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14 hours ago - 8:02 PM on 08.03.2015

The Forum Solution: Make me a Moderator!

[b]Taken [url=http://www.outerheavenforums.com/forum.php]from our forums[/url] - while we still have them. After some other people decided to leave the website, as someone who will always stand by the site.  I submitted my application to be a moderator. Before we get into all this: I am on record supporting Destructoid, Niero, and being against GamerGate, but for more transparency within all games media. I've nothing against Niero personally, this isn't an attack on him, I merely want my questions answered, what is the Destructoid community to him? What is Destructoid to him? According to him, it is his website. I want to know why it feels like our website.  I feel like I need to question what is going on, but I can only do so with satiric humor and direct questions. I don't know from anything else. This isn't just his webste, it is our website. [url=http://www.outerheavenforums.com/showthread.php?9484-Randombullseye-An-Introduction]I joined because I felt like I belong here[/url], because I felt community here. Those forum are part of our history, to lose them loses a piece of ourselves.[/b]

If elected, I will personally ban everything I don't like or do. Just like Something Awful, the internet's largest discussion forum.

No one will ever talk about drinking ever again ever. I don't approve of it and I don't like it at all, you mention liquors, beers, wines, or shines and you're banned. Nobody can talk about dope either.

Any talk about who was fired for what, you're gone, done.

I don't care what happened, one mention of it ad you're done.

Nobody talks about who is banging who or what gender anyone used to be, you're out, this is a video game website god dammit.

I don't want anyone to ever mention the front page again ever here on the forums. There will be no talk of the user blogs either.

Also, community becomes users everywhere, because that's what we are, users. This is clearly no longer a community website. Any mention of another user, staff member, or anyone named Jeff and you're fired. Also, nobody can ever talk about sombreros again, all that talk can go right out the door.

And anyone who tries to be funny, you're gone. I don't like comedy at all. This is a serious forum where we can only talk about video games, but only those that appeared on the Atar Jaguar, anything else and you're banned, you're family is banned, your followers are banned. You'll no longer be able to buy tickets from ticket master. You will not pass go, you will not collect two hundred dollars!

I would also ban all talk of bans. I'll make this website appeal to everyone by banning every discussion, everyone, and locking down everything. Nobody will ever say or do anything, it will be amazing if I'm put in charge I'm telling you, I know what I'm doing guys I have experience being a moderator before.

I was a moderator for years on some comic book forums and internet comic sites, including big ones like 8-bit Theater and others. You think gamer are bad? Honey, no. You don't know how awful the internet really can be. I stared into the abyss and the abyss winked at me.

I will allow people to post about professional wrestling, but only current WWE stars that are still under contract. Any mention of the WWF and you're banned. No TNA, no ROH, and no NJP/AJW will be allowed at all. There will be no discussions of dirt sheets or the wrestler's personal lives. I'll allow talk about Star Wars, but only the prequels. Magic the Gathering can be discussed, but only using the wing dings font with pink lettering. Dog can be discussed, but not corgis. I'll go ahead and start the first of several dozen Bonk threads I'm sure our users will be thrilled to post about! Anyone who posts on the site between midnight and six eastern time will be forced into a thread discussing the movie Zardoz. The thread is titled, Zardoz: Great movie or Greatest movie?

If given a position of power, I will use it. I will never ask any questions, but I will always do something. The only way to fix the problems we have is through force, which I'm not afraid to show.

The site might be owned and operate by a person, but it's all of us that make it our website.

Niero responded to me, not realizing I'm a woman, but that's okay I won't take that as an insult. He didn't mean it that way. He also doesn't realize I have done stand up comedy, but that's okay too, it wasn't like it was a personal attack. 

I am a comedian.

I decided to respond seriously, with direct questions.  Just like the Viper and the Mountain. I wanted to know what happened to our website and her children. I even gave Niero a reason why the forums should stick around, bringing up the time he talked about the adblock on the site.

Niero responds again, this time explaining he won't respond again that we should get contact informtion from our friends. This read like he's closing all of Destructoid? I'm confused by this, but the thread was locked and my private messages to Niero as as of yet unanswered. 

I'm going to type up a lot of words about Destructoid and post it later. I love you all so much, you're my brothers and sisters. You're my family. You're my comunity. 

 

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6:51 PM on 06.26.2015

XCOM 2 - Are XCOM Terrorists?

While I was very excited to hear XCOM was getting a sequel, I was a litte taken back by the video released to promote the sequel.  In thThere was a statue where humas and aliens were together, but that wasn't all the trailer showed. video, the XCOM squad are now terrorists in a world where the aliens and humans live together. 

You can argue that they're freedom fighters or insurgents all you want, but that's just soft language meant to disguise a hard word to swallow. It is what it is, I'm not sure I'm okay with this. I recordeda vido as well, I only wrote stuff here so I wouldn't get comments about how I just posted a video.

Here are a handful of other media where terrorists are freedom fighters, just off the top of my head.

Final Fantasy VII begins with scenes where your heroes are heroicly blowing up a power plant. 

The heroes of Final Fantasy 7 discuss their plan to blow up a power plant.

Star Wars is about a rebellion, including scenes of military personal and most likely civilian contracters being kiled.

Rambo 3 - Rambo pals around with some freedom fighters in Afghanistan. Guess who those freedom fighters turnd out to be?

Tactics Ogre had moral choices where your players could actively commit genocide on innocent people. It was intense 2D genocide, but genocie none the less.

Grand Theft Auto is about criminals doing criminal shit, including acts of mass destruction that some would argue, were terrorism. 

I'm down for Final Fantasy VII to get remade, I'm down for more Star Wars - especially if Luke stays in the black robes and goes full bad guy, I don't love Rambo 3 like I did 2 but I'll watch it, Tactics Ogre is the kind of game like XCOM - the ones that make me like games, and Grand Theft Auto all those acts are depicted in such a cartoon manner, but are still the sort of thing you would't brag about doing. Just the sheer amount of artistic depictions of violence in Grand Theft Auto warrents more discussion.

I will buy and play XCOM2, despite it leaning into xenophobia is a strange way. Those aliens killed a lot of my soldiers, now they want peace? I won't stand for that, the game is set to have a PC only release currently. It will feature a map generator like the original XCOM game, but it will now feature your squad as guerilla fighters and insurgents, you know thre was another word for that, what was that word? 

What do you guys feel? Is this okay, can we play games from the perspective of outright villains? Is this kind of artistic depictio of violence a problem for anybody else?

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2:52 AM on 04.14.2015

Is the "easy" fatality limited use Mortal Kombat X DLC the worst ever?

 

I'm ready to argue that one button fatalities are awesome. When I saw that DLC was available to simplify them, I was super down for it. Mortal Kombat Trilogy has this feature included as a really awesome cheat code, but this is 2015. Whatever was free and just a cheat code, now it has to cost extra. I was okay with that, it made me feel like I was being gouged for extra money, but I wanted it. My friends aren't super great at video games, I'm only able to really focus on like one or two characters, and I don't care to spend extra money for something I want. 

Well then I read that they're limited use in game, like cell phone games. 


I don't know how to feel other than outraged. I can't just buy that DLC. Anything limited use in a game feels like the absolute worst gouging possible. If it had been five bucks for unlimited one button finishers, sure. It feels like abuse, but limited in app use purchases feel like ritualized abuse. Am I supposed to just keep trowing money at it forever? Like those "games" where you tap to wait, but you can pay to wait less and tap more so you can wait again? No thanks man, this is bullshit.

Mortal Kombat was always way better about having unlockable stuff than other games, while the last game had some skins and extra characters, I don't feel it was as bad as this. This is the worst kind of DLC. 

I'm buying the season pass DLC for thirty bucks. Having Jason and Predator and two other dumpy "original" characters. It's kind of bullshit. Half the price of the game for four new characters, two of which are just color swaps without anything really cool or interestnig at all. I could make a case for guest characters also being dumb, but that's kind of why I want them. 

Predator rules. 

 

Make way for DLC! 

 

 

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7:28 PM on 04.10.2015

What if King of the Hill met Pokemon?

Despite being over a year old, I just found this and now I willl share it with everyone I ever meet. 

 

 

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10:33 PM on 04.08.2015

Bloodborne - My First Lets Play (3 videos)

I've been experimenting with you tube videos, since playsation let me recod straight out of it and upload videos, I did that, three times. I'm not the best player, but I'd like to hope I'm much funnier and more entertaining than most. Because I'm young and I'm fresh, the best combination. 

I did three parts, here is the first where I design my guy and just try to do anything at all.

 

The struggle gets real in the second video, where our hero loses faith in himself and the game. I come across a big bon fire with a lot of bad guys. 

In the third video, I get better. Not by much. 

That's it! Tell me what I did wrong, subscribe, like, and follow me on twitter @bulltoid 

 

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11:40 PM on 04.07.2015

The Journalism Show - Episode 7

Topher told me on twitter to tell my friends, so I'm posting this. We are still friends.

 

 

 I'm not super into anime, but I got enough of the gags to like it. Topher's an awesome guy, he used to do work here on Destructoid. Tomopop still uses the beedog as their mascot, which is awesome. 

 

I'm joking, I am super into anime. 

Dragon Pink!

 

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11:15 AM on 10.27.2014

I for one still like Destructoid. #keepontrucking #gamergate #hashtag

"We are all in this together, but we all die alone."

JUST DON'T LOOK

 

I might be one of the harshest dudes talking nothing but garbage about Destructoid. It's awful at times, some of the allegations against the place are just cringe worthy. I'm thinking of you sexual harassment and white washing over history. I don't like that at all, because despite how jerky I like to write on here, I try to be a decent human being. I love talking shit about shit, because that's who I am. This place has given me a voice to write about games and allowed me to make friends with people of similar interests and humor.

But what other website will let me openly talk about that? Not Giant Bomb, they close threads and ban conversations they don't want to have hanging around. And they totally sold out, selling their website to a larger company for an undisclosed sum of money, something Destructoid hasn't done yet

take a bite out couch foam

Some simple changes could not only make the place profitable, but could actaully be of artistic value and relevance again. Simple ideas, like defining what Destructoid is. Are we a community site or a news website? Is this place for jerks to talk like jerks or is this Giant Bomb where conversations are policed for presenting alternative ideas full of profanity and what some would argue was hateful speech? 

I seriously heard the Giant Bomb guys have a discussion at the Penny Arcade Expo, where a woman got up and described how great it was that she didn't have to read any negative comments because they were all deleted by the moderation team.

If you don't see something, that doesn't mean it never happened.

 

That's what bad guys do. I'm not saying everybody should go around describing their murderous suggestions, that's stupid. But if we want dump on something, we should be allowed to.

 

Even if it's Destructoid's policy of dropping storylines and characters without commenting on it.

oh yes

I've had some disagrements with Niero and CTZ over the years, but this is still where my site too. As much as it is yours. They just think they make money off of it and call it a hobby, this is our place to hang out. Shit is stinking around here and the maintaining radio silence doesn't seem to work guys. 

It was kind of awesome that time I wrote for Destructoid, I would do it again under the right circumstances. I don't care about people using slurs against each other, that's fine. If you go out people up or fingering up ladies that don't want to be fingered up, that's another thing guys.

Actions are always stronger than words, unless words inspire actions. Like the words "Gamers are dead," because gamers aren't dead they kind of take offense to that. In reality, every game journolist proffesional is the Iron Shiek looking to get heat for saying some really offensive shit to rile people up.

Stone Cold Steve Austin might have beaten up his wife, but I really didn't care for his comedy routines and heel turn. I listen to his podcast twice a week, sometimes they are terrible, but I haven't heard him bring up if he did or didn't beat up his wife. Domestic abuse is kind of serious, when he was pressed about it on another proffesional wrestling podcast during an interview, he said it wasn't the time or place to discuss it. When is the time and place to discuss something? If he had just said, I didn't do it, did do it, or I don't talk about that time in my life, that ends the discussion. Answering with "this isn't the time or place" keeps the conversation going. I'm always thinking about it when I listen to his show, I like the character he played on TV, I like him as a person on his radio shows, but did he beat up his wife? Was he capable of that kind of violence? It hurts to think about that might actually have happened.

hell no

Thanks to a quick google search, I found out he was accused of it again in 2004. All my heroes are all tained in one way or another, Destructoid being in the middle of this gamergate thing makes perfect sense.

I looked CTZ the general manager of Destructoid in the eyes and shook his hand saying I looked foreword to trolling his website, who else has the stones to do that? He seemed kind of stunned, but here I am writing this stuff.  I love writing on the forums and occasionally, I write about video games and not how much of an asshole certain staff members were to me on twitter.

Where every writer fucks up is thinking they're better than their readers, you ain't. 

 No matter how much money or success you have, you'll have to wipe your ass like me. Maybe the toliet paper's a little nicer, but frankly I buy the charmin with aloe because of my anal fissure. I'm not entirely sure I want to be a part of any club that would have me as a member.

Like a spider without mandibles I'll keep gumming at the problem. Since I am an "industry powerhouse" according to a social worker I used to talk to on the internet. I'm kind of glad I quit twitter.  The same dude then went on to be critical of people defining their ideological battle with a hashtag. I guess he never read about the ArabSpring? 

Just because you pal around with video game jerks don't make you better than anybody else. I'm not afraid of anybody who breathes the same air as me. I'm happy for people's success, even if I don't like what they produce with that success.  

Everybody who ever wrote about leaving, don't let the door hit you on the ass on the way out. Go hang around on Screw Attack with the twelve year olds and see how intellegent their dissertations about their community can be.

Oh wait you can't, because they won't let people write anything they want. Try writing about Handsome Tom and see how they feel about that.

We are all worthless human beings who are going to die. 

We might not know everything we want to know about how this place is run or why, but we still have it for now. All I can do is keep on trucking, the advice that CTZ gave me when he said I hated Destructoid, when I was critical of some choices on the website. I don't hate it at all. I love it. But guys, get your shit together. Synergize your content. Promote your amazon clickthrough revenues. Promote your community and involve them more, they're everything. Most importantly, don't be dickheads and condesending to the people who come to this website.

Without readers, users, viewers, or whatever language you want to use for members, there is no Destructoid. On my paychecks at work, it says "a customer made this check possible." Take that advice to heart, because I damn sure do. 

 

We made our choice. We are Destructoid. We are fucked either way. 

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12:22 AM on 09.23.2014

Hashtag GamerGate Hashtag Boners Hashtag Opinion

What started as a simple allegation of a game creator having exchanged sexual favors spiraled into everyone becoming aware of how terrible people are online. Yes, this is a human problem. I'm not sure if the game developer in question did or didn't do anything wrong.

Get Medieval

Here is my opinion:

I love laughing and seek novelty in all things, I'm looking for humor and love video games because they're stupid. Of course I read gaming websites and news outlets, so when stuff like this comes up and I've heard hours of someone involved, I feel like I'm taking it personal. Zoe Quinn's been on Giant Bomb's morning show quite a bit, so when she suddenly became the target of the internet's rage, I kind of feel terrible. This isn't funny at all. 

This is a witch hunt that started because of an accustation of an unethical sexual relationship. 

Game developers, public relations workers, and journalists are way too chummy. I don't know if they're blowing each other or not, but being a human being myself, it only makes sense that everyone likes sex. At one point in time president Bill Clinton was in some trouble, over a blowjob. I don't know who jammed who or what, the evidence presented by Zoe Quinn's boyfriend would convince me if I was on a jury.

It's the exact same thing as Roy Rice. Yes, it was a crime. There are punishments for a crime. The word "apology" exists so that people can apologize. A pound of flesh isn't necessary for an apology, just like my thoughts on former reviews editor from Destructoid getting in hot water over a transgendered person's finacing gender reassignment surgery with game development.

Shouldn't the punishment fit the crime? If there even was a crime, which I'm not entirely convinced anything crimanal went on. 

SHAME THE WITCH!

In my head, the punishment for consumer product press sleeping with someone whose product they're covering, is shame. They apologize. They hang their head. Occasionally dickheads say dickhead things to them in their comment sections, life goes on. As for Zoe? The same thing. She apologizes, admitting it was all a mistake, goes on making games and everyone moves on with their lives except a few dickheads who bring it up during interviews or in comments.

The problem is, it depends on what the meaning of the word 'is,' how few is a "few? A couple dozen really dedicated truth seeking journalists? Maybe a handful of internet trolls laughing it up in their troll holes online, where they assume nobody is watching as they yuk it up to one another with lots of mean jokes. What's a handful? Is it more than a mouthful?

What happens when the few people who would be silly enough, mean enough, and just plain out motivated enough to give someone shit on the internet is a few hundred people? What if it was a few thousand? What if a million people, all day everyday, sent you death threats and called you names online? What if they dug up tasteful nude photographs and posted them, discussing them in their troll holes online?

Living in the world of the internet, your real name and real address aren't that hard to find. It's fun to play like you're a pro-wrestler with this great kayfabe image to hide behind. I'm doing it right now by posting this as randombullseye, that's me. That's who I want to be. This weird character that loves difficult video games and hates hypocraspy in anything. I love transparency. I'll always break the rules when I feel necessary to say what I have to say about something, I'm not an intellegent man at all. I'm very foolish, I feel like I only have half the story and am always behind on everything.

I'm just concerned for humanity if this is what we keep doing over and over again and again. 

Prank phone calls are one thing, they're bad. Especially unfunny obscene phone calls, there's no humor to someone just calling with threats at all. Neither is their any humor to prank pizza delivery. Imagine if a million people sent a million pizza delivery men to your house with a million pizzas each. While there is humor to pizza delivery pranks, it's childish. Imagine seemingly the entire world descending on your phone all at once.

I feel sympathy for everyone involved, including the trolls doing the "pranking."

What if they made death threats with your address? That's scary. That crosses the thing line from humor to creep. I'm the creator of Bonerquest, I know what creepy is. I've been online a long time, I've said some terrible things to people as a teenager, but death threats and threats of raping people, that's a line too far for me.

What if everyone involved is simply accussed of unethical behavior that they didn't even commit in the first place?

That's the real issue. I maintain that Michael Jackson could have been innocent. I was a big fan of his work in 1991. He was the man everybody loved. Then he was accussed of something so heinous, it could never be forgiven just that he was accussed of it. Maybe he is a monster.

Also involved in this whole story is Anita Sarkasaan, whom I've written negatively about in my troll hole on Destructoid. The thing is, you assume no one you're talking garbage about with your friends is going to read it. Well, what if she did read my mean comments about her outfits? I feel bad that she could read that, but I'm not pulling down. I stand by what I remember writing, I'm sure it was terrible. She's getting the same nonsense that Zoe Quinn is simply because she's pointing out all the ways video games depict women negatively.

I could argue that her pointing out all these negative depictions of women is depicting women negatively.

I for one love witch hunts, exposes humanity.

Also also, the "everything is racist" game.

I feel like I talk about that. My black friend, who doesn't want to be called African American because he is, an American who is black, loves pointing out how everything is racist. We would flip the TV channels landing on things that were innocent of any crime, but he would then do ten minutes of material about how racist cartoons and tampon commercials are. If he couldn't find anything legitimate, he would then mention black things in the room and how the white people had black curtains just to keep black people hanging in their mind. It was the rantings of a lunatic and I cried laughing everytime. That's funny.

The answer is yes, these are racist sand witches.  GET IT SAND WITCHES!

If you can't see the humor in any of this, that's a real issue. The problem is there isn't humor in harassment on this scale. A million people calling you an asshole all day every day would drive the sanest person crazy. How do you beat it? Just don't look. It's why I don't like responding to comments. I block people on twitter who would talk nonsense, if I felt justified giving them a hard fuck you, then I would. I've yelled you fuck you at people in real life. It's great telling people to fuck off.

But what if they're motivated and just keep making proxy accounts, again and again. You'll never know how many people are after you. Years from now, when everyone has forgotten, that kind of person won't forget. It's why I like commenting on something former reviews editor of Destructoid once said about the true community only being in the comment sections of their posts. If you don't call bullshit where you feel it necessary to do so, then why have a voice? I feel being mean with trolling and crossing lines is uncalled for, always.

In the past I said of the poor guy who knowingly sold a broken controller to a Penny-Arcade fan, that I hoped people keep calling him. His phone number was put online and people were calling and asking to buy a controller. That's funny. That guy was mean about something. I bet that guy still gets calls about that.

I'm also concerned about Athiestium, a member of Destructoid's community. Even though she hasn't posted here in a long time, she's still family right? Once we are a group, aren't we a group forever? She was getting heat about tweeting for a game console contest, because she had consulted with a game company years earliar. That happened over a year ago, she's still getting shit for it. I don't think she should be, at least not at the volume she's getting it.

Here is her talking about GamerGate and all her trouble. I feel terrible for her. 

I hope Jeff with a G doesn't listen to anyone who hates him.

That's the real problem with trolling. One troll can have a funny point and really bring something up to someone, but a million is just a swarm of hatred. I don't know how to feel about the mean spirited nature of the internet. My only advice for everybody getting shit on, ignore it. Maybe they'll find something more interesting to do somewhere else, hopefully not to someone else.

TL;DR - This isn't an issue of video gamers being dickheads, this is an issue of people being dickheads. Ever go to a public bathroom and see how people treat that? That's the internet. That's what human beings really are. They're after money, sex, and love. We're also capable of hatred. I hate humanity and ashamed to be alive.

This is some real witch hunt, crucible bullshit. Right down to the fact that there's secret sexual deals going on. Instead of land it's mindshare, advertising, and downright favortism. I doubt any of it is true, but as a spooky Mulder type, I believe the truth is out there and am always going to be skeptical of what anyone tells me. 

Realistically, the story should have been easy to cover. Ask Zoe her side of the story, ask the guys accused of exchanging things for sexual favors their side, let people decide what they want. I feel like I would take Zoe's side of the story, an admittance and apology is great, denial is also great. Either way is better than the misinformation swirling around online.

If only enthusist press had journalists.

Maybe whoever buys Destructoid will have balls?

 

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8:30 PM on 08.06.2014

Games I Played This Month - July 2014



Hi my name is randombullseye, I play video games.

Blood Will Tell - Playstation 2

Longtime readers know I really liked this game, but never finished it. Luckily I lost the yellow memory card that had my save on it, so I got to start all over again.†

You play as a frankenstein like man. his father pledged pieces of him to forty eight demons, as you play through the game fighting demons you recover body parts. Each adds better stats onto your guy, as well as practical abilities. The easy example is the game starts in black and white, when you get your eye back it goes to color.

Oh and instead of being a slow Frankenstein, you're a samurai with sword arms.†

Sometimes the game has a strange localization. I plan on tracking down whoever did this "press buttons" translation. Cause damn.,

What a wonderful premise. I want to read the Japanese comics and watch the cartoon. I really love the way the story flows, curious how the original version of it went.†

Front Mission 4 - Playstation 2

I'm a fan of strategy games. Tactics Ogre and Final Fantasy Tactics are very important games to me, Front Mission is like that with robots. I messaged Yojimbo telling him I really loved the†Three Kings†robot soldiers stealing gold plotline. The campaign is divided between two factions, like all†Front Mission†games, but this time you swap back and fourth at set points throughout the story.†

So you would only have to play this super long game once if you wanted to see the story. Here's hoping I finish it, but I haven't touched it in three weeks. That's usually a bad sign for me finishing a game. I've played every†Front Mission†I think. I never finished any of them. Oh I should probably pick up the shooter that came out on Xbox 360? I have a feeling it could be the kind of fun bad that I like.

The reason I been playing so much Playstation 2, it's what I have at my parents place. It's been a tough year.†

Dead Space 3 - Playstation 3†

I really loved Dead Space 2. There weren't that many great games this generation, but it certainly hit all the right notes. It varied enviroments, had solid gameplay that constantly had interesting changes thrown at me, and it had some genuinely great moments of storytelling and presentation. The first game was a rental that really wanted to be resident evil 4. By the last few chapters, I was ready for it to end. Dead Space 2, I felt like I could've played another couple hours shooting bad guys and been okay.†

I enter dead space 3 with trepidation.†



It got a mixed reception critically, it had bad in app-purchases laid into the game. It also added co-op, which is what soured me on resident evil 5. It's cool playing games with someone else, but I'm often alone. I'm a single player in a world where everyone wants to make massive multiplayer worlds. †I'm anxious to see if this is worth it or not. I loaded it up once and just watched the previously on dead space video.†

I must say, parts of dead space 2 weren't great. The scene that really stuck with me as great was when the hero of the game slinks against a wall in failure, as a ghost sits beside him and talks to him. He just looks like he wants to give up. It was a perfect moment in fiction. Forget video games, literature, or movies, fiction. It was such a great moment. Dead Space 2 might be one of the only big releases I really loved this entire generation. Sure, it built off Resident Evil 4, but it splintered in it's own way. It added some powers like the freeze thing you could do and some basic lifting power, I loved that. The dismemberment went so much further than Turok 2, which I recall fondly being impressed by almost twenty years ago. The thing that I loved most was the roller coaster way †the game progressed. If you did the same thing twice, it usually had a different twist on it, but the backbone of the game, shooting monsters, it felt so great.

My first experience with dead space 3 was extraordinarily negative. I chose hard, thinking that would be where I should start off. Wrong. The first two guys you fight killed me over ten times. On normal I quickly destroyed both bad guys easily. After a really great start, it final fantasy twelves me. Everything I just did was bullshit, but probably super important.†



When I played that, it was so cool sliding down a mountain. I had control of my gun, so I assumed I would get to shoot something. Unfortunately, not so much. Leads me to believe I will slide down something later.†

The main story picks up with the lead character of dead space swept into fighting humans? I did this for a short bit and quit. Not becasue I wanted to, I just got busy with other things.†

X-COM - Enemy Within†



The game is now working much better. I say better, because I still had two hard locks.

I finished a campaign on classic for the first time. Enemy Unknown classic isn't so bad, I can pretty well destroy that, but Enemy Within got me eight times. I didn't just whoop the game, I decimated it. By the end I had an army and a back up army of killers. This was my second full completion of Enemy Within, I'm still not sure exactly how the headquarters invasion works. I spent time making a B-Team who were replaced by rookies for no reason.

†I don't think I'll be doing that again.†



Now I'm playing impossible. Things have gone better, but I made a character named Stone Cold this time around. He's bald and has a bad goatee, like the real stone cold. I'm only a few council members away from losing the entire game, but I have lasers.

Tomb Raider - PS3

Well this was actually pretty great. It's a lot like Uncharted, but I actually like the parts where I'm killing guys. So it feels more like Uncharted 2 that way. Big set piece exploration levels and scenes of enemy encounters seem to leap frog one another quite nicely. Much like the Resident Evil 4 model I say all games should go for, it continually mixes things up. It has some interesting archeology mechanics where you find artifacts and can examine them in a 3D space, like in the first Resident Evil. It seems to only be information that unlocks.†



I really love shooting people with the bow. That's kind of awesome to shoot guys using machine guns with an arrow.

Dark Souls 2 - PS3

My wizard play through continues past iron keep, but I got sidetracked on a high dexterity character doing the player versus player combat. I really enjoy that. This game is definitely a step backward from previous games content wise, but the accessibility is so much better.†

Make no mistake, this is an amazing piece of video game that shouldn't be missed by anybody. The problem is me. I finished Demon Souls at least a year after I got it. Dark Souls took me almost three weeks. Dark Souls 2 took two weeks. I'm wondering if I'm getting better at video games? I certainly feel like I'm grasping the stat mechanics.†

Minecraft - PC

I †built this big castle, way past everything else I built on a rail system that goes across a river then over a forrest the last time I played. Now I tripled the size of that castle and made the rail system go even longer. †This is one of the most fun wastes of time I can find.

Company of Heroes - PC

Somehow, I picked the nazi campaign. I guess my save from the first American campaign erased, so I picked the next one. Surprise! I'm playing as nazis. Kind of feel conflicted in doing that. I mean I really want to play the best that I can, but even if I'm the greatest nazi ever, they still lose the war.†

Super Nintendo !

I played some Super Bases Loaded and Super Mario Kart one day. Those games are awesome. I also played through three worlds of Mario World on All Stars, because that game is also awesome.†



I also spent some time watching pro-wrestling on the iPAD and playing one of the Super Adventure Island sequels. Not a great †game, but something of a hidden gem. I really enjoyed the way you upgrade your character. It really made me want to replay†Demon's Crest†again, but I didn't get around to doing that.†

Civilization V - PC

The less said about the night I spent playing this the better. It was not going well, then the game crashed. The same happened when I tried out the Sims 3. What a night that was.†

Sid Meier's Alpha†Centauri- PC

Having never played this, I was a bit surprised by how clunky it was. I don't know what I was expecting. I also tried out Sid Meir's Railroads, but with even less success. I at least managed to do something in Alpha Centuari, I made a colony, New Mongolia, I picked the despot as my character who looked Mongolian enough to me. My goal was to try and kill everything I could, space fungus seemingly immediately killed me. I tried again another day, but was equally confused and overwhelmed the choices I could make in the game. I hope the new†Civilization version†has a tutorial.†



That's it!   read


5:38 AM on 08.01.2014

Games I Played: July 2014




Blood Will Tell - Playstation 2

Longtime readers know I really liked this game, but never finished it. Luckily I lost the yellow memory card that had my save on it, so I got to start all over again.†

You play as a frankenstein like man. his father pledged pieces of him to forty eight demons, as you play through the game fighting demons you recover body parts. Each adds better stats onto your guy, as well as practical abilities. The easy example is the game starts in black and white, when you get your eye back it goes to color.

Oh and instead of being a slow Frankenstein, you're a samurai with sword arms.†

Sometimes the game has a strange localization. I plan on tracking down whoever did this "press buttons" translation. Cause damn.,

What a wonderful premise. I want to read the Japanese comics and watch the cartoon. I really love the way the story flows, curious how the original version of it went.†

Front Mission 4 - Playstation 2

I'm a fan of strategy games. Tactics Ogre and Final Fantasy Tactics are very important games to me, Front Mission is like that with robots. I messaged Yojimbo telling him I really loved the Three Kings robot soldiers stealing gold plotline. The campaign is divided between two factions, like all Front Mission games, but this time you swap back and fourth at set points throughout the story.†

So you would only have to play this super long game once if you wanted to see the story. Here's hoping I finish it, but I haven't touched it in three weeks. That's usually a bad sign for me finishing a game. I've played every Front Mission I think. I never finished any of them. Oh I should probably pick up the shooter that came out on Xbox 360? I have a feeling it could be the kind of fun bad that I like.

The reason I been playing so much Playstation 2, it's what I have at my parents place. It's been a tough year.†

Dead Space 3 - Playstation 3†

I really loved Dead Space 2. There weren't that many great games this generation, but it certainly hit all the right notes. It varied enviroments, had solid gameplay that constantly had interesting changes thrown at me, and it had some genuinely great moments of storytelling and presentation. The first game was a rental that really wanted to be resident evil 4. By the last few chapters, I was ready for it to end. Dead Space 2, I felt like I could've played another couple hours shooting bad guys and been okay.†

I enter dead space 3 with trepidation.†



It got a mixed reception critically, it had bad in app-purchases laid into the game. It also added co-op, which is what soured me on resident evil 5. It's cool playing games with someone else, but I'm often alone. I'm a single player in a world where everyone wants to make massive multiplayer worlds. †I'm anxious to see if this is worth it or not. I loaded it up once and just watched the previously on dead space video.†

I must say, parts of dead space 2 weren't great. The scene that really stuck with me as great was when the hero of the game slinks against a wall in failure, as a ghost sits beside him and talks to him. He just looks like he wants to give up. It was a perfect moment in fiction. Forget video games, literature, or movies, fiction. It was such a great moment. Dead Space 2 might be one of the only big releases I really loved this entire generation. Sure, it built off Resident Evil 4, but it splintered in it's own way. It added some powers like the freeze thing you could do and some basic lifting power, I loved that. The dismemberment went so much further than Turok 2, which I recall fondly being impressed by almost twenty years ago. The thing that I loved most was the roller coaster way †the game progressed. If you did the same thing twice, it usually had a different twist on it, but the backbone of the game, shooting monsters, it felt so great.

My first experience with dead space 3 was extraordinarily negative. I chose hard, thinking that would be where I should start off. Wrong. The first two guys you fight killed me over ten times. On normal I quickly destroyed both bad guys easily. After a really great start, it final fantasy twelves me. Everything I just did was bullshit, but probably super important.†



When I played that, it was so cool sliding down a mountain. I had control of my gun, so I assumed I would get to shoot something. Unfortunately, not so much. Leads me to believe I will slide down something later.†

The main story picks up with the lead character of dead space swept into fighting humans? I did this for a short bit and quit. Not becasue I wanted to, I just got busy with other things.†

X-COM - Enemy Within†



The game is now working much better. I say better, because I still had two hard locks.

I finished a campaign on classic for the first time. Enemy Unknown classic isn't so bad, I can pretty well destroy that, but Enemy Within got me eight times. I didn't just whoop the game, I decimated it. By the end I had an army and a back up army of killers. This was my second full completion of Enemy Within, I'm still not sure exactly how the headquarters invasion works. I spent time making a B-Team who were replaced by rookies for no reason.

†I don't think I'll be doing that again.†



Now I'm playing impossible. Things have gone better, but I made a character named Stone Cold this time around. He's bald and has a bad goatee, like the real stone cold. I'm only a few council members away from losing the entire game, but I have lasers.

Tomb Raider - PS3

Well this was actually pretty great. It's a lot like Uncharted, but I actually like the parts where I'm killing guys. So it feels more like Uncharted 2 that way. Big set piece exploration levels and scenes of enemy encounters seem to leap frog one another quite nicely. Much like the Resident Evil 4 model I say all games should go for, it continually mixes things up. It has some interesting archeology mechanics where you find artifacts and can examine them in a 3D space, like in the first Resident Evil. It seems to only be information that unlocks.†



I really love shooting people with the bow. That's kind of awesome to shoot guys using machine guns with an arrow.

Dark Souls 2 - PS3

My wizard play through continues past iron keep, but I got sidetracked on a high dexterity character doing the player versus player combat. I really enjoy that. This game is definitely a step backward from previous games content wise, but the accessibility is so much better.†

Make no mistake, this is an amazing piece of video game that shouldn't be missed by anybody. The problem is me. I finished Demon Souls at least a year after I got it. Dark Souls took me almost three weeks. Dark Souls 2 took two weeks. I'm wondering if I'm getting better at video games? I certainly feel like I'm grasping the stat mechanics.†

Minecraft - PC

I †built this big castle, way past everything else I built on a rail system that goes across a river then over a forrest the last time I played. Now I tripled the size of that castle and made the rail system go even longer. †This is one of the most fun wastes of time I can find.

Company of Heroes - PC

Somehow, I picked the nazi campaign. I guess my save from the first American campaign erased, so I picked the next one. Surprise! I'm playing as nazis. Kind of feel conflicted in doing that. I mean I really want to play the best that I can, but even if I'm the greatest nazi ever, they still lose the war.†

Super Nintendo !

I played some Super Bases Loaded and Super Mario Kart one day. Those games are awesome. I also played through three worlds of Mario World on All Stars, because that game is also awesome.†



I also spent some time watching pro-wrestling on the iPAD and playing one of the Super Adventure Island sequels. Not a great †game, but something of a hidden gem. I really enjoyed the way you upgrade your character. It really made me want to replay Demon's Crest again, but I didn't get around to doing that.†

Civilization V - PC

The less said about the night I spent playing this the better. It was not going well, then the game crashed. The same happened when I tried out the Sims 3. What a night that was.†

Sid Meier's Alpha†Centauri- PC

Having never played this, I was a bit surprised by how clunky it was. I don't know what I was expecting. I also tried out Sid Meir's Railroads, but with even less success. I at least managed to do something in Alpha Centuari, I made a colony, New Mongolia, I picked the despot as my character who looked Mongolian enough to me. My goal was to try and kill everything I could, space fungus seemingly immediately killed me. I tried again another day, but was equally confused and overwhelmed the choices I could make in the game. I hope the new Civilization version has a tutorial.†



That's it!   read


2:00 PM on 05.21.2013

Xbox One won't play used games, confirmed!

So according to a wired interview, the xbox one will only use discs to install games one time. Then those discs are locked to your account. If you pass those to a friend a "fee" will be charged to them to install that disc.†

This is video games now.†



I'm really upset about this. I love sharing games and borrowing them. Without renting games or buying games at yard sales, I wouldn't have had access to nearly as many games. These days, piracy and file sharing are definite problems. Locking users out of sharing games legitimately would likely lead to a widespread amount of those issues.†

I really don't like what video games have become. It's like a subscription service.

Things like Netflix and Hulu are full of people sharing accounts, I fully expect this to be an early and easy way for people to share their content, with dummy accounts that they pass games around amongst friends. Especially if you can play a game without the disc, why wouldn't people just pool together on a single account for the majority of games? Not everyone is looking to play first person shooters or any sort of online game. I'm bothered as shit by this.   read


4:18 AM on 05.20.2013

Story 2) Nintendo taking Letís Play videos down from you tube.



This case is very interesting for several reasons.†

Iíve been searching around trying to find a legal precident for this, but I canít find one. If this goes to court and is ruled on, then say goodbye to letís play videos. We would be one step closer to the internet that Lamar S. Smith wrote about for the SOPA bill. An internet where sharing anything is a finable offense. Iíve written about piracy before and how piracy isnít piracy, it is file sharing. How does that relate to video of a copywritten material?†

The idea that you own a game you own, is false. You own a license of that game. Using a modified console or a copy of that game is somehow a bad thing. †

If I was to sit down and read a book word for word onto you tube, would that be the same as a letís play? When does it become an audiobook? When I sell that? Well what about sprite comics?

One of the more interesting things I found on the internet in the year 2001, was the idea of sprite comics. These are created using art assets from video games as stock art, that are manipulated to tell stories. You can make Sonic & Knuckles a gay couple who hate Mega Man. You do like I did and make ďChronic Sonic,Ē where Sonic the Hedgehog uses jokes from the film How High and Cheech and Chong films. For some reason, I found this type of humor funny. The idea of adults who are idiots is funny. Thatís why Three Stooges, The Marx Brothers, Laurel and Hardy, or Abbot and Costello work well for comedy. Theyíre all men behaving in idiotic ways. Using drugs as the catalyst for these adventures makes sense. With characters who are stoned, theyíre free to be as stupid as possible. A great irony of Cheech and Chongís Up in Smoke is where they ride a van made of marijuana looking for marijuana. Thatís funny.†

What isnít funny, is that there are a lot of people using these game art assets to create, ďoriginal characters.Ē Simply painting Sonic green and swirling his eyes does not make him an original character. At best, these are elaborate palette swaps that serve for author inserts into these comics. At worst, these are people using other peopleís content to make their own content. Legally, this is not okay. Ethically and morally? I have no qualms with it at all.†

But if I draw a cartoon of Mickey Mouse or Spider-Man as a gay couple, will I get in trouble? What if I drew the cartoon of Mario feltching Princess Peach over the course of several weeks. Iím sure someone out there has done that. This brings one of the golden rules of the internet, rule 34. If it exists, there is porn of it on the internet.†

The gag is, surely there isnít pornography of this! Followed then by pictures of cartoon characters with exaggerated genitals engaged in acts of sodomy.†

What about fan games! I like those!

There are a lot of classic games that donít get new games produced. Chrono Trigger has been reissued on several platforms now, but a few years ago it wasnít. It was as rare as aids in the seventies, when it was just grids. A few people decided to make a 3D remake of the game, it looked amazing too.†Recently†more of the game has been shown off, but it was cease and desisted years ago. Is it legal to continue making something, then leak the complete game declaring you had no intention of releasing it that it was stolen or any other excuse, in spite of being told not to?It looked incredible†why†couldnít Square just bring these developers in and make this product? They don't understand how to make and market a product,†several big games all sold millions, but are considered failures.†You can't make money by spending all your money. That's simple†business. The thought of making smaller, affordable titles is lost on bigger developers and publishers. They all want to go with big bets, where if they keep failing like this, they won't exist. They need to invest in some fan projects, if only to keep their fans. To†actively†push your fans away from you aggressively is the dumbest strategy I've ever heard of, there are ways to say you want to protect your copyright without being a dick about it, but game companies haven't figured that out yet.

The same goes for the amazing Streets of Rage fan game SEGA had taken down off the internet. Thing is, wanting something off the internet means people are going to spread it around. †

The legality surrounding copyrights is troublesome. After seventy years, you can do with a work whatever you like, as it becomes public domain. I can write Frankesenstein marries the Tin Man and sell it, but is it ethically right to use characters I didnít come up with? I love Frankenstein and the Tin Man, why wouldnít they fall in love with each other isnít the issue, the issue is simply that they arenít mine to use. That if I was asked, by someone who was in control of them to write their stories, then I could ethically feel okay about that.

But what if I read someone who wrote a story where Frankenstein and the Tin Man fall in love, in a you tube video? I call it a ďletís read.Ē Now what if I read from more contemporary literature, like Chuck Palahniuk or I donít know, letís say Fifty Shades of Gray.†

As we all know, Twlight is a book series where a woman wrote about herself falling love with a Dracula who isnít really an evil Dracula at all. There are also wolf men involved, I saw that in a movie trailer where all the werewolf boys took off their shirts revealing how masculine they are. Someone wrote fan fiction for that, somehow, that became Fifty Shades of Gray, another series of books. I say books, but I mean multimedia franchise. These stories are now movies, games, books, and any other product you can apply them to. Iím sure there hallowen costumes and action figures of all that stuff, but do they own those ideas, since they used properties someone else created?†

If I write a story about a robot, does that mean I owe something to whoever invented the concept of robots? Even just an acknowledgment that the idea of metal thinking machines that act and think on their own isnít mine, is that okay? Where is the line there?

When it comes to video games, the content of them now depends not just on seeing it, but on playing it for yourself. Unless it is just a cut scene, a video that just plays that informs you of the story around the game.†

When Bioshock came out, I rented it and played through it to completion. I got a good ending, but this being video games, the possibility of a bad ending was there. I was curious, what was that like? Then it hit me, like everything hits me, why not just look it up online? I wouldnít have time to play the game all the way through before I had to take it back to Blockbuster, so this was perfect. I just watch the tape online and be done with it forever.†

Why do I feel like I robbed myself of something, by doing that?

Another example is Demonís Crest, one of the greatest games ever made. It contains several boss battles that I would say are among the most challenging ever. It occured to me, why not watch how to beat it and see if I can do it myself based on their knowledge. Then it occurred to me, why do I have to play the fights at all? Then the real shocker hits.†

If you can just watch someone play through all the latest video games, why would you buy and play them all?

Iíve a friend who I did a podcast with that did this. He would watch playthroughs of games and be up to date on everything. Some people are intimidated by long RPGs, but watching someone else play through these games and watch them struggle, thatís fascinating. Even if Iíve already played a game, I like watching people play thinking games. Anything that involves strategy over skill, I really want to watch that. I say that, but then, I love seeing truly skilled game playing.†

]Here is a guy beating Mario 3 in eleven minutes!

In just eleven minutes, he does what took me a summer as a kid. I went back and fourth between Contra 3, Mystical Ninja, Zombies Ate My Neighbors, and Mario 3 that summer. I remember that so clearly. I wanted to go legit through every level, without using warp whistles.†



Now I can complete it in an afternoon or two. I wonder, how much of this game did they have to play to get that good at it? The thought also enters my mind, to discuss speen run and save scumming. The idea of using software that pretends to be a video game console on a computer, where you can save anywhere, eliminating luck from the equation and making the absolute best possible move. Playing a game this way is mind numbing. I saw people play Mario 3 save scumming, saving over their save in a spot where they constantly died, or worse erasing progress by save scumming in Mario 3.† Such a different way to play a game, isnít it.

Nintendo and any game developer or publisher, isnít making these videos. They shouldnít be entitled to ad revenue from these videos, but should people who didnít make these games be able to video tape themselves playing these games? Even if theyíre playing legitimately, errors and all? That is a question I canít wait to hear the answer to.

My opinion on it is extraordinarily clear: It is okay to do a letís read. It is okay to write about robots. It is okay to video tape yourself playing video games, even ones that came out a day ago. There are entire websites devoted to watching people play games.†

The legal precedent this could set, could really hurt video games. It could have the potential to end any gameplay videos that arenít officially released, through official channels. The problem with content, is where it is. As I like to point out Destructoid examples, Jim Sterling does a video series for the Escapist, that you can find on Destructoid. The same with Hey Ash What You Playing, which is made for Gametrailers, which is owned by Viacom. For some reason, Viacom also owns MTV Multiplayer which produces similar content to Game Trailers. Why would a company want to own two different publications that focus on the same enthusiast content?

Using video from a film is easy through fair use. Youíve seen documentaries where clips of Predator are played and Arnold and Apollo Creed lock wrists and Arnold calls him a son of bitch, all they have to do is put the studio that made the film, the year, and the name of the film and you can use that clip. How much of a clip is too much? Iím not exactly sure the legality of that either.†

The real issue, is that Nintendo isnít just wanting to take these videos down. That would be easy, Prince proved you can do that on YouTube, but not the entire internet. If you really want to see a Prince music video start looking around the internet, someone puts up everything eventually, just look up the Striesand Effect. They want to take these videos and the ad revenue generated by them as their own. That is unethical. I immediately am offended by this. To take someone elseís content and make money off of it, without profit sharing, is insane.† The problem is, who is insane here? The videos are of Nintendo products, but they arenít being produced by Nintendo. Who should share profit with who and how much profit should be shared, if profits are to be shared anyway?
Iím very curious to see how this story plays out. Nintendo have put themselves in a very Dreamcasted position with their video game console. Hand held consoles are losing to phone games. In fact, I think console gaming is losing ground to phone gaming. The future for Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony isnít bright. I donít think any of these companies will exist forever, nothing can. I know my own personal thoughts on it. If I made something and you want to steal it, I canít stop you.†

Thatís†

I told Hamza I wanted to write articles for the website, the words I used was ďsling dick.Ē

†Consider my dick slung.   read


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