Joined 01/23/2012

I'm an Engineer and built the video game community Cheerful Ghost and text based mini-MMO Tale of the White Wyvern.

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Everyone seems to think streaming your games online just like Netflix is just around the corner. With Google Stadia's launch being sometime in November that game streaming future is coming closer but as more details surface some people aren't so excited. It's no secret that Metal Jesus is a huge retro game collector that prefers owning physical copies of games. I'm not as hardcore a collector as Jesus, but my preference is to own a physical game but I do own quite a few games on Steam and other digital stores too. That said, Metal Jesus released a video recently where he talks about why he cancelled his Google Stadia pre-order. It seems his main reason is that the 4K bandwidth use would blow his data cap usage and cause him ISP overages. Frankly playing games all day in 4K streaming from Google Stadia could be a huge problem for people with data caps whereas 1080p compressed YouTube and Netflix isn't as it takes up way less bandwidth.

That said, I really do think the idea of playing your games anywhere regardless of hardware is an extremely compelling concept to people that want to play games and not worry about what they need to buy. Will Google Stadia be ready for everyone at launch? I don't think so but if it comes with a free game I might give it a shot. Frankly my biggest problem in gaming right now isn't that I don't have games to play in an accessible way, it's that I don't have the time to play them. But really, working on Tale of the White Wyvern is just as much fun to in the end, that's not a bad thing.

Nighthawk Interactive and Digital Eclipse are teaming up to re-release two of the most popular retro movies games ever, Aladdin and The Lion King. This release will be pretty special in that they will include quite a few of the various versions of both games. Aladdin will come with the Sega Genesis and Nintendo Game Boy versions and the Final Cut version. The Lion King will come with the Genesis, Nintendo SNES and Game Boy versions to round out this really incredible collection.

Nighthawk Interactive and Digital Eclipse also understand the market they are targeting as this collection will come out on Switch, PS4 and XBox One as physical versions for $30! If the ports are top notch I can't think of a better way to play these classics if you want to relive them in a new way. Oh and apparently they are being remade for full 1080p and it doesn't look like they are being stretched from 4x3!

This collection can't wait to be King and drops October 29th!

Have you wanted more adventure after Shovel Knight: Shovel of Hope, Plague of Shadows, Specter of Torment and the unreleased King of Cards campaign? If you did, you're in luck because an all new Shovel Knight game was recently teased called Shovel Knight Dig! It looks to blend some infinite dungeons rogue level mechanics with the first-rate platforming of Shovel Knight. Shovel Knight Dig is being developed by Nitrome with help by Yacht Club Games and Dig features a very familiar yet fresh new take on the Shovel Knight pixel art style.

No word on the launch date or platforms but 2020 seems likely but when I know more i'll drop the word here.

*An all-new presentation featuring a new Shovel Knight story! When Drill Knight and his dastardly digging crew blast apart Shovel Knight’s peaceful campsite and steal his loot, he grabs his trusty Shovel Blade and starts tunneling after them!
* The first Shovel Knight adventure in glorious high color pixel graphics and sound. Fluid animation, scaling, rotation, and parallax create the most convincing Shovel Knight world yet!
* Every adventure is different! Shovel Knight Dig levels have been meticulously crafted, then stitched together using proprietary generation techniques for infinite replayability.
* Jump, slash, and dig your way in an all-new direction – down! Rely on your trusty Shovel Drop, then dig through huge swaths of dirt with all-new Speed Shovel mechanics.
* Grow in power and wealth as you descend into the depths of the earth. Emerge with untold riches to outfit Shovel Knight further, unlocking permanent items and upgrades to your adventuring equipment.
* New Knights, new characters, and new enemies abound, but fear not! Shovel Knight Dig features Shovel Knight’s signature storytelling, humor, and maybe even some familiar faces..
* Another pulse-pounding soundtrack in a new style by astonishing virtuoso Jake Kaufman!
* The first collaboration between Yacht Club Games and Nitrome, pixel masters!


If you are a Destiny fan and have Destiny 2 on Battle.net you've most likely already linked your Battle.net and Steam account to transfer your game on October 1st. That said, if you picked up Destiny 2 for free on Battle.net you might not have transferred yet and you should because Destiny 2 on PC won't be available on Battle.net for the long haul. Bungie has parted ways with Activision and is now flying solo and migrating to Steam is part of the separation. At some point Destiny 2 is going entirely free to play but if you have any account data in Battle.net now is the time to move it over to Steam.

I moved things over and it wasn't too hard. Frankly having Destiny 2 on Steam is something i'd prefer over Battle.net anyway.


Nintendo is launching Mario Kart tour on mobile September 25th and pre-order is available. Mario Kart Tour launches on iOS and Android and from some early impressions seems to be a fairly simple take on the Mario Kart formula. Not sure this will replace Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Switch but if it's fun, i'll play it. These Nintendo mobile free titles haven't been great but if you don't have a modern Nintendo system and don't mind simple fun, they aren't too bad.


Nintendo was at the Gamescom expo this year demoing the Link's Awakening remake and released a new video showing off some all new gameplay footage. The biggest news bit from the video is that not only will you unlock more rooms for the Mario Maker styled Zelda Dungeon maker included BUT as you create and complete dungeons you can unlock more rooms to use to create levels. Match this up with the ability to share your creations with friends and to me this looks like it could be a really cool feature of the game.

Link's will make his Awakening very real on September 20th on Nintendo Switch!

Please let me know in the comments if you plan on playing this on launch and if you have played the original Gameboy version?

I haven't shared a Cygnus Destroyer video in quite some time and with the release of his latest Innocent Until Proven Guilty video covering Castlevania: The Adventure now seemed like a great time. Castlevania: The Adventure is in the new Castlevania Collection and as many pick that up they might wonder how the Gameboy game holds up? Weeeeell I don't want to spoil the surprise but let's say the intense lag the game suffers from doesn't help. I'd think Gameboy games should be given a bit of a reprieve given how rudimentary the hardware was technically the Gameboy is capable of 59.73 hz or damn near 60 fps.

"Castlevania: The Adventure is widely considered to be one of the worst entries in the legendary Konami franchise, but in this video game court, it's INNOCENT Until Proven Guilty!"

At this years Disney D23 Expo Star Wars fans were treated to a special D23 panel on Rise of Skywalker along with a new trailer that just dropped. The trailer features a look back at all the Skywalker saga Star Wars films and some all new Rise of Skywalker footage. I urge you to watch it now because in the paragraph i'll be talking trailer spoilers.

Looks like Rey is featured heavily in this trailer and she looks to be a lightsaber wielding badass. Also. The Emperor has some new voice work and what sounds like a taste of Darth Vaders iconic breathing sound. The end of the trailer has had fans guessing what it means as Rey snaps a double-bladed red lightsaber out and looks very ... pro dark side. It's possible this is a vision caused by the Emperor of her dark side ability like we saw in Empire with Luke and the force cave. Or... it's something else entirely.

Rey will get into her dark side attire in Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker which comes out on December 20th.

The trailer for the new Star Wars live action show The Mandelorian dropped and it looks better than I imagined. The Mandelorian picks up after the events of Return of the Jedi and if the impaled helmets of Imperial Storm Troopers are an indication, it doesn't look like where the show takes place in is big a fan of the Empire. Disney has been pretty mum about what the show is about and the Mandelorian himself but it seems that he might have a connection to Jango and Boba Fett as the official description mentions them by name.

Tie this up with the news that Ewan McGregor is coming back to play Obi-Wan in another show for Disney+. It seems much of the plans Lucasfilm had for films they are now focusing on Disney+ shows and I think I prefer that. If these shows pickup the "Darth Maul trilogy" arc that we've talked about in Cheerful Ghost Radio and are good Lucasfilm can make as many as they want.

"After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. “The Mandalorian” is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic."


I've been eagerly anticipating the launch of Anodyne 2 as I adored the original game. Anodyne 2 is out now and is getting very solid reviews. Anodyne 2 mixes up the early Playstation / N64 era graphics with the 2D sprite feel of the original Anodyne for a very original take on the genre. That said, with development going strong on Tale of the White Wyvern when am I going to have time to play this? Realistically not for quite some time, but if anyone does play this let me know what you think. You know... vicarious living... it's a thing when you're busy.

"Nano Dust infects the islanders of New Theland, distorting their emotions and desires. You play as Nova, a Nano Cleaner who must explore the island, seeking out the sick and shrinking inside their bodies to suction up the Dust.

Anodyne 2: Return to Dust combines the thrilling scale and cinematic storytelling of 3D games with the tight design and easy-to-pick-up satisfaction of 2D Zelda-like adventures. With art that re-imagines the PS1 and N64 era, explore 3D cities, valleys, and wastelands then shrink into the varied 2D mindscapes of characters, from snowy, aurora-lit valleys to perilous volcanic construction sites!

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