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Weekend Reading: Pen and paper versus console RPGs, part 3


Jul 08
// 8BitBrian
Yes, this is The Haloing of this Weekend Reading arc of mine. Finally, the comparison between console RPGs and pen & paper RPGs will come to a close. The two will duel it out in epic combat, mostly fuelled by your comment...
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Weekend Reading: Pen and paper versus console RPGs, part 2


Jul 01
// 8BitBrian
Last week, I talked about the difference in storytelling and feeling between pen and paper RPGs and console RPGs. This week, I'm going to be talking about system mechanics and gameplay for the two.There's something to...
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Weekend Reading: Pen and paper versus console RPGs, part 1


Jun 24
// 8BitBrian
The first part in Leigh's "Building a better RPG" mini-series got me to thinking about storytelling in RPGs. I agreed with some of the points in her article, especially the fact that nowadays, the stories are so...
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Weekend Reading: An interview with a father


Jun 18
// 8BitBrian
For this week's session of Weekend Reading, I went and got a few questions in with Mike, the managing editor of GamerDad.com. The site has features and game reviews with a focus on the family and issues that imp...
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Weekend Reading: The encroaching mass of casual games


Jun 10
// 8BitBrian
Let every man, woman, and child know of the threat of casual games. They're infecting our schools and our consoles! Children sit in between classes and play Cooking Mama and Phoenix Wright. Pretty soon, our children will ...
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Weekend Reading: A possible solution to region locking games


Jun 03
// 8BitBrian
Japan is the holy land for gamers since not only are most of the companies that create our favorite games are located there, but also because Japan is a treasure trove of games that have never made its way outside of the isla...
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Weekend Reading: Casual games for hardcore gamers


May 27
// 8BitBrian
I just love it when I can pick up and play a game for 10-15 minutes, or however long it may be, and just play. I'm not necessarily talking about something like Guilty Gear or Red Steel or anything -- instead, I'm talk...
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Weekend Reading: What if the PS3's launch was a year later?


May 13
// 8BitBrian
We've all heard people say that Sony should have waited a year to launch the PS3 -- and they're right. The thing is, very few actually go into why this would have been a good move for Sony. At the time, Sony was ...
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UK's Official Nintendo Magazine: Resident Evil Edition


May 10
// SRVSLPS
The UK's latest issue of Official Nintendo Magazine has the markings of greatness stamped all over it. Not only is it featuring what's new concerning the Resident Evil 4 port and the Wii's exclusive Umbrella Chron...
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Weekend Reading: eBay or Virtual Console? Meditations on retro games


May 06
// 8BitBrian
I'm one of those people who really despised the idea of digital content for games. In my heart, I'm a collector. If you head down to my basement, you'll see racks of DVDs, several bookcases worth of books, a growi...
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Weekend Reading: Remakes, revamps, and the fabled definitive version


Apr 29
// Aaron Linde
Right, so let's get the confusion over quickly: I'm not DMV, I'm his mid-season replacement. But just like any proper stepfather, I'll only be around long enough to shatter your self-esteem and devalue your ho...
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Weekend Reading: An open letter to Christophe Gans


Apr 22
// 8BitBrian
Dear Christophe Gans,How are you doing? My name is Brad Rice, and I'm one of the writers here at Destructoid. Not only that, I'm also planning to go into the film industry once I'm out of college -- and so I feel ...
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Weekend Reading: Time management and gaming


Apr 15
// 8BitBrian
Work or games? That's the question that's been plaguing me this week since I picked up Super Paper Mario on Tuesday, knowing full well that I have a paper due in a week, several articles for Destructoid and Japan...
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Weekend Reading : What's up with all these Final Fantasy games?


Apr 08
// Joseph Leray
Square Enix's announcement of yet another Final Fantasy game a few weeks ago has the interwebs abuzz, lauding the publisher's ability to both take their franchises in exciting new directions and milk them for all their wort...
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Weekend Reading: Why I'm worried about the Wii [Update]


Apr 01
// 8BitBrian
Many of you discount Summa for what he says about the Wii. You can just call him a Wii hater and assume that he was assaulted by Reggie when he was a young child. Yet after continually playing with my Wii since leaving the illustrious Joystiq, I've come to feel that the Wii is in grave danger.And for all those who are wondering -- yes, Summa was right. No, this is not an April Fool's post.
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Weekend Reading: Arcade oddities


Mar 25
// 8BitBrian
Ocassionally, I walk into the local arcade here in Syracuse, just to check out what they've got in there. From time to time I come across some things that make me do a double take at what I'm seeing. Usually it's ...
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Weekend Reading: Moral choices in gaming


Mar 18
// 8BitBrian
Y'know, sometimes it's just impossible to find a picture that depicts what you're talking about in an article. In an abstract way, I guess this picture fits well. Over Spring break, I had to read My...
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Weekend Reading: How Sony can turn around their awful public image


Mar 03
// Robert Summa
Since DMV is hittin' the books hard this week, I've been asked to fill in his Weekend Reading shoes and give y'all a nice little feature to ponder as you meet with friends and do whatever it is you people do in y...
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Weekend Reading: Goodnight Gamecube


Feb 25
// 8BitBrian
"My point is that from a first-party perspective, just like Microsoft doesn't put out new original Xbox games, Nintendo is no longer supporting GameCube. Can you confirm that?""Right, that's correct.&qu...
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Weekend Reading: Some more upcoming video game movies


Feb 18
// 8BitBrian
A few of you might remember a while ago that I did an article on some upcoming video game movies. Well, because of its extreme popularity, I've decided to bring it back, but this time, I'm calling in some big guns on ...
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Due the flood of emails we've received with questions about how to participate in this contest, we've decided to simply it.  Ok, here's the deal -- Destructoid scored some cool Ideazon gaming accessories (pic...

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Weekend Reading: seven games that should become movies


Feb 04
// 8BitBrian
After reading The Escapist Magazine the other week (Nex loves them too), I thought back to a piece that I did a while ago about some upcoming video game movies. As a student of filmmaking and a gamer to make game movies that ...
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Weekend Reading: Nintendo, step your game up


Jan 21
// 8BitBrian
I was excited as hell for the Wii as it approached launch time. I waited in line for it at launch, and was number 37 at the Best Buy here in Syracuse. I loved it while I had it, up until Winter Break. By that time, my enjoyme...
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Weekend Reading: Life at CES


Jan 14
// 8BitBrian
Before I start this article, I'd like to thank a mystery man named Adrian who was kind enough to return my backpack to the Lost and Found on Thursday at the Convention Center. You saved my ass big time. So, now that CES...
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Weekend Reading: Arcades, where have you gone? [Update]


Jan 07
// 8BitBrian
What ever happened to the arcade scene here in America? I wasn't really aware of arcades until I was 12 or 13, and actually got into playing Time Crisis and Metal Slug. Yet for me, these games have existed only in the m...
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Weekend Reading: What I want to play b3yond


Dec 31
// 8BitBrian
As a follow up to a previous Weekend Reading, I've been thinking about what sort of games I'd like to play on each of the systems. What this article will delve into is what sort of genre I would like to be the most p...
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Weekend Reading: My love affair with Guilty Gear


Dec 24
// 8BitBrian
Guilty Gear holds a special place in my heart above all other competition games. Over Guitar Hero, Taiko Drum Master, Street Fighter, and all other games where I have to compete against other people. I took to Guilty Gear un...

Weekend Reading: Interview with Esca [Update]

Dec 17 // 8BitBrian
DMV: So, what got you into gaming? Esca: OMG are you serious? I knew this one was coming how would I have guessed? See, it all happened when I climbed on top of my fridge one day and I fell on my head. No joke. I was a little dizzy and my mom had to do laundry that day. We went to the laundry mat and I met this lovely arcade machine named Mario Bros. Since then, it was love at first sight. My head was hurting and pounding but that damn game made it go away. DMV: Certainly more of a story than finding a dusty Atari 2600 in the garage. Esca: Well see I was very poor growing up, and I could not have such things. I remember going day in and day out to that laundry mat to find change people have left in the machines or dropped to play. I would walk like six blocks there and such. This was in a small town called Keleen, Texas. DMV: Did you dominate the high score? Esca: You know I never really kept track. I just loved playing it so much and when they got the Duck Hunt version in there later OMG. By then I was cutting some lawns and such. DMV: Have you ever gone back to see if the machine is still around in the laundromat? Esca: No someday I do want to visit there, though. My family lost everything in Texas and we were forced to move to Wisconsin with nothing more than what we had on our backs DMV: When you moved there, was it a while before you were able to get back into gaming, or were there local arcades for you? Esca: When I first moves to Milwaukee, WI, gaming was not the main thing, although I really wanted to, I was worried more about my parents and the family. I remember seeing the Nintendo commercials on TV and my friends talking about it. I wanted on so BAD! My friend in the neighbor hood got one so I would play there and the teacher at school got one for the class and if you were good and had good test scores you would get to play for an hour. Let's just say I studied hard and saved money for myself. I never asked my parents because I know the situation they were in and I even used to hear my mom cry because she could not get stuff for us. But one day, man, that one day was it. When I got my NES, it was heaven. I remember my parents got a break; I don't remember how they got all this money but they did some or some company owed it to them. I only had like 30 bucks saved up or so from like cutting lawns for the old lady in the neighborhood and like helping with odd jobs. I got really sick man and I had to go to the hospital. I was there for 3 days, then I came home and BAM the NES waiting for me. I still remember I pulled that thing out of the box and the smell. I will never forget that smell man. You know that Nintendo smell? DMV: Were you flipping out like the N64 kid?  Esca: Well not like that. I had just gotten out of the hospital, but maybe I should have. But seriously, I will not forget that damn smell. I just got the Wii and I did the same thing I sat there and smelled it to see if I could get the same feeling. Nope, no smell. I didn't have my own TV, I remember. A week or so later I saw that a neighbor had thrown a TV out and I went and picked it up. I don't know what was wrong with it but it worked, and then I had NES in my little room. Everything from there on is a blur. I am glad I grew up in these times so I could see everything evolve like it is now. DMV: Yeah, I'm a bit younger than you. I was in the middle of SNES when I got into gaming. Esca: yeah by far I think the Snes was the best system. Well the Wii is kicking some ass now. But dont talk to me about the 64...eeewww DMV: You disliked it more than the GC? Esca: YES! That's when I turned to the dark side of Sony...but yet again Sony and Nintendo were partners. Nintendo betrayed Sony and they got there asses handed to them, so I don't feel too bad. DMV: Well, it looks like Sony is going to be suffering this generation, don't you think? Esca: UM yeah but they know that They will come back around like in a year in a half or so. Wouldn't put it past them, too. I think they rushed it .Sony is kind of sucking all company around. DMV: So, our resident Ninjtendo was wondering a couple things about you. How many girls send you naked pictures?  Esca: Nice question, haha. I have to admit I DO GET ALOT OF THEM, and they are real. I don't know what it is I'm just a regular geek that likes the games. You should see the emails I get sometimes DMV: I think its because you have a bit of bishonen mystique.  Esca: I guess...but hey if I can do it, any gamer out there can too. I am myself and that is all you need you know. I am not shy about my passions and stuff, I put it out there 100%. I get the occasional “you're a fag,” etc. etc. but the positive is so much more. I guess the sexy NES outfit just turns the girls on and make the guys angry for some reason. DMV: Did you make that yourself? Esca: OH hell yeah. Everything you see on my site I modded or did myself DMV: Does that SNES backpack still work?  Esca: No, sadly. That's the reason I did that with it. It went out on me after so many years. Nintendo makes some tough ass products, let me tell you. It was hard to bust that bad boy open; I have scars.[Image removed. See update] DMV: How'd you acquire your fan base? Esca: You know people say I have fans but I really do not know. I just started my site like 3 years ago. I just wanted to have like a diary a daily life type thing for me out there. I just posted about things that mattered to me and most of that stuff was about games and anime, then it just started taking off. Another reason it is is because of Pure Pwnage Esca: I think that did it for me too the hair. If I cut it all off one day I will go into the shadows once again. DMV: No! Then Nex won't have someone to compare fabulous hair with! So do you go out in cosplay often? Esca: I have my days. There are the special event days, the weekends when I feel like it, and when the ladies ask for it behind closed door or outside what ever they like. Oh, and of course ACEN, the only anime convention I go to every year. DMV: Are you a big anime fan? I noticed the Initial D sticker and all Esca: Hahahaha, well what do you think? Yes, I am a big anime freak . DMV: What are some of your recent favorites? Esca: Blood Trinity, Samurai Champloo, and Escaflowne. Oh, and Appleseed. DMV: Any love for Ouran High School Host Club? Esca: Yes! I just started but I recently had a crash in my comp and lost over 300gs of downloaded anime. DMV: aah! Go redownload it! So, what do you do to fund your gaming obsession? Esca: Everything, but I mainly sell crack pills. No, I am a IT/Graphics manager. No kids to feed...well my niece, I love her to death I just got her a DS light for Christmas. All the extra money I have besides food bills and such goes to gaming. DMV: Any games to go with it? Esca: Yeah, just New Super Mario Bros. Hell what uncle do you know that will get you a DS Lite, and you're only 7. DMV: Damn, that's pretty awesome Esca: Yeah, shes a little gamer herself. Reminds me of me. I want to give her everything I did not have as a young gamer DMV: Are you going to train her into being a hardcore gamer like yourself? Esca: I want her to grow up and be a hot gamer babe and date guys like me. Sometimes I feel like she will surpass me someday, and I will me the old sensei that she will face and move on. Then someone comes and challenges me and kills me and she will avenge me. DMV: Can you train the Ninjtendo as well? He seeks your tutelage. He can be her great rival! Esca: Yes, I can train those who seek true gaming. DMV: Will it be a difficult journey for him? Esca: Depends how much training he has had so far. I have not met him as of yet and haven't heard legendary tales of him. So I say maybe. DMV: Haha, he is truly in awe of your skills Esca: anyone can aquire these skills if they stay committed and truly have a lust and passion to pwn. DMV: How do you manage to stay in such great shape despite being a gamer? That's probably our greatest challenge as a people. Esca: Oh, that really started a year ago. Where to start... if you have time later go and visit my blog called Esca vs Esca, I was a skinnier scronny little gamer. Anyways, I decided to treat working out like a game, believe it or not, like a Final Fantasy thing or MMO: grind and get exp. So I started it every day, scheduled work and then gym right after, then the games, Monday through Friday, since all I do is work during the day. All it take is an hour and a half to work out then my day is officially done at 7, with plenty of time to put in 5 hours of gaming or what not. Then it just happened; it became a regular grind, although I have missed a week in a half so far thanks to the Wii. DMV: So, do you have anything to say to all the dtoid readers out there? Esca: I have lots of things to say...please visit my site! Seriously though, I just want to let everyone know that I am just and regular gamer like the rest, nothing special I just might have more of a passion and play more that I should or anyone should and I'm not afraid to show my love for such things, no matter what anyone says. This is my love and will always be. DMV: Well, perhaps we'll be at PAX sometime? Esca: shoot me an invite and I will be there for sure. That is one thing that I really want to get into is go to more events in the industry. You know, if I could just work doing cosplay and such for games, I would be in heaven. DMV: Alright, well thanks for taking time out of your work day to come talk to us. Esca: Nice talking to you guys![Update: Due to an e-mail from Jarett at PurePwnage, "ROFLMAO Productions Inc. requests the removal of all instances of the Pure Pwnage logo from said article, as well as the necessary editorial changes to accurately reflect his relation to the show.  That being - he is simply a devoted *fan* of the internet television show Pure Pwnage."]
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  This week's Weekend Reading is an interview with the ultra-hardcore gamer Esca. You may know him from Pure Pwnage, and our resident Ninjtendo considers him a rival, or a possible teacher, or whatever. He's...

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Weekend Reading: When am I going to get to play b3yond?


Dec 10
// 8BitBrian
      With this new generation of consoles now all released, there are going to be a whole host of new expectations awaiting them. Sony has given us raw power, Nintendo has given us a new way to play,...
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Being a gamer is hard work? No way!


Dec 03
// Colette Bennett
I was reading Stuff.com this morning and stumbled across this article lecturing readers about the difficulty of getting into the video game industry. David Hodgson, author of a little book called Paid to Play:An Insider's...

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