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I miss platformers. Especially the kind where you have wonderful worlds to explore, where you collect myriads of things. I want a large overworld where you move between these smaller worlds. I want a cartoonishly evil antagonist, and maybe a goofy animal or some shit as the protagonist. I want to unlock new items, skills and moves as I go along. I want stupidly addictive music. And I want it for PC.

Can that be done? I mean, the only recent ones I can think about are the Mario games on WiiU, a system I don't have yet. I know there are several games like this on PC, but I cannot for the life of me think of one at this instant. Would be a plus if it is recent as well, with those new cool graphics the kids love these days. Just one good action-adventure platformer. That is all I need.

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"Wait... did this actually exist?"

Most of the games I grew up with are games everyone knows about. Or at least almost everyone. Super Mario was one of the first, but I also played a lot of Startropics and some jet-plane-fighter game I haven't managed to find (I don't remember the name either, so maybe someone can help me? You had to take of and land on air-carriers, watch your map or radar for bases and such to bomb). The next console I got was the N64, and that is where it got really magical for me. Mario 64, Lylat Wars and Pilotwings was the big ones (then Ocarina of Time and Majoras Mask, that last one is one of the best games ever made), but I also borrowed a game from a friend that I actually thought was a fever dream a few years ago. No one seemed to know it, and I couldn't find it again. Mostly because I had forgotten the name, and searching for "robot shaking kids" didn't really work when I tried. Now I can actually find it by searching "robot shaking kids nintendo 64" though, so that's good.

Anyway, the game I wanted to write a bit about is the best "robotic maid shaking kids" simulator ever made. None other than Mischief Makers. I fell in love with this game right away. The graphics was weird, the music was weird and the mechanics... oh my. It's a 2D platformer, where you pick up things. People, kids, pots, ninja stars, rockets, flowers. Anything really. You can then throw whatever you hold in any direction, or you can shake it. Shake shake! Then throw it. Actually, shaking weapons and bombs can make them act differently. The story is weird, the levels are weird. The controls are weird. It's a weird game. And it is fucking awesome.

I never felt I beat it properly though. To get the final cutscene you need to get a gem on every level. And you need to have a good average rank. The gems was a bitch to get, so I didn't have many when I finally beat it the first time. And the thing is, the final cutscene actually plays, it just stops when you run out of gems. So I got to see a few seconds of it before it just cuts out, teasing me with the rest. I never got enough gems to watch the whole thing, and to this day I don't know what happens. I could probably find it on Youtube, but I don't want to ruin the mystery.

Before this week I thought almost no one knew about this. Someone must have played it, seeing how it is in the database, but still. Then I heard music from the game in some random Game Theory YT video a few days ago. I think it was about the theory that Humans are Pokemon. And I am currently watching the archive of the SGDQ2014 speedrun of it. So people know about it! But why don't more people know about it? Is it actually a bad game? Was it too weird? Did it have a limited release? Beats me. I loved it at least, and really hope it get some kind of re-release someday.

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Games where you fail, but it all works out.

Being home for a couple of days puking every hour leaves you with precious little to do but think. When I finally managed to do something else I started playing Jak and Daxter (the trilogy is free on European PSN+ right now, or was a few days ago anyway). As I was already in a weakened state my mind wandered a lot, and I began thinking about the quest you where on. Stop Gol (which funny enough is the name of the town I grew up in) unleashing Dark Eco everywhere.

I then realized that in every game I have played where you are to stop some sort of scheme like this you always do. You never fail this quest. Why? I mean, if it is done in a good and clever way, without it being telegraphed heavily before it happens, wouldn't it be a breath of fresh air? Or would people just be really angry?

Then I took it a bit further. What if Jak and Daxter not only failed their quest to stop the Dark Eco, but it turned out that it actually helped and improved the world dramatically. That you had actually been working hard to stop something that seemed bad, but turned out to be very good for everyone. Again, if this had been done in a clever way I think it would be kinda cool.

I have a question here as well though: Are there any games that does this? Or anything close to this? 'cause I cannot think of any... And if there are any... spoilers I guess? Just telling about a game that does something like this means the ending is somewhat spoiled. But I still want to know if this is an untapped "end of game" scenario, or if I have just been playing the wrong games.

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Going to miss that laugh.

You get to a point where you feel you know someone after listening to them weekly for five years. Which is why it really hurts that Ryan Davis has passed away. It is always sad when someone dies, even if it is someone you have never met and never will meet, someone who doesn't even know you exist. But when you feel that you know this person on the level that I feel we have all come to know the Bombsquad... then it is like the passing of a dear friend.

I started following the Crew when they did The Hotspot. I know that, but I cannot remember much of it. I was in a bad place mentally at the time and have repressed years of memories it seems, but the guys helped me immensely. When Jeff "left" some of the magic was gone, and I remember not visiting Gamespot much after that. At the time he was the one I really followed. When he and Ryan Davis got together to start a new site, I was overjoyed. Joined one of the first days it was possible to sign up for an account. I had not anticipated what the site would become.

Every member of the Crew is someone I hold dear, in a way. They all have specific qualities and personalities making them people I wish I could hang out with, which have always been wildly unlikely since I live in Norway. While every member of the crew is funny, the one who never failed to make me laugh was Ryan. Simply by laughing he would brighten my day. Seriously, that laughter of his should make anyone smile. You can just hear how much fun he is having, how much he enjoys whatever happens at that specific moment. That laugh has gotten me through recent dark periods, as whenever I feel very blue I just find snippets of Bombcasts or Quick Looks where I know he breaks out in laughter.

The fact that we will never hear that laughter applied to future moments saddens me. But I can take solace in the fact that I can always find that laughter somewhere, in the myriads of videos and podcasts he was in.

And when Saints Row 4 has arrived I shall make my character as close to Ryan as possible. A small way of honoring him, but at least it is something. Rest in Piece Ryan Davis. And thanks for all the great moments.

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Finally caved, got a PS3

Got some extra cash, and finally found someone auctioning one off for around 214 USD here. That is 1200 NOK, when this particular one (Slim 320Gb) usually costs around 2000 NOK (357 USD).

Now, my main reason for wanting one has been two-fold. Journey and finally having a Blu-ray player. But only getting it for that would be kind of a waste, even though most decent Blu-ray players cost the same as what I paid for this PS3.

So before it arrives I need something more to use on it. I got lots of work the next three days, so I won't be able to really dive in until Sunday, which means I got time to get more stuff. Already ordered a copy of the Ico and Shadow of the Colossus HD collection, as I have always wanted to play those. But then I am at a loss...

I already own a 360, do most my gaming these days on PC. I don't care much for Metal Gear or Final Fantasy, and I don't like sport or racing games (unless it's Burnout). So... what should I get?

I know this question pop up way to much, so I am not going to share it on the forum. Hopefully one of you, my fine followers, will have some good ideas!

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My family just beat the alien invasion.

That is something you rarely get to say. But I can say it now.

I'm not going to say anything about the ending of the game by the way, so don't worry about that spoilers, I will however spoil some armor, weapon and other abilities I guess.

So, I just beat XCOM: Enemy Unknown (on Normal, as I never managed to get into the original, thus I did not have the skill for anything else), and I did it with a team made out of my family. Which means I made damn sure I went forward slow, as I could not lose any of them. I also used them exclusively together in the beginning to level them up, then I only used one or two together with other recruits.

This made the entire game even more fun, as I could level up "my family", give them new gear and abilities. When Very Difficult missions came along, I could send my Special "Family" Ops team on it to kick some alien ass. And boy, did my team kick some ass. With plasma gear, Ghost, Titan and Archangel Armors my team killed everything. We faced tons of injuries, some nearly fatal, but we prevailed.

Funnily enough, my avatar in the game turned out to be Gifted. Which was fine enough, as my avatar was a sniper specced to be long to medium range, forgoing the Squad Sight for the ability to fire after movement. The only other gifted soldier in my rooster turned out to be my brother. Who is also a sniper... But hey, it worked out! We beat the aliens!

From left to right: My mom, brother, me, brother, father, brother. We kick ass.

This is just one of the reasons why XCOM is such an awesome game. That is all.

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Enough is enough!

I have decided that I need to do something with all the games I have. I got a metric fuckton of games I haven't beaten, and sadly I buy more games way to often. Sure, buy them on sale, but it still cost money. And I still seldom beat them. So the rest of the year I will limit myself to only buying a few games, and at most one game a month. I am therefore going to set up a small list of what I know I will need to buy. Hopefully I can manage without buying any other games. Fat chance!

April - Gears of War 3: I already bought this, which is why I place it here.

May - Diablo 3: Gotta get that loot!

June - Darksiders 2: Loved the first, need the second.

July -

August -

September -

October - Borderlands 2: Guns!

November -

December -

And that is what I got so far. Hopefully the other months can remain empty for now, so that I can buy an indie game here and there. But I bet something else pops up that I have forgotten...

My gaming-plan for the year is to at least stay above 50% on Beaten, hopefully get it to 60%. Bring on my mandatory three week vacation please!

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Last...

Movie: Rules of the Game

Game: Borderlands

(No further link, playing it again with my younger brother. So much fun!)

Book: The Book of the Alchemist

(Not done yet, really good.)

Album: The Mars Volta - Noctourniquet

(I have never been on drugs, but I am sure this is how it is)

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