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10:21 PM on 04.01.2009

I need D'toid's help! For Reals...



Sad Panda indeed.

Its my birthday on Monday and my girlfriend, bless her heart, had pre-ordered Guitar Hero Metallica (360 version...Region Free ftw!) as my birthday present aeons ago. Now it turns out not only will it not arrive by Monday, it probably wont even be shipped by then. She, like i, was devastated. I had a great get-together of fellow metalheads to rock the night away planned, but alas it appears it's not ment to be.

That's when i figured you guys may be able to help me...

Basically seeing as i am living in Ireland, i cant get my hands on the game until May anyway but id be prepared to pay anyone who'd be willing to help me out and purchase/send me a copy of it asap. I've already looked into the usual spots, Play-Asia etc... and they have all told ill be waiting at least 5 days before it shipped, even with courier delivery. (Which i am more than willing to pay)

So ill leave it with you guys, again i don't expect anything from you guys but i figured your quite a resourceful bunch and overall a great cadre of people so hopefully someone would be willing to put some time aside and get the game sent to me.

I don't want to say money isn't an option but id be prepared to pay anything to have this for Monday, or sooner, if FedEx/UPS etc... can make that possible?!?! 24-48hrs would be amazing...Money talks, right?

If you have any advice/tips that may help me in my situation then please let me know...Oh and Trolls, that doesn't incl you but thanks for caring.   read


10:58 AM on 03.17.2009

Happy Paddy's day me laddies/lassies!

As a proud Irishman, this is the one day of the year when i can take a day to reflect on the awesomeness of the country i was born in and love everyday living in!

It also makes me happy to see that alot of the world, im talking to you there America in particular, embrace this day as a day to let your hair down, pound a few beers and overall goodtimes! Enjoy the day, drink responsibly and most of all there'll always be a pint of the black stuff waiting for ye in Ireland!



Here in are great things Ireland gave to the world:






Oscar Wilde/Johnathan Swift/W.B. Yeats/Samuel Beckett/Seamus Heaney/George Benard Shaw/James Joyce


Robert Boyle - Regarded one of the founders of modern chemistry





Guinness /Jamesons/Baileys/Hennessys




Irish Music - U2 is debatable.

There list could go on...

Top Ten Chicks with some Irish in them *wink* *wink*

Irish Landscape/Views


Cliffs Of Moher


Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge

Irish Statesmen/Politicians


Inis Meain


My homecity - Cork a.k.a. Little Manhattan :P

Cliffs Of Moher

And finally the most famous Irishman at the moment:



Proof! I tells ya!   read


4:33 AM on 02.17.2009

The Lost and Damned...1 hr in.



Firstly let me just say that i am writing this only one hour in so i have no doubt there will be plenty of nuggets of joy that i have yet to view/play/ hear but let me be the first to say: Game Developers...Ahem...THIS IS HOW THE DLC CONCEPT WORKS BITCHES!

Firstly the price point should not be an issue, from the looks of this so far, this should be almost treated as a new game in itself. Horse Armour, this fucking aint.

The gang mechanic thus far is excellent. The ability to call in support from fellow gang members, is a stroke of genius. Added to that is the RPG aspect that the gang level up in strength and overall handiness in firefights as you do missions for each member individually. Nice touch.

The bike riding has been improved, almost too much. I mean i hit a car head on going full speed and didnt fly off the bike, that suprised me and could have been a one off but overall its an improvement. Bikes handle better which should see people enjoying the 10, possibly more, new bikes. Fuck YEA!

The music...Where do i begin. Thus far i've heard The Doors/James Gang/Bon Jovi/Saxon/Doobie Brothers/Iron Maiden on Liberty Rock and Cannibal Corpse/Bathory/Deicide on L.C.H.C. Dan Houser's past in the music industry shines through once again because there are few games that can use existing music so effectively in film or gaming today. I spent 4-5 minutes just cruising with the gang around Alderney when Wanted, Dead or Alive came on. Few games can cause that effect. The ability to engross you into the world contained within.

Overall the game has not disappointed thus far, the cutscenes and voice work are tight and has the same polish that Rockstar has delivered on time and time again. If i had one criticism thus far, it would be the difficulty of connecting with the protagonist this time. Niko was a more human character while Johnny thus far seems like an angsty teen, angry with the world and honestly a little too emo. As the game fleshs out im hoping that we get an insight into his 'issues'.

Anyone on the fence about this DLC, nay, game shouldn't be. This, like GTA IV, has set the standard in the industry on several aspects. After the shift in developers to hold the goodies back for DLC and bleed the gamers of the world dry, its nice to see a developer do a very rare thing. Make a great game even better at a price that they easily could have charged more for.

Thanks R*   read


12:46 AM on 10.27.2008

GH: WT buying advice

So here's the situation... I'm currently in L.A. until Tuesday morning and was trying to buy Guitar Hero WT
on the 360 seeing as it's region free and a hell of alot cheaper here. (close to 50-60 dollars worth). I tried
the e.b. games near my hotel in universal studios, but alas it sold out... Without having to go too far out of
the Hollywood, what are my odds of getting it? I saw a Virgin and Gamestop near hollywod blvd...worth a
shot?

Appreciate any advice guys and gals :)   read


9:45 PM on 09.22.2008

Question for the Californian D-toiders...



Since i will soon be gracing your amazing country with my presence once again with girlfriend in tow, and seeing that its my first time heading to the west coast (been to Florida and NYC twice) i had a few questions that im hoping you can assist me with:

I'll be looking to pick up a few games while in the US and was wondering would i have to preorder any of the titles to guarantee that i can purchase them seeing as it could be heading into a busy time releases-wise...
I only have a couple in mind: Rock Band 2 for the PS3 (Game only), Fallout 3: Collectors Edition (360) Dead Space (either) and mainly GH: World Tour (360). Bear in mind i am going off the assumption that the aforementioned 360 games could be region free. Im sure that GH: WT will be. It being the main one im hoping to bring back to Ireland with me. I can check updates online to see if there region locked but i just wanted to be covered going over as to avoid the disappointment of being in the US and not being able to get my greasy gamer mitts all over them!

The other question i was that since ill be in San Francisco for 4 days and LA for 2 is there anywhere thats worth going to to appeal to the gamer in me? My girlfriend and i have all the touristy things booked already so apart from that i just said id pitch it to you guys seeing as ye are living/based there 24/7.

I really appreciate any advice you have to offer and would love to meetup and maybe play with some of you guys while im there. Only 3wks now, cant friggin wait! Shame i missed you lot at PAX, but theres always next year! [img]   read


1:11 PM on 09.07.2008

Tool Confirmed for GH IV



*Disclaimer* The sheer awesomeness of this post has brought to you by DRUMMING GOD, Danny Carey!

With the recent rumours and the will they or wont they join the alimuni of the new guitar hero, it took a recent press release from Activision to break the news to their investors and put this saga to an end.

"The game will also feature an all-new venue designed in collaboration with the band and highlighting the art style that has become a staple in their music videos, live shows and album artwork."

wOOt!

So we get Vicarious, Schism and Parabola! This is great news as i can finally put the speculation to bed and now look forward to picking up this game even MOAR!

Full Press Release:

Multi-Grammy Award-Winning Artists Sting and Tool to Rock in Guitar Hero(R) World Tour

Oh and Sting lent his look and voice....Annnnyyway...   read


6:20 AM on 07.18.2008

Euro FNF Buzz Edition.



While some people have wanted to try the multiplayer aspect of this game out since its release i figured since im stuck at home tonight after having a tooth extracted (should have heard the crack, brutal!) ill be round this evening if anyone wants to get their Buzz on...

PSN: Demios84   read


8:42 AM on 07.12.2008

Keytar Confirmed for Guitar Hero...Well sort of. (Photo/Video Proof)

While doing my daily investigations into finding new tidbits of information with Guitar Hero or Rock Band i came across this interesting video from Amplifier/Effects Pedal makers Line 6's website...

Line 6 POD pedal walkthrough

Now while Liam Lynch is awesome i couldn't help but notice the nice shots of the studio mode.

I knew the studio mode would be pretty awesome, but there's seems like some serious options and choice. Namely KEYTAR! They could have released this as a entirely separate game entirely and i would have gladly paid for it.

Now im just hoping we get this Europe-side not too long after my American brethren.

Have a drool over these:





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7:27 AM on 07.09.2008

Possible RockBand2 Tracks leaked (Now with video proof!)

Out of all the apparent 'leaked' lists appearing online about which tracks are officially in the game or not, i think this ones got some weight to it...

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Warmup:

If You Wanna Get to Heaven - Ozark Mountain Devils
Gold Lion - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Possum Kingdom - The Toadies
Black Betty - Ram Jam
Don't Speak - No Doubt
Black - Pearl Jam
Drain You - Nirvana
Farmhouse - Phish
Santaria - Sublime

Apprentice:

You Oughta Know - Alanis Morrisette
We Got the Beat - The Go-Gos
Float On - Modest Mouse
Kiss Me Deadly - Lita Ford
Atomic - Blondie
Heartbreaker - Pat Benatar
Piece of My Heart - Janice Joplin
Rock the Casbah - The Clash
I Wanna Be Sedated - The Ramones

Solid:

Panic Attack - Finger Eleven
Chop Suey - System of a Down
Give it Away - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Everlong - Foo Fighters
Kids in America - Kim Wilde
Ace of Spades - Motorhead
Hello There - ?Cheap Trick?
Anyway You Want It - Journey
Pinball Wizard - The Who

Moderate:

Machinehead - Bush
Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen
What's the Frequency Kenneth? - REM
Want To - ?
I Write Sins Not Tragedies - Panic at the Disco
The Old Apartment - Barenaked Ladies
When I Come Around - Green Day
Zombie - The Cranberries
Soak Up the Sun - ?Sheryl Crow?

Skilled:

Waiting on the World to Change - John Mayer
Man in the Box - Alice in Chains
Ramblin' Man - The Allman Brothers
One Step Closer - Linkin Park
Misery Business - Paramore
American Woman - The Guess Who
White Wedding - Billy Idol
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash

Challenging:

Our Truth - Lacuna Coil
Are You Gonna Go My Way - Lenny Kravitz
Bring Me To Life - Evanescence
Spoonman - Soundgarden
Head Like a Hole - Nine Inch Nails
Aqualung - Jethro Tull
Double Vision - Foreigner
Rodeo - ?Rage Against the Machine?
Sultans of Swing - Dire Straits

Blistering:

Magic Man - Heart
Bad Medicine - Bon Jovi
Every Little Thing She Does is Magic - The Police
Thnks Fr Th Mmrs - Fall Out Boy
Testify - Rage Against the Machine
Kickstart My Heart - Motley Crue
I Was Made For Lovin' You - Kiss
Bad Reputation - Joan Jett
Prodigal Son - Sevendust

Nightmare:

The Bleeding - Five Finger Death
Down With the Sickness - Disturbed
Hyper Music - Muse
Judith - A Perfect Circle
TNT - AC/DC
Rainbow in the Dark - Dio
Anna Molly - Incubus
November Rain - Guns N' Roses
Comfortably Numb - PINK FLOYD ZOMMMMGGGGGG!!!!!!

Impossible:

Feed My Frankenstein - Alice Cooper
Peace Sells - Megadeth
Fuel - Metallica
Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
Forsaken - Dream Theater (Perhaps?)
2 Minutes to Midnight - Iron Maiden
Hots for Teacher - Van Halen
Cowboys from Hell - Pantera
(Ghost) Riders in the Sky - The Outlaws

Despite the obvious news that PINK FLOYD / AC/DC have entered the music-based games, there are some solid tracks included in the sequel. Also nice to see that Harmonix have tapped into the previous games too and reintroduced some songs into the multi-instrument platform. (Possum Kingdom/Cowboys from Hell etc...)

Tracks i cant wait to play:

White Wedding
TNT
Man In The Box
Judith
Black Betty
Hots For Teacher
Cowboys From Hell
Comfortably Numb

Oh shit, just forgot SULTANS OF SWING!!!!! Fucking WIN Harmonix!

The thing that worries me about this list is the exclusion of certain tracks that were confirmed (namely Elvis Costello track) so as much as i want this to be true, it could still be a well crafted fake...   read


5:51 AM on 06.10.2008

Worst News Ever...(NVGR)

Just heard on the radio that the Prince concert i was due to go to this Monday has been canceled. Jesus im depressed. This guy tours Europe rarely enough and never comes to Ireland and now because the promoters didn't feel like they made enough money off people and ticket prices (65-155 euro / 100-245 dollars) they went ahead and pulled out!

Now while im pissed off and had a nice few days booked off with my ladyfriend too i cant help but feel sorry for the people who had booked flights/hotels etc... coming from Europe, seeing as this is his ONLY European date this year. Those people must be rightly pissed at his royal-badness.

Now im off to have a drink, i need it after hearing this shit...

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8:06 AM on 05.27.2008

Who wants to help me out...

With the recent announcement that Hideo Kojima will be be signing copies of the new MGS game in both NYC and London on (11th June and 2nd June respectably).

Now i am a avid autograph collector, granted its usually based within the confines of music and film but i would literally KILL to have this guys sig in my collection. I mentioned my intention to pay handsomely for his autograph in a couple of other blogs already but i said id just throw out the idea again and see is there any takers. I realize that i am probably not the only one who would gladly offer their family for a chance to get one of these but i figured its worth asking anyway seeing as Destructoid's got a massive membership based in both areas and seeing as im living here:



Thanks in advance.


(Cheers to Anus McPhanus if he can pull it off in London either way! You = Win just for trying man! Flights to London were insanely expensive anyway.)   read


8:19 AM on 05.24.2008

My first Euro FNF

Thanks for a great night playa's! Looking forward to gettin to the Choppa again soon...



This is my gift to you! (Incidentally this took me all morning to create, have to get my photoshop chops son!)

Quantum Faggio FTW Prof.Pew!   read


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