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Super Mario Party is one of Switch’s biggest missed opportunities

Super Mario Party is one of Switch’s biggest missed opportunities

A little over a year ago, Nintendo released Super Mario Party for the Switch. Like many of Nintendo’s franchises, Mario Party is one that’s been running for decades, so bringing the franchise to the Switch was a no-brainer. After a few years of experimentation with the Mario Party series that - in my opinion at least - mostly missed the mark, Super Mario Party was something of a return to form. As someone who has been playing since the very first game in the series, that was an exciting thing to see.

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Nearly nine years later, Terraria is the game that keeps on giving

Nearly nine years later, Terraria is the game that keeps on giving

With PC being my main gaming platform, it should come as no surprise that I own a lot of games on Steam. My library seems to grow with each big sale, and collectively, I've played those games for thousands of hours throughout the years. Even though I have a backlog no sane human being could ever hope to tackle, there's one game that I keep coming back to time and time again: Terraria.

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2019 in Review: Mobile highs and lows

2019 in Review: Mobile highs and lows

As we welcome a new year, we take a look back at the 12 months that came before it, with fondness or otherwise. Like all other years before it, 2019 had its winners and losers and the events that transpired will shape the mobile industry moving forward. We take a quick glance at some of the highlights of the mobile market in 2019 to also steal a glimpse at the trends that are in store for us in 2020. And, no, it's not just all about 5G.

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How Cats became a box office Catastrophe

How Cats became a box office Catastrophe

What a way to close the decade. All the hopes of delivering the endearing musical classic, Cats, to the big screen is all but lost. Produced by Universal, Cats is receiving some of the worst box office performances you will ever witness.

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There is no “simple trick” to privacy

There is no “simple trick” to privacy

As 2019 draws to a close, if the past twelve months - indeed, the past decade - have taught us anything, it's that you can't take privacy for granted. While there have been plenty of high-profile hacks, leaks, and data exposed through general mismanagement by companies large and small, the reality is that much of the time our personal information gets distributed not because it's stolen, but because we don't take sufficient care with it.

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The future of Star Wars is TV, not movies

The future of Star Wars is TV, not movies

Outside of the original trilogy, Star Wars movies have been something of a mixed bag. The prequels have been famously derided by almost everyone for two decades, and though the reaction to the sequel trilogy has been better, it also hasn’t been unified. The Star Wars sequels, particularly The Last Jedi, have been divisive films, and now that the trilogy is complete, there are a number of people who are left feeling like LucasFilm and Disney didn’t have a coherent vision for the sequel trilogy before they set out to make it.

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Air Taxis: How will they work

Air Taxis: How will they work

Beating the jam by hailing a flying taxi could soon become a thing. Major players like Boeing and Uber are pouring in big money into air taxis as a new way to bring people around cities. Most of these taxis today look like small planes or helicopters that ferry people to airports, beaches and other destinations efficiently, greatly reducing the amount of time spent in commute.

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What’s going on with Netflix on Switch anyway?

What’s going on with Netflix on Switch anyway?

The Switch is quickly closing in on its third birthday and, therefore, the beginning of its fourth year on shelves. The console has enjoyed a lot of success over these past three years, not only in terms of sales but also in the number of excellent games that have launched for it. After the abysmal failure that was the Wii U, Nintendo bounced back with the Switch and now it seems unstoppable.

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Steam’s customer service has been garbage for far too long

Steam’s customer service has been garbage for far too long

Any PC gamer out there will be able to tell you that there are three truths in life: we're all going to die, we all need to pay taxes, and we all know how awful Steam's customer support is. Steam's lack of comprehensive customer support has become a meme at this point, and with Steam being the king of the PC digital distribution hill for so long, it seemed like it was never going to change.

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Windows on ARM needs to tell a different story

Windows on ARM needs to tell a different story

Windows on ARM processors, which has recently taken the form of Qualcomm's Snapdragon platforms, isn't exactly a new story and, so far, it has never had its happy ending. Earlier this month, Qualcomm revealed yet another attempt to retell that tale, this time with a slight bent towards affordable Windows devices running on new 8c and 7c platforms. It could be bound to fail yet again, but it doesn't have to. In fact, the timing might be perfect but only if Qualcomm and Microsoft try to spin a different narrative.

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An ode to short games

An ode to short games

Everyone who buys video games is concerned with getting their money’s worth. These days, that seems to take the form of evaluating one's total playtime. Gamers across the internet will proudly boast about the number of hours they’ve played a game as compared to how much they’ve spent on it, as if that price per hour is the ultimate indicator of quality.

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5G Matters: It’s more than just about streaming and mobile

5G Matters: It’s more than just about streaming and mobile

Since the end of 2018, network operators, silicon makers, and smartphone manufacturers have all been rallying around 5G, the next-generation wireless technology that is promised to revolutionize the world. Much of the rhetoric around it focused on faster speeds, lower latencies, and support for dozens if not hundreds of devices. Many of the examples carriers use to talk about how downloading an HD video file would take only seconds, something most consumers would be able to relate to immediately. While it does make 5G more understandable, it also boxes people's minds around the concept of 5G as "just faster 4G", and that undersells the new experiences that 5G will enable in the near future and beyond.

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