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I'm no one particularly special; i'm just another person who appreciates games and loves gaming culture. I met a lot of destructoid guys this year at Magfest, had beers with them, chewed the fat, etc. I really like the whole vibe of this site and the community here. So i figured i'd make a profile to get more involved.

My name is Paul; My friend Tino introduced me to this site and a handful of great people who are a part of it. I'm a huge fan of chiptune music, and music in general. I play plenty of games when i have the extra time, but i think i like talking about them more than i like to play them. I find the whole industry kind of fascinating, and i'm very much into the indie game market, mainly for their unique artistic direction. I guess that's it? I guess one more thing - like many of you all here, i've been playing games since i was really young (probably like, 2 or 3) Videogames have always been a big part of my life, and i'm sure have direct and indirect compacts on who i've grown into today.
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Introducing the new Xbox One, the next generation console from Microsoft, who chose the "hardly distinguishable from our previous console from a past generation" naming scheme.
(Wii U).† Here is a picture:

So sleek, so modern looking.† I can't wait to get my hands on one.† Also, confirmed for the Xbox 1 is "Call of duty: Ghosts; dog is God spelled backwards", where you play as a brand new protagonist, code named "K-9":

With your fluffy main character maxing out at one trillion polygons per tooth, you'll really be sucked in by the originality and depth of story telling.† And although the adorable pooch will die (spoiler alert), your Xbone will have EXCLUSIVE DLC (doggy leash content) so you can keep on waggin that tail for the BRAND NEW kinect that needs to be on for your 1box to even function! :D

But don't worry!! This new Kinect will take pictures of you when you're mood is heightened by brand new exciting pizza hut ads so it can update your facebook profile picture and status for you, giving you an always online, always broadcasted experience just as we all want it.† (also there's a Halo TV show coming out or something.) Excited yet!!?? ;)

Oh, and apologies for all of you good folks in the service right now, or anyone who lives somewhere that has poor/limited bandwidth who would enjoy playing the next-one720; the next gen console needs to recognize an internet connection once a day, or else the system just won't work.† You know, it's kind of the same excuse EA gives whenever someone bitches about the always connected SimCity 5.† Also, THIS is why EA ditched the online pass, now they have the console watching the players FOR them.† Video. Fucking. Games. :|
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**This is a re-post of a blog I wrote last night, in a drunken fit of heightened hopes.† Now, hours after, the reality of this Nintendo direct was like the terrible hangover of my drunken expectations. Now I'm updating with verdicts! I hope you enjoy**

Destructoid friends!† I'm sitting here in front of my computer, drinking a rum and ginger ale, slightly persperating in my gross apartment, and I'm unable to shower because my hot water isn't working.† I stew in my existential sweat, sipping my drink and rewatching Breaking Bad from season 1 in preparation for the finale.† Wait, what was I blogging aboOH YEAH NEW NINTENDO DIRECT TOMORROW FUCK YES here's a list of stuff because I'm bored and I hope you're just as bored as I am so you read this or something:


WHAT I WANT FOR XMAS OR I MEAN NINTENDO DIRECT 5/17
STEP 1: a summer's worth of Virtual Console Announcements

-_-obligatory picture of earthbound-_-


Hey Nintendo....I own a Super Mario game for each of my testicles. Instead of the mustachioed plumber dripfeed (no homo){a little homo},let's turn both the cold and hot knobs all the way open.† I want Super Castlevania, some Final Fantasy's (Final fantasies*?), some Megaman X's, Contras, Ghouls and Ghosts, Dragon Quests, hell, how about just hit that giant red button under Reggie's desk and magically convert all of what's already on the Wii Virtual Console to the Wii U Virtual Console.† I know it's there.

Verdict: All Virtual Console announcements for the 3DS. Nothing about the Wii U VC. 0 points

part 2- the Wrath of Khan: Pikmin 3 demo announcement to come out the next eShop update


Nintendo, throw us a bone.† All of us assholes who bought your system were under the impression that Pikmin 3 was coming out sooner than August 4th.† Give us a demo; you know, the one you played for us at e3 last year.††


Verdict: update on what the story is about, another confirmation of release date. However, there was that Best Buy thing. So...half a point

3's company: Wonderful 101 release date that is sooner than I expected and makes me jubilant in the pants area
You know another reason I bought a Wii U so early? It's because I assumed Wonderful 101 would be in the damn system by now.† I love Platinum Games, I loved Platinum Games when they were called Clover Studio and lived in Capcom's basement.† LET ME BUY THIS GOD DAMN GAME BEFORE IT GETS TOO HOT IN MY APARTMENT TO PLAY VIDEOGAMES FOR LONGER THAN 10 MINUTES BEFORE HAVING TO SHOWER, PLEASE.

Verdict: It's coming out later than I expected, so it nets negative 1 points.† But then again, September should be cool enough, so at least it addresses the gross sweaty apartment problem.† It evens out to no points.
oh right and speaking of which:


Lethal Weapon 4: Bayonetta 2 release date
How do you copy paste without right clicking again? You hold down the control key and press...something. anyway.†

Verdict: Nintendo forgot it exists. no point.


5 below: super sexy sneakpeak 80's montage of what we're going to see at e3


This is SO easy.† SO VERY easy.† But then again, last E3 Nintendo closed with a "fireworks display" from Nintendoland.† Let's hope this is the year Nintendo does the Wii U right.† Also, side note: spell check knows that "Nintendo" is a proper noun, and should be capitalized.† I guess they're not doomed after all.

Verdict: They did mention E3, but no video. no point.

666: Reggie's delicious hershey kiss nipples

Can something be Freudian AND intentional? hmm...†

Verdict: no titillation, no point.


AND LUCKY 7: super special 3DS announcement that Zelda: LTTP2 is coming out in June!


I'd probably cream my pants if this happened.† Fuck...I'm a fanboy.

Wait, I creamed my pants anyway. CHEERS EVERYONE! Also this is the best thing I've ever written.

Verdict: this was possible extra credit. Didn't actually expect it to happen.


**TALLY** Nintendo didn't even earn a full point out of the possible 6 (7 if you include the bonus). So .5/6...it's definitely worse than almost every other Nintendo Direct. Let's hope E3 will be awesome.








Destructoid friends!† I'm sitting here in front of my computer, drinking a rum and ginger ale, slightly persperating in my gross apartment, and I'm unable to shower because my hot water isn't working.† I stew in my existential sweat, sipping my drink and rewatching Breaking Bad from season 1 in preparation for the finale.† Wait, what was I blogging aboOH YEAH NEW NINTENDO DIRECT TOMORROW FUCK YES here's a list of stuff because I'm bored and I hope you're just as bored as I am so you read this or something:


WHAT I WANT FOR XMAS OR I MEAN NINTENDO DIRECT 5/17

STEP 1: a summer's worth of Virtual Console Announcements

-_-obligatory picture of earthbound-_-


Hey Nintendo....I own a Super Mario game for each of my testicles. Instead of the mustachioed plumber dripfeed (no homo){a little homo},let's turn both the cold and hot knobs all the way open.† I want Super Castlevania, some Final Fantasy's (Final fantasies*?), some Megaman X's, Contras, Ghouls and Ghosts, Dragon Quests, hell, how about just hit that giant red button under Reggie's desk and magically convert all of what's already on the Wii Virtual Console to the Wii U Virtual Console.† I know it's there.



part 2- the Wrath of Khan: Pikmin 3 demo announcement to come out the next eShop update


Nintendo, throw us a bone.† All of us assholes who bought your system were under the impression that Pikmin 3 was coming out sooner than August 4th.† Give us a demo; you know, the one you played for us at e3 last year.††




3's company: Wonderful 101 release date that is sooner than I expected and makes me jubilant in the pants area

You know another reason I bought a Wii U so early? It's because I assumed Wonderful 101 would be in the damn system by now.† I love Platinum Games, I loved Platinum Games when they were called Clover Studio and lived in Capcom's basement.† LET ME BUY THIS GOD DAMN GAME BEFORE IT GETS TOO HOT IN MY APARTMENT TO PLAY VIDEOGAMES FOR LONGER THAN 10 MINUTES BEFORE HAVING TO SHOWER, PLEASE. oh right and speaking of which:


Lethal Weapon 4: Bayonetta 2 release date

How do you copy paste without right clicking again? You hold down the control key and press...something. anyway.

5 below: super sexy sneakpeak 80's montage of what we're going to see at e3


This is SO easy.† SO VERY easy.† But then again, last E3 Nintendo closed with a "fireworks display" from Nintendoland.† Let's hope this is the year Nintendo does the Wii U right.† Also, side note: spell check knows that "Nintendo" is a proper noun, and should be capitalized.† I guess they're not doomed after all.


666: Reggie's delicious hershey kiss nipples

Can something be Freudian AND intentional? hmm...


AND LUCKY 7: super special 3DS announcement that Zelda: LTTP2 is coming out in June!

I'd probably cream my pants if this happened.† Fuck...I'm a fanboy.

Wait, I creamed my pants anyway. CHEERS EVERYONE! Also this is the best thing I've ever written.








Hello, Destructoid community! I'm calling on the good folks here to help fund Dreadout, a very, VERY scary, fatal frame-esque survival horror being developed for the PC.† Here is a little video of people playing the demo:



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This very fantastic game is being developed by a humble team in Indonesia, and they are $10,000 short of their modest $25,000.00 goal.† I know there are plenty of survival horror fans that frequent this site.† I truly hope this game gets funded, and I hope those of you who are interested will help!† You can visit their website at www.dreadout.com to get more details and download the demo (don't play in the dark), or you can jump right to their indiegogo donation page here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/dreadout.








Far Cry Blood Dragon starts off hilarious with its spoof on the tutorial, poking fun on a common annoyance in games today.† We've all experienced the obnoxious hand-holding, and that is why the joke landed so perfectly.† Anyone who's played Blood Dragon has been enjoying all of the comedy the title has to offer.† It makes me wonder if THIS particular annoyance I encounter nearly every time I pause the game is also a spoof on our modern day, always-online gaming culture:†




Thanks to always-on DRM and always online singleplayer (Diablo III), PC gamers in particular understand how frustrating it gets when connectivity issues bring the pace of a game to a screeching hault.† Now we have Blood Dragon, which, nearly every time I pause the game to check how I leveled up, or to tweak the video options, it gives me this bullshit stop sign as the game tries (for a solid 30 seconds), and fails, to access the Far Cry Blood Dragon servers.† And for what do we need to "access the servers for", exactly, Ubisoft? And it wouldn't be so bad if it happened one time for each time I started up the game, but it happens often.†

I WISH that this was another joke, another "let's laugh at modern games together" moment.† I truly do.† It would've worked SO well.† In fact, sometimes I think it is a joke, considering how often it happens.† But unfortunately, it may just be a little teaspoon of irony, or a "pot calling the kettle black" scenario.† Those who throw stones shouldn't live in glass houses.




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Like many independent twenty-somethings in America, my disposable liquid income dries up fairly quickly. Lucky enough for me, my close friend/roommate doesn't have the same issue; he works as an animator for the Adult Swim cartoon Super Jail, and does pretty ok. So whenever a new game is released, he tends to pick it up, which means I get a chance to play it. Last week he came home with a copy of Halo 4, the latest installment in the very title that sealed our friendship 11 years ago (really, we met playing halo at a LAN party). Naturally, last weekend we held a mini LAN reunion party, invited a couple of good friends over (whom i also met at that LAN party) and we played well into the early morning. I even spent a little time with the campaign.

I already get a sense that this installment of the series is going to be one of my favorites, and I'm almost sure it's not simply because it's the newest, shiniest one (although that doesn't hurt). The campaign, from what I've played, is a breath of fresh air for the series. I'm finally interested in Master Chief as a character, something i lost after playing through the disappointing Halo 2 campaign. The multiplayer is well balanced, and the ability to customize my loadouts is a very welcome addition to the series. All of my favorite playlists are still available with new tweaks, such as the ability to throw the oddball, (in oddball and in grifball) infected mode being populated by the flood, etc. There's a lot to love about Halo 4, especially if you've been a fan of the series but have been losing interest (such as myself). There is, however, this ugly thing about Halo 4 that kind of vexes me; and I suppose it's just the face of modern console shooters, yet i still dislike it.
The unlock system is obnoxious, always in my face, constantly reminding me how many kills i need with X gun to get Y experience, and how I'm halfway through this or that daily challenge. I'll level up, and a popup centers itself on my screen telling all of the armor pieces I've "unlocked". When I check my armor inventory though, my new items are only viewable, and i have to complete some commendation to actually use it. I may be the only one who doesn't particularly like this system, but i personally feel that it's the worst sort of gameplay lengthening scheme, creating an extrinsic motivation for playing the game (playing simply to beat the challenges, earn the unlocks, etc) as opposed to an intrinsic one (playing simply because I want to). Earning unlocks isn't a bad thing; I just feel that 343 has completely overdone it. The sheer amount of commendations is overwhelming, and so many armor pieces are locked until you spend a ridiculous amount of time playing - hence the gameplay lengthening scheme. I don't think it'd be the worst thing in the world if the next installment in 343's new trilogy eased up on that kind of stuff, don't you agree? I'd love to hear from everyone. Thanks for reading