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The folk that put on the local Portland game convention Gamestorm invited me this year. So if you are going to the event or are planning on being in the area, let me know so we can hangout for a bit. I am also bringing a limited amount of the new Cheerful Ghost stickers so make sure to let me know you want one and i'll make sure you get it. I'll be at the con Saturday(March 21st) walking around interviewing various people involved with the convention and playing a few games if I can.

Gamestorm is a great local con that focuses on board games, table top RPGs, LARPs, collectible card games & miniatures. It's a pretty popular con in Portland and I like it because it... Read All
I wanted to show off the new Cheerful Ghost Vinyl Sticker Prints because they are so damn pretty. Cheerful Ghost has been a great video game community for more than 3 years now and it's been obvious to me for some time that we could improve some of our art. Last year a fantastic local game artist Hagen Deloss talked to me about remaking our sticker. We talked over a few weeks, had a few video chats and started tossing around ideas about how we could re-imagine the Ghost.

Firstly the Ghost needs to be happy. One choice I made early on with Cheerful Ghost is to design the site to appeal to people of a pleasing temperament. One part of gaming I dislike is how negative and... Read All
Three years of Cheerful Ghost? Yep.

I want to thank everyone for taking part in the site by reading it regularly, commenting, posting or allowing me to publish your game(looking at you Wick). Not only did we publish Starship Rubicon but, for me, the site really clicked as a place that I come to talk about video games with friends.

Raising my glass to another year!

If you haven't already, check out Starship Rubicon below and also make sure to vote for it on Steam Greenlight.
I can not tell a lie. I want Steam in the living room. After seeing what the Wii U, XBox One and Playstation 4 have to offer I am more interested in a Steam console than anything. Lately some news from Valve has surfaced that they are going to forgo Valve Developer days and instead have a large footprint at GDC as reported by Gamasutra.

"Steam Dev Days was a great way to brief a large number of Steam developers. This year our focus will be a bit different, so we are planning a larger than usual presence at GDC. So, there will not be a Steam Dev Days this year, but we will certainly consider doing it again in the future."

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2015 is newly minted and as such a time to reflect. I am curious what games you all played last year and what you are playing now? Also wondering what everyone picked up in the recent flurry of holiday sales?

The results from the Cheerful Ghost 2014 GoTY awards have been counted. We decided to vote for two categories, Best Indie game as well as Best Triple A game. Since the voting was close for both categories I will list the winner and runner up.

The nominations were made by the Cheerful Ghost community out of games we actually played in 2014.

Cheerful Ghost 2014 Triple A Game

Winner - Diablo III: Reaper of Souls: "No One Can Stop Death. The Prime Evil rages within the Black Soulstone, its essence screaming for vengeance and release."

Runner up - Wolfenstein: The New Order: "World War II rages across Europe. Where once the Allies pressed advantage,... Read All

I just wanted to wish everyone a very Cheerful Holiday! I hope 2015 is a great year and you find even more awesome games to play!

Everyone celebrates the Holiday differently and as such and curious how that is going for you? If you don't mind, drop what you are doing in the comments and if you are playing anything and what you think of it new this holiday?

As the year marches slowly to close the Cheerful Ghost GoTY voting process is upon us. We are opening up two categories this year in Best Triple A Game and Best Indie Game. If you don't see a game on the list, it wasn't nominated. Check out the options below and drop in the comments if you voted.

Vote for the Best Triple A Game released in 2014.

Vote for the Best Indie Game released in 2014.

Voting will end January 1st.
Space! It’s dangerous out there.

December 12th marked the release of Starship Rubicon, a game that hundreds of Kickstarter backers have been waiting two and a half years for, as well as a slew of fans since who have had to make due with the teaser trailers. But Starship Rubicon is noteworthy for another reason: it's the first title published by Cheerful Ghost, marking a new endeavour not only to write about great games, but also to publish them.

After I dove in and experienced the game, from the difficult but not unfairly punishing combat, to the satisfying soundtrack by indie game musician Beatscribe, to the funny quips by the tutorial computer -- I was tickled pink.... Read All

Starship Rubicon is a great Roguelike with challenging gameplay great retro 2D art. That said, Rubicon also features some killer music by a fantastic Indie musician. The OST for Starship Rubicon was composed by Beatscribe featuring 6 in game tracks and 2 remixes.

Head over to Bandcamp and check it out!

You can check out some of his thoughts on the revamped OST as well.