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10:23 PM on 04.06.2008

GlaDOS is free: great writeup and picture that just blew my mind.

I promise not to make this a habit but I got another link for y'all. I don't even want to paraphrase or add anything because I think this guy nailed it so well and I don't want to take anything away from him.

Here's the link

Enjoy   read

11:16 AM on 04.05.2008

Burn the rope, great flash game or greatest flash game

It's a little difficult but it's worth beating. Make sure you stick around for the ending song, it makes the boss battle at the end worth it.


So now that your back what did you think? Too challenging? Did you get to burn the rope? What are you doing the rest of the day? Maybe watching a video...or are you gonna play it again?   read

6:22 PM on 04.04.2008

Surflocke Investigates: The death of traditional JRPGs. Lost Odyssey did it.

No Surflocke Holmes comic book excerpts unfortunately as Iím currently writing the actual comic book. Please except this lolcat instead.

Well itís finally happened, someone killed traditional JRPGs. The culprit is none other than Lost Odyssey. Iím only half way through it but I think I can go ahead and make the call. Traditional JRPGs are completely and totally dead, and like all good corpses they should be buried peacefully and not have their rotting corpse drug out and put on display.

Itís not that Lost Odyssey is bad, in fact itís actually quite good. That is how it killed the JRPG. Lost Odyssey covers everything that a JRPG has been and could be and does it in a well put together way. Every aspect of the traditional JRPG is done and done well in it.

Lost Odyssey is all there is for the traditional JRPG. Any game made after Lost Odyssey will just be a rehashing of all that comes before it. Lost Odyssey is the pinnacle of what can be achieved in this gaming format, in fact it could be argued itís a little past the peak.

I know someone is going to try to release another JRPG, but this right now is evolve or die time. Turn based combat comes from a time when technology was not good enough to have the complexity of combat that the genre creators wanted. Now that hurdle has been passed, it has already been done in countless other games.

From now on the Japanese need to make RPGs that embrace the future. We need to have action/adventure style games with all the elements that make JRPGs great. We need intuitive leveling systems like in Oblivion. We need fun combat. We need skill trees and equipment variations that are interesting but not overly complex. The other developers can build a fun gameplay system, but they just canít fill it up with the content that you do. Like Mass Effect, Iím having fun running and gunning people but do I have to visit the same stupid planet and do the same stupid mission with different textures and call it side-quests?

To all you Square Enixes of the world, Lost Odyssey was it. It was the last traditional JRPG game you will make that I will enjoy. You need to let it go. Change is good, embrace the change. I love you too much to let you destroy yourself by humping a dead corpse.

I will be trying Persona 3 when the special addition comes out because I heard that was a good evolution of the genre. Hopefully they will be someone that finally gets it.


11:27 AM on 04.04.2008

I'm Wocky Kitaki and I'll eat your Pocky, Bizzzoooyyy

I started playing Apollo Justice on a bus to miami and only really got through the first case. I've been playing the second case and man did it take a turn for the wierd.

The first case was standard Phoenix Wright stuff but with a couple of twists, like the fact that you are not Phoenix. After it's over you are basically thrown into the street without a map and wander aimless trying to accomplish seemingly menial tasks. Then finally it picks back up into the stuff you're used to. There are lots of weird Japanese-isms that get thrown at you including searching for missing panties.

I don't know how I feel about the wierd-ass rock-n-roll prosecutor yet and I hated the wanna be gangster but he has really started to grow on me. At first I thought he was another Japanese-ism but then I realized it was a pretty accurate portrayal of one of those people that try and act like a gangster and fail in every way imaginable. I LOI'ed.

I know I'm late to the party on this game but I'm definately diggin it so far. Also I know that most people don't care about this but I came up with that title and couldn't resist. If you haven't played it yet you should pick it up and if you're playing it like me tell me your thoughts. No spoilers please.

Also Lolspies


12:24 PM on 04.03.2008

Some Gamers are just F'wads: A great article on online gaming problems and possible solutions

First off link

This is a great article from Gamasutra, and while I haven't read all of it what I have read is pretty important to read for gamers. A lot of the beginning stuff is pretty much captain obvious material for most of the people here, but then the article goes into some good possible solutions. Again I'm just skimming because I'm at work.

The (mostly) lack of this behavior is definately a major part of why I became active in the Dtoid community, and why I love the no longer Dtoid TF2 server. Personally I think a strong hand and some firm rules are definite musts when you run a PC server. There is a line between friendly griefing and trash talk, and being a total douche-nozzle; most know where it's at. Unfortunately there are quite a few that like to jump across the line and yell neener-neener because that's what they think is fun.

Although to be honest I think that most trolls troll because they've been trolled and they are conditioned to think that it is acceptable online behavior. Plus it is a good defense mechanism because while you can troll a troll, why bother? Any insults a troll receives, deserved or otherwise, gets filed away psychologically as a job well done and not people saying "you are a total schmuck I wish you would die in a fire" - which would kind of hurt.   read

11:30 AM on 04.02.2008

Calling all music/TF2 geeks, soundtrack mind teaser

If you could care less about TF2 or music you might want to skip this. Since this is long I will italicize the only things you need to read for the short version.

I'm a huge TF2 geek, as I was a huge TFC geek. I'm also a big music geek. So I started this fun thread on the server message board challenging everyone to come up with songs for each class. A sort of "theme song" for each class and also a good song. I got a lot of brilliant submissions so far and wanted to make sure everyone got the opportunity to participate, Caff mentioned it in his post but it got swept away in the drama (the server is still there, it's still for destructoid people, it's just not called a destructoid server anymore because of the potential problems).

So here are the rules, you get one submission for each class. The submissions have to be thematically correct to the class. In other words if you were to listen to the song in context of the class things would fit in a funny sort of way that they do when you take other things out of context. You can also submit 1 or 2 songs to be the server song. All submissions must be made by Friday and can be made below, in a PM to me or at the board.

On Friday I will be making hurt heal threads for each class and the server where you can vote for your favorites. If enough people don't want to go to the server board but want to participate I will make it available to vote through PM or another Cblog post.

Also you get nothing for submitting except the smug satisfaction of knowing more music than someone else, which for a music geek is a pretty strong motivator. Sorry I'm too broke and busy to do anything more.

I'm not sure what these will be used for, although considering the epic Rock Paper Scissors games we played they'd be right at home there. I'm also thinking of asking Caff as a compromise to the mic spam to have an allowed music list of things that can be played assuming it does not screw up people's conversations (maybe at low volume). Also for those of you that play on consoles you an make the CD and rock out to it knowing that somewhere there are people on PC rocking out too and you can feel close to us.   read

6:47 PM on 03.29.2008

The daily...weekly...erm whenever I feel like it WTF

Everyone likes to talk about all the violence these days and who causes it. But seriously, they knew violence in 1869. There is nothing I can say to express how incredibly inventively violent this is. I mean seriously, of all the ways I have killed imaginary people in video games I never dreamed anything like this existed.

You must go to this link

You must keep scrolling when you get there too. It gets better. It's like the swiss army knife of killing. When do I get a virtual one of these? If this is in GTA IV I will officially start getting excited for it. Which is good because I don't have anything I'm really excited about in the near release category.   read

11:24 AM on 03.29.2008

Fear and Loathing on a Bus to Miami. Also Apollo Justice

We were on the road somewhere between Gainesville and Ocala when the drugs kicked in. I shouted to the bus driver donít stop here, itís bat countryÖ

I wrecked my wifeís car in Ft. Lauderdale, it happens. This was New Yearís Eve, New Yearís Eve as in three months ago. The car finally got out of the shop and at my sister-in-lawís house so it was time to make the perilous journey, a trek if you will, to Miami to pick it up. The only way to make it was by bus. Due to parking issues I made the 40 minute walk to my wifeís workplace on campus, and then another 10 minute walk to the Oíconnell center followed by a 10 minute mad dash to the New Physics Building because we were at the wrong spot.

And thatís where my journey began tired and sweaty, sitting next to a stranger. The mission: make the bus ride suck less. The first challenger: White Chicks on the bus TV.

So I whipped out my laptop and found it too big for the space I had. So after some careful maneuvering, aided by that time I took yoga, I was able to squeeze it in between myself and the seat in front of me while being able to look at the screen. But to my horror I discovered I had not put Dr. Who on my laptop and all I had was Rome. Now I had never seen Rome so I fired up the first episode. After about 5 minutes I saw some white guyís ass. Another 10 and some chick was riding the hell out of some dude. This was making me sort of uncomfortable. I mean I didnít want people thinking I was watching porn, thatís kinda creepy. Plus this is Rome, anyone who has taken a classics course knows itís only a matter of time before the gay sex starts.

Having lost my first challenge, I pulled out my second weapon. Actually it was just my DS my wife handed me up from the seat behind. This was promising, we had just bought Apollo Justice and I am a huge fan of the series. But then I was foiled again, this time by uncharged battery. I was desperate, White Chicks was closing in all around me and I was trying not to laugh at any of the god-awful jokes. I know that my sanity depended on it.

Luckily several things happened. 1) We stopped at a rest stop 2) I got some guy to switch seats with me so I can be next to my wife (thanks some guy!) and 3) I stole my wifeís DS as soon as she put down My Sims *yoink*. Finally there was some Justice be done, and I was just the Apollo to do it.

I got through the first part of the first case before I was defeated by my greatest enemy, car sickness. I have to say I really love the game so far. Luckily at this point White Chicks was over and they put on Hitch, which wasnít that bad. It was actually Oscar material after White Chicks.

We finally got to the rest stop in Pompano where we were getting off and my sister-in-law had the wrong time. So I fired up Apollo Justice again and got some good ways through the second part of the first case.

I was still loving it, the first villain really cracked me up, even if they were a bit heavy handed with the jokes on her last name. I actually got disappointed when they arrived to pick us up. Apollo Justice is one of those games where you actually donít want them to change anything. They evolved it a little, and from what I like it from what Iíve experienced so far. The real fun in these games has always been the story and solving the cases. So all they really need to do to keep people like me happy is to swap out the old cases for well written new ones. At this they have succeeded.

At the end of the night I got to try NYPD Pizza which was a real treat and even had one of their award winning peanut butter pies. So there was a happy ending after all.

I wrote this in a hurry, will edit when I get back from wherever it is I am going???   read

10:46 AM on 03.23.2008

Dtoid book club 3: Love is in the air

Welcome to the third installment of the Dtoid book club. For todays book club everyone should post their thoughts on the newest book you've read and something old that you really enjoyed and would like to recommend to people.

The last book I read was The Italian Secretary by Caleb Carr. It was a Sherlocke Holmes novel. For those who don't know Caleb Carr, he writes historical fiction suspense/thrillers. He also wrote the "good" version of the exorcist prequel, which studio execs thought wasn't traditional enough for a horror movie. He brought these skills to this book creating a book that seems like it was written by Arthur Canon Doyle and at the same time having lots of personal touches like general eeriness and a possible ghost! I'd recommend it, it's a good fast read.

I've been debating whether to recommend Lucifer or A Prayer for Owen Meany, but since most of you probably have read Owen Meany for school I went with Lucifer. This is the series that really finished comic books hold on me as a reader. It is a spin off of the Lucifer character created in The Sandman series. While The Sandman remains at the top of graphic novels in general, Lucifer has many advantages. It was created later in Mike Carey's career, so its good right off the bat and it is a development of what was already one of the most interesting characters. What results is an amazing series that does all of what you want if you were a fan of the Sandman. It modernizes mythologies and religious stories, it provides insight into the role of storytelling, and in the end even provides some religious epiphanies. Now don't be scared away by the subject material, it won't have you slathering yourself in blood and howling in the moonlight. He treats the character exactly like how I thought he should. He's never really portrayed as a hero or even much of an anti-hero. He is always more or less how we'd expect him to be: infinitely selfish and self serving as well as completely stubborn and unchangeable. The result of this and how he interacts with the other characters creates some amazing storytelling. There's also plenty of side stories, including a twisted romance tale between a damned soul and a demon.

Now on to club business, we have a forum set up for those that want to discuss things between these posts. Also I've been thinking about setting up a book swap. I have two ways of doing this and set up a forum to discuss it.

Also can anyone guess what this months theme is? You win the internetz if you do!


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12:32 PM on 03.20.2008

David Hellman is amazing, did the art for Braid.

I know almost everyone here is crazy in expectation of Braid, but whilst reading another epically long Penny Arcade post I arrived at linkage to his site and the man is a freaking amazing artist. So I am telling you that if you have not already seen it you must direct yourselves immediately to the following links.

His comic
His website with links to his art
Tycho eating a sandwich?

It is also noted that you, yes you, can commission a piece by donating to his site. If I were not broke or did not think paintings eat your soul I would definately jump on this. Anyone want to chip in for the Dtoid robot though?   read

3:30 PM on 03.19.2008

Not My Turning Point Gaming Rig

So there it is my gaming rig, are you impressed. Yes I game on a laptop, yes it is a Macintosh. Notice also my stellar gaming location, on my dining room table. Are those bills over there? Just so you know I might be paying my mortgage between broken bottle kills in TF2. I'm just that talented.

My gaming table, also known as my eating table and mail holding table, is new and is now in fact bar height. So remember when I am playing you in TF2 I am several feet higher than most of you. It is very difficult not to develop a superiority complex because of this, but I do what I can to stay humble. The old one was round and was not good for gaming as it was hard to pwn newbs in the lower right. Also the mouse and headphones were important somewhat recent purchases, the mouse plays far superior to the mighty mouse I was using, which makes it hard to right click in the heat of battle, and the headphones allow me to play TF2 and my wife to watch American Idol without bugging the crap out of each other.

If you haven't noticed this post reeks of sarcasm, please let me win Niero I needs me a proper game setup. Plus this is technically my work computer, so don't tell the IRS.   read

11:25 AM on 03.19.2008

Japanese = love, insane. Some of my favorite videos from the mecca of gaming.


I love the Japanese (with the exception of the whole Nanking thing). They provide me with a good chunk of my entertainment, from anime, to manga and video games they seem to provide it all. They are also exceptionally strange people. Did you know they have one of the most intricate sex industries? I got this book that was a photojournalistic look at it, and I have to say most of the time I didn't know whether to be horrified or amazed.

As arguably the originators of a favorite form of entertainment, and still some of the best producers of videogames, it generally makes us want to learn more about them. But I was surprised to learn from our tour director during my honeymoon that they actually find it very strange when outsiders try and learn or mimic their culture and etiquette, as opposed to the French who demand it.

But in any case these are the people that make most of our video games and systems:


So next time you are trying to reconcile being a super bad ass and having to jump in a bathtub with a bunch of strange men, look no further than these videos.

(The reference is to FFVII for you slow people)   read

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