It’s been 84 years.

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Not quite 84 years, but if you told me it had been 84 weeks since my last post I would not be surprised, while life has been busy (ok, it is mostly me going squirrel and not staying on track) I have continued to be on top of amiibo releases which sadly, for the time being, appears to have concluded. Perhaps Totaku will fill that void but I am still waiting on figures I pre-ordered 6 months ago to show up at my local store so that has been a frustrating experience.

In my absence from posting, I was busy completely redoing the audio stream server and thankfully it has remained stable for a couple months now. This is currently handled by an audio server-specific distro on the Raspberry PI which was prompted by my interest in using low powered computers as servers instead of the Power Edge servers I had been using previously which generated tons of heat, noise and had high electric consumption.

Similarly, I am using another PI to run both Pi-hole and to seed torrents released by The 16-bit Audiophile Project (which you should check out). I have even moved any locally stored videos we stream via Infuse on our Apple TVs to a hard drive connected to our wireless internet router and surprisingly with the ATV hard-wired (gigabit network) they are able to stream 4K movies as large as 60-80 gigs flawlessly.

On the gaming side of things I am behind on the latest WOW patch, 2 expansions behind on Destiny 2 and still have not completed the current DLC for Forza Horizon 4. Doh… I am however enjoying Dragon Quest XI a lot and just started digging into Animal Crossing New Horizons. There is always way too much to play and not enough time dedicated to actually enjoying them, something I have improved so far this year but I still find myself constantly behind.

In the coming months with our daughter moving off to college, we will be shuffling some rooms around a bit to relocate our game room to a larger room in the house, as that happens I will be posting lots of pictures of the new setup.

The latest roundup of stuff.

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It has been a busy month or two since the last post and Christmas has since come and gone, welcome to 2018!  🙂

The music stream is back up and running after I was able to replace a blown power supply, I am hoping that a failing power supply was the cause behind the server stability issues but if not I will be moving to an altogether new server to fix the issues once and for all. (The current server is quite old)

 

Since my last blog entry, Nintendo released Animal Crossing Pocket Camp and I have been enjoying it quite a bit, and if the Twitter activity I have been seeing is anything to go by so have many others.

 

Blizzard had their yearly Black Friday sales as expected but this year the prices cuts were deeper then we have seen before, plushies were so cheap you could pick some up for as little as $3.50, considering these super low prices I went all in!

A plush and matching in-game pet!

Horde emblem hat for around $4.00, yes thank you…

 

As a coffee drinking household, the below mugs were a must!

 

I have been playing a ton of Destiny 2 in the past month, so far I have completed both the launch campaign the Curse of Osiris expansion and have completed a single clear of the Leviathan raid as of this morning, the game is a lot of fun despite the drama constantly surrounding some of Bungie’s decisions.

I would love to see more focus on group communication especially Clan chat considering this is considered a FPS take on an MMO, doing both voice and text chat via Discord is ok but I would much prefer some basic in-game functionality. That said the game is tons of fun and as you can see by all of the screenshots below it is graphically impressive, you find yourself stopping and staring at the scenery at almost every turn.

 

My local retro gaming shop got in a sealed copy of Axiom Verge for the PC, it was cheap and I still needed the game so went for it.

 

There was a sale on Steam recently where if you bought a copy of Icey for $7.69 you got a free Steam Link, I have yet to use it but I have both a Gigabit Lan and 802.11ac wireless so performance should not be an issue.

 

This too was found on sale for a mere $12.00, my wife will do anything to get me to play board games. 🙂

 

The latest round of Amiibo was released and the pictures do not do them justice, the level of detail has been great on all of the BOTW Amiibo!

 

Last weekend I was able to complete the main story of Mario Odessey and while there are still tons of stars left to collect I can easily say that this is in my top 5 Mario games of all time (Maybe #1), the game is near perfection and excels in every category of gaming… the graphics are great and the soundtrack is so good I have pre-ordered the CD from Japan.

Nintendo also managed to really hit it home with nostalgia, if you are a fan of the original 8-Bit games on up there are shouts out to pretty much every mainstream game in the franchise and fans of each will be happy to experience those moments. Additionally the New Donk City Festival “level” just may be my favorite gaming moment ever, every gaming podcast I listen to has mentioned the level and both the happiness and emotion it inspires in longtime fans of the Mario games.

Mario Odessey is a 10 out of 10 as almost all reviews have claimed, gaming perfection.

 

A Cappy hat!

 

A pre-order bonus coin when purchasing Mario Odessey through Best Buy.

 

The Yoshi hat below was found at a store in Japan at Disney’s Epcot, an awesome store with something for everyone that is a fan of Japanese culture.

 

My local retro gaming shop had this for a few dollars, with official game soundtracks being so rare and just starting to become available digitally via iTunes and the like I figured I would go for it.

 

A couple retro games on my wanted list, I have no idea how I never managed to own a copy of the classic Rygar.

 

Disney Infinity figures are starting to become impossible to find, so when you come upon some on clearance for $1.00…

 

Another local retro gaming shop find, sealed and for a good price!

 

Its Sonic, don’t judge me. ^_^

 

My iPhone 6 Plus was starting to show its age after roughly 3 years of use so I upgraded to the iPhone 10, it is hands down the best iPhone I have owned and Face ID is a joy to use.

The month of the ghouls…

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October is almost over and with it Halloween one of my favorite holidays is near. We have celebrated the month by watching movies that fit the mood including a handful that I had somehow never seen before such as The Shining, The Addams Family, and Hocus Pocus. We even watched some Halloween themed movies such as Tales of Halloween for a good laugh.

My pickups for the month include the SNES Classic Edition which I picked up via the Amazon Treasure Truck, along with it came a Legend of Zelda collectors poster and a Nintendo Switch as part of the random swag they gave out.

 

I also picked up Super Mario Odyssey and am about 15 hours into it so far, this is hands down one of the most fun games I have ever played and proof that Nintendo can still absolutely nail the genre. The game takes all of the best aspects of Mario 64, Sunshine and Galaxy and improves upon them in every way, even the collecting aspect has been improved because this time around you want to collect that much more just to open up the various outfits that Mario can wear.

If you have been waiting to get a Switch now is the time to pick one up, this game deserves all of the hype it has been getting.

 

The Mario Odyssey amiibo are fantastic!

 

Look at the Goomba doing his cranky best and the Koopa Troop strutting his stuff.  🙂

 

Tiki and Chrom from Fire Emblem, a series I am still warming up to… no pun intended.

 

I got a new computer monitor upgrade as they were on sale at a deep discount, an LG IPS 29″ Ultra Wide 21:9 display. This isn’t 4k  as my plan is to wait until my next video card upgrade but at a resolution of 2560×1080 the slightly higher than 2k resolution provides a beautiful image and I found myself turning down some of the anti-aliasing features in games as the higher settings were simply not needed.

Additionally, I wanted to go with an ultra wide to provide better immersion and field of view when playing MMO’s and the occasional FPS. So far it has been great in the games I typically play on the PC which generally includes the below titles in no particular order, as shown in the screenshot I also picked up the PC release of Destiny 2 and got suckered into the Digital Deluxe Edition to ensure I got cheaper access to the 2 planned expansions as they come out.

  • World of Warcraft
  • Star Trek Online
  • Guild Wars 2
  • Everquest 2
  • Rift
  • Secret World Legends
  • Project Gorgon
  • Overwatch
  • Destiny 2

 

CupHead was picked up for the Xbox One and included a Windows copy, I was able to get the digital code from Amazon and took advantage of a $10.00 credit for signing up for a trial of Amazon Music. I have yet to play it due to the sad state of my pile of shame but it has all the markings of being a game I would love, Gunstar Heroes, for example, is an all-time favorite and I give it a play through roughly twice a year.

 

Another 4K BluRay release to sit alongside Logan, my plan with physical is to just get my absolute favorite movies on disc (with digital) and everything else I will just go digital. With the addition of Disney’s “Movies Anywhere” and the major feature of it tying in all of your digital purchases across multiple digital retailers I am now ok with the non physical approach as I do not feel my movies are locked in and segregated, I now have my movies shared across Movies Anywhere, Vudu, Google Play, iTunes and Amazon.

 

And finally I also purchased the 4K AppleTV, I love the Apple ecosystem and own the previous generation of the streaming box. While there have been some issues out of the gate related to the HRD10/DolbyVision iterations of HDR recent Apple tvOS beta patch notes indicate that this is being taken care of in a future update.

This combined with Android TV on my 4K television assures that I can happily stream my digital libraries moving forward and I have the Xbox One S for 4K BluRay playback when image quality is an absolute must for my favorite movies.

June & July stuff so far.

Amiibo, Classic Gaming, Collecting, Figures, Gaming, Guides, Nintendo, Sega, Sony, Xbox

June was an incredibly busy month, we started and completed a remodel of our living room, dining room and have since moved on to the kitchen.

On the collection front, it has been busy as well with the typical smattering of Amiibo releases etc..

More Link Amiibo was released recently, look at that Majora’s Mask Link!

A bit late on posting these McDonalds Happy Meal toys from a few months back.

We have only had the time for a few hours of Arms but so far this seems to be a pretty deep fighting game, good job Nintendo!

I picked up more NES Classic Mini accessories as they continue to be cleared from retail shelves & the Yoshi Wii Remote Plus was on clearance as well since the Switch does not work with the Wii line of accessories.

The collector’s edition guide!

Crash is back!!

I have played a few levels and so far this is one of the best “HD Remakes” I have seen. Great attention to detail!

Another HD remake collection for a series I love and since Horizon was on a sale, I planned on picking this up anyway.

I was so amazed by Abzu that I had to pick up a physical copy, seeing how good it was I also jumped in on the Journey Collectors Edition.

Some classics that were on my wanted list.

I have been eying these Pops since they came out, I found the set on Amazon for less than $20 so picked it up.

With the launch of the new iPad Pro, I decided that after 6 years it was time to upgrade my iPad 2, I could not be happier with the performance of the new iPad. The keyboard will be useful in meetings at work where I often need to take notes.

An IOS gaming controller? While “mobile” gaming is generally not my forte I decided to pick one up with the launch of the Sega Forever series, some have noted performance issues with the games released so far as I can confirm on my older iPhone 6Plus which released in 2014. On the new iPad, however, there is no sign of slowdown or performance issues anywhere, I think it is safe to assume that when I upgrade to the iPhone 8 later this year it too will perform as expected.

4K is awesome!

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I decided that it was time to make the move to 4K, with the Xbox One S and its HDR and 4K Blu ray capabilities, Netflix 4k streaming, PS4 Pro being available and Xbox Scorpio on the way I decided to make the leap.

 

The crappy cell phone picture above does not do it justice but the Sony 65-inch XBR65X900E TV is amazing, as a side note Abzu is an amazing.. artful gaming experience. SO GOOD!

With a new 4K TV the PS4 Pro only makes sense, I have only tried a few games but so far I really like the graphical updates provided, even if it is not “true 4K” PC game developers could learn a thing or two about the techniques applied as the raw horsepower required for full on PC gaming 4K are still REALLY steep for most setups.

I picked up a copy of Shenmue II as it was on my wanted list and with E3 coming up my assumption is that any Shenmue III announcements will make the cost of this skyrocket (Larrabee lock?), NieR: Automata was on sale at BestBuy so once combined with the GCD and a $5 credit I had it was a no brainer for something so highly praised and on my wanted list. I have only played it for about an hour so far but the game has thoroughly impressed in this short amount of time.

The latest Nintendo Switch lineup, Mario Kart 8 is amazing and even better than its original release, PuyoPuyo Tetris is a lot of fun and Ultra Street Fighter II is an update to one of my favorite games of all time!

Fatal Fury II PC Engine CD and Paranoia Hu Card for the PC Engine from my local game store.

It looks like everyone is starting to clear these themed Wiimote Plus controllers, I already had Mario & Luigi so grabbed these two. I have Yoshi on the way and will pick up a Princess Peach soon.

A BestBuy branded NES Classic  controller on clearance (I have more of these and the extension cables on the way) and an after market NES controller, both on the cheap!

MOAR AMIIBO!!

Lucio & Diva Funko Pops, um yes!

Guardians of the Galaxy II Baby Groot and a Star Trek 50th anniversary NCC-1701!

Something to test out 4K Blu-ray, wow what a movie!

Stuff from the end of last year, in the new year…

Collecting, Gaming, Nintendo, Sony, Xbox

It was a very busy end of the year last year and January started off much the same, luckily I was able to acquire some awesome stuff at great prices thanks to the Christmas/Black Friday sales!

Pikachu Luigi! I have a friend that went to Japan and stopped at a Pokemon Center for the set, they were sold out of Pikachu Mario but still had this available in the back!

I am a big fan of both A Nightmare Before Christmas and classic Disney character designs, Dorbz covered both series well.

The wife thought these would go well in the game room on end tables.  🙂

Deep game, lots of nuance so I thought this might come in handy.

Final Fantasy XV was part of a buy 2 get 1 free Black Friday deal, Sunset Overdrive was $4.99 and is awesome.. FFXV was worth the wait so far, first FF game I have played and really enjoyed in a very long time!

Also part of the buy 2 get one free deal, I am now two games behind in the Tomb Raider franchise reboot.  🙂

The Last Guardian is a game I have been waiting with much anticipation for.. for what seems like ages (literally), I will start this once I wrap with FFXV.

One of my favorite games of all time remastered, my son has started his first play through.

Utilized a coupon to pick this one up cheap, I hope it is as good as people say.

Not my usual pick, but at $4 something on sale I grabbed it for my son.

October & November pickups!

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As usual I have had a busy past couple of months, some recent pickups outlined here with another post most likely next weekend!

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My lovely wife always thinks of me when she is out, she saw these and knew I did not have them so picked them up.

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25th anniversary Sonic pack, I love the fat Sonic items released in celebration of the franchise!

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I was one of the lucky few to have picked up a NES Classic Edition, luck really. I woke up the morning of release really early and checked all of the local retailers websites to see if any online orders were available and surprisingly was able to purchase with in-store pickup at my local Toys R Us. Somehow my purchase was still available at 6:00 PM that night, amazing.

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The latest set of Nintendo Hotwheels, this set was much easier to find than previous releases.

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This was on sale for less than $12.00 so why not, even given the latest New Leaf update this was worth it for the price.

August & September! #wow #legion #nes #segagenesis #ps4 #sonicthehedgehog

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Long time no post!

Another couple months have past by and I have had quite a few pickups so onto it!

img_2117Uncharted 4 and Tomb Raider! Deep sales at Best Buy + Gamers Club discount got me both of these for $51, not bad considering how new UC4 is.

img_2158I was finally able to pick up the last starter pack at a big discount!

 

img_2118A few more figures from Tru sales.

 

img_2119World of Warcraft: Legion Collector’s Edition, a few weeks in and in my opinion this is the best expansion since Wrath of the Lich King so far!

 

img_2161The Frostwolf Pup plushy for my wife!

 

img_2160Pepe for me!

 

img_2156My local Tru only got a few of these in, the 25th anniversary Sonic plush. Sega needs to go back to the original fat Sonic design!

 

img_2122Newer World of Nintendo figures, all were %50 off at Walgreens.

 

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img_2162From the creators of Retrogamer magazine a thorough guide to Sega hardware and games!

 

img_217425th anniversary, am I getting that old already?

 

img_2166Dual system Retrogamer guide, this side SMS.

 

img_2170And this side NES.

 

img_2165World of Warcraft: Ultimate Visual Guide. Really nice Blizzard WOW art book.

 

img_2171World of Warcraft Chronicle Volume 1, fantastic book that covers the pre WOW lore of Warcraft!

The NYC trip and the Nintendo World Store!

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We spent this past week in NYC on vacation and while there we attended the Macy’s Day Parade as it was the main reason for the trip (my daughter participated). While there we managed to make several trips (more like 5) to the Nintendo World Store in Rockefeller Center, over the course of the visits we picked up numerous items especially on Black Friday when the store was having a blow out on third party WiiU games with many games being $5 to $10 dollars each.

Sadly there wasn’t much in the way of game related balloons in this years parade, for example Sonic the Hedgehog made an appearance last year but not this year for some reason.. we got Pikachu which seems to be the case every year in recent memory as well as Eruptor from Skylanders.

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As for Nintendo swag we picked up some plushies a few shirts etc. as shown below,

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My daughter loves link so this is going to her.

 

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Shirt for my wife!

 

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I love Yoshi, so this goes to me.

 

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My son gets the Tanooki suit Mario, my wife loves Koopa Troopas so that is hers, and I get the others. I wish they had a blue Yoshi but sadly the only color variation in stock was yellow Yoshi so I defaulted to that.

 

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And of course the bags, what can I say… just look at that artwork.  🙂

 

And on to the games themselves!

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ZombieU was only $10.00 and the Prima guide came with it free, what an unbeatable price! Assassins Creed III was also $10.00.

 

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Tekken Tag Tournament $5.00, Just Dance 4 $10.00, Epic Mickey 2 $5.00!

 

And of course some pictures of the Nintendo World Store, my apologies for the quality, the place was pretty much packed the entire week so it was hard to get a good picture between people browsing and taking pictures of their own.

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