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I'm a hack amateur on the home audio front, but I've sunk a stupid amount of time (and money) into my main hobby - video games. 😜

 

A couple of years ago, I got into the Nintendo Switch and, well, I've never looked back. Wondering if there are any Switch gamers lurking here? It's such a fantastic console - completely encapsulating old-skool gaming fun for me.

 

(Talking of old-skool... prior to the Switch, I'd amassed a collection of ~160 retro consoles but found the upkeep and maintenance too much...and pensioned most of them off 😥)  

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My daughter who just turned 23 and has a Degree in Games Design is trying to convince me to buy her one as a delayed birthday present...…  I'd aleady bought her a Sony PS4 Pro because she used that excuse as R & D to get her Degree.....  I don't think she can use the same excuse as getting into the industry as a paid designer is not that easy to get into.... She's tossing between 2 casual jobs and also doing volunteer work for the local council in educating kids trying to get into the industry.

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I want to be a Switch owner, but am being tight until tax time.

 

Actually keen on getting my daughter into games (good parenting right there).

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14 hours ago, OzDJ said:

A couple of years ago, I got into the Nintendo Switch and, well, I've never looked back. Wondering if there are any Switch gamers lurking here?

Hiya, my then 12 yo saved up and bought the Switch. I agree, it is a beautiful portable gaming system and it reminded me of the first mini tape recorder/music players that Sony produced a long time ago. I think it was OK for reliability considering how the joy sticks slide onto the sides and the screen resolution was also nice. Did you feel a but coming... There was so much competing for everyone's family time that something had to give. You know, a nice phone device that has games and a pretty good camera for hobbyist, an Alien Area 51 PC with upgrades that make it a fabulous gaming machine, and then there are the Microsoft Surface and Laptops for their schooling. The great thing was that it was really easy to sell and feel we had a great experience. Just wonder if it is a format that can work in the modern day. Probably, especially if more than one family hook up. I have one reservation and that is how the games are setup. They are so expensive and maybe with a better business model we would have invested in more games and the Switch would have had more use. I noticed with the PC gaming model, now Steam and Origin streamed services, my lads want a new game every couple of months. Nintendo need to switch to a streaming type model for their console to really happen. Do you feel that way about the game side of things OzDJ?

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9 hours ago, thathifiguy said:

I want to be a Switch owner, but am being tight until tax time.

Actually keen on getting my daughter into games (good parenting right there).

Keep an eye on OzBargain.com.au and get ready to pounce when the killer deal pops up. 

 

And there's nothing wrong with gaming, of course. Great parenting indeed! 😉

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8 hours ago, BrettBR said:

Hiya, my then 12 yo saved up and bought the Switch. I agree, it is a beautiful portable gaming system and it reminded me of the first mini tape recorder/music players that Sony produced a long time ago....

I know exactly what you mean! I suspect we might be of a similar vintage. 

 

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Just wonder if it is a format that can work in the modern day. Probably, especially if more than one family hook up. I have one reservation and that is how the games are setup. They are so expensive and maybe with a better business model we would have invested in more games and the Switch would have had more use.

You're certainly not the first person to have lamented the price of the software. Indeed, sometimes you'll see reference to the "Switch Tax" when a game on PS4 or XBox One ends up being 25%+ more expensive on the Switch.  True to their 8bit and 16bit roots, Nintendo went with 'carts' (for portability and reliability reasons) and those solid state memory units have a unit cost orders of magnitude larger than a BluRay disc equivalent. 50GB BluRay disc cost ex-factory USD0.62 vs USD3.10 for the smallest 1GB Macronix HybridFlash card. 

 

That said, there are literally thousands of games you can buy for the Switch now and even quality 3rd party titles can be found for under $10 on the eShop or under $20 secondhand. Nintendo rarely discount their first party releases as they maintain a view that quality should cost more. Look at what first party Wii U games still sell for. Egads!

 

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I noticed with the PC gaming model, now Steam and Origin streamed services, my lads want a new game every couple of months. Nintendo need to switch to a streaming type model for their console to really happen. Do you feel that way about the game side of things OzDJ?

I'm old-skool mate. I want to have my games in my hand and know that they can't be arbitrarily taken from me by a company flicking a DRM switch. 😉

 

And I can't see Nintendo going down this streaming service path any time soon, unless it's for older titles via the virtual console functionality under Nintendo Online. 

 

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I've owned a Switch for nearly a couple of years now and I reckon it's a pretty good console. I originally played Mario Odyssey and Mario Rabbids Kingdom quite a bit until I finished them, but play the console a lot less nowadays. It can go months without being used - it's more a time restraint for me than anything to do with the console.

On flights and trips away it's great, I generally save Zelda for those times. Most recent game purchase was Mario Party, which is great for the kids.

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On 12/06/2019 at 12:01 PM, Eli said:

I've owned a Switch for nearly a couple of years now and I reckon it's a pretty good console. I originally played Mario Odyssey and Mario Rabbids Kingdom quite a bit until I finished them,...

Two classics on this platform...have no doubt! 😃

 

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but play the console a lot less nowadays. It can go months without being used - it's more a time restraint for me than anything to do with the console.

I'm hearing you. I have around 450 games and I've managed to get started on less than 20 of them. 😫 

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