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The 2DS is nicer than I thought it would be...
Posted October 11, 2017 by hastypixels

Having just plowed through [redacted] I'm eager to get on with other [redacted] titles. I must admit it's different playing in that sort of mindset. Somehow you have to decide if you're enjoying it as much as [redacted]. It's not as easy as I thought, though I did play Virginia with that approach mind, and felt comfortable reviewing it. So... nothin' to worry about there.

So yeah, I bought a 2DS, and though it's flat the shoulder buttons feel like they might survive longer than the ones on my ol' 3DS. I guess I need to start looking for a wide boy or something, because screenshots? Um, yeah, I don't even. I might, but... hrm. I haven't even lined up what I'm reviewing next, yet.

Though I did [redacted], so that's something.

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So I decided on a Switch...
Posted September 30, 2017 by hastypixels

Mind you that doesn't mean I won't be picking up a 2DS, either. Breath of the Wild was interesting to look at, but an unreasonable proposition for me. It's really an odd match for a minimalist system, but I'm glad it did turn out to be a hit for Zelda fans. It may be one of those that suffers in retrospect, but for now everyone loves it. And that's a good thing, for Nintendo.

The point I'm languishing about is how much time I have to play. Looking at future reviews (and no spoilers about those for now), the Switch is a good match. I won't be carrying it around outside of the house, to be sure, but its library is beginning to be appealing to me. When the big publishers do not placate, Indies are given wing to flourish. That's good news for The Rest of Us.

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Goodby, AMD.
Posted September 27, 2017 by hastypixels

Enough is enough. At some point you've got to face facts and AMD messed things up. I've stood by them for a long time, but the FX line was such a bungled product that Intel has managed such a performance gap they might not be able to overcome it.

Ryzen will be competitive, I'm not denying that. Unfortunately, Intel has the manufacturing capability to casually eclipse AMD whenever they catch up. I am still rooting for AMD, and there may be occasions that building a system entirely built on their hardware may make sense. This is true because Intel still charges a freakin' premium for the low end chips, which is arrogant and typical of the company. AMD has a loyal base for a reason.

They're cheap as chips.

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Seven years ago...
Posted September 26, 2017 by JoeTheDestroyer

My first review went live seven years ago. Breath of Fire III.

The story is I used to submit reviews at GameFAQs in the early 2000s, under the name Bored Gamer. Around 2004, I got tired of writing reviews all of the time, and went on hiatus. I submitted a few now and then, whenever I had time. Fast forward to 2009, I decided I had a lot of time on my hands and I wanted to rediscover some of the games I played in my late teens and early twenties, as well as submit new reviews for them.

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Game Progress 9/19/17
Posted September 19, 2017 by JoeTheDestroyer

Simon's Cat: Crunch Time (Android)
Ugh. How do I always manage to hook myself on these mobile licensed puzzlers? I think the daily quests are what sucked me in. Anyway, I made it to level 77. I've only run afoul of a handful of overly hard levels, but I'm sure they'll become more common after I complete level 100.


Victor Vran (PC)
I defeated the trio of demons and made my way through the ruined town, past the monstrous circus and into an ice cave. From there, I'm supposed to find a creature called Apocalypse. From what I've gathered, the campaign is winding down.


Distrust (PC)

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So, a Switch or a 2DS?
Posted September 16, 2017 by hastypixels

I've been tossing between getting a Nintendo Switch or 2DS. Why the later, not the 3DS? Because I actually don't want an XL, thank you very much. Both are tempting and viable options, but it doesn't make sense to get both. I'm glad Ninty's producing quality games for its consoles, and making enough of them to keep us ravenous players sated.

The 2DS is a mature platform now, and has a vast library of games to choose from, whereas the Switch's online functionality has yet to manifest in any appreciable form. My bouts with the Wii's online entertainments lasted all of a week before they died out, whereas my 3DS was still getting hits from other local 3DS systems thanks to Streetpass.

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Game Progress 9/15/19
Posted September 15, 2017 by JoeTheDestroyer

Aphelion Episode Two: Wings of Omega (360)
Completed it and wrote a review. tl;dr- It's not worth playing, and somehow less satisfying than its predecessor.


Simon's Cat: Crunch Time (Android)
I needed a match-3 game to pass the time, and this fit the bill. Its visuals are nice and crisp, and it's a charming license title. However, the game often puts you in scenarios you practically can't win, in an attempt to get you to make use of its freemium elements (I haven't paid a red cent yet). Right now, I'm somewhere in the 50s.


Victor Vran (PC)
I defeated my friend, found the missing queen and spoke to a spirit about the Well of Worlds. Right now, I have to take out some demons who are potential threats to the town.


Grow Home (PS4)

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Do you have a PC backup?
Posted September 08, 2017 by hastypixels

Fact is I wasn't ready for my main desktop to hand me a shovel, but it did anyway. Instead of burying it, I yanked out its damaged part and sent an RMA request to its manufacturer. Fortunately, some recent scavenging enabled me to build a reasonably serviceable replacement PC. It's not got the high end grunt my ol' six core did, but it's actually a fair sight more responsive.

Darn you, Intel. I've been an AMD boy for decades. I don't think this is enough to change me, but it's a stunning look at how comfortable the "other side" has had it for the last oh... decade. Ryzen's just a little out of my reach, and with supply levels dropping across the board, it's harder to build a cheap PC than ever.

Dag-freakin-nabbit, Wilson, what's a geek to do?

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Game Progress and 10 Games I Hope to Finish Next
Posted September 03, 2017 by JoeTheDestroyer

Aphelion Episode Two: Wings of Omega (360)
Started, and I'm more than halfway through it. In the course of my progress, I ran into episode one's final boss, Selus. He's a pushover now, as are almost all of the bosses in ep. 2. In fact, this whole game is pretty dumbed down from its predecessor.

They did make a few improvements, though. For instance, there's more than three territories to explore this time around, plus a teleporter that appears next to some save points that allows you to fast travel. The devs also retooled the ability chart so that it's leaner. However, the game is still boring, and it's somehow less interesting than the first episode.


Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening (PS3)
Finished it, wrote a review. Thank goodness this is out of the way.

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Game Progress 8/18/17
Posted August 18, 2017 by JoeTheDestroyer

Dragon Age: Origins (PS3)

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How many cores float your boat?
Posted August 11, 2017 by hastypixels

The above image has nothing to do with the topic, but give me thirty seconds with Google and Paint.net and well, I'll make some graphical silliness happen. In a nutshell, though I'm out of work right now, my time is very much in demand, so I'm basically dealing with that one step at a time.

I've submitted my manuscript to one of the dozens of writing agencies we have in Canada. There just aren't that many. Only three in British Columbia, so I'm having to look out of province, which isn't exactly inconvenient thanks to email.

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Dragon Age: Origins Progress 8/11
Posted August 11, 2017 by JoeTheDestroyer

Victor Vran (PC)
I forgot to mention that I started this game recently. I'm not far, though. I reached the inside of some dungeon and turned the game off. I'll resume it later.


Dragon Age: Origins (PS3)
I reached the temple that held the urn of sacred ashes and fought my way through dozens of gangs of cultists. The going wasn't always easy because a lot of them had mages in their parties. Dealing with the mages was easy at the start of this mission, but it grew more worrisome before long because some of them could freeze and nuke any characters threatening them.

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Game Dragon Age Progress, 8/6
Posted August 07, 2017 by JoeTheDestroyer

The Guest (PC)
In one evening, I bought, downloaded and played through all of this first-person adventure. Expect a review. There's a review now.


Dragon Age: Origins (PS3)
Oh man, where do I start?

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Adventures in Windows XP
Posted August 01, 2017 by hastypixels

I've seen some impassioned PC builds oriented around DOS, and even Windows 95/2000, but XP is where things started to get nasty. Microsoft's marketing techniques were becoming more savvy, and the Operating System increasingly complex. As a result I haven't seen XP as a go-to for many. Why bother with the mess when you can install Windows 2000 and get the best of both old school worlds?

...what did XP stand for, anyway? Take it as a smiley and it pretty much sums up how people felt about it. Anyway...

A snappy interface and DirectX support. What else do you need, anyway? Since Windows XP was officially relegated to End of Life in 2014, that's opened the floodgates to cheap as dirt hardware and serviceable software. Mostly.

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Game Progress 7/30/17
Posted July 30, 2017 by JoeTheDestroyer

Pokemon Go (Android)
Legendaries are out! For now, only Articuno and Lugia are available as raid bosses (although the former is going away soon). My wife and I tried our hand at Articuno and got our asses savagely handed to us. Though there were other players in the area, none of them joined us. Sad day.


Transistor (PC)

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Dead by Daylight: Makes You Feel Bad for the Killers
Posted July 28, 2017 by pickhut

I have been playing online multiplayer titles for years and years and years. I have been through several Halos, GTAs, a couple niche titles, big titles, and what not. I have received my share of "hate" messages and mic "harassment" because the other players were mad that they lost. This is to be expected when you dive into online multiplayer. I have accepted this.

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I want to review them, but I don't want to play them.
Posted July 26, 2017 by JoeTheDestroyer

I wanted my main focus to be Dragon Age: Origins over the next few weeks. However, two games that I've been playing lately have been taunting me. Both of them are awful, but I feel that it's my sworn duty to soldier through these abominations and give the readers my $0.02.

Alone in the Dark: Illumination (PC)

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Game Progress 7/21
Posted July 21, 2017 by JoeTheDestroyer

Metamorfose S (PC)
I started this Symphony of the Night-inspired indie game. I'm not far, though. Expect a staff review eventually.


Axiom Verge (PC)
Burned through this wonderful Metroid love letter and completed the game with 97% of the map filled in. Whew.


Doorways: Prelude (PC)
Formerly known as Doorways: Chapter 1 & 2. I started this and haven't gotten very far, but it's piqued my interest so far. I just started chapter 1.


Dragon Age: Origins (PS3)

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Impressions thus far of Fire Pro Wrestling World Early Access
Posted July 16, 2017 by JoeTheDestroyer

I almost never buy Early Access products. I made an exception with Fire Pro Wrestling World for two reasons:

1. I adore this franchise.
2. I've been begging for FPW on Steam for ages, mostly because of Steam Workshop.

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Game Progress 7/9/17
Posted July 09, 2017 by JoeTheDestroyer

Pokemon Go (Android)
I finally got to try out the new raid system. Basically, during the daytime (there's a 9 PM curfew on this feature), gyms randomly spawn eggs that hatch into bosses. Some of these bosses are weak enough to take on by yourself, but most require one or two other players. If you manage to topple the boss within the time limit, you'll earn a chance to capture the creature using a certain allotted number of "prestige balls." If you run out of prestige balls before you capture the Pokemon, it will run away.

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