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Two blogs.

 

Two blogs.

 

One is a Podcast and the other is Hoffmann's Tuesday blog.

 

I don’t think I’ve ever seen such an uneventful day on the Cblogs like this Tuesday. What happened?

Look, I try not to be paranoid, but I can’t help but wonder if the lack of blogs this Tuesday has something to do with me or if it is just an unhappy coincidence. I’m inclined to believe the latter, but you never know.

Like I said on my very first Scriptisms, I’m not averse to criticism and I actually enjoy getting feedback. Since I started writing these I’ve been trying multiple things to see what people like, but I never got any form of feedback besides number of faps and comments (which I don’t think is a good way to measure things, because I can only compare it to other people’s).

If this has nothing to do with me then just ignore my blabbing and go play some games, I’m not looking for sympathy. But if it has something to do with me, or if you just want to give me some feedback, then please, send an anonymous email to scriptbr (at) gmail (dot) com. That, or you could simply make a petition to get me out of the recappers or something. That works too. You monster.

Anyway, moving on!

So, I beat Bayonetta 1 this weekend. Wow, what a fun ending! Not only it is full of big-scale action, but it is also super cheesy in a good way. The jazzy credits music and that little dance after the credits made me so happy you wouldn’t believe. I had a smile on my face the entire time!

I have to say though that overall the story and characters were weak, like in most Platinum games. I’m not a big fan of Bayonetta as a character; I think she fails to be anything more than a sex symbol. I’m not averse to sexualized female characters, but I found myself rolling my eyes during a few cutscenes. She doesn’t get any real development and the way she acts at the end is not coherent with how she acts in the rest of the game. But even though she’s not even as charismatic or cool as Dante, she does have her moments.

Now I’ve already begun replaying the game because I want to unlock all the extra content and improve my fighting skills. Though I also find myself wanting to move on to Bayonetta 2 and replay Metal Gear Rising… Decisions, decisions!

Hope you guys enjoy your Dragon Ages and your Pokemons and your Smash Brothers, my poor ass can’t really afford much right now. MAYBE WRITE SOME BLOGS ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH THESE GAMES OR SOMETHING.

 Bring on the sex! I mean, sax.

S - For me, this was the worst day of my Recapper life, but for Reinhold, it was Tue- ah, you know the joke! It’s getting old by now.

P - TheDustinThomas has a treat for your ears with episode 33 of his Podcast.

YOU BETTER RUN

Now for some Metal. Gear Rising.

MAKING WHOLE THE FABRIC OF SOCIETY

YET STARING ACROSS THIS BARREN WASTED LAND

I FEEL NEW LIFE WILL BE BORN

BENEATH THE BLOOD STAINED SAND

 

-Script

FPotD

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My summer exams are done and I'm pretty sure I aced them. Now I'm at the beach with my fellow S.E.E.S members and the Kirijo Group is footing the bill. It's pretty nice! I got this lovely ribbon bikini and hoped Mitsuru-senpai would notice me, but I got grabbed by this blonde girl in a blue sundress who said she needed to be by my side and protect me. 

Turns out she's a robot named Aigis. I prefer someone more human, commanding, smart, drop-dead gorgeous and rich. 

I don't know what I'm doing wrong here. I'm level 43, I got everyone Battle Panties for our new group uniform, upgraded all their weapons to do amazing damage, I study a lot and summon awesome personas like Lenan Sidhe, Succubus, HIgh Pixie, Lamia, Oberon, Nata Tashi, Sati and King Frost. I'm even taking lessons in modeling and business from a guy named Tanaka! I'm the star of the volleyball team, help out at the library, waitress at a cafe and even find missing persons in my spare time. 

I think I'm a pretty upstanding, oustanding gal. Mitsuru even thinks I'm a pretty valuable asset, but she's not noticed-noticed me yet. Not even after that time I left twenty-four dozen red roses in her room and polished all her boots while I was in there.

Must study more, I guess. Word is she likes smarter people. Fine, I will become the brainiest girl in all of Gekkokan High if that's what it takes! Prepare to be studied, books! I will slay you like Shadows!

I'm getting to date Elizabeth in the meantime, though. She's cute and enthusiastic, but weird. That time she dumped all millions of yen in a fountain and forgot to make a wish or thought all those warning signs were a dare to jump into that hole in street... yeah. She's just not all there, plus she comes from the realm of the subconscious. I'm 2/2 on non-human girls, still zero on Mitsuru Kirijos.

Even Akihiko-senpai has noticed me. I have that Queen Bee level of Charm, you know. I can steal all the boys even if I don't want them. Maybe I should have lured Kenji away and stuffed him in a locker so Rio would have forgetten about him and focused on me. Dude is such a creep anyway, oogling at all the teachers out of his reach. 

Not that Rio can compare to Mitsuru. She just would have been fun to flirt with. Saori, too, but sadly she moved away. I stole a kiss before she did.

Fuuka's nice, but a little boring. Yukari... ugh, I just want her to shut up the moment she starts talking. She complains about wearing the Battle Panties more than Junpei and Akihiko did. They and Mitsuru got used to it, they even enjoy wearing them now, but Yukari only talks about how they chaffe and make her ass look big. Even Fuuka wears them. I might try to find some for Aigis, too.

Mitsuru-senpai looks glorious in them. So do I, if I may say so.

Someday Mitsuru-senpai will notice me, then she will be mine. Or maybe I'll be hers since she owns my dorm, school, the mall, most of Tatsumi Port Island and Japan. Wait, if she owns the mall and I work there... damn. Is there any corner of my life she doesn't own or control anyway? She must see us all as her pets or something.

I can live with that! 

Can I be your kitten, Mitsuru-senpai?

Yes, I think we were meant for each other - so I will study harder, become a Genius and then maybe she will notice me and fall for me. In the meantime, I'll pair up with her in Tartarus more exclusively and wear that ribbon bikini all the time if I have to. I'll even wear a collar, a tail and kitty ears for her when I fight Shadows or study.

Please notice me, Mitsuru-senpai. Pretty please? 

I-I love you, senpai! I long to rub my head on your leg and be told I'm the best kitty waifu. Or I can be your maid! I know you have plenty of those back home, but you can fire them. I'd be the only maid you'd need! I'd do anything to be near you! That's why I cleaned your room again today and shined your rapier to a mirror sheen!

I won't tell anyone about your strappy catsuits and gaudy mink coats. I promise!

* - Good advice for dealing with online trolls, at least until PSN, XBL and other networks invest in real moderation.

* - Troy meets Reggie, plays 8-Player Smash before you, pokes an Amiibo.

* - Always bet on the gorilla in a power suit - especially if he wears glasses.

* - Cat Peach wants Gay Oreos to notice her butt.

M - Django gives thanks for Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire

T - Mr. Fairenhieght makes snail people in Tomodachi Life. He makes them at the speed of liiiiiiiight. Don't. Stop. Him. Now. (cuz he's havin' a good time).

R - n0signal reviews Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

T - Top Ten Assassin's Creed: Unity things because Ubisoft is a pillar of originality.

? - Phosis goes on a journey to get Pro Evolution Soccer 2015, then another to get FIFA 2015. I think he's also having some kind of existential crisis here.

F - Forum post? Prepare to be executed!

F - Misleading headlines are basically clickbait. You know that, right?

FPotD










Man, I've been on a writing roll this week: I went from not blogging for a couple of months, to briefly writing once a week, to posting three (including the recap) in a single week, and even better that one of them got promoted to the front page! To be fair, I was kinda motivated since these blogs are somewhat time sensitive, considering one was a monthly prompt, one was continuing a chain, and of course I gotta round up Saturday's blogs... but hey, I did them and that's all that matters! The teachers gave us a bit of a reprieve from the constant schoolwork until the next round of assignments leading up to the finals next month hits us next week, so it was nice to have a bit of a downtime to write all these things, though it did cut into my gaming just a bit since these things take like a couple of hours, possibly more, to do each.

Speaking of writing though, getting my blog to the front page was awesome, but it kinda made me question my ability to do so. Despite it being a blog written by me, Occams did a lot of editing to make it more presentable, and I don't just mean spacing out paragraphs: pretty much all of my colons and semi-colons, which as anyone who reads my blogs know that I abuse like crazy, have been replaces with periods and commas, and it makes me ponder whether I need to sharpen up my skills. I mean, I personally never saw anything wrong with it, as I type the way I talk, which is with plenty of run-on sentences... but since that's the opposite of what they teach in school, perhaps maybe I should ease up on it a bit. I've always been taught that it's okay to break convention when it comes to creative writing, which is kinda what I've been treating my blogs as... but now that I think about it, blogs are really more geared towards technical writing, and that doesn't get the free pass when it comes to adhering to rules. I dunno, what do you guys think?... I ask after giving a shining example of why I need to learn how to end my sentences.

Speaking of writing once again, I've also been comtemplating whether or not to actually attempt to make a visual novel of my own: I've mentioned it a couple of times, like in my "10 Things about Me" blog and the comment section of an article about a doujin visual novel, but now I've been kinda, sorta inching towards actually getting one started. I'm still in an awkward stage of my life, as some of you might've read in my personal blog a little while back (sorry, I've been meaning to update you guys, but I'm kinda still unsure of my status myself), so I don't know if I wanna start something I may not finish... but I've kinda been inspired. See, recently, I've heard of this seemingly delightful little visual novel called Romance Detective from NomnomNami, and although I haven't actually gotten a chance to play it, it's somewhat inspiring me to create: it has a lovely art style, from the minimalist looking backgrounds to the charming character designs, and the premise of being a "romance detective" who solves crimes against love is such a wacky premise that I really wanna give it a shot! I don't believe anyone here has said anything about it, least not from using the search function, but I'll give it a shot next week and write about it: I hope it doesn't disappoint!

As for my own project, I'm either going to do a really short story, which is oddly hard for me to do, or readapt one of my "finished" works into a visual novel because I already know how the story goes, and I also know what I want the characters, backgrounds, and scenes to look like... if only I could actually draw it! :P

While we're talking about disappointments, the small amount of gaming I did was full of it. Let's start with the biggest one of them all: I love TellTale's The Walking Dead: Season 1 game, and I've bought it three times (digitally the first time, the original disc release, and the GOTY edition), but on my third playthrough, I ran into a nasty error that prevents me from advancing because my "storage device was removed"... What!? I wasn't even touching the hard drive of my Xbox 360, and I never had this error before, but no matter how many times I reloaded it, which was actually 10 times (I've kept track because it would crash the console every third time), it always persisted. I tried looking up this error, but TellTale Games may have acknowledge it, but there isn't really a fix: the error supposefully occurs when you use all three save slot, and the best thing they recommend doing is deleting all the save files and starting fresh.

Technically, it kinda worked, as I was able to advance from the point the error occured (the beginning of Episode 5), though I don't know for sure until I actually replay the whole game again... which, now that my saving's gone, is something I'm gonna have to do. Which isn't bad, as this is my third playthrough for a reason, but I don't want to do a fourth so soon, especially upon marathoning the prior four episodes. Yet I really wanted to see the ending once more: it was such an emotional trip that really gets me every time, and I can't tell you how badly I wanted to experience it again: it's kinda like fapping, but before you climaxed, your internet cuts off and you can't finish without something to look at, so your penis gets all flaccid and you're left disappointed.

The other disappointments was unlocking Rodin in Bayonetta 2: Rodin, who was also voiced by Dave Fennoy, a.k.a. Lee Everett in TellTale's The Walking Dead, was one of my favorite characters in that series, and being able to play as him was almost a dream come true; you can even switch his current "Japan style" costume in the second game to the "New York style" clothes in the first game! However, though I don't mind that he's restricted to Tag Climax, he's very slow and, without the ability to dodge, he can't activate Witch Time nor move as fluidly as the others. However, I could just be using him wrong, as he is very strong and tank-like, as evident by his parry and sluggish speed, but I like playing as Bayonetta because she's so agile in her movements, and Witch Time gives someone with low reflexes like me a chance to combo. Rodin's projectile, which I think is him spitting at enemies, is also really, really slow; think of it like this: imagine how long it takes to pull out an empty revolver, reload a single bullet, and then shooting it once at the enemy... that's how slow I think his attack is, despite having a good amount of hitstun attached to it.

At least the Masked Lumen is frickin' dope to play as!

Lastly, every once a while, I get really nostalgic and yearn to replay some games that I really wish I could go back to the glory days of its multiplayer when it was flourishing, but no one was playing what I popped in yesterday: Anarchy Reigns was a ghost town and Lost Planet 2 had lobbies in the single digits, and everyone just cheesed through levels with Buster Grenades (a.k.a. mini-nukes). For giggles, I popped in Halo 4 to search some matches, and I actually wound up playing it for a good while: say what you will about Halo 4's multiplayer, but I had a decent time with it! While I utterly suck at this game, and it definitely feels distinctively Call of Duty-like, whenever I thrust backwards after sticking someone with a Plasma Grenade to narrow avoid the now suicide bomber, or use a Ghost to mow down an unsuspecting sniper trying to aim a shot, is something that still makes me laugh out loud; I swear I almost busted my gut when me and an enemy ran past each other, stood there in stunned realization that we literally missed each other, then turned around to melee-kill each other! I might've been disappointed not to play the titles listed above, but Halo 4 was a bright spot of it all.

Just as an added bonus, because there's a good chance I'll probably forget to mention this another time... but I checked out the The Simpsons/ Futurama crossover that premiered last Sunday, and while it wasn't as fulfilling in fanservice as the Family Guy crossover (odd choice of words, considering that had Homer and Peter in an awkwardly shot car wash scene), it was pretty charming in its own right. My main problem is that the episode, being only the 22 minutes of standard length, meant that they did very little to flesh out the cameos, and it made the Futurama portion of the story pretty lackluster with the only exception in screen time being Bender. Though his bits weren't overly funny, especially compared to his antics in his series, Bender still kinda stole every scene he was in, and seeing the Futurama crew, even though they barely made use of arguably the second best character Zoidberg, was great! There was also this one "blink-and-you-miss-it" moment involving a certain pet that felt maybe a little too melancholy when I read way into it, kinda like the ending of the Family Guy crossover when Stewie was crying in his room, and I wonder if anyone else felt the same way. Regardless, I think it was fun to watch!

* - Fenriff brings up an interesting point: inspired by the "Sup Holmes'" interview with OddWorld's Lorne Lanning about how games needs to have unforgettable experiences, Fenriff wonders what makes a game an experience, and uses titles such as Journey and Shadow of the Colossus for their unique premise and "popcorn-flick-like" games such as Call of Duty to convey his point.

* - Think you so hardcore? Man, you ain't nuthing until you played Chibi Robo, and fellow OG gangsta BallerMcG shows you how the little robot keeps it real by helping his homies in the hood, and he don't even be doing for the dolla bills, for reals, y'all!

A - TheKodu brings up something he calls a "developer disconnect", in which the developers already knows how to play their games, yet doesn't quite adequatly teach the players how to do so. He brings up the "Stan Lee Principal" and Jim Sterling's problems with the developers of The Slaughtering Ground to help back up his points.

A - Salty Penguin, disappointed with the overhyped releases of this year like Watch Dogs and Destiny, is already looking forward to the future, and gives us his Christmas Wishlist for 2015! Far be it from me to question humor, but personally, I think the jokes/satire embedded in the list was a little flat.

A - Reinhold Hoffmann wants to pay tribute to the 20th Anti-Anniversary of the Playstation library by giving us a short list of videogames spawned on that system that were so bad that he decides to say and show as little of it as possible. What a guy, eh?

A - Spazzh20, after explaining the criteria and what determines what place each title has, presents a list of his Top 10 Games of 2012, featuring great games like TellTale's The Walking Dead, Journey, and Max Payne 3!

A - After hearing that a Swedish games industry is thinking about implementing an "equality" rating alongside the age rating, TheKodu gives us his thoughts on the matter as well as providing a mock-up of what it may look like.

C - Since Jonathan Holmes is now the Editor-in-Chief, a.k.a. America's Sweetheart, Reinhold Hoffmann wonders who will now represent Destructoid's mascot: his vote goes to Mr. Andy Dixon, do you agree?

E - The show's over by now, but Genki-JAM had a "****** Movie Night" watching Space Jam, the live-action/ animated crossover featuring Michael Jordan and the cast of Looney Tunes. I personally loved the movie, but it might be the rose-tinted glasses and my crush on Lola messing with my memories.

R - TheSecondLetter gives us an in-depth review of the newest entry in the Call of Duty series, Advanced Warfare, giving us his thoughts on things like the fast-paced action, the story and the character's voice acting, and the infamous multiplayer. Is this war more advanced, or is it just bells and whistles?

T - Try as he might, but Derek Pietras can't stop talking about Bayonetta 2! For this piece, he decides to break down the ranking system common in Platinum Games' games (hey, that is weird to say!) and why it has him coming back for more. I don't need to tell you why Bayonetta has me coming back for more, do I?

V - CraigheadPro has a video talking about whether Battletoads will be making a comeback upon being acquired by Microsoft, details on TellTale Game of Thrones, and the new 3DS version of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.

M - Reinhold Hoffmann has been listening to this genre of music called "hardstyle", and gives us a sample of what's been on his playlist with Gunz for Hire's hour-long Megamix. He also gives a short thank you for those who welcomed him back into the community after he left us a couple of weeks back.

C - TheBudgetGamer doesn't think current generation consoles have a lot of innovation so far, and thinks that the consoles will be stagnant in what could they achieve. I can't say that I agree with much of this post, and the clickbait-worthy title certainly doesn't earn any favors, but I wouldn't say it's a fail either.

? - Shinta shows us a story about how a man who managed to land a spacecraft on a speeding comet far away from Earth... and how he was criticized because he was wearing a shirt with several females on it. Come on, what's wrong with people? I wonder how some would react if a scientist who discovers the cure for cancer had a nude pin-up in his lab...

? - Adam P, as a late post to his Halloween special, gives us part 2 of his commentary of the creepypasta "Jeff the Killer", questioning how could something so bad be so widely loved. I think you're reading a bit too much into something akin to a campfire story though.


Technical hiccups... you don't say... :(


- Dreamweaver

FPotD

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For the third straight year, my lovely wife and I will be attending Pax East. We went in 2013 for the first time as our honeymoon, and now we go every year for vacation. We always have a blast, but there's a few things that bother me about how they do things for Pax, or for any convention for that matter. First off, we almost missed it, as the tickets went on sale at a random time on Wednesday afternoon. Luckily there were still individual day passes left by the time we checked, and we managed to get them for all three days. Why wouldn't you announce when tickets go on sale ahead of time? From their point of view it doesn't really matter, because it's going to sell out regardless, but for people like my wife and I who look forward to Pax East every year, an advance notice would have helped us out a lot, and I'm sure it would have helped out a lot of other people as well. Like I mentioned, this is our third year going, and we've not once been able to snag 3-day passes, which brings me to gripe numero dos: make more 3-day passes. I really don't understand the reasoning for not making 3-day passes available for anyone who wants them. Granted, I'm not a convention promoter, and I'm sure there are many aspects that I'm overlooking, but as a consumer, I feel its only fair for a 3-day pass to be available if I'm planning to attend all 3 days.

Despite my complaints, I know it's going to be a blast. It always is. We save money by driving instead of flying and staying in a cheaper hotel outside of Boston. It also allows us to pack our own food, because we're not big on paying $7 for a Pepsi and a hot dog. It's time consuming, but my wife and I actually like each other, so the 15 hour commute from Cincinnati to Boston is pretty fun.

I started playing Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, I had checked it out from work and only played a few levels before I realized how much I loved it. I immediately put it on my Amazon wish list and gave my wife a wink, a nudge, and a "(cough) Christmas (cough)." I never played the original, because I never really had a GameCube, and now that I do have one, all the sellers on eBay and Amazon apparently got together and had a meeting and decided that any game published by Nintendo needs to be between $30-$700.

What I'm really trying to say is that Dark Moon is really good, and I look forward to playing and finishing it in the future.

But now, I need to vent about something. I am unashamedly a Borderlands fanboy, and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is by far the biggest disappointment of 2014 for me. Even after reviews came out and were less than great, I was still in the mindset that a mediocre Borderlands is still more fun than most other games. I am enjoying it for the most part, but it's just not hooking me like the others. The best part of Borderlands is playing with friends, and that's still true of this one. I played the original with my buddy Chris and I played Borderlands 2 with my wife, but even when we weren't able to play together, I would have a separate character that I would play solo, literally every free moment I had to game were spent on Borderlands until I exhausted the game. With The Pre Sequel, I just don't care. When my wife and I are playing, it's fun, but otherwise I never think about it.

We haven't finished it yet, but we've made it to probably the 75% completion mark in the story, and so far I'm seeing a lot of areas that look the same. At first I forgave it for this, because you can't get a whole lot of variety on the moon, but then I thought "Wait a minute, this is a fictional universe, you can do whatever you want." I actually remember getting a little pop-up that said I earned a rank because I had killed so many enemies in the daytime. How am I supposed to know it's daytime on the moon? It's dark all the time! Most enemies are either carbon copies or slight alterations of previous enemies, and the only new enemy I've encountered looks like they just took a picture of a landfill and used it as a character design.

Every new character that was shoehorned into the universe is analogous to a better character in the previous games. Coming from a studio other than Gearbox, I didn't expect this game to be on par with the others, but it seems like 2K Australia set out to make a by-the-numbers Borderlands game, and they did just that, they made Borderlands 2 Part 2. It's exactly the same in every regard: the art and animations, the menus, and the HUD are all the same. Mr. Torgue overstays his welcome, which is a shame because I really liked him in the Borderlands 2 DLC. Moxxi makes the same jokes she made in the other two, and really the only redeeming quality for me is seeing Handsome Jack's rise to power and seeing him portrayed in a different light.

If Darren Nakamura's previous article is to be believed, I'm really glad I decided to hold off on the season pass.

That's enough negativity for one day, let's get on to your recaps for November 14th.

* - "Assassin's Creed is awesome!" declares Assassin's Creed fan.

* - You guys know I like lists, and Mr. Dreamboat gives us his most anticipated games of 2015. But he doesn't mention The Phantom Pain so it's going under Failtoid...oh wait, yes he did. TOPSAUCE!

* - Bardley, there's no shame in returning to games years down the road in order to finish them. Also, Wizpig cheats.

* - Mechanophiia runs rampant when Sonic429 ranks the top 10 sexiest consoles. I feel like I need to insert some Prince here

A - I've never really thought about just how many videogames have plains and grassland areas, but Terry 309 has, and he's given us the best plains music you can find in videogames.

A - Reading about other people's Christmas memories makes me happy, especially when it involves Nintendo.

A - Voltech asks the tough questions, but he also made me realize that I need to play Wind Waker.

F - Wanna play games with fellow DToiders? Well, you missed out on Friday Night Fights, but you can get info here about how to get involved.

P - Rin1221 gives us a bit of a sneak peak of Zombie Company Crusade.

D - Yo, Jarvine, I'm totally into a PS1-style platformer, but give us more information, bro!

N - Riobux ponders the idea of positive sexism in videogames. We're getting really sexy up in here this morning, have some more Prince.

$ - The trusty Simon brings the latest new releases and bargains to our UK gamers.

A - An artist rendition of what Brittany Vincent may have looked like as a child in an alternate universe where everyone has purple sunglasses.

F - Join Genki for his sh*tty movie night. Although, I take exception to him saying anything with Michael Jordan is sh*tty.

C - The resolution of AC Unity causes rocknerd to make a sad face.

S - Don't reward Ubisoft by buying a good videogame because they once made a mediocre game too. Screw them, am I right?

Anybody else planning on going to Pax East? I look forward to seeing you at the DToid meetup!

And remember, there are only 32 days until Christmas!

-TheDustinThomas

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There’s not a lot to talk about this week. At least not videogame-wise. I’m still making my way through Shin Megami Tensei IV, and I’m still having a blast with it. My main character now knows Mahama and Sukukaja, both of which are proving incredibly useful for dungeon traversion and boss fight respectively.

Other than that, not much I suppose. Lots of great WiiU games are coming out, but unfortunately I can’t play any of them until January. I’m going to have major catching up to do on Hyrule Warriors, Bayonetta 1 and 2, and Smash Bros WiiU when I go home in two months or so.

So with the videogame front on the down-low, let’s talk about some more DC adventures! Because frankly, the last couple of weeks have been chock-full of awesome things to do around this place.



First of all, about two weeks ago me and around 100 fellow international students went on a tour of the White House. We were allowed to see a couple of the “colored” rooms, we saw the portraits of the former presidents, but unfortunately not much else. That was kind of expected, to be honest. Still, we got some amazing selfies out of the deal, and it was really cool of them to let over a 100 of us invade one of the most important buildings in the world for an hour or so. Even if they did strip-search the token Dutch guy for drugs. (they didn’t)

Then, just last week me and the other 8 exchange students went to do a tour of the Pentagon! This was definitely the better tour of the two. Obviously they still didn’t let us see any of the important stuff, but they did take us through several of the wings and showed us a heck of a lot more than the people at the White House. Fun fact: the Pentagon has a full-on mall in it, with everything from chocolate bars to Best Buy to toy stores and everything inbetween. They explained that the Pentagon is self-sufficient for about a month, and I believe them! After that, we went to the main attractions on our tour. They told us about the divisions of the US military, they showed us models of the air force’s planes throughout the years, they showed us things like the Medal of Honor and the Purple Heart, and a whole lot more. Eventually, they also took us to the 9/11 memorial and even showed us some of the burn marks that you can still see on some of the outer walls. It was all really impressive, and thankfully we had a great guide with us. Other guides I’ve seen walking around the place all seemed like really stiff military types, but we got ours to loosen up no problem. He was cracking jokes at our countries (we had Dutch, German and Canadian reps), we were heckling his tendency to walk backwards, so it was all good. At the end of the day we learned a lot and again got some amazing selfies out of the deal.


- Also this picture in front of a statue made of pure 'Murica.

Thirdly, last Tuesday I went to the Concert for Valor on the National Mall! If you live on the East Coast and/or watch HBO, I’m sure you’ve heard about. For Veteran’s Day they hosted this huge concert on the National Mall with people like Rihanna, Eminem, Metallica, the lead singer of Foo Fighters, Bruce Springsteen and a bunch of others. To be honest, I don’t really care about any of these artists. Hell, I barely care about any music that isn’t a video game soundtrack. Except Lordi. I went to the concert regardless. Partially just for the event, and partially to see John Oliver and Jack Black as hosts. Despite barely knowing any of the songs that were performed, I had a lot of fun. Metallica, Rihanna and Eminem in particular raised the roof. Not that I could actually see them, but still. The entire front-section was reserved for the military, but I was about as far upfront as I could get without a badge. Which still meant that I was an entire block away from the stage itself, so pretty much all I could see of the performers was “there is movement there”. And it was still fun.



The whole military theme did make me a little uncomfortable though. I don’t think I will ever fully understand America’s relation with its own military; it’s weird. We in Europe don’t have any special kind of respect for the military. Anyone who has studied European history can understand why we don’t like to go to war. Hell, the Netherlands has been occupied thrice throughout its history; it ain’t fun. So we’re always kind of hesitant to paint war or the military in an overly positive light.

And then you come here to DC. All of a sudden soldiers are unconditionally worshipped as heroes and every little thing you do for them gets scrutinized to make sure that it’s respectful enough. I mean, people were complaining that a supposedly “anti-war” song was played at the concert, and Eminem’s swearing didn’t go over well with everyone either. Personally, I can’t think of a better song to play on Veteran’s Day than something anti-war. I mean, don’t veterans know better than anyone how awful war is? And just because they’re brave enough to put their life on the line for their country doesn’t mean that their country doesn’t make bullshit decisions every once in a while. The character of your soldiers doesn’t vindicate your war. And as for the swearing, guess what the military does pretty much constantly? You don’t honor your military by making them into the saints they’re not: you honor them for being the people they are. Swearing included. So if Eminem wants to wish them a “Happy motherfucking Veteran’s Day”, I’d say he has a better sense of what it’s all about than anyone else.

At any rate, I don’t want to go all political on you guys. The whole military thing is just very strange to me. In fact I’d go so far to say that it’s the biggest culture shock I’ve experienced here. And to see a concert like this ooze with it makes me feel weird. The big take-away is that the concert was fun regardless, and I got some amazing selfies out of the deal.

Finally, in about an hour from now I’m going to see The Tale of Princess Kaguya! Super excited! Selfie-status to follow.



* - Hosse shares 10 things about herself. Inter alia, her knowledge of Latin, love of David Tennant and Avatar. Ergo, she's pretty great! Quod erat demonstrandum, et cetera.

* - How do you effectively guide a player to where he needs to go without breaking immersion?


A - TheDustinThomas is pretty much an awful person. I mean, what else would you call someone who missed out on most SNES RPGs and the N64 greats?

A - acefondu finds claims that Nintendo should get into the mobile market rather silly. He ain't wrong.

A - TheKodu looks forward to a bunch of great games set for 2015.

A - Oh, I would mount these mounts alright. I would mount the shit out of these mounts.

P - Radio Dtoid #49, including flaccid OpiumHerz. Flaccid Opium is best Opium.




- I have a feeling that the National Mall is going to be amazing at New Year's.


I - He's not just angry, he's the angriest. And he introduces himself to Dtoid. Welcome!


T - I know next to nothing about Massive Chalice, but according to Tubatic it's by Double Fine and really good. Interest piqued.

T - Triad Gamer wonders why a new Timesplitters took so long and looks forward to the upcoming Timesplitters Rewind.

T - TitusGroan makes the first Mario Kart 8 DLC sound absolutely glorious. Which makes me even sadder that I have to wait until January to play any of it.


A - Hoffmann's site continues to give us ever more amazing art. FFIX is the theme this time, and it does not disappoint!


? - This is an odd one. Adam P looks at Jeff the Killer creepypasta and describes why it doesn't work.



- We also got an amazing sunset out of the deal.



- ShadeOfLight
May you always find water and shade

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Well, my story got front paged and I couldn't be happier. It was an important story to me because my girlfriend is important to me. And like any gamer, I wanted to share my favorite thing with my favorite person.

I've neglected to mention that during Halloween I went as Bill from Left 4 Dead. Only I couldn't find the most important part of such a costume, the green beret.I had everything else but the green beret. In the end, I'd probably be closer to looking like your average hobo than Bill. A lot of hobos are veterans after all and I had the appearance for a hobo down. It was unfortunate but in the end, at least I have some more stuff to add to my wardrobe. It was rather comfortable to wear really. And despite my girlfriend telling me that I was basically dressed as one of her exes, she also contradictively told me it turned her on. It did fit me well though, so don't read too deep into that. My legs were toned, my shirt was tight, and I still had the face that drives her crazy. Did I say I tried going as Bill? I can't dress myself to look 60 you know.

We went to the Queen Mary, a legendary class cruise liner that was not only quite the luxury cruise back then but also served in World War II and was known as the Grey Ghost. Somewhere along the line, it picked up rumors of being haunted, which isn't hard to imagine since A) boiler rooms are creepy and B) it served in a war which meant people died. With strong ties to the supernatural, the Queen Mary eventually started to host a Halloween event known as Dark Harbor.

Unfortunately, me and my girlfriend arrived really late thanks to the drive from her house and the packed parking lot forcing us offsite to an auxiliary lot. Now I thought I'd seen long lines for attractions before. Convention lines are pretty long but an abnormal amount of people attend. Disneyland is an actual theme park that attracts daily crowds. Dark Harbor was on an entirely different level of packed. I spent $60 on two tickets only to arrive late, get in one scary maze, and leave before the event ended at 1am. Fortunately, it was plenty scary enough for me to think, "You know what? I'm satisfied. I don't think I can even do another maze."

It proves that darkness really is scary. Darkness hides the unknown and not knowing what is there is nerve wracking. Several haunters were just standing in place, emitting an eerie presence that you can feel and yet not quite sure if they're really there. I don't think I'll ever go to another haunted attraction ever again. Let alone one that I pay money to feel tense for.

Other than that, it's been pretty uneventful. At least I want to say its uneventful. Smash Bros. Wii U is coming out though and I have to make some tough decisions. Or should I say I'm just going to juggle my finances around a bit. I don't need the whole shebang edition set. I just need the game and the adapter. Believe it or not, I still have my Wavebird by virtue that it was signed by David Hayter for some reason. So I don't need some re-printed Gamecube controller thank you very much. The Wavebird back then was one of the first widely successful wireless controller brah. I'm also excited to try Nintendo's first pre-loading game. What I'll probably do is pre-load Smash and simply use the Gamepad or even my 3DS as a controller until an adapter I buy off Amazon arrives. I've spent a month getting used to the 3DS controls so it's not overly painful for me. I still need to get Pokemon Alpha Sapphire too and it's about time I played Shovel Knight, probably on 3DS for interesting Streetpass mechanics.

Also, did you know Naruto just ended? Say what you will about individual chapters but taken as a whole, whoa, what a wild ride. 14 years ago, Naruto was drawn as a hyperactive punk with a chip on his shoulder. He experienced frustration, growth, and regret. He grew into a respectable warrior who took control of the mysterious powers within him until eventually he went from a social pariah for having a monster sealed within him to the man his entire village respects for his exploits to the hero of what is essentially World War Ninja. Seeing it finally end with an epilogue confirming the birth of a new generation brought in safely thanks to his efforts really brought the story of the legendary hyperactive ninja full circle satisfactorily. We've still been promised a small mini-series showing how Naruto's generation is holding up as parents now,especially with a focus on just how their kids have turned out, but its not a full on sequel series. Naruto is done, 700 chapters all done up nice and neat. One Piece's ending may be in sight soon and Bleach seems to be hitting the home stretch. It's hard to believe just how far Shounen Jump's holy trinity has come.

Still, Sasuke's daughter might be Sarada but that makes it Salad in English. What the fuck?

* - Django's honest opinion on Sonic: Rise of the Next Cash Cow

* - BOSS FIGHT APPRECIATION ZONE PART 4

* - We learn from Red that to be put to the ax in Skyrim is either a historical accuracy or everyone knew you were destined for big things

* - AD walks us through his creative process

* - Deal with it: internet comments edition

* - Avatar Not Korra with moments of rage and despair from gaming

A - Kudo's rant on game reviews and if its not and he decides to leave a comment how I'm wrong I don't care

A - Retrofaction played a game with aliens together with a gay raccoon

S - Hoffman remembers Toshiden when no one else would

S - Emolga remembers Pokemon Stadium and its terrible rental Pokemon

I - Cannibal Steven isn't really a cannibal I think. He could be a cannon ball

N - Tubatic Prime LOVED Massive Chalice


~Striderhoang

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