Gamesland News

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News
– Due to a lack of ‘sincerity’, Nintendo has been heavily critisised for patching out a bug in its game Tomodachi Life (3DS) which allowed male Mii sprites, having been assigned a female gender, to become pregnant and have a baby. Nintendo issued an apology, and now everything seems to have died down.
– Ubisoft’s newest game, Watch Dogs, has been revealed to run at 720p on the Xbox One and 900p on the PS4. Both consoles will run 30 frames per second. This has led to more wondering whether Watch Dogs is poorly optimised, as other games can run at 720p/60fps no problem on the Xbox One, and the PS4, which is more powerful, is able to do that with double the number of pixels (1080p/60fps).
– Microsoft is releasing a Kinect-less Xbox One, which will retail at $400 in the US, pricing it even with the PS4. Interestingly enough, in Australia it’s $500, $50 cheaper than the PS4…This may be just enough to turn the tide in this gen for Microsoft, especially as now it is able to use the 10% of RAM allocated to the Kinect is able to be used for other purposes.

Non-News
So what’s the deal with Pokémon? I mean, the community is crazy about these new Hoenn games. They’re so popular? Now, I know pokémon is a much-loved franchise, but I’m fairly sure the Kanto and Johto didn’t receive the same kind of fanfare. I may be influenced by this hype as well, I’ve started rebuilding my collection again. I’m looking forward to these games, as it was one of the only two gens I haven’t played (the other being gen 5, why are those still $70 at gaming stores? They’re more expensive than the 3DS games!!!). September, here we come!

That’s all the news for this week, but come back next Friday (23.05.14) for more news from the Land of Gaming!

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