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1:07 PM on 06.07.2010

"Meet the BritToid Cast - Gandysampras"

So, it looks like we've finally been unleashed on the Destructoid community in all our glorious Britishness. Except for our adopted Luxembourgian n0brein, but who's kidding? He's pretty much one of the family now. As you may have guessed from the title of this blog I am Gandysampras, the ever present Lumberjack in the BritToid team. A number of you will have met me last year at PAX, met me here at a DToidUK meetup or hung around in IRC to be bask in my glorious presence. For those of you who know nothing about me I'm hoping this short post will help to introduce myself better to you.

I joined Destructoid a billion years ago in August '06 and lurked fabulously for an inordinate amount of time before deciding to hop into the unofficial IRC channel and get more involved (Cblogs, Forums and FNFs). The biggest thing for me that made DToid my true “internet home” was meeting a ton of you all at PAX last year.

Seeing how much fun all you fucks had at PAX '08 I decided there and then to get my ass across the ocean to meet all the people in person that I had spent so much time getting to know online. PAX '09 was and still is one of the best weeks of my short life so far and incredibly it has nothing to do with the actual PAX event, what made it so good were the people who were there.

When it comes to games there are always too many I want to buy compared to the amount of money I have, DtoidUK's own Half Left will attest that instead of buying sensible food I have bought a new release several times in the past 12 months alone. Recently I've become a big fighter fan with SFIV and SSFIV taking up a large portion of my time along with Red Dead Redemption and Alan Wake.

I'm the kind of person that seems to love games that no-one else does. Altered Beast was my favourite Mega Drive game, I own not one but TWO copies of Too Human and have played that game to death and Superman 64 was the best game I have ever played. Okay the last one is stretching it too far even for me but the others are true.

Feel free to follow me on Twitter (though I say almost nothing of interest), give BritToid episode 1 a listen and leave us some feedback.   read

8:05 PM on 09.10.2009

PAX 09: Also, Shark Cocks

Well then, I'm finally back at home in stinky ole Britain and already I'm missing both Seattle itself and all of you motherfuckers. I had literally the best week of the entire last year if not my entire life, and no matter how crappy I feel over the next few days I know that there isn't a better community out there and there are an inordinate amount of awesome people that I cant wait to see again.

I just want to throw a special thanks to both Chooly and McSnow, without whom I doubt I would have been able to get to PAX at all. For those who dont know, Chooly sorted out pretty much all the Britains with somewhere to stay and McSnow provided totally awesome cheapo-flights so <3 to you guys.

The con was OK, the city is cool but we all know that the real reason we went was each other, and I did have one moment like no other. CTZ, the Shark himself greeted me one fine evening in the Elephant and Castle with a prominent "I'm a shark, suck my dick!". How does one reply to such a culturally rooted and fancy greeting? I decided that all I could do was ask him to present his penis and hope to not offend him. Little did I know that my display of knowledge of the ways of the shark would actually cause our beloved community manager to flash, with me, the lucky beholder catching a glimpse of his fantastic, nay, amazing manhood. So thankyou Hamza for letting me become part of the select group that has seen your "special" fin.

Lastly, as I'm obviously not very good at this thanks to everyone who was there. You made my entire week the best thing in existence and I cant wait for it to happen again. <3   read

10:03 AM on 02.12.2009


I feel so warm inside

4:45 PM on 01.27.2009

City Of Dtoid: 14 Days of Spandex Fun


Well, I just finished exams and I seem to be in a gaming glut so what better way to pass the time than grab a two week free trial on City of Heroes with my fellow Dtoiders. We're all going to hop onto a US server when we finally get it up and running so join us for the luls. I'll post server names, etc once we get it installed. In the meantime head over to the CoH website and get signed up!

EDIT: Ok here goes nothing then

Server: Infinity

My Hero name: Archery Lad   read

1:11 PM on 10.23.2008

Rumour: Zombie DLC coming to GTA IV?

Over at the Rockstar Games Social Club website a new Eugenics Inc. ad has sprung up detailing a quarantine of the company's compound due to an outbreak of a contagious disease. Located in Bohan Eugenics Inc. is a physical location in the GTA IV world, but is yet to play any part in the story of GTA IV. Microsoft previously confirmed an autumn release for the first set of DLC and this advertisement hitting the web at this point seems to fit ever so nicely. Of course that could just be the immense desire I have for zombies to play a part in every single gaming gaming experience, but hey, here's hoping.

Quarantine: Contagious Disease
Nobody shall enter or leave the premises without the proper documentation issued by Eugenics Inc. No person, except authorized agents or employee of Eugenics Inc. shall either destroy or remove this sign. Anyone violating these regulations will be arrested and prosecuted by the proper authorities. By order of the LCPD and Eugenics Inc

Now that all the excitement, etc seems to have petered out for GTA IV, would this make you pick the game back up and play? Or would you be looking forward to a more traditional mission based DLC package?

EDIT: Looks like great mind's think alike, Nick Chester just posted this frontpage so go check it out.   read

12:46 PM on 10.23.2008

Good Old Games Goes Public

The public beta for the fantastic classic gaming download service Good Old Games has started today. If you weren't one of the lucky few to get a closed beta key let me clue you in to what you have been missing out on. Remember all the games you used to love? Fallout 1 & 2, Freespace, Earthworm Jim and a personal favorite of mine Battle Chess? GOG sells all of these and many, many more for the extremely low price of either $5.99 or $9.99 depending on the game. All of the titles are completely DRM free, are Vista compatible and are supported by a fantastic customer service department. I really cannot praise these guys enough for giving me back all the games I used to love but can no longer run due to hardware conflict issues. So head on over and peruse the catalog of gaming nirvana.   read

9:45 PM on 10.21.2008

Penny Arcade Prince Of Persia Comic Revealed

Over at Ubisoft's Prince of Persia site the first few pages of Penny Arcade's latest game-themed comic have appeared. I love these little series that the guys over at PA do every so often, the Fallout 3 Vaults series is one of my favorites they have done. If you haven't seen them before then give them a look. Believe me it's worth it.   read

12:20 PM on 10.21.2008

Fable II DLC Codes Missing

Looks like fate really is against Fable 2, what with all the cuts, and setbacks leading up to its release. The latest entry into the shenanigans surrounding the game is that a number of people who pre-ordered the limited edition version did not receive the promised DLC codes. It seems this is a Microsoft problem and should be sorted out by the 28th of this month, with replacement codes somehow being delivered to those without them. Good news for us euros though, the problem is USA only so we should all get ours.

For anyone who got the game today, how are you enjoying it so far? If you got the limited edition did you get your DLC codes?   read

5:34 PM on 10.20.2008

Still Need A CoD:WaW Beta Key? (UPDATED)

If you are one of the unlucky few still to be without a beta key for the upcoming Call of Duty: World at War then try your hand at Fileplanet tomorrow (Tuesday 21st) for a chance at getting in. I'm afraid you will have to sign up to some bullshit, but hey what else would you expect from Fileplanet?

Here is a copy of the e-mail sent out to all Fileplanet subscribers about the keys.   read

4:24 PM on 10.20.2008

Fable 2 Leaderboards and Fate Cards

Lionhead have released the Fate cards that were cut from the limited edition version of Fable 2 for free today as a download from their site. Does this take the sting out of the removal of the rest of the extras from the limited edition or is it too little too late?

This comes paired with a new venture into online leaderboards for a variety of statistics including the always enjoyable chicken kick.   read

3:27 PM on 10.20.2008

Left 4 Dead 360 Achievements Unlocked

Just a quick post to let anyone who's interested know that has got the full list of Left 4 Dead achievements up.

As I'm sure a lot of you are, I am really looking forward to Left 4 Dead. I'm still slightly torn between the 360 and PC versions. The achievement whore in me says 360, while the sane part of me says the gameplay will be better on PC. Even if fewer Dtoiders go the PC route it does seem to be the better choice.

Are you planning to get Left 4 Dead? If so what platform are you leaning towards and why?   read

8:47 PM on 10.19.2008

Gears 2 Flashback Map-pack: Now With Added Brown

Over at Pwn or Die they've got a quick side by side comparison of the redesigned Gears 1 maps against the original counterparts. Don't forget if you buy Gears 2 new you get these five maps for free, will this latest carrot-dangling exercise convince you to buy a game new that you would otherwise buy second hand? Or will you wait it out and get them as DLC later if the multiplayer has improved? I know I will be taking option two as the multiplayer element of Gears 1 didn't hold my interest, but who knows, maybe the co-op will be great and i'll have to buy it to play with my buddies.   read

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