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My favorite time in MMOs: Halloween

Jack O Lantern ArcheAge

I’m not a big MMO gamer. I played a bunch of ArcheAge and loved it, and I have played a few free ones on console like Neverwinter. I played Final Fantasy XIV on my PC for a while, but when I tried to activate the same account to play on PlayStation 4 instead, it said my birth date was wrong. I recently started over at what I consider the best time of the year in MMO games, Halloween!  I love Halloween more every year in general, partly because more stores such as Target are supplying the gothic style decor I want. I also love the Disney Haunted mansion ride if that frames this better.

Back to ArcheAge, the first MMO I really dug into.  I have a fond memory of decorating the house Shawn and I had with our friend MinKyung.  I thought I had photos of that, but I only found one.  I did get very nostalgic looking through all the posts on my tumblr though.  Good times.

Decorating with Minkyung

I got on this kick recently when I got an email about all the Final Fantasy XIV Halloween stuff on sale.  This may all be last year’s stuff but it’s new to me.  Strongly considering that broomstick mount and maybe the outfit with the bent tip witch’s hat.

My favorite time in MMOs: Halloween

[Editor’s Note: Oh wow those outfits are adorable! The chocobo especially!]

Behold the Nintendo SwitchCube!

Behold the Nintendo SwitchCube!

Be it official or fan-made, we see a lot of new consoles dressed up as old ones, combining our desire for new hardware with the nostalgia for tried-and-true favorites. Nintendo is the biggest offender here, painting Game Boys like Famicoms and the 3DS like an NES, along with dozens of character-specific flavors of their hardware over the years.

But what I remember seeing far less of are old consoles made to mimic their successors. That’s what caught my eye about this custom painted GameCube that does an admirable job of looking like a Nintendo Switch. It’s only slightly less portable than an actual Switch and with a small upgrade it can play all of your Game Boy Advance carts too. That’s better than a Virtual Console right? Bonus points, the guy who posted this to Craigslist is right here in Indiana!

Now I want to see other retroactive mashups: a Genesis colored like a Dreamcast, an original PlayStation with the black and blue tones of a PS4, and a Game Boy in the gray and purple colors of a SNES.

Let’s Talk About “Services Overload” with Fwends [Episode 006]

Episode 006: Services Overload.  We’re talking out of our pockets about services hot on the heels of Disney’s announcement of an exclusive streaming platform. When is “just another $10 a month” going to become too much? Let’s talk about it, shall we fwends?

Leave a comment wherever you hear it and let us know what you think or what you’d like to hear us talk about next.

About Us and the Show
Age-old friend Rob and I haven’t recorded much together since the days of NfamousGamers back in 2009. The site is long gone now but our five episodes remain online, as does Rob’s guest spot on an early GameLuv PodShot episode.

That’s not to say we haven’t kept in touch. Across town and across the country we IM and chat pretty regularly but just finally decided to sync up in real-time to record a new (hopefully weekly) show. Based on Rob’s “Let’s Talk About it” videos, the new show will focus on a single topic each episode, frequently about gaming but anything is up for discussion. Right now you can find it on either of our YouTube channels (mine | his) but I’m going to eventually get it up on the podcast circuit so you can subscribe wherever you listen to shows.

Let’s Talk About “The Comeback Games” with Fwends [Episode 005]

Episode 005: The Comeback Games where we discuss the games that launched at full price (no Early Access here) and weren’t so hot but made a turnaround through updates and expansions to become pretty good. Some of the games Rob & I talk about include Diablo 3, No Man’s Sky, Tom Clancy’s The Division, Rainbow Six: Siege, Destiny and of course, the yet-to-make-a-comeback, For Honor.

Leave a comment wherever you hear it and let us know what you think or what you’d like to hear us talk about next.

About Us and the Show
Age-old friend Rob and I haven’t recorded much together since the days of NfamousGamers back in 2009. The site is long gone now but our five episodes remain online, as does Rob’s guest spot on an early GameLuv PodShot episode.

That’s not to say we haven’t kept in touch. Across town and across the country we IM and chat pretty regularly but just finally decided to sync up in real-time to record a new (hopefully weekly) show. Based on Rob’s “Let’s Talk About it” videos, the new show will focus on a single topic each episode, frequently about gaming but anything is up for discussion. Right now you can find it on either of our YouTube channels (mine | his) but I’m going to eventually get it up on the podcast circuit so you can subscribe wherever you listen to shows.

Get Final Fantasy XIV Free, from Domino’s Pizza, in Australia

Get Final Fantasy XIV Free, from Domino's Pizza, in Australia

I love a weird gaming cross promotion. They typically come out of Japan but this collaboration between Square Enix and the Oceania division of Domino’s Pizza makes for a random regional mashup. To ncoincide with the recently released Stormblood expansion, gamers can get a free download of Final Fantasy XIV Complete Edition on PlayStation 4 or PC by buying the gut-busting “Pizza & Gaming Bundle” for $49.95. That includes the game and a combo of 3 pizzas, 1 garlic bread, and a 1.5L drink. Nothing says “hot friday night” like sharing three pizzas and watching the download bar slowly creep across the screen! Just kidding: download codes delivered within 24 hours.

But which three pizzas do you order? For the promotion Domino’s has renamed some tried-and-true topping combos to make alliterative allusions to the game. The Meatlovers pizza is now Moogle’s Meatlovers, the veggie is Curious Cactuar, the supreme is Stormblood Supreme, and the Hawaiian is Heavensward Hawaiian. There is one unique creation, the Chocobo Chow which implies that chocobo tastes like chicken. The toppings include chicken, pineapple, capsicum (peppers), mushrooms, onion and spring onion (scallions).

All told, that saves you about $10 over buying everything individually on top of getting the game. Any Final Fans in Australia or New Zealand up for the deal? Anybody else wish they could get the offer in their part of the world?

When asked for their thoughts, GameLuv’s Heart1lly said she’d “prefer stuff from the Eorzea cafe in Japan” and Katy added “it makes me want to have pizza.” Think it over and leave a comment, I’m with Katy and super hungry for generic pizza right now.