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Mar 25 // Count Grishnack

The day the gaming died

Last night I threw up a cblog about how my 360 and Wii were stolen. The response from the community was ten times as heartening as I thought it would be. As of writing, there are 40 faps and twenty-something comments -- all o...
Mar 24 // Count Grishnack

Help out a fellow Dtoider by catching a criminal (shortblog)

Hey. I am going to be brief here as time is of the essence. But my 360/Wii were stolen. The fool has signed into XBL and is on right now. He changed my gamertag from Count Gr1shnack (I may be on some Dtoider lists from some FNFs) to Killa Eyes vF 7. I don't know what ya'll can do, but I figure it can't hurt to have more feelers out there. Thanks.
Jun 19 // Count Grishnack

Duels of the Planeswalkers trial impressions (from a former MTG junkie)

Not too long ago, I was a huge Magic: The Gathering player. I frequented weekly tournaments, worked a job selling the cards/hosting tournaments in our store, reading sites about the game and generally obsessing about it. I ...
Apr 08 // Count Grishnack

Why everyone needs to STFU about the SotC film (shortishblog)

I am in your films, makin you angry. So the internets have been ablaze with the news that the beloved PS2 title Shadow of the Colossus will be adapted to the big screen. This news has angered fans of the game beyond belief....
Apr 05 // Count Grishnack

Dtoid comment of the week!

So week two of the Dtoid comment of the week proved much harder than week one. First off, I only found one comment I thought was clever/funny during the week (hence this being on Sunday instead of Friday) so I had to dig th...
Mar 30 // Count Grishnack

Star Ocean: The Last Hope review

I have never played a game in the Star Ocean series. Depending on your viewpoint, that will either validate or invalidate everything you're about to read. That said, I've recently played Lost Odyssey and some of Mass Effect...
Mar 27 // Count Grishnack

Dtoid comment of the week! 3/23-3/27

An underrated part of the Dtoid community is the wealth of hilarious comments users post. This is my way of highlighting those and giving back to the community. These are comments I find clever, witty, funny, pithy and variou...
Mar 24 // Count Grishnack

Dtoid comment of the week coming (shortblog)

So many other blogs do the whole comment of the week thing and I figured, "Hey, I have a ton of time and read Dtoid all day anyway, why don't I do it?" So I'm going to. The first one is slated for Friday, with comments from ...
Mar 07 // Count Grishnack

15 ways drinks/drinking and video games are alike

Both... ...can cause you to break things ...are better with friends ...can sometimes get to ridiculous levels of competition ...are expensive habits ...have good relationships with junk food ...make certain types of peo...
Feb 25 // Count Grishnack

The Mt. Rushmore of video games

I am a big sports fan. Sports and video games (oddly, not sports games) take up a ton of my free time. Lately, ESPN has been running with this idea of a Mt. Rushmore of sports basically, the four most influential faces of s...
Feb 05 // Count Grishnack

Halo Wars demo impressions

So the Halo Wars demo hit today with very little fanfare. I had no idea it was even dropping until turning on my 360 today. So, how does this console RTS play? The RTS may never be right on the console, and it seems as th...
Feb 04 // Count Grishnack

These game covers are truly awesome

Copy/pasta alert! But these are too great not to be posted. Now who wants to put together essays about these games like 33-1/3 with me?
Feb 01 // Count Grishnack

10 Things you don't know about Grishnack

10. I like to write about a ton of shit. Be it video games, sports, music or ye olde boring news articles, journalism is my passion. I've done quite a bit of quasi-professional writing and hope to remove the quasi part some ...
Jan 26 // Count Grishnack

God of War III demo ... I just don't get it

So I was playing the demo for God of War III and I just don't get it. I mean, we want more than just GoW II with better graphics and on a larger scale. I mean Kratos can't even jump and attack? What the fuck?!?! This series has totally lost it's roots since GoW I. I, for one, will certainly not be buying this piece of trash.
Jan 16 // Count Grishnack

A Wii owners dilemma: To sell or not to sell?

I really hope people will not take this as fanboyism or flaming - especially concerning the whole "anti-Wii bias" brouhaha - but I am seriously considering trading my Wii and all it's games (a dozen or so) in and buying a PS3...
Jan 09 // Count Grishnack

Playing with others: Do Xbox Live gamers live up to their stereotypes? A response.

Surplusgamer's monthly musings about his experiences playing Left 4 Dead on Xbox and the overall impression people have about 360 gamers got me thinking. "I've never (rarely) had bad experiences playing on Live. I don't get w...
Jan 05 // Count Grishnack

Beware WoW 'addicts'; no job for you

Whether an isolated incident or not, some employers are not hiring gamers who play WoW or other MMOs, citing lack of focus and erratic sleeping patterns. From the article: "He replied that employers specifically instruct him...
Nov 24 // Count Grishnack

A few ways to fix game reviews

As they are in what can be described as the infancy stage, game reviews - and the "best" way to write them - still have a way to go when compared to film, book and even television reviews. Being a quasi-professional game re...
Oct 08 // Count Grishnack

Wario Land: Shake It! review. Best postmodern game ever?

With the massive success (60,000 online sales and counting) of Megman 9, it is clear there is a market for old school platforming reminiscent of our gaming days of yore. A past favorite of many Gameboy owners, the newest chap...
Sep 14 // Count Grishnack

Feel the Hatred: Grilgan (Lost Odyssey)

Once I read the topic for this month's Musings I knew the entries would fall into two camps: 1) blogs with a purpose - ones that attempt to deride fanboyism, hack features in games, excessive sequels, basically entries aime...
Aug 31 // Count Grishnack

Instant replay: nothing

As Rev. Anthony said in the explanation for this month's theme, replay value is something developers tout (mostly) to move product. "Game X has Y hours of gameplay! Buy now!" The sad truth is in the day and age of multiple c...
Jul 07 // Count Grishnack

A request from all you Metal Gear fans

I have never played a MGS game, save for like 1/2 hour of Snake Eater. I just bought Sons of Liberty and borrowed MGS to add to that unplayed Snake Eater. So I ask: should I play them in chronological order (Snake Eater, SoL, MGS I think) or in the order they came out?
Jun 24 // Count Grishnack

Dead Space has me very excited, slightly terrified

IGN has a new video showing a level walk through for the upcoming 3rd person survival horror title. It has very minor spoilers, so those who want to go in knowing nothing, stay away. Between this and "strategic dismemberment" this is the next game I am buying.
Apr 28 // Count Grishnack

Which of these GTA IV blurbs are fake?

Grand Theft Auto IV may very well be the greatest game ever. I have never been a fan of the GTA series, but judging from reviews, it seems pretty damn amazing. But this amazing? What follows are some (ridiculous) blurbs from...
Apr 17 // Count Grishnack

NY ComicCon 2008: Anyone going?

I am headed to NYC for this years ComicCon as a pseudo member of the press! Writing for about the gaming happenings this year. GoW2 is the highlight for me, but the hands on with Civilization for the 360 should be pretty rad too. Any other D-toiders going?
Apr 13 // Count Grishnack

Boston Phoenix loses some of my respect with Brawl review

In the most recent issue of generally awesome music/entertainment mag, the Boston Phoneix, they reviewed Smash Bros. Brawl. Now they're not known for their game reviews, but I was intrigued nonetheless. 1.5 out of 4? The p...
Mar 07 // Count Grishnack

AP style book for gamers

This is only for journalism dorks, but some journalists have written a pretty comprehensive style book for gaming lingo. At 100+ pages, it's a long read. But things like videogames (one word, even though I think that's dumb....
Mar 04 // Count Grishnack

Genre Analysis #2: RPG

As an aspiring journalist (hopefully in the gaming world) game reviews are something that I have a vested interest in. The problem that arises with critiquing any entertainment medium is genre must be taken into consideration...
Feb 27 // Count Grishnack

Genre Analysis #1: FPS

As an aspiring journalist (hopefully in the gaming world) game reviews are something that I have a vested interest in. The problem that arises with critiquing any entertainment medium is genre must be taken into consideration...

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