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This isn't clickbait. This isn't some post aping on a certain "Transformers as consoles" recent article. This is facts interpreted through the lens of one of the greatest animes ever made. I've spent (5 minutes) time to come up with the answer to this existential question. The world needs to know: what if videogame consoles were Saint Seiya cloths?. Here are the cloths they would be:

Wyvern Surplice: Xbox One

Comparable to a gold cloth in power no one doubts this Surplice to be a part of the 8th gen from the start and caused a big impression the first time it was seen. However by using it you can't help but feel you're serving a dark master. Speaking of said master much like Hades it seems to have a split personality problem, going from progressive and caring by pioneering indies on XBLA to draconian and power hungry on 8th gen launch to sane and offering good competition again.

Sagittarius Gold Cloth: PS4

The poster child of the gold cloths and a fan favorite. Though indeed powerful, seems to spend more time being used in flashbacks by it's previous user (ports) than with a current one. As the series has progressed it has become more interesting and every now and then it displays it's true power, impressing everyone. Some wish it would finally become the MC's (gamers) main cloth instead of just having moments of grandeur every once in a while.

Phoenix Bronze Cloth (Post Sanctuary Arc): Wii U

Despite being a bronze cloth, with the right user (game) it can be comparable to a gold cloth. It has the uncanny ability to come back from the dead and revive excitement for it with every new first party game announcement. The perfect cloth for Nintendo that much like the Phoenix Saint seems to prefer fighting his way and completely alone.

Athena Cloth: PC

Despite being stronger than any other cloth and belonging to a deity it gets little screen time on its own, usually only for key roles after the “lowly saints and their cloths” have done most of the job. Although capable of doing anything a gold cloth can but better it virtually lives from its underlings borrowed glories doing just that, the same but better. Its masters’ blood eventually strengthens its underlings cloths making them stronger each gen. Once in a while does something unique and impressive.

Libra Gold Cloth: PS Vita

Despite its status of being a powerful cloth, immensely versatile and containing numerous weapons its also criminally underused. Like Sagittarius mostly showing up its amazing capabilities every once in a while, only much less often. Many fans also wish it was used as a main cloth instead of a bronze cloth.

Dragon Cloth (Post Sanctuary Arc): 3DS

Despite an impressive initial showing and possessing a solid shield (hardware) it fell victim to itself and was considered dead until Nintendo sacrificed its own blood (profits) to revive it, bringing it back stronger than it was before. It also seems to get more use from its user than the Libra Gold Cloth.

Steel Cloth: Apple Devices

Considerably better than the average man made armor (tech device) and possessing many tech functions but it still falls short to even bronze cloths. While it’s invaluable to the Steel Saints they belong to, its terrible for actual saints save the case of not having any option or if considered as a support armor rather than a main one.

And there you have it, you might have a different opinion but you'd be positively wrong, you can still voice it in the comments below though.

**Yes, this article was updated because I got some more ideas after initially publishing it, deal with it



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Ladies, gentlemen, mysterious unidentified creatures of Dtoid, lend me your rears!. It has come to my attention that a good portion of you enjoy Atlus-made vidja-gaimus and that a lot of you also posses a PS3, well, today you are in luck.

 If you have the exorbitant amount of 50 bucks (you filthy capitalist pigs!) you can help yourselves to 8 great Atlus PS2 classics (Persona 3 and Odin Sphere don't appear in the image). Sure, most don't have that much of a discount ($2) but for the frugal gamers among you both Devil Summoner games are 4 bucks a piece and should be a no brainer.

What? you live outside the US? no problemo, just follow the instructions in this guide (courtesy of the Dtoider formerly known as Caimdark, now Caimdark Reloaded BTW) to solve that little issue.

OK, seriously, what is wrong with you? why are you still reading this when the opening image and blog title had all you need to know? GTFO and get those games before the deal expires. Go on, get off my lawn you damn kids!.

I'm gonna go straight to the point: Dtoid, we've know each other for 7 years, I came here when I got a confirmation that my former go-to gaming site soul completely died (Gamespot's 'Cashwhore' debacle as it's know around these parts) and to be quite honest I'm seeing the same symptoms again right here.

The tipping point I saw just a few hours ago was the deletion of another member's post for what seems nothing else than the post hurting the sensibilities of women (AKA being 'misogynistic').

The post in question looked kind like this (here's the link to my reply to the mentioned post):

" Mega Man X or bust

http://i.imgur.com/Z04jCFP.gif "

That's literally it, a sentence and a gif of jiggling anime boobs (in fact the original was way tamer than the one I've posted here).

I've seen this SJW attitude growing for a while here now and so far I had no problem with it because at the end of the day the poster's opinion were as valid as respected as any of the editors and mods as long as certain basic etiquette rules were maintained (no insults, no trolling, no racial/sexual slurs, you know the drill). This situation however has changed things.

If by some reason the site created new rules for posting and someone forgot to make a frontpage post about it I'll understand. Now don't get me wrong, I'll understand the staff are very busy and forgot inform the audience about it, but I'll also understand that whatever attitude I had dismissed as an overreaction before was in fact not an overreaction at all and I'll start slowly preparing to look for another community to join when the inevitable Dtoid version of Gamestop's "Cashwhore debacle" comes.

For those that support the SJ agenda and this kind of modding I'll remind you that a basic rule in life is that you only get what you give, if you want respect for your cause you have to give it first and no, just because what offends you comes from a group formed by a majority, silliness or even a puerile attitude doesn't justify disregarding that rule.

I've already sent a message to Andy Dixon asking him to look into things but I also wanted to write this open letter to give this situation as much exposure as possible and gauge the community's opinion.

Feel free to hit the comments but remember, though all opinions are valid none are exempt of criticism.

UPDATE!: the champion of Penisdom, Andy Dixon has interceded on boobs behalf and restored the post! boob jiggle has prevailed, boob-hatred has failed today! for great justice!

OK, guys so here's the deal, straight up front this is a help request blog as my last resort after journeying thought the internet and not finding any help for my problem: 

The Situation

The good news is that I followed your advice and built a new PC to be able to finally play my Steam/HB library, the bad news is that I'm suffering from an annoying "The Nvidia Driver Stopped Working and Has Recovered" problem that keeps randomly crashing games and only games (seems to be a common problem with not one common fix and all the fixes I've tried have not worked.

The Rig in Question

Mobo: EVGA Z68 Sli Micro
Video Card: Geforce 550Ti
Ram: 8 Gb
CPU:Intel I3-3330
OS: Win7 x64

The Fixes That Have Been Tried and Failed

-Disable NVidia HD audio drivers 
-Update Realtek HD audio drivers to vanilla version
-Adjust PCI Latency to 128 (couldn't do it because there is no such option in my BIOS)
-Update Nvidia driver to version  314.22 (and several other versions)
-Run games using "-DX9" modifier
-Disabling Realtek HD Audio drivers

has anyone else had this problem? how did you fix it?

EDIT1: Added more stuff I've tried and failed
EDIT2: Added OS JIC.

Interesting development, seems the whole Nvidia 500 Series suffers of this problem:

The solution? you have to up the core voltage of the GPU.

The kicker? after going to the EVGA site, subscribing and downloading a special app to do it, the damn thing won't let me why? from the FAQ:

"Q. When I adjust voltage on my 600 series card, the value doesn’t stick! What do I do?

A. The 600 series cards are very dynamic, and adjust voltage in real time to match the operating frequency. On a 600 series card, the voltage slider specifies a "maximum" voltage. Note: On a 600 series card, setting a custom voltage level does not always allow for higher overclocks, in fact it may even decrease clocks by increasing heat and power draw. It is not recommended to change voltage on 600 series cards."

You can't make this shit up

NOTE: I take it this is a generic FAQ for the app since the site directed me to it after giving it my exact card model and OS so they're talking about the 500 series instead of the 600 series.

EDIT4: Seems we have a winner guys, despite seemingly not working I've had no crashes or problems since setting the voltage higher. Here's some pics to show what I mean:

1) These are the original settings the app showed, notice the voltage reading of 949 mv:

2) After clicking the "Voltage" option below "Monitoring" and "Test" (greyed) it opened this window that I set to 1050 and hit "Apply", the settings seemingly are applied but then go back to the original values in 1)

3)Funny thing after opening the "Voltage" option again the value showed remains "1050" so I decided to give it a try and play again to see if there was any issues and had no problems.

4)After finishing the play session and just in case I applied MyLandlord's suggested fix

All seems fine so far so unless there's another crash I'll consider it fixed.  Thank you everyone
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[Note: Since last time I posted this it got buried for having an old publishing date (blame it on me for taking 3 days to write it) I'm reposting it, blame ShadeOfLight for talking me into it.

Also, obligagory reminder to go buy Fatal Frame 1 and 2 from PSN sale, you can find a link to it further ahead]

So after reading ShadeOfLight's fantastic call to action, CousinDupree's and SeymourDuncan17's responses I looked back on the past month and realized that in fact, I HAVE plenty of good reasons to be excited about videogames too. Some are new and innovative and others are simply the product of doing a little digging and discovering hidden treasures of old.

So, let's cut to the chase and kick things with my 7 things to be excited about in videogames.

1) HD Collections, BC, Digital Distribution and GOG  Have Helped Me Enjoy The Great Games I've Missed on Previous Gens

They're 4 bucks each beginning Tuesday people, you owe it to yourselves to go buy them

If you read jjorgeil's fantastic blog (if you haven't, whats your excuse?) you probably have a new found understanding of some of the difficulties for us gamers in Latin America. Hell, even if that's not your case there's a 99% chance that just like me you too missed a great/cult/underdog game and some point and you're really curious to find out what the hype's all about.

If this was even 5 years ago you'd have to cruise the internet, eBay, Amazon or go out into town and pray to whatever superior being you pray to in hopes to find that game (and really ask for a miracle for it work properly/find it in good condition or find it without a scalping price in some cases). But at this point in time things have changed drastically and I dare say near 80% of the great games of the past are readily available in some way or form in digital distribution services, and they're even affordable to boot!.

Addenum to 1): Massive hat tip to CaimDark's Survival Guide to Gaming Outside North America, a very valuable resource to any gamer outside the US.

2) I Discovered Shin Megami Tensei Games and That Opened a Gate To A World of Wonders

Pictured: my gateway drug

Taken directly from the previous point ever since I played Persona 4 early this year i've fallen crazily and completely in love with anything made by Atlus. What I find more amazing is that even when going from P4 to P3 and losing some "upgrades" in mechanics it literally didn't bother me at all (a true testament to the fantastic design in Atlus games) after a couple of hours and the more I played the more I want to try other old (and new) Atlus games and discover more stories like these.

Hell I even dived into a Wiki of the series and read the lore for HOURS (be careful not to spoil yourself though) just to get more acquainted with the series.

3)Digital Distribution, Kickstarter And Humble Bundles are Helping The Indie Scene Kick Major Ass

A little while ago (wait, it's been 3 years?!) I wrote a little piece that predicted the indies becoming a force to be reckoned and a major cornerstone in the future of gaming. So looking at the current market, with the pathetic state of some publishers, scared and scrambling to shove all kind of failed and crappy schemes into their games in an attempt to survive while the indie scene thrives and renovates even the simplest concepts with creative new twists, I honestly couldn't be any happier.

Even if an industry crash happened I wouldn't care because I'd know that there's enough creativity and openly available resources out there to rebuild from scratch without any problem. And that is a truly exciting feeling.

Oh and speaking of AAA publishers

4) DLC, Microtransactions, Reaching for a Broader Audience and Other Stupid Practices are Biting Publishers in The Ass

And let's not even mention Capcom's financial situation

Granted, there's a fair bit of schadenfreude mixed with my excitement there but I still can't be happier about it, why? because they either get their act together and rise like a renewed phoenix or crumble like dried, old turds. There might be hope for some, but then again maybe it'll be business as usual, time will tell.

They can survive and be great, they just have to moderate their greed and find a balance between the business and the art.

5) Mega Man And Mighty Number 9

Hope is undying

Mega Man's fate might be unknown but if the new Smash Bros is his swam song then he'll ride into the sunset as the legend of gaming that he is. Save for Atlus I honestly can't come up with a better publisher to handle the blue bomber's final showing than Nintendo and that makes me happy, even if it is a bitter sweet happiness.

As for Mega Man's heir, Might Number 9? well...

*looks at point #4 on the list*

I think this video pretty much sums things up

6) Pokemon is Back Like It's 1999

Literally, everyone is playing it, not just kids but grown ups too. I've read reports and comments about campuses full of people playing it, I've even read stories about parents buying an extra copy to play with their kids!.

The advent of all the possibilities of the internet age and gaming going mainstream thanks to the Wii seems to have created the perfect ground for the Pokemon craze to make a return in full force, and I couldn't be happier about it.

7) The Unexpected Announcement of  Deception 4

The answer to this question?: Not anymore

OK, truth time, the announcement of Deception 4 was the first time I ever heard the series even existed but after digging through the comments section on that post I'm fairly excited about it for a couple of reasons, the first ties directly with point #1 on this list, granted, I have yet to try any game in the series but my interest in it has been fairly piqued.

The second is that the sequel it's being developed by the creator of the Fatal Frame  series, which effectively doubles my interest and excitement.

The final reason is that I'm seeing something more beyond the obvious in that announcement: The resurgence of mid-tier niche games in consoles. By the end of this gen gaming got divided into two major camps, AAA titles and indies with mid-tier games almost completely disappearing or jumping to handhelds. But my intuition tells me that this announcement signals something changing and that though those long lost IPs are going to see a resurgence in the PS360U generation of consoles when they AAA development becomes too much of a risk in the PS4/XBone.

I could be entirely wrong but the idea of that happening is enough to get me excited.

Now for my 8th and final poin-

Guy in audience: "Wait, I thought this was a 7 point list"

*throws hammer to the guy and knocks him cold*

See? this is why the unexpected can be dangerous, just ask that noseless dick, Voldemort. Dumbass got killed for failing to do a proper count. Moving on!

8) Most of my Thoughts Regarding the the Wii U seem to be on Point so Far

Above, Nintendo, circa December 2013

Early this year I wrote another piece  suggesting that Nintendo's Wii U "DOOOOOMED "situation (AKA the usual Nintendo situation) might not be as grim as everyone said it was and that just maybe there's a lot more going on that we suspected and Nintendo might once again give everyone a surprise by rising to the occasion and pulling through (AKA the usual Nintendo situation).

Granted, not everything is going EXACTLY as I expected, after all Sony didn't commit sepukku like MS and decided to leave the used game market alone (Thank INSERT YOUR PERSONAL SUPERIOR BEING NAME HERE) and the Wii U isn't quite in the clear yet, but so far, news seem to be positive.

*grabs a hammer*

So there you have it, those are the 7 things that have me excited about videogames recently

9) With This I Broke My Personal Record Of Writing Decent Posts On My Blog!

 My new record is the staggering amount of 2 whole non-crappy blogs in a year! NUFF SAID!

OK guys, here's the deal, I'm trying to take advantage of PSN's Sale of the Dead, however for REASONS Sony won't let me add funds to my wallet using Paypal ("transaction unsuccessful" every damn time) and when I tried to buy a $20 PSN code from Amazon I got a "codes only available in US" message, sooooo the way I see it I can take 2 routes:

1) Become a pirate: It's not like I want to but I can only take so much BS before snapping

2) Ask for help:  right now I got a code for a $20 Amazon Gift Card that I'm willing to trade for a $20 PSN code purchased from Amazon. Any of the regular Dtoiders living in the US wanna help?

If you are, post a comment here and I'll PM you, thanks in advance.

UPDATE: Problem solved guys, thanks to Caimdark for his suggestion as it worked flawlessly.