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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.
|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.
|Capcom may have just stumbled upon the absolute worst possible way to bring Mega Man to Nintendo Switch.|
I can tell I'm not going to be able to move on with my day until I compose a blog post on this topic, because I'm simply too angry to let the rage fester inside my head, so here goes: Capcom has announced a physical release for Megaman Legacy Collection + Megaman Legacy Collection 2 on the Nintendo Switch. The compilation will retail for $39.99 MSRP, and will be shipped on a single cartridge. It will release this May in North America. Included on the cartridge is Megaman Legacy Collection, plus buyers will receive a key they can use to tie Megaman Legacy Collection 2 to their Nintendo account and download it onto their system memory or an XD card. There are notifications to that effect on the front of the box.
|No game is perfect. Everyone knows that. So... 9 out of 10!|
Objectively, no game is perfect. You know it and I know it.
When a critic reviews a game, sometimes you'll see an accompanying score of 10/10 (or 5/5 in this site's case; there are all sorts of scale). Some readers will call this the "perfect 10," but that's a misnomer. No game is perfect, remember?
Why do some critics award 10/10 when clearly there's no such thing as a perfect game? Why do some critics balk at the notion. I worked briefly at an outlet where critics weren't allowed to award 10/10 scores, because games can't be perfect.
|An uncommon hiccup led to wonky tallies, so everything has been reset.|
One of you today pointed out to me that review views are really messed up, to put things mildly. I looked into the situation, and unfortunately it appears that when the site was having some issues with page loads a while back, a review page partially loaded and successfully ran a partial query, which resulted in every review record being updated to show 1689 views. That's my best guess at the problem, anyway.
The resulting data was even less useful than if that column in the database had simply been wiped completely, so I went ahead and reset every value to 1 (which is the default instead of 0, for boring reasons I won't outline here). They'll start going up from there, as reviews are viewed.
|I look back on these reviews when I want to cringe.|
Review by Jerec
Pages and Pages of Text
When starting a mission, if you dont read the 6 pages of text, you might aswell give up. I really didn't like reading so much. But even when I did read, the missions went from being ''too hard'', down to just plain ''hard''.
|5 months later, I attempt the new Mass Effect again|
Wow. This game took a beating, critically. The initial release was pretty buggy. My own progress was stopped when a mission wouldn't generate the next objective, leaving me with no way to progress, and the last manual save too long ago.
Coming back to it now, I decided to start over with Sara Ryder instead of Scott. I pushed through parts of the early game that were familiar to me, and eventually reached the unknown. The game's been patched a fair bit, and it looks and plays a lot better than I remember.
|Putting images in your reviews just got easier.|
What did you do with your weekend? I spent most of mine coding, and the result is a collection of adjustments around the site. The big, obvious differences are the systems pages (which I posted about previously) and the site's landing page. Those are hard to miss.
However, I also spent a few hours coding an update to our image assets functionality. The change brings the image assets in line with what I set up for guides, where instead of inserting a big long bit of HTML (which not everyone knows), you can just insert a simple image insertion tag.
|I've reworked the system pages to show a variety of content you might find interesting.|
HonestGamers is a site for game reviews, first and foremost, and that's not likely to ever change. Even though things have slowed a bit recently, I remain committed to ensuring the site is one of the finest gaming destinations on the Internet. Part of that effort involves producing supplemental content, such as guides and screenshots, but the system profile pages haven't advertised the extra work that goes on behind the scenes for quite some time.
|Can people stop uploading their programming assignments to Steam?|
My backlog of games to play on Steam could be described as a Mountain. These are games I've picked up for ridiculously low prices, or were included in bundles. These are the games that are either bad, or not really games at all. These are the games that aren't worth a full review.
Steam Price $0.99
I Paid $0.49
|The lineup of 21 games includes the never-before-released Star Fox 2.|
A follow-up to the impossible-to-find NES classic is on its way from Nintendo, due to launch later this year. Called the Super Nintendo Classic Edition, the new hardware comes with 21 games, including one that has never previously been released.
Scheduled to arrive on September 27, 2017 with an MSRP of $79.99, the mini console ships with two classic controllers, which are compatible with the Classic Controller and Classic Controller Pro accessories you may already be using on your Wii U. Nintendo is emphasizing (as it has with the Switch console) multiplayer gaming, and the Super Nintendo library had no shortage of classics along those lines.
Here is the list of the 21 titles included:
|As such experiences go, it comes highly recommended.|
I finally have met my favorite author, Terry Brooks, after more than twenty years of wishing I could meet my favorite author, so I feel like that warrants at least a messy blog post.
It especially warrants a blog post because the meeting went very well through no fault of my own. It took place in Cannon Beach, Oregon, where at the time the temperature was expected to hover somewhere between 58 and 81. The people who predict the weather on the Oregon Coast don't seem to have as much luck as those who ply their profession in locations further removed from the sea, so what we got instead was weather closer to 90... which doesn't sound terribly hot to people who live in places like Texas, but which can still make folks irritable and miserable.
|The intriguing RPG is coming to Switch, PS4, Xbox One and PC this October.|
Battle Chasers: Nightwar is coming to Switch, PS4, Xbox One and PC this October, and it looks like quite the intriguing RPG. Now that I've thoroughly repeated myself, though, is there anything left to say? Yes. Yes, there is.
The first thing I might add is that the game first was announced on Kickstarter, way back in September of 2015. I thought it looked quite snazzy even at the time, so I backed it. The game was then expected to arrive by December of 2016, but things happen. Now it finally has a launch date of October 3, 2017, and it is also coming to Switch. That wasn't part of the original campaign promise, but it's good news.
|This post is almost entirely for my own personal reference.|
Keeping up on all the games you want can be tough, especially if your tastes tend toward the fairly diverse. And also, if you lose a bunch of contract work and can barely put food on the table, let alone think about buying games. During one of the most amazing seasons the industry has ever seen.
Thankfully, that particular issue has been resolved and now I once again have gainful employment. But the fact remains that over the last couple of years or so, I've let a fair few games slip through the cracks. These are titles that I still want to own, in physical format, and I hope to knock a number of them off the list... probably starting with some that have seen pleasing price drops since they first hit my radar.
|Writing is only half the battle...|
I have to admit, I don't know how some of you guys can write a review each week for such a long time. I'm even more mystified at how some of you can write multiple reviews in a week.
2017 has been by most productive year for reviews ever. Well, In 2000/2001 I probably did about a hundred or so, but most of them were pretty bad rush jobs. I've done 11 reviews this year, and then it sort of just dropped off recently.
The problem is, I want to keep reviewing games. I just haven't been able to progress fast enough in those games to write reviews (and I'm not really wanting review things I played in 2015/2016 from memory without going back and refreshing myself - I put over 100 hours into Witcher 3, but it's already faded too much in my memory).
|Let me tell you why I think video games are a poor medium for storytelling... because apparently I hate myself today.|
In the past, Iíve written to express my distaste for video game stories. Over the years, it has become clear that I am in the minority. Most gamers seem to think stories in games are freaking fantastic, to the point where they will rail against a game I love because it doesnít happen to have a sufficiently compelling narrative. So today, I thought I would come back with an old opinion of mine: video game stories usually are ineffective enough that I wouldn't mind if they weren't there at all.
|The next game from Watermelon Developments is headed to Genesis later this year. Learn all about it!|
If you remember Watermelon Development, it's probably because of that developer's work on Pier Solar and the Great Architects. That title debuted on Genesis in 2010, before finally arriving on numerous other platforms a few years later. Now, the team is prepping its next potential hit, a brawler known as Paprium. The game is set to arrive later this year, and it's already looking very promising.
|The follow-up to Akiba's Trip will be available on PlayStation 4 and Vita, with pre-order incentives.|
If you're like EmP, our resident Englishman, you rather enjoyed Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed when it launched on various platforms in 2014 and beyond. You might even have found yourself looking forward to playing an eventual sequel. And so you arrived finally at today, when XSEED Games announced that just such a thing not only is headed west, but finally has an official release date.
Akiba's Beat, the aforementioned sequel, already launched in Japan this past December. Localization takes time, though, and the game won't hit stores in North America until May 16, 2017. A little research shows that a European release is also on its way from PQube, at around the same time.
|The sequel will appear on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in the west, and at a wallet-friendly price.|
Valkyria Chronicles was very much a niche title, loved by a lot of the relatively few people who played it, but mostly ignored even by gamers who might well have enjoyed it if only they gave it a shot. For a long time, the series appeared to be dead in the water. Then SEGA updated that first game for the PlayStation 4 and released the enhanced port in North America in 2016. Next came a third proper installment for the franchise in Japan, which SEGA this week announced is also headed to North America and Europe.