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Front Paged:
E for Effort: Mass Effect 1+2
E3 2010 Recap
Changes: Fatherhood
Technical Difficulties: What A Difference Time Makes
A True Opponent Stands Before Me
P2 Press Start: Chip n' Dale Rescue Rangers
10 Games Captain America Would Play
Looking Out for the Little Guy

Front Paged on Flixist:
The Dichotomy of a Dark Knight
Not Understanding Your Audience
A True Classic: Superman Returns

Articles I wrote that I liked:
That One Mook: Gafgarion
My first playthrough of Resident Evil 2
Love/Hate: Operation Darkness
EVO 2010
Recettear Preview
Teh Bias: Nippon Ichi Software, Dood!
More Than Just Noise: Haunted by Final Fantasy
2010: Year in review and some other musings
Obligatory Destructoid Community Rocks Post
Groundhog Day: Stuck in a Book
A story from the Wasteland
PowerUp 2011
E3 2011: MS, Sony, Ninty, and AWARDS
Freedom: Jetpacks
Handhelds: East vs West
Labor Day: Player 2
Online Passes: Nickles and Dimes
2011: Year in Review and Top 10 XBL Indies



Twinfinite stuff I wrote that I liked:
Comics:
Before Watchmen: It's Not the End of the World
Retrospection: The X-Men vs The Avengers
DC Kills Again
Lists:
10 Reliable XBLIG Devs You Should Know
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
Editorials:
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
Interviews:
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
Nonsense:
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


Comics in Games
Comics in Games: Games in Comics
Comics in Games: The Original Batman
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
- Spider-man and Captain America in Dr. Doom's Revenge!
- Spider-man the Video Game
- Spider-man and the X-men in Arcade's Revenge
- Marvel Super Heroes: War of the Gems
- Iron Man and X-O Manowar in Heavy Metal
- Marvel Brothel
- Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe
- Batman: The Brave and the Bold


It Came From The Quarter Bin

- 1st Edition
- Promised Vengeance
- Sarah's Story Remembered
- First Strike! Extra!
- Fluffie Kiss
- 2112
- The Holiday Spirit
- Days of GLX-Mas Past



Games Created:
Dariaia
Twinfinite Pirate Kart


I was on a podcast! Listen to me!
NJ EP 01: Neo Geo Pocket Color
NJ EP 04: Mega Man Legends


Episode 92: E3 09
Episode 73: Intro
Episode 71: Intro
Episode 70: Intro
Episode 68: Sonic the Hedgehog
Episode 67: Intro
Episode 66: Intro
Episode 65: Reader Questions
Episode 64: Intro
Episode 63: Neo Geo
Episode 62: Intro
Episode 61: Beat 'em Ups
Episode 60: Rhythm Games
Episode 36: Couples
Episode 34: TurboGrafx 16
Episode 32: SHMUPS
Episode 27: SNES



My Greatest Failure

"We constantly have to revisit 'Why would Donkey Kong do this?' or 'Why would this environment be like this?' And then we start thinking: 'We're making a game about a gorilla wearing a tie.'"
-Michael Kelbaugh of Retro Studios on Donkey Kong Country Returns



"I have to say it's kinda scary how much you know about this game."
-Nicolau Chaud creator of Marvel Brothel
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Hola. It's getting to be Christmas time. Hope you had a nice Chanukah. I know nothing about Kwanzaa, so if you celebrate it or any other tradition this month, good will to you.

Anywho, it's time again for what I have dubbed as a mind dump.



I've spent the past 2 weeks talking about indie devs. Not just any indies though. I have been talking about dead indie developers. One who was dead and came back to life, and one who was alive and then died as soon as my articles went up.

Craziest thing about all this was that the website went down within minutes of my interview going live. I checked the page, went back and published and clicked on a link to his site...gone.

It really is something to want to play a game that doesn't technically exist anymore. I mean the internet is a virtual treasure trove of games content. I could find not only games that are over 30 years old, but versions of the same game that have been improved for the better.

So when I wanted to play a 5 year old game that was publicized and shared over much of the internet, I was shocked to see it wasn't available anywhere. Then when I see a developer I kinda like about to go through the exact same thing, well I got like 5 articles done about this stuff.

Anywho, boom links:

Searching for Demakes: I Just Wanted to Play Some Sexy Seaside Beachball!!!
Searching for Demakes 2: Back in the Habit
Spotlight on Lazy Brain Games
Interview with Lazy Brain Games
Interview with Lazy Brain Games 2: Electric Boogaloo



I finally got feedback on an FFT article I wrote on my birthday which left me giddy. I know that's a bit sad, but writing for smaller sites is tough. If you write controversial or even stupid shit you do fine with comments. Those that have great personalities also do well. I don't really do all that and I make my real stuff research heavy which makes it a bit harder to simply criticize (though not impossible). Not saying that's the only issues, bland articles can be bland, but from what I've seen, 1000+ word articles that aren't either controversial or full of personal stuff aren't all that interesting. In other words I need to work on defining my style.

But anyway, an important article for me is that FFT one since I actually had to put in a bit more research to the ending to what is my favorite game. See, I couldn't for the life of me remember what happened to the Germonik Scriptures (a pretty important book in the game) and some other hinted at, but unseen actions. After a bit of research only one real conclusion stuck out in my mind and I wasn't really sure if it would be backed up the same way among the very rigid fan community.

Fortunately somebody actually agreed with me and my paranoia can subside. I still have no idea if I'm right as the PSP game I never played could prove me wrong. Still, that was gratifying for a post I have been concerned about for like 6 months.

Enough work. If you want to read more stuff I wrote, I've spent a lot of time updating and making pretty that side bar thing over on the right=>=>=>=>

I did that more for me than you as I'm a narcissist and like to reread my old writings. You though can read some what I assume must be mildly interesting articles if you want. Or don't, I won't judge.



I don't own a "next gen" console right now and that is bugging me seeing as I review stuff all the time. Really, it is only because I just don't want a console right now and don't want to be obligated to buy one just to have one. It was the Original Gamer that said something along the lines of "If you haven't written about the new game consoles, don't consider yourself a games writer," and I've taken that to heart. Not because he's right, but because these things do matter and I guess I really do need to be working towards getting one.

Clearly the only console worth actually going out and grabbing out of anybody is Nintendo's 2/3DS. Solid console, good games, blah blah blah. Personally, I just don't trust Nintendo anymore. Not all of Nintendo mind you. Nintendo of Japan is pretty neat a lot of the time. Much like Sony, they do great work for Japan as Microsoft sorta does for America. Having home territory is great for consumers.

Unfortunately, I don't trust those guys at Nintendo of America. They bug me fairly regularly with dumb marketing plans, weird decisions, and this air about them that they are the soulless distributors of a purchasable good. I mean, I understand that working at Nintendo is probably a tough job, but I honestly feel that there isn't any one person at the top of Nintendo of America that I could even say I'd like, let alone purchase from. Something something parlays that to be about the Wii U.

The Xbone (is it still cool to call it that?) and PS4 aren't anything special right now to me. No real BC means they need at least a year to year and a half to form a competent enough selection for me to think about. Since I'm a huge fan of BC this irks me so much. I'm mildly concerned about the hacks (both legal and illegal) that have occurred recently among the two. On principal, I hate that I have to pay for online as well which makes the 2 systems policies eerily similar. The only difference is how you like your console to interact with your TV and well, I don't care enough which means Sony is barely winning this one out solely on cost.

I'm glad both consoles seem to be selling though. That's great for the industry and means we'll see some great content coming in the future.

That leaves really only the PSV, and well I do kind of own a broken one of those. Hairline crack meant the system is now a paper weight. Screen is fragile and I'm not sure I want to go through that again with my kid. So all that is left on my mind is an Ouya, but that isn't really next gen or something I want as a legitimate games console. Plus Ouya 2.0 is probably 3-6 months away.

That's not to say that each of these consoles lacks something special for a purchase, I just don't see any reason to rush out there and buy myself one. Which in turn means I'm still stuck playing all these new games on my PS3/360/Wii/ and a few old ones on the DS/PSP like a sucker. Maybe I'll run out and grab an Ouya with a 2DS after the holidays or something since they are the cheapest of the 5.

Though it might just be that this is the first time in over a decade that I've ever been solely reliant on getting personal gifts like this that I'm nitpicking the shit out of the consoles in my head. Consoles are a present for the family for me. Now with just the kid and myself, I think I'm satiated with the things I have.



Welp, it seems like it is Game of the Year time and I honestly haven't been amazed by this year as I was last. Many more REALLY interesting games, yet not many I would throw out as 100% guaranteed amazing though. Not like last year. Oh man 2012 was so good.

I have one that I feel pretty good about though, and I'm going to stick with it when it comes down to time to vote, though I still have 2 or 3 that I need to play before then.

Console of the year however is an easy one for me. PS3 killed it this year not just on games, but on the fact that Microsoft backed off hard, Nintendo never really showed up on the console front for me until SM3DW and the millions of Betas/Early Access showing up for sale are killing PC stuff for me. If I'd recommend a console for you for 2013, I'd tell you to get a 2/3DS and a PS3. They are both cheap as hell and have a stellar lineup.

For records sake my personal selection is:
360: Console of the Year 2010
PC: Console of the Year 2011
PSP: Console of the Year 2012
PS3: Console of the Year 2013

I wish I could spend some time to type the GOTY's all out this year, but I doubt I will. I've been having a hard time gauging what my schedule will be like this year and my mind has just been all over the place remembering which games I've played through and really enjoyed.



I dunno, that's all that has been on my head for the past day or two. I'm sure next time this will be more substantial, but I also hope by then I won't have to be concerned about games that are no longer available or games I have to champion as the best of 12 months. Off now to go do something meaningful and wrap all these presents for the kid.

If I don't see you by then, have a Happy Holidays and enjoy spending time with the people you love the most.










I'm sick. Again.

The doctors have me on some sort of clear pills that look like beads you'd wear around your neck and then they gave me a laundry list of things to take over the counter. Since I'm sick and I am in some sort of daze, I'll type stuff.



So the Extra Life marathon I ran last weekend only did about $41.Yay for charity! I was hoping for a bit more, but it was hectic and that's my fault entirely. Andy, Batthink and the others will be getting a whole slew of codes for what they did. If you still want to donate to be part of the raffle, please do so. I'm marathoning with Twinfinite this weekend for like 6 hours at the bewitching hour. I dunno, you might see me passed out unconscious for like 4 of those hours.

We'll see how it goes. We'll be offering raffle prizes for that as well so donate to enter each respective raffle. Thanks again for doing your best just to help some people who need it.
Batson's Children's Hospital (Raffle List)
Sick Kids International (Raffle List)




Alright, I love things like this. When companies release information on lifetime sales data, it really begins to showcase what's been going on with decision making behind the scenes. Capcom did that last month for their investors and I had a blast going through the numbers of their Top 60.

Some things that stood out are:

Breath of Fire has only 3.1 million units over all 15 releases they've had. Compare that to Dino Crisis at 4.4m over 11 releases and Dead Rising at 5.9m for 11 releases and you can see why there aren't any big Breath of Fire games coming out. For math kids, that's about 200k units per title, which if you factor that 4 and 5 likely had a smaller number of units shipped, you can sorta see the hesitance.

Street Fighter II was amazing for Capcom. Like seriously amazing. In their Top 61 games of all time, the game is on the list at 2, 6, 22, and 30. This isn't even including what lies below. Street Fighter IV is at 9, 26 and 54. You know what isn't anywhere on the lists? Street Fighter III or any of the other fighters from the era when Capcom began to pull away from Fighting Games. The only game on there is Street Fighter Alpha 3 and that is way at the bottom. No Marvel vs Capcom 2, Darkstalkers, or Capcom vs SNK.




So I've decided to give anime watching a retry. I've been out of the loop for about as long as people have been talking about Attack on Titan. Still haven't seen it, not sure if I want to, but I have been watching Monogatari because it is familiar. Not sure if I'm a big fan of this season either, but I do love the fact that there is 2 episodes dedicated entirely to summarizing the plot of season 1 and I think it was the OVAs. It has been a really really long time since I've cared about either and it was nice to remember where we've come.

Which is the exact opposite of what The World God Only Knows did. They decided to bypass what would probably have amounted to a full seasons worth of content just to try out a more interesting arc. Or at least that's the reasoning some people have justified this is that they are going to get to a good arc, but you just can't do that and expect people that haven't read the manga to keep watching your show.

It is the most criminal thing I've ever seen a program do. For those not informed here is how it worked out. The show ran 2 seasons about a gamer using his dating sim skills to woo women and chase out ghosts from their hearts. There is about 1 more season worth of content of this before they change the formula to focus on a core grouping of 5 of those conquests. One of the five was from that missing arc and another was from a direct to DVD special that hasn't aired outside of Japan.Those are CRUCIAL moments.

So they spend 5 minutes montaging through what should have been an entire season and just start everything else off as if nothing had happened between season 2 and season 3. I eventually decided to skip watching all this and just go straight to the manga. I didn't want to, but I'm not about to pretend this awkward presentation didn't just kill it for me.

I've been personally wanting to build a game for about a year and a half. Which means that nothing has been done about this. The reason is that I can't code. That's a lame excuse, but I don't want to try and put anything down on paper until I have an engine worked out that will do what I want it to do.

I was looking at Ren'py for the longest time, but I just can't wrap my head around python enough to transform this really awesome RPG engine in to a game. I like Renpy because it is a game engine basically built upon transforming images. Meaning I put a picture on screen and I make it do something. It works when I want to do a straight VN, but when I try to modify the engine, I just break the shit out of it.

I've also been looking at Game Salad and others, but I want to be an Android/PC developer since that's the phone I prefer (plus Ouya). One day I'm hopefully just going to disappear and try and figure out how to put this all on paper, but until then I'm just stuck.



So last time I was totally ambivalent at the work I'd been doing at Twinfinite and that's been dwelling on me a bit. I'd say depression played a part of that or maybe I was just being hard on myself. I realized this when I saw a coworker post a link to my PS2 ads article that I did early this year when we were all in a group talking about advertisement in games. I dunno, that kinda perked me up. So here are a list of articles I wrote that I combed through my history to see if I liked. Read / Don't read, I'll still love you all the same.

Sony made art out of ads
Why the PS2 Was So Successful
Too Cheap - An Opinion on How Value is Under Appreciated in Games
The 5 Best Moments from EVO
10 Disney Classics that Need A Remaster (I was going to post this, then I found out a coworker of mine disagreed with the list in the comments and thought twice. Then I decided screw that, I still had fun with my list)
Olan Durai: The Forgotten Hero (This was just fun because it made me remember new things about the game like how the Germonik Scriptures are still with the corrupt Glabados Church)
The Graying of Gaming (AKA: I'm getting too old for this shit)
An Interview with Scott Thunelius (I just had a lot of fun talking to this guy, he was in a really great mood that day with me and the people at the show)
What is Your Deserted Island Game? (Where I find out through polling that simulations are the only answer)
DC Kills Again (I'm highlighting this just because it was the last comic book article I got to write before we went straight gaming)
Arcadecraft Review (I think I was being a jerk with this one, because I had built this game up so much in my head that I went out to break this game apart and yet still gave it ****/5)


I also wanted to post this vid, not because it is anything spectacular, but because I legitimately had a lot of fun in it. I've never played Minecraft and even though the sexy cloud Beyamor had gifted me the copy, my first attempt was disastrous. So, it sat and languished.

These guys got me to try it and I think we all had a bit of fun screwing around. Also, that pic of me was because apparently my Twitch recording had a big logo over my forehead. So instead they asked me for a picture and I gave them the one with me and the Black Ranger fist bumping. Why the Black Ranger was cropped out, I have no idea and I look goofy as hell out of context.



I dunno, I'm starting to get a bit of a headache. I just wanted to thank ya'll again for donating. If you can check me tomorrow on stream or any of us really. Last week was really a moment for me to sit back and try live streaming again since I haven't done that in what feels like forever.

I totally dropped the ball too. I missed people in the chat, didn't have my mic on for like 2 hours, spent waaaaaay too long playing SFxMM. Still I had fun, it was nice to be able to do that all with you. This time I'm going to play some Abobo and a few others so please bear with me as I try to do this streaming thing again. If you don't want to watch me, much more interesting people will be doing their thing earlier on. If you do watch, thanks.








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[UPDATE: Just beat SFxMM and man did that take longer than I expected][/center]

We are LIVE! Today (and even some of Sunday as well if you'll have me), I'm going to be spending my time with you lovely people playing video games in an attempt to raise as much money as possible to help some sick kids. I'm going to do my best, so I ask that you please reach in to your pockets and pull out any spare change you can to donate to a good cause.

To get more excitement going, I have set up a raffle, a video stream and most importantly, a donation page to raise funds for the hospital.



G3 Gaming and Giving for Good

Like I said, this event will be raising funds for the University of Mississippi's Batson Children's Hospital. As with every year, I chose one hospital at random. I probably will never need their services as I don't even live in the state. The reason I chose random hospitals is because it doesn't really matter which one I chose specifically. Helping Kids regardless of location should be the goal for all of us.

My G3 Page is here

I will be playing a number of games on October 26th, 2013 to raise support. We'll get to the games in just a second.




Raffle Prizes
If you have ever donated to my Extra Life events, you've received a game. Each year I have collected a number of games that I raffle out personally. This year wanting to do something a bit bigger, I've been hoarding codes for this. The result is that I've got a pretty good number of games I'm personally donating to this event.

This year I have some games to give out to both events.

Here is the Raffle List for G3.

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On November 2nd I will be doing a separate marathon for Sick Kids International with some friends. I've hoarded games for this so you can enter that one as well if you like those games.

Here is the Raffle List for Extra Life.





Schedule
I will marathon through Mega Man X Street Fighter without Power Ups or the charge shot, just because those things confuse me (I'm a simple man). Afterwords, I'll play through some Organ Trail, Skullgirls (hit me up, manasteel88 on Steam) and other fun games.

Stream Schedule: 2PM EST October 26th - until you people obviously grow tired of me sometime on October 27th

If you want, come watch me. If you don't want (I wont judge), just donate and I'll love you all the same.


FAQ
Since you haven't asked, I'll just post some random stuff:

How to Donate?

Click on this link below:
Donate to G3

Fill out all the information and the amount you want to donate. Even if you only spare a dollar, I will gladly accept it and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Next, make sure you click the little box that says "Allow participants to see my email address"



This allows me to track who donated so I can enter you into the raffle. If you choose to donate anonymously, I won't be able to see you and I won't be able to get you entered in the raffle.

If you want to message me for a certain game, I won't promise you the game, but I won't say I won't be swayed by the request of a donor.

Donations are live right now so please donate anything you can.

Do I need to donate twice to get in both raffles?

Yup. Sorry, but one is mine personally. One is an event I'm working with other people. I want both to be super successful and I've split my game donations accordingly. Donate here if you want to enter the Twinfinite raffle.

How can we watch you?

On October 26th I will be streaming on my personal Twitch page

When will you draw the Raffle?

When I recover from the marathon on November 2nd. Shouldn't be more than a day or two.

Why do this?

Well, I want to get as much money I can to help sick kids across the world. I'm doing this because we all need to help reduce the cost of healthcare for children. I won't promise you this will save lives, but it has the potential to change them. If the money raised just pays for a single janitor to clean the hospital for even a day, that helps recovery for these kids. If it buys a bunch of pop sickle sticks, that is something that reduces the always increasing medical costs.

I'm only asking for whatever you can give. $1 suits me just fine. While it's still open I will ask you to do anything you can to help raise funds for children's hospitals.

I have no money, what now?

Advertise via twitter, facebook, etc. or just join the twitch page tomorrow if you have time. Fundraising events need word of mouth for people to get excited. I'm trying to get people excited and any help is...well...helpful.










The eve of G3 is upon me, and you as well if you choose to join me. This year I have chosen to support the University of Mississippi's Batson Children's Hospital. I'm focused on spending most of Saturday October 26th with you lovely people (and even some of Sunday as well if you'll have me) in an attempt to raise as much as possible to help any children that become ill.

To do so, I have set up a raffle, a video stream and most importantly, a donation page to raise funds for the hospital.


G3 Gaming and Giving for Good

Like I said, this event will be raising funds for the University of Mississippi's Batson Children's Hospital. As with every year, I chose one hospital at random. I probably will never need their services as I don't even live in the state. The reason I chose random hospitals is because it doesn't really matter which one I chose specifically. Helping Kids regardless of location should be the goal for all of us.

My G3 Page is here

I will be playing a number of games on October 26th, 2013 to raise support. We'll get to the games in just a second.




Raffle Prizes
If you have ever donated to my Extra Life events, you've received a game. Each year I have collected a number of games that I raffle out personally. This year wanting to do something a bit bigger, I've been hoarding codes for this. The result is that I've got a pretty good number of games I'm personally donating to this event.

This year I have some games to give out to both events.

Here is the Raffle List for G3.

------------------------------------

On November 2nd I will be doing a separate marathon for Sick Kids International with some friends. I've hoarded games for this so you can enter that one as well if you like those games.

Here is the Raffle List for Extra Life.





Schedule
I will marathon through Mega Man X Street Fighter without Power Ups or the charge shot, just because those things confuse me (I'm a simple man). Afterwords, I'll play through some Organ Trail, Skullgirls (hit me up, manasteel88 on Steam) and other fun games.

Stream Schedule: 2PM EST October 26th - until you people obviously grow tired of me sometime on October 27th

If you want, come watch me. If you don't want (I wont judge), just donate and I'll love you all the same.


FAQ
Since you haven't asked, I'll just post some random stuff:

How to Donate?

Click on this link below:
Donate to G3

Fill out all the information and the amount you want to donate. Even if you only spare a dollar, I will gladly accept it and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Next, make sure you click the little box that says "Allow participants to see my email address"



This allows me to track who donated so I can enter you into the raffle. If you choose to donate anonymously, I won't be able to see you and I won't be able to get you entered in the raffle.

If you want to message me for a certain game, I won't promise you the game, but I won't say I won't be swayed by the request of a donor.

Donations are live right now so please donate anything you can.

Do I need to donate twice to get in both raffles?

Yup. Sorry, but one is mine personally. One is an event I'm working with other people. I want both to be super successful and I've split my game donations accordingly. Donate here if you want to enter the Twinfinite raffle.

How can we watch you?

On October 26th I will be streaming on my personal Twitch page

When will you draw the Raffle?

When I recover from the marathon on November 2nd. Shouldn't be more than a day or two.

Why do this?

Well, I want to get as much money I can to help sick kids across the world. I'm doing this because we all need to help reduce the cost of healthcare for children. I won't promise you this will save lives, but it has the potential to change them. If the money raised just pays for a single janitor to clean the hospital for even a day, that helps recovery for these kids. If it buys a bunch of pop sickle sticks, that is something that reduces the always increasing medical costs.

I'm only asking for whatever you can give. $1 suits me just fine. While it's still open I will ask you to do anything you can to help raise funds for children's hospitals.

I have no money, what now?

Advertise via twitter, facebook, etc. or just join the twitch page tomorrow if you have time. Fundraising events need word of mouth for people to get excited. I'm trying to get people excited and any help is...well...helpful.










Alright, now that I've got my ducks in a row, it is time to talk of Extra Life. Unfortunately, as most of you gathered from my last blog, my schedule has been tumultuous at best. This leaves me in a bit of a conundrum. Since I can't marathon straight 24 hours during the regular event this year due to being a loving father, I have decided that spreading it out will fill that little insane quota of 24 hours that I've set up in my mind.

This year I'm actually going to be marathoning twice because of this. Once for me and once for Twinfinite. So let's break these events down:


G3 Gaming and Giving for Good
I named this after the now defunct Extra Life marathon I've been pushing for the past 2 years. It's catchy and I have the banners...sooooo. I'm marathoning for it.

This event will be raising funds for the University of Mississippi's Batson Children's Hospital. As with every year, I chose this hospital at random. I probably will never need their services as I don't even live in the state. The reason I chose this hospital is because it doesn't really matter which one I chose specifically. Helping Kids regardless of location should be the goal for all of us.

My G3 Page is here

I will be playing a number of games on October 26th, 2013 to raise support. We'll get to the games in just a second.


Extra Life
This Event will be raising funds for Sick Kids International, a program that brings sick kids from around the world to the hospital for treatment. I work on the side with a blog known as Twinfinite. I forced everybody to get involved with G3 and Extra Life last year and everybody had so much fun that we're doing it again. This year we chose Sick Kids International because it was like 1 of 3 international hospitals and my god does it make a great tag line. "Help Sick Kids!" We wanted to hit an international organization and this was a great one to choose.

Our Extra Life Page is here

Raffle Prizes
If you have ever donated to my Extra Life events, you've received a game. Each year I have collected a number of games that I raffle out personally. This year wanting to do something a bit bigger, I've been hoarding codes for this. The result is that I've got a pretty good number of games I'm personally donating to this event.

This year I have some games to give out to both events.

Here is the Raffle List for G3.
Here is the Raffle List for Extra Life.

I'm not sure what the final list for Extra Life will be, but here are the games I am donating to it. Yami has a few games she's added and I'm sure we'll have others, but these are the games I can guarantee I will hand out to you.


Schedule
I've been brainstorming what I've been wanting to do for awhile now. Originally, I was going to come on here and ask ya'll what you would like to see me play. Part of me still wants to do that, but in previous years I've come across two very real issues. Game A ran really slow, and Game B while awesome in theory is boring as hell on stream. SOOOO....forget all that.

Plan B was that I was going to do a marathon off of a game. I sort of got this idea from watching way too much of Retro Game Master. So in typical Kaicho fashion, I'll be doing that with Street Fighter X Mega Man. With all of the Mighty No. 9 hype, I figured that I'd get around to beating Capcom's last attempt at the Blue Bomber. Since I like to play without powerups, it should be more (or less interesting) for you hopefully.

Anywho. Once I beat this (or if I do, we'll see how badly I really do suck at this game) I'll play some other games with ya'll. I'm thinking Organ Trail. We'll see what the mood is like.

Stream Schedule: 2PM EST October 26th - until you people obviously grow tired of me sometime on October 27th

If you want, come watch me. If you don't want (I wont judge), just donate and I'll love you all the same.


FAQ
Since you haven't asked, I'll just post some random stuff:

How to Donate?

Click on either link below:
Donate to G3
Donate to Extra Life

Fill out all the information and the amount you want to donate. Even if you only spare a dollar, I will gladly accept it and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Next, make sure you click the little box that says "Allow participants to see my email address"



This allows me to track who donated so I can enter you into the raffle. If you choose to donate anonymously, I won't be able to see you and I won't be able to get you entered in the raffle.

If you want to message me for a certain game, I won't promise you the game, but I won't say I won't be swayed by the request of a donor.

Donations are live right now so please donate anything you can.

Do I need to donate twice to get in both raffles?

Yup. Sorry, but one is mine personally. One is an event I'm working with other people. I want both to be super successful and I've split my game donations accordingly.

How can we watch you?

On October 26th I will be streaming on my personal Twitch page
On November 2nd I will be streaming with others on the Twinfinite Twitch page
When will you draw the Raffle?

Both raffles will be drawn after November 2nd's event. Depending on how sleepy I am and how many donations I have to send it, it could take me a day or two to get back to ya'll.

Why do this?

Well, I want to get as much money I can to help sick kids across the world. I'm doing this because we all need to help reduce the cost of healthcare for children. I won't promise you this will save lives, but it has the potential to change them. If the money raised just pays for a single janitor to clean the hospital for even a day, that helps recovery for these kids. If it buys a bunch of pop sickle sticks, that is something that reduces the always increasing medical costs.

I'm only asking for whatever you can give. $1 suits me just fine. While it's still open I will ask you to do anything you can to help raise funds for children's hospitals.

I have no money, what now?

Advertise via twitter, facebook, etc. or just join the twitch page if you have time. Fundraising events need word of mouth for people to get excited. I'm trying to get people excited and any help is...well...helpful.










Hola. Long time no...blog?

It has been well over a year since I last communicated with you beautiful people. The reason? Well, to put it lightly, I'm divorced. With a bit of precaution, my lawyer advised me to get off the electronic grid. I didn't Twitter, I didn't blog anything but reviews and news stories and I didn't get the chance to do a best of at the end of last year. It was a very difficult custody battle to go through and to be honest, it was the hardest experience I've ever gone through. I'm not going to go in to specifics. Not because I don't want to vent, but you understand how little it truly will change things.

All I choose to say is that I now understand how hard a divorce really is on a person. As a product of divorced parents, I still had absolutely no idea.

Anyway, that's my excuse. I say all that, because I miss brain dumps. They are the place where mediocre ideas go to die a pointless and lukewarm death. Since I haven't done one of these in so very long, I figured it was time to change that.



Extra Life is really different this year. As somebody that has gone through the motions for the past few years, it just feels odd not to have a G3 event leading up to Extra Life. For those that don't remember, G3 (Gaming and Giving for Good) was a Microsoft sponsored Children's Miracle Network event for the past 2 years. I guess since they are focused on ramping up the Xbox One launch, they decided to pass on co-sponsoring an event like this. Which is fine I guess. Last year at $1000, we were in the top 10 for fund raising, which is chump change compared to what Extra-Life did. There are reasons for this, (I think G3 was like 3 weeks or so before Extra Life), but it is a shame that nobody wanted to give or game for anybody this year.

Extra Life as well has had an issue with being able to collect donations for international organizations. Last year we raised funds for the Children's Miracle Network International Fund which sends grant money to hospitals overseas. This year the money stays in the USA and some parts of Canada. I think NAFTA let us get the Canandians, but the issue had to do mostly with international tax laws. The international charities themselves are actually the hospitals in North America that fly people in from around the world on a case by case basis to take care of their hospital care, which is kinda cool. That is what we chose for Twinfinite.

That means however that Extra Life as an event is going to be huge this year. Twinfinite is doing something big, which I've been less a part of building up simply because my life has been utterly consumed by that excuse I opened up with. I honestly have no idea what those cats are doing, but I know that this year I won't be able to 24 hour marathon during the event. I have my kid on November 2nd, and that's where my focus is going to be for most of the day. I'll definitely be on camera during our 24 hour stream at some point after the kid goes to bed, but I just won't be able to commit to anything during normal waking hours.

Not being able to take charge of the event has been messing with me (since I had actually wanted to try a few new things this year to liven up my stream). I don't just want to sit on the sidelines, so I'm probably just going to run a small event maybe on the 26th because I think I get a kick out of doing impromptu charity events. I'll keep ya'll posted. I'll probably have a raffle of some extra games I have lying around, I don't know.

Lots of words aside, donate, fund raise, advertise all you can to help sick kids these next two months. I'll gladly take any change you can give me to go towards a good cause.

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SPOILERS to the Killing Joke:
Alright, let's talk about torture porn. Grant Morrison went on record with his opinion on Alan Moore's The Killing Joke and it was something that seemed absolutely brilliant, until I picked up the book again. To start, I hate the Killing Joke. It is a well written, well drawn bit of psychological torture. That's about it.

Alan Moore also has disdain for it, but that could just be because he hated what DC had been doing with his works. For all I know, he could have wanted to put a little crik in the page and DC vetoed him which pissed him the hell off. In all honesty, it just isn't a great story. Joker remembers the worst day of his life and decides to kill himself the only way he can. By torturing and destroying the most sane man he has ever encountered: Jim Gordon. He blasts Barbara in the stomach, takes her clothes off, photographs her now paralyzed form and then strips Jim Gordon naked, parades him through a roller coaster of madness to make this man finally accept that crazy can't be stopped. Batman finally shows up and listens to one final joke from the Joker. This is where Grant's theory on the end comes in. Apparently, Batman breaks the Joker's neck.

To be honest, that's an easy response to have only reading those last pages. However, the fact that the Joker could never break down Jim Gordon really muds this theory up. Jim Gordon is for better or worse, Batman's rock. The beauty of Batman is that everyone around the character essentially exists to give the character dimension since he really doesn't have much else other than being a ninja scientist detective. When Jim tells Batman to play it by the book in arresting the Joker, a part of him has to follow this.

Anyway, my theory is that the Killing Joke is the Joke that kicked off the Joker's bad day. In the story the Joker bombs a show, which means he couldn't afford a better place for his pregnant girlfriend. She dies in the apartment and he's forced to take a job that turns him into the Joker. The joke he tells Batman, is the joke that would have turned his career around in comedy and probably changed his life. You see it in the smirk he put on the man that has heard a million of them, but has never laughed at one of the Joker's jokes before. I'm not satisfied with this theory, and I'm not satisfied with Grant's since I still hate the way this book ends. I just still like my theory a bit more since it is the only one I feel maintains the characters all around.



I must say that I'd usually advertise an article I wrote that I liked, but this past year has been mostly reviews for me. There is a lot of interesting things you can do with a review, but the only one I've actually had fun doing is The Last of Us. It was fun, because I really didn't want to tell anybody anything spoiling the game. I mean if there is one game this year that you just don't want to spoil for people, I think it is The Last of Us.

I was talking with Scott Thunelius who did Necro about the game before an interview and I told him that I thought it had some flaws. He thought I was mad for not being wildly impressed and we debated it, but it really came down to the fact that it felt like a Naught Dog game. The pacing in sections are always promising, but there is quite a bit of the game early on that swings wildly in pace. The last half is fabulous so I had no qualm about giving a 5/5 to the game, but since I'm thinking game of the year stuff, I've had to reflect on where these games stack up.



Speaking of Game of the Year's, I've been thundering through a lot of the games I missed last year. It was a phenomenal year for SRPGs and after playing a good chunk of them, I still feel satisfied that Growlanser is GOTY of last year.

I've been thinking of how to do series on exploring SRPGs of the past (since I have so goddamn many of them). I dunno, its an excuse to play and write about the games I love, but I need to find a proper format for how to write them out since I doubt anybody just wants a plain review of an old game. Plus I'd want to have at least 4 articles done before I did anything with them so...lots to think on for this.



As part of the recuperation process, I've been watching lots of terrible shows that really do make me feel better. Brooklyn 99, 2 Broke Girls, Big Bang Theory, New Girl, Agents of Shield...the list goes on and on. I know they are awful, but I need laugh tracks and stupidity.

I'm still amazed at how awful Agents of Shield turned out to be. I mean I saw it coming, but Marvel has been really progressive with their brands lately. It just feels like a giant step backward and since the damn thing is now picked up for a full season, it needs to be supported as if somebody is actually going to come in and breathe some life in to the show.

Nobody will, but as fans, your hopes are the only things that get you through mediocrity.



I got bored and wrote up a list of anime I'd recommend for people that want to get in to that sort of thing that you can watch for free and isn't just the typical shonen anime.

Jin-Roh - great designs and interesting themes. Dramatic police story.
Gunbuster!! - THE space anime epic (cut down to movie length). Really good still.
Final Fantasy Advent Children - Shallow action fluff, but if you just like fancy 3D action, it works.
Castle of Cagliostro - The first Ghibli and easily one of his bests.
5cm/sec - real art house stuff here, but if you like that, you'll love it. Follow it up with Voices of a Distant Star if you aren't asleep by the end of 5cm.
My Little Monster - Cute little romantic with great comedic timing.
Big Windup - solid baseball drama
Puella Magi Madoka - EXTREMELY slow starting (when it gets good it gets really good), but really interesting dramatic take on Sailor Moon-like magical girls
Slam Dunk - The Basketball anime. Oldy, but goody.
Dragonball - Lots of people have only heard about DBZ, but the original still holds up really well and focuses more on the humor rather than battles.
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya - Season 2 is take it or leave it, but Season 1 was a defining anime of its time. If the episodes seem a bit out of order, its not you.
Michiko to Hatchin - if you like everybody's standard recommendation of Samurai Champloo or Cowboy Bebop, I recommend this after those
Sankarea - Zombiephile love story. I liked it as a comedy romance and it has characterization. YMMV on whether you like zombies or romance.
Kaiji - Interesting high stakes gambling anime. Great for suspense junkies.
Future Diary - Crazy anime about becoming god.
Tiger & Bunny - For the comic book fans out there.
Death Note - Mystery, Suspense, Notebooks! One of the more over the top anime, but still really good.
Little Nemo - silly kiddy cartoon about Dreamland. Not a high recommendation, but I grew up with this so I will put it on my list.



I dunno, we'll have to do this again some time. I'll keep ya'll updated about Extra Life. This year I randomly chose a hospital in Mississippi to represent for myself. Every year I pick a hospital at random and Mississippi seems like as good a place as any to start fundraising. I've got a few bucks in my makeshift donation jar at work and I'll have a few raffle items to hand out to those who donate.

I'm thinking I'll be streaming a Mega Man vs Street Fighter run through that doesn't use powerups (since I hate using powerups). I'm not sure if it'll be 24 hours (since I've done this before and nobody is up past 3am in the first place), but I've been storing game codes since late last year for this. I'm ready to roll.

I'm not sure if I did this whole brain dump thing like I used to, but hey...I'm still trying to get back in my groove.
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