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  • Snipperclips now a Nintendo Switch launch title

  • spekkeh 24/02/2017

    This set is €85, so it gives you a 10 euro discount.

    Seeing as I want another set of joycons and Snipperclips anyway, that's extremely inviting. But I don't want to buy an extra set of joycons if there's potentially a problem with the left joycon, ugh. I hope Nintendo comes through with a statement quickly.
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  • To understand 1-2 Switch, look back at Nintendo's crazy pre-history

  • spekkeh 17/02/2017

    I decided to stop reading the comments because yall are majorly depressing.

    Really agree with the article, Martin. Obviously I have a strong professional bias here, but high price for a partygame be damned, this is what I want out of new consoles. Not more pixels, but cooky reinvention. And 1-2 Switch seems to be all kinds of crazy. In a good way. A videogame without the video, brilliant. Maybe Nintendo has a future where they just develop for journalists and scientists. Well, suits me just fine.
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  • This week, Pokémon Go gets its biggest update since launch

  • spekkeh 15/02/2017

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  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild hard mode, Cave of Trials part of £17.99 season pass

  • spekkeh 14/02/2017

    @vert1go

    Some simply don't seem to understand how counter to a mainline Zelda game this is.
    Zelda games are a complete, epic adventure experience. You are sold a whole game. A beginning, middle, and end. All in the box. The entire experience.
    So OoT was not a complete game because of Master Quest?

    What I'm not getting is your outrage over something Zelda already did before eighteen years ago. Doesn't necessarily make it right, but it's certainly not some break from the past.
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  • spekkeh 14/02/2017

    I don't have a problem with extra story content DLC long after the release of a finished story game.

    We used to call these expansion packs. No biggie. In fact, if it's anywhere near the quality of MK8 DLC, we should be really lucky. I'm a bit more iffy on the hard difficulty behind DLC, then again, if it's like Master Quest I can see why they would do that. Not being able to buy the packs individually sucks a big one though.
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  • Johnny and Ian had a fight about Switch - in video form

  • spekkeh 04/02/2017

    @Zerobob
    It includes a wall charger, but it's the same one that goes into the dock. So depending on where you put the dock it might be easy to unconnect and take with you or a bit of a hassle. Both the dock and the Switch itself charge via standard USB-C, so you can also use your phone charger (provided it has enough power) or another cheap charger. Or you can get the official one.
    Reply +2
  • spekkeh 04/02/2017

    It has the definitive version of what looks to be the GOAT Zelda. Outside of being so poor you live under a bridge, this immediately invalidates all other arguments.

    edit: neggers going to be really salty come March.
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  • Double Dragon 4 review

  • spekkeh 03/02/2017

    @Hairy-Gorilla
    @spekkeh Or people over think games..
    Well yes that's my job see :D.
    As is Simon Parkin's I'd say.

    I mean I wouldn't want to read reviews or papers going 'this game is fun cos stuff and probably some wossname or something'.
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  • spekkeh 03/02/2017

    I doubt the creators of the original Double Dragon had a political statement in mind when they made the game, but the games are of course deeply political, in that they copied the motiffs of the action movies of the time. We all know awesome movies like Commando were dumb escapism but at the same time a strong extension of the political thoughts of the Reagan era. All American (with an Austrian accent) one man armies taking everything that gets thrown at them with impeccable resolve and an iron skin. The Russkis built a wall, Rambo/Ahnuld/Norris will just walk through it.

    Bimmy and Jimmy using their muscles and fists to take on crime is the same tough on enemies domestic and foreign conservative stance as was the zeitgeist of the time. Most games of that time were. You can not shoot endless foreigners in the jungle in Operation Wolf and claim it's devoid of politics. Dumb escapism doesn't make it less contextually relevant. Like it doesn't have a message.

    I feel Parkin wanted to talk about this but then shied away and focused on a two-player context instead, of which the relationship with politics eludes me a bit. Though he's absolutely right that everything in games is embedded in a (societal) context at least. I guess the nostalgia to simpler times before the internet and globalization, is apparent in all the remakes and 8-bit revivalism we see now. So in that sense it's still an extension of political thought. The new conservatism even. Hmm.

    I did like reading this by the way, I mean, come on we all know how Double Dragon will play. At least now Parkin spruced it up a bit with some interesting perspectives and history lessons.
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  • Punching Nazis

  • spekkeh 28/01/2017

    So by that same token, if punching Richard Spencer breeds sympathy for the Nazis, does that mean videogames are breeding grounds for fascism? Now that's something worth discussing.

    Regarding the point in the article. It's commendable and I used to believe it, but I don't so much anymore. If you want to win by rational arguments, it means people need to be open to them first. I see less and less evidence of this. That Trump immediately tries to curtail the media and scientists might be a fascist reflex to stifle debate so that they won't get called out, but alternatively it just bespeaks a deep seated disdain for rational discourse among the more frightened classes in the first place. Elite know it alls just try to tricks us with their fancy words and titles. Both sides are just as bad you'll hear them say, Hillary has e-mails that show nothing criminal, this means she is just as corrupt as the guy who repeals anti corruption laws, makes the boss of ExxonMobil secretary of state, doesn't show his tax returns, gets funded by another state, and stays in control of a multinational company. There's no discussion to be had here. You say they're under the spell of a nazi, and I don't mean 'you want to sanitize the NHS, sniff sniff, smells like Nazi', but an actual stiff right arm marching nazi, and they embrace being called a deplorable.

    I think at points like that, it becomes very much like religion. No one reads the ontological argument and thinks this makes sense, I believe in God now. They are religious because it's normal to be religious. I think it's better to never let Nazis become normal. Don't indulge their arguments like they have merit, they don't, it should be obvious. Of course you should be rational, but in this case it might be better to just remind the other what they're momma told them when they were young. Nazis are bad. And it's good that games have you shoot them over and over.
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  • Double Dragon 4 looks like a proper good Double Dragon sequel

  • spekkeh 27/01/2017

    Should have gone with Bimmy and Jimmy to get that nostalgia feeling.

    I don't really want to play this on my big screen, but like someone else said, it seems kind of perfect for Switch multiplayer on the go. You have the NES like pads, a multiplayer setting and it would look better on a small screen I'm guessing.
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  • Revealing Zelda: Breath of the Wild guide pulled from Amazon

  • spekkeh 23/01/2017

    I generally steer clear from most open world games because they take too much time. The Switch seems like an ideal console to play them on though, because you can sneak in lots of moments e.g. in the train or when the missus is watching something on the tv. Suddenly open world games seem doable again. Now if only they'd release them on the Switch.. But Zelda is a good a start as any (I'm actually more afraid nothing else will be able to live up to it afterwards). Reply +6
  • Super Bomberman R for Nintendo Switch costs £50, Konami says

  • spekkeh 19/01/2017

    £50, so that means €30 right? I'll get it for that.

    I kid I kid.
    Well not about getting it for €30; given that 4-player multiplayer time is mostly Christmas for me, I can wait until the price drops a bit. 50 Seems steep for a multiplayer party game.

    @Sicho

    "Expect to fork out around £70 for a second set of Joy-Cons."

    Why this in every article? Surely only a minority of players needs four controllers??
    Yeah it's getting incredibly obnoxious. If this game would've been announced for PS4, guess how many articles would find it necessary to say "Expect to fork out around £129 for three extra PS4 controllers!". Zero.

    It's a shame the direction this site took after Bramwell left. Oh well.
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  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild's Switch and Wii U differences outlined

  • spekkeh 18/01/2017

    @frazzl wait so first you can't play Zelda games in portable mode and now they're nothing new. Reply 0
  • spekkeh 18/01/2017

    @frazzl

    There's no $20 difference. It's a $0.04 difference
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01MS6MO77/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1484736466&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=zelda+breath+of+the+wild&dpPl=1&dpID=51ZDpBIqg7L&ref=plSrch#mobile-twister_platform_for_display_1484736480980

    Only some UK stores seem to have a difference in pounds. Which is weird, but could be due to anything; cartridges, pound following brexit, or satisfying ancient Wii u preorders.
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  • spekkeh 18/01/2017

    @grassyknoll

    it's absolutely justified to be judged on the merits its ports and how it performs as a home console, with is how most people will be using it in the West.
    Do you have a source for your usage statistics of the Switch? The thing is specifically designed to be able to... Switch! If you have no desire to ever Switch, there's little point in actually getting one, at least in the near future. (Just like if you had no interest in motion controls, don't get a Wii, if you had no interest in asymmetric multiplayer, don't get a Wii U--obviously very few people were interested in asymmetric multiplayer.) Me, the switching part is the interesting thing about the Switch. And last I figured, I'm in the West.

    @beisat

    But why they insist on being 6-7 years behind instead of 3-4 beats me.
    There's nothing 6-7 years behind about Nvidia Tegra, come on now.
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  • spekkeh 18/01/2017

    @Nikanoru

    And while there is a technical difference between native and non native, above 480p it just doesn't warrant any sort of argument. It just doesn't matter, at all.
    The 1080p marketing message is too strong. We've been having this console warrior and PC master race bullshit for so long I'm convinced half of the people here don't even particularly care about games. They're just tech enthusiasts who use games as benchmarks for their new shiny. Nobody is talking about games or gameplay or new game use case affordances. Embarrassing.
    Reply +26
  • spekkeh 18/01/2017

    @McBonk

    Asking more or the same as their competitors but can't even perform as well?
    What are you talking about. If I remove my PS4 from the closet and it hold it on front of me in the train, it doesn't perform at all.
    Reply +24
  • spekkeh 18/01/2017

    I thought the Switch version had HD rumble elements too? Could you confirm? Reply +3
  • Mass Effect Andromeda lets you craft and name weapons

  • spekkeh 17/01/2017

    I shall dub thee Pistol McPistolface Reply +24
  • Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg set to defend Oculus in court

  • spekkeh 17/01/2017

    @NullDev Well it would be pretty straightforward to show the e-mail where he claims to be NimbleRichMan was fabricated. In any case, there was no desire to reject any of the rumors by Luckey, because, it seems bloody obvious, he knew full well that he sent that e-mail. Reply +4
  • spekkeh 17/01/2017

    @NullDev But he did, and otherwise his complete inaction in suing for libel should tell you something. Reply +2
  • spekkeh 17/01/2017

    Hounding Luckey again for the political sin of daring to not shun Donald Trump hard enough?
    Posting as "NimbleRichMan" on the Trump-themed subreddit that birthed Nimble America, Luckey said that he had supported Trump's presidential ambitions "for years," and had "encouraged him to run during the last election" — the same year that a 19-year-old Luckey first launched his Oculus Kickstarter. "The American Revolution was funded by wealthy individuals," he said under his pseudonym, stating that "you can't fight the American elite without serious firepower." Luckey said he had that financial firepower to spare. "I've got plenty of money," Luckey said. "Money is not my issue."
    http://www.theverge.com/2016/9/23/13025422/palmer-luckey-oculus-founder-funding-donald-trump-trolls

    I mean that's like saying May gets hounded for daring not to oppose a hard brexit too much.
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  • Nintendo Switch's bundled Joy-Con grip doesn't charge controllers

  • spekkeh 16/01/2017

    @ShiftyGeezer

    If your controller is getting low on battery, you are told and can pause the game and stick a USB cable (provided, although a little short) into the front of the console. The cost to play is £0 and little inconvenience.

    A little short he says! You'd have to sit on the floor in front of the tv.

    Anyway, I don't actually at all have a problem with my DS4 running out quickly (nor with the Gamepad for that matter). It's a slight inconvenience that's not a big problem for most of my use cases. I think it's commendable that they used regular micro USB, like Nintendo now finally did too (USB-c), because it means you can charge easily.
    I'm just saying that in no way is Nintendo's solution worse. In fact, in most use cases, I'm going to say it's better, because the charge holds much longer.

    Every console ever that has provided wireless controllers has either provided an immediate power replacement option (batteries) or allowed playing via cable. Switch is the first console where the situation that your controller is flat results in not being able to play any games unless you buy a pricey peripheral.
    But this is not true, you can continue playing on the Switch.

    In this I must add hypothetical use case that will not happen for 90% of people, because they will remember to dock the controllers once every two weeks.

    Would I have liked the charge grip to be standard? Yes! Is it a big deal? No. Come on now, be honest.
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  • spekkeh 16/01/2017

    @ISmoke

    are you deliberately being difficult?

    How many people do you know of who have to use a battery pack to charge their controller?
    Let me copy what I said

    rummage around for a battery pak and USB cable, or grab an extra phone charger
    or

    OR

    At no point did I say you have to use a battery pack to charge a controller. It's simply one of the options (an option initially brought up by one of the other commenters I might add, I only did this once, usually I just charge overnight or to a socket). The only one who are being deliberately difficult are certain console warriors who let's be honest have no intention to buy a Switch in the first place and bang on about a perceived negative of the competing device without thinking about general use cases.
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  • spekkeh 16/01/2017

    @FuzzyDucky
    Which isn't the point as has been pointed out to you several times, the controller charges off the console via a generic cable and is fully functional during this time (heck, the new ones that feature communication via USB are technically MORE functional when plugged in!).
    Same as the Switch then.

    Also, if you have to rummage for a battery pack for the Dualshock 4 you aren't using a Dualshock 4 as the battery is built in, but don't let little details like that stop you
    I meant one of these things obviously. Don't let technical knowledge stop you.

    Anyway, my DS4 lasts me five hours maximum (with headphone 3) so I still prefer charging four times less playing wireless than having the ability to play wired. You obviously enjoy charging, I can see why the price of the charging dock would put you off then.
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  • spekkeh 16/01/2017

    @FuzzyDucky

    So much hyperbole. The 20 hour battery is not "5 to 6 times better than the Dualshock 4". At worst I usually got 10 hours out of the DS4, so half.
    Yeahhh bullshit.
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  • spekkeh 16/01/2017

    @WhiteUmbrella

    there's probably a review embargo
    Doubt it, read quite a few impressions of ARMS already, and Nintendo specifically planned the conference to have hands-on sessions right after (or the following morning in Europe). My best guess is that the weekend just came in between in-depth hands-on analysis.


    @ShiftyGeezer

    You can still play with your discharged DS4 connected via USB cable, during which it charges.
    Yes, if your DS4 runs out during a game session you can pause the game, rummage around for a battery pak and USB cable, or grab an extra phone charger (sold separately!), plug it in and continue playing.

    Meanwhile, your Joycons will not run out during a game session. Or the next one. Or the next one. Or the next one. Or the next one. Or the next one. Then if you haven't charged it overnight in any of these six days, yes then you will not be able to play the game docked. But you will be able to undock the Switch and keep playing, because you can simply charge while playing in portable mode.

    If this ever happens, you're a dummy, and might want to buy an overpriced charging grip.
    Reply -14
  • spekkeh 16/01/2017

    @Blackmarsh63

    You actually think with all the tech in the controllers ie Rumble,gyroscopes etc they will last any where near 20 hours.
    No idea. But I don't think it's worthwhile to just cherrypick all the negatives and base your argument on that.
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  • spekkeh 16/01/2017

    @rubberducko
    Yeah I mean I'm actually all for Eurogamer adopting a pro-consumer stance. They could have done it better with the xbox and playstation, but some of the peripheral prices (well, just the charge dock and the pro controller, joycons price actually makes sense imo) are extortionate and I don't think the paid online is a good idea for the small lineup Nintendo has. So it's good they're being called out for that.

    But... Where are the actual hands-on? How does ARMS play? What about SnipperClippers? 1-2-Switch? How do the Joycons feel? There's a new console unveiled four days ago, and all Eurogamer has done was write a negative about the pricing, and then seeing it got a lot of clicks, three days later turned a positive into a negative for some more clicks.

    Where's the actual games content?
    Reply -2
  • spekkeh 16/01/2017

    @Blackmarsh63

    Sure if you forgot to charge the DS4 overnight, every three-four hours you need to fumble for your battery pak, that you then have to remember to recharge at another time. In what world is this more convenient than having a 20 hour charge in the first place.
    Reply +1
  • spekkeh 16/01/2017

    I see everyone is jumping out of the woodwork to dump on Nintendo here, and Tom Philips doesn't seem without blame, but let's not forget a 20 hour battery is about 5-6 times better than the DS4. I need to plug my DS4 into the PS4 for the night every other night. In the case of the Switch, I will have to dock my Joycons into the dock for a night every twelve nights (or the way I game, more like once a month maximum). So it's much, much better than current alternatives.

    Way to frame it as a negative though, I guess it leads to more clicks.
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  • Switch clicks in the hands, but on paper, it's in trouble

  • spekkeh 13/01/2017

    It's a harsh article but some of these words needed to be said. I'm okay with my Nintendo being a secondary console and the portability and multiplayer is an enticing concept, so the doomed lines seem premature. But the pricing is ludicrous and feels completely unearned. I still preordered it and can't wait to have it, because I obviously have more money than sense. But even someone my age and disposable income has a hard time justifying getting Kart, Splatoon and the likes again if I now also have to pay for online. If I'm not getting these games, who the hell is? Here's hoping Nintendo is listening and can do a course correction. Reply +25
  • The Nintendo Switch paid online service doesn't sound great

  • spekkeh 13/01/2017

    I can understand why Nintendo would be in on it, Microsoft and Sony showed that monthly subscriptions are where the real free money is coming in. The difference in revenue between the companies is staggering and to a part it's the ridiculous pay wall. They would be stupid not to.

    But at the same time it seems ill conceived for Nintendo as it alienates their key markets. Good luck persuading parents to buy an expensive handheld and a subscription when iPad games are free. It feels like a kick in the teeth for core Nintendo gamers too. Play Mario Kart 8 online on your Wii U, or buy a Switch AND Mario Kart 8S at full price again AND a subscription so you can play MK8 online. No thank you. This better be cheap.
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  • Nintendo Switch reveal live report

  • spekkeh 13/01/2017

    Price is way too high. Pay €360 just to play Zelda?!

    Why yes of course I will. Let's be honest.
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  • Microsoft is removing Scalebound videos from its YouTube channel

  • spekkeh 10/01/2017

    @VRjunkie in isolation perhaps yes, but the interesting thing is that their previous canceled stuff like Fable Legends is not removed

    https://youtu.be/2v9rtc2a0rQ

    Maybe it's just a new policy for MS to remove canceled games from here on out, or maybe they realize they have a PR stinker here and what it to go away.
    Reply +6
  • How Amstrad Action changed my life

  • spekkeh 07/01/2017

    I feel a special kinship with Ellie now. My parents also got me a computer, though a C64, nominally to learn BASIC but really to play bad cassette games. I read a lot of crummy reviews and subsequently decided to make writing about games my profession too.

    Of course I did become a doctor along the way, but we couldn't all have C64s.
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  • spekkeh 07/01/2017

    Boy this takes me back.

    Samantha Fox Strip Poker I mean, I'm afraid my eyes glazed over for the remainder of the article.
    Reply +12
  • Eurogamer's top 50 games of 2016

  • spekkeh 02/01/2017

    @lexlaureijssen1

    Pokemon?

    It was a fun social thing but the actual game is terrible
    What a dumb thing to say, the social thing was the actual game. So by your own admission it was fun not terrible.

    It was also four places higher than Uncharted 4 on my list.
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  • spekkeh 02/01/2017

    Outside of the winner, I think I like this list more than the reader's one.

    Bound still snubbed though.
    Reply -1
  • Eurogamer readers' top 50 games of 2016

  • spekkeh 01/01/2017

    I never thought that long ass quote would make it in there, thanks guys.

    Sad to see Bound didn't make it in there, good list nonetheless. I thought 2016 was just all right. Lots of breadth but nothing I'd champion. Let auld acquaintance be forgot I say, here's to early 2017, with Zelda, Mass Effect, Persona, Horizon, Mario, Nier and many more.
    Reply +4
  • Eurogamer's game of the year 2016

  • spekkeh 31/12/2016

    @Bambot

    You assume that all their readers disagree. Actually, only the ones that disagree and take their own opinion on a favourite game this year way too seriously are complaining. Everyone else just goes "Oh right, maybe I'll try it" or "Nah not for me." or "Yes that's been my experience also, I concur with EG".
    No I think @ShiftyGeezer is right. If you look at the previous years, many more people would chime in that they agree with the GOTY than this year. Overall support seems very low. Maybe they're all too busy playing the game, but I don't think so. Now I don't think editors should necessarily be in sync with their readers. In fact I think GOTYs that are not simple popularity contest are much more interesting (though Overwatch is hardly not popular). I think it is an interesting observation. I would hazard a guess EG's readership (or commenters more like) is actually trending a bit older, and are now flustered about a game that's aimed at a younger demographic than they are.
    Reply +3
  • spekkeh 31/12/2016

    For me the wide diversity in game picks shows more that it wasn't a particularly good year. If Overwatch was such a clear winner, then why wasn't Splatoon last year, which I found much more fresh (because we also had Bloodborne, Life is Strange etc). Still, I can't blame people picking Overwatch as their GOTY, it adds a lot of charm to, a pretty tried and tested formula. Reply -1
  • Titanfall 2's buddy story is a very human kind of tragedy

  • spekkeh 29/12/2016

    I loved the Titanfall 2 campaign, in fact it's my favorite AAA game of the year because the gameplay was so satisfying. But 'heartbraking' is really not a word I'd used for what is essentially still jingoistic military schlock like we've seen a million times over. You might as well soup up the relationship between Shia LaBoeuf and Bumblebee, but that's just as undeserved. At best it was serviceable for the campaign. Reply +2
  • Stephen's Sausage Roll review

  • spekkeh 25/12/2016

    Now that's what I call epic rolling (seriously I'm the first?)

    Too bad the meme is now dead. Well Stephen's Sausage Roll confirmed better than Halo then?
    Reply +18
  • Super effective: The year of Pokémon Go

  • spekkeh 23/12/2016

    @frazzl Don't get me wrong, it's a shitty timewasting shallow grind of a game. But it's also something much more than that, as all the personal anecdotes in the article and the beautiful one by neuroniky above attest to. People are too focused on the base mechanics, to notice the beautiful dynamics something simple (and quite shitty) can engender. Pokemon Go created many more magic and novel little moments than any other game this year. But, apparently it's extremely uncool to say it. Reply +2
  • spekkeh 23/12/2016

    There's a lot of people here who should check out the top grossing apps. It's still #1 here in the Netherlands, and 1-4 across Europe. Yes the total number declined by some 60%. That still means a cool 50 million players or thereabouts. It's not dead. Not by a looooong shot. People just stopped talking about it daily. Reply +11
  • spekkeh 23/12/2016

    Seems a bit early to write the GOTY article before the list itself. Reply 0
  • Sony's £130 Platinum Wireless PS4 headset comes out in January

  • spekkeh 15/12/2016

    I have the Gold headset and I like it, safe for two problems.

    1. Not proper bluetooth. You need the dongle and so you can only use it wireless with computers. Also it feels like it cuts out quicker than actual bluetooth.
    2. The headband is on the outside of the cups, which gives a bit of a dorky look, like you're wearing PS branded earmuffs more than a headphone.

    Seems like the Platinum set addresses neither of these problems, so I feel no need to upgrade.
    Reply +1
  • Nintendo Switch reveal presentation set for 13th January, 4am UK time

  • spekkeh 13/12/2016

    @johnathansia Yes I was editing the post just as you quoted me. I hadn't thought of a post-conference session. In that case a midday slot in Japan makes more sense. I guess I'll watch the rerun. Reply 0