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    XBOX gamepass and Xbox app coming to switch?

    Ha, I just had a really stupid idea where maybe we could also use machine learning to figure out the player's likely inputs and do a bit of prediction to keep things playing apparently-smoothly when that side gets choppy. So smooth it's like the game's playing itself!
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    Nintendo Switch

    Their last word on the subject was in January: A new version wouldn't be a successor... And in March 2018, they said they would be looking to sell accessories rather than release a new version of the hardware during its second year on sale, i.e. March 2018-March 2019. My wallet is ready.
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    Amazon Prime Video

    Yeah, it was like this in the cinema: purposefully grainy film-look for most of the movie and crisp for the IMAX bits.
  4. Now imagining a version of Thanos that wants to wipe out half of all internet users because the web has become a garbage fire.
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    Star Trek Discovery

    At least the camera stayed upright for most of this one. Goodness.
  6. I'm a little behind on the news but is this seriously called Shatnerhand?
  7. Aside from that, I continue to be blessed by Hollywood's willingness to throw enormous special effects budgets at trash space monster movies. 10/10
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    Edge #330 | Shenmue III

    Maybe given the symbolic meaning they’ve picked up, each of the numbers should be retired and replaced with a cryptic rune.
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    Star Trek Discovery

    Plot, character, theme, stakes... another tick in the “this is how the show should work” column. Two for six isn’t great but I feel like they have the seeds of the show’s future here in terms of a more continuity-led show with traditional Trek stories in each episode. This is the episode where they obviously bought a split diopter lens and needed to keep using it, after that one episode with all the wacky camera moves.
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    XBOX gamepass and Xbox app coming to switch?

    I think people care less about controller latency than one might assume. Don’t most of the big third person games have about 150-200ms of latency built in? If nobody notices that what’s an extra 50ms round trip to the data centre? One of the biggest games at the moment is a dual stick third person twitch shooter where a large fraction of the players are on touchscreens. There’s a market that doesn’t worry about this stuff and if you can make it accessible to them it could work.
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    XBOX gamepass and Xbox app coming to switch?

    I think limiting the PS Now streaming to a selection of old games and the app tothe PS4 (you can buy new games on it) and PC (you can buy new games on it) probably hurt it. They used to support TVs and Vita but nobody wants to figure out how to pair a controller with their TV or owns a Vita. Shipping a streaming service of new release games not available elsewhere as an app other people’s games hardware is at least a step in the right direction in terms of creating a product worth buying.
  12. Systems-based game design seems like the obvious answer to me. Elite’s BGS and obviously its predecessor in Eve Online really showed how little work you need to do in generating new content if the environment itself is setting short, medium and long term goals for players. Trying to constantly churn out new linear content is only really an option for a few wealthy mega-publishers. The genre won’t grow if that’s how it always works. Too risk averse.
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    XBOX gamepass and Xbox app coming to switch?

    Seems weirdly logical. Microsoft designs laptop hardware but is equally happy to sell its platform on other people’s. And for Nintendo it gives them a huge leap ahead on the services side. Interesting times. I guess implicitly this means Remote Play with the Switch acting as a super-Vita too?
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    The Mummy Demastered - WayForward's Excellent Mummyvania

    I gave up at the dragon in the patched version.
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    Gaming tropes that need to go away

    Dead Space Extraction managed to make an exception of this. Its sewers are a technicolour wonderland and I think it gave the cast the boke.

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