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6:35 AM on 04.05.2010

Capcom Swag Winner announced!

<p>Well I was blown way by the amount of entries we had and don't worry I have plenty more European contest on the way to help your broken and lonely hearts. This time however the winner just had to be Justice for his pretty amazing entry (even if you do write like a doctor!) Check it out!</p>
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6:40 PM on 09.04.2009

That s**t so pringles. PAX group photo.

You weren't there? Damn it sucks to be you.   read

11:42 AM on 03.18.2009

Super 'Mazing time and I needs yo halp!

Well it is CONFIRMED....


McSnow just emailed me to let me know my ticket has been purchased. whoot! Even better McSnow got crazy discount, instead of 440 return the flights were 277! I <3 U McSnow!

EuroF4gs will be there in force this year with (I think) 8 British Dtodiers and one crazy Dutch Guy heading to Seattle.

also I'm putting a little somthing together and I need some quotes, so can you guys please leave a comment of just a couple of sentences summing up what dtoid means to you or jsut leave me some totaly awesome Dtoid sayings just like 'also, cocks'.   read

8:34 AM on 02.12.2009

Hands-on with Resident Evil 5 - Dtoid style

I was lucky enough to be invited to Capcom offices in jolly old London to play through some of the review copy of Resident Evil 5. The day started how you would pretty much imagine a Dtoid meet to start, I tried to drag Mikey shopping in London but he was quickly rescued by BunnyRabbit. We found ourselves in Selfrdiges checking out the KidRobot stuff which we quickly figured we couldn't afford. McSnow joined us in the Trocadero (bloody massive Sega world arcade) where he raided a sweet shop just before we met up with Poetic Justice and headed out to Capcom. I have added many of the images from our little adventure to the gallery, so check them out.

The setup was pretty basic, 10 people were invited and we were given two and a half hours to playthrough as much as we could in co-op mode. Sadly, Poetic Justice got stuck with me as his co-op partner.

Before starting, Capcom's PR gave us a quick opportunity to ask questions and like a bullet from a gun I was first to ask one of the most burning questions, what was Capcom's feelings about what appears to be the big uproar surrounding the controls? After the demo hit XBL many people found they weren't happy with the Resident Evil 5 control scheme. Gamers displayed a certain amount of worry (myself included) that if the controls played out in the full version how they did in the demo, that Resident Evil 5 may have a serious problem on its hands. The PR personally didn't feel the control scheme had any problems, he felt they played out well and that at least one of the four different control schemes should hopefully keep people happy. He believed that since this is the first Resident Evil on a next-gen system that the game would be under strict scrutiny from fans, which is true. He also felt that the inability to run and shoot meant that Resident Evil stayed more authentic to its roots and that people are used to the 'run and gun' from the barrage of FPS games that have been released recently, that Resident Evil 5 controls were a "halfway house" between FPS and old school Resident Evil.

I also took this time to ask about Resident Evil 5 multiplayer, a rumor which had found itself circulating on the internet before finally being squashed by Capcom. Was multiplayer for Resident Evil 5 ever considered or did the internet create that rumor itself? Well apparently they knew nothing about it and said they would rather keep away from internet rumors. Can't say I blame them, we do cook up some rather interesting stuff.

While the playthrough gave me plenty to talk about, such as the graphics or environment which is better saved for a full review, the playthrough certainly gave me some interesting insight to the difference between what I played at Capcom and what was available for download on XBL.

I've been pretty vocal amongst friends that I didn't enjoy the demo controls, in fact I hated them so much that I honestly started to think of Resident Evil 5 as a totally lost cause. The demo throws you in head first, before you know it you're being eaten alive, before you have even figured out how to run and it all ends with you mashing the pad and cursing loudly. As mentioned before though, the playthrough allowed us to start from the beginning, this gave us time to work through the control scheme ourselves and understand it. To put it in perspective I played through the demo with a friend in co-op, we died in the first house/hut three times and then we just gave up absolutely frustrated. When me and Justice came back to it on the playthrough we actually succeeded first time without any major problems. Yes, I still couldn't shoot and run which I do think would have been great at certain points but when the mad panic of "I don't know how to use these goddamn controls" was eliminated I found the inability to run and shoot actually helped build tension and really got my adrenaline flowing. I certainly made a complete fool of myself as I constantly found myself shouting desperately at the TV screen while the nervous energy drew me to the edge of my seat.

I was hugely impressed by the co-op experience of Resident Evil 5, it felt like how I have always imagined true co-op to be, myself and Justice were continually talking, planning and basically helping each other in any way possible. In fact I cannot imagine the game without co-op. It feels vital, which is now the problem. The playthrough managed to eliminate my fears regarding difficulties with controllers but instead I now fear the A.I. If the A.I turns out to be little more than a hindrance that has no actual common sense to help you when it's standing right next to you as you get eaten alive then the game will feel flawed. However if you are super cool with lots of friends like me then you have nothing to fear as I'm sure you will have plenty of people just dying to co-op with you. If not there is only one way to find out how the A.I will fare, roll on March 13th!

and because you all love me so, check this article out on GEN and leave me a comment to make me look super popular and cool.   read

12:11 PM on 02.01.2009

10 things you didn't know about Pheonix

1. I am a midwife, yes that does mean I deliver babies. I have see and done some pretty amazing things and most of them involve an awful lot of blood and baby related mess. My midwifery course at university has put me through hell and back and two years ago it even put me on antidepressants. I am so glad I have stuck with it, I've never experienced anything that can give me so many highs and lows. It gives me meaning.

2. I used to get bullied in high school because I was the fat nerdy one, something similar happened to me 2 years ago and its the reason I quit cosplaying.Thanks to all of this I developed an eating disorder and despite it making me cry at the time, I had to tell Neiro at PAX that dtoid and the people here are the one thing that really pulled me through.

3. I am the middle child but I actually thought I was the oldest, my parents ever told me had an older half sister until I was 16

4. Athesitum is the real reason I am dtoid, she showed me this site and I can't thank her enough for that. The day I joined a picture of me and her made it on the front page ;)

5. Everyone knows I'm dyslexic, it's pretty obvious but being made to write in front of people or even chat to new people on gmail terrifies me. I really worry that people think less of me because I can't spell or can't really use grammar properly.

6. I have REALLY big feet, a UK size 10, I think thats about 12 in the USA.

7. I have slept with music on for the last 9 years and thats not just music playing, thats with my headphones on. I now can't sleep without it and if i can't find iPod everyone will know about it

8. I am now a lead writer over at GEN run by Aktrez, it is one of the best things that ever happened to me, I bloody love it.

9. My dad thinks I am a lesbian and has asked my 3 times now if I am, all because I play video games, spend alot of my time single (as apposed to my popular sister) and have several Kasumi posters and figures in my room.

10. My whole family hates my Aunties ex husband but I still think he is awesome since he gave me his old N64 and thats what made me into a gamer.   read

8:57 PM on 01.30.2009

My Broken 16bit Heart...

So I've been left lying in a pool of my own blood, bruised and beaten to a pulp by myself of all people and all done out of pure frustration. If it hadn't been me, it would have been the 360 that I would have thrown against the wall and there were a few moments of blind rage where I even felt myself reaching out to do exactly that. All of this came from my retro tinted spectacles (think rose tinted but in 16bit glory) being shattered by downloading and playing the original version of Banjo-Kazooie on XBLA.

Being such a Banjo fangirl I was obviously very opposed to Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts since "Banjo mixed with Lego vehicles and racing" is obviously such a stupid idea that it could never work. I was lucky enough to pick up a free download code for the original game when N&B was released and I couldn't wait to get home to it since the original game was obviously far superior. As a child I remember spending rather alarming amounts of time on Banjo-Kazooie and collecting all those damn jiggies and I loved every minute of it, yet I find myself agonized as I replay it now.

While loading the game I found myself charmed by the bright colours, yet after 20 minutes I could feel my eyes melting. It's not that I am opposed to alarming bright primary colours but after I came out of rehab for Viva Pinata I fell into my 'shades of gray' phase with games such as Gears of War and the relapse scares me. I also remember being charmed as a young gamer by the cute little voices given to characters while they talk, but after about three sentences from Bottles I found myself loading up iTunes and craving Nine Inch Nails or anything slightly depraved.

The game play is where it not only broke my heart but ripped it out of my body, still beating and then showed it to me as I gasped for my last breath because the game is broken; I swear to God it's bloody broken and I do not remember it being so infuriatingly broken! I have never ever wanted to throw my controller out of the window so badly, I swear I hit that bad guy, and yes I've heard the phrase 'don't hate the game...blah blah blah', but I swear I hit him so why isn't he dead?! It isn't dead because the game is bloody broken and if that isn't enough the camera has absolutely no interest in helping me complete this game as it enjoys making me play through brick walls or at increasingly annoying angles.

This isn't just with Banjo-Kazooie--I've felt this with so many other retro games, games which have shaped my childhood like Zelda or Final FantasyI will always love those games yet they don't transcend into my next-gen world of gaming. I've been spoiled by beautiful graphics and smooth gameplay that out-do anything retro games can produce. These next gen games won't ever knock games like Banjo-Kazooie or Zelda off my list of all time favourite games, they will merely join them upon the pedestal I have created for them. Yet replaying games like Banjo Kazooie is the reason I wish I didn't bother. Retro tinted spectacles allow me to look back upon games that by today's standards would be classed as crap and remember them fondly, but maybe that's how they should stay; fond memories. My experience of Banjo-Kazooie makes me scared of what replying games like Final fantasy VIII will do to my love for it. I don't want to hate or curse it, I don't want to feel like I'm punishing myself either; these games shaped me into the geek I have become today. It takes a certain type of gamer to appreciate retro gaming in a modern world, I certainly haven't lost my love for all those old games, I still kiss my N64 goodnight, but consoles like the 360 have taken me firmly by the hand and pushed me head first into the next generation world and I am kinda of scared that there is no longer a chance to turn back.

And yes, Banjo-Tooie is also on its way to XBLA, so if you really want to ruin someone's childhood...

This the same post I put up on the front page of the website I blog for called GEN or I met these people through dtoid, I've been here nearly 2 years and those who have been here just as long, if not longer, will remember people like William Haley, VirtualGirl, Kananya and Aktrez who are all over at GEN. GEN is taking some big steps right now and is trying to stand upon its own two feet and traffic and support it totaly needed. show the love... I know if it wasn't for all my time here at dtoid I wouldn't be blogging over at GEN and actually really enjoying it.


6:01 PM on 01.03.2009

I hugged Hollie Bennett and...

oh wait, that's me.   read

5:44 PM on 01.03.2009

Promiscuous Pew gets 'toids STD's

Promiscuous Pew
Wherever you are
Kings all alone
And it's you that he wants
Promiscuous Pew
You already know
That he's all yours
What you waiting for?
Promiscuous Pew
You're teasing Coon
You know what they want
And you got what they need
Promiscuous Pew
Let's get to the point
Cause we're on a roll
You ready?

Roses are red
Some diamonds are blue
Reaprar is dead
But Necros is still kinda cute   read

4:22 PM on 09.03.2008

PAX '08: Pheoinx won't stop crying edition.

After attempting to successfuly re-cap what happened at PAX, I quite simply, gave up. To be honest, I’m not entirely sure how an experience such as this can be successfully re-capped. I could possibly write for ever and still leave something out, at best; it was a whirlwind of a few days. It was the best, most amazing, most surreal experience I have ever been through. I’m broke but it was worth every penny I own.

I rang home nearly every day to tell family how I was and every day I attempted to explain to my family how truly amazing this was. The significance of “I wore the helmet” was pretty much lost upon them, and everyone else I know, apart from you guys. That moment was truly iconic and totally surreal.

Neiro I don’t know if you truly get this, but that helmet, that image, that icon that you created is bringing people together from all over the world, from America, Canada, England, New Zealand, Australia and even Zimbabwe. We fly thousands of miles, spend thousands and sacrifice, friends, family and jobs all for this and what you have created. I cannot truly express what dtoid is to me. Ken Levine, at his remarkable key note said, “Videogames where the reason we got together, now there just the excuse”.

I’m on the plane home when I wrote this, first to arrive, and besides Tazar and The incredible edible egg (Asian Joe), who we have said our final and upsetting goodbyes to at the boarding gate, we are also the last to leave.
Meeting all of you was the most heart warming thing I have ever done, saying goodbye was the most heartbreaking.

Sunday night we toasted to family, this is what we are. We are one great big totally fucked up family. You guys are the forums, the Cblogs, the Ventrillo, the IRC, the CBM and the community. The community I am so damn proud to call myself a member of.

What more can I ever ask of you guys? I have been given great friends, a bit of romance, a lot of laughs, amazing memories, a broken liver and re-affirmation that I’m a geek and damn, damn proud of it.

Thank you all so much everyone, I love you all to death and I miss you all beyond comprehension, you guys are the only ones will understand how overwhelming and fucking incredible this trip was, because to everyone else I know, I was the very odd girl, who travelled all the way to America to meet people off the internet.

Thank you to GHost, Gutiaratomik, Nia the gamer and coonskin, cos I stole your pictures.   read

3:54 PM on 07.21.2008

Hoople doople, first and last impressions? Community, dating website or bad over priced porn?

After a brief rant and a discussion with a fellow friend who has already joined this site, I decided that I had more than likely jumped the gun and jump to conclusions over the new adult gaming community site,

So I forked over my $6 (£3, bout the price of the tuna sandwich I'm currently nom-ing, which I bought at the train station), and joined up. For those who have already joined in or are thinking of joining, once signed up, you can get yourself a promo-code, and for every person who joins the site and uses your promo-code, you score yourself $5. Not a bad little deal really and so I signed up using a friend's. She's already made $25 off it in the last few days. If anything it covers the cost of joining and may put some money in your pocket too.

Once signed in, it's all pretty basic … unless you're Web 2.0 illiterate. It gives you an opportunity to add to your profile a list of games you're either playing or enjoy playing. Naturally on any profile, there's the 'about me' section where you have to try and sum yourself up in as little at 1500 characters. They're a pain in the ass if you ask me but it does give a small insight into either your own, or someone else's loose grip on reality.
It also allows a legitimate opportunity to stick up only your Myspace photos and videos.

Each profile has the basic Myspace/Facebook/community features: Messaging, comments and friend requests. But unlike other communities, each profile has a rating system on it based on stars from 1 to 10. Once a day, members will be able to rate your profile.

Now I don't know if I missed something here, but I never really associated rating people out of 10, within a gaming community. That's when it really flagged something up in my mind. What is trying to be? Is it a community just for adult gamers, a dating site or highschool? It was giving off very mixed messages.

After about 10 minutes, some comments and friend requests starting to come in. I had some requests off fellow Dtoiders (that was good), a message from one of the more regular male users who introduced himself and started up a conversation about Star Ocean, a game I listed on my profile. Yeah, so far so good, nice community feel.

Then I got my first comment, a comment off some random guy saying 'Hrm…not bad really'. I started to feel a little uncomfortable. I didn't like the idea that the whole point was to be endlessly compared to other people, that all that was important was how I looked and how many 'stars' I had on my profile page, (A situation that worked both ways with both males and females on this site). I was happy just chatting about Star Ocean.

A chat box could also be found on the right hand side of the profile page, where the majority of banter took place (a mini IRC), camera chats and community gaming was also possible. While I have to admit I never took place in this, from talking to other users, community gaming and webcam chats took place frequently. Think along the lines of Now that did sound like good fun, but sadly there is a lack of Europeans on this site and I wasn't staying up until 4am to webcam chat with these people. also runs contests for its members, contests which I have already mentioned in previous C Blogs. The one currently running has a $5000 prize (now, that's not bad) and is for the hottest girl gamer. The second one (starting in October) also has a $5000 prize and is for biggest nerd, open to both male and female contestants. The girl gamer contest is based solely off looks. No gaming skill is actually required. Each day the boys and girls can vote for there favourite to win it.

Now like any competition based solely off looks, I was expecting a fair amount of 'hand-bra' shots and cleavage, but I got a little bit more than that. Out of the top 5 girls, 3 of them had topless pictures on their profile page. One even posted a video of herself stripping and claimed that it was the video everyone had been 'so desperate for her to post'. Another was a porn star from the world of whore craft season 2 while the third took to posting pictures of her and her boyfriend's cock. It turns out the girl ended up giving her boyfriend a blowjob in camera just to 'earn votes'. She's pure class.

What had I walked into? had gone from gaming community to dating site to porn site! Now if I wanted to watch porn, I'd join and see hot girls, not girls desperately competing for money on a gaming Web site. Even by my standards, I was left pretty shocked. Though I have to admit I got my jollies from the fact that both Britini Martini and Nikole did nothing anywhere near to these other girls and Nikole was riding high in the top 4 while Britini was number 1 and had been since I joined.

Gamers, I salute you for either A) not succumbing to the whores or B) watching them and encouraging them to be whores and then not voting for them and voting for someone else instead. Personally I chose option B. This site was bringing out the worst in me.

While I originally intended to give a small blog on first impressions and at the end of the month give a full review, is everything I just described to you. It's still in Beta, so there's opportunity for dramatic change here, but it needs to discover its direction. As it stands, I certainly don't feel like I'd carry on paying to be associated with I have come away feeling that it has nothing to offer me, I have found a great (free) community here at Desturctoid. I certainly don't feel desperate enough to join a gamers only dating site and the contests meant that girls who were whoring themselves out were setting standards for the rest of us, like I was expected to compete for attention with them. Um … no thanks. It left me feeling very uncomfortable.

The next few months and the move from beta will, I believe, make it or break it for If anything, it probably was the most interesting $6 I had spent in a while.   read

5:42 PM on 07.19.2008

Hoople Doople caused me to fall off my high horse. did i just break my arm?

Now again, as explained before, hoopledoople is a network for gamers, bit like myspace, meets facebook, meets its running what I still personally believe to be a bit of a shame of a girl gamer contest. No skill involved, hottest girl wins. Simple as.

Upon seeing this I called bull shit and climbed up onto my high horse. Now my horse is very high indeed, I often think the oxygen is thinner up there, then again, that my just be my imagination. I posted a community blog basically high lightening the absurdity of this contest and my opinion, on the whole was backed up by fellow readers, all very nice.

But then I emailed one of the girls involved in the contest to get her opinion. While I said the contest was appalling, I knew this girl deserved to win, because in all fairness you can easily tell she’s up against a bunch of whores. Now I’m not just being bitchy here, they actually are. One girl is actually from whores of warcraft.

Kids, I work as a midwife, and even I don’t see that many tits!!

But the discussion we had led me to one conclusion, Hoople doople is trying, it’s still in beta and there’s a lot to work out. So, upon discovering this contest did I jump on my high horse to quickly and totally miss out on what hoople doople if offering??

Well I decided there was only one way to find out. So I just joined…only for one month to try it out, see what’s going on and report back.

So, stay tuned.   read

11:34 AM on 07.08.2008

Win $5000 without playing videogames on a videogames themed website. is an online adult only gaming community.

"the new social network for gamers! At HoopleDoople gaming becomes more interactive with the ability to use real time webcam and chat with your opponents. With contests, news, networking, chat, webcam and more Hoople Doople is the new home for the social side of gaming. Want more? The site is dedicated to the adult gamer. That's right, only 18 and over can come and play. HoopleDoople is the adult gamer's playground! To become a member of Hoople Doople enter here".

yes that right only $15 a month you to can join hoopledoople and watch other people play video games and maybe meet a, like, totally hot gamer chic? cos i mean, unless you sign up you will never meet one.

but wait, its getting better....

Hoopldoople are running a little contest, a contest to win $5000.

accept this contest is for HOT gamer chics only.

"Welcome to HoopleDoople’s Hottest Gamer Chic contest. The sexiest girls of gaming will compete for the title of Hottest Gamer Chic 2008 and $5000 cash!

The concept is simple. Join the contest, get votes!

You can get other members attention by attracting them to your live cam and profile to gain their votes. Each member will have one vote per day, per contest. Remember, only members can vote."

doesnt that sounds great????!!!!

so if you want to be the next presenter on G4, oh sorry, i mean the winner of the gamer chic contest all you have to do, is do what ever it takes to make boys vote for you. like, doesn't that sound like TOTALLY awesome?!!

actually skills optional.

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