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 on 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.

PJMD for PS Vita!

PSN finally released Pixel Junk Monsters Deluxe to work on PS Vita. I’ve been waiting for this since February 15th! The Store update of Tuesday, May 22, 2012 also brought a new game Table Top Tanks, for $1.99. That’s troublesome. I don’t have $1.99 to put in my PSN Wallet, I don’t have anything in it right now, plus my son has a PS Vita and he has no money to get it with either.

In my case I could get $5 (if I had it) in my PSN Wallet. But then my son, he’s got a different PSN ID and it’s not sub to me, so we have to get a card he can use, so … it’s gonna have to wait. No Table Top Tanks for us, for the while.

Pixel Junk Monsters Deluxe was the one title in their PSP catalog that I wanted for sure. I love the soundtrack, it looks* and sounds* good on the PS Vita. If you don’t have it yet, get it, only $9.99 now. There is another I’d like, which is Fat Princess: Fistful of Cake. There’s a mini, Fieldrunners. I don’t really want that Fieldrunners though. I do, I don’t. I want a made for PS Vita version, like Fieldrunners HD, but with the maps from the PSN Mini version. Best of both worlds.

Fieldrunners is made by Subatomic Studios. I have tweeted back and forth about it for Android, DLC is coming soon, they say, they said, long ago. Still nothing. Fieldrunners HD for Android is a nice game, but it needs more maps! Fieldrunners Mini on PSN doesn’t run on the PS Vita yet, but on PS3 and PSP it’s good, but sloooowwwwww. Fieldrunners HD is way faster. I want that fastness on my PS Vita, crystal graphics, and all the maps. Oh, yeah, touch screen too. Thank you very much. Both worlds available though. All the Maps, Fastness, Prettiness, Touch Screen controls plus ability to use sticks/d-pad/buttons if one desires. Is that asking too much? Nope.

I bought all three games long ago on my PSP … it’s nice that I can put them on my PS Vita just by downloading them, not having to pay again. It’s something though, I’d love to see touch screen stuff added to some of these games, I’d pay an upgrade fee. Yes, I would.

Unfortunately I cannot take Screenshots in PJMD on my PS Vita. So no pictures for now.

* Santa Monica Studio
* Q Games

* Otograph

Advanced Thought Process – Thinking Aloud about PS Vita

Today is February 10. It’s been a fast month so far, and that is solely because of February 15th, which is Vita Day! We’ve been looking forward to this day (without knowing for sure it would be this long at the outset) for just over a year. We watch the introduction of the NGP via Sony’s broadcast of their press conference on the internet in the browser, January 2011. Yes, we watched it ‘live’ but the exact date isn’t what I’m going for here.

We had planned for [ what became the PS Vita ] to be Christmas presents for me and my eldest son. All year we looked forward to that, only to be totally blown to pieces when they announced an early 2012 launch for the whole world, but a December 2011 launch in Japan. Oh well, we picked up the pieces and found other things to wish for, for Christmas 2011.

All in all, I was sold on the new device via the internet that January 2011. It’s sleek but not TOO sleek, it’s not skinny by any perspective. It has the nicest light heft feeling when holding it (I got to play around with one in December 2011 at a PS Vita Mall Event.) The OLED screen is bright, colorful, deep, wonderful.

My PSP is good. But it looks so dull, on any brightness setting, compared to the OLED PS Vita. I haven’t done a side by side comparison yet. I don’t have an actual PS Vita in my house. I didn’t carry my PSP around with me to compare it at the mall either. Having them side by side in less than a week will be nice.

Some people online are writing about getting their pre-orders of the PS Vita shipped already, but that was a mistake and halted. Lucky them.

In any case, we have them pre-ordered at a brick store. We’ll pay for them on the 15th. I’m hoping we can get some accessories and games too. There are not a lot of games we are interested in right away. There are a few.

In the 1st Edition Bundle there is a case, the PS Vita, a 4g Card, and Little Deviants game. That game isn’t one I’d pick exactly, but it’s not un-welcomed. For me I often just won’t play something unless there is a reason that I find out about it that will drive me to wish to play. Simply being “popular” isn’t the thing. Actually, that’s exactly a mark against something 🙂

The Vita will also come with 6 AR cards. It’s capable of playing AR games with those cards, and also can do WAR without the cards in AR games. With the PS Vita there are 3 free downloadable games officially announced to work with the cards, and I guess WAR as well.

Cliff Diving, Tabletop Soccer, and Fireworks.

I’ve seen others posting on blogs about how they are not impressed, the games look boring, whatever, cheap.

Well they aren’t impressed, that’s too bad. I know it’s cool to get things that are novel, for awhile. Is this novel? Yes. Is it something that’ll stick around? Well, it is already around. There are AR games for the PSP, for instance, with a camera add-on. Other things exist.

Kind of how 3D is not new, but still novel, not widespread, will stay novel … until holodecks arrive. AR and WAR will be more popular I think, and be a bridge to those holodecks. 🙂

I’m looking forward to the Fireworks game. I love fireworks. It’ll be fun. We’ll see how long that lasts. I’ll try and be sure to post my thoughts on all of this later, once the PS Vita and all that gaming is in my grasp.

The thing about the PS Vita that is really nice: Trophy support. Games for the portable now can have real trophies that sync with one’s true PSN Trophy List. Integration. Woo! Hoo!

What games will have trophies? That’s up to the game devs. I am interested in the AR Suite games, will they have trophies? No word on that, so either they do or they don’t. Either/Or with a hedged bet towards the latter.

There’s a game I’m interested in. It’s something that is fantasy and it’s just something I bet would have certain folks up in arms about it. So, I won’t say more than that.

I like the idea of Lumines & Sound Shapes too. The new Vita version, of Lumines, and Sound Shapes is a totally new game, I’ve been following it’s development some this past year.

MLB 12: The Show will have a PS Vita version that will work with the PS3 version, that is awesome, but it’s cost prohibitive. To do that in the beginning of March, when it’s available, it’ll be $100 for both pieces of software. Ouch. I want other games though. As time goes by there will be more published. I’ll be getting what I can from BB & Amazon with bonus points …

The Playstation blog has a list of compatible PSN games with the PS Vita, it’s not a final list, but it’s missing all the digital full PSP games we’ve bought, and lists SOME of the mini’s I got from PSN Plus for free, and some of the ones I bought outright, but not all of it, not by far.

I wanted to play Fat Princess: Fistful of Cake, as well as Savage Moon: The Hera Campaign. We’ll see.

Now a thing that would be necessary to have is Pixel Junk Monsters Deluxe. I’d prefer Pixel Junk Monsters Super Deluxe for PS Vita. Anyhow, the Pixel Junk Monsters Deluxe page from Q Games has a PSP –> Vita vertical symbol on the bottom right of the page. No word anywhere that I can find about it being re-done for the Vita or anything though. PJMD is not on the playstation blog list. I have also read about those with Vita’s already in the US cannot download PJMD from the Vita store, it’s not compatible, they are told.

There are also lots of apps for the PS Vita, a camera with video support now. I’m just waiting for a Get Glue app. I need to suggest that on their site. I’ve been spending more time in the PS forums of late, instead of doing stuff like that. FWIW

Playstation Site

A Perspective

This article makes me uncomfortable, and also makes me laugh.

Consoles are big, important, and Sony has the best one. Why do we have a WII? Well, we do because it was cheaper, and kind of novel at the time (April 2008) … hard to find in our area, DH brought one home from a NYC business trip.

We got a PS3 in December then, why? We wanted one, more serious gaming platform, PLUS it could play Blu-Ray movies which we were deciding we’d switch to (from DVD) and finally get some real HD content on our big screen tv, which we hadn’t before December with the WII or the old DirecTv box we had.

We still love the PS3, and have 2 of them now. I have also had a PSP since 2007, and getting a Sony Console in with a PSP around already was great. It’s not that we didn’t have gaming before this either. We had a GameBoy in the early 90’s, an NES, then a SNES, then a PS One, then a PS2.

I have a super duper Smart Phone in an HTC Evo 4G … I have games on it, and on my HTC Evo View Tablet. Both Android. What kind of gaming is it? Stuff like on my PSP or PS3, the “Casual” games, like Bejeweled, FieldRunners … good games, but not heavy games. Seriously who would WANT to put Resistance or Prince of Persia or Uncharted or any other big game onto a phone or non-serious gaming device.

The point of Sony putting games on Android soon is that it’ll get more people into their (Sony’s) games and get them looking at MORE SERIOUS gaming if they haven’t yet bitten into that, or haven’t for a long time. It would be the games that can be handled on those devices. Most devices aren’t capable of heavy gaming. Even my good HTC Evo isn’t. The battery, after a year of use, needs replaced to use it for phone and browsing, other apps, AND gaming. Ha! Ha! Ha!

I do play FieldRunners HD for Android on my phone. If I get through Drylands on Medium two times, starting with a fresh battery, that’s about all I can do. That’s ludicrous! I can play FieldRunners on my PSP that has a nearly 2 year old battery and use, and I can play all day and into the night, or whatever. Hours and hours and hours.

FieldRunners HD for Android is nice, but there is no in-game-music. FieldRunners for PSP is nice, slower speed, but there IS in-game-music. All in all the play is similar, but I like touch play, like on the Android, which is why I do want a Play Station Vita in February 2012 when they are finally available here. Gaming devices with some social connection are heavy enough for one device. I can’t have my Phone be a Phone and Social Media and Games and be my Portable Music Player too.

I have a Sansa E280 that I don’t use anymore. I listen more on my computer anyhow, and sometimes on my phone when we go out. I listen less to my own stuff out and about though. Anyhow, it’s that the phone I have needs a new battery, an extended one, plus a charging stand of some kind. I do want that, and want to use it for my music player because I am a scrobbler (last.fm) and immediate scrobbling is what I love. Makes me feel good. I am not going to use a PSP or a Vita for music playing, but will use my phone for phone and music and email and such, and use my PSP or Vita for games, and the PS3.

The article linked at the top of this post is seriously funny. Seriously. What’s your perspective on this?

PSN Activations – starting from Scratch

My hubby called PSN support today. They answered very quickly, but … I felt they didn’t get to the point of understanding what we wanted exactly, but eventually were going to do the ONE TIME ONLY EVER IN THE LIFE OF THE ACCOUNT wiping of all activations.

This is silly as the only reason I HAD to have them do it is that THEIR system messed up giving me devices I had labeled that were real PSP’s to be only virtual PSP’s activated with Video/Comics & Music and the real world PSP’s when I activated each one, my personal one connected to my virtual one as it should, but the other two showed up as NEW PSP’s and that’s purely nothing that I did. I couldn’t deactivate the PSP Video/Comic activations because I had no deviced tied to those virtual activations, they went into limbo (even though no different from before in my house, with mine acting right, and the other two totally not connecting to those profiles online in Sony’s database, FOR WHATEVER REASON!) All I wanted was for SONY to fix my activation problems.

The biggest thing about it is, if they stick to their guns and say later, “We can’t do that because on November 26, 2011 we did that for you and it’s a once in a lifetime thing for any one PSN ID … this post is about it, and I will demand justification for it again, since they messed up my systems with their deactivation scheme in the first place.

So anyhow, I got the account wiped. Within a couple hours everything was off my account and I started from scratch, added each device in and labeled it appropriately. I only activated GAMES on everything. Nothing else. Sony automatically puts MUSIC on each device (I don’t use it though, signed into it once this year just to see what it was, but didn’t do anything with it and that’s that.)

I’m not putting VIDEO on any machine/device unless I need it in the future. On each PS3 we can’t do it (only 1 is allowed per account.) I don’t know if that is ONLY the PSN Store Video (I guess it is) and that the other kinds of video I can do on either/or whenever without “VIDEO” activation. (Netflix, Cinema Now, Hulu, Vudu, but Video Unlimited I don’t know.)

In the past I’ve gotten video on my computer from Amazon Unboxed. I’m not a big fan of digital renting of movie or shows as you don’t have much time with them if something keeps you from it, I prefer discs to that, plus a disc can be watched anywhere, anytime as many times as desired and sold or given away later if desired. Digital content, if you buy it, it is yours forever and limited to the program it is part of, either in their cloud service or on your harddrive. No thank you except for Digital Copy from some movie discs, that’s a back up version to watch without the disc at times, nice sometime, hardly used but a nice feature, and it’s not my only option. I like options.

That’s why Sony has me not so happy with this license change. It’s less options.

Now then, on the phone the person my hubby talked to told him about how Me as Master account with Sub Accounts works. I know how it works and how I WANT it to work, but she/he was supposedly telling him that on the PSP it DOES work the way I want, but she’s not right. I know, nothing has changed, there are no controls in Master Accounts to let them use my content. They have to be logged on as me on the portable devices. Why they don’t change that, I don’t know.

For some games they can put their sign-in PSN ID in, but for some games they HAVE to have MY PSN ID input. It’s not an easy thing, it’s a jump through hoops to do it kind of thing. I wrote about it early this year (in August) when we bought Syphon Filter Combat Ops on PSN… and then referred to it again when we got the UMD of Syphon Filter Logan’s Shadow

Still waiting … (theme of my life)

Still waiting for hubby to call Sony about the PSP activation thing I wrote about last. He said he would that day, didn’t, nor the next, and so on.

I can’t believe it from this perspective, that their stuff is so messed up as to not recognize that those two PSP’s are the same ones as before hitting the Deactivate button. The Music/Video/Comics activation is totally annoying, as you can’t get rid of old ones that are activated with that stuff since that stuff isn’t EDITABLE ONLINE ANYMORE as it once was (I know, I took that stuff off of one of the old ones we don’t have anymore but was still connected to the account, then the DEACTIVATE from post 11-18 did take that one away totally. There is no way to take such an approach now though, cause the DEVICE section was changed, and there is no way to change the PSP Music/Video/Comics thing anymore. I’m glad I did it when I could, before, but now I’m locked with two PSP’s listed with that stuff, and when trying to activate the ACTUAL PSP’s in question, they can’t be activated for that stuff, and if I activate for GAMES they show up as NEW PSP’s, don’t connect to the ones there already, thus I refer to those on my account as Virtual PSP’s, they used to be representative of IRL PSP’s but no longer are connected. Urgh!!!!!

Murky PSN Licensing Reality

After thinking about the PSN fiasco started November 4, 2011 on the Playstation Blog(s) for awhile now, I am just as peeved seeing a definite problem with it, moreso in regard to how it’ll work with portable units. PSP and future devices. As it is, there is no trophy support on the PSP, so … it’s worked to have just my account activated on all three PSP’s in our household, especially since I was allowed to put my stuff on up to 5 PSP’s.

All year I’ve fretted about this day coming, in my head, since I knew it’d be an issue with the PS Vita in the first place, it’d have to have activation as a device differing from how one is signed into PSN ID. But … who knows if that is solved yet. Assuredly it must be, but … anyhow, only 2 devices can play something at the same time, in the portable arena. How does it work IRL though, can all three of my PSP’s stay activated for other content and have all new content, how does it really work with their proposed activate/deactivate scheme. It seems murky and hoopy.

Anyhow, you have to “Activate” a machine. When you download a game it “activates” when installing. If you sign-out of PSN some games won’t let you play unless you are signed in to PSN with the activation ID. Some games won’t let two people be signed in with the same activation ID at the same time, and in those cases they can sign-in with their own PSN ID, depening on the game. Otherwise, you need two copies of the game to play it at the same time (some online games are like that) It’s murky, not fun, already. With new stuff, it could be worse.

I don’t have devices so that I have to jump through hoops. If I liked jumping through hoops I’d have a set of hoops to jump through out in my yard.

This should be so easy, where’s the Staples EASY button when you need it?!!!

[There are 4 people that use the 3 PSP’s: Me, Son #1, we each have our own. One other is shared between the rest of the family thus far, mostly 2 other people (Son and Daughter) but it will eventually become a problem when we would need to retire that 3rd one and get a couple of new ones, and then all along my #1 and me were planning on upgrading, I was going to keep my PSP on hand for UMD use mostly, so it’s so really icky murky and it’s gonna get worse, no doubt.]





(un)Holy Cow! PSN takes the cake

Sony is depressing me terribly today. I’m glad I didn’t go to their playstation blog yesterday, when I really couldn’t have dealt with it at all. I’d have thrown all my PS* stuff out by now if so. And seriously be considering the best way to … I don’t know, live without PlayStation, get rid of my whole love of PlayStation stuff and go to Nintendo, or … no, I couldn’t go there, or there solely like I could have with PS.

The stinking part of it is, I was GOING to get the PlayStation 3D Display and a 3rd PS3 to go with it, plus a pair or two of extra 3D glasses, extra controllers, and have a great office/craft room/playroom by early 2012.

Must re-think it all now.

My eldest son is 15, he and I are PSP fans. 3 other children are younger and getting interested in PSP’s.

UMD’s aren’t really being produced much now. PSP’s will eventually have no new disc content, only PSN ability and old UMD’s.

PSN content after Nov. 18th of this year (2011) can only be on up to 2 activated PS3’s and 2 activated PSP’s/PSVita’s

How it is right now, we have 2 PS3’s and we have 3 PSP’s and (plus 1 that is still activated, but we don’t have it, it was exchanged at Best Buy with their Black Tie service, but oops, forgot to “de-activate” it right. I tried, but it’s not done according to the one place I can see that stuff, the music unlimited site. [login with PSN ID])

How about the big plan we had: For Christmas me and my son were gonna get PS Vita’s. Ha. That isn’t happening, no matter how much we want it, it’s not coming to America until practically Spring 2012. (Where we live it usually is nearly Spring by then, and it’s close a lot of places)

Now if we go with when the PS Vita will be available, will we even want one? Before today, yes, but I was wondering how they’d change activation, and it looks like it’s so frickin restrictive that I’m gonna totally puke. In our house we have more because it’s 2 adults and 4 children, we all play video games.

I guess I can only play what I can get on my Google Android tablet now (or soon). I’ll be stuck with my old digital content on my PSP and whatever UMD discs I have and hope to God I don’t get sick of them or that the machine breaks.

OR I get a Vita and so does my son. No one else can have one and no one else can have our old PSP’s except as closed off things.

I’m not so sure I’m very thrilled with the idea of playing Dust 514 anymore, or Resistance: Burning Skies, or Starhawk.

We enjoy playing together when we can. We had 1 copy of Warhawk bought recently (disc) we went and found another right away, it was a lot of fun. We were looking forward to a third PS3 and maybe a 4th eventually, playing together online. We’ll be able to do it with Warhawk, it’s an old game, lots of them available in stores for $20 and down to $8 depending where you go. That one it’s OK about it to buy it for each machine, we get enough value out of it.

Not so with how Warhawk from PSN is, only 1 account can use it. Only 1 PS3 in any 24 hr. time slot can use it. Yikes!

It costs a lot on PSN too, so no biggie, we bought it for $8 each at Gamestop.

Resistance 3 is out now. I’d like it, was gonna get it with the pre-ordered 3D Display we payed $5 for holding one for us … were gonna get it in a few weeks when the Display was in stock. We hubby had different plans than I did, and Sony is releasing it sooner than originally they said, so hubby is on a different page about it than I am, and we will not be getting it until December at the earliest, so I am NOW saying, we ain’t getting one at all. Nope.

It makes me so mad. All of it together, or just Sony PlayStation Nov. 18th crapola all by itself.

How about this quote from the future: “Sorry, children, only me and your one of you are aloud to play this game. It’s not you though. When you get a job, you can buy it for yourself.”

We aren’t paying $59 for most games. Some we do and we only get 1 copy of them. Some things we’ve bought digital but it won’t be so friendly as it is now, any PS3 it’s OK for now, but soon enough it would have been alright with the 3rd I wanted. This is just so restrictive, it’ll end up hurting them more than us, I dare say.

We’ll seek other things and other ways and Sony will have been the cause of their own demise. At least they have shot themselves in their collective foot.