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13 hours ago - 3:50 AM on 10.09.2015

Cblogs of 10/08/15 + Shade and Caimdark, sitting in a tree...

Well, I can safely say that it was a very special week that just went by. For the first time ever, I got to meet one of my fellow Dtoiders in real life!

Good old Caimdark has been in the Netherlands all week, and last Wednesday, a day which will no doubt go down in history, he traveled halfway across the country to come visit me. Which is to say it took him about 2 hours tops, because there's no such thing as 'far away' in the Netherlands.

It won't surprise you to know that we had a good time, and it should surprise you even less to know that Caimdark is a lovely person. He knows everything there is to know about current events, politics and the economy (seriously, ask him the unemployment rate in France in 1995 and he'll give it to you), but he also knows his way around video games. Which is good, because that's what we're all here for. What he doesn't know as much about is Dutch junk food. Quite unfortunate seeing as Dutch junk is best junk, but that's what I'm for. There's no way I'm letting a foreigner leave without having had a frikandel.

One thing I've found is that parents don't really grasp the concept of 'meeting an e-friend IRL'. When I told my parents I was going to have a gamer friend "from the internet" over for a day, I got flooded with questions. "Do you know his name?", "How old is he?", "What does he look like?", "Why is he in the Netherlands?", "So do you actually know this person?" and more of the like. Caimdark, meanwhile, had to answer a question I can only guess the thought process behind: "So is he single?". Yes, Caimdark's mom, yes I'm single.

As weird as the whole thing was to our parents, the two of us got along great. I mean we played video games together, and isn't that all you really need of a person?

The first game we played was Smash Bros. on WiiU. I never imagined there were any gamers left who have never played Smash Bros., but Caimdark was one. So get this; here's Caimdark, playing his very first game of Smash ever, and who does he pick? He picks Ryu. RYU. He picks probably the single most difficult to master character out of the entire roster, if not the series. But you know what? He nailed it. I'm serious, he probably plays Ryu better than I do. Sure he still needs to get the hang of Smash Bros. staples like smash attacks, stage recovery and item use, but in terms of raw potential his Ryu is leagues above mine. If he ever picks up the game for himself, I'd love to pit my Luigi against his Ryu. It should be fun, although obviously I'm still going to kick his ass.

Other than Smash we also played some Yoshi's Woolly World and some Mario Kart 8. Let me tell ya, we were rusty as all hell. We died during a relatively standard level of Yoshi, a game we all know is strictly for babbies. We also failed pretty hard at Mario Kart. Partially because the vertical splitscreen makes it difficult to see the end of big turns, partially because we were playing and talking at the same time and partially because we were just playing badly but don't want to admit to it. I will say that I was definitely better than Caimdark. Those times that he beat me were clearly flukes. Clearly.

- Why I lost. Probably.

Anything else we might have done stays in the bedroom. That includes all of our gossiping about Dtoiders, where no one was safe. The FP writers, the Recaps Team, random community members, the works. We probably even talked about you! Yes, you, who's reading this right now. We talked behind your back and you'll never know what kinds of embarrassing secrets we shared. It's probably better that way, trust me.

All in all, we had a good day. It's over before you know it, but they say time flies when you're having fun. Thanks for the memories, Caimdark!

I really hope I get to do this more often, with Caim or anyone else. There's a couple of you out there who I'm going to meet someday, whatever it takes. Be prepared.

* - OverlordZetta defends Genei Ibun Roku #FE's anime and idol influences. Personally I don't find "it's too Jpop" to be a bad thing.

* - Meanwhile Rico the Penguins defends...himself. Specifically, he talks about his views on (games) retailers.

A - Vuster talks about the sad history of a game called Lost Saga.

A - This isn't the best blog I've ever seen, but there's good discussion going on in the comments. Do we need voice acting in games?

- Babby-game for babbies. And us.

T - Final Fantasy XIV is losing some of its shine, says SkarKrow. Are the nublets to blame?

N - Esteban is happy with Sonic Lost World coming to the PC. I should give that game a shot someday.

R - A review for Persona 4: Dancing All Night without pictures or music. Seems like a missed opportunity. At least Lexingtongue gave the game a decent score.

F - This blog is about the WWE and I know nothing about the WWE and now I'm scared and confused. Hold me.

M - ScreamAid shares some music from Grid Defender. And a bonus song!

M - Agent9 has a song from Corpse Party: Strange Passage for us. The sound design in Corpse Party is often very good, so give this a listen.

C - A blog about a Pokémon MMO I've never heard of. The game sounds interesting, but this blog needs a better lay-out.

CJ Andriessen - Dear Playboy: Love your video game coverage, but how about you start making some topless unboxing videos? Seeing someone unwrap a copy of Call of Duty is boring. Seeing a topless Playmate unwrap a copy of anything is awesome!

Gamemaniac3434 - Today I replated bacteria that I made take up a plamid hopefully stitched onto the genes generatlight. Taken from other dead bacteria and put into a non glowing species, to make it glow. Fucking microbiology is the best.

- ShadeOfLight
May you always find water and shade



2:23 PM on 10.08.2015

Cblog recaps of 10/07/15 and DRIVER UPDATING-isms


After months of weird, inexplicable black screens and dead games, it finally occurred to me to update my graphics drivers. Now granted, we're talking about the integrated graphics board on a laptop, but 6 months ago Risk of Rain and FTL ran fine on my laptop because of course they can, they're fucking easy games. I'm just amazed of all the developers and help I asked for, no one ever asked me to update my drivers.

This is why I don't call myself a PC Gamer. Because I don't want the same hassle lots of people lodge against PC Gaming: the work to troubleshoot problems that keep you from playing games. We've all heard the same things on discussions, how people need to constantly update their drivers and upgrade video cards. But just hear me out, obviously this is the work you put in for what some will say is the superior gaming experience (and is by all things considered, just by experience alone, but not selection wise). That kind of work just isn't for me most of the time. I just want my game now, without hassle. No updates, no troubleshooting, no emailing support. Just turn on a digitally downloaded game by most accounts on a console and start. Even slipping in a disc is getting cliche for 2015.

So I finally got my drivers sorted out, and just in time for Undertale. Nearly all the channels I watch with a capacity for let's plays have done one on Undertale. I see it on Best Friends, Game Grumps, and Commander Holly, so obviously in addition to all the buzz and reviews, I had to give it a shot. This was a few days before I fixed my problems, so I asked for a refund, got things sorted out, and bought it again so I have $10 sitting in my Steam wallet from the previous purchase.

So far, it seems to subvert what it means to play an RPG. The Mercy mechanic is interesting and it really speaks to a person as to how they're used to playing games by how they play out the first few hours of Undertale. I mean on Best Friends, they don't realize the yellow text means they can begin sparing monsters and they didn't even try exploring the options on the first huge boss event. Watching let's plays of Undertale is interesting because you see how people react and learn in comparison to you. People often don't understand the value of watching people play games when you can play them yourself but Undertale offers the chance to see how people react different in meaningful way, like seeing how people emotionally react to the different choices in Walking Dead.

Also, I've seen Nuclear Throne's opening screen for the first time ever. I've owned that game for years and I can finally play it, what the fuck PC gaming?


* - Glowbear published a book and now you can buy it? What you achieved? Your Mario Maker stage got a star? How cute.

* - Wrenchfarm celebrates a year of writing professionally at Dtoid, but Terry reminds me it's been 5 years total


A - I don't know. Fyumpi seems to want us to remember Sonic fondly. I liked the original three games. Even Adventure and Battle to an extent and Generations was amazing. But he just goes everywhere in explaining abstract concepts involving the metaphysical act of Sonic-ing

A - Covert Nerd defines interactivity when it comes to approaching games

P - CC Podcast is back for another episode. Their name reminds me of CCC, or Cheat Code Central

S - And on the 7th day, Agent9 gave us a song from Sonic (2006) #2spoopy

A - Kodu name drops Patricia Hernandez, Burch, Wiseman, and I had to google the acronym FGM. It's a quad!

S - Screamies next tour of duty for VGM presents some chip-tuney goodies in a batch like Earthbound and *GASP* Undertale!

A - Waveplay was once a boy but now he's an adult who fears getting back into DOTA




R - See you Vinegar Cowboy


R - Newsflash from Xeo! MGO is a clusterfuck!

T - Dys Lawyer wants to clear the air on where the hate for #FE ends and begins with the aethsetic. For the record, I'm interested. Guess I should try a Love Live! or Idolmaster game. Or maybe an anime at least.

T - Chris on a game called Waxworks, about going places and getting killed #3spoopy







~ Strider



11:44 AM on 10.07.2015

So assuming the terrible blog tools functions correctly, soon there may be a nefarious call to arms. So keep an eye out and hope there isn't a typo due to light-grey on white background text.


11:32 AM on 10.07.2015

Cblog Reservist Call To Arms

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening, wherever you are. We are looking for more folks to join the Reservist Team over at the C-Blog Recaps (“Recappers?”)

So while I am still not allowed to acknowledge what goes on in the Recap House due to a blood contract, the Reservist Shed is still free reign for me to talk about. You see, once I departed the Reservist Shed something happened. I still get thousand-yard stares every time I ask. I guess one night they just went too far, something I didn't figure possible considering their creed that moral, intellectual and scientific boundaries do not exist. If it was something that is seen as heretical outside the shed as well or seemingly mundane (e.g. trying to breed a micro-duck with an uncanny likeness to Bubbles from Trailer Park Boys) is something I do not know of. I'm not even sure if it was that that happened, it is just a theory based on the information I have and the Reservist Shed reputation.

We're told not to go to the shed at night, and the screaming was normal so we suspected nothing until it was too late.

What I do know is Mondays have been taken over by Lord Spencer (not to be confused with Lord Spencer of Phil & Spencer Destructoid Twitch channel fame) and Hyper Lemon Buster Cannon was last seen climbing the fence that leads to farmer fields. So we need some new people (or as known in the professional Destructoid community blog recapping industry: new blood) to go in and replace those still psychologically traumatised by what crazy thing they did recently. Just try not to repeat their follies, whatever it was. Don't mind the bizarre used game cases effigy of Hamza Aziz though, that was there even before my time.

If you do want to join the Reservist team, just throw a comment saying you're interested. We'll vote among ourselves using the official Recap Reservist Reinforcement Ritual, and let know those we (as well as what trans-reality existence we accidentally summon in the process) pick. If you applied on the previous call to arms, you'll have to reapply due to [redacted information]. Anyway, I can't wait to hear what succulent new blood is willing to join us.


11:22 AM on 10.06.2015

Cblogs of 10/5/2015 + Death of a Franchise

So Metal Gear V was released to wide critical acclaim; Hideo Kojima managed to sign off the series with a bang. Now, Konami has sole control lover the series, and whether through Pachinko machines, mobile basterdizations, or poor console games, the franchise is simply not going to be the same. For Metal Gear, that is not necessarily a bad thing. By all accounts, Kojima did what he wanted to do with the series. MGS4 is an excellent conclusion to the story, and MGS5, while limited in narrative, can be considered the conclusive effort of the Tactical Espionage genre Kojima created. No matter how you look at it, the Metal Gear franchise is a series that realized it full potential, and no matter how Konami parades its corpse, it rests in peace.

IMO, the Metal Gear Franchise should have ended with this game

However, there are those franchises that were not concluded properly. Maybe the still have many unanswered question, such as Half Life and its long promised sequel. Maybe the developers clearly had more games to add, but are unable to do so, such as the case with the Darksiders franchise. These are story-based series that never managed to get a proper conclusion, not in the same way the Metal Gear and other games managed to do so.

Then, there are the multitude of non-story-based franchises, which despite garnering a lot of critical acclaim, and fan support, simply disappeared. There are those that survive as husk in the mobile space, such as the Breath of Fire and Secret of Mana franchises. Then there are those we have no news off, Suikoden, Mystical Ninja, Grandia, Contra, Ghosts and Ghoblins, and Wild Arms just to name a few. How dead are these franchises?

Perhaps in a better state, are those games that we simply think of as being too famous to disappear forever. We cannot imagine Mega Man and Castelvania not having any games in the future, no matter how long their hiatus is. As for the Nintendo franchises, they often release their games far apart as in the Star Fox series. However, there are certain franchises which we are not sure of their future; F-Zero being a prime example.

Geomon will stay staring at that sunset for all eternity, or simply being in Pachinko hell

In a coming project, I will investigate a number of these “dead” franchises. By doing so, I aim to document the rise and fall of each series, explaining how they managed to grab attention, and yet unable to survive. Through some amateur investigation and analysis, I wish to predict the best possible future for each franchise, in the hope that most of them return sometime in the future (especially Suikoden).

Before starting the project, I wanted to ask you, the Dtoid community to choose the best title for the series:

  • - How dead is [insert franchise name]?
  • - The death of [insert franchise name].
  • - Investigating the death and demise of [insert franchise name].
  • - The Resurrection: [insert franchise name].
  • - Suggest something better.

So keep in tune, and maybe you will learn why you favorite franchise died.

*- The Beginner's Guide seems to be a game that deeply affected many player, as we see from JayDGee, who shares his personal story with his take on the game and its effect.

*- In a promising beginning to a series that promises to discuss Halloween related games, ChrisHannard remembers Night Trap, one of the most controversial games that had no need to be controversial at all. Remember Hatred anyone?

S- Mr Knives plans to play a bunch of scary games as part of his Halloween marathon.

S- Agent9 continuous his 31 Days series, this time related to painting and with a bonus track from Kirby that is, of course, somewhat macabre.

P- PStoid continues with yet another episode, this one with Mike coming back, and a dash of xenophobia.

No more JRPGs in the wastes?

More like the Suikiden "PLEASE RESURRECT IT" movement

R- Persona 4 Dancing All Night seems to have satisfied Persona fans well, as it seems to have satisfied capitan as well.

T- StriderHoang suggest that we should pay more attention to Monster Hunter X. Even suggesting it might be the gateway drug for many of us to get as addicted to Monster Hunter as he is.

Look at them trying to get out of their forced hiatus

Breath of Fire 6 doesn't even have a blue haired protagonist

No fails this week, apart from the continuous failing of many video-game companies at keeping their franchises alive for their fans. Atlus proved that they can maintain a franchise with a small dedicated fanbase, yet we see franchises that at one point sold in the millions no longer able to justify more than poor mobile spin-off.

Please feel free to suggest any series you think I should cover in my next project.

Again, I would like to remind you about the Dtoid Design challenge for Mario Maker, which you can find HERE.

Be Lucky

-Lord Spencer



12:38 PM on 10.05.2015

C-Blogs of 10/4/15 + Philgasms

Stuff. Things. Words. All things that belong in this space. Ready for your brain things to absorb and digest. Hello folks, I am your Phil. Today I wanted to write about my favorite website and community. Sadly, I've been banned there (so sensitive about my Joe Biden x My Little Pony, torture porn fanfic), so I'm stuck with you assholes. Fuck. Time to phone it in.

So here we sit. You on that end of your monitor, and me on this one. I'm nude. Eating Stouffer's mac n cheese. Feeling the sauce slowy drip down my chest. Both burning and arousing me. Shit, sorry. Still in fanfic mode. What's up glib glob's? MOTHER FUCKIN' PHIL IS RECAPPING BITCHES!

[url=][b]*[/b] - Goofy busts out a fantastic write up on his top ten Castlevania games[/url]

[url=][b]*[/b] - Comments of the Week by the amazing Dreamweaver [/url]

[url=][b]P[/b] - Recapping the recap of podcasts recapped[/url]

[url=][b]S[/b] - A good write up on why they like Bioshock's ending, but could use some breaks and pics [/url]

[url=][b]S[/b] - Agent9 continues their 31 days series with some house hunting[/url]

[url=][b]E[/b] - Recap team might be looking for reservists. PM them or something[/url]

[url=][b]T[/b] - A brain dump on Zelda. Heh. Heh heh. Dump on Zelda...[/url]

[url=][b]T[/b] - Our resident cat lady has some thoughts on Indie games or something [/url]

[url=][b]V[/b] - Some nerd plays Lone Survivor and probably sucks at it[/url]

[url=][b]T[/b] - TheLimoMaker is not pleased with Ubi's handling of the R6 beta. [/url]

[url=][b]S[/b] - Flixist is that way man. [/url]

[url=][b]F[/b] - Cool repost of news we already got here. Thanks. A lot. They took away the fail option, but you are a failure. [/url]

[url=][b]F[/b] - Oh yay! It's you again. With a repost about the Rift? Sweet balls of Jesus. [/url]

Well, that's she wrote folks. I'm off to get some sleep and prepare for Phil's Ultime Birthday Extravaganza aka work. Feel free to stop by this weekend for Uncle Phil's Non-Sexual - Sexual Bounce House Blowout. Kids under 6 enter free!



5:50 PM on 10.04.2015

Cblog Recaps PODGASMS: September 2015

Another month, a new set of podcasts to listen to. For those that missed post #1, this is a complement to the new Monthly recaps but with podcasts. The best of the month out of the community that is applied directly to the ears. It really helps the various talented podcasters that Dtoid has to offer.

Another slow week, we're marching on though. Community podcasts won't die here. On the bright side we have a new podcast to look forward to!

As a disclaimer I’ve only included podcasts that have put up cblogs for their episodes, and for the future, please use the “podcast” tag with your blog to make sure I don’t miss it!

All recaps listed according to Alphabetical order:

P - PStoid #30: The Good Cheese

Neal and Nanners, the name of our new folk band actually, talk the latest in the world of playstation and beyond!

P - The Cheat Codes Podcast #64: Khalisti

A new podcast (shared on dtoid, already 64 eps in!), and on this episode Joe, Joe, Nikk and Pearce will go through the latest in gaming and tech news, enjoy!

That's everything from September, look forward to one of these each month. Please Please Please, check out the podcasts that interest you and show them support so that the great people that put them out for you can keep up their labor of love.

Thanks for reading and leave any feedback for this project in the comments!



Would you like to check out other entires in this Recap Series? Click below!


7:04 AM on 10.04.2015

Cblogs of 10/3/15 - Feeling [like] a kid again


Man, that title is just one word away from being creepy, eh? Anyway, the reason for using that old, tired clich'e is because lately I've been a little sucked into watching cartoons this week. See, Disney XD had a couple of marathons for a couple of shows I've wanted to check out for a while, so I put a lot of things on hold to binge watch.

In fact, even as I speak I'm a bit behind on Comments of the Week. 8^8

So what TV show has gotten ahold of my attention? Why, it's the series that everyone has been begging me to check out for a while: Gravity Falls! The first I want to say is that after watching just one episode (the mini golf episode), I was immediately hooked and started watching as many episodes as I could. The show does a surprisingly good job at balancing humor and poigant moments, and I find myself caring about the characters. It also does an amazing job at subverting tropes and old jokes with a fresh coat of paint, as well as dripfeeding cliffhangers and awesome imagery to really give the atmosphere that "mysterious, small town" feel to it.

Seriously, it's so well done that it make me want to play Alan Wake and Deadly Premonition. I probably wouldn't because I have no money (you'll read why down below) but the show really got my attention. Plus, as much as Grunkle Stan makes me laugh out loud, it's Mabel who steals the spotlight. She's so absolutely fucking adorable, I can see why she's so loved: she's quirky, boy-crazy in a very child-like manner, and has this weird obsession with grappling hooks.

In case you're wondering, NO, I do NOT have any sexual feelings towards Mabel. Now Wendy or Tambry on the other hand...

I also mentioned that the new My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Friendship Games movie (that takes place in the human realm) was released last week, and I pretty much enjoyed it. Don't get me wrong, it's not the greatest thing ever, but it's alright if you're curious. If you haven't been caught up, the last movie Rainbow Rocks hints that the third movie will finally show this world's version of Twilight Sparkle, and the trailers for Friendship Games make it seem like she was going to be an antagonist, which she does. In the beginning, she's seen more as a victim of circumstances, but she eventually does become a bit villainy at the end which was pretty cool... well, as cool as shoehorning a last minute battle could be anyway. The movie also introduces some lovely characters with their own unique quirks (like the girl who very bluntly states what on her mind) as well as some nifty musical numbers.

One thing I particularly like about these series of movies is Sunset Shimmers. In fact, she's probably the only reason I watch the "human" movies: she has a surprising amount of character development. In the first movie, she was the "mean girl" that the school feared, and was always scheming to get what she want. At the end, she basically becomes timid and reformed, and carries that into the second film. However, people haven't accepted her as a "changed woman" by that point, so she spends most of the movie worrying about how she's walking on eggshells and how even the littlest thing could bring back her "bad girl" reputation. She becomes a hero at the end of the second film though, which was nice. For the third movie, she's finally seen as changed, and even becomes in charge of preventing magical events from happening in the human realm, kind of like an authority figure.

When she has a standoff with Twilight Sparkle after she turns evil, she offers to help her as the "pony" version of Twilight did. That was a great callback to the ending of the original film, even if we all did see it coming a mile away, and I feel like would've been a nice ending to the trilogy.

In case you're wondering about this as well, I rarely have any sexual feelings for Sunset Shimmer, which is surprising because I'm into bad girls. Instead, I get my hard ons from Lemon Zest, the happy headphone-wearing schoolgirl from Crystal Prep. :P

Finally, I'm broke because I spent my money on LEGO Dimensions. I'm sorry, but the allure of more Portal was too great for me not to throw money on -- I don't even like LEGO games! That being said, Dimensions actually isn't a bad game, and it's actually somewhat funny. I really like how it comes with LEGO figures too, and having a tiny Chell in my pocket is pretty nifty. However, in some ways, I really regret buying it because the remastered Uncharted collection and Transformers: Devastation games come out soon, and I worry about overspending my money to get them. It's not that I don't have the money to buy them, it's more the fact that I have no grip on my wallet when I really want something. Coupled with the fact that I have no job, and you can see where my dilema lies. @^@

Depression's hitting hard this week too. I haven't been able to work on my pet project for the 4th week in a row, so it's been very disheartening (though I did do SOMETHING for it, so it's not like I TOTALLY abandoned it... I tell myself). Not only that, I keep getting MORE ideas, but I can't seem to get myself able to implement them myself. It's not that I'm lazy, it's just that all my ideas requires skills that I don't personally have myself, and I don't feel like I have time to learn them. For example, let's say I want to make a storyboard. However, I need a specific program to do that with (I worked with it once in college), but even if I had it, I don't have the artistic talent to draw it myself. I can't ask someone else to do it. I can visualize what I want, but I can't do it myself, and I don't think someone else will know what I want. I said before that perfectionism is my weakness, but when it comes to creative endeavors, it's important that I have it EXACTLY the way I want it.

I've mentioned before that my time may be short, so in a way, I'm a lot less worried about spending money and "wasting" days away. However, even though I believe that time enjoyed wasting is not wasting time, because I can't stop new ideas from coming in, I feel like there's something else I should be doing instead of watching TV all day, curling up in a ball under the blankets.



A - Infosearcher's asking the hard questions, like who's better: Sonic or Tails. He goes on to list the many abilities they have, and... well, tries to make you decide. So... yeah, pick one. Jerk.

A - Upon hearing speculations that video games are slowly dying this generation, RadicalAjax Entertainment gives three reasons why he thinks they're here to stay for the next 15 years. Does that mean it'll die in 16? 8^8

A - While we still don't know what the hell the Nintendo NX is, sonic429 has some ideas and speculations as to what it may be, whether it's a new "micro" console entirely or an upgrade model to the Wii U like what Nintendo have tried doing before with the N64.

S - Agent9 continues his blog series "31 Days" with a creepy ass level from Pikmin 2. What's with the music and that damn monster following you around everywhere in a frickin' Nintendo game?



I - Chrisbradshaw just started blogging, and no one's around to welcome him? (except you Elsa. You good, girl.) While I'll admit it's a little short, why not stop by and conversate a bit?




C - The Quiet Bananas doesn't have much to say: he leaves a video link for a Rainbow Six Siege beta and then disappears. While I'd prefer more words in a blog, at the very least embed the video. I mean, come on now!


- Dreamweaver



2:21 AM on 10.04.2015

Cblogs of 10-2-15 + So You Want to Keep Partying, Big Boy

It usually takes me about an hour do the these here recaps and that is split three ways almost evenly between reading your lovely cblogs, formatting/editor problems/selecting images/copy pasting various things and coming up with a topic for the body of the post. Honestly when I settle on something it is usually about two or three topics in. For instance I initially wanted to talk about more GTA Radio yes that's right even more! Specifically the character in Liberty City Stories that DJ's Flashback FM. I am talking of course about Reni Wassulmaier. No a rabid monkey didn't just slam into my bedroom, through the new hole in my ceiling and onto my keyboard that's how it's spelled.

Reni is a very interesting character and indeed I am beginning to feel that he is one of the most colorful characters in video games. For starters, it probably wouldn't be politically correct to make a character like this today, as it might be seen as mocking to the transgender community, and that could be why Rockstar hasn't done anything else with Reni since a second appearance in Vice City Stories. That's pretty sad because they really created something here. Reni is very successful and extremely sexual (notice, that isn't sexualized but rather sexual) The character literally justifies being involved in an assortment of different perversion by nature of being a sex maniac himself. He represents an idea of a type of person born out of the 80's electronic music scene, which included heavy drug use, excessive partying and sex and whatever else. Picture a group of people speculating one extreme of this scene; the absolute craziest type of person that probably isn't real and that's better off for the safety of humanity because of how crazy they are. And that's how they got Reni. He's controversial, perverse (again), GERMAN and like he himself said "I don't give a shit, I've been in porno!" It's an absolute end, a product of different aspects of the (again) 80's electro scene come together to form this Frankenstein of what could've been a real person, but (again) hopefully wasn't.

Maybe we could put it like this, the character is simply said music scene/era personified. And that's what makes the character so damn good. Reni represents all of Electro. Every single aspect of that scene has been brought together for this one character and turned up to 11. Those are, arguablly the easiest characters to come up with, but the ones you have the most fun making and in turn the audience will walk away remembering the most - now mind you that doesn't necessarily apply to Reni because he was just one radio DJ that if let's say you didn't ever listen to Flashback FM then you would've missed out on the character entirely, yet here I am writing about him! In general though what I mean to say is that who Reni is, when broken down like I just did, is the sort of characters that you almost feel like the story was really about, that's because they stand out the most. Like in literature there is generally the character from whose perspective the story is told and everyone around him. You will get the crazy one, the character that is always taking spotlight away from the comparatively dull protagonist because he is not made to be real but interesting, again representing some set of extremes, usually to serve as a metaphor or make some kind of point or capture a larger idea, much like Reni here.

Another good example would be Roger from American Dad. Very similar, and maybe even if the two universes crossed over these two would've been partying together, trying to out crazy the other. Seriously, American Dad is a great show (the only good one left by MacFarlane tbh) and it has plenty of unique characters. There's Bullock who, voiced by Patrick Stewart ironically, captures the absurdity of some American governance/security agencies, Principle Lewis (who I feel like may have supplied Reni with some party materials back in the day, if again these universes crossed) the absolutely mad school principal and the unfaithful Priest, among others. These three are all great examples of this character type too, however Roger takes the cake. He is absolutely the most radically done character in the whole AmDad universe and as a result it honestly feels that show is just about Roger. Every plot point can find some way to revolve around Roger and not be boring. He is the most memorable character, just like Reni here.

I really don't know how to wrap this one up. I would encourage you to check out the radio station with commentary (linked below) if you want to get an idea of this character. Growing up playing this game it was fascinating to later look up details and find out more about Reni with the help of the GTA wiki or wherever. Let's just say the character has stuck with me over the years, that's really just why I wanted to write about him. Furthermore, I'll end like this: There was a good analogy in a Zero Punctuation video that demonstrates this perfectly. Yahtzee was talking about Infamous and how the moral choice system actually makes Cole a relatively bland character compared to everyone around him. This is true. Again you can see that in literature there are the extreme sorts of characters, like Reni that steal the spotlight and represent all of the wildest and most captivating elements of life, and the protagonists who are supposed to be "relatable" and therefore crafted more "realistic" by comparison and therefore incredibly freaking boring. Yahtzee went on to say that it's like a basket of (assorted) fruits with a dirty, gray sock in the middle. Cole being the gray sock. Because the other characters are so defined the main character is made really uninteresting, which is funny considering they're usually the ones that the book or whatever is about!

No theme this week I'm just burned out from all this brain thinking.

[url=][b]*[/b] - Retrofraction closes out the September Band of Bloggers with a recap in which he decided to take the time to talk a cool indie shooter because recaps were a bit meager.[/url]

[url=][b]*[/b] - ...And with that n0Signal picks up the BoB duties for October. What could this months' theme be about? Clickey Click to find out![/url]

[url=][b]*[/b] - An Alphadeus Mega-post. I would urge anyone to consider seriously chipping in to help this dude.[/url]

[url=][b]*[/b] - As it's fairly obvious: I am just loving all this October-ness and particularly digging this mission that Agent9 has started for himself in honor of all things Halloween scary.[/url]

[url=][b]*[/b] - JoyfulSanity reacts to an article by toucharcade for which I just have to say, has it already been that much time since the last time someone said "mobile gaming > all other gaming, muahaha!!" is it really time again for this crap already?[/url]

[url=][b]R[/b] - ChrisHannard reviews Stairs on the PC system 9001.[/url]

[url=][b]D[/b] - Hey You!, Yes You the one that's really interested in making your very own game: Don't give up yet, Sr Churros has compiled a list of tips for you and anyone else to start in game development.. now if you'll excuse me I'll be starting that Ronin Warriors' Fan RPG I've been meaning to do...[/url]

[url=][b]D[/b] - CO Jakyl is here to share his progress and I commend him on his resilience.[/url]

No one failed this week, well except maybe me in getting so weird tonight.




3:10 AM on 10.02.2015

Cblogs of 10/01/15 + Nobody say "gate" to me...

I'm done talking about 3DS games for now. After finishing Luigi's Mansion 2 and Virtue's Last Reward (holy balls I can't wait for Zero Escape 3 now) I think it's time I laid the little handheld that could to rest for a little bit. I mean, I could replay Ace Attorney V and Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney to satisfy more of my visual novel craving, but that'll take me dozens of hours which I'm not sure I have.

So let me talk about something else instead. Now, from my title today you might expect that for once I'll devote some words to gamergate, or any of the other myriad of -gates out there.
You'd be wrong.

I'm going to talk about Paper Mario.

- And this is one of my favorite lines from Paper Mario.

This week I took some time to scour the WiiU eShop for new goodies. Among those, I found out that some indie games and a whole buttload of Virtual Console games were on sale. I grabbed myself Thomas Was Alone for the best 2 bucks I've ever spent because Thomas Was Alone is brilliance made form and then sprinkled with the sauce of excellence. Topsauce, if you will. On the Virtual Console front I got Paper Mario for another 2 bucks I couldn't have spent better, and Ocarina of Time for yet another 2 bucks I only could've spent better if I had bought Thomas Was Alone or Paper Mario again.

Paper Mario is the one game I've replayed more than any other, along with Thousand Year Door. Every year or so there comes a time when there's nothing I'd rather do than getting all up in that papery goodness again. This week was that time. But, and this is the big one, thanks to buying it on the WiiU VC I was now able to play it from the warm comfort of my snug bed, on the GamePad. It is glorious.

There's so many things I love about Paper Mario, I hardly know where to start. The writing and humor is a good one. Between the penguin murder mystery, the laughably incompetent Duplighosts, the Koopa Bros. (the coolest of cool!), and too many other things to name, it's essentially impossible not to have a good time while playing this game. And it only got better with Thousand Year Door. Besides that, the game is incredibly accessible, which makes it great for if you have an afternoon off. It takes me about 15 hours to play Paper Mario start to finish, so it's not nearly as big of a time investment as other JRPGs. Despite that it still has fun turn-based battles (with the added interaction of Action Commands), a diverse party of classic Mario enemies-turned-nice (fuck Lakilester though), and some customization by way of badges. The art direction has always been one of my favorites too. It's fun to see how "everything is paper now" affects the look and feel of a game. In addition there are some neat locales in Paper Mario, with the Crystal Palace full of mirrors being my favorite.

I would argue that many of the points above have been improved in Thousand Year Door, but nonetheless the original Paper Mario still manages to do it for me. Besides, I can't play Thousand Year Door on the GamePad yet. After that we got Super Paper Mario, which was a step down in my eyes. When I replay Paper Mario, I usually stop at Thousand Year Door. Only occasionally do I pick up Super as well. Super still has the humor going for it, but its gameplay is just not the fun RPG-style that I've grown to love so much. And then there's Sticker Star, but we don't talk about Sticker Star.

- *hiss*

Long story short, I loved replaying Paper Mario for the bazillionth time, and I'm going to start Thousand Year Door right after I finish these caps.
I can't help it, I'm feeling the RAAAAAAWK.

* - Elsa's blog jumped around a bit but it's currently sitting on 10/01 so I'm capping it. Besides, it's great enough for double topsauce.

A - SpielerDad wants to buy a floating fortress/vacation home, and show those Diamond Dogs what for. Unrelated: "showing someone what for" is a good phrase.

S - The more I read of Flegma's great series on creating Super Mario Maker levels, the more I start to think that maybe I should buy it after all.

A - Sounds like the UN made a boo-boo. To be perfectly honest I see more molehill than mountain, but it's a molehill I see all over the place and a whole bunch of molehills still makes for a shitty garden.

F - This week's FNF + GTA Radio.

M - For Halloween, Agent9 renews his series on spooky music.

- Ooktar: I thought the case that came with the Persona 4: Dancing All Night Disco Fever Edition was just gonna be some cheap little fabric case but this is fucking bad ass.

- StriderHoang: All I need is some sound absorbing foam against a wall and maybe I'll get back into podcasting in my new apartment set up

- Fenriff: Well that's Nier complete. Pretty damn good. Looking forward to the new one.

F - Move along, nothing to see here.

F - Silly Agent9 posted his blog twice. Let's all point and laugh.

- ShadeOfLight
May you always find water and shade



12:15 PM on 10.01.2015

Cblog recaps of 09/30/15 and PART-TIMER-isms


Listen here punks, Freedom Planet is on its way to Wii U. This is a joyous time to be had.

So October is finally here and life is as cooled off as the autumn weather. I stepped away from the last job I talked about because I simply was not happy. I understand that you're not destined to like many jobs you take as necessity to pay the bills but I refuse to work someplace where I'm absolutely miserable in every facets and perspective. If I hadn't mentioned what it was, I worked as a fry cook for a few days before getting fed up with it. I would've eventually gotten used to the recipes and the pace of taking orders and making them accurately but I ultimately did not like what I was doing. I've worked multiple different retail jobs and I've learned to tolerate them. Disney was 3 years of retail and while it's no retail hell like a big box store like Walmart, I was still shilling product like a drone and it wasn't something I'd think anyone would do forever. BUT, I learned to love the smaller things about it like all the friends and co-workers I met, the perks, and the general upbeat atmosphere of being at the happiest place on Earth, even if you get the occasional entitled superfan. Working a boba cafe as a fry cook left me bitter working the fryer with hot oil, hot water in washing dishes, and believe me as an Asian when I say I hate working for Asians, especially in a small business setting.

I'm Vietnamese so I understand what exactly I hate about dealing with other Asians in both business and work. Many have very exact, specific, and rigid acceptance and standards. Believe me, I know, I have it too. In addition to working for Asians with anal attention to detail but I was also at the helm of a fryer with an unreasonably diverse menu. Go to fast food and you'll get burgers and fries and a few other different things. My menu had popcorn chicken, fried calamari, spam musubi, teriyaki chicken on rice, fried oreos, chicken wings, and a variety of selections of the aforementioned on rice bowls as well in a busy, noisy setting where my co-workers could not shout loud enough to tell me my orders, especially when there was a difference between popcorn chicken and popcorn chicken on rice bowls. I only worked there for three days before stepping away, ashamed that I couldn't deal with the work environment for more than three days and wanted to quit for my own good.

Luckily, I'm up for an interview at the Disney Store in San Fran, which I feel good about both in knowing the work and getting the job itself. I hear I have a five month bridge period in which I retain my seniority if I come back to the Disney company for whatever reason. Hey, I should be aiming for some big shot network security job but I can't wait long when it's tough seeking out such a specific job across job listings. If I can get a job that pays less sooner rather than get a job that pays more in the vague future, I'd take the sooner one because rent waits for no man.

Since I'm no longer juggling school and work at the same time, I've already seen presence return to the Dtoid community a bit with a cblog, quickposts, and commenting along with a promotion a week ago. I'm hoping this stays constant considering I only have to worry about working for money as opposed to juggling several commitments at once. I'm even considering on bringing back the Fapcast since I now live in a situation where I'm not awkwardly recording in my parents' house and now could potentially record with my fiance, which is easier to explain why I'm shouting obscenities about video games. Yes sir, I'm loving this new stage of my life.

Also, I hear amiibo stock is rolling back in. All I want is Little Mac. I want an acknowledgment of Punch-Out in toy form, com'on.


* - Elsa's big,huge, introspective look at the changing nature of feminism and also gaming in relation

* - Is Pixie burned by the relentless franchising of Persona 4 and 3 by extension? Maybe but I'm still in Camp Chie


A - Radjax riggidy-rags on the alleged shortcomings of owning a Nintendo console, as per any year past 2006

P - The Cheat Code Podcast is new to me but is on episode 64

A - The top 5 Tony Hawk games or four Tony Hawk games with numbers in them and then Underground

S - Nanashi's doing a 2Spoopy2Creppy marathon of scury gaems each wek of Ocober




R - Tux Knight's last LootCrate fucking sucked


R - Chris remembers Turrican 2, in pog form










11:50 AM on 09.29.2015

Cblogs of 9/28/2015 + My Fantasy Life

I spent about 140 hours in the world of Fantasy Life as Spence (Spencer was too long), a dashing young man who was attempting to create a masterpiece. Fantasy Life is a game made by Level 5 and Brownie Brown that is similar in concept to Animal Crossing and Harvest Moon. However, instead of focusing deeply on one aspect (farming in Harvest Moon) it tries to showcase 12 different lives that you could lead.

The 12 Lives you could lead

Initially, I wanted to play as an Alchemist, thinking that the potions and bombs I make would be enough to help me get past the combat needed to gather material. However, as stronger beasts started making a mockery of my bombs I thought the Mercenary life would help me gather materials more efficiently (Paladin life is for noobs). Yet, I still needed ore that no monster would drop, which is why I started to go into Mining.

With that combination, I managed to progress a little better as an Alchemist, however as I progressed I needed more refined materials. Hence, I had to refine the ore I gathered as Miner by becoming a blacksmith. This actually helped me to create better weapons and armor for my Mercenary life as well. Still, I needed some monster materials that I thought becoming a Hunter would help me gather. Unfortunately, the Hunter life didn’t actually have any effect on monster drops, and it ended up being a secondary life that didn’t benefit my initial goal at Alchemy.

As the game progressed, walking around as anything but the heavily armored Mercenary started becoming dangerous, as the armor crafted by the Blacksmith couldn’t be worn by “lighter” classes. Hence, I needed to become a Tailor, which helped both craft light armor as well as materials for both Alchemy and Smithing. At this point, I realized I was having a lot of fun with all the lives I lead, and I wanted to progress in all of them.

No longer only spending time in the lab making potions and poisons

That was somewhat easy for everything except the Hunter class, because I couldn’t make better bows as a Blacksmith. Hence, I had to become both a Lumberjack and a Carpenter to start making better bows. With all these skills in tow, I went to the Wizard life as it fit well with my Alchemy ambitions. This was my final life choice, or so I thought.

In order to become a legend in some classes, I realized I needed some material that only an Angler could gather, so I started making some fishing rods and went on to face the open waves.

After becoming a legend in all of my lives, I realized that while Fantasy Life is not a deep game at all, it is a safe and fun place to be in. With a funny story, and many things to do, it was easy to get lost. Finally, after many attempts, Spence the Alchemist finally crafted a high quality Philosophers stone.

Fantasy Life has such wonderfully realized art style and world

A- While Sylveria Shini usually goes straight to the fail blogs due to her scatter-about style and refusal to discuss in the comments (something she criticizes others for), this one gets a pass due to the citation of a real and terrible UN bill that some crazy people (Sarkeesian included) are trying to pass. This is literally worse than anything Jack Thompson was trying to do. Also, we get an interesting and thought provoking comment from Elsa.

B- What kids wouldn't want to rapidly undress sexy members of whichever sex they are interested in (Teenagers are horny). Nanashi discusses the surprising depth of Akiba's Trip beyond the stripping mechanisms.

Its not all lazy gathering, sometimes you need to really dig in to get the rarest materials

F- Who is Rodger? Is what I was thinking when reading this latest FNF post.

T- KingSigy weighs in on the implications of leaving single player campaigns out of games, it is an interesting conversation that I don't think has one right answer.

T- Some games we don't enjoy no matter how we try to, wutangclam shares with his those games he didn't like so far in 2015.

R- IDrawOnTape continues to review NES games, which he is apparently doing chronologically. It can include more substance though.

Other times, you can simply smell the roses or look at the stars

I really had fun living in Reveria for a while, now I return to real life

F- Sorry Ralph A Santos, but your blog clearly belongs to the quickposts section.

From now on, I am the official Monday recapper as Luna Sy has unfortunately departed our site due to the forum Exodus of July (or was it June). Luna Sy has been a very active member of the community, and I hope I can replicate little of what she did. Dtoid is molded by the wonderful people contributing to it, and it is always painful to see someone so active go.

I only started here 1 (or a little more) year ago, and it honors me to be trusted with the job of highlighting all the wonderful work in the C-Blogs. As of now, I am no longer a reserve (although I will still do that) and am a full fledged member. Hence, you guys should really start learning what my preferences are in order to get those Topsauces. Or alternatively, you can attempt to bribe me with monetary or sexual favors.

Anyway, let's have a great time.

Again, I would like to remind you about the Dtoid Design challenge for Mario Maker, which you can find HERE.

Be Lucky

-Lord Spencer



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