Cheerful Ghost Blog

The Cheerful Ghost Blog is the place to find important site news and allows you to travel back through time to see how the site has evolved and read some of the most important and interesting articles and discussions!
1 year ago today I had a party at my house celebrating the launch of a new game site called Cheerful Ghost. The initial concept was born out of a few problems I had with gaming. I had a ton of games but no way to share that list with anyone. I also wanted to talk to awesome people about the games I loved but I couldn't find a place anywhere that made sense to do that. I also realized as I was online and read things about other games no place tied what everyone said about a game together. For instance, if I went to a game site it wasn't easy to view all the posts and information for a single game like Super Mario Brothers or Starcraft. I also didn't like gaming sites I... Read All

Since we have a few Podcasters on Cheerful Ghost I decided to spend a bit working on support embedding Podcasts into posts. Basically for any browser that supports HTML5 you can put the URL to your podcast mp3 and it will embed right in the post now. Most browsers support it and for the ones that don't we have the "Download podcast" fallback link.

Should work on Safari, Chrome, iPhone, iPad, Android & IE9. Let me know if you run into any quirks.

The linked podcast is Watch out For Fireballs Episode 25: EarthBound (Part 1).
@Gary_Butterfield posted on the Watch out for Fireballs podcast page a question that I wanted to re sound here because I was interested in what everyone was thinking.

What video games are you looking forward to in 2013? No table limit, send up as many as you are excited about.

Full disclosure, I don't know a ton about all the games that will be released in 2013 beyond a few. But those few I am very excited about like:

Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm, MewGenics and The Binding of Isaac 16 bit de-make.
After collecting all the community votes for game of the year the top 5 list is in.


  1. Borderlands 2

  2. FTL: Faster Than Light

  3. The Walking Dead

  4. Diablo 3

  5. Planetside 2

I am pretty happy with this list and want to thank everyone that voted! Feel free to submit your personal GoTY lists as well, I will collect mine and submit in the next few days!

I hit up Portland Retro Gaming Expo 2012 this year and am still surprised to see these video retrospectives come out so far afterward. That said, this is a good video overview of the event as it was back in the summer.

I am planning on hitting up the next PRGE and am working out a fun collab between Cheerful Ghost and Watch out for Fireballs. No promises, but if it works out, it could be fun.
I got this gift from some of my friends this Christmas. So awesome to have Spright as a little plushie toy!

This holiday season? Some awesome person got me Borderlands 2 on PC so I have been playing that! The graphics are stellar on the PC. Anyone get anything awesome as a gift or from the Steam Sale they are enjoying?

It's fairly rainy in Oregon so it's a good time for some gaming!

Awesome picture above by ivanparas

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.

Please select your top 5 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 December 31st and feel free to share this out with your friends!

*Yeah I linked the same video again, its totally awesome.

2012 is quickly coming to a close and as such Cheerful Ghost needs to select its top 5 Games of the Year. I am going to list a few big titles released this year and if I left one out you want added, please toss it in the comments. Everyone will have till 12/22 @ 10 AM PST to submit games to this post to add to our candidates for the top 5 games of the year.

After the list has been collected I will make the list available for us all to vote on. The Game of the Year will be the game that gets the most votes and so on till 5th place.

  • Fez

  • Borderlands 2

  • Diablo 3

  • Farcry 3

  • Max Payne 3

  • The Secret World

  • Quantum Conundrum

  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

  • Guild Wars 2

  • I Am Alive

  • ... Read All

As you can now see, the new site design is now live! I have been at it for the last few weeks working on getting things just so and I am happy with the results.

I am going to look for a replacement color for the notification menu purple in the upper right for when you have outstanding notifications. There may be a few other things I fix over the next few days as well.

I hope you like the new design and let me know what you think of it!