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.
|The title says it all!|
So, while I'd LOVE to say that my recent lack of submissions is SOLELY out of protest at how my Langrisser Mobile review ("Rob has written hundreds of reviews for this site and this is one of them!" and other inspiring words of praise to be attached eventually. Hopefully before 2020, YOU DAMN SLACKERS!!!!!!!), it probably has a lot more to do with the time of the year, as late February and most of March is a period of time where I start out busy with work and then spend time doing another work project and also fit in a bunch of days to watch college basketball like I was being paid to do that.
|Google hopes to change the way people play games, but I say it's a little early to embrace that vision.|
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.
|A list of (currently) 34 games I'll use as a starting point while finishing my effort to collect physical 3DS releases that interest me.|
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
03. Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars
04. Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appetit!
|Game Freak, you (don't) got some 'splainin to do!|
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.
|As I maintain my non-promise to try to do this site blog stuff semi-regularly!|
I have my Langrisser Mobile review (yes, I did write something for a game released THIS DAMN YEAR!) in proofing purgatory right now and haven't started my Skyblazer one yet, so there's two games out of the way.
Brief gaming summary of the past couple weeks.
I finished Avadon 3: The Warborn. Review is currently pending in proofreading/ready-for-submission mode.
|Nintendo needs to show more respect for the games it lets you purchase.|
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.
|We'll see if I do this more often than 2-3 times a year THIS TIME!|
At the moment, I'm playing five games. By the end of the year, it'll be three at once with a fourth slot available for retro action titles for those times when it looks like it'd take a LONG time to get a review out for anything I'm focusing upon. Seems, really, that of the current five, I have two that I spend a lot of time on, two I get to here and there and one that I'll be lucky to remember anything about when it's time to review it.
As for reviewing, now that I have Ocarina of Time 3D finished, I'll have to write Kingdoms of Amalur. A decent game that is good at times in that "Skyrim-lite" sort of way. But by the time I was finishing the game and working on the DLC quests, I was more than ready to move on to something else.
|How about just giving it a girls name.|
There's probably more.
|The top 5 games that provided a release valve from the endless nightmare of the last year.|
Well, that was a year. Simultaneously a neverending nightmare and gone in a flash. But hey, weíre still alive!. Constantly exhausted and despondent at the current state of humanity, but still living. Hooray? The role of games in my life has changed due to the paranoia creep inflicted by the daily news cycle. Namely, I played fewer of them, made it a point to read more, stopped looking at Twitter, generally trying to spend less of my life scrolling through feeds on backlit screens. I found it harder to fully enjoy things this year; fully diving into some great virtual world was harder to justify than ever. Maybe itís me, maybe itís just that there were fewer games that immediately demanded my time and attention the way many 2017 games did. Most of the games I did play came from my always-ex
|Priorities change, and other games enter view!|
My wife and I continue to explore various video games on various systems. All too often we either come across old games that appeal to us that we were unaware of, or a new game that appeals to us sneaks out and we have trouble tracking down. This happens generally after we return from the Portland Retro Gaming Expo each year. With all this in mind, I realized my previous "short list" was a mess! So I present you with a better organized, longer "short" list:
Spyro Year of the Dragon(litho cover)
Silent Hill Origins
Silent Hill Shattered Memories
Metal Max Xeno
Ni No Kuni 2
Zone of the Enders 2 VR
Summer Lesson: Allison Snow & Chisato Shinjo (English)
Dragon Warrior 2
Dragon Warrior 3
Dragon Warrior 4
|I feel like it's time to update you all on what all I'm doing with my time, both on and off the site.|
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).
|EA's latest soccer title is difficult to look at for a number of reasons.|
Iíve been playing a lot of Fifa 19 since it dropped a couple weeks ago. Iíve mostly enjoyed my time with it, and there are several gameplay tweaks that I find interesting, but, Iíve found myself increasingly transfixed by an aspect of the game that I highly doubt anyone at Electronic Arts spent much time considering on even the most rudimentary level: the menus.
|The Kemco Khallenge isn't the sort of enduring project I was trying to make it become|
So, next week or the week after, I'll have a review for Kemco's Asdivine Menace up and that will probably be the end of their mobile stuff being a focus for me, at least for some time. I'll likely play one here and there AND since my tablet is useful to have on the road, I can see me working on one off and on, hoping I can remember what I'm doing because it's been 17 days since I last played whatever I'm playing on it.
The reasoning is complex and will likely be taking up a good portion of the Asdivine Menace review, but in short: the games are short and derivative and it's damn hard to keep finding new ways to say the same thing. Besides, I have a lot of good stuff in my backlog that I want to get go, so focusing on Kemco is detracting from time I could spend focusing on them.
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!
|Sorry if Iím not responsive for a few days.|
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.
|How I Learned to Stop Hating and Love the Boogie Bomb|
Weíve only just passed the halfway point of the year, and there are plenty of highly-anticipated games still to be released, but itís hard to imagine any title becoming the mass market sensation that Fortnite has become. Itís a remarkable rise to prominence, considering the gameís extended development process that birthed a completely different type of game, and the slightly sketchy origin story of the battle royale mode that made PUBG Corporation briefly consider legal action against the company that gave them an engine. It was a certainly a brazen lane switch to go where the money was, but Fortnite has become its own monster in the months afterward. Without fail, thereís a new barely believable metric demonstrating the gameís rapid rise and financial success seemingly every week, exempli
|This summer's World Cup has been full of excitement and surprise. It's virtual counterpart is severely lacking in both.|
There are few events that guarantee joy and excitement with more certainty than the World Cup. It doesnít matter that FIFA is run by an openly corrupt cabal of capitalist power mongers, or that the tournament will be in the hands of human rights abusers until at least 2030, or that the United States, thanks to a mix of arrogance, incompetence, and a lack of actual talent, managed not to qualify when all they had to do was beat a Trinidad and Tobago reserve team. (Iím not mad I swear.) Electronic Arts, as the preeminent seller of all non-basketball related sports games, has had the World Cup license since 1998, and they have used the occasion to add some substantial content in the past. Previous World Cup games have given players the opportunity to play through the qualification rounds from
|ironically, this list is pretty long!|
Those that know me, know that my wife and I are collectors. We have a fairly large number of games on various systems, new and old, however we are not done acquiring older titles. As one can imagine, we do have to prioritize, so some newer games we are interested in get put on the back burner due to finances. Here are a few titles for various consoles that I am personally interested in getting.
Alone in the Dark New Nightmare(DC)
Robopon Ring Version(GBA)
Robopon Cross Version(GBA)
Zone of the Enders: The Fist of Mars(GBA)
The Krion Conquest(NES)
Vice Project Doom(NES)
Secret of Evermore(SNES)
Kirby Air Ride(GC)
Battalion Wars 2(WII)
|It's a long article, but a very interesting read.|
The Verge: Telltale Games Developer Layoffs Toxic Video Game Industry
I've been a fan of TellTale since the Sam & Max days, and I was initially quite happy that The Walking Dead was such a huge success for them, but became quite bored with that template over time (liked The Wolf Among Us, but never finished Game of Thrones, and I'm a huge GoT fan). It's hard to tell how many of these claims are true, since the article bounces between sources (and the CEO), so it does seem to be telling both sides of the story, or maybe the claims made by one side seem to ring a bit hollow.