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Re: Videogame News

Post by dezm0nd » July 16th, 2019, 10:21 am

ratsoalbion wrote:
July 15th, 2019, 8:25 am
Which made sense back at the time when parents hadn’t grown up with games, but really doesn’t now.

Pretty much all my friends who have kids are at least aware of videogames and observe the age ratings (with a little flexibility in some cases).
Its getting better but I remember working in the indie shops in town (Vice City, Manhunt, San Andreas era) and the parents mostly didn't care or take any note of them. We always advised the parent on what the games contents were and sometimes urged them not to buy the game if we felt it offered anything truly outrageous for the child involved but ultimately they just wanted their kid to shut up and stop asking, really.

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Re: Videogame News

Post by dezm0nd » July 16th, 2019, 10:28 am

Looks like they're getting the band back together.

Super Monkey Ball is coming back in some form!

https://www.famitsu.com/news/201907/16179604.html

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Re: Videogame News

Post by KSubzero1000 » July 16th, 2019, 10:33 am

...Oh, that's interesting.

Not sure I would buy it again considering how SMB and the GC controller are so perfect for one another, but that's definitely good news for those new to the series.

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Re: Videogame News

Post by clippa » July 16th, 2019, 3:41 pm

Remake of Banana Blitz (the first Monkey Ball game for Wii) according to gosokkyu.

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Re: Videogame News

Post by Alex79uk » July 16th, 2019, 6:14 pm

I never liked the Wii one for some reason but one on Gamecube loads, although I'm sure we spent more time on the mini games. Hoping this remake isn't motion control only, I'm sure it won't be.

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Post by ColinAlonso » July 17th, 2019, 5:08 pm

Dotemu have confirmed that Yuzo Koshiro and Motohiro Kawashima will return to compose Streets of Rage 4 and they will be joined by Yoko Shimomura, Hideki Naganuma (not mentioned in the video I think but he is in the video description) and Keiji Yamagishi.

Serious star power there.


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Post by Flabyo » July 17th, 2019, 5:20 pm

That’s impressive, pretty much everyone who ever composed for a 90s game where someone is punching someone else.

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Re: Videogame News

Post by Alex79uk » July 17th, 2019, 6:12 pm

Nintendo confirm new Switch model is incoming - only improvement is battery life. Will hit Japan around August time. Its not an upgrade really, just a new revision/model like you get with the Xbox and PS4.

https://www.engadget.com/2019/07/17/nin ... tery-life/

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Re: Videogame News

Post by ratsoalbion » July 17th, 2019, 6:32 pm

Significant battery improvement though - almost double.

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Post by KSubzero1000 » July 17th, 2019, 7:51 pm

Wait, has anybody heard of this?!

(WARNING: Brain melting dubstep)


Apparently it's a sort of dystopian Papers Please clone set in a far-right post-Brexit UK with all the "biting social commentary" one would expect. Out on PC, coming to Switch soon-ish.

...Dunno what to make of this. :lol:


PS: Avoid ALL OTHER comment sections regarding this game.

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Re: Videogame News

Post by Suits » July 17th, 2019, 7:51 pm

ratsoalbion wrote:
July 17th, 2019, 6:32 pm
Significant battery improvement though - almost double.
Ooffff, that would be nice.

I get maybe two hours out of mine now, three if it’s a less demanding game.

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Re: Videogame News

Post by Alex79uk » July 18th, 2019, 7:22 am

Yeah battery life is awful. My Vita literally lasts days. Well over a week usually!

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Re: Videogame News

Post by Suits » July 18th, 2019, 8:02 am

Alex79uk wrote:
July 18th, 2019, 7:22 am
Yeah battery life is awful.
It never used to be.

Generally I used to get what I wanted out of a game before the battery started to drain, now it’s a matter of getting more juice before I’m done.

I have put probably 2000 into my Switch since launch though.

On a slightly related matter, no other game has made my Switch blow like Dragon Quest Builders 2. It’s sooooo loud that fan is going great guns when docked 😄.

Good game that.

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Post by KSubzero1000 » July 18th, 2019, 8:33 am

Wouldn't it make more sense to have an easily interchangeable battery with official replacement kits, then? That way the long-time players whose batteries are losing juice can have an affordable solution without having to buy an entirely new console.

One concrete advantage that AA batteries-powered products have over modern ones is that they virtually alleviate such longevity concerns. I can't help but notice that the semi-recent trend of various manufacturers not including replaceable batteries in their electronic products happens to coincide with the consumer trend of being peer-pressured in buying a new model every six months.

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Re: Videogame News

Post by Suits » July 18th, 2019, 9:01 am

Yeah, you’re not wrong at all dude.

Although that certainly won’t be a solution I’d personally be driving for.

I fully accept, like I do with my iPhone, that over time battery capacity and health will deteriorate.

Also, as time passes by with developers requiring more juice to keep up with the demand that players insist is necessary in new games, and with which is sometimes offset by firmware updates that can make chip sets more power efficient - battery performance will fluctuate.

I was under no impression that the battery performance of my Switch would be the same two and a half years later as it was day one.

If, I thought I was being left shortchanged by the battery in my console - I’d be on the other side of the fence for real.

As far as as batteries go - nope, forget that. The SP is great case of cells being better than carrying AA or AAA batteries about 😄.

Changing out a battery in a Switch is a total doddle too, back comes off, Micro SD card reader pops off, heat shield off, battery pops out. If that’s what you are into.

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Re: Videogame News

Post by KSubzero1000 » July 18th, 2019, 9:22 am

Suits wrote:
July 18th, 2019, 9:01 am
As far as as batteries go - nope, forget that. The SP is great case of cells being better than carrying AA or AAA batteries about 😄.
I don't know about that. I still keep several AA-powered devices in rotation, like my Wiimote, Wavebird, clock, laptop mouse, etc... I use a set of widely available rechargeable eneloop batteries with monstrous energy capacity for everything. I recharge them every few months and never have to worry about any sort of progressive battery decay.

It's honestly the closest thing to a timeless and sustainable solution I can think of. Not sure why you're so down on it. :(

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Changing out a battery in a Switch is a total doddle too, back comes off, Micro SD card reader pops off, heat shield off, battery pops out. If that’s what you are into.
Oh, okay.

I know you like to tinker with your consoles a lot. So wouldn't that be a perfect solution in your case?

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Re: Videogame News

Post by Flabyo » July 18th, 2019, 9:55 am

Rechargeable AA and AAA batteries degrade their charge just like the ones in an iPad or switch do, but they’re easier to replace when they do.

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Re: Videogame News

Post by KSubzero1000 » July 18th, 2019, 10:01 am

Yes, obviously. I meant that I don't have to worry about the built-in batteries of my devices deteriorating and affecting their usability over time.

It probably takes about ten years for eneloops to become unusable and even then, they are widely available in every electronic store. Very environmental-friendly, too.

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Re: Videogame News

Post by Craig » July 18th, 2019, 10:05 am

As far as I’ve read, the new Switch model has a better battery life, but rather than a new battery its a more efficient processor. It weighs the same as the previous model, so it’s not like they’ve just whacked a bigger battery in there. So it’s not as simple as just offering the better battery to existing customers.

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Re: Videogame News

Post by Flabyo » July 18th, 2019, 10:09 am

If you’re looking for a field in science that could make you very rich, then battery technology is the place to go. We’re pretty much at the physical limits of the power/size ratio with all known battery chemistry types (at least those that you can actually get down to ‘portable device’ size anyway).

CPU Tech has obeyed Moore’s law unfailing, but battery tech really hasn’t. It’s the major limiting factor on pretty much every tech industry right now.

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