Jul
10
2019
8

The Switch Lite is coming in September, and you’ll be sorry if you buy it.

Via C-Net, this sounds, well, awful.

When reports emerged of a lower-cost Nintendo Switch that wouldn’t have detachable Joy-Con controllers and couldn’t plug into a TV, my son had one question. What’s the point of a Switch that doesn’t Switch? Good question. But that’s exactly what Nintendo is releasing on Sept. 20. The Nintendo Switch Lite is handheld-only and costs $200. (UK and Australian pricing is yet to be announced, but that converts to £160 or AU$290.) That’s $100 less than the original Switch and also shrinks the previous model down a bit, with a 5.5-inch, 720-pixel screen. But it also ditches TV connectivity via USB-C, and no longer has detachable rumbling controllers.

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Jun
22
2019
8

Is Just Cause 4 any good?

I ask because I just watched this about the second Just Cause

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Jun
21
2019
1

Quote of the Day, EA Killed, Gutted, And Wore Shame As A Face Mask edition.

I’d like to think that, underneath the ambient sounds in the panel room, a keen-eared observer could maybe hear the flack’s soul dying a little.

“That is what we look at as ‘surprise mechanics,'” EA Legal and Government Affairs VP Kerry Hopkins told the panel when asked about the ethics of loot boxes. “It is important to look at this. If you go to—I don’t know what your version of Target is—a store that sells a lot of toys and you do a search for surprise toys, you will find that this is something people enjoy. They enjoy surprises. It is something that has been part of toys for years, whether it is Kinder eggs or Hatchimals or LOL Surprise!”

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Jun
19
2019
4

Is Dead By Daylight any good?

I apparently just got a free copy of Dead By Daylight from NVIDIA for being such a valued customer; which is odd, because I go entire weeks without once contemplating who it is that makes my video cards. Indeed, what I value most about my relationship with my computer parts can be best described via a Ron Swanson clip:

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Jun
13
2019
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@SecretWorldLgds finally announces Anniversary Event.

Starting next Tuesday. Time to build up some of my Secret World Legends alts again. God knows they could use the attention.

Jun
13
2019
5

The oddly disappointing Minecraft Dungeons E3 trailer.

Not disappointing to me: to my kids. I figured Minecraft Dungeons would make them ecstatic, but apparently not. Weird.

Ars Technica calls this a Diablo clone, which is fair. There are definite commonalities, but it’s also clearly a Minecraft game in its aesthetic. Which is why I’m surprised that the two people in my household who most often play the game are ‘meh’ about it. Wonder what’s obvious to them, but not to me?

Jun
11
2019
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Jun
10
2019
2

The Kingdom Hearts 3 ReMind DLC trailer.

I have absolutely no goram idea what is going on here in this Kingdom Hearts III DLC (‘ReMind’), but my eldest kid’s probably gonna freak.

I was a little surprised at my complete lack of understanding, actually. Certainly I’ve seen enough of the gameplay. But the context eludes me; and the tone seems rather overly dramatic for what appeared to be a fairly silly and family-friendly videogame. Not that I’m objecting (and not that they’d care if I did). I’m just bemused, that’s all.

Jun
10
2019
2

The E3 ‘The Outer Worlds’ trailer.

Fallout Alpha Centauri The Outer Worlds drops on October 25th, and I for one look forward to playing it. The game promises to be a hoot. Possibly even a lark. It all depends on just how Obsidian-y I’m feeling when I make my first Queen of the Girl Scouts PC.

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