Cyberphile

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50+ Subscribers! — April 13, 2017

50+ Subscribers!

Hey everybody! I want to thank everyone who is supporting CyberphileTV, the YouTube channel. We’ve hit over 50 (now 60!) subscribers, and I really appreciate you all taking some time to watch my videos.

Other than obviously playing Salt and Sanctuary for video purposes, I’ve been playing Persona 5. Seeing as I’m a huge Persona fan, I’d love to have more time to play it, but time has been tight, between school, work, and preparing/recording/editing of the Salt and Sanctuary videos. That said, I jut finished the second dungeon, and I’m loving everything about it so far: the characters, the presentation, the gameplay changes from 4… I’m really impressed.

At any rate, thank you for supporting Cyberphile and I hope you all enjoy what’s to come!

New Highly Anticipated Series: Salt and Sanctuary Lore-Enhanced Walkthrough – From the Depths! — April 3, 2017

New Highly Anticipated Series: Salt and Sanctuary Lore-Enhanced Walkthrough – From the Depths!

Finally, I started my long/much anticipated lore video series on Salt and Sanctuary, titled, From the Depths.

On this introductory episode, there is no real gameplay (thus, Episode 0), but the backstory of the Nameless Kingdom is immensely important in the overarching story of Salt and Sanctuary, so I wanted to go ahead and get this heavy lifting out of the way as a means to prepare you for what’s to come.

Read the Drowned Tome Here ► http://bit.ly/2osKhxI

More coming soon!

What’cha Playin’? – 8/8/16 — August 8, 2016

What’cha Playin’? – 8/8/16

We’re SO CLOSE to the launch of No Man’s Sky and I’m so excited… If you haven’t heard, a huge patch rolled out yesterday practically doubling the size of the game… For an only 800 Mb update. Not only that, but apparently owning giant space freighters and the ability to build your own base is in the works. Lastly, those few lucky people who got their hands on it early are going to have their data wiped so that we have a more fair started point for everyone. I’m so very excited.

When I’m not just hyping that up, I’ve been playing a little bit of Salt and Sanctuary again. Playing a swordsman who uses incantations this time. It really is a good game, but I’ve talked all about it before. Check the Best Games Ever review for it here if you’d like.

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These “What’cha Doin’?” posts are designed to spark discussion, so feel free to post in the comments what you’ve been playin’, watchin’, or listenin’ to lately.

What’cha Playin’? – 4/25/16 — April 25, 2016

What’cha Playin’? – 4/25/16

This weekend was the weekend that I finally managed to finish my Salt and Sanctuary lore synopsis. My 87 page synopsis, The Drowned Tome, is available in PDF format for online reading or to download it and read it later. Click here to check it out!

With that finally finished, I think I’ve finally burnt myself out on Salt and Sanctuary. You see, that’s how I typically play games: I get really into one or two, and just play them to death until I get sick of them.

Since I’ve finished everything I really feel like finishing in Salt and Sanctuary, it means I can play other games again! So over the weekend I put some pretty good time into Guilty Gear: Xrd: Sign, a bit solo, a bit with my friends, and I made a bit more progress in Demon’s Souls. Also, yesterday, my friend and I chugged through Jet Grind Radio on Dreamcast, since we both love that game so much. It’s just a great game to pop into the DC and power through. It’s great.

I also made a silly video for Salt and Sanctuary. Just be aware that it has final boss spoilers, and is a huge reference to Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Check it out here!

These “What’cha Playin’?” posts are designed to spark discussion, so feel free to post in the comments what you’ve been playin’, watchin’, or listenin’ to lately.

What’cha Playin’? – 4/22/16 — April 22, 2016

What’cha Playin’? – 4/22/16

Been chugging through my synopsis of the world of Salt and Sanctuary and haven’t really be able to do much of anything else except try to squeeze in some Guilty Gear: Xrd: Sign time.

I’ve been watching the new season of Unbreakable: Kimmy Schmidt, and I have to say that I’m not too impressed. Season 1 was much better, in my opinion, as this season just seems to be chock full of annoying characters. Maybe the charm of Unbreakable is wearing off on me. That being said, it has its moments and I’m sure I’ll still finish the season.

These “What’cha Playin’?” posts are designed to spark discussion, so feel free to post in the comments what you’ve been playin’, watchin’, or listenin’ to lately.

What’cha Playin? 4/21/16 — April 21, 2016

What’cha Playin? 4/21/16

I’ve been working pretty hard on my Salt and Sanctuary Lore guide, and I’m currently 24 pages (Times New Roman, mostly 14 point font) deep. When I’m not doing that, I’m squeezing in some Guilty Gear: Xrd: Sign time.

My Salt and Sanctuary T-Shirt came in the mail the other day with some cool extras. Check ’em out! I also threw together a quick co-op guide for the community over at /r/saltandsanctuary.

These “What’cha Playin’?” posts are designed to spark discussion, so feel free to post in the comments what you’ve been playin’, watchin’, or listenin’ to lately.

What’cha Playin? 4/18/16 — April 18, 2016

What’cha Playin? 4/18/16

This weekend was fun-filled blast. It was my birthday on Friday, so, sorry for my lack of a post. It was a busy weekend. On Friday, I went to a hockey game, which is always fun in my book. On Saturday, I went to Medieval Times, which is kind of like an indoor Renaissance fair, but of Medieval times. When you first walk in, you’re assigned a table, and that table corresponds with one of the 6 sections, which in turn corresponds to one of the 6 colored knights. Prior to the show, you can walk around and buy all sorts of interest things, from real swords and shields to pewter statues and jester hats. There’s also an interesting torture museum, with replicas of many of the Medieval torture devices on display. Once you’re seated in your section, the show begins. The arena is split into two, with 3 seating sections on either side. Your server wench or serf explains that the three knights on your side of the arena are your allies, while the three on the opposite side are enemies. They put on a little story for you about the 6 brave knights from their 6 kingdoms in Spain, and they put on a how involving horse tricks, falconry, Medieval style games from a small tournament, like jousting hanging rings, full on jousting, and finally, armed combat. All the while, you’re being served a Medieval fare of food without utensils, like tomato bisque (never mind that tomatoes were indigenous to the Americas, it’s not like they had Pepsi back then either, after all), garlic bread, chicken (there are vegetarian options too), corn on the cob, a roasted potato, and an apple turnover with a side of coffee. It’s a lot of fun cheering for your knight and booing the opposition as you watch them participate and fight the other knights. If you’re a fan of the Medieval time period, I would highly recommend checking it out. Fun for the whole family.

In terms of video games, I played a bit of Salt and Sanctuary, as is the usual, and I started playing Demon’s Souls again, after receiving Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin from a friend as a birthday gift. I’ve only beaten Dark Souls and Bloodborne, so I need to catch up to get with Dark Souls III. I know that  Demon’s Souls is its own story and world, but that’s just the way I play games. My friends and I also played some Guilty Gear Xrd Sign, and picking it up again has made me excited for Guilty Gear Revelator, which is coming out the beginning of June. We also played a little bit of Street Fight III: Third Strike, which, for some reason, is not on my list of Best Games Ever… Hmm… I’ll have to fix that.

Lastly, I’m finally done collecting information from the item descriptions, NPC dialogues, and stories from the Tree of Skill in Salt and Sanctuary, so I’ve started putting that information together in a readable way, not unlike Redgrave’s The Paleblood Hunt, my inspiration. Look forward to my release of that information. Or don’t. It’s okay.

These “What’cha Playin’?” posts are designed to spark discussion, so feel free to post in the comments what you’ve been playin’, watchin’, or listenin’ to lately.

What’cha Playin’? 4/14/16 — April 14, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 4/14/16

As you (probably) know, I’ve been working on Salt and Sanctuary lore stuff. I’ve beaten the game for the 6th time, and have read through the Bestiary, Magic, Rings, and Charms, slowly taking notes and piecing together information about the world of Salt and Sanctuary. It’s been pretty interesting so far, and I’m looking forward to the finished product. You should too! That being said, I actually haven’t done much playing of anything because I’ve been busy putting together that information. Oh yeah, and school stuff.

As many of you know, Dark Souls III is out now, but I probably won’t be picking it up until I beat Demon Souls and Dark Souls II. I’ll probably play through the first Dark Souls again as well too before I get to Dark Souls III. So it’ll be a bit yet.

In other news, you should check out my friend’s Facebook page, Eric is a Huge Nerd. He’s been building and tinkering with arcade sticks lately, and it’s pretty interesting. I’m looking forward to seeing where he goes next with his current project.

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These “What’cha Playin’?” posts are designed to spark discussion, so feel free to post in the comments what you’ve been playin’, watchin’, or listenin’ to lately.

What’cha Playin’? 4/13/16 — April 13, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 4/13/16

I’ve been chipping away slowly at the bestiary and the drops in Salt and Sanctuary, and have been doing pretty well progress-wise. I’m on #70 of 98, meaning I have all of the drops for around 70 of the 98 enemies. I’m pretty close to moving on to the next phase of Lore.

The other day I also played just a little bit of Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition. It’s as colorful and fun as I remember it. Interesting to note that this version has not just 2-player co-op, but 4 player co-op.

And of course, there are always small sessions of Rocket League scattered about.

Lastly, I didn’t get too much time to game yesterday because I was busy writing a crap program in Java. Well, craps, actually; the casino game with the dice. It was fairly easy to put together, and slowly, little by little, I’m seeing the methods (programming pun) required for me to be able to piece together my own game. I guess you could technically say I made my first game.

These “What’cha Playin’?” posts are designed to spark discussion, so feel free to post in the comments what you’ve been playin’, watchin’, or listenin’ to lately.

What’cha Playin’? – 4/11/16 — April 11, 2016

What’cha Playin’? – 4/11/16

This weekend, I mostly drowned myself in Salt and Sanctuary, like usual. My 5th playthrough now complete, I’m working on collecting everything in the game so I can read the descriptions and work on writing up a big lore post, as I promised in the Salt and Sanctuary subreddit.

This weekend I also had a few friends hang out, and one of them introduced me to Welcome to the Gungeon, a procedurally generated dungeon crawler/shoot ’em up/bullet hell hybrid that actually works really well. I can’t say too much about it just yet, as I’ve only had about an hour or so long taste of it, but at $14.99, I can’t imagine me not picking it up soon. Maybe you can expect a review of it soon?

I also finished watching the first season of Darker Than Black this weekend. It’s a really cool dystopian future story about people who are given special powers called Contractors, at the cost of (seemingly) their emotions and a special “price” price they must pay. For example, a character has the ability to manipulate gravity, but at the cost of breaking his fingers every time. It’s pretty dark and interesting; I’d definitely recommend it.

Lastly, I watched Little Witch Acedemia last night, a 26ish minute anime short about a little aspiring witch in a very Harry Potter-type setting. The story is kind of cliche, but the animation is beautiful and colorful. I’d definitely give it a shot if you’ve got a half-hour to burn.

These “What’cha Playin’?” posts are designed to spark discussion, so feel free to post in the comments what you’ve been playin’, watchin’, or listenin’ to lately.