General Discussion
Every other Wednesday, a few of us here in the Cheerful Ghost community come together and talk about video games and the industry that produces them. This week, with the events that have transpired in our country, we felt it necessary to focus our attention on bigger issues. However, as we discussed the episode as a group, we were humbled by the weight of it all, our thoughts heavy on what the family of Michael Brown, and the city of Ferguson, are going through. We concluded that it would be much more productive to push that focus away from our own voices, and listen closer to those, not just in Ferguson, but around the country, that need to be heard. We hope that you’ll join us in doing... [Read All]
If it wasn't for PC Gaming the video game industry wouldn't be nearly as cool. One part of PC Gaming I am in awe of is the rigs some people have. Like a souped up show car, some PC setups are amazing to behold. Since being a wee lad I have been involved with PC Gaming and a huge part of my current love of it comes from LAN parties. After the proliferation of ultra-fast Internet and online play some may have the impression LAN parties might be old hat. After attending PDXLAN 2014 I can tell you that LAN parties aren't going anywhere and for good reason, they are awesome. After contacting Matt Conwell I was able to attend this year and was impressed with the PC builds I was able to behold.... [Read All]
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Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number
Hotline Miami is a great gam I loved every ultra-violent second of. Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number is currently in development and according to Dennation Games will come out sometime this year. With that, a new Kickstarter dropped today to fund a 12 inch collectable figure of Jacket, the main character of Hotline Miami.

Right now you need to buy it at $85 to get the Jacket Figurine + digital rewards. It's a really interesting Kickstarter and if you love the game, I recommend you check out the video.

"Hotline Miami is a high-octane action game overflowing with raw brutality, hard-boiled gun play and skull crushing close combat. Set in an alternative 1989 Miami, you will assume the role of a... [Read All]
General Discussion

I just noticed the news that Borderlands 2 is free on Steam this weekend. Also, during this time, the Game of the Year Edition is 75% off. I haven't played the game yet, but I've seen you guys talk about it here, so I'm already downloading the game.

Quick note: I wasn't sure if I should post this news here or in the forums, but I wasn't sure how to post on the forums, so here it is.
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Elysian Shadows
I am a sucker for 2D pixel-chunky RPG's. What can I say? Little jdodson loved Final Fantasy games as they helped opened my eyes to how beautiful video games can be. I've recently been hearing about a new Kickstarter game called Elysian Shadows and wanted to share it, because it looks great. They have 11 days left to raise 38k to fund the game so if you are interested in getting your hands on this, the time is now.

Elysian Shadows features some really beautiful art and shading mechanics. It's a bit hard to explain, so check the Kickstarter page and video for a full realization. Not only does Elysian Shadows feature a pretty interesting premise, it also will ship on a lots of platforms... [Read All]
Risk of Rain
It's no secret that the place I spent the most time last year at PAX was the Indie Megabooth. This years line-up looks great and I wanted to share it with everyone planning to go to PAX Prime. A few games I am itching to checkout: Chroma Squad, Hotline Miami 2, A Voyeur for September(I hope this means Mewgenics) & Upsilon Circuit.

If you are planning on attending PAX Prime let me know and let's work out a time to say hi. I have Saturday tickets.

Indie Games featured this year at the Indie Megabooth:

  • Witch Beam – Assault Android Cactus

  • Turtle Sandbox – Cannon Brawl

  • Behold Studios – Chroma Squad

  • The Started Hare – Chromancer

  • Sirvo – Close Castles

  • Interdimensional Games – CONSORTIUM

  • Red Hook Studios... [Read All]
Super Mario Bros. 2
Nintendo Power's first issue was released for free to certain fan club members and in stores July of 1988. At the time Nintendo was gaining more and more traction as a pretty big household staple and to further it's reach they decided to start one of the greatest things to happen to the late 80's and 90's, Nintendo Power magazine. I first read this issue at my cousins house and immediately wanted a subscription. Nintendo Power was filled to the brim with comics, news and tips for all the games I loved. I have recently started re-reading them and decided to review them as I have time.

Nintendo Power issue 1 contained some of the best art on a magazine cover I can think of. Featuring a clay... [Read All]

Fish Plays Pokemon

jdodson wrote 8 days ago
Check out the fishplayspokemon channel for this video!
Pokemon Blue
"Hi everyone! Welcome to our stream where our fish, Grayson Hopper, plays a Pokemon game. Unfortunately, we don't have a dedicated light for Grayson at night as he lives in a tiny dorm room and we would rather not sleep with the light on. :( But in the future we will be getting him a dedicated lamp and improving the quality of the stream to include recent inputs determined by the motion tracking. Things can move a little slow, so another option we're considering is making the system distributed where we have a site where you can provide a fish stream link and we'll include it in the controlling."

Some people hooked up a webcam to a fishbowl and based on which parts the first swim that maps... [Read All]
"Below is an adventure game viewed from a top down perspective. You are a tiny warrior exploring the depths of a remote island. The game is about exploration, though that goal is contingent upon the character's survival in a world where there is brutal combat and permanent death."

If I was excited for the release of Below, I am now even more excited-er(I realize that is not, in fact a word). At first I didn't quite understand why the game featured the main character being so small, but seeing the gameplay I see now how it works. Zooming so far out allows more scenery on the screen as well as gives the designers the ability to make for some HUGE boss fights. That and it's a really unique... [Read All]
Stardew Valley
Stardew Valley is one of my most anticipated games of the year and I am happy with each bit of news that comes out about it. Recently, some really interesting information surfaced about the games main story. The main character is from Pelican Town and has the option to restore the old Community Center.

"This building was once the heart and soul of Pelican Town… a place for citizens to gather, socialize, and collaborate. But that was long ago, In a bygone age when the valley was more isolated from the outside world. Now, the community center is in shambles, a forgotten relic of the past…

The community center is divided into six areas… the Pantry, the Art Studio, the Fish Tank, the Vault, the... [Read All]
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth
In a recent update, Edmund McMillen posted the following update about The Binding of Isaac Rebirth.

"the closer we get to release the less i want to spoil.. but i did promise you a video.. so here is the 1st vid of rebirth in its near final state. we are still tweaking things visually and the game is missing a few sound effects but this is basically what you will be getting on release."

The Binding of Isaac Rebirth aims to fix some long standing problems with the original Binding of Isaac, namely in the performance of the original flash version. Rebirth also adds a SNES-like pixel aesthetic, something I quite like. If you have a copy of the original game, there will be a discount for... [Read All]
General Discussion
"Oscar-winning filmmaker George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” revisits his own post-apocalyptic trilogy featuring the anti-hero known as Mad Max. Tom Hardy stars in the role of Max Rockatansky, alongside Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, Hugh Keays-Byrne and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley."

As someone that grew up loving Mad Max I was delighted to watch the new Mad Max: Fury Road trailer. It mixes the right amount of post-apocalyptic biker punk ascetic with the dry wasteland vibe we've come to love seeing in games like Fallout 3. That said, Mad Max did all of it first and the original director of the series, George Miller is back with a new saga and Fury Road is... [Read All]
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
Earlier in the week, Take-Two's financials were leaked, which showed Linux as a platform for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. IGN has reached out to Take-Two for confimation, and they got it. This is the biggest non-Valve game that I'm aware of to be confirmed for Linux since the OS started gaining traction on Steam. This is definitely good news for Linux users, and I can't wait to try it out.
If you are interested in picking up a unique Indie couch co-op game where you can spend time killing your friends, you need to check out Crawl. Not only does the game sport a really unique pixel art look, it also comes with one of the coolest launch trailers in recent memory.

Crawl is available right now on Steam & The Humble Store for Linux, Mac and PC.
General Discussion
In this episode of the Cheerful Ghost Roundtable we talk about the latest video game craze, Video Game Streaming. We talk about Let's Plays, E-Sports streaming & the recent acquisition by Google for a cool Billion. This episode features Portland Indie Game Squad's (PIGSquad) Will Lewis as he live streams the show on the new PIGSquad channel.

What do you think about video game streaming and Google's recent acquisition of
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