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The Legendary Pokémon Zamazenta awkwardly rotating on the spot like a mannequin, in Pokémon Sword and Shield
NewsMonday, 14th August 2023 by The Pokémon Company is “having conversations” about how it can better balance quality and quantity

As disquiet continues to build in the Pokémon fandom, it seems TPC has – quietly – acknowledged it for the first time. But will anything come of it?

A row of purple flags sporting gamescom logos
E3’s futureNewsRumourSaturday, 5th August 2023 by After snubbing E3, Nintendo, Microsoft, Ubisoft, and Sega are all heading to this year’s gamescom — plus, “Switch 2” rumours abound

As we speculate about why E3’s detractors are (mostly) heading to a lesser-hyped event, rumours of an imminent “Switch 2” reveal resurface.

The player character looks out over the Paldea region from the top of a lighthouse
ReviewFirst impressionsFriday, 18th November 2022 by Pretty, but patchy: were Pokémon Scarlet and Violet even designed for the current Nintendo Switch?

Sure, Game Freak aren’t known for well-optimised, performant code. But we’ve got other ideas about what’s caused the new Pokémon games’ issues.

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E3’s futureNewsUpdatedThursday, 7th July 2022 by E3 is back and it’s under new management (update: it’s gone again)

No matter what happens to E3, it can always rely on its white knight (Mike) to back it up. Summer Game Fest, Shmummer Schmame Schmest, says he.

The new Switch (OLED model) with a product comparison chart overlaid on it
FeatureGuideMonday, 12th July 2021 by Welcome to my incredibly “scientific” and “ultimate” Switch model comparison chart

Still undecided on which Nintendo Switch to pick up? Mike has done some digging — and thinks he’s definitively ranked the three available models.

The Switch (OLED model) includes a wiiiiiide adjustable kickstand
Best ofFeatureGuideTuesday, 6th July 2021 by A deep dive into the Nintendo Switch (OLED model)

We’ve picked apart Nintendo’s press releases and spec sheets to bring you a closer look at the new Nintendo Switch (OLED model). So what’s changed?

A diagram showing Steam Remote Play streaming from a desktop PC to a laptop (or vice versa)
FeatureGuideTuesday, 6th July 2021 by Steam Remote Play: it just works (sometimes)

Steam Remote Play is amazing and ahead of its time — but maybe that’s part of the problem? Here are five things to try when your play… stops.

An off-screen photo of Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! running on the new Switch OLED model
NewsUpdatedTuesday, 6th July 2021 by Nintendo announces Nintendo Switch “OLED model”, available October 8th

It’s got a new kickstand and “enhanced audio” — but this isn’t the “Switch Pro” everyone was hoping for. So is the Switch OLED worth the upgrade?

An animated GIF showing Matthew's MetaHuman creation
ReviewPreviewsWednesday, 16th June 2021 by I accidentally created Zac Efron and Will Poulter’s lovechild in MetaHuman Creator

Sims 4-style people creation comes to Unreal Engine thanks to MetaHuman Creator. Matthew puts it through its paces with… uncanny results.

A happy looking slime from Slime Rancher 2
E3 2021NewsMonday, 14th June 2021 by In Tweets: Xbox & Bethesda did not “win E3”

This year’s Xbox showings felt more like mood pieces than proper trailers — we couldn’t make head nor tail of them. Slime Rancher 2 looks cute, though.

Key art for Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope
E3 2021NewsSaturday, 12th June 2021 by In Tweets: Ubisoft announces new Mario + Rabbids and, um, other things?

Ubisoft had a lot to show off — to the point their E3 show almost felt a bit muddled. But then we met Rabbid Rosalina, and all was forgiven.

Key art for Two Point Campus
NewsVideoThursday, 10th June 2021 by Theme Hospital + The Sims 2: University = Two Point Campus

We finally got a glimpse of our next adventure in Two Point County — and it brought back old traumas. We’ll never forgive EA for killing Bullfrog. Never!