The Friday Letters page hopes NFTs are on the way out with all gaming companies, as one reader prefers Obi-Wan Kenobi over Fallen Order.
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Since there are so few new games out there right now, I did something I hadn’t done in years: I put Fortnite on. At first I just wanted to see how long it took to update, which I knew would be ridiculously long, but then I got curious about how it is today, especially since there is no more construction mode.
I had heard of it before and it almost took me back when it happened, but I never really understood. So I tried yesterday and it was much better without everyone building walls and sheds and whatever. However, what struck me most about the comeback was how ordinary… the action was. I wouldn’t rate it as bad, at least for a free game, but I wouldn’t say it was good either, it feels a bit squishy and weightless and not at all like you’re shooting a gun.
The rest of the game… I was impressed with all the options and everything going on with the map that had nothing to do with the battle royale itself. They clearly put a lot of effort into updating everything constantly. For me though, it’s not worth playing anymore, nor is it a curiosity. If the action in an action game isn’t top-notch, I don’t see the point, free or not.
just say no
I can’t say Minecraft is a game I’ve spared more than a second of thinking about in the past, but I suddenly have a lot of respect for Microsoft saying no to NFTs. There was a time when it looked like this was going to be the new loot box, but even worse, especially when Ubisoft and EA started talking about them (Activision has a lot of stick but it’s still those two at the forefront of any bad idea).
Guess this will put the final nail in Ubisoft’s usage plans, but as far as I know one of the main reasons EA dropped the FIFA name is that it might have the right to sell NFTs for gaming. We’ll see if they reconsider their stance, but I guess not.
The only other big companies that seem interested now are Japanese, so I can only assume that NFTs are viewed differently there. Hopefully they’ll arrive soon, as Square Enix in particular is getting into trouble right now.
So with SJC after a PC controller, I thought I’d throw in my two cents.
I use a standard Xbox Series X/S controller. It connects easily to Windows, and most games are programmed to recognize Xbox buttons (so, for example, tutorials will tell you to use the ‘Y’ button rather than a generic 1 button). I also prefer the location of the analog stick, but that’s purely personal preference.
My only real complaint is that it doesn’t have a rechargeable battery and takes AA batteries. However, there are many good controllers out there, this article gives a good overview covering a variety of budgets.
I hope it’s useful!
The guy stays
CG: It is, but even for PC we would never recommend a joypad that wasn’t a proprietary console controller.
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Always in truck
Excite Truck on Wii remains a family favorite; 10/10 played every week for years now, we’ve even grown to love and master the motion controls. The excellent Cruis’n Blast on Switch being the only new arcade game that appeals to our non-sim tastes.
It’s criminal that a game like Need For Speed can have 20 sequels, but this awesome design only has one iteration.
I’d take a new Excite truck on F-Zero any day of the week, because Excite offers multiple layers of control and bonus pursuit. Such a waste of an awesome arcade game design where every boundary and limitation is open.
Thank you for all the honest and entertaining reviews
going to make money
Clean up on Game Pass
Game Pass has been great value, with its wide range of genres from indie titles to AAA releases… but what am I addicted to right now? Clean up other people’s mud in Power Wash Simulator.
The TOC in me means I just have to reach 100% once I start each level
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Now Playing: Power Wash Simulator and Road 96
Cal before Obi
I know I’m late for the party here but I just finished watching Obi-Wan Kenobi.
I remember the general consensus here, with the inboxers, was that it wasn’t very good, and it was just a carbon copy of the Fallen Order story.
Well, not only was the show brilliant and “looked like” Star Wars, it had absolutely nothing to do with Fallen Order.
There was the only place and the inquisitors. That’s it. No link.
Other than Darth Vader, I don’t think there was a single character in both.
I wonder if the people jumping on the bandwagon even played/watched them?
CG: We agree with the Inbox consensus that Fallen Order did everything Obi-Wan did but better. Characters do not need to have the same name to fulfill the same role in a story.
I had long put away my DS Lite and upgraded to a 3DS, then after eons of use I bought a 3DS XL just as it was becoming obsolete with the industry standard Switch console.
Late last year I was browsing through my collection, preparing some things for potential eBay sales, and I pressed the power button on my DS Lite, it turned on and I don’t believe not have charged it before putting it back in its original box. Although I can’t be sure, as it was easily over six years ago, at least? Pretty ridiculous, though.
In response to the excellent letter from Focus the other day, regarding where Nintendo is going with its possible next console, I love when the brainstorming starts, especially with the Kyoto company. I love how you can toss any idea out there and no matter how absurd it is, chances are Nintendo has, at least, probably considered it.
So I thought I’d throw my two pennies into the gaming creativity craze. I predict we won’t see a new console for three years, as long as Nintendo can ride that gravy train that long (it’s only a little over 1,000 days after all).
I predict it will take a form similar to the Switch, in that the controllers will be detachable from the sides of the screen. Only the controllers will fold outward with touchscreens, much like a foldable touch phone.
This leaves you the option to unfold your controllers and create an even larger screen for playing via touch screen, Tetris would be interesting via touch screen portrait play.
The dock will likely stream images directly to your TV through the main console. Three people could play, two with controllers and one with touchscreen or all three with touchscreens or two touchscreens and one controller. If that makes sense?
Have I ever lost you?
Here’s the trick though, the two controllers fold out and come together to form a second screen to use, if you measure today’s Joy-Cons they’re already a quarter of the screen’s length. Fold the two controllers and they cover the same screen size as the Switch display itself.
Then they might even make a better one and have the joint controllers lock onto the top of the original screen in some sort of dual screen hybrid console and goodness knows we all know how great the swivel screen was a hit for the big N.
No one knows how all of this would translate into a slew of successful games, but that’s how Nintendo works.
All my ideas are of course crazy, but that’s the fun of trying to guess Nintendo.
It would be great to hear other readers’ ideas, no matter how crazy it may seem at the time.
Inbox also works
They missed a trick by not releasing Stray on PSP, right?
CG: If it’s a joke, don’t we understand?
The free games on the Epic Games Store, starting at 4 p.m. Thursday, are Shop Titans and Tannenberg.
This week’s hot topic
This weekend’s inbox topic was suggested by reader Tolly, who asks what’s the longest gaming session you’ve ever had.
Simply put, what’s the longest amount of time you’ve ever played a game without substantial interruption? Did you deliberately decide to play this long and if so, what preparations did you make for it?
Have you ever sat down to play and were surprised how long you spent there once you were done? Do you consider this a good thing, and generally speaking, what is your preferred length for a gaming session?
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