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jdodson

I heart video games so much I created Cheerful Ghost.

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Last night after we tucked away the little one to sleep my partner and I decided to watch a movie. More than half way in a Cheerful Ghost user hardeyez texts me that he just pre-ordered the Super Nintendo Classic on Walmart and I should head over to do the same. Immediately I let my partner know the emergency situation and we paused the film and I frantically created a Walmart account and put in the pre-order in what I consider to be the quickest new account creation process ever. A few minutes later I messaged Travis, WhiteboySlim and Scrypt but by the time Travis went to pre-order the Classic that Walmart page had crashed. I heard stories that people that pre-ordered the system woke up to Walmart telling them they didn't have stock for them but... so far... it looks like it's a pre-order success story.

Needless to say securing a Super Nintendo Classic really made my evening and that next morning. I really wanted to get the Nintendo Classic and wasn't looking forward to having another year roll by and missing out on Nintendo next retro re-release. According to Walmart the Super Nintendo Classic should arrive on October 6th which is just in time for it to get packed away for Christmas. Even though i'm getting the Super Nintendo Classic October 6th I still want to wrap it up and open it on Christmas. It just seems like playing it on Christmas morning is the best way to experience it.. or at least that's the plan right now.

Some people have noted what the point of getting one is if you own quite a few of these games already? That's a good point but considering I don't actually own most of these games, this is a pretty inexpensive way to get them. I don't own Earthbound and getting the SNES cart for $300 doesn't sound that appealing to me. Plus out of all 21 games on the Super Nintendo Classic technically I only own 5 and it would be 6 if the kid I loaned Secret of Mana too returned it to me. Funny story with that is a couple of years ago I met that kid at a bar and I mentioned to him he still had my Secret of Mana cart. We both laughed and he said that i'd never get it back.

Now I will.

http://www.nintendo.com/super-nes-classic

If you want to listen to me pine away about the Super Nintendo Classic you should listen to the first Episode of a new Podcast "Cheerful Ghost Radio."

http://cheerfulghost.com/jdodson/posts/3391/cheerful-ghost-radio-episode-1-the-first-one-where-we-talk-about-the-super-nintendo-classic

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We’re not teasing you intentionally; we want to get this right, so we’ve opted to share things step by step as we bring this to life, and to listen closely to the Atari community feedback as we do so.

So far all we know about the Ataribox is that it's coming and it looks... pretty good. Some other sites have some pictures that show it off from a couple more angles but not much more is known at this point.

I've always been curious if a console aimed at the retro or hacker enthusiast community could do well but i'm not sure if this is more than "Atari's NES Classic" or a full on console that will support new and old games? I've reached out to Atari about this so when we know more in terms of games that will launch on this and the specs i'll report back.

https://www.ataribox.com/
https://www.theverge.com/2017/7/17/15980990/atari-ataribox-specs-pictures

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Strap in for another installment of some of the coolest speedruns out of this years Summer Games Done Quick starting with an incredible Link to the Past swordless run by Andy completed in 1:14.58! Andy uses every trick in the book to complete this run quickly without a sword and lots of it is glitching out the game to skip areas and get some items out of order. If you are a fan of the game this is a must watch run!

Super Mario Series Warpless Relay Race in 2:47:12 is an epic run of three teams through all of the Super Mario games on the NES ending with Super Mario World. It's a nail biting race and the end is surprising as it was quite close with all teams coming very near to each other.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewbKrMvwzQI

Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix by Bl00dyBizkitz in 3:02:00 might as well be called "The Disney Singalong Run" because during this 3 hour Kingdom Hearts showcase different runners sing through such songs like Gaston, Part of Your World, A Whole New World & Be a Man. It's a really fun run that shows off the spirit of Summer Games Done Quick and brings the spreedrun a little closer to something you'd see in a Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVjf3bc3Noo

G.I. Joe: The Atlantis Factor by toad22484 in 9:52 is just a solid speedrun of a classic NES game that doesn't get as much love as I think it deserves. It's really quick too so well worth jumping in to watch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQNvWPWo9BA

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Sony has it's PS4 VR, Occulus has the Rift, Google has Cardboard and Valve has the HTC Vive. Microsoft is doing something a bit different with it's HoloLens and to date I haven't been to interested in it until I recently watched a Metal Jesus video where he showed it off. Apparently Jesus has a friend at Microsoft that let him borrow it for a couple days and take some video of how it turned out. Microsoft HoloLens is a augmented reality system that seems to have some really interesting games you can play with it such as a detective game that takes place entirely in your room. Since it's augmented reality the video doesn't turn out that bad either, which isn't something I can say for most VR video on YouTube as it's stretched and isn't easy to put on a traditional video screen. To date i'm not interested in picking up any VR system yet but I enjoy seeing what they are capable of and playing around with them when I can.

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This weekend at Disney's D23 Expo there was a Star Wars Episode VII: The Last Jedi panel and as part of that director Rian Johnson dropped a behind the scenes video that I found fairly surprising. From the looks of the puppets, effects and more it looks like Johnson is taking things in a slightly new direction while keeping the spirit of Star Wars intact. Or at least that's what the feature told me. I'm really happy to get these behind the scenes videos and trailers spread out over the months leading up to the December release date for this movie. It's nice to see how things are moving along and have fresh stuff to talk about while we all dig in for 5 months until episode VII comes. Seems like it was just yesterday when we were crazily awaiting The Force Awakens and now Episode 8 is nearly here.

It's a good time to be a Star Wars fan.

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For many the thought of building up a retro game library of the games you want to collect isn't easy or cheap. It seems like more and more people are trying to collect these old games making stock limited and driving up prices. Even when new opportunities to own these classics comes up by way of the Nintendo or Super Nintendo Classic those options aren't available to everyone as again... stock is limited so what's a person to do? Well Cygnus Destroyer as a video about solutions to these problems by way of flash carts and bootlegs. Seems a bit odd to to me to play a Nintendo Game on a NES recreation like the RetroN and a flash cart when you could just emulate everything on your PC but... All that said, these are great options if you wanted to play a game you couldn't find on your original NES hardware with a flash cart or if your childhood NES broke like mine, replace it with something a bit less expensive and just as useful like a RetroN 3.

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Now that the Nintendo Switch is out and the Wii U received it's last first party Nintendo title if you are interested in picking one up and the back catalog now might be a good time. Metal Jesus and Kinsey have a really great video that covers the system and some of the best games you can get. I still love collecting games for my Wii and getting a Wii U is a matter of time when the prices on the used market go low enough.

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Another Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus video hit YouTube today from the alternate history gameshow German or Else! Apparently people in the United States have 173 days to switch over to speaking only German and the gameshow is a way educate people on the change. It's a funny concept until they take away the loser at the end for re-education. They end the clip with some in game footage and I really find the scene with the SS officers chumming it up with the KKK to be particularly disturbing.

October 27th can't come quickly enough.

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The new Castlevania Netflix show dropped recently and last night I sat down to watch the entire first season. It's not hard to binge watch the whole show as it's only 4 episodes that clock in at about 30 minutes each. That said I really appreciated that the show didn't waste much time and completed it's first story arc in four episodes. My only real complaint by the end was that there wasn't more story waiting for me but Netflix has said that it's picking up another season of 8 episodes so if you liked the first season, more is on the way.

The basic premise of Castlevania is that Dracula lost his wife and wants to take his revenge on mankind for taking her life. The first episode focuses on Dracula and you really feel for him and understand why he decides to become a super villain. I was very surprised at how much I loved the story and how the choices the show creators made I didn't really expect. I was expecting some generic vampire hunter show and what I felt very fresh and original. The first season is an interesting take on religion, science and how power is used to control people. I didn't expect that Castlevania would start the show on such a pro-science bend but it does and it's an entirely surprising focus in a universe that is primarily focused on sword and sorcery. Kind of strange to consider but the Castlevania show expertly juggles science, religion, magic and monsters in such a way I was really impressed.

Simon Belmont is the main character of the show and he starts out as a defeated drifter who literally gets the shit kicked out of him when we first meet him. I really enjoyed Simon's character and the voice acting by Richard Armitage is superb. Other characters are brought in over the course of the four episodes but I don't want to spoil anything by telling you who it is.

The show feels like it's taking notes from Castlevania III and Symphony of the Night. Castlevania III is the highlight of the NES series for me but the show doesn't feel like it's a direct companion to the NES games. Frankly I really enjoy the fresh take on this universe, religion, science and the like so having the Netflix show have only light parallels to the video game is entirely fine by me.

If you have Netflix and are curious to watch the show I recommend you check it out. My only cautionary tale is that you take heed to the content as this show is very dark, bloody and contains some shocking stuff.

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After each Games Done Quick stream is over I get a bit depressed because I honestly love watching the streams so much. The speedrunning community and organizers at GDQ create such a fun event it's sad when it's over.

This will be the first of a couple posts where I highlight the runs from Summer Games Done Quick 2017 so expect a few more of these over the coming weeks.

Kyatto Ninden Teyandee OR Samurai Pizza Cat is a relatively unknown NES Japanese game in the states. Usedpizza blows through the game with ease and it's a fun run to watch because it's always good to see games i've never heard of be played quickly.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YP3055kYHq8

Marble Madness by Elipsis in 2:56? I don't think I ever beat the third level to NES Marble Madness but this madman beats it in 2:56? Yowzer.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gK3FSiuZNzc

Startropics by thetantalus in 1:07:12. Star Tropics is a really interesting RPG that is fairly well known but doesn't get as much attention as it deserves. Most likely because Star Tropics came out in 1990 and the Super Nintendo dropped in 91 and it was looked over in favor of the amazing 16-bit crunch of the Super Nintendo.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaOiNx4JALM

Portal 2 by Azorae in 45:19 sounnds normal except that it's the co-op missions and both parts are played entirely by Azorae. Azorae uses two sets of inputs to beat this game in 45 minutes, something I'm not sure I could do without having my brain explode.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4huoBsSXHM

Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse by Chelney in 31:54. Dropping this run here because Castlevania III is the highlight of the series for me. Chelney's run is really good and at 31 minutes, he has it down to a science.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3S57R6imAFo

Doom (2016) by TheFuncannon in 1:18:35 might as well be called "Rail jumping, the guide to doing crazy shit in Doom 2016." Basically The Funcannon exploits broken jump mechanics to clip out of bounds to skip a ton of the game. He does actually shoot the gun a couple times though and I wonder with further refinement if you could complete Doom as a mostly pacifist run?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRLeA22jdfk

Super Mario 64 by cheese05 in 1:41:40 is a fun run to watch because not only does Cheese collect all 120 stars very quickly but the couch does a great job of explaining whats going on. A good run is made by a good runner but the better the running commentary the better the run and this is a good example of that.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smworYLyRmg

Super Panga World by DoDeChehedron in 33:23 is great run of an insane Super Mario World ROM hack called Super Panga World. You can really only beat Super Panga World if you have an incredibly deep understanding of Super Mario World and DoDeChehedron absolutely does and makes this nuts ROM hack look easy. The commentary on this one is also quite funny and very interesting making it well worth watching.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nt-unq5i_oU

Metroid Fusion by JRP2234 in 1:31:46 was an inspiring run primarily because of how skilled JRP is when he runs it. He makes few mistakes and pulls off some very challenging strats for a run I couldn't stop watching.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrkDH8PMCZU

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For many years, CD's were the best way to listen to music and play video games. Streaming seems to handle what CD's were traditionally used for but from the 80's to early 2000's CD's were the way to go. I still primarily buy music on CD and still think it's a great way to listen to music and even now I find curating my digital music collection is still something I really enjoy. Lazy Game Reviews CD-ROM Retrospective video is an interesting look in the computer CD-ROM and how that shaped PC and console gaming.

"Taking a nostalgic look back at the 'compact disc read only memory' experience! Especially in regards to computer gaming and software in the 1990s. Redbook audio, full motion video, a vast 650+ megabytes of storage, ahh good times."

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Feral Games is updating Middle Earth Shadow of Mordor with an all new Nemesis update that adds the ability to see your different nemesis Orcs that will carry over for you to play against in the games sequel Shadow of War. This is a cool update in that it gives the original game a bit more to do and sort of acts as a way for new people to get into the franchise if they were interested in upcoming Shadow of War.

Feral Games is putting Shadow of Mordor GoTY on sale for $4 and to sweeten the chance you give it a shot making the game entirely free to play for the next couple days. $4? Totally free to play for a couple days? Seems like a good time to try it out on PC.

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Knights of the Frozen Throne is an all new expansion coming to Hearthstone in August. It features a new card type that changes all the in game heroes to Death Knights that are themed to the class. The announcement video shows off Deathstalker Rexxar which has a battlecry that attacks all enemy minions for 2 and changes his hero power to create a Zombie Minion. Knights of the Frozen throne also look to bring back Deathrattles, a card type that we saw a bit less of after the last set rotation. This expansion is also the first to include an all new single player component that costs no gold or money to play.

"The first steps you’ll take to join the Knights of the Frozen Throne will be within Icecrown Citadel. There you’ll be faced with eight Missions – new single-player content for Hearthstone. Beginning with the Prologue, and then proceeding through grueling battles with Icecrown Citadel’s mightiest denizens, your trial will culminate in a showdown with the Lich King!

Though you risk your soul merely by entering Icecrown Citadel, the Missions will cost you nothing! The rewards for braving them, however, are enticing indeed: after completing all the Missions, you’ll receive a total of three Knights of the Frozen Throne card packs. Completing the Prologue mission will also add a random Legendary Death Knight Hero card to your collection!
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What do you think of Knights of the Frozen Throne? Does this expansion look like something you will play when it comes out in August?

https://us.battle.net/hearthstone/en/blog/20888401/join-the-knights-of-the-frozen-throne-7-6-2017

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Games Done Quick is back with it's yearly summer speedrun and so far it's as amazing as ever. If you can spare some time to watch the runs and donate to Doctors Without Borders I encourage you do to so. The next speedrun that will drop in a few minutes is of Doom 2016 then Half-life 2 and Silent Hill 2 wraps up the day. That said if you are up late, Summer Games Done Quick is up all night with you streaming round the clock until this Sunday at midnight!

The Games Done Quick charity run is something I look forward to watching twice a year and it's always good to donate to a great cause!

https://gamesdonequick.com/schedule

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For many people in The United States this 4th of July holiday is an extra long weekend. As the freedom explosions encompass our neighborhoods I'm curious what you're all playing and watching?

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