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It looks like Ark is coming to PS4 next month!

http://www.playstationlifestyle.net/2016/11/07/ark-survival-evolved-ps4-submitted-to-sony-aiming-for-december-2016-release/

It also seems that the game won't be released this "holiday season." It was supposed to come out summer 2015, then pushed to "holiday" 2016, now we're looking at the beginning of next year.

http://www.gamenguide.com/articles/65916/20161111/ark-survival-evolved-2016-latest-news-update-tek-tier-update-coming-in-2017-new-items-objects-available-for-limited-period.htm

In other big news, it looks like the Tek Tier is coming soon and it looks sweet! See the video embedded in this post. For more info, check out the article below which makes me want to buy the next issue of PC Gamer!

http://www.pcgamer.com/ark-tek-tier-update/

Oh! They also just finished up their Extra Life marathon where they raised over $25,000 for charity. You can see more about that in the link below.

https://survivetheark.com/index.php?/articles.html/community-crunch-71-extra-life-wrap-and-more-r342/

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Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV is a movie based on FFXV (obviously), which has been released before the game. I was finally able to rent it on Amazon Prime Video, so I decided to watch it. This move is pretty much the beginning of the FFXV story. It shows how the world is pretty much divided into two major nations, the Kingdom of Lucis and the Niflheim Empire. It seems clear as to which side is “good” and which is “bad,” but that could be because we’re seeing the action from the perspective of one side. While the two are at war, one seems to be more peaceful while the other seems to wish to dominate all lands in the FFXV world.

The Kingdom of Lucis has magical abilities, because of a crystal. King Regis also has magical powers given to him by a ring, which seems to be a gift from the gods. Not everyone is worthy of wearing it. It seems that it’s powers are for only those within the royal bloodline and those it deems worthy. If someone puts on the ring, they are judged by the gods who determine the wearer’s worthiness. If they are deemed unworthy, they will be burned alive.

You do get to see some magic such as the barrier that encompasses Insomnia, fire, lighting, and teleportation. The latter is interesting because you see a lot of the kingdom’s soldiers teleporting by using a small sword. They throw the sword in a direction and end up being teleported to the place it landed. This is one of their primary means of transportation, especially during battles. There are also cars, which seems to be the way the main characters get around in the game.

The Niflheim empire (note the name from the town in FFVII) seems to excel at technology. Some of their technology includes mechanical warriors and airships. However, the empire also seems to have the ability to unleash hordes of monsters and demons. One particular demon looks like one of the Weapon monsters from FFVII (like Ruby Weapon). One of the monsters also appears to be a Behemoth. You may also notice a Malboro in a cartoon on a TV. I didn’t see any Chocobos in the movie, they only made an appearance by name.

This is a CG movie, much like Spirits Within and Advent Children. Square-Enix has done a fantastic job with CG in many of their games and these movies. They also created one of the episodes of The Animatrix (the anime based upon The Matrix), which is called “Last Flight of the Osiris.” Each of these movies looks great and I enjoyed all of them. I enjoyed Kingsglaive, too, but I’m a FF “fanboy” and it’s hard for Square-Enix to disappoint me, although it has happened.

If you like FF and are interested in the new game, I think Kingsglaive is a “must watch,” especially if you’re planning on playing FFXV. I don’t own a PS4 or Xbox One, but this is one of the few games that has me thinking about buying a PS4. I have read some things about the game and I’ve seen some of the videos for it and it does look cool, but looks alone isn’t convincing me to buy it. I’m more interested in finding out how it plays, so I might wait until some time after it’s release to get it. In all honestly, I’m really hoping that it will come out on Steam, so I won’t have to buy a PS4.

I thought the movie was cool, but I think I’d probably appreciate it much more if I watch it some time after I’ve played the game (and hopefully fallen in love with it as I have with many other, but not all, games in the series).

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I'm not really sure how many other gamers view games being brought into movies. I think there may reasonably be some anxiety with that, however I think we already have some examples of this being done right and wrong. Personally, I think Warcraft is perhaps one of the few games where the movie does it right. I enjoyed it and from little I've heard and read about it, it seems to be pretty popular.

One of the things I liked about it was additions of things I remember more from playing a bit of Hearthstone. That's probably because while I've played the first two Warcraft games many, many years ago, I have yet to play the third. I have also never played World of Warcraft, so it seems obvious I would notice things that remind me more of Hearthstone. This would be like Gul'dan, Medivh, Lothar, and the sound of a Murloc you hear briefly as some humans go through a swampy area. There are also griffins!

I've been waiting a little while for the movie to be available for rent on Amazon Prime Video and I was very happy about that. The few dollars I paid for the rental were worth it. I thought it was a good movie, so I thought I'd come here to recommend it. I think it could possibly be a good movie to you even if you've never played a Warcraft game, but if you have then I think you'll like it even more and also notice elements from the games.

I've now noticed that Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV is available to rent on Amazon Prime Video, so I'm going to go watch that and hope that it turns out pretty cool, too. I did enjoy Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within and Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. So, perhaps later I will return with another post about a movie based on a video game.

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Starbound recently came out of early access with version 1.0. However, I got in to it before that. I actually played through it a few times. I clocked over 200 hours before 1.0 was released. I've been playing it a lot since then, I even got my son a copy. As I was playing recently, I was thinking about the things I remember about the various development stages that I played through. I thought I'd touch up on them here.

Races:
I remember I started out playing a character of the Avian race. I liked using the Avian’s Tomahawk or Axe, but now I don’t like those weapons. When you click the left mouse button to attack, it raises your character’s hand(s) to attack. Letting go of the mouse button then lowers the hand(s) for the attack. So, holding down the button is the most effective way to get an attack at full strength. Swords and spears don’t act this way.

Speaking of the game’s races, I remember when the Novakids were added and I decided to try one. Since then, I haven’t switched. I think before 1.0 they specialized in guns, which are pretty effective ranged weapons, as expected. However, this time I’ve found my weapon of choice to be a spear or sword.

Quests, Missions, and Fuel:
I remember when Starbound's introduction was much different. I can't recall if Core Fragments were necessary to get your ship repaired right away. However, this is definitely different now as that's not even your first quest. So, I remember when Starbound didn't have a story introduction, in fact there was no story to it before 1.0, as far as I recall. Sure there were things you could read in the Codices, but nothing like it is now where you start out by waking up and having to attend your graduation. This is the new beginning and introduction to the game's basic mechanics. Once you get through that and on to your first planet, then you’re told that you need to collect Core Fragments. I seem to recall them located strictly far beneath the planet’s surface, at the core. However, I’ve noticed that you can easily find enough of them boxes in a nearby mine shaft. It used to be that you took them straight back to your ship, or so I seem to recall, but now you actually have to find a Gate on the planet’s surface and power it up with them. Once you do that, you can go to the Outpost where you end up talking to the main NPC in the game (the one other than S.A.I.L.).

I remember when the Outposts were added. I remember when they were there, but there was nothing there and teleporting on to their surface meant instant death. I remember later that other NPCs were added with their own shops. I also remember when NPC Quests were added to the game. There weren’t very many of them to begin with, but now they are very random and quite abundant. Not many of the NPCs at the Outpost have given me quests. A lot of the quests I’ve received have come from village NPCs that you may find on planets you explore. I am currently on a Jungle planet where I got tons of Quests from the local Glitch villagers. I haven’t even completed all of them and very many of them were similar. There is an Ancient Avian Tomb nearby and many of the NPCs requested that I go find a friend of theirs, save them from danger, and return them to safety. I eventually got tired of doing this. Some of them also wanted me to deliver something to another NPC, some times a note, then a reply, and some times materials. Some times I had to use materials given to me, or that I found, to create new materials. For instance, some of them asked me to locate some iron ore and then I had to smelt them into bars.

I remember when the Erchius Mining Facility became the first “questing mission.” It was tough and it still is, but it is now the first main mission you have to go on because you need to defeat the Erchius Horror to obtain Erchius Crystals, which enable you to repair your ship’s FTL drive. Reaching other planets brings me to another memory and that is when you could use coal and oil for fuel. That doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. Now you can either buy Erchius Liquid from the gas station on the Outpost or visit a moon and harvest Erchius Crystals. However, once you do (the latter), S.A.I.L. will tell you that harvesting this material will cause some creatures to come after you. Sure enough, there’s some kind of status effect you get when you start harvesting this material and you may eventually notice a big purple ghost coming your way. I tried to hit it with something, but it seems to be invincible.

Sandbox, Ship Upgrades, and Hunger:
Starbound is a sandbox game, kind of like Terraria. You can build houses and all kinds of things, but before 1.0 I never really had a reason to build on a planet. I crafted all the kinds of crafting tables/work benches I needed and placed them on my ship. When I ran out of room, I was able to upgrade my ship easily enough.

It is now much more complicated than that. In order to upgrade your ship, you need colonists. In order to get them, you have to buy a Colony Deed, which you place on a wall inside a house-like structure, just like you do when creating something for NPCs in Terraria. Once certain criteria are met and your Colony Deed is hanging on a wall, an NPC will teleport in. Then, you have to do quests for them, which will randomly generate. After doing some quests (I’m not sure how many it takes), they’ll decided to join your crew. Once you have enough crew members, you can upgrade your ship. You will find Ship Upgrades in your exploration and adventure, but you won’t be able to use them unless you have enough crew members.

This some what complicated system pretty much makes building on a planet imperative. However, you can also now buy Teleporters, which will let you teleport any where (even under ground). Although, you do need to obtain Teleporter Cores in order to buy a Teleporter. You can destroy a Teleporter, but you won’t get the Core back from it.

I remember, when I first played the game that hunger was a part of the game that was later removed. It’s been added back into the game in 1.0. However, during character creation, you can choose the “Casual” level of difficulty which removes hunger and the death penalty. The reason I mention this here is that I now have another reason to build on a planet, so that I can do some farming. Farming has been expanded as well. Not only are there a good variety of crops that you can grow, but there is also livestock you can raise, too, although I haven’t yet explored that part of it.

The game’s default difficulty level is called “Survival” which means there is hunger and a death penalty. While I don’t mind hunger, I do dislike the death penalty. I don’t mind so much that I lose 30% of my pixels (currency) upon death, but I also drop almost all of my items. This means I’ve often died and then had to try to locate where I died so that I could collect what I dropped. I didn’t like this part in Minecraft either, but luckily I could disable that with a command. In Starbound you can either play on “Casual” difficulty to avoid this or install one of the mods, which is very tempting.

Progression (The reason there’s a story?):
Progression has changed a few times since I first played the game. I remember when it was relatively easy to transcend through the various tiers of weapons and armor by obtaining ore that’s found only in certain kinds of star systems. While it wasn’t necessarily easy to do so, I spent very little time in each tier. That became the only reason to visit certain planets. I’d also like to mention that Tungsten Ore has replaced Steel, although Durasteel is still there. Now, I think the story could have possibly been added to give reason to progress through the tiers and reason to visit various star systems. Instead of obtaining Tier 1 and moving to Tier 2, you have a variety of things to do make it to Tier 2 and then more for the next and so on. While I found the game’s new introduction to be quite unoriginal, I think it’s still cool and gives the game a bit more depth that it needed. Although, (as I mentioned in a comment on another Starbound post here), Terraria doesn’t have a story and is perfect just the way it is. Although, another similarity the two games share is a variety of bosses. I remember originally fighting a few of them throughout this game before 1.0, but now there seems to be more of them.

The Hotbar and Inventory:
The Hotbar/Toolbar has changed. It no longer contains individually separated slots. The slots are now smaller (I think) and are in pairs. Each slot represents a left-click or right-click, a left hand or right hand. Many things, especially weapons, use both hands and therefore both slots that make up a pair. However, some things are one-handed, which means the other hand’s slot is available for something else such as a shield or flashlight. You can also lock and unlock the hotbar so that items do or don’t automatically go into it when you pick them up. You can also switch between two hotbars. I’m not really sure how I feel about the new hotbar, I guess I have mixed feelings about it.

Inventory is nicely organized now, though. There are a few tabs for blocks, food, etc.

Tech and Matter Manipulator Upgrades:
If you’ve played Starbound before, you know there are Techs in the game which give you different abilities, like being able to dash on ground or in the air. Throughout the game you will find Tech Cards which can be collected and then used at the Outpost to unlock new abilities.

Upgrading the Matter Manipulator works in much the same way, too. You collect upgrades for it and when you have enough of them you can select which upgrades you want, like the ability to paint, collect liquid, or increase it’s distance and power. Upgrades to Tech and the Matter Manipulator seem to be easy enough to obtain.

Pets:
There are also two kinds of pets. One never leaves your ship and each animal is different for each race. These seem to be mostly cosmetic, although they have their own random personalities (likes and dislikes) and you can feed them and do other things with them, too, I think.

The other kind are the monsters you can catch using Capture Pods. This works a lot like Pokemon in which you get a monster below half health, throw a Capture Pod at it and it’s yours. Toss the Capture Pod out in the open and it comes out and fights with you. Unfortunately this “pet” can die, but you can revive it and don’t have to go capture a new one. However, in order to do so you will need a Pet Station which can only be crafted after you upgrade your initial Inventor’s Table (or whatever it’s called) twice. I captured a Moontant from the Erchius Mining Facility, but it died and I wasn’t able to restore it to health again for quite some time later in the game.

Oh and speaking of pets that can fight along with you, your crew members can do the same. I now have one pet and two crew members who follow me. I think there’s a limit on how many followers you can have at a time though, I’m not completely sure. If your crew member dies, it will teleport back to your ship. You can teleport back to the ship to get them to follow you again. You can also hover over them with your mouse and press the “E” key to get them to stay or follow. This became kind of problematic for me as “E” is used to interact with everything else and I sometimes accidentally told a crew member to “stay.”

Anyway, this is plenty of text to read, these are just a few thoughts I would share about 1.0. I may add more things in later. If you would like to talk about Starbound, feel free to do so here or on one of our other Cheerful Ghost posts!

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Years ago, someone introduced me to Penn & Teller: Bullshit! I believe it was the friend that appears in their episode regarding circumcision. However, I watched a few of the other episodes as well. Months ago I watched the entire series. In their show, magicians Penn & Teller show us the bullshit involved in so many things such as circumcision, alternative medicine, and various other topics. While I didn't necessarily agree with them 100%, I found myself agreeing with them almost all of the time.

I highly recommend this show as it contains some eye openers. I think we as a society owe it to ourselves to take a look at all this bullshit that drives us and our motivations. Perhaps if we realize these things, we can change ourselves.

I must warn you though, this show contains "adult content" such as "strong language," and nudity. Penn & Teller are amazing and awesome!

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Eat some peyote in GTAV and become Bigfoot! Then with a roar, find Teen Wolf and kill him. GTAV secret!!!

http://www.geek.com/games/gta-v-secret-has-players-facing-off-against-michael-j-foxs-teen-wolf-1659847/

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Confirming rumors, Bethesda has just announced Skyrim: Special Edition, coming to PC, PS4, and XBox One on October 28th. The game has received a superior visual upgrade. Console versions SE will also be able to use PC mods.

http://www.gamespot.com/articles/skyrim-remaster-announced-for-ps4-xbox-one-pc/1100-6440731/

Bethesda also announced updates to Fallout Shelter, which includes a PC version coming soon.

Fallout 4 is also receiving some new DLC. Next week, the Contraptions Workshop will allow players to build various things such as elevators, armor racks, weapon racks, sorting machines, and more! In July, the Vault-Tech Workshop will allow players to build Vaults. It seems you can populate your own Vault and experiment on your Vault dwellers. Nuka-World is another expansion coming, it looks like it will allow players to build amusement parks.

http://www.gamespot.com/articles/new-fallout-4-expansions-revealed-first-coming-nex/1100-6440739/

"In a couple of months." Doom will be getting DLC called Unto the Evil, which will feature "three new multiplayer maps, a new demon, new armour, taunts, and more." New updates will also be coming out create more multiplayer modes. SnapMap is also getting some updates. (Quoted from GameSpot, link provided below.)

http://www.gamespot.com/articles/doom-getting-unto-the-evil-dlc-snapmap-free-update/1100-6440742/

Updated:
Bethesda E3 2016 Doom news: https://youtu.be/vLi1rdhz908

Also, if you're looking for a Doom demo, your chance is here, but only for a week. Hurry up and try it out while you can, it's a game that impressed me far greater than I originally anticipated.
http://www.gamespot.com/articles/free-doom-demo-coming-tonight-for-a-limited-time/1100-6440741/

Check out Travis's post for more info: http://cheerfulghost.com/Travis/posts/3002/e3-2016-sunday-roundup-bethesda-s-announcements

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Far Harbor is the latest Fallout 4 DLC, which was released on May 19th. Expectations for Far Harbor were pretty large, from what little I read about it. Bethesda teased that it was one of the largest DLC expansions for a game in a while. Considering how quickly I went through Automatron, I was looking forward to playing a larger Fallout 4 DLC.

If you're familiar with major DLC in Fallout games, you'll recognize that Far Harbor takes place in an area outside of the main map. For this one, you need to get a boat to travel, which is given to you as you begin the quest. You may also recognize that the new quest comes up by listening to a radio broadcast, this one involves a case Nick Valentine is working on. So, bringing Nick along is a good idea. Nick is familiar with the people involved in the quest and as you progress you'll see that his presence is relevant.

I think of Far Harbor as “Fog Harbor” because the fog in the area is significant and pretty much everywhere. It attracts the island's creatures and is radioactive. Some of the human residents of the island have set up fog condensers, which remove the fog and provides protection for a small area.

While I haven't finished playing the DLC, I've noticed that there are a few factions on the island and I haven't reached a point yet where I absolutely must choose a side to ally with. This may be something that comes up later. I have helped out a few groups on the island already, providing me with plenty of quests. So far, it doesn't seem as though I've run into any quests that are never ending, similar to the ones given to you by Preston. Quite a few of the quests are optional and I've tried to complete them first.

I've been enjoying this DLC. There are new creatures, new characters, new items, and new places to explore. Many of the island's creatures seem to be tough. I found some of them interesting, such as the Glowing Wolf, Glowing Radstag, and Glowing Yao Guai. Normally Radstags don't attack, but the Glowing ones certainly do. Some of these creatures may not be limited to Far Harbor, but I don't recall every seeing them elsewhere. You may also run into the very rare Hermit Crab, such as I did.

There is some new clothing including Marine Armor. I've found some of the new clothing, but haven't really used any of it yet. I'm still wearing mostly Robot Armor, which I got from the Automatron DLC. There are also new recipes, which use some of the new items you'll find around the island. One of them requires Wolf meat and Lure Weed. Be careful harvesting Lure Weed because one of the new creatures, called an Angler, has an appendage that looks like Lure Weed and lies hiding under water waiting to ambush it's prey (which means you).

There are some new weapons as well, but again I haven't really played around with them much. I did try out the new Harpoon Gun, which is pretty strong, but takes a long time to reload. I've not only found the basic version of the gun, but also two significant variations of it.

So far, I find Far Harbor to be interesting and it seems similar to other major DLC released for other Bethesda games. So, if you like the game, check out Far Harbor. Just bring some Radaway and Rad-X with you, or anything else you may find to help protect you against the island's radioactive fog. You're especially going to need it when you come across the Children of Atom, who bask in the warm glow of Atom.

Lastly, be warned, the DLC does have some issues. I read somewhere about people experiencing problems which seemed to be related to rendering the fog. I haven't had too many issues with it, but I've certainly run across a few bugs. One time, instead of walking around with me, Nick was actually swimming in the air for a while. I also ran into an issue where the game quietly crashed to the desktop while I was going through one of the puzzle-like quests.

Speaking of the puzzle-like quest, which you may find yourself running into it, it's not really extremely complicated or frustrating. It reminded me a bit of Portal. I was happy to complete it without looking for help.

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I've played almost every FF game there is, with only a few exceptions. I have almost every one of them and I even multiple copies of some of them since they were released on different systems. So a while ago, I decided to start getting them on Steam. What I love about the Steam versions is that they've received graphical upgrades and have a variety of new features.

It wasn't long after I finished FFIX on Steam that FFX/X-2 HD Remaster came out, which was much sooner than I had expected. I jumped at it and into it right away. I've played both games a few times on the PS2 and really enjoyed them.

Steam says I've spent 157 hours playing it and that's just on FFX. I remember how easy it was to spend 100 hours on the original version. This time, there was more to do, since this is the International version. That means you can choose between the Original and “Arranged” soundtrack. I've heard the Original plenty of times, so I thought I'd try out the Arranged. It definitely seemed to have a much higher quality to it.

You can also choose between the Normal and Expert Sphere Grids. From what I read, it's easier to max out your stats on the normal one. So, I went with what I was familiar with. I did try out the expert one when I created a new game to go back and get some Al Bhed Primers I missed out on the first time. It definitely seemed smaller.

The International version also includes Dark Aeons. These are super versions of Aeons, which are very difficult to beat without Yojimbo's Zanmato move or a completely filled in Sphere Grid. After defeating all of them, a new super boss appears, which is very difficult even with a completely filled in Sphere Grid and using the cheat features.

New features also include tools to cheat like giving yourself maximum Gil, unlocking all skills, enabling “super charged” characters, changing the frequency of encounters and more. While I hesitated to use these at all, I found a lot of the extra end-game things extremely difficult to do without using them. They did make things easier and more fun.

FFX is the only game I have on Steam that I've unlocked every achievement for, which is quite a task, but I enjoyed it. I may post more after playing the FFX-2 part of this excellent 2-in-1 game pack.

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After playing through a few Final Fantasy HD Remake games on Steam, I'm happy to share the news that FFX and X-2 are coming on May 12th (according to the Steam Store). This is very exciting to me. I was tempted to get the PS3 HD remake, but now I'm definitely going to wait to get it on Steam.

Here are the system requirements:

Minimum

OS: Windows Vista or later
Processor: 2GHz Dual Core CPU
Memory: 1 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA Geforce 9600GT VRAM 512MB or later / ATI Radeon HD 2600XT VRAM 512MB or later
Storage: 37 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card
Recommended

OS: Windows Vista or later
Processor: 2.4GHz quad-core CPU
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 450 / AMD Radeon HD 5750 with 512MB
Storage: 40 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card

http://www.ign.com/articles/2016/05/10/final-fantasy-xx-2-hd-coming-to-pc-with-japanese-dialogue-option

http://www.gamespot.com/articles/final-fantasy-xx-2-hd-remaster-pc-confirmed-system/1100-6439647/

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If you're in the market for a new GPU, your wait may be short-lived. Nvidia has just announced the new GTX 1080 which is expected to be released near the end of the month. I just recently ordered a GTX 980 Ti, so I'm a bit disappointed with the timing of this news. If I had found out about this even just days ago, I may have waited.

Quoted from the article:

"According to Nvidia, the GTX 1080 is 'a whole lot' faster than the Titan X, and faster than two GTX 980s in SLI, while consuming a lot less power."

"An on-stage demo of the GTX 1080 had the card's core running at 2.1 GHz air cooled, with a temperature of less than 70°C."

"The memory system features 8 GB of GDDR5X with an effective clock speed of 10 GHz on a 256-bit bus, providing 320 GB/s of bandwidth."

http://www.techspot.com/news/64736-nvidia-announces-geforce-gtx-1080.html

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A few years ago (maybe 10), a friend introduced me to a show on HBO called Curb Your Enthusiasm. I thought it was funny, so I decided to watch more of it. Since I enjoyed it so much, I bought a couple of seasons on DVD. Recently, I was exploring the Amazon video app on my PS3 and found out I could catch up on the show for free, since I'm an Amazon Prime member. Now that I'm all caught up, I've decided to go back and watch the earlier seasons again and I'm loving it. I wanted to tell you about it, hence why I'm writing this post.

I'm not exactly sure how to describe it to you. You could technically call it a “situational comedy,” but calling it a SitCom is a bit misleading as it's not the kind you'll find on regular TV. The main character in the show is Larry David, co-creature of Seinfeld. It revolves around him and his (fictional) wife and their life together.

So, he is a Jewish man living in California with his lovely wife. He has a manager he sees frequently and various celebrity friends like Richard Lewis, Ted Danson (from Cheers), and cast from Seinfeld including Julia-Louis Dreyfus. These people apparently play “fictionalized” versions of themselves.

Larry tends to find him self knee-deep in life's little problems. Many of these he creates for himself by saying or doing something that's not quite socially acceptable. There are really plenty of examples to give, but I don't want to give away too many spoilers. The first episode opens up with him talking to his wife about the fabric “tent” produced by his pants when he sits down. This later turns into an awkward situation when his wife's friend accuses him of getting an erection.

The topics covered in the show are clearly for an adult audience, hence it being on HBO. There are adult situations and language, which provide some more flare. The wife of Larry's manager definitely has a mouth on her and drops some serious F-bombs, but not just for flavor, it's because she yells at Larry and his manager for doing or saying stupid things.

It's a very funny show, I think. There is no laugh track, which I think is great because the audience doesn't need to be told when to laugh. It is funny, but often, I find myself feeling sorry for Larry. He can be a bit of an ass and so are other characters. One interesting fact about the show is that it is often unscripted or loosely improvised.

I think the sad thing is that I can sometimes relate to Larry. Sometimes I find myself saying or doing something completely stupid that comes back to bite me. It's tough saying or doing things “off the cuff” as they say. These things happen to some of us, which creates social anxiety because then you have to be careful what you say or what you do. I personally find it a difficult thing to manage.

Anyway, I do seriously recommend this show. If you're interested in what I've described, check it out or feel free to ask me for more information. I'll be glad to provide more examples. I think it's very interesting and humorous.

http://www.hbo.com/curb-your-enthusiasm

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Recently, I finished reading the cover story in the latest Game Informer, which is about Final Fantasy XV. I've known about it's development for a long time, it was originally called Final Fantasy Versus XIII. It's been in development for 10 years now and has undergone many changes, not just by name.

The Square-Enix team working on FFXV realized that while FF became an epic franchise, which has been pretty influential in our current games, some of the fanfare of the series has dwindled. Many fans of the series seem to prefer VII the most and also seem to view the series as going downhill from there. This doesn't apply to all of us though. FFVIII is my personal favorite, although I also really enjoyed IX and X (including X-2). Unfortunately, for me, that's when the series began to dwindle.

FFXI is a game that I didn't get into until a very long time after it's release. However, it is a MMORPG and requires a monthly subscription fee. It also isn't much of a game for one who's used to playing solo, like me. I liked XII and XIII, but for some reason they don't feel as epically awesome as many of the other FF games.

However, it looks like FFXV will change that. From what I've read, it sounds like it's going to be really good. I just hope it lives up to those expectations. The trailer looks really awesome, too! So, I think this is definitely something I want to get into.

However, I don't have a PS4 or Xbox One. A PC version may come eventually. So, I'm thinking that this could be a great reason to get a PS4. Although, something I saw seemed to show the game performs better on the Xbox One. FFVII: Remake is also in development and I think would probably be another good reason to get a PS4. Another Kingdom Hearts sequel is expected, too. That's something else I'm looking forward to.

So, what do you think of FFXV? Do you think it's a good reason to finally get a PS4 (or Xbox One)? Let me know what you think!

Here's a link about the game, although it only scratches the surface of what I read in the magazine:
http://www.gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2016/04/06/revealing-final-fantasy-xvs-opening-gameplay.aspx

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I was at my local Gamestop recently and I noticed that Hyrule Warriors Legends has already been released for the 3DS. Since I absolutely love Hyrule Warriors on the Wii U, I thought about picking up this game. However, the associate gave me a warning that I thought I'd share. She said people who have bought the game have stated issues with playing it on their older 3DS models. The game is more suited for the "New 3DS." While I found that to be disappointing, it always wasn't incredibly unexpected.

When I found out that Terraria was coming to the 3DS, I decided to look into it. I read some things on the web and I watched some videos about it. One of the main points I took from all that info was that the game is severely limited by the 3DS's hardware. However, the "New 3DS" has better hardware and more processing power. I think I read or heard that they might make a version for the “New 3DS” or add functionality to that version of the game.

Along with better processing power, the “New 3DS” boasts the following features; face tracking 3D, built-in amiibo support, easy data sharing, better browsing, an improved camera, and new controls including C stick, ZL, and ZR buttons. You can check out more details here: http://www.nintendo.com/3ds/new-nintendo-3ds/

Technical specifications of both hardware models (source: http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/997614-nintendo-3ds/70707570):
New 3DS specs:
- ARM11 MPCore 4x @ 268MHz (one reserved for OS)
- 4x VFPv2 Co-Processor (vector processors, like SPEs in PS3)
- 256MB FCRAM
- 10MB VRAM
- Dedicated Hardware Video Decoder
- Seemingly no change to the GPU, clock rate and all

For comparison, the old 3DS specs:
- ARM11 MPCore 2x @ 268MHz (one reseved for OS)
- 2x VFPv2 Co-Processor
- 128MB FCRAM
- 6MB VRAM
- PICA200 GPU @ 268MHz

I should mention that you can get amiibo functionality on the older 3DS systems by purchasing a separate accessory. As for when I'll upgrade to the "new 3DS," I don't honestly know. In a way I'm kind of tired of these constant handheld evolutions. It seems like a new a one is released every few years or so and it's about another near $200 for each one. I already own at least one system for every DS evolution with the exception of the 2DS. I own at least two of many of them, one for me and one for my son.

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I just wanted to let you know that our beloved game, Terraria, is coming to the Wii U and 3DS very soon. In fact, the 3DS version will be released on March 15th (in 5 days!) and the Wii U version on April 12th, according to Amazon. I have ordered both versions to give to my son, Vinny, for his birthday. He's stated interest in at least the 3DS version. Unfortunately, it seems the 3DS version is quite limited due to the surprisingly low specifications of the 3DS. It only comes in one world size, which seems to be the same as the mobile version. Different companies are working on each version. Both versions are expected to have all 1.2 content and more upon launch with further updates planned.

I just finished reading the post in the official forum and I suggest that you give it a read, too, especially if you have one of these Nintendo systems. One of the biggest things I got from it was stated at the very end, "[w]e have a few more surprises in store for this coming Holiday season, but we will save those for another time." I really wonder what those surprises are. I kind of hope it's not Terraria Otherworld because I thought we should be expecting it soon, but that may be the case. Maybe they'll announce Terraria 2, which I want to see. Feel free to speculate in the comment section below.

Anyway, I still miss playing Terraria and want to play it more, so I'm definitely looking forward to this.

Please see the official forum for more info: http://forums.terraria.org/index.php?threads/dual-threat-terraria-is-coming-to-wii-u-and-3ds.28903/

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