The Collectionary: A new haven for game collectors

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If you’ve been following this blog, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been AWOL for a good chunk of the past month. Well, like it or not, I’m back. And you can thank one of the moderators from The Collectionary for giving me a reason to reboot Title Screen.

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Want a dead sexy Majora’s Mask-skinned N64? They got it.

The Collectionary is a nifty little site that enables gamers to buy or sell games and keep track of their collections. The site’s video game section is still young, and they’re currently looking for moderators who are willing to help build “the dictionary of every Video Games collectible ever made.” If you’re feeling ambitious, look into joining forces with them.

And Merry Christmas from Title Screen!

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Cheapest Black Friday Video Game Deals

Tomorrow marks a day for food, family, and an onslaught of deals on video games. Even if you plan on staying home, you can score online deals from Best Buy, Amazon, and a few other major websites.

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-Assassin’s Creed IV:
$35 Microsoft, Best Buy, Walmart (guaranteed in-stock 6-7 Thursday)
$40 Gamestop-Batman: Arkham Origins
$30 Best Buy
$35 Target, Walmart (guaranteed in-stock Thursday 6-7)-Battlefield 4:
$25 gamestop (Friday only), Walmart
$35 Best Buy, Target
$38.99 Microsoft

-Beyond: Two Souls:
$25 Walmart
$35 Best Buy
$40 Gamestop (Friday Only)

-Call of Duty: Black Ops II:
$25 Target, Walmart (Walmart says Game of the Year edition)
$29.99 Best Buy

-Call of Duty: Ghosts:
$39.96 Microsoft, Walmart (guaranteed in-stock Thursday 6-7)
$44.99 Best Buy, Gamestop

-Deadpool
$20 Gamestop (Friday Only)

-Diablo III
$40 Frys.com

-Dragon Crown (PS3)
$25 Frys.com (Vita too)
$30 Gamestop

-Dishonored (GOTY)
$25 Gamestop

-Far Cry 3
$15 Best Buy, Walmart

-Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (PS3)
$20 Gamestop

-FIFA 14:
$25 Microsoft, Walmart
$35 Best Buy, Target
$40 Gamestop

-GTA V:
$34 Microsoft, Walmart (guaranteed in-stock Thursday 6-7)
$33.99 at Amazon as of 11/27

-Just Dance 3
$10 Walmart

-Just Dance 2014
$15 GameStop

-Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix
$20 Gamestop

-The Last of Us (PS3)
$25 Walmart
$35 Best Buy

-The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS)
$30 K-Mart
-The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD (Wii U)
$40 K-Mart
 
-LEGO: Lord of the Rings
$10 Walmart (if you miss Amazon’s deal)
-Madden 25:
$25 Microsoft, Walmart
$35 Best Buy, Target
$40 Gamestop-LEGO: Marvel
$25 Walmart-NBA 2K14
$40 Frys.com

-NCAA 14:
$25 Walmart
$40 Gamestop

-NHL 14:
$40 Gamestop

-Playstation All Stars: Battle Royale (PS3/Vita combo)
$10 Gamestop (Friday only)

-Rayman Legends:
$25 GameStop

-Saints Row IV:
$25 Walmart
$30 Best Buy, GameStop

-Shin Megami Tensei IV
$25 Frys.com

-Skylanders: Swapforce (Black Edition)
$80 Gamestop
-Skyrim:
$15 Best Buy, Walmart

-Skyrim Legendary Edition (all DLC):
$30 Gamestop

-Sly Cooper 4: Thieves in Time (ps3/vita combo)
$10 Walmart

-Splinter Cell Blacklist:
$25 Gamestop, Target, Walmart
$30 Best Buy

-Super Mario 3D World (Wii U)
$50 K-Mart
-Tales of Xillia
$20 Gamestop-Twisted Metal ps3
$10 Walmart-The Bureau XCOM Declassified
$30 Frys.com

-WWE 2K14
$40 Frys.com

K-Mart Black Friday deals start this Sunday at 1AM EST (Zelda 3DS for $30 and more)

If you haven’t already picked up Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, then 1AM on Sunday is the time to do it. K-Mart is kicking off Black Friday five days early, and they’re offering some solid prices and free shipping on a few dozen games (listed below). Zelda won’t dip below $30 this holiday season–believe me, I’ve checked–so if you’re itching for it or any other gaming deal, here’s what to do:

  1. Sign up for K-Mart’s membership program (don’t worry, it’s FREE)
  2. Get your cheap ass over to K-Mart.com at 1AM Eastern Standard Time
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Who’s saying no to a brand new Zelda at $30?

That’s all you need to do to have early access to K-Marts Black Friday deals. As for what else is on sale, check below. Note that $25 is the cheapest I’ve seen Batman Arkham Origins: Blackgate (3DS).

 

Consoles

:wiiu: Mario and Luigi Bundle – $299.99 (plus $20 in points for members)

:ps3: 250GB Holiday Bundle w/ The Last of Us and Batman: Arkham Origins – $199.99

:3ds: 2DS Electric Blue or Crimson Red – $119.99

 

Games

:3ds: LEGO Marvel Super Heroes – $24.99

:3ds: Animal Crossing: New Leaf – $29.99

:3ds: Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D – $29.99

:3ds: Pokemon X – $34.99

:3ds: Mario & Luigi: Dream Team – $34.99

:3ds: Mario Kart 7 – $34.99

:3ds: New Super Mario Bros. 2 – $34.99

:3ds: Batman: Blackgate – $24.99

:wiiu: Nintendo Land – $19.99

:wiiu: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD – $39.99

:wiiu: Just Dance Kids 2014 – $39.99

:wiiu: New Super Mario Bros. U – $44.99

:wiiu: Super Mario 3D Land – $49.99

:wiiu: Skylanders Swap Force Starter Pack – $49.99

:wiiu: Disney Infinity Starter Pack – $59.99

:ps3: Ratchet and Clank Nexus – $19.99

:ps3: Beyond: Two Souls – $39.99

:ps3: Dead Space 3 – $39.99

:ps3: Disney Infinity Starter Pack – $59.99

:360: Just Dance Kids 2014 (Kinect) – $19.99

:360: Dead Space 3 – $39.99

:360: Skylanders Swap Force Starter Pack – $49.99

:360: Disney Infinity Starter Pack – $59.99

:wii: Just Dance Kids 2014 – $19.99

:wii: Skylanders Swap Force Starter Pack – $49.99

:wii: Disney Infinity Starter Pack – $59.99

Title Screen scores a Versatile Blogger Award

I must being doing something right.

DRAKULUS23 nominated me for a Versatile Blogger Award, and I didn’t even have to beg or bribe. I’m a regular visitor of his blog Drakulus, and if you haven’t checked it out yet, hurry on over. He talks everything gaming, and though he prefers the PC at the moment, he still sticks his nose near consoles and handhelds. He’s also blogging at the rate of automatic fire these days, so it couldn’t hurt to hit Refresh once you get there.

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As for the rules of the Versatile Blogger Award, have at ’em below:

  • You must thank the person who gave it to you, and include a link to their blog.
  • You must then select fifteen blogs that you’ve recently discovered or regularly follow, and nominate them for the award.
  • Finally, you must tell the person who nominated you seven things about yourself.
I already showered Drakulus in gratitude, so here’s 15 other blogs worth a look, all of them gaming related:
  1. I’m currently writing a novel that’s up to 430 single-spaced pages of prewriting/drafting.
  2. I work two jobs: One as an over-the-phone vaccine rep, the other as a grocery stock boy. Keep it hush-hush, but I do all my blogging at my office job.
  3. Last week I tried playing PS3 while pedaling an exercise bike. Better idea in theory than in practice.
  4. I once met Kiefer Sutherland, aka Jack Bauer from the TV show 24.
  5. I have never broken a bone.
  6. I eat pancakes, bagels, and toast plain. No syrup, cream cheese, or butter–nothing.
  7. I turn 24 next month.
Again, thanks to Drakulus for the award, and congrats to those of you who I’m nom’d. Write on into the sunset, fellas.

The Liebster Award

The other day auronnbe from the blog RetroPals nominated me for this Liebster Award. It sounds like a prize for exquisite German seafood, but it’s actually geared toward us bloggers. Anyway, this Liebster Award is great because it lets bloggers nominate other bloggers and engage through questions and answers. Anyone who reads my blog knows I have strong opinions and ideas concerning the world of gaming, but that doesn’t tell my full story as a gamer or a person. Hopefully, some of auronnbe’s questions can flesh me out more. And, better yet, I’m banking on my questions shedding light on my nominees.

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Liebster Rules:

1. Post eleven facts about yourself.
2. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you and create eleven questions for people you’ve nominated.
3. Choose eleven people to give this award to and link them in your post.
4. Go to their page and tell them.
5. Remember, no tag backs.

Eleven Facts about myself:

1. I’m a published short story author who’s been a regional finalist (2010) and a national semi-finalist (2013) in two fiction contests. Stephen King, Chuck Palahniuk, and Bret Easton Ellis are among my favorite authors, and I like to believe my style has borrowed from theirs. My stories usually involve quirky characters, bizarre scenarios, or a sci-f/horror element of some sort. 

2. I was born and raised in Pennsylvania, but I’ve also lived in Belfast, Northern Ireland and Tallahassee, Florida. Favorite place on earth? Giant’s Causeway at the tip of Northern Ireland.

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Pictures don’t do the Land of Ire any justice.

3. I’ve been a diehard fan of the Jacksonville Jaguars since I was five. And, yes, it’s been brutal.

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My Jags have won seven games in since 2010. Cue the depressing music.

4. I’m an avid runner, and I alternate between five different pairs of Asics.

5. I don’t drink. It started in high school as a nonconformist sort of thing, then I just stuck with it. It’s a bigger life decision than you’d think–alcohol is a major part of American society.

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Just because I’m Irish and a writer doesn’t mean I get schnozzled to the gills every night.

6. I attended grad school at Florida State, thinking I wanted to be an English professor. Trouble was, I hated teaching and felt that writing critical essays on dead authors was a sycophantic and numbing task. I’d rather make fiction than overanalyze someone else’s.

7. I’m a big-time germophobe. I don’t eat with my bare hands, and I open most door with my feet or shoulders.

8. I’m a metalhead. My favorite bands include Iron Maiden, Guns N’ Roses, Megadeth, Overkill, Pantera, Skid Row, and Anthrax.

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Dudes in leather? If it’s these guys, then yes.

9. I hate dogs.

10. When I was 17, I survived a car accident that sent my car spinning before it popped in the air and landed roof-first in a ditch. My only injury? A tiny bruise on the inside of my right knee. Thank God.

11. I can carry on entire conversations in Seinfeld quotes. Not that there’s anything wrong with that…

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“It’s not a lie if you believe it.” – George Costanza

Questions from auronnbe:

1.        Retro gaming or current gen gaming?

Current-gen. Though most of my all-time favorites are from the 90s, it’s hard to deny the evolution that’s occurred in recent years in terms of gameplay, presentation, and storytelling.

2.        What’s your favorite game series?

Zelda or Metroid

3.        What will be the next big thing in gaming?

Virtual representations of famous actors as game characters. We’re seeing it in Beyond: Two Souls, and I wouldn’t be shocked if it becomes prevalent within this decade.

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Virtual Wilem Dafoe could lead to virtual Liam Neeson, virtual Christian Bale, and (gulp) virtual Tom Cruise.

4.        Do you buy your games digitally?

Only if I have to. I like having something tangible to remember a game by.

5.        Pc or consoles?

Consoles. I associate the PC with work/writing/etc.

6.        Do you like the trend of a collector’s edition for every game?

No. It screws over the folks who support games from day one. I’m actually hesitant about buying Batman Arkham Origins because I know there will be a GOTY Edition this time next year.

7.        Looking forward to Mighty No. 9?

Just so long as they don’t make twenty sequels in the next four years. But, seriously, I’m stoked for a fresh take on Mega Man.

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With Mega Man as burnt out as 50-year-old hooker, Mighty No. 9 looks to revitalize the run-n-gun sidescroller.

8.        Collecting full sets?

Nope.

9.        You’re favorite game of all time?

Final Fantasy VIII. Zelda: Ocarina of Time is right there with it.

10.      You’re worst game of all time?

In terms of disappointment? Metal Gear Solid 4. In terms of being a steaming heap of shit? Hey, You, Pikachu for the N64. Remember that one? Eighty bucks for a boxfull of frustration and voice-recognition issues.

11.       Which is the best/worst game to movie conversion ever?

I’ve honestly never watched a movie based on a video game.

My 11 Nominations:

After Dark Gaming

Ocarina of Time Nerd

Aspie Gaming

Drakulus

Video Game Central

The Credible Hulk

Geek Force Network

Real Retro Gaming

At The Buzzer

We Are All Geeks

Delfino Report

Questions for my nominees:

1) How has playing video games affected non-gaming aspects of your life?

2) Your main character in Super Smash Bros. (N64, Melee, or Brawl)?

3) Are video games art? Why or why not?

4) Favorite video game storyline?

5) RPGs or Shooters?

6) What’s the most $$$ you’ve spent on a single video game?

7) Based on future game lineups alone, pick one: PS4, Xbox One, Wii U.

8) You can play your favorite multiplayer game for the next four hours. Is it online or local multiplayer?

9) Rarest game in your collection?

10) What’s the worst thing that’s happened to gaming since the PS2/Gamecube/Xbox era?

11) You are in charge of either Nintendo, Sony, or Microsoft for the next ten years. What one big idea/change would you build your legacy upon?

Hope you guys enjoyed this. If I nominated you, keep the torch burning and nominate eleven of your own favorite blogs. Game on, fellas.

Title Screen: Hitting the Power Button

I’m kicking off this blog for numerous reasons:

1) Because with all the emphasis on the capabilities of modern-day gaming systems (online play, multimedia, trophies/achievements, friend lists, and all other social and eletronic hooplah), the good ol’ single player adventures I love get caught in the underbrush. And I’ve had it. So expect hard emphasis on RPGs, action-adventures, visual novels, and any great story-driven games out there. 

2) Because my gargantuan gaming backlog begs me to play games that aren’t exactly recent. Old-school stuff (Grandia II, anyone?) and even today’s games that have toppled off the discussion plateaus of major game sites. I may be late to the bash, but who’s saying no to a little post-release perspective from a guy like me?

3) Because of the occasional compulsive urge to get all misty over games I cherished years ago. And the occasional flare of disagreement that burns through me every time someone praises FFVI or Super Mario Galaxy.

4) Because I need to write more. 1,000 to 3,000 daily words of fiction is great. Adding in a couple blog posts is better.

5) Because–hey, I’ll be honest–I want to become a gaming journalist and I need to start somewhere. Tell me it’s not too late.

As of now, I’m aiming to use this blog as a means of discussing games primarily, as well as my outlook on game systems and the industry. But games primarily–I didn’t buy a PS3 to watch a Batman Blu-Ray or to stream Netflix; nor did I buy a 3DS to snap 3D photos of my lawn chairs. 

How this blog will play out remains to be seen. I’m not gonna nail myself down to certain daily or weekly requirements. I’m gonna cook up some ideas, chew on them, and see if the recipe sticks. Reviews, news, top 10s, and plenty else can happen. If you’re a visitor and you love/hate something, drop me a line and let me know.