Hey Dtoiders! Itís been forever since I wrote anything here on Destructoid. Sadly, itís been what feels like a millennium since I was on Dtoid at all. Most of the Destructoid Live people donít remember me anymore, and I bet if I logged into the Dtoid Minecraft server, my ďhomeĒ would be plundered, destroyed and repurposed into some sort of Minecraft whorehouse. It is (was?) above Picoís head after all.
Needless to say, now that the holiday festivities have died down and my life is somewhat normal again, I should be around the Dtoid community more now.
So radio (I feel the need to take a minute to say I dislike upper case letters. Itís like, why are you called UPPER case? Why are you so much better than lower case letters huh? Think you are some kind of cool guy or something Mr.Ē CapitalizedĒ letters? Your bourgeoisie establishment in the English language makes me sick: long live the lower-case proletariat!)
*cough* err, sorry. So radio, since you havenít graced Destructoid with your warm, cinnamon-scented essence for so long, what HAVE you been up to?
Well I shall spare you the boring details (about how the job market sucks, especially for a Sociology graduate) and be honest: Iíve been playing video games and watching a lot of stuff. The video game thing is obvious, I mean this is a video game website (is it a great video game website, or is it the greatest video game web site?) and gaming is a huge part of my life and always will be. However, I am WAY too A.D.D. ( I have a prescription, I can prove it you nay saying ďeveryone has A.D.D.Ē bastards ) to sit through things like movies and such. I was never a movie person. Pick a random movie and ask me if Iíve seen it and 99% of the time I will say no.
That being said, ever since October (October being when I finally took the plunge and got Netflix) I have been becoming more adjusted to sitting still and watching a film or TV series.
So..basically my blog for today and for the next few entries is going to be my thoughts on films and internet/television series that I have watched in the past month or so. Hopefully I will have seen something that someone hasnít before and be able to introduce them to something they like. Hopefully someone will have seen something I have watched and commented on and I can make new friends through common interests. Hopefully, this next few series of blogs wonít bore everyone to death and make me lose all of the Destructoid friends I have accumulated in the past few months.
BUT before I get into the real meat of the blog, I want to resume my duties as Destructoid Live community member ( I HAVENíT BEEN HIT BY A BUS NIERO, IíM RIGHT HERE ) and go ahead and say Destructoid Live is the best live show you will ever watch on the internet. Itís better than BlizzCon being illegally streamed on some shady website. Itís better than that one-in-a-million chance of catching hot, amateur teenagers going at it on Stickam. Iíd even wager that itís better than finding a mint condition, First Edition Charizard on eBay for $20. (note: I actually DO own a first edition Charizard, and it is NOT on eBay, thank you very much) If you even remotely like video games, you owe it to yourself to subscribe to Destructoidís live stream on Justin.tv ( http://www.justin.tv/destructoid
The live show has it all. Obscure movie references, retellings of great WWF / WCW matches, plenty of Boglin references, Holmes' crazy ex-girlfriend stories and to top it off: they give out hundreds of dollars worth of prizes each month. If Destructoid sold all of the crap they gave out as prizes, they could probably afford to actually stock their pantry with food that WASNíT top ramen. It is hosted by the ďMost Trusted Man in GamingĒ Jon Carnage, 4Loko Master Venom and the ever so lovely (and ever so stalked/coveted) redhead Pico Mause. So please, if youíve got nothing better to do on a weekday, stop in some time and say hi, and if you enjoy what you see make sure to follow us on Justin.tv and join our official Destructoid Chill Bros. group on Facebook!
If you have any sort of insecurities about yourself, we want you there. I have never been called beautiful so many times in my life, but those wonderful hosts make me feel like a pretty lady. And I am a boy, so that should tell you somethingÖthough Iím not sure what exactly. I should note: Itís not pre-recorded, and people will talk to you, as long as you are not trolling. Actually, most people that come into the chat to troll end up becoming regulars, which I find fascinating.
Okay, now that Iíve written my mini-love letter that is basically me begging on my knees for my Destructoid Live friends to forgive me for my absence, while simultaneously asking them to marry me, letís move on to my firstÖ I donít know what to call it. Itís not really a review, but at the same time it is? Either way, here is what radioís been watchiní!
The Angry Video Game Nerd seasons 1 Ė 4 (2006 Ė 2009)
I remember the first time I saw an Angry Video Game Nerd episode. It was before he had the name, and before he even showed his face. Simonís Quest: you merciless bitch. I really donít think the AVGN needs much of an introduction. I have been a huge fan of the show ever since I saw that first episode on the internet. James Rolfe is a brilliant writer. I donít know how he pushes himself to sit through this utter garbage to find material to write about. I mean, we have to realize itís not just the Nerd character having to deal with the bad games, he actually has to play them himself to get inspiration and makes notes on what to say.
I love having all these episodes on DVD. It makes watching them a lot faster since I donít have to deal with ads on youtube or whatever. Plus, the bonus features are worth the price alone. The outtakes are hysterical on these. James is a naturally talented, funny guy. He also has a great group of friends to help him out. If there is a special character in any of the episodes, itís usually played by his friend Mike Matei, who also draws all of the title cards for each episode. Mike is a talented actor who plays roles like the Joker, the Cowardly Lion and Bugs Bunny with scarily accurate voice acting.
Jamesí ďguitar guyĒ Kyle Justin (who co-wrote and performs the very memorable AVGN theme song) also has a few cameo roles where he plays the ďguitar guyĒ character and brings out some of the funniest jokes in the show. My favorite Kyle Justin moment would beÖ well, the entire Battletoads episode. That is some near-pants-wetting material, because I can totally relate to how impossible that game becomes when there is more than one player.
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If you were unaware, the Nerd is not Jamesí only project. He is actually a very accomplished all-around movie maker. He has made hundreds of films of differing genres including horror films, thrillers, movie reviews and documentaries. Jamesí documentaries are one of my favorite things he does. Some are funny and just plain entertaining. For example: he likes to go to famous sites from movies and try to match up landmarks with the films (finding the Full House house, touring the shopping mall from Dawn of the Dead and finding various landmarks from the Back to the Future series). On the other hand, some of his documentaries are really serious and heartfelt, like his 300th film, titled: ďThe Dragon in My Dreams,Ē where he essentially revisits his origin story.
I got off track a little, but I really wanted to let people know that there is more to the Nerd than meets the eye. The home base of the Nerd as well as James is http://www.cinemassacre.com
If you enjoy AVGN, I really suggest you take a look around Cinemassacre and watch the other projects that James has worked on. Cinemassacre is easily right up there with Destructoid as far as my favorite websites go.
As far as the actual DVDís, if you like AVGN even a little bit, make sure to pick up the DVDís. All of the bonus features easily make it worth the coin. You can pick them up at http://www.screwattackstore.com
Well, that was way longer than I planned on it being. If you stuck out the whole post, I really appreciate it. I will be posting regularly for the next few days with my thoughts on movies/tv & internet series I have seen and perhaps even some games Iíve been playing.
As always, I <3 you all.