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For those of you that have yet to hear the news, a nerd culture legend has passed away. While I'm not going to sit here and pretend like I know a lot of about Leonard Nimoy's career, I know that his work was beloved by millions of people throughout several generations. I never saw Star Wars, so I never got to see him in his legendary role as Chewbacca (calm down, nerds, I'm joking). In all seriousness, though, I really never have watched Star Trek, but I loved Leonard Nimoy for his cameo appearances in two of the best episodes of The Simpsons: “Marge vs. the Monorail” and “The Springfield Files,” which is an X-Files spoof.
Rest in peace, Spock.
Hopefully you guys get your fix of me and my beard—er, my beard and I—this week, because next week I won't be able to bring you the Friday recaps, as my wife and I will be taking our annual vacation to Pax East.
We choose to drive every year as a cost saving measure, and I know the snow has been stupid up there recently, so there's a good chance that our normally 13 hour drive turns into a much lengthier endeavor. Nevertheless, it won't be enough to stop the Thomas clan. You kids be good while I'm gone. No gambling or devil-worship. K? Speaking of Pax East, if you're going to be there, let me know, we'll meet up and I'll let buy me a Red Bull and touch my beard.
Just touch the tip.
A lot of you probably know that I work at the Mothership, GameStop. It's not the best gig, but it does have its perks, and something awesome happened yesterday. My store is the busiest in our district, and we received the last of our district's stock of Playstation 2 games. The majority of them don't have cases and are just sitting unloved in those yellow sleeves, and for the most part you're not going to find anything amazing, but we're selling them 10 for $10, and I managed to find 10 pretty decent PS2 games.
I was hoping we'd have classics like Silent Hill 2 and 3, Ratchet & Clank, Gradius V, and some of the hard to find titles like Haunting Ground and Gitaroo Man. Well, we had a whole lot of Guitar Hero and Madden 08, but after I sifted through all the filler, I snagged copies of games like Oni, Psi-Ops, Summoner, and Rise of the Kasai. But out of all of them, the one I was most excited to find was God Hand.
I've heard for years how good God Hand is, and it's one of those games I've always meant to pick up, but if there's one thing I've learned from my time at the flea markets, it's patience. You can't beat God Hand for $1, even if it doesn't have a case. So I intend to play that in the near future.
But when it comes to things I actually did play this week, I finally got around to playing some Dying Light. I'm not going to sit here and lie to you guys, I only managed to get a few hours in, but based on those few hours, I enjoyed Dead Island a lot more. Dying Light looks a lot better and certainly plays a lot better, but a lot of the stuff I was doing just felt tedious.
Again, I'm still very early on, I just got past the prologue, enabling friends to join my game, which I already know would make the game more enjoyable. I'm also not a fan of the serious tone. Part of the reason I really liked Dead Island was because it felt like a dark comedy at times, sort of like Shaun of the Dead. I mean, how can you start the game with that song and expect me not to laugh?
I checked it out from work and no longer have it in my possession, but I'm sure I'll play it more thoroughly when it gets cheap, but Dying Light didn't wow me the way I was hoping it would.
Anyway, since I won't be here next week, enjoy this picture of my beard wearing a tux and holding a pocketwatch.
R - I'm a Resident Evil fanboy, so I choose to believe that The Drunken Cow's poor first impressions of Revelations 2 are true even though I haven't played the game yet, because that's how fanboyism works.
BONUS PICTURE OF MY BEARD WEARING A BANANA SUIT!!!
Do something good for someone else today!
What up, you beautiful bastards?
This week Scriptisms comes a little later than usual. Once again. But do not fret. I haven’t grow tired of you. I am just going through a phase in my life where I’m trying to find my footing. I’ve realized I have wasted too much time of my life idling around, waiting for things to get better, when I could have been preparing myself to take advantage of the opportunities that are now appearing. Thank God for parents – they know all this stuff and they usually try to make you understand how important it is. And yet all you do is lock yourself in your room and listen to Linkin Park all day.
I’VE BECOME SO NUMB
Though this current state of affairs has left me a little overwhelmed and confused, making writing blogs harder than usual (this is actually my third shot at writing this isms), it’s also kind of an excuse. I was busy before as I had to study for a bunch of tests, but now I am temporarily free from that obligation. I have plenty of free time now. This blog is coming late because I am disorganized and still trying to sort out my routine. You might have noticed my last isms was a little bit short. It happens to the best of us sometimes. I can guarantee you one thing though – even if it comes late, I will still do the recap (unless I really can’t), and I will always read your blogs in its entirety to give it a fair assessment. So keep ‘em coming.
What’s the topic this week? There’s lots of stuff I could talk about, some of them I will save for future blogs and some are not worth mentioning at the moment. No silly love story today. Let’s talk about Game of Thrones instead.
Warning: Starting here, there will be unmarked spoilers for the Game of Thrones series. Tread with caution.
Yes, that popular TV series that is loved by many and shunned by more. You probably already know it is getting a fifth season soon. Fans are curious to see it as the show has been deviating more from the books with each season. I’m excited as well as it marks a turning point for two of my favorite characters: Tyrion and Arya.
Tyrion is out of King’s Landing for good as murdering his father only helped cement his image as a public enemy. He’s more hated than ever by his peers, but he also found new allies, mainly Spider and his brother James. It will be interesting to see what he will do know that he has lost all the privileges and comfort his family name brought him before. Tyrion is one of the few characters with a brain and a good heart in Game of Thrones, but his recent experience of murdering his own father and traitorous wife probably didn’t come without consequences for his psychological well-being. I don’t think he will turn “evil” and start killing people or something, but he clearly doesn’t hold a lot of love for the population of King’s Landing anymore. This series being how it is, he might do some questionable things. In fact, murdering his father is already questionable enough, despite everything Tywin did to him. At the end of the day, Tyrion probably will continue being the closest thing we have to a hero character.
Arya is tired of being dragged around by people bigger than her since Season 1 and she is finally going to Bravos to learn how to kick ass and
chew bubble gum dispense some sweet justice. Or should I say dispense some vengeance? Is there a difference? Arya is one of the characters you can really connect with because of all the shit she has gone through. You feel for her and root for her victory. But she is walking a fine line between “good” and “evil”, “sane” and “insane”. Her motivations are clear, but if she goes too far she might become a ruthless, psychopathic killer. Jaqen, the assassin she met in the second season, is a pretty ambiguous character (if I were a bigger nerd I would say he is Neutral Chaos. Or Neutal Neutral? Or Chaos Neutral… ack, I don’t know this stuff!), and he will clearly be an influence to Arya. So it will be interesting to see how she will develop and if her inherent good character will prevalence.
At the end of Season 4, The Hound plead her to kill him. He was on the verge of death, and he knew Arya hated him for killing her friend in King’s Landing. Despite getting the chance to cross off a name on her list, Arya decided to not kill him and just leave him there, which made for an interesting situation. Why exactly did she not kill him? Did she want him to suffer by not giving him the satisfaction of quick death? Or did she grow a little attached to him because of their time together and just couldn’t bring herself to do it? Or maybe she simply decided to let fate choose his destiny, much like Beric did when he captured him, as there is a small chance he could survive? Perhaps Arya is not even sure of the reason herself. In real life, we are not always entirely sure of what motivates our decisions. This kind of open interpretation is what makes Arya a good character in my eyes, as it stops her from being one-dimensional.
One of my favorite scenes in the series is when The Hound and Arya arrive at The Eyrie. Clegane previously tried to bring Arya to her brother and mother in The Twins to claim a reward, but when they arrived there, the Red Wedding happened. With most of her family dead, her aunt Lysa was the only relative she had left, her only hope of finding a home (not that she cares much) and Clegane’s only hope of getting a reward for delivering her. Can you guess what happens when they arrive at The Eyrie? They find out that Lysa died just a few days prior. Their reaction to this news is what makes this scene special. The Hound has a dumbfounded look on his face, and Arya bursts into a crazy laughter! She’s laughing because of the delicious irony of the situation. After travelling hundreds of miles (which amounted for two entire seasons), Clegane is once again denied his reward as unexpected tragic events always seem to occur just as they arrive at their destinations! She’s also laughing because of her own misfortune, as every time she comes close to get reunited with her family members, they die. It’s a dark irony, and her laughter is very fitting for the situation. I know I have reacted the same way to similar (but not nearly as tragic) situations in my life. Sometimes when you are pushed too far, your emotional response isn’t to cry, but to laugh! I hope you never get to a state where you have that reaction though, because it is a sign you’re past your breaking point and stepping dangerously close to crazy land.
Speaking about that, I know some of you are not well at the moment, so I wish you the warmest of hugs and I sincerely hope things get better for you soon! Remember that, no matter what happens, life is worth living, if only to have a laugh at it.
Enjoy your weekends, everyone!
* - Panzadolphin56 gives a shout out to his Destructoid peeps! There’s just no way I’m not going to Topsauce this and other “9 Dtoiders I love” blogs. They all feel very genuine and are a joy to read. Even if you never appear in any of them. HINT HINT, PEOPLE. (I’m just joking!)
* - You guessed it, it’s another list of awesome Dtoiders, this time by CaltySlitorous! You say you are a bit disconnected from the community, but I have seen quite a few of your comments on blogs and they are appreciated. That story about the arcade on Luckrequired’s promoted blog was awesome.
Don’t laugh too much at life though or you will become this guy. Sometimes you gotta be serious like The Batman, kids.
C - Another GamerGate related blog, this could be better because it lacks context for people out of the loop and it is biased towards one side. The author of this blog claims ‘SJWs’ are now threatening Rankowski, yet the BuzzFeed article that was linked states Rankowski has actually been receiving threats from forums like 4chan, and that he has a new appreciation for the women that have been targets of threats. It makes me wonder if the author of this blog even bothered reading the article he linked.
You know what I think? The whole GamerGate/SJW thing has become waaay too much of a clusterfuck to be taken seriously, even if there was a shred of honest purpose behind it. Why do people still associate themselves with GamerGate? Why not start a new movement that has a clear positioning and mission instead of desperately trying to fix the image of a disorganized hash tag movement?
This video gave me some good laughs. Maybe it will make you laugh, too.
This week, let’s change things up a little bit. The previous two weeks I just went ‘oh hey guys I did some Bayonetta and IRL things’ and called it a day. What’s worse, there’s not a lot to say about this week either, because once again I didn’t have too much time to play video games. I’m expecting to get a new WiiU game in the mail today though, so look forward to my –isms on that next week. One of you already knows what it is, the rest must live in suspense.
But you know what I haven’t talked about in a while? Anime. I remember that throughout 2013 and 2014 I used to talk about anime I’d been watching every once in a while, but I feel like I haven’t done that in ages. And that’s not for lack of material either! During my semester in DC I watched things like Soul Eater, Future Diary, From the New World, a little bit of Monster and a bunch of other things. In addition, over the past weeks back in Holland I watched Neon Genesis Evangelion and although it’s not technically anime I gave The Legend of Korra another shot after I abandoned it the first time I tried.
None of those I’m going to talk about right now. Although you should seriously consider giving From the New World a look. You heard me, Strider. Do it.
Instead, I’m going to talk about one of my new favorites. If you’ve been paying attention to my comments you might have seen me referencing this one a couple of times lately.
- Aye sir!
This is a famous one and the premise is pretty clichéd, but it still managed to get me mad hooked. Basically, the story works like X-men, One Piece and all that other good stuff. All the main characters are Wizards, but in the world of Fairy Tail each wizard only gets one particular type of magic. At the end of the day we’re pretty much dealing with mutant powers here, though with less homosexuality parallels.
For the main cast, powers include:
Natsu, the main character who learned fire magic from his dragon adoptive father.
Gray, who has “Ice Make” magic, meaning that he can spawn any kind of object from ice.
Lucy, who is a summoner. Her spirits are pretty weird though and they definitely have a will of their own, so she needs to get creative every once in a while.
Erza, who does ‘requiping’, which lets her change her weapons and armor on the fly. That may not sound like much, but she’s OP as fuck.
Beyond the main four, there are a TON of sidecharacters, who also have their own abilities. Shape shifting, super speed, waterbending, gravity manipulation, metal magic taught by the Metal Dragon, lightning, rune casting, straight-up explosions, the list just goes on and on!
And then there’s Cana, who is Cana.
I’m pretty far into the anime by now (which is huge, fair warning) and I’m really digging it. The sheer number of different kinds of magic on display is quite amazing, and the show goes out of its way to give even the sidecharacters their chance to shine. It’s not uncommon for a sidecharacter to become a main either, and many villains turn out to be not so bad after all. At the end of the day you’ve got a great many powers colliding in spectacular ways, and it gets more and more spectacular as the show goes on.
Another thing that I really like about this show is that it takes ‘the power of
friendship nakama’ and runs with it. Stop me if this sounds familiar: main character is a happy goodhearted idiot with a superpower that’s decent but not all that special in his universe, but when you hurt this guy’s friends he goes completely serious and lays the smack down on whoever’s responsible no matter how out of his league they may be. Bonus points if the bad guy tossed him around just minutes earlier so that he can barely stand anymore, but he’s so determined to protect his friends that he continues fighting anyway (and wins).
Did I just describe One Piece or Fairy Tail? Who’s to say? You can call it clichéd if you want, but I’ve always been really partial to this kind of thing. I loooooove that moment where the main character is lying there defeated, the bad guy is just feeding him the good stuff about how all his friends are about to die, and the main character stands up with the most pissed-off look ever on his face. “Oooooh boy, someone is about to get their ass kicked!”
- Prepare your anus.
The great thing about Fairy Tail is that it’s not just Natsu who pulls this. All of the main characters and a whole bunch of sidecharacters also get in on the action. Erza is particularly susceptible to this, and she’s already a god among men to start with. The show does these moments incredibly well too, possibly better even than One Piece. It doesn’t feel like a cop-out but is just sheer cool.
So yeah, gotta love this shit. My favorite characters so far are probably Erza and sidecharacters Mystogan and Makarov for pure asskicking power. I’m also a big fan of Gajeel, who seems stoic and uninterested but has a much bigger heart than you’d give him credit for. He also has metal magic, which is wicked cool. The dude turns his arms into chainsaws for fuck’s sake, it’s great.
And then there’s Cana, obviously. Because she’s Cana.
The final thing I have to say about this show is that this is one of the few anime I’ve ever watched where the music is one of the stand-outs for me. You guys know how much I like game soundtracks, but movies and series usually don’t do a lot for me. This one though? It’s great! This is only the second anime ever which got me to look for its OST, and that’s quite the achievement. For the record, the first one was Attack on Titan, so you know those are big shoes to fill. There’s some really inspirational stuff in here, and that recurring theme really gets me ‘all fired up’ as Natsu would say.
Long story short, Fairy Tail is a great show and if you’re anything like me you should give it a shot.
Oh, and did I mention Cana? Because, well, Cana.
* - The Scholarly Gamer channels the power of MUSIC to honor his favorite Dtoiders. Headbanging is advised.
A - RedHeadPeak is no more! He has ceased to be. He's expired and gone to meet his maker. This is a late teacher. He's a stiff. Bereft of life, he rests in peace. If we hadn't nailed him to the perch he'd be pushing up the daisies! He's rung down the curtain and joined the choir invisible! THIS IS AN EX-BLOGGER! Which is to say, he wrote a blog about death in videogames.
A - I considered failing DustinThomas for including Prince of Persia 2008 in his list of best endings while leaving Portal 2 out, but since this was a fun read I'm giving it a pass. I'm watching you though, don't make the same mistake twice!
A - Aaaawwwww yeah, you guys get net neutrality!
C - Retrofraction lists his 9 Dtoiders, but he cheats. I'd never do that, learn from the master.
F - PS FNF and Workin' in a coal mine, goin' down, down, down; Workin' in a coal mine, whoops, about to slip down.
T - That spoony Bardley lists some games that are not in development, but should be. I'd be all over Fire Emblem: Mars.
A - I'm doing these caps at work so I can't read Dreamweaver's no doubt MASSIVELY NSFW blog on Gumball porn. Knowing him though, it's bound to be...inspirational. In that it inspires furious fapping.
C - Being poor has few upsides, but one of them is that the hunt for cheap games gave Charliaison World in Conflict.
May you always find water and shade
It's been an official week as cblog co-manager and I've come to realize something: Andy picked the right guy for the job because I like to edit papers and see them promoted.
I don't have the credibility or necessary style knowledge to be the only editor on cblogs though. I still send it off to a second pair of eyes right now. But homie, I used to earn scratch by jumping on kibin.com and editing other people's shitty academic papers for funsies. I guess its just a testament to how much I really have immersed myself into writing as opposed to liking a profession involving math or science. Words bro. Are you liking my pace for FPs? Don't be afraid to drop me a line through PM if you think something deserves the exposure because I'm even going to work on a suggestion put forth by Occams when he suddenly found himself swamped by work when he wanted to FP it. Certainly, I'm at my busiest during the hump of the week. But after that, I don't really slow down as I just want to write and edit more. I am thankful I record the Fapcast bi-weekly however.
As mentioned in the Fapcast though, I've been playing Majora's Mask hardcore this past week. It's amazing what I remember and what seems surprising again. Like I commented on when Chris Carter made his review and left his quick tips, I still remember a lot of mechanical shortcuts like the fact you can do the Song of Double Time and Inverted Song of Time just by trying them, without a need to learn them. Or that you can farm disposables after a time loop by harvesting the grass outside Clock Town. Like I said before, the Gilded Sword quest is practically branded onto my brain, and as soon as I finished Snowhead Temple, I made a beeline for it, remember each and every step necessary to do it without the need for a guide or even experimentation. It's amazing how much easier the game becomes when you receives the Gilded Sword as soon as you can. Since they added goofy Majora eye weakpoints to the bosses though, I didn't really get a last taste of the Kokiri Sword on Goht before upgrading nor will I ever get to hit him with a sword because the eye is located on top of his body, even when you get Goht to fall down during the fight. Still, dealing with the Gerudo Pirates in the Great Bay and the Iron Knuckle in Ikana Canyon is significantly faster with the Gilded Sword. Why the hell is it even a thing? Gold is supposed to be soft as hell and it's used to reinforce the stage two Razor Sword upgrade.
I've also recently gotten back into Smash after putting it down for a rest during December and January. What triggered this? Maybe talk of the Smash OST coming out? Maybe seeing a few matches on APEX? Maybe a few videos here and there on my social networks from Shoryuken sharing Smash tips like the whole edge punishing metagame. I mean, fun fact, we shouldn't be lamenting the loss of edgehogging. The fact that edgetrumping kicks the first edgegrabber off leads to tons of interesting metagame and air defense rather than just seeing someone fall into the ether and ending the match like a wet fart. Or maybe I just felt like testing myself online again against a wide variety of styles and skills after hosting a Nintendo FNF for Smash again.
Also, FYI, I applied and wrote a few things to Shoryuken back in the day. But I was apart of some applicant deathmatch where applicants were just pitted against each other to judge their content and frequency against each other. I mean, fuck that. I don't think you should really do that for any telecomm based position.
I've taken the time to level up my Jiggs game while my Greninja game has stayed relatively the same (still pretty ok bruh). Jiggs is so much fun to annoy from the air with, especially with her obnoxious Nair, which I nickname THE FOOT. I still have to work out what exactly is the difference between Fair and Nair for Jiggs. What I do know for sure is that Nair's ridiculous active frames lets you shut down all sorts of approach and attacks. It's pretty much a solid wall of foot and I've done things like rebounded a Toon Link against the stage's lip and even stopped Fox's Fox Illusion cold in its tracks while trying to get back onto the stage.
All I know is that Corduroy Turtle would probably hate fighting against me.
This week's episode features a lot of new stuff. Crossover with another podcast for example, with Nanashi of PStoid fame who is also a Recap Reservist. Official acknowledgement with my promotion to cblog co-manager. Forum talk amongst the the Fapcast show and recommendations for the audience. And Mike talking about Taco Bell. That's new for the show anyways.
Nanashi, cool guy extraordinaire and host of PStoid joins us on this forums-centric episode of the Fapcast. Notable threads you should join in on from The Basement and other projects between the three of us.
You can also check out our last episode with Hyper Lemon Buster Cannon!
It's been a while since I last did one of these. I don't really feel comfortable about sharing why yet, but let's just say that I've been deeply worried about a bunch of real life stuff recently. I have been trying to make up for it by still posting stuff on my personal blog (and you could say that I've actually posted more blogs this month), but I wish I could have still done the recaps as well. I gotta say, you do kind of run out of things to write for these "isms" when you've already poured out some of the things you've said and done for the week in your other blogs. Which explains the very short one for today. Haven't been very active in commenting too, may it be in FP articles, blogs and even my own blogs. So I apologize to anyone who may have noticed the really late and erratic replies.
Not much else to report apart from my continuing Game Center CX addiction. Almost done with season 3. I'm also slowly working my way through the Star Wars Humble bundle. A good number of these are shooters, a genre I'm not really too fond of, military-themed first-person ones in particular. I do predict that these Star Wars ones will help me grow more receptive of it. Expect more on that some other time.
* - This 9th anniversary activity has sure brought in a whole lot of loving among the community. I invited you all to gush about things you love this month*. In many ways, these blogs have done just that. Here is Gaj's contribution.
I has also brought in a sure-fire way to amass faps by mentioning as many people as possible. Sometimes, jealousy can drive one to mention unpleasant thoughts out loud.
A - Telltale has certainly been a huge influence on the renewed interest in adventure games as of late. It's always a good thing to see more different types of games for different types of audiences thriving in the market.
Speaking of which...
T - Despite its glaring flaws, MannySJ can't get enough of Destiny. Not letting the negatives get you down and prevent you from enjoying the positives. That's what life is about. And games too, I guess.
All the Star Wars stuff I've been enjoying recently reminded me that this is a thing.
Fails? Where? I don't see any.
- Luna Sy