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My names Dan. I live in Melbourne.
I love gaming, and I love guitar, though I don't get as much time to do as much of either as I'd like between working and living.

I'm a Graphic Designer, I love my Metal.

I've got some of my art and design work up here.

I've also got a few T-Shirt designs online too, check it.

I'm also part of a podcast, a very unofficial one. Made by Aussies for Aussie Dtoiders and other Dtoiders who like to listen to Aussie Dtoiders. Check that shit out.

That's about it.

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Ey guys, in between playing Dead Space (yeah finally, but fuck me what an awesome game) and raging hard over AvP getting RC'd in Oz, I've been trying to get more of my design work done before I leave this rock of a country. So while I may not be quite up there with the likes of SuitCoatAvenger, I still thought that I'd share what I've been working on lately.


While I normally wouldn't go posting just any of my work up in a c-blog, I figured that this one would be worth sharing as its not just a gaming related shirt, its a personal statement about our beliefs, ideals, and the way we've been brought up in todays society. Ok ok, it might be me whoring my work out just a little bit, but I mostly just wanna see if you guys dig what I've been doin :D


"-And You Are??"
"I Are Pissed!!!??"

Greetings fellow Destructoidians. I am here, drinking scotch, with my fellow brothers in god damned australian
arms Puppy Lix, and our good friend Julian "Is That Really Your Penis" Bell. He is an electrician, works on the
rigs, and owns the n64 and NES we are currently playing.



This man sucks at goldeneye! he just got the 'lemming award' and the 'mostly harmless' award hahaha.
although he was blooorging halfway through the match so fuck it.


FUCK puppy licks. He's drunk, and a child molestor (trust me, i know). But now we've got the tough choice of
what to play, Cruisin USA (N64) or Battletoads (NES). Both highly acclaimed games of both amazing writing,
character development and plot, but the choice, as hard as it is, must be made.

OMFG, Puppylicks just carried a gun into the room. Julian owns guns you see. It's a Rifle, No 4 MK1 Leansield
Rifle, ie, the fucking gun from COD 2.. Now I'm kind of scared, drunk guys with guns, good times, good times.
(for your information, we are responsible adults with gun licenses and the ammo is locked away somewhere
separate and all that, honest ossifer.

also, DUCK HUNT!!! In the process of playing the ultimate drinking game (pay attention DrunkCast, its where one
person shoots the ducks, the other person controls the ducks with the 2nd controller, and someone has top
drink for each duck hit/missed), I discoverd the mind blowing fact that DuckHunt is 2 player. When anyone is
shooting, the 2nd player can control the direction of the duck trying to fly away..... NOW I've been playing this
game since about 1991. 18 EFFIN YEARS, and only now does a feature of the game that seems so damn
obvious become known to me. Sorry, its just blowing my mind right now, worlds are shattered, suns have
been blotted out, balls have imploded. I'm just so surprised that I just discovered something new about what is
probably the second videogame i EVER PLAYED. Damn.

Anyways. Its late. Guys, good night, and by that, i mean, I've spent too much time typing this, and Dominos is
here. And I'm hungry
This is Daaaan Maaazzzzkiiinnnnn, and Pucky Lips, and Julian "Is that really your Penis" Bell.
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Owning a "next gen" console and a HD TV seems to be a necessity nowadays. Most people seem to think that you can't enjoy new games unless they're in HD, and that's how I've been enjoying the majority the games that I've played on X360 thanks to my brother being kind enough to let me play his 360 on his (effin huge) TV. Not too long ago though I finally bought myself an Xbox of my own, but as I'm currently trying to save as much cash as possible I've just been too tight to fork over the cash for a shiny new HD TV, SO, my Xbox sits quite happily next to my crappy little CRT TV in my lounge room.

Now I believe that solid gameplay can trump shiny graphics every time and that you can enjoy most games on a SD TV just as much as you can on a HD TV. The only issue I have is when developers let the idea of having such high resolutions to play with go to their heads, and in the process of making everything so sharp, neat and tiny in HD, they completely fuck their game for everyone who hasn't bought a HD TV.

Dead Rising was the first and most notorious culprit of this blatant "Definitionism", with menu text so small that it was near impossible to read what your mission objectives were. Of course, there wasn't much of an objective other than KILL ZOMBIES so it didn't stop me from playing the game, but it was still shitting me. Also, there was a widescreen alignment issue which cut off nearly a 1/4 of the UI on some screens, so those awesome tips that you get during the loading screens meant shit because you'd only get the first or second step. THANK CAPCOM! But it's not just them, there's a lot more games out there who are just as guilty as Capcom and Dead Rising.

Far Cry 2 was a culprit of this, yet not through any negligence or lack of thought by the developers. The menus and UI were all surprisingly very nice and clear, even on a SD TV. My issue was with the environments and graphics being almost TOO good (I know, how fucking picky can I be), as I found it near impossible to spot enemies in the environment, even when standing close enough to them to hear them fart. Running through the African bush only to have the screen start flashing red with gunfire coming from random unknown bush ninjas was how I spent the majority of my time in that game. I really did try to give it a good shot though, Rev Anthony's praise of the game had me inspired to see its beauty, but when I would scan the area to see if there are any enemies all I got was 300 beautiful bullets in the ass from all directions. I raged, and I quit.

Another game worth mentioning is Burnout Paradise. A game that requires the twitch reflexes of a cokefiend to take corners correctly becomes nearly impossible when you can only make out a corner by the time you've already passed it. You may as well be simulating an 80 year old geriatric behind the wheel of a Lambo. Of course you could just use you MiniMap to help you navigate, but guess what, you can barely make that god damn thing out either! Now, at least Criterion clued onto this as they had apparently made changes to the game in one of their major updates to optimize it for SD TVs, so while I didn't rage quit this one out of frustration in the end, it still gets an mention for being so Definitionist in the first place.

NOW, time to mention the game that I love and fucking hate so much at the same time. It's possibly the worst example of a game just not being designed for SD in any way. That game, is Battlefield: Bad Company.

I effin love the multiplayer in this game. I played the shit out of it on my bro's HD TV and would usually come out on top most games. Then I got my own Xbox, and then things started to suck. Bad. It suffers a bit of what I mentioned with FarCry 2 where you can't make out enemies until they're killing your ass, but it gets so much worse than that when you're dealing with it online. Its one thing to have a dumb-ass AI character you can't see start spraying bullets in your direction, its a whole other story when some 12 yr old kid from Oregon fucks your ass with a single headshot before you even knew there was someone else on the map.
Ok, so itís hard to make out your enemies, you can get used to it right? Yeah sure, but there's also the slight issue of almost all the text in the game being basically unreadable. The score ladder between matches: Almost illegible. The text to log the current kills in the match: Complete blurry garbage. You can be charging through in a tank firing off rounds into a building, then sit there wondering if that blue smudge on the top of your screens meant you hit someone or not, coz god knows you can't actually see if you've hit them!
All these elements made it frustrating to the point of quitting the game completely, BUT what really pissed me off with Bad Company, the one that broke the camels back, was the forced letterbox. Quite simply, they designed their game and their UI to work only in widescreen, so rather than simply reposition the UI for an SD TV, what do they do? They scale the widescreen down to fit on your small ass SD TV and slap black bar on the top and bottom. It's lazy, itís frustrating, and I'd expect more from two of the top developers and publishers around today.

To sum up my frustration here, the fact is that these weren't bad games, in fact, from what I played of them they all seemed like great games, But thatís the problem. Because I lack the fund to buy the expensive hardware I'd need to enjoy these games at their highest visual quality, the gameplay itself is hampered, and so is my experience and my ability to enjoy the game for what it is. If I wanted to deal with a situation like that, I would've just become a PC gamer again....

P.S. Thankyou EA and thankyou Dice. I wasn't quite aware that my television was so small and inadequate already, so I appreciate not only the kind reminder, but your sterling efforts to give me EVEN LESS SCREEN AREA TO DISPLAY WITH THAN BEFORE! IF I WANTED TO PLAY GAMES ON A FUCKING SCREEN THAT SIZE I'D GO GRAB MY PSP AND HOLD IT AS FAR AWAY FROM MY FACE AS MY ARMS WOULD ALLOW ME!! YOU CHEAP, LAZY BAS.... OH FUCK THIS*

*Dan got so frustrated with trying to access Destructoid on a 15" CRT monitor that he rage quit the internet

It's a long read, but fuck me, its worth it, trust me.
The Chair Story

It might just be a conspiracy theory, but I've read and heard enough to almost convince me of most of it.

You know whats sad, I'm not really shocked by the whole "chair" part of the story. I'm not sure if I really believe that part at all. BUT, the idea that DNF was this entire time, not actually being made at all, continues to blow my feeble mind.

That everyone for the past 10 years has been thinking that DNF development was a joke, and it just so happens that it is a joke, but the joke is on us. They've been following their plan perfectly for all these years to create a legend that is the longest developed game ever, and they've followed it perfectly.

In short, we've all been had.

Ok, I've calmed down, did a little more research, and now this has been brought to my attention, originally posted on the 3D Realms forum by the writer of the original article.
3dRealms Forum

"The Chair Story is fiction... just my attempt to have fun playing on the theories that DNF is some vast conspiracy.

Or... is it?"

So, its a great story, but apparently not much else. I honestly did freak out a bit there, but in my defense, normally I'd dismiss a story as wild as this immediately, but when the story comes from someone so close to the source then it adds a little more weight to it.

I guess if the story is fake, then my final point still stands: we were had.... or at least I was >_>

(disclaimer: I'm aware that this may be old news, but this is the first I've heard of it so far so I'll post anyway on the odd chance that you Yanks aren't aware of it yet)

In light of the recent Retroforce Go podcasts where the team mention their love for both SingStar and Disney songs, I found this product due for release that I'm surprised hasn't been brought up by Chad Concelmo yet...

I figure that if Mr Chad Concelmo didn't mention it then there's a chance that he is not aware of it, and Chad not being aware of a Disney based SingStar game seems like a crime in itself. I think it's only a Pal release so far, but importing's always an option hey.
Details are as below.

"SingStar Singalong With Disney will include the following tracks, with more to be confirmed very soon.
Aladdin: A Whole New World

The Jungle Book: The Bare Necessities

Toy Story: You Got A Friend In Me

The Little Mermaid: Under The Sea

Pinocchio: When You Wish Upon A Star

Songs will be made available in local languages across PAL territories"

5 out of 5 dolphins?

Like a lot of people who are fans of Guitar Hero, the second I heard about Rock Band I started looking forward to it more than any other game on the release schedule, and just like a lot of Australian gamers, I've been getting more and more pissed at the constant delays and complete lack of any information regarding the games long overdue release in my country. I've always been locked into the idea of getting Rock Band, there's never been any doubt in my mind about it, its just been a matter of "when its released, i'll buy it", but now things are changing. Now I find myself considering the possibility of Guitar Hero World Tour, and it's fucking annoying me.

The annoying thing is that if you were to ask me which game I felt was superior between Rock Band or Guitar Hero WT, I'd say Rock Band. I just feel that Harmonix are more committed to producing quality games by providing actual support for their titles, and I feel that the main reason they are so committed is because they try to make the game the best experience possible for those who own it, while Activision seem more inclined to just pump out whatever they can just so they can make as much money from it as possible.

Ofcourse, the problem is that Guitar Hero World Tour actually has an Australian release date in December, while Rock Band still only has a massive question mark. I really want to hold out for the better game, but whats the point of holding out when it might not ever come! GH looks like it'll provide the same experience, and although it might not be as good an experience as Rock Band, I'm sure it's better than nothing.

A good analogy for the situation is that its like being torn between two beautiful women and having to make a choice. Do you:
A: Give up on waiting and go for the busty, hot and available chick who would be great fun to be with initially, but she does seem pretty superficial and you suspect that she could probably drive you crazy after a few months,
B: Hold out for the amazing girl with who you've had so many good times with in the past, and you know that she'll provide a meaningful and much more fulfilling relationship than anyone else, but right now she just keeps toying with you by not giving you a straight answer, where you can't get a fucking yes or no so there's every possibility that all of this holding out could lead to nothing and then you're left standing there with your dick in your hand wondering why you wasted all of your time.

So, like most guys in this kind of position, I've got no idea on what to do. Do I go for the instant gratification with the possibility of being let down, or do I hold out for the better option and risk the chance of waiting for nothing?

Oh, and EA, Fuck you.