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As is my duty and pleasure, I once again bring you my harvest of highlights from Destructoid's official live-stream channel. It's Monday, which means our focus is on the weekend line-up. Saturday Morning Hangover is kind of a big deal with Destructoid editor Conrad Zimmerman tearing through the latest indie games. But on Sundays, us community folk at 321GoCast and Also, Talks try our darndest to entertain you with just our words, and beautiful faces. Here's best of the best from this past weekend.

On Hangover: Conrad and Katrina are discussing the judgement of people in their choice of tattoo. At some point, the conversation split and collided into itself...



On 321Go: CrimeMinister(Spencer), host of CommuniCast and Dtoid's favorite intern, was trying to sway Tactix to enjoy new generation Pokemon because, after all, they are adorable. Spencer thought he had it with his last choice of Pokemon. Instead, Tactix decided to fire torpedoes...



On Also, Talks: Co-host Johnny Luchador regales us with a tale of his band days gone by. Within the blink of an eye, the tale spiraled into a full-on ancient myth...



You can check out all of Destructoid's past broadcasts here. Be sure to check out the channel, where we have 38+ hours of programming every week, and viewer interaction is key. justin.tv/Destructoid

We are always looking for new content! If you would be interested in broadcasting a program on Destructoid's channel, please email me at billzoeker@gmail.com or Pico Mause at pico@destructoid.com!
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Once again, I bring you the best of the best from Destructoid's official live-stream channel. The past week of MASH TacticS has been riddled with appearances from a special little character. Apparently he is the power behind Nintendo's new console. Can such a powerful creature be reined in... without looking absolutely ridiculous?


Monday's Mash Tactics was ground-breaking, as Jon Carnage and Pico Mause leaked Nintendo's new "Cafe" well before it's official reveal.



Pico innocently rides the Tiny Horse in celebration of reaching the day's goal of new followers. It only looks strange because you have a dirty, filthy mind!



Jon reveals that he is a man, he will do the right thing, he will take care of Tiny Horse. Pico has other ideas...



You can check out all of Destructoid's past broadcasts here. Be sure to check out the channel, where we have 38+ hours of programming every week, and viewer interaction is key. justin.tv/Destructoid

We are always looking for new content! If you would be interested in broadcasting a program on Destructoid's channel, please email me at billzoeker@gmail.com or Pico Mause at pico@destructoid.com!
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Though the weekend line-up on Destructoid's official live-stream channel is smaller than the rest of the week, it is still not to be missed. On Saturday Morning Hangover(10am-NoonPST) Dtoid editors Conrad Zimmerman and Jordan Devore play through a slew of indie games, for better or worse. Meanwhile, Conrad's lady-friend Katrina (wo)mans the chat, often at the expense of her own sanity. 321GoCast live-streams their recording seesions every Sunday at 2PST followed by Dtoid community talk show Also, Talks, hosted by Johnny Luchador and yours truly at 4. I bring you a sampling of what you may have missed this past weekend.


On Hangover, Katrina keeps getting pushed around in Raskulls. Jordan and Conrad proceed to explain why:



After 321GoCast finished their recording, Tactix decided to serenade us all with his lovely flute skills for some reason:



On Also, Talks we ended up talking about Professional Wrestling, as we are known to do. We then created a startling new tren-RKO!



You can check out all of Destructoid's past broadcasts here. Be sure to check out the channel, where we have 38+ hours of programming every week, and viewer interaction is key. justin.tv/Destructoid

We are always looking for new content! If you would be interested in broadcasting a program on Destructoid's channel, please email me at billzoeker@gmail.com or Pico Mause at pico@destructoid.com!
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Once again, I bring you a selection of moments from Destructoid's live-stream channel. This time, the focus is on MASH TacticS. Mash Tactics airs over 20 hours a week, and every moment is packed with entertainment, but some moments are just historic. By 'historic' I mean you have never seen somebody do that thing we just saw.



One such glimmering moment of internet history is when Jon Carnage had an epic battle to celebrate the daily goal of followers being met. That battle... was with a sock monkey.



Not to be outdone in lulz, Pico puts an 'unorthadox' spin on cooperative gameplay in Portal 2.



At the end of a week with an unusual influx of troll viewers, Carnage employs an anti-trolling tactic that may never have occurred to the rest of us.



All of Destructoid's past broadcasts are available to view here. But these recaps should be a more regular thing from now on. Be sure to check out the channel, where we have 38+ hours of programming every week at justin.tv/destructoid.

We are always looking for new content! If you would be interested in broadcasting a program on Destructoid's channel, please email me at billzoeker@gmail.com or Pico Mause at pico@destructoid.com !
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This past Sunday(5/15/2011), MASH TacticS held a special 6 hour streaming event in honor of Destructoid's live channel breaching 6 thousand followers! Dr. Jesse "Tactix" Cortez and his brother Jesus joined Jon Carnage and Pico Mause in the Mash Tactics studio to celebrate with some Def Jam Rapstar and Rock Band. Tactix also ran a special stream-only edition of 321GoCast from the studio, with special guest... me! It was all capped-off with an overtime dose of Also, Talks.

All of our live shows are archived here, but I've assembled a few highlights for your viewing convenience. See the ones that didn't make the cut on my YouTube channel.



As Pico returns from giving their cat, Kipper, a bath, it gives Carnage more than enough lyrical inspiration while rapping over Get Low:




The whole gang comes together to sing Maps by The Yeah Yeah Yeah's, but the put an entirely Dtoid spin on the hit:




What karaoke experience would be complete without Bohemian Rapshody?



Regular listeners of 321GoCast are familiar with Mama Viral Updates, wherein show boss Johnny Viral tells us an anecdote about his lovely mother. Well, JohnnyV happened to be broadcasting from his family home during the special, so this happened:



Speaking of JohnnyV, it turns out he doesn't handle creepy things very well. I'm not sure how this happened, but the Jtv community as a whole managed to do something Viral's close friends could not. Johnny still curses this moment today:




Speaking of followers, the count at the time of writing this post is 6,265. Our view count is at 25.4 million. Destructoid is called "the fastest growing channel on Jtv" for a reason. Come see for yourself with any of the 38+ hours of programming we have every week.








When I read the topic for this monthís Musing, it took me about 15 seconds to realize what game I will always come back to: Final Fantasy VII.

Or Fainaru Fantaji Sebun, if you want to make yourself giggle.

I know FFVII has become quite the clichť, but I like to think clichť bounces off me like rain off a duckís ass. Final Fantasy VII seems to be one of those things that can be just ruined for others by its fans. I havenít spent as much time perusing the internet as many of you reading this, but even I am sick of ďSephiroth through the flamesĒ avatars. And as a music fan, I can tell you empirically (my opinion is law!) that One-Winged Angel is not the best track on the FFVII soundtrack, or at least not the only track. Finally, I certainly donít believe we need Final Fantasy VII: Everything. But Iím not here to argue the impact and perception of FFVII in modern culture (this time!), so letís rap about the game itselfÖ *turns chair backward before sitting*

Final Fantasy VII was released for the Sony PlayStation in the Year of Our Lord 1997. I think I played it for the first time in 2000 or so. Still, even a few years after its release, the graphics were enough to blow your mind back then. I was taken aback by the beauty of the pre-rendered art, and fleshed-out cinematic presentation. Before playing FFVII, I had not been exposed to that many RPGís, so maybe my standards were a bit open, but controlling Cloud, commanding him to drive that ridiculous sword through a giant robotic scorpion, was enough to set my little tween heart ablaze.

"Hey Guys! I'll bet you 20 Gill I can put my big-ass sword through that building!"

The Materia system in Final Fantasy VII, confusing at first as many customizable ability systems can be, was ingenious to a point that I think it still stands as one of the best today. Before my days of rushing eagerly to GameFaqs, I felt exceptionally clever for pairing Odin and Added Effect on my weapon. I still have a blast collecting those pretty little gems and combining them in the smartest manner for more efficient domination.

One of my favorite things about a good RPG is a rich portion of side quests and secrets, and FFVII has it in spades. From hidden bits as important as Yuffie and Vincent to endeavors as involved as obtaining the coveted Knights of The Round materia, Super Mario RPG is one of the few games I can think of to rival the lushness of optional content so expertly.

Then there is the music. Oh that wonderful soundtrack by the masterful Nobuo Uematsu. As I mentioned before, I am a music fan. Not an aficionado, but an enthusiast. I couldnít point out a scale or even a key to you, but I know whatís good when I hear it. How many of you reading can say there isnít one song from the Final Fantasy VII soundtrack that you thoroughly enjoy? Seriously, your friends arenít here, you can admit it. Some are touched by sweet melodies like Sending A Dream Into The Universe, whereas others get pumped listening to the notorious Those Who Fight Further (over and over until I almost canít stand it anymore!) The point is that the soundtrack of Final Fantasy VII touches on so many points and themes, and doesnít slack on any of them. In general, Uematsu seems the kind of composer that puts his all into every track he composes, no matter how small or relatively unimportant. This is why The Black Mages is one of my favorite bands of all time. Well, creative work ethic AND guitar solos is why I love The Black Mages, really.

Seriously, this guy only stops working to play with puppies!

Now we come to the most important part of any RPG: the story. Final Fantasy VII is nigh 14 years old, and I am still struggling to grasp some points in the lore. That should say something about the amount of thought that went in to its structure and content. Iím not going to say itís the greatest story ever told, but anyone who wonít give it credit for at least being a bigger story than was often told by video games in its time is probably just being a dick. Something I donít think gets enough respect is just how well designed Sephiroth is as a villain. Sephiroth was a hero, an icon. He was the best of the best in SOLDIER and was revered the world over. Then his employers, the evil Shinra Corporation, experimented on him against his will, filling him with the very essence of the worst kind of monster imaginable, the planet-devouring Jenova. He promptly goes mad and tries to kill EVERYTHING! Itís not the kind of origin story weíve never heard before, but itís the caliber of story that we donít hear often enough. Itís also proof that the Sephiroth character is more than the emo wet dream heís often boiled down to today.

I could write pages and pages more about the epic Final Fantasy VII, and I just might because it always comes back to that game for me. It will firmly hold a spot in my heart and the hearts of many others forever. I look forward to living the world of FFVII over and over and over and over, for many years to come.

Edit: I took some of the pictures out. Reason: too many pictures.
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