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10:56 AM on 03.14.2008

And the gamers who play them: The Overwhelmed/Impatient Gamer.



Well boys and girls, here is my take on the "And the gamers who play them" theme. I, am an overwhelmed gamer. An overwhelmed gamer has a deep love for all of gaming, and it's just too hard to keep up. There are also several games that I wish I wanted to play, but playing them ends up feeling more like a chore/work than actual fun. Allow me to explain.

I would say my free time for games is about average. I work 40 hours a week, hang out with friends, and have other hobbies like camping/hiking, photography and table top gaming. I don't have school and homework anymore, I don't have kids, and right now I don't even have a steady girlfriend sitting around sucking up all my time. So why do I have this problem of always falling behind?

Also, I feel like its important to point out that the cost of keeping up with new games can get really out of hand but thats not really my main issue. I'm sure it is for others, but even if I could afford 60 dollars every time a new game came out, I still wouldn't have time to properly play them all.

Most gamers and reviews will criticize a game for being too short. Games like Uncharted, Heavenly Sword, and Call of Duty 4 are some recent games that have received this sort of flak. Also, a lot of people are worried that it's becoming more of a trend, with game story lines resembling movies too much. This actually makes me happy though! I though Call of Duty was perfect because it only took me two nights to beat it, it was non stop action, I was never stuck wondering what to do next, and if I wanted to keep playing I could try harder difficulties or take it online. Short isn't bad as long as the story feels well rounded and complete. I haven't finished Heavenly Sword or Uncharted, but I know I'm going to like them in the end because they are complete stories.

It's the games like Resident Evil, Half Life, Tomb Raider, Zelda, and countless RPGs that I am continually bumping down on my "to play" list. These are all very good games, yet they always throw some kind of damed puzzle situation in there that slows it all down. I like puzzles and problem solving, but thats what games like Professor Layton are for. I would be able to play through these games much more quickly if they didn't require a strategy guide to find all the items and buttons and hidden characters. Sure, you could check every nook and cranny of every level to make sure you didn't miss something, but is that fun? I don't think so. Having to babysit a strategy guide while playing is also a serious mood killer.

This is probably why open world games, real time strategy, and hack and slash RPG are my favorite genres. These games let you formulate your own plan instead of trying to figure out what the designers want you to do. Diablo 2 is so appealing to me cause the levels are random every time, making it impossible to hide a key that you need in the dark corner behind a rock. Grant Theft Auto allows you to have a free roaming sense of exploration that doesn't feel like a chore because it's fun the entire time when you can steal cars and kill people along the way. Exploring in a game like Twilight Princess is dull to me because it feels like back tracking and my movement through the game has halted.

I haven't finished all the Metal Gear Solid games yet. I've only played Final Fantasy 7, 10, Tactics and Chrono Trigger(which counts as a FF game don't tell me it doesnt!) I've never really been into the survival horror genre. I know, I'm a horrible person.

The best remedy I can see for the Overwhelmed/Impatient Gamer is to play those long single player games with a friend. One person is playing, the other person has the guide. This is actually a lot of fun and you can switch off every other mission or whatever. Cheat codes can also be helpful, but be careful not to ruin the game you jerk.

Ok, I've already spent too much time writing this. I should get back to playing Final Fantasy Tactics advance, so I can play FF12, so I can play Revenant Wings....   read


7:19 PM on 03.12.2008

GameStop, I work there v5



Well we got an email from corporate today saying that during the 48 hours release period, Smash Bros Brawl outsold Madden. Apparently this is a first, and the news made me happy.

My store got a box of these mario figurines theyre only 3.99 each and the paragoomba/bob-omb pack is awesome, but i wish they had one of a Boo.

Wild Arms came out on PSP today but we only got one copy which is sad cause this game looks awesome. I just dont have time to play all these sweet rpgs anymore :-(

If youre ever looknig for a crazy deal you might as well ask youre local gamestop to search their invnetory for anything that costs a penny. Usually its just strategy guides but sometimes it could be a computer game. Today I marked down a Yahtzee/Parcheesi board game collection thing. Not bad for .01 dollars.   read


10:40 AM on 02.28.2008

Tales from 2/27/08 at GameStop.





Well yesterday I was scheduled to open my store and as some may know we had a few games coming out. Most notably were Patapon (YES) Lost, Lost Planet for PS3, Turning Point, and a few others that no one bought on release.

First off, Patapon is amazing, and if you consider yourself a real gamer, you need to play this simply because theres nothing else quite like it. Its a side scrolling real time strategy where you enter your commands as a turn based rhythm game. GO!

Anyway, i had been trying like mad for the past 2 months to get people excited about this game and get some pre-orders and stuff but no one cared. "Its only 20 dollars!" i would say and they'd be like "who cares i want madden/need for speed/the sims." At least I did have two guys (both older, like in their 30s) come in and buy it on release.

Then we had the Lost game. Two people bought it from me even though I desperately tried convincing them not to. I told them it was short and would be cheaper than 60 dollars soon or they should just walk across the parking lot to Bluster and rent it but they didnt seem to care. At least the one guy who actually pre-ordered the game came in and canceled it, putting his money on Vegas 2. Smart move.

And for some awful reason, the corporate warehouse decided to only send us one copy of Lost Planet for PS3. I like this game and if I had a PS3 id be happy it was coming. Well, Sorry we only got one and I sold it and we may never see it again.

Ok Im going to play Patapon. I need some rain JuJu.   read


9:29 PM on 01.23.2008

So, who wants 800 dollars?

It seems like everyone I asked about this today already knew, but I didnt see anything about it when I searched the blogs so I'll break the news.

If you live/work in America, then it seems like well be in for a nice 800 dollar tax rebate. WOOT!

This happened back in 2001 and everyone got 300 dollars. I was a few months too late as i was 16 and didn't have a job yet :-( There was an amazing episode of Futurama spoofing this.

So the idea is give the people money, and were supposed to run right out and blow it on a car down payment or home improvement or, you guessed it, VIDEO GAMES AND HIGH DEF TVS AND SUPER HAPPY FUN TOYS!!!

Heres an article from CNN
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/01/23/economic.stimulus/index.html

So what would you guys buy? If it all goes through we should have the checks in June. PS3 and Metal Gear Solid anyone? I can tell you if I got the check today I would buy The Orange Box and Warhammer 40k Dawn of War, and pay off my GTA4, Starcraft 2, Brutal Legend, and Warhammer Online pre orders. The rest would probably go to other hobbies that arn't gaming.

God Bless America :-)   read


11:48 AM on 01.19.2008

Uwe Boll, F you guys I like him. Sorta.

I saw Dungeon Siege and was impressed and disappointed at the same time. This is the first Boll movie that resembles a real movie and not a B film. I really enjoyed House of the Dead and BloodRayne because they were such B movies. That stuff is funnier than any Will Ferrel/Jack Black/Dane Cook movie.

So Dungeon Siege is basically just a mediocre A movie. It would have been a lot better for me if the big battles were shot from farther away so you could see some big tactics, but it was mostly just close up shakey cam stuff which gets boring after 5 minutes.

My other main problem is that Ray Liotta is supposed to be the super bad guy mage but he really just looked like Elivs.

Other than that, this really wasnt a bad movie. And the preview for postal made it look amazing.

So basically, as long as Boll stays away from A list games (starcraft, MGS, halo...) i have no problem with him. And the way his movies are getting better each time, maybe one day he will be worthy of a good game's movie translation.

ALSO, Blind Guardian had 2 songs in the credits. FUCK YES!   read


3:57 PM on 01.12.2008

CONTESTOID: It's easy! Super fun happy win now!

Hello there D-toiders. This is an update on the contest that was posted on Sunday. New text is in bold.

I am Spykron and I assist with the managing of a GameStop in Massachusetts. We have A LOT of random pre-order swag lying around in my store and I thought "why not give it away to you guys." Because we don't want it anymore.

So heres the deal. I will be visiting fellow d-toider ShadokatRegn next week (13th-18th) in the mile high city of Denver. We have been friends for years now and I am proud to have brought her strength into His Robots Army.

Anyway, neither of us has much money, so we are looking for fun, creative ideas of things to do. You submit the ideas, we do the things and take a picture, the 3 ideas that we had the most fun with will win!

:OFFICIAL RULES:

How to enter:
1. Open to all d-toid members. Must have a mailing address to get your prize.
1b. I'm really sorry, but I have to limit this to Canada/USA. I hate to exclude members of the community, but I really can't afford 100 bucks to ship over seas. :-( super sad face...
2. Just post your idea in the comments section. There will be more than one blog posting of this contest. Shadokat will probably repost under her name as well. You only need to submit your idea once on one blog, but if you want to post multiple times, go ahead. Feel special!
3. Submit as many ideas as you want.

Rules on submissions:
1. Ideas must cost nothing, be legal, and safe.
2. Nothing sexual guys, plz, srysly.
3. Be fucking creative. Creativity wins it.
4. We dont have time or money to travel far, so ideas must take place in the city. Or in a place you would expect a big city like Denver to have. (Malls, McDonalds, etc..)
4b. Also, don't get too elaborate. We're kind of lazy. It shouldn't take longer than 15-20 minutes to do your idea.
5. Ideas must produce an Epic picture. The final picture of the event is something you should keep in mind. (I have a tripod and a timer, if that helps)
6. The ideas don't have to be something we need to leave the house for.
7. Also, creativity.

Deadline:
Jan 16th 2008

Winners:
1. Spykron and Shadokat reserve the right to ignore/preform as many ideas as they choose.
2. We will agree one a top 3 of the best ideas/resulting pictures and post them. Along with any other interesting crap that might happen along the way.
3. Winners announced sometime around the 20th.

PRIZES!!!!

There are 3 tee-shirts. Each is a mostly black, XL cotton shirt. One is for Guild Wars: EotN, one is for Kane and Lynch, and one is for Tabula Rasa. 1st place picks first, then 2nd, and 3rd gets the remaining shirt. In addition:

1st place:



-Mario Galaxy pre-order coin
-COD4 Map thingy
-Juiced 2 DVD with Ursula Mayes (shes hot)
-Naruto wristband
-Unreal Anthology for PC
-GameStop calendar
-GameStop activity book
-Fullmetal Alchemist DVD with 1st four episodes.
-Pirates of the Carribean playing cards.
-Dragon Quest Monsters Joker DS screenwipe with dangle pouch
-Mass Effect behind the scenes bonus disc
-Crysis pre-order bonus with poster
-Han Solo PSP case
-Eternal Sonata 360 faceplate (it's light blue with a little boy wearing a green coat)
-Monkey Ball figurine
-Unopened pack of WoW trading cards.

2nd Place:



-Mario Galaxy pre-order coin
-COD4 Map thingy
-Juiced 2 DVD with Ursula Mayes (shes hot)
-Naruto wristband
-Unreal Anthology for PC
-GameStop calendar
-GameStop activity book

3rd Place:



-Mario Galaxy pre-order coin
-COD4 Map thingy
-GameStop calendar
-GameStop activity book

Disclaimer!
Rules might change (a little) and GameStop is in no way affiliated with this contest.   read


6:52 PM on 01.09.2008

Contestoid: Super Swag Blowout UPDATE

Hello there D-toiders. This is an update on the contest that was posted on Sunday. New text is in bold.

I am Spykron and I assist with the managing of a GameStop in Massachusetts. We have A LOT of random pre-order swag lying around in my store and I thought "why not give it away to you guys." Because we don't want it anymore.

So heres the deal. I will be visiting fellow d-toider ShadokatRegn next week (13th-18th) in the mile high city of Denver. We have been friends for years now and I am proud to have brought her strength into His Robots Army.

Anyway, neither of us has much money, so we are looking for fun, creative ideas of things to do. You submit the ideas, we do the things and take a picture, the 3 ideas that we had the most fun with will win!

:OFFICIAL RULES:

How to enter:
1. Open to all d-toid members. Must have a mailing address to get your prize.
1b. I'm really sorry, but I have to limit this to Canada/USA. I hate to exclude members of the community, but I really can't afford 100 bucks to ship over seas. :-( super sad face...
2. Just post your idea in the comments section. There will be more than one blog posting of this contest. Shadokat will probably repost under her name as well. You only need to submit your idea once on one blog, but if you want to post multiple times, go ahead. Feel special!
3. Submit as many ideas as you want.

Rules on submissions:
1. Ideas must cost nothing, be legal, and safe.
2. Nothing sexual guys, plz, srysly.
3. Be fucking creative. Creativity wins it.
4. We dont have time or money to travel far, so ideas must take place in the city. Or in a place you would expect a big city like Denver to have. (Malls, McDonalds, etc..)
4b. Also, don't get too elaborate. We're kind of lazy. It shouldn't take longer than 15-20 minutes to do your idea.
5. Ideas must produce an Epic picture. The final picture of the event is something you should keep in mind. (I have a tripod and a timer, if that helps)
6. The ideas don't have to be something we need to leave the house for.
7. Also, creativity.

Deadline:
Jan 16th 2008

Winners:
1. Spykron and Shadokat reserve the right to ignore/preform as many ideas as they choose.
2. We will agree one a top 3 of the best ideas/resulting pictures and post them. Along with any other interesting crap that might happen along the way.
3. Winners announced sometime around the 20th.

PRIZES!!!!

There are 3 tee-shirts. Each is a mostly black, XL cotton shirt. One is for Guild Wars: EotN, one is for Kane and Lynch, and one is for Tabula Rasa. 1st place picks first, then 2nd, and 3rd gets the remaining shirt. In addition:

1st place:



-Mario Galaxy pre-order coin
-COD4 Map thingy
-Juiced 2 DVD with Ursula Mayes (shes hot)
-Naruto wristband
-Unreal Anthology for PC
-GameStop calendar
-GameStop activity book
-Fullmetal Alchemist DVD with 1st four episodes.
-Pirates of the Carribean playing cards.
-Dragon Quest Monsters Joker DS screenwipe with dangle pouch
-Mass Effect behind the scenes bonus disc
-Crysis pre-order bonus with poster
-Han Solo PSP case
-Eternal Sonata 360 faceplate (it's light blue with a little boy wearing a green coat)
-Monkey Ball figurine
-Unopened pack of WoW trading cards.

2nd Place:



-Mario Galaxy pre-order coin
-COD4 Map thingy
-Juiced 2 DVD with Ursula Mayes (shes hot)
-Naruto wristband
-Unreal Anthology for PC
-GameStop calendar
-GameStop activity book

3rd Place:



-Mario Galaxy pre-order coin
-COD4 Map thingy
-GameStop calendar
-GameStop activity book

Disclaimer!
Rules might change (a little) and GameStop is in no way affiliated with this contest.   read


11:02 AM on 01.07.2008

God of War: Chains of Olympus demo review

I got a demo disc for the new God of War game for pre-ordering it at GameStop. I popped it into my slim PSP and had at it while waiting for my movie to start.

The graphics are pretty mind blowing for the PSP. They look just like the PS2 versions. In fact the whole game is just like the PS2 versions. The boss fights with the "hit the button" mini games are still there. The fixed camera angles are still there (and they still work well.) The only difference I noticed was the new magic system. I stole a spell from a Persian guy after i kicked his ass. The demo ended right after that, but I'm guessing you get your spells from bosses this time around.

So long story short, if you want God of War in your pocket, then this is exactly what you need. Doesn't look like anything very unique is going on here, but awesome non-the-less.

Sidenote: My hand started to hurt. I think the slim is too slim...   read


9:56 PM on 01.06.2008

Contestoid: Super Swag Blowout

Hello there D-toiders.

I am Spykron and I assist with the managing of a GameStop in Massachusetts. We have A LOT of random pre-order swag lying around in my store and I thought "why not give it away to you guys." Because we don't want it anymore.

So heres the deal. I will be visiting fellow d-toider ShadokatRegn next week (13th-18th) in the mile high city of Denver. We have been friends for years now and I am proud to have brought her strength into His Robots Army.

Anyway, neither of us has much money, so we are looking for fun, creative ideas of things to do. You submit the ideas, we do the things and take a picture, the 3 ideas that we had the most fun with will win!

:OFFICIAL RULES:

How to enter:
1. Open to all d-toid members. Must have a mailing address to get your prize.
2. Just post your idea in the comments section. There will be more than one blog posting of this contest. Shadokat will probably repost under her name as well. You only need to submit your idea once on one blog, but if you want to post multiple times, go ahead. Feel special!
3. Submit as many ideas as you want.

Rules on submissions:
1. Ideas must cost nothing, be legal, and safe.
2. Nothing sexual guys, plz, srysly.
3. Be fucking creative. Creativity wins it.
4. We dont have time or money to travel far, so ideas must take place in the city. Or in a place you would expect a big city like Denver to have. (Malls, McDonalds, etc..)
5. Ideas must produce an Epic picture. The final picture of the event is something you should keep in mind. (I have a tripod and a timer, if that helps)
6. The ideas don't have to be something we need to leave the house for.
7. Also, creativity.

Deadline:
Jan 16th 2008

Winners:
1. Spykron and Shadokat reserve the right to ignore/preform as many ideas as they choose.
2. We will agree one a top 3 of the best ideas/resulting pictures and post them. Along with any other interesting crap that might happen along the way.
3. Winners announced sometime around the 20th.

PRIZES!!!!

There are 3 tee-shirts. Each is a mostly black, XL cotton shirt. One is for Guild Wars: EotN, one is for Kane and Lynch, and one is for Tabula Rasa. 1st place picks first, then 2nd, and 3rd gets the remaining shirt. In addition:

1st place:



-Mario Galaxy pre-order coin
-COD4 Map thingy
-Juiced 2 DVD with Ursula Mayes (shes hot)
-Naruto wristband
-Unreal Anthology for PC
-GameStop calendar
-GameStop activity book
-Fullmetal Alchemist DVD with 1st four episodes.
-Pirates of the Carribean playing cards.
-Dragon Quest Monsters Joker DS screenwipe with dangle pouch
-Mass Effect behind the scenes bonus disc
-Crysis pre-order bonus with poster
-Han Solo PSP case
-Eternal Sonata 360 faceplate (it's light blue with a little boy wearing a green coat)
-Monkey Ball figurine
-Unopened pack of WoW trading cards.

2nd Place:



-Mario Galaxy pre-order coin
-COD4 Map thingy
-Juiced 2 DVD with Ursula Mayes (shes hot)
-Naruto wristband
-Unreal Anthology for PC
-GameStop calendar
-GameStop activity book

3rd Place:



-Mario Galaxy pre-order coin
-COD4 Map thingy
-GameStop calendar
-GameStop activity book

Disclaimer!
Rules might change (a little) and GameStop is in no way affiliated with this contest.

GO!   read


7:53 PM on 01.01.2008

Gamestop, I work there v4

Heyo. For anyone who don't know, I provide random tips every now and then about Gamestop for you. Hurray!

-We "penny'd out" a bunch of strategy guides a week or too ago. I should have told you sooner but i forgot. This basically means we marked down a bunch of guides to a Penny. I'm pretty sure its a chain wide ordeal and included guides were Heavenly Sword, RE4 Wii edition, Hellgate London, crash of the titans, a Naruto game, and a few others I forget. Bad Reporting, oops.

The point is check your local store and ask if they have anything for a penny. The Heavenly Sword guide has some nice art in the back. I expect some of the holiday themed stuff to go out like that soon too. We have these nifty little gift card tins that look like miniature systems, and I'd bet they're next to go.

-PS2's are worth 40 bucks now (45 for the slim) which isnt too bad considering they used to be 30, then 20. Gamecubes are 15 but they only sell for 30 now which rules, and Xbox gets shafted at being worth 20 (resold for 60)

-If you ever need a quick fix of Xbox live gold but are poor then go to Gamestop and check around in the used games that are open. A lot of them have 48 hour passes in them. I even found one that had a free month. Score.

Ok see ya around the internets
~Spykron   read


2:46 PM on 12.29.2007

PS3 things I've noticed while working at GameStop

As you guys may or may not now, I am an assistant manager of a Gamestop in Massachusetts. This holiday season was OMGWTFBBQ busy and with all those customers in the store our amount of PS3 customers naturally increased.

The main thing I've noticed was that at least 75% of the PS3 customers fit into 2 categories.

1. Hip-Hop Culture Enthusiasts.
These are the kind of people who talk kind of like Snoop Dog and wear diamond earrings (real or fake, I don't think it matters) and the chains and blah blah you know the type. I guess Sony is a brand more close to fancy big screen tvs and that sort of "Big Pimpin" high life. The PS3 is more expensive. Its like digital bling.

2. Parents who don't now much about gaming
These are parents who's kids had a PS2 so they just got a PS3 cause it was the next one up. Pretty simple.

In both cases they are customers who probably bought a Sony console just because it said "Sony" on it. Remember when Sony was talking all arrogant and saying things like that? Well from what I've seen they were mostly right. The problem is that number is still relatively small because of the hardcore gamers that like to think for themselves.

I can say that it looks like the PS3 is rising up just fine and I really hope it does. I have a 360, but thats mostly because I had a Playstation in the last round of consoles and I needed to catch up with the games that were on XBOX. I'll be ready for my PS3 when they (hopefully) announce a redesign like the past 2 PlayStations got.

So I know this community is mostly hardcore, and I know you guys have PS3's out there. Do you agree?

(P.S. Wii and DS totally "Won" Christmas at my store. I'm sure we wernt alone.)   read


10:25 AM on 12.13.2007

Guns and Honor. A gathering of opinions.

So last night Necros posted this blog about a 5 year old killing a bear with a gun. One thing lead to another and I felt the need to make my own blog sharing my opinions on guns, fighting, and what honor has to do with it.

The way I see it, there are people out there, and situations, where you have no choice but to handle them violently. For example: self defense from a mugger, rapist, or dictator government. Weapons make it a lot easier to defend yourself, and guns are a powerful weapon. Sure you could say we would all be better off if no one had them, but we would also all be better off with a personal magic genie. Thats just not going to happen though. And outlawing them would be a terrible idea, because then only the criminals would have guns. (look what happened during prohibition.)

Then theres the question of honor. EternalDeathSlayer believes that a knife fight has more honor (and is also cleaner?) I don't believe in a code of honor like this. I don't believe in Bushido at all. The way I see it, if there is someone doing something evil, the evil must be stopped. If I were to come across someone being attacked and raped in an alley, I would use any means necessary to put a stop to it. If i had a weapon and they didn't, good. They don't deserve a fair fight. When it comes to a point where violence is the only option, why on earth would you want to pass on any advantage you could have. Thats just bad strategy. Most things are not worth getting violent for, but if you have to, go big and get it done quick.

I hope to hear a lot of opinions. Also, if you have a Myspace, you can check out a blog i posted last year about hunting. It got pretty intense.   read


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