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Mark Smee . Feb 10

Tales of a great big coincidence

Most JRPGs are not shy about rubbing their bollocks in your face. The 'Tales of' series in particular, I have found, has a fondness for made up words and plot devices that are about as easy to swallow as a steel porcupine. (...   0

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Mark Smee . Jan 21


A few days ago I finished playing The Legend of Zelda: A Link between worlds. I thought to myself. “Now there is a good game. It is well better than Skyward sword.”   First thought. Mark, you are an old man. You say things ...   0

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Mark Smee . Jul 11

Animal Crossing

One of the first things I did was design a town flag with the master sword on it. “This is cool.” I thought. “Cool enough to be a t-shirt.” So I’m strutting around Arlia. That’s what I called my town. It’s named after the sta...   0

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Mark Smee . Jun 10

Those pesky game designers

The mark of an incredibly well made game? I even love the things I hate about it. Rayman Origins is one of those games. Being excited for Rayman Legends I recently went back to Rayman Origins with the aim of taking on the fi...   0

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Mark Smee . Jun 03

Miss Destructoid

Should there be a Miss Destructoid?   I don’t know. I was just larking about. I thought it would be cool to draw a Miss Destructoid then post it on the cblogs to see what people thought.   My first idea was Mr Destructoid wit...   0

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Mark Smee . Jun 02

Stop buying. Start playing.

About six months ago I decided to clear my backlog. To that end I created a rule for myself. I have to play two games that I already own before I can buy a new one.   To give you an idea, I have games going back to the Game B...   0

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Mark Smee . Jun 01

Computer games part 2: Deus Ex

It took over a month but  I finally got around to playing Deus Ex. The first level. Whatever, that's worth a half hour video. Probably.   0

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Mark Smee . Apr 07

Computer games part 1: Hitman

See if you can put up with my voice for three quarters of an hour.   0

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Mark Smee . Mar 07

Mass Effect Trilogy (mondo spoilers)

Y'know, because i'm so current.   0

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Mark Smee . Feb 28

Emotional Games

Yesterday I finished playing Telltale's Walking Dead. It made me think about what it takes for a game to create an emotional connection with the player. Here is a bit of vague wishy washy talk in that area.   0

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Mark Smee . Feb 27

Look at how bad I am at Rayman

We recently were treated to a bunch of new info about the PS4. I don't want to talk about that. I want to play a game from 2011 and talk about a bunch of completely unrelated stuff.   0

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Mark Smee . Feb 16


I shouldn’t be playing it, but I am. Montowers is a free to play iPhone game. In Montowers you summon monsters to fight other monsters in towers. Apparently I’ve been playing it for twelve hours. I know that because of a ...   0

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Mark Smee . Dec 15

2 Harvesty 2 Moony

Which means you’ve already seen the first one. Sean and I return to our Wonderful Life. In part 2 we plant our first crop, eat a psychedelic mushroom and show flowers to a homeless man. This time we act even more childish and do bad swearing like naughty boys. Sorry about that. Mum. See you in part 3, maybe.   0

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Mark Smee . Dec 11

Harvest Moon Brother

Say it in a Liquid Snake Voice. My brother and I take a trip down memory lane and do something we haven't done in a long time. We play a game together. Today we'll be playing Harvest Moon A Wonderful Life on the Gamecube. I...   0

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kona . Dec 10

Gamers Are from Mars, Players Are from Venus

You know, I fancy myself a pretty nice guy most of the time. I call my mom to tell her I love her all the time, and usually it’s not even before I ask for another loan. I donate to local charities regularly. And I always make...   0

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Mark Smee . Dec 10

Little Inferno?

A few days ago I bought my first downloadable game on the Wii U. I was almost certain that first game was going to be Trine 2. Then I caught a look at the trailer for Little Inferno and bought that instead. Spoiler warning s...   0

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Mark Smee . Dec 08

25th Anniversary, anniversary fan art

Last year was the Legend of Zelda's 25th anniversary. (Which makes me older than the Legend of Zelda.) To celebrate the occasion I did a little bit of fan art, which I have just now finished. Even though it is now technical...   0

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Mark Smee . Dec 02

Nintendo WiiK (Week): WiiK end

This is it, the final video of Nintendo WiiK, wherein I take a little look at the Wii U. Good times. I hope the Wii U succeeds, I really do. It better had, I just sunk four hundred quid into it. Strangely Nintendo doesn't ...   0

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Mark Smee . Nov 29

Nintendo WiiK (Week): Top 10 Wii Games

I slow the pace a little for the final top 10. Nintendo WiiK (Week) is coming to an end. Tomorrow I go pick up the Wii U. I can hardly wait. To be honest it was much harder putting this list together than I had anticipated. ...   0

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Mark Smee . Nov 28

Nintendo WiiK (Week): Top 10 DS Games

Watch the quality sink further down the toilet as Nintendo WiiK (Week) continues. Today I take bleary incoherent look at my favourite games on the DS. Also as a special bonus, my brother weighs in with his opinion on my en...   0

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Mark Smee . Nov 27

Nintendo WiiK (Week): Top 10 Gamecube Games

Nintendo WiiK (Week) continues and today we (wii, why not) look at some highlights from the Gamecube. This list was especially difficult to put together, as you are about to see.   0

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Mark Smee . Nov 26

Nintendo WiiK (Week): Top 10 GBA Games

Here in the UK we are one WiiK (week) away from the launch of Nintendo's all new home console the Wii U. Well we were a week away when I had the idea to do anything about it. It's an exciting time. In preparation for the launch i've decided to take a look at some games from Nintendo's more recent history starting with my personal top ten games for the Gameboy Advance.   0

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kona . Nov 08

It's Uncanny.

A simple wooden door. I've lost count of how many times my gaming adventures have been halted by one of them. In my possession I hold an axe, a crowbar, and my trusty bazooka on my back. But none of these items that are su...   0

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kona . Oct 17

You Can Go Home Again. And Again and Again...

Press Start. Such a simple, innocuous command. A directive that lies at the beginning of any player’s journey into a game, that glorious moment when anticipation transforms into reality, and the analog rubber hits the digital...   0

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Mark Smee . Oct 06

Wii U turn

I have a bit of a history when it comes to Nintendo. The Nintendo Entertainment System was my first ever console. I used to play Duck Hunt with my brother. The game had no story, ducks appeared and you shot them. I imagined ...   0

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Mark Smee . Aug 18

Questions for Theatrhythm

Having spent the past three days playing Theatrhythm Final Fantasy. Or to give the game it’s full title Theatrhythm trademark Final Fantasy copyright. I find myself with a few questions. Theatrhythm is a 3DS rhythm game ce...   0

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kona . Mar 12

A History of Violence

Something about that Jennifer Helper interview and the misogynerd flamefest that ensued bothered me. Not because she asked for a combat skip button in games—it's been experimented with before, and even Bioware offers a “comb...   0

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kona . Feb 22

Enjoying the Simple Things: 25 of My Favorite Gaming Tropes

Life is full of simple pleasures; those little fleeting moments that make you happy to be alive. Waking up to the smell of coffee in the morning, the thrill hitting all green lights when you’re running late, or the pleasant s...   0

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kona . Feb 17

Keep It Simple, Stupid.

On a particularly boring and nostalgic night this week I decided to pop in one of the greatest arcade games of all time: The Simpsons Arcade. In the midst of a litany of pithy catch-phrases and indiscriminate henchman whompin...   0

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