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10:06 PM on 09.10.2010

Dressed to re-Kill, Conrad Zimmerman in Dead Rising, work in progress

Along time ago, I made photography contest on DTOID. The rules were to simply make a photo comic of yourself in your favorite game of the time. The winners, would get a painting of them in that game.

Rio McCarthy, being the only female entrant, won the girl's contest by default with this entry (Persona 3):

and maybe like 9 months of procrastination later, I painted this for her (Rio as a prototype anti shadow weapon, pre Aigis if you will):

You can see the larger image on my side bar.

The guys category had several more entrants. The winner ended up being Conrad Zimmerman (who wasn't an editor at the time). Here's his entry (Dead Rising):

Now keep in mind, this contest was in February of '08. That means I've procrastinated for OVER 2 and half years now. I really suck.

I had a really difficult time deciding what to paint. I started over many times. Eventually I settled on the idea of Conrad getting dressed in a mall shop, weapons lying about, zombies pressed up against the windows (thus fitting the original consumer-zombie commentary that a lot of zombie lore rose from). One of my favorite parts of dead rising after all, was just changing clothes since it was so humorous that you would bother to do so while thousands of zombies wandered about.

I started blocking out this painting probably about a year ago, and then things got really busy at work. When you work all day doing artisticy things its hard to find motivation to do it when you get home. Terrible excuse I know, but I somehow just completely forgot about this again, for like the 5th or 6th time.

Anyway, I recently rebuild my computer and was copying over files to my new machine. While sifting through the folder, I found the work in progress of conrad's painting. The painting itself is only like 20% done (it's still in blocking stage). I used a photo of a shoe store I found for reference in the basic lay out of the store. It's missing alot of elements and fine details (weapons, clothes, blood, more zombies, clutter, etc.) since it's only in blocking stage.

Conrad's face has been roughly blocked out as well. It's not quiet "conrad" yet but its in the ballpark.

One of these days, I WILL finish this painting.
one of these days....   read

12:29 PM on 06.30.2010

The Great Escape: Filling the Empty Box.

Today, I listened to an incredible Song of Storms cover on guitar. It sent chills down my spine; it gave me goosebumps. Yesterday, I beat Mario Galaxy 2 with the assist of my girlfriend taking on the role of "P2." It made me crack a smile from ear to ear. A week ago I leveled my corsair to 76. I was absolutely cackling with joy as I ran around faster with the new Bolter's Roll. A month a go I was fraught with rage when I went to avenge Mr. Marston. A year ago I was crapping my pants as I walked down the halls of the USG Ishimura. A decade ago, I cried when Aeris died. These emotions aren't really mine, yet at the same time they are. I took these feelings from the adventurers beyond the screen and placed them in my heart; toys to fill an empty toybox.

Alot of other dtoiders having written great articles thus far about the escapism video games have provided them. Be it from bullies or illness, video games have been a crucial coping mechanism for the struggles of everyday life. But for me, it was the opposite; I was escaping from a life without struggle- a life that was extremely ordinary.

Don't get me wrong, I'm highly appreciative of the upbringing that I had. Our family was never rich, but we were most certainly not wanting of anything. I grew up in a family that never really had debt, never really worried about putting food on the table. My schooling was adequate. I wasn't popular per say, but I was well liked by everyone. I've never had really trouble with the ladies. The few kids that bothered to "bully" me got there ass handed to them and needless to say, they didn't bother to continue. I've never struggled with serious illness. No one very close to me has passed away. I went to a good college, graduated and immediately got a good job. The list of how my life is very peaches and roses can go on and on and on. It can only be described as an overly peaceful life.

I'm certainly not complaining. But I'll make one observation. When you don't struggle for things, they really do have less meaning. A life with struggle can be terribly...empty. Some of the most intense emotions I've ever had were from playing games. My admittance to this fact may very well be the saddest statement I'll ever make. But honestly, I'm not to bothered. Video games have given me an opportunity to experience joy, rage, fear, sadness, anticipation, laughter, and made an otherwise mundane life anything but. At the very least, they have given me an appreciation for all the good things in life I as I play out the tails of heroes and heroines who STRUGGLE to live ordinarily. I think this may seem like a fancy way of saying "video games kept me from getting bored," but the sentiment really does run deeper then that. I'm sure one day on my gravestone it will read "ceark. the life he lived was ordinary, but the life experienced was extraordinary."

Hey Dtoiders, it's been a long time since I've regularly posted. You older non LA Dtoiders (I NARP in LA afterall) are probably thinking where the f*** have you been, of course all the new folks are probably wondering who the f*** are you? Anyway, I have a little more free time for the foreseeable future (on a slow project ATM, so next couple of months I got some breathin' room) so I thought I'd get back into the dtoid fray. Thought I'd start with my first ever monthly musing. Maybe I'll finish that painting that I STILL owe conrad (for 2 years now....). Maybe I'll give in and finally paint Yojimbo. Who knows.   read

2:57 PM on 06.23.2010

Goodies in the mail from Ska Studios.

I got some goodies in the mail today. When you win a DTOID contest (which I've never done) it's customary to share the spoils in CBlog.

The t-shirts pretty sweeeeeeeeeeeeet. and actually a size I can wear (hurray!). . The dishwasher soap is...I'm trying to figure out whether or not I should actually wash dishes with it. It looks like dishwasher soap. It smells like dishwasher soap (it has a happy lemon scent). But it COULD actually be like....vampire saliva or something. Also included was a cool guitar pick (fortunately, I own a guitar! ...which I have yet to learn to play but that's beside the point) and two button pins.

also first post in a looooooooong time.

also, cocks.   read

6:44 PM on 12.24.2008

Happy Holidays, Lightning Review of some games, other crap.

What's up Dtoiders, happy holidays!

It's been awhile -_- But work is finally reached a point where I have free time again, so hopefully I can finally get around to finishing that painting I owe Conrad (I haven't forgotten man!). Ive only been occasionally commenting the past few months. It'e been so long that I took me a while to remember how to write a post due to some format changes (which are nice btw).

Anyway, I thought I post a quick lightning review of the games I played in 2008. This isn't all the games I acquired this year, just the stuff that was released in 08. I felt it unnecessarily to list the backlog of pre 08 games I acquired this year cause that would be a really long ass post.

Games that I had high expectations for that turned out to be utter shit
Alone in the Dark 360 - Buggy piece of shit.
Infinite Undiscovery - Lame Story, Lame Characters, Crappy Animation, Boring Gameplay
The Last Remnant - Lame Story, Lame Characters, Crappy Animation, Boring Gameplay, and Buggy and Unfinished

Games that I had high expectations for that turned out to be rather disappointing
Army of Two - Turned out to be not that fun. Co op gameplay left something to be desired.
Eternal Sonata - Very standard feeling RPG, slow, unnecessary, and long ass cutscenes.

Games that kinda sucked
Viking: Battle for Asgard - generic hack and slash.
Silent Hill: Origins - wtf is this?
Innocent Life: A Futuristic Harvest Moon - Harvest moon games are either really good or really bad. This was really bad.

Games that I wanted to enjoy, lied to myself and said I enjoyed while playing, only to realize that I didn't enjoy it at all after playing it
Fable II - I want my 15 hours back.

Games that were ok
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII - I guess it was cool to get some more story angles on the FFVII world. it was just an average game.
Culdcept SAGA - ok for a card game I guess. Gets really old after awhile.

Games that I bought and barely played
Phantasy Star Portable (jp) - just wanted to get a preview because I'm excited about the US version. Seems good so far.
Eternal Poison - Slow paced, lots of lot loading. I shelved this.
PixelJunk Eden - pretty
Soulcalibur IV - not a big fan of fighters. I bought it just because.
Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness - I fell asleep.
echochrome - unique.
Warhawk - Operation: Broken Mirror - I think I've played warhawk like....twice.
Warhawk - Operation: Omega Dawn - I don't even know why I bought these.
Arcana Heart - school girl version of street fighter or kof.
Ikaruga - one of the hardest games ever. kicked my ass.
Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword - some one gave me this, never played it.
Metal Gear Solid: The Essential Collection - I bought this just cause I was missing the original games.
Wild ARMs XF - didn't play this yet. probably sucks.
Triggerheart Exelica - I have no idea how to play this.
N+ - I haven't played this yet.
Sins of a Solar Empire - I played like one tutorial level and gave up.
PixelJunk Monsters - your basic tower defense game.
Omega Five - I suck at this
Crash Commando - not sure what I'm playing here.
Castlevania Chronicles - haven't played this yet.

Games I let other people play for me because I didn't feel like playing it myself
Battlefield: Bad Company - stuff blows up
Dark Sector - you get some sorta sharp thingy on your arm.
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2 - people die

Flawed games that were still fun
Operation Darkness - this game is ugly, has a crap camera, but when you get a hang of the game play, it's actually quite fun. if only it were on valkyria chronicles level of quality, this game would of been amazing.

Games that were fun while it lasted
Mirror's Edge - Some of the levels really give you a rush. Pretty exciting, very short. Parkour is fun, fighting is not.
Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice - I never liked disgaea but I found this to be alot of fun. If you like tactical games, give this a shot.
SIREN: Blood Curse - pretty creepy. Challenging, but not frustrating like the Siren that came out on ps2.
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots - Cutscenes are long as shit. I enjoyed this the 2nd time through when I was able to skip all the freaking cutscenes.
Grand Theft Auto IV - Honestly, I never liked GTA that much, but I found this game to be far deeper then the rest of series. Nico was a rather likable character.
Patapon - pon pon pata pon!

Games that caught me by surprise in how fun they were
Valkyria Chronicles - I had really low expecations for this game. However, this is one of the best strategy games I've played this year. It was really lovely and involving. Beautiful pastoral color palette.
Dead Space - I never liked over the shoulder shooters, but I played through this 3 times. Beautifully lit, nice animation, smooth frame rate, well paced. All in all excellent craftmanship in the making of this game.
Silent Hill: Homecoming - I was apprehensive since this was made stateside, but I found myself very satisfied with this iteration of the series. Creepy. Great sound design and lighting.
Tales of Vesperia - Tales is another series that I've always been pretty neutral towards. It's very much like other tales games, but they killed a small amount of the suffocating cutesyness (now it's just bareably cute), which made it much more fun.
Lost Odyssey - I had really low expecations for this, but this by far trumps any Square Enix game I've played this year.
Burnout Paradise - most fun I've ever had in a driving game.

Games that I highly enjoyed
Rune Factory 2: A Fantasy Harvest Moon - I think the rune factory branch off is my favorite of the harvest moon series. if you like harvest moon, you should like this. Starts really slow though.
Left 4 Dead - Dear god this is alot of fun with friends.
LittleBigPlanet - I don't think I need to mention how cool this game is.
Castle Crashers - Quirky, fun, and fast
Bionic Commando Rearmed - Beautiful and nostalgic

If pants could get pregnant, I'd be having triplets games. none of these games need descriptions. they're just flat out amazing.
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4
Fallout 3
Mega Man 9

That was my lightning review. Hope everyone's having a merry christmas and happy new yeardespite the economy and the world going to utter shit this year! Hopefully I won't get piled with work in 09 so I can get some cool new paintings done for you guys.

also, bonus if you recognize what my new headphones are from.

1:15 AM on 09.26.2008

Gamer's Art/Crafts + something cool I ordered.

Usually it's Rio making these sorta posts, but I'm gonna sneak one in.

So my messenger fell apart a week ago. For an artist, it's pretty shitty when they're trusty bag/pack/whatever falls apart.

I spent a couple of days shopping around for a bag but couldn't find one to my liking. All I really needed was something that could carry some books, drawing pens, and have custom pouches that were exactly the size of a DS and a PSP. That last one was the hard part, I'm surprised no one's manufactured such bags.

Anyway, being that I'm an artist and sewing is one of my disciplines, I pretty decided to just go buy some materials and make a gamer/artist messenger bag from scratch. The design is entirely made up on the fly (I didn't have a pattern or anything, I just sorta sewed shit together). I'm actually quite pleased despite the fact that the stichwork is a little messy due to the fact that my cheap ass sewing machine sucks (you get what you pay for).

The front of the bag with my floral motif. The panels are made of two layers of thick canvas and a layer of water resistant nylon.

Back of the bag. finally found something to stick one of my bajillion dtoid patches on.

Inside Pouches.

As you can see, the side pouches are spefically tailored for handhelds.

Whole process took about 12 hours from beginning to end and about 40 dollars worth of materials. I think I could do this much faster a 2nd time because I wouldn't be making it up as I go. I think next year when I get my bonus I'm gonna get a nice sewing machine and maybe make custom bags on commission for peeps if anyone's interested.

Also, I wanted to show off something I ordered today.

If your jealous, it's cause you should be. I generally wouldn't drop a ridiculous wad of cash for something like this, but part of it will be reimbursed to me so I'm really only paying like 120 bucks plus shipping and tax. Will take pictures when it arrives.   read

4:24 PM on 09.03.2008

Feel the Hatred: Not To the Point

I'm gonna make this to the point. There is only one thing I actually "hate" in games, and that is things that are pointlessly not to the point.

- Scrolling text with no option of all text at once. I read like a demon on crack don't give me that slow shit and make me read at a kindergartner pace.
- Unskippable cutscenes.
- Shoddy controls trying to be innovative and making a good game take 10 times longer to play.
- Filler shit put in a game to waste time rather then add meaning.

That is all.   read

12:28 AM on 09.02.2008

Pax Panoramic Recap (EPIC)

Pax was EPIC. Seriously, it was one of the best trips I've ever taken. It was great to meet all you destructoiders and I look forward to it again and again. You guys are all freaking awesome, fun, amazing, etc. in every way I imagined ya'll to be. To all you who didn't make it out, hopefully you learn from the mistake of not going.

As usual, all photos were taking on my cellphone so expect some grainy crap.

I just wanted to hilite how awesome taumpytears lodgings was.

view from taumpytears window

another view from taumptyears window

room i shared with hamza, guitaratomik, and dr. tactix. not as bad ass, but free atleast

Exploring Seattle
There were moments before and after the conferance spent exploring Seattle abit.

monorail station

monorail station

on the monorail

sci fi museum

sci fi museum


outside convention center

seattle library

at the pier market

Gatherings (Lunches, Dinners, and Drinking)

PAX 08

the convention center


suffocat powerglove nintendoll and on other dtoider (I can't tell in the picture to blurry =P) on Rockband 2

fallout 3 trailer

late night outside convention center

convention center park pavilion

Dtoid Panel

330 Degree Showroom Floor Center

Tactix, Suffocat, Dexter, and Lib on Rockband 2


one ups

Jonathan Coulton and Felicia Day


Minibosses FUCK YEAH!


chad's adopted dolphin

booth babes really are hot

rick rolled by jonathan coulton

the one ups!

jonathan coulton!

it actually spewed gatorade

fuck yeah!

the asian crew + itemforty


Michael Phelps of Dungeon runners

Cheers Destructoid


Fruit Fucker Print, Street Fighter Tribute (1/3 fucking awesome 2/3s crap), SF Comic with Requested Drawing on Back (Morrigan Fuck yeah!)

One Ups V 1 and 2 signed, Minibosses Signed, Anamanaguchi Signed

Maken X, PSO DC, Threads of Fate, Saga Frontier, Phantasy Star Portable JP, Phantasy Star 2, 3, and 4, Sins of a Solar Empire

Pacman Shotglasses, The cork from the Champagne celebration with Dtoid, Vault Dweller's Guide, Aion Bracelet, Stardock usb thingy, skull bracelet won at gameworks (rio, guitar, suffocat, and chad have matching ones), kick ass pigeon smoking a cigarette wallet

Minibosses Shirt Signed, Jonathan Coulton Shirt Signed, Anamanaguchi Shirt, Dawn of War Shirt, The Code Shirt

Orange Knight, Signed

The best swag of it all, DS Signed by Niero. If I only got to keep one piece of swag, this would be it.

if anyone would like any higher res's just let me know

[i]Random Quotes:
-...hmmmm...taco meat...
-damnit rio jacked my box again
-apply ointment daily. don't worry, it happens to a lot of people
-one man's treasure, another woman's pleasure
-taking a dump gets my heart rate to 140 bpm
-you might have to sell a kidney. I can help you with that, I have medical training.
-souplantation is AMAZING!
-this may be heaving, but probably not cause I'm not going there.[/i]

Cblog Recaps. I discussed the future of this with Conrad at PAX. Basically, this going to be taken over by Conrad managing a bunch of community members doing it from now on. I'm going to finish setting up the account in the next day or 2 and hand over the keys to Conrad. It's been great providing the service to DToid, and I feel really great hearing that I managed to do it long enough that people want it to stay around. But in all honesty, my time nowadays is occupied by many art projects (several of which are dtoid-centric), and it's better if I hand the recap reins over to Conrad so that I may better focus on these projects.

shoutouts pt.1
I have so many shoutouts. but it's time for bed so that will come later.

-Niero, thanks for making this all possible. I probably would never have met so many great people and made so many friends in the last year if it wasn't for DTOID.   read

4:20 PM on 08.03.2008

And the Winrar of a stack of PC Games is....

So, as few of you know, I've been into astrology and tarot since a really young age. Needless to say, I have quite a few tarot decks. For today's random selection, I decided to go with one of my new decks, the Corto Maltese Tarot published by Lo Scarabeo (that make a lot of nice decks)

The number is a random card drawn from the deck, shuffled 16 times, going like this:

The Fool- 1
The 21 Trumps- 2-22
Wands- 23 to 36
Cups- 37 to 50
Swords- 51 to 64
Pentacles- 65 to 78

The winning card:

The Queen of Swords
Number 63

Now the post count starts at 0, but there's one repeat post before the winner. Thus,

0 (card 1) + 62 (the rest of the 63) + 1 (adjustment for the repeat post), the winner is post #63, Shawnzzy.

Congratulations! Message me your mailing address.

Forfeit if...
a) If you live outside the states you'll have to agree to pay anything over a 10 dollar shipping, or I'll redraw.
b) I don't get a response by tomorrow morning.

Otherwise, this stack of games is all yours.

Community Regulars, feel free to make sure I didn't miscount. Maybe I missed a duplicate post or something.

On a side note of contests, I've narrowed your painting down to 3 thumbnails Conrad.   read

9:35 PM on 08.02.2008

Win a Stack of PC Games!

Wazzup fellow dtoiders? It's been awhile. I'm still in the midst of cleaning. In this cleaning process, I've formed a stack of pc games that I don't really feel like hanging on to. SO! one of you lucky Dtoiders will win this stack. What's in it?

Arx Fatalis
Black and White 2
Condemned Criminal Origins
Deus Ex
Guild Wars
Half Life 2
Prince of Persia The Sands of Time
Septerra Core (Old Obscure RPG that you probably never heard of)
The Sims 2
The Sims 2 University
Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl
Total Annihilation
Total Annihilation: The Core Contingency
Tribes Vengeance
X-Com Apocalypse are you gonna win this lovely stack of games? Just leave a comment (only 1 comment please) about anything. Winner will be chosen at random, cause as Dexter345 may tell ya, that's how I roll.

And yes, in my infinite wisdom, I do have all the serial keys still.


Oh yeah, you have until I wake up tomorrow to make a post. that will be around 4 pm california time, tomorrow.


Contest is only open to the first 78 posters. If there are more, too bad. there are only 78 tarot cards in a deck.

I will gladly ship out of the United States, but you'll need to cover anything over a 10 dollar shipping charge via paypal (so if it' costs me like 25 bucks to ship something out of the states, you owe me 15 bucks).


I have some duplicate NES games that I'll throw in as well:

Duck Tails
Mig 29
Super Mario/Duck Hunt
Super Mario 3   read

4:54 AM on 07.23.2008

My New Lady, Morrigan, Let me Share her with you

BigPopaGamer recently showed off his lady, so I thought I should too since apparently everyone's building new computers right now.

My old girl, Pearl, is still formidable in power due to minor upgrades here and there over the last 4 years. Nevertheless, I knew it was time to move on. I sold Pearl to a friend of mine and spend the last week or two adding in a few new parts, and resetting her up from scratch (and copying all my data off onto my backup drive). I only got around to really setting up my new girl, Morrigan, in the last few days.

This is Morrigan:

As you can see, she's a product placement whore.

Under the hood, nothing out of the ordinary. Big front side fan vent, removable internal hard drive port, standard sort of DVD burner, and card reader (super useful and cheap. I recommend anyone building a computer to get one).

I like windows. I'm not really a fan of LED's at all. But they're pretty hard to avoid these days. I think this is predominantly because these are designed by geeks with poor taste for geeks with poor taste.

If you strip her down nude, you'll see beauty (it's clean beauty though, see cable ties?):

-1000w Dual 40 amp rail (for a total of 80 amps) modular Corsair Power Supply. This is, strangely, the most expensive part of the entire machine. I've never spent this much on a power supply before. It's big, but it's really stable and quiet like a ninja. Good money makes a difference I guess.
-Zalman Ridiculous Heatsink (allows me to overclock to 4ghz)
-It's sitting on a Intel Core 2 Dual 3ghz chip. I think it's 45nm
-4 gigs of ddr2 1066 kingston ram
-nvidia 8800gt. times 2. with a little slutty sli action.
-Hard drives: 2 640gig Sata 2, 1 120gig Sata 2, and one 80 gig ide that I use as a junk drive. I also have a 500 gig external. That's just barely under 2TB total. I'm not even sure what to do with all that space at the moment.

The current downside of SLI for me is that I can't have dual monitor on when I'm using the SLI function. So for now, SLI is mostly going to be for games, or for maya stuff when I don't need dual screens to work. This will eventually be irrelevant because it's given me a reason to invest in one of those 30 inch widescreen lcd's later down the road, although that may be awhile. The total cost for that future investment would be around 1300 + another 300 for a widescreen format wacom tablet, so it will have to wait till either a couple of heavy overtime weeks later on (which are definitely coming), or bonus time next spring.

My original budget pretax/shipping: 1000k
Adjusted budget after new power supply, extra video card and ram: 1400
And just to show I'm somewhat responsible with staying near budget...
+100 in rebates that I forgot to consider in the first place, +200 for selling old machine: Final Budget = 1100 (so only 100 over).

The name reference should be a little more obvious then bigpopa's lovely rig:

And that is all. Most everything is up and running sans a few minor details that will get sorted out over the next 2 weeks. Once all my files are organized and everything's back in place, I'll be recapping and painting again.

Speaking of recaps:
my old machine could handle like 25-30 browser tabs before I got a noticeable slowdown. This new one can handle a ridiculous amount more. I didn't even bother counting.
recaps will be back in a week, 2 tops

Alright. I'm done braggin' about my lady.   read

11:09 AM on 07.22.2008

no more recaps?

Just kidding.

For any of you loyal recap readers, you're probably wondering what the hell happened to recaps.

I just finished building a new computer last week and got it up and running last sunday, I've sold of my old computer already so I've been machineless at home for a week. I think it's going to take another week or 2 to full get up and running and get all my data migrated and organized from my back up devices. Plus, I switched to windows x64 and half my shit doesn't work anymore, so I gotta deal with finding new software/drivers/patches for alot of things.

Anyway, recaps aren't dead (although I was hoping someone would assume so and just take over), but they'll be gone for another week or two. I won't be recapping the downtime, it's just gonna be a fresh start. =P

On sidenote, if anyone wants to just completely take over, feel free to take the recap mantle.   read

7:41 AM on 07.13.2008

Cblog of 07.08.08 - 07.12.08 5 Day Recap + Arkisms

I was going to post some ridiculous picture to start off this recap, and I was hoping to start off the new recap account with this recap, but I currently don't have photoshop so neither of which is possible. Why? more to follow in arkisms after this epic recap, which I started at 2 am and finished as the sun started rise.

*- Soundtrack to War
*- Workmeng says it like it is
*- Workmengs E3 Predictions
*- ICO for PS3?
*- Chad's going to new jersey
*- PAX for Beginners
*- oh good. it arrived in one piece.
*- Thanks for Calling Destructoid
*- Mainstream Media and Games (NihonTiger90)
*- looks like I'm buying a wii for this
*- RFGO Animation WIP
*- movie remakes in GTA IV
*- this will probably end my life
*- Impossible Plant does Hamza
*- this is awesome
*- Patapon
*- Passing of Michael Turner
*- mirror's edge runners bag.

A- Did We Forget to Grow Up? (Fooliz)
A- Australian Government Sucks (Cowboy TTop)
A- RPG Meaning Lost (CookieMonster)
A- it's not a [genre] game until (mitchie mouse)
S- 10 things I learned this week (Aborto the Fetus)
S- Ready to Friday (Topher Cantler
S- Death by Cartoon 110 (Conrad Zimmerman)
S- Wiifit (Cowzilla)
M- Cammy (Nihon Tiger 90)
M- Kain Highwind (blehman)
M- Gordon Freeman (Eschatos)
M- figaro brothers (ryu89)
M- Nights (MPHTails)
M- Player Created Content (Stephen57)
M- megaman x (nilcam)
M- Tellah (blehman)
M- solidus snake (zen albatross)
M- Zack Fair (The Fil)
M- gregg the grim reaper (excremento)
M- Psymon Stark
P- No Podtoid this week
P- Guitar and BigPopa on Failcast!

C- sevink wants to give you a 360
W- daedead shares his win
W- Haxan wins a Dreamcast

E- VGLIVE Austin
E- Dtoid Stickam
E- some pinball event
E- anime expo 08
E- Texas narp
E- blip festival 2008
E- Florida NARP
E- AX 08
F- solid snake saturdays
F- MGO Saturdays
F- Halo 3 fnf recap
F- Halo FNF
F- 360 FNF
F- gears and tf2 fnf
F- wednesday night whatever
F- TFTuesday
D- Dtoid Helmet in the Haloz
S- yikes
C- What is a gamer?
C- jerrt returns
C- dog meat removed from olympic menus
C- beards
C- More signs of the american economy going down the shitter (oh wait, it's already down the shitter)
C- Cow Appreciation Day
C- sterling vs mxwarlwjrwepltk
C- cops in media, road rash
C- pirates
C- tiff has a fan
C- Yojimbo still hasn't played persona 3? I should fail this.
C- how to cancel xboxlive
C- yahtzee
C- fixed daily hotness
C- I do this. regularly
C- Samit's comin' to PAX
C- more pacification of america
C- gaming shapes who I am
C- things anime cons can do without
C- permanent disbarrment for jt
C- tubatic works in QA
C- SgtBilbo makes a baby
C- pain is fun for children
C- heretic is sorry about something
C- kadosho and the rings aftermath
C- how many games is too many?
C- random bullseye e3 wants
C- nintendo e3 predictions
C- Dale wants to know if he's a sexist pig.
C- E3 2008 Anticipation
C- gaming journalism
C- fooliz coming to the states
C- random musings from silverdragon
I- Mentok the Mindtaker
I- omar
I- supershort923
I- gamerguy 99
I- keebles
I- pizzakiller
I- jackal 27
I- chibicon
B- CronosBlade
H- Fogo
H- JynxShot

N- Halo Wars Shots
N- Flagship Closes
N- Keytar in Guitar Hero ?
N- Chrono DS Screens
N- Warhammer Age of Reckoning Announcements
N- Too Human Demo
N- Warhammer Features Cut
N- EU VC Update
N- punch out wii
N- algol in SC4
N- Tatsunoko vs Capcom outside the states?
N- RE5 Coop?
N- SFIV Command List
N- something about luminous arc 2
N- Capcom at Comiccon
N- no price drop for ps3
N- rockband drums
N- july 11th uk bargains
N- GTA IV amazon deal
N- rockband 2
N- too human demo next week
N- psn updates
N- Good Old Games
N- Burn out paradise ps3 update
N- EU Releases
N- oneechanbara coming to us
N- star ocean release dates
N- more rockband 2 info
N- ThunderForce IV confirmed
N- gears 2 banned in australia
N- SMT Nocturn Deal
N- animal crossing wii
N- some deals
N- quantum of solace
N- more rockband 2 info
N- more capcom vs tatsunoko
N- Battle Fantasia for US 360
N- Elebits 2
N- rock band dlc 7/8
N- skate it balance controls
N- UT3 amazon deal
N- Morrigon in Tatsunoko VS Capcom? I'm so getting this
V- new metroid sr388 video
V- Tatsunoko VS Capcom
V- Rockband 2 Songs
V- Rockband 2 Looks like Rockband
V- Rockband 2 (same trailer)
V- Killzone 2
V- Chrono Trigger US Trailer
V- Fallout 3 E3 Teaser Trailer
V- Mushroom Men Trailer
V- Star Wars the Force Unleashed Trailer
V- megaman 9 trailer
V- resistance 2 viral
V- Quantum of Solace
V- New Conduit Fooitage
V- beijing 2008
V- the last guy
V- wario land
V- banjo kazooie nuts and bolts
V- schizoid and golf
V- tatsunoko vs capcom
V- 2 new batman lego characters
R- Army of Two
R- RBVegas 2
T- Simpsons Game
T- Flagship Studios
T- Arcade Style Shooters
T- Old School (Zero Wing)
T- Ion Drums
T- relic brings something new to rts?
T- gears of war bots
T- Nihon's e3 Predictions
T- bandwidth raping rumor?
T- adventure games. btw, I want the longest journey 3
T- Chakan
T- Love
T- the MC in fable?
T- pushing the wii
T- The look of megaman 9
T- some motion control stuff on 360
T- the torture game
T- Captain Rainbow and Homophobia
T- dennis dyack
T- powerrangers
T- Casual Games
T- WoW related
T- Chocobo Dungeon
T- super chuck norris brothers is a real game
T- gaming zen
T- made in mexico vs japan
T- christmas rush
T- mirror's edge
T- bioshock trophies
T- WoW Related
T- The Conduit
T- top ten of macho
T- Megaman 9
T- nba jam and out of this world
T- what megaman 9 means for game development
T- schizoid and golf
T- official us star ocean website
T- guitar hero aerosmith
T- another wwII game
T- megaman 6
T- some bionic commando win
T- cliffy b
T- why is wow so popular?
T- rockband 3?
T- thunderforce IV
T- idiots on xbox live
T- more fake rock band 2?
T- is bungie hiding something?
T- is bungie hiding something? 2
T- song summoner
T- top 5 list of bed games
T- still life
T- superstardust HD
T- trophies
T- WoW related
T- dementium the ward
T- I'll believe it when it comes out. sadness.
T- halo cold storage map
T- cliffy b and gears 2
T- pokemon
D- CabinetOS
D- CTF Valhalla
D- Cabinet UI

A- an SC4 Comic
A- necros is racist
A- newgrounds flash collab
A- Podtoid Scribble
A- mercenaries comic?
A- Mega Model Thursday
A- Fanboys does TF2
MA- RFGO animation update
A- Mega Model Wednesday
F- max payne movie
F- Hellboy 2
F- Dark Knight
F- why?
F- blu ray releases
F- max payne
F- American Nightmare
F- hancock
F- Batman Gotham Knight
S- Megaman Lego?
S- Ion Rocker
S- jugs brings in a good new haul
S- some resin toys
S- LBG Papercraft
S- halo 3 weapon replicas made out of cardboard
S- good deal is good
S- toneman shirt
S- Papa hat
S- grow your own one up shroom
S- split reason does yahtzee

L- megaman 9 bosses
L- nintendo thinks you're stupid
L- lolololol
R- wii knockoffs
R- free slurpee at 7 11
R- dolphinmobile, random video, hot red head with balloons
R- golden sun or something.
R- same wii knockoff
R- mega 64 panel of doom
V- Emerald Hill Without Rings
V- Screw Attack Top 10 WTF video
V- retard snake
V- sonic sightings
V- mario on to catch a predator
V- mega64: spore ruined my life
V- peach has a big rack
V- megaman no damage, no buster, final destination
V- zero punctuation lego indiana jones
V- crashman is gay?
V- angry video game nerd on superman64
V- sipping the hatorade
V- ladies love nintendo, nintendo loves women?
V- epic boss fight
V- mega64 trolls a bunch of naruto cosplayers
C- trophies
C- headset issues
C- doctor who ds
C- #4
C- #5
C- #6
C- #7
C- #8
?- ?
?- ?
?- ?
?- ?
?- ?
?- ?
?- old argument is still old
?- ?
?- responses to responses?
?- ?
?- something about red vs blue
?- ?
?- ?
?- ?
?- ?
?- trophy whore?
?- diablo 2 keys?
?- brett favre?
?- iphone 3g?
?- ?
?- ninja cats?
?- this isn't over yet?
?- ?
?- ?
?- win 5000 dollars?
?- ?
?- ?

S- old
S- confirmed fake
S- #3?
S- #4
F- I don't get it either
F- #2
F- #3
F- #4
F- #5


I have been working long long hours lately. I've had little time for personal life, personal work, and destructoid. Fortunately, there seems to be a lull in the long hours coming up, which means I'll be able to catch up on things for awhile until the next crunch.

In anycase, the long hours do have the advantage of overtime pay. In the last 3 months, I doubled the amount that I usually put in my savings account, spent about 1500 dollars on games, which as a result my game shelf:

is getting full and I'll have to buy another column very soon. I added some rare games to the collection, including:

which is pretty cool.

the best part though, is I decided to go forward with the long awaited upgrade of my current pc, which I've been pushing the limits of the last 2 years. I gave myself kinda a hard limit in that I would not spend more then a weeks pay on my new computer's parts, so it's not some ridiculous 5 grand computer, but it's pretty decent and far better then what I have now. Here's what I ordered:

RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black ATX mid tower
EVGA 123-YW-E175-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i FTW SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
EVGA 512-P3-N802-AR GeForce 8800GT Superclocked
ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler
Kingston HyperX NVIDIA SLI-Ready 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W
Rosewill RCR-102 52-in-1 USB 2.0 Card Reader
LG Black 22X DVD+R
2X Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
Rosewill RX750-S-B ATX12V v2.2 & EPS12V v2.91 750W Power Supply 100

All in all about 1k bucks. This thing should run circles around my current machine, which means I can push more data in maya and handle larger images in photoshop and paint larger canvas's with more complicated brushes in painter. awesome sauce. This also means that I've been preparing my data to move to the new pc, and also reformatting and resetting up my old pc (I'm selling it to a friend), so my usual tools are not available to me, HENCE the Dtoid recap account has been delayed a week.

Everything but the power supply has arrived though:

and I finally found a use for all these dtoid stickers I have:

anyway, I expect to be working normal hours starting next week or the week after, and I look forward to testing the limits of my new machine, so except some new art from me relatively soon.   read

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