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3:15 PM on 06.26.2011

Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition stream today

I figure most of you already bought the Arcade Edition DLC for Super Street Fighter IV but my friends and I will be streaming footage tonight from the Arcade Edition boxed copy that we got for review. We'll be at at 7:30 pm EST. We are far from the best players out there but it's gonna be fun.   read

1:52 PM on 05.28.2011

The 3DS is a little magic box of WIN

Heyyy, a new blog by me, after 20 years. I definitely check Dtoid every day, but university and work just don't leave me as much time as I'd like to play and do stuff. I just got a 3DS a few days ago (Cosmo Black, like a boss) and every day it reminds me why it is that I will always love Nintendo, no matter what. It is like a little magic box that keeps giving every time you open it, I suppose like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Today I was checking the 3DS Sound app just because I hadn't checked it much yet. I then proceeded to play with it for like half an hour. Nintendo can take something as simple as a music player and make it into an incredible experience. What got me was the fact that you can change the pitch of the music by dragging the stylus on the screen and on one setting it makes the songs sound like they are being sung by a tall, black man. Lady Gaga songs heard that way are 20 times better. Then I started checking the visualizer settings and realized you can play with some of them. One is kind of like the bastard child of Audiosurf and Star Fox and you can even move the little ship with the circle pad (the circle pad is one of my favorite parts of the hardware, but that's something for another time). You can also use the triggers to play percussion along with the music, and when you do using the "Star Fox" visualizer the ship actually shoots lasers and you destroy some blocks that appear. This looks AMMAAAAAAAZING in 3D and it makes the wait for Star Fox 3D even harder.

Street Pass is another surprise. I always take the 3DS with me now to see if I get lucky and, surprisingly, I've had a couple of tags already. I even got the Mario hat for my Mii (yay!).

Here's the little guy without the hat.

Spot Pass is great and the realization of the vision they had with WiiConnect24 (we all know how that ended). Every day I turn on my 3DS and get a new costume for DOA and as more games keep coming out hopefully this will turn even better. Friend codes are finally decent (even though I really didn't mind using them on the Wii). You can finally see what your friends are doing online and hopefully with next week's update (or at least sometime soon) we get messaging features. Nintendo is always a bit slow in doing things but I know that when they deliver they rarely disappoint.

I haven't even got to the AR Games. The very first time I played a 3DS was when I accompanied my friend to get his launch unit. I wanted to check Face Raiders 'cause it honestly didn't sound too good. As soon as I started shooting myself in the face and moving the 3DS around the parking lot like an idiot the Nintendo magic bitchslapped me in the face. I even moved my face when the faces started attacking me as if they were actually gonna hit me, laughing afterwards in surprise cause I never expected I would actually do that. The 3D effect is quite something when you first experience it. As I keep playing everyday the effect becomes natural and not quite as striking as it was the first time, but when you turn it off you feel like you're missing something. I can't really go back to playing 3DS games with the 3D off (unless I'm desperately trying to save battery life). Even taking 3D pictures with the camera is quite enjoyable, even if the picture quality is fairly bad. I've taken pictures of the most mundane things just because the 3D effect makes them look awesome.

There's a million other things you could say about the machine, and there's barely even any good games yet. I can't wait to see what other surprises Nintendo throws our way and I'm hella excited for next week. We couldn't get into E3 itself (dammit) but our nice PR lady did get us invitations to the Nintendo presentation (shameless plug to my website I'm soooooo flipping excited about Project Wii Cafe Stream 2 thingy and Super Mario 3DS, Zelda and whatever they got in store. Just being able to go there kind of takes away the pain of not getting into E3. There's always next year, though.

Anyone wanna be my friend, my code is 5026-4502-7206. I have DOA Dimensions and Pokemon Black for online play and will definitely get RE Mercenaries soon after it comes out.   read

12:09 AM on 06.06.2010

Why Modnation Racers is incredibly awesome

What other game lets you be Pedo Bear, driving in a Pikachu pedomobile? That's what I thought. I almost didn't play just checking out other people's creations. I'm amazed at the kind of stuff people make. Mario Kart may still be the king of kart racing, but who doesn't like driving around as one of the Power Rangers in the Mystery Machine? Losers, that's who.   read

10:39 AM on 04.27.2010

Work sucks... wipEout HD doesn't.

Before I start, I just noticed that it's been exactly one month since I wrote my first post. Holy time flies by, Batman! The reason is that I've been very busy with work, plus a couple other things so I haven't exactly been playing much. I got like a gajillion new games and they're all just started.

I still haven't finished Red Steel 2, even though I got it on launch and i absolutely adored it. I was one of the few that liked the first one, even with its flaws. This game is so much better on all levels. I like the fact that you have to play very actively to enjoy it but that's also why it's been kept shelved. I come home late at night from work and the least I want is to bust out my ninja moves. Not that I'd want to play with a classic controller, though.

Got Monster Hunter Tri on impulse buy and I'm enjoying it WAY more than I thought I would. Still, I've only been able to play like 2 hours tops, without counting the bunch of hours I wasted trying to get online. For some reason I keep getting a "connection is unstable" error, even though a speed test shows my speed is relatively ok. I blogged before about my connection issues, but I found some problems on my end and was getting some progress. Still, I used to play perfectly a while ago and lately I've had a bunch of problems. I am switching ISPs soon so hopefully I can FINALLY get into some Dtoid online action.

Don't even get me started on wipEout HD (did I get the spelling right?). I got it on the Spring Sale and it's consumed my life. I'll think about playing it even if I'm doing something else. Since I started playing I've gotten way more into electronica, even though I've always had an appreciation for that kind of music. I didn't even know there were so many sub-genres. For some reason, I always love it when games include a photo mode and I've already got tons of awesome wallpaper quality shots of this game.

Did I mention how AMAAAAAAAZING this game looks? And at a silky smooth framerate to boot.

Hoshdarnit, I can't believe how much I love my PS3. And I was one of the biggest PS3 haters. I used to think I wouldn't need one since I had an Xbox 360. Now my 360 is pretty much exclusively for playing Rock Band (it's drained enough of my money that there's no way I can switch to PS3 now... 180 DLC songs and counting...). I'm still very eager to play Reach and Gears 3 and all the cool exclusive games but having experienced great, free online play on the PSN it's hard to go back to paying for Live, specially since I hardly play online games on 360 anymore.

Sheesh, went on a rant there. Anyways, just wanted to make a quick post to let people know why I suddenly disappeared, even though I was always "OMGZZZ, letz play some MAG or something dudezzz". Holy shit, I just had to remember MAG. I think I'm still lvl 10 and I got the game close to launch. My friends that got it after me already passed my lvl in 2 days. I'm excited about the new rifle coming on the DLC. Snipers FTW.

I hate growing up. You work so you can have money so you can buy games but you end up working so much that you barely have time to play the games that you end up working so much to be able to afford. But wipEout HD is awesome.

P.S. Bonus pic FTW.

P.P.S. Just remembered that I bought the new Uncharted DLC and I still haven't even loaded the game. FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU...   read

1:15 PM on 03.27.2010

My first post... yay?

So, I've kept postponing my first post for a looooooong time. Should I show off my room like most people do? Should I do a small bio so people can know me? My first post is nothing about that.

I would just like you all to know that I hate my internet connection. I've got a lot of new PS3 online games and I haven't been able to play more than 5 minutes at a time all this week. It used to work perfectly and for some unknown reason it just started randomly disconnecting me from games. I've only just made lvl 4 on MAG and I haven't been able to play with the nice folks of [DTD]. I see CelicaCrazed playing a lot this week and it breaks my heart, and I know Elsa plays all the time.

Then there's RE5:Gold. I already had the game for Xbox360 and played it a bunch but decided to get it for PS3 so I could online play with my friends and, guess what? The week I get the game is the week my internet connection turns shitty.

Uncharted 2, Resistance 2, Killzone 2, LBP, MGS4... all sitting there sadly on my shelf.

The worst thing is that I don't really know what's the problem. Doesn't seem to be speed related, I've tried changing the PS3 network settings, I've done wireless and wired. Zip, nada.

Oh, I also lost my bluetooth headset the other day (though I already have a replacement). Hopefully it's just a bad week and soon I'll get back to gaming with my fellow dtoiders.   read

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