Nintendo Switch demographics show it is competing with PS4 and XB1

Recently, we claimed that Nintendo Switch would be competing with the PS4 and XB1. Our claims were met with responses from certain fans that ranged from saying it was in a different market to stating Nintendo was only for kids and stood no chance, etc. We’d like to address this with factual information provided by Nintendo itself. Continue reading Nintendo Switch demographics show it is competing with PS4 and XB1

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Why the Switch is now Sony’s biggest competitor

For the time being, Nintendo has taken the gaming world by storm with the Nintendo Switch. I would go so far as to say the Switch is now the PS4 line’s biggest console competitor. Sure there’s the Scorpio, but there’s nothing indicating that the Scorpio will turn the tide in Microsoft’s favor, as there are no games that will be designed around the Scorpio’s extra power. The Switch is the sexy new console in town, and it has several factors playing to its favor. Continue reading Why the Switch is now Sony’s biggest competitor

Top 5 police officers in video games, inspired by D.Va

In light of tumblr’s hilariously stupid backlash to D.Va’s new police skin, now would be a perfect time to look at five of the best police officers in video games. There’s certainly no shortage of cops in gaming, on both sides of the morality spectrum, so we’re narrowing the scope a bit:

  • One character per franchise.
  • Must fall on the good side of the moral spectrum. (No Tenpenny)
  • Character must have been in a game that came to the West. (No Policenauts)

With those caveats in mind, here are our top 5 police officers in video games: Continue reading Top 5 police officers in video games, inspired by D.Va

Top 5 Wii U games that need Switch ports

The Wii U was a clumsy machine with a poorly realized concept and sparse library. Nintendo’s ill conceived console only sold about 13 million units before it was put down to clear the way for the sleeker, sexier, and better selling Switch. While the library was small, the quality was top tier, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has shown Nintendo is not content with letting some of this generation’s best games fade to obscurity.

With that in mind, here are five great Wii U games that need Switch ports: Continue reading Top 5 Wii U games that need Switch ports

Do consoles really need more power?

I’m about to voice a mildly controversial opinion: Stronger iterations of modern consoles are virtually pointless, because the art of game design, particularly in terms of gameplay, has lagged far behind the technology aspect of video games. While consoles continue to inflate their TFLOPs, GDDR5 and all the other acronyms fans will throw around without knowing what they even mean, most major developers have fallen into a rut where the only tangible use for that extra power is prettier grass, shinier particle effects, and bigger crowds. Outside of cosmetic effects, how many modern games justify the power of the basic PS4 or XB1? Continue reading Do consoles really need more power?

Can we have valid numbers for the female gamer demographic, please?

When it comes to representation in gaming, be it gender or race, we should always aim to be realistic in content and proportion. To do that, we need to know the actual composition of the gaming community, or a reasonable approximation of such. Unfortunately, while we can get reasonable ballpark estimates of racial demographics, we can never get a straight answer about the female gamer population, because people are too busy twisting the numbers to address the truth: Continue reading Can we have valid numbers for the female gamer demographic, please?

Gravity Rush 2: A forgotten gem, and what it could learn from Nier: Automata

The first four months of 2017 have been one continuous beating to gamers’ wallets. Resident Evil 7, Yakuza 0, Nioh, Horizon Zero Dawn, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Nier: Automata, Persona 5, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe are roughly half a grand worth of video games I’d consider must play titles. While this has been the start of gaming’s new 1998, widely regarded as the best year in gaming history, it’s easy for deserving games to fall between the cracks.

That’s exactly the case for Gravity Rush 2. Continue reading Gravity Rush 2: A forgotten gem, and what it could learn from Nier: Automata