Hollow Night: how it all came to be this way for me.

Hollow Knight has taken me prisoner.

Birthday Pop-Up Card for my son that I made with my daughters artsy drawing of the two characters from Hollow Knight.

On September 12th I was trying to come up with ideas for a card for the next day. I was drawing a blank. Then my daughter mentioned Hollow Knight, drawing something, and I could make a Pop-Up with it. It was more a joke, but not entirely. Hollow Knight had just be announced coming to console on September 25th, with pre-orders to start on PS4 on the 14th.

She and my son talked about Hollow Knight here and there, and were interested in it, I knew the name, but didn’t really understand what it was.

So about Pop-Up’s, “I can do that, all I have to do is look up some instructions.” I hadn’t made one in a long time, and I wanted to to do a decent job.

In the next moments the idea for the card came into being and she agreed to draw something.

I cut the figures out and put the card together. We chose the purple papers for the backdrop together.

We were giddy over the results. I put it in the envelope, that Pop-Up card, after we fawned over it and snapped so many photos. Super excited for the night to be over so we could see him open the card! My other son was audibly impressed when he saw it. Priceless. It was well liked by the whole family.

So basking in all that glory I looked up more about Hollow Knight the previous day and the day of the birthday. I was so hooked by the time I cut the figures out, really.

I ended up getting the main soundtrack on Humble Bundle (it’s not in Google Play, and I prefer to own things I really like so…) yesterday.┬á

This morning, just after 3am I started checking PSN Store for the pre-order, finally getting that nearly 12 hours later.

Countdown begins!

Hollow Knight Pre-order Countdown PS4

So above my Christmas Countdown on the right sidebar, I’ll put a Hollow Knight countdown too. ­čÖé

I know the game is going to torture me once I have it to play. I look forward to the misery.

Guitar Hero Live: Forget-it

I had decided to try to get all the GHL trophies on PS4 before it’s shut down near the end of 2018. All August 2018 I played EDF 4.1 instead, thinking I’d put my all into it Sept., Oct., and Nov. …

While playing EDF I came to grips with, isn’t EDF actually harder to Platinum? Yes and No, but resoundingly YES I need to Platinum EDF 4.1. Why? I have three other EDF games, one on PS3 and two on PS Vita, that probably won’t get Platinumed, hopefully on PS Vita both EDF 2017 and EDF 2 will happen, but 2025 on PS3 won’t for sure.

I want to Platinum EDF 4.1 on PS4 very, very much. I love the game. But playing alone isn’t so easy like on Hardest, I’m on Machine Squad … that and most after it are nye impossible for Wing Diver alone.

The unfortunate state of EDF 4.1

Any playthrough of a level for completion of a difficulty only counts for online if played online, or offline if played offline. This means one cannot play all the levels alone they can get done, and go online to get help with the remainder.

There is 2-player split-screen offline play … one can choose to use two controllers for two characters that way, all alone, that can help progressing armor accumulation, and also get through some levels, but having a second person controlling that second character helps all the more. Some people don’t have anyone else, so playing online is a better choice, but one should have friends to make that work out best, and then the total difference of playing online, how much more health enemies have … it’s way harder than playing offline. At least with others playing with you three to four of you are attacking and reviving each other as need be.

I live in a house with my family. Two others in my family like EDF. Getting them to finish my online Hardest Wing Diver playthrough though … they won’t. We played it together, and have about 3 levels left. So since then I started Hardest as Wing Diver offline and got all they way down the list to Machine Squad, and splot, there I am stuck. We did all together start playing as other characters after they wouldn’t finish Hardest that I spoke of earlier.

We took a break, and since that they won’t play with me now, the last few weeks, and I’m frustrated. I want to just get further and further as much as possible so I can Platinum this game before EDF 5 arrives on Western Shores. They don’t want to Platinum it. They are not trophy hunters.┬á

Neither am I, it’s just that I am a select Platinum Hunter.

LEGO Worlds PS4 (RNG)

We got LEGO Worlds for our son’s birthday yesterday. It was nice to see him playing it, then later in the evening I finally got my own chance to play it.

We both had fun and are getting through all the upgrading to arrive at the I CAN BUILD ANYTHING stage.

This game is a dream come true for me. Fun with LEGO, LEGO theme stuff everywhere, but it’s all first party theme stuff. For so many years now I dream in LEGO, entire dreams of LEGO environs, non-lego games as LEGO Game in my dream, or a regular movie replicated into a LEGO movie in my dream.

Starhawk, Warframe, two games I played a lot and dreamed about frequently.

Any movie could get the LEGO treatment in my dreams. The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings did get LEGO games, but have you ever seen the real movies in LEGO? I have.

Other games, tv shows, movies, anything can be built in LEGO IRL, for the most part, and in LEGO Worlds, you can make that happen too, even better.

Now then, RNG in LEGO Worlds. My son got swamp after swamp after swamp, and was so sick of it. Well, when I played I had fantasy for the most part, sick of bows I am.

Also at one point suddenly my son turned into a Cowgirl, he was a male astronaut.

I was playing as Intergalactic Girl, in helmet. Suddenly I got turned into a male astronaut.

It was weird both times. But… it’s not unimaginable, R1 or L1 are the culprits.

At any rate, why was I playing as that girl character? RNG favored her in the Mini Figure Series she’s from.

 

I have too many of her, so many of her, oh so many of her. It was sickening, so the joke is a good one, I have to be her.

So then, in-game photos with “Camera” are in-game. Reminds me of Media Molecule’s games LBP & Tearaway, in-game camera pictures can be uploaded to a site for the game. ┬áThere is a game site for LEGO Worlds, but from Console I am not sure about getting photos there, it must be once you have 100 Gold Bricks. ┬áOr it isn’t. I wouldn’t know, I only have 26 Gold Bricks [Can’t know unless I look it up, and so for this I’m going on experience, I. I prefer to understand through reading or experience, but some things must be read and and then experienced to confirm safely.

A few screenshots/trophy screenshots

 

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My last trophy of my first play session.

I didn’t bother to change my character back, when I played the next day, I started with my usual Intergalactic Girl, so…that’s that.

This is the first post of hopefully many about LEGO Worlds on PS4. ­čÖé

 

 

Happy New Year 2017 Style!

It’s a new year and that means: just another digit added to the year.

My PSN goal for the end of the year was to get to LEVEL 16, which I did by the hair of my chinny chin chin.

This year I hope to increase to LEVEL 17 by the end. I have enough backlog to complete, and really still want several new games… really want them.

The Order: 1886 on PS4 is a game I began right before Christmas 2016. I have one trophy in it, I’m more than halfway through the story, but on the airship and stuck where that shotgunner is, not a nice place to keep restarting at.

I know I’ve missed at least one collectable on the previous level that had collectibles before going to the airship. I hope I don’t miss anymore. I don’t like to find collectibles when trying to finish other things at the same time. I’m going to have to re-play a lot to get the trophies to Platinum the game.

Tearaway on PS Vita. I’ve 100% the game, but trophies are another thing: 3 of them require playing a certain level without losing one’s stamp. Meaning: Media Molecules nice “don’t die in this level and finish it in one go” ala Ace LBP levels. I got the Windego level done OK. The other two are doozies for me, and I can’t go back to the game without my knees starting to buckle and my stomach flipping around, it’s that traumatic for me.

Tearaway Unfolded on PS4, I started playing it, but didn’t go on from quite early in the game. I should pick it up again so I can 100% the game and still not get another Platinum. ­čśë

Ys: Memories of Celceta on PS Vita I have played through the story almost twice, once on normal, and then on Nightmare, but not through it yet, I can’t beat the BeastMaster … I found BAMI quite trivial in Nightmare, but super annoying hard on Normal. BeastMaster on Normal was pretty much not hard, easy enough to beat, but on Nightmare, it’s a total opposite for me. I’m fully upgraded in Level and in Skills for most of my characters now, I wasn’t fully leveled in all skills last time I found him, so I should try again…

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on PS3 is a game I started last year and had trouble going through the valley and not dying a million times, so I didn’t try ever after that. I WANT to progress in this.

The Lord of the Rings: War in the North on PS3 first started playing this in August 2013 with someone on PSN, we got through the first playthrough, he got more trophies than me, playing as the Ranger, while I played as the Elf, and the Dwarf was AI.

Second playthrough we started playing with another person, played through and then were on our current third playthrough with another person, but stopped playing picked it up a few times after that August playing, got a few more trophies, but still not finished that playthrough, or something like that. Organizing play time is tough.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on PS4 is a game I was really excited for, bought it digitally on the Playstation Store (stupidly) played it once, gaining OMG amounts of nemesis in the very beginning, oh no!

I really need to just delete that playthrough and start fresh, using a Game Guide this time and taking my sneaky good old time.

That’s a short list of games that bug me to finish them.

I also have three Earth Defense Force games (PS3 EDF 2025, PS Vita EDF 2017 Portable, and EDF 2 Invaders from Space) that mock me for not grinding enough yet.

I started playing Freedom Wars on PS Vita and really liked it, but feel stuck, unable to progress without playing with others to get certificates. My optional missions are over my head. I’m really stuck.

I started playing Helldivers on PS4, PSN friends promised they’d play it with me. We’ll see.

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I love LEGO games, but don’t play every franchise. I am at the point of wanting a lot of the games for PS Vita, I have finished: LoTR, The Hobbit, Legend of Chima, Marvel Superheros: Universe in Peril.

I’d play Ninjago one’s, and Jurassic Park World, The LEGO Movie, Marvel Avengers, at the least, all on my PS Vita.

My Big Wish is for Pixel Junk Monsters Platinum Ultimate on PS4, with trophies for everything, not just the “Challenge” levels. And more content. PLEASE!!!!! [Yes, this is a made up PJM title, but it sounds great!]

Secondly how about Savage Moon remastered for PS4, and also PS Vita.

Can hardly wait hardly for this PS4 game even though I’ve never seen the TV show

Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness PS4 Limited Edition Pre-Order
Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness PS4 Limited Edition Pre-Order

 

I was going to watch the show [Psycho-Pass] on Netflix, but then they took it off before I got to it! Figures. At any rate once I heard the game was coming to PS4 and PS Vita I tossed the idea around a long while and later decided to go with the PS4 one. Sorry my dear PS Vita. I had fun playing Steins Gate on you earlier this year!

Not only the game, but the Limited Edition was the thing about it, I LOVE LE games that have good content in the package.

Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness PS4 Limited Edition contents
Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness PS4 Limited Edition contents

Games are way cheaper at stores you have a membership with. In this case, for me, often Amazon [Prime] has what I want, Best Buy [Gamer Unlocked] is declining on having what I want. Both stores are equal in pricing discount for me so whomever has the goods gets the order.

Part of the PlayStation package is every game gets codes for the first 2 episodes of the show, uh, which means, not where I’d want them since I’d buy it elsewhere, Google or Vudu, for instance. It is what it is though.

I haven’t watched a lot of anime, nor played many anime-ish games. I started watching some anime this year on purpose. I really loved Death Note, and Fate/Zero. Fate Stay the Night next. Steins Gate as a game was really good [felt like I’d nearly watched a show] and if I could I’d watch the show based on it.

We have a big Directv pkg, and the larger Netlfix sub, and satellite radio subs, and more … so an anime site to watch things, no deal since free is ugly to me and paid is just more money that could go to LEGO or Art Supplies, etc. I take what’s on Netflix and profit smartly.

Psycho-Pass, I wish it would come back to Netflix, and I wish they hadn’t taken Death Note off too. I never fully re-watched it, but once I heard the news it was going away, it wasn’t within my power to actually re-watch the first season again. Sorry L!

Just one more week before the delivery should hit my doorstep. Hurray! [I better get busy and finish Ni no kuni before then, oh bother, I’m not far in yet.]

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PixelJunk Monsters

PixelJunk Monsters, my beloved.

PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate HD PS Vita

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Early morning screen.
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Day screen.
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Evening Screen.
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Night screen.

On my PS Vita as Lock Screen (for a long time now, even today.) Screenshots from longer ago, and today.

Screenshots of Screenshots proving dates. FWIW.

Originally screenshot taken May 11, 2012 PixelJunk Monsters on my PS Vita screensaver
Originally screenshot taken May 11, 2012 PixelJunk Monsters on my PS Vita screensaver

Originally screenshot taken May 28, 2016 PixelJunk Monsters on my PS Vita screensaver
Originally screenshot taken May 28, 2016 PixelJunk Monsters on my PS Vita screensaver

I first saw PixelJunk Monsters in June 2009, on the PlayStation PS3 Store. I bought it June 18, 2009. I loved playing it frequently, did everything over and over except for the challenge levels, which I finally tackled to get the trophies in 2013. PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe on PSP which was an absolute buy ASAP available. Waited and waited for it to come to PS Vita natively, Played PJM Deluxe PSP on my PS Vita again (I deleted save files to start over how many times, between PSP and PS Vita?)

Finally PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate HD was out for PS Vita. Even came to Windows (which was a distressing time for me, I loved the exclusivity of it on PSN, kept it neat and intact. But the point is DoubleEleven didn’t drop the ball on PS Vita, it’s great there, can be played classically, just buttons, hurray! Windows, just not suitable for a classic PJM lover.)

I know it also was distorted as a FB game, horrible, something I know of but no experience with.

Now it comes down to: I’ve wanted PJM┬áon PS4 all along, no hint of it coming to PS4, and what do my weary eyes behold in an email, near the bottom, PixelJunk Monsters Wii U. WHAT???!!!!!!!

So I bought it immediately and, of course, it’s a great game. You can play it on your TV, using the Wii pad buttons or set the screen to mirror the tv, and play it right there on the Wii pad. You can touch the screen to move, touch a tree, etc. Touch or buttons when mirrored. I like button play entirely still.

Another nifty thing is setting the Wii pad to display the Tiki Hut inside. Buy towers without having to move Tikiman to the hut. Great when you are playing on the TV.

I’ve been mostly playing mirrored, if the TV is in use by something else, no problem, if not, then my game is on the big screen for anyone else to see. I can’t look at both, my near-sighted eyes appreciate the Wii pad mirroring, most especially.

The way you take screenshots on Wii U is useful, odd, but useful. Home button>open MiiVerse>save screenshot>continue using miiverse>choose photo>make a new post with it in your PlayJournal. I haven’t always “saved screenshot” … often just PlayJournal it right off. Trying to not do that if I really want to have the picture in more than just PlayJournal now though.

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Get Medieval Challenge -Wii U – May 27, 2016

At any rate, there’s one screenshot, Get Medieval Challenge on Wii U.

What I do want is more though, more levels, islands, etc. release another “encore’ like pack for every version please! Q-Games/Double Eleven and please release a platinum fully HD packed with great trophies and challenges on PS4! Pretty Please!

Note the one difference from PS Vita PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate HD to Wii U PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate HD … Ice Tower … oh my, on PS Vita (as well as PS3 and PSP versions) it’s only ground monsters whom it targets. On Wii U it also targets flying monsters. Mistake? Or on purpose? I don’t know, but it sure makes difference on the Wii U. Which brings to mind whether or not difficulty ratings were changed anywhere. Questions.

LORD OF THE RINGS: THE THIRD AGE

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We never had a Nintendo GameCube, but our Wii is GameCube play-able, I picked up the above title at 2nd and Charles sometime last year, but didn’t have controllers, so later got them, then couldn’t find where I’d put the game, so time went on and OMG look there it is in the stack on my dresser, it blended in so well with movies: DVD, Blu-ray, UMD, LOL.

So I ordered a Gamecube Memory card on Amazon and it should arrive in the mail today. Wii is setup with disc 1 in, controllers just awaiting the U. S. Mail.

This is a game we played on PlayStation 2 back in the day. We don’t have a PlayStation 2 anymore, and none of our PS3’s are phatty’s so we haven’t been able to play it in a long time.

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I really liked it, I never played any of the movie versions, just this odd side game just appealed to me (as does War in the North, which I still have to finish on PS3 (for all the trophies.) Of course I also bought the newest LoTR game on PS4, played it for 10 minutes and never played it again. [Made too many nemesis enemies right off. Maybe one day I’ll try it again.]

Anyhow it just seems so unlikely that Lord of the Rings: The Third Age would ever get PS2 Classic status to be resold for PS3/PS4 I mean, no way. It’s EA for one thing. Just forget it.

 

 

Forge TV means “Netflix isn’t my favorite” and Razer better fix it sooner than later.

#Netflix #Razer #ForgeTV #AndroidTV

“Razer Forge TV has Google Cast built-in so you can cast your favorite entertainment from your mobile device to your TV.”

–Razer makes it sound good, until you don’t see the obvious missing tile … no Netflix, none, and not good ways of using it. []

[www.razerzone.com/gaming-systems/razer-forge-tv]

 

Favorite entertainment, except for Netflix. Can’t have it native nor cast it properly. I can cast my entire screen on my Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Tablet, Netflix plays on my Forge TV connected to my 50″ Plasma, but it is not the same form factor as the TV, so not very compelling, not very awesome looking.

My phone, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ can’t cast Netflix to the TV, same┬áRazer Forge TV. I can download Chromecast app on my Samsung and cast my phone screen, and then Netflix fills the ENTIRE┬áTV screen, but the moving picture isn’t there, subtitle on a black screen, touch the device playback pull it along, you’ll see thumbnail pictures of the movie/show on the TV, but then hit play again, back to full black.

Forge TV and Vudu, I CAN Cast VUDU no problem. Neither Vudu nor Netflix will run natively though. <– That is not the case on other major devices. So Forge TV isn’t major, at least it does have YouTube and Google Play apps, Disney Anywhere, you can download so many other video providers, but not the major two that I use. Figures.

This is the beautiful photo I took with my tablet when trying to Cast Netflix, same screen happens from my phone too.

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Netflix won’t run Cast from any device.

 

This is nothing new. I know Forge TV has been out for awhile. Thing about it though, they only recently re-released it, that’s what I have. It’s about time Netflix is usable on it. Native or Cast. No need to “CAST WHOLE SCREEN” junk.

Netflix runs on my PS4, PS3, Phone, Tablet, even Wii, Wii U, good casts to any of my simple Chromecast dongles, my other Android TV’s (Sony 2015) have native Netflix including a button on the remote.

So is it money that keeps Netflix from Razer’s Forge TV? It can’t be hardware only, I mean there’s a solution, or a reason why. It’s just time for this to break. Oh of course, uh, Netflix works on my PS Vita and 3DS too. Hmph. But not on PS TV … there’s something going around. Not freedom, that’s for sure. So I have two nice little devices, and no way of putting Netflix on the big screen with them. Forge TV is my best, as PS TV doesn’t do video exept for PlayStation stuff. My stuff is in UV, Vudu/Disney/Google. Why did I get a Forge TV then? It was value priced, but┬ávalue just isn’t truly value these days.

Success Fixing Freezer, but can’t fix one’s disorganization

I’ve been working hard to re-organize some things, and it’s taking so much time, effort, and so much out of me, I can’t do as much as I want to … and of course LEGO Marvel Avengers released during that time. I played it on my PS4, my main PSN ID, Plat. but couldn’t stop myself from starting it up on my 1st Alternate PSN ID. This is what a good game does. ­čÖé

I’ve still been working at the IRL stuff, but it’s difficult to make something out of nothing, unless you are a deity, which I am definitively not!

I do rest on my laurels having fixed the Upright Freezer we keep in the garage. New control panel, new Defrost Temperature, new Thermistor. The Thermistor took cutting wires and putting the new one together with the stripped old wires into nuts with silicone to seal. It took a lot of effort trying to do that inside the freezer successfully. Lastly I put on a new gasket on the door. It wasn’t completely working out, but after a couple of days, it finally seemed to be suction shutting just fine. It was “dead” feeling at first, and I HAD to lock the door to keep it shut. There were a few squiggly areas I just couldn’t do anything with, so once it was installed I let it sit a day, then took the hairdryer on low heat to those areas and tried to ply them to lay correctly. Next day I turned the heat up and was careful, and it did a better job of things. Next two days, it seems to really straighten out and start sealing on it’s own. Hurray! Success!

We’d had iced up interiors and a control panel that told us the door was open, when it wasn’t, and couldn’t keep from malfunctioning in different alarming ways. So I finally put effort into it and got the parts that seemed to be needed, then also the thermistor at a later time. I had to defrost it, so much water came out of the unit. All the food had to go into the inside house fridge/freezer or into coolers. It was a messy watery time, but finally it was dry (off, of course) and repair got under way.

If success in other areas was so easy … I long have wished to make closets and drawers and containers out of thin air (how easily I can draw ideas on paper, do it exactly that on a computer (click new, folder) but in real life stuff just has no where to go, not enough built in storage, furniture, shelves, containers, for stuff.

 

It’s always been a fight. It’s part of life. For some of us paring down is equal to wishing one could but some things just aren’t worth getting rid of. ┬áSometimes someone else will do something with your stuff and wow does that make me angry. So because I have too much and not enough at the same time, no matter what I do, it’s a daily problem. But I’ve lived like that for all my life, so what? That’s right.

Lack of Nice Laptops; 43x830C Monitor is Wonderful instead

We were looking for a new laptop for me, specs important, build feel important. We didn’t find anything worthwhile.

So the other thing I wanted, besides a UHD 4K laptop was, a UHD 4K large monitor for my desktop (which I built long ago, it feels.) We were at BestBuy and went to look where we had so recently purchased our lovely Sony 65x850C. Over on the other side there were the smaller ones. I knew there was one model that fit my bill. It was cheaper there than on Amazon, wasn’t perfect, but as good as I’d really be mostly happy, Android TV, 4 HDMI inputs, ┬áand Sony as the maker.

I have a 43″ monitor with this: my desktop running at 3840×2160 60FPS, a DirecTV mini-genie (not 4K), and my PS4.

Even better I have the Android TV interface, Netflix 4K programming, everything upscaled looks great too. My office isn’t a bright room, it’s gorgeous all the time. XBR-43x830C is really nice on a desk, and will handle things nicely in the future. $699.99 is a great price. I am happier with computing and PS4 play. Better than a laptop, for now. I don’t see anything worth while coming about until end of the year, at the earliest.