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My E3 Daydream for Nintendo: BYOSwitch

My E3 Daydream for Nintendo: BYOSwitch

I’ve got two logistical E3 nightmares to tell you about today, one that’s really happening and one that I just dreamed up in response to the former. Further below you can read Polygon’s summation of Nintendo’s elaborate plan to get more people playing Smash Bros. at E3 next month in June. But basically, it involves an email process that starts weeks in advance of E3, to reserve a ticket, for a chance to play one of two versions of the game.

Now for my elaborate nightmare scenario which is much, much cooler. Unfortunately, the linchpin is that we live in a perfect world where wifi isn’t total crap at overpopulated venues. That caveat aside, how amazing would it be if you could bring your Switch to Nintendo’s booth and simply download their E3 demos? I imagine they could hard-code the downloads to destroy themselves after 10 minutes (whether you launch the game or not), disable in-game screenshots and videos, and lock it to your Switch’s MAC address so you can’t repeatedly hammer their wifi to download again. They could even barricade their booth like a Faraday cage so you have to be inside to get connected. Want to play something again? Now you get in line for a demo station.

They’d never loosen the leash like that on super early products, and the technical hurdles would be immense, but it’d be an amazing way to try out Nintendo’s E3 lineup. People would flip out when suddenly they’re playing the latest Smash Bros. or Metroid (or Star Fox Kart?!) with their own hands on their own Switch. They’re already part of the way towards my dream; Nintendo staff will be on the lookout for people playing on their personal Switches and will be handing out exclusive tchotchkes. Just make the tchotchkes a little slip of paper with the wifi password and we’re practically living my dream! Bah. Instead, here’s that boring thing that Nintendo is actually doing:

“To shorten the time fans will need to wait in line to try it, Nintendo invites E3 attendees to reserve play slots ahead of time for just this game,” the company announced. “This should provide fans with a faster, smoother experience so they can play the Super Smash and spend more time enjoying the rest of the June 12-14 show.”

Registered E3 2018 attendees will receive information from the event’s organizers starting June 5, in an email that outlines all possible opportunities to reserve play time with Smash Bros. Only those who sign up in advance will be able to play the game at the show; they’ll receive their tickets as a QR code upon successful registration.

The tickets will entitle players to checking out one of two modes: “for fun,” Smash Bros.’ more casual type of match, and “for glory,” which is a heated, elimination-based fight. You won’t be able to choose both, mind you; at the time of registration, you must choose which of the two you’re prepared to try out at E3.

It’s Free! on PlayStation Store for May 16th

It’s Free! on PlayStation Store for May 16th

Welcome to the middle of May! I hope you’re into free-to-play games or you like reminiscing about mobile games that are on the verge of being shut down because it’s another weird, slim week of free offerings on the PlayStation Store. The most interesting addition is an assortment of in-game items for Final Fantasy XV that celebrate King’s Knight, the real-world mobile game that the characters IN the game also play. Square Enix announced in late March that the Android and iOS game would be shut down in June and to commiserate they’ve added King’s Knight themed stickers, clothes, and music to Final Fantasy XV.

For those of you with PlayStation Plus subscriptions there also a pair of monthly top-up packs for a pair of free-to-play games:

TERA: PS Plus Pack

  • Shadowmare—a spectral mount with a Movement Speed of 280
  • Blue Baseball Cap—just in time for Spring training!
  • 15 Days of elite status which includes account benefits like double XP, fast travel, and more!

3on3 FreeStyle – 2018 PlayStation®Plus Bonus Pack (May)

  • Random Gold Card Pack
  • Skill Training Item
  • Coin Buff Ball (1D)

Lastly there’s an official Fortnite SHAREfactory theme that you can use to jazz up your clips of Thanos and a new demo for an old PlayStation VR game, Apex Construct.

Have fun being sad about King’s Knight, grab ‘n go y’all!

It’s Free! on PlayStation Store for May 9th

It’s Free! on PlayStation Store for May 9th

Hang on, do you smell something? Oh nasty, it’s the wet fart of a super slim week of free stuff on the PlayStation Network. Sitting atop the dust pile is something that will definitely shift the sales numbers on Middle-earth: Shadow of War, 4K cutscenes for PlayStation 4 Pro machines.

This 4K Cinematic Pack renders cinematics at 4K resolution for the PlayStation®4 Pro. Experience the epic story of Baranor and the war for Mordor brought to life in breathtaking detail.

The only other freebie for the week of May 9th is another PlayStation Plus booster pack for Knights of Valour, the Three Kingdoms brawler that I waned off of last year. If you’re just coming to the free-to-play title though, you might as well grab this bundle, those free weapons really do help out in the early levels.

  • Silver Wings: Diao Chan’s exclusive purple class weapon.
  • Sickle Hook: Guan Yu’s exclusive purple class weapon.
  • Suckling Pig ×2: Restores HP by 40%.
  • Strategist’s Bag ×2: Randomly performs a magical skill.
  • Master Medicine ×2: Increases attack power by 30% for 15 seconds, not stackable.
  • Silver x50,000.

Here’s hoping the well hasn’t run totally dry in the lead up to E3 or these updates are going to be pretty mild for the next month and a half.

It’s Free! on PlayStation Store for May 2nd

It’s Free! on PlayStation Store for May 2nd

Get ready to die… in 4K HDR because the DARK SOULS™: REMASTERED Network Test ver “demo” is ready to download on PlayStation 4. You’ve got between May 1st and the 8th to download the demo in advance of the actual test period when the game will be playable: May 11th and 12th from 6pm PDT through 12am each day.

“Players will play the game as testers to play the game before release. This Network Test is to ensure that the game will be able to manage its online capabilities on the day of release. The network test will be free of charge and will be available to all players. We hope that you will take the time to join in on this opportunity.”

In other free game news this week there are demos of both Super Mega Baseball 2 and Pixeljunk Monsters 2. And rounding out the week with some in-game freebies are Happy Dungeons with their monthly bundle of 50 Happy Jewels for PlayStation Plus subscribers and Songbringer: The Trial of Ren with a new free level.

Get to dyin’!

It’s Free! on PlayStation Store for April 25th

It’s Free! on PlayStation Store for April 25th

It’s April 25th. Do you know where your PlayStation Store freebies are? They’re right here! The biggest release of the week is a free demo of Detroit: Become Human, Quantic Dream and David Cage’s latest choice-em-up, about robots who go around spouting unrealistic dialog.

That’s the closest we’ve got to a free game this week but you can grab some free stuff for a pair of games you may already own. Gravel is back with another freebie, the venerable Ford Bronco, while Pure Farming 2018 adds goats, goat farming, and goat husbandry to its roster of farm-related diversions. Need to gussy up your badass clips from God of War or Warframe? You’re in luck because both of them have free SHAREfactory themes this week.


Grab ‘n Go, friends!