Here, you'll find up to 20 of the most recent posts from the people I follow. Only public results gleaned from the last 200 overall posts to HG Blogs will be displayed. If you see no results below, that means I'm not following a lot of people, or the people I'm following haven't been active in a long while, or they simply aren't sharing their posts.


Gary's Graveyard vol. II
Posted September 13, 2020 by EmP

Some time ago now, I abandoned traditional writing apps like Word and now do most of my work directly into Google Drive, which has most of the same tools, lets me access it from anywhere and hard saves my work because I have an annoying habit of losing it to rebellious PCs and my inability to save stuff correctly. It's worked out pretty well for me, but it does have a darkside; every now and then, I'll find something that I started working on many moons ago that I had abandoned or forgotten. Sometimes, I have zero reason for this. The best example I have is for a review I wrote for a game called Residue. It was made by a little indie dev who made an interesting little horror game previously, so I picked this up more or less on day 1, promptly wrote a review and then forgot it existed f

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Project Referb: August 2020
Posted September 01, 2020 by EmP

The Idea: Every week or so, to take a review that’s unexplainably racked up a lot of rapid fire hits for reasons no one will ever understand and update it. Not rewrite it completely, but tidy away sections that have maybe not aged well, add screenshots where applicable and update the tagline in order to promote that punlife I have chosen. The site’s undergone a lot of changes over the years, and the formatting once used has aged. For example! I remember the first time I played around with putting screenshots in the body of my review then tourney and/or RotW judge, Jerec, wondered out loud if it was a form of cheating. It’s not my intention to rewrite handfuls of old reviews, just bring them a little up to date. If I can retrofit a pun tagline in there, all the better.

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Diminished Impact and Changing Expectations
Posted July 07, 2020 by honestgamer

I'm sort of going somewhere with this, but before I get to that dubious destination, please humor me as I make one of the most obvious statements in the history of obvious statements: there are a lot more video games available in 2020 than there were in 1990.

Why make such an obvious statement? For starters, I made it because I think it's easy to forget. We look at all the great games coming out these days, and sometimes the temptation is to say something like "They sure don't make 'em like they used to," which is based on a few factors but largely--to my mind--is based on the difficulty developers now have making an impact. Not a lot of new games, even some very good new games, can keep us talking about them even as little as three months after their release.

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Gary's Graveyard - Vol I
Posted June 12, 2020 by EmP

Some time ago now, I abandoned traditional writing apps like Word and now do most of my work directly into Google Drive, which has most of the same tools, lets me access it from anywhere and hard saves my work because I have an annoying habit of losing it to rebellious PCs and my inability to save stuff correctly. It's worked out pretty well for me, but it does have a darkside; every now and then, I'll find something that I started working on many moons ago that I had abandoned or forgotten. Sometimes, I have zero reason for this. The best example I have is for a review I wrote for a game called Residue. It was made by a little indie dev who made an interesting little horror game previously, so I picked this up more or less on day 1, promptly wrote a review and then forgot it existed f

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Life Update - The Big Move
Posted April 03, 2020 by honestgamer

HonestGamers headquarters is moving again. By that, I mean that I myself am moving again. And since the site kind of goes where I go, so too are the site's headquarters. I have lived on the Oregon Coast for most of these last 15 years, after moving here from Central Oregon. Now I am moving elsewhere in Oregon.

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Pure Mahjong - review update
Posted November 06, 2019 by honestgamer

Pure Mahjong released on Nintendo Switch in July of this year, and I posted my review for it a few weeks later. It was not a favorable review because, although I liked some of what the game did, there was a lot about it I simply didn't enjoy. You can check out the review itself for more information about that.

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What I'm up to these days...
Posted October 04, 2019 by honestgamer

I have been pretty busy lately, and I haven't posted to my blog to keep you all updated on what I'm doing to fill my time. Part of that silence comes from a desire to surprise you with improvements I know you'll like. I enjoy working my tail off on something, then revealing it so it has the most exciting result. But I can see where the silence might also be interpreted as a sign I don't care, or that I am busy doing stuff elsewhere and don't have time of the site. Neither of those things is even remotely true, and so here is an update.

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The State of the Site: June, 2019 Edition
Posted June 06, 2019 by honestgamer

It feels like a reasonable amount of time has passed since my last update on the State of the Site, so I figured I would go ahead and post another one tonight. I'll try to keep it brief, but as you know if you've been around the site for a long while that I tend to fail at that particular objective once I undertake it. Like... almost every time.

This post will discuss the site's current traffic levels, revenue, what that means at present and what I plan to do about it in the future. Some of this information isn't the sort of thing a site would share in public, but then, we're not a typical site.

Site Traffic

First up, let's talk traffic. I looked up results on Google Analytics, and here is how we did in April of this year:

* 12,743 unique users
* 17,833 sessions

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Writing Notions: Audience and Purpose
Posted April 17, 2019 by honestgamer

Why do we write? Who do we write for? When should we listen to criticism and when should we ignore it?

The above three questions chase writers their whole lives, and the answers will almost certainly change over time and in different circumstances. I thought it was maybe worth addressing them here at HonestGamers, where we are a community of writers and gamers. Careful self-examination can help us to improve as writers.

Of course, a good rule with all writing is that no one can tell you exactly how to write. No one should even try. So this post isn't an attempt on my part to say "Write like this." Rather, it is a post intended to prompt thought specifically on the three questions I mentioned at the onset.

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My Thoughts on Google's Stadia Streaming Service
Posted March 19, 2019 by honestgamer

Today at the Game Developers Conference, Google revealed (some of) its plans for an entry into the console market, if you want to call it that. For some time now, rumors were reporting that Google would reveal a streaming console, and that's about what it did. Called "Stadia," the platform appears right now to be more virtual than physical. Its primary draw is that you'll be able to play games on a range of devices, from your phone to a weak laptop or desktop, using controllers that suit you or the new one Google unveiled.

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My 3DS Wish List
Posted March 08, 2019 by honestgamer

Did you know that the 3DS is basically done at this point? The stream of releases has long since slowed to a trickle, and the only big retail release confirmed as definitely still coming to the platform this year is Persona Q2 in a few months.

I've been fortunate, in that I've mostly been able to buy the games I wanted for the system as they released, but there are always a few that slip through the cracks. I'm posting this list for my own personal reference, because it's easy to check as I'm out and about and potentially shopping for games, or if I want to go on a semi-organized buying spree on eBay or the like.

Here's my list:

01. Batman: Arkham Origins - Blackgate
02. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (obtained)
03. Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars

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Is Game Freak playing things too safe with Pokemon Sword and Shield?
Posted February 28, 2019 by honestgamer

When I finished watching the Nintendo Direct that Nintendo broadcast on YouTube early yesterday morning, my first reaction most decidedly was not "Well, this will get a lot of folks up in arms!" I was too excited, a grin plastered across my dopey face. I couldn't remember when I had been more thrilled at the thought that in less than 10 months, I'll get to play a new Pokemon game.

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Things I Am Playing - February
Posted February 20, 2019 by EmP

I came into February at the end of a pretty productive run, but still with a lot on my plate. The new ToeJam & Earl releases at the end of the month; Sunless Skies was a late hour edition to my pile, as was Re-Legion. My plan was to buckle the hell down, focus everything on those and give myself a little bubble where I can catch up on side projects and be shiny clear just in case SEGA drop another Yakuza review code that will probably take over my life. The latter absolutely happened. The former did not. Because I got ridiculously ill.

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The Wii Shop Channel Shutdown Signals Dark Times Ahead
Posted January 30, 2019 by honestgamer

I have no personal interest in getting a tattoo, for numerous reasons including the fact I am a wuss and hate needles, but I have occasionally wondered what image I might have printed on my body if I were to make an exception. I believe I've finally narrowed it down to a 1up mushroom or (just to be ironic and amuse myself) an invincibility star. You can see what those two things have in common: Nintendo. I'm a huge fan, and so this is probably the most "anti-Nintendo" post you'll ever see me write. But I have a reason.

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Stuff I've Been Playing -- January
Posted January 20, 2019 by EmP

Project 32X


What I figured would be a dumb bit of fun we, as a site, would knock out in about a year has turned into a grueling solo project powered by bitterness and spite.

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Another Life Update
Posted November 19, 2018 by honestgamer

For the last month or so, I have been without regular work. This is a condition that was unexpected, but necessary, and I hope it will persist. That is, I hope it will persist on my terms.

For a year almost to the day, I was working as a cashier at Walmart. That job may have helped pay the rent, but it was detrimental to my health in ways I didn't even realize until finally the stress became too much and I had to quit one morning instead of starting my shift. Within days, several physical symptoms that I had been fighting cleared up or severely diminished, so that now I am feeling much healthier in general (though not without facing some lingering effects related to the stress).

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Family Emergency Redux
Posted August 23, 2018 by honestgamer

My dad was out of rehab, following his surgery two weeks ago, and was enjoying the leisurely life back home. But something--possibly doing dishes as recommended for therapy, though that is uncertain at this point--has caused his fusion to slip, which requires another serious surgery which may happen tonight or tomorrow depending on surgeon availability. I am traveling once more to be with my mom and dad at this time, and will again be mostly unresponsive and unproductive on the site for another little while (actual length of time to be determined). Thank you for your understanding!

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Family emergency
Posted August 06, 2018 by honestgamer

I am typing this post on my phone, in a hospital waiting room halfway across the state from my apartment. So I will keep it brief...

While fighting Oregon wildfires on farmland where he works (or adjacent to it), my dad was driving a Caterpillar vehicle. It got caught on an embankment of some sort and rolled over. My dad was in the cab and avoided being crushed but was still seriously injured. He is scheduled for surgery tonight on his spinal column, but that may be pushed back some and maybe even until tomorrow.

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Yakuza 0 Blues
Posted August 05, 2018 by EmP

I want so hard to love Yakuza 0 now it's got a very fairly priced PC release, but it actively fights me every step of the way. For one, it's buggy as hell. You have to actively trick it just to get the bloody thing running.

I installed it, and it crashed seconds later. Uninstalled, ran it, same thing. Tried numerous fixes and eventually got it to boot up by unplugging my gamepad. Second loading screen say "Real Yakuza uses gamepads"

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One Sentence Reviews v3 - 32X Edition
Posted June 17, 2018 by EmP

::After Burner::

The best version of this game until the next one was made.

::BD Racers::

A bad clone of a Mario Kart clove populated by mascots you probably never knew existed.

::Blackthorne::

A thinking man's action platformer made by Blizzard before they took over the world via MMO.

::Corpse Killer::

Why the hell did Digital Pictures release this awful game three bloody times?

::Cosmic Carnage::

Updated a generic female sprite from the original Japanese release so that she was, instead, constantly on fire for exactly no reason.

::Darxide::

The most expensive bad time you can have this side of buying a Nottingham Forest season ticket.

::Doom::

Better than the 3DO port and maybe the awful SNES one.

::Fahrenheit::

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