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8:27 AM on 01.01.2014

Things have become a bit "Huge" around here, it seems...

It has been a few years since my last blog entry, and have things have changed for the both of us. Now the father of a wonderful toddler, my spare time and money for such things such as video games and blogging are but a distant memory. However, a pleasant memory...nonetheless.

One day I hope to pick back up where I started (minus the  incessant blogging part), and perhaps introduce my dormant love to another generation of gamers, even it may only be through my own offspring.

Overall, life has been pretty good. Gamers do eventually age more than just physically. Some outgrow our hobby, others continue on, and then there's me: Hibernating for a while, waiting for a time to reemerge from a cocoon of greater responsibilities just long enough to squeeze in a game or two along that path of what we simply refer to as life.

I hope everyone here has been doing well. You are not forgotten, fellow Dtoiders.   read


1:15 PM on 07.31.2008

Still think you can play fast? Time to practice some more.

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My fingers bled just watching this guy setting a new record for speed playing. Witness 320 bpm and marvel. One can only imagine what kind of solo he could pull off.   read


10:54 AM on 01.21.2008

Mama Said Knock You Out



"Don't call it a comeback, I been here for years."

In the immortal words of LL Cool J, don't let this little snafu give you the wrong impression. I have no intentions of disappearing from the Destructoid scene, and plan on being around for as long as the crew can put up with me.

You will see me drop off the radar every so often, as life has a way of keeping us all busy behind the scenes, but rest assured that I do and will continue keep tabs on the robot sanctum whenever this is the case.

Now that I got that out of the way, it's time to hit up the Dtoid tip line for some goodies. The front page needs more Vader.

-Alan "Back in Black" whatever his last name is   read


11:36 AM on 12.05.2007

Ask some guy a question, get a Mega Man sketch for your troubles



I don't know if any of you have ever heard of a guy named Keiji Inafune, but he thinks that you might appreciate hearing what he has to say about giving the thumbs up to Bionic Commando and responses to whatever other questions you want to throw his way.

I don't know him personally, but apparently he is tied to some lesser known games called Mega Man, Onimusha, and Dead Rising. Rumor has it that he'll be stopping by the Bionic Commando podcast somewhere down the line, but don't quote me on that. A small Japanese company called Capcom seems to be providing the backing for the project, but I can't tell you much about them either.

What I do know for certain, is that the drawing looks mighty cool, and just might be valuable some day. If you can find someone who has played or even heard of that Mega Man game, you might want to pass this on to them. I'm not psychically gifted by any means, but my intuition tells me that there's a small army of people who may of quit reading after the first sentence, and immediately clicked on THIS LINK in an attempt to win that picture and have their special question answered by Keiji Infume. Since this guy might be famous some day, I'll cast my pride aside, overlook the fact that you never read my hard work in the first place -- and go to my happy place as you wrestle with your internal demons and lust for material gain.

Now if you'll excuse me for a moment, I have a link I need to visit.... *ahem*... I mean some "research" I have to do on that Capcom group. Who knows? I just might find that they make some pretty sweet games.   read


7:06 AM on 11.09.2007

Sometimes I have to wonder if I still live in America

When airlines try to save money by not filling up their planes, we have a definite problem. Where does the madness end? So much for safety.

The more I watch the news, the more I can't believe my eyes. The world is truly turning to shit at an accelerated pace. If I didn't know better, I'd have thought that a story such as this would have come out of a third-world country -- and not the most powerful nation on the planet. WTF?   read


9:07 PM on 10.14.2007

Never underestimate the power of the dark side

yes it's true... I finally broke down and bought a PS3. My trifecta of evil is now complete. I can now seek refuge from that terrible word: Exclusive.

On an interesting note, I found that someone had Dtoid Gameboi, and a few other variations of the name already. And here I thought I was special. You lied to me, Ron. I want my virginity back. So much for trying to make my ID match the one on Xbox Live.

OK Sony, this shit sure as hell better be worth it. I'm still dizzy from all the trips to the blood bank, and I don't even want to talk about my other "donations." The things we do to support our habits. *sigh*

I have but one lone game (MotorStorm) at the moment, until my red blood cell count stabilizes. If nothing else, I'll have a decent back up for when my 3rd Xbox 360 decides to go back to the motherland for a few weeks of R&R. I've had this one nearly a few months. Surely Microsoft has sent the distress signal by now.

What about the Wii? Oh, it's still here. Until that next big first party game comes out, it's beautiful blue glow will serve to illuminate the room for a while longer.   read


12:10 PM on 10.05.2007

Dearest Console Makers:

You are really starting to chafe my ass with the million variations of the same friggin console. Why must you complicate things so much? It's getting to the point that we nearly need a Ph.D. in order to decipher what version one has compared to versions two, three, and four. When you need a friggin chart, things are getting out of hand.

Boy oh boy do I miss the days you could walk into a store and come out with a purchase, knowing full well that every console made by that particular company had the same exact set of features. Now you have to either pay through the nose, or downgrade to a crippled version of what's being offered. Are we buying custom computers here? Man, do I ever feel sorry for the millions of clueless parents out there who take on the monumental task of trying to figure this out -- in order to buy something nice for their kids. They don't stand a chance.

Whoever decided that the multitude of "choices" was great for the consumer needs to get kicked in the nuts repeatedly.This whole subject gives me (and a whole lot of other people) the shits. [/end of rant]

This needs to stop.

Sponsored by: Let's make yet another version of the PS3. Xbox 360 soon to follow




Let the flames begin!   read


4:40 PM on 10.01.2007

Finally beat Halo 3 last night

Guess what? Loved the beginning, liked the middle, and was pleased with the ending. Just what exactly do you people want out of a game? As far as I'm concerned, Halo 3 looks pretty good, and was a real joy to complete. Great job, Bungie.

-Alan   read


2:36 PM on 09.20.2007

Superman: Doomsday

Being the dedicated DC comics (and Superman) fan that I am, I couldn't wait to get my hands on the DVD release of Superman:Doomsday. After viewing it, I have to say they changed some things from the story on which it was based, but overall it wasn't too shabby. You can download the movie on Xbox Live if a trip to the store is not on your list of things to do before Halo 3 comes out.

I still recommend checking out the graphic novel called The Death of Superman if you want the real story as it happened during that sad day in 1993. Anyway, here's a peek of the movie. *SPOILERS* SUPERMAN DIES. Enjoy!

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It isn't clear in the movie how Superman is able to rise from the dead while his clones cannot, but oh well -- that's comic books for you. If everything were completely believable it wouldn't be called fiction, now would it?   read


8:18 PM on 09.06.2007

Because you are Never too old to enjoy a good song

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Most of us weren't even thought of yet when this song came out, but it's still great to hear this once in a while. Hey, even I don't listen to Metal all the time. OK, you can go back to the regular scheduled program now -- and quit crying. Yes, I know it's sad.

-Alan   read


4:25 PM on 09.03.2007

Rocking it out, Dtoid Vader style

Volcanon rocks! This pic is so full of win that I nearly shat myself. If you somehow missed the Cblog that spawned it, then kick yourself in the backside. Read it, fool!   read


6:31 PM on 08.29.2007

Screamo bands suck: real metal bands know how to sing

Any Dream Theater fans here, or have you all been brainwashed by the screamo shit? Please tell me that you appreciate good metal when you hear it. You know, the kind where the lead singer actually sings. Holy shit, what an idea!

Take Forsaken for instance. It has a nice piano intro and then the guitar comes out of nowhere and kicks all sorts of ass. Best of all, you don't have some poor excuse for a frontman doing that low pitched demonic growl.   read


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