Archives for July 2011

DQ IX’s Marathon Man

I recently located my previously-believed-to-be-lost cartridge of Dragon Quest IX. I loaded it back up and gave it a go just to keep my familiarity with the game fresh before it goes dormant again for another month or two when I pick it up to play it again for another couple hours and set it aside once again.

Anyway, I noticed that I had logged about 40 hours in the game. That’s quite a few hours for any game, but DQIX has a lot to do and see so it’s not uncommon for gamers to log quite a few hours playing it. But my 40 plus hours? That’s nothing:

Steve Tolin has been playing since the beginning, plucking away at the cartridge’s every nook and cranny. The last quest finally allowed him to complete his ultimate objective of exploring every part of the game.

He had originally projected this ambitious task to take him 100 hours. As it turned out, not quite.

It took him 773 hours–just over 32 days–of game time to cross the 100% completion threshold.

(via Giant Bomb)

In My Digital Hands

So I had heard good things about Bastion from people I trust so I figured I’d pick up a copy as soon as I got a chance. Luck would have it that if you purchased it on the Microsoft Store online, you also got a free copy of The Maw:

And speaking of good deals, I also picked this up last week when it was half off:

Got to get my Dead Rising on whenever I can.

So I am once again stock piling games. I only grabbed a couple games during the Summer Steam sale, but I’m starting to get my inventory stocked before the cold rolls in in a few months.

In My Hands

Flea Market Haul

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I’m testing the WordPress iPhone app and showing off a recent purchase I picked up at the Hartville Flea Market (in Ohio). I know I’m just serving as an extension to their app marketing, but they deserve it.

Ivan “Ironman” Stewart’s Super Off Road is one of my all time favorite arcade games. I never played the SNES version so I am definitely looking forward to firing this one up.

Why this game hasn’t had a remake recently boggles my mind. I would buy this on any and all platforms: XBLA, Steam, iOS. You name it, I’d buy it.

What are you playing this weekend?

(This was accidentally posted at my other site first. I guess I haven’t totally figured out this WP iPhone app out yet)

July Releases

It’s that time again, the long list of monthly releases. Thankfully, besides NCAA 12 (for me), July is mercifully bereft of top-tier games, so we can play catch up with all the good gaming that has come out recently.

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Week of July 5th
Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon

Week of July 12th
NCAA Football 12– I’m still waiting for my iPhone recruiting app, EA. Is this the year?
Oblivion 5th Anniversary ed.– Wow, hard to believe it’s been five years. I guess a little Elders Scrolls nostalgia to get the pump primed for Skyrim?

Week of July 19th
Captain America: Super Soldier
Call Of Juarez: The Cartel– As a Mexican, should I be offended by this game? I feel like I should.

Week of July 26th
El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron– Okay, maybe this month is totally bereft of good games. This one looks really interesting.
Catherine– I think I’ll be passing this one up.

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Week of July 19th
Just Dance Summer Party

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Week of July 5th
Mystery Quest: Curse of the Ancient Spirits

Week of July 26th
Match 3 Madness– I think this was inevitable. MATCH 3! MATCH 3!

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Week of July 26th
Pac-Man and Galaga Dimensions– 30 years old and still going strong!

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Week of July 5th
Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition– Something just feels wrong about Street Fighter on a PC

Week of July 12th
Oblivion 5th Anniversary ed.

Week of July 26th
The Sims 3: Town Life Stuff

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Week of July 5th
Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon

Week of July 12th
Oblivion 5th Anniversary ed.
NCAA Football 12

Week of July 19th
Call Of Juarez: The Cartel

Week of July 26th
Catherine
El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron

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What are you picking up?

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Happy Belated Birthday and Weekend Gamer

For two years running now, I have neglected to mention the SEVENTH anniversary of Buttonmashing Dot Com. Frequency (and frankly, quality) of the posts has declined gradually over the last few years but we’re still chugging along here. Thanks to all you guys who read and all you guys who have pitched in with posting and reviews. I couldn’t have done it without you!

This weekend is a big holiday weekend for my fellow Americans. Do you have any big gaming plans? Since we’ll be travelling for some of it, I don’t have too much planned outside of mobile gaming. I may finally make some progress on Dragon Quest IX, having let it lay fallow for a few months now. Past that, I don’t know what I’ll get to.

One thing I am trying to do is avoid the Steam Summer Sale. I’m weak.

Do you have any gaming plans this weekend?