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2:04 PM on 10.03.2010  

Fallout: New Vegas launch party, game magazines, a baby

So first off, Bethesda has the best fucking stamps. When they sent me a holiday card last December, the stamp had a picture of Vault Boy wearing a Santa Claus hat. Here's the stamp that was on the invite for the upcoming launch party for Fallout: New Vegas:



Love it. If I had stamps like these, I'd mail shit all day long. Here's the actual invite for the event, which takes place in Las Vegas in a few weeks. Vampire Weekend will be playing, and that would be totally exciting if I thought the band's music was as awesome as its name.





I won't be going, and there's a few reasons for that, most importantly that it's in Las Vegas. I live in Baltimore. Ironically, Bethesda's offices are about an hour away from my house. But a party in Washington D.C. wouldn't make the same kind of sense that it did for Fallout 3, I suppose. I'm sure it'll be fun. Someone who's going, please be sure to take pictures.



For some reason, two copies of the latest Nintendo Power arrived in the mail today. Not sure why, because I'm pretty sure I only subscribed to it once. Bundled with this issue is a big poster -- one side features Mario, the other side of the map of level 1-1 from Super Mario Bros., as if I needed that. Seriously, I grew up knowing the stages of that game better than the own streets in my neighborhood.

You should know that I'm an old man; I turned 32 in November. With that in mind, I'm not sure what I'm supposed to do with this poster. When I was a kid and the arrival of the latest Nintendo Power was cause for feigning sickness to stay home from school to read it, these posters would have found a place on my bedroom wall. But what will I do today? Well, I'll see if my son wants them... did I mention that I'm old?





Also got the latest issues of Official PlayStation Magazine and Official Xbox Magazine. Their covers are Twisted Metal and Fable 3, respectively. OXM even came with a demo disc... it has a demo for Mafia II on it. Hey, remember when these discs were the ONLY place to get console demos? I realize that there are plenty of folks who don't have Internet access or Xbox Live accounts, but I do wish these discs were a bit more compelling. Not that I think the disc is even necessary; even though I'm a position where I have either played or know about 90% of what's run in these magazines, I still like kicking back with a good print rag from time to time. It's more sanitary than dragging my laptop into the bathroom.



Oh, and here's a picture of my daughter, who I'm at home with alone today. She's cute. See, I tricked you into looking at a picture of my kid. Sucker.

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3:27 PM on 12.08.2009  

Behind the scenes: Hamza likes naked dudes



Just another day at the office.   read


8:41 PM on 08.24.2009  

Why I love Destructoid

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11:01 AM on 08.20.2009  

Bowser's Inside Story localization questions?

Doing an email Q&A for a story on Bowser's Inside Story with Nate Bhildorff, the game’s localization producer.

If anyone has anything they'd like answered, let me know! I intend on shooting Nintendo the questions shortly.   read


7:51 AM on 07.01.2009  

Questions for Gearbox's Randy Pitchford?

I'll be speaking with Gearbox Software's CEO Randy Pitchford today about the developers upcoming title Borderlands, among other things industry- and gaming-related.

Before I do, I wanted to see if you guys had any specific questions you'd like me to ask him about Borderlands or anything else Gearbox-related. I'll be speaking with him at 6pm EST, so drop your questions here and I'll pass them along.

Interesting fact: Pitchford was a working magician before he got into the gaming industry.   read


12:09 AM on 05.15.2009  

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3:31 PM on 05.01.2009  

Last minute contest! [UPDATE with winner!]

Our 666 songs available in Rock Band stories has now become a contest! Be the 666h commenter on that front page post and win a prize package including videogame goodies like shirts, games, and more. Because you don't have anything better to do and don't act like you do! http://www.destructoid.com/rock-band-catalog-hits-most-metal-milestone-of-666-songs-m--130543.phtml [UPDATE: Dale here. I hacked into Nick's c-blog to tell you that 666th poster Guagloves wins. Fun fact: Did you know that as my boss, Nick sometimes assigns me work via text message? I can't get away from work! He also likes Triscuits, particularly the Rosemary and Olive Oil flavor.]   read


8:55 AM on 04.30.2009  

Very important: I need your help (NVGR)

My wife knows my odd fascination with curious energy drinks; my favorite (at least as far as an oddity is concerned) would the "The Mouth of the South" Jimmy Hart drink I found in a liquor store once.

So know that when she brought home the things I'm about to show you, her intention wasn't to kill me. It's how she shows her love.



OK, so what you're seeing are two energy drinks -- "BadBoy Power Drink" and "World Famous HOOTERS Energy Drink." I know, if I hadn't been able to physically touch these things, I wouldn't believe it either. But I assure you, they're real.

So my dilemma here is, which one do I drink today in order to keep up my energy for the fast-paced world of videogame blogging? That's where you come in. The facts:

- Both are 16 fl oz cans, although the HOOTERS drink claims it's "double size." Does that mean it normally comes in an 8 fl oz can, or did they somehow fit 32 fl oz in what appears to be a 16 fl oz can?
- The BadBoy Power drink claims to be "Energy for the body and mind"; the HOOTERS drink is "Delightfully unrefined energy."
- Both drinks are not recommended for children, diabetics, pregnant women, or persons sensitive to caffeine. I don't fall into any of these categories (as far as I know), so I think I'm safe.
- BadBoy is "formulated to provide key vitamins and amino acids to enhance concentration, performance, and readiness for action"; HOOTERS has a picture of some chick on the can.
- HOOTERS is a proud sponsor of NASCAR Craftstman Truck #7. I have no idea what in the hell that means, but they're very proud of this thing.
- HOOTERS goes out of its way to tell me that it "contains no fruit juice," as if I were expecting it to.
- Both drinks have cleverly named Web sites: www.badboy.com and www.hootersenergydrink.com.
- Both drinks were purchased at Big Lots for 60 cents a piece, and depending on the half-life of these substances, may be expired. If that's something that can even happen.

Alright, so there are your facts. Which one of these should I drink first? The answer can not be "don't drink either of them, because they're bad for you, consider drinking water instead omg do you know how much sugar is in those things!?" Because quite frankly, I don't care.   read


7:34 AM on 03.12.2009  

Fan mail!

This is so exciting!

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From: Lloyd Smith <[email protected]>
Subject: Yo what's Up saw you on Destructoid

FUCK YOU BITCH ON THE NINJA GAIDEN SIGMA BLOG YOU PIECE OF SHIT! YOU CAN'T EVEN SPELL LOOKS YOU WROTE LOCKS YOU FUCKING RETARD GO BACK TO SCHOOL YOU LITTLE PRICK. YOU SAY RACHEL LOOKS STUNNING WOW YOUR FUCKING SICK IT'S A VIDEO GAME BITCH. YOU SICK PERVERT THERE NOT EVEN REAL GET A LIFE YOU FAGGOT. BET YOU JERK OFF TO SCREEN AS WELL. I NOTICED YOUR GAY SLI BLOG OF YOU AND YOUR UGLY WIFE SETTING UP TWO DIFFERENT TV'S TO PLAY RE5 ON??? YOU DRAGGED THE TV SO BOTH YOU COULD PLAY IN THE LR THEN WHEN YOUR DONE YOU DRAG IT BACK LMFAO. YOU ARE TWO FUCKING IDIOTS GET A FUCKING LIFE! YOU UPLOADED A PIC OF YOUR UGLY FACE YO YOU LOOK LIKE SHIT AND I BET YOUR WIFE LOOKS THE SAME. WITH YOUR STUPID GUITAR IN THE BACKGROUND YOU CAN'T EVEN PLAY IT. I SWEAR IF I KNEW WHERE THE FUCK YOU LIVED I'LL FUCKING KILL YOU, YOU LITTLE BITCH. STAB YOU 50 TIMES IN YOUR FÍNG FACE BUT SINCE I DON'T KNOW WHERE THE FUCK YOU LIVE I GOTTA PREY THAT SOMEONE DOES THE JOB FOR ME YOU WALKING PIECE OF DOG SHIT!   read


10:54 AM on 02.28.2009  

System link idiocy



Look, I respect the idea of LAN parties, so don't get me wrong. But thank god for the Internet. The picture above is the ridiculous nonsense my wife and I rigged up so we could play Resident Evil 5 cooperatively on two screens. For whatever reason, the review build doesn't support Xbox LIVE, so we had to drag a second TV and a second debug 360 into one freakin' room. This is what I get for working from home, I guess.

The results, of course, have been glorious -- it's Resident Evil 5 co-op; the echoing of Chris and Sheva's dialogue has not been glorious, however. So should we add a pair of headphones to the mix or what?

To those of you who won the Silent Hill CDs in the contest I held in my cblog back in 1957, your stuff is on the way. Keep an eye out for it this week and shoot me an email when you get it. Sorry for the delay.   read


4:56 PM on 02.20.2009  

Video blog? WTF? Galactrix pen? WTF?

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7:33 AM on 02.16.2009  

Where's Destructoid's Street Fighter IV review?

This is a good question. Let me check the letter I received two weeks ago when Capcom sent me final review builds of the game. What's this? "Any online review coverage from this build is embargoed until the release of Street Fighter IV, February 17, 2009." /looks at calendar.

So that's that, guys. I've seen a few reviews have gone up, already -- you can search and find them easily online. While it's entirely possible other outlets were given free passes to post their reviews early (print mags or larger sites like IGN, for instance), I'll just be sticking to our original plan here.

If you're wondering (and haven't figured it out yet), I'm just going to recommend that you buy it. And chances are, you've already made up your mind. If you spend $60 tomorrow and you intend on playing human beings (either online or in person), you're not going to be disappointed. Check back tomorrow for more words, some pictures, and a number (if that's what you're looking for).   read







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