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SteamID & XBL Gamertag: ScottyGrayskull
Bit about me. I've been a gamer for the most of my life. When I was seven and waiting for my parents to pick me up from piano lessons, the teacher's two sons showed me Super Mario Bros 2. Needless to say I never learned to play the piano very well...
I've flip-flopped several times between consoles and PCs. I generally love non-generic FPS games, puzzlers (Tetris is probably my favourite game of all time) and platformers of all shapes and sizes. I tolerate RPGs, but usually don't bother because I just don't have the time to invest in them.
I'm one of those freaks that regard FF7 and Ocarina of Time as merely average. That might be partly because I'm biased against the first round of 3D games that generally looked and played like crap compared to the 2d games at the time (during that generation I was a PC gamer, where they actually could do decent 3D at the time). By no means are they bad games, but plenty of games have done just as well and actually looked good in the process.
Yeah yeah, graphics aren't everything. But as important as gameplay is, looks still matter. It doesn't have to be the best looking thing around, but it at least has to be passable.
I tried to be a collector for awhile, but realized there was no market where I lived and gave that up. Currently I have an NES, SNES, GameBoy/GameBoy Colour/GameBoy Advance SP, DS, a 360, and of course my lovely gaming PC. ^_^
Wow, I haven't done a cblog since PAX East... and this one is about PAX Prime! :O
Well, I'll try to update everyone on my crazy life in another post. Right now though I want to talk about PAX!!
So yeah... PAX. Really don't know where to begin. I'm not sure what you may have heard but it was an absolutely crazy weekend, and an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish. I definitely felt some miserable lows and dizzying highs throughout just those few short days. Without getting into too much detail about that though (yeah... I'm a tease), let's just say that it ended on a very good note... I think. I've got a good feeling about it at least, and things seemed to be looking up.
But enough about things I'm not talking about, let's get on with what I will talk about!!
To start with the games, I kept my trend of avoiding anything with a massive line, which kept me away from most of the AAA releases. To be fair though, I know exactly how most of those will play. I already know exactly how Killzone 3, Gears of War 3, and Fallout: New Vegas will play. The latter I'm super excited for and plan to buy day one, but a gameplay demo at a convention won't give me anything that I don't already know. I did luck out and was able to cut in line for Duke Nukem Forever with a bunch of lovely Euro Dtoiders, although at the time I still didn't believe the game existed. I fully expected a large empty room, with a little waiter sign saying "just kidding :3". Before I could find out though, who else but Jim Sterling used his press credentials to cut in line when we were next to go. Reasonable, as that's just the way things go. So of course we jeer at him, to which he responded with a slew of double-deuces as he backed through the door.
Oh Jim, don't ever change. :P
We did make it in next though, and after a long emotional talk by Gearbox Founder (and former 3DRealms employee, actually sporting a shirt he got when Duke 3D was released!!! :O) we actually got to play it. On the surface it looked like a generic FPS, however the level of interactivity and amount of jokes is a direct throwback to the Duke we remember. For example, I spent way too much time drawing Mr. Destructoid on the whiteboard at the very beginning of the demo. :P Still not sure what to think about the game, but it'll be on my radar from now on... if it ever does come out.
Aside from DNF though, I pretty much just stuck to the download/indie games. Spent a lot of time with Retro/Grade, which I wrote about 18 months ago. Happy to see it's coming along so well and is so close to release, but of course they decided to put it on PSN... the one platform I can't get it on. D: They have plans for other platforms though, and the PS3 is the only confirmed one, so I'm holding out hope. They did have a high score competition going by the way, with the top 5 scores getting put into the game's credits, and I managed to come in fifth! ^_^
Look down at the bottom ^_^
I played Super Meat Boy, Retro City Rampage, Slam Bolt Scrappers, Bastion, various Kinect games, which I'm still on the fence about. When it works it actually works quite well, but it seemed to be way too finicky. I'll cut it some slack though, since an expo hall is hardly the best place to demo something like Kinect. I did miss Jonathan Blow's bullshit game however. I suppose he thinks he was so clever, hiding it in such plain sight. What a dick.
Oh man, speaking of assholes at PAX!!! I'm sure you heard the story of our group photo, but if not I'll sum it up for you: an enforcer stands there watching us take the time to set up for the picture, and right as the cameras were about to go off he steps in front and tells us to leave. So we all go outside and take the group picture there, being an even bigger fire hazard due to blocking the exits. Seriously, we would've been done and gone faster if he hadn't had said anything. Gotta love nerds on a power trip.
Thankfully someone managed to get a picture off though
At least he had the excuse of power corrupting him however, even if it was less than that of a rent-a-cop. The Delorian guy however, was just a massive asshole. Long story short, he had no signs or indicators telling people not to touch the car, but was a massive dick to anybody that did or dared to make a BTTF joke. I've heard from both the 2K guys and Giant Bomb that he was a douche to them. Of course being me, I wasn't going to stand for his bullshit and proceeded to tell him off, flipping him a double-deuce right in his face. He responds by threating to have me kicked out of the expo... with just 90 minutes to go on the last day. Pretty lame, but my stunt did cost the dtoiders I was with a photo opportunity with the car. Sorry about that everyone. :(
The gaming highlight though was at the Twisted Pixel booth. Looks like Comic Jumper will be living up to the usual level of quality as their past titles, but to be honest my focus at that booth was Splosion Man. They had three 360 Slims with Comic Jumper artwork they were giving away, and to win Friday's one you had to play Splosion Man. Specifically, you were competing for the best time in the new level that you unlock through Comic Jumper. Now, as some of you may know I'm somewhat of a decent Splosion Man player, and in fact consider myself tied with Dexter345 for the title of "Dtoid Splosion Man" champion. So I rose to the challenge, and wound up winning!!! Thank you so much to Twisted Pixel for the contest and prize, and to Dexter345 for being too busy with panels to know out about the competition. Although if I was going to lose to someone, I would have gladly lost to him. <3
Works like a charm... if only my tv worked ;_;
The real reason for going to PAX though, was to meet and hang out with other members of the community. I'm so happy to have met so many for the first time, and to see others once again. For better for for worse, we are family and I wouldn't trade you for anything. A special thank you to some who helped me immensely (some without even knowing it), and a massive general thank you to everybody else for making this easily the most memorable PAX, and definitely the best PAX to date for me. I hope I helped your enjoyment of the weekend at least in a small way, or at least didn't hinder it. This is definitely a weekend I will not forget for a long time. <3 <3 <3
So! Another PAX has come and gone. Another chance for people to meet each other without the filter of the almighty tubes. To put aside the disagreements, drama and juvenile humour (well... the first two at least...) for one weekend and celebrate, for better or for worse, just being gamers.
I was really looking forward to this PAX, because while I loved the last one I don't think I really took advantage of it. Most of my memories from that one are of running around a lot, but not really doing much or spending time with people. So heading into this PAX I promised myself I would actually enjoy the convention more, and make sure I spend more time with the amazing people I've met and would hopefully meet over the weekend. I am happy to say that I pretty much did just that. :D
One thing that really made me happy was the amount of good games that were available on the show floor. I generally don't bother with the long lines to check out the big name releases, as I'm either already committed to buying it or not and if I am still on the fence the game will get more than enough coverage online to help me decide. Thankfully, if you were willing to look past the massive and unnecessary booths of Triton/Gunnar, nVidia and the like there were a lot of small budget and indie titles. Since Sony didn't bother to show up and Nintendo's booth was pretty much just for Pokemon I can't say much about PSN/WiiWare, but there is a lot of good stuff coming soon for XBLA. ^_^
I did have some gripes with the convention though. First off, it was way oversold. I understand they want to maximize profits and that the venue is smaller than in Seattle, but they clearly didn't care about a safe crowd size as it was a lot more crowded than PAX West ever has been for me. And on top of this there were some last minute schedule changes that - unless you looked at the updated schedule on the website - you were not made aware of in any way. There was no change or notice in the programme/greeting bag, and there were no signs posted at the panels. In some cases it wasn't until the panel actually started did people find out they were in the wrong place/time. The whole mess was made even worse by the fact that the PAX Enforcers were absolutely useless. Now, I know that they are volunteers and many are just nerds looking to go on a power trip, but I remember them being vaguely competent at PAX West and the PAX organizers have done this long enough that you think they'd be able to recruit better. Almost none of them knew what they were doing or what was going on, and from what I could tell weren't even bothering to check if people had passes or not. On Sunday the Fire Marshall actually had people come in to take over the crowd control duties, which just goes to show how useless the Enforcers actually were. I thought overall it was very poorly organized and they tried to shuffle way too much of the blame for that onto the venue itself rather than admitting they fucked up.
But, like I said even with that I played some great games, and more importantly met and hung out with some great people. A few choice memories, sort of-ish in chronological order:
- Crossing the border into the US with Mr. Chewie and Volkarin. This is a terrible thing to think, but given my experiences with US border people in the past I was genuinely concerned about being a guy in his late 20s driving two Hispanic teens across the border
- Realizing just how cramped the room with Hamza, Kauza, and Walkyourpath would be, but having NikMonroe (a blanket hogging Brit) save the day ;)
- The wait staff at Uno being absolutely amazing and super accommodating
- Funktastic arriving the first night with a bag full of presents for everyone. Thank you so much for the Darksiders art piece! <3
- Hanging out with BunnyRabbit2, his roommate, and PowerGlove in the sweet Rock Band Lounge instead of bothering with the initial line to enter PAX
- Playing Pooyan in arcade freeplay, and realizing it's as bad as I remember
- Playing Ralph Baer's Brown Box prototype, which is older than almost everyone who will read this :O
- Finally seeing Metroid Metal live, and hearing Always during one of the intermissions
- Watching Tino almost beat Dragon's Lair
- Starting to feel sick on Saturday, but being saved by the magic of tussin'. Didn't start to feel sick again (and lose my voice) until after I got home
- Watching PowerGlove win at Monday Night Combat, then get utterly destroyed when the Devs decided they were going to play against the winners
- Playing Snoopy Flying Ace with NikMonroe, and being crushed to see no mention of Spike anywhere D:
- Not bothering with the SFX 360 party because Zen Albatross said the bar was "full of bros"
- Regretting not going to Karaoke, as they apparently had Always and Analoge was super excited about it
- Val (get a dtoid account! :P) and I saying on Sunday we needed to hang out that day and then almost immediately after not seeing each other again. Heh, whoops
- Trying and failing to think of a non-creepy way to ask a waitress if Mr. Chewie could get his picture taken with her
- Going to Harvard with Funktastic, and then the two of us making one last sweep of the show floor to get some Baconaise (which sounds like it should be good but... isn't D:)
- Guy begging for money with the most epic story I've ever heard someone use. Considered giving him a dollar just for making something like that up, but if it is true he'll have a hell of a story to tell when/if he gets home
- Being at, as Topher put it, "the swankest goddamn bowling alley on the planet", but just sitting around drawing penises and vaginas on PictoChat
- Waking up in a massive panic because NikMonroe and I both slept through the alarm, and my ride had been waiting in the lobby for an hour :\
So yeah, you could say I had fun. It was a privilege and a pleasure to see some of you again, and to meet the rest of you. I definitely can't wait until I get to see you all again. <3 <3 <3
Whoa, feels weird to make a cblog that isn't a recap, even if this is a short one that would be fail on any other day. ;)
So, happy birthday Destructoid! We've been through a lot together, both good and bad. While drama, trolls, lulz, and games may come and go, I'll always remember and be indebted to you for introducing me to some amazing people. I am looking forward to drinking with some of you in 9 days. <3
Hello my lovely dtoiders! It's been awhile since I've done a cblog that wasn't a recap. Did you miss me? <3
I just thought I'd pass along some of the latest Steam deals. In case you haven't heard, there is a big sale that started yesterday, featuring different deals throughout the weekend. Yesterday some of the highlights were Batman: Arkham Asylum at $25 (50% off), Dragon Age: Origins for $37.50 (25% off), and Osmos (as recommended by our own Rev) for a whopping $2 (80% off). Did you miss out on any of these deals?
Well fear not, as there are plenty more savings to be had today! Just in case you can't be bothered to check, they are:
- Dead Space: $15 (50% off)
- Majesty 2: $10 (75% off)
- Left 4 Dead 2: $37.50 (25% off) <-- I'd love you forever if you gifted this to me <3 <3 <3
- Cities XL Limited Edition: $25 (50% off)
- Madballs in Babo: Invasion: $2 (80% off)
- Mini Ninjas: $15 (50% off)
- Star Wars: KotoR: $2.50 (75% off)
Personally, I'm sadly sticking to the cheap games. In addition to being on financial assistance at the moment I already have a massive pile of games to play, both of which make getting yet more games hard to justify. But don't let that stop you! :D
PS: Happened to notice that the mid-week, 50% off sale on Plants vs Zombies hasn't expired yet. If you've been thinking about picking this up now is your chance for a measly $5! <3
I did learn a few things about this, mostly that I say "umm..." a lot... Like, "giving Samit a run for his money" amount. I edited most of them out though for your enjoyment. Listening back I definitely missed out on some people, which I apologize for. Like I said there was just so many amazing people and good memories of , and I only wish I had more time to talk to you. Hopefully in the future I'll get more of that time. <3
To pad this out a bit though (as audio clearly doesn't count), here are a few pictures from PAX that I quite like. I miss you all dearly. :(