Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
I wasn't all that excited about Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel until this video, honestly. It seemed like a filler game between last gen and current gen, for the most part. But Mr. Torgue is the cure for what ails you. Not just Torgue, but the info in this video makes me far more excited than I was. The news that this is coming to Linux in addition to all the other common platforms is certainly another point in its favor. But rather than just a cash-grab while working on their current-gen titles, this seems to add quite a bit to the Borderlands formula. What do you think?

The Bountiful Update

GregoPeck wrote about 16 hours ago
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Minecraft
On 9/2/14, Minecraft was updated to version 1.8. This update is called the "Bountiful Update." It contains many new features and improvements. For a detailed description of the new update, please see the wiki (http://minecraft.gamepedia.com/1.8). In the meantime, there are a few changes that I wish to report, I may even save one of the best things for very last.

Four of the new blocks that have been added to the game include andesite, diorite, granite, and slime blocks. The first three, in that list, are new rocks which can be crafted into "polished" versions. Andesite and diorite look similar to gravel and cobblestone, while granite looks almost like dirt. All three are very abundant and... [Read All]
General Discussion
JJ Abrams production company Bad Robot released a on set teaser video for the Millenium Falcon appearing in Star Wars VII. Take a turn for the awesome at is features a porthole covered with the Batmobile.

Seriously..

How Much Are Zelda Rupees Worth?

jdodson wrote about 22 hours ago
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
"Think About It, how much would a rupee from the Legend of Zelda be worth in real life?"

YouTube sensation Dylan Dubeau answers the question "How much are Zelda Rupees worth" in a really interesting way. He figures out how much they are worth by comparing Zelda items to items for sale in the US then how much the actual value of the gems would be worth.

Spoiler alert, the actual gem value would be quite a lot of money.
General Discussion
After taking a break, the Cheerful Ghost Roundtable is back on the air. Since we have spent so much time away, this episode is a bit different and contains a few more technical glitches than usual.

We break into song and dance talking about what we've been playing since the last Roundtable as well as the new that Microsoft purchased Mojang for 2.5 billion dollars. With all the negativity surrounding the recent #gamergate controversy we talk about what positive influences games have had on our lives.

http://cheerfulghost.com/Travis/posts/2209/confirmed-microsoft-is-buying-mojang-for-2-5-billion
Super Mario Galaxy
Since her debut in Super Mario Galaxy, Princess Rosalina is showing up in EVERYTHING...even the nwe Super Smash Bros for the Wii U! But really, WHO IS SHE?

The answer will change EVERYTHING you thought you knew about the Super Mario franchise...


I've not actually played much of Mario Galaxy, but as far as Mario lore goes, this video and it's Part 2 is definitely worth watching! There's genetic, story lore and physics evidence shown to make some amazing theories about the relationships in the Mario universe.

Enjoy!
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General Discussion
Starting with the The Brown Box in 1967 to the current generation of consoles this infographic covers each important gaming console to be released.

I wonder if Valve's "Orange Box" release is a nod to The Brown Box console?
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Super World Karts
"Super World Karts is a retro mode-7 style 16-bit kart racer, being created by solo indie developer Paul Hamilton (One Legged Seagull) in Australia. It looks and plays like a classic '90s karts game, but also adds some modern game elements like:


  • 16:9 - 1080p HD resolution at 60 fps, (where available)

  • achievements & collection goals,

  • drift-boosts & analogue steering,

  • character & track unlocks,

  • original fun split-screen Battle modes,

  • and 3 star rankings for each race.


Creating a great PC based Kart game has been something I have been waiting for for a long time. Super World Karts seems like it delivers on that SNES Mario Kart styled game and is coming to the PC, Mac & Ouya.

The has been... [Read All]
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Minecraft
I haven't wanted to really post anything about all the news that Microsoft may buy Minecraft developer Mojang, even if there was every reason to believe it, until we got confirmation. Well, today we have it. The official Mojang blog has a statement about it this morning.

https://mojang.com/2014/09/yes-were-being-bought-by-microsoft/

Currently, details are sparse, there's a lot of "We don't know" in this statement, and that's fine. It's still early days.

In short, Notch wanted to focus less on running a massive company and decided to sell. Mojang and Microsoft have a good relationship, and it seemed like a good fit for continuing Minecraft's development.

I'll say it seems like a great deal... [Read All]

Contra Memories

jdodson wrote 5 days ago
Contra
Ah Contra... Just about every time I played Contra it was with friends and we always used the Konami Code. I loved the sci-fi Alien Marine feel and loved blasting everything on screen.
General Discussion
I respect and enjoy listening to Richard Stallman talk about technology and found his recent TED talk in Geneva worth sharing. This talk slips a bit outside the realm of gaming, but with Steam coming to Linux I think these kinds of discussions are important.

Richard's talk is essentially about the principles of free software and why they are critically important for a free society. I agree with many of his points, but like any philosophy or religion, I don't adhere to every component of it. A few years ago I did, going so far as to run a system that was nearly all free software save a few drivers. Over time, my thoughts changed as I enjoyed running certain non-free programs, like Steam and... [Read All]
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Shovel Knight
Mac users, you're in luck: If you have the game on Steam, you're ready to go. Humble Store and GOG.com will be ready soon.

If you are a Linux user, there's still no confirmed date, but the game should hit soon for you.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/yachtclubgames/shovel-knight/posts/984296
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Grand Theft Auto V
November 18, those who have jumped to the current generation will be able to enjoy the newly polished GTAV. The PC master race must wait until January 27 of next year.

In addition to making the game way shinier, Rockstar is adding a few new things:

- New weapons, vehicles and activities
- Additional wildlife
- Denser traffic
- New foliage system
- Enhanced damage and weather effects, and much more
- Over 100 new songs. Perhaps El Sondito will play less often. That beeping. OMG. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x47NYUbtYb0

For the full story and a look at some very pretty screenshots, see the official announcement: ... [Read All]
PAYDAY 2
Over-the-top violent gameplay with an extra dose of over-the-top violent gameplay? Yes please.
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General Discussion
Today we--and many other sites and organizations-- stand up against cable company dickery. If cable companies get their way websites across the net (like Cheerful Ghost) could be slowed to a crawl unless they pay the cable companies arbitrary fees to to reach their users. Don’t let Team Cable destroy the internet! Stand with us in support of net neutrality!

Find out how you can help by going to www.battleforthenet.com.

Not sure what net neutrality is? Here are some great videos to help explain things:
For an all around informative break down check out CGP Grey: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtt2aSV8wdw
For a hilarious take on the issue see John Oliver: ... [Read All]
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