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12:19 PM on 08.10.2013

An Intro to Me: Your New Community Playdate Manager!

Hello,

Hi there. How's it going? So, uh..nice weather we're having here huh?  Yea, real nice weather there...

Look, I hate these intro things, you hate them, hell we ALL hate them, so why don’t we just skip to the good stuff shall we?

I've been on Destructoid for almost seven years now, joined waaaaay back in February, 2007 and have been pretty active with the community since. I started my time here as a front page lurker, eventually tried my hand at being an active member of the forums (oh dear god the forums..shiver) and then eventually found a home right here in the good ole CBlogs.  Hell, some of you may even know me by my former name "ChillyBilly".

For those of you not familiar with me, let me briefly tell you a bit about myself. I'm what you might call...a collector. No, no that's not right.. what was it that Funktastic called me...? Oh, a hoarder! That's it; I'm a hoarder of video games and video game stuff.  If its video game related, I have to have it. Posters, t-shirts, coasters, key chains, games, consoles, handhelds, postcards, stickers, Slurpee cups (yes, even Slurpee cups), I just have to have it. There was a time when I was pretty active on the Cblogs sharing my various Hauls for all of Destructoid to see (the links to the right should still work - if you're so inclined). I've slowed down a bit however, made a big move to a new state, started a new job and decided to focus my energy (and money) elsewhere for the time being. I still game and I still pick up the occasional gaming related item, but it's nothing like it was a couple years ago.

Oh! I've also been one of the guys who’s been writing the Xbox 360 Friday Night Fights posts for the past two years too! Yea, so that's kinda what led me to helping out Andy with the front page FNF stuff.

I love this community and I love when we all come together to play games on a Friday night, or Monday night, or Tuesday night, or Wednesday night or... well hell, I guess every night.

So I guess that's me. I'll do my best to make you proud, I'm always open to suggestions on different ways to get more people involved with the various community playdates here on Destructoid, and i'd love to hear some of your ideas on how we can make the Destructoid Friday Night Fights one of the main reason why people come to the site.

I know I'm no Andy Dixon, but don't let that stop you from yelling at me when I forget to add your game to the front page. I believe in consistency and I would hate to see Andy's good name tarnished by me doing a good job.

Thank you and goodnight.
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12:13 AM on 12.28.2012

ChillyBilly - A.K.A "Bill"

Thanks to the wonderful power of the Internet as well as the awesome fella that is Hamza I proudly present to you, "Bill".

Bill

A totally hot guy who is so freaking smart but is not geeky. Bill is witty and has a quick wicked sense of humor tinged with mild harmless sarcasm.

Quiet during the day but party animal on weekends, in a good way. He can have fun! Likes all kinds of sports, usually has mesmerizing bedroom eyes.

Bill is that hot guy in homeroom who doesn't know he's hot, which is why he's so dang hot.

If you are lucky enough to be friends with a "Bill", then consider yourself set for life. Bill is a loyal friend who will stick by you through thick and thin even if you are annoying the heck out of him or making him mad.

He is a peacemaker, calm, a "go to" guy but he can party it up with the best of them. He is accepting and non-judgmental, and kind-hearted to everybody. Bill is just awesome in every single way. Chicks dig him, guys are good friends with him, everybody loves Bill.


"Who's that guy in homeroom that's real smart, funny, and hot even though he doesn't think he's hot?"

"Girl, that is a Bill. You gotta stand in line like the rest of us chicks until it's your turn - he in deeemand. I best hook up wid dat awesome hottie fo sho."

The most amazing guy ever.

Seriously sweet, hilarious, so loving his girlfriend has no idea what to do with herself. He's the best person she's ever had the pleasure of being close to. He may be a bit jealous at times but it doesn't matter because he's got a ton of really good qualities.

Bill likes long relationships and is very good at knowing how to keep his girl. He makes you feel confident and able to be yourself around him. He has the ability to calm others. Super silly (: but always my favorite.

Example of Bill's awesomeness:

[b]A group of friends is arguing in the hallway when Bill walks in.

The arguing stops.[/b]

one who which is drop dead sexy has a massive penis and will punch anyone out who pisses him off. also bill has ill skillz in everything. Most people know him as a balla.

"Hey bill whats up? - Bill what are you doing tonight?"

This has been a brief look at Bill. A.K.A - ChillyBilly



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3:05 PM on 08.14.2012

My Avatar Is The Hero PAX Deserves, But Not The One It Needs Right Now.



It looks like it's that time of year again! What time, you ask? Why it's "adopt my avatar to take with you to PAX because I have too much stuff going on in my life right now to get there myself time", that's what time it is!

For years my avatar has been attending PAX, hiding in the shadows, protecting the innocent from the scum and evil of society. With my utility, er I mean...with my belt full of neat things, I am the avatar PAX deserves..no wait, I am the avatar PAX needs but..hmmm... I am the avatar PAX didn't know it needed and technically doesn't really need but would probably appreciate if it knew I was there!

Look at my avatar's manly physique:



Chest, chiseled. Face, bearded. Background, moody and dark. Sky, green? Or is that blue, it's kind of like a blue/green combo or something. Hell I don't know what color that is, teal maybe.

Anyway, Chest, chiseled, Face bearded, Muscles, muscly. I am the pinnacle of perfection and the strongest of the strong. My mind as sharp as tacks and my other features are just as sharp and sometimes tacky.

I will protect you as you wade through line after line, trying to score as much swag as you can. I will let no harm come to you as you approach the food area and pay $7.00 for a bottle of water and $9.00 for a slice of pizza. And I will protect you as you Street Pass with other's who may also be Street Passing because that seems like something people would do at a convention focused mainly around video games.

In closing, if you need protection from the seedy, under-worldly and often creepy people that may cross your path then you owe it to yourself to take my avatar with you.

Thank you and goodnight.


*Picture unrelated.



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10:36 AM on 04.11.2012

Another ChillyBilly Haul: Occams the Enabler

I have sworn many, many times that I would slow my collecting down to focus on other things. I've also said that because I literally have no more room in my place to hoard all of this stuff and I think I may have to actually get a storage unit somewhere until I move to a bigger place.

As seen in my last Haul Blog, my intentions of slowing down have, let's just say, not been fully realized. I try though, I really do.

Enter OccamsElectricToothbrush, or as I like to call him; "My Enabler".

Occams has slowly become my go to guy for harder to find gems and games. It seems like at least once a week I get a DM from him asking if I am interested in X, Y or Z game. The thing is, nine times out of ten I AM interested in what he has, and that's not helping my situation any.

In this episode I will highlight some of the gems that Occams has found for me. Oh and there's a bunch of other stuff as well.

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As usual, I will start with the older stuff and then move on to the newer games/swag/items.

First up we have:


Wildfire Electronic Pinball
Now I already have one of these in the box but the actual game has several scratches on it, this one however (the one pictured above) looks brand new and doesn't appear to have ever been played (although I'm sure it has been).

Anyone who know's me knows that I love old school, classic consoles. I'm not talking NES/Atari stuff, I'm talking about those weirdo, obscure consoles from the 70's early 80's. Kind of like this one!



Unisonic Tournament 2000. I found this little fella sitting on a shelf in a Goodwill that I frequent, I'm not sure why I didn't take a picture of the box as well but rest assured It had one.

So that's pretty much it for the "older" stuff. Time to move on to the PS1 & PS2 games!

As a young gamer (in the 90's) I absolutely LOVED anything put out by Working Designs, that's why I was overjoyed when I stumbled upon this gem:


Alundra - I remember playing this when It initially released and am happy to finally have it back in my collection.

Hey, remember that whole thing about Occams always finding games for me?


.//Hack Rebirth, Reminisce and Redemption, all courtesy of Occams. dot Hack Infection was found at a used CD store I believe.


Shadow Hearts Covenant (Another Occams find) and Shadow Hearts From the New World


Wild Arms 3, 4 & 5 - also courtesy of Occams.

See what I mean? Here I am, trying my best to slow my collecting down and what does Occams do? He finds these awesome games that he KNOWS I HAVE TO HAVE! =)

Here are some Non-Occams finds:


Atelier Iris Eternal Mana as well as 2 & 3

Hey look! Some Atlus games!

Baroque, Magna Carta, Shin Megami Tensei Nocturn and ChoroQ


Here we have; Fatal Frame, the hard to find Jurassic Park Operation Genesis, Working Designs Growlanser Generations and Dragon Quest VIII


Grand Theft Auto III, Ghost Recon, X2 Wolverines Revenge, Tekken Tag Tournament, Soul Calibur II and Gran Turismo 4 - these were all found as a bundle at Goodwill. I love Goodwill bundle games, they're always so cheap.


Final Fantasy X, X-2, Ace Combat 5, Burnout Revenge, Rainbow Six Lockdown and Prince of Persian Warrior Within - another Goodwill bundle


Prince of Persia Sands of Time, Manhunt 2, Medal of Honor Frontline, 007 Everything or Nothing, True Crime Streets of L.A. and Mercenaries - the last of the Goodwill bundles for the PS2


I can thank Funktastic for these next few, he talked me in to going back to the store to pick up Grandia Extreme, while I was there I also found Grandia II and Grandia III


Here we have Viewtiful Joe 1 & 2 - one day I will get around to playing these games.


Zone of the Enders and Dragon Ball Z Budokai 3


Everyone loves Katamari! Right? Well if not you can still enjoy these pics of Katamari Damacy and We Love Katamari.


And last, but not least for the PS2 games we have the crème de la crème - Metal Gear Solid - Subsistence Limited Edition. I literally walked in to my local Gamestop one day and bought this, one of the guys I know who works there had it behind the counter for me. For you collectors out there, you don't want to know how much I paid for it (psst..it was under 25 bucks).

Well that's enough of the PS2 hogging all the limelight, it's time for the PSP to take it's turn on the catwalk!


Here we have; Patapon 2, the tough to find Monster Kingdom Jewel Summoner, Blade Dancer, Legend of Heroes III, Me & My Katamari, PoPoLoCrois and Maverick Hunter X


Next up is; Final Fantasy Tactics, Harvest Moon Boy & Girl, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, Patapon and Shin Megami Tensei Persona


And finally we have; Shin Megami Tensei Persona 2 Innocent Sin & Hakuoki Demon of the Fleeting Blossom

Moving on to some PS3 goodies we have;


The Sly Collection & Resistance 3


Aliens vs Predator


InFamous 2 Hero Edition


Uncharted 3 Collectors Edition

Here's a neat little thing that I saved from dumpster hell:

Twisted Metal in-store Sweet Tooth Ice-Cream truck display

Oh and then this thing I stumbled upong

PlayStation 2 in-store display light. It lights up, that's pretty much all it does.

I think that just about does it for this haul blog, I do have a couple more things to share though before I go.

If there's one thing that I absolutely love to collect it has to be art books. You know who else loves to collect art books? Occams Electric Toothbrush. Know what else Occams likes?

Warhammer stuff.



Warhammer Online Artbook (cover and inside art)



Warhammer Online Graphic Novel (hardbound edition - cover and inside art)

Oh, and while I was typing all of this up I had a knock at the door. Wonder who and what it could have been?

Another Occams package!

Hey look, it's a .//Hack Rebirth USB Hub!

Thanks for always looking out for me Occams, I really do appreciate all of your help.

And thank all of you for stopping by today, I hope your stay was a pleasant one.

Until next time!

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8:44 PM on 04.02.2012

10 Things About Me - ChillyBilly


Yep, that's me.

I love these "10 things" posts, maybe this will turn in to like, an annual thing or something.

As like the others before me this blog will be a list of things (10 to be exact) that have to do with me, hopefully they will be both informative and interesting.

On with the show!

10. I'm 38 years old and I still skateboard.

Now, here's the thing. I'm a realist, I know what my body can and can't do. You won't see me on any half-pipes, dropping in on a foot of vert, those days are long, long gone. What you will see though is a fella pushing 40 cruising around the neighborhood on his skateboard, at peace with himself and totally in the moment.


My foot, my board.

Seriously, I've been skating since I was 12, it's a passion, it's my "thing", it's my "like riding a bike", something that I will do until I am unable to and something that I will never feel foreign with. True story; when I was a teen a few buddies and myself built a ditch ramp (mini half-pipe) in the woods behind my house, for a little over a year that ramp was the underground ramp that you HAD to skate if you were from the Central Florida area. We had amateurs, posers and pros skating that ramp, it will always be one of my favorite memories.

9. I am a huge Cure fanatic

Or as I like to call myself, a Figurehead (because I reject the "Curehead" label). I have everything that they have ever recorded, from LP's to mini discs, to CD's, VHS, DVD and BLu-Rays. I have seen The Cure six times live, which may not seem like a lot, until you realize that they hardly ever come over here to the States. My favorite album of all time is Disintegration, it also happens to be, in my humble opinion, one of the greatest albums ever made. It is absolutely perfect from the opening instrumentals to the finishing note.



8. I have been legally dead.

Here's another true story, one that I am more than proud to claim.

When I was a teen I worked alongside my father doing construction (family business), we were building a hotel for a golf course in Michigan, the weather was miserable, cold and rainy. All week it rained but since we had enough of the roofing and siding done we could work indoors, now we weren't far enough along to where no water couldn't get in, we were still working on concrete, as none of the interior stuff had been started yet. At the end of every day it was my job to roll up all of the extension cords, this was obviously because I was a glorified gopher (go for this, go for that) and I had to do all the shit work.

Long story short, one of the extension cords I was rolling up was sitting in a puddle of water, it also had a pretty nasty cut in to it which was exposing the inner workings. I'm pretty sure you can see where this is going. I grabbed the cord and then woke up in the hospital, hands, arms and part of my back burnt.

It wasn't until a few days later that I was told I flat lined and had to be resuscitated. Pretty neat huh.

7. Adam West picked me up and placed me in to the drivers seat of the original Batmobile.

This happened back in the 80's when we still lived in Detroit. Every year there was a huge auto show in Detroit at the Pontiac Silverdome that my dad would take me to. It had everything, tanks, concept cars, motorcycles, psuedo-famous people, and the creme of the crop, Monster Trucks!



During one of our last visits before we moved to Orlando the original Batmobile from the 60's Batman show was on display, Adam West was there signing autographs, I don't remember exactly why he put me in the car, but I do remember him picking me up and placing me in the drivers seat, I had a picture somewhere of me sitting in the seat with him kneeling outside but I haven't seen it in years. I would love to find that photo.

6. I caught a five foot long shark off the coast of Cocoa Beach.

One of the advantages of living in Florida, as well as having a dad obsessed with fishing, is that you have plenty of opportunities to catch fish. For a while we had a 24 foot Bayliner boat that we would take out of Port Canaveral (near Coca Beach). My dad used to shadow the tourist fishing boats because they would chum the water, meaning that all we had to do was throw out our lines and wait for the chum to take effect. We caught plenty of fish, Blues, Snappers, Amberjacks and yes, sharks.

Not gonna lie here, my dad hooked the shark, he got it on the line and he started fighting it, he DID however hand me the line after about five minutes so that I could bring in whatever the hell was at the end of it. Turns out it was a five foot Hammerhead. Took me well over an hour to bring in and eventually my dad had to step in to gaff him and get him aboard. It was a very proud moment for me, one because I caught a big ass fish and two because I could tell how proud of me my dad was.

5. I had a piece of metal lodged in my eye.

One thing about working construction, there's never a dull moment. I'll keep this one short, was working construction with my dad, cutting metal studs without safety glasses (cause I was a teenager and invincible), something "hit" my face, later in the day I couldn't stop rubbing my right eye. Later that night my dad took me to the emergency room, turns out I had a piece of metal embedded in my eye. Three layers of eye skin and one syringe later it was out.

I now have a noticeable black dot in my eye from where the metal was. Neat.

4. I'm a huge comic book nerd.

I've been reading and collecting comic books since before I can remember. Nowadays most of the stuff I read is all digital because it's just easier for me. My favorite titles are anything Batman, Groo the Wanderer, Usagi Yojimbo and Cerberus the Aardvark.



3. I collect more games than I actually play.

Most of you probably know this by now, I love to collect video games. I also love to play videogames. These days however my love for video gaming has turned more in to collecting than actual playing. For every one new game I play I "collect" 10 more.

As of this blog my collection stands at 1283 games, 34 handhelds and 31 consoles. Out of that 1283 I guarantee that I haven't played anywhere near half. It's become a sort of obsession, if I see a deal or a game that belongs to a series that I like or want I have to buy it. I actually have to purposefully go out of my way to avoid thrift stores, used CD stores etc because I know that I have a hard time controlling myself.

2. I'm a stay at home dad.

I bet you're wondering, how the hell can a stay at home dad afford to buy games all the time? Well, truth is I have a steady flow of income coming in. I don't have set hours, I don't have a boss. I work when and if I want. My fiancee teaches at a college here in Chicago and I take care of our daughter.

I don't think I could ever go back to a 9-5 job again, although sometimes I miss the structure of it all.

1. I love the Destructoid community.

Ask any Dtoider, who "knows" me, how much I love this community and I bet they will all say the same thing; "a lot!". If there's someone in need, I'll help out. If someone on staff needs someone to do the shit grunt work, I help out.

On my 3DS spotpass, when someone get's my Mii the message is "Destructoid.com". I absolutely love this site and I love this community. I know that I can and have been vocal before, in a not so positive light, but it's only because I want to see this community continue to grow and flourish.



Destructoid was my first online community and it will be my last. The friends that I have made here will stay with me forever, even if our friendships fade.

So anway, that's me in ten bullet points. I want to thank Bbain for getting this going with his "10 things" blog, I absolutely love reading all of these.

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9:07 AM on 03.01.2012

ChillyBilly's Hidden Gems: NANO ASSAULT - Nintendo 3DS



NANO ASSAULT
Format: Nintendo 3DS
Developer: Shin’en Games
Publisher: Majesco Entertainment
Released Nov. 2011
Players: 1, plus online leaderboards
MSRP: $19.99 USD


Welcome to the first installment of “ChillyBilly’s Hidden Gems”, a new blog series that I hope will continue (I say hope because I know how lazy I can be with blogging) on a semi weekly basis. The goal for Hidden Gems is to highlight games that don’t/didn’t receive all the fanfare of your typical AAA game.

Also, these blogs won’t necessarily be “reviews”, think of them more as my impressions of the game(s), there won’t be any scoring or anything like that.

This week we take a look at a SHMUP that not only delivers the bullet hell goodness, but also delivers some visuals that are some of the best on the 3DS to date.

Nano Assault is the third game in a series that started back in 2005 on the original Nintendo DS. For those not familiar with the series here’s a little background; Nanostray and Nanostray 2 were what some people would consider Bullet hell games, hardcore fans of SHMUPS were not disappointed with either game as both pushed the DS hardware in ways that few companies were able to, with fast paced shooting, incredible music and some serious thumb-aching action, the Nano series quickly gained a cult following and are still regarded as two of the best shooters that the DS has to offer. There’s a good chance that you’ve never heard of the series though as both Nanostray (released 2005) and Nanostray 2 (released 2008) saw limited releases here in the States.


Nanostray 1 & 2

Fast forward three years.

2011 saw the release of the third game in the “Nano” series with Nano Assault Trailer Here for the Nintendo 3DS. Announced during E3 (2010) Nano Assault promised to bring a game that seriously pushed the 3DS hardware in a way that no other company had before. From all intents and purposes, it does just that.

Now, there’s not much to the story when it comes to Nano Assault, basically, you’re part of a scientific team tasked with stopping the deadly Nanostray Virus from spreading, the only way to succeed in your task is to be shrunk down to a microscopic level and take the fight right to the virus itself.


That pink glob thing there, that's where you're headed.

After a short (very short) opening scene which briefly explains what the hell is going on, you are quickly thrust in to an alien world filled with viruses of all shapes and sizes, and take my word for it, none of them are happy to see you or your Nanite Ship flying around. After a brief tutorial you are quickly thrust in to action.

The game controls from an overheard type of view, you control your Nanite Ship with the circle pad and use the X, Y, B, A buttons for firing (each button shoots in a particular direction, pushing two buttons at the same time will allow you to shoot at angles).

The first thing that you’ll probably notice once you’re “injected” in to the Nanostray Virus is how amazing the world around you looks. Seriously, Shin’en games were able to pull off some amazing graphics which all run at a smooth 60FPS.


These pictures don't do any favors for this amazing looking game

If you’ve ever played either of the Super Mario Galaxy games then you’ll be right at home withNano Assault, what that means is, the “cells” that you maneuver around are typically spherical in shape, basically what you’re doing is flying your ship around the surface of these cells, trying to destroy various infections (monters) in order to “clean” the cell and remove any trace of the Nanostray Virus. See below for a picture of what I mean.


You'll be traversing around these spherical shaped cells trying to clear them of viruses

Other than the overhead view and spherical worlds, you will be tasked with piloting your Nanite Ship from a third person / on rails view as well, these levels take a bit to get used to as the 3D effect can really make your head spin especially if you use the gyroscope inside the 3DS to help control your ship. Oh yea, I guess I forgot to mention that part, if you REALLY want to fry your brain, Nano Assault allows you to use the 3DS gyroscope to maneuver through the levels. With the 3D effect cranked to the max, flying with the gyro controls on can definitely be a nauseating, but fun experience.

The game offers 32 levels of seriously challenging fun. The nice thing about Nano Assault is that it will adjust its difficulty level based on how well you are progressing though the game. If you find yourself dying a lot on a certain level, the game will recognize that and adjust itself accordingly. This is a nice feature for someone like me who loves SHMUPS but often finds myself struggling with dodging the ridiculous amount of bullets thrown my way.



Throughout the 32 levels there are a total of 10 boss battles and the game itself can be completed in 3-4 hours (main story mode), which may seem short but Shin’en has packed in enough stuff to keep you playing well in to the night.

Here’s a quick breakdown of what the game has to offer via the story mode:

32 Levels
10 Boss battles
Multiple weapon upgrades

Other than the main story, Shin’en was gracious enough to throw in a “Boss Battle” mode as well as an “Arcade” mode.

The “Boss Battle” mode gives you the opportunity to fight each of the 10 bosses, back to back. With only as many lives as you’ve collected throughout your single player play-through, this can be quite the challenge, since some of the boss fights are ridiculously tough.

The “Arcade” mode of Nano Assault lets you choose to play though any of the 32 levels in whatever order you want. Each level in Arcade mode has a specific challenge with it. The challenges are all different, some will have you completing a level without using any secondary weapons, and others will ask you to reach a specific score. Trust me; it’s definitely enough to keep you playing once you’ve finished the main story.


A view of one of the Arcade Mode screens

So let’s do a quick break down here, with Nano Assault you can play through the main story, play different “boss battles” or play in the “arcade mode” while trying to reach specific goals. Not bad for a modestly priced game.

But wait! There’s more!

If the main story, boss battles and arcade mode weren’t enough, Nano Assault has also included a “Nanopedia” and Jukebox for you to play with.

The Nanopedia is basically an encyclopedia with all the various viruses and bosses from the game, here you can zoom in for a closer look at each virus as well as check out what makes each virus tick (how many points they are worth, shield rating etc).


Nanopedia

The Jukebox is basically what it sounds like, a jukebox that allows you to play tracks from the game.

Both the Nanopedia and Jukebox use what’s called Nano Coins as currency, the more Nano Coins you have the more stuff you can “buy” and unlock. Now before you start to ho and hum about “buying” stuff in the game let me just say this, the Nano Coins are basically 3DS Play Coins which you convert in the game. Nintendo 3DS Play Coins are earned by taking your3DS out and about with you while you’re walking around. For every 100 steps you take you earn one Play Coin. I had enough Play Coins saved up to buy all the Nanopedia entries as well as Jukebox songs, all totally worth it by the way.

Oh! Speaking of the Jukebox, Nano Assault has some fantastic music. If you’re a fan of electronic music with heavy synths and thumping beats you will love playing through Nano Assault, trust me, you’ll want to get some headphones for this one to truly enjoy the awesome soundtrack.

Soundtrack sample here

And here:

Finally, on top of everything listed above, Nano Assault has online leader boards for those of you who love to compete with others. There really isn’t much to the leader boards; they’re pretty much how they sound. They’re just leader boards with scores for the various modes in the game.


There are dozens of different enemy types that you'll encounter throughout the game

If there’s one thing that the Nintendo 3DS could use more of it would be SHMUPS. Am I right or what? No really, am I right? Because I honestly believe that we can never have enough SHMUPS in our lives. Luckily for us Shin’en] shares this sentiment and released a fantastic shooter in Nano Assault. For the paltry asking price ($19.99 USD as of this posting, oh and that’s the “new” price, not used) you really can’t go wrong.

With a solid main story, boss battles, arcade modes, a jukebox, Nanopedia and leader boards to compare scores with others around the world, Nano Assault should be a must have for any 3DS owner looking for something with a challenge as well as something to show your friends who may think that the 3DS can’t deliver high quality graphics.

I hope you have enjoyed this first installment of ChillyBilly’s Hidden Gems and if you pick up Nano Assault I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

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12:20 PM on 02.25.2012

Another ChillyBilly Haul: Nintendo. Lots & lots of Nintendo.

Well, well, well. It's been almost one year since my last proper game haul. Can't believe it has taken me this long to start haul blogging again. I blame the slew of awesome games that released throughout 2011 and early 2012, because of them I was too busy playing and not busy enough blogging.

Yea, that's it.

Since it's been almost a year I have a ton of stuff to post, from classic 70's gaming all the way up to current releases. In order to keep these blogs somewhat manageable I have decided to break the 100+ pictures up in to smaller groups, this installment will be mainly Nintendo, then I'll more than likely move on to Sony then Microsoft stuff, with some swag thrown in here and there.

Oh, I've also decided to change the name of my haul blogs, "ChillyBilly's Emporium of Curious Collectibles" was entirely too long of a title, "Another ChillyBilly Haul" is much shorter and more to the point.

Anywho..how's bout we take a look as some games and stuff.
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Now I know I said that this was gonna be all Nintendo but I have a few things that just didn't fit anywhere specific, kinda like this!


Here we have Coleco's Alien Attack handheld LCD game, and a boxed Merlin handheld memory game. My only complain about either of these is that the Alien Attack is missing the box and the box for Merlin is kinda bonked. Other than that both of these games are super fun and super retro. Love 'em.

Here's some old school Nintendo stuff:

First up we have this:

This is the plastic screen that went over the monitor for the Mario Bros. arcade game. One of these days I'm gonna get it framed and hang it up.

And here we have:

A handheld electronic Super Mario Bros. pinball machine. The big round top portion spins around as the balls fall, it's quite loud and pretty damned heavy for a handheld toy.

I know this next piece isn't Nintendo, but it still fits with the theme:

Ghostbusters for the Sega Genesis. Believe it or not this is a pretty tough game to find, in the box anyway. I scored on this one, walked in to a shop that I frequent and saw it with no price, I figured they would want an arm and leg for it, nope..got it for a measly 10 bucks. Can't beat that.

Next is something not so special, but I had to have it nonetheless:

Turok 2 in the box for the N64. Sometimes it's hard to pass up a boxed game if the price is right, even if the game isn't on your wish list.

Here's something for all the Pokemon fans out there:

Pocket Monster Stadium 1 & 2 imports. The guy that was selling these had no idea what to charge, I threw a number at him and he bit. This is one of my more favorite finds as of late, simply because I love finding stuff from overseas.

Picked up this next item for my daughter, because she's a huge Princess Peach fan:

It's just a Gameboy Advance with a Princess Peach sticker thing over it.

Anyone here a Zelda fan? Yea me too:

I found all four of these games (well my girlfriend did) at Goodwill, they were all rubber-banded together, when I saw the price tag I flipped. $10 bucks for all four.

Speaking of Zelda:


Syward Sword collectors edition with gold Wiimote


Skyward Sword store display (I have no idea where to put this thing, It's huge and I'm out of room)


Ocarina of Time OST


And a couple of Zelda manga's with a Tanooki Suit Mario keychain

How's about we take a gander at some DS games:

Couple of Kirby games, Ivy the Kiwi?, Mario & Sonic at the Olympics and Mushroom Men


Elite Force (target clearance for 1.99, don't judge me!), Mystery Case Files, True Swing Golf and Picross 3D (all first party Nintendo titles)


Wario Ware Touched, Contra 4 (because Contra! Duh.), World Cup of Pool (Aksys, love em), America's Test Kitchen (Nintendo first party title) and Nanostray 1 & 2 (both are awesome games by the way, seriously, if you enjoy SHMUPS and have a DS of some sort find these games)


Planet Puzzle League & Polarium (Nintendo first party games)

As of this post I am only 5 games away from hitting the 200 DS games mark, I'm pretty sure I'll get there.

Moving on from the DS here we have some Wii games, and some random Nintendo goodies/swag:


Racquet Sports, Mario Sports Mix, Klonoa and Wii Play Motion with Wii Play Motion water bottle. I actually won that Wii Play Motion + water bottle from a contest Nintendo of America was holding via Twitter.


Rhythm Heaven Fever (such an amazing game), being guarded by the one eyebrowed Goomba!

I don't know why I wanted this so bad, but I did, and I finally got one at Toys R Us on clearance!

Epic Mickey Wii Charging Station. I mostly wanted it to go with my Epic Mickey Collectors Edition and Paintbrush nunchuck.

Anyone up for a game of checkers?

How's bout some Mario Checkers! I'm a sucker for Nintendo board game stuff.

Anyone else get the Club Nintendo Platinum award this year?

I was a bit underwhelmed when I first heard of this, but then when I received mine and saw how awesome it was with my own eyes I quickly changed my tune. Awesome retro button collection.

Speaking of Club Nintendo rewards, if you look closely you will see the other Club Nintendo Reward from last year:

It's on the left there, it's a 2012 calendar. Obviously not as cool as the buttons, but still cool in it's own way.

Starfox? Dog tags? Starfox dogtags?

Yep, Starfox dogtags. GameStop was offering these via there rewards program. Can't remember how many points I spent for them, but whatever they cost, it was totally worth it.

And finally some miscellaneous swag:


Bit.Trip. preorder CD with DQ Slime


Mario 3DS holder with signed Bastion OST


And a cool 8-bit Mega Man key chain.

Oh! Speaking if 8-bit, check out our new Christmas wreath!

The coins on the wreath light up and blink. Awesome.

Well, that's about it. I hope you enjoyed........wait a minute. Um, nope, not it. I totally forgot to add a couple of 3DS games..sorry about that.

Here ya go.


Red 3DS, because it looks so sexy in the sunlight.


Ace Combat (super fun game BTW), Bit.Trip Saga (Um, amazing game), Brunswick Bowling (shut up! My daughter wanted it! I swear), Bust a Move Universe (Target clearance aisle), Cartoon Network Punch Time Explosion and Cave Story 3D (Incredible game)


Centipede Infestation (Quite fun actually), Cooking Mama 4, Cubic Ninja (target clearance aisle), Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D, Dead or Alice Dimensions & Dr. Lautrec (very fun game)


DualPen Sports, Frogger 3D (with special 3DS case), Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove, Green Lantern (i'm a sucker for bad movie licensed games), Zelda Ocarina of Time & Marvel SuperHero Squad


Mario Kart 7 (one for me, one for my daughter), Nano Assault (simply amazing looking game for the 3DS, really pushes the hardware), NFS: The Run, Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions & PES 2011 (Target clearance aisle)


Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection (because I will buy anything pinball), Pokemon Rumble Blast, Rabbids 3D, RE: The Mercenaries, Shinobi (tough, old school platforming) & Skylanders


Spider-Man Edge of Time, StarFox 64 3D, Super Mario 3D Land (one for me, one for my daughter), Super Monkey Ball 3D, Tetris Axis & Thor (because once again, I'm a sucker for bad movie licensed games)


Tales of the Abyss & Tekken 3D Prime Edition

Good lord! OK, I think that's it. Seriously this time. I had some other Nintendo stuff but honestly, I didn't feel like digging it all out and taking pictures of it. Maybe one of these days I'll get around to it. Who knows.

So, anyone here sick of Nintendo yet? =)

I'll probably get around to doing another blog sometime next weekend, more than likely it'll be all Sony stuff, since I've been getting a ton of hard to find PS2 titles lately. We'll see.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at my goodies, hopefully we'll see some more haul blogs from some other people soon..............Funk.......yea, I'm looking at you......

Have a great weekend everyone!

See ya next time!

Say What?!
ChillyBilly   read


6:39 PM on 12.06.2011

Tales From The Battlefield: Operation Rolling Hell



Operation Rolling Hell

November 30, 2011

Caspian Border – Northern Iranian Coast near the Caspian Sea

“For a few brief moments, we were the war, and the war was us” – Sergeant 3rd Star Jon Bloodspray

Operation Rolling Hell took place on the 30th of November, 2011. First Sergeant Andy Dixon, Sergeant 3rd Star Jon Bloodspray and Chief Warrant Officer ChillyBilly belonged to Hotel Company, 1337. Hotel Company was to be part of a larger squad sent in to protect valuable assets (M-COMM Station A and M-COMM Station B) which were invaluable to the United States Military Intelligence.



The Caspian Border had been home to many battles over the years, being located at the Northern Coast of the Iranian Sea; it was a strategic point for the U.S. Navy. The base of operations was surrounded by the Alborz Mountains, which meant an assault by opposing forces would have to come through a narrow roadway which led directly through the border check point put in place by the United States Military.

On the morning of November 30th, 2011 First Sergeant Andy Dixon, Sergeant 3rd Star Jon Bloodspray and Chief Warrant Officer ChillyBilly were assigned to watch over M-COMM Station A and B which were located directly behind the Caspian Border checkpoint. All seemed business as usual until 09:30 AM when a Russian single seat Su-35BM Flanker-E was spotted flying overhead. First Sergeant Andy Dixon was the first to notice the Russian Jet and radioed headquarters as to its presence.


 
At exactly 09:40 AM, ten minutes after the Su-35BM had been spotted; two T-90 Battle Tanks were seen flanking the checkpoint on the left hand side, before any soldiers could cover the left flank, shells from the T-90 tanks started pounding the building which housed M-COMM station A. Sergeant Bloodspray immediately headed towards M-COMM A and mounted the BGM-71 TOW which was strategically placed just one building to the front of where M-COMM station A was housed. Sergeant Bloodspray unloaded several missiles on to one of the T-90’s rendering it inoperable and eventually destroying it completely.

Officer ChillyBilly however had a different idea on how to handle the second tank, which was also advancing on M-COMM A. Officer ChillyBilly, ran along the back wall behind M-COMM A and crawled his way to a clearing just behind the enemy T-90. After carefully approaching the tank the unseen Officer placed three C-4 charges on the backside of the enemy tank and ran towards cover. Once in the clear Officer ChillyBilly depressed the C-4 plunger and destroyed the last remaining Russian tank, killing all the soldiers inside.



At approximately 10:15AM Sergeant Andy Dixon was seen jumping inside of an M 1A2 Abrams tank. Sergeant Dixon then proceeded to roll towards the main checkpoint where two VDV Buggies filled with Russian soldiers were heading. After a couple of close misses Sergeant Dixon landed a devastating blow to one of the VDV Buggies, destroying the vehicle and killing everyone aboard. Unfortunately one buggy was able to avoid contact and flanked right towards M-COMM Station B.

Despite several attempts, no U.S. Soldiers were able to disarm the explosive device which the Russian army was able to attach to M-COMM B and after a few moments of tense fighting the M-COMM Station was destroyed. All eyes were now turned on M-COMM Station A, as any attempt to arm would need to be met with aggressive fire.



Sergeant Dixon, still manning the M 1A2 Abrams headed towards M-COMM A to provide backup support. While making his way through the debris and rubble Sergeant Dixon was alerted to the SU-35BM which had locked on to his tank. Quickly, Sergeant Dixon escaped from the M 1A2 Abrams and narrowly escaped before the Russian jet launched a missile which completely destroyed the vehicle.  
After several minutes of heavy gunfire and after numerous losses on both sides, the enemy forces planted a charge on M-COMM A and eventually destroyed it, forcing the U.S. Soldiers to retreat to the second pair of M-COMM Stations, located in a small outpost surrounded by hilly terrain and dense trees.



After losing control of the first pair of M-COMM stations, First Sergeant Mr. Andy Dixon, Sergeant 3rd Star Jon Bloodspray and Chief Warrant Officer ChillyBilly made a hasty retreat to the rally point. Luckily for Hotel Company the second M-COMM base was not only surrounded by rough terrain it was also surrounded by several derelict buildings, perfect for ambushes as well as cover in the event that fighting became too much for the trio and their fellow soldiers to handle.  Fearing that the advancing Russian forces would soon overtake the rally point, Sergeants Dixon and Bloodspray along with Officer ChillyBilly made a daring, tactical decision that not only took their squad by surprise but completely baffled enemy troops.



Hidden behind cover was an M 1A2 Abrams Tank which was quickly requisitioned by Hotel Company. Not wanting to give their position away the trio sat in the tank and awaited the arrival of the enemy team. At roughly 11:35 AM the enemy forces arrived at the second command post. Advancing slowly they took their time trying to locate the M-COMM Stations. Before the Russian army was able to locate the M-COMM Stations “Operation Rolling Hell” finally took effect.

The tank that housed the three brave soldiers charged in to battle, unleashing what can only be described as “firepower from the devil himself” on the ill prepared enemy force. Buildings, abandoned cars and large gas containers exploded in a violent rage of burning hellfire as the M 1A2 Abrams spit out round after round. With Warrant Officer ChillyBilly at the wheel and Sergeants Dixon and Bloodspray manning the 120 mm L44 smoothbore cannon and M240 Co-axial Machine Gun respectively, Hotel was able to control the base completely by themselves for several minutes before reinforcements from the advancing Russian forces arrived.

The Russian forces made one last attempt to take both M-COMM Stations, the enemy troops pushed hard from the left flank, via the mountainside and thick tree line. With so many enemy soldiers advancing at once, Hotel Company had no choice but to leave the M 1A2 tank due to heavy RPG fire. Not wanting to leave themselves exposed to enemy gun fire, Hotel quickly ran for an abandoned building adjacent to M-COMM Station B where they mounted one of the fiercest defenses of the entire war. After what can only be described as a gunfight akin to the famous “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral” Hotel Company held off the advancing Russian army and saving M-COMM B.



With M-COMM A being safely protected by Foxtrot and Delta Companies, the skirmish at Caspian Border finally came to an end, albeit bloody and with heavy casualties. Sergeants Dixon and Bloodspray along with Officer ChillyBilly were awarded several medals and ribbons for their bravery that day and stories of their victory quickly spread throughout the ranks, boosting moral for the other soldiers fighting their own wars elsewhere.

When asked about the battle Sergeant Bloodspray only had this to say “For a few brief moments, we were the war, and the war was us”. No one in Hotel Company could imagine how true those words would ring, as the three set off on their next adventure in hopes of ending the long and drawn out war once and for all.


Hotel Company 1337   read


10:43 AM on 11.28.2011

My time so far with Battlefield 3’s Multiplayer – Opinions and a Sort of Review



Here’s the deal. I love Battlefield 3. I cannot hide this fact nor do I want to. Battlefield 3 is, without a doubt my favorite multiplayer game ever. You read that right, I said “ever” and according to RAPTR I have played a total of 106 hours so far (even though Battlelog shows a total of 69H 48M).

Now, I’ve played a ton of multiplayer games in my time, and I’ve enjoyed most of them, hell the only other multiplayer game that I’ve played more of (total hours played) is Black Ops and I have a feeling that Battlefield 3 will be taking that top spot soon enough.

The Battlefield series is definitely not for everyone, there is a fairly steep learning curve, the game relies very heavily on teamwork over “lone wolf” game play, the vehicle combat can be and often becomes very overwhelming at times and at the end of the day your Kill/Death ratio really doesn’t matter (unless you’re playing Team Death Match). This is what turns a lot of people off from the Battlefield series, for me however the reasons above are exactly why I prefer the multiplayer in Battlefield over the others currently on the market.

I’m not going to get in to comparisons to other FPS games and I don’t want to talk about the single player campaign for Battlefield 3 (which I thought was very good), instead I want to talk about my time with the multiplayer portion of the game and the elements that have completely won me over.


BATTLELOG



The first thing I want to talk about is “Battlelog”.

Battlelog is basically a one stop shop for everything Battlefield 3 MP related. On the Battlelog website I can join or form my own platoon, create my platoon emblem, track my stats, learn more about maps, guns and vehicles and organize play times with friends or other people who belong to the same platoon as me.

Now, Battlelog has been compared to the “Elite” service offered by Infinity Ward for the Call of Duty series but unfortunately I have not spent enough time with Elite to give a solid opinion on which I enjoy more. I’m sure that both services are comparable and offer everything that the player would need to keep track of their playtime with their respective game.


My accuracy may be shit but at least I have more wins than losses =)

As you can see in the picture above all of my stats are right there for me to look at. The nice thing about Battlelog is that it tracks everything in real time. If I have Battlelog open on my PC while I am playing I can hear it making noises as it updates with games won/games lost as well as messages or comments that people may be leaving.

Another nice feature of Battlelog is the platoon section. Platoons are basically “clans” that you set up for people to join. Obviously if you’re going to join a platoon the Destructoid platoon is the best. One of the cool features on the platoon page is the stats link (on the left under Mr. Destructoids helmet) here you can see how you stack up against other people in your platoon. (see pics below)


The main page for the Destructoid Xbox 360 Platoon


Some stats from our platoon (XBOX 360)

*Side Note: Before logging in to Battlelog (at least on the 360) you need to put your game disc in and link the game to your EA account. This is a small annoyance but an annoyance nonetheless.


MAPS



When I first started playing the multiplayer I was a bit overwhelmed. Now, I had played Bad Company 1 & 2’s MP as well as Battlefield 1943 so I knew what to expect but Battlefield 3 puts all the other iterations to shame. The sheer size and scope of the multiplayer maps are in a word, amazing. Unlike Call of Duty (the game that Battlefield is most compared to) the maps do not feel cramped or too small, on the contrary the maps in Battlefield can and are often one of the reasons why many people shy away from the series. As far as I’m concerned the maps (and their size) are one of the major draws for me. I love being able to flank an enemy tank by running behind a hillside and then slowly creeping up on him, planting my C4 and then watching that tank blow sky high, especially when you know that they never saw it coming.

Out of the box you get a total of nine maps; Seine Crossing, Demavand Peak, Operation Metro (map from the beta), Grand Bazaar, Caspian Border, Operation Firestorm, Tehran Highway, Noshahr Canals and Kharg Island. Now, nine maps may not seem like a whole hell of a lot but no worries, coming sometime this December DICE is releasing the Back to Karkand map pack (free for those who bought the limited edition) which will include 4 new maps bringing the total number of maps to 13.



If I had to pick a favorite map I would have to go with Grand Bazaar, lots of choke points, lots of hidden passageways for flanking and definitely enough room to drive a tank straight in to the heart of the enemy base. As far as the biggest of the maps I would definitely have to say that Caspian Border takes the cake. I accidentally spawned at the starting point during a round of Rush the other day and decided to hoof it to the last set of points. Needless to say that I never made it before the match was over (I ran for a good 5 minutes).

Oh and one last thing before I move on, when playing Rush on Demavand Peak you have the ability to “base jump” off of a mountain top, free fall for several seconds and then deploy your chute before slamming in to the ground. This never gets old and is definitely one of my favorite moments of the game and is definitely something that has to be played to be truly appreciated.


VEHICLES

Vehicles are, without a doubt one of the major draws (as well as drawbacks for many people) in the Battlefield series. Tanks, Humvees, AMTRACS, Fighter Jets and Helicopters, plenty of choices for those daring enough to try their hand at vehicle combat (32 total vehicles at launch). Personally I stick with the vehicles that have four wheels or two treads; I’m no good at the aerial stuff. That’s not to say that I haven’t at least tried flying a fighter jet or attack helicopter. My limited time piloting a helicopter was met with mixed results as I only lasted a few minutes before being shot down by multiple rockets. My time spent piloting a fighter jet is even more limited as the only time that I attempted to fly around was met with me crashing in to a cell phone tower (epically I might add, just ask Mr. Andy Dixon, he was there for the whole thing).


I'd rather plant some C4 on the side of a tank than drive it.

Personally I love the vehicle combat; it adds a whole new layer as well as new tactics that need to be employed in order to be successful. Thankfully DICE has given the player plenty of options for fighting back against vehicles, from tank mines to RPGs, C4 to SAM Missiles no vehicle is safe from an experienced player.


*Not pictured: Me flying in to some random object and dying a horrible death


WEAPONS & UPGRADES

What multiplayer shooter would be complete without weapon choices and upgrades? Thankfully for us DICE has decided to shower us with so many weapon and equipment choices that you may very well find it difficult to keep track. Every class (minus support and recon) has eleven main unlocks which include various weapons and equipment such as EOD BOTS (for arming and disarming M-COMM Stations), defibrillators, land mines, claymores, mortars, portable spawn stations and more. Seriously, the sheer amount of unlocks alone will keep you busy for hours trying to unlock them all.



My gun of choice would definitely have to be the M249 with IRNV scope, fore grip and extended mag, the IRNV scope makes it seem almost unfair as it acts as a thermal scope during night or daytime play. DICE has already said that they plan on nerfing the IRNV scope to make it more balanced although no further details have yet surfaced as to what exactly this means. Whatever your play style though there is definitely something for everyone. Prefer close quarter combat? There’s a gun and loadout for that, long range support more your thing? There’s plenty to choose from to get the job done.

THE OTHER STUFF (TL;DR)

I could literally go on and on about my love for Battlefield 3 but I’ll try to wrap it up here with some final thoughts and a couple of favorite moments.

Battlefield is not for everyone, if you didn’t care for the previous versions then there’s a good chance that you won’t care for this one. The maps are huge, the destruction is massive, the vehicles can and will be a nuisance and the action is fast and violent.
The matchmaking has been greatly improved and as of this blog I have had zero issues getting in to a game either by myself or with a squad. Things were pretty rough at the beginning but things seem to be running just fine now. I’ve only been kicked from a game once and I rarely experience any lag issues.

I have no intentions on slowing down, I plan on unlocking everything that can possibly be unlocked, whether that be a weapon or dog tag, I will not stop until everything is mine! Hopefully I’ll see some of you on the Battlefield with me, if you can get though the first few levels and learn the intricacies that make Battlefield what it is then I truly believe that you will find a game that is both enjoyable and fulfilling. If you have the game and haven’t joined a platoon yet feel free to join the Destructoid Xbox 360 Platoon and if you plan on picking the game up at a later date we’d love to have you as part of our team.

BONUS FAVORITE MOMENTS

Favorite Moment Number One: Trying to fly a fighter jet only to find myself flying face first in to a cell phone tower. The explosion I caused and the falling debris of the jet was absolutely ridiculous and hilarious at the same time.

Favorite Moment Number Two: Playing Rush on Tehrahn Highway. Defending the last M-COMM Station I saw three enemies hiding behind a brick wall (saw their tags on my mini map) with no way to shoot them I pulled out my RPG, blew a hole in the brick wall and then unloaded on all three with my SCAR-H, killing all of them and ending the match with a win.


Who needs doors? We make our own in Battlefield 3!

Favorite Moment Number 3: Base jumping off the mountain top on Demavand Peak for the first time. It was so epic that I forgot to deploy my parachute and ended up as a small crater and wet spot on the ground.


See that cliff right there? yea, you get to jump off that sucker.


And it looks something like this.

Favorite Moment Number Four: During a game of rush on Caspian Border I planted C4 and destroyed six enemy tanks during one round, stopping the enemy forces from taking either of the first two points.

Thanks for reading and see you on the Battlefield!

~ChillyBilly   read


9:44 AM on 10.27.2011

WE WANT YOU! To join our Destructoid Battlefield 3 Platoon



That's right! We want you! To join one of our Destructoid Battlefield 3 Platoons. Joining is easy, here's all the information you need (This will be a pretty short blog).



Battlelog is Battlefield 3's way of tracking stats, forming platoons and ultimately helping Battlefield 3 players find and connect with friends to play online with. Since Destructoid is all about the community (because let's be honest, we have the best damn community ever here) Battlelog now makes it easier than ever to hook up with your fellow Dtoiders for some serious carnage.

Finding platoons in Battlelog is pretty basic and Destructoid gives you a whopping three options to choose from. Here they are in no particular order.

First we have the PC Platoon:


Destructoid PC Battlefield 3 Platoon (must be logged in to Battlelog in order for the link to work).

If for whatever reason you're unable to locate the Destructoid PC platoon you can look up Swishiee (founder) or DtoidShark(leader) and that should get you to the right spot.

Next up is the PS3 Platoon:


Destructoid PS3 Battlefield 3 Platoon (must be logged in to Battlelog in order for the link to work).

If for whatever reason you're unable to locate the Destructoid PS3 platoon you can look up Revolutionaire (founder) and that should get you to the correct platoon.

And last but not least the Xbox 360 Platoon:


Destructoid Xbox 360 Battlefield 3 Platoon (must be logged in to Battlelog in order for the link to work)

If for whatever reason you're unable to locate the Destructoid Xbox 360 platoon you can look up Chillybilly (founder) or MrAndyDixon (leader).

So that's pretty much the gist of it, simply log in to Battlelog and search for Destructoid in the "Platoons" section or search for one of the above Founders or Leaders.

You can also feel free to leave your Origin name in the comments below so that other Origin Dtoiders can add you as friends.

We look forward to seeing all of you on the battlefield.

HOOAH!   read


7:50 PM on 09.15.2011

ChillyBilly's Emporium of Curious Collectibles: Occams & Gareth & Law, OH MY!

I've said it before and I'll say it again; the Destructoid community is the greatest community ever!

Don't believe me? Want proof? Do I need to post a bunch of pictures with descriptions under each one and then thank the person who sent the stuff to me???

IS THAT WHAT IT'S GOING TO TAKE TO MAKE YOU ALL BELIEVE ME?!!?

Well OK then, that's what I'll do.

In this week's episode of ChillyBilly's Emporium of Curious Collectibles we bring you three strange tales...tales so strange that they were taken directly out of the Strange Tales Encyclopedia, which you can own for only six easy payments of $39.99.

Our first episode of the evening stars OccamsElectricToothbrush, or as I like to call him, Occams.

Occams and I decided to strike a deal on some games a little while back and I finally decided to get off my lazy ass and post some pictures. If you've never had the chance to chat with Occams or interact with him in any way, you should. Seriously, he's a super cool guy who loves Darksiders and is TOTALLY stoked for the sequel, Darksiders 2: The Darkside of Wal-Mart. (I know this because of his tweets).

Anyway, he sent me some games, and these are the pictures of said games.


First up we have some NES games. Now, some collectors are purists, they wont buy any old games with writing or stickers on them, I, on the other hand love that stuff. I love when old NES games have names or initials or old video game store stickers on them. To me it gives them a more personal feel, they have a story, you know someone, somewhere owned this game and played it, they liked it enough to initial it so that their friends couldn't claim it as their own.


Next we have Street Fighter II for the Genesis and Mario Paint & Super Off-Road for the SNES. Super-Off-Road is one of my all time favorite SNES games.


Here we have some original Xbox games, Serious Sam (love it), Guilty Gear (who want's to fight?) and Oddworld: Strangers Wrath


Moving on we see some Playstation 2 games: Galerians: Ash, Castlevania: Lament of Innocence & Castlevania: Curse of Darkness


Continuing the PS2 love we have copies of; Silpheed, MDK2 & Soul Reaver 2 (someone totally needs to bring the Legacy of Kain games back in HD)


Speaking of Legacy of Kain here we see Blood Omen 2 squeezed in between Dreamfall and Wizardry


Rounding out the PS2 section we have Onimusha 1-3 and Onimusha Dawn of Dreams. I wanted these games to go with my awesome Onimusha Katana that I featured a few blogs back. (Scroll down when you get there)


And last but not least we have these Onimusha 2 Game guide as well as the still sealed MadWorld game guide.

Thanks again, Occams. All of this goodness is making my collection that much better, and it's all thanks to you!

Our next episode of the evening stars that lovable scamp;GarethxxGod

Now Gareth knows that I love Nintendo. I don't just love Nintendo I like, LOVE Nintendo. Since Gareth knows this and is such a cool fella he decided to send me a box, full of Nintendo goodness.

The first thing you'll notice is that Gareth sent this package all the way from Cananadia. How do I know that? It's obvious, check out the box it came in:


It clearly states that it's from Cananadia. And you can tell that it's totally not shopped.


The first thing that I noticed about Gareth's package (hehehe) was that everything enclosed was "Occams Approved". This seal of quality means that you are getting the best of the best. Obviously.


"No matter who wins, we lose". These are the words that will haunt me for the rest of my life, because truer words have never been spoken. I also like how both games are wearing dresses and stockings. So hot.


Now it's quite obvious that Gareth knows what I like. It's so damn obvious that he included the above news article (cleverly disguised as packing paper) for me to read. Hehe, brothel. Legal prostitution is cool. Oh and NOBODY puts drummer boy in the corner....


Bob Hoskins once said that the Super Mario movie he made was the worst film that he has ever been involved with. You know what though? I aint mad. Because just look how fucking awesome he looks as the action figure version of himself playing Mario. It's beautiful.


Anyone remember these? I absolutely LOVED these cards as a kid. And now that I have a whole box to myself, well hell, my game collection is now damn near complete.


Check those bad boy and girls out. All yellow and red with Mario and Link all on display.


These cards were pretty wicked. Each card was basically a game. You had little circles to scratch off to complete the picture. Of course I always scratched every circle because that's how I roll. I scratch everything.

Everything.


The backs of the card were pretty boss as well, they had special tips and tricks on how to beat different NES games.


Oh yea, each pack also came with two stickers. Two sweet, awesome and amazing stickers.

To Gareth; thanks man. Really. These cards and action figure are the absolute perfect compliment to my game collection. You're a pretty righteous dude.

Our last episode of the evening stars LawOfThermalDynamics. Now some of you may (or may not) know this but Law went to PAX, I on the other hand, did not. Law is such a cool guy though that he totally snagged me a bunch of PAX swag. "What sorta swag did he score", you ask?

This kind:


Buttons? BUTTONS!!! Seriously, when I was a kid (in the late 70's, early 80's) buttons were all the rage. I had every kind of button imaginable. It was so awesome to get these in the mail, made me feel all nostalgic and junk. Also, sticker and inflatable Omni Blade from Mass Effect 3.


So like, there's this guy named Suda. He makes some quirky video games. You may have heard of him. If so you may have heard of his next smash hit Lollypop Chainsaw. What better way to support a game about a cheerleader killing zombies with a chainsaw than to give away foam chainsaws decked out in pink and skulls. I wanted one of these soooooo bad when I started seeing the pics from PAX pouring in and Law didn't let me down.


You know who loves The Darkness? SuperMonk4Ever. Know who's gonna be super jealous after seeing this and the next pic? Yep, you guessed it, SuperMonk4Ever. Oh hey look Monk, it's even signed. =)


Oh, what do you know. This Darkness II mask is signed as well. Pretty neat, huh Monk? =)


Now if you've played with me on Live you probably know that one of my most anticipated games of the year is Rage. I'm so damn excited for this game that I can hardly contain myself. Imagine how friggin happy I was when I saw that Law snagged me a Rage t-shirt. Trust me, I was pretty happy.


Last but not least is my absolute favorite thing out of the whole package. I'll let you just stare in awe, as I did at the awesomeness that is Bastion. Bastion is without a doubt one of my favorite games of the year, and anything Bastion related is 100% A-OK in my book. Oh and if you look closely you will see a Rage Xbox Live avatar item. Awesome.

Thanks Law, for going out of your way to snag me so much cool stuff, you are definitely the man.

Well that's it for me. Thanks again to Occams, Gareth and Law. The Destructoid community never ceases to amaze me with how fucking awesome it really is.

Have a great night and thanks for stopping by.

~ChillyBilly   read


2:58 PM on 08.11.2011

Won't someone please think of the children? AKA Please adopt my avatar for PAX!

I'm surprised that one of these hasn't popped up yet, what with PAX being right around the corner and all. So here it is, I want someone to adopt my avatar so that I can vicariously live all of the drunken debauchery and good times that is PAX (also because I'm super jealous of everyone going, all of you suck).

Take a look, for a moment, in to the eye's of my sad avatar:



Look at those eye's, sad, lonely....longing for the touch of someone attending PAX. Don't you want to see those eye's full of life again? Don't you want to know that you can sleep a little better at night because you helped a zombie with 80's metal clothing and an Afro fulfill one of his life long dreams?

Here are some compelling reasons why you YES YOU should adopt ChillyBilly's avatar for PAX:

1. My avatar is a zombie. In case you hadn't heard, zombies are the "it" thing right now. Whether you like it or not they aren't going away any time soon.

2. My avatar has both Afro and 80's metal clothing. Because of the clothing and Afro my avatar transcends cultures, it is and has become, it's own culture. Wouldn't you want to carry around something so culturetastic?

3. I'm insanely jealous of everyone going to PAX. While carrying around my avatar you could mock it and remind it of how awesome you are and how lame his owner is, thus making you feel superior the entire time you are at PAX.

Eleventeen: My avatar is no good with numbers and counting, as seen by this list of reasons. (seriously, "eleventeen"? That's not even a number)

6. Because this is the first time that I have officially asked for my avatar to be taken to PAX. Think about it, you would have the honor of breaking my avatar at PAX cherry. Imagine all the tail you'll get after telling people about that one!

And last but not least number 7. Here is a picture of my daughter:



Look at her. She loves video games and she LOVES Mario. Can you imagine the smile on her face when she hears that someone is taking her dad's avatar to PAX?!?!? Can you imagine the excitement that she will be filled with knowing that her dad's avatar may pass by someone who is cosplaying as Mario or Luigi?

Imagine.........

Thank you for taking the time to read my plea, hopefully there is a kind soul amongst you, kind enough to take my avatar to PAX, kind enough to make this poster happy and kind enough not to let a little 6 year old girl who loves video games down.

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