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1:55 PM on 10.06.2010  

Contest Thing: Win a Copy of UN Squadron



All you need to do is visit the forums

HERE

and beat the pants off of ZombiePlatypus in a 90's music quiz type thing. ZP's won the last two games, so he's due to be knocked off the throne. There's a little something special that comes along with this awesome SNES gem.

Head on over if you want to give it a try.   read


10:52 AM on 04.03.2009  

Wii FNF: No More Mr. Nice Guy edition



For anyone who thinks that Mario Kart is all about good clean family fun, youíve obviously never Karted with us. Weíre a bit scattered, but there will still be some waggling going on tonight. Iíve tried to be really nice all week, but once Kart starts up that will all get thrown out the window. Come one out and throw down with us for as long as your ears can take it.

Ryu89 (might be?) hosting Brawl
Brawl Code: 0817-3428-3165
Skype: Ryuh89
Time: 11pm EST

Youíll find more of us here:

Mario Kart:
Digtastik Kart Kode: 2020 0092 3270
Craineum Kart Kode: 3738 0140 6156


Bomberman:
Digtastik: 4167 7948 3525
Craineum Code: 0044 6227 4344


Medal of Honor Heroes 2:
Nicknames: craineum, digtastik
Skype: digtastik
Time: 10pm EST

It's on.
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1:32 PM on 02.27.2009  

Wii FNF: Still Standing Edition



Nintendo fanboys unite! You are not alone. Stand strong and believe in yourselves. If those motivational words fail to boost your spirits in the face of the Wiiísí meager online offerings, well thereís really not much you can do about it, so do what we do and gather for a night brawling, bombing, karting, and fragging on the world famous WFC.

Ryu89 is hosting Brawl
Brawl Code: 0817-3428-3165
Skype: Ryuh89
Time: 11pm EST

Youíll find more of us here:

Mario Kart:
Digtastik Kart Kode: 2020 0092 3270
Craineum Kart Kode: 3738 0140 6156


Bomberman:
Digtastik: 4167 7948 3525
Craineum Code: 0044 6227 4344


Medal of Honor Heroes 2:
Nicknames: craineum, digtastik, groebo (ie they all match our dtoid nicks)
Skype: digtastik
Time: 10pm EST

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11:26 AM on 02.05.2009  

Dreamtoid: You Make My Dreams



The Dreaming:

Scene 1 - Dig and Craineum arrive in the shire.

York that is. Craineum and I hopped a flight to England. I assume it was an uneventful flight. I'm sure I was drunk the entire time; it's the only way I can fly. Once we touched down, we nabbed a car. Not just any car, a sloppy jalopy. Cruising down an old country road we approached our destination - a pine tree lined drive where we find Brother Banj standing in the morning sunlight. Though we'd never met, it was like a reunion of long lost brothers. We take off in our jalopy to destinations unknown, Banj's long white Biggles scarf trailing in the wind.

Scene 2 - Dogfight!



Our destination turns out to be the theater. The crowd is hushed as the curtains part. Lightning flashes and thunder booms, ushering in the battle theme. Descending from the rafters, the combatants glare at one another. Dig and Craineum in full Snoopy and Woodstock attire brace for the attack from atop the Sopwith Camel. The Red Banj dives from the clouds an attempt to draw first blood. Each pass is accompanied by gasps and cheers from the crowd. The crowd waits with bated breath as the battle seems to be winding down, no victor apparent, when just then...

I awake.

The Meaning:
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The Players - Craineum, Digtastik, and Banj
This one's not so far fetched; Craineum and I spend too much time together apparently(just ask his wife). We work, lunch, and play games together. Banj, well, his is one of those strong personalities that I was talking about. He reminds me of my good friend Rob, that is if Rob looked different and had an English accent.

The Travel - Pax '09.
Craine and I apprently missed out on a lot of fun last year and decided at that time that we'd be taking a trip across the states this time around.

The Car - Not real sure about this one.
I just had this image of us joyriding in some rag top sloppy jaloppy with Banj wearing a flight helmet and goggles with his Biggles scarf trailing behind us in the wind. Perhaps it was based on the misadventures of Serpy and the Banjit from last year.

The Aerial Theatrics - Dig and Craineum battle Banj a la Snoopy vs the Red Baron
My best guess is that it was inspired by Banj's stage play here. That and my love of Snoopy and Woodstock.

There you have it. I just admitted I had a dream about Snoopy LARPing with a couple of other dudes. Super. See you all at PAX.

*Next up is a cookout at Dyson's place with Topher the rogue.*   read


1:02 PM on 02.04.2009  

10 Things DiggyT's Postin' Up In It

Most of these things I don't normally discuss, so there should be a few new things here that folks can still learn about little ol' me.



1) I had a really ugly bike in grade school
My bike was so ugly it made the older kids pick on me. Everyday after school I had to climb a tree to free my bike from where those bastards had staged their bicycle lynchings.

2) I am sore afraid of LARPers
I started playing Dungeons & Dragons in the 4th grade. I've always enjoyed that stuff, but as an adult, getting invited to pelt a bunch of dudes with bean bags in the woods don't do it for me.

3) I saw the Jackson 5 Victory tour
Yeah, I went to Dallas and saw MJ hee hee it up with his bros. I think i was 9 or so.

4) I have a bb in my leg
My cousin popped me with a Crossman air rifle. The bb was nestled snugly behind my shin. Doc said best to leave it there. I did shoot my cuz back, but he leapt into the air and it went through his thigh.

5) I got in trouble for beating up a handi-capable kid in junior high
I didn't want to... the guy had a crush on me and grabbed my ass everday on the bus. I'd asked him not to do that and apparently that pissed him off. He jumped on my back and started hitting, scratching and biting me. The bus driver gets on the bus right as I'm bashing the kid's head against the back of the seat. Yeah, I looked like the bad guy.

6) I sang at Lincoln Center
My choir took a trip on a greyhound from NE Louisiana to NYC when I was in 9th grade. Yeah, put a bunch of hormonal high school kids on a bus and ship them to New York. Amazing roadtrip.

7) I corrupted a bunch of nuns in Ireland
While visiting some nuns in a monastery in Ireland, I installed a modem in their office computer and got their ISP access set up. Everyone knows the internet's for porn.

8) I'm friends with a real life gladiator.
American, that is.

9) I have gigantic balls
My wife always wanted to hear me sing, but I'd never do it in front of her. When I finally did, it was during our wedding reception. Every chick in the place wanted my junk; every cat in the joint wanted to beat my ass.

10) I love yacht rock.
I can't hear "What a Fool Believes" without bobbing my head and tappin my toes. Micahael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Hall and Oates... I just can't help mahseff.   read


10:28 AM on 11.20.2008  

Dreamtoid: The Summer of 'MM9


I know at least a few of you will get a nice chuckle out of this. I'm also positive that someone
will whip out the "that's so gay!" stick. Chad and Colette might even get scared...

The Dreaming

The summer morning sun pours through the window into the tiny room. The three youngsters
sit bathed in sunlight on the edge of the little yellow bed. They gaze at the small television
in awe as the title screen lights up their eager faces. The two boys can no longer contain their
excitement and leap from the bed screaming, "Mega Man 9! Mega Man 9! Mega Man9!" while
throwing up a high-five as only two nerdy white kids can.

"Guys! Can we play the fucking game already?!?" shouts Colette. Chad and Dig glare at her
as if shocked that she'd dare interrupt their celebration. "Oh my God! Oh my God! This is
going to be AMAZING!!!" gushes Chad. In his excitement, Dig loses all control and tries show
his girl gamer friend his best finishing moves.

Before Chad can press Start, he drops the controller with a shrill shriek as Colette slaps Dig in
the face. Suddenly Colette's grandmother *BAMFS!* into the room. She shouts at Colette, "You
get home right this instance young lady! I won't have you playing with the likes of these two
hooligans!" "But! But! But! This is bullshit Grandma! He was just excited about Mega Man 9!"
Colette protests.

Colette and her grandmother leave the room and as the door shuts, Chad declares, "Well, too
bad for her. You're my new best friend! Yay Mega Man 9!" ...and the played and played and
played.

The Meaning

As with any dream, some of this crap just makes no sense. Other parts are much easier to
figure out. Let's do this.

The Location: This was my bedroom during the 80s. I had a hideous yellow bed spread
and a dip in the bed where my friends and I parked our asses to play Atari and Nintendo in
front of my tiny tv.

The Game: This dream occurred in the weeks leading up to the Mega Man 9 release
and I was really looking forward to downloading it. Oddly, we were playing it on my SNES. That makes no
sense due to the game's 8-bit leanings(also we were playing this in the 80s). Perhaps the
SNES made its appearance simply because it's the best damned console ever.

The Players: Chad, Colette and Me. I really enjoy RetroforceGo! and since Chad and Colette
tend to be the most vocal, they got to be my gamer friends.

The High Five:

Nerdy white guys should never attempt to do this, but they occasionally forget that
and attempt it every now and again.

The Kiss: I can only imagine that part went something like this...
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but with a girl... and uh, Mega Man 9. Or maybe it was that I never had any female gamer
friends during that wonderful coming of age time. I got nothin' on this one.

Grandma:

I liken her to Nightcrawler since she really just appeared from thin air. Although she wasn't
getting rid of Colette's SNES, she did keep her from playing it in this dream.

The End: Well... I think this was young Chad demonstrating his loose allegiances when
it comes to friends and video games.


So, I guess that's it for this dream. Next time, Craineum and Digtastik travel overseas
for a magical joyride with the Red Baron.   read


3:10 PM on 11.17.2008  

Dreamtoid: Digtastik's Dreamland


I'll be starting a new dream series detailing the ridiculous subconscious meanderings of a middle aged gaming fanatic.

Destructoid is a great community with quite a few very strong personalities. I have get my daily dose of chuckles from the cblogs, podcasts, and forums. Even though I haven't met most of the people that I interact with here, these interactions have become a part of my daily grind just the same. As much time as I spend here, it is only natural then that my brain would continue to sift through these daily ramblings as my body rests. I happen to be one of those people that remember the contents of my dreams; I've yet to decide if this is a good thing.

What I do know is that I have a head full of Destructoid. Over the past few months, I have had a handful Destructoid related dreams surface. At first, I thought it was a bit strange and more than a little bit obsessive. I hesitantly confessed to my retro gaming partner in crime, Craineum, that I was having Destructoid dreams. His first response was to just utter the single word, "Issues."


He was only half joking I imagine(pot vs kettle), but after I told him about that first dream, he eventually stopped laughing and said "Cblog."

It's taken a bit convincing, but in a few days I'll begin posting rundowns of my first few Destructoid dreams. I envision this being a kind of dream analysis series. I'll document the contents of the dreams and a breakdown of what I believe they were all about. After the first few, we'll just have to see if they continue.

I suspect that I'll catch a bit of abuse for these posts, but when you get to be our age, you've really lost all sense of shame.

Absolutely No Shame

So get ready for some high adventure/misadventure tales from the depths of Digtastik's Dreamland. The first one stars a couple of well known RetroforceGO! members, an elderly woman, and a little guy we all know and love as Mega Man - and no, it has nothing to do with Craineum's progeny.   read


4:50 PM on 11.13.2008  

Nametoid: What You Meant To Say Was...



A few weeks ago Craineum and I were yammering on about all things dtoid and we found ourselves fumbling over our fellow community members' names. Is it bleh-man or blay-man? Pendleton or peendleton? You get the picture.. Hell, we get to hear our favorite podcast hosts stumble over our names all the time. No one is immune to this - join the facebook group, Mr. J<*FSHLAFFISHMANAFART*H@#. You're not alone. The solution?

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Well, Phonics of course!

We discussed prefixing listener comments with a helpful pronunciation key so the podcast hosts might be able to untie their tongues. Good idea. After further thought, we figured it might be kind of cool or useful or just plain fun to have a repository for this stuff. So there you have the supposed purpose of this blog. Add your name/pronunciation to the list if you want.

Let me just go ahead and get this party started:

dĭg-tăs'tĭk   read


9:53 AM on 06.18.2008  

Delusional Fanboys - Castlevania 2 Simon's Quest



I've been playing a bunch of my childhood games again lately. Simon's Quest is one of these games. When I was 15, I thought this game was amazing. I played and played and played. Playing through the game now, I say to myself "Self, WTF were you thinking? This game sucks monkey balls." From the horrid engrish to the lousy time lapse dynamic to the "squat by in this random spot to proceed" BS - what made this game worth it? The 1st game rocked, but like Link's Adventure, this follow up was a completely different game. So just what made the game stick for me?



Nintendo Power is what made this game. Admit it, no of us would have ever made it through this piece of shit game without the help of this wonderful magazine and the pay-per-call hint lines. I know I made a few calls to various game expert hotlines. I tried my damnedest not to, but I can deifinitely remember making my way through those hotline menus.

So be honest with yourself... I loved the game. I still own the game. I've recently played the game. I have to ask though, was this really a good game? Or are we all just trying to delude ourselves in hopes of preserving those precious childhood memories?




A shiny turd is still just a turd. Me, I AM a delusional fanboy.   read


12:58 PM on 06.17.2008  

The Bittersweet Taste of FFVI



I've taken it upon myself to play through the Final Fantasy series main canon this year. Here it is June and I've just completed Final Fantasy VI. I never played it on my SNES - I
was in my early 20s when this game hit the states

partying more often than I was sitting at home playing games that required that much of a commitment. Other than VII, I think this is probably the most hyped up entry
in the series. It didn't live up to the hype for me - I greatly enjoyed it, but it's far from my favorite.

The reasons that this game falls short for me apply to many more rpgs than this one, but since FFVI is so fresh in my mind, it catches all of the abuse(sorry guys). I'm not going to say this game sucks, because I did enjoy it, I just didn't enjoy every aspect of it. I always read about how great this game is, but it's rare that I find folks willing to say they dislike anything about it. So, here are the things that I bitched about in my gaming circle while playing through this game.

Difficulty


This was by far the easiest RPG I have ever played. In most games of this genre, gameplay is made rather linear by letting you think you can go wherever you want, but then handing you your ass in one fell swoop when you enter an area you weren't really prepared for. There were only 2 instances in this game, that made me kick back and consider grinding a bit or rethinking some strategy. I'm not even counting the lack of difficulty once acquiring dual cast ultima.

Kefka who? I didn't even break a sweat in the final battle - everyone knows that you normally have one character dedicated to nothing but healing for the entire duration of most final battles. I didn't come close having a stressful sweaty final battle - and this with characters in the early 40s. I fully anticipated the final boss to kick my ass. Not so here.

No Class


Character classes were completely lost, since every character in the game could become proficient in magic regardless of their supposed class and armed equpiment. Maybe that's the old school D&D junkie in me, but when every character in your party can cast devastating magic spells when fully armed AND using two-handed weapons, there's no real need for any other skills. Sure the developers gave each character a unique skill, but were they really necessary? I rarely used them.

Weight of the World


The inventory I finished the game with was ridiculous. I see very few games these days that even recognize such a thing as encumbrance. If my party is carrying to much shit, there should be a penalty somewhere. I didn't even have to sell off stuff to make room for more important/better stuff. Sure, it would have made sorting through my inventory easier,
but since I didn't have to do it, I didn't.

Crowded House


*POSSIBLE SPOILER*
Probably my biggest gripe, was the lack of a main character to build and identify with. Was there a main character? I don't know - the game splits your party up too early and too often for my taste. I never found a character that I felt was mine. I kept a core party of Edgar, Celes, Terra, and Sabin when I was allowed but there were how many more characters there that Ididn't give 2 shits about. Not only could I have not cared any less for the extra characters, but it's like the developers were offended by that. They actually make you go find everybody at one point in the game! These characters were pointless, and now I have to go find them again? Hell, I was happy to be rid of them! Requiring me to form 3 parties for the assault on Kefka's tower seemed like a cheap way of making sure I tried differing play dynamics. If I hadn't had to track everyone down to complete the game, this would have been a much shorter game.

All in all I enjoyed it, but there were definitely things that could be improved. I may be over doing it by playing the entries this series all so close to one another, but I'm at least having a good time doing it.   read


9:30 AM on 06.16.2008  

Bargain Hunter - Quest for the Past

Hopefully we all learn from our mistakes in life; I certainly have. Most recently I've learned two important lessons - 1) I wish I had held on to all of my old systems and carts 2) I've become cheap. These things combined have made me a bargain hunter.
For the last ten years, I've been lurking on Ebay, hitting pawn shops, Goodwill centers, and flea markets in pursuit of that next big score.

I've of course purchased a replacement NES and SNES along with some of my favorite carts like this one

Great condition with box and manual for $5. Ebay is great for the anxious completist in me since, if you're willing to pay the price you can get just about anything you want. You just have to weed out the shipping rapists.

Used game shops of the independent variety tend to hide some great finds. There's this shop,Console Concepts Gaming Center, that I need to hit where cart prices range from $5 - $60. Check their AWESOME PICS and start drooling. I snagged a copy of this piece of crap
for $1 at a small place in a local mall during a big sale. Now they only sell poker supplies.

Most recently I've decided to play through the Final Fantasy series(except for the online BS - not interested). I'd played through the first 3 on the GBA/DS and was on the hunt for IV-VI. Amazon had IV and V Advance for $20 each, but they also had the FF anthology and chronicles for $15-$20. Since that included FFIV,V, VI and Chrono Trigger, I was all over it. Unfortunately, 2 days after placing the order I heard the latest RetroforceGo! wherein those versions were panned as the worst or the re-releases. I canceled the order and bought the GBA versions of IV and V. Good choice since I was then able to play them whenever and wherever I wanted to.

- Yes, I could have found an SNES copy, but I was digging the mobile aspect of the re-releases so that's what I hunted for. Amazon had it used and new from various sellers from $25 up. Walmart had it for $30. I wanted it for less. I searched and searched; I'd just about given up hope when I found a copy at Circuit City. All of their GBA games were on an endcap in one big box. Buried in that box was what I'd been looking for at the nice acceptable price of $17. Gets better; since all of the GBA games were on clearance it rang up at the register for $6. SCORE! (Thanks Freddy!)

On to the big daddy of the FF series. You know the one. Yeah, that one that people seem to want to charge so much for just about everywhere you find it listed.
I lost my copy of it back in '98, but with minimal effort I've found my best score of the year. Craigslist - I failed to mention this resource. The listing was for a rev1 PS2 with 5 ps2 games and 7 ps1 games. The games included FFVII, FFVIII, FFIX, FFX, and Kingdom Hearts. All complete and in perfect working condition. It seemed to good to be true. The score - $100!!! Suck it. I was all over that deal like a fat cat on a bb.

So what good finds have you made lately? Me, I have some more hunting to do.   read







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