The Switch and porting games over to it

This is a short article, but a quick note on why some games that appear to require a lot of power (such as the latest versions of Doom and Wolfenstein) have been ported over to the Switch, despite its lack of power compared to the PS4 and Xbox One:

The Switch may be under-powered, but it is not under-featured. It actually has all of the graphical features of the other consoles, it’s all just scaled back because of the Tegra chip it is using. Because of this, most ports are able to just scale back on the detail level, draw distance, texture quality, etc to run on the system. No game running on current-gen consoles actually has to undergo major changes to the rendering code to accommodate the Switch.

My top Switch games

So with E3 around the corner, SwitchForce pushed out their list of top 25 games for the Switch. So here is my list – it’s much shorter because I haven’t played as many games, but I still had a lot of fun.

My top played games according to my Switch:

  1. Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  2. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
  3. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  4. Stardew Valley
  5. Super Mario Odyssey
  6. InnerSpace
  7. Dragon Quest Builders (Demo)
  8. Overcooked!

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A few small thoughts on Mario + Rabbids

So a few small thoughts on Mario + Rabbids:

  • It’s a great game. I love the turn based tactics and the amount of thought I need to give each battle. I intend to play it all the way through, and I would definitely recommend it to anybody who is into turn based tactics.
  • It’s rather amusing that I see the occasional article asking about AAA third party games, but this one slips under the radar. I think some people forget that Mario + Rabbids is an Ubisoft title, not a Nintendo title 😆.
  • There are a couple of things that kinda limit how the game can be played: the way weapons are bought and having Mario be a permanent party member.

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About the power of the Nintendo Switch

So I’ve read a couple of articles from Techradar and The Verge, both claiming the Switch is about on the same power level as the Wii U. But I think this is a rather simplistic view, and I’d like to discuss a bit more about how much power the Switch has, and how it compares to similar products.

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Why Microsoft and Sony won’t make a “Switch”

So I’ve seen it suggested that Microsoft and Sony should make handheld consoles, perhaps as powerful as their regular consoles, or perhaps Nintendo make the Switch as powerful.

Unfortunately, I’ve got some bad news: The chance of the recent versions of the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 going portable are virtually nil. Microsoft or Sony may push new mobile devices, but they won’t (and probably can’t) be their mainline systems in a tablet form factor. Continue reading “Why Microsoft and Sony won’t make a “Switch””

Moved to new hosting!

I don’t know if I’ll be serious about this blog in the future, but I’ve always had some ideas for it. That said, I’m actually making an announcement: I’ve moved hosting from GoDaddy to A2 Hosting. GoDaddy was not keeping up with what I wanted to do, and would have been expensive to move to an encrypted connection. I wanted to try my hand at more modern technologies such as Node.js as well.

A2 Hosting is different. Thanks to having support for Let’s Encrypt, encryption is free. Node.js should be available as a server side language. And it’s just plain cheaper overall.

I had also moved the DNS records to Hover some time ago. They are also cheaper than what GoDaddy was charging me, and it wasn’t worth it to stick with GoDaddy.