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Oh, hi there. Didnít see you enter. Anyways, welcome to my humble little blog. For those of you not familiar with who I am, the nameís Brian. Iím 24 years old and hail from Findlay, Ohio. I work at the local newspaper here as a copy editor, putting my four long years of college to actual use. Kind of. I think.

For those of you who might recognize me from elsewhere, I work as Assistant Gaming Editor over at Blogcritics Gaming and as Features Editor over at Tomopop. It's a lot of work, but it's worth it because I get to do a lot of cool shit with a lot of cool people.

I've been gaming since the relatively young age of around 3 and I've played plenty of games, both good and bad. I'm continuously expanding my gaming collection, which has become more of an archive in recent years as I'm focusing on collecting older, less well-known titles. You'd honestly be surprised on what people are missing out on in bargain bins...



Other than gaming, I love anime, manga, sports, movies, TV, and a whole lot more. I also happen to have something of a legendary love for Cammy, to the point that I am the site's unofficial official Cammy fanboy. And yes, I do play as her in Street Fighter and do so quite well, too.

Also, I am Chad Concelmo's B.F.F., my prize for coming in first in The Great Retro Quiz .18 - ActRaiser. Accept no substitutes. Not even Aerox.

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AIM: NihonTiger90
MSN: hurricane317 at hotmail.com
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Mad props to Ghost for this amazing card!

Great Retro Quiz! Results

Punch-Out! featuring Mike Tyson


Star Fox (winner)
ActRaiser (winner)
Dolphins!!
Metroid
Ninja Gaiden
Street Fighter II
Super Mario Kart


Castlevania
Contra
Donkey Kong Country
Smash Bros.
Zelda II

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(Yes, thatís one of Dtoidís own, Hollie (a.k.a. phoenix-blood). I met her at PAX and she is awesome.)





(Ooooh, I think I found a new favorite :3)

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12:15 PM on 06.05.2012

E3: Lego City battles crime on the Wii U

During the third-party portion of Nintendo's E3 conference, we got a sneak peek at the next LEGO franchise title, the cirme-fighting LEGO City. Being developed by Traveller's Tales, the team behind the awesome LEGO ...

Brian Szabelski

11:47 AM on 06.05.2012

E3: Nintendo reveals a handful of third-party Wii U games

If you were worried about third-party support for the Wii U, it seems that the upcoming Nintendo system is indeed going to have decent support. In addition to Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge, Nintendo's montage of thir...

Brian Szabelski

11:28 AM on 06.05.2012

E3: Wii U to support two GamePads

[Update: As per the Nintendo of America Twitter, when two GamePads are activated, they'll both run at 30 frames per second, half the default 60 frames per second.][Update 2: Nintendo has posted a video walkthrough of the Game...

Brian Szabelski

1:34 PM on 06.04.2012

Rumor: New 3DS with larger screen to be announced at E3

Ahead of Nintendo's E3 press conference tomorrow, Nikkei is reporting that a new 3DS model will be announced at the event, and it'll have a bigger screen. The report states that the new 3DS model will have a 4.3-inch screen, ...

Brian Szabelski

12:15 PM on 06.04.2012

E3: Forza Horizon confirmed as open-world racing title

Forza Horizon is on its way to Xbox 360 for racing fans later this year, but first, it had to make a stop at E3 for a quick appearance at Microsoft's press conference. Though it was only featured as a trailer filled with lots...

Brian Szabelski

12:08 PM on 06.04.2012

E3: Madden NFL 13 gains Kinect voice controls

Madden fans, prepare yourselves: as revealed at Microsoft's E3 press conference, Madden NFL 13 will be gaining Kinect voice controls that allow you to call plays on the line of scrimmage. Demoed onstage with Hall of Fame quar...

Brian Szabelski

7:00 PM on 04.30.2012

PopCap announce a bunch of merchandise licensing deals

Do you happen to like PopCap's franchises like Plants vs Zombies and have wondered to yourself, "Gee, why can't I find much PopCap merch?" Well, even if you haven't, sister site Tomopop has posted about PopCap's licensed...

Brian Szabelski

5:00 PM on 07.13.2011

Review: NCAA Football 12

Last year, EA Sports decided to take a some risks, change up a few things and make a pretty darn good college football game. Well, apparently, we liked the experimental title enough that they decided to do some...

Brian Szabelski

1:20 PM on 06.07.2011

E3: More details revealed on Kid Icarus: Uprising

Last year, one of Nintendo's surprise announcements was the return of Pit with Kid Icarus: Uprising. Today, we got a few more details about the upcoming 3DS title. The plot revolves around he resurrection of Kid Icarus antago...

Brian Szabelski

12:15 PM on 06.07.2011

E3: Batman: Arkham City coming to Wii U

During Nintendo's Wii U announcement, it was announced that Batman: Arkham City will be coming to Nintendo's new console. We didn't have details or even screens beyond that, but I must say I sure wasn't expecting that as far ...

Brian Szabelski

11:30 AM on 06.07.2011

E3: Two Zelda CDs coming this year

Fans of the great music that often backs the Zelda franchise, you'll probably be extremely happy to know that two new Zelda music CDs are coming this year! First up is the Ocarina of Time soundtrack, which will be made free t...

Brian Szabelski

11:30 PM on 06.06.2011

Play Arts Kai Master Chief up for pre-order

[As seen on Tomopop] Just a few days ago, the first news came out about Square Enix's new line of Halo figures. Today, we got the announcement of Halo 4, and the return of Master Chief, so perhaps it's only appropriate that ...

Brian Szabelski

11:00 PM on 06.06.2011

Sideshow Collectibles' Lara Croft open for pre-order

[As originally posted on Tomopop] Well, by now, you've probably already heard and seen all about the new Tomb Raider game coming out, so perhaps we can interest you in a statue to match? Sideshow Collectibles has a new Lara ...

Brian Szabelski

12:32 PM on 06.06.2011

E3: Disneyland Adventures revealed, coming this holiday

Microsoft and Disney showed off a brand-new title at their E3 press event, Disneyland Adventures, that aims to bring the magic of visiting Disneyland home. They've recreated the park for everyone to explore, allowing you to r...

Brian Szabelski

2:00 PM on 12.06.2010

Review: Poker Night at the Inventory

As a wise man once said, "You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em." Okay, that was actually Kenny Rogers’ "The Gambler," but it works in regards to Telltale Games’ newest title, Poker Night at the ...

Brian Szabelski

11:30 PM on 09.27.2010

F1 2010 patch forthcoming, corrupt save issue possibly solved

Well, that was certainly quick: after a meeting this morning at Codemasters HQ, a patch for F1 2010 has been announced to be in the works. Right now, the development team is currently investigating, going through feedback and...

Brian Szabelski