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12:10 PM on 02.22.2012

PC Hardware topics?

Hey everyone! I don't know if you've noticed or not, but I haven't been as active on Destructoid as I'd like to be. Either way, I was wondering if there's any hardware you'd like to see reviewed or any topic on PC hardware you'd like me to write about.

Let me know!   read

11:41 AM on 02.22.2012

Guild Wars 2 ravings

So normally I'm pretty restricted to PC hardware in terms of what I write officially for Destructoid. However, I decided I'm just going to write about whatever most excites me here. Right now, that is definitely Guild Wars 2.

Yesterday, they announced that they would be giving us a "surprise" today; many people suspect that it's in fact an announcement of an open beta. This would be huge, being they would only open beta test a month or two in advance of a commercial release.

Anyway, I was previously pretty set on having a human elementalist. After watching the norn videos a bit though, I'm definitely leaning more towards the norn because they just make humans look... really cut, dry, and boring. Norn live to make legends! Who wouldn't want to be as god damned bad ass as that?

I understand that you can have multiple classes, but it's really the first one that makes the biggest impact on you when you play a game, you know? Nothing is ever as "epic" as the first time you go through the game, and in my opinion, that's the only time I get that sense of adventure. Looking at the latest press release beta videos, I can't wait to get that sense when I play Guild Wars 2. How long has it been since even the cities have been a place to explore, instead of just an area to go to pick up party members or run away from all the RMT bots?

Moving on, I've never really been a big fan of PvP in MMOs, but I have to admit that WvW is possibly the thing I'm most excited to play. In the original Guild Wars, I was never very impressed because it was never a guild war. I mean come on, the guild battles were battles of 8 versus 8! Even the alliance battles were only okay because it was more or less the same thing over and over. Part of the main strategy in "capping" was to avoid players! In PvP? Avoiding players? Give me a break, that's not PvP; it's who can stand on a stone circle the longest.

Contrast that to the wide sweeping maps of World vs. World in Guild Wars 2, and you'll see that taking certain outposts can actively turn the tide of battle, and it's no longer a battle of scores and numbers, but a real war against two incoming fronts.

Real battle strategies are formed and you tactically defend and attack points according to what you as a team decide is best for victory. How exciting is it to play a game where working with others is actually enjoyable and advantageous compared to the normal, "I'll team up with others if I must."

I may be getting my hopes up for another bust, but I've got no evidence saying I'm wrong! See you all in there! I'll write more later when my laptop battery isn't at 1% :D   read

3:00 PM on 02.17.2012

Review: Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D sound card

<p>Creative makes some of the best PC audio equipment on the market, especially for gamers, and the Sound Blaster Recon3D is no exception.</p>
<p>I've never really invested much in high-end sound cards, as I had previously found them to be not worth my money. However, the Recon3D has made me seriously reconsider my stance on audio cards in general. The hardware is spectacular, even if the software itself has room for improvement in certain places.</p>   read

5:46 PM on 08.07.2011

Writing a monitor article, suggestions?

Hello everyone!

I'm writing an article on what the best computer monitor is for under $200 and I figured I would ask you all if you had any particular monitors you really liked. I have a few in mind already, but I figured you all would like a say in what you all think is the best as a community.

Let me know!
--Alex   read

11:45 AM on 07.24.2011

Destructoid gets an infusion of peach rings

Honestly, I have no idea what's going on here. Out of some miracle, I got picked up out of no where and was dragged out of my cave to write some computer hardware articles for Destructoid. Previous to my week-old blog on blogspot, I sadly have pretty much no writing experience, so I'm still pretty fresh at this.

Anyway, like I said, I'm going to be helping start up some seriously needed hardware coverage for all you computer junkies. Whether you know nothing about computers and are wanting to build your own, or if you know lots and are just looking to see a new spin on things, I hope I can give you all new and interesting stuff that you'll need to create the latest and greatest computer for all your gaming needs! :P

Okay, enough with that. I felt like I was giving a sales pitch there for a second o.o A little about myselff (some of this is a little repeated from the forums, so get over it if you've already read it), I only own a PC (well, I own a Wii and PS2, but never play them) and play FFXI, Guild Wars (I AM SOOO EXCITED FOR 2 IT'S NOT EVEN FUNNY!!!!), Starcraft 1&2, and some other RPG. Sadly, I'm not too good at FPS or I might play more... It's just no fun running around a corner and getting shot before you even know you were out in the open lol

Hmmm... I know a lot about computer hardware. I don't know how it happened, it just kind of did haha just one day it turned from me asking questions to me looking at questions and happening to know all the answers :P I go to THE Ohio State University and I'm majoring in Computer Science Engineering. Other than that, I do a lot of Chinese martial arts, like 20-30 hours a week of it. I also start my new training this coming Monday... I think I'm going to die >.< (Weight training before work, then martial arts training after work).

But yeah, feel free to ask me anything about myself or hardware. I guess that would make this an ongoing AMA for all you redditors out there o.o.... which can get pretty scary sometimes... oh well!

Oh, saving the best for last...


Okay, so maybe that's a tiny exaggeration... but not really. They're pretty much my favorite candy ever. Oh, and I like ice cream, possibly even more than peach rings. It's amazing I don't blow up like the this guy.

Anyways, I'm out!

--Alex   read

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