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1:35 PM on 07.29.2009

Hollywood to ruin ďThe Rats of NimhĒ with a CGI remake (NVGR)



I canít take it anymore! Hollywood wants to destroy every childhood memory I hold dear, by remaking all of my favorite cartoons into horrible movies. They already took Transformers and made into the laughing stock of the cinema community. From what I can tell, they plan on doing the same thing with G.I. Joe in a couple of months. They even have plans to bring Voltron to the big screen, which Iím sure can only turn out horribly bad. Now though, they have gone too far, because today it was announced Hollywood would be remaking The Secret of Nimh.

I read this story today as I was perusing through IO9.com and I immediately threw up a little bit in my mouth. I donít know about the rest of you, but ďThe Secret of NimhĒ holds a very special place in my heart. I consider it to be one of the classic animated movies of all time, created from one of the most classic childrenís novels of all time. I mean they just donít make movies anymore like this. It was dark, gritty, and edgy, yet humorous and light hearted all at the same time. It had very memorable great characters, including evil villains, old mystical wizards, a clumsy crow, and some of the most adorable mice youíve ever seen. The whole movie was blanketed in a cloud of mysticism that really set the tone for the entire thing, especially the end. They just do not make childrenís movies like this anymore. Hell, they donít even make adult movies like this anymore.



Now Hollywood wants to take this classic movie and remake it in a CGI shit fest. Now look, you might think Iím going to far by saying this. I mean after all I havenít seen a single second of footage yet, so I could be totally wrong. Trust me Iím not wrong. Read this quote from the makers of the new film.

ďIt's likely the new "NIMH" would combine live-action and animation in the manner of "Alvin & the Chipmunks" and other kiddie hybrids.Ē

Did any of you see the Alvin and the Chipmunks movie? It was absolutely horrible. Thatís another childhood cartoon I watched, and used to love until Hollywood went and ruined it. If they are trying to relate the new Secret of Nimh movie to the before mentioned Alvin and the Chipmunks movie, it can ONLY be a bad thing. I just have to many examples that prove Hollywood does not know how to take cartoons and turn them into movie. Maybe the problem is that cartoons just donít translate well into movies anyways, but thatís a discussion for another time I think.

Hollywood is completely out of ideas right now, so they are scraping every last cent off the bottom of the barrel by taking my childhood cartoons and turning them into movies. Now they want to take a classic like The Secret of Nimh and remake it as well, most likely destroying it in the process. I just canít take it anymore. FUCK YOU HOLLYWOOD!!!!

All I can do now is watch this trailer from the original movie, to remind myself of a time when 2D animated movies ruled the world.

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8:18 AM on 07.28.2009

Discountoid Ė Street Fighter 4, MadWorld, Animal Crossing: City Folk and more on sale for $20



If youíve been waiting for the right time to buy Street Fighter 4, MadWorld, or Animal Crossing: City Folk, now is the time to do so, because GameStop has temporarily dropped them all down to only $19.99. For six days only, from July 28th until August 2nd, GameStop is dropping the entire list of games below to $20, and there are a lot of really good games on that list. The great thing is, this deal is available in both the brick and motor stores and the online store.

I donít know about the rest of you, but Iím going to pick up a copy of Street Fighter 4 for the PS3 and MadWorld for the Wii. Iím heading there as soon as the stores open at 10AM. Are any of you gonna take advantage of these awesome deals?

Animal Crossing: City Folk Ė Game Only (Nintendo Wii)
Donkey Kong Jungle Beat (Nintendo Wii)
Excitebots: Trick Racing Ė Game Only (Nintendo Wii)
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin (Playstation 3 and Xbox 360)
Lair (Playstation 3)
MadWorld (Nintendo Wii)
Mario & Sonic at Olympic Games (Nintendo Wii)
Silent Hill: Homecoming (Xbox 360)
Street Fighter IV (Playstation 3 and Xbox 360)
Wanted: Weapons of Fate (Playstation 3 and Xbox 360)
Wario Land: Shake It (Nintendo Wii)
Wii Music (Nintendo Wii)   read


2:00 PM on 07.20.2009

Guess the Game Brain Teasers: VG Font Edition

Back by popular demand, itís time for another edition of GAME BRAIN TEASERS. This time Iím trying something completely new. What you see below is a long list of Destructoid community member names. Each name is written with a font used by a specific video game title, or perhaps a the logo of a video game system. Your job is to figure out which font corresponds to which video game title or console logo. Good luck!

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1:59 PM on 07.14.2009

Why isnít there a Destructoid iPhone App? Would anyone else, besides me, like one?



Imagine a world where, at any point in time, you have access to the entire Destructoid Community at your fingertips. Imagine a world where you could read Jim Sterlingís snarky editorials, watch Anthony Burchís Rants, or check out Yojimboís latest Blazblue blog without having to surf the internet. Now imaginee that you could do all of this anywhere in the entire world, whether you are relaxing on a beach in the South of France, snow boarding in the Colorado Rockies, or chilling on your friendís couch as you watch him play another round of Street Fighter 4. You are probably saying to yourself right now, ďhow can all of this be possible. That is all make believe science fiction nonsense. Nothing like that could possibly exist in the real world.Ē Well maybe not, but if someone created an ďOfficial Destructoid iPhone AppĒ then this fantasy would become reality.

Now right about now you are probably thinking to yourself that someone who owns an iPhone can already access Destructoid using the internet browser. Why would they need an app that can do something thatís already possible? Well while it is true that you an access the Destructoid website using the built in Safari iPhone browser, itís unfortunately really slow. It also doesnít help that the site is fairly large now, so it can take a while to sort through the site and get to where you are going. Iím talking about an app that is streamlined specifically to make everything at Destructoid accessible at the touch of a finger.

I must admit that this is not some original idea I came up with. This more stems from seeing other websites do a great job of creating their own iPhone apps that make it much easier to access their websiteís content. The best and most recent example of this is the GiantBomb iPhone App that was released last week. This app makes it extremely easy to access a lot of the content of the GiantBomb website, including reviews and videos. Not only does it make it easier to access, but itís a lot faster to access then using the Safari browser. Now, unfortunately you canít do everything on the GiantBomb App you can do on the website, but itís still a huge step forward. This is kind of what I would like to see from Destructoid.

I donít know about the rest of you, but I would definitely pay for an official Destructoid iPhone app. I would say a price someplace between $1.99 and $4.99 would be completely fair. Not only would you get easier and faster access to the content, but you would also be financially supporting the site, which I am always a proponent of.

My question is, is a Destructoid iPhone App in the works? Does Niero have a top secret group of people working on it? Would anyone else purchase one besides me? Speak up and be heard, and maybe someone will notice and this fantasy I have created will become a reality.   read


2:17 PM on 07.13.2009

Guess the Game Brain Teasers: Box Art Edition #2

Back by popular demand, itís time for another edition of GAME BRAIN TEASERS. Each picture below is an image from the box art of a console or PC game. I have zoomed into a specific portion of the box art though, so that the entire original image is not visible. I have tried my best to include enough imagery in the zoomed in portion so that you could figure out what game the box art is from. Unlike last time, I have tried choosing games that were not as well known. Because of this I have included more of the box art imagery then I usually would. They might take you a while to figure out, if you can at all. Your job is to figure out which game corresponds to which image. Good luck!

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2:55 PM on 07.02.2009

Why FF7 and MGS are crappy PS1 games and Capcom is the best game company EVER!



To date, the most popular PS1 games released for download on the Playstation Network have been Final Fantasy 7 and Metal Gear Solid. I don't understand why though, because in my opinion those games are complete crap, and the best PS1 game has still not been released. That's all about to change though, because soon the best PS1 game ever, created by the best company ever, is about to be released for download. That company, ladies and gentlemen, is CAPCOM, and that game, is DINO CRISIS!

Now, you are probably thinking to yourself right now, "this guy is completely crazy. How dare he say Final Fantasy 7 and Metal Gear Solid are crappy games. That's completely blasphemes. Both of those games are the crown jewels of the PS1. There are 10's of millions of people that have grown up with those games and adore them. Aeris died and I cried like a baby. No game can ever top the emotional impact of that moment." Well you know what, you would be WRONG, and stop crying like a little girl. It's pathetic. FF7 and MGS are crappy games, and I'll tell you why. They are crappy because they don't include the one, extremely important element that makes Dino Crisis so damn good. They don't have DINOSAURS!

Why Dino Crisis is better then Final Fantasy 7
As I've already stated, Final Fantasy is a crappy game because it doesn't have the one crucial element in it that makes Dino Crisis so great, Dinosaurs! Let's take a second though to discuss what Final Fantasy 7 would have been like if it did have dinosaurs in it. First of all, Dino Crisis is a much more realistic game then FF7. I mean all that stuff in FF7 was totally make believe. None of it could have ever happened in real life. Also, the characters were completely out of proportions. No one looks that oddly shaped in real life. Dino Crisis, on the other hand, had dinosaurs in it, which are totally real, with people who actually look like real people. They brought dinosaurs back to life in the movie Jurassic Park right, so dinosaurs could totally exist in our time.





Now let's talk about what would have happened if they did include dinosaurs in FF7. We all know that Cloud is just a little wimp, so he could never have been able to defeat a Tyrannosaurus Rex. I mean a T-Rex has like 1,000,000,000,000 HP and is level 999,999. He would have ripped Cloud and the rest of his team apart in seconds. Now Regina, the main character in Dino Crisis, now she's one bad ass chick. You don't see her running around, acting like a little cock tease and getting her self killed like Aeris did. Nope she kicks the shit out of all those dinosaurs, including the T-Rex. She is a true hero character. I mean Cloud wasn't even a real warrior, he was just impersonating one. That's just pathetic.

Why Dino Crisis is better then Metal Gear Solid
Now don't get me wrong, Snake is one bad ass dude, but it's a hell of a lot easier to sneak around and stay hidden from a bunch of dumb guards then it is from dinosaurs. You might be able to evade some stupid guards by hiding in a cardboard box, but that shit would not work on a Velociraptor. Oh hell no! Raptors are smart, and would be able to figure out you are hiding beneath the box. They would rip Solid Snake in two. Don't think you can hide in the shadows from a pack of velociraptors either. They would sniff you out and find you in no time. Snake wouldn't have stood a change in MGS if there had been dinosaurs on that island.

The Epic Conclusion
Dinosaurs are awesome. FF7 and MGS don't have dinosaurs and hence they suck. Dino Crisis has dinosaurs and hence it's awesome. Capcom is releasing Dino Crisis on PSN soon, so they are the best company ever. Enough said. Thanks for reading.   read


2:28 PM on 06.22.2009

Guess the Game Brain Teasers: Crossword Puzzle Edition

Itís time for another weekly edition of SilverDragonís Video Game Brain Teasers. If you canít tell Iíve kind of become addicted to doing these on a weekly basis the past month. Iíve decided to mix it up again this week with a video game themed crossword puzzle. This crossword puzzle consists of 13 rows across and 11 columns down, all of which should be filled in with words or phrases related to video games. I have given clues to all 24 answers below. At the end of the day I will post an answer key if anyone is interested.

I recommend printing out the puzzle and clues and trying it out yourself, instead of just randonly guessing from the clues. Good luck everyone!

[Note:] Feel free to post answers below, but limit yourself to only answering 1 or 2 of the blanks. Please leave other people a chance to guess.





Across
1) The only way to play this game is in your underwear.
2) He gets no respect.
3) When heís not eating flies he enjoys flying starships.
4) Heís arguably the most popular video game plush toy.
5) This guyís fantasy will never be final.
6) He didnít have the guts to pull the trigger in the end.
7) He enjoys emailing his mom before he jacks cars.
8) Sheíll roll with you before killing you and collecting her bounty.
9) Would you kindly fill in the blanks.
10) Chad wishes this game character would get a 3D sequel.
11) If she has to save your life one more time Ö.
12) A lot of people are boycotting this guyís new sequel.
13) She could beat Ryuís ass any day.

Down
1) This heavenly beauty really enjoys swinging her sword.
2) This little squirrel loves beers and boobs.
3) Julius Little and Troy Bradshaw lead the 3rd Street ____________.
4) He loves mushrooms on his pizza.
5) In space no one can hear you scream on this starship.
6) Will he ever have a good 3D game made about him?
7) Great Aether is his final Smash.
8) Why is this game named after her?
9) The original Ghostbuster.
10) Who needs an iPhone when you could wear this instead.
11) Single White female looking for love. Enjoys photography, pigs, and the color green.   read


2:00 PM on 06.15.2009

Guess the Game Box Art Brain Teasers: SilverDragon Edition

Itís time for another edition of GAME BRAIN TEASERS. This time Iíve changed things up a bit. Each picture below is an image from the box art of a console or PC game. I have zoomed into a specific portion of the box art though, so that the entire original image is not visible. I have tried my best to include enough imagery in the zoomed in portion so that you could figure out what game the box art is for. They start out pretty easy with #1 and #2, and then they start to get a little bit harder. The last 5, #11-#15, are the absolute hardest. They might take you a while to figure out, if you can at all. Your job is to figure out which game corresponds to which image. Good luck!

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7:43 PM on 06.09.2009

Today I bought the last PS2 game I will EVER buy!



For those of you who donít know, until this last year there were only two PS2 games that I had never played that I really wanted to. These were the forever loved Shadow of the Colossus and Beyond Good & Evil. Well after getting grief from many Dtoid community members for not playing either of these games, I finally went out and purchased a new copy of SoC back in March. As expected, it was absolutely incredible and I loved every minute. Getting a copy of BG&E was going to be a little more difficult though.

At first I tried buying it on STEAM for only $4.99. I thought I was getting a great deal, but I quickly learned that the PC controls were horrendous, to the point I was not having any fun playing the game. After only 20 minutes I put my mouse and keyboard down and vowed to never play it on PC again. The only choice left was to buy it on a console. I started by looking for used copies at my local game stores, but no one ever had a copy in stock. After a while I started looking online, and while it was pretty easy to find used copies of the game, I really wanted to get a brand new, still in the wrapping, never opened copy. You would be shocked at how incredibly difficult it was to find a new copy. In this digital age where anything you could possibly want can be found at the click of a mouse, a brand new copy of BG&E completely alluded me. I searched far and wide but I would constantly come up empty handed. Well after months and months of looking, I finally found a website that had a couple in stock and immediately bought it for $19.99.

Well today, my BRAND NEW, NEVER OPENED copy of Beyond Good and Evil Arrived in the mail. I have to tell you that Iím pretty much as happy as a school boy. As I take a step back though to look at the big picture, I realize that this will be the very final PS2 I will ever buy. There isnít a single game left on the PS2 that I havenít played that I want to play. Itís really a little bit sad in a way. This is truly my last adventure Iíll ever have with the PS2. Itís been a great system. I think Iíll pour a little of my 40 out in respect. Goodbye PS2. You will be missed!

I would write more, but I have to go and play me some Beyond Good & Evil   read


5:14 PM on 05.30.2009

Today's My 1-Year Dtoid Anniversary, so I'm Finally Introducing Myself



Exactly one year ago today I wrote my very first Cblog and took my first marvelous steps into the wonderful and dementedly awesome community that is Destructoid. If you would have told me then how much I would come to love and care about this place, there is probably no way I would have believed you. You see, Destructoid is much more then a website to me. It's a place where I have met some incredibly awesome people, so many that I couldn't even begin to list them because it would take too long. It's a place that I come in my spare time to relax and talk about video games. It's a place where I come to laugh and smile and forget about my real life. Most importantly though, it's a place where I get to share my passion of video games with other people who's hearts burn with the exact same passion.

In my single year here at Destructoid I have forged many new friendships with people I would have never met if it wasn't for this website. Unfortunately I have not gotten to meet any of these people in person yet, but I hope to remedy that when I attend PAX '09. I have also tried to get more involved with the community by volunteering to be a cblog recapper. What began as just a reservist role, where I filled in for people when they couldn't do their recap, has now grown into an official role as the weekend recapper. The interesting this is, that while I might bitch and complain about how long it takes to do a full day's recap (2-3 hours), I still really enjoy doing it. I really feel like by doing the recaps I'm contributing to the community that I care so much about. Ok, that might sound a little goofy, but I don't care. It's the way I feel.

So yeah., I love Destructoid. Whether I'm checking out the front page for the latest news, browsing the cblogs, or joking around in the forums, I always enjoy spending time in this community. When I'm not hanging out on the site, I'm playing games with people I met on the site. I gotta give a special shout-out to the PS3 FNF crew and the Dtoid Killzone 2 Clan. Without them I would be stuck playing online games with random teenagers who like to yell and scream into their microphone how "elite" they are. You guys all rock.

Now let's get back to the fact that today is my one year anniversary. One year ago today, when I introduced myself to the community, I did so in a pretty pathetic way. Not only was my introduction blog short and pointless, it also broke pretty much every rule ever written about how to write a proper introduction blog. In other words I broke Rule #1 which is .... DON'T SUCK! Seeing how I now lecture others on upholding these rules, I felt it was necessary for me to finally write a proper introduction blog myself, this way I'm not a hypocrite when I criticize others for doing it badly. So without further ado, I present my actual introduction blog!



SilverDragon's Official Introduction Blog
Hello Destructoid, my name is Shawn and I'm a 29 year old little boy who's essentially obsessed with video games. I say this because when I'm not at work, watching TV, sleeping, eating, or working out, there's a 90% chance I'm playing video games. Yes, that's right, I absolutely LOVE video games. I have ever since 1987 when my parents bought me my first video games system, the Atari 2600. This is where my life story really begins, at the ripe age of 8. Everything before that is worthless and can be forgotten. Let us begin shall we.

My first video game system
You have to understand that I did not ask for the Atari 2600. It was given to me without my consent. You see, all of my other friends owned NES's, and I of course, asked my parents for a NES. Did they listen to the desires of their 8 year old son? No, of course they didn't. They instead went out and bought me "last generation's" console, with a bunch of outdated games. Now when you are an 8 year old kid, impressing your friends is everything. There is absolutely no way to impress your friends however with Missile Command and Pole Position when they are playing Super Mario Brothers and Excitebike. I was the laughing stock of my school. That was all about to change though, and I would never again be left in the video game past.

When the Sega Genesis launched, I was the first kid to get one. While all of my friends were stuck playing 8-bit games, I was playing Sonic the Hedgehog and Streets of Rage. I remember how they all used to come to my house and sit around my 15" TV with their jaws dropped, amazed by the beautiful colors, and next gen graphics. I was quickly becoming the cool kid that everyone else wanted to be. My coolness factor increased even more when my parents bought me my first Gameboy. I'm talking the very first original gameboy, in all of it's 4 color glory. I brought that bad boy to school, and quickly had all the 10 year old girls all over me. What can I say, they digged my block dropping Tetris skillz, with it's addicting music. They couldn't resist me. As time passed and I got older, I continued to always be the first among my friends to get new systems, as I got the SNES, Sega CD, Game Gear, and PS1 when they all first came out.



My Career in the Video Games Industry Begins
I loved video games so much, that I knew when I finally turned 16 I needed to get a job selling video games. Luckily for me, a position opened up at the local Babbage's and I immediately applied. I wonder how many of you remember Babbage's. It was one of the very first nationwide video game retailers. I worked there between 1995 and 1996, in the early days of the PS1 and Sega Saturn. I remember working the day that the original Resident Evil shipped. That was a crazy day. I had never seen so many people flock to a store to buy one game. It was crazy. Unfortunately, the entire staff of my store got fired when a bunch of stuff went missing. I went on to work for Circuit City for 4 years, wondering if I would ever return to the world of video game retail.

In 1999 I got a lucky break, and was offered a lead position at the Electronics Boutique in our local mall. They offered my $8.25 an hour, and all the free video games I could play. I was exactly what I had been waiting for, so I immediately jumped at the opportunity. Now, you have to understand that back in 1999, Electronic's Boutique was not the evil company it is now. It had only recently gone public, so it wasn't as hell bent on pleasing its stock holders as it is now. Back then, the people who worked there really enjoyed selling video games, and really enjoyed playing them and talking to other people about them. This was also back before internet retailers were popular, and before Walmart sold video games, so people's only option when they wanted to buy games was to come to our store. The store I worked at in Raleigh, NC was one of the top 3 selling stores on the entire East Coast. The only two stores better then us were located in Boston.

I ended up working for Electronics Boutique for 3-4 years, and I was there for all the big releases. I worked from midnight till 4AM when the Sega Dreamcast launched. I helped our store get 800 preorders of the PS2, and worked for 24 hours straight as we sold each and every one of them in a row, to a line of people that seemed to go on for miles. I was there when the Gameboy Advanced launched and a thousand eager children all screamed to their parents to buy them one. I watched parents physically fight each other over who would get the last copy of Pokemon Silver on Christmas Eve, so that they wouldn't have to tell they kid they couldn't get it because they waited to the last minute to shop. I saw so many wonderful, and terrible things in those 4 years, all memories that I'll never forget.

Eventually though, things started changing at EB. The store started becoming more and more like it is now, as you could start to see the company stock holders get their greedy hands around the store and suck all the life out of it. It wasn't long before I knew it was time for me to move on. In 2002 I said goodbye to the world of video game retail forever.

How I changed the Video Game Industry
So I went to college to become a Marine Biologist, but that went no where at all. It wasn't long before I realized that I could become an Electrical/Computer Engineer and actually get a job in the video game industry creating hardware. You have to understand though that this was not what my instructors wanted me to do with my life. You see, I was a pretty smart student. In fact, I was the valedictorian of my entire 2002 graduating class with a 4.0 GPA. Yeah, I guess you could say I'm a pretty smart guy. When my instructors used to ask me what I wanted to do when I graduated, I would tell them I wanted to work for a video game company creating games or hardware, and they would always laugh at me. They thought it would be a complete waste of my talent and my time. Valedictorians of major colleges are not expected to move on and create video games. They are expected to get their PHD and change the world. That is not what I had in mind.

It didn't matter what I wanted though, because when I graduated college there was absolutely no hope that I was going to get a job in the video game industry. All of my good grades didn't matter one bit to the video games industry, because I had absolutely no work experience, so no one wanted to offer my a job. The only work experience I had was working for a semiconductor company creating DC-to-DC power converters for computers. When I couldn't find a job creating video games or video game systems, I went back to that company and asked for a job, and luckily got offered one. Little did I know that I would actually get a change to work on video game systems at this new job.

Zoom forward 7 years and you arrive at today, where I have actually been able to have quite the impact on the video games industry. You see my company, which will remain nameless, designs DC-to-DC power converters that go into everything from computers, to cell phones, to video game systems. They are what power the CPU, GPU, and memory. I have had the opportunity to design the power converters that go in the original XBOX, the PS2, and the PS3. My most recent design was actually a redesign for a "new and cheaper" PS3 coming out in the future. I took the $10 GPU power converter designed by another company, and completely redesigned it from scratch to work just as good, but for only $2. This means that in the future, the PS3 will be cheaper thanks, in part, to me. I'll let you take a guess as to what "future" version of the PS3 I might be talking about here. So while I might not have been able to actually work in the video games industry, I have been able to directly affect it in some way or another. It's funny how life has a way of working things out in the end.



My Favorite Games
Now let me just share with you a list of some of my favorite games of all time. These are in absolutely no particular order.

1) Final Fantasy 7 - Seriously do I need to go into explanation of why I love this game?

2) Wing Commander (entire series) - I used to be a huge space simulation fan. I owned a super nice, force feedback joystick, and played every single game in the WC series. If would give my left nut to bring this series, and the popularity of space simulators, back.

3) World of Warcraft - I was obsessed with this game for almost 3 straight years. I used to play for 20-40 hours a week, and was in one of the best guilds in the world. It eventually effected my life so much and I had to completely quit. I've been off the crack for almost 2 straight years now.

4) Legend of Dragoon - When will Sony release a sequel to this game. PLEASE!!!!

5) SSX - I probably have played over 100 hours of each game, individually, in the SSX series. I honestly have no clue why a sequel hasn't been released on the PS3 or XBOX360.

6) Final Fantasy 9 - My second Favorite Final Fantasy game of all time.

7) X-Wing - Another great space simulator that needs a remake.

8) Mega Man 2 - No explanation needed.

9) TMNT: The Arcade Game - I have so many memories of having my friends over to play this on my NES. Simply an epic brawler, even to this day.

10) Einhander - Am I the only person who loved this game? Seriously? Anyone?



11) Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Another game that needs no explanation.

12) Parasite Eve - I feel like there is a small contingent of people who loved this game.

13) Counter Strike- I rock at this game. Seriously, I'm so good it's scary.

14) Dino Crisis - Combine Dinosaurs with survival horror, and you have an AWESOME game!

Ok, this list could go on and on, but there are just a couple of the games that came to my mind as I made this list.

Let's End this Shall We
So there you have it, my 1 year Destructoid Anniversary, along with my first real introduction. I could honestly go on and on, but this would turn into the longest blog ever posted on Dtoid, and no one would ever read it. Let me just end by saying I love this community, and I love the people in it. I look forward to another exciting year, and I really look forward to meeting everyone at PAX '09 this fall.

Destructoid, I love you.

Also, COCKS!   read


2:00 PM on 05.26.2009

Guess the Game Brain Teasers: SilverDragon Edition

After watching other Dtoid members, like Yojimbo, create brain teaser blogs, I have always wanted to do my own. Well today I finally found the time to do it, so I wrote down a list of 10 games and created brain teasers for each of them which I have posted below. I tried to include some really easy ones, and then a couple hard ones, but with my luck they will all be easy. For those of you who don't know how this works, each set of pictures below represents the title of a video game. It can be something more recent, from say the PS3, or it can be something really old, like a NES game. Your job is to figure out which game corresponds to which set of pictures. Letís see who can get them all first. GO!!!

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3:24 PM on 05.19.2009

Achievements/Trophies that Change the Way You Play a Game



If you were to ask 10 different gamers what their opinions of XBOX360 achievements and PS3 trophies are, you would likely to get 10 completely different answers. There are people who absolutely hate achievements and think they are completely pointless dribble that add nothing to a game. There are people who absolutely love them and who go out of their way to play a game as many times through as it takes to get them all. Then there are those who just donít really care who donít even know what their gamerscore and/or trophy count is. Finally, there are the people who are completely obsessed, who actually rent games they would typically never play, just because it has really easy to obtain achievements. Yes, itís definitely safe to say that there are lots of different opinions out there about achievements in games.

For the most part, achievements all fall into one of three categories. There are the typical achievements you will always get on your first play through of the game, because they are impossible to avoid. There are the achievements you get for beating games on harder difficulty levels. Then there are the achievements you get because you did a specific act x number of times. Yes, I think itís safe to say that 99% of achievements fall into these three categories.

Every once in a while though an achievement comes along that requires you to completely change the way you play a game; an achievement that shakes the foundation of a game to its very core. Now Iím not talking about achievements that are hard to get just for the sake of being hard. Iím talking about achievements that really make you step back and change the way you approach the entire game. These are the really special achievements in my opinion, because they truly challenge the gamer in ways never before imagined. These are the types of achievements I want to talk about today. I have therefore come up with a list of some of the best examples I can think of, of achievements that change the way you play a game. If you can think of anymore please let me know.


Mirrorís Edge


Mirrorís Edge is at its best when you are running as fast as you can, vaulting under or over obstacles, and jumping from roof to roof. Since the entire game canít simply be running from one point to another, the developer inserted sporadic battles into each level, where you have to fight off a number of guards before you can advance. Now while the developers give the players the ability to use hand to hand combat to fight these battles, itís much easier to simply disarm a guard and then use his weapon to take out the other guards. In a lot of cases, especially those when itís you against 5-10 guards, it can be next to impossible if you donít use a weapon.

Using a weapon in Mirrorís Edge always feels a bit out of place, especially since the mantra of the main character, Faith, is to use her speed and the environment to get her out of tight spots. Using a weapon just never felt like the solution she would choose to get out of a tough situation. Thatís why the Test of Faith achievement is so great. Without the use of a weapon, it forces you to really think about situations the way Faith would. If you are presented with 5 enemies, all with guns, how would you take them down with just using hand to hand combat? The great thing is, that this really isnít an impossible achievement. Itís actually very attainable, if you just take the time to think through ever situation. This is definitely my favorite achievement on my list today.


Prince of Persia


Prince of Persia is probably the safest you will ever feel playing an action game, because there is absolutely no way to die. Every time you come close to dying, Elika comes to your rescue and saves you. If you miss a jump and start falling to your eventual demise, Elika grabs you and pulls you up to safety. If a boss pins you to the ground and is about to thrust his swords through your abdomen, Elika does some type of last second ďforce pushĒ maneuver that knocks the boss away and saves you. If you fall into the corruption, and it begins to devour you whole, Elika someone how manages to pull you out.

I mean Elika is simply the most incredible woman I have ever seen. Most women I know would eventually get so sick of their man constantly making mistakes that threaten his life that she would just let it happen. Not Elika though. She is always there to save the Prince from sudden doom and destruction. Because of this, the player never feels like they have to be careful when they play the game. They never have to think about the decisions they are making because if they make a bad one, Elika will always be there to save them. Well the ďBe Gentle with HerĒ achievement changes all of that. Since Elika can only save the player a maximum of 100 times to get this achievement, the player has to be a lot more cautious and actually think about what they are doing. It really changes the way the game is played, and hence I have added it to my list. Take a break Elika, youíve earned it.


Bioshock


Bioshock suffers from the same mistake Prince of Persia made. Thanks to the wonderful Rapture invention that is the Vita-Chamber, your character never has to worry about the consequences of dying. When you do die, you are immediately revived in the nearest vita-chamber, without any time passing since you died, and nothing has changed whatsoever. You donít lose ammo, you donít lose health, and boss battles donít reset. The game simply starts back up exactly where it was at before you died.

Without death having any consequences, you never have to worry if a Big Daddy is bearing down directly on you. You can simply pump him full of bullets until he kills you, and then you get revived, and jump right back into the battle, exactly where you left off. The Big Daddys and other enemies donít even recover any life back. Things are exactly the way they were before you did, and you can continue killing everything as if nothing ever happened. Imagine people surprise when you discovered that if you want to get the 100 points for the Brass Balls achievement, you have to beat the entire game without using a Vita-Chamber, and do it on hard mode. Oh yeah, it knocked some people on their feat. Once again this is not an impossible achievement, because the game has plenty of ways to play through it without ever dying. It just requires you to think through all the situations in the game more. It forces you to really choose when the best time to attack a Big Daddy is, and to plan how the entire fight is going to go in your head before you even begin it. Try it sometime. Youíll never look at Bioshock the same way again I guarantee it.


Ikaruga


If you are a fan of side scrolling, or top down scrolling shooting games, then you have heard of Ikaruga. When it was released in 2001 it took the entire SHMUP world by storm. While in most shooter games the point was to not get hit by enemy projectiles, in Ikaruga, the game not only allowed you to get hit, it actually required you to do so to progress though the game. Using a special black/white polarity shield system, you are able to actually absorb bullets that are the same color as the shield you have equipped at the time. Only bullets of the opposite color can hurt you.

While this adds an extremely interesting element to the game, the majority of the game is still the typical shooter where the point it to kill absolutely everything that stands in your way. This is, after all, how every shooter ever created works. You see an enemy, you kill it before it kills you. The Dot Eater achievement changes all that though. To get this achievement you actually have to beat an entire level without shooting your gun off a single time. All you can do is either doge or absorb the enemy bullets. While this might seem impossible, it is possible because any enemies you donít kill eventually pass you by, and the last boss eventually gives up on trying to kill you and runs away. All you have to do is not get hit once in the entire level, and not fire your gun once. Now who would ever think of playing a SHMUP without shooting? Well if it wasnít for this achievement, probably no one.


Mega Man 9


Ok, so maybe Iím just being mean by including this game on the list, or maybe Iím trying to show off because I actually got this achievement without much trouble, but either way itís a great achievement. Letís face it, Mega Man 9 is a really hard game. The people who love it, do so because it really harkens back to the old days in the NES era, when games where hard and real gamers were hard core. To beat Mega Man 9 just once, using as many continues as it takes, is an incredibly hard feat. Imagine then the difficulty involved in beating the entire game without dying. It essentially requires you to not just play through it carefully, but to memorize the entire game, right down to every last jump, and the perfect timing required to make it, in ever single level. Oh yes, to obtain this achievement you have to become something completely different then a typical gamer. You have to become insane.   read


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