Archive for January, 2014

Car Mechanic Simulator 2014 Review

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Car Mechanic Simulator 2014 by Red Dot Games, a “lite” simulator of working on cars! It’s up to you to figure out what’s causing trouble and get your hands dirty getting it fixed.

● Get the game on Steam for $20 http://store.steampowered.com/app/270850/

Justin Carmical – RIP 2014

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

This is not the kind of blog post anyone wants to write, but as you may or may not have seen, Justin Carmical (aka JewWario) took his own life a couple days ago.

I’ve been rather beside myself since hearing about it, at first not believing it at all, then really not believing it, then just losing it. I don’t have a whole lot I can even put into words at this point, but my heart really hurts for his family, his friends, his tons of followers, and the guy himself, because I had no idea he was going through what he was. I can at least share some of my memories.

I first met Justin at E3 2013. I showed up at the hotel a bit earlier with some others and the room was already packed full with our stuff. It’d been a very long flight, I didn’t know anyone, and it was just typical travel stuff in a big city I’d never been before. Then Justin showed up and, having never met him, at first I’m like “oh great, where are we going to fit this guy? He’s all tall and stuff, and he’s an import gamer so he’s probably weird”. But as soon as he shook my hand, looked me in the eye and asked me how I was doing and how my flight was and apologized for being a nuisance, I completely forgot about any hesitation I had. I normally don’t warm up to people quickly. Took about 30 seconds.

The dude had charm and dang it, it was just obvious he was one of “those nice guys” that puts other nice guys to shame somewhat. The kind to give the shirt off their back, or loan you a couple bucks for a hot dog from a street vendor with no expectation of repayment. And being a content producer, the guy was solid gold as far as I’m concerned. Not only did he make awesome stuff, but he was insanely kind and humble to every single one of his fans that I ever saw him interact with, going well out of his way to hang out and chat even if he was busy. Not to say producers can be egotistical jerks, but… producers can be egotistical jerks. Justin was one of the furthest from that I’ve come across and even though I didn’t get to hang out with him but for a few days, it seriously hurt to hear he was gone.

So I just wanted to say that it was a pleasure to meet him and spend a few days hanging around LA with him in the group. Some of my very best memories of E3 involved his presence, like walking around Little Tokyo and going to an awesome Japanese arcade he knew of and playing some weird rhythm games he was strangely well-versed at. Then to a Korean BBQ restaurant, one of those where you order a ton of different meats and veggies, are given a grill in the middle of your table and just chow down til you burst. We shared a grill, and it eventually became a thing of “how much kobe beef and other meats can we eat?” He’d look over at me and say “dude, think you can eat more?” “bet you can’t put down another plate” “waiter, MORE KOBE, this stuff melts in your mouth!” And of course, the time we went to a local bar for an IndieGogo party, where the drinks and food were free. Best freaking guacamole we’d ever had, and some amazing drinks to go along with it. We just sat there for a good while, eating all their guac, taking all the free drinks, and just chatting about games, movies, future plans, and life. Sat there talking so long we lost track of the time and had to absolutely book it running back to the bus through downtown LA, haha.

“Man, you’re amazing, I just want you to know that. You just keep doing what you do because people adore you” he said to me sometime after, when talking about… heh, I”m not sure the subject matters, because it felt genuine when he said it. It didn’t come off as contrived or anything else but heartfelt. He just made times better, made me personally feel welcome, and really seemed to enjoy people (even total strangers) to a degree you don’t see much. Seriously, have a quick watch. Sigh. That was Justin to me.

You will be missed, man.

Midtown Madness – PC Game Review

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Welcome to Microsoft Midtown Madness! See all the sights of the beautiful city of Chicago, or just go airborne over drawbridges and crash into rush hour traffic in a city bus.

Aquaman – DOS PC Game Review

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

He may not be an Atlantean, but he is a dude with aqua-colored clothing that does sewer maintenance! Review of the 1993 shareware game by Soleau Software.

● Download the free game https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7-cJK68JK-3dDNQa0FtU0N2TTA/edit?usp=sharing

PC Game Expansion Packs

Friday, January 17th, 2014

A relaxed, nostalgic look back at boxed computer game expansion packs. Includes different ex-pack types, box designs, and random rambling about days past!

I’m in a cartoon! “Clint’s Train”

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Holy crap. I don’t know how I missed this until now… but this is freaking brilliant. I am laughing myself about as hard as I’m laughing in the cartoon!

Many thanks to Roger van der Weide for making this bit of awesomeness.

Referencing this video, if you’re not familiar!

Corsair K70 Vengeance Keyboard Review

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Commentary and overview of the K70 mechanical gaming keyboard provided to my by Digital Storm!

LGR is now on Patreon!

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

LGR is now on Patreon!

LGR now has a campaign on Patreon! This is sort of like a Kickstarter for the show, but it’s more ongoing.

There’s a video on the page explaining more, as well as details on rewards, benefits, and other awesome stuff that will result if you decide to help out!

Thank you for the consideration and here’s to lots more LGR, however this goes 🙂

Terrorpods – Amiga Game Review

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Oh no, you’re being attacked by Roger Dean artwork! Time to put those pods of terror out of their misery in this Psygnosis classic.