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11:03 PM on 04.10.2009

How Bioshock 2 was on the edge and where it landed.

I am sure most people have seen the footage of Bioshock 2 if they are reading this but if you haven’t go check to CTZ’s post about the footage.

I am a huge fan of Bioshock, so much of a fan that I even love the ending of Bioshock, and the game is in my top ten for greatest games ever. So, like most people, when I heard that there was going to be a sequel(?) to one of my favorite games of all time I got a little afraid.

The team was one knife edge, one side sucking and the other being awesome, since the announcement of Bioshock 2 and news like the Big Sister didn’t help the cause but when I saw that trailer with game footage my attitude change completely. The game is still not getting an easy pass form me, but now I am intrigued at the notion of another cool shooter. That isn’t a knock against the game, the original had awesome combat but from what was shown, in a very very very small amount of footage, this game seems more combat heavy. (this is also what I thought of Bioshock until my mind exploded from the awesome story)

Anyway, my tip for the new team is: go all the way with this game, just because some angry nerd on the internet post several comments about how the sequel isn’t faithful just ignore them like we all should. Look at Resident Evil 5, the game kept the same look and feel while adding new stuff for the player to experience (that seems like a set up for co-op in Bioshock 2, oh crap). So far though the game is going to that next step with the Big Sisters being able to go really fast and your drill being able to mess some guys up, which makes me just jump with joy.

I am not hoping for a Terminator to T2 jump but it won’t be a Jaws to Jaws 2 fall (sorry to those people who liked that film). The developers could still mess with the pie they already have though, but if they take that piece of advice from me (a random person on the internet who went to a professional convention with Awesome Cougars on my badge) maybe they won’t screw up with the pie.

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm pie


3:36 PM on 02.01.2009

10 things you don't know about John The Madninjaing Ninja

I am just going to jump right on into this. Also doing this because I haven't made a blog post in a really long time.

10. I am younger than you think I am

I decided to start off my list with the thing that kind of makes me unique as a community member, which is my age. I won't say what my age is exactly and only a few know my real age but if you really want to know you can look for the clues. This doesn't mean I haven't played the NES or systems before my time. I have a lot of older cousins who love to give me their old stuff and the NES was one of them.

9. The first game I remember playing is Pokemon Blue

I said before I had an NES and other games systems before my time and I played games on it but the first game I fully remember playing is Pokemon Blue for the Gameboy. I played the living crap out of this game, over 150 hours, and this game started my love for games. I can remember all of my Pokemons' levels, their moves, and which order I will use them. I would take notes from the TV show and I was consumed by everything Pokemon.

8. Games helped me become one of the smartest kids in my grade

Before I really got into games I was a B average student which isn't bad but for some reason when I started really following games I became an all A student. So whenever a teacher or I hear someone saying games make kids stupid, I just say that I somehow became smarter with games.

7. I love movies just as much as I love games

And let me say, I love games so much but movies are also on my lists of loves. I am the type of guy who actually likes most of the Oscar nominations for best movie. I am the guy who doesn't like some big brainless action movies. I love movies and I am working to become a director after school.

6. I lurked on Dtoid for about a year

So technically I am an old person here because I lurked on Dtoid a couple months after the site started but didn't join for a good amount of time. I don't even know why I joined but something told me joining would be really cool and guess what, I am glad I listened to that voice.

5. I have never played a MMO

And I never will.

4. I am into theater at my school

The reason I am into theater is not because I am bad at sports because I am not like most gamers and I don't have butterfingers (sorry Niero). I am in theater because my school doesn't have a film program so this is the only why I can direct besides doing it on my own time.

3. Most of my friends know the people in Vent, by name

I tell stories to my friends a lot from either my own experiences or from people I know. Vent is in the category of people I know and most of my friends know about Yashoki, Phist, Puppet and other regulars from Vent.

2. I spend more time with games than I do with my friends

This is kind of sad when I think about it and it's not like I am anit-social and don't have friends, it is just that I play games a lot. My friends know that during the winter season they won't see me much because between school and games, I don't have much time.

Finally number 1, I love Destructoid

I love the people here, and everything I do with the community is awesome. From PAX to CES to anything that happens in the future. I love it all, and when I can just hang out with Dtoid members and not talk about games is awesome.

That is my list, ugh this took a long time to write but it is worth it. See you next time guys!

Madninja away............   read

6:37 PM on 10.02.2008

Nintendo, thoughts on todays things also not awesome

After today with all the Nintendo announcements I just had to say something and I was thinking on saying this in a segment on Failcast but I haven’t blogged in a while and I want to say this now. I come home today to read the blogs and new sites to see what happened today. First, I see Punch Out!! and Chad’s overly excited blog, this is before I clicked play on the video, and I do “Hey I like Punch Out!! and I want to see what new things they did with the new game.”

Then I click play and I see the NES game on my screen with new graphics. This made me a little angry, not full anger but slight anger. I like old Punch Out!! but that was on the NES, OVER 20 YEARS AGO! I love Megaman 9 and Bionic Commando but those are small downloads and those weren’t the “huge” announcement everyone was waiting for, it was just a really cool surprise. This is just first looks and I haven’t seen more than you people so no final judgment but I can play the original on my Wii for less than fifty bucks (not to mention that they will put a random piece of plastic for the game).

There is a reason I haven’t played my brown dusted Wii for a long time, it is because there isn’t something that interests me and this doesn’t interest me, unless Nintendo adds some “crazy” new feature to the game that lets me play a different game.

I need to actually move on before this is a wall of text that no one reads so with no introduction Sins & Punishment 2, which if you know me well you would know that the first game is amazing even though I played it last year I loved it. Like one of mine favorite games of last year but this sequel is not what I had in mine for a sequel. It is smart for Nintendo to make this game now but just look at it, the game is about an elementary school kid with a flying backpack fighting evil.

That sounds like a horrible Saturday mourning cartoon in the game that people should be excited for. This brings up a point that Nintendo is a slave of the past and is thinking of ways to do the same things they did 20 years ago in this day and age. Retro people will probably say to this, “But games were so much better back then” I think the exact opposite to this but I don’t think even now is that much better but another thing for another day.

To close I have to say that I am giving these two games and the others announced chances to win me over but these are just my opinions on what everyone saw but I just had ramble on for a bit. The new DS gets me pissed for the same reason people who buy things from Apple get pissed off. That is actually my bad for not reading the signs but I had to play FF4 (darn I am rambling more).

If you disagree with me state why and I will update this blog with feedback and if you agree with me then cooooool.

Madninja AWAY…..

In response with jackal27:

I said that these are initial impressions from what everyone saw but it looks like no effort was made in showing the public something new, something that isn't 20 years old. Also The scope of Sin & Punishment 2 is larger because of the hardware but Nintendo doesn't use any new things to advance the game. The new DS is awesome but it makes me mad because I just bought a new one so that is why I am angry just angry with myself.   read

2:10 AM on 07.15.2008

Prince of Persia gets a stunning E3 trailer and another weird music video trailer


First Madworld with Gears of War then Ubisoft decides, (imagine this in a French funny voice) "Hey, the people like games and people like music. Let's put them together!" But down to the trailer, the art as said before is AMAZING! The art makes me want to buy this game even though I haven't bought any of the other Persia games.

The game looks really promising with its one on one combat which could be awesome if they do it right (most obvious statement in the world). You can take one rumor from this trailer is that, Prince of Persia may have two-player co-op. One person is the awesome looking Prince that is all close range, while the other person is the dumb bitch in the back.

Hope you guys enjoy this trailer just as much as I did.   read

9:06 PM on 07.13.2008

Dawn of War 2 gets an E3 teaser trailer, nerds around the world weep in excitment


The only thing I can say about this video is, Dang! But since they show some new stuff here I will just type that up. Gametrailer's has picked up the latest teaser for Relic's kick ass RTS, Dawn at War 2. The latest teaser shows off the Eldar race and they better be packing heat to take on these explosions and awesomeness.

Relic has stated before (I think I saw this in the cblogs) that they will be have boss fights in Dawn of War 2, which if they keep the squads small like they did in Company of Heroes then then this should be alright. Here is hope to see more of Dawn of War 2 later this week or impressions by the Dtoid team down there.   read

1:46 AM on 07.08.2008

Mega64 Panel of Doom: The story of a generation

In a mystical land of Los Angeles there was a gathering of nerds, geeks and otakus. Most people call this gathering of Neanderthals but to the people inside the gathering call it Anime Expo. I have been going to this event for three years now and yes I am a Weeaboo but I go to this convention for one reason only Mega fucking 64. I did get some awesome shit at the conventions but the panel is always a highlight for me because I have been sitting in the same seat for all of those three years. Even though the number of people going to the panel increases from year to year, the area the convention is at changes each year but I still get the same spot.

Enough about me lets get to the panel, which I wait two and a half hours and I was the front of the line. Everybody could feel the anticipation in the room (that was the size of an airport hanger) waiting for the panel. I knew there was going to be an amazing rave at the beginning of the panel and crazy costumes everywhere and man it was pretty awesome. They all came out with outrageous costumes like every year; Shawn as Assassin’s Greed, Derek as I forgot but he looks like the King of the Lumberjacks but Rocco’s costumes as you saw in the header image of this post he was Time Kid in a diaper.

After the crazy rave party, the crew gets on stage and they start with an introduction video that showed off some old and new videos like Assassin’s Creed video which is funnier with a live audience of people and the new videos which just make fun of people who suggest scenes they should do. I won’t spoil those scenes for you because the act of surprise is the funniest part of their videos. The other videos I will talk about.

The next video is a video of the guys during that took place last year where they had their old costumes from last year Anime Expo and they went around crashing all of these cosplayerz taking pictures and it was amazing. I could spend all these videos but that wouldn’t be funny so I will go over the news that they went over.

First, news for you British folks, Mega64 is airing episodes of Versions 1 and 2 on Skynet. That is right, Mega64 is actually going to air their show that was made for Public Access is actually airing on a actual cable provider. Too bad it is in the UK but it is a start.

Next piece of news and this is pretty awesome. The is going to be a new DVD that is exclusive to the conventions they are going to like Comic Con (which I will be going to) and PAX (which will be kick ass). The DVD will have revolutionary technology like Mega64 Time with its picture frame technology but this is even more mind-blowing. You ready for it, the box has a scent. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM! But not any ordinary scent, it smells like freshly baked cinnamon buns. The DVD will include all of the Marcus’ Corners and much much more.

The guys showed more videos, including the second greatest movie in the world The Bookstore which they have shown for the past three years but are still funny each time. Afterwards they had a Q&A but most of the questions were either facepalm worthy or hilarious because they were so bad. The most memorable person to ask a question was a poor little man who was unfortunately dressed up as Lucario from the hit game Pokeman Pearl or Diamond. It was just the fact that this kid look scared shitless but Eric, who is a friend of the crew and was videotaping the whole thing, goes up to the kid and says very loudly “What the hell are you?” I lost it when he said this, everybody lost it when he said that. It was amazing and I hope they put it on some DVD in the future.

The rest of the panel went by, Phist called me fifty times during the panel which was hard to ignore and I had a great time at the panel. I can’t wait to see these guys at Comic Con and PAX and I hope you guys reading this get to see them soon too.

And I know Frank is on Dtoid and just to tell you I was two seats to your right in the front row.   read

5:53 PM on 07.02.2008

New S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky trailer shows off how awesome the game looks


First, let me start off with this: man this game looks amazing. People said that Crysis is an amazing looking game but this actually forms a world around you. S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky is a prequel to the most underated PC game of last year. The first S.T.A.L.K.E.R was the greatest game if you wanted to feel like you are in a post-apocalypse world and it made me shit my pants several times.

The trailer shows how technology has advance in the past year. The original was really real (to me more real than GTA4) and Game World seems to have perfected atmosphere in games, which I hope ever game maker takes notes about the atmosphere in this game.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Clear Sky is schedule to be realesed in August and man I can't wait to play this game.   read

1:45 PM on 07.01.2008

New Resistance 2 footage hits Youtube


This video may be pulled but this game always makes me happy when I see it. This video appeared on Eurogamer TV but was pulled off because this probably not the released by Insomniac. Catch if you can but it may be pulled off of Youtube.

The trailer is still awesome, mysterious voice saying gibberish, giant monsters and a quote from some German guy.

[Source PS3 Fanboy]   read

1:17 AM on 07.01.2008

Voice Actor in Gears 2 says, Gears of War 2 "Going to be more emotionally affecting than Bioshock"

(this picture is awesome Donut)

Before people start saying that Gears of War 1 didn't even have a story (there was one but it was horrible) please let me introduce to you the scene where this takes place. In an interview with Official Xbox Magazine UK a VOICE ACTOR who plays Dom. Let me say that again, a VOICE ACTOR named Carlos Ferro says in the following interview that:

"I said it. It's going to be more emotionally effecting than Bioshock. A lot happens."

Now it could be that Ferro wants to promote the game he is in so he get more acting opportunities or since they may have already recorded the lines for all of the characters. This is a possibility for Gears of War 2 to make me care about these characters that I didn't even give two shits about in the first one.

Also double the news on this game, but this will be short. Shacknews reports that Cliff Bleszinski (because he doesn't want to be called by a name that is easy to spell) at the Microsoft Spring Showcase said that:

"We're not announcing anything about co-op at this time, we'll probably get around to it around E3 time, but rest assured, it will be bigger and better."

I know this is late but man even though I didn't like the first Gears this just makes me happy but I just know they will disappoint me.

[Sources OXM and Shacknews]   read

10:53 PM on 06.25.2008

Cliff Bleszinski says Metal Gear Solid is "Passive Entertainment"

Oh Cliff, Oh Cliff why must you do this to me? Well in a recent interview with IGN Cliff Bleszinski, developer over at Epic and king of games, said some backhanded words to a game close to a lot of peoples hearts (mine included). Read what he said:

“Metal Gear Solid is our example of the game we’re not doing. Passive entertainment is on its way out.”

And I can say yes, Solid Snake is not pumping steroids into himself every second to smash some alien bad-guys. Now serious talk, I will agree with him that Metal Gear Solid is not a game Epic should ever make because well you have to have some Kojima crazy in you to make a game like Metal Gear Solid.

We may be taking his words out of context and that is for you guys to decide.

[Source N4G]   read

4:41 PM on 06.23.2008

Zelda Creatures made in Spore Creature Creator...awesome


Earlier today Colette posted about Final Fantasy creatures in Spore but this...takes the torch and runs with it. All of these creatures are awesome, even some of the obscure ones, that I had to think about before I remembered. The Spore Creature Creator is really flexible and fun (at least to me) and the stuff you can make with it. I have seen some other weird stuff with the Creature Creator that just makes me go, "I want that in my world."

Spore makes me so excited, the creature stuff is alright but the evolution stuff is really makes me excited. I hope they actually make a difference in what you do at the beginning because the longer it takes to be released the more it makes me feel like the game is all about making cute stuff. Maybe that is just me.   read

7:50 PM on 06.11.2008

NCSoft says Tabula Rasa is going well, move along now.

(the more I get to use this photo the better)

On Sunday I posted a blog about how Tabula Rasa was only mentioned twice in NCSoft's financial report. Now NCSoft has issued a statement about Tabula Rasa's situation and surprisingly enough, they say the game is doing well. Here is what NCSoft said to Eurogamer.

"Tabula Rasa has a dedicated player base, which is growing month on month," (which according to the estimated value it has been falling since launch)

"Tabula Rasa offers players a different kind of MMO experience, enhancing our portfolio of game titles. The game play mechanics are very different to that of a typical MMO - those who have experienced the game have recognised these innovative features and applauded them."
(for some reason that makes me laugh)

"A recent European trial promotion was met with great demand; we will be doing a similar promotion later in the year."

Even though Tabula Rasa isn't doing as well as people thought I still think NCSoft is doing a nice thing and supporting the core group of players which are very dedicated to the game. Hope to see some improvement with this game so I can go back to it.   read

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