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3:32 PM on 09.25.2009

The Forgotten: Pieces

Atlus is a company I love to follow, from the awesome Disgaea, the never ending stream of DS RPGs, to the mixed rhythm game Ontamarama, Atlus has been one of the few companies that I blindly trust, their logo alone can make me get a game regardless of knowing things about it or not.

For the longest time I thought my love for Atlus was set in stone with Disgaea, born with Thousand Arms, but a few years ago I was looking through my SNES games and I found Pieces, the real first Atlus game I played and loved.





Pieces is a puzzle game... literally, the game is about putting together puzzles before your opponent does, which as expected can be either an AI one or a friend in VS mode. Once you start a match you get a few seconds to look at the image the puzzle forms, then you start putting it together from the pieces that appear on top of your side. Every time you set a piece correctly within 15 seconds of the last one you fill part of a POW bar, when you fill that you get a power up, which can go from offensive, like sweeper (removes some opponent's pieces) or mirror (inverses opponents control's), to support, like radar (arrow guides to the right way) or helper (grabs pieces and puts them itself).

Single player would be a sort of story mode where it's just you against different characters that get progressively better, among them there is a rice bowl crab, a delinquent boar, a robot and a mermaid. There are three difficulties in single player, but those actually just mean skipping levels (as in choosing "medium" would make me start on the third level l if I had picked "easy").


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But the best part Pieces is the multiplayer, I used to play it all the time with my cousins and the rate at which you can get power ups and the variety of them would lead to crazy Mario Kart like battles, especially once we had played it for a while and already knew all the puzzles. And for those that aren't so competitive, there's also an "all play" option that could get up to 5 players in a relaxing "let's just put puzzles together" mode.


I know this might sound like a crappy Wiiware game, but the cute character sprites, the fun power ups and the amazing music make it one of my favorite SNES games and I title I would love to see brought back to DS or XBLA.   read


2:36 AM on 09.15.2009

El PAX-O



I'm trying to put my PAX experience in words and I find myself overwhelmed by the things i could say, but at the same time i don't find enough words to say it, it might be cause I am writing in a second language for me, but words like "great", "fantastic" or even "amazing" don't really capture everything that PAX was.

PAX was chad singing, naia drinking, mandi getting slapped by a trout, it was the multifaceted gender changing Mr. Destructoid, it was kai's cooking skills (although i didn't get to eat with him), his beer run speech, the elusive katamaya, the dan paladin sighting, gavin being his "master of self control" self while i filmed him, hamza telling old stories, the drunkcast and the failcast (even yashoki :O), husky getting yelled at by the manager of the E&C, Niero and Colette hanging out, some random guy asking the whole crowd of dtoiders to come up to his bar, the brits, the canadians, the latins, talking with the only other completely foreign language speaker the legendary Prof. Pew, hell, PAX was even the oldest of men (Hitogoroshi)! And yeah, I know it included some games, perhaps a bit of SC2, No more heroes, the Turtles Smash Game or something I actually didn't see, and also some panels, arcade games in gameworks and the necessary food, but I think most of us weren't there because the convention :P.


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Of course PAX was also alcohol consumption, with hugging and kissing, with boob grabbing and that whole moving your mouth and pronouncing things, what's the word? oh yeah, "talk". With old friends, saying "hi" to them, with the people you've just "met" but with whom you've already irc'd, gtalked, skyped, twittered, facebooked, etc. for months or even years. PAX was like a rare physical manifestation of the site, the forums and IRC, where you would see a random dtoider walking around and you could just get close talk to them and hangout, it was the dtoid community Live, a chance to see how cool everyone is, and just have a pretty fucking amazing wonderful time.

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PAX was one of the best weekends ever, and if PAX East starts building up to be at least a bit of what this was, then trust me, I'll do everything I can to get there...even if i ended up with consars again, it would still be so worth it.


PS: I miss everyone <3, especially the ones that couldn't make it this year.   read


11:05 PM on 08.26.2009

Bunch of HoN Beta Keys Giveaway (Shortblog)

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The DoTA like game is giving a bunch of beta keys away here, so i thought about giving you dtoiders a heads up. There are only 42,362 keys left! :O

PS: Add me in there, my username is knivy.   read


11:38 PM on 08.24.2009

Why I Love Dexter345

He gives me a 1month code for xbox live for free :D

also this

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1:26 AM on 08.13.2009

Killing Floor Review

I've been playing this game for a couple of months now, and since I never saw a dtoid review despite my constant "Aerox get Killing Floor!!", I decided to take matters into my own hands.




Killing floor is based on a UT2k4 mod of the same name, and it's made by the same guys that did Red Orchestra, so I guess that could count as good references. The game is pretty basic, it's mainly a different take on the "invasion" game mode from UT2K4. The main goal in here is to survive a certain number of waves (you can choose between short, medium and long) against a bunch of different types of creatures. As you would expect, each wave gets more difficult than the last, with more and tougher monsters each time. You get money for each kill and some extra if you survived the wave, between these you get a minute to buy weapons, ammo and armor from the trader, some mysterious girl that despite looking at the insanity all around you refuses to open her doors until the coast clear. Once you're done with the waves you get to battle the boss, The Patriarch, which looks really pissed at you for killing his babies.

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The game is made to be played with up to 6 persons in co-op, but there are already mutators to get that number up to 32. There are 6 different perks that you can level up, medic, sharpshooter, commando, berserker, firebug and support specialist, each perk can get up to level 5 by achieving certain requirements (like doing X damage with a shotgun or healing X hp from teammates), the perks give you bonus in damage or defense, and also a nice price discount with the trader on certain weapons.

If you think all this will make the game too easy, think again. Killing Floor scales according to the number of players, the more players there are in the server the more enemies you'll get, and even though lvls 3-5 might find Normal a walk in the park, Hard and Suicidal difficulties still prove very challenging, I say this as a lvl 5 support specialist and a lvl 4 sharpshooter.




One of the first things I notice about killing floor was that it came out with very few maps, 5 to be exact, and although they are pretty different, they are clearly not enough. Tripwire announced a new map as free DLC to come out soon (along with the ak-47 and the katana), but meanwhile you'll be glad to know that the mapping community for Killing Floor is insane, just take a look at ]this list, come on, go on, just click it. I guess it helps out that they have a $10,000 grand prize for the winner of their map making contest, but a lot of those maps were there even before the competition was announced and are just getting updated "contest version".

As you might guess by now, the main focus on Killing Floor is the multiplayer content, even though it has a single player mode, the game is waaaaaay more enjoyable when you're playing with friends... or randoms. That's right, from this couple of months i've been playing the game i can say that the community in there is probably the best I've found on any game. It might be 'cause of the scaling I mentioned, or maybe 'cause of the lack of friendly fire, but people are usually willing to help out if they can, be that with money, tips or just covering or healing you.


Before I'm done, for those that might ask, no, this game isn't like L4D, besides the not zombies, the more open scenarios and the fact that you don't just escape, but actually win, Killing Floor has more of a hunter feeling, a "you might be deadly... but so am I!", while still having a ton of "oh shiiiiiiiiit" moments throughout the match.




I called Killing Floor "generic" when I was on Failcast, and I stick by it. Killing Floor doesn't bring anything new, it really isn't innovative, the dramatic slowmotion kills might be overdone and you could get angry when enemies get stuck on a map and you have to go look for them, but It's still only $15 bucks, a ton of fun and by far the game I've played the most this year.


BUY IT and play with me! (At least you Rocky and Aerox).   read


6:51 PM on 07.31.2009

Thanks for the Neves Shirt!!

So I just got home from eating delicious lime cake and drinking some coffee with my best friend and I find this at the door!!





OMG could it be? YES!! It's the amazing Neves Plush shirt I won!!





My cat obviously wanted to take a look at it....






But oh shit! dtoid pin has attacked my kitty!!




Looks like they've joined forces gurren lagann style :O





Anyway, thanks again dtoid!! From me and from my cat Lynch ( now Lynchtoid?) !!   read


3:33 AM on 03.27.2009

Descanso En Paz Alex Carrillo



Hay Dios Mio !!!

Fue horrible!!

Su grito, los sonidos, todo fue muy rapido :(

ALEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEX NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!   read


3:55 AM on 03.13.2009

Ready To Travel (and then Friday)




<3 U Dtoid, see some of you later today :D.   read


6:31 PM on 02.01.2009

10 Things You Might Not Know About Knivy :O

So I woke up today after and found the Cblogs filled with blogs of like this, I hopped on IRC and I was told I should make one, so I did! It just took a bit to do it because I kept getting sidetracked with the Puppybowl cuteness and reading and commenting on the other blogs.


1.- I used to study videogames design in Guadalajara

Before that I studied at the Monterrey Tec, but didn't like how teachers and administrators looked down on the animation part of the career (which would've been my last 3 out of 8 semesters) and then I found out about another the other place so I changed school.


2.- I ended up in Communications

After one semester in Guadalajara my dad got diagnosed with cancer, so I had to go back to Tijuana and help out getting money and not spending it. I took a year off school and once my dad got better after having surgery I decided to go back. I got a bit tired from tech careers, and even when some friends told me I could do good in psychology, I still liked writing and things like that, so I ended up in Communications (I'm on my 4th semester now) because it has a bit of everything I like.


3.-Cat people yay!!

As far as I can remember I've had cats as pet. My love for cats started after watching a lot of Tom & Jerry, I hated how Tom was made to look like the bad guy even when Jerry was the one that started it, so I got a kitty and treated him well like he deserved (and of course, I named him Tom :P). Now I think that the media has something against cats, and that's why pretty much every cat (except maybe for Felix) is shown as the bad guy (even Top Cat, with his behind the alley business). This in no way means I hate dogs or mice.


Pic taken by me, special fx by Rocky :)


4.- I get along way better with girls than with guys.

From what I've been reading from the other "10 things" blogs this is kinda common among us here :).

It has its ups and downs for me, on the good side I get gifts ^_^ (candy, cake, coffee, tortas, sandwiches, cupcakes) often and I meet lots of girls, on the bad side it's really easy for me to get friend zoned (It's not rare for me to get a "Guys are jerks, except for you") and I have a tendency to have problems with the boyfriends of my friends.


5.-I didn't have an avatar for the longest time

I knew I should get one, but I really really liked the robot in the default one. I think I spent like a year before getting the one I have.


6.- I was with Dex in the male nerdcore contest back in the days

Click at your own risk :O


7.- I need to make gift wrapping special

It all started with the first xmas gift I bought for my best friend, I didn't want to wrap it normal like, so I made it look like it was wrapped last minute with torn up paper and the "to: from:" with crossed out names and below those ours. After that I got this obsession of making the wrapping of my 3 best friend's something awesome, weird or annoying, I think about that as much, or even more, than the gift.


Some of the wrapping I've taken picture of, I hate not having a picture of the one I wrapped with wax.

8.- I love sweets
Of everykind, I wouldn't be surprised if I already had diabetes :P, I eat cake, cookies, m&m's, kit kats, butterfingers, reese's (love pieces), duvalins, mazapan, tutsipops, ice cream all the time. I even carry sprinkles with me in my backpack :P.


My best friend and my dessert after eating on xmas eve's day

9.- I love Coffee
Supposedly my grandpa used to give sips when I was a baby, still, I can't get through the day without coffee, is not even that I get sleepy without it, I'm just used to having a nice latte after eating. I like coffee so much that my best friend's xmas present was a candy dispenser filled with chocolate covered espresso beans.


10.- I'm indecisive/impulsive
I overthink things a lot, so I'll end up thinking about doing something for the longest time ever, or just doing it without thinking.   read


11:19 PM on 01.04.2009

(NVGR) Luna's Gingerbread Man Slaughter 2009









I'm really not sure how I survived.   read


2:34 AM on 09.03.2008

Small Thanks To Everyone

I’m really tired, still dealing with postpax sadness and with a ton of school stuff to catch up with, yet I feel that saying thanks to all of you, even in a short manner, is something way more important.


I’ve read some of the blogs that are already up about pax trying to steal (yeah I’m mexican) some words, but all I can say is thanks Niero, thanks for making this amazing club and thanks for letting us join in. This will sound fucking cheesy, but if there’s a heaven, I can’t imagine the surreal dream like feeling of meeting again with the people you cared about in life being that much different from meeting all of you guys in person.


Thanks again everyone, I think I managed the incredible task of hanging out at least a couple of mins with everyone of you <3<3<3. Now I gotta go read some stupid ethics book which I'm pretty sure will lack Necros on Fire.   read


1:45 AM on 07.31.2008

Amazing SMW Image Merges Levels





A friend sent me this amazing image from the place that should not be named.

As you can see it contains a ton of characters from SMW and a merger of the different types of levels. Even if the dolphins aren't around I'm pretty sure Chad will like this picture.

PS: I did try looking for the original source of the image, but I couldn't find anything besides gravity codes for the SMW roms :/   read





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