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7:26 PM on 01.02.2014

Boredem and New Year's Resolution

It's been quite some time since I last posted around these parts. It seems every time I think of something relevant to say, I find somebody else has already done it and has done a better job than I ever could! Of course, I still love the site after all this time and will continue to do so for many years to come.

It might be a little hard to believe, but as of late I've become somewhat bored with video games. I'm not entirely sure why that is; probably my own personal issues, but I just can't put the dedication into playing games that I used to. And this is coming from someone who use to put many, many hours into getting everything possible out of a game.
Perhaps I just need to sink my teeth into something new - suggestions would be welcome!

That said, it's mainly the more modern games that I've had trouble putting the time into. I've been playing quite a few more retro games that came out 10+ years ago. One of these being Timesplitters 2. It's one of those games I keep coming back to on the account of it being so fun. I've set myself the task of earning more platinum medals than I have before - that should keep me busy for a while.

I've noticed that I have around 80 games on Steam, with many of these having been acquired through Humble Bundle sales. However, many of these games I've never completed and there's probably just as many that I've never even played. Therefore, my New Year's Resolution is to complete as many of these as possible. That should keep me busy for a while and is achievable now that I'm beginning to sort myself out.

Simmy.   read


6:43 PM on 08.06.2010

Gamer Creates Real-Life WipeOut Video Game With R/C Car

Note: I realise this is my first dtoid blog in nearly 18 months. While this might seem like I haven't been a part of the great Destructoid community, believe me I've been here checking the site many times daily. I guess I've been keeping a low profile.

Anyway, whilst browsing my car news website of choice, Jalopnik, I came across this article. Here, a guy has created a Wipeout style track and races an R/C car around it. The best part is that there's a camera attached to the car and the cat is controlled via a steering wheel located in an arcade unit - how awesome!

It might look that great right now, but it shows proof of concept and I'd be interested in seeing what he does in the future with this

Since I can't get the embed video thing working I'll post a link to the page where I found said article

http://jalopnik.com/5606552/gamer-creates-real+life-wipeout-video-game-with-rc-car   read


9:58 AM on 07.03.2009

Gaming Milestone (sort of)

Vegeta, what does the scouter say about his Gamerscore?.....


..... IT'S OVER NINE THOUSAAAAAAAAAAAAAND!

After noticing my GS being around 8500 and having recently seen the most excellent DBZ Abridged series on YouTube, I thought I'd go for this special number
after weeks of meticulous planning, I managed to hit the magic number of 9001. What really helped me here for the achievements from Forza 2 worth just 1 and 2 points.
I'm pretty proud of the milestone just because of the work I put into making sure that I got this right, had I have gone to 9002, I would have been in a foul mood for weeks, but since I have this number, I'll be celebrating later on during FNF.
I should probably provide some evidence of this milestone, but since my SD card slot on the computer is broken, I'll have to make do with a picture of my gamerscore card thing before it changes to a new number, although it is tempting to keep this GS for a while.

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1:52 PM on 06.04.2009

Audi R8: DToid Edition

Well last night, I was quite bored and fairly drunk when I decided to embark upon a Dtoid car design for use in Forza 2. Having seen some of the more exotic designs, I knew this could take a while especially since each letter had to be created from scratch to make it look like the DToid font we all know and love. Still, after a couple of hours, I came up with this. It sure isn't perfect (yet) but I'm looking to add some more stuff to it such as "ALSO, COCKS"and other related quotes sometime soonish. Suggestions are always welcome.
Anyways, enjoy!



On a random note, thank god that Red Faction is out tomorrow, I was going insane playing the same games and again.   read


6:24 PM on 03.11.2009

UK NARP Reminder....Also, My Mom Is Awesome

It's probably a little too late to remind those of you that live in the UK, that this weekend, there's going to be a NARP over at BunnyRabbit2's place, in sunny Wolverhampton.
Those of you that can go should get hold of either me or BR2 at either L dot Simmy @ gmail dot com or bunnyrabbit22 at gmail dot com. Failing that we should be in teh IRC room most of the day.


On a different note, I'd like to mention how awesome my mom has been to me. I casually asked her "how much do flights cost to the US" - of course this meant I wanted to go to PAX - since I have major love for Destructoid and the fact Ihaven't had a holiday outside of the UK in nearly 11 YEARS!
Anyways, she agreed to pay for the flights but only if I got my dad to contribute as well.Then he refused to help, didn't even offer a penny!. This of course pissed my mom off as well as myself as it seriously hindered my chances of getting to PAX.
So to spite my dad (she hasn't admitted that, though I can tell that that is the case) , she's going to get her credit card re-instated and pay for the cost of both the flights to Seattle AND the cost of my passport. The total cost of this should come to around a cool £500 or $600. I might not ask for much from the family but I NEVER expected something like this.
Now I just have to pay for the hotel and the spending money which puts me in a much better situation financially.
I can't think of many other people that I know that have been so damn genrous towards me.but DAMN! this is great. It now gives me something to look forward to this year instead of the pitiful existence I'm currently leading at uni.
Below, I think we should share out tales of how we provided our funds for the incoming event even if they are less awesome than mine.   read


7:59 AM on 03.04.2009

Next UK NARP



So with the 3rd anniversary of our beloved Destructoid just around the corner, it's time for another NARP. Although there is an apparent reason for this social gathering this time around. Oh to hell with it, there will be a party, dammit!.

Note: Since BunnyRabbit2 has left the country / gone nuts / been arrested or exploded he's left it to me to sort out this post

Anyway, the festivities will once again be going down over at BunnyRabbit2's place in sunny Wolverhampton on the weekend of the 13th of this month and should last all weekend if people wish to stay and party with the likes me and everyone else then you can!

At the party there will be muchos drinking and the usual selection of fine video games to play on systems ranging from the Sega Mega Drive (that's MEGA DRIVE, not the Genesis!) right up to the modern stuff.
Also, we may eat at some place known only as Wetherspoons or get drunk at the rock pub of choice, The Giffard Arms

WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW MORE?

Since this is being held at BunnyRabbit2's place, you should probably speak to him at bunnyrabbit22 at gmail dot com. Failing that come into the IRC and at least one of us will be able to sort you out

Also, I don't fancy having to open the door at 3.30AM to the Environmental Protection Agency for making too much noise this time like at the HalloweeNARP   read


5:32 PM on 10.22.2008

PS3: Destructoid Edition

Since I keep dragging my PS3 into uni on a frequent basis, to make use of the HD screens and to obviously not work, the PS3 is getting a little scratched and battered.
Now having had stickers on the PSP and various other consoles, I thought some specially designed for the PS3. A simple google search later revealed several sites that provided such a service. A few allowed you to design custom skins. So I thought to myself, I love Destructoid so why not go and get a DToid theme for the PS3.
The main logo as I'm sure you'll recognize is a modified version of the main logo, along with the text.
I must say, however that in my excitement this morning, I made a less than good job of cutting the white bits of the sticker and applying it but still, the end result does look cool (even if I was lazy and took 1 decentish picture).
Oh and in the near-ish future, I WILL be constructing a DToid helmet PC case - I just need to find a cheap aluminum supplier here in the UK, either way it will amazingly epic.
Enjoy...


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1:10 PM on 09.26.2008

Euro PS3 FNF: Totally Awesome Sweet Alabama Liquid Snake Edition



AKA WipeoutHD Edition.



Once again it's friday and it's time for more ass kickery of the epic variety.
Since Mushman is seemingly away from the PS3 FNF, I thought I'd step in once more and be a host of a game of some description.
But we all know we'll be playing the greatness known as WipeoutHD before moving onto other other games that incidentally also involve shooting the living crap out of each other such as COD4 and UT3. I probably won't be shifting off WHD all evening, but if you're interested then drop us a line and I'll try and sort stuff out - I should be online around 8 to 8.30ish.

Edit: I did mean 8PM GMT

PSN: Schsim   read


11:22 AM on 09.19.2008

Euro PS3 FNF: Burnout Bikes Edition



Since nobody seems to have mentioned Euro PS3 FNF, I thought I'd have a crack at sorting stuff out for once.
Anyway, it's that time of week once again – FNF!. This week saw the release of the much anticipated 'Bikes' patch for Burnout Paradise which as you may know adds new bikes and challenges as well as the day/night cycle.
So it seems like a great idea to include this as part of the usual festivities. Though for those that don't have the game then there would be the likes of GTA4 and COD4 to keep us occupied until the 'global' FNF starts at some ridiculous hour here in the EU. Hell we could even play MGO – show that game some love.
However, I don't own either COD4 or Warhawk so if someone else wishes to run those games then let us know. Feel free to suggest something else to add to the usual chaotic mix.
For those interested leave your PSN below and I'll try and start things off at around 8PM GMT (my PSN is Schsim)

PS – Excuse the piss poor picture and attempt at organisation, I couldn't find a better picture or find something witty to say - this is what lack of beer does to people.

Edit: Damn it, families are annoying, now I have to go running around after the rest of the family, so I'll be gone for a couple of hours and so won't be here for the festivities. Still I will be here at some point if not for EuroFNF then FNF. And if not then, I'll organise things properly for next week, besides Wipeout HD will be out by then so no doubt we'll be running that - 8.43PM   read


10:30 AM on 06.21.2008

Destructoid Invades The Download Festival!

Recently, BunnyRabbit2 and myself made a trip to the excellent Download Festival located at the spiritual home of rock music in England - Donington Park.

Much fun was had, vast amounts of beers were consumed and of course, many bands that were made of WIN were watched. There was also an attempt at a video game related podcast, but with being surrounded with large numbers of fairly inebriated people, it soon degenerated into complete anarchy.

Anyway, BunnyRabbit2, (possibly inspired by Suff0cat's recent exposure on WWE) decided to have a crack at constructing a Dtoid helmet. This did however, present a problem – we were stuck in a sea of tents and drunk people with little construction resources.

Using only my empty crate of beer, part of a cardboard cup holder, some black tape, some twine and a pair of scissors, the helmet was constructed. The finished helmet looked a little empty so random Dtoid quotes (many of which are lifted from IRC quotes) were drawn on around the helmet.

Now although the final product may not have been the greatest design achievement in the world, credit must be given given the lack of materials and tools, not to mention the nasty sunburn we both had.

Still you can judge for yourselves how good (or bad) said helmet is with the following pictures:

There are some higher res versions located here

Note from BunnyRabbit2

I apologize if anybody at Download Festival took me to be representing Dtoid rather than a fan of it. Also, I
apologize for the poor effort helmet I made. I only had those materials to hand


First up is the hat, just after it was constructed




DToid web address




Best DToid Hat Evar watching the excellent In Flames




It's Over Nine Thousaaaaaaand! - The hat gave some sheilding from the sun though it was probably very hot in there.




Moar DToid related comments




The least most interesting side - the top. But if Niero does happen to see this and it offends him, we are VERY

sorry.


BR2 playing a recent build of EA's Facebreaker. I think the hat may have given him some super games playing skills given he could not be beaten with the hat on.




The hat chilling out back at the campsite, whilst we had several beers and tried to do a podcast.




This last unrelated picture is of Antero Manninen, one of the on/off touring members of Finnish cello-metal band Apocalyptica. This man did not move in 45 minutes or so and barely changed his facial expression. He is one of the coolest men alive, being beaten only by a select few.




So there you go - DToid's invasion of the Download Festival. Hopefully next year, we'll think about this before we leave and construct something better.   read


12:22 PM on 03.22.2008

Not My Turning Point Gaming Rig

It might be a little late buts it's taken till now to get hold of a working camera.



Thats the main rig and next to it the sub-woofer for the surround sound. The spec for the system is as follows:

AMD 64 4200+ X2
Asus A8N-SLI Motherboard
512 MB generic RAM - it's only 512 as I fried another 1GB stick
Geforce 7900 GT 256MB
320 GB SATA II HDD
16X DVDRW DL

No picture of the inside of the case as it's largely uninteresting

The surround sound is 5 x 15 W and 25W for the woofer. It might not sound like a lot, but in this small room, they get loud very quickly.

Next up is the desk that contains all the stuff:



That is much more organized than the desk normally is. The reason for having 2 sets of peripherals is simple: one for PC, 1 for PS3. The statue on top of the TV is really cool as it's only made from nuts and bolts and other small pieces of metal.

EDIT: It turns out I turned down the quality too much, the 3 labels that can't really be read say : Soon to be replaced TV and Not stolen pint glass and Exactly the kind of food that won't be near the turning point rig

Now what I don't get is how you can put some cables round the back of desk and how they inexplicably get tangled up. This is where the next picture comes in:




I think theres close to 30 different cables under the desk, tangled in a way that would take days to untangle.

Then again theres the drawer of cables. How I managed to accumulate so many without getting rid of them is beyond me. Still at least 1 of them is bound to come in handy at some point in the future.



Lastly here's a picture of the gaming chair and bed:



Hardly the most glamorous looking thing and it might be a bitch to move as it lacks casters, but boy is it comfy. And that bed, that thing made me even more lazy, with having all of my computer equipment withing arms reach is great as I can lie in bed, therefore staying warm whilst I watch TV / play games.

Anyways, thats my rig amongst other stuff. the only other things I haven't shown are the electric guitar and the DVD holder that contains most of my not downloaded stuff.   read


4:48 PM on 03.01.2008

Old Video Game Music

Music has always been a part of video games, and some of the older stuff is among the best. Recently I've been listening to some of the music so that I can figure out how to play the stuff on guitar. This presents a problem if the game in question isn't part of the emulated games collection.
This is where this site comes in handy. it allows for the downloading of many different game soundtracks, all in mp3 format. I've mainly used it for the Sonic games that came out on the Mega Drive.
Being able to play the music from the Marble Run zone from the original Sonic never gets old to me...

EDIT: Although this might not be new news, I thought I'd just use it as an excuse to tell people that I can play various video game themes on guitar   read


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