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jdodson

I heart video games so much I created Cheerful Ghost.

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Mega Man I-VI are coming to Android and iOS this January. Don't misunderstand me, I really have fond memories of Mega Man 2 and 3 but I'm not sure how well these games will play on a phone? I suppose the controls are fairly simple but Mega Man has a fairly tight control scheme so i'm a bit concerned the translation will be worthwhile. Still, accessing these classics in a new way is a good thing and I hope they will be great ports.

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Introversion said that Prison Architect was complete and wouldn't be getting more features and a couple months later... more features! It's a prison miracle and what new things did Santa Warden bring us? Prison staff needs!! Just what we always wanted! Well, maybe not for me but it's a really neat feature and also optional which means if you don't want to worry about it in your current or upcoming prisons you won't need to.

"This frosty December, we give you guard needs: no longer can you treat your hard working prison officers as robot gaolers. They're going to need their own toilet and canteen and your staff room is about to get a whole lot busier....

Failure to look after their needs will result in a whole gamut of industrial accident that's going to have a very bad effect on the welfare of your prison.
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http://forums.introversion.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=60364

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Back this on Kickstarter!
If you've been looking to get more into retro gaming on the go and Raspberry Pi you might want to check out funding the Raspi Boy Kickstarter project.

"The idea came when I saw on internet projects of "GameBoyZero", awesome raspberry pi based consoles. I was amazed, but it looked pretty difficult to build one, it was a 3 months work and over 100€ for all components! And last, you need an old gameboy to rip open.

RaspiBoy is conceived such that everything fits together perfectly and the build is a 5 minutes task without soldering!

The RaspiBoy comes as a kit, with easy mounting tutorial PDF and video. Don't worry ! It's super easy and we will guide you step by step. It's very much like a puzzle ! Moreover I hope you will find the tutorial interesting as there will be lot of interesting facts on product design, PCB design, prototyping and so on!
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In this special episode of the Cheerful Ghost Roundtable we talk the new Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and wax philsophic about ATAT walkers which some question the utility of(not naming names). This episode features Cheerful Ghost community member Adam who is filling in to bring his take on what he's been playing(FTL) and his thoughts on Rogue One.

We break the review in two and start things fresh spoiler free so rest assured that if you watch start to finish we will give you plenty of time to bail during the spoiler section.

Bullets for your pleasure:


  • Westworld - Apparently people are watching this HBO show?

  • Super Mario Run - Is Nintendos latest game great or merely good? Something else? Perhaps.

  • Rogue One - It's the main event and may contain a star war or two.


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Nintendo dropped it's second mobile offering on iOS last week and it's great. Super Mario Run is just the right amount of Nintendo polish and classic Mario game play feel to make it a near home run. It suffers from a few things I don't love though like it's always on DRM and in game store. I don't mind DLC or buying things in game for the most part, but it seems the Toad Rally being ticket gated and the only way to unlock tickets is limited in game to completing levels seems a bit strange. That said, if you focus on the core game, it's fantastic and so far I've only played the first level.

Super Mario Run is a free to download game that comes with the first three stages at no cost. If you want to play the rest of the game you can unlock it for $10. I didn't plan to do this going in to the game but so far I've just been playing the first version of world 1-1 with the attempt to collect as many coins as possible. So far my high score is 237 but I think I can bump that to 240 with a fair amount of work. I've never spent time optimizing a run in a game before and it's very rewarding to keep doing a bit better than before. I've learned a few things about optimizing a Super Mario Run and might make a tips video for how to collect as many coins as you can. I'm not sure the things I've learned hold over to later stages but they work well in 1-1.

If you have an Apple device and some time you should download Super Mario Run. It's a fun game and even if you just play the first level for way too many hours like me, there a lot to like.

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The latest Hearthstone expansion The Mean Streets of Gadgetzan has been out a little under two weeks now and I've played enough now to finally be able to talk about it. If you are curious how my first experience with the expansion went, I recommend you check out my pack opening and crime boss quests video. It was a fun time and, to date, it was the most packs i've ever opened in one sitting. I also opened far more legendaries than I've seen so if anything, watch it to see my incredible luck!

Now that Hearthstone has been out for a few years and received quite a few expansions and adventures how do you keep it fresh? It's an interesting question for one of the most popular multiplayer games around and the developers answered it in a couple ways. First, in the last expansion Whispers of the Old Gods they dropped a new game concept of Standard Mode and Wild Mode. Standard ensures that the game constantly rotates in and out sets in a yearly cycle keeping the game meta fresh. If you want to keep playing with your old cards, Wild Mode allows this and thus Hearthstone took a page out of the Magic the Gathering model of keeping the competative game fresh while allowing you to keep playing the cards you love. Mean Streets of Gadgetzan builds off that but takes it one step further by adding factions. There are nine classes in Hearthstone and in Gadgetzan they fall into one of three factions called the Kabal, the Goons and the Jade Lotus. Each faction has special cards and mechanics that can only be used by the factions themselves creating a interesting way to share neutral cards. Each faction has a theme that carries over to their card design such as the Goons buffing cards in your hand, the Kabal providing magical potions and upgrades and the Jade Lotus stealth and Jade Golem cards. The factions bring an interesting play element to the game and really spice up the classes and have thrown WAY more competitive and varied decks into the game meta.

After I opened Gadgetzan packs I held out on crafting new cards until the meta stabilized. Whereas people are still refining decks and trying out different play styles I think things have settled enough for me to craft a bunch of cards for decks I find really interesting. I really enjoy Reno decks and so far have had a blast playing Reno Priest and my favorite deck of all time, Reno Warlock. Both require you to scrap in the early game for a win but if things snowball in your favor the games can be very rewarding.

So far the cards i've crafted are a Dirty Rat, Kazakus, Aya Blackpaw, Bloodmage Thalnos, Jade Lightning, 2 Mortal Strikes, another Doomsayer, Buckaneer and 2 Jinu Waterspeakers. I'm really happy with those crafts and was lucky enough to open cards such that I had enough dust to craft them.

If you are looking to head back in to Hearthstone or have yet to make the plunge now might be a good time to play it. I am completely free to play and have found the grind VS fun to be a very balanced element. Early on things were rough but I think the game is worth plunking some time into and for people that only have a handful of minutes per day, Hearthstone really fits well.

http://cheerfulghost.com/jdodson/posts/3189/i-had-the-craziest-luck-opening-my-hearthstone-gadgetzan-packs

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1999 was a good year in gaming that gave us one of the best strategy game sequels Age of Empires II. So many elements were improved making Age of Empires II one of the most beloved strategy games of all time and one I still play with my friends. When Age of Empires II HD came to Steam I was very excited and was thrilled when Microsoft let us try it out before launch on Steam. Age of Empires II HD is the base game you know and love updated for modern Windows and hooked in with Steam multiplayer to make it simple and fun to play epic matches with friends or total Internet strangers. I'd have thought that porting the game to modern systems would have been the end of development but since Age of Empires II HD dropped in 2013 we've received 2 proper expansions and on December 19th we'll get a third.

So far details on Rise of the Rajas is sparse but we do know that it will feature performance updates as well as some major balance fixes.

"This awesome expansion is set in southeast Asia, and brings tons of new content as well as some serious upgrades to the quality of life for our Age of Empires II HD. We’ve had an open beta over the past few months to identify and correct a few performance issues, and with your help we’ve managed to reduce desyncs by 90%! With today’s announcement of Rise of the Rajas, we’re also pushing these performance upgrades live to all of our players for free. Among other things, this makes multiplayer matches much more stable, AND we’ve added multiplayer restore back in, so if you ever DO lose a match in progress to a desync, you can get it back and pick up where you left off!"

https://www.ageofempires.com/news/2016/12/13/announcing-age-of-empires-ii-hd-rise-of-the-rajas-dlc/

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Someday i'd really love to go to a Star Wars red carpet premiere. You know, just a small wish and if Santa reads this, if you can get me Episode VII red carpet tickets you can keep the new 3DS. Since we can't be on the red carpet and watch the new Rogue One film early, the video of it is the next best thing. I watched quite a bit of it and found the interviews interesting but I want to warn you that they show off some exclusive movie footage that spoils some jokes and some great scenes. It's nothing plot specific but I started skipping past the movie clips because I want to watch the film as fresh as I can and I think they showed a bit too much. That said, if you want to devour everything you can before Rogue One drops this Thursday then you need to watch it all!

The actual red carpet stream starts at 52m26s.

As a bonus Disney dropped a short video of the composer of Rogue One & director Gareth Edwards in the scoring studio. So... musical spoilers below!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gisdw0zJu-U

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Double Fine seems focused on remastering every classic LucasFilm Adventure game. I still have many of these on CD still and they play just fine in ScummVM but it's still good to get them ported to modern systems and with the proper graphical updates. Unlike some remastered & special editions I can think of *cough* Star *cough* Wars Double Fine includes the remastered version as well as the original 4x3 pixel version you can switch to. I'll be honest, in playing Day of the Tentacle remastered I can't tell which I prefer, the new vector style art or the pixel version. That said, I don't really need to figure it out because switching from one to the other is a breeze. Full Throttle might be the first proper Tim Schafer adventure game I played and what has stuck with me most about playing it is the story and music. Full Throttle could very well have been an animated film and if you know it well enough might as well be.

Full Throttle Remasted will release sometime in 2017 on Windows, Playstation 4 and the Playstation Vita.

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Nintedo of America's Reggie Fils-Aimé was on Jimmy Fallon showing off the upcoming Super Mario Run on iOS as well as the new Breath of the Wild on the Nintendo Switch. Reggie dropped a few news nuggets in that we are getting a special Apple Store Super Mario Run demo December 8th as well as Nintendo releasing more information on the Nintendo switch January 12th. If we can download the Super Mario Run demo early by visiting an Apple Store I might do that just to try it a week early. Hopefully more details come out about that because if I can just play it in the store i'll just wait.

The switch looks great and even if it was just a couple minutes the transition from the TV to playing on the system was seamless.

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Bethesda subsidiary Arcane Studios are the creators of the recent Dishonored 2 and are creating a new Scifi reboot/requel/remake shooter Prey. The original 2006 Human Head Studios Prey was a really unique alien abduction dark scifi shooter that was originally going to see a follow up in Prey 2. Human Head Studios and Bethesda had some falling out and Prey 2 was entirely scrapped in favor of a new Arcane Studios game. Prey 2 was going to continue on in the universe that was set up in the original 2006 Prey and have the original protagonist Tommy featured in game as an NPC. Prey 2006 was one of the few third party games released on iD Tech 4 and I picked it up a couple years after it's launch on a discount shelf. The story and characters of the original Prey were it's selling point and I found the fact that the main character and his family were based on the experiences of native American's to be really interesting. The new Prey game doesn't seem to feature Tommy or any elements of the original story but hopefully they can find some way to make it some kind of spiritual thematic successor.

The new trailer seems to give off a very slick scifi Bioshock vibe I find interesting. 2006 Prey had a very strong voice and stood out in a world of very derivative shooters and hopefully Arcane Studios new game can too.

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"You’ll not only play through Specter Knight’s own story, but also see new areas, new music, new enemies, new objects, new boss fights, new weapons, new armors, and way, way more than ever before. Even the villainous boss knights have prepared new tricks and tactics!

Does that sound like a new game?! Well, that’s because we’re building Specter of Torment from the ground up so that it can be a completely unique standalone experience.

While Plague of Shadows followed an alternate parallel campaign, Specter Knight travels a new path in this amazing prequel. It’s your mission as Specter Knight to recruit the Order of No Quarter for The Enchantress! Specter Knight’s campaign truly is his own adventure, and we can’t wait for everyone to get their hands on it this Spring.
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Happy to see the updates they promised in the Shovel Knight Kickstarter get even better than they original intended. Shovel Knight was a very successful game and I imagine this is fueling this extended development. For the Shovel Knight fans that loved the original, did you play through the Plague of Shadows content and if so what did you think of it?

http://yachtclubgames.com/2016/12/specter-of-torment-trailer/

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Disney has a new creature featurette video out showing off some of the amazing looking aliens from Rogue One. The more I see from this movie the more I am excited for seeing it, yet I note that the Star Wars hype train doesn't seem as large as last years. Since there was such a long distance between the last prequel film Revenge of the Sith and The Force Awakens, it makes sense that The Force Awakens nearly overtook last years holiday season to essentially be STAR WARS AND christmas TOO. That said, there doesn't seem to be as much Rogue One hype this year, which I honestly don't mind. Oh and the initial reviews seem to be mostly postive which helps to quiet my mind that this might live up to my expectations.

But don't take my word for it checkout the collider article below.

http://collider.com/rogue-one-reviews/#news

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There isn't any story shown in the video above but the gameplay looks amazing and after I watch that trailer I just want to spend time exploring the world. That said one annoyance I have with modern Zelda games is getting bogged down in dungeons. Zelda is known for some great dungeoning but sometimes they seem like a huge stopping point to the story and to the fun parts in the game. Simply making the dungeons longer or make you backtrack in them 5 times isn't something I enjoy. I hope Breath of the Wild can really deliver a very well polished experience that doesn't feel like the fun of the game stops for bad game design and if Nintendo can pull that off this looks like it could well be one of the best Zelda's released.

If you are craving even more Breath of the Wild check out the Nintendo let's play below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Na1cIOmfBlU

Oh and if you are into Nintendo's Amiibo check out the article below about some special Zelda 30th anniversary collectables. I bet they will be SO EASY TO FIND AND ABSOLUTELY IN STOCK EVERYWHERE SO DON'T FRET K, NINTENDO IS SWELL AT MAKING THINGS AVAILABLE IF THEY ARE IN DEMAND! (Sorry everyone, i'm still bitter I can't get a Nintendo Classic)

http://nintendo.tumblr.com/post/153959693594/the-legend-of-zelda-30th-anniversary-amiibo-are

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