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11:19 PM on 06.13.2013

Gaming Injurys

Have you ever sustained an injury while playing a video game? How did it happen?

I've definitely given myself quite a few blisters mashing Hadokens on super nintendo, or the middle of my palm playing mario party on N64. I think the most notable and painful was when playing through Afro Samurai on the more difficult setting. I was near the end of the game, making my way to the last boss. I was what Ninja Ninja would call a "Button Mashing Mother F*****". I was mashing buttons so hard that the next day my thumb was extremely sensitive, it felt like i had bruised underneath my thumbnail somehow and my opposite arm felt like I had tendonitis from squeezing the L triggers so hard. I ended up beating the game but for the next few days my shit was hurting.

I felt foolish for hurting myself playing a game, but also proud that I had beaten it on the more difficult setting.   read


7:37 PM on 05.28.2013

Armikrog



New point and click adventure from the makers of The Neverhood and Earthworm Jim. It looks really cool, just hit Kickstarter today. 20$ gets you a DRM-free digital download. If you're a fan of stop motion and clay animation you might get a kick out of this. Here's a link to the Kickstarter for Armikrog. Check it out!   read


2:08 AM on 03.28.2013

Is anyone as excited as I am about MGS5?


I was a initially a little upset to learn that Ground Zeros is going to be the prologue for MGS5: The Phantom Pain. Only because I would have liked to have two new Meal Gear Games. After thinking about it a little more, MGS2 and MGS3 both had similar prologue missions that lasted a couple hours. Both of those games were very successful in my opinion.

MGS5 looks amazing and I am very excited to check it out. In the mean time I think I'll boot up the HD Collection and finally commit to playing through Peace Walker since it looks like the story is somewhat related to that of PW.

So, are you guys hyped? Looks like snake is missing an arm now too. CQC with a hook?   read


12:44 AM on 03.16.2013

Most underrated games


What is a game you really like but doesn't seem to have gotten the attention it deserves? What makes it so great?

For me I think that on game I really (still) enjoy is Star Ocean: The Second Story. I haven't really played through the newer games but but I do own them. I am not sure how much I like the direction they have gone since the merger with Squaresoft (SO:TSS was made by Tri-Ace and published by Enix). I have mixed feelings about a lot of Square-Enix's more recent games but I'll save that for another day.



For me this game stood out because of the level of options you had for how to play the game, You could chose from two different main characters Claude and Rena. Depending on this choice you have to ability to recruit different people through out the game.



There is also an option when starting a new game to choose the style of battle. I remember reading somewhere that there are over 80 possible endings in this game. I could go on and on about why I like it, but I would like to hear about your most underrated games.   read


3:34 PM on 02.14.2013

Ni No Kuni Battle AI



I have to say I like this game a lot, I'm not very far in but so far the AI is my only gripe. The Battle AI has been really frustrating. It seems like the tactics aren't really all that effective in controlling the AI. It just seems to make the worst possible decision in any given situation. I end up having to fight bosses multiple times because the AI thinks that the best way to fight a huge fire boss, that is weak against water is to get up close attack it with Oliver's wand for 1 dmg, rather than cast a spell that will to 60-70..

I am sure there is a combination of having the right familiar set up with the right tactic that would prove at least some what more useful. I noticed when fighting Moltan or whatever that thing on the volcano is that the AI NEVER anticipates big attacks by defending or evading. Even worse the AI actually canceled defend when I used it in anticipation of a large attack (I was trying to switch to other character to defend/evade with them too) and both my characters took full dmg from it. I wonder if Level-5 could patch the AI or something to make it more effective. A quick Google search for "Ni No Kuni AI" shows that I am not the only one who has had problems with this.   read


11:38 AM on 01.10.2013

What 5 games are you looking forward to in 2013?

Alternatively, what games you already own do you see your self continuing to play in 2013?

I would be interested to see what some of the Dtoid staff have there eyes set on.



My five picks for 2013 would probably look something like this.


Tomb Raider

Ni No Kuni

Castlevania: LOS 2

MGS: Ground Zeroes

The Last of Us




A few games I see my self continuing to play excessively in 2013 are..


SFxT, UMVC3, SF3OE

Diablo 3, CS:GO

Skyrim, FFXIII, MGS:HD Collection   read


7:52 PM on 03.01.2012

Fighting Game Documentry (kickstarter)

Check out this kickstarter fundraiser for a documentry my friend is making. Make a donation if your interested in helping out.
Fighting Game Documentary

Cheers   read


12:45 PM on 01.29.2012

Location: Shadow Moses



(SPOILER ALERT: If you have not played Metal Gear Solid their may be some spoilers, though I don't think its anything too major that would ruin your experience. Proceed with caution)

Shadow Moses Island, Alaska.

Called out of retirement, Solid Snake is tasked with destroying the bi-pedal nuclear tank (Metal Gear Rex) thought to be housed in the nuclear facility on Shadow Moses Island. Behind the development of Rex and plot to use it, is a terrorist cell comprised of members of Snakes former commando unit FOXHOUND. Alone, Snake infiltrates and fights his way to the heart of the island to face off with his mysterious brother the leader of the terrorist cell Liquid Snake.



Looking back on the game now its hard to tell that when this game came out the visuals were actually quite impressive. The different areas of the island were all unique, wildlife (Wolves, Rats, Ravens ect.) added character to otherwise empty spaces and made the game feel more lifelike. The radar was very accurate in showing the layout of a specific area and with plenty of hidden areas and alternative routes.

In Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, a grey-haired Snake returns to to Shadow Moses island. The place has been abandoned since "The Shadow Moses Incident" (the events of MGS1). Walking around to different locations triggers the recollection of memorable codec transmissions and flashback cut-scenes remembering what the area looked the first time Snake visited the island.


Being the first game I played in the series, I'll never forget the location of the SOCOM, repeatedly tapping the O button to regain life as you resist Ocelots torture or the the dramatic battles with Sniper Wolf and ultimately facing off with Liquid. If you are a fan of the series and have not picked up the HD collection, I highly suggest checking it out. It does not include a remake of MGS1, Hopefully one day we'll get something like that.
I can't wait to see what comes next in the series.

Cheers   read


11:48 AM on 01.25.2012

Location: Skyrim

Some of the most memorable locations of video games I have played include: Shadow Moses Island(MGS), Sanctuary(Diablo series), Expel & Energy Nede (StarOcean:2nd Story), Little Big Planet(Little Big Planet), Ozwell E. Spencer's Mansion (Resident Evil 5: Lost In Nightmares DLC), Earth (Onimusha series), Final Fantasy games also do a good job with the setting of their games for the most part, they tend to be very interesting places with a good amount of depth into the story behind the specific locations as well as being very visually appealing.I am sure there are more great locations but this is what I came up with off the top of my head. Also, Skyrim! (Skyrim).

(Side note: so far I am intrigued by the setting of Resident Evil 6)

I agree that a games setting is very important. If you want your game to have any replay value whatsoever you need to have a location that makes the player want to return.   read


3:32 PM on 01.19.2012

Call Of Duty 3 (private matches)

Why doesn't call of duty modern warfare 3 have the awesome game modes like gun game and one in the chamber on public playlists? I noticed them in the custom modes in the private match set up but its a pain in the ass trying to get enough random people to join the game. Anyone have any idea why they don't have these modes on public playlists?   read


3:23 PM on 01.12.2012

What I Want in 2012: Diablo III

I am really excited to play Diablo III. To this day Diablo II remains one of my favorite games to play online even with all the spam bots and lag. It's amazing that after 10 years there are still quite a few people playing online. Another reason I am looking forward to the newest edition to the Diablo series is that it really has an interesting and exciting story line thus far and I can't wait to find out what happens next!

I think It is safe for me to say that the Diablo series is my personal favorite of blizzard's games. They have done a great job of adding new content and keeping things interesting and I hope they continue to do so with Diablo III. I would not be surprised to see some sort of expansion with new characters and quests like the Lord Of Distruction within the next couple years.

Diablo has one more thing that is really awesome. My dad likes to play it! I have been playing PC games since I was 5-6 years old and my dad showed me how to load them up from a Directory in MS-Dos. He would take me to computer trade show type things and would get me those 1000 shareware games on one CD deals. I can remember being introduced to awesome games like Commander Keen, Monster Bash, Raptor: Call of the Shadows, Duke Nukem 3D, Shadow Warrior and many more..

In addition to defending sanctuary from whatever with my dad, I am also excited that a lot of old friends who I used to play Diablo II with will be joining the battle. It will be good to reconnect and battle a long side them once again. Be warned foul demons and beasts of Diablo III I am coming for you!   read


10:39 AM on 12.28.2011

Resolutions: Playstation Move & MadCatz TE

Long forgotten is my Resolution of 2011. I have just decided that for 2012 I would like to do a few things video game related. Hopefully writing it down here will help me to accomplish it, and not forget about it.

First, I would like to get through my current library of Ps3 games. I got a lot of new games this year, most of them in the last couple months. Some I have already gone through but would like to go back and unlock more trophys and beat them on a higher difficulty ect. This Is actually quite a daunting task when I think about it. Some of the games like Skyrim and MGS:HDC I expect to take a great deal of time to even come close to completion. At the end of this article I'll include a list of all the games I currently have for the ps3 and it might give you an idea what I am up against.

Now on top of this first part of my resolution, I have two new types of controllers for my ps3. A MadCatz TE Fightstick I bought online for 60$ an a Playstation Move SharpShooter thing I just got for Christmas. My resolution involving these new controllers is to master their use, or at least become more competent than I am now. I have had the Fightstick for a few months and am starting to get the hang of it, I have a long way to go though. I really don't have much skill when It comes to linking big combos for massive amounts of DMG and mostly find myself relying on a few specific moves and trying to be conservative about taking hits. I don't really have much to say about the SharpShooter yet I have maybe 1.5 Hours game time with it so far. I have started playing Killzone 3 with it and seem to be doing okay, I know that I would be doing much better with a Six Axis but the challenge of using the SharpShooter is entertaining and keeps me engaged in the game. I think that it was the same way with the Fightstick at first, I'm not sure If I am better now with it than a SA. I definitely think these controllers are fun but don't expect them to actually improve my game, in Fighting games and FPS's respectively, overnight. If anyone has any tips about learning to link big combos with a Fightstick or tricks for calibrating or adjusting settings for optimizing efficiency with the SharpShooter, leave me a comment or send me a message.

Finally, I have a resolution that has less to do with video games. I want to take more photos and build a portfolio of the photos I have taken of my friends over the years since I studied photography in High School and at the Santa Rosa JC. I also want to continue reading and writing as I have started to do more and more recently and I am really enjoying it.

I hope you all have a Happy New Year and wish you good luck with your own resolutions!


(PS3 Games: Afro Samurai, COD:WaW-BO-MW3, Castlevania:LOS, MVC2-3, KIllzone3, RE5:Gold, Skyrim, MGS:HDC, Tekken6, Red Dead Redemption, MGS4, Fallout3, Fallout:NV, FFXIII, StarOcean:TLH International, DeadNation, Little Big Planet)   read





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