Boss Rush Banter: What Are Your Favorite N64 Games for Nintendo Switch Online?

One quality I love about the Nintendo Switch is the NSO membership plans that come with retro consoles and a satisfying library. I’m interested to hear everyone’s favorite N64 titles from the NSO library. Here are five of my favorites!

Pokémon Snap

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Pokémon Snap is short, sweet, and very addicting. I never thought I would be so into taking photos of Pokémon in this on-rail camera game. It’s not just about taking pictures of Pokémon doing funny and adorable things, but more so the techniques in getting the best picture or getting a Pokémon to do something different. This may take a sequence of items to reveal that specific pose, attack, or secret. Whether it’s throwing an apple at a Pokémon to make it angry or lure it closer with a path of apples. Professor Oak needs photos of all the different Pokémon and their…

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Old School Dungeons & Dragons: Part 26

Skulls in the Stars

Time for more old school Dungeons & Dragons, compiled from the threads I post on twitter! Without further ado, let us begin:

Lords of Darkness, by Ed Greenwood et al. (1988). This is another one of those reference books that underwhelmed me as a teenager, but that I really love now!

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Too High Level, or: 5e has a hard mode

PAPIER UND SPIELE

In one 5e game, we, the great heroes, decided to travel to the local capital to get a license of ownership for a castle and explain why we had killed a sheriff and his gang. (he was corrupt and worked as a bandit on the side)
So far, so normal.

On the way to that city we killed (among other encounters)

  • two adult dragons (one of them within one round, so he had no time to even retaliate),
  • a wood hag, and
  • a legendary werewolf.
  • We lifted the curses off the whole werewolf pack.
  • We dined with an Elf Queen
  • and we destroyed a widely feared bandit gang.

Any one of those all a valid quest-goal fit for the finale of a campaign. To us they just fell by the wayside.

Why?
We were all between levels 10 and 13. Giants among men. Titans in the world.

After sorting out…

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Boss Rush Banter: Who is Your Favorite Video Game Protagonist?

Answering who is your favorite gaming protagonist is a lot like answering who your favorite singer/band is, or what your favorite movie is. You likely have more than one answer and those answers can change over time. Mine certainly has.

Over the years, graphics and gameplay improved drastically in the gaming industry. What also has improved that isn’t as recognized is character development. Protagonists are drawn with deeper backstories and relatable flaws, and antagonists are more than just EVILLLL!

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For the longest time, I stubbornly stood by Link from The Legend of Zelda franchise as my most beloved playable protagonist. The Legend of Zelda is my favorite franchise that got me into gaming and inspired my novel, and I appreciated how Link was supposed to be the projection of yourself into the game. However, I recently rolled credits on another video game which left…

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Meet the Campaign: Anti-Boredom Pt 1

Cannibal Halfling Gaming

When writing, one of the most important things to know is the audience you’re writing for. And while sometimes it may be obvious, it may also be that writing for a subset of your audience helps focus what you’re doing and clarify your intent. In writing for Cannibal Halfling Gaming, sometimes the audience I write for is myself. No matter what I write about any given week, I go either run or play a session with my home group nearly every week, and just like so many gamers I’m always looking for things to make my games better. So it was when I wrote ‘The Curse of the Wandering Eyes’. The person who the curse had afflicted in my life was myself, and I still am tempted by so many games and campaign ideas that I come across.

When considering my affliction, I asked myself a question. How…

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PlayStation and Bungie Acquisition Official

(Destiny 2 image courtesy and © Bungie)

Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) has completed its acquisition of Bungie, the studio known for creating Halo as well as creating and producing the chart-topping Destiny series.

“The agreement to acquire Bungie has closed,” the company said on Friday. “So now we can officially say… welcome to the PlayStation family.”

Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida said the company’s planned acquisition of Bungie was partly motivated by a desire for PlayStation to become more of a multiplatform business. “We believe it will be a catalyst to enhance our live game services capabilities,” he said. “Our acquisition of Bungie also represents a major step forward in becoming more multiplatform.”

Sony’s acquisition of Bungie is reported to be a deal worth $3.6 billion. The Halo creator…

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Xbox’s Activision Blizzard Acquisition Closer to Approval

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Xbox’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard has had multiple hurdles to jump over to get closer to actually happening. The acquisition of Activision Blizzard by parent company Microsoft, which is the biggest of its kind in the gaming industry, is set to provide a monumental change for both companies involved and the world has kept its eyes on the deal since its announcement.

According to financial site Seeking Alpha, Microsoft has now provided the FTC with the information it was looking for. Apparently, this happened “several weeks ago” and the company is now waiting on the FTC’s response.

As per the FTC’s guidance page, once both parties (in this case Microsoft and Activision Blizzard) have handed over all of the FTC’s requests, there’s a 30-day wait for the merger to move forward to its next stage.

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There’s no word yet whether Activision has provided its share…

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My Top 5 RPG Videogame Franchises

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Mahalo folks and welcome to the latest edition of my top 5 videogame column. These week I’ll be tackling RPG franchises with some of these harking back to the original NES! Anyway, that’s enough of an intro, let’s jump in.

5. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

This was, hands-down, the highlight of the original X-Box for me. I wasn’t that much of a fan of Halo at that point (something that would change and peak with Halo 3) and I was introduced to KOTOR by way of a buddy who knew I was a Star Wars fan (Thanks Ben!). I recently played it again on the X-Box One and it still holds up.

4. Mass Effect

“From the creators of KOTOR” was plastered on the box for the first installment of this series, so naturally I took a chance and absolutely bloody loved it. True, ME3’s ending was…

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Sub-Racing Games

VIDEO GAME BOOK CLUB

Ever since I can remember, racing games have always been a part of my life. It all started with games like Mario Kart, Cruisin’ USA, and Road Rage. I later moved into the more realistic racing sim franchises like Gran Turismo, Dirt, and Forza Motorsport.

Recently I discovered that I always have not just one, but usually a few different racing games in my current gaming library. These games consist of different types of racing games from the extremely realistic to the highly stylized to the super goofy. I can even think of some racing adjacent games.

Many of the top genres in gaming — including Sports, First-Person Shooters (FPS), Role Playing Games (RPG), and Racing — can all be broken down into smaller subgenres. I wanted to dive into a few of the different racing game subgenres and mention a few of my…

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Notable Games Coming to PlayStation, PC, and Xbox This Week — 18th July to 24th July

We’re staring at one of the biggest release weeks of 2022 so far! Leading the pack at the beginning of the week are three of the most highly anticipated games for the summer and many of us here at Cross Roads cannot wait!

Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 (image courtesy and © 2016, 2022 Inti Creates)

Here are the new games coming to PS5, PS4, PC, and Xbox this week across both physical and digital formats so you will know what’s coming out for your favorite Sony or Microsoft systems. Enjoy and remember to come back every week for all info about game releases!

19 July

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  • Forza Horizon 5: Hot Wheels | Xbox Series X & PC
    (also on: XB1)
  • Stray | PS5 & PS4
    (also on: PC)
  • As Dusk Falls | Xbox Series X & PC
    (also on: PC)
  • Gloom and Doom | Xbox…

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