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.


Jerec's games of Q4 2022
Posted January 01, 2023 by jerec

COMPLETED

Man, only completed two games in this quarter, and then became unfocused and kept adding games...

13 Sentinels Aegis Rim (PS4)

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My random day of retro gaming
Posted November 20, 2022 by honestgamer

Ever have one of those random days where you just feel like playing old video games? I have them periodically, but usually I don’t act on the impulse because I have other things on my agenda. Yesterday, I ignored my other agenda and got down to some gaming. I thought maybe I would play and review a game, but none of yesterday’s sessions reached the point where a review is imminent. So instead, I’ll talk about them here.

First up, I had been wanting to finally play the first Shantae game for a long while. I’d purchased every game in the series (and even backed one of them thanks to a Kickstarter campaign) when my finances were in a better place. The series is so clearly up my alley, and yesterday was my moment to finally dip my toes in that water. I… wish it had gone better.

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Jerec's games of Q3
Posted September 30, 2022 by jerec

It's hard to believe that three months has gone by since my last update. In that time, I bought a PlayStation 5. I now have all the current gaming systems (for the first time in about a decade, as I skipped the Xbox One last gen).

FINISHED

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 (Switch)

I started this game on release date, and pretty much played nothing else for 125 hours until this game was beaten. This was an absolutely incredible game. I love the characters, the journey they take together, and the way the circumstances of the world are revealed was just amazing. Eunie is the best character. Loved the battle system, the music. I did leave a few side quests unfinished, but I'll be dropping back into this later when the Expansion Pass is finished.

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An update on gaming
Posted September 09, 2022 by overdrive

I do suck at things like blogging.

Elden Ring continues to be the late-spring, all-summer project. Up to about 170 hours into its world and still loving it -- even if the voices in my head are telling me to get to the end of it, damnit! Took advantage of the patch 1.06 addition of an NPC to invade in order to get to Mohgwyn Palace without doing online invasions or finding the teleporter in the Consecrated Snowfield. There, I'm close to the fight with Mohg and have done everything in that blood-covered place other than this one blood lake area with a bunch of those damn giant bird monsters. Main reason I didn't go there was because after beating a bunch of enemies, I found out this place is level-grinding heaven and I didn't want to risk losing all my runes.

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Getting Ready to Say Goodbye to the 3DS and Wii U eShop
Posted August 21, 2022 by honestgamer

Over the years, I have made very clear my passion for Nintendo games. The NES didn’t introduce me to the medium, but it came close. Mario Bros. was the first game to truly capture my imagination and make me the gamer I am today, before I had even heard of Nintendo. My obsession with the media has expanded to include games on all sorts of consoles, from Sega and Microsoft and Sony, but I always pay slightly closer attention to the big ‘N.’ Which is why it always bugs me when I find myself at a virtual precipice, looking over a kingdom’s worth of games that are about to disappear from the marketplace in one huge event.

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Jerec's Games of Q2
Posted July 01, 2022 by jerec

I noticed with my March update that it was very similar to my February update, and I didn't finish any games. And also at that point, I think I was about 75% of the blog posts on the front page. I decided dropping back to every three months might be better. Game progress is still fairly slow, but that's to be expected.

FINISHED

Muv Luv Unlimited (Vita)

I cleared this sometime in early April. Progress through the primary route was erratic, but once I got to a certain point I just kept going. Fortunately for this one, the other endings really only diverged late in the story so it didn't take much time to wrap everything up. I've got another Muv Luv VN but I think it'll be a while before I tackle that. I have to keep to my one VN at a time rule.

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My new urban fantasy series is a go
Posted June 01, 2022 by honestgamer

I don't post often here about my fiction because I'm mostly here to talk about video games, but sometimes I make an exception. Today is one of those days, as I've just released the first book in a new urban fantasy series for which I have high hopes.

Death and the Shifter introduces Molly Coyle, a young private investigator working in Salem, Oregon who recently died but now has been revived as a reaper who works for Azrael, an angel of death. Alongside her trusty talking feline companion, Fuzzy, she must hunt down and execute various deserving targets. Her first potential victim is a wolf shifter. But as you might expect, things don't exactly go as planned.

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The progress thing which I've forgotten to do for ages.
Posted May 06, 2022 by overdrive

Let's see. There was the attempt at Nioh which is on hiatus. I'd say potentially permanent hiatus, if not for the fact I've purchased its DLC and that means it's a bit too much money invested for me to just give up. I loved it initially, but as time went on, I found it to be repetitive with a lot of side quest missions that just weren't fun at all. I didn't like how, every time you went to a new land, you had to start collecting Kodama again in order to heal more that 3 times for free before needing to burn through your stock. The boss fights tended to annoy me -- I think the last handful I fought (Giant Toad, Ogress and Okatsu) were all road blocks for some time (at least the first two; Okatsu wasn't that bad) and whatshisname in the burning building level was no better. I love FRO

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Jerec's Games of March 2022
Posted March 31, 2022 by jerec

I didn't finish anything this month. I wasn't sure I'd even continue this monthly write-up as my focus was more split than ever. I bought an Xbox Series X this month, with a subscription to Gamepass. I've been sampling some stuff here and there. Not going to feel pressured to finish anything on Gamepass unless it really does resonate with me though. I loaded up my 360 for one last time to put all my save files in the cloud so I could get them on the Series X. The Xbox 360 is now retired, back in its box. It might prompt me to finish off some of the old 360 games I abandoned back then. Maybe.

IN PROGRESS

Triangle Strategy (Switch)

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Jerec's Games of February 2022
Posted February 28, 2022 by jerec

FINISHED

Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright (3DS)

This, I admit, took me a lot longer than it should've. And because this was marketed as three games, I get to mark my completion of one of the story paths as a game completion. I'll be back to play Conquest and Revelation in the future sometime. I don't have much to say on this. The story is pretty forgettable, but the combat is *chef kiss*

Ys: Oath in Felghana (Steam)

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Jerec's games of January 2022
Posted January 30, 2022 by jerec

This was a pretty good month for game progress. I had the first week off, and I'm getting used to my new job so I'm not coming home so tired as often.

FINISHED

Mass Effect 3 (PS4)

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I've changed my name from pickhut to dementedhut
Posted January 10, 2022 by dementedhut

Just wanted to make a small, quick post about it in case anyone is confused.

Quick, short reasons why:

-I've had the name since the very, VERY early 00s on various sites, message boards, and online gaming accounts, but I just got tired of using it. Also, from my experience, it's very easy for people to make fun of the name when they see it for the first time. ("Hey, it's Pizza Hut!" "Oh, hey dickbutt!")

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Jerec's Games of December 2021
Posted December 31, 2021 by jerec

I've managed to keep this up for a year. I think this is about the extent I feel like writing about games these days. I have actually tried writing some reviews this year, and in an ideal world I would review every game I finished or played a lot of, but I guess that aspect of games writing doesn't interest me so much anymore. I end the year employed, and I feel lucky to have a good job particularly with this antiwork movement going on. I'm on leave right now from Christmas (back to work January 10th), so December saw a little more activity.

FINISHED

Imposter Factory (Steam)

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Jerec's Games of November
Posted November 30, 2021 by jerec

Gaming progress has been pretty limited for what games I did play, and more stuff has slipped through the cracks. I keep it on my list to remind myself.

COMPLETED

Nothing.

IN PROGRESS

Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

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Jerec's Games of October 2021
Posted October 31, 2021 by jerec

Started my new job this month. Gaming time predictably took a dive.

FINISHED

I finished nothing! I think partly because I wrapped up so many games in September, most of the below are new starts. And also the whole lack of time and being tired, thing. I was also planning to not have too many games going at once, but I got a bit carried away. Heh.

IN PROGRESS

Dragon Quest XI S (Switch)

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Jerec's Games of September 2021
Posted September 30, 2021 by jerec

I'll probably never have another month of gaming like this. I'm starting a new job in early October, and lockdown is hopefully ending here not long after. So this month, I really went for it. Once I'm back at work, I hope to have far fewer games in progress at one time, since that approach led to me barely completing anything until early 2020 when unemployment stuck and I went on this wonderful journey (or Trails) of games. I knocked out so many RPGs, with a few other genres getting represented.

FINISHED

Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Switch)

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What am I playing now?
Posted September 23, 2021 by overdrive

To open with thrilling emulation-related stuff. Let's see. My Mac upgraded its OS a ways back and that meant all my old emulators no longer worked. So I dusted off an old laptop with an older OS and that worked well until that one crapped out. So, I looked up what was available on the newer Mac and found OpenEmu. Which works great. And gives me access to some stuff that I previously couldn't via other emulators, such as the Turbo CD. Which means I'll likely be running through the shooters on that system at some point.

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Jerec's Games of August 2021
Posted August 30, 2021 by jerec

Finished three games this month, all Falcom.

FINISHED

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV (PS4)

I finished this in the first couple of days of August. It feels like a long time ago now, oddly. It has been a long month of lockdown. So, yeah, the first ending was kinda meh. But once you've seen that ending you can load up the game again and go into the "true ending" which was very satisfying in an end of a saga sort of way. I spent close to a year playing through the nine games in this series, and it was some of the best JRPG experiences I've ever had. It does mean I'm taking a break from the series until the next game is out in English, which is sometime in 2023.

Ys II (Steam)

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So I finally got around to publishing another book...
Posted August 22, 2021 by honestgamer

This is a video game site, so I try not to post often about personal things unrelated, even though this is my blog. However, this is one of those times when I'm going to make an exception because how could I not?

As this post's title notes, I've published another book. The last time I did that was in the year 2000, when this site was much smaller and (as far as I can recall) I didn't know any of you who are likely to read this post today. A lot can change in over 20 years.

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August update
Posted August 06, 2021 by overdrive

As per the norm, I'm playing about five or six games at once. In a nice touch, I've gotten caught up in my review-writing. Spent some time with about three games done, but no time to write, so I was a bit behind. Not ideal, especially when you're trying to write something and it's a struggle to remember concrete examples because you were playing the sort of "good, not great" game where you had fun, but nothing really stuck out in your mind as awesome or crappy, making it fun to write about.

As for what I'm doing now:

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