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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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UPDATE

Alright, now that I've had some time to think things through, I'm going to return all the codes for this event to their proper owners. That is all except for my game codes. These are all the codes that I personally own, and I think you all deserve them for being super people. If you win and feel you don't need a code for this, give it to a friend or something. It is yours.

ANYBODY THAT WANTS A PIECE OF THIS? well donate absolutely anything you want. I have too many of my own codes to hand out even right now. I'm headed home and will hand out the codes this evening so if you want some, come get some.

Ben There, Dan That! and Time Gentlemen, Please! (Desura Code, Steam Code)
Braid (OnLive Code)
Trine (OnLive Code)
Osmos (OnLive Code)
Rig N’ Roll (Steam Code X3)
Space Rangers (Steam Code X3)
Theater of War 2: Africa 1943 (Steam Code X3)
Bar Oasis 2 (iOS Code X5)
Shinobi (PSN Code)
Reign: Conflicts of Nations (Steam Code X3)
Bundle: VVVVV, Crayon Physics Deluxe, Cogs, Hammerfight, And Yet It Moves (Desura Code X2, Steam Code)
Bundle: Trine, Shadowgrounds, Shadowgrounds Survivor (Desura Code, OnLive Code)
Bundle: Spacechem, TRAUMA, Frozen Synapse (Desura Code, OnLive Code)
Bundle: Braid, Osmos, Machinarium, Cortex Command, Revenge of the Titans (Desura Code X2)
Bundle: Aquaria, Lugaru HD, World of Goo, Penumbra Overture, Samorost 2, Gish (Steam Code)
Bundle: Spacechem, Fieldrunners, Bit.Trip Beat, Uplink (3 Humble Gift Codes)
Music Bundle: MC Frontalot, They Might Be Giants, Christopher Tin, Jonathan Coulton, Hitoshi Sakimoto (3 Humble Gift Codes)
Music Bundle: ETHER VAPOR Remaster + Fairy Bloom Freesia Original Soundtracks (Bandcamp Code)



It is about 9:25 PM as I sit down to write this. I woke up 2 hours ago, cleaned the house, ate and shook off some of the fatigue of this event. I still really need a shower. Right now though we sit at $608.28 raised for Children's Miracle Network and I want to thank you for that. Seriously.

Each member of my team made their respective goal. That's really pretty darn cool for me to think about. My team was at one point the #1 team in the event. Now we sit at #2, but that's mostly because one person on the other team netted 80% of their donations. Each of my teammates worked hard and got to their respective goals.

Unfortunately, I failed to reach my loftier goal of $500, but I did my best to try and reach it so I have no regrets. Through hardware failure and software failure, I did my best to play 24 hours of video games for charity.

Right now we are a few hundred short of the raffle goal and I don't really know what will happen there. I'll have to get in to contact with my donators and we'll see what happens. I seriously thought we'd make it so I haven't even thought about this moment.

Donations are still live, and I'll always ask for your donation. I'm a bit tired (24 hours of gaming does that) so this might be my shortest post on Destructoid since I joined many years ago. However, I want to thank you all for playing games with me and for donating.

I'll update this all tomorrow once my brain is recovered, but let's just end this on "I love you all so very very much."








Update: It is about 9:25 PM as I sit down to write this. I woke up 2 hours ago, cleaned the house, ate and shook off some of the fatigue of this event. Right now we sit at $608.28 raised for Children's Miracle Network. I want to thank you for that. Seriously.

Each member of my team made their respective goal. That's really pretty darn cool for me to think about.

Unfortunately, I failed to reach my goal, but I did my best to try and reach it so I have no regrets. Right now we are a few hundred short of the raffle goal and I don't really know what will happen there. I'll have to get in to contact with my donators and we'll see what happens. I seriously thought we'd make it so I haven't even thought about this moment.

Donations are still live, and I'll always ask for your donation. I'm a bit tired (24 hours of gaming does that) so this might be my shortest post on Destructoid since I joined many years ago. However, I want to thank you all for playing games with me and for donating.

I'll update this all tomorrow once my brain is recovered, but let's just end this on I love you all.



Today, I ask that you donate to my cause. I am marathoning for 24 hours straight from 11AM EST to 11AM EST. I ask that you join me, that you have fun with me.

G3 is an event that Microsoft is holding together with the Children's Miracle Hospital system to raise donations for Children's Hospitals across the world. This is a very cool thing and I am doing what I know how to help. I have created a G3 page (check to see how far we've gotten) in the hopes that we as a community of gamers will raise a lot of money to help kids. I want to prove once again that gamers are awesome people and I will need your help.

I'd like to offer you all a prize for being awesome people and donating but I can't until I reach that goal. Oh what a prize I have in store for you. I have 85 codes to hand out to donators once we hit $1000 and we will hit $1000.

So I ask that you come keep me company while I marathon with you. Support me by telling your friends, your family and even your cat. I want to get kids the best health care possible and I hope you'll help me.



How to Donate:
Click on the link below:

Donate Here

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

Next, make sure to check the little box that says Allow participant to see my e-mail address



This allows me to track who donated so I can enter you in to the raffle. You can choose to donate anonymously, but that means I won't know who you are and I can't enter you.

Donations are live now so please donate anything you can.

Game With Me:

Gamertag: manasteel88
PSN ID: manasteel88
Steam ID: manasteel88

I am not an online gamer in the slightest, so I am staying as far away from multiplayer PC games as I can. I'm sure it's easy to configure, I've just never done it. Consoles however are a bit easier for me so hit me up or even leave me a message at any of the IDs above. I'll answer any questions and I'll accept anybody's request to join my game.

You can find the entire team's schedule here:
http://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Au8HARa7EK2WdEJjdklGT2dIYWE5X2hKNmJ2dWV2UWc
and I do hope you'll find us out and game with us.

Watch Me:

Here is my complete schedule including when I go live on Twitch TV. Apparently Trey's internet is out so I'm going to be assuming his role on stream. We'll see what that means, but watch me perform my first live stream. I'm pretty nervous about it.

I won't be able to keep constant updates since I'll be so busy with the stream. Spread the message and hit me up if you want to game.

Schedule Subject to Change

I am taking over for TREY in the late schedule since his internet is borked. I'll be entertaining you longer on stream, but I won't have as much time to game with you personally. Sorry for this. Game on.

My Personal Page










Last year for Destructoid's Community G3 raffle, I worked extremely hard to get $500 raised for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals from this community and you guys pulled through like it wasn't any big thing. I scrambled and ran around like a chicken with my head cut off, but you guys still supported me. For 24 hours, I played for you and you helped me reach my goal. I've thanked you many, many times already, but thank you once again in case you forgot.

It has been almost a year and G3 is upon us again. This time, I had a chance to plan a bit and get support from game developers all around the world. On August 18th, I am going to marathon 24 hours for Children's Miracle Network hospitals to help sick kids get better health care. I want to reward you all for helping me out. To my count, I have over 50 games donated to me from some of the nicest devs in the business.

Game Type (Xbox Code) Generously donated by Mommy’s Best Games
Serious Sam Double D (Steam Code X5) Generously donated by Mommy’s Best Games
We are Cubes (Xbox Code X3) Generously donated by 1BK Games
Soulcaster I+II+Escape Goat (Bundle Code X2) Generously donated by Magical Time Bean
Soulcaster I+II+Escape Goat (Bundle Code + T-Shirt) Generously donated by Magical Time Bean
Pixel Blocked! (Xbox Code X3) Generously donated by Damni Games
Dark Scavenger (Desura Code X3) Generously donated by Psydra Games
Bub Block (Xbox Code) Generously donated by Roppy Chop Studios
Build n’ Bump (Xbox Code) Generously donated by Roppy Chop Studios
Craftimals (Xbox Code) Generously donated by Roppy Chop Studios
Orbitron: Revolution (Xbox Code X3) Generously donated by Firebase Industries
Swift * Stitch (DRM Free Code X3) Generously donated by Sophie Houlden
Rose & Time (DRM Free Code X3) Generously donated by Sophie Houlden
Bar Oasis 2 (iOS Code X5) Generously donated by Corners Studio
Satazius (Steam Code X3) Generously donated by Nyu Media
The eXceed Collection (Steam Code X3) Generously donated by Nyu Media
Ether Vapor Remaster (DRM Free Code X3) Generously donated by Nyu Media
Kung Fu Strike (Steam Code X2) Generously donated by 7Sixty Games
Kung Fu Strike (Xbox Code X2) Generously donated by 7Sixty Games
Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack (Steam Code X4) Generously donated by Drink Box Studios
Shinobi PS2 (PSN Code X2) Generously donated by Sega

I also have a stock pile from my own set that I have been dying to get rid of. These are the games I have donated myself out of my own collection from various charity bundles across the years:

Ben There, Dan That! and Time Gentlemen, Please! (Desura Code, Steam Code)
Braid (OnLive Code)
Trine (OnLive Code)
Osmos (OnLive Code)
Rig N’ Roll (Steam Code X3)
Space Rangers (Steam Code X3)
Theater of War 2: Africa 1943 (Steam Code X3)
Reign: Conflicts of Nations (Steam Code X3)
Bundle: VVVVV, Crayon Physics Deluxe, Cogs, Hammerfight, And Yet It Moves (Desura Code X2, Steam Code)
Bundle: Trine, Shadowgrounds, Shadowgrounds Survivor (Desura Code, OnLive Code)
Bundle: Spacechem, TRAUMA, Frozen Synapse (Desura Code, OnLive Code)
Bundle: Braid, Osmos, Machinarium, Cortex Command, Revenge of the Titans (Desura Code X2)
Bundle: Aquaria, Lugaru HD, World of Goo, Penumbra Overture, Samorost 2, Gish (Steam Code)
Bundle: Spacechem, Fieldrunners, Bit.Trip Beat, Uplink (3 Humble Gift Codes)
Music Bundle: MC Frontalot, They Might Be Giants, Christopher Tin, Jonathan Coulton, Hitoshi Sakimoto (3 Humble Gift Codes)
Music Bundle: ETHER VAPOR Remaster + Fairy Bloom Freesia Original Soundtracks (Bandcamp Code)

The catch is that I can't give these codes away until I reach my team goal of $1000. This has always been my prerequisite because I want to reach my goal first and foremost. I want to prove how awesome we are to the developers that offered these games to us. After all of the support from you last year, I know for fact that I can do it.



How to Donate:
Click on the link below:

Donate Here

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

Next, make sure to check the little box that says Allow participant to see my e-mail address



This allows me to track who donated so I can enter you in to the raffle. You can choose to donate anonymously, but that means I won't know who you are and I can't enter you.

Donations are live now so please donate anything you can.

When will the raffle be drawn?

After we reach the $1000 I'll draw the emails with a number randomizer website. I'm probably going to be asleep for most of Sunday. If we do hit the total early, I'm still going to wait til the entire event is over. I'm going to be using my laptop for a stream, I don't want to dare opening the files.

Sunday night will probably be when I get around to drawing names and Monday will be the announcement for the winners.

Am I really marathoning for 24 hours?

Yes. From 11AM EST Aug 18 to 11AM EST Aug 19, I will be playing some form of video game. This is serious to me.

I am also extending an invitation for you all to game along with me. I will be on a live stream for a good deal of this, but when I'm not, I will be playing multiplayer games that you can join on. Keep me company.

Game With Me

Gamertag: manasteel88
PSN ID: manasteel88
Steam ID: manasteel88

I am not an online gamer in the slightest, so I am staying as far away from multiplayer PC games as I can. I'm sure it's easy to configure, I've just never done it. Consoles however are a bit easier for me so hit me up or even leave me a message at any of the IDs above. I'll answer any questions and I'll accept anybody's request to join my game.

You can find the entire team's schedule here:
http://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Au8HARa7EK2WdEJjdklGT2dIYWE5X2hKNmJ2dWV2UWc#gid=0
and I do hope you'll find us out and game with us.


Gears of War
Xbox
11AM - 12PM EST

I figured my first true online game should be the first thing to kick this off. Everybody dust off your copy and come play an old classic.


X-Men
Xbox
12 PM- 1PM EST

I figured that this would be a nice break from lancing. Just so you know, DIBS on Dazzler. *He says as if somebody else actually wanted to play as her*


Halo: Reach
Xbox
1PM - 3PM EST

I suck at Halo, but it is one of the few games Brett and I share and since he's going to be going in to his 3rd hour with this, I figured I'd help him out by playing with him. Please note that I don't even know how to use the jetpack so if you want free kills come find me.


ON LIVE
3PM - 10PM EST

I'm going to be on the stream for a long stretch of time. Please keep me company until I can get back to my consoles for some Mass Effect. I have never done one of these so I'm a bit nervous about being on for so long.


Mass Effect 3
Xbox
10PM - 12AM EST

I've actually only ever played the Beta, so this will be something fresh. Let's raise some readiness together.


Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown
Xbox or PS3
12AM - 2AM EST

Sound off in the comments which version you want me to play. I can play both and want to have some fun with ranking up.


Mortal Kombat Vita
PSV
2AM - 3AM EST

I just got this a few days ago and I know it's not the preferred version for hardcore MK fans, but I want to give my Vita a real test drive. Find me and we'll rip each others hearts out.


Terraria
Steam
3AM - 4AM EST

I have no idea how to even play Terraria. This will be with the group on stream so after they teach me how to use this, I'll try and add you to our game.


King of Fighters XIII
PS3
4AM - 6AM EST

BUSTAH WOFF!


Warhawk
PS3
6AM - 7AM EST

I have no idea if anybody will want to show up for this, but I bought the game to play with Elsa on her birthday and the thing took so long to install that I missed it. If anybody is awake that has a copy, let's go all Top Gun on the battlefield.


BlazBlue, Battle Fantasia, Dead or Alive 4
Xbox
7AM - 8AM EST

It'll be late by this point, so if you want to hit me up for any of these games please do. I'm really not going to be planning this one. Last time I tried to play Battle Fantasia during G3 nobody showed up so if you want to whoop my effeminate Harry Potter rip off. Come at me.


ON LIVE
8AM - 11AM EST

This is the final stretch where I will be working REALLY hard to get the last of the donations. I figured 24 hours of marathon had to end in a complicated shmup, so Jamestown will rap this all up.



Thank you for your time in reading this. Please join me on stream and in game on Saturday. If you have any extra change please help out. My sad little donation jar from work needs all the help it can get (it has $5 in it so far)

This will be my first time appearing on a livestream in any form (and I'm doing it for HOURS), so please give me your support by hopping in the chat Saturday and wishing me luck. I need all the help I can get with this.











Wow, it's been a while. I'm not even sure if I remember how to do this...whatever this is. Brain Dump? Yeah, I think that's what it was.

It's been a long time coming for one of these. I've been busy at work, my kid is now fully aware that we should be busy playing with her instead of trying to get her to sleep, I type words on another site as well so that takes time to.

So doing these personal things really seems to take a back seat to things. Feels good to be able to release some writing that doesn't do anybody any good except me.

Anywho, blog...



I'm going to open up with charity first instead of burying it somewhere in the middle. The 24 hour gaming marathon known as G3 is running again this year on August 18th and it's not the same setup as last year. While the funds are all going to Children's Miracle Network, I have seen no confirmation that the funds will go to a hospital of choice this time. Odd choice.

Instead, I just get to support "local hospitals in the United States and Canada." That's still good to me and I still am focused on helping sick kids by raising as much money as I can. In case you don't remember, we as a community raised $500 for G3 last year. I wasn't completely prepared last time, however this time I'm a bit more focused and am going to work harder to get raffle items and donations. I'm actually going to be live streaming a part of this for the first time ever (since I learned how to do that last night). If anybody wants to hop on the stream and help me through talking and playing at the same time, that would be great.

Over the past year or so, I've accumulated a bunch of Humble Bundle items. I have about 30 game codes so far to hand out which is a bit of an improvement over the paltry 6 or so codes from last year. I've also gotten in contact with many publishers and will hopefully have more real news on that. Big props to Serious Sam Double D dev Mommy's Best Games for their donation by the way.

Anywho, I'll have a REAL post on this by Friday. Right now I'm just going to ask you to check out my page and donate any change you have to help some sick kids. If you could even take the time to spread the word, that would help a lot as well..

You can see the full writeup and details of the raffle here. Thanks. Now to other stuff.



I had a birthday a few weeks back. Not a big deal, but I bought myself a Vita. If you are wondering why, well I don't know either. The games weren't the reason. Even the promise of games really isn't here since I own the only good games on the system with my PSP.

Gravity Rush is kinda fun though. I guess. Has that same issue all Japan Studio early games have in that it's brilliant on many levels, yet it needs just a bit more time in development to be amazing.

Anywho, while I did have a fun birthday, I learned the real issue with reviewing games. See, in one week I received 3 review copies of games. THREE. This isn't a big deal for some and it's really a whiny complaint I know, but getting 3 games out in a timely manner is tough. Especially since I'm not writing other things during this period as I'm playing instead.

Now I'm sitting with two copies of 30+ hour JRPG's and I'm not touching one of these games until the other is finished. It's a lame complaint, but I now see why many reviewers enjoy games like Call of Duty. Here you have a quick campaign followed with hours of extra content you can play in better scenarios.

I guess I should be doing that instead of typing this, but it's brain dump time. Either way, I respect reviewers like Jim Sterling just a smidge more now.

I also wrote a review on Bellator: MMA Onslaught that seems to be drastically far from the curve. Like if I did a rating, it would be 7 or 8 or whatever on the scale. Game is at somewhere around 4 on metacritic. Nothing shakes your foundation like writing something positive of a game that people have ripped apart.

Opinions, that's why we have them right?



Real quick articles I've written that I like segment. I'm a shameless whore, you should know that by now. You don't have to read them though, I won't ask you that. Also apologies that this is actually longer than normal, but it's been a while.

Why do we need Final Fantasy VII HD? (Controversy!)
10 XBLIG Devs You Should Know Knutaf approved
Spotlight: No Name Losers (Obligatory H-Game post)
Future Diary: The Trial of the Father (an entire anime series broken down for my amusement)
You Don't Deserve Forgiveness (AKA Why Bison beats shonen villains)

Sorry again. Now for more words.



I was planning on getting a women in games article up, and almost completed one to the liking of other women, yet I stalled (IE gave up). Sex seems to be a hard thing for me to write. Everybody's preference is just that. You can easily write something stupid on something like this and it all starts at the talks of penis and vagina.

It's a natural thing, yet we have this unnatural predisposition to judge things purely on the physical. I wish I could just write something stupid and get this out, but no. Maybe I'll get a move on with this someday in the future.



I was reading HardcoreGaming101's write up on Operation Darkness and it raises a lot of points that I raised here on dtoid back when I was just a boy with a dream. That game was torn apart by people that didn't really get the game. This review is actually pretty well done, but ultimately flawed by one annoying element.

Monster closets. That's the term right? Monster closet? When monsters just appear out of nowhere once a goal is reached?

Well whatever, this game has it in droves. That's understandable in FPS's, but to have enemies magically appear out of nowhere is the exact opposite of "strategy." That's a big issue that they just skimmed over annoyingly.

The game isn't rosy, but for a pre-Valkyria Chronicles 3D strategy game? Pretty good.



The Olympics are going on and I just couldn't care less about watching them. I know that's horrible to say, and I really do feel bad about not supporting our athletes, but as a small business owner I can't justify this.

Did you know there are police officers with an explicit purpose of monitoring trademark infringement on businesses? Now you might think that's fine with businesses not allowed to run around and use the Olympic designs illicitly. Heck, I even think that should be ok.

However, to go in to businesses and request them to pull down signs that have the words "London" and "2012" is a bit crazy. Like a lot crazy. Saying that Olympic athletes can't advertise on social networking sites with their sponsors is nuts.

It's not right that people have to pay in to advertise their brands. The Olympics is supposed to be a prideful event where London citizens can celebrate the mountain of cash that they poured in to the event. It just seems the Olympics is turning to be a boost to big business in London that all others seem to pay for.

I do however read up on it indirectly with blogs and other media outlets. Good job Michael Phelps.

Also, what's up with our gray and black jackets? Is red, white and blue a bit too lame for our athletes to wear during the games?



I guess that's all I really have right now. I'm watching Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes and the Skrull Invasion just isn't all that good. I mean really. It's such a hard thing to do in a single season. An entire universe was built around this event and you can't replicate that in a season.

Ok, that's it right now. If you have any extra cash or time this week, come support me as I spend a full day of my life on August 18th playing video games for something important.








manasteel88
11:18 AM on 03.17.2012



This post is a direct response to the super awesome Stephanie K and her blog titled BIG BANG BUST. I just got a bit too wordy in the comments. Read hers first for any kind of clue as to what mine is kinda about. You can watch the episode here and judge it yourself. Tunnel Bear it if you are outside the country.

Big bang bust was a bad episode all around, that I had quite a few issues with. I'm just going to type this out at work and hopefully it all makes sense.

Firstly, this line here: "Raj suggests that the men partake in an forty-eight hour gaming marathon playing The Old Republic."

Technically they just played "star wars MMO." I find it more insulting that they had to explain what the Star Wars MMO was to a person like Sheldon Cooper who I would argue knows quite a bit about the game. This irked me because these people have hobbies that shouldn't need to be explained this half assed. That alone made this episode reallllly annoying to me. Anyway, on to your fine points.

I think the show has hit its pushback point. They set up a major plot twist as the finale to season 3 when Penny "slept" with Raj in Leonard's bed, and they've since been attempting to work around a lot of the issues the show creates. Penny's an alcoholic now, Amy's a stalker and Bernadette is now the strong female, without any alpha personality. I'd argue it's more character assassination than anything these past two seasons, but still I actually enjoy watching the show.



The ladies on the show are actually played to the ideal female for their gents. Penny is the hot girl a guy like Leonard could never get yet does. Amy is the girl Sheldon would date, because she essentially is Sheldon (note this has been changed recently to give Amy more personality quirks for better and worse). Bernadette is Howard's mom. Able to take care of Howard and boss him around whenever she wants.

These are the roles the women fulfill. When Bernadette went to the playdate, it was akin to somebody's over assertive mother coming in to see what her boy was doing all this time. It set up the fact that the lone guy just wanted a guy's weekend. I'd argue with the way that Bernadette played this out, she did exactly what a mom would do. Pew Pew Pew and all. The rest was just noise.

What was more insulting was the way they handled the Amy/Sheldon relationship at that moment. Amy was hurt by Sheldon's complete and utter disregard for her and when the show ended, she was never really satisfied. She never got what she wanted, she settled in to the submissive abused wife role which frankly irked me. This is a character that should be akin to Sheldon in terms of what she brings to the table. Sure she needs to be submissive to him as he's the bossy one of the 4 focal characters, but to be as dismissive to her feelings as he was was terribly played out. A simple phone call from Amy to his mother could have been one of many situations that would have fixed this in a jiffy. Instead, he was never wrong about being a selfish ass. That kinda annoyed me.

Also, about the whole nerd girl under representation. Big Bang Theory is all about 4 nerds and their girlfriends. That's what the pilot brought forward and that's the basic overlying theme running throughout. The show brought a girl on who was nerdy, cute, and funny earlier this season. However, that was played to counter Leonard's long distance girlfriend. She was an ideal fantasy girl that could not last on the show. Reason she couldn't last was putting a normal personality on a show about people who are absurd archetypes is counter productive.



I'd also argue against the fact that Chuck Lorre can't write women. This dude wrote Roseanne, Grace Under Fire and Dharma & Greg. All strong female lead shows. Out of all of his shows, the prevalent theme is to match up odd pairings and see what kind of fireworks appear from this. I think that's why they attempted to bring Bernadette in to the guys night. Sometimes this all works and some times it goes horribly wrong. This time, it was just a bit dumb.

However, I will posture that demographically speaking, having a girl gamer on TV isn't worth the risk writing her. At least not without a guide to bring her in to the fold. I mean this as a public image thing. Girls are smart, attractive and are usually played either to comedic stereotype or true ideal. It sucks, but guys are usually stupider in respect. This is still the case with the Big Bang Theory, though the guys are stupider socially. I said above what this show does, but I think there is an overall disdain for gaming in public consensus. It's a guys hobby would be the cheap and dirty way to describe it.

It essentially is a waste of time in a decent enough group of people's eyes. This is CBS so the show is trying to hit the 14-65 year old range, and perception I would argue is geared towards trying to hit those older notes. My mom doesn't want to see normal guys and girls staring at a TV and pressing buttons. That's not entertaining. What seems to work in formulaic fashion is guy gets girl to enjoy his hobby and girls response is played to laughs.

This works because most people can correlate doing something new with their date that they don't want to do. With perceptions of gaming still being male dominated, I understand the logic of this. It's an easier theme to produce for laughs, which is why they do it here. It's lazy, don't get me wrong, but it does the trick all the same. This segment would be akin to the old shopping at the mall gag.

Obviously this could all have been alleviated with a female "nerd" that came in to the group. That's unfortunately not possible in this case. The core 4 are the focal points and the new girl member would be akin to Poochie. I'd welcome her on, but she's unnecessary. Meanwhile, Penny as a character still needs help and I'd throw someone her way instead of the other.

The only possible way is to have Raj get the only normal girl the show has produced, but he can't since he has an impairment (and he's the most feminine of the group). So, we're stuck at a friend because obviously a normal girl wouldn't stick around these people. See: anybody that has ever dated Leonard.

I guess I wrote this all up because I didn't see anybody else that watches the show reply to you, so here is my long winded response.
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Ugh...I am tired. I left the hospital not too long ago because my Mom is having chest pains and her PCP refused to see her. EKG/Bloodwork shows nothing serious, but they are keeping her overnight for observation purposes. She's kinda pissed about that.

I've been tired all week. It's like my brain just isn't working intelligently and I can't get it to click on. My head knows what it needs to do, but mid-sentence the words drop off. It's debilitating when you have an idea for a time sensitive piece and nothing you write want to write can come out of your fingers.

I figured I needed a brain dump and well, this is where my brain gets dumped. Apologies in advance.



I'm going to South by South West (SXSW) this weekend which is partially why I'm tired. I've been pulling extra hours to get time off for the weekend so I can cover it. I'll be staying at my sister's place since she has to get together with her band mates to practice for the first time since she left for American Idol.

Since she doesn't perform at SXSW til Thursday, I've got a place to crash all by my lonesome which is nice. This means I can finally make time for a Dtoid NARP. I hear those things are...well things, so it'll be a pleasure to experience it. Huge kudos to whoever is running the thing (Sean Carey?). I'll look it up tomorrow. Still, that guy (or gal since I haven't met you) that's hosting it is awesome. I'll try not to mess up your house.

I kinda wish SXSW were cheaper. The interactive event runs $900+ for panels which is a bit ridiculous. However, the majority of gaming things happen at ScreenBurn which is free. So...while I don't get to see some awesome Funimation panels, I do get to see them at the Funimation happy hour and booth for everything else. Hopefully I can trick them in to literally translating everything their panel discussed in like a 5 minute conversation.

I guess this whole brain dump thing is to clean me out before I take in SXSW. Hope it works so I can play through some Starhawk with a clear head.



I've also been a bit in the creative spirit recently. After Wolfire ran their Humble Mojam Bundle, I began testing some of the techniques I had seen over their live stream. While I couldn't code a game to save my life, I have been playing around with XNA a bit.

Using some coding offered by Oneksoft and a few others, I think I have starter code for a bare bones platformer I can tweak. This means literally nothing without a real sit down to understand the code, but I have a start. From there, I've been doing a bit of pixel work for a silly game idea I came up with.

I'm calling it the Kite right now, and since I don't have much to show for it, I'm going to leave it as is. Maybe one day I'll have a real game to show you all (or more realistically, I'll have an unfinished mess on my computer for years).



I did however make a game for Pirate Kart this year. Well, by game I mean level, but you get the idea. Originally, there was a collaboration Knytt Level that I just couldn't get open for some reason on my laptop. Instead of quitting, I just made an entire level myself after asking around.

I wanted to base it on some pixel art and big exploration. I wish I had more time to work on it, but in Glorious Trainwreck fashion, I put it up under a deadline to let it be judged by all those real developers at GDC.

I think it's a really cool thing to be able to put an event together that just takes any game made in a short bit of time and showcase it in front of the biggest creators in the industry. I really would like to think that people like Cliffy B, Phil Fish, and Yoshiro Kimura sat down to play some of these.

So download it and judge it. I worked hard trying to create a theme built around the concept of twins in gaming and I made a really large level in a short amount of time.



Speaking of stuff I did, I wrote an article on Avengers vs X-men. I'm not sure I'd consider it something to be proud of, but the article was a lot of fun to write. Probably the most fun I've had writing in a while. It essentially was a history project on both the official Avengers vs X-men crossovers, but it was really all an excuse to talk about the first trade I ever owned.

It's one of my favorite books in my collection, mostly because absolutely nothing about it was familiar when I first read Marvel books in the early 90s. The X-men have Mohawk Storm who has no powers, Magneto in a cabana shirt and a dude named Dr. Druid on the Avengers. It's a book trapped in a bizarre chunk of history where lots of things should be explained out, but its really not necessary.

The one thing I did begin to notice between the two crossovers is that it features both the strongest and weakest Avengers teams ever assembled. I mean seriously.

Weakest Avengers Team ever: Black Panther, Hawkeye, Giant Man and the Wasp
Strongest Avengers Team ever: Captain Marvel, Captain America, Thor, Dr. Druid, She-Hulk, and Black Knight

I used the article as a stepping stone to catch me up on the AvX event this spring as I'm kinda getting an itch to read some comic books again. Like on a regular basis. I'm a bit tepid at burning through AvX as the kick off to getting back in to the painfully expensive habit that comics has become, but it does seem like an interesting thing to read.



I've been watching a lot of Netflix and not playing games recently. I think I've tapped the well on everything I want to actually see, so I tried out Archer and Better Off Ted. Surprisingly, I have enjoyed these.

Better Off Ted's first season was masterful. It was brilliant, smart, and had a nice little love triangle thing testing the waters. I was almost happy to say it was the worst cancellation I had ever seen in the history of television. Then I watched what was season 2 and I was starting to get it. The show was still cute and funny, but it lost a lot of the brilliance the original series brought.

In essence, it got lazy. Characterization started to become unfocused and they started hitting line drives instead of home runs with the comedy. It was still a quirky show and kinda fun, but that was all.

Archer on the other hand I tried on a whim. I hate H. Jon Benjamin (the voice of Sterling Archer) in almost every single role he plays. He just pulls me out of the shows I'm watching. Nothing against the man, it's just the phonetics of his voice seem to do that.

I didn't seem to have that issue with Archer. I don't know why, I just think the way his tone is paced works excellently with Benjamin's role. Archer is surprisingly witty? Smart? That's not really it. I'm kinda drawing a blank on this one. It's surprising.

It's surprising me, which is always a compliment. I'm not sure if the show will grow legs like Venture Brothers or not, but so far I'm enjoying it. Now if only I had FX to watch the current season.



That I guess is all I've got on my mind. Mass Effect 3 has dropped and I know you kids are all playing it. I might do the same one day, but for right now I'm just tired. The multiplayer deal is turning me off since I'm forced in to buying this on a console that doesn't play online unless I pay it to.

I just don't feel the want to finish the fight. I'm not overly impressed with the single player ME3 demo and I'm having to replay Mass Effect 2 to get to the Arrival DLC to learn specifically what's connecting the two. I'm not really stoked to play ME2 again as it is long and excessively repetitive.

It seems like work and I'm just ready to relax.