Hey. I graduated from a crappy Art school that taught me nothing. I work at a Web place and basically update peoples websites from the early 90's.
I've been gaming since sine the Atari 2600. Unfortunetly, my family was not blessed with the best financial situation so over the years I could only get one console per generation. Fate dealt me a NES, Sega Genesis, N64, GC & PS2, now all three. Plus all the Nintendo handhelds to date.
I sadly never owned a SNES but played it a lot at a friends growing up.
I like action/adventure games for the most part. FPS's tend to get played alot also. Every so often a good RPG sucks me in.
I used to consider my self good a rhythm games (Freq & Amplitude FTW) but I don't play as much as I used to. I'm sure every 10 year old kid out there can 100% expert blindfolded these days.
I just unwillingly put 60 hours into Fallout and I'm not done yet.
I just started Lost Odyssey and I fear for my free time.
E3 has officially gotten me excited for something for the first time in years. (FACT: I don't make cblogs unlesss I'm really excited about something. Also, because I suck at writing cblogs) Honestly, I've wanted this game for so long I gave up on wishing it would be announced at any of these conferences anymore. Then seeing that post for Golden Sun show up on the Dtoid front page it reminded me of why we should look forward to events like E3. To see that one game that you almost gave up hope on, or that one game that makes the next few months move so incredibly slow due to anticipation. Well, that last part may not be fun, but you get my point.
Anyway, back to Golden Sun. Golden Sun to me was a near perfect RPG. This comes from a guy who doesn't really like many RPGs. Alot of the time I give up on RPGs part of the way through, either due to grinding or just horrible story. Golden Sun never did that for me. The grinding, the powers, the dijinn, the summons, the characters, the story, the villains everything just came together to make such an engrossing experience that I just couldn't put down.
The first Golden Sun, I turned it on and got through 60% of the game in one sitting. It grabbed me from the get-go and never let up. Then Golden Sun: The Lost Age took that amazing feeling the first game gives and multiplied it.
Sure the story is slightly cliche. Young people from a small village, village destroyed, young people go on quest to defeat evil that destroyed village, gain magical powers, etc. But The Golden Sun story gives that cliche so much life that it feels like your apart of whats going on and not just some proxy for a boy with a mission. The game makes you actually give a shit about Garret and Jenna and eventually her brother Felix and all the other characters - even the villains! You actually feel bad for some of the bad guys as you defeat them knowing that some of them actually may be doing the right thing in trying to stop you. There's just so much depth in the Golden Sun universe.
Which is why I am glad that Nintendo is finally letting us go back to Weyward and see where the story of Isaac and his friends leads next.
So far we have 5 1/2 teams. It's been slow moving and I have decided to promote it in the cblogs to see if anyone else is interested in getting in on the action. The more the merrier I always say.
Someone has mentioned why not the PC. Well thats because the person who started the thread said 360 first. I'm sure you can go out and start a PC one for Dtoid.
Also, it has been said that L4D isn't the kind of game that lends well to tournaments because of how much luck is involved with winning. I beg to differ. I think luck is part of the game but a larger part of the game is coordination with your fellow teammates.
If you want in, go into the thread and reply with your team added to the list and your team members. Or PM me and I'll do it for consistency.
Tomasz in the forum thread came up with some guidelines and rules for everything so if you go to the thread it will be explained in full.
Here are the teams so far:
1 TheWolfParade (Tomasz)
2 KILL THE MUSIC
So I went into work today to sell my soul at old Best Buy and I was putting DVDs away on the shelfs and what do I come across but none other than a Sam and Max DVD!
I went to go check the release date and it turns out that I can legally sell it to people on March 11th! Normally, I wouldn't post about this (as you can see I don't post often at all) but this excited me because I personally loved Hit The Road when I was little I would play it constantly.
A few years ago I tried to emulate it because I relealized I never beat it back in the day and I couldn't install it on my newer machine. Never got that to work so I've been thinking about getting into the Episodes that have been putting out. This dvd release has peaked my interests again and I am going to download the first few this weekend.
What I want to know is what the animated series is all about. Anyone got any insight into that? Maybe I will want to pick that up too. We only have two copies in the store so already they are going fast.
I know I should post an intro and what not, but I can do that later. I just thought this was better suited for here than the forums. Just know I've been here since the beginning and rock DTOID as my homepage.
Apparently, there are people out there in the world that hate Destructoid with a burning-in-their-pants-passion. Some people on digg are blaming us for the Jade Raymond thing saying we were drawing attention to Jades sexuality before this whole comic thing started, giving it more attention than it should have.
If I am not mistaken, every web site everywhere had anything Jade Raymond related posted to their gaming blog. NOT just Destructoid. It's just that when other posters on other blogs say inappropriate things they get banned. Destructoid doesn't ban people (atleast that easily). Free speach is rampant here. That isn't our fault as a collective. Its the individuals fault.
The only thing I saw changed was the comic and nude picture of Jade in the cblogs. And that was something I think needed to be done.
IN CONCLUSION, other people/sites need to stop being player haters. And some gamers need find a little more respect for their fellow human beings and for women in general. Jokes are all fun in games but this was a little far.
"The article misses the point. People see a pretty girl that is associated with games and they will be included to click to read further. She may not sell games, but if you take a picture of say Gabe Newell when he was fairly unknown and attached to a game that hadn't yet received a huge following, people will tend to pass it by, "Huh, Some fat guy talking about 'Half Life'". But you take Jade's pretty face and female gender, attach her to a game that was relatively unknown and you will get instant buzz from gamers. They will see her pic on a blog and will be much more inclined to read further based on her face alone.
AC is an awesome game and deserves all the buzz its gets and would have probably garnished much of the same attention in the long run, but Ubisoft knew exactly what it was doing when it decided to put her out there as the front 'woman' for this game. Now with some digusting sap creating this revolting comic of her, Ubisoft has turned into the tough boyfriend character, trying to flex their muscles to show off. Trying to play the knight in shining armor, trying to impress her and gain some respect from her as well as others among the industry and without.
Are Ubi's threats justified, I would say yes and no. Yes, they have the right to protect Jane and their game. The comic used the logo of the game and it could be taken by some deluded fool that this was actually sponsored by Ubisoft. It also was probably the most revolting thing I have seen in a while. Seriously guys, she is human, she is an actual living breathing person, not just someone you see in youtube clips and blog postings. Unfortunately, places like Destructiod are run by a bunch of virginal, juvenile retards that have been drooling over Jane much longer than the few days this comic has surfaced. Ubisoft should have known that assholes like those that run D-toid exist and should have known taken measures earlier with action against D-toid and other sites if they didn't want things to devolve as far as they went.
Personally I hope Ubisoft Blacklists D-toid and never does an interview nor gives them advances release copies of their games ever again."