hot  /  reviews  /  video  /  blogs  /  forum

FRESH MEAT  
|   FROM OUR COMMUNITY BLOGS

Jordan Devore's blog
destructoid  Managing Editor

Staff Blog Latest C-blogs Promoted Followers (new!)


10:05 PM on 08.24.2012  

So, I accidentally got into comics [mostly NVGR]



I've been desperately meaning to write a cblog over the last few weeks, but between wrapping up the summer term -- four classes left and then I can do Dtoid full time, thank eff! -- and putting the rest of my free time toward work here (mostly behind-the-scenes stuff), nothing has come to fruition until now. Part of that is also due to it being August; we're right on the cusp of regularly scheduled big-name videogame releases, but not quite there yet. And, frankly, there's not a whole lot on the immediate horizon of interest to me, game-wise, since a lot of what people DO seem to be genuinely excited about are new installments of franchises I'm not really into so much. It's a sleepy period, one that really does feel like the last leg of this console generation, and not even admittedly wonderful downloadable/indie games are enough.

So, with all that said, I gave up on trying to make this thing strictly videogame-related. But comics are close enough, right? I'm one of those weird people who always has to qualify that, "Yeah, I like comics ... in theory. I enjoy movie, television, and game adaptations, but I glean information from wikis and the like rather than actually read the damn things."

I doubt I'm alone in this, since comics -- while not necessarily expensive -- do add up quickly alongside other leisure interests. I'm also not entirely sure how I was able to avoid them growing up, because that would have been it for life. Done. As it turns out, the money side of it isn't the major roadblock. Rather, it's the nature of the medium.

Batman has always been my favorite, and after seeing The Dark Knight Rises, I was compelled to seek out some comics after looking up Bane quotes on IMDB and scolding my kitten about his severe punishment (see below). The Internet gave me two or three starting points -- I opted to go with Batman: The Long Halloween, which was a wise decision in retrospect. It's a terrific entry for people who like Nolan's grounded-in-reality take on Batman (as much as you can given the fiction, anyway) and have some general knowledge about the better-known characters and villains.



Tremendous stuff, and it taught me something: I can seriously get into comics if I'm not reading them issue by issue. Volumes, omnibuses, and the like are where it's at, as silly as that might sound. That's where you guys come in. I'm positive we've got some resident comic experts in here somewhere.

Where should I go next?

No thanks to Amazon's black magic, I went on a mini shopping spree and recently got Dark Victory, Hush, Knightfall, Volume 1 (the paper quality makes me sad), The Ultimates: Ultimate Collection, and Astonishing X-Men, Vol. 1. So those and the ensuing volumes can be left out. But other than that, I'm open to pretty much anything as long as it's halfway decent, no matter the character, publisher, etc. Hit me with some recommendations, if you would be so kind.

Obligatory cat pic:

  read


12:00 PM on 07.04.2012  

Happy 4th of July! Now go enjoy it!



While many Americans are spending the day grilling, drinking, and hanging out with their friends and families, science is happening elsewhere in the world. Much of the Destructoid staff has peaced out already, so content will be extremely sparse today -- but you probably knew that.

We've got Chad's lovely little holiday-themed feature that just went up, and there's also a bit of news on the Final Fantasy VII re-release for PC and Fraser's review of The Journey Down in the queue. And that's about it at the time of writing this.

So, if you had hoped to be entertained by a decent flow of stories today, consider this a kind nudge to go out and burn through the day elsewhere; possibly not even on the Internet. Just a suggestion. Might I also suggest playing Spelunky now that it's out on Xbox Live Arcade? Alternatively, Indie Games put up a solid list of similar games that can be played without an Xbox 360.

If you are reading this now, well, thank you. I assume that means you are a dedicated follower of the dumb (and sometimes not dumb!) stuff we do. Or else you're bored off your ass at work. Either way, thank you for sticking with us. There have been a lot of ups and downs over the years, but I think we're on the right track, at least from the inside looking out. I'm feeling good about the future.   read


10:42 PM on 02.05.2011  

Recording Zero Cool tomorrow. Toss questions our way!



We'll be Zero Cooling it up extra early tomorrow, because of SPORTS. As such, I wanted to give you fine community members the opportunity to hit us -- Darren/Dexter/Darexter, Sean, Ben, and myself -- up with any questions and/or miscellaneous thoughts you might have.

I'm not sure if it made the cut in the last episode (or the spin-off bonus), but after revealing my childhood dream of kicking Chucky's ass, I suggested to my peers that we try to cover one totally-out-there-and-bizarre topic at the end of each show. Now, if you have ideas for such things, I'd love to hear them.

I know coming up with questions isn't easy. Whatever you have, no matter how ridiculous, will be greatly appreciated. Sometimes, the less specific (and newsy), the better.

Also, I totally played all the way through Stacking today. I'll for sure discuss it during the show, but if you don't want me to leave anything out that might not immediately come to my mind, ask for any specifics you want covered. Keep in mind, though -- the game will almost certainly be out before this new episode, both because of editing time and the Wednesday launch embargo.

Link dump!
Zune
iTunes
Raw and manly   read


1:27 AM on 08.09.2010  

Like videogame music? Check this out!



So tonight I was randomly reminded of this incredible site's existence.

It. Effing. Rules.

Apparently not a ton of people are aware of this thing, because I tweeted about it and got a bunch of responses filled with gushing. And since more or less all of the music on the site is fantastic, just about everyone was like "it started on Amazing Game X, SO GOOD!"

Enjoy, Dtoiders!   read


11:08 AM on 01.23.2009  

Calling all Friday Night Fights hosts



So as you are all likely aware, our forums are still down. It sucks, I know -- especially after Mxyzptlk just started organizing FNF in the forums, which I'm super happy about.

Last week I was able to put the front page post up early, and that's something I'd like to continue doing, so I'm asking anyone interested in hosting to post their info (online tag, game, system, time) here in the comments if you aren't already planning on making a cblog of your own today.

Specifically, this call for entries goes out to Xbox 360 players, because we are generally a spontaneous bunch and fear organization. I realize this probably should have gone up yesterday, but I was busy attending to ALF-related business and couldn't be bothered.   read


5:39 PM on 01.28.2008  

The bushes in SMB are actually green-colored clouds and other crazy facts

You might have already seen the thread up on NeoGAF, but just in case you hadn't, I decided to make this post. I didn't want you guys to miss out on a bunch of useless (yet extremely interesting) facts about video games.

I've selected my favorites from the post, so check 'em out and remember, once you see it, it can't be unseen. You've been warned.


Now this is how you cut corners! The bush is exactly the same as the leftmost cloud, other than color of course.


Another striking resemblance.

Pokemon will never die: Ekans backwards is snake.


Notice anything peculiar? The gym is set up to look like a Clefairy!


The original design for Gordon Freeman.

Alucard backwards is dracula (how the fuck did I not notice this?)

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest ... get it?


Rare slipped a little something into Banjo Tooie for the adult players.


WHY PENUS WHY!!!

Tekken was going to be called: "Rave Wars," and Namco kept the name as one of Law's moves.

Devil May Cry was originally a Resident Evil game. A bug in Onimusha led to the air combat found in DMC today.


An early Dreamcast prototype.


Goatse, anyone?


Moar plz!

For more, check out the NeoGAF thead or Games Radar's 101 things you didn't know about games.   read


7:21 AM on 12.15.2007  

Apology to FNFers



No one has called me out on it yet, so I'll call myself out: I somehow fell asleep for 13 hours and didn't post about FNF. I was pretty tired from a week of not-sleep, so yesterday I thought I'd go lay down for about an hour. That way I would have enough energy to stay up for FNF -- what a shit decision that turned out to be.

I wake up and it's fuckin' 7:30 a.m. I've got no idea what's going on and only a vague memory of what happened on Friday. Literally the first thing that came to my mind was how I had missed posting about FNF.

A big apology goes out to those of you who post about and/or participate in Friday Night Fights. Cereal. That said, how did things go over last night? The regulars still showed up, right?   read


1:59 PM on 09.24.2007  

Hell yeah! I got the new Dtoid rampage shirt!



This shirt has been in the making for a long time, as most of you older Dtoid members already know. I'm pretty sure that I was one of the first people to order it too, since I randomly stumbled upon the shirt when browsing SplitReason. Then I told Lemon about it, he did a cblog, it went on the front page, etc. etc.

It took forever for the thing to get to my house, but it was well worth the time and money it cost.   read


8:29 PM on 09.18.2007  

OMG today is my one year anniversary at Dtoid!

Yup, I've been writing on Destructoid for exactly one year now. I was this close to forgetting about it too, but luckily Lawl and I were talking about old stuff and it somehow jogged my memory.

While I haven't traveled to any events (MAGfest here I come) or met any of you guys in real life, it's still been one of the best experiences of my young life. I'm sure you guys have all heard the speech, so I'll spare you just this once.

What would a post like this be without thanks? So here goes: super-wicked-sexytime thanks to Niero, Ron, Fronz, and Sheir for all of the things you guys have done for me. Mad love to y'all.

Now if only I could find all of the secret keys and gain access to the Pleasure Dome...   read


12:56 PM on 09.15.2007  

Quick recap of the Cod4 portion of FNF

[embed]44506:2383[/embed]

There were at least two Dtoid rooms going last night, this is a recap of the one with GuitarAtomik, BahamutZero, Heretic, Itemforty, Hoygeit, Lifehacker J, and some other people that I’m forgetting.

-Having a grenade explode behind you while jumping off of a two story building is fucking awesome.

-We somehow got the tires from a car (in the level Crash) to float in the air.

-Heretic is a bastard that loves using last stand. People on our team even made a proclamation when they killed him. If he ever tells you that this is his last match, for the love of God, do not believe him.

-GuitarAtomik is really, really good at this game. If you like winning, you’ll want him on your team.

-When you hear the words, “let’s do dis,” your teammates must repeat the phrase in the correct accent.

-To the random dude that stayed with our team for most of the night, your laugh is absolutely insane.   read


11:31 PM on 08.14.2007  

Riki-Oh: The most epic shitty movie night movie ever *updated with gifs*



A dog gets kicked in half. If that isn't reason enough to watch Riki-Oh, I don't know what is.

P.S.
I just bought this movie on eBay. I'm not joking.



















  read


4:57 PM on 07.30.2007  

Gamestop just owned my face



This is a PSA of sorts. Some people already know the story, but what the fuck.

I went to Gamestop/EB Games today because BioShock doesn't come out for a while, and I don't really have any games to play. I was planning on picking up some older games and maybe even a Xbox 360 game.

I ended up buying XIII, Crimson Skies, and the original Splinter Cell all for a total of $10. They were obviously all used, but in very good condition. Then I happened to notice that SC: Double Agent was only $30 new. So of course, I bought that too.

Turns out I had accidentally picked up a used copy of Double Agent, because when I got home I noticed that the case wasn't sealed. No big deal, right? I mean I just saved a couple of bucks on a near-mint copy. Wrong. Instead of putting the correct game in the case, the fucking moronic Gamestop employee had put the original Xbox version of Double Agent in, not the 360 one.

What. The. Fuck.

By this point in time, my power levels were off the charts -- they must've been well over 9000. I mean, come on, how hard is it to differentiate between the two types of disks. One has a black top, the other has a white top. It's not fucking rocket science. The guy must've been too busy talking about preorders, because he asked me if I was going to preorder Halo 3 multiple times.

Anyways, I'm planning on heading back over to the store tomorrow. They better not give me any shit or I swear to God, I'll make a scene.

So next time you buy a used game, make sure to check the disk before you get home.

[/rant]   read







Back to Top