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I'd like to see what you think about game difficulty. How hard or easy to you like your games? Do you like being able to adjust the difficulty level? Do you like a challenge?

I've been thinking about this in recent months because of I've been playing Hyrule Warriors and Smash Bros. (Wii U). Honestly, when I'm playing a game, I want to have fun, that is my priority. I want to enjoy my gaming experience. However, there are many games that offer challenges, some of which can be down right frustrating. Sometimes, I get really frustrated and therefore have to take a break from the game to calm down and relax a bit. Sometimes, I just have to search the Web for strategies and guides. That can be greatly beneficial because it often helps me learn how to play a game better, such has been my experience with Hyrule Warriors.

So, I don't personally like too much challenge when playing a game. However, if I can complete a challenge, I do feel glad that I completed it and am also grateful that it's over. There are many times when I wish I could just cheat. I know that sounds lame, but at least it's honest. The problem with that is that playing games on a Nintendo console doesn't usually allow you to do that.

I find www.gamefaqs.com to be very useful, but YouTube also has some great videos, which I've also found very helpful. Otherwise, I just "Google it." What do you think? Are there any particular websites that you find to be very helpful when it comes to a challenging game? Do you buy strategy guides? I have a good number of them, but I have pretty much stopped buying them because GameFAQs and YouTube pretty much have what I need.

I'm looking forward to seeing your thoughts.

GregoPeck, filling up the Cheerful Ghost Forum! =)

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Yesterday, Hyrule Warriors received another DLC and major update. In this post I want to briefly cover the new update, the older updates, and (not so briefly) share with you my experience of the game since I first posted about it.

It seems that every version update of the game has been released along with a DLC. Each DLC, or version update, has increased the maximum level that characters can reach. I think this level was originally 50, then 100, then 150, and now 200. The DLC usually includes new a new map for Adventure Mode, which also adds 20 extra Gold Skulltulas to find. Sometimes they also contain new weapons and costumes.

The Master Quest Pack added Epona as a weapon for Link along with outfits for Cia and Lana. It also added a little to Legend Mode (story mode). It also contained a new Master Quest map for Adventure mode. Many of the areas on this map come with special battle limitations such as "No Healing." The very first square on the map is one of those battles, but also happens to be the very best place for level grinding.

The Twilight Princess Pack added Minda's true form as a new playable character, although none of the maps in Adventure Mode required her to play. I have not yet played as her yet, but I was glad to see her true form added to the game. This DLC also added new costumes for Zelda and Link. It also contained many 8-bit versions of many of the character's weapons. This DLC increased the level cap to 150 and the Adventure Mode map was the toughest of them all. Because of the increased challenge of the new map, I was forced to learn how to play the characters better. It helped me make better use of Link's combos. While I often found myself frustrated with this new map, I was very glad when I completed it (having obtained every new Gold Skulltula, weapon, and costume).

The Majora's Mask Pack was released yesterday and not only increases the level cap to 200, but adds new features to the game. For instance, by using the Smithy, you can now sell weapons and remove or unlock weapon skills. This is a handy feature as the game only allows you to carry 10 weapons for each type (for instance, only 10 of Link's Power Glove). The game also adds new playable characters including Tingle and Young Link. It also adds new costumes, weapons, and Gold Skulltulas in a new Adventure Mode map.

Each DLC's Adventure Mode map is very different. In the Twilight Map, many of the areas on the map have certain rules like "No Special Attacks" and some of them also hide enemy locations on the mini-map in battle. This latter effect can be removed by using one of the new Item Cards, dispelling the "Twilight" effect. On the Majora's Mask Adventure Mode map, the player progresses through the map while the Moon prepares to fall, which resets the map. Different Item Cards can be used to put time back on the clock or reset the map. This makes it so that players need to strategically move throughout the map because time is limited and only so much of the map can be revealed at a time.

I've spent a lot of time playing Hyrule Warrior's since it's release. I have also enjoyed the game, although the more challenging Twilight Princess Adventure Mode map was a bit frustrating at times. Legend Mode takes the player through the games story, which is cool and fun. However, compared to Adventure Mode, it is very short. I've been surprised by how many hours Adventure Mode adds to the game.

I like that the game has many aspects of various Legend of Zelda games that have been released throughout the years. I also like that the game has received numerous DLC packs, all of which I have purchased except for some of the costumes. Although I have never played a Dynasty Warriors game, Hyrule Warriors introduces me to that game series and makes me interested in those games

I think Hyrule Warriors is a great game for the Wii U and I recommend it, especially for fans of The Legend of Zelda series.

I'd like to see the game get more DLC (including Adventure Mode maps) based upon the other games.

I should also mention that this DLC coincides with the release of Majora's Mask for the 3DS.

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I'm curious to know if any of you watch any YouTube channels frequently. If so, what are they?

Every night, I check one of my favorite YouTube channels, created and run by Paul Soares Jr. (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP6f9x4iXk3LH8Q1sqJmYPQ). I found Paul's channel before I began playing Minecraft. In fact, I watched his Minecrat Survive and Thrive series before I began to play. I found the channel some how, but most likely because my son is always watching gaming videos on YouTube. One of the channels he watches is "Stampy" (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCj5i58mCkAREDqFWlhaQbOw). These channels are cool because the people are showing videos of games such as Minecraft, Terraria, and much more.

Although I pretty much just watch Paul's channel, I'm interested in know what channels my fellow Cheerful Ghosts watch and like. Please feel free to share your favorite channels in the comments below.

Oh and in case you don't know Jon (aka Cheerful Ghost) is on YouTube, too (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtRz7NiDn8jGOj8RfPSedzw). You can check out trailers, Round Table discussions, and more.

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I just recently found the link above and I wanted to get your thoughts on this. I honestly don't know very much about Windows 10. The only bit that I do know is from the link below, explaining a possible reason for the reason why the new OS isn't called "Windows 9."


When I was a kid, my family had a Commodore 128D. It wasn't until the Christmas of '95 that we got our first Windows PC. Since then, I've seen the Windows OS grow and I've actually been fond of every new revision. Although in due time, we can see that some of them weren't all that great, especially compared to today's current versions. I most definitely loved Vista. It came out while I was working in the IT department of my local community college and many people were against it. However, I saw new changes within the operating system that I thought were pretty important in my line of work. For instance, additional security and the ability to see what you're typing when inputting a wireless network key.

After that, Windows 7 was released and I enjoyed it as well. When I got my new PC, I decided that I was going to get one with Windows 8. Windows 8.1 was a free upgrade available to me, so I went ahead and upgraded. It seems, to me at least, that many people have something negative to say every time Microsoft releases a new version of it's Windows OS. However, it also seems that those people are only looking at it at face value and therefore ignoring the improvements that have been made "under the hood." Most of their complaints seem to be purely cosmetic. People really hate the way the design of Windows has changed, but that's about as far as their complaints go, which makes it obvious that they're not paying attention to the fine tuned improvements. The truth is that Windows has made great strides in stability and security. Yet there are still many who refuse to stop using XP and upgrade to a more stable and secure version of Windows. Some will say that they don't want to have to learn how to use a new operating system. I think part of it is also because they fear change. The only valid excuse I can currently logically understand to resist upgrading is because of the cost. However, that excuse is now becoming invalid as Microsoft is offering Windows 10 as a free upgrade.

What are your thoughts? Do you know anything about the new OS? Are you going to upgrade your PC?

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Yesterday, Nintendo released information regarding the "New 3DS XL." Yes, that is the name of the new system. The new system includes amiibo functionality, a faster processor, face plates, and more. This new system will be available on February 13th for $200. Sadly, for some reason, it seems it will not ship with a charger. That bit of news really baffles me, but I haven't dived deeper into the news to see why that is.

Since I was a child, I've had almost every version of Nintendo's handheld system, starting with the original Gameboy. I still have many of them such as the Gameboy, Gameboy Color, Gameboy SP, DS, DSi, and 3DS XL.. However, I am currently happy with my 3DS XL, which I bought at the end of 2013. My son also has a 3DS XL he got for Christmas that same year. So, I am not planning on buying the new system any time soon. I may, however, purchase an expected amiibo adapter when that becomes available.

Nintendo also announced many games coming soon for the 3DS and Wii U. These include Fire Emblem, Majora's Mask, and a new free-to-play Pokemon game for the 3DS. The Wii U is getting some Wii games for the Virtual Console including the Metroid Prime Trilogy and Super Mario Galaxy 2.

For me, the most exciting news that was released yesterday was that Hyrule Warriors will be getting a new DLC. The Majora's Mask pack is scheduled to be released on February 5th. It will include two new characters; Young Link and Tingle. It will also include new costumes and a new Adventure Mode map. I am still playing Hyrule Warriors, trying to finish Adventure Mode. I have completed all Adventure Mode maps (regular and Master Quest), except for the Twilight map, which I'm currently working on.

Feel free to see the following link for more information: http://www.gamespot.com/articles/new-3ds-xl-release-date-new-fire-emblem-and-all-th/1100-6424655/?utm_source=gamefaqs&utm_medium=partner&utm_content=news_module&utm_campaign=homepage

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Grand Theft Auto V was another great game in the series. I remember when I was eagerly awaiting the release for the PS3 version. My only disappointment with the game was that the story seemed too short, I completed it rather quickly. I spent very little time playing Grand Theft Auto: Online, the multiplayer part of the game. I was very happy with the character I created, thinking he looked very much like me.

Some time ago, I found out that the game would be coming out for the new consoles (PS4 and XBox One) and also the PC. Although I think the updated game would be a great reason to get a PS4, I have not done so. I figured that I'd wait for the PC release, which was expected to come out this month. However, the system requirements have been released along with a release date, March 24th.

Here are the system requirements copied from the link below:

Minimum Specs
OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit, Windows 8 64 Bit, Windows 7 64 Bit Service Pack 1, Windows Vista 64 Bit Service Pack 2* (*NVIDIA video card recommended if running Vista OS)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz (4 CPUs) / AMD Phenom 9850 Quad-Core Processor (4 CPUs) @ 2.5GHz
Memory: 4GB
Video Card: NVIDIA 9800 GT 1GB / AMD HD 4870 1GB (DX 10, 10.1, 11)
Sound Card: 100% DirectX 10 compatible
HDD Space: 65GB

Recommended Specs
OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit, Windows 8 64 Bit, Windows 7 64 Bit Service Pack 1
Processor: Intel Core i5 3470 @ 3.2GHZ (4 CPUs) / AMD X8 FX-8350 @ 4GHZ (8 CPUs)
Memory: 8GB
Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 660 2GB / AMD HD7870 2GB
Sound Card: 100% DirectX 10 compatible
HDD Space: 65GB


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Although we discussed what we were playing, we didn't discuss what games we are looking forward to in 2015. Well, I did note in that discussion what I'm waiting for, but I'm curious as to what you are waiting for. So, what games are you looking forward to being released in 2015? That does include games that are not only scheduled, but also ones that you'd like to see. This also includes updates to games that were released prior to the new year.

As for me, this is really a repeat of what I've stated in a comment of at least one discussion, but I'll go ahead and repeat myself and add to that. In November, I found out that Terraria was going to get an update to version 1.3 (for the PC). Since then, I've felt like a child again waiting so eagerly and impatiently for Christmas. Well, Christmas came and Terraria 1.3 is still in development. No release date has been given. However, from what I've seen in the forums, we should definitely see it's release this year.

Also, I decided to get Terraria for my Amazon Kindle Fire HDX. Since then, i found out that the Amazon version of the game has not yet updated to 1.2, so I've been waiting for that as well. While it's release date is still unknown, after following the discussion in the forums, the developers (505 Games) have stated on Twitter that it should be available some time this month.

I am also looking forward to the new Starbound update when it arrives. Previously, I tried out the "nightly build" version of the game, but it was (as expected) quite unfinished and there were plenty of bugs. So, I stopped playing it. However, recently Chucklefish has updated the "unstable" version of the game, which is more complete and less buggy than the "nightly build." The stable version of the game (the one everyone is used to) should be receiving a large update very soon, perhaps this month. I've been watching some videos on YouTube about what's new in the "unstable" version and I'm looking forward to the stable update.

I know a few of us are looking forward to StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void. I'm not sure when we expect it to be released, but I'm assuming that we will see it this year.

I also know at least a couple of us (myself included) are looking forward to the new Zelda game for the Wii U. As with the previously mentioned game, I'm assuming that will also be released this year.

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Recently I paid attention to this: "The Cheerful Ghost Forums are the place for any kind of discussion around games, movies or off-topic threads that are not on the main page." So, I thought I'd post here and see about getting some Doctor Who discussion going. I've already told a couple of friends some of these things, so this may be a bit of a repeat for them.

Some time ago, it was recommended to me that I start watching Doctor Who. I did, starting with the 9th Doctor. At that time, the 11th wasn't finished and therefore I did not finish his seasons. I did, however, begin to start watching Doctor Who from the very 1st Doctor. It took me some time to complete watching "classic Doctor Who" (Doctors 1-8), but I recently finished doing so. I did take some breaks, that is I didn't watch any Doctor Who for some time.

Since I finished watching classic Doctor Who, I decided to start watching the new Doctor Who series (beginning with the 9th Doctor). Much of this was what I've already seen, but it was great to watch the new series again after having watched the classic series. I understood a bit more about different things that were going on and my knowledge of the entire series was greatly expanded.

I've found it difficult to pick a favorite Doctor as I've liked each and every one of them, although some more than others. That said, my favorite classic Doctor is probably the 4th, but it's still kind of difficult to pick a favorite. I pretty much liked each of them very much. They were all unique in their own way and yet they all portrayed similar character aspects of the Doctor, such as being a bit eccentric, some more so than others. Initially, I did not like the 7th Doctor because that actor had played another character in an earlier episode. The character wasn't exactly "good" or "friendly" to the Doctor at the time. However, he was still a good Doctor and I thought his eccentric wardrobe was pretty cool.

As for the Doctor's companions, it's hard to pick favorites, too. I think Rose and Amy are among my most favorites. Some of the classic companions were likable, yet there were some that I really did not like at all, such as Turlough and Tegan.

One thing about classic versus new Doctor Who is that the classic series often felt a bit boring even though I still enjoyed the character of the Doctor. There are at least a couple or few episodes of classic Doctor Who that I absolutely did not like at all. However, I don't feel this way about the new new series.

I am currently watching the 11th Doctor (9-11 are some of my favorites) and have not yet made it to the 12th. Classic Doctor Who did state a few times that the Doctor could only regenerate 12 times, but I think that is a "rule" that can be easily broken and logically so. For instance, The Master is also a time lord, who is restricted to that same regeneration rule, yet he defied it. There was also a newer episode where another time lord used all of her regeneration lives to save the Doctor (I'm trying to avoid "spoilers" here), so I think that the regeneration rule can easily be broken and it can be worked into the story.

One final note that I noticed that I want to mention is that the 11th seems to have the most beautiful TARDIS. The outside of the TARDIS is a beautiful blue and the wood looks great.

If you've watched Doctor Who, what have you watched (classic, new, or both)? Who is your favorite Doctor and companion? Do you also find it difficult to choose favorites?

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Hello, my fellow Cheerful Ghosts. Jon and I have had a couple of discussions in private messages about ideas to increase our membership. While we're both at a loss for ideas, I suggested that we ask our fellow Cheerful Ghosts what they you. So, do you have any ideas?

This discussion came after my comment on the "25 Invisible Benefits of Gaming While Male" video. I had said that I wish there were more females here. He commented and asked me to PM him if I had any ideas on how to do so. Although our main contributors are primarily males, I try to write my posts keeping in mind that males and females alike may read them. Hence, I don't usually say something like, "you guys."

Pretty much the main thing I thought of was if every member her promoted the site every where we could. I also mentioned that it'd be cool if I could add something like "Cheerful Ghost contributor" to my employment section on Facebook. Even though I'm not employed by Cheerful Ghost, you can add volunteer positions there as I noticed when I added being an Assistant Den Leader for Boy Scouts. However, Cheerful Ghost doesn't have a Facebook page, so that might not work so well. Which leads to my second point of this post.

Some time ago, I mentioned to Jon that I think a Cheerful Ghost Facebook page would be cool. He brought up a great point in that he'd like to keep our discussions on here instead of on Facebook. However, he says he's more open to that option now. As I said, I think he made a great point. However, if we had a Facebook page, we could supply links to our posts on here and people could "like" and follow along on the site. It could increase our membership.

So, what are your thoughts on this? What do you think we could do to increase our membership? Jon and I both agree that we would like to see this awesome site thrive. While we're not dead, I think more members here could lead to more discussion and even more fun when we all decide to play games together. What do you think about a Cheerful Ghost Facebook page?

Please feel free to post your thoughts here or send me or Jon a private message, if you wish. Thank you all for your contribution. While I've only been a member for about a year now, Cheerful Ghost is definitely one of my favorite websites and I visit the page very often. I've been so happy with my membership, impressed by the content here, and glad that I've even made some new friends.

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Check out the news on Starbound's official site: http://playstarbound.com/

From the "One Year Later" news (http://playstarbound.com/one-year-later/): "We’ve been super hard at work on a very large update that changes and expands upon the progression system and it’s nearly ready for unstable."

I'm looking forward to the large update! I'm hoping it's the big 1.0 version we've been waiting for. I did some testing of the "nightly builds," but it's been a while since I've played. While I was fully aware that the nightly builds weren't always stable and had their own bugs in them, after a while I decided to wait longer. There's only so many times you can go through character and world wipes and other bugs before you decide it's time to wait for a more stable release.

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I was recently looking at some videos my favorite YouTuber (Paul Soares Jr. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP6f9x4iXk3LH8Q1sqJmYPQ) had posted in his Indie Test Drive series and saw Don't Starve. It looks kind of interesting and a Tim Burton artistic look. In the video, Paul mentioned that buying the game gives you a second key for the game to share with a friend. So, I was wondering if anyone has played this game and what you thought about it. If you thought it was a good game, do you also have an extra key you want to give away?

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When Hyrule Warriors came out months again, I noticed that there were a few DLC packs available, so I purchased all of them. I was also able to get some of the DLC for free by registering the game at Club Nintendo. Some of the content includes different costume sets for various characters, one of which is a Dark Link costume for Link.

It seems as though some of the DLC wasn't available right away. I don't know if it was released at a later date or I had to accomplish some in-game goals to unlock them. I recently noticed more content was available such as playable characters, which mostly included the game's enemies. This also seemed to open up a new story-line in Legend Mode called "Cia's Tale," in which you can play as Cia, Wizzro, or Volga. I played as Cia and Wizzro, but have not yet tried to play as Volga. However, I did watch a video to help me get through one of the missions and the guy was playing Volga and was saying and showing how powerful that character is.

Epona has made her debut in Hyrule Warriors as a "weapon." Selecting her as a weapon allows Link to fight on horseback for the selected mission. I'd also like to note here that I saw a picture of Epona as a kart in the new Legend of Zelda DLC pack for Mario Kart 8, even though i haven't seen her in-game yet.

With the recent release of Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U, Nintendo released the first set of amiibo figures. Functionality is expected to come to Hyrule Warriors very soon. The Link amiibo (which I purchased) will add a new weapon for Link, which is the Spinner from Twilight Princess. Other amiibo figures, like Zelda, will unlock weapons, rupee bonuses, and crafting materials.

I recently just started playing the game's "Adventure Mode," which I think is fun and interesting. In Adventure Mode, you are placed on a world map that comes from the very first Legend of Zelda game for the NES. Each square contains a battle and there are numerous rewards that can be received such as Heart Containers and Gold Skulltulas. There are also items, such as the Candle, that can be used to "search" an area of the map for hidden places. On one of places on the map, I found a tree that could be burned with the Candle, which unlocked a new reward. Some of the rewards are given based upon the rank you receive in a battle. Some can only be unlocked by certain characters, just as some battles can only be fought with certain characters. It also seems as though other rewards include unlocking more weapons and playable characters.

I have never played a Dynasty Warriors game, but playing Hyrule Warriors makes me want to try those games. I have really enjoyed playing Hyrule Warriors very much and I highly recommend the game.

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Nintendo recently released Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby for the 3DS. I purchased both games to share with my son. He decided to start playing Omega Ruby, so I have begun playing Alpha Sapphire. I remember playing Pokemon Sapphire years ago on my Gameboy SP. I really enjoyed the game, as I have been enjoying Pokemon games since I started playing them before my son was born, which has been over 10 years now.

I was looking forward to the new games and enjoyed the little bits of news I found out about them. Nintendo sent me a download code for the demo almost a month ago. While I spent only a little time playing the demo, my son played it quite a few times. The demo mentioned that you could transfer any Pokemon you find to the game when it was released, although I have not yet tried to do that.

The new games are not just ports and don't even look like the original games. They look like Pokemon X and Y. The games didn't just get a graphical upgrade, but they also contain new features including Mega Evolution, which was introduced in X and Y. The original music seems to still be in the game, which is great.

While I have only spent a few hours in the game and haven't even obtained my first gym badge, I wanted to share my initial impressions. I found myself very impressed with one of the new features of the game called the DexNav. While walking around in the game, you can select it or the map on the bottom screen. It shows the route you are on, but the image is from the original version of the games. It shows shadows of Pokemon that you have seen, but not yet caught. The shadows are revealed after you catch a Pokemon. It can also give you a bit of a radar, that lets you know a Pokemon is nearby. When you are close enough, you will see the top part of a Pokemon hiding in the grass on the top of the screen. It can also give you hints about the nearby Pokemon such as its type. By gently pushing the control stick (not the D-pad) in the direction you want to walk, you can "sneak" up on on a Pokemon. If you walk or run too fast, the app will tell you to walk slowly. Once you find all of the Pokemon that are in a certain area, the app will tell you. The app apparently can also be upgraded. I really enjoy this new feature as it makes finding all the Pokemon in an area much easier, therefore less blind grinding.

I remember on the main menu of Pokemon X and Y there was a "Mystery Gift" option. I used that to receive a Torchic that contained an item for it's Mega Evolution by using the download code that came with the game. I noticed this was also on the main menu of Alpha Sapphire and I decided to check it out. It connected to the Internet to check for a gift and I got a shiny Beldum that contained an item for it's Mega Evolution.

I'm looking forward to playing this game more and I know my son is already enjoying it. If I found out more about the game as I play, I will post in the comments of this post.

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