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jdodson

I heart video games so much I created Cheerful Ghost.

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I've been saving up gold for the new Hearthstone expansion for a couple months now and after the recent Hearthstone Gadgetzan expansion dropped I was able to finally open them! I've never had better pack opening luck and snagged 7 legendaries! I didn't get a great common and rare distribution but I opened about 1 legendary for each 10 packs, which is incredible. It's a crazy pack opening ride followed up by playing new decks as I take down the Grimy Goons, Jade Lotus and Kabal quests one by one.

Curious to hear about what you opened and any new decks you are trying you've liked playing with?

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If you hang out in retro gaming circles of have hit up a video game convention or two you may have seen the Supaboy, Hyperkin's portable Super Nintendo. The Supaboy has a pretty large following of people that play SNES carts on the go and as such Hyperkin has refreshed the hardware with an all new Supaboy S. Sporting a larger screen, better form factor, improved speakers and the ability to play NTSC and PAL games the Supaboy S is an interesting way to play Super Nintendo games anywhere.

"Daily Dot: "Time to crack open your vintage game collection (that is, if you don't have a shrine to it in your living room already)."

Blunty: "This one also handles PAL cartridges - not just the NTSC that the original did. That's pretty exciting!"

The handheld Hyperkin SupaBoy S will play original SNES (NTSC AND PAL) and SFC cartridges on a built-in 4.3 inch LCD screen. It includes a D-pad and face buttons, as well as right and left shoulder buttons. The SupaBoy S also includes two front-loading ports that are compatible with full-size SNES-compatible controllers and an AV out. It allows up to two players to play the SupaBoy S on a regular TV screen.
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If you want another review of the Supaboy S, check out the one by Metal Jesus (may his name be praised) below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-bzYo_wGfk

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In my College days I was obsessed with Neverwinter Nights on PC. It's a rich story based RPG that spans two full expansions and a handful of DLC. Neverwinter Nights was originally released as a multi CD game and was recently dusted off by GOG and released digitally as Neverwinter Diamond, containing all the expansions and DLC that wasn't locked behind DRM. If you never played Neverwinter you missed out but can remedy that now as GOG is giving it away for the next 41 hours.

If you are looking for a rich engrossing RPG romp through the sword and sorcery heavy world of D&D, Neverwinter Nights is something you should get. And for the price of free why not?

https://www.gog.com/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=20161201_winter_sale&utm_term=EN&utm_content=logo

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Looks like Nintendo is partnering up with Universal Studios to bring a themed Mario experience to park goers. As a Harry Potter fan we made our way to Universal Orlando to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and I thought that stuff was incredible. That said, much of the other attractions weren't entirely to my liking and if Universal added Nintendo rides I think that could really make for a more fun park experience. I do wonder how general audiences would do with Nintendo themed rides?

Would you make a trip to Universal Studios to check out a Nintendo themed experience? Does a Mario or Zelda ride interest you?

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File this Hearthstone Murloc Yule log video under "things that absolutely needed to happen." We've all seen the fireplace videos on Netflix and YouTube but what if they contained Murloc and the Murlocs sang holiday classic such as "We Wish You a Merry Christmas," "Away In a Manger" and "Deck The Halls." "But wait" you ask, is that all there is, just Murlocs sining around a fire, perhaps there's more?" Well yes Timmy there is more as the Murloc occasionally leave things in front of the fireplace. I don't want to spoil the entirety of the 53 minute video but they also drop off items in front of the hearth like cookies and swords.

But don't take my word for it Timmy, watch the holiday miracle above.

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Cheerful Ghost had a booth at this years Portland Retro Game Expo and as part of that ran several NES Tournaments. It's a fun thing people enjoy and as we were winding down our first tournament and setting up for our second my NES died. Having your Nintendo die at a retro gaming convention isn't the worst timing I suppose but I wasn't sure if I should buy a replacement NES or get it repaired. I wanted to get it repaired but I didn't have time to track down some repair person at the expo so I decided to try something different. That day I had seen Hyperkin's RetroN 3 for sale and I was interested in trying it out in our tournament. The RetroN 3 plays NES, Genesis and Super Nintendo games and you can use the included Hyperkin controllers or use your own. After I bought it from a vendor I plugged it in and it worked like a charm.

After owning it for a month now I can finally say that it is a really great system. It's not a perfect choice for everyone but if you are looking for a good way to play old NES, SNES or Genesis games this is a great option.

What The RetroN 3 Gets Right

The RetroN 3 perfectly recreates the gameplay and feel of the original NES, SNES and Genesis. So far I've been able to play every game i've thrown at it and the games themselves feel great on it. You can plug in one Nintendo, Super Nintendo and Genesis game into the top of the RetroN 3 at one time making it nice to switch around from Mortal Kombat on Genesis back to Dr Mario on the Nintendo.

The RetroN 3 came packed well in the box and I didn't find it hard to unbox and setup. Sometimes packaging and setup can be frustrating, but it was really easy to understand. I had to lookup how to pair the wireless controllers to the system but after that was done everything else was a breeze.

Customer Support through Hyperkin is also amazing. My system shipped not able to recognize my original Super Nintendo controllers so I contacted Hyperkin and they quickly allowed me to return my RetroN 3 and took care of shipping. The whole process was seamless and I got my replacement system back in a week or so. It's often hit or miss when dealing with returning things back to the manufacturer so it's nice Hyperkin was so great to work with.

Things I don't Love About The RetroN 3

The included RetroN 3 controllers seems built for the Sega Genesis. As someone that only has two Genesis games and a ton of Super Nintendo games this was disappointing. The Genesis style controllers work well for Nintendo games but completely fall down on the Super Nintendo. The lack of shoulder buttons make playing SNES games on the included controllers a chore. So much so that I'd recommend using your original Super Nintendo controllers with the system. That all said the included wireless controllers are fine and work well on Nintendo and Genesis games I just seriously wouldn't recommend them for Super Nintendo play, which is too bad.

Things You Should Keep In Mind About The RetroN 3

The RetroN 3 only supports RCA analog video & S-video. If you are looking for a system that will output to HDMI I suggest you check out the RetroN 5. The RetroN 3 is a good system for older CRT TV's but nothing i'd recommend using with your zillion inch HD TV set.

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As the holidays continue onward to years end The Cheerful Ghost Roundtable remains steady! Continuing our legacy of talking about what we are watching and what we've been playing we start things off talking about Arrival, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, Rocket League, Destiny, MST3K Turkey Day, Stranger Things & Mortal Kombat.

Because main discussion bullet lists are a thing people love:

  • Holiday Gaming Recommendations and Pickups. What games do we recommend you check out over the holidays? Only that guy in Zelda knows for sure as well as the people that watched this episode!

  • No Man's Sky Foundation Update Does Hello Games latest update meet expectations or is it something else? Spoiler alert, it's pretty darn good.

  • Is $10 Too Much For A Mobile Game? Some have said Super Mario Run is too expensive for $10. Is it? We will answer this question for the entire Internet in a couple minutes.

  • Star Wars Rouge One: The next episode of the Cheerful Ghost Roundtable will feature discussion and our review of Star Wars Rogue One. We talk about what our expectations are of the film and give it our "pre rating" for how good we think the movie will be.


Let us know in the comments what you picked up over the holidays and what your expectations and pre-rating for Star Wars Rogue One is!

Show Notes

Star Wars The Holiday Special - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3a5j8PgQxg
No Man's Sky Foundation Update - http://cheerfulghost.com/Travis/posts/3178/no-man-s-sky-foundation-update-released
Super Mario Run - https://supermariorun.com/
MST3K Turkey Day - http://cheerfulghost.com/jdodson/posts/3177/happy-ghostly-turkey-day

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Blizzard dropped the date of the upcoming Gadgetzan launch date in a recent game stream and amazingly enough, it's this Thursday! In the stream there were many cards revealed and afterward Blizzard made them available to see on Facebook. You can check out all the Gadgetzan cards on the Blizzard Facebook page or Reddit linked below.

I love that we are getting more Hearthstone cards and that the meta will be changing again, hopefully for the better. I've usually enjoyed each expansion theme and this one is the first I haven't really connected with. Never been into crime noir or gangster stuff and it seems so strange mixing that in a fantasy world. That said, the cards and mechanics they are shipping are really interesting and I personally can't wait to build a Jade Golem and deck and a new Reno deck featuring Kazakus. Some of my friends have been asking me which cards I like from the new set and I've got a few below I find really interesting.

Mistress of Mixtures: She is a good Zombie Chow replacement that seems to work well with Priest negative healing.
http://i.imgur.com/fXGeZLc.jpg

Kazakus: If I don't open this legendary this will the be the first one I craft. The spell building effect is awesome and I love Reno decks.
http://i.imgur.com/aUkE9g3.jpg

Red Mana Wyrm: This is similar to the Mage card yet has better stats and costs more. This card is likely bad but I enjoy that Blizzard is making this available to all classes.
http://i.imgur.com/q5p0cYz.jpg

Hobart Grapplehammer: If you run more than a couple weapons this seems like an auto include. The dream is coining this on turn one then playing Axe on turn two. Well statted and has a great effect.
http://i.imgur.com/m7eEg3M.jpg

Wickerflame Burnbristle: Like Tyrion Fordring this may be an auto include in every Paladin deck. At this point, I am not sure why you wouldn't include this in every deck and because of that I wonder if this is too powerful?
http://i.imgur.com/GroZk2z.jpg

Public Defender: Public Defender is a fun card with an amazing concept but may not actually be very good. As someone that enjoys playing with Taunt decks I like where Warrior is headed there but taunt decks are typically fun but not very competitive.
http://i.imgur.com/QOqRGYF.jpg

Jade Idol: Welcome our new Druid Jade Golem overloads! The Jade Idol mechanic is so strong I wonder if this is one of the most powerful cards in the game now? Basically for one mana you can put three more cards in your deck FOREVER making it impossible to fatigue due to milling OR you can summon a Jade Golem. *Whew* I can't wait to try out this deck, it looks really fun.
http://i.imgur.com/fyT4fVu.jpg

There are a ton of other great cards in the set but those are some of the ones I find interesting. What cards are you interesting in trying?

https://www.facebook.com/pg/Hearthstone/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1257814800927952

https://www.reddit.com/r/hearthstone/comments/5b5mlg/the_mean_prerelease_reveal_chart_all_currently/

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I want to wish everyone a very happy Turkey Day and hope you are spending it well! One tradition of mine is watching the Mystery Science Theater 3000 Turkey Day streamathon. This year is pretty incredible as they are streaming the top fan voted 6 best MST3K episodes. They just finished with Pumaman a so good it's bad movie about a professor that finds out he can wield the powers of the Pumaman while wearing a special Aztec belt. Whereas Pumaman didn't quite catch on as a Superhero franchise back in the 80's I hope Marvel can work it's magic to bring it back to a modern audience. Until then I recommending putting on the rest of the MST3K stream as the movie on now is Pod People, one of the strangest movies they've riffed.

**UPDATE**

You can still watch the entire 6 movie stream above as they are leaving it up for the holiday. When the Stream feed ends, i'll replace it with the official Manos The Hands of Fate episode on YouTube. Until then, enjoy it in all it's 11 hour glory.

The final top MST3K episodes as voted by fans are:

1. Manos The Hands of Fate
2. Space Mutiny
3. Mitchell
4. Final Sacrifice
5. Pod People
6. Pumaman

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Metal Jesus got a very unique Atari 2600 mod system that's so cool I had to share it here. Basically someone created an Atari 2600 that has video HDMI outputs while it uses the original 2600 carts and controllers. As Jesus shows off in his video, the output looks incredible as the device is capable of full HD video at 60hz.

This is a very cool device and I wonder if it will be produced as it seems to fit in the same category of the Retron or other modern HD retro remake systems?

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The Blackest Friday is nearly upon us and as such there will be some pretty crazy video game deals coming and I am going to collect the ones I see here. If you pick something up or find something too good not to share, drop it in the comments to share with everyone.

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The Hearthstone world championship finals ended this year at Blizzcon with a nail biting set of matches between Pavel and DrHippi. I don't want to spoil the ending but if you like awesome comebacks, these final matches will be something you need to watch.

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Blizzard is launching the final Nova CovertOps mission pack on November 22nd and as a long time StarCraft fan I am happy to head back to the universe and vanquish evil yet it seems bittersweet. The first two Nova packs were were fun and I hope Blizzard releases more if not a full sized campaign. Recently a friend asked me what the last game was that I was engrossed in and it was the last StarCraft expansion, Legacy of the Void. Playing the campaigns was a fun experience and if Blizzard makes more, i'd love to head back in.

As far as the continuing story it seems that Blizzard is setting up a showdown with the newest evil Protoss on the block, the Tal'darim and the trailer above seems to tease that. After the missions drop and I finish them up i'll post my final review of the set and if they are anything like the first two chapters it should be a good one.

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February 14 2013 I put in an order for Skyrim on CD from DirectSong. DirectSong's tagline is "your unique record store" and seems to exclusively sell albums by Jeremy Soule. I figured i'd get the album in a couple weeks so I could rip it and listen to the Skyrim score from anywhere. A month later my Skyrim album hadn't shipped so I reached out to them to see where the order was. The first response from them was an automated email telling them I couldn't open a support ticket that way and I need to create a separate account on the support site. They told me that they had a stock issue and my response was:

Jon: I recommend next time being a bit more proactive by letting me know when you know. I totally get backups and product delays and don't fault you for that. But I had to submit a complaint before I knew.

DirectSong: I completely understand your concern and apologize for any Inconvenience. Unfortunately there has been a hold on shipping due to manufacturer delays. We are expecting the arrival of product any day now, Once received they will be ready for a signing session with the composer. Your patience understanding and cooperation thus far has been greatly appreciated. Once your order has been dispatched you will receive a confirmation email and USPS tracking number

We will be sure to keep you posted!


I felt pretty good about that. Jeremy was going to autograph my CD when stock came back which was a big bonus but I was annoyed they didn't reach out to tell me about the delay. Not a huge deal and I was super excited Jeremy would autograph it.

A few weeks later I got this email:

DirectSong: I am contacting you regarding your soundtrack order through DirectSong.com Our records indicate your order is well over the 4-6 week window we have quoted in the disclaimer, We understand the inconvenience these several delays have caused and truly hold your support with high value.

It is within my authority to issue your soundtrack at no additional charge via Link

Please keep in mind you will still receive your Autographed soundtrack.

To receive your soundtrack via DirectDownload please change the "Subject" of this message to either: "Skyrim", "Guildwars2" or "Both" and Reply to this message.


I was impressed. They reached out and I was going to get a digital download of the album and getting the album autographed? Awesome. That said 5 months went by and I didn't hear anything from them. I guess it could take 5 months to get more albums back in stock. Maybe they got lost somewhere? I filed another support ticket and received no response. I was pretty upset and at that point I stopped reaching out to DirectSong at all.

August of this year I decided to reach out again and send them a much less happy email. Years had gone by and I didn't receive my album and I was very upset. At this point I figured my money was flushed down a toilet. I actually did get a response back from the agency that represents Jeremy Soule and they finally shipped the album 3 months after they contacted me.

I do not recommend you buy anything from DirectSong if you want it to actually be delivered to you. My experience isn't unique as many people have had a terrible time with them too, I just wish i'd known that beforehand. That said the Skyrim score is fantastic and if you are looking for a great classical score for one of the best open world games around, it's worth listening to just don't go to DirectSong to do it.

http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/03/10/ign-has-your-back-dont-use-directsongcom
https://www.reddit.com/r/Guildwars2/comments/14slg7/ive_fought_with_directsong_for_too_long/

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