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2:12 PM on 11.12.2009

Do the wrong thing: Harbinger of War

People say I became this

[Blog Note: It's been a while since I've written anything like this, really, so try to read my wording despite it's flaws. It's also been a while since I've played Fallout 3, so my memory is a bit hazed.]

I'm a monster. I couldn't deny this anymore than my own existence. Everywhere I go, my footsteps become pools of blood extracted from the masses I confront. I can't escape it no longer, which only fuels my need to fight. I can't redeem myself or the actions that have warranted a price on my head higher than any collection of mercenaries could afford. I am wanted everywhere: from the trenches of Washington DC, to ghoul infested subterranean train stations. Every brute, man, woman, and fire ant I meet becomes a lifeless corpse. I have no one else to blame for this but myself. Should the slaughter of the innocent masses become a sport, I would be it's most valuable player.

Now I sit here, in an old decommissioned aircraft carrier, thinking alone. Rivet City belonged to a many citizens, preferring a derelict ship instead of the radioactive wastelands. It was a buzzling city home to a laboratory, shops of all kinds and a church to pray in. Now it is desolate. I made it that way.

It's like no one was there to begin with

It all began in Vault 101. It was my home for almost two decades. I remember being such an unpleasant child. I would my classmates and the local gang, The Snakes. When I was 16, I almost killed the leader of the gang. It was a failed attempt, which entrusted me the companion of a young lady. I initially had no interest in her, but her association allowed me access to the vault later on. This proved to be faulty on her behalf since I took the opportunity to finish off everyone who was still alive including her. My father was a doctor. I find it ironic that someone who spent their entire life nurturing and curing people raised a demon, such as myself. In any case, he sough to escape and succeeded. I followed his path into the wasteland where my trail of blood became infamous. I made sure to kill anyone I met. It was too satisfying. I robbed and wounded everyone in Megaton, and decided to use the atom bomb later on. I created enemies of all kinds, and was hated no matter where I went. Mutants despised me, Raiders feared me, The Brotherhood of Steel loathed me, and Three Dog (a radio personality) made sure to warn civilians of my coming.

That should give a good Idea of how I played through Fallout 3 . Although I never finished it after some 40 odd hours, I really enjoyed what I got from the game. Why did I rampage? Why did I plant mines in front of people? Why did purposely have mutants follow me into towns? Why did I steal every Brotherhood armor, despite being unable to use it? Why did I make sure the limbs of the fallen were separated from the main bodies? The answer to all of these is a fairly simple one: because Fallout 3 rewards you far more for being naughty, than for being a decent human being.

This guy was totally asking for it

Ok, there's more to that. While playing Fallout, committing a crime would make your karma drop. The opposite, doing good deeds, would make your karma increase. It's a black and white morality system that is somewhat of a crutch to the game. The problem is, once your karma reached a certain low point, it became virtually impossible to raise it to Jesus-like status. On the other hand, the game offered more challenges, allowed you to improve your inventory, and let you play in newer ways if you were evil. I felt like I almost had to become a monster to get the most out of the game. I suppose this might be the way the developers wanted it, creating a surreal post-apocalyptic world where peace couldn't flourish. Sure they added the ability to be good for realism. In the end, though, fear and hatred fit the atmosphere much better. Or at least to me it did.   read

9:37 PM on 08.24.2009

Why I love Destructoid

I'm fairly new here, peeking and poking around since late 2008. There are many reasons why I love Destructoid. Here's a few of them:

1.You guys love the games love the games I love. It's a bit more complex than it seems, but there is something inexplicable about the love of gaming on Dtoid. You can see everywhere on this site: The front page articles the, c-blogs, the boards. No matter what game it is, its will be appreciated by all kinds of gamers here. But this won't turn us blind to criticism, as reviews here have shown.

2.It feels like humans are behind the whole thing. The iconic robot may be made of metal and plastic, but behind it all beats the hearts of the many contributors to this site. This is something lacking on other game blogs/sites. On Destructoid, I always felt like part of a larger community, instead of a lone soldier defending my opinions, like in other places.

3.You guys introduced me to a great amount of cool games. Especially Indie games, and games i've never heard of. Without this place, I wouldn't have known about Persona, or Bioshock.

4. The humor I can always rely on. I don't go a day without laughing at a witty article or some random post from a fellow dtoider. This makes a stressful day end with such a high note for me.

5. Intelligent discussions. It's actually that simple. This is the most important to me, as I see videogames as an evolving form of expression and art. Amidst the fun and joy of being here, I am always learning and expanding my knowledge of the medium. I can't think of any other single site that gives a voice to its members to this degree, and delivers quality writing as well. Not to mention the podcasts available here, each explore some level of benevolence.

I love Destructoid, and its my home page at home and work. Also cocks.   read

7:45 PM on 07.28.2009

Recent Purchases

I'm going through a phase. I'm now buying games (specifically for my PS2) that have been released more than two years ago. I don't have a next gen console, other than my WII, and I don't feel like shelling out fifty bones for a single game when I could get three. Sure these games are old, and I haven't played them, at all. But its a better risk than getting a newly released game. Anyways, these are the games I've been waiting to check off my list.

A guilty pleasure

Damn you ACTIVISION!!! You might be evil, but you sure know how to release an actually decent game. I swear this the last of your games I buy. Ok, after Modern Warfare 2, BUT THAT'S IT!

Giving it a chance

So if you've read my last entry, you know how I feel about Final Fantasy. Or rather not. I've given the series many chances before, but have been somewhat disappointed. After suggestions from you guys, I figured to try out one more game before putting the series off. Apparently FFX is a good one. I'm taking YOU'RE word for it, so if it sucks its you're fault. Ok not really, but I'm still inclined to point fingers

Because you won't shut up about it

I like JRP's and cool stuff. Listening to Podtoid and reading the MANY blogs about P3 have left me with at least one impression about this: I need to get this, NAUGH!!! I'd like to thank Unanbangkay for pretty much selling his game to me. I'd also like to add that this is the one I'm most excited to play. It feels like a jawbreaker, there are many secret layers to it, but its mostly satisfying. BTW, I'm notoriously optimistic, and have a good feeling about this.

So there, Guitar Hero 3, Final Fantasy X and Persona 3. I have hundreds of hours to get to!   read

6:29 PM on 07.20.2009

Late to the party: Final Fantasy

Good job Square-Enix. They seem to be making at least two Final Fantasy related games that I'm interested in. I'm by no means an FF fan, but it looks like Dissidia and XIII are looking real good right now. I've tried some tittles in the series, mostly parts III, VII and X-2, but those didn't do anything for me but frustrate and disappoint. So before anyone calls me out for not even trying, I have, really. But so far nothing in this series has pulled me in.

Don't know what is going on here, but I like it!

So, I've been watching videos all over for anything in XIII to draw me in, and from the looks of it, I've found it, I'm really digging the futuristic setting. Not a first in the series, but Squeenix has done something appealing this time around. As for Dissidia, It looks like a fun brawler, and I've got a psp, so I'll give it a try.

She's reeling me in with that fishing rod. It is a rod, right?

I'm going to really give this a chance, maybe I'm missing something the older games weren't presenting right away.   read

9:20 PM on 05.20.2009

A love, I must confess...

I must confess, my love

Hey Dtoid! This is my first blog on the site, and I’d like to share something that might sound crazy and ridiculous. I love the Metal Gear series. Ok, that’s not crazy at all, in fact a healthy signal of good taste in videogames. I should explain rather, why it is that I love the series. The source of this love, among many, is Metal Gear Ac!d for the PSP. Ok, now you may overreact.

I didn’t become familiar, or had even heard of Metal Gear prior to the portable game. That’s right, I didn’t know about Snake, the infamous nuclear equipped bipedal walking tanks, or the various friends and foes that make up the games. “Have you been living under a rock for most of your life?” some of you may be getting to respond. Please, allow me to explain.

It begins with me not having access to a console that could play any of the MGS games until the PSP. Meaning that I didn’t own or have access to a MSX, NES, PS1, PS2, Xbox or Gamecube until recently. “That rock home of yours is becoming more and more plausible…” is what may be going through your minds at the moment. Lets add the fact that I come from a lower middle class family, making videogames a rare luxury I could only get a taste of from friends and relatives. The only consoles I had in my youth were a Sega Genesis, and a Gameboy Color. Not to mention, I only owned a few games for those systems altogether.

The years passed on and I became more involved videogame wise. Well, this may not seem like much, being 2005 at the time, but I was a teen so it was big deal. That’s when I bought a PSP. I’d like to add that most of friends had a DS and urged me to get one as well, but there was something erotically appealing to the PSP. It seemed like a door of opportunities to all kinds of fun just waiting to happen, if specs were to be believed. Did I mention I’m notoriously optimistic? Anyways, the first game I bought was MGA. Funny thing is, I thought the game was something else during my purchase. “Metal Gear, that sounds cool, I guess I’ll get that” is what I thought. The cover portrays a bulky dude with a big gun and a bandana, and a sexy chick in a funny pose with a gun as well. SOLD! I’m thinking it was going to be a third-person shooter, not a turn based strategy card game.


Metal Gear Ac!d made me love MGS. Which is weird in many ways, considering how different it is from the canon games. By the time I had finished the game, I wanted more. I wanted to learn more about Snake and his adventures. In MGA, you could read basic bios on specific characters and item cards. When you read things like “Cyborg Ninja”, “the Fury” and “Stealth camouflage”, you get interested. Little did I know about the intricate story behind any of this.

I tried playing MGS3 for a while and was instantly hooked. I was completely shocked at the quality of the game. I only played it for a short while and still wanted to beat the game. I eventually bought MGS: The Twin Snakes for the Gamecube I received from a cousin. Hooked on it, I was, becoming one of my favorite games of the console. Then I played and loved MGS2 and finally beat Snake Eater. In just a few years, I engulfed myself in anything Metal Gear related I could get my hands on.

It is strange, how this series eventually got to me. Had it not been for that day at the shop when I just happened to look at MGA, I wouldn’t have turned into much of a gamer, writing this now. Destiny? Maybe. I’m just hoping I can get a PS3 and a copy of MGS4. I heard many good things about it, dodging as many spoilers as I can (its tough with a site with this).

So, there; a little secret of mine. Well, not so much now.   read

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