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Holme's typed himself up into a crazy Brawl hole this week and I almost wish that was actually a porno rather than an embarrassing contrarian opinion. Whether or not you believe in conspiracies that it was his honest to god opinion on loving tripping (which is crazy talk) or it was plain and simple click bait, I am of the party that appreciates Andy turning the fact that someone crazy loves something terrible so therefore, what kind of crazy things do you assholes like?

I mean, I can't wrap my head around someone liking a feature that takes control away in a competitive game. I use the term extremely loosely here because I can't stand watching competitive Melee, or at least the 90% of Fox/Falco matches I've seen. Shout outs to Axe at Melee EVO though, for his incredible next-level Pikachu play though. There's always a Fox in Melee, much like there's always a Sentinel or Magneto in Marvel 2 (or a Dr. Doom in Marvel 3) and I get fatigued on the few times I watch it but Axe's Pikachu was from another world to kick the ass of any Earth-worthy Fox he met.

Anyways, by competitive, I mean, I have a bone to pick with you my friend you took the last slice of pizza and now I will beat you up in a video game competitive. I can enjoy items just fine but every now and again, someone will say something disagreeable and the matter needs to be settled. I am challenging you to a gentlemen's duel. There's a time and a place for a pro wrestling, backstage-style, no holds barred, steel chair knockdown and drop out fight and then there's the meet in the arena with boxing gloves match. When I play my friends, the only tripping is from my zoning with Diddy Kong's banana peels. To trip just as you're about to run towards the edge to edge guard your recovering opponent is a lame feeling. Like, "Ok. Nevermind. I'll just chill here and let you get back on the stage. It's cool."

Real life example of fun

But hey, Holme's op-ed was an interesting dissemination on what makes competitive Smash competitive. Since movement option is beyond even what typical anime fighters provide, spacing becomes more important. The more movement, the more pervasive spacing becomes. Spacing is slow and meticulous the slower it is like SFIV, when spacing is determined by long reaching cr.MKs and quick dashes that cover a tiny foot of distance. Then spacing becomes fast paced and frantic in games like Persona 4 Arena, when everyone and Kanji's mother is running and air dashing like it's on sale at June's, throwing out their longest pokes while flying at each other. So naturally, in Melee, since players can run, jump, roll, dodge, and do everything short of cursing like sailors, you're going to see a ton of wave dashing, carefully decided rolls, and combining momentum with attacks to get the most bang for your buck.

Again, I don't like watching competitive Melee but I respect it. I can't say its not something deserving of your respect when you see them dashing back and forth and mind reading their opponent's tech rolls (I saw a Ganondorf player who was borderline psychic on reading tech rolls and stomping them hard with his j.down-A), just like how I watched Itabashi Zangief come out on top against Filipino Man's Rose with constant chops, green hands, and careful SPDs against his much more mobile opponent. Or Galileo's dramatic fall to Blazblue loser's bracket with Litchi only to rise against to grand finals and fight tooth and nail in a back and forth against Dogura's Azreal. Or like I said, Axe's Pikachu tail whipping Fox right into the abyss with his death defying defense, finishing up with a 4-stock shut out against someone using a character Smash players will always touch at least once because he's just always the best.

If control was taken away from these great moments, we wouldn't be shouting at the roof tops hype as shit that Axe's A tilt stopped Fox's Shadow Fox cold in its tracks, or that Justin Wong took his crown back at Marvel 3 with his Wolv/Storm/Akuma after judicious use of tatsu assist and carefully laid out pressure. Instead of reaching hype that can only be experienced like MAHVEL baby, we would instead be feeling like Brazil at the World Cups. How could this happen. Was that even real? What actually happened?

When Team Brazil's star player went to the bench, as I heard, the team simply stopped playing and Germany crushed them with a humiliating 7 points. Everyone was aghast at what happened. Imagine if Axe's Pikachu had tripped at that critical A tilt that stopped Silent Wolf's recovery cold at Fountain of Dreams. Nobody would be like, "I can't believe that happened!" It would be more like, "I can't believe that happened..."

I'm actually probably the last person to advocate competitive Smash, especially with the apprehension surrounding Smash 4 (I don't care, let me play it). I'm on the fence about drip down effect game design, making a game for pros and letting the filthy casuals enjoy it as they may. I mean, I guess that's how real fighters are designed but I'd never thought about applying it to Smash. And I don't think the sales for Smash will hurt if the competitive community ex-communicates it. Plenty of Nintendo fans will buy it before people worry about the competitive Smash fans. But I'm not about to marginalize the views of the fans as impatient control freaks.

Melee matches look like dolls flying at each other at high speed. But I understand the mechanics at work. So if Melee has impatient control freaks, Tekken has robots who have photographic memory towards relentlessly juggling their dolls. Or KOF has weirdos with OCD. Cool, let's sling names around. Pokemon is filled with joyless tier whores and CvS2 has people who are secretly dogs who love to roll on the ground.

For God's sake, you're flinging mud during EVO. Topical? Maybe? A hornet's nest? You have a stick and no thick clothing.

* - Wrenchfarm's problem extends beyond shitty F2P Mechwarrior and into real life dollar store literature

* - Solar Pony Django probably saw Morty compilation and thought, "I could do something harder." So he's doing a community top 10 set

S - Genesis games had awesome sounds and music and Gajknight is bringing in a series for Genesis. Step one: Elemental Master

A - Bozaum is versed in fantasy. Final Fantasy VIII was his gateway and I'm ok with that

A - A one month Wii U post-mortem with Psycho Punch, not Psycho Crusher

A - The big YouTube payoff scandal is fresh in Gamaniac's mind. But honestly, just subscribe to Inside Gaming and watch The Tunt Life

A - HuntWolfington talks about defeating your backlog. Well, I always play games I like to completion. I wouldn't have bought Psychonauts or Jade Empire on Steam if I wasn't going to

A - JB has OPINIONS about people sharing OPINIONS in REAL LIFE as opposed to THE INTERNET

M - I think Shenay-nay-gans' top ten has God Hand in it and how I wish it was on Steam


M - Fen's top 10 list has Diddy Kong Racing, which is superior kart racing due to racing in hovercraft and motherfucking planes

C - Opium has a ton of free shit so even after a day there may still be something for you. His Steam level ain't level 50 for nothing

I - Flanx's first game was Sonic Adventure and Power Stone and OH MY GOD I'M FUCKING OLD

N - Metroid HQ is having a Metroid marathon charity drive at Metroid HQ

T - Overloard Zetta actually agrees with me that Pokemon HG/SS are basically overrated. Personally, I agree with Luna Sy, that the best Pokemon game to start with is the most recent one so that you can participate in a thriving community aspect

M - PK's own little slice of Tunetoid

~ Striderhoang


I'm sick.

I feel like five butts stapled together and I hate life and want to die.

How are things with you?

So short caps it is. I wrote a big long-winded, and only barely video game related, blog the other day about reading some MechWarrior books. Long story short, they're kind of terrible but I still sort of like them. They remind me of those off-brand cheezies we'd sneak into the movie theatre, extra greasy, covered in cheeto dust, and they'd make you sick if you had too many. Exact same mix of embarrassment and shameful cravings.

I love this month's Bloggers Wanted assignment. I'd do one myself on MechWarrior but I think everyone has heard enough about that by nowt.  My sweetheart Kass has a blog she's been meaning to do for a little bit that would be PERFECT for the topic, so lets all subtlety peer pressure her into that.

I think it is hilarious that people still get mad at Holmes. If you've followed him or Dtoid for any length of time you'll know that man has a very different, and often beautiful, way of looking at games than most people. I find the "insults" people took from his article particularly ridiculous. I can tell you as a fighting game and FPS player myself, I totally am an "impatient control freak"! Look at the genres we play! I'll read five thousand word articles about fuzzy guards and buffering sonic booms just to feel like I have more control over a match of Street Fighter. I'll pick perks and loadouts in Titanfall specifically designed to let me bring up ironsights .3 seconds faster, or shave one bullet off the time it takes to kill an enemy. I have no idea why somebody would be upset over a label they've done everything they could to earn it.

* - Personally, I don't mind buying thing digitally, but FlanxLycanth makes a good case for sticking with the good ol' hard copy.

* - Taterchimp's stat series is back! This time he dives into the world of YouTube comments to see what kind of insights he can gleam about the internet. Make sure to take a shower after that.

* - I believe it. Tomb Raider makes a lot of sense when thought of as survival horror.

* - The indoctrination theory was a fun ride while it lasted. Reminds me of other collective fan theories and such like the infamous "Paul is dead" Beatles trip.

M - Ross loves cutscenes, THAT MONSTER.

A - Heh, two blogs about physical vs digital games in one day! Another point for physical games too.

S - Nanashi takes issue with the grim-dark future of Advanced Wars: Days of Ruin.

A - Sounds like IGM could use some support. I'll definitely check it out.

A - The internet is a trash can. I wish I went to more face-to-face gaming events, nice to see the community get along instead of slinging endless shit.

T - Ninjamoose knows that real STALKERS don't need no HUD.

D - Apparently Tug is having some problems. I haven't been keeping track of the project, but if you're interested it sounds like they could use some help.

A - Brittany is too cool for school.

A - Kyle is too cool for parrot.

M - Holy shit! I didn`t know MC Chris was even making stuff anymore. Nice music video.

R - Hum, I have been craving some anime lately. Thanks for the tips Zer0T0nin!

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Here's your Monday CAPS on a Monday! A fine, post-Evo Monday at that. Those finals sure were something, weren't they gang? Much of the tournament was good, but it was a solid, exciting day all around on Sunday. Even Blazblue, which I was barely interested in, was crazy and kept my attention. God I love Evo.

Here's you day's worth of writing. Do enjoy! We had some great pieces from the community assignment go up today. Get on that, if you haven't started yet. Our fine community manager chose "Things you love that others hate." Shout-outs to Jonathan Holmes for loving to fall flat on his face. He's good at it.

Anyway...it feels good to be sort of 'back' after being irresponsibly absent from my internet corners. I'll try to make up for lost time with too-large images huehuehue

* - The Scholarly Gamer loves...pre-ordering. Specifically, at his local EB games. Read this blog to see the reasoning behind his Stockholm Syndrome.

M - Blitsie's lovely poem about sewer levels.

M - OpiumHerz's many loves. He loves shit, and artsy games. Coincidence?

A - Brittany Vincent with a blog that shouldn't even have to be written, in a perfect world. Reviews are simply not the most important things when deciding on games.

M - Marche100 loves...Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories. (I haven't played it, but boy do I hate the names of KH games.)

A - Xzianna's piece about fighting games and their defining double-edged sword: familiarity. It comes back around to Melee's competitive scene, and posits that they might have a point.

T - Xbit85 has a top 5 list for companion apps. I do appreciate a good one.

V - Michael Jordan counts down some of his favorite "retro" indie games.

V - CoruptAI125 went to EVO. and took a bunch of pics to show us what it was like. #Indestructable

-smurfee mcgee

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Hello everyone! I'm gonna keep this thing short this week, since today marks the two-year anniversary for Scarritt and I. I've got some nice dinner plans, and then who knows. I'm sure we'll probably end up playing games all night, like always, haha. See you all next week!

* - Occams electric toothbrush invites us into his brain world by sharing some of his favorite Youtube videos. Shelley Duvall says hello!

* - Titannel pays homage to Japan System Supply, the developer that made Chameleon Twist and little else before mysteriously disappearing!

A - twingingit wants to see more apologetic heroes, characters who strive to do good rather than kill everything in their path.

A - sonic429 discusses some more games that he'd like to see a sequel for.

P - Episode 041 of Radio Destructoid is ready to enter your listening orifices!

F - Friday Night Fights on Playstation + Dead squirrels!

F - Friday Night Fights on Xbox + Bearded monks!

F - Friday Night Fights on PC + Two forts!

F - Friday Night Fights on Nintendo + Paranoid goslings!

T - Fenriff thinks you should give Titan Souls a try, and I'm inclined to agree with him!

R - Spazzh20 reviews The World Ends With You.

$ - July 11th UK releases and bargains!

F - What, does this guy work for Rockstar or something?

- bbain


Not much by way of Shadeisms today, since I already shot my load in my own blog last Thursday. In case you missed that, I went to my first ever gaming convention last Sunday, and had a great time! I also received a Steam code for The Walking Dead Season 2, which I'm giving away to a lucky Dtoider. You can still enter, so be sure to click if you want in.

Other than that, I played plenty of video games this week. I continued my quest through Dishonored, got deeper into The Wonderful 101, got some Mario Karting in, and am nearing the end of Fire Emblem: Awakening. Everyone in my army is married now except for the future children, Frederick, Libra and Gregor. It's a sad affair for those three, but I simply ran out of females! I wonder if God ever has this problem?

Finally, this week I went to the American embassy in Amsterdam to go get my visa approved. It turns out that exchange program visas are incredibly easy, because I got my approval no questions asked. I've now officially been granted access to the US of A, and most of the other preparations are already complete as well.

I'll be coming for you exactly one month from today, so we're getting very close indeed.
Hide your girlfriend. Be prepared.

* - Video game music, oh yes. bbain's starting a series on his personal favorites, sorted by theme. The first edition is devoted to that happy feeling of...being happy!

* - Everybody take off your hat and pay your respects to Morty. Compiling all of the "10 things" blogs ever must have been a hell of a job.

P - Everyone has time for more Podcasts! Nanashi is taking you into the wonderful world of Playstation.

P - Meanwhile, Fengor is moving his Podcast to the forums. Trust me, I know the woes of our blog editor.

C - Some fellow calling himself "ShadeOfLight" went to a Con and is giving away The Walking Dead Season 2! Oh, and just between you and me, he totally deserved to get stabbed by Nazgűl.

- You want happy, bbain? I'll give you happy.

T - Pixelfiend is done with Watch_Dogs. Doing boring sidemissions in boring Chicago just didn't do it for him.

T - Over time a lot of things have been fixed about Diablo 3. But if you ask Ninjamoose, it still isn't all that great.

- ShadeOfLight
May you always find water and shade


So here's the complete run down of what I bought during the Steam Summer sale. I'm actually surprised at what runs on my laptop. A few things might've been bought with the intention of someday. But I certainly never expected Skullgirls to run. I have my girlfriend to thank when she called me and told me she got herself addicted to it. "You're what? Skullgirls runs on your laptop? I gotta try it then."

Seriously, I need to look at her laptop. That, or the one before my current was hella old.

Jade Empire (status: will play)
I loved Jade Empire back in the day. I played it during my stint as a rental store clerk and never got to finish it of course. My last memory of it back then was recruiting Black Cyclone or whatever that guy's name was with the twin axes.

Sir, You Are Being Hunted Steam (status: on hold)
Unsure of requirements. Then again, I'm surprised how well Skullgirls runs so...

Really Big Sky (status: play someday. Mostly sale grab)

PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX+ (status: play someday. Mostly want to hold for party)

Broken Age (status: sale grab)

Toki Tori 2+ (status: sale grab)

Shelter (status: curious, on hold)

Vanguard Princess (status: sale grab)
I played Vanguard Princess back when it was still making rounds on the Internet as an ex-Capcom employee pet project and was just an executable. I just wanted it for a few dollars less for my collection

One Finger Death Punch (status: on hold)
Basic looking but undeniably fun rhythm combat game.

Ikaruga (status: sale grab)
It's Ikaruga. I love grabbing them shmups.

Aqua Kitty - Milk Mine Defender (status: playing)
This was on my wishlist ever since I combed Steam for side-scrolling shooters. It's not one but it was still interesting as hell and turns out, it is!

Teleglitch: Base Game (status: will play)
The trailer was awesome. Why not?

Gunpoint (status: planned to try)
I saw this on IGN's channel of all places but hey, it was a great demo that sold me. FROG LEAP!

Super Puzzle Platformer Deluxe (status: playing)
Puzzle game? Platformer game? Awesome game!

Organ Trail: Director's Cut (status: sale grab)
I have it on my iPad. I wanted to add to my then small library.

Plants vs. Zombies (status: sale grab)
Who doesn't own this damn game twice over?

Defcon (status: on hold)
A classic of Steam by my view.

Broforce (status: playing)

Spacebase DF-9 (status: playing)
A smaller Double Fine resource management game that I talked up on my space list. Oxygen is a premium commodity.

System Shock 2 (status: on hold)
Before Bioshock, there was...

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II (status: on hold)
Before Mass Effect there was...

Ace of Spades: Battle Builder (status: on hold)
After Minecraft there was...

Long Live The Queen (status: tried, on hold)
I haven't played a Japanese visual novel since Ace Attorney. Why not add a leveling mechanic and brutal death at every turn?

Goat Simulator (status: goat)

They Bleed Pixels (status: sale grab)

Super Amazing Wagon Adventure (status: sale grab)
As seen on Game Grumps' Steam Train!

Delver (status: will play)
I love a rogue-like. I used to love Minecraft. How 'bout that?

Noir Syndrome (status: sale grab)
Rogue-like crime noir? You gotta be kidding me.

World of Goo (status: sale grab)
Played on my Wii. Pretty ok. Aggressively ok.

Kentucky Route Zero (status: playing)
The dog's name is Blu. Take the elevator up. There are bears.

Nidhogg 2-Pack (status: on hold)
One for me, one for Everyday Legend. HAVE AT THEE.

Garry's Mod (status: sale grab)
I don't own this game?

Surgeon Simulator (status: on hold)
I know your kind.

Orion Dino Horde (status: sale grab)
$20 game for $2. COM'ON!

Skullgirls Gift (status: playing)
Gonna main Squigly. Can't wait for Eliza.

BattleBlock Theater (status: on hold)
The 360 darling on PC!

The Swapper (status: sale grab)
See a pattern here?

Jazzpunk (status: will play)
Adult Swim games huh? WITH HUMOR.

Metal Slug 3 (status: on hold)
As if I don't know what I'm getting myself into here.

E.Y.E.: Divine Cybermancy (status: sale grab)
I forgot I bought this.

Toki Tori (status: sale grab)

The Cave (status: on hold)
Requisite Double Fine purchase

Octodad: Dadliest Catch (status: on hold)
Octopus simulator 2014, fatherhood DLC installed

PixelJunk™ Shooter (status: on hold)

Half-Life 2 (status: on hold)
Yes, I've never beaten it.

XCOM Enemy Unknown (ROW) (status: on hold)
If its good enough for Wrenchfarm...

Castle Crashers (status: on hold)
Probably will play with girlfriend if anything.

Wizorb (status: playing)
All the fun of Breakout with magic.

Psychonauts (status: playing)
Main play. Oh, I'm playing this game so hard. I love this game.

Super House of Dead Ninjas (status: on hold)
Saw on _Star's channel. Why not? I'm OCD on speedruns.

And there you go. $200 worth of games added to my collection and more possibly on the way if they pop up on sale to gift to my girlfriend for new ways to play with each other. I mean, I was really surprised to hear her say she got addicted to Skullgirls of all games. First Animal Crossing, now Skulgirls. She really is my soulmate. She probably won't become midtier at it but still, I could someday talk strats with her on matchups.

A - Save the Vita! Or don't! CTG cares though. Does Sony care? Most likely no. But we can still dream of a better world

D - Twisted Jenius updates us on his game: Reptile Zoo. Retrofaction suggests work on a dynamic lighting system

T - Invictus is nervous about Dragon Age: Inquisition. Are you ready to open your heart to Bioware one more time?

T - Swagger can't believe in the debacle on Ground Zeroes. Remember when MGS was about replayability? Pepperidge Farms doesn't remember.


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