Howdy, here go the basics:
I'm Levi a.k.a. ZombiePlatypus.
I was born December 2nd, 1984.
I was raised in Virginia Beach, VA.
I currently live in Minnesota, it's not as nice but it works.
I dig video games. Who'd have thunk, eh?
A basic feature of the human condition is that humans at their basic level have been conditioned to act human. Every once in a while rogue trendsetters break out from the pack in a way that only renegade lone wolves can, daring to give in to their most basic animal desires to not be animals, but instead inanimate automobiles from the mid-twentieth century. Without further ado, here in no particular order are thirty-seven images of people pretending to be a 1967 Chevy Impala.
Like many other gamers, I’ve recently jumped back in with an addictive action-RPG series. Unlike many other gamers, the game in question isn’t Dark Souls 2, but rather the Fable games. Hey, they’re addictive to me anyways. I loved the first game, loved the second, but like almost everybody else I was immensely disappointed by Fable III. Last month I bought Fable: Anniversary on a whim and after letting it sit unplayed for a week I finally dove into it, and instantly my addiction was back. After spending hours and hours doing everything possible in the game and wringing every drop I could from it, I decided to give Fable III another shot and finish off the achievements I had left dangling in it. I’d gotten every achievement in Fable II, Pub Games, and Anniversary, so III being left as “unfinished business” as it were now bothered me in a way.*
Having about three years since the last time I touched it, I came into the game with fresh eyes. Even coming into it directly after completing the redux of the first game I still ended up having a new appreciation that I didn’t have upon the second sequels initial release. It’s still a very bad “Fable” game, but taken on its own it really isn’t this terrible thing I remembered it as. Now, if I were to get bogged down in all the changes in how you level up, the way you manage property, the nonsensical world map, the dumbed down magic, and on and on** I’d be rambling way more than I already am. Instead I’m going to point out what I think to be Fable III’s biggest flaw, which is the narrow path of the story.
It’s funny, because while on one hand giving us some of the most open areas to explore in a series built of fairly enclosed paths, on the other hand the game forces you through from point to point with more heavy-handedness than anything before it. As the player, it seems like you’re there only to serve Lionhead’s story, instead of the story being there to serve the game and in turn the player. And the story isn’t as good as they seem to think it is, which makes the devolution of a series that has always aspired to be about player choice and making your own adventure come off as even worse by comparison. I’m not too in love with the games to be blind to the fact that you’ve always had limited choice in the big scheme of things, but it was even more blatant in the third outing.
Still though, I found myself enjoying Fable III a lot more than I remembered. That enjoyment is fading with each new playthrough as I grind for all of the weapons across my handful of gamertags (that “We Need Guns, Lots of Guns” achievement is a son of a bitch), but that’s to be expected from this kind of foolishness. Honestly though, fuck some of this game’s achievements.
Anyways, over a month on and I’m still in the midst of my renewed Fable love affair. So much so that I’ve even borrowed my brother’s Kinect so I can give The Journey a go once I wrap up this Fable III gamerscore hunt. Eventually I can see myself getting an Xbone for Fable Legends, which is seeming like a possible mash-up of Fable, Gauntlet and Borderlands, with some Dungeon Keeper on the flip side. I’d rather see a proper number IV that would rectify the mistakes of the third, but I have faith that will come.
*I’m bothered by only having one achievement left in Fable Heroes as well, but getting a gold medal in every level is an incredible hassle to do and Heroes is so incredibly milquetoast that there’s no draw to even try. Even a fanboy has limits.
**What’s up with there being absolutely no “save and quit” feature? You have to “save and continue” and then either just turn the system off or quit directly to the dashboard via the 360 guide. An odd interface choice.
For a while now I've credited playing kart racers when I was younger (Super Mario Kart and Crash Team Racing in particular) with making me have good winter driving skills. Sliding around on ice behind the wheel of a go-kart in the Mushroom Kingdom is exactly the same as sliding around on ice behind the wheel of an SUV in Minnesota.
So it's not really from a video game, but rather based on a cartoon based on a video game. You all remember how much Sonic and Tails loved eating chili dogs in the goofier of their '90s cartoons, yeah? Like the Ninja Turtles and their pizza, Sega's mascots were addicted to chili dogs. So for my role reversal I simply made those two the entree.
So it's been three years since I posted this when we last did the "10 Things" bit all over the cblogs. It's come back and this makes me happy, though I honestly had trouble coming up with ten new things to post. Here goes, bear with me:
1- I've thought about "taking a break" from Dtoid a number of times. People that don't frequent the Forums may not notice it, but I'm here pretty much every day. Some days I feel like I'm "wasting" too much time here, and I should step back. But I love the people here too much to ever actually leave. Plus, I'd be really bored at work without Dtoid to peruse. I'll probably never leave this place.
2- ^^^ No, seriously, I love the people here. Since I moved to Minnesota halfway through high school I never made any true "real" lasting friendships. I made new friends to make it through the last two years of school, but they were largely just school friends. I drifted from my best friends growing up, which is what happens when you're half a country away and becoming adults. Honestly, the best friends I have currently are people I met because of this site. Then there are the dozens of Forumites I bullshit with daily that might not be "friends" in the traditional sense, but I love just the same and probably would be if we ever met. Maybe sounds pathetic, but it's honest. I'm closer with a handful of people here than I am almost anybody else in my life.
3- Horror themes in video games fuck me up something fierce. I love horror movies (aside from torture porn gore fests). They don't scare me in the slightest, haven't since I was a little kid, but I still get an enjoyment out of them. Compare that to horror video games, which dig into my head and leave me with all the lights on, jumping at every little thing. I think the scariest game I've played to completion is Luigi's Mansion. No joke, that game is a fright fest.
4- I used to love Deadpool. This is piggybacking off of number four from my first list. I still own every appearance right up until I quit comics almost two years ago. I love the Joe Kelly and Gail Simone runs immensely, they're perfection, and dig a lot of the other stuff, but the character has been bastardized and butchered so much, starting with the Cable & Deadpool series and only getting worse in the runs since then. It's sad. I'm not gonna rant here, so if anybody would like to discuss Deadpool further, feel free to PM me.
5- My hedgehog is dead. Again, piggybacking off of point five in the original list. RIP Anguirus.
6- I love to drive. A couple folks have mentioned not driving at all in their lists, so I'm here to declare my love for driving. Back in my high school days I used to just drive around at night, listening to music, thinking. I remain a lover of driving to this day. Road trips are especially loved. I just like driving.
7- I can and will make a joke out of almost anything. Damn near nothing is off limits when it comes to my sense of humour. Sometimes I think I go too far, and I know I tend to beat jokes into the ground, but humour is a giant part of my life and the way I look at things. And honest to God, I find most things funny, except:
8- Shit jokes. I hate 'em. Seriously. Shit and fart humour does nothing for me, except disgust me. Piss can be funny, though.
9- I'm a dispatcher and router for a school bus company. So I build routes, deal with schools, deal with parents and do all kinds of other stuff related to getting kids to and from school. Since I spend all day in front of a computer doing this job, I get to spend a lot of time on the internet. Big downside is that I will most likely never get to go to PAX Prime while I keep this job. It's always around the start of the school year, which is the busiest time at my job and the time that is near impossible for me to get off. I'll have to make do with the other events.
10- Video games aren't all that important to me. Not any more, anyways. I still sink hundreds of dollars into them each year, and will "need" the next gen of consoles when they eventually hit, but rare are the games I spend glued to the TV for hours on end with. They exist, but intermittently nowadays. Now I think I'm more invested in the culture of gaming, and my own history with it, and the communal aspect of it all.