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12:20 PM on 08.04.2010

Sundays with Sagat: Alan Wake, Depression, and Meows

When Sagat suddenly disappeared from this series, a lot of you were like "Cool. Peace out, fatty. Your pancake boobs wont be missed." Surprisingly, a small number of you actually cared. You said that you preferred Sagat to a...

Jonathan Holmes

4:00 PM on 07.28.2010

Sundays With Sagat: Grand Theft Auto V Casting Call

This episode is about a less popular, less well-paid Street fighter 2 boss trying out for a newer, hotter series. I guess he needs the work. Side note -- this video is dedicated to the few people who took the time out to cal...

Jonathan Holmes

12:00 PM on 07.21.2010

Sundays with Sagat: Final Fantasy

[Update] Looks like LonexWolf606 actually won the contest. Sorry! Worse still, I can't PM him/her for some reason. If you're reading this  LonexWolf606, email me at jonathan@destructoid.com so I can get you your winnin...

Jonathan Holmes



Sundays with Sagat: What's in a name?
by Jonathan Holmes

[Sundays with Sagat is a video series where a man named Sagat talks to you about videogames. This is serious business.]

[WARNING] This video has swears. Also, the intro is loud, and the rest of the video is not (though we did manage to make thing more level than in the Youtube version). You folks at home would be wise to keep your trigger finger on the volume knob.

That's just one example of the beating that this video went through to make it into the world, and how worse for wear it is for the experience. We shot all of these Birdie-themed episodes of Sundays with Sagat weeks ago, and since then, they've almost been killed multiple times. Like a three legged, flea bitten, mangy mutt you got for free at the pound, the videos aren't going to win any beauty contests, but hopefully their scrappy, "should have been dead" style will make a few of you happy.

This week, Birdie looks at trends in the way that videogames are named. There are some names that he likes, and some that he doesn't. Either way, he feels feelings, and feels them hard.

Also, it's contest time. The person who can name the most games with the word "dead", "dark" or "war" in their titles wins Birdie's personal copies of Alone in the Dark, Dead Space: Extraction, and CoD: Modern Warfare (all on Wii), a Super Meat Boy sticker (because "dead", "dark" and "war" are the new "super"), and an autographed picture of Birdie himself. Different forms of those words count towards your score; "death", "darkness", "Red Dead", and even made-up words like "warcraft" all make the cut. Enter as many times as you want. You've got until the next time I post one of these videos, which will probably be next week.

And yes, I know that today is not Sunday, and I know that this video doesn't star Sagat. Read title of the post again. Maybe it will make more sense the second time.

[Update] It's come to my attention that because our Wednesday readership and our Sunday readership don't always overlap, that I should tell you Wednesday people that this series has been around for a while. Hit the jump for links to past entries.]

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1:00 PM on 06.27.2010

Sundays with Sagat: Guest Starring Birdie

Here's the first episode of Season 2 of Sundays with Sagat. If you're new to the series, here's a quick recap; this is a video series where a man named Sagat talks to you about videogames. This is serious business. Sadly, Sa...

Jonathan Holmes



Sundays with Sagat: Uncharted 2
by Jonathan Holmes

If people weren't all that happy with Sagat's thoughts on Super Mario 64, I can only imagine how they'll react to his take on Uncharted 2. Personally, I don't think that Uncharted 2 is that bad. It certainly isn't the only game to do the sort of stuff that Sagat complains about. My guess is that Sagat just isn't used to today's big event "games" and the way they mimic Hollywood popcorn movies. I know Sagat's had some bad experiences in the past with games that reject videogame-logic in favor of Hollywood-logic. Maybe that's where his distaste for the game comes from? Also, purple-bodybuilders-from-space-dressed-like-the-Road-Warrior probably didn't help.

Sagat also doesn't like being lied to. He hates tuning into the Cartoon Network and see a live action Andrew W.K. yelling at him, he hates that MTV is more "Teen TV" than "Music TV" these days, and he hates it when he intentionally puts a game, not a movie, into the "Blu-ray player that plays games too" called a PS3, and still gets stuck with a movie. Even Uncharted 2's biggest fans will tell you that the game is more movie than game. It would be one thing if it was a great movie, but...

On top of that, there's the whole "conspiracy theory" thing he's got going. Sagat seems convinced that many high profile members of the game industry (press, developers, and publishers) are collaborating behind the scenes to make videogames one with Hollywood blockbusters. That way, they too can share in the fame and fortune that comes with being "Hollywood royalty". You should hear the connections he's conjured up about: Netflix on game consoles, Sony's "Talladega" focus on Blu-Ray over games, Kotaku's movie reviews, and how Oprah, Obama, and Bill Cosby are all secretly the same person.

You may think that Sagat is delusional, but no one can deny that he's generous. The first person to name the title, console, and year of release of the game shown when Sagat says "Funny movies to watch" will get an autographed picture of Sagat (and his personal copy of Uncharted 2). Or you could just post something interesting, funny, or stupid in the comments. Maybe Sagat will send you something anyway.

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2:00 PM on 06.06.2010

Sundays with Sagat: The Hardcore/Comedy conundrum

  [Sundays with Sagat is a video series where a man named Sagat talks to you about videogames. This is serious business.] In this week's video diary, Sagat takes on the "hardcore games don't sell on the Wii" misconce...

Jonathan Holmes

2:00 PM on 05.30.2010

Sundays with Sagat: Mario 64 vs. Mario Galaxy

[Sundays with Sagat is a video series where a man named Sagat talks to you about videogames. This is serious business.] This week's episode started off really good. Sagat went on a tear about how each Mario game has a coun...

Jonathan Holmes

3:00 PM on 05.23.2010

Sundays with Sagat: What's a videogame for?

[Sundays with Sagat is a video series where a man named Sagat talks to you about videogames. This is serious business.] Welcome to the premiere episode of Sundays with Sagat, a new Destructoid-exclusive video series. This we...

Jonathan Holmes