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  2. First Nier pack is out now. Weirdly enough, all 5 songs are from Automata. That caught me off guard. There's 2 Nier packs though, so I imagine songs from the first game will happen then. I'm glad Emil's shop is in there, but all in all, I think the songs aren't as good as the Nier songs from Curtain Call.
  3. Well played IGN. This is actually legit funny.
  4. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Online Thread

    Time matches tonight at 8pm.
  5. So i've been watching Series 6 of My Hero Academia, i think i'm up to episode 126.
  6. @Julius Crunchyroll have put up the Kaguya movie, but they've split it into episodes and only the first 2 are available currently.
  7. The Star Wars Thread

    Started The Bad Batch S2 yesterday, only three episodes in but here's a hotpot of thoughts: Looking forward to continuing watching when I get back
  8. Switch eShop Thread

    So... Platinum Games just put out their April Fools for this year... It's the next game in their Neo Classic Arcade series. A side scrolling run n' gun starring their fake Japanese v-tuber mascot, tentatively titled "Pt Spectacular Side-Scrolling Action". Now, considering that Sol Cresta originally started out as an April Fools joke itself? There's a very good chance that this will actually turn out to be real in the end. They also put out a corkboard of all of the rest of their upcoming Neo Classic Arcade series of games... If we don't end up getting Ultimate Top-View Bastard Action, I'm gonna be very upset now!
  9. Yesterday
  10. Your Gaming Diary 2023

    Add Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins to my list of games I recently beat on NSO, but have no desire to talk about again. I was gonna write up about Octopath Traveler II this week, but then something far more important got shadowdropped. The Murder of Sonic the Hedgehog is a visual novel that, at the time of writing, got released just a few hours ago to coincide with April Fool's Day. The thing is, it's completely real and free on Steam right now. You play as a random civilian in the world of Sonic who just scored a gig working on a luxury train that caters events for customers and such. It's your first day, and you'll be helping to staff a birthday party for one Amy Rose, and 8 of her friends. They're celebrating her birthday by playing a murder mystery game. Something goes wrong though, and well... And here I thought nothing could off him after Sonic '06 Your job is to find out what the hell happened by gathering evidence, and interrogating everyone on the train to whittle down the possibilities. Suffice to say, the concept of the whole ridiculous affair is played for laughs, and it's very well written. There are some good running jokes, and it is a joy to see a more text based adventure with Sonic characters that isn't trapped in a certain RPG that I despise to my very core. There's quite a number of references for you Sonic nerds out there, and a couple of wider Sega IP nods as well. One particular joke was so "funny because it's true", it was actually painful. Plus, Vector the Crocodile is quite prominent in this, and we all know the quality of a Sonic game can be reliably measured by how much he features in it. The game plays quite similarly to the investigation sections in Ace Attorney games, as you click your way around the place looking for clues and chatting to Sonic's friends to slowly piece together what finished off the blue blur. Instead of courtroom scenes, you're presented with auto running style gameplay now and again, much in the vein of the Special Stages that are quite prominent in old school Sonic games. It's a decent little pace changer from the copious amounts of reading you will have to do, but if that's not your thing, there are accessibility options to make these sections easier. Finally, someone has made tracks to bring Omochao to justice! The visuals are great. The game sports a hand drawn art style, and time has proven that Sonic looks great when hand drawn. The soundtrack is pretty good too, but then again, it's a Sonic game, good soundtracks are pretty common here. It's sounds like a such a dumb joke, and well, it is. But the real punchline is that, it's actually quite decent! It likely has no right to be this good, but I would pay good money for a more fleshed out game in this style. It's on Steam, it's around 2 hours long, and more importantly, it's free. Give it a go. Sega really has knocked their April Fool's prank out of the park. Everyone else is going to be hard pressed to top this.
  11. E3 (1995-2022) Memories

    I suppose it's a bit like having Wogan or Norton narrating Eurovision. Some people might find them annoying, but i love the way they take the piss out of the whole thing.
  12. This game is… surprisingly decent! It’s basically Ace Attorney Lite on a train with Sonic characters. Nice music, fun dialogue, a cool platforming minigame in place of courtroom sessions? And it’s free! Now THIS is an April Fools I can get behind! Well done SEGA!
  13. Funny Stuff Thread

    I'm not sure how I first came across this whole thing, but it was only a couple of weeks, and I've watched many of Kitboga and Scammer Payback videos, and a few Deeveear ones where he goes nuclear. I'm bringing this one because of the perfect Joe Biden impression.
  14. E3 (1995-2022) Memories

    Because I usually never watched E3 live, and only heard of conference events (sword-wielding Miyamoto, giant enemy crabs, etc.) after the fact, any excitement I usually had was mostly for particular games or trailers (Twilight Princess, SSB Brawl, etc.). However, I did feel more excited once livestreaming became a thing, but I still would only watch Nintendo Directs, never any conferences. I never had patience for long-winded speeches. With that in mind, my principal E3-specific memories are: A random TV program talks about E3 and is the first to tell me about the Gamecube: Seeing that oddly-shapped console, the handle on the back, the even odder controller, the fur on Fox McCloud, and ever oddest Pikmin... I was sold on the Gamecube's value right then and there; Reading about a bunch of minor reveals in a gaming magazine: This was probably 2005, because Advance Wars Dual Strike was among the list. I remember feeling like a kid in a candy store, awed at the amount of smaller-but-varied titles on display. These days, I can see the same by browsing an online store with several Indie games, but at the time, I truly felt the size of the gaming industry. Plus, the reveal of Dual Strike was a complete shock to me, loved it; I spent E3 week on holidays without internet, and when I came back there were three pages of news articles in N-Europe to sift through: Yeah. I actually felt the excitement and chaos of E3 for the first time, seeing all of those headlines cobbled together at the same time. Can't remember the year, but Super Paper Mario was among the news... so 2007?; Hero and Banjo revealed at the same Direct: I mean, yeah, I'm a simple man. Hero's reveal was cathartic, but Banjo's floored me. The true impact of watching these live; Metroid Dread is real. Also, Advance Wars just returned: If there had been a camera on me that day, I'd be rivalling Huber in viral reactions. So yeah, I don't focus that much on industry happenings, but it was a worthwhile event even for me.
  15. It's Vector approved, so it's bound to be decent. Sorry @Cube, you're not done with the Sonic thread yet.
  16. Err... does it count as an April Fools if it's actually real?
  17. Report a Bug! [Read OP first]

    Hmm I'm on a pixel 7 pro and have no problems. If you're still having issues next week give me a prod as I do have my 6 but it's stored (along with my bag) in a hotel in Buenos Aires at the moment. Having no problems with those threads and my phone is up to date.
  18. Report a Bug! [Read OP first]

    I'm on a Pixel 6 Pro, using Chrome. I thought it was to do with the January security update because it started after I had updated, but I also got it on my old Pixel 2. The E3 memories thread loads fine now, I also had issue loading the Final Fantasy XVI thread which only had 1 post in it and it crashed. It's also fine now so not sure what is triggering it. Edit: Got it straight away after posting this thread clicking the Star Trek thread from the Unread page and clicking the circle next to the thread. It opened on a post with an embedded Twitter post and it caused a system ui reboot.
  19. Report a Bug! [Read OP first]

    No issues loading the E3 Memories thread on a PC using Firefox. Maybe the amount of embedded videos etc is just too much for some mobile devices? On the subject of embedded content, often videos and images don't load on a PC, using Firefox, but I'd just gotten used to opening the image from the tweet in another tab, if it's of interest... this is just with Twitter embeds, YouTube seems to display fine.
  20. Report a Bug! [Read OP first]

    Yeah likewise I've never had that problem. @Ike what device are you using? Maybe it's specific to that and others can chime in.
  21. Report a Bug! [Read OP first]

    Just tried that thread on my Android phone with both the Samsung browser and Chrome, no issues with either.
  22. E3 (1995-2022) Memories

    I disagree pretty much entirely, but if it's not for you, that's fine! I feel the same way about football commentary a lot these days (ahem, Lee Dixon). Some context might help explain why and how I enjoy it though, so I might as well share The way I split it is usually for the big conferences that I'm looking forward to and put time aside to watch (like a Nintendo Direct or the old PlayStation E3 conferences), I would watch it through myself first, and then watch reactions after to see what others think. I like to hear other people's perspectives when it comes to a lot of things (even if they're different to mine), but for games and other such things, I much prefer reactions like this to most critical reviews. It just feels much more natural. I've also been listening to the Easy Allies Podcast and Frame Trap, their other podcast, for 6+ years now (although much less recently), and having years of them interacting together and talking about games means I understand (more often than not) why they feel certain ways about certain games, or are super excited for certain reveals. For conferences and shows I care less about, if I do tune in, I tune in with them. Worst case they add some much needed humour to a typically really dry, stretched out and boring presentation, best case there's a cool unexpected reveal which livens things up, and the energy of seeing other people react enthuses me a bit during a typically otherwise dead showing. I think of it like watching a big football match but then watching highlights and commentary from other channels to see what others said, and for the ones I care less about, like talking over a trashy movie with mates on a chill Sunday afternoon with a pizza What I'll admit is a bit funny about this, though, is that I rarely watch "normal" streams, and mostly tune in for things like this. I think it's just because there's a much more solid start and end time? But anyways, back to RIP'ing E3
  23. E3 (1995-2022) Memories

    I don't understand how or why anyone watches something like that all the way through. That shit is so annoying - like you're trying to watch a film and your friend keeps making snarky comments all the time.
  24. E3 (1995-2022) Memories

    You're absolutely right, it was an insane suicide moment from Microsoft and let Sony take over. Now we have people locked into ecosystems with big gaming libraries. They have never been able to walk it back. The Konami 2010 conference will always be the best for me. I actually lost it when that creepy looking developer was right behind someone giving a talk.
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