Plantera Fan Art By VladBacescu

jdodson wrote about 10 hours ago
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Terraria
I really loved this Plantera fan art by Reddit user VladBacescu. Plantera is a pretty menacing boss for anyone and taking it on in this version of the world.... Uh. Yeah.

Beautiful, but frightening.

http://www.reddit.com/r/Terraria/comments/28tof3/plantera_digital_painting/
Sonic the Hedgehog
Jack and Rich Evans from RedLetterMedia have a new video up that asks the question "Is Sonic, The Most Overrated Game Ever?" While those are fighting words for some, they bring up good points in the video.

After I picked up my Wii and the luster of Wii Sports wore off I started collecting used games for the Gamecube(The Wii can play Gamecube games, YAY!). One game I picked up was the Sonic Mega Collection. The Sonic Mega Collection was fun in that I was able to play all the classic Sonic games but it wasn't fun enough for me to spend much time playing them. Somehow, the fun, just never arrived for me with Sonic.

What do you think, is Sonic awesome or something else?

Oh right and Sonic... [Read All]
Smoking Simulator
Smoking Simulator is the latest installment in a long line of humor based concept games like Goat Simulator and Surgeon Simulator(All three games are made by separate companies).

In smoking simulator you start off by sitting at your desk at work. You can surf the web, which isn't available because all websites have been blocked. You can play a game, but the games were uninstalled on your computer so the last option at your desk is to do work. As you play your cigarette meter goes down and if it goes down to far you enter rage mode and can destroy the entire office.

I like the idea of a simulator game that manages your addiction but it was hard to really understand what was happening. That... [Read All]
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Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake
1. Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake

Mobile games are a cacophony of choices. Do you go free to play and get annoyed by waiting? Do you take the chance and spend a few bucks on a game that is ultimately disappointing? Or should you get a game that works magically on your smartphone, tablet AND has a great PC version with full SteamOS support?

You should clearly do the latter and it should be Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake. I've played it on Steam, it's great and i've played it on mobile and it's also great. How great? So great my wife... wait for it. beat the game before I did. Seriously, that's like a 10/10 right there. I mean, it's an even deeper sell when you consider the amazing visuals,... [Read All]
Borderlands
The original Borderlands was one of my most beloved games of the last few years so it's awesome to see it get some useful updates. It seems Gearbox pushed an update to Steam to get rid of the SecuRom DRM from the base game and all DLC. They also created a tool that grants you the Steam copy if you purchased the PC version outside Steam.

http://steamcommunity.com/games/8980/announcements/detail/175956536787509775
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General Discussion
Valve has opened up the Steam Music Beta to everyone and the steps for enabling it are below. Currently Steam Music only supports MP3's but they plan on adding other files as the beta progresses. After enabling the beta I pointed Steam at my music library and it spent some time listening to a few albums.

If you are looking for a spartan way to play music, Steam Music is it. That said, over the years I have been spoiled by certain features like playlists and the ability to look at your collection by album cover art(This mode is available in Big Picture but not Desktop, yet). I imagine Valve will work on adding some of these features but if you are looking for a simple way to play music in... [Read All]
Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt
If you are looking for some daily LOL's this Pete Holmes video will foot the bill. That said, I want everyone to read the next few sentences with the nerdiest fanboy stereotypical vibe imaginable.

Mario hit blocks with his clenched fist, not his head. Seriously. I mean, here.

http://global3.memecdn.com/when-you-realize-that-mario-hits-the-block-with-his-hand_fb_1381489.jpg

Box cover proof.

http://www.mobygames.com/images/covers/large/1033208935-00.jpg

Same in Mario 3.

http://www.significant-bits.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Super_Mario_All_Stars_3_1.png

Super Mario World.

http://lh5.ggpht.com/-2010k0wfSOw/UYqFEudIcXI/AAAAAAAAA7Y/8PqBcJ-j4sc/s9000/SuperMarioWorld.jpg

That said, it's still a funny... [Read All]
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EarthBound
For years, Earthbound has been a huge blemish on my "gaming wall of shame." As I have been playing Far Cry 3 I have wanted to play something with a less serious tone so I started Earthbound. Earthbound is a retro RPG that has a pretty interesting history and fan community. This post isn't a primer on that history or community, but a few thoughts on the game itself and how well it holds up today.

Since I don't have the "warm fuzzies" of Earthbound nostalgia love, I think my perspective is interesting. Many times i've tried to head back into older titles and haven't loved the result. Some games from the NES or SNES era don't hold up as well as others and that's disappointing to experience.... [Read All]
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General Discussion
"The first 50+ titles we've have in store for you come from all the corners of our DRM-Free catalog. Note that we've got many classic titles coming officially to Linux for the very first time, thanks to the custom builds prepared by our dedicated team of penguin tamers. That's over twenty fan-favorite GOG.com classics, like FlatOut&Flatout 2, , Darklands, or Realms of the Haunting we've personally ushered one by one into the welcoming embrace of Linux gamers. That's already quite a nice chunk of our back-catalog, and you can expect more from our dedicated Linux team soon!"

Linux is becoming more of a first class game platform and this news from GOG seems to solidify that. The list of... [Read All]
Super Mario 64
"OCR does Mario!! Super Mario 64: Portrait of a Plumber is the 48th FREE community arrangement album published by OverClocked ReMix and arranges music from the legendary Nintendo 64 launch title Super Mario 64.

Portrait of a Plumber features 21 tracks arranged by 16 artists that re-envision the original compositions of Koji Kondo in a variety of styles.
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Like all OCRemix albums, Portrait of a Plumber is available for free. You can download the full 250M MP3 Album+Art OR get the 1.02G FLAC+MP3+Art+Trailer bundle. Portrait of a Plumber is OCRemix 48th community album collaboration and both discs clock in at 1 hour and 24 minutes or Mario 64 jams.

http://plumber.ocremix.org/
The Sims 2
EA is giving away The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection free on Origin until July 31st It's simple to redeem your copy, just open up Origin and choose "Redeem Product Code" from the Games tab with the code "I-LOVE-THE-SIMS". According to EA The Ultimate Collection includes The Sims 2, as well as every single The Sims 2 expansion pack and stuff pack.

Are you going to pick this up? Might be a good time to get back into The Sims.
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Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt
When I was a wee lad in the 90's Nintendo ruled my world. Not only did they make the best console at the time, but they also had a foothold in many other areas. Nintendo trading cards, Nintendo Cereal & Nintendo Comics were all things I desperately needed. Even though my childlike yearning was real, I didn't have much money so I really only had Nintendo Games and some trading cards. My cousin, WhiteboySlim had the comics books and I loved reading them when I went over to his house. To this day "Pihrana-Round Sue" and "Money Changes Everything" are some of my most beloved comics of all time.

I recently found a website that has scanned in all the old Valiant Nintendo Comics System issues and... [Read All]
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Terraria
Today one of the developers of Terraria tweeted the above image and the following text:

"So I guess this is happening..."

Hot on the heels of news of a Mac port and achievements this next Terraria update may very well be the biggest updates to hit the game.

https://twitter.com/Cennxx/status/491691425592279040
http://cheerfulghost.com/jdodson/posts/2110/mac-version-achievements-coming-to-terraria
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Starbound
I've been waiting for some updated news about Starbound. I've remained out of the loop for a while, so after seeing Travis mention something about an update, I thought it was time to look into it. One of the developers posted some great thoughts about the game's development, which give great insight into Starbound and Early Access gaming (http://playstarbound.com/some-thoughts-on-early-access-release-dates-the-big-1-0/).

I also found out that the developers were going to be releasing "nightly builds." This gives us access to what they have done each day. In order to access them you have to opt-in to get them (http://playstarbound.com/nightly-builds-are-live/). It is recommended to back up... [Read All]
General Discussion
"Is it always a valid excuse for a game to be poor? Well it just may depend on how you the game is labeled. Like and subscribe for more content on early access games!

In this video I go over a very large issue that has to do with early access games. Basically, a large majority feel that these games do not deserve any criticism. You can't complain about something that's not done. The fact is, depending on how the game is labeled (alpha or beta) there are certain objections you can make.
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We have talked about problem Early Access games before and this video seems to add to that conversation. Do you think that certain people let certain elements slide because the game is early access?
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