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Cblogs of 03/24/15 + Random Gaming Thoughts of the Week
9:22 AM on 03.26.2015
Cblogs of 3/23/15: Trailer-gasms
10:37 PM on 03.24.2015
Cblogs of 3/22/15 + Wonder-isms!
8:38 PM on 03.23.2015
Cblogs of 3/21/15 - Bard, The Walking Dead Caretaker
12:49 PM on 03.22.2015

Some of you may have woken up this morning, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready to start the day. But before you walked out the door to take on the world, you thought “I'm going to check out the Friday recaps. That handsome man, TheDustinThomas, always posts the Friday caps before the rooster crows.” Then, you were confused, and that was followed by disappointment.

Now that the weather here in Ohio has warmed up a bit, the flea market season has begun, and today was my first day out there, hustlin' and bustlin', trying to get all those videogames for as cheap as I possibly could, adding to the collection. So, the expect the Friday caps to appear later in the day on Saturdays until the vicious Ohio winter returns.

So, last Friday just happened to be a Friday the 13th, and I felt the need to address in some way, which I did. But, this caused me to forget about a very significant person in my life passing way, Sam Simon.

Some of you may recognize that name and not realize why or where. If you've ever watched an episode of The Simpsons, you've likely seen this:

Sam Simon was one of the original creators the show, and even though he left Gracie Films in 1993, he still gets credit at the beginning of every episode. Some have argued that it's his influence that made the show what it is today, and some still argue that Matt Groening or James L. Brooks are the true masterminds. Whatever the case may be, those three collaborated to create my all-time favorite television show, and when Sam Simon passed away, it felt like a part of my childhood passed with him.

He lost a long battle with cancer, and after reading up a little bit more about him, he was a very fascinating man. In addition to The Simpsons, you'd find his name in the credits of several other revered TV series, like Taxi, Cheers, and Friends. He also was a boxing manager at one time, and competed in the World Series of Poker. The dude had range, is what I'm saying.

This is the part of the recap where I talk about what I've been playing, but I haven't played anything other than Hotline Miami 2, which I've already spoken about. But the reason I haven't played anything new is because I made the unfortunate mistake of starting Breaking Bad. Unfortunate in the sense that I know I have no life for the next little while. I'm 5 episodes in right now and I'm already hooked.

Cblogs of 3/20/15 + Theisms: Heisenberg Edition
10:51 AM on 03.21.2015
Cblogs of 03/19/15 + Things I could talk about (but won't)
2:05 PM on 03.20.2015





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Super Smash Bros. Wii U arrived and surprise, it’s still a super fun game I will put many hours in. But I must say my lack of precision in executing tilts and Smash attacks is getting more on my nerves. It’s something that has always been a problem for me in these games, and I’ve been trying hard to get used to it, but it’s difficult. I have to fight my tendency to move the analog stick fast. To do tilts you have to move the stick very slowly and only halfway there, it doesn’t feel natural. And it’s aggravating to accidentally do Smash attacks with a slow character and end up losing a match because of it. That is just a blemish in an otherwise fine game. I will be joining the Unofficial Dtoid Tournament and I accept with open arms anyone that wants to do some sparring practice, or just wants to play some matches for fun.

Mass Effect 2 improves on the original in many aspects. The combat is much better, you have multiple cities now instead of one central hub (though I miss the Presidium part of the Citadel), graphics are improved, inventory is streamlined, armor has more varied designs and you can customize it. Oh, and the female Shepard has even better voice acting in this game! Some lines are great. Not to mention Shepard displays a wider range of emotions in her face. I am feeling a bit meh about the characters, though. I don’t like Jacob and I feel indifferent towards Miranda, I think Ashley was a more believable character. She was also more lively; Miranda is a bit dull. However, Mordin is interesting and Garrus is still cool, though he seems depressed in this game. By the way, the reunion with Garrus and the resulting fight for survival was amazing! I’m crossing my fingers for more memorable moments like that in the game.

Best collectible in a videogame? Old Playboy magazines in Mafia II. A bit of titillation is a nice reward for hunting down useless items.

Devil May Cry is still a pretty fun action game to play after all these years. It’s simple, dated in some aspects, but challenging and fun. Though it has been surpassed by its successors Devil May Cry 3 and Bayonetta in every way. You can definitely see this game was originally supposed to be a new Resident Evil game. Everything from the creepy castle atmosphere to the fixed camera angles to being able to check many background objects for no reason to even using the same font and sound effects from previous Resident Evil games is there. There’s even a first-person underwater section that feels completely out of place in an action game like this.

Sora is freaking stupid. I love the Kingdom Hearts games, but the characters and the story can be so terrible. I’m currently finishing Re: Chain of Memories to move on to KH II Final Mix and Birth By Sleep Final Mix. Can’t. Wait.

That’s it from me this week. Some of the thoughts I had playing these games. Why not share yours in the comments?

Peace!

No Topsauce for you

A - There’s nothing SpielerDad loves more than spending his tax refund at GameStop.

A - Terry 309 writes about the state of the industry and how gaming is ‘dying’ for him, and then he goes on a rant about regretting listening to feedback…

P - Ask the secrets of the universe to the Error Machine Podcast.

P - The Dead Pixels Podcast asks the one million dollars question, which Aladdin game was better, SNES or Genesis?

C - Hey brah, fight me in virtual life! Join this unofficial Super Smash Bros. Wii U tournament!

This stage is a lot of fun

R - BigDoniel choose to play The Witcher 1 for the first time. Was it the right choice?

R - I did Nazi this Wolfenstein review coming (but you did see that tired pun coming).

T - Dragon Age Inquisition has received patch 5 (!). AvtrSpirit details what is new in the patch and gives tips for enjoying the game to the fullest.

T - Kumasimc shares his thoughts on Betrayer.

V - Destructoid’s resident Irish bear takes a look at the Dragon Age games and its (often erroneous) use of Irish words.

You know what? Forget what I said. Miranda has the best plot.

L - Buyer’s remorse at deathbed. We’ve all been there.

C - Kumasimc says Bloodborne has rekindled his enthusiasm for games, but he doesn’t explains to us why.

Adios, and until next time

-Script

FPotD











So I'm going to keep this recap fairly short. There isn't a whole lot I've been doing since last time but oh ok I've been straight up addicted to the head dunking-ly good Netflix series The Trailer Bark Boys.


Shoot I mean the Trailer Park Boys.

Not much of a "sit and watch hours upon hours of Netflix" kind of person (somewhere a Dick in a pink bathrobe just felt a sudden cold chill) but recent boredom and running out of good shit to watch forced me to explore the plentiful options of Netflix.


Holy crap this series has been around since 2001 but I'm only just getting to it, that should be a crime. Seriously the show took my by surprise how good it was. Reminds me of when I fired up Diablo III for the first time. It's almost as if the good qualities I like about gaming exist in other mediums of entertainment... Something that I thought I would mildly enjoy turned out to be a choo choo train of a good time.


skip to 5:55 if it didn't automatically


Things I like about this show:

-it's raw and vulgar
-kind of that The Office-esque awkward jump cuts and interview stuff I like
-falling down hills
-makes me feel better about myself
-Ricky mispronouncing stuff
-loveable sidekick Bubbles
-Julian's glass
-Jrock white guy that acts gangsta
-Jim the Trailer Park Supervisor is actually kind of annoying
-Canadian Accents that I notice every once in awhile
-Rush reference
-new season coming out this month
-still have about 5 more to go, whereas usually I burn through them pretty quickly I will be taking my time on this one

Things I don't like about this show:

And without further ado, here are your recaps for Monday the 23rd of March, 2015.




* - Showing all you video people how it's done, Dustin does a combo video/blog recap of his gaming haul recently at a flea market. Take special note on there being more than just a video and social media links Hinty, McHint Hint ;)

* - Like playing games online? Hate playing with strangers?? Scholarly has you covered with this update for the Dtoid Gamertag List!

* - Crazy Shade is giving away Trine the complete pack to one lucky contestant as a way of honoring a game he looks forward to releasing, that is Trine 3. Very cool thing you're doing man!

* - There's more free game codes courtesy of this week's Playstation-Toid!




S - Enda the Lion chooses to start a career in Dtoid recaps by starting a cblog series about interactive story telling, clearly Enda wants to get straight to business!

A - Aslothatemypie does a really fun thing we should all try and imagines what games would be like with a specific character in it it was a funny read

S - Chist continues to watch Garbage for the good of us in Volume 5 of Shit box










R - Kooram gives us a review of Ori and the Blind Forest








No fails, now fuck off Randy.




-Nanashi

FPotD









I have been deputized. I am now part of the long arm of "the law" on Destructoid. I won't lie, when Andy asked me to become part of the mod squad, i had to think on it for a good part of the day because it does slightly change my relationship with you guys as a community member. Well, so did becoming a recapper, but that didn't change too much in terms of overall perception.

For the most part, this doesn't really change much. I've come to understand the best elements of our community are generally participating in two or three facets of it at least. If you're seen around the community blogs, the front page comments, the forums, Outer Heaven or are a part of Friday Night Fights you're probably also the least likely to cause trouble. You're the cool people. Even if I don't agree with you on some things, I know people really active participants have the community's best interests at heart.

So its really just people being assholes, trolls surfing Disqus and bots I have to watch out for. The sorts of people that aren't so much participants as obnoxious instigators or just trying to sell you crap. Not much of an issue. I also know this means a small percentage of the time some random person will try to paint me as a censorous monster for doing what a moderator is supposed to do. I moderated in some MMO guild forums and fansites circa 2003-2009, so I know how fun that is.

That's the slight change, the people that make you out to be a monster for doing your voluntary job. It doesn't matter what you do, either, they've decided! It also was my guild officer experience. Bid points on gear you attended events and helped others to get? An outrage, even if the guy complaining couldn't use the gear, didn't attend the event and you did and could use it. Logic!

That was before people sought internet fame on social media or Let's Plays and live streaming and had to settle for forums, podcasts and epic loot. It already sounds like distant history. Oh, well, at least it doesn't just make me feel old now, does it?

I expect the trouble to be like a 1% of the time thing, though.

Anyway, should you ever need to call my attention to someone being an ass or African princes/Russian mail-order brides spamming offers on how to make $64 an hour using one weird trick in comment sections, just send me a PM and I'll see what I can do. If I don't respond in 15 or 20 minutes, it means I already saw it and did something, I'm at work or sleeping and you should probably ask someone else. 

In other personal news, I have some blogs incoming! I also decided  to open a WordPress blog which I am calling The Fae Agenda. Don't worry, I'm not abandoning my blog here at Destructoid, this new blog just serves additional purposes. I've thought about continuing my "agenda" posts here and then having The Fae Agenda kind of be a place where I unpack the reasoning behind the jokes and perhaps talk about the issues a bit more seriously. Like a B-Side, if you will.

The reference is probably lost on anyone that grew up with iPod.

I haven't really decided the ultimate goal there, but you won't be seeing me doing a cut/paste of things from there to my blog here that much, if at all,  though I might archive some of my stuff from here to there. 

That aside, I watched three movies this week - Millenium Actress, Birdman and Justice League: War. All were a great time, in fact, I might like Millemium Actress just a bit more than Paprika because it has so much heart in it. Its about the life of a woman named Chiyoko and is sort of a romantic drama where the lines of memory and reality blur to show you her career as an actress. 

If you've seen Forrest Gump, imagine his memories springing to life around that bench he sat on and the people listening to him becoming participants in the memory. That's kind of how Millenium Actress operates and this may be one of my favorite films now because its done so beautifully. You feel you got to watch Chiyoko's entire life play out, her highs and lows amidst her journey to find someone dear to her.

I could talk about Birdman, but it's just a fantastic and rather surreal movie. It's almost hard for me to believe most of the scenes were done in a single shot. The way it flows makes it hard to not stay engaged. Just watch it.

Justice League: War won me over mostly with its portrayal of Wonder Woman. I'm actually not a big fan of the character as she's usually the stiff, rigid feminist stereotype of DC's leading superhero trinity, but here she has this extremely off-the-boat/Coming to America culture shock thing going for her and it is adorable. This is balanced against her being easily the most capable and controlled fighter aside from Batman and The Flash. Her fights are efficient and visceral.

Superman, Green Lantern, Shazam and Cyborg each have problems keeping their powers in check, often doing far more damage than necessary to control a situation. Wonder Woman is so efficient with her powers I’d hide behind her and not those guys.

It was also good that Cyborg's origin was central to the story more than any other character. DC always tries to position Cyborg as important within the DC Universe, but I honestly didn't know any version the guy's backstory until this film. I'd always seen him around in the Titans comics but you got to get into the guy's head a little more here.

You learn that while Victor's a star football player and respected by his peers, his father is so into his own work he doesn't give a shit. That struck a cord with me because my family very much treated my interests in writing and participation in theater that way. Victor would look into the stands after making a big play and his dad's just not there. It stung a bit. Suddenly, I felt like I knew more about him than most of the heroes I had read for years.

It's one thing to be validated and respected by your peers, but with family it may be even more important - honestly to the point some people would be willing to go without your peers' respect if they could have it from family. While this isn't really that deeply explored in the movie, it was nice to see Cyborg get his origin in the spotlight and those important details about him out there. He also becomes rather important to resolving the plot.

It is kind of funny this movie was made to portray the more grimdark "New 52" universe, particularly now that DC’s rebooting the universe again to push the comics in a more character-driven direction than a universe-driven one. If the comics were to focus on the character traits of Wonder Woman and Cyborg as I know them in this movie, it would definitely sell me their comics. They don't all have to be gritty and dark like Batman, which has kind of been DC's faulty strategy for a while now - they bank on Batman at the expense of everything, even Superman.

I'd really like a Wonder Woman that is an extremely disciplined warrior but is a socially naive and tasked wth being a political ambassador. Its a very interesting and fun take on her. Cyborg having all this amazing technology at his disposal and the ability to assimilate it, but still not feeling like he adds up in the eyes of his own family? I couldn't think of something that would make him more human than that.

Time for the recaps!

* - This could have been an easy topsauce, given my love of all things SMT, but Charlietime tells us quite a tale with how he came to obtain Digital Devil Saga.

* - Stupid Name Guy discusses Kojima's seemingly inevitable departure from Konami, its implications on the industry and then slips in a Nocturne reference.

* - Your comments of the week, robotically revolutionized.

T - TroyFullbuster talks about his third day at Apex.

A - Bardley looks at the sensational silver age of Superman.

M - Maggit resurfaces to promote his band, mindSedge.

No fails!

FPotD










I'm sure you must be aware by now that I'm a fan of AMC's The Walking Dead series, and man, did last week's episode really hit me in the emotional gut. Obviously, I can't talk without telling you what happens so there's SPOILERS up to the current episode AND part of the comics, so if you're the type to binge watch, or simply didn't see this season for whatever reason, this is your warning to scroll down. Like, ALL the way down. I got a lot to say.

Anyway, as you may have seen, Rick's group has made it to a place well known in the comics as Alexandria Safe-Zone, a closed off community that managed to survive the horrors of the apocalypse. I'm serious, they got running water, electricity to play video games, and even have dinner parties on occassions! For the first time in forever, these characters can finally rest for a bit. So where does the sadness come from?

Well, first and foremost, my third favorite character Tyreese dies just two episodes before making it to the safe haven back in episode "What Happened and What's Going On?". I know in this series, deaths are bound to happen, but Tyreese managed to "escape" his comic book death (where he dies during The Governor's execution by having his head sliced off with a sword), and I was really hoping that he would at least last until now since, being the non-combatant he wants to be, he could have some leisure of peace.

What's worse is that a relatively new character, Noah (played by Everybody Hates Chris' Tyler James Williams) gets killed due to circumstances and cowardance. To bring you up to speed, since the boring episode "Slabtown", Noah is a character that Beth befriends after she was kidnapped and forced to work in a hospital, and after a botched escape attempt, Noah manages to leave "captivity" while Beth is taken back. When Noah meets with Rick's group to get Beth back, Rick's group decides to try diplomacy to negotiate for his people (Beth and Carol) back, but the other side got greedy and demands that Noah also be returned. While Noah is willing to go, Beth dies in an attempt to kill the leader, and thus allows Noah to be able to leave.

The very next episode, Tyreese gets killed due to Noah's involvement: Beth's last wish for Noah was to get him back home, and thus Rick decides to bring him to his gated neighborhood he hasn't seen in years. While both Noah and Tyreese are distraught over Noah's dead family in his home, Tyreese gets bitten and eventually dies to his wounds. This means that Noah inadvertantly caused two deaths in the group, but rather than hating on the character, I was actually under the assumption that he would actually LAST: since these weren't minor characters (Beth is from Season 2 while Tyreese has been since 3), I thought Noah would make up for it.

Nope: in last week's episode "Spend", several characters including Glenn and Noah, head to a facility to find parts to fix the generators for Alexandria. Obviously, things go wrong, and it eventually leaves to a seemingly no-win scenario: Glenn, Noah, and a character named Nicholas, gets trapped in a revolving door surrounded by zombies on both sides, and that means that there's nowhere to go. However, Eugene manages to draw half the zombies away, but because of how revolving doors work, and the character's positions (Glenn and Noah are on the right most door whereas Nicholas is on the left), one of the two groups will lead to the herd of Walkers.

Glenn, not wanting anyone to die, has a plan: because Nicholas has ammo but lost his gun, and Glenn has a rifle but no ammo, Glenn wants to use the gun to bang through the window and crawl out, then Nicholas could simply rotate the doors and leave. However, that kind of glass isn't easily broken, and the force almost gets Nicholas killed as it opens his side to Walkers. Glenn assures him that this will work if Nicholas acts as the counter-force, but this is where things went down: before Glenn bangs the door again, Nicholas rushes through the door and leaves Glenn and Noah to the herd, the latter of which gets grabbed.

As Nicholas escapes through the small opening in his side, Noah is being dragged. His final words to Glenn was "Don't let me go" before the Walkers simply slides Noah away, leaving Glenn safe behind the doors. While the episode could've easily just shown that, it did something WAY more brutal: Noah is thrown up against the glass still alive, and is eaten right in Glenn in a gruesome manner: his cheeks actually gets ripped apart! What happens next is what I consider to be one of the most nicely edited segments I've seen that's simple, yet effective.

After Noah is finally dead, we see Glenn sit safely in the revolving doors for a while: while he easily could've just escaped, Glenn takes in Noah's death. If you recall, Glenn has experienced among the fewest amounts of character deaths in the series: he wasn't there when most characters died, like when Herschel gets his head cut off, Beth being shot in the head, Tyreese succumbing to death, etc. However, Noah was brutally (well, not like Gears of War brutal, but still) ripped apart right in front of him, and he sits in the doors first horrified, then in disbelief, then almost despondent.

This actually reminds me of the movie The Amazing Spider-Man 2. First of all, I find these two movies inferior to Sam Reimi's trilogy. Secondly, spoilers I guess: late in the movie, Gwen Stacy, Peter Parker's love interest, dies, and Peter Parker feels guilty for her death. While the movie was pretty bad, I did like how they handled the aftermath: we see Peter Parker standing over the tombstone in the graveyard after the funeral, and everytime the camera cuts, we see him in different season in different clothing and positions, and it was really sad to see. The same effect was done for this The Walking Dead episode, and on top of being utterly angry at Nicholas, that episode made me emotionally... well, spent.

I really liked Noah as a character, and thought that he had potential to be better. And although an interview reveals that Noah actually lasted longer than he was supposed to (his contract was only 3 episodes but got around 7 if we're counting minor appearances), I still hate to see him go... but also can't wait to see what goes down because of it.

If you think I'm not going to talk gaming, I do have a bit to mention... however, it's about League of Legends, which I assume isn't very well liked around here. Still, I'll just jot down my thoughts about the new character Bard, whom I "purchased" to play as. Bard is a unique character in that he's meant to be a "roaming" support. For context, the game is 5v5, and there are three lanes on the map: top, where one tanky fighter goes, middle where a mage goes, a Jungler who wanders between lanes, and a two-man ADC/Support combo who handles bottom. Bard is specifically meant to LEAVE bottom lane (though he can stay should he choose) to help out the other lanes, just as the Jungler would. Since I like the idea of not staying in lane (which is why I prefer to play Junglers), I thought Bard would be a great fit for me.

Turns out, I really, REALLY, suck as him. See, every character has 4 "attacks", and his attacks aren't always particularly useful: his "Q" is a stun, which is effective, but the cooldown is long, meaning you can't spam it (think of it as having one round in the revolver's chamber then needing to reload it: you got one shot before you reload, so you need to use it carefully); his "W" allows him to place a healing item for teammates to pick up for health and a brief surge in speed, but it needs to be "charged" for the full effect, and since fights can be win or loss in a blink of an eye, it feels too little, too late; his "E" allows him to create a portal, but unless you're planning to escape or ambush through terrain, it is actually useless in, say, a team fight in the middle of a field with no walls (it ONLY works through a wall).

His unique "ultimate" is a ball he lobs that freezes and protects almost everything in place, including enemies and teammates. This can be helpful or a hinderance depending on position, timing, and intentions, and since I suck, you can figure how bad it is in my hands. See, smart Bard players will use it to freeze, say, half the enemy team, particularly the strong ones, so your team can wipe the rest away, or "protect" your teammates from a devastating attack by "freezing" them before an utimate hits... but I accidently either create bad scenarios by freezing my teammates just so they can get surrounded, or just freeze EVERYTHING and have it do absolutely nothing but "waste" my ultimate.

It's been five horrible games I tried him out, and I'm not getting better. Sad face.

* - Handy has breaking news: the PS4 is getting a "Remastered Collection" which includes popular hit games being made into something slightly better just because they can!

A - Rico the Penguin wonders what it would be like having a female Link in The Legend of Zelda by writing a little bit of fan-fiction to see just how easily it can be achieved!

A - Kumasimc may not be entirely creative with his title (called "Title of Blog"), but he sits down and reminisce his hobby as a gamer with a burst of thoughts about his favorites titles back then.

A - Rowdy Rhod returns after an absense to write an interesting topic: does reality become a detriment to using videogames and movies as escapes?

A - Attack on Titan may not have a Season 2 just yet, but Forgotten Bastion hasn't forgotten about it, and wonders what a videogame based on the series would be like!

S - EdgeL continues his series "Bundling Idiot", which showcases the newest Weekly Humble Bundle by giving a brief description about the games it contains, with this week's emphasis on roguelikes!

S - SeymourDuncan17's back with another edition of his aptly named "25 Video Game Tracks You Should Devour with your Earholes" series with even MORE songs you should be listening to!

S - Solar Pony Django continues his "Uncrateing" series of unboxing Loot Crate good with March's "Covert" theme, and also announces when he will begin recording for his "Piled High Comics: A Comic and Geek Culture Podcast"!



R - N0signal isn't finished talking about The Legend of Zelda just yet with his review of the Wii U release of the Gameboy Advance of The Minish Cap! Should you don the Minish Cap, or is it out of style?

F - TheKodu didn't have high hopes for the series Black Sails due to Michael Bay's (of the infamous Transformers films) involvement, but he is pleasantly surprised by how good the show is!/

V - Johnmasterlee, after being quite pleased with his last blog about cooking fried rice, decides to share with us two videos using "Green Chef", a service that sends ingredients and recipes to your home so you too can cook!



- Dreamweaver

FPotD

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Some of you may have woken up this morning, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready to start the day. But before you walked out the door to take on the world, you thought “I'm going to check out the Friday recaps. That handsome man, TheDustinThomas, always posts the Friday caps before the rooster crows.” Then, you were confused, and that was followed by disappointment.

Now that the weather here in Ohio has warmed up a bit, the flea market season has begun, and today was my first day out there, hustlin' and bustlin', trying to get all those videogames for as cheap as I possibly could, adding to the collection. So, the expect the Friday caps to appear later in the day on Saturdays until the vicious Ohio winter returns.

So, last Friday just happened to be a Friday the 13th, and I felt the need to address in some way, which I did. But, this caused me to forget about a very significant person in my life passing way, Sam Simon.

Some of you may recognize that name and not realize why or where. If you've ever watched an episode of The Simpsons, you've likely seen this:

Sam Simon was one of the original creators the show, and even though he left Gracie Films in 1993, he still gets credit at the beginning of every episode. Some have argued that it's his influence that made the show what it is today, and some still argue that Matt Groening or James L. Brooks are the true masterminds. Whatever the case may be, those three collaborated to create my all-time favorite television show, and when Sam Simon passed away, it felt like a part of my childhood passed with him.

He lost a long battle with cancer, and after reading up a little bit more about him, he was a very fascinating man. In addition to The Simpsons, you'd find his name in the credits of several other revered TV series, like Taxi, Cheers, and Friends. He also was a boxing manager at one time, and competed in the World Series of Poker. The dude had range, is what I'm saying.

This is the part of the recap where I talk about what I've been playing, but I haven't played anything other than Hotline Miami 2, which I've already spoken about. But the reason I haven't played anything new is because I made the unfortunate mistake of starting Breaking Bad. Unfortunate in the sense that I know I have no life for the next little while. I'm 5 episodes in right now and I'm already hooked.

I haven't gotten to the “binge-watching” yet, but I know it's coming. I've never been a big TV show watcher (outside of The Simpsons, of course), but I do occasionally get really into certain shows. It happened with Prison Break, where I watched religiously until the last season, at which point I just lost interest and never finished it. Then it happened with The Walking Dead for the first two seasons and I haven't seen a single episode since.

I'm hoping that doesn't happen here, and I'm pretty sure it won't, as I've only heard nothing but great things about the show's entire run, and I'm really looking forward to getting deeper and deeper into the mind of Walter White.

And speaking of the flea markets, today was actually a very good day. I'm intending on turning it into a video/blog, so be on the lookout for that in the near future.

* - Trapping Pokemon vs hunting monsters, UsurpMyProse leans toward the latter.

* - Sometimes, “bad” sequels do a lot more than we give them credit for.

* - The hype train is capable of ruining the biggest of titles. Charlie talks about this in regards to Final Fantasy XV.

A - Titannel is one of two people I know who have ever played a Virtual Boy.

A - Cannibal Steve just wants to let you know what he's into at the moment. That RoboCop book sounds mighty fine.

A - What's the deal with candles?......and airplane food?

S - GoofierBrute gives us his addition to the Legend of Zelda edition of Band of Bloggers.

S - The latest edition of RedHeadPeak's gaming history compares real WWII snipers to their videogame contemporaries.

F - Get in on some Playstation community battles.

F - Strider throws everyone a curve ball in the Nintendo FNF...though this is the last time I can call it that.

F - If the Xbox is your thing, this is the FNF for you.

F - EU FNF all up in ya business.

$ - It may be a little late now, but Agent9 helped out those of you looking for a Mega Man amiibo.

T - Wizard of Radical examines the Telltale formula in regards to the latest episode of Tales from the Borderlands.

A - The latest edition of Occam Thought is about art. The real kind of art, not the pretentious kind.

A - Enjoy some villainous art, courtesy of the Hoff.

M - My latest Weekly Top 5 is my first foray into writing about videogame music.

V - Chi Guy gives us a Type-0 video review.

You guys were pretty busy yesterday, probably the most blogs I've had to recap thus far into my tenure, and you still managed to avoid the fails completely. I love you guys.

-TheDustinThomas

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Hello there friends! It feels like this week was a really productive week for Destructoid. Lots of great articles went up, and among those are definitely a couple that I could -ism about for a while. I won't though, because I've got something better.

For example, I could talk about this article by Glow "Glowbear" Bear, about ASMR in gaming. I could talk about how ASMR is almost tailored-made for me, because I get easily overwhelmed by the sights and sounds of everyday life. Seriously, put me in a busy street and my mind goes: "Oh, she's cute-why does that guy have such a hideous shirt-Hey, bird-that piece of gum wasn't here yet yesterday-man she really is super cute isn't she-where did that car horn come from-oh hey according to the church clock I'm five minutes early-that guy looks JUST like Putin-who would toss their shoes out on the streets like that-jeez that couple behind me just can't stop talking about soccer can they-something smells weird around here-yep, she's still cute".

- This, but instead of a squirrel it's anything and everything. Though mostly cute girls. 

Basically, I take in everything, and I do mean everything. It's the main reason why I avoid crowds any way I can, it's just too much information to process. In contrast, ASMR are small, constant, predictable sounds, plus it's easy to lie back and close your eyes to avoid light pollution. It's the greatest. In fact my mom tells me that when I was a baby she would have to put the vacuum cleaner on in the other room, because I wouldn't sleep otherwise.
I could talk about how much I do recommend that anyone who likes ASMR should try a relaxing hypnosis session at least once. To me hypnosis is like ASMR but better. It gets me all floaty and heavy at the same time, it's relaxing to the point where you might not even be aware of your body anymore. And it's not such a stretch, is it? If you like someone whispering random things in your ear to relax you, wouldn't it be all the more relaxing to have those whispers specifically goad you into sleeping?
So that's something I could talk about. But I won't.

I could also talk about Jed "Glowbear" Whitaker's article on Nintendo's "Do It" promotion of its female characters. I could talk about how not even Nintendo seems to realize how good of a character Zelda really is. Does she really have to turn into a pirate to get recognition? Like, shooting magical light arrows at the biggest threat in the history of Hyrule on three (?) seperate occasions is not on par with "being a pirate"? I could talk about how the gals from Xenoblade got snubbed for their mention, as did Palutena. Or I could talk about how Bombette doesn't hold a candle to Goombella or Bow.
But I won't.

Finally, I could talk about Glowthony "Glowbear" Bearch's article on games like Hotline Miami, and how I disagree with it. I could talk about how Burch seems to misunderstand that the fact that games like Hotline Miami are fun is part of the entire message. These games go out of their way to make killing fun, and then turn it around on you. That's the point. They hold a mirror up to you and go "Dude, do you realize what you've been doing all this time?" That's why it works. For example, after every level in Hotline Miami, the game makes you backtrack all the way through the building you just massacred, back to your car. All the bodies are still there, there's blood all over the place, it's a mess. I think this is really effective. You were so caught up in your killing and your high scores that you didn't even realize what you were actually doing. Are you happy now, are you not entertained? Do you really want to keep going, you sick fuck? What kind of a person are you?


- ...apparently?

Of course, it only goes so far because at the end of the day it's just pixels you're murdering. Still, I think the message is much more effective than Burch gives it credit for. And far from downplaying the message, making the killing fun to do actually enhances it. Burch's alternative is making the player feel the weight of his action in the gameplay itself. I'm not against that at all, but I don't know if it would work as well. If the game convinces you from the get-go that killing is bad m'kay, what kind of message do you really have? If the player doesn't have an incentive to go on his killing spree, you're not saying anything. You're essentially telling the player something he already knows, namely that killing isn't fun and you shouldn't kill people. Unless the player is some seriously disturbed individual, you're just preaching to the choir here. "Great, let's not do this morally reprehensible thing that doesn't benefit me in any way!" If you're like me, you'll probably attempt a pacifist run, and that's all there is to it. We've learned nothing.

So I could talk about that as well. But I won't.

What I will talk about is how I played a bunch of South Park: The Stick of Truth this week. I'm going to talk about how I learned to control my magic farts to blow up 10-year-olds, how I stopped an alien invasion by butt-fucking a guy with a dildo the size of which really shouldn't be allowed, how I substituted actual magic for a firecracker to someone's face, how I put balls on my chin, how I went on a fetch-quest to find the missing children of a talking poo and his abusive wife, how I impaled Kenny on a unicorn's horn more times than I can count, how I 'relocated' a bunch of hobos, and how I became Facebook friends with Lemmiwinks.

So let's get to it.

*ahem*

Okay guys, this week I learned to control my magic farts to blow up 10-year-olds,  I stopped an alien invasion by butt-fucking a guy with a dildo the size of which really shouldn't be allowed, I substituted actual magic for a firecracker to someone's face, I put balls on my chin, I went on a fetch-quest to find the missing children of a talking poo and his abusive wife, I impaled Kenny on a unicorn's horn more times than I can count, I 'relocated' a bunch of hobos, and I became Facebook friends with Lemmiwinks.

And I wrote the most meta Shadeisms in my almost two-and-a-half years as a Recapper.


* - There are people with an N-Gage. Everything I ever knew is a lie.

* - bbain "Glowbear" Davis steals back the blog series I stole from him. It's all good though, because anyone would go gay for this music he shared.


S - El Dango explains where Boss Fight Appreciation Zone is. The only correct answer is 'not in my eyehole', and this needs remedying. None of your excuses.

S - EdgeL has a sweet Snowboard Kids avatar and has been MIA from Destructoid for a couple of years. Now they're back to give you intel on game bundles.

P - A new Error Machine is here, featuring wrestling Nintendo fleas. I'd so play that.

A - AvtrSpirit continues to look at how to critique video games. In this blog he tackles the difficulties in identifying a game's story, when you can be as lethal or as pacifist as you want.

A - Valve had Steam Machines at GDC, and nobody cared. Samsmith knows why.

A - Ever bought a game on a whim on the cheap, and ended up loving it? Saturnsiren has!






- Still not as cool as a pirate.



- I hope those points were worth it.


F - In a bonus episode of the Shit Box, Chist watched Jack & Jill. Don't worry man, despite what Occam's might tell you, Sucker Punch is much better.



- Come to think of it, Sucker Punch is actually pretty similar to that Hotline Miami thing I didn't talk about. If you're going into this movie to see a bunch of strippers fighting, you'll find that this movie doesn't think too highly of people who watch a movie just to see a bunch of strippers fighting.



- Becoming Facebook friends with Lemmiwinks is all I still needed out of life. I'm glad I got to talk about it.




- ShadeOfLight
May you always find water and shade

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