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General Gaming / Re: Sitting on the sidelines: PS5 vs XB Series X
« on: Yesterday at 07:15:11 PM »
Congrats on dodging the reseller bots!  ;) Hope those issues will sort themselves out though, I get the impression these new boxes have some rocky onboarding right now. What are you looking to play on it? Just PS4 games for now?

Turns out a lot of the issues I was having during the initial setup were due to Spectrum having a large scale outage today for, like, 5 hours. I finally have all my PS4 data downloaded & a fair number of games installed, so I'm playing Astro's Playroom right now. Just finished the RE Village demo, too.

Astro's Playroom is delightful, but kind of sad, too...seeing all those references to games Sony doesn't think sell anymore, made by a studio that's now closing. I'm glad at least the team that makes the Astro Bot games isn't being shuttered.








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General Gaming / Re: Sitting on the sidelines: PS5 vs XB Series X
« on: Yesterday at 02:23:25 PM »
My PS5 arrived today, which is amusing considering GameStop still doesn't think they've even shipped it on their website. To my irritation, the package had a mandatory signature requirement that FedEx...completely ignored as they appear to have practically chucked the box at my door and ran. Thankfully, everything was perfectly fine.

The PS5 setup process is...an experience, one my home internet is currently fighting with every fiber of its electronic being. It took me a while to get setup, and I'm having a lot of lag and slowdown issues trying to navigate the UI and the PS Store. Looks like this is going to take a while before I get everything setup and downloaded. Currently having issues trying to get my PS4 saves downloaded.

For the life of me, I'll never understand why consoles NEVER launch with folder support in the UI. Console devs have to learn this lesson EVERY generation, without fail. Also, the PS5 power cable appears to be a whole 3 feet long. Wow.

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General Gaming / Re: Sitting on the sidelines: PS5 vs XB Series X
« on: February 26, 2021, 02:09:47 AM »
I don't know. I don't get why anyone feels the need for getting a PS5 at this point? It's just the PS4 but it's got a new hat! The system seems to be selling mainly on the basis that it is new and hard to find because of scalpers. (Although after so many accusations of Nintendo supposedly releasing low stock of consoles and games or other items on purpose to artificially generate hype or not being smart enough to meet the demand they have, where are the accusations of Sony doing this with the PS5?)

You know...I originally made similar accusations at Sony in the months following the PS5's launch, because it seemed to me awfully damn convenient just how consistent the trickle of PS5s has been post-launch. However, when the ongoing national chip shortage is so bad that even the President of the United States just signed an Executive Order to investigate and shore up the problem for the sake of national security ( https://www.cnbc.com/2021/02/24/biden-signs-executive-order-to-address-chip-shortage-through-a-supply-chain-review.html )...no, this isn't Sony creating artificial scarcity, at least in North American and Europe. Now, Sony has made it pretty obvious that they're intentionally diverting stock away from Japan so they can shore up Europe and NA, so the shortage in Japan is somewhat artificial. That said, if you're a Japanese gamer, why would you buy a PS5 at this point when Sony's spent the last 2 years telling your country to **** off?

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And from this latest State of Play, are there actually people hyped up to play this stuff? Ports of PS4 games. Crash 4 isn't even a year old. Like I get in the past, there were times where a game might have two versions coming out. Epic Mickey 2 is released on the Wii and the Wii U. But those games were released at the same time so that Wii sales didn't eat into potential Wii U sales. Plus, there was a visible difference at least in the visuals between Wii and Wii U. Twilight Princess on Wii and GC is another example. In that case, the GC version was held back a little bit while the Wii version released first to give it more of a boost and reason to buy the Wii. How is Crash 4 going to motivate PS4 users to upgrade or expect big sales now? Square's decided that all PS users want is FF7 stuff so they are going to milk all they can out of that entry it seems. Make the PS5 the FF7 machine. Knockout City didn't really impress me in its Switch trailer and seeing it here on PS5 didn't change my quick opinion of it. I just don't get it.

Well, to each their own but there was some stuff in today's State of Play that I'm interested in playing, like Kena: Bridge of Spirits and Solar Ash. I'm iffy on Returnal and Deathloop, but they are looking increasingly appealing every time Sony's shown them. I've already mentioned that Ratchet and RE Village are major games for me, the former of which is a PS5-exclusive (as is the Demon's Souls remake I've been wanting to play).  The problem with the PS5 is its severe scarcity right now means that devs pretty much HAVE to make PS4 versions since no one can BUY the new consoles without insane effort and a lot of luck.

That said, the big "get" of this new generation isn't really technical flourish, but speed. I agree that Sony spent WAY too much time on Crash 4 in the latest State of Play, but the one thing about that game that's a MAJOR issue on PS4 is the load times (and, to be frank, it's also a major issue in FF7 remake on PS4). That is a hard game that requires frequent restarts, especially if you're trying to fully complete it, and yet levels take an absolutely ridiculous amount of time to load on PS4. Getting games to load on PS5 on par with a cartridge game (and, for now, getting them to run at a 60FPS or higher framerate) is a major "get", so much that I don't understand why Sony doesn't focus on it more instead of the 4K stuff the overwhelming majority of players will never see due to not having the proper display.

I fully agree that Sony pretty much abandoning Japan this generation is reckless and stupid, and I hope it hurts them because I like variety in my gaming experiences. I enjoy the Sony Uni-game, but it's not the ONLY kind of game I play.

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General Gaming / Re: Games Industry Death Watch 2010-present
« on: February 25, 2021, 06:19:36 PM »
Sony is effectively shutting down Sony Japan Studio as of 4/1/21, allegedly to focus their studios on games with "worldwide appeal."

https://www.videogameschronicle.com/news/sources-playstation-is-winding-down-sony-japan-studio/

In addition to assisting on various projects (such as The Last Guardian, the Demon's Souls remake, the Wild Arms series, etc.), the studio's put out such games as Ape Escape, Legend of Dragoon (continuing Sony's legacy of not giving a **** about Legend of Dragoon), Fantavision, Puppeteer, and Knacks 1 & 2.

Look, I'm not going to pretend that Japan Studio put out the most wondrous games, but I appreciated the variety of the stuff they worked on, stuff that modern Sony apparently just refuses to make anymore. However, I will also note that Sony LOVED to not market Japan Studios' games, so I don't completely blame them for their games not selling.

Still, the studio was apparently reasonably profitable, and Sony desperately needed the variety in art styles and game concepts. It just wasn't making "All of the money" (to use a phrase coined by a certain internet blowhard).

I still want a PS4/PS5 version of Puppeteer, Sony. The fact that you homage it in the most recent Astro Bot is rather infuriating.

But hey, we get to look forward to a future of nothing but generic 3rd person action games with light stealth and crafting elements. Because that's what Sony makes now when they don't have a legacy franchise or major license to shill.

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The Jazz did well tonight despite Donovan having another off-night. One thing I really like about this year's squad is that we may not have a "superstar", but there's seriously about 5-7 guys on the team who can just go off for around 20 points on any given night. I've heard some particularly enthusiastic Jazz fans refer to it as the "Jazz Hydra". Not sure I'm willing to go quite that far yet, but it's comforting to know that we can still succeed with 1-2 players having a rough game.

The Lakers were obviously short-handed so tonight's outcome was pretty expected, but I'll take a win where I can get one.

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General Gaming / Re: Sitting on the sidelines: PS5 vs XB Series X
« on: February 24, 2021, 10:59:48 PM »
Nobody has posted here since gen nine officially started.
Has anyone picked one up?
Are you planning to at a later date?
I am planning to get a PS5 when the Horizon Zero Dawn sequel comes out.

Funny you should ask...

I've been trying to hunt one down for the better part of the last 2 months, once they announced a release date for Resident Evil 8/Village (and we finally got a release date for Ratchet). I was perfectly happy playing backlogged PS4 stuff, but I at least wanted one by May so I had to start aggressively looking for it early. After many...many...MANY failed battles against the legions of Skynet, I finally managed to snag one last night in the batch GameStop put online. Ended up with a bundle I really didn't want (Console + extra controller + Miles Morales Ultimate + $20 GameStop Gift Card for $660), but beggars can't be choosers when companies are just letting scalpers run wild, I guess.

Not expecting it to arrive for a week or 2 (possibly later), though. I do own a copy of the PS5 version of The Pathless, though, that I'm looking forward to playing. Picked it up a month ago when it was on sale for half off.

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Great if they pull this off, but this is still embarrassing.

Looking at the Play By Play, Lebron should be doing Free Throw drills for the next 2 days. If he (and Gasol) hit ANY of their last 3 free throws (especially that last one the refs gift-wrapped him), the Lakers would have won in regulation.

Side note: this got recommended to me by Google, and I found it pretty hilarious. Some dude was playing the latest NBA 2K, and his 76ers went up against the Jazz in the NBA Finals. He took a 1 point lead in Game 7 with 2.5 seconds to go...only for Jordan Clarkson to hit a full-court 3 to win the series & the Finals.  :D

Even funnier, he apparently traded Ben Simmons to the Jazz in exchange for Donovan Mitchell during the regular season.

https://twitter.com/LVD____/status/1363921983142961153?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1363921983142961153%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_c10&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fuproxx.com%2Fdimemag%2Fnba-2k-jordan-clarkson-game-winner-70-foot-shot-video%2F

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Yeah, I’m not watching any more Lakers games until Anthony Davis comes back. These frauds gave up a 17 point lead and lost to the Wizards. LOL. I’m not staying up for this ****.

UMM...I wouldn't count the Lakers out just yet...they're down by 2 with 15 seconds to go and control of the ball as of this writing...

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Well, you can't say the Jazz didn't put up a good fight against a fully armed & rested Clippers team. We lost, but at least we have Conley back now and apparently still in fine form. All things considered, losing one game out of a back-to-back road match like this isn't the worst result to come out of this. I am curious, though, if the actual game looked as suspiciously ref-ed as the play-by-play looked. It looked like every time the Jazz started making a comeback, they were immediately slapped with fouls leading to free throws for LA.

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TalkBack / Re: Splatoon 3 Announced: Coming In 2022
« on: February 18, 2021, 08:25:43 PM »
On a side note I can't believe that anyone still believes anything Nintendo has to say about their console life cycles after...what was it...the 3DS that they announced a day after publicly denying that a successor to the DS was in the works?  :rolleyes:

The Switch could very well have a 7 year life cycle built entirely on Wii & Wii U ports...or they could announce the Switch 2 tomorrow. That's just how Nintendo is, and I'm not going to trust a word that comes out of the Nintendo PR machine on such matters.

On the matter of Splatoon 3, Nintendo doesn't have a strong history of supporting multiple mainline installments of multiplayer games on the same platform. There tends to be 1 Mario Kart, 1 generic Mario sports title, etc. per console. Switch has already had 2 Splatoon releases with Splatoon 2 & its Octo Expansion. The 3rd game seems primed to be cross-gen and/or a Switch 2 launch game. Frankly, so does Breath of the Wild 2 at this point, as well as Metroid Prime 4.

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TalkBack / Re: Splatoon 3 Announced: Coming In 2022
« on: February 18, 2021, 12:12:02 AM »
I look forward to playing this on the Switch 2, because there's no way this isn't a Switch 2 launch game, having a nebulous 2022 release date like that.

I agree. I'm wondering if it could be a cross-gen Switch and Switch 2 game with a unified online community.

The Switch is still selling like crazy and has yet to even drop in price.  A successor isn't coming out until at least end of 2023.  Of course with Splatoon 3 coming next year, I wouldn't be surprised if a successor is closer to 2024 or 2025.

When Nintendo told investors they plan on supporting the Switch longer then previous systems, they're not releasing a successor 5 years after launch when previous successful systems all got at least 6 years.  Microsoft and Sony just gave their last systems a 7 year lifecycle so it's not hard to believe Nintendo can do the same.  Especially when the Switch is selling better and has more momentum then either the PS4 and Xbox One did at this point in their lives.

What complicates that plan is that Switch pretty much seems to be losing most of what little AAA 3rd party support it had with the launch of the new consoles, now that Switch is nowhere near comparable from a technical standpoint. And those new consoles aren't going to be supply-constrained by bots & part scarcity forever.

I think it's highly likely Switch gets a successor by the end of 2022.

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I would also note that this would be the 3rd consecutive console that Skyward Sword has shown up on, so it's not like this is some bold new re-release. It released on the Wii, got a digital release on Wii U as a Wii VC title, and now has a partial remaster on Switch. In that sense, it's been re-released as much as Wind Waker has.

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: Place your bets on Feb 17th Megatons!
« on: February 17, 2021, 10:01:28 PM »
Maybe they finally assimilated eachother. Broodwars has seemed a bit more... Ian Sane lately.

"I Am Thou. Thou Art I."  :P

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: Place your bets on Feb 17th Megatons!
« on: February 17, 2021, 09:58:38 PM »
Has anyone actually seen Ian and broodwars in the same room?

Dead Men Tell No Tales, Bob.  ;)

Come to think of it, I haven't seen him around in a while, though.

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"Nintendo spends too much time re-releasing the same games over and over."

also

"Nintendo should release the same Zelda game on four consecutive consoles."

Hey, if Nintendo can't manage to put out a new Zelda game, they could at least put out a good old one instead of a lightly-remastered port of the worst (official) game in the series. I don't recall people complaining when 3D World + Bowser's Fury was announced instead of Odyssey 2.

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: Place your bets on Feb 17th Megatons!
« on: February 17, 2021, 08:30:04 PM »
Were your predictions things you were hoping for, or just expecting?
For me this didn't really whiff, but I can understand that reaction if you were hoping for BOTW 2, Bayo 3, and Pikmin 4. Sadly I think the latter of those won't happen until a Switch successor appears; Pikmin 3 Deluxe filled that slot. Similarly, I think Yoshi's Woolly World's port to 3DS unfortunately means it won't be on Switch anytime soon while 3DS games are still on shelves.  :(

Well, my HOPES for the Direct were more absurd than my expectations, which are what I posted. I did really want to see Woolly World on Switch, though. It's the rare Yoshi game that really clicked with me.

I just saw a lot of ports of old games (yes, yes...ironic...yes), a lot of remasters of old games ,or games that played like old games. Then it all capped off with a remaster of the worst Zelda game following a bait & switch with Breath of the Wild 2.

Let's just say that this Direct peaked with the Xenoblade characters in Smash announcement and it was all downhill from there.

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For the Splatoon fans here, are y'all excited for a new one next year? The trailer made think it would be a spin-off initially, but unless it's a big overhaul I don't really see the point (besides money). That team has a crazy turn-around though: Splatoon (2015), Splatoon 2 (2017), Octo Expansion (2018), Splatoon 3 (2022).

Eh...not really? I'm not real big into Splatoon multiplayer, and if we're getting another sequel that's MP-focused where the player has no choice in what MP they get to play...I'm just not all that hyped. "Splatoon, but MORE" was the selling point of the 2nd game, so if that's also the case for the 3rd game it's one I can wait on. I expect it to be a Switch 2 launch game anyway with that nebulous 2022 release date. I was hoping there'd be a lot more SP after the excellent Octo Expansion the 2nd game got and the moody trailer we just saw for the 3rd game. But no...it just seems to be more Splatoon, same as the last Splatoon.

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Following the Jazz's ongoing 1st Place record, it's been decided that Jazz Coach Quin Snyder will coach the Western Conference All Stars.

https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/30918272/sources-utah-jazz-coach-quin-snyder-lead-western-conference-all-star-game

Doc Rivers is expected to coach the Eastern Conference All Stars, but there has been no official announcement yet.

Honestly, as much prestige as it brings to the team, I hope no one on the Jazz makes the All Star squad. With how rough our schedule's been and how successful we've been, I just want them to rest till the NBA assigns us our next arbitrarily killer schedule. We shouldn't be having an All Star Game at all with all the games that have been postponed (including one of ours against Washington).

EDIT: Jazz took care of business tonight, putting away a Clippers team missing 3 of its Starters (due to injuries) in the 4th quarter. It's good to see the Jazz winning games that they SHOULD win. Last year, this would have been a game they'd have lost, as they often DID when the other team was missing players. We still have another round with the Clippers in a few days, though.

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: What will Nintendo release in 2021?
« on: February 17, 2021, 07:00:14 PM »
So it seems the correct answer in the end was...


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Nintendo Gaming / Re: What will Nintendo release in 2020?
« on: February 17, 2021, 06:58:42 PM »
*Edit: Wrong topic. Please delete*

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The worst (official) Zelda game, now with slightly less-unresponsive controls!

As happy as I am to see this game get functional controls, I would have liked it more if they also confirmed that about 1/3 the game was being cut out to improve the game's atrocious pacing...or scrap the project altogether and just port better Zelda games like Wind Waker HD & Twilight Princess HD instead.

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TalkBack / Re: Splatoon 3 Announced: Coming In 2022
« on: February 17, 2021, 06:39:24 PM »
I look forward to playing this on the Switch 2, because there's no way this isn't a Switch 2 launch game, having a nebulous 2022 release date like that.

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: Place your bets on Feb 17th Megatons!
« on: February 17, 2021, 06:02:52 PM »
I'm not convinced that Nintendo are done with the Wii U ports, and there's still one notable one remaining: Yoshi's Woolly World. I think there's a good chance a Switch port gets announced tomorrow. It fits in well with the "Spring" theme.

Breath of the Wild 2 will be the closer since Nintendo wants to focus on titles coming out in the 1st half of 2021, and Zelda WILL be a November title since it doesn't have a release date already.

The Smash Character? I've got a good feeling about Rayman for some reason, though who knows these days with Nintendo & Smash. They wasted slots on Sephy and MineCraft Guy (yes, I know his name is Steve. I don't care). Nintendo's clearly out of fucks to give regarding Smash slots.

I think we get a new trailer & release date for No More Heroes 3.

I think Bayonetta 3 finally gets a new trailer & possibly a release date. We haven't heard about that game for a while, and unlike Metroid Prime 4 it actually still has a chance in Hell of releasing on the Switch.

A Pikmin 4 announcement wouldn't surprise me, considering 3 got a recent Switch port.

I think we see a new system added to the Nintendo Switch Online program, most likely the N64 or GameBoy.

I believe we're now in the 35th Anniversary Year of Zelda, so it's time to break out the Zelda All Star Collection in time to get pulled from all virtual store shelves 3 months later.

Honestly, I can't think of much else. There's so much Nintendo's been working on that we don't know about. I wouldn't be surprised if we saw the much-rumored Switch Pro/Switch Successor get announced.

Clearly, my hopes for this Direct required far more effort than Nintendo was willing to put in. Pretty much a giant whiff of a Direct in general, at least for stuff that's coming out anytime soon.

At least we got Xenoblade 2 representation in Smash...finally.

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Worthy picks, and they reminded me that I really need to get back to seriously trying to get through Xenoblade 2.

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: Place your bets on Feb 17th Megatons!
« on: February 16, 2021, 10:21:46 PM »
I'm not convinced that Nintendo are done with the Wii U ports, and there's still one notable one remaining: Yoshi's Woolly World. I think there's a good chance a Switch port gets announced tomorrow. It fits in well with the "Spring" theme.

Breath of the Wild 2 will be the closer since Nintendo wants to focus on titles coming out in the 1st half of 2021, and Zelda WILL be a November title since it doesn't have a release date already.

The Smash Character? I've got a good feeling about Rayman for some reason, though who knows these days with Nintendo & Smash. They wasted slots on Sephy and MineCraft Guy (yes, I know his name is Steve. I don't care). Nintendo's clearly out of fucks to give regarding Smash slots.

I think we get a new trailer & release date for No More Heroes 3.

I think Bayonetta 3 finally gets a new trailer & possibly a release date. We haven't heard about that game for a while, and unlike Metroid Prime 4 it actually still has a chance in Hell of releasing on the Switch.

A Pikmin 4 announcement wouldn't surprise me, considering 3 got a recent Switch port.

I think we see a new system added to the Nintendo Switch Online program, most likely the N64 or GameBoy.

I believe we're now in the 35th Anniversary Year of Zelda, so it's time to break out the Zelda All Star Collection in time to get pulled from all virtual store shelves 3 months later.

Honestly, I can't think of much else. There's so much Nintendo's been working on that we don't know about. I wouldn't be surprised if we saw the much-rumored Switch Pro/Switch Successor get announced.

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You know it's been a strange game when Jordan Clarkson scores 40 points, Donovan Mitchell 24 points, & Joe Ingles 20 points...and the game STILL came down to the wire. -_-

I'll gladly take the win, especially since the Jazz got shot out of the gym for most of the 1st quarter, but considering Jordan Clarkson had more 3 pointers than the ENTIRE 76ers team...you'd think we'd have won by more than 9 points.

Incidentally, if the Jazz can keep this up through the rest of the season, Jordan Clarkson has to be the shoe-in for 6th Man of the Year. Considering the uncertainty surrounding him when we traded the Corpse of Dante Exum for him, saying he's been a wild success is an understatement.

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