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1:58 PM on 11.16.2010

I finally <3 my PS3

I never really felt like I had a good reason to boot up my PS3. Playing Disc Golf in Sports Champions w/ Move has given me that reason. I wish this was a full retail game.   read

8:50 PM on 04.12.2009

Gaming Bed 2.0

I am proud to announce that Gaming Bed 2.0 is complete!

It started as a dream... a dream where I was able to play all of my video games from bed in both comfort and style.

As you can see, there are only input and output devices at the desk. I wanted to avoid a bunch of noisy computers/consoles near my bed. All of the toys are in an opposite corner, with all wires running through a conduit under my window.

Everything is running analog audio into a mixer at my desk. This allows me to control the volume of each channel individually. The audio all runs into a Bose speaker system with simulated surround sound, with the speakers built into my bed. There is also a master audio control on the ledge of my bed.

Oh and yes, that second monitor is on a 3 foot swing arm and moves over my bed (and tilts down) for easy viewing. The swing arm does not need to be tightened when it is moved. I simply position the 22" Samsung LCD where I want it and it stays there. In case you were wondering, the other monitor is a 19" Westinghouse.

Here are where the toys are. I have a PS3 and 360 hooked up in the shelving unit, with my PC (Windows 7) off to the side. I ran a CAT 6 cable through my ceiling and wall and into a compartment under my PS3 where it meets my router. Proudly, my entire network is gigabit. No visible wires! :)

These next pictures didn't turn out well, but it gives you an idea of how it looks from the bed. The LCD is a little crooked in this picture, but that's easy enough to fix by grabbing the LCD on each side and rotating it.

The light can be turned off via remote control. I think I'm going to go lay in bed and do some gaming. Goodnight!!!


7:37 PM on 01.01.2009

Most ironic gaming moment of 2009

While playing Call of Duty World at War with Nino, I realized something a little ironic about our scores on the world leaderboards.

Then it got even creepier...

I know what you're thinking: There was no way.



[Editors note: The use of the word "ironic" in this cblog is not the literal meaning of the word, but rather a product of 90's pop culture and slang.]   read

6:58 PM on 06.30.2008

PS3: Welcome to Acceptable


No matter what side of the fence you are on, put your fanboyism aside and enjoy this look back at the beginning of the the downward spiral for Sony and the PS3.

You've come a long way, Sony. Keep it up!   read

10:44 PM on 06.25.2008

The PS3 will not have a 10 year lifespan

At least, not in the way some people seem to think.

Sony stated that the PS3 would have a 10 year lifespan at the peak of their PR bullshit-a-thon.

Yes, the PS3 will still be on the market in 2016.

Yes, you should expect the next Playstation console on the market at or before 2012.

Yes, people will continue to buy the PS3 after the launch of the new console, but all of us reading this will have our eyes on the next Playstation by then.

Yes, the PS3 will continue to get better and better.

Yes, Topher is all pimp and shit.   read

11:25 AM on 06.22.2008

How MGS4 stacks up against other games this generation

The release of Metal Gear Solid 4 has spawned a lot of questions, such as whether MGS4 will be GOTY, or whether or not MGS4 is a reason to buy a PS3. I decided to do some digging, so I jumped over to Metacritic to read up on MGS4. I found that MGS4 had been given a LOT of perfect scores, and has grabbed a lot of reviewers by the nuts. Then I wondered how many perfect scores GTA4 got. Then Halo 3. Pretty soon, I had collected muchos stats about perfect scores given this generation, and I thought it was worth a cblog.

I compiled a list of all PS3 and 360 games on Metacritic which received five or more perfect scores. Here is that list...

1) Grand Theft Auto IV (360) - 46
2) Grand Theft Auto IV (PS3) - 36
3) Bioshock (360) - 33
4) Halo 3 (360) - 20
5) Metal Gear Solid 4 (PS3) = 20
6) Gears of War (360) = 19
7) Orange Box (360) = 18
8) Elder Scrolls: Oblivion (360) = 18
9) Call of Duty 4 (360) = 14
10) Call of Duty 4 (PS3) = 11
11) Mass Effect (360) = 11
12) Rock Band (360) = 10
13) Guitar Hero 2 (360) = 9
14) Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destructoin (PS3) = 7
15) Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter (360) = 6

I know what you are wondering. Where are some of the PS3 games like Orange Box, Oblivion, Rock Band and Uncharted? They all failed to produce five or more perfect scores. Orange Box (PS3) had 3 perfect scores, Oblivion (PS3) had 3 perfect scores, Rock Band (PS3) had 3 perfect scores, and Uncharted (PS3) had 2 perfect scores. All this does is help show that, so far, multiplatform games (for the most part) are getting better scores on the 360.

So how does that break down per console?

GTA4 - 46
Bioshock - 33
Halo 3 - 20
Gears of War - 19
Orange Box - 18
Oblivion - 18
COD4 - 14
Mass Effect - 11
Rock Band - 10
Guitar Hero 2 - 9
GRAW - 6
TOTAL = 204

GTA4 - 36
MGS4 - 20
COD4 - 11
Ratchet & Clank - 7
TOTAL = 74

I think it is safe to say that MGS4 is the "Gears of War" of the PS3. Both games received around 20 perfect scores and both games were 3rd party titles that went exclusive (at least for now). Since MGS4 was published by Konami, a 3rd party publisher, it seems very reasonable to think that we may see MGS4 on the 360 in the future. However, since Gears of War is published by Microsoft Game Studios, I wouldn't go holding your breath for a Gears PS3 release.

What do you all think? Is this proof that games are better on the 360? Do you think MGS4 should have more perfect scores? Is CTZ the sexiest man alive? What does this all mean?   read

1:45 PM on 04.05.2008

MUST READ: Destructoid Reaches Out to the Deaf Community

We don't discriminate here at Destructoid... ever. That is why I've decided to reach out to the deaf community with this video.

[embed]79968:10015[/embed]   read

8:20 PM on 04.03.2008

I'm the #3 Rick Roll on the Internets

Ron Workman informed me today that I'm the #3 Rick Roll on the innertrons.

See for yourself

I Rick Rolled Cliffy B with that video.

In case you didn't know, I like to Rick Roll (I'm assuming it's no surprise at this point so I'm putting my penis and testicles on the table)...





I also was the brains behind the Rick Roll in the Dtoid Rap song, but the head community members like Snaileb and Tazar convinced me to "Chocolate Rain" them instead...



2:43 PM on 02.28.2008

Throat Singtoid

When I heard that Charlie Suh was an accomplished throat singer, I became awfully excited because I, too, dabble in some throat singing myself.

Please listen to one of my more recent songs and let me know if I have a future in this or not.

[embed]72775:8569[/embed]   read

9:27 AM on 12.25.2007

Destructoid Exclusive: Phoenix Wright Promotes Sex With Children!

Nintendo DS and Capcom teamed up to promote pedophilia when Phoenix Wright: Trials and Tribulations was released.

This discovery was made by Joe Burling on Christmas morning. While trouncing through the trial of Luke Atmey, a mysterious voice accused the judge of sticking his penis in young child.

Nintendo and Capcom declined to comment on the story. Now, only one question remains...

WHY PENIS WHY?!?!   read

8:34 AM on 12.08.2007



10:10 PM on 12.03.2007

Ron Workman gets 38.7 out of 10?

OK, so I am browsing and I see Ron's Kain and Lynch review as one of the featured vids. Now, we all (most of us) knew that Ron's vid was a featured vid and linked on the front page, but what took me by surprise was that the video is currently rated a 38.7 out of 10.

I'm not the only one who found this strange (or ironic). Just check out the comments on his video.

Is this a clever ploy that Ron thought up and is giggling about at his computer now? Did the terrorists finally break through the firewalls? Did Snaileb divide by zero? Is this the result of NamelessTed's worthlessness? Only Justin Timberlake knows for sure.   read

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