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4:39 PM on 07.22.2009

How I became obsessed with Starcraft.



Starcraft II is getting closer to release. and it would be an understatement to say that I'm excited. In this blog post I will tell you a tale of kings, legends, love, and hate... ugh, I really need to cut on that cheesy crap. Anyway, here it goes!

When I was a kid, I used to go over to my neighbour's house and play PC games... well, watch him play PC games at least. But there was a game in particular that he would play that really interested me, and even got me interested in its genre; and that game was Warcraft II. It was just something about the satisfaction of watching a kingdom expand, armies grow, and the clever use of strategy that really intrigued me. This fascination of the genre would grow as I watched him play Command & Conquer: Red Alert. Then one day, my cousin would tell me of Starcraft, wich would be the sci-fi equivelant of Warcraft series. And my jaw dropped...

"Warcraft II... in space!? With aliens and stuff!? AWESOME! "

In pure excitement I purchased a PC game magazine, and found an article about the game. Apparently the game was released the same year (another reason why 1998 is the greatest year in gaming ever). However, my old-fashioned (but not in the least poor) family only had a crappy old pre-Windows 95 computer, so there was no way I could play this game yet. But my excitement for this game would never diminish, and we would eventually get a Windows 98 computer, wich was much more appropriate for the time. However, as I grew up in a gaming dystopia, there still wasn't any way that I could get my sausage fingers on this masterpiece. But I was still adamant that I would get this game some day.

Then in 2001, while watching television, a commercial for a documentary appeared.

It was 'Alias: Slayer', a documentary about 16 year old Starcraft player Fredrik ōstervold (aka. [GG99]Slayer) who in 2000 travelled to South-Korea, and became the first non-Korean to win a Korean Starcraft tournament.

Part 1
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Part 2
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Part 3
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I remember asking my mom to record this documentary on a VHS so that I could watch it after my guitar lessons where done. When I finally came home and watched through the recording, I was mesmerized by his amazing skills. And I later thought to myself; "I need this game now!". And by a stroke of luck, it turned out one of my friends had this game burned on CD, and let me borrow it for a while.

"This... game... is... fucking... incredible!".

It had the most simplistic and intuitive gameplay I've ever experienced in an RTS game before. And it had a massive epic storyline, supported by memorable characters, that where voiced by truly professional voice actors. Not to mentioned the most heart-wrenching plot twist I've ever encountered in a videogame.



I managed to play through the entire single player campaign before I had to return the disc to my friend again. I finally managed to get my hands on a retail copy a little later though, and became addicted to Battle.net. And was exposed to the n00b and 1337 community for the first time in my life. The most memorable online moments came from the "User Map Settings" maps. There you could find maps of various selections, such as: Tower Defence, Lord of the Rings, Dragonball Z, and even a "Rainor has sex with Kerrigan" map (don't ask)!

It appears that I wasn't the only one affected by this documentary. It turns out that Starcraft experienced its second golden age in Norway after this was broadcast. The number of Norwegians registered on Battle.net multiplied several times the week after - truly demonstrating the effect it had on people.

[GG99]Slayer retired from pro-gaming shortly after, and it was said that he joined the military. He's also a professional poker player today. The documentary received a nomination for 'documentary of the year' during the 2001 Amanda awards (Norwegian Oscars).   read


11:33 AM on 03.18.2009

Yes! Rhythm Heaven is finally announced for April 30th release in Europe! And will be known as...

Rhythm Paradise!



Probably old news for some, but I saw no talk of it here on Destructoid. So I asumed that alot of people didn't know yet.

But why would they destroy the box-art so much? That ugly orange strip on the bottom of the box, and that insulting 'Touch Generation' logo...   read


8:23 PM on 03.14.2009

Bioshock 2 trailer tomorrow? Plus some matlocking.

If you've been paying attention to the Bioshock 2 viral site, you've probably noticed that there is just enough space to put one more collection of notes on the map. I think this space is reserved for a window including a trailer for the game.

Also, in the newest batch of notes, it states that the investigator Mark Meltzer, is crossing the borders towards New Brunswick (Canada) and is going to stake out the area in search of the Big Sister. Now if you've listened to the background sound in the viral site, then you'll hear that it's coming from the inside of a ship (possibly in the captain's tower), judging from the engine buzz, intercom noice, and sounds of waves clashing against the ships hull. And as Mark has been tracking down the Big Sister in a U-shaped path from Ireland, to Spain, to South-America, to Canada, it is only logical that the next step is the ocean. And as most of you probably knew, Rapture is placed somewhere in between Iceland and Greenland. If you've noticed even closer to the background sound, you've noticed that it recently appeared some weird distortion. Could this mean that Mark is getting closer to the Big Sister? Maybe he gets attacked out in the sea by the creature, and he ends up in Rapture?

This could've made for an excellent introduction in Bioshock 2, if not for the fact that its allready been confirmed that the main character is in fact a Big Daddy, as is confirmed judging by the scans from this site. Playing as a Big Daddy sounds awesome and all, but am I the only one who fear that this sequel won't offer anything rivaling Bioshocks amazing storyline, and intead serves us a gimmick? The game is supposedly set 10 years after the first game (1970), meaning that the kidnapped girls are 9-12 years old in the sequel (considering the kidnappings took place in 67, and they where 6-9 years old at the time). If you look at the Little Sister in one of the scans, she looks nowhere near as old as that. This makes me worry that the game is going contain several lack oversights of important details, wich could prevent the games storyline to have as many holes as a swizz cheese. I guess they could cover it up saying that ADAM stops their aging.



And finally, remember the girl holding the doll in the first teaser trailer of the game? It's quite possible that she is the Big Sister, asuming that she must've been in her early teens at her oldest before she turned into that thing, and that the Big Sister dropped the said doll on a beach in Ireland (as explained in the viral site). The teaser also showed the buildings in Rapture rising in the sand, probably symbolising that she was in control of it (as confirmed in the Game Informer scans).

This turned out to be a longer post than I expected...   read


9:21 AM on 02.02.2009

10 things about Projectexodus you probably dont give a shite about.

Ok, my internet failed on me before I got a chance to publish this post yesterday, so thatís why Iím a little late to join the fad.


1. "Asl?"
First name: Gard
Age: 18
Gender: Male
Nation: Norway


2. First game I ever played (and also my favourite game of all time) is Super Mario Bros. 3.
Yup! I was about 3-4 years old or something back then, finally trying out my oldest sisters NES. I remember I was terrified when the 2 goombas approached me, so I called my mom to get past them for me. I defeated the game at the age of five.


3. First console and game I ever owned is the Gameboy Pocket with Super Mario Land.
I was 6 years when my dad purchased these gems for me during a vacation trip. I originally wanted a Game Gear, because my cousin had one. But my older sister purchased one before me, and I didnít want to copy her.


4. I cried when I got a N64 during Christmas 1997.
Me: ďWhatís this?Ē
*Opens up present*
*Gazes upon the cover of Lylat Wars (Aka Starfox 64, best game evar!)*
Me crying: But I donít have a N64Ö
Mom: Now, open up this present.
*Opens up present*
Me in shock: But thatís an N64!


5. I did not cry at the end of Half Life 2: Episode 2Ö
Well, why would you expect me to? When everyone keeps telling me how much they cried at the end of the game, then it becomes quite easy for me to find out what happens, and who it happens to, causing me to become mentally prepared for that ďsad endingĒ. And for the record, I probably won't cry during Shadow of the Colossus either.


6. My favourite bands are Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath.
Others artists/bands include:

- ABBA
- Bob Dylan
- Crosby, Stills, Nash (& Young)
- Deep Purple
- Dire Straits
- Electric Light Orchestra
- Fleetwood Mac
- Iron Maiden
- Jethro Tull
- Judas Priest
- Led Zeppelin
- Meat Loaf
- Mike Oldfield
- Nik Kershaw
- Ozzy Osbourne
- The Police
- Queen
- Radiohead
- REM
- Rhapsody of Fire
- Simple Minds
- The Beatles
- The Rolling Stones
- The Smashing Pumpkins
- The Waterboys
- Toto
- Uriah Heep


7. I'm a raging liberal.
I absolutely despise anyone who tries to tell me what to do, anyone who would try to restrict my freedoms, and anyone who would push their religions on me. RAAAAAAAGE!!!


8. I have OCD, and it ruined my childhood.
So, I was a 12 year old minding my own business at a sunny day at school, then all of the sudden, I spot two of my friends peeing in a hallway. This triggered my OCD, and Iíve been a germophobe ever since (yes I know now that urine is sterile, you nimrod!). My problems eventually became so severe that I had to quit school, and I received home schooling from 7th to 10th grade (six hours of school each week, with no English lessons), causing me to loose contact with all of my friends. Iím grateful that I had videogames that I could play for escapism; otherwise Iíd probably gone completely mad. Luckily my condition bettered enough for me to join public High School, like a normal youth. My social skills werenít the best when I joined High School, and all of the students follow a culture that Iím completely unfamiliar with. But Iíve managed to adapt myself so I donít seem like an oddball to the others. Things are starting to improve for me now, and Iím hoping to join a university once Iím done with school.


9. I want to become an indie game developer.
Yeah, seeing games such as Braid, Castle Crashers, Cave Story and World of Goo, inspires me to create a game of my own. I have a lot of ideas in my head right now of what kind of game I would create. I suppose it would be Metroidvania style game, or an adventure game similar to the 2D Zeldaís. But Iíll probably never do it. Learning how to program seems like a complicated affair to me.


10. Iíve never consumed alcohol, done drugs, or smoked my entire life.
And Iím proud of it! Seriously, Iíve never understood these ďparty peopleĒ. Whatís the point in having fun if youíre not going to remember it the next day? Iíd rather find alternative ways of having fun.


Like videogames!   read


9:40 AM on 01.04.2009

I hugged a tree...

And now I'm a dendrophile...

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3:42 PM on 04.06.2008

Not my Turning Point gaming rig

Phew! My sister came home from her trip at the last minute so I could borrow her digital camera. Just in time for the deadline.

I bought this rig fall 2004 with the money I saved up at my summer job. And it replaced my old rig wich took 30 minutes just to boot up...
So allow me to introduce to you, my NOT Turning Point gaming rig.


The monolith in its full glory.

Specs:
AMD Athlon 64 3000+ 2.00GHz
ATI Radeon X800 Pro 256MB RAM
100 GB hardrive space
1GB RAM
Windows XP Pro

Not so shabby isnt it? I'd say the same thing if it wasnt for the fact that this thing suddenly auto restarts when you least expect it!
This rig can play Oblivion at low/medium settings with aprox 30 FPS, interupted by occacional crashes!
But, the thing that worries me is if it can play Age of Conan when it comes out.


A 17" 1280x1080 resolution CRT monitor. That thing is going to give me brain cancer one day!


Oh, dont worry! After a restart or two, that screen disruption will vanish.

So there you have my entry, at the last minute too.   read


9:32 PM on 03.27.2008

Euro Virtual Console week 13 - Commodore 64 edition!

I'm not sure if there is anyone writing posts about the Euro Virtual Console. But I decided to do it this time since we're seeing the debut of Commodore 64 games.

Commodore 64 was a personal computer wich was hot during the 80's.
According to guinnes world records it sold 22 million units, making it the most sold personal computer in history!
There's a total of 4000 titles on the machine, and its about time Wii owners get a taste of those games. Each game will cost 500 Wii points each.

Allright, here's the list...

Cruis'n USA
Platform: Nintendo 64
Released: 1998
Genre: Racer
Cost: 1000 Wii points


International Karate
Platform: Commodore 64
Released: 1986
Genre: Fighter
Cost: 500 Wii points


Uridium
Platform: Commodore 64
Released: 1986
Genre: Horizontal scrolling shoot-'em-up
Cost: 500 Wii points


Thats THREE games for a change!
Not just the debut of a completely new console but also a N64 game!
Wether its worth spending 500 Wii points for a C64 game is nothing I can answer. I never owned the console...   read


10:42 PM on 03.17.2008

Songs made from Call of Duty 4 gunshots.

This has to be one of the most awesome COD4 videos I've ever seen!
Not that there has been many awesome COD4 videos though...

I originaly found it on Break.com, but I had some problem embeding the video so I searched for it on Youtube.
It was added 10 days ago and it has allready gotten 350.000 hits at the moment.
It was made by Serpento99, and he has more videos like these from other games in his profile.

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These next ones where made by Roflmao88:

Video 1:
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Video 2:
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What do you guys think of it?

UPDATE: Fixed some stuff about the users who made the videos. I also added another one for your enjoyment.   read





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