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During November 2023, Half-Life is available for free on Steam for a limited time.
Thursday nights, what are ya'll playing?

MasterMario and I got a little victory in Overwatch 2 before moving from PC to Switch. We invited Creepin to play, but he declined to come out of his retirement from online games.

MasterMario, SpartanEvolved, and yours truly (Grindspine) played some Mario Party Superstars with Spartan Emo taking the lead at the end. Mega almost joined us, but couldn't find his game cartridge!

We all won an hour long game of Nexus Wars in the Starcraft 2 arcade--it was epic.

MasterMario and I died horrible deaths in a game of Mafia, also in the Starcraft 2 arcade.
General Discussion / Re: Loki Season 2 - Here we go!
November 12, 2023, 06:46:07 PM
Yggdrasil... cool!  ;D

Nope, I didn't just have a stroke. That was a huge reference to Norse mythology.
If I am already on Disney Plus or Netflix and rewatch a move, I may stream it. However, if the movie is on Hulu, I'd rather ditch the commercials and watch a physical DVD.

Physical games have resale value, downloads absolutely do not.

I have a mix of old CD-roms, cartridge games, and various (Playstation, PS2, PS3, Xbox, 360) game discs along with a few downloaded console games and a pretty large Steam library.

I will say, since we use the Switch mostly in TV mode, fidgeting with the little door to put in a new game cart is more of a pain than on older systems. I have considered sticking with download games with that system. But I will also be selling Breath of the Wild since I have that on hard copy.
General Discussion / Re: Loki Season 2 - Here we go!
October 16, 2023, 07:49:45 PM
The Loki series is delivering. I wasn't too impressed with Secret Invasion. It wasn't terrible, but didn't have the same intrigue as Loki does so far.
Man, @BLUEVOODU, you've got to stop putting D+ in post titles. It makes me think that you are rating all these shows as barely watchable!

I will check the other thread to see if you finished Ahsoka.
General Discussion / Re: Star Wars: Ahsoka
October 09, 2023, 06:48:03 PM
I am just hoping that at some point, Sabine, Bo-Katan, Boba Fett, and Din Jarin get to be on screen together. We have already seen that these stories are happening around the same time period. Sabine has worked with Bo-Katan before; they had some long history with the Dark Saber.
Nah, I moved onto other things a while back. The game looks cool, but when I have limited time to game, cheap gotcha deaths wear thin pretty fast.
General Discussion / Re: Star Wars: Ahsoka
September 15, 2023, 06:38:39 PM
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You can tell that Hayden Christensen reviewed all of the Clone Wars and really gave his all to give fans the Anakin they saw transitioning from Jedi Knight and General of the Grand Republic into Dearth Vader. This was the version of Anakin we have all wanted to see since the prequels!

The above spoiler scene is the best Ahsoka content thus far.

I am a huge fan of the Rebels series. The dialog does seem quite a bit stiff from the live action actors.

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The Sabine from Rebels would never leave her Mandolorian helmet behind though.
SpartanEvo and I gaming on Steam,, and on Discord right now!
General Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday Grindspine
July 30, 2023, 07:15:20 PM
Thank you! I was able to see Bluevoodu for a bit over the weekend and was able to play some Starcraft with MasterMario last week too!
General Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday Grindspine
July 28, 2023, 07:37:20 PM

I really need someone to make me a Portal cake!!
I might see it if it drops on Disney Plus.
I still haven't even opened Majora's Mask on the 3DSXL. That is another that I really need to go back and play!
I bought this as one of the few Switch games for the library when Renee bought the Switch OLED Fall of '22. I was trying to play through Breath of the Wild first, taking that as more of a serious game and this more of a port from the old GameBoy version.

It turns out that Link's Awakening feels a lot more like a Legend of Zelda game to me. It is a lot closer to the vein of the original Legend of Zelda (NES) or Zelda III: A Link to the Past (SNES). It certainly has shinier graphics (very nice 3d effect trees and water) than the old-school games, but still suffers from momentary slowdown on some map boards.

Two of the boss fights were obnoxiously challenging (the Armos knight and the final Nightmare bosses), but overall the game was only moderately challenging in terms of difficulty. A few of the dungeons had some great puzzle-solving too.

Although this game didn't hold quite the epic adventure feeling of the original LoZ or A Link to the Past, and wasn't exactly a trip to Hyrule, I would still way it was a fun Zelda game jaunt.

Overall 8/10 for gameplay experience. It's worth getting if you're a fan of Zelda style adventure games.

I would be remiss without mentioning the last game I played in this genre, Hob. Hob is a pretty great adventure game available on Steam, which has a pretty similar feeling of adventure and exploration, though clearly not a Zelda game.
General Discussion / Re: Mandalorian Season 3 - D+
April 22, 2023, 07:27:21 PM
I really enjoyed that live-action Bo Katan (Katee Sackhoff) was the same voice actor from Clone Wars and Rebels. She killed it playing that part! I liked how the story went back to so much of the actual Mandalore storyline, but I saw that some bad reviews started coming out as soon as Grogu (aka baby Yoda) wasn't the focus.

The series really did try to have some stuff to please all fans. I get the impression that long-time fans of the animated series were more impressed with the Mandalore storyline.
The Carmike off Diebold closed? sucky... I liked that theater. I went to the one at Jefferson & the Regal on Washington a lot too though.

Did you ever notice that it is Quantumania?
General Discussion / Re: Mandalorian Season 3 - D+
April 21, 2023, 09:52:33 PM
You'll notice, if you rewatch the action scenes that:

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both the praetorian guards and any Mandolorian kill shots were aimed at weak points in the armor; the neck & shoulder joints

I have been really disappointed with Breath of the Wild. It was touted as being a cross between a Legend of Zelda game and having the open world of Skyrim. To some extent, I can see where it has elements of both.

I really found the combat unenjoyable enough to not want to continue with the game though.

I did start on Zelda: Link's Awakening again on the Switch. I think that I got about five hours in on that game tonight. It has the adventure style where you have to wonder a bit before you find the item or path that will carry you to the next phase of the game. I miss adventure games like Metroid 3, Castlevania: SotN, and Zelda III: A Link to the Past where adventure always had a sense of searching and discovery.
General Discussion / Re: Mandalorian Season 3 - D+
March 29, 2023, 10:36:27 PM
Dude... Bo Katan is awesome.

If anyone hasn't seen the last few episodes of The Clone Wars animated series or missed Rebels, you've missed a massive backstory. Bo Katan and her family are central to the story of Mandalore. I am so glad that they were able to get Katie Sackhoff to play the live action Bo Katan after she did the voice acting for both The Clone Wars and Rebels.

In the most recent episode, did anyone catch a certain Lasan character who may have been a crew member of the Ghost?
General Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday SpartanEvolved!
February 26, 2023, 12:35:39 PM
Happy birdthdayyy!  ;D

General Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday Retrojunkie!
February 22, 2023, 11:22:02 PM
Happy birdthday

General Discussion / Re: Calendar Missing Events
February 22, 2023, 11:20:50 PM
World 9-3.. world 9-3.. *chanting
Still easier than Back 4 Blood's second act so far...  or any Souls-like game.
Loser! (La-Hooo Sa-Her) / Re: Back 4 Blood
February 19, 2023, 07:45:09 PM
We'll give it another run soon. Maybe even will do a livestream on it and discuss in a new episode of World 9-3?
General Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday - Mastermario
February 12, 2023, 02:49:04 PM
I try to avoid posting adult Links, but you asked for them!

Cloud Gaming / Re: Google Stadia - Dead
February 12, 2023, 02:36:59 PM
It came and went without ever grabbing my attention.
General Discussion / Re: Happy Halloween - Early
February 12, 2023, 02:36:16 PM
We really need to photoshop a giant anime sword on your back for any and all selfies.  :great:
General Discussion / Re: Mysterious Benedict Society - D+
February 12, 2023, 02:35:00 PM
I really thought that you were giving it a grade of D+ and dismissed it as not worth watching. I will have to follow-up on that!
General Discussion / Re: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
February 12, 2023, 02:34:09 PM
I saw it last night. The tributes to Chadwick Boseman were great. The actors who reprised roles from the first movie all did outstanding jobs. The casting was quite solid.

The antagonist was a little bit ridiculous in being overpowered. Just happening to find a genius MIT student who rivals Tony Stark and can build an Iron Man suit is total convenient plot armor, figuratively and literally. The blue water people being able to insta-heal just got a bit silly.[/spoilers]

So, the acting was great. Some of the writing was too loose for my liking though. 7/10 overall; it made for a great action flick with great tribute work, but lacks the nuance of more thoughtful writing for the main plot.