"Where do dreams end and reality begin? Videogames, I suppose."- Gainax, FLCL Vol. 1
"The beach, the trees, even the clouds in the sky... everything is build from little tiny pieces of stuff. Just like in a Gameboy game... a nice tight little world... and all its inhabitants... made out of little building blocks... Why can't these little pixels be the building blocks for love..? For loss... for understanding"- James Kochalka, Reinventing Everything part 1
"I wonder if James Kolchalka has played Mother 3 yet?" Jonathan Holmes
Hey wieners. Sorry in advance for the shortblog, but I gotta finish this review of NightSky for the 3DS eShop and I can't let myself get too distracted. What a turd, right?
First off, I did a podcast with a guy named Spencer and a woman named Melissa and it's about Persona. I haven't listened to it so I can't tell you if it's good or bad, but I can promise you from the bottom of my heart that I had fun talking to them.
10) It's like Uncharted, except the jumping and the banter have been replaced by MONSTERS!
9) It's like Call of Duty, except the 1st person camera angle and general combat system have been replaced by MONSTERS!
8) It's like Gears of War, except the tight gameplay has been replaced by MONSTERS!
7) It's like Dead Space 2, except the MONSTERS have been replaced with MONSTERS!
6) It's like Dead Rising, except all the cool do-it-yourself weapons have been replaced with KICK!
5) It makes me appreciate RE:Revlations a lot more.
4) The lighting is good sometimes.
3) Sherry Birkin was a cool character in RE2, and might be cool in this game too maybe I guess.
2) I like zombies.
1) It's great if you always wanted Resident Evil to abandon its unique, tension-inducing style of play in favor of a style that is EXACTLY every other modern 3rd person shooter, except more clunky, imbalanced, and generally crappy.
Before there was a Dtoid Show, before there was a Jimquisition, and way before I was ever sexually harassed on a podcast, there was a show called Sundays with Sagat.
I came up with the show shortly after Reverend Anthony Burch left Dtoid, taking his two excellent web series Rev. Rants and Hey Ash Whatcha Playin with him. I hated the idea of Dtoid having absolutely no original video series left, so more out of desperation than anything else, I started Sundays with Sagat. Not a lot of planning, no real strategy, just a video camera, a shaved head and chest, and some terrible green screen work. It was pretty weird.
I haven't done an epsiode of the show for about a year, and though I wouldn't mind doing more, it's hard to prioritize it while trying to keep two other shows (Sup Holmes and Talking to Women about Videogames) afloat, start a new one (Teenage Pokemon) and reboot at least one other (Constructoid). That said, I wouldn't say Sundays with Sagat is "dead". As long as there is at least one person out there that still likes the show, then it will be back.
While there are probably only a few Sundays with Sagat fans out there, their level of affection for the series borders on astounding. Dtoid's own Rob Morrow and his wife are two such fans. They're the people responsible for this Sundays with Sagat "Sunday" t-shirt (a play on the Banksy "Obey" meme). While I've always hoped that my videos would have traits of phenomenology to them, I would have never had the guts to designs a shirt like this, even as parody. To say that I'm flattered by the fact that Rob and his wife created this thing would be a monumental understatement.
There are 18 more of these shirts in existence as of this writing, and they wont be on sale for much longer. My understanding is that tonight is the last night that Rob is planning to keep them on sale. He only printed a little more than 20 of them, so if you want to be one of the few people to own this unique apparel-based dedication to Street Fighter, weird internet videos, and how dumb I'm willing to act in public, you better act fast.
To be clear, I'm not getting a dime of profits from the sales of these shirts, and I doubt Rob is making much money either. I'm also not quite a "personal friend" of Rob's. I like him a lot, but we've only communicated over the internet (Dtoid, email, and Twitter) and through Christmas cards.
He didn't create this shirt to make money or because we're such close friends. He created these shirts purely out of love for Sundays with Sagat. If I ever do the series again, it will be in large part due to the fact that I want to make this man happy. It's the least I could do to thank him for putting the work in to make my face look good on such an awesome shirt.
Hey get ready for a blog about me and stuff that's great for me! It's all about me, everybody! I have no idea why you would care about any of this, but here we go!
First up, I was published in latest Gamefan magazine! Actually, both me and Dtoid's Welsey Ruscher were both published in this issue! If you like Dtoid, you should buy it, because it is like Dtoid in magazine form. Classic Gamefan (and it's spin-offs Mega Fan, Game-On, and multiple strategy guides from Versus Books) were pretty much the inspiration for me to write about videogames, so getting to write for the magazine both felt like a dream come true and a welcoming home. And look how big it is! Much bigger than stupid old Game Informer!
It's a pretty hard magazine to find, but if you look at your local mega book store (yes, they aren't all out of business... yet) you might be able to find one.
Here is my spread! It's about the recent Level-5 event and the games that were talked about there, including Ni No Kuni, Guild 01, and the new Layton games. Don't try to zoom in and read it because it wont work unless you have very small, very powerful eyeballs (like a very little microscope).
That's not all I got in the mail! I also got a hardcopy of Magnus "Souleye" Palsson's new CD, Adventure. His cover of the Talking to women about videogames song is on it! I'm so flattered!
I also got some awesome stuff in the mail from some community members... last month. I've been meaning to thank them since then, but I keep getting side tracked. I'm sorry guys! Thank you so much!
First up is a Skyward Sword Christmas card and Lollipop Chainaw sticker from Swishee-
Some rad videogames and a Jonathan Holmes Defense Club membership card from Vlah Zhao-
And a Lollipop Chainsaw foam chainsawfrom Swishee, and a Chimpmunks movie from Adam Dork-
Adam sent me some other stuff too, but it was too evil to show you. WAY TOO EVIL!
I am pretty sad and stressed out at the moment, pretty much on my own with a lot of daunting new stuff in life, but with people being this good to me, it's pretty easy to cheer myself up, at least for a moment. Thank you guys SO MUCH for being so good to me. I really don't deserve it, but that doesn't mean I'm not grateful. I look forward to the opportunity to attempt to make you all as happy as you have made me.
So I might be starting a new call-in show here on Dtoid within the coming weeks. The show wont work unless you guys call in, so please call in! I would like that.
I'm also going to go public with the full length version of the Talking to Women about Videogames theme song(s) in the next few days. I'll also be asking the community if they want to help make the video for the song. I'm hoping for it to come out like a cross between Lesko's Revenge and We Come Together;. It's the kind of project that could work really well as a collaboration, even with people that have never met.
I'll also be inviting anyone and everyone who is interested to make a remix of the song. The top 3 remixes will be uploaded to the Talking to Women about Videogames music homepage, and sold for $.50 a pop. All profits go to the remixer. Details on that whole thing are still being worked out. We may endorse more than 3 remixes if they are more than 3 that are just too unbelievably good to pass up. Who knows? I have no expectations. In fact, I'll be flattered and pleased if even one of you goes out of your way to make one half-assed, 10 second remix of my crappy song. That said, this community never ceases to amaze me, so my hopes remain high.
Low expectations, high hopes. That's how I like it.
Finally, here is an excerpt from my first Podcast. I was 5 years old at the time of the recording, visiting London with my mother and my brother. My brother 6 years older, and a big fan of heavy metal and sketch comedy. He wanted to make a tape recording that day, and here's what we came up with.
If you want to hear the full thing, let me know. It's about ten minutes long, and a little bit painful to listen to, because I'm 5 and my brother is 11. We were far from master entertainers and/or conversationalists at that age. Still, I'll upload it for you if you want to hear it.
I was at Gamestop the other day, and the clerks were like "you pre-order Battlefield 3 yet, dawg?" and I was like "OH NO! No way. No-no-no!
It is such a sad waste, the way so many game developers today are squandering the endless potential of videogames as a medium in favor of containing to produce these overly expensive, over-hyped titles that deliver evoke no thought and feelings in the player other than "'uys shooting guys over and over an over again is good'.
You can do anything with a videogame! The only limit is your own imagination! You can create an experience that fuses motion, visuals, and sound together as one like Child of Eden, or a game that cleverly parodies and pays tribute to gamers and gaming like No More Heroes, or use videogames as a metaphor for each stage of a persons like like the Bit.Trip SAGA, or create a beautiful world of interesting and original personalities like Street Fighter, Metal Gear, Zelda, Skyrim, and so many others.
There are so many examples of the amazing things that games are capable of, with so much left to be explored, and all these guys could come up with is... another game about shooting at and being shot by strangers?
DEPRESSING! I WILL NOT SUPPORT IT!"
Then they were like "Want to put $5 down on Modern Warfare 3, dawg?"
After that, I took my copy of Aliens Infestation and went home. It's pretty good!
[PS- I have nothing against people who call other people "dawg". I actually think its really cute!]