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2:32 PM on 06.10.2009  

Gamings maturity..... PART 2!!!!1

What a way to open an article about writing and maturity eh? The most unusual thing about the internet is that anyone can have their opinion read nowadays without any sort of context or requirements. The only troubling thing about that is some of the internet's writers are better than the paid writers who make writing their career.

No more procrastination, gaming press is NEVER going to reach a nirvana wonderland where impropriety no longer exists and money never changes hands for ads before the game is determined to be worthy or even a standard set of review criteria.

Take a deep breath.

Now that we all have accepted this let me destroy your misconceptions that the other outlets for media are somehow better.

Incident 1. - A local reporter began writing an article about a recall on a certain vehicle model and accidents that were possbly caused by the recall. the paper he was writing for had ads for the vehicle company in question and the stroy was dropped to a single line statment about the recall placed on the last page they possibly could put it on.

Incident 2. - some big name movie reviewers are snubbed from some movie screenings for fear they may write something negative, furthermore, some reviewers are asked if they want a certain quote.
EX: PR "would you like to say this is a feel good movie for the whole family?"
Reviewer "yes, that is my quote."

Incident 3. - An entertainment mag wrote something negative about a certain unnamed musical "artist" and the artist blacklisted the mag preventing further coverage.

Incident 4. - stupid mass effect fox news whore.

The idea we look up to other media outlets for integrity and how to do our jobs is really really stupid. Think about that the next time you hear about some stupid game reviewer talking about how we have so far to go before we get to the level of movie media outlets.

In the next and final chapter i shall go through what i believe could be done to keep us going in the right direction.

evil chad........OUT!   read


7:09 PM on 05.03.2009  

Gaming's maturity part 1 - press and misconceptions

It has been far too long since I've done this thanks to my Internet expulsion but i am firing my articles back up and hoping my newfound writer skills will push me to do more than just lists.

Every time a press person delves into the problems apparent with gaming they immediately hit the "gaming is still too immature as an industry" tirade and ride that train as far as it will take them. That's exactly part of the problem, the longer we sit navel gazing and talking about how much we have not progressed, the longer we will spin our tires and keep sitting in the rut our old man station wagons.

Every time i hear a reviewer moan about how some people will list the technical problems with a game rather than engaging a certain angle of a game i want to stab them in the face (and often do) with a waterman phileas rollerball pen only 39.99 at your nearest local retailer!!!!!!

Back to seriousness here, the truth is that gaming is not like any other medium that exists, just like movies aren't like any of the other mediums that are around, you might argue T.V. shows are similar but review them in the exact same way and see how much crap is shoveled on your doorstep.

you may not like talking about the save game glitch that rears it's head but if it is something that will be prominent and widely experienced by many of the people who read your review, you are doing your readers a disservice by not mentioning it especially in an industry where a product can cost anywhere between 1.99 for an iphone game or 189 for a music game.

As long as the press uses catch all terms like insiders and keep trying to stretch out in all sorts of directions with their writing we will never reach gaming nirvana..... but that is impossible anyway and the reason for that is apparent no matter what medium you occupy but for those who can't see why i will go into larger depth later on in part 2

destructoid is my home and haven on the net and it's good to be home, for those of you who followed me and read my writing, i appreciate it more than you could ever imagine and i hope to bring you better quality work than ever before.

evil chad OUTTA here

oh and to chad concelmo, I've got some lava proof shoes for you, just in case   read


4:56 PM on 08.30.2008  

The return of the dawn of the evil chad - games are not movies.

After an extremely long haitus i now have finally returned but you won't be seeing the same crap from me. I'll be tackling the issues i have avoided for a while now but after being stuck in the middle of the enthusiast press i simply have to get out of my system and that's where this ridiculously long title comes in.

"movie reviewers don't have to deal with the issues we have to."
I hear this all the freaking time and im tired of it.

Movies are NOT games.
Stop comparing them.

Now to backup my claim and prove myself right.

1. The reasons you buy/watch a game and movie are different.
2. The pricing points are usually much different.
3. The audiences for both are generally different.
4. Movies are mainstream media.
I can understand really, i know what it's like to write for something and want to cling onto a sister medium for comparison but it doesn't work, it's like plugging your us playstation 2 into a europe outlet and expecting it to work only there's no magical convertor for the mediums.

I tire of people in the movie industry talkin about games too, they need to shut their mouth because they have just as much right to review games as he does rocketships.

Ebert reviews movies.... not games...... his statements shoule go no further than "i saw someone play (insert random game here) and i think it sucks."

While there are a few intersections now and then between movies and games for the most part you just can't compare them or the industries.

As an ex member of the gaming enthusiast press, the next time you want to latch onto the movie industry to make a point or make a comparison, think before you do.

It's hard to make your own space, to establish an operational front, to find a place in media but by latching onto another medium you cheapen your own medium.

I'm off to remove the boards off people's houses in preparation for the hurricane AND learn photoshop!

evil chad OUT!   read


2:17 PM on 07.04.2008  

Games as sports?

One thing every culture does to justify a particular habit or lifestyle which is not normally considered "cool" or "hip" or "healthy" is to change the context of the activity and sports is usually the first idea to comeup.

I like the idea that games are really truly extremely important but lemme just say this now to clear everything up especially if you are concerned or are engaged in debate on the subject.




GAMES ARE NOT SPORTS.

Nothing gets your point across like ALLCAPS and 24 point font. You may even place this in your sig or on your page if you wish to show people how wrong they are.




As much as i would love to say that games are sports and that pantheons should be erected for video games and the competiton there of..... they aren't fucking sports.


If you've deluded yourself to the point where you think games are sports please place a generous amount of chloroform on your dirty rag of choice and inhale until you pass out and when you wake up minutes later, throw your halo tournament edition controller in the garbage.

In all honesty there is a POSSIBLE timeline in SOME distant dimension where games COULD be sports but it's far far away from now.... especially not halo. There is no real justification for games being sports, they aren't physically challenging, gaming is not mainstream enough yet, and most importantly, games are a leisure activity .... while technically football is a leisure activity as well, it's physically challenging too so nyah.

If anyone has any really good arguements as to why games are sports and you think it could a for real arguement, i'd love to hear it.....
in the meantime i'm off to cover as many rabbits in nair as i can within a five minute time span while awaiting september 29th. (kirby super star ultra ds BA-BY!!!!!!!)

evil chad OUT   read


6:29 PM on 07.01.2008  

Summon Night: Twin Age review.

At last i have gotten my hands on and completed summon night for the ds and i must say this series continues to impress/depress me. Anytime i think "Hey, these guys, they've got gold here." SOMETHING has to popup and make me curse my stupid stylus.

The presentation on this game is just completely engaging and fun the music is pretty good save a few songs and more importantly the characters draw you into the story as long as you are cool with anime style games and storylines.


Some people will have the normal fetch quest type thing for you...luckily they can be ignored but sometimes the rewards are well worth it. Too bad they don't always tell you where to get the needed item.


Summon night uses the stylus almost exclusively by tapping on your"command pallette" you can select your spells, items, conjure beasts, etc. but in the midst of battle it could be like playing wheres waldo while being punched in the arm.


QUICK!!! find your teammates and heal them in this massive fracas!


Summon night keeps the creation aspect of the former titles but finding the materials can be difficult unless you bought a guide, otherwise you might be wandering seperate areas for hours.


Creating weapons will save you big money but could leave you holding outdatedweapons.

In the end summon night hurts itself really bad by being waaaay too predictable. Each level falls the same exact way most every time. fight for two or three screens, save point, two or three more screens, another save point and boss. By the later levels i was just really running through as fast as i can trying to find out what happens next in the story.


My final "recommendation" for this game is the later spells could take upwards of 25 seconds to fully cast and while you may just say "don't use that spell!" i would yell back that it really rocks and i really want to use it but wish it had a skip animation option.

For all the nasty things i have said about this game i must say i simply love it, lot's of charm, great story, great battles and customizable skill trees this side of games like diablo 2 make this a game you should really try if you like this sorta game.

Evil chad' patented love meter ranks in 7.5 out of 10.


Im off to experiment with sterno, a cigarette lighter, and a bush of flowers..... FOR SCIENCE!!!
evil chad OUT!   read


11:15 PM on 06.28.2008  

overhype or inadequacy?

Well i should totally win some kind of worst timing ever award seeing as how as of late events have conspired to keep me from posting on a regular basis, first a complication from surgeory then my primary access to the internet being taken away as my friend went on vacation..... i wont turn this into a live journal entry though. instead im going to just jump back into true form once again.



Do you feel inadequate?



Do you finish early leaving your games wanting more?



Are you not giving the games in your life the attention they deserve?




You may have a condition called H.A.L.O.S (hyped and anticipated latencey overdrone syndrome).
only your good buddy evil chad can tell you if you have this disorder and prescribe you the appropriate prescription/aromatherapy product/sexual deviance object to fix this terrible disease.

Seriously though, why exactly did many gamers pick up their battle rifles only to lay them back down moments later to join the modern warfare machine of cod 4, why did everyone in almost every facet splooge all over gta 4 and then just go meh, and pop the disc back in the case the next couple days later? my theory? Overhype.

The last couple years have seen the most insignificant news story from outlets like the gamespot and ign mainly because the studios were doing halo 3, gta 4, etc add to that the hype from non gaming press such as the douchebag known as lev grossman writing up his picks for goty with halo 3 being at the very top.


Honestly i have fallen into a bit of a gaming rut thanks to the outsider audience going batshit insane over halo 3, gta 4, rock band, guitar hero 3, etc. In bungie's case i probably shouldn't be too angry mainly because they have been freed from m$'s chains and may make something that doesn't involve a super soldier.... maybe a myth 3... but this is getting kind of off topic. why do you think these super anticipated titles were picked up and then dropped just as quick in the grand scheme of things?

My internet exile has let me come up with many many articles and so anytime i get near a net connection youll see a new article from me straight from the interwebs.

Im off to enforce godwins law on the official disney forums.....
evil chad OUT!   read


4:16 PM on 05.15.2008  

coming back to greatness - sonic 3 and knuckles.

Before i get started proPAH, i have to thank everyone on destructoid for the great support especially the ghost with the rad shoop of games i have already written about even if the list is short at the moment, i feel loads better and and iron man was pretty good. I WAS going to come back with final fantasy 12 because i played an assload of it in the hospital but i thought i would come back with a retro classic.

Now onto the main event.....





I loved sonic 2 so it was no small guess i would pounce on sonic 3 as well which i fervently played an extensive amount of time learning every secret and hating knuckles everytime he broke a bridge, cut out the lights, etc. Not long after i started mapping the sphere levels in sonic 3 i heard the news that sonic and knuckles was in development with a small surprise, a lock-on catridge!

When i waited the obligatory 10 minutes for the swap of the slip of paper for the actual gamebox i was constantly going mad with the idea of playing through sonic 3 with knuckles and finding out what happened to the normal death ray device battle station thingie robotnik was building. When i finally got the game back to my gaming stronghold of retrowesomeness i lplaced the sonic 3 cartridge upon the mighty ziggurat of the sonic and knuckles cartridge and consequently blacked out until i had beaten the game with knuckles.
The main reason they are linkable is because they were at one time one game but due to development costs they had to split them up which is why sonic 3 is kinda short.

Playing the game through in one seamless experience was a sonic overload of happiness for me and i enjoyed it exponentially more than sonic 2 namely due to the secondary paths and the extra characters who contribute to gameplay. A great many pleasant memories revolve around this game including me and sora bundled up on the couch late night christmas eve.

This to me was the last great sonic game (sonc cd came out the year before) before they screwed it up with bland characters and crappy fishing based gameplay, you may not like tails or knuckles but they did have different strengths and weaknessess adding depth to the game.

As a side note...... tails is my favorite character........


If you haven't played sonic 3 and knuckles and you enjoy the sonic series do give it a try, it's definitely worth playing.

well im off to go beat the damned ridorana cataract in final fantasy 12 aaaaaaaaaaaaand............im gonna bake a cake..... evil duties on hold since im happy to be alive right now especially after the bad storms last night here, trees down all over and one large town completely dark.

evil chad OUT!   read


2:33 PM on 05.11.2008  

The ultimate payoff

Well i came through allright it seems though my chest still hurts like really bad at times.... i guess getting cut up like a christmas turkey will do that. Also i have a new girlfriend in one of my loyal standby friends, kay. after she apologized for slapping me (even though i deserved it) we both talked for awhile and finally fessed up how we felt about each other which is actually kind of dumb if you think about the harrowing odds i was to face the very next morning but i believe it gave me something else to fight for.

the doctor said i have an extremely strong heart and a very good prognosis so you'll can all look forward to more of my evil deeds in the coming....... well ....



FOREVER!!!!!


Everything aside it was awesome to see destructoid's response to my personal crisis. i look forward to writing more for the community and commenting on the usually awesome blogs posted on this site.

im off to think of my next write up.... and maybe kick a possum....

evil chad OUT!   read


4:33 PM on 05.06.2008  

The biggest gamble of my life

Well i know what im up against, it's a heart defect that has worsened. I always had a problem with running for extended periods of time or strenous exercise but wrote it off since i played games often and didnt exercise much for long periods of time. Being at my new job ive had to work in more strenous enviroments than before the problem now seems evident.


Im sorry, im sure that makes little sense, let me break it down, theres a hole in my heart and it needs to be fixed. after the blood test came back with no obvious problems an x-ray was performed and the hole was found. I now face a choice, i can either get the procedure done or eventually i will pass away from this. The big problem i face is that the doctor gives me 60/40. While the odds are in my favor they are still stacked higher than normal.

I sat in the bed just thinking on this for awhile and kay asked me what i thought and i said i dont know, i've had fiancee, my parents could use the insurance money, maybe i shouldn't get it done, to which she slapped the shit out of me and stormed out half in tears which surprised me. She did come back and we both apologized, i guess i learned no matter how lonely you may be, there will always be someone who'll miss you.

So im gonna have it done, long story short, nothing ventured nothing gained.

i've given my information to my friend chelsea so if anything does go wrong she will be able to inform everyone and close out my online accounts etc. I keep thinking im in some freaking movie and i will just wake up but it's beyond real now. well everyone, it's been awesome talkin with you and with all due luck i'll be able to chat again this weekend, but just in case i wanted to thank the following for setting me onto awesome games.


chad
lords of thunder
alien storm
mega turrican
and a good couple more i cant seem to remember right now thanks to the drugs im on.

topher
lords of thunder
dodonpachi
perfect cherry blossom
warning forver
trigger heart excelica
more i cant remember

collete
phantasy star 1,2,4
lost odyssey
i KNOW theres more but again, the drugs.

dyson
i know theres at least 4 but i cant seem to think of them.

anthony
the red star

when or if i get better i will totally write down all of them and post them , for now the room is spinning so i need to put laptop down for now. hope to see you all again soon,

evil chad out.   read


5:19 PM on 05.03.2008  

explanations and apologies

I know it has been a while since i have posted anything on here, i will keep this simple so as not to come off as a dramallama but i have been in the hospital and it hasn't been going well.

The freaking doctors can't figure out exactly whats wrong yet but none of it is good.

We can only wait for blood results before we know anything else and i haven't been able to tell anyone on destructoid yet until now thanks to my friend who was gracious enough to bring her laptop to the hospital and her banging net connection. I want to thank everyone who posted regularly on my blog and the entire destructoid community, especially the retroforcego crew who have given me something to listen to in the hospital and introduced me to all these awesome people.

no evil deeds today..... im just off to contemplate life ....

evil chad out.   read


3:30 PM on 04.19.2008  

Super serial editorial - games, srs business.

Let me get this out of the way by first saying i was seriously sick in the worst freaking way thanks to a cold front that moved in and decided to upgrade my freaking upper respiratory infection to full blown pneumonia i have been dessicated and unable to move my vivisected body to a net connection to post.

While in the deep throws of mild dimensia i began to ponder some of the things we as gamers have done in the last few years. We have begun to look at games much in the same way uptight douchebags like roger ebert do movies. I heard an insane arguement saying that gameplay is the whole feel you get from the game such as the graphics and such, they were using the screen tearing and glitches in mass effect as an example of bad gameplay because it was part of the game.

Back the freaking truck up.

First off, i thought graphical problems was problems with the GRAPHICS!

I began to think even more on this and realized gamers are on the way to destruction.... since when have we started looking at games in such elitist terms? Why have we turned around on our way of being in a completely different category of people? Since when have we all turned into mini eberts with broadbrush comparisons and piddles over the tiniest of details?

It's simply a different way of thinking with games now and it's an allegory of freaking animal farm. We have taken over with our own new content and soon if we aren't careful we are going to end up the fat hefty pig fucks we tried to get away from in the first place! I think gamers are on a precipice and we need to take a step back and look at what games really should be....

FUN!

When we delve and decipher and describe every little detail of every little thing about our games we are essentially placing video games into the hands of the assholes we wanted them out of in the first place!

Next time you decide to drop a point because the box art wasn't good or because a game has a subtitle, think for a minute how much you sound like a quibbling elitist and realise just what the fuck these games are for in the first place.

FUN

and guess what... if you enjoyed it...... it's got to be good enough to play.

I'm off to make a puppy cannon..... it's like a potato cannon but uhhh yeah...... with puppies.

Evil chad OUT!


P.S. - My recent posts have lacked a certain polish but i am rectifying this problem by writing in my spare time and posting when near a net connection instead of just writing red eye when im near a net connection. My goal is to have at least three posts by the end of next week.   read


3:18 PM on 04.10.2008  

Top five favorite game moments.

The dolphino army had to move quickly to keep any tree related incidents that might shine upon chad concelmo in a negative light under wraps. Now that there is no danger of his dark secret past coming to light once again our goodwill ambassador of amazing can continue to ready the masses for assimilation.

This list is about the parts in a game that really held me in their grasp and showed me what games could be in the righthands. Let's get to it shall we?


Number five!

I love metal gear solid and nothing quite caught me about the game when ........ damnit....



Spoiler alert friggin last boss details.

When liquid snake jumps into metal gear rex and bears all arms against snake very few moments can compare to that moment when you realize this giant walking battle tank is aboutto let you haveit with both barrels. You best habeeb it i was nervous when i realized i was given control of snake with no information on how to destroy rex.


Number four!

I liked but never found mario 3 to be teh awesomeness like everyone else but i have to say in the very first level when you grab the leaf and fly up into the clouds and find the coins, 1up and the pipe i just felt this was the coolest thing ever.

Number three!
Circumventing a game in a way it wasn't intended always feels fun. In super mario world you could beatthe game in a very few minutes by use of the star road. The first time i finished the game and saw 12 cleared on the title screen afterwards ifelt like i did something outside the developers expectations.... and that's always a rad feeling.

Number two!

Sonic 2 was the game to solidify and confirm that i would always be a gamer for life. This goesto sonic 3 and knuckles however because using the characters like tails and knuckles in some of the levels madethe levels feel huge and seeing the stuff put in there just for them reconfirmed that sega really did think their games through in the old days...... man those were good times.


Number one!

I love twilight princess even though it is ocarina of time done again.... But this game fully sold me on the wii concept. The darknut battle made me literally forget i was holding a wiimote and nunchuk and made me think i was holding a sword and shield, blocking and waiting for an opening to just rip at one of those badass enemies. It was quick but it was completely inventive and did what almost every other game failed at..... bringing me in the game on a one to one scale.   read







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