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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!

[embed]61303:6302[/embed]   read

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

11:01 PM on 11.12.2007

More Shoulder pads than Angela Bauer's Wardrobe

I pay a lot of attention to character design in most forms of visual media, and videgames is a genre near and dear to my heart. I've witnessed what seems like an eternal, cringe-inducing trainwreck/parade of absolutely rediculous character design decisions over the years. From the Rambo style action heroes and tough guys with mullets of the 80s to the super deformed, gigantic phallus-like sword wielding protagonists of the mid 90s to the scantily clad cliches of fantasy genres we find to this very day. They have inspired droves of horrifyingly obsessed cosplayers to not only try and appear like their favorite game characters, but actually try HARD to look like them. Looking back on it all I have gained perspective, and I am terribly frightened by what I see today and what all this could bring. I'm talking about shoulder pads.

I'm looking at you, Epic.

Some are massive. Others look like they've been made of cast iron. Some glow, or have glowing parts. My first question is 'why'? They would be completely impractical. They would be heavy. They would obstruct movement. I haven't seen more shoulder pads since I lovingly gazed at Angela Bauer in her power suits while watching 'Who's the Boss?'. While undeniably sexy and drool inducing on an advertising executive in the late 1980s they simply do not translate well to current gen videogame characters - they look lame. On top of all this they seem to have become the new black. Can we get just a little believability and originality? It's not a lot to ask for!

I forsee a not-too-distant future where cosplayers fashion these shoulder pads for conventions and have trouble fitting through doors. I see errant wings of armour grazing cheeks like umbrellas on a crowded street as people walk by in the opposite direction. I see glowing, homebrew shoulder pads catching fire while convention goers run screaming. I hear charred bodies moaning 'I should have listened to my friends and been Kirby this year'.

I guess these shortcomings are what make the design in games like Half Life 2 (incredible), Splinter Cell (believable), Team Fortress 2 (damn fun) and Metal Gear (original) so great. They're dripping with style and personality, they make sense for the world they exist in. In short, little is superfluous. It's efficient. Solid, good design. Let's hope the shoulder pad craze dies as quickly as parachute pants and spandex.

Thanks Epic, I'll never look at Angela Bauer the same way.   read

9:36 PM on 11.05.2007

Team Fortress 2 just gave me a BJ.

I have never been an online gamer. Ever. I've played online games, sure, but my forays can best be compared with drunken co-ed 'experimentation' on spring break. While initially intriguing, it was hollow, empty, and simply 'not for me'. I ran back to my comfort zone of competitive gaming whose arena was laden with television sets, couches, chips and good buddies whose faces I could actually see.

Multiplayer gaming has always been about my 'ace in the hole' move list - unplugging controllers, shutting off the TV at opportune times, and when I was in a sporting mood I would simply crush my opponents with a dazzling display of skill normally reserved for professionals and idiot savantes. I relegated my PC to more involved shooters and all the various incarnations of Warcraft, Starcraft and the occasional round of American McGee's Alice. I left the multiplayer to NBA 2K games and Smash Bros. on my PS2/Gamecube.

I bought HL2 when it came out and tried deathmatch - a better experience but still not my cup of tea. I went to a friend's house and played Halo 2 over Xbox live and was met with a barrage of insults, homo/xenophobic children swearing like crazy and freaking out and taking it all way too seriously. The experience made me feel like something was wrong with the world. I missed the feeling of a well-timed charlie horse when my round-ending hadoken/elbow combo was about to draw tears of frustration out of my opponent.

When World of Warcraft was released I was intrigued but ultimately let down by the fact it wasn't an RTS. What little interest I had was soon squashed by endless discussion among coworkers of the merits of the game - I've never been much of an RPG fan and the glassy eyed, cult member automatons the game turned my coworkers into only resulted in more disdain for the online community, especially MMOs. This plague haunts me to this very day.

Then I tried Team Fortress 2.

I hopped on a server to see what fuss was about (I totally dig the art style) and was met with some hot, Heavy-on-Heavy multiplayer run and gun action. I held my own. I loved the maps and game modes. It was incredibly satisfying. In short, I loved it. I was swept off my feet. I totally came.

Will I become a regular online video gamer? Time will tell. If this tent I'm still pitching is any indication I just might.   read

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