jdodson1

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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Digital Foundry reviews the latest RTS classic that gets the definitive edition treatment from Microsoft. Looks like a lot of care was put into this port and it looks beautiful but there are some issues with it's performance but it might not matter to most players. If history is a guide Microsoft could patch this game to fix the performance issues and I hope they do because these kinds of legacy ports really bring life to classic games.

"Join Alex Battaglia for an in-depth look at the new Age of Empires 3 Definitive Edition - plus a detailed look at the crucial 2D to 3D transition point for the real-time strategy game genre. The new Age of Empires certainly looks as though it retains the gameplay of the original and makes a number of impressive visual upgrades - but is performance everything it should be?"


Marques Brownlee has a new video out that unboxes the Playstation 5 and all of the launch peripherals so if you are interested to know what to expect when you get the PS5 you need to watch this! No surprise that the main PS5 unit itself is quite tall compared the PS4 and even the XBox Series X.


"Welcome to launch day for Terraria 1.4.1 on PC! As we have alluded to in previous news items and spoilers around this update, Terraria 1.4.1 is primarily focused on adding in pieces that were not quite ready in time for the Journey's End launch date - along with more fixes, balance tweaks, and a few new tidbits that we decided to add along the way. Located below, you will find the full changelog for Terraria 1.4.1"

What's in the 1.4.1 update?

New vanity sets, Princess NPC, Achievements, Summoner items, vanity item management overhaul, several Quality of Life UX changes, balance and bug fixes. For the full list with all the details click the link below. It's amazing to see Terraria get even more content and this looks like the final update...... until the next one?

https://terraria.org/news/rounding-out-the-journey-terraria-1-4-1-is-here


The Command & Conqueror Limited Run packages are shipping soon and if you were wondering what was included in each box Metal Jesus has you covered.


The 7th Saga is a Super Nintendo RPG I never quite got around to playing but heard good things about. The world is that it's a fairly hard RPG but many of the Super Nintendo era RPG's are quite challenging and require a fair amount of grind compared to modern games. I recently watched Hungry Goriya's review of The 7th Saga and wanted to share it for folks that were wondering more about the game and also ask if anyone has played it and if so what they thought of it?

"The 7th Saga for SNES is a turn-based roleplaying game with a reputation for being an extremely difficult adventure. Sure, it's a tough one, but I don't feel it strayed too far from many other RPGs of the time and lined up with my expectations. I'd recommend this one to anybody that loves hardcore RPGs like Ultima IV, Phantasy Star, or Miracle Warriors."


Dean of Doom is a new YouTube channel I watch regularly and I wanted to share his latest video reviewing Doom II. While I enjoy Doom II a lot I'm mixed on a few of the maps I've played and so far I prefer the original Doom to Doom II. The inclusion of the new enemies and weapons such as the doubled barred shotgun are essential additions to Doom, that said I think the original maps were more iconic even if Doom II was more influential to the mapping scene.

As always Dean of Doom gives Doom II a fair shake and there if you haven't played through all of Doom II the Dean gives it a good overview.


Sony released this official PS5 teardown video and a lot of folks in gaming are excited about it. It's not quite my cup of tea and being honest, this generation of Playstation hasn't excited me as much as others but this video does serve as a good example of what you will get in terms of hardware with the Playstation 5. I did notice that they didn't say how fast the Ethernet in the PS5 was but even if it's gigabit that is still really fast.

One thing I was wondering is that for folks getting the PS5 early or later, do you have it standing it up or put it on it's side?


Digital Foundry takes a peek at the backwards compatibility of the XBox Series X and the results are quite good. XBox is the clear backwards compatibility winner and these numbers seem to further solidify that. My hope is that after PS5 launches Sony attends more to compatibility but that remains to be seen.

"Rich goes hands-on with Xbox Series X and puts its backwards compatibility capabilities to the most extreme tests possible. How much more graphics power does the compatibility mode deliver? Can it deliver 60fps on some of the most challenging Xbox One X games we've looked at over the years? The answers may surprise you."


NVIDIA's new 30XX RTX series is here (if you can find one to purchase) and they seem to be a very impressive leap in the next step of PC gaming. With any new graphic card improvement it's important to be skeptical of how much more powerful it is over the previous generation and it looks like NVIDIA has stepped up to deliver something quite impressive. Should most people upgrade to the 30XX series? Maybe but it's hard enough finding one and affording it is another story too.

Regardless of availability and price these graphics cards are here and soon enough will drop in price and eventually the tech will be incorporated into lesser powered systems as power requirements lessen as time marches on.

"The Ge-force RTX 3090 is here - and it's the most powerful GPU money can buy... and you're going to need a lot of money to buy it. But just how much faster than RTX 3080 is it? And who actually needs one? "


I know I'm late to the game in writing about the new Mandalorian Season 2 trailer but let's do it anyway! The Mandalorian was the show that kicked off the launch of the Disney+ streaming service and became a quick Star Wars fan hit. The show was so popular that "Baby Yoda" or The Child spawned numerous memes that are still quite popular. If I had any critique of the first season it was that it felt a bit rushed and some episodes felt a bit "monster of the week" where I would have preferred them to be all threaded to the main narrative. That said, I really enjoyed The Mandalorian and after watching the latest trailer I'm excited for the new season to drop on October 30th.

This new season looks to have The Mandalorian keep on as the caretaker for The Child on a new quest to find the Jedi. I've also heard a few rumors about the show that spoil a lot of beats that would be fun to experience fresh so I won't put any of that here. That said, looks like Disney+ is planning The Mandarlorian out to season 4 so if you love the show that seems like good news. Looks like we have to wait about that long to get Baby Yoda's origins but frankly I'm not sure that's as interesting to me as just being with the characters as they make their way through the Star Wars galaxy. I'm not sure what Yoda's origins are and if I found out I'm not sure that would make The Empire Strikes back or the original trilogy better for it. Not to say learning more about Baby Yoda would be bad, but it's not anything I'm clamoring for.

https://tvline.com/2020/09/25/the-mandalorian-seasons-3-and-4-answers-baby-yoda-origins/

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