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7:40 PM on 03.15.2012

How I spent my gaming time this week

Well its been a while since I posted a blog(1.5 YEARS!!), but Mr.Dixon's little blog has inspired me to start up again whenever I have time to post. In the time I was gone I got a PC together and started the glory of PC gaming. I also fixed my PSP screen and have played a ton on that.

I decided that I would just start back with what games I have been playing recently. Hope you all enjoy.

PC

Dota 2



Well what can I say, this game is amazing. So much variety in heroes, items, and all kinds of stuff. With the game still in beta I have somehow accumulated more time in it than I have played TF2. Shits Addicting.

Dota 2 is a game about teamwork, and when I mean teamwork I mean alot of it. If 1 member of your team does not want to listen and gets his/her self killed it can ruin your teams chances of winning. On the other hand if you and your team are getting your asses kicked with no win in sight a little team work can turn the game around big time.

The community of the game is a little hit and miss. If you are a new player there are some people who will try to help you out with the game as long as you actually tell them you are new. There are also the kind of people that will call good game after a person on the opposite team gets 2 kills, then go to all chat and blame their teammates even after they have done nothing to help the team themselves. For these people valve has added in a report system and will tell you upon starting Dota 2 if the person you reported has been banned.Because of this, it is best that you play with friends instead of public matchmaking. Knowing your teammates will help a lot during hero selection.

For a game with a high skill barrier if you take the time to learn you can play the game reasonably well. When I started I was the guy on the team that had 15 deaths and 0 kills but now I play games like this.


For refrence I am the Lich named Kirby

All in all for a game still in beta, Dota 2 is shaping up to be great.


Deus Ex: Human Revolution



Starting this game I did not know what to expect. I never played the original “Deus Ex” and my only experience with a shooter rpg was Fallout New Vegas.

Within the first mission I was blown away with how open the game allows you to play. There are so many ways to get around and kill enemies, or outright not kill em at all. Picture this; a guy is about 15 feet away from you with a gun that might instagib you. There is a ladder on the wall to the left you can climb and get around and kill him with ease, but on the ground there is also a box you can throw to grab his attention to a certain spot and walk past, and lastly in your hand there is a flashbang that you can throw over cover to stun him and then shoot the explosive barrels to finish him off.

I am personally playing as a stealth killing machine and its awesome for all parts minus the boss fights that were developed by an outside team. This games boss fights are the one thing that keeps me from wanting to finish a story mission.

All in all, Deus Ex is well worth your time if you are in the mood for a fun game.


DEFCON



The image above shows all things good in the game solely with the chat

THIS GAME IS THE BOMB.

YOU GET TO NUKE YOUR FRIENDS AND SURROUNDING CONTINENTS, MAKE FRIENDS WITH PEOPLE YOU AGREE TO NOT NUKE UNTIL SOMEONE DECIDES TO DICK YOU OVER.

Defcon being a RTS is surprisingly easy to get into which got me hooked. Games don’t really last forever and the game has a awesome layer of risk reward with the placing of silos, ships and making alliances with fellow players.

Every Friday/Saturday the good people down in Steamtoid play the game as a tradition in the spirit of friends and good old fashioned nuking.

Besides PC gaming I still play a lot on my handhelds.

PSP

Monster Hunter series



This game. THIS GAME. Imagine living in a world of badass where you kill stuff only to craft the leftovers into awesome armor and weapons to kill more powerful stuff. Rinse, repeat and you have Monster Hunter.

Its more of a action game than RPG, but there are a ton of stats involved with resistances and power boosts. The game is also if you are not used to it, kinda hard to get into. I mean in Freedom Unite (which was the first game I played,) the third quest had you go collect these monster tongue things that were easy to get. But out of nowhere a motherfucking Tigrex comes out and wrecks everything. At this point in the game unless you have fought one before and can dodge every single hit, this thing will one shot you. The only thing you can do is run. Later in game you have a quest with the one goal of killing the Tigrex. The fight will still be hard but now you actually stand a chance.

Moments like that are why I like Monster Hunter.

I have also been playing Rhythm Heaven Fever on the Wii but I think that it deserves a blog to itself one of these days.   read


11:37 PM on 12.16.2010

Looking back at Kirby :Episode 1 Enter Dreamland

Kirby is as most of you people in the Destructoid community is my favorite game and Because of that I have decided to tell the story of me and Kirby starting from the begging. Along the way I will be giving insight on some of the things that make the sires so great for me.

Episode one: Kirby’s dream land

Ah Kirby’s dream lands a old Game boy title which is also my first venture into the series. With it being
the first Kirby game made and one that I played it seems like a great way to start the series.



The game its self was centered around a suck up and swallow your enemy style of gameplay. Yep that’s
right there was a time back when Kirby could not get cool power ups by eating enemies! You sucked-em
up and then spit them out at other baddies and objects. Now some may think that this kind of gameplay
would tire out, but it lasted me for a year after getting it. One of the many reasons for this was the music
which was a orgasm for my ears. While I played the music would just seem to fit the theme and what I
was doing perfectly. I could also play through many times to just try to hear the next layer of bits and
bleeps.

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The next great thing about the game was the fact that there was just about no story in it at all to get in the way of the gameplay. This meant that you went from fighting giant trees in a forest to storming a mid-evil castle like a bad-ass. And while what your about to read may seem like a bad thing but to me was one of the better thing about the game was how short it was. With its length I could beat it before bed time each day like reading a book.


Done in 2 hours or less....

Just because it was short did not mean it didn’t have any replay in it. The levels all had different paths for you to take some harder than others, and to this day I still know I haven’t beat the game to its fullest yet. The thing you would fight in the game are somewhat limited in variety however but some enemy types such as the spiked metal balls and waddle dees made it challenging, you could also kill birds in it. Tell me another current gen game that allows you to do that!

All these things and more which would take too long to list makes this one of my favorites from the series.[i]   read


5:59 AM on 09.10.2010

ShortBlog:I CAN TYPE

Well after 2 weeks of using on screen keyboard after my computer took a dump on my old one I AM FULLY BACK.

Now while I was gone I realized that the spammers have done some crafty tactics such as actually making a blog post or telling us about some ultra fun new game. This was all while the resident owner of the ban hammer was at PAX relaxing his arm after a week of banning.

I also began thinking of a concept for a destructoid themed rpg.
It would have certain members of the community and Jim Sterling as the main characters with everyone else as summons. It would put us set in a fictional land called destructoid which after the spammer and trolling have become rampant is run down.

Now in battles you could summon your avatar to attack in persona style ways and in an open world fallout 3 like only without the bugs.

So yeah someone get on that.


I am currently working on an experiment that sees weather after playing a certain genre of games your reaction time will quicken or decrease. ITS awesome

And on that note have a nice day and here is a cat in a hat

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11:30 AM on 08.09.2010

The room of Winged Kraby

Well as many of you may know I have never shown you people a glimpse of my personal life besides my fingers and a report I did.
Well that Changes with this blog



Note before you continue the following pictures may be too shocking for the average Dtoider to see


Viewer desecration is advised.




What you see Here is my Wii and Top played ds games.
I am currently playing Pokemon Soul Silver online and Tatsunoko vs Capcom for the wii during the week.




These are my portable consoles that I have sans my PSP being at my dads house
I have 4 DS's the silver one is mine, the black one is my lil bros, and we have another silver one but thats my other little brothers, also pictured is my iPod and Graphing calculator used for Homebrew in class after I am done with work.



My little brothers bunk bed nothing much else


This is my collection of Various toy cars such as Hot wheels ,match box and more




These are my favorites being from left to right.

74 Dodge Charger,Batmobile, Corvette Grand Sport,Acura NSX



My Kirby Clipboard made in Wood Shop
No you cant have it



Some bongos cause teh CULTURAL



My old Air hogs Reflex now my little brother's . One day after him owning it the thing died.



My leaning book shelf that broke after a temper tantrum from my little little brother.
Mostly filled with sports books and books from my moms college year.


Now I know that you people may be getting bored right now but heres is the good part

RETRO STUFF



This baby right here is my Sega Genesis complete with the power brick.
I also have a Sega master System but that is in storage right now.
All I need now is a Dreamcast and my sega shrine will be complete for a while.



My sonic games.
The only one I need now is Sonic and Knuckles for it to be done.



All the other Genesis games I own
The blank one is out run which is my favorite out of all of them



And for nostalgia a Floppy disk holder given to me by my Grandmother due to her knowing I like retro stuff.



And to end it on a good note these are my two video game plush related items that I sleep with.
I plan to buy a Kirby plush when I go to New york at the end of the month

To all those that made it to the end
THANKS FOR READING   read


8:52 AM on 08.06.2010

Why Monster Rancher ds is blatantly better than Pokemon



1. Monster Rancher DS has DS in it which automatically make it better than pokemon due to the developers actually caring about the system the game is on.



2. Monster Rancher DS has better Graphics than Pokemon on the DS because it is in 3d. When compared to Monster Rancher DS, Pokemon is better called Shitiemon.

3. Monster Rancher DS is more realistic than pokemon because in Monster Rancher you actually have to feed and take care of your monster or it will die. While in pokemon it just “faints”.

4. Monster Rancher DS has seasons and months in it making it better because I can see the Snow and Trees change color in the game. While in Pokemon you’re stuck in an indeterminable time of year and the season is not known.



5. Pokemon copies Monster Rancher DS. Remember when I said that Pokemon did not have seasons? Well in Pokemon Black and White there will be seasons showing how they ripped of Monster Rancher

6. The monsters are more Badass in Monster Rancher DS. Oh stuck with your Wimpychu and crapule Well Monster Rancher Has Flaming wolfs and Giant Dragons that you can use as your Monster. Just look at the picture above

7. Lastly is the Fact that in Pokemon when you breed you get just a pokemon that was the same as the mother or father if using Ditto. While over in Monster Rancher If you Breed 2 Monster you get a cool different looking Monster with parts from the Parents AWESOME.



And that’s why Monster Rancher DS is better than pokemon and if you think otherwise then BIAS   read


10:52 AM on 08.02.2010

Teh Bias: DS>PSP



Many of you people know that I have Nintendo ds as I usually talk about all of the awesome games that I am playing on it. But not many people know that I also own a PSP 3000 from 2009.Many people at school continue to ask me why I never play the darn thing well if you are reading this you will get your answer.
Games



I am not the one to say that the PSP does not have any worth while games on it but I am saying that the games on the ds are better due to the amount of good stuff on it such as New Super Mario Bros. Pokemon Diamond and Pearl. While with my PSP the only game’s that I really liked on it was Daxter and, Rockband Unplugged. Now before you get up in arms about my opinions I would like to say that some games just don’t work well on the PSP due to loading times which is the reason why I like portable consoles to begin with, You just can’t just get your PSP and play a quick game while waiting during a commercial or while in a line. Unless you like that sort of thing. Some of the games on the PSP are also just not made for a hand held to me on account of the kind of games they are such as Grand Theft auto Liberty city and Vice city Stories, While OK are to me just not the type of Grand theft auto experience I would like in my hand. While I love Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars. Due to the just plain fun and arcade like fell of it.

Controls
Something I really think that Sony messed up with the PSP is the controls. Not that the ds controls are godly but when compared to the PSP’s d-pad and analog “nub” They are far better the psp can’t do FPS that good due to not having a second analog stick While the ds does it just fine with the d-pad and touch screen combo, why Sony did not put the analog stick on the other side is beyond me as it would solve a lot of peoples problems.
The buttons on the PSP just felt too glossy and noisy while playing. Also as I said before the analog nub is pretty hard to control to me when compared to the touch screen on the ds and its quiet buttons.

Usability
The DS is something that if someone has never played video games can understand in less than a few minutes like how the wii is to home consoles. While with the PSP you have all of these buttons and things you can screw up in a matter of minutes Also if you drop a PSP its usually done for (Like my screen is) while if you drop a DS it does not even stutter. Also with the psp you have to keep your saves on a memory stick that while is good for some is wrong to me because I like to be able to continue where I left off on any system without having to remove the memory stick and stick it somewhere else. Also with the memory stick if you lose it you just lost all 40 hours you had in Final Fantasy 2.

And that’s my BIAS with the Sony PSP

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8:17 AM on 07.28.2010

Shortblog:Adoption edition

Why Should my avatar be adopted for PAX you may ask?


Well mostly because I am Winged Kraby and I have never been to a PAX before and would really like to be inside the post PAX picture blogs

Now If you need any reason to really adopt me here are some

PROS

I don't drink (much)

I can tolerate smoke

I will Double down somehow in the forums if I get adopted

My avatar is hand drawn from a original concept

I like pie

CONS

Haters Gonna Hate



PS: I can really see this getting failtoid   read


3:55 PM on 07.16.2010

Shortblog:I changed my name edition

Well I went and done it now
To better match my avatar I have changed my name.

What does this mean for you the reader?
Well it means that whenever Winged Kraby posts a comment it is chrissmith9c
I am not going to switch back to chrissmith9c due to the reveling nature of it and because it is getting old to me.
Also note to readers I will change my header when I have nothing better to do.



Also Dragon quest 9 is awesome   read


11:06 PM on 06.25.2010

The birthday of chrissmith9c

June 26th My birthday
Which just so happens to be today (on the east cost at least). So as many cbloggers on their birthday do I will make mines uniqe by telling my story of destructoid from when I first singed up to where I am now which was just about 7 moths ago.


Part 1: The noob
I began on Dtoid before reading that you needed an intro blog with the blog titled RPGs made me read, where it told my story of how video games started my love of reading (Take that fox!) Where I got feed back on the blog and every one that posted experiences on reading and games which got me to learn that people on Dtoid actually read what you post which gave me confidence to tell the community a little about my self but that was not until 26 days later which was after posted and uploaded to a file sharing site my report I did on the history of home consoles to my technology systems class in which I got feedback on it and some corrections that helped me get an A. By now I was starting to show up around the cblogs as a regular poster of comments which leads me to my next part…..

That’s me when I first posted

Part 2: The Musings and the memes
On January 7th 2010 I posted my first Monthly Musing topic blog on how games were trying to be better with nothing but graphics while using the same tried and true gameplay which is usually dominant in WWII themed First person shooters. Next up was my review of outrun for the Sega Genesis which I will admit was not good or of quality work due to the blurry pictures and short length which got me to learn that if it sucks people are not going to comment on it. The next blog I did in this part was about me doing another Monthly Musing blog on the topic of “Something about sex” Where I confessed my love to dear lady Tetris and about how the game snake was the “Dirty Diana” In the relationship. My last blog for this part was on a meme that was going around after Jim Sterling reviewed ekans about everyone reviewing Pokemon. There were over 100 before the day was over and I felt sorry for Anonymouse having to recap it all.

Sorry but I am a married man now

Part 3: ART!
My next two blogs were about my gaming related art with my custom character Kraby which was the love child of Kirby and Kratos which is now my new avatar as of this posting this blog. Also I introduced a concept model of the paper ds. And last I posted a picture of Kraby saying goodbye to Anthony Burch.Also the following picture of Kraby is my avatar for now on


Part 4: Reviews and where I am now.
Now We are more close to the present and doing this part I did something I think I am sticking with which is doing reviews as my last 2 blogs “iPod touch review” and “my review of Mario hoops 3 on 3” have done good and I like the style of reviewing although I will still post regular blogs I have learned that reviewing in my food and Dtoid is my plate on which to serve it on.

So like I said earlier Today is my birthday
Now where are my presents?   read


12:27 AM on 06.22.2010

iPod touch review


iPod touch 8 GB 2nd gen/3rd gen model
Apple
Price: 199 usd (depends on the model)

Overview
The Ipod touch is apple latest in media player’s ment to fit in the palm of your hand by apple. Not only does it allow you to listen to music and watch videos but it also lets you download the songs and shows on it without having to connect it to the computer through the iTunes app. What are apps you may ask? They are little applications ment to be run on your Ipod touch. Some are games, others recourses and some that are just random, I will talk about apps later on in this review.

First hour
After having saved up for an iPod a long time I was joyful when I finally got my iPod from Wally World. I then proceed to get in the car only to turn it on and have the “Connect to iTunes” message so it was a long way home.
Finally getting home I sync it up with iTunes then proceed to jail break the son of a bicth. After that I decide to finally turn it on to use it and that’s when it brought me to the topic of…

User Interface
At first on how easy it was to control the thing having never used one since the year the first generation came out and that was in a Wal-Mart. With a quick swipe of a finger you can move through the pages of apps I had with ease and selecting an app was quick to load so you will be using it in seconds. Also using the iPod as a web browser is quick and easy due to its version of safari although through out the week it did crash on me once which I heard is normal on idevices. Now since this is an iPod it has to do multimedia and it does it well as going through albums is fast and videos are crisp on the wide-screen display. So my opinion on the iPhone os is that it is great for a device like this.

Apps
One of the many draws on the iPod touch is its apps due to the amazing amount of them and the phrase “There’s an app for that!” Though there are many apps that are free of charge that sometimes get revenue through ads, there are also paid apps and the demos of paid apps called LITE or Free version. The way in which you obtain these apps are through the app store Which to let be know I DO NOT LIKE due to my big fingers I usually accidentally hit the wrong button and go to a different category but other than that it’s a great way to get downloads on a portable device and it is always fun to look around to try and find something new or that diamond in the rough due to many of the free apps being bad (although you get what you pay for!).

Hardware
This is my last section for this review and it focuses on the durability and power of the device.
The iPods back is something that looks magical... Until you touch it as it does get scratched easily so if you are a new touch owner it is wise to get a nice hard case or a silicone one just to protect the back as it will degrade in polish overtime. The iPod touch sports a nice 3.5 inch touch screen that uses a five point multi touch making it better than the ds one although it uses a capacitive touch screen which uses electric properties of your body to sense making it almost impossible to use with gloves on but other than that nice screen. The Model of iPod touch that I have uses 128 MB Dram and 620MHz processor under clocked at 533MHz(although possible to undo with a app from cydia) making it pretty good for something this small and at a thickness of 0.33 in (or 8.4 mm) thin.



The verdict
Although not being cat friendly the iPod touch has many features that make it something I use regularly since buying it due to the wide variety of apps and the fact that is it just fun to use and listen to music and watch videos on making me rate it a……
9/10 Due to some kinks and the fact there is no Dtoid app yet.   read


8:39 PM on 05.17.2010

Review:Mario hoops 3 on 3

Review of Mario hoops 3 on 3



Developer: Square Enix
Publisher: Nintendo
Rating: E
Genre: Action/sports
Well I am going to cover this review on 3 main things
• Game play
• Playability
• Sound

Before all that, let me tell you what the heck this game even is.
Mario hoops 3 on 3 is a Mario kart style basketball game where you can use items, special shots (more on this later) and dunks with your favorite Mario characters in full 3d courts modeled after locations in the main series. Ever wanted to see Bowser take on his son in a game of basket ball then this is your game.


Gameplay

Mario hoops gameplay is a cross between NBA Street and Mario kart in a good way. As you dribble your ball across the court avoiding computer controlled opponents and scoring the shot or dunk how this is handled is pretty well as you can duke it out in 16 courts all well rendered that might make you think you were playing a gamecube as the 3d was handled well as seen by this crappy phone video made by me.
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Like regular basketball you have 2 periods and a set amount of time for each only unlike the regular game you can score 40 points in 1 shot if you pull it off correctly which is where the special shots come in.

Every one of the 21 characters has their own unique dunk/shot called a special shot which never misses and is completely awesome. Only problem is that you can use them over and over again in one game which kind of make you want to continue to do so just to get past the games 4 modes.

Challenges: basically just a training mode and something to teach you everyone’s special shots.
Tourney: the grand prix of this game mode chose your team of 3 and take on others in an 8 team tournament on 4 different court collections.

Exhibition: Same as in any sport game make a team chose a arena and play.

Match-up: The multilayer game mode

As you can see not much here to choose from which is a disappointment due to the fact that the gameplay is actually pretty good.

Now on to the characters
There are 21 characters in all most of then you have to unlock and 5 from the final fantasy series split up into 5 different classes

All around - Mario
Luigi
Birdo
Yoshi
Ninja

Speedy – Cactuar
Diddy Kong
Bowser Jr
Dixie Kong

Tricky – Moogle
Black mage
Paratrooper
Fly guy
Boo

Powerful – Donkey Kong
Bowser
Wario

Technical – Waluigi
Daisy
Peach
White mage
The bad thing is that most of the character in the same group feel the same take daisy and peach for example as they a basically just reskins of one another in my opinion.

Playability
The game itself has pretty good controls allowing you to shoot, dunk and own your opponent with ease due to the some what easy difficulty even on cpu level 6 tough.
You tap the touch screen to dribble and tap it faster to dribble faster, you draw a line up to shoot and dunk (If you are running towards the goal) and you tap the screen at certain points in a certain order to activate your special shot (such as tapping in a M shape twice for Mario and Moogle)
The game also features button controls dubbed “help buttons” which are flawed due to the fact that you can’t dribble in different directions nor do you special shot.

Sound
Final fantasy sound editor Masayoshi Soken composed the music for this game and I can say that he did a fantastic job on the music as it fits the game nicely with a different theme for every court. Awesome is the only thing I can really say about it no harm here.
The grunts and such that the characters make are also nice additions as some even say catchphrases like Mario’s “here we go!”

THE VERDICT
My score
7/10
A Mario hoop 3 on 3 is a great game lacking in content. With only 3 modes to play by yourself (one of which is practice) the games used asking price of about 30 buck is something I would wait for a price drop on and have a friend that also has the game too as after you beat everything you have nothing else to do besides replay expedition or try to gold cup every tourney.


not many images but better than my last   read


5:49 AM on 04.28.2010

Anthony Burch you will be missed

Also glad your leaving for something worthwhile your time with destructoid has been pretty good and without your rev rants i don't think i would have ever singed up.

I also wish you good luck with your new life with Ashley





/end sad/happy blog   read


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