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  1. Freeman

    Gaming accessories

    I guess this fits here. Officially licenced xbox 360 Pioneer surround sound, styled to match the original console. Still use mine daily in my living room, despite being 13 or so years old. Same can't be said about the matching console, I think I'm on my third or fourth!
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    Nintendo Switch

    Presumably you'd return the faulty game to the retailer you bought it from, who would exchange or refund it? It might kill off the 2nd hand market, but it sounds a bit like sensationalist journalism to me, I mean, how many people dump roms and upload? It's not like there are thousands and thousands of copies of Splatoon that will suddenly become useless, maybe a couple of dozen... worldwide...!
  3. Freeman

    Gaming accessories

    Small hands? It gave me epic hand cramp!
  4. Freeman

    Gaming accessories

    I love wacky peripherals, the one that sticks out for me most, is DK Bongos for Gamecube - not because of their obvious use in Donkey Kong, but for Nintendo making Jungle Beat - a platformer that makes use of the silly peripheral which essentially only allows 3 inputs (well, and a start button). I so wanted the Resident Evil 4 Chain Saw controller to be good, but it wasn't, in either gamecube or ps2 form. And on the subject of not enough buttons, the ASCII keyboard in a chopped up gamecube controller is a classic. I guess these things became much more mainstream with Guitar Hero / Rockband, the DS version was interesting... Does the Virtual Boy count as an accessory?
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    A critical take on the Nintendo Switch

    Shit. This: :O
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    A critical take on the Nintendo Switch

    I think if the OP took the time to list things point by point, it was worthy of my time to discuss them in the same manner. All consoles are compromised in some way, and most of the complaints in the OP can be attributed to at least 1 previous console, yet none of those consoles offer what Switch can. I think it balances better it's shortfalls than any console before it. Having to detach 2 joycons and use the console as a tablet to control my Labo RC Car Toycon is inspired, not a design flaw.
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    Forza Horizon 2

    Hello 2014 / Holy thread resurrection etc.. I picked this up in the M$ shop sale for £7.50 recently, and it's rather lovely. I bought my Bone to play Forza, got it with FH3 and never really settled with it. For me, I'm going to say 2 is better. A combination of the much more interesting setting, and a more focused feeling to it. Once I put more time in, maybe I'll go back and try 3 again, but I've gelled with 2 from the off. FH3 is the prettier game, but 2 is more beautiful - although, even 4 years on from launch, FH2 is still a great looking game.
  8. Freeman

    A critical take on the Nintendo Switch

    Hmmm.. not sure I want to bite... Touch screen. I feel the touch screen is because of it's tablet origins, but there are innovative uses for it, and I'm glad it's included. I guess the argument is simply that you can always take it out and play portable mode, so it not being available in TV mode is less of a concern. Some games (Rayman Legends) have modes which are playable only in portable mode due to touch screen use. Motion Controls: You can use them in portable mode with the included (admittedly poor) stand in table top mode. Not sure I see the problem here? If anything, I'd argue that the problem is a lack of small and portable dock that you can take to a friends house to allow waggle on their TV. Battery Life: It's better than a PSP when it launched 3DS and Vita both had 3-5 hours, it's not out of this realm bad, plus it can be charged from an external battery pack with ease, though I appreciate that's not great. Independent components to charge. With joycon battery life at 20+ hours, that's 6 or 7 times the console at least. If you have them go dead, you're doing something wrong. If you have 1 go dead and the other is charged, I really have no clue what you've been up to. Too big / Carry case. You're really clutching at straws. I needed a carry case for my GBA, GBA SP, DS, DS Lite, DS XL, 3DS, 3DS XL, PSP, Vita... I guess you could argue that with the clamshell consoles I didn't need one to protect the screen, but I'd never dream of taking my original GBA / Vita / PSP anywhere with an open to the elements screen. Non are pocketable consoles (well, perhaps the GBA SP) so if I took them anywhere I needed a bag - just like I do with the Switch. Not enough memory for a portable The console has more memory than a Vita, and a PSP (which don't even allow you to save games out of the box IIRC). It has virtually equal (relatively) memory to my Xbox One S, which, whilst having 500GB, can only hold about 5 games before the HDD is full. I have a similar amount of games on my Switch. It uses a normal, standard, cheap and widely available format - Micro SD, and not some rip off proprietary Sony format. Games on carts... like well, every handheld. They are much bigger than Vita carts, and bigger than DS ones too. I'd say the crappy cart cover is a stupid design and will likely break over time. That sort of thing should be reserved for things like SD cards and sims on mobiles - things you rarely remove. Controller comfort. As a handheld it's MUCH comfier than anything Sony have made, especially the 2 handhelds, and any DS/3DS. As a home console, some say the pro controller is the comfiest controller ever, I don't have one but separate joycons are comfier than anything I've owned, bar the Bone pad. As for the turn sideways.. I agree, not idea, but it's 2 player out of the box. You can always go and buy another pair of joycons, or pro pad for 2 player mode and it's comfort all the way. The buttons are the wrong way around. Wait, what. How old are you? It has the same layout as every Nintendo pad ever. Right from the NES pad (which was BA), which revolutionised control pads. The SNES pad which cemented the 4 button layout and inspired every controller Sony have made. How do you logically order square, circle, triangle and cross :S Everyone I know has their Switch permanently docked to the TV. So what's the point? Hi, I'm Chris (does that constitute knowing me?). Last night I had an hour and a half of blissful Xenoblade Chronicles 2 whilst my wife watched Spain play Iran. In fact, I turned off Forza Horizon 2 so she could use the TV, and I played something else. Nowadays, that flexibility means I play more games than I did 1.5 years ago. I own all 3 current consoles, the Switch is by far my main console, and this is one of the main reasons. Got Labo? The Switch sitting next to me on the sofa on a mobile phone stand whilst I pop out and fold the cardboard, with a TV show on in the background was awesome. Want to chill out? Switch in bed. I think in summary, it's as portable, and delicate as a Sony handheld, but with cheaper storage available. It doesn't do anything bad a previous handheld hasn't already set expectation for, in fact it takes the compromises displayed by other handhelds, and gives you more options than ever to accompany them. As a home console, it offers more controller choice than any other, and is multiplayer out of the box - something you need a special pack for with any other console, and no portable has ever offered. It offers easy local (our dream as teens was Goldeneye with separate screens so we couldn't cheat by looking at the other players screen segment) It seems to me that it's just too flexible for you.
  9. Freeman

    Nintendo Switch

    Nintendo Switch Handheld Console AC Adapter USB Type-C Connector Grey REFURBISHED WITH A 12 MONTH TESCO OUTLET WARRANTY £17.50 on Tesco eBay
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    Nintendo Switch eShop

    Depends how you classify squandered. The Camelot Mario Golf and Tennis games were and are incredible, especially the GBA entries, and Aces from the demo looks to be excellent too. Better to make (one of if not) the best of one genre and just another entry in another?
  11. Freeman

    Nintendo Switch

    Oh, and Axiom Verge (standard version physical) is 14.49 on Amazon at the moment.
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    Nintendo Switch

    The SF30 Pro and N30 Pro are worlds apart though. The N30 Pro existed prior to the Switch and doesn't have motion sensing (or rumble?) and plenty of folk say the sticks aren't great. The SF30 Pro was announced as the 8bitdo controller for Switch. I use one for 80% of my Switch play (basically when it's charged and I'm playing TV mode) and I love it. I've never used a Switch Pro controller though.
  13. Freeman

    Pokemon Go

    Yep, that's a good point, I'm sure the balance will be favorable, I mean if it results in 3 players taking down a raid in 60 seconds instead of 65, it'll be pretty pointless. I'm in a relatively small raid group so will welcome that change personally. As someone who doesn't do many legendary raids, I'm hoping "can you help me with the next raid, I'll gift you a pass" becomes a thing I always have a spare pass for another raid if I have the time
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    Pokemon Go

    As a multi accounter... Don't really see how I benefit that much. IV change in trading makes it impossible to trade the best to 1 account (and makes trading seem a bit pointless), star dust amount makes it very difficult anyway. Perhaps I'm in the minority as I play both accounts separately with no benefit other that enabling more raids with less people (I don't attack gyms my other account is in. If I do attack a gym its to take it down for that account - they are in different teams so I don't take 1/3rd of a gym up) Overall, I've never been for trading, I don't see what it'll add to the game.
  15. Freeman

    Formula One - 2018 Season

    The real problem is, he has to be in the top 99.9-100%, or ~90%+ ish who have money behind. For me, Hartley seems better than Stroll, but the way the funding situation in F1 is, there will continue to be room for the Stroll's, Julian Palmer's and Marcus Ericsson's whilst those like Karun Chandhok, Buemi, perhaps even Di Resta who weren't given the chance to mature into excellent F1 drivers, or folk like Robin Frijns who looked promising, but weren't even given the chance. Then there are those who go the other way and end up in other disciplines like WEC. Tom Kristensen... Then the next in line, so to speak. I think we are about to properly witness the advent of team driver academies, which is positive in that we'll see more talent and hopefully less pay drivers, but it does leave a LOT of potential talent fighting for even less seats than before. It seems pretty clear that we're going to see the academy junior drivers coming through and given drives, most likely in a lower grade F1 team with an agreement with a factory team - we see this with Toro Rosso and Red Bull, Ferrari and Sauber, Mercedes and whoever has a Merc engine that the can negotiate with.... that leaves a lot of drivers in lower formula (or even just in F2) with a lot of talent that won't get a chance. Concentrating on F2, it's virtually guaranteed that we'll see these: Lando Norris George Russell Jack Aitken (looking good for strong British presence anyway!) and probably Antonio Fuoco With a possibility of Alexander Albon Nyck de Vries Artem Markelov appearing too. That's a long list of names considering the current crop are still in place, and limited seats...
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