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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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17 hours ago - 7:22 PM on 04.24.2015

The new episode of the Error Machine Podcast is waiting for you to consume it with your ears. Topics below!

Dustin applied for WWE's Tough Enough – 1:16
Luke played a lot of games – 5:00
Titan Souls – 5:35
NES Remix 2 – 8:50
Chris hates Shadow or Mordor – 10:45
Child of Light – 13:00
Dustin still loves Shovel Knight – 14:00
Mario Kart 8 – 15:10
Erik played Mortal Kombat X – 17:00
New releases – 20:40
Error Machine Describes DOOORS – 23:15
Best Buy gets a Splatoon Wii U bundle – 28:00
New Star Wars Battlefront and Guitar Hero announcements – 30:30
A few people watched the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer – 37:25
What music we're currently jamming to – 43:25
If we could be Transformers, what would be transform into? - 49:20
NXT comes to Columbus – 51:50
Outro and plugs – 53:30

Don't forget you can subscribe on either iTunes or Stitcher Radio. Or you could subscribe to our YouTube page, we post this crap there too!

-Dustin









Actually, it's just going to be a normal episode, it just happens to have a quasi-significant number at the end. But since you're here, go ahead and leave us a question of two.

Some of the games we'll be discussing are Shovel Knight, Mario Kart 8, why Chris hates Shadow of Mordor, Titan Souls, and Etrian Mystery Dungeon.

We'll also talk about me submitting a video for WWE Tough Enough alongside new releases and some news. So go ahead, ask us things, and enjoy our latest episode in the meantime.

-Dustin









Good Wednesday to you all. Here's the latest edition of my Flea Market Game Finds. Not as plentiful for myself this week, but Chris had quite the score. 

If you're not interested in watching the video, here's a short rundown of what I managed to snag this week:

Super Off Road (SNES) - $3
GTA: Vice City (PS2) - $1
Viewtiful Joe (PS2, Sealed) - $4
A Boy and His Blob (Wii, Sealed) - $4
Lumines Puzzle Fusion (PS2) - $2
New Super Mario Bros. U/Super Luigi U (Wii U) - roughly $5

Chris got a bunch of boxed NES games because he's a jerk and I hate him.

Other than that, enjoy your day, and if you like Mortal Kombat, listen to the latest episode of my podcast, where we did an MK retrospective.

Thanks for reading/watching

-Dustin









It's Mortal Kombat X week, so we took it upon ourselves to do a mini retrospective on the iconic fighting game franchise. We talk about our first memories of the series, the movies, the violence, the transition to 3d, some sentimental memories, and much more.

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And don't forget you can subscribe to the show on iTunes and Stitcher Radio, as well as subscribing to our Error Machine YouTube channel. Thanks for listening.

-Dustin









No sentence better exemplifies how I felt about Raiden the first time I played Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty.

After the sinking of the tanker, which is one of the best opening chapters in gaming history, I was waiting with anticipation to see how Snake managed to escape the Hudson River. I was then greeted by the familiar tones and cadences of Colonel Roy Campbell's voice, a voice that put my mind at ease after a thrilling cutscene.

"Snake, do you remember the sinking of that tanker two years ago?"

"Of course..."

That's not Snake's voice. What's going on? I see long blonde hair protruding out of that breathing apparatus, and surely Solid Snake would never allow himself to have such a girly mane. After a bit more a lot more exposition, Goldilocks reveals his incredibly effeminate, beardless face to the world. Then we begin to control this impostor, and everything seems a bit off. This feels like Metal Gear Solid, but it's...different. I knew, in my heart of hearts, that eventually I was going to go back to playing as Snake--the real Snake.

Colonel Campbell informs this "Raiden" bozo that he needs to make it upstairs and log in to a node, and that's when Raiden asks one of the dumbest questions in videogame history:

No, Raiden, he didn't say "nerd." Why would you think he said "nerd"? Does a decorated veteran like Colonel Roy Campbell ever use the word "nerd?" No, he doesn't, especially not on a very serious, top-secret mission.

With this simple, four-word question, hands smacked foreheads the world over, and we're given insight as to just how much of a dork this Raiden character is. You can hear the contempt in the Colonel's voice as he corrects him.

I then make my way upstairs...

...and that's when it starts to sink in...

...this isn't a joke. This is the actual main character of Metal Gear Solid 2.

This guy.

Don't take everything I've written up to this point to mean that I don't love MGS2, because I absolutely do. It's still a very (ahem) solid game, it's just not what anybody wanted, especially not after the masterpiece that was Metal Gear Solid. Hideo Kojima had pulled the old switcheroo on us all. You have to give him credit, though, because it's unheard of today to have something like this not be known months before a game's release. That's one thing that I love about Kojima, I never know what to expect from his games. There's always a lot of speculation, but no solid facts.

Think back to when this game was released. Metal Gear Solid 2 was one of the most anticipated and hyped games of all-time, it was basically the only thing you could crack a magazine and look at,everyone was covering it. And even in the midst of all that coverage, everyone was in the dark about Raiden, the Big Shell, Emma Emmerich, and anything other than the Tanker mission prior to launch. Kudos to Kojima for not spilling the beans.

It's the lack of facial hair that throws people off.

Replacing the icon of your game series with someone like Raiden and relegating your star to nothing more than a supporting role is something that not only wouldn't happen today, but something few people would even have the cajones to try. If Gordon Freeman was replaced by a teenage kid wearing skinny jeans in the game that shall not be named, there would be a literal riot at Valve's offices. Pitchforks, molotovs, the whole nine. Raiden would eventually turn into a much cooler character, earning himself a fantastic action game in his own right, but at the time, he was the object of much ire.

Pictured: Raiden, about to cry to his LiveJournal.

After I got over the initial shock, I realized that this was still very much a Metal Gear Solid game, though it doesn't have quite the personality of its predecessor. The Big Shell is a very boring location when compared to the frozen tundra of Shadow Moses, and when you juxtapose Dead Cell with Foxhound, the latter stands head-and-shoulders above the former. MGS2's saving grace is its final two hours. The fan base is pretty split between loving it and hating it, but I'm firmly in the loving category.

The tanker mission was nothing more than a Trojan horse that duped the fans into thinking we were getting something that Kojima never intended on giving us. The guy has balls...balls that I wanted to punch back in 2000 when I played Sons of Liberty for the first time.

Most deceiving cover art ever.

But I think Kojima realized, even in a series known for its twists and surprises, that he couldn't pull the same stunt twice. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater was a return to form, and felt like Kojima's way of apologizing. We still weren't technically playing as Solid Snake, but I think playing as the soldier he was cloned from is close enough.

The Phantom Pain is easily my most anticipated game of 2015. Fingers crossed that it doesn't turn out to be a dating sim.

Thanks for reading.

-Dustin









Greetings everybody. You all know by now that I host a podcast. We're recording a new episode tonight and it's going to be a retrospective on the Mortal Kombat series. It's a series that everyone on the show has lots of history with, and we're going to spend an entire episode recapping those histories.

What we want from you are not only questions about Mortal Kombat, but any fond memories you may have had with the series that you would like to share with us that we can intermingle with our own.

If you've never heard us before, I can assure that we're not terrible, here, listen:

Thanks for reading, and we look forward to hearing your memories and answering your questions.

-Dustin

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