Gaming Memories – Dragon Crystal (Game Gear)

When asked what game introduced you to RPGs, often you’ll hear names like Final Fantasy, Phantasy Star, Baldur’s Gate, larger names like that. For me, it was a much smaller title: Dragon Crystal for the Sega Game Gear. While it wasn’t a full-blown rpg like the other titles, it had character levels, experience points, lots…

Saving a Port – Chrono Trigger (Steam)

Back in March, I made a post about how horrible the Steam port of Chrono Trigger is… and now it’s time I follow up on that. Consider me pleasantly shocked: Square Enix actually remedied the situation and fixed the problems with the port! Since the original release there have been 4 updates to the game,…

Horrible Ports – Chrono Trigger (PC)

On the 27th of February 2018, Square Enix decided to release Chrono Trigger on Steam, out of the blue, without any previous announcement… and oh boy is that a thing. Just looking at the trailer does not prepare for what awaits you after buying and installing this port. One reason for that is that the…

Cold Games Database 1.6 – Tree List View

New stuff: Added tree filter view Screenshot: Main Info  Page Click Once Installer (needs Internet connection during installation, “Check for Update” option in “?” menu active) Portable Version (just extract to any directory and run)

Cold Games Database 1.5 – IGDB API Update and PDF Export

New Stuff: Added Export to PDF for listed games (game name, systems and release year contained in list) Updated IGDB API, importing game info should work again (still a BETA feature, largely untested) Main Info  Page Click Once Installer (needs Internet connection during installation, “Check for Update” option in “?” menu active) Portable Version (just exctract…

Playing older Games – The Black Mirror (2003)

Having just reached the fourth chapter (out of 6 overall), I decided I’d write down some of my thoughts on the game so far, mainly from the technical and design perspective. At the time of writing, the game is now 14 years old, so on both of those aspects, the game isn’t quite fresh anymore,…

Highlights Nintendo Direct September 13th 2017

On September 13th 2017, Nintendo released a Direct presentation on upcoming 3DS and Switch titles. I am not going to go through it all step by step, but list the entries that were my highlights or that I found noteworthy. If you are interested, you can watch the whole 45 minutes of the presentation here:…

Kickstarter Experiences – Broken Age (Double Fine Adventure)

My first ever backed Kickstarter, pretty much what kicked off a popularity surge for crowdfunding (especially for video games), made a lot of projects possible over the last few years (and hopefully for the time to come). Instant Success Originally aiming for a sum of 400,000$, the Kickstarter campaign managed to overshoot that goal significantly,…

Cold Games Database 1.4 – Steam Games Import and Stats

New Stuff: Steam Games Import: You can now automatically add your games from Steam to the list, simply enter your 64bit ID into the textbox in the Import window and let the app look up the list of games. You can look up the necessary ID (SteamID64) through sites like SteamRep Statistics: Generated from your entered games,…

Cold Games Database 1.3 – IGDB API (Beta) Integration

A new feature this time! Since IGDB have a free API available, I decided to look into how I could implement that into my app. So in this release (as a BETA feature, make sure to make a copy of your data just in case) I have added to ability to import data to game entries…