Next Castle

Thank you Mario! But our princess is in another castle…

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Wii U… so yeah, that just happened

Just ordered a Wii U!!!!!

I don’t know what’s gotten into me lately, but after the last few years of spending next to nothing on games, I just went all out this Black Friday/Cyber Monday.

Amazon’s $250 Wii U bundle with Mario Kart 8 was just so tempting, and I really wanted the Wind Waker HD, which also just happened to be on sale on Nintendo’s website…  so yeah. Now I’ve got the PS4, a new Xbox One, and a new Wii U on the way.

My husband has been trying to get me to hook up the Wii since we moved into the new house (back in August). All our multiplayer games are on Wii, and he’s not much of a solo gamer. But I just kept putting it off because the stupid thing has to be hooked up directly to the TV with the composite cables I got to boost the resolution. And that means I’m working around my receiver and surround sound system… and the sound from the TV is shit. So either I get good sound or good picture.

Now I can get both sound and picture through the Wii U’s HDMI cable! And the new Mario games, too. w00t! Also will be checking out that Splatoon…



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To Buy or Not to Buy an Xbox One

So they’ve released the first batch of Xbox One titles that will be backwards compatible, and I’m still left with quite a few Xbox 360 games on my shelf. Granted, some of them I haven’t played in years and I’m not likely to pick up again anytime soon, but there just enough titles that I know I’ll want to revisit to have me waffling on the Xbox One purchase. All the games I WON’T be able to play because they’re not on the backwards compatible list… yet:


And I really really really REALLY don’t want to leave the Xbox 360 in my entertainment center if I get an Xbox One. I already have the Wii, the PS3, and the PS4 in there with it. And I can’t kick out the PS3 because I have way too many PS3 games that I’m still enjoying:

PS3 Games

That’s not even including the PS2 and N64 I have in nearby storage for when I’m feeling really nostalgic. Yes, I know – I’m a gaming pack rat, okay?! I’m not even telling you about my handheld systems. It’s embarrassing.

While I don’t really want to have another system stacked on top of my Xbox 360, there are a lot of good reasons to get the Xbox One now:

1 – Black Friday is this week, and I know that a lot of stores will have $50 off their Xbox One bundles. Game Stop, Best Buy, etc.
2 – The Xbox 360 is a pretty outdated system. At this point, I have a wireless adapter plugged into the back; I’ve got the HD expansion, but it’s full so I keep having to delete things to save new games; and I’ve taken apart the A/V cable so that I can fit the HDMI cable in underneath it and run video through the HDMI and audio through the RCA… which confuses my receiver sometimes.
3 – There’s the promise that my cherished games will someday soon be backwards compatible. Elder Scrolls and Assassin’s Creed games at the top of that wish list!

In any case, I’ve already told my husband I want it for Christmas. And mentioned that Black Friday will see a lot of $50 off bundle sales. And said that I did see a Fallout 4 bundle already out there (even though it might be hard to find day of). So at this point it’s probably happening. But still… I’m not happy about having to keep the Xbox 360 around to play my Elder Scrolls and Assassin’s Creed games. Not to mention losing all my saves unless there’s some way to upload them and make sure they are also functional on an Xbox One.

Of course, I could always just drop the Xbox altogether and become a PS girl all the way, as my brother-in-law so helpfully suggested.

I’m overthinking this.

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Vote for Xbox One Backwards Compatibility

So… still watching out for news on the backwards compatibility front on the Xbox website. Haven’t seen anything drop that I’m too excited about yet, except for Fallout 3 which is mentioned as “Planned” in this Gamespot article. Apparently more than 100 games will drop in November for everyone (not just people in the Xbox Preview program).

Come on Microsoft… I’ll spring for an Xbox One if you get this right. Well, I’ll make my husband spring for it as a Christmas gift this year, lol. … I might even get an Xbox Gold membership (no… no I probably won’t).

In any case, you can vote for the games you want to see made backwards compatible in the feedback forums. Go forth and vote!

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Xbox One Backwards Compatible?!?!

So… I’ve been really out of the loop the last few months. Buying a house, helping my sister with her wedding, and working 50 hour weeks has made it hard to find time for gaming. The last few weeks I’ve been staying up late (probably way too late) to replay Fallout 3 and get psyched for Fallout 4.

Now, I don’t have an Xbox One and have been kind of worried–in a vague way–about how Fallout 4 was going to play on the PS4. Been thinking about springing for an Xbox One for the sake of Elder Scrolls, Fallout, etc., because I have a weird platform loyalty for certain titles, but couldn’t justify it. I mean, I have a Wii, a PS3, a PS4, and an Xbox 360 all crammed into my entertainment center, and my PS2 waiting in the wings for when I’m feeling really nostalgic.

But then… the news hit me. Here I am reading about Fallout 4, and there’s this last, throwaway sentence with a link to another, older story. “Later this year, Fallout 3 will be playable on the Xbox One via the console’s upcoming backwards compatibility functionality.” My jaw dropped. Xbox One is going to be backwards compatible?!!?!??! OMFG that is so amazing I can’t even… breathe… breathe… YES!!!!

This is probably old news to everyone else, but I am currently in shock and thinking about finally trading up. Holy crap.

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PlayStation Network Down

Why do people hack gaming networks? What is the point? Do they just take joy from other people’s pain?

In any case, it doesn’t affect me very much because I don’t like playing online multiplayer games. But the other night Dragon Age wouldn’t start at all because it kept trying to connect to the network. Got around that by going into my PlayStation network settings and unchecking the box to connect to the Internet. That knocked it out of that behavior, and I could continue playing.

I didn’t have to do that this morning, but the network is still down. PlayStation keeps tweeting the same thing:

This error number refers to a network error. Our network services are gradually coming back online. Thanks for your patience.

Blah. Happy holidays everyone!

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PS4 Controller Woes

Damn PS4 controller won’t charge anymore. It only works if it’s plugged into something, so I’m keeping it plugged into my laptop so that I don’t have to sit on the ground in front of my TV to play.

Piece of shit.

Had another PS4 controller on my Amazon Wish List for Christmas, along with a charging station, and I’m pretty sure someone in my family picked those up.

We’ll see how that goes.

UPDATE: So plugging my controller into my MacBook actually charged it. Sweet! And the USB ports on my PS4 don’t seem to be the problem because I can charge my phone from them and copy files to a flash drive plugged into it. Perhaps the problem is just with the contact points in the USB cord no longer lining up with the contact points in the PS4. I think I have an extra USB to micro-USB cord lying around here somewhere…

UPDATE 2: Charging the controller from my MacBook was only a temporary solution. For some reason it stopped working :/ Then I got my charging station and another PS4 controller for Christmas. Interestingly enough, the PS4 controller charging station connects through a different input (not the micro-USB port), and that actually charges the busted controller! Most of the time. And it doesn’t hold a charge for as long as it used to. I just don’t understand this thing! Logic does not seem to apply to most technology.