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12:19 PM on 10.26.2013

The G3 Extra Life Marathon is Now LIVE! Total raised so far: $41

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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.

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6:07 PM on 10.25.2013

I will be marathoning tomorrow for Extra Life.


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.

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11:45 AM on 10.22.2013

An Extra Life Schedule and Raffle List. Let's Help Sick Kids


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.   read


12:48 PM on 10.21.2013

Testing 1, 2, 3...



Well it is time again to give back to the less fortunate by giving to the hospitals that treat them. That's right, it's Extra Life time. This year at random, I've chosen to randomly represent a hospital system in New Jersey. I encourage you to sign up and gather donations for any of the many hospital groups represented for Extra Life.

I have created a Destructoid team page so you can do just that.

To help drum up support for donations I've collected a number of unused steam codes and will offer them up for raffle. All the details are down below.


Extra Life


With this year's event, I will be raising funds for Children's Specialized Hospitals, a system that does a great deal of work across a number of locations in New Jersey. They offer services across the board from autism awareness and training to long-term care for a wide range of disabilities.

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 choose random hospitals is because it doesn't really matter which one I choose specifically. Helping children regardless of location should be the goal for all of us.

My 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 is no exception. I'm still going through my list, but here's a start.

AAAaaaaaaaaAAAAAAAA for the Awesome
Aerena
ARMA: Gold
ARMA II
Alpha Prime
Anodyne
Bad Hotel
Borealis
Capsized
Dear Esther
Frozen Synapse
English Country Tune
Full Bore
Gemini Rue
Jack Lumber
Little Inferno
Metal Slug 3
Proteus
Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball
Sanctuary RPG
Take On Helicopters
The Bard's Tale
The Ship
Thomas Was Alone
UFO:Afterlight



Schedule
I will be streaming all day October 26th. Twitch seems to be giving my PC issues so we'll see come Sunday if I can even run anything. The theme this year (which coincides with my low powered PC) is games from my childhood. If I can't get Xsplit or my stream to work, I'll bust out the SNES and rock this out old school and take a picture of my struggles.

If I can, I'll try to beat the AWFUL Spider-man/X-men Arcade's Revenge as well as some other games that I own like Super Mario World or FFTAdvance.

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 the link below:

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.

How can we watch you?

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

When will you draw the Raffle?

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. I should be raffling things off by the 2nd though.

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?

Join our team and ask for your own funds. 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.



Sorry for the lateness of this post, but I've been ripping my hair out trying to get my streams to work. FFSplit is a great alternative to Xsplit except when it crashes every goddamn time I go live. Xsplit is being a real resource hog, so I don't know how this is all going to play out on Sunday. Also, I have no idea how to use OBS.

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10:33 PM on 10.13.2013

Stuff...but more importantly, I'm divorced



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.

My Landing Page



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.   read


1:17 PM on 09.11.2012

I made a game based on Darius! Judge me on it!



So, I made a visual novel for Glorious Trainwrecks' (the Pirate Kart guys) special SPAAAACE themed game jam.

Okay, it might not be a game in the traditional sense, but I have absolutely ZERO coding experience. None. So while this might not be a platformer like Yorda's Figment or a shmup like that game Tubatic made, this is something.

Since I really only know how to write, I created something that required as little coding background as possible. Fortunately, Ren'Py is tailor made for that. Since I was developing on a timeline, that also worked well for me.

The guidelines for the game jam were to create a game in 2 hours with the only rule being it had to be classic space shmup themed. This being my first go at doing real work, I extended the 2 hour rule to 2 days. The only rule is it had to be space themed, not that it had to be 2 hours long.

From the beginning, I had only one theme in mind. Take a classic shmup I've never played that also happens to have a crap back story and make it work. From there it was easy. DARIUS would be my game.

You know, the game with the giant fish bosses?



Yup that one.

So I set out to make a game based on the back story of Darius. This is what I created:

Check out my game!

It's a bit on the big side, but that's mostly because I wanted to keep going with it (still kinda do). A lot of art assets I didn't use are still in the game's folder. Sorry that makes it a bit big, but when the clock hit 12, I put the game down and uploaded it.

This shouldn't take you guys more than 10-15 minutes to get through so if anybody has any comments, please throw them at me. I'm kind of afraid that our resident shmup expert Bullet Magnet is going to tear this apart. I have a lot of things I'd like to expand on with this, but this is what I got finished while I still try and figure out why I can't get the code to work like I want on the next part.

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4:49 PM on 08.21.2012

Umm...apparently I have an Xbox 360 to add to my G3 raffle



Yesterday started out as probably the most depressing day I've had in a while. I had come down from the euphoria of completing the marathon, and I had finally realized one thing. I had not reached my goal by about 1/2.

That's not to say I wasn't grateful, god no. Ya'll don't know how much I was beating my chest when I found out every team mate on my squad had made their goal.

My issue was that I had only gotten half way there, and I had made a personal promise to only raffle off these codes if I hit it. Honestly, I really never expected not getting there. What really depressed me more was when I looked at the team scores. My team was in 3rd place. This really didn't sit well with me because I know the numbers events like this can pull in. I marathoned alongside Tactix when Dtoid raised $6000.

This is smaller, but I dunno, I was really dreading emailing developers like Mommy's Best and Sega and telling them I couldn't accept their games. I made a promise and my word is my bond (especially in events like this). I can't give anybody those codes. I simply can't.

I could however give all of my codes out. I promised that if I hit my goal I would do a Monday raffle.

So I took to twitter and made a little push to hopefully get somebody else. I asked Jim Sterling, I asked Chad Concelmo, I asked Jonathan Holmes for retweets. Still nothing though. Then a couple hours later, donations started coming in. Slowly, but the end game was I now sit at $838.28 now.

Then this happened.



See, when I was gathering up donations, I hit every contest I could find for a chance at offering up donation items. When @Xbox tweeted a MAX PAYNE 3 Console contest, I wrote THIS. My day went from one where I had only the things I could scavenge to give you to one where I could give you something I knew you wanted.

You guys donated, you guys helped and I don't want another Xbox. I want you to have one. Note: I realize this feels too good to be true, but I'm ecstatic about this. Like I sang yesterday on my drive home. Here I was feeling terrible for failing you all when I woke up. Now I'm on cloud freaking 9.

I still haven't made my goal of $1000 to raffle off the codes donated to me from some great developers, but as soon as I get confirmation that this Xbox is coming to me...I'm going to start drawing names from every donator.

Good people donated to help reduce the cost of care for sick children. Damn right I'm giving you all an Xbox.

Thanks to everyone who not only donated to me during G3, but that donated yesterday too. I love you people.



I honestly don't know how to segway after that, so here's a kitty.

Alright, mush stuff aside...I still don't want to tell Sophie Houlden that after I played her game live for hours (cause it was FUN), that I have to return all the codes. SO, call this a last push. Whatever, I want to give ya'll these.

I still have these to give out to everyone:

Game Type (Xbox Code) Generously donated by Mommyís Best Games
Serious Sam Double D (Steam Code X5) Generously donated by Mommyís Best Games
We are Cubes (Xbox Code X3) Generously donated by 1BK Games
Dark Scavenger (Desura Code X3) Generously donated by Psydra Games
The Magical Time Bean Collection (Bundle Code X2) Generously donated by Magical Time Bean
The Magical Time Bean Collection (Bundle Code + T-Shirt) Generously donated by Magical Time Bean
Pixel Blocked! (Xbox Code X3) Generously donated by Damni Games
Bub Block (Xbox Code) Generously donated by Roppy Chop Studios
Build ní 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
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
Shinobi PS2 (PSN Code) Generously donated by Sega

Plus in a separate drawing, I'll put the Xbox 360 up when I find out for sure that this isn't a scam.

I'm so close, I can taste it and I want to give everything I can away.

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9:35 PM on 08.19.2012

A short thank you [Update Raffle Items giveaway]

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 Ní 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."   read


9:53 AM on 08.18.2012

G3 donations total: $728.28 THANK YOU (and thanks Hugh!)

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.

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12:56 AM on 08.16.2012

A Call to Arms for the Extra Life G3 Charity Event (Help Sick Kids)



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 Mommyís Best Games
Serious Sam Double D (Steam Code X5) Generously donated by Mommyís 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 ní 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 Ní 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.

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7:12 PM on 08.11.2012

Stuff...but more importantly, Charity



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.

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11:18 AM on 03.17.2012

RE: Big Bang Bust



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.   read





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