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11:56 PM on 08.29.2011  

PAX Avatar Adoption: Aurain and Mr Gobbldigook



PAX 2011 has come and gone, and while those of us who were able to make it had the absolute time of our lives we couldn't leave our less fortunate brethren behind. To make up for their absence I adopted Aurain and Mr Gobbldigook AKA Zombie5 AKA Sam's avatar, both primarily forum-going-folk. The end result is very evident..PARTY.

Gobun got his SWAG on!


Jack Shadow & Hei came to say what's up!


Jesse Cortez AKA Tactix got his sexy on with the two at Pnk!


Ali D was hungry


Hamza gets inappropriate


Changston's in love


Danl & Jess (AKA the forum's hottest couple) showed their love


Juluis (Diverse) and Stella share the fun!


Who dat? CATARACT AKA Nick! With a very special guest...


Maya (BushofGhosts) gives them VIP treatment


Resident Destructoid Omeganaut Glitchy AKA Alissa chillin with the boys


Mr Destructoid says hi!


Overall the boys had a great time and were among friends the entire show! Unfortunately I didn't get any pics on the show floor as I was extremely busy the entire time and always on the move. They were there still, just no pictures.

They had a great time, and everyone was glad to see them.


This is PAX.   read


11:55 AM on 10.01.2010  

Inspiration from the pages

Video games as a medium often take their cue from other facets of entertainment. Comic books and movies being the primary source for adaptation, often with less than stellar results.



Games based on movies often suffer from the same pitfalls that movies based on games too, which is a severe case of adaptation distillation. Trying to stretch a two hour experience into at least four times that much, or vice-versa.

While games based on movies suffer from not having enough source material, comic books actually seem to suffer from having too much of it. The new Spider-Man Dimensions game is a good example of this. Reviews have been mostly positive, but go read any comic book forum opinion on it to see fans cry foul that their favorite dimension was left out (the most vocal being the lack of the Zombie Universe)


Although I have to admit...

However a third medium is often overlooked; books. You remember those right? It's like a kindle made out of paper. It's very rare for a game to be based off a book (without said book already having a movie adaptation at least). I find this to be a huge missed opportunity.


Books are so retro

Try to imagine if you will an adventure / role playing game based on Swan Song. With a rotating narrative, you could play the opening scene as the President of the United States, but suddenly are thrust into the shoes of Josh who watches the bombs fly from the gas station!

Imagine digging yourself out of the aftermath, and being switched to the shoes of Roland; seeing the world through the fantasy setting his mind is set in.

Later in the game would see you in Swan's shoes, frantically digging in the dirt trying to just plant some corn.

For those of you who have read the book, try to think about the scene involving the soldier with the shotgun and the crying baby. For those of you who haven't...well, that description alone should intrigue you.

I'm not saying that every game needs to be adapted from another medium. Far from it; the more original ideas we have the better! But that doesn't mean we need to ignore one medium almost entirely.

If anybody out there wants to make a game based on Swan Song or The Dark Tower books, please feel free.


Was this entire article a thinly veiled way to talk about how awesome Swan Song is? Perhaps...   read


4:45 PM on 08.23.2010  

Consolation Prize (or: how I learned to stop losing)

I've been a visitor to Destructoid for about 3 years now. In the beginning most of that was just reading the news and front-page stuff but eventually I found my way into the community (and now you can't get rid of me!)

During that time I had entered almost every single contest that was featured on the front page and won precisely none of those. In the Contest Discussion Thread on the forums, I made an offhand joke about it.

After having no internet for three days after that (construction crews on the road messed something up and caused the internet to go out), I logged into the forums to find I had a new PM from Zodiac Eclipse informing me of a contest I had won.

Confused, I follow her link to the Contest Discussion Thread to find this;



YAY!



NOOOOOOOOOO!

I can't even win a pity contest!

Later I'm asked by Hamza to send him my address, as I had still won! Just not that particular prize. Which is fine, because I don't own a PS3 or a gaming capable PC.

My prize package arrived today.
Note: Some of the pictures are blurry, too much flash, too dark, etc. The only batteries I had were dying so I didn't have time to fool around with perfect shots so sue me.

BEHOLD.


SOAP.

Wait, what? Soap? Really? What are you trying to say Hamza?

Well, let's see what else we have here.


This...Toyota bag thing.


Perfect for holding my Soap on a Rope!


This sticker is awesome because I LOVE CDV Software Entertainment!
Note: I have no idea who that is.


YEAH! There we go. That's more like it. Wario Ware D.I.Y. Papercraft!


Paper Wario is in some excellent company.


This awesome sticker will go somewhere, but I'm not quite sure yet. Perhaps on my bass drum head.


THIS ONE RULES! The patch reads Planet Cracker Starship Ishimura. I REALLY wish somebody didn't steal my copy of Dead Space so I could finish playing it. I might put it on my bomber jacket I've been wearing for a couple of years now.


Dante's Inferno #0? HAMZA, I LOVE COMIC BOOKS! YAY!


MORE COMIC BOOKS! I had never heard of Scorn but it's not that bad, I love the art in it!


This mouse pad is actually super awesome because I didn't have one for my current computer, I've been using it all day!


AWESOME Lost Planet 2 poster! I'm re-arranging my room, and this is gonna go next to my Marvel VS DC poster when it goes up.


Well that about wraps it up...hmm? What's this?



Protection Against Evil? What does that even mean? Tell me that does NOT look like a Condom wrapper...


Oh.


YES.



OH HELL YES!


Bring it.


Thanks Hamza!   read


6:15 AM on 08.15.2010  

Guile is Johnny Bravo

Ladies and Gentlemen, I have stumbled upon a vast conspiracy the likes of which you've never seen.

Who is the All American Hero with both an unnaturally high blonde haircut and a very unhealthy obsession with their own appearance?

If you answered Guile, you're correct. You're also wrong because the answer is Johnny Bravo.


Wait...




This couldn't be just coincidence, could it? I had to be sure, so I did the unthinkable.

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MOTHER OF GOD.


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1:27 PM on 06.02.2010  

Mr Destructoid: TRIALS HD Style!

Awhile back I decided I would try to make a Trials HD level based on Mr Destructoid.

I finally made this a reality.

I present to you, my custom TRIALS HD: MR Destructoid level!

Current difficulty rating: Medium

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A few details about the level;

> The outline is made of Shipping Containers
> The metal parts are made out of ventilation grills
> The reason the rider moves backwards is because of the "Wind" effect (DLC)
> I decided to add some electricity to the metal parts
> The color scheme in the video is all black with a green background. I changed it for the full shots so he could be seen easier
> His eyes are made out of train tracks and are on fire/smoking! I tried to use red lights, but I couldn't get enough without filling up the meter for that area.


If you would like to download the level just send me a friend request on XBL, my gamertag is TwoToneMurder
(In Trials HD you can only download custom levels from people on your friends list)

My list is pretty full but just send me a message and I'll make room.
The level was created using pieces and effects that are from the DLC, so I'm not sure if you'll need it to download my level or not.


I'm going to keep the outline and do a new level on the inside at some point, so keep an eye out for that!   read


10:08 AM on 05.10.2010  

I'm probably going to Hell

That's right. Me.
I'm about as Neutral as you can get in regards to your belief in God.


I was told the other day that I'm going to burn in a lake of fire, punished for all eternity. More or less. Let me explain.


My TV is so Hi-Def, it's even Hi-Def in paint!

So it's Friday afternoon, and I'm just sitting there minding my own business playing Xbox with my bass player before band practice that evening, when I get a knock on my door!


I'm not being onomatopoetic, it sounded like the word "KNOCK".

It's around 2PM, so this isn't too strange. I figure it's the mail man.
Oh how horribly wrong I was.
I open the door to find myself staring at three very happy people. People who are WAY too happy to be knocking on my door at 2PM. That's when I noticed what they were holding.


FUCK. Also, the girl on the right side was a little bet less jolly than the other two.
NOTE: I don't remember their names, so the girl in the middle is Roxanne, the girl on the right is Sarah, and the dude is Jeff.

Today was my lucky day! I was going to be saved! The kindly people on my porch politely asked if I could spare a minute to talk about The Lord. I stammered out the words "Uh, sure." before my brain could catch up to my mouth to tell it to shut the fuck up!

I was informed that they were from a Church in the neighboring area, trying to spread the message to the surrounding neighborhoods. AN OPPORTUNITY! I very quickly told them that I don't live here.

"This is my parent's house, I live downtown. They're not home, and I'm just visiting for a few days."


Yes...I am standing on my porch lying to preachers.


This was only a partial lie...this is my parents house, and I used to live downtown (my ID still says I do)...but I am most definitely living here.

Roxanne - "Oh, well we ... Sarah, I think you have? Yes...yes, you see Sarah works at the church downtown and I believe she has...yes...she has a paper here..."


FUCK.

I politely take the papers, at which point Roxanne decides it's time to get serious.

Roxanne - "What's your name?"
Mouth - "John"
- - -Brain - LIE! LIE LIE LIE FUCK!! You told them your name....

Roxanne - "Well John, when you die, your soul goes to Heaven if you believe in Jesus and....."
(I kinda zoned out)
Me - "Yeah..."

Roxanne - "OK, do you mind if I ask you a few questions?"
I shake my head no, like an idiot.

Roxanne - "Do you think that when you die, you'll go to Heaven?"
Mouth - "Yeah..."
- - -Brain - Maybe...LIE AGAIN! YES!


Brain and Mouth bro-fist.

Roxanne - "Have you ever stolen?
Me - "No."
This is not a lie.
Roxanne - "Really? Not even when you were a little kid?"
Me - "Nope!"

I'm pretty fucking proud of myself at this moment. What else you got? Ever kill a man? Nope. Are you secretly the Anti-Christ? NOPE!

Roxanne - "Have you ever had lustful thoughts about a woman?"

FUCK.

Me - "Uh, yeah."

Roxanne shakes her head. Not mocking or as if to say "no", but in a sad kind of way.

Roxanne - "The bible says that having lustful thoughts about a woman is as bad as acting on them and..."
I zone out again
Me - "Oh."
Roxanne - "So according to the bible, you're an adulterer."
Me - "Oh..."
Roxanne - "You're going to hell, and that's all there is to it. Are you happy? "

She didn't say that last part, but her fucking TONE sure as hell did.

Jeff finally speaks up. I'm thinking he's going to defend me or something, or tell me it's OK to lust! I can tell right away, Jeff is THERE for me. He's got my fucking back!
He hands me a small booklet.


MOTHER FUCKER. I knew I should have lied about my name. I would have said "Richard" or "Marty" or something. I bet you don't have a book that says "Marty's Prayers" you fuckers!

They tell me that my soul can be saved if I let them pray for me and I join them. Well, I'm already going to hell right? So what harm can letting them pray while I stare at my feet and think about what I've done do?

Jeff leads us in a little prayer while I stare at my feet. They hand me some more papers and finally leave.

I've learned my lesson. I'm going to change my ways!
Lust? NOT ME! I'm going to turn my life around...I'll be a better person! No more lazing around the house all day, I'm gonna go enjoy life! I'll...I'll ...oh yeah!

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4:56 PM on 03.24.2010  

What's yours is mine; Unexpected Covers (NVGR)

Clown Baby, back again with some more Music discussion!

This time around I'm bringing you a group of bands covering very unexpected songs, with amazing results! I didn't intend on making a second blog seemingly focused on electronic music, but it seems that covering Electronic and Hip-Hop is the most popular thing.

Let's kick things off with the song that inspired me to write this group.

Far - Pony (Ginuwine cover)
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Bonus on this one, somebody dubbed the cover over the original music video and it works pretty good!
This came out sometime last year originally with the band listed as an alias. I can't remember the fake name they used, but everybody was shocked to find out it was Far!

Those of you who read my last blog, this song was included on there as a bonus song; I'm gonna go ahead and throw it here for completions sake (and for those who didn't see it); not much to say on this.

The Demonstration - Bad Romance (Lady GaGa)
[embed]168822:28534[/embed]
(For those familiar with the band KillWhitneyDead, The Demonstration was the actual band that played their music on their latest releases. I'm not sure if this is still the case or not.)

The next song's a little bit older. FUN FACT: The band hates that they did this (and had a different singer than they do now.). They got a little grouchy when I saw people requesting it live.
FUN cover.
Throwdown - Baby Got Back (Sir Mix-A-Lot)
[embed]168822:28535[/embed]
(As with the first, this one was also dubbed over the original video with hilarious results)

Things slow down a little bit now with an acoustic cover I ran across sometime last year. I'm not a fan of Kanye, but this is golden.

Rodeo - Amazing (Kanye West)
[embed]168822:28536[/embed]

The next two I came across while looking up the other videos on YouTube and wasn't aware of them before, but they're pretty cool.

Return of Simple (?) - Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (Daft Punk)
[embed]168822:28537[/embed]
(I assume this is the band name. It's the YouTube author's name, closest I could figure out)

Jason Yang & John Shcroeder - Around the World (Daft Punk)
[embed]168822:28538[/embed]
The use of a loop for this and the different effects they use to achieve the pieces of the song is brilliant!

This one has a story, but let's take a look first.

The Dillinger Escape Plan - Come to Daddy (Aphex Twin) *Ft. Mike Patton on vocals*
[embed]168822:28540[/embed]
After releasing their debut CD, "Calculating Infinity", DEP's original singer left the band. They released two instrumental songs while in search of a singer, but in the meantime they recorded an EP and did some shows with Mike Patton on vocals.
(For those interested, the EP is called "Irony is a Dead Scene")

The last one is a two-fer!

Weezer - Kids / Pokerface (MGMT / Lady GaGa)
[embed]168822:28541[/embed]
I hadn't intended to have two Gaga songs on here, but Weezer insisted on being AWESOME, so this came to fruition.

***LAST MINUTE, AFTER POST ADDITION***
I can't believe I forgot about this.

Evergreen Terrace - Mad World (Tears for Fears)
[embed]168822:28543[/embed]
This band LOVES to do cover songs. So much so that this is off of a Cover CD. Other bands they've done include U2 (Sunday Bloody Sunday), The Offspring (Kids Aren't Alright), Hum (Stars), Smashing Pumpkins (Zero), and many more. This is just my favorite of the bunch.

That's all for today kids, take a listen and see if your favorite songs have been butchered, or if you have a new favorite version of them!

Let me know some of your favorite covers in the comments.   read


1:39 PM on 03.19.2010  

Good Electronic Music, that's not Lady Gaga (NVGR)

Lady Gaga.

She's everywhere now, and I can't stand it.
I don't want to go too in depth of why I hate her, but it's mostly how unoriginal and boring her music is.

With that I present you the following bands/artists that aren't Lady Gaga, and are better. If you do happen to like her music, that's fine by me, but you should give these songs a shot. These are all off the top of my head and from my iTunes list.

Massive Attack - Dissolved Girl
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I'll start this one off with one of my favorite songs of all time, and one that you'll probably recognize. Neo was listening to this during the first Matrix movie. They're more famous than you would think; their song "Teardrop" is the theme for the show "House", and they did the soundtrack for "Unleashed" (AKA "Danny the Dog")

Bat for Lashes - Sleep Alone
[embed]168318:28399[/embed]
I was first introduced to this artist through the website "AudioPornCentral." Don't let the name fool you, it's ONLY about music. Mostly electronic and mashups. I suggest heading there if you're into either of those!
Her voice is eerie and mesmerizing, and I love the music! Especially since it's created with a live band.

Crystal Castles - Alice Practice
[embed]168318:28402[/embed]
Those of you familiar with the show "Skins" might recognize this, it was featured in an episode. A friend I used to work with at Musician's Friend was playing this while testing amps, VERY loud. I went over to his desk to hear it from the start and bought the CD a few days later.
It's rough, it's dirty, and I love it.

Lights - Saviour
[embed]168318:28405[/embed]
I have NO IDEA why I like this song, but I do. APC turned me onto her awhile back, and to this date I think her album STILL isn't available in the US.
Pop and Eletronic is a thin line, she stradles it.

Enter Shikari - Sorry You're Not a Winner
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Sorry to get a little heavier on you, but this band is not to be missed. I think a lot of people here are already familiar with them.

Imogen Heap - Aha!
[embed]168318:28406[/embed]
You might have heard this in a recent movie/trailer....do you know which?

Daft Punk - Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (Alive)
[embed]168318:28407[/embed]
I felt at first that this one was TOO obvious and didn't need to be included, but you never know. Plus this live mix is amazing!
If you only know this from the Kanye song, shame on you.

Right-o kids. Do me and yourself a favor; if you enjoyed any of the tracks above, go check out some more music by them! After Destructoid's excessive front-page love for Lady Gaga, I felt I had to set things right.
I don't listen to a lot of electronic music, and I've never been to a live show, but I know what I like.
Feel free to make any suggestions to me or other readers in the comments!


With that, I leave you with a special treat.

The Demonstration - Bad Romance (Lady GaGa cover)
[embed]168318:28403[/embed]
(She is aware of this and has posted her approval, which I gotta say is rad of her!)   read


10:16 AM on 03.16.2010  

One of these things...(Horror Remakes) (NVGR)

ONE OF THESE THINGS IS JUST LIKE THE OTHER


SPOILER ALERT
This blog will contain minor spoilers for Quarantine/[Rec], but I can almost guarantee you've already been spoiled.
It is my opinion that if you intend to watch one or both of these movies, the experience will not be ruined by knowing what I'm about to talk about.

Let's talk movies. More importantly, let's talk foreign movies and their American remakes.
Americans are lazy. It's true. I have a lot of people who refuse to watch any movie with subtitles, and as such are missing out on a lot of great movies such as Pans Labyrinthe, and I even know a few who refused to watch Inglorious Basterds because of all the subtitles.

What this leads to in today's Hollywood market is a lot of remakes, particularly of horror movies. Some of the more famous examples are "The Grudge" ("Ju-On", Japan) and "The Ring" ("Ringu", Japan). What's interesting about these is that when Ringu came out, it was the highest grossing movie in the country, making $6.6 Million in it's run. When The Ring came out, it made $8.3 million in it's first two weeks in Japan.


These movies also started the awesome "creepy grey ghost child" trend that we all loved.

If you asked a large group of people who had seen both movies, you would get a very wide variety of answers as to which movie they prefer. The pacing in The Ring makes it a very different movie from Ringu.

On the other hand, there are almost no differences between The Grudge and Ju-On. I would almost view that as an insult to the original director, if not for the fact that he directed both versions (as well as Ringu).
The same can be said more or less for Quarantine and [Rec].


Spoiler Alert?

CHANGES
* The dog is actually in the building in Quarantine, but just mentioned in [Rec]
* Quarantine removed the religious references at the end.

Other than these two changes, Quarantine is almost a frame for frame remake of the original. Every other scene is left intact with minor changes. I don't want to spoil it, but removing the religious references to the Vatican, the newspaper clippings, and not playing the tape recorder seems kind of weak to me.
Speaking of spoilers, let's talk about one of the things that annoys me the most with Quarantine.
The trailer. (This is where the spoilers are. This is the official theatrical trailer too...)

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If you just watched that, or have seen it before, congratulations. You've seen the ending of the movie.
From 1:12 to the end, is literally the last scene in the movie; in both versions. It's the box art for the DVD. It was on all of the posters. Cute. Sure it's out of context, so you don't know what happened; and you don't KNOW it's the end until you've seen it, but I sure know that as soon as I saw it and realized what they did I was pissed.

So to recap; The Grudge and Quarantine were remade, and for the most part the only change is that the lead actors now speak English. Is reading really that difficult?

On to my next target, which is actually more of me worrying than anything else. The original is just little more than a year old, and the remake is scheduled to come out this year.


These vampires don't sparkle.

Let The Right One In is a marvelous Swedish movie based on a book by the same name by "John Ajvide Lindqvist" (which is available in Barnes & Noble and other bookstores here. You'll probably have to special order it though; while I was looking I got the last copy. They told me copies were coming in all the time but selling immediately.) Interestingly enough, there are English versions of the book which were also retitled "Let Me In" (mine has the original title, and a variant of the DVD cover for the book cover. I think the retitled one is pretty rare), and the author wrote the screenplay for the original movie.

It tells the tale of a young outcast named Oskar, and the friendship he develops with the new neighbor girl, Eli, who just happens to be a Vampire. The story that unfolds is a beautiful story about love, and what that word means.

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Casting for the remake, "Let Me In" is completed and work is underway.
* Eli (the female lead) will be played by Chloe Moretz (Hit-Girl in Kick-Ass, Rachel in (500) Days of Summer) and is being renamed to Abby.
* Oskar (main character, male lead) will be played by Kodi Smit-McPhee ("The Boy" in The Road) and is being renamed to Owen.
* Hakan (Eli's "father") is being played by Richard Jenkins (Dr. Doback in Step Brothers, Nathaniel Fisher on Six Feet Under), and is only referred to as "The Father" at this time.

The casting is great. Kodi was amazing as "The Boy", and Richard Jenkins is a brilliant actor. But the rumors I'm already hearing (the second "discovery" about Eli, which although not covered in detail in the original movie as in the book; is being completely left out for one thing) combined with America's track record...


[Rec] : 7.7/10 (30,68 votes)
Quarantine : 6.1/10 (19,716 votes)

Ju-On : 6.6/10 (8,42 votes)
The Grudge : 5.7 (41,435 votes)

Ringu : 7.4/10 (19,402 votes)
The Ring : 7.2/10 (79,493 votes)

Let The Right One In : 8.1/10 (47,810 votes)
Let Me In: Let's just say, I'm worried.   read


9:06 PM on 02.28.2010  

In which I say Hello...

All things start somewhere, so I may as well start here.

I've been coming to Destructoid for a decent amount of time now for my news. I used to follow "The Last Boss" until it shut down, and somehow in my search for a new Video Game news site, I ended up here.

There's not a lot to say about me, but at the same time my story is unbelievable. I've had a lot of ups and downs in my life. I'll cover more of some of that stuff later.


I play drums in the band "Documentary".
The singer and bass player of my band used to be in a metal band with me, but we got sick of that and our guitarist quit. We got a new guitar player and after a while of messing around, we've settled into our sound.

We've been compared to Jawbreaker, Shellac, Fugazi, The Deftones, and a lot of early 90s "Post Hardcore" and Alternative bands.

I used to DJ in a bar nearby, and I may get back into it at some point. It was something I enjoyed, I got to meet a lot of people and make new friends; it was FUN.


In summary; I play video games (mostly on 360), I play drums (pretty good at it too), I like drinking (I know my limits) and I like hanging out with my friends (thanks to an incident in my life a few years ago where I could have died, I know who my real ones are).


Video games are fun, and a great escape from the downs of your life, and a way to celebrate the ups. But at the same time you can't let them consume you.

With that said, I'm gonna go jump on some Modern Warfare 2, crack open a Miller High Life and have a good time! Then tomorrow I have band practice to get ready for two shows this weekend.


I'll leave you with a short video of my band (the first 30 seconds are missing).
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