You have traversed the depths of the C-Blogs and found your way here; a shabby cabin at the piss-end of nowehere, littered with discarded wine bottles and cigarette ends. You peer through the darkness to see five faint outlines in front of you. One sits composed and dignified in a desk chair by a badly damaged table, reading a textbook on human anatomy. He pays no attention to your arrival, and continues to read through unknown means in the darkness. To your left, in the corner, a shockingly handsome man in a plaid shirt sits behind a desk, smiles at you warmly, and refuses to break eye contact. To your right, on a stool, a surly woman in a nurses outfit cradles a cigarette in her outstrecthed claw, glaring at you with scorn that even the dark cannot disguise. The fourth figure sits on the floor, smiling dimly and fiddling with the laces of his white trainers and the dangly bits of his brown hoodie whilst puzzling over a particularly tricky section in his colouring book.
Finally, at the back of the room, you finally spot a familiar face, framed by scruffy hair and uneven sideburns. The man you recognise as jebussaves88 stands before you, nursing a half empty glass of Rioja, and yet this is not the man you once knew...
Welcome to the blog of the Astonishingly Badass clan, a group who met in the distant past of 2009 in the Versus mode of Left 4 Dead 2. Whilst our numbers were once strong, we five still stand united with two objectives; save humanity from not having enough of us in their lives, and to make silly gaming related videos. We feel Destructoid would be a good home for our upcoming video series "The Astonishingly Badass Show", as well as any future blogging content we may conjure up.
L. Writes: I would like to say hello and thank you to all who have taken the time to click their way into this blog. My name is Aidan O’Dwyer, known as L. on Steam and Left 4 Dead 2 and as jebussaves88 on my previous account here. In my previous incarnation, I wrote posts relating to a backlog I was working my way through, which were viewed by few probably due to the somewhat uninteresting nature of a blog written by some guy about some games he’s played with little insight into the person himself. But not to worry, I have taken jebussaves88 round the back of the shed and shot him. He won’t be bothering you anymore.
I write to you from this new account, a new start for not just myself, but four others. Yes, we are legion, for we are many. First off is myself; I’m a 24 year old Registration Officer (someone who facilitates civil marriages) from the south of England. I enjoy competitive online FPS’s, racing games and co-op games, but generally have a soft spot for all games other than real time strategy.
I am joined by StrYdA (real name Mark). A 23 year old Surrey based student of medicine, his main enthuse is for real time strategy, but like me, he is highly partial to a spot of first person shooting and co-operative gameplay, as well as fantasy games in general.
Third amongst us is an old school friend of Marks and another student of medicine, Chris (AKA Killerkris) whose tastes largely are similar to Mark’s although he at times finds himself happier with a single player experience.
Our resident girl is Rhyn (AKA Lara) a care assistant from Suffolk, whom myself and StrYdA met online through Left 4 Dead 2’s online multiplayer. We have no idea what she looks like, but we do know she has a scooter named Trevor, loves Doctor Who (for the most part) and is also an avid fiction writer.
Finally, Apache (real name Andrew), an admin for some sort of green hippy company whose name I should probably ask. We haven’t been in contact with Andrew too much lately, as we have all drifted away from Left 4 Dead 2. This is something I’m hoping this blog will fix.
The first episode can be found above. Much of the content is centred around myself, Rhyn and later StrYdA playing Borderlands 2. I have also included a short section in the middle which is myself quickly reviewing some video games whilst drinking wine. I hope to be joined by the others for this section, which hopefully will extend to more than just product reviews.
Finally, I would like to extend my invitation to you, the Destructoid community, to help make this video series better. What could we do more of? What could we do better? What should we completely abandon? How much gaffer tape should we put over StrYdA’s mouth to stop us from killing him? All questions I hope you will answer for us.
Additionally, if you would like to take part, then I throw open the doors to anyone amongst you to join our Steam group (The Astonishingly Badass) and get in touch with us. Heck, maybe we could make a video together!
Finally, I would like to draw your attention to a shameless ploy I concocted to get some more attention. I am giving away RAGE on PC. All you have to do is leave a comment below, either giving us some feedback, or perhaps suggesting your own idea for an advertisement campaign modified with heavy swearing. UK entrants will receive the full packaged game as shown in the video, whereas viewers from abroad will simply receive a message from this account with the Steam code from within. Best suggestion/ fucking advertisement wins!
Thank you watching/reading, and good mental health!