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Listmas 2016: Eight of the Chilliest Songs in Gaming

With Listmas taking place in the chilly grip of wintertime, it’s only natural that some of our lists reflect this icy time of year.  We’ve already covered snowy levels and chilly characters in past years, so it’s high time we discussed eight chilly songs that will surely have you buttoning up your coats and seeking out a hot mug of cocoa. Continue reading Listmas 2016: Eight of the Chilliest Songs in Gaming

Zelda-Ween: Top 3 Creepy Dungeons

Last week, we discussed the many spooky enemies that reside in the land of Hyrule (or Termina, as the case may be).  Well, oftentimes, creepy creatures live in creepy places, and when you think of scary locations in the Zelda series, more often than not you think of the dungeons these games are known for.  Not only are these dungeons filled with trials meant to challenge Link’s mind, but our green-clad hero is often forced to put his own courage to the test, as well.  Yep, as the title suggests, we’re covering creepy dungeons, and today we’ll be discussing which dungeons in particular leave the Duck quaking in her boots. Continue reading Zelda-Ween: Top 3 Creepy Dungeons

Zelda-Ween: Top 5 Most Notable Scary Enemies

Even though The Legend of Zelda series doesn’t typically come to mind when you think of horror, I’m sure all fans of the series have noticed that these games have more than their fair share of creepy creatures.  In fact, whenever I think about scary enemies in video games, more often than not, my thoughts wander to the Zelda series and the many unearthly creatures Link must face.  But rather than simply list the creepiest enemies, why don’t I list five spooky denizens of Hyrule that stand out to me the most.  So let’s get started, in no particular order. Continue reading Zelda-Ween: Top 5 Most Notable Scary Enemies

#Listmas: Gaming’s Chilliest Characters

What’s Christmas without snow?  As a result, for my next listmas list, I thought it would be nice to list some chilly things, particularly chilly characters.  It’s surprising how many characters are fit for this most festive of seasons, so sit back and enjoy the Duck’s list of chilliest characters in gaming, good and bad.  Brr! Continue reading #Listmas: Gaming’s Chilliest Characters

The makings of a physical game collection (on “paper,” at least)

Image by Flickr user Rob DiCaterino (CC)
Image by Flickr user Rob DiCaterino (CC)

As much as I love spending time with video games of the here and now, part of me will forever be stuck in gaming’s past. I can’t deny the desire to pick up on great titles that I missed. Now, I don’t always want to look to the past with gaming, but when I do, it’s nice to know that virtual libraries holding millions of games are just a few clicks away. But as great as Steam and GOG and emulators are for that sort of thing, I’ve rekindled a wish to have some particular games physically on disks, either again or for the first time. In part, my thanks goes to the Elgato for this – without it I doubt our GameCube and PlayStation 2 would ever have seen as much action as they have recently.

In reviewing my own gaming past, I carry a few pangs of regret for not getting more involved in especially the GameCube’s or the PS2’s catalogs (as well as the Xbox’s, to a certain degree). These systems popped up during times of my life that simply didn’t allow for much gaming. And when I did have time for games, it was usually Mario, Zelda, or Mega Man on the GameCube and fighting games on the PS2. Now that our systems seem to be fully functional for the forseeable future, I’ve started up a new gaming list – physical games for these older systems that I’d like have, ones that passed under the radar, or ones that hit the mark but just didn’t stick at the time. Here’s a sampling from the top of what’s on the list so far:

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The Experience, Part 1: The Elgato Game Capture HD – Capturing from the PlayStation2 and GameCube

Following up on my post from last week on attaining the Elgato Game Capture HD, this week I’m going to go more in-depth into the experience of actually using it. One caveat: I will be discussing its use relative to capturing from the PlayStation 2, GameCube (here in part 1), and PC (next week in part 2). While I have not used my Elgato to capture from any current consoles, based on what I’ve learned about the device so far, I’ve no doubt it would work like a charm. The bottom line is that I recommend the Elgato Game Capture HD, especially if you want to record from older consoles.

So, to recap from my previous post, I became the proud owner of an Elgato Game Capture HD last month. After doing my research, and keeping in my mind goal to capture footage from our PlayStation 2, GameCube, and my laptop, the Elgato turned out to be the best bet. The device’s online manual promised that it was perfectly useable with older consoles and a multitude of novice and seasoned reviewers confirmed this. Purchasing the thing was a snap, and it was in my hands before I knew it.

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Revisiting Old Friends

Image from Flickr User: lucy photography
Image from Flickr User: lucy photography

For the first time in my life, I have so many video games that I haven’t had need to replay any of them for quite a while.  And yet, for the strangest reason, I have recently had the urge to take a break from my backlog (which involves unplayed games I bought a year or more ago, mind you) and relive some of my older games.  The consoles I most want to revisit: the SNES and the GameCube.

It all began the day I found my Super Nintendo was dying, which I didn’t know until I decided I so desperately wanted to play Donkey Kong Country 2 again, after writing a post for my other blog on the top songs from the game.  Unable to play the game on its original console, I downloaded it onto the Wii and proceeded to enjoy some DK goodness.  After beating it (with 102%, proof that I still have mad-platforming skills), I then decided to play the original Pikmin again, and now I have a mighty urge to download and replay The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.  And it’s all very strange, really, because I have not been having much fun with my games lately.  I used to love playing new games, but, with the exception of Ni no Kuni on the PS3, the only fun I’ve had lately is when I decide to replay an older game from at least a decade ago. Continue reading Revisiting Old Friends