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  1. I know better than to force the issue but I'd like to get back into the "swing of things" with gaming. Not much else to do right now in NYC anyway (best to leave it at that).

    Getting my mind to work is my primary struggle. This will not be easy I can assure you.

  2. Well everyone, the wake for my deceased father was yesterday afternoon. What a sad week. He would have been 65 this Monday. He missed his 65th birthday by just a week.


    We were able to have a small wake, since his death wasn't from COVID but from other health issues that sadly went under the radar.

    I didn't note this originally but he was the one who encouraged me to seek out my dream of becoming a wrestling announcer. Though the dream had some twists and turns, he's the one who said I should start. He also was an avid player of WarFrame on Steam after he retired from work and would play alongside my youngest brother (my father and stepmother's son). Fitting as he taught me the ways of the Atari 2600 Joystick as a toddler.

    What an incredibly unexpected loss. One day someone thinks about the good and bad about becoming a senior citizen in America, then it's taken away just like that. So sad.

    1. eigen-space
    2. DamagingRob


      Truly sorry for your loss...

    3. Icebrand1270


      @eigen-space @DamagingRob Thank you. Family isn't always photos and smiles but he was a good man and will be missed by many. He taught me much but no one can teach another how to say goodbye.

  3. I may not be on here as often as normal for a few days (not that I'm that frequent a poster).


    Back on Monday my father died suddenly from unexpected health issues (not from COVID) that I won't get into here.

    He was the one who taught me to play Freeway on the Atari 2600 as a toddler and here I still game at age 40.

    He was 64 and missed his 65th birthday by just a week. It's a nightmare I can never wake up from.

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    2. MidnightDragon


      I'm sorry to hear that.

    3. DaisyVilla102


      I'm so sorry for your loss.

    4. Icebrand1270


      @ihadalifeb4this @dermarx @Paramnesiac86 @Honor_Hand @MidnightDragon @DaisyVilla102 Thank you. Family isn't always photos and smiles but he was a good man and will be missed by many. He taught me much but no one can teach another how to say goodbye.

  4. Sorry to repost this but I had to clarify. I'm having trouble with "Recent Activities" on my PS4, not here on this site. Didn't mean to scare anyone, sorry. Could be my Internet or the fact that it's Streets of Rage 4. Just wondering if anyone else has a similar problem.

    1. KingGuy420


      That stuff has been super hit or miss lately. Probably the extra server strain from everyone being at home.

    2. Icebrand1270


      @KingGuy420 I see. That makes sense now. Probably no way to correct it either. Rats!

    3. NERVergoproxy


      It's PSN. I was playing offline for reasons a few days ago and it still register and show people the trophies I've earned/activity during my "offline" time. 😅 Guess I wasn't stealth enough.

  5. After some consideration I decided to purchase the following games from my "wishlist":


    Streets of Rage 4

    The Complex

    The Shapeshifting Detective


    I'm sure I'll enjoy all of them to some extent. I'm sure I'll REALLY enjoy Streets of Rage 4 given my current mood. Whenever I can do more games I will buy River City Girls and Double Dragon and Kunio-kun Retro Brawler Bundle to keep with the brawler theme. And I Am Setsuna in the distant future when I have the cash... and focus needed for a traditional JRPG.

    1. MidnightDragon


      Hope you enjoy.

    2. Icebrand1270


      @MidnightDragon I'll do Streets of Rage 4 first. For those who are unaware, I have the Plat for Late Shift. I bought The Bunker and The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker some time back as well but I've done nothing with them so far. I really need to find my unplayed backlog... and actually play it!

    3. Honor_Hand


      Oh, you got the games already... I was catching up on my updates and didn't saw this one until now, lol. xD 


      Good choice. Definitely do try River City GIrls later on. Looks awesome.


      Have fun there. :D

  6. Was looking if anyone could recommend a digital game in the 40 dollar and under (USD of course) range. I have some spare money left from... well, being stuck in the "hot zone" of New York City... and best to leave it at that. Don't know if I'll do it now or wait for a month or two when my mood improves (tired of social media arguments, you understand). Still, here's my "wishlist" if you will:

    Streets of Rage 4.

    The Shapeshifting Detective.

    The Complex (yep, I know, I shouldn't)

    River City Girls

    Big Pharma

    I Am Setsuna

    Double Dragon and Kunio-kun Retro Brawler Bundle

    Yu-Gi-Oh Legacy of The Duelist Link Evolution (PS4)


    Any suggestions are greatly appreciated as always. Trophy difficulty is only semi-important as my hunting of trophies has been terrible this month to begin with.

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    2. Froopy the Temmie

      Froopy the Temmie

      I can understand that.  I had a somewhat... unsettling experience with Final Fantasy 7 that made it very... difficult to finish.  I did eventually, but it was a bit of a roller coaster.


      To be fair, I probably didn't give the game a chance.  It may have a good story, so take that with a grain of salt.


      Sometimes everyone gets an urge to punch something xD 

    3. Honor_Hand


      Sadly, I haven't played any of those games as to have a more complete opinion on them.


      HOWEVER, out of those in that list, I'd go for River City GIrls. I really, really liked what the developers (WayForward) did with Double Dragon Neon back in 2012. I know a lot of people weren't particularly fond of that reboot, but I thought it was awesome. Nice music and very addictive to play. River City Girls appears to be much of the same, but with a cooler art style.


      Streets of Rage 4 looks like a good option, but I haven't really read or watched anything about that one, so I'm only basing my opinion there on the previous titles in the franchise.



    4. Icebrand1270


      @Honor_Hand I did Double Dragon Neon on my old ID when it came out. If I ever hear the music for Stage 2 again, I just might start singing, dancing and making a complete fool of myself! And I won't want to stop either!

  7. I should update my About Me again... for a multitude of reasons.

    I've hit "First in The World" status twice now (8 To Glory, RBI Baseball 20). I only have 8 To Glory listed.

    I now have more Platinum Trophies as OohYeah127 than I did as Icebrand1270. I need to list that.

    Sadly, I have to alter my "ECPW alumni in the big leagues" list as Luke Gallows was among the many roster releases right after Wrestlemania. (I'm sure he'll be all right career-wise but don't ask if I have inside info. I couldn't tell you if I knew and he already "made it" by the time I started in 2008.) At least there is one ECPW alumni in the "bigs" right now in Sonny Kiss of AEW. (Not that I watch much of WWE or AEW or Impact or the other big leagues... if at all. My shows and health matter more to me personally. Not a popular viewpoint but there it is.)

    I'm sure there's other things to alter... I'll just have to think about them. All in good time, yes?

    1. eigen-space


      I see you have 127 in both your usernames. Care to share its significance?

    2. Icebrand1270


      @eigen-space Certainly! January 27 is my birthday! But I devised my original username back in 2008 when I wasn't so outgoing and much more shy. Therefore I put a zero on the end as a sort of disguise. Thanks to my work with East Coast Pro Wrestling, shy is not an option.

      As for the rest, Icebrand is a popular name for Ice Swords in Final Fantasy games (paying homage to old-school RPGs there). OohYeah is a reference to WWE Hall of Fame wrestler Macho Man Randy Savage. I lost the "Icebrand1270" ID in September of 2017 due to a bank card hack.

    3. eigen-space


      I thought it might be birthday related. Nice origin story for the usernames :D

  8. [GreedFall] I finished my first playthrough and I have 43 of 59 trophies... including the trophy for the best ending! I have absolutely no idea how I got A Better World instead of A Big Step Towards Peace but I won't complain!

    Through strategically placed saves I might get a few more trophies quickly... maybe. We'll see.

    A Better World is also Gold Trophy 1000! CRAZY!

    1. Glowbugg


      How many playthrus does it take to plat?

    2. Icebrand1270


      @Glowbugg That depends largely on 2 things: clever use of save points and whether you are willing to do Extreme difficulty right away. The bare minimum is 2 due to having 4 romance options. Vasco only likes women, Aphra only likes men and Kurt and Siora like both genders. Each one has their own trophy. (Not unlike Dragon Age Origins, come to think of it.) There are 5 different endings as well but clever use of save points can cut down on time... somewhat. I'll need more than 2 since I missed a potential romance with Kurt and I didn't play on Extreme difficulty right away. Plus some other choice-based trophies that keep you on your toes.

  9. [GreedFall] I have 29 trophies so far but I feel like a buffoon playing chess... if that makes any sense.


    So far, I screwed up a potential romance with Kurt by only partially succeeding his second of three companion quests. At least he remained loyal for this run.

    I caused enough disfavor with the Coin Guard that I never gained Friendly status with them, despite completing their questline. OUCH!

    I gained Friendly status with the Theleme... and lost it. Furthermore, the Mother Cardinal did NOT reveal the stone tables to her people. DAMN IT!

    So I'm ineligible for the best ending. The other 4 endings are still in play, of course. But this hurts.

    At least I enjoy this game... but I HATE making mistakes like this! I suppose the phrase "Better luck next time" is appropriate, yes?

  10. [GreedFall] 27 Trophies earned so far. Keep in mind that one of the 5 endings is (likely) locked out due to screwing up some side quests. Better luck next time I guess. And I'm playing on Easy difficulty since I die every now and then, so a run on Extreme difficulty will be saved for when everything else is done. Whenever that is.

    I still have a LOT of the plot and some companion quests to do. I do love side quests in Action RPG games, go figure!

    Pity I went in blind and didn't know much about what mistakes to avoid (ex. romances). Then again, if I had paid attention I would have realized you were looking to cure a plague. I honestly thought you were playing as a pirate! Don't ask me why... wishful thinking maybe?

  11. [Greedfall] Starting this game and my first thought is: OH did I ever guess the plot incorrectly! I thought there would be pirates, not a plague! OOPS!

    At least there are many ways to fight and it does look nice (not that I care much for that sort of thing). I did die 3 times against the "prologue boss" on Easy difficulty so maybe this isn't for me. I'll still do it as I don't mind "going the long way" to a Plat (Read: Do everything before Extreme difficulty), provided I enjoy it of course.

    Now to figure out how to avoid needless dying... remember to dodge!

  12. I've seen people in my personal life talk about days blurring into one another. I'm inclined to agree. I check the day once a day and that's it. With the world gone mad, I only know what day it is due to essential workers among friends and family. Not good.

    1. PooPooBlast


      Agreed. I'm still trying to not fall into that trap. Once those days passes you by, you end up feeling like shit. At least for me anyway

    2. Honor_Hand


      Yeah... I've been feeling that for the last 6-8 years now. I don't remember when it started, mind you. :hmm: Nowdays, with the coronacrisis, I can't help but feel like everyday feels like fucking Sunday. No kidding. 😅 But yeah, I know what you mean.

  13. Platinum 133 is Story of a Gladiator! Completed in just over 6 hours, this was a fun time and tougher than its 71% Platinum "success rate" would suggest. At least it was to me because I was terrible at blocking but okay at rolling. The trophy glitch with Favor of the Gods has been fixed for some time now.

    I do not know whether I will go for the DLC trophies (it is free DLC that was added automatically with version 1.02). I don't mind the challenge but can I handle the stress of 15 waves of combat? I honestly don't know.

    Anyway, if I don't do that, what is next? I have GreedFall ready to start and The Outer Worlds is 3 trophies away (2 difficulty trophies and and a grinding trophy). I also got GRID (PS4) from GameFly (still shipping amidst this madness) but I haven't been able to get around to patch it due to Internet issues. Possibilties, yes?

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    2. ihadalifeb4this
    3. Froopy the Temmie

      Froopy the Temmie

      Congratulations on the plat! :D 

    4. Honor_Hand


      Many congrats on the Platinum! :D

  14. Anybody here played GreedFall? I see it's 50% off (24.99) on the Spring Sale right now. I still have some money left over this month to spend on games, seeing how I'm stuck indoors in NYC and all. (And let's leave it at that. My stir-crazy self is healthy but tired to say the least.) Saw a trailer but we all know how misleading those are. Keep in mind that graphics are uninmportant to me and I know the game has multiple endings and difficulty levels. But I need to know more before I commit to it (story, control schematic etc). Also, a long game doesn't sound bad at all. Something to get lost in, to be sure. Trophy list is also only semi-important as I've been away from that style of gaming for a bit.

    1. Icebrand1270


      UPDATE: Bought Greedfall and Story of a Gladiator. Will probably do Story of a Gladiator first since it seems to be shorter.

  15. I'm going to reconstruct a trophy checklist I haven't done since 2017. As you might imagine I put down "Results Coming... Eventually!"

    My problem is simple: I have good stuff (Fallout 4), obscure stuff (Ashes Cricket, Floor Kids), trashy stuff (Ratalaika, Lightwood etc) and some very interesting milestones among my 132 Platinums (1st In The World to Platinum 8 To Glory and RBI Baseball 20). Not sure who is going to be interested in such a hodgepodge of stuff. I know a traditional chronological order is completely out of the question, to be sure.

    Suggestions are greatly appreciated. Perhaps I will go look at some checklists and see what the best and brightest have designed for themselves!