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  1. 3 hours ago, Goafer said:

    Having just got an XBOne, it got me thinking about Game Pass again.

    Back in the Dreamcast and OG Xbox days, I was able to "acquire" games very "cheaply" and it taught me something about my gaming habits; The more I spend on a game, the more I enjoy it. For example, how many of you have spent a couple of pounds on a game in the Steam sale, only for it to sit in your library, completely unplayed? How many of you have done the same for a game you've bought at full or slightly reduced price?

    When faced with a large library of cheap games, I'm very unlikely to play any of them at length. Partly because I've not paid much for the games, so just letting them sit there isn't a problem, but also because I know I have plenty of other games to move on to. Hit a bit of a temporary slump in a game? Just move on to the next and not look back.

    Game Pass to me makes games almost "throw away", which isn't how I like to enjoy my games. I'd much rather invest a lot of time in a single, well made game than flit between games on a whim, which is what I think I'd do with Game Pass.

    This resonates with me so much, in recent times, whenever I have bought another 'bargain' to add to my Steam library, I usually have no desire to play any of the games, except for on very rare occasions, the same can also be said for some games I buy on the Switch when they are in the sale, but to a lesser extent, as it's usually Sega Ages games which I like to have there for when I choose to play them.

    The same is also true of a lot of games which have been obtained through either Games with Gold, or from Playstation Plus, which of course gives the odd new title for free which I might check out, but I wouldn't have otherwise paid money for those games, so that's almost the other end of the scale, but almost alligning with the Game Pass model, but on a very small scale, being that it's only the odd couple of titles a month which get 'given away' and they've usually already been out for a while.

    Game Pass is definitely turning games into a more disposable form of entertainment, not only that, but I believe that it is having a huge effect on physical game sales, to the point that very soon, I don't think there will be quite as many physical games manufactured, we're even seeing dedicated digital versions of both the PS5 and the Xbox Series S now as well, which demonstrates that there is clearly a market for it.

    Because I (also) like to invest a lot of time in a single, well made game as well, rather than chopping and changing between lots of titles, I won't support Game Pass, no matter how good a prospect it is, generally I don't even have any other subscriptions either, aside from Xbox Live, PS Plus and Nintendo Switch Online, but those are a yearly subscription and still seem to be just about worth it, for the ability to play online.

    I can still see Xbox Game Pass doing very well indeed, also... anyone going for that subscription model, for the console and the subscriptions, will probably be paying... £30 or so a month for so many months? So long as they are playing at least one new game every week, then the cost is probably justified for them, I can see from that perspective, that it's an enticing prospect.

    At this point, nothing would make me want to sign up for it, not even if they suddenly made every Xbox original game available for it, and to me, that would be a very good selling point, but a niche one for a lot of people. Though this makes me realise, it might be about time to dig out my original Xbox console again to play some classic physical games that I own for it. :D

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  2. 1 hour ago, drahkon said:

    Could you also possibly make Thursday night work? :blush:
    I'll be back home at 7pm UK time then and be up for our session.

    If you can't make it work, no worries. I'll just meet my friends later on Friday, then :D

    Yeah, that could work.

    Mario Kart league at 8pm but... I don't think our Chess game will last an hour, I played a few games of it when I first got the collection and typically, the games were decided within a few moves, for all the variations in Chess, a lot of games seem to go a similar way once you get past the opening four moves or so, I've found. :)

    I'm not even seriously into Chess, I just used to play it a little bit when I was younger, it'll be great to play a game with you though. :peace:

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  3. About that port of Doom Eternal for the Switch...

    We should still get that, right?

    It just means that Microsoft will get a cut of the takings, just like with any Rare games which were made and released on Nintendo platforms after that acquisition.

    That's how I'd read into it, aside from that one game though, moving forward, this is a good move for Microsoft, in business terms.

    For Bethesda though? It must have been made worth their while, assuming that all their games are now Xbox (and PC?) only, they must have decided that the amount of sales they would make on other platforms, PS4/PS5/Switch to be not worth it for them, in light of what has been offered to them.

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    Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase September 2020 to be broadcast tomorrow

    Up on the main page.

    We'll have the full roundup article with the press release etc up on the main page shortly after the event airs tomorrow. :smile:

    Personal expectations? A release date for Doom Eternal, perhaps? I think that's likely, and a good shout from @Ganepark32 :peace:

    A new Monster Hunter game would be interesting but, I'm going to go with Streets of Rage 4 DLC possibly being announced, following its recent update.

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    N-E Café Episode 44 now available!

    Now up on the main page. :D

    Great episode, with some really interesting game discussion, especially the talk about Mario games.

    Probably best to save a lot of Mario game discussion until the fiftieth episode though, by the sounds of it. ;)

    Of course, with a title like that for the podcast, the banner couldn't be anything else but a Sonic one, especially as it's only his 30th anniversary, next year. :heh:

    Thanks again for another excellent episode. :peace:


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  6. 55 minutes ago, Dcubed said:

    Can I has GCN & Wii VC now plz Nintendo?

    Everyone - Can we have an N64 / GC / Wii Virtual Console for the Switch?

    Nintendo - We are going to release N64 retail titles in 2021, GC retail titles in 2022, and *Wii retail titles in 2023...

    *But not Super Mario Galaxy 2, that'll be saved for Mario's 40th Anniversary collection ;)

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  7. Indeed, more love and postivity is much needed right now, in this world.

    I'm sending some love and positive thoughts out as well, to everyone who is going through anything in life at the moment.

    May you all find the inner-strength within yourselves to make the right decisions, for you.

    I can remember not so long ago, I had spent a short amount of time in hospital, then not too long after that, I left my job over a year ago now...

    Not that I'm trying to compare, just that I remember at the time, I had support from many members of this community, which I'm grateful for to this day.

    These days, I'm really actively trying to practice gratitude every day, and if I can put out some positive energy which helps someone, then that's worth doing.

    With so much division going on, if we can help ourselves, and others around us, then I believe we can improve things.

    Right now, I just want to say "thanks" to this community, as while we might not agree on everything, I think that there's more that we agree on, than what we disagree on when it comes down to it, and there does seem to be a general shift in conciousness going on... I don't know if anyone else senses it, but I'll take it as a positive sign right now.

    If anyone wants to talk about anything, I know I mention it a lot, but I am happy to do so, be it via PM, Discord etc, or on here.

    Wishing all the best for N-Eone and everyoN-E, each and every day, for the rest of 2020, and beyond. :heart:

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  8. 47 minutes ago, drahkon said:

    During the last showcase it was only me and good ol' @S.C.G in the N-E Chat.

    I'll be there again on Wednesday and hope to see some more :p

    Sony have chosen 9pm on a Wednesday for this "showcase" though...

    I'll likely be playing games at that time, otherwise, I'd have joined you in the chat again.

    Enjoy the show though, and for anyone who does want to join the N-E chat... https://www.n-europe.com/chat

  9. 6 minutes ago, Glen-i said:

    If you need it to be a bit earlier (Like 7:30-ish), that should be fine

    8pm start is alright, if the total play time of the game is likely to be 30-45 mins, that'll be OK.

    Just that I usually play Sea of Thieves at around 9pm on Friday. (Arrrrg!) ;)

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  10. 1 hour ago, Kaepora_Gaebora said:

    Cheeky thread bump! 

    With some chat about this game in the Xbox Game Pass thread, I wondered if we could gather an NE rabble together at some point to sail the seas and cause havoc, mayhem and sing sea shanties while we do it! 

    I've been playing Sea of Thieves every Friday for a while as part of a group of three, if there isn't anyone else interested, then you could join us on Fridays at 9pm, if you're available?

    If not, or if there are other N-E members who would also like to play, then we could organise a dedicated N-E crew perhaps, on another day?

  11. 19 minutes ago, Vileplume2000 said:

    Yeah the game looks good, I got the press kit so I uploaded all the screenshots from it on the main site as well:


    Nicely done, Dennis. :D

    This game really does look good, I think this art style really suits this type of game, of course there's plenty of assets reused, but it all makes sense. :)

    I'm unsure if I'll pick this up when it comes out, I think I should at least try to put some more time into the original Hyrule Warriors first.

    But this does look like a nice exclusive title for the Switch, and what a game for November as well. :smile:

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    N-E Café Episode 43 now available!

    Now up on the main page. :D

    An excellent PodPals episode I thought, all of the talk about The Messenger just makes me wish that I had gotten around to playing it before now.

    The music from the game sounds really good, I think I will get aorund to playing it soon anyway, it has been on my list of games to play for a while. :smile:

    Of course, the banner couldn't be anything else but The Messenger, it was surprisingly difficult to find any clean .png images for this but I got a clean logo from the press kit. :peace:

    Thanks again for another excellent episode.

  13. I'm still waiting on my second-hand copy, I might send the seller a message asking if it has been posted yet if it doesn't turn up tomorrow. ::shrug:

    I wouldn't be surprised if they're still playing the game and were hoping that it didn't sell immediately so that they could play through it. :indeed:

    It was listed a mere day or two after it came out, but I did buy it and pay for it on Saturday.

    If that was me selling it, I'd have had it in the post on the Monday even if I was playing it in the meantime.

    I don't mind so much, just so long as it's at least posted before this weekend, as that will be a whole week gone then.

    Looks like the game(s) are worth the wait at least. :peace: