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1:24 PM on 11.17.2013

The Rumors are True! : My PS4 has the Blinking Blue LED of Death



November 15th was supposed to be an incredible day for me. †I was going to get my new Playstation 4 in the mail, connect it up to my 65" TV, and enter the next console generation with a huge smile on my face. †I had it all worked out in my head. It was going to be a perfect day. †Unfortunately, fate had other plans in mind.

I pre-ordered my Playstation 4 back in June about 5 minutes after it went on sale on Amazon. †After following the system closely since it's announcement in February, I knew it was the next generation console I was looking forward to the most. †I had complete faith in Sony and new they weren't going to let me down like they did with the PS3.

Last week I was all on board the hype train. †While the reviews for the launch games weren't all that spectacular, I didn't really care. †I was 100% bought in and nothing was going to deter me now. †As the week went on I started hearing about people who were getting there PS4's early and complaining about them not working at all. †Sony eventually made a statement that only 0.4% of people were being effected by these failures. †I was sure that I would not be part of that 0.4%. †

When I got home, with my PS4 in hand, I rushed straight upstairs to my bonus room to hook it up. †My wife already knew how excited I was, so she grabbed our 10 week old son and followed me upstairs to hang out with me while I connected everything thing up. †After 15 minutes of wiring everything together I was ready to push the power button and step longingly into the new generation of consoles. †

I pushed the power button and the blue LED on the top of the PS4 started blinking and then ....

NOTHING ....

The LED jus sat there .... blinking at me. †Nothing was displayed on screen. †No audio was coming out of my speakers. †All I had was this annoying blue LED ... blinking at me almost as if it was laughing in my face.

I immediately freaked out and turned the system off and tried turning it back on. †Still nothing. †All I would get was the annoying blinking blue LED. †

I then rushed to my computer and started searching for solutions. †My main solution I found recommended taking out the hard drive, starting up the system in "safe mode", and then plugging the hard drive back in. †This was supposed to reset everything and solve the problem. †I tried that hoping it would work, but then things got even worse. †Not only would the system not boot up in "Safe mode", but it stopped turning on at all.

Now when I turned the system on, the blue LED would blink once and then everything would shut down. †No blinking LED, no blowing fan .... just nothingness. †Dead silence. †My PS4 had completely given out on me. †Now suddenly I longed to see the blinking blue LED, because at least that one mean my system has some life left in it. †But no, somehow I had managed to suck all the life out of my PS4 and kill it. †Thanks internet.

At this point I was furious. †My wife was trying her best to keep me calm, but she understood why I was so angry. †I had been waiting for this day for 9 months, ever since the PS4 was first announced. †This was supposed to be my perfect day, and suddenly it was had crumbled to ruins. †

I decided the only option was to get in my car and start driving around the city to everything single store that sold PS4's to see if anyone had one. †While this seemed like a crazy idea, †my wife completely understood and supported me. †She understood how badly I wanted a PS4 and she was going to follow me to the ends of the earth to get one.



But then .... fate through me a bone ....

I called my buddy Jody up to see if he knew of any stores that might have a PS4 to sell. †He had called me earlier in the day and asked if he should buy one, so I assumed he knew of places that might actually have them in stock. †The news he gave me was even better. †He actually already had one on pre-order at Toys 'R Us that he had decided not to get.

I couldn't believe what I was hearing. †Did my best friend really have a PS4 pre-order just sitting there waiting for him that he didn't want. †Was he really going to get his money back and let some other customer walk in the door and buy it. †I couldn't let this PS4 go to waste. †This couldn't be a coincidence. †It had to be fate.

I immediately asked him if I could buy it from him instead. †He said yes without a moments hesitation. †He knew how bad I wanted a PS4. †Finally .... I was going to have my perfect day.

So upon hearing this awesome news, my wife packed my son in the car, and we drove off to Jody's house to pick up my new PS4. †The entire time I was worried though. †Would this system be broken as well? †Was my luck that bad.

Well I got the system home, plugged it in .... and ....

IT WORKED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My perfect day was saved, but not without some bad scars picked up a long the way. †

The whole experience has kind of put a bad taste in my mouth for the PS4. †I haven't really enjoyed the system so far like I thought I would. †The Dualshock 4 is a great controller, but I don't like it was much as I was hoping. †The Xbox 360 controller still feels better in my hand. †

Killzone is a good looking game, but that's about all it has going for it so far. †The Playstation Network is running incredibly slowly and Sony has had to disable some features associated with the PS4 because of this. †So far, Resogun has really been the only thing I've enjoyed about my PS4 so far. †It's a great game I highly recommend to new PS4 owners.

So at this point I've shipped my defective PS4 back to Amazon for a refund. †I really can't believe I was one of the 0.4%. †I'm trying to not let this situation effect my opinion of Sony though. †I've bought every single Sony console ever released, and none of them have ever died on me. †I can't let one misfire change my high opinion of a company that has provided me with almost 2 decades of great gaming experiences.

I hope none of you have had the same horrible experience I had. †While I got lucky that I was able to get another working PS4, I have a feeling I'm in the minority. †The system appears to be sold out everywhere, so most people with defective PS4's are probably sitting at home right now extremely pissed. †I feel sorry for them, but I know how they feel and I hope they can get a new working system soon.   read


1:29 PM on 01.02.2013

SilverDragon's Top 10 Games of 2012



The people out there who say that 2012 was a ho-hum year for gaming are complete morons. I think this was an absolutely incredible year, with some of the standout games of this entire console generation. Developers have really started to hone their craft at this point, and that has allowed them to deliver us outstanding games that take full advantage of everything the current consoles have to offer.

Whatís even better is that independent developers are really coming into their own, and now more than ever, there are numerous ways for them to get their games out to the public. Four of my top five games all come from indie developers, and that is pretty shocking for me considering I donít typically play indie games. I like the glitz and glamour of triple-A titles, and donít typically go for low-budget indies. I guess that all changed this year.

Let me just say that my top 10 list is by no means going to surprise anyone. There are a couple of standout games that didnít make my list, like Dishonored and Far Cry 3, simply because I didnít have time to play them. Thatís something I hope to rectify in 2013. For how though, I hope you enjoy my list for my favorite games of 2012.

#10) Darksiders 2

If you have followed me on twitter in 2012, you would think that Darksiders 2 was my most hated game of 2012. All I seemed to ever do was complain about how buggy it was, or how the level design was boring and uninspired. The truth is though I really enjoyed this game, so much so that I played it through to completion twice. I really enjoyed the art direction, the combat, and the weapon creation system. It also had some of the best boss fights of 2012. All of that helped it just edge out Mass Effect 3 and make it into my top 10 list.

#9) Assassinís Creed 3

This is another polarizing game for me, which I both hated and loved. I hate that the game started extremely slowly and that Ubisoft still hasnít nailed the Assassinís Creed gameplay, even though this is the 5th game in the series. For a game about stealth, I feel like itís next to impossible to be stealthy, which drives me insane. I also feel like there are too many overlapping gameplay systems in place, and Ubisoft needs to cut things back a bit. However, the story was engaging, the visuals were breathtaking, and there were a ton side missions which kept me coming back for more. The world was also incredibly realized, and full of life. I loved just hanging out in Boston and New York and seeing what life was like in those cities. Letís not forget about the boat missions, which were some of my standout gaming moments of 2012.



#8) Diablo 3

Thereís no other game on this list that I can say I beat a total of 7 times this year. Diablo 3ís ability to crank up the difficulty, forcing you to completely relearn and reevaluate how to play the game, made me constantly want to come back for more. My favorite part of the game though was the 4-player co-op, which took the game to a whole other level. People who played Diablo 3 solo did not really get to experience this game proper. Sure the solo gameplay was serviceable, but it paled in comparison to the fun of teaming up with others to take down the hordes of enemies Blizzard throws at you.

#7) Borderlands 2

If it had not been for a large list of standout indie games that really captured my heart this year, I am pretty sure Borderlands 2 would have been #2 on my list. It is by far the best FPS of the year I played. The weapons were absolutely fantastic to wield, the levels were beautiful to look at and immense in size, and the enemies were very smart and tough to kill. It also had one of the best main bad guys in 2012. This game essentially improved on every single aspect of the original Borderlands, and I probably would have played it more if it werenít for the other games on this list.



#6) Dust: An Elysian Tale

This 15+ hour game was made by a single person, can you believe that? I sure canít, and I also canít believe how in-love with this game I fell. I truly believe this is one of the least appreciated games in 2012. The gameplay was fast and furious, the hand drawn visuals were absolutely gorgeous, and the story was dark yet very touching. There arenít enough Metroid-vania style games out there, so when one comes along that has such high production value, people need to take notice. Go out and buy this game people. Itís worth your time and your money.

#5) Fez

When I first started playing Fez I thought it was a cute little platformer with a unique 2D/3D gameplay system in place. I didnít fall in love with it though until I had that eureka moment where I realized itís actually so much more. Solving puzzles in Fez and figuring out all the hidden secrets were some of the standout moments I had in gaming in 2012. This is also the only game this year I actually pulled out pencil and paper for and started jotting things down to help me play it. I could have gone to the internet to figure things out, but I was determined to do it on my own. Sure I cheated a couple times, but it was so much more rewarding when I figured things out on my own.

#4) Mark of the Ninja

I can say, without a doubt, that Mark of the Ninja is the best ďstealthĒ game ever made. It constantly relays information to you to let you know exactly how stealthy you are being, allowing you to become a deadly assassin killing everyone in his path, or a silent ninja who moves through the shadows never killing a single soul. This is the one game this year I played over and over to try and perfect every level. The challenge of trying to kill every enemy without ever being seen, or get through an entire level without killing a single enemy, was invigorating. There are a lot of things that games like Dishonored and Assassinís Creed could learn from a game like Mark of the Ninja.



#3) XCOM: Enemy Unknown

I just need to play this game for one Ö more Ö turn. Thatís how I feel every time I sit down to play XCOM: Enemy unknown. It does such a good job of always keeping you on the edge of your seat, wondering if you can continue to hold everything together as the alien invaders are constantly trying to bring everything around you crashing down. Countries are panicking and threatening to pull their funding, some of your best men are out injured because of a damn alien grenade blast, and you are just days away from finally finishing construction of a new fleet of alien fighter jets, when suddenly a report comes in of multiple alien abduction sites all over the world: WHAT DO YOU DO!!!! Situations like this are why XCOM is one of the best games of the year. Oh yeah, did I mention the turn based strategy gameplay is absolutely outstanding!

#2) Journey

More than anything, 2012 was a year about how I felt when I played games, and almost no other game exemplifies this more than Journey. I played this game from start to finish in one two hour sitting, and in that time I felt loneliness, companionship, sadness, joy, I laughed, I starred on in disbelief, I yelled, and I almost cried. Thatís a lot of emotions to experience in a two hour period, and I experienced them all with someone who I never even met, and never got a chance to talk to. The only communication we ever had was the small chirps I could use to express whatever emotions I was experiencing at the time, including my enjoyment of one of my favorite games of 2012.



#1) The Walking Dead

I find it funny that my favorite game of 2012 was played entirely on my iPad. How far have we come when one of the best games of the year can be experienced on everything from a PC, PS3, and Xbox, to an iPad and iPhone. These are truly great times to be a gamer.

What can I say about the Walking Dead that hasnít already been said? It has won Game of the Year honors at multiple websites, including Destructoid and itís changed the way people view story telling in games forever. I feel like I have nothing else to add to the discussion, except to tell you my personal experience with it.

One of the best things about Walking Dead for me was that my wife was playing it at the exact same time as I was, experiencing her own version of the story. We would always argue over who would get to play each new episode first, but we would never spoil it for the other person. Whenever we were both done we would then sit down and discuss what happened in our versions of the story, describing the different choices we made and why we made them. These discussions became my favorite gaming moments in 2012, and they didnít even happen in a game. That is why The Walking Dead wins my award for the best game of 2012.

Games I didnít play I wish I had: Guild Wars 2, Dishonored, Far Cry 3, FTL, Sleeping Dogs.   read


12:22 PM on 04.04.2012

10 More Things You Don't Know About Dragons



As soon as I saw the ď10 Things you didnít knowĒ meme start back up again, I knew immediately that I needed to write one up for myself. Actually, this will be the second one of these Iíve ever written. If youíre really interested, you can read the original 10 Things You Donít Know about Dragons blog that I wrote three years ago. That blog was mainly video game related. Iíve decided instead to make this blog a little more personal. I hope you enjoy.

1) I actually started the original ď10 Things you donít know about ..Ē meme.

Yeah I bet you didnít know that one did you. I wrote the original blog entry that kicked this entire meme off. To my misfortune, I decided to do this on a weekend when I was doing the Cblogs recaps. I had to recap the majority of the meme myself. It took forever to do, but was so worth it. You can find the original meme recap here.

2) The thing I want most in this world is to have a big family of my own.

I grew up in a huge family, with lots of uncles, aunts, cousins, and second cousins. Ever since I was a kid I always knew that I would want to have a big family of my own, with lots of kids and grandchildren. That might seem a little sappy, but I donít really care. Itís a dream Iíve always had, and hopefully one day my wife and I will be able to make it a reality.

3) Iím obsessed with working out and Iíve lost 30+ pounds in the last 3 years.

When I first met my wife I weighed the most I ever had in my life. Going out to nice lunches everyday and not working out will do that to you. When I met her though, I decided it was time for a change, so I stopped going out to lunch and started working out and bringing in healthier lunches instead. I now work out 4 days a week, which includes weight lifting, running, and playing basketball, and since then Iíve lost 30+ pounds. Itís something Iím extremely proud of.



4) My favorite TV show of all time is Babylon 5.

Iím not afraid to admit it. Iím a complete Babylon 5 junkie. I own every single episode on DVD, including all the made-for-TV movies, and I think Iíve seen everyone one at least 4 or 5 times. The characters and the story are just so incredibly good. Other shows like Deep Space 9 and Battlestar Galactica have come to close to what Babylon 5 did, but neither of them could top it.

5) I had a chance to meet Felicia Day at E3 2010, but I chickened out!

She was standing 10 feet away from me with a couple of her friends and all I had to do was walk over, say hello, and tell her how awesome I think she is. Instead I pussied out like the chicken I am. It was a low moment in my life that could have been an awesome one! Thereís a lesson to be learned from this kids Ö I think.

6) I own every episode of Sex and the City on DVD.

Itís a good show damnit and thatís all Iím going to say about that!

7) Iím the longest running Cblog Recapper left.

I started doing the CBlog recaps back in 2008, and I havenít quit since. Thatís almost 4 years for those of you keeping count. Destructoid has changed a whole hell of a lot in those 4 years, and lot of great community members have come and gone, but I still love this place. I donít know how much longer Iíll be a recapper, but Iíll keep reading them if you keep writing them.

8) My wife is better than me at Mario Kart.

Iíve never admitted this to her, but I need to admit it to someone. We actually played Mario Kart together on our very first date, and I lost to her badly then. Iíve only continued to lose to her since. Iím good at games damnit, especially racing games, but she is just better at me at Mario Kart. Itís time to stop denying the truth and just admit it to myself.



9) I collect dragons.

I bet this one comes as a real shocker doesnít it. If Iím out shopping and I see a cool dragon statue, or a cool stuffed animal dragon, I buy it. Iíve been doing this for about 10 years now, and while my collection isnít gigantic, itís getting larger every day. Iím really picky though, and Iím not willing to spend tons of money, so it has to be a dragon that really catches my eye for me to pick it up. The picture above is of the collection of dragons I have in my office at work.

10) I play the bagpipes.

No Iím not Scottish, but I have been to Scotland. I started playing the bagpipes when I joined the Boy Scouts. My troop leader always had this dream of starting his own pipe and drum band, so he decided to turn his Boy Scout troop into a band. We all started out playing when we were only 10 years old, and the band just blossomed from there. We toured all over the east coast, performing at community events, in parades, at Boy Scout camps, churches, weddings and private parties. Our biggest performance was playing in front of 100,000 people at the 1994 National Boy Scout Jamboree. If you must know Ö I do own a Kilt, which I would wear proudly today if I could still fit into it.   read


9:57 AM on 12.24.2011

"The 12 Days of Destructoid Christmas" - Music Video



Three years ago I sat down and wrote a Christmas song dedicated to the entire Dtoid community which I entitled ďThe 12 Days of Destructoid ChristmasĒ. It's a spin of the famous Christmas song we have all heard many times before, but my version has a Destructoid inspired spin to it.

Next, I got the crazy idea to actually record myself singing this song. Iím not sure what I was thinking, because I do not have the best singing voice. Well afterwards I took the song and turned it into a music video and presented it to the entire community.

Ttwo years ago I made a few slight changes to the song and posted it again for all to see. Well it's once again Christmas Day, so Iíve decided to bring it back one more time to share with all of you once again. Since a lot of you werenít around the last three years, this will be your first time hearing and seeing it. I really hope you all enjoy it. I put a lot of love into this song to give back to a community which I enjoy so much being a part of.

MERRY CHRISTMAS DESTRUCTOID!

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7:54 AM on 03.17.2011

Last chance to enter the Destructoid March Madness Bracket Contest



***The contest signups close today at 12pm EST***

This year Iíve decided to resurrect the Unofficial Destructoid March Madness Tournament Bracket Competition that I originally started two years ago. Last time I threw this together at the last moment, and it didnít go as smoothly as I would have liked. Well this year Iíve taken some additional time to plan the competition, and it should run a lot better. Also, I do have an official prize this year for the lucky person who wins.

Now some of you might be asking while Iím throwing a basketball contest on a video game website. While I know we all love video games, this is an opportunity for those of us who love college basketball to share another passion with members of this great community. Itís also an opportunity for people who arenít big basketball or sports fans, to maybe become fans.

How do you Sign Up?
I have set up a Dtoid group on the Yahoo Sports tournament bracket site. Click this link to sign up for the tournament and create and submit your own personal bracket. Youíll need to sign up for a Yahoo account if you donít already have one, so make sure you do that first. I donít think it should ask you for a password to enter the Destructoid group, but if it does, the password is dtoid. Please note that the last time to sign up will be 12pm EST on Thursday.

Everyone is welcome to enter. Only 1 will win.

Scoring System
You earn points by picking the winners of each matchup. The farther into the tournament you get, the more points you get. You also get bonus points for picking lower-seeded teams correctly. If you correctly choose a lower-seeded team, you will earn a bonus of the difference between the seeds. For example, if you choose a 10th seeded team over a 6th seeded team, youíll earn 4 bonus points. See the chart below for the regular number of points you get for picking the correct team.

Round 1 - 4 point for a correct pick
Round 2 - 4 point for a correct pick
Round 3 - 8 points for a correct pick
Round 4 - 8 points for a correct pick
Round 5 - 8 points for a correct pick
Round 6 - 16 points for a correct pick

Bonus Points - Correctly choosing lower-seeded teams will earn you bonus points equal to the difference between the seeds.

The person who has the most points in the end wins

What do you win?
This year the winnerís prize will be a blu-ray copy of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Please note that I can only ship to people in the continental United States, so please do not enter the competition if you live out of the country.



So please feel free to join and compete. Everyone is welcome. If anyone has any problems signing up, or any questions let me know. Please note that the last time you can sign up is 12pm EST on Thursday (that's TODAY!!!)   read


2:23 PM on 03.15.2011

Unofficial Destructoid March Madness Tournament Bracket Contest



This year Iíve decided to resurrect the Unofficial Destructoid March Madness Tournament Bracket Competition that I originally started two years ago. Last time I threw this together at the last moment, and it didnít go as smoothly as I would have liked. Well this year Iíve taken some additional time to plan the competition, and it should run a lot better. Also, I do have an official prize this year for the lucky person who wins.

Now some of you might be asking while Iím throwing a basketball contest on a video game website. While I know we all love video games, this is an opportunity for those of us who love college basketball to share another passion with members of this great community. Itís also an opportunity for people who arenít big basketball or sports fans, to maybe become fans.

How do you Sign Up?
I have set up a Dtoid group on the Yahoo Sports tournament bracket site. Click this link to sign up for the tournament and create and submit your own personal bracket. Youíll need to sign up for a Yahoo account if you donít already have one, so make sure you do that first. I donít think it should ask you for a password to enter the Destructoid group, but if it does, the password is dtoid. Please note that the last time to sign up will be 12pm EST on Thursday.

Everyone is welcome to enter. Only 1 will win.

Scoring System
You earn points by picking the winners of each matchup. The farther into the tournament you get, the more points you get. You also get bonus points for picking lower-seeded teams correctly. If you correctly choose a lower-seeded team, you will earn a bonus of the difference between the seeds. For example, if you choose a 10th seeded team over a 6th seeded team, youíll earn 4 bonus points. See the chart below for the regular number of points you get for picking the correct team.

Round 1 - 4 point for a correct pick
Round 2 - 4 point for a correct pick
Round 3 - 8 points for a correct pick
Round 4 - 8 points for a correct pick
Round 5 - 8 points for a correct pick
Round 6 - 16 points for a correct pick

Bonus Points - Correctly choosing lower-seeded teams will earn you bonus points equal to the difference between the seeds.

The person who has the most points in the end wins

What do you win?
This year the winnerís prize will be a blu-ray copy of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Please note that I can only ship to people in the continental United States, so please do not enter the competition if you live out of the country.



So please feel free to join and compete. Everyone is welcome. If anyone has any problems signing up, or any questions let me know. Please note that the last time you can sign up is 12pm EST on Thursday.   read


11:32 AM on 12.25.2010

"The 12 Days of Destructoid Christmas" Song and Video



Two years ago I sat down and wrote a Christmas song dedicated to the entire Dtoid community which I entitled ďThe 12 Days of Destructoid ChristmasĒ. It's a spin of the famous Christmas song we have all heard many times before, but my version has a Destructoid inspired spin to it.

Next, I got the crazy idea to actually record myself singing this song. Iím not sure what I was thinking, because I do not have the best singing voice. Well afterwards I took the song and turned it into a music video and presented it to the entire community.

Last year I made a few slight changes to the song and posted it again for all to see. Well it's once again Christmas Day, so Iíve decided to bring it back one more time to share with all of you once again. Since a lot of you werenít around the last two years, this will be your first time hearing and seeing it. I really hope you all enjoy it. I put a lot of love into this song to give back to a community which I enjoy so much being a part of.

MERRY CHRISTMAS DESTRUCTOID!

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3:05 PM on 08.31.2010

So yeah .... I got Engaged this weekend!!!



So Ö I have really BIG news I wanted to share with everyone here in the Dtoid community. I took that next big step in my life this past weekend and asked my girlfriend Nicki to marry me. Unfortunately she was crying too many happy tears to answer me when I asked the first time, but after asking again she said ďYESĒ, which means I am now officially engaged. You can just think of her as the future Mrs. SilverDragon. :-P

If youíve been readying my community blog, or any of my weekend recaps, over the past 2+ years, Iím sure youíve heard me talk about Nicki. Weíve been dating for close to three years now, and I have to admit that video games have actually played a pretty important role in our relationship. When I first met her, probably 7 or 8 years ago, I attempted to impress her with my awesome Super Mario Bros. skills by playing the game while she was studying with my roommate for a test. Unfortunately that didnít work, and it would be a while before I could actually convince her to go on a real date with me.

When we finally did go on our first date, we ended the night by going back to her place and playing Mario Kart: Double Dash on the Gamecube. I bet her that I could beat her, and if I did I would get a kiss. Well she actually kicked my ass, but somehow I ended up getting my kiss anyways: our first kiss. I had to admit that I was pretty impressed to find out on that first date that she had played and beat quite a few video games. She wasnít obsessed with the hobby like I was, but she enjoyed them enough to understand why I played them so often.



Well itís been many years since Nicki and I first started dating, and weíve had a lot of good times together. There have been some bad times as well, but weíve always worked through those as a couple and come out stronger because of it. I now know without a shadow of any doubt that she is the woman I want to spend the rest of my life with. That might sound a little sappy, but I donít care, because love makes the most manly men sappy, including me.

Unfortunately, I do have some bad news. As Iím sure many of you know, getting engaged is not exactly cheap. Because I did it so close to PAX, Iíve had to cancel all of my PAX plans and cannot afford to go this year to meet you all. I really wish I could, as I was really looking forward to seeing and partying with everyone, but itís just not going to be possible. Iím really sorry guys. Please donít hold it against me! I hope you all have fun though, and hopefully we can meet at PAX 2011.

So now itís time to plan a wedding. Somehow I have to convince Nicki to let me put Sonic and Mario on the wedding cake. Not sure how thatís going to go over with her, but weíll see. Wish me luck Ö.
Thanks for listening guys. Iím really happy to be able to share this news with you all!

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1:59 PM on 06.01.2010

A Lifelong Dream Realized: Iím going to E3



So maybe going to E3 isnít a ďlifelongĒ dream for me, since E3 has only been around for 15 years and Iím 30 years old, but itís damn close enough. You need to understand that as far back as I can remember, Iíve always wanted to go to E3 and be one of the first people to play the tons of games that are revealed there. Iíve always yearned to sit in the actual Nintendo press conference as Miyamoto announces a new Zelda or Mario game; to cheer and scream with the rest of the crowd as if our wildest dreams had just come true.

Ok, maybe Iíve gotten off to a quick start here. Have I mentioned Iím going to E3 in two weeks? Maybe I didnít, but the title of my blog kind of says it all donít you think. Yes, after 2 long years of blogging on the Dtoid community Cblogs, and a full year of being a staff writer at Gamer Limit, Iíve finally been given the opportunity to go to E3 as a member of the video game press. To say Iím excited is an understatement. I mean essentially my two favorite weeks of the entire year are the week of E3 and the first week of the NCAA Menís Basketball Tournament.

For 15 years Iíve sat hunched over my computer for the entire week of E3, absorbing every piece of video game knowledge coming out of the show that I can. Iíve gawked at all the incredible videos, giggled at the awesome developer interviews, and practically leaped out of my seat every time a new game was announced. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would be able to go, especially when they decided in 2006 to downsize the convention. For a long time after that, people thought the show was doomed to become a ghost town, causing my hopes of ever going to be dashed forever.

Luckily, the ESA saw the error of their ways, and E3 has begun to return to its former glory. Luckily for me, this has happened right around the time I got hired on at Gamer Limit to be a staff writer. I always thought it would be incredible to write for a game website, but I never thought it would happen. I even came to Destructoid and started writing Cblogs just so someone might notice me and want to hire me, but it never happened. I eventually gave up and lost hope that it would ever happen, until one day I was approached by a fellow Dtoid community member who offered me the job at Gamer Limit. Now, because of Dtoid, and because of Gamer Limit, Iím finally getting the chance to go to E3 to fulfill this lifelong dream of mine.



So far it appears that Iíll definitely be going to the Nintendo Press Conference, and maybe the Sony Press Conference as well. Unfortunately though, I still donít know if Iíll be able to attend the Microsoft one. Iíve also been invited to see a couple exclusive game reveals, many of which I canít talk about now. Besides that, Iíll be in charge of playing and previewing the following list of games, which includes:

Force Unleashed 2
Gears of War 3
Dead Space 2
Rock Band 3
Star Wars: The Old Republic
God of War: Ghost of Sparta

Iíll of course try and play as many games as possible, but I really donít have a clue how many Iíll actually be able to play.

While Iím there I also hope to hit up a couple parties, the most important one being the Destructoid Party. This will be my first chance to finally meet the Dtoid staff, and hopefully many of the community members here who Iíve always wanted to meet. I donít know when it is, or if itís really happening for that matter, but it better be. Maybe Iíll finally get to meet Chad and give him a hug.

So yeah, can you guys tell Iím excited? Iíve been telling all my friends that Iím going, but none of them play games and they all think Iím a major dork for going to a video game convention. They simply donít understand, which sucks. I was hoping that by telling you guys at least I would be telling people who understand why Iím excited.

So anyways, if anyone cares, Iíll be posting lots of stuff on Gamer Limit during E3, and my twitter feed will be going crazy with show updates. If youíre interested, check it out. If anyone has any special requests for things I should do, games I should play, or people I should talk to, let me know.   read


3:00 PM on 12.23.2009

"The 12 Days of Destructoid Christmas" Song and Video



Last year I sat down and wrote a Christmas song dedicated to the entire Dtoid community which I entitled ďThe 12 Days of Destructoid ChristmasĒ. It's a spin of the famous Christmas song we have all heard many times before, but my version has a Destructoid inspired spin to it.

Next, I got the crazy idea to actually record myself singing this song. Iím not sure what I was thinking, because I do not have the best singing voice. Well afterwards I took the song and turned it into a music video and presented it to the entire community.

This year Iíve made a few slight changes to the song, and Iíve decided to bring it back to share with all of you once again. Since a lot of you werenít around last year, this will be your first time hearing and seeing it. I really hope you all enjoy it. I put a lot of love into this song to give back to a community which I enjoy so much being a part of.

MERRY CHRISTMAS DESTRUCTOID!


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12:20 PM on 12.04.2009

Gamer Limitís "Piece of Heart" 2009 Game Marathon for Childís Play Charity



Most of us here at Destructoid are pretty damn passionate about playing video games, and many of us have done some crazy things in the name of gaming. Weíve camped out in sub freezing temperatures to buy a console the day it came out. Weíve put on extravagant costumes and gone to conventions to show off our love for a certain game character. Weíve even flown half way across the world to meet a bunch of fellow gamers weíve only ever had contact with over the internet. Yep, I think itís safe to say weíve all done a lot of crazy thing thanks to our deeply rooted passion for gaming.

Another passionate group of gamers went out and created an online comic strip we all know as Penny Arcade, and over the past 5 years those guys have sponsored the Childís Play charity. Since its inception, the charity has raised over $5 million in donations for sick kids in childrenís hospitals throughout the world.

As many of you know, Iím a senior writer over at Gamer Limit.com. This year, the Gamer Limit staff have decided to put our passion for gaming to good use to help the Childís Play charity. To do this we have put together the Piece of Heart gaming marathon.

Starting at 5PM (CST) on December 4th (TODAY!) Gamer Limit staff members will convene at locations in both the United States and Australia for a 48 hour gaming marathon to help raise awareness and donations for Childís Play. Both locations will be hosting live video streams of both participants and game footage as the race each other through the majority of the Ratchet and Clank series. You can tune in at any time during the event to root your team on, participate in contests, and even listen in during the live recording of the Limit Cast (Gamer Limitís podcast).

You can go to THIS SITE and anytime to watch the live streams, chat with other viewers, and participate in the contests.



I was actually supposed to be at the U.S. marathon site to participate, but unfortunately I will not be able to make it. I was really looking forward to playing 48 straight hours of Ratchet and Clank, especially since I love the series so much. I will be watching online, and youíll be able to find me in the main chat room located on the live video stream page.

The event starts today at 5PM CST. Please join us as we try to raise money to help support the Childís Play charity. At any time, we encourage you to donate any spare cash to the cause. Every dollar goes towards making a sick child, somewhere in the world, smile for a little while with a game, book, or toy, and to relieve them from the pain and loneliness that being sick in hospital at such a young age brings.

All donations are handled via Chipin.com Ė meaning your generous gift goes directly to Childís Play. For more information on the charity, visit their webpage at ChildsPlayCharity.Org.

I know how awesome all you Dtoid members are, so hopefully you will find some time in your hectically busy lives to stop on by and say hi, and maybe donate to a great cause.   read


4:11 PM on 11.18.2009

I celebrated my 30th birthday with beer, DJ Hero, and 600 balloons



So about a week and a half ago, I turned the ripe old age of 30 years old. While I was dreading reaching this ďover the topĒ age, I have to admit that it ended up being one of the best birthdays I have ever had. I have been meaning to share stories and post some pictures from the celebrations, but things have been crazy busy since then and I just havenít found the time. Well my life has finally slowed down just enough for me to right this blog, so sit back and enjoy as I tell you about what itís like getting old.

So for my birthday, my girlfriend Nicki and I decided to throw a huge party. Now when I say huge, Iím talking like 45 people, which for us is probably the largest party weíve ever thrown since we graduated college. Just for the record, the actual biggest party I ever threw was around 300 people back during my senior year of college. Now that was an epic party, but you know, it still wasnít as good as my 30th birthday party.

So what mainly made my party so great was that almost all my closest friends came, including my parents and my girlfriendís parents. That was actually the first time our parents ever met, and from what I can gather, it went well between them (fingers crossed!). Besides all the people, there was a TON of incredible food, which Nicki, our friend Mel, and I spent all day cooking. There were also a million desserts to choose from, including a pot of dark chocolate fondue we made.

Did I mention the beer, because there was a ton of beer. Besides a homebrewed keg of Belgian wheat beer my buddy Rhys made, we also had about 240 bottles of around 40 different types of beer. We also popped open a couple of bottles of wine and Champaign, but that was later in the night during a period I donít remember very well.



So gaming wise, for my birthday I got the Renegade Version of DJ Hero and Ghostbusters for the Xbox360. I also got a bunch of Best Buy and Target gift cards, which I plan to use to buy a bunch more games, like Assassinís Creed 2 and Dragon Age: Origins. Hopefully at some point soon Iíll actually find the time to play these games, but recently my life has been consumed by the Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer. Iím just so good at killing fools that I canít seem to stop playing. :-P

Ok, so the final thing I want to tell you all about is the office prank my coworkers played on me for my 30th birthday. You may, or may not, remember this, but last year I completely tin foiled another of my coworkerís offices for his 40th birthday. Since then he has vowed to get me back. Well over the weekend he and a bunch of other people came in and blew up 600 individual balloons, which they piled into my office. They also threw confetti and glitter everywhere. When I got to work on Monday morning I was pretty dumbfounded.

Suffice to say, it took me all freaking day to clean up my office. What made it worse was that they put glitter and confetti in the balloons, so when I went to pop them, the shit went everywhere. The guys were at least nice enough to come in and vacuum it all off the floor.




The only thing that sucked about my 30th birthday was the hangover, and the fact I didnít get to meet Yojimbo. He was supposed to make it to my party so we could finally meet, but unfortunately family issues caused him to not be able to make it. Thatís totally cool, and I completely understand, but it would have been great to meet the guy and hang out. There are a ton of you out there who I would like to meet as well, but thatís just gonna have to wait until I can make it to PAX!

So to recap, turning 30 wasnít really bad at all. I expected it to be horrible, and instead it was one of the best birthdayís I ever had. Iím really an extremely lucky guy. I have an incredible girlfriend who loves me, a large group of friends who I really care about, and a great family who live right down the street.

Ok this turned out being much longer than I thought. If you actually read it all, more power to ya. For those of you who donít like to read, here are a bunch of pictures to look at.
















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