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6:45 PM on 10.26.2007

Yakuza Guy with Shotgun vs. Police

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This is almost the most awesome video ever.

This happened in 1992. Some Yakuza guy has a shotgun.

He strikes fear into the hearts of the police because they don't shoot him even though he's outnumbered.

They don't show it but he gets in a fight with the police later.

Shotguns are the most manliest weapon ever. I wish they had Yakuza where I live.
(Okay, not really.)

I saw this on JapanProbe.com   read


12:07 AM on 10.14.2007

SSBB Coverage: Everybody Hates Ike!


I'm too good for media coverage...

Where is Ike? I've seen game-play trailers and new screen-shots all over the place. Haven't seen Ike at all.

I blame it on Sonic! Maybe...people see his blue, messy hair and think..."sonic....more sonic...post about sonic....upload game-play footage of sonic..."

I even saw some game-play. Right before they start the match, Ike was selected, but some retard from Gamespot or somewhere changes to Sonic instead.

Maybe he's just too good for media coverage. When is the last time you played a good Sonic game? When's the last time you played a good Fire Emblem game? Clearly, "good game" and "Sonic" should never exist within the same sentence ever! It's probably grammatically incorrect by now.

Yeah, yeah. Sonic did have some good game..a few decades ago! But greatness can easily be cloaked by mediocrity if you just keep piling it on. Sonic's once great name is now stained because of that and I honestly don't see why anyone cares for him anymore.

Ike's the character I'm looking forward to playing as the most. I do believe Nintendo said that Ike would be a heavier fighter (not my playstyle) than the likes of Marth and Roy, but I was okay with that. I love Fire Emblem. Ike wasn't necessarily my favorite Lord, but he is probably the most powerful out of all of them. I say that because you have to fight the last boss in Fire Emblem 9 alone with Ike, rather than develop some complex strategy to win with your whole team. Then again, the last boss in Path of Radiance wasn't a three story tall dragon.

Roy and Marth were my favorite characters in Melee. I'm going to be seriously pissed off if they don't make it back into Brawl. When Ike was announced as a playable character, I really took it as the greatest news about the game, for me personally. I thought that if Ike could make it, perhaps other Lords from Fire Emblem games could make the roster as well. I was really expecting someone from Fire Emblem 7...perhaps Eliwood (Roy's dad), Hector, or Lyndis...


I want to play too...

And she did make it...as an assist trophy! I'm being pretty ridiculous when I say this, but I find this insulting. I was not a happy camper that morning when I woke up to that RSS feed. Lyn was an amazing character. Hundreds of characters from the games would have made good trophies.

I'm over Lyn...I really am...mainly because of the possibility that Nintendo will make up for this horrible atrocity.

Two characters from Fire Emblem I do hope make it, are Eirika and Ephriam - the siblings and Lords and from Fire Emblem 8 (Sacred Stones).



I'm not getting my hopes up just in case Nintendo decided to make an assist trophy out of them as well. On top of Ike, Marth and Roy, I do expect at least one more Fire Emblem character to make it on the Brawl roster. By the time it comes out, Fire Emblem 10 (Radiant Dawn) will have come out so we might see someone from that game like Sothe, Sothe would be interesting since he's a thief/assassin class character...he wouldn't play like the others at all.

I love to say this, but I'd absolutely love a Fire Emblem only fighting game. Maybe like Smash, but not exactly the same. You could then go for more of a traditional fighting game model. If you've ever played any of the games in depth, you'll find you tend to get very attached to each one of your units. You'll turn crazy and start talking to them as if they can hear you...yell at them when they miss an attack - howl is agony if one dies..and you then promptly restart the level or turn off the game and stomp out of the room. Okay, maybe that's just me.

Anyhow, Fighter Emblem would be a sweet game just for the sheer amount of characters you could play as. The starting roster could be huge and with Connect24, you could add more and more. I'm dreaming of course, but that is pretty much one of my dream games. Rutger was one of my favorite swordmasters ever, I'd kill to play as him in a fighting game. And Fir, and Zihark, and Nephenee, and Lucia. It's a pipe-dream of course but whatever. Maybe Nintendo will wise up and take advantage of this opportunity.

Okay, I'm done. That was really long for stupid rant about something insignificant. I need help...

I commend you if you read it all.   read


5:06 PM on 10.12.2007

CLANNAD: Grey Hair


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CLANNAD is this new show - one everybody's talking about. I usually try to avoid those shows with the monster sized, probably telescopic eyeballs. But I threw caution to the wind here and went ahead bit the bullet. CLANNAD is produced by Visual Key, who made Kanon and Air - two shows I've never seen nor had the urge to see.

Anyways, the first episode of CLANNAD is alright. This girl named Tomoyo is in it. She's cool. She beats up some guys on mopeds with suggestively shaped hair-dos. Two things that sort of bugged me about her. First her name sounds almost the same with the main character's, Tomoya. That was really a low point in my life - the whole name confusion, but I'm over it now thankfully. Second thing, she has grey hair. Not exactly something normally to be bugged about, but who's normal these days?

Can someone explain the whole grey hair thing?
I understand blue hair, green hair, pink hair...

But grey?

OLD PEOPLE HAVE GREY HAIR! NOT TEENAGERS!

Actually it's kinda hot...grey hair...not old people...

Yes I am just doing this just to draw attention.
You are now being attacked on your left flank.
Great job, you lost skirmish!   read


1:23 PM on 10.11.2007

Fire Emblem DS: WHO IS THIS GUY?



See that guy? HE LOOKS STRIKINGLY FAMILIAR TO ME! I WONDER WHERE I HAVE SEEN HIM OR WHAT HIS NAME IS!?

Saracasm aside, I'm really digging the new Fire Emblem and Advance Wars for DS. I like this new gritty and (more) mature style and feel.



Square, take note of what Nintendo is doing and add what you've learned from your experiences to those atrocious Crystal Chronicle games you plan on releasing.
Little kids with melon sized heads DO NOT APPEAL TO ME!

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8:34 PM on 09.22.2007

TGS 2007: WWIIFANTASYTBSRPG!!!!!

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So I see this trailer the other night from TGS for this game called Operation: Darkess. As I'm watching it, I'm thinking...Hidden & Dangerous...Advance Wars...Resident Evil...Call of Duty...Final Fantasy...

I then decided to do something hundreds of people have been telling - harassing - pleading - begging me to do for the past two to three years: buy an Xbox 360! If this game is half as fun as it looks and doesn't take me less than two weeks to beat (a few months would be nice), it's definitely worth the purchase of the console.

WWII is one of my favorite subjects both as a hobby in general and as video game genre. I loved Fire Emblem/Advance wars and the deep strategy and emotional attachment you have for the characters after playing the game for so long. This game seems to be a great fusion of the two genres, even it if's way over nippon-a-tized. It was announced a while back, and I'm surprised I haven't heard about a seemingly absurd game, such as Operation: Darkness before now.

Yeah! Go ahead! Laugh at me! I don't care! Video games are like Apple Jacks and I, for one, eat what I like! You'd be surprised at how good polycarbonate plastic, aluminum and lacquer tastes crumbled up into a big porcelain bowl doused with ice old Foremost 2% Milk and topped with a thick layer of sweet, scrumptious delicious strawberries! Mmmm!

Longer, more cinematic trailer below. Has a lot more of the fantasy elements in it as well.
(Better music too!)

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Please tell me you're at least slightly intrigued by this game just from the strange, bizarre enigma this game creates just by existing in the first place!

If not, what two genres, that wouldn't normally get along together in your typical/traditional/ orthodox/kosher video game, combined?   read


8:29 PM on 09.22.2007

TGS 2007: Rygar: The Battle of Argus

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Ahh! Our first glimpse at the Rygar for Wii. I will go ahead and be honest and say I am somewhat impressed. Some of the cut-scenes, animations and the voice over work left more to be desired but the gameplay ... THE GAMEPLAY looks pretty awesome. I never played the old school Rygar so I don't really know if this can live up to it's predecessors or not. But the combat and ... just how stylish it seemed to be really caught my eye.

Will I be picking up this game based solely on this trailer alone? Probably not! I will be keeping my eye on this game though.   read


12:05 PM on 06.20.2007

Wii Finally Get's It's Second AAA Title



And guess what? It's another Gamecube game! I know many people are still frustrated that the Wii doesn't have the game that is the archtype for all other games that follow it. Of course they are coming, it's just it's...well...I guess we (and me) are all just impatient. People criticize the Wii and it's games. Wii supporters say the best has yet to come. It's just frustrating that all the games available have faileld to fully use all the Wii's power to it's full potential.

9.0

Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition, is not any different. IGN just gave the game a 9.0, so it is a borderline AAA title. But we already knew that, right? And not just IGN, but the game seems to have gathered the average score of 9.0 across the board. (Many people are not particularly fans IGN's "nerfed" reviewing system.) I wouldn't be surprised though, if as more reviews from other sites are factored into this average score, we see RE4:Wii's score dip a bit into the high 8's.

Good controls?

While waiting for this game to be reviewed these past few weeks, I've had this sinking premonition that Capcom would screw something up, or just tack on the motion controls and the review scores would tank just like the PC version. But, apparently the controls are pretty solid. I do believe Resident Evil cames have always had awkward control schemes in the past, and IGN basically says it's the same here as well. Once you get used to turning the character with the analog stick and what not, it should become quite a fluid experience from that point on.

That might be hard for me to get used to. I spent quite a lot of time throughly playing Call of Duty 3, and Medal of Honor: Vanguard. Not because they are good games, but I was savoring the new way to control a shooter on a console (and I love WWII). Even the slight changes from COD2 to MOH:V were very difficult (for me) to get used to at the first part of the game, especially since I played them back to back.

From IGN's review, it's said that the Wiimote does not turn the characters view at all. That might take some getting used to for me, but when I think about it, it is actually quite relieving because I an reminded of all those times I've accidently jolted the Wiimote the wrong way (or dropped it) while fighting the Wehrmacht, and thus losing my field of vision and getting killed. Resident Evil 4, will definitely turn the heat up when it comes to getting to close for comfort with the enemy, so, I assume Capcom made a smart move here.

It's been fun, but I do hope this is the end of the ride...

Capcom, I held out from playing Resident 4 on the Gamecube, because I wanted the extras that came with the PS2 version, so I waited it for then. Then you announce the whole package will be on PC, and so I hold out even longer for that. You screwed that up, and then you announce it's coming to the Wii! Okay! Enough of this running-in-circles nonsense! No more Resident Evil 4 games please! I just want to play this game and enjoy it without worring I'm going to have to buy it again!

Capcom does have an unusual reputation within the gaming community. They can make some killer games, and yet commit some very stupid mistakes that seem us, on this side of the fence, as something easily repairable.   read


7:38 PM on 06.19.2007

Icarus - a short movie from the creator of Haloid.



This is a short, but very sweet movie by Monty Oum, whom recently set the internet video game community ablaze with his epic Matrix/Star-Wars-esque rendition of a battle between two popular video game icons: Samus and Master Chief. Samus, whom is undeniably much more stronger, almost had the chance to rape Master Chief, until the Covenant interfered.

Icarus, however, is a bit different. This pays a tribute to the style of movie one would see that is directed by John Woo (who in the past optioned the rights to a Metroid movie?). This movie was acutally made my Oum as a part of an official contest* for (John Woo's) Stranglehold (the game), which he thinks he won't win because he already violated a few of the rules. Not that my opinion matters, but I think that since this movie is so prodigious given the parameters allowed, I would hope that the judges of this contest would overlook any minor discrepancies that would hinder Icarus from placing.

Here are the rules and prize information:




Anyone here at Destructoid want to take a shot at this contest? An almost phobia (fetish?) of wolves has quickly spread throughout the website, so no doubt any movie to come from this neighborhood would probably something akin to this:





Enough with the distractions! Go watch Icarus already! It will only take a few minutes, I promise. I am also anticipating Monty's next project in which he says "will top this (Icarus) a hundred fold. And will be crazy sexy(?**) to boot."

*(Warning! That link will send to straight to hel...er...Myspace!)

**(I am not really an Ayane fan...)   read


10:24 AM on 06.16.2007

Collier Disses Live. Microsoft Fanboys Outrage!



Original article here

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IGN AU: You mentioned earlier that you actively rejected Microsoft's Live Anywhere strategy. How the hell did they take that? Were they edgy about it?

Grant Collier: We said no and they didn't call back.

IGN AU: (laughs) So what were the discussions like?

Grant Collier: Our rep left us a message saying 'hey, want to talk about this, Live Anywhere, it's big, it's cool', and I thought, well yeah, if you're playing online poker, but who wants to be playing an RTS on a console and have some guy on a PC clicking and dragging all his troops, attacking your base while you're sitting there with your thumb sticks. So I think for FPSs and RTSs, no way, but for, y'know, card games or Tetris or something like that. There are games that I think it's cool for, but there are other games where I don't think there's any point. So they just didn't respond.

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Now, what made my day is, this article came up on Digg, and this seems to frustrate a lot of the Live-boys. PC vs. Console debate ensues.

Probably my favorite comment in the PC's favor:

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Why does the Infinity Ward guy have to be such an asshole? I mean, Microsoft clearly would like game developers to develop games for Live Anywhere and they only way to get the word out is to go to the developers themselves. A simple no thanks would have be more appropriate. Quite unprofessional.

RE: Unprofessional is having to nerf your PC version so that players on the console have a chance...

Why should IW not have the ability to make each platform independently fun and enjoyable?

And why the fuck should I need vista to play a god damn video game on my computer? So I can put on a headset and listen to some twelve year old assclown on an xbox shout cursewords and call me a newb all day long...

No, I think I'll stick to PC games and team speak - that run on XP.

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So, pretty much everyone on the PC COD front, hates Collier for what he did with the franchise. And now, he is making more enemies on the Xbox/Live side. Well, at least he's not that stupid since he know's Live Anywhere is a bunch of crock, even if it is just for the unfair advantages PC users would have. Regardless of what he's done or what anybody thinks, all three COD cames (COD/UO/2) are still very popular PC games online, even to this day.

Or maybe he still is a 'tard and he realizes the community IW pretty much abandoned two years ago is watching his every move.   read


11:36 AM on 06.02.2007

Shining Wind Gameplay Trailer



Another JRPG for PS2? You better believe it! These days, even with a heated next-gen battle going on, japanese game developers still manage to pump out these suckers. You'd think, on a playing field where you can get JRPG's for a dime-a-dozen, maybe they would move on to a new medium. I'm not up to speed with with each console's status japan, so I would assume PS2 is still a viable platform, which is sad, but not surprising.

Gametrailers.com is probably the only place I ever get to see trailers and media coverage for JRPG's, and games that are not necessarily destined for a world-wide market. They did manage to showcase a new game called "Shining Wind". This game follows suit with the others with most of the art being of the anime variety (nothing wrong with that). Shining Wind, is the sequal to Shining Tears, which got average reviews across the board.

I've never played the first game, so the Shining series would be completely new to me. My favorite JRPG, would probably be Chrono Trigger, which I have had a very strong urge to play recently. When I watched this trailer, I found it very similar to Chrono Trigger/Secret of Mana in art, style and combat. Perhaps there are tons of games out there just like this, I don't know. I don't usually play this type of game, and it looks like it could be that thing we call "fun" we used to have so much back in the day. The melee fighting as well, as using the gun (is it a gun?) is really something I've been wanting to play. So who knows, I might pick this up, just for the heck of it.

Although, that girl yelling "AEE AEE AEEEE" would definitely get obnoxious over time, as it did in this trailer.

Edit: I fail at embedding. Click here to view the trailer.

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3:46 PM on 05.31.2007

Is Japanator Next?

We've been hearing about Destructoid's site overhaul for quite some time. We've been hearing about Japanator's overhaul even longer. Now that Destructoid is at Porter's, getting washed and ironed out to look nice and pretty.

Yet, I wonder just who, or what, could be next in line?

Now, I am not trying starting any rumors. This is just good, ole' fashioned, innocent, speculation, and nothing more.   read


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