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Joseph Shaffer
Retro gamer, horror/b-movie fan, games critic, father. In other words, I don't sleep much.

Reviews: 270 | Games: | Following: 36 | Followers: 16

Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerAug 21, 2014
@jerec @joseph_valencia @honestgamer You guys also forgot forced humor. Plenty of that going around.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerAug 21, 2014
@jerec 45 years and counting!
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerAug 20, 2014
@pickhut important game of all time.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerAug 20, 2014
@pickhut Ugh, that guy. I don't blame him for being pissed off, because I sure as hell would be if 99% of the internet were constantly trolling me, but I he needs to get over himself. "You don't deserve Fez 2." Oh noooooo! 'Cause Fez 1 was the most...
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerAug 19, 2014
@honestgamer @espiga @jerec I have noticed that there's a growing number of people who leave comments on articles on Facebook saying, "Ugh, you didn't say it was a video! I can read, you know!"
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerAug 19, 2014
@jerec @espiga I've thought about starting a Twitch account. I dunno, I tend to be more of an article type person than a video one.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerAug 19, 2014
@jerec The closest we've had to that brought on endless waves of whining. I'm not sure we can withstand another attack like that.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerAug 14, 2014
@EmP Still sounda better than what the franchise has been doing.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerAug 12, 2014
I got to the final stage on Zero the Kamikaze Squirrel. I may have had all I can stand. Review forthcoming, some day.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerAug 12, 2014
@honestgamer According to what I've read, Zero is a spin-off of Aero (apparently they're rivals or something like that), so that might be why. I'm not sure about Aero, but Virtual Console isn't missing much without Zero...
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerAug 12, 2014
So far, Zero is not especially good. It's pretty much a standard animal-themed platformer with slightly irritating jump mechanics, made worse by its reliance on special maneuvers that you would most likely only know about if you read the manual.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerAug 12, 2014
It also came to my attention that I've only reviewed on Sega Genesis game here. I aim to remedy that. I've compiled a list of games to play and eventually review. I tore into Zero the Kamikaze Squirrel a few minutes ago, and made it to a fire stage.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerAug 12, 2014
I decided that since I'm more than 25% of the way through my text that I'd take some time to game and blow off some steam. Unfortunately, I'm not picking up Walking Dead right away, because I don't want to re-hook myself on that while studying.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerAug 09, 2014
Gaming progress- Nil. Studying progress- Five chapters down, eighteen to go. I discovered that I need to memorize about a dozen different regulatory and voluntary standard-driven agencies, from FDA to Joint Commission. Bleh...
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerAug 07, 2014
Gaming progress = None. Studying progress = survived four grueling chapters of information I already know, for the most part.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerAug 04, 2014
I also got hit with the "Invisible Duck" glitch, where Katjaa is basically sitting there cradling nothing. Thankfully, it didn't last long, as I think it would have ruined a major scene in this episode.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerAug 04, 2014
Finished The Walking Dead 1.3, and I'm calling it a night. That's... enough feels for one session.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerAug 03, 2014
Walking Dead 1.3- Completed my first difficult choice of the episode and successfully raided the pharmacy.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerAug 03, 2014
Completed The Walking Dead 1.2. Man, I feel like a piece of crap after that. I'll probably start 1.3 tonight.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerAug 03, 2014
Walking Dead 1.2- Just had the big reveal, and I called it. Then again, I've seen my share of horror movies with creepy rural families who are hiding something.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerAug 02, 2014
Walking Dead 1.2- About to head to the bandit camp, but I've got to click on the dots around the farm first.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerJul 31, 2014
@zippdementia I thought for sure that I'd find that game pretentious, but I really enjoyed it.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerJul 31, 2014
@JoeTheDestroyer I'm a short way into 1.2, about to head to the dairy farm.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerJul 31, 2014
The Walking Dead- Completed 1.1. It seems I picked the less popular choices during decision making sections of the episode.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerJul 29, 2014
I've been tempted to replay and review Robotrek, a game I enjoyed in my teen years, but I'm afraid it hasn't aged well.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerJul 29, 2014
@wolfqueen001 @zippdementia @Germ @EmP They basically said that Raiden was an allegory for the player, and they way they described the theory made the game sound like a subtle satire on video game hype.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerJul 29, 2014
@wolfqueen001 @zippdementia @Germ @EmP I ultimately didn't hate MGS 2. There was also someone here who had a really good theory regarding MGS 2 that helped me appreciate it a little more (I want to say it was Espiga, but I have a feeling ti was Calvin)...
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerJul 29, 2014
@Ben I'm looking forward to it! I love to read reviews that take popular games down a peg, or defend awful unpopular ones.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerJul 28, 2014
Walking Dead 1.1- About to leave the drugstore to save someone. So far, I dig this game. That's saying a lot, since I usually don't have the patience for graphic adventure games (although I've always wanted the patience).
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerJul 27, 2014
Before playing through Risen, I've decided to play the last game on my October review list, which is The Walking Dead season 1. Following that, Risen, Gothic, and Geneforge 2 shall fall.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerJul 27, 2014
Beat Hammerwatch, but I did not escape the castle, as I didn't possess enough strange planks (it's a long story). Still, the final boss is dead and that's good enough for me.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerJul 27, 2014
Hammerwatch- Tore through Act 3, survived the Lich's cheap one-shot ability, and am well into the fourth and final act.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerJul 27, 2014
@Suskie It's a shame the two bottles of wine and the roasted pork dish weren't "at the end of time."
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerJul 27, 2014
@EmP @zippdementia taken as anything more than unintentional humor. The first MGS wasn't all that bad in that department, at least not as bad as MGS 2. Geez, from psychic terrorists to ghosts running the White House. All it needed was some kaiju.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerJul 27, 2014
@EmP @zippdementia Pretentious, yet so unintentionally campy that they were kind of fun. I have a love/hate relationship with MGS's narrative as a whole. It's always overblown, thinks it's philosophically deep, and is usually too convoluted to be...
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerJul 26, 2014
Hammerwatch- Trounced the second boss and moseyed on to Act 3. Currently 50% through!
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerJul 26, 2014
Hammerwatch- Activated 2 of the 3 boss runes in Act 2. Enemy crowds have gotten insanely large. My right hand hurts...
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerJul 25, 2014
@Germ I know. I loved that game, and the negative reviews have tempted me to go back and replay it. Of course, I haven't actually read any of the negatives, so I don't know what turned everyone off.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerJul 25, 2014
Hammerwatch- Made it to Act 2. The boss of Act 1 was tough and a little cheap, but manageable.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerJul 24, 2014
Hammerwatch- Made it to the first boss, but now I have to leave for work. :(
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerJul 24, 2014
I'm interested in checking out some of the maps the Steam community has made, though, and maybe even messing around with the level editor myself. Of course, I'll never have enough time to fully commit to making a full campaign or anything...
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerJul 24, 2014
and venom-spitting maggots. I also wouldn't mind seeing more games like this utilize traditional RPG elements rather than minimal or watered down facets. Here, there is no experience and you can only level up by purchasing upgrades.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerJul 24, 2014
figured out there were checkpoints that pop up now and then. My only complaint so far is that the bestiary needs a little more diversity. I know it's still early on, but all I've encountered thus far is swarms of bats, (apparently) giant potato bugs...
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerJul 24, 2014
Hammerwatch- Restarted my game because I accidentally warped two floors ahead. I'm starting to get the hang of the game and learning to tread lightly, which is important because your lives are finite. For a while I didn't know how to save the game, but...
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerJul 24, 2014
@zippdementia @Masters @EmP @Ben "It was also refreshing not to have to sit through cutscenes and exposition. God, current games have to stop that." A-freakin'-men!
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerJul 22, 2014
@EmP @Masters @Ben Ha! I did the same thing during my playthrough. I kept saying, "WTF? How long until the next checkpoint?" It turned out that I had skipped a few steps.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerJul 22, 2014
I just messed around a little bit with Hammerwatch. It's kinda like Gauntlet, but with a pretty good soundtrack.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerJul 21, 2014
@EmP Some parts of that game can be pretty frustrating.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerJul 21, 2014
Finished Fortune Summoners. The final boss was nothing special and pretty much felt like an ordinary boss, except that she could summon minions.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerJul 21, 2014
Fortune Summoners- Gained access to the final dungeon, obtained the last of the Marks of Heroism, purchased Arche's ultimate weapon, and am now working on reaching the level cap with all three characters. It should all be over soon!


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