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10:54 AM on 07.09.2009

Harvest Moon: It's Real Life!


Been very crafty lately. I made these over the weekend for my brother and sister-in-law ( and their dog ) for regular garden use, and they consist of acrylic paint, semi-gloss, and some pretty nice quarter inch hickory. I had to hold myself back from burning out and jigsawing the whole farm... D:

Oh and be glad you don't farm lettuce for a living. That stuff is bright man.


4:19 PM on 12.11.2008

It's December 11th, and L4D Infected Wallpaper is Here!

As promised for all you 'toiders this season... my gift to you! I sort of ran out of Steam halfway through (haaaaaaaaaaaaaa), so to make up for the lengthy creation process, I threw in a special L4D Christmas Special.

Also be sure to check out my last blog, where you can get Clay Yount's survivor wallpaper. He's a Mac user, so he was nice enough to make a 1680x1050 version too, unlike the grinch here (actually I was just lame).

I might do something else before Christmas or New Years, but we'll see - I got presents to make!   read

12:00 PM on 12.01.2008

It's Dec 1st! Let's start with some Left 4 Dead wallpaper.

Hey 'toiders!

First let me get out the bad news. No Advent Calendartoid this year due to the company I work for launching our product in the next few weeks. I was planning on doing one, but I'm sure you all know how dual outputs of creativity can destroy a man's brain.

SO, I'm gonna try and offer you all little things like this, by my own (or friends) hands, for your enjoyment throughout the holiday season. That's the good news!

But, the Frogurt toppings contain potassium benzoate.

So let's get this started. First off is my friend Clay Yount's rendition of the Left 4 Dead'rs. I promised I'd plug his webcomic too, so check that out as well, out of curiosity and/or guilt. Either is good to get you there, cause he's talented . Rob and Elliot

(1680x1050 or 1280x1024)

1:47 PM on 09.03.2008

Cowzilla3's True Identity: Matt Hazard

Hello strangers, I come back from the nether worlds!

My good friend Cowzilla3 has a sordid past, actually confusing past since I thought he graveyard shifted as a giant lumbering human Godzilla. I was wrong! His true identity?


(vague link from BlindsideDork about Matt Hazard)


2:58 PM on 06.26.2008

Nintendo Presents: Back to the Future 3

Okay, the title is a little misleading (I think I played the old NES Back to the Future all the time but erased it from my memory... seriously what) but what you're about to see is a little bit better.

For what seems like forever, my brother and I always had a running joke about the BttF series where whenever Marty or Doc looked at the Polaroid pictures of themselves to determine the space-time-continuum's effect on their present selves, they were playing a Game Boy. Preferably Tetris.

Anyways, my brother went the extra mile and made something really awesome that I didn't expect.

Enjoy :D

(I'm gonna go ahead and plug his site too. Hey he's my brother, come on!)

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10:02 PM on 06.14.2008

Gaming Fidelity. Not the same ring to it... but hold on.

(this kind of stems from SuicideFlip's latest blog about not liking to buy games, and wishing there were more sophisticated game stores)

So we've got our Resident Evils.

We've got our Dooms

Mortal Kombats.

Street Fighters.


Silent Hills.

Cries from the gaming community, both online and off, scream INJUSTICE to gaming when these kinds of films are released. No Hell in Doom? Kieth Urban huh? Final Fantasy Spirits huh? Travesty. Someone hire some people who LOVE the game, then it'll be awesome.

(my thoughts on the notion of making video game movies so good that they parallel the game experience is gonna be saved for another time. you like very long cut scenes?)

But yes, run and gun action movies based on games can be entertaining. Taken at face value, they're whatever you want them to be. Shunning them is overdone. Let em be, people want to make money or give it a shot.

So, I got an idea. Instead of shooting straight for the controller, the Pong reference, the stoner joke (I love Grandma's Boy, BTW), what if they went straight for the individual joe who just loves games?

Think High Fidelity, only featuring a store filled with great games, down to earth staff who know about those games, and a protagonist's life that's awesome and horrible at the same time - like most of our lives.

As I know of, there exists NO store in the universe that's run like a small town, knowledgeable, passionate record store, so the existence of such a non existence will strain the believability of the film's premise. That's a hurdle.

Also, by our culture's current books, knowledgeable gamers are anti-social, fat, hairy, tweaky goblins who are so adept at understanding the fantasy world that they forget the real one. How are we to create the ultimate introspective, gaming+love+life mish mash when no one really gets what gamers see in a game?

But look what Fast and Furious did for street racing (face palm).

Someone, make this film. I don't care if a store like this doesn't exist, DO IT. Hire Cusack or someone to fill the shoes of the guy who knows what a great game is. Throw in the fanboys. The love interest who sort of likes Shadow of the Colossus, but only because it reminds her of him.

Not the same ring to it as organizing Johnny Cash albums or revisiting old girlfriends to Queen's "We Are the Champions", but.... HEY! What about revisiting the old girlfriends ala a Mega Man Boss montage?

Am I crazy? Let me know. But I think we could all use a little flick like this.

note: I am very ashamed of the title 'Gaming Fidelity'   read

10:42 AM on 06.10.2008

A Momentous Occasion in Gaming History (NSFW maybe)

Behold fellow Dtoiders, the first living, breathing, capable of space travel genitalia has been created via the Spore Creature Creator.

Notice the lack of two testicles! There are limitations (thank you, God), but the symbolism of said organ is implied with the solitary eye and... fang.

Now, I'm sure the Maxis team has created every single feature of the human body in the past 8 thousand years of development, but THIS is the first pubic- I mean, public viewing of such a spectacle.

note: this does not mean Rockvillian endorses said creation of alien penises or genitalia. in fact, he would rather you create more original creatures so he doesn't have to commit genocide constantly upon Spore's release.

via   read

2:45 PM on 05.28.2008

My friends and brothers, Welcome to the Uncanny Black Hole (NVGR)

Guitar Atomik, get out your schematics for the TyrannoZaurus, we've got a planet to save.

"I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."

-the late Albert Einstein

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9:22 PM on 05.19.2008

Images from the BaltiNARP

Thanks again to Hitogoroshi for opening the place up, and to everyone there for being cool. If anyone missed it, or is in the area next time, I recommend at least a drop by.

Alright, down to the business.

First, sleepover stories: I slept in Hito's awesome office, filled with so many goodies that I got tired of taking pictures of everything to sell to the Russians- I mean, keep on my computer for memories. My pillow and Ravens blanket (sigh) sat parallel with Kratos, while my head aligned perfectly with a Predator statue. Sleeping up there reminded me of the time I slept over at the Baltimore Science Center in Cub Scouts, inside the Space section beneath the tiny LEDs called stars. Only, this time I was amidst lots of cool plastic and PVC, shaped in the form of my favorite manga (Berserk).

So here, without further delay, are a few pictures of Hito's priceless valuables:

I woke up to him staring at me

Also, the theme for the night was blue. Blue lightsabers, blue zombies mixers, blue t-shirts, and Blindside's blue hair.

Rock Band was also there, demanding attention.

And last but not least, Topher playing Ikaruga on the ginormous screen. I didn't catch him actually physically playing it, but take my word for it from the few moments of skill that I caught.

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4:23 PM on 05.09.2008

Where Would Destructoid Be Without Cowzilla3?


7:13 PM on 03.17.2008

High Res Prologue! And, more thank yous.

First off, a few people requested a higher res version of the Destructoid Prologue, so here it is. For some reason my Flash files have a hard time working on the front page, so there are work arounds... in lower res, sadly.


But now I just want to thank you all for the VERY kind comments and praise for the prologue. Cowzilla, thank you, cause I wouldn't have had the time or energy to write AND draw such an undertaking whilst balancing a full time job in the meantime. I owe you a beer. And HarassmentPanda, I'll be needing you when Nintendo sues me for using their music :P

Also, I want to thank Destructoid in general. It's given me a place to call home artistically, being that my gifts include art, my appreciation for gaming, and ability to deliver stuff like this to individuals as yourselves. I'm gonna keep delivering the best work I can as long as Destructoid gives me the area to do so, and it is all 100% appreciated. And if I can brighten anyone's day in the meantime.... extra points.

So, take care everyone! And to all the editors and Niero: keep swimming against that stream.   read

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