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I've been talking hip hop on Dtoid today, and randomly found this gem. I like 9th Wonder a lot but I'm not a huge Murs fan - I may need to rethink that after my newfound respeck due to their vidya game love. Great beat, decent song and the perfect source material.

Watch out for the game freeze and subsequent cart-blowing.


4:03 PM on 06.20.2008

Disclaimer: I am not saying my blogs haven't sucked. I'm not saying they haven't failed. I'm not saying I'm a good writer, or even wholly original.

Glad I got that out of the way, feel free to hate on me anyway...because I know you dicks will! (I realize I have sealed my fate by typing that)

Has anyone else noticed that the minute a big (or popular) story hits the front page there are inevitably a couple of cblogs regarding the very same fucking topic posted within minutes? C'mon's not like we can't tell what you're doing, both versions of the same fucking story are staring me in the face. On the same screen. Right beside each other. The only difference is that one was written by a staff editor and the other was written by one of us.

Just sayin. C'mon Dtoiders, I know we're more creative than that.

10:34 AM on 06.05.2008

Gaming funks. We've all had them. We've stared with detached aloofness at our gaming rig/console/handheld of choice, echoing that morning you woke up, looked at your girlfriend and held back the words 'I'm just not that into you anymore'.

I have recently emerged from the most severe funk I have ever experienced in all my years of gaming, and I go back to 1983 with the 2600 yo (roots, what). I wrote a cblog about it a few months back, and between the 'fail blog is fail' and 'dude you must be playing shitty games, try this jrpg instead' posts I was met with some good advice. For that I love you all. However all of the advice I was given had been attempted through various means and my desperation grew.

I have now emerged with faith renewed.

Yes, it was a game that brought me back. Yes, it's a blockbuster I'm sure a lot of you have played. No, I'm not going to write a mini-review and tell everyone to go play it and broadcast 'I swear it worked better than Paxil!!'. Instead I would like to share how I came to play this game, and how the experience of arriving at it saved me from my funk and renewed my passion. The game itself is not important, but my story might help those suffering the very same affliction. I have seen quite a few cblogs on the same subject since.

First, a bit of background on yours truly. I have owned an Atari 2600, C64, NES, SNES, N64, PS2, Cube, and I currently game on a good PC and my trusty DS. I was incredibly pumped to get a current-gen console, but when the time came to get one I was held back by unjustifiable price points and an overall apathy towards the games coming out. I decided to wait and see, and the lack of interest only continued. Here is where my funk was truly born.

Last weekend I was cruising around the mall and stores on a rainy day and saw Mass Effect for PC sitting on the shelf. I hadn't played KOTOR or any of their other games so I was not familiar with the formula Bioware likes to employ. So I bought it, only expecting a cool Sci-Fi setting. I brought it home, installed it, and played for about 4 hours. It has honestly been about 3 years since I played for that length of time all in one sitting. I'm also not an RPG fan. It really is a great game. Is it the best game ever? No. Is it even all that incredible? No. Was it something new and different? Just kinda. It's a cross between Star Wars, Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica. It truly is nothing new.

But here is how the funk ended - I took a stab at a random game and came away delighted. In this age of super-hype and up-to-the-minute videogames and online reviews and previews the voyage of discovery has been lost. Gone are the days where you can walk into a store, look at a game and think 'Hey that looks cool' and pick it up. Sure, those days also resulted in me cursing and swearing at the crap game I just purchased, but the gems became memorable because they were found pretty much at random. It's like winning the lotto.

These days we not only know exactly what we're buying but who made it, what they did previously, what the visuals look like, what the overall story is, and how much it cost to make. It is near-impossible to walk into a store and see a game that flew under the radar and grab it for kicks.

I encourage all to avoid preview and reviews and just grab something when your uninformed gut tells you. You may be pleasantly surprised.

This only refers to single console, same room style multiplayer.

Now that I've cleared that up, I can safely assume y'all are as guilty as I am. We've all been there...getting our asses handed to us on the couch during SFII Turbo bouts back in the day, no matter what defense or offense we employ is met with defeat and much laughter. So what can a playa do?

Slap the controller out of their hands. Unplug it with your feet. Punch them for real. Spill your drink in their lap. A surprise slap right in the face.

These are but a few of my own ghetto techniques, and I'm positive everyone has their own.

What form of cheap, bastardly payback do you guys employ?

Assassin's Creed on PC is apparently a crappy port. Wait, what? A Ubisoft PC port sucks?


From the arstechnica article itself:

'First, the menus and UI are all very console-ized. This might not be a bad thing, but when it takes so friggin' long to exit the game that there are YouTube videos about it, something isn't right. The game takes a long time to get used to using a mouse and keyboard, but you can always just use a gamepad if you'd like. Putting up with annoying interface issues doesn't have such an easy fix. Is it so hard to make your game feel like an actual PC title?

The other issue is that many, many people are suffering from bad crashes throughout the game, and it's rendering the title almost unplayable. What is causing this issue? It's hard to pin down one thing, but gamers are having good luck fixing the issue by disconnecting their Internet connection; it seems the game is trying to phone Ubisoft.

"The address is random local, 3 attempts every 75 seconds, registering to Ubisoft in Ontario. DRM messing with honest patrons again... as long as the game is running it will keep hammering away at that address," one forum member remarked, as other gamers fixed the issues by killing their connection. A forum manager in the UK posted one idea to fix issues, pointing gamers to the latest Nvidia drivers, only to be told that fix does nothing. If you have an Nvidia card or an Internet connection, this may not be the game for you.'

All those crashes that were reported in pre-release cracks of the game were passed off as the cost of illegally downloading content before it's ready. Shame on us.

Guess we were wrong about that folks, the game really is that shitty. Way to go, Ubisoft.

On a slightly related note I get pissed off when developers annouce the death of the PC as a viable gaming machine, then churn out this crap as if to prove their point. I've seen the game running and witnessed the crashes they're talking about - at least try and make it LOOK like you gave a shit when coding this, that's all I ask.

Requisite link to original article:

12:43 PM on 04.11.2008

I have been a fairly dedicated console owner for most of my life. We started with the 2600, but eventually had every nintendo system, a PS1 and a PS2 and all handhelds. I currently play games on my PC and DS. But not very often. It's like I'm in some sort of videogame depression or something.

I don't own a Wii, despite being super pumped to get one before and after launch. I don't have a 360 nor a PS3. I just can't get motivated enough by the super duper game of the month to actually go out and invest in one of those systems, despite some truly awesome titles lurking around for all systems.

I'm not going to go on a crazy rant about how games suck now, or if they're art, or if they're too violent and shit like that. The problem is me, because I can't bring myself to finish an awesome game like Bioshock. I stopped playing after the Ryan/Atlas/Fontaine reveal and can't be bothered to finish it - and I was riveted up until that point.

I can't play more than 5 levels of CoD4 without getting apathetic either. I was super excited about TF2 and played a lot, but I fell off. I had a 4 month long CS:Source addiction and again, fell off. Loved Contra 4 with a passion but that quickly faded as well.

So please tell me fellow dtoiders - what the eff is my problemo?