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I am the Everyday Legend, and I am a male, 31-year old Florida native and videogame fan of the most epicurean order. I'm also the father of a very precocious (almost) three-year-old daughter, and a newborn daughter as well!

My natural state: very, very tired.

I got into gaming when I was 5, and my Aunt and Uncle had an NES that they had bought because they thought it was the coolest thing ever. As a matter of fact, they weren't too far off of the mark. I was introduced to Super Mario Bros. and Duck Hunt (naturally), and soon followed up with the very first Zelda. I remember the very first game I beat by myself - Megaman 2, in 1989. I was six at the time.

Shortly after that, I played Street Fighter II for the first time in a local skating rink and was hooked. Bad. Like, smack-habit bad.

I remember playing against the college kids that would come in there to hang out and chill - there was a lounge connected to the place that you had to be 18 to get in - and a lot of these guys used to come in and spend a ton of time and money on playing SFII. I learned how to play from these guys, and within a year, I had become just as good as they were. I was hanging out with people almost twice my age, and conversing with them on their level about a mutual passion - and that's where I've been ever since.

Videogames don't make up my entire life: I cook, I write, I sing, I have a full-time career in IT and am still attending college for a degree in Computer Science, then moving into a Masters in Information Systems Management. Gotta have goals.

Nothing beats a good trip to a good bar where they serve good beer and have a good selection of good tunes. Also, chilled Junmai Ginjo (unfiltered) sake is the nectar of the gods, in case you weren't aware. Of course, those trips are very rare these days, because there is always another diaper to change, and leaving your kid at home in the crib is never an option if you want to be able to look at yourself in the mirror.

Oh, and I really, really love sushi. I can put away amounts of that stuff that some may label as borderline genocidal. I put species of fish on the endangered list singlehandedly. I'm not ashamed. It's their own fault for being born so damn delicious.

XBL (defunct): Everyday Legend
PSN: Everyday_Legend
STEAM: Everyday Legend
Skype: everydaylegend

Your eyes do not deceive you. There's a trend.

See you out there.

- EL
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I'm trying hard not to make this overly dramatic.  I'm not even going to spell out my exact reasons why.  I'm just giving everyone who cares to read this what they deserve for taking the time to listen over the last seven years.  And to those who have read my posted thoughts, and those who are reading them now: I cannot thank you enough.  You've all been wonderful.

I'm leaving Destructoid.  For good.

I won't get into the reasons why - not here, at least - but there have been events that have taken place which have caused me to lose significant amounts of real, irreplaceable faith in Destructoid.  I have been feeling this coming for quite some time, and even though I've spent large amounts of time and energy becoming the change I wished to see, the only changes that have been positive have been a long-overdue Cblog editor overhaul.  Every other change has served to make me feel more marginalized and less integral to the lifeblood of the site, a place I've made my primary internet home for seven years.  A place that used to be defined by its community, moreso than any other.  But things aren't that way anymore, and it's time for me to find somewhere else to be.

My follower list is packed with the names of people who no longer come here, and it's now my turn to join them.  I suspect they left for very similar reasons, but I just held on longer for some odd reason.  I left the Cblogs, then the FP, and now, I'm even abandoning the Forums.  As I said before, I won't get into the specific reasons why, but one look at my recently-revived Twitter account and the things I've been writing for Digital Confederacy do a very good job in pointing out where my reasoning lies.  I urge you to catch up with me on either of those avenues, because while I don't personally know everyone who ever joined a comment conversation (and even though I know that I can come off as being a little spiky at times), I can't bear to leave without letting everyone know where they can find me - that's how much I love the Destructoid community.

This place has given me lifelong friends, an abundance of stories and a lot of cool things to talk about.  But all good things must come to an end, and I feel that I've stuck around long after the actual book has closed.  For all those who want to take a look at my body of work, feel free to browse my Cblog entries here, my work on the Community Interviews, and even my naked baby photos as OhJAM.

And staff: don't think this is a cry for "delete my shit" attention.  I want my legacy to stay here, because I was proud of the things I wrote here and my time spent here.

Radio Dtoid (Communitoid) Appearance: http://communitoid.libsyn.com/radio-d-039-kenny-logginss-purple-fox-lazer-nipples
Also, Dtoid Forums:http://forum.destructoid.com/member.php?49952-Everyday-Legend

You can also find me here:
Steam: Everyday Legend
PSN: Everyday_Legend
Twitter: @Everyday_Legend

And finally, you can find me at Digital Confederacy, where I still write and get into rather pointless arguments.  I don't want to plug another site as it's rather awkward, but that is where I'll be, so there it is.


I'd like to take the time to say "Thank You" to a few special people:
Char Aznable
Zombie Platypus
Hyper Lemon Buster Cannon
Occams Electric Toothbrush
Luna Sy
Cornflake Justice
Corduroy Turtle
Red Motherfucking Morgan
The Defenestrator
Darren Nakamura - First rule of any wolf game, kill Dexter345
pk fire
Gorilla Gravy
Mr Funsockz
Polite Gentleman
ChillyBilly, hope IL ain't freezing yer balls off
Isay Isay

And most of all: Mr. Andy Dixon - you're the best, no hyperbole.  You always made someone feel welcome when the atmosphere was grim, and you have always been the kindest soul on the site, bar none.  Now put your pants back on.

Alright, I'll just stop.  There's been a lot of you fuckers I came to know and love.  Don't you forget about me, because I ain't forgetting about you.  Don't.  Don't.  Don't.  Don't.

See you, Space Cowboys. <3

I don't even know if this is going to be worth reading.  I'm not going to mince words, I'm emotionally affected by the subject matter of this post.  I'm hurt.  And I'm going to use lots of colorful language, loads of hyperbole, and I'm going to try to be constructive about my level of upset.  Please pardon my venting, I'll try my best to make sure it's at least an interesting read.

Over the weekend, IGN (in)famously broke the news that The Last Guardian had been canceled.  The game was done for, and the thing that captured so many imaginations (mine, too) was no more.  Then, Scott Rohde, Software Product Development Head for Sony Worldwide Studios America, Tweeted how this simply wasn't the case.  The stage was set for E3 to be the long-awaited next showing of a game that needed its day to come.

And for as great as the show was, and for all of the great things they showed...The Last Guardian was not part of it.

Imagine the feeling of a kid left out in the rain, their parents forgetting them after soccer practice in a torrent that magnified the sadness with every drop, multiplied by every second passed.  Or someone special to you completely forgetting your birthday.  Picture the abject disappointment that person must feel, the loneliness, the isolation, the feeling that your wants, needs and desires just aren't fucking important enough for anyone else to give a damn.

Like I said, it's gonna get hyperbolic.  But I feel like that right about now, or at least as close to those things as not seeing a videogame you've waited eight long years for can approximate. You could say the same thing for Half-Life 3, and you'd be right - except for the fact that HL3 has never been officially announced or had footage shown for the game in question.  TLG had both.  It's much more cruel that way, to be honest.

See, I think they missed out on a golden opportunity, here.  This was their chance.  This was the time to have shown off something that Microsoft and Nintendo just weren't capable of doing.  This is the time to stop showing the remastered games and the sequels, and show off something that's been cooking for almost a decade.  I mean, God Of War fans have seen seven (yes, fucking seven) titles in that series.  Killzone, four (on consoles).  Shit, even Uncharted just got a fourth game announced (at the point of the show where TLG should have been, no less).

The Last Guardian?  We get reassured that the game still exists.  Again.  No video.  No teaser.  Nothing at all.  No sign of life.  Just a "sorry I couldn't make it, but I'll be there next year, for sure" from someone who's been absent every year running for almost a whole goddamn decade.  And who wants to wait on someone like that, really? 

Sony fucked up.  Plain and simple.  You can't even use the "we're waiting for TGS" excuse, because the Japanese are more concerned with mobile games than anything else.  Consoles and their AAA titles are still alive and well in the West, and when you consider that wowing those audiences can provide fiftyfold (is that even a word - fuck it, it is now) the sales number compared to the Japanese market at the very least, and not advertising something long-awaited and totally unique is a very poor choice on multiple counts.

I wrote a cblog a few months back about this game, and I had hope.  I was full of it.  Just this Saturday, I recorded an episode of Radio Destructoid where I talked about how The Last Guardian was the only thing I was looking forward to from E3 2014, and then heard live during recording that it was cancelled.  I reacted with "that's hype, just give it a few minutes" with the confidence only reserved for some sort of religious zealot.  Then, minutes later, as if ordained by heaven itself, the tweet arrived.  I said something along the lines of "the true believer is rewarded for their faith."  It was a joke, of course.  But, like all jokes, there was an edge of truth that allowed that blade to cut the way it did.  I felt utterly justified.  Righteously so.

Then, tonight, Sony drops the ball.  Again.  On top of again.  On top of again.

I don't know what to say.  I don't know what to think.  I don't want to give up on this game, something I have such blind faith in thanks to the previous games in the series and the profound effect they have had on me and my life.  There are very few "experiences" that I've had playing games - I've had lots of fun, and I've got lots of memories, but very few actual moments that are indelible flashes of remembrance when the word "experiences" pops up.

Ico and Shadow Of The Colossus are two of those brilliant, shining moments.  I was ready for this game.  I've been ready for this game.  My bags have been packed and I've been waiting patiently.  And suffice to say, I've been disappointed for the last time.  I will not allow myself to get any more emotionally invested than this point, right here.  And to do this, I must cease to care about this game.  I have to stop waiting on a friend who will never show up.  I have to stop hoping for that moment.  

I am officially giving up on The Last Guardian.  This is probably the saddest day I've ever had in this hobby, and that's out of twenty-eight years playing video games.  This day, right here, is when I watched the purest of videogame hope die.  That's not hyperbole.  That's very real.

And Sony, you giant, sprawling multi-national corporation, you. On the beyond remote off-chance that you're out there reading this, I'd like you to know one thing and one thing only about that hope:  you killed it.  With your bare-mother-fucking-hands.  Nobody else.  Nothing else.  And I am sure as shit that I'm not the only one who feels that way right now.

"But Urrday, it's not like they canceled it."  You might as well have, at this point.  Stop dicking all of us around and just decide on whether or not you're going to put a bullet in it already.  Now you're just being cruel for the sake of being cruel, and if you can't see that, you're far worse than your fans ever thought you were.  Just shit or get off the fucking pot.

With that said, I'm going back to the week's E3 coverage.  It's going to be interesting if I can muster up the energy to care anymore.  I certainly won't get this emotionally invested in a videogame ever again, that's for sure.  This hobby used to be about inspiring that childlike sense of wonder...now, I guess they're more in the business of extinguishing it.  

At least there's No Man's Sky, that's all I'm saying.  We know that's coming.

But, hey, there's always room for some more fucking zombies, right?  Right?  Guys?

Psycho-Pass is getting a game on XBOX One.

Obligatory celebration.

This is Leland Yee.  He's a Senator for the great state of California, Democratic Party.  In the past, he's introduced and sponsored bills for both gun control and the restriction / elimination of violent video game sales.

He's also just been picked up by the FBI on charges of corruption and arms trafficking.

There are moments in time that are packed with true divine comedy.  Irony so pitch-perfect, so adequate for the situation that you wonder if these events aren't scripted by the hand of some great cosmic force we humans are simply not meant to understand.

If there is a God, no matter the name or form it takes, it must love videogames.


Follow the link to the Forum thread for the most up-to-date information.  

Click here for a location map.

Well, it's time.  This Saturday at 8pm, Orlando is about to have a giant gathering of cooler-than-the-average nerds, as Florida's Dtoid constituency is cordially invited at theoretical gunpoint to attend the first of (hopefully) many NARP (No Apparent Reason Party) events.  Get together with other videogame fans, forum posters, cblog writers and frontpage commenters you know and love hate tolerate the presence of (now in real life).

The hostilities festivities kick off at 6pm, where we're all going out for dinner somewhere (still TBD, but the forum thread has the list of places to choose from along with active discussion about where to eat beforehand).  Then, at 8PM, it's off to Player 1, and it's going until you decide to leave or someone kicks us all the fuck out.

Bring cool people, have a good time, and finally meet people you've been internet-talking to for an inordinate amount of time.  Also, get drunk with them.

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Also also, please drink responsibly, and please have a designated driver if you are out to do serious liver damage.  Nobody needs to die over a good time.  I'm just putting that out there.

I'm still in the process of getting the login info for the LTPC account, but in the meantime, I'm putting this blog post up here so everyone on the front yard of Dtoid can enjoy it.

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The Lower Tier Podcast



On this episode of The Low(er) Tier Podcast, Usedtabe changes his (nick)name, ZP hates the rebranding, and Rev has strong words for an online stalker.  We discuss the linguistic skills of CoD players (blopblop), getting drunk and playing games, ask if there are any classic game collectors in the group, and wonder just what the fuck is up with the Steam Machines and why they even exist.  We then answer another round of listener questions...and some of them are just bizarre.  It's the Lowest Tier yet.

Your hosts:
Usedtabe (Latrell)
Revuhlooshun (Ryan)
Badstar (Justin)
ZombiePlatypus (Levi)
Jaime (Hi-Me)
Everyday Legend (Grant)

Music Credits:
Entertainment System - F-Zero (Port Town)
Cut Chemist - Litmus Test (Lesson 6)
Boards Of Canada - Roygbiv
Fu-Schnickens feat. Shaquille O' Neal - What's Up Doc (Can We Rock)
311 - Nutsymptom
Module - Shatter OST (Krypton Garden)

This podcast may contain copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are entirely nonprofit and are not making a single red cent from this production, and really, the only thing we're doing is giving free advertisement for the products discussed and the artist whose music has been used as our interstitial pieces. As such, we believe this constitutes a ‘fair use’ of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. So there.

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