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6:10 PM on 04.02.2009

Magic the Gathering : Dtoid

Being a gamer website, I figured alot of us play or used to play Magic the Gathering and I'm sure there are a lot who are in my situation where we did play a while ago but life went on and we moved on to cheaper things. So I want to bring MtG back in my life but without spending hundreds of dollars on booster packs and I want to play the game online without buying a software that will have me buy cards as DLC. So I figured that it would be a great thing to start a MtG league on Destructoid.

For that we need a software. Here's the problem, when it comes to free MtG software there are a few options but not all of them will be good for everybody. Some of us have Windows PC some have Mac OS X and some even have Linux. So Apprentice was out of the question. The solution wasn't to hard to find, LackeyCCG. Although not being the prettiest software out there, the interface is complete and simple to use, all the options to play online with all the cards from the MtG universe with cards scans in high quality is all there. Also I think the software supports games up to 4 players, which would open up a great variety of gameplay.

I already made a thread in the forum section but not everyone goes there, so if anyone is interested in playing MtG, just send me a request to join the group :
Ideally I would like this to be part of FNF but we can also get games going on whenever.   read

8:42 PM on 03.23.2009

My video game collection part deux

Ok like I said here's part two of my collection, the PS2, PS3 and the goodies well some of them those are going to be part of a later blog, well one item in particular.

So yeah let's start with the PS2. This section contains my RPGs or RPGlike games, nothing too fancy just what I consider to be some of the best titles on the PS2, I know I'm missing on a few titles but I had to focus a bit on certain games since there's only 24 hours in a day. Notable mention, Nocturne, which is my treasure, got two copies, that RPG ooze pure awesomeness. Overlooked but still really good is Devil Summoner (can't wait for the sequel to come out) FFXII is the first final fantasy game that I kinda enjoy since FFVI. Uhhmmm I have some of the .hack serie, always wanted to try them, I liked the concept but yeah I keep playing other games before them, maybe one day.

This portion is more of the action/adventure type of game + an intruder. Some of the incontournable are Katamari Damaci, Rez, Ico, psychonaut. But none the less Silent hill 2 and Fatal frame 3 are by far the scariest game I played so far esp. FF3. Wipeout on the PS2 was just shit, bought it because I needed a wipeout fix before the version on PS3 came out. Zone of the Ender, have played those two a whole lot, got carried away by other things when I tried them so can't say much but the hour or two I got to play them were really good.

Not a whole lot that I can say about those, that hasn't been said already. Couldn't care less about the GTA games. Guitar Hero 1/2/3 sucked hundreds hours of my life. So did Metal Gear 2/3. What might be of mention here is that I never completed Shadow of the Colossus, I'm stuck in a spot and just started playing something else

The PS3, not much to say here, too recent, everyone knows everything about those games. One title that might be unknown to most of you is Demon's Souls I highly recommend that you check out that game and I will make a blog about later.

The Box of goodness :D

The small but ok collection of Metal Gear games, I don't have metal gear solid in there but I have a copy waiting for me at a local store. Got the guides for MGS 1, MGS 4, MG portable ops. Soundtrack for Portable OPS and ACiD2 the DVDs and a sealed copy of MGS4 LE and MGS collection.

And the jewel. Some of you might be against sealed games, but if you noticed I have a second copy of the Megaten games so at least I play them aswell, they do make for nice eye candy. So there
Persona 3 LE + game guide
Nocturne with soundtrack + game guide
Digital Devil Saga 1 box set

The rest are well not worth much they are mostly a result of me just never playing them so they got left in that state and for good measure the Castlevania Double Pack.


5:09 AM on 03.23.2009

My video game collection part 1 (a copy of Krow's blog)

I'm bored and I can't sleep either so I decided I would return in the C-blog side of Dtoid or try to at least and as an easy way back in I decided to mimic Bwark-kupo's post about his game collection. Like him I'll have to do this in two parts, so for today here's my PS1, DS, PSP, GC collection. Unfortunately I don't have much in terms of older games, I sold all my collection years ago (I think in like 1998) and made a decent wad of cash at that time (I can't imagine how much I could get now...) When I sold all my games I stop playing on consoles for a few years, until I got a GC in I think 2003 and since then I started rebuilding a collection without trying to invest too much into it.

So here goes PS1 : I know you're all going to say that Saga Frontier sucks, and you might be right, but when I got that game (it survived my great game depression) I played it through and really enjoyed it. I never completed FFVII cause I never thought it was that good, but just for the principle, I owe to myself to complete it.

Next PSP which I think is a great handheld consoles and there should be more RPG made for it instead of the DS and games should come in a Flash card format instead of the noisy UMD disc. As you can notice there's alot of Metal Gear games, I actually collect that serie but that's going to be for another C-blog. For all those that are interested in Atlus's Hammering hero, I have the japanese copy here, it is a really fun game, recommended for anyone. In the import section I also have Twin Bee, but it kinda sucks, to get a good screen size you have to flip the PSP 90 degrees which is a bit awkward for the controls.

DS, I got rid of a good 15 DS games that I had just because they were completed and were not that good, part of that was the two Advance wars, they were fun but didn't really enjoyed the replayability factor and I needed good trade value for my PS3. Beside the really good remake of Dragon Quest IV and the Castlevania games, nothing really special in the DS department.

The gamecube, what made me come back into the console gaming world, more precisely Metroid Prime and the odd really good game, anyone can say whatever they want about the Gamecube, it might not have the same number of great titles as the PS2 but for what it offered it was worth owning one. The Resident evil remake was pure awesomeness so was RES4. Cubivor quirky but very enjoyable title, the megaman collection is great too eventhough I hate playing them with a GC controller. The metal gear solid remake is perfect too. Unfortunately here in NA we didn't get to enjoy Radilgy (bottom right game) or what was suppose to be called Radio Allergy, it's a cell shaded Schmup similar in game play to Chaos Field, so I had to import it.

So that's it for me right now, tomorrow PS2 PS3 and my "valuable" games, and at some point the rest of my gaming goodness.   read

8:50 PM on 05.23.2008

Final Fantasy IV DS Available for Pre-Order

I just got this in my email box. Final Fantasy IV is available for pre-order through gamestop, EB games, Game Crazy, I guess this is a good news for most of us. Well for me it's not, I just spent the last week replaying the original game and beat it yesterday. So either I will sink in the game again and spend a good 30 hours or just buy it, wait and play it in a few months.

Now if they could do the same for FF VI I would be a happy guy.   read

7:04 PM on 05.22.2008

E-Wastes (NVGR)

A few days ago Greenpeace or some other organization published something about videogames hardware being unhealthy. Now that announcement was probably made for shock value and to ride on the wave of unpopularity of the video games within a certain demographic. However the statement is true. It is true maybe not for the gamer directly but rather for the people that end up with the garbage from consoles and peripherals that are being thrown away in the garbage.

Video games hardware are only a small part of the problem, but as the industry grows the problems grows too and certain policies that are now being applied to the computer industry (think recycling programs) will have to be applied to the consoles developers.

As I said the problems of those waste is not for us. We throw everything away and that's it, out of our lives. However most landfill do not accept or as little as possible any electronic wastes and some companies make it a business to rid the landfills of these waste and most of the time export them to foreign countries (China, India, Africa) and it's in those country that the health risk becomes evident.

The technique used to collect the precious metals contained in our electronic can be devastating for the environment and the health of anyone nearby.

My recommendation for consumers here in North America or Europe is to accumulate the electronics you want to throw away in a box and once a year call or go to a center where they will recycle all the stuff in a clean way.

I'm going to stop here so if you want further details ask me but for now you can just check those pictures to give yourself an idea.


4:35 PM on 05.13.2008

Atlus news : Zoids Assault

Lately seems like Atlus gives almost all it's attention on the Xbox 360, maybe as an effort to popularize the strategy RPG genre to North America. Alot of people are surely going to be pleased by that.

So today we got a new game announcement from Atlus : Zoids Assault

From the official Atlus news letter :

Beasts of Steel. Diverse battlegrounds. An intense covert military campaign in the middle of a tense cold war. Advanced tactics including support fire and electromagnetic pulse systems. Tons of customization and upgrade options, including melee weapons, rockets, rifles, machine guns, shotguns, cannons, and more.

Zoids Assault, a new and decidedly original strategy RPG take on the long-running Zoids series, brings all of the above and more to the Xbox 360® this August.

To me it will either be hit or miss, another blend strategy game without anything exceptional like the last Front Mission or a great addition to the Xbox 360 lineup.

This summer we'll see the release of ;

- Operation Darkness (June 24th)
- Spectral Forces (July 29th)
- Zoids Assault (August 26th)

Visually Zoids Assault doesn't look very impressive, but Atlus has never been known for releasing games with alot of eye candy. However the gameplay looks complex enough to be really interesting especially with the addition of concepts like Electronic Counter/Support measures.

So here's a few screenshot and preview video

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9:06 PM on 04.27.2008

Paper Nintendo DS

Hey unless I missed a post about this (in which case I'm sorry for reposting) I have to share this video I found on youtube while I was looking to kill time (my gf was watching America next top model).

Well it's some dude that made this with stop motion, well I think that's the name, I'm no animation expert.

And it is still sort of video game related ;) So enjoy the Paper Nintendo DS

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3:15 PM on 04.27.2008

Dragon Warrior : A case of major retro goggles

Well like I said I would try to complete a Dragon Warrior game every 2 weeks or so. So here’s the first one in the serie.

“The protagonist of the story is a warrior who is a descendent of the legendary hero Erdrick (known in some versions as Loto). Starting in the chambers of King Lorik, the player is made aware that the Dragonlord has stolen the Ball of Light which must be reclaimed to restore peace to the land. Although this minimalistic story presents itself at the beginning, the player will find more minor story elements to the game as it progresses. These mostly occur through dialogues with NPCs that detail rescuing the Princess Gwaelin, the destruction of the town of Hauksness, and the hints about relics needed to reach the Dragonlord.

Although this is the first title released of the Dragon Warrior franchise, Dragon Warrior I is actually the second, chronologically, of a three game series which share a storyline. The story is preceded by that of Dragon Warrior III and followed by Dragon Warrior II.”

Dragon Warrior is indeed very minimalistic, I actually had to put some serious retro goggles in order to play this game. The only that kept me going was the nostalgia and fond memories I have of the game and playing it with my mother (she would translate stuff for me). Dragon Warrior did to me what Zelda did to alot of people, by that I mean the sheer size of the world and the epic quest. Even those rudimentary graphics would trigger my imagination and almost send me to another world.

Most of us that are old enough and played this game when it came out got it as a bonus for being old or new subscriber in 1989-90. But that release in North America was a little too late for the game to really take off because Final Fantasy, which at that time was vastly superior, came out that year also. However Dragon Warrior was released in Japan in 1986 and was hugely successful over there.

When it comes to console RPG, Dragon Warrior was the first one of it’s kind, it brought many concepts that are still common place in today’s games, such as the top-down perspective. It was also the first game to receive the honor of having it’s soundtrack played by a Symphonic Orchestra. It also made the Gamespot’s top 15 most influential games of all time in 2000.

By today’s standards Dragon Warrior would be too minimalistic to be recommended to anyone who never played the serie. Unless you really want to play this game badly for historical value or have a major case of retro goggles, I would just recommend to read the synopsis and skip to Dragon Warrior III. It is no wonder that Final Fantasy had much more impact to the North American public with vastly superior soundtrack and graphics at the time. Would it be much different nowaday if the release was set to 1986 ? maybe so.

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10:35 PM on 04.22.2008

Dragon Quest, an overview

Castles, swords, knights, princess, dragons, kings, and epic quests are all elements that define RPGs in the medieval setting and are what best describes Dragon Quest.

When someone talks about RPG the first thing that comes to most people’s mind is Final Fantasy but little is known today that the venerable Dragon Quest (also known as Dragon Warrior in North America) is the root of all console based RPGs. This post will give you a general overview of the serie and in subsequent post I’ll review each game independantly as I complete them (give or take 2-3 weeks between each).

Dragon Quest might be the most influencial role playing game ever released for the console, everything after this (even Final Fantasy) takes its roots in it. The top down perspective, turn based fight, random encounter are only a few of the game mechanic that were introduced.

Every game in the serie were always extremely well done, to this day no Dragon Quest game have been tagged as the lesser one (sales figure aside). This might be attributed to the fact that since the first installement the three main designer have always been the same. Such control over a serie is almost unheard in the video game industry.

Yuuji Horii, the scenario and game designer, got the inspiration from Wizardry and Ultima that he discovered after winning a contest sponsored by Enix in 1982. The rest of the team, music designer Koichi Sugiyama and character and monster designer Akira Toriyama (also known for the Dragon Ball serie) met the following year to start the design of Dragon Quest. Yuuji Horii was one of the supervisor of the game Chrono Trigger in which he appeared in one of the ending with the game development staff, he is also owner of the production company, Armor Project, which has an exclusive production contract with Square Enix, a contract established with Enix before the company merged with Square. Given that fact I think it pretty much establish which company (square or enix) is truly responsible of whoring the Final Fantasy serie.

In North America the serie never achieved the status it deserved and was always shadowed by Final Fantasy. However things are different in Japan where it is such a cultural phenomenon that there are live-action ballets, musical concerts, and audio CDs based on the Dragon Quest universe. The London Philharmonic Orchestra has performed for several Dragon Quest music albums. It was the first video game series to have its music performed live by an orchestra. Since 1987, music from Dragon Quest has been performed annually in Japan in concert halls.

With eight main installements in the serie is no real chronology unifying all the Dragon Quest games. The first six installements were divided into two trilogy Dragon quest 3, 1, 2 then Dragon Quest IV, V, VI. Dragon Quest VII and VIII are independant of each others.

Many mangas and anime based on the serie were released in Japan, with only one in North America. 13 out of 43 episode of Dragon warrior (Based on Dragon Quest III) were aired here in 1990.

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6:39 PM on 04.12.2008

Retro : Origin

Last night I was having a discussion with my mother about gaming and how it was from her point of view when I was a kid and one interesting thing came up that I didn't really recalled. Most of my childhood gaming memories are filled with the NES. But yet I have fragments about older consoles and games that I played but can't really name them myself. Well that's where she filled the blank. The first "console" or platform I played game on was a CoCo2, also called the Tandy computer system or TRS-80, which was sold by radio shack from 1983 to about 1986 when it got replaced by the CoCo3

The CoCo2 ran on a Z80 based processor (think graphical calculator, original gameboy) and had BASIC for what you might call an OS. Games came under the form of expansion cartridge or cassette tapes.

I almost have no recollection about this system, however I was told that I played a game called "cashman" and that there was also a Sesame street tape. Also I had to learn some BASIC commands in order to load the games myself and operate the typing software. We sold the CoCo2 when I was about 10 years old (1992) and replaced it a year or two later by a Macintosh LC-475.

Here's some screen shot and also I would like for people to write in the comments about their personnal experience with similar systems.


12:04 AM on 04.09.2008

Baroque : Yes it is good but maybe you should pass

This post is not to steal the light from Gen Eric Gui But just to some of my thought.

Here are is thoughts about the game : Cblog post

First of all the game is good, REALLY good. But what makes it good for some might make it bad for others and also there are elements that most people won't find good at all.

What is so special about that game is the atmosphere, you really are plunged quickly into a bizarre world that does justice to it's title (Baroque) (check wikipedia for definition on the style). Alot of twisted emotion are felt right at the beginning as the main character is being used as a rat lab for some weird experiment on the mind.

After the cutscene you are plunged in the central "town" with a few npc, that only Charle Manson could dream of, start talking to you about things that don't really make any sense at that point.

Then you have an angel figure that introduce you to the dungeon that you have to explore and there the story starts.

A few things that I like about the game is that everything plays part in developing the story. Even dying (it's not a spoiler, you will die, triggers cut scenes). As you explore the dungeon which has a random created layout you get to entounter other npc that tell you more about the world you are in.

The general atmosphere of steam punk neo gothic is really what got me hooked to the game, also the graphical style well complemented with a industrial soundtrack that brings everything to life.

Now for the bad, I've only played for about 2 hours, but right from the start I had to try not to complain too much about the game engine, the fighting is not bad, it's just not good. I'm glad I picked up a copy for the PS2 instead of the Wii cause I can't really imagine playing this game with the wiimote (I think that's the main reason why nintendo power game a poor score.)

Also the game is a polished port of a Saturn game so it wasn't fully developped with the PS2 in mind and therefore has some limitation that are not expected of a PS2 game in the last few months of the console life.

Baroque cuts down the bullshit, you learn the story as you play, no lengthy cutscenes or bullshit. It's power, load the game, Hi I'm Baroque, BAMMM !! action.

Atlus is pretty much the only distriburtor that could've bring us Baroque and I'm really glad they did.

The game is made for those of us that dig random dungeons, hard fights, don't mind old game mechanics and gameplay, very focused genre. And to those that just want to spend a few hours playing a game that has a bit of similarity to Persona (the random dungeons)

Trailer :


Gameplay :

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8:02 PM on 04.08.2008

Today is Atlus day

Woo Woo, got 3 good things today.

1. Japanese import of Shin Megami Tensei 2 for super famicom
2. Cubivore for the gamecube
3. EBgames called me for Baroque

So yeah my little collection of Atlus's game grew up today. However it means that I now have to make more time to play game and also start learning japanese ;) that should be an interesting task.

I've been playing Cubivore for about two hours now and as like alot of people say; it is an "interesting" game. Very quirky and light. There's isn't much of a story line other than you are born as a little piggy and you are trying to make your way up the food chain by eating meat of different colors. The game is very simple yet very fun. You can play an hour or two then leave the game for weeks, months and just pick up the controller and start where you left it without having to think about what you've done so far or what you have to do next.

The graphics and sounds are very N64 (I think it was suppose to be for that console too) but good enough that it won't hurt your eyes. However like alot of early 3D games the camera is not really up to par with some more modern games or even games that were released around the same time frame. The graphic style actually reminds me of Katamari Damacy.

As for Baroque I have yet to play it, but once I find some time I will but I am sure that in it's genre it will be a terrific game.

screenshot courtesy of IGN.COM


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