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Monday was not a great day for a lot of people. One of the reasons is the death of a hilarious, inspiring person named Robin Williams. So many of us have been affected in one way or another by him. I loved his movies and stand-up, and he's one of the first people to make me love comedy as more than just something that could make me laugh.
He'll be sorely missed.

It's such a sad story. If you're having trouble, try and reach out.
If you think someone else needs help, reach out. That's what we're here for. Friends, family, therapists, etc. You're not alone even though it feels that way.
Wanna talk about your favorite Robin Williams things in the comments? I do.

* - SeymourDuncan17 gets in on the fetish blog trend, and lists his 10 favorite characters to looooooove. Rouge the Bat is on this list. She's on every list.

S - OpiumHerz has a short story about a German fellow who took exception to the uncensored version of Turning Point: Fall of Liberty.

A - Does the Wii U deserve it's status as a punching bag? Gamingnerd15 weighs in, and forgets to add his uploaded pictures :P

A - The Nintendette thinks Pokemon spinoffs are awesome, and chooses Pokemon Colosseum as her example.

T - Despite some problems, emuishere still enjoyed the heck out of Anna.

D - mbuma gives a short rundown of the playable character types in Heav Metal Death Pirate. The blog itself could use better formatting, but hey.

T - Hyrule Warriors' pre-order DLC is all split up amongst retailers, and able to think suggests those who buy the game complain about it.

T - Terry 309 couldn't finish Odin Sphere. Did you?

-smurfee mcgee

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Hello everyone! I've been playing some really weird games this week.

I heard about this old Playstation game called Rising Zan: The Samurai Gunman, which looked quirky and fun, with an interesting mix of western and eastern themes. So of course I bought it, and beat it, and thoroughly enjoyed it! Basically, you're this Wild West gunman who travels to Japan to learn how to become a samurai, and then travels back to his home town to defeat the bad guys and save his town. You're equipped with both a revolver and a katana, and can pull off special moves and combos to shoot and slice your way through the enemies. The controls were a little wonky, especially the camera, but it's a PS1 game, so I cut it some slack. The bad guys are all these really bizarre, Japanese-themed enemies, like geishas, kabuki actors, sumo wrestlers, daruma dolls, etc. And they all speak by repeating a different Japanese word over and over (for example, the geisha says, "Kimono kimono kimono!"). It's really strange, but also hilarious. Plus you can rescue hostages, which happen to be cowboys stripped down to their boxers and calling for help. I thought that was entertaining :)

I also just started playing Digital Devil Saga a few days ago. It's a game from the Shin Megami Tensei series, about a group of gangs who get turned into demons and start eating each other. It's a really bizarre concept, but every Shin Megami Tensei game is pretty bizarre, so it works. There's the whole morality aspect, in which one character thinks it's gross and wrong to eat other demons (they are technically other people, after all), while another character is totally gung-ho about the idea, saying it's the new way of life. I kind of wish the main protagonist that you control would have a choice of whether or not to devour enemies, because I would probably avoid doing it as long as possible, but he just goes ahead and eats 'em anyway. I'm just happy to be playing another JRPG though, especially one as stylish as Digital Devil Saga.

Lastly, I played a bit of Lovely Planet on Steam. I bought it because of the graphics, which look as though they were heavily inspired by Noby Noby Boy; very simple and cute and aesthetically pleasing. I sort of expected a whimsical little adventure through a cute world, where I could take my time and look around at everything. But in reality, the game is like this super-intense precision FPS/Platformer, where you have to be as accurate and quick as possible to make it through some of the levels. Which is fine, it sounds like most people are really enjoying it, but it's just not really what I was hoping the game would be. I'm only on the second world, and I'm already stuck because I'm horrible at precision aiming in FPS games. So aside from the graphics and music, which I absolutely LOVE, I don't think this game is really for me. I suck at it immensely! I wish there were difficulty settings or something, because I really want to play through the game still, just to look at all the levels and enemies. Oh well...

* - Strider loves grapplers, the up-close-and-personal manhandlers of the fighting genre! I think Grapplers are just misunderstood; all they wanna do is give you a hug!

* - Dreamweaver loves Resident Evil 6, the most reviled entry to the Resident Evil series!

A - Derek Pietras finally tracked down a copy of one of his childhood favorites, Skies of Arcadia: Legends, after many years wanting to own it!

A - Glowbear is worried that publishers are spending more time working on pre-orders and special editions than focusing on the actual games themselves.

A - The Nintendette takes a leaf out of Anita Sarkeesian's book, by giving good and bad examples of leading ladies in video games.

S - Kinda creepy easter egg from Animal Crossing.

P - Episode 43 of Radio Destructoid is out now and wants to be heard!

P - Epsiode 3 of PStoid is also out and ready to be listened to!

F - Friday Night Fights on Xbox + Share a Coke with Scield!

F - Friday Night Fights on Playstation + Cheating giraffes!

F - Friday Night Fights on Nintendo + Rollin' rollin' rollin'!

T - touchofkiel played through Castlevania for the very first time!

R - Lord Spencer reviews Ogre Battle: March of the Black Queen.

$ - August 8th UK releases and bargains!

F - Ninjamoose really enjoyed Guardians of the Galaxy! I still need to see this.

L - If you ever wanted to know too much information about Dreamweaver, here's his list of top ten fetishes!

R - achan05 needs some help with a research project, so go fill out her survey if you have the time!

No fails today! Huzzah!

- bbain

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"If I take one more step, I'll be the furthest away from home I've ever been."

Well, tomorrow is the big day. Tomorrow at about 4:20 PM my plane is leaving from Amsterdam towards London, after which I will be getting on a plane to DC itself. I won't actually go into DC proper yet because I'll be arriving at Dulles Airport at about 9 PM East Coast time, which I find to be just a little too late to be strutting through an unfamiliar city with some expensive stuff on my back.

Instead, I'll take a taxi on Sunday morning, which will take me to a hostel downtown, where I'll be spending a few days. The first thing I'm going to do once I'm nice and settled though is take a stroll through town to go see the White House and the university campus. And after that, Orientation week starts on Monday, so the time really does fly by like a motherfucker.

I wish I could tell you that I didn't feel any stress about going, but that wouldn't be entirely honest. The thing is, I don't have any stress about going per se. Flying, staying in the big city, all of that is fine with me. It's the little things that get to me. "Will I make my plane in time? How do plane transfers go? Didn't I forget any important documents? Isn't my luggage a tiny bit too heavy?" All of the stuff that shouldn't cause any trouble at all and are supposedly designed to be as hassle-free as possible (does anyone actually buy that load of crap?) is exactly what gets to me the most. It doesn't help that just this week, only days before leaving, I received an e-mail from the university that there was some sort of problem with my vaccinations which had to be fixed right away. It's all the bureaucracy surrounding the trip that's so annoying, not the trip itself. Not by a long shot.

But at any rate, I'm leaving anyway, and I'm not about to let myself be stopped by anyone. Least of all bureaucrats.
United States? I am coming in you.

So it begins.

* - Uhm, guys? Why aren't you fapping and commenting on this blog? It's a very good look into what makes The Walking Dead work and what doesn't, by consistently good blogger ccesarano. .

A - Gamingnerd liked video games last generation. Isn't that just swell?

M - Naveen loves Assassin's Creed. That is to say, the original.

S - Now that Nintendette informed me that Portal actually has the cake recipe in the game, I can't think of anything else than wanting to bake one.

A - When was the last time a game honestly had a really good villain? Maybe a bit too long ago.

I - TouchofKiel is going to be blogging for us, and if this introduction is to be believed it's going to be good stuff.

S - I'm so sorry for you, Caim. I hope you'll get your spot of good luck soon, and we're here if there's anything we can do.

C - There's a clever little blog topic in here, but it needs more work put into it.

V - For all the great indie games out there, there's some fundamentally shitty ones as well.

- ShadeOfLight
May you always find water and shade

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First of all, I'm going to go ahead and openly acknowledge that the Recaps team is shuffling around and that's why your precious days aren't getting recapped. As much as I love you guys, I'm only a purveyor of Wednesdays, so I went ahead and tried kicking the other recappers in the pants to ask what's going on and hopefully we'll be on track to getting the days filled.

Second of all, Papers, Please.

I played this a bit last year and could not deal with it. All the numbers and letters I had to cross-reference did a number on my skull. How was this fun?

I tried it again this past week and I'm committed to showing this game who's boss.

After a while the game just gets its hooks into you. There's a false sense of security in the beginning when you're just looking to see if the passport has expired or not and if applicants have given you everything. It's day 15 and now I'm cross-referencing weight and height from the scales to an id ticket, making sure the stamp on the foreign entry pass isn't a forgery, making sure workers have a work pass, the passport is from the correct city, and sometimes I still make a mistake as simple as double-checking if this gross but obvious man is actually the F his passport says he is.

I've realized the apprehension previous players talked about. About how inspectors are anxious to see if the applicants they've passed cross a certain point and whether or not that dreaded dot-matrix print out pops out to tell you that you've overlooked a simple mistake like the passport expired or that person was actually on your crudely drawn wanted list. Add to the option of the revolutionary undertones and deciding to takes sides while undermining someone during screening and the game gets stressful fast and I'm only halfway through the story mode. I'm getting hand outs from bored soldiers for people I detain, bonuses for handing out business cards to prospective job seekers, and keeping an eye out for agents of revolution and whether or not I'll help them at my expense (for agents of a revolution, you'd think they'd prepare a little more to make their insertion a little more convincing and legit).

Last year I thought the game was impossible. Now, I liken it to Spelunky's learning curve. Your first time playing it can be jarring and you'll screw up a lot of simple mistakes. Later on though, you'll become proficient in the earlier stage's tasks, to the point where you'll want to start a fresh game to farm money off of the earlier stages easier difficulty. In Spelunky, this means having more money or items to make future variables and problems easier to handle. In Papers Please, this means having more savings set aside for sudden onsets of sickness amongst your family, which you must keep alive with food and heating bills in addition to rent. Letting all three of your family die means you'll be thrown into hard labor because your fascist government expects government employees to create an image of a perfect family for spectators. If you let your whole family die, you're worthless to the regime and might as well work the rest of your days in some god forsaken coal mine.

I also caught Guardians of the Galaxy and man was that a 180 from the naysayers. A year ago people thought a movie out of nowhere based on one of Marvel's most obscure cosmic properties was a shifty move (there's nothing more risky than a combo of obscure and cosmic. Marvel's cosmic stuff is universally veiled and obscure). Turns out, Vin Diesel playing a man tree with a collective vocabulary of three words really can sell a movie, let alone the rest of the space-bound menagerie including an anthromorphic racoon, a green assassin lady, a warmongering avenger, and a puckish space rogue. Guardians was truly an example of a great ensemble cast with relatable characters. Yes, I called Vin Diesel a relatable person. But a crowd of space mercenaries who are also damaged don't stay that way forever and they believably grow to become the misfit group known as the Guardians of the Galaxy.

The movie is chock full of nostalgic music thanks to Peter Quill acting as our anchor as a human insertion. Classic tunes abound in what is oftentimes a great intergalactic and foreign romp.Easily my favorite thing about the movie is the consistency in understanding that aliens millions of lightyears away of course have no understanding of even the most common human idioms and gestures we use now. Commander Shepard had a very select range of motions and planned dialogue so perhaps he never found himself in a position for human anecdotes should fall flat on alien ears (except if I'm remembering correctly he may have told aliens to go to hell before to which the only response should be where is that?). But Quill is an emotive outlaw who continues to use the Earth speech patterns we'd continue to use to, even if we should realize that aliens would believe us literally if we were to describe mean spirited people as having sticks up their butts.

Something cosmic clicked too. Groot was easily my girlfriend's favorite character to which I say, how can you not like a bad mannered space racoon who loves big guns and taking things apart. We both got our respective characters in lame internet personality quizzes though, which is only a further sign of our compatibility. I also greatly enjoyed Bradly Cooper's Rocket voice, since my initial exposure to Rocket was a cockneyed accent from Marvel Vs. Capcom 3. Good on Cooper for making his Rocket uniquely his.

* - Fulldamage is back to report to us about Storium, for story nerds and role-playing fanatics

* - Visit scenic The Citadel! Interact with haughty intergalactic species! Get lost!

P - Leave questions for PStoid to win a prize! Or just call them Psi-toid.They're psionic!

S - Creepy Sonic eggs to get you through your day maybe

A - Randy Bullseye played games and had small words

E - Sephzilla antes up to play MGR on Revegenance mode on Streamtoid. Get ready to die!

R - Terry's Tales of Abyss Tale review


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If I were to put a positive spin on things, I'd say I just took my first step towards becoming a bionic man.

If I were being accurate, I'd say I broke my foot like an asshole and had to have a giant metal screw shoved into my bones as a permanent reminder of my blinding idiocy.

I don't know how many Jones fractures are the result of canoe accidents, so I suppose I can take a little pride in being original. It takes a special sort of someone to trip so badly getting out of a boat that he ganks up his foot in one of the worst ways possible. The Jones fracture has a special name because unlike most breaks in the foot, it isn't something that will heal on its own. It's a small snap in an area of the foot that doesn't receive much blood flow, and as a result, won't knit properly on it's own without a little medical assistance.

That means surgery, which means screws in the foot, which means general anesthetic, crutches, Tylenol 3s, self-pity, and a hard time taking a bath. I guess what I'm trying to say, is it's been a rough couple of days. The timing certainly couldn't have been worse. I'm transitioning from one job that had me sitting down all day, to another that would have me on my feet. So I had to call my the new job, tell them about my little mishap and give them the bad news that I'll be down for at least two weeks (and probably more if I'm to believe what I've been reading on wikipedia). Always a great way to start at a place.

On the bright side, before I made an ass of myself, I had a great weekend! I went up to the lake with my girlfriend Kass and her lovely family for a little Canadian style relaxation. We had delicious barbeque, hiked up some awesome trails, explored some slightly worrisome (but utterly beautiful) caves, and got out on the water for some great canoeing. I truly had an amazing time, I did all the kind of outdoorsy fun stuff I'd want to if I knew I was going to be off my feet for a few weeks.

I can't thank Kass' family enough for being so amazing getting me back to town, which involved a complicated two-car drive for nearly 4 hours down to drop me off, and 4 hours back to return to the trailer campsite for one evening before closing everything down. I owe them BIG TIME. They've really accepted me as part of their family and I couldn't be more grateful.

As for the rest of my family, they've all been amazing. Kass has taken spectacular care of me, putting up with all of my gimpy bullshit and showering me with attention, vitamins, and affection. My mom and bro have both been right behind me, with love, care, and DLC for Payday 2 to keep me occupied.

I might have had a fluke bad break with my foot, but I can't help but feel like a lucky guy. I have amazing people in my life who love and care for me and that's just about all you can ask for.

Being laid up as I am, this seems like the perfect time to tackle a few games from my backlog. I can finally trip through Jazzpunk and the Stanley Parable, dosed up on painkillers and feeling properly loosey-goosey for the full surreal effect. I can take a tour of the Moscow subway system with Metro: Lastlight and finally scratch that game off my list (loved the original). And Crawl is JUST coming out on early access this week, so what better time to have the family come over with gamepads and get down with some 4-player dungeon action while keeping me company.

Who am I kidding though, I'll probably spend some more time plotting heists in Payday and grinding mechs with MechWarrior Online. Just something about that kind of low-commitment, popcorn multiplayer that makes those games an attractive choice to while away time when you're feeling a little down, they're like gaming comfort food.

* - So Injustice lets you kick Nightwing through the reinforced metal wall of a space station into the black chill of the void, only to be hit by a passing shuttle and sent crashing back into the station, landing right next to it's dangerously radioactive miniature-sun power core. It's basically the best game ever and Perfidious Sinn has the details on why you should be playing it.

A - Fenriff wants his games to have the whole package tight gameplay, emotionally gripping characters, and a story he can sink his teeth into, anything less is aiming low in his opinion. While I can see where he's coming from, I wouldn't be too quick to dismiss games that rely on pure mechanics. Tetris is legit.

S - I love creepy Easter eggs. Hidden secrets and surprises are always fun, but it's the creeeeeepy ones that stick out. More games could use a does of surreal psychedelics.

N - Pack your lock picking kit and first aid spray, it's time to return to the creepy mansion where it all began. Some people hate re-releases out of principal, but if RE1 remastered does well and convinces Capcom to return to the roots of the series and back away from the hot mess of insanity that was RE6, I think we can put up with it.

A - SeymourDuncan takes us through some disturbingly beautiful pictures of dudes being arrowed, stabbed, and ripped apart by zombies with his Last of Us photo tour.

- Wrenchfarm

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Hello everyone! I played through the Dark Souls II DLC, Crown of the Sunken King this week. It was pretty cool, but not as good as the Artorias DLC for the first game. Mostly I just really liked the design of the new areas; it was set in a cave which housed some weird pyramid structures, with these beautiful waterfalls cascading all around it, creating huge stalagmites and stalactites to complete the cave setting.

The enemies and bosses were really difficult, but I think my main problem was that I was playing through it for the first time on like New Game++ or whatever I was on when I continued playing. I did the same thing for the Artorias DLC and had a lot of trouble with those bosses too. I'm not sure why I never feel like starting a new character in these games, I guess I just grow too attached to my first character. Anyway, my point being I had summon help for all of the bosses this time around. Maybe I'll try a solo run with a new character sometime in the future. Also, I never defeated any of those weird giant enemies wandering around the stalagmites, I just ran past them because my weapons weren't doing shit to them. They were cool looking enemies at least.

I'm not sure if I found everything there was to see in the DLC, but I found most I think. I fought three bosses, and found a few secret rooms. I might have missed a bonfire though, since the last area in the bonfire screen is still blank. If you guys know of any secrets I might have missed, let me know!

Also, apparently Studio Ghibli is closing? What the heck... this news makes me very sad :(

Somehow I thought they'd always be around, like Disney. I think it's time to go back and watch all the Ghibli films I've missed over the years. I still haven't seen Kiki's Delivery Service, for example. Maybe I'll start with that one.

* - Panzadolphin wonders if there's a point where characters in horror games become too pretty for the game to be believable or scary anymore.

* - Dreamweaver really opens up in his blog about his most life-changing video game, Persona 3.

A - Titannel shares some fond memories of several games and consoles.

A - Gamingnerd lists some games he doesn't care for that most other people really liked. Do you have any games like that?

S - HunterWolfe ranks Lara Croft's best outfits from the Tomb Raider series. You gotta look great while you're shooting down bats in a scary old cave!

S - The Nintendette shares a cool easter egg from Super Mario Sunshine. I never noticed this before!

M - JoyfulSanity loves... Final Fantasy: All the Bravest? Is this possible?

P - The second episode of Dtoid's Playstation-focused podcast, PStoid, is out now!

F - Friday Night Fights on Playstation + The last of The Last of Us!

F - Friday Night Fights on Nintendo + Mario's late!

R - Capitalistpig reviews Gods Will Be Watching. I don't think he liked it very much...

$ - August 1st UK releases and bargains!

L - Gajknight lists his top 10 fetishes. This is probably gonna get weird!

C - N0Gil is thinking about getting back into MMOs.

C - This one is a little weak compared to the other entries... maybe some evidence would be nice here?

C - Sports? Yawn...

F - Hmm... this is a thing I guess.

- bbain

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