We did another podcast

A while back, I posted that I’d been part of a podcast pilot for the ugvm newsgroup. Reception to it was actually quite positive, and so we did another one. And this week, we did another one.

That’s two proper episodes and one pilot now. Already about six more episodes than I expected it to run for.

Anyway, yeah, this is a plug for that. You can find them all over on the ugvm site, or just search for “ugvm” on your podcast service of choice.

The format is the ugvm standard “Play, Want, Bin” structure, with a bit of chat and some news and stuff. Look, it’ll pass the time while you’re on the bus to work or blot out your family for a bit, so it has a use, yeah? And unlike a lot of other games podcasts it’s very low on the swears so it has that going for it too.

I’m not selling it very well. I’m sorry.

Play Want Bin Expense: 2017-10-09

Chop chop, dig dig.

There are too many games. Too many. And I only have two of them.


Golf Story (Switch)
The silliness is so good. The golfing is surprisingly great. It’s funny and nonsensical and I’m really enjoying it. Sure, there are seemingly a lot of fetch quests and “find all the things” quests, but that doesn’t matter. It’s great. However, it’s suddenly started playing second fiddle to…

Stardew Valley (Switch)
What is there to say about this? It’s Harvest Moon, only sort of not. It’s got digging and making things and in some ways it feels a bit like Minecraft, but it’s definitely Harvest Moon, Animal Crossing or Miitomo. There’s something addictive about planting seeds and watering them every day. Or wandering the entire map looking for stuff lying on the ground. Or fishing. All menial tasks and all not fun at all on the face of it. And yet, I’ve put 12 hours into it already and it only came out on Thursday.

Lego Star Wars The Force Awakens (PS4)
Only a bit on this. We’ve finished the story of course, and have now done what I think is all of the extra levels. It’s just a case of returned to Free Play them all for red bricks and minikits. Only there’s a problem – unlike all the other Lego games, you can’t see which levels you’re still missing collectables on. This means that, unless you’re making notes, you have to load each level, check the pause screen, then quit if it’s already done. Really, really annoying.


Fire Emblem Warriors (Switch)
Next week! I might leave it a while though, as I’ve so many other games on the go.

Super Mario Odyssey (Switch)
I have pre-ordered this, but the place I’ve ordered it from is going to deliver it to the wrong address even though I chose my house at every stage in the process and asked them to change it afterwards. So I doubt it’ll arrive on the day. Boo.

Lego Ninjago The Movie The Videogame (PS4)
Going to see the film this weekend, I think. Might be hard not to buy this sooner rather than later.


The map screen on Lego Star Wars TFA not showing red bricks/minikits collected.


?Bye-Bye Boxboy! (3DS) – £2.69
Stardew Valley (Switch) – £8.79

Play Want Bin Expense: 2017-10-02

Too many games. Too many! Imagine.

Stabbing and murdering. And that’s just Lego!


SteamWorld Dig 2 (Switch)
Bought, played and completed. Just like that. Then went for 100%. It’s a fantastic game, always a pleasure and never a chore. Although the final, after-100%, trials are the hardest thing ever and I’ve not managed to best them. Yet.

Hitman (PS4)
Completed! Had a lot of fun with this, finding ways to make use of the schedules and weaknesses discovered to bump off people in interesting ways. Crushing the heart (literally) of the heart transplant bloke, poisoning a lawyer via fugu, making use of a battering ram, and tinkering with a Tuk Tuk. It’s the best Hitman game.

Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens (PS4)
It’s Star Wars and Lego. Not a fan of the former, but a fan of the latter, so it was OK. I don’t like the two new mechanics (cover shooting and multiple builds from the same bricks), but they’re not deal-breakers. The stats say we finished the story in under 10 hours, making it the shortest Lego game by some way, but there’s still plenty to do as the stats also say 25.4% complete.

Picross S (Switch)
This looks kind of weird on the big screen, but that’s probably only because I’ve only played 3DS picross games for the last few years. I’ve not finished many puzzles yet, mainly because of…

Golf Story (Switch)
Long wanted, and finally here. It’s a sort of adventure game, only with golf and golf-related game mechanics. It’s a little rough round the edges (literally – I’ve got stuck in or on scenery multiple times so far, and had to quit out), and the multiple pixel sizes jar a bit, but it’s nuts and lovely and I’m really enjoying it. I’ve just gained access to the third course, having fed some fish, dug up an idol, found some lost turtles, played disc golf, and all sorts of other not-golf activities.


Stardew Valley (Switch)
Rumours abound this’ll finally hit this week. Let’s hope!

Fire Emblem Warriors (Switch)
This month, apparently? Blimey.

Mario Odyssey (Switch)
Also this month. I’ve pre-ordered it!

Lego Ninjago The Movie Videogame (Switch, or maybe PS4)
ALSO out this month. Sake.


All the games coming out at the same time. Come on lads, sort it out. It’s not even Christmas yet.



Golf Story: £10.79
Picross S: £5.75
Super Mario Odyssey: £35.14

The Apps That Apple Killed

Gone, and mostly forgotten.

Today is the day that Apple went 64bit only on both iOS and macOS (well, OK – that’s in a few days), meaning all those 32bit only apps that haven’t been updated are dead to you should you decide to upgrade your operating system.

Thankfully, in a way, I won’t be moving to iOS 11 any time soon. Not because of this, but because I have a large number of devices and cables that iOS 10.3.3 have rendered “unsupported” because Apple didn’t licence them or something. I’m not ditching all them, so 10.3.2 is where I’m staying for the foreseeable future. Unless iOS 11 is more accepting? I doubt it.

I was interested, however, to see what apps I have on my phone that would no longer be available to me.

To be honest, very few of these ever get used. Some, such as WiFinder and Distant Suns stopped working properly ages ago anyway so I should probably have deleted them already. Bookworm crashes when I try to load it.

Flight Control and Harbour Master were some of the first games I ever got for my iPhone, way back when I purchased a shiny new 3GS all them years ago, so I’ve some nostalgic attachment to them even if I haven’t played them in almost as many years.

Touch Mouse was useful when I used to connect my laptop to my telly to play PC games, but I do that via Steam Link now. Various media players and connectors are no longer of use to me.

In fact, the only apps there I regularly use are Night Clock, Adobe Ideas (although I forget which of the two with that name is the good one) and Recordium. I can imagine I can easily replace those. Oh, and Peggle Classic (actually, my daughter rather than me), which can’t be replicated.

It’s a shame they’re going, although as I said – it won’t really affect me. Yet at least.

Play Want Bin Expense: 2017-09-18

Time to pack the Vita away again.

A two week catchup this time. Partly because I did the first week in the All New ugvm Podcast! Go and listen to that.


Persona 4 Golden (Vita)
I have completed it. Last time, I said I was so close to the end: I wasn’t. Well, I was, but that wasn’t the real actual proper One True Ending. So I had to go back and do that instead. Wow. An excellent game, all 100 hours of it.

Sonic Mania (Switch)
Which I also completed. I’ve completed it six times now: twice with Sonic (but not all the emeralds), and then once with Sonic, Knuckles, Tails, and Sonic and Tails with all the emeralds. I’ve also managed to get gold for all the Blue Spheres levels. Next up – Knuckles & Knuckles mode! Only problem with that is you can’t save.

Hitman (PS4)
Yes, the new one. Well, newest one anyway. It’s brilliant. I’m a terrible assassin, as I keep accidentally killing innocents, or forgetting I’m not supposed to be seen by people, or bodging the kills, but I’m really enjoying it. I’ve “done” the tutorial, Paris and Sapienza, and one of the two targets in Marrakesh.

Lego City Undercover (Switch)
100%! We were stuck on 99.9% for a while, and I was convinced it was a bug, until I realised that flying vehicles aren’t included in the unlocked vehicle counter but are included in the game completion percentage. We’d not bought a helicopter, so there was the missing 0.1%. Phew.

Project Octopath Traveller Demo (Switch)
I love the art style. I’m not far enough in to make comment on the game itself, but the art is lovely. I’ve started the story of the “dancer”, who appears to be more, uh, hands on than a dancer might be, if you catch my drift. It started getting a bit “adult” and my daughter was watching so I thought it best to stop there. I’ll play it more when she’s not about though!


Golf Story (Switch) is out THIS WEEK!
Stardew Valley (Switch) is out either this week or next!
SteamWorld Dig 2 (Switch) is also out THIS WEEK!

Also Mario Odyssey, Fire Emblem Warriors, etc. as per usual.


My Vita, I suppose, since I’ve no use for it now.


Nothing! Which is just as well because all them Switch games are out this week and next.


Look, “deKay’s eShop” is nothing to do with me

Golf Story – Out This Thursday According to deKay’s eShop! from NintendoSwitch

It’s some “inside joke” and nothing “this kid” has the inside scoop on, sorry.

That said, if it isn’t this week it should be next week, right?

I did a podcast

The Voice

Some 15 years or so back, I came up with the stupid idea of creating a PDF magazine about video games. I edited it, and the people from the newsgroup uk.games.video.misc provided content and support. It was pretty novel at the time, and we got quite popular.

However, it took a lot of work and as a result became less and less regular. Eventually, it folded. Which was odd because it was a PDF. That was a terrible joke.

Not so many years ago, three perhaps, I posted a new idea in the newsgroup. What if we did a podcast? People said yes, but then suddenly things happened in my personal life so I shelved it.

Until now.

Or rather, last week. I re-suggested it, people were responsive, and despite being short notice, four of us recorded a pilot episode on Thursday. It has since been edited (a little), uploaded, and despite various issues with length and audio, The ugvm Podcast didn’t turn out too bad. Even though I’m on it! Whodathought.

If you like people saying “erm” a lot, microphones that cut out, hour long shows that somehow are 100 minutes instead, and have a passing interest in video games, then why not have a listen?

You can find the first episode here: http://ugvm.org.uk/podcast/ugvm-podcast-pilot/, and it should also be on iTunes and other podcast directories if you search for “ugvm”. If you want the RSS feed, it’s http://ugvm.org.uk/feed/podcast. Feedback to podcast@ugvm.org.uk and/or @ugvmpodcast appreciated!

Play Want Bin Expense: 2017-09-04

You’re such a moronji.

Never before has my Vita been used so much. When is Persona 5 out on the Switch, anyway?


Persona 4 Golden (Vita)
But of course. I’m 94 hours in and so close to the end I can smell it. I’ve beaten the final boss after discovering who the True Bad Guy is, but because I Max S. Linked Marie (not a euphemism) there’s a whole extra bit. The dungeon I’m in at the moment has strange rules, like your SP halving after every fight, and all your items are stripped from you. Worst thing is, I can’t save the game so I’m hoping my Vita’s battery survives. Also in the game, I accidentally became “intimate” with Rise despite the fact I’d already made Chie bae. Bad Things may happen.

Sonic Mania (Switch)
Finished, with all the emeralds, as Knuckles. It’s a shame you don’t get the final boss like you do with Sonic, though. Should I play as that Tails vermin next? Hmm.

Lego City Undercover (Switch)
We’re up to about 96% complete. There are a handful of areas of the map where I’m missing one or two tokens or actions, and one level I’d noticed we’d somehow not got 100% on the studs for some reason.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Spirit of Justice (3DS)
Totally forgot I had this. I was away, and had taken my 3DS, so I started it. I’m near what feels like the end of the first court case, and so far – it’s more Phoenix Wright. Which is absolutely fine. Loving the puns. Can’t wait for the stepladder joke.

Data Wing (iOS)
That Matt Lees guy recommended this. I’d normally ignore telephone games, but this one didn’t have any of my usual concerns: the controls work fine on a touch screen, there are no adverts, and there are no IAPs. Not only that, but it’s completely free. Free. How could I not at least try it? So I did. And completed it. And it was great.

Ninjago: The Ride (IRL)
No, this totally counts. At Legoland, they’ve got a new ride. You sit in a carriage which swings around a track, while giant 3D cinema screens play out a shooting gallery style game. You use your actual arms to virtually fling ninja magic at baddies, Kinect-flail style. It’s all Lego Ninjago, and is quite good fun if utterly knackering. And my wife beat me.


Some of these are getting pretty close to release now. Or are already out but I’ve not bought them:

Fire Emblem Warriors (Switch)
Mario Odyssey (Switch)
Golf Story (Switch)
Lego Marvel Super Heroes (Switch)
Metroid II: Samus Returns (3DS)
Picontier (Switch)
SteamWorld Dig 2 (Switch)
Blaster Master Zero (Switch)
Splatoon 2 (Switch)
Stardew Valley (Switch)


I went on the Switch eShop to buy that Gunvolt Striker re-release double pack only to find it was mispriced at £31.49 instead of £13.49. Only then I found out that it wasn’t mispriced at all – it should be £31.49. For two old 3DS games. Which are cheaper on the 3DS. My eyes rolled like a slot machine.


Data Wing, wot was free.