Oh Games

March 28th, 2016 Comments off

Update: I haven’t played any new games.


Seriously, I went back to check on The Witcher 3, and I can’t stop playing it.  I’m on a mad quest to get platinum on PS4, and that requires me to win all the gwent cards.  I don’t know what else it will entail, but I know I must get all the gwent cards, and I had to cheat to get enough money to allow for that.  All the sites I checked had notes like “I had a bajillion dollars when I finished the game”.  That’s great.  I didn’t finish the game and I’m just barely going through it, so cut me some slack.  I cheated my way to 20k gold and I’ve already spent half of that on cards.  I hope 10k is enough to get the rest.  Also, I found an interesting twist within the game.  Instead of playing through as a ‘hero’ or a ‘villain’, I’m playing through as a ‘horny old man’, who’s only real quest is to bed some lady.  I spent like four hours trying to get Keira to sleep with me, and then I did.  What a relief.  Now I am on the new quest of getting Triss to sleep with me, as well as anyone else who happens along.

For the foreseeable future, I will just be playing The Witcher 3.  This means I haven’t purchased an Occulus Rift for $600, nor have I pre-ordered the Playstation VR thing.  I have very little time lately anyway, with a baby on the way and my own game to make, so I hope I can still post stuff up here, but I apologize to all the regular readers on my own lack of time.

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Absence of Heated Water

March 16th, 2016 1 comment

I apologize.  I was in Palm Springs, CA for business and was unable to spend any time on my Steam backlog.  I didn’t have time to do much of anything, honestly.  However, I have played a few more games and I’m ready to talk about them. Game #10: King Arthur’s Gold I wanted this game… Read More »»

We’ve got to go back!

March 2nd, 2016 1 comment

Ok, so I slowed my Steam roll a little this week.  That’s because of all the Alphas and Betas I’ve been playing.  I never thought it would come to this, but I am testing too many games.  Paragon was the most recent, and due to NDA signatures, I cannot talk about it.  Suffice to say… Read More »»

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Steamed Vegetables

February 23rd, 2016 Comments off

Continuing on with the Steam playthrough, I played two horrible games this round. Game #8: Postal When Postal came out, it was heavily criticized for being basically a ‘murder’ game.  This is entirely accurate. The Steam version I played didn’t work properly during any of my time, and it’s a little difficult to play a… Read More »»

The Division Beta

February 22nd, 2016 Comments off

I was never going to play the Division until a friend of mine said it was a Destiny killer.  I am here to say it is NOT a Destiny killer.  In fact, I spent more time during the beta of the Division playing Destiny.  The controls are fine.  I’m not great with third-person shooting games… Read More »»

Steam Raider

February 18th, 2016 Comments off

I have played more Steam games. Game #5: Stacking A cute game where you are the smallest doll, Charlie Blackmore, inside a set of very poor Russian nesting dolls (the Blackmore family).  They are kidnapped and you set out to rescue them.  The gameplay is solid, and you can ‘collect’ other nesting dolls which all… Read More »»

Steaming ahead

February 16th, 2016 Comments off

I am currently playing through my massive backlog of Steam games.  Here are the games I played recently. Game #3: The Witcher 3 Ok, I missed the boat on this series.  I was never truly intrigued with brutal, bloody, gory, monster-fighting games.  In fact, I hated (HATED) God of War.  Yes, that will totally turn… Read More »»

Let the Steaming commence!

February 11th, 2016 Comments off

For those of you following along at home, I have 372 games in my Steam library that I have NEVER PLAYED.  Well, I am going to spend some time every day trying to play through some of those games.  This is the documentary of that endeavor.   Game #1: Banished I know I said I… Read More »»

Steam, as powered by Valve

February 9th, 2016 Comments off

Steam. I have 409 games, and some I’ve played. In fact, I’ve even completed a few. My most played games are: Dungeons of Dredmor, Card City Nights, Hero Siege, Puzzle Kingdoms, Borderlands 2, Letter Quest: Grimm’s Journey, 10,000,000, and Rogue Legacy in that order. Sid Meier’s Railroads is up there, but only because the Tutorial… Read More »»

Too Many Things

February 5th, 2016 2 comments

OK.  This is my own fault.  I want to start updating this site every Tuesday and Thursday.  I want to emulate people like Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik.  The problem is time, brother.  I don’t have it.  I taught a Python Programming course last week (normally at the University of Denver, but this time it… Read More »»

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Super Mario Maker Bookmark

December 27th, 2015 Comments off

If you’re a fan of Super Mario Maker, make sure to check out Nintendo’s awesome website that allows you to track your favorite courses and share your own with a single link.



Super Mario Maker Bookmark site.

And to get you started, here’s my profile. No self-playing levels, no hidden glitch blocks, just some fun and some hard but fun levels. If you like a level, please give it a star! :)

Server Upgrade

December 27th, 2015 Comments off

For the next 48 hours, the iONvideogames website is being updated. While this is going on, you’ll likely see random issues, error messages, and possibly temporary theme changes. Things may also not be where you would normally expect them to be.

Thank you for your patience.

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Besiege on Steam

December 21st, 2015 Comments off

I love the destruction and the idea of little vignettes.  Seriously, the game actually has the vignettes as gameplay.  It makes me want to open up my Unity laptop and make little levels that you destroy.  Of course, that would be silly since the whole point of the game is doing just that.

The video had some lovely music to go along with all that destruction.  Steam has the game here.

Of course, Humble has it on sale: Besiege.

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Fallout 4 Review

December 16th, 2015 Comments off

Get the game.  End of review.   Ok, seriously, the game is good.  I’ve been feeling rather plucky in the game lately because I see a quest and I just go do it.  I’ve upped the difficulty a little since I started, since this was my first Fallout game.  My build went really well and… Read More »»

School of Interactive Design

November 30th, 2015 Comments off

I don’t plug stuff all the time, but I like the folks at the School of Interactive Design.  If you use the code PACMAN, you can get in there for free for a week.  Spend each day and night watching videos ranging from video game design to 3D artwork.  I think there’s even a Photoshop class in there and digital painting.  If you want to start building video games or 3D assets, you can’t go wrong with a video series.  The videos they make are easy to follow and understand, and go over many of the basics that others may ignore.  However, they aren’t slow.  You can blow through the whole 2D game design class (all 5 sections) in a matter of hours.  If you sat down on a Saturday, you could have your first 2D game by late afternoon.  I recommend them for both beginners and experienced users alike as well as both Mac or Windows users.  Every once in a while Groupon will sell a year’s worth of time for $99 (a savings of $1089!), so that’s totally worth it if you can find it.


Love, Ben.

Fallout 4 Dogmeat

November 20th, 2015 Comments off

In Fallout 4 you have a helpful companion named Dogmeat.  You think he loves you, but he doesn’t.


Seriously.  Dogmeat don’t care.

Dogmeat kills the player in Fallout 4

Dogmeat don’t care ’bout your lasers.

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Fallout 4 is full of bugs, future updates to resolve issues.

November 11th, 2015 2 comments
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Mario Maker Levels

November 10th, 2015 Comments off

After sludging through loads of crummy Mario Maker levels, I finally decided to post the levels I’ve made:


Give them a try, and let me know what you think in the comments below.

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New Live Action Battlefront Commercial

November 10th, 2015 Comments off

I laughed.  I laughed and laughed and laughed because I thought there were suddenly a bunch of naked people playing Battlefront somewhere:



Then it turns out to be a reference to Obi-Wan Kenobi, which I never once picked up.  I just kept thinking of naked people playing video games.  What does that say about me?

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Xbox One Backwards Compatibility

November 6th, 2015 1 comment

November 12th, 2015 you will be getting a big update to your Xbox One.  This will redefine the importance of the console in your home.  That’s right, they’re bringing in a Windows 10 dashboard!


Ok, that’s not the real deal.  Microsoft is adding a backwards compatibility module to the Xbox One on November 12th.  For now, there has been a leaked list thanks to Dr. Windows of all the Xbox 360 games that will be completely playable on your Xbox One.  Notice all Halo games, all Gears of War games, all Assassin’s Creed games, and many others.  If there’s a game you wanted to play on a next-gen console, go get it!


Xbox One backwards compatibility list.