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E3 2010 Recap
Changes: Fatherhood
Technical Difficulties: What A Difference Time Makes
A True Opponent Stands Before Me
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10 Games Captain America Would Play
Looking Out for the Little Guy

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The Dichotomy of a Dark Knight
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Labor Day: Player 2
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Retrospection: The X-Men vs The Avengers
DC Kills Again
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10 Disney Classics that Need Remastering
5 Best Moments from EVO 2013
5 Reasons Why the PS2 Was So Successful
5 Ways to Add Flavor to PS Allstars
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Did We Really Need to Break Lara Croft?
Father's Day: Bass Armstrong
Why Do We Need Final Fantasy 7 HD?
Wormlight: A Group of No Name Losers
You Can't Fix Bad Parenting
You Don't Deserve Forgiveness
A Forgotten Hero
Future Diary: The Trial of the Father
Silver Haired Devils: Sephiroth, Magneto, Griffith
Sony Made Art Out of Ads
Celebrate the Ridiculousness of Games
The Graying of Gaming
What is Your Deserted Island Game?
An Opinion on How Value is Underappreciated in Gaming
Lazy Brain Games Legacy
Arkham Knight's Knightfall
Next-Gen Gamers: Kinect Party
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An Interview with Adam Spragg
An Interview with Miguel Sternberg
An Interview with Nekros Lead Designer
An Interview with Divekick's Adam Heart
An Interview with The Behemoth's Ian Moreno
An Interview with Firebase Studios
An Interview with Lazy Brain Games: Part 1 / Part 2
An Interview with Fun Infused Games
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Should I Be Happy Sonic is Selling Me Insurance
Is the $99 Xbox Worth It?
These Games Don't Belong on Steam?
Quest for Sexy Seaside Beachball: Part 1 / Part 2


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Comics in Games: Fantastic Four
Comics in Games: Fantastic Four Deleted Scenes
Comics in Games: Superman
Comics in Games: The Best of Marvel 1994

Comics in Crossover Games
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- Spider-man the Video Game
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- Iron Man and X-O Manowar in Heavy Metal
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Episode 66: Intro
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Episode 64: Intro
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Episode 62: Intro
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Episode 60: Rhythm Games
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Episode 27: SNES



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So yeah, I went to Disney World. This is like my 3rd time going, but it was my first time going to Epcot. We only went for a day, but we were able to see the Animal Kingdom and all of Epcot, so I say we did what we wanted.

Also, I forgot how expensive it is at Disney. It's magical and whatnot, but when your money starts evaporating out of your wallet, you know you are in trouble. Thankfully the carnies (or whatever the Disney equivalent of carnival games folk is) only take credit cards so I was able to leverage my debt on to my cards.

I don't know if I'll be buying any new games any time soon is all I'm saying.

Fun trip overall though. We ate with Mickey, Daisy and Goofy. Got to see some lions. Road on a dinosaur. Typical Disney stuff. It was a good trip.



Well, I also got a side job writing with Law of Thermal Dynamics and a few other interesting people at a small startup called Twinfinite. While I'm not paid any sort of real money, it does afford me the ability to try and write news articles which I'm not really used to. I can also write some features that are outside my norm and it gives me some crew to bounce ideas off of. The bad of all this is that I'm not going to be writing as many Cblogs. I could try crossposting, but I already know how that's received round here.

However, unlike a lot of people, this isn't goodbye or whatnot. I figured I'd keep you all informed, I'll leave some links to blogs that actually would have been posted here Dtoid, but I'm not going to force you all to read that nonsense in a real blog. I'm just going to refine my focus more on personal blogs. So, you'll be seeing more of these and less of the long blogs about boring stuff like . Not sure how long it will take me to adjust between the two, but this is still my blog. That's my work blog, this is my me blog.

So with that being said, shameless self promotion:
My Interview with Adam Spragg
Fortune Summoners Preview
The Behemoth's Q and A
The Behemoth's Q and A part 2

Alright enough of that crap. On to real bloggy blog stuff.



I got Netflix.

Not as impressed with it as I thought I would be, but my wife is LOVING the TV backlog that she can now watch. The kid has Pocoyo and Super Why to keep company when I'm busy doing things around the house. It's a big distraction around here, but at least it gets me using my Wii more.

Yup, streaming this through the Wii because I'm not Gold Microsoft. Your competitor is currently getting more playtime than you are within this household.

You wanna know the strangest thing about Netflix? Whenever I ask somebody about something to watch, they always recommend TV shows. No actual flix have really been recommended. Ah well.

I've been watching Being Human. US version for the 14 year old girls that read my blog out there. It's basically like Twilight, but more CW style TV drama with Sam Huntington. You most likely know him as the kid from Jungle 2 Jungle (the somewhat shoddy remake of Little Indian, Big City). Well anyway, Sam Huntington and Doomsday (Smallville) are like the Odd Couple who happen to rent a haunted house. He's a werewolf, Doomsday's a vampire, it's all just dripping with issues and angst.

My wife loves this and at least its better than having to actually watch Twilight. It's better because Sam Huntington can actually act.

So there's that. That and my disappointment at the overall lack of decent anime offered on Netflix. It's like they scraped the bargain bin anime licenses and snatched them all up. The only good stuff is the stuff I've already seen on numerous other distribution networks.

They have 2 ghibli's and one is not a Miyazaki product. The other? I already own it.



Not sure how you people have subscriptions to this service for more than a year. I did get to see Superman/Batman: Apocalypse finally and it was mediocre. High action, shoddy line work due to translating thin pencils and straight jaws in to animation. The last bit of the film is worth the price of admission to see the Superman Darkseid fight, but watching the rest of the film to get there is just not fun.

I dunno, it's like DC has the perfect opportunity to fix a lot of the issues they have with their books and they cop out and make some cheap fun. Is it fun? Maybe. Is it rewarding? Not usually.

Superman/Shazam was a collection of shorts so I was unimpressed, even if they were decent. They all kinda felt like fully realized pitches to Warner Bros.



Enough TV/Movies/Netflix. Games. This is a games blog and I do play them.

I was burning through Knights in the Nightmare (PSP) on my flight to Disney World and I don't have a clue how to play it. I went through the tutorial 3 times and nothing came of it. There is nothing more infuriating than flying for 3 hours in cramped quarters and not being able to get something. I don't know if this was a lot easier on dual screens, or if I'm just stressed from flying, but it just didn't connect for me.

Thank goodness it came with Yggdra Union so I could at least boot that up from my memory stick. Seriously, this was disappointing. It's like Resonance of Fate all over again. I'm completely interested in the game, I just don't know how to play it. My mind isn't wrapping around this correctly.



I've been seeing a lot of sexism in games blogs running around and I have a lot of things to say about it. Unfortunately I'm a dude so I have this fear of coming off like a douche and I know how easy it is to look like that on a topic like this. I dunno. It's like one wrong word can sink a ship so quickly that the world will ultimately crush you, yet every time I read these things my opinions tell me to stand up. "SPEAK YOUR MIND" it shouts.

I guess what I'm saying is that I'm a wimp. Blah.

I went on a tangent about the infuriating archetypes that sink a reasonably sane woman in video games, and nobody seemed to complain. Can I do a post on this?

Maybe.

It'll probably take a while though. Worse comes to worse, if you ask me a question in the comments, I'll probably have an answer on it. Needless to say, this blog is on my mind and the lovely Elsa really pushed the idea of doing one of these blogs back in to my head.

I guess I'll just end this all on a few things about SOPA. SOPA apparently is dead, PIPA is still up in the air. I know there are a lot of people out there that were calling for an active protest from Facebook and Twitter. Unfortunately, social networking is the life blood of movements in protest. Not sure if people would have spread this idea with out it. I mean sure there is the chance your mom and dad might wonder where Facebook is and yes they could have done something more, however ultimately we used these sites to communicate our message.

I don't know how well as "Save Porn" was trending in my area, but at the very least, I spread my message through to my congressmen. So my SOPA message went out, hopefully my PIPA message did the same.
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