Yikes. It's been a while since I posted a cblog. I've been super busy with school as soon as I returned from China, so it's been difficult finding the time after my classes to post on my favorite website evar.
HOWEVER, this event I'm about to describe was pretty cool, and I wished to share it with you.
Christopher Mintz-Plasse, otherwise known as the character McLovin' from the film Super Bad, was in Athens at the University of Georgia promoting his new movie Role Models. I go to UGA. I decided I HAD to meet McLovin'.
And meet him I did. Before he went into the movie theater to watch the film with the students, I was standing there, kind of upset because the theater was full and I couldn't get in. But hey, at least I can see Christopher standing right next to me! If only I had a camera...
And thus did my friend pull out her cellphone and take a picture of the two of us together. It was pretty awesome. He's a nice guy, and not nearly as awkward as he is in the movies.
Even better, IGN.com was there recording everything and documenting his trip. And I showed up!
Yes, fellow D-toiders, I'm traveling to China for a month.
I'm pretty stoked, actually, because this means I will have traveled to the three main east Asian countries (S. Korea, Japan, and China). Of course, I'm also apprehensive, because unlike Korean and Japanese, I have NO IDEA how to speak in Mandarin, Cantonese or any of the various Chinese languages. But I'll try my best, and hopefully find a kind soul who understands a little English.
So how does this trip of mine relate to my blog here on Destructoid? As us gamers know, The Great Wall and tacky-as-hell decor aren't the only things China is known for; I, of course, am talking about video game knock-offs. While in China, I hope to find, document, and maybe even purchase, as many of them as I can find. Of course, I have a limited budget, so that third option won't happen very much, but I can assure you I'll try to purchase a Vii.
One snag in my planned documentation is the limited Internet access I'll have while in China. Due to all the crazy commie proxy servers every computer runs through over there, it's difficult to access western content, including Destructoid. I'll try the best I can, but I'll most likely have to wait til I get back before I can post pictures or blogs.
There's also the fact that this guy has already documented a LOT of Chinese knock-offs, so I'm hoping to find something he hasn't listed already.
I'm really excited to witness these gaming abominations in person, and I fully expect the experience to enlighten me.
And if you happen to come across any international news about a Korean American tourist tearing some shit up in the Land of the Dragons, know that I'm doing it for you, Destructoid.
So I'm, like, super excited about Diablo III, right? I played Diablo II a lot, but there were a lot of things about the game that eventually turned me off. For one thing, playing on Battlenet eventually boiled down to running as fast as you can through dungeons until you get to the boss and whack him like a pinata until he drops rares. Then everyone makes a mad dash clicking away (or using a loot bot) to get as much shit as possible. Repeat.
Anyway, point is, I hope Diablo III is different from Diablo II. They have a chance to make a really great game that will hopefully accommodate lots of different play-styles, as well as encourage cooperation between players online.
The last thing on my mind, quite frankly, is how the game looks.
And yet, low and behold, we have petitions to change the graphics. Fanboys crying out because the game doesn't 'look scary enough' or 'it looks too much like WoW'. What the hell?? How does any of that make sense? Sure, the environments are a little more colorful, and the shoulder pads are a little bigger this time around, but c'mon. Why are these little pricks getting so up-in-arms about it?
Anywho, the deepest cesspool of fanboy idiocy has got to be in the diablofans.com forums. These are people who have no concept of artistic design, and think changing the art direction of a game already four years in production is as easy as fiddling around with filters in Photoshop. They all say 'OMG IT LOOKS LIKE WOW THIS SUX' just because of the 'cartoony' and 'blocky' models and textures. So I've been trolling around, posting arguments and generally being a dick, and I gotta tell you, there are some really, REALLY stupid people who don't really understand the concept of game design and accessibility. It makes me wish I could reach through the Internet and punch someone in the face. That would be awesome.
Ugh, just wanted to share that with you, D-toid. My handle there is deigaman, if you're interested in joining in on the conversation.
This has gotta be the funniest thread I've ever read.
This Facebook thread, attached to a group that's trying to break the guiness world record for number of members (eye roll) is perhaps the greatest flamebait in the history of the internets.
'Tim McMartin' and 'Darnell Wisdom' are two angry black people complete with stock photos that look lifted right off of Google Image Search. They're demanding for whites to 'plogize' for slavery, while being extremely racist themselves and typing in Ebonics.
What's great about this is not only the obvious satire being presented here, but all the little white high school kiddies who are completely falling for it, defending themselves and accusing the original posters for being racist themselves.
Meanwhile, the Facebook group just keeps getting more and more users.