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Gaming Rapture, Is The Bioshock Collection Worthy Of A Double-Dip?

This week, the Sparks discuss all the latest goings on in the games world and spend a good degree of time remembering and appreciating the Bioshock franchise after the announcement of The Bioshock Collection; a HD remaster of the series, Bioshock, Bioshock 2 and the awesome Bioshock Infinite all complete with DLC.

Join us on a nostalgic stroll down the lane of some of the most enjoyable and atmospheric environments that gamers’ dared to tread, from the depths of Rapture to the heights of the air city of Columbia, that first encounter with a Big Daddy, that harrowing original Bioshock trailer and much more.

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The Lost Art of Surprise – Do Pre-Show Leaks Take The Shine Off E3?

This week James Thomas (@BIGSheep) joins Antony and Darren on the Pod adding his unique mix of insight and critique that just, well, simply classes up the whole affair to be frank.

With E3 almost upon us, the excitement at Spark Towers is tangible and so, of course, a fair chunk of debate time is allocated to discussing and dissecting what treats will be scattered before us at next weeks show and at the pre show conferences.

Taking a layer of sheen off things though is the now usual and ever increasing (at least, so it seems) number of leaks in the run up to the event.

Are these leaks truly uncontainable? Or could they be some kind of industry PR orchestrated attempt at hitting us with news in a way that makes it seem more exciting? If that is the case, then we could expect that all the great news would indeed be held back for the big conferences over the E3 week of gaming goodness.

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If that is the case, well, that’s all well and good but here’s an idea, in fact no, a plea, from the Sparks and indeed any gamers that will join in the cry.

Legitimate or not – Please try to plug those leaks before E3! #dontleakE3

For gamers all around the world E3 has always been such an exciting time and never more so than nowadays when, thanks to the awesome evolution of technology, this hallowed event has also evolved. From its humble beginnings as a primarily business affair, to a much more exciting and inclusive event that is available for fans to watch live along with the press, to share in the anticipation, excitement and delivery of the gaming news that will shape the next year of our beloved hobby.

So please, leave the surprises alone and keep the leaks away.

Of course, it wouldn’t be an E3 with out the Lost Spark E3 Predictions, so this week Darren, Antony and James running through some possible , some crazy and some down right awesome predictions for the celebration that is E3 2016.

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After All This Time Can The Last Guardian Still Impress?

This week, along with many other questions about the mysteries of the gaming world, we ask the question that chills us to our very bone – what if The Last Guardian was so over ambitious at it’s first reveal way back when, that all it could ever do was meet an expectation set almost ten years ago?

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Would Oculus Support Convince You To Upgrade To Scorpio?

The rumour mill is at it again and the latest morsel to bounce off from that ever turning grindstone is the speculation that Microsoft are, as many have suspected, indeed working on some new Xbox hardware. A slim model firstly will be bestowed upon us and next, the much more exciting idea of an Xbox One upgrade – codenamed ‘Scorpio’ – that will house a more powerful GPU and technically could handle 4K. Though unless the I/O transfer was increased this would mean lengthy load times for 4K content.

These specs mean that the Scorpio could technically support Oculus Rift which surely would be a great boon to the guys over at Microsoft in wake of Sony being well on the run up to releasing their own VR system for PS4.

Lets hope we hear more at the upcoming Microsoft event at E3.

The question is, if this Xbox Scorpio does come to fruition, would you upgrade your existing Xbox One for the benefits of this next iteration? Or is it all too early for such upgrades?

How do you feel about this shift in console life-cycles and deployment that seems to want to bring itself more in line with the Apple model of more iterative updates rolled out more frequently? Should it be left as it always has been, with a big gap and a big jump in tech for the newer models upon release (not so obvious a jump these days it seems). Or is that ideology an antiquated concept these days and by getting in line with Apple, are Sony and Microsoft merely moving inevitably along with the demands of current times?
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Has E3 Lost Its Spark Or Is The Magic Still There?

This week amongst the usual wealth of gaming and tech news that the Sparks’ discuss the glory days of E3 are lovingly looked back on. Have the best days of this core gaming event passed us by and will E3 return to former glory this year or in future? Antony and Darren swap stories of enjoying the conferences of E3’s past, chat about how they feel that it really is a core gaming event still, that brings not just the press but also the gaming community along for the ride causing a level of excitement they are sure could only happen in gaming.

As more big players drop out of the main event though, a tremor of worry rears its head – could the best of E3 already be behind us? Let’s hope not.
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Should Legend of Zelda Be An NX-clusive?

This week joining the Sparks from the choppy waters of the @PiratePortRadio podcast, it’s Abstractacas.

Excitement and speculation is rife regarding Nintendo’s latest console and has been for months now. At last though, we have been given an official release date and some information that rather than helps us with what to expect, rather prepares us for what not to expect. So, we have a March release date and that’s great to know. We can all look forward to getting more official information on the run up to release. It will also give purchasers of the PSVR time for their wallets to cool off before taking the next gaming plunge should they choose to. Also, we have been furnished with the tidings that the new Legend of Zelda game will not be on Wii U in time for Christmas and it will in fact be releasing next year, at the same time as the NX version.

This raises some questions with the Sparks:

Is this a repetition of what happened with Twilight Princess and could the development of a Wii U version mean that the NX version is held back? With the lack of love and attention that the Wii U has had over its life it seems surprising that a new Zelda game should be anything but exclusive to Nintendo’s new system. A benchmark game to fly the flag of the new console’s abilities, unimpeded by another version that may hold it back. Surely this should have been planned as an exclucive? An NX-clusive if you like (sorry).

Now then, what about what not to expect, well, lets not expect the NX to make an appearance at E3 as that is not scheduled to happen and lets not expect any blockbuster releases for the Christmas season on the Wii U, unless Paper Mario – Colour Splash gets you all tingly.

Here’s hoping for a better 2017 for Nintendo.

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Does PSVR Have What It Takes To Compete With The VR Big Boys?

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And so at last, Sony have lifted the veil on the release and price of the eagerly anticipated PlayStation VR HMD. With a price of £349 / €399 / $399 and a release date set for October the Sparks are wild with excitement for Sony’s addition to 2016’s VR releases.

The specs look promising, and as expected, Sony’s contender won’t be able to deliver an experience to match it’s bigger brothers who harness the power of PC to deliver their brands of VR… However, with the specs it does have, the all important existing install base, Sony’s focus on VR as a social experience and of course that all important much more accessible price point, does that matter?

Could we see the leaner and cheaper option being the VR entry point into VR that many have longed for.

The Sparks debate this and wonder if, when concentrating on what PlayStation VR has and what it offers, opposed to just looking at differences between it and the other two big players on the scene, that perhaps Sony is releasing a David amongst us that, if the experience delivered meets expectation, will stand head and shoulders against the Goliath of it’s more powerful siblings resting upon its own very relevant attributes of harnessing that existing PS4 install base, bang for buck and of course, the incredibly positive developer support it has from being part of Sony’s Playstation brand – over 230 devs at time of going to press. Continue reading

Why Do We Expect Budget Prices For Indie Titles?

Last Week ‘No Man’s Sky‘, the epic space adventure from ‘Hello Games’ finally got a release date and will be launching on June 21st on PlayStation 4 and PC.  The PC version, will cost £39.99/$59.99, according to listings on GOG and Steam while the PS4 version will cost £49.99/$59.99 and a special package, the Explorer’s Edition, will be available for $149.99 exclusively at iam8bit.com.

With the announcement came internet criticism as some felt the price was too high for this title but we say that this old way of thinking – ‘it’s an indie game so I expect to pay £20/$30 for it’ – needs to end and we need to stop placing games in brackets just because the size of the development team.

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Does Firefight Now Make Halo 5 The Complete Multiplayer Package?

This week the Sparks, with help from our friends at Globegig Media are trying something a little different, we go in front of the camera to bring you the first ever video version of the Lost Spark Podcast.  Please let us know in the YouTube comments what you think.

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Will Destiny’s £25 Boost Packs Tip the Balance of Fair Play?

Darren drags Antony out of his Star Wars spoiler proof bunker for another fun filled episode, in which the Sparks debate Destiny’s latest offering to their loyal gaming community and ask, have we finally reached the stage where microtransactions threaten to upset gameplay balance and if not, are we just one step away from the dreaded ‘Pay to Win’ scenario dividing ‘The Haves’ and the ‘Have Nots’ that lies in the Sparks worst nightmares?

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