RobTheBuilder

Now Belgium declares loot boxes gambling and therefore illegal

RobTheBuilder

4 weeks ago

@swahilimaster but trading card games are singular toys with no value but the toy itself. Itís a good comparison to question, but remember that once bought, trading cards can be traded, resold and bought by someone else to enable a complete set.
Loot boxes are never ending quests for almost valueless junk.
Now of course some are way worse than others. Getting a good piece of kit in overwatch is nowhere near as bad as a mobile junk game charging you £2 for a few gems. To me itís these mobile games that are the real problem, and hopefully with this law, they can finally be forced to stop their deliberately manipulative design.
Itís also pretty hard not to buy them when they are built into the game design structure.
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RobTheBuilder

4 weeks ago

@Grundge good. Eventually enough markets will be without the games that EA and others will be forced to remove them to keep sales high
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RobTheBuilder

4 weeks ago

@sotiredofitfinally Why would any gamer defend a system solely designed to take their money whilst reducing the fun of the game?
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RobTheBuilder

4 weeks ago

About bloody time.
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Sega unleashes new Sonic Racing teaser

RobTheBuilder

2 months ago

As long as itís developed by Sumo it is likely to be worth buying whatever type of racer it is!
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Burnout Paradise Remastered review - driving perfection

RobTheBuilder

2 months ago

Having played Burnout 2 a couple of years back, itís aged pretty well. The core game is fun as hell. Just needs updated graphics and itís a gem.
Itís more racing than Burnout 3. Precision chaining and cornering
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RobTheBuilder

2 months ago

@whatthefu burnout 2 was my favourite, I would happily pay for an HD remaster. I presume this release is a bit of a test for that, or even a new Burnout game
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In Nintendo, Bayonetta has found the most unlikely saviour

RobTheBuilder

3 months ago

@Manny2000 simple. Most people donít really give a shit about graphics as long as the games play well and arenít obviously dated looking.
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Yes, Bandai Namco is working on Metroid Prime 4

RobTheBuilder

3 months ago

Did someone say Ridge Racer? 😃
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Evidence of new Sonic Racing game mounts

RobTheBuilder

3 months ago

Transformed was wonderful. My only gripe is the overly simplistic drifting. Hope this is a new game, would make perfect sense for switch.
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Remembering Bob Wakelin

RobTheBuilder

4 months ago

Lovely piece. Itís only hearing about it that I realise how many of the game art pieces that made the 8bit computer generation special were his.
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Nintendo has announced Nintendo Labo, a bizarre new interactive cardboard toy line

RobTheBuilder

4 months ago

This is bloody genius, and shows Nintendo truly pushing boundaries. If all it does is shut the Ďjust Mario and zeldaí people up it will be worth it!
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Bayonetta 3 is coming exclusively to Switch

RobTheBuilder

5 months ago

Wooooooooooooooooooo....... *breathes* .... oooooooooooooooooooo!!!!
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Are loot boxes gambling?

RobTheBuilder

7 months ago

Yes. They ruin gaming. The sooner they are banned or placed into an over-18's only context the better we will all be
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The developer of Dead Rising is making a mobile Puzzle Fighter

RobTheBuilder

9 months ago

The original is one of my favourite games of all time. Was excited until I saw what looked like a truly shit free to play mobile graphics style.
Not every game has to look retro but I cannot understand how anyone at Capcom could look at this and deem it acceptable.
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A classic arcade name just got a surprise revival on Switch

RobTheBuilder

10 months ago

And this is one reason why Nintendo allowed the switch to have limited totally new releases early on.
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RobTheBuilder

10 months ago

Sold!
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AMD returns to the high-end: Radeon RX Vega unveiled

RobTheBuilder

10 months ago

@smelly I bought a decent AMD card for performance at a decent price - I got neither. Just a second AMD card in a row with utterly abysmal driver after utterly abysmal driver, and glitchy, jolting performance that apparently 'isn't the cards fault'.

Funny how I then put in a GTX1070 and it worked perfectly, instantly.

Until I can see that the drivers are significantly improved, I'm not going near an AMD graphics card again.
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Why Wii U ports on Switch are good for Nintendo - and for us

RobTheBuilder

10 months ago

@jazzrock Yeah, I think that balance of re-releases to AAA and new IP titles is about right for a dual system. I expect that they'll judge future development based on the success and sales of the machine and individual titles.

MP4 is a good sign though!

I doubt we'll get twice as many of each, but that will depend on the life of the system I suppose.
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RobTheBuilder

10 months ago

@jazzrock That's your call I suppose, to me I've used it heavily as both.

I hope and expect it to be in addition to the AAA titles, certainly over the long term. I would say having Splatoon 2, Zelda BotW, Mario Odyssey and ARMS all within the first 7-8 months of launch is a pretty strong line-up of AAA titles.

Given we know there will be a new Mario Kart, Metroid 4, Pikmin 4, likely a new Smash Bros as well - there's plenty to look forward to.
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RobTheBuilder

10 months ago

@Samael_Blackwing So Arms, Metroid Prime 4, Pikmin 4 and Mario Odyssey aren't good enough announcements for a console that is less than 5 months old?
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RobTheBuilder

10 months ago

@jazzrock But look at the handheld market, for that's why this is different.

A quick search shows 75 different Nes, Snes, N64, GC, Wii or WiiU games that have been converted or re-released to Nintendo handhelds over the years.

The ability to play a game on the move is different to just rereleasing it for the home.

Plus think about it logically, it fills the traditional gaps in Nintendo's release schedule, and provides extra money and time to get the games you really want developed properly.

Plus these great WiiU games will encourage more new users who didn't own WiiU's to buy a Switch, and that means more justification for Nintendo to produced more and varied first-party titles in the next few years.
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RobTheBuilder

10 months ago

@jazzrock Zelda, Mario Odyssey, Splatoon 2, ARMS, Metroid 4...

What games ARE you waiting for?

The inevitable Smash Bros and new MK will happen, but it made perfect sense to open up these games to a wider audience.

Not to mention that they are now on handheld, which has ALWAYS justified rereleases from every company be it Sega, Nintendo or Sony.

If you're waiting for F-Zero, these games aren't what is stopping that.
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RobTheBuilder

10 months ago

@_TheDarkSide_ All five of us. Not like we lose anything by having a game available elsewhere though.
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RobTheBuilder

10 months ago

@Zero_g I presume they'll bring it with the online service launch
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Splatoon 2 review

RobTheBuilder

10 months ago

@Lin I presume it could be if they wanted to/have the resources to make it work.
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Thoughts on three months spent with Zelda: Breath of the Wild

RobTheBuilder

10 months ago

@moroboshi I have to disagree on sound, the birds and feel of really being outdoors is lovely.
Agree music isn't great aside from a couple of key tunes though.
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How Splatoon 2's Switch tech improves over Wii U

RobTheBuilder

10 months ago

@McBonk It depends on the game. This is nvidia tech, so the decision is clearly one in terms of maintaining performance consistentcy and the game look and feel. On a smaller screen there is less need for filtering too, obviously it helps in most circumstances, but it isn't essential.
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RobTheBuilder

10 months ago

@pavlougio Except that everyone praised Vita for the same thing, and the PSP...

Obviously the 'most powerful x' changes in jumps every few years. We know that is the case. But just because it has Nintendo on the box doesn't mean it isn't the most technically capable handheld ever made - or not justified the same consideration as vita had for this fact.
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RobTheBuilder

10 months ago

@Loki7T1 You know what I meant! The dock itself doesn't physically improve performance, it just provides a constant power source which allows the fan to stay running and therefore higher clocks.
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RobTheBuilder

10 months ago

@pavlougio that's true. The CPU was terrible. But it's also true that performance in general has moved focus to being GPU led since the PS3 generation. Hence me spending twice as much on gpu as my CPU for my PC!

I would say it's more than marginally better based on the best games, but marginally so on average.

The other thing I'd say is that speed/power progression appears to have been slowing too, with increments appearing more marginal. That, as well as power consumption as speeds increase, is part of the reason it's not perhaps as advanced per se as vita.

I think we'll see for sure once developers get more used to the hardware!

Hurrah for decent debates on the Internet!
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RobTheBuilder

10 months ago

@pavlougio There are more ways to judge gaming performance than flops. So while in theory your point is accurate, it also fails to take everything into account.

The performance so far is in excess of the WiiU while in handheld mode, and this is comparing end of life WiiU games with first gen switch games.

The comparison of power in flops terms would be WiiU, which rates at 352. Meaning that flops is clearly not the key factor in performance here. Even if the switch is under 200, it clearly outperforms consoles with higher flop rates by a magnitude.

Therefore it has to be a balance, which as I say, I find based on games so far, the switch does well.
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RobTheBuilder

10 months ago

@Spetzomancer I'm not going to pretend the Switch is cheap. But we are talking the most technically capable handheld console ever launched. It's an excellent machine which I have found well worth the money already.

As for the dock, putting extra power in there is possible, but would add significant cost in extra chips, as well as all development needing to work with two different chipset options.

This thing has been designed with Nvidia, who, you know, understand how to maximise power. You can't have a cheaper unit with more power AND battery life. The current design is a smart balance.

As always though, I feel that if this machine had Sony or Xbox on it, people would be talking about premium price for premium product.

Also, the dock doesn't improve its performance, it simply allows it to run at a speed that would kill battery life in handheld mode.
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RobTheBuilder

10 months ago

@Krychek Accurate. Just has to be put simply for the simple people!

(What if you lose the dock though??)
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RobTheBuilder

10 months ago

@robo-viking Here we go again:

ITS A FUCKING HANDHELD!
*bangs head on table*
ITS A FUCKING HANDHELD!
*bangs head on table*
ITS A FUCKING HANDHELD!
*bangs head on table*

Etc
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Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC 1 guide: The Master Trials explained, including new item and gear locations

RobTheBuilder

10 months ago

Given this is largely just a placeholder DLC for the main event, there's some cool stuff here. I'm still working through the main game though, so probably not essential for me yet.
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Maybe it's time for us to leave Sonic Team's take on its own series behind

RobTheBuilder

11 months ago

@eddiehitler ASRT Developed by Sumo of course.
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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe patch makes it easier for players to catch up

RobTheBuilder

11 months ago

@SeventhLegion But that has always been MK's rubber-banding of choice. I was glad to see it reduced in MK8, after retiring many MK games for simply being decimated with shells on the last lap and going from first to last in the last race of an otherwise perfect 150cc cup.
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We went back to Super Mario Odyssey's demo and discovered even more

RobTheBuilder

11 months ago

@johnathansia Now graphical power has reduced the importance of polygons and textures, it's the latest 'POWERRRRRRRR' craze
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RobTheBuilder

11 months ago

So glad I pre-ordered now. This game is looking more and more like a classic.
Just hope it can live up to the hype.
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Arms held back from chart top spot

RobTheBuilder

11 months ago

Not sure about the UK, but here in Aus the few shops I went into on Saturday (day after release) were all either out of, or low on stock of Arms.
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Zelda: Breath of the Wild hard mode has its own save slot

RobTheBuilder

11 months ago

@Chinpokemon I think you need to just find better ways of dealing with the enemies. I don't ever use a shield against a guardian beam, i hit them in the eye with arrows to pause it so I can attack otherwise. (Or hit the legs if it's a moving one)
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Arms review

RobTheBuilder

11 months ago

Only had a quick go, but it's great so far.
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RobTheBuilder

12 months ago

@TallestJon96 Actually no. It said:

"To buy into Arms right now is to have faith that Nintendo will stick to its promise to deliver free characters and modes as the months go by."

It's telling you to make your own mind up. That's your bias showing.
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RobTheBuilder

12 months ago

Hopefully this will start shutting up the people who complain about Nintendo never making new IP's...!
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Super Mario Odyssey is a very weird Mario game

RobTheBuilder

11 months ago

@VanillaLake To be fair, we haven't actually seen the detail of the hub world. It sounds more like New Donk is just one of many areas to explore.

Interestingly someone posted how similar the individual costumes are to those used in previous Mario games through history. Perhaps that's a running theme for the game levels
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RobTheBuilder

11 months ago

@SurgicalOyster What a ridiculous statement, unless you are being sarcastic...
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RobTheBuilder

11 months ago

Looks like great fun. The mechanics do look unusual, but Nintendo usually come through on those.

Switch is looking like a bargain right now, I've barely touched a game that isn't Zelda since launch.
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Sony's flat E3 conference shows signs of a mid-generation lull

RobTheBuilder

11 months ago

@Devox The true gaming fan should have at least two machines, ideally one of them Nintendo, but not limiting themselves to just Nintendo.

For me Switch and PC is all I need right now. Nothing I saw from Sony or Microsoft made me think any differently.
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Bubsy returns in his first game in 21 years

RobTheBuilder

12 months ago

There's a reason Bubsy never got sequels.
Shit character, shit games.

Mind you I'm sure this developer can do better, they'd struggle to do worse.
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