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8:37 PM on 11.26.2010

Is Homefront story a little too accurate as of late?

If you haven't heard about Homefront's story and would like to watch the dev's talk about it, go here. If you don't want to, I'll sum it up for you:

N. Korea takes over S. Korea and becomes one solid "Korea." More countries in the Pacific start joining the Korea's cause and threaten the US and its allies. An EMP goes off over the US and destroys all electronics, leading to an invasion and occupation of the US.

I haven't blogged in a while, so this story may have already been addressed, but I feel motivated to comment on the topic.

If you haven't been reading the news lately, tensions between N. Korea and S. Korea have been somewhat tense [read: fucking nuts] since N. Korea allegedly sunk a warship 8 months ago and recently bombed the island of Yeonpyeong http://www.comcast.net/articles/news-general/20101126/AS.Koreas.Clash/.

How ridiculous is it that these escalations are happening at a time where a video game's storyline is damn close to what is happening in real life? I suppose these things happen when you base a story on a "what if" situation, but this is almost crazy.

If the Korea's really do go to war, I fear for the rest of the world. Both Koreas, i believe, have access to nuclear weapons. If even one nuke goes off, nuclear radiation will spread across the globe.

I think we better start digging.

Not really, but this is weird. Wouldn't you agree?   read


5:36 PM on 10.03.2009

Damn you Borderlands minimum system requirements...

So, finally, after owning my XPS M1530 Laptop for about, oh, around 6-9 months now, it is now out of date, thanks to the system requirements of Borderlands wanting a GeForce 9 series to run it.

Thank you oh so much Borderlands for making me feel like I can't buy a PC anymore and feel up to date week in and week out.

But don't worry. I've learned my lesson from you. The next laptop I buy? Will be a bloody MacBook Pro with BootCamp. WHERE IS YOUR SPAGHETTI MONSTER GOD NOW????

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11:39 PM on 05.27.2009

STRANGE things experienced while playing inFAMOUS

Before people get all fanboyish (or after even), I enjoyed this game. It truly made you feel like the sort of badass that anyone that gained superpowers after being normal for a while would feel. These are some random encounters/bugs/wtf's that I saw or experienced while playing the game, and I thought I should share.

*A person, grieving over all that they've lost, suddenly springs up out of no where, snaps a picture of me, and immediately falls back down to their knees and continues grieving.

*Somehow, a shock from a human defibrillator would heal a/multiple bullet wound(s).

*Attempting to Thunder Drop from roughly a 6-story building onto a group of enemies, but suddenly hitting the ground with no shockwave or thunder effect happening.

*The inability to walk up some El Train stairs where you suddenly walk toward one of the railings and begin to hang off of it.

*A city cop suddenly going on a rampage and began to shoot normal civilians after battling enemies. Clearly the job had gotten to him.

*NOT BEING ABLE TO CLIMB UP CHAIN LINKED FENCES (See also: Penny Arcade)

Anybody else go through some weird shite on the streets of Empire City?   read


1:40 AM on 04.22.2009

I just found Chad Concelmo's new favorite game...

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chad explosion in 3.....2.....1.....   read


1:33 AM on 04.15.2009

So what exactly is the difference between alpha and beta?

This may not be the right place to ask this question, although I could definitely use an answer to it. I may or may not be doing a presentation about videogame beta testing in my technology class on thursday (which is technically tomorrow at this point) and there's no exact website in which to find this information (but perhaps I'm looking in the wrong place).

So someone tell me: what exactly is the difference between pre-alpha/alpha and beta/closed beta/open beta?

Whoever has the most LEGITIMATE answer that would make perfect sense to mindless freshman, i promise to quote you in my powerpoint using your username. I'll weed some stuff out so it looks presentable, but YOU COULD BE FAMOUS (in my technology class)!!!!

danke destructoid.   read


9:51 PM on 04.08.2009

(NVGR) Never trust your service provider for up to date news

I don't understand it. They have a built in feature that allows you to view videos that (you believe) are up to date. They give you links to stories that (you pray) are current. Now can someone tell me why comcast.net and probably any other service provider, which provides news for you to read while you mozy on through your emails, refuses to give you current news.

I have recently fallen into this pitfall with a previous c-blog i posted. Comcast alerted me to the news (which I believed was current) who the new director of the future Bioshock movie was. If you're not aware of said news story, here. Now as of the posting of this blog, it says the story on comcast was posted 7 hours ago. Really? Are you just digging for news just old enough that nobody would remember reading it? Or are you too lazy to do another story on the starving children in Africa? Or the crisis in the Middle East? Because, believe me, you could probably write all day on those topics and never run out of stories.

Now I ask you, distinguished Destructoid Army: Why the FUCK won't someone stop this from happening?   read


5:30 PM on 04.08.2009

Brilliant: Pirates director jumps "ship" to direct Bioshock movie

http://www.comcast.net/articles/entertainment-eonline/20090408/b117581/

so apparently the guy that directed all 3 Pirates of the Caribbean movies, Gore Verbinski, has decided to focus on the upcoming Bioshock movie.

Not a terrible thing. Obviously the cinematography on the trip down to Bioshock will be loaded with ridiculous amounts of interesting angles and digital artistry, but who can say for the rest of the soon-to-be-worked-on film.

Let's hope it's not just another videogame movie that flops like the rest.   read


2:49 AM on 03.07.2009

the watchmen debacle cleared up by yours truly

If you HAVE read the comic:

-you may enjoy it
-you may hate it

both are valid opinions since you have the FULL back story and watched the movie.

If you HAVEN'T read the comic:

-you'll probably be confused
-you might hate it

To this, I say go READ the original comic, thus filling in a WHOLE lot of plot and back story really needed to take in the entire movie and thoroughly enjoy it.

If you refuse to read the comic because the movie was bad:

-go die in a fire

If you refuse to read the comic because you don't have enough time:

-MAKE time. the comic is worth your time, I promise you.

If you haven't guessed already, I loved the crap out of it. Of course, I also read the comic before I saw it, thus enhancing my enjoyment.

Adieu.   read


3:55 PM on 02.01.2009

10 things you definitely didn't know about FLeet



1.My brother is Clockwork. Yes indeed, my brother is he. He's actually bigger in the picture than I am. I'm in the small window below his gigantic nose and eyes. He's pretty cool.



2.I'm scared that acting will get in the way of gaming. I don't think it's a huge concern and I do want to act for the rest of my life, most likely, but I'm scared that with all the shows I'll be going out for and all the extra work I'll be doing, it scares me that I might not have time for games at some point.

3.I'm a semi-completionist. Let me explain. I've suffered through some crappy games in my time (Bulletwitch for example....shudder) and even though I may not find any joy in playing the game, I need to at least beat it. And if there are collectibles in a game, I'll try to grab as many as I can in my first run through.

4. My first real system that my family owned was a Game Boy. I played the crap out of that thing. And I'm not talking about the Game Boy Pocket or anything like that, I'm talking about the Game Boy brick that took 4 Double A batteries and sucked power like no tomorrow. I would sit in my living room next to my giant window so I could actually see the screen and just sit and play. Sometimes me and my brother would sit in that room and just game. Not playing anything co-op, but just playing in our own separate worlds. It was loads of fun.

5. I couldn't play Warcraft II or III or Starcraft without cheats. It's a terrible confession. But my style of gameplay is to turtle like crazy and pump out as many units as possible. I couldn't do it fast enough against the computer, so I had to cheat. I think I had more fun cheating that I did when I played those games normally.

6. I love giant robots. It's a very odd turn on (not in the sexual way) of mine, but I love them. I drool over any game that I can play as a giant robot or a transformer of some kind. I think what first made me love them so bad was watching Robotech on old Cartoon Network. Varitech fighters were amazing to me and the fact that they could transform between forms made it even more awesome. I watched the crap out of Gundam Wing and I'm now currently watching Gundam Seed Destiny and loving every minute of it. I've also made it my life goal to obtain a copy of Robot Alchemic Drive. Google it. Watch gameplay. Love it, damn you, love it!

7. Earth Defense Force 2017 is a perfect game and I wouldn't change anything about it. 'Nuff said. I do believe that Colette and anyone else who plays the CRAP out of that game would agree with me.

8. I've pretty much looked the same way for the last 4 years. It's not fair, but it's fantastic. I have a high metabolism so I generally eat what I want and I strangely haven't aged physically since 18. It's friggin creepy. I've been 145 lbs, 5' 10", lanky but muscular built. I wouldn't have it any other way. I still don't care if I get carded at bars. I'm 22, what do I have to worry about?

9. If my brother didn't have a passion for games, I don't think my passion for them would be as strong. Yea, yea, brotherly love crap, but it's true. When me and my brother talk about games, it reaches a whole new level of meaning. We've always fought over who's playing what first, but in the end, just being there enjoying the game together makes it awesome.

10. I'm a very unique individual but caring about people is my main focus. Some people think it's strange when I want to know what's wrong or want to give them a hug for no particular reason. I can see where they're coming from, but they're way off. I care about every person that I meet. They have a life and a drive to live that nobody else can take from them. If a person is feeling like shit, I want to make them feel better. Whether or not they want that help is entirely up to them.   read


12:38 PM on 12.17.2008

(NVGR) Seriously, WTF?

first,
http://www.comcast.net/articles/news-general/20081217/New.York.Taxes/

That story is about the New York govenor wanting to put a tax on downloadable music, such as iTunes. He's calling it the "iPod tax." How original.

So, if this actually goes through, how many more pirates did he just create by being a naive bimbo?

Second,
http://www.comcast.net/articles/news-national/20081217/ODD.Hitler.Cake/

Really? You would name your child Adolf Hitler? Oh, forget the past, let's move on with our lives. There's a black president that wants change, so we must change and grow with him. Well guess what lady: FUCK OFF. You're just as dumb as the kid who's pleading the video game case, if not worse. You're a masochistic, hedonistic, pretentious little c*nt that believes in naming your child after a man who, from 1939 to 1945, was personally responsible for issuing orders that killed over 12.6 million people. REALLY?!? You hide your sick ways so well.

Also, having multicultural kids at your son's birthday party doesn't change the fact that your using them for what you want them to be: a cover. A tool to justify your sick perverted ways. You sicken me.

Also, I'm worse at World at War than i am at CoD 4. Why is that?   read


10:24 PM on 11.19.2008

(NVGR) It feels awesome to finally have a major

College is crazy. There's a crap ton of work to be done, homework to finish, people to meet, parties to go to, food to eat, and plenty of breststesses to stare at. But all of that is for naught if you don't have a direction.

I finally have my direction. As of November, 19, 2008, I am officially a student of Theatre at Illinois State University. It's taken me 4 years to finally figure out what I'm good at, and that has come to fruition.

I'll tell you right now, there's very few better feelings in the world than this. Other than, possibly, graduation.

To all of you who don't think you'll ever figure out what you want to do with your life: Stop freaking out. It's out there, whether you know it or not. And when you find it, go for it. Let nothing get in your way.

"A man chooses, a slave obeys." As of this moment, I am a MAN. I was also a man shortly after my bar mitzvah, but IT DOESN'T MATTER. I am definitely one NOW.

Cheers.   read


10:56 PM on 11.04.2008

I could care less if people flame... GO OBAMA! (NVGR)



LETS DO THIS.   read


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