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  1. Modest Tech: The NX Generation (Nintendo Switch)

    Fe is on the list, but my Switch list is sizeable so I'll wait for a deal. It wasn't until you said they were nearly all ports that I realised! You're not wrong, but it's still a strong line-up. I remember them being received similarly. I'd say the original is a smaller, tighter game but I haven't played it for years. It suffered at the time from not being the proper Mario game everybody wanted but it's great in its own right. Now they've announced Smash, I guess they're saving Fire Emblem until E3 or later. Noted ALSO!! I can tick another game off my Switch wishlist with Undertale. Boom! Also also: does anybody else think the Mario Tennis Aces logo looks awful? Specifically the Aces font. It looks like the Wii Sports type italicised. I suppose they want to convey that this is a quasi-sequel for people wanting to get their waggle on (as seen in the trailer.) The game looks fine as Mario Tennis games go, but man, that logo. Edit. Eurgh:
  2. Modest Tech: The NX Generation (Nintendo Switch)

    OOOO Direct time!! That was solid! Main announcements/takeaways include: - Undertale coming to Switch - Praise the Sun Dark Souls amiibo will melt the internet and everything - Warioware Gold for 3DS = Rhythm Heaven Megamix for the Warioware games - Okami HD on Switch can't be a bad thing - 3DS getting a Luigi's Mansion GC port! - Crash Trilogy coming to Switch - Fucking Dark Souls amiibo - Captain Toad coming to Switch, dropping Wii U's significant exclusives to just Mario World 3D, Pikmin 3, Mario Maker, NSMBU and... NintendoLand? Also coming to 3DS - New paid single-player DLC for Splatoon 2 - Smash coming this year with new characters (Inklings) - I mean, look at it:
  3. Recently completed video games

    Just completed the trial version of David Lynch Teaches Typing. Very helpful - I recommend it. I'd also recommend Chris Remo making a mod by subbing out the audio files. The process for getting the full version seems unnecessarily convoluted, but I'm getting there.
  4. Modest Tech: The NX Generation (Nintendo Switch)

    For people who have gone digital, the Switch eshop now allows you to pay using accumulated gold coins. I had 600-odd and just got Subsurface Circular with them 👍
  5. It's funny to read takes about the controls. I played on PS2 five or so years ago and I honestly don't remember even thinking about them. I remember thinking that 'gripping' with the shoulder button was pretty cool.
  6. Books, books, books...

    Yeah, I hear patches of description like that excerpt and individually they're effective. And, similarly, the whole thing is more or less washing over me (pretty easy in audiobook form) but I find my thoughts drifting and then I'll have to rewind to something I missed or forgot. So far it's the perfect example of a book that could sit on my bedside table until the day I die, every night reading a bit, then rereading it the next night and making no actual progress. I feel like I'm missing the point, or that the point is to feel disenfranchised and numb. To which my reaction is 'damn - I get enough of that already.' Also, it doesn't seem interesting enough to dig around for. There's so much literature and media exploring the experience of the post-war counterculture generation (much of which, granted, must have taken inspiration from Kerouac), this feels worn out. I think I might power through, despite my instinct to abandon ship, simply to exorcise it.
  7. Books, books, books...

    Hi everyone. I'm halfway through listening to On The Road and I'm on the cusp of throwing the towel in. I started reading it years and years ago but couldn't get very far with it, so I thought the audiobook would be a good way to tick it off the list. But i've spent 5 hours feeling nothing but creeping boredom. The period is relatively interesting, and I get that, in context, it must've been quite something. But I just can't seem to find a way into it. I'm guessing that there's nothing in the second half that'll grab me if the first half hasn't. Has anybody here read it and, if so, what did you take from it?
  8. RetroThumbs

    Has anybody heard much about NES Maker? Essentially, it seems to be engine software a la Gamemaker that outputs Family BASIC that can be played on actual hardware via a flash cart. They just ran a kickstarter but you can still get the software and a cart for $88 at their store. There's something very attactive about being able to create something simple that actually runs on a NES connected to your TV.
  9. Just watched the final episode of Discovery Season 1! It started slow, got much better, peaked around episode 12 and finished decently. Much of the writing was very TAB A > SLOT B but it had some nice ideas and more homages and fan references than I was expecting. Overall, much more good than bad. Shit, even the ship grew on me and I can now name 50% of the bridge crew. Saru really grew over the course of the season, and I hope the wider cast get a look in next time round. Robot lady FTW. Oh, and Jason Isaacs is great. No spoilers but I'm sure everyone in this thread will have a strong reaction to the end of the last episode. Brought a tear to my eye but I'm a wreck, mind. Looking forward to Season 2.
  10. Recently completed video games

    I finally got Super Sonic in Somic Mania after getting the 5th, 6th and 7th emeralds in quick succession and beating the final boss 👍 Man, feeling like I'm on the cusp of missing the Celestegeist. Might go for it tomorrow morning.
  11. The Last Guardian

    My bad - I thought the tech analysis was interesting but didn't think it would generate much conversation.
  12. The Last Guardian

    Yep, I've got a 4K TV on the list this year, but I just got a new laptop so it's going to be a while. It's tough because the original game was incredibly ambitious to the point where the PS2 couldn't handle it. I guess some people might argue that dropped frames actually helped convey the vastness of the world - 'wow it's so epic, the console can't take it, man!' - like how slowdown caused by explosions sometimes felt cool, in a Hollywood way. I don't think I agree with that but the original game worked with its limitations cleverly. At least multiple options exist: if you're a stickler, there's always the original; PS3 cleans up the fuzziness somewhat; PS4 reimagines it in 4K. Interestingly, USGamer have since published an article criticising the changes and the loss of atmosphere - they highlight the fog and lighting but go further. It's definitely different.
  13. The Last Guardian

    Thought this was probably the best place to post the Digital Foundry tech analysis of the new Shadow of the Colossus remake. I didn't realise it was a ground-up remake. It seems they've taken some delicate liberties with world geometry (moving trees, adding bumps and outcrops and detail) to modernise the game, but otherwise it looks very faithful. There's something about the foggy, bloom-esque light in the original which I personally think they could have captured more authentically - the 'fog' in the forest, for example, is scaled back dramatically and it really alters the atmosphere. It's not 'bad' - the foliage and the clarity are beautiful, but the tone is different and this game is all about tone. Regardless, the video shows the top-class job they've done, and it makes me want a PS4 Pro just to play ICO and this and Last Guardian.
  14. Dead Cells

    From the notification on the Switch itself:
  15. Modest Tech: The NX Generation (Nintendo Switch)

    Heads up - there's a chunky 75% off Oxenfree at the moment.