

    Tried half heartedly to start again but a few minutes of reading about guinea pigs made me realise that life, mine anyway, is too short to waste on this type of thing.
    Reply +1
  • Directly to you: Nintendo wins E3 on its own terms

  • Ienjoysquid 16/06/2014

    The problem, as ever, isn't that Nintendo cant come up with good ideas, its that their console is too weak to run a lot of good ideas.

    Why oh why they didnt spend a few more dollars on some better hardware I cannot understand.
    Reply -3
  • It looks like there'll be a Mario Kart 8 Wii U bundle

  • Ienjoysquid 18/04/2014

    They better pray this works or this will be the end of this console. Personally I would like to play it, just not on the Wii U, and it has to be said, it doesnt look much different to the Wii Mario Kart. Reply -5
  • Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem retrospective

  • Ienjoysquid 09/03/2014

    Absolutely loved this game. Easily one of the most atmospheric titles I have had the pleasure to find, and finding it 2nd hand in Gamestation with no idea what a treat lsy in store was all the sweeter. Reply 0
  • PlayStation 4 UK launch sales hit 250k

  • Ienjoysquid 15/12/2013

    Looks like they misjudged the market quite badly this time. I think what they misjudged is that while they, obviously, don't care about hardcore gamers - you do rather need them to help create a buzz of innovators around your machine before launch.

    Shame as I thought a proper next gen Wii with working motion controls could have been pretty good.
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  • Blockbuster to close all remaining UK stores

  • Ienjoysquid 15/12/2013

    Really sorry to hear that. Awful for the staff.

    Ironically there is an independent dvd rental place around the corner from me, which looks pretty much exactly like the ones that used to exist before Blockbuster killed them all off in the 90s.

    Scuzzy faded posters, 'Wacky Wednesday' promotions, guaranteed to have no more than 2 copies of any big new release and shelves rammed with titles like 'Invasion USA'. It opened before Blockbuster. It endures after Blockbuster.

    It is a long game.
    Reply 0
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini review

  • Ienjoysquid 21/10/2013

    The laggy bloatware infested, plasticky mess, that is the S3 Mini is my first and last Samsung smartphone(unless work insists on giving me another one). Every Samsung product I have ever owned is great on paper, but hamstrung by variable build quality and a poor UI that is never fixed through updates.

    Don't even get me started on their vulgar television.
    Reply +1
  • Nintendo 2DS review

  • Ienjoysquid 12/10/2013

    Nokia, Blackberry, Sega, Ericsson, I doubt it will be long before Nintendo joins the list. You can only keep selling people hardware they don't want to buy for so long. Reply -45
  • Final Fantasy 7 retrospective

  • Ienjoysquid 02/06/2013

    I adored FF VII, but I never got to the end of #8, mostly for the reasons given in the article.

    I think the fact of the matter is that really great games are few and far between. Japanese RPGs are also rather heavily influenced by Japanese anime, which can be great, but is also frequently a turgid load of unbelievably self important cod philosophy about the nature of consciousness and identity.

    Japanese people however, like this sort of thing, and at the end of the day its predominantly they who these sorts of games are made for.

    We got lucky with FF VII that all the stars and planets aligned to give us a game pretty much everyone loved (its the only game my wife has ever played through, and every single one of my flatmates did too), but thats not the norm.
    Reply +3
  • Parents refused refund by Apple after son spends £1700 on free iPad game

  • Ienjoysquid 28/02/2013

    Its disappointing so many people on this site seem to think that anyone who hasnt delved into their menu settings to add an extra password and disable in app purchases on their iPad is an 'idiot'. I can think of a lot of examples of idiocy, but this doesnt rank particularly highly among them.

    Carelessness probably, but Apple markets its products to be easy to use for families who dont know a lot about computing and are perfectly content to not know a lot about computing.

    This is why they are such a successful firm, at the moment. If people start to think that they cant leave the iPad out unless they've read a lot of tech sites, to figure out settings they dont care about, to ensure Junior isnt going to bankrupt them, then they simply won't buy one.
    Reply +2
  • Wii Mini out in the UK on 22nd March

  • Ienjoysquid 27/02/2013

    I hope people dont buy this by mistake. The actual Wii doesnt exactly inspire awe with its features, this would be a right letdown on Christmas day. Reply 0
  • PS4: PC-like architecture, 8GB RAM delight developers

  • Ienjoysquid 22/02/2013

    The thing I like about the idea of the PS4 is that if you get one near launch you could very well get years out of use out of it. The gaikai integration looks really interesting and Sony seem to have ambitious plans for it with cross platform integration.

    I dont have a PS3 or 360 but most people I know who do say the graphics are perfectly fine and the power of the console is up to the games they want to play so the real next gen with good graphics and the power to open up AI in NPCs and so forth could be great.
    Reply +1
  • Ienjoysquid 22/02/2013

    I havent bought a console since the Wii, which pretty much put me off game consoles, but I may actually get this. It looks like it might be very good. Reply +11
  • Wii U sold around 55K during January in the US

  • Ienjoysquid 20/02/2013

    The thing which is frustrating is that with the immense pile of cash Nintendo were sitting on after the DS Lite and the Wii they could easily have afforded to bring out a wicked next gen console 18 months ago, but no, years pass and its another underpowerd console with no games. Reply 0
  • Wii U graphics power finally revealed

  • Ienjoysquid 10/02/2013

    I was once a hardcore gamer, but kids and full time work put me now squarely in the casual gamer camp.

    The Wii U doesnt appeal to me. Why? Because people like me that don't understand what most of the article above means respond to two things, price and bells and whistles. The Wii U is expensive, and it looks underpowered. When people like me go to buy a new telly or pc we try and get the most pixels, gigabytes and what have you, even though we don't know what they do.

    So its not cheap and its lacking bells and whistles, and the games dont look very good. So why should I buy it?

    If I held Nintendo stock I would be offloading it about now.
    Reply 0
  • UK government's cultural test for video games revealed

  • Ienjoysquid 11/12/2012

    I am really excited to see the following upcoming thoroughly British gaming adaptations:

    Ken Loach's 'Kes', a first person shooter where the player has to navigate the streets of a grim northern town shooting kestrels and unlocking side quests to do with social inequality.

    My Left Foot, which will be coming to the Wii as a compilation of mini party games.

    Four Weddings and a Funereal, the beat'em up.

    Coronation Steet: Turbo Edition; drive a selection of performance sports cars very fast around the streets of a Northern mining town, choose from any one of a selection of famous British co-pilots (Hilda Ogden will be an unlockable character).
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