I apologize if you’ve had any problems with the site lately. There have been a few technical problems with the site I’ve had to fix. WordPress has been so reliable that I sometimes forget all the times I had to fight with the old content management system. It’s almost shocking when it does have problems I have to fix. I think I’ve got everything running normally again. Let me know if you experience any problems going forward. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
I’ve been meaning to post this for a while. Video games change the way you dream. One of the things I’ve love about games is the way they encourage flexible thinking. I’m also a fan of increased agency in dreams, games and real life. Future games should give us more freedom to choose our own path and solutions to problems. In dreams and life, we’ll be more successful if we see ourselves as the hero instead of the victim. It’s also cool that scientists are even looking into this. Thanks to the Verge. They consistently have some of the most interesting content on the web.
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Call it Frozen Cortex. Apparently the developers were tired of the ‘Frendzone’ jokes and the confusion about the game simulating American Football. The robot players and randomly generated field weren’t enough to distinguish it from Madden. Or maybe the NFL isn’t as universal as we Americans like to think it is. Regardless, anything from the makers of Frozen Synapse is worth a look. The game is in early access on steam right now. Thanks RockPaperShotgun.
UPDATE: Microsoft has reversed itself again. Tables will now import, but launch has been delayed to implement this. Another win for gamers, but another unnecessary PR body blow for Microsoft. The original post follows:
Microsoft came off a pretty good E3. Many were wondering if they’ve turned the corner. I may be wrong, but this looks like part of the answer. I think I’ve mentioned my love of video pinball. Well, Zen Studios is finally releasing a new version of Pinball FX2 for the Xbox One. It looks to be nearly identical to the PS4 version. However, Microsoft will not allow importing of any tables from you Xbox 360 collection. It was precisely this sort of bureaucratic, customer unfriendly business decision that turned gamers off in the first place. What reason do I have to move my pinball gaming to the Xbox One? None. And I started out playing Zen’s version of pinball with the original Pinball FX on the 360. Good job boys.
I think I’ve discovered something about my gaming habits. I seem to have a limit of about 30 hours for a game to hold my attention. I say about since it’s clearly affected by the quality of the game. So a great game can hold me the full thirty, but an average effort will be lucky to get half that. That’s not to say I can’t finish a game that’s longer than 30 hours. It’s just that I’m going to move on to another game or two before coming back to complete that one. I think it’s largely driven by my limited gaming time. I’m rarely going to get more than two hours chunks at a time. That means the thirty hours gets spread out over weeks. By then I’m ready to move on. Good games pull me back. Right now I’m meaning to get back to Assassin’s Creed IV and Watch Dogs. Both are very good games, but there’s a lot of there there. Let me know if you have the same problem and what your limit is in the comments.
I had been meaning to pick up Dynasty Warriors Gundam 3, but it got hard to find. For a while people were asking outrageous prices. The prices have finally come down. I was considering getting it when a bunch of reviews for Gundam Reborn started showing up. I found it interesting that many of them seemed to say the same thing. On the negative side, the game was repetitive and the environments were unimpressive. Well, yeah, it’s a Dynasty Warriors game. They also said it was the best of the Gundam games and surprisingly addictive. It’s been a while since I’ve played a DW game, and it’s time to scratch that itch. However, there doesn’t appear to be a physical release in North America. You can grab it from the Playstation digital store. If you need a disk, you can always import it from Play-Asia. I just need to decide whether to grab it now or wait for a sale.
I’ve known Bill Harris of Dubious Quality for a long time even though it’s been years since we’ve seen each other. A while back after he kept recommending books, I set up a simple Amazon astore for him to show him how easy it was. He didn’t want to deal with it. He told me I could take care of it if I was interested. He didn’t want any of the proceeds. I’ve put up the DQ Bookstore on this site. I believe I have every book he’s recommended on his site. Let me know if I missed anything. I will try to keep it updated. One of the reasons I like Bill is his diverse tastes. You can see that in his recommendations. Enjoy it as you will.
Playstation Blog just announced the top sellers for June. I’ll list the ones that catch my eye:
- Watch Dogs — Playing this now, very fun, always something interesting to do.
- Valiant Hearts: The Great War — World War I is underrepresented, so I bought it.
- Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes — I have this. I’m trying to finish Peace Walker first.
- inFAMOUS First Light — Preorder, I will get it probably closer to release.
- Child of Light — I will grab this someday.
- Wolfenstein: The New Order — It’s a nice fusion of old school gaming and modern production values.
- Flower PS4 — Get it if you’ve never experienced it.
- MLB 14 The Show — Every time the Astros win I think about picking this up.
- inFAMOUS Second Son Limited Edition — I enjoyed this one enough to get the Platinum Trophy.
- Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch — I have this. I just need to find time to play it.
- PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale — This is far better than it has any right to be.
- Mass Effect Trilogy — I grabbed this on super sale so I could take one character through all three.
- Twisted Metal — This speaks to my inner teenager.
- Grand Theft Auto V — They’re still the best at the open world genre.
- Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag — I do my pirating on PS4.
- Shadow of the Colossus — Perhaps the best game ever.
- Diablo III — Getting this on PS4 as soon as they release it.
- Ultra Street Fighter IV — I’ll upgrade the next time the fighting bug hits.
- Killzone: Mercenary — This really sucked me in for a few days.
- Borderlands 2 — I’m sure I’ll grab it eventually to round out the set.
- Tearaway — This is how you do a Vita game.
I’ll probably try to do these lists every once in a while. Site revenue is way down, and I’m hoping some Amazon links will get it back in the black. Thanks for your support. I tried to link to the appropriate version, but confirm you have the right one selected before purchasing.
Here’s a little news from the Zen Pinball front. As you may remember, with my transition to PS4, I moved my pinball gaming to the Playstation platform even though I started with Pinball FX on the Xbox 360. One purchase will now get me the PS3, PS4 and PS Vita versions of a table. Of course, that’s only if I remember to purchase on PS3 or Vita. I accidentally purchased the new Deadpool table on the PS4. So now I only have that version. I can’t claim to be too upset. Deadpool is visually interesting and feels and sounds like the recent action game that was removed from digital storefronts last year. The problem is that pinball tables require a lot of repetition. Hit this ramp seven times then shoot the drop targets, etc. Deadpool’s antics wear thin quickly. Then you have to fast forward through his animations just to launch the next ball. There are other niggles, but I don’t find it fun enough to keep going back. Not recommended.
If you can’t wait that long, Zen is going to drop a bunch of new tables on the PS4 next week. Ok, they’re only new to the PS4, but they’ve been polished up and made to look extra pretty. We’ll be getting:
- Marvel Vengeance and Virtue Pack
- Classic Pack of original Zen Pinball tables
- Fantastic Four
- Captain America
- Street Fighter II
Of those, I’d say that the classic pack, Fantastic Four, Captain America, and Mars are the top tables to play. If you’re grabbing any and want to play on all three Playstation platforms, remember to buy on Vita or PS3.
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