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.


Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is a Mixed End for a Beloved Franchise
Posted July 26, 2019 by sam1193

My reaction to Uncharted: The Lost Legacy says more about me than about the game itself. Ever since the seriesí main protagonist Nathan Drake first smirked incredulously at his own death-defying exploits, the Naughty Dog developed series has been one of the most consistently great franchises in games, with Uncharted 2 standing out as a particularly iconic title from the previous generation. For certain, Uncharted 4 was at least a couple hours too long, but it managed to send off a beloved character with an appropriate level of style and sincerity. The time had come to wrap things up. Nathan Drake and his way of doing things had run its course. I didnít realize how true that statement was until I played Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.

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Planned Obsolescence (Or Why I'm basically done with Nintendo and consoles)
Posted June 27, 2019 by joseph_valencia

Last night, I decided to whip out my trusty 3DS XL and finally finish Bowser's Inside Story. My portable that I've owned for over six years had been sitting in its case for about a month, untouched. The last time I played it, everything was working fine. Well, life comes at you fast. Despite having been untouched for about a month, my "A" button had suddenly become unresponsive. Okay, I'll just send it to Nintendo for--

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Some games beaten, other games started
Posted June 26, 2019 by overdrive

Since the last time I posted one of these, I beat nearly everything that I was playing at that time. My review for The Witcher is up. My review for Trials Rising (where I technically need to get about 8 more levels before unlocking the main game Extreme tracks, which constituted "beating" the game with Trials Evolution, but probably will wait until the rest of the DLC comes out to churn those out) is in the Production Room and I finished off Borderlands 2 and all the games in Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far last week and haven't gotten my writing about those two done yet.

So, my new projects are, in no particular order.

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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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Thanks Jason, message received
Posted May 17, 2019 by jerec

"Hello, jerec, and thank you for being a member of the HonestGamers community! Your participation helps make the site better for everyone. Remember that your account lets you contribute reviews, post on the forums, update your blog and even track your game collection on the site. Just let staff know if you're having any trouble with anything, and let's have fun celebrating video games together!"

I was greeted by this message today. I guess it has been over a year since I wrote a review. It's probably been about that long since I beat a video game. It's become less of a priority in my life, I suppose. I much prefer building stuff with LEGO... anything to get away from the screen for a bit.

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Current progress
Posted May 16, 2019 by overdrive

Which isn't really my fault. Combination of work and playing through really long games. While not really playing any shorter retro stuff because of how I'm trying to focus more on my actual backlog so I have a chance of finishing it off before I'm dead or whatever (look, I'm 45 and have a box full of 35 or so games PLUS the dozen, give or take, I have on Steam AND I never stop buying stuff -- snagged Witcher 3 just five days ago -- ...this is an uphill climb I'm forcing myself to have).

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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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Retailer Exclusive Games
Posted April 11, 2019 by TomatoMan

Iím on the hunt for a comprehensive list of Retailer Exclusive video game titles. I havenít been able to find such a list, but through some research I have found a few, here is what I have so far:

Amazon.com Exclusives:
Jojoís Bizarre Adventure AllStarBattle PS3
Syberia Complete Collection PS3
Gravity Rush Remastered PS4

Blockbuster Exclusives:
Freestyle Street Soccor Xbox
Outlaw Golf 9 Holes of Christmas Xbox
Outlaw Golf 9 MORE Holes of Christmas
Outlaw Volleyball Red Hot Xbox

GameStop Exclusives:
Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3 PS4
Secret of Mana Remake PS4
Deracine PS4
Home Sweet Home PS4
Tales of Hearts R Vita
Wild Guns Reloaded PS4/Switch
Katimari Reroll Switch
Nascar Ď15 Xbox 360
Crush 3D 3DS
Mayís Mystery: Forbidden Memories DS
Tenchu Dark Secret DS
Formula One 2009 Wii

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Game Progress Stuff
Posted March 20, 2019 by overdrive

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.

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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
03. Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars
04. Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appetit!

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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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Another update!
Posted February 15, 2019 by overdrive

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.

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Two updates in one month?
Posted January 31, 2019 by overdrive

Brief gaming summary of the past couple weeks.

I finished Avadon 3: The Warborn. Review is currently pending in proofreading/ready-for-submission mode.

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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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Trying to update game stuff again
Posted January 09, 2019 by overdrive

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.

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Can't think of a title for your game?
Posted January 07, 2019 by jerec

Amy
Catherine
Celeste
Charlotte
Claire
Evie
Lily
Lisa

There's probably more.

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2018 Sucked, But the Games Were Pretty Good
Posted December 31, 2018 by sam1193

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

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All-Gen Short List *RESET*
Posted November 22, 2018 by TomatoMan

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:

PS1
Einhander
Hoshigami
Spyro Year of the Dragon(litho cover)

PS2
Silent Hill Origins
Silent Hill Shattered Memories
Urban Reign

PS3
Folklore
ModNation Racers

PS4
Metal Max Xeno
Zone of the Enders 2 VR
Summer Lesson: Allison Snow & Chisato Shinjo (English)

NES
Dragon Warrior 2
Dragon Warrior 3
Dragon Warrior 4
Legend of Zelda

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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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