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  • Watch: It's another Chris Bratt/Jake Solomon XCOM love-in

  • seeyoshirun 22/09/2017

    @Oli I would have assumed the crush was platonic regardless, but I like nerd crush. That's a cute term. Don't may me too much mind, though, I was mostly teasing. :) Reply 0
  • seeyoshirun 22/09/2017

    You don't have to call it a man-crush, you know. It's okay to just call it a crush.

    I actually just bought the first XCOM a few days ago and I might check this video out before I give the game a whirl. Background knowledge is fun!
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  • Tengami dev's next game is 'astrological comedy' Astrologaster

  • seeyoshirun 22/09/2017

    I'm probably one of about ten people who played Tengami (one of about one on Wii U), but I loved it. This seems similarly unique, and I'd love to see it make an appearance on Switch at some point. Reply 0
  • Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle is Switch's best-selling non-Nintendo game

  • seeyoshirun 21/09/2017

    I never considered myself an especially big fan of the Rabbids (although I played a bit of some of the early party games and they were good for a laugh), but if Ubisoft announced now that Rabbid Peach would be getting her own game, I wouldn't be mad.

    Meanwhile, I just noticed something. Chris Bratt didn't review Mario + Rabbids? I actually knew this but somehow didn't register the oddness of the fact when I was reading the review. I would have loved to hear more from him on the game, what with him being EG's resident tactics ogre.
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  • Watch: We play 3 new worlds in Super Mario Odyssey

  • seeyoshirun 20/09/2017

    I skipped most of the video to avoid spoilers, but I did love your reactions to seeing Mario's nipples for the first time!

    It's very telling to me that you both sound a bit like giddy children when you play this game, that speaks to the kind of ability the best Mario games have to tap into that inner child.
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  • Firewatch review-bombed following PewDiePie racism incident

  • seeyoshirun 20/09/2017

    @weseire
    Stuff like this makes user reviews completely useless. At this point I have to ignore them, as I can't be sure that a bunch of "triggered" children, haven't decided to give a game a bad review to make some kind of political point.
    User reviews have long been subject to a lot of stupidity, yeah. I know another common practice involves giving games a 0/10 on Metacritic because one thinks they're overrated. That happened a lot recently with Breath of the Wild.
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  • The Switch's secret game looks like it could be a tribute to Satoru Iwata

  • seeyoshirun 20/09/2017

    @SupremeAC That's what I thought, too. "Personal" is the perfect word for it. Really a beautiful way of honouring Iwata.

    It reminded me a little of the story of Bethesda immortalising a departed fan of the Fallout series in the Fallout 4 Nuka-World DLC, too.
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  • Square Enix is trying to get full-fat Final Fantasy 15 on Nintendo Switch

  • seeyoshirun 20/09/2017

    @DSQ Nintendo's handhelds have always been more popular than any other devices in Japan, so it's almost a sure thing that Switch will overtake Vita there. It already got past 1.5 million in less than six months.

    For comparison, apparently a little over 5 million Vitas have been sold there (PS4 is around the same mark) but 3DS is well past 20 million. PSP got to nearly 17 million, but DS wasn't too far off of 33 million.

    You can look it up here, although I don't think Wikipedia's PS4 numbers are up-to-date:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_best-selling_game_consoles_by_region
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  • seeyoshirun 20/09/2017

    These sort of statements are very encouraging to hear. My understanding has always been that most games could be ported to a lot of less powerful devices (within reason), but that depending on the nature of the device it may involve more time and resources being spent to problem-solve how to preserve the vision of a game in the process.

    In other words, a lot of things probably could have come to Wii U, but third parties didn't think it was worth the effort or money figuring out how to make it happen, whereas it's apparently a different story with Switch.

    I haven't actually touched FFXV yet, but if a decent Switch version came out I'd probably consider it.
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  • Final Fantasy 9 gets PlayStation 4 re-release

  • seeyoshirun 19/09/2017

    Somewhat controversially, I consider VIII to be the high point (although I haven't gotten around to VI, to be fair). Its battle system was a bit easy to exploit, but to me it had the strongest writing of the series, with characters who felt like they were doing more than just reacting to plot devices and whose feelings and motivations made a lot of sense. Reply +6
  • seeyoshirun 19/09/2017

    Some fans consider FF9 to be the series' high point, which is indeed an opinion they are entitled to.
    That's some grade-A shade there, Tom.
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  • DF Retro: we play every single Doom console conversion

  • seeyoshirun 19/09/2017

    @cptmold Thanks, man! I might actually check that out. :) Reply 0
  • seeyoshirun 17/09/2017

    John, you weren't wrong. That interview with Rebecca Heineman is a great read (as is this).

    I'm actually tempted to see if I can find that N64 version of Doom now!
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  • Destiny 2 holds off PES and Metroid in UK charts

  • seeyoshirun 18/09/2017

    I always find it interesting that the main charts reported for the UK and US are the combined SKU ones, but for Japan the charts are broken down into individual formats (which I find more telling).

    In case anyone's interested, the individual format top 10 is a bit different:

    1. Destiny 2 (PS4)
    2. Destiny 2 (XO)
    3. PES 2018 (PS4)
    4. NBA 2K18 (PS4)
    5. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (PS4)
    6. NBA 2K18 (XO)
    7. Metroid: Samus Returns (3DS)
    8. Crash Bandicoot: N.Sane Trilogy (PS4)
    9. Forza Horizon 3 (XO)
    10. Fallout 4 (XO)

    The XO version of PES 2018 would be 11th, and the PS4 and XO versions of Dishonored: Death of an Outsider would be 15th and 23rd respectively. The PS4 and XO versions of GTA V would be 17th and 20th respectively. Switch also gets four titles in the top 20 (Rayman, MK8D, Rabbids, Zelda) but none in the top 10.
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  • Pokkén Tournament DX is a great Switch port that can't solve the game's core contradiction

  • seeyoshirun 18/09/2017

    If it's not really winning over the core Pokémon fan base, and it's not winning over the core Tekken fan base, perhaps Pokkén just needed to launch on a more successful console than Wii U so it might have a better chance of building a new fan base that is entirely its own? Reply +1
  • Jelly Deals: Super Mario Odyssey available to pre-order for Ł37

  • seeyoshirun 16/09/2017

    @smelly There have been Mario clunkers, but not in the core Mario platformers. I'd argue that the weakest in that main line was probably Sunshine or Galaxy 2, and they were both still very good.

    Opinions may differ, of course. I don't personally pre-order a lot of games, but if a game is in a series I've consistently loved like the 3D Mario titles (Pikmin and Xenoblade would be two others for me) and it's getting really positive previews that actually show gameplay footage, then I don't think pre-ordering is a risky move at all.
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  • Splatoon is a multiplayer shooter for introverts and I love it

  • seeyoshirun 14/09/2017

    I'm not an introvert, but this article makes me better understand the merits of some online games not being built around the idea of voice chat. It takes a lot of the tension out of the situation for those people who feel a bit awkward about that mode of communication.

    It also makes me want to try Splatoon 2.
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  • Super Mario Odyssey's photo mode will let you send screenshots to your smartphone

  • seeyoshirun 14/09/2017

    Mario's, what, 34 now? He's still starring in some of the most inventive-looking games out there. I skipped over bits of this part of the Direct so I didn't spoil too much for myself, but I still caught enough to know this game looks bloody brilliant. Reply +4
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 has a final release date

  • seeyoshirun 14/09/2017

    I agree with Martin that the trailer's voice over didn't do the best job of selling the game, but underneath that I could still get a sense of an interesting world with some fun-looking mechanics, and I'm looking forward to picking this up at launch (still in 2017, hahahahahaha!). Reply +5
  • Nintendo Switch's disappointing mobile app just got a bit better

  • seeyoshirun 14/09/2017

    @MARKIV I'm under the impression that the Switch was pushed out the door quickly with Nintendo's resources focused on software first and fleshing out the UI later on. It'd definitely be nice to see more features on the Switch dashboard, but I can't say I'm mad at their approach when it's probably the first console I've ever owned that is looking at an excellent software line-up in its first year. Reply +1
  • Metroid: Samus Returns review

  • seeyoshirun 12/09/2017

    @redcrayon
    I suspect Martin was referring to Mirror of Fate (metacritic: 72) rather than Lords of Shadow when referring to the 3DS Castlevania by Mercury Steam falling 'wide of the mark'. I agree with him, Mirror of Fate is weaker than the GBA/DS games.
    Ah, I missed that! Still, I wouldn't take a 72 on Metacritic as some kind of sign of abject failure, and I think a lot of critics would contest the idea that this development team aren't good at handling major IPs like Castlevania or Metroid.
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  • seeyoshirun 12/09/2017

    It all adds up to an underwhelming return. MercurySteam now has the curious distinction of being the one developer to have worked on both Metroid and Castlevania on the 3DS and fallen wide of the mark on both.
    Worth bearing in mind that this opinion seems to represent a minority among critics on both games. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow has an 83 on 360 and an 85 on PS3 on Metacritic, and Metroid: Samus Returns has a very impressive 88. Notably, Eurogamer's sister site USGamer gave this title a perfect score. No reviews yet (and there are 42 on Metacritic as of now) have scored it lower than 8/10.
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  • Switch's Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition is far from definitive

  • seeyoshirun 12/09/2017

    That's disappointing. I mean, I'm glad to see the game come to Switch at all since it's truly excellent, but by the sound of things I'll be recommending people get the game on Wii U, PS4 or XO instead if they have those. The Wii U version's proper five-player co-op makes it the best version still imo. Reply 0
  • 45-minute Nintendo Direct broadcast this week

  • seeyoshirun 11/09/2017

    According to Nintendo's Japanese website, the Direct will not be focusing on mobile apps, so we can assume the Animal Crossing mobile game will be covered elsewhere (like at the upcoming Apple event).

    I'm keeping my expectations realistic for this: release dates (if not already announced) and info for games already slated for late 2017: Mario Odyssey, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Fire Emblem Warriors, Skyrim, Rocket League, maybe some of the more talked-about indies like Stardew Valley. Maybe a few more reveals of indies to join the line-up for the next few months

    Anything else would be a bonus, but I'm not counting on a lot of the other stuff I see people pining for. I don't think they'd announce any major Nintendo-published stuff right now because Switch doesn't need more of that in the next few months, so I'm assuming the oft-mentioned Mario Maker/Animal Crossing/Smash Bros. won't be on the table yet. If they do talk about any 2018 games, I'd figure the Kirby or Yoshi titles are more likely since what we saw of them at E3 suggested they were reasonably far along.

    Virtual console? Not impossible, but I wouldn't bet money on it. It's hard to say when Nintendo might choose to launch it, although they've taken longer here than they did with Wii or Wii U. They could potentially hold off until the proper launch of their online service, but we shall see...
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  • seeyoshirun 11/09/2017

    @Syrette What an original comment. Reply +1
  • Okami HD spotted for PC, PS4, Xbox One

  • seeyoshirun 08/09/2017

    I bought the Wii version of this game, and it was an absolute masterpiece. It's probably the only game in existence that I'd double-dip for, although like a few other people in here I'd really love to do so on Switch. Reply +1
  • Sunless Skies is a very British garden of horrors

  • seeyoshirun 08/09/2017

    @KlingonDouchebag Perhaps it depends on the game's execution of its difficulty. I'm not really interested in Bloodborne, but I've played some other very difficult games over the years where it felt like there was still room for the player to get better and master the mechanics. Tumbleseed and the last Donkey Kong Country game both come to mind. Reply 0
  • seeyoshirun 07/09/2017

    I'm unsure about whether I'll play this. Mechanically it sounds like it's very similar to Sunless Sea, a game I had a very love-hate relationship with. Its storytelling and sense of mood were sublime, but there also came a point where I realised that much of the game would simply never be seen by me without resorting to cheats. Conveying the sense of oppressiveness within a game's world doesn't mean the gameplay itself has to also remain oppressive until the bitter end. Reply +2
  • South Park: The Fractured but Whole's difficulty slider changes the colour of your skin

  • seeyoshirun 07/09/2017

    I think my favourite part (aside from the difficulty slider, which was brilliant) was hearing Aoife call Cartman's mom a basic bitch. Reply +3
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 feels ready to become Switch's first hardcore RPG

  • seeyoshirun 07/09/2017

    @Rhaegyr That's become a bittersweet reality for me, too. I don't know that I'd peg Xenoblade Chronicles as the best RPG I've ever played, but it's certainly up there, alongside a few other gems (Baten Kaitos and Eternal Sonata, for example) that were overlooked by far too many people because they launched in the wrong place or at the wrong time.

    Hopefully Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will be more successful. It looks like it will be the first in the series to launch on a truly popular console at a time when people are around to appreciate it.
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  • Knack 2 review

  • seeyoshirun 05/09/2017

    Sony's developers don't appear to be knackturals at this kind of genre. Reply 0
  • Tech Evolution: 25 years of Super Mario Kart

  • seeyoshirun 04/09/2017

    @robfielding
    You know you are getting too old when you get 3 straight negs for stating a fact. Kids today have probably never even played the original.
    That's a bit presumptuous. From what I've seen on here, the Eurogamer audience actually skews a lot older than that of other gaming sites like IGN, and that's reflected in the average quality of the comments. I'm old enough to have played the original when it first came out and while I still love its battle mode, I found the AI in races to be a bit reliant on cheap moves.

    For battle mode, I still go back to the N64, but for racing I'd say 8 really is the pinnacle of the series. Great, varied track designs, and a nice balance between skill, luck and rubber-banding.
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  • Why the Switch is Nintendo's truest Family Computer

  • seeyoshirun 03/09/2017

    @markytonline83
    I enjoy my Switch but not enough to blatantly lie and say it has loads of worthwhile games. It doesn't. Not by any stretch of the imagination.
    That depends on what you're into, I think. I've happily picked up about 10 games for the console so far (including download-only ones), far more than I have for any other console around the six month mark. I only semi-regret buying one of them - Snake Pass - but I have a weakness for David Wise's soundtracks.
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  • The limits for FIFA on Nintendo Switch

  • seeyoshirun 03/09/2017

    I'm so not the audience for this game. Even if I were into professional sports, I live in Australia where the big one is our own variation on football, and where FIFA is referred to as soccer.

    That being said, I can't help but keep a close eye on how the Switch version of FIFA pans out, for the reasons Chris touches on in this article. It looks like the first handheld iteration of FIFA that might hold a candle to the versions for dedicated home consoles, and it's launching on a machine that seems to be forging a unique place in the market. The tail end of 2017 will be interesting indeed!
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  • Worms W.M.D announced for Nintendo Switch

  • seeyoshirun 01/09/2017

    @mega-gazz

    It also requires 3rd party games to be treated as switch first, it's going to be much tougher to port some graphically intensive twitch shooter to the switch for example than it is to go the other way.
    That may happen eventually if Switch keeps doing as well as it is, but it'll take a while. It would need to be a pretty serious market leader for developers to start prioritising Switch development before other versions of a game.

    In the meantime, though, we can probably count on a wealth of indie and Japanese titles, both of which are categories that tend to be less demanding on hardware. There's a lot in both of those categories that has already been announced, and for the time being I'm happy with that. I mean, the Switch is probably going to have a bigger library after 12-18 months than the Wii U amassed in 4.5 years.
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  • Nintendo will tarnish lots of older games with the closure of Miiverse

  • seeyoshirun 29/08/2017

    This news makes me sad. Miiverse was one of the most adorably unique communities I've come across, and one of the few times I've actually enjoyed an online feature on a games console.

    I gather that it wasn't going to be easy to just migrate the service to Switch. Hopefully, if Nintendo try something like this again (and they really should), the similarity of any future successors to Switch means those kind of services can be more easily migrated across consoles in future. It would actually help maintain the size of Nintendo's user base; those users who really get into something like Miiverse might be swayed to stick with Nintendo consoles if the same service was available on a subsequent one.
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  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle review

  • seeyoshirun 28/08/2017

    Currently sitting at an 85 on Metacritic, by the way. The positive Eurogamer review isn't an anomaly. Quick breakdown of some of the other bigger publications:

    9 - Slant, US Gamer, GameSpot
    8.5 - XGN, EGM, GamesBeat, Game Informer
    8 - GamesRadar, Polygon
    7.7 - IGN
    7.5 - Destructoid

    The GameSpot review surprised the hell out of me, I'm used to them being very hard on Nintendo. Lots of praise from critics for most of the presentation and for gameplay being both accessible yet quite deep.

    Also, fun fact: this is by far the most acclaimed game to ever feature the Rabbids, eclipsing Rabbids Go Home on Wii (Metascore 78) and the original Rayman Raving Rabbids (76). It's a far cry from their most recent outing, Rabbids Invasion, which got a 53 for its XO version in 2014.
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  • seeyoshirun 28/08/2017

    I think we were all prepared at this point for the reviews to be positive after Chris, your resident tactical RPG fan, noted how well the game held up in previews. I'm still thrilled to see the reviews popping up that confirm this, though, and now that I'm finally more or less done with Breath of the Wild, I'm looking forward to digging into this one tomorrow!

    I only hope Rabbid Peach's Instagram account continues to get updates for a while after the release of the game. Game character of the century indeed.
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  • Oh my god Secret of Mana is being 3D remastered for PS4, PC and Vita

  • seeyoshirun 25/08/2017

    I wouldn't be remotely surprised if there was a Switch announcement somewhere down the line. Square have indicated that they've got a fair bit of unannounced stuff in the works for the console at the moment. Reply 0
  • Telltale's Guardians of the Galaxies looks likely for Switch

  • seeyoshirun 24/08/2017

    Third parties seem to be getting on board to support Switch a lot more quickly than I'm used to seeing for a Nintendo console. I'm okay with this. The modern Telltale games don't particularly appeal to me, but they appeal to a lot of people and I'd like to see the Switch's library keep increasing in diversity. Reply +11
  • Switch Rocket League getting exclusive Mario, Luigi, Samus cars

  • seeyoshirun 23/08/2017

    Damn, the tail end of this year is looking good for Switch. If I finish with Odyssey and Xenoblade, I'll absolutely be picking this up. Reply +1
  • Cities: Skylines announces eco-friendly Green Cities expansion

  • seeyoshirun 23/08/2017

    If anyone ever had any doubts that going green couldn't be profitable... Reply 0
  • So much of the magic of Zelda's reinvention is visible in this single shrine

  • seeyoshirun 22/08/2017

    @Seansthomas See? Another new thing I didn't know! I know I was still learning new things when last I played the game to tackle Trial of the Sword, like the way you can effectively make fire arrows by touching a fire-based enemy like a Red Chuchu with your bow pulled. Or how the Yellow Keese will zap you when you're near them if it's raining, because the electric currents can travel through rain across a small distance.

    The amount of subtleties really are mind-blowing.
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  • seeyoshirun 22/08/2017

    There were two towns in this game that I managed to miss until I was around 150 and 170 hours in respectively. There are still new bits and pieces in the mechanics of the game, and new moments that evoked a sense of complete wonder when I was well over 200 hours in. It's not a perfect game, by any means, but to have that effect on me so consistently over such a lengthy play time is a rare feat indeed. Reply +5
  • Arms' new character is revealed, and she looks outrageous

  • seeyoshirun 22/08/2017

    I haven't picked this game up yet, but I probably will at some point, and I have to give it props for some inspired character designs. Everything I've seen of this game is incredibly eye-catching. Reply 0
  • Final Fantasy 15 being remade as a chibi adventure on mobiles

  • seeyoshirun 22/08/2017

    Interesting! Square Enix seem to be moving up there next to Ubisoft and Tecmo Koei in terms of being one of Switch's strongest supporters.

    I don't know how I feel about the mobile version of FFXV, though. I actually really like chibi art styles if they're done well, but something about the proportions of these characters looks a little off.
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  • Stick it to the Man dev's wordless platformer Fe is coming to Switch

  • seeyoshirun 21/08/2017

    Oh wow, that looks gorgeous!

    That Of Monsters And Men track feels really at odds with the mood of the trailer, though.
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  • Microsoft's final sales pitch for Xbox One X falls flat

  • seeyoshirun 21/08/2017

    @VanillaLake Well yeah, Switch wasn't essential for me either for the same reason (I still got one, though).

    Clarify for me - Martin using the same argument in the opposite way for XO? I'm not sure I get what you mean. Are you referring to exclusives? He acknowledged that next year is looking a bit better for XO in terms of that side of things.
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  • seeyoshirun 21/08/2017

    @VanillaLake
    How Breath of the Wild makes Switch an essential console like Martin says when the same game is available on Wii U?

    Considering how easily people jump from Microsoft to Sony and vice versa and how important multiplatform games are these days with only a few exclusive games, Uncharted and Halo, breaking the charts there's nothing here that ruins Microsoft's future which is just not Scorpio on its own but breaking the traditional boundaries attached to game consoles and providing great hardware and a superb online and customer service with no gimmicks (Nintendo's) or anti-consumer policies (Sony's).
    I disagree. If anything, the fact that people are lamenting the lack of exclusives on XO is more of a return to the status quo; PS4 sold like hotcakes before it had any earth-shattering exclusives, but it was also arguably selling well because both Microsoft and Nintendo were so busy messing everything up at the time, with the Wii U having a muddled marketing message and XO turning a lot of gamers off with its digital-only focus, mandatory Kinect and the "TV TV TV" guff.

    Also, one could argue that power - especially "most powerful console ever" - is a gimmick in itself. It might not be as obvious as some of the unusual controllers Nintendo does, but being the most powerful device is still not something that is fundamentally required to play games.

    (As for Breath of the Wild, while you're right that the game is also available on Wii U, hardly anyone bought a Wii U and it's not being supported any more outside of Just Dance games. Switch isn't necessarily a must-have console if you own a Wii U, but if you're one of the many people who skipped that console, the case for Switch is a lot stronger.)
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  • Sony apparently "won't allow" Ark: Survival Evolved PS4-Xbox One cross-play

  • seeyoshirun 21/08/2017

    I'm always disappointed when I hear about things like this. Ultimately, I imagine it would be better for the industry as a whole to work on making cross-play a thing on all major platforms, because it helps keep those player bases alive for much longer than if they're split apart.

    The "protecting younger players" argument really doesn't fly, either. Nintendo have a long-standing reputation for being fastidious in their protection of minors, sometimes to the company's detriment, and even they're supporting cross-play.
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