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.


Games from September
Posted October 02, 2021 by Genj

After a very slow summer, every publisher decided to dump their releases in September. Now I feel really behind on games I want to play. Fortunately there's little left for the rest of the year other than Metroid Dread and SMTV.

FINISHED

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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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The Steam Marketplace Massacre: The Music Machine will be playing soon.
Posted September 18, 2021 by JoeTheDestroyer

12. The Music Machine
Haley is possessed by Quintin, Quintin wants to kill Haley, and maybe they're going to bond? Who knows, because they're stranded on an abandoned resort island where a weird devices takes them to other worlds full of strangeness and suffering.

The Steam Marketplace Massacre

1. Mad Father Remake
2. A Wolf in Autumn
3. Apartment 666
4. Kio's Adventure
5. You Deserve
6. SIMULACRA
7. God's Basement
8. Oakwood
9. Locked-in syndrome
10. Tamashii
11. Gridberd
12. The Music Machine

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The Steam Marketplace Massacre: Gridberd joins the party
Posted September 17, 2021 by JoeTheDestroyer

11. Gridberd
Escape a mansion owned by a masked, axe-wielding maniac bent on revenge. And by "escape," I mean "walk at such an insufferably slow speed that you want to bore-quit after ten minutes."

The Steam Marketplace Massacre

1. Mad Father Remake
2. A Wolf in Autumn
3. Apartment 666
4. Kio's Adventure
5. You Deserve
6. SIMULACRA
7. God's Basement
8. Oakwood
9. Locked-in syndrome
10. Tamashii
11. Gridberd


Presenting this year's OctJOEber offering: THE STEAM MARKETPLACE MASSACRE
Posted September 11, 2021 by JoeTheDestroyer

"Joe, you haven't written much this year."

Correction. I haven't posted much this year, but I have at least 17 unposted reviews. I had one project I was working on that wasn't specifically intended to be an OctJOEber one, but just happened to see its completion right this month. Since we're this close, I may as well unveil it as such.

THE STEAM MARKETPLACE MASSACRE
Because I have enough horror in my library to do several October projects

1. Mad Father Remake
RPG Maker fare featuring a girl who discovers that her father is a mad scientist, and must find him somewhere in their mansion that's crawling with zombies and killer dolls.

2. A Wolf in Autumn

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Games from August
Posted September 01, 2021 by Genj

What a boring month waiting for some new releases.

Blaster Master Zero 3 (PS4) - Never got any better. Basically felt like a glorified DLC of Zero 2 with a lot of mediocre level design, upgrades that just weren't fun. Gave up trying for the TRUE ending since you have to fight a series of rehashed bosses from 2 except you're stripped of all your upgrades. It became too frustrating.

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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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My current HG plans, 8/14
Posted August 14, 2021 by JoeTheDestroyer

-Get ROTW done. No, I haven't forgotten about this.

-Finish Shotgun Legend and review it.

-Post my Astro Aqua Kitty review.

-Finish Wild Arms: Alter Code F and review it as well.

-Sit in the dark and laugh ominously for a few hours.

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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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July Games
Posted August 05, 2021 by Genj

CONQUERED

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Settling Back In
Posted July 04, 2021 by JoeTheDestroyer

It's been close to 2.5 months since my work promotion, and I think I'm starting to settle in. A lot of my absence had to do with establishing a routine, as well as dealing with low staffing (especially late spring to early autumn, which we refer to as "prime time" at the hospital). I don't want to get too much into it for professional reasons, and because it's kind of a boring topic for this site, but I think it'll be a while before things fully stabilize. Because of that, I'll likely disappear every so often, but spring back up as much as I can.

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Games from June
Posted July 03, 2021 by Genj

Scarlet Nexus (PS5) - I'd been looking forward to this since it was announced. Really cool action RPG with fantastic & stylish combat. Basically plays like a simpler Devil May Cry with RPG stats and abilities. As you progress, you earn more abilities & powers to further expand your toolset. You can share party members psionic abilities for a brief time, and it's especially fun once you unlock the ability to combine them. It's gorgeous in 60fps too. Unfortunately the game has issues. Namely it's pretty padded out likely due to budget constraints. You end up revisiting areas often in the main story, and the full experience is split into 2 character campaigns that largely feel like remixes with a small amount of unique content. The side content is not good and mostly unrewardin

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More Games
Posted June 06, 2021 by Genj

Currently Playing

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My first update in like 8 months or so
Posted May 14, 2021 by overdrive

So, what am I playing now? And why am I asking myself then when I plan to type it up anyway?

Shadows of Mordor: Like with most games based around stealth, it took a little while for me to get into this one. But when I did, it's become an addiction where I run around and terrorize Orcs for no reason other than because I can. I'll play for a few hours and not advance anything related to the actual plot. Might do a weapon quest or a couple "free people" quests and collect some relics and stuff, but I'll spend more time finding fun ways to slaughter Orcs.

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Games & Stuff
Posted May 08, 2021 by Genj

Demon's Souls (PS5) - Kinda torn on this. I'm a huge fan of Souls-likes and the series (I've put over 1000 hours into the Soulsborne games running multiple builds & challenge runs) and this remake is very true to the original. Unfortunately DeS is FromSoft's worst Souls-like. Absolutely fantastic visuals and atmosphere, but it's still clunky and rather unresponsive compared to Dark Souls. I welcome the few QOL enhancements the game has, but can't believe they didn't fix the grind for upgrade materials (more than they did) or get rid of World Tendency or item burden. A lot of the broken gear is still very broken. Fantastic game and remake, but would have preferred more mechanical improvements. Can't really fault BluePoint too much. They were screwed with this fanbase whether

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Jason's amazing direct sale of PS4 games
Posted April 28, 2021 by honestgamer

Recently, I moved from one apartment to another and the process made me realize I have way too much... stuff. A lot of that stuff, admittedly, is games. And I do like games. I like owning a lot of them physically, even. But I've realized I need to be more selective about what I buy and keep, and I've accepted that a lot of the great games in my collection would give greater joy to other collectors while I shuffle priorities. So I purchased a lot of digital versions of games I own, and I went a little nuts and now I need to sell some stuff in a hurry.

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PS3/Vita game purchases get a stay of execution from Sony
Posted April 19, 2021 by honestgamer

Today Sony made a proclamation and it was actually good news for a change. In a special announcement, Jim Ryan revealed the company has (mostly) reversed course on its recent decision to stop selling games from various older platforms on the PlayStation Store.

Currently, PlayStation 3, PSP and Vita games were set to disappear from the store on July 2nd (in the case of the first two) and August 27th (in the Vita's case). This has unexpectedly changed.

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Stuff you might want to buy on the PlayStation Store while you still can
Posted April 09, 2021 by honestgamer

I've already blogged about why I believe it is a shame the PlayStation 3, Vita and PSP software libraries will no longer be available for purchase after July 2nd (for PS3 and PSP) and August 27th (for Vita). I won't repeat all of that here. Instead, I thought it might be useful to outline some of the games you can still buy today through the ludicrously awkward PlayStation Store on your PS3 console that you won't be able to purchase after the above dates.

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Why it matters that Sony is taking away its PS3, PSP and Vita storefronts
Posted March 28, 2021 by honestgamer

On the NES, there is a game called Day Dreamin' Davey. It's about a young school lad who escapes into the worlds of his dreams and has adventures. I've played it before, and even recently added it to my collection. Someday, I'll probably play it a lot more. But my point in mentioning the game isn't to remind you that it exists. Rather, it's to say that if you changed the protagonist's name to Jason, it might well be a game about me.

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AlphaMurderthon update #6
Posted February 01, 2021 by JoeTheDestroyer

Confirmed Games
A is for Alan Wake (rough draft complete)
B is for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (rough draft complete)
C is for Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth (ready to submit)
H is for Hello Neighbor (rough draft complete)
I is for The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing (rough draft complete)
J is for Joe's Diner (ready to submit)
K is for Kindergarten (ready to submit)
L is for The Last of Us Remastered (rough draft complete)
S is for Stories Untold (rough draft complete)
X is for Xenophobe (ready to submit)

Next playthroughs (subject to change):
Dead Space 2
We Happy Few

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