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10:59 PM on 05.29.2010

Cast Your Votes Now (Or the baby will get you)



It's that time again folks. Vote to pick which game I review next. Leave me a message and FAP me up so I can have to count and sort more votes.

PS2
Metal Slug Anthology
Street Fighter Alpha Anthology
GTA III
Getting Up
Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 2
Gran Turismo 3 A-spec
Shadow of the Colossus
Fighter Maker 2
KOF Maximum Impact
Guitar Hero
Guitar Hero II
Okami
Resident Evil Code Veronica
Resident Evil Outbreak File 1&2
Mcfarlen's Evil Prophecy
God of War
Virtual Fighter 4 Evolution
Marvel Nemesis
Gauntlet Dark Legacy
Katamari Demacy
We Love Katamari
Forgotten Realms Demon Stone
Tekken Tag

GAMECUBE
X-men Legends 1&2
Mega Man Anniversary Collection
The Leged of Zelda Collector's Edition
Crazy Taxi
X-men Next Dimension
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Harry Potter Quidditch World Cup
Resident Evil 2
Resident Evil Zero
Luigi's Mansion - Done
Chibi Robo
LegoStar Wars

WII
Wii Sports
Wii Fit
Mario Kart Wii
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Trauma Center Second Opinion
Zach & Wiki

PS3
Little Big Planet
Fallout 3
Heavy Rain
Final Fantasy XIII

XBOX
Doom 3
Jade Empire
Oddworld Munch's Oddysee

XBOX 360
CODMW2
COD4MW
Dead Space
Fable II
Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection
The Orange Box
L4D
Guitar Hero 3
Lego Indiana Jones
Dead Rising
Guitar Hero Aerosmith
Beautiful Katamari
Gears of War
Rainbow Six Vegas
Monster Madness
The Darkness
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7:42 PM on 05.29.2010

Average Joe's Video Game Review : Luigi's Mansion





So, if you haven't figured it out yet the winner of last weeks choice was Luigi's Mansion, and WOW, what a start. Well played ladies and gents, I had forgotten how good this game was. For any of you who don't know, the main point of these reviews of mine are to point out which games in my collection are still worth my time. In this busy world of mine what games are worth keeping. So each week, or every other week, I will let you guys and or ladies pick the next game on the list. So, Luigi's Mansion. If you haven't had a chance to play this game in the last nine years, then something is wrong. That is unless you never owned a Gamecube or still haven't purchased a Wii. Let's get my base impressions out of the way. Gameplay: Awesome, it is a mix between Ghostbusters and Pokemon, with a bass fishing mechanic of sorts. Soundtrack: The sound effects and voice over work are cute and quirky for a load of laughs. Graphics: The cartoon type of CG animation used holds up extremely well.



It is no wonder this was the fifth best selling Gamecube games. It is also a Gamecube launch title which explains it's polish. This game takes place in the Mario universe minus Mario, which is pretty rare. Luigi gets his chance to shine, his comedic timing is something I think has been missing from most new Mario titles. If you know anyone who hasn't played games in a while , but might have bought a Wii as a fad or for their kids then this is the game to get them back. There are a lot of games like this for the Gamecube as well as the Wii. I think we get lost sometimes and only play what's new out there but just because you missed a game doesn't mean you can't go back to it. And, if you aren't fortunate enough to have a significant other who games, this game has a little something for everyone. Whether they perfer the cute art style or Luigi's panic laced voice work, which can be qued up at the push of a button.



So for all of you out there that are just as busy as me Luigi's Mansion isn't a waste of your time. It only took me about 7 hours in total to beat the game, and to be honest that was the only bad thing I could say about it. The boss battles, like any good puzzle game take a little getting used to, until you find their weakness. That's where the bass fishing mechanic comes in, you can catch the ghosts by sucking them up and dragging it in the opposite direction. The game's last boss battle is very satisfying once beaten, and your ending house's size is based on how much money you have collected. If you have about ten to fifteen bucks you should be able to pick this game up online, or you might be able to find a copy at your local Gamestop or Play N' Trade. Either way Luigi's Mansion is a great way to blow a weekend and have a good time.

Well folks and or fans that does it. One down and 67 to go. Keep an eye out for the next voting post so I can start working on the next review. Thanks agian everybody.   read


2:21 PM on 05.15.2010

One List To Rule Them All





So here is my list of games if you didn't read my last post let me catch you up. I am embarking on a review adventure in order to hopefully prove my self to the editors I have come to respect so much around here. As either a way to prove I have what it takesor just to complete something we should all try. So how many times have you bought a game only to play it for 2 or 3 hours, and have it do nothing more then take up shelf space? Well, I am going to go through my collection and then later maybe any new games I buy, and let everyone who is interested know which games are worth your time. You see folks I'm a new father as well as a hard working man with a full time gig outside of my writing, and I don't have time to play all the way through a crappy game. I will be letting people know my opinion on what games aren't worth my time and which games I play as long as it takes to finally see it all. So here is the list to get us started. From time to time I will be giving away some stuff whether it be art or some of my games. But what I need from you lovely people is just one simple thing in between reviews I will be putting up a list post for you guys to vote on and tell me which game I should do next. All you need to do is leave a comment with your pick thanks guys can't wait.

PS2
Metal Slug Anthology
Street Fighter Alpha Anthology
GTA III
Getting Up
Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 2
Gran Turismo 3 A-spec
Shadow of the Colossus
Fighter Maker 2
KOF Maximum Impact
Guitar Hero
Guitar Hero II
Okami
Resident Evil Code Veronica
Resident Evil Outbreak File 1&2
Mcfarlen's Evil Prophecy
God of War
Virtual Fighter 4 Evolution
Marvel Nemesis
Gauntlet Dark Legacy
Katamari Demacy
We Love Katamari
Forgotten Realms Demon Stone
Tekken Tag

GAMECUBE
X-men Legends 1&2
Mega Man Anniversary Collection
The Leged of Zelda Collector's Edition
Crazy Taxi
X-men Next Dimension
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Harry Potter Quidditch World Cup
Resident Evil 2
Resident Evil Zero
Luigi's Mansion
Chibi Robo
LegoStar Wars

WII
Wii Sports
Wii Fit
Mario Kart Wii
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Trauma Center Second Opinion
Zach & Wiki

PS3
Little Big Planet
Fallout 3
Heavy Rain
Final Fantasy XIII

XBOX
Doom 3
Jade Empire
Oddworld Munch's Oddysee

XBOX 360
CODMW2
COD4MW
Dead Space
Fable II
Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection
The Orange Box
L4D
Guitar Hero 3
Lego Indiana Jones
Dead Rising
Guitar Hero Aerosmith
Beautiful Katamari
Gears of War
Rainbow Six Vegas
Monster Madness
The Darkness
Viva Pinata





So that is it folks let me know your opinion ASAP so I can get started.   read


11:44 AM on 05.15.2010

Hey Everybody I'm Back And I Brought Pictures

Hi everyone who missed me, it's been a long time since I posted anything so I thought maybe I would post some pictures of the things that have been keeping me busy. But first let me start by saying I am going to miss all of the old school D-toiders that made this site a second home for a while. I am officailly making my way into the business as it seems and the best Idea I had was to review all of the Games I own. Since we as gamers don't always finish the games we start, I am just as guilty as anyone of this, we loose out and or gain free time based on how soon we give up on a game. I want to help people with this as much as possible, I am now the father of a beautiful baby boy and I work full-time so gaming to me has changed. I no longer will sit through bad games if i don't have to. If any one has the same problems or time constraints as me maybe you'll will get something out of this Blog and at the least hear about some games you might not have heard of otherwise. Stay tuned for a list of all my games I have been thinking about creating some kind of voting system for the next game I should play. Maybe a comment vote post before I choose the next game. But anyways all seriousness aside here are some pics.


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11:15 PM on 08.10.2009

Cosplay Crazy at Chicago Comic-Con

Thanks to every one who let me take pictures and I hope you all enjoy.























I hope You liked all of those awesome sports and a Pedobear. Quote-Kelly " I noticed that the Pedobear smelled like candy and children's tears." I thought I would share that one.   read


10:14 AM on 07.30.2009

Aborto's Ultimate Tag-Team Contest


So here is goes good sir in order to whore myself out for swag I noticed that you are also a Pokemon Fan so there in is my proposal Pokemon on the Menu. We have all played the Smash Bros. games so non of those instead some of the more bad ass characters like Dark rai or even a trainer like Brock or i know it sounds weird but Professer oak would be cool. Also some cartoon characters would be bad ass such as Samurai Jack in a fighting game would be dope. And last but not least good sir to take some of the old school comic strip charcters and place them in the mix characters like the Phantom, the Shadow, or even Dick Tracey. I would die if such dreams came true but alas they probably won't but to dream of the abilities thos characters would have. The super moves alone are enough to drive some one mad. Peace and Holla at me to let me know if I win.   read


7:47 PM on 07.20.2009

The Arcade Lives! (Lots of Pics)



So I realized something on Sunday this weekend, and that is, THAT arcades are still out there. It's just that you have to look really hard to find a good one that isn't just a shit load of ticket games and racers set up and way over priced. I made my first visit to a little place called Gameworks. For those of you who do not know Gameworks is a place where people can go to play old and new Arcade games. Best part is that after 9 it turns into adults only. But seeing as how I haven't even seen a proper arcade in close to a decade, you can imagine my amazement that I was actually able to play my old favorites for a reasonable price along with drinking a beer between rounds of Tekken 6, Metal Slug 5, and Marvel vs. Capcom 2. (Number of Beers Drank not equal to games played).

But back to the details of this place, the way it was set up was perfect because all the kid crap was in one area while all of the other games were grouped together. Some of the highlights of the trip which you can check out in all the awesome pictures I took. I swear I was a total tourist in there. But the Highlights include Rambo, House of the Dead 4 Special Edition, (which I heard was the only one in the states but I don't know how much I trust that) King of Fighters XII, Warzaid, Let's Go Jungle, Sangokushi Taisen, Tekken 6, Street Fighter IV, and Last But not least Tetsonoku Vs. Capcom. Altogether an awesome trip.

Quick review of said games is as follows. Rambo- A decent arcade shooter where the gun makes you feel like a true bad ass. You have to hold the butt of it close to your shoulder to actually increase accuracy. But the best part comes in the form of a RAMBO RAGE meter at the bottom of the screen, and when the meter fills you unleash RAMBO RAGE invincibility which also results in an extremely loud Rambo/Stalone yell that lasts the entire time in RAGE mode. House of the Dead 4 Special Edition- is the same as the regular first two levels of the game with a couple key differences. 1. You are seat belted into a fully automated chair like those 3D rollarcoaster ride games. 2. You share a health bar with your team member who is also along for the ride. 3. You are actually inside an inclosure made for the game with sliding doors that sound proof you from the noise outside. 4. There are air jets that blow on you at certain parts of the game for shock value as well as when you take Damage. Sangokushi Taisen which i did not play butwatched for what seemed like hoursthis is a straight import from Japan that uses cards as battle units like a mix of Yu-gi-oh and Kessen all in real time while you have the cards in front of you and you could even by a starter deck from the machine for about $1.50. As for the rest most I assume have played Street Fighter IV but the arcade game is Awesome as well. Tekken 6 was gourgous and the sheer amout of playable characters is amazing. King of Fighters XII was great looking I really liked the way they went with the art style on this version it was a great update to the series.

So with all that said I encourage anyone one coming into my neck of the woods AKA Chicago to check this place out if you are hungry for arcade goodness. And it's also pretty affordable. One last thing so the trolls and toads of you out there don't need to waste time. No I don't work there, but rather went there for a friends birthday and had a blast.

Now Chack out the PICS!










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10:33 PM on 04.27.2009

16 Bit Zombie Chuck Taylor's Part 1(NVGR) PHOTOS YAYA

That's right new comish piece was for a friends wedding shoes these are the shoes the man will be wearing on his wedding day to his rockabilly & Monster themed wedding reception. This is not a joke him and his lady are just awesome that's all. Stay tuned for part 2 to see the other side this is the right shoe.



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8:41 PM on 04.17.2009

Cover Bands that Rock?

Cover Bands, man there is nothing worse than meeting your friends at a bar only to find out from th door guy that you have to pay a 5 to 10 $ cover just because you are about to be forced to listen to some crappy cover band. Which is probably chuck full of a bunch of guys who haven't yet realized that highschool ended years ago. So here you having just dropped cash and now they're ruining your favorite Tom Petty song. Tell me we all haven't been in that postion once or twice. Left, having to decide if hanging out with your friends is more important than your ears being raped. At least with Kareoke having people destroy a song is funny, especially if they're drunk.

I wish I lived in a place where I could hear the cover bands that matter to me play live. I am talking of course of the ever awesome VIDEOGAME COVER BAND. There are so many awesome ones out there and you can usually find most of them with just a little homework. The Advantage, The NESkimos, The Mini Bosses, Powerglove, and Vomitron are only the beginning to name just a few. There are small groups popping up every where in the country. Just not the midwest yet, that i know of anyway.

But all these bands I have listed have a great fan following and all verge on metal and techno of course. Which is right up my alley, but for those of you with more sensitive ears worry not. Just check some of the awesome Chiptune composers out there. Bit Shifter, 8-bit Weapon, Dubmood, and Handheld offer a variety of awesome sauce music for the gamers inside all of us. Plus wth band names like all of these how can you not check them out.

So while looking some of these up if you're interested at all, please try first to buy what you can find these guys are pandering to us an they deserve or gamer cash. But if you can't find them to buy then by all means pirate them because your ears will thank you. Enjoy and let me know what you think.

PEACE , LOVE, AND 8-BITS
JOE



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9:38 AM on 04.16.2009

The coolest hoodie I have ever made

I Megaman had sex with a hoodie and that hoodie had a child this would be that baby.















I know that you all want one but it would cost you a lot just because I'm not even done and I'm 40 hours into
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9:47 AM on 04.15.2009

Fanboy = No Citizen Kane

Well after listening to a couple of flame posts by opposing fan boys I realized that these kind of people are
the reason that gaming as an art form hasn't seen it's Citizen Kane. Think about it films have critics so that
can be something that discourages someone from seeing a certain movie. But if its new some people are going to go see it just because. But being a Fan boy is basically closing your eyes and ignoring everything that comes out for it based on the fact that you don't own a certain system. Video games like any other art form should be taken as subjectivly as possible because they have different effects on different people. An
awesome example would be a widow or widower's reaction to Passage as compared to some 13 year old kid. The way we look at the world changes as we get older and experience different thing. We are the ones as gamers who are ultimately responsible for the industries out right sometimes pandering attitude. They make
the games that sell.

It is a given as a business that they are here to make money first and foremost. The
reason I think retrogames are making such a come back is because the companies are now pandering to the
kid inside all of us 20 and 30 somethings that remeber these games or these types of games. I forget the
Qoute I want to use so i'l make another post when I get home but it basically states that that when it comes to
anything the only way to begin something is with an open mind, otherwise you will eventually miss something
that might have been the most important thing in your life. I don't know what I would have done if I was a
nintendo fanboy and only played nintendo during the ps1 and ps2 life cycle. All of the games I would have
missed . And that is the reason I probably still play games because it made that leap into survival horror and
puzzle games that have kept me here for this long not to mention fighters. Three words: Marvel Vs. Capcom.
Any way let me know if you agree or disagree. Peace love and 8 bits


JOE   read


7:38 AM on 04.15.2009

Finally

So over the last year and a half I have been dealing with shoty at best internet connections from home and
such. That and having to resort to looking like an old lady using the slow ass internet at my local library which
blocked me from viewing my second love Destructoid. But fear not for I have returned and shall become one
of the faithless contributors yet again. Retroforce how I missed thee. Let me say that I now have a new job
with better pay which has given me the tools of a G-1 which is what I am using to write this. And I am now
able now the owner of an excellent DSL connection for my home PC. Finally I have arrived in the 21st century
with all of you yeeeeeeeeaaaa for me and can't wait to chat about games again. Peace love and 8 bits

JOE   read


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