Well, here we are again! Another day, another mini digital apocalypse. I have a feeling my Going Digital posts are going to become a series.
Hot on the heels of Nintendo shutting down the 3DS and Wii U eShops, we’ve had Battlefield Bad Company 1 and 2 delisted from the Microsoft Store, and now Nintendo (again) have released the news they are “sunsetting” the Pokémon Trading Card Online app. If Pokémon Trading Cards aren’t safe from these digital hitmen, what is?
What can I say other than fuck you Nintendo. They’ve completely closed down the eShop on both the 3DS and the Wii U. What this means is a ton of games, that were never released physically, have suddenly vanished from existence. Only available for you to download A) if you’d already purchased it or B) if your name is Jack Sparrow.
Our next podcast (episode 7) is about our favourite consoles, and spoilers, the 3DS features heavily for me. This sucks, and I feel sorry for the game developers who have had their games ripped out of existence. Praise be to websites like the Internet Archive.
The Best Company
This one hits a little harder then it should. Although Tom and I became friends working together. Our friendship truly blossomed, along with a few others chaps, on Xbox Live, playing Battlefield Bad Company 2. This games online was, and still is, one of the best online FPS experience’s I’ve ever had. Many nights in voice chat, fighting together, messing around, dropping the team off as I flew around in the Black Hawk (Tom and I seemed to be the only ones who were able to pilot it). It was brilliant fun. Great graphics for the time, and incredible sound design. You could literally hear the empty shells from your LMG landing and echoing in some of the empty rooms. And the destruction! I’d argue the best destruction in any game, bar maybe the Red Faction series. Battlefield lost its way chasing the Call of Duty dream. But for me, Bad Company 2 is a beauty, and will always have a place in my heart. Good job I own the discs….
If you weren’t aware, the Pokémon Trading Card Online app was actually quite cool. When you brought a pack of Pokémon cards, you’d get a little QR code inside, which you could scan in the app, then get to open a digital pack, which you could then use to create decks in the app to play against friends or against AI opponents. Now I’m not big on the trading cards nowadays, but it was pretty fun, and there are plenty of people who still play this.
Going, Going, Gone.
So here we are. Another reminder that digital isn’t always best. Oh yeah… Regarding that 3DS…. I’ll just leave this here…. See you on the high seas me hearties…..
Why not checkout our first post on what is likely to become an unhappy series here.
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