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What Do We Want From Switch 2?

The evidence is mounting. Switch 2 is coming this year, and could be announced as soon as next month. I’ve been pretty vocal about the need for an upgrade. As someone who has a good 4KTV and little interest in a handheld, visuals have been a barrier for a long, long time. Controversies over issues – especially Pokemon-shaped issues – have done little to make me more interested. My Switch became a Smash machine and, frankly, it’s ...

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Microsoft: How Not To Handle a Crisis

It’s been fascinating to watch the fallout from the Xbox third party rumours this week. But what’s been more fascinating is Microsoft’s complete lack of response to them. The gaming community has hit fever pitch. If I wrote an article about how the next Xbox was going to charge you per hour of gaming time, it’d get picked up and shared by people desperate for any bit of negative news. It would be treated as fact. For context, this is…

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Top Tips for Gambling on Mobile and Tablet

One of the biggest innovations of the last twenty years helped revitalize the fading gambling industry: the smart phone. And while things have come a long way in the years since, it’s not always easy to play on a mobile phone compared to a PC. Some things apply wherever you want to play, while others are more handheld or tablet specific. But whether you’re looking to play on a phone or tablet, or a PC, some of these tips should…

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Baffling Xbox First Party Shift is a Ridiculous Gambit

Xbox look set to release all of their games onto PlayStation and Nintendo consoles, and in the very near future. And despite a large amount of theorising, that’s about all we know. But that is bad enough. This is very much a breaking news story, and I held off writing anything in the hopes that Microsoft were sensible enough to put out an official statement overnight. But it hasn’t happened. A variety of leakers and insiders have confirmed ...

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The State of Play Was An Exciting Look At 2025

I went into last night’s State of Play excited to see what I might be playing on my PlayStation in 2024. And on that front I was disappointed. But man, 2025 can’t come fast enough. Don’t get me wrong, 2024 is going to be an awesome year. We’re in the actual month that the actual Final Fantasy VII Rebirth releases, and that’s the most exciting gaming thing in years. It looks like Metal Gear Solid 3: Delta will be out…

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The Case for a God of War Remake

I recently finished God of War (2018) and very much enjoyed it. I know this isn’t going to be news to most people, but it’s really rather good. And while I could easily write a couple of thousand words on what worked (and a quite a bit less on what didn’t), there’s one thing that I felt stood out more than anything: the original God of War needs a Final Fantasy 7-style remake. Sony is in their “pointlessly releasing old…

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A 2024 Reminder to Check For Casino Deals

I get it, it’s easy to fall into the same old routines. Especially when you’re happy with the service you’re using. But in all walks of life – including online casinos – it’s worth considering what the competition might be able to do for you. This is your new year reminder to check whether you can get some bonuses from other online casinos. You’ll have seen these before. In an effort to get people to sign up for their ...

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Tetris IS a Life Goal

For the first time ever, the NES version of Tetris has been beaten. It’s been done by a 13-year-old teen from Oklahoma. And that is a hell of an achievement. Unless you ask Sky News’ Jayne Secker, who ended a segment on the lad, Willis Gibson, by saying “Tetris is not a life goal”. “Go outside, get some fresh air,” she said. Ignoring that in the current day, being really good at video games can open a lot of doors…

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2024: Predictions for the Year Ahead

The last couple of days of 2023 are upon us, and that means we can click over to a new year of gaming news. 2024 is going to be a quieter year in terms of games, but will it be as quiet in terms of news? Without any further ado, I’m going to take a look at what might happen over the next 12 months. More Poorly Performing Games It seems for a couple of years there we had a…

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2023: A Year of Highs and Lows

Christmas is over, and soon 2023 will be too. Hopefully it’s been a good year for you, and you had a very merry Christmas. New Years is a time for contemplation. To look to the past and to the future. Today I figured we’d look back at the last year. I’ve already written about what an amazing 12 months it has been in terms of games, but that’s only part of the story. The truth is that 2023 was only…

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