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Hello, everyone! This week, I became hopelessly addicted to Rogue Legacy, playing for hours on end on any given day. A single life usually doesn't last very long, but it's one of those games where I'll think, "OK, just one more try," and then somehow end up playing for another two hours.

I managed to beat the game once already, so now I'm working on new game plus, while also trying to take down the hidden bosses. They're super challenging! Astrodotus seems manageable, but I don't know how I'm going to beat the other three.

The coolest part of Rogue Legacy, of course, is the traits system. It keeps thinks fresh and unpredictable. I have my favorite traits, such as ADHD, Clumsy, Hypergonadism, Stereo Blind, Hypochondriac, Baldness and Gay, so I tend to pick those if I ever see them. Most of them are useful, while some of them, like Hypochondriac, just make me laugh, or others like Stereo Blind just kind of look cool. Even the ones that don't really do anything, like Baldness and Gay, are still kind of quirky and charming, so I like picking them. And then there are some traits that make the game a whole lot harder, like Vertigo which flips the entire screen upside down. I tend to avoid those traits, but they could be fun to choose for an added challenge. 



I also tend to stick to the same classes; I try to only pick Paladin, Barbarian king, Assassin, or Hokage. I'm much more of a brawler than a magic-user, so the magic classes don't really appeal to me. And then, certain class/trait combinations can lead to awesome results. My favorite is Hokage with ADHD, since they become ridiculously fast! 

Anyway, I think it's about time I jumped back into the game, so let's go ahead and finish up these recaps!



No topsauce today :(



A - Rekka took the time to translate a Yoko Taro interview for us. Thanks, Rekka!

A - For Culture Snake's first blog, he finally chooses the real Citizen Kane of gaming!

A - Dreamweaver shares his favorite videogame-themed doujinshi. It's certainly a unique topic for a blog!

A - Verizion is skeptical of the Steam consoles' game libraries.

A - Terry recently started gaming on PC, and is learning to deal with some annoyances.

P - Zombie Orwell needs your questions for a podcast!



F - Friday Night Fights on Xbox + Bronchitis :(

F - Friday Night Fights on Playstation + Appreciation!

F - Friday Night Fights on PC + Sexy reindeer!



$ - January 10th UK releases and bargains!



R - Another batch of DeviantArt cosplay from Reinhold Hoffmann.



No fails today! Huzzah!



- bbain

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Is there a holiday or time of the year more indulgent than Thanksgiving? I mean, we cook a turkey that weighs as much as three newborn babies, whip up about a billion sides consisting mostly of carbs and butter, and top the whole thing off with nine different pies, all featuring the main ingredient of "excess." It's equal parts disgusting and awesome, and is definitely my second favorite holiday behind our dearly departed Halloween.

But we were so occupied with whether we could eat six pounds of food in one sitting, that we didn't stop to think if we should. That brings us to November's Bloggers Wanted prompt: Overstuffed.

Playing through Horizon Zero Dawn really got me thinking on this topic. Don't get me wrong, the game has a really cool and fairly unique sci-fi story, the combat is fun and engaging, and the art direction uses vibrant color - a concept that largely died out near the end of the PS2 era, but man, is it long. The map is huge and stuffed with nooks, crannies and collectibles, and boy, by the time I wrapped the story and collected my Platinum trophy the game had really worn out its welcome. It's a shame really, as I truly enjoyed the game for its main components; but by the time I had picked off my ten-thousandth evil villager and performed my ten-billionth stealth kill on a Ravager, I found myself wishing the game would end soon.

I got this feeling about 3/4 of the way into the game. That is not good.

Modern gaming is great in that developers tend to pack in a metric shit-ton of things to do in their games. Modern gaming is also horrible because developers tend to pack in a metric shit-ton of things to do in their games. This tendency to overstuff their games with content is often overwhelming and can cause an otherwise excellent experience to drag. It was less of a problem when I was 18 and had all the time in the world; at 30 with a day job and a family, it's a complete game-changer.

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