"Fans have been clamoring for the return of PixelJunk Monsters and we've been listening! We want to bring it to them and hopefully to a whole new group of players as well! Allowing anyone to pick up and play Monsters on their phone is one of the... Read All PixelJunk Monsters is one of the original tower defense games that was caught in the early Indie craze. It's been ported to a ton of systems after it's initial PS3 launch and has been in a handful of Indie Bundles as well as getting a Wii U port. Recently it's creators, Q-Games have dropped a Kickstarter for an entirely new version of PixelJunk Monsters that's free to play on mobile called PixelJunk Monsters Duo.
"Fans have been clamoring for the return of PixelJunk Monsters and we've been listening! We want to bring it to them and hopefully to a whole new group of players as well! Allowing anyone to pick up and play Monsters on their phone is one of the best ways to do that.
We've decided to make the project a free-to-play title in order to make it easier to keep new stages, islands, monsters, and other features coming as fast as we can whip them up. But it's going to be a big undertaking--and we need your help!
One of the coolest things we have planned is the introduction of card and deck based gameplay, used to place towers, bombs, special effects, and more! Collect cards to unlock more powerful items and defend the Chibis against tougher and more dangerous monsters."
I don't think i've heard of a Kickstarter to fund a free to play game but if you are a fan of PixelJunk Monsters and want some amazing swag there are a lot of backer rewards for you. Very excited for a new PixelJunk Monsters game and I hope the free to play aspect doesn't get in the way of it being great!
The Internet is one of the best inventions of humankind and if it didn't exist I wouldn't have a job. It's reach is vast and there is no end to how future humans will use it and have it... Read All "Net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers and governments regulating most of the Internet must treat all data on the Internet the same, and not discriminate or charge differently by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or method of communication. For instance, under these principles, internet service providers are unable to intentionally block, slow down or charge money for specific websites and online content."
The Internet is one of the best inventions of humankind and if it didn't exist I wouldn't have a job. It's reach is vast and there is no end to how future humans will use it and have it better their lives. Cheerful Ghost was created because it was rather easy for me to cobble together some code and make something that allows us all to read these words i'm typing. I could do it rather easily because of the open source code of so many I built on and extended and the standards and protocols that govern the Internet. Alongside that foundation is also the fact that just because Cheerful Ghost is a small web community it can still exist in a larger world with huge billion dollar web businesses like Facebook, Google and Apple. The fact that Cheerful Ghost barely makes enough to keep the "server lights on" and Facebook making more money than a small country doesn't matter much because both sites are just as easy for you to access. One part of that is because Net Neutrality has made a system where even small communities like us can exist.
That said under the current FCC Chair Ajit Pai who was appointed by the United States President Donald Trump wants to repeal the rules governing Net Neutrality. Below are his own words on the subject.
"Under my proposal, the federal government will stop micromanaging the internet, Instead, the F.C.C. would simply require internet service providers to be transparent about their practices so that consumers can buy the service plan that’s best for them"
The problem with this rationale is that it gives Telecoms the ability to do things that make it harder for Cheerful Ghost and other small sites with micro budgets to exist needless to say the kind of world where you need to pick an Internet plan "thats best for you" which may as well be codewords for more expensive Internet packages.
I encourage you to delve more deeply into this subject and have cobbled together a couple links below to know more and take action. I don't typically write about US politics here much but this issue is very important to Cheerful Ghost and the current and future voices on the Internet.
Recently Beamdog announced that they are going to release Neverwinter Nights Enhanced Edition with some new features such as:
* Improved Display: Your portrait, combat bar, inventory, and other UI elements adjust in size based on your... Read All Neverwinter Nights is a classic PC RPG that came out in 2002 and still has a very active community. One reason for the large community so long after the games release is because BioWare built up an incredible set of game building tools allowing anyone the ability to build campaigns, persistent worlds and basically anything you could think of. Lots of community content still exists and persistent worlds are still played now.
Recently Beamdog announced that they are going to release Neverwinter Nights Enhanced Edition with some new features such as:
* Improved Display: Your portrait, combat bar, inventory, and other UI elements adjust in size based on your chosen resolution including 1080p and 4k.
* Advanced Graphics Options: Pixel shaders and post-processing effects make for crisper, cleaner visuals. Enable contrast, vibrance, and depth of field options as preferred.
* Community Endorsed: Original developers have teamed with key members of the Neverwinter Nights community to curate important fan-requested improvements to support players, storytellers, and modders.
* Backwards Compatibility: Works with save games, modules, and mods from the original Neverwinter Nights. A galaxy of community created content awaits.
Looks like the the game will be optimized for larger monitors and some enhancements recommended by the community. Curious to see if more comes but right now it seems like a pretty nice set of light enhancements to a classic game.
If you wanted to experience Plants VS Zombies for the first time or maybe come back at it again you can get the Game of the Year Edition free on EA Origin. When PvZ originally hit I played the demo and immediately went out to buy it from the store, you know back when people did that but now it's even easier and... Read All Plants VS Zombies is one of the best games to come out of 2009. For me it really kicked the tower defense genre back into gear and solidified PopCap as a solid studio that made incredible games. That is until EA bought them and then things changed... but for a time PopCap made some of the best casual computer games well before the mobile craze hit.
If you wanted to experience Plants VS Zombies for the first time or maybe come back at it again you can get the Game of the Year Edition free on EA Origin. When PvZ originally hit I played the demo and immediately went out to buy it from the store, you know back when people did that but now it's even easier and it's totally free.
These games are essentially “open world.” That world has grown since the first game came out. The typical usual characters are in them, perhaps with some surprises. There is a lot to do, like collecting Riddler trophies. Each installment in the series seems... Read All A few years ago, a friend let me borrow Batman: Arkham City for the PS3. I really enjoyed it, so I bought it along with the other games in the series (Arkham Asylum and Arkham Origins). Although there were moments of frustration, I enjoyed them all. That’s why I was looking forward to Arkham Knight. It was one of the few reasons I had for getting a PS4, but it came out on Steam and I picked it up on sale.
These games are essentially “open world.” That world has grown since the first game came out. The typical usual characters are in them, perhaps with some surprises. There is a lot to do, like collecting Riddler trophies. Each installment in the series seems to have improved upon the original by expanding the world, giving you more to do, or just more story. The game play doesn’t really change too much or too drastically, but it does evolve. Some battles can be tough and it can take some practice to land some perfect combos. The death penalty isn’t really harsh, you basically just get to try again. Arkham Knight automatically saves your game and often you won’t be too far from where you died.
I seem to recall the release of Arkham Knight on Steam and that it got bad reviews or many people were having problems with it. It’s clear to me that those issues have either been resolved, or non-existent in my case. This game looks great and performed quite near perfectly on my PC. It’s definitely a game that makes me happy with my PC. I love games that make it shine.
I think this is something I would recommend to fans of Batman. I think this game series is great and I believe it’s also quite popular. Since you get to drive the Bat-mobile around Gotham in Arkham Knight, I’ve often felt like I was playing GTAV again.
I also like the voice acting in these games. Most notably, Mark Hamill is the voice of Joker.
Darkest Dungeon & Move or Die seem to have limited Steam Key availability so head over to get it soon if you want to pick up those games in this bundle and let me know if you plan on picking this up.
"Hurricanes in the Caribbean and in Texas. Wildfires in California. Earthquakes in Mexico. In the wake of multiple large-scale natural disasters and the increasing effects of climate change, we humbly recognize our responsibility to the global community. Alongside developers and creators, we are bundling a care package of much-needed funds for emergency relief.
This special one-week bundle features over $385 in amazing games for just $30. 100% of your payments will be split equally between Direct Relief, the American Red Cross, GlobalGiving, Save the Children, and Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Humble Bundle will proudly match the first $300,000 raised."
To add more replayability to the levels occasionally Bowsers minions will capture a Mushroom Kingdom Toad and you can head back to a level you completed to save it. If you do this you can get a shot at a Toad House giving you a crack and collecting items that you can use in the overworld to help you start out better in certain levels. This overworld item mechanic first showed up in Super Mario Brothers 3 and it feels really great to have it come back here. This really makes New Super Mario Bros. Wii feel like a proper sequel to the old NES Mario games and it seems like that's what this series is trying to do. Mario Galaxy and now Mario Odyssey seem like sequels to Mario 64 while the New Super Mario Bros. franchise is keeping the old 2D Mario platforming alive. I hope New Super Mario Bros. continues on to the Switch as it has had a few installments on each system including the Wii U and 3DS that I heard were really good that I plan on picking up at some point.
So far i've completed World 1 and if you've played a World 1 in a Mario game it's pretty similar to that. In fact New Super Mario Bros. Wii sticks to a very similar level format to the DS version in that the first and second worlds are themed similarly. From there the themes verge but if you are expecting a radical departure from past games like Mario 3 or NSMB DS you will be disappointed. There is plenty of level creativity on display here and many times in World 1 I was in awe at what Nintendo was able to accomplish with it's level design. But the bread and butter of a good Mario game is gameplay and enough challenge to be interesting and New Super Mario Bros. Wii has that in spades.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii so far, is a great platformer and if you have a Wii kicking around and want to play a good Mario game you can get this used at any game store or Amazon.
Many Kickstarter projects don't do well and hardware projects doubly so. I hope this takes off but there is an inherent amount of risk here but I wish GameShell... Read All The Retro Pie community is huge and a big part of that is the fact that you can use the hardware for nearly anything you can think up. Lots of new open and moddable systems have been popping up and many Retro Pie builds feature making your own handheld but nothing makes it easy. Intro the new GameShell Kickstarter that aims to ship a modular portable hackable Linux handheld. It's seriously focused on gaming but it's not limited to that and since it runs Linux you can hack it to do whatever you want.
Many Kickstarter projects don't do well and hardware projects doubly so. I hope this takes off but there is an inherent amount of risk here but I wish GameShell well because if it can ship this system I think it would be pretty special.
"GameShell is the world's first modular, portable game console with a GNU/LINUX embedded operating system. It allows you to play thousands of classic games from Atari, GB, GBA, NES, SNES and many of history’s greatest consoles.
GameShell uses the powerful LINUX operating system and every game published on it will be free, open-source and modifiable. We have included two classic games - Cave Story and DOOM1 in GameShell and there will be more free games included in future."