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4:31 PM on 02.01.2011

Call Of Duty: First Strike Contest! (Canadian 360 Owners Only!)

Ever wanted to enter a Destructoid contest only to have the person in charge waggle his index finger and pucker his bottom lip and say "Nay Nay, my contest is open to Americans only". How gay is that? The answer? VERY. So here I present to you the Call Of Duty: First Strike Contest! Open Only To Canadian Xbox 360 owners! Give yourselves a round of applause!



I recently had this idea to gift some DLC to a friend in the United States Of America. I was hoping this particular gift could infact go towards paying for the new Black Ops Map Pack "First Strike" which hit XBLA today. Sadly because Canada is a multilingual country (damn you Canada) that actually embraces our French Canadian bretheren (WHY?) the First Strike Map Pack comes in both English & French. AKA, it ain't compatible with the American version of Black Ops. So here's where you LUCKY CANADIANS OF DESTRUCTOID COME IN.

Contest Rules

1. Must Be Canadian: I know when your not Canadian and when your sleeping and not sleeping, I know when your awake and drinking Maple Syrup, all barrell chested with two tree trunks under each arm.

2. Must Own An Xbox 360/Xbox Live Account: Sorry Elsa, It just won't work on a PS3, I tried putting in the codes like 15 times....perhaps next time!

How To Enter

There are two ways you can enter this contest both require responding to THIS blog! I'd prefer to keep this "Call Of Duty" themed as that's what inspired me to give away the points but I'll accept answers from the "Halo" games as well if you don't play COD. So here are the questions, you can answer ONE or the other or if you're feeling ambitious you could answer BOTH but won't result in a better chance of you winning.

1. What's Your Favourite Gun and WHY is it your favourite gun for Multiplayer? (ie. if you prefer it because of some of the accessories that make it a better gun be sure to add that in your answer)

2. What's Your Favourite Perk and WHY is it your favourite perk for Multiplayer? (ie. because Ghost keeps you off the radar when a Spy Plane goes up or in Halo's case because the "Jetpack" allows me to rain death from above!

The Prize



You have DOUBLE THE CHANCE OF WINNING as I have two count 'em TEE DOUBLE U OHH 1400 Point Microsoft Gift Cards to give away to you the "Lucky Canadians Of Destructoid". Use the points for whatever your heart desires be it ridiculously overpriced DLC like the latest Call Of Duty Black Ops Map Pack "First Strike" or ridiculous Avatar gear like this!



Contest Ends This Thursday February 3rd 2011 at 12:00 Noon EST. I'll throw up a blog a few hours later and announce the winners, to which I'll PM you on Destructoid (or Twitter if you prefer) the code for the points. Thanks Guys and Good Luck to all those who enter!   read


2:38 PM on 01.18.2011

My Extremely Huge Backlog

I have no idea if it really is 'Extremely Huge' but I thought this would be the best way to find out....

Hey gang, I haven't written anything non Friday Night Fights and even then, I haven't written one of those either. This is partially due to me being one lethargic motherfucker. The other being my PC is in the shop....again. Is it any wonder I'm never going to be a PC gamer? Anyways, just for the sake of my sanity and to see how extremely behind I am I thought I'd list the games I have yet to get to but own anyway because I have "video game purchase addiction". Only myself to blame on that one though I am making a dent (beat X-Men Origins: Wolverine last night badda bing). Thankfully my purchase list for this year is pretty small, and even with alot of great games on the way, either alot of them are games I can live without (or atleast till a later and cheaper date) or Marcus is buying (Dead Space 2 for example) but enough jibba jabba, here is the "get the fuck on that already" list for this year and the impressions of the game from what I have played.



Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions

I had been interested in this since it was first announced. Especially since the gameplay of the "Noir" Spider-Man seemed to mimmick that of Batman in Arkham Asylum. I've yet to play more than the introduction as "Noir" but it seems alright. However this game was on sale for about 35 so I picked it up and I gotta say I'm not all that impressed. It's definitely more combat based and still retains some use of environments, the "Shattered Dimensions" aspect is cool but I gotta agree with everyone else, Free Roam worked better for Spidey

The Force Unleashed II

I can't comment too much on the game. To quote SuperMonk4Ever though "I don't care if this gets me banned from Dtoid but Force Unleashed II was a really great game!" and I gotta say with DLC for a mere 1$ punt kicking Ewoks for that price is a real treat (plus a whole 60$.....shut up). The demo was alright, and I've always liked the bad assery that involved tossing Stormtroopers even if the Force Grasp is still horribly broken in II as it was in the first game. Besides, now you can use Jedi Mind Tricks. What's not to love?

The Force Unleashed - Ultimate Sith Edition

I looked for this game like a mad man, Sure I already had a copy of the regular game on PS3 but I figured now was a good as time as any to find the Ultimate Sith Edition....only to find that finding the Ultimate Sith Edition was ridiculously hard to find. Seriously, I found a copy at the very last place I went to that night and I still only walked out with the discs inside a regular cased version of the game. Either way my reason for re-purchasing was partially due to me never beating the first, plus the fact that it came with all the DLC. No way was I paying 30 dollars for all that DLC to go on my HD when I can find it all in one package and keep it off the HD. Plus I really dig the whole "what if" scenarios the DLC represents.


Kane & Lynch: Dead Men

Want to know the best part of Kane & Lynch: Dead Men? The sheer tomfoolery of shooting my brother then reviving him then shooting him again. Too bad this "best part" is something I can experience on a ton of other Co-Op experiences nevermind the second Kane & Lynch game. Let's face it, Cliffy B said it best recently on Twitter "a bad game with a good story is still a bad game". That's essentially Kane & Lynch: Dead Men which surely does better tell the story of these two criminals than the second but gameplay cannot be ignored when it comes to how awful it is. It's kind of funny to see Jim Sterling rip apart Kane & Lynch 2. He makes some valid points but gameplay wise, the second is a much smoother experience.

Crackdown 2

I honestly wouldn't have bought this for anymore than what I got it for....which was 20 whole dollars. Then recently I found a bunch of copies for 15 dollars and bought some for my brother and my friend. Seriously, this game wouldn't be nearly any fun had I not. There's something about a mediocre game that atleast is made slightly better by the fact that you have a friend to blow shit up with. That's essentially what Crackdown 2 is, a bland experience overall made more fun by aformentioned blowing shit/each other up with various vehicles.

Assassin's Creed Brotherhood

I don't know why I didn't mention this sooner, but I think it has everything to do with my brother having my copy right now. Playing online with Steezy and SuperMonk has been a blast. It's definitely something we need to do again. Sure we've mentioned the poison abuse of Monk but you know what's really annoying? Steezy's amazing grasp of climbing. I swear even if some people say they've improved it I can say they really have not with the exception of those rope thingy's that send you straight to the top of a building in a few seconds. The grappling and climbing is still shit and that's why I can never catch Steezy! DAMNIT STEEZY! DAMN YOU FOR BEING SO GOOD! I dabbled in the single player for a little bit but in all honesty, I'd be happy just playing the Multiplayer. It's pretty fun.


Red Dead Redemption

If you've ever read any of my old blogs I talked about playing Red Dead Redemption way back when on the PS3. I've since abandoned that copy for the Xbox 360 version if only so I could shoot other people on the game since I've found more people to play with it on the 'ol 360. Though now I'm finally in Mexico and I'm getting really into the character. I will admit, I kind of found the very beginning of RDR to be quite the chore. I'm not sure I really enjoyed it. However as missions passed and Marston started his assault on Fort Mercer, the game became way more fun to play. Now that I'm in Mexico during an event in history I will say I'm really enjoying myself. You know you have a good character when you do like I do and either say in your head or outloud "You're Gonna DIE Friend!".

The Mass Effect Games

I originally bought both Mass Effect games at the behest of my brother. This was well before an announcement that ME2 would be on PS3. So I did just that and bought them. This was way back in June/July and I was still pretty fixated on playing Left 4 Dead 1/2 every night because it was such an amazing game and thus Marcus would put time in his Mass Effect game when I wasn't killing zombies. I think I'd like to thank Marcus for giving me Gamerscore on games I have yet to play but after all the verbal fellatio these games get and my love for the KOTOR games I can say that once I'm done RDR the wait to play these games will be well worth it...and I still get to play Mass Effect 1! Everybody (cept PS3 owners) wins!

Onechanabara: Bikini Samurai Squad

Worst Game Ever. You warned me Occams. Okay so maybe that's an exaggeration. It has a premise that will atleast last you maybe two levels if your generous. Beyond that it's kinda meh. The basic premise is you being an unstoppable bad ass chick wearing nothing but a cowboy hat, feather boa and bikini slice and dice zombies that hardly even fight back through each level. Just pure blood splattering zombie destruction which is cool but not a strong enough visual delight to base an entire game around.


Bioshock

Here's a game that I tried out on the PS3 and thought was really awesome and a "I'll get back to it" game. I finally did...by buying it again on the Xbox 360. Thankfully it was ubercheap, but I guess I'll repeat myself here, the install time for this game on the PS3 is ludicrous (up to an HOUR) so I figured I'd try it on 360 and I was playing it instantly. The game looks beautiful it really does. I'm so fucking impressed with it for what I played yet I kinda want to give it the time it deserves. Where as when I'm playing Mass Effect I'll play games that can stand a second stage like Force Unleashed. Either way from what I've played and the moral choice (though less the puzzles, I might get annoyed by those) Bioshock is gonna be a fun game.

Saint's Row Double Pack

Basically this was super cheap and it was 2 games that I'd had a mild interest in. Plus I THOUGHT the second game had Splitscreen Co-Op....such a ball buster that it's online (and that nobody on my friends list save VGFreak has it). The first game looks pretty bad and since it's made by THQ I totally see WWE wrestlers in everything rendered, especially the "create a gangsta" option which has alot of shit taken straight out of the WWE CAW's. Either way my guy was a black guy with corn rows. Fucking original right? Should be some stupid fun sometime down the road.

Gears Of War

Again many thanks to one Corduroy Turtle for sending me an uber cheap copy of this game. Gears Of War is honestly one ball bustingly hard game on "Hardcore" difficulty but what did I expect? Though that last chapter was so frustratingly hard I've heard that there's a light at the end of the tunnel and that I'm getting to the end. Perhaps either Corduroy or someone else would want to sit down with me on some Gears again and help me wrap up this bad boy before Gears 3 hits.


Halo 3

Ever since September 2010, understandibly Halo 3 has become irrelevant. Guess what guys, I STILL haven't beaten the single player campaign. Infact the last time I played the campaign was with knutaf a mere week before Reach was coming out. I still haven't beaten Halo 3....still....STILL.

Call Of Duty: The War Collection

Ahh the "War Collection" for Xbox 360. A Call Of Duty bundle that packages Call Of Duty 2, 3 & WaW together in one ball of....meh? I can't knock it, this was a gift my mother gave me because apparently according to Marcus "I really really like Call Of Duty". It's a neat little package and I remember that night I played a "Deathmatch" game of Call Of Duty 2 at 6am of Christmas Morning just because I was curious if anyone was actually still playing this game. Apparently camping is still popular in that game. I can appreciate COD2 is a 360 Launch Title though, I remember playing it when they were first touting the Xbox 360. Plus now my friend Derbyson and I can finally play "Zombies" together on WaW.

Earth Defense Force 2017

I thought this would be a noticable mention considering this was also gifted to me around Christmas via a points card. I kinda looked for this game and couldn't find it anyways so for the first time ever I was excited to hear about a game coming to "Games On Demand". So now I have this game taking up 1.52 GB of HD space...a small price to pay for a game that's pretty fun. Too bad I stopped playing...it's fucking hard on Hard. Alas, an achievement I'll never get but this game is just so ridiculously over the top I gotta say, what's not to love?


Marcus' Games


The Fable Series

I know a may be in for disappointment if I play the preportedly vastly superior first and second games in the series going onto the 3rd one but I still haven't decided if I want to play from the beginning (with all the infamous Xbox Classics freezing up on 360s) or just skip to Fable III which Marcus has. Maybe I should skip Fable all together...OR SHOULD I?


Dead Space (and inevitably Dead Space 2)

Marcus owns the first game on 360 and will be picking up Dead Space 2 so you know will I ever get to play this game? Who knows but I remember thinking John Carpenter's "The Thing" when I saw Marcus play it so I may have to try and give it a go sooner than later. Beyond that I can't comment really. Looks like it's gonna be way more fun than Resident Evil 5.

Fallout: New Vegas

Oh Fallout series. How I loved Fallout 3. I almost played all the way through all the DLC had it not totally fucked up my game horribly. I just got so sick of the bugs (and the extreme length of the game) that I put it down but all in all I thought Fallout 3 was really great. Now I'm apprehensive about doing it all over again. I think I'm still gonna need some time to mentally prepare for New Vegas.


Lost Planet

Kind of intrigued about this game as the premise sounds interesting....or do I even know what the hell this game is about? Help me out here, this is like a game where you take down giant monsters? Lost Planet 2 includes like 4 players right? Or is Monster Hunter Tri just something I need to play? Either way Marcus bought this for 10$ so one day I should try it.



That's pretty much it just for retail releases. I'm so ridiculously behind it actually hurts my very being to think about it although it's made me think about what games I want to prioritize playthroughs of (ie Dead Space). Thanks for reading guys! I'll try and write something better once easy access to a PC is a thing that I can do.

List Of Games (I Want) To Finish

XBLA
Lara Croft: Guardian of Light
Costume Quest
Dead Rising 2: Case West
Splosion Man
Super Meat Boy
DOOM
DOOM II
Perfect Dark
P.B. Winterbottom
Castlevania SOTN
Castlevania HD
Castle Crashers

Xbox Originals
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Stubbs The Zombie
Halo: CE
Halo 2
Max Payne
Destroy All Humans

Expansions/DLC
Undead Nightmare (RDR)
Episodes 1 & 2 (Half Life 2)
Tatooine (Force Unleashed)
Jedi Academy (Force Unleashed)
Hoth (Force Unleashed)
Endor (Force Unleashed II)
Any DLC Marcus Got For Mass Effect 1/2   read


11:00 AM on 12.24.2010

360 FNF: Lenigo(d)BOOM & The Eve Of Eves Showdown

Here on Destructoid we pride ourselves on being the best of the best, of the best of the best. Seriously. So with that said, we gather once again for a night of Friday...Night....shit.



Before we do any of that I wanted to say thanks to Lenigod. He recently threw a contest to give out some free Microsoft Points and he chose me as the winner. I just so happened to play some Black Ops with him last night and after he left I kinda kicked myself for not saying thank you with my human voice. So I planned long and hard (lol) to post a thank you blog dedicated to Lenigod himself last night only to find some asshole named Marcus occupying his fat ass where my fat ass should have been, the fucking PC. So I resigned to wait, and wait I did....in slumberland. I fell asleep. By the time I woke up posting a Thank you blog at Midnight seemed kinda pointless. Who the HELL was gonna read it? So with resignations I decided I had no choice but to cobble it together with this and just say...THANKS DOOD. The fact that I kinda posted just a random comment about not even playing Grand Turismo and being gifted some Microsoft Points is an awesome testament to the people on this site versus the people on OTHER sites. Your the best. b (which means, thumbs up)

So with that as my thank you concludes I wanted to leave you guys with this, a video featuring Lenigod and I in action during some Call Of Duty: Black Ops. It's entitled "LenigoBOOM and the Poofy Hat Of DOOM". ENJOY!

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What's going down tonight on the Friday Night Fights? A few people have expressed interest in playing some games. Initially I was just gonna cancel but apparently we have time, we can rebuild and make this the best Non-Mr.Andy Dixon Pre-Christmas Post-Awesome Friday Night Fights edition EVA. It is after all "The Eve Of Eves!" Forum member and all around nice guy ScottyG has posted up the Forum version of the 360 FNF this week and is up for some Battlefield Bad Company 2 as he puts the new Vietnam expansion through it's paces. Me though? I'm hoping that around 10 or 11pm EST when we start to hit capacity we could play a few rounds of Versus on Left 4 Dead 2....whaddya say? We need to gather AS A GROUP AND PLAY THIS GAME AGAIN. Nothing beats Zombies on the holidays. Before that I'm down for anything really, Halo? Call Of Duty? Red Dead Redemption? Hell I have still yet to play the X-Men Arcade with a bunch of Xbros. When we gonna change that DAWG?

Here's what's on tap

Xbox 360 Friday Night Fights
***Eve Of Eves Edition***
December 24th, 2010


Game: Battlefield Bad Company 2
Host: ScottyG (GT: ScottyGrayskull)
Time: 11:30 EST


Game: X-Men Arcade/Red Dead Redemption/Call Of Duty: Black Ops/Halo: Reach/Ass Creed?
Host: Me (GT: garethxxgod)
Time: 8pm EST


Game: Left 4 Dead 2
Host: Me (GT: garethxxgod)
Time: 10 or 11pm EST


If you want to host something let it be known in the comments, leave a time and your gamertag and what game you want to play. If you want to join a game let that be know as well and don't be afraid to send Friend Requests/Party Joins to the Gamertags listed. Unfortunately I'm not sure how much I'll be updating this because I'll probably be gone for a good chunk of the day but I'll try (if I remember) to check back on some game requests! Thanks guys!   read


10:50 AM on 12.17.2010

360 FNF: X-Men, Go and SAVE THE CITY!!! Edition



Hey yo guys, it's Friday again and you know what that means?!? Washing your socks and paying your bills time! No wait...sorry Friday Night Fights yes that's it. Though socks will still be washed. So here's the dealio, I'll be posting this now with a few set events and if you want to HOST something let me know by posting the game(s) and the TIME (very important) and if I don't already have it your Gamertag and I'll add it to the list by 3pm (no later). So with that here's what's on tap this Friday


Xbox 360 Friday Night Fights
December 17th, 2010


Game: X-Men Arcade
Host: Me (GT: garethxxgod)
Time: 6pm EDT

Being that I'm working again on a Friday night, I have to get my gaming on earlier than I'd like. So if anyone else lives on the east coast and is around at 6pm (3pm west coast) come and join me for some Arcade beat 'em up action, early 90's X-Men style.



Game: Call Of Duty: Black Ops
Host: Me or anyone else on my Friend's List (GT: garethxxgod)
Time: 8pm EDT

I might not make it to this one, but feel free to start up a party for some Call Of Duty: Black Ops with the knowledge had I probably not been tired I would have powered through some CODBLOPS with you.



Game: Halo: Reach
Host: knutaf (GT: knutaf) SHOCKER I KNOW!!!!
Time: 11:30pm EDT

Unless he specifically tells me he won't be available come 8:30 PST (11:30 to us east coasters) knutaf seems always available forever for some Halo: Reach. ALWAYS...FOREVER...KNUTAF....ON REACH...think about it.


Game: Left 4 Dead 2, Halo: Reach, Bioshock 2, Condemned 2, MvC2 or Harms Way
Host: Epic KxDtoid (GT: firespin97)
Time: More details to follow

Alright, comment away on if you wanna join or host a game on the Friday Night Fights. I'll come back around 3pm EDT to add any games to the list you might want to host. Keep in mind if there's a game on here throw out a Friend Request to the people involved. Or even better if a specific person isn't online, you'll notice on some friends lists they usually have "Dtoid/Destructoid" in their saying. That usually means they don't mind being harrassed relentlessly to play games with you. That's it folks!   read


12:05 PM on 12.03.2010

360 FNF: War Is Hell Edition



War Is Hell. Sure, that's what you say now, but wait till your playin' with all ya buddies on Xbox Live and depending on whether your kicking ass or taking it up the moviepoopshoot.com you'll decided how much HELL you're ready to be in for MR. I don't think that made sense.

I guess Vietnam is popular these days. With Call Of Duty releasing recently and Battlefield getting it's own Vietnam expansion, it seems none of us can escape the inevitable time warp that is the 60's/70's. Can't we just Give Peace A Chance man?

With that I present to you, what's on tap...for this Friday Night Fightses.

Xbox 360 Friday Night Fights
December 3rd, 2010


Game: Call Of Duty Black Ops
Host: ME (GT: garethxxgod)
Time: 8pm EDT

Still not tired of marathonin' it around the map while tossing a million bullets into some dude with your MPL? We got'chu covered.


Game: Battlefield Bad Company 2/Red Dead Redemption/Borderlands
Host: Corduroy Turtle (same GT)
Time: 7pm CST (times may vary)

Battlefield Bad Company 2 brings Vietnam into the fold with it's new expansion pack. There many also be some he'hawin' and Loot grabbin' going on.


Game: Halo: Reach
Host: Knutaf (GT: knutaf)
Time: 11:30 EDT

Knutaf holds steady to his unwavering believe that Halo: Reach is the greatest game every to be 'esploded all over a Xbox 360 console. Skorpion Tanks Be Damned!


Game: Left 4 Dead/Red Dead Redemption/Ass Creed Bro Ho/Gears 2
Host: Me (GT: garethxxgod)
Time: 11-12pm EDT

Basically once games end and we all depart, we come here to die..err change up the game. In my heart' O hearts I'd love to get mah Cow-boy on with some of you fine folks in Red Dead Redemption.   read


12:56 PM on 11.26.2010

360 FNF: Call Of Dooooooddyyy



Calll Offff Dooooooddddy is a battle cry I sometimes let loose because I used to look down on the franchise. Another silly fucking herp-a-derp army game awash in a sea of herp-a-derp army games. Sure you won't find me going out to get the next Battlefield, but I decided to buy my FIRST Call of Duty game in Black Ops and I'd be remiss in saying I've had no fun playing Call Of Duty. Because it's my first I'm sure is the reason I've enjoyed my Black Ops experience and with most of the regular gang giving Black Ops a miss, won't you join us as we lobbeth thy holy hand grenade at one of us in an attempt to get a kill streak in an attempt to get a tiny remote control car with C4 strapped to it to go blow up some poor schmoe not quick witted enough to see impending doom?

Amongst Call Of Duty: Black Ops we have a ridiculous amount of game choices, from new to old, Black Friday be damned if you don't come away finding a cheaper copy of a game you can play with us RIGHT HERE....RIGHT...ON THE FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS! LOUD NOISES!



I'd like to take a minute though to thank M. Shamalayana Randy Dixon for posting the last few 360 FNF Blogs as I've been extremely lazy and had no computer to post them. So thanks M Randy, for stepping in and...god damnit it's MR ANDY DIXON. HOW FUCKING HARD IS THAT? Either way, let's see what's on tap for this Friday Night....

Xbox 360 Friday Night Fights
November 26th, 2010

Firstly I want to bring to the attention of all that Antwhan would like to host more Gears Of War 2. How cool is that? Be sure to check this shit and join him on some Gears! If he has any changes in mind let me know.


Game: Gears Of War 2
Host: Antwhan (GT: Wast1102)
Time: 7 or 8pm EST

Note: These are a loose guideline of games and times to which you can join up and play. Sadly not every game gets played on the FNF list but keep in mind you can always get back to this thread and host something definitively. Since these are games I'm looking to play, if you wanna join in, send a Friend or Party request to the Gamertag: garethxxgod


Game: Call Of Duty: Black Ops
Time: 8pm EDT

Ahh Call Of Duty, what can be said that hasn't already been said? LAG, ridiculous deaths? People caring about Prestiging? What's not to be mildly entertained by?


Game: Halo: Reach/Red Dead Redemption
Time: 10-11pm EDT

This is where we get into hybrids. I recently picked up Red Dead Redemption for the Xbox 360. I desperately want to ride into the wild west with ALL OF YOU....but some people want to stop that and it's up to US to stop em. Or incase everyone else whines there's Halo. Way to be unimaginative guys.


Game: Left 4 Dead/AC Brotherhood
Time: 12pm-1am EDT

This'll probably be just me and SuperMonk4Ever...and maybe our brothers...ah, whatever It's Left 4 Dead, alot of you clearly need more Left 4 Dead and or possibly Assassin's Creed Brotherhood in your LIVES.

AND AT SPECIAL REQUEST OF MISS ALICE DIXON


Game: Half-Life 2
Host: Miss Alice Dixon
Time: When I Grow Up


If you want to join us on a game of whatever or you have a game of something you want to host let it be known in the comments! And be sure to tell Andy he has a cute butt...oh wait sorry Occams is pimp slapping me for stealing abit of sexual tension from he and Andy.   read


3:18 PM on 11.09.2010

Being Canadian During Grunge's Height [NVGR]

Hey gang. It's literally been one month and a day since I wrote a blog. An actual blog that wasn't just about this week's Friday Night Fights. Originally I was going to write a thank you blog to one "Occams Electric Toothbrush" because I recently received a package in the mail from him. Sadly my camera plans fell through and instead I'm going to write this. A music blog. It's been a while! You've been warned. This has NOTHING to do with Video Games!

This one is a little more personal, in that I'm going to share a few bands that stuck with me during my teenage years and the few that have transcended the adolescent gap. We all share unique and personal experiences, but it's also very true of region and country. Some of these bands I'm sure you've heard but others will definitely be new because growing up in Canada, we were exposed or had pushed upon us a different set of musical acts. While you were I'm sure, mildly annoyed by Alanis Morrisette rest assured we couldn't escape her here in Canada. Jagged Little Pill seeped into our pours and hearing about how fucking ironic everything made us all a little neurotic here in Canada. But through the pure shit there were shiny nuggets. Granted, this is taken from the perspective of a teenager...a Canadian no less...at the height of Grunge.

The Tea Party

In alot of ways, people kind of saw "The Tea Party" as the musical equivalent of "Rush" in that they were an amazingly talented band on all fronts. What I respected about the Tea Party musically was that they literally changed the tuning for almost all of their songs. In an age where most musicians (self included) are too lazy/uneducated to change their tuning beyond the standard and without artificial help, it showed that lead singer/guitarist Jeff Martin was willing to experiment with his sound and had the knowledge to do so. Also, it doesn't hurt that The Tea Party were originally from my neck of the woods, Windsor, Ontario. Their style of progressive rock (sounding very much like Zepplin helps!) probably makes them stick out abit more from the rest of the bands on this list, but rest assured they were a really rocking and attention grabbing band at the time that actually evolved their sound into more experimental/industrial areas later in their careers.


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Love "The River". Has a really catchy chorus.

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My first real encounter with a memorable use of palm muting.



Treble Charger - self=title

Treble Charger was a band that went on to gain some sort of mainstream success in the Canadian market. My friend was a fan, but after their debut album, I really really lost interest in this band. Nothing could match the raw power and harmony of their self titled 7 song debut EP. So with that mind, personally I can't recommend their later stuff really because and maybe it was jaded teenager me, but they never sounded as sincere about their music as they did with their first album. The rest of their music seemed to scream for mainstream attention and just seemed almost too poppy. They lost that raw edge. My favourite tracks out of the whole 7 songs are the first two, "Morale" and "Even Grable". The latter's music video is ingrained in my brain (dude's wearing a 'Kraft' T-Shirt!) having taped it off of Much Music. Treble Charger was actually pretty good about sharing the spotlight with fellow Canadians. They even featured Avril Lavigne and Derek Whilby (of Sum 41) in one of their videos. This album is more what Canadian Grunge sounded like. Abit wussier.

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Probably my favourite song on the album. I always loved the post-chorus hook they threw in there.

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This video is so mid 90's Canadian Grunge. Plus it features a cameo by Hayden! Who is Hayden? Let's find out!


Hayden

Hayden is without a doubt my favourite on this little self imposed list of bands too Canadian to be remembered by anyone whose not Canadian. Unlike alot of the bands mentioned here, Hayden is still going strong. He's a folk singer, who upon his arrival on the music scene during the "height of alt rock" in 1995, he was known mostly for his way downtuned guitar strings that allowed for that buzz rattle you hear when you know you've loosened a string too much. Hayden also as a unique voice that oozes SOUL people. If there were ONE ARTIST ON THIS LIST I'D RECOMMEND YOU ALL GET INTO, IT'D BE HAYDEN. He's such a good song writer. There are so many song's I'd love to recommend, but I'd say do yourself a favour and just scoure YouTube. Here Are A Few From his first album.

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Hayden's first hit (and song) off his debut album. My friend Richard absolutely loved this song back in the day.

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This song gets chopped up abit, apologies but check out the soul of that voice.

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Beautiful Song



Rusty - Fluke

Fun Fact: In the movie "Black Sheep" when Chris Farley and David Spade's characters borrow their friend's police car, they start headbanging to a song that keeps stopping and starting at weird times. The song in question is called "Punk" by a little known band from Nova Scotia called "Rusty". Rusty were a band that even my fellow Canadian's can't remember all that well. Their first major label release "Fluke" had most of their hits, like California and Wake Me...well hits to us Canadians. If you've never heard of Rusty here's another door opened to Canadian alt. rock culture. Come on in! I personally always loved the song Misogyny and along with the aformentioned Wake Me and California, those three songs all had professionally shot music videos which have been lost to time sadly. With that however I present with you with 3 songs from their Snow Job '96 appearance....an appearance I ironically taped back when it was live so this stuff REALLY brings back memories. I have an actual copy of Rusty's Fluke album, but should you ever see it in stores I highly recommend picking it up. Rusty eventually went onto more "country" roots. Apparently I couldn't appreciate that at the time.


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Still love this song, it's heavy is fuck.

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As featured in "Black Sheep"

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This was a song that featured alot on Much Music at the time of release (1996).


That's pretty much it. I was going to write more, but besides one song by Limblifter, I'm thinking I've written enough to hopefully share some new awesome jams with you guys. These guys were definitely big parts of my music heritage in mid to late 90's grunge rock whatever. Perhaps not exactly the most polished or unique bands, what makes them unique atleast to me is mostly their location and the time they broke out into the scene. I love them all and I hope you guys dug reading this enough to go out and seek them out yourselves, or maybe I could send you some stuff! They're all pretty neat! I'm rambling, thanks guys!   read


2:03 PM on 10.29.2010

360 FNF: L4D2 'Blasto' Scrimage/Gears 2 '31x' XP Weekend


Hey gang, another Friday is upon is and you know what that means. Time to quit sticking that fork into the electrical socket and plug in yo Ecksbawks Tree City, for some epic Friday Night Fightin'.

Last week, was kinda disappointing. I won't lie it was kinda lame. Sure it's always a pleasure to talk to my regular stream of Xbros, but talking about Super Meat Boy? Playing a 4 player only Legendary Campaign? Come on guys, this shit's about playing together! Of course I didn't help the situation as I kinda did my own thing so I'll take the blame as well but let's bring it back to it's ROOTS people!

Speaking of being lame, last week I was asked to play some L4D2 by Blasto & Crew and I kinda ignored that request. At the time I was helping my friend get the Achievement for the Swamp Fever campaign and admittedly I was done with the game. As the evening rolled on and nothing much happened I kinda regretted that decision and tried to rejoin them but the game was full and I guess I was too lazy/chickenshit to tell them to just boot someone. Tonight I try and make amends! Tonight I ask for 3 of my fello   read


3:14 PM on 10.22.2010

360 FNF: Super Meat Boy Edition


As I struggle to understand a world so cold, I try desperately to reach out to "New Destructoid" to find that I think some of my browser settings are screwing with me in that respect. So fuck it. Let's do this.

Super Meat Boy. He's here. Game is tough, but hell of a lot of fun. It's become a sort of thing between alot of us to play "Beat The Clock" with our friend's times and then go brag about it on Twitter. It's a competition that I'm sure given free reign would be the only activity being played this Friday but we'll try and keep things balanced. Some of our more regular game types will be represented. Left 4 Dead? YEAH IT'S HERE. Da Haloez Reeeeech? Definitely I'm sure. Let's see what's on tap for This FNF. Be sure to also let me know if you want hosting duties in the comments. If I can figure out #NewDestructoid I'll do my best to update this.



Here's what's on tap

Xbox 360 F   read


9:26 PM on 10.21.2010

Chuck Greene, Psychopath


I won't lie, this was sort of inspired by Disco's latest blog 'No GTA IV' but definitely not as much testing was put into it. I realized early on that to really appreciate the limits of a game you have to use your imagination and when a game sticks to a rigid formula you may even have to use your imagination to create your own story.

Fighting through hordes of the undead had become too much for Chuck Greene. Seeing the wantant death and destruction, something in his mind snapped. Chuck ceased being Chuck and became something else. Voiceless, blood soaked apron clinging tightly to his protruding chest, mining gloves fitted heavily over his arms clutching to whatever bludgeoning fury he could find. Chuck became a less of a man and more of an entity. He was dubbed "The Shape" and his streak of terror on the Fortune City strip knew no bounds even during a zombie outbreak.



One of the neat things I've found about these costume pac   read


11:39 AM on 10.08.2010

360 FNF: The Sacrifice Edition

It's that time again. We gather in honor of what our forefathers fought for...the freedom to play video games together on one set evening. How cool is that? So tonight is Friday and there shall be games played in groups and what not.



This Wednesday, Valve released "The Sacrifice" on the Xbox Live Marketplace for both Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2. The Sacrifice leads up to the death of the much beloved Bill from the first Left 4 Dead and basically shows us how the original survivors got into the position they did when they first met the survivors of Left 4 Dead 2 in "The Passing".

It's actually one of the toughest if not the toughest finales to a L4D campaign. Pretty fun if you're into it, so come on out and join us as we blast away endless hordes of zombies and raise our glasses and toast to Bill, the guy who died in a video game....FOR YOU!

Here's what's on tap

Xbox 360 Friday Night Fights
October 8th, 2010

Game(s): Left 4 Dead 2 (The Sacrifice/No Mercy on VS./Scavenge & Mutations etc.)
Host: Gareth (GT: garethxxgod)
Time: 8pm EDT

Game(s): Halo: Reach
Host: Used tabe (GT: Us3d ta b3)
Time: 9pm CST

Game(s): Halo: Reach (Rumble Pit, Team Slayer, BTB and Custom Games)
Host: Corduroy Turtle (GT: Corduroy Turtle)
Time: 11pm or 12am EDT

Note: If you can't get into a game or fail to hear from someone, send a message to the following gamertags: knutaf, garethxxgod, Corduroy Turtle, The Disco Pony, Mr Andy Dixon and Us3 ta b3.

If you want to host or join a game, let it be known in the comments. I'll do my best to come back and update before we all gather to play tonight! See you guys on the 360 tonight.

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5:57 PM on 10.05.2010

Thank You, Corduroy Turtle! (Picture Heavy)

Warning: This blog features pictures of a very homely person. I apologize, avert your eyes and there may still be a place for you in Heaven. In Heaven, everything's fine. You've got your good things and I've got mine.

To really appreciate the good that Corduroy Turtle has done, certain things have been re-inacted for your benefit. Our story begins on a night like any other night our fellow group of people who play together somewhat regularly were talking. I believe it was quite a while ago since I think we were doing one of those nifty "get to wave 50 on Horde mode" dealies on Gears Of War 2 when a conversation was struck up by Corduroy Turtle and myself.

Me
"You know, I really would like to play the first Gears Of War. I just wish it wasn't 20 whole dollars"

Corduroy
"Silly Chap, here in America, we are having a sale. Right now the first Gears Of War is only 5 dollars"

Me
" I certainly wish such a sale was happening in Canada. If only there were a way"

Corduroy
"Poppycock, I shall send you a copy of the first Gears free of charge. It is a game all Xbox owners should have in their gaming library. It is one of the greatest games in existence, and those whosewhutsis' on that other gamebox thingy are missing out painfully. I have after all been a fan of CliffordB since I was a child"

Me
"That would be great, then I could finally pay off those lawyers fees after my arrest in that drug smuggling ring that totally only saw me go to court but not jail and afforded me a reason to play games occasionally. Luckily thanks to you I have exactly the right amount now to pay off my debt"

Corduroy
"Chortle!"

So it was many days later that something or other popped up at my doorstep. Being that I'm a former cocaine dealer I could tell instantly it wasn't packed with anything harmful.



Curious about who the hell Eric Awesome-O-Powa was, I opened it gun drawn, ready for the inevitable black widow or springboard knife contraption because lord knows have I received plenty of those in the past. So off came the wrapping and I noticed that in the post I'd received a box! HOORAY I NEVER RECEIVE BOXES!




However that guy was serious. He had sent me a copy of Gears Of War like he said. What a guy! He even went on to send me a second mic for my Xbox because he did not believe my brother existed and that it was all apart of some elaborate scheme to gain his confidence and come to [Address & City Censored For Protection] to re-inact Fatal Attraction.




Sadly, Marcus does exist. In the brief time that we've all played together he would rather not talk. I kinda warned you guys, since we've had a Bluetooth Wireless Headset for the PS3 for ages and he never used it. Besides, he'll talk to Occams when there aren't lots of people around or he has the floor to speak. We're kinda shy like that.


And if this was a bong, I'd be performing an illegal act here. That or I'm doing my best bag pipe player impression. You decide.

Many Many Months Later

There was a contest that Corduroy Turtle threw a while back to make him laugh. He was getting rid of some of his original Xbox games in said contest. Being that The Predator from the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger film is to me like a Shark is to Hamza and noticing amongst the pile was two games featuring a Predator character I knew I had to get atleast one of them. Not being stupid I went for the least alluring game out of the two in Predator: Concrete Jungle with this impressive entry at the 11th Hour.



After two pathetic attempts prior Corduroy said I had won. The little girl inside me squealed, to which I told her to "keep her mouth shut and stop pulling on those chains". She complied but I could still tell she was super excited for this game. Then today out of the complete blue I received another package.




Had my childhood dreams of playing as a Predator in a game that wasn't based around horribly unbalanced multiplayer come true? Find out.....right now!


Oh Corduroy, when you gonna grow up dog? BALLS. TEE HEE.

Clearly the wrong game had been sent out. There was no way Corduroy could know that much about......oh wait, that's a silly little slip that he put there as a joke. Hehe cuz the Predator has a real world negative connetation. Oh my stars. Sadly someone had previously made that mistake since I'm totally not into that but once the slip was removed Predator: Concrete Jungle was revealed in all it's glory.



And with that in all seriousness, I'd like to thank Eric for sending these out to me. This was something he didn't have to do but did out of the kindness of his heart. What a friend! I thank you good sir for these things and shall repay you in kind soon.

THANKS A BUNCH FOR READING!   read





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