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    Gaming things a younger you would never believe

    I still think palming off camera control on players - at least in non-shooting games - has been a massive cop-out. Those first few years of 3D games where they figured out how to get the camera to just show you what you need automagically were great.
  2. That did stick with me after watching all those Terminator DVD extras - like with Weller’s performance in Robocop, they felt that Arnie’s robot should have this superhuman grace and precision. It really comes across if you watch it closely, he’s not just be a big guy with some metal stuff stuck on. Of course Cameron and Verhoeven were watching factory robots for inspiration, a robot that moves with the cold implacability of Boston Dynamics’ work might be too scary for modern audiences.
  3. In that case don’t you think it would be more likely to be baby boomer producers deciding to green light movies about them still being useful and relevant?
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    Funny Things In Games

    I recognised Trenton Webb in there once, who was the editor of my first ever regular games mag Commodore Format. They have a fun list of secret cameo names. I’m sure there are dozens of references I run in to and just don’t recognise.
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    Edge #333 | Playdate

    There’s something I don’t understand about the MK11 review. It’s very critical and has a 5/10 score but when I turn the page, the Post Script unambiguously indicates that you can kick someone in the testicles so hard their skull and spine explode from the top of their torso.
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    Playdate-A new handheld console thingy

    Wario Ware Season 1 would be pretty sweet.
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    Playdate-A new handheld console thingy

    That’s just another one of the gimmicks though - they’re pitching it as a season of content where you don’t know what you get until it arrives. For me, in this era where games are basically pre-digested by launch, that’s appealing. You can say you don’t like it for sure but it’s done with a purpose beyond the sinister one you’re ascribing to it.
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    Playdate-A new handheld console thingy

    “Maybe the games aren’t going to be good” is one thing but “maybe there aren’t actually any games for it at all” is up there with “maybe Sony was lying when they said PS4 can play used games” in the Rllmuk irrational negativity stakes.
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    Playdate-A new handheld console thingy

    Although being black and white and being reflective will tend to limit the impact of that. A reflective LCD in sunlight can have a far brighter shade of white than any backlit LCD so it should still be clear.
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    Playdate-A new handheld console thingy

    ...yes? That’s how the technology works. It reflects light instead of using a light source. Peak GBA was when Boktai came out and there was a game that actually suited the screen’s ideal operating environment but a black and white reflective LCD can be legible in surprisingly dim lighting too, much like a Kindle.
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    Playdate-A new handheld console thingy

    There’s AR links on the press/media kit page which is neat: https://play.date/media/
  12. The teaser for this is nothing. Given Tim Miller's involved you'd think they'd at least edit it well but it's just a big weird flat mess that could've been cut together from any of the bad Terminator sequels. It doesn't even tell me the movie's going to be bad, it just might as well be 90 seconds of that one promo still they did.
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    Playdate-A new handheld console thingy

    Yeah, but I suppose the same was true of the Pokemon Mini and I'm still kicking myself for not getting one of those weird things. This is an absurd gamble for sure, but it's one I'm all in on.
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    Playdate-A new handheld console thingy

    I don’t think “oh no what if this niche platform has no games I like” is a new problem. It’s not like games have always been these generic platform-agnostic experiences on machines with ten million user installed bases. Live a little!
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    Playdate-A new handheld console thingy

    Account for inflation the £90 GBM would be £130 today.

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