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11:57 AM on 08.27.2014

Super Game! A SpaceGhost style interview show ft. Nick Woz of Shovel Knight fame

About a year ago I had the idea to do an internet show in the style of Space Ghost Coast To Coast, except we would interview game devs and other type people in the industry. For those of you not in the know Space Ghost Coast To Coast was a cartoon talk show with characters from an old Hannah Barbara show called, Space Ghost. The creators would interview guests, do weird things to them, ask strange questions and then edit the answers to match the strange questions the characters would ask or to give a strange answer to a normal question. 

This dream has finally become a reality. I'm pretty proud of the final project. We'd like to continue to make more episodes but my friend who made this with me won't want to take time away from his other videos if this doesn't look like it's going to be a success. I think you'll enjoy the interview and well if you don't, that sucks. 

Feel free to let me know what you think! Also I'm totally wearing a Destructoid shirt in this video!   read

3:17 PM on 11.17.2013

Vote On What My New Monday Night Stream Game Should Be!

If you don't follow me on Twitter then you probably don't know that I've been streaming games on Monday nights on Twitch recently. Or you may just not know who I am. I've done No More Room In Hell, Binding of Isaac, Saints Row IV, Pokemon and others but now I'm at a loss for what my new playthrough should be. 

Below is a list of the games I'm considering, if you'd like you can vote on which one you would like to see me play by leaving a comment below or liking another members comment. Game with the most votes wins! Unfortunately, I can't commit to one specific time right now due to work but I have been consistent in streaming at some point on Monday evenings. Watch my twitter for updates. 

Banjo and Kazooie

Banjo Tooie

Pokemon (any game gen 1-5 randomized playthrough) 

Mirror's Edge

Beyond Good and Evil 

Oddworld: Strangers Wrath




Legend of Grimrock


Zeno Clash

Or suggest something else and if it's cheap enough or if I already have it it could win!

Thanks for taking the time to vote and watch, I really appreciate it guys! See you tomorrow night!   read

9:16 AM on 06.04.2013

Microsoft Blew It, How Can They Un-Blow It?

Microsoft fucked up their Xbox reveal, we get it already. But what would it take from their E3 presentation to win gamers like myself and many others back? Well, it's gonna take a lot for me but it is far from impossible. They just have to change their way of thinking. Think more as the consumer and less as the corporation.

Firstly, and yes I realize this is highly unlikely, make Xbox Live free! You know why I game on my PC for the most part? Well, there's a lot of reasons but a big one is that I don't have to pay a fee to access a function of the game I already pay for. It wouldn't even be all that bad if you weren't bombarded with ads on the dash. I'm not a rich man, I'm going to save money where I can, and one of those places is not paying for XBL. And don't even get me started on having to pay for XBL to access Netflix, a service that I already pay a monthly fee for.

One of the biggest complaints about the Xbox One reveal was that there were barely any video games shown off for this video game console. It's pretty obvious that Microsoft needs to show off a ton of exclusives at their conference next week, and I'm sure they will I just doubt I'll be interested in many of them. I pray that I'm wrong though. There have been a ton of rumors circulating over the last few weeks of what games will be announced: Halo 5, Mirrors Edge 2, Fable IV, etc. But the one that really entices me is Banjo and Kazooie 3 which is rumored to be called, Banjo and Kazooie in Grunty Land. If they really do announce this it will be one more step in the right direction, for me at least, but they will still have some work to do.

For instance, it is rare (pun intended) for a single game to spur a console purchase. Microsoft will have to obtain some more IPs (hopefully new ones) that interest me. I'm not a teenager anymore, I can't survive off of Gears of War and Halo alone. I would love to see Microsoft take some more risks and showcase a new colorful and bizarre looking game. Sony does it, why can't Microsoft.

Another big complaint from the community has been that the Xbox focuses too much on other forms of media. This complaint is more of a minor one for me but a complaint nonetheless. What is the Xbox? You and I might say it's a video game console but Microsoft says it's a media center. And that's fine by me, I just wish they would spend a little less time on those aspects and less money as well, maybe we could see it go somewhere else (LIKE THE GAMES). I know they want me to consume all my media through their box but I'm not going to, most people aren't.

When I want to watch a movie or TV show sure, I might watch it on my Xbox. Looking something up online, that's when I will pull out my phone or tablet. Why? Because that device serves the purpose more swiftly and more accurately. Want to listen to that new Daft Punk album? Well I'm headed to my stereo to either throw on the LP or play it from my computer (which is attached to my stereo). Football sunday? Well, uh, I'm just gonna go grind in Monster Hunter or something.

The DRM debacle is another massive gripe being echoed throughout the community. This one is still a little hard to discuss since Microsoft has been less than clear about what sort of DRM their system will feature but it's safe to say that it will have some sort of DRM. As Jim as stated many times this sort of action taken by Microsoft is consumer abuse. I just don't understand why it's ok to charge me $60 for a game and then put a set of restraints on myself and my newly purchased product. When I buy a book I can loan it out, when I buy a car I can have more than one person enjoy it at a time, why shouldn't I be able to do the same with my video game? I see this as a huge distrust being shown by Microsoft. I don't need to be told how to enjoy my games.

If Microsoft is determined to make this console life cycle all about digital products then they should take a lesson from one of their biggest rivals, Valve. There is a reason everyone loves Steam and Gaben, it's because it's not entirely about the money (don't get me wrong, a lot of it is just not all of it). Valve makes quality games, they take their time and they treat their customers fairly. Hell, they treat them beyond fair. If Microsoft priced their digital products in a fashion akin to Steam I would be very intrigued. It also wouldn't hurt if they had a weekly list of titles on sale, sale meaning 33% off and up.

I know we've all been pretty hard on Microsoft lately but I think they needed it. I think this is what parents often refer to as "tough love". I love you big guy, but I've fallen out of love something fierce and I just want back in. I'm telling you the secrets it's just up to you if you want to take the risks. Xbox, go home and get your shit together.  


1:53 PM on 11.07.2011

Costume Quest: Be A Child Again For 4-5 Hours

One of my favorite things about playing video games is that they can really make you feel like a kid again. A few days back I finished Costume Quest; that game is the ultimate example of making you feel like a kid again. Costume Quest was a downloadable title created by Tim Schafer and his Double Fine studio. You play as Reynold (or his sister Wren, if you swing that way) on Halloween, you and your sister are new to the neighborhood and your mother tells you to go trick or treating around the neighborhood and make friends. Whichever sibling you're not playing as is dressed as a big piece of candy corn while you're dressed as a robot.

Monsters begin invading your town and taking all the candy they can find, including your sibling. You and the new friends you make a long they way use your costumes to turn into gigantic, over the top versions of whatever it is that you are dressed as to fight the monsters and rescue your sibling. Along the way you will use your different costume's abilities to solve minor problems and get new friends to help you save your sibling.

One of the best parts of this game is the writing, honestly if the writing wasn't so great this game might be kind of boring. There's no voice acting but all the characters have something important or witty to say. Even little details about the world are written well; there's a part of the game that finds you trick or treating in the local mall and all the stores are named something humorous, like “Husky Toddler”.

The whole idea of the game is pretty fantastic as well, when you're a kid on Halloween and you dress up as your favorite whatever or whomever you totally believe that you're that person! So the idea of transforming into these out of this world versions of robots, knights and ninjas is very appealing to the part of our brains that miss being a kid and enjoy reclaiming that feeling again even if for a short time. It's akin to the same feeling that you might get while watching a cartoon or a Pixar movie. Gives you the warm fuzzies.

The game isn't all that long, which is expected since it's a downloadable title, you can probably have it finished within 4-5 hours. Oh, but what a wonderful 4-5 hours it will be! It's a pretty basic RPG with a little customizable section involving battle stamps. You will also be collecting cards of candy that parody Garbage Pail Kids cards. Those aren't really the reasons to play this game though, it's all about the story and the dialogue between characters. The whole game is just so damn charming. If this game doesn't warm your heart and make you chuckle, then you probably need to loosen up.

Needless to say, I absolutely loved this game and really wish they would make a sequel or more games like it. I know it seems like I keep writing blogs about that but I really do feel that way! (Although, I am totally looking forward to Skyrim and Saints Row The Third!) I also have to wonder if this formula could work for any other holidays. I could see a Costume Quest sequel revolving around Easter or Valentines Day working pretty well. Have you guys played it? What did you think of it? Do you think it could work well with other holidays?

Check out the trailer why don'tcha?!   read

1:54 PM on 10.21.2011

What Happened?: Why Is Everything So Serious?!

Seriously, what the hell has happened to this industry? What is the first feeling you think of when you think of video games? The correct answer is of course fun. Video games used to be all about having fun, didn't need to make sense, didn't need to be serious, didn't matter if the game was hard or easy, didn't matter if it had multiplayer or not. It just needed to be fun.

Life as an adult can be very stressful and demanding, we all need an escape. We require some sort of escape pretty much on a daily basis. Everyone has their own thing they escape into, often times multiple things. Some people watch TV, some play music, some create things, others play video games. When I get home from work and/or school and I've had a long day I don't always want to play a gritty realistic looking shooter that is filled to the brim with action and brown landscapes.

I do like playing those types of games as well, but I'd much rather play something more relaxing, or something super over the top. It seems like back in the SNES era games just didn't take themselves all that seriously. People never really demanded a game have multiplayer, we had no online pass system to deal with and original ips had a chance at surviving. People played games to have fun. I believe people still play games to have fun but that they're looking for slightly different experiences. The most popular of those seeming to be the one where they are a big manly man and shoot all the things.

I recently played through Gears of War 3 with a friend, we had a lot of fun, but I found the story and characters to be kind of generic and boring, not to mention stupid. We blasted through the game and had our laughs and had our fun but when I was done all I wanted was some color and freedom. This is why I love games like Minecraft and Katamari. They aren't linear brown wastelands filled with enemies, they're about fun and freedom, and while they may not have the best graphics they're still pleasant to look at.

(image taken from Games Radar)

Why are we as gamers so serious now? Is it because we don't feel that we're being taken seriously? Do we have such a desire to be considered an art form that we are trying to copy film? Video games aren't films, they never will be. I think we all need to understand and accept that. They aren't films for a reason, it just doesn't work the same. It's fine to have an action packed, cinematic feeling game but do we really need so many? I of course realize that most of this is controlled by the publishers and the people pulling the strings behind the industry, but if we just bought less of all the generic brown games and more of the fun original colorful games, maybe we'd see more of them.

The future is looking bright though. We have Saints Row The Third on it's way to being released, and if you haven't been following it just know that it is exactly what I think video games need. It is completely over the top, makes no apologies, doesn't take itself seriously and is just plain ridiculous. It has a good amount of hype behind it and is being marketed well, so hopefully you all will buy it and we can start seeing some more games that are more about having fun and less about playing a movie we've all already seen.

(See, now doesn't that look nice?)   read

2:53 PM on 10.18.2011

Integration: Living in the Dark Ages

When you're a gamer that can't get access to high speed internet, it changes things. The biggest thing obviously being that I can't play online, download DLC, access streaming apps or any of those fancy schmancy things being integrated into gaming systems nowadays. So this whole concept of integrating all these new functions into my system don't really affect me at all. Or do they? Even though I can't access any of these extra features, what happens when all those extra features gain more attention than the games for said machine?

Living with out high speed internet is bad enough, but now that so many games are coming out that have game ending bugs in them that require a patch to fix it'd become even worse. You know what happens when I encounter a bug like that? I'M SCREWED. I do from time to time take my systems to a friends house, but thats pretty rare. It's just such a huge pain in the ass to drag them all around town, and then set them back up. It goes without saying that I don't have a Netflix account or premium accounts for any other streaming app like Spotify or Hulu.

(I figured my c-blog should have a picture, so here's Godzilla)

Even though I don't use any of those extra apps on my console, I do fear a future where they take up too much of the lime light, instead of the games I wanna play on my GAME console. I understand why companies would go for this, all the extra features and apps draw in a bigger market that they can sell their product to. I can't really blame them for wanting to do that. It is scary though to think that if things keep following the trends that we've been seeing we could not be seeing many new original games, or even not as many games as we see now. Will we still be seeing games like Okami and Last Guardian in 10 years? It seems doubtful.

Imagine an E3 conference in 10 years where Microsoft is introducing their latest Xbox. “The Xbox 1080 has it all! You can stream every TV channel known to man, listen to your entire music library, shop on amazon and eBay, text it to turn your lights off, and it'll clean your room!! Oh and uh … we have a halo for it … we might release another game this year too … meh.” It's a scary idea, and obviously that example was way over the top. As long as people keep buying games we'll still have games released. I think the real question is though, will we be seeing less games in the future due to so much integration in our systems? Will we still see new series? It's hard to say, we all know how much people like change (they don't).

But maybe things aren't that bad? Look at PCs, they have tons of features and third party apps and some of the most original games to ever be made. Console games do better most of the time than PC games, but most people have a computer. If the PC market can survive why couldn't consoles? Would consoles require some sort of Steam service to be able to stick around? Would it need to be cloud based service? I'm not sure but it'll be interesting to see what all the next consoles do and don't do.   read

5:20 PM on 09.22.2011

TGS: In Defense of Nintendo

The annual Tokyo Game Show has came and gone. Many things were announced and even more things weren't announced. It seems an awful lot of people ended up being kind of pissed off at Nintendo though. Everyone appeared to be saying that Nintendo wasn't announcing anything interesting. Then there was the accusation that they were forgetting the hardcore gamer, this wasn't anything new though of course. Then there was nubbageddeon. That sparked a whole new level of hate from gamers.

The biggest problem in all of this I think is that people forget this isn't E3. In case you all forgot the show is called TOKYO Game Show. See how all the presentations were done in Japanese and not English? Thats because TGS is mainly for Japanese gamers, most of the games you were not interested in will never see the shelves in the US. They're presenting Japanese games for Japanese gamers, some of which may come to America. I just find it so odd that so many gamers were getting upset at Nintendo for not announcing things for the US, seems a little selfish guys.

I honestly didn't think the presentation was bad at all. I will say I do have a little bias seeing as I've been a Nintendo fan all my life, but even if I wasn't I think I'd still say it didn't go as bad as some seem to think it did. While the presentation wasn't anything mind blowing, it had it's moments. We saw a lot on the new Mario Kart, loads of new information and screens/videos for Skyward Sword, we had a new Fire Emblem game announced, Mario Tennis 3DS, Monster Hunter Tri G, that new Square RPG with a ridiculous title, and Monster Hunter 4. Thats not even mentioning all the other games that were announced that were much more Japanese oriented.

One thing I think people need to understand is, every time Nintendo has a conference it doesn't mean were going to see a new Zelda/Metroid/Mario game. Nintendo has their fingers in a lot of pies, we shouldn't expect to see new big name games so soon. It's my personal belief that a lot of this anger and expectations come back to the idea that so many gamers have this unearned sense of entitlement. So many gamers feel like they're owed something, and when they don't get exactly what they want they throw a big online hissy fit.

I'm not here to just kiss Nintendo's ass though. When you really love something you should start finding faults with it. Nintendo has plenty of faults. While I don't find the second nub to be that big a deal, I do find it annoying. It has become perfectly clear that the 3DS was not ready for release, theres tons of things that point to it (studios saying they didn't have enough time to add features, the price drop, the lack of games, the second nub itself, launching without an eshop, ect.). The fact that Nintendo released the system when it wasn't ready yet, just so they could please their investors is kind of infuriating.

As a business move I totally can understand why they made the decision, however, think about it Nintendo, Where does your money come from? It comes from people buying your games, if you drive away your market one step at a time there won't be anyone to buy your games anymore. Another problem Nintendo obviously has is that they have two drastically different markets to play to, you have the East (Japanese gamers) and you have the West (American gamers). Both markets like different kinds of games and it can be pretty challenging for companies like Sony and Nintendo to play to that.

The last problem I think Nintendo has right now is that they're so damn Japanese and out of touch with the rest of the world. They seem genuinely surprised when gamers want to play games online, or when they really want a messaging system on something like the 3DS. I think really need to sit down and look at what they're doing in the way of researching what gamers want and what to do to make their consumers happy again.

All this being said, I do still love Nintendo, they're gonna have to do a whole lot more than all this to drive me away. Right now I think theres a lot to be mad at Nintendo for but theres also plenty of things to make you still love them. I love you Nintendo, but you are far from perfect. So do any of you feel the same as me? Any counter points? What Nintendo game can you not wait for?   read

10:58 AM on 08.17.2011

Handhelds: Is Three A Crowd Or Company?

For those of you that don't know (which is admittedly most of you) I co-host Destructoid's community driven handheld podcast, Pocketoid with Jackal27, so when I saw this weeks Bloggers Wanted post I knew I had to jump in and make my own. One subject we've discussed a bit on the show is the rivalry going on between Nintendo, Sony and Apple. On one hand you have the manly Nintendo 3DS who gets along quite nicely with the ever so lovely Sony PSVita. 3DS and PSVita love each other very much but something is up in the bedroom, it just hasn't been how it used to be for them. Fearing their sex life is in trouble they welcome a third person into their bed, but will they steal them from the others partner?

Obviously Nintendo has been at this the longest and therefor should be the best at it however, what the hell are they doing with the 3DS?! I love Nintendo more than any other company which is why I am so upset and confused at they way they're going about the 3DS. Other than the fact that there are very few games worth playing on the 3DS right now I think their biggest problem is their marketing, or lack of marketing I should probably say. Correct me if I'm wrong but I thought as a company you were supposed to promote your products? Yes there have been some 3DS commercials but there were very few and the ones that they did put out didn't do a good job of explaining to the public that the 3DS is a successor to the DS system line and more than just a simple gimmick.

That being said Nintendo does seem to be heading in the right direction, finally. At E3 they showed off a great deal of 3DS games that should be out by the end of the year. That should solve the biggest problem that the system faces. Nintendo also recently announced a price drop, and a major one at that. At $170, lots of great games finally coming out, and more than likely having the holiday season to themselves, I think they will finally be able to make a pretty decent recovery. They still need to do some major work with the e-shop, but thats a whole 'nother blog.

Then theres Sony, the sexy lady who everyone loves to hate, they're still relatively new to the handheld market and are still testing the waters if you ask me. The PSP did fairly well but nowhere near the level the DS performed at. Then there was the PSPGO …. but we don't talk about that anymore. Sony hopes to triumph over Nintendo this time with their PSVita, it looks like it will be a close fight but my money is still on Nintendo.

Hopefully if Sony is smart (and unfortunately they aren't always) they'll learn from their past mistakes and will apply that knowledge to the Vita. Most people would agree that the Playstation 2 had one of the best game libraries of all time, which proves that Sony has it in them to make the Vita a huge success. What I personally think they need to do is listen to what the gamers are saying and less to what their investors want. I realize that's pretty unlikely though, Sony is a company like any other, they want to make money which means they will listen to their investors more than they will the fans. I'm not mad at them for that, its completely understandable, I just wish the world worked differently sometimes.

Finally we are at Apple. Apple being the horny teenager that Sony and Nintendo invite into their bed to spice things up. Apple is the newest to the gaming market and are going at it a lot differently than Sony or Nintendo. Mainly by not actually selling physical games for their phones and tablets, but instead being strictly digital distribution. I think it's time we all agree that cell phone games can be real games. Just look at games like Sword and Sworcery and Infinity Blade, these games are much more than just chucking birds at junk or fingering some fruit. Those games contain story and depth not found in cell phone games in the past.

These games still aren't as immersive as they should be though. While Infinity Blade and Sword and Sworcery are both fantastic games they really limit your level of exploration and freedom within the world. Apple still doesn't have any games like Ocarina of Time or Persona 3 running on their machines. Those games of course would have to cost more than most of the iOS games out there though, which would be a big hindrance. The whole reason Apple is able to compete with Nintendo and Sony is because all the games available are so cheap! That and the fact that pretty much everyone has a cell phone. (Note: it is my opinion that gaming on the iPhone and the iPad are too similar to justify differentiating between the two for this blog) I believe that Apple needs to bring us bigger and better games than we've seen from them thus far. Obviously Apple isn't responsible for the games found on their service, other developers put them there. I just think Apple should reach out to bigger and more experienced developers for bigger games.

So who will ultimately win this battle of the giants? Money wise it's hard to say, but probably Apple. Overall though I still have plenty of faith in Nintendo and expect to see them do very well with the 3DS despite their poor start. As gamers though, I say we all win. You have a pretty good amount of portable games to choose from nowadays. Who do you think will come out on top? What is your handheld of choice? Do you think Sony will do better this time? What would you like to see Apple or Nintendo do differently?   read

12:49 PM on 06.08.2011

Taste Test: L.A. Noir

Some of us are known to do it from time to time while others find the act contradictory and absurd, listening to music while playing video games. To be honest with you, I only do it on very rare occasions but I started thinking about it the other day. What music would go well with which games? It was then that I decided to start this blogging series where I can suggest music to listen to with certain video games. I think of it as being very similar to the way in which some people have cheese and wine together to compliment their separate tastes. Todays game, L.A. Noir.

L.A. Noir has been a pretty heavily discussed game within the last few weeks, and for good reason. Once I was out of school for the summer I began playing my copy and like most people I was amazed! They really nailed the atmosphere of the city. The storytelling in the game is also another huge success in my eyes. It's by no means a perfect game, it has it's flaws and all, but what it does it does well.

It was also around this time that I began listening to a great deal of Dave Brubeck. Brubeck, for those of you that don't know, is a very popular Jazz quartet leader and pianist from around the same time that L.A. Noir takes place in (well, maybe a little bit after L.A. Noir). If you have already played L.A. Noir then you also already know that the game contains a lot of Jazz in it, so this was a pretty easily made connection for me.

Brubeck's most popular (and possibly best, depending on who you ask) album was Time Out and is an excellent album choice for the game. Listening to this nice cool Jazz while driving to a crime scene where some whore has been beaten to death with a lead pipe, stripped naked with obscene messages written across her tits is just so soothing.

The one track I chose to share with the class is entitled, Take Five. This song sounds like it came right out of an episode of Cowboy Bebop. Which makes me wonder, am I the only one that when driving at night likes to listen to Jazz and pretend their car is a spaceship? Take a listen to the song and be the judge. I think it would sound perfectly at home if it had been placed at some point within the game.


That wraps up my very first Taste Test post! What did you think of it? Would you like to see more? Do you ever listen to music while playing video games? What games would you like to see me do Taste Tests of in the future?   read

2:11 PM on 06.03.2011

Pocketoid: SHE LIVES!!! Records tomorrow!

Maybe one or two of you remember an extremely short lived podcast hosted by myself and Jackal27 called Pocketoid. It was a videogame podcast based around handheld gaming. Well good news everybody! Were rebooting it! We will record our first episode tomorrow!

We will cover all the basic first episode of podcasts stuff and then jump right into E3 and probably other shit too! So I ask you, WHO IS EXCITE?! Anyone out there interested in listening to this? Any user questions for episode 1?

Edit: also you can reach us at [email protected] and we shoulhave a twitter account very soon   read

3:39 PM on 05.31.2011

How Joplin, MO and Dtoid come together

Last Sunday was the scariest day of my entire life. As some of you may have heard on the news Joplin, my home town, was hit by an F5 tornado and was one of the most deadliest tornadoes in US history. As surprising as it may seem even this detestation connects with video games and Destructoid for me. Everything started on Sunday as I headed over to my friend Isaac's apartment for some Super Smash.

It was around three or maybe four by the time I arrived. We preceded to do as we typically do and play Smash for hours on end. Super Smash Bros is a series that has always brought me and my friends together, its the one game that we all have in common. I can't even tell you how many hours we spent last summer playing the original on N64. Smash and Pokemon are a big part of my childhood and still are a big part of my life today.

After about two hours of Smash time we noticed that the weather had taken a turn for the worse. We paused the game and watched the clouds for a bit. Our friend Jason was supposed to be on his way so we sent him a text asking where he was. He said the tornado sirens were going off and he was going to stay home and wait for a bit. I replied “Pussy”. You see, here in Joplin were used to tornadoes. Tornado warnings are a very common thing this time every year. What came with this warning was something no one was used to.

We all went downstairs and stood outside and watched the storm, from where we were it was mostly a lot of wind and rain with some marble sized hail thrown in for good measure. As we watched the storm we made our jokes and threw hail at each other. The storm passed and we thought that was that so we all went back to Smash. After we finished our game we decided to go to Wendy's for some dinner, thats when we realized the impact of what had just happened.

When we first arrived the workers at Wendy's just looked stone faced and in shock. As we ate we over heard stories of damage and other customers talking about how they didn't have a home to go to anymore. It all just slowly hit us … this was a very serious situation. About then is when all the calls and texts came pouring in. I simply cannot tell you how many times I've had to answer the question “Are you ok?” this week.

We headed back and decided we should all head back to our homes. What typically is a 15 min drive for me had turned into a three hour voyage to simply make it back to my family. I was turned away at almost every single road I tried to take home. To make matters worse, every single traffic light was out along with all of the street lights. There was traffic backed up for miles, and I was stuck in the middle of it with tornado damage all around me. It felt like driving through that scene in Call of Duty 4, you know the scene, where the nuke goes off and the entire city is gone.

The one thing that comforted me and made this three hour drive bearable was Podtoid and The Electric Hydra. I had some episodes on my phone that I hadn't listened to yet. I've been listening to The Electric Hydra since episode 1 and Podtoid for almost as long (I don't recall what episode I started on, just remember that one girl was still on there with Anthony, Linde, and Samit I think?). Podtoid and The Electric Hydra are always one of the highlights of my week so they really made passing through all of the ruble and debris much more bearable.

I eventually made it home to my family where our water and power were out. It was that night through Facebook and Twitter that I found out the total damage of this disaster. Over half of my town is gone, there are around 125 people dead and more missing, I have some of my friends in the hospital with serious injuries (just found out one of them is getting his leg amputated). I feel guilty for how blessed and lucky I have been during this disaster. I still have my job, I still have my home and most importantly I still have all my family.

The point of this blog was not to bring anyone down, I don't mean to be THAT guy. The point here is simply to bring awareness of the situation to others. The secondary point of this blog is simply to give thanks. I really want to say thank you to those of you who have already donated. I also want to thank the Dtoid community has a whole for just being as amazing as they all are. Destructoid has always been my online family and I've always felt so connected to the staff and the members.

Just a few nights ago Jim Sterling was kind enough to quickly respond to my request of RT'ing out on his and the Destructoid twitter accounts me asking people to consider donating $10 to Red Cross by texting RED CROSS to 90999. Seeing him act so quickly and then seeing others RT it as well really meant a lot to me. I know, Jackal27 another Destructoid member, was more affected by this tragedy than I was. His family lost their home as well as the Chick-Fil-A his family owned.

So thank you Destructoid community, I love you all and everything you guys have done so far to help us out has really touched me. I hope none of you ever have to experience a tragedy like this one, but don't worry, were a strong community ad we can overcome this and we will. Also, cocks.   read

12:48 PM on 03.14.2011

A Digital Wasteland

War. War never changes. Its 0100 hours and I can see my teammates on the ground below the building I'm holding out in. I have a claymore set up next to the only entrance to this room so no one can sneak up on me. I still can't shake the feeling that someone is close.
Just then I hear my claymore explode. I turn to face my enemy. He is wearing a flack jacket which explains how he made it into the room in the first place. He appears to be barely over 4 feet tall. It's then that I realize he's only seven years old. He points his FAMAS at me. Pulls the trigger. And calls me a “fa*%&t”.

Yes, I'm talking about the digital warfare that is Call of Duty on Xbox Live. I recently jumped on the bandwagon and got online with Black Ops. If you have ever played any Call of Duty or Halo game online you're well aware that they are infested with young children hurling frags and curse words.
Now for those of you that aren't already aware of this, both of the above mentioned games are rated “M”. Rated “M” for “Mature”. These games aren't recommended for any one above the age of 17. So why are parents letting their kids on these games, especially online?

I think most parents either don't care or are unaware just what goes on in these games. Children are not the only ones playing these games online, many teenagers, young adults and even older adults are online. So not only are these young kids annoying everyone else playing the games, they are also hearing a lot of words they probably shouldn't.

I'm not a fan of censorship, I think it's horrible but I'm also not a fan of just letting your kids watch/listen/play whatever they want. Children are very impressionable and should be protected from things not meant for them, not sheltered, protected.
Of course this isn't really that important of an issue when you consider whats going on in the worlds. This is just my opinion on things. Honestly, I'm just tired of getting my ass handed to me by little kids.   read

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