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jdodson

I heart video games so much I created Cheerful Ghost.

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I hope everyone has a great New Year in 2017! 2016 was rough for many and my sincere hope is 2017 is much better.

As people are waking up from their celebration festivities what are you all doing? Traditionally I have friends over on New Years and we hang out and watch films and this time we'll be watching the Star Wars cartoon The Great Heep and then Star Wars Rogue 2 to see how well it pairs to the recent Rogue One movie.

http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Great_Heep

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Hey everyone. After collecting all the entries for this years Game of the Year, I have them now in poll form for you to vote on. Thanks to everyone that added games to the list.

Triple A Game of the Year:

http://www.easypolls.net/poll.html?p=58674561e4b0b90e31f33e87

Indie Game of the Year:

http://www.easypolls.net/poll.html?p=58674645e4b0b90e31f33e8a

Update/DLC Of the Year:

http://www.easypolls.net/poll.html?p=586746b6e4b0b90e31f33e8d

Mobile Game of the Year:

http://www.easypolls.net/poll.html?p=58674706e4b0b90e31f33e8e

Please select your top games and the winner will be the highest voted game. I will also list out the others so we all know how it turned out.

Voting will be open today until January 1st so feel free to share this out with your friends!

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It's time for the 2016 Cheerful Ghost Game of the Year Awards Nomination thread. Please drop your nominations for the following categories below:

Triple A Game of the Year

Indie Game of the Year

Update of the Year

Mobile Game of the Year

I'll close nominations on the 30th so get your suggestions in now! If by some happenstance we get no nominations or two or less for one category we will drop it for the year. If you are curious what last years winners were, you can check that out below (spoiler alert Fallout 4 and Rocket League won)

http://cheerfulghost.com/jdodson/posts/2753/cheerful-ghost-2015-game-of-the-year-awards

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"The NES Classic is the hot ticket item of the holiday season and it's currently sold out across the country due to the high demand. Nintendo is working on supplying retail stores with the mini NES, but a full restock isn't expected to take place until after Christmas. Fortunately, there's an alternative for retro gamers seeking an HD 8-bit experience that's more authentic than the popular Nintendo plug & play console. In this Cygnus Destroyer special, we take a look at the RetroUSB AVS."

The Retro USB AVS was all over the Portland Retro Game Expo this year and looks to be one of the best ways to play your NES games on your HD TV. It sports a premium price but ships with a few cool features like built in Game Genie support, online North America Scoreboard, 4 NES gamepads and NES and famicom support.

http://www.retrousb.com/product_info.php?products_id=78

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Recently I was gifted a NEW 3DS for the holidays and with many people that are new to the system I'm not sure what I should get for it. One of my favorite YouTubers Metal Jesus has a great 3DS buying guide that covers all the systems and some of the games you might be interested in.

One of the reasons I wanted a new 3DS is that it plays the newer 3DS and older DS games. I really think one area Nintendo shines is mobile games and being able to start collecting and playing DS games is something i've been wanting to do after the Gameboy and Advance. As we are approaching the upcoming era of the Switch it's a good time to pickup older DS games cheap while there is a fairly high supply and low demand so if you're interested, check it out.

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I want to wish everyone a very Happy Holdays and I hope you spend it with amazing people. Some of us will be opening some presents from Santa so if you get anything particularly noteworthy feel free to share it in the comments.

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A few days ago I posted about a Kickstarter project to make a handheld system that can play retro games built on the Raspberry Pi. If you are interested in building the ultimate retro emulator to hook up to your TV pparently building a Raspberry Pi console isn't too hard and Gizmodo made an awesome video about it. You can even buy a kit that includes all the parts you need right now on Amazon for $70 while we are all waiting for that NES Classic to be back in stock. I don't recommend you pirate all these games but if you want a one stop shop to play all the games you do own, this is a great option.

https://www.amazon.com/Raspberry-COMPLETE-Starter-Black-16GB/dp/B01EKBJ1I6/

Lifehacker also has a pretty good guide below if you need a step by step in text to read.

http://lifehacker.com/the-advanced-guide-to-setting-up-a-diy-game-console-wit-1790381861

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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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