Dan234

You'll need to pay Nintendo Switch's online subscription to backup your saves

Dan234

2 weeks ago

you can still back up PS4 saves to a USB (just as you could on Wii U).

You could (can), but they're encrypted. You reset or break your Wii U and your saves are just as gone as if they were saved internally.
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The death of an indie store

Dan234

2 weeks ago

@Caldwell Maybe for Steam, not so much for disc games on consoles.
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Dan234

3 weeks ago

@taikuaile I think, if indie stores jump on the retro bandwagon and hold multiplayer nights (as they were all LAN or split-screen so you need to be there) they might have an easier time than video stores.
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Dan234

3 weeks ago

@Caldwell As long as you have them downloaded you can play them indefinitely.

Unless the DRM or multiplayer server is taken off line (and multiplayer now often forms part of the single player campaign so if you don't play it you can't unlock everything or get 100%).
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Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze re-review - an exceptional platformer that rivals Nintendo's best

Dan234

3 weeks ago

@Simatron3000 It isn't rocket science for Nintendo to offer a discount for Wii U owners.

If you've bought a game in the Wii U's eShop or you've played it recently and have more than ten hours playing time then they could offer a discount for the same game in the Switch eShop.

Also they could add support for the Pro controller.
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Minecraft's next update is the last for Wii U, Vita, PS3, Xbox 360

Dan234

3 weeks ago

@Majorjaws69 I'm sure people with other systems are saying exactly the same as you.
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Dan234

3 weeks ago

@Fourfoldroot Also in the Switch's case they're saying it's not supported unless you change over to the non-existent Bedrock version, on the rest of the old platforms they're going to send out a bug update and forget about the inevitable bug fixes that will be needed afterwards. I can think of better ways to do this.
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Welcome to the new Eurogamer

Dan234

2 months ago

I agree with Mr Horse (that's a link by the way only it looks like normal text).

Can't find anything on the front page on mobile. Why do I have to sideways scroll articles? I want a list sorted by date.
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Nintendo Labo London hands-on event requires you bring a child

Dan234

4 months ago

@BoyNukem You could always leave them in a cardboard box outside Nintendo's front door.
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Me, myself and UI

Dan234

4 months ago

@PotatoLizard It might be easier to fling slabs of colour round the screen with transition animations, but it's slower for the user because discoverablity is 0. If you didn't know where the address bar was in Edge you wouldn't find it. Yet the Bing search box is discoverable. Odd, that.

And from the article:

Because before that the buttons that you needed for navigation had drop shadow, they looked like little jewels from early 2000 websites.

No, that's the wrong way round. Early 2000 websites looked like 2000-era desktops because browsers used OS standard UI elements like almost every other program instead of making up their own ones which looked worse. As It Should Be Done.

Of course now OS standard UI elements look pretty terrible on Windows so you're guaranteed something which looks bad, whatever program you run.
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A new House of the Dead is heading to arcades

Dan234

4 months ago

@Pierre2k Overkill was the motherfucking best, motherfucker. Shit like that don't get made any more, game devs now are all motherfucking zombie pussy motherfuckers.
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Nintendo's wonderful Miiverse has been preserved for posterity by enterprising internet archivists

Dan234

5 months ago

Did they manage to get the New Super Luigi U community which got so off-topic that Nintendo gave up and hid it?
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Your Amiga games are likely dying

Dan234

5 months ago

@badwhippet

Don't you remember the small print "Screenshots may vary on your computer" hidden on the box somewhere?

When it got to the point where every screenshot was from the Amiga or arcade version, it dawned on me that they weren't even trying.
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Dan234

5 months ago

@blackmasked

Okay, we will agree to differ over the Amiga's standard hardware and elegant built-in OS verses the PC's game-by-game support for differing hardware and BIOS. :)

Now if you go to YouTube and compare your games: Lemmings Amiga
vs PC,
Super Frog Amiga
vs PC,
Alien Breed Tower Assault Amiga Floppy
/CD32
vs PC CDROM don't quite make the grade so I guess nostalgia ain't what it used to be.

I will however give you Pinball Dreams Amiga
vs PC so it's not all bad.
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Dan234

5 months ago

@blackmasked The Corvox Speech Thing needed the CPU to bit bang on the parallel port as DMA wasn't available. You couldn't have picked a worse example of an output device for tracker music while trying to play a game at the same time.
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Dan234

5 months ago

@blackmasked A tracker module was a note scoring format more-or-less like MIDI, they relied on the sound card to make the sound. They couldn't conjour up decent sound from nothing if the hardware was lacking.

Also the game first and foremost is a game, if too much CPU time is spent in babysitting the sound card then that will affect the game's performance. There is usually a balance to be struck. As I remember Alien Breed was pretty slow and Pinball Dreams just scrolls up and down the table and has few moving sprites so both might have been able to spend more CPU time on sound.
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Dan234

5 months ago

@MORZTAN
Convert the lot to Switch :)
I doubt we'll have this problem with e-Shop games 30 years later judging by how long the DSi Shop has lasted and Wii Shop Channel will last.
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GOG unearths Jazz Jackrabbit and Epic Pinball

Dan234

6 months ago

@ProTw33ks I thought GOG were getting round that as GOG Galaxy allowed you to connect to Steam for multiplayer if you wanted.
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Growing up with and growing out of The Sims

Dan234

6 months ago

The lootbox articles and articles like this this are why we come here, EG needs more of them and of course they need to take Vic on full time to stop them appearing on other sites.
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UK Gambling Commission weighs in on how it can - and can't - regulate in-game loot boxes

Dan234

6 months ago

@lostmuppet

Excellent find, that video. I knew ME3 multiplayer was one of the first lootbox games but I didn't realise FIFA had them as early as three years before and all the lootbox mechanics except payment were there in UEFA two years before that in 2007.
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Dan234

6 months ago

@StalinsEpicTash

PEGI 12-18 ratings are actually legally enforcable in the UK. The problem is the chances of that happening are non-existent.
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Dan234

6 months ago

@Bilstar

I reckon the government is going to subtly change these laws and give the Gambling Commission the remit to at least investigate this properly. God knows how long that will take though.
They do have the remit to investigate properly. Between themselves, the DCMS, and the RGSB, they should be able to come up with a report with recommendations.
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Nintendo apologises for Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp server woes

Dan234

6 months ago

@BustedUpBiker

Nintendo don't have much experience with server-based online games. Until now they've only used servers for player matching and leaderboards but playing in games uses P2P which can't really be done on mobile.
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"This game is a Star Wars-themed online casino designed to lure kids into spending money"

Dan234

6 months ago

@christopherwoods

EA sticks its toes in the water
Sorry, have you been living on Mars for the past five years?

it's microtransactions that bring ... job security to game developers.
I'm sure the Marvel Heroes developers would love to hear you elaborate on your argument.
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Dan234

6 months ago

@pelican_

Not sure, a 21 rated product heavily reduces the potential customer base

Plus, 21 isn't required in all EU countries - you can't restrict the game in the UK due to a 21+ rating when it is perfectly legal to gamble at 18.

It is a mess.
There are special ratings for Portugal (4 and 6) and Finland (11 and 15) so it's not impossible to do.
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Inside FIFA 18's Weekend League, the gruelling mode that's consuming players' lives

Dan234

6 months ago

Sociable Soccer anyone?
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Mass Effect's dialogue was inspired by awkward TV comedy Extras

Dan234

6 months ago

great trilogy. number 4 should be erased from all known records though.

What number 4?
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How to fix Star Wars Battlefront 2

Dan234

6 months ago

@ooombasa

Perhaps the Blizzard thing happened before this summer.

Mario Kart and Zelda's DLC arguably adds to the games. Wii Sports Club gives you the choice between free on digital + MTs or full price disc. They seem to know how to bring people along with them.

I really doubt that Nintendo would do paid-for game with P2W lootbox MTs. If there's one thing that's kept them going through the lean periods it's concentrating on their games' playability (the VC comment was flippant by the way, the VC works because of that playability).

If they were to turn their games into the kind of FOBT crapfests that we see EA produce there'd simply be no reason to buy their games or their consoles.
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Dan234

6 months ago

@ooombasa I thought Blizzard released the drop rates in China and South Korea following their laws and confirmed that they were global.

Nintendo don't need to do P2W on console games. They've got the Virtual Console which generates repeat purchases on each new console they release instead. :)
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Dan234

6 months ago

@Tslog

Please notice the complete disgusting silence of other publishes, format holders including Nintendo, and other developers.

We as gamers are surrounded by our enemies. F them all to hell, for they are waiting to implement the same consumer hating and stealing BS, and are letting EA testing the waters.
Everyone who plays games knows Nintendo are the polar opposite of loot boxes and MTs. The closest thing they have are Amiibos which are physical, collectable, optional, and can be sold on. Why would Nintendo wade into this battle?
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Star Wars Battlefront 2 loot boxes investigated by Belgian Gaming Commission

Dan234

6 months ago

@TwinStripeUK

Couldn't agree less. Reddit, petitions and so on lead to the videogame media picking it up, which lead to the mainstream media picking it up, which lead to the right authorities getting involved in two countries and the phone call from Disney. It all helped. The phonecall from Disney stopped EA in their tracks. As the quote goes, "Don't fuck with the mouse".

And not buying the game is a reasonable response as the gameplay is so linked to loot boxes. Half the characters are locked and it takes hours of grind to unlock. We know loot boxes are coming back so we know what we're in for.
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Dan234

6 months ago

@TwinStripeUK Yes, you are quoting the law in the UK as it currently stands.

Now all it takes is:

1. a change in legislation in the UK.

2. a court case setting precedent to give monetary value to virtual goods obtained in a game of chance which players aren't allowed to trade. It's not that difficult, you work out how much you need to pay to get a chance at each tier's prize and multiply by the chance of winning something for that tier. EA would hate that.

3. Another country in the EU to do the same.

It's easy to come up with reasonable standards like it displays on the purchase screen that you're gambling, you've spent Łx on gambling so far, a table which shows you the chance of winning each tier, that lootbox purchase by credit card or virtual currency card requires the parental controls PIN, or that no mention of gambling or lootboxes at all must appear in the game for underage players (not just greying out the menu option).

You can defend the status quo all you like, but when the law is wrong and there's piss-taking on this scale it eventually gets changed. PEGI will jump before it's pushed, it always has, it is after all just game software trade associations acting in their members' interests. They realise that if they don't do something to calm this down then a change in law will calm things down even more. If they misread things and leave things too late and the law changes, so much the better in my view.
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Dan234

6 months ago

@GreyBeard There was a beta and the game was already out before release date on EA Access. It's not anger hearsay and conjecture as you say, it's based on gameplay.

Maybe retroactive punishment is up to each country, but that's not an argument for not getting it under control.
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Dan234

6 months ago

@GreyBeard

Two European countries gambling commissions investigating the game wouldn't have anything to do with it, would it? They wouldn't want legal precedence in Europe as that would affect PEGI and that in turn would drag the ESRB into it.

Shame it's still a glitchy mess (see Jim Sterling's review) and the whole gameplay is based around micro transactions. Now nobody will be able to play as Vader without grinding for a week.

What a mess.
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Dan234

6 months ago

@TwinStripeUK

Legal precedence in the UK has already granted legal protection to virtual goods, which means they can be considered to have value.

So this argument you're clinging on to by a thread is going to get completely destroyed sooner or later, either by legislation or after another court case. Of course virtual goods won in a game of chance where people spend millions of pounds to be able to participate have a monetary value. The fact that EA don't let you sell them on so you can obtain that monetary value isn't important.

Or, if you look at it another way, the profit that EA makes from loot boxes shows that loot boxes do have monetary value.
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Dan234

6 months ago

Go Belgium and Holland. It's high time for age restrictions at the very least.

And thanks for EG for their coverage.
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EA has switched off Star Wars Battlefront 2's microtransactions

Dan234

6 months ago

@BobbyDeNiro Mute the sound but watch the video if you don't like Jim Sterling. You'll still see glitches galore.

Who would spend even 30 quid on that?

And when the MT's come back the gameplay will be patched to rely on them again.
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Dan234

6 months ago

@Angus_McOatup_73 Watch Jim Sterling's review to see what a glitchy mess it is. Are you really going to buy that?
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Super Bomberman R on Nintendo Switch gets another generous free update

Dan234

6 months ago

@kabalzerO

Well at that RRP it's not really free DLC and they launched a minimum viable product as early as possible hoping it would get extra sales for being one of the first titles out for the Switch. I guess an early release worked.

They also said sales were good and they were looking at releasing more of their back catalogue, I'm guessing that they might be looking at an PS4 or X1 version which will come with all this DLC anyway.
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Rime developer addresses Switch performance issues

Dan234

6 months ago

@the_ewan Do we really need to choose our hardware based on how well it copes with poor Unity performance?
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FIFA 18 patch stamps out popular FUT AI "exploit"

Dan234

6 months ago

The CPU plays the game as you would, EA says, "limited by the same input restrictions as a human player is".
Only the CPU team (I refuse to call it AI) opened a lootbox beforehand called "blind ref".
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EA's response to Star Wars: Battlefront 2 hero unlock fury isn't going down well

Dan234

6 months ago

@SpartanSpur

The scary thing is Konami just posted very strong finanical results as a result of this change...
Videogames will never be as profitable as gambling, but big publishers are under pressure generate ever bigger profits.

The thing that pisses me off is publishers thinking videogames are fair game for turning into gambling games. At least Konami are being somewhat honest about it, if you can call preying on people's addictive behaviour honest. They don't pretend to be something they're not.

We've probably still got at least 5 more years of EA wrecking games and IP before they decide to come clean about their business model, which will be when gamers give up on them and they're just left with microtransaction addicts.
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Dan234

6 months ago

Couldn't EA just do us all a favour and leave the videogame market and instead concentrate on FOBTs or trading cards or Pachinko machines or P2W mobile games? Like Konami, which is almost out of videogames and nobody misses now because they wrecked their IPs. #Fuckonami.
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EA DICE talks Star Wars Battlefront 2 loot crates and changes

Dan234

7 months ago

@Pokkai
Games cost a fortune to make, which is understandable they want to make money,
Did anyone ask publishers to spend a fortune making them?
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Dan234

7 months ago

@Porcupine_I
Any bets how long it takes until EA has DICE run into the ground?
As soon as their microtransaction gambling fest sells a million less than expected.
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EA is buying Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment

Dan234

7 months ago

The Borg collective assimilates yet another studio and adds their IP to their own.
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Nintendo bids a fond farewell to Miiverse with a touching mosaic made of community doodles

Dan234

7 months ago

@ThatThereTim Press X to pay respects.
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Dan234

7 months ago

Nintendo made a miniature Miiverse just for Splatoon 2. I bet they'll end up doing something similar for other games.

Iwata knew there was a need for a social network suitable for a gaming audience of all ages, something that no other console had and a way of generating loyalty to the brand. Kimishima would rather count beans instead.
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Call of Duty: WW2 has a mission to watch people open loot boxes

Dan234

7 months ago

It's like the Black Mirror episode The National Anthem, but with loot boxes instead of a pig.

And if you run up a compulsive spending habbit then the loot box turns round and fucks you.
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LA Noire's Switch download version doesn't fit on a Switch

Dan234

7 months ago

@RawShark
But hey, on the plus side, at least the memory cards aren't proprietary...
They're encrypted when formatted on the Switch and can't be read by other Switches so they might as well be.

If they were doing it properly they'd have done standard SD card format and encrypted the files locked to your NNID which could be decrypted by your own consoles offline or other Switches after logging in.
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