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Twitter: @TheDustinThomas

Greetings and salutations.

TheDustinThomas here, you probably don't know me, but I write things here on Destructoid from time to time. Occasionally I get on the front page:

The Most Inexplicably-Often Rented Games At Blockbuster

The Top 10 Videogame Pro Wrestlers

A Retrospective of Pro Wrestling Videogames from the Perspective of a Pro Wrestler

I'm also the host of a pretty sexy gaming podcast that I do with a couple buddies of mine. You can download and subscribe to it here. You should totally do that.

All of my games writing you can find on DToid, but I also write about other things on my personal blog. Here's my top 5 most read blogs:

Let Me Tell You About My $250 T-Shirts

Tempting of the Doon

5 Ways Getting in Shape Has Messed with my Head

Tim Lambesis: A Fan's Struggle to Understand

Why I Already Dislike Planet Fitness

You may notice that most of those blogs are somehow related to pro wrestling. Why? Because I spent 10 years as a professional wrestler before retiring in October 2013 due to back injuries. I actually wasn't too bad.

A bit about me? Well, obviously I love to write. It's not a paying gig yet, but I'm certainly trying to make that happen.

I'm a happily married man, and my wife is smokin' hot.

I have a huge, manly beard.

God comes first in my life above all else. I'm a leader at my church, as well as the head of our media department.

I've been a metalhead pretty much my entire life.

I'm also a die hard fan of The Simpsons.

Other miscellaneous fact.

-Dustin
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Hi everyone, I'm on a Cal Ripken-like streak of consecutive days with a post.

Before I post the topic time marks, just wanted to encourage you guys to check out the Error Machine YouTube page. We have a goal to get to 50 subscribers by the end of March, and 100 by the end of April, so if you're a fan of our videos, do us a solid and subscribe. If you watch our videos but don't subscribe, you're basically the same as the dude that created Napster, and I'll send Lars Ulrich after you, and no one wants to see that weird little man at their doorstep. Time marks after the video!

1:20 Luke ventures into chiptunes
4:15 Dustin finally started watching Breaking Bad
5:35 Dustin scolds Erik for skipping the gym
7:00 Bloodborne talk
8:45 Erik played Rogue Legacy/Killzone Mercenary
11:50 Dustin played The Order: 1886
15:50 The Nintendo fanboy despises Code Name S.T.E.A.M.
18:10 The weirdness of Kid Icarus Uprising
21:45 Splatoon hype
23:30 New releases
24:15 Dustin's beef with Borderlands: Handsome Collection
27:40 Is Mario Party 10 Nintendo's worst published game?
31:00 Overpriced Metal Slug 3
34:30 Ramifications of Kojima leaving Konami
42:15 Predator joins Mortal Kombat X
45:30 Questions
54:00 Outro

Thanks for reading/listening/watching.

-Dustin









There's a reason the Playstation 2 is the best selling videogame console of all-time (and by a rather wide margin), and it's because it was the first videogame console that felt like it was for everybody. The fact that it doubled as a DVD player certainly helped, and I would wager that it was probably the first DVD player that many of us owned, because it certainly was for me. The system did have a very weak launch lineup, so the DVD player may have been its saving grace, but after it was given the time to warm up and dig its heels in a bit, it wound up as one of the most beloved pieces of hardware in the world.

The PS2 was the first system I ever bought with my own money, so it holds a special place in my heart for that reason, among several others, which I'm going to talk about now.

 

Honorable Mentions

 

Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy

If memory serves me correctly, the original Jak may have been the first game in the era of memory cards that I ever beat in less than one day, I was just captivated by it. I didn't play it when it was originally released, but when I saw a preview on G4 for Jak II, that motivated me to go back and play the original.

While they went more of the Ratchet & Clank route for the subsequent titles, The Precursor Legacy had a greater emphasis on lightheartedness and platforming, and for those reasons it remains my favorite game in the series, and I would love nothing more than for Naughty Dog to return to Jak after the release of Uncharted 4. It likely won't happen, but a man can dream.

 

Guitar Hero II

I was obsessed with the Guitar Hero series for the better part of three years. I still hold the first three entries in the series in high esteem, though I think the series was never better than it was with Guitar Hero II. I was good at the games, too. Darn good. I took great satisfaction in knowing that I was undoubtedly better than my Error Machine cohort, Luke Roberts. For those of you who don't know, I'm not better than Luke at many games, but he had no chance against me when we were holding fake, plastic guitars.

GHII also had my favorite soundtrack of the series, with songs ranging from classics like "War Pigs" and "The Trooper" to modern rock with songs from Foo Fighters and Stone Temple Pilots to straight-up current-day metal with Lamb of God and The Sword. And I spent almost two weeks trying to beat "Free Bird" on expert before I finally managed to pull it off. That was a definite fist-pump moment for me in gaming if there ever was one.

 

5. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

If ever there were a game tailored specifically for a gamer like me, it's this one. I remember picking it up used for about $15 back when I worked at Blockbuster after hearing the glowing reviews. The Sands of Time rekindled the long dormant love I have for platformers, and I haven't looked back ever since.

While I didn't find the combat to be anything to write home about, it was still serviceable, and there were certainly some fun enemy encounters, but what made the game so memorable for me (and likely everyone else) were the time manipulation aspects and the way the story was told. The ability to rewind time was such a great tool for helping you get through those long, difficult platforming sections, enabling you to give it another go if your timing was off.

And since I'm pretty sure the spoiler grace period is over, I loved the way the prince would back the story up if you happened to die, saying things like "No no, that's not the way it happened." The reveal at the end was also a nice little touch that I appreciated. The game is still worth playing today if you've never tried it, and if you don't want to go back to the PS2, you can buy the Sands of Time trilogy on PS3.

 

4. God of War

God of War wastes no time getting the action started, a trend that has continued throughout the series. I'm not sure if this would be a compliment or an insult, but the opening Hydra sequence in this game is still probably my favorite thing in the entire God of War series. That's not to say that I don't love the other games, because I certainly do, and I even liked Ascension, as unnecessary as it was.

If there's anything negative I can say about God of War, it's that there aren't enough boss battles. Outside of the Hydra, there's only the temple guardian and the final sequence of battles with Ares. I was big into Greek mythology back then, and I was hoping I would have seen other characters like the Kraken, Apollo, or a chimera, all of which would appear in later games, but I didn't realize it was going to be a series at the time.

The combat is very satisfying, and I love mixing the Blades of Chaos combos with the magic abilities you gain on your quest. The game has a fixed camera, and for the most part you'll never have much to complain about, but sometimes it does get a bit annoying while confined in close quarters. Many people consider the sequel to be the high-water mark of the series, but I still prefer the original.

 

3. Shadow of the Colossus

Oh, Shadow of the Colossus, my only regret with you is that I waited so long to realize your majesty. Despite the love that this game commanded, I didn't play it until the Ico & Shadow of the Colossus HD Collection became free on Playstation Plus a couple of years ago. I decided to play Ico first, and I wound up playing for about an hour before I got stuck and gave up. That wasn't a great first impression, but I went ahead and started SotC anyway, and was absolutely hooked from the beginning. It became one of those games I wasn't allowed to play unless my wife was watching, and she fell in love with the game as hard as I did.

The word "epic" gets thrown around a lot in videogames, but if I was going to attach it to only one game, it would be Shadow of the Colossus. The fact that there are no enemies in the game outside of the titular colossi leads you to feeling so very insignificant while also making you feel like the world's only hope. While I'm not the kind of person to explore in a game without a good reason, it's a credit to Team Ico that they crafted an entire world that very few people are going to take the time to search through.

Taking down each colossus is a puzzle and sometimes requires you to think outside the box, and one wrong move could result in you doing several more minutes of setup for another golden opportunity. It can be frustrating, but the thrill of victory is much greater than the agony of defeat. Despite the fact that I knew the twist at the end, I couldn't help but feel a significant amount of rage after what happened to my equestrian companion near the end of the game.

 

2. Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence

I say this with zero hyperbole, I've never been more impatient about a game's launch than I was with Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. I consumed every single bit of coverage I could possibly find on that game and would constantly search for more. A single screenshot, an article that had one sentence from Hideo Kojima revealing more about the game, a small piece about a new character, anything, just hook it into my veins! On release day, I went to the local GameStop I had the game pre-ordered at as soon as they opened...and they didn't have the game yet. I sat at the Dayton Mall waiting for two hours before the UPS guy finally showed up. So, was the wait worth it?

To me, the answer is a resounding yes, and I played the game nonstop for several months straight. There were so many different ways to play the game, and I wanted to see every little thing it had to offer. Defeat the bosses by knocking them out rather than killing them? I did it. Killed The End before you're supposed to fight him? I did it. Cause The End to die of old age? Did it. Scared enemies with trapped animals? Yes, sir. Shot enemy radios so they couldn't call for back up? You better believe it.

A while down the road, they released the updated Subsistence version of the game, which gave you full control of the camera as well as the MSX versions of Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake. The game may have been too great of a change from the previous two MGS games, but I welcomed the camouflage and healing systems, immersion-breaking as they may be at times. Despite the recent announcement that series mastermind and all-around crazy person, Hideo Kojima, won't be involved in future installments after The Phantom Pain, I may be just as hyped for that game as I was for this one.

 

1. Resident Evil 4

Resident Evil 4 may not have been a PS2 exclusive, nor was it originally intended to be on the system at all, but it's the system that I played it on and was without question the game that saw the most play time on my Playstation 2. It was a game that Luke and I would spend every evening playing, and would trade the controller back and forth for hours on end, eventually turning every stone in the game. There was nothing in the game that we didn't get/find/do. Every unlockable, every shooting gallery trophy, S ranks with every character on every map in Mercenaries, you name it, and we did it.

Resident Evil 4, love it or hate it, changed the way we play survival horror games, giving us plentiful ammo (or adequate ammo, at least) while still giving us reasons to sweat. It finally got away from Raccoon City and the Umbrella corporation, though it certainly has its ties to those earlier titles. It's really quite amazing that the game turned out as well as it did when you consider just how many times the game changed. The fact that Devil May Cry originally began life as an early version of Resident Evil 4 is something that's still hard to wrap my head around, and even watching early footage of the more paranormal version of the game is hard to watch when you compare it to the finished product.

Even though a great deal of the game is an escort mission, it's a sin that can be easily forgiven after all the narrow escapes, white-knuckle enemy encounters, and various other memorable moments you find throughout Resident Evil 4.

There's my list. I know I didn't exactly break any new grounds or blow any minds, but it's my list, so deal with it.

Hey, thanks for reading. Here's all the other places you can find me on the internet.

Error Machine YouTube page
Error Machine Podcast
My Twitter

And in case you missed it, here's the latest episode of the Error Machine Podcast for your auditory euphoria.

-Dustin









That title probably has Nanashi rolling over in his grave.

Greetings everyone. Quick question before I actually get into the two things I want to talk about: Do I post too much? Is that even possible? I was thinking about it today and realized that I'll probably have something to post every day this week. At the very least, I like to believe you guys appreciate the fact that I'm at least producing content and not just being like "Hey duders, watch this video!" I don't know, maybe it's all in my head, I was just curious.

Anyway, we're recording a new episode of the Error Machine Podcast this evening at 6pm (EST), so get questions in before then if you can. Comment below.

HEY DUDERS, WATCH THIS VIDEO!

Seriously, though, my buddies at Error Machine and I have been working really hard to churn these videos out on a consistent basis, and so far we've managed to pull that off. Do us a solid and Subscribe here if you enjoy our stuff.

So in this latest video, we decided to play Tony Hawk Ride. Why? We're not sure, but I do beat a level by farting on a fake skateboard, so that's something. Behold the power of my beard's anus.

Here's the latest episode of the podcast while you wait with frothing anticipation for the next one.

Hey, thanks for reading/watching/listening/commenting.

-Dustin









Hey everybody. As most of you know, I'm a bit of a videogame collector, and when the punishing Ohio weather lets up enough for me to get to the flea markets, I'm out there bright and early to try to find the best possible deals on games. This past Saturday was my first week out, and I made a video detailing everything I picked up, and luckily it was a very good week.

Now for those of you who don't feel like watching a video, I hit the jackpot very early on with a Sega Saturn with a lot of 21 games. Some were really good, like Panzer Dragoon and Astal, and still others were rather common games. Some of the cases were broken, but for the most part, they're all in good shape.

There was also four different Game Boys: a GB Pocket, Atomic Purple GB Color, Pokemon GB Color, and a black GBA SP. Among the games I got were Twisted Metal III, Super Mario Land 2, Caesar's Palace (GB), 007 (GB), Brain Drain (GB), and several Pokemon games: Red, Blue, Silver, Special Pikachu Yellow Edition, Emerald, and the GBC Trading Card Game.

This all came from one dude.

But that wasn't even my favorite part of the day.

I managed to procure very good boxed copies of Castlevania II and III.

Here's a picture of the overall haul.

I plan to make these videos every week, hopefully they're all as bountiful as this one.

Thanks for reading/watching.

-Dustin

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I'll be completely honest with you guys. This is a blog that I wrote back when I first started doing the Weekly Top 5 series. I initially posted it on my personal blog, but found myself not as happy with it as I thought I would be, so I held off on posting it here on Dtoid. So I just kept it on the back burner for whenever a week came by that life was too hectic to write something new.

That week is now.

I've been so busy in the past week that I just haven't had the chance to write anything new, so you're getting this blog, because I'd rather give you something not quite up to par as my other lists than not give you anything at all. So here you go, these are my top 5 ridiculous ending theme songs in gaming. No seriousness here.

5. Aliens: Infestation

The part that makes this particular entry so funny is the fact that the game itself actually has a bit of a horror vibe to it. Aliens jump out at you from all sides without warning, and even with the motion detector, it's still a bit unnerving. Then you beat the game, and this song begins. At first it sounds like it's your standard, moody song, completely fit for the tone of the game. Then the lyrics come in, and then you start listening to the lyrics, you start laughing, then the song turns into a power ballad. The best part about the lyrics is that they basically just retell the game's story. Also, I should mention that this game is one of the most underrated games of the past few years, if you have a DS you should give it a shot.

4. Double Dragon Neon

Okay, first things first, you have to actually watch the video before I can comment on it.

Okay, now that you've watched the video, what did you think? Pretty incredible, right? I haven't played Double Dragon Neon, but just based on the humor that it has with this song, I probably should, it seems to be right up my alley. Plus, it was developed by WayForward, who are one of my absolute favorite studios. I always love when an enemy makes himself out to be the victim, and the fact that he does a sing along while falling from a mountaintop makes it all the better. It goes from upbeat, to a love song, back to being upbeat. Then he gets punched right in the gonads.

3. Plants vs. Zombies

If you haven't played Plants vs. Zombies (and no, not the lame free-to-play mobile sequel), first of all, why not? Secondly, go play Plants vs. Zombies. The game already has a great sense of humor, which is what you come to expect from developer PopCap, but then the end credits roll out this gem, which is without question the catchiest song you'll hear today, and it's got a pretty amusing music video to go along with it. It sounds like it could be a chart topper in Europe, because Europe is weird.

2. Portal 2

Even if you don't play videogames, you've certainly heard the tiresome memes that came fromPortal. Yeah, the cake is a lie, we get it. It was actually really funny before the internet got a hold of it. The ending theme from the original, "Still Alive," was a great way to end the game, with series antagonist GlaDos singing a song about how she wasn't really dead (in case you didn't catch that from the song title). I'll admit, that song is actually more catchy than this one, but I like the lyrics much better in this instance, as GlaDos is basically admitting defeat and wants you out of her face, while continuing to hurl insults your way. The internet took "Still Alive" and ruined it, luckily that didn't happen with this song, or maybe I was just lucky enough to have avoided it. Anyway, enjoy.

1. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

I've written before about how much I love this game several times. It's the best example of a 'modern retro' game there is. Rather than making a game that looks and plays retro, Ubisoft made a game identical in play to their fantastic Far Cry 3, and then twisted it up a bit and turned it into an homage of 80s action movies. I mean, you carry RoboCop's gun, you have a shotgun called the Galleria (Terminator 2 reference), and you use a flamethrower to burn unhatched blood dragon eggs (Aliens). They weren't shy about what they were going for. The entire soundtrack of this game is great--I actually have it on my iPod and listen to it regularly--and sounds like it's ripped straight from the era it's portraying. After the final sequence (which I'll discuss in a later blog), I didn't know how the game could get worse, and then this song starts playing.

That song could have been in Rocky IV and no one would have batted an eye. It sounds like something The Zack Attack would have made before that blonde hussy came along and Yoko'ed the group. I know this list is for ridiculous songs, and while this song is very ridiculous, it's also one of my favorite songs to ever appear in a game, it fits the game so perfectly.

That's all for this week, thanks for reading...and listening.

Don't forget to follow me on Twitter @TheDustinThomas and check out my podcast, The Error Machine Podcast.

And why not subscribe to the Error Machine YouTube page while you're at it?

-Dustin









The band is finally back together to discuss things like flea markets, WrestleMania, Nintendo's new hardware announcement, and more.

Intros 00:30
Chris' flea market fail 1:20
Dustin makes his grand entrance 5:45
Dustin is not impressed with WrestleMania 7:20
Erik does the Macarena 10:35
Erik played MediEvil Resurrection 14:00
Dustin played Hotline Miami 2 17:00
Luke played Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. 22:00
Chris played Destiny 26:45
New Releases
Battlefield Hardline 29:00
Final Fantasy Type-0 HD 30:40
Code Name S.T.E.A.M. 33:30
Resident Evil Revelations 2 34:35
Error Machine Describes 50 Pinch Barrage 36:45
Jason Voorhees announced for Mortal Kombat X 42:15
Nintendo announces code name for next hardware 46:40
DeNA and Nintendo announce partnership 51:20
Listener questions and outro 56:30

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-Dustin