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11:58 PM on 09.02.2008

Post-PAX Love & Farewell to Destructoid (for now)

It's been more than 24 hours since PAX ended, and by this point I probably can't say anything that hasn't already been said. But naturally I have a lot to say, so hey, I'll givitashot.

PAX was the last of five total conventions I attended this year (GDC, WonderCon, E3, Comic-Con were the first four), and by leaps and bounds my favorite of them all. While the clusterfuck of folk at these cons will always overwhelm me, PAX is the only convention that, for me, makes the clusterfuck of folk actually what's worth going for. As the future leads to me to a divergent path from where my former game journalist self would travel (I'll get to that in a sec), I am pretty sold on the fact that I will be returning to PAX annually for the very reason that PAX and its people are for the fucking win.

This of course is largely in part to you all, the Destructoid Community. I had an incredible time meeting a *ton* of you this past weekend, and although I've met many from the Dtoid army before, I'm *always* impressed at how consistently great the people are who contribute to this community. Aside from asking the initially awkward "Hi...uh...Whats your screenname?" that typically follows with an eventual hug-attack (or drunken Katamari roll, as it were), there was never a moment where I second guessed that we all hadn't been friends forever. That's quite a bizarre, unique, and wonderful sentiment to have towards a bunch of gamers who met each other through a blog started by some Cuban dude, one that I would have never guessed I would be privileged to be a part of.

That unique experience has colored my entire time at Destructoid, from the moment I got know Colette as a friend, and my game journalist idol about a year and half ago, to my final showing as a Destructoid editor at PAX this last weekend. Unfortunately the time has come for me to focus my powers more specifically on making the blogocube a better place at my day job, and sadly leave moonlighting as a game journalist aside in the meantime. While attending PAX was somewhat bittersweet for me this year, knowing that I'd be hanging my editor's (bear) hat upon returning home, after leaving you all I was convinced that this community wasn't going anywhere, and naturally, neither am I! I might not be contributing to Dtoid's front or getting harassed weekly by the Podtoid cast, but Dtoid's for life and I'll be hanging around here forever.

So, until the next PAX comes around and I have a more successful run at rolling you all up into a star for my own selfish devices, Destructoid has been, is, and always will be unlike anything else out there, and I can't wait to see all of you (and more) at community events in the (near?) future. Till then I'll leave you all with a large photo mosaic of me attacking various Dtoder's faces (not everyone, unfortunately...but there is always next year).

Harts, farts, and multi-layers,


(P.S. I'll try to keep blogging on my c-blog about my gamer-like habits and whatnots, but I'll probably be blogging at my personal blog more often now. Also, I'm always down for pillow forts. ALWAYS. <3]


3:17 PM on 07.22.2008

Back from E3 with more videos and too much work

Of course, nothing's at E3 is amazing as Chad Concelmo

The first thing I did upon returning home Thursday evening from E3 was go to Destructoid and read what happened at E3. No joke. While I certainly had my share of getting a live, on the scene impression of the conference, it's rather tricky to keep track of everything when you're running around from meeting to meeting, trying to keep the on-site updates flowing. I'm still catching up with the trailers I missed and all the other shenanigans that happened while simultaneously trying to finish the last of my E3 coverage. But while I sometimes catch myself rather overwhelmed with the all the E3 aftermath, what can I say, I'm glad I went.

Rev. Anthony, myself, and Aaron Linde. All that's missing is Mr. Sterling

Niero said it best when he compared E3 to a sort of high school reunion for the gaming industry. Not only did I get to see and hang out with some of my favorite Dtoiders, but I also go to run into my favorite other folks from, 1up, MTV Multiplayer, AOL Gamedaily, and more. Fun! Laffs! Games! A huge thanks to the Destructoid team for being the best around, and making E3 totally worthwhile between the chaos and the muck. Here's a bonus E3 video of Chad opening his AMAZING gift from RetroForce fan Stella Wong!:


If interested, check out my Day 2 and 3 personal recap of E3 (The video is 10 minutes of me blabbing on and on about stuff. Sorry. Long video is long.) You can also find more photos and
videos on my respective Flickr and Vimeo accounts.

And finally, a question for you Dtoiders: What did you think of the personal impressions/videos that we put up during the coverage? Did you like the causal v-log approach? Would you like to see more of this style of coverage in the future?

!!! HARTS !!!   read

4:52 AM on 07.16.2008

E3 08: Personal Recap of E3 Day 1

Attention ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls! I've survived the first day of E3 2008 and have lived to tell about it! Here is the first of (hopefully) many video updates regarding the happenings of E3 and my personal reactions to it. Let me know what you think!


Disclaimer:[i]The following video may or may not be tainted by the fact that I recorded it immediately after leaving the Bethesda party that evening.

And, for good ol' times sake... Also, Cocks.[/i]


5:56 PM on 07.01.2008

Hellowz. I am going to Comic-Con.

Oh Hellowz! With plenty of badgering from my Comic-con friends and an unexplained impulse to spend money on airfare, yesterday I decided that I am going to Comic-con! Unfortunately I have only the weekend to spare, so I will be arriving late Friday night and returning early Monday morning to head straight into work. It will be my very first Comic-con, but I will be helping the likes of Dan Paladin and the Behemoth folk at their booth during my stay there. I will also be stealing copious amounts of Crizastle Sha-shmasher figurines, but don't tell Dan that.

I know there are a few folks from Tomopop showing their hides at the con, but which of you other boogers will be there? Either way, come and say hi, and if I miss you this time around, I better see you at PAX. Suckaaaaaas.   read

1:21 PM on 06.25.2008

some arts. then some farts. oh, and crafts. [NVGR]

THE ARTS For reasons entirely unbeknownst to me, I have begun to draw and craft at a greater frequency than normal. This includes an upturn of sketches and prismacolored drawings of many different varieties. I've begun to churn out pieces such as the above tribute to my most recent obsession, Battlestar Galactica, as well as such creatures as LittleBigPlanet-like dolls in Super Pants, as displayed below. Joy!

THE FARTS Farts. (Must click on first track to listen)

THE CRAFTS It seems to me that the extremely complicated craft process of assembling Plushtoids has considerably burned me out in the sewing department. I have to work on revving those lvl. 50 Running Stitch skills before I dive into it again, but in the meantime I'm starting small with these tiny felt Happy Tears (which, admittedly, resemble the Taiko no Tatsunin folk a bit).   read

10:32 PM on 06.16.2008

3-D Cat Cards (A Video Demo) NVGR

As I lamented in my previous post, my day job has gotten increasingly difficult over the last few weeks. I'm usually stressed out all of the time, so it was a really nice surprise that my co-worker Ayako, a product manager from our Japan offices, brought me this awesome set of 3-D Cat Cards as a gift!

3-D Cat Cards are totally in the same basket as Holo-Dino-High-Fives, so I figured I'd demonstrate them just so you all knew that Holo-Dino technology is totally LEGIT and in the vein of things to come.

If you couldn't care less about cat cards, go suck a shark. Because I have enabled 3-D cat card technology and you have not.

Oh, and Vimeo is sexy:

[embed]90960:12321[/embed]   read

12:21 AM on 06.10.2008

Web 3.0: A list in progress

Note: I originally posted this a few days ago, but the c blogs hate me and it disappeared from all public sight. Being the attention whore that us bloggers tend to be, I'm reposting it to give it its deserved attention. Or, whatever.

(Here is the proposal I discussed on this week's podcast. A little fodder to spark the creativity for all those awesome Sonnets you will write for us next week!)

Turns out that my promotion at my day job from 'Associate Assistant to the Blogosphere' to 'Associate Managing Assistant to the Blogosphere' actually involves a considerably larger load of responsibility. Who woulda thunk.

While I spend half of my work between meetings and product documents, the other half I'm knee-deep in the trenches of Web 2.0, my shins constantly maimed by rounded CSS corners, Helvetica , and unnecessary social networking systems. Michael Arrington and Scoble tend to be a relatively dutiful sherpas across the vast frontier of the web business, but even so my mind has gradually become jaded to the newest video conduits, or the next Twitter. In other words, Web 2.0 has become awfully tiresome to me.

Which is why today I managed to surface some remnants of Internet elation by pinning my girlish hopes for the web on what's to expect next; the big ol' Web 3.0. Many have their theories of what 3.0 will entail (something or other about the Semantic Web, or like, whatever), I personally think that Web 3.0 needs to take the soft, simple, and meek interfaces of 2.0, forcefully apply it to a sharpened cheese grater, soak the shreds in liquid explosive, and then feed it to its pet LOLcats.

The following is a proposed list of requirements for what Web 3.0 should be. Please feel free to contribute to what is listed, this is a work in progress:

WEB 3.0 WILL...

Built-in smoke machines in laptop computers that activate upon discovery of certain sites. It is likely that these sites will be mysterious and/or curious.

Celebratory animated text that appears when commiting simple Web 2.0 tasks. For example, when you add a friend on Facebook a prominently robust, 3-D modeled announcement reading !!! CONNECTION !!! should swoop across the screen. Booming voice also announces the celebration of this !!! CONNECTION !!!, and the announcement dissapears in a trail of lasers.

The highs and lows of typography will be entirely removed. That means Comic Sans AND Helvetica are banished. Only mediocre texts are allowed such as Impact, Stagecoach, Papyrus, and Courier.

Holographic Dinosaur High-Fives (Holo-Dino-Fives) will immerge from your computer screen when your personal blog gets more than 100 unique visitors.


Soundtrack for Web 3.0 and all digital music will be composed, played, and orchestrated by advanced BEAMZ technology. BEAMZ will also be embedded into your keyboard, so that you will play beautiful music like magic when you type.

Meanwhile, as suggested by Bazel, the soundtrack for 2.5 will be provided by kittens.   read

8:51 PM on 04.30.2008

Ask me about LOOM™

Growing up during the golden age of adventures games has greatly impacted my personal tastes in videogames. Lord knows if you point out a three-headed monkey behind me or drop 12-octaves and begin chanting NUR-AB-SAL there will be an everlasting bond between us that withstands all varieties of flux capacitors.

The same applies to certain Reverends named Anthony who bestowed upon me a novelty replica of the Ask Me About LOOM™ pin from the saloon scene in The Secret of Monkey Island. Last Saturday I wore this out to a bar, and five people asked me about LOOM™. Success!

So yeah. You're a real dick sometimes, Anthony, but it would take at least 1.21 jigawatts to deter me from yielding at least a baker's dozen of less-than-threes in exchange for this pin. LESS THAN THREEEEEEEEEE (x 13)! Also:

Originally from LOOM™, when Chaos tries to persuade Bobbin to give him access to, well, the Loom.*Chuckle*

P.S. Re-live the ultimate Scumm wet-dream in this screen-shot saturated archive of game art from the classic LucasArts games!   read

1:15 AM on 04.28.2008

Colin's Bear Animation


Maybe you have seen this, maybe you have not seen this. But if you haven't seen Colin's Bear Animation, you really should, because it will be unlike anything else you've ever experienced before.

Colin's Bear will be popping up again and again in the future. Mark my words.   read

1:08 PM on 04.22.2008

Destructoid in NYC: Kenka, Sake, and Karaoke


Last Saturday night Toph, Phist, Powerglove, Galagabug, Samit, Nick Chester & Grrlaction, Cowzilla3, Analog Pidgin (with Nullsleep and Bit Shifter in tow), and myself found ourselves conveniently sauced and filled with song in the East Villiage. After a hearty meal of Japanese foodlings and sake, we made our way over to Karaoke, and rocked on until four in the mornin'.

As always, it was fucking fantastic to see you all. It always overwhelms me how this community manages to thrive swimmingly whenever I meet more of you in person. As Cowzilla remarked: "..look at Topher and Samit...kind of opposite ends of the spectrum there and yet karaoke partners made in heaven" I'm in particular awe of all those who dragged themselves to Comic-Con the next morning. This little puppy stayed in bed until 3 in the afternoon. Everyone +1, .tiff 0.

Now this is the part where I show off the pictures that made you wish you were there, because, well, you should have been.

Teh Toph & Teh Pidgin

Teh Toph & Teh .tiff

Samit & Cowzilla3 (+4 = 7) love the sweet sweet taste of candied cotton

Cowzilla3 rocks the mic

Teh Toph & Samit!   read

3:54 AM on 04.15.2008

Tako King Mask Party Time

Amidst the wrapping up of a dinner party, Charlie, Apple, Ross, and Husky showed up at my house. My friends and I were heading out for a bar, but my roommate had a bit of work to do so we had some dead time. So, naturally, I busted out the Tako King mask (soon to be a Tako King plush for my number one horndog CTZ).

And thus ensued many a hilarious photograph of the Tako Kids that night:

Tako Charlie

Tako Apple

Tako .tiff

Tako Husky

Tako Ben   read

4:47 AM on 04.13.2008

PillowFort™ 2008

The year has finally gotten a kick start with the very first official Pillow Fort. It seemed that the powers of Stickam were at their lowest nearly a few months ago, but with the help of a few new members, Droobies DJ hour (+ Bandana and Aviators), and maintaining a metal as fuck mentality, the stickam dream stays alive.


Aw, the Memories.   read

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