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Thread What's the most overrated soundtracks in gaming?
Anything by Tim Follin. I've never liked his style. He knows how to produce good sounds and auras, special effects, and to find ways to make consoles sound in ways that you wouldn't think possible, but in terms of musical composition and song progression, there's just... nothing there. It just always sounds like a string of random improvised solos with no rhyme or reason, no verse/chorus structure, no buildups, no punches, no hooks,... I couldn't hum any of his songs because there's absolutely nothing hummable about them. I get that this is the whole point of prog music, but prog sucks. I don't like stuff like Dream Theater and the like for the same reasons. It just sounds so boring to me.
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Thread Square asks people who picked up early copies not to spoil FF7
Yeah, nice try Square, but that's not gonna work. People will spoil anything and everything they can. And what you're doing is the Streisand effect. The more you're going to try and prevent it from spoiling, the more people will go out of their way to spoil it.
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Thread Digital Foundry: Doom Eternal on Stadia Looks Great - But The Lag is Just Too High
So much for Negative Latency™. Just pull the plug already, Google! With next-gen consoles looming around the corner, you're going to have even more trouble even generating any sort of buzz around your inferior streaming service!
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Thread Multiple sources: Several Mario games (64/Sunshine/Galaxy 1 and 2/3D World) getting Switch remasters this year; new Paper Mario en route as well
A new Mario Golf game would totally be in order! The Switch is a perfect platform for it!
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Thread Jedi Fallen Order is one of the most bolted together games I've ever played
This is one my biggest pet peeves of this recent generation of games. BOTW, God of War 4, Octopath Traveler, and countless others. They all employ that same design element of scattering chests around, some very well hidden, which contain essentially nothing substantial, sometimes even downgrades from what you already have. It’s a fucking plague. It used to be that finding well-hidden chests in a game would reward you with upgrades that would give you some sort of substantial if not OP boost for a while. But not anymore, nope.
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Thread Wii U is the Greatest Gaming Hobbyist Device short of a PC. Here's Why. [Image Heavy]
I meant, what about the wads that I installed on my Wii manually? Will it copy those? If not, can I reinstall them on my Wii U manually? If I can’t download the system transfer tool on my Wii, can I install its wad?
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Thread Wii U is the Greatest Gaming Hobbyist Device short of a PC. Here's Why. [Image Heavy]
Before I even seriously consider investing time into this project, I have one question: Is it possible/easy to transfer all the saved data and eShop and VC games (even the, uh, injected/other region ones) from my homebrewed Wii to my to-be homebrewed Wii U? I would like to ditch my Wii but I’d hate to lose anything in the process.
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Thread Devs react to PS5 specs - Twitter edition
So what I'm getting away from all of this is that 3rd party multiplatform games will perform/look better on the Xbox One Series X, but that PS5-exclusive games that take full advantage of the SSD will blow all of them out of the water. And if there's one place where Sony has a clear advantage, it's 1st party developers.
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Thread Remember when Doom Eternal was supposed to be true 4k on Stadia? That ain't happening
I truly wonder if anything happened at some point between the original announcement and release that made Google scale down the specs of the server clusters available to devs. Maybe they realized it was too expensive or something? It can’t all have been conscious lies, can it?
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Thread People understand the FFVII Remake doesn’t say Part 1 for Square’s benefit, not the consumer’s benefit, right?
Just imagine if some regular Joe saw this at Walmart one day, bought it in excitation of replaying his favorite childhood classic remade in HD glory... ... But the game abruptly ends just when young Link goes to grab the Master Sword from the Temple of Time. Imagine that for a second.
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Thread Is anyone else getting sick of game design and player agency revolving around cool downs (specifically multiplayer games)?
They put cooldowns on the guns in the last "Contra" game. COOLDOWNS... IN CONTRA. That shit is ridiculous and has always been. I've always hated any game mechanic that forces you to arbitrarily stop or slowdown whatever you're doing, like stealth mechanics for example. Standing around and waiting is the very opposite of fun to me. Fuck that shit.
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Thread GBA was more powerful than SNES right? (except the sound)
It was superior in every way except for resolution and sound clarity. Even then the resolution was only artificially limited by the physical screen resolution. It could have easily pushed a higher pixel count otherwise. Its sound mixing capabilities were better in many ways, but the final output was so low-res and noisy that it ruined the whole fucking thing.
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Thread People understand the FFVII Remake doesn’t say Part 1 for Square’s benefit, not the consumer’s benefit, right?
I especially like how even the meteor present in the game's logo will go completely unexplained in this first part...
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Thread People understand the FFVII Remake doesn’t say Part 1 for Square’s benefit, not the consumer’s benefit, right?
Just how hard would it be to slap "Part 1" or "The Midgar Story" under the title? Absolutely zero hard. There's a very obvious reason why they're not doing it.
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Thread People understand the FFVII Remake doesn’t say Part 1 for Square’s benefit, not the consumer’s benefit, right?
Apparently because the first part has been stretched out to hell with side-quests to make it a 50-hour affair worthy of a full game.
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Thread People understand the FFVII Remake doesn’t say Part 1 for Square’s benefit, not the consumer’s benefit, right?
Imagine if Nintendo remade Ocarina of Time, called it "The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Remake", but only included the events up to becoming Adult Link, and made absolutely no mention of that in the game's title or box cover...
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Thread People understand the FFVII Remake doesn’t say Part 1 for Square’s benefit, not the consumer’s benefit, right?
Oh my are you really so unimaginative? How about “Part 2” or “Aerith Dies“? Or maybe something like "Around the world". Or "Jenova awakens". Or whatever. I'm sure they could think of something good.
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Thread How the first half of PS4's last year is miles better than what should be Switch's peak year? Where Nintendo went wrong?
I agree. It feels like we're back in the good old Nintendo Droughts™ of previous generations, which we were assured would be a thing of the past with the unified console. Seems not.
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Thread Ok, I hate how Square is over orchestrating the entire OST of Final Fantasy VII
Jim Sterling best explained my feelings towards the new soundtrack in his Jimpressions of the game: It lacks punch. The actual melodies are subdued and buried under layers upon layers of orchestral instrumentation. They lost their distinctiveness, their bite. Now it's just... bland.
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Thread Stadia opens a new studio led by Shannon Studstill, former Santa Monica head and executive producer of God of War (2018)
My guess is that they expect Stadia will inevitably take off eventually if they stick around long enough for the internet to become fast/reliable enough for everyone and for it to have enough games. Seems like they’re not at all worried about the short term.
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Thread FF7 remake demo is out now on PSN!
It's not so much that they don't explain some things that bothers me, but the complete inconsistency of which they decide to explain. For example they'll spend a tutorial dialogue to explain the most mundane of all things imaginable (e.g.: arrows on the floor will trigger an automatic action, or some switches required you to Triangle instead). I mean really? But nothing about Magic and how it works? Okay. Sure.
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Thread FF7 remake demo is out now on PSN!
Maybe I missed it, but it didn't explain the following: - Item/Magic usage tied to ATB. - That you actually have Magic, how it works, and how it depletes MP. (just assumes you know from FF franchise). - Shortcuts. - How Barret's Overcharge is not just a charging move but actually is the most powerful attack he has against those turrets and you might as well not use anything else. - Cloud's attack can actually go airborne. - ...and plenty of other stuff I'm probably forgetting about.
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Thread FF7 remake demo is out now on PSN!
Few things that bothered me: 1) Winning battles is now completely uneventful. No animation, no fanfare. Just some scrolling text indicating what you've collected (exp, items). Completely boring. 2) For everything the game goes at great length explaining, there's just as many things it doesn't explain, and either assumes you know from previous FF games or will discover on your own. But the things you need to discover on your own are just as crucial in giving you a fighting chance. 3) Using my Limit Break on the boss and only the first hit actually doing any damage because I've hit some artificial HP threshold where the game decides "it's cutscene time!!" to show the boss pattern change feels fucking cheap. It ended up completed wasted. This would have never happened in the original.
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Thread Bloodborne: new glitch to skip to the Forbidden Woods at the beginning
It really is. I went into the DLC in NG+ as soon as it was reachable, and got my ass kicked so hard I didn’t return until I was right at the end of the base game, and even then I found it hard as balls. Loved every second. What amazing content!
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Thread Let's work together to recover the lost 480p trailer for Donkey Kong Racing that IGN once hosted
At the time this was unveiled I couldn’t bring myself to comprehend why people were excited about it. It looked like it would be awfully dull. Also there was a vast majority of people who believed this was real-time footage, when it was so obvious it was a pre-rendered pitch video. I was made to be a fool pointing out why this couldn’t possibly be actual footage from the game. Fucking lol. No wonder this got shitcanned. The leaked footage from the Sabreman Stampede reboot looks even more boring.
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Thread I miss the horrible chunky CG of yesteryear. Post your favorites.
I keep wondering why no indie dev has so far tried to emulate the original DKC early-pre-rendered-3D kind of look instead of the typical 8 or 16-bit handdrawn pixel art style that we see everywhere. The tech to pull it off was prohibitively expensive and slow back in those days, but the complete opposite today.
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Thread Hasbro is re-releasing old LCD Tiger Electronics handhelds from the 90's (including Sonic 3)
Oh my god WHY!? I’m having traumatic memories just thinking about them! Shit was hooooorrible even back then! I can’t imagine a single human even has fond memories for those!
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Thread SNES Mini Classic Hacking | More games, more borders, more gooder.
Oof. Not sure I have that kind of motivation. Edit: Besides making progress requires finishing tracks, which is almost impossible in the unpatched version since the second player appears in the middle of the screen at all times.
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Thread SNES Mini Classic Hacking | More games, more borders, more gooder.
Welp, tonight after playing something like 20 minutes worth of multiplayer Uniracers with friends using Sluffy’s latest patch, eventually the music just froze on a note that just kept playing until the end of the race, after which the game froze on a black screen and had to be restarted. Sounds like his patch had unexpected consequences since it was never tested enough...
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Thread Zoomers don't appreciate older games.
OP, you remind me of my stepdad who used to be disappointed that I didn’t enjoy the jumbled indiscernable mess of giant square pixels he called video games (Atari) and that I wanted a NES like my friend had. I mean, what's the point of your post? You expect people to recess into the stone age just... because? People will always gravitate towards newer and better things. As you grow older and slower, you just can't seem to find appreciation for what newer generations like. It's the way of life. Get used to it and move on instead of staying hooked on the past.
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Thread Buying video games day one is not worth it. You are paying full price for the worst experience.
You’re absolutely right OP. Nintendo is pretty much the only company that I trust with day-one purchases, because their level of polish on release day is unmatched in the industry.
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Thread The Jimquisition: Credit Where Credit's Due
Pretty much standard for the whole industry. And let's not forget Nintendo who, to this day, still do not individually credit any of the hundreds of QA testers who work hard to make their games as pristine as they are, instead relegating them all under the single "Mario Club Co. Ltd." moniker. Real classy.
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Thread Government regulation on glitches
OP please share with my whatever the hell it is you’re taking. It sounds niiiiice. Seriously: No, it’s never going to happen. Products of shitty quality get sold everyday, and government only gets involved when life endangerment or outright criminal fraud is at play.
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Thread Based on how tech has progressed since the Switch, how powerful could a Switch Pro in early 2021 actually be?
Remember the jump from Nintendo DS to DSi? It would be exactly like that and not an ounce more. Don’t expect a decent jump in performance until Switch 2. And at most that will reach the power of almost a base XBO. No 4K either.
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Thread I dunno about y'all but I'm feeling kind of "Battle Passed" to death these days.
I have got to be the very worst enemy of the very industry I work for. - I never buy day one. (Except Nintendo sometimes). - I wait for sales and buy used. - I don't play online. - I don't pay any monthly subscriptions. - I seldom buy DLC, unless it's a really, really good deal. - I don’t care for cosmetics. - I don’t play any “free-to-play” games. - I don’t play any game that ships incomplete. Gamers these days have got it worse than any generation before it. Complete grandiose AAA single player experiences that ship in a fully finished state are an exception, when it used to be the rule.
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Thread Songs That Composers Reuse From Different Franchises
There's the ever-famous case of and , both on NES and from different companies, sharing the exact same song. Though the same composer was involved in both: Also David Wise reused an old song from the NES game which he composed, for the King K. Rool theme in :
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Thread Stay away from the Microsoft ecosystem!
Uh... ... Sounds like someone who got locked out of the humongous collection of highly illegal porn they’ve been meticulously building for the past 10 years. And I mean, I’m not sure any other similar ecosystem would handle things any differently, so why single out MS specifically?
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Thread ‘Lawsuit filed in France against EA arguing that FIFA Ultimate Team should be classified as a form of gambling’ [getfootballnewsfrance.com]
It’s not gambling! It’s surprise mechanics!!
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Thread Is Anyone Else Grated By VII Remake’s Voice Acting?
Well that's bad, then. The best professional translators will find creative ways of maintaining the original vision/meaning of a script while adapting it so that it sounds fully natural for the intended locale’s audience, using local slang, expressions, figures of speech, play on words, etc. You don’t just robotically translate a script. You it! That’s why Ted Woosley’s translation of FF3(6), despite being criticized for not being accurate, was brilliant. I could hear the characters talking in my head and they all sounded like actual English-speaking humans. I’m reminded of this documentary. Watch it if you haven’t! Edit: Plus, they’re not translating a song here. They’re translating regular conversations, AND they’re given the luxury of 100% redone lip synching too, which removes about any restriction that typical dubs have to contend with.
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Thread Is Anyone Else Grated By VII Remake’s Voice Acting?
I’ll repeat what I said in the trailer thread: It sounds quite awful. I was cringing the whole time. Unnatural, lifeless, and robotic voice acting. And it’s not just the voice actors and how they deliver the script. The script itself sounds pretty awful. They’re working with what they’ve got, and what they’ve got is a mess. The script sounds so unnatural and so... . People simply don't talk like that. No native Engish speaker in their right mind would ever say such things to express whatever is happening. Stuff like: "The stench of the director's cowardice fills the room yet again". I mean now? !? It's an English phrase alright, one you might find in a book, an old one presumably, but no one actually ever speaks like that. .
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Thread What franchises did you used to obsessively follow and then your interest faded out over time?
Exactly this for me too. I used to be a big Xbox fan in the Halo 2-3 days, but Kinect and the Xbox One announcement burned a bridge that has yet to be repaired.
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Thread Google responds to fan complaints around lack of solid Stadia announcements
This. Most major AAA publishers are looking to create their own streaming ecosystem. They’d love nothing more than to break free of platform holders so they can have total control over the publishing chain and not have to give a cut to anyone. The gaming future is going to look a lot like the TV/Movie streaming market, with multiple companies offering subscription services to stream their library of IPs. Expect to have to subscribe to multiple publishers to have access to the same amount of games as you have on a single platform today. Your wallets will suffer greatly and publishers could not be happier about it!
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Thread Google responds to fan complaints around lack of solid Stadia announcements
Everybody : What about games not being in 4K as advertised? Google : We leave it up to the developers... Everybody : *laughs* ... This is the best sitcom I’ve seen all year!
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Thread Blizzard supports oppressing human rights. Why do we still talk about them here?
Because they make great games, duh! Who cares what horribly reprehensible thing a company or individual does so long as they produce enjoyable content, amirite? I’d be fine if Blizzard randomly murdered people in the streets so long as they kept making damn fine games. Morality and principles are such bothersome concepts anyway. Besides, who is anyone to pretend being the authority on what’s good and what’s bad?
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Thread Final Fantasy VII Remake - theme song trailer
I'm very much of the opinion that purists can go F themselves. IMO Nintendo usually gets this right more than most. Games like Earthbound, Paper Mario, Luigi & Mario all have excellently translated dialogue that feels like it was written in English first, full of personality and flavor. If the sacrifice to my teeth not eroding from all that cringing is a lack in accuracy to the original material, then it's more than worth it.
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Thread Final Fantasy VII Remake - theme song trailer
Nah, even the dialogue. It sounds so unnatural and so... . People simply don't talk like that. No native Engish speaker in their right mind would ever say such things to express whatever is happening. Stuff like: "The stench of the director's cowardice fills the room yet again". I mean now? !? It's an English phrase alright, one you might find in a book, an old one presumably, but no one actually ever speaks like that. .
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Thread Switch sets the benchmark for the highest system sold in a year in US since 2011
Not to mention how them analysts and shareholders kept telling Nintendo how there was absolutely no future in gaming-only hardware and begging them to drop out of it and move all their development to mobile! Oh my lol!
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Thread Let’s talk about the fuckery that is rubberband AI.
I always hated this and how obvious it was in F-Zero on SNES. It literally doesn’t matter how well you’re racing. You could be having as much of a perfect lap as you want, but veer into a border just a tiny little bit and immediately the warning sign appears behind you. It’s total bullshit and made me not want to play it.
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Thread Stadia has officially gone 40 days without a new game announcement/release, feature update, or real community update. It has been out for 69 days.
This clusterfuck has been so entertaining to watch. It's like a massive train wreck in slow motion. It's absolutely unimaginable how they can be so uncommunicative and just pretend to move along as if nothing happened. It's unreal.
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Thread Things that are unbalanced that need fixing for BOTW2
I just want it to go back to a Zelda where: - I didn't have to spend so much time in menus organizing, crafting, cooking, etc. I just want to play. - I didn't have to spend so much time finding and collecting trinkets/insects/parts/etc. - I didn't have to constantly switch weapons/equipment. - I didn't have to wait for the rain to stop to climb surfaces. - I didn't spend so much time just walking in a straight line getting to a destination. Basically: I wish the game was more respectful of my time. I felt like I was spending so much time not actually "playing" the game.
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Thread Why do games still use ugly system UI overlays to save the game? It’s immersion breaking, slow and annoying.
Most obvious reasons: - Cheaper and easier to implement since you don’t need to design/code/test/bugfix/localize your own. - Guaranteed to not fail at certification.
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Thread A video explaining the layout of Dark Souls' Lordran
Yeah that’s one of the things that never fails to amaze me about the Soulsborne series. Despite the game not being a true open-world per se, all the world feels like it belongs in one single credible place, and almost never feels disjointed. Having this kind of sense of scale and place in relation to each other really succeeds at conveying that feeling of believability. So much planning must have went into creating those levels, for them to connect in such a fashion, it’s insane!
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Thread Do you find yourself 100% completing games less often as you've grown older?
For me it’s not about growing up, but the fact that 100% completing any game in recent years is typically exponentially longer than it was in the past. 101% completing Donkey Kong Country probably didn’t take me more than 10 hours on the first go. 100% completing the Witcher 3 would take multiple hundreds of hours. It’s just not comparable.
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Thread Netflix says The Witcher is “tracking to be our biggest season one TV series ever.”
Not just that but the pacing as well. Except for rare eventful sequences I was bored through and through. And everything about how characters interact with each other felt so unbelievable. “Hey that guy just killed all 5 other guys before me... surely *I* stand a chance!” smh.
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Thread Digital Foundry - Yoshi's Crafted World: Unreal Engine 4... On A Nintendo Game?
The entire game has been up for preloading since January. My guess is that the game has been finished and gold for looong time and Nintendo just held it up to pad the winter/spring release schedule. Don't expect any changes from this demo.
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Thread Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair |OT| Tropical Bees
I recently started playing this game on my base PS4 and every once in a while the music skips very intensely, dropping out 3-4 times in a row for 2-3 seconds. It happens every 10-15 mins or so. I tried getting a video capture from my PS4 to demonstrate but the video capture just skips both video and audio when this problem happens, so it appears to just jump ahead abruptly. What the...? Anybody else experience this? Is this normal for the game?
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Thread There are just too many games and not enough time
One of the bigger problems of today is that games are made to be way too long. Developers intentionally stretch game lengths by filling them with collectibles, repetitive open world activities, RPG elements that require grinding, crafting, and plenty others that make sure you can’t just beat (much less 100%) a game in just a few hours anymore. Hell the other day my friend and I casually played through the entirety of Super Mario Bros. 3 in under 5 hours. Good luck doing that with Mario Odyssey.
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Thread So my girlfriend just had a screaming fit at me in front of a large group of strangers and I'm kind of ticked off
Ah but that’s entirely different. Maybe I missed something in the OP but it didn’t seem like she said she was only going because he was or that it was made clear that she needed him to be present at all times? If so I would have went by myself and told her to stay home. Getting separated at shows is expected (unless you have assigned seats, in which case yaaaawn). If she can’t handle that, she shouldn’t go.
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Thread So my girlfriend just had a screaming fit at me in front of a large group of strangers and I'm kind of ticked off
[/QUOTE] My girlfriend has been to plenty of shows by herself and has never felt in any sort of danger. We go to multi-venue punk festivals all the time and go see different bands playing at the same time. Sometimes we meet up afterwards, sometimes not. I go back to our place on my bike and she takes the bus alone because she doesn’t like to bike. And guess what: she’s never mad. What the fuck kind of cities do you guys live in?
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Thread So my girlfriend just had a screaming fit at me in front of a large group of strangers and I'm kind of ticked off
I can’t wrap my head around all the people defending the girl here. She sounds absolutely childish and immature on all counts. Doesn’t voice concerns, doesn’t text, expects boyfriend to be at her servitude, breaks into yelling fit when he doesn’t. If I’m with my girlfriend at an event that I’m not enjoying but I know she is (and we got separated so I can’t tell her), then I will simply leave, text her, and wish her to have fun for the rest of the evening and not worry about me. That’s what a normal mature adult does. OP sounds like you’re going to have to ponder on this real hard. That kind of attitude of hers is not likely to change and is bound to repeat. Choose wisely.
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Thread Stadia - January Check In - Stayed, Did Ya?
That’s because they are. Companies pay top dollars to contractor companies for the sole purpose of astroturfing the entire internet into influencing user perception, rigging user reviews in their favor, infesting forums with positive comments. There might even be some here, but we’re mostly immune thanks to strict moderation. We’ve caught some in the past and it certainly won’t be the last time.
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Thread Sony share the new PlayStation 5 logo at CES 2020
That's what happens when you're in the lead vs. playing catch up. Everything MS has been doing lately seems to be attempts at one-upping Sony, and the only reason they've been giving gamers so much value is because they're currently losing. Sony appears un-threatened at the highest level, the kind of arrogance that could bite them in the ass if they sit on it for too long. This will be interesting to watch.
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Thread Microsoft And Xbox Are Holding The Golden Key To The Future Of Gaming [Forbes]
No, they weren’t. Netflix doesn’t require extreme low latency and exemplary network stability to work. Buffering makes it very resilient to network fluctuations. Gaming, on the other hand, cannot rely on buffering.
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Thread Microsoft And Xbox Are Holding The Golden Key To The Future Of Gaming [Forbes]
At this point I'm convinced Microsoft PR has astroturfed its way into mainstream gaming/tech publications to push piles after piles of articles in its favor. It can't just be a coincidence. Every other month a similar article claiming that MS is poised to take the lead next gen comes out. I even made a very similar post in reaction to a similar article back in July, and that was after many similar articles came out in a short time:
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Thread Forbes: Destiny 2’s Google Stadia Population Has Dropped By More Than Half Since Launch
Not only that, but that the supposed main advantage of the paid tier is 4K over 1080p, yet the games don’t even render in 4K. Once the free tier comes out, the subscription will be worthless (unless all the games somehow get actual 4K updates until then). It’s mindboggling.
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Thread Don't F**k With Cats on Netflix (Warning: Contains details on animal cruelty)
It’s only because she truly believes her son was being manipulated by this “Manny” person. Doesn’t excuse his acts, but explains her perspective. The documentary shows a few instances of this “Manny” presence but offers no explanation. In one video, there’s an unknown pair of hands. In another, Luka is seen exiting the murder building with what appears to be the recording of the video in his hands and looking for the person (thought to be Manny) who’s waiting for him to deliver the video. The documentary leaves both trails unanswered.
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Thread Digital Foundry: Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2 Xbox Series X Trailer Analysis: Our First Taste of Next-Gen Power?
Any of you thinking this is actually real-time are crazy delusional. - Like DF said: There’s no LOD whatsoever, both on geometry or lighting/shadows. Come on now. - The trailer has a perfect frame rate without a single frame skip. A game that is a year away from release would never be even close to be in such a stable/polished/optimized state. Even final games rarely exhibit such a stable framerate. Puh-lease. - Similar to previous point: This game is a year away! No way it looks this perfect at this point in time. Games a year out look and run like absolute ass, and especially on new hardware that you’re barely scratching the surface of. - And even if it did, the render quality looks too perfect period. There is not a single shimmer or artifact to be seen anywhere. Next-gen consoles are going to be powerful, but they’re not Pixar render farms. Even today’s most powerful PC’s are nowhere near close to producing such a level of real-time render fidelity. It’s possible this was rendered in-engine, but real-time? Give me a break! It’s like you guys haven’t learned from the industry’s eternal bullshot epidemic. I’m getting vibes from this all over again:
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Thread Has Microsoft sold you yet on the Xbox Series X?
Nope. Not until we know more about their plans in regards to DRM/always online and the like. Any way in which they’ll try and screw us over. What if they try to bring back the policies they originally wanted for Xbox One? I simply don’t trust them.
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Thread I like the Xbox Series X name, but I feel like this is another Wii U branding disaster in the making
I guess my biggest gripe is that’s it seems like there’s no place for visual creativity at Microsoft. No sense of style, no sense of awe, no sense of boldness, no imagination. Just black square boxes. As plain, flat, and boring as you can imagine. So many things they make look just... so... bland. If you asked me “What would Microsoft Excel look like if it was a game console?”, I’d answer “Xbox Series X”. Even the name is just... meh. It tries to evoke luxury, premium, elegance, and power, but in the most suit-ish way possible. This is just not exciting in any way. These are not BMWs you’re trying to sell Phil, they’re game consoles! I don’t think the name will confuse anyone, certainly not Wii U-style. But it won’t excite anyone either...
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Thread Angry Video Game Nerd Majora's Mask
This was by far his best episode in a loooong while. It felt like a true old-school AVGN episode with all the heart and passion he used to put into them. And while I'm not as critical of MM as he is, and that I found levels of enjoyment in the added pressures of the time limit, I must say most of his criticism is very valid. I remember running out of time while doing the water dungeon and having to do it all over again. Excessively frustrating.
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Thread PSA: Shovel Knight Treasure Trove's price going up in a few hours. Last chance to buy it before the $10 price increase.
If I had the original game on Wii U, will this update come for free like all the others, or do I need to pay for this one?
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Thread Donkey Kong Country 3 Music Showdown: SNES vs GBA
He was taken away to begin working on an N64 game (Diddy Kong Racing). On DKC3 SNES, these are the songs he composed: Dixie Beat, Crazy Calypso, Wrinkly's Save Cave, Get Fit A-Go-Go, Wrinkly 64, Brothers Bear and Bonus Time (along with Bonus Win and Bonus Lose).
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Thread I think we should not expect the PS5 to dominate the market like the PS4 did
Unless Sony makes one catastrophic fuckup or Microsoft somehow ramps up its exclusive software department to have more high-ranking exclusives than Sony, then we should totally expect the PS5 to dominate.
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Thread SNES Switch Online now available!
For you and anyone else planning to play StarFox 2, for the love of god please don’t stop playing after you breeze through normal mode and wonder “wait, that was it??”. The harder modes don’t just increase the difficulty of the game, they offer much more content! More planets, different and much bigger bases, new enemies and bosses, etc. Normal Mode should have been called “Appetizer”. You’re missing out on 3/4 of the content of this game if you only play Normal mode.
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Thread Do you ever find yourself replaying old titles you’ve played already over new releases?
All the time, but mostly old-school games from the NES and SNES eras, back when games were lean experiences that weren’t stuffed to the brim with repetitive busywork. I can pick up Contra on NES and beat it in less than 30 minutes for a quick fix. Or finish DKC 2 with 102% in just a few hours. Replaying most AAA games from recent generations would feel like absolute chore.
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Thread Breath of Fire II, Star Fox 2, Super Punch Out!!, Kirby Super Star coming to SNES NSO. Journey to Silius and Cystalis coming to NES NSO 12/12
For you and anyone else planning to play this game, for the love of god please don’t stop playing after you breeze through normal mode and wonder “wait, that was it??”. The harder modes don’t just increase the difficulty of the game, they offer much more content! More planets, bigger interiors, different enemies and bosses, more situations on the map, etc! That’s where the real meat and fun of the game lies!!
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Thread Does some people still believe that 60 is not mandatory for next gen consoles?
I think you’re the only one that believes that, OP. Pure wishful thinking. I’d like for every game to be 60fps as much as the next guy, but some developers will always prioritize fancier graphics.
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Thread SNES Mini Classic Hacking | More games, more borders, more gooder.
Mystic Quest was too simplistic. Didn't like the linear structure instead of an open world. It did have nice music! In those that you listed, they're all better than Breath of Fire (1 & 2)? I read about Rudra's Treasure but most everywhere I read says it's B-tier at best.
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Thread What kind of mediocre/sort of shitty console launch game did you still play, because it's a launch game?
Exactly this. It's also the game that started making me conscious of what input latency actually is. Something felt horribly off about its controls, like unusually weighty. I had a hard time being precise with the aiming, often "over-steering" the aiming reticle and then over-compensating to correct it. It then clicked that the game was responding to inputs with many frames of delay, a trend that would creep its way into many games from that point on. I blame all the fancy visual effects that probably required a fair amount of render passes and frame buffering to work.
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Thread Slight annoyance: can developers stop putting insane numbers into their games?
Seems like they adopted the pinball machine scoring playbook. I remember as a kid being originally impressed by the scores I was getting in these Midway pinball machines. Millions upon millions of points! Wow, go me! ... But after a few times it just starts losing all significance.
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Thread Billie Eilish: Same Interview, The Third Year | Vanity Fair
Not to shit on her talent or anything, but there sure seem to be immense amounts of thousands, if not millions, of dollars thrown at marketing her. I simply cannot go a week without seeing some sort of suggestion from websites about her. From YouTube's suggestions or autoplay, all the way down to my TV's OS menu's "suggestions" (ads) tried to push her on me at some point in the past months.
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Thread EA: "Cloud gaming is going to bring in another billion players"
I remember around the time of the Xbox 360 reveal, Microsoft was also making wild claims about how they'd bring in one billion users, in part by allowing casuals to design and sell their in-game creations on the marketplace, using the example of a fictional girl selling skate designs in a skating game or some such. What was her name again? Oh yeah: " can sell her custom skateboard designs! Live Anywhere! Xbox 360 will reach a billion people!" See how well that went...
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Thread EA: "Cloud gaming is going to bring in another billion players"
So how does that work and make any sort of financial sense? Every game running has a whole pool of servers running to calculate destruction for it, on top of the servers that render for each individual player? Multiply that by the number of peak players, and I simply can't imagine they would ever be able to justify the costs of having so many expensive servers just for something so trivial.
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Thread Have you ever lost complete interest in a genre you previously enjoyed?
- Fighting games: They kept piling on so many complexities and systems over systems and complexities it's like they increasingly made those games to appeal only to the very hardcore fans instead of your average Joe. - JRPGs: Why did they all turn into fanservice anime garbage? - RTS: Haven't liked any of them since StarCraft 2. Kinda gave up after a while. - Open world: I haven't lost *complete* interest, because I'm hoping the next GTA will turn out good, but boy have most developers failed at making them not feel like repetitive chores.
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Thread DICE reveals what makes people quit Battlefield 5 matches
It's probably not the only factor, but it's most definitely a factor. This shit is infuriating, even in single player games. This is the type of stuff that made me hate games like Rainbow Six back in the days. You enter a room that appears to be empty, you carefully look around and see nothing, you proceed and *BAM*. One-hit-kill sniper headshot from some camped enemy that you couldn't have seen or predicted. It feels so cheap and unfair. I dropped many games because of this.
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Thread SNES Mini Classic Hacking | More games, more borders, more gooder.
I've been playing the hell out of my SNESC! Here's a list of the games I've beaten on it:As far as SNES RPGs go, here's what I played in my life: - Super Mario RPG - FF3 (6) - Chrono Trigger - Secret of Mana - Seiken Densetsu 3 - Tales of Phantasia - Terranigma - Lufia 2 - Earthbound - Mystic Quest (ew) - Star Ocean (Dropped it at some point. Didn't like it much) - Currently playing FF5. (Not bad so far, but far from the greatness of FF3. Kinda grindy and hard, and the events/dialogue are poor) - Shadowrun
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Thread SNES Mini Classic Hacking | More games, more borders, more gooder.
So after I'm done with FF5, I want to jump on another RPG that I have never played before, and I was looking at the Breath of Fire series, which I know almost nothing about and have never played. How good are they? Are they worth playing today?
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Thread Are you a fanboy?
I used to be a Nintendo fanboy in my youth, but that was mostly because I only ever have one console at a time. Once I had enough income to afford most any I wanted, fanboyism went out the window in favor of actual game quality. Though I have to say that Nintendo still occupies a very soft spot in my heart due to their incredibly stable output of high quality and fun games.
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Thread Google responds after Stadia owners accuse it of breaking promises over game performance
Touché. Though I would exclude such old systems. Their CPU architectures were so wildly different that porting jobs were nowhere near as easy as they are in recent times.
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Thread Google responds after Stadia owners accuse it of breaking promises over game performance
Sounds like a load of bullshit. If the server blades they have going really do have the kind of power they said they'd have (all them teraflops), then simply porting the games over should result in so much better performance that developers really should have no problem at all cranking up the resolution, framerate, or graphical fidelity. Name me one time where a developer released an existing game on a system with about twice the power and didn't even improve anything? It never happened. So what's more likely? That most every single dev on Stadia cheaped out, or that the power Google advertised was bullshit? Then again, that's the "beauty" of it: We don't have the exact specs, and we can't analyze them either because everything's hidden away from us in their cloud. Hell maybe other components of those systems (architecture, ram speed, etc.) are so bottlenecked that the faster GPU doesn't even matter? We'll likely never know...
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Thread FORBES: Who Leaked ‘Sword And Shield’ Secrets? Pokémon Lawyers Want To Catch ‘Em All
Then you make a day-one purchase! No one is forcing you to! This is why you wait for the maximum of information being available on a product before purchasing! This is why you don't blindly commit to buy something based purely on hype and faith!
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Thread FORBES: Who Leaked ‘Sword And Shield’ Secrets? Pokémon Lawyers Want To Catch ‘Em All
Then you wait until they're activated. No one is forcing you to buy the game on day one.
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Thread FORBES: Who Leaked ‘Sword And Shield’ Secrets? Pokémon Lawyers Want To Catch ‘Em All
That's what reviews are for. If you can't wait for reviews, then the joke's on you.
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Thread As we approach 2020, what are your views on VR?
I don’t think the tech/price is at a point where it’s ready for prime time yet. They need to make those headsets less bulky, lighter, cheaper, wireless, much better resolution, solve motion sickness, easier setup/calibration, less sweaty, etc. I feel like we’re still far off!
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Thread Celebration thread for Donkey Kong Country's 25th anniversary
You guys should try this on your copy of Donkey Kong Country and see what happens: - On the game selection screen, highlight “Delete Game”. - Enter DARBYDAY (where D is d-pad Down). This cheat will enable the music test mode. You can now cycle songs by pressing Select. - Delete any save slot (even an empty one). - Go back on “Delete Game” again and press Select again to change to the next song.
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Thread Celebration thread for Donkey Kong Country's 25th anniversary
This video makes me salivate wondering just what craziness Rare could have pulled off if DKC2 or DKC3 has used the FX2 or SA-1 chips. *mind blown*
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Thread SNES Mini Classic Hacking | More games, more borders, more gooder.
Ugh. Getting a Cease & Desist from Nintendo in 5... 4... 3... 2... 1.... By now you'd think everyone got the memo that if you're working on a remake/adaptation/romhack of any Nintendo property, you keep completely shut until it's completely done and released on the internet...
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Thread Gamers Nexus: Google Stadia Controller Tear-Down & Disassembly Nightmare
There's a world of difference between not intending a product to be repaired by the user but not blocking it and a product from being repaired by the user.
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Thread Jason Schreier: Stadia looks to be a "monumental flop", pre-orders are below expectations
One of the most important considerations is network stability. The dream scenario that most people envision is simply impossible in most standard situations. In this day and age of every device you own being IoT and people sharing connections, you can almost never guarantee a stable environment. At any moment any of your smart devices may decide to start downloading updates, your friend or family member might start downloading a torrent or stream something. Combine that with typical shit routers that people have, and you can kiss goodbye to your Stadia performance. I expect most people to start getting increasingly frustrated at the instability of the experience, spikes of degradation in responsiveness or image quality. God help you if two people in the same house want to play Stadia at the same time on the same router. The only way you can ever ensure a good reliable experience is if your Stadia is the only device using your internet, or if you're on 5G on mobile. Good luck.
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Thread Stadia Review Thread
Maybe you missed the point. The point is that none of the games on Stadia have graphic settings/resolutions that exceed Xbox One X and are rendering at 1080p instead of 4K, despite Google claiming super-powerful clusters with 10.7 teraflops of power. None of the games on display show that this kind of power is actually available to developers. The reviews you provided do not contradict those facts.
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Thread Jason Schreier: Stadia looks to be a "monumental flop", pre-orders are below expectations
Hate to rain on some people's parade, but I'm so fucking happy and relieved to see this. As far as I'm concerned, game streaming can rot in hell. I want my stable low-latency local hardware thank you very much.
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Thread The cost of a Sega Saturn development kit back in 1995
I kinda miss the days when making games required very advanced hardware, like how Rare took the giant risk of shelling out 160,000£ for two Silicon Graphics stations to try and make something out of them. These days games are made on your very common high-end PC and it’s kind of boring.
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Thread Websites pestering you to download their app instead on mobile
This. Also adblockers don’t work on apps (on iOS at least). They have every monetary reason to push you to their app, so they do. It really sucks and it’s slowly eroding that the whole point of what the html standards were created for.
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Thread Hollow Knight VS Bloodstained: Which is the better Metroidvania
While HK has a lot of merit, I found the game to be a chore. It severely limits you in tons of arbitrary ways just for annoyance’s sake. Bosses are hit sponges, the map is too big with not enough warp points, etc. Bloodstained on the other hand was pure straight fun through and through, so I’ll go with that.
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Thread SNES Mini Classic Hacking | More games, more borders, more gooder.
No one actually plays with their SNES Classic. They just mod it, maybe play games 5 minutes to see if they work, and then never touch it again. Serious answer: I’m playing through Final Fantasy 5 for the first time.
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Thread The Verge - The world is waiting for Google Stadia to flop
Not right now, but you can bet your ass it will happen sooner or later. You can bet that at some point MS will start making xCloud-exclusive games that harness the Infinite Power of The Cloud™. Their ultimate goal will be to get everyone to make the transition.
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Thread Kotaku: In Japan, fans question Famitsu-related cameos in Death Stranding
Reminds me of the Mega64 Todd and Aaron Awards. I wonder what they’ll give it!
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Thread Developers of next-gen games won't have any excuses for subpar performance
People have said this at the dawn of every single new console generation, and every single time they’ve been wrong. How long have you been playing videogames, OP? You can bet your ass developers will cram in so much shit and visual effects that they’ll easily find ways to get shit performance.
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Thread VG247: YouTube updated terms give it free rein to terminate channels deemed "not commercially viable".
Would be like stores kicking out people who just skim through magazines without buying anyt... oh...
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Thread WSJ: Tencent Looks to Leverage Its Nintendo partnership in US, Nintendo wants 3rd parties to make games for women
Finally, the sequel to Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon I’ve always dreamed of!
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Thread There Has To Be Something Out There.
Yes, so we can also drain all of their resources and destroy them with pollution and global warming. We should be investing that money in technologies to preserve Earth first.
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Thread Jim Sterling's Death Stranding "Jimpressions"
At this point I wouldn’t even be surprised if Hideo Kojima made a very strenuous realistic IRS tax return simulator video game with tons of weird story elements and cutscenes and people would proclaim it game of the year.... *sigh*
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Thread Jim Sterling's Death Stranding "Jimpressions"
How many reviews that call the game boring, tedious, irritating, encumbering, etc. will it take for people to finally believe it? It's not like Jim Sterling's opinions are out of the norm. He's echoing what many have said before him.
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Thread Was the gameplay of GTA V bad on purpose?
For some reason the PS4/XOne versions have way more input lag than the PS3/X360 versions. It was quite playable on PS3. They borked it when porting over and never bothered to actually fix it, and they've kept the same codebase since so RDR2 also suffers from it.
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Thread This house is fine...
I mean, maybe it was for people with very specific diseases, or for clinical testing? Maybe it was used to monitor people who are still very autonomous but needed special care or observation during the night? What about people with sleep apnea or any such similar? I mean if you look at pictures of any typical hospital ward, many have outlet placement that looks like this.No response yet?
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Thread This house is fine...
I can only imagine that this was a sort of long-term medical care house. The layout of the outlets makes me think these rooms must have had multiple beds each with lots of medical equipment of all sorts plugged in.
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Thread Should Reviewers Beat Games To Review Them?
The concept that a reviewer has to fully beat a game to review it is completely ridiculous, and the fact that most of people on here voted yes just goes to show how childishly delusional you bunch are. Reviewers, especially professional ones, can’t afford the luxury of spending infinite amounts of hours playing and reviewing a game. Any who would beat all the games they need to review would be out of business in a second. This is real life, not some magical fantasy world where money and time fall from trees. Then there’s all the different possible conditions that may make it unreasonable to beat a game. - What about games that are too difficult to be beaten by the average reviewer? What reviewers would have been expected to beat Battletoads on NES before reviewing it? The game would have had no reviews. I doubt even a tiny amount reviewers beat Dark Souls, and that’s perfectly normal. - What about massive RPGs that take 100+ hours to beat? At 40 hours of work per week, it would take a reviewer over two weeks just to beat the game, plus time to actually write the review. With the amounts of games coming out and needing reviews, this is just nuts. I could go on and on but many people in this thread have already done a great job of highlighted a bunch of situations where it either makes no sense or where it’s hard to even determine what actually constitutes “beating” a game. Games aren’t books or movies or music. Their unique qualities and generally long play time makes it so they can’t be held on the same standards. One can get a decently good opinion on a game once they’ve seen most everything the core gameplay loop has to offer.
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Thread Death Stranding - Review Thread (see staff post for discussion guidelines)
Maybe I was harsh on that one. It does have some qualities, but nowhere near the all-around 90% it got.
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Thread Death Stranding - Review Thread (see staff post for discussion guidelines)
It is the same way it has always been. Enthusiasts, especially “professional” reviewers, have always been swayed towards higher scores by presentation, nice graphics, novelty, marketing machines, original concepts, artistic flair, reputation, and a bunch of others, over actual fun and gameplay. It’s the reason why shit tedious rage-inducing games like Ecco the Dolphin, Donkey Kong 64 and countless others have received incredible ratings across the board despite being, well, shit.
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Thread Overwatch 2 announced for PS4, XB1, Switch, and PC! (see staff post for discussion guidelines)
HA! Well played.
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Thread Death Stranding - Review Thread (see staff post for discussion guidelines)
Reviews so far seem to confirm every suspicion I had about the game: While it looks to be a grandiose world building and narrative achievement, in an obscure auteur movie kind of way, I’m going to be bored out of my mind playing this. No thanks. I’m sure some people will love this. For example it’s like if someone made an entire 40-hour game around insta-death stealth gameplay. I’m sure some people would love it, but not me.
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Thread Trying to organize online play with friends in your 30s is impossible.
Welcome to the 30's. Enjoy whatever it is you got left at the moment, because it's only going to get worse. Most of your friends will start to settle, have kids, and essentially disappear from view. And even if they don't, they'll grow lazier and start favoring increasingly more mellow activities, such as laying on the couch and watching Netflix all night. Others will discover that in your 30's, you need to actually start exercising to stay fit and not grow fat, so they'll get into all sorts of sporty activities like hiking. Except for the most hardcores of hardcores, gaming will become a vague afterthought. Welcome to the 30's, scarier than anything on Halloween.
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Thread At which critical juncture will you abandon gaming completely?
When the indie developer scene stops making amazing games that don't employ any of the things I hate from the AAA industry.
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Thread With Switch 2 on the horizon, is it time for Mario and classic Nintendo franchise to evolve?
Switch 2 on the horizon.
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Thread We need to talk about Nintendo's terrible double standards
He didn't actually cook the fairies. He just, uh, extracted their fairy juice! Kind of like how you milk a cow, you see? The fairies were totally fine afterwards! ...
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Thread Time for Sony and Microsoft to release a “lite” online sub to compete with Nintendo?
When an increasingly large part of the profit made by games is through online-mode microtransactions, cosmetics, loot boxes, season passes and the like, it makes increasingly less sense to gate them behind an online paywall. It's like you're blocking people from spending. I'm sure the total spendings on those things I listed would far exceed any lost revenue in online paywall subscriptions and actually generate even more profit! It's like if a mall decided to charge you a fixed entry fee right at the door before you could go in and shop at the various stores inside. What the fuck kind of sense would that make? Well that's exactly what PS+ and XBG are doing nowadays. Down with the paywall!
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Thread QLED vs OLED TV's
If you don't mind about the risks of burn-in, then go OLED. It's superior in every way. QLED is nice, but it's not as nice. The brightness of small elements in otherwise black regions of the screen get crushed to all hell due to the array dimming. Inversely, there is a glow around elements when they're big enough. These are distracting when the visuals change on a per-section basis, causing brightness changes across the screen. The motion is still not perfect and leaves a tiny little bit of ghosting behind. It can be alleviated with Black Frame Insertion, but I'm not sure the flicker and drop in brightness is even worth it. Only go for QLED if, like me, you dread having to worry about your TV getting some burn in and having to babysit it to mitigate it, like limiting or intentionally varying your usage, running pixel refreshes, etc. With QLED I have total peace of mind and don't even care if the TV is on with static images for long periods.
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Thread Tokyo RPG Factory ( I am Setsuna, Lost Sphear and Oninaki ) are underrated and Overlooked
This.
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Thread Google: Stadia exclusives to have features “not possible” on home hardware
If i had some time i would add these to the last cell: - and there’s input lag. - and compression artifacts. - and buffering whenever the network has a hiccup. - and performance drops when someone else in your house downloads or streams something. - and you can’t mod games. - and...
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Thread Stuff in games that turn you off immediately, even if the game itself is really good
- Animu. - Crafting. - Stealth. - Getting new items that’s arent superior to what I already had. - Too much dialogue/cutscenes. - Randomly-generated. - Roguelike. - Excessive grinding. - Microtransactions. - Input lag. - Juvenile sexualization.
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Thread The Outer Worlds seriously needs some accessibility options patched it
That’s what happens when developers only build and test their games on PC work stations and when testers test the game sitting just inches away from a TV. Sigh.
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Thread Google: Stadia exclusives to have features “not possible” on home hardware
It does but that’s kind of a unique situation. It works because they’re using existing satellite data to recreate the actual real world. No developer is going to have the resources to build an original world this big and detailed.
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Thread Google: Stadia exclusives to have features “not possible” on home hardware
This. I mean the technical feasibility is there. It’s like if suddenly all players and the servers were connected in LAN with infinite bandwidth. Games will no longer have to care and be limited by the amounts of info they need to transport between the client and server, because it’s going to be essentially unlimited. The kinds of wacky crazy destructible environments that MS was touting with Crackdown 3 are going to be able to be cranked up to 11. Multiplayer games will be able to have all the interactive stuff that was previously limited to single player games. That said, there’s always going to be other constraints like rendering and memory, game design, and budget that’s going to make producing said games really hard or improbable. Will it even be fun? Will it even matter? (Cue Crackdown 3). This is the Sega CD situation all over again: sure, now you got all that extra storage space to work with and make amazing games with, so give us your best sho... oh.. oh.... ...FMV point and click games... okay. So until they actually show something worthwhile, it’s all just cheap talk. I’ve been sold empty dreams too many times before to get my hopes up.
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Thread Google: Stadia exclusives to have features “not possible” on home hardware
Well the industry dug up its own hole with empty promises and outright lies one too many times. Seems fair to me. We’ve been Molyneux’d enough times. I’m glad to see so many people wising up. It’s still not enough!
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Thread If the purpose of videogames is just having fun... why do we sometimes force ourselves to finish videogames we are not enjoying?
It's easy: Money worth. I used to fall victim to this back when every single penny I saved allowed me to buy a single video game for a whole six months. But now that I can afford many, I simply don't care anymore. Case in point: I recently bought Snake Pass while it was on special, and it turned out to be the most infuriating game I played in a long while, and just dropped it during the second world. I will never touch it again. What a piece of shit.
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Thread Ubisoft shares fall as much as -29% after two of its recent games fail to deliver
So if they fell -29%, does that mean they went up? Two negatives make a positive!
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Thread When the music starts playing before the battle begins
Lifeforce on NES must have been the first time I noticed and learned to appreciate this mechanic: When the standard level music starts fading out, and the boss music kicks in, you know you're coming up against something absolutely bad ass, after which the boss is revealed. And then they throw a cherry on top by making the HUD disappear, leaving nothing but you and the giant boss on screen. It gives an incredible sense of purpose and epicness to the fight.
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Thread Fallout 76’s Premium Private Servers Are Not Private, Its Scrap Box Is Deleting Scrap
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Thread Is Motion Interpolation a thing for you in console gaming?
Oh hell no. Motion interpolation adds input lag because it needs to compare two frames of render before it can compute an in-between frame. Input lag = no go. Fuck that. Edit: Results available on RTINGS.com show that enabling motion interpolation adds around anywhere from 70ms to 110ms of input lag to most TVs. A TV with only 11.5ms of input lag suddenly has over 134.2.ms of input lag. How anyone can game with this kind of bullshit is beyond me.
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Thread TV Displays and Tech Thread |OT2| There Is No Perfect TV ™ (Read The OP)
Rtings specifically says it does: “” Normally the input lag is 15ms. Besides it’s juste physically impossible for any form of frame interpolation to not add input lag, since it needs to buffer at least 2 frames to generate the interpolated one.
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Thread TV Displays and Tech Thread |OT2| There Is No Perfect TV ™ (Read The OP)
It adds input latency, so no thanks!
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Thread Stadia is the most mishandled and poorly messaged gaming platform launch since Wii U
I really want Stadia to fail, since I hate the idea of an all-streaming future. However what Stadia has that home consoles don’t is the ability to constantly evolve the service over time. I think their strategy is this: They’re in it for the long haul and this will be an iterative service. They know very well that all the pieces to make this work flawlessly everywhere for everyone aren’t there yet, and they’re okay with that. They’re not expecting to overtake Sony & MS on day one. They’re fine with that. They want to build this service slowly piece by piece over time, increasing its value and accessibility and exclusives as time goes. Their launch isn’t an all-out attack juggernaut, it’s an open beta for the curious. Their goal is to get the enthusiasts who care about being able to stream their games in many places first. And then get these people to incite others to join once the service becomes better. I can see this working out for them. But I really hope it doesn’t because fuck input latency and variable bandwidth and the general wonkiness of networks and Wifi.
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Thread Canadian Election 2019 |OT| One Long Year of Scheer Stupidity [Update: Liberal Minority Government]
There isn’t a strong sentiment to separate, but there is a very strong sentiment for the ROC to mind its own business and not impose anything onto Quebec or try to undo the laws it passes and such. That’s why people are voting Bloc. The more ROC tries to impose, the more fuel they’re going to pour onto the the separatist embers.
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Thread Google Stadia will be “faster and more responsive” than local gaming hardware in the near future predicts Stadia dev
You’re assuming a lot of things. First you're assuming that the roundtrip will only add 50ms of latency. It could very well be 100ms or more. Second, even so this would only ever be "somewhat okay" for games with an already outrageously bad input latency to begin with. For games that already run at 60fps with minimal input latency of around 63ms, Stadia would simply never cut it.
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Thread how the F did we just accept paying for online on consoles?
Well Microsoft started the trend on Xbox by offering a consistent, system-wide experience that was superior to anything that had ever existed. Voice chat being built-in, having a headset as part of the starter kit, the strong implementation of friend lists, gamertags, game invites, easy matchmaking, the general absence of cheating, etc. Back then there was nothing like it and people felt it was worth the premium MS was asking for. And then, well, the two other manufacturers followed suit when they figured they could get away with it, and the rest is history.
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Thread With less than a month left, let's place our bets: will Stadia be a success, or will it fail?
I really want it to fail, hard. Input latency is my worst nemesis. As if it wasn’t bad enough that many games running on local hardware exhibit significant input latency, you mean you’re going to add another huge layer on top? Just burn. I don’t want this to become the future of gaming. At least not until the technology allows for sub-10ms roundtrip.
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Thread Google Stadia will be “faster and more responsive” than local gaming hardware in the near future predicts Stadia dev
I know this. What I don’t know is how people claim this will make the network latency not be utter garbage.
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Thread Modded Switches can run Witcher 3 at 60FPS
Thanks for reminding me how so fucking glad I am that 99% of Switch Pro talks/speculation have stopped. That shit had become unbearable.
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Thread Google Stadia will be “faster and more responsive” than local gaming hardware in the near future predicts Stadia dev
So at best you're going to be shaving off 16ms of local input latency. Relative to the network travel of your input to the servers, the processing and rendering, and getting that back to your screen, it's like a drop in the ocean. It's irrelevant. There won't be that much of a difference in input latency shit factor going from 166ms to 150ms, for example.
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Thread TV Displays and Tech Thread |OT2| There Is No Perfect TV ™ (Read The OP)
I turned them all off. I don't remember what they're called, but I remember that one was for adding frames via interpolation. It adds input lag, so no go. With the other settings, including the Black Frame Insertion one, I found that they can't handle games with inconsistent speeds and would regularly drop to 30fps for short whiles in what are normally 60fps games. Also I posted earlier in this thread that I would end up getting visual distortions in games:
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Thread TV Displays and Tech Thread |OT2| There Is No Perfect TV ™ (Read The OP)
Yes Game Mode is On, absolutely! (Otherwise the input lag is unbearable) It's all the enhancements that I leave off.
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Thread Tim Miller: Sonic Movie Redesign Will Please Fans
I really hope they’re not only taking the “it didn’t please fans” angle, because that would be missing out the bigger picture of the design being fucking atrocious to look at for human being with eyes and a remotely decent sense of taste, fan or not. I can’t wrap my head around how that design went through so many layers of approval and got greenlit at every step.
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Thread Google Stadia will be “faster and more responsive” than local gaming hardware in the near future predicts Stadia dev
What difference does it make if the result of all those polled controls still reach your eyes with a fair delay? You won’t perceive any difference really.
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Thread Google Stadia will be “faster and more responsive” than local gaming hardware in the near future predicts Stadia dev
This makes no sense whatsoever. Input lag is perceived by the time difference from when you press a button and the action appearing on screen (e.g. the frame is rendered and sent to your TV). It doesn’t matter if the CPU is somehow running faster or ahead. If the rendered frame arrives later, you’re still perceiving the same input lag.
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Thread Will developers finally focus on 60fps with next gen?
They won’t. They’ll prioritize native 4K and flashier graphics way before they care about 60fps.
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Thread I always disliked Super Mario Bros Trilogy:too fast, no saves, less forgiving than gameboy counterparts
Are you maybe victim of intense input lag due to your setup/TV which makes these games harder than they actually are? Super Mario Bros. 3 is an absolute masterpiece. The game constantly showers you with 1-ups, so I don't see how anyone would have trouble with it. I beat this as an 8-year old kid. If all else fails, use the goomba pipe trick in 1-2 to build up a comfortable stack of lives.
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Thread Humans will not migrate to other planets, says Nobel winning physicist
At the end of the day though, you cannot break the laws of physics. What you (and many people in this thread) are suggesting is that, somehow, someone will come along and discover a way to make 2 + 2 = 5. And there is simply no way it can ever be 5, no matter how intelligent someone may be. They're called laws for a reason. I think that science fiction has had a bad influence on many of you in the way that it trivialized just how immense star systems are and what it would require to actually reach another planet.
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Thread Google Stadia Pro (4K/60, 5.1 surround) $9.99 a month. Stadia Base (1080/60) requires no subscription.
I wonder what the 5.1 sound is using? Do we know? I have to assume it won’t be LPCM, but rather Dolby Digital. And if so, 5.1 sound will have a very noticeable delay, as it does on current consoles. I wouldn’t want to play with that.
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Thread Why is SSD in PS5 made to look like a game changer? PC’s have had it for decade and it hasn’t made that much difference?
We know the console will have a SSD, but will it also have a HDD on top of that? A SSD is already expensive enough as it is, so it probably won't be a very big one (~250 GB is my guess). And knowing how people on here hate having to empty their fridge and swear by keeping every single game they own installed at all times, you'll be lucky if you can manage to hold more than 2 to 5 games on that SSD at any given time. I can't imagine them also including a HDD to hold the leftover games (which will also need time to move over to the SSD whenever you want to play them, by the way). I assume most everyone will need to purchase an external HDD for that purpose? How do people feel about it?
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Thread PlayStation 5 Confirmed To Sport 8 Cores / 16 Threads CPU; Full Reveal Coming Next Year
We know the console will have a SSD, but will it also have a HDD on top of that? A SSD is already expensive enough as it is, so it probably won't be a very big one (~250 GB is my guess). And knowing how people on here hate having to empty their fridge and swear by keeping every single game they own installed at all times, you'll be lucky if you can manage to hold more than 2 to 5 games on that SSD at any given time. I can't imagine them also including a HDD to hold the leftover games (which will also need time to move over to the SSD whenever you want to play them, by the way). I assume most everyone will need to purchase an external HDD for that purpose? How do people feel about it?
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Thread Google Stadia will be “faster and more responsive” than local gaming hardware in the near future predicts Stadia dev
And that's really the key here. There's so many possible different inputs at any given time that no matter how good it can be at predicting, it will always inevitably get things wrong ever so often. And whenever that happens, the standard lag will apply while it corrects itself. It will make for a very uneven jarring experience where sometimes your inputs register instantly, sometimes there's a delay. No thank you.
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Thread Next Gen Consoles (60fps target) VS PC's (100+fps target)
Just no. AAA developers will just keep pushing more graphical prowess until the fps drops all the way back to 60 or 30, as it has always been. Perhaps we'll see some rare games trying to push for a higher framerate since TVs will increasingly support it, but they'll be the exceptions, not the norm.
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Thread Updated versions of games that are inferior to an older version.
Scott Pilgrim on X360/PS3. When they pushed the update to add online play, it impacted the framerate of the game across the board, even in single player mode. What was once mostly a smooth 60fps became a stuttery mess.
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Thread Updated versions of games that are inferior to an older version.
The original GBA's screen was that awful. Games that were built for launch, like Castlevania Circle of the Moon, were mostly unplayable due to how dark they appeared. Developers quickly adjusted course and boosted the gamma (or in this case, also changed time of day entirely) to make everything look, well, viewable on the shit screen. It looks bad on this image, but viewed on an original GBA screen, it looked better than anything else would have.
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Thread Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair |OT| Tropical Bees
I really want to like this game and give Playtonic a second chance, but there's something about it that screams "B-grade". Plus this really pains me to say as a huge David Wise fan... but I've been listening to the game's soundtrack on YouTube and I can say I've never been so completely unmoved by his music. Save for some faint glimmers here and there... there's just... nothing there. It all feels so energy-less, so slow, so formulaic, so bland, so uninspired... Either the guy's lost it, either he was as uninspired as the game's art style looks to be...
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Thread Are you willing to boycott ActiBlizzard after the recent actions taken against those who support Hong Kong?
I can't recall the last time in the past 20 years that a videogame company boycott has ever actually achieved anything.
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Thread Getting 100% in Nintendo games doesn't seem fun (Super Mario Odyssey)
I got them all but I agree with you OP: These days they include just way too many things to collect/accomplish in games to 100% complete them, and often in the most tedious ways. It's part of their strategy to get you to play games longer than ever before. It's good in that sense, but it makes replayability undesirable. I can pick up Zelda Link to the Past anyway and 100% complete it in just a few hours and every single minute of it will be damn good fun. Doing that in Breath of the Wild though? Oh hell no.
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Thread Next playstation console is called PlayStation 5, releasing holiday 2020 and supports ray tracing at hardware level
I don't. Just speculating.
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Thread Next playstation console is called PlayStation 5, releasing holiday 2020 and supports ray tracing at hardware level
It almost feels as if they found out Microsoft was on the verge of announcing details for the next Xbox and felt like they needed to beat them to the punch at any cost.
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Thread Next playstation console is called PlayStation 5, releasing holiday 2020 and supports ray tracing at hardware level
Why not? It works, it has incredible brand recognition. It's not confusing like, say, Xbox One X. Also, the future has been foretold:
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Thread Years later after the controversy, do you agree that 30FPS are more cinematic than 60FPS?
It is more cinematic. The real question, however, is: Why is “cinematic” deemed as a desirable quality for video games? Games are made to be played, not watched passively. So get that 30fps right the fuck out of my games!!!
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Thread Bloomberg: Chinese spy chips found in hardware used by Apple, Amazon (and others)
Amazon's denial makes me wonder just how accurate their article is. If the Bloomberg guys made mistakes, then they could very well be sued for false representation and whatnot.
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Thread Bloomberg: Chinese spy chips found in hardware used by Apple, Amazon (and others)
How long until they find a way to stealthily bake this directly into microprocessors where they're no longer a separate, discernable part?
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Thread Nintendo uploads unlisted Dragon Quest XI S commercial without any music but with sound effects
Nintendo doing what Square-Enix should have done a long time ago: Dump Sugiyama.
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Thread Xbox requiring a subscription for online F2P games, your thoughts?
As I've been saying for a while, in this day and age where MP is more ubiquitous than ever and where even campaign modes increasingly rely on co-op gameplay as an important part of their value proposition, it's getting ridiculous that we're expected to pay a subscription for essentially gaining access to the game we just bought. Doesn't matter if you only have two hours per week to play online, you get to pay the same price as the dude who gets to play online 40 hours a week. With today's game revenue relying increasingly on MTX and MP consumables, is it not weird that they would prevent would-be whales from even getting close to their lures via a subscription paywall? It's starting to just not make any sense anymore.
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Thread Billy Mitchell taking legal action against Twin Galaxies and Guinness (Twin Galaxies Responds)
Fucking ouch!
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Thread Video Game Soundtracks that have been (legally) released for free.
Grant Kirkhope released uncompressed versions of his Goldeneye 007 songs:
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Thread Jason Schreier: "Final Fantasy VII Remake's Box Art Sure Is Misleading"
I completely agree with him. It's dishonest to not make it clear from the box that this isn't a remake of the entire original game.
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Thread TV Displays and Tech Thread |OT2| There Is No Perfect TV ™ (Read The OP)
Nah it's a full fledged receiver. That's only a tiny portion of the back panel. It has a few HDMI ins, an out, etc.
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Thread Hollow Knight just feels like work (LTTP)
I think Super Metroid had the perfect balance in this regard. There were map stations but they gave you a very much incomplete map of the area. So even though you had a general idea of where you should be going, you didn’t necessarily know how to get there, and there was still a lot of discovery to be had.
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Thread Stadia: In two months you can essentially try out next gen consoles, will you be there?
Yeah. Absolutely none of the game footage they've shown thus far seemed like a whole generation leap. They merely looked like current-generation games but with everything set to "max". As for Stadia: I'm out from the start. I'm allergic to input lag, and as if modern games themselves didn't already have enough input lag within them, we're going to be adding another layer? Thanks but no thanks.
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Thread Celeste |OT| Farewell
I just recently started playing this and it's an absolute blast! Oh my god why did I sleep on it for so long? This is absolute god-tier. The design, the art style, music, story, secrets, twists. Everytime a mechanic feels like it's become a bit stale, they throw something new at you. I'm especially amazed at the absolute absence of any input lag whatsoever. It feels like NES/SNES games of my youth. I just finished the Mirror Temple and I just can't wait to see what's next! It succeeded at giving me shivers, something a game like this hadn't done since, like, Super Metroid. An absolute marvel!
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Thread MindSeize | Upcoming Metroidvania That Has Mega Man X Influences and Big, Glorious, Sprites [Kickstarter Launched - Includes Switch]
While I wouldn't say they necessarily need to strive for that 8/16-bit big-pixel look, I agree with your general sentiment that the art is lacking a lot of oomph. Everything feels "thin" and "flat" and doesn't look like it stands out. The proportions are weird. There's an apparent lack of shading to give backgrounds and sprites a cohesive sense of depth. Like you say, it does lack "grit".
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Thread TV Displays and Tech Thread |OT2| There Is No Perfect TV ™ (Read The OP)
Of course not, but CRTs could never reach the kind of screen size that most of us play on these days. DF says they ran games at 720p and they look fine, but look how tiny that monitor is. Of course it's going to look great. If you had a 65" CRT, it would be a different story. And let us not forget all the shortcomings of CRT as well: blurry edges, imperfect geometry, etc.
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Thread TV Displays and Tech Thread |OT2| There Is No Perfect TV ™ (Read The OP)
These are the jacks on my receiver: From what I can see none of the newer receivers have those kinds of jacks.
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Thread TV Displays and Tech Thread |OT2| There Is No Perfect TV ™ (Read The OP)
Greatly appreciate your reply! Isn’t there a cheaper alternative though? For example they have that seems to be cheaper with less bells and whistles. Wouldn’t that do the trick? Regardless I think it would still be cheaper than upgrading my receiver, because upgrading it means that I would also have to replace all speakers and I’m pretty sure it would bring me above the $250 mark.
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Thread How do you think Microsoft's aggressive subsidising of Game Pass will effect the Industry?
This. They're hoping people stay subscribed to perpetuity. They want that yearly $120 out of your pockets and into theirs. For people who regularly consume more than $120 worth of games (factoring resell and used) per year, that's a pretty good deal. The thing is, most people don't. And they're hoping that these very casual buyers who might only normally buy one big blockbuster per year will end up being parted with more money than than they normally would, turned into sweet MS profit. They wouldn't be doing this if it wasn't more profitable when all is said and done, so is getting shortchanged somewhere. Edit: Also it makes the perceived cost of entry much lower, which will likely attract many people, who in turn will fall prey to all the slimy in-game monetization tactics. It's all according to keikaku.
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Thread A group of people are about to storm Area 51, and it’s being live streamed
Hey guys! Don’t forget to like and subscribe and follow and turn on notifications and...
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Thread How the CPU cheated you in Street Fighter 2
I hope he does the same with Killer Instinct arcade. I swear in that game if you were doing good and winning matches, the CPU could empty 80% of your life bar with a fucking triple combo.
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Thread How the CPU cheated you in Street Fighter 2
I always knew the CPU didn't have to abide by any "charge time" or even proper button inputs for super moves. Super moves are just something they call instantly at will.
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Thread Fox News Poll (Rated "A" by 538): Bernie SURGES while Warren PLUMMETS. Biden remains stable.
As your neighbor, I really hope that Bernie wins. He’s the one with the soundest ideas and the guts to deliver them.
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Thread Video game music composers whose output dropped in quality over their career
I hate to say this but... David Wise. Everything I've heard from him since DKC Tropical Freeze has been on the very "meh" side. Snake Pass Yooka-Laylee Tamarin Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair Not , by any means, but just... eh? Certainly not the god-tier level he's accustomed us to in the past. Same-ish melodies that aren't as unique or particularly catchy or memorable. Most of his recent songs sound like they were B-Sides from Tropical Freeze composing sessions.
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Thread SNES Switch Online now available!
We had many such reports in the SNES Classic thread as well when it launched. It seems to be caused by energy-saving implementations of most sound bars, which will switch off whenever they detect complete silence, and take a fraction of a second to wake up when they detect sound again. Usually sound is continuous so you don't notice it, but many games on the SNES (the Mario World world map is a particular culprit) have complete silences at times, which trigger this. The only solution would be to replace your sound bar with one what doesn't have such energy-saving "feature".
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Thread I don't really like God of War, and here's why
Oh because now one has to be better than a creator to judge their work, huh? I wonder what games all those game journos reviewing games for a living worked on that can criticize so many aspects of games. Makes total sense.
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Thread I don't really like God of War, and here's why
I'm with you OP. What I hated the most about the game is how most of the loot I came across in the game was either completely useless, only a slight variation on what I already had, inferior to what I already had, or a different set of stat compromises. I spent so much time completing sidequests or exploring to find hidden chests, only to be rewarded with absolutely nothing of value or that I wanted to use. It just didn't feel satisfying at all. I kept hoping that the game would start giving me some good things, and sometimes it did, but it was so rare. I legit didn't use over 90% of the gear I found in the game. Why bother? Every time I came back across the shop, I dreaded the time I would have to spend in the menu to optimize everything I had and the different kinds of upgrades and slots and crystals and whatnot. So much fluff and tedium. Canoeing around was long, tedious, and boring. I couldn't take the story seriously with all the "humor"-relief thrown in there. It felt like it had all the maturity of an angsty teenager that listens to too much Puddle of Mudd or something. The fast-travel "go around in a circle" until a portal appears was interesting... just once. Then I figured out what the game was doing, I'd just not touch the controller for 30 seconds until the portal appeared. I hate games that attempt to take me for an idiot. Combat felt repetitive, stiff, and slow. Having to go to the center room and fiddle with the portal thing to change worlds was hyper cool the first time, not so much the 10th time. Why not just let me fast-travel like any other game ever? This felt like it was there just to artificially pad things out.I hated how stiff it felt. It felt like it was stuck to Kratos like he had a GoPro stick stuck up his ass. There was no momentum or elasticity to its movement. It felt like a robotic mechanical thing, not an organic one. It reminded me that I'm playing a piece of computer software where someone just mapped the camera's XYZ position 1:1 to Kratos' XYZ+10 position and called it a day. I could go on for pages. But I'm baffled as to how something like this won so many Game of the Year awards. Must have been a very slow year. It's not a game. But it's not that great either. I've completed it and have no desire to ever return to it.
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Thread It's Microsoft's Fault That Videogames Are Bad (The Jimquisition)
He's right. MS are the ones who started most of the money-grabbing trends that are today standard in the industry. Microsoft are the ones who started charging for online play. They even had the balls to gate any online services that were free elsewhere like YouTube behind the Gold paywall for a good while. They're the first ones who built a console OS that gave publishers easy paid DLC purchase ability. The Xbox 360 was the first console to have paid DLC (hello, Oblivion horse armor). They tried to money-gouge you to dress up your avatar with virtual brand clothing. With the Xbox One's original plans, they even tried to go further by taking away your rights to freely resell/lend physical games.
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Thread The game with most impressive animation of this gen?
I absolutely adore the animation Nintendo have been putting into their games recently, especially Mario Odyssey. There's an immense amount of attention to detail to making everything seem organic and natural, smooth, with proper elasticity. Contrary to motion capture, nothing feels wooden or stiff. I mean just look at this: Look at how everything looks like actual mass of fat giggling around. This is just one example that I could find, but every boss in Mario Odyssey grabbed my attention with their fluid and elastic animations.
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Thread The Legend Of Zelda: Link's Awakening is out in 5 days. Does playing / not playing the original make you more or less hyped?
This for me too. I wish they could have done something to make it appealing to people who have played the original to death.
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Thread i am sick and fucking tired of silent protagonists in Nintendo titles
Of all the things that ever bothered me with Zelda games, this has never been one of them...
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Thread SNES Mini Classic Hacking | More games, more borders, more gooder.
Yeah I'm not going to do that either until the Switch reaches its end of life and I won't mind getting it banned from online. But then I'm going to turn it into the ultimate home/portable emulation machine. I guess there's no hope of extracting the Canoe core on the Switch and somehow importing that to the SNES Classic and add it the way we people add Retroarch?
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Thread New patent filing reportedly indicates new Nintendo Switch VR headset
So we're finally getting Virtual Boy games on NSO, aren't we?
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Thread SNES Switch Online now available!
It doesn't, but yeah it's very rough around the edges. It was still one the first (if not the first) fully 3D racing game that you could have on a home console. I can concede the low framerate and very loose controls, but its biggest flaw has got to be how vehicles just stick to walls like glue whenever you touch one, and trying to break free almost always results in a disaster. Lesson is: Don't touch the walls.
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Thread SNES Switch Online now available!
Weird you’ve been to where you should be going but you didn’t make it through to the next room for some reason. Head back to the big room to the left, and enter the door in the top left corner of that room.
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Thread SNES Switch Online now available!
It does! And that’s part of the charm. Back then it was the most amazing 3D graphics you could hope to get at home. Back then its mere existence was mindblowing! I’ll give you that the controls are a little bit rough around the edges, but it’s totally playable if you set your mind at it!
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Thread SNES Mini Classic Hacking | More games, more borders, more gooder.
I tried the new preset ID, completed a whole class, looked at all the time record pages, no glitches! :D On a side I suspect that using the boostfx command made it possible to get faster times than normally possible, because all the times I’m getting now are way inferior than the ones on record. Guess I might have to scrap the save ram and start over!
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Thread SNES Mini Classic Hacking | More games, more borders, more gooder.
Whoa thanks Robin! At least good thing came out of it! This is great because even the boostfx trick didn’t entirely fix Stunt Race FX! I never bothered to report it but I found that if you have existing best times for courses, the best times panel would still glitch in some places!
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Thread SNES Switch Online now available!
This was my experience too. I never understood the praise this game gets other than the nice graphics. The gameplay feels slow and clunky. The music is depressive and lacks punch or catchiness. The minigame where you have to jump and break things in the wall is pure bullshit. The game doesn’t have a whole lot of content/levels and is very short once you remove all the backtracking. A good chunk of said content (including the only non-bad ending) is hidden behind obscure secrets that I can’t imagine anyone finding on their own without a guide. The real final boss is absolute bullshit. I have no desire to ever replay this game.
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Thread SNES Mini Classic Hacking | More games, more borders, more gooder.
Super nice, but I’m not expecting them to do anything in the version of Canoe that’s on the SNES Classic... :/
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Thread SNES Switch Online now available!
Uh. The problems are in the emulator that Capcom used for the collection, not the ROMs. If they appear on the Switch SNES service, they will run within Nintendo’s emulator, not Capcom’s. The problem won’t be present.
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Thread SNES Mini Classic Hacking | More games, more borders, more gooder.
So initial reports from the Switch SNES thread are that the touch fuzzy get dizzy bug has been fixed! I really hope someone can find a way to bring that to the SNES Classic!
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Thread Switch and lowered expectations
I kinda agree. Aside from some experimentation at launch with non-AAA stuff like ARMS and Snipperclips, it seems like since they've been riding on nothing but the same franchises they've been slowly updating for years. You know EXACTLY what you're going to get: - A new Mario. - A new Zelda. - A new Smash. - A new Yoshi. - A new Mario Kart. - A new Mario Party. - A new Mario Tennis/Golf/. - A new Donkey Kong Country. - A new Kirby. - A new Animal Crossing. - A new Luigi's Mansion. - A new Pokémon. - Etc. Aside from the first two which brought some refreshing uniqueness to the formulas, most feel like new coats of paint on the exact same game we've already played a bazillion times before. They're "new", but they don't look like groundbreaking innovations. None of them. They're all game franchises that are 15 to 30 years old. Yawn. Edit: Thank god the indie scene exists and is bringing me new game worlds, characters, gameplay mechanics, etc. It's where most of my gaming has been on Switch so far. This is where true creativity lies. I can only wish they had the AAA budgets to make their visions as grand and polished as Nintendo's games.
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Thread UPlay+ Launch - Multiple Problems Reported, Ubisoft attempting to fix problems
In French, Chile is spelled “Chili”. Probably forgot to translate that one properly.
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Thread SNES Mini Classic Hacking | More games, more borders, more gooder.
Well for sure it’s going to be a more recent version of Canoe, so changes they made to get other games running may indirectly fix this one too?
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Thread SNES Mini Classic Hacking | More games, more borders, more gooder.
Would it even be possible to replace the Canoe core on the SNES Mini with the one from the Switch?
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Thread Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross Original Soundtracks available on Spotify
FUCK YES. Literally every game publisher should be doing this! Nintendo, what are you waiting for??
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Thread Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross Original Soundtracks available on Spotify
Aw hell why is it the inferior DS version? The SNES version is so much better...
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Thread Nintendo Direct Announced - 09.04.2019 @ 6PM EDT / 11PM BST
Is this the one where the game Retro was working on before Metroid Prime 4 is finally revealed to the world?
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Thread TV Displays and Tech Thread |OT2| There Is No Perfect TV ™ (Read The OP)
Well that's a bummer. :( And yeah it also has other issues. Like one poster earlier made me realize, any form of "Game Motion Plus" being activated, even with everything set to "0", will fuck up the framerate of SNES games on the SNES Classic. Garbage.
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Thread TV Displays and Tech Thread |OT2| There Is No Perfect TV ™ (Read The OP)
Even with 60fps games (I tried it on Sonic Mania) I found the flicker to be unbearable. I know it's meant to simulate the refresh of a CRT, but I've never seen a CRT flicker this badly.
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Thread TV Displays and Tech Thread |OT2| There Is No Perfect TV ™ (Read The OP)
What’s the general consensus on Black Frame Insertion? I tried it on my new Samsung Q80R and while it does get rid of the motion blur, the reduction in brightness and the flickering are both very intense, to the point where I’m not sure it’s worth using. Is it the kind of thing where I’m supposed to get used to it in time? What do you guys do?
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Thread TV Displays and Tech Thread |OT2| There Is No Perfect TV ™ (Read The OP)
HOLY SHIT THAT WAS IT THANK YOU SO MUCH! Completely turning off Game Motion Plus did the trick! :D
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Thread TV Displays and Tech Thread |OT2| There Is No Perfect TV ™ (Read The OP)
I’ve noticed a couple of strange and really annoying problems on my Samsung Q80R. I tried my SNES Classic on it and it often happens that the display drops to 30fps for short amounts of time. It appears to be triggered by some visual stimuli because it almost always happens in the same situations. For example in Contra 3 it happens when I blow up an enemy base during and following the explosions, or after using a power bomb. It’s easily noticeable by observing the rate of bullets, jumping, and enemies running in. It persists for as long as I don't cause the display to scroll too much, and then the display eventually kicks back to 60fps when I make the screen move forward a bit. I’m also observing weird graphical deformations where pixels of static background elements are being deformed by nearby movements of moving objects (sprites). I took these pictures for example: This happens all over the place. Help? These issues are extremely annoying and disappointing for such an expensive TV. If I can't find a solution for them, I'll have to return it. :/
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Thread TV Displays and Tech Thread |OT2| There Is No Perfect TV ™ (Read The OP)
But I really don’t understand. If my PS4 is connected directly to my TV, and audio is sent to my receiver via ARC, the entire HDMI bandwidth on that port is dedicated to audio. It’s not sending any video back to the receiver. There’s nothing else going through that’s cable?
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Thread Once Switch gets on in age, where does Nintendo go from here with their next system?
Something that builds upon their Switch hybrid model. They’ve restructured their entire company’s structure around it, there’s simply no going back. Expect a Switch 2 with Xbox One-like power possibly one or two hardware gimmicks. However I would expect them to start looking into cloud streaming as well. A console like the Switch with 5G would be the perfect game streaming vector and they’d be crazy to ignore it. It won’t be their main focus, but I assume they’ll want to test the waters.
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Thread TV Displays and Tech Thread |OT2| There Is No Perfect TV ™ (Read The OP)
I’m currently setting up my Samsung Q80R and I’m having a bit of trouble with audio setup. Essentially it seems like the TV is unable to pass 5.1 PCM back to my (fairly old) receiver, instead sending a Stereo signal. This means that when I connect my PS4 to my TV directly to get HDR, I only get stereo sound, which sucks balls. I know my receiver is PCM 5.1-capable because if I connect any console directly into it, I do get 5.1 PCM sound. However it can’t recognize/pass HDR to my TV. Is there something I’m doing wrong here? Or is the TV just unable to send 5.1 as PCM? Sounds like such a basic thing that I can’t imagine it’s an actual limitation. :/
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Thread TV Displays and Tech Thread |OT2| There Is No Perfect TV ™ (Read The OP)
I tried optical directly to the receiver but again I was only getting stereo sound. It’s only when I connect my consoles with HDMI to the receiver that I can get 5.1 PCM. With Optical or ARC I can get Dolby Digital 5.1 but it has a delay that’s unfit for gaming.So you mean there’s absolutely no way to get 5.1 PCM sound out of this TV whatsoever? Edit: I find it weird that years old consoles are able to output 5.1 PCM through HDMI just fine but a 2019 TV somehow can’t?
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Thread TV Displays and Tech Thread |OT2| There Is No Perfect TV ™ (Read The OP)
ARC. I tried optical as well, with the same results :(
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Thread There's a hidden character in this art from Retro Studios and I can't figure out who it is [UPDATE: IT'S A TEASE]
It's obviously this guy:
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Thread Rare has been with Microsoft for 17 years and yet are still known for their 8 years with Nintendo above all else. Will that ever change?
I seriously doubt it. Most of the talent that made Rare so special during the Nintendo days has long since left the company. The Rare we knew simply can’t be compared to today’s Rare. It bears the same name but it’s not the same company anymore. Overall it’s not the same people with the same spirit and the same goals.
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Thread I'm honestly left with mix feelings after hearing the new music rendition of Dragon Quest XI Switch
Same. It’s just barely passable compared to Uematsu and the like. And I don’t understand how/why the composer maintains such a stronghold on his music rights when it’s so average. They should just ditch him and get someone else to compose.
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Thread PSA: If you have your Switch wired via ethernet, it will warm up in the dock overnight!
Wow went to touch mine and it was indeed warmish! Thanks OP! I’ve disconnected the Ethernet adapter for now. Fix that shit Nintendo!
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Thread TV Displays and Tech Thread |OT2| There Is No Perfect TV ™ (Read The OP)
If only just one year of use without burn in is cause for celebration, then yikes. I expect TVs to last a good 10-15 years. Let's see again in 5 years, yeah?
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Thread I think Battletoads (2019) looks pretty bad compared to it's competition.
Yeah the game looks horrible on all counts. It’s missing the point of Battletoads on so many levels and feels so cheap. So far all we’ve seen are totally flat rectangle-shaped non-interactive fight arenas, one after the next, rinse and repeat, with enemies cheaply being teleported in. Previous Battletoads games had interesting and varied level formations, designs, and set pieces. Enemies coming out by breaking through walls, or rising pieces of ground. You’d have slopes, things to hang on from, pits, morphing level geometry, collapsing bridges, items to grab, fences to climb on, various hazards to avoid. And I could go on and on. Here? Nah man just plain arenas with enemies that teleport in and so much mess going on at the same time that you can’t even make out what’s going on. There are so many sound effects playing at the same time that you can’t even hear the music. I have zero interest whatsoever.
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Thread Respawn Responds to Criticism of Apex Legends’ Iron Crown event
And to think that people were outraged over a $2.50 horse armor 10 years ago. Kids these days are willing to pay $18 for a fucking skin. What’s next, $30 for shoe string colors?
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Thread Can we have a talk about video games music, youtube, and piracy?
This is such a slippery slope. Videogame music is typically viewed as very different than "regular" music because it usually isn't the product in itself. Most perceive listening to video game music to be a sort of "fair use" condition because it's only a little part of what constitutes a video game, which is the product. It's sort of implied that if you're listening to video game music on YouTube, then it's most likely because you bought the game and liked its music in the first place. And if we go down that slippery slope: Many of you have avatars that contain copyrighted video game art. Are the artists compensated for them? How is it not piracy then? We can take this reasoning to such wild extremes. There is a reason Fair Use exists as a concept, and it really just hasn't followed up properly with modern technology. If game companies don't want people putting their music up on YouTube, then they should do it themselves. If not, though luck.
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Thread Walmart pulls Mortal Kombat 1up Arcade and refuses to sell stock
What is this, the early 90's? What's next, banning sales of music that contain references to violence and Satan? The USA is so fucked that I can't comprehend this country doesn't just collapse and implode on itself.
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Thread Sega Genesis/Mega Drive mini previews
Aw fuck not sound lag again. In what fucking universe is it harder to generate sound than video? This shit was a deal breaker on the NES Classic for me. Ugh. Pass. :(
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Thread Not happy with nuking out of Youtube all FE music, Nintendo hits GilvaSunner (copyright claims) and BrawlBRSTMs3 (terminated)
Yeah I noticed lately that a Donkey Kong Country 2 OST I had been listening to regularly that had been up for like 10 years got striked by Nintendo. It sucks because there is absolutely no legal way to listen to this music, especially not verbatim. And you just know that Nintendo isn’t going to go through the trouble of ripping all their NES/SNES soundtracks to put them up on Spotify, even knowing they’d make tons of money from it! You fucking suck sometimes, Nintendo!
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Thread TV Displays and Tech Thread |OT2| There Is No Perfect TV ™ (Read The OP)
I just noticed that Best Buy Canada has a few TVs on sale including the Samsung Q80R which I had my eyes on. It’s $400 CDN off. Should I bite the bullet or can I expect even better sales down the line?
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Thread New FCC filings point to SNES style controller for Nintendo Switch
Except F-Zero is a single-player game. You remember that, right?
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Thread Yoshi's Island vs Super Mario world
Yoshi's Island even has an information block hidden somewhere in the game that when you hit it, it displays a heartwarming message from the devs explaining that the game was a total passion project and that they injected their hearts and souls into making it. It shows. You couldn't say the same from any of the sequels.
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Thread bsnes (SNES Emulator) Introduces Overclocking (No slowdown Starfox, Contra3, etc)
How can you disagree with the fact that the intro cutscene ends before its music/audio does?
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Thread bsnes (SNES Emulator) Introduces Overclocking (No slowdown Starfox, Contra3, etc)
Star Fox wasn't meant to run at that speed. Everything in the game was deliberately designed around the slow framerate of the original. Running the game faster isn't an improvement because now everything moves too fast, is harder to avoid or hit, and looks completely off. The music is also out of sync. Just look at the intro cutscene where the actual cutscene ends before its audio does. No one should be celebrating this.
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Thread Reggie Fils-Aime comments on "the ill-informed" who are blaming gun violence on video games
Good stuff, Reggie! Fight the good fight!
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Thread Retro Studios tweets job listing for an Art Director for Metroid Prime 4
Just how long do you think games take to make? Retro started on this project from absolute scratch early this year. Expect them to take anywhere from 3 to 5 years to make it. They weren't going to show anything until E3 2021 at the very earliest, and if they're just now looking for an art director, then it might not be until E3 2022. This game is not coming out until the Switch 2 (or whatever Nintendo makes). Mark my words.
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Thread Will Nintendo ever release another dedicated home console?
In the all-streaming future, it won’t even matter which device you play on. Every device that has a screen will be a home console, portable or not.
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Thread The Jimquisition: The Sinister Reasons For Adding Microtransactions After Launch
Probably not with the kind of presentation and aesthetics he goes for. Hell most parents would skip this particular video in the first seconds. If he wants to reach broader audiences, he needs to tone down the violence, the sex jokes, ditch the nazi-like aesthetics. I love Jim as much as the next guy, but his presentation appeals to a very specific niche.
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Thread WWE 2K20 first footage and cover stars revealed and no one noticed?
It's sad we got the timeline where absolute turd like this is allowed to be made and somehow sells, and where AKI (now Syn Sophia) is making Style Savvy games instead. There is no justice.
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Thread E3 organization leaks data for over 2,000 journalists and analysts [Update: More leaks. 2800 from one past show, 3300 from another]
The ESA right now:
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Thread The Jimquisition: The Sinister Reasons For Adding Microtransactions After Launch
Imagine if someone added lewd sexual content to their E-rated game with a post-release patch. Only then would the mainstream (read: Fox News) pick it up.
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Thread TV Displays and Tech Thread |OT2| There Is No Perfect TV ™ (Read The OP)
This. I once accidentally let my CRT HTDV run for 3 days straight while I was away and it had a very bright “Video 7” marker displayed in the corner for the whole time. Did not leave a single mark. I don’t want to imagine what that could do to an OLED. The peace of mind is worth the slightly less black blacks.
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Thread TV Displays and Tech Thread |OT2| There Is No Perfect TV ™ (Read The OP)
The best TVs that you have to cope with constantly auto-changing brightness based on scene content, and that you have to constantly mind and limit your usage of, run pixel refreshes, and pray to god you won’t get any burn in, yeah. Best TVs. I’ve seen too many horror stories in this very thread.
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Thread TV Displays and Tech Thread |OT2| There Is No Perfect TV ™ (Read The OP)
The best LCD unavailable to the common man, you mean. Hopefully the tech can be cheaply added to mainstream LCDs in the coming years. I'm not touching OLED with a 10-foot pole.
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Thread Nintendo's switch games makes me realize how little I like a lot of big budget AAA games
Finally someone who gets it! Thank you!
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Thread Some guy is restoring classic DKC music in HD using the original hardware
While most of these are great, they all have that doesn't sound quite right in them and it really bothers me. Some samples are too loud, others too quiet. Sometimes it feels like the punch is gone. Sometimes it feels like some samples are cutting too short. Some just sound plain wrong or off-key even. There's always that sounds off. I hope he will continue to work on them and polish them until they sound just right.
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Thread Ford knew Focus, Fiesta models had flawed transmission, sold them anyway
After the all the recent news surrounding Boeing and now this, there's something fundamentally rotten at the core of management practices in US companies, where short-term cost savings are deemed more important than the long-term reputation of a company, or in the case of Boeing, preventing deaths. It's rampant!
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Thread EA reveals their current stance regarding Switch support.
I'm sure it boils down to "I'm not convinced the Switch is a platform on which we can milk and dime users with microtransactions and lootboxes and make of the money, therefore we won't bother."
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Thread Nintendo's switch games makes me realize how little I like a lot of big budget AAA games
No seriously. It's great that I can boot up a game and not be bombarded with prompts to create/login to an account, to have advertised DLCs and news tickers on the main menu, time-limited events, and all that other fidelity bullshit that's meant to make you stick around and pay and make you play the game longer than you ever would.
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Thread Nintendo's switch games makes me realize how little I like a lot of big budget AAA games
Amen. The big AAA industry games can go fuck themselves, they just don't appeal to me anymore. I hadn't had as much fun playing a game as Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night in a loooong while. Traditional game, no bullshit, no lootboxes, no forced online components, no monetizing, standard fully-optional DLC, perfect 20-ish hour length for game completion. Bliss. As long as these little indies keep pushing out these types of games, I'll be a happy man.
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Thread I'm so tired of Nintendo's garbage Joy-Cons
I was tired of them on day one when I realized that they start delaying/dropping inputs at any slightest sign of interference that any other wireless controller in the past 15 years weren't affected by.
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Thread Why Aren't More Nintendo Fans Interested in Metroid?
I guess it's hard for people to be interested in a game series that peaked 25 years ago. Not that Prime or Fusion were bad, but they still don't hold a candle to Super Metroid. The series has had so many "eh" or outright bad entries, including Hunters, Other M, and Federation Force. It's hard to be hyped about whatever might be coming.
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Thread Spencer: Xbox Has to Mean Quality Games; We’ve Got Work to do There, Our First Party Output Hasn’t Been the Best
He could start by making the new Battletoads game not look so cheap and cartoony and plain and low-grade-Flash-game looking. Just sayin...
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Thread Let's settle this: Jet Set Radio or Jet Set Radio Future?
JSRF, even if it has that godawful Birthday Cake song and no way to skip/exclude it from the playlist.
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Thread Naughty Dog crunch culture examined
Not solidly, no. But when all was required of us was to do walkthroughs of a game we already knew by heart inside out, then yeah I can do that for 24h.
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Thread Google Stadia Pro (4K/60, 5.1 surround) $9.99 a month. Stadia Base (1080/60) requires no subscription.
Anyone would be crazy to think that Google aren’t taking some sort of cut somewhere along the way. They’re not building this service out of the kindness of their hearts.
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Thread Dev Speaks Out About Censorship in Games
Have a good eternal sleep then. It will never go away because sex sell, and it will never stop selling. If there’s money to be made from it, someone will make it!
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Thread Naughty Dog crunch culture examined
Pretty much. When I used to work in QA, we often did this in the days just before a submission to cert. They would often ask for a few volunteers to stay all night to validate that the build made by devs finishing up their work late in the evening would be stable to test for the major subset of the test team coming in the next morning. Also if we found some obvious defects during that smoke test, the dev team coming in the morning would immediately have something to work on. There was no time to waste. If we didn’t and it turned out the build wasn’t stable (or crashed on boot, as we often saw), that would be an entire day worth of testing down the drain while the devs fixed it and produced another build. It can add up fast, and in those last days, every minute counts. You can’t miss your cert date.
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Thread Sega Europe slips "Jet Set Radio" for Mega Drive Mini... not a joke thread
No way in hell that machine has enough power to emulate a Dreamcast.
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Thread It's so weird that the SNES classic is the only platform released after 2004 you can buy a good version of FF6 on outside of Japan.
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Thread Jeuxvideo.com exposed of plagiarism (sloppy copy-pasting, Google translating).
Yes absolutely. I've got a pot full of nails. Now guess whether I'm talking about the kind you cut from your fingers/toes or the ones you stick through wood.
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Thread Nintendo has finally commented on the Joy-Con Drift Issue
I'm guessing they want to play it safe due to the looming lawsuit. If they came out with a statement that acknowledged a widespread problem, they could legally implicate themselves. But it doesn't matter: They're just being time, just like Microsoft were with the X360 RROD. They'll have to issue free replacements sooner or later.
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Thread GTA Online now has a casino. We need to talk about it.
Yes, but they can't cash out in actual money. I don't see how this is any different to any sort of currently-existing , except that now the activity is taking place in a virtual casino with virtual casino games, rather than some casino-like menu with boxes. I'm not saying it's good, what I'm saying is that I don't see why people would just now start being offended by it.
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Thread GTA Online now has a casino. We need to talk about it.
Why settle for just money, when you can make of the money!? In the world of corporations, there is never such a thing as making too much money. If you saw a huge pile of money left on a table and no one would ever know you took it, would you just leave it there? Of course not.
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Thread ‘Like Xbox Live Gold,’ Google Stadia Sounds Worse And Worse Every Day | Forbes Contributor
I swear this is what Google are sounding like to me right now:
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Thread ‘Like Xbox Live Gold,’ Google Stadia Sounds Worse And Worse Every Day | Forbes Contributor
And STEREO sound.
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Thread As a kid, did you ever have that game you never owned, but loved to play at a friend's house?
Sonic the Hedgehog on Genesis. It was *the* game that made me wonder for a while if I had made a mistake rooting for the SNES, judging by how fast it was and how many ”things” it could display on screen at once, especially when breaking capsules at the end levels and seeing this many animals coming out and bouncing out of them. It might seem trivial nowadays, but even back then my 8-year-old mind could comprehend how this very specific aspect was superior to a SNES. Whenever I got to play it, I never had enough time to get past the underwater zone, which I felt was unfairly hard at the time. I wished my friend could lend me he Genesis so I could get to play Sonic as long as I wanted to so I could get further. This wouldn’t happen until emulators got around to being good and full speed. Funnily enough, when we both got Mortal Kombat 2 for our respective consoles, that’s when I knew I had made the right choice in asking my parents for a SNES.
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Thread Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Drift – Lawsuit has begun
So far this issue is following the exact, exact same pattern as the Xbox 360 RROD, detractors and all. They will have no choice but to take action sooner or later, because eventually they will deem the bad press to be detrimental to their bottom end. If they know what’s good for them, it will be sooner rather than later. Someone needs to wake them up, and fast.
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Thread I’m surprised there isn’t an official D-Pad Joy Con available
In hindsight, this post is so funny! “Pro model”
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Thread The Super Nintendo Was Perfect
What's sad is that in the arcades, it mostly was. Early 3D games like Daytona USA, Virtua Fighter, Ridger Racer, House of the Dead, etc. were running at a buttery smooth 60fps. But obviously, those machines had much more power than your average home console...
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Thread Stadia Reddit AMA: ''Stadia Pro isn't “Netflix for Games” ...a closer comparison would be like Xbox Live Gold or Playstation Plus''
Yeah, 1080p with STEREO sound. Fucking lol.
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Thread SNES Mini Classic Hacking | More games, more borders, more gooder.
It's essentially unbrickable. Go nuts! We've not heard of a single person permanently screwing up their console. You can always revert to factory state.
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Thread Bloodstained on the Switch is the single worst port of a game I've ever played.
These are not limited to the Switch port. I've experienced all of these on the base PS4 version as well. It's absolutely shameful the state this game released in. You can tell they had to rush this out the door at all costs, polish be damned.
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Thread Octopath traveler is such a good game
Also the environments cruelly lacked interactive setpieces. All the environments in the game were totally static and devoid of interest beyond their look. No moving pieces, no switches that activate things, no puzzles, no platforms, no objects to interact with, no changes. Totally static.
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Thread Octopath traveler is such a good game
It's a really good game, but everything dragged on for far too long. Sure, you don't HAVE to play all stories and characters, but completing the entire content the game has to offer shouldn't see you engage in such repetitive, drawn-out sequences. Every story setpiece is the exact same structure every time, with no surprises, no variations. Every dungeon is essentially the same totally linear path with some tiny branching "secrets". Every fight ends up boiling down to the same pattern. It got really boring after a while.
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Thread Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Drift – Class Action Investigation
Oh please. The entire internet, this forum included, has been on fire about JoyCon drift issues for a good while now. This is Xbox 360 RROD levels of bad. And during RROD debacle back then there were also detractors like you claiming it was all just circumstancial. Those detractors even had ammo in the form of MS outputting a public statement claiming it was just a tiny percentage, well within expected values. Then the bomb blew up. We're witnessing the same thing, again.
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Thread Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Drift – Class Action Investigation
If Nintendo know what is good for them, they should do like Microsoft did with the RROD and offer free JoyCon fixing/replacement for everyone. But more importantly: They should redesign the JoyCons so they don't suffer from that problem to begin with, so that issued replacements will be safe from it.Wait, what? Iwata was in charge when they designed the Switch.
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Thread TV Displays and Tech Thread |OT2| There Is No Perfect TV ™ (Read The OP)
By then we'll have MicroLED and it won't be a problem anymore. You'll just need one TV.
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Thread Baffling game design decisions
Thankfully it's being fixed in the next patch. I'll never understand how this got in to begin with. This is such a basic UX consideration. Even just a few hours of playtesting sessions should have highlighted this issue as a major point of confusion/friction with users.
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Thread "Picross Lord of the Nazarick" announced for Nintendo Switch, made by Jupiter, Picross X Overlord, released WW on July 25th
Konami's Pixel Puzzle Collection was my first ever exposure to Picross. It has shittons of puzzles (which I'm nearing completion of) and it was free (with ads). Other than what seems to be higher production values, why should I be paying this much for what seems to be the exact same gameplay? Am I missing something?
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Thread New regular Switch model with upgraded battery life announced! Same price, launches end of August (Old model: 2.5-6.5 hours, New model: 4.5-9.0 hours)
It's crazy. On one hand you've got people acting like two years ago is short enough for early adopters to get screwed over, and on the other you've got people thinking that two years is ages ago and already asking for a Switch 2 with PS4-like graphics and 512GB of internal storage that wouldn't exist for under $799. (And they would probably say that price is unacceptable, too).
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Thread [Kotaku] Joy-Con Drift Is Becoming A Real Problem On The Switch
It's kind of incredible how much of a piece of crap the joycons are, between that and their finicky desync problems. I can't believe the price that Nintendo sells them at.
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Thread One of the most infuriating discussions is of "having a type"
It sounds like you're frustrated because you've been told "you're not my type" often. It happens to everyone, and not everyone gets to win at the dating game. Like that one other poster in this thread said: My type would not create a thread like this. Your being angry at what other people's preferences are is probably part of why a lot people wouldn't want to associate. You can't shape people's preferences and it's not something that people consciously decide or have control over, much like sexual attraction or preferences.
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Thread Which fourth generation "Classic" Mini has the best pre-installed library?
I like how you singled out only just two games out of the whole lot to try and make a point, when my point was that it's the sum of all those games together that make the SNES Classic the best lineup overall. Just because one mini console has ONE game in ONE genre/series that is marginally better (and even that's arguable), doesn't suddenly make it the best mini console. As for the games you singled out: Contra HC is nice, yes, but way too hard to be accessible or fun. I've had much more fun playing Contra 3 overall. Contra HC is an exercise in frustration and feels unfair. And don't you start moving the goalpost with hacks, rewind, or the Japanese version. Yes, Rondo of Blood is superior, but it's pretty much the only game on the TG-16 mini that I'd rank in the same ballpark as the SNES Classic lineup. The rest are wholly unimpressive. So that's one game. Whoopty-doo!
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Thread Nintendo Deleted a Very Popular ‘Mario Maker 2' Stage Without Explanation - Waypoint
It was included in the SNES Classic.
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Thread Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD lands on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on October 29, 2019 (Steam coming Winter 2019)
Uh... this has got to be the worst, most boring teaser/trailer I've ever seen for a game. It also serves to encapsulate most of what is wrong with many videogame cutscenes having terrible pacing and editing. Yikes.
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Thread Which fourth generation "Classic" Mini has the best pre-installed library?
SNES Classic and it's not even close. Zelda, Super Metroid, Mario World, Yoshi's Island, DKC, FF6, Megaman X, Contra, Castlevania... I mean these are all absolute masterpieces of their genre. Timeless classics.
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Thread Details about "New" Switch revision via OS datamine (LPDDR4x RAM, modest GPU performance boost, no "Pro" model in sight)
I hope that the "New" Switch also has some other improvements that we haven't heard about or can't be found through the OS, like Joy-cons with stronger antennas that don't desync or drop inputs if you so much as just stare at them, or that don't drift.
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Thread "PlayStation 5 Will Be Dead on Arrival with Sony's 'Hardcore Gamer' Strategy"
What the hell is it lately with all those op-eds that are super positive about Microsoft's future and super negative about Sony's future? I swear it's like Microsoft has put forth some sort of major media bribery campaign in place to swerve the public opinion in their favor. It can't just be coincidence.
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Thread Pachter: Nintendo Will Release Handheld-Only Switch Model In 2019; PS4, Xbox One To Receive Price Cuts
Yeah but they’re not worth anywhere near close to that. If Nintendo sells a standalone Switch for $100 less, they’re going to be sold at a loss. Nintendo doesn’t do that.
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Thread Pachter: Nintendo Will Release Handheld-Only Switch Model In 2019; PS4, Xbox One To Receive Price Cuts
The dock is a cheap-ass plastic shell that's almost worthless. There's no more than $5 worth of material in it.
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Thread Is Nintendo not using voice-acting-unions unethical?
Well then I’m sure you’ll be delighted to know that most of the AAA industry is looking with great interest at advancements in speech synthesis as a way to entirely cut out having to hire voice actors at all in the not-too-distant future. This is coming faster than you think. Hell if they could press a button and have a game entirely generated automatically for them without any human interaction, they would. Thankfully, that’s still much further off...
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Thread EA Doesn't Like Being Seen As The Bad Guy? Too Bad! (The Jimquisition)
It's a weird thing, isn't it? Also applies to most celebrities. Doesn't matter that you're a wifebeater, you made some good music therefore a good portion of your fanbase will stick around and keep buying your shit. Doesn't matter that you scammed kids out of money from your secretly self-advertised illegal CSGO lotto website, you're making funny videos so a good bunch of your subscriber base stays on. People are willing to step all over their morals pretty easily when something benefits and fulfills their own personal needs. It's almost as if corporations themselves were made up of these peop... oh...
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Thread I don't understand Nintendo's handling of F-Zero
They already have a Mario Kart and it's selling exceedingly well. It's like saying "Why make a Mario Golf when you can make another Mario Tennis?".
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Thread CTR Nitro Fueled includes a racially insensitive skin for Tawna [see staff post: discussion guidelines]
Wow I can’t imagine this is anything other than an unintentional mistake based on ignorance. I’m from Quebec, where the game was made, and I have honestly never heard of this stereotype before the existence of this thread. Now that I know, though, I hope the message will reach them and that they’ll change it. Yikes!
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Thread Streaming will become the most economical way to play the latest games (and succeed because of it)
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Thread Streaming will become the most economical way to play the latest games (and succeed because of it)
Yeah no OP. I checked and to be able to have an internet connection good enough to support Stadia Pro, I would have to pay my ISP $25 more per month than I currently do. Over the course of a typical console generation of 6 years, that's $1,800. I could afford at least four PS5's with that kind of money. It's not a good proposition no matter how you look at it. At least not with the current internet infrastructure/prices in North America.
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Thread TV Displays and Tech Thread |OT2| There Is No Perfect TV ™ (Read The OP)
Who cares? Next-gen consoles are all going to run games at 4K anyway.
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Thread Alright, let's settle this — Which is better: Super Mario Bros. 2 or Super Mario Bros. 2
The one that's not a cruel sadistic needlessly hard prank on the player.
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Thread Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night |OT| We Have Paid Our Tribute, Igavania Is Resurrected
Oh thank god!! Also props for fixing items getting stuck in geometry! That was one of the other main beefs I had with it!
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Thread TV Displays and Tech Thread |OT2| There Is No Perfect TV ™ (Read The OP)
Very useful. There is zero degradation.
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Thread Polygon: How a former Microsoft Researcher could have ruined Halo 2's multiplayer
This is a prime example of users and focus group mentality not knowing what is actually good for them and stifling originality and innovation. Don't wonder why games out of the AAA industry all seem to be playing it so safe and being so samey these days. Kudos to Bungie! This is similar to what happened to many social websites pre-Facebook that caved in to users clamoring for full profile page customization, only to turn them into monstrous insufferable piles of hot stinking garbage with auto-playing music, horrible designs, broken UX, etc. This is the kind of shit that killed myspace. You should be very careful about listening to users and the kind of feedback you derive from them. This is in great part why I admire Nintendo for sticking to their guns of providing next to zero options in their games: You don't need to adjust the volume of every type of audio, because it's already been done for you. Simplicity of use is king. This is also why Apple got so big with the iPhone.
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Thread Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night |OT| We Have Paid Our Tribute, Igavania Is Resurrected
Why in the fuck did they assign the place/remove marker function to Circle button on the map screen? In other menu screen, Circle is used to go back. But oh no, not on this screen. I always end up accidentally adding markers without meaning to. Just one day of observing players playtesting the game should have brought up this very obvious issue. It's crazy how rough around the edges this game is in some aspects.
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Thread Basic design issues that were solved decades ago but still for some reason exist
Yeah getting on/off the horse is absolute garbage when you compare it to Zelda BOTW. Both you and the horse have to be at a complete standstill, you have to stand in the right spot next to it, press the button and then watch the stiffest robotic animation ever, then wait for it to completely finish until you can do anything. In Zelda? Approach the horse from whichever direction, press the button within a generous range, and bam. Link just does magic and works out a smooth transition animation to hop on the horse without breaking flow for both himself or the horse’s momentums, and this can happen while both are in motion. It’s not even funny how amateur Witcher 3 seems in comparison.
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Thread What’s up with kids running scams on Fortnite?
What the fuck, this is has got to be staged. How dumb is the kid to say "scammer get scammed" even before getting his hands what he's trying to steal, TWICE? How can he use the "finger slipped" excuse after so blatantly after just laying his cards? No one can be so dumb. The whole exchange seems very staged.
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Thread The 11 foot 8 bridge
I wonder if truck rental companies in the area charge a steep premium insurance fee to cover for all the trucks they had destroyed by this bridge? You have to wonder if the truck rental employees are trained to absolutely make sure to mention the existence of this bridge whenever someone rents a truck?
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Thread The Messenger |OT| Ninja in a Cursed World
The performance issues are quite annoying. The game always starts to stutter if you've been playing consecutively for any decent amount of time and only putting the console on Sleep and resuming. So far I had to restart the software 3 times because it had started becoming sluggish. It's leaking something quite badly. I hope they end up patching this...
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Thread The Messenger |OT| Ninja in a Cursed World
Yeah I encountered that as well but restarting the game fixes them. So it seems like the game starts leaking when playing for a while. Hope they fix it in a patch.
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Thread Phil Harrison: Google Stadia's Data Cap Challenge Will Be Solved By ISPs
But then you’re stuck with stereo sound instead of 5.1. No thank you.
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Thread Ubisoft's numbers say subtitles are really jolly popular
I usually turn them on, but not because I want to, but because the sound mix is so bad that often it'll be hard to understand what's being said. God of War 4 is one recent example where the sound mix is so good I haven't felt any need to turn them on. No matter how far away characters (mostly Atreus) are from your position, the game keeps their voice volume at an audible level at all times. Really love the attention to detail.
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Thread It's mowing season and how many acres do you have to mow
Spending absolutely zero time on building maintenance so that I can fully focus on exciting non-minimum-wage activities instead? Dreadful.
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Thread How to enjoy Hollow Knight?
Glad I'm not the only one. What bothered me the most (on top of being repetitive) is how simple the terrain geometry is. There are never any slopes or curves. If you were to strip out the art and see only the terrain collision, all you'd see is rectangles with 90 degree angles. Even Super Metroid had plenty of slopes and curves.
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Thread SNES Mini Classic Hacking | More games, more borders, more gooder.
Still I wish that the RetroArch crew would figure out or reverse engineer what sort of wizardry Nintendo is using to get input lag to be so incredibly low. Clearly it’s technically *possible*. They just don’t know how. My uneducated guess is that RetroArch and/or the emulators within rely on external rendering libraries or APIs on which they have little control and that add layers of execution which translates into input lag, whereas Nintendo is custom-coding everything directly to the metal.
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Thread Stadia, Subscriptions, And The Death Of Game Ownership (The Jimquisition)
Yeah no. As if 1080p wasn’t bad enough, it’s also STEREO. This is the biggest kick in the balls. I’ve been gaming in 5.1 since the original Xbox days and I’m not about to get anything which limits me to a fucking STEREO sound stream. What is this, the 1980s?
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Thread Over 2 years later & the Switch dock's USB 3.0 port hasn't been enabled, what happened?
Then why not remove the LED component from the manufacturing process?? Why is it still included in controllers manufactured in 2019? The component by itself must be pretty cheap but once you multiply it by the amount of controllers built, it has to add up to a substantial sum.
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Thread Over 2 years later & the Switch dock's USB 3.0 port hasn't been enabled, what happened?
They also have yet to make any sort of use of the LED on the controller home button. They’re spending god knows how much on having it built into every joycon and pro controller, and all for no reason. I’ll never understand Nintendo...
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Thread TV Displays and Tech Thread |OT2| There Is No Perfect TV ™ (Read The OP)
Yeah no, I'm in Canada and the Canadian Best Buy doesn't have it for sale. And I don't have an employee discount. That's not what I'm asking about. When in next year(s) will be the lowest I can have it for?
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Thread TV Displays and Tech Thread |OT2| There Is No Perfect TV ™ (Read The OP)
Similar to the previous poster: The Samsung Q90R pretty much sounds like the dream TV I've been waiting for, but its launch price is kind of excessive. How long will it be until it goes on a significant sale and how much of a discount % can I expect? When should I look for the best deals? Black Friday? Boxing Day? Other?
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Thread If you were to subscribe to EVERY gaming subscription service, how much would it be?
Who even has the kind of time required to play so many games?
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Thread EA: They’re not loot boxes, they’re “surprise mechanics,” and they’re “quite ethical”
"It's not murder, it's a surprise end-of-life mechanic!"
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Thread Hollow Knight's weird map mechanic is driving me insane
Yeah that was my all-around main gripe with the game in general: There's a really great game to be found in there, but so many of the design decisions seem to only exist for the purpose of making your existence painful and miserable, or making the game longer and more tedious than it ever needs to be. I can enjoy a certain level of masochism (cue Bloodborne), but this is just way too much.
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Thread Bernie Sanders pushes for gaming industry unionization
If games can only be at the price they currently are on the back of abuse, mistreatment, threats, burnouts, terrible work-life balance, and little job security, then we don't deserve games to be this cheap. Stop thinking about nothing other than your own bellybutton.
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Thread Platinum boss Atsushi Inaba unimpressed by PS5/Scarlett: "It's more of the same"
I miss when it was possible for games to augment your console’s capabilities by bundling hardware within the games themselves. This will never happen again. :(
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Thread Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night |OT| We Have Paid Our Tribute, Igavania Is Resurrected
Welp it’s Tuesday morning and my PS4 backer code still isn’t available on my backer page. What the hell!
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Thread Why is the dialogue in KH3 so stilted?
It’s not just Kingdom Hearts though. Most videogames have their dialogue spoken in such a slow, disjointed, and unnatural manner that it’s just jarring and annoying. I don’t understand why that is. It’s not a technological constraint that’s for sure.
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Thread Online ID change on PSN feature officially launches later today
They used your actual username as your unique identifier. I can't fathom how whoever originally designed their systems thought this was a good idea. Games used your username string in their routines to identify you, stamp your data with, recognize your purchases, etc, If your username changes, the game no longer thinks it's you, so all that goes out the window. It's beyond fucked up.
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Thread What exactly does the walk from checkpoint to bossfight add to the design of the Soulsborne games?
Punishment. It's intended to make you rethink your strategy, change up equipment, etc, as opposed to just being able to spam a boss until you get lucky and win. It increases the feeling of satisfaction once you finally defeat it.
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Thread What's the First Game to Prove to You that Sequels aren't Always Better?
Super Mario Bros. 2, obviously. It wasn't a game by any means, but it didn't have that something special that made Super Mario Bros., well, It explains why I breathed such a sigh of relief and was in pure awe the moment I saw that Super Mario Bros. 3 went back to the original style.
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Thread Can the original SNES Donkey Kong Country graphics be recreated in realtime with today's machines?
No kidding! Real-time graphics were never meant to try and reproduce this specific style and have even surpassed it in many different respects. It’s also interesting to consider that real-time graphics you see in games today use copious amounts of Level of Detail (LOD) to render less polys the further away something is from the camera, lowering its detail. Those kinds of renders didn’t have to even consider such limitations!
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Thread Can the original SNES Donkey Kong Country graphics be recreated in realtime with today's machines?
Keep in mind that’s when they were modeling those shots, they could interact with them in real time using only the wireframes and quickly generating low-quality versions to get an idea of what they were doing. Then they’d send them to the render machine for hours and pray it turned out as good as they imagined.
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Thread Can the original SNES Donkey Kong Country graphics be recreated in realtime with today's machines?
By having them take an entire day (if not more) for $75,000 mainframes to render a single image.
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Thread Can the original SNES Donkey Kong Country graphics be recreated in realtime with today's machines?
Close, but not faithfully, no. Those renders used nurbs instead of polygons, so you’re never going to be able to get something that looks this perfectly round across the board in real-time. Edit: also we’d need real-time ray tracing of that quality for this level of lighting and shadow detail and precision. We’re going to get closer next-gen, but not quite there yet either.
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Thread Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night |OT| We Have Paid Our Tribute, Igavania Is Resurrected
It looks amazing! Can’t wait for all the “It’s gonna be another Mighty No. 9” naysayers to be proven wrong!
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Thread No Metroid Prime 4 info at E3 again - are you concerned?
I mean, they just this year announced that the development was restarted from scratch. What did you expect? Games of that caliber take 3-4 years to develop from original brainstorm to final product, if not more. I would expect they're not going to have to show until E3 2021 at the earliest. And if they show something before that, it's going to be a "target" type pre-rendered cinematic.
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Thread SNES Mini Classic Hacking | More games, more borders, more gooder.
Sounds about what a professional localization team would do versus a fan translation.
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Thread (CNET) Phil Spencer: Project Scarlett likely isn't the last console. Best way to play games is on local device.
Never say never. Give it 20 years, more or less. Think back to how fast/reliable your internet was 20 years ago. Now extrapolate 20 years into the future. We'll be streaming all over the place like there's no tomorrow.
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Thread Trials of Mana (SNES version) |OT| 24 years in the making
So is that like a StarFox 2 case where the officially-translated versions already existed but were shelved and just now released, or did they just recently hack the Japanese ROM to create this translation?
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Thread CrossCode announced for Switch - do not sleep on this game, ERA !
- Trailer where I can't understand what the fuck is going on. - So many health damage numbers that can't see anything else. - Pervy fan service. - Saturday morning anime garbage. I'll pass.
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Thread Yoshinori Kitase on number of games in FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE series: "We don't know ourselves"
This is why they should've kept this to a smaller scope and just remade the original with modern graphics/sound, no voice acting, exactly like how Nintendo is remaking Link's Awakening. Then we could've had the full game in one go. But nooooo....
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Thread Famitsu Update : Final Fantasy 7 Remake is not in two BD discs
Doesn't matter. If the box that lands on shelves doesn't mention it, then you can bet many more casual people will feel cheated and ripped off. It hasn't been mentioned in way shape or form during this entire E3 reveal. It's not mentioned on the box. It's not mentioned on any of the promo posters. It's not mentioned
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Thread Nintendo Direct: E3 2019 |OT| Redacted by Request of Nintendo’s Legal Team
It's crazy how much was suspiciously absent from this direct... - No Retro Studios. (It's been 5 years!!) - No Bayonetta 3. - No Town from GameFreaks. - I didn't expect Metroid Prime 4 just yet. But Metroid would've been nice. - Absolutely updates whatesoever concerning NSO. No new features? They're still going to dripfeed us NES games for the next year? No SNES games? Anything?? Not even a Tetris 99 update? No other surprises like Tetris 99? Dr. Mario 99 or Puzzle League 99 would have been so perfect. - No mention of Switch Mini/Pro. - No OS upgrades. What else?
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Thread The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel announced
I knew they had put way too much time and work into that engine for it to be used in only one game!
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Thread FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE Trailer for FFVII - A Symphonic Reunion
Precisely. Which is why a proper remake shouldn’t have had any. Nor an action-based combat system. Nor ghosts where there were no ghosts before. Etc etc etc.
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Thread FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE Trailer for FFVII - A Symphonic Reunion
I don’t remember the first 45 minutes of the original being filled with corny voice acting of characters going “argh!” “ugh!” “ack!” “yaargh!” “ahhh!” over and over...
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Thread FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE Trailer for FFVII - A Symphonic Reunion
They should call this “reimagining” instead of “remake”. This is no remake. It fails to capture the soul, essence, feel, or whimsical magic of the original. This is a completely different original game vaguely based on the happenings of the first. What’s with all the character pain barks? This is stupidly nuts. I hate this.
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Thread An Influencer With 2 Million Followers Couldn't Sell 36 T-Shirts...
Boy that’s one ugly-ass brand and some ugly-ass clothes if I’ve ever seen them... maybe make something that’s actually desirable next time?
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Thread Game devs of Resetera, how do leaks impact your work?
They don’t impact work, personally, but they’re a pretty big downer to the whole organization. It’s palpable. Sometimes you have stuff like reveal exclusivity deal$$$$$ with some publications and if that leaks, it becomes worthless and a breach of contract. In the case of events like E3, marketing has to scramble to readjust the messaging. It’s a big hassle and can be a substantial financial hit.
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Thread Looking back on Banjo-Kazooie (N64, media heavy)
This game was an absolute wonder when it came out! I simply couldn't comprehend how Rare were able to make such a non-blurry N64 game with blending textures that seemed to be higher-res than anything I had ever seen on the system prior (and after). It was a technical marvel to witness and the gameplay and level design were just as impeccable and memorable. It's a shame they inevitably got caught up in the "bigger is better" mentality for the sequel. It's like they were never able to properly grasp what made this game so good in the first place.
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Thread Yooka Laylee and the Impossible Lair announced (2D platformer with top down overworld)
Glad I'm not the only one who thinks so. Hey Fix your physics!! You have time!
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Thread Yooka Laylee and the Impossible Lair announced (2D platformer with top down overworld)
There's something I can't quite put my finger on with their collision engine or the feedback that interactions between the characters and objects/environment produce. A sort of weightlessness or disconnect, or lack of "umpf" that makes everything the characters do seem like they lack punch. Also why is the footage at 30fps? This better be 60fps...
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Thread Yooka Laylee and the Impossible Lair announced (2D platformer with top down overworld)
IS THAT NEW DAVID WISE MUSIC I'M HEARING!? Edit: At least this one won't need signposts to guide you around a confusing nonsensical maze hub.
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Thread Google Stadia Pro (4K/60, 5.1 surround) $9.99 a month. Stadia Base (1080/60) requires no subscription.
I currently have a 15mpbs / 300GB data monthly plan for $38 CDN, which is plenty enough for most of my gaming and movie/TV streaming needs. If I want to move into Stadia Pro territory, I'd have to pick the 60mpbs/unlimited data plan, which racks up the bill to $63 CDN. That's $25 more, monthly, that I would have to pay. That's $300/year more. Assuming a full console generation of around 6 years, that's $1,800 in total. Imagine how many PS5's I could buy with all that money instead. So no. Fuck this. Google needs to get all ISPs to severely drop their prices before this becomes even remotely viable for the average gamer.
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Thread Will you buy Google Stadia?
Not until we can get input lag that equals or is better than physical consoles and not until ISPs have reasonable prices for the kind of bandwidth and data caps that this requires.
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Thread Google Stadia Pro (4K/60, 5.1 surround) $9.99 a month. Stadia Base (1080/60) requires no subscription.
To be fair, this is a console that is more powerful than any console that you could possibly own, and has a bunch of other neat advantages such as no installs, downloads, big patches, etc. You're comparing oranges and apples. (Not that I'm advocating Stadia either, it also has major drawbacks).
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Thread [Rumor/leak?] Lapresse.ca details the Google Stadia price, release date, launch details, line-up
Again: They are a professional well-respected journalistic institution. They wouldn't let Google manipulate them into publishing "fake" information to gauge public reaction. If they found out Google used them in this fashion, bridges would be burned. It's a lose-lose proposition. Journalists typically receive press releases days in advance so they can write their pieces in advance to be published when the embargo is up. It's way more probable they just incorrectly set the embargo date/time in their database.
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Thread [Rumor/leak?] Lapresse.ca details the Google Stadia price, release date, launch details, line-up
Nah La Presse are a professional well-respected institution. No way this is fake.
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Thread [Rumor/leak?] Lapresse.ca details the Google Stadia price, release date, launch details, line-up
Streaming would be an attractive proposition if it ended up being significantly cheaper than buying physical, but now you're telling me I need a subscription PLUS buying full-priced games PLUS exploding my ISP monthly fees to have enough bandwidth speed and cap to cope? Yeah, no. Better luck next time, Google!
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Thread People Are Sick Of How Crap The Nintendo Switch's Online Offerings Are (Jim Sterling video)
He's right. Nintendo's drip-feed approach is garbage. So is their intent on sticking to old NES games that no one gives a fuck about. Seriously, Volleyball? I assume they have metrics in place to see how much people are playing these games and that should tell them something, but clearly it doesn't. Assuming they're going to start drip-feeding SNES games next, at this rate we'll never even reach N64, GBA, DS, let alone GameCube titles before the console dies and the cycle starts anew again. Fucking Nintendo, sometimes...
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Thread Angry Video Game Nerd |OT| ASSimilated by the worst games of all time
Like most mysterious urban legends or creepypastas, it became popular and fascinated the collective consciousness of gamers due to how creepy and mysterious it sounded. So obviously people started talking about it, some people went on investigations to find out if it really existed, some threw oil on the fire by elaborating “believable” hoaxes. Its popularity is no different than that of any other urban legend, like the Lochness Monster. There is no credible trace of it ever having ever existed.
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Thread Sega Mega Drive/Genesis Mini Update: All 42 Games, Main Menu, Carrying Case, Add-On Prop of Sega CD, 32X, etc.
I really hope this thing is as easily hackable as the SNES Classic was and that the default emulator is solid enough to handle most additions, just so we can add the obvious omissions, such as Sonic 3 & K. Sadly though native on-the-fly lock-on cart changing probably won't be supported. That was one of the best features of the Wii VC release of Sonic 3 & K. :(
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Thread Poll: Are indie games today overall better then SNES games?
This. Exactly this. Indies are making great games, no doubt, but they’re not outclassing the SNES’ top games by a fair margin.
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Thread How much do you care about framerate?
The poll options don’t cover all possible cases. I haven’t skipped games altogether for running at 30fps, however if the same game exists at 30fps and 60fps on different consoles, I will always go for 60fps.
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Thread Name a trend that you dislike in todays gaming
- Crafting in every game. - RPG elements in every game. - Game maps with so many markers you get discouraged just looking at them. - This type of sidequest? Do it 100+ times with barely any variation. - Giant worlds that look like a bunch of copy/paste into eternity. - Finding tons of useless items that are just a slightly different compromise to the one you already have. - Roguelike. - Loot boxes. - GaaS. - Procedurally-generated. - “Free-to-play” - Full-price games shipping in Early-Access state.
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Thread SNES Mini Classic Hacking | More games, more borders, more gooder.
Yeah no Chrono’s music is just leaps and bounds above Terranigma it’s not even funny. Keep playing Chrono more. Otherwise they’re legit first impressions.
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Thread TV Displays and Tech Thread |OT2| There Is No Perfect TV ™ (Read The OP)
What I like the most about this video is that you can clearly see the lower input latency on the Q90R whenever the scene changes.
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Thread Which platform are you buying Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night for?
PS4. I won't have anything less than 60fps for this game.
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Thread Death Stranding launches on November 8, 2019 (Release date trailer) [New Footage in Japanese Trailer]
Reminds me of something... Kojima is literally making a futuristic post-apocalyptic version of this game.
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Thread Death Stranding launches on November 8, 2019 (Release date trailer) [New Footage in Japanese Trailer]
The trailer did nothing to alleviate my fears that this game is going to have major amounts of tedium. All that walking around these gigantic open repetitive procedurally-generated-looking environments looks like it's going to become boring very quickly, for the very same reason that Red Dead 2 was completely unappealing to me. The action sequences looked neat, and so does the originality and strangeness of it all, but man am I going to wait for reviews before plunging.
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Thread Playstation Twitch stream now live and teasing Death Stranding
Ha! French YouTuber le Joueur du Grenier did the exact same joke in one of his skits: (scrub to 11:13 if timestamp doesn't work)
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Thread U.S. Senator Introduces Bill To Ban Loot Boxes And Pay-To-Win Microtransactions
I strongly hope this passes. These practices are awful and predatory and have no business to exist in video games. I assume that the stock of many companies will go down since they've been making so much money from this alone.
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Thread Veterans from Rare's "golden era" of game development announce Tamarin for PS4 and PC
Uh...
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Thread Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night | Official Update Thread
Agreed. I assume the song fits in the game, but it's not something I'd like to hear every single time I go to the home menu or boot my PS4. :/
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Thread TV Displays and Tech Thread |OT2| There Is No Perfect TV ™ (Read The OP)
Does it crush stars as badly as Rtings made it seem? It’s the only thing that’s turning me off from buying this TV
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Thread TV Displays and Tech Thread |OT2| There Is No Perfect TV ™ (Read The OP)
Nice! What did you set local dimming to?
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Thread Robin Beanland (Rare) wins an Ivor Novello Award for Best Original Video Game Score with 'Sea of Thieves'
Robin Beanland is amazing! Second only to David Wise. Killer Instinct, Jet Force Gemini, Conker, and now this. Pure bliss!
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Thread Final Fantasy VII 'Remako HD' backgrounds mod released [PC]
Hot takes: - Man FF7 had beautiful, beautiful art for its time. It has that "early days of CGI" schtick to it, but arguably a lot of it has aged a much better than stuff like DKC, for example. You wouldn't even dream of having a full-3D game with that much variety today, if only for the fact that costs would be astronomic. - That upscale tech is insane, but some stuff looks off in places. Hopefully it gets even better with time! - Those HD 3D models are just awful. Burn them with fire! Ew.
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Thread Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night | Official Update Thread
Boy this looks rough. Why don't environments cast any shadows? I hope this is just because it's still beta. This can't be right.
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Thread Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night | Official Update Thread
It's so weird how uneven the graphics are across this trailer. Some places look nice, but others have this sort of flatness and cheapness to them like there's no light source or no shading or something. It reminds me of Dreamcast graphics in places.
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Thread Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night | Official Update Thread
Their design is just lines and fills. Can be done very quickly. It’s a bazillion times less complex and detailed than pixel-per-pixel SOTN sprites:
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Thread Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night | Official Update Thread
It looks like blurry Flash vector art. There’s almost zero detail in the chracter’s sprite. Just lines.
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Thread George R.R. Martin has confirmed he has "consulted" on a game from Japan. [Rumoured to be collab. with From Software]
Holy christ. Just how big is From Software nowadays? It feels like that have grown into a behemoth capable of having up to 3-4 simultaneous games in development.
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Thread Joycons are terrible
Anecdotal much? Here's a list of my systems that didn't have any issues at launch: - NES. - GB. - SNES. - GBC. - N64. - GBA. - DS - GameCube. - 3DS - Wii U Those that did have issues: - Wii (flashing/colored pixels) - Switch (Desynching joycon) How is that "most"?
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Thread Joycons are terrible
Drifting and disconnections (or drops) should not be bundled together, as they're two different problems. Drifting happens as the result of the sticks wearing out over time. However the disconnections are intermittent and seem to wildly depend on the electrical equipment near your Switch. Disconnections only happen when the joycon is in wireless mode. It never happens when it's physically connected to the Switch. I assume it stops sending through wireless and directly communicates input through the connector.
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Thread Joycons are terrible
Yup my right joycon from my Super Mario Odyssey bundle keeps either delaying or entirely dropping inputs randomly once in a while. How do you mess this up? Surprising that this comes from Nintendo, who are usually very cautious about controls in all aspects of their game and hardware. How did they not catch this in test labs where multiple Switches co-exist with tons of other interfering hardware?
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Thread Games you remember, names you don't
OH YES!! That’s exactly it! Wow!! Thank you! Holy hell I vividly remember that map generation screen, no doubt about it! I can’t believe the article says the map generation process took just one hour on a 386 because I swear I left that thing running overnight on my 486 and it wasn’t done in the morning! It must mean that either something was very wrong with the game disks, or that maybe my PC at the time (a Compaq Presario) had something very unusual about it (because, I mean, all other games ran just fine)... Quite a shame because it looked like something way ahead of its time, but now looking at the screenshots I’m not sure I’d even want to play it.
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Thread Games you remember, names you don't
I'm trying to find the name of an old PC game that I vaguely remember from being a kid, mostly because I never ended up playing it. I think it was some plane or helicopter game. I was trying to install it on my 486 PC with a whole 4 or 8 MB ram. I remember that throughout the installation process, the game would generate various maps (landscapes) that I assume were levels for the game. I have no idea because this painstakingly slow process would go on for hours and hours and I never saw the end of it, even after letting the game generate them for an entire night. You could see them getting drawn as they were getting generated. At some point I just gave up and assumed my computer was too slow to run this game anyway considering how long this map generation process was taking. Does anyone know what game this is? I never got to know what it actually looks/plays like in gameplay. Thanks!
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Thread Insider: "Xbox Anaconda aims to be the clearly better performing device" compared to PS5
My best guess is that MS will lift a few pages from the mobile phone industry’s playbook. They’ve been very smart about heavily investing in and building up their services and subscription game. They’ll probably be able to sell the console at the same (or lower) price as the PS5 by subsidizing the cost through a multi-year Game Pass subscription or something along those lines. Just watch them.
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Thread Sonic the Hedgehog - First Trailer
I'm guessing this was actually part of the reasoning behind the design: They're going to want to merchandise the shit out of this thing, so I wouldn't be surprised if its shape was influenced by how easy it would be to adapt it to onesies, costumes, mascots, etc.
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Thread Sonic the Hedgehog - First Trailer
This is just... I'm speechless at how bad this looks and at wondering what kind of societal dysfunction has led to something like this existing in the first place.
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Thread Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night 720p/30fps Handheld, Dynamic 720p/30fps + Enhanced Visual Effects Docked; 60fps XB1/PS4; 4k for One X/Pro
Uh they ran at 60 fps most of the time still. For the very few moments where they did slow down, they didn’t skip frames, they didn’t turn into 30fps games. They were locked at a 60fps refresh. You were still getting your 60 frames, just .
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Thread Has a game ever caused you physical pain (eye pain, nausea, vertigo)?
When I was young StarFox on SNES would inevitably give me vertigo after a few minutes, to the point where I had to lie down on the couch. The game was so much fun though that I would often try to return to it once in a while, in hopes that my body would end up acclimating itself to it. And sure enough, it eventually did. Then I got just one similar episode of vertigo from Super Mario 64, and then never since. So it’s been over 20 years without that happening and I’m very thankful for it. My biggest fear with StarFox was always that it would never go away and start happening with other games, meaning that there would exist games that I’d never be able to play. Phew!
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Thread Why/how has Nintendo not done a Joycon recall?
The joycons are absolute pieces of shit. You cannot reliably speed run any game with them detached from the console unless you're within some few centimeters away from the base. Every once in a while you'll get some slight desync that fucks you right up. The Pro controller is a decent alternative, but has the shittiest D-Pad Nintendo has ever produced, which registers unintended diagonals. Out of all companies that I would ever expect to fuck something like this up, Nintendo was the last. Yet here we are in 2019: Nintendo has two official control methods for its console, and both of them have major obvious defects that are regressions from previous control methods they've produced. I'm just speechless.
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Thread Donkey Kong 64: Love it or hate it?
It has some qualities but mostly garbage. I would never want to touch it again. It's like an abusive husband. You think you love it but you don't realize what it's inflicting on you the whole time. It's only afterwards that you can reflect on it and remember all the horror.
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Thread Battle of classic franchises: Mega Man vs. Castlevania
Honestly I never liked how MegaMan games essentially make you lose a lot of time just replaying the same levels over and over trying to find which boss you’re supposed to do next, which one has a weakness to the new weapon you found. It disrespects the player’s time way too much for me to ever place them above Castlevania (well except Castlevania 2, which was also a good example of not respecting the player’s time)
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Thread 100 Riot Employees stage Walk-Out Protest
Then so be it. If the only way to have current-price games is by abusing a workforce and forcing them into shitty work conditions, endless crunch, tyrannical management, etc., then we don't deserve games at their current price.
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Thread Kotaku: As Cyberpunk 2077 Development Intensifies, CD Projekt Red Pledges To Be 'More Humane' To Its Workers
"You don't have to, but when contract renewals roll around, you can be certain you'll be dead last on the list."
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Thread So how many of you are running around playing FPS with inverted stick layouts?
1)At what age did this start? 2)When was the last time you tried default 3)If you have children do you let them decide on their own or do you also corrupt them with this (imo) flawed system.
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Thread Welcome to ResetEra 2.0! Report bugs here (Check "Staff Posts" at the top of the thread for updates)
On mobile, would it be possible to give Alerts its own button directly on the main page like on desktop? It sucks having to do two presses to reach them when you see that little red dot.
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Thread Dope music from obscure/forgotten video games
Space Manbow on the MSX. Little known shmup by Konami that was exclusive to the system. Like most Konami soundtrack of that era, it's simply godly. Composer legend Michiru Yamane was one of the composers on this. It shows!
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Thread Does anyone else find the PS2 era of first-person shooters to be refreshingly simple?
I really miss games with minimalist stories and hurdles to gameplay. Games where you could just jump in and start playing with no handholding and no need for a tutorial. Original Doom was the perfect incarnation of this: You hit New Game, pick a difficulty and boom: you're in. You get a nice little safe area to run around and get comfortable with the controls in, then it very incrementally throws enemies and concepts at you. I don't need that much motivation to get playing a game. "Something or someone you cherish has been stolen/kidnapped and you need to recover/rescue it" is all the motivation I need. Double Dragon on NES did this perfectly. And while the latest Yoshi's Crafted World has a little too much text for my liking, the premise is the same: Jewels stolen. Get them back. That's it. That's all I need. Let me play! Meanwhile I also miss objective-based FPSes. Something like TimeSplitters, but less wacky and more GoldenEye-y is something I feel we're never going to get to experience.
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Thread Octopath Traveler available for pre-purchase on Steam, system requirements revealed, uses Denuvo, price is $59.99
Anyone complaining about the price clearly hasn't played the game or hasn't been properly informed about it. This game is HUGE. We're talking about 120+ hours of gameplay if you're a completionist. At the very least completing all the stories will take you 80+ hours. There is an immense amount of rich story dialogue, an insane amount of towns and dungeons, one of the most beautiful soundtracks of the past gen, etc. It only looks like a "cheap" game because of its 2D-ish aesthetics. Don't let that fool you. This game is very meaty and you will get your money's worth, unless you don't actually like JRPGs.
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Thread PlayStation Classic |OT| Also Emulates 90's Europeans Envy Toward US Products
Judging from Digital Foundry’s video, it suffers from some slight slowdown which also affects the music whenever a fight starts.
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Thread A response to the Ubisoft philosophy on video games and their politics
I know right? I never wanted to eat mushrooms prior to Super Mario Bros. because I thought they looked gross. But after Super Mario Bros.? I wanted to eat them all the time!
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Thread Inferior versions of games you enjoyed just as much as the superior
Those of us who lived in the 80s and 90s arcade days had to deal with this for almost every game ever. The console version of any game you played in the arcade was going to be a total butcher job, with the only added bonus of not having to spend endless quarters to play it, and usually some more options. Although some games were improved in the gameplay department and more fairly balanced since they weren't competing for your quarters anymore. Contra NES is one rare examples where I'd rather play that than the horrible Arcade version.
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Thread Tetris 99 Big Block DLC available NOW for $9.99 (offline Marathon + Vs CPU modes / more later) + 3rd Maximus Cup w/ unlockable GB skin
I hope they release a Puzzle League DLC next :P
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Thread TV Displays and Tech Thread |OT2| There Is No Perfect TV ™ (Read The OP)
Unplayable is subjective, of course, but I know for a fact that I would be completely horrified by 39.1ms of input lag. Keep in mind that I've been keeping around my old 34" Sony Wega 1080i CRT HDTV around for that very reason. Input lag is the bane of my existence. Edit: Most TVs lately seem to be hitting 10-16ms, which is what I would deem as great. Anything above 16ms can die in a fire.
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Thread TV Displays and Tech Thread |OT2| There Is No Perfect TV ™ (Read The OP)
Well according to Rtings, the TV goes from 13.4ms in SDR to 39.1ms in HDR. So that's essentially 3x the input lag. So yeah, I would tag that as "unplayable" too.
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Thread TV Displays and Tech Thread |OT2| There Is No Perfect TV ™ (Read The OP)
So I've started taking a solid look at TVs for a purchase in the next year whenever they go on solid sale, and I'm inching towards a LCD/QLED rather than OLED, since I want absolute peace of mind regarding long-term screen burn-in. I've been looking at the various models and their differences, and I see a lot of difference regarding the Local Array Dimming feature. Notably I see numbers from 4x to 16x. But I can't find any information regarding what that unit represents. What does 4x represent? Does it mean it has only 4 different zones it can dim in the entire screen vs 16? or every 4 pixel vs 16? Or every 4 schmaggleblurg vs 16? That number literally means nothing to me. What does it represent? Can anyone point in a direction with that info? I can't find it...
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Yeah, but that's my question: Just what the resolution of 4x? What the resolution of 16x? Looking at the review of the Samsung Q90R on Rtings has me salivating, but even when it eventually gets on sale it looks like its price might be a little too hard to swallow. So I'm wondering just how much of a hit I would take visually going a little lower-end like the Q70R or equivalent.
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Thread TV Displays and Tech Thread |OT2| There Is No Perfect TV ™ (Read The OP)
Holy shit good news! Since they're saying this new model has a lot less temporary image retention problems than previous years, is there any hope that this also has any sort of positive effect on permanent burn-in as well?
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Thread TV Displays and Tech Thread |OT2| There Is No Perfect TV ™ (Read The OP)
This is true of every single year though. Every year, the next year models look like they will have something worth waiting for.
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Thread TV Displays and Tech Thread |OT2| There Is No Perfect TV ™ (Read The OP)
Yeah what the hell is this? This is highly disappointing. I was so looking forward to this. :( I haven't really been keeping up with the tech, but why would one run the TV at 60hz when it can run at 120hz with less input lag? Or is that dictated by the content? Like, for example, running a PS4 game will not be possible in the 120hz mode because it forces 60hz or something? Can someone educate me?Still would suck though, since almost nothing supports this at this time. The Samsung Q90R ( ) is able to achieve much lower input lag (between 6ms and 15ms) on all equivalent display modes.
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Thread TV Displays and Tech Thread |OT2| There Is No Perfect TV ™ (Read The OP)
You’d be kidding yourself if you think that Samsung doesn’t accompany those review sets with lenghty PR pieces highlighting the features they’d like the reviewers to cover.
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Thread TV Displays and Tech Thread |OT2| There Is No Perfect TV ™ (Read The OP)
Has there been any news since CES?
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Thanks! Maybe it had but keeping up with this thread is a bit of a mess! And whoa. Q90 looks a bit out of the price range I'm willing to pay for an LCD, so I'll be on the lookout for sales later on. Will have to settle for a Q90 or Q70 depending on sale prices. I'm so glad to see that their QLED models are also supporting the FreeSync/VRR techs they had only announced for the OLEDs thus far. This will be good enough to hold me over until MicroLED becomes desirable.
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Thread TV Displays and Tech Thread |OT2| There Is No Perfect TV ™ (Read The OP)
Very nice to see that 13ms input lag measure. If they deliver on everything that’s written here this might just be my next TV!
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Thread TV Displays and Tech Thread |OT2| There Is No Perfect TV ™ (Read The OP)
I know the hype is all about OLED at CES this year, but when is LG expected to unveil the specs of their 2019 LCD TVs?
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Thanks, but too general. :( I would hoping they would provide specs like they have for the OLEDs, most specifically the input lag measure.
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Thread TV Displays and Tech Thread |OT2| There Is No Perfect TV ™ (Read The OP)
Hook it up with HDMI. Switch doesn’t output 1080i so you’re going to have to go with 720p. No choice.
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I don't know if it's been posted yet (I looked but didn't find anything), but rtings.com will be holding a live Q&A about OLED burn-in: Starts @ 4pm EDT.
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Thread SNES Mini Classic Hacking | More games, more borders, more gooder.
Canoe is life! I wouldn't trade that sweet low input lag for anything in the world!
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Thread SNES Mini Classic Hacking | More games, more borders, more gooder.
Nah I've played through the whole thing and can confirm it's mostly pristine. Unlocking that motorcycle is sweet as all hell! :) (And to think people claim that no one actually plays with the SNES Classic...)
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Yeah same here. Ever seen I've heard ramblings about a splash screen being added on boot, along with a longer boot time, I went "nope" and stuck with 2.21f. I hear you can turn off the splash screen, but I think the boot time is still longer than in 2.21f? Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
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Hoping the emulation is good and the input lag as low as the SNES Classic.
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Yes. The commandline dictates what the game runs with. You can have a combination of both. And yes, Canoe runs the games it supports better, namely by having almost nonexistent input lag.
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Oh shit what happened? Did he get sent something by Nintendo’s lawyers? :/
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Has there been any update on the RetroArch side to bring input lag in line with Canoe on the SNES Classic? Last I heard libraries native to the SNES Classic were being made but I haven't seen anything since...
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It’s possible but it requires some tinkering. You can find more info here:
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I can feel it's there if I pay attention, but it's so low that it didn't bother me too much when playing the game.
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Games I've beaten on my SNES Classic: - Entire DKC Trilogy (with all bonuses) - Chrono Trigger - Contra 3, numerous times. Fuck Hard Mode big time. I don't think this was meant to be beaten by a human. - Earthbound. - Zelda. - Mario World (96 exits) - Yoshi's Island (100% with all bonus levels). - Top Gear - Super Metroid - Super Mario Kart (150cc all gold) - StarFox - StarFox 2 (on Expert with star ranking, twin blaster unlock for all characters). - Megaman X - Terranigma - TMNT 4 - Marvelous - Demon Crest - Super Mario RPG ... and a few others that I can't remember at the moment. I've put so many hours into this it's nuts. I'm so grateful for sluffy getting so many of those games to work! Boy do I wish he would find a way to come back "incognito" and patches would just magically appear on the net for other games.
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Since the NES Classic uses a custom-made emulator, I'm thinking Nintendo maybe reverted to their previous VC emulator, and fixed the brightness in the process?
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Yes the audio skip issue is known, along with some pitch warping here and there, especially during screen transitions for some reason. Even on a stock SNES Classic, Yoshi’s Island skips audio when transitioning from the attract mode to title screen, Mario RPG often has wobbly pitch when accessing the menu screen, etc... It’s a shortcoming of the bundled emulator so nothing can be done about it other than using RetroArch. Simcity and Mario All Stars should work fine, so most likely your roms are borked.
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There was never a risk. It's pretty much unbrickable and you can always easily restore to factory settings if you mess something up.
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But RetroArch has some pretty nasty input lag going, so if that’s a concern to you I would stick with the very occasional very minor sound skips!
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Well that's because they're the best the system has to offer! (Well save for Chrono Trigger and DKC2). I spent an insane amount of time playing Star Fox 2. I hadn't played much of the leaked beta since it was fairly crash-prone, so getting a brand new 16-bit 3D game in 2018 made me feel like a kid at Christmas again.
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It would be far less of a hassle to just play any pre-recorded song from the .exe in any quality than having to painstakingly create new SPC700 songs with the SNES' limitations.
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An egocentric sense of self-aggrandisement and self-promotion, no doubt. Not even Nintendo felt like the thing needed an intro with their logo on startup. Whoever thought about adding that splash screen should be fired into the sun.
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Holy shit that is some nasty lag! :( How could they ship it like this? This is horrible!
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I think the biggest problem is how hard it is to keep up with all the new developments. We should update the OT with some compilation of recent happenings, and of the state of things like RetroArch? (Have they fixed the input lag yet?). Everything is scattered everywhere and gets lost in the flood of troubleshooting posts and whatnot.
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The SNESC exclusively outputs a 16:9 720p signal, so by definition the pixels are square on all TVs and there is no stretching, even on a CRT (which I have).
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I use 4:3 because that’s how the games were seen by everyone at the time, even though that’s technically incorrect for games that didn’t take the stretching into account. But since many developers did the proper compensation, one can only assume that those who didn’t never even realized it, or if they did it was too late to redo all the art.
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This is the one I have. I just realized the picture I posted above wasn’t from the exact same model, as it doesn’t have Optical out or Cable Card slot, which mine does.
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Yes, but then look at the many big round objects in the game, and you’ll notice that in 4:3 they’re actually ovals, while in Pixel Perfect they become perfect circles as you’d expect them to be.
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Is it a far fetch to suppose that maybe sluffy worked for a Nintendo affiliate or some such and had somehow gotten access to proprietary information?
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It has much better control responsiveness (less input lag), so it's much better for all the games it supports. However if you're looking to run some of the games that it can't run properly (or at all), then you'll have to go with RetroArch.
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It’s so hard to keep track of all of this. So does Tales of Phantasia work now? I saw someone in the romhacking thread saying there’s still something wrong with it (namco screen). What’s going on?
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I don’t understand how anyone is meant to finish Super Ghouls n Ghosts without it!
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Well that’s a shame... I wish there was a way we could compensate sluffy for all the amazing work he’s done for us. I never expected anyone would, yet he rose up and delivered like a true unsung hero. What he did for Uniracers is nothing short of mindblowing! I know he said he couldn’t (somehow) accept a SNESC as a gift, but is there any other way we could send some cold hard cash his way? I would in a heartbeat!
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It won't. It requires a *lot* of processing power and the SNESC is just not going to cut it.
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Not directly because it still needs power somehow. So you need a for it to work. But otherwise yes you can have a USB with as many games as you like on it.
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So whatever happened to trying to fix Yoshi’S Island disappearing background? Did he ever manage to do it or did he give up? :(
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Good question. I wonder if Nintendo was planning on the SNESC to still be somewhat hard to get a hold of by this point in time. Everywhere I look it’s still sold out. Wouldn’t be such a good idea to put a stop to it in order to bring back the NES...
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So I’ve finally started playing Star Ocean now that the patch has been released and uh... couple of observations (most on the game itself, not necessarily related to Canoe): 1. I’ve clocked in 3 hours so far and I’m utterly confused as to how battles are supposed to not turn into a random chaotic mess. So far I’ve been able to win every single one by just mashing A. Does this ever get good? 2. Whenever you win a fight and items spring out of chests with that neat Yoshi’s Island-style scaling effect, some very noticeable slowdown occurs. Did this happen on real hardware? 3. Often when dashing around environments, it’s not rare to see parts of sprites that should be behind a background appear in front. It happens because the characters’ tails occupy more space when dashing. Is this normal or a priority glitch in Canoe? 4. Skill Points. Am I expected to spend all of them immediately or what? I’m not sure about how I should be spending any of them or why/how anything unlocks any ability. The game explains jackshit. Can I get fucked later on if I spend them the wrong way? 5. Whenever at the entrance of a town, you get a "Private Action" option that allows you to explore the town without your party. So far I've not come across a single time where something has changed because of this. Is this normal or am I not looking hard enough? What's the point? 6. Is it just me or is the art in the game weird, in the sense that the delimitation between walkable and non-walkable tiles is very muddy? I often can't make sense of what I'm seeing on screen.
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I thought the reason they stopped manufacturing NESC was because the exact same assembly line was used for the SNESC. But if they can make both at the same time, then cool!
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Also I know I’m late (been busy) but I can confirm that patch rock2a for Rock n Roll Racing fixes all issues. The game seems perfect now. Could not spot any anomalies! Hail sluffy!
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You mean to the right of the screen, no? It’s the right part of the screen that normally has glitchy graphics. And this is why: Like you said, on old CRT TVs it was usually hidden by the overscan. Unless Retroarch or the emulator core within has a setting to adjust some sort of fake overscan, then there’s nothing you can do about it...
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Doesn’t seem to be true in all cases though. When first testing out the Battletoads ID change, I loaded a suspend point that I had on the snake pit level, and the missing shadows were immediately present!
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It does fix the two bugs I reported, unfortunately it introduces a new one. In the car shop, the cars' rotation animation is broken and skips. See video:
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I completed a full walkthrough of Battletoads in Battlemaniacs with the new ID and can confirm that the game is now flawless from start to finish! :D I still find it weird that a game that has “Battle” in its title has only two stages where you actually... battle, and 6 (including the bonus rounds) where the main focus is something else entirely.
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Oh snapplecakes! Yes it was me! I’ll check that out tonight! :D I don’t know of many people who can even make it past the Turbo Tunnel heh :P
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Yes, but in Retroarch only. It’ll never run in Canoe because it doesn’t support GB hardware emulation.
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If Canoe doesn’t know how to emulate a GB or to handle a multi-boot, there’s nothing you can do about it. Someone would near to tear Canoe to pieces and implement GB emulation or that multi-boot bridge. It’s not gonna happen. Edit: Imagine for a second that Canoe didn’t support super FX emulation. Even if you threw the Star Fox rom at it and it booted somehow, you still wouldn’t get the 3D graphics because the FX chip isn’t emulated. There’s no amount of hacking the Star Fox rom that could get that to work. Same with SGB and its “GB chip”.
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So how do we go about it exactly? Can this be applied directly to the translated rom or can it only be applied to the original Japanese rom? If it's the latter, at what step should I patch the English in? Before or after?
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If someone could just fix the damn input lag, I'd switch to Retroarch and never look back. Canoe's shortcomings are starting to be annoying.
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In the first clip it's very audible when you open the menu in the forest near the end. The pitch bends quite a lot. In the second clip it happens in one of the houses, and again in the forest. It's the exact same thing that happens in Super Mario RPG as well. There's also quite an abundance of tiny pops/skips here and there. Hard to say if this is the result of your capture or YouTube or my PC though. Could be my PC not keeping up with the 60fps video. I know complaining about this will probably sound like nitpicking to many of you, but to anyone with musical ears, it's like someone grating against a chalkboard every time it happens. :(
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Um, this is not exactly filling me with confidence that this will work on the weak SNES Mini hardware... I’m not asking for better-than-real-hardware input lag, just Canoe-like input lag would be perfect for me!
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No this was definitely not present in the Wii Virtual Console release of Chrono Trigger (or any other game). I have played it to death and this kind of sound warping never occurred. This is something they broke when porting Canoe to the SNES Mini hardware. I'm pretty sure it occurs because Canoe eats too much processing during those transitions and just can't keep up, in the same way that slowdown also occurs in Seiken Densetsu 3, Marvelous, etc.
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Maybe. Someone needs to ask sluffy about those. Many games have that very same issue. I've noticed it in Super Mario RPG (whenever opening the X menu), Top Gear (transitioning to the Results after a race), Donkey Kong Country 2 (transitioning to the map after a level). Yoshi's Island (transition from attract mode to title screen). Always happens during black screen transitions. I wonder what the hell the roms are doing that cause Canoe to choke during those times. Rom access? Decompression? Maybe sluffy could help...
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Speaking of which, has sluffy looked into the Touch Fuzzy Get Dizzy background bug? If he could fix that (and the flickery top line), I'd hide the stock rom and replace it in a heartbeat!
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, but that will be resolved soon., and boy if this isn't the perfect example of what happens when you don't have a producer enforcing constraints and deadlines, then I don't know what is.
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Yup and I've played through the whole of Terranigma. Can vouch for it working perfectly on Canoe, the native emulator!
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Well Seiken Densetsu 3 and Marvelous are easily reproducible. Robin posted a video of the slowdown in Seiken Densetsu 3 a few pages back.
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All hail sluffy!!! He is amazing!! Say has anyone asked him yet if it would be possible for him to look into the possibility of improving Canoe’s performance to resolve games with slowdown/warping sound?
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Sure. The game wasn't even present on my SNES Classic before I added it with this patch.
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Hum, okay. False alarm it seems. First time around I loaded the rom directly in Sfrom and applied the ips in the F1 menu (making sure to unselect “Canoe fix”) and generated the Sfrom. I guess it generated an incorrect rom? This time I applied the patch on the rom directly with Lunar IPS, then loaded that into Sfrom to generate the Sfrom, and now Uniracers is works perfectly fine! Huh, so I guess there might be a bug/inconsistency in how the Sfrom tool applies external ipses? Or maybe it’s something else I did... In any case Uniracers is fixed!! Fuck yeah! :D
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I’ve played through around 50% of the tracks in the game and didn’t spot anything out of the ordinary. As far as I’m concerned the game is perfect now. There’s still the case of the slight audio pitch drop when the game transitions to the results screen after a race, but that happens in many other games, even stock ones, so this won’t get fixed unless sluffy manages to somehow improve Canoe’s current performance limits.
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Ouuuh sluffy thinks he’s made the final ultimate Uniracers patch! Gonna try that out!
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I tried sluffy's latest Uniracers patch and... bad news. In single player mode the CPU, when off screen, is constantly drawn in the top-left corner. :(
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I'm the one who reported the glitchy tunnels in the document. It was all of them. This is what they looked like before sluffy's patch: sluffy's patch also fixed the single line of glitchy pixels at the horizon points on night tracks. As for your request on track 4, I'm really not sure what I should be looking for. Everything looks perfectly normal to me. I recorded 2 laps around the track. Let me know if you spot what you're talking about:
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Ahhhh I see it now! Oh my god you're right! Parts of objects that should get drawn behind the track are getting drawn in front of it when the track has a downward slope coming up. Kinda like sprites think the "horizon line" is much lower than it should be. For example: That was there before sluffy's patch though. Also I checked and this happens in both ZSnes and Snes9X, but not in BSNES. Well good luck to sluffy if he wants to fix that one... yikes!
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Well based on what I read from the romhacking thread the people who tested it reported (and showed through vids/screenshots) that it's still very buggy. So I'll skip on that one. However I see that he's made a potential fix for Top Gear, so I'll be checking that one out.
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Welp good news everyone! The tunnel exteriors in Top Gear are indeed fixed: Can someone report to sluffy? I don't have an account on romhacking.net. Mind you I haven't played the entire game so there's no telling if it may fuck things up elsewhere. I'll play through a few races and see. Looks promising though! :D Also he says he fixed Top Gear 2 but I don't see the patch anywhere?
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I know Canoe is far from perfect. We know for a fact that it's hacky as hell. But what I mean is that the end-result of the stock games being on there is near flawless save for those tiny sound glitches and the infamous touch fuzzy background glitch. I've yet to find any other inaccuracy problem in any of the stock games.
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Recently playing some of the stock games (and I've checked on a friend's unmodded system too, it's not hakchi), I've noticed that even some of those se