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Are EA Leaving Season Passes Behind?

Another week passes by and episode 76 of the Gamers of the Lost Spark podcast is here for your listening delights.  Among the games being played by the guys and stories of the drudgery of clearing away festive decorations, the guys discuss EA’s decision to leave out the Season Pass from Mass Effect Andromeda. This bucks a seemingly inescapable and obligatory trend that during the last few years felt as if its unwelcome presence was here to darken our gaming doorsteps permanently, costs layered on top of the price of a game has never been a welcomed concept in the community and the situation is made worse when the majority (not all) of season pass content is usually disappointing.  So could it be that this announcement could hail a time when the constant clamour for cash for content could be dwindling?

Of course, no Season Pass doesn’t necessarily mean no requests of cash for content, after all the game could just as easily have the same old DLC in there, just without the initial purchase choice to be made by the consumer.

It’s a hope that may be unlikely but not impossible that could 2017 be the year when EA lead by example by ditching the Season Pass concept but also changing their model to a path in which extra monetisation is gleaned from cosmetic DLC alone, keeping games and the gamers that love them less fragmented and more fun.

We can only hope.
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The 2016 Gamers of The Lost Spark New Year Special

Yep, it’s the end of our first full year of podcasting and so in true gaming pundit form, the Eye of Spark Towers shines out and focuses on the games of 2016 in our 2nd Game of the Year Extravaganza.

It’s gonna be captivating, even enrapture-vating!

But firstly, in the spirit of the New Year descending upon us, here’s a brief retrospective and some offerings of thanks;

Since starting off in May 2015 the Sparks have grown considerably and we are really proud of what we have created, realising our ambition of creating a positive, energetic and objective look into the world of video games and associated technology through our eyes – gamer eyes.

We are absolutely delighted with the brand that we have created – just the two of us – and seeing the show reaching a wider audience over the last year and a half or so has been a real source of joy and excitement for us. It’s a real hard struggle to make a dream a reality especially when starting with nothing. Everything we have done has been voluntary and out of our spare time and with no commercial aid. We are formed on the basis of our iron gaming wills alone!

Special thanks must also, of course, go out to the fantastic James Thomas (@BIGsheep) for agreeing to guest on our show many moons ago now and for enjoying it so much that he has become a regular on the show. For all the appearances and all the input – Thanks James!

Of course, most importantly, we would like to thank You. Our listeners. For turning up, for listening in, for getting involved and helping us grow. Any venture of this type is nothing without an audience and so the biggest appreciation and thanks go to you. We will strive to continue to develop content for you to enjoy and trust us when we say it really is our pleasure to be out there for your listening pleasure. Thanks Guys!

This is our 75th Podcast and interestingly if you were insane enough to play them back in one ginormous playlist, it would run for… 181 hours!

That’s almost 7 and a half days worth of pure gaming chat, speculation and laughter encapsulating the last year and a half. It’s an achievement we are incredibly proud to look back on.

This week, Antony, James and Darren take the time to give the results of their top 3 games of the year after the difficult job of whittling down the many quality titles in what has been a solid year of gaming across the main platforms.

Tune in, not only hear the guys top 3 games of 2016 but also the results of these other challenging categories posed to the guys. Not an easy task and one which certainly caused a head scratch or two in the process of winner picking:

  • Honourable Mention
  • 2016 Missed Opportunity
  • Biggest Disappointment
  • Biggest High Point
  • 2017 Prediction

So, welcome one and all, join in the fun and take a listen and if you like what you hear, stick with us through 2017 – it’s gonna be one heck of a year!

Don’t forget If you would like to give us a rating or a review on iTunes then we have this handy link for you, click here to jump to iTunes review for the Lost Spark Podcast!

Moving Forward: Will Hello Games Escape the Shadow of No Man’s Sky?

As the festive season draws near and the nights are closing in, why not relax, pour yourself something that’ll warm those cockles and allow the Sparks’ to welcome the start of December with all the gaming news from the last week and this!

This week, in light of the No Man’s Sky Foundation update being released, Antony and Darren turn their attentions to what lesson can be learned from the disappointing release of No Man’s Sky and ruminate on whether any of that excitement and enthusiasm that the game basked in prior to release can be salvaged by this comprehensive update.

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Will You Switch To Nintendo?

The big news this week on the Lost Spark Podcast is the reveal of the Nintendo Switch and so of course, your friendly neighbourhood Sparks’ dive into the announcement with gusto discussing thoughts on Nintendo’s reveal trailer, speculation of those questions that the reveal didn’t answer and everything we know so far about Nintendo’s latest tech.

Is portability the killer move for Nintendo with this new platform in an era where smartphones and tablets do have a chunk of the market? Or does the fully fleshed out, more rounded and complete gaming experience that the Switch will offer give it the edge in that area, or is this a niche of its own, becoming what the Vita or even indeed the Wii U portable screen should have been?
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Another Rough Week For Sony and PlayStation

This week it’s been a rough week again for Sony as they have continued to release details of their new PS4 console, the PS4 Pro to a lukewarm response and have had to defend the decision not to include a HD Blu-ray drive in the Pro version of the console.

The week didn’t get any better as Shuhei Yoshida announced via the PlayStation Blog that The Last Guardian has been delayed until 6th December 2016.  On the blog post, Shuhei wrote:

The Last Guardian development team is fast approaching major milestones in production and has made the tough decision to delay the release of The Last Guardian a few weeks. The Last Guardian will launch on December 6, 2016.

Fumito Ueda, gen DESIGN and JAPAN Studio have a wonderful vision for The Last Guardian’s touching, emotional journey of friendship and trust, and we want to deliver the most polished experience possible for our fans who have supported us for so long. A delay is a difficult decision, particularly with this game, but we have encountered more bugs than anticipated while in the final stages of development. To ensure that The Last Guardian delivers on the experience that the game’s creators have envisioned, we need to take the extra time to work on those issues.

But it’s not all bad news because for Sony as they have shipped the lasted update to the PlayStation 4, the PlayStation 4.00 update offers gamers a refreshed system UI, Folder organization, updates to the Quick Menu and Share Menu, Library improvements, and much more!

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A big feature also available in this update for those with the HDR compatible TV is the rollout of HDR to ALL PlayStation 4s.  Unfortunately as we quickly found out that even though the PS4 is now HDR capable there are no games or content currently available to test it out. Continue reading

The Essential E3 2016 Games List

It’s back! The Lost Spark E3 Essential games list is here.

No need to run from site to site in order to create your most wanted games list. The sparks have done the hard work for you with our guide to the most essential titles shown at 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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