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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."

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2690724/why-windows-10-isnt-named-9-windows-95-legacy-code.html

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

http://www.pcgamer.com/gta-5-system-requirements-announced/

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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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Super Smash Bros. was recently released for the Wii U and it looks absolutely awesome on a big screen TV in high-definition! One of the main differences you will notice from the 3DS version is that the graphics do not look the same. This is only one of the differences between the two games. While both games feature the same characters, each version of the game has different stages, although there seems to be some that are shared between the two. Both games also have similar and different game modes that are available.

Unfortunately, the game lacks the story mode similar to Brawl's "Subspace Emissary," and cut-scenes have apparently been removed according to some sources. I have not played the game enough to verify this and it seems to contradict what I briefly saw when my son was playing the game.

Both versions of the game can interact. You can use the 3DS as a controller or copy your customized characters between the two. This feature is easily accessible by an icon on the main menu of each game. Speaking of controllers, you can also use GameCube controllers with a new adapter for the Wii U.

Along with the Wii U release, Nintendo has also released the first set of amiibo figures, with more sets coming later.
These figures can be selected on the character selection screen by placing them on the Wii U GamePad on the bottom left-hand side. They fight on their own, acting as a CPU player. The amiibo character can be customized by selecting the in-game character's color set, equipment, and moves. The amiibo figure stores this information along with the character's level. By playing in the game, they gain experience and can reach level 50. Unfortunately, the 3DS currently lacks amiibo functionality until the 3DS LL or the 3DS amiibo adapter is released next year.

By registering both games on Club Nintendo, you will receive the soundtrack for the game (two CDs) for free when it is released in March 2015. You will also receive a code for the Mewtwo DLC when it is released next Spring.

Visit the official Super Smash Bros website for more information: http://www.smashbros.com/us/
Visit the official amiibo website for more information: http://www.nintendo.com/amiibo

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Mario Kart 8 is a really fun game for the Wii U and was released this summer. It includes new tracks, new characters, and much more in high-definition. The game also contains DLC which can be purchased at the Nintendo eShop. The first DLC that was released for the game includes Mercedes-Benz karts and is available for free.

The second DLC, The Legend of Zelda pack, has just recently been released. It includes three new characters; Link, Tanooki Mario, and Cat Peach. It also includes eight new tracks with two new cups. Four new vehicles are available with this pack and while searching for images of the game online, I saw an Epona vehicle.

The third DLC, the Animal Crossing Pack, will be released in May 1015. It includes three new characters; Villager, Isabelle, and Dry Bowser. It also includes four new vehicles and eight new tracks.

While the first DLC is available for free, the Zelda and Animal Crossing DLC packs can be bought together for about $12. Separately, each pack costs about $8, so getting the two-in-one pack is a deal. If you haven't played Mario Kart 8, now is a great time to get started. If you've already played the game, now is a great time to play it again with the new DLC.

I have not yet played the new DLC as I just recently purchased the two-in-one pack and am watching my son play. I've seen him race with Link on new tracks and with Yoshi (who comes in a variety of colors). I'm excited about the DLC because I think Mario Kart 8 is a great game. I really enjoyed playing the game when it was released this summer and I think the new DLC definitely adds more to the game and is worth purchasing.

For more information please see the official website: http://mariokart8.nintendo.com/dlc/

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So, I went to my local Kroger today to get some groceries and was surprised to see a Sega Genesis for sale! The last time I was there, I noticed there was an Atari for sale. Apparently, both consoles have been released in new versions. This Genesis that I picked up is very small and comes with two wireless controllers, but is compatible with classic wired controllers (not included). It contains 80 built-in games. I'm very excited about this because I've been wanting a Sega Genesis for many, many years now. This console is compatible with Genesis game carts, but having built-in games, means that I don't have to try to locate carts for some of my favorite games for the console.

Details about this product can be found here: http://www.atgames.us/Sega-Genesis-Classic-Console-FB8200R-80.htm

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"Protoss legends Artanis and Zeratul attempt to unite their race in an intergalactic fight for survival against an ancient evil from the Void that threatens the universe. The fates of Terran hero Jim Raynor and Kerrigan, the Queen of Blades, also hang in the balance."

It looks like Blizzard is almost done with the next expansion to StarCraft II titled "Legacy of the Void." It's been a little while since I've read about this new expansion and when I did, I didn't expect to see anything even remotely soon about it, but I think I'm a bit surprised. While Blizzard has not yet stated a release date for the expansion, you can sign up and join in on the beta. Personally, I think I'll wait for the official release.

I believe StarCraft II has been out for quite some time. At the time if it's original release, I wasn't doing very much PC gaming nor did I have this awesome Alienware PC that I have now. So, I didn't get into the game until some time after "Heart of the Swarm" was released. I'm not even sure if my old PC meets the system requirements of the game, but some time after getting this new PC, I decided to jump in. I remember when StarCraft (the original) was released and pretty much got it immediately (I even drove half an hour to West Virginia to get it). I was very pleased with the original game and the sequel and I believe some of you have been as well.

Feel free to share your thoughts on this below in the comments. Since I visit www.gamefaqs.com every day after midnight to vote in the daily poll, I found this news and wanted to share it with you. For more details please visit the link below.

"My life for Aiur."

http://www.gamespot.com/articles/watch-new-trailer-for-starcraft-ii-legacy-of-the-v/1100-6423451/?utm_source=gamefaqs&utm_medium=partner&utm_content=news_module&utm_campaign=homepage

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