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10:59 AM on 06.08.2015

Flea Market Finds for 6/6/15

Sorry about the lack of flea market finds last week, but sometimes the flea markets aren't quite the treasure trove that you expect them to be. I found a total of two things last week, and neither was worth writing home about. But this week was different and I snagged up a handful of titles and a new toy for the collection.

No Chris this week, as he's been super busy with being a father and expecting to be a father again. But anyway, here's the video, and below is a breakdown of what I picked up.

Star Wars Battlefront 2 (Xbox)
Mario Kart Wii

High School Homer and Marge - $16 total

Animal Crossing: City Folk (Wii) - $5

Skyblazer (SNES)
Kirby Super Star (SNES)
The Castlevania Adventure (Game Boy)
Paperboy 2 (NES) - $50 total

I may have overpayed a little bit on that last lot, but if we're going by eBay prices, I definitely came out on the winning end of that exchange.

Anyway, don't forget to like, subscribe and all that other good stuff on my YouTube channel, as well as checking out the Error Machine Podcast.

-Dustin

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10:21 AM on 06.04.2015

Error Machine Podcast 53 - Fallout 4 is a Poopy Sock

This week we recorded on a bit of a short notice (hence the reason there was no call for questions yesterday), but we discuss a pleathora of topics like our adventures in Amiibo-hunting, the endings of Twisted Metal II, and some rather humorous stories regarding poop, including my personal recounting of the time someone at a previous job pooped in a sock.

We also get into discussion about the Fallout 4 teaser trailer and the physical release of Mighty No. 9. Topics below!

2.20 – Adventures in Amiibo Hunting
14.50 – Our favorite Amiibo sculpts
20.20 – Chris finished Steamworld Dig
26.00 – Dustin is liking Lords of Shadow 2 a bit more
27.00 – Luke and Dustin are still loving Puzzles & Dragons: SMB
31.00 – A whole lot of nothing for new releases
32.00 – Free PS+ games for Junes
35.45 – Error Machine describes: Rocket League
40.00 – Deconstructing Twisted Metal canon
42.15 – Fallout 4 teaser trailer discussion
46.30 – Bathroom horror stories
47.40 – Dustin recounts the story of the poopy sock
50:45 – Mighty No. 9 getting a physical release
56:30 – Outros and plugs

iTunes
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Thanks for listening.

-Dustin

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12:52 PM on 06.01.2015

Should I give these games another chance?


I know that people really love these games. For one reason or another, they just didn't resonate with me the same way they did lots of other people. While this certainly isn't the entire list, I've compiled 7 games, all of which were released in the modern era (the oldest being a PS2 game), so for the most part it shouldn't be too hard to at least go back and give these games another try. I've tried my best to pinpoint why I put them down without finishing them, and some reasoning as to why I haven't already made the return. First up is a game that I still hear people speak very fondly of.
 
Fallout 3

 
At the time of Fallout 3's release, the concept of the open-world, western RPG was completely foreign to me. It wasn't until I played Borderlands a year or so later that that cherry was finally broken. I wasn't interested in the game upon release because the only game on my mind was Metal Gear Solid 4 (very similar to right now, where the only game on my mind is The Phantom Pain). I was working at a GameStop at the time (also very similar to right now) the GOTY edition of Fallout 3was released, and after a year of hearing people losing their minds over this game, I felt like the GOTY edition was the perfect game to play on vacation.
 
That's what I planned, at least. I set aside my entire week's vacation to doing nothing but playing through Fallout 3 and all of its DLC. Five hours later the game was back in its case and on its way back to GameStop for what little trade in value it garnered.
 
I had been playing Skyrim for months at the time, and I thought that loving one Bethesda RPG meant that I would undoubtedly love their previous efforts. But that wasn't the case. The V.A.T.S. system I found very cumbersome and for whatever reason I had an incredibly difficult time figuring out where to go or what to do, and rather than taking the time to learn, I just gave up.

 
I was speaking to my boss recently about the games we played the most in the last generation, and he brought up Fallout 3, and I brought up all the same points to him that I just did to you, his suggestion was to try Fallout: New Vegas.
 
So here's my question for you guys: The big rumor right now is that Bethesda is going to announce a new Fallout game at E3, and the idea interests me, but I have no prior experience and feel like I need some. Should I try Fallout 3 again, or should I just move on to Fallout: New Vegas. I've been toldNew Vegas might be a little more up my alley based on how much I disliked V.A.T.S.
 
Fallout 3, New Vegas, or neither (I definitely don't have the time to play both)?
 
Rage

 
I gave up on Rage because I had just spent over a year playing through Borderlands and all of its DLC when I queued it up. Rage felt like basically the same game, minus the things I loved most about Borderlands. It lacked the ridiculous characters, the humor, and the aesthetic that drew me into the Borderlands universe and kept me on Pandora for 100+ hours.

 
I probably gave Rage more of a chance than I did Fallout 3, and for the most part, I enjoyed it. It looks absolutely incredible and the gameplay itself I found pretty fun, I just decided to play it at the exact wrong time. If I had played a different type of game and then gone to Rage, I may have like it more.
Should I give Rage another chance?
 
The Souls series

 
I freely admit that the Souls series has done nothing wrong. Between the four games (if we're counting Bloodborne), I've only played Demon's Souls and the first Dark Souls, and even then I've probably only amassed a total of about 90 minutes of play time, if that.
 
I'm really interested in the series as a whole, and I love the satisfaction of finally conquering a very difficult enemy or section, but the games seem to be a little too much work for me. Again, I willingly admit that it's completely my fault, I haven't really tried to understand the game. When I tried Dark Souls for the first time, I died about four times in ten minutes and decided that it was time to put it down.

 
I've heard Dark Souls 2 is a little more accessible and Bloodborne is faster-paced, both of which would probably work out better for me.
 
Two questions: 1) Should I give the Souls series another chance, and 2) if yes, which game should I choose?

Ico

 
Actually, you know what? I won't bother with this game again even if you think I should, I really didn't like the few hours I played of it. I don't understand how it's achieved cult classic status. But Shadow of the Colossus, now that's a game! You should buy the collection just for that one.
 
Red Dead Redemption

 
Possibly another instance where I didn't give the game enough time to form a legitimate opinion on it. Plus I kind of went into the game not expecting to love it simply because I find the old west to be one of the most boring settings possible in any entertainment medium. And even though I like theGTA series (for the most part), I haven't liked a whole lot of Rockstar's games outside of the series.
 
I only made it a few missions past the initial tutorial farm missions. The world just seemed boring to me. I felt like I was just riding a horse from point A to point B with nothing but dirt and an occasional cactus to look at on the way. I know that that's not a fair description and that there's a great deal more to the game than I experienced, but it just didn't do anything for me in that short time and I didn't feel that it ever would.

 
I've heard a lot of people say Red Dead Redemption was their favorite game of the last generation. Should I give Red Dead Redemption another chance?

 
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker

 
You won't find many people who blindly support anything and everything Hideo Kojima does like I do. I think the man is a genius, and outside of a portly Italian plumber, it's Kojima's Metal Gear franchise that I would rank as my favorite game series of all-time. Over the years, I've felt like I've bonded with Solid Snake. Metal Gear is my ultimate power fantasy. Some people may have fantasies of being the ultimate action hero, charging head-on and going full force with guns blazing, but I've always thought that being a stealthy secret agent was so much cooler. That's why I've always enjoyed games like Metal Gear and Splinter Cell, I like the idea of being on a one-man mission with the fate of the world in my hands.
 
Then Peace Walker came out and ruined that fantasy for me. I didn't actually play the game until it was released on the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, but I somewhat knew what I was getting into. I knew that it was separated into several smaller missions, and that it required that you team up with people online. The way I had always heard it put is that Peace Walker is like the Monster Hunter ofMetal Gear games. Well, I've never played a Monster Hunter game so I don't quite know what all that entails, but I can tell you that if that's an accurate statement, then I definitely wouldn't like Monster Hunter.

 
Another thing that bothered me was the base-building sections of the game. I got stuck early on in the game because I came to a mission that required me to blow up a tank that was blocking my path with C4. I had to have researchers do research-y things in order to create C4. Why I couldn't just find the C4 somewhere and then use it like in other games, or why Snake couldn't just climb over the tank (it's not like he's a super soldier or anything) is beyond me.
 
That's where I stopped and I've yet to return. Should I give Peace Walker another chance? If so, is it possible to complete the game without playing with others? If not, would anyone like to play with me? I have it on PS3. It's really bothered me that I've never finished it, especially since it's an integral part in the series canon. And I'm so looking forward to The Phantom Pain that I want to make sure that I'm not missing any little nuances of the story.

Resident Evil: Code Veronica X

 
And last on the list (at least this time) is another game that is the only entry of an all-time favorite series that I haven't completed. I'm not sure why, either. Unlike Peace Walker, however, I'm already more than familiar with what happens with the story of Code Veronica. I've watched playthroughs, read the synopsis, and even read the novelization by S.D. Perry. So going back and finally finishingCode Veronica would simply be a personal pride thing for me.

 
The first time I tried playing through the game, I just got stuck somewhere, put it down and never came back to it. Then all subsequent attempts were after I had played Resident Evil 4, and it was just hard to go back to that play style. So, since there's really nothing for me to gain by playing the game outside of just being able to mark it off my checklist, is Code Veronica worth giving another chance?
 
Thanks in advance for any and all opinions and feedback. Don't forget you can find me elsewhere on the internet.

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-Dustin
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2:32 PM on 05.29.2015

Error Machine Podcast 52 - Mohawk Guns and Gun Mohawks

Hey everybody, we're back with a brand new episode of the Error Machine Podcast. This week we're down an Erik, but the rest of us bring you an eclectic group of topics like Amiibos, Amiibos, and Amiibos, and maybe some E3 talk.

Don't forget you can rate and subscribe to the show on both iTunes and Stitcher Radio, and don't forget to check us out on YouTube under the name Error Machine. Podcast and topics below!

1:30 - Luke's Greninja story
6:15 - Chris joins look on the Great Amiibo Hunt
7:15 - Dustin too!
10:00 - Chris played Steamworld Dig
12:50 - Dustin played Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2
16:00 - Luke played Puzzle & Dragons: Mario Edition
24:20 - New releases
28:00 - Error Machine describes Teddy Floppy Ear - The Race
32:00 - Splatoon special editions trucks hijacked in the UK
38:45 - More Amiibo ramblings/future wave discussion
41:15 - Chris partook in the Humble Nintendo Bundle
44:00 - Listener questions/Starless
46:00 - Cake talk
47:35 - What system we're currently playing the most
49:00 - Excited about E3 or nah?
49:40 - Fond E3 memories
51:30 - Is E3 still necessary?
55:55 - Mad Max: Fury Road discussion
58:15 - Outro/Plugs

And if you so choose, you can subscribe to the podcast on both iTunes and/or Stitcher Radio.
And don't forget about our YouTube page, where you can watch things like this:

Hey, thanks for being awesome!

-Dustin

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9:01 AM on 05.28.2015

Error Machine Podcast 52 records tonight. Send us some questions.

After 51 episodes, I think it's safe to say that you guys have pretty well gotten the hang of this whole deal by now. I send out a call for questions, you ask the questions, we answer the questions.

Videogame related questions are welcome, but not necessary, you can ask us anything.

I'm sure we'll be talking about Amiibo related things, and some things that have to do with Amiibo. And it's probably safe to say that someone will mention something about Amiibos on this episode.

Seriously though, there will definitely be some of that, but I know for sure that I'll also be discussing Puzzle & Dragons: SMB Edition. There may be some wrestling talk, some Splatoon talk, oh, and Amiibo talk.

Here's the latest episode if you wish to be adventurous.

Thanks for reading/asking.

-Dustin

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12:07 PM on 05.26.2015

Flea Market Finds for 5/23/15

The weather in Cincinnati was absolutely phenomenal this past weekend, which meant that there were sellers a plenty at the flea markets. Even at 5:45 am, there were probably a good 20-25 booths already set up, and by the end of the day, I wound up bringing home the most, while Chris brought home the best.

If you don't feel like watching the video, here's a quick rundown of everything, along with the prices I picked them up at.

The top half of the picture is my haul, and it goes as follows (spaces indicate different vendors):

Indigo Prophecy (PS2) - $5

Ranger X (Genesis) - $5

Sega Saturn w/ hook ups, two controllers
Bug
Tomb Raider
Daytona USA Championship Circuit Edition
Pebble Beach Golf Links
Iron Storm inside the system - $25

Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel (PS2) - $3

Fisher Price: I Can Remember (NES)
Neo Contra (PS2)
Jungle Book (Genesis)
Toy Story (Genesis)
Jurassic Park (Genesis)
Cybernator (SNES)
Gradius III (SNES)
Super R Type (SNES)
Batman Returns (SNES) - $40

There was also a dude selling Cadbury Creme Eggs for $0.25 a piece, so I splurged and got a dollar's worth. That was probably my favorite find of the day to be perfectly honest.

So yeah, as you can see, a pretty good day for me overall, probably the most stuff I've found in one day in quite some time.

If you enjoyed the video, you can subscribe to the page here! We're up to 58 subscribers, so, ya know, we're getting there. Sloooooowly but surely, we're getting there.

And, as always, enjoy my podcast!

-Dustin

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1:29 PM on 05.20.2015

Hall of Game: Felix the Cat (NES)

For this episode of the Hall of Game, I take a look at a game that's considered by many to be one of the best hidden gems on the NES. I'm also taking advantage of the internet's love of felines by doing a video on Felix the Cat.

This episode also features a guest in the form of my crazy cat lady wife, Heather. I hope you enjoy. Let me know what you thought about it in the comments. I always strive to get better, so any advice or recommendations or constructive criticism is welcome. Just don't be a douche about it. K bye.

Also, be sure to stick around to the very end of the video for some outtakes.

If you're watching on a mobile device and don't see the annotations, I have the links below.

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The theme song is done by the very talented Dtoider Alphadeus, so subscribe to him as well.

Thanks for watching,

-Dustin

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6:16 AM on 05.17.2015

Send me suggestions for my Top 5 series + an update.

Greetings my fellow Dtoiders. Some of you may have noticed that I've been very poor at keeping up with my "weekly top 5" blogs as of late. I managed to go about 9 months or so and not missing a week, but the weight of life has become too heavy for me to juggle all of my projects at once. Don't get me wrong, nothing bad has happened or anything (in fact, life kicks much butt right now), I've just become incredibly busy. Between a ramp up in my ministry work, my hours doubling at the retail job, and sinking all creative free time into my video ventures (you'd be amazed how much time goes into making a five minute Hall of Game video), it's just become incredibly difficult for me to find the time to write anything.

Another part of it is writer's block. I have lots of blogs in the editing phase that have gone unpublished for quite some time now. I feel like the topics I've been doing lately have all been too similar to one another, which is why I want you guys to help me out.

I'll be changing the titles from "Weekly Top 5" to "Dustin's Top 5" because it likely will not continue to be a weekly series, though I'll try to adhere to a weekly schedule as best as I can. I've also considered going back to what I used to do, which was to jot down ideas for blogs that I think would be interesting and go from there, but I've been so stuck in making the top 5 lists that it's caused me to doubt my abilities as a writer. I'll start a new blog and have some good points, but then I get the idea in my head that those points are stupid and everyone else will think so as well.

But anyway, back to the point of this: send me some suggestions for my top 5 blogs. I can do "top 5 games for so-and-so system" and "top 5 games in this franchise" forever, but that gets boring after so long, and I'm sure you guys have some interesting ideas to throw my way. So yeah, just comment below and leave me some ideas.

Most of you know me pretty well to know that I'm a bit of a prude (in case you missed where I mentioned the ministry work earlier), so suggestions like "Top 5 Porn Games" or "Top 5 Dtoiders I'd Bone" are best left for someone else. Besides, the Top 5 Dtoiders I'd bone are all Andy Dixon.

Here's some metal for you to listen to while you write your suggestions.

Aaaaaaand, GO!

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10:24 AM on 05.13.2015

Error Machine Podcast 51 - Luke's Burning Bra

Luke doesn't appear on the show this week out of protest that Bloodstained will not be coming to the 3DS, Vita, or Wii U. He also burned his bra. Time marks below.

Intro 0.00
Igarashi's Bloodstained Kickstarter 2.00
Tender Towne 10.50
Dustin's grill 14.15
Town wide garage sales 16.00
Chris played Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 17.35
Erik played Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin 19.45
Dustin played Shovel Knight and Unfinished Swan 21.45
Please do not gift Dustin a copy of Dear Esther 25.45
New releases 26.50
Leeroy Jenkins turns 10 years old 29:00
What's up with Konami? 31.00
A listing for Gears of War Ultimate Edition appears 40.50
Listener questions 45.15
Our favorite sandwich? 52.10
Sexy PB&J talk 54.00
Childhood films we'd like to see made into games 58.30
Martin Lawrence: The Video Game 1.02.35
Outro/Plugs 1.03.55

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-Dustin

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11:26 AM on 05.12.2015

Flea Market Game Finds (5/9/15)

What's going on everybody, it's time for another enthralling episode of my Flea Market Game Finds.

This weekend was threatening rain all day on Saturday, which usually makes for a pretty pointless venture to the flea markets, but luckily the rain cleared out and it wound up being a very plentiful day.

For a total of $65, I managed to pick up a total for 14 games from several different systems, including everything from modern to retro on both consoles and handhelds. I managed to get games from my favorite franchises, as well as adding to my NES collection for the first time since this flea market season has begun.

If you're too darn lazy to watch a video, here's a picture of my own personal haul, but if you want to see everything Chris picked up this week, you have to watch the video. Overall though, I think I won the battle this week.

And I wanted to share one last thing with you guys.

This is the latest Error Machine video, it has nothing to do with videogames, which is why you likely haven't seen it yet, but it's probably my favorite video we've done, so I figured at the very least I would allow it to piggyback off of another post. It'll be the best 4 minutes of your day.

Thank you guys for watching. We're finally recording the long overdue episode of the podcast today, so be on the lookout for that soon.

-Dustin

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1:58 PM on 05.08.2015

Papers, Please: I Know a Code



When the topic for May's Monthly Musings was decided upon, I got really excited. Being a man who is ever-so-desperately pretending he isn't about to turn 30 (actually, it's not that big of a deal), I have lots of fond memories of videogame magazines. I have a nice little collection of Nintendo Powers tucked under my television stand that I like to take out and peek at every so often, as well as a large bank of memories of staring at GamePro and Electronic Gaming Monthly. But magazines are not what I want to talk about today, at least not in the traditional sense.

I'm a collector of many things: Terminator, Simpsons, and wrestling memorabilia, and videogames. Okay, so, like four things, I suppose that still constitutes the use of the word "many." But one of the sub-genres of videogame merchandise that I collect is strategy guides. The only problem here is that I've already written in the past about my weird obsession with game guides, so how do I approach this without treading the same ground? By talking more generally and also by speaking about a specific type of strategy guide: the password/code book.


With the explosion of retro-styled indie games in recent years, the thing that continuously and tragically gets overlooked in these endeavors is the inclusion of codes. Axiom Verge gave you the ability to input the exact same code from Metroid and allow you to play as a sexy lady. I mean that literally, too. It's the exact same "Justin Bailey" code from Metroid. At least change it up a bit there, Tom. But before that unoriginal example, I can't even remember the last game I played where I used a series of button presses, whether from the menus or otherwise, that changed the game in any significant way.

Oh yeah, I remember now...

Lots of modern developers include perks and unlockables for use in their games (often always used as pre-order bonuses and paid DLC), but when was the last time a modern, top-tier game allowed you to skip to the final boss from the start menu like they did in Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!? How awesome would it be if From Software made it possible for you to go right to the endgame from the very beginning of Bloodborne? It would be very awesome. That's how awesome it would be.

Every early issue of Nintendo Power included codes, maps, and revealed secrets that had previously gone undiscovered to all but the most elite of NES savants. Those tips and tricks sections (or "Classified Information" for the NP reader) shaped the way that I play games today. It was these few colorful pages that taught me to check around every corner and leave no stone unturned. It's the reason that any time an NPC says "follow me," I tune that garbage out and walk in the opposite direction, usually resulting in the acquisition of some sort of collectible.



But there's something to be said for a dedicated videogame password guide. The publisher of these books (whether written as a novel or in the traditional magazine format) did an incredible service for the children of the late 80s/early 90s. These books introduced me to the Konami Code, enabling me to finally ward off the hordes of the Red Falcon invasion. They proved to me that Battletoads continues past that first speeder-bike level.

Pictured: The most useless cheat sheet ever.


Unfortunately for me, the rise of the Internet became the death knell for codebooks. GameFAQS now provides tips and tricks for free, as well as a very active forum that answers any and all questions almost immediately. YouTube took it up a notch and not only tells you what to do, but shows you as well, leaving zero room for error.

I don't know which I'm lamenting more, the medium of password guides, or the loss of codes as a gaming concept. Either way, it's an era that we'll never see return, and an aspect of my life that I'll always cherish.

Thanks for reading, here's all the other places you can find me

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-Dustin
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11:38 AM on 05.04.2015

Flea Market Finds (5/2/15) featuring Shaq

It's Monday, which means it's time for another episode of Error Machine's Flea Market Game Finds. This week may not have been our most successful haul, but it's definitely the most bountiful, as you can tell from the length of the video. 

But don't take that to mean that it wasn't a very successful day for Chris and I. The picture above is a decent amount of what we picked up, but if you want to see the best things, you have to watch the video, which features a surprise appearance by Shaquille O'Neal.

Give it a gander and enjoy.

And, as always, you can subscribe to the YouTube channel here if you don't feel like pushing the buttons on the video itself for some weird reason.

Thanks for watching.

-Dustin

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