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Posted on Dec 26th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Gaming, 2017, games, RPG, action, adventure, shooter, story


Late last year, once all of the annual 'Best of' lists started coming out for the games released in 2016, I lamented the fact that I had only played a paltry four new release titles from the year and thus had no opinion on many of the games that were being discussed.  So in 2017, I was determined to play more new release titles during the year in an effort to stay more up-to-date with all of the discussions going on for the latest and greatest games.  And just like with everything I do, I went insanely overboard and ended up playing nearly 30 new release titles this year.

Instead of doing a traditional Top 10 list of the games I played this year, I wanted to focus on a select few that I thought were particularly great but may unfortunately go unnoticed and slip under the radar of most people.  Most of these games really aren't what you would call obscure, but with the massive amount of great games released this year, it can be easy to forget about the ones that didn't get quite as much coverage.  These also aren't necessarily my favorite games of the year, as I am intentionally leaving out some of the more popular titles that were released.


Continue reading Disposed Hero's Games of 2017



Posted on Jan 5th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (zophar53)
Posted under Games, Top 10


Rabble rabble rabble, 2016 was a dumpster fire of a year and I'm glad that it's over.

Ok, now that I've gotten that out of my system, I'd rather focus on the positive, because the fact of the matter is that on a personal level, 2016 was actually a pretty great year for me. Not perfect, of course, but one in which I did some travelling, including a nice long vacation to see some family in Phoenix I haven't seen in years, and some road trips for concerts and other things. I had an unexpected career change that has so far turned out to be a wise and vindicating move. I was able to find the time to read a lot more in 2016, which is definitely my other great love aside from games. And finally, I bought a nice, new gaming PC and have been loving falling victim to more Steam sales just to see what games I already own look like on a big, beautiful monitor. I didn't get nearly enough time in for gaming as I was hoping for this year (as I seem to say every January these days), but continuing the trend from 2015, there were a ton of fantastic games released in the last 12 months. As I look over the list of games I had the most fun with this year, there's plenty of older titles not listed here that I only just recently discovered for the first time, and even more that I hope to catch up with in the next few months.

The last thing I think is important to mention is that 2016 was, at least for me, the year VR finally sold me. The software is still trying to catch up a bit in terms of making fun, compelling, long-term experiences, and the high price point isn't quite enough to make me shell out for anything more than a Gear VR just yet. However, between my own limited experience and what I've heard and seen from people I've come to trust, the concept of VR in 2016 is finally coming together. It truly can be as immersive and believable as people say, all we need now is that killer piece of software and a tad more affordability to bring it all together, and I can't wait to see where things go from there. So without further ado, let's celebrate some great games!


Continue reading My Top 10 Games of 2016



Posted on Jul 29th 2016 at 02:42:45 PM by (wildbil52)
Posted under NES, Games, Emulators


Video game collectors, as a kind of purist rule, don't like emulators...that is unless Nintendo wants to sell us one, then we're cool with it.  The recently announced NES Classic Edition will be here before you know it and I suspect that most Nintendo fans out there will do their best to pick one up.  Let's take a look at some of the details.


Continue reading NES Classic Edition: The Nintemulator



Posted on Apr 6th 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (wildbil52)
Posted under Expo, Games


RetroWorld Expo returns for a second year with a 2 day event.  RWX is a celebration of classic and retro video gaming that also embraces tabletop gaming, modern video gaming, homebrew gaming, anime, action figures, comic books, cosplay, arcade machines, and much more.


Continue reading RetroWorld Expo 2016 October 15th-16th Wallingford, CT



Posted on Mar 24th 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (Fleach)
Posted under Review, Firewatch, Indie, First Person, Walking Simulator, Character, Narrative, Games, PC


Many modern, first person adventure games are labelled as "walking simulators," particularly the ones with a narrative focus. This term refers to a game in which players walk throughout the in-game environment without doing much else like engaging in combat or finding collectibles. It's a label that, while superficially accurate, is often applied to a game because players can't decipher much more beyond the surface characters or stories. However, more often than not that couldn't be further from the truth of what these games offer. Take, for example, Dear Esther; it features the final fleeting thoughts of its narrator as his life fades away. It's true that the gameplay only involves walking from one set piece to the next, but what makes the game substantial is the emotions and memories the narrator presents. The walking simulator is the most effective at allowing players to really get into the head of a game's character.

Firewatch, the first game from Campo Santo, is the latest inclusion in the walking simulator category. The fact is that this game offers much depth of character, narrative interactivity, and even some role-playing which can only be achieved by utilizing this unconventional and divisive genre.

MAJOR SPOILERS FOR FIREWATCH CONTINUE
READING AT YOUR OWN RISK!!!


Continue reading Firewatch: Not Just a Walking Simulator



Posted on Jan 14th 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (wildbil52)
Posted under Games, PC Games, Steam, Adventure, Tim Schafer


Broken Age is a beautiful game.  Sometimes you just want to enjoy a piece of art.  I'm not going to open up the "Are Games Art?" can of worms argument, but I can say without a doubt that THIS GAME is a brilliant work of art.

Everyone knows the story of this game, but here's a quick recap if you aren't a part of "everyone": Tim Schafer and Doublefine started a Kickstarter asking for $300,000 to make an adventure game.  The project exploded and they received over $3.3 Million.  The game took a lot longer to make than anticipated, partially because they decided to make a much bigger game than they had originally planned now that they had way more funds than they thought they would.  Instead of a delivery date of October 2012, the first half of Broken Age was available for backers to play in January of 2014, with the second half arriving in April of the same year.  Along with the game, backers were given access to an episodic documentary of the making of the project.  Now that that's all out of the way, let's talk about the game.


Continue reading Broken Age is a Beautiful Game



Posted on Dec 29th 2015 at 08:00:00 AM by (wildbil52)
Posted under Games, PC Gaming, Steam


PC gamers and console gamers have always been at odds, to put it nicely.  Could the Steam Link help with the unification of these two long feuding groups?


Continue reading Could the Steam Link be the Missing Link?



Posted on Dec 15th 2015 at 08:00:00 AM by (wildbil52)
Posted under Games, Steam Games, Xbox One


As a father of two boys under 2 years old, it isn't always easy to find time for gaming but I have played some great games this year.

I apologize for the quality of the pics, I took them off screen and they didn't all come out as nice as they look on my TV Sad


Continue reading Best Games of 2015 Wildbil52 Edition



Posted on Nov 29th 2015 at 09:42:32 AM by (wildbil52)
Posted under Games, Big Games


As the time counter in my Fallout 4 game crosses from 23 hours 59 minutes to 1 day, I'm examining why huge games like this one might scare people off and what we can do in order to play them.


Continue reading The Case for Huge Games



Posted on Nov 15th 2015 at 08:00:00 AM by (wildbil52)
Posted under Arcade, Games


It has been a long and interesting process.  I learned a lot and I am very happy with the final product.  Let me show you how I put all of the pieces together


Continue reading Arcade Control Panel Design Part IV: The Final Countdown



Posted on Sep 12th 2015 at 08:00:00 AM by (wildbil52)
Posted under Arcade, Games, Control Panel, DIY


We have talked about some of the things you should do when you first pick up a cabinet and we have talked a little bit about monitors and working on them.  Now we are going to talk about the control panel ("CP").  There are lots of important decisions that go into designing them and if you are only going to have one or 2 machines, you had better make the CP count.


Continue reading Arcade Control Panel Design Part I



Posted on Aug 18th 2015 at 04:57:10 PM by (Ikariniku)
Posted under Cartigraphy, games, collecting, history, opinion, cartridges, discs, disks

Cartridge Plus Calligraphy

Cartigraphy is my chronicling of the artifacts and messages that I've found on cartridges as I expand my collection.  These defects, scars, and markings give the games a sense of history.  Some of the items in my collection are 30-40 years old.  They've "lived" as long as I have.  They have stories.  Imperfections are a glimpse into the world around the game, and I would like to share those glimpses with you.

Subject 2

Little Nemo: The Dream Master (NES, 1990)

"[up arrow] S [left arrow] [right arrow] A A B





If you would like to comment or share your own pieces of Cartigraphy, join the discussion thread here: http://www.rfgeneration.c...x.php?topic=15773.new#new



Posted on May 31st 2015 at 02:06:19 PM by (Ikariniku)
Posted under Cartigraphy, games, collecting, history, opinion, cartridges, discs, disks

Cartridge Plus Calligraphy

Cartigraphy is my chronicling of the artifacts and messages that I've found on cartridges as I expand my collection.  These defects, scars, and markings give the games a sense of history.  Some of the items in my collection are 30-40 years old.  They've "lived" as long as I have.  They have stories.  Imperfections are a glimpse into the world around the game, and I would like to share those glimpses with you.

Subject 1

Rolling Thunder 3 (Genesis, 1993)

"GREED"





If you would like to comment or share your own pieces of Cartigraphy, join the discussion thread here: http://www.rfgeneration.c...x.php?topic=15773.new#new



Posted on May 29th 2015 at 08:14:40 AM by (Fleach)
Posted under Opinion, Indie, Games, Bloodstained, Yooka Laylee, Elsinore, Game Development, Kickstarter, Crowdsourcing


Video games are expensive products to make. The multi-million dollar project is not uncommon in the modern game development industry, in fact it's become the standard. It's like proclaiming the cost of production is some kind of bragging right owed to the developer. But now it's become popular to discuss how minuscule a game's team was or how it was made of a six figure budget.


Continue reading Indie is Indie



Posted on May 19th 2015 at 08:00:00 AM by (wildbil52)
Posted under Tabletop, games


RFGeneration has long been a place where both retro and nowtro video game players and collectors can come together and share their love of the games.  However, there has always been a little bit of overlap into action figures, toys, comics, beer (I'm lookin at you nupoile), and Table Top games.  I thought it would be fun to talk about one of my favorites that I am always trying to get people to play with me.


Continue reading Please Play Arkham Horror With Me


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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