This week the Skirmisher investigates how loot boxes in gaming can cause some problems for certain players, especially younger ones. There is nothing inherently wrong with a loot box, but players need to know how they work and some of the negative effects they can have.
The Skirmisher rages against single player games that force their players to always be online and actively connected in order to play, which is an especially boneheaded move for a mobile platform like the Nintendo Switch.
Our Skirmisher columnist has not played a basketball game since 2009. But the pandemic has really made him want to play sports. So he gave NBA 2K21 a try on the Nintendo Switch. It wasn’t quite the slam dunk he was hoping for, but it wasn’t a washout either.
The Skirmisher talks about how the Super Mario 3D All-Stars release has been a slap in the face to fans of the series. Not only is this being put out in limited release to artificially inflate interest, but used copies are being sold for hundreds of dollars. Come on Nintendo. There is a pandemic and gamers deserve better than this.
The Skirmisher is concerned that the new diskless consoles will become the norm one day, leading to inflated prices for games and an elimination of the secondary market that many less wealthy players rely on.
Like most big-time sports fans, Skirmisher Sayatovich is having a disappointing year. Thankfully, there are lots of great sports games out there right now to help tide everyone over. And if things continue the way they are, it might be the best we can get for a long time.
Playing SpongeBob: Battle For Bikini Bottom Rehydrated got Neal remembering his love of the so-called collectathon games from yesteryear. He theorizes what happened to the former giants of Banjo-Kazooie, Spyro and other similar type titles in modern times.
This week The Skirmisher is letting his powder dry. Instead of griping about something, he breaks out some amazing games of yesteryear and tries to forget all about his troubles. Could these forgotten classics lift your spirits too?
Skirmisher Sayatovich settled in for the Ubisoft Forward presentation this week. And while the revealed games looked pretty good overall, he was disappointed that they seemed to follow the same old formula once again.
In the old days, armies of play testers had to make sure that games were nearly perfect at launch, because patching them was next to impossible. Today, early buyers of games have become unpaid play testers, patches come out frequently, and The Skirmisher thinks it’s weakening videogames.