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Welcome to my blog. Have a goddamn seat.


My name's Dan. I joined the Destructoid Forums four years ago. I'm a moderator there now. Come down and say things to us. You'll float, too.


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"Nihil" is the pseudonym I use for writing / gaming on the internet. I came across Destructoid by searching for information on Way of the Samurai 3. Tubatic had the most comprehensive coverage on it I'd seen anywhere.

For that, and for leading me to this awesome community, I thank him.




I started gaming in kindergarten, when the most advanced piece of hardware I could get my hands on was a black plastic handle and an orange button attached to a brick. I used it to blow up little squares on a black and white television screen. A couple years later, I was molested by the girl next door after beating her copy of The Legend of Zelda. I have mixed feelings about the experience.

Unfortunately, over the years, my ability to maintain a passion for games has waned (as in being able to play through them start-to-finish). This is due to various reasons and issues that would be too emo to get into at this juncture. But even though my passion has waned, my interest in them has not, thanks in great deal to the extraordinary friends I've made during my stay here.


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Wait, has it been a week already? Like, exactly one week? Are you sure? You didn't just speed my clocks 72 hours ahead again, like last april fool's day, did you? You didn't? ...Seriously?

Well FUCK.

Let us travel through space and time....



Hi. That's me a few weeks ago.



And that's me earlier today. A lot of things have changed since then. Namely, the amount of hair on my face. I miss my beard. Whenever I take the clippers to my chin, I can feel bearded baby colonoscopy jesus crying in the metaverse. But in practicing good hijean (sp?), I try to clean up every once in a while. It's also an attractive thing to the opposite sex. I learned that from Chest.



I'm making good produce... holy shit. Did I just switch produce with progress? I know it's late, but I can't believe my brain is THAT fried. This is going to take forever. Whatever, let's try this again.

I'm making good PROGRESS on my used-to-be-monthly-musing-now-regular-musing post, and it's turned out to be a lot more personal than originally intended. I don't even know how I'd weave video games into anymore, besides the obvious imagery due to the theme. Then again, maybe I won't. It's about 50-60ish percent done, so who knows. I've already posted something similarly personal in the forums, so I feel like this would be as appropriate here, since you guys are just as much a part of the community as the basement. I know there's always been a kind of divide between there and the c-blogs and everyone has their reasons for sticking to one or the other, but since coming out during the Great Forum Crash of 2010, I've tried to be somewhat diligent in keeping up with the goings-on of both areas of the site, 'cause both sides have a lot to offer, and I'd like to thank you all for being so remarkable in that (actually, I kinda already did). I've mentioned in another post that I want to be the same person on here as I am in person, and blurring the lines has been a major goal since last year. Although that's a little hard to get across since all you have to go on is text. So there's of course a little anxiousness to revealing certain details to such an open community that I've barely met in real-time. But I'm still here because of you guys (as I've also mentioned before), so there is less point in holding back than letting y'all in on what it means to be me, beyond my gaming proclivities and online charm. And I've made a new header to commemorate the transition.

Alright, enough of that.

VIDJAGAEMS.

DAILY DOSAGE


See him? That's Nils, my level 30 paladin. He has a big sword. Sometimes he hits things with it. Like your Mother, for instance.

How should I put this... I've drank. I've taken pills. I've vandalized public property. I've watched almost every kind of porn. I smoke cigarettes a few times a week at best. Moderation has been my middle name (besides Dan) when it comes to illicit behavior. So I want the gravity of this to be clear when I say that I've never been addicted to anything in my life as much as fucking Warcraft. And I don't quite understand it anymore, because I am in the fuck--this-power-nerfing-bullshit camp. I heard people complaining about how things weren't the same anymore when I started playing 3 years ago, and wondered WTF their problem was. Now I'm one of them. And yet I can't go 5 months without getting the urge to run dungeons, buy/sell shit on the auction house, and be a dick to Allys who don't know how to stick to their own side of the fucking river.

I wanted to wipe my hands of it and move on. But it keeps calling to me... Like a succubus with Down Syndrome. She's no good for you... yet you can't help but heed her touch because you feel sorry for her. And then you wake up the next day feeling like you've done a terrible thing... I don't know... Maybe The Old Republic or Secret World needs to just come the fuck out already.

Speaking of bad addictions, how's about one that I actually benefit from?



what else can you do with your hands...?

Of all the XBL "House Party" games announced, Full House Poker was the one I was ready to jump on the most. I've only recently started playing poker, in an effort to become more... adultish I guess. From a young age, I always wanted to learn how to play a card game that was more complicated and competitive than War, Go-Fish, or Black Jack. But everybody I knew either didn't know or didn't care, or was a dick and didn't think teaching me was worth the time... WELL NOW IS THE WINTER OF OUR DISCONTENT, BITCHES.

I personally think this one was a smart move on the part of Microsoft; being how hot Hold 'Em is these days anyway, and integrating lively, animated avatars into the mix adds a certain sense of charm and immersion that you can't get with staring at a 2D table from a top-down view. This is also why I loved Red Dead Redemption's gambling DLC pack, which came with my store-bought UNDEAD NIGHTMARE disc. It's one of the things that made the multiplayer mode more gratifying than the story campaign - which I intend to fucking finish in the future, maybe. And can we just agree that those playing cards were freaking wicked? Seriously, I want them! I cut my teeth playing Hold 'Em with Red Dead last year, and things are only looking up with this welcome addition to the Live Marketplace.

REAL TALK: Speaking of RED - an option to change the color of the menu background would be really goddamned nice. It's getting to the point where I can feel my retinas slowly burning away. This becomes a real irritant when you're trying to search matchmaking for games and the "network connection" doesn't wanna play ball. It's a small issue, but yeah. RED is not a good thing to be exposed to for prolonged periods of time. Science says so.

Because Science.


Well, that's all my brain will allow me for this week's whatever this is. Sorry Usedtabe, I can't get fightans in just now. I really don't know what the hell is up with my head not connecting to my hands to make words type out quicker, but today is just one of those days. And I had the day off work too, that's what's so retarded about it. Ugh. I'm gonna go pass out.

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