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15 hours ago - 1:42 AM on 07.06.2015

Cblogs of 7-5-15 + Fallout Feels

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I have been called on to do my duties as a reservist yet again! Here are a few things I have on my mind.

Updates for my "Too Many Games to Play" Blog:

It has been said a few times but backlogs are long. We live at a time when we both have all the great games to play and too many. Far too many. I was listening to a podcast that Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw did called the Show and Tell Podcast and his cohost pointed out quite accurately how you can probably (have enough time to) read every book ever but not play every video game and I think this extends to backlogs. It has been exactly two months since I wrote my blog, where I announced I'd be taking a break from buying new games (mostly) to focus on getting through a bit of my backlog I had carved out. This is a fun little journey which can also be seen as done for economical reasons. But I'm absolutely parched. I have finished two games in two months, out of over forty on the list! That's insane, there really are too many games to play.

But anyway I press on. I have since made several updates to the blog (seen at the top and numbered) to fill in any one that randomly chooses to visit the blog. There are about ten of these so far but I will continue to update the blog until I finish every last game.. or give up hope. So feel free to keep hopping back there, as I will be updating it. I have also talked about the backlog quest in previous recaps and on my podcast, though this is much less frequent. Currently I've gotten pretty fed up with AC: Unity and intend to beat Ether One on my way to either Ys: Origin (gifted to me by the awesome Ooktar!!) or Akiba's Trip, oh and all while powering through Bloodborne as best as I can.

I also have updated the blog formatting a little, specifically the list, to let you know which games have been added to my list since the original blog, as there are a few. Seriously expected more though during the Steam Summer Sale.

Summer is officially dead to me:

Hear me out. It's not a popular sentiment but right now the two best things of summer imo are already over. E3 came and went in what felt like a nuthouse trying to keep up with all those live streamed press conferences and announcements. Always the best part of my summer. And then the great big Steam Summer Sale happened and is now done too. But it was a pretty big bummer for me. I bought I think a total of three things as nothing impressed me too much. Maybe I just have my fill of all the steam games I want? Probably not but anyway you can thank Gaben now for adding Shadowrun Returns on to my backlog list as it was something I wanted for a while, so technically I can consider it a "backlog game". I've already done this about twice (with Bloodborne and Unity) so as to cheat and give me the opportunity to play some newer-ish games I wanted to play. Video Games! Though if I do it five more times I'm going to consider it cheating and disqualify the games.

Oh here's a fun thought I just had, I wonder if I'll be done with my Backlog Before Fallout 4 happens, being that it's a game I will skip everything to play. Being gamers we have some crazy logic about gaming. I remember I had this friend who was obsessed with the Mass Effect games, at about a month till the last one released, and he evidently climbed into a giant gamer hole and did nothing but play Mass Effect 3, we were talking and he joked about how he hopes he doesn't die before the next Mass Effect game comes out.. It's a kind of grim, almost Louis CK-esque way of looking at things but yeah anything could happen before that next game releases. We live by the gaming release calendar, what's the next big thing, this is now a milestone to hit. It's going to be amazing you know it will. You will try to suck every last bit of fun out of the game like you're trying to dehydrate a watermelon and it will be fucking awesome. Then it's yesterday's news and you cool down for awhile before anticipating the next thing.

I'm sad now, I've made gaming sound so boring and tedious. It's not. Games are fun. Life is fun. But games make life that much more fun. I can probably tell you every memory I have associated with Fallout 3. First of all I hated it from the start until I gave it that second glorious retry. That's when I got hooked. It was summer and hot. Actually I specifically don't remember playing Fallout 3 for the first time and what memories are associated with that one. I think it was around the time I just got around to senior year of high school where a lot of bad things were happening to me all at once. Including quitting skateboarding. And I also just started hanging out again with old friends from middle school, yes including the aforementioned friend with the dark humor about liking Mass Effect. I had become obsessed with glass bottled soda and even found a local brand of the stuff that felt pretty awesome. I even collected the 'caps for fun! And then enter my introduction to metal and drinking. As things were again about to go south for me.. For what it's worth I learned some of the best music from this time. And now that I think about it, most of the bad stuff was over by the time New Vegas was released. I had gotten over a lot of things and shortly after made the wise choice to stop hanging out with some less savory types. And make my first (and hopefully last) pledge!

Thus by process of elimination we can conclude that Fallout is the marker for great (in terms of 'how much' not 'how good') change in my life. Fallout 3 rounded out simple adolescent life with adult problems and New Vegas gave me the pair to step up and be my own person. And from there I can't wait till Fallout 4 comes and I get involved with a sketchy pyramid scheme.. from New Jersey, with my life spiraling out of control until Fallout 5!  

So the answer is no, I probably won't finish my backlog come November (wow speaking of Louis CK...) but it won't matter because Fallout will be there. It will literally nuke my interest in all other video games and I couldn't be happier. Yeah there's no way I'm finishing 39 games by then..

I bet you're bored of my life story> Let's on to some recap!!!

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(Sidenote really cool imgur album/blog where this image was taken from, check it)

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/ShadeOfLight/better-with-age-batman-arkham-asylum-295386.phtml][b]*[/b] - Batman Shade manages a topsauce this Sunday for giving a really great retrospective of Arkham Asylum for the Better with Age community prompt![/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Manchild/the-conversation-295375.phtml][b]*[/b] - Manchild brings us some good truth about writing intertwining with life. Honestly at times this piece read like that motivational Arnold speech making the rounds on facebook to me.[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/TheLimoMaker/game-to-animation-guess-who-s-back--295396.phtml][b]*[/b] - TheLimoMaker goes all out with his ideas for converting games into Anime. For Bloodborne I'd love to see Richard Epcar (GITS - Batou) voice someone, not the protagonist but definitely an important supporting character![/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Mike+Martin/i-miss-you-295395.phtml][b]*[/b] - Phil wrote some poetry to write the feelings off his chest and ease himself up oh and make us cry, cry like a bitch.[/url]

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[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/TuxedoKnight/the-amiibo-quandary-a-scalper-s-best-friend--295402.phtml][b]A[/b] - Some very strange puns aside TuxedoKnight gives us his experience with Amiibos and why he doesn't think it's so bad after all.[/url]

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[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Lord+Spencer/wii-reviews-sakura-wars-so-long-my-love-295380.phtml][b]R[/b] - Lord Spencer Reviews the Wii game Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love.[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/n0signal/review-final-fantasy-type-0-hd-ps4--295392.phtml][b]R[/b] - n0Signal reviews Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, that's for the PS4 ya dingus![/url]

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No fails, go home everybody!

-Nanashi

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/TuxedoKnight/the-amiibo-quandary-a-scalper-s-best-friend--295402.phtml]FPotD[/url]

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4:13 AM on 07.05.2015

Cblogs of 7/4/15 - Splatoon and Arkham Knight

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As you know, [i]Splatoon's[/i] first American Splatfest came out on one of the greatest holiday's in the world: July 4th. While people were shooting fireworks and getting drunk, I was busy repping Team Dog with my hound homies. I haven't done much playing lately, so my first few matches was basically me trying to get back into the swing of things, but eventually I was able to perform consistently. Unfortunately, the enemy team just always happens to be better, so there was just a landslide of losses. I want to say that it's not MY fault we lost, because I was always getting plenty of turf and kills (so I'm doing my part and stopping the enemies from doing theirs)... but then again, I AM pretty much the only constant variable for all my matches.

Whatever the case, it was nice to get back into the colorful world of [i]Splatoon[/i] after spending so much time in [i]Batman: Arkham Knight[/i] and [i]Destiny[/i]. I'll get to one of those in a minute. Not because y'all don't care about [i]Destiny[/i] :P... but because all I did was play Iron Banner in hopes of getting good gear. I didn't. :(

Right now, I want to gush about how much I loved the night time visuals of Splatfest. The fireworks in the air, the neon lit signs of Miiverse posts, and everyone dancing with the Squid Sisters (besides the "cool kids" sitting by the multiplayer entrance) all made for an excellent sight. I wish this happened every weekend, kind of like the K.K. Slider concert from [i]Animal Crossing[/i] in the Smashville level of [i]Super Smash Brothers Brawl[/i], because it's cool to see a new perspective of the same stages we played so much. I wasn't there for the ENTIRE time, so I'm not sure if we got to see all the levels: I just know that we played Urban Underpass (my least favorite), Walleye Warehouse (which is pretty decent), and Kelp Dome (which is one of the better maps). I really wanted to see the Skatepark (I can't remember the name), even though there's a singleplayer level that takes place on that level at night, and Arowana Mall, but I guess I'll run into those next time.

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I finally beat [i]Batman: Arkham Knight[/i] after playing it at launch two weeks ago, and man was it pretty darn cool. The story is the best part of the game, and that alone is worth a playthrough. Sure, there are some plot holes and a predicatable "twist" (that I can't get into because it involves spoilers), but there were some scenes that happened that I'm not going to forget anytime soon. Seriously, some moments were so dark, the imagery alone had me literally sitting there saying "damn, that just happened." However, my main complaints with the title is that the boss fights were seriously disappointing: most of the battles are done with the Batmobile in a very boring way, and there's no real hand-to-hand boss fight. Honestly, for all the crud [i]Arkham Origins[/i] had, at least the boss battles in the game actually felt pretty decent. You would think a fight with the Arkham Knight would be an amazing showdown, but it was basically a game of cat-and-mouse with the Batmobile. It sounds cool on paper, but in actuality, it's a very indirect fight. There was no satisfaction to be gained, and for all the awesome moments in the title, you'd think the boss battles would've had some work done.

My other main problem is that, yes, to achieve the full ending (and I mean the actual ending to get to the credits), you need to capture ALL the criminals. That includes the Riddler, who can only be fought once you solved all 200+ riddles he has. This is one of the most annoying aspects of the game, and I'm so very peeved about this requirement. There's also another criminal that can't be caught until you do a lot of pointless fluff as well, so really, Rocksteady padded the hell out of the game. I don't know if the full ending is worth it, but it better damn be. Jerks.

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[b]NOTE: This is going to be a bit personal, so feel free to skip this section and head on down to the recaps.[/b]

You know, every time I feel under the weather or depressed, it seems like there's another Dtoider in the same boat. Pixie the Fairy's not feeling too well, and ShadeofLight had some social issues. I, myself, been feeling weaker lately, and it's been harder to get out of bed each day. I keep telling myself it's because of the darker, rainy weather I've been having lately, but I remember a time when the rain actually made me feel excited. Like, I would literally just walk outside during heavy showers just to feel it on my face. However, I've been so out of it, and that's not even talking about the headaches I keep having: I keep taking aspirin but it's not getting better.

As a result, I've been backed up with so many things, and I don't have the energy to fulfill them all. As you all know, I'm unemployed and not even taking any classes right now, which further demotivates me. How the hell does someone like ME strapped for time? I try to do all my commitments, but I never have time for my personal projects. It doesn't help that I've been having a massive writer's block lately, and I almost raged when it happened while I was trying to write an important scene.

Then guess what else happened last week? I had another fucking manic episode.

Shade, in case you're asking: no, you didn't bring me down with your recap. It's something I would've addressed last week had I actually done my recap. I sincerely hope you'll feel better.

While I don't know how others feel during a manic episode, for me, there's basically two stages. The first one is basically a battle of thoughts: it's like another version of me starts arguing with me, which creates an adrenaline rush that fuels both sides. Then, like an ocean's wave, it recedes after a high tide, and I become emotionally empty. Normally, it's just something to get through and move on. My emotions will eventually even out, and everything will return to normal.

But this manic episode was different. This one preyed on a topic that hit low with me. I won't get into what it was, mostly because it's a stupid problem that only seems important to me, but the whole fight still made me fatigued by the end of it. I'm getting so tired of this, and while it doesn't seem likely the manic episodes will get worse (because fuck this particular one), I really don't want to know if I can handle another.

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[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Kyle+MacGregor/hi-i-m-your-new-weekend-editor-295328.phtml][b]* -[/b] Cool Kyle MacGregor is your new weekend editor, so stop by to say your congratulations! If you got any ideas on how to make Saturdays even better, drop off a suggestion while you're there.[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/CJ+Andriessen/me-fake-news-the-dying-girl-295338.phtml]CJ Andriessen, better known by his old names "Fake News" and "Get Gay in Here", visits the Cblogs to talk about why he's using his real name and some of the new things he'll be doing from now on.[/url]

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[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/James+Internet+Ego/even-the-most-virulent-of-internet-scuffle-starters-can-maybe-be-reasoned-with-295334.phtml][b]A -[/b] James Internet Ego doesn't have too big of an ego to believe that even the most virulent of debates can still be calmly discussed so long as everyone has a clear head.[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Sylveria+Shini/destructoid-willfully-misrepresents-something-no-one-is-shocked-fire-emblem--295342.phtml]Sylveria Shini wants to address the Soleil scenario in the newest [i]Fire Emblem Fates[/i]. The less said, the better.[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Terry+309/rambles-game-design-the-dream-and-the-reality-295339.phtml][b]A -[/b] Terry 309 writes a lot of words explaining the differences between a game designer and a game publisher, as well as his own interests in the field since way back in the day.[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Retrofraction/i-bought-a-playstation-tv-295355.phtml][b]A -[/b] Retrofraction drops the cash to get a PS TV, and he talks a little about why he hasn't done much Sony gaming as well as his struggles in trying to get more stuff for less.[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/OverlordZetta/has-inafune-unleashed-two-more-years-of-drama-on-the-internet--295360.phtml][b]A -[/b] OverlordZetta wants to defend Keiji Inafune's new Kickstarter project by tackling some of the heated responses regarding it.[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/WiegrafFolles/better-with-age-the-king-of-fighters-2002-unlimited-match-295331.phtml][b]B -[/b] WiegrafFolles wants to talk about how he got into the [i]King of Fighters[/i] series, which ones he likes, and why [i]2002: Unlimited Match[/i] still holds up.[/url]

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[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Mr+T+Haggar/who-am-i--295337.phtml][b]I -[/b] Mr T Haggar may ask "who am I?" as if he doesn't know but he's LYING! Read here if you want to get the know the guy![/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Pixie+The+Fairy/pixiedust-hello--295365.phtml][b]C -[/b] Pixie the Fairy flies by to talk to you about some of the things she does for this community, such as weeding out the toxic comments, before encouraging people to introduce themselves with blogs! Swamp her with work, guys![/url]

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[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Rekka/nier-new-project-famitsu-staff-interview-295333.phtml][b]N -[/b] Famitsu had a staff interview with the people behind the new [i]Nier[/i] title, so Rekka jotted down a few notes that provides insight to the team composition.[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/ooktar/why-her-story-works-and-gone-home-doesn-t--295359.phtml][b]T -[/b] Ooktar doesn't like [i]Gone Hole[/i], and decides to play [i]Her Story[/i] after reading Destructoid's review. Read here why two similar games could be so different from one another.[/url]

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[b]- Dreamweaver[/b]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Pixie+The+Fairy/pixiedust-hello--295365.phtml]FPotD[/url]

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6:54 AM on 07.04.2015

Cblogs of 7/3/15 + Farewell Theisms

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Well, here we are guys, the final Theisms...for now. In case you missed it, I wrote a farewell blog this past week, as I'm going to take a step back from Dtoid in order to take care of things in my life that are more important professionally, spiritually, and personally. I retire from Dtoid in the same way Terry Funk "retires" from wrestling, which means that I know I'll be back someday.

You may be asking "If you know you'll be back, why are you leaving to begin with?" Because, fair reader, it's what must be done. That farewell blog got 45 Dixons. Which means at least 45 people are glad to see me go. That's how the Dixons work, right?

Seriously, though, I was very touched at all the compliments and the respect everyone gave. It just goes to show that even though you and I may not see eye to eye on everything, here at Dtoid, as long as you're not a douche, you have friends 'round these parts.

Like I mentioned, Dtoid has been my gaming home since 2009, and I've had a lot of awesome things happen during my time here. Even though you may not have been there physically, you guys were around for major events in my life. You were there when I got married. You were there when I had my "tryouts" with TNA Wrestling. You were there, guys. You were there.

I've thought about how I wanted to handle this final blog. Should I treat it like normal and write about what I'm playing? Should I go back to an old standby and write a top 5 list?

Nah, I think a good, old-fashioned "'til we meet again" is all that needs to be said (though I have included my favorite ending theme songs in this recap).

And now, we cue the Incredible Hulk theme.

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[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/ShadeOfLight/bbain-s-jukebox-shade-style-gibberish-295302.phtml][b]*[/b] - Sometimes songs sung in gibberish are the most delightful.[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Manchild/better-with-age-chess-295284.phtml][b]*[/b] - As Manchild explains, chess is a game that will forever stand the test of time and only gets better with age.[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/James+Internet+Ego/june-3301-in-elite-dangerous-295273.phtml][b]*[/b] - Elite: Dangerous seems like something I wouldn't be able to wrap my head around. Luckily James I.E. is here for me (I still don't understand it).[/url]

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[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/ScreamAid/as-someone-big-on-podcasts-here-are-my-favorites--295295.phtml][b]A[/b] - ScreamAid gives you descriptions of some of his favorite podcasts. Although I don't see the Error Machine Podcast in that list (wah wah wah).[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Dengar/better-with-age-earthbound-mother-2-295305.phtml][b]M[/b] - Better with Age: Earthbound/Mother 2 by Dengar[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/wutangclam/better-with-age-psychonauts-295301.phtml][b]M[/b] - Better with Age: Psychonauts by Wutangclam[/url]

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[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/PS+FNF/ps-friday-night-fights-life-improvements-edition-295249.phtml][b]F[/b] - Driveclub and Payday 2 make their way into the Playstation Friday Night Fights.[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Dtoid+PC+FNF/pc-fnf-ftl-a-study-in-torture-295265.phtml][b]F[/b] - Ultra Street Fighter IV and Team Fortress 2 on the PC side of things this week. [/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Nintendoid/nintendoid-fnf-07-03-back-with-a-vengeance-295283.phtml][b]F[/b] - All Smash, all the time.[/url]

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[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/KingSigy/portal-stories-mel-review-295286.phtml][b]R[/b] - Portal Stories - Mel is one of the reasons I really need to get a gaming PC. KingSigy gives us his thoughts on the game.[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Nick+R+P+Green/jim-sterling-vs-digital-homicide-interview-link-some-after-thoughts-295270.phtml][b]T[/b] - Nick R P Green recaps the Jim Sterling interview with Digital Homicide.[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/RadicalAjax+Entertainment/what-is-the-future-of-the-batman-arkham-franchise--295243.phtml][b]T[/b] - RadicalAjax ponders where the Arkham series goes from here.[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Virtua+Kazama/nintendo-s-bill-trinen-confirms-that-he-will-be-competing-at-evo-for-smash-4-295293.phtml][b]N[/b] - Bill Trinen is going to own suckas at EVO.[/url]

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[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Sylveria+Shini/why-big-rigs-over-the-road-racing-is-the-perfect-game-for-social-justice-295269.phtml][b]C[/b] - Much like blogs about GamerGate, blogs with the term "Social Justice Warrior" also make me tune out immediately. So, all I can say about this blog is: it is definitely a blog.[/url]

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This is definitely not the end of TheDustinThomas, and if you wish to continue reading/viewing my stuff during my Dtoid hiatus, there are links in my farewell blog if you so choose to follow me (also, Niero, I'm not above whoring myself out if you need someone to write about retro stuff or pro wrestling :-)

So, in conclusion, Dtoid is my home, and one day the prodigal son will return.

Now, as I make my exit, please allow me the pleasure to share one of my favorite scriptures with you as a word of encouragement.

Hebrews 12:1-2 - Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Until we meet again, Dtoid.

-TheDustinThomas

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Dengar/better-with-age-earthbound-mother-2-295305.phtml]FPotD[/url]

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10:26 AM on 07.03.2015

Cblogs of 07/02/15 + Social ineptitude-isms


Some good news and some bad news this week. The good news is that I'm done with my internship now! I said my goodbyes yesterday over drinks, and it sounded like the legal team was very happy with my work. Apparently the higher-ups weren't entirely convinced when they hired me, but they were completely on my side when I was just a few weeks in. Score! The other good news is that I've got more time for games now. I know I've been slacking on the Nintendo multiplayer (just from memory I know that I promised Strider Smash, Extatix Mario Kart, and Caimdark and others Splatoon). Starting tonight, I'd like to start catching up. Besides those, I have Kirby and Yoshi left to do (my friend is coming over tomorrow to co-op Yoshi), and Mario & Luigi: Dream Team to finish. I'm liking it more than I reasonably should.


- But not that much.

Unfortunately it’s not all sunshine and flowers this week. This week I also had a really bad relapse into [url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/ShadeOfLight/i-feel-invisible-alone-i-feel-like-the-silence--291635.phtml]this whole mess[/url]. Things had been going well for a few months, but this week was like a punch in the gut. The stupid part is that the events that got to me weren’t anything special. Just everyday things, but when they happened I could just feel my heart sink. Prepare for massive whining. In fact you might want to just skip straight to the blogs, we've got good stuff today. 

So I was at a barbecue in honor of my parents’ 30th anniversary last week. I was talking to my grandma about my internship; what I’m doing, who for, why I think it's important, where I see my research going, what I've gained from it, that kind of stuff. Not too deep, but still personally relevant. Then all of a sudden in the middle of my sentence, my sister who was sitting next to us remembered that she brought the book my grandma wanted to borrow. She blurted out “Oh, here’s the book you wanted!” and from that point on all they could talk about was the book. My internship was never brought up again; that conversation was just done. And seeing as I’ve never heard of that book before, that wasn’t a conversation I could contribute anything to. In fact I can’t remember how long it took for anyone to include me again. I'm not talkative in groups, so unless someone thinks to ask me something, I'll be silent for the most part.

The second thing was worse:...the weather was nice this week. With the exception of a few days the weather over here has been shit all year, but this week was really hot and sunny. So I was walking home from work, and that's when I saw them. Groups of friends sitting outside drinking beer enjoying the sun, families out on a stroll, couples walking hand in hand to get some ice cream, neighbors being…neighborly. You know, everyday things people do when the weather is nice. That’s when it hit me again: I can’t do any of those things. I don’t have a group of friends to hang out in the sun with, I don’t have a girlfriend who I can buy chocalate ice cream (it's gotta be chocolate, otherwise she's no lover of mine), and I don’t have neighbors who even spare me a second glance. It’s the prettiest day of the year, and I’m at home alone again.


- This is what googling "alone" gives you. I shit you not.

It’s not just the loneliness as such that returned though. What also returned is the feeling that there’s something wrong with me. The feeling that at a very basic level, I just don’t understand people. I don’t get how they function, at all. Take the barbecue for example; nobody seemed to notice or mind that my sister interrupted me and cut me out from the conversation. I'm a little miffed, but mostly I'm left with questions. Is that…is that just how group conversations work? Are you supposed to blurt out random thoughts and work from there? Am I the weird one for not just interrupting my sister back? I know that sounds passive aggressive, but it’s actually a genuine question I have. Is this normal? And if so, how does one do this, how do I adapt to something I fundamentally do not grasp? Both my sister and my grandma are wonderful people, so there’s no way they’d do something to spite me. But that must mean they don’t see anything wrong with it and assume I don’t either. So I guess that means that I’m the one in the wrong for letting it get to me. I legitimately just don’t understand.

And there’s so much more I don’t understand. I like to think I'm a friendly guy so I make friends easy, but I don’t understand how to keep them. Almost all of my old friends are pretty much gone, and I don’t know why or how. I don’t know what I could’ve done different so that I’d still see them or have them come over for beers in the sun. I don’t know when to call someone, or what one texts a friend. And even if I do make friends easy, I don’t know how one goes about meeting new people. At my age, mid-20s, my parents had already been married for several years and already had both me and my sister. I haven’t even had a date. Ever. I don’t understand how that's even supposed to work. I don’t know how to get a girl to go out on a date with you. I don’t know how flirting works, what it is exactly, or if that’s even a thing that people actually do. Serious question: do people ‘flirt’, or is that just some sort of humanity-wide in-joke that I’m not in on? Because I legitimately don’t get it.


There’s this scene in Imitation Game (great movie by the way, see it) [url=https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/The_Imitation_Game#Dialogue]which I unfortunately can’t find a clip off.[/url] Benedict Cumberbatch is having lunch with his guy friends, until one of these guys invites a lady over and starts to woo her. Eventually those two leave together, and one of the friends smugly tells Cumberbatch: “In case you were wondering, that’s what ‘flirting’ looks like.”, while Cumberbatch sits there with a bewildered look on his face. Now that scene is supposed to be funny, like “Haha, the genius inventor doesn’t even know what flirting is!” I saw it in theater and heard chuckles all around me. But as I was watching that scene I didn't laugh…I felt like him. While the supposed flirting was going on all I could think was: “Is this something that actually happens? Is this what normal people do? Is this how a man is supposed to behave if he fancies a woman? What if that kind of thing isn't in him, or he doesn’t want to?” I was just as bewildered by the whole thing as he was, though significantly less adorable.

It's all of these things that really make me feel like the entirety of humankind has some sort of basic social instinct that I lack.
You know what’s interesting? One of the most cherished 'people' in my life…is my cat. As was the cat before him. What I think contributes to that the most is that I understand my cat. I get how he works; he’s simple. If he calls your attention, he wants food. If he rolls on his back, he wants a belly rub. If he wants to be left alone, he’ll hide, but he’ll be back when he wants to play. And he remembers me, which I find very important. Sure he only remembers me because I give him food, but that comes back around to what I said before; I understand how he functions. I haven’t been able to say the same for humans in a very long time, and it really makes me feel like there’s something wrong with me. Asperger’s in particular would explain a heck of a lot, although I’ve never before considered myself anything other than “normal if slightly weird” and I'd rather not change that.

Whatever it is, I’m genuinely considering professional help at this point, because I don’t want to be like this anymore. I want real friends and I want a girlfriend more than anything, but as long as I keep failing to understand all this social nonsense, I don't see it ever happening.

That’s an outcome I refuse to accept. 


[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Dinosir/tbt-how-missingno-works-295186.phtml][b]* -[/b] Dinosir has a good name and an interesting blog on the mysteries of Missingno.[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/KiiWy/the-need-for-positivity-in-media-295195.phtml][b]* -[/b] KiiWy words my own Dtoid philosophy better than anyone: let's all just be happy with video games.[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Fenriff/band-of-bloggers-june-recap-mini-update--295213.phtml][b]* -[/b] The Band of Bloggers team had a good month, read all about open-world games here![/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Squareman/how-story-dialogue-and-personality-affect-video-games-295215.phtml][b]* -[/b] I'd like to hear more about Squareman's showers. It gets us some interesting thoughts on video game storytelling.[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Ckarasu/the-fire-emblem-fates-controversy-clearing-up-the-muck-295232.phtml][b]* -[/b] I've missed Ckarasu. He gives us a different perspective on the Fire Emblem controversy; a perspective which REALLY shouldn't have passed the FP contributors by.[/url]


[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/TheDustinThomas/hall-of-game-batman-nes-a-call-for-podcast-questions--295178.phtml][b]P -[/b] Dustin ain't gone yet! Some Batman and a call for questions before he leaves.[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/FlanxLycanth/ruining-my-life-part-76-ff-marathon-295184.phtml][b]A -[/b] How does one play FFVI? The better question is; is there any WRONG way to play it?[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/PStoid/pstoid-episode-26-free-book-suppository-295192.phtml][b]P -[/b] The PSbros are back with a new PStoid podcast![/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/decoy4444/5-gaming-issues-that-weren-t-a-problem-in-the-past--295208.phtml][b]A -[/b] The gaming industry got into at least 5 sketchy areas over the years. Lots of preaching to the choir here, but I'll allow it.[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/James+Houghton/better-with-age-the-legend-of-zelda-ocarina-of-time-295225.phtml][b]B -[/b] Like fine wine, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time becomes Better with Age.[/url]




[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Lea/introductions-should-be-made--295227.phtml][b]I -[/b] The introduction for Lea, including 24 things to know.[/url]


[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Down4WotEva/introduction-to-gta-v-for-the-xbox-360-295169.phtml][b]T -[/b] If there's anyone out there who's looking to try to get into GTA V on 360, Down4WotEva has you covered.[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/CO+Jakyl/small-status-update--295173.phtml][b]D -[/b] Even when you're a game dev, kids come first.[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/eightbitsamurai/how-do-you-choose-what-to-play-next--295222.phtml][b]T -[/b] Like everybody else, you've got a backlog. So how do you pick which game to tackle next?[/url]
 


- I'm continuing my quest to show the world that Kristen Stewart is actually very cute when she's not in Twilight.


[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/JawshButturBawls/adventures-in-artificial-academy-2-295240.phtml][b]L -[/b] Jawsh did Gardevoir in public. What? What ELSE do you want me to say?[/url]






- ShadeOfLight
May you always find water and shade

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/JawshButturBawls/adventures-in-artificial-academy-2-295240.phtml]FPotD[/url]

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3:15 PM on 07.02.2015

Cblog recaps of 7/1/15 and SAMURAI-isms

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Hulu is where I've always wanted Netflix to be three years ago. Back then, I wanted Netflix to have more than two seasons of Adventure Time or Samurai Jack or whatever else its Cartoon Network contract had. Now, Hulu has so many great titles from CN, both old and new. I can rewatch Steven Universe or catch up on the episodes I missed of Adventure Time, or I can go back and appreciate the Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack and better yet, Samurai Jack. I cannot believe how incredible Samurai Jack has always been and how much I under appreciated it as a teenager when it was in its prime. I used to associate Samurai Jack with Genndy Tartavosky's penchant for long, drawn out, almost Tarantino-esque stand off sequences and action repeats. And actually, yes, that's definitely still a thing as the show matured. But the art direction and especially the color palette were mind blowing and I couldn't believe I didn't love it for that as a teen. On the other hand, I was a teenager.

Like how everyone points to Shadow of the Colossus as games as art, I point towards the episode The Samurai Vs. The Ninja as a great example of Samurai Jack's genius. The first half is your usual Jack slicing up monsters but it's ok because they're technically robots but a ninja is stalking Jack from a distance, waiting for an opportunity to strike. When the ninja kidnaps a boy to a dark lighthouse on the edge of the shore, Jack engages the ninja in a seriously ingenious battle sequence.

"Shinobi... a warrior of the darkness. But just as you have been trained to fight in the shadows, I have been trained to fight in the light..."

The dark red wooden beams they've been standing on fade away as Jack inverts his yukata into a pure white gi to fade into the light, just as he said. For the next 10 minutes a battle ensues with the color palette changed from a normal array to a strictly black and white affair, reflecting the dark shadows being cast as the light peers in from the setting sun. It's a breathtaking action sequence as Jack and the ninja move in and out of their respective colors, trading blows, fighting an even stalemate until the waning sun slowly stacks the odds against Jack as he loses light to hide in and the ninja gains more darkness to hide in. Still, the action literally rises as the two continue climbing with Jack holding onto what little light he can use to his advantage.

In classic Jack fashion, the action ends with a brief, fatal slash that brings the long stalemate to an end. No collapse after dozens of glancing blows or depleting health bars. The ninja believes himself to be at an advantage and jumps down to Jack's beam invisibly, not realizing Jack felt the vibration of his landing. Jack blinds the ninja with a gleam of light off his sword and impales him with a throw of his katana. It all ends faster than you could probably read that sentence.

Hulu's stuff is on point now, with anime like Rolling Girls, Ninja Slayer, contemporary cartoons like Steven Universe, and older gems like Samurai Jack. I implore you to give Hulu a shot because it might have something for you.

[img]http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2777/4068256421_cf820647b2_o.jpg[/img][url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/ScreamAid/video-game-music-compilation-46-the-super-smash-bros-brawl-special--295125.phtml][b]* -[/b] Screamaid's game music does Brawl[/url]

[img]http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2800/4069011354_b7e15681cd_o.jpg[/img][url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/OverlordZetta/death-of-the-creator--295136.phtml][b]A -[/b] Where do our characters begin and our creators desires end? Or something. Zetta everyone.[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/RedHeadPeak/what-do-you-want-from-a-boss-fight--295146.phtml][b]A -[/b] What do you want out of a good boss fight[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/xtravisage/the-splat-mon-method-and-the-gaming-community-295149.phtml][b]A -[/b] Xtrasage comments on GENDER issues with the Splatmon method[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/TheKodu/-buy-better-games-you-b-ds--295163.phtml][b]A -[/b] We're better games down here[/url]

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[img]http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3509/4068256301_b326be1ecd_o.jpg[/img][url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/James+Internet+Ego/before-you-get-excited-about-total-war-warhammer-give-attila-another-chance-295128.phtml][b]R -[/b] Attila plays James Internet Ego and found it to be worth a second go[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/eightbitsamurai/splatoon-review-stay-fresh-295147.phtml][b]R -[/b] A fresh review of Splatoon by Samurai[/url]

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[img]http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2662/4069011026_f9da4eb021_o.jpg[/img][url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Virtua+Kazama/evo-2015-s-final-registration-numbers-295116.phtml][b]C -[/b] These are your numbers to EVO[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Fly+Cooper/the-king-interview-295148.phtml][b]L -[/b] Fly Cooper interviews Jaguar Man without armor about his placement in the latest Iron Fist Tournament[/url]

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~Strider

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/TheKodu/-buy-better-games-you-b-ds--295163.phtml]FPotD[/url]

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12:58 PM on 07.02.2015

Cblogs of 09, 16, 23 and 30 of June 2015

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I owe an apology to the community. I have been rather late in doing my recaps, and there’s no excuse for it. This is not the first time I have grouped multiple recaps in one, but it is also the last. When I am unable to do a recap on time, I will ask my fellow recappers to cover for me. In fact, I have already asked Realbucks to take my spot for a few weeks in July. Look forward to that.

With that out of the way, let’s talk about videogames!

Or rather, let’s not talk about videogames.

Unfortunately I don’t have the time I need to at the moment to write about Star Fox Zero. So I’ll leave you today with this huge recap full of other blogs you can read.

Be sure to come back next Wednesday for Scriptisms: Animals in SPACE!

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[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/TheDustinThomas/it-s-not-goodbye-it-s-smell-ya-later--295070.phtml][b]*[/b] - Fellow recapper TheDustinThomas is taking a break from blogging for a while to focus on more important things in his life. Salute![/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/n0signal/the-story-of-how-i-killed-my-wife--294688.phtml][b]*[/b] - N0signal tells us a tale of love and regret, in the open world of Skyrim. [/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Manchild/cowardly-default-294669.phtml][b]*[/b] - Manchild advocates thinking and trying things out for yourself to make fair judgments, instead of jumping on the hate bandwagon and writing angry discourses.[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/TheLimoMaker/anime-to-game-see-you-space-cowboy--293611.phtml][b]*[/b] - TheLimoMaker explains how some anime would make great games, and what developers should make them. [/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/OverlordZetta/a-certain-sorcerer-s-blog-welcome-to-avalon--293630.phtml][b]*[/b] - OverlordZetta introduces us to the dark and mysterious world of Soul Sacrifice. [/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Manchild/video-games-didn-t-save-my-life-294137.phtml][b]*[/b] - Manchild writes a very personal blog about his depression, and how distancing himself from videogames wasn’t the answer. [/url]

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[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Voltech/on-final-fantasy-and-lost-empathy-293655.phtml][b]A[/b] - Voltech disserts about Final Fantasy Type-0 and why the characters of recent Final Fantasy games are not good protagonists.[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/James+Internet+Ego/holy-framerate-batman-some-lessons-from-arkham-knight-294665.phtml][b]A[/b] - James Internet Ego warns us of the dangers of pre-ordering, citing the sad state of the PC version of Arkham Knight as an example. [/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/TheLimoMaker/my-most-anticipated-games-from-e3-and-now-we-wait--294687.phtml][b]A[/b] - TheLimoMaker writes many words about the games he’s most excited for from E3 [/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Dragonsbeard/remakes-and-final-fantasy-7-294701.phtml][b]A[/b] - Dragonsbeard lays down his opinion on how the Final Fantasy 7 remake should be handled.[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Dinosir/why-bethesda-won-e3--294702.phtml][b]A[/b] - Dinosir explains how Bethesda won E3. They had a great presentation indeed. [/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/OverlordZetta/fire-emblem-fates-conquers-new-territory-for-nintendo--294704.phtml][b]A[/b] - OverlordZetta thinks Fire Emblem Fates having same-sex relationships is a good step forward for Nintendo, a company that has been infamously conservative. [/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Flegma/console-exclusives-in-numbers-295071.phtml][b]A[/b] - Flegma presents us some confusing statistics about console exclusives. I’ll just say that filtering the games by a Metascore of 80 leaves out some great exclusives like The Wonderful 101. And it’s criminal to ignore that game like that. [/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/SeymourDuncan17/-everyday-is-great-at-your-junes-june-9th--293648.phtml][b]S[/b] - SeymourDuncan continues his Persona 4 playthrough. School trip time![/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Esteban+Sky+Cuevas/unplayable-the-uncharted-trilogy-294689.phtml][b]S[/b] - Esteban Sky Cuevas believes the Uncharted trilogy is unplayable due to various issues he had with the controls and camera.[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/PStoid/ep-26-with-100-more-bloodspray-records-soon-ask-things--294672.phtml][b]P[/b] - The PStoid wanted your questions. Now it is too late. [/url]

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[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Agent9/contestoid-ending-soon-293641.phtml][b]C[/b] - A contest for a Charizard amiibo was ending, but it does not seem to have received any entries.[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Deuce17/i-need-an-xbox-one--294195.phtml][b]E[/b] - Deuce17 posted this blog as a contest entry, but I think he was meant to post a comment in the article of the contest, not write a blog.[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/ExGavalonnj1/why-i-should-win-294212.phtml][b]E[/b] - Same goes for you, ExGavalonnj1.[/url]

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[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Solar+Pony+Django/final-fantasy-v-four-job-fiesta-awareness-293644.phtml][b]E[/b] - Solar Pony Django participated in the Final Fantasy V Four Job Fiesta, a challenging playthrough of Final Fantasy V to raise money for charity![/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/wutangclam/convention-coverage-an-afternoon-at-too-many-games-295075.phtml][b]S[/b] - Wutangclam recounts his visit to Too Many Games convention in his best Noir style. [/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/DirgeNovak/dear-game-developers-gamers-are-not-made-out-of-bandwidth-294698.phtml][b]C[/b] - DirgeNovak has limited access to bandwidth and he’s not pleased that developers are releasing huge day one patches and releasing PC versions that can take as much as 50 GB of space. [/url]

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[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/KiiWy/e3-and-dtoid-294178.phtml][b]T[/b] - KiiWy shares her thoughts about this year’s E3 and highlights how fun it was to watch it with Dtoid members.[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Narzack/e3-2015-294703.phtml][b]T[/b] - Narzack also shares his thoughts about this year’s E3. [/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Efficiency/how-did-i-do-e3-predictions-294248.phtml][b]T[/b] - Efficiency sees if his predictions for this year’s E3 were right.[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/ScreamAid/golf-is-hard-review-yeah-when-you-have-to-make-a-hole-in-one--294152.phtml][b]R[/b] - ScreamAid reviews the fun flash/mobile game Golf Is Hard.[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/CO+Jakyl/a-little-peek--294187.phtml][b]D[/b] - CO Jakyl gives us an interesting look at the development of his game. [/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/PlayBoyMan/the-sam-and-hunni-demo-is-here--295089.phtml][b]D[/b] - PlayBoyMan shares a demo of his new game: Sam and Hunni, a RPG. [/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Agent9/saletoid-a-heads-up-on-some-decent-deals-293651.phtml][b]$[/b] - Agent9 gave us a heads-up on some nice sales. [/url]

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[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/TroyFullbuster/a-quick-e3-no-picture-lazy-blog-of-my-feelings-294180.phtml][b]C[/b] - TroyFulllbuster writes some very quick and lazy thoughts about E3. If you don’t care about what you’re typing, why should we?[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/NeoNero7/transformers-too-hardcore-for-nintendo-294680.phtml][b]C[/b] - If you would like to see the new Transformers game on Wii U you could sign this petition, I guess… Hey, one person already signed it! Positive thinking, right?[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/darkant/super-mario-galaxy-review-295069.phtml][b]C[/b] - Darkant writes a review of Super Mario Galaxy that really doesn’t say much. [/url]

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[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Woody321/thoughts-on-the-playstation-3-and-gta-v-294658.phtml][b]F[/b] - This is some weird kind of spam blog meant to keep GTA V on our minds.[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/RadicalYoseph/luigi-more-awsomer-than-tails-293637.phtml][b]F[/b] - no u wrnog tails kikiasss many more then luigi u epicc fail!!1 lolz[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Austinuity/-haveawank-294253.phtml][b]F[/b] - But how could I? Why should I? I will! Now take a part in our pretty decoration.[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/gajknight/the-best-failblog-you-will-ever-read--294695.phtml][b]F[/b] - This is absolute gold, and should be posted on the front-page, and framed on a portrait, and sent on a rocket to outer space! …But there is a dot in the title so this goes to the failtoid section instead.[/url]

I fail you all because I love you (minus the spammer). And because I don’t want to encourage the cblogs to be flooded with too many meme blogs, understand? Once in a while is good enough to have a laugh.

 

- Script

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/PlayBoyMan/the-sam-and-hunni-demo-is-here--295089.phtml]FPotD[/url]

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8:21 PM on 07.01.2015

Cblogs of 6-28-15 + Tharja/Shara-isms!

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Okay, I've tried writing the Sunday recap a few times now, but I've honestly felt so lethargic these last several days it's not been easy to stick with the writing. That and I'm already at work on the June recap, looking for blogs to promote, planning to write the Blogger's Wanted topic soon and much of this gets interrupted by weary eyes demanding to be closed. And then when I close them I can't sleep because my allergies have kicked into overdrive, which does tend to happen when I clean the apartment, babysit dogs or experience summer in general. No matter how tired I feel I just can't seem to get a good night's sleep right now. 

I did get a nice REM cycle in last week. Dreamt about Nicki Minaj again. Dunno why she turns up in my dreams. Not really a fan, don't listen to her music or know much about her. She is pretty cute, though. Maybe that's enough for my subconscious, though I would have preferred Zoe Saldana, Evangeline Lily or Scarlett Johasson. Or all three and Nicki could stay, too.

The dream wasn't very detailed or complicated. We just got very, very intimate in bed. I had fun. I'd like sleep and more sexy dreams, please.

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Speaking of incredibly gay things, I can get married in Fire Emblem: Fates and also anywhere in America now. Awesome. I get Shara (Tharja 2.0) for my waifu and if I ever get back to dating and find someone to settle down with, I can have a wife. Great, now about that whole LGBT employment and housing discrimination thing - get on it, LGBT community.  The work ain't done.

I do have to wonder of SCOTUS is just screwing with us all, though. In 2013, they rule to provide benefits to couples where same sex marriage already existed. In 2014, they make that gross Hobby Lobby ruling which lets employers pull all kinds of crap on their employees based on the employer's religious beliefs and in 2015 its about to get gayer in all 50 states.

I think SCOTUS might have noticed how impotent the Hobby Lobby ruling was when Tim Cook of Apple can just tell Indiana to screw off and the Indiana RFRA got defanged. I'm not usually one to root for big corporations, but those with better policies seem to be able to throw their weight around, -- even at their business partners. 

Many of these businesses want to be able to provide benefits to their employees across all US states evenly with no legal fuss. It helps make maintaining those ledgers a lot more straightforward, I imagine, which is a big reason why EA was one of the game companies at the forefront of this. They have studios all over Canada and America and want that consistency.

Sure, the people sitting at the top of EA might be doing it for the good PR, but I bet the employees and beancounters are grateful they're trying to make these things less of a headache, unlike various US states. I may not be a huge fan of EA, but I can't argue against their logic here. 

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As for the "state's rights" argument people try to make, there happens to be this article in the constitution that states the Supreme Court has to step in when various legal disputes between multiple states turn up. Disputes over benefits, tax exemptions, hospital visitations and more were at play here. Marriage has potentially over a thousand legal aspects to it and each state was trying to be a special snowflake regarding sexuality and marriage. This was disruptive and discriminatory to countless people.

Trying to gate marriages exclusively to heterosexuals was just telling other grown adults how to live by imposing religous beliefs on them and denying same sex couples equal rights and benefits. There were people forced to not be themselves for up to 70 years before they could be married. That's heartbreaking, oppressive stuff. No one ever had a right to stand in the way of two adults loving each other and wanting to enjoy the same benefits as any other married couple.

I just look at all those elderly couples finally marrying now, wondering what could have been if they could live as they pleased in their youth. I know the closet did a number on me and I'm still working through the aftermath of mine. It's only in recent years I even found my potential again.

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If the church wanted to keep marriage pure and religious, they should never have handed marriage over to the state and federal governments for special rights, benefits and protections. That ship sailed a long time ago, Religion got too grabby, too cozy with government and this is the price that had to be paid for it.

As for Fire Emblem's bisexual options, I think the same sex unions that the Shibuya district legalized in Tokyo may have more to do with Nintendo's decision than other stuff did. Shibuya is that hip, happening hot spot of popular culture in Japan. NIntendo doesn't want to look that out of touch. I figure when the legalization happened back in March, Intelligent Systems added the option in at the last moments of development, which is why the placement feels so weird. 

That's my theory anyway. Nintendo owed me a Tharja after Fire Emblem: Awakening and Shara is very much looking like her. I was kinda hoping it was going to be Rinkah, though. I love cute and incredibly fit girls. Flavia was my other choice after Tharja last time around and Rinkah is like a younger, more buff version of Flavia in some ways. 

Anyway, extended thoughts on that can go to another blog, I need to get on to other things, so let's recap Sunday! 

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[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/JPF720/a-trip-to-spain-and-the-search-for-a-dream-part-2-2--294937.phtml][b]*[/b] - JPF720 got to meet Suda 51, Shinji Mikami and watch other devs speak at Gamelab Barcelona 2015![/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Flegma/meandering-thoughts-on-database-sims-294946.phtml][b]*[/b] - Flegma discusses database sims like Her Story and Portal (the one without Aperture Science in it)[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/OverlordZetta/sometimes-it-s-the-little-things-294965.phtml][b]*[/b] - OverlordZetta appreciates the personal touch Fire Emblem: Awakening's barracks bring to the experience.[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/StriderHoang/time-to-pull-myself-away-from-monster-hunter-294971.phtml][b]*[/b] - Strider says it's time for him to pull away from Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate... but not before he gives a breakdown of monsters, weapons parts and plans to talk about it more in future blogs.[/url]

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[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Titannel/story-the-dmv-situation--294931.phtml][b]S[/b] - Story time with Titannel: The DMV situation[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/TroyFullbuster/i-m-off-to-fdny-academy-also-thanks-holmes--294954.phtml][b]C[/b] - TroyFullbuster heads to the academy, expresses thanks and looks to the future.[/url]

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[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/TheDustinThomas/flea-market-game-finds-gamecube-jackpot-edition-6-27-15--294935.phtml][b]T[/b] - Dustin shares his latest GameCube finds at the flea market.[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Manchild/daggertits-and-boob-nukem-294936.phtml][b]T[/b] - Bewbs[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Retrofraction/band-of-bloggers-exploring-fantasy-294968.phtml][b]T[/b] - Retrofraction explores Best Fantasy VI's world[/url]

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[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/n0signal/book-review-sword-of-destiny-the-witcher-saga--294950.phtml][b]L[/b] - n0signal reviews Sword of Destiny from The Witcher Saga[/url]

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[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Dreamweaver/let-s-get-a-little-gay-hentai-in-here-nsfw--294951.phtml][b]?[/b] - It's about to get very NSFW in here[/url]

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No fails.

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[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Retrofraction/band-of-bloggers-exploring-fantasy-294968.phtml]FPotD[/url]

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12:48 AM on 07.01.2015

Cblog Recaps PODGASMS: June 2015

Yo community. We're back to bring you “Podgasms” for June 2015! 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.

June has been steady but still rather slow. We rounded out at exactly the same number of episodes as we had in May but with one less variety. If you want to compare you can scroll to the bottom and hit the sexy 'Previous Button' courtesy of the lovely Luna Sy! But I forgive the community for not blowing May out to space. It's June. It's HOT. Wait.. no. That doesn't make sense. It's hot, everyone should be in doors at all times, recording podcasts what gives guys!?! It's okay, they say July is going to be even hotter. We'll get 'em next time. For real though, thank you all so much for doing the work and keeping community podcasts here going. Much. Love.

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 - Error Machine Podcast #55: Second Hand Infidelity

Plenty of Sonic/Sega talk in this episode of Error Machine Podcast, also probably the best title for a podcast episode I've seen in awhile.

Also this month, The Error Machine Podcast posted its 53rd and 54th episodes: Fallout 4 is a Poopy Sock & Dustin and Luke's E3 2015 Thoughts

Coincidently, they also had my least favorite title for a podcast episode this month, which as a Fallout fan I felt compelled to let everyone know xD

P - PStoid #25: E3 Special Edition!

Join as hosts Neal, Mike and myself spend way too much of their free time talking about E3, who won, who lost, what else happened and so forth.

Also this month, PStoid posted its 24th episode: Release the Hounds

P - Scary Granules #30: Super Special Collectors Edition

The Scary Granules crew do it hard for their thirtieth episode and have a very talented musician compose a theme song, special for the podcast.

 

That's everything from June, 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!

-Nanashi

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

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10:17 PM on 06.30.2015

Cblogs of 6-29-15 + ¯\_(ツ)_/¯-isms

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If there's one saving grace for this post it starts here. I've been trying to eat healthy and as you do you come to the realization that whole wheat/whole grain breads are much healthier for you. When you look at some of the research and nutritional science afterwards you want to take a flamethrower and set all the white wheat in the world on fire. But I digress. Why are there so few options for Whole Wheat/Whole Grain bread in the supermarket? It's like Regular Bagels, Blueberry Bagels, Craisin Bagles, Raisin Bagles, Cinnamon Bagles, fucking I don't know Pineapple Bagels and then you get to the "Whole Wheat Variety" and that's it, it's just "Whole Wheat Bagel". Really? Where are the Blueberry Whole Wheat Bagels and whatnot, why are there so few options for the healthy one. I imagine adding fruit to a healthier type of bagel will still be pretty darn healthy. But the point is they don't give you any options it's so sad because maybe even then people would be tempted to try whole wheat. Sigh. America needs to get Healthier. I heard McDonald's wasn't doing so well, at least by comparison, and that's a start but we've got a long way to go. Stay Healthy guys!

I have no theme for the pictures this time, enjoy the recaps!!

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[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/James+Internet+Ego/the-pain-of-playing-old-games-295024.phtml][b]*[/b] I am an absolute sucker for blogs that walk you through experiences and here is one such: James Internet Ego takes us through trying to run older games on a PC and what follows is just gold![/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Dreamweaver/comments-of-the-week-a-little-too-happy-295025.phtml][b]*[/b] - Dreamweaver back to bring us COTW![/url]

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[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Psycho+Punch/last-gen-is-new-again-294984.phtml][b]A[/b] - Psycho Punch gives a pretty thorough analysis of the slated XB1 Backwards Compat. Also Regular Show Images, WOOOOOOOOOOOOAH!!![/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/SpielerDad/why-do-we-still-care-about-backwards-compatibility--295009.phtml][b]A[/b] - I think this is well written but I disagree with so many points here, starting with who 'won E3' lol my inner demon has been brought out. I will say that the backwards compatability is clearly a blow an attempt to get people on the side of Microsoft and buy an XB1 and on the other hand a jab at Sony for last year's E3 conference with the used games joke, especially if you pay attention to how they presented it. Sony caught Microsoft tripping last time and now Microsoft has been hiding outside Sony's house in the bushes with a pair of binoculars, lying in wait.[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/KylerMurden/jaded-hipster-itus--295029.phtml][b]A[/b]This one generally made me laugh, it was conceptually awesome. Kyler Murden talks about his condition known as Dark Souls-itis and how it's affecting his gaming life.[/url]

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[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Squareman/four-challengers-that-should-make-their-return-in-street-fighter-5-295019.phtml][b]T[/b] - Karin really? But she's a Sakura clone. I guess at this point the roster of Street Fighter games is pretty panned out that another clone wouldn't be too much of a pain in the ass. If it's any consolation I did like Karin and Street Fighter Alpha's characters overall.[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Fly+Cooper/combat-evolved--295000.phtml][b]T[/b] - I call this a Doom Retrospective by Fly Cooper, influenced by Nu Doom.[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/RadicalYoseph/more-music-more-happiness--295004.phtml][b]M[/b] - Consider this some of the best music in games according to Radical Yoseph.[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/kragg/mutant-league-football-retrospective-295007.phtml][b]T[/b] - Like the Title Says, Mutant League Footbal Retrospective.[/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/ScreamAid/video-game-music-compilation-45-295021.phtml][b]M[/b] - I much enjoy these kinds of video game music blogs and applaud ScreamAid for making 45 of them![/url]

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/OverlordZetta/muv-luv-is-possibly-getting-localized-kickstart-it-blind-don-t-read-this-blog--295038.phtml][b]T[/b] - OverlordZetta is so hype about the Muv Luv series' localization kickstarter announcement, he did the most important thing write how he feels.[/url]

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 [url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Virtua+Kazama/history-of-evo-championship-series-5-part-blog-295032.phtml][b]C[/b] - This cblog seems to be incomplete or at least we usually don't write a blog to just post the schedule of when we'll be blogging. If you gonna blog blog don't talk.[/url]

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No fails no fails no fail no fails!

-Nanashi

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/OverlordZetta/muv-luv-is-possibly-getting-localized-kickstart-it-blind-don-t-read-this-blog--295038.phtml]FPotD[/url]

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8:13 PM on 06.28.2015

Cblogs of 06/27/15 + A Queer Sort Of Shock

 

On the 26th of June 2015 (also known as the day this isn't being posted on nor recapped for), the denial of gay marriage became declared as unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court. This has somewhat signified the final acceptance of marriage for non-straight individuals amongst the major Western countries.

This is not only due to the influential power the USA holds in the West. It is also due to a lot of other influential Western countries in Europe themselves either allowing partnerships or marriages by the time America legalised the marriage practice nation-wide. This delay of America's legalisation being because of its own significant opposition to legalise marriage for LGB people.

While some other countries in the West still oppose gay marriage or have settled for partnerships, an over-whelming majority have acknowledged it. So, chances are places with partnerships (e.g. Northern Ireland, Germany and Hungary) will most likely upgrade to marriage within the next decade due to increased secularisation (i.e. an increased separation of church and state) and pressure from places like the UK, France and US. In terms of a time scale estimate of the transformation, interestingly England and Wales (Scotland and Northern Ireland did their own thing, so not UK) took 9 years to upgrade from a partnership to marriage recognition. So, hopefully, other countries are just as quick or possibly even faster.

 

It's about time I say that The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster stops interfering in political business.

 

So, naturally, let's talk about videogames!

Perhaps it's due to an old-fashioned or sheltered part of me, maybe it's because of my interest in social rights and equality or it could even be something else; but I admit I still get that sharp “whoah” moment when a character is revealed as non-straight in a game. I know it is 2015, a year where homosexuality is normalised to the point where homophobia is treated with ire and disgust, but I still get that shocking feeling.

I got it recently playing through Tales From The Borderlands Episode 3: Catch-A-Ride. My only experience with Borderlands previously was playing through the first game and it's DLC (well, all except Claptrap's New Robot Revolution and probably the last part of Zombie Island of Dr. Ned). Besides that, I had a passive knowledge of the series, including the bug that led to Axton being bisexual.

So it came at a surprise when half way through the episode, Athena got a phone called from someone who was nagging at her about doing work. It seemed like a female voice on the other end, so I somewhat brushed it off as either a good friend or maybe even a mother-figure. It was in the conversation afterwards that it was revealed Athena had gotten a phone call from her female partner making sure she wasn't still doing risky work and about how they should be settling down.

 

I also never met Janey Springs during Episode 2.

 

Despite how normalised homosexuality has become, and in my mind there's nothing abnormal (I'm actually bisexual), the fact Athena had a female partner stuck out in my mind strongly. Which made me later wonder, especially in light of the Friday ruling, “Why?”.

One possible reason is due to my own childhood, never actually knowing anyone who wasn't straight offline before going to university. Then again, I didn't really get to know many people growing up. Another is that the appearance of a non-straight character who isn't obvious from a mile off or a walking stereotype actually surprised me, since a lot of writers deal with homosexuality in games/films incredibly heavy-handedly (e.g. Weapon Shop de Omasse decided flamboyancy was the way to go).

It could even be because the depiction of a non-straight character done in a believable and grounded way, as Athena was in the episode, was wonderful from a social rights/equality point of view. It is surprising in a fantastic way when a character has more depth than “oh, the black one” or “y'know, the gay one”, especially as it commonly leads to a more interesting narrative.

Maybe I'm alone in having that “oh wow” moment when it does occur. In a way, I somewhat hope so. As I do hope that homosexuality one day becomes so normalised that the depiction of non-straight individuals do not cause anyone to skip a beat. That people will talk about gay relationships in the same casual manner of heterosexual ones. That people become so numb that individuals do not give additional attention to the existence of homosexuality, without blindness. I do wonder if we'll reach a point where depictions of LGBT people are done in a natural and casual manner that is also respectful and realistic.

Eh, sometimes I dream I guess.

 

I think "dream" is the right term.

 

Anyway, on with the recaps!

 

 

* - “What is a city-builder” is an important question for developers and fans of the genre, and James Internet Ego arrives at an interesting conclusion.

 

 

A - Ever had one of those nights where you drink WAY too much booze, forget to have a glass of water before sleeping and wake up with a thumping headache? KylerMurden has a text Let's Play of playing through Dark Soul's Anor Londo in such a hungover state.

 

A – KiiWy shares her thoughts about the gay marriage ruling in an article unashamedly called “Why America Wins”.

 

 

Contest winners: everyone. 

 

 

A community united.

 

 

T - Some games may not be possible to be played, but it doesn't mean they can't be incredibly interesting. Manchild considers how some games and books can not really be grasped beyond a theoretical level for some, but yet are still fascinating.

 

R – Kooram reviews one of his favourite games that turns out to be “fucking stupid, janky, unintuitive” but yet a “beautiful mess”. To be fair, if you need a tutorial to find the video tutorials, something has gone terribly wrong.

 

T - ScreamAid wishes to ponder on his favourite villains. I think my favourite villains, if you can count them as such, may be Artorias & Sif from Dark Souls. I just find them both incredibly tragic characters who also add to the lore of the world.

 

 

A spot of Destructoid culture.

 

 

There are always other options.

 

 

Not a fail in sight, only love.

 

 

- Riobux

 

FPotD

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1:23 PM on 06.27.2015

Cblogs of 6/26/15 + Theisms: Good Vibes Edition

 
You know how I can tell that I'm getting older? Because things that I used to hate are the things that excite me the most. Ten years ago, you know what I loved? Videogames and pro wrestling. You know what I hated? The girl I was dating, mowing grass, going to work, and having money in my bank account that wasn't being spent on something frivolous.

Ten years later, I'm married to my soul mate, I love mowing my grass and take pride in how it looks, I love the work that I do, and having a savings account is actually a pretty sweet deal.

Why do I bring this all up? Well, I'm about five weeks from my 30th birthday (August 2nd if any of you want to buy me stuff), and for some reason that number still seems to have a stigma about it. They say 50 is the new 40, and that 40 is the new 30, but do people say that 30 is the new 20? Because I really hope not.
 
 Dang it, they do. And they even made it into one of those stupid "Keep Calm" things.
 
When I was 20, I sucked. I listened to Korn, I hated the girl I was dating but didn't have the balls to just end it, I was over 100 lbs heavier than I am right now, I worked part-time at a Blockbuster Video, I was a college dropout, and still had it in my head that everything was cool because I was going to one day be WWE Heavyweight Champion.
 
I say this to people all the time when they use the age of 30 as some sort of stepping stone into becoming elderly: I feel better at 30 than I did at 20. Outside of the occasional back pain that comes from ten years in the wrestling ring, I feel awesome.
 
I'm not writing this as a way to toot my own horn and say that my life is better than anybody elses, because I still have my frustrations, I sometimes get down on stuff, and hey, sometimes people are just jerks and they put you in a bad mood and it ruins your whole day. But ever since I found my faith, I've always done my best to not be the ruiner of days for someone else.
 
I always end these Theisms by writing "Go out and do something good for someone else today." There's a reason I always say that, and it's because I've never liked going along with the crowd. There's so much negativity in the world today, and I like to go against the grain and bring some positivity to it.
 
Love God, and love people. That's what the Bearded Dude in the Sky told me to do, and that's not going to change no matter what happens in the world. So just keep on keepin' on, man.
 
Usually now is the time that I talk about videogames, but the only game I played this week was Valiant Hearts, and that game is kind of depressing and I don't want to bring down the mood. Now let's listen to a metal cover of "Let it go."
 
 
 
 Now, as always, go out and do something good for someone else today. It'll make you feel good. I promise.
-TheDustinThomas
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11:29 AM on 06.26.2015

Cblogs of 06/25/15 + Paper Dream: Sticker Team-isms


I am a dumb.

So here's a situation: with one week left to go I'm aaaalllmost done with my internship now, so that's one big project done and dusted. I still have another big project to do, but fortunately I should have plenty of time for that. For that reason, I figured I deserved to get myself some new games. So what do you do? Go to Steam, right? Well, I did.
...
But I also bought Paper Mario: Sticker Star, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, Kirby & the Rainbow Curse and Yoshi's Woolly World.
Yeah.
The wallet, it cries.

I haven't received the latter two yet; I should get Kirby tomorrow and Yoshi next week. But I already did get Sticker Star and Dream Team; beat the former, about 5 hours into the latter.

Shockingly, Paper Mario: Sticker Star is....less than great. Less than good, even. Maybe less than decent?
...it's bad, okay?! There, I said it! Don't make me do it again, it hurts.

I wanted to like this game, I really did. Even I have limits though, and Sticker Star exceeded those limits like a Nintendo game hasn't done since Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time. But it stings even more this time, because Paper Mario is one of my favorite series of all time. One of my favorite series OF ALL TIME. Paper Mario on the N64 was a blast, Thousand Year Door is literally one of my favorite games ever, and while Super Paper Mario wasn't what I wanted it still had a lot going for it. This though? This one makes me sadface.


- Goombella is sad and also a fox. I have no fucking idea.

What's weird to me is that Nintendo found a new and exciting way to make Paper Mario not an RPG. Super was already more of a platformer than anything, but at least it still had a leveling system. Meanwhile Sticker Star brings the turn-based battles back, but then squanders them because Mario doesn't gain EXP in this game. That makes the battles all but pointless, and as a result the tedium sets in quick. It's amazing how much of a difference a little bit of positive reinforcement makes. Besides that, the "Thing" mechanic, which lets you make extra strong stickers out of everyday objects you find lying around, also gets annoying. You need certain stickers to pass certain obstacles or make bosses vulnerable, but your inventory is limited and you never know which sticker you need when. Some bosses give clues, some bosses don't, and one boss looks like he's giving a clue but actually isn't.

I still didn't hate Sticker Star. It has some funny moments and there's even some charm left in this Pandora's Box of a game. The first two worlds were still pretty fun and they had a couple of clever puzzles. World 3 is spectacularly, shittily awful and if I could tear it out of the game I would. World 4 is good again, and the levels in World 5 are either unremarkable or a tedious minigame. World 6 is mostly bosses, so the Thing mechanic rears its ugliest head. And then the game is done, and you'll just be sitting there wondering what you just sat through. And then you cry.
But at least the music was nice.



Yeah, let's talk about something less depressing now. Like Mario & Luigi: Dream Team!
...okay, something slightly less depressing.

Frankly though, I'm actually enjoying Dream Team, believe it or not. The tutorializing and the handholding gets annoying quickly, but so far I haven't found it to be gamebreaking yet. It's like this little itch that you can't quite reach. Other than that, the game is entirely fine. Not much more than fine, but fine nonetheless. But at least the music is nice.
If anything it's reassuring me that Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam will be worth a buy, which is all it needed to do.
But I still hope that Kirby and Yoshi will hold up much better.

You know what? These caps are hereby devoted to Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door. The most fun you can have on those oddly small Gamecube discs.


- Also, make Paper Luigi happen and nobody has to get hurt.


* - As it turns out, Child!Manchild was a wuss! I mean I was terrified of vampires and bats, but the Warner Bros. logo?

* - Rock Band 4? More like Fuck Harmonix amirite guys? For his first blog, 2D Glasses explains where Harmonix went wrong. Great first effort, hope to see more!


A - James Internet Ego zips and whirs as a crossbowman in Chivalry. More games need dedicated archers.

P - Dustin's got more Error Machine, so we're gonna need more questions!

A - Either Anita is getting more nonsensical, TheKodu is becoming a better blogger, or I'm steadily losing my mind. Because this article is legitimately good.






E - Virtua Kazama (please tell me that's a Summer Wars reference?) tells us all about his adventures in the fighting game community. It sounds like a blast!


T - Super High School Level Valdearg gives his thoughts on Dangan Ronpa and its music.


M - Taking a page from Voltech, RadicalYoseph asks what your favorite video game music is. Oh the many wonders I could bestow upon him. The many many many many many many many many, many wonders.


C - Some very quick thoughts on Kingdom Hearts 3.








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May you always find water and shade

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