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7:27 PM on 09.13.2010

My Farewell.

I'm leaving destructoid. And before any of you say “I don't care”, realize you don't have to post on this blog. I've been pondering how everyone turned against me and how people think I am such a noob/jerk/troll/etc. Then it hit me. Some of you hear what I say. And if it's not In sync with what I say, then you immediately shut me down.

However most of the destructoid community is nice. My first blog made me feel at home. But as I dug deeper into my vidja thoughts, I was assaulted. And I'm not blaming you. We're all open to our opinions, and such. Also it seems that I should wait, or maybe come back when I learn that to be liked, I have to agree and acknowledge everything everyone else is.

I know there are a few amazing people within the destructoid community, but the negatives outweigh the positives.

I'll be here for news only. I have no reason to speak anymore towards you all.   read

8:28 PM on 09.12.2010

Why I don't like Halo

I've been flamed. I've been questioned. I've had death threats sent to me. Why? Cause I don't like Halo. And it's funny. When Jim Sterling says he doesn't like it, everyone's like, “LOLTHATSOK, YOUR JIM STERLING. YOU HAVE IMMUNITY FROM INSULTS TOWARDS YOUR OPINION”.

Not even fucking joking. The first moment I said I don't like halo, users started bashing me. When Jim says it, everyone lols.

Anyways, here's a good number of reasons why I don't like Halo. And if you don't agree, talk about it. Don't flame shit.

1. Gun Design.

The game takes place in the future, but it feels like the guns aren't futuristic enough. And futuristic weapons aren't that kickass unless the really do something amazing. Because if I see a real gun in CoD, I'm like “Yeah, I know that gun is amazing. I have proof. It exists, I know it works.” but in Halo it's like “Ok, a futuristic weapon that doesn't look much like it's futuristic and I don't know if it's really powerful or not”.

Halo Weaponry

There are a few examples.

Why CoD is better: The guns exist, therefore, you see what they're aiming for. Halo just hopes it does it right. CoD is basing it off of real life weaponry. Also, it fits the mood the game goes after.

Why Unreal 3 is better: The game takes place in the future and the weapons, are very futuristic. The Redeemer, for example. It's a HANDHELD NUKE!

2. Lack of Adrenaline

With Halo, there seems to be a lack of adrenaline in the game. There aren't nukes, there are no care packages. There are no real random events. The game is just sorta...there. It might make the game more “fair”, but it takes away the excitement. I don't want to play a game where everyone has the same amount of kills and deaths. I want to play a game that I can take on people much better than me and eventually get better than them.

Why CoD is better: Care packages add a hint of excitement with, “What am I gonna get?” and nukes make you feel like a true vidja gamer.

3. Master Chief...Really?

First off, crappy name choice. Master Chief. It sounds like the same thing to me, right? Mind as well just call him Master Master.

Why CoD is better: “Soap”, “Ghost”, “Taco”. Not even joking, Taco was my favorite MW2 character.

Why Metroid Prime is better: Samus Aran

Why Saving Private Ryan is better: Private Ryan

4. Samus and Army Man Hybrid.

+ =

5. The Halo song is sung by Beyonce.


6. This happens


ALSO, when I say “---- is better”, I mean at that specific category. Halo does one thing nicely, and that's grenades.   read

8:51 PM on 09.07.2010

Today, At Gamestop.

Another Gamestop horror story, and how people behind the counter don't know anything. So anyways, I walk into gamestop with $30 at my disposal. So I'm like “Ya know what I want? Parappa.”

So I go up to the counter and the guy's like “What can I help you with?”

“Yeah, I'm looking for a pretty old ps2 game, Parappa the Rappa 2.”

The Guy says “Oh yeah, I know that one, but it's for PS1”.

My extensive knowledge of Parappa had me insulted by such an idiotic statement. Another guy next to him goes, “Yeah, I remember Jammer lammy but..” And there my faith is restored. He knows there is a great game that exists. Then he says “But Parappa the rapper 2 was on PS1”.

Faith lost, I continue to argue. “Yeah, well my search has been a bit tough but..”

The guy interrupts, “Yeah, cause it's for PS1”.

This guy thinks I'm a f*cking moron. What the shit.

I said “No, I've rented it before. For ps2.”

The guy drops the most massively insulting bomb the world has yet to encounter. “You know PS1 games run on a PS2 Right?”


I give up and say, “No. You're wrong, it's ON PS2!”.

He gives me the evil eye and hops on google. Then he says, “Nope, PS1”.

I'm about to burst into tears. This guy then makes it worse.

“Oh, I see what I did, I spelt Parappa with 1 p.”


“The closest copy in a Gamestop for $7 is about....78 miles from here”.

I will find that Gamestop, and I will have my revenge on that crappy gamestop guy.

How dare he insult me in such a way!

Also, yes, my blog is FMA brotherhood themed. I know. I don't like any animes BUT this one. Seriously. Amazing.   read

9:14 PM on 09.06.2010

That's just too big. Or too small.

That's what she said. Anyways, I love a good game. So I like Just cause 2. Oblivion was okay. Fallout 3 was nice. Farcry 2 was enjoyable. Guild Wars was cool. But they all have one bit of a flaw. It's nothing game ruining, but it seems to becoming more of a problem over time.

Large gameplay areas/maps. [By this, I am NOT referring to linear and non-linear games].

My mind can barely even imagine the true size of the world, so a video game one is still a problem, especially when it's the size of Elder Scroll II Dragonscroll. That's overkill guys. Because then it'll either:

1) Get boring.
2) Repeat itself
3) Become a Hassle on item-collecting quests
4) Not have a full map with every part detailed, forcing you to be like: "What?"

If it can keep the map going by making an interesting change left and right and keep me entertained, then sure. But maps can't be too small or:

1) Get Boring.
2) Quests are easy.
3) Nothing entertaining.

Like Conduit's multiplayer. Everyone has a gun and sprays everywhere in a small area and hope people die.

Anyways, maps are a bit of a toughie. Burnout Paradise's map was okay because it didn't really rely on the map, it was just drive till ya find something.

So, in summary, Developers please, don't make maps so friggin big that I'll be either confused or lose self esteem (by the fact I can't kee up) but also, don't make them so small that I'll get bored.

EXTRA: Video game maps comparison   read

12:52 PM on 09.05.2010

Preview: Gun Game, One in the Chamber

If you've been reading about Black Ops because you're excited, then you MUST have heard about these. They're two new game modes in Black ops' multiplayer. "Gun Game" gives you a crap weapon, then by getting more kills, it upgrades. By being killed, you downgrade. "One in the Chamber" gives you a handgun with 1 bullet and tac knife. 1-shot kills. If you kill someone, you get their bullet and continue, but if not, then you have to rely on knifing.

I've been playing the modded servers of Mw2, which already have these two game modes created. Gun Game has been around longer than Black ops' multiplayer reveal, however. Anyways, here's the previewing of it:

Gun Game

Modern Warfare 2 does this beastly. There are several versions. My favorite was the 1-kill upgrade where you start with unlimited throwing knives and got an upgrade every level and the upgrade was slightly better. And some give you massive upgrades after three kills, such as going from RPG to Model Akimbo.

However, MW2 versions don't let you downgrade. Which makes a lot more sense. Because if you're facing someone amazing at it, they'll have unlimited Javelins while you have a throwing knife. Downgrading sucks. They should at least make "safe zones" where at a certain level, you can't drop below it, like in the show "Who want's to be a millionaire." This way, after they achieved x, they can't drop below x.

Let's hope Treyarch understands, and if they don't, then let's hope they patch it.

One in the Chamber



This game mode is glorious. We were playing at Scrapyard and I was doing terrible, but having a blast wit it. We all got a revolver with tac knife and we were running and knifing, trying to collect more bullets. And it worked wonders. Hard? Yes. Fun? Definitely. Treyarch CANT screw this one up.   read

1:47 PM on 09.04.2010

The "I Am BACK Destructoid" Blog.

Crappy title? Sure. But I'm back so who cares? You might not have realized I haven't posted a blog lately, well that's cause, I haven't had internet. I lost mine quite a little while ago. So yeah, it's great to be back. Time to get to today's show.

Xbox's Platinum Service

Nation, I'm against those who want money so badly even though they have more than plenty. I dislike Activision, for example. However they still make great games, so who cares? But now Microsoft has offered this new service, which speculation leads to it being $100 for "virtual goods" or "Internet Television" according to Micheal Pachter. I think he's full of analytical crap. Regardless however, this will be one thing I'm strictly against. All I want is to play with others in CoD.

Black Ops Multiplayer

I've played Gun game before, and it was a BLAST. You would start with a throwing knife, and every kill you got something slightly better. Then there was the other version, which started you with a handgun, and you got a nice upgrade every 3 kills. Seriously, LOOK FORWARD TO THIS. Treyarch will NOT dissapoint. They already have the right ideas.

The New Pokemon Black/White

My god this commercial looks like it's a whole new game. My Main "Beef" with the pokemon series was that each sequel was a tiny graphical boost and different pokemon. But it's getting really neat. The 3D rendering is beautiful. I hope it succeeds, then dies shortly after. End it here, Pokemon.

Also, it's (Poke- ee - Mon), not (Poke - ay -mon)

That's it for now. I hope to post my Monthly Musing Later.   read

8:31 PM on 08.29.2010

Borderlands, and Why I hate it so much.

I was excited for Borderlands. Thousands of weapon creations? A nice graphical style! Sounds AWESOME pause not.
Somewhere, something went horribly wrong.

The concept of the game was nice. The Execution, terrible. Here's why:

1. Little character customization. I can overlook this somewhat for it being a shooter, but if it's going to let you pick a character, why not one you create?

2. Everything spawns in the same area everytime. This is SO friggin ridiculous. And if I misspelled than, then MS office failed me again. Anyways, Yeah. It gets ANNOYING. When you start off, after a few plays lasting 30 mins each, you can close your eyes, snipe, and kill 3-10 skaags because they all spawn from the same caves everytime, and the poop spawns in the same place every time too. The money spawns in the same place.

3. Bosses (Nine toes, for example) come back to life. And you can kill them again and re-loot everything they had. That's cheating, because everytime you killed Nine toes, you got like $4000, and kill him several times and you can buy the vault.

4. Repetitive Gameplay. The Borderlands formula is like this
x= object, X = Enemy
"Kill X -> Find x -> Buy x -> Kill Bigger X -> Find more x -> Buy better x".
Prove me wrong Dtoiders!

5. It has expansion packs. When you make a crappy game, you can't build onto it. Just look at Alpha Protocol. They realized "Whoops, we sucked" and gave up THEN AND THERE. I respect that. That's logical thinking. But so many gamers were impressed with the mediocre game that it gets expansions.

6. This has the same story line of One Piece.

^^^ He's going after a legendary treasure too. And it's hidden! Probably in a vault somewhere..

7. Claptrap. People are like "He's cute/funny/cool". He's not. He's basically the "I try to hard to be appealing" robot. He's all liek, "Check me out, I'm Dancing! I'm Dancing!"
He's not cute. He's a robot.
Want a Good robot? Look at Marvin from "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy". He's unintentionally hilarious. Great success.

8. Guns...aren't that exciting.
Sure, they have good uses. Burning people, poisioning them. Jolly good times. But so? It fires like a normal bullet. I like to see some showing-off when I blast a incendinary shotgun shell into Nine Toes.
For Example of "Showing-off", see Metroid Other M "Power Bomb activation". Well it's not showing off, but it makes one POWERFUL move look POWERFULLY epic. Rather than a gun that goes pew-pew.

9. This game is so terrible, it made my MS Word go to double spacing without consulting me.

10. This game overall is terrible. It's like a T-bone without meat. It's got the basic foundation of a game we all would love to play, but has nothing new or good about it. It's the same thing every time. A hard piece of hardened bone marrow that I myself shall never play again.
Also, I'm glad Windows 7 Ultimate wiped Borderlands off of my HDD last night. Yes, I got Windows 7. I'm a bit late. I BLAME BORDERLANDS ARHGHASFMNALGNASg   read

8:37 PM on 08.28.2010

Shitstorm Incoming. Or that’s what they say

Believe it or not, I got a copy of Metroid Other M for being so fantastically awesome. If I went into detailing about how I became so important in the gaming industry, I’d have to kill you.

Now I realize this is a quick 2-blog session for me, having two appear at such a similar time..but I just... have to say something. I was reading over the Metroid Other M Review’s comments here on Destructoid, and I was very disappoint how SO MANY PEOPLE accepted the man’s opinion as a FACT and said stuff like

“Thanks a LOT Team ninja”
“Wow, bad to see they goofed”.

Destructoid is very reliable, and I agree with a LOT of stuff they say. But don’t accept one’s opinion as your own unless you are 100% sure that you yourself believe it, done research on it, and accept it.

So yes, I have played Metroid other M. The issues with switching from NES-style to Metroid Prime-style were VERY annoying. That was an issue. Also, pulling off some finishers was a bit sluggish. Everything else is fine, playable, and enjoyable. The game feels fast-paced but lacks fast-paced action. You’ll be running to awesome music, with gun charged, but no need to use it unless it’s a bug at your foot.

It also has some hilarious, unintentional scenes, like the one I dropped an elevator on myself. I know one of you are going to do the same, if you actually buy the game.

Bottom line: Don’t accept a reviewer’s opinion because they said it. Go play it for yourself. Honestly, I think it’s worth a buy. If I were to rate it, I’d say 8.5-9.


7:21 PM on 08.28.2010

Developers, Developers, Developers, Developers….

Dear Developers, I know it’s been a hard while for you lately, seeing people like EA close down several pieces of itself due to not having money. I’m gonna let you all in on a little secret. And it will pay off. Trust me.

Make games simple, yet original.

Obvious? Maybe. Makes sense? Definitely.

We’re reaching a point in the gaming industry where some games are just trying too hard to be successful. And it makes such big screw ups. Now don’t get me wrong, a “Hardcore”/ “Advanced” game is good every now and then, but if you can’t pull it off or have trouble doing so, then stick to this idea. Here are a few games to base your ideas off of:

Left 4 Dead

Simple on the outside, highly advanced on the inside. This game has like 3 things on screen. Your ammo, health, and your gun. There’s about 5 or so buttons. WSAD for walking, Left click to shoot, R to reload, 1-5 to change weapons (I won’t even count that as a button seeing as it’s so easy it’s proving my point anyways).

The idea; Shoot stuff.

It’s simple, yet pulls off very well. Pulls in casual players with the simple controls and gameplay, and pulls in hardcore gamers with special infected and other game modes.

Story can easily drive people away from video games. Which is what some developers are oblivious to. Some just want to aim, shoot, walk. Which makes Left 4 dead so amazing. Zombies are here. Story over.

Plants vs. Zombies

There are pacifists out there. They don’t want any games that involve killing people. Like my father for example. He used to be a non-pacifist in the good ‘ol UT 1998 days, but now he’s against killing game characters. Although he does play Chicken Invaders 3. Christmas edition. Easter edition is for ****ies.

That’s what Plants vs. Zombies does. Makes the game violent, but in a cartoony/funny/not-so-bad kind of way. And the game has ONE BUTTON. Left click.

Also, no story.

This is probably the best example of the idea “Keep it simple, yet original.” The game has one button, no story, no real violence, and is very original.

Intelligent Qube

Mentioned on my last blog, this was the prime example of simple and original on the PSx. Two buttons, excluding directions. Destroy boxes. Destroy Green boxes. Green boxes eliminate anything in a 3x3 box. Don’t destroy black boxes.

This game has the least amount of story than the other two.

“How did these killer boxes get here and WHY THE HELL AM I ON A FLAOTING STACK OF BOXES IN A BLACK ABYSS?!”

Which also makes it more interesting to come up with your own story. Maybe the guy’s dreaming. Maybe he’s in the purgatory? Maybe he is tripping off acid? Maybe he’s having a mindf*** after reading one of Jim Sterling’s troll posts.


[i]Again, I have no problems with Advanced games and I love them. But occasionally, try this out for size.

Sincerely, Kytherno.[/i]   read

5:29 PM on 08.27.2010

Why you can’t play Metroid Other M while worrying it’ll be bad.

Nation, I’ve heard so many people wonder “Is Metroid Other M gonna be good?” The answer is a DEFINITE…


Anyways, this is a bad mind-set. Thinking something’ll be terrible/bad/awful/Borderlands makes you focus on that negativity the whole time you play the game. It’s why 99% of blind dates don’t work. Someone is thinking “I’m so afraid, this might be terrible!” because then they start the date and they focus on “Might be terrible” so much that it becomes worse than it might be.

So before you even spend a moment thinking, “I’m afraid”, get that thought out of your head. Think more like “It’ll be as good, as it truly is.” Because then you won’t focus on the negativity.

This has been a helpful hint from your truly.

*Peut-etre means “Maybe” for all of those not knowing French.   read

7:19 PM on 08.23.2010

Two Games: Silent Bomber and Intelligent Qube

“Mathew,” they’d say. “What’s a good game I haven’t played?”

Usually, I’d respond “Parappa the Rapper”. But that’s not the case here.


There are two games I don’t think many have heard about. Both for the PSX, they were games hidden among other greats that got more attention then they did. (Like how timesplitters 3 > Halo 3, but no one ever paid attention to that!)

Silent Bomber

This is the first huge diamond in the rough no one really thinks about when you say PS1, PSX, Or Sony PS. They think “FF VII”. Usually.

Anyways this game was a fast paced, arcade-style game that nailed everything it aimed for. Multiplayer was sluggish, Story wasn’t good. But hey, this is the PSX times. This was when having a story wasn’t as big of a deal as it is today. The gameplay more than makes up for it.

I don’t endorse piracy, but my motto is “Doesn’t matter if it’s not sold anymore”, relating to console or games. Because then they’re profit-less anyways. So I don’t care if people pirate SNES, NES, PSX, or any other system. So here’s your reason to. The makers of this game are no longer making any profits from it. GO EMULATE IT!

This game is worth every second of your PS. Well, this, and…

Intelligent Qube

This is a very simple game. Destroy blocks. Don’t destroy black ones. Destroy Green and destroy extra. Simple, yet addictive and challenging at the same time. This game I wouldn’t be bothered if other pirated it, because I believe only 3 copies of this game were actually released. I’ve done my research. No one in this world has ever said “I’ve played that RETAIL game”. All I’ve seen on websites were “I’d play that demo 9001 times! Then the demo broke. CRUNCH! I’ll add it to the heap.”

In fact, this game might be a myth. Maybe ISO releasers of it just finished the game for the developers. Who knows? Either way, this game is great.   read

9:57 AM on 08.16.2010

Medal Of Honor: I bet you’re tired of hearing about it.

Nation, I’m sick of hearing about this. Fox News pushed me to make this blog purely about how Medal of Honor isn’t doing a bad thing here.

I know plenty of people are pissed about this, and for some of you it strikes home. But no matter what, a War game will "strike home" for somebody. So I’m not telling you “Don’t feel bad, don’t be bothered”, just don’t make such a ruckus out of it.

WW II games have existed for so friggin long. I don’t remember any games where you play as the Nazis, true, but the feeling is still there. WW II was still such a tragic time for discrimination and scapegoats. Although you don’t see it in WW II games, the feeling is still there. And because you can’t just “see” it, people don’t complain. It’s making a game out of a serious, violent event. Yet let’s ignore that, because that doesn’t matter. It’s not happening now.

I’m not a big fan of South Park, but they occasionally make good points. For example, they say that it takes time for something to lessen the seriousness of it.

So if MoH was making this game in the future, after the war, a LOT less people would complain. Guaranteed. But still, all in all, it’s just a game! It does take influence from real-life events, and it offends people, but what war game doesn’t offend Someone? Even Halo offends aliens and humans.

Playing as the Taliban wasn’t the smartest move for MoH, but for such an…extinct series of games, what better way to boost sales? Although everyone talks negative about it, everyone knows about it by now. So if you walk on a street and say “Medal of Honor Taliban” hundreds of people will be like “Yeah, I heard about that”. And there are still plenty of people like me, who don’t give a shit, and realize that it is just a game.

Now if playing as the Taliban meant you controlled a real life Taliban and whoever you killed in game was killed in real life, then YES, WE GOT A PROBLEM.

I’m getting this game, because I feel as though it will be a good FPS, because I’ve played some previous. Call me a demon, devil, or Taliban soldier. I don’t give a crap.   read

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