Where Have I Been?

Hello everyone and especially all of my blog followers. It’s been a bit since my last post but I was unexpectantly admitted to the hospital on March 22. I had been experiencing consecutive days of fevers and also different symptoms since the beginning of the year that indicated that something was wrong healthwise. While at the hospital, I had my gallbladder removed as it was infected and according to the surgeon, “One of the worst gallbladders I have ever seen.” It was to be a relatively simple procedure at first, but once he saw all the inflammation that was there, he had to make a bigger cut around my abdomen to get the gallbladder and everything with it out. But that wasn’t the only thing that was found. Continue Reading

Star Wars Battlefront II Saga Edition Download

There are a ton of outstanding mods for the classic Star Wars Battlefront II. The Saga Edition creates a new experience by giving the game a graphical overhaul and adding a ton of content not in the original game. If you are a fan of the prequel and original trilogies, the Saga Edition mod is one super package. Saga Edition is the result of the work of Spiret in collaboration with other Battlefront II modders. Thank goodness for modders like these because they fill in the gaps that are many times left by developers of Star Wars games. The Star Wars universe is so vast with so many characters, planets, and species. Only a hint of this is portrayed in Star Wars titles. It seems the only way to get the best selection of characters in a Star Wars game is to play the LEGO versions. Anyway, this mod is superb and I highly recommend you give it a try yourself. Continue Reading

Video Games are Becoming Easier Again

My second go-around with Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor has been a blast compared to the first.

It had been way too long since I had experienced the thrill of mastering a control scheme in an action game and unleashing mayhem on my enemies. For several years when I was on dialysis for my failing kidneys, I had a rough time playing video games with the mental sharpness and motor quickness that I once did before. It was about a year and a half after my kidney transplant and a host of other health complications that I finally found myself back to where I was mentally before all of my health issues. It was during that time that I was regularly posting on this blog. But one day, my gaming abilities suddenly returned to me. Continue Reading

Grim Dawn “Reign of Terror” Mod Download

Recently, I downloaded the Grim Dawn “Reign of Terror” Mod, which is a remake of Diablo II using Grim Dawn’s engine. As I played the mod, I then decided to boot up Diablo II: Resurrected and then decided it would be interesting to make a video posing the question of which take on Diablo II was better. The Reign of Terror Mod does a good job of expanding on some of Diablo II’s limitations such as the low storage capacity and fewer choices of character classes. But overall, I still came away preferring to let Diablo II: Resurrected be my preferred Diablo II experience. This takes nothing away from the team that put the Reign of Terror Mod together because it is outstanding work with attention to detail. It’s amazing that this mod even exists in the first place. I love the fact that Grim Dawn is so mod-friendly. What are your thoughts after watching the video? Continue Reading

The Awesome Legacy of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is one of the best games ever made.

The original PlayStation had so many gems that have gone down as some of the best games in gaming history. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is one of those games. I played the original Castlevania on the NES but didn’t have much interest in the series beyond that. A friend of mine in high school tried to get me into Super Castlevania IV on the SNES, but I just didn’t see the appeal. But when I played Castlevania: Symphony of the Night for the first time, I became engaged by Castlevania in a way that I never thought possible. For the first time, a Castlevania game had my full attention. And I not only would go on to spend multitudes of hours with this game. It is also one of the few games that I’ve completed multiple times. Continue Reading