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Jason Venter
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Reviews: 707 | Games: 1293 | Following: 47 | Followers: 16

Jason Venter @honestgamerSep 27, 2014
@Genj @Ben Yeah, the size of the Wii U's internal memory is a great argument in favor of physical copies. I save the space on my internal memory for Virtual Console stuff, game saves, and downloads I can't buy on a physical disc.
Jason Venter @honestgamerSep 27, 2014
@zippdementia @Ben I will go fully digital only when I have no other choice. Physical media is still attractive with the Wii U, PS4, Xbox One, so we're at least a console generation away from that all-digital day, I think.
Jason Venter @honestgamerSep 23, 2014
I just got back this afternoon from a 2 1/2 day vacation, my first real vacation in 15 years. Now it's time to go to work in a little bit. Of course. Oh, and my Internet is petulantly going in and out of service. I guess it must have missed me?
Jason Venter @honestgamerSep 19, 2014
@Germ That's a great story. Thanks for sharing it! When I have kids, maybe they'll push around blocks like Link in The Legend of Zelda. Or draw fan art of the games all the time, like I did as a child. There are many ways to love games.
Jason Venter @honestgamerSep 15, 2014
@Ben This sounds like the sort of game I play (very rarely) where I don't realize how long it has been since I last blinked until I feel a tear rolling down my cheek. I like my gaming a bit more relaxing...
Jason Venter @honestgamerSep 15, 2014
@joseph_valencia It's a difficult time to be the creator responsible for something too many people love. That can take on a life of its own. I can sympathize with Notch, though obviously I'm not likely to shed a tear on his behalf.
Jason Venter @honestgamerSep 14, 2014
@joseph_valencia @Suskie Yup, he got my last code. So if you also sent one to @TomatoMan, it looks like we're all sorted. Thanks!
Jason Venter @honestgamerSep 14, 2014
@TomatoMan @Suskie @espiga Well, maybe @spaceworlder still has a spare key and will hook you up. Mine are all gone now.
Jason Venter @honestgamerSep 14, 2014
@TomatoMan @Suskie @espiga Brandon, didn't you hit Platinum status this year, by the end of last month? You should have an email with four keys, if so.
Jason Venter @honestgamerSep 13, 2014
@espiga Check your HG Mail.
Jason Venter @honestgamerSep 12, 2014
If any frequent contributor here is dying to play the Smash Bros. (3DS) demo a week ahead of general availability, let me know. I may be able to hook you up with a code I got from Club Nintendo.
Jason Venter @honestgamerSep 05, 2014
@wolfqueen001 Thanks! I used to ignore mobile devices, but too many people use phones and tablets to browse now, so I had to get with the times. Now even I sometimes check the site on my phone, though mostly I stick to my PC.
Jason Venter @honestgamerSep 02, 2014
@jerec Actually, I think the number has not increased because people delete stuff sometimes and activity hasn't been as brisk as it once was. We definitely haven't topped 10K, and may have dropped below 9K. The number has fluctuated near 9K for months.
Jason Venter @honestgamerSep 02, 2014
@JoeTheDestroyer It's good to have you back and feeling refreshed after your academic trials. Don't forget that there are plenty of games on the Trello board that might appeal to you, if you're looking for something new to play and review!
Jason Venter @honestgamerSep 01, 2014
Looking for a good read? I know people confessed to enjoying the box that displays random old reviews when it existed on the site in the past, so I brought the feature back to the front page. Want to see it stay? Hate it with a fiery passion? Let me know!
Jason Venter @honestgamerSep 01, 2014
@JoeTheDestroyer You're going to give me nightmares, Joe!
Jason Venter @honestgamerAug 31, 2014
I am playing Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright on 3DS, and I hope that I will finish it and review it sometime soon. I only just started playing today, though.
Jason Venter @honestgamerAug 31, 2014
@joseph_valencia @EmP @overdrive I'm perfectly happy ignoring as much of this kerfuffle as possible and focusing on games, and I expect most or all of the others in this community feel largely the same way. HonestGamers is about the games, not the drama!
Jason Venter @honestgamerAug 30, 2014
@pickhut @joseph_valencia I figure we'll see maybe 10 or 20 "must have" titles, most of them from Nintendo and half of them ports, and then in 2 years or so Nintendo will reveal its new generation of hardware. It's a stopgap that I will still likely buy.
Jason Venter @honestgamerAug 20, 2014
@JoeTheDestroyer @espiga @jerec Yeah, I think the magic of video is fading for some people, and we'll see more people ready to read well-written stuff. The questions: 1) when? 2) can we last that long? 3) can we take advantage of it to grow? I hope so!
Jason Venter @honestgamerAug 19, 2014
@espiga @JoeTheDestroyer @jerec I don't generally enjoy video content at all (either producing or, often, watching amateur productions), and I know there are others like me. I hope HG can appeal to a much greater % of that specific group over time.
Jason Venter @honestgamerAug 12, 2014
Surely @EmP will be delighted to hear that Metal Gear Solid mastermind Hideo Kojima is workign on a new Silent Hill game, alongside director Guillermo Del Toro:
Jason Venter @honestgamerAug 12, 2014
@Germ I hadn't heard that. An Gamescom announcement? I'm not happy, but it will probably be a timed exclusive. I like to get new games in a series on the same platform, and I bought Tomb Raider on PS4. *sigh*
Jason Venter @honestgamerAug 12, 2014
@JoeTheDestroyer Somehow, in my feeble brain, I always get that mixed up with Aero the Acrobat. I've played neither title, though Aero was on Virtual Console, I believe. I don't think Zero was...
Jason Venter @honestgamerAug 09, 2014
I picked up "Cuban Fury" on a whim, because it was only $12.99 on blu-ray (on special sale) despite just coming out, and because it has Nick Frost and (I found later) Chris O'Dowd. Not a hilarious movie, really, but still an enjoyable one, I thought.
Jason Venter @honestgamerAug 09, 2014
@pickhut It felt short AND it dragged a little? That's quite the accomplishment on Michael Bay's part... I haven't seen many of his movies, to my knowledge. I know he has a bad reputation, relative to his substantial success.
Jason Venter @honestgamerAug 08, 2014
I am working a part time job again, and this week was training. It's the same job I had before, but I've been away long enough that they have to assume I've forgotten everything. This could cut into my time to play video games!
Jason Venter @honestgamerAug 03, 2014
@jerec This one isn't good enough for you?
Jason Venter @honestgamerAug 01, 2014
NIS America just bumped up the release date for Fairy Fencer F in North America and Europe by one week. The game's listing in the database has been corrected, of course. Nocturnal Doctrine is moving, too. I'll update those profiles shortly...
Jason Venter @honestgamerJul 29, 2014
@JoeTheDestroyer Even in my teen years, I felt it had chunks that were iffy (my friend had it), but it was still a lot of fun and I may have to revisit that one myself. I (somewhat) recently bought the cartridge in an eBay auction, for just that purpose.
Jason Venter @honestgamerJul 22, 2014
Game profile pages have now been updated to display three images, whenever three or more images are available in the database, instead of four. The image previews are now slightly larger, as well.
Jason Venter @honestgamerJul 22, 2014
I managed to secure multiple keys for the PC beta of The Crew, and I am downloading it myself right now. If anyone else is dying to play it and has a decent PC, lemme know. Details/requirements:
Jason Venter @honestgamerJul 20, 2014
Updated the search results page so that it shows any relevant results in the shiny new format. Hopefully, that will make the page more useful and maybe also help people find games they didn't even know existed.
Jason Venter @honestgamerJul 20, 2014
I spent basically the whole day coding, around 15 hours or so, but the end result is one I'm happy with. Browsing game listings should be a bit more fun now, with some shiny new tools and a more vibrant interface.
Jason Venter @honestgamerJul 18, 2014
Someone on Twitter asked if we might be interested in posting a review for this game: I would encourage @overdrive to do it, but the game is PC only. Seems right up his alley...
Jason Venter @honestgamerJul 18, 2014
Feeling suddenly productive, I today added a BUNCH of listings for many of the console and handheld games hitting retail outlets during the next 4 months or so:
Jason Venter @honestgamerJul 18, 2014
I've enjoyed seeing second and even third opinions pop up for a few worthy games as of late. We now have three very distinct takes on Shovel Knight, and it's neat to see the Banner Saga discussion, as well. Reminds me of the good old days...
Jason Venter @honestgamerJul 17, 2014
If you're into point-and-click adventure games, it stands to reason that you might also be into making some of your own. There's a game coming that lets you do that:
Jason Venter @honestgamerJul 17, 2014
@EmP @JoeTheDestroyer We're about two months from the release of Risen 3 on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, so it's probably a good time to be getting into Risen. I have the second one on Steam, but haven't played it yet.
Jason Venter @honestgamerJul 13, 2014
@Germ I've never played Legend of Dragoon, but I own the digital version now so I guess there's less reason for that to remain the case. Well, aside from how busy I am these days...
Jason Venter @honestgamerJul 11, 2014
Legend of Dragoon is only $1 in today's PSN flash sale. Wild Arms 1/2, as well, and Twisted Metal: Black, among others:!/en-us/flash-sale/cid=STORE-MSF77008-9_FLASHSALE2014
Jason Venter @honestgamerJul 09, 2014
@Ben The thing about the last set of levels is that it was basically everything I expected after years of playing games in that style: a remix of unique challenges that had come up to that point, and other stuff I won't spoil here.
Jason Venter @honestgamerJul 07, 2014
@pickhut I always wanted to try out the PS3 port, but Xbox 360 could work just as well. One of the two, anyway. I do like Civilization on PC, and I'm not opposed to a slightly dumbed down version. I look forward to more impressions from you!
Jason Venter @honestgamerJul 07, 2014
@pickhut You're playing the original Civ Revolution, right? Which version? I think there was a sequel just announced or released, but I haven't been following closely.
Jason Venter @honestgamerJul 05, 2014
I've saved as much of my old guide content as I can. A bunch of guide text is laid out, waiting for me to drop in screenshots and push the guides live on the site. I was hoping to do that with Ocarina of Time but I think I'd better just write a fresh one.
Jason Venter @honestgamerJul 02, 2014
SEGA announced today that Hatsune Miku: Project MIRAI Remix is coming to North America in 2015, for 3DS. I know a few people who should be pleased about that!
Jason Venter @honestgamerJun 30, 2014
@Ben How is the ability to attack checkpoints a big draw for you. Those checkpoints are nice to have around, especially in later stages. I rarely clear a stage without dying at least a couple of times...
Jason Venter @honestgamerJun 30, 2014
@Ben I do not know. Have you tried striking one with a downward shovel thrust? I'm writing a guide for the game and I'm not going to experiment with that until I've finished it. I'd hate to destroy one permanently!
Jason Venter @honestgamerJun 26, 2014
@Never3ndr @overdrive I've been trying to avoid buying, because I never seem to play what I buy at such great prices. It has been easier to avoid buying this year, because I have no money!
Jason Venter @honestgamerJun 25, 2014
@Ben @Suskie It was directed at NO ONE. I just noticed that as screens are submitted, they're often coming in batches of 2 or 3, which is exactly what the form previously requested, but no longer the ideal. So I was updating people. That's it, I promise.

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