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9:04 PM on 07.30.2013

3 Things about a ZombieNinja

I probably should have thought this through, I fell like this should have been my re-introductory post instead of the one where I give my opinion my Phil Fish, but anyway I thought I would re-introduce myself to the Destructoid blogging community by telling you three things about me, you may find these interesting or not but hey you click on this post you might as well read it.

3. I can solve a Rubikís cube

Yes that annoying cube puzzle that makes you look smart if you can do it but in reality itís you just learned a set of moves that make the cube go back to itís original form, I still find it fun to do and my friends are always impressed but sadly girls donít find you more attractive if you can do it.

2. My best friend is a girl.

Her name is Tessa OíLeary, she is 22 and pretty awesome like Ramona Flowers awesome, I had seen her around my High School but it wasnít until I saw her at an arcade playing Street Fighter 2 that I actually went up and talked to her.

We started talking about video games, what we liked and what we didnít like and that sort of thing, it wasnít until I went to her house to find out that she really liked Fighting Games, in fact when she was 16 her speech for her English class what about the complexity Fighting Games.

She is a pretty cool chick she changes her hair color way to often though.

1. I donít like most Triple A games

As I have grown up I have started to think more critically about video games and a couple of years ago I came to the conclusion of that most games that come out these days really donít get me excited , the only two games that I am looking forward to this year a Killer is Dead and Saints Row 4, everything else I am really not interested in and still to this day I have not come up with a definitive as to why.

So three those things about me hope some of you find it interesting.   read

7:46 PM on 07.29.2013

Phil Fish is not an asshole

Okay so I havenít posted anything on here in a while I have been caught up with school and stuff, but there is no other avenue on the Internet that will let me express the opinion I have today with out having a character limit, So letís talk about Phil Fish cancelling Fez 2.

Now I know everyone has there opinion on Phil Fish, everyone saw him in Indie Game: The Movie and everyone then thought how much of an asshole he was when In reality I donít think he is an asshole. Fish worked on Fez for 5 years, that game was in development hell,and for that game to come out and do relatively well is pretty good; people had this misconception of him after watching IGTM and people thought that him getting depressed was stupid, and people thought it was funny when he had a melt down and that sort of thing, but put yourself in his shoes he worked on that game for so long and didnít know whether or not the game was going to come out.

He then at one point said that modern Japanese games suck to which I agree with him and Phil Fish stated, modern Japanese games bar the exception of a few mainly MGS and Dark Souls, hold you hand very tightly, and thatís what he was complaining about he wasnít out right saying all Japanese games suck he was just saying that modern Japanese games do and least we forget that Keiji Inafune the creator of Mega Man agreed with Phil Fish.

The Video above is from SourceFed's Meg Turney some one who I really like but has an uninformed†opinion on the situation on the matter to which a think some people have.

Now for what has happened recently I feel like Phil Fish just had enough, everyday for him was a constant barrage of hate, and like any other person there is a tipping point and I feel like after what Marcus Beer said Fishís tipping point was reached and he was just done. I do feel however he could have done it a bit better and may have just said that FEZ 2 would be his last game, but personally I donít blame him for what he as done, I have never met Phil Fish but I donít fault him for what he has done.
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6:48 AM on 04.11.2012

My relationship with EB Games (AKA Game Stop)

My relationship with EB games has sort of been a love/ hate relationship, the love part being that they will always have what I want most of the time and the hate part being everything else. The last time I was at my local EB Games store was on the 5TH of March, it was my 21st birthday and so instead of an actual present my parents decided to give me money, which naturally would be spent on games.

That same day I went to my local EB Games store, I started to look around and being as though I can never just browse and find what I want for myself, a very happy sounding clerk comes up to me and says, ďDo you need any help?Ē I then look at him and say ďNo I am fine I am just browsingĒ he replies with a ďOkayĒ I then continue looking and I canít find what I want so I go to the clerk and ask him ďHave you got any copies of Saints Row 3?Ē he then starts tapping away on his computer and then while he is trying to find it on the computer he asks ďAre you sure you donít want Call of Duty instead?Ē

At this point I get really confused and two things come to mind, the first thing is that he canít find a copy of it and is to scared to say no because he might loose a sale even though I have a copy of SSX in my hand. The second thing that comes to mind is that he is too lazy to find it and just asks me if I want Call of Duty instead.

I reply with a ďnoĒ and he keeps on looking, he then proceeds to ask me ďwhat platform do you want it on?Ē I then say ďXbox 360Ē he then goes to the back of the store and then comes out and goes to the front of the store and then goes back and comes out again, and this happens for a few minutes and I start to think that I should just go somewhere else.

He eventually finds it but itís for the wrong platform so I say to him ďthis is the Playstation 3 Version I need it for Xbox 360Ē he then says to me ďOh we have got no copies for Xbox 360Ē. I then just put back SSX and leave with a bad taste in my mouth.

Why is it that EB Games or Game Stop as it is known in America is the only place where I hear of these sorts of stories happening? I have never heard a bad story about someone trying to buy a game at a general electronics store, I am pretty sure there are stories like that but those stories are just weighed down by the amount of bad stories against EB Games.

I mean even on my way out he was trying to tell me to sing up to Game Informer and it just makes you think that you canít go into a game store anymore and just buy a game you always have to have them try and shove something else down your throat and if they continue to do that more and more people with just not go to a EB Games or a Game Stop.

So here is my plea to all of those people who work in game stores, please just let us buy games, please just let us look for ourselves and not be hounded by you guys every 10 minutes and if we need your help we will ask and also please stop being stupid and trying to sell me a game that I donít want.   read

6:20 AM on 03.31.2012

Random thoughts,feelings and things that i liked about Rayman Origins

So I know I am kind of late talking about this but I feel like I needed to do a post about it. I only just recently played Rayman Origins and I am staring to question myself about why I left it so late because this game is just pure fun and a joy to play, everything in this game is just amazing from the 2D artwork to the song that plays when you pick up a King Lum, everything in this game just works.

Each level there is a beat which you play to and as we know this isnít a rhythm game but you can distinctly hear the beat play but as your actions unfold in the game you can see that it is in time, now to me this made the game flow really nicely and it added and extra bit of fun towards the whole game.

What I liked most about this game where the side-scrolling, shoot-em-up stages where you ride a mosquito, the main reason why I liked theses stages so much where because they became incentives, I ended saying to myself ďLets just do one more world and get the next mosquito stageĒ these stages ended up serving to purposes, one purpose was that these they ended up being a nice change of pace every so often from the rest of the game and the other purpose was that these stages alone made me finish the game in one sitting.

But in all honesty this game brought me hope that we might see more games like this in the future, after playing this I started to imagine games taking the same route, it made me fell kind of nostalgic because I remember playing the first Rayman game on my Ps1 when I a kid and loving it so much so that then playing this brought back the memories of me and my sister waking up early before school just so we could play Rayman before we left.

So all in all I had a blast playing this game and it would be a game that I would play again and I know everyone has their annoyances and angers with Ubisoft but you canít fault them on this one, they did a really good job and I hope to the next Rayman game does the same thing.

So if you havenít played this game I would just like to ask you two things, the first being why the hell not and the second is me asking you if you even have a soul?   read

3:28 AM on 02.05.2012

2012 Has video games in it!!!!

Happy new year everyone and welcome to the year were we all die supposedly and if not we will then know that the Mayans were full of crap and we can all go back to our video game playing lives and stop our new years resolutions that in reality we were never going to finished.

So letís talk about video games this year we see the release of the PSVita, which looks really good, and to be honest it does have a good line up of launch titles like Uncharted: Golden Abyss and a new wipeout game which I am really excited about and even though it has not done as well as predicted over in japan I feel like it could do even better over here in the west.

We then see the launch of Nintendoís Wii U coming out this year and also Nintendo finally bringing out there on online network called Nintendo Network, which just makes me think, who is Nintendo trying to aim their products because they have always seemed hit and miss with their products and to honest I donít think they even know what they are doing sometimes.

And this year we are giving a whole mess of new games from The Darkness 2 to Mass Effect 3 to Touch My Katamari for the Vita and then we have one of the games and I am personally looking forward to is Gotham City Imposters and thatís not all, as gamers we are very spoiled again this year and I feel like 2012 is going to be even better than 2011.

So if I have forgotten anything let me know and also hereís to another fantastic year of gaming, may your consoles never get cold and your thumbs never wear out. Yes I know itís cheesy but hey itís my first blog post for this year , give me a break.   read

3:27 AM on 12.22.2011

2011 in Review

2011 Has been a fantastic year for the video game industry with the releases of games like Portal 2, Skyrim and to a lesser extent the retail releases of the Bit. Trip games on 3DS and Wii, but with these successes there has also been some downfalls like Nintendo rushing out the 3DS and then telling us all that the Wii U that we saw at E3 this year has been scrapped and that they are re-designing it.

But in all fairness the good things have out weighed the bad this year and we have been giving some awesome stuff, so letís look back at this year and see just how awesome it was.

We were giving a bevy of really awesome games this year from Portal 2 with itís awesome characters and writing to Skyrim with itís Dragon slaying and fishing and then Kirbyís Return to Dream Land which reminded me how awesome that guy really is, not to mention that we also got Super Mario 3D Land, Battlefield 3, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and then we were shown how over the top games can be with Saints Row: The Third.

But then we are reminded about EA and how they brought out their Origin service and how they tried to shove it down our throats and how their Browser System left some of us pulling out our hair over how atrocious it actually was.

But least we forget about the good things game companies have done for us this year, Valve put on their annual sales which left us with a low bank account but a bigger games library and even Nintendo apologized for the 3DS not being fully ready at launch.

So all in all I feel like 2011 was a great year for us gamers we were giving some good stuff and even though there was the bad things that happened this year I fell like good beat out the bad. So in the end I would just like to thank the games industry for giving us one of the best years in gaming.

On a more personal note I would like to thank the people who read my blog and welcomed me into the c-blog community, the people who come back every time I posted and left their opinion, itís nice to see that I am not the only one with these views, and also to the people who did not have the same views but still shared their opinion, I would like to thank you as well for giving me a different perspective an for helping me change and grow my own opinions. So thank you to all who read this and especially to the ones who have read my previous posts thank you and have an awesome holiday season.   read

2:33 AM on 12.05.2011

Real Gamer?

So today I was told that I was not a ďReal GamerĒ I then asked the customer why and then he said ďBecause you donít play Call of DutyĒ I mean he is right I donít play Call of Duty but that is due to the fact that Call of Duty does nothing for me I donít see the appeal of it but then it does beg the question of what makes you a ďReal GamerĒ?

I have always come to the assumption that if you have a true love for Video Games and care about the game industry you yourself are a ďReal GamerĒ, and it kind of bugs me that we have these PC elitists who think that their ďReal GamersĒ because they do all their gaming on a PC, and itís the same for the people who play Call of Duty and they think that they are ďReal GamersĒ, but in fact we are all ďReal GamersĒ it just that those people who play all their games on a PC and those who play Call of Duty donít realize one thing and thatís that we all have our own opinions and likes.

But the PC elitists donít see that all they see is people who play games like Metal Slug and start thinking ďwhat is that piece of shit heís not a Real GamerĒ and that sickens me to think that those people actually exists and then I read somewhere someone saying that Jim Sterling was not a ďReal GamerĒ because he liked MW3, it boggles my mind that everyone has this opinion of what a gamer is but never really looked up the definition.

It just makes you think that if we want to be called a ďReal GamerĒ we are going to have to sell our consoles spend thousands of dollars to build a PC and then only use it for Call of Duty and nothing else and that just does not sit well with me, I mean I like having a mass variety of games to pick from, if I had to sell my consoles and buy a PC just so people would say that I am a ďReal GamerĒ I wouldnít want it because I would miss playing Super Mario to much.

So to the guy who said that I was not a ďReal GamerĒ because I was playing Metal Slug 2 and not Call of Duty, you sir are wrong because I am still playing video games and I am having fun with it and that is what makes you a ďReal GamerĒ as long as you have a huge passion for Video Games you are at least in my mind considered a ďReal GamerĒ.   read

1:39 PM on 11.15.2011

Hey PETA, leave video games alone

So I was amazed to hear today that PETA are attacking video games once again, this time itís Super Mario 3D Land for the Nintendo 3DS. The reason that they are attacking Mario is because of his Tanooki suit, they are saying that Mario must have had to skin a Tanooki to be able to get that suit.

Okay PETA I get what youíre about you know, I mean I am all for the Ethical Treatment of animals but you guys need to remember that your thinking about this is fucking insane and not to mention that you forget that it is a video game, itís not real I mean for god sake the man throws fireballs from his hands and grows when he eats mushrooms, itís not real.

So they did what they always do when they attack a video game, they make a crap flash game and slap it up on their website and then try and tell you to go vegan. So in the game you play as a skinned Tanooki trying to get you fur back from Mario and thatís all you do, I mean it would have been nice to have some facts about the matter but sadly no, itís just another attempt for PETA to be PETA.

So I am thinking why now? I mean the Tanooki suit as been around since Super Mario Bros. 3, why is PETA only being outraged by this now and not when it first came up? And also if there going to complain Mario skinning something they also need to complain about John Marsden as well for skinning horses in Red Dead Redemption they canít complain about one thing and not the other.

But this has not been the first time PETA as done this sort of thing, remember Super Tofu Boy and how they tried to make us all go vegan by trying to make Tofu Boy the hero that saves the day and making Meat Boy out to be a complete schmuck? And how they tried to make Cooking Mama a sadistic animal killer who has no feelings.

They way I see PETA is that they are terrorists, which after some quick searching I found out that they are classed as a terrorist group by the USDA. Which then got me thinking that since they will most certainly know that the USDA has classed them as this, wouldnít that make them want to change their strategy for what they do so they arenít put in that box? It seems to me that PETA just like to hate on things and that they donít think before they act.

So in assumption PETA really need to get the act straight and remember what than stand for and to get away from what people think they are, they also need to stop taking aspects of video games and turning them in to animal rights protests and making a whole bunch of us just scream at the top of our lungs in anger and also on a final note, PETA need to leave my childhood hero the hell alone.   read

3:14 AM on 11.07.2011

Music: a key element to gaming

Music sets the tone in video games and movies, thatís the idea anyway music is supposed to hint at what is coming next, it draws on your emotions and keeps you thinking, itís a vital part of any form of media and itís what is necessary to make that movie or video game a lot more enjoyable.

But what if the music was not there? What if all we heard whenever we played a game were just the sound effects? Or when we watched a movie and all we heard was the sound of gunfire or even the sound silence? It would make for a pretty boring experience and it would not be enjoyable.

Music is one of those key elements that make a game great; some games thrive on music alone like Bit. Trip Runner all those little bleeps and bloops help you and tell you when to jump, duck or kick, the music is there to aid you on your way and then there is games like AudioSurf or Beat Hazard, those two games there change your whole gaming experience depending on what music you choose.

Music is very distinctive especially when itís well known franchises, take Super Mario for instance everyone I know knows where those songs came from whither they play video games or not, once either the theme song or any other track, they know that itís from Super Mario and once that song is played it brings back a nostalgic feeling of when you first played Super Mario or Mega Man it brings back those feelings of how good that game was.

So in my mind music is one of those key elements to making a game it draws a player in and keeps them playing for a long time and it also may make things more memorable and may make them want to play that game one more time.   read

11:39 PM on 11.03.2011

Skyrim can go and suck it.

So today I watched Jonathan Holems latest episode of talking to women about video games, were he talked to a women about what game she would buy out off Skyrim, Spyro Skylanders and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.

At the end of the video she picked Spyro and I was like okay fair play she had her own opinion I personally would have gone with Zelda but whatever. Then later today I listened the latest Podtoid were Holmes was saying that people thought the episode was fake because the women he talked to did not go for Skyrim and that she should go back to the kitchen.

The blood in my body immediately boiled as soon as I heard this and it made me sick to me freaking stomach that there are still people out there who cannot just take an opinion that is different to theirs, itís just so stupid and to then make a sexist commit on top of that just makes me extremely angry, I mean why are people like this?

I have always been told if I canít say anything nice donít say anything at all and I somewhat have lived buy that for that past 20 years of my life and I know itís the internet and people are going to say this sort of stuff but if this is what Skyrim is going to do to people I might just go pick up Sonic Generations instead and actually give my money to a company that does not breed sexist males.   read

2:18 PM on 11.01.2011

Adventure Time with Tessa and Sam

So even though Halloween is not really a holiday that is celebrated here in New Zealand I thought that the 12 people that read my C-blog would be interested in the Halloween adventure that happened to Tessa and me. And I know it is past Halloween now but I have now only had a chance to write this up.

So every year the local Hamilton arcade holds a big Halloween event that Tessa always says we should go to, but then every year the same thing happens on the 31st of October, we drink, play old Nintendo games and think of horror movies that would work a lot better as comedies for example, imagine if you will that the movie Paranormal Activity was a movie about a ghost who instead of haunting the residents of the home instead made there lives really inconvenient by just doing small things like opening draws or putting object in their way so that they trip on them and just doing every day inconvenient stuff.

But anyway I am getting off topic, so this year Tessa and me decide to go so she went has a Nyan Cat and I went as Scott Pilgrim I donít why I choose that but I am starting to think it is because that I wanted to try and wear normal clothes but still try and make people think that I was in costume so all in all I think it worked out great.

So basically what this event is that they have tournaments for every big game that they have at the arcade like Street Fighter 4, Tekken 6, Dance Dance Revolution and a whole bunch of others, you sign up for what you want to play and the winner of each game gets a prize and there is also a costume contest as well.

We got there and then we signed up, Tessa signed up for Tekken 6 I also signed up for Tekken6 but I signed up for Point Blank as well. So the results were that Tess won the Tekken 6 tournament while I came in 3rd and 2nd in Point Blank so Tessa went a away with a new Xbox while I went away with a 3DS so I think that I came away with the better deal.

After we dropped off our winnings at Tessaís house we went to my sisterís place who was having a Halloween party which was really funny especially when you are Tessa and youíre trying to explain your costume to people who donít know what a Nyan Cat is that I found really funny.

So me and Tessa started drinking which then turned in to shots which then turned in to me and Tessa singing the theme song to Star Wars which then turned in to us staggering into Burger King and getting Bacon Cheese Burgers and water and then I canít really remember what happens after that I think I may have tried to hit on my best friend I donít know, what I do remember though is waking up at Tessaís house walking down the stairs and seeing that she looked just as bad as I did which kind of made me smile for some unknown reason.

Now for the record I never normally drink but when I do I never know what the word moderation means and that is why Tessa and I stay in every Halloween. So please donít take this post as a thing were I spout off about how I drunk I got and just take it as a story that I thought would be fun to share, also I would of added Pictures but they are on Tessaís very unorganized Mac and trying to find anything on that is like trying to find Dane Cookís comedy funny, itís just impossible.   read

5:16 AM on 10.28.2011

My own Paradise

I love New Zealand where I live is such a beautiful place and I encourage anybody reading this to came and visit, hey maybe I will even come and pick you up from the Airport.

But I got inspired to write this after reading a C-Blog post form a girl called Catlin Cooke, who talks about her love for Boston and it made me start to appreciate where I live and where I was born and really trying to find out what my home town of Te Aroha means to me.

My Mum and Dad own a farm and being as though I still live with my parents I get to wake up every morning and be surrounded by lush green paddocks and the soothing tones of nothing but my own two feet walking and itís really great, itís even better when the cows are in a paddock closer to the house and I can just sit out side with a glass of coke and just watch them eat grass it sort of becomes soothing.

Now Te Aroha is not a big town, I am not sure how many people actually live here but itís always pleasant and most people are extremely nice and considerate and that is always a great thing to see, I do though get kind of creeped out though when someone does say hello to me and I donít know them, I guess there just being friendly and most likely they know me threw my mum who is the Head Teacher at the Kindergarten.

Also the main thing about Te Aroha is that itís a great spot for tourist which makes it a more diverse town and it also makes me interested to met the different people and in fact I actually played golf a few weeks back with a really nice couple from Canada who told me that if I was ever in Toronto to come and stay with them. Which I think I may just do that, as Tessa and me are planning to take an overseas vacation after Christmas this year so my hopes are that Tessa says yes.

Te Aroha also has great views of the entire countryside, you will even get a better view if you take a two and a half hour hike up Te Aroha mountain, which personally I did do once and even though you do get to see an amazing beautiful view of what we call the Coromandel make sure you are fit Ďcause I now I am not but if you do decide to go have yourself a nice Spa at the Mineral Pools afterwards you will be glad you did and also fun fact the water for the Pools comes from the mountain itís self.

So in a nutshell, Te Aroha is a small town filled with nice people and awesome things to do and thatís really what I like about it, is that how simple this town actually but knowing there is always something to do is great. So I just want to thank Catlin Cooke once again for inspiring this blog post and making me think about just how much this town and my country means to me.

So all in all if you do come to New Zealand stop my hometown of Te Aroha, go in the video store called United Video and ask for Sam and I will show you what there really is to offer in my neck of the woods.   read

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