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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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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.











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.

My Donation Page








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."








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 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.











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.