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8:29 AM on 06.10.2011

PC FNF League of Legends

Round 2.

Though technically it should be round 1 since last week we got off to a slow start due to an emergency I had to attend to. This week's LoLFNF will be held at 10PM EST until 1AM EST. If you are interested in playing leave your summoner name in the comments and be online a little before 10PM so that we can set things up.

How this will work is very simple, anyone is eligible to join as long as the spots aren't filled, we will be playing custom games so that we can have an all DTOID game without any pubs. We will balance the teams as well as we can and we will rotate people so that everyone can play.

To help facilitate this whole deal I stared a chat channel on the LoL client, just join the channel DTOID FNF.

Now to those of you unfamiliar with League of Legends I recommend 3 things.

1) Watch this video

2) Visit

3) Read my Cblog about it

If you are new to the game please use this referral link, it gets me things if you sign up.

Hope to see you guys there.   read

12:06 PM on 06.02.2011

A New FNF Appears!

Fellow DTOIDers! As you know many members of our community get together Friday nights and play games. Well this upcoming Friday June 3rd, I will be hosting a new FNF which I hope to get into the regular rotation. Its a game you've heard and read about from most of the 321GoCast crew and other DTOIDers including Maurice Tan (AKA Prof. Pew). I present to you the first ever League of Legends Friday Night Fight.

Now to those of you unfamiliar with League of Legends I recommend 3 things.

1) Watch this video

2) Visit

3) Read my Cblog about it

How this will work is very simple, anyone is eligible to join as long as the spots aren't filled, we will be playing custom games so that we can have an all DTOID game without any pubs, and we will probably be using a big skype call to communicate with each other. Though team chat may have to be in game to discourage cheating. We will balance the teams as well as we can and we will rotate people so that everyone can play.

Games will be starting at 9PM EST.

If you are interested leave your summoner name in the comments and add me on Skype (Johnny.Viral).
If you are new to the game please use this referral link, it gets me things if you sign up.

Hope to see you guys there.   read

4:06 PM on 04.13.2011

We Are Destructoid: Unsung Heroes

[Hey gang! Last week, I challenged some community members to tell us why Destructoid's community is so important to them. Don't let them be the only ones! Tell us how you feel in your own blog. -- Kauza]

Destructoid CBlogs, the place where you can come and express your opinion on most anything, movies, anime, games, and life, whatever reallyÖ well within reason. Many of the staff got their start on the CBlogs, and thatís one of the things that make DTOID so awesome, they pull talent from the community and give them jobs. And now they have done it again with Andrew Kauz.

Everyone has had their own experience here on the CBlogs, for me my experience is a bit limited since I donít write that many CBlogs and read them only once or so a day. Im more of a podcast guy, we use the CBlogs to advertise the show, get comments and interact with the listeners, and my personal CBlog series is under hiatus for months at a time. So when I was asked to help our new Big Boss Andrew Kauz with this We are Detructoid series, I decided I would focus on the people who bravely read through and colmb through all the blogs on a given day (in a timely manner) and then put it in a nice little organized package so the rest of us can read them. Im talking about the CBlog Recappers, those wonderful people who take time out of their busy days and put the blogs of that day on a silver platter for all of us to enjoy.

Currently the line up of Recappers goes as follows.

Mondays -Qalamari
Tuesdays - Funktastic
Wednesdays - ScottyG
Thursdays - megaStryke (Tony Ponce)
Fridays - GamesAreArt
Weekends - SilverDragon1979

So since my buddy Scotty is going to recap this one Iíll give him a quick shout out first.
Hey Scotty!

The Recappers go through everyday into the CBlogs, read through as much of a blog as possible and then mark them down in easy to understand categories.

First is
(Blank)isms Ė Is the segements of the Recap blog where the recapper gets to say whats on their mind, like their own mini CBlog. They might expose you to what they have been doing, a game they are playing, a movie they watched, whatever. Its always pretty cool to read this segment so you can get an insight into what the recapper is thinking that week.

TopSauce Ė The best segment on the recaps, the one with all the awesome that is the CBlogs. If your blog makes it here, you sir or madam are damn amazing. Here go Cblogs of exceptional quality, CBlogs you want others to read, CBlogs you want to hang out with, make sweet sweet love toÖ ok maybe not go that far but, you get my drift.

WORDtoid Ė This is the segment I am most featured in since it is all about writing. Articles by community members, some community members have their own blog series, this segment houses the recapped monthly musings and the one type of blog closes to my heart, podcasts are stored here. (Not so stealthy ďGo listen to 321GOCastĒ bump)

CONTEStoid Ė In this segment you can find out about unofficial contests being sponsored by Destructoid community members. I actually have a story about this segment, involving the new boss man himself. Through this segment I was able to learn about Andrew Kauzaís (then just Kauza on the CBlogs) Fallout 3 Weapon Design contest, which would net you a mystery gift if you won it. I thought it was a fun idea and since I absolutely love Fallout 3, I decided to enter. The entries were damn funny, some a bit perverted, and some even could actually work if the game let you. I had the good fortune of winning and Kauza sent me an amazing gift package including a game I was actually thinking of purchasing (Silent Hill: Homecoming). So this segment has been very useful to me, maybe you might get lucky too.

CommuniTOID Ė This is what DTOID is all about, the community. In this segment the recappers put up any CBlog that includes the community, be it events, the Friday Night Fights blogs, stories, introductions, people showing their gaming setups, etc. Itís a fun way to look at what Dtoiders around the world are up to.

GAMEtoidĖ All about the vidya, about what has brought us to DTOID and what brings us all together. Reviews, previews, thoughts, rants, deals, news and videos about games posted by the community are recapped here. So if youíve got a guide, a review, or just a video of something you did in a game, post it up, itíll be up here.

CULTUREtoid Ė In this segment the recappers give us some culture. They educate us on CBlogs that make us better people, expose us to art, movies, music, and books, be they game related or not the CULTUREtoid segment will serve you up a big pile of culture, whether you like it or not. Also, if you have any cool swag you picked up at a convention, a press event, a pre-release, and you blog about it, it will show up here too.

OTHERtoid Ė Anything and everything goes here. Itís the miscellaneous segment. Funny stuff usually gets posted up here.

FAILtoid Ė Pretty self explanatory. The lowest of the low, the worst of the worst, one sentence blogs, spam, badly written blogs, etc. This segment is pretty much the ďWhat not to do on the CBlogsĒ segment. If you check out these blogs, be forewarned you will be witness to the Fail.

But Johnny this blog really doesnít do anything but tell me about the recaps, when are you gonna say something interesting or uplifting about the CBlogs?

Okay, It may be true that this blog is basically a guide to the recaps. But think about it, did you ever actually think about the recaps and the recappers? They deserve your respect, they deserve more than your respect, they deserve that you read the recaps, their blogs that you put some effort in to your blogs. That is all they ask, all they ask is that when you decide to write a CBlog here on Destructoid, you do it because you want to, that you take your time, don't rush it, write out your thoughts, don't just type random crap that doesn't make sense, they deserve that much of your respect, and so does the rest of the community who will read your blog. These guys go through every CBlog, let me repeat that EVERY CBlog for that day and tell you about them. They dig through the shit, through the spam, through the bad stuff, to bring you CBlogs worthy of reading. And like most people on the DTOID community, the guys behind recaps are some amazing dudes. Just look at those beautiful bastards up there, look at em, and tell me you donít want to hang out with these guys. When people ask who should be in the DTOID comic next (whenever it comes back) these guys deserve it more than anyone. They are our unsung heroes, our hidden guides through the wonderful world of DTOID. If the CBlogs were a Disney ride, these guys would be our magical fairy guides. Without these guys, the CBlogs would be a confusing ass place, a cluster fuck of ideas, rants, reviews, etc. So when you're done reading this, send the recappers a message, an email and thank them, thank them for the daily service they provide the DTOID community, a service they provide freely and willingly, because like so many of us, they love this site and its community. They are the unsung heroes of the Destructoid community.   read

2:29 PM on 04.07.2011

In A Viral Minute #9: The Zen of Tanking

If you have been listening to 321GoCast for a while, you know that the cast plays this little game called League of Legends. And no we wont stop talking about it. For those of you unaware League of Legends is a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena game inspired by the Defense of the Ancients (DotA) map for Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne developed and published by Riot Games. Riot Games was formed by the two guys responsible for the DoTA Allstars version of DoTA. Here is a pretty good explanation of gameplay basiscs.

There are 72 Champions as of March 22, 2011

Okay now that that intro is done, lets get down to business. League of Legends has 72 champions as of this moment, each with their abilities, draw backs and strategies. But you can easily put them into basic categories, Tanks, Damagers, Assassins, Mages, Brawlers, etc. The categories are self explanatory I think so I wont go too in depth in to them. Damagers basically melt people's faces off quickly with heavy amounts of attack damage, Mages do the same with heavy amounts of magic damage, Assassins kill people quickly, Brawlers are champions who do consistent damage and have the survivability to stay in fights longer than most other champions. This brings me to Tanks, the whole reason I'm writing this cblog.

In many online games there exists the Tank class, MMOs have the clearer definition of tanks since when someone chooses the warrior class for that game they can usually do one of two things, tank or do damage. Other games like Monday Night Combat include a class specifically called the Tank, he serves a similar purpose to the more straightforward MMO style tank, but he can also deal a lot of damage. Even single player games have tanks, in most RPGs there is always that one character that people designate as the one that will take more damage that will survive regardless of whats thrown at them, Dragon Age, Final Fantasy, Super Mario RPG, etc. Also you know Dungeons and Dragons and the pen and paper stuff have tanks, but that was a given really.

So what is Tanking? Tanking is the practice in games where a character or a player is designated as the lovingly nicknamed "meat-shield" because, well they take as much damage as possible so you don't have to. Tanks in most games are easy to spot, lots of armor, beefy looking, carries a shield, etc. But in League of Legends tanks come in a few surprising packages, not everyone who carries a shield is a tank. According to RIOT games in a recent panel at PAX East, their design philosophy focuses on players being able to identify what champions do, more or less, by just looking at them. Unfortunately this sometimes doesnt happen.

This is Shen, The Eye of Twilight, my personal favorite champion and my main. Shen is a ninja of the Kinkou Order based in the city-state of Ionia, not going into too much of the lore here though so lets move on. Now when you look at Shen, what is your first reaction, what is your gut feeling tell you about what he does? (Maybe answer this question in your comments?) Like any normal gamer, you'd look at Shen and go "Ninja, light looking armor, hes probably pretty quick and can go stealth and kill people pretty fast." Right? WRONG. Shen, is a tank. His designated role is that of the damage taker, the "meat-shield", the one who dies so everyone else can live, etc. I play Shen, because tanking is a simpler art than that of an assassin or a mage, but I also play Shen because late game, tanking an entire team or a tower and basically shrugging it off like it was nothing, is quite a fulfilling experience. (Here is a helpful link to all of Shen's abilities as they will be referenced in the next part of this cblog. )

However in my "travels" through League of Legends and my interactions with its players, I feel as though people, who may or may not play Tanks on occasion, forget what tanking is all about. Here is a scenario I run across a lot: My team is advancing on one of the enemy team's towers, I lead the way while letting the tower damage our minions first before I start attempting to tank it. The enemy team notices and converges on us, we take one or two down but on this occasion we have more casualties than them, I am taking tower damage and one of the enemy champions is still at a pretty high amount of health. I begin to back off, but my other teammate (bot a tank, probably playing a carry or an assassin) decides that they want that kill. Now this causes a conundrum for me, I can back off and survive and wait for our team to be up to full strength or attempt to help my teammate attempt to get a kill, while still taking tower damage. 1)I decide to help. 2)I don't. Say I take option 1 we can either come out of this with a kill we weren't expecting and then return to base to regroup or we can get decimated by our target, the tower, and the remaining member of the enemy team giving them free reign to push a lane with out worry of retaliation from us for however long it takes the members of my team to re-spawn. Option 2 seems like the safer bet because if my teammate follows my lead and backs off, we can live, and make sure that the enemy team cant freely roll up on a lane and push it to their hearts content. However taking this option can lead to my teammate getting killed, or getting annoyed at me for not helping them try and get a kill. I run into this scenario more often than not and since I am a logical person and can read a battle fairly well I will usually opt to have us survive rather than chase a kill that might not work out. This gets a couple of people mad, but over all the rest of the team gets it.

Another scenario, and the most frustrating scenario that I run in to as a Shen player is when I use his ultimate, Stand United. Sometimes this ultimate is used to help in a team fight, but more often than not it is used to help a teammate who for X reason is taking a lot of damage and in danger of dying. Now Me at full or a good amount of health, Shield said ally and teleport to their location as per what Stand United does, upon arrival I quickly see which enemy is dealing the most damage to my ally and is the bigger threat to their life and immediately Shadow Dash into that enemy. I have Shadow Dashed into this enemy so my ally can have a few seconds of reprieve from their damage and possibly get away clean and continue to live. Sometimes this goes off without a hitch and we both live, or if I have to die that's fine by me. More often than not however many allies, especially those playing assassins or mages, decide that me Shadow Dashing the enemy was an indication to them that they could turn right back around and kill whatever was only a few seconds earlier completely destroying them. Why would they think that? I am always perplexed as to why someone who until recently was getting completely rocked and needed me to save them would turn right around and basically give the enemy the kill they were looking for. Shadow Dash taunts the enemy for a certain amount of time and if the enemy has any idea what they are doing they will ignore the tank after the taunt is completed and go right back to trying to kill what they were previously trying to kill. So in this scenario, unfortunately what happens a lot of the time is what I just described, I port onto my already fleeing ally, saving them, dash at the enemy and then my ally decides to give it another go, getting themselves killed in the process. This infuriates me to no end and also usually leads to my teammate going "WTF Shen?" as if I had a magical answer as to why they could get a kill.

Example of a Carry character

Tanking is a fulfilling experience, but it can also be quite annoying. So here are some quick tips for those of you who want to try out tanking. 1) Be patient with your allies. 2)In game like LoL or HoN build accordingly to what your team needs to survive the enemy team. 3)Use your skills wisely. 4) Leave overly aggressive players to die (Cruel, I know, but they need to learn their lesson) and 5) Have fun with it. If you aren't having fun tanking, then maybe you should try something else... or your team are feeders and there is really not much you can do about that. It takes patience and a willingness to let things slide to tank, it takes good battle awareness and situational awareness to do your job correctly. (map awareness doesn't hurt either) Tanking is a Zen art, where you must put your feeling aside and try your best to protect your team, while possibly having to sacrifice yourself a few times. Because to me, though you, the tank, are important to the team you are not more important than anyone else. If you are at half health and your team asks you to tank you never go "I cant, I'm at half gotta go heal." You man up and you tank, you do your job. If you must die so that your team can prevail over whatever you are facing then so be it. A tank doesn't need to get kills, a tank doesn't need to build offensive items, a tank needs only defensive items that both keep you alive and help your team. It is a waste to see a tank pick up offensive minded items. To the tank there can be no greater pleasure than to see the enemy team fall because they were dumb enough to focus you first.

Finally here are some tips for those of you NOT playing tanks. 1) Be cautious. Just because you have a tank anywhere near you , doesn't mean YOU are invincible. 2).... Actually come to think of it that is really my only tip. Seriously carries, squishies, those of you who can get easily destroyed if cornered, I understand your need to get a kill but if its going to cost you your life after you were saved by the tank or anyone else on our team for that matter, I implore you to think about it first. Do not under any circumstance take your tank for granted. He/she will not always be there, and they are not some sort of magical being that can survive everything thrown at them, or that can somehow turn the tide of an already losing battle. A tank will jump into a losing fight, not to try and win it, but to save his allies from death.

Now did someone call a Doctor?

This has been In a Viral Minute #9. Thanks for reading. Oh and go play League of Legends, its awesome.   read

10:06 AM on 03.16.2011

Happy 5th DTOID. JohnnyV looks back.

Its been five years for Neiro and Destructoid, the staff has grown and gone through changes, and so has the community. In the past five years we have seen people come and go, we have formed friendships, bonds, and for some even found love (I'm looking at you Stella and Mikey). Each of us has our own personal story to tell when it comes to how Destructoid, and its community, has changed our lives. Here is mine.

I had been lurking Destructoid for about a year before I met Bob "Necros" Muir during my second year of college. He encouraged me to write up CBlogs, chat in IRC, and get on the forums. I was reluctant at first, because of school work, and my self deprecation "Who the fuck wants to read what I have to say?" I thought to my self, "My opinions wont matter" etc. But I got the courage to do so and wrote a few cblogs and started chatting on irc. At the time I was known as RHWeeeeee6 on DTOID, a relative unknown, avid FailCast listener, and still kind of a lurkrer, though id did get a shout out during Bob's 3rd year anniversary video. Around that time I became tired of my handle and decided that I needed a fresh start on the internet, JohnnyViral was born. My new handle, my new name, my new identity of sorts. I hadnt changed, but something about the new handle felt right, felt like it would stay with me for a long time. I re-introduced myself to DTOID during the 10 things you dont know about me cblog deal. After this I got into the forums a bit, got in to IRC and started a bit of a cblog series where I recapped the latest episode of Red vs Blue.

A month or so after this I started my first Dungeons and Dragons game with Analoge, Ryu89, Crocbox, King3vbo and Cataract. We started it from a chat we had on irc and we each thought it was a cool idea so we did it. After a bunch of games Croc came up with the idea to record a podcast, because to us our weekly banter during our DnD games was funny enough to share with the rest of you. 321GoCast was born, knowing fully that we were basically a FailCast spinoff by naming ourselves something that Hito would always say to speed up the recording when things started to take too long.We decided that we didnt need a format, that we would basically not feature anything about the community and not actively seek guests (that aspect fell apart pretty quickly). The podcast about nothing became a reality and to this day is still running with 38 released episodes, a charity event and official pins given out at PAX East 2010.

Speaking of PAX East 2010, skipping most of the year because it was kind of uninteresting, suffice to say I met awesome people, like Kauza by winning a cblog contest he posted up and like Stella Wong.But PAX East 2010 was the experience that brought it all to fruition for me. Though most of the people who were there and had been at Prime before were telling me stories about how much better Prime was and all that. But to me, it was my first PAX and I finally met so many of the people that I considered my friends on DTOID, plus after a month or so of Cataract telling me how awesome THe Protomen were, I saw them live, and they blew my mind. I saw and met MCFrontalot, and Anamanaguchi. Cataract, Analoge, Bunnie, Hamza, Sammit, Nelson, Chewie, Dyganth (though I didnt know him yet, and forgot i met him), Danl (same deal for him), Powerglove, ScottyG, Mr. Ponce, Funktastic, Kauza and tons of others. Hanging out with them at that small UNO's, drinking, eating, talking, laughing, was an experience that I wont ever forget and would not change for anything. And from all the stories that I heard about PAX Prime I promised everyone that I would go.

Months went by, 321GoCast kept going, our first DnD game died, and we tried to revive it, which didnt work. 321GoCast did GLee cast, we had Grimm on, Kauza on, Sean Carey on, and more amazing guests. I was on AnimuCast, I had a "successful" podcast and I had a pretty big number of people who knew and cared about who I was. PAX Prime was couldnt come fast enough.

PAX PRIME, oh man, I already said a lot about this in a previous CBlog, but it is still worth mention. Prime was amazing, it was... I cant even describe how I felt before, during and after, it was such an unbelieveable experience. Getting to wear the Mr. Destructoid helmet, was a great experience though it became nerve wracking during Saturday night, but getting to strut around the con center was such a fun experience, I would definitely do it again. Meeting so many DTOID people, Tactix, Stella, Mikey, King3vbo, Pangloss, BleachBoy, Ali D, Icarus, John Solgrim, Sean and his wife, Zodiac and her husband, Maya and her lobsters, Diverse, Hollie, Pew, Crocbox, Zen Albatross, Neiro and countless others. The Chapel Bar, Game Works, and The Rock Bottom, were amazing after con places to hang out with these people. All of those after hours experiences though were nothing in comparison to when I went up to the mic, said my name and a very loud cheer went through the crowd. A cheer, for me, from all these people who until recently were strangers and didn't even know what I looked like? It was fucking beautiful, and I was touched, I had to try and not tear up. I wanted to go up to each person who cheered and give them a hug, and thank them for it. Anyway, before I start making this into an even bigger love fest I will move on to why I wrote this cblog.

During the past year, after PAX Prime, my life spiraled out of control. My life here on DTOID was amazing, but my life outside of DTOID was shit. I was doing terribly in my college classes, I was in a sort of depression and a vicious circle of self loathing and self deprecation, which came to a head one night in November, where I broke down and just let all the sadness out. During that night and the previous nights I had been hinting through my twitter that I was not feeling so hot, and Stella came to my aid, she listened to me rant, listened to my problems and gave me some good advice, because of Stella I got my act together and after a month of working on it I came back stronger and better, and back to the JohnnyViral that you all know and love. And I cant thank Stella enough for that.

And now a few days after PAX East 2011 I write this Cblog because its the 5th anniversary of a site that has made my life so much better since the day I joined it. I have met so many friends, so many people that I care about and that care for me. Destructoid has brought me friends, people to game with, a form of success that I has not had before, and a recognition that I so craved a long time ago. It has even helped me plan out what I am going to do after my college life ends (get ready Portland, JohnnyV is coming). Destructoid is one of the best, if not the best thing that has happened to me in the last couple of years of my life, as I said before, I may be the angriest person on the planet but whenever Im around the DTOID community, the anger subsides and I can let myself be happy. And for that I thank you guys, Neiro, and the staff. Thank you so much.

See all these fuckers up there. I love every single one of them.   read

3:03 PM on 03.08.2011

In a Viral Minute #8 Look I Made Something

So me and my friends have been throwing parties at their apartment for a few years now and recently we have been making them into theme parties. Our last party was a meme party, where we played tons of meme songs, and people dressed as memes (I dressed up as Prancing Cera.) So for our next upcoming party, one of our friends suggested we make it a Masquerade party. Knowing this I was wracking my brain with what I should do for a mask. Should I just get a regular mask and forget the whole deal or should I customize a mask and make it awesome? After a few minutes of deliberation I decided that I would get a mask and make it into the most awesome mask ever. I decided to create a Mr. Detructoid masquerade mask.

Step 1: I thought of buying a green mask and painting it, but all the green masks I found were too shiny for my taste. So I bought a generic black mask and painted it with green acrylic.

Step 2: Using the Mr. Destructoid Bobblehead on my desk as a model, painted the T shape that represents his eyebrows and nose. I wore the mask and my friend Sarah painted and trace the lines so that the T was centered.


And Nose

Step 3: Next I counted the dots on the T and realized that I needed to resize the eyebrows or I would have too many dots.

Step 4: After painting over the excess gray and using a detail brush to make the illusion of the mask having the dots, I painted red around the eye holes.

Step 5/Final: Here is the final look of the mask. And in order to complete the look I will be putting the mask on and then painting over the exposed skin around my eyes with red to make the circles look complete.

So there you have it y'all, my Mr. Destructoid masquerade mask. Hope you liked it. A ton of thanks to my friend Sarah for lending me her paint and helping me out with the detail work.   read

9:28 AM on 10.27.2010

In A Viral Minute #7 Special SUPER FUCK LATE PAX Edition

(Welcome to another edition of In a Viral Minute. I will keep this short since this blog is pretty damn long. Thanks for reading, feel free to comment. And jus as a service to you An open love letter to DTOID and the community)

So PAX, yeah I know I’m super fuck ridiculous late, but I’ve been busy and have had no time to sit down and write up my thoughts from PAX. I don’t think I want to talk too much about what I did since I already talked about it during episode 25 of 321GoCast, which you should go listen to, so again I’m just going to talk about my impressions of the con and getting to finally hangout with the DTOID community proper.

This was my first PAX Prime and I can’t begin to describe how awesome it felt to walk up the street and meet up with King3vbo, Pangloss, and Analoge. I’ve been chatting them up for almost a year now and have become good friends with them so meeting them in person, though I’ve already met Analoge before, was amazing.  PAX was such an am   read

8:47 AM on 10.05.2010

In a Viral Minute #6

And just as 321GoCast has returned so has In a Viral Minute. Arenít you excited?

This time on IaVM I will be discussing a whole bunch of things, a monthís worth of things actually since I have been away from IaVM for such a long time. So letís jump right back into this bitch. Iíll be talking about PAX in another blog that should be coming up in the new few days or so. This IaVM also contains a poll kind of deal concerning a 321GoCast Extra Life event.

I played Dead Rising Case 0 a while back and I got to say that I love this game. Chuck Greene is awesome, in my opinion he has even surpassed Frank West as the most amazing person to have around during the zombie apocalypse. Duct taping the shit out of everything he can find, doesnít afraid of anything, heís a pretty cool guy. Trying to save his daughter, keep her away from the military, saving as many as he can. The controls are smoother from the original, weapons last longer I think, and they are easier to use. Speaking of weapons, the combo weapons are god damn amazing and hilarious at the same time, some of them are pretty self explanatory like the nail bat, but others like the drill bucket, or the IED took a while to figure out. It was a fun experience and I canít wait to get my hands on the real thing.

REACH, its out, fun, DAMN YOU HAMZA! I honestly hadnít really been too hyped about it, I wasnít even going to buy it until I watched the commercials and read Hamzaís review. When the multiplayer beta was active I did play a little and was impressed, I liked some of the modes and had a ton of fun during some games. I had some gripes with it and some of its maps, but all in all I had fun with it. Even so I was not planning on buying it anytime near launch; at most I was going to purchase it later in the year. Then I read Hamzaís review (and yes I know that Hamza loves Halo sexually), and the way he described it and his outright recommendation for it, that I had no choice but to get it. And Iím happy to say that I do not regret it, I love the story, love the armor customization, this is also the very first time in a Halo game that I prefer to use the single shot weapons (such as the DMR and Needle Rifle) rather than using the automatic weapons. Multiplayer is fun and not completely ridiculous, though a few maps (Like sword base) give way to a metric ton of camping, which in turns just makes the game go slow and get really annoying. A mode I have been having tons of fun with is the online version of Firefight, the modes re really fun and Iíve been playing it almost non-stop. All in all I have enjoyed my experience with Halo: REACH and will be playing it for a while.

3DS. Jesus Christ all that news, all those games, I am so excited for so many of those games, I was sold during the E3 press conference, but now, dear lord do I REALLY RELLAY want one. It has so many good titles coming out for it, but one in particular caught my attention and has me completely sold on the system. And if you know anything about me at all you should have already guessed what game Iím talking about. MegaMan Legends 3, let me repeat that MEGA MAN LEGENDS 3! Oh my god, I have been waiting for this game since the last time I replayed MegaMan Legends 2, I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE the Legends series and have wanted a new Legends for so long that I had almost given up on Capcom ever making it. When Ryu gave me the link the other day I literally died of happiness. I havenít been that happy in a while (PAX doesnít count) and just the mention of Capcom working on Legends 3 was enough to cause my day to become even better. I honestly donít care how long it takes to come out, just as long as I have that game in my hands and in my 3DS. I seriously canít fucking wait.

Finally if you follow the 321Gocast Twitter feed, you may have seen this tweet a few days ago.

Would you donate to Extra Life in exchange for Johnny having to watch K-On?

So would you? As most of you know I hate K-On, HATE it with the burning passion of a thousand suns. But I have come up with a fun way for everyone, but me of course, to support Extra Life. Im not sure about the details yet, but if enough people want me to do it I will. So thatís where you come in community. Should I do it? How much would you think per episode watched would you donate? And would you watch a stream of me raging at K-On?

Like I said Iíll be posting up something about PAX later, but if you want a more in depth retelling of my PAX experience then you should go listen to episode 25 of 321GoCast. Well I think thatís all for this newest IaVM. Thanks for reading, thanks for supporting me and my endeavors. If you ever want to help with IaVM in any way please feel free to contact me. And so this has been In a Viral Minute, Iím JohnnyViral and Zodiac Eclipse wants me to tell you to go visit the forums, we has them.

P.S. Here a picture of what the 321GoCast PAX Mystery Swag was.


2:01 PM on 08.17.2010

In a Viral Minute #5

And Welcome back to another edition of In a Viral Minute. Iím JohnnyViral, and I hate you on the internet. As of the writing of this blog there are 2 and Ĺ weeks left until PAX Prime. This means that the PAX hype should reach an all time high in about a week or so.

First off this time around is a quick update on the Mystery Swag. Two pieces have already been claimed. Kauza has received his in the mail since he unfortunately canít be at PAX Prime this year, and Bleachboy won the 321GoCast contest and guessed correctly what the Mystery Swag was. Both of these awesome gentlemen have signed an impromptu NDA which will be up as soon as PAX Weekend starts. So no spoilers of what the Mystery Swag is until you see it at PAX.
Second on this latest IaVM comes Monday Night Combat. For those of you who donít know what Monday Night Combat is, all two of you, it is an Xbox Live Arcade over the shoulder shooter from Uber Entertainment. The game is a mix of TF2 and DotA/League of Legends/Heroes of Newerth. With three modes, two of which are online multiplayer. The modes are Blitz (offline, local multiplayer), Online Blitz (Players vs. Bots), and Crossfire (Team vs. Team). Crossfire is the one played by most of the DTOID crew Iíve been playing with during the last few days, and its very fun. The classes range from the Tank to the Assassin (fuck that whore), and they are unique and have signature moves, strengths and weaknesses. The games is pretty balanced, but has its flaws like any other game out there. The biggest problem that can be had with it, is playing with randoms in multiplayer, I recommend always playing with as many people that you know as you can, so that you can have a fun and coordinated team. So far I have played with TDiddy, Kauza, PowerGlove, Analoge, Ryu, King3vbo and a few others that slip my mind at the time. We pretty much steam roll about 90% of the time, but itís never the same thing over and over again, which keeps the game fresh and makes it easy to play it for hours on end. One word of warning though if you see Kauza and I come down your lane, be prepared for The DOUBLE TEAM.

Thirdly the 300 pound gorilla in the roomÖ Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. I make no secret that I am a huge huge fan of the books and a pretty big fan of the story. Itís not the best literary work ever, but itís a good representation, I think of the culture we eat, sleep and breath in every day we wake up and turn out our PCs, Macs and consoles. The music in the move was superb and prompted me to buy the OST as soon as I could, I even like the cheesy song about Ramona (You canít see this but Iím currently singing along to the Ramona song as I write this.) Without spoiling things, I just want to say that even though a couple of things were missing and the ending was different, I thoroughly enjoyed the big screen portrayal of Scott Pilgrim and his world. 99% of the characters were spot on even in looks. The award for spot on looks goes to Stephen Stills, with Young Neil being a close runner up. All the fights were great looking and fun to watch. And even with all the Michael Cera hate going around, I personally have nothing against the guy and I think he did a damn good job playing Scott. Also the girl who plays Ramona is amazing, and the bed scene was great too. Suffice to say that I will be purchasing the DVD, especially if there is a special edition, and I cant wait for the game to come out for XBLA so I can enjoy the pixelated awesomeness.

Finally a bit more about PAX. The e-mailers are in full swing and awesome things have been planned, great tips have been discussed. If you are going to PAX I recommend you get in there, introduce yourself if we donít know who you are and read up on the topics so you arenít lost when you get to PAX. Before I go, I got a quick Mama Viral Update for yíall. Mama Viral, and some of the Viral family are a bit worried about my safety during PAX. But Iím not Necros, so the worst thing that will happen to me is being force to watch K-On! But to reassure her I showed her some of your lovely faces, namely those of my closet compatriots King3vbo, Analoge, Tactix and Stella. She seemed to relax a bit, but sheís still Mama Viral, and Mama Viral will always think of yours truly as her little baby boy, as Iím sure many of your mothers do as well. Anyway, I thought it would be a good idea for us to show Mama Viral how awesome the DTOID Community is. So if you see me around PAX, and want to give Mama Viral a shot out, Iíll film you real quick and show it to Mama Viral later on. (This is of course separate from what Stella and the 321Go Crew will do for her.)

Alright, thanks again for taking the time and reading the latest In a Viral Minute. Iím JohnnyViral and Iím here to make you think about death and get sad and stuff.   read

5:30 PM on 08.04.2010

In a Viral Minute #4

Welcome back to yet another edition of In a Viral Minute, brought to you by your friendly neighborhood JohnnyViral, and the letter S. As of the writing of this blog PAX Prime is only 29 days away, shits getting close. As you can see I have a new blog image provided by Ryu89. Thanks Ryu. If you think you can do better, by all means try.

This week Iíll start off with Splinter Cell Conviction again. Yes I know I talked about it already but I would just like to mention that I finished the Co-Op story with a friend of mine on Realistic difficulty, and let me say that it was one of the most frustrating experiences in Co-op I have ever had. And Iíve played Gears of War Co-Op with Necros. First frustrating part was the sneaking into the Russian embassy mission without being detected by the guards, and we couldnít terminate them. That shit was annoying but doable. The next and worst frustration came from the last section of the last mission. Just getting to the office to pull off the EMP burst was a pain, then getting on the plane was even worse, that is when we discovered that Convictions co-op has the Modern Warfare 1 Veteran syndrome, or endless respawn of enemies. That wasnít as frustrating in MW1 when they respawned in front of you for the most part, but in Convictionís co-op the enemies respawned behind us quicker than we could do anything about. After what seemed like a hundred or so attempts at the last mission, we threw caution to the wind and basically just ran for our lives, and succeeded. Cheap I know, but it worked and we finished the Co-Op. A frustrating affair, but it was still fun, you know when it didnít have me wanting to kill everyone at Ubisoft.

Second I would like to describe my feelings about PAX. As a lot of you know, from meeting me, talking to me, or listening to 321GoCast (Destructoidís one and only community podcast about fuck shit nothing) I am a pretty angry guy and as you can imagine the frustration that Convictionís Co-Op caused me was enough to take me to a level of angry that I hadnít been in a while. So after walking away I began to think about PAX and all the awesome people Id be seeing and meeting for the first time and the anger and frustration almost instantly went away. And I think itís because I canít wait to be there and experience the awesomeness that is the DTOID community getting together, even if it a giant convention with thousands of people, the DTOID community somehow manages to make its presence known and canít be ignored. PAX East was an amazing experience and was, according to those who had been to PAX Prime was only a fraction of what the DTOID community had to offer, so thanks to that I donít think I can put into words how excited I am to land in Seattle and experience PAX Prime with you all.

Speaking of PAX, the mythical 321GoCast mystery swag is here and I must say they look awesome. Unfortunately due to pricing I was only able to afford 10 of them. So they will be first come first serve and will be sold at $3. Have to make a profit somehow. There will be a second batch coming along for PAX East, IF I can make it there. And that is a big IF. Hopefully $3 is a fair price for what they are since Iím not a rich guy or successful game blog owner, which means I canít really mass produce the stuff so I have to be a bit pricey compared to stuff you might find in the Dealers Room at PAX. Remember there are only ten and once they are gone they are gone for good.

Lastly I wanted to tell all the people who I usually correspond with online or are accustomed to seeing me on their Gtalk, Skype, and Xbox Live to expect to not see me online until Sunday. I will be getting Laser Eye Surgery on Thursday and I have been told to not use my PC or my television for two days, to protect my eyes from possible irritation. So Thursday before noon eastern will be the last time you will see me online in any way until Sunday morning. I canít tell you how incredibly boring it will be if I am not allowed to even read a book during those two days, here is hoping they tell me I can at the very least read. If I can then Iíll be reading a bit of Lovecraft and Gears of War: Jacintoís Remnant. Yeah yeah laugh it up, Gears of War book, it has a story? No way!   read

7:58 PM on 07.27.2010

In a Viral Minute #3

And here we go again for another edition of In a Viral Minute. Brought to you by your friendly neighborhood JohnnyViral, and this week also brought to you by the letter R. Starting with this post Iíll be initiating a small countdown to PAX Prime, Its 6 weeks to PAX as of right now. P.S. 321GoCast resumes this week, sorry about last week, blame Ryu.

This week I will start off with Splinter Cell: Conviction, which Iíve been playing for a few days now and have been enjoying thoroughly. It may have its problems and may be easier than previous Splinter Cell installments but that is fine with me, I enjoyed it and have enjoyed playing the Hunter missions in order to try and complete the P.E.C. Challenges. Iíve been told that the Co-Op is pretty good and am waiting on a friend so I can try it myself. With Conviction I have very few complaints, and the short campaign is fine by me since I like to play as many games as I can during my breaks from school, so Conviction fits well into those plans. One of my complaints however is the inconsistencies of the enemy AI, at one point they are as blind as bats, but at other points they can see you from miles away, other than that my only other complaint is the lights that you canít shoot out, which make no sense since they appear to only be guarded by some sort of grate. But other than that I have no other major complaint for Conviction and can say that I enjoyed playing it.

Next up is a quick music hit, specifically MC Frontalot. I say itís a quick hit because I only wanted to mention that I recently discovered that Frontalot in his Nerdcore Rising albumís Charity Case track uses a Darlek ďEXTERMINATEĒ sound clip. Itís a Dr. Who reference and since Iíve recently been converted into a fan of the show I was pleasantly surprised by the reference.

I played League of Legends again the other day with Ryu and was reminded about how much I love playing as the champion Shen. Shen, a ninja tank (yeah ninja tankÖ weird combo I know) that can heal himself by inflicting damage on enemies and enemy creeps has been my main for a while now and whence the 321GoCast crew played I would usually be him. We havenít played as a group on a while so when Ryu asked if I wanted to play I agreed and had a blast. Our game started out a bit bad but pretty quickly turned around and ended up being a victory for our team, and during the game I was reminded how fun it is to have more armor and more health than most other players on the board. Just having the ability to hold my own against a tower while my team mates wail on it is rewarding enough for me, while others want their Kills in the double digits I am quite content with less than 10 Ks and tons of assists. My proudest moment as Shen came one night playing alongside King3vbo and Pangloss where my record was 13 Kills, 2 Deaths, and 31 Assists, it was AMAZING and a feat I donít think Ill be able to repeat any time soon.

Finally I have a quick question for all you DTOIDers that will be at PAX Prime. If I were to, sayÖ Make some 321GoCast Swag, would yíall be interested in it?

Thanks for taking the time to read my ramblings and I hope you will enjoy the next one as well. This has been In a Viral Minute, Iím JohnnyViral and My Life for Aiur!

If youíd like to help in any way with In a Viral Minute please feel free to shoot me an idea down in the comments and Iíll get back to you as soon as I can.

P.S. If you follow me on Twitter be on the lookout for this hash tag #MamaViralUpdate, for all the hilarious MamaViral stories.   read

5:55 PM on 07.14.2010

In a Viral Minute #2

Hey there DTOID, and welcome back to In a Viral Minute.

First off let me thank all of those who commented and read my very first In a Viral Minute last time, thanks for the support and I hope this new one doesn't suck.

I'll open this one with a comment from Pangloss about my inevitable fate at PAX Prime
Pangloss: CONFIRMED FOR PAX: King and I are going to tie Johnny down and force him to watch K-On!
Clockwork Orange-style.
This ladies and gents is gonna rape my brain, it will make me rage like i have never raged before. If you think I'm angry now, oh lord will you so very very wrong after this happens. Now I wont go in depth into why I hate K-On! so much, as to not bore the non anime loving readers, but I will say that I do not enjoy when something is over-saturated with a specific character type. K-On! is a perfect example of this, 1 Moe character is usually ok in an anime, 2-3 may get annoying but hopefully they aren't major characters, however when all main characters are all Moe blobs, or even super GAR badasses, things get stale and overly annoying. Which is why I hate K-On!, and Sengoku Basara.

Anyway, Video Games! I recently bought Persona 3 Portable... Yes I do own a PSP, and yes I'm ashamed of myself for owning it. P3P is actually the very first PSP game I actually bought, and I bought it for 2 reasons, 1) I wanted the Pre-Order Junpei hat (Though I don't really like Junpei to begin with) and 2) Its Persona 3, and I have yet to play it. So it was an easy decision. However Ive found myself incredibly addicted to it, so much so that this past Saturday I woke up at 10AM and played Persona 3 Portable till about 10PM almost non-stop. I need help, I cant put it down. As I play the game I enjoy it more and more, except for one thing, and that is the Game Over criteria. Its very annoying to be fighting through Tartarus, then encounter an enemy that just so happens to pick Minato as their prime target, they use his weakness and basically take control away from you until he gets KO'd, Instant Game Over. Even though you have all other party members reasonably alive, and have a revival item the game is over. Its really annoying, I understand why it happens (because you cant control the other characters) but its still really fucking annoying.

How about some TV talk? So thanks to my fellow 321GoCast crew members Ive been exposed to a number of television shows, namely GLee, Dr. Who, Pawn Stars and M*A*S*H*. Sorry Analoge, I don't think I'll ever watch M*A*S*H*, but I have watched the other recommendations that y'all have told me to watch. Dr. Who was fucking fun to watch and I'm surprised that as much as I love Science Fiction and all that jazz I had never bothered to watch a Dr. Who series. I join the band wagon and recommend people watch it, but don't go as over board as Ryu has and basically become a Britaboo. GLee was also really fucking awesome, and I'm just a bit gayer for admitting that, Damn You Tactix. As evidenced by my pushing through our GLeeCast episode and volunteering to sing one of our break songs, I really did like GLee and cant wait for Season 2, and I am now just a bit gayer for saying that.

Well, I guess I'm done with this latest In a Viral Minute.Thanks for taking the time to read, and for continuing to support 321GoCast. As a parting shot I'm gonna give thanks to the C-Blog recappers who trek through the shit and do their job bravely so we can have a concise daily overview of the C-Blogs. Thank you guys. Well I'm JohnnyViral and the games that I play only have 20 sided dice.

Again if you'd like to help with In a Viral Minute in any way (With a banner for instance) leave a comment or message me and I'll get back to you.

P.S. GO TO PAX   read

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