My reasoning maybe flawed and this might be a long shot, but please consider:
If you are a fan of racing games (Forza, GRID, Gran Turismo, Race Pro, etc.) like me, you always find joy in racing some of your favorite tracks -- Road America, Bathrust, Monaco, Monza, Le Mans, et al. Sadly, one of the world's most famous venues is under attack and may not hold another event until the year 2026!!! That place is Spa-Francorchamps.
In my mind, real racing at these famous circuits allow us gamers to virtually race there. Sure it's possible that if there are no longer any real races there that the virtual version of the track will end up in future games. But it's the thrill of watching on television in the hope that one day you can step foot on such hallowed ground to watch in person...or even actually race there.
So I'm asking my fellow virtual racers to show your support to the locals in Belgium and please sign the petition to help save Spa.
"I hereby declare that if I do not enjoy Sonic Unleashed when I play it for our Destructoid review, I will spike my hair, paint both it and my face blue, and spend a day's work publicly displaying my sick hedgehog visage online for all to see.
Also, I'll toss one off over Sonic and Knuckles Yaoi. It's sad how certain I am that such stuff exists."
Well yesterday, Jim gave Sonic Unleashed a 6.5 (what's with the ".5", Jimbo?). Us Dtoid subscribers would call that a bad game score. Although "I told you so" is most appropriate, let it be known that I am sincere when I make such boast, for there was a time in my life when I, too, was passionate about Sonic. So much so that I responded to a 15 y.o. kid on another website that shall go nameless when he asked "What Is The Big Deal With The Sonic Series?"
"I think the best way to answer your question is with a question: What was the first game that you absolutely loved? I'm talking that game that you can't stop playing. That game that you are passionate about. That game that you've made your personal mission in life to find every extra life, bonus, achievement, etc., etc., etc. And then you play its sequel. And the next sequel. And the next. And you love them all equally. Then out of nowhere, the game series goes into another direction. Sure, it looks good. The problem is that it just doesn't play the same. And every attempt by the game developers make things worse.
So if this was YOUR favorite game/series, the game/series that made playing video games one of your favorite hobbies, how do you think it would make you feel?
That was Sonic for a lot of us.
That Sonic which was known then as the "Mario Killer".
That Sonic that was the platform maker, making the Sega Genesis (aka Mega Drive) the must have gaming system.
That Sonic that dethroned the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES, aka Famicom) all by himself.
To see Sonic (and Sega) as a shell of it's former self is actually quite heartbreaking. Sadly at one point in your gaming future, you will unfortunately have to suffer a similar heartbreak."
But the time for nostalgia is no more. It's time for Jim Sterling to pay up on his promise! WE WANT PHOTOS/VIDEOS OF YOU JIM, PRONTO!!!
We want the blue spiked hair.
We want the blue face paint.
We want to see you at work in full get-up laughing it up with the coworkers.
But most of all, we want to see you "toss one off over Sonic and Knuckles Yaoi"!!!
(Please note: Click here for the Wiki on Yaoi. Just remember "To each his own".
To all Dtoids, I wanna see this happen! Let's do our part. I just ask that we all be respectful in doing so. Let's not clog up his email box or IM/PM to death.
(too bad I don't have a program on my laptop to convert Mike's name to Jim Sterling...**sad face**)
Just what the gaming world needs: another kid who takes gaming way too seriously. Plus, it's all caught on video. Sure, this kid is playing a WoW tournament and it's probably for high stakes (at least in their mind), but this is probably par for the course. I could go on and on about this, but I would rather have the Destructoid community scold this spoiled nitwit.
There is one thing that bothers me. Did you notice that no one witnessing this bothered to intervene? Call them nerds if you want, but they can't all be wimps.
No real blog here today. I'm just pissed off and want to vent. I don't know if it's the web browsers (Firefox or IE) that causes the "Bad avatar URL. Woof woof" error or the websites that I try to use avatars from. The BBcode doesn't want to work for me either. I just want to have an avatar attached to my comments like everyone else. Two months of failure has taken its toll.
I will gladly allow you to call me "WE TODD EDD" if you can tell me how to get the f'n avatars to work right.
Sony has always been a thorn in my ass, contributing to the quick and painful death of some of my favorite gaming systems, the Sega Saturn and the Sega Dreamcast. But I have always respected Sony. It appeared that they could do no wrong.
Then came the PS3. Ridiculous price tag, one good game at launch, various complaints about not enough dev support for 3rd party developers, multi-platform titles regularly being delayed for their system, and being outsold by not only by the "young upstarts" at Microsoft with the Xbox 360, but the so called "casual" gaming system from Nintendo, the Wii.
Can we all together scream "WTF, Sony?!"
I know he isn't that bright, but G.W. Bush could do a better job at selling the PS3 than Sony is doing now. Waiting for "MGS 4" is not a good enough reason for me to buy a PS3. The current "price drop" and lack of backwards compatibility for the newer 40 GB system isn't helping either.
And the following articles doesn't bode well for the future of the world's best (and cost efficient) Blu-Ray player. Take a look at the following and tell me what you think.
EDITOR'S NOTE: For you PS3 fanboys out there, the title of this blog says "Let's poke fun at Sony..." , not "I hate Sony" or "PS3 Sucks!" or "360 PWND PS3 and yo mama". Get your panties out of a bunch and learn how to read. Besides, what's stopping any of you from blogging "Let's poke fun at Microsoft and their Xbox 360"?