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Glitches
Posted July 12, 2018 by CptRetroBlue

Ah glitches. Every other game is filled with such. While some are quite frustrating to the point of resetting your game, others help you out and give you a break allowing you to last longer in said game. Take for example the third stage of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for Arcade, on which when you place your turtle in the exact position where the road meets the water tiles, your character will go for the most part ignored by every enemy you encounter, including the boss at the end. However you can still defeat such enemies without ever getting hit once. Some versions have a pizza halfway through so there is the temptation of nabbing it and risk breaking said glitch. What other glitches have favored your own gameplay?

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I hate starting over.
Posted June 25, 2018 by JoeTheDestroyer

I once put over a dozen hours into Assassin's Creed II. I loved what I played, dug the missions especially and even enjoyed completing all of the side nonsense. I don't remember how far into the game I got, but a message popped up on my TV screen as the game autosaved. Something about corrupt data. I thought nothing of it because I figured there would be other autosaves. None of them took, though.

When I booted up the game later on, it didn't load my data. In fact, all of my data was gone. All of those hours were gone. Everything I worked for was gone.

I haven't restarted AC2 since that incident, and I probably never will.

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All aboard the ghoul train.
Posted June 25, 2018 by CptRetroBlue

As I approach the end of Secret of Mana, I once again revisit the Lost Continent's subterranean subway, a fraction of a city within the fallen continent's ruins. When you arrive you are greeted mostly by ghouls as you transverse row after row of seats within the moving platform until you reach its end and exit through the other side of it, confronted by a nasty Eggplant Man spawning lethal beings with high attack power and evasion (this can be avoided if you ignore the last couple ghouls which are easy to deal with however.) It is quite something to find such places in a high fantasy game like Secret of Mana which otherwise has little connection to the real world we live in save for some sections here and there, such as the temple at Mandala, where you get information from orbs called "v

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The greatest Sonic the Hedgehog review video I ever watched on youtube
Posted June 19, 2018 by CptRetroBlue

Have watched a great Sonic related video on youtube by user Super Bunnyhop, whose narration floats like a paper boat on calm waters, smoothly and quite satisfying to experience, very knowledgeable, quite an extnsive vocanulary, and you just know what he talks about in every segment of this video, you just must watch it to sexperience it. I cannot embed said video, so copy it and enjoy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kE9BR24XIw


What Joe Has Been Playing #3
Posted June 14, 2018 by JoeTheDestroyer

RECENT PURCHASES
Whew, where do I begin? Wild Arms 5, Suikoden V and Wild Arms XF are now in my grasp, with the first two being physical copies and the last being a PSN acquisition. I also picked up almost the entire Tomb Raider series on Steam for a buck apiece. Since I already had the original, the reboot and Rise of..., I only spent about $8. Sadly, the Lara Croft top-down games weren't on sale. I know some people have been critical of those games, but I'm willing to check them out.

The only game I'm looking at picking up soon is Xenosaga Episode III, but it might be a few weeks before I work up the needed dough. It's a pretty pricey game, as even disc-only copies are listed at close to $80.

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Playing Secret of Mana
Posted June 14, 2018 by CptRetroBlue

Since I am playing Legend of Mana I got nostalgic and decided to start a new game on Secret of Mana. As I play through I get this feeling that is a bit incomplete, after reading that it had stuff cut from it before release I found out this game at first was going to be in CD format after Nintendo was trying to cut a deal to create a CD add-on like Sega did but decided not to instead forming a deal with Phillips (something they regret doing in the long run I'm sure.) so this may why it feels this way, but is still very enjoyable, nostalgic, and full of high, colorful fantasy.

Since the remake is out for PS4 I can tell you I am celebrating said release as well by playing the original.

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Now on Steam
Posted June 13, 2018 by CptRetroBlue

I have now joined Steam although I am not doing much in it, will add some moneys later to check what games I can check out (I would probably get Shovel Knight to be honest.)

If you wish to join me or add me I am CptRetroBlue on it.

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My New Videogame List in HonestGamers
Posted June 11, 2018 by CptRetroBlue

Hello fellow gamers, just adding a blog letting you all know I started adding games to my videogame list on this site. I will check back to more games I had forgotten to add and edit my current lists.

Meanwhile check what games I have and compare it to your lists if you wish, I am curious to see how many here have the same taste in games as I do. ;)

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What could possibly go wrong
Posted May 28, 2018 by CptRetroBlue

I watched Bubsy's pilot on TV when it aired in the late 90s. That wasn't a pleasant memory. I see after years since it dissapointing after one episode many still abhor it, often pointing out it's infamous phrase which happened to be the title of said pilot. I hear talk on bringing Bubsy back in Videogames, let's hope an animated series isn't in their minds this time. Another game which didn't survive the pilot debut was Battletoads, while not as atrocious, is quite badly made.

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What Joe Has Been Playing #2
Posted May 22, 2018 by JoeTheDestroyer

RECENT PURCHASES
Aside from some random Steam indie games, I've been picking up the last few entries of the Tales series I missed. I recently nabbed Tales of Berseria on a Steam sale, plus secured Tales of Xillia (and its sequel) and Tales of Hearts R. The only US released Tales game I'm not bothering with is Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology, as I've heard it's pretty underwhelming. The GBA release of Tales of Phantasia is all the underwhelming I can stand from that franchise ("Kangaroo" my ass).

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Let's play some Atari 2600 Games
Posted May 19, 2018 by CptRetroBlue

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Was able to boot up an Atari 2600 Emulator to play every other game I remember when I was a kid, plus those which never made it into compilations and are so much fun. It's great to note how some titles had incredible graphic designs for its time.


What Joe Has Been Playing #1
Posted May 14, 2018 by JoeTheDestroyer

Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves (PS2)
Having revisited the first two titles, I decided it was finally time to unwrap the over-decade-old copy of Sly 3 I own and put it to use. And so far I'm on the fence...

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Reviewish thing: Wrestlemania Weekend part 2: Wrestlemania 34
Posted April 20, 2018 by JoeTheDestroyer

This is belated, but these are my thoughts after finishing Wrestlemania 34 nearly two weeks ago. I wanted to have this up sooner, but my electrical issues prevented that. Now that I have finally updated the blog post, here it is:


I just sat through all of it and I'm exhausted, so I'm going to cut to the chase on my opinion about Wrestlemania 34.

How was the event? Decent. What I liked more is that it leaves WWE in an interesting spot and establishes cliffhangers. Wrestlemania is supposed to be their flagship PPV and the culmination of their season, so there shouldn't be cliffhangers. Yet here we are...


Matches in order, with brief opinions:

1. Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
Rating: 2.5/5
Winner: Matt Hardy

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More Switch reviews for me...
Posted April 18, 2018 by hastypixels

Am I the only one looking at the Switch right now and wondering where all the multiplayer games are? The fact is that the Switch could outnumber its competitors in homes by a factor of 2 or more, but that'll never happen unless Nintendo somehow sees a wave of multiplayer enabled titles. MarioKart 8 Deluxe, Arms and Splatoon 2 are not enough.

I'm bringing this up because the Switch is now my hardware of choice for reviews. It will be getting my attention as I build up my library of major and minor releases from the eShop. If you don't watch Arlo - and you should - he makes a good point about the eShop going the way of Steam. It was heavily curated in its first year, but in order to keep up the flow of titles, they're relaxing their standards.

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The things I go through to play decade-old games...
Posted April 18, 2018 by JoeTheDestroyer

I got tired of playing my PS2 games on a dinky flatscreen TV with blurry visuals, so I decided to get something cheap yet decent. I ended up with an inexpensive Westinghouse set that does the job. Bear in mind that this isn't my main TV, but one I keep in the basement so I can play some of my older systems. After purchasing it, I fished out my PS2's component cable and fired it up. What greeted me as I started The Punisher was a horribly discolored cutscene, where Soap and Molly questioned Frank Castle about his shootout with Kingpin while blue and red hues flashed all over their faces. I thought this couldn't be right and feared the TV was to blame. I didn't want to take it back.

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Reviewish thing: Wrestlemania Weekend part 1: NXT Takeover: New Orleans
Posted April 08, 2018 by JoeTheDestroyer

It's been 18 years since I avidly watched WWE. I stopped watching for a number of reasons, but the main one being the visible dip in quality. The latter years of the Attitude Era were tiring, especially the events involving the McMahon-Hemlsley Faction. I drew the line at The Invasion, when WWE purchased WCW and attempted a half-assed crossover event (which also saw ECW playing a part) that fell flat.

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Stardew Valley doesn't have to end...
Posted April 05, 2018 by hastypixels

Stardew Valley is a unique game in the North American gaming market, having accomplished what Harvest Moon has failed to do with many sequels on nearly every commercially available gaming platform. Widespread acceptance and demand have turned it into a household game along the likes of Super Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog and the entirety of Dark Souls. Yet it has an open ending and a soothing capacity that sets it apart from its kin. Unfortunately its open ended nature leaves the player with nothing to do but start another farm. What if there was another option?

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And it is on this day that I declare my computer no longer gaming capable.
Posted April 04, 2018 by JoeTheDestroyer

My current computer still works. Unfortunately, it can't do more than stream videos.

You see, this computer has lasted six years. While playing Gothic II, it would intermittently crash. I thought that was the game, since other players reported the same problem. However, the issue continued to arise while I played through Avencast: Rise of the Mage (though it didn't occur while I played Upwards, Lonely Robot, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs or Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons). Sadly, after 17 hours of progress, the computer crashed and corrupted my game data, thereby ending my run. I was at the final stretch, too.

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Ever try to tie your shoes without any energy?
Posted March 25, 2018 by hastypixels

I have been sick for the last month, less and more sick than I have been in the last, maybe, ten years? The very idea of mustering energy to do anything more strenuous than manipulate a controller (or two, more on that in a moment) has sent be straight to bed. Really.

Boy am I glad I got a Nintendo Switch. It's been my best console purchase decision since the PlayStation 2. My PS3? You mean the one whose motherboard I have to bake in order to... forget it. Not happening. Thank you Nintendo for getting this one so very right!

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Interesting article about Telltale Games
Posted March 21, 2018 by jerec

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.

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