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3:25 PM on 05.09.2010  

Obama Believes Gaming Places A Strain On Democracy



Barrack Obama has said some pretty lame things since he's been in office, but his latest rant caught my attention, particularly since it was a knock on the video game generation. While I do understand his point to a degree, his statements regarding technology and gaming certainly show that there's a huge disconnect between our leadership and current citizens under the age of 40.

Article Quote:

***"You're coming of age in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don't always rank all that high on the truth meter," Obama said at Hampton University, Virginia.

"With iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations, -- none of which I know how to work -- information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation," Obama said.***

Video games are a distraction, a diversion and a form of entertainment, which is the entire point of playing them. I think there could be room for using video game technology as a tool of empowerment, but often most of us are looking for an escape from the real world. It sounds to me like Obama is tring to blame technology for things and his statements honestly are off-putting to many people like myself who voted for him. Video games could certainly be used to further political agendas and political ideals, but I kind of like my distractions just the way they are now.

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1:25 AM on 05.08.2010  

Has Anyone Here Played 'No More Heroes: Eiyuutachi no Rakuen' (PS3)?



I'm seriously considering importing this game, but I wonder if it's worth the $60 it will cost me. I loved No More Heroes on the Wii and am pretty sure I would really love it in HD beauty on the PS3. If anyone here has played it, let me know what you think. I'm really on the fence with this one. I'm pretty sure this game doesn't utilize any kind of motion with the PS3 controller, so I'm curious to see if the controls with just buttons seem silly or what. I also heard that the PS3 version is less violent for some reason, but I don't know if that was a rumor or truth...   read


11:59 PM on 05.07.2010  

Will Halo Reach Force Me To Buy Another Xbox 360?



I've had a difficult time with the Xbox 360. June of 2009 was the "last straw" and I sold my last broken 360 for scrap, sold all of my games, all of my accessories and even gave away my 360 stickers. At the time, I was so pissed at Microsoft for selling such rubbish to people. I wasted a ton of money on 360s for them just to break. My final system was an Elite, so that pissed me off even more. Now that 11 months have gone bye with no 360, I'm starting to miss my XBL friends, particularly my Halo group. We didn't even play Halo 3 for how great it was, because most of us were sick of Halo anyway and didn't even consider it a good game. We kept playing because of the close friendships we developed over the years going back to the original Halo. I keep watching videos on Halo Reach and it has my interest piqued. It actually looks like it might be a good game.

I'm going to spend the next few months trying to decide if I should pick up another Xbox 360 just to play one game. I'm perfectly happy with my PS3 and have even used the Wii more since the 360 left the house. I'll probably end up scraping together the money over the next few months and buy the guaranteed to brick system, but I'll feel like a real moron when it actually does red ring. There's certainly no doubt it my mind that it will. I'll never get my hands on a 360 that lasts longer than 12 months.   read


6:37 PM on 09.01.2009  

Swag Lighter I Received From Pandemic Studios



EA related companies always send out the best swag. I received a functional 1941 Zippo lighter replica in the mail today from Pandemic Studios as part of a PAX invite for Saboteur. I guess this makes up for the fact that I never received brass knuckles for The Godfather 2.   read


11:25 PM on 07.30.2009  

What I Would Change About The Sony PS3

The Sony PS3 is my platform of choice for this generation of video game consoles, yet I find myself complaining about many aspects of it. While I do feel the PS3 is superior to
the Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii, we're simply still looking at too many problems for a console that has been out for a couple years now.

My primary complaint about the console has to do with the extremely slow download times. Downloads on the PS3 wired or wireless seem to be much slower than what you'll find with the Xbox 360. I have tried everything from relocating access points to upgrading my router, yet nothing seems to work. My final thought on the topic is that Sony needs to upgrade their servers. I'd even pay a monthly fee for better service...

All systems should have backwards compatibility to play PS2 games. If you were fortunate to get your hands on an early system, you are one of the lucky ones. Backwards compatibility should be standard with all consoles these days.

A big complaint I have that many other gamers share is the fact that not all games have trophy support. Fortunately, all current games are required to have trophies, but that doesn't solve the problem with older titles. Developers should be encouraged by Sony to go back and add trophies to their games. This would benefit the gamers by giving them recognition for the games they have played and it would also boost sales of older games. We'll probably never see this happen, but I can always dream.

Finally, I would break system and game updates into smaller downloads. The way things are currently, it can take anywhere from 5 minutes to more than an hour to update a game or the system. The terribly slow process of updating the system is made worse by the fact that you have to keep turning your controller back on to keep it going. This needs to be addressed by Sony.

I could probably rant on more issues, but those are the primary problems I have seen during my time on the PS3. No system is perfect and it does take time to work out all of the bugs. At this point in the game, I expected more changes that what we have seen...   read


3:14 AM on 07.27.2009  

Diabetes Got Me Back Into the Wii



My Nintendo Wii had been collecting dust for months. With all the fun PS3 and 360 games out there, I really felt no need to fire the little system up. That has all changed for me in the past month since I was diagnosed with Type-2 Diabetes. For several months, I had been feeling weak and basically out of it. This explains why I wasn't very active on the net or even my own blog for some time. I was finally diagnosed with the disease about a month ago and already feel like a million bucks. The medicine and a new diet have certainly helped out. I've also dropped 45 pounds in about 30 days. Most of that is due to the diet, but some due to playing active Wii games about an hour a day. I also have been exercising on the side, but I am certain that the Wii is just what I needed to get my blood flowing. Some people claim the system has minimal exercise value, but I disagree now.

The funny thing is that I always ignored people in the past who claimed the Wii had exercise value. For me, it has become a great way to basically get my blood flowing and ready for some real exercise. Being an Army vet, I'm hoping push-ups, sit-ups and walking will be enough to get myself back in shape. I'm hoping that my current Wii addiction doesn't wear off. While I still consider the PS3 as my system of choice, the Wii is starting to become more and more appealing.   read


7:50 AM on 03.11.2009  

First Wii Fit Calls Me "Fat"...Now Destructoid?

While surfing the site earlier, I see the craziest ad that somehow seemed out of place. I was kind of upset when I first got on Wii Fit and the thing turned my Mii into a fat guy, but this could be the final straw. It seems like everywhere I go, I keep running into random "fat" ads...

I'm not really complaining though. I clicked on the ad just to see where it would take me.

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1:25 AM on 03.11.2009  

Marriott Cock Squat (Dragon*Con edition) [Slightly NSFW]

Someone just sent me this video link on Twitter and I haven't seen it on any gaming sites. My mind has also been so warped by this evil internet that I'm not even sure what NSFW really is anymore, but I'm pretty sure this is not safe for work, but not too nasty.

Video description: "Le Sexoflex performs their hit single, "Marriott Cock Squat," at Dragon*Con 2008. Featuring Miss Lady Flex, Princess Genius, Peep Peep & Vas D".

For whatever reason, I felt like posting this but I'm too tired to really know what I think about it. I guess what bothers me the most about the video is the guy on the escalator at the end with the weird mullet-ish haircut.

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10:30 PM on 03.10.2009  

[Updated] Destructoid Hate From The Past...



***Updated: I decided to edit the person's name out of this post.***

I just received the most random email and am not really sure how to reply. Maybe the Destructoid community could help me out a bit. Here's the basic deal: A couple years ago, this guy named Stuart ****** was randomly attacking Destructoid on Digg.com for personal gain. I jumped on him in forums and even made a blog post on one of my random free blogs. This is one of those blogs I started and then forgot I even had. The primary reason I was upset is that I was hired by Ziff Davis and this was the guy who basically inherited the blog I wrote for and ran it into the ground by plagiarizing articles and attacking other sites.

Here's the email:

"Dear William,

If this is the same "Kezins" from the blog located at http://kezins.wordpress.com, then I'm sure you remember me, Stuart ******, from the overrated Digg/1pStart/Destructoid fiasco quite a bit of time ago. As you probably know, I am no longer affiliated with 1pStart or any of the surrounding media demeaning the Destructoid name. The writers of 1pStart at that time and myself who came came up with the post no longer pursue the original notions, thoughts, and/or evidence that was submitted to Digg.com.

My internet presence is now affiliated with many small sites that are not related to any sort of constructive journalism towards Demonoid. Because of this, I ask you to retract the post located here:

Web Link

When Googling my name, this post comes up in the results, and can possibly look negative to someone not knowing the whole story. I know this is the internet, and there are many stray and unrelated pieces of information about almost any individual. However, due to the positive and developing credits of my name, I simply ask that you to delete that post and anything that could come up in a search for "Stuart ******".

I respect you and your colleagues for writing and providing counter-evidence against our post, but I feel as if it is not relevant anymore. I hope your projects are going well, and perhaps you will get a kick out of the fact that I visit Destructoid on a regular basis.

Thanks for everything.

Stuart ******"

Should I delete a post because it's not relevant? Normally, I'd go ahead and delete it because this is honestly old news, but something simply irks me about this message. I saw the post "Stuart ******'s Real Form" no longer exists on the site here, and it's probably because no one really cares about the****** fiasco anymore. I don't even care anymore. I'm asking people here to drop me some opinions. Should I just delete this post or ignore the email? I was also ticked off that they continued using my "Kezins" name on 1PStart after I left and ****** gave me a hard time about it. My other option is to just do some random post showing the entire story. It's actually quite good and would probably make this guy look even worse...

In the end, I feel like deleting the post would be dishonest, even though it's a post and random blog spot of mine I didn't even remember. I also feel like this dude will keep randomly popping up to annoy me if I don't. It's certainly a weird spot. Any help?   read


12:06 AM on 02.16.2009  

The Time I Almost Gave Up Gaming



Gaming has been a big part of my life. It started with Dragon's Lair back in 1983 and continues today with most of the modern games. I consider myself a hard-core life gamer, but there was a short time when gaming almost left my life. When I was 17, I joined the United States Army. There was no time for gaming in Basic Training or AIT and I was almost immediately deployed to Kosovo when I received my first permanent party assignment in 1995. The Army initially changed me as a person. I became more serious and left behind the things I enjoyed in my youth. I was in essence married to the military.

When I returned from Europe, I was assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas. For those of you who don't know about Fort Hood, it's a total hell hole. The only thing to do there for fun is drink and drink some more. While in the barracks, I overheard some commotion from a few rooms down and went to investigate. There were about 8 guys in the room playing an informal Madden tournament. Winning was certainly bragging rights and became a big part of the unit's social network. Before long, I found competitive nature drawing me to the evening game sessions in the barracks. Competing in Madden became an obsession for me and I was eventually buying systems and was back into gaming full force.

In a way, I really credit video games for bringing me back to my senses. The further into my military career I got, the more I realized I didn't want to be there anymore. It took me 2 re-enlistments to realize I was in the wrong place, but they say "better late than never". Games became a great way to pass the time and ignore reality from time to time. During my deployments to the Middle East, games and music became the best escape from a reality that wasn't so cheerful. Looking back on my Army days, it's hard to believe that for a moment in time, I actually considered giving up something that was a big part of my life. Games amuse me, challenge me, distract me and also serve as a social tool.

Currently, there are many charities on the web that collect games for soldiers in combat zones. I'd highly suggest getting involved with one. You'd be surprised how video games can really make someone's day over there. Plus, it's not like soldiers make much money. Privates in the Army make about $1400 a month these days. Video games have also been a big thing for combat veterans. I currently head up to the VA hospital once a week for appointments, and have talked with some of the younger vets who say playing video games help them with their PTSD issues. The Jack Thompsons of the world always claim games cause violence, but research has been proving that violent games can actual cure problems associated with real life violence.

In the end, I'm glad I am gaming and will probably play video games for the rest of my life. There's no reason to ever give up the things you love the most.   read


6:36 PM on 02.15.2009  

My Xbox 360 Days Are Over



My Xbox 360 Elite bricked with the infamous E-74 error at the beginning of the month. While I am not an Xbox fanboy, I certainly did most of my gaming on the system. I posted an article on my site about the entire situation. A little time has gone bye, and I have decided I am swearing off the Xbox 360 permanently.

When I think back on the money I have invested in broken Microsoft gaming products, it's certainly depressing. I went through two original Xbox consoles and three Xbox 360s. When my first two Xbox 360s broke, I purchased new ones and simply sold the broken ones once repaired. I have spent over $2,000 on Microsoft game hardware and have nothing functional to show for it. Instant replacement was something I would continually do considering companies send me 360 games to review and I have also developed a long-term friendship with my Halo group. We go back all the way to the beginning of the series. I will miss playing certain games with my Xbox LIVE friends, but I can no longer justify giving Microsoft money for a poorly designed product. I never thought I'd say this, but I'd rather play my Wii than buy another 360. The PS3 has its issues as well, but I'd rather spend more time gaming on it than going back to the 360.

At this point, I have sold most of my Xbox 360 games and peripherals. I just have a few low-end games left that I might give away or sell for a couple bucks at a local pawn shop. My decision to abandon Microsoft could be unwise considering I make a little money writing about video games, but I simply cannot bring myself to throw away money anymore. Buying an Xbox 360 is like taking $300-$400, rolling it up and smoking it. Perhaps I am burning some bridges with the connections I have that send me 360 games, but there are plenty of Wii and PS3 titles out there to review.

In the end, I simply feel that Microsoft's Xbox 360 policies should be considered criminal. Their warranty is a joke, their customer service is laughable and their product is a lemon. Wikipedia has an excellent page describing the 360's technical problems. Only read this page if you have a lot of time on your hands. It's long! The only way I will ever play a Microsoft game again is if I am sent a free system. The days of Microsoft getting my hard earned money for an inferior product are over...   read


2:55 PM on 04.23.2008  

Preparing To Unleash My Rage On GTA IV



Why do people play games? There's endless reasons and I certainly have my own reasons for being really hyped up about Grand Theft Auto IV. I play UNO on Xbox LIVE when I'm extremely bored, but too tired to use my brain. I play Halo 3 to keep in touch with friends in far off places. I really have different reasons for playing the wide range of games I get into.

Grand Theft Auto IV is going to be my escape from reality. To be honest, I've been in a really bad mood for about a year now and have yet to really unleash my anger and rage on anything. I'm thinking there's no better way to do that than to smack down as many people as I possibly can during my time in the big city. This probably would make me sound like a violent guy to all the Jack Thompson douche bags out there, but who care? I'm actually extremely peaceful and the type of guy who would give my last nickel to someone who needed it more than me. Games have always been my escape from reality and I'm looking forward to escaping once again next week.

Dane Cook once mentioned that all guys have a secret desire to own a monkey and to be part of a heist. I guess I'm still too level headed in the real world to be part of a heist, but GTA IV will fill in nicely for the time being. It's too bad there's no pet monkey involved with GTA IV, but it's worth shooting the idea to RockStar for part V.   read







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