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7:16 PM on 11.26.2008

Thanksgiving Eve Fights - Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix (I've got dibs on Cammy edition)



Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix (PS3) came out last night and I've been playing it all day. I forgot how horrible I was at SSFII (just ask Y0J1MB0). I've been messing around in training mode and I think I've gotten a little better. I'm not doing anything eventful tonight so If you're up for the challenge join me at 9:00PM EST. Who knows, maybe we can get a little dtoid tourney going. I need some more practice either way.

If you don't already have me on my friends list my PSN is Alexradl, just add me so I can invite you. Who needs Thanksgiving Eve when you could be hanging out with Alexradl playing SSFII? Before you tell me Cammy sucks, I've gotten pretty good with her, and she's a pretty easy character to learn so she's perfect for me. Hopefully the servers aren't fucked up like they were this morning. Every time I joined a match it would disconnect me.

Anyway, leave you're PSN below if you want to play

Try not to gain too much weight tomorrow

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4:22 PM on 11.04.2008

Resistance 2 Destructoid Clan + (Short) First Impressions



Today is not only election day, but also the day we can finally get our hands on Resistance 2. I had the opportunity to try out the Coop and Competitive modes in the beta (like most of you) and I was very impressed. I loved the party system and the way they handled the 30 v 30 matches. The 8 player Coop is great and what you get out of it solely depends on how well you and your team work together. I'm about an hour into the single player campaign right now and I can definitely say this is one of the best shooters I've played in a while. The atmosphere is great and the story (so far) is surprisingly interesting. Overall it's a great package and definitely should not be missed.

I set up a Destructoid clan, so just search for "Destructoid" and request and invite or message me on PSN telling me you want an invite. If you don't already have me on your friends list my PSN is Alexradl. Remember, I'll be hosting some Competitive matches for FNF this Friday so join the clan if you want in. 30 v 30, people!

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This struggle for the very survival of mankind, this struggle that has now reached across the shores of our homeland, this struggle, ladies and gentlemen, may now be forever lost.

Anyway, GO VOTE!   read


3:21 PM on 10.13.2008

Alexradl's PSN Reviews: Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars

Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars (or SARPBC) is an "arena-based online auto sports game" powered by Unreal Engine 3 and developed by Psyonix Studios. It's a game that can be frustrating to learn, but satisfying to master. It supports 8 player online matches, up to 4 player split screen matches, and features a variety of mini games. The basic objective is to get the ball into your opponents goal.



Yesterday, I found myself hooked on the demo. I was constantly restarting the game to jump into the next limited 1 minute match. The gameplay is addictive. The controls are simple: You move your car with the left analogue stick, boost forward with O, boost upward with X, brake and powerslide with SQUARE, and accelerate with R2. You can perform flip and barrel rolls by moving the left analogue stick in the corresponding direction. You can also drive on the walls, and with enough speed, the ceiling. This makes for interesting strategies and tactics.

The single player mode consist of 20 mini games highlighting the different skills (from goalkeeping to powersliding) used in actual games. It also features a Tournament mode in which you go through 12 different matches and eventually making your way to the finale. For those of you who don't like jumping into a game without knowing what you doing there are three levels of tutorials (Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced).

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The real fun comes when playing online. There are 3 different maps and you have the option of playing a ranked, unranked or team match. The first two are self explanatory, but the team match let's you create a "clan" of up to 6 people (including yourself) and keeps track of your wins and losses. The amount of lag depends solely on the host's connection. Most of the games I played were lag free, but I did run into minor slowdown occasionally. It can be a little frustrating finding games because of the simple fact that a lot of people haven't purchased the game. It is possible to upload videos of your matches to youtube directly from your PS3 by going to the "Extras" menu. It is also worth noting that this game has trophy, in-game music, and cross-team mic support.

SARPBC is one of those underrated gems that shouldn't be ignored. Its fun and addictive gameplay should be enough to hold you over until Nov. 4th. I hope more people check it out and support Psyonix Studios.

Verdict: Buy It

More information:

Battle-Cars
NeoGAF thread with developer comments

Note: I will be hosting matches for PS3 FNF so if you have already purchased the game or plan to purchase the game let me know.   read


8:17 PM on 09.26.2008

HOME Beta Scam Warning!!! (Short Blog)

I just got a message on PSN from the user "PSN-HB-request" with the title "HOME BETA" saying the following:

"Congratulations! You have been selected as a Playstaion@Home beta tester. This message has been delivered to you for the purpose of effective feedback concerning Playstation@Home. If you are interested in receiving the beta, please reply back. Your message should include your PSN Sign-In ID (E-mail Address) and password. As soon as we get your information, we will upload Playstation@Home into your XBM.

SCEA, SCEE, SCEJ"


Be on the lookout for this message, and don't be stupid and reply back with your information. This is obviously a scam and should be ignored.






DIABETUSSSSS

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4:15 PM on 08.05.2008

A Childish Hobby

As I was laying in bed last night I turned on the Tonight Show. Ben Stiller, being the guest, walked out from the back and sat down. An interesting conversation took place (Bear with me, I couldn't find a clip of the interview so this isn't word for word). Ben mentioned that he had been playing Rockband a lot. Jay said the generic "couldn't you just learn to play a real instrument". After a lenghy conversation about playing online with random people, Jay asked "Do your kids think it's weird when they see you playing a child's game?"



"A child's game". Is that really how society still views video games? With the average gamer being 33 I don't see how people still get away with considering our hobby "childish". How long is it going to take for the video games industry to be fully accepted as a form of entertainment? This may be a simple generation gap. After all, people in their 50's and beyond didn't grow up playing video games. The people in their 50's and beyond are generally the people who make the political decisions about video games. We have people in power who do not understand our passion and consider it childish. They are the people who blindly criticize our industry. It's a scary thought to have people making decisions about video games they have never played or seen.

Our industry is constantly being criticized for the negative influence it supposedly has on kids. It's always about the kids. I can turn on my TV right now and find shows with content that wouldn't be suitable for a E or T rated game. Those shows are far more accessible than video games. Like the Television and Movie industry, there is content for both children and adults. There is simply no reason to still consider the video game industry and video games in general "childish".



The temporary Manhunt 2 banning in the UK is a perfect example of how skewed societies view of the games industry is. The game could have been given an 18+ rating but, was instead banned. A person 18 or older is considered an adult. An adult should be able to chose, on their own, what type of content they allow themselves to view. The public, once again, brought up the issue of the kids but, there was simply no issue. Children could not purchase Manhunt 2. It's always about the kids but, I like I said before the video games industry is not a kid-centric industry.

I'm not sure how long it will take for the general public to realize video games are simply another form of entertainment. For our sake, I hope it's not too long.   read


9:18 AM on 07.14.2008

Screw Attack's E3 Preview (Featuring "Destructoid Robot", "Brian Crecente, and "Jack Thompson")

E3 is Christmas in July. I love the rumors, hype, and previews the week before the big event. So, to continue the anticipation (3 hours in counting) I thought I'd share this with you guys.

Screw Attack put together a pretty funny E3 preview video featuring the one and only "Destructoid Robot", Brian Crecente, and the lovable Jack Thompson . If you are reading this and haven't seen the "Bonus Round" on Gametrailers go watch an episode now, it will be a lot funnier once you do. The Geoff Keighley impersonation was awesome. "I'm completely average in every way, shape and form". The plug-ins were spot on. Brian Crecente and Jack Thompson need to have an epic hair battle

You should see the comments at Screw Attack. People were actually complaining about the rip on Sony at the end. Anyway, I thought the Mr. Destructoid parody was pretty cool (not as funny as the other ones). Here's the video:

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http://screwattack.com/E32008/Preview

Also, sweaters.   read


10:28 PM on 06.17.2008

Bye, Bye Twilight Hack and Freeloader

The new Wii Menu Update (3.3) renders the Twilight hack useless. I'm surprised it took Nintendo this long. I'm sure the fine folks of the Wiibrew community will find another exploit in no time. Have any of you used the Twilight Hack? I tried it out of curiosity, but there's not much you can do with it.

The update also kills the freeloader, which could be devastating news to many importers. Here's to hoping Datel comes out with an updated version in the near future.




Via http://www.nintendowiifanboy.com/2008/06/16/wii-menu-update-3-3-kills-twilight-hack/   read


12:33 PM on 06.03.2008

Top 10 Attacks Against the Video Game Industry

Recoton007 from Wegame.com put together a great video of the top 10 media attacks on the video game industry. It's pretty funny how almost half of them involve Thompsonator. I remember #8 really pissing me off. Anyway, here's the video:

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That's a pretty epic mustache Mr. Jack is sporting in #4. So, are there any you feel should have been included that he left out? If so, post it here.   read


7:08 PM on 06.02.2008

Ars Technica joins the review crashing party. Mentions little 'ole Destructoid.

It seems like I have been hearing this from every site possible, but I'm glad the sketchiness of high profile gaming reviews is finally getting some publicity. I thought it was pretty interesting that they mentioned Destructoid (among other sites). Like I said, I've heard all of these complaints before, but I'm definitely not getting tired of them. Here's a little snippet from the the post:

"The next issue, and this is perhaps even more troubling, is the act of handing out exclusive reviews. This is basically the only way that print can compete with the online media these days: the writer gets to play the game, write the review, and then the rest of the sites have to hold their reviews until the time is up on that exclusive. Whenever you see the words "exclusive review," keep in mind that the outlet in question was essentially handed a check. Exclusive reviews are huge business, draw in huge numbers of readers—and that's worth a whole lot of money and prestige. Keep in mind that the rush of readers isn't the only power of exclusive reviews: gaming blogs like Kotaku, Destructoid, and, yes, Opposable Thumbs, often work as chop-shops when it comes to reviews. If the review talks about the game's length, or includes a list of weapons or interesting features, that data will then be talked about across the blogs...."

The full article can be found here

So, what do you guys think the future holds for game reviews? Will the high profile game review sites change their ways, or will gamers start looking to independent gaming sites (like this one) to get their review fix?   read


1:19 PM on 06.02.2008

2012: The year our precious interwebs dies?

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2:23 PM on 06.01.2008

Blogoscrub

I never really got into blogs. I guess it's because I don't see why people would be interested in the random things I have to say. There's a first time for everything...right? I'm not sure if this is supposed to be used as a personal blog or strictly a gaming related blog or both, but whatever, I'll just go with tha flow. I've been apart of numerous gaming communities in the past, and none of them really offered anything unique or different. That's where comes in. I have been lurking Dtoid for a while now, and I figured I'd sign up and get involved (I think I signed up about a month ago). I'm hoping to get actively involved in this great community, and maybe get some friends on that wonderful list. Well, I guess that's it for now, thanks in advanced for the belated welcome!   read


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