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3:36 PM on 08.17.2012

Gaming fatigue

I cant. I just cant seem to get into games anymore. I dont know what it is. Maybe im just getting too old for games is that it? Or perhaps all the games that are currently out or coming out just dont interest me. Is this a stage in a gamers life that determines whether he/she gets over it and continues gaming merrily? Or do they not and just remember playing games as kids and play it off as something children play. I have no idea what to do anymore. I get bored of the games i play within five minutes. Have any of you ever felt this way? What did you do to get over it? Also i have about 4 semi written features but ive been in this gaming slump so i havent been able to finish them. I hope to get over this and finish them and post them here.   read

3:42 PM on 06.04.2012

Frostbite 2 engine and life post

Hey Dtoid community sorry i havent been posting. Ive been busy finishing up my first year of college. I also acquired a job for the summer helping in a landscaping business. Ill start finishing the post that i have started soon and hope to have them up.

I was watching the E3 press conference and saw a gameplay demo of the new medal of honor game. Holy cow does the Frostbite engine look fantastic i just wish it wasnt only used to show super realistic brown and muddy games. Dont get me wrong i like the style they are using but imagine what they could do with that engine if they decided to do something in the visual style of windwaker or okami? That would just blow my mind.   read

6:20 PM on 04.12.2012

A time long gone

Everyone in some point in their life yearns for something they once had. Whether itís a person they were once close with, a lost loved one or simply some food they havenít had in a long time. For me the thing I long for is free time. I no longer have as much time as I used to when I was younger. It makes sense that my free time is dwindling. Iím in college now taking classes which occupies about half of the hours in my entire week add homework and things like practicing my trombone, maintaining relations with friends and spending time with family. It doesnít really leave a lot of free time to do one of my passions. What is it you ask? Well itís of course playing video games.

Now I could just drop playing my instrument and spend less time with family and friends but I donít want to. I love making music and I wouldnít give up the wonderful moments I have with friends and family. I do wish I had more time like I used to when I was a child, to not have tons of responsibility and have deadlines for things but I donít. I sometimes hate playing games right now not because I think they suck but because I feel like I donít have enough time to fully enjoy them. Thatís one of the reasons why I think games like call of duty and multiplayer heavy games are so popular now in the mainstream market. Those multiplayer matches provide fast fun where I can just pick up the game play some quick matches and then feel like I have had my fun for the day.

Every time I play a game now I feel like I have to beat it quickly before I get more things I have to do like homework or papers. If I donít do that I end up forgetting what the hell Iím supposed to be doing in the game which makes me want to restart (although newer games are getting better about this providing waypoints or journals that recap info for you) and it also breaks up my experience of the game. Not having enough free time also fills up my backlog without me being able to cut it down because new games are released that I want.

Now this picture right here is what inspired me to write this. Zac Gormans videogame drawings always bring up a certain nostalgia whenever I see them. This particular picture is what made me long for those days when I was younger where I played videogames every day for hours on end. Like I said before I feel rushed now when I play games feeling like I have to go through it without really stopping and admiring the work the developers put into it. When I was younger Iíd spend so much time just wandering about my games marveling at the amazing sites the game was able to give me. Iíd be obsessed with the game trying to do everything that was put in it by the creators and sometimes when that wasnít enough Iíd create my own stories and that was all because I had time. The last videogame I was able to invest myself in like that was when Chrono Trigger was released on the DS. That was right before I started getting more and more important responsibilities. Have you guys ever felt like your time with videogames are currently being rushed because of not having enough time and trying to fit lots of gaming into a short span of time?   read

12:09 PM on 03.21.2012

Disappointment: The Skyward Sword that could have been.

Ok ok i know what you're thinking someone who was disappointed in Skyward Sword? This guy should just leave and never come back. Well hold off on your judgments till the end of the post. To whom it may concern I really really love The Legend of Zelda series. In fact in my introductory post i stated it was one of my favorite series. Skyward Sword also happens to be one of my favorite Zelda of all time right next to Ocarina of Time, Wind Waker and A Link to The Past. Hopefully i can explain my disappointments in Skyward Sword without making it seem like it was a horrible game it really wasn't. If you own a Wii i suggest you get up and go buy the game and just play it. It is truly amazing.

What a wonderful world.

Skyward Sword in my opinion has one of the greatest worlds to explore to date. The lush colorful vistas that Nintendo was able to pull off with the limited hardware is truly an amazing feat i just wish there was more of it. Now Skyward Sword is not a quick game to beat at all. I spent at least 60 hours on my first quest, a good amount of that time was spent just taking in the breathtaking views. The world Nintendo built was truly a fun and imaginative place to explore. Now for the part that disappointed me i felt like it was too small. Now here's where i might get really confusing Skyward Sword is a big game that feels to least to me. The areas are very big and fun to play around but those big areas still felt way too small. I felt like Nintendo could have done something to make the areas a bit bigger but perhaps that would of sacrificed how the game flowed and that would have been bad since the pacing of Skyward Sword is wonderful. I realize this point sounds really nit-picky and i would very much agree with you on that, it really is.

The land above the clouds

I truly felt that the land above the clouds could have been so much more than what it was in the game. Sure there was some interesting islands to explore such as the one that houses The Lumpy Pumpkin(best name for a pub ever). I knew from reading up about Skyward Sword prior to launch that the sky world was not going to be like Windwakers over world but that it would be similar. It was a fun place to explore even though there wasnít much in it besides two or three minigames and little islands that housed goddess chest. Then I thought to myself after the game why not more? Why not make the land above the clouds as unique as the islands that were in Windwaker? Why not give the player more to explore in this wonderful world after the main quest is all said and done? Most of the side quest in the game were amazing but only took place in Skyloft or in the land under the clouds. I think only one quest had you flying around looking for someone in the sky area . They had a chance to fill this skyworld with so much character but ended up not doing so.

So there it is. My disappointment in Skyward Sword hopefully you all donít hate me for saying these things. Skyward Sword was a 10/10 in my book but to me 10/10 doesnít mean that its perfect and has no room for improvement. So yeah I love the game but still think it could have been more than what it was. Let me know what you think about this and my writing in the comments below.   read

10:55 AM on 03.19.2012

Hello Destructoid community.(Now with about me!)

Finally im writing something. I joined recently but have been viewing this site quite frequently for about 2 years. I hope to be able to write cool features about games i think are cool and write some cool stuff about music in videogame. Things i will write about will be like what i think about music in games in general and maybe even reviewing how well a soundtrack improves a game. My first feature i plan to write about is Boktai. So expect that sometime in the future when im not busy with school work and such. Anyway I guess i should write an about me so here it goes.

My real name is Gabriel but i usually go by Gabe. Like i said earlier ive been lurking Destructoid for the past 2 years and then finally decided to create an account. I used to go to Kotaku for my reviews till my brother told me that is was a horrible site and introduced me to this one. I first only read the reviews on here but then started reading more of the features and c-blogs. The community here seems really cool so im looking forward to posting here and finding out what you guys think of my post later on.

I am currently on the second semester of my first year of College. It really beats the shit out of highschool. My current major is Social work. Im pretty excited about that. Ive been playing video games since i was three. The first game i ever played was Megaman. Some game series i like are the Megaman series, The Legend of Zelda games and the Castlevania series. Ill give any game a try even if it is completely horrible i will sit down and beat it so i can have validity to say whether its good or not.

When im not playing video games i like to spend my time running or working out. I like doing 5k road races and such. I also play the trombone ive been playing it for 7 years now. One of my favorite genres of music is Jazz and I also love Orchestrated music. My taste in music is really all over the place i dont like only one specific genre or hate any of them. I give a band a listen if someone recommends them to me. Anyway again i hope to be really involved in posting features and being involved this this wonderful community.   read

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