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    • I know, I know, It's really popular right now to shit all over Nintendo's new online program. But that's not what I'm here for. In fact, I think it's pretty good. I'm here to set the record straight.

      Nintendo Switch Online is only $20 USD for an individual membership, and way less if you split the cost of a family membership. For a third of the price of its competitors (at the most), I don't really care what else NS Online has to offer. I can play my games online, and I can do it for cheaper than PS4 or XB1 users can.

      It gave us designated servers for MK Deluxe and, later on, Smash Bros, and while, for some reason, Splatoon 2 didn't, I never really noticed connection issues while playing. Peer-to-peer isn't really bad at all, unless your friends have really bad connections. And most of the third party games we play don't have designated servers anyways.

      You also get a pretty cool ever - expanding library of NES games, which is an added bonus. Now, I get that this is a shitty replacement for virtual console, and that many people have bought these games many times and might not want to buy them again, the library comes at no additional cost with an online service that is already affordable.

      Some people seem to think that charging customers for online is a crummy thing to do, but these companies want to make money. It sucks, but when you have an additional service for a product, it's a bad business strategy not to charge.

      The only legitimate problem I have with NS Online is the voice chat. Only Fortnite supports it without the use of your phone, and even then you need a wired mic. For me, this is a big let-down because I think it's something that can easily be fixed. All Nintendo have to do is release a wired-to-Bluetooth audio port adapter, which I've found on Amazon for $16, and release a software update. If you're someone who really wants voice chat to communicate with teammates, the price is more than justifiable. Using your phone is really clunky and definitely not an option.

      That being said, as the title of this topic indicates, I really do believe you get what you pay for. When you're paying $2-20 a year for online, I can move past these things. I think the real reason we're all complaining is the Osborne effect. I think Nintendo advertised the fact that we would have to pay for online service way too early. I was ready to pay for this a year ago. I was ready to pay for this in January. But the truth is, we all got comfortable with playing online for free and how well it worked. We all took it for granted as something that shouldn't be monetized and when the time came to pony up, it took us by surprise. 

      I'm really interested in knowing what the general consensus is with this, who bought it and who won't. Feel free to leave us your opinions, and who knows? Maybe this'll help some people that are on the fence to go either way. 
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    • Sony announced its Playstation Classic today and somewhat surprisingly I have been reading some threads of people who are not at all excited by this. Now, I am a Playstation man, through and through, so my opinion may be somewhat biased, but overall I really like the idea of the retro mini console and having it stocked with games. Older consoles, controllers, and especially game carts and discs become worn and useless as time goes on. Experiencing older games on a crisp new screen with responsive brand new controllers sounds great to most of us, but to many it will never live up to the original experience of untangling the controller cords, blowing the dust from your cartridge and switching the TV input over to RGB. I totally see both sides of the argument and I think that these retro consoles are not for everyone. I had serious plans to purchase the SNES Classic but never got around to it and now it seems as though many of those games I would've bought it for will end up on the Switch at some point anyways. Even the PS Classic is kind of lost on me now considering Final Fantasy 7, 8, 9, 10, 10-2, and 12 will all be out on the Switch soon. So what do you all think?
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    • Hello fellow Radarians! It has been a while since I have posted anything new so I figured.... I would do exactly that! This post concerns my newest obsession: Hollow Knight. Man, oh man. What a game this is! I am a major metroidvania fan, so games like Axiom Verge and Owlboy already appeal to me, and Hollow Knight is no different. There isn't a ton to mention as far as what makes this game special to me or stand out in a major way, but it is special and it does stand out. I like everything about this game. The art style is simple and unique. The gameplay is very simple and easy to handle, however, the enemies and bosses are anything but. This game challenges me in the same way I am challenged by a Dark Souls title. You fight, you die. You fight again, you die again. You try and level up, return to fight, die again. It's really a smashing good time. Something about the lore of the story has me drawn in as well. This underground kingdom of bugs, that has this tragic and mysterious past, is tons of fun to explore and master, searching every nook and cranny for new things. The other bugs you meet all have distinct and engaging personalities and voice acting, although they are speaking "bugish" and we cannot understand them without reading the text on screen, that somehow just fits perfectly and sounds right 100% of the time. My favorite bug voice is of the cartographers wife, Iselda, and her bored sounding sigh of "bafanada..." This game is hard as hell and super engaging. I highly recommend it for its playability and the way it translates from big screen to handheld. Some metroidvania games are best viewed on a smaller screen(Axiom Verge is a great example of this; on my 66" screen the game looks silly), but that does not apply to Hollow Knight. I love the way it looks on my TV and it is perfect and cozy in handheld mode. I bought this game while it was on sale for around $8 and I had a few hundred points, too. It cost me maybe $5 in the end and I have enjoyed it far more than Octopath Traveler(which I was SUPER excited for) that I paid $59.99 for. 
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    • So now that Smash Ultimate has been announced and EVERY SINGLE Smash fighter ever (and some extras) are a part of the roster, I'm curious to find out who everyone's main might be.

      Personally, I'm excited to try out Little Mac now that air dodges improve recovery. I hope that might help to balance out his attacks without occasionally falling off the map with no control whatsoever. I also want to try out the Ice Climbers and how their two-in-one combo fares against some of the newer fighters. 

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    • Proud to announce that as of today NintendoRadar is now available in app-form on all your favorite mobile devices! We had a feeling you might like one *cough, ahem, a'choo* 
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So, I've been trying to change my diet around recently. Buying things that are healthy for me and easy to eat, that don't go to waste because they actually taste good and I don't end up not eating it!

 

I discovered this amazing replacement for bags of sweets and I've been super happy about it. Especially as a gamer, it's always nice to have good snack about, so I thought I'd share my findings with my Nintendo buddies :)

 

Trail Mix

Trail mix is delicious. If you get get a good quality bag with dried bits of banana chips and cashews, mmm, MM! So tasty, great energy, fantastic substitute to a bag of sweets.

 

Japanese Rice Crackers

They come in bags of assorted shapes and sizes. Some savoury, some sweet. They've replaced crisps in my diet. Not sure how healthy they are if I'm honest, but they feel a lot more filling than crisps and taste real good.

 

Coconut Milk & Soya Milk

I found dairy products don't really agree with me that much. You may not realise, but they could be causing you issues also. Most humans have an intolerance to lactose to some degree. I've found coconut milk to be a tasty alternative on breakfast cereals. If you want something nice to go with coffee or tea though, you're better off with soya as it suits these drinks better. There are quite a few milk alternatives out there though, so perhaps there's a different one that you'd prefer. Like oat, hazelnut or almond.

 

Shortbread

I've been trying to cut palm oil products out of my shopping. As I don't like how these companies are letting the unsuspecting public, take part in their violations to sustaining the forests and wildlife, and protecting human rights in these areas. Most biscuits include palm oil I have noticed, so I thought it handy to know that shortbread isn't made with any oil, so you can always be safe in buying this as a nice biscuit snack, without having to read the label and wonder if you should feel guilty while you eat it.

 

Melon, Grapes & Pickled Gherkins

I feel these fruits and veg are a little under-appreciated, so I thought I'd bring some light to how tasty and efficient they are. Grapes aren't too big so easy to snack, don't need peeling and taste damn good. Melon is super cheap and is also one of the best tasting fruits around imo. Honeydew melon is delicious. For sweet pickled gherkins, I only ever buy the tiny bite-size ones, as again I like things that are easy to snack and the big ones are a little over zealous on their flavour and texture. A jar of small, sweet pickled gherkins is another cheap tasty snack I like to keep around, to keep me healthy and not gorging crisps and sweets!

 

 

 

 

What are your favourite gaming snacks? Any other healthy snacks or easy peasy healthy recipes, I'd love to know about them. Or un-healthy if you like, I won't judge, I also buy fudge all the time! :)

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I wish I could buy these products and feast on them while i'm gaming. Too bad most of them are unavailable from where I live. Luckily, I can't get fat and can eat whatever I want. Still though, I want these snacks.

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Trail mix can actually be just as bad as the sweets, depending on what's in it. Other good healthy options are Cheese Sticks, and various simple wraps that you can throw together in a couple of minutes. You can also try all the things you like sweet wise, modified to use agave syrup or honey. The processed cane sugar and corn syrups are really the nasty stuff in the sweets.

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For me, any crisps will do, a little treat as I will usually eat healthily throughout the rest of the day ;D

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Trail mix can actually be just as bad as the sweets, depending on what's in it. Other good healthy options are Cheese Sticks, and various simple wraps that you can throw together in a couple of minutes. You can also try all the things you like sweet wise, modified to use agave syrup or honey. The processed cane sugar and corn syrups are really the nasty stuff in the sweets.

 

Good to know. I get these bags from a independently run little health food store, owned by a Workers' Co-operative. Very good quality Trail Mix and Rice Crackers. Which ones should I look out for? I had no idea raisins, nuts and stuff could be bad for you!

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Someone on this forum turned me on to Soylent. Takes a couple of minutes to make, all the nutrition that you need for the day (and then some in my case), About 10 ounces for breakfast and I'm not hungry at all until lunch, another 10 ounces holds me to dinner. I do tend to eat a real meal for dinner, but that's mainly because I still have food in my house. I could easily get behind the routine of eating nothing but soylent unless I'm out being social. Each bag is supposed to be one day but truly it's good for about 2 and half days for me with this routine. I never thought that I felt bad before, but after about two days I was shocked at how much better I feel. More energy, more alert, skin is less dry, no more headaches, most of my joint pain is gone.... I'm guessing all this is because I'm a better balance of what my body needs vs just eating like I was. Cost is about $1.51 per meal so if you're cooking for just yourself it's a pretty hard price tag to beat. I am losing weight on it, even though it's not a diet food. I attribute that weight loss primarily to how much easier it is to count calories with it.

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What does it taste like MrMischief? Pardon me for the dumb question.

well that's a tough question. They aim for a "neutral flavor" and they hit that mark pretty well. It's not bad, it's not good, it's something I really don't have much of an opinion on. They're on version 1.8 now, I started with v1.7. 1.7 tastes different than 1.8. 1.7 was sorta like a flour flavor, 1.8 is sweeter, maybe a bit more of a vanilla or nut flavor in it, but it's not like you can say it tastes like anything. If you must have flavor they have flavored versions called 2.0 that come premixed but I haven't tried them. Really the "non-flavored" powder is fine and I don't find myself wishing it tasted like anything else.

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Well, I knew Mischief would talk about the fabulous Soylent...

 

As for me, I don't even think about food when I play games. I forget to eat and then I just wonder why I'm hungry at 3am. Oh well. Pizza for breakfast.

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Good to know. I get these bags from a independently run little health food store, owned by a Workers' Co-operative. Very good quality Trail Mix and Rice Crackers. Which ones should I look out for? I had no idea raisins, nuts and stuff could be bad for you!
If you're getting it from a health food store, particularly an independent one, it's probably okay. The mass produced stuff often uses a ton of salt, sugar, and artificial junk to improve the flavor while keeping costs down.

 

Well, I knew Mischief would talk about the fabulous Soylent...

 

As for me, I don't even think about food when I play games. I forget to eat and then I just wonder why I'm hungry at 3am. Oh well. Pizza for breakfast.

I'm with you there. I have to remind myself to eat, most of the time. I'll get playing something, reading something, or working on something and loose track of time. Of course, this often means I eat in a hurry and poorly (health wise) when I remember. Even though I know I should be better.

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Fridge and pantry usually empty, and while gaming I dont have time for snacks. So whatever is under my fingernails from what I just ate xD jk, not literally. I like a looong straw with alot of chocolate milk and bananas

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encountered something new that a friend of the family made, pretty simple and absolutely delicious.5a89e8af8524f_yogurtcup.jpg.ca7088dc32837ef7a599e7cc3f99aaa9.jpg

 

All it is:

 

Light Greek Vanilla Yogury

Blueberries

Diced Strawberries

Granola

 

I don't even like Greek yogurt, and it was still delicious.

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I knew someone would take the opportunity to talk about Soylent LMAO

Linkk said:
Well, I knew Mischief would talk about the fabulous Soylent...

 

As for me, I don't even think about food when I play games. I forget to eat and then I just wonder why I'm hungry at 3am. Oh well. Pizza for breakfast.

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encountered something new that a friend of the family made, pretty simple and absolutely delicious.[ATTACH=full]7422[/ATTACH]

 

All it is:

 

Light Greek Vanilla Yogury

Blueberries

Diced Strawberries

Granola

 

I don't even like Greek yogurt, and it was still delicious.

Definitely sounds delicious

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Doritos!

With a side of Mountain Dew.

 

Ah, the young and foolish. Those were nice says.

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I'm real cautious about getting my controllers all sticky and gross so I don't eat while gaming.

 

"turn the page, wash your hands." Name that quote!

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I'm real cautious about getting my controllers all sticky and gross so I don't eat while gaming.

 

"turn the page, wash your hands." Name that quote!

FILBERT!

Have a pack of wet wipes to hand and everything is sorted

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I try not to snack while playing since I really don't want to get my controllers dirty. Love to have a cold Mountain Dew while playing a game though specially if I'm in a party

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I try not to snack while playing since I really don't want to get my controllers dirty. Love to have a cold Mountain Dew while playing a game though specially if I'm in a party

Things like trail mix in a dixie cup can solve that, as you won't get anything on your fingers ^_^.

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I’m going to try to make a homemade version of Calorie Mate. I fell in love with that stuff last time I was in Japan, but it’s is no longer worthwhile when the additional costs from importing are factored in. 

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