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5:11 PM on 10.25.2010

Hey it's that PuppyLicks guy... and he does art now?

Hey all,

I've been absent off the Dtoids for a while now but it's about time I got reconnected with the community. I've been travelling all over the shop from December to about August like some smelly backpacker and I am now home safe and sound. 

So what the hell have I been doing? Well I have been going through the trials of getting oneself reestablished after someone uproots their life for an eight month period, hell I'm still getting things sorted and have now officially been unemployed for the longest time since I was 13. But as well as all that stuff, I've been getting reacquainted with my old friend, the Xbox. Been throwing a lot of time into Reach, good shit that, and since I am poor right now I have not made many other new game purchases. But Reach is keeping me occupied so that'll do until I finally land me a job.

Speaking of jobs, that's the other thing that has consumed most of my time since I have been back. Job seeking, but more specifically, trimming and buffing up my work to help get me a good graphic design job. I didn't post much of the stuff I made on Dtoid in the past because frankly I di   read

10:09 PM on 04.10.2010

TravelToid: Puppy Licks and DanMazkin to invade LA.

Hey all,
as you may all know already, I have been trekking across many countries along with my brother DanMazkin and my girlfriend Justine, and we plan on plodding through many more before we're done. We have already been running around Asia for a few months but that chapter is coming to a close and now it's time to move on to the next few continents.


So why am I writing this, you ask? Well because over the next month or two we will be traipsing around Europe, and then come June we will be well on our way to the merry old country that many Dtoiders call their home, the U.S. of fuckin' A.

And with this news, I have a small request;

Basically, from the 7th to the 14th of June we will be rockin' New York, and then on the 14th of June we will haul our sorry arses over to LA where we will be wreaking havok along the rest of the west coast until we run out of time or money or both.

So, that's NY and LA, San Diego, a little bit of Vegas, and whatever else we can squeeze in, in the space of a month or two. Not too shabby huh?

Now when we hit LA we will conveniently be arriving just in time for the mecca of videogame awesomeness, E3. Now thanks to the fact that E3 is still industry-only, we can't get into the show. We looked into a few ways of sneaking in but those options were shot down very quickly when we were confronted with some very steep ticket prices.

So, with this in mind we have to ask ourselves, 'what is just as good as going to E3'?
E3 parties, that's what!

Now that's where you all come in!

Uhhh, we have no idea what parties are on. Help plz.

I am under the hopeful assumption that there will be some sort of Dtoid E3 party happening like last years shenanigans, and we want in. Being from Australia we rarely get a chance to catch up with many (or any) Dtoiders in person, so being in LA at E3 time presents us with the perfect opportunity to see everyone in the flesh and sink a few brews with all of you.

But this isn't just about LA though, after all we're also hitting New York, San Diego for Comic Con, and Vegas too. Hell, we might even make it to San Fran if we have the time, we're most definitely getting around.

So, if there are any gaming events where Dtoiders are welcome, any NARPs during this time and around these areas or just anything that a few Aussie geeks like us might like to see, give us a shout out and let us know. I'll buy ya a beer for your troubles.

Because we're coming for ya!

Why the hell are we drinking Victor Bravos?

If anyone want's to chase me up I'm on Facebook as part of the Dtoid facebook group, my names James Camilleri, that should make finding me pretty easy. You can also email me at [email protected] if you want a more intimate contact with me where you can chat or pass on info or just harass me for naked pics pls. If you wanna hit up DanMazkin his email's [email protected]. I'll update again as our crusade continues, otherwise we'll hopefully see many of you real soon.

Cheers!   read

2:16 AM on 04.06.2010

TravelToid: A photo adventure of a Hong Kong arcade

Hey all,

Hey guess what? I'm back in Hong Kong!
Travelling around has been a great experience so far, and it is something I would recommend everybody do at least once in their life. But despite all the fun and excitement, the time I have been able to spend playing games has droppd significantly. It's a price worth paying for such an adventure, but sometimes you do get the shakes if ya know what I mean, hell, the latest console game I have played was uncharted 2, and that came out last year! If I didn't have my DS handy I probably would be having some serious withdrawls right now.

But it's this sort of videogame deprival that makes a journey down to a good-old Hong Kong arcade all the more sweet.

How did this all start? Well Dan Mazkin and I were getting the itch for some Street Fightans Four, so I did a little research around SRK and found out to our delight that there are quite a few very good arcades in Hong Kong. So we checked out which one was the best and headed down to Mong Kok (don't giggle), most people visit Mong Kok (I said don't giggle) for it's markets, but we had a different target in mind.

Mong Kok, okay you can giggle a little.

Navigating our way through the crowds locals, expats and tourists, we made a bee-line for the Game Zone arcade in Mong Kok, luckily for us it lay right across the road from the train station. See?

Looks like we're going downstairs...

So, an underground arcade, in a foreign country, and add to that the fact that we heard a few odd rumors that some arcades in HK were Triad hangouts, should we be nervous? Hell no! They got STREET FIYTAH FO!!

So in we went.

Ahhh arcades, what a sweet sight.

Now arcades in Australia have changed a lot over the years, from bright and colorful places where anyone could just walk in and have a bit of fun, to today where most arcades are dirty, almost empty and leaving you with a very uneasy feeling that you're not welcome. It's a sad state of affairs but that's the way things are going.
But here in Hong Kong, in the Game Zone arcade, we were greeted with a bright and bustling place full of people playing all manner of games.
And the noise, my god the noise. Think back to how you remember arcades as a kid, the clash of every machine in the house turned up to full volume to the point that you have to yell at your friends just so they can hear you. That's the sound filling the walls of this arcade, and it was beautiful.

Now, since the shock and awe has died down (a little), it's time to do a lap.

Gundam Vs Gundam... Vs Gundam Vs Gundam Vs Gundam Vs Gundam

Now keep in mind I took a few photos but I didn't want to go too crazy with the camera, they had security around and I didn't want them getting sus on me. Anyways, in case you didn't notice, Gundam is big here, very big. All these Vs machines were set up with people rocking them all the time, being a fan of robots of the giant variety I decided to give the game a shot, regardless of the fact that I'd never played it before and every detail about the game was provided to me in Cantonese.

I died of course, and very quickly too. From what I could tell the objective of the game was a 2 on 2 battle and the fight I was in was completely against the AI. This is probably for the best as I am sure if I was playing against a live opponent I would have died in half the time. I even had a small audience of a few locals witness my spectacular failure, looking back I should have taken a bow, instead I just took my coins and moved on to see what other games were around that I might not suck so much at.

Token gambling machines huh?

While the Vs Gundam games are big here there was something much bigger and more popular. Token gambling machines. They are so popular in fact that about half the arcade is taken up by machines of this nature. There are slot machines, machines that look kinda like Pachinko games, and there is even a big table where people sit and bet ot virtual horse races. I don't know if anything can be bought for these credits or if they can be exchanged for cash, maybe someone could explain this to me, but I decided to leave these games be and keep on exploring. Oh, and props to the fella who helped us swap our tokens for coins after we accidentally bought a bunch of tokens thinking we were getting coins. Bloody language barrier.

More Gundam, this time with cockpits?!

This is a crazy looking game, I don't even know the name of it except that it obviously must be Gundam-something-something. It's a setup of four enclosed cockpits where each person pilots a Gundam and the four Gundams form a squad that have to fight others squads in other arcades online in Hong Kong and Japan.

Ooooh look at me being sneaky with the photos.

This is the interior of one of the cockpits, as you can see the screen wraps around the user, now is that epic or what? I was tempted to play the game (after doing some research I found out it's called Gundam: Senjou no Kizuna) but the game was really pricey to play, and also after my previous Gundam experience I figured I'd prefer to walk away from this game with my pride intact. It's a shame though, this game looked pretty mad.

Taiko Drum Mastah!

I didn't play Drum Master, it was all Cantonese again, but I thought I'd take a snap for the few people out there who love this game. You know who you are. Represent! ;)

Now, we came to this arcade for one main reason, it was time to step up to the fightans.

Ooooh shit yeah son.

Ahhhh fighers, how I love fighters. While there was Street Fighter IV, the dominating fighter in HK seemed to be King Of Fighters. They had twice as many KoF machines there than SF ones, and the only SF game was Street Fighter IV. The KoF games seemed to span from KoFXII to KoF98 and god knows what else. I confess that despite my love for fighters I have not played much from the KoF series, and since the guys playing looked pretty skilled I felt that I'd have better luck taking my scrubby ass over to the Street Fighter IV machines instead.

So how did myself and my bro/SFIV Sparring partner go?

Well, we played a few fights against each other which went well, Dan' usually a Gouken player but his Ken and Vega skills are right up there as well. He beat me a few times with his Vega, but after a few matches my Fuerte evened up the score and we left the friendly competition at that. After that it was time to take on the locals to see if we were up to scratch.

This is the real reason why we came here, playing against each other is something we were able to do every day while at home, but seeing what the rest of the world has to offer, even if we are not that good, is the true essence of being a World Warrior!

But yeah, we got our asses beat.

Dan getting his ass handed to him by some white guy with a ponytail.

That's what happens when you get your SFIV arcade from info from SRK, you fight against the best, and we didn't win a single fight.

However. despite our losses we still walked away satisfied, we did fight many hard battles, but we refused to get peaced out without at least taking a round or two from our opponents. We made damn sure that the people we were up against knew that we weren't just some scrubs who got lost wandering the streets of Hong Kong. We knew how to fight, and while we did lose, we forced our opponents to really earn their victories.

That said... El Fuerte always has a hard time against Balrog players. So there.

And so that was that, we ran out of coins and we had places to be, so it was time to go. It was a great to be able to hang out in a real arcade again, even if I was a bit of an outsider, I still felt comfortable bashing buttons amongst the noise and chaos that can only be found in places like this that we all know and love.

So that's it for me for now, since you've all been so nice to read this blarrg to the very end, I have a two extra photo of some randomness we found that day that I thought you'd all like to see.

COD4 fans, start fapping

This here is an airsoft gun. Sort of like a top shelf BB gun that people use for war games. Like paintball battles except you can bring your own airsoft guns along, just like this one.

Hey... that logo...

Yeah I saw this in the Mong Kok market and just had to share it with you all. Blatant plagarism can be a funny thing sometimes. If you haven't spotted it yet this might help you out with it.

And now that's really it from me. In a week I'll be off to Europe so I'll try get another blaaarrg up online before then to let you all know where I'll be and when.

So until then...
Cheers!   read

7:37 AM on 03.29.2010

TravelToid: If you love Shadow of the Colossus, go to Cambodia.

Hey all,

I know it's been a while since my last blog but traveling around the place doesn't grant much time for internetting, only now do I look back and think to myself 'Shit, I should have brought a laptop along'. Oh well, live and learn, right?

So what's with the header, you ask? Why am I demanding that you all see Cambodia if you love Shadow of the Colossus? Well allow me to explain;

As many of you may or may not know I am traveling the world with my girlfriend Jus and my brother Dan (DanMazkin to all you Dtoid folk) and have recently finished a stint in South-East Asia. One of the countries visited was, obviously, Cambodia, and I was very, very impressed with what I saw.

We went touring around, looking at the city palaces and temples and they were very beautiful, I highly recommend seeing them too, but it wasn't until we visited famed Angkor Wat temple in Siem Reap that the inner geek in me stood up and took notice.

What you see upon entering Angkor Wat

An ancient temple built from large stone blocks, ravaged by time. Despite the tourists all over the place it still had a very abandoned and almost derelict feel to it, it was as if the modern world ceased to exist within those walls. Among all of this, while we wandered around the temple I felt as if my surroundings looked familiar somehow, and then it hit me.

Holy shit, this place is right out of Shadow of the Colossus!


Now I understood that it was obviously the other way around, and that Team Ico must have been very strongly influenced by Angkor Wat and it's surrounding temples, but when you are there, with a videogame-obsessed mind such as mine, you can't help but feel a sense of absolute awe at your surroundings. Well, I was in awe anyways as it was an ancient Cambodian temple ruin I was standing in, but the link to SOTC was just some extra awesome icing on an already incredible and memorable awesome cake.

Agro!! Oh wait you're white. Um, carry on.

At first I thought it was just me, I am a little obsessed with videogames after all, but Dan was thinking the exact same thing about the place. Hell, if I had my MP3 player on me at the time I could have ran around listening to the SOTC soundtrack, that might have tipped me over the edge into some sort of bizarre videogame-fantasy world that was all in my mind and that would honestly would probably put a dent in the rest of my travel plans.

It was amazing how similar areas in Angkor Wat are to sights seen in SOTC, even other temples and sites around the Angkor region held similarities to the Forbidden Land.

Surely I am not the only one seeing the similarities here?

Take a look at the image below, the old stones jutting out of the flat, green terrain had me wondering if I was about to see the 14th Colossus jump out at me and have me running up a series of stone columns in order to defeat it (Stop me if I'm getting too geeky here. Haha joking I'm not going to stop).

Makes ya wanna climb shit doesn't it?

I think it was just dumb luck that the temple was also undergoing a renovation, a German crew was present and had dismantled sections of th temple to rebuild it and make the aging structure more sound.

Where's my sword?

This of course meant that there were giant stone blocks strewn around the grounds, making the temple appear even more dilapidated and thus more true to the appearance of the Forbidden Land.

Just as well I didn't have a dead girl with me, the girl I was with was very much alive thank you.

It wasn't just the Angkor Wat temple that had me snapping photos like a madman, all of the temples in the surrounding Angkor area held a resemblance to SOTC in one way or another.

FYI, The Tomb Raider movie was shot here. True story.

This temple ruin was actually intentionally left with all of the trees growing through it so people can see what kind of state all of the temples were in when they were all discovered, as if the other temples didn't look like awesome abandoned ruins before, this one has to go and up the ante.

It just keeps on going.

For two days we were exploring and checking out all of the temples here, and I don't think we even managed to see them all. It was incredible and something I doubt I well ever forget.

By the way, it was hot as hell over there. Bring sunscreen.

And now that I have waved around my photos for a bit I just have to say. If you are traveling around South-East Asia I recommend checking out the Angkor Wat in Cambodia. But, if you are a fan of Shadow of the Colossus and are traveling around South-East Asia, I definitely recommend checking out Cambodia's Angkor Wat. Cambodia is a beautiful country and the Angkor Wat is simply amazing to behold.

For hardcore nerds I recommend bringing the SOTC soundtrack with you so you can immerse yourself in a beautiful place that I believe without a doubt helped inspire the art and architecture for what is in my mind one of the best games of the PS2 generation.

A camera and some cosplay gear might help too. Send pics K?

Cheers!   read

10:57 PM on 02.07.2010

Hello from Hong Kong! A.K.A. I'm not dead!

Hey all,
Puppy licks here,

Just thought I'd give everyone a heads up from mah travelin' adventures and offer a friendly note that I'm not dead yet. Yay!

I've been busy with all this travelling business and rocking it out in Hong Kong, not to mention planning the next stage of my adventures, but I have also managed to get a little bit of videogame-related stuff incorporated as well.

Just over a month ago while here in Hong Kong I was lucky enough to be around for the Asia Game Expo for 2009, funnily enough while the show was a moderate size the admission was dirt cheap. So I went along to see what all the fuss was about.

Gran Turismo and Gundam, yup I'm in Hong Kong all right.

I went on a weekday so the crowds weren't troublesome and straight away I am greeted by a Gundam Vs Gundam Next Plus tournament, displayed on a big screen with loud-as-fuck presenters yelling in cantonese the entire time. If I'd ever played the game before I might have stepped up and taken a shot at the title, but then again being publicly shamed in an unfamiliar country probably isn't the best way to start my holiday, right?

So after I composed myself I moved on from the temptation of public embarrassment and headed straight to the Final Fantasy XIII stand.

One of the many benefits of being in Hong Kong is that eastern blockbuster games such as FFXIII are released here around the same time as their Japanese versions. With this in mind I was a little confused as to why there were no demo stations for FFXIII when it's already on store shelves. We could see a lot of trailers and a lot of promotional material (no swag though, bollocks) but no demo stations.

Well if any of the fans at the show were disappointed, they quickly forgot about it once the cosplayers showed up.

Silly Tidus, you're not a girl, you're a guy!

So I looked around, took a few photos and promptly made my way to a lovely area marked with a delightful R18+ symbol. I was quite intruigued about this mysterious booth, not because of the nightclub-esque rope queue or the bouncer checking ID cards, what had me the most interested was the fact that since I come from Australia an R18+ rating on a videogame is the stuff of fairy tales, something we Aussie gamers tell our children about what sort of game ratings we might get in the future while we drive around in our flying cars while eating meals in pill form.

The R18+ area- wow! Look at that guy! He really doesn't like having his photo taken huh?

Of course all of the jokes stopped once I made my way inside and spotted a whole bunch of playable demos including God of War 3, Heavy Rain and Aliens Vs Predator. It was fap-time people.

Heavy Rain, fuck yeah.

So first I checked out Heavy Rain, seeing other people playing the game looked great. Seeing the action scenes play out really had me excited for this game, sadly when I had my turn I picked up the game at a really slow and quiet point in the game. I'm sure it is great for suspense and tension when you play the game at home, but when you're at a games expo with 5 minutes of play time the only suspense you're feeling is from the guy behind you waiting for his turn. Also, maybe it was just how the demo booth was set up, but when I played Heavy Rain you seem to move with a jarring 'tank controls' style control scheme where you hold R1 to walk forward and move the stick to turn. Maybe this will make sense in the final product but it just seemed off to me and prevented me from really getting into the game during my short time there. Of course that could also be due to the fact that I was distracted by the game being played next to me.

Aliens Vs Mother-fucking-Predator

I'll admit, I do not play FPS's on the PS3 very often, I'm so used to FPS's on the 360 that when I do play on the PS3 the controls feel a little offfor a few minutes. Sadly a few minutes was all the time I had with AvP. But I have to say, it looks pretty awesome. Control-wise it felt a little unpolished, but I'm willing to put that to the fact that is was an unfinished demo and I was on a PS3 controller. All that aside, the game's atmosphere looks great, the demo was from the Marine campaign where you are inspecting a human colony that has turned to shit and is completely overrun by xenomorphs, is there no better way to begin a game? I think not.

Also this game is adult, very adult. As well as all the blood and gore (which had the PAL version banned and then unbanned in Australia, nice work boys) there is a fair but of swearing in here as well, in the demo alone I heard about 3 or four F-bombs getting dropped and I think somebody might have said cunt too. I love it when game developers don't hold back.

Witness the power of the PS3 as Kratos hangs from an awning! The POWER!!!

And then there was God of War 3. E3 Demo, more GoW but prettier. Enough said. Okay maybe I didn't get to have a shot at the game, so what. Moving on.

I left the R18+ area feeling a lot more manly and decided that after seeing all these PS3 games I should go check out what the Xbox360 has to offer.

The PSN stand, no swag

Okay this is the PSN stand, fair enough. PSN's cool and all. Now onward to the Xbox360 stand!

PSP games. Yay

Uhhh hang on...

More Sony, okay....

Xbox360 stand? Hello?

I'm starting to see a pattern here.

What the shit? No Microsoft representation here whatsoever. Something tells me that this was a Sony sponsored show (no shit, right?) so my hopes of seeing what the 360's got up it sleeve up close will have to wait. Oh well, shit happens.

So after wandering around some more, checking out stands for online MMO's that feature no english whatsoever and checking out some more cosplayers I decided to call it a day. It was a small show, but considering I got to play some unreleased games and I am spending the next six months on a traveller's (nonexistent) budget, this may be my best chance to play some new games for quite a while.

I did see this guy's epic cosplay though.

I'm assuming this is a guy, but judging by the she-Cloud in the background I really should be assuming nothing.

And that's about the most gaming related thing I have been doing since leaving my dear Nanny-state home of Australia. I also paid a very brief visit to a Hong Kong arcade (SFIV withdrawls man), but I will provide more substantial details if I return there again for a longer visit.

Apart from that, there's not much else to say. My DS is getting a lot of love, I'm watching my bank account slowly draining and never topping up again, and my girlfriend, my bro DanMazkin and I are getting ready for the next leg in our adventure; South East Asia, then Europe, then the US.

I'll try to make it video-game related if I can, but I'm making no promises, otherwise we'll just see you all in LA for E3 (Dtoid Party FTW), and San Diego for Comic-Con (got mah ticket!).

Either way Dtoid, I hope all is well with you all. I'm spewin' I'm missing out on all the podcasts (and our own too, good old RC, *sniff*) and Cblogs, Forums, comments and shenanigans. Just remember that while I'm rarely commenting and posting nowadays, I'm still watching.

Kinda like ceiling cat.

Cheers!   read

9:00 PM on 12.07.2009

I'm going away for a while, so I gots some things to say.

Hey all,
Puppy Licks here.

As some (or bugger all) of you may know, I am about to begin a 9 month long trip around the world in which I will be visiting places such as Hong Kong, Europe and the U.S. While this will be an awesome adventure that I am greatly looking forward to, it means that I will not be near a computer very often and active on Dtoid even less.

Where in the world is PuppyLicks?

Since I stopped working two weeks ago I am no longer in front of a PC for eight hours a day, so my comment regularity has dropped significantly, and once I leave the country, my commenting may cease altogether. I will try to pop on now and again, and myself, DanMazkin and MrDillinger hope to keep the Refused Classification style Aussie madness alive on Dtoid somehow. But in the meantime, all I can say is that you'll all be hearing a lot less from me for quite a while.

I plan to make it to LA in time for E3 though, so I wanna see you guys at whatever party Dtoid are throwing at that time, got that? :D

Now, with that out of the way I have a few things to say before I officially begin my self-imposed hiatus.
[i](These messages are in no particular order)[i]


To everyone who listened to our Refused Classification podcast.
Thanks for listening and for all the comments and shoutouts, without you guys we probably would have stopped the podcast long ago.

To the RFGO crew.
Thanks for the awesome podcast. Now come back already!

To Podtoid
I miss your movie commentaries already.

To Podcastle
Rest In Peace guys :(
Little acorn winkie.

To Failcast
Thanks for the laughs, and for the record, I came to Dtoid through GameTrailers.

To Drunkcast
I hope you are drunk when you read this, we gotta have a beer (or 12) sometime.

To Jim Sterling
You're a funny cunt, you know that? Keep it up, son.

To Topher
Thanks for the Pancakes, and for making me wanna take on Ikaruga.

To Samit
I play sports games sometimes, and I do not hate them. Also happy birthday mate.

To Chad Concelmo
I have a fever, and the only cure is more amazing.

To Niero
Yeah, I guess this site is okay ;) Thanks for putting it all together.

To AliD
If you're ever in Melbourne we gotta catch up for a beer, take it easy mate.

To TheCleaningGuy
You can stop asking questions now, you bastard :)

To Nebones
Beers son, we gotta have beers.

To Necros
Cheers to the best afro on Dtoid.

To Atlas
Are you really Fontaine?

To CountingConflict
Djent will never die. *Fist Bump*

To Coonskin
I like your hat.

To Rab
My Fuerte still has bruises. One day mate. One day....

To MrDillinger
One day, I will fuck you with a rake.

To DanMazkin
Catch brah.

To Mr Destructoid
I'm coming for your helmet.

Shit I can't think of anything else to say right now, sorry if I left you out, so I'll just say this.
Thanks all Dtoid staff, contributors and community members. The Podcasts, the features, the Cblogs, the forums, the IRC (even though I'm never on) and even the Trolls. Thanks for brightening up my working days and for reminding me why I love videogames so much, and why I love this community so much.

If I see any of you during my travels I will have a beer with ya, or at least talk some shit about vidya games for a bit. Otherwise I will see you all here in 9 months!

Happy Trails, motherfuckers! I'll miss you all.

Cheers.   read

8:05 PM on 11.05.2009

Attention Aussie Dtoiders! Want an R18 rating for games? Support Gamers4Croydon!

Hey all,
As a lot of you know, Australia has no R18 rating for videogames. Causing all sorts of kerfuffle when a game with bad language or drugs or any sort of (gasp!) adult content tries to cross our shores.

Most of this is due to one man, Michael Atkinson, South Australia's Attorney General who is single-handedly keeping Australia's R18+ rating to be allowed. Thus making any game deemed R18 by the OFLC unable to be classified or sold in this country.

Sad I know, but somebody is actually doing something about it!

Melbourne man David Doe has taken it upon himself to run against Michael Atkinson in his seat of Croydon in SA. In doing this he's hoping to finally bring an R18+ rating for videogames in Australia, developing a more realistic and respectful public image of the videogaming public along the way.

If you want to support his campaign, with donations or just moral support, check out his Gamers 4 Croydon website and facebook group.

However, if you want to help right now and you live in Adelaide, David will be at Rundle mall's balls today getting signatures to support his campaign between 5.30 and 6.30 pm. If he gets over 150 members he will be able to officially register the Gamers4Croydon party with the South Australian Electoral Commission, and shit can get serious!

So if you're in Adelaide today, aged 18 or over and are eligible to vote, I advise you go pay Mr Doe a visit and help this great cause out.


Interview with David Doe
Gamers 4 Croydon website
Gamers 4 Croydon Facebook group

p.s. Just two things to note how much of a legend David Doe is; 1) Any money he receives through donations that isn't used on the campaign will be given to Child's Play. 2) He's road-tripping from Melbourne to Adelaide today just to get the 150 members' signatures so he can register the party.



Bloody Legend.   read

5:43 PM on 10.22.2009

RumorBlog: New The Red Star game may be on the way.

Hey all,
I know my C-blogging has been rather quiet lately, all my attention has been focused on podcasting and working and playing ping-pong with small marsupials. Great fun.

But now I return with a tasty treat of rumor-like proportions!

Tasty like vodka, comrade!

I was browsing through the Australian Classification Board's website just now, annoyed that the pricks had refused Valve's appeal on getting L4D2 uncensored, when I found something interesting.

On the OFLC's latest ratings page I found a mention of a new rating listing for the severely underrated beat-em-up/shmup hybrid The Red Star. The game was given a PG rating on the 22nd of October of this year, with the rating listing the game as a multiplatform game.

At first I thought that this could have been a new rating for the Xbox and PS2 versions, so I did some digging and found that those versions had already received their rating in 2006.

So what does this all mean? This could be the OFLC being silly and rating a game that has already been rated, but this could also mean a new The Red Star is on the way.


The Red Star devs XS Games have no mention of a new The Red Star game on their website (yet), so for now anythings up for speculation.

So speculate I will!
Although you gotta admit, The Red Star's gameplay fits perfectly alongside the shmups and beat-em-ups found on DLC platforms such as XBLA and PSN, don't you think? And the rating did mention the game was multiplatform...

Personally I'd just be happy for this game to get more exposure, I've heard from many people that it's a great game and an XBLA/PSN release will do wonders for getting this game noticed.

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9:03 PM on 08.24.2009

10 things you don't know about PuppyLicks


8:30 AM on 08.14.2009

DrunkBlog! I are drunk. p.s. I love you. (hahah gerard butler lol)

Hey all!!!

I think this is the first time I have posted an official drunkblog, are you excited for me? are ya?
I realise after the last sentence that I am trying too hard to correct drunken typos... so I shall stop that right now to add extra 'effect' to my drunkblog and not break that whole 'stream of consciousness' thing I may or may not have going on. ......more like stream of semi-consiousness... hahaha

Kane says hi! He's a cop you see so I can;t show you his face on television. He came over for some brews andf games and brought a shitload of his fine homebrew beeer. Oh fuck he just picked up a sword!

...yes I have a sword in my room, what of it? PS: I love penis*

*Kane wrote that, what a silly scamp! Laaaawl!

fuck, alright I'll show you my sword, no double entendre at all (how the fuck do you spell entendre? I hope it's entendre).


As I write this the gents (DanMazkin and Kane) are playing Battletoads in Battlemaniacs on the SNES, looks kinda dodgey on a HDTV but who cares! Is a fucking SNES!!! Kane wants to say that the green toad gives a mean pimp backhand.

Wait... I was writing this blog for a reason apart from telling you that I'm drunk right?

Oh yeah! I fucking love you guys! I have a beer next to me and I drink a toast to you! The Dtoid community, the editors and contributors, and just Dtoid itself for being a whole lot more than just some dumb games blaarg, but for being a community and for quite a few of us, a way of life!

Am I talking drunken shit right now? probably yes..... ah fuck it!

I'm drinkin this beer for you all! CHEERS!

Oooh pizza's here! Oh fuck DanMazkin ordered family size pizzas, these guys don't fuck around.

I love you all, and will hopefully see a lot of you awesome folks next year as DanMazkin and I and my lovely missus Jus travel to NY and LA for some insane shenanegans around June/July!

Save a bar stool for us! ....don't order Fosters. You'll thank us late.

Oooh we're watching DeadLeaves now! Fuck I love that show!

- Much love, PuppyLicks XOXO   read

8:54 PM on 07.09.2009

ShortBlog: Mechwarrior 4 to be released online for FREE in honor of BattleTech's 25 anniversary

Damn the good news just keeps on coming hey?

Ahhh live actors, a hallmark of a PC Gaming classic.

If you read my previous posts you'll know that I'm a little bit excited about the new MechWarrior announcement. I seem to have a robot problem, obviously.

But a lot of you probably haven't played a real MechWarrior game, thinking that the best the franchise can offer is MechAssault. Well Smith & Tinker seem to be aware of that fact and have offered a free crash course in the school of Big Stompy Robots.

As a tribute to BattleTech's 25th anniversary, Smith And Tinker are offering MechWarrior 4 (including it's expansion packs) for free off A precise date hasn't been offered yet but both S&T and say the download will be available 'soon'.

So if you're hearing people get excited about the new MechWarrior but have no idea what the hubbub is all about, download the game and give it a shot and see what it's like to be in the cockpit of a 90 ton walking death machine*.

Also the game has a BattleMech called 'Awesome', how can you not resist that?

- Cheers to DanMazkin for passing this on.

*Yes yes I know Steel Battalion did it too but what would you rather? A free awesome game or a game that needs a $200+ controller?   read

5:43 AM on 07.09.2009

ShortBlog: MechWarrior trailer revealed!! *Updated*

Well, mentioned it in the forums and I posted a rumor yesterday.

Now, MechWarrior fans rejoice! Smith & Tinker and Pirahna games are definitely making MechWarrior. And to be extra nice they have given us a shiny new trailer to fap to.

And fap I shall!

IGN have also offered a hefty Q&A with Piranha and Smith & Tinker if you are wanting to see what direction they are taking the new MW game.
Heres a hint: Not MechAssault.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go and start shopping for which Battlemech I shall bring ruin with in the new game. Hmmmm, Vulture... Madcat... Atlas.... Supernova.... Damn! So many choices!

Here are some details of the game so far from the Q&A.

- Its a series reboot set before the first MechWarrior game. "Not your father's MechWarrior"

- It's an Action-Simulation, no MechAssault arcade action here

- It Involves Co-Op through the main campaign

- Theres a change in focus from wide open spaces to more urban combat, also destructible environments are in.

- There's a focus on 'information warfare', basically knowing who the enemy is and where he is, this is helped with UAVs and Scout Class Mechs (great for co-op).

- It's being developed for PC and Xbox360 (so far)

- It uses the Unreal3 engine

- Multplayer is also in, including a COD4 style experience system.

- The multiplayer battle looks to be a consistent battle that the devs will change the parameters of over time depending on the outcome of the 'war' (probably similar to ChromeHounds)

- The devs hope to include a PC vs 360 aspect like ShadowRun (but, y'know, without the suck ;P)

- And S&T are in talks with a lot of publishers, they won't name who's in the lead yet but there's a lot of interest. Especially since this is aiming to come out for BattleTech's 25 anniversary.

Aaaaaand thats about it.
Cheers!   read

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