Review: Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link

When I was a child, Zelda 2 was very important to me. I was a very poor child of 7 with a very rich neighbor, and every so often he would invite me over to play. We never played video games, but his gold Zelda cartridge always caught my eye. I knew I had to have a NES, and a gold Zelda cartridge. Two years later (4 years after the NES was released) I finally saved enough money to buy one. I was 9 years old.

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Review: Dark Castle (MacOS)

Do you hate the comforts of modern platform gaming? Long for a time before Jill of the Jungle and Commander Keen showed us how smooth and responsive a PC game can be? Do you enjoy attempting to emulate versions of MacOS from the 1980s? Then have I got a game for you! Dark Castle is a classic MacOS platformer that first showed the world what decent 2d platforming could be on a classic Mac. It’s also a reminder of just how far we’ve come

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Review: Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow

Flashback to 2002. My trusty GBA had served me well since launch. Many a long lunch hour had been spent playing super mario advance at work (don’t feel too bad for my long distant employer, I was an intern in the advertising/tobacco industry.) I read an article about an upcoming Castlevania game, Aria of Sorrow. “Man, they’re putting out a lot of Castlevania games” I thought to myself, and continued reading whatever corporate trash gaming PR mag they had in my small town.

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Review: Red Dead Redemption

Red Dead Redemption (RDR) is a brilliant game. While not without some flaws, it’s still an incredibly engaging and well put together story. It’s got the classic open world GTA design, fun “on rails” gun design, deeply flawed characters, and a gritty atmosphere. If you’ve been gaming for a few years, you may remember RDR as “GTA 4 in the wild west.” That’s a pretty fair assessment. My summary would be “GTA 4 in shades of brown in the wild west.” Yes,

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Simplify

Life is complicated. Can I say 1000 words with a photo? What if I put words in the photo? Mind blown, I know. At any rate, in the ongoing effort to simplify my life (one blog post at a time) I decided to trim down the old wardrobe to just the best and brightest. What followed was absolute wardrobe slaughter. Madness. Caution and t-shirts thrown to the wind (the thrift-store bin) like the 8-track players of yore. Over 100 lbs of clothes were marked for donation,

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1-Hour LifeHack: Chalkboard Freezer

Here’s a quick one. I painted chalkboard paint on my freezer, so I never have to open it to know exactly what is inside. I simply draw on new items as I put them in the freezer. Easy.

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GameStick Dock Hacking

Do you have a gamestick? Is it junk? Are you sorry you shelled out your hard-earned cash for a shitty stick PC and some oversized controllers? Me too! Worry not however, as there is one saving grace to the GameStick: the GameStick dock! For those that don’t know, the GameStick dock is a pull-apart docking station that the GameStick fits into, and expands the GameStick I/O options with 2 powered full-sized USB, SD card, and ethernet. There’s also 2 contact pads on the

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Review: Ittle Dew

Ittle Dew is a Legend of Zelda parody that’s light on story and heavy on block puzzles. Very heavy. Ittle Dew is a young adventuress who crashes her raft onto an island filled with treasure and adventure. Points for having a strong female lead. The graphics are colorful and perfectly fit the lighthearted tone of the game, nothing to complain about here. It reminds me of some of the more well-done flash games of ages past. There’s a minimalism at play throughout Ittle Dew.

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Review: Shovel Knight

Shovel Knight is a side-scrolling action adventure that encapsulates everything that was good about the Nintendo generation of action-adventure games. From Zelda 2 to Ducktales to Adventure Island, you’ll be constantly reminded of the beauty of game mechanics which originated in the 1980s. It’s not just the (pristine) graphics which invoke nostalgia, everything about Shovel Knight has been lovingly designed to remind you of the good times. The menu screens, your inventory, the stage select world map all serve as potent doorways into our

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5 Minute Hacks: The Game Frame

So I finally got tired of seeing the piles of digital picture frames littering the thrift stores and picked one up. The resolution is terrible, and it’s only got 512mb of storage capacity. Still, that got me thinking. I’d like to re-play more classic games (which generally had terrible resolution), but with so little time it’s becoming a rarity. Why not put game playthroughs on the picture frame? And so I did. 20140718210732" title="" /> Step 1: Download a walkthrough video. This step is

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Review: Wolfenstein: The New Order (BulletStein)

Wolfenstein: The new Order is Bulletstorm with Nazis. I spent some amount of time attempting to tie the two monikers together. My favorites are WolfenStorm, and BulletStein. Actually, I’ll be referring to W:TNO as BulletStein for the rest of this review. Seriously, look at the first promotional image. Is that from Bulletstorm or Wolfenstein? You can’t tell, and neither can I. 24" title="" /> Bulletstein stars an invincible GI Joe, William Blazkowicz, who gets his “brains scrambled” during a classified WW2 mission, and subsequently

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Review: NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM 3 Full Burst

Do you like the Naruto anime? If so, skip this review and go buy this game. You can find it for 20$ or less on sale and it’s like purchasing 36 episodes of the anime. That’s a great deal. For everyone else, let’s talk. This is a gorgeous game, with a diverse cast of ninja fighters from the manga/anime series. It’s a 3d fighter with a fun visual style and an interesting, engaging storyline (if you like that sort of thing.

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Using a Vendor-Locked VideoPhone as a Network Sharing MP3 Player

The AVN 3000 used to be a pretty interesting platform. Sadly, interest died off as people realized video-calling just wasn’t catching on in the way they thought it would. I picked one up at a thrift store for 12$ today, and decided to get it doing something. I cracked open the unit, and booted. I started out by setting a static IP address in the settings page. This way it doesn’t look for SIP servers while getting a DHCP address. Didn’t appear to

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Mario 3 Wall and Final Fantasy Freezer

I just got back from a camping trip this morning, so rather than spend the morning building things with bricks, I decided to continue on my kick of painting things. Right off I decided to paint my favorite Mario 3 character onto a basement wall: Angry Sun! I found a wall that was looking pretty empty in my basement. It’s a section I consider the “media and networking” room, so most people just walk through it like a hallway without even turning on a light.

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Sprucing Up A Basement Wall With Mario

So I have a blank wall in my basement. No big deal, but it seems like a great opportunity to do something fun, so I decided to re-create one of the classic mario scenes from world 1-1 of the original Super Mario Bros for NES. First, I used pencils to draw a grid onto the wall. 20140531143438" title="" /> I then transcribed this onto a sheet of paper… roughly. 20140531144823" title="" /> I realized I could use the stairs as part of the actual level and not have

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AutoRoboIntercom Now On Google Play

Because I realized that updating 12 phones at a time without the play store is a PITA. It’s 100% free, with no ads get it here. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hunterdavis.autorobointercom

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The Secret Building: Part 4 (The End Of The Secret Building!)

So there I was, staring at a fixer-upper roto-tiller I may never use. I found it in a dilapidated shed that in the end was mostly supported by vines. How could I solve two problems at once? Then it hit me, I could put the tiller up for barter in exchange for the shed demolition and removal. I’ll save countless hours of time on both fronts and it’ll cost me nothing. And that’s exactly what happened! While many people responded, Scott over at

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The Secret Building: Part 3 (Safe-cracking)

After part 1(the unveiling) and part 2 (the opening of the secret building), there was only one major mystery left on my new property: what was in the locked safe? That mystery has now been solved. Read on for part 3 of my trilogy of mystery: Safe-cracking! For those unfamiliar with the tale, I found a locked safe in the house I just purchased. I checked under the safe and with a little bit of looking around I found where the safe had been screwed

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The Secret Building (Part 2 With Video!: Holy Crap There's Stuff In It!)

Check the video for how it went down. Here’s how it went down if you can’t see the video. I invited some friends and family over, we moved some boxes, cut some more vines, and opened up the secret building! The walls were starting to rot (turns out only the foundation is concrete), and there were many spiders. There were no windows. I’ll probably tear it down and build something new on the foundation this summer. And what did we find inside: Old

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