What's to say? I like videogames, otherwise, why would I be here? Other than that, I'm a college student (UC Berkeley 2010)and I do journalism. I was Co-Editor in Chief at my junior college paper, The Oak Leaf, until I transfered to Berkeley. You can read it online here. I even had a games column which is surprisingly popular, and people get a kick out of it.
I also write for a tech blog at LogicTV. It's a cool; check it out.
Ok I have to be fast, as this laptop is French, and has a weird keyboard. Also, I dont want
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
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.
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!
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.
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....)
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!
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].