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General Discussion
Good news for people who like older games! With the GameSpy service shutting down soon, many games are on the multiplayer chopping block.

2K announced yesterday that many Civilizations games and the original Borderlands will move to Steamworks. The following games will be switching on May 31.


Borderlands
Civilization III
Civilization III: Conquests
Civilization III: Play the World
Civilization IV
Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword
Civilization IV: Colonization
Civilization IV: Warlords

Unfortunately, Borderlands and Civilization: Revolution on PS3 used GameSpy, and will lose multiplayer support.

The full list of 2K games known to be affected by the shutdown are listed here:
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Starbound
Like many of you, I excitedly boarded the Starbound hype train. After a few weeks of reading the nearly daily updates, watching the update videos and talking to friends, I was hooked. I wasn’t alone as many people on Cheerful Ghost and all over the internet were really excited to see play Starbound. In April of 2013 the Starbound beta hit and over the next few months the Starbound fans funded the game at 4 million dollars! We sailed through the three pre-order bonuses of the new race, collectable fossils and starter pets. My excitement level was crazy. Clearly this game would be the answer to my prayer for an awesome open world building game in space that took the best elements from... [Read All]
Flappy Bird
I enjoy these game lore videos. Enjoyed the fake lore video playing up the hyper difficult and addictive qualities of Flappy Bird.

After watching this video I wondered what kind of faux lore would exist for Pacman?
Harvest Moon
A really great video showcasing the history behind Harvest Moon. Watching this video has me hoping that Stardew Valley launches this year!
Terraria
If I would have heard about the addition of Minecarts to Terraria I might not have thought it was a good idea... Until I saw the 1.2.4 preview video. This update should make travel around large Terraria worlds really easy.

Hopefully this will be available from the starting tier! Love the game still gets these great updates for free! 1.2 has added so much and things just keep getting better.
World of Warcraft
Blizzard is a company like few others and are showing that style in it's latest foray, Azeroth Choppers. Azeroth Choppers is a reality TV web show focusing on the Horde and Alliance building competing motorcycles. The first episode is pretty interesting and ends on a typically reality TV cliffhanger. Whereas the geek in me likes the premise of the show I was really turned off by the reality TV aspect of it. The ending cliffhanger seems invented and kind of broke some of the magic.

That said, they plan on doing a whole run of shows online for your YouTube viewing pleasure. The next episode of Azeroth Choppers will launch on YouTube April 24th and keep the week release clip until it's... [Read All]

Harvester Giveaway!

Travis wrote 5 days ago
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Harvester
Greetings Ghosts,

It’s been a long time since our last give-away contest. We are partnering up with our friends at Night Dive Studios to give away Harvester, the most violent adventure game of all time!

All you need to do to enter this contest is comment on this post. On May 1st, we will choose 3 people that have commented, purely at random, assigning a numerical value to each entry and using random.org to determine the winners.

We're also giving away a copy on Steam Gifts, so head over there and throw your hat in the ring as well:
http://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/kkzJf/harvester

We are doing this contest with our awesome friends at Night Dive Studios. They are always up to awesome stuff and... [Read All]
Skullduggery
This world runs on money and taxation, so why shouldn't death be the same? Skullduggery takes a firm stand on the afterlife in what looks to be a really awesome jaunt into the afterlife. In Skullduggery you play a skull HELL BENT on collecting the unpaid debts of criminal deadbeats.

I first heard about Skullduggery from Hagen, one of my friends working on the game.

Skullduggery will launch this year on iOS and Android and I am excited to fling my skull around to collect debts. Because, you know, that would be totally awesome.

http://departmentofskullduggery.com/
Interviews
Crawl is a top down chunky pixel hack-n-slash co-op rogue-like. You take your turn playing as the bad guys and when you turn comes, you can play as the lone hero. After contacting Powerhoof games I was able to land a press copy and brought it to a PIGSquad meet up and played it with a few people. I had a great time and after emailing Dave and Barney at Powerhoof they were kind enough to agree to do an interview. I wish them well to a speedy launch and hope you you create a special place in your heart for playing as evil incarnate in Crawl when it launches.

jdodson: Couch co-op seems to be making a comeback in the Indie scene. Some of my best memories in gaming are of a bunch of my friends... [Read All]
FTL: Faster Than Light
In this epsiode of The Cheerful Ghost Roundtable we discuss what we have been playing as well as Android's new Fire TV. After that we talk about the new FTL: Advanced Edition update and after the show ends we spend some time unboxing our versions of Diablo III.

Your welcome!

What We are Playing & Drinking


  • 0.24m WhiteboySlim: Diablo III, FTL: Advanced Edition & Ocarina of Time 3DS

  • 2.10m Travis: Diablo III: Reaper of Souls

  • 3.35m jdodson: Emoji, Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, Knights of Pen and Paper +1 Edition, Hotline Miami & Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea Part 2



Amazon's Fire TV


  • 8.40m Amazon's new Fire TV is out. What do we think about it? Will we pick one up?

  • 14.50m Amazon's Game Studios first... [Read All]
General Discussion
Redletter Media is a unique video production company out of Wisconsin. I learned about them a few years back when the Star Wars Phantom Menace review made it's round on the Internet. The Star Wars Phantom Menace review is not only an amazing tear down review of the film but it introduced me to Harry S. Plinkett, the main character reviewing the film. Come to find out, there were a ton of Plinkett reviews that Redletter Media made before that and many have come since. Redletter Media hasn't stopped at Plinkett reviews and went on to create such awesome web shows as Half in the Bag and Best of the Worst. All of the shows they have created are are great and I seriously recommend you check... [Read All]
Back this on Kickstarter!
Heart Forth, Alicia
"At Heart Forth, Alicia's core is an ode to the classics. Remember the electrifying gameplay of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, the expansive worlds of the Zelda games, and the rich, engaging story of Xenogears? This game is crafted in the spirit of those great adventures of the '90s.

The story unfolds amidst the repercussions of centuries worth of struggle, strife, and bloodshed between cultures, races and worldviews. But above all else, it's an epic Metroidvania RPG that combines timeless 16- and 32-bit gameplay, modern mechanics, and a set of unique, intertwining stories to take you on a fantastic journey.
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Heart Forth, Alicia not only is an awesome name but it also seems very... [Read All]
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General Discussion
ghost Have you ever wanted to put some Emoji in a comment on Cheerful Ghost but couldn't? Well now, you can. Instead of rolling our own special Cheerful Ghost flavor of Emoji code we incorporate a standard dialect common on many popular websites such as Github, NodeBB, Trello, Campfire and Basecamp!

If you are curious what Emoji we support, checkout the site below and try it out in the comments on this post.

http://www.emoji-cheat-sheet.com/

godmode Enjoy!
Half-Life
This speed run is pretty incredible and even if you haven't played Half-Life before this is a pretty fast walkthrough.

"Starting back in the summer of 2010, the estimated time for this run was thought to be roughly 27 minutes. However, after almost four years of painstaking planning, theorycrafting and execution, we have arrived at our final time, smashing all of our wildest expectations."
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Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
"Hearthstone’s highly anticipated single player Adventure Mode has been officially announced today at PAX East! Curse of Naxxramas: A Hearthstone Adventure!"

What, a single player campaign for Hearthstone? Wow, that sounds great... tell me more!

"The ancient necropolis Naxxramas, a base of operations for the powerful archlich Kel’Thuzad and his plague-bearing undead host, comes to Hearthstone in a single-player Adventure that anyone can undertake. Progress through each of the five unique wings of the dungeon and gain new cards for your Hearthstone collection by defeating the iconic bosses you’ll face along the way: the oversized arachnid Maexxna, the fungal horror Loatheb, and the shambling... [Read All]
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