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9:08 AM on 10.03.2015

PSA: Today is the last day you can submit characters for the Smash Bros. ballot. Help us nominate Bayonetta! [img][/img]


5:24 AM on 09.29.2015

It's when playing Virtual Console that I truly appreciate the WiiU GamePad. Playing Paper Mario from bed is just magic.


1:17 PM on 09.26.2015

So here's one big take-away from Virtue's Last Reward: I am HORRENDOUS at Tangram puzzles.


4:01 AM on 09.24.2015

I just got hit with a sense of "man, I miss interacting with people on Dtoid". That's a good thing, because this is where betterment comes from.


4:18 AM on 09.12.2015

So I just started a new game, I'm about half an hour in and guess what? Lord of the Rings reference. I swear I'm not doing this on purpose.


6:37 AM on 09.07.2015

Shadow of Mordor is a really great game, but it feels like they forgot to put in an actual game rather than a collection of sidequests.


5:30 PM on 09.04.2015

Replaying Tales of Symphonia for the first time in years, I only just now realized how random the plot is. Our goals are decided at Lloyd's whimsy, while we get major revelations just 'whenever'. Still a good game, but I'm proud to be #TeamBatenKaitos.


1:58 PM on 09.04.2015

Shade's Frozenbyte Giveaway Week #?: Trine 3!

It may have been months ago since I started this series of contests, but I'm not one to forget a promise. I said that I'd give away Trine 3 when it released, and here we are. HYPE!

Trine 3 has happened! Just now!

Man, I can't even tell you how excited I am. The Trine series is one of my favorites of all time. As far as indie games go they're incredibly high on my list and they even hold up to a lot of my favorite 'AAA games'.

So in honor of this momentous occassion, I'm going to give a bunch of Trine-related stuff away over the next couple of weeks.

Here's how it's going down. Over a period of five weeks, I'm going to give increasingly great gifts away, as follows:
Week #1: Trine Enchanted Edition
Week #2: Shadowgrounds and Shadowgrounds: Survivor
Week #3: Trine 2: Complete Story
Week #4: Trine Complete Pack (= Trine Enchanted Edition, Trine 2: Complete Story)
Week #5: Frozenbyte Pack (= Trine Enchanted Edition, Trine 2: Complete Story, Shadowgrounds, Shadowgrounds: Survivor)

Week #?
: Trine 3

The rules are very simple. Each week I'm going to ask you to answer a Trine-related question.
The funniest, most thoughtful, or most original answer wins! You guys know how I think by now, so give me something I'll enjoy and the games could be yours!

Outside of answering the giveaway question, there is only one condition: no freeloaders.
I'm giving these games away out of love for Frozenbyte and the Dtoid community, so the very least you could do is be part of the Dtoid community. That goes double for Week #?. Don't worry too much though, if you're a regular around here I'll probably know you. I once made a list of 99 Dtoiders off the top of my head, I'm pretty sure I'll manage. 

And with that out of the way, this week I'm giving away the gift I originally started this series for: Trine 3.

So far, it seems that the reviews for this game are somewhat mixed. One common complaint I've seen is that it's too short. I haven't played the game all the way through yet, so I couldn't tell you. What I do know is that the Early Access levels were a lot of fun for me, and gorgeous to boot. Besides, you won't have to pay for it, so it can't not be worth the money!

At any rate, you should give the Trine series a chance. They've delivered something that not even AAA devs do consistently. The art direction and the music are literally some of the best in the industry, and I can guarantee that Trine 3 will continue that trend even when it changes up the gameplay. But don't let me decide for you, go see for yourself!

So let's get to the question already:

With the Trine series, Frozenbyte has shown that almost any locale can be breathtaking as long as you draw it right. Vast deserts, deep blue seas, lush forests, ancient ruins, snowy mountains, picturesque villages, and even a graveyard for dragons. So I got to wondering...

What kind of locale would you like to see in glorious Trine-o-vision?

Remember, your answer doesn't necessarily have to be accurate. Just give me the funniest, most creative thing you can think of. So, do you want to get Trine 3 and find out for yourself which new scenes we'll get to see? You do. And I can make it happen. Enter my contest now!

And after all is said and done, I'll be getting into Trine 3 myself, and I bet I'm going to love it despite what other people say. I hope you will too!
The contest will run for one week from now, so keep an eye on your PMs next Friday.  

Hype with me, people. Hype with me good.


9:26 AM on 08.14.2015

*Looks Final Fantasy IX sternly in the eye* You. You are getting played. By me. I will play you.


5:01 PM on 08.13.2015


9:31 AM on 08.12.2015

I'm reading a bunch of screenshot LPs for badly translated Final Fantasy games, while running a video LP for Final Fantasy XIII in the background. I've been at this since Monday. This is a cry for help.


4:06 PM on 07.03.2015

Bbain's Jukebox, Shade-Style: Gibberish

Boy, oh boy, has it been a long time since we've been here. Welcome back to Bbain's Jukebox!
I'm making good used of my new-found "free time" with a new music blog for all y'all. I know RadicalYoseph is up for more of these, and I hope others are too.

Today's theme is 'gibberish'.
You might be wondering what gibberish has to do with me returning to the blog-o-sphere. Well, nothing; I just wanted to share some gibberish songs. Not everything has to have a deeper meaning, you know? Sometimes gibberish is just gibberish. So below I've got a nice selection of video game music that has a vocal line...yet nothing anyone can understand.

It's going to be a fun one, so let's go!

"Sea of Serendipity ~ Lums of the Water ("Glou Glou")" - Rayman Origins
"Sea of Serendipity ~ The Lums' Dream ("Glou Glou")" - Rayman Origins

I went with these first because these two songs are the perfect examples of gibberish songs. As far as I know, there's no translation for any of this; it's just a bunch of glou glou. But what's amazing is that these are easily the most memorable songs from the entire Rayman OST. They're slightly weird but very unique, and they go better with the water levels than they have any right to.

These are the songs that make you go "I have no clue why, but I love this."

"Final Boss (Squid Sisters Version)" - Splatoon

Yo! Ready?
A very recent entry here, but what an entry it is. The final boss in Splatoon is already one of the highlights of the game, but this song just completes it so well. This song captures exactly why gibberish can be so much fun. I've heard it said that this song is actually very (very) mangled English. You still can't make anything out of this though, and yet the song manages to be so catchy that it became an instant favorite. I also love it when the final phase of the final boss fight gets different music, like in Castlevania IV or Sonic Colors, because nothing conveys the feeling that you're saving the world as hearing the music itself cheer you on.

And when it's sung by the best characters in the game, it just becomes that much sweeter.

"Light Plane Vocal Remix (Pilotwings)" - Super Smash Bros. for WiiU
"Cranky's Conga" - Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest

From the heavy gibberish of Rayman and the mangled English of Splatoon, we go to something a tad more accessible. This Pilotwings Remix isn't a full-on gibberish language, but the vocals are still nonsense. And yet they still make the song. Similarly, Cranky's Conga isn't so much gibberish as it is random monkey sounds. Maybe that's why it's so catchy; neither of these songs consist of words, but that makes them all the easier to sing along with.

And then before you know it, before you even know what you're doing, you'll just be going ♪"Da dada diiiiii YAAAA!"

"La La" - Elite Beat Agents

If you've been following this series, you know that I like to cheat. This is my cheating entry for today, because technically "La La" is perfectly fine English. Listen to that chorus though, can you make anything out of that? Hell, fucking Dragonforce is more comprehensible than this. I included this song because it's my favorite song from Elite Beat Agents. The scenario is fun, the song is better than an Ashlee Simpson song should be, and it's just fast enough that it's challenging but not so fast that it becomes impossible.

But you know what my favorite part about this song is? It's raunchy as hell. Once you actually figure out what she's, this girl is dirty. In fact, I'm pretty sure the only reason this game passed the ESRB with an E rating was exactly because the ratings people couldn't understand a word either.

"Kainé ~ Escape" - NieR

And here we have it. The ultimate proof that gibberish songs don't have to be silly fun and nothing else. "Kainé ~ Escape" is gorgeous. It's so gorgeous that it's in my Top 5 favorite video game songs ever, and I listen to a lot of it. The language here is completely made up, though it's closest to Japanese. I don't know if it has an actual translation like Sindarin in Lord of the Rings, or whether the writers really did just scribble some sounds on a piece of paper until it sounded mystical. Whatever the case may be, the end result is one in a million. This is the true power of gibberish.

Woo, and there we have it! I hope you guys managed to sing along with some of these! If you couldn't, well, practice makes perfect after all. Even if you have to brush up on a fictional language to do it.

But let's close off with a soundtrack that sounds like gibberish to us, but is actually just Japanese.
...well I say "just" Japanese, but I'm willing to bet the Japanese don't understand what's going on here either.

"The whole fucking thing" - Katamari Damacy

Alsoway ockscay.


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