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So this is my blog. I collect religious art, taxidermy things and play video games old and new. I've been playing video games for over twenty years and for better or worse have begun to develop perspective on them. Heaven help me. I, with the full support of the Shadow Council, have taken it up myself to hand out decoder rings to all new members here on the C-blogs. I also like handing out little bonus gifts as well depending on what's in the trunk of my car on any given day. I do this because I have things growing inside me. Dark, twisted things that need love. So let me love you.


This is a past banner of mine that was made by fellow Dtoider and sexting partner Char Aznable. I have tattooed this on my heart. My apologies for it being cut off but I don't know how to make it smaller and screaming at the screen hasn't worked yet.

This is a picture Science Jesus and kind-voiced personal savior Beyamor drew while thinking about me. It's my old avatar but it still rings true in the hearts of men and beasts alike. I bet he wasn't wearing pants when he made it. A man can dream, right?

I was recently gifted with a Dtoid card. Its hard to put into words how much this means to me that I am finally a playing card.

I am the God King of my Heart.

Here are some pictures of things I like. I hope you like them too.

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April 1st, that special day in which Destructoid falls under the spell of the blood moon and transforms into the Foolish April Beast. It's a day I look forward to every year, not only for what the kulture meisters behind the scenes will think of next but also because its a special day in my waking world. This April 1st also happens to mark my fourth anniversary here. Four years...seems like so much longer, like I've always been here. I can't imagine my world, waking or otherwise, with Destructoid in it. So as we pierce the Earthly veil to stare into the face of God, we find Him gazing back with frog eyes filled with benevolence. The world is a strange place that can be confusing and scary and wonderful but I always can find comfort and solace here. Thank you all for being amazing and letting me love you the best way I know how, with trimmed fingernails and the resplendancy of black grandmotherhood.

Iíve always been a picture guy. Iím a visual learner almost to a fault (math is hard) and the way I recall memories is by shuffling through pictures in my head until I find the one I am trying to remember. This makes me the worst navigator on earth but I do have a deep appreciation of art and artistic things. So it comes as no surprise that I collect art books. They allow me to own a part of the beauty I have found in a video game or artist or thing and it makes my heart sing. So I wanted to share with all of you my collection of art books. Itís meager in terms of volume but thereís a lot of love for the pictures contained on the glossy, photo stock paper. Iím mostly just going to kind of jump around from book to book as a memory hits me so this will be a little random and maybe a wee bit disjointed. I hope you enjoy the following pictures and my apologies for the blurriness. For the life of me, I could not get these to upload to the blog correctly so I had resize them and it was a bit of a hack job. Oh, and thereís one image near the bottom thatís kind of NSFW so just a warning there.

Udon is a lovely company. They create some great art books and they do a great job in making each art book a love letter to video games and the fans. The few Udon books I own are absolute gems to me. The Capcom Design Works has some of my favorite art from Capcomís archives over the past twenty plus years and that Okami book was something I ordered from Japan the day after I beat the game when it had just come out. I always loved the robot designs for Mega Man and when the Mega Man books were released, I knew I needed them in my life. They are now somewhat rare so Iím glad I grabbed them when I did. If you get the chance to acquire them, the liner notes about the characters are very insightful and well worth reading.

These are some of the most cherished art books I own right here. The first Bioshock art book is something I have debated on being buried with along with my My Pet Monster and Priss, my fetal cat in a mason jar. The Resident Evil archives book is so great. Itís got every weird monster and strange character from most of the games and as a fan of the series since the first game, I was so happy when I found this. Fun fact: My local video game store had this sitting in a discount bin so I got it half off cover price. That was a good day in my waking world. If you loved El Shaddai then you should own at least one art book. They are amazing and really capture the surreal beauty that was found throughout the game.

I finally grabbed the Asuraís Wrath art book which I had been meaning to for a while. Itís pretty awesome and if you are a fan of the game and the art style, this is well worth your hard earned pennies. Thatís the Onimusha 3 strategy guide up there. I was surprised when I picked this up that it came with a pretty hefty art book along with the guide. Iíve had a difficult time finding a decent Onimusha art book so this was a pretty neat find. Oh, and the Nier book is more strategy guide than art book but its Nier and I love it so.

Iíve never played the Monster Hunter games but holy shit do they have neat art books for the games! The one I picked up is just all the different weapons from the games. Some of the weapon designs are pretty amazing, like the lobster crossbow. The Shin Megami books are must haves because of the art direction. The monster design in this series is some of my favorite ever. Want a three-breasted woman with fly eyes and a bird cage for a torso? Done! Iím not really sure what Fantasy Earth Zero is but I like the cover so I picked it up.

Speaking of Monster Hunter, I grabbed volume 2 of the Illustrations set. This one comes with two books in a slip case. One is full color and the other is black and white sketches. I love the detailing on the monsters and character classes (giant weapons are neat!) so this was needed in my waking world. The Breath of Fire complete works book has some of the richest colors I have seen in an art book so far. Itís really quite stunning. Digital Devil Apocalypse is all about crazy monsters and weird haircuts. The Rogue Galaxy book is special to me as that game was one of the best RPGís I have played in years. Seriously, check it out. Well worth an RPG fanís time. Meganix is robot art from Mazinger Z to Robotech to Gundam. And lastly we have the The Eye of Atrocity which is all about violent art of Yoshitoshi. This beautiful book was a gift from our own VenusInFurs who is a fellow collector of true beauty.

These are most of my mini books. Some more Shin Megami stuff because sensual kill beasts are awesome. The Final Fantasy VI guides are neat to flip through and make for great stocking stuffers for your friends. The guide in the upper right corner is Silent Hill and I loved the cover so that had to be in the collection. The Marvel Super Heroes guide was just too fun to pass up and it features a lot of the cabinet art from back in the day so itís worth owning.

Here is my small but dedicated anime art book section. Cowboy Bebop is my favorite anime and the book was a gift from a friend many moons ago. Itís pretty badass and has sentimental value to boot. Thatís an Evangelion art book in the upper right corner and includes a lot of production art from the new movies which I think is quite lovely. That centaur Evangelion? How fucking great is that? The bottom two books are from Sengoku Basara which is like Dynasty Warriors but a bit more color-coded and silly. I enjoyed the anime and found these books dirt cheap so I couldnít pass them up.

I found out about this guy named Yasushi Nirasawa. Heís an artist and model maker and sculptor out of Japan. Heís worked on video games, movies and television designing creatures. His work is fucking incredible. The details on his models and sculptures are stunning to me. I donít think Iíll ever be able to swing owning some of his work but these books are good enough for now. If you like terrible monsters then Google this guy.

This is my more ďadultĒ collection of books. Iíve always been fond of erotica and the surreal and grotesque so when I found out there were collected volumes of art dealing with the subject, I was giddy. Hitesh Hino is a horror manga artist who is known for making books about kids who get turned into bugs and live in the sewer where they eat people. Heís a big fan of Hell and what happens to people in Hell and drawing Hellscapes. His cartoonish style underlines the real menacing feeling you get from his work. In the bottom right corner is Marougraph by Suehiro Maruo. This guy makes the most sad, fucked up wonderful stuff that is at once achingly beautiful and viscerally repugnant. His art makes my heart sing and my stomach turn and I love him for that.

Decadence: Fetish Art in Japan was a random find in a bookstore and one of the first books I bought when I decided to start collecting strange and erotic stuff. Itís filled with pages of classic woodblock prints dating back hundreds of years of all kinds of devious behaviors as you can no doubt glimpse from the cover. Up next is Chimusi 2 by Toshio Saeki. This guy takes equal parts Japanese Mythology and erotic fable and creates images that are haunting and enticing. All his lines and colors are so soft and delicate. It gives his work a kind of visual sensuality that I really like.

Lastly we have Red Mausoleum by Keita Amemiya. Itís not really an erotic book but it got included here for space reasons. Keita is the guy who draws the really awesome Monkey King mange thatís out now and has done Hakaider and Zeiram the Animation. His stuff is gorgeous.

Now we get to the Western art books. Fun fact about me: Brian Bolland is my absolute favorite comic book artist. From his early work for 2000AD through his evolution as a cover artist on books like The Invisibles and Animal Man, Iíve followed his career and art to the best of my ability. It was a no brainer for me to own these books. He draws everyone and everything like it was under fluorescent bathroom lighting and itís just lovely. New fun fact about me: my favorite comic book cover of all time is Animal Man no 61. You should check it out. Google ďAnimal Man Lobster CoverĒ and it should be the fourth image from the top.

I got this library copy of the Vertigo Visions art book for a dollar off of Amazon which is awesome because Vertigo is my favorite comic publisher and library copies of books make me very happy. Reload is a collection of art from Heavy Metal magazine which I have been getting into lately. Pretty awesome stuff. Lots of space monsters, Barbarella-esque women and insect people.

I am a bit of a slut when it comes to the art for Warhammer and Warhammer 40K. So I tend to pick up art books whenever I can. As I live in the United States, finding them can be somewhat difficult, especially the older books but thanks to some fortunate dealings and Amazon, I have been able to secure a few for my collection. Thereís still three or four Iím dying to own but unless I come into some money or make a trip to a used bookstore in England, I may be wishing for them for quite a while.

The Dark Crystal is my favorite movie of all time. It has been since I was a child and my love for it has only grown now that I am an adult. Unfortunately, Dark Crystal memorabilia is somewhat limited and can be hard to find. Thankfully, I have been able to get these two amazing art books. The re-release of the World of the Dark Crystal is something I am proud to say that I indulge in on an almost masturbatory level. I have tried to burn its pages into my muppet arms brain and commit ever nuanced detail into my waking mind. The Land of Froud is an art book which contains drawings and paintings by Brian Froud that would go on to be the basis for a number of creatures that would inhabit the world of the Dark Crystal. When I saw this at the bookstore, I jumped a little from joy and felt that God had reached into my chest and pulled the sadness from my heart.

This is a bit of a mish mash of books I find to be joyful and triumphant. Volumes one and two of beasts are pretty great. A bunch of different artists each do a drawing based on a mythical beast from a bunch of different cultures. The result is two volumes of awesome monster drawings. Well worth picking up. Next up is the Art of Reboot. As a child of the mid to late 80ís and a teen form the 90ís, this is pretty self-explanatory. Comic artist Ben Templesmith not only has a badass last name, but he also draws weird tentacle monsters and robot warrior gods.

Conluvio is a collection of some of the weird and horrible creatures that have come from his mind. If you are a fan of his art style, I highly recommend you read Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse. Itís very much worth owning.

Tomer Hanuka is an artist who came to my attention when I started to collected prints and posters from places like Mondo Tees and Nakatomi, Inc. His stuff is stunning. Think James Jean but with a harder edge. His cover for the Marquis De Sadeís Philosophy in the Boudoir almost makes me blush which is no easy feat. His art book Overkill collects some prime examples of his style and if you are looking for a beautiful art book to sit on your shelf, this is it.

Finally we have Gigerís Alien. If you are a fan of the Alien franchise or just really dig the look of the xenomorph then this is the book for you. All the concept art for the alien along with Gigerís notes and his retrospective on the process (which he apparently had a very bad experience with) is fascinating and revealing. You get to see the evolution of the creature from initial designs to modifications to the creation of the costume and how it worked in the film. Plus, you get to see how the Face Hugger was created. Sometimes I think I love the Face Hugger more than the alien. Thereís just something about the simplicity of its design and the nature of how it violates its victim. Itís terrible and amazing all at once. This book has been reprinted a few times but you can score a copy on the used book market reasonably cheap. I cannot recommend this book enough for Alien fans out there.

The last few pictures I want to share with everyone are just kind of fun things. Here is my graphic novel collection. Please excuse the mess on the shelves and around it. Iíve been meaning to spring clean since July but always find an excuse not to. I love my comic books. Some of the most inspiring moments I have had in my waking world have come from reading comics. I cherish these graphic novels for what they are and what they have given me. My current plan is that one day I would like to donate my collection to a library so that future generations of awkward, quiet people can discover the beauty that I have found.

This is a picture of me as a Crossed drawn by Dave Lapham. I plan to make this my Christmas Card next year.

Thanks for taking this journey with me. I hope you enjoyed my words and pictures. Have a lovely day.

Let's take a journey together and read about my gaming moments of 2012. I hope you enjoy them.

My gaming moments of 2012:

Sending NeverDead back to Gamefly.

I was so excited for NeverDead. Neat premise. Ridiculous combat mechanic. Japanese tomfoolery. It had all the elements in a silly game that makes my Rudie Canít Fail heart swell with joy. Turns out the game was a horrible piece of shit. Seriously, Iím sitting here trying to come up with a metaphor for it. Iíve come up with ďchildís coffin filled with 9/11 debrisĒ but that doesnít feel strong enough. Sending it back to Gamefly made me feel like Tina after she kicked Ike to the curb.

Asuraís Wrath.

This was the best fucking episode of Power Rangers ever. Any time you give me a chance to punch something so hard it turns into a blood cloud, Iím a happy camper. It was criticized for being more QTE fest then game at times but it never once let me down.

The boss fights in Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations.

Iíve always wanted an anime-based fighting game that looked like you were essentially ďplayingĒ the anime. The boss fights in Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations achieved that. To top it off, the game itself was a lot of fun and gorgeous to boot. This is worth a rental even if just for the story mode.

Being pleasantly surprised by Binary Domain.

I rented Binary Domain because it looked like a fun time waster. It ended up having an engaging story, solid gun mechanics, and a black guy who said ďdamnĒ a lot which helped to assuage my constant white guilt.

My character in Dragonís Dogma.

I wrote a blog about her a while back but to recap my wizard lady in Dragonís Dogma looked like a cross between the psychic lady from Poltergeist and the Elephant Man. She looked like a Skeksi jogging whenever she ran. She was tiny, misshapen and had a spell that gave her a whip made of lightning. In another world, she was the lead singer of Bikini Kill and I was the drummer and her husband.

Shooting a Naziís balls off from 800 yards away in Sniper Elite v2.

The x-ray slo-mo shot of a sack full of future Naziís being obliterated by my bullet is the closest I've ever come to feeling patriotic.

Darksiders 2 was released.


Playing Amnesia: The Dark Descent with the lights off.

I finally got around to playing Amnesia. I even turned off all the lights and put on headphones like they said you were supposed to. It was terrifying. Goddamn, I had missed the fear. It made me feel the way those first few Silent Hill games made me feel and the way Fatal Frame made me feel, back when scary games on consoles were still new and companies did some weird shit to freak you out. Amnesia was horrifying and wonderful and as a slow burn to your own red nightmare, I canít recommend this game enough. Oh, and the new Amnesia game is called A Machine for Pigs. Thatís an amazing title and I bet Trent Reznor is just kicking himself for not thinking of it first.

Braining British soldiers with a club in Assassin's Creed III

Assassinís Creed III was pretty fun. I liked the colonial setting and Connor was someone I could relate to as a character (Iím 9/85ths Cherokee). But by far, the kill animations with the blunt weapons in that game were the best part. That thud and crunch of bone as another red coat lay there twitching and bleeding out. It just felt right, ya know? If you think about it, the red coats were the first Nazis.

The look, sound and feel of Hotline: Miami

This game is how I feel on the inside when its night and Iím smoking a cigarette outside in the dark.

I past 100 hours in Team Fortress 2.

I just know Iím going to get someone telling me how they are over 1000 hours and yeah, thatís great but itís not the point. The point is that I have spent over 100 hours playing a shooter. Thatís a testament to how well done and creative the Team Fortress 2 universe is. Itís fun and clever cartoon murder world with characters that are easy to play (except the Spy) and hard to master (like the Spy) and I fucking love it. Looking forward to another 100 hours in 2013.

Other gaming thoughts for the year:

Using a musket rifle in Darkest of Days.

It was like equipping blue balls as a weapon.

Rocket sliding up stairs in Vanquish.

Thatís just silly.

Hearing that Kanye West song about power in Saints Row the Third a few dozen times.

He pronounces power in a funny way. ďPowahĒ.

Using chakras in Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

I finally got to live out some of my Xena: Warrior Princess fantasies.

Well, that's it, Hope you enjoyed my gaming moments. I'd love to hear yours. Have a lovely day.
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Music. We like it. We love it. We want some more of it. It feeds our mind thoughts and helps grease the wheels of life. The right song at the right moment can make a lasting memory or sour your heart and soul with the first few notes. As someone who takes music super duper seriously I always pay attention to the music in video games. Something I have noticed recently is that more and more games are using licensed tracks either in their games or for promotional purposes. Sometimes this works pretty damn well, such as with this lovely Bioshock trailer:

The song is ďBeyond the SeaĒ as sung by Bobby Darin. A badass song and it works so well here, not only thematically but the style of the song fits the style of Bioshock very well. A win/win for the game and music fans alike.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, we have songs in trailers that fit as well as someone shoving a jewelerís screwdriver into your urethra then trying to jerk you off on a roller coaster. Here is the latest trailer for Assassinís Creed III:

The song is "Coming Home" by Diddy featuring Skylar Grey. Ugh, where to begin? It doesnít mesh well at all, unless Ubisoft is trying to market to the maudlin tween demographic. Maybe if there was some war movie starring Channing Tatum, this could play during the credits.

Also, nothing to do with the song but ďSkylarĒ is an awful name.

I just donít get what they are going for with this. I get the ďIím coming homeĒ aspect what with AMERICA and all but thereís nothing inspiring or interesting about this whatsoever to me. So while the game may be enjoyable, this trailer is a gas leak during nap time at a special needs day care.

Thinking about licensed songs in games got me thinking even more, at which point I pissed myself and passed out. But when I came to, I realized that video games could use all sorts of great songs that arenít dupstep, shitty Channing Tatum war movie credits music or screeching butt metal. So I compiled a list of songs I thought would be pretty neat to see in video games, either in the game itself or in trailer. Now, I realize that itís probably a red tape nightmare to get certain songs in game and pay royalties and all that but letís just assume for the sake of this clbog that itís a perfect world and Jim Henson is still alive and things are easy.

Petula Clark Ė Chariot

I donít parlais francais but fucking hell I adore some Petula Clark. This song would be great background music for a scene in a quiet and mostly empty bar or any scene that needed badass background music to let the atmosphere soak in.

Pixies Ė Bird Dream of the Olympus Mons

Bird Dream is a beautiful and kind of desperate and aching song to me. So I hear it and think if there was a scene in a game where a character was driving or flying a vehicle of some kind on a suicide run this would be perfect.

Bruce Springsteen Ė State Trooper

My favorite Springsteen song ever. Also one of the most intense, creepiest amazing songs Iíve ever burned onto my heart pieces. Imagine this playing at the beginning of a survival horror game (Iím thinking Alan Wake-esque). It would get your attention and set the tone perfectly.

Television Ė Marquee Moon

Perfect driving music for a game. Its got that lovely rhythm to it that just sets a pace in your mind. I could hear this in a GTA-type game on a radio station and just drive around watching this digital world exist and be very content.

Robert Palmer Ė Johnny and Mary

A sweet song that could play while people dance and smile and are in love, just before someone gets kidnapped/killed and the conflict begins.

Rollins Band Ė Ghost Rider

First off, SHOUT OUT TO THE CROW SOUNDTRACK!!!!!!! 8th grade me say wassup and Nirvana rules. There's this weight to the song, like it has a spine made of lead and the drums just just step on your neck and Henryís voice is a growling, grating thing that hates you. I hear this and I picture it being the song for the best fucking Max Payne type trailer ever in my head.

The Beatles Ė Helter Skelter

Imagine a hand to hand fight scene in a game set to this song. Fast drums, Paul's kinda screaming at you. Its fast and kinetic and jarring. I can see this with either a big kung fu fight scene like Bruce Lee vs the entire dojo in Chinese Connection or a really nasty bar fight.

PJ Harvey - 50-ft Queenie

Another gem of a song for a fight scene where the main character is a woman...and possibly a giant. Something where a lady destroys a bunch of assholes in business suits.

Wow, this was harder to write than I thought it would be. There are so many genres of music and songs out there that could be used in games. This was just my initial brain thoughts on what I could see in games. Hope you enjoyed it and let me know if you have any songs you would enjoy seeing in your video games.

Hello everyone. How have you been? Lots of new and exciting things going on around here. I'd like to share some thoughts with you today. Its some random things. Just whatever I can pull out of the attic crawlspace I call my mind. As I write this, in my head, the words sound like Bob Ross' soothing voice. Let me test something:

I'm so glad its Friday. Some tea would be lovely right now. Bitch, put that knife down or I'll pull your ovaries out with a pick axe.

Heh, yeah, Bob Ross voice makes everything sound ok. I will try to make this both substantial and clever. Thank you for taking this journey with me.

-Borderlands 2 is a lot of fun. I am enjoying the Gunzerker quite a bit, minus his silly faux hawk. I like crazy sci-fi futures where everyone is either bald or has Gary Oldman's hair cut from The Fifth Element. I hope that as technology becomes more advanced in the future, we can move away from poor haircuts. And cure AIDS. And invent a corn dog that stays crispy on the outside the whole time and doesn't turn into a soggy cock half way through.

-Every once in a while I get this longing to play an RPG. I think its a comfort thing, like chicken soup or masturbation. RPG's have always been a place of solace for me though as of late I've had trouble finding many that butter my toast. So I search Gamefly like I'm trolling for mall pussy and I find this game. I don't know anything about the Magna Carta series but figure, hey, why not? 38-ish hours later I arrive at the final area before the final boss and promptly eject the disc and send it back to Gamefly.

The game did that thing that RPG's do where you get to the last area and then you find out you have to go to three different areas and solve three different puzzles to unlock the grand door to continue the game. I hate that shit with a passion. I play as a character who can summon a lightning dragon that literally tears the sky in half. Why do I have to go trod through these boring, pointless puzzles to open a door? Here's an idea, take that sword that weighs roughly the same as a short bus full to capacity and knock that goddamn door down. It would save everyone time. And while you're at it, during the bad guy's "The world is a dream which must be destroyed in order to revive the dark peace of my soul's desire" speech, go ahead and chop his head off. Before s/he summons and devours God to become Ultima Deus or whatever, just walk up and turn him/her into a fine red mist with your 19-foot long sword shaped like a canoe designed by Salvador Dali.

I think I had more patience as a younger man when it came to puzzles like that. Now, I want to enjoy the story and journey but fuck you and your silly puzzles. I watched the ending on youtube then tea bagged the disc before sending it back. The end.

-Well, that was a bit of a rant. Hmmm, oh! I've really been into the Walking Dead episodic games lately. Have played and beat the first two and just really getting into them. I read the comics (though sparingly as its rather soul crushing) and tried the tv show but got bored by it. For some reason, though, these games are just really fucking doing it for me. I like how you have to make some difficult choices and there are some very jarring scenes that pop out of nowhere. Though sometimes the two choices the game gives you aren't what I would do at all and I feel kinda stuck making a choice and am pulled from the experience rather than having it be this organic, stressful experience that I would like it to be. So yeah, if you have heard of the game but haven't tried it out yet or are on the fence about it, consider this life telling you to give it a shot.

-A dream of mine came true recently. No, friends, I did not get that Lisa Frank full back tattoo.....yet. Marvel vs Capcom: Origins came out! For years now, I have wished to reclaim the sweaty, pig rut awkwardness that was my youth by having the first (and far fucking superior) Marvel vs Capcom game released in a format I could play along with my friends online. The gods heard my pleas and released it bundled with the old Marvel Super Heroes fighting game. I spent many moons killing time in the local Wal-mart food area playing Marvel Super Heroes waiting for my mom to finish buying stuff and things so I have plenty of warm fuzzies for it. But Marvel vs Capcom....sigh. It was my first. Sweet and soft. It taught me things. So that was a pretty good moment in my waking world.

-I have Resident Evil 6 sitting at home still in the Gamefly envelope. I'm scared to try it. It almost feels like pulling off a band aid to see what all the itching underneath is about. I'll give it a shot though, and while my mind is open to the experience, per say, I will try to find some digital magic while I'm axe kicking Puerto Rican eel zombies. From the videos I've watched, the action bits look neat. Something about motor bikes ramping across roof tops and what appears to be a tyrant with a crazy cenobite hell hook arm is appealing on a basic level for me.

-Here are a few quick hits of things I have liked lately and are worth checking out:

-Kill List: If you like slow burn horror movies and enjoyed the Wicker Man then you will adore this.

-Dredd: Its essentially The Raid set in a sci-fi world. A great movie that didn't get enough love in the theater. Does justice to the character. Worth watching even if you aren't familiar with Dredd.

-The Mountain Goats are one of my favorite bands and the new album is called Transcendental Youth and it just came out. This song is called Amy aka Spent Gladiator 1 and it makes my heart fill to bursting.

-And lastly, I give you the full DragonStrike video. For those of you old enough to remember, prepare for a nostalgia bomb of great magnitude. For those of you who don't know, Dragon strike was a fantasy board game where you had figures on a grid board and searched for treasure and fought monsters. What made DragonStrike unique was that it came with a VHS tape that explained a bit about the game and had actors playing out an adventure with lovely special effects and monsters and the whole bit. Pay close attention to the host's voice as he commands you to take your panties off and also the scorpion man later on whose face is the physical embodiment of rape for me. Enjoy.

Well, that's it for now. Yall have a lovely Friday and a nice weekend.

The time is 1:56 am in the morning here in the waking world. I'm a few glasses of wine relaxed and have been thinking a bit about the site. I don't often have an outlet to just speak my mind in the waking world. Being an adult and all means that 98% of the people I encounter won't appreciate my Baby Jessica macaroni art. But here, I can talking about all sorts of random shit and someone usually gets it, or at least gets a chuckle out of it. The reason I have loved and continue to love this site is that we share ourselves. For many of us, we aren't just screen names and words on a screen. We are people and even though we may never meet, we build relationships online. We come to respect one another, even when we disagree and think the art for Darksiders 2 is amazing.

A long time ago when I was relatively new here I started giving out decoder rings to people who posted their intro cblog. I think I was inspired by the Little Orphan Annie decoder ring from A Christmas Story. I still chuckle at "drink more Ovaltine." Have you ever had Ovaltine? It tastes like grandma pussy mixed with a mint julep.

Ok, Occam, focus. We have a point here.

So yeah, these decoder rings and the message to thrive with the community and give us your thoughts and words and ideas so we can love you may seem kinda hokey but I mean it. I have made some amazing friends on this site and if Destructoid were to be shut down tomorrow, those friendships would continue. That's a legacy, folks. I'll always owe Destructoid a huge debt of gratitude for being the place in which I would make friends after a very long time of me thinking I was pretty much going to be a hermit for the rest of my days. I made those friends by taking a chance and joining an Friday Night Fight on xbox 360 and stepping outside of the hermit world I live in and just talking with cool people. I made myself step out of the rather comfortable status of being a lurker into something far more awkward. It worked better than I could have ever imagined.

Its a scary thing to be a new member on a website. There are established groups, in-jokes, rules, specific language, personalities and lord knows what else you have to encounter and deal with to become part of the site. I went through it and felt very discouraged that people didn't really comment on my blogs and my front page comments were largely ignored. But I kept trying and every time someone responded to what I had to say, in all my rambling glory, it pushed me forward to try and get to know the community better and let them get to know me. That's why its so damn important that we as a community show love to new members. Its an intimidating thing to post that first blog or intro post on the forums or say hello in Outer Heaven but you have to remember that this is a person reaching out and putting themselves out there for all of us to engage. If you love the site and the people here, just try and make them feel welcome. Encourage them to post and come back.

Also, regarding the cblogs, if you see something that you think is front page worthy, tell Andy Dixon. He's a gentle lover and a badass fella but he's got a life in the waking world just like the rest of us and can't read and analyze each and every blog for front page status. So if you read something and it makes your mango peach heart swell, shoot him a PM saying so.

Anywho, I was just thinking about the past few blogs about Dtoid and wanted to put this out there. I love this damn place and its because of the people in it. Lets all make it the best community we can.