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Episode 07: Duke Nukem 3D - PC
Episode 06: Resident Evil 2 - PS1
Episode 05: Deus Ex - PC
Episode 04: Mega Man Legends - PS1
Episode 03: Jet Grind Radio - Dreamcast
Episode 02: Mega Man 4-6 - NES
Episode 01: The Neo Geo Pocket Color - NGPC

Nostaljourney is a retro gaming podcast that features an new cast every episode. Each episode is based on discussing a particular game or series, then finding people who are nostalgic for it and people who have never played it before. If need be we go so far as to donate all the necessary gaming hardware to the newcomers. We compare the experiences of the two groups to find out how well a game has really aged as well as discuss its history.

For younger community members it may be a chance to learn what gaming was like in the past. For older community members it may be a chance to discover what games are truly classic and what games are not. In general the show exists to evaluate and discuss the nature of nostalgia and for everyone in the community to get to know each other better. Because the show involves giving out free games, it only records once every couple of months.

Recent changes to the game plan will hopefully entail the show recording every 2 weeks.

Shadows of the Damned - Multiplatform
Alice: Madness Returns - Multiplatform
Dead Rising 2 - Multiplatform
Radiant Historia - Nintendo DS
Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks - Nintendo DS
Ace Attorney Investigations - Nintendo DS

Wryviews are my personal review series where I try to do things different from the norm by asking myself how well the game achieved its goal, instead of if I liked the game or not. Wryviews are a personal challenge to stay objective and identify who would enjoy a certain game, rather than complain about who wouldn't. I feel that being a good reviewer entails being able to identify each game's audience.

Mega Man and Bass - Gameboy Advance
Maken X - Dreamcast

Gemnalysis is a series where I hunt down lesser known or neglected games and make a case for playing them despite the fact that they're older. Instead of flat out reviewing these games I look at them from the perspective of a collector and go over the game's history, and special trivia it may have.

Boss Battle - Mark of the Wolves
Boss Battle + Final Match - King of Fighters 98

Fatal Impact is a series of community tournaments revolving around SNK fighters; rather, it was. I happen to host the tournaments, but only once in a blue moon when I have the free time. I accept any and all callers, though I am not an entrant. Instead I am a trainer who organizes my entrants and helps to improve their game while introducing them to new and lesser appreciated fighting games.

The Fatal Impact tournaments will likely not continue until SNK releases games with better netcode. With recent promises from Atlus, King of Fighters XIII is likely to become the next big Fatal Impact game.

King of Fighters 94
King of Fighters 95
King of Fighters 96
King of Fighters 97

The King of Fighters Love Letter is a series dedicated to the storyline and history of SNK fighting games. Many people don't know anything about SNK in general, and with King of Fighters XIII on its way I'm going to bring everyone up to speed on the story in the series thus far.

Now that King of Fighters XIII has an actual release date this series may continue beyond the first story arc (Orochi Saga), but it's difficult to find solid information on the series' backstory.

Podsumaki Episode 09: Mortal Kombat Special
Podsumaki is a fighting game podcast that I hosted on and organized. There was a lot of random smack talk but it was a fun show. Currently it's on hold and none of the hosts are sure if it will ever come back. Our last episode was our highlight, where we spoke with three of the best Mortal Kombat players in the US and discussed the Mortal Kombat community and the upcoming game. If you were to listen to any one episode of Podsumaki, I'd recommend it be this.

The Top Three Things "Gamers" Should Care About Less
Somebody on Call of Duty: Black Ops screamed at me for not being good enough at the game, even though I wasn't on his team. Thanks to that I decided to write an article on some of the biggest problems with the gaming community, mostly their inability to care about things that actually matter.

Tainted Beauty: The Death and Rebirth of a Genre
What we have here is an article revolving around the 2D fighting game genre, the path one must go through to become good at the games, and all the obstacles in the way of this that I feel eventually led to the temporary death of the genre prior to the release of games like Street Fighter IV and BlazBlue.

Wry Guides: Goozex Training Manual
Wry Guides are a series where I try to educate the people of the community by writing about something that I in particular know a lot about. More than anything else though, it's just me unleashing a bad pun upon the world.

Top 11 Dreamcast Games You Probably Didn't Play
In this article I recap my experience as a guy who loved the Dreamcast, because he grew up with it as one of his primary forms of entertainment. The games listed aren't the popular and trendy choices so much as the lesser played B-list and C-list games that only true Dreamcast veterans touched.

Hey, I liked it: Mega Man VII
Hey, I liked it was a series where I reflected on games that I'm fond of that weren't appreciated by many people. As opposed to Wryviews which are meant to be impartial, this was a much more personal series. This series might continue some day but I could really not think of a bigger black sheep game than Mega Man VII.

Wry's Dreamcast Homebrew Guide: Pre-Brewed
There was a time when I was extremely, extremely into my Dreamcast. I didn't just play tons of regular games that I found on sale, I also researched the wealth of bootleg Dreamcast programs. These days I'm a collector and I'm not concerned with unofficial software. I'm too busy playing games I actually own. Still I created a quick guide to some of the easiest and best programs available for the Dreamcast that can be used with no hassle.

Untapped potential: Stop breaking my balls
I suck at games: But not forever
My Expertise: The Grand Jackass of Obscurity
Nothing is sacred: Sequels
Groundhog Day: Can you feel the sunshine, Sonic?
I started writing about games roughly a year and a half ago, and since then my viewpoints and my writing style have changed. Destructoid's Monthly Musings were a good way for me to get started when I didn't have many article ideas. These are all the ones I wrote that were promoted to the front page. I'm not super proud of them anymore, but if you want to see my writings evolve a little bit you can compare these to my more recent articles.
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As much as I've laughed at recent memes, I felt the need to speak out on certain recent outburst and the quality of the blogs lately. This really isn't going to be a very elaborate of thought-out blog. Unfortunately between varying amounts of work, school, and signing up for shows like the Podsumaki fighting game podcast I just haven't had as much personal time to blog nor as much motivation. I'm the kind of guy who only really gets moving on something once he's started. It's tough to motivate yourself to write some nice articles in this sort of scenario. I'm imagining this time of year is fairly busy for most people, and I'm fairly sure many have taken note to how stale the blogs have felt recently. I don't really know if anything can be done about that aside from waiting for when all the writers have more free time, but I do have a couple of life-support tips for this place.

I'll go ahead and start off by saying "Work with what you've got." It seems to me that while a lot of the veteran writers are gone (or have perhaps been promoted) that there's a fair amount of fresh blood in this place that haven't been getting much attention. You've got to keep in mind that everyone starts out making fairly shoddy work. Doing your part to comment on and contribute to a fresh writer's work will encourage them to keep going. The longer they keep going the better their work will become. Just about everything in life comes down to practice and perseverance. I don't care what anyone has to say on the subject. I'm not much of a believer in natural talent, maybe because I don't particularly feel I have any. Offer your input; be it negative, positive, or neutral. If you read from start to finish, offer at least something to the person who kept your attention that long even if you were left with negative feelings. If a fresh writer receives a backlash it'll be their own responsibility to deal with it. My very first article here was essentially flamebait. I dealt with it. Did I deserve ALL of the heat I got? Can't really remember, but since this is the internet my guess is no. Wasn't a fucking pussy about it, though. Just as I said you've got to work with what you've got. Don't play softball with the newbies. Be honest, but most importantly be vocal.

Next up I've got something to say about the trolls we see every once in a while. Considering the blogs have been dead I think it's great that banning together against a common enemy has--if nothing else--made the place a little more lively. Now that the spark is actually there I would suggest people just forget about the trolls and spend their time and energy on the fresh blood I was just talking about. D-Toid trolls have been traditionally zealots. Excessively confident individuals who felt a need to preach and reach out to the public. They're lost causes only interested in spreading their own gospel. Think of them as trying to found their own religion. They're not interested in anyone elses' religion; they're convinced that they're right and that there is thus no need to give the other religions any serious thought. They are in fact the exact opposite type of person who should be spreading any type of mentality. Close-minded individuals tend to be so because on some level they lack social aptitude. To have a healthy set of social skills you absolutely need to understand how to relate to other people. It's only after you have some basic level of empathy that you deserve to become a public speaker. The only type of person who will openly listen to such zealots who have no compassion are people who lack their own beliefs and need something to latch onto. It's only those type of people who find appeal in the absolute way a zealot speaks.

Save all your time and energy for someone who hasn't already decided how his career as a writer will go. There's a lot of budding potential out there. It takes a lot less effort to water a fresh seed than it does to pull a weed, especially because these types of weeds often just need to be ignored before they disappear.

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