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1:49 PM on 11.05.2007

Destructoid "partners" with Microsoft for new contest.

Microsoft launched a new contest/viral marketing thing today. Basically they give you clues, and you have to search around the internet to find a word that matches the clue, which will have a green 'x' in the word. the more clues you get right, the more chances you have to win, supposedly.

Anyway, I clicked on the "partners" link. Down at the bottom of the list is the destructoid logo, which of course links back here.

I assume this means that clues will be left somewhere on this website soon, since I don't think Destructoid has the money to be sponsoring prizes :P

I guess this means Microsoft likes us better than other gaming sites too. :)   read

3:07 PM on 10.03.2007

Tetris Splash wants to make you poor.

Now, I'm as much of a Tetris addict as the next guy, but this is a fine example of DLC being abused.

ok, Tetris costs 800MP ($10) which some people complain is high on its own. I think that's a fair price, plus I just bought Tetris Evolution durnig the last B2G1 sale at Toysrus.

But wait, that's not the problem, the problem comes with the 2000MP ($25) worth of add-on packages. The fact that these are all available the same day the game goes on sale shows that they are not "afterthoughts" and therefore should have been included in the original game.

The usual excuse of "we were limited by the 50mb limit" does not apply here, since the game and all addons currently available fit within 50 MBs...

So, whose fault is this kind of mistreatment? Is it the publishers for being greedy? Is it MS for allowing the publishers to treat us like this? Is it our fault for buying this crap, and making it profitible to treat us like this? I vote the third option. It's like SPAM email... If nobody bought the stuff they wouldn't do it, but as long as it remains profitable, they will keep doing it.

So, I'm not going to buy tetris splash at all, much less the download packs. I've already got Tetris Evolution to get my fix if I need one. Who's with me?

P.S. Yes, I know SPAM in all caps is meat product, lower case is email. don't care.

P.P.S. I still think Microsoft needs to work on some sort of price drop thing on all download content/games. I think it's rediculous the perfect dark zero map pack still costs the same as it did the day it was released tens of months ago.

P.P.P.S. I'll try to get better about including pictures for you guys in the future, I know it makes the reading part easier.   read

9:50 AM on 10.02.2007

Videogames cause murder (on Law & Order SVU tonight)

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Sorry, I won't be watching this, these shows talk too much about rape and child molestation for my taste.

This episode seems to be based around people who met over a "second life" kind of game. Murder, statutory rape, and kidnapping apparently ensue, probably not in that order.

I'm just curious if the game plays the role of myspace in a "to catch a predator" story, or if "it's all the game's fault, it made me kill all those people"

I'm sure Jack Thompson will be watching, and tomorrow he'll come out with an announcement that he's going to get the game used in the show banned from sale, (even though it's a fictional game for legal purposes... but he won't figure that out) maybe if we're lucky he'll get them to quit making CSI games while he's at it.

Again, I won't be watching, but if someone else does, let us know if they treat our hobby with the respecti it deserves.   read

11:49 AM on 09.27.2007

Internet Matlocks solving real-world crime? (repost)

Sorry, reposting this from last night, since I was apparently too tired to make an intelligible post.

First, let me say that this doesn't even sound real... it seems like a poorly planned ARG gone wrong to me.

"The Orlando Sentinel posted a story about a double homicide. Something Awful user "West " knew one of the victims in question and so posted a thread on the forums about losing one of his co-workers to the shooting. It turned out that a fair few users on the site knew one of the victims, and so internet detectives went to work.

What they uncovered was shocking and disturbing, finding an open directory on the murderer's - forum user Bomber166, now permanently banned for murder - website full of material seemingly relating to the killings. Some suspect that the user stuck the material online for the website's members to find."

Source   read

4:37 PM on 09.24.2007

NEW Resident Evil Racism claims.

Haven't seen this posted yet.
There is so many problems with this article I barely know where to begin.

Firstly, it is so ADD, I can't keep up, it starts out as a review of the Resident Evil movie, but quickly decides to start bashing the videogames on their racist content.

Of course GTA gets dragged in there, and despite making up facts about you being part of a police raid on Hatians, and your character spouting racial hatred (he didn't even talk, did he?) that's not all...

For other videogame racism, their examples are Kung Fu, WoW, and Shadow Warrior.
OK, Shadow Warrior, yeah, but that's a joke, so, lets go with WOW, the only one from the last decade, they base their racist claims on the fact that there is more white humans than other races of humans in the game.... those damn developers for making the players choose to be that way.

and my favorite part "Resident Evil 4, which places players in the position of fighting parasitically controlled Spaniards (called "Los Ganados" or "the cattle") with stereotypical Mexican accents." So, Spaniards sound like Mexicans, that's not racist or ignorant at all... why, thats like saying British people sound American. (i guess it'd be more accurate to say people in France all sound like they are from Quebec, but you get the point)

Then the article falls into a pit of praise (advertisment?) for illegal immigrant simulator ICED! I Can End Deportation which will somehow make us gamers stop being a bunch of racist bastards... as we journey into America illegally, avoiding the evil immigration police. When you do get arrested, your sentance is chosen at random.

So, basically, the author of this article hasn't played ANY of the games in their article, nor probably seen the movie they were supposed to be reviewing... they are just being another Jack Thompson, trying to make a name for themselves by being as dishonest and unprofessional as possible in their chosen field.

Feel free to leave a comment on their site (although, I can't recommend reading any of it. It all seems to be fairly heavy on the propaganda)

Stupid article   read

2:54 PM on 09.24.2007

More XBLA price drops this week.

Starting this Wednesday, running through next Tuesday, three more XBLA games will have reduced prices.

"Bankshot Billiards 2” (PixelStorm) – 900 Microsoft Points (normally 1200 Microsoft Points)

“Frogger” (Konami) – 300 Microsoft Points (normally 400 Microsoft Points)

“Hardwood Spades” (Silver Creek Entertainment) – 300 Microsoft Points (normally 400 Microsoft Points)

Personally, I'd love to see this become a regular thing. It would be even better if they mad the price drops permanent. Retail games drop in price over time, shouldn't downloaded games? This is a good start anyway.

Don't forget about Destructiod bomberman this Wednesday too.

Via Xboxic, Gamerscore Blog   read

4:36 PM on 09.18.2007

Xboxic still loves Destructoid.

While certain other sites around the internet want to try to tear us down or fail to cite their sources, xboxic still loves us. Xboxic is the first site (other than destructoid) that I've seen reporting one the bomberman news. Not only do they include mention of our mascot in the pack, but they also say "That's a pretty exciting thing to happen." while not quite a congratulations, one can understand them maybe being a little jealous. (kidding)

So, here's to Destructoid and Xboxic as new allies fighting off the giant corporate sites trying to take us down.

Source.   read

6:28 PM on 09.16.2007

Why do PC game demos have (need) an installer?

So, I've been primarily a PC gamer, since way back. For reference, one of the first games I remember playing was KROZ on some old IBM clone we had. Sure I've had consoles in the past, SNES, N64, Gamecube. Now I've got a 360, And i'm spending a lot of time with that. I still consider myself a PC gamer primarily, for those of you who like labels. I will probably get a Wii at some point, especially now that it's got a few games I want. I still see Wii as more of a console for party games right now though.

Anyway, more to the point. Since I game on both PC and consoles, I see some things on PC that are nice to have, but consoles miss out on. The same is also true in reverse. This brings me to the point of this blog post, demos. On my 360, I download a demo, play it, and delete it when I'm done. On a pc, I download the demo, install it (usually installing some shitty copy protection with it) then I can play. (i won't count control configuration and video settings as a negative here, since I think those are a good thing for PC gamers.)

When I'm done playing the demo, instead of just deleting it, I have to uninstall it (probably leaving the copy protection behind) then depending on how sloppy the developer is, there could still be files, folders, or registry entries left behind.

I guess what it comes down to is "bloat". I am always afraid of my pc getting bloated down with bullshit. It probably started back in Windows 9x days, when if you didn't reformat your computer monthly it got so bloated it was almost unusable. I know XP is supposed to be better about a lot of these things, and I know i could just use XP's rollback feature, but that's for noobs. I don't need a safety net.

hmm, this isn't turning out to be as short and to the point as I wanted for it to be, so i'll get to the point. Am I just being needlessly paranoid? should I be installing demos like crazy, the consequences be damned?

bonus: 10 free internets* to anyone who knows what i'm on about in my picture.

*prize not actually valid   read

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