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C-Blog Recaps for 8/11/13 + Jinxisms

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Spent most of the last week playing Shadowrun Returns. I was initially put off by the amount of text not enough gameplay for me but eventually and game won me over. The story is linear, but good, and like Deus Ex you'll find different character builds have different ways of dealing with obstacles. My main complaint is the save system no quicksaves, so make sure you have 45 min free when you start a session. Still, good stuff. There are already tons of mods in the works, including a remake of the SNES title. Plus, with the minimal system requirements this is a game anyone with a PC can enjoy.


Cherry Bomb tending bar <3

**Some other random Jinxisms this week**



* It reached it's Kickstarter goal! I really didn't think this promising little metroidvania would make it. So happy, I love the art style, it's positively pixelicious.




* It's finally out! If you want it, I suggest getting it on their website it's only $8 there, and that gets you a DRM-free version, a Steam version, and the soundtrack. There's a demo there, too. Downloads are handled through the Humble Bundle store. So far the Steam key and soundtrack are up, but not the DRM-free version.
* Hammerwatch is a Gauntlet-like game with pixel graphics, 4-player coop (online and local), and RPG and puzzle elements mixed in for good measure. Comes with a full editor, too. I'll try to have some impressions next week.



* It's like a Humble Bundle, but with Japanese indie games. I don't know much about the Doujin scene, but there are some cool looking titles in here, representing a lot of genres. As a Western gamer, I was caught by War of the Human Tanks (strategy), Ether Vapor (schmup), and Yatagarasu (fighting). Cherry Tree Comedy Club looks fun, too, and it and Ether Vapor come with Steam codes. All offer DRM-free versions as well. The bundle is up for a few more days, and the minimum is based on how many of the games you choose for your bundle. It's a little over $5 max, so it's about the same as the Humble Bundles.

And now, on to those 'caps!

* - Cynicism vs Scepticism - CousinDupree talks about the differences between the two in terms of how we see a game industry that has a lot of bad... but some good as well.

A - Dem SKillz - Underdog talks in depth about a shift he's seeing from permanently selected skills to "equipable skills" in games.

P - The Elite Game Agents - KingSigy and a friend have started a Let's Play YouTube channel focusing mostly on niche and forgotten classics. Up first, it looks like we have Final Fight for SNES!

P - boobz - Jagger lets us know that they'll be talking about the (lack of) outrage over Elizabeth's apparent bust-size boost in Rapture. Preemptive outrage immediately erupts in the comments over the other outrage that doesn't yet exist.

A - Spec Ops: The Line - NeoValis take a retrospective look at a game that got a lot of attention for its grim storyline.




S - HI SCORE - Wraith tells us about his Time Crisis 3 high scores, which endured for years on the same machine. Then he asks us: what gaming feats are we most proud of?

S - Your First Console - Bran describes the first console he *had* to have, and why.

T - Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 - Pope talks about the PS3 version of the game, and what appear to be always-online requirements.

P - Payday 2 - Soupy Hero tells us about some of the, um, "shit parts" of the Payday 2 beta.

T - Awesomenauts - Neeklus gives us a quick look at the ups and downs of Awesomenauts, a great game that's keeping him busy despite his old graphics card.

T - Sequels - Zerocrossing talks about a double-standard in terms of how some games get criticized for excessive sequels, while others are praised indefinitely.

T - Mega Man - Pope talks about how weak Mega Man titles have gotten, and his concerns about the fate of the series.

T - FIFA - Madmurdock details what he thinks could be improved in FIFA 14.

M - Game Music of the 90s - Dpad Joe talks about his favorite tracks of the decade.

V - Billy Baloney - Armlenght Interviews has a video. It's... yeah.



Come on, I can't be the only one who was thinking it...

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