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2:31 PM on 10.08.2008

9th Wonder, Murs and Punch-Out!!

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.


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4:03 PM on 06.20.2008

I hear an echo...

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.   read

10:34 AM on 06.05.2008

On gaming funks...

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.   read

1:38 PM on 04.23.2008

Gaming Guilty Pleasures: Physical Confrontation

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?   read

10:37 AM on 04.15.2008

Assassin's Creed PC apparently sucks (who knew?)

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:   read

12:43 PM on 04.11.2008

Wat up, vidgames?

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?   read

9:15 PM on 03.23.2008

Not my Turning Point Gaming Rig

I have no chance of winning, nor did I think anyone TRULY cared about other people's setups, however I have been mesmerized into hopping on the bandwagon because I find myself looking at other people's rigs anytime they post something.


AMD X2 3200+
2 Gigs of ram
Seagate 320 Gig HD
DVD Reader/Writer
GeForce 8800GT 512MB
22" Viewsonic Monitor

You'll also find a couple of random shots from the rest of my setup - a row of games currently installed on my system as well as some of my CDs. Take notes if you want to get blessed with the gift of hot music. This is not the cream of my crop, just a random snap.

Booya, bitches.


12:14 AM on 02.16.2008

Moratorium proposed on everything Jack Thompson.

Seriously, we're just giving this ballsack (and everyone else) more ammunition for their cause. I understand we want to defend our pasttime and culture, and I admire our urges to leap at the opportunity to do so.

However we're half of the problem. We're just fueling the fire by blogging in a blind rage every time he opens his mouth. We all know he's an idiot, and most people (including non-gamer types I know) see this shit and think he's a raving lunatic and don't pay any attention to what he says. Only the most plebian of retards actually believe videogames are part of the reason these tragedies happen. Hell, my parents are 60 and have never played a videogame in their lives and even they think this argument is complete crap every time they hear it.

Maybe we should start treating his word for what it is (shit) and finally wipe it from our collective asses and flush it down the toilet.   read

4:56 PM on 02.04.2008

Hip Hop in games finally done right - I hope...

It's no secret I love hip hop. I have contemplated blogging about my disdain for the way it has been handled in games thus far - crappy compilations of the flavours du jour slapped into games with an 'urban' theme. Now that unborn blog seems somewhat moot, as it was announced today that Chuck D and Just Blaze will be providing audio treats for the upcoming release NBA Ballers: The Chosen One.

Public Enemy was the first concert I ever attended waaaay back in 1990. Chuck D is a personal hero of mine, and is a bonafide sports (and comics!) enthusiast. Just Blaze has produced some extremely hot beats and has been a ray of light in the uber-material years of hip hop culture, and will be providing a new and dynamic soundtrack written specifically for the game.

Can I get a yes yes y'all? honour of this monumental event I will include a sketch of Big Daddy Kane I drew a few weeks ago with my new tablet. BOOYA!   read

7:54 PM on 12.25.2007

Contra 4 Co-op! Contra 4 co-op!

This was my first multiplayer experience on the DS. While I love the system it's pretty much been relegated to shitter detail where multiplayer opportunities do not exist. Except in the bus station bathroom, but that's a discussion best left for my therapist and not you guys on Christmas day.

The Contra series has always been near and dear to my heart. The NES was the 3rd system I regularly played games on (not counting arcade games) so I like to think my judgement has not been totally clouded by blind nostalgia.

The multiplayer mode is everything that was great about the original Contra, and then some. The DS also kicks ass for multiplayer, which is something I only recently got into with TF2, followed by Counterstrike. I feel like a fool for waiting so long.

Play it, if any of you consider yourself truly hardcore. That's right - I just called you bitches out. I'm so hardcore I'll be playing this game while watching Rambo 4 as I not only beat the game, but identify every plot hole and weapon used in the flick at the same time.

Booya.   read

7:06 AM on 12.25.2007

Merry Christmas with Run DMC!

While the rest of you celebrate the birth of some dude that happened 2000 years ago I'm celebrating MY birthday and present-opening day. As my gift to you I provide the following vid.

My personal christmas tradition is making sure everyone hears this song. Word!

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2:30 PM on 12.16.2007

Snowed in with vids and hip hop

It's snowing. A lot. I enjoy looking at it fall but it's going to be a miserable drive to work tomorrow morning. So what does a brother do on a Sunday afternoon when all snowed in?

It's no secret I'm a fan of the hip hops. I've been listening to it since the 80s, which is about the same time a lot of you were born. I have been playing games just a wee bit longer than I've been listening to music. So again, what do I do on a snow day with nowhere to go?

I bang the new Ghostface album. I listen to some classics from back in the day like Kane, Rakim and De La. I swap between rounds of Counterstrike: Source, Team Fortress 2 and the raptors b-ball game. I run through the goddamn Ocean King temple in Phantom Hourglass for the 8th time.

Yes playas, life could be a hell of a lot worse. Any other heads on Dtoid or are y'all about the emo rock?   read

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