I'm a 23 year old artist/teacher. While in University I experimented mostly with Animation, Video, and Games.
The lovely [dearly departed] Anthony Burch* featured the fruits of my experimentation here on Destructoid as part of the Indie Nation Series Which probably is one of the coolest things that has ever happened to me! One of many reasons why I love Destructoid.
*The [formerly] Resident Person Named Anthony Who Isn't Anthony Perri.
My first console was the SNES. It remains my favourite, and I've been playing games ever since without pause. Recently I've been a little burned out on the modern sensibilities of a suddenly overwhelmingly Western market. Most of the HD games don't appeal to me.
I currently live in Korea where I teach english and avoid Starcraft [and the north].
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Header photo by Dario Ayala, 08
Edited by Anthony Perri, 09
As you all must have seen by now EA has been successful in exploiting a classic epic poem and sex in an attempt to garner attention. The Lust level was recently showed off at TGS and it's flat out disgusting, disturbing even, but not in the way EA intended it to be.
Maybe they thought that giant ovulating breasts screamed sex appeal, creepy, disarming, or even 'lust'. Well they don't, frankly. These breasts highlight the sexual segregation and flat out misogyny that is rampant in the industry.
These people need to understand that it takes two to lust, and I don't mean two breasts either.
Where are all the penises?
The only male enemy in lust [thus revealed] is wearing a loin cloth. note: Naked woman in the background.
I'm really sick of the narrow vision in this industry, particularity in Triple A titles. There is no excuse for this sort of thing anymore. As I said it takes two to lust and they're turning hell into male fantasy.
"But Perri! There are babies coming out of her nipples!"
So again they're reducing women to breasts and baby makers. It's just the most puerile example of chauvinist pig-headedness I've ever witnessed. I'm not a feminist and this has actually offended me. I'm sick of the way this industry treats women, and I hate that it is so accepted.
Bayonetta is a different issue. While I found the character to be horrifying at first I think that the developer is actually treating it in a satirical fashion [Platinum has been all about the over the top self-aware satire this generation, btw...] and I know there are exceptions but this is just infuriating.
Now, I don't know much else about Lust, they could have penises around every corner in which case this would nullify my opinion and make this blog obsolete but I really despise the developer for thinking that this is edgy, that this is cool. The female figure has been so perverted and has been treated as a commodity for far too long in any medium for this to have any sort of edge or even relevance and that in itself is a travesty.
This game is a completely wasted effort that not only [and obviously] is a complete insult to it's 'source material' but is also, now, a complete insult to me and presumably women. This game seems to be trying to move 'shock value' forward, trying to push the boundaries as to what will be accepted, what is allowed. Blowing up female assets that have been prevalently featured in any given media since it's existence is NOT how you do this. When will male nudity become accepted? When will this playing field be leveled? When will this industry grow up and treat things artistically and maturely?
To their credit, and for this I am thankful, EA has managed to confirm to me, that I can be offended and disgusted in things- and here I was thinking I was some all monotonous stoic.
So, I've been using this blog for the last little while rather sporadically and predominantly to complain. Let's get back to Games shall we?
Perhaps the best thing about this current generation is the price of previous generation games, so let me try to help you save some money.
I present to you five sentence reviews of four five dollar games. [I was trying to get five five dollar games but turns out I only had 4.]
RED STEEL [Wii]
The game employs some Interesting motion mechanics used for communicating with the enemy, but the sensitivity of the controller makes the simplest of navigation a matter of over and under compensating. The cumbersome controls aren't the only problem here though, the level design and general pacing/progression is poorly done, often leading to cheap death and countless resarts. The story might have been acceptable, if compared to the slosh of most other FPS stories, but it's poor presentation and atrocious voice acting screams budget/rush job. The whole sword fighting v gunplay gameplay is disappointingly divided, but when sword fighting actually does happen it can be rewarding but often time is frustrating; plagued by some poor input recognition and repetitive fights. The game runs off a modified version of the Unreal 2 engine and it does look generally good [with the exception of the animation], with some nice detail and lighting effects, however inconsistent they are.
THE RED STAR [PS2]
This game is essentially Sin & Punishment off rails from changing perspectives. The mesh of melee and SHMUP gameplay works perfectly and the marriage of the two is often satisfying, allowing for some really fluid combat. The upgrade system, while typical, offers just enough to reinforce the players confidence in taking on any of the various obstacles/enemies the game throws at them. The aforementioned variety is really the most attractive part of the game as players will go from beating on thugs to avoiding bullethell all in the span of 30 seconds. The game really is the perfect co-op experience and is even more satisfying when playing alongside a friend, a must own.
CASTLE SHIKAGAMI II [PS2]
There is so much to say about this game, whether that's good or not is really subjective. I'd recommend this game just for the script alone, with characters regularly spouting some of the most inane dialogue I've ever come across, "I am the son of seven mothers", or "Slaves for fashion dislike bulges" for example. The gameplay is pretty standard SHMUP fare with some challenging bullet patterns to dodge, the real gimmick here though is that there are a wide variety of characters who all have different attack types including a standard and super shot. The amount of characters may appeal to some but upon playing you'll find that they are there purely for the sake of quantity as the gameplay is hardly balanced enough to accommodate all of them. Seriously, despite its mediocrity, the translation is worth the five bucks alone.
SILPHEED: THE LOST PLANET [PS2]
I originally thought this game was bad because it was too slow so I stopped playing it disappointed in Treasure. I put it back in a few months later and I think I was remembering the wrong game because it's not slow, still not great though. It doesn't do a whole lot new but having the options to equip your ship with new weapons makes the experience feel a little more personal. Besides saying, this is a SHMUP made by TREASURE there really is nothing else interesting about this game, other then that it is sub par. The graphics are nice enough but don't pay more than 5 dollars for this.
So in conclusion, you get what you pay for, more or less. The Red Star is possibly the saddest story of last generation as it truly is one of the best games to have come out and it saw absolutely no cash. Buy that one, avoid the others unless you need a cheap little time waster that is marginally entertaining.
So, I posted a while back that I was being held, against my will, in an internet free zone - my house. I just wanted to throw up a brief update: It's back. I'm online again, comes with a catch though; I'm still in the stone age.
After 3 months of a seemingly unsolvable dial-up issue I tried looking for better, faster service. I've exhausted those options, it just isn't available in my area. So over this 3 month period I was instructed by Bell that my modem was broken, so I bought a new one, then they told me that I needed to get more RAM [makes no sense, but I did need to upgrade, so I did]. After getting a gig of Ram and a new Modem installed I reformatted and called again because the new hardware didn't fix my problem. They said my modem was broken AGAIN. I hadn't even used it yet...
So I ask them, "Are you sure it couldn't be anything else? This is a brand new device?"
"These things happen with electronics all the time, this error message means you bought a faulty modem..."
I hang up, frustrated, knowing that this was not true.
Later that night I get a text from my brother: "Internet works".
It's Broken, I'm free.
Turns out that after 3 MONTHS it ended up being a faulty phone line down the street...He had plugged our modem into our other line and it just worked, thus proving that Bell is clueless, and that they couldn't care less about their customer. But I already knew this.
Just thought I'd share that, the conclusion to this internetless summer, with you all. Take this as a cautionary tale, don't let it happen to you, stay away from Bell- PLEASE!
I think I need to draw something...
So yes, I'm back again, hopefully going to be blogging semi-regularly, or whenever I think of something worth our time. Maybe a certain animation...
I'm not making any promises this time though! It's good to be back.
So, I know nobody probably cares about this at all but it's something that has been bothering me since I first saw the SK logo. WHAT IS THAT THING!?
An incarnation of the logo that probably isn't as old as it should be...
So lets just ignore the current reputation of Dennis Dyack and Co. For a minute and focus on their baffling logo. I always understood that they were 'knights of silicon', honourable and distinguished warriors of virtual worlds created by the power of silicon technology, sure it's pretty cute. The older image here really focuses on the silicon- it is obvious that the cube there is made of computer chips.
What if I told you that it wasn't a cube at all. Take a look at the newer logo, its easier to imagine.
Ya, thats a simplified, more contemporary looking logo. When I saw it I was still as curious as ever so I started thinking, is is a computer tower? Is it a real tower? It has a striking resemblance to the building SK calls home.
But, today was a special day. I find myself working beside a former employee and asked him a familiar question. He said that nobody knows what that thing is, and that they were always surprised when he told them...
ITS A SHIELD.
It is a Silicon shield, a shield made of silicon. A sci-fi shield made of silicon...They are knights equipped with medieval swords and silicon shields. What the hell are they fighting?
Soo... A few weeks ago..Well maybe closer to a month ago now I came back in a big way. I got a new banner, explained some art stuff, made 2 post within a week of each other, Indie Nation! - I was psyched to be out of school and back into gaming, looking forward to sharing with all of you.
BUT, things don't always go as planned.
As some of you may have known I am the last dial up user on the face of the earth. That said my modem got fried about 5 weeks back and since then I've been actively pursuing a high speed alternative - which has never been available to me.
This is going to be a long rant/rambling so, if you aren't interested in tech support/sales horror stories turn back now.
Lets start with Bell. This company should just call it quits now- sure this guy may have invented the telephone but they have slandered his name and should be embarrassed of their service. That said, my father is not really a 'tech' guy </understatement> and he couldn't care less about 'service' so long as he can make a phone call.
So I call up Bell, my long time dial up provider and tell them that my internet is no longer working. After running through some diagnostics they come to the conclusion that my modem is not functioning properly and the solve the problem I will need a new one.
Less than a year ago I paid 40 bucks for the current technological artifact that kept me downloading at 22kps, so why would I spend any more to stay out of date? I needed to thoroughly explore my options here so I didn't go for the 'brand new' 56k. Instead I inquired about what faster services Bell could offer me. I call annually and ask about high speed services but they never had anything for me- until now! Portable Internet! I know it isn't great- hell, using anything 'portable' as your permanent solution is never a good thing but like I said I had no other options. So I go for it and after a few phone calls/weeks I finally received it in the mail. I received this modem because my address was approved, the service was available in my area, but lo- I got no reception at all. So, I call and they flat out tell me that it won't work, after waiting and calling so many times I was pretty frustrated and just asked for a return kit - more on that later.
After this failed attempt, being worked up and let down, I was pointed to Rogers- don't know why this never occurred to me... Anyway, I give them a call and ask what is available. I'm told that they have high speed available to me- so I ask specifically "So will I need to get the wireless modem?" And they quickly correct me, "No sir, I'm showing here that DSL is available in your area, so it wouldn't be a wireless connection."
It was like getting set up on a blind date- you don't know what to expect but you have really low expectations and just want to get it over with- and then you find out that your friend set you up with God, and he has bestowed upon you his greatest gift, the internet. [so my metaphor got lost...]
Anyways, I was elated- I know it isn't the fastest in the world but its like being in 2002 when for the past 8 years you've been in 95. I was thrilled, and they began processing the account and my address and would call me back.
So I never got that call, I was anxious though, so I called back and was told something that will haunt me until the day that I die.
"Oh, Rogers has stopped providing DSL services as of six months ago."
I was just sold something that the company wasn't selling anymore. WAT.
So I asked about my options and they suggested- ya- portable internet. I went along with it. They told me it was available in my area and that I would need to pick up the modem at a Rogers store. I do it. No reception. I call and report the same thing I had to Bell a little over a week ago, I got three responses. "Oh, well I'm showing here that your address doesn't qualify for our portable internet." I get transferred, "You are definitely within range." Transferred back, "Well it says here that this connection requires a special 'Outdoor modem'. "
So they told me to go back to the Rogers store and exchange the modem I got with the outdoor one.
Around this time I get a bill from Bell. Guess whats on there? Yes. A 30 dollar portable internet charge. ugh. So I take care of that pretty easily but still hadn't received my return kit so I ask again and they tell me there was no record of the request and that they would send one right away. Alrighty.
So I'm at the Rogers store and I tell the guy what happened to which he responds, "I don't have outdoor modems, we've never carried outdoor modems."
So he calls up Rogers and tells them whats up then offers to solve the problem with me on the phone. So we go through the motions and the woman says she needs to cancel my current portable account in order to get me another one. Sure- whatever. So this all takes about 30 minutes and then her system crashes. Luckily the delay is only an extra ten minutes. So allegedly she sent an 'outdoor modem' to me.
I didn't get the outdoor modem and I waited over 2 weeks. So I call and they say they have no record of that transaction, so they send me another one. 2 weeks later I get it and I'm getting mixed reception but I'm optimistic. Ultimately though the thing never was consistent enough to get me an IP address and thus I've wasted my time, and about 350 bucks in modems that I had not been reimbursed for yet. So we play with the device for a few days, try it on the roof and what not...A second modem arrives...Hm. So now I dont really know what to do, and I'm still deciding. All I know is that I'm going to be stuck with dial up so I should at least get that working.
I go out and get a new modem and around the same time receive two return kits from Bell [after something like 4 weeks and 3 calls]. I plug the new modem in and - NOTHING HAPPENS. Its still broken. So I call Bell and tell them that THEY told me to get a new modem and that THEY cost me over a month of my life testing various products and spending hours upon hours on the phone. So I demanded to be reimbursed for the phone and my last months bill of dial up- since I hadn't used it and they charged me anyway. Couldn't do anything about the modem but I got my months payment back.
I call tech support about the service and we go through a whole bunch of tests which yield no useful results. I'm on the phone with a woman from India who I can barely hear for a good 40 minutes. Eventually she wants to run msconfig - and that crashes my computer. Somewhere within the 10 minute boot sequence she gets disconnected...
Luckily she calls me back but msconfig crashes my machine again and she tells me I have a problem with my RAM and that I should get more. I'll admit the machine is in rough shape. So I finally upgrade to 1.5GB RAM and still haven't had any luck.
So thats about where I'm at Dtoid. Sorry I haven't been around, I'm at my girlfriends right now and she's asleep...so...
I know nobody is going to read all that but I needed to get it off of my chest.
So I know I haven't been here much lately- more on that later! [in short- I've had no internet for a month]. Anyways, a friend of mine passed let me know about a game being developed pretty close to my home town and I think it actually looks great.
Frozen North is an independent Developer located in Waterloo Ontario, who I've never heard of before. They recently announced their game, 'Flip's Twisted World' and have secured a publisher in Majesco. The title might make the game sound like Shovelware but it definitely has a Mario Galaxy vibe. There really isn't much more to say but I thought I'd let you guys know about this potentially awesome game from this small developer.