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11:57 PM on 09.20.2010

My Birthday video

Hey guys!

This past weekend was a very special day, namely my BIRTHDAY! One of the benefits of being a community manager for a city group (especially one as big as SF) is that when I decide to have a birthday party, we have a FREAKING BIRTHDAY PARTY!

Anyway, I just wanted to share with you all a video of the way DtoidSF does birthday parties, shot and edited by Nick Hutchins. Check it out below!


Thanks to everyone for their birthday wishes! I love you all! <3 <3 <3   read

12:41 PM on 09.09.2010

Xzyliac's trip to PAX

Hey guys!

I'd thought I'd share with you all this photoblog of Xzyliac's PAX adventures on Sunday!

It started in the morning at the swanky Hyatt at Olive 8. Xzyliac was a tad hungover from the previous night but made sure to wake up in time to check out the show floor!

He decided to call up some friends to meet up, and he met Chad Concelmo in his hotel room ready to head out as well!

He had a huge all you can eat breakfast with Chad, Joshhest, and some other people to get enough energy for the day :D

He decided to check out some of the cool stuff on the show floor like Mortal Kombat....

.....this awesome Metroid Other M chalk drawing.....

....and the free play room where he got to play Shank!

He went out to dinner, where Ali D had set up a shrine in his honor,

and then went out to Rock Bottom where he met up with Dtoiders JohnnyViral, Qalamari, Funktastic, and awesome avatars such as GamesAsArt and Ryu89!

All in all, Xzyliac had a great time at PAX and misses you all so much!!   read

12:42 AM on 09.08.2010

PAX: My experience

Well, I'm seeing lots of these PAX recap blogs go up, and figured I might as well share my PAX experiences as well. Before I begin, I just have to say that if I forget to mention you its not that I dont love you! There was just SO MUCH WIN this past weekend that writing it all out would be ridiculous. So this will kinda be a highlights of PAX for me organized by day with things that just come to mind.


My flight out of SF wasnt until around 6pm, but I knew that I wouldnt be able to concentrate at work due to excitement, so I just decided to take the morning off to do errands that I needed to do. Every hour that counted down was insanity until I finally took off for the airport. On my flight was Guttlesswonder, @SamHouston, Dyson and his girl, and @jinkwell. We ended up chatting on the plane using the chat room on Virgin airlines while I watched Jersey Shore.

Already, this trip was win.

When we landed, I made my way to the hotel room, but I had to pass by Gameworks to get there. Sure enough Dtoid was there in full force and so I was dragged into the building, bags in hand to give hugs and high fives (and even make outs....thanks Halfie <3). After a quick jaunt to drop off my bags I returned to hang out with everyone. It was an awesome reunion night that I ended up getting pretty sloshed at. Looking back right now, I realized I got so drunk because I didnt even eat dinner! (Holy crap, seriously, I just noticed that. :P)

I finally got to meet n0brein!!!!! SO CUTE!

Funny enough, also at the bar that night were Justin Wong, Seltzer, AJ, and Jake from the WCG Ultimate Gamer show. I chatted them up a bit since we have mutual friends, and they were all really cool people! I even exchanged gamertags with Jake (I'm coming for you in SSF4 buddy!)

I honestly dont remember really leaving the bar or what happened, but eventually we ended up back at the hotel room where we proceeded to watch the greatest movie ever, The Room. Holy crap. Yes. This movie is incredible, I bought it off of Amazon Prime like an hour ago, and cant wait to incorporate it into my must watched viewing, along with Zombie Strippers and Black Dynamite.

My favorite scene


The day started with heading over to the PAX floor in the morning to scope out what was there. There were a couple of new games that I hadnt seen at E3, but for some reason there was nothing really epic that excited me. What did excite me was seeing all the Dtoiders walking around, such as running into my doppleganger Chad Concelmo. It was on this day that we made the epic plans that I will talk about a little later. Anyway, walking all over the show floor took most of the day and then we made plans for the night. Along with Bleach Boy, Joshhest, and The Astros, we headed over to the Capcom Dead Rising 2 party. It was pretty cool being there and we got a free T-shirt out of it, but we didnt stay for long. I headed back to E&C and found the community in an uproar over the service there. So after a little bit of community managing, the plans were set for people to hang out at Gameworks, at least until other plans were made. I heard most people ended up going to the Whisky Bar, but I had to excuse myself for another party.

The Astros showing off a sword at the Capcom party

At E3, I met a lot of the Frag Dolls, who are members of Ubisoft's marketing team. One girl in particular became my dancing partner for most of the parties there, and when she heard I was coming to PAX, quickly added me on the guest list. Their party was quite a while away from the convention center, at a place called Trinity Nightclub, but it was well worth it. We were treated to an open bar and tons of awesome songs to dance to. I hung out that night with Megu and most of my South Van Awesome family until I decided it was time to head back. I knew I had a busy day the next day and wanted to get some rest for the Dtoid panel.


It was the morning of the Dtoid Panel, and I woke up bright and early to make sure that things were taken care of helmet wise. I had been given the responsibility of organizing helmet duty on Saturday, so I wanted to make sure that Mikey, who was wearing the helmet during the panel, was all ready for it. The Dtoid Panel was one of the best yet, and it was a cool experience to be backstage before the panel as well as being recognized during the panel for PAX community managing awesomeness.

Yeah, I had a front row seat for that....*shudder*

Directly after the panel, I started walking around the show floor acting as a handler for Joshhest, Bleach Boy, and Crimeminister as they wore the helmet. We danced on the Just Dance stage, took pictures with Mega 64 and Alex from the Totally Rad Show and were basically amazing. My highlight however was stopping by the Capcom booth and jumping on the live stream with Seth Killian. He interviewed me asking about what games at PAX I enjoyed, and ribbed me for not inviting him to the Dtoid parties. I pimped Dtoid on the stream and did a pretty good job on camera (I thought).

Only afterwards did it sink in that Seth Killian had basically interviewed me as a representative for Dtoid and made me realize how far I've come along both in this community and in the gaming industry.

I passed along the helmet duties to the other people who volunteered to help out (thanks guys!) because I had a play date. The day before, I made plans to pop my Showgirls cherry and watch it with Chad. To say that this was a highlight of PAX would be an understatement. Its no secret that Chad is one of my favorite people who has ever existed and it was awesome watching this amazingly bad movie with him. Sadly we didnt have enough time to finish it the first day due to other plans, but we just treated it like the epic Harry Potter 7th movie and decided to watch it in two parts.

Chad, posing with Xzyliac

We then decided to head over to the first Dtoid party I helped organize, which was the meetup at Chapel Bar. This bar was incredible. I didnt like the long wait to drink later in the night, but I LOVED the atmosphere. Since this place was an old church transformed into a bar, it had a very cool look to it. In the beginning of the night, we took over the "choir loft" area of the bar, and then later moved to the outside. Eventually, and unexpectedly, the lights turned down, and dance music started.


Later on in the night, a few of us, including DJDuffy, Changston, and Solgrim decided to head to R Place, which was a near by gay club. That place was pretty cool, but I left pretty quickly after due to being so tired!

Oh yeah! We ended up falling asleep to Step Up 2 the Streets on Blu-ray!


It was the last day of PAX, and I swore I would take the time to play games I hadnt had a chance to play. Instead I found that I hated waiting in lines, so I ended up just going to the free play area and playing SSF4 and Mario Kart for most of the day. The day came and went, but I was mostly looking forward to the meetup at Rock Bottom anyway. This was another event that I had planned, and it seemed to go off without a hitch. In fact, the service felt bad that they took so long getting the food to us, but they were very accommodating and nice! It was here that I took it all in and got all teary-eyed, nay, even cried a bit. Walking around and talking to everyone, seeing people like the Raskulls team, and Capcom guys there, and community gathered together like a family is always awesome, but it struck a special place in my heart knowing I helped put this together. Because of this, when it was time to thank the guys who volunteered to wear the helmet, and Hamza pulled me aside and said, "Its your show", I couldnt have been prouder. That moment, giving what Diverse called the "farewell speech" to everyone was one of the happiest and proudest moments in recent memory.

Obligatory hang outside of the bar on Sunday pic

Its hard to end on this note other than to say that I'm sorry to those of you that I didnt get to spend that much time with this PAX. There were times when I had to even tell some of you that I couldnt hang out right now, cause I was really busy. So please forgive me for that. But I do have to say that although this was a different PAX experience for me, it was most definitely a very rewarding experience as well, and reading all the recap blogs talking about how much fun everyone had at the Saturday and Sunday events rewards me a little bit more.

Anyway, it was a blast and I love you all! Much love to everyone for being my family.

<3   read

7:41 PM on 08.28.2010

Fifth Dtoid Communicast questions post!

If you dont ask questions, we are going to have a Situation.

Hey guys!

I've been asked my Spencer to put up a questions post for the next episode of The Dtoid Communicast, so here it is! Ask us whatever you want in the comments below and we will be sure to answer them!

The cast this week will bring some new community members into the fold, and have some old cast members returning to share more stories! The cast list is:

Dinosaur "I'd like anchovies on that" Pizza
Dimmu "name like a southern beau" Jed
Mudd "Bastard" Bstrd

And a MYSTERY GUEST!!! ( Could it be Tactix? or someone else?)

So ask your questions and tune in for the show later this week!   read

8:34 PM on 07.18.2010

CA Extreme footage

Hey guys!

This weekend, in Santa Clara, an event California Extreme took place in which arcade enthusiasts from across the Bay Area brought in their pinball machines and arcade cabinets for everyone to enjoy. Sort of like a mini PAX, you could get a two day pass which allowed you to play games in their main room for as long as you wanted!

There were many different types of arcade games there, from the older games such as Doubles Pong, to more recent games, like Silent Scope and Super Street Fighter 4. There were lots of interesting games that I had never seen, and some that I only had heard of, but never got a chance to experience until now (Toobin' )!!!

Anyway, I took some video of the event, and as some video editing practice, I've put it here for you all to enjoy! I had a great time at this event, and hopefully I'll get to go again next year!



There was a game called Shark.

Amazing.   read

2:38 AM on 03.16.2010

Happy Birthday Destructoid and Niero!!



One of my favorite Mr. Destructoid pics

It really is uncanny thinking about how long I've been on this site, and what Destructoid and the crew have done for me. This past year on Dtoid has been one of the best of my life, and totally encouraged me to be more involved. Ever since the first community gathering that I went to, I fell in love with everyone who I have met through the site. And I've made friends, TONS of friends, who feel more like family that anything else.

People I travel across the state to see for New Years...people who travel hours to come party with me when I visit New Orleans...people I've laughed with online watching bad movies... people who call me on my birthday from New Zealand.

This site is truly something special. I have such a busy work schedule as a graduate student, but being able to help organize DtoidSF stuff really helps maintain my sanity with all the chemistry I'm learning, and for that I'm thankful to Destructoid for letting me do that :D.

My first PAX and when I met Niero for the first time

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NIERO! truly are an outstanding guy. You are such a warm, welcoming person whom I love hanging around with. Now that I've had the chance to get to know you more, you've gone from someone I used to idolize to someone who's a really good friend and family member. This weekend, when we were playing Rock Band, you jokingly said that I was "your hero". Well, that's funny, cause you were my hero first, buddy :D

Following your dream to where it is today is something that many people can only wish they can achieve. And I just have to thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for letting me feel a small part of it :D

Destructoid has truly changed my life. And there are no words for me to thank you enough for what you have given me. You can never have enough family, and thanks to this site, having enough family is not something I have to worry about.

Much love,

Tactix   read

6:16 PM on 02.10.2010

Happy Birthday Jonathan Ross!

Today is a special day, cause everyone's favorite wine-drinking, Survivor-loving, Blanka-playing editor is one year older!

So, here's to Jonathan Ross, also known as Aerox! Thanks for all the Fanboy Fridays and for being an amazing person!

I especially want to thank you for being so accommodating and letting me crash at your place anytime I want to visit the most wonderful people of DtoidLA. If it weren't for you, I probably would never have slid down a humongous slide, been tricked on going on Colossus, and had a blast in West Hollywood :D

Here are some pics just for JRo! Everyone enjoy, and wish Jonathan a Happy Birthday!!


12:45 PM on 02.06.2010

Snooki Saturday! [NVGR]

f you aren't aware of the wonder that is Jersey Shore, you should be. This show has it all, drunken parties, fights, and duck phones. But above all, this show has one of the greatest people on the face of the earth, the queen of the guidettes herself, Snooki.

In honor of the second season of Jersey Shore, which means a return of Snooki to our TV screens. To honor this occasion I present to you an offshoot of Tyra Tuesday...


Watch as she answers the duck phone!

Watch as she eats a pickle!

Watch as Snooki prepares for the red carpet!

Watch as she gives the weather forecast!

Snooki also has great words of wisdom for you all....

"When I woke up I was like what did I do last night? Like what did I do? I fucked up... story of my life."

"I tried to eat but I couldn't get it in my freakin' mouth 'cause I'm disabled."

"I hate guys. Iím turning lesbian. I swear."   read

8:29 PM on 01.23.2010

I win Dtoid Secret Santa. The end.

There have been many epic gifts presented to members of the community thanks to the Dtoid Secret Santa organized by Cataract. Its cool to see how generous we are to each other and just shows how Destructoid is unlike any other gaming community on the internet.

And while I would hate to make this a pissing contest about who got the best gift, I'm going to....because my gift is the greatest gift ever received.


I was at work when my boss called and said there was a poster tube in his mailbox downstairs. I was surprised cause I hadn't ordered anything recently. I went down to check out what it was and who it was from, when I read a familiar name. Andy Butler. Gandysampras.

I was elated to find that he had drawn my name, since its no secret I think he is a very very adorable man. What could he possibly get me that would fit in a poster tube? A poster, perhaps?

And it is with great jubilation that I present to you, the greatest Dtoid secret santa gift in history.

Yes. That is Corican, Gandysampras, and Nobrein, in a very sexy picture taken just for ME. If we werent oceans apart, I would most definitely make sweet passionate love to all three of you, individually, or together....your choice.

This poster is now affixed on my ceiling, so you can be the first thing I see in the morning, and the last thing I see before I sleep.

THANK YOU SO MUCH to Gandy, Corican, Nobrein for posing so seductively, Halfleft for taking the picture, and Hollie for lending your room (and I'm so jealous of you for being there BTW).

MUCH LOVE! <3 <3 <3 <3   read

1:07 PM on 12.11.2009

Internet famous for 5 seconds! [Shortblog]

This Wednesday, DtoidSF had a chance to go to Umloud, a Child's Play Charity Event. While a proper recap blog is coming soon (with pictures!), I just had to share this...

I'm internet famous on Gamepro for 5 seconds!

Check the 0:27 mark to see me rocking a high note in the Dtoid shirt, as well as Stella Wong and ErbilT jamming it out on bass and guitar! (Ben PerLee is there on drums! I swear!)


:D   read

2:20 PM on 11.03.2009

Dtoid Community Discusses pt 19: Digital Distribution

Its been too long since I last did one of these. I want to go into detail with how busy I've been with work and stuff like that, but if I did that, every single of these posts would have the same introduction.

BLAH BLAH I'm busy BLAH BLAH I'll be better about posting more often BLAH

So I'll just stop there.

Welcome back to another edition of Dtoid Community Discusses (DCD)! If you are new to this concept, the idea is that I choose a topic related to gaming and then ask community members to discuss this topic in a roundtable format moderating along the way. After about a week or so of enthralling email discussion, I take the nuggets of gold, edit slightly for grammar (never content :P) and post it up here with pretty pictures!

I'm really stoked that I'm at part 19. Thats a lot of discussion! Soon, DCD will be old enough to buy liquor without the need of a fake ID! <3

I apologize...I just realized how scrappy I am tonight. I'll just cut to the chase. This edition of DCD focuses on digital distribution. There have been loads of stories covering the future of digital distribution ever since the PSPGo was released. I was curious to find out what some of our community members thought of this, so our panel this week consists of Joshhest, Gatsby, and Kauza! Here is the prompt as presented to them:

Digital distribution

""With the launch of the PSPGo, a lot of thought has been given towards the concept of digital distribution of videogames. Basically, from many critics' ideas, PSPGo is doing it completely wrong. The launch of a system which focuses solely on digital distribution as a means of releasing games seems to be having some of problems being accepted by gamers in general.

So my main question: is digital distribution the way of the future? What is holding it back from being more popular for gaming as opposed to, say, the iTunes model of buying songs? When has digital distribution been successful? (Steam?)"

Read on to find out what they had to say!


I think a main problem right now with digital distribution on the PSP Go is a lack of choice on the part of the consumer. Originally, a long time ago, it was thought that Sony would be pushing digital distribution for the PSP2, which would have been a brand new console. It sounded like a decent idea. Then even after the PSP Go was introduced, people figured "Oh, I'll be able to play all of my old games because of license transfers." But neither of these options exist now. It's either "buy the PSP Go and abandon your existing library" or "Don't buy the PSP Go at all." I suppose you could own both, but what's the point?

I don't think Sony's totally failing here, and I don't think a push toward digital distribution on a handheld is a totally terrible idea. But any consumer will feel discouraged when purchasing choices are taken away. The iPhone, for instance, never had physical games, so there are no false expectations. But the PSP Go, since it is not an entirely new product, has to carry all the baggage from the original PSP, and that includes what gamers have come to expect from it. If some gamers have come to expect the ability to play their existing libraries, they're understandably going to be upset when the new version of the console takes it away. That was Sony's main failure on the console side, but aside from a lack of certain games, I'm pretty happy with the actual games side of PSN's PSP offerings...only I'm enjoying them on my good ol' PSP-3000, and I have no plans to change this.


I don't think that the main issue is lack of choice, but lack of demand rather. While I'm not going to pretend to know the perfect statistics behind everything, I can say with confidence that most people will not opt to buy something through digital distribution when hard copies are readily available. For me, the strengths of digital distribution doesnít entail the ability to get all the latest and greatest titles downloaded. The difference between downloading a game on Steam Day 1 versus driving to Gamestop to buy it is pretty minimal for me.

I feel that the two main services that Digital Distribution is good for right now are, making out-of-production games available for sale again and allowing indie Game Devs the ability to get their games out to the general public. The popularity of games like Braid or even Run Man would be totally impossible in a generation without digital distribution. Knowing what a classic Braid has become, think of all the possible games we may have missed out on last gen or the gen before that due to the inability for indie Game Devs to really get their product out to anyone.

There'll be a time when Digital Distribution can start to rival the popularity of hard copies, but that time isn't now. There's still a pretty large demand for hard copies and there's been a trend of retailers not supporting the PSP-GO because it's existence is counterproductive to their own. And on top of that, I think Digital Distribution is about convenience. There's nothing that's convenient about a system that limits current options, doesn't offer anything knew, and costs two hundred and fifty fucking dollars. Like usual, Sony seems to be catering to a market that doesn't seem to exist.


I realized the other day when Direct2Drive (which I usually hate) was running a massive anniversary sale that I am much more likely to make impulse buys through a digital marketplace than when I hit up the local GameStop.

Not entirely sure why, but I would guess that it has something to do with me not letting my brain have enough time to actually go through the decision-making math that normally runs when I'm trying to weigh costs versus my benefits for a given game...

This may be silly, but the real value of digital distribution to the market as a whole is that it can make games really cheap in certain cases, so the premium you normally place on getting box, DVD, etc. can be brushed aside by the OHMYGODONLYFIVEDOLLARS part of the brain.

But then again I still love looking at CD art, so physical media still has some life left in it. Especially for the hardcore who really love games for their inherent game-ness and just don't want to give it up. Maybe soon Special Edition will mean "with instruction book and DVD".

You can't beat the fresh smell of a new instruction manual :D


I wonder what you guys think about the flipside of the coin. When Street Fighter 4 came out, there was quickly talk about the possibility of new kinds of DLC. Sure there were costume options, but for the longest time, it seemed that people expected the characters of Dee Jay and T Hawk to be DLC characters. However, when Capcom announced that it would be a separate disc with lots of new options, some (not all) people cried foul, saying this should have been digitally distributed.

What do you think about Capcom's decision to NOT distribute the new characters and all digitally, but to bring about a second disc?


I have a little bit of trouble with this example because many of us (myself included) saw it coming. From the very beginning, I had an inkling there would be a "Street Fighter IV Hyper Championship Edition SE" and no new-fangled DLC was going to get in Capcom's way if they wanted to toss a whole new disc into the wild.

In a lot of ways I actually appreciate not being nickeled-and-dimed to death on this: I picture myself hugely pissed about spending $5 in Microsoft Moon Money just to buy T-Hawk or Dee Jay. Instead, I look at it as a reasonable value from a company whose business model is to bring out multiple, incremental versions of what is really the same base game.

Let Capcom be Capcom!


Yeah, I subscribe to the idea that companies, Capcom included, should do what they want to do, even if it seems blatantly stupid to us (I don't feel that's the case here). To me, it'll eventually lead to a sense of balance in what companies can and can't do with digital distribution. If Capcom wants to do a new disc, they can certainly try it, and if it fails miserably, the company and other companies will learn that they can't do that sort of thing and expect players to let them get away with it. If it does turn out to be what people want, then everyone gets to be happy.

It's similar in some ways to Horse Armor or the Bandai/Namco DLC, which quickly become industry jokes about just how bad digital content distribution can be. While the latter doesn't seem to learn from any of its mistakes, I think other companies have. It's a process that the industry needs to go through: experiment with digital distribution vs. traditional distribution to find a model that is most beneficial to the consumer and the company alike, and the great thing is that we players don't assume the risk. If a company does something stupid, we cry foul by passing on a product.

I think all we can do is continue to take a critical look at things like Super Street Fighter 4, Halo 3: ODST, downloadable episodic content, and so on before making our purchases. Personally, I'll remain indifferent to Capcom's decision until I see just what they offer, and at that point, it'll be easier to decide whether it was a decision that other companies should admire or avoid.


Well, that brings up an interesting point. Is it really profitable for companies to employ digital distribution at this point? There are a lot of things to consider. First off, let's say that Street Fighter went along and decided to distribute each of their characters digitally. If you're a person like me, and only play characters based on how they look, then here's what you're going to do. You're going to say "Well, Juri looks awesome, but I pretty much have zero interest in T Hawk and Dee Jay, so I'm only going to buy Juri." So overall, they may have put work into three different characters, only to have people pick and choose as to which parts of their work are paid for. To a developer, I could see why that type of situation doesn't appeal to them. They're creating a lot of new content, and they want you to help fund ALL of it.

And then there's another thing to consider. Does every single person who bought Street Fighter 4 own a credit card? Street Fighter is rated T for teen, which means that there'll likely be people who can legally buy Super Street Fighter IV in stores, but might not be old enough to buy characters online with their own credit or debit card. If they go a digital only route, they're limiting the amount of people who can buy it. On the other hand, anybody can get cash and waltz into their local Gamestop or Walmart and buy it.

It's interesting to note how games that generally have more Mature ratings tend to shift towards digital distribution first off. Look at Dragon Age and Mass Effect. Has any of Mass Effects DLC ever been sold separately in physical form? Is any of Dragon Age's DLC being sold in physical form? Nope, because there's pretty much no reason why anybody old enough to buy these games shouldn't have access to AT LEAST a debit card.

Horse Armor. Lulz.


I don't know if the credit card thing is a main factor in that decision, but it's definitely interesting to think about. I imagine that most parents would probably be hesitant to connect their own credit cards to an Xbox account. But I imagine that for younger kids, DLC isn't even a thought in their minds. And I do think that digital distribution is pretty profitable, if only for the savings in manufacturing costs. Of course, I don't have figures in front of me to support that; it just seems like it would make sense.

I guess it's just up to companies to see what works, but I think a great product is going to sell no matter what. If you've got some great expansion that no one can live without, I really don't care whether it's put out in physical format, digital downloads, or both. The way things are going, it seems to me that employing both is going to be the safest option. I think some people are going to get pissed no matter what some companies do, but that can be minimized by offering as many options as monetarily possible.


And with that, so ends another edition of Dtoid Community discusses. I hope you enjoyed your time with reading this blog! If you'd like to get involved with a future Dtoid Community Discusses, send me a PM here on dtoid, or find me on IRC so we can exchange emails.

Tune in sometime for my 20th DCD posts in the near future! Later!   read

1:18 PM on 09.09.2009

Team Fedora

I promised I'd do something with the Team Fedora pics, so here it is! I totally learned how to use iMovie, and made a youtube video!

Watch below!


Music: "These are the Days" by Jaime Cullum   read

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