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2:21 PM on 05.05.2010

Halo Reach's Identity Crisis



Be gentle, it has been a terribly long time since I've posted here. Like others, I agree it's a big step up from Halo 3. I enjoy that they have brought back a pistol that is useful and sort of gotten into load-outs. I feel like it has that classic Halo gameplay I loved so much in the first 2 games, but I feel like this game has an identity crisis between the old and the new.

In some ways Reach is trying to be like modern shooters such as Modern Warfare 2, but also trying to stick with it's classic gameplay model. Additions like load-outs is a nice touch, but then just like every other Halo, you still find maps littered with weapons. Bungie can you please just choose already? What kind of a game do you want to be? Either go with full out load-outs with unlockable weapons, items, etc, or just stick with what you know.

This really creates balancing issues with the game and hopefully they will tweak the balancing a lot before the full version comes out. I feel like the new "armament-abilities" are very unbalanced and a bit of a gimmick just like equipment was in Halo 3. They aren't necessary for a fun Halo experience. Certain items such as the rocket pack don't seem very helpful compared with being invisible. Going back to Halo Reach's identity crisis for a minute, the control scheme for aiming and everything feels outdated as well, and running should be a standard ability not some tacked-on armament.

Overall, the updated engine and new weapons are really fun, and their matchmaking system is top notch as always. Bungie is at odds with this title. If they fully embrace the modern era of the fps, then they might have a shot at something fresh and amazing. If they decide to stick with their classic Halo experience, dedicated fans with certainly be happy, but I think it will alienate newcomers to the franchise. It's a tall order, but if they can do all of that, we will see something of true greatness from Bungie yet.   read


1:37 PM on 03.08.2010

Mr.Destructoid makes cameo on latest Nini-Chan



DURP. I thought I'd just put this right here. Normally I wouldn't post my comics on the cblogs, but since this one features Mr.Destructoid, I thought you guys would like it.   read


11:04 AM on 09.17.2009

“NieR:Replicant” Revealed: Thoughts on Gender Identity in Gaming



Yesterday it was revealed that Square Enix’s upcoming action RPG has a bit of a twist with an intersex character. There has been a lack of respect in some of the gaming blogs about the announcement, to say the least. Gender identity is something that has not been on the radar much in gaming and I would love to see this change in the future.

A little aside; I would just like to say, while I did recently have a rant on the controversy surrounding Shadow Complex, it does not mean I have some sort of LGBT agenda. I just have very strong opinions on these topics and am very passionate about positive activism.

Continuing on with the subject at hand, Gaygamer’s newest writer, VorpalBunny recently pointed out Kotaku’s lack of respect and understanding on the subject. Kotaku was quoted in the article saying “Her, his, its Kaine's attitude and manner of speech are manly -- but she/he/it emphasizes her female qualities through her racy fashion style.”

Like Gaygamer points out, proper use of pronouns seems to be a big issue here. In any case, “it” used as a pronoun is highly inappropriate. The characters should be addressed as they identify, not what’s between their legs. Also, to add to this point, using the term “hermaphrodite” is hardly a fair term to use in the 21st century, even our very own Jim Sterling from Destructoidis guilty of that. To be respectful, the proper terminology in this case would be intersex. I really feel like these are smaller issues and I am being a little nit-picky, but it is all about educating people about these things for the future.

Now that the little stuff is out of the way, let’s talk a little bit about Gender Identity in videogames. As much potential as NieR has in breaking new grounds, it may very well be the “Brokeback” of videogames, or perhaps a better comparison “Trans America” of videogames. What I mean by that is, the character transcends gender because of the fact that she is some sort of demon, where she grows a penis during possession.

Just like NieR’s movie counterparts, there is an underlying reason and explanation as to why she is the way she is. I hope one day we get to a point where characters can be gay, straight, bi, trans, for no other reason simply because they just “are” and not be the single focus of the story. That’s one thing I love so much about the television show “Torchwood”. The character of “Jack Harkness” among others, is bisexual, not because of any magical reason or it is not the centerpiece of the show. He just happens to like men and women equally and that’s all there is to it. There isn’t some elaborate back story as to the why or who’s, it just is.

I'm excited to see what future news on this title brings us. Although it is still up in the air if this title will make it's way to North America, I really think it should. This game is just the visibility our society needs so that this kind of disrespect is not tolerated.   read


2:11 PM on 08.26.2009

More thoughts on the Shadow Complex "situation"



I wasn't really planning on writing more on this, but after some heated discussions, I felt like it was necessary. For those interested, I already talked about the Shadow Complex situation on the latest Drunkcast but I feel like there is more to say. For those of you new to the situation, Orson Scott Card is a board member for the National Organization for Marriage, a group that fights against gay marriage equality. OSC has been cited on numerous occasions as being homophobic and a bigot. He also happens to be involved in the making of Shadow Complex.

Like I said in the podcast, if he was just a homophobe and not involved in such an organization I would buy the game in a second. I have nothing against the game personally, it's just that OSC potentially could use profits from the game to fund anti-gay agendas.

What does need to be talked about is what we can do about this. From heated discussions I've had over the last few days, it seems that some people feel like we should just accept the fact that he is homophobic and just buy the game because there isn't a damn thing we can do about it. This could not be further from the truth. There is plenty to be done.

Just take the word “homophobic” and replace it with “racist” and nobody would dare get away with such things. Look at Glenn Back from Fox News for example. More and more advertisers are pulling their support for his show because he basically called Obama a racist on national television not to mention just a general nut job. If Microsoft simply pulled it's support for the game, wouldn't it yield the same result? I do not see how Glenn Beck's situation differs from this at all. Both are high profile individuals in the media spotlight and have a great influence on their target audiences. We need to get Microsoft in that spotlight and take the heat if they continue to support OSC and his intentions.

I don't blame people for buying the game, since it deserves rave reviews. Unfortunately I won't be buying the game because of OSC's connections with an anti-gay movement. The lines between racism and homophobia are intertwined and we need people to wake up and realize that. We cannot continue to have such double standards taint our society.

EDIT: Falinter brought up a good point: For those who have bought the game already, why not donate something to a LGBT organization to balance things out? Here are a few that I recommend:

PFLAG
GLAAD
Qmunity   read


12:27 AM on 08.25.2009

Why I (heart) Destructoid

Drunkcast!!



Boobies!



pax!!!



also I'm really fucking drunk becyase we just recorded an episode of drunkcast holy shit i love u guyes!!!

~duffy   read


11:13 AM on 08.20.2009

10 Reasons why Jesus is magic


(**Bob Saget is not Jesus....yet)

For the record, I'm not religious, but Jesus is magic.

1. He takes names and kicks ass

2. I think he made the Statue of Liberty disappear one time in the 80's or something...

3. I'm pretty sure he can fly

4. Jesus invented flip-flops, right?

5. He can turn water into booze, yes!!


(JESUS!!!)

6. uhh...he's got a sweet beard?

7. He came back from the dead zombie style

8. He did that thing where he parted the seas...oh wait that was that Moses guy

9. There was that burning bush...I guess he's a pyro?

10. Jesus gets all the ladies.   read


11:50 AM on 07.31.2009

My Gaming Timeline: A Reflection



Now I know it's been about a million years since I've posted here, but I thought I'd share this with you all. One of my friends and fellow Dtoider, ProfessorPew is doing a research project for his degree on hardcore gaming trends, specifically what consoles people had owned. I decided, hey why no see what my own gaming timeline has been like over my lifetime! I've listed my consoles in order from youngest to oldest, with my age and which games I played the most for that generation.

1989: Gameboy (5 years old)
-Super Mario Land
-Megaman 5
-Fall of the Foot Clan

1991: 386 PC (7 years old)
-Wolfenstein 3D
-Commander Keen
-Duke Nukem

1994: SNES (10 years old)
-Pilotwings
-Super Mario World
-Super Mario Kart

1996: 133 Mhz Pentium (12 years old)
-X-Wing vs TIE Fighter

1998: N64 (14 years old)
-Goldeneye
-Perfect Dark
-Diddy Kong Racing

1999: 500 Mhz Pentium 2 (15 years old)
-X-Wing vs TIE Fighter
-Day of Defeat
-Curse of Monkey Island

2002: Xbox1 (17 years old)
-Halo 1 & 2

2004: 2.0 Ghz Pentium 4 (19 years old)
-Half Life 2
-Day of Defeat: Source

2005: Xbox 360 (20 years old)
-Halo 3
-COD 4
-Castle Crashers

2006: Wii (21 years old)
-Mario Galaxy
-Zelda Twilight Princess

2008: PS3 (24 years old)
-LBP

Looking back, it's interesting to see how my console gaming was almost perfectly offset from my PC gaming. It's not like I even planned that exactly, my parents were usually the ones buying the computers. As I get older, the gaps in time between consoles got shorter, since I started having my own jobs and income to buy my own stuff. The N64 was the first console I paid for myself and it was such a worthy purchase indeed. I've also noticed that my PC gaming has really decreased in the last generation and is really solely for Half Life games and mods. This could be because of less interest in genres long past like Space combat sims and adventure games.

What about your own gaming timeline? I'd love to see if people had a similar upbringing or if they varied quite a bit from mine. I'll be interested to hear your story, thanks!   read


6:59 PM on 05.04.2009

Wolverziz (CTZ as Wolverine)



Yea I posted this on my website I ♥ lazers, but I thought it might be worth sharing here with all you Dtoiders. CTZ randomly asked me to draw him as Wolverine with adamantium body hair instead of claws....yea he's a special guy....I mean, I love uuuuuu!   read


7:35 PM on 01.26.2009

DJ Duffy goes to Spark Film Festival...meets Dennis Muren!



This doesn't have much to do with gaming per say, but I thought it was noteworthy anyway. On Saturday night I attended the Star Wars trilogy screening, which was a special last-minute addition to the Siggraph Spark VFX Festival, here in Vancouver. Lucky for me, non other than Dennis Muren was there to introduce the films! I was able to meet him, get my picture taken with him and get him to sign my lightsabre. Yea, I'm a huge geek, but you already knew that right?



I've included some video footage of Dennis Muren's introduction to the films, where he talks about what it was like working on Star Wars, enjoy!

[embed]119339:17225[/embed]   read


8:35 PM on 01.03.2009

I've got something in my front pocket for you....



I've got something in my front pocket for you.
Why don't you reach down in my pocket and see what it is?
Then grab onto it, it's just for you.
Give a little squeeze and say: "How do you do?"
There's something in my front pocket...
There's something in my front pocket...
There's something in my front pocket!   read


1:03 PM on 11.20.2008

CBM NXE Avatars: A group picture.

Everyone smile for the camera! This is our huge Indian Palace btw :)

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1:14 PM on 10.29.2008

Happy Dtoid Halloween: A Video.

Hey guys, so i was bored at work today, not too much to composite, so I put this little scene together. I'm not sure how it's going to look in teeny-tiny youtube size, since I made it in HD, but that's what ya get!

If you can spot the Dtoid reference, you get a gold star!

Happy Halloween everyone!!

[video]109581:629[/video]   read


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