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This Week on YouTube: ArcheAge Looming

It’s the end of summer and the beginning of ArcheAge season! Katy and I have been super-hooked on the MMO since it’s been in beta and now free-to-play release. So much so that I forgot I have a YouTube channel. Fortunately, I’ve got stuff queued up through the end of the month. Stuff like:

The penultimate entry in my Summer Games series, Wii Sports Resort. Man, I love flying around Wuhu Island. I wish ArcheAge had real airplanes you could fly! While I was looking for more demos and unreleased material on the 3DO I ended up recording the entirety of the Sampler CD that came with the original console. It turned into a five part playlist that includes a hot 90’s overview of the console, some MPEG-1 video clips and previews of a some unreleased games.

It was also totally time for a delayed episode of my PlayStation Mobile roundup and I finally got around to testing out Bust A Groove 2 that I found at a yard sale for $1! Spoilers: it’s also really hard to play on an LCD display.

Katy’s channel is winding down with Sims 3 content and ramping up with ArcheAge coverage. She’s got a couple choice clips from her Style Savvy Trendsetters in Sims 3 series including Reed with some bees and some playful cats. I also feature prominently in one quick clip from Tomodachi Life. But what you really want to see is more ArcheAge right!? She’s got two parts from our early days in the Head Start (Part 1, Part 2) with probably many more coming!

I’m not trying to be one of the dicks I’ve seen in ArcheAge forum posts, but…


I am starting to get worn down by the problems of this ArcheAge head start.  If this is what it’s like now, before the game is even open to the non-subscriber public, what will it be like on the 17th when the gates are really open?   I am unable to even login this morning which gives me time to write this when I would much rather be checking my crops.

I am new to MMOs so I assumed all the queuing, the authentication errors, failed logins and infinitely looping intro movie were normal for a brand new game. I figured Trion World does Rift and other mmos, so surely they are prepared.  I asked seasoned mmo players if 20 minute queues were normal for a paying member  at launch and found out they really aren’t. A friend said they were there for Rift’s launch and it was nothing like this.

I paid $50 for this game and the times I can get logged in to play it I feel it’s absolutely worth the money. I have already had $10 worth of fun since last Friday which I hope won’t be ruined when the official launch starts. I’m playing with online friends I really like that I don’t always get to team up with, plus my husband who I work well with in game (and out obviously).  There are so many routes a player can take in this game that from what I have heard are unique for an mmo.  I am leaning towards the gardening and crafting with a bit of trading.

I am sad that some people rushed to grab land so now many of us who were trying to take it gradually have nowhere to place a house. I have read that some guilds bought land up on purpose to resell or reserve for their guild or something, but as we know, most people are dicks, online doubly so.

I am able to login now, so that’s all I will say, at least until the official release.  PS We have a GameLuv guild as of last night “Gameluv dot com”

This Week on YouTube: Summer, Somer, Some More Videos

As Summer winds down, so does my Summer Games series, but not without a few more surprises. I played a little chunk of Bonk’s Revenge for my official entry but I love that game so much I went ahead and recorded the rest of it. Another multi-parter wrapped up this week with the final 2 installments of my SomerAssault playthrough; man, that’s one weird game.

Wednesday was totally time for a new installment of my PlayStation Mobile series that includes even more new games with Engrish-y descriptions. Wednesday also saw one of my favorite 3DO promotional pieces go live: the ‘Whatta Buncha Tools’ spot featuring Crystal Dynamics’ 1994 lineup.

My Masaya Matsuura collection is nearly complete now thanks to this $5 yard sale find. I spend a few minutes running the original PaRappa the Rapper through its paces, desperately trying to overcome the input lag. Some day I’ll buy a huge CRT TV and try to record all these music games again. Rounding out the week is another 3DO videOST quickie featuring the intro video to the 1994 flight sim, Flying Nightmares. The CG and the guitar rock are both 90’s RAD!

Katy is rounding up her Sims 3 videos on her channel this week. There are two final installments in her Sims 3/Style Savvy Trendsetters crossover series (Part 2, Part 3). Expect a lot more ArcheAge footage from Katy through October as we’re both chomping at the bit to start playing. She’s posted some of our tomfoolery and uploaded a whole series of us running around in the Open Public Beta leading up to the game’s official release on September 16th (Part 1, 2, 3).

KatyCraft: MMObsession now in T-Shirt Form!


You guys, Katy makes a lot of awesome stuff. She’s on Red Bubble, Storenvy, Etsy, and Gumroad with stickers, cross stitches, shirt designs, jewelry and more. It’s not all video game related either, she’s got your fandoms covered! To pass the time before we begin our dark descent into ArcheAge, Katy created a few Founder t-shirt designs to flaunt your own MMObsession. There’s one for each tier of the Founder program with the in-game title emblazoned on the shirt with its requisite bonus glider swooping by.

Argh, I really wanna play more ArcheAge!

This Week on YouTube: You be You and I’ll be Me Edition

What a week! Another Summer Series game is out in the wild featuring some Big Ol’ Bass fishing. I started my playthrough of the highly peculiar platformer/shooter Somer Assault on TurboGrafx. The PlayStation Mobile marketplace populated this week after some recent network troubles so there’s a big update there. I took a look at Hot Pixel on the PSP and dug up another preview of an unreleased game, this time Cyber Clash for the 3DO. But my favorite thing was cutting a run across the country in The Crew to music from Cannonball Run, Smokey and the Bandit and more. It should really get more views so watch it, watch it, watch it!

Katy’s got some more new Sims 3 series running this week on her channel. There’s three new runs with Style Savvy Trendsetters in The Sims 3. Installment 1 (Part 1, 2, 3, 4). Installment 2 (Part 1, 2). And a new installment that continues next week.

This Week on YouTube: Lemmings Wave Race The Sims!

While I’ve been off gallivanting around betas of ArcheAge and The Crew, my channel hasn’t suffered this past week. Saturday’s Summer Games Series raged on with another super-favorite of mine; Wave Race 64. I recently picked up that Prinny game for PSP and gave it a run through to remind myself why I don’t like it. And I also found a surprisingly cheap copy of the rare Adventures of Lomax on PlayStation. It’s 2D sprites still look gorgeous even today! Let’s see how bad I am at this one!

Thanks to that DDoS stuff Sony suffered through they didn’t push an update to the PlayStation Mobile marketplace so it is totally NOT time for a new video this week. We’ll try again on September 3rd.

Katy’s got some more new Sims 3 series running this week on her channel. We wrap up the Sims 3: Playing Style Savvy Trendsetters town with Part 6 and start two new runs. There’s Sims 3: Actually Playing Style Savvy Trendsetters Town (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) and a follow up Sims 3: Style Savvy Trendsetters (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3).

This Week on YouTube: A new videOST, Cobra Command Laserdisc and PlayStation Mobile

What a week it’s been for my channel! This past Saturday saw another Summer Games installment featuring Ribbit King with Katy. Tuesday was a quick look at Tetris Plus which kinda let me down after I’d built it up all these years in my mind. Wednesday offered another PlayStation Mobile update and my first developer comment. Thursday was jam-packed with a new videOST series featuring the music and gameplay of X-Men on the Genesis and a clean, two-part upload of Cobra Command on Laserdisc. Part 1 is the entire in-game experience while Part 2 features all the numerous death animations and some bonus stuff.

Katy continues down the Sims 3 rabbit hole on her channel this week. There’s loads of mashup madness as Style Savvy Trendsetters meets The Sims for Sims 3: playing Style Savvy Trendsetters Part 2 and Part 3. Then a new series gets underway with Sims 3: Playing Style Savvy Trendsetters town 02Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.

Done Playing: Trials Frontier (Android, iOS)


It was the fourth part in one of the game’s longest string of quests. Each round requires out-racing an increasing number of real player ghosts. After numerous attempts and waiting for the timer on a few bike upgrades I was finally able to top the 26th opponent in my way. With the victory dialog finally ready to reveal something I felt like I was in for a big reward… and then the game broke.

It would be a day of force closing the app, restarting it and watching it crash on that same almost-reveal. I posted to the official forums and another day later was advised to remove the game and download it again. Booting it up didn’t find my save game until I’d replayed the introductory section again but finally, I was able to complete the quest. The reward? Another tier of 26 opponents and a tease of a further sentence of explanatory text. My other quest option was similar; another tier of endless grinding to craft top tier items in races against grueling A.I. opponents.

That was about a week ago at this point and since I haven’t had the heart to load up the game I think it’s safe to say I’m officially ‘Done PlayingTrials Frontier. It was a lot of fun and I played it for a solid two months and change; I even gave them five bucks when they had a pack of coins, gear and diamonds on sale. Those boosts helped but the quests I’m up to now require double the time, luck and energy as the ones I’d worked through in the weeks before.

Here is the apex of what I’m willing to give for some physics-y fun driving and what the game wants to take out of me to let me keep going. And like one of those impossibly steep inclines on an Extreme difficulty Trials track I just can’t throw myself at it any longer. Now, if they’d just put Trials Fusion on sale already!

Continue reading this series with Part 1Part 2, and Part 3 

This Week on YouTube: PlayStation Mobile, TurboGrafx and More!

I’ve been keeping up with the PlayStation Mobile marketplace on the Vita since the beginning. It’s technically an Android platform but the games also take into account the Vita’s buttons, analog sticks and D-Pad. There’ve been some interesting releases, loads of shovel-ports from iOS and even some handy apps released by small groups and individuals.

After much procrastination I’ve finally decided to start a new YouTube series, gleefully called ‘It is Totally Time for PlayStation Mobile!’. Each Wednesday I’ll point a webcam at the Vita and catch you up on the latest releases and updated games, and since there’s quite a back catalog I’ll dig up a golden oldie to call out. I posted an “episode zero” on Sunday but the first real installment went up this week as well.

Elsewhere on the ‘Tube, Summer Series raged on with the punishingly difficult Jet Moto last Saturday, I checked out the methodical movements of Mr. ESC with EXIT on PSP and I spent some time with a childhood favorite, Veigues Tactical Gladiator for TurboGrafx-16.

And in the gilded hinterlands of Katy’s channel she harvested a bevvy of nutritious new uploads this past week. Allow me to read the menu:


Play your old tables on Pinball FX2; out now on Xbox One


“Any available tables originally purchased on the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft will transfer over to the Xbox One version of the game at no additional cost,” reads the blog post over at MajorNelson.com

Score one for Team Internet! When Pinball FX2 was announced for Xbox One my excitement immediately fizzled into disappointment with the news that previously purchased tables wouldn’t carry over. How upset was I? In uncharacteristic fashion I actually sought out an online forum and openly expressed my feelings. Apparently loads of other Pinball FX fans did the same because now our table purchases do carry over. Oh and it’s out now on Xbox One so go play some free demo tables or load up the ones you already bought!