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2:00 AM on 04.24.2015  

EU FNF - April 24th?


Want to play some Europeans games? You bet your sweet buns you do! Feel free to post the details below if you're organising something and we can all join in and play together. 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:

Game Name
Host: Dtoid username (Steam ID or Gamertag/PSN/NintendoID: Steam contact info)
Time: Time in GMT
Server: (If any)
Password: (If any)
Note: Any other applicable info about the game

Might try to get that L4D2 game going again this week if anyone's interested?

Mario Kart 8
ShadeOfLight
NID: ShadeOfLight
Time: 8PM GMT+1

Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls (PS4)
Host: Giovanni (PSN: extatix)
Time: 19:30 GMT (That's 7:30PM for y'all illogical time fans)
Server: n/a
Password: n/a
Note: Torment 6 rifts, perhaps some 30+ Greater rifts

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7:49 AM on 04.17.2015  

EU FNF - April 17th!



Want to play some Europeans games? You bet your sweet buns you do! Feel free to post the details below if you're organising something and we can all join in and play together. 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:

Game Name
Host: Dtoid username (Steam ID or Gamertag/PSN/NintendoID: Steam contact info)
Time: Time in GMT
Server: (If any)
Password: (If any)
Note: Any other applicable info about the game

L4D2
Host: Panzadolphin56 (PD56)
Time: 9PM BST (GMT +1)

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2:55 AM on 04.10.2015  

EU FNF April 10th - Summer is here!



Apparently.

At least according to the clocks. It's still cold though... so umm... no.

Anyway, want to play some games? You bet your sweet buns you do! Feel free to post the details below if you're organising something and we can all join in and play together. 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:

Game Name
Host: Dtoid username (Steam ID or Gamertag/PSN/NintendoID: Steam contact info)
Time: Time in GMT
Server: (If any)
Password: (If any)
Note: Any other applicable info about the game

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12:44 AM on 04.03.2015  

EU FNF April 3rd - Ooo Europe



Who wants to play something? Do you!??!? If you want to play some games, with yourself, or others, feel free to post shit below to get that organised. 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:

Game Name
Host: Dtoid username (Steam ID or Gamertag/PSN/NintendoID: Steam contact info)
Time: Time in GMT
Server: (If any)
Password: (If any)
Note: Any other applicable info about the game

Mario Kart 8
Host: ShadeOfLight
NNID: ShadeOfLight
Time: 8pm GMT

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4:25 AM on 03.27.2015  

EU FNF March 27th - Super Sexy Cobras Edition (Part 2!)



...I doubt it'll work twice.

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:

Game Name
Host: Dtoid username (Steam ID or Gamertag/PSN/NintendoID: Steam contact info)
Time: Time in GMT
Server: (If any)
Password: (If any)
Note: Any other applicable info about the game


Destiny ( Raid? Pretty Please for 5 people to join me! ) or GTA5O if we can only get 4 people so we can do heists!
Host: mistic192 on PSN
Time: 7pm GMT, 8pm CET till about 11pm GMT or midnight CET ( possibly longer if I'm having fun )
Note: Never done a raid yet, so no idea how well this'll work And I've also posted this on the 'general' PS FNF in case any US-ians want to join in with horrible ping for all involved :-D

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4:42 AM on 03.20.2015  

EU FNF March 20th - Sexy Cobras Edition



...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:

Game Name
Host: Dtoid username (Steam ID or Gamertag/PSN/NintendoID: Steam contact info)
Time: Time in GMT
Server: (If any)
Password: (If any)
Note: Any other applicable info about the game



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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3:37 AM on 03.13.2015  

EU FNF March 13th - Ghost town edition!!!



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:

Game Name
Host: Dtoid username (Steam ID or Gamertag/PSN/NintendoID: Steam contact info)
Time: Time in GMT
Server: (If any)
Password: (If any)
Note: Any other applicable info about the game

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2:37 AM on 03.07.2015  

A Masterclass in Art: The Legend of Roberto Plankton

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:




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2:10 AM on 03.06.2015  

EU FNF March 6th - Playing things


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:

Game Name
Host: Dtoid username (Steam ID or Gamertag/PSN/NintendoID: Steam contact info)
Time: Time in GMT
Server: (If any)
Password: (If any)
Note: Any other applicable info about the game

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

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3:08 AM on 02.27.2015  

EU FNF Feb 27th - Because Philkensebben is a stupid head



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
Host: Dtoid username (Steam ID or Gamertag/PSN/NintendoID: Steam contact info)
Time: Time in GMT
Server: (If any)
Password: (If any)
Note: Any other applicable info about the game

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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3:00 PM on 02.24.2015  

9 People I like about Dtoid

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.

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1:37 PM on 01.29.2015  

A Magical Dolphin Plays... Babysitter Bloodbath

'A Magical Dolphin Plays...' is a series of short blogs where I write in-brief about my experiences with some of the lesser known games I've played and hopefully explain a little bit about what goes on in the game and how the game feels overall, before offering my thoughts on whether or not I think the game is worth recommending to others. Hope you enjoy!

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Originally known as 'Halloween' before the developers were hit with some sort of copyright notice and had to rework elements of the game, and obviously inspired by the movie, Babysitter Bloodbath is probably the closest thing you'll get to a Resident Evil style Survival Horror game that pays homage to slasher movies. A spooky murder mystery experience where the murder is your own (that you're trying to avoid) and the mystery is who keeps letting all these psychotic mental patients loose at night.

What I did in the game:

I start in a modest house, being introduced to two particularly blocky parents.

I am apparently a babysitter. Hah.

I'm unsettled already...



So we basically spend about five or ten minutes here being introduced to the kid, our character, the basic mechanics and the setting of the game. It's very bare bones. I do a little exploring, get a few items and then make sure the kid is in bed before our plucky young heroine decides to dial out to make a bootycall to some dude she met at the mall the other day... don't judge.

What follows very quickly is we get our first blood sacrifice, seen hanging from a wooden fence, before we're introduced to an escape mental patient who thinks my face would look a whole lot better with a knife through it.

This does not end well.

Babysitter Bloodbath was certainly a surprising treat to play as a survival horror fan. For what it is this game really perfectly captures all the elements of those old-school survival horror games from the PS1 era, mixes them up with the things you'd expect to see most in a slasher and adds in a dash of modern game standards. What you end up with is a rather entertaining, albeit short, ode to survival horror games and slasher movies.



If you're the sort of person who really likes their games to challenge in that sort of overly frustrating, very tense, way that early survival horror games did so then you'll probably enjoy Babysitter Bloodbath a lot. Though it doesn't take it to the degree that a full-blown survival horror title might, if only because of time considerations, Babysitter Bloodbath will have you hunting for items, scared shitless as you're about to be murdered, and wondering why the fuck your character doesn't control more easily.

The only real problem I have with Babysitter Bloodbath is... well, it's just too short. I mean the game itself is really good, but playing through it, noticing all the key moments occur (the parents leaving, the news on the radio about the escaped mental patient, the weird call, etc), it just feels as though it happens too fast. Being a big fan of survival horror games it makes me think of other classic survival horror titles, and how much more awesome this would be if it were a few hours long, instead of half an hour - if the tension were stretched out a bit longer; and ratcheted up a bit more before the big reveal.



Overall I'm impressed enough with Babysitter Bloodbath to recommend it to horror fans, it's short and will probably leave you, like me, wondering why nobody has done something like this in the retail game market before but I think you'll get a kick out of all the obvious little nods to the slasher genre and to survival horror games.

Recommended

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