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Nintendo - Switch, 3DS, and Wii-U / Contra Rogue Corps
« on: July 06, 2019, 11:03:42 AM »

I'm so ashamed of Konami on so many levels.

General Discussion / Sonic the Hedgehog Movie
« on: May 03, 2019, 11:13:38 PM »
It doesn't look like Sonic fans are very happy over this one. It's hard to blame them, with that long line of filth that ran in between Sonic Adventure to Sonic Mania. There's really not been much to cheer for in a long time. Sonic Mania seemed to be a turning point. Sonic Mania was pretty good, and recently Sega punted AT Games from developing their official entry into the retro mini market... Sega fans were starting to be rewarded for their Bostonian like drought. But now we get a trailer to the goofiest CGI Sonic ever is out. This thing is so bad that the net nerds are in a rage! They've made such a stink that the director is promising to change things up.

Changing the character design will be a start, but my gosh there's so many things to pick on. My favorite though is the choice of Gangsta's Paradise accompanying the trailer. Sonic hasn't had street cred since being voiced by Steve Urkel... and crap why didn't Jaleel White reprise his role as Sonic?

Seriously, if you've not seen the sonic trailer do yourself a favor and watch it. If you subscribe to intoxicating substances, partake first. It's amazingly bad. SO bad that I want to own it as is. It'll be in rotation with Garbage Pail Kids and Howard the Duck. Its so bad I think Troma is involved. It's so bad Toxie may be able to help. It's so bad people will go and watch it just to see how bad it is.

Sega has made some boneheaded decisions in the past but how many times does one have to pee on the electric fence before they realize they're putting the M in stupid.

Sonic is an IP just begging to come back. He's edgy, cool, and stupid fast. There's a lot that could be done with the Robotnick /Eggman - Sonic banter, especially with Jim Carey playing Eggman. Think back to the cartoons, Sonic foiling Eggman and giving him crap the whole time... Thrown some charismatic, witty voice actor behind sonic and let him and Carey go to it. Instead the trailer focuses on cringe worthy dialogue and a piss poor character design.

Watch the trailer and join in my ranting...

One of the stand-out Call of Duty games is on PSN for free for the month. This might CGD multiplayer worthy

General Discussion / Limited Run Games
« on: December 18, 2018, 12:26:43 AM »
Has anyone ever heard of these guys?

I picked up a physical copy of golf story without looking at the price. I flipped when it rang up for twice what I sold digitally but got it anyway. When I went home and opened it I found INSTRUCTIONS?! Extra $15 well spent!

Sarcasm aside, I like what this company is doing. I started looking through their catalog (of course it's all sold out and being scalped heavily on eBay and Amazon but they're taking those cult classic game snob kind of games and putting out limited edition physical copies. Right now their version of Night Trap for the Switch is being sold for $90...

Their library is a little strange but some of it is iconic. It looks like they're going to do a limited release of Windjammers next.

Collectible wise these guys may be worth keeping an eye on, I've signed up for their newsletter and I think I'm going to try to get a copy of that Windjammers!

Check out their website and tell me what you think.

CDG Game Night / Meetings / Clan / Tourneys / Snow Days 12/8/18
« on: December 08, 2018, 01:31:07 PM »
The winter storm just started here and i'm planning on getting snowed in. As long as power and internet stay good all i'll be doing a lot of gaming and watching movies. If anyone is interested I shouldn't be too hard to find.

I know people are pretty down on Gamestop. They take advantage on trades, they treat their employees pretty crappy, they make it difficult for the smaller boutique stores, etc. I will give them credit for trying to stay relevant in the retail space. Their online presence has been getting progressively better, they've tinkered with expanding their inventory to gaming related items (and in some cases still trying to see what fits), and they've included a retro offering online. A few years ago i gave them a second chance and have been mostly glad I did.

They are being competitive when sales at the moment. At times Best Buy eats their lunch, but at least for thanksgiving and black Friday there's some reasons to check GameStop out.

199 1tb ps4 / Spiderman or 199 Xbox one s 1tb w/ Minecraft
$50 gift card with the purchase of any new console (outside of the above mentioned)
299 switch w/ Mario kart preinstalled
$38 bops 4 @SpartanEvolved (really just riding BVs joke till it's dead)
$17 god of war
25 farcry 5 (bestbuy is cheaper right now)
20 diablo 3 (only xbox one and ps4)
10 horizon zero dawn complete (if anyone in the world doesn't already have it do yourself a favor and snatch it up)
several headsets 1/2 off
crash trilogy 29.99
29.99 sea of thieves (should be awesome with a group of friends)
99.99 preowned 32gb wiiu (although i feel whoever wants one has one - cheaper than replacing controller though)
free with rebate 4gb slim 360 pre-owned (69.99 visa prepaid card)

the store credit on systems and 199 bundles seem to be all over, and there's a game or two bestbuy is doing better on, but there are some deals to be had. The biggest test will be if the online portion works for the black friday sale. I remember a year or two ago i had a heckuva time getting best buy and gamestop and toys r us to work right. Most have some issues, with my highest rate of success still being amazon.

Nintendo - Switch, 3DS, and Wii-U / SNK 40th Anniversary Collection
« on: November 18, 2018, 10:27:39 AM »
Yesterday I impulse bought SNK 40th Anniversary Collection. I knew it was likely disappointing, but got it anyway.

The box cleverly hides what's included. The only identifiable character on the cover was the ship from Alpha Mission, the rest I couldn't make any sense out of. On the back all that is mention is Ikari Warriors and Crystalis a la "Enjoy some of SNK's finest classics in 1080p, from Crystalis to Ikari Warriors." Fans with a memory much better than mine can pick out most of the games from the box art and in game shots on the back but most gamers wouldn't be able to identify much, if any.

Included are Alpha Mission, Athena, Crystalis, Guerrilla War, Ikari Warriors, Ikari Warriors II: Victory Road, Ikari III: The Rescue, Iron Tank, P.O.W., Prehistoric Isle, Psycho Soldier, Street Smart, TNKIII, and Vanguard with claims that Chopper Fantasy, Munch Mobile, Sasuke vs Commander, Time Soldiers, Bermuda Triangle, Paddle Mania, Ozma Wars, Beast Busters, Search & Rescue, and World Wars will be added mid December.

Adding another lot of games will help to ease the sting of paying $40 for a 14 game compilation, but most of the add ons i've not heard of. This contents of this game seem to be SNKs B ranked arcade and NES / Famicon game list. I'm sure theres some mix of liscensing costs and stepping on other recently released nostalgia based products but it makes for a dissapointing collection.

The upside is the rewind feature. The arcade ports make staying alive for long periods of time difficult. Even in early stages, games like POW can suck all your lives away in one section. Being able to rewind and rework is Game Genie level cheating BUT rewarding. It feels a little like getting payback for all those lost quarters so many years ago.

Unless I get sucked into Crystalis I wont play this for long. Crystalis was the tipping point in my decision to purchase. I dig the Zelda-esque adventure rpg games and don't remember playing Crystalis when it came out, and I really didn't miss a lot of NES stuff. I'm saving that after I get my fill of the other games in hopes of stretching out the experience a bit.

Sony - Playstation 4 (PS4), PS Vita, and Playstation 3 (PS3) / Mega Man 11
« on: November 11, 2018, 09:03:29 AM »
I've never been able to attach a reason as to why the last few decades of mega man games didn't appeal to me but they didn't, and a large chunk of the blue bomber's fan base agreed. It looks like with 11 Capcom may have just righted the ship.

The difficulty is on par with a NES platformer, and it can be turned up to pretty freakin' hard if you're a massochist. Every jump seems like it's just within Mega Man's range, every enemy is placed in the most annoying spots, and even the mid level bosses tend to kill you a lot before you get the timing down, or even figure out how to hurt them. Ditto for boss fights.

In what seems to be an attempt to make up for the difficulty, Capcom has introduced (they may have done this before, just not in any mm game i've played) Dr. Light's shop. As you get your blue butt handed to you over and over again, you're amassing parts from random enemy drops. This are used as currency to buy upgrades and one time use items. Burning through a stack of five lives seems to get me anywhere from 150 - 500 units of currency which can purchase a lot. If you've not broken your controller (my ps4 controller is not chipped from being thrown on the floor) after a couple of stacks of lives, you've earned enough money to buy something that helps.

This game is currently on sale brand new for 19.99 with a game stop rewards card during their pro day promotion. Its frustrating, especially if your home theater set up causes video game input to be off by any amount, but it's a solid game that early mm fans would likely enjoy.

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Analogue's Mega NT
« on: November 09, 2018, 11:14:25 PM »
I really want to grab Analogue's Nintendo and Super Nintendo models but the snes and nes classics were enough... This will by my first Analogue console because there's nothing else close. At games eat your heart out!

Sony - Playstation 4 (PS4), PS Vita, and Playstation 3 (PS3) / Axiom Verge
« on: November 03, 2018, 12:27:43 PM »
I'd always heard really good things about this game but never tried it. Yesterday was rainy, I was bored, so I picked up a copy.

I'm really impressed with the game. Side by side, this game is better than Metroid. Metroid, having come first, gets the nod for creating the genre but this game really takes everything Metroid accomplished and turned it up to 11.

The music is creepy sci-fi perfect for this type of game. My home theater subwoofers really get a workout when I play.

The difficulty is at what I would consider a perfect level. You die, a lot, but it's not controller throwing hard. There's usually a save point really close to where you'll probably die, a lot, that really cuts down on the frustration. I figured this out after moving from save point to boss battle through about a dozen rooms for 10 - 12 times then realized there was a room just to the left I'd not explored. The 13th trip to this boss I decided to hang a left just to see what was there... The doors to the boss's rooms are red too, so if you see one of those and haven't found a save point look left!

The weapons are awesome and it seems like there's going to be a ton. In about 30 minutes of just getting into the game I'd expanded my health two or three times, found two tools that could be used as weapons, found two more main weapons, and increased damage once or twice.

The story is the polarizing point. The premace seems cool but I was so eager to get into the game I wound up skipping through. I later went back and watched and found it meh. Metroid had the right idea here. There were 6 pages in the instruction manual explaining what was going on. When you turned on the game, you got a few seconds of intro music and were off. Some people said the story was great, others thought the characters were forgettable and story underdeveloped. One way or the other, it doesn't detract from the game, at least for me.

Any metroid fan should have this game. It's an obvious homage from an adoring fan.

General Discussion / Skylanders
« on: October 29, 2018, 12:27:38 AM »
Anyone know where the flood of Skylanders crap went? Surely it's not all on eBay...

I have yet to see anything at a yard sale, thrift store, or goodwill. There's one used book store here that takes media and games in on trade that has a few from time to time but I've just not really seen these floating around in used condition.

Toys R Us kept a wall of these things. I bought tons for .60 - .99 cents during their closure.

I know these thigns sold well, just look at gamestops endless supply of the game and portal.

Retro Gaming and Hardware / C64 Mini
« on: October 06, 2018, 11:14:02 PM »
Anyone have one of these on the way? Admittedly $80 seems high for the games included, but this thing looks prime for tinkering, and it's yet another piece of nostalgia tugging on the love of the rainbow clad electronics of the 80's. It releases on October 9th

Nintendo - Switch, 3DS, and Wii-U / Starlink Battle for Atlas
« on: August 27, 2018, 02:17:35 AM »
Does anyone have any opinion on this game? It seems odd that Ubisoft is bringing another toys to life game out after so many others have made their way past their prime with this last iteration moving to the clearance bin with a quickness.

The Switch version has a Star Fox cross over exclusive that has me leaning in Nintendo's favor.

The second url is a 17 minute gameplay video from IGN. None of the weapons were switched out so that mechanic wasn't featured and the gameplay looked really vanilla. I can't decide if it looks like its worth $75. I want to be blown away, but I'm not.

General Discussion / Arcade 1UP
« on: August 20, 2018, 10:13:01 PM »
3/4 arcade cabinets hitting the market soon... I'd have several if I had some spare room... I'm still considering the track ball one and I'd sell a couch and put one in my living room if there was a light gun one.

General Discussion / Frog Leap Studios
« on: July 31, 2018, 12:37:22 AM »
I just stumbled on Leo Moracchioli's youtube channel and I'm sure its something several of us can appreciate. He does some really cool metal covers of popular songs. Last Friday he did an amazing rendition of Ballroom Blitz that has inspired me to put in Wayne's World after I finish this post.

Help / Issues / HP Stream Computer (if you can call it that)
« on: May 29, 2018, 10:06:46 PM »
A coworker handed me his daughter's laptop saying that it ran really slow. Looking into it the thing only has a 32 gb hdd (meaning under 30 useable) and runs windows 10, and came with office 365.

Windows 10 ver 1703 can get to 24 GB (windows 10 says minimum space 20 gb) + 1 gb for office + hp bloat and you're looking at 27ish gigs of drive space used...

Disk clean up saved about 500 mb of space and the computer still wanted almost 3 gigs worth of space before it would let me reset the pc both from windows or from hitting escape after turning the computer on.

Still not enough space to do anything... This time I ran disk clean up in an elevated command prompt and there was the option to select windows update, which was good for 16 gigs...

I'm guessing that streamlines (for lack of better term) the winsxs file at the cost of not being able to revert to past versions and / or kills restore points?
I tried it, and it ran for a while but would never finish. It seemed too good to be true!

Any windows gurus know a good way to gain some space? HDD is integrated on the board and this thing is almost netbook sized, meaning there's no easy upgrading. (that's a lie, i can remove the wireless nic to free up a pcie slot that could potentially house an ssd - all at a cost that would not be justified when weighed against the value of the device.

There's no docs, pics, movies, applications (outside of office, and minecraft - which combined is just over a gig) and everything that's usually stored on a hdd isn't here, apparently the user is a firm believer in the cloud.

Gaming / Movie / Media Deals / Toy's R Us - Gamer Toys Deal
« on: May 24, 2018, 07:36:44 AM »
I just purchased a bunch of Skylander Supercharger vehicles for $.79 each, a Paulette Amibo for $1.98 and a 6" Metroid figure for 7.49 from Toy's R Us last night. The deals are 40 - 60% off but there are also markdowns in the case of the skylanders and the paulette toys where were marked down to 2 and 4 dollars then discounted on top of that. Originally I'd heard there was wasn't going to be future shipments to the stores, but according to one of the workers there's a liquidator involved helping move old stock. (I saw a lot of winter clothing, fleece throws, easter baskets, etc.) My local Toys R Us didn't have a lot of empty shelf space, but there was a lot of the same thing spread around.

Manage expectations though, do go in expecting legos at 60% off and you'll be ok. The worker I talked to said they were still receiving trucks, I may be making a weekly pilgrimage

I caught a killer sale before Christmas and got an Omen with a HP Mixed Reality Headset. While the Vive and the Rift have more game options and a little better tracking, this thing makes a great entry level set. Its easy to connect, it works well with steam, and doesn't require a ton of usb connections. 1 hdmi and 1 usb connection and you're good to go. There's also no need to put sensors all over the play area, like with the other guys.

I am currently sending this back to HP to have fixed, my kid used it so much he wore out the connector coming from the headset. It's nice that it unplugs for storage but it seems like since the headset is essentially tethered by this cord it would have been more prudent to have it built into the headset with tons of stress relief. Instead, there's a short cord coming from the headset with a female end. The male end that plugs here is pretty secure but from just 5 months of use you can see a fair amount of wear. Finally, and the reason I'm having it sent back, the female end is a little bigger, causing movement and a disconnect from the computer. In my case, the wear was so great the movement actually bent two of the pins on the inside of the female connector. I had a heckuva time explaining this to the HP guy on the phone, but finally convinced him it wasn't the cord from the computer that was the problem.

We'll see if they fix it, or try to screw me on warranty (there's a 1 year warranty on the headset, that doesn't cover "abuse"). Hopefully, all will go well. if not, I'll have an excuse to go VIVE, although since this is used in the living room i'd hate to add a bunch of sensors all over the place.

Help / Issues / Router Issues
« on: April 29, 2018, 12:30:26 AM »
Has anyone ever seen a router just stop DHCP? Anything already connect to it was fine until it was restarted (which makes sense to me). Same problem for both wireless and wired. Power cycling the network didn't work, swapping ports, all the tier 1 crap was unhelpful. arp -a showed every device on the network except for the gateway. Pinging devices gave a timeout general error.

After tinkering with the router a bit more i realized when i moved it around the 2.4 and 5ghz lights went on and off, as well as the lan lights and the internet light (which during this time all showed like they were supposed to). After moving it around a bit and watching the lights do funny things the "oops you're not connected" went to the initial router set up page. After rerunning the setup its working fine, or at least has been for the last hour. I am scared to touch the stupid thing in case it decides to go out again.

I'm thinking short BUT the power light stayed lit during all this. I couldn't really find somthing similar on Toms Hardware, but at this point i'm assuming the router is quickly becoming a toaster. Its an Asus RT-AC68U so there's newer but it's not super old. Has anyone ever experienced this? Any ideas what could be wrong?

General Discussion / Lost in Space on Netflix
« on: April 14, 2018, 03:18:25 PM »

Pureists will be pissed. Liberties have been taken with the origin story and the major players. Show runners have definately taken the social climate into consideration in casting and writers have pandered to the social justice warriors in how race and gender (i'm only 3 episodes in so i can't speark for sexuality yet) are represented. The social justice appeasement doesn't feel shoe-horned in so it seems more natural than in other recent sci-fi oriented movies and television. The new characters have tons more depth than the characters in the last two LIS iterations... although I will miss Heather Graham as Judy Robinson! Molly Parker makes a fantastic Maureen.

I started watching LIS really late, and couldn't stop watching, I had to force myself to go to bed at 430am. I'm hooked, I can't wait to get back to watching.

General Discussion / Favorite 80's Toy / Cartoon
« on: April 11, 2018, 12:06:33 AM »
I'm such a nostalgia freak its ridiculous. This talk around a Hasbro cinematic universe has really gotten my hopes up, only to have them continually crushed, put on hold, and crushed again.

I has ignited tons of people like me as well as hardcore toy collectors, buying up 80's toys for insane prices on eBay. I've been watching auctions, reading fan pages and online articles and frequenting thrift stores and yard sales as often as possible just to get back some of that old 80's magic.

I would imagine a large part of the CDG group grew up in the 80's, not only living the video game resurgence but also the last great age of toys and Saturday morning cartoons of said toys.

After spending an hour looking at M.A.S.K. toys on eBay I was really curious about what toy / cartoon line does everyone else remember fondly?

My local target has lego dimensions on sale for under 20.00 for ps4 and xbone, 15ish for 360 and ps3.

I'll guarantee any lego fan would get $20.00 use out of the set even if its just putting the portal together.

I just broke the hour mark in this game and I got to say it's pretty good. The combat is great and the Studio Gibili feel to the animation and story is awesome. I never played the first Ni No Kuni but I heard good things. After I'm done with this one I'll have to go back and revisit the first.

Outside of Secret of Mana theres not be tons recently to scratch that RPG itch so if anyone out there is looking for something Ni No Kuni 2 may be it.

General Discussion / Star Wars The Last Jedi
« on: March 18, 2018, 11:02:52 PM »
Anything outside of the original trilogy has been heavily debated and been torn to shreds by most. George Lucas was so evicorated for the prequel trilogy he said to hell with it i'm done making star wars movies. Thanks to a 4billion dollar investment from Disney we have a whole new set of movies to complain about...

On their own they're all good movies (even episode 1 when you learn to tun out Jar Jar) but Star Wars is like heroin. It'll never be as good as the first time, we're all chasing the dragon.

I'm glad Last Jedi did veer away from the formula of small band of rebels faces incredible odds trying to blow up a word killer weapon the Empire has constructed.

I'm still dissapointed with the character development. It seems more time was spent making sure a cultural and ethnically diverse group was selected than to actually create engaging characters. I've yet to decide if its just the cast or the writing.

The story as a whole is great, much better than the Force Awakens. The Last Jedi actually added something to the Space Opera that is Star Wars. Rain Johnson left plenty of room to build on.
I'm just waiting for that Empire Strikes Back plot twist that hasn't happened in 6 movies now...

General Discussion / First World Problems
« on: March 12, 2018, 09:25:33 PM »
Gripe and Moan time

TV Manufacturers are slowly but surely cutting out the number of inputs on the television while the amount of connected devices per television is going up.

I could care less in my living room... A receiver chews up everything and spits it out all in one hdmi output to the television but in a bedroom where i'm trying to minimalize this is painful.

I ditched a huge entertainment stand for a small floating one. i got rid of a 5.1 channel receiver for a decent 3.1 sound bar. I even bought a newer, larger tv, that has a smaller footprint because theres no beezels.

The problem now is there are 3 hdmi ports and a component. i have 4 4k devices and 3 1080p devices AND my hdmi switcher is only 1080p. a 4k switcher is not in the cards yet sooooo i'm either stuck with going back to the receiver or not using a 4k device...

maybe the cable box can be plugged into the hdmi switcher, its not like anything is broadcast in 4k anyway..

but still tv guys, why go with less inputs. it CANT be that much more expensive to make. The old people you're worry about confusing has their kids put these things together anyway, or pays geek squad.

Suggestions, Comments, and Feedback / unread trouble
« on: March 11, 2018, 12:42:31 PM »
Typically I'll click on my name and go to unread to view anything new, but I've started to notice that sometimes the unread will be empty but when I go into the individual boards there will be posts flagged as new that I've not seen. At least once that same thing has happened except for the posts marked new weren't actually new.

EGA seemed to do similar

Gaming / Movie / Media Deals / Preordering Video Games on Amazon
« on: March 11, 2018, 12:36:03 PM »
Apparently I've been living in a cave since last August but I assumed since Amazon stopped discounting games their first two weeks on the market they also dropped the preorder bonus for Prime members. When looking at games nothing was mentioned about discount at all so I just assumed it was gone. It seems the preorder discount still exists, its just not mentioned until the item is in your cart.

I'd imagine i'm probably the one person not to realize this but just in case here you guys go.

Microsoft - Xbox One and Xbox 360 / Sea of Thieves
« on: March 11, 2018, 11:30:24 AM »
This game may just renew my interest in the XBOX one. I'm always wanting a good pirate game and since Sid Miers Pirates there's been nothing of mention. It's a cool genre that got beat to death in movies and tv for a while but video games haven't been able to capitalize on it well.

Admittedly I've seen reletively nothing on the game. I've not read a review, discussion, or seen a minute of game play. I'm tempted to buy into the game blind just to limit expectations.

Is anyone else here interested in the game or jumping aboard when it launches?

General Discussion / IPs that you'd like to see make a comeback
« on: March 04, 2018, 10:51:27 PM »
We've touched on some in other topics but every video game forum needs this as part of the conversation -

What characters / Games / IPs do you want to see make a come back?

I want a platforming Kid Icarus
Sunset Riders
any top tier beatemup
Metroid I got my wish on the 3ds
Advance Wars
Return Fire
Dark Cloud
Blue Dragon
Shadowrun (want the more rpgish console versions)
Jade Empire
Vagrant Story
ICO / Shadow of Colossus do remakes count?
Super Mario RPG - Nintendo made Super Mario Xcom - why not RPG 2?
Skies of Arcadia (I bought this from BV waaay back in the day)
Starwars KOTOR

I could go on and on...

I sincerely have a problem.

My Steam wishlist is 95% things I'll never purchase. Most I know nothing about. If a friend buy something I'll at minimum stick it on my wishlist. If a friend wishlists something, I follow suit. I currently have 127 games on my wish list and if someone offered me a million to name 10 on that list I wouldn't be able to. I can't make myself delete them though, and I really can't come up with a good reason not to, outside of maybe, just maybe Steam will discount them 90%, because quite frankly, that's what it'd take to merit a purchase on most of what's there.

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