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3:57 PM on 06.05.2008

Live from France!

Ok I have to be fast, as this laptop is French, and has a weird keyboard. Also, I dont want
be rude!

So Im in France! This whole trip has been very cool, and Im going to be posting a large
when I get to the states about French gaming culture and more. And since Im going to be
London on Sunday till friday, I might post then if something really cool about games
Are there anybody who want to split a pint while Im in London? let me know!

Ok, Ive had some crazy stuff happen while here: Look and listen!

- In the French town of Arles, I saw a man who looks just like fireflower Luigi, but in real
Pics on the 17.

- Think American or French gaming mags are cool? Check out Amusement, a French
magazine like GQ for gamers. I ll post scans if I can find a copy, but this thing is hardcore
classy, like VOGUE quality. Can somebody find its website?

- Has anybody else realized the comminity blogs have just had a one year anniversary? I
just did!

And finally, this is the best:
-On my way in the airport in San Fran, I ran into this guy I recognized but didnt know
where. So I asked, and he immediately recognized me! It was Seth from Capcom, one of
the PR people I met when I went to the Capcom Digital Days earlier this year courtisy CTZ.
Good news for me? Seth is going to set me up with PR lists and network. Hes hella chill,
and this only means good news for me as a gaming journalist!

-Bad news? Seth told me that the new Capcom VS is 99% not coming to the States, due to
ownership rights. Better get importing, as he said the roster is really good.

Alright! Im done! Au revoir, Ill check in on Sunday like regular, but in London! Then back
to Paris, where Im buying my sister a Japanese sweet Lolita dress for 400 dollars for her
21 birthday from Baby the Stars Shine Bright. I might have to kill myself, but she might do
it for me if I dont return with a dress. Google that company; youll see what I mean.

-TGG   read

8:29 PM on 05.25.2008

Peace out, Dtoid, for now

So I'm heading out for a trip to France next week. It's three weeks of camping and river rafting in France. I'm pretty stoked about it, for it is a nice way to go back to Europe. The only other time I was in "the old country" was last year when I lived in London for six months, so this is my experience France trip.

Anyway, I'm leaving Dtoid for the three weeks, which will be pretty killer. I know y0jimb0 is gone now on vacation, so there seems to be a minor short term exodus of community members going on. Go figure.

As for games, pretty much the only thing to get me going through the flight (all 20 hours or so) is my DS with Puzzle Quest and maybe some Ouendan! Jeeze, international flights with layovers blow so hard. I'm leaving San Fran at 2 p.m and getting into Paris at 3:10 pm their time. Fuck.

Really, I'm writing blog this because I'm really curious about the gaming community in Europe. I know all about how games are appreciated in England (pretty much the same as in the States), but France will be a bit different.

Ubisoft is there, as is Luc Bernard, and the five days I spent in Paris last year was a whole lot of comicbook stands and nerds. Games seem to be appreciated, and anything that might warrant a blog posting will be photographed. However, does know what I'm talking about?

As for what I do in France, is there anything I should keep an eye out for, gaming wise? Is there some secluded Akihabara District in some far off corner of Paris that I should know about? Are there any "European only" games I should keep an eye out for? Let me know, as the best souvenirs are the ones you actually use.

Also, are there any Dtoiders in London who would want to meet up and chill? The Trocadero for some crazy arcade business? Namco arcade by the Thames for drinks and bowling? A NARP? Let me know!

Anyway, peace out, Dtoid! See you in three weeks!   read

11:57 PM on 05.04.2008

Topgear's games to look out for this summer

Let's get down to business. I'm working on my last feature for my college paper, The Oak Leaf. This is a very sad thing for me, as it is the very last: videogame column I will write for the publication; the last article I will write for The Oak Leaf; and the last article I will be writing as Co-Editor in Chief. I've had a good run, but I'm tired and I need to get ready for my transfer of schools this fall.

Anyway, this feature is pretty simple; a lot like the very first games column I ever wrote. It's a piece on what games to look out for this summer. Other than MGS4, the current pickings for mega games are kinda lean, at least right now. There will probably be more announced soon, but we'll have to wait and see, now don't we?

So here we are! Hooray!

Wii: Wii Fit- I've chosen Wii Fit as the Wii game of choice this summer, and by the looks of things, it might be the only thing worth getting. Hardcore gamers might hate it, but the thing will sell. Oddly, the Wii game of choice was the hardest to choose from, as since the standards are so low; Boom Blox and de Blob might be better options to write about. Get those apathetic community college students interested in something different?

PS3: Metal Gear Solid 4- Easiest game to highlight. You know it; I know it. Let's move on.

360: Ninja Gaiden II- Seems to be the biggest 360 exclusive this summer. Actually, the 360 seems to have a lot of good, but not outstanding games coming out, and everything seems somewhat mediocre. Should I cover something else? Should I mention Soulcaliber IV, even though it's going to be on PS3? Hm...

DS: Ace Attorney: Apollo Justice and Final Fantasy Tactics Advance 2-This was really hard. I haven't made a decision between these two. Both are hardcore. Both appeal to niches. Neither are friendly to people unfamiliar to games. Is there something else I should write about? I'm really leaning to Apollo.....

PSP: Secret Agent Clank- Don't know much about this yet. I'll research more. PSP is really sad for the summer.

PC: Spore-This is hard, as Spore is technically coming out multiplatform, and in September, so it might not count as a game of summer. However, we all know the true experience is on the PC, and the creature creater is coming out rather soon. I think it counts.

So there you have it! My choices for summer! As I get this article written, I'll be doing plenty research into each game, and for the ones in question I think I'll have winners by tomorrow.

Yay for summer!   read

7:40 PM on 04.24.2008

Where in the World is Osama bin Laden Videogame sequence

This last Tuesday, I had a chance to see a movie at the local art house. Usually, I'm driven nuts by pretentious films by arrogant jerks who make messages based on ideals that don't understand or haven't even thought about clearly themselves.

However, I saw "Where in the World is Osama bin Laden" by Morgan Spurlock. You know, the dude from "Supersize Me." Anyway, I have to say I really enjoyed the film; Spurlock does a really good job of showing a side of Middle Easterners that many Americans have never seen. Spurlock has an agenda, but it's not an asshattery agenda like Micheal Moore, where people become outright pissed off. Spurlock just wants to convey the message that Arab people are just like you and me; even many angry people are just misguided.

So sure, if you aren't used to left-leaning politics, this movie might piss you off. However, Spurlock isn't entirely aggressive with the message, and he keeps the movie really funny.

I bring all this up because there is this bizarre videogame segue set-up. Between visiting cities, a fighting game style arena selection menu shows, and even more bizarrely, Spurlock battles bin Laden in a fighting game manner. Mustache throws and robot ninja attacks abound. It's really......weird. At the moment, I thought it was funny, but many of the reviews for the film hated this aspect. If I can find a video clip of the respective scenes, but we'll see.....

Besides, even the title is a reference to "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego."

Has anybody seen this film? Did you like the videogame sequence?


(Oh, and I got accepted into UCLA today on an English major. Anybody go there? I'm still waiting for UC Berkeley, and I know Tactix goes there. Hmm....)   read

10:46 PM on 04.07.2008

I want to have Mila Kunis' Baby

Sorry I haven't been around in a few days; I had a journalism convention to go to in Los Angeles. It was cool, but I'm glad to be back in Nor Cal.

Anyway, I was looking at my sister's magazine (Nylon, ok, fine. The ladies are sexy in it, ok?), and there was an article about Mila Kunis, star of That 70's Show and Family Guy and Robot Chicken.

The angle the writer was going for was how Mila is nerdy and down to earth. And the girl just might be that:
"Listen ok-- people bust out with 'Oh tee hee, I'm so nerdy.' right? I don't openly call myself a nerd because its become cliche, but I really do have the interests of a 12 year-old boy. I have every game console--the Wii, Playstation, Xbox, even Sega. I play World of Warcraft. And board games. It seems to occupy a lot of my time. You play Rock Band for four hours. It's so much more fun than getting wasted in a bar."

Oh my God. Listen, Mila, ditch that bitch Macaulay Culkin, move north, and we'll play Rock Band for more than four hours. I'm mean, seriously. This girl is the shit!   read

3:58 PM on 03.21.2008

Topgear is the best at Bionic Commando Rearmed in Destructoid

So a couple of weeks ago, I went with CTZ and Azereki to Capcom for Digital Day 08. You've all heard the news now (yet nothing on RE5, Viewtiful Joe 3, a real new MegaMan) but it was a bunch of fun.

One of the neater things they had was a friendly competition between all of the gaming press to see who could get through a level of Bionic Commando Rearmed fastest. It was one of these new extra hard level things or something, with computery vectory graphics and stuff.

Anyway, we had ten tries, and most people couldn't actually get through the level in ten tries. I gave it a run, and in about 7 or so tries I finally got through it. It had a lot of swinging over pits and spikes and shit, so it was hard. I got what I thought was like 10,000 points or something.

well it turned out those ten thousand points were really seconds. CTZ sent me an email a couple of minutes ago with the times listed, and I got seventh place out of the bunch, the highest Dtoider there.

I'm surprised, because even though I like videogames a lot, I'm not actually terribly very good at them, especially compared to people who play them for a living.

Here's a link for the scores. Azereki is Chris Morris, Hamza is near the bottom, and I'll let you figure out who I am ;)

Oh, and I was technically not invited with Destructoid. I was really invited with the Capcom community blog, but there was some confusion when I got my name tag, so they put me under Destructoid, though I would never equate myself with the staff [Insert standard glorification of Dtoid editors].   read

5:28 PM on 03.16.2008

Thanks Destructoid!

So now it's my time to put in my two cents as Destructoid enters the terrible twos.

Currently, I live in Northern California, but what some of you might not know is that last year I lived in London. Far from home and dealing with the general dickery of the big city, I was hopelessly floundering about. Anything to make me feel normal was a godsend.

And that was Destructoid! One day in April last year, I finally signed on and picked my avatar (which has a story and is related to a round-a-bout way), and I posted my first of nearly 2000 comments. I think it was related to something Nex posted, and I was being a dick, and then I felt bad, but Nex was cool.

That began a dedication to the site that resulted in hundreds of hours of hitting F5. Seriously, I spend more time on this website than actually playing games. And I'm not the only one, too.

Anyway, here I am saying happy birthday and many more to Destructoid. Any web site that invites it's community members to media events, hosts free parties, and generally holds their community members in esteem deserves credit and more. Thanks for everything, Destructoid!

When robots rule!

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12:56 PM on 03.13.2008

Topgear's Impressions from Capcom Digital Day 08

So as some of you may know, I was one of the lucky few who got to go to Capcom's Digital Day. There was some crazy business involving Capcom's community and stuff, but what happened is that Azereki and I got to go to play all of those games before you.

which was hella tight.

Anyway, CTZ isn't the only journalist who is writing about this event. I myself am a writer and EIC for my college paper, (whose online website is shamelessly pimped to your right), and I wrote an article for my games column. It's in severe need of copy edits, and I may decide to not publish it (cause I have that power), but I figure I may as well show it here. Remember, I had word count constraints, as well as a focus on simplifying the topic for a non-gaming audience. So if the article isn't golden, well, I know.

For people in the know, Capcom is one of the most influential game developers on the planet. With major hits such as “Megaman,” “Resident Evil,” “Devil May Cry,” “Dead Rising,” “Street Fighter,” and other triple “A” titles, Capcom is the Warner Brothers of games. So when I got invited to Capcom Digital Day ‘08, a media event within the gaming press, I was immensely flattered. Here’s what I saw:

Lost Planet: Colonies: A major expansion to last year’s “Lost Planet: Extreme Condition,” this game follows people as they struggle to fight giant bugs on an ice covered alien planet with only their guns, grappling hooks, and nine-foot mechs to keep them warm. On demo was a new multiplayer mode where one player gets to be a nasty beast while everybody else tries to kill it. It looks good, will have Xbox 360 versus PC multiplayer, and will hopefully fix the problems with the first game. Coming out on May 28 at $30, it seems like a good deal.

We Love Golf: A new Wii motion-control golf game, this one is special for being online and having special character costumes of Capcom characters. Shown only in video form, the most exciting aspect of the game is that it is made by Camelot, the same developers who made Mario Golf and Mario Tennis. If it can equal those games, “We Love Golf” should be something to look forward to in July.

Megaman Starforce 2: Zerker X Saurian and Megaman Starforce 2: Zerker X Ninja: A new Megaman RPG aimed at the kids for the Nintendo DS. The graphics were bright, and the gameplay was fast. The most outstanding feature is going to be the Pokémon-esque online trading of “Battle Cards” which are in-game battle commands. If it all sounds too cute, you’re probably not the market for this game. Since this is the JC we’re talking about, “Megaman Starforce 2” is almost certainly not your market.

Street Fighter IV: The much anticipated sequel to the Street Fighter series, Capcom didn’t show much of anything of this game. As a matter of fact, the only thing shown was a brief snippet of a new luchador fighter. And that’s it.

Bionic Commando Rearmed: A remake of an old NES classic, Bionic Commando Rearmed is an Xbox Live and PlayStation Network title that is being rebuilt completely from the ground up. A side-scrolling Spiderman with guns, it looks good, but seems a bit difficult to play, as many of the players had trouble getting through the demo level setup. Whether it’s hard or just unfair remains to be seen.

Plunder: Another downloadable game, Plunder is a pirate-themed strategy game. With bright, simple graphics, a hex-based gameplay sort of like a board game, and player made stages, there’s a lot going on for this game. If the price is reasonable, this could be a great game to look out for.

CTZ and Azereki playing Plunder

1942 Joint Strike: A new release in the venerable “194X,” this is the first release in years. This shoot-‘em-up is special due to the different play modes between single and multiplayer. Multiplayer has unified attacks and more enemies, while singleplayer has the more traditional upgrade system of other shooters. At ten bucks, it’s better than going to Round Table Pizza to play the old 1942 games.

Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3: This game is another online download that is appealing because it offers three player co-op, cartoony graphics, and lots of shooting. Like Bionic Commando and 1942, it’s a sequel to very old games, so we’ll see if the games hold up to the passage of time. Personally, it felt like a mishmash of “Gauntlet” and “Geometry Wars”, which is definitely not a bad thing.

Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix: A high-def remake of the Street Fighter II games of the ‘90s. It’s really special because all the graphics are being completely redrawn by Udon Comics, the makers of the Street Fighter comic books. If you were many of the young people who played Street Fighter as a kid, this downloadable game might just be for you.

Oh, and here's some industry journalists:
Flynn deMarco and CTZ chatting it up

Dan Hsu from 1up playing Lost Planet


10:46 PM on 03.12.2008

Snake hates Sonic the Hedghog!

You guys remember the Codec conversations the Smash dojo posted a while back about Snake talking about characters?

Well, to unlock them all for Brawl, you have to go to one on one, Shadow Moses, and then any opponent. Then, press up and down on the taunt button. Like when you're trying to force Samus unto Zero Suit Samus.

Then Snake goes on to bad mouth Sonic.....about how Sonic rubs him the wrong way.

Sure, and I wonder why.

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1:20 AM on 03.08.2008

Not not my turning point rig

I have no idea what's going on. Is there a competition? I think there is.

Do we win computers? ok.

My computer sucks. It won't play the sims 2, and it deleted about 2000 songs off my hard drive.

I don't really care if I win though. PC gaming isn't very fun.

You know what is fun??

This is fun! Hannah Montana FTW! I'm the one in the American suit. You know, the dude who can dance SUPER GOOD!


And you know what else is cool? Bunny rabbits who enter jumping contests, but then suck at it! It's hilarious!


I need to go to bed now.   read

2:41 AM on 02.25.2008

24 hours of NARP-olepsy

Holy effing cow. That last twenty four hours have been fucking balls-to-the-wall nuts.

I kid you not, it's been fucking epic.

Of course, mostly it was because of the kick-ass NARP thrown together for Saturday, and many of you already know of the crazy shit that was happening on Stickum (which I was on for about only 5 minutes), but you guys don't even know half of the story.

Shit, I played Rock Band, my copy of Rock Band, with not only the community manager of Rock Band from Harmonix, but also Alex Navarro of former Gamespot fame. Both were hella chill, and it was fucking sweet! I was able to freaking talk about new DLC with them, and even talk journalism with Alex. Shit, I never thought that would ever happen.

There was the dude from Behemoth who is the fucking art director of Castle Crashers and Alien Hominid. There was the dude from EA, dudes from Gamecock, and this hella chill woman named Christina (I think! I was drinking!) who was wearing a Tokidoki shit and turned out to be an Art Director of Bioware! She effing worked on Mass Effect! I swear, she's working on the next effing Star Wars game. Kick ass.

Dude. It fucking rocked.

Of course, I guess I didn't do my best to hide my, um, enthusiasm, cause Husky could tell I was geeking out. Great. Well, what the hell would you have done? Fucking sit on your ass while people you fucking want to be are walking around you? It was AWESOME.

Fuck. We need another Nor-Cal NARP, STAT. It rules.

And damn, I've had about four hours of sleep in the last 30 hours. I'm going down.   read

11:56 AM on 02.22.2008

Shantae sequal coming to Wiiware

Alright, so I never had a chance to play this Game Boy Color game, but from what I hear, it's really good. Especially good considering it came out up against the GBA release.

It always seemed like it would be fun, and from what I understand, people have been wanting a sequel for ages.

Well, apparently, Shantae has a very good chance of seeing a new release on the WiiWare platform. For some reason, I'm very stoked about this, and actually want to play it. And if it feels like a Flash game, well, I'll have to be fair, and treat it like I treated Dishwasher, a game I'm giving a second chance.....

Anyway, back to Shantae. Siliconera found this out, so I'll just post the copy:

On my way out of this morning's GDC keynote I bumped into Voldi Way, the "tyrannical overlord" of WayForward. You may recall the company name from their work on Contra 4, but before meddeling with an alien war they had an original character named Shantae. Capcom published a single game starring the half-genie from Sequin Land on the Game Boy Color. A sequel has yet to matriculate.

Fans hoping for one might get their wish granted. Way explained they are looking at the Wii as the home for a new Shantae game. Afterwards I asked if they were considering WiiWare. Way replied, "that's the plan."

Siliconera   read

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