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19 hours ago - 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=]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=]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=][b]* -[/b] Dinosir has a good name and an interesting blog on the mysteries of Missingno.[/url]

[url=][b]* -[/b] KiiWy words my own Dtoid philosophy better than anyone: let's all just be happy with video games.[/url]

[url=][b]* -[/b] The Band of Bloggers team had a good month, read all about open-world games here![/url]

[url=][b]* -[/b] I'd like to hear more about Squareman's showers. It gets us some interesting thoughts on video game storytelling.[/url]

[url=][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=][b]P -[/b] Dustin ain't gone yet! Some Batman and a call for questions before he leaves.[/url]

[url=][b]A -[/b] How does one play FFVI? The better question is; is there any WRONG way to play it?[/url]

[url=][b]P -[/b] The PSbros are back with a new PStoid podcast![/url]

[url=][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=][b]B -[/b] Like fine wine, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time becomes Better with Age.[/url]

[url=][b]I -[/b] The introduction for Lea, including 24 things to know.[/url]

[url=][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=][b]D -[/b] Even when you're a game dev, kids come first.[/url]

[url=][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=][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



3:15 PM on 07.02.2015

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


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][/img][url=][b]* -[/b] Screamaid's game music does Brawl[/url]

[img][/img][url=][b]A -[/b] Where do our characters begin and our creators desires end? Or something. Zetta everyone.[/url]

[url=][b]A -[/b] What do you want out of a good boss fight[/url]

[url=][b]A -[/b] Xtrasage comments on GENDER issues with the Splatmon method[/url]

[url=][b]A -[/b] We're better games down here[/url]




[img][/img][url=][b]R -[/b] Attila plays James Internet Ego and found it to be worth a second go[/url]

[url=][b]R -[/b] A fresh review of Splatoon by Samurai[/url]


[img][/img][url=][b]C -[/b] These are your numbers to EVO[/url]

[url=][b]L -[/b] Fly Cooper interviews Jaguar Man without armor about his placement in the latest Iron Fist Tournament[/url]





12:58 PM on 07.02.2015

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


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!


[url=][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=][b]*[/b] - N0signal tells us a tale of love and regret, in the open world of Skyrim. [/url]

[url=][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=][b]*[/b] - TheLimoMaker explains how some anime would make great games, and what developers should make them. [/url]

[url=][b]*[/b] - OverlordZetta introduces us to the dark and mysterious world of Soul Sacrifice. [/url]

[url=][b]*[/b] - Manchild writes a very personal blog about his depression, and how distancing himself from videogames wasn’t the answer. [/url]


[url=][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=][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=][b]A[/b] - TheLimoMaker writes many words about the games he’s most excited for from E3 [/url]

[url=][b]A[/b] - Dragonsbeard lays down his opinion on how the Final Fantasy 7 remake should be handled.[/url]

[url=][b]A[/b] - Dinosir explains how Bethesda won E3. They had a great presentation indeed. [/url]

[url=][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=][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=][b]S[/b] - SeymourDuncan continues his Persona 4 playthrough. School trip time![/url]

[url=][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=][b]P[/b] - The PStoid wanted your questions. Now it is too late. [/url]


[url=][b]C[/b] - A contest for a Charizard amiibo was ending, but it does not seem to have received any entries.[/url]

[url=][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=][b]E[/b] - Same goes for you, ExGavalonnj1.[/url]


[url=][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=][b]S[/b] - Wutangclam recounts his visit to Too Many Games convention in his best Noir style. [/url]

[url=][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]


[url=][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=][b]T[/b] - Narzack also shares his thoughts about this year’s E3. [/url]

[url=][b]T[/b] - Efficiency sees if his predictions for this year’s E3 were right.[/url]

[url=][b]R[/b] - ScreamAid reviews the fun flash/mobile game Golf Is Hard.[/url]

[url=][b]D[/b] - CO Jakyl gives us an interesting look at the development of his game. [/url]

[url=][b]D[/b] - PlayBoyMan shares a demo of his new game: Sam and Hunni, a RPG. [/url]

[url=][b]$[/b] - Agent9 gave us a heads-up on some nice sales. [/url]



[url=][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=][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=][b]C[/b] - Darkant writes a review of Super Mario Galaxy that really doesn’t say much. [/url]


[url=][b]F[/b] - This is some weird kind of spam blog meant to keep GTA V on our minds.[/url]

[url=][b]F[/b] - no u wrnog tails kikiasss many more then luigi u epicc fail!!1 lolz[/url]

[url=][b]F[/b] - But how could I? Why should I? I will! Now take a part in our pretty decoration.[/url]

[url=][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



8:21 PM on 07.01.2015

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


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.


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. 


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.


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! 


[url=][b]*[/b] - JPF720 got to meet Suda 51, Shinji Mikami and watch other devs speak at Gamelab Barcelona 2015![/url]

[url=][b]*[/b] - Flegma discusses database sims like Her Story and Portal (the one without Aperture Science in it)[/url]

[url=][b]*[/b] - OverlordZetta appreciates the personal touch Fire Emblem: Awakening's barracks bring to the experience.[/url]

[url=][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]






[url=][b]S[/b] - Story time with Titannel: The DMV situation[/url]

[url=][b]C[/b] - TroyFullbuster heads to the academy, expresses thanks and looks to the future.[/url]


[url=][b]T[/b] - Dustin shares his latest GameCube finds at the flea market.[/url]

[url=][b]T[/b] - Bewbs[/url]

[url=][b]T[/b] - Retrofraction explores Best Fantasy VI's world[/url]


[url=][b]L[/b] - n0signal reviews Sword of Destiny from The Witcher Saga[/url]


[url=][b]?[/b] - It's about to get very NSFW in here[/url]


No fails.




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!



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10:17 PM on 06.30.2015

Cblogs of 6-29-15 + ¯\_(ツ)_/¯-isms



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!!


[url=][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=][b]*[/b] - Dreamweaver back to bring us COTW![/url]


[url=][b]A[/b] - Psycho Punch gives a pretty thorough analysis of the slated XB1 Backwards Compat. Also Regular Show Images, WOOOOOOOOOOOOAH!!![/url]

[url=][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=][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]






[url=][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=][b]T[/b] - I call this a Doom Retrospective by Fly Cooper, influenced by Nu Doom.[/url]

[url=][b]M[/b] - Consider this some of the best music in games according to Radical Yoseph.[/url]

[url=][b]T[/b] - Like the Title Says, Mutant League Footbal Retrospective.[/url]

[url=][b]M[/b] - I much enjoy these kinds of video game music blogs and applaud ScreamAid for making 45 of them![/url]

[url=][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]



 [url=][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]


No fails no fails no fail no fails!




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




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.

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.
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?'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.

- ShadeOfLight
May you always find water and shade



4:16 PM on 06.25.2015

Cblog recaps of 6/24/15 and LEONID STARCRUSHERS


I like to change my twitter handle every now and then to reflect either what I'm into or to parse out an in-joke. Lately I've been changing my handle to random Monster Hunter weapon names because they are the fucking best. Here are a few I've used and a few others I just like.

- Livid Griscannon
- Leonid Starcrusher
- Gravious Gigacannon
- Eternal Leavetakers
- Ritual Hailscreamers
- Chainslaughter
- Lagombergeddon
- Wyvern Conciliation
- Daora's Deathmaker
- Boulverizer
- Fist of Fury
- Meteorgalore
- Megiddo Breakers
- Lullaby Facemelter

Half the fun of Monster Hunter is making weapons made from the parts of truly vicious monsters and yet sometimes these legendary weapons have hilarious and terrible puns attached to them. I mean, BOULVERIZER? And Fist of Fury is just a hammer in the shape of a giant fist. Most of the hammers have the most hilarious names while entire weapon trees for monsters are escalating puns and trends. The Gypceros gunlance for example starts as the Average Hitter, becomes the Grand Slam, and continues on for 5 more upgrades until the Triple Crown. Meanwhile the Gogmazios weapons are all really dramatic words for weapons like Trembling Lordship, Bethorned Dystopia, and Headman's Requite.

Speaking of weapons with really fun names, I've been training in using the Heavy Bowgun, a gunner class of weapons in Monster Hunter. Blademaster weapons are just melee weapons (what do you even sharpen on a Hunting Horn?) where you hit monsters really hard and hurt them. Gunners on the other hand have to worry about ammunition usage, stockpiling, critical range, ammo acceptance, deviation, and more. I wouldn't say there's more thinking for Gunners though. There's just more stuff for Gunners to thumb through in order to reach their potential. Blademasters just get in close and hit stuff. Gunners can decide between barraging monsters with normal ammo, piercing ammo, pellet shot, or even focus on elemental bullets or status bullets. They have to manage their ammo capacity, reload, distance themselves to be safe but still be in range for max damage, and since Gunner weapons trade range for damage they can maximize their DPS by being more selective with their aim and hitting good weak points. A dual blades user will have trouble hitting a monster's head if they stand really tall. Any monster head shouldn't be a problem for gunners though.

I've been using something called the Ukanlos Skyblaster, which has absolute maximum damage for slight shot deviation and negative affinity. At this level, using a heavy bowgun like that is like hitting a monster with a weaker longsword with the safety of range and a exceptional DPS since I'm not swinging a big sword but just pulling a trigger and unloading a hailstorm of bullets. I don't know if I'd be able to use the HBG without the Nargacuga X armor I crafted, which enhances evasive skills which is extremely helpful when you know monster attack patterns and absolutely need to avoid attacks when you're wearing gunner armor which is half as strong as blademaster armor. Literally the protection it offers is minimal and some attacks can OHKO you like Molten Tigrex roars.

Luckily Nargacuga armor offers a lot of benefits for people familiar with monster attacks. Evasive +3 offers full invulnerability during rolls, evade extender extends the range of your rolls, and sneak changes the invisible aggro values so that you're less likely to draw aggro in a group, so a lot of the time I don't even need to worry about doing perfect dodge rolls: sometimes monsters simply won't even turn their attention to me.


[url=][b]*[/b] - Dustin works at GameStop too. He knows there are repercussions to it entering the retro game business[/url]

[url=][b]*[/b] - True Life: Bowser[/url]

[url=][b]*[/b] - This winter, Dwayne Johnson is The Rock as George playing a gorilla[/url]

[url=][b]*[/b] - Retro reviews are rarely interesting but Spencer covers something obscure, Radiant Historia, and in a real nice touch gives Dtoid context like how staff reviewed it and a slice of the comments section.[/url]

[url=][b]*[/b] - Voltech asks what the most beautiful game you've seen while talking shop on SFV[/url]


[url=][b]A[/b] - LimoMaker stopped making limos and got MAD and got ANGRY about bad company decisions[/url]

[url=][b]A[/b] - Jon is a stranger amongst us talking about E3[/url]










[url=][b]F[/b] - Rise rof rhe Romb Raider[/url]




12:15 AM on 06.24.2015

Cblogs of 6-22-15 + Nothingness



I'm starting to encounter a lot of difficulty when trying to go to sleep. It takes a very long time for me to get my mind to shut off and I feel like I'm jumping hurdles to keep my mind away from a lot of dark places. Unless I get home exhausted and go to sleep before 11 I always run into this problem now. Strangely enough I don't feel it's a lack of sleep but a lack of staying up like I used to, 3, 4am. Word of advice: carefully watch your sleep patterns and make sure to go to bed at a decent time. Shit gets real if you let your pattern get out of control - sleeping late, missing days, etc.

Theme for this recap is free category, art that I like.

Edit: Fixed the date in the title for you. - Luna


[url=][b]*[/b] - KiiWy (KyWii from the forums??) makes a very nice comparison about dtoid hidden as a Romance of the Three Kingdoms cblog. Oops I spoiled it![/url]

[url=][b]*[/b] - Manchild takes us through his experience with various (I mean VARIOUS) game creation software/tools in obvious anticipation of Mario Maker. The article really comes around nicely at the end.[/url]


[url=][b]A[/b] - Zombie Orwell says some things about Shenmue III. It was hard to follow because of the tone but by the end I get the idea he appreciates his Shenmue quite a bit and let's you know it all the way through. Also how games have changed.[/url]

[url=][b]A[/b] - Marche reviews Umineko no Naku Koro Ni, a visual Novel![/url]

[url=][b]A[/b] - As I plan to watch Jurassic World I have opted out of reading this review in case of spoilers.[/url]

[url=][b]A[/b] - PBM returns.[/url] 





[url=][b]D[/b] - I wish we could just stop paying attention to twitter and slowly watch it die but that's probably out of the question. By all means, promote someone who didn't go out like a dipshit.[/url]

[url=][b]R[/b] - ScreamAid reviews Super Stickman Golf 2.[/url]

[url=][b]T[/b] - OverlordZetta really likes hiself some Ultimate Angler on StreetPass. Might have convinced me to give it a go actually.[/url]

[url=][b]T[/b] - KingSigy ponders on the new characters for Smash 4. You wanna know what I think? Probably this problem wouldn't be so bad if these game companies weren't so damn greedy. DLC characters/cars should absolutely not always be better than the rest of the roster. I'll just say I can't see much of a better solution BUT stopping this pay for more characters trend that has plagued the fucking Fighting game side of this industry, which I've been shouting for years. DLC costumes? Okay. DLC Stages? Okay. DLC locked characters? Fuck no.[/url]





Since the Edge GIF crapped out on me last second here is a non-fail image. This might actually be useful to someone but there's a cool imgur gallery and adul things for adult people. Check it here.




12:14 AM on 06.23.2015

Cblogs of 6-21-15 + The Final Spelunk OlliOdyssey Wars VIII-isms!


One of the things I have difficulty reconciling at times as a recapper is what to write in a recap and what to save for my own blog. You see this space right here? It had thoughts about E3 in it, but then I decided it would be better to download the conferences I missed and talk about them later. I also ended up going on about how boring Square-Enix's conference was for like three paragraphs, too, so I'm gonna think a little more on it.

I was going to revisit my fantasy land of Elenex to write a funny blog about how everything went down between MS, Sony and Nintendo... but I liked what they all did overall this time. How am I supposed to make fun of that? MS had backward compatibility, Halo and cool games to show, Sony had cool games like Horizon to show coming next year and Nintendo had Muppets, Xenoblade Cronies X, Star Fox and that Shin Megami Tensei/Fire Emblem J-pop idol thing. 

Anyway, let's talk about what I've been playing or otherwise been indecisive about recently. I've been rotating Freedom Wars endgame stuff, Final Fantasy stuff, Etrian Odyssey Untold, Spelunky and OlliOlli

Freedom Wars has really been stingy on the drops I need to complete a few of my weapons. At this point I pretty much have to hop online and farm Retribution missions, praying any group I join doesn't fall apart within seconds of me entering a room. I joined three different rooms all planning to do "Retribution - Tokyo" last night and all broke up before we got started because of impatient assholes. 

Some Retributions I can solo and others I can't. Guess which ones have all the things I want? 

Yeah, the ones I can't solo. I've tried and tried some of them and gotten close, but I'm either thwarted by time running out or the game spamming reinforcements at me. Both are symptoms of the genre more than the game itself, though in the case of Freedom Wars, it loves to ramp up how fast On High forces respawn to distract you from killing the giant robots. And if the robots didn't have enough tools in their arsenal to stun or knock you away, On HIgh soldiers can stun you with their assault rifles to prevent you from doing anything.

I might take a break to wait for a time I can do online combat more consistently. 

Some people also seem to kick me from their games for waltzing in with a bikini on. Look, it's not my problem if you're married or if you're worried family will walk in on you, guys. I wear what I want in games. Even if my character wore something more conservative, Ruby prefers her bikini now. We go to hot places. You don't want her to overheat and shut down, do you?

Don't bikini shame us!

On the Final Fantasy side, I can't really decide which FF I'm playing. I started a new file for FFVII since I had no current one, a new one for FFVIII and also a new FFX file. I don't know why I'm doing any of that beyond wanting to put FFVII under the microscope since it's been about four or five years since I last played it and I wanted to see how it held up against the others. Then there's that new file I started with FFIX before my Vita's right stick broke and sent it out for repairs. I never got back to it. 

I should really just pick one. I have unfinished trophy business with FFX and an Al Bhed primer to complete, so maybe that. 

Etrian Odyssey Untold had me stuck in a rut for a bit. I couldn't get past the boss of the third stratum, but all those months away and clearing away the cobwebs let me formulate a strategy that let me stomp that boss and now I'm on the fourth stratum. Seymour and Orlion are probably my stronget party assets, but Elsa has been a trusty tank and Ben Davis a reliable medic. My Survivalist, Pix, has become a mix of party support and damage dealer, somewhat reminicent of my Final Fantasy XI Corsair/Dancer. I debuff the enemy and shoot the things.

I didn't expect the battle music to change in the fourth stratum, though. At first I was disappointed that they changed the battle theme... until I listened further. Yuzo Koshiro just never fails to impress and both the FM Synthesis and live versions are great. 

In Spelunky I have made it down to the second area of the game and am really just dying in a dozen new ways. My investment in Tunnel Man's endeavors have ensured I have a warp to get there quickly now. Tunnel Man is a cool guy. More games should have Tunnel Man in them.

And OlliOlli, a gift from community member RadicalYoseph since he kindly shared his Humble Nindie Bundle codes with the community blogs, has been a very pleasant surprise that works incredibly well on Nintendo 3DS. I gave up on trick-based games several years ago because Tony Hawk and SSX were no longer being kind to my hands after prolonged play. OlliOlli brings a lot of their sensibilites back minus the 3D and carpel tunnel syndrome. There's also a nice variety of music in there that wouldn't feel out-of-place in Tony Hawk or Jet Set Radio.

Most 2D games I strictly play with a D-pad, but OlliOlli feels best using the circle pad for tricks and rail-grinding. There's a lot of smart features just built in, too, like the restart feature you can just poke at any time to restart a level if you mess up. I do wish there was a shuffle button for the music, though, since the music always plays in the same order after you start the game and your only options for changing tracks are to advance them forward.

This game is also the first time i've managed to pull the rubber grip off my circle pad, so maybe I'm getting a little too into it.  

Let's recap!


[url=][b]* -[/b] Titannel talks about the exciting new potential of VR. Personally, I need a little more convincing. Take the Summer Lesson demo, add very tall lesbians and then you might sell me on it. [/url]

[url=][b]* -[/b] Manchild shares some fatherly gaming experiences.[/url]


[url=][b]P -[/b] PSToid Episode 25: E3 Special Edition.[/url]

[url=][b]S -[/b] Comments of the Week: E3 2015 Edition[/url]

[url=][b]A -[/b] Terry 309 takes a look back at the under-appreciated Valkyrie Profile 2.[/url]

[url=][b]A -[/b] OverlordZetta covers pretty much everything you'd ever want to know about Soul Sacrifice.[/url]




[url=][b]T -[/b] After a good showing, ctg867 still isn't sold on PS4 just yet.[/url]

[url=][b]T -[/b] James Internet Ego wants to know how you spent your dosh on the summer Steam sale.[/url]

[url=][b]T -[/b] Lord Spencer seems to be looking for some obscure Nintendo DS games to review. Can you think of any?[/url]


[url=][b]F -[/b] Spazzh20 reviews Disney Pixar's Inside Out.[/url]



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