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Oh hey!

I'm celebrity author and renowned street mime Panzadolphin56. This is my blog. I write things here.

...in case the blog bit didn't give that away.

Anyway! To the left you'll find my latest blogs, and beneath this you'll find a fairly comprehensive list of most of what I've written over the years (unfortunately some stuff does eventually get bumped off the list.)

I like to write from a fairly critical standpoint about games, usually analysis or talking about issues that interest me, I also do retrospectives from time to time, talk about games I've been playing, write the funny things that come into my head, and very occasionally do some crappy art.

I hope you enjoy what you read!

I also make videos a little now, so check those out if you'd like - http://www.youtube.com/user/godi3400

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A little about me:

I am mostly a story person, good mechanics are good mechanics but button pressing never does anything for me. I like Horror, I like Cyberpunk, I like Neo-Noir (especially crossed with Cyberpunk), I like good art and good writing, I like games that cut against the grain or choose to challenge social or industry norms in some way.

I don't have a single favourite game but I am a big fan of the MGS games, Snatcher, the Forbidden Siren series, Silent Hill 2, the old-school Resident Evils, Advance Wars and Power Dolls, among many, many others.

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Critical Pieces:

How ugly should Horror really be?
Of Inventories and Horror Games
Crafting A Good Game of 'The Thing'
Alien(s), Creative license and Borrowed Ideas
Crossing from TV/Movie to Games
Scope and Depth in the world of gaming
Boss Battles - When do they ever make sense?
Survival Horror Essentials
Colonial Marines: Well, that kind of sucked...
Disability, Disease in Games
Blood 2 and Post-Modernism
Topics, Tropes and Atmosphere in Horror games
Realism Vs. Fantasy - Who Wins?
The gradual drift away from the mainstream
Is There Horror in The Ugly...?
The Fourth Wall and taking games seriously
Are You Always Online?
Hype: Aliens Vs. Predator
To shoot stuff or not to shoot stuff?
Character Design and Choice in Games
Culture Vs. Creativity: Where do Stories come from?
Where you go Isometric-Strategy Games?
What's the Point of Games?
Do Horror games even still exist...?
Why are Characters Always so White...?
Choice in Games: Heavy Rain

A Magical Dolphin Plays:

Claire
Sepulchre
The King of the Wood

Retrospectives:

Resident Evil Remake
Aliens Vs Predator 2
Sweet Home
Forbidden Siren
System Shock 2

Pick up and Plays:

Call of Cthulhu and the Spectre of Good Horror
Story Books and Nightmares in Rule of Rose
B-Movie Bliss: Extermination
Along for the ride with Michigan: Report From Hell
Some thoughts on Wargame: European Escalation
Skyrim: Impressions

Funny/Less Critical Stuff:

Get Yo Summer Game On
Lazyblog: Box Art
Escaping into the Darkness of Hellnight
Diversity what what?!?: Black Mamba Edition
Why Do We Still Have Exploding Barrels...?

Art:

Dead Space 3, in a nut shell.
CROSSOVER: Mario X Siren
Boss: Learning the Tools of the Trade

Front Pages:
Tales from Skyrim: The skinhead shopkeep
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PSN ID:karatedolphin66
Steam ID:PD56
Mii code:Hell if I know!
Raptr ID:Anarchicheron
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...seriously, wtf were you expecting when you clicked on this?

Anyway, play some games with us! If you want to play some games, with yourself, or others, feel free to post shit below to get that organised. If you'd like to play some games then please state below. Friday Night Fights are run entirely by the community so feel free to join someone else's game or host one yourself.

Anyway, if you want in/are interested in any way post below, if you're hosting just use the format below to indicate the specifics:

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Mario Kart 8
Host: ShadeOfLight (NNID: ShadeOfLight)
Time: 8PM GMT
Note: Sign up for the Nintendoid Google Group to make the whole organizing thing a bit easier.

GTAO ( heists ) / Destiny ( my first raid? ) - PS4
Host: mistic192
Time: 19h in GMT
Note: I'll be hosting either GTAO for heists or Destiny ( to do my first ever raid, though I do have a lvl 29 hunter for it ). It'll depend on how many players we can get for each but I'm willing to host either... A mate of mine might join, if he can host, I will be able to stream the games :-)

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Hey, play some games!!!!

...but not with any of us. Because we'll be watching a film on Friday. But if you want to play some games, with yourself, or others, feel free to post shit below to get that organised. Who knows, we may even catch those dinosaurs this time around. If you'd like to play some games then please state below. Friday Night Fights are run entirely by the community so feel free to join someone else's game or host one yourself.

Anyway, if you want in/are interested in any way post below, if you're hosting just use the format below to indicate the specifics:

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Hello there, so I am Panzadolphin56 and I thought I would do something a little different with this blog from my usual writings. I do actually have a number of things written up that I need to find space to put up at some point but I felt as though this was something that needed to go up first.

So today I would like to tell you about a friend of mine, a very unique person, with a very special gift. His name is Roberto Plankton, and he is an artist. But Roberto Plankton is no ordinary artist, for he exist somewhere outside of the norm; a creature born of the darkness who brings terror to the minds of the young and weak of constitution. With his simple tools to hand he etches nightmares onto canvas, giving life to a humour most dark; and I think you should see some of them.

Once he painted me...



Other times he has sought to guide those who enter the forums...



Or even warn them about what to expect...



The only rhyme or reason to Plankton craftings being that somewhere, far off, in the deepest darkness, an elder god, entombed for eons must roll over and chuckle in its sleep before a picture is sanctified as a Plankton Original.

And his craftings are many...






Like a master craftsman he tirelessly labours at each new project, working night and day to terrify and bewilder. Like a less fat and altogether scarier Santa, bringing gifts most foul.





If you like to be afraid then I dare you to step into his domain, bask in the purity of the darkness that resides within him (and appreciate his work some), and find escape from this dire world of ours:

The Art of Roberto Plankton

Or better yet, step into a realm where nightmares are given birth...

A World of Nightmares.

(Just don't go through google search.)

And with that said, I would like to leave you with my own tribute to the genius, to the madness that is the man Roberto Plankton:













Another week, another round of games.

What will Europe play this week? What horrors await us? Who knows. Who cares. Seriously, I'm tired. If you'd like to play some games then please state below. Friday Night Fights are run entirely by the community so feel free to join someone else's game or host one yourself.

Anyway, if you want in/are interested in any way post below, if you're hosting just use the format below to indicate the specifics:

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Game Killing Floor or L4D2
Host: Panza (PD56)
Time: 7-8PM GMT.

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Friends, I come to you today as a humble dolphin with a simple message: Philcumsonsevens (Mike Martin) is a stupid head. He has made it clear to me that he intends to raze our lands to the ground and impose harsh taxes on the simple grains we sell in order to make our living here in Europeland unless... we play videogames together.

I know, I know, it's a lot to ask. But in these desperate times we must stand together, we must fight back against our oppressors. Whatever the title, whatever the platform, whatever the time, Europe must play games.

So I say we rise up against this tyrant, let not his lack of adequate genital covering, nor his love handles scare you, and definitely don't let his inability to properly fucking tell people when he wants stuff done by hinder the fight back. We can beat him, we need only keep playing exactly the same games we always play with our friends just announce them publicly in the format below:

Game Name
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FREEDOM!!!!!!!!!!!!

...and/or playing videogames with other people who like to play at times most convenient for Europeans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Game Killing Floor or L4D2
Host: Panza (PD56)
Time: 8PM GMT

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Destructoid! Home of the brave, the fearless and the slightly incontinent.

I love coming to this place, and it is literally just for the community these days; I've been stooging around here for years now... must be nearly four, and I've interacted with a lot of people over that time. Most were honestly pretty forgettable, but a good number have been really amazing, really genuine people - especially those I've interacted with down in the darkest pit of Destructoid, so without further ado I would like to talk a little about the people who have helped make my daily internet adventures so enjoyable:



(mandatory tone-setting piece)

Glowbear – (Also known as front page superstar Claire Sharkey) How to describe Glowbear? Genuinely wonderful. You know I often make rude jokes about her, frequently on the Scary Granules podcast, in the show posts, and generally on the forums but I've honestly got to say all jokes aside she is quite probably one of the nicest people I've ever met. And that goes for online or offline. She's always easy-going and willing to share whatever she's got with others – even going so far as to share her food and lodgings with other Dtoiders for events and just for hang-time, and she's always looking out for people and trying to help them out when they're down. All round she's a classy dame and the best thing you could do all today would be to drop by one of her blogs and tell her she's amazing.

Philkensebben – (Also called Mike Martin now) is pretty awesome generally, and a really nice guy to boot. Don't get me wrong he's a fucking arsehole and if he doesn't call you a cunt within five minutes of first talking to you there's probably something drastically wrong with him that day; but underneath the many, many layers of crude language and child-like temper tantrums there's a really genuine, decent guy, who'll be telling you how much of a fucking shitlord you are one minute and the next helping you when you're having a bad day. He's also a lot of fun to game with, and pretty good at shit-talking. I only regret I couldn't do more to help him with the terrible shit he always seems to go through.

Roberto Plankton – It's not often I like to describe anything as sublime, it's even rarer that I'm moved by the art I see, but both these terms apply to how I feel about Plankton's work. He crafts pictures only a haunted mind, ever so slightly out of phase with reality and society could fathom; and I honestly consider him possibly one of the great masters of art of the modern age, just undiscovered and unpopularised as of yet. His art is a nightmarish juxtaposition of the mundane and the extreme, twisting the popular into the dark and letting the unwritten taboos of the modern world taste light for the first time. Almost like a reaction to the inane stupidity and unconsciousness of general society Plankton offers the chance at a potential cure ...you need only twist the contours of the box one more time to taste it. It has been a treat to befriend him on the forums, and despite my having little to give in return he's created a number of pieces representing my avatar and username, which I am eternally grateful for. I think if I could hope for anything for him it would be to see his work recognised for the creative genius it is, and maybe to get to work on a project with him sometime.

...oh, and a 10% cut on whatever he makes and sells in his lifetime. Seriously, I'd never need to work again.

Usedtable – (Also known as Tubby now), is just basically a big ball of muscle on little legs. You'll often see him round the comments section on front page threads either challenging people to fights or slamming people (verbally) over one thing or another. Unlike a lot of internet tough guys though he's actually the real deal, and actually a really nice guy on top of it. He also really believed in me when others didn't think I was a dolphin, and I will always remember him for that.

Zombie Platypus – ZP doesn't seem to come round these parts much anymore, and honestly I can't blame him. A lot has changed about Dtoid and I guess he always felt as though he belonged to the older Dtoid, but I can't help but miss the guy. I know him primarily from the forums, where he had the privilege of being the most frequent poster in them there parts, but he also occasionally did a Cblog, and one time even wrote a short creepy pasta piece for a thing me and Glowbear were involved in, he's another really great artist and a really funny guy to boot. He did some really amazing username art for most of us forumites ages back, and I seem to remember he had a thing for knee-high socks :?

Stevil – I guess sans the older Dtoid regulars most people won't recognise Stevil as a big name on Dtoid, which is a shame. It probably isn't really surprising though as he hasn't written anything in ages and his blogs seem to have disappeared mysteriously. I remember Stevil though, admittedly I appeared on Dtoid just around the time Stevil stopped blogging properly, only catching the odd blog he continued to put out on occasion; but at the time at least, as a big survival horror fan, stumbling across the vast treasure trove of old blogs Stevil had accumulated was something else entirely. His keen insight into the mechanics of Survival Horror and its history made his blogs a delight to read, and it's really a shame he stopped writing. He's also been a guest on the Secret Moonbase podcast a few times, which is a treat to listen to, and he's even been on my podcast. He still pops up on the forums to regale us with pearls of pop culture wisdom but I remember him most as the guy it's really stupid Dtoid never hired as a horror writer... because seriously, wtf?!

Occams – I honestly don't know Occams too well, he's somebody on Destructoid that's mainly left an impression on me because of the trail he leaves behind rather than our actual interactions (and I mean that in the nicest way possible.) Like Plankton he's somebody who seems to have one foot perpetually wedged in the doorway to hell, and an ear against the gap to catch the whispers; I haven't seen any art he's made (if he makes any) but he definitely crafts nightmare fuel with his posts and tweets with what little materials he has to hand, and as somebody who's always existed somewhere closer to the weird than the normal his posts always seem to make me smile, and usually laugh.

Browneye – So Browneye is something of a mystery to me, he posts a lot but I don't know all that much about him. Seems like he hits the animu pretty hard, he also seems to like poop and probably wants to make out with Phil loads. Anyway, I like him for the same reason I like Phil, he's rude and obnoxious at times but seems genuinely lovely underneath it all. I guess the main reason he's on this list is because he's somebody who's about a lot but doesn't seem to throw himself in the spotlight too often ...and hey, I'd like him to feel as if somebody appreciates his posts.

Lion – I feel it hard to describe how I feel about Lion - that may just mostly be because of my stunted inability to express human emotion in any particularly effective way though. I will just say that he likes cool things that I quite like – like Dark Souls, the visual efforts of Junji Ito, and writing like you've just come out of an archaic fantasy novel, and that is super; and he's one of those people who I really feel it would be a shame if disappeared from Dtoid... though that's pretty much like everyone on this list (and many more I haven't the space to list.)

~Honourable mentions~

Marche & Firion – Sooo Weaboo. So so weaboo.

Strider – Reviewed one of my blogs before it had even been published one time. He loved it. What a star!

Corduroy – Reading his posts always make me feel as though I'm being shouted at by an old man who thinks I'm on his lawn.

PK Fire – Is 12, and teaches 12yr olds. Wow.

Nihil – Likes dark alleyways.

Luna – Possibly a wizard! Very Cool!

Brightside – Streams filth.