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1:06 AM on 07.13.2008

Gamers: Did we forget to grow up?

This week, as you may or may not know, is the launch of The Dark Knight, and like many others I have been counting down(2 days 18 hours), taken the day off work and will be seeing the first screening I could get tickets for. Now obviously, I have been asked by MANY people why it is so important to see that first screening, why can't I just wait to see it that night? And I thought to myself, I wanna see it now dammit! the soonest I can see it I will... But I'm not the only one thinking like this, I said, my friends are all going for the midnight launches in the states. And then it hit me... only my "nerd friends" as my girl friends from high school so lovingly call them, are as excited as I am.

Now many of you probably get the same thing but my family and friends are constantly telling me I need to grow out of all of this stuff, and that video games are for children. And the two things combined, an obsession with "toys" and a lack of patience, begs the question, has a part of us forgotten to "grow up"? At what point did other people start thinking, "oh I'll get that in a couple of weeks" or "oh yeh that movie looks pretty cool, I might try and see that", and we stayed in the frame of mind of "I must get that game as soon as it comes out" or as I like to call it the Veruca Salt syndrome.


I WANT IT AND I WANT IT NOW!..... sound familiar?

We've all done it, gone to a midnight launch or at 9am to be one of the first to get our hands on our game of choice, but why? Please dont think I'm criticising, but the question begs to be asked, why must everything be so childish about it. Think of it this way, how many times has a release date been pushed and the first thing that happens is a flood of angry blogs about how useless the game developers must be and so on and so forth. After babysitting for many years, I noticed that this is strangely familiar to another scenario, a child is told they can't have something and what do they do? They drop to the floor, kicking and screaming, bawling their eyes out until they get what they want or tire themselves out(or have the living shit beaten out of them if they have shitty parents). And how many times have we heard about violence at midnight launches, or people lining up for hours or even days on end to be the first people to get it? Are we all just children throwing tantrums but with the means of money, writing skills and a lack of a curfew? Is the video game industry just another excuse to stay a kid for some of us?



Now all this said, I am not going to change, I love the idea of getting games early and being the first to have something, but this had just been on my mind and wondered if anyone else had noticed the similarities. The next time someone asks you if you're going to a midnight launch or anything like that, ask yourself, if a 5 year old was in your situation, what things would he do differently?
Oh yeah, he might goto bed once he got home because he has school the next day.

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9:09 AM on 07.08.2008

The FooLiz FooTrip FooTacular

Hello again my little koala bears, it is time to give you the schedule of the Tour De FooLiz or the Epic SufFoo West Coast Tour whatever you wanna call it, we haven't thought of a good name yet.
I will be flying in to Los Angeles, California @ lunchtime on August 18th where Charlie and Suff0cat (aka Andy) are picking me up from there airport. and from the 18th til the 22nd I'm staying at the Marriott. Chad has promised me a party on the night of the 22nd so I plan on not sleeping much that night.
Then on the 23rd of August, Andy and I fly to San Francisco and arrive mid afternoon, at which point in time we plan on finding our way to Husky's house or kicking a hobo out of his box(I'll give him my jacket so it's Bruce Wayne style though).
At some stage CTZ has promised me a trip to Six Flags which I am putting on record here so if it doesn't happen you guys can be pissed with me.
27th August we leave San Fran and fly to Seattle and arrive at 3:30pm where we will meet up with the rest of our Dtoid family.
At some stage I will be doing a Jimi Hendrix tour which will consist of visiting his grave, the Jimi Hendrix museum and also the statue. Any other suggestions would be wonderful.
We are staying at the Roosevelt in the best room ever which consists of Me, Andy, Riser, Keener, Blehman and Phist. Oh and Nintendoll for the first night.
The hotel is booked til the 1st September so that night we're going out and causing trouble with the stragglers left behind from PAX and flying out at 8am Sept 2nd.
10:45am September 2nd: Riser Glen, Suff0cat and FooLiz invade Las Vegas(oh dang!)
Party our asses off for 2 nights and then say goodbye to Riser Glen on the 4th September in the mid afternoon, and then fly back to Los Angeles.
I don't fly back to Australia until 9:30pm September 7th so I have a few more tourist/party days but where I'm staying is still being decided, and whether Andy sticks around for the last couple of days is dependant on if he is sick of me or not.
So if you wanna hang out at any of this tour, you are more than welcome.

You may also use this blog as a place to post prayers for Suff0cat considering his bravery of spending 3 weeks with me!

Oh and also here is a picture my friend shooped of me as The Joker

Why So Serious?   read

3:34 AM on 07.07.2008

FooLiz follows Mxyzptlk's lead and talks about games she's playing

After reading Mxyzptlk's blog about games he's playing, I decided to follow his lead. Sooooo here is my list.

*****I am aware you may not care so here is a video to entertain you while I ramble that I feel is quite apt*****

I've been playing alot of 360 because it's the only console I havent let somebody borrow atm.
So I just recently bought Ninja Fagden 2 like many others and I really like it, it's hard as fuck but good. I love hack and slash games so I knew this would be right up my alley. When I started it I chose to do it on warrior because I think doing hack and slash on an easy level is a cop out and I'd rather die a thousand times on the hard one than do it on easy and be like well now I'll do it on hard. At the moment I'm up to Chapter 8 I think(I'm at the rocket launching ninjas bit after you kill the werewolves) and apparently there's another two difficulty levels after this(oh god no). Don't get me wrong, it's alot of fun, and I swear like a sailor when I'm playing it(that's a good thing, it means I like it), in fact the only thing this game has going against it is the shitty camera angles. I'm glad they took out the insult when you die thing, in fact my horrible abilities at the game actually made me end up with an achievement for dying so much.

I've also decided to get back into some of the games I've had for ages and forgotten to play.
One of which is Stuntman: Ignition which I got given as a promo, it's alright, I mean it's fun and all but you know... I can't beat somebody up with a guitar... which leads me to my next old school 360 game...
Dead Rising... Oh how much fun, shoving a shower head into a zombie's head so it showers blood. Or beating zombies up with a piece of shelving and a kitana. Oh and fucking Otis, I dont have time for your shit Otis, I know you're stuck beside the air vent and living vicariously through me but fuck you Otis, you've gotten me killed too many fucking times you piece of shit whore! (once again if I swear like a sailor I like it)

And finally I recently downloaded Catan at Keener's request, which led to his 360 getting rrod during our first game(I'm so sorry Keener <3 <3 <3) but it's alot of fun when you need a break from button mashing in Ninja Fagden or constant aggression at Otis in Dead Rising.
And as Mxyzptlk says I love to invite people to UNO so I can call them a whore for giving me a draw four. It's another game I play to be social other than Bomberman.

I don't play FPS's often.
Oooh and I think I'm gonna get Devil May Cry on Wednesday too....
Anyway's that's it
Also if you wanna be my internet guru to help me fix my nat settings let me know.

Also show me your genitals   read

7:03 AM on 07.06.2008

BALE WANTS YOU - to see The Dark Knight

*****The following is a message from the Bale Appreciation and Love Establishment*****

*****Thanks go to my faithful co-founder Riser Glen for the above picture*****
I have been asked to give you exact details of the screening I'm attending so we can make another DtoidAustralia event, but because it's during work hours etc and not booked at a place near many people I didn't think it would warrant a DtoidAustralia post.
For all of those wanting to attend The Dark Knight's first set of screenings I shall be attending the 10:30am session on Wednesday July 16th 2008 at Hornsby with my brother and FurySevenSix.
My tickets are for seats M13, M14, M15 if you wanna book to come with us, there are plenty of seats still available for booking on the website.
I am excited, Bale is excited, you should be excited too.
So the offer is there for those wishing to attend with us.
I'm also seeing it again on the Friday night at the Gold Class 9:30pm session at Macquarie which unfortunately is sold out now.
If anyone would like to do an IMAX session the week after or the Saturday let me know. I HIGHLY doubt I will get sick of seeing this film.
And before you ask, yes I am trying to get tickets to the Black Curtain screening on the 14th at 6pm. If someone gets a ticket to this let me know:

Also I am having trouble logging in and out of the the forums to check my messages so please contact me via email [email protected]   read

12:23 AM on 06.26.2008

A notice from B.A.L.E

*****The following is a message from the Bale Appreciation and Love Establishment*****

I will be seeing The Dark Knight on the 17th July at 11:30am at Hornsby(my local Greater Union) and call upon all of the other Australians to take advantage of our being in the future and Australian movies launching on Thursday's and go and see the first possible session of our Lord Bale's next installation of the Batman series.
I also call upon you to wear thy Bale or Heath Ledger merchandise(who had he not died could have possibly been Australian Bale before Eric Bana). This shall be a public holiday for myself and fellow members of B.A.L.E and so therefore I have taken the day off from work as a religious holiday.

Anyone wishing to join me on this pilgrimage is welcome. I will be wearing my I <3 Bale tshirt.

And for those of our congregation who are somewhere other than Australia, B.A.L.E gives you permission to take the day off work as a religious holiday to see the first session available to you, for this truly shall be a blessed day.

Now let us join in Our Lord's Prayer

Our Bale, which art in Los Angeles
hallowed be thy name;
thy chainsaw come;
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in Gotham.
Give us this day our daily Batman.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive them that don't watch your movies.
And lead us not into Arkham;
but deliver us from injustice.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power, and the Equilibrium,
For ever and ever.
Amen   read

2:54 AM on 06.14.2008

Bale Appreciation and Love Establishment(also known as B.A.L.E)

With the upcoming release of The Dark Knight, I was searching for when tickets went on sale and discovered that not only were tickets going on sale today but that it is launched in Australia on July 17th 2008, one day prior to its US release(more if you consider time differences).
So I have my tickets booked for Gold Class but realised that I had devastated one of my fellow members of B.A.L.E, Riser Glen. So as a peace and love offering I had this shirt made for him to wear to the midnight release of our beloved Bale's second Batman movie:

Before he knew anything about this shirt he also made a shirt design for me to wear to the Australian release(which I am trying to find a midnight one for DtoidAustralia). The top below is what I will be wearing when I see it.

All hail Bale...   read

5:44 AM on 06.13.2008

The Start of the Affair: Kid Icarus, EB Games & finally Destructoid

Many people will see the title of this and continue scrolling, but there is more to it than it seems. This is the story of my life with games...

Let's start from the beginning... I was born in February of 1986, the youngest of four kids in my family. Soon after I was born, my brothers were given a Nintendo Entertainment System. Now I was just a babe at the time so I don't remember what dates they were given the games or who was given which, all I know was that one day my brother let me play his copy of Kid Icarus for the first time, & I was hooked.

As I grew, so did our collection, Kid Icarus, Mario Bros, Duck Hunt, The NES Zapper, etc(and of course the thing that made my avatar famous... the game genie) soon turned into Super Nintendo, Mario Kart, Donkey Kong series etc. My parents never had much money, but what money they did have, they spoiled us with. Our neighbours had a Sega Mega Drive and we used to spend weekends going between the two houses trying to explain to each other how Mario was far superior to Sonic and vice versa.

Then in 1995, we moved from the Central Coast of Australia (small beach suburbs north of Sydney) to our new home of Northern Sydney so we could get a better education and for my dad's new job that would apparently make us very wealthy. It was hard to make friends, I was different, I was the new kid from a small suburb and they wanted to give me a hard time for it. To make things worse, 6 months after we had moved and I was finally settling in, my dad passed away suddenly in March of 1996. He had no life insurance, and after all of the medical and funeral bills combined with moving to a new city, we had no money. My mum, like all of us, was devastated, she had no money and 4 young kids to raise alone, and she'd just lost the only man she'd ever loved. Yet somehow she managed to get my brother and I the N64 soon after it was released in 1997.
This continued the obsession, with Goldeneye, Diddy Kong Racing, Mario 64, Mortal Kombat 4, and of course Zelda: Ocarina of Time. After all, I had very few close friends and so music and games kept me occupied while all of my family stuff was going on. Although I should mention that at this stage, I was also playing Spycraft over and over again and fell in love with a friends imported copy of Phantasmagoria (which apparently is now ridiculously hard to find).

Soon after this I started attending Cheltenham Girls High School along with 1600 other girls all dressing in our hideous pink uniforms. I will summarise high school for you... drinking, N64, NES & SNES emulators, more drinking, The Sims, dating, teen angst, and all around abusing my life for 6 years. For this period my music was my sanctuary but we're not on the subject of music so moving along.

After I finished school I started looking for a job for before I started University, and in the paper I happened to see Christmas casual positions for a company called Games Wizards (a rip off of EB Games and similar places). I became all nostalgic when I read it, reflecting back on my dear old friend – the video game. I thought to myself "What the hell, it's better than staying with Target" so I called and arranged an interview, and I got the job (mainly because I got along really well with their Area Manager because we were both massive Jeff Buckley fans). Now during the three months there I had some very bad experiences, let's just say when they found out something personal about me they decided to use derogatory terms in front of customers. There were a couple of nice staff but not enough. Not only did this break up my relationship I was in at the time, but it made me hate gamers. So I quit.

A few months later I had some very serious shit go down, I was in a very abusive relationship with a guy which almost left me in a body bag. There is more to the story which I won't delve into but it made me not want to be around anyone. I had no trust in people, I was angry and I didn't have a job. After uni one day I had a while before my train and decided to go into E.B Games in Hornsby while I was nearby. I had never had much experience with E.B because my mum had always bought my games or I downloaded them. I wandered in, looked at The Sims' latest expansions and then wandered up to the counter where two guys stood. They greeted me with a friendly hello and asked how they could help. I asked them if they still sold N64 games and they said unfortunately not many and showed me a tray of about ten reject games. They chatted to me as I looked through them about the Hendrix and Nirvana badges I had on my bag, they were so nice to me, which felt so good after the six months I had just had. I ended up missing my train because I got along with them so well but I didn't care. It was nice to talk to people who didn't seem to want to judge me, and as much as they were working at the time, it meant more than that to me. I started going in there practically every day after uni. I told them that I didn't have a job and they recommended I apply. Apparently they were going through a change of management at the time but finally three months later I had an interview. My interview was with a guy in his late twenties named Gary. Gary was the new manager there and little did I know that he would become such a good friend to me. We chatted about the original Nintendo games, I mentioned that I didn't know much about the Playstation 2 or the Xbox but that I was willing to learn. He believed in me and gave me a job.

My first day was on the first Saturday of the mid year sale on May 29th 2004. It was baptism by fire! It was busy, messy and I had no idea what I was doing. Now over time I got to know the guys there and they were all so nice which was such a change from working at Games Wizards. They were funny, they didn't care that I was still learning about the industry and most importantly they were nice to me as silly as it sounds. I bought my first Xbox and they would lend me their games when I couldn't afford my own. They would recommend stuff to me and would ask me what I thought and actually listen to what I had to say. A guy named Rob started soon after me who argued with me about everything but ultimately we got along well because we knew it was just a joke. On November 9th 2004, Halo 2 launched at midnight with me and a new guy named Demetris as security. Demetris was pretty shy at first but soon, like me, started to come out of his shell. Time passed and the closer friends I became with Gary, Demetris and the rest of the guys of EB Games Hornsby. Staff came and left but Gary, Demetris, Rob and I stayed. We became like a family. Gary rarely hired new staff because he didn't want to wreck the balance we had. These guys were like my brothers. We could all talk about anything and the store had constant repeat customers because we were always in a good mood when we worked together. As time went on, the more games I played and the more I enjoyed the company of "gamers" over people who didn't game. I would prefer to stay home and play games than go out with friends so that I could make sure I was up to date for the conversation on my next shift. Customers wouldn't expect me to know anything and generally didn't trust what I said but the guys knew how much I knew about games by this point and trusted my opinion. Soon even they were asking me for recommendations and I developed my own base of customers who would look to me for gaming reviews. My colleagues at EB became my best friends, especially Demetris, him and I deemed each other "Super Best Friends" because we got along so well. The more games I played the more into it I got. They got me into World Of Warcraft, where they got me into their guild and I loved it. I would raid every week with them and absolutely loved it. EB Games had renewed my faith and love of gaming and I had never felt better about myself. I was a nerd and proud of it!

I soon got invited to a website called through someone off of WoW and started talking to more gamers. Soon practically all I did was play WoW, Xbox or talk about games. asked some of its top rated female members if they would be interested in doing a calendar for the website and I thought about it and decided to do it simply so when I was older I could be like "well at least I used to be hot".

And then one fateful day, I was looking on the forums and saw a post about our calendar being posted on some gaming blog called Destructoid. I'd never been a big fan of Kotaku, Joystiq or IGN because they all seemed to be controlled by elitist men suffering from small man syndrome so I wasn't expecting much. I clicked to it and was shocked to see myself in my underwear for all to see on their main page with the other girls featured as well. I read the article written by a certain robot named Niero and was really flattered, and out of curiosity I started reading their other articles. I really liked what I read, they were witty articles that were just being honest and it felt like they were well written but by someone not on a power trip.

I decided to lurk around a little longer, then one day I got a message from someone asking me if I would mind doing an interview for Destructoid, and I thought ummmm k why the hell they wanna interview me I don't know but sure I'll give it a shot. So some guy named Nex added me to msn and started talking to me. Soon into the conversation I started feeling a bit like I was being interrogated, and after I apparently answered the questions correctly he explained to me that the point of the interview was to find out if I actually played games. We then went on to discuss a lot of things but you can read the article itself here. Nex then told me that I should join the forums to get to the know the community and so I did. I soon stopped visiting other sites and became addicted to the site. CTZ even asked me to go and check out a Nintendo event for the site and I was so overwhelmingly flattered by it. Especially when the blog I wrote about it was promoted to front page. I started to realise even more so that maybe the staff at Games Wizards were just a bad first experience, and how amazing "gamers" can be. I ultimately left EB earlier this year because I needed a change of pace and needed to earn more money. By this point Gary, Demetris and I were all managing our own stores and our own staff (Rob was overseas snowboarding) but still calling eachother every day to discuss what we were playing and how we were doing.

So I want to thank my brother for that day he decided I wouldn't break the controller of the NES and let me play and fall for Kid Icarus.

And I want to thank EB Games Hornsby and all of the staff of EB Games Australia that I met during my time there. Everyday I miss the good old days of EB Hornsby.

And finally I want to thank the Destructoid community, Niero, Hamza, Colette, and all of the staff for making this site what it is. And although I did go M.I.A for a while, please dont take it personally. I was dating someone at the time who was very threatened by certain members of the site and out of respect for him(and apparently none for myself) I stopped coming to Destructoid for a while.

I love Destructoid, it has made me feel like I fit in to an entire community and I've never cared so much about so many people I've never met before in my entire life. And I want to thank you all for this. <3 Foo Liz   read

3:15 AM on 05.11.2008

Aussie Dtoiders: Come out from under your koala!

Yes you Australian Destructoid fans I'm talking to you! The whole 5 or what ever.
It was recently discussed in the forums that we should all get together and drink play games etc.
After many topic diversions like sparta and flight prices we finally decided to all go to see the latest Indiana Jones.
So the plan is:
Who: Any Dtoiders who can make it
What: Dinner, Indiana Jones, drinking...
When: 8:30PM Friday 23rd May
Where: Meeting outside Oportos(where the buses stop), Macquarie Shopping Centre North Ryde
Once we've all met it will be much easier to throw NARPs because we wont be so paranoid about having strangers at our houses.

PM me if you wanna come!

Kthxbye   read

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