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 February 2021
Posted February 28, 2021 by jerec

FINISHED

The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC (Steam)

This one clocked in at around 85 hours (in game), though Steam says it's around 63 hours. An interesting side effect of Turbo mode is that it basically speeds up time. I was absolutely hooked on this, finishing it up pretty early in February. So much character development, and a very engaging story that pays off all the setup from this game and the previous title. As soon as I finished it, I launched right into the third game.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky The 3rd (Steam)

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Sentimental K
Posted February 23, 2021 by Germ

Hey everybody. I got my name in the credits of the early access game "Sentimental K" after I helped redo some of the English localization. It's a fun roguelite. I have some Steam keys so feel free to DM me and I'll give them out until I run out.

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The Big List of Games I Beat in 2021 pt.2
Posted February 08, 2021 by EmP

In 2020, I decided I was going to stop buying new games and declare war on the backlog. Much like the majority of gamers, I own more games than I can ever play in a lifetime but countless games I want to play get shuffled further and further to the back while the endless stream of new stuff gets stacked on top of them. It was a success! Aside from cashing in steam vouchers over Christmas that I had received as a gift, I purchased exactly zero new games, and the backlog was sufficiently injured. Any current year games I played were on the behest of constant backlog enemy, Jason Venter, who even now is plotting ways to trick me into playing more visual novels. THE GOAL: Do the same thing in 2021. Block Venter. Profit.

//In Progress//


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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


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

Writing up my whole year of gaming progress for last year was a bit of a challenge (and there might've been some stuff I forgot), so I'mma try to do this monthly.

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The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky FC (Steam)

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The Big List of Games I Beat in 2021
Posted January 23, 2021 by EmP

In 2020, I decided I was going to stop buying new games and declare war on the backlog. Much like the majority of gamers, I own more games than I can ever play in a lifetime but countless games I want to play get shuffled further and further to the back while the endless stream of new stuff gets stacked on top of them. It was a success! Aside from cashing in steam vouchers over Christmas that I had received as a gift, I purchased exactly zero new games, and the backlog was sufficiently injured. Any current year games I played were on the behest of constant backlog enemy, Jason Venter, who even now is plotting ways to trick me into playing more visual novels. THE GOAL: Do the same thing in 2021. Block Venter. Profit.

//The Backlog Mortuary//

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AlphaMurderthon update #5
Posted January 02, 2021 by JoeTheDestroyer

2Dark
I haven't even started this one, and probably won't for a bit. I'm kind of dragging my feet on it, despite Raynal's involvement with this one.

Alan Wake
Since I already had a review from my RoG days ready to for this one, I have an updated rough draft done. It wasn't difficult to rewrite.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
Game complete, rough draft written. Man, what a game...

Castlevania Adventure ReBirth
Same situation as with Alan Wake, except with a fairly revamped review.

Dead Space 2
I started this game at one point and lost interest. I'll probably restart it soon. It's... okay, I guess...

The Evil Within
I've looked at the case (I have a physical copy). That's about it.

Fran Bow

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Project Referb: December 2020
Posted January 02, 2021 by EmP

The Idea: Every week or so, to take a review that's unexplainably racked up a lot of rapid fire hits for reasons no one will ever understand and update it. Not rewrite it completely, but tidy away sections that have maybe not aged well, add screenshots where applicable and update the tagline in order to promote that punlife I have chosen. The site's undergone a lot of changes over the years, and the formatting once used has aged. For example! I remember the first time I played around with putting screenshots in the body of my review then tourney and/or RotW judge, Jerec, wondered out loud if it was a form of cheating. It's not my intention to rewrite handfuls of old reviews, just bring them a little up to date. If I can retrofit a pun tagline in there, all the better.

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Jerec's Games of 2020
Posted January 01, 2021 by jerec

My gaming time in the last six years was drastically cut down. Being an adult with a full time job, living on my own, didn't always leave a lot of time for games. I might get a couple of hours in on a weekend. It took a special game to actually get me playing in the evening after work (I generally just watched TV shows until it was time to sleep).

Disco Elysium (PC)

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Games I Played This Year That Kicked Ass: 2020 Edition
Posted December 31, 2020 by JoeTheDestroyer

It's that time again. Everyone is doing their "year in review" type of topics and videos all over the place, and I don't have an original bone in my body. Obvi, I'm just going to copy off their tests because it sounds like a lot of fun and it gives me a chance to relive the cool things I played this year.

I don't have much of a criteria for listed titles here. Any title must score a 3.5/5 or a 7/10 at the very least, it must be something I played this year, and I had to have made enough progress on it to feel it kicked an ass or something similar. There are some games that technically meet the criteria, but didn't get posted because I'm kind of sick of them (Gateways, for instance).

Anyway...


DIDN'T PLAY ENOUGH, BUT LIKED WHAT I PLAYED

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AlphaMurderthon update #4
Posted December 13, 2020 by JoeTheDestroyer

Confirmed Games
A is for Alan Wake (rough draft complete)
C is for Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth (rough draft complete)
J is for Joe's Diner (ready to submit)
K is for Kindergarten (rough draft complete)
L is for The Last of Us Remastered (rough draft complete)
X is for Xenophobe (ready to submit)


Now Playing
I started Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. I also logged some time into Distraint. I don't plan to use that one, but it is one of my alternatives if my playthrough of Dead Space 2 doesn't go so well.


20 Super Nintendo Games That Need to Come to Nintendo Switch Online
Posted November 13, 2020 by honestgamer

Inspired by Indie Gamer Chick's (currently, as of the time I post this) ongoing dive through Super Nintendo gems of yesteryear, I decided to put together a list of the 20 Super Nintendo games I would most like to see added to the Nintendo Switch Online service to better help that service live up to its potential.

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AlphaMurderthon update #3
Posted November 09, 2020 by JoeTheDestroyer

Confirmed Games
A is for Alan Wake (rough draft complete)
C is for Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth (rough draft complete)
J is for Joe's Diner (ready to submit)
K is for Kindergarten (rough draft complete)
X is for Xenophobe (rough draft complete


Now Playing
I put Xenophobe and Kindergarten to rest. I'm playing the indie horror/sci-fi/shooter Insincere right now, and it's a good thing I didn't save it for a future OctJOEber because it's kind of a drag. It has personality, at least. I will probably start The Last of Us very soon, especially now that my family is on quarantine because two of us tested positive (fret not; the symptoms have passed in all of us and we're very much either on the mended or fully mended).


AlphaMurderthon update #2
Posted October 31, 2020 by JoeTheDestroyer

Confirmed Games
A is for Alan Wake (rough draft complete)
C is for Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth (rough draft complete)
J is for Joe's Diner (ready to submit)


Now Playing
I'm undecided what I'll play next, but Bloodstained and The Last of Us are likely choices. I'm also tempted to get Xenophobe out of the way, since it's one I'm not looking forward to playing again.


Changes
-Quake II has been replaced with Quiet Valley for the planned list
-If by some chance I can't make it through Resident Evil--because I've given up on this game a few times already--them its replacement might be Remothered: Tormented Fathers. You know, another game I gave up on...
-Bendy and the Ink Machine will not be part of the list, as it will be posted this year on Halloween.

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AlphaMurderthon: the proposed list
Posted October 26, 2020 by JoeTheDestroyer

Not really an update. This is just the list of games I hope to review next year, assuming I can pull this thing off.

2Dark
Alan Wake
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth
Dead Space 2
The Evil Within
Fran Bow
Galerians (assuming the copy I bought arrives in playable condition)
Hello Neighbor
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing
Joe's Diner
Kindergarten
The Last of Us Remastered
Manhunt
Neverending Nightmares
Outlast
Pathologic HD
Quake II
Resident Evil remake
Stories Untold
Through the Woods
Until Dawn
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines
We Happy Few
Xenophobe
Yearning
Zelle

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AlphaMurderthon update #1
Posted October 09, 2020 by JoeTheDestroyer

Per EmP, I'm giving semi-regular updates on the games being showcased during my upcoming event.

You see, I planned on doing an entire AlphaMarathon during this October, with a different horror game for each letter, plus a number. However, recent events and mental health pushed it back a year or two. I've thus decided to redouble my efforts and review better quality/more well-known/cult hit type games instead of the obscure, cheapo stuff I was originally going to cover.

Confirmed:

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The stuff I'm playing right now
Posted September 16, 2020 by overdrive

Bloodborne: I started this a little while back and have made it fairly far, I guess. Right now, I'm in the Nightmare Frontier and stopped while in an outdoor area where you fight giants that throw big rocks. The last boss I beat was Shadows of Yharnam, which was a tough one. Particularly because the NPC you can summon gives help in a luck-based way. One fight, he was dead in about five seconds because he charged the candle-n-sword one right when he was doing that fire-breathing deal and that was that. And this was a fight where I wanted the NPC help due to it being 3-on-1 with enemies who complement each other well. Did Cainhurst Castle, but still have to beat the boss. Logarius is fairly easy with hit-and-run strategies until he gets pissed and turns into in-your-face death personi

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Gary's Graveyard vol. II
Posted September 13, 2020 by EmP

Some time ago now, I abandoned traditional writing apps like Word and now do most of my work directly into Google Drive, which has most of the same tools, lets me access it from anywhere and hard saves my work because I have an annoying habit of losing it to rebellious PCs and my inability to save stuff correctly. It's worked out pretty well for me, but it does have a darkside; every now and then, I'll find something that I started working on many moons ago that I had abandoned or forgotten. Sometimes, I have zero reason for this. The best example I have is for a review I wrote for a game called Residue. It was made by a little indie dev who made an interesting little horror game previously, so I picked this up more or less on day 1, promptly wrote a review and then forgot it existed f

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Project Referb: August 2020
Posted September 01, 2020 by EmP

The Idea: Every week or so, to take a review that's unexplainably racked up a lot of rapid fire hits for reasons no one will ever understand and update it. Not rewrite it completely, but tidy away sections that have maybe not aged well, add screenshots where applicable and update the tagline in order to promote that punlife I have chosen. The site's undergone a lot of changes over the years, and the formatting once used has aged. For example! I remember the first time I played around with putting screenshots in the body of my review then tourney and/or RotW judge, Jerec, wondered out loud if it was a form of cheating. It's not my intention to rewrite handfuls of old reviews, just bring them a little up to date. If I can retrofit a pun tagline in there, all the better.

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Diminished Impact and Changing Expectations
Posted July 07, 2020 by honestgamer

I'm sort of going somewhere with this, but before I get to that dubious destination, please humor me as I make one of the most obvious statements in the history of obvious statements: there are a lot more video games available in 2020 than there were in 1990.

Why make such an obvious statement? For starters, I made it because I think it's easy to forget. We look at all the great games coming out these days, and sometimes the temptation is to say something like "They sure don't make 'em like they used to," which is based on a few factors but largely--to my mind--is based on the difficulty developers now have making an impact. Not a lot of new games, even some very good new games, can keep us talking about them even as little as three months after their release.

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