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Current games i am playing: Darksiders II, Mushroom Kingdom Fusion v.05 beta, League of Legends (all day every day), Team Fortress 2.

Kind of obssessed with wrestling lately, but been a huge gamer forever and a day. Started out on an original NES action pack, mario bros and duck hunt combo cartridge woo! Been flying nerd status ever since.

You can catch me Every Sunday at 5:30 EST for 321gocast, the unofficial community podcast where we talk about games, movies, comics, anime, whatever floats our boat.

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We already know that fanboys are idiots. But WHY are they idiots? This was something that popped into my mind while sitting in my psychology class. Theres a general explanation that fanboys are "loyal" to a brand, because they only had enough money to buy one console. But does that mean that every person who can only afford to buy one console per generation, or even sometimes every OTHER generation, acts irrational? No. It all depends on the type of person you are, and psychology explains it as being 3 things. Very simply put, you can be completely close minded, open minded but highly biased towards your opinion, or simply open minded.

I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, "OH I get it Ryu, fanboys are close minded, with the small exception of the few who fall in the middle right?". You see some of you might be worried about falling within that middle category. Don't worry, I find myself there as well. For a lot of people, its really hard to admit that they were wrong, even if they see compelling arguments for it. So because of that, I still cling to the belief that the 360 is better than the PS3, even though i totally want a PS3 and think it has a bunch of great games. Fanboys, however, have the complete inability to either completely ignore evidence against them.

But there ARE those out there who completely close themselves off to any evidence without any effect to them. I submit that these are NOT fanboys, and merely those who don't care about which console is better. They want to blindly go with one console, and stick with it until the end. They won't argue about it, because they're smart enough to know fighting about which console is better is STUPID. Having that much intelligence in the first place completely absolves them of any fanboy personality that I am aware of. They are however, still slightly irrational, and I would hope that those who might think they act like this would try to become more open to finding what console is best for you, instead of choosing blindly and clinging to that decision.



So maybe you understand a little about what characteristics a fanboy has, but still don't know WHY they act the way they do. This brings me back to my psychology class. We were discussing research bias. Essentially the three personality traits I described earlier as applied to psychologists performing research. See, scientists aren't perfect, and they argue about findings all the time, especially since psychology is a little iffy in certain areas. So what makes people ignore perfectly valid evidence towards one idea or another? It's called confirmation bias.

Essentially, a person with a predetermined thought will spend more time looking for, and put more emphasis on anything that validates their opinion. For example, if a psychologist is trying to determine if a suspect in a murder case is capable of such an act, they might know that says 70 percent of all men who commit murders were beaten as a child. I made up the number, so just stick with me in concept here. If the psychologist already thinks the suspect committed the crime, and then finds out that he was in fact beaten as a child, then the psychologist is likely to jump on that and rush to a conclusion. They will then forget to think about the fact that not 70 percent of every man who was beaten will perform a crime, because it doesn't help them solve the case.

This is the type of mentality that I think is heavily present in fanboys while arguing about which console is better. Those of us in the middle find ourselves somewhat prone to this as well, because most humans do about ANYTHING. What we don't do, however, is let these thoughts completely control our thoughts, and thats how we can differentiate between ourselves and fanboys. My advice to you is the same any psychologist would say to you, and that is to practice metacognition. Simply put, it means "knowing about knowing", which means to take time and closely think about your own decisions. If you think a decision you made might be slightly biased, maybe you should spend time researching the opposite side, and get a better perspective on things.



I would sit here and try to argue that you should teach fanboys the same thing, but as we've previously discussed, fanboys are idiots. This unfortunately means that even if we have a better understanding of why they act the way they do, we can't change them. So you might be screaming at your monitor, "Ryu you idiot! Why even bother looking at it in the first place if you we can't do anything about it? Why should you be looking at it at all if you're just some schmuck in an intro psych class?"

Reader, first of all shut the fuck up. Second of all, why think about anything? If something interests you, especially about video games and video game culture, I implore you to find out more about it, even if nothing comes of it. Sure I may just be taking an intro psych class, but that shouldn't stop me from using things I learn there to discover things about the gaming culture no one else had thought of, or only a few people have. I'm not saying what I'm saying is completely absolute either. I've done no research, merely observed a couple of things and come to a basic theory. If you disagree with me because you happen to be a psych major or even a psych professor for some reason, then go ahead and argue with me in the comments. In fact I encourage it.

So in conclusion reader, don't take fanboys seriously. If I'm onto something here, and I think I am, then you should take note that fanboys can't be argued with. At all. It's impossible. They're logic is so twisted and backwards that they can't even see that any evidence against them exists, let alone give them any credibility. And that, dear reader, is psychology.
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Twisted pixel has announced its next project "Comic Jumper" which looks to be a sidescrolling shooter fare. It also seems to have that wonderful pixar look to it that Twisted pixel is known for. Not much else on this right now, but can't wait to find out when this comes out.

via IGN
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Oh Pit. This is what you get for your SPAM.

Brawl. Tonight. If I can somehow steal myself away from rhythm heaven (ITS SO HARD BUT SO GOOD). If you can get away from other games that may or may not be better than brawl why don't you follow the instructions below and join us for a magically filled time.

ONE: GET SKYPE.
TWO: Copy down my brawl code and add it inside of smash brothers before the designated time of play.
THREE: Make a comment in this blog INCLUDING YOUR BRAWL CODE AND SKYPE NAME.
FOUR: Be online when it comes to the fight, and I will message you in skype when it's time.

We meet at 11:00 EST. My information is as follows:

Brawl Code: 0817-3428-3165
Skype: Ryuh89

IF YOU DONT HAVE A HEADSET: Get skype anyways. There's text chat and we can get you in the game without having to talk to us. But It would be nice if you had a headset anyways, cheap ass.

Hope to see you all tonight!










So I've been fooling around with this new free app for the dsi the last few days. Its a great way to waste time animating random stuff, and if you have a dsi you HAVE to get it, especially since its free. My only gripes about the product is the limited color pallet. You can only draw black, red, and blue colors, which leaves alot up to creativty and less up to actual presentation.

Anyways, I thought I would occasionally post some cool animations that I might do. I'm not a great drawer, but i have a lot of ideas in my head so if i tinker with the tool enough I can get it to do what I want. Anyways, here's something I made today, just for you dtoid!

IT COMES WITH SOUND TOO!

This space will usually be reserved for an explanation on what I was thinking when I drew this, and how I did it. But with this, It's pretty simple i just wanted to draw Mr. Destructoid blowing something up with EYE LASERS. Yes, that is my voice in the clip too. Next time I do sound I will try to speak more lively. Anyways, hope you enjoy this, and maybe you will see more in the future.










Fitting image for the title I went with this week I think. Yup. Nothing wrong here.

So brawl again this week because, why not it's actually been attended the last few weeks to my amazement. So yeah, follow the guide below to join, don't be late, blah blah GET ON WITH IT!

ONE: GET SKYPE.
TWO: Copy down my brawl code and add it inside of smash brothers before the designated time of play.
THREE: Make a comment in this blog INCLUDING YOUR BRAWL CODE AND SKYPE NAME.
FOUR: Be online when it comes to the fight, and I will message you in skype when it's time.

We meet at 11:00 EST. My information is as follows:

Brawl Code: 0817-3428-3165
Skype: Ryuh89

IF YOU DONT HAVE A HEADSET: Get skype anyways. There's text chat and we can get you in the game without having to talk to us. But It would be nice if you had a headset anyways, cheap ass.

Hope to see you all tonight!










Another Awkward Zombie Comic. I usually try to pick other stuff, but SHE MAKES DAMN GOOD COMICS. WHAT CAN I SAY.

So there is this OTHER fighting game out this week which shall not be named. I've been playing it since wednesday, so why not TAKE A BREAK and play some awesome smash bros with us? It's easy, just follow the steps below if you are a noob to the fight, and you will be set.

ONE: GET SKYPE.
TWO: Copy down my brawl code and add it inside of smash brothers before the designated time of play.
THREE: Make a comment in this blog INCLUDING YOUR BRAWL CODE AND SKYPE NAME.
FOUR: Be online when it comes to the fight, and I will message you in skype when it's time.

We meet at 11:00 EST. My information is as follows:

Brawl Code: 0817-3428-3165
Skype: Ryuh89

IF YOU DONT HAVE A HEADSET: Get skype anyways. There's text chat and we can get you in the game without having to talk to us. But It would be nice if you had a headset anyways, cheap ass.

Hope to see you all tonight!