The Wall Street Journal reports that Nintendo is looking at utilizing peripherals to continue the Switch’s strong momentum in its second year on the market, according to multiple sources “familiar with the company’s plans.”

The upcoming Labo cardboard kits certainly fit this bill, and according to the report, Nintendo wants to continue to expand the Switch’s features. This could possibly include “network-related features and peripherals to be attached to its USB Type-C port.”

This focus on peripherals and increased capabilities would be as opposed to changes to the unit itself such as a smaller form factor, for instance.

[Source: The Wall Street Journal] 


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It’s good to hear that the company is thinking more about supporting the current system than just looking to the next generation, and it will be interesting to weigh the cost of these new peripherals versus a whole new system. 

Terence “SoOn” Tarlier is often the first person opposing team’s see on the battlefield. He’s proven to be a tremendous scout as Tracer, diving in and out of enemy ranks to deal damage and disrupt their strategies. I talked to Tarlier about his time in Overwatch League, the techniques he uses for Tracer, and what he thinks Blizzard needs to do to make Symmetra a hero that could be used in the league.

You were handed a tough loss from Seoul Dynasty in the first match of Stage 2. Walk me through that match. What did they do to seize control? Did they surprise you with their comp?

Absolutely not. I know they run dive with Lucio, especially Tobi who’s insane on this hero. We lost because they played better and we needed more practice.

Fleta is one of Seoul’s difference makers. Did you anticipate he would switch to Reaper? That seemed to surprise a lot of viewers.

Against Korean teams, you can expect many heroes, so it was not a surprise to me. We just needed to adapt against this Reaper.

Due to the latest patch, we’re obviously seeing a lot less of Mercy in Stage 2. What else did you see in the opening matches that is different than Stage 1?

Tanks play differently because without Mercy to heal it’s harder to not take too much damage.

Does Stage 2 bring any new challenges for a Tracer player?

Not really. A Tracer player depends on his playstyle and teammates.

Can you walk me through your strategy as Tracer? You seem to find unique positions to turn the tides of a fight.

I try to be like Striker, being free to do whatever i want and do the right decision at the right moment, play passive and focus tanks, focus tracer, or flank and annoy the enemy backlane.

How did you get involved in Overwatch League? Did you compete in any games prior to it?

I was playing ShootMania for years before Overwatch started. I gained a lot of experience and it helped me to be professional.

How is America treating you so far? Are you enjoying your time here? Sick of living with your teammates yet?

Being in America was a dream, and living on this country is just magic, but yeah, my girlfriend, family and friends miss me a lot. Living with my teammates help a bit to be motivated. I really enjoy my time here.

Can you walk me through what it’s like living at apartments and going to campus to play?

Living in a team house, for a young player it’s awesome, but now I’m 24. We take an Uber to campus. Being with everyone in a room all day, and many small details make me tired really fast.

Who do you think the best player in the league is? And why?

It doesn’t exist, because the skill-cap of this game is less important than teamplay.

Do you have a rival yet? Anyone that you find yourself going after first in a match?

Striker and SBB

What’s your favorite map for Tracer play? Why does she have an advantage on it?

Control maps, especially Lijiang, because there is a lot of small packs and way to flank.

I ask this to most players: What do you want to see from future updates in the game?

Rewards for top 1 or top 10 players, weapons skins, rare skins (90% of players have legendary skins), limited skins, better ranking system, better balance on heroes.

Is there anything Blizzard could do to make Symmetra a hero that would be used in Overwatch League?

Symmetra need to be able to heal to play this heroes, left+right click heal and damage at the same time maybe?

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How do you feel about practicing with other teams – do you feel they hold back their real strategies?

It feels good to play against the best teams in the world. I think teams try some strategy sometimes

After your career in Overwatch League concludes, what do you see yourself doing in life?

Being a coach, manage a team, be with players in good or bad moments, help them to reach their objective is something I would like to.

This week brings
us a lot of looks at remakes, which is always fun to dive into. Instead of a
remake, I want Square to bring the Xenogears team back together and finish the
second half of what was the best PlayStation 1 JRPG. I would buy that remake or
update or whatever. Now dive in!

Community Blogs
For February 22 – February 28:

And Remasters: 2018 Edition

TrentDF doesn’t write about the state of remakes, just that there have been a
lot of them in 2017. And he wants more. Here he makes the case for five games
to get remakes, including Bushido Blade, a Spyro trilogy like the Crash
Bandicoot remake, and even Twisted Metal. I’m down.

Therapeutic Effects Of Gaming

Prince of Snark Euphoric Ennui I writes about how gaming can improve lives. He
breaks it down into different disabilities, and explains what games are
available for people to play, and how certain games can help. The University of
Wisconsin-Madison even had a team that developed a Wii game to “help children
with autism improve their balance.” It worked.

Things I Like About Dishonored 2

The Dishonored series is an absolute blast, and it is nice to see it make a
return to the blogosphere thanks to Timothy Repasky. Here he writes about three
key things the game does well. Of course, the amount of choice available is one
of those things, and I couldn’t agree more with this blog.

Gaming Life: Pt. 2 – Let’s Talk About The Secret Of Mana Remake

If you haven’t already heard about this particular remake, let Dominic Cichocki
fill you in: “It’s not good.” He goes on to write that “the
new elements like HD graphics, voice acting, and the existence of the game
itself, all feel muddled and cheap. Numerous hard crashes made me feel like I
was playing Skyrim, while many other bugs popped up repeatedly.” Why,
Square? WHY? And really, a re-release with the original delicious sprites would have

Top Gaming: Dark Souls The Card Game

Based on what I know about this series, I don’t understand how a card game can really…work? I mean, crazier things have happened, but Brendon Curzio writes that the
game is “well worth the price” of 60 bones. And I really like how you level up
your deck in the game; I could see enjoying this.

I hope you enjoy
the blogs! Please contact me via my Game Informer page or on Twitter at @LouisGarcia12 with
any blog news or playdate suggestions.

Are you a fan of popping zombies with vegetable-based weaponry? Good news: it looks like Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is getting another entry in the series. Though there has been no official announcement, an Amazon listing for a tie-in comic book seems to have accidentally let the cat out of the bag with a simple descriptor: 

Garden Warfare Returns to Neighborville!

Paul Tobin returns to write the official comic book bridge between video games PvZ: GW2 and PvZ: GW3 with Tim Lattie returning to deliver artwork!


You can see the listing for yourself here:

For more on Garden Warfare, you can check out our review for Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2, which reviewer Kyle Hilliard scored an 8.

Source: [Amazon via]

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I appreciate that this series is a kid-friendly version of more mature, co-op focused shooters, so I’m all for more of these.

The ecosystem simulator Happy Birthdays is coming to Switch on June 5, says publisher NISA.

The game is an enhanced port of Birthdays the Beginning for the PlayStation 4 and Switch and boasts a few enhancements over that original version. The portable version includes new user interface updates, a stars system that allows you to purchase items, and creatures new to the game.

You can check out a trailer for the game below. Happy Birthdays launches exclusively on Switch on June 5 in North America and June 8 in Europe.

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Our Take
I didn’t get enough chance to play this game on PC, but it reminded me a lot of games like Sim Earth from my brief time with it. I’m eager to take it on the go with me.

Facebook has launched an initiative with the explicit goal of getting more women involved in video game development.

The social media giant wants to encourage women in the field by leveraging community connections and shining the spotlight on success stories. The company seeks to address the fact that women, and especially women of color, are underrepresented in the games industry and wants to support women interested in breaking into the field.

Part of this initiative is a series of videos from women creators in the industry using the #SheTalksGames hashtag. So far, twenty videos have been released, with an intention to release one hundred within the month. The video series interview women in various roles in the gaming industry, including executives, human resources, art, programming, design, and more

Facebook is also partnering with other organizations such as Women in Games and the European Women in Games conference to help women in the industry at video game conferences and events by providing travel and accommodation support, as well as providing resources for talks and research.

[Source: Gamasutra]


Our Take
I am glad that Facebook is taking on this initiative and it is a positive use of social media. While there are a lot of people who are going to pretend to sound pseudo-intellectual by parroting “Well just hire the best person for the job!” it probably helps to have multiple options for the best person for the job by encouraging all types and kinds of people to pursue their interests. Letting established biases based on whatever dictate an entire industry is, at best, asinine.

Despite Final Fantasy XV having come out in 2015, director Hajime Tabata still has grand plans, and is asking fans what kind of ending they want for the story.

At a fan greeting today, Tabata asked fans if they want a happy ending or the opposite, a super bad ending. Some of the people in attendance reported back Tabata’s question on social media with fans wondering what Tabata’s question really implied. Thanks to ResetEra for the translation.

While Tabata did not clarify what direction he has decided to go in, he did indicate the feedback has helped him make a decision. Tabata also didn’t clarify what exactly this means – was he talking about making a new ending to the main campaign of the game that released over two years ago now? Or an ultimate ending to all the game’s DLC, of which there’s now four additional episodes planned? Or maybe a broader end to the Final Fantasy XV story like how Final Fantasy XIII spread its story across three games?

Final Fantasy XV is re-releasing with a Royal Edition, which contains season one of DLC and all the patches and improvements to the game, next week on March 6. The Royal Edition can either be a separate purchase or a $20 upgrade from the base game on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and is roughly the same as the Windows Version releasing on the same date, though that includes different costumes depending on where you pre-order it. For example, Square-Enix announced today that pre-ordering on Origin nets your characters costumes from The Sims.


Our Take
I remain confused at when is a good time to finish Final Fantasy XV, but it seems like the answer is increasingly just waiting until Final Fantasy XVI is out.

In a move that’s surprising as it is unnecessary, Nicolas Cage is starring in a seven-episode VR video series set in the world of the upcoming The Humanity Bureau.

For those not in the know, The Humanity Bureau is a film in which people who can’t pull their weight in society are exiled to a place called New Eden, and it also stars Cage and Sarah Lind. To hype up the movie, developer and publisher One Touch Distribution has released a video series, available on Oculus VR, which according to the description on the Oculus Store, “is a custom themed multi format movie experience app.”

The app includes “The Humanity Bureau VR cinematic experience in 7 episodes, bonus material from behind the scenes and making of, the feature film movie trailers, Standard 2D, Barco Escape formats.” And on Earth Day (April 22), users will receive the upcoming movie (which releases April 6).  The three-screen Barco Escape version, specifically, promises to “revolutionize the future of cinema,” which we doubt.

If you’re interested in check out the future of cinema, you can download The Humanity Bureau VR here.


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