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8:58 AM on 04.03.2008

PxP: The edition with me in it!

As with previous weeks, the time has come for probably the only video game related radio show in Maine. The main man is ZeroTolo, under the name The Glyph, Mecha Jesus, under the same name, and I'm filling in as The Professor.

We're still banging out the details, but we'd love to have any Dtoiders that are free to listen in. If you go here, and "Listen Live" from 6-8 tonight, you can hear everything we've got for you, and we'll have phone and AIM lines open to anyone who wants to contribute. So please, have a listen. I'm fairly sure you won't regret it, and it'll help prove once and for all that me & Mecha are two different people.   read

2:29 PM on 04.02.2008

My Party Set-Up (after my buddy Mecha)

As you may have read in my pal MechaJesus' Blog, he's had a great idea for designing the perfect party, and I think it makes a great thought experiment. Since he outlines the rules fairly well, I'll just jump right into my team with the explanations.

Dan McNinja

Granted, his son may be the nicer guy, but don't tell me that Dan with his Mustache of Power isn't the better fighter. Added bonus: he once lit himself on fire to evade capture. We'll need that kind of lateral thinking when we get in a bind.

Kol Skywalker

You may be thinking, "There are better Jedi to pick," and you'd be dead-ass wrong. It took about a dozen Sith to kill him with Force Lightning, and that was after he'd been shot in the heart. And he was already on top of a mountain of dead Sith and Stormtroopers when that happened. Added bonus: Force Healing powers and the sweetest sideburns this side of our own ZeroTolo.

Thomas Jefferson

One of the finest minds ever produced by the Western world, Jefferson has the ability to plan around all kinds of problems that we'll encounter. I would've gone with Ben Franklin, but there's that pesky pacifism to deal with. Added bonus: he's a good enough leader and people-wrangler to get the Founding Fathers to agree, so he could solve all kinds of inter-personal issues.

Iron Fist

Don't know who he is? JFGI; I don't care, he's my all-time favorite super hero. Aside from superb martial arts skills, recent issues have had him discovering new depths of power. Added bonus: he's a multi-billionaire, and one of those new powers is even more healing for the squad.

The Ninth Doctor

I know we're all biased towards our first Doctor, but come on. Force of will, as smart as anyone in the galaxy, and willing to dismantle an entire army if he doesn't like it. Besides, we need someone else who'll understand Jefferson's plans. Added bonus: the TARDIS is pretty much the ultimate party vehicle, especially with its built-in Bag of Holding.

Phoenix Wright

Do I need to explain? He can get us out of all the trouble we'll get in from local authorities, and maybe even talk our way out of a boss fight. Added bonus: observational skills make for epic looting.

St. George

Dude fought a dragon. Naked. And won. That gets left out of most versions. Long version: George knew his armor would do nothing against a dragon, so he melted it down and prayed, putting all of his doubts into the box made by the melted armor. The dragon was so stunned by his audacity and will it let its guard down, allowing for the killing blow. Added bonus: he's a saint. Could come in handy.

Stephen Fry

As bards go, you could do a lot worse. Fry is a modern-day Oscar Wilde; gay, brilliant, and good at things most people don't even learn in college. Added bonus: he's friends with all kinds of people. His hookups could be our gateway to all kinds of awesome side quests.

Hal Jordan

Much like Mecha and his Batman inclusion, this one is so overpowered it feels like cheating. He's Hal F**king Jordan, man. Even if the ring runs out of juice, he's still got the meanest right cross in history. Added bonus: as a pilot and military man, who knows what kinds of toys we find he could use?

In closing, I think this team could breeze past any challenge. I'd love comments on my squad, but for yours I recommend making your own post, I know I'd love to read them. Just give credit to Mecha, since it's his idea.   read

12:10 PM on 03.02.2008

Left 4 Dead... how is this a big deal?

Seriously, I'd kind of like to have that explained. I hadn't heard of it until Sterling posted earlier today, and after watching that video I can't imagine excitement about that game. Generic graphics, what seem to be loose controls, and it looks like it really wants to be scary, but it never will be. Not to mention that the whole "Zombie Mania" thing has got to run out of steam eventually. At least I hope so, because I used to like zombie stories, but now I'm just sick of them.

Once again, I'm not trolling here. I honestly want to know what about Left 4 Dead excites people; I don't see it.   read

1:26 PM on 02.29.2008

The Great Ones: New Entry & Explanation

I suppose I should start by making sure my intention isn't mistaken. I only called this "The Great Ones" because I thought it was a good name for the article. I'm only bringing up protagonists that I feel made an impact on the game in some way, to the point where their replacement would have hurt the game. Opinions abound, and I continue to ask for submissions. In any case... on to the article! This edition's character is:

The Hulk (Hulk: Ultimate Destruction for PS2, GC, & XBox)

Ever been playing a game and suddenly felt drunk with power? Like your character was suddenly a juggernaut who could shrug off anything short of a boss? In Ultimate Destruction, the whole game is like that. As Hulk in this version, even your jumps become shockwave attacks, and the run button can decimate.

The game wasn't a masterpiece; it was shallow, sometimes cheap, and had camera issues. But the the experience of playing as the Hulk was like going through an entire Dynasty Warriors game with Unlimited Musou. Some of the missions are hard no because the task is difficult, but because we as gamers aren't used to having this much power right from the start.

Of course the game would have been ruined without the Hulk, considering that it's a licensed game. But this is a game literally constructed around your sense of wonder at Hulk's power, and it's pretty good at bringing that out. I've never liked any other Hulk game, but Ultimate Destruction is an experience to remember, and in it the Hulk is a Great One.   read

9:50 AM on 02.26.2008

The Great Ones:The first of the best

I went a while without starting a blog here (or ever registering for that matter), mostly because I wasn't sure if I had anything to say. I'm not an inside man, I get all my gaming news from Dtoid. I often get games a bit after they're released, so reviews would be kind of stale. Then I figured, what the hell, most of these are anecdotal, and as an amateur writer, I tend to take a good look at story and character when playing a game, and I've got plenty to say about those.
Which brings me to the point. As you've already seen, I'm calling this piece The Great Ones, and it's a series of protagonists/heroes/playable characters/young spiky haired hothead swordsmen. At least, it's a collection of the ones that I feel made an impact on the story, or even the gameplay, that another character wouldn't have had. I'm open to suggestions, and I'll return to this series every so often because I've got tons of material. Anyway. On to the feature.

Viewtiful Joe

On another day, I would probably mention how I feel that Viewtiful Joe is one of the best superhero games of all time, but today I'm going to talk about why Joe himself is a top-class hero. In short, it comes down to him being a geek. A lifetime superhero film fan, Joe finds himself in the world of movies, able to manipulate the film for dramatic effect.
The thing most would focus on with Viewtiful Joe would be the Film FX powers, but to me, there's something special about the whole experience. Joe's fighting style was learned from watching movies, so when you're doing well, it really looks like an animated Power Rangers feature.
Outside of the gameplay, it's Joe that keeps the game interesting. His opponents are fairly ridiculous, but they're not funny until Joe starts in on them. His constant references to film and video game tropes keep the proper tone before and after boss fights, and the key idea for the character is that in spite of the world (and his girlfriend) being in danger, he's absolutely loving every second of the game. Combine this with the best "geek makes good" plot since Spider-Man, and Joe's a pretty likable guy.

A little rough, but that'll be the general style of The Great Ones. Thoughts?   read

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