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Mother Issues: Metroid Other M UK Review

REVIEW #7 Review Scoring Chart - 10: Masterpiece; 9: Outstanding; 8: Very Good; 7: Good; 6: Above Average; 5: Average; 4: Below Average; 3: Bad; 2: Awful; 1: Barely Playable; 0: Non-Functional. METROID: OTHER M Developers: Project M Pub...


Teh Bias: We are the fanboys

MONTHLY MUSINGS #5 Having been busy for most of the summer, I put up my first comment in a while on a Destructoid news post. Within seconds, I had been labelled a fanboy. The comment was posted on a preview of the upcoming Blood Stone Ja...


Depth Misconception: The problems with 3D

PAST & FUTURE #4 Ubisoft's Head of UK Marketing, Murray Pannel, this week expressed his view that it will take just three years for 3D televisions to become the new standard. Source here. This forecast seems over-ambitious, not least as...


Alternate Reality: The Crate Escape

=======================MONTHLY MUSINGS GAZETTE EDITION #4======================= The Crate Escape _____________________________________________________________________________________ By Mark Bockwinkle, ZakaPress Association Wednesday J...


The Great Escape: Virtual reality

NOTE: I apologise for now having two posts on today's CBlogs page (ignore this one for Recaps). I accidentally deleted my Monthly Musings entry in a very stupid attempt to put it back on my blog roll when it got moved to the front page. Sin...


The Standout Games of E3 2010

E3 COVERAGE #3 The last of my posts about E3 will look at the standout games of the show. While not necessarily the most high profile, these are the titles which I believe offered new perspectives on familiar genres or have the potential...


E3 Prediction Results & Reactions

E3 COVERAGE #2 In my previous post, I made predictions about how we'd all be feeling once the three main conferences were out of the way. Now comes the always-embarrassing time of finding out how many of my twenty key predictions came tr...


E3 Predictions

E3 COVERAGE #1 It's that time gamers of all types and ages have been anticipating for what seems like forever. There's a feeling that this one will be the best ever, throwing in a few eagerly-anticipated surprises amongst the second (or ...


Monthly Musings: Runs In The Family

MONTHLY MUSINGS #2 The gaming medium's relationship with its players' social interaction is a strange one, because while it is more conducive to offering shared experiences than books or film, which are usually experienced alone (most go...


Shooting Stars: Sin & Punishment 2 review

REVIEW #4 Review Scoring Chart - 10: Masterpiece; 9: Outstanding; 8: Very Good; 7: Good; 6: Above Average; 5: Average; 4: Below Average; 3: Bad; 2: Awful; 1: Barely Playable; 0: Non-Functional. SIN & PUNISHMENT: SUCCESSOR TO THE SKIES D...


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I'm a 26-year old English writer, formerly known on the CBlogs as Xandaça. I've been an avid gamer since I was a wee lad, gripping a NES controller in my hands and comprehensively failing to get past those infuriating Hammer Bros on Level 8-3 of Super Mario Bros. I've stuck with Nintendo since then (not for any animosity towards the other console makers of course - Nintendo just make games I enjoy and have grown up with), apart from a brief sojourn with a Sony PlayStation, several woeful attempts to play Half-Life 2 using a laptop touchpad and sporadically wrangling a turn on my sister's beloved Sega Saturn.

In addition to burping out the occasional novel, I'm a passionate critic, writing reviews and articles of films, book and games for my school magazine and university newspaper, for which I created and edited its film section. In addition to starting up my own blog, covering television, games and movies, I am also a writer for Destructoid's cine-geek sister Flixist. While primarily a film geek, the evolution of the games industry over the course of its short lifetime has fascinated me and provided vast quantities of content for some incendiary pieces of work - perhaps a few more might spring up on here?

My Favourite Games of All Time (because who doesn't love having a few Of All Time lists?) are GoldenEye 007 (which I still play through at least once a year to remind me of its glories), Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Gunstar Heroes, Super Mario Bros 3 (I don't know who told Shigsy Miyamoto-san that raccoons could fly, but I'll love them forever) and No More Heroes.

I hope you find great enjoyment in my many scribings, and please keep an eye out for upcoming news on my novel(s) and do pay a visit to my blog sometime. And yes, the Dtoid community's 'no copy and paste' rule will be fully respected!

Good gaming, everyone!