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1:43 PM on 04.03.2012

10 More Things About Cataract

I figured since I haven't written anything on Destructoid's Cblogs in ages, I might as well hop on with the fact that the "10 Things" blogs are popping up again. Because why the fuck not, am I right?

10. I've lost a lot of weight this year so far, and I'm damn proud of it.
It's no secret that I'm a heavy guy. For a few years now, I was clocking in at a total of 235 pounds on average. Looking back at some pictures from PAX Prime 2011 was legitimately embarrassing for me. Since January 8th, I've been taking my diet and exercise more seriously (meaning that now they're a thing that exists). I was fed up with how unhealthy I was and how bad I looked. So, I changed my lifestyle. I cut out a lot of things that were bad for me, started making myself adhere to a light cardio workout, and I've lost a grand total of 35 pounds so far this year. I'm down 4 pant sizes, and just about down a shirt size. I still want to lose more weight, but I need to focus on getting rid of some major body fat as well, which is going to take some more dedicated exercise. Either way, I'm happy with the road that I'm on right now.

9. I started writing for RipTen recently, and my focus is almost entirely on fighting games.
I've always had a passion for fighting games, and I've wanted to write about them for a while now. After talking to some people, I ended up at RipTen. The staff over there is great, and I put out a fully fledged editorial once per week aimed at trying to help improve people at fighting games. I genuinely enjoy it, and I probably wouldn't be as happy with writing anywhere if it weren't for these Cblogs, where I really got a chance at having my writing read by an audience.

8. I make embarrassing noises when I see cute dogs.
I can't help it, man. I just love dogs. My girlfriend and I will often just look through Tumblr for cute pictures of dogs so she can hear me make noises and say things about how cute a dog is. Speaking of which, I saw someone walking a Siberian Husky today while on my way to the bank, and I almost made a noise before realizing I had my windows down.

Dogs are better than cats, and always will be. Deal with it.

7. I'm in the process of selling a ton of my older games, and have often thought about selling a lot of my current stuff.
I've hit a point in life where I ca honestly look at my collection of games and admit that almost none of it gets played. Older games, like on the NES or Atari 2600 can always be emulated, I don't even play my N64 or Saturn, and I picked up a ton of PS2 games that I haven't played for more than an hour! So, I'm in the process of selling a lot of it. Rational thought is beginning to override my feelings of nostalgia.

Granted, I'm still hanging on to a bunch of things. No part of my Dreamcast or SNES collection is going anywhere, and I'm still holding onto my boxed copy of Dragon Warrior on the NES (only because it was the first game I ever played). There's also a slew of PS2 and 360 games that I'm not getting rid of.

6. I've run out of things to say, and I'm just going to cut this blog short. Here's a picture of a cute puppy to make up for it.

9:31 PM on 03.07.2011

Another average day at work.

Side note: I originally wrote about this on my Tumblr, then after posting it a few other places, decided you folks might enjoy.

Side side note: To put things into perspective, I work in an independent retro gaming store. I love my job, and most of the kids around wish they had it. GameStop employees shop at my store, and frequently tell me they wish our store was more like theirs, as well as refer their customers to us on occasion. We have a healthy relationship with our competitors.

So, a few weeks ago, two kids come in. They look to be about 17 or 18, and they’re clearly coming from the school across the street, which is a common sight considering I always work closing. Two kids, iPods blaring, generally yelling in the store. Not exactly my favorite kind of people to be in, they’re the kind that never buys anything. Eventually, they ask for applications.

Now, I decide to instead of saying the usual “oh, we’re not hiring”, to give them some applications. I don’t know, maybe I was being nice or something. On our applications, we have a little test for all applicants to make sure you have some idea of what youre talking about. Nothing too tough.

Some of the questions are “name five consoles before the NES”, “three handhelds that aren’t made by nintendo”, and more. There’s also a section where you name your favorite game in each genre. Now, they go through and already had trouble with the other ones, having to ask for help and look around the store. We were just going to throw out their applications anyway.

One of them asks what an RPG is to his friend. He does a kind of barebones way of describing it, but I can understand that it’s not the easiest genre to describe on the spot. He describes the stereotype: you’re on a quest to save a princess, and you fight monsters on the way.

The kid immediately shouts out that his favorite RPG is “Batman”. I lose it. I just walk to the back, shut the door, and take a moment to myself to soak in what I had just heard. The kid didn’t even realize it, either. He was so happy that his application was perfect. I called my boss later that day when I was closing (this happens everyday), and I told him about the application.

We still have it in our folder, and have no plans of throwing it out.   read

2:31 PM on 12.06.2009

My review of WanderingPixels blog asking us to stop reviewing blogs about review

oh man I ran out of space there.

WP comes in strong and makes a good argument about his points.

The book was alright, although I ended up stopping somewhere in the 5th chapter to go read a few literary masterpieces from the R.L. Stein Goosebmps collection. That guy makes WanderingPixel look like he's...

wait, what am I doing?

PLZ DONT CURBSTAMP PUPPIES. Wait. Puppies. Pup pies.

Oh shit.   read

1:17 PM on 08.30.2009

Burnt out, but why?

(Copied from my Tumblr, then into IE, then through a hoop on fire)

It's weird. I've been a gamer all my life. I picked up a controller at the age of 2 to play Dragon Warrior on the NES, and since then, I haven't stopped gaming. It's always been a major part of my life, and has helped to define me as a person. I'm always interested in talking with other people about the state of the industry, art direction in games, or even just how a game is. I have a reputation among my peers as the person to go to if you want to know about a certain game or genre.

Then why is it that I feel so burnt out on gaming?

I woke up today, started playing a bit, and realized something. I'm just not having fun anymore. But why? I played a bit of the games in my collection, trying to find that spark, but to no avail. Why is it that suddenly I couldn't care less about something that I've held so close to me all of my life? It's frightening.

I suppose this could have to do with how I've played the last few months. Late during the month of May, I started to take my infatuation with the fighting genre, or rather Street Fighter, somewhat seriously. I began to practice more than most of my peers, and started to enter local tournaments. I was more competitive than almost anyone else around me. And now, I couldn't care less. I have a 66% win rate, and the 414th highest arcade score in the world in SF4, but it doesn't mean anything anymore. I used to idolize top U.S. players such as Justin Wong, Mike Ross, Arturo Sanchez, Alex Valle, Combofiend, and more, but all of a sudden, it just doesn't appeal to me anymore. A wave of apathy has washed over me, and I find myself unwilling to get back up.

Is it due to my own previous tenacity with which I used to play, or is it a lack of titles coming out that genuinely interest me? The last game that came out that had me genuinely excited was Street Fighter 4, and I hate the damn game. Perhaps playing something I hate so much in such excess has caused me to become jaded (You don't get it, I seriously fucking hate this game). I would't be surprised. But then again, who knows? This might just be the flavor of the day.   read

2:29 PM on 08.29.2009

Dear Destructoid: We have a problem.

Now, the first thing that anyone is going to notice in this blog is the formatting. Yes, I am writing this blog in Google Chrome, and I
am doing it on purpose. Google Chrome is, as most of you may know, a web browser released by Google last September
second in the year of our Lord 2008 AD. Being touted as revolutionary with the way it handles processes and tabs, as well as a
system to decrease memory bloat, Chrome got popular pretty quickly.I personally started using it late November after Firefox
would continually take up an overly excessive amount of memory and CPU whenever I used it.

It's not like this issue is a surprise, either. People have been very vocal about issues with Destructoid (more specifically,
Elephant) and Chrome playing nice together, especially on Destructoid's uservoice community feedback page, which I think most
people forgot about, including the staff.

Here's a link to it:

Now, go to that link and scroll down. The seventh highest item, as voted by the community, is to add better support for Google
Chrome, added by Niero himself. In fact, it's even noted as planned. What you may not realize, is the fact that it's been up there
for at least seven months, and nothing has been done about it. This Wednesday, Google Chrome will have been out for a year
(stable, not beta), and there is still little to no support for it on Elephant. Despite being listed as planned, nothing has been done. I
think it's time to live up to your word (aka Full Life Consequences), and finally fix the bugs thats Elephants having with one of the
most popular browsers in use today.   read

8:53 PM on 08.24.2009

Why I love Joystiq.


12:17 AM on 07.09.2009

I'm on TV, meng! Also, SF4 tournaments.

Well, I will be at least. Back in March, I went on MTV for a game show called Silent Library. I had a blast, and my episode is finally airing today at 5:30 PM (check for local times, I just know 5:30 EST for a definite). The basic premise is that 6 players are in a library, completing various humiliating challenges while trying to stay as quiet as possible.

Thats me in the back, mutton chops and unshaven. I sure do know how to dress up for these things.

Sounds stupid? Yes. Yes it does. But regardless, it's a chance to see a fellow Dtoider on TV winning some money and getting hit with things for your sick entertainment. Since I'm still technically on NDA until after the airing of the show, I can't give away the details of what exactly went down, but after the show has aired I'll be in IRC talking about some behind the scenes stuff, which is more interesting than I'm making it sound. I swear.

And on a 100% videogame related note, I've been in Newegg's online Street Fighter 4 tournament, where I made it to round 4 out of 6 using only E. Honda. My next match takes place Thursday, at 9:00 PM EST. If I complete the 6th round, I then go into a finals bracket where I'm eligible to win up to $600 in prize packs. Wish me luck! Regardless of the prizes, I'm just happy to be in a tournament. I love to compete in almost everything I do, and fighting games has recently become one of my favorite things to compete in. I've always been somewhat competitive in nature, partially due to being put down as a child. I saw it as a chance to make those who put me down look like idiots, and more often than not I'd succeed, and if not I'd come damn close to doing so.

So thats it, Destructoid. Tomorrow at 5:30 on MTV. Silent Library. Watch it and enjoy my pain for your entertainment. Then, I'll hopefully beat down someone at 9:00. Looks like I got a full night ahead of me.   read

12:23 PM on 04.20.2009

DSi? I picked up a different portable instead.

Well, this past weekend I got the chance to go and visit a few friends of mine at a gaming store called Digital Press. At the end of every month, they host a get together/mini party which features tournaments, snacks, and such. One of the really cool aspects is that the owner of the store allows people to come in with their stuff to trade or sell to other people who come in that day. He makes no money off of this, but allows it anyway.

That's how fucking awesome this store and the owner are.

I stopped in this past Saturday during the meeting to see if anyone was selling anything interesting. A friend of mine who I see at the store was selling a Neo Geo Pocket Color, in perfect conidition, with five games, an AC adapter, and a small case he was using to store it. All this....for $35. I bought it in a heartbeat.

Here be pictures:

Here's the NGPC itself. The screen is fine, and the joystick on it feels absolutely amazing. Sony, put this into the PSP, it feels absolutely amazing, and it's incredibly responsive. The buttons aren't sticky in the slightest, and the system itself is very clean. It was definitely very well taken care of.

And here are the games, they each came in their own case.

Metal Slug is Metal Slug, except with the addition of a lifebar, when that empties out, it's a game over. So technically, you have one life per continue. This makes it a bit challenging, which is nice.

Capcom vs. SNK Cardfighters Clash is surprisingly good. I don't usually play CCG's much, let alone on a console. The system is pretty straightforward and simple, which is probably why I like it, not to mention that it's got Capcom and SNK characters. That doesn't exactly hurt it either.

Capcom vs. SNK: The Match of The Millennium is everything you'd want in a handheld fighter. Everything is really well balanced, and challenging. When you consider that there's also around 12 minigames inside, and that it can hook up to the Dreamcast for added content, you start to realize how amazing this game is.

Sonic the Hedgehog Pocket Adventure is...alright. I've never been too big of a Sonic fan growing up, but I already spent quite a bit of time on this one, and I'm really enjoying it. There are some pretty annoying parts, but nothing that makes me want to stop playing it.

And last but not least, Crush Roller, the only game that needs an explanation. You play as a ball of paint who needs to run over the entire floorspace of a maze/floor while being chased by two other blobs. Most of the time they're faster than you, so you need to lead them into crushers o you can get about 10 seconds without them so you can go and paint more of the floor. Oh, and once they're crshed, they come back faster and smarter.

Overall, I'm incredibly happy with my NGPC so far. This little machine is great, and it's a shame that it received such little attention and ultimately died out.

Also, I got these in NYC a few weeks ago at Toy Tokyo, figured I'd share them here. Two Dragon Quest bottlecaps and a magnet from....some anime series. I just thought he looked cool, so I got him for a dollar.



4:51 PM on 01.29.2009

I don't ask much from you guys...

...but I think I've earned a "ask Dtoid for help" moment.

Earlier today, I was playing my Dreamcast. It's always had an issue where unless the controller cord was
positioned perfectly in the console (sometimes to the point where I need to have something supporting it from
underneath), it wouldn't be read at all. Today, i finally opened up the console, thinking something was loose
and could be tightened. Well, I found this.

Obviously, theres something wrong with my Dreamcast. The first thing it reminded me of was when a battery
has been sitting for too long, or been inside a device for too long and the acid begins to leak and forms this
sort of buildup. Anyone familiar with this? Any ideas on what I can do to fix/clean this?

Sorry bout the shitty focus in the second picture, it's a shitty camera. Also, huge pics are kinda huge.   read

8:02 PM on 01.03.2009

I hugged Ron Workman...

And....oh wait.

:(   read

3:56 PM on 12.30.2008

Thinking about buying the Ys remake for the DS?

Well, if you were on the fence about buying it, hopefully this will help sway your decision a bit. According to Atlus, they are going to be giving away free soundtrack CD's of Ys 1 and 2 upon pre-ordering the game.

From the email:

"As if there weren't enough reasons to purchase Legacy of Ys: Books I & II, Atlus is offering one more (and just as a refresher, the others include a new localization, remastered graphics and music, optional touch screen controls, multiplayer, and much more):

Pre-orders at participating retailers will secure a copy of a limited edition Legacy of Ys: Books I & II soundtrack CD, which will feature selected tracks from both Ys I and II.

Epic in melody and arrangement, the Ys Books I & II soundtrack has long been considered one of the greatest video same scores ever created. As relevant today as ever, the freshly arranged music CD still manages the same level of excitement and energy, and stand as a testament to true excellence in game music."

Even better, heres a link to some samples of whats to be found on the CD. Even though I haven't ever played a Ys game, I think come February 10th, I should give it a go.   read

8:03 PM on 11.24.2008

Deadline for Secret Santa Admissions tomorrow night!

Well, it seems the last chance for some of you Grinches to come over to the side of awesome, gift giving (and receiving), light is coming to an end...soon.

Tomorrow night at 11:59 EST marks the deadline for the First Ever Extremely Unofficial Dtoid Secret Santa! I prefer to call it FEXUDSS for short, it just seems to roll off the tongue! For those of you who live under a rock/in a cave/ on top of a mountain/somehow associated with a stone of any form, just send me an e-mail at [email protected], and send me your address, whether or not you want to ship overseas, and a short list of things (or what kind of things) you'd want.

Now, if you happen to have some choice gaming swag, or maybe a game or two that you'd want to pass on, go for it, as long as it's something relevant to the other person. This means no turds in a box, and no scratched up old copy of Madden '05.

Also, once you sign up, you are committed to this. I don't want to have to hunt you down and kill you, my semester ends the 12th of December, which doesn't give me a lot of time to be merry, let alone shop for others/

Now don't suck and sign up!

Also, here's the original blog, in case you have any questions:   read

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