Hello. My name is Candace. Despite what you believe, I am not a robot. I am in fact the community manager over at PDP (Performance Designed Products) and we make a lot of accessories for your favorite gaming devices. I also play an uncomfortable amount of video games.
My personal opinions do not reflect the opinions of PDP as a company.
I have the greatest boyfriend in the world, no really, I do. I thought I was going to have to wait to play Mass Effect 3 until my next paycheck. He surprised me by taking me to the midnight launch to pick me up a copy!
Based on what I played from Mass Effect 3, I am thoroughly impressed. While I am disappointed in some of the character models (and voice acting), I am really glad to see that my choices from the first two games make a huge impact on this one.
Despite reports with character import issues, I didn’t have to rebuild my character. However, I did have to make a few minor vanity tweaks to my Shepard because she didn’t seem to translate well to the updated graphics. I feel a huge sense of accomplishment following the series from the first game. Being able to import your own personal Shepard from two games is something that I hope more games do in the future. Needless to say, I am attached to this character more so than I have been in any other game I have ever played. The story is already extremely emotional and with my long “service” to the game I feel as if I truly am connected with the story and the character.
The overall control is fluid and I don’t feel like I am “lost in space” as I did in the other games, running around with what felt like no purpose at times. For those with a Kinect, I feel like the Kinect is an overwhelmingly excellent added bonus to the controls. Moving characters and making commands during a firefight is more intense and only adds to the overall immersion. I love that I can tell Liara to use “Singularity” and Kaiden to “Overload” at the drop of a hat without having to Pause my experience. Everything feels much more controlled and exciting than it did in the past.
Also… I haven’t beat it yet, so everyone be kind and quit complaining/talking about the ending.
This is something I wrote something like 5 months ago and I can't believe I forgot to post it here. I am ashamed. Enjoy it now.
I sit within a cubicle, but it almost feels as if I don’t. Each and everyday I learn new things while exploring the vast reaches of cyberspace. I navigate infinite ions of gold released in an instant by individuals in the form of tweets. The things that I do not understand I research by means of Wiki and meme. Mashable is my bible, Hootsuite is my outlet and the internet is my muse. I am a Community Manager for a major player in the gaming industry.
When I started this job, it really wasn’t what I expected. I thought I knew a lot more than I actually did and even now after having worked here for almost a year I am always learning. I am lucky in the sense that the company gave me permission to mold my job into what I wanted it to be. At events my badge reads Exhibitor, but it usually falls somewhere between there and press. I always have a hell of a time trying to get information out there or talking to people because I have learned I am generally not allowed to go into press rooms. I work strictly from my phone at times and upload media from the comfort of my hotel room (which can sometimes be a pain in the ass).
Social media is like a playground and shares the same rudimentary rules. Be friendly, play nice, don’t kick sand and be bullied. I am nice to everyone I meet, but people aren’t always nice to me. I understand it’s frustrating when a product is defective and I was screamed at in a retail environment 2 year prior for that exact reason. I have been in your shoes filled with anger because my controller is broken and while I understand that I am the easiest person to contact, I usually can’t help you beyond shooting your an e-mail to customer service. I don’t have to help you, yet many times I go out of my way to try.
I don’t kick sand, I just stop talking to you. I don’t “come back at you” with crappy remarks because fighting on the internet isn’t worth my time. I have learned to let things go, eat humble pie and have learned the worth of words. A person can say a lot in 140 characters so long as it’s worded right it can be a powerful thing. Saying the wrong things knocks you down a few steps, I have learned from my mistakes and learned what my demographic likes (not just Rick Rolls & Keyboard cats… okay mostly that). I am positive, friendly and truthful in everything I say because I think before I post. Different things run through my head just before I hit “tweet” such as, “How will people respond?”, “Will I offend anyone?” and “Is this worded right so it doesn’t sound like I am coming off too harshly?”.
I don’t just “Tweet” for a living as some people assume. I am a also copywriter, manage all of the social media for the company, promote our brand and show the consumer what goes into making their favorite things. I am your eyes and ears into the gaming industry.
Social media is constantly changing, you never know what will be a hit and what will be a miss nowadays. Being careful about what you post and looking before you leap can be your greatest ally. It’s a job that is unpredictable and I have made some stupid moves that somehow worked out for the best in the end (I'm only human don'tcha know). Sometimes you have to use your best judgment and jump the gun, it’s all about timing. Like fireworks, something can explode in a flash and fizzle out as quickly as it came. It’s a job that keeps me on my toes and something you can never stop working on or you can loose your fan base. Keep things interesting, exciting and ever changing, most of all NEVER stop listening to what your followers have to say. Engaging your audience is your biggest advantage in the fast paced world of social media, don’t ever forget that.
It’s Candace again, I wanted to tell you that I love you very much. You are the one time of year that I feel like it’s Christmas all over again (forget actual Christmas). I have been spending the last few weeks finishing up some E3 madness at work and preparing my mind for your all encompassing greatness.
I know that I work and time to do cool things will be minimal, but these are the things I am looking forward to and why…
BioShock: Infinite - This one is a no brainer, I am obsessed with Bioshock (even though 2 was really strange). It is my hope that Infinite will redeem itself, secretly I worry that it wont.
The Darkness II - The original Darkness was the first video game that ever made me cry. I can’t wait for the next one and the art style is to die for.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - I have poured almost half my life into Bethesda’s library. My only hope is that I will at least get close to completing New Vegas before Skyrim’s launch or I am screwed.
Dead Island - The game looks fantastic, but my worry is that they won’t pull of the gameplay the right way. This is a whole new direction for Deep Silver and is far different from their current library of games. This is a great risk and I really hope the outcome is a great game.
Tomb Raider - Although I have played almost all of the Tomb Raider franchise, I consider this reboot a fresh start. I want to go into it with an unbiased view, I never hated the Lara Croft, but I have never loved her either. I want to love her… hopefully this game will do that for me.
Star Wars: The Old Republic - I am obsessed with Star Wars, so much so I am part of the 501st Legion as an Expanded Universe character (Visas Marr from KOTOR 2). I can’t wait for this MMO and my hopes for this is that it will play in the classic style of KOTOR (or at least an upgraded version) with all of the excitement that those games brought me.
BloodRayne: Betrayal - I don’t like the direction Majesco went with BloodRayne. I hate it in fact, but my hope is that this game will be good nonetheless. The fact that they are breathing new life into Rayne is enough for me. I just wish it had been in the form of a 3D campy bloodfest, not a 2D one.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword - I love the Legend of Zelda, but I haven’t really enjoyed them since Ocarina of Time (still haven’t played Twilight Princess, to be honest so I don’t know about that one). I am looking forward to this, but trying not to get my hopes up about it because of the fact that it keeps getting teased and we have no real news about it. If it is on the “Project Cafe” system, I would love to see it in (hopefully) HD. Don’t get me wrong, the Wii is fun… but it’s not a system I want to sit down at and really invest time into with the Wii Remote being what it is.
Aliens: Colonial Marines - I grew up with 3 movies when I was little: Beetlejuice, Ghostbusters and the Alien franchise. I love everything from Facehuggers to Ripley and I am really hoping this will take the story to a whole new level. I don’t know what to expect, but I expect it to be good.
Mass Effect 3 - Just today we are hearing rumors of ME3 being compatible with Kinect, my hope for this is that it will be for “mini games” such as repair jobs, planet surveying, Mako styled missions and nothing else. Unless they can realistically make the Kinect work flawlessly in battles… I do not want! Other than that, what isn’t there to be excited about. I just hope the story lives up to the first two.
Assassin’s Creed Revelations - Brotherhood is currently in my massive backlog of games, so I am getting to it. I have not been disappointed in AC so far and I am pretty sure I wont be in this one. I expect the gameplay to be the same as before, it’s mostly the story I am looking forward to.
Batman: Arkham City - Catwoman… duh.
Modern Warfare 3 - I am kind of expecting this to be at E3 even though some of the gaming news sites don’t have it listed as an E3 game. I expect it to be just as good as the rest.
I just played a video game made by a 5-Year-Old and loved it, let me tell you why. When I was little (8 to be exact), we were tasked with the very large goal of writing, editing and illustrating a hardcover book that would follow us through our young lives. I still have that book and I was damned proud of it, "The Adventures of Purple Panther: Lost in Jurassic Park" (our school mascot was a purple panther). It was and still is very meaningful to me that I got to do something as cool as publishing my own book at the age of 8.
Playing Cassie's "Sissy's Magical Ponycorn Adventure" brought back so many memories for me. It was a chance to relive my childhood and lets face it, any little girl that is tasked with making a video game at the age of 5 will remember it for the rest of their lives. It's no easy task making a video game to begin with, I commend Cassie's dad, Ryan for preparing his daughter to do something like this.
Ryan took his daughter to TOJam, "a three-day independent game jam" to make a game with him. "Cassie drew all the pictures, wrote all the titles, and recorded the voice of the main character. She also came up with the NPCs (including Mr. Turtle, the Mean Tiger, and the villainous Lemon), and designed some of the puzzles (including the one where you [SPOILER ALERT] have to read a sign to justify your need for a coconut to throw at the Lemon)." You can read the rest of the story here.
The game is pretty straight forward, a simple point and click styled adventure game where you have to collect "Ponycorns" to complete the game. You solve simple puzzles and at times try to outwit bad guys like "Mr. Lemon". It's a free flash based game and we'll worth the play simply because it's adorable beyond human brain capacity. I'm not gonna lie... I almost died from how cute it was (for example, when you collect Ponycorns make sure you click on each of the jars so you can hear their names).
I am really glad that people like Ryan are teaching their children about video games and how they are made. Proving once again that gaming is a real industry with real careers. Maybe this will open up doors for Cassie and maybe she'll grow up to design new games for all of us. One thing is for certain, this is an experience that she will never forget, that will follow her for the rest of her life. How cool would that be to be able to say that you made a video game at the age of 5.
I know it's been a while since I have been on here, I have been busy posting on my Tumblr, getting ready for E3 and the MK Tournament in Vegas. I really do want to start coming on Dtoid more... I have been lurking for the past few months and it makes me feel like a creepy guy in a trench coat with a funny hat in an alleyway. I have also decided that I am going to write about whatever I damned well please on my Destructoid blog... so if I want to write the Psychology of LOLcats I am gonna or if I want to talk about how Dead Money in New Vegas sucked I am gonna.
So... I thought I would cross post this mostly because it's important informations and I have been trying to get the gaming community involved as much as possible. There will be video games, super extra special surprises and at the end of the day.. booze and video games <3
There is a little over one week left till the National Mortal Kombat Tournament in Las Vegas and it’s going to be big! Just as a reminder registration closes on Monday, May 9th 2011. This means if you are participating in the tournament you must get your entry in prior to that time. No late entries will be accepted, period. PDP has exclusive rates at Bally’s Casino for $100 a night ($50 on Sunday). You can get these great rates through our tournament page at www.PDPTournaments.com. Make sure you book your rooms soon, they are filling up fast!
This weekend we will be having a promotion at Insert Coin(s) in Las Vegas in preparation for the Tournament. Come by and play with some of the guys from PDP on the new Mortal Kombat Fight Stick to earn raffle tickets for several Fight Sticks to be given away throughout Friday May 6 & Saturday May 7 at 7pm – 11pm.
Even if you aren’t fighting in the tournament there will be all sorts of interesting happenings during the event. We will be offering a large projection screen for highlighted & streamed matches within the hall. Seating will be available in front of the screen/stage area. Free play areas will be set up with our new Versus Fighting Pads as well as some practice areas for Tournament fighters. We will be giving away some Mortal Kombat Fight Sticks during the event and Ed Boon will be making a special appearance. If that wasn’t enough, something very special will be making its debut during the Tournament, so come out and get in on the action!
After the closing fight on Saturday night, please join us over at Insert Coin(s) on Freemont St for some drinks and video game fun (this is a bar, 21+). Insert Coin(s) is a video lounge and game bar that caters to gamers, to learn more please visit their website. www.insertcoinslv.com
Missing the Tournament? Coverage will be streamed by Team Spooky and can be found at teamspooky.tv or on G4TV.com on May 14th and 15th!
And if you haven't already seen it (who hasn't) check out the vlog I did about the fight stick.