I was a child of the 90's, which basically defines all of the games I grew up on. Stuff like Gauntlet, Duckhunt, Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and OoT, Crash Bandicoot, Streets of Rage 2, Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter 2, Goldeneye: 007, Banjo Kazooie, Secret of Mana, Starcraft, Diablo II, Pokemon Red & Blue, you get the idea.
As of the last few years though, with the downfall of how great G4 used to be, I've become extremely out of touch with video games, and that's where Destructoid comes into my life. It's not that I'm not interested in brand spanking new games, it's just that I haven't the money to invest in them. I mean, sure I've gotten a Wii, but now it's just a novelty at best, only useful for SMBB and Mario Kart (I even tried Wii Fit at one point).
However, Destructoid's thrown me back into the loop, and I plan on getting back into gaming like a young child with hours to burn and no cares in the world.
I love D-toid's community and their magnificent writers, mostly the cast of the Pod-toid podcast. That is what I enjoy most about the site though, the honesty that their reviewers and players possess while discussing the most interesting of topics (some of which I didn't even think existed) in games, and I truly value that.
Legend of Zelda: Windwaker
Shadow of the Colossus
Harvest Moon: Back To Nature
Banjo Kazooie + Tooie
Monster Rancher 2
Metal Gear Series (1-3)
Zombies Ate My Neighbors
Final Fantasty VIII
Resident Evil 4
Legend of Mana
A little more than a year ago in the bleak month of November, I was going through the dull shift of the seasons, growing positively bored with when a spectacular idea struck me like a ton of cinder bricks. I'd been simultaneously missing two things: a couple of my good friends, and becoming completely submerged in a few video game worlds... So what is a person to do when they haven't enough time for both?
Throw a gaming party! But wait... this couldn't be any ordinary video game party. It had to be unique in some way, something that made it more desirable to the people I invite, and definitely make it more memorable.
So more or less, I came up with the plan of making this shindig last all night long. A dusk 'til dawn, hardly sleep a wink, caffeine and junk food fueled, gaming appreciating extravaganza.
After holding it for the first time in December of 2008, everyone had enjoyed the experience so much that I decided to make it bi-annual and hold one in the middle of the following summer as well. Needless to say, it was also a rather pleasing success come June (or maybe August?).
Regardless, I'm happy to say that my most recent gamer friendly get together from back in January yielded more guests, more TVs running simultaneously to spike the electric bill, and more deliciously sugary treats ingested than one could imagine.
I apologize for the huge-normous pictures, the size annoys me too.
Our delicious system link Left 4 Dead 2 set up + Christmas. We had played until about 6 in the morning attempting to get through the whole campaign in one sitting. We stopped after we messed up on the plantation house final one too many times. F$^k Swamp Fever.
It wasn't long until a couple of my friends started up a Super Smash Bros. Brawl tournament that included almost everyone at the party. Stylish arm sleeves make you play better -- no joke, I'm pretty sure he won the entire thing.
I had a group of four or five peoples who honestly played Mario Kart Double Dash's Baby Park level for about 7 or 8 hours. The number of races here would be about doubled, but according to them, they switched characters midway so it screwed up the total amount. Still though, very impressive in my book.
At around 11pm, some other friends who happen to work at Dunkin' Donuts just got off the last shift and brought three massive bags of leftover donuts for everyone to nom on -- and they all did so much. When I took them out to the trash the next morning, they had to be a combined total of about 40lbs. I cannot make this up.
Apparently it wasn't long until this turned into a bed... Cardiac arrest osmosis
...I don't even...
I'm always surprised by the amount of people I see at these things, showing up only to play video games and become overtired/completely ridiculous as the night presses on. Hopefully as the years go on I'll get even more awesome people like these to join me in my nonsensical, nocturnal appreciation parties.
Have any of you been to similarly terrific parties in the past, or even gone as for as to throwing one of your own?