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kris

by kris

Operation Finish all the Games, October 2014
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Holy crap, I've been doing this for 11 months now. Next month will mark a whole year, and then I'll either keep going, or have to stop and then feel this... emptiness inside. But for now, I play games, in my ongoing quest to...
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[FINISH ALL THE GAMES]
As usual, the rules:
  1. I have to beat or finish one game a month. This means the main story mode and prompting a credits scroll.
  2. Uncompleted side-quests or post-ending content do not count....
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kris

by kris

Destiny is coming!
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Tomorrow Destiny arrives for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Reviewers started receiving their copies over the weekend and the servers went online today. Of course, that means no day-one reviews tomorrow, so gamers will be picking the game up tomorrow based on the Bungie name, the pre-release news and trailers and of course, the hype.
Bungie explained their decision... Read more →
kris

by kris

Operation Finish all the Games, August 2014
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So we're a few days into September (and man it got hot really fast), so that means it's time for me to update you on my self-imposed challenge to...
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The rules, if you didn't see the previous posts:
  1. Beat or finish one game a month. That usually means completing the main story mode and getting the credits to roll.
  2. Side-quests don't need to be finished. That way leads to madness.
  3. I can finish more than one game a month, but it doesn't...
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kris

by kris

Operation Finish all the Games, June 2014
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The point of this project was to try and reduce my games backlog, which goes back at least 10 years for some games. Unfortunately, new games continue to come out, and plenty of retailers (Steam, GOG.com, Humble Bundle) keep having great sales that I can't ignore, making my task almost Sisyphean. But I'm not giving up just yet, not after I've come so far!
As always, the basic rules of this quest:
  1. Finish or beat one game a month....
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kris

by kris

Operation Finish all the Games, April 2014
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And here we are again, it's always such a pleasure, remember when I tried to
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[FINISH ALL THE GAMES]
So I've just wrapped up the fifth month of trying to plow through my backlog. I'm actually quite proud of myself, though not as much as I will when I've been doing this for a year, or have finished up my backlog, whichever comes first.
A quick recap of what this is all about:
  1. I have to finish or beat at least one game a month. That...
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frankspin

by frankspin

What are the worst games you ever played?
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ET may go down as one of the worst games ever made. If it's not at the top of every worst-of list, it's usually in the top three. It wasn't considered a bad game because of the era it was released, it was just a downright bad game. Critics slammed it for it's controls and called it a repetitive game. The game was so bad it's been long rumored that Atari dumped every remaining game... Read more →
TimSeppala

by TimSeppala

What's in your home-theater setup?
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After about three years of building, scrimping and saving my home theater is finally complete and I'm curious what the Engadget forum-members have in their theater or living room. Here's my setup:
Display: 65" Panasonic VT60
Speakers: Klipsch Quintet (they're the 2011 models),
Subwoofer: 12-inch Klipsch Synergy HG 300W (it hits 24Hz and makes me very happy)
A/V Receiver: Onkyo TXNR515
Components: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii U, a crappy Comcast SD cable box, Chromecast
Oh and for... Read more →
kris

by kris

Operation Finish all the Games, January 2014
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So, here I am in month two of my project to tackle my backlog of unplayed or unfinished video games. If you're just joining us, here's last month's post: http://www.engadget.com/discuss/operation-finish-all-the-games-december-2013-1myy/
But, a quick recap of the rules:
  1. Beat or finish one game a month. To "beat" means to undertake the actions that usually end the basic story and prompt a credits scroll.
  2. Only story sequences count, no...
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kris

by kris

Operation Finish all the Games, December 2013
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Like many gamers, I have a backlog of unfinished or even unplayed games. It costs money, takes up room, and most of all, makes me feel guilty. Guilty for letting it take up room, guilty for spending the money, and guilty for simply existing when I want to play newer games.
I've made resolutions in the past to clear it out, usually to very little success. But backlogs in themselves are not insurmountable—I've managed to cut down my backlog of unread books, unread comics, and unwatched TV shows.... Read more →
kris

by kris

Where can I rent Rock Band instruments for PS3?
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My cousin was asking if I knew a place that rented out the instruments for Rock Band. Renting/borrowing the game itself is easy enough, but are there any places that will rent you the guitars and drums for an evening?

(I feel like this is something that video rental stores would/could have done, if so many of them hadn't been driven out of business by Netflix and Gamefly. Guess there is still a purpose to in-store rental...)
TgD

by TgD

Battle of Student Offers! Apple vs Microsoft vs Sony
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So with back to school offers out, which do you like the most?
As a reminder:
Apple: Buy a mac get $100 App store card, but an iPad get $50 App store card ( http://store.apple.com/ca/browse/campaigns/back_to... )
Microsoft: "U.S., students who buy a qualifying Windows PC worth $699 ($599 Canada) or more at participating retailers can get a 4GB Xbox 360 console for free" ( http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/windowsexperi... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

Details about the next Playstation are leaking out and they're not looking good.
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Kotaku (http://kotaku.com/5896996/the-next-playstation-is... wrote a post yesterday detailing information they received about the next console from Sony codenamed Orbis. This looks like it's going to be the successor to the PlayStation 3 and it very well may keep the Orbis name.
The plus side of what has come from this is that it looks like spec wise the Orbis... Read more →
N3SSQwiK

by N3SSQwiK

Price of the Next Generation of Video Games
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Talk of the next generation of home consoles is starting to appear on nearly every video game website. It got me thinking about what the price will be per game. With every generation, the prices of games have increased by $10.
Now I don't know about everyone out there, but $59.99 is my limit and the game has to amazing for me to even consider purchasing it at that price. I do most of my shopping on Amazon.com and I wait for their video game sales.
Yet I can't say that I feel confident that games...
ryan

by ryan

Xbox 360 hits 55 million units
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Microsoft announced that the Xbox 360 has hit 55 million units sold, and that its sales are accelerating not only disproportionately to its competition, but to any console ever at this period in its lifecycle. The Xbox team released a super interesting normalized sales graph that tracks sales progress from launch through year nine of the last few console generations: http://static.flickr.com/5062/5793291459_447e283c3... The interesting trends I'm seeing here: the Wii, as we know, has flamed... Read more →
dave

by dave

The Sony / PSN 'external intrusion' news keeps getting worse.
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According to the latest from Joystiq: "Here's what's in the definitely jacked column: "name, address (city, state, zip), country, email address, birthdate, PlayStation Network/Qriocity password and login, and handle/PSN online ID." Our takeaway: you'd better start changing passwords if you use the same one frequently. We'll leave the decision on whether or not to pack your bags and move away up to you. In the possibly jacked column: "profile data,... Read more →
coologuy1957

by coologuy1957

Sony's 3D offerings so far....
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I spent some time in the Sony Style store in Dallas yesterday looking at the 3D offerings. I saw three different techniques: 3D on blu-ray, a hybrid 2D/3D HDTV (no glasses needed), and 3D on the PS3. For 3D on blu-ray, they had a demo disc running that had screensaver type images running in a short continuous loop. The 3D looked pretty good once you got it to work. They had a table behind the TV full of about 10 sets of 3D glasses. People would walk up, try them on, and then shake their heads.... Read more →
coologuy1957

by coologuy1957

About PS3 firmware update 3.
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40 I updated to the new 3.40 firmware last night and didn't see many changes. Two items I saw were an updated picture gallery that allowed for Picasa and Facebook uploads and a video editor program that allowed you to edit local videos and upload them to Facebook or Youtube. The only other changes I read about are the ability to get PlayStation Plus and rate PlayStation Store purchases. I may get PlayStation Plus once I see what kind of content they offer after a few months since I buy lots... Read more →