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I've never really filled out the section that asks me to describe myself, but I'm making an exception here because Destructoid is so awesome, and the column on the right looks so damn empty without something here. I'm just another guy on the internet who plays lots of games while trying to make something of myself.

You can find many of my posts at my own gaming site http://www.loneshadow.com/

Feel free to join the forums at http://forums.loneshadow.com/
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Remember folks, you heard it here first. I guess Surfer Girl was actually correct in a way when she stated this about the new Street Fighter. Street Fighter IV has 3D graphics, but the gameplay is 2D, while the graphics are somewhat cel-shaded. I don't know if it was a lucky guess or what but it was correct. Now the funny thing is, why the hell can't she articulate herself better?



Look at one of her latest quotes:

SSX 5 is dead, rivalry between fall 2008 PS360 snowboarding titles of Montreal studios still existent.

Now is it just me or is she speaking a different language? Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think she's attempting to speak English. She writes about one sentence on each game so is it really too much to ask that it's readable? I think I may have interpreted what she was saying but I can't really be sure due to the ambiguousness of it all, but perhaps that is where her power lies. Her method generally seems similar to a fortune teller, if you give out information that is generic enough, you're going to get lucky. Plus, people generally try and grasp at making ridiculous connections to believe in such crazy things. If just a few of the many things she claims turns out to be accurate, tons of people will be grasping to her as if she was the Messiah, begging to know if Mega Man is in Brawl. Granted, I could have easily guessed many of the things she claims to know.

I don't know about you but I'm not holding my breath. If she is a fake though, she sure is putting a lot of effort into this. But if she isn't a fake, why is she doing this? What could she possibly gain from any of this?
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ShadowXOR
3:06 AM on 12.21.2007

I've always been into uplifting/epic/anthem trance but I have a soft spot for the pop stuff as well... I remember listening to the Vengaboys a ton back in the day while I was still in school with my friends...good times. I just now went to YouTube and watched one of their music video and damn was it horrible. Not only is the video just plain bad but the lip-syncing makes me cringe. Take a look for yourself:



This is probably one of the least embarrassing songs that I've listened to, yes I'm THAT bad. At least I'm man enough to fess up to it. I've walked in on my friends listening to some pretty lame shit and then I get to hear all the excuses. LOL Though I do like some real shit as well like Brian Transeau, Brainbug, Armin van Buuren, DJ Tiësto, etc.

The music scene is so crazy though that no matter what you like someone else will call you out on it and say that you're lame because people have such different tastes. By the way, if you're like me and you're too lazy to research music but you want to find new songs you like, try Pandora Radio. Basically you enter the name of a song or artist you like and it will suggest other music that you would like and actually plays it for you. You can give songs the thumbs up or thumbs down to have it tune more finely into your tastes. It's a really great site:

Pandora Radio

You won't regret checking it out. I've found some great music on there. It's too hard to find stuff I like since I have such specific tastes. Tell me how you guys like it!








Thanks to Reverend Anthony's article about the indie game Passage, I began trying to figure out what I want out of life. Now technically speaking, I know what I want out of life. I want to have lots of expensive things, travel the world, play tons of games, never work a day in my life, and just generally enjoy myself. See the problem is, life doesn't give you what you want, so you have to make some compromises. That's the problem I'm facing. Also, let me apologize in advance because serious post is serious.

Personally, I'm disgusted that we spend eight hours per day (on average, sometimes more) doing something that we don't want to do just so we can afford to survive. So that is where my question comes in:

Would you rather work at a job you hate to make good money, or work at a job you love while making mediocre money?

I thought I knew the answer to that, but apparently I don't. I always thought the money would be worth it because it lowers stress (no financial burdens, can do the things you want, etc.) but when you think about it, a job you hate also raises your stress levels. Who has fun wasting eight hours per day, basically throwing it into a meat grinder, trading your time for a piece of paper? Not many people. Now that I think about it, if I'm going to be spending my time somewhere, I damn well better be enjoying it. I've always wanted to get into the gaming industry but I never thought I'd bother trying because it seems so difficult. I'm starting to think I better try though, because when I imagine spending the rest of my life working some menial, unrewarding job it just depresses the hell out of me. Life is already short enough as it is...so why should I be spending five days out of seven attending a voluntary prison of sorts.

A user by the name of saysay posted this excellent picture in his comment on the good Reverend's article that really struck a chord with me:



That picture really gets down to brass tacks doesn't it?

I'm going to go for it, I'm going for a career in writing about my passion, gaming. I feel I'm a competent writer, it's time for me to take some classes, keep playing games, and write, write, write, write, write. I'm currently 23 so I've hopefully got a ways to go...but I need to stop wasting my time and go for it.

This post may not be what you have come to expect from the C-Blogs, but occasionally a wonderful work of art such as Passage really makes you think. I would like anyone who is willing to answer the question above. I'd love to hear your views on this. Thanks for reading this far (both of you). And now, I leave you with this inspirational quote:

Michael, we don't have a lot of time on this earth! We weren't meant to spend it this way. Human beings were not meant to sit in little cubicles staring at computer screens all day, filling out useless forms and listening to eight different bosses drone on about about mission statements. - Peter Gibbons from Office Space
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Wow, this game is great. I meant to play it a while ago but I never got around to it. For those of you interested in getting it you can subscribe to IGN for a year (priced at $19.99) and get the game for free with it, or buy it off Steam for the same price but with no IGN subscription.

Basically, for fans of Deus Ex this game has a ton of similarities. I'd say I'm maybe 25% of the way through the game right now and while it isn't quite as good as the original Deus Ex, it is MUCH better than the sequel to Deus Ex (Invisible War). This is definitely a fantastic game.



You choose to be a male or female out of a number of different vampire clans. Depending on what clan you choose they have inherent benefits and drawbacks. I just picked the one that looked and sounded coolest. You have a ton of different skills that are raised via experience points (just like Deus Ex) though the stats are actually more complicated, similar to System Shock 2 where you have a lot more to choose from. You get experience points for doing the main quests as well as the many side quests. It has huge dialog trees just like Deus Ex where your decisions affect what you're doing in the game. It is built on Valve's Source engine (Half-Life 2) so it looks and runs pretty well. You definitely have a lot of choices like Deus Ex, multiple paths to take, a ton of optional content, you can be stealth, direct, etc. I'm generally not too into vampires but if you are this game is even better since there is tons of storyline and shit revolving around the vampires. Your abilities (which depend on what kind of vampire you are) use blood every time you cast one so you need to feed off of people (but don't get caught). I invested in the seduction skill so you can go to night clubs and feed in public if you seduce them, which makes people think you're just making out or something so you get away with it.

The game is really bad ass. There doesn't seem to be much ammo for the guns so melee (at this point) seems much more viable since it does just as much damage and doesn't take ammo. Deus Ex had pretty vanilla melee, you didn't really do much. It's a little bit different in this game, you can perform stealth kills, and when you are in a regular battle you just kind of mash on the button to do combos and it's almost like a hack and slash game. It's a little better than what Deus Ex had for melee but not by a lot. You can play in first or third person. I play in first person except when fighting with melee, in which you are required to be in the third person, I would prefer it that way anyway though.



The guns (the few times I've used them) work similar to Deus Ex. Your accuracy is pretty bad until you raise your firearms skill, so I haven't used it much yet due to limited ammo. For the price you really can't beat this game, if you're a fan of Deus Ex definitely pick this up, it's low priced, fun, and I love all the great dialog options. Honestly at times it feels like you are playing Deus Ex, this game has a ton of similarities and even looks like it sometimes. This game is a real treat and I'm savoring every moment.

Oh, and it has a scary ass level in it...I nearly shit my pants, but what's new? Also, be sure and get one of the two patches available. The developers went out of business before they could patch it up completely properly so fans have made a massive patch for this game, you can find them both on the Wikipedia page.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vampire:_The_Masquerade_-_Bloodlines

There is one patch that just fixes everything returning it to the way the developers intended, while the other is a massive patch that includes removed content the developers left on the disk (voice overs, quests, etc.). So one patch is the regular game working flawlessly, while the other is almost like a "Director's Cut". I'm going to save the "Director's Cut" for my second play through.
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I've always been an item user in Smash Bros., it makes the game way more fun. I hate people who bitch about always turning items off so things are "balanced". They also love banning levels. Fuck that, real men adapt to the situation as it evolves, and it appears that they're right there with us:









Here at Destructoid they like to talk about paying more attention to the text rather than just the final score of a review. Well I did, and I have a bigger problem with the text than the score. While I find the game is MUCH better than a 5.0, that isn't the focus of this article either. I'm a huge fan of Destructoid but I have to call this one out. Leigh Alexander's Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn review seems way off and I'm here to explain why. I argued in the review's original post about how lame it is having someone who hates strategy games review this game, but that isn't the subject of this post. I am not a huge strategy fan either (though I certainly don't hate them). The only strategies games I've ever played are Final Fantasy Tactics, which I loved, and Advance Wars, which is a great game but I didn't enjoy it at all.



I've never played a Fire Emblem game period. So I decided to pick it up because I figured if I liked FFT there has to be another strategy game out there that I'll like. The text Leigh wrote touches on so little of the game it's unbelievable. Everything she brings up happens in the first five minutes of the game. I'm not saying she needs to include spoilers, but she doesn't even discuss more advanced mechanics that are introduced within the first HOUR of the game. I e-mailed her days ago asking her what chapter she made it to and got no response, she never replied to that very same question in the review's comments either.

Maybe it's just me but I believe a reviewer should complete a game before reviewing it, and either Leigh didn't come close to finishing this game, or she wrote a very poor review that was very sparse on details. She doesn't cover many major aspects of the game which leaves me wondering how much of it she experienced. While the story is no masterpiece, it certainly isn't nearly as bad as she says, but I guess that is subject to opinion. Not to mention this is a sequel so she is missing out on additional depth by not having played the original game. Is that the game's fault? No. After hearing all this nonsense of the Wii having no titles for "hardcore gamers", I found it pretty shocking seeing her complain about the difficulty and how characters dies permanently. Well that is why you use the RESCUE command and you can safely take wounded soldiers away, that's part of the "strategy" in the game. I'm not sure what mode she was playing but she should have played on easy and watched all of the tutorials. The game is definitely challenging, but we need challenging games. She says that the challenge makes you not care about your characters or putting together a competent team, when it did quite the opposite with me. The game is so challenging that you MUST pay complete attention to your characters if you want to win.

I am not by any means a "stat-obsessed, detail-oriented resource manager". I'm just a guy that likes good games. I really don't see how this game could earn any less than a 7.0 (yes, even on the Destructoid scale) by even the most jaded gamer. I personally would give it somewhere around an 8.5 at least. Destructoid is all about honesty and free speech, and I found that review very suspect. As I said, either she didn't play a whole lot of the game or she was VERY light on details in that review. I may not always agree with Reverend Anthony's SCORES, but his TEXT is always right on and full of substance. I by no means dislike Leigh, or hold any grudge, but I had to bring this up. Hell, I think Destructoid would be proud, this is what the blogs and community are for, discussion. Perhaps Destructoid could offer "counter-reviews" posted by the community (only including well written ones, of course) since it seems that having multiple editors review each game isn't really possible since they have to purchase all additional copies (and sometimes even the original copy). I'm just throwing some ideas out there. I'd love to hear what you guys think about all this. I also heard that Nintendo is going to pull their advertising unless Leigh Alexander is fired as an example to all (ironically yes, this site does or did have advertisements for Radiant Dawn).
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