Today I found a three part video essay review and documentary piece by Lindsay Ellis and needed to share it. I found the Hobbit trilogy to be interesting yet had a rough time with aspects of it and Lindsay's review does a good job covering it and she does an epic deep dive on how it was made and it's complicated path to theaters. I don't want to spoil her review videos but I will say her series blurs the lines between review and documentary in a very unique way that elevates video reviews to new heights. For instance she travels to New Zealand to interview people involved in local cinema and were involved in the production of The Hobbit. One part I appreciate in... Read All


Scene is a dimly lit arcade. Camera follows arcade cabinets and three hip 80's kids playing Captain Commando fanny packs and all.

Kid 1: "Man I love beat em ups wish you could play this at home!"

Kid 2: "Yeah but there is no way this would fit in your house.""

**PORTAL OPENS AND CAPTAIN COMMANDO STEPS OUT AND NODS (THAT HAIR)**

All Three Kids: "CAPTAIN COMMANDO!""

Captain Commando: "So you kids want to see a future where an arcade fits right under your TV."

Kids: "YEAH!"

Captain Commando: "Then come with me to 2018!"

**KIDS RUN THROUGH THE PORTAL**

So I don't want to spoil the rest of the video but it's basically the best video game ad I've ever seen selling one of the most... Read All


Because Nintendo made a ton of money doing it and fans loved it Sony is releasing the Playstation Classic this December featuring 20 games such as Final Fantasy VII, TEKKEN 3, R4: Ridge Racer Type 4, Jumping Flash! and Wild Arms. Looks like the mini system is very similar to the NES and SNES classic in that features game saves, HDMI output and faithful recreations of the original controller. The difference here is the base unit + 20 games + controller is more expensive at $100 and that's not a bad value at all if these games are something you are looking to re-play. So far Sony has only released details of 5 games on the system with more information to come up till... Read All


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When I launched Cheerful Ghost in 2012 I built something that solved a problem I had. It wasn’t easy to collect all the games you owned in one digital list that you could share and write about. You could write on Facebook but none of that sticks around, Twitter isn’t a great place for conversations and no one cares if you start up yet another game blog. To me Cheerful Ghost set out to bring the discussion with my friends to one place where we could talk about the games we loved. Over time we started The Cheerful Ghost Roundtable that later became the Cheerful Ghost Radio Podcast, we published Starship Rubicon on Steam and this year launched the Cheerful Ghost Games... Read All


Will_Ball gives this a solid "Rad" on the Ghost Scale
This is fun, with very few issues, and is well worth your time.
Will_Ball gives this a "Rad" on the Ghost Scale
This is fun, with very few issues, and is well worth your time.
I recently decided to jump back into the Kingdom Hearts world with Re:Chain of Memories. This was originally released as Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories for the Gameboy Advance (GBA) in 2004. The GBA version was a 2D role-playing game and card game mixed into one. Re:Chain of Memories is a 3D version that was created for the Playstation 2 in 2007. It contains the same core gameplay, but rather than being in a 2D world, you are playing it in a 3D world, using much of the same assets from the original Kingdom Hearts. The version I played was an updated Playstation 2 version that was made for the Playstation 4.

Chain of Memories is a very interesting game. It takes the... Read All


Nintendo just dropped one of the most impressive Nintendo Direct's today answering the question of what's coming next to the Switch. Animal Crossing, Luigi's Mansion 3, Yoshi's Crafted World, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles port, Final Fantasy XII remaster, Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy IX, and X/X-2, Katamari Damacy Reroll, Civilization VI as well as New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe which is New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe making one of the stinger console lineups moving into 2019.

Nintendo also dropped more details on the first batch of games to come bundled with it's online service such as Baseball, Balloon Fight, Dr. Mario, Donkey Kong, Double Dragon, Excitebike,... Read All


In this episode we ponder what makes a good game sequel. This started as a conversation between Jon and Travis and as we discussed and debated sequels we decided this would be the perfect topic for an episode of Cheerful Ghost Radio! Have a listen and let us know what you think: what makes a good sequel, and what are some of your favorites?


Infinity War was a huge event this year and many of it's iconic scenes will have a huge influence on action cinema for the next couple years. One such scene is the Avengers fighting Thanos and someone recreated those scenes in a 16-bit art style. Looking like it came right off the shelf at Toys R Us in the 90's this video first shows off the fight itself then side by side to what played in the Infinity War film.


Like many PC games, The Witness sits in my Steam backlog begging to be played. It's a beautiful exploration based puzzle game that was one of the top rated indie games of 2016. One downside to the documentary is that it contains a ton of game spoilers. That said, if spoilers don't matter to you or you've already played the game you really should watch this documentary. It's a great focus piece on the game and Jonathan Blow is a game designer I respect and is always fun to listen to.


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Micro Mages is a new NES platformer that supports up to 4 players at once. This game looks awesome! Morphcat Games (the developer) wanted to challenge themselves to fit this entire game into 40 kilobytes (the size of the original Super Mario Bros). They have a great video on how they compressed some of the art assets to get more out of the game with a limited amount of space. Their kickstarter says that they have the game completed, now they just need to make the physical assets. Their plan is to release the first batch of games in April and the second batch in May. You can pledge for just a digital copy of the ROM or for a physical release.


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