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22 November 2020

Digital game verse Physical game

Playstation 5 is out and the actual pricing have been released. 


Looking at the pricing position it seems many would be going to buy the digital edition as it is SGD $130 cheaper than a physical one. It seems like a no brainer but there is something more and that lead us to this topic of Digital game and Physical game.

For that we need to understand how physical game works. 

Disclaimer: Below is just example (may not be the actual numbers) but to illustrate how physical game cost and digital game cost.

Physical Game Sales
Traditionally before the internet age, physical copy were sold to retailer and the official listed price is always set by game maker or console game maker. Let's say a game official listed price is $50. That is the price that reseller sell it to the end customer.

Reseller who have shop front and overhead would need to earn from the listed price. So how much is the reseller should be earning from the $50? Maybe a certain percentage of that $50. Which mean the reseller get the game in at lower price from Game or console maker.

Game maker would need to cover the cost of physical copy, logistic of the physical game such as transport and storage. That would be in the cost.  Lastly not forgetting game development overhead and also license royalty.  On top of that some portion was spend on marketing. 

That would be how Physical game work,

Digital Game Sales
So what is the cost of Digital game? Well it would be very much on game development (game development often are one time cost but with all the online DLC content would be recurrence) , internet storage and bandwidth for upload and download and some marketing cost. 

Traditionally digital game should appear to be cheaper as many of the overhead were gone but somehow at this point of time if you look at the console official game store you will find the pricing is not much different with physical copy especially the latest game. 

The reasoning was to keep the physical shop in business and fairness but we all know where console maker are moving to as they design their console right? 

Think harder, Think again

Many still support Physical copy because of the freedom for consumer to control. They can lend to their friend, resell it or keep it in their collection for display.

Well you can argue that digital game will be also in your online account but is that really so? What happen to your Playstation 3 digital game in your account? Is it still there? Do you remember those game you purchase now no longer able to download?

Online account give offer for FREE game regularly and yes what if one day you no longer subscribe to your online account? Can you still play those game and do you still able to get your saved files?

I would also said that ideal console should be an independent console that do not need updating of OS and need to be online to play even a local game. 

The question is have the gamers given too much footing over years to allow console maker who love the customer to get more profit from customer and short change them? 

That is something I will leave you as the consumer or gamer to think about. It seems they want us to be there unless true gamers wake up and before you know we accepted the way gaming distribution works. 

On another note the gaming 2020 award is coming and the winner may not be what you expect it to be too! 

Exciting time 2020. 
 



25 June 2019

Harry Potter Wizards Unite Reduce Brew Potion Time

Just started off Harry Potter Wizard Unite and doing some Potion brewing. There are some way to reduce the time of brewing by casting some spell by movement of your wand.


If you have done that more than 3 times successfully, it will register those move in the Potion menu like the following for Exstimulo Potion.


For the Stronger Exstimulo Potion here are the moves
 


Here are the Healing Potion and Baruffio's brain Exlixir


Strong Invigoration Draught and Invigoration Draught


Potent Exstimulo Potion and Dawdle Draught


The Wit-Sharpening Potion


We will be updating more regular in this post for sure! Come back for more!!



29 May 2019

Pokémon Sleep and PokémonGo Plus +

If you are a player of Pokémon GO then you may want to know you can use your sleep to play Pokémon GO as well!

Remember PokémonGo plus? In time to come there will be a Pokémon GO Plus + which is a device just like Pokémon GO Plus but more function as it is flat and it will track your sleep pattern with the Pokémon Sleep App.


Yes you will be rewarded for your sleep when you are using the Pokémon Sleep app and I guess it will link to your Pokémon GO account maybe like hatching egg?


If you are into sleeping App, then this could be a PLUS to you.

More detail on this Pokémon GO Plus Plus and Pokémon Sleep App.

Follow us for update on this.



06 March 2019

Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 04 VR Kit

Nintendo has announced《Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 04 VR Kit》for Nintendo Switch which introduce VR experience to Nintendo Switch users.

There are two option to get Nintendo Switch user a head start.

First the complete Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 04: VR Kit which will be priced at USD $79.99



Here are what that is inside and each mode are color coded and will come with a game.




“Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 04: VR Kit – Starter Set + Blaster” which will be priced at USD  $39.99 would be more to basic who want to have an experience with a budget.







Players that own the Starter Set can purchase the following optional expansion sets to expand their experience:



■ Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 04: VR Kit – Expansion Set 1: Available at a suggested retail price of $19.99, Expansion Set 1 includes the Toy-Con Elephant and Toy-Con Camera.

■ Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 04: VR Kit – Expansion Set 2: Available at a suggested retail price of $19.99, Expansion Set 2 includes the Toy-Con Wind Pedal and Toy-Con Bird.

Do note that the 2 expansion sets do not include the Toy-Con VR Goggles or Nintendo Labo: VR Kit software.)


Labo VR kit  will be available in stores on 12th April 2019.

Read more at  https://labo.nintendo.com/kits/vr-kit/



12 December 2018

PokemonGo PVP is Out!

Here is our first hand experience of PVP on PokemonGo!


Now you can have option to Train with the Trainer to get a feel how PVP works. Doing so will earn you the long lost badges of ACE trainer. Do note each training will only gain you 1 point but the good news is that your Pokemon wont need any item to heal them.


If you are challenging a real player you have 2 choices.

1. Scan QR code for those with you personally. The QR code will expire after a period of time.
2. Go to your friend list and if they are online (only for Ultra and Best Friends status), you can invite them for battle. It is entirely up to them to accept or not.


Then you are given 3 league to fight. Do note the limit is CP. So if there are Legendary Pokemon with low CP, you may see them in those battle.

So if you want to major in the lowest CP league then make sure you keep your useful Pokemon on those CP level and not evolve or power them up.

You are given some time then to choose 3 Pokemon. My advise is always think about what your opponent maybe using and choose those that counter their Pokemon.

The battle system is very straight forward. You choose 3 of your Pokemon and fight. Unlike Raid or battle in Gym, you cannot "avoid" attack by swiping left or right. So you can forget about dancing.


What count is you have to see what Pokemon is against you and is his attack is effective against you or is your attack effective against him.

When you are using your charging attack, you are given time to charge by pressing real fast to double your attack damage. If the opponent used the Shield, it basically nullify your attack. So plan your attack wisely.

If the attacker move is effective against you, you are given only 2 shield to block that attack. So use wisely especially you know their attack against you are effective.
 

If you win, you will get plus 1 point of the League badges depending which league you were playing along with some stardust.

This really is fun as now you can battle your friends in real time. However this also would distract you from Raid, battle in Gym or capturing Pokemon. So look out for those invitation as if you are online, your friends would know by seeing the ability to send invite to you to battle.

I would share more if I discover more over the days!



11 December 2018

What SD card should I get for Nintendo Switch

When one got a Nintendo Switch which already have 32 GB on board, one would be looking for SD card to expand the memory.

If you are looking into that, you need to know at least what type of SD card  is good enough for you to use on it.


Officially Nintendo recommend to have any SD card that has UHS-1-compatible and that have a transfer speed between 60 and 95 MB/sec. That basically mean your SD card should be at least Class 10. Also Nintendo Switch will support up to 2TB MicroSDXC cards.

PS: As of now in Dec 2018 there are no 1TB MicroSD card yet. The biggest on the market is only 512GB till date. 

Depend on your budgets and also as time goes on SD card would be dropping pricing of the same capacity over time.

What I purchased was a Samsung EVO 64GB micro SD SDXC Class 10 UHS U3 Memory Card 100MB/s. This SD card suppose to have up to 100MB/s Transfer speed with Class 10 and U3 compatibility which is more than enough for speed transfer that Nintendo recommend.

Having a 64GB would take some time to fill it up as Nintendo don't play music nor allow video watching. So it would more on screenshots, game saved or games. Of course if your budget is higher you can go for the 128GB / 256GB / 512GB. For me is the economy of prices and capacity.


Hopefully this would give you some rough guide on what SD card to get. What Brand you want  totally your choice but just make sure it is original and from company that actually made memory card you should be fine.

If you find this useful, share it and like it! Thanks!




10 December 2018

How to mute voice chat in Fortnite on Nintendo Switch

If you ever playing Fortnite on Nintendo Switch, one of the most irritating moment would be having someone on their mic and kept shouting.

In normal circumstances on PC, we can move the mouse to the team member name and click on the speaker icon to mute it. But on Nintendo, it need another solution.

So here is how it can be done.
1. While you are in game press - button
2. The screen would list out a group of name. Go under the nick name of the one that you find irritating and press X.


3. You would instantly silent him off.

Happy Playing!