GamingThreadPhil Spencer told Microsoft to go 'all-in' on gaming when brand was threatened
ReasonUser Banned (Duration Pending): Platform warring, history of similar behavior, numerous past infractions.
They have better optics now than at XBO reveal but I still think they're being conservative. Nothing I have seen will come close to competing with PS5 (specs will be close in some areas but Sony wins on exclusives, BC leverage, possibly price if they subsidize). Series needs some major secret sauce and I really hope they have some. If all they have left is price reveal and the lower end model then I think they're coming in 3rd place. I think their online streaming is a second gen streaming offering and I expect Sony to reveal a second gen streaming option of their own so that story isn't done yet. Gamer goodwill is a nice feeling but I would rather play a game I want to play than feel good about a "pro consumer" console I bought.
GamingThread[RUMOR] Overwatch for Nintendo Switch launches on October 18, 2019 (UPDATE: Confirmed by Kotaku and Eurogamer)
ReasonUser Banned (2 Weeks): Platform warring, Antagonizing other members, History of system warring, Accumulated infractions
I see no need to be a Nintendo apologist. They could have easily put in a dozen more Splat Fests. Splatoon is about staying fresh, and is in a genre where the competition is always releasing new things. They should be half way through Splatoon 3 right now.
GamingThreadDev on Sony’s Crossplay Stance: ‘Families Want to Play Together and Nobody Owns Four PlayStations’
ReasonUser Banned (1 Week): Backseat modding, consistent history of system warring, and numerous accumulated infractions
This Cross Play begging is tiresome. I wish it was a ban-able offense here like port begging. Whats obvious is that consumers want it. Why wouldn't they? But whats not so obvious is that like exclusive games, a walled platform is in selling hardware especially if you are the leading box console. We all can hate on it, but whoever has the lead has always done it, since the beginning of online games. Microsoft isn't a righteous pro-consumer advocate. They haven't changed. They just don't have the lead so that strategy doesn't work in their favor. They want you to buy an Xbox and still have your friends to play with, which most of them are probably on PS4.
I wish Sony would fully open the cross play gates, but I also understand they are a business and that it would be bad for business for them right now.
GamingThreadNew Nintendo Indie Highlights video coming tomorrow
ReasonUser Banned (5 days): History of thread derailment and system wars
Surface Go starts at $400, so thats more than Switch, but it's pretty close. Game prices tend to be lower and drop faster on PC though. Free online too. Basically it's a slightly higher initial investment than a Switch but over time if you game a moderate amount you'll save money. You're also getting a much bigger library and most indies launch on PC first. And, most critically, your library stays with you when you upgrade to the next hardware. We can kiss our Switch indie libraries goodbye when the next platform gets released.
Microsoft just announced this:
64GB SSD (can be higher)
4GB RAM (can be higher) including desktop apps. That means Steam, emulators, Java, Flash, the works
10" touch screen
Integrated GPU Intel HD Graphics 615
Pentium 4415Y and compatible with any Bluetooth controller including PS4/Xbox, Switch Pro, 8bitdo, etc
Compatible with existing USB/Bluetooth keyboards
The $400 price point is about half of the typical Surface starting price. I don't think we have ever seen a full Windows tablet at this price have we? Since it will run Steam I would think most of the indie library will run on this, possibly some older core games too. The appeal of going in on this as your defacto indie machine is a few things: Steam library stays with you "permanently" regardless of hardware (as opposed to console makers). Indies most often release on PC first. For example, Minecraft, Stardew Valley, Hollow Knight, Axiom Verge, Hyperlight Drifter, and many more all release on PC first, or exclusively. Some like the recent Into the Breach (which is crazy good) also support touch screen. Indie games are often cheapest on Steam too. It can also double as a work/school computer if you only need basic apps.
I think if you own a Switch but want a bigger screen, bigger library, greater controller compatibility, you might want to check it out. Granted you won't be playing the big Nintendo games on this, but you will be getting a much better indie library plus lots of PC games that Switch doesn't have. I could see a lot of Switch owners wanting to play Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana Remake, Civilization, Trails in the Sky games, and much more. Also the homebrew/emulation scene is always strongest on PC.
Thoughts? What am I missing here?
GamingThreadWhat is about Nintendo that allows them to create the largest library of high scoring/selling games?
ReasonUser Banned (3 Days): System warring, list wars.
Ugh too much hyperbole there TC.
Switch has 2 games over 95.
1 game between 90-94
11 games 80-89
So if 80+ is a really good game,
PS4 also has 2 games over 95, both of which are not on Switch and one is a full exclusive
PS4 has 13 games between 90-94
PS4 has 136 games between 80-89
So if 80+ is a really good game,
If we want to look at sales, Switch games have topped out at around 9 million for a big game like Mario Odyssey. PS4 has 6 games over that with GTAV at around 17 million just on PS4. Uncharted 4 has over 10 million.
So no matter how you slice it, you're just wrong TC about Nintendo being #1 in any metric. All that said, to answer your question, I think a few of their devs use unique development techniques to bring quality to their titles. Nintendo games are always impeccably polished too. They are definitely world class, and can win GotY awards or even GotG awards. But I hesitate calling them "the best". thats unfair to other human beings on earth working hard to make great games. You can call Nintendo your favorite dev all day long. They're my favorite dev. But other devs are very talented too and can make awesome games that sell really well.