Splatoon 2 global testfire "tick rate" clocked in at 12.5hz

Today I learned what "tick rate" was. If you don't know, let me fill you in!

The tick rate is how often per second the server sends updated data to the game client. The higher the tick rate the more accurate the action occurring on screen is.

Now that you know that info, we can share that the Splatoon 2 global testfire had a tick rate of 12.5hz. Obviously not what hardcore competitive fans are looking for. This could change in the final version of the game, of course. Here's some other tick rates for comparison.

Splatoon 1: 25Hz
Overwatch: 63Hz
CSGO: 64 Hz
Team Fortress 2: 66 Hz
Battlefield One: 45 Hz
Rainbow Six Seige: 60 Hz

Snake Pass should be available to download at 7 PM ET today

Now you don't have to sit and furiously refresh the eShop. Come back around 7 PM and grab the game!

Woman shares how Pokemon GO helped her battle depression and get physically fit

The following blurb comes from Rhonda, a 47-year-old who got into Pokemon due to her kids playing Pokemon Red/Blue.

“In January, I had a big meltdown, which was like a grand finale to my depression, triggered by the death of my father-in-law and various stresses like prolonged restructure at work. I stopped doing the things I had enjoyed previously. Pokémon Go got me out of the house again and, with the social aspect, meeting and chatting to new people when all I wanted to do was lie in bed. I just escape from reality for a bit and bad thoughts disappear.

With the weight loss and feeling a lot better mentally, I decided to try dating again, which I hadn’t done for a year or two. I’d got into a terrible funk and, really, playing this game helped me feel better physically and led to me kickstarting things to change stuff in my life.”

Now that's the kind of feel-good story I love to see. It's easy to knock Pokemon GO for what it lacks and where it needs fixing, but there are also people out there who are getting more from the game than we could ever imagine.

Playtonic on why Yooka lacks a voice in Yooka-Laylee

Coming from an Engadget interview with Gavin Price, creative lead at Playtonic...

"I'm a big fan of content that doesn't hand-hold the player and leaves creative gaps for you to inject some of your own thinking into what's going on and engage with the game on a deeper level. You want to decide for yourself exactly what Yooka is like. We provide some bits and bobs of information through the way he talks, and what he says, to inform you that this is the kind of character he is. But if we were to give him a voice, we would also be closing that door for the player."

NCSX import - Dragon Quest AM Slime Rubber Wristwatch

Slap a Dragon Quest themed digital watch on your wrist and tell time with Slime symbols. Two variations are on tap:

» Blue wristwatch with King Slime design
» Black wristwatch featuring smiling Slimes

The wristwatches are made of rubber and feature and interlocking clasp to tighten the timepiece on your wrist.

Grab yours here

Has-Been Heroes - Roguelike Strategy Game from Frozenbyte and GameTrust Out Now in the US

Has-Been Heroes, the challenging roguelike game of strategy and action from Frozenbyte and GameTrust is out now in the US on Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One and worldwide on Steam.

Priced at $19.99 USD, Has-Been Heroes is available digitally on the PlayStation Store, Xbox One Store, and Nintendo eShop. A retail version is priced the same and is available from GameStop stores.

European and Australian console players will get the game next week Tuesday, on April 4th.

Media coverage of the Switch - A detailed analysis

Nintendo is getting a new console cycle, and the media seem to be keen on supporting it for now. It has a long way to go still, but they didn’t make any significant mistakes so far, and despite a very small launch line-up they secured a decent amount of coverage, and the poor interest for the Wii U doesn’t seem to have damaged the interest for the Switch. They also seem to have learned to make their announcements on their own time and not let major events dictate their calendar. Interestingly, they have just announced that they are planning a “big E3”, which is probably the next important series of announcements for them to get right to stay relevant and present in the media.

Full analysis here

The Strong National Museum of Play shares their 2017 World Video Game Hall of Fame Finalists

- Donkey Kong
- Final Fantasy VII
- Halo: Combat Evolved
- Microsoft Windows Solitare
- Mortal Kombat
- Myst
- Pokemon Red and Green
- Portal
- Resident Evil
- Street Fighter II
- Tomb Raider
- Wii Sports

Check out the full rundown of each game here