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For some reason I haven't been able to find a game to really grab me for a long time, not since Hades. Don't know if that means I've just been playing 7/10 games, or if I'm so worn out by everything going on that my heart isn't in it.


Final Fantasy Tactics x Octopath seems intriguing! I really enjoyed Octopath, and a more involved plot would solve my single issue with it.


I wasn't really that keen on Rex joining Smash...so I'm happy he didn't! Pyra/Mythra I'm all for!


Barbers have been closed for months so my hair's longer than it has ever been...and I kind of like it? I do have bad hair days now and I don't know how to do it right on purpose, but I just got off the couch, walked by a mirror, and saw a happy accident.


As someone who doesn't know shit about Kingdom Hearts except "It confuses me", the listings on Epic...confuse me. From what I'm getting the $50 bundle is all games except Dream Drop Distance and 3, which are $60 each? If so, that one sounds worth a go.


Bandwagoning on the Balan Wonderworld demo: it has some fun ideas and cute art, but it doesn't have the level design, gameplay mechanics or controls to make it work. Billy Hatcher this ain't. Also, tell me this opening song isn't just "Friend like me".


I hope this post won't come back to bite me, but for now it's too good not to share. Last Monday, when other cities in the Netherlands were faced with riots, someone in my town violated the curfew...to write "Stay Strong" in the snow on the main square.


Power has been out for the past three hours. Send help. I'd say this is like living in Limbo, only I can't play LIMBO to verify BECAUSE THAT WOULD REQUIRE ME TO HAVE POWER!


A curfew went into effect in the Netherlands today, to hopefully halt a wave of the virus. On the one hand it sucks that so much has to be surrendered, but on the other hand...I'm a nerd; what the fuck was I ever going to do after 9? Parties? Booty calls?


It is a wonderful cold day in DC, and you are a horrible goose.


The memes are all well and good, but leave it to the man himself to one-up it all. #blessedmas


I get the worst Imposter Syndrome sometimes. I'm staring at the article I wrote that by all accounts is nearly ready for submission and all I can think is "This is crap. I may need to rewrite the whole thing."


It's okay, MH Rise, I'm already going to buy you. You don't have to convince me anymo-OH MY GOD HE'S SUCH A PRECIOUS CUTIE! <3


That's nice, Monster Hunter. Now, would you care to explain why the move "Axe: Elemental Roundslash" is not actually listed in the controls anywhere? Good lord, I'm literally an academic and I can't figure this thing out. Back to Bows and Hammers it is!


I finally set up my internet blocker at home, because it was clear I needed it to focus. Any blocked site now shows me this image instead. Also, notice how I'm here on Destructoid telling you about it....I'm still ironing out the kinks, okay?!




It took me a second to realize it, but the doggo friend from Monster Hunter Rise is literally just Repede (Tales of Vesperia), isn't it? One of the demo builds even named it "Yuri"!


It turns out I'm waaaaay out of practice for Monster Hunter. Nearly had trouble with the easy demo quest! I will say that the demo doesn't explain the new mechanics very well, but I feel like they have a lot of potential to make the game more fun.


In the spirit of Dere's Lord of the Rings-based Wholesome Friday, here is Sir Ian McKellen getting his vaccine. "Next time I come, well no, six days after I next come I'm going to give them all a big hug - is that allowed?"


According to an Oral History piece published by Bloomberg today, during development of the original Xbox Microsoft reached out to acquire Nintendo. They got laughed out of the room.


I've been watching a bit of a Bugsnax Let's Play, and now I can't stop doing Bunger impressions. It's too good. Bunger bunger bunger bunger-bunger.


I'm not so sure I've watched Lord of the Rings this year, and I've got about 12 hours until midnight. I'm done with 2020 on Earth; I'm out.


I don't think I've ever spent as much on videogames as I did the past year. Then again, I'm missing out on some other expenses, and this is been an extremely "screw it" kind of year. The backlog is MASSIVE but the good news is that I only got burned once.


Here's a counter-recommendation for RiffRaff & friends: I am Dead. It's effectively a hidden object game, but you examine each item in an MRI-like manner. Lots of fun voyeuristic surprises to be found, like a guy hiding Crocs literally all over his house.


About ShadeOfLightone of us since 7:43 AM on 07.16.2010

The Dutch one, Grand Marshal of the Nintendo Defense Force, heckler of GajKnight, and zen personified; I am ShadeOfLight, one of your Community Managers .

I'm a Dutch law PhD who loves to play the vidya. I'm a Nintendo-fanboy at heart, and I could play Zelda games continuously from now until the end of time. I also used to be on the Cblog Recaps team for Thursdays, and I did that for 4 whole years.

Next to Zelda I'm also obsessed with the Monolith Soft RPGs Xenoblade Chronicles and the Baten Kaitos series. I will not pass up the opportunity to mention them, ever, and I consider myself to be Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean's biggest fan. I'm fairly certain Monolith Soft exists specifically to make me happy.

Being the good Nintendo fanboy that I am, the Switch is the new love of my life. I'm on a steady course of turning it into a Nintendo + Indies machine, as Iwata intended.

Even a list of my favorite games across all platforms will be dominated by Nintendo and indie, with a few wild cards here and there.

Besides gaming itself, I like reading up on gaming-related news on my favorite website in the whole wide world: Destructoid. I'm pretty much here all the time. I love all the people here, and I'm glad that I get to be a part of this whole thing. Wouldn't know what to do without you!

And it turns out you guys love me too!
I've had some blogs promoted:
- Digital Property: Entering the Third Age
- Better with Age: Batman: Arkham Asylum
- Waifu Wars: Midriff or Bust
- And posted as The Wombat: 2014: I want to make love to you. Seriously.

MikeyTurvey drew me as an archer:

StriderHoang made me a Trading Card:

and a Spell Card for The Wombat:

Meanderbot drew me plus himself and Pixielated drinking root beer:

RobertoPlankton drew the following scenario based on my username and avatar:

And Alphadeus wrote me a theme song:
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