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    A critical take on the Nintendo Switch

    OK, give me 20 minutes.
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    Ghostbusters (2016)

    I'm sure it's probably in the preceeding 69 pages somewhere, but RedLetterMedia did a Mr Plinkett review of this one, and also a Scientist Guy breakdown. They are exceptionally well put together and definitely worth your time. But the main points are : There's no script. It's pretty much a framework of events, and the cast improvised all the dialogue. Whilst improv can result in good funny stuff, it needs to be improvised around the script and it's evident here from the number of DVD extras and outtakes that they just kept filming the same scenes over and over with the actors improvising different stuff each time. Maybe as a result of the above, everyone talks. All the time. They just talk and talk and make wisecracks all the way thought the film. There's no down time. No opportunity to develop the plot, no light/shade - it's just a bunch of people talking, wisecracking. It never lets up and none of it is funny because no-one wrote any of it. The film is rammed with product placement to a degree I have never seen in a movie before, although other Sony Pictures shit like Pixels and the Adam Sandler stuff comes close. Papa John from Papa John's Pizza is IN THIS FILM. The Ghostbusters eat at Papa Johns. The only time you don't see a branded logo on something is the drinks that came from Papa Johns because they serve Pepsi there, and Coke has a blanket deal with Sony. And the Pringles! What the fuck? The movie commentary says that's not product placement and it was a line in the script, but seriously, who would write that joke unless they had a specific need to show a pipe of Pringles? All the sins of the new film are amplified because the original is a brilliant movie, and this one is a piece of shit. Everyone knew Ivan Reitman was against the idea, everyone knew Bill Murray was against the idea. Then they made it anyway, and you can see in the pre-release interviews that none of the original cast think it's good. The entire misogynistic reception from "people on the internet" was massively controlled and played up by Sony. Comments on the trailer (the most downvoted trailer in movie history) were made my sexist and racist people, but many other comments that did not support that narrative were deleted by the owner of the video to create an illusion of a problem that was far greater than it actually was. In reality people were negative about this film because it's a piece of shit that desecrates the memory of one of your favourite movies from your childhood, but the movie company spun it to massively overplay the bad reaction as an objection to the casting of women. In Spy, Melissa McCarthy is very good and funny. In Saturday Night Live, Lesley Jones is hilarious ("I'm CRAAAAZY - for David Pumpkins" kills me every time), but in this film they are all terrible because they are all very obviously making the dialogue up as they go along and clawing for laughs. They had a good premise and a good cast but the movie is just terrible. Did I mention the movie is terrible? It really is - and not for the reasons that generated all the publicity. It's just an awful, awful movie, and if you watch the alternate takes on the scenes on the bluray, then watch the movie again, it really leaps out at you that there's no script. It's all improv, and you can't make a comedy movie like that. Improv can enhance a well crafted comedy script at times and there's a place for it, but you can't ONLY have improv and it's obvious on the second viewing that it's all they have.
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    A critical take on the Nintendo Switch

    At the time of typing this reply, the "most RLLMUK thread ever" as someone called it earlier, has 31 negs and 30 pos on the OP, so I think it is fair to say that opinion is divided on the subject, and the Nintendo Switch is the new Brexit, being as how this means people disagreeing make up 52% of the post reactions and people agreeing or at least enjoying the discussion make up 48%. So the Switch is the new Brexit, and I for one will be applying for dual-citizenship, and I don't even like baguettes.
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    A critical take on the Nintendo Switch

    Oh, don't bring facts into this!!!! .
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    A critical take on the Nintendo Switch

    And my name is Strafe and I took time out of my day to type that reply.
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    A critical take on the Nintendo Switch

    Really? Remember when PS1 games all dropped to £29.99 (around the launch of Driver if I remember correctly) and the games market swelled by 34% in the space of a week? There's a whole different argument to be had for whether games need to be the massive epics at £60 if they can be arcade fun for £20 , but you have to agree, surely, that £50-£60 is not in the same purchase territory as the CD, DVD, Book or any other consumer living room leisure product.
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    A critical take on the Nintendo Switch

    Jesus -are you saying that if you put a game cart into the switch, you can't play it on a different switch? Edit - I got my Zelda second hand, so scratch that - what do you mean, no shared games?
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    A critical take on the Nintendo Switch

    I think the comparative lack of success of recent handhelds is largely down to the convenience of carrying them around, in addition to your phone or tablet. When the Gameboy came out in 1989 there was no competition for pocket space. Today, you have a mobile phone that plays games too, and you'll never leave the house without it, so a handheld console is an additional thing to carry. Many people are happy to play silly timewaster games on the mobile on a train instead of carrying a Switch around because whilst Zelda is objectively better than Candy Crush the benefit of playing the better game is outweighed by the extra stuff to carry. The Vita seems to be as big as you can justify a handheld to be, it fits in the inside pocket of a big coat, even in the carry case, and you can fill the internal memory with games, and the battery will last for the journey. The Switch in the carry case withthe loose cartridges looks about half the size of my PS4, and I don't consider the PS4 to be a portable device. It's like someone said earlier about Portable TVs - they are portable, your car is portable, but where do you draw the line when it comes to carrying it about in addition to what you already need to take with you?
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    A critical take on the Nintendo Switch

    Christ, the Vita takes forever, it's crazy how long that takes to start up. If I am going for a train or something, a Vita with a handful of games installed is much more convenient than the Switch, I reckon, but year, plug that in overnight, every night, just in case.
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    A critical take on the Nintendo Switch

    Oh no! You got me!!!!! Busted! It's all LIES! I'm ruined.
  11. dumpster

    A critical take on the Nintendo Switch

    The points you make are in the main in agreement. You start your paragraphs with "its a bit shit, but...."
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    A critical take on the Nintendo Switch

    I had some friends over and one of them suggested some Mario Kart. The battery was flat and when we connected it to the dock I was surprised that it wouldn't turn on. I think it took about 10 minutes before we could use it.
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    A critical take on the Nintendo Switch

    I wondered if it was just me on that one, but for some reason, I really struggle with Zelda, in every way I could struggle. I loved Mario Odyssey, played it to death for ages and I get MArio Kart, even though I think Sonic Transformed is way better. But Zelda, I just don't get - and a big chunk of that is that I'm constantly pressing the wrong buttons. In my head, the Z trigger is either the bumper or the L button, but I can't remember (even now as I'm typing) whether ZL is the top or the bottom trigger. When it tells me to press X to Run, my brain says that's the same run button as every other game (mario, resident evil etc, all use Square to run on a PS, or X on an Xbox), so I press the Switch's Y button. I press B when it tells me to press A and I cannot get my head around that - it should be simple, but Zelda drives me up the wall with it's controls. Also the Joycons are horrible - yes, the Pro controller is great but there's not one in the box and besides, this is a handheld that connects to the TV, it shouldn't need extra wires and stuff. My OP is a little clickbaity, but I have to say I genuinely believe if it wasnt for Mario Odyssey, the Switch would be my least favourite console purchase ever, and whilst I appreciate I'm in a minority here, that's my opinion
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    A critical take on the Nintendo Switch

    That's deliberate.....
  15. The Nintendo Switch has been showered with praise since launch as a real attempt to do something new and different. A handheld that docks to the TV, multiplayer on one console and so on. But I find it a mess of contradiction. It has a touchscreen. But it connects to the TV so game developers can't use the touchscreen without redesigning the game interface for those that choose to connect to the TV. It has Wii style motion controllers. But the console works as a handheld where you clip the controllers on the sides, preventing you from waving them about. It's a handheld but the battery life is pretty poor. The controllers are both independently powered so you have three component parts and if the battery of any one is dead then you can't use it. It is too big to be considered a portable, its a tablet and you need a separate carry case to prevent screen damage. Compare the Switch in a case to the size of a Vita or 3ds and tell me that the Switch is portable. Games come on cartridges that are small and easy to lose if taking out and about, and the main console has very little memory , requiring large capacity SD cards to be bought extra if you want to download games instead . surely on a handheld there should be more scope for downloading? The controllers are so uncomfortable, especially when turned sideways for multiplayer Mario Kart. The L and R triggers are recessed, tiny and hard to press. When clipped to the side the controllers are too big and dig into your hands. The buttons are the wrong way around. Games tell me to press A , and I always press B. Because why would the layout be YX on the top row and BA on the bottom? The alphabet is AB and XY. I appreciate that's how the SNES layout was, but I recall games referred to the button colour back then, not the letter. Everyone I know has their Switch permanently docked to the TV. So what's the point?
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