Ienjoysquid

Nintendo Labo VR is VR at its simplest - but also its most magical

Ienjoysquid

2 weeks ago

I really love the idea of VR but every time I have used my phone with one of those plastic headsets I get the worst motion sickness. I suffer from vertigo intermittently for which I have to do a variety of acrobatics to clear the debris out of my inner ear a few times a year.

Can anyone comment if this is likely to do the same?
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Subnautica is free from the Epic Games Store right now

Ienjoysquid

4 months ago

Says it's temporarily unavailable.
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Splatoon 2 is getting a special winter-themed Splatfest early next year

Ienjoysquid

5 months ago

I am so sad at Spamtoon 2 ending.
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Broken Sword 5 announced for Nintendo Switch

Ienjoysquid

9 months ago

Was about to get really excited about this, then realised it's the game I finished on my phone a few years ago.

Nevertheless, always pleased to see Broken Sword find a new audience. £25 is a bit steep.
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Splatoon 2 Octo Expansion review - a brutal and brilliant single-player add-on

Ienjoysquid

10 months ago

I absolutely love Splatoon 2. I've sunk hundreds of hours into Ranked.

I found the single player game mostly to be a tedious chore.

Would I like this expansion?
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Firewatch announced for Nintendo Switch

Ienjoysquid

1 year ago

@isaacredfield Yes! The Vanishing of Ethan is one of my favourite games ever.
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PUBG mobile analysed: top-end smartphones compared with PC

Ienjoysquid

1 year ago

@Zigarabigara be quiet. You be quiet!
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PlayStation 4 passes 75m milestone

Ienjoysquid

1 year ago

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

Ienjoysquid

1 year ago

Hahah! Toy-con Variety Kit.

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

Ienjoysquid

1 year ago

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.
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Nintendo Switch announcement tonight to reveal "new interactive experience"

Ienjoysquid

1 year ago

I hope no-one negs my comment.
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A voice from the past

Ienjoysquid

1 year ago

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

Ienjoysquid

1 year ago

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.
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Splatoon 2 is getting a champagne gun tomorrow!

Ienjoysquid

1 year ago

I almost pooped my cork when I read this.
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Microsoft Xbox One X review

Ienjoysquid

1 year ago

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

Ienjoysquid

1 year ago

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

Ienjoysquid

1 year ago

The best suggestion I saw is Incels vs Chads.

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

Ienjoysquid

2 years ago

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.
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Jelly Deals: Splatoon 2 amiibo down to £9.99 today

Ienjoysquid

2 years ago

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

Ienjoysquid

2 years ago

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

2 years ago

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.
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iPhone X: Apple bets the future of smartphones on Kinect's failed tech

Ienjoysquid

2 years ago

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.
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Ienjoysquid

2 years ago

@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.
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Ienjoysquid

2 years ago

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.
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Looks like Lumo is headed to Nintendo Switch

Ienjoysquid

2 years ago

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

2 years ago

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?
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Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle review

Ienjoysquid

2 years ago

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...
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Digital Foundry: Hands-on with Skyrim on Switch

Ienjoysquid

2 years ago

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

Ienjoysquid

2 years ago

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

Ienjoysquid

2 years ago

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

Ienjoysquid

2 years ago

@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.
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Ienjoysquid

2 years ago

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

Ienjoysquid

2 years ago

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.
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Samsung Galaxy S8 review

Ienjoysquid

2 years ago

@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

2 years ago

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.
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Face-Off: Kingdom Hearts 3 vs Toy Story

Ienjoysquid

2 years ago

@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.
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Splatoon 2 review

Ienjoysquid

2 years ago

@hana_fubuki Srsly, there's no two player mode?
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Ienjoysquid

2 years ago

@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.

http://www.stockinformer.co.uk/checker-nintendo-switch
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Nintendo Switch Online app launches for iPhone, Android

Ienjoysquid

2 years ago

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

2 years ago

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.
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Sunless Sea's first expansion to release in October

Ienjoysquid

3 years ago

@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

3 years ago

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.
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Directly to you: Nintendo wins E3 on its own terms

Ienjoysquid

5 years ago

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.
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It looks like there'll be a Mario Kart 8 Wii U bundle

Ienjoysquid

5 years ago

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.
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Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem retrospective

Ienjoysquid

5 years ago

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.
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PlayStation 4 UK launch sales hit 250k

Ienjoysquid

5 years ago

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

5 years ago

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.
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Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini review

Ienjoysquid

6 years ago

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.
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Nintendo 2DS review

Ienjoysquid

6 years ago

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.
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Final Fantasy 7 retrospective

Ienjoysquid

6 years ago

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.
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