Games Inbox: Why I sold my Nintendo Switch and Xbox Series S

Growing up doesn’t need to be such a serious business

The Monday letters page has some very different examples of how gaming affects people’s lives, as one reader is happy to forget Sonic 3D.

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No fun allowed
So I’ve always had a keen love for gaming and this has expanded from my childhood years to my early adult life. I was but a young lad of a few years old when I discovered gaming and since then I’ve been fortunate enough to share this hobby with my adult self but, like a Shakespearian tragedy, I’ve lost that love and potentially for good. I’ve slowly realised that playing through a game such as Horizon Forbidden West and Bloodborne, that I could be doing something beneficial instead, such as browsing jobs and compiling research on topics of interest. Spending time with my family and more importantly, growing up.

It’s that I’ve become older and my interests have focused on the future. Potentially pursuing my dream job and building a family one day, I’ve realised that my interests as a child was to enjoy life and not worry about paying the bills or looking after my loved ones. As I’ve grown to a 24-year-old man it’s time I put aside what was once cherished memories and that I treasure it forever, but I focus more on building that stable future.

Perhaps one day I can pass on this love and memories to my children and regale them with my tales of how I spent time playing through such marvellous games, such as FIFA and it defined my childhood, as it could very well theirs. Today, however, I seek to build that future and build my happiness, whilst forever loving my memories of gaming and that is why I have sold my Nintendo Switch and Xbox Series S. To leave my childhood, in the past and focus on my future.
Shahzaib Sadiq

Of Terrapins and turtles
In reply to Clifford’s important question. I believe they were in fact teenage mutant ninja ‘terrapins’. Cowabunga dudes/dudettes!
TheTruthSoul (PSN ID)

RE: Clifford. I went to a zoo recently and learned that tortoises are a subspecies of turtles. To put it another way, all tortoises are turtles but not all turtles are tortoises. Since the characters of our youth did a lot of swimming, it’s fair to think they are turtles and not tortoises.
Joseph Dowland

GC: Did they do a lot of swimming? We don’t remember them having any special affinity for water.

Only the good ones
Well, if Sonic Origins is including the Mega Drive games then it’s missing that one by Traveller’s Tales. Probably for the best as I can’t even remember it’s name, it wasn’t that good.

A few important things are the collection reads Sonic 3 & Knuckles, which is the ‘locked on’ way of playing the game. I don’t believe we’ll be able to play it separately.

So the Sonic & Knuckles intro will be missing, the third boss of Launch Base Zone wasn’t in the original locked on way of playing. As well as changes to some music, like the theme of Knuckles.

I wonder what music they will include as the PC version of Sonic 3 changed the music of a few stages, which were the ones we fans believe Michael Jackson made.

Is this possibly the reason why there’s a separate music DLC pack? The collection is overpriced anyway, and they should have just included at least this DLC, if not all of them.

I will probably pick this up when it’s heavily discounted, as it just sounds very bare bones for the asking price.

And I owned the original games, as well as the Sega Saturn Sonic Jam collection, which was fantastically well made in terms of the presentation and extra content.
Oni-Samurai (PSN ID)
Currently playing: Horizon Forbidden West (PS4). Loving the game, not liking the chattering Nanny.
Recently finished: Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Dreams, Resident Evil 3 Remake (PS4).

GC: That would be Sonic 3D: Flickies’ Island, aka Sonic 3D Blast. As you say, it wasn’t very good.

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The real Riddle
Reading the contributions with the high usage of the word ‘bro’ reminded me of a kid I once met at a gathering. We were all sat around a Master System playing Sonic 2. Every time, literally every time someone died, he would say ‘radical way to die, man’. It really does take all sorts to make the world go around.

Also, those Master System Sonic games were great.
EvilMoomin

In answer to your question, the reader that keeps using bro in every sentence is because he is using the name Matt Riddle. Matt Riddle is a WWE wrestler known as the original bro and uses ‘bro’ as his catchphrase.
NLPN2K

I know you probably know this, but the reader called Matt Riddle who says bro all the time, there’s a wrestler called, yes, Matt Riddle who’s a pothead and says ‘bro’ to everyone, so this reader is pretending to be him. Keep up the amazing work, I read your section on the Metro website every day!
Pete Reynolds

GC: We didn’t know that; we’re not sure if it makes it better or worse.

Making a splat
Very excited to hear that Splatoon 3 is on the way and only suffering a very small delay. My big hope for this version is not really anything to do with the game itself, which is already almost perfect and just needs more of everything, but that it gets the recognition it deserves in the West.

The game is huge in Japan, one of Nintendo’s biggest, but it only seems to have been a minor hit in the West and I never see that many people talking about. I’m guessing this is because online shooters are a much more established thin in the West but even so, the game is fantastic and full of great and original ideas.

So when it does arrive I really recommend everyone giving it a chance. And if you have the Expansion Pack already, for Nintendo Switch Online, I strongly recommend giving Octo Expansion a go too, because that’s a fantastic single-player game too.
Vex

Everyday life
An old friend of mine, Derek, related a story to me recently which I think demonstrates quite beautifully the way games can bring people together under challenging circumstances.

Back in the early ‘90s, Derek was keen on this girl, Linzy, but she had a friend, Mandy, who apparently wasn’t very pleasant and who was determined to play the sour-faced gooseberry at every opportunity, scowling with obvious relish at my friend and moaning as much as possible.

Anyway, Derek and his crush used to be quite fond of co-op Streets of Rage 2; they played it for hours on end round his house, having a huge amount of fun whilst at the same time bonding and getting to know each other.

Meanwhile, Mandy would often accompany them and sit across the room refusing to play, whilst making continued disparaging comments toward Derek such as ‘Games are for sweats’ and, his personal favourite, ‘Can we go please, Linzy, it stinks of p*** and onions in here’.

Long story short, Derek and Linzy, despite finding the friend’s presence uncomfortable at first, made the best of a bad situation and began to see the funny side; almost as if the absurd attitude of the friend and the attendant hilarity, combined with the genius of Streets of Rage 2, brought them closer together.

Derek and Linzy actually become an item not long after, dating for many years until time and conflicting values, as well as Linzy’s growing predilection for a local ex-sailor – described by Derek, quite memorably and with an undercurrent of slight bitterness, as ‘Gary the stonk-merchant’ – drove them apart.

Meanwhile, Mandy, as Derek revealed to me with obvious glee, got ‘sent down’ not long after he and Linzy began dating, something about a sun bed racket and a nasty incident involving a bowl of Weetabix.

I appreciate that this message may be slightly long-winded but I thought it a rather lovely, if occasionally unsettling example, of the way in which games manage to weave their way into the fabric of our lives.
Mark F
PS: Elden Ring – not sure I agree with the notion that it’s more accessible than other Souls games. To me it’s as punishing and uncompromising as ever, whilst remaining just as intoxicating. I actually found Bloodborne easier to get into.

Eight times easier
I don’t agree that Octordle is much harder than standard Wordle. In fact, quite the opposite.

13 tries gives plenty of space to lay down almost all of the letters of the alphabet and thus reveal most, or often all, of the qualifying letters for all eight words. Then it’s just a matter of constructing each word.
Steve

Entertainment first
Gaming is a big part of my leisure time and entertainment. I started during lockdown and really enjoy it… mostly.

From Red Dead to The Witcher, Batman to Guardians Of The Galaxy, I love them all. You name it I’ll try it. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by many titles including The Outer Worlds, which was brilliant.

Having completed Horizon Zero Dawn and enjoyed it I was looking forward to Horizon Forbidden West and that was my next ‘project’. However, a spanner in the works appeared in the shape of Elden Ring, so I was torn between Aloy and the other guy, decisions, decisions; so I decided to buy both.

I must say Elden Ring was much better than I expected, got up to level 55, beat a few of the ‘unbeatables’ samurai’d my way through to my delight. I was so immersed that I didn’t notice how samey it was getting and I kind of wasn’t getting any further, so I decided to play Horizon. Well, it was such a joy, stunning to look at, great story, brilliant characters, and I didn’t lose things when I died, which I hardly did.

Elden Ring must be doing something right, given the numbers it’s sold and the coverage it gets, and it’s a great challenging game, but I prefer to be entertained not challenged in my free time.

So if I had to recommend one or the other it would be Horizon, I still dabble in Elden Ring but it’s way too much like hard work for me.

Don’t know what my next game will bring but if it’s anything like Horizon I’ll be happy.
Anon

Inbox also-rans
Is the June 31st release date that I’ve heard about for the Cuphead DLC official or just a rumour? I’ve been desperately waiting for it since it was first announced a couple years ago!
Adams6legend

GC: It’s actually June 30 (there is no 31st in June) unless it gets delayed again.

RE: Are Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles actually tortoises question? I believe the rat Splinter may have been because Raphael was heard to announce he tortoise everything we know!
Johnny Alpha SD
Currently playing: Elite Dangerous, Star Wars: Battlefront 2, and Sea Of Thieves

GC: Good heavens.

This week’s Hot Topic
The subject for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Cubby, who asks what is your favourite game of the current generation?

It’s obviously been a strange start to the new generation but it’s being going for a year and half now, so what do you think is the best game on the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X/S?

Since there are so few next gen exclusives you can talk about cross-gen games but which one has impressed you the most and why? What, if anything, do they say about the new generation, and what do you hope to see from the new consoles in the future?

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