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More Than Just Noise: Great Roles of Voice Acting

Voice acting is an art; a shapeless sound structuring that must convey countless emotions through the tone and delicate minutia of one’s voice. Many mediums, film and videogames in particular, must remember this. However, whereas film typic...

 
 
 

Halo and Videogame Emotion

Author's Note: It's been a while. Sorry, college and a music blog takes up a lot of time. Anyways, finally got around to playing/thinking about some games, so here we go. Have a seat kids, this might be a long one. ______________ __________...

 
 
 

Why Sex Should Be In More Videogames

It will sell. Ah, what? I have to write more? Fine. Sex is a topic I'm finding that more and more people are unwilling to discuss or dissect intellectually. The act isn't exactly considered public domain, so speaking about it so non-nonch...

 
 
 

The Future: Games Are Art Now! It's Awesome!

Hello friends. If you are reading this, then that means my invention worked; I now can send objects, electrical signals, etc. BACK IN TIME. It only took a few years after the breakthrough of the Anti-Heisenberg Generator to truly punch thi...

 
 
 

Love/Hate: World War II

Perhaps it's my bleeding heart for times long gone or my need to gobble down fun facts like I was some sort of historical Cookie Monster, but whatever the reason be, I am a History major, and I specialize American history. Now, when it come...

 
 
 

Quality vs. Length: An Observation

How many times will we have to hear about Modern Warfare 2? Well, a lot, and this blog is no exception; the biggest game of the year also happens to be the shortest (Not really, but BURN). However, at 5 hours, it's also the most jam-packed,...

 
 
 
 

Boredem: The Ultimate Motivator

Holy. Fucking. Shit. Three words, three sentences. That's how damn bored I have been for weeks on end. Why? Well, in short, I'm flat-ass broke. More broke (Yes, broke, not broken.) than a redneck's backyard car. More broke than eggshells on...

 
 
 

Left 4 Dead 2 Demo Impressions

Screams of putrid lucidity that mesh together in the air to form the grating physical manifestation of barbarism itself. People turn on each other, each more narrow minded than their counterpart, savagely scrawling their hatred upon whateve...

 
 
 

Growing Trends: Defending Linearity

Of all growing trends in videogames, the one I've noticed the most is the insistence upon open-world settings or nonlinear adventures. I'm not complaining for the most part, I tend to like Open-world action games like inFAMOUS and Prototype...

 
 
 

You Are Not Alone: Gaming Habits/Idiosyncracies

Following on the coattails of my "Gaming Pet Peeves" article, I have chosen to talk about something that is not a rant for once: things that I, and hopefully others, do in games or while playing games. Hopefully it'll be a "It's sad watchin...

 
 
 
 

Bullshit: The Ripper

I would like to take a few minutes of your time to rant (what else do I do...) about a little something I saw on our beloved Destructoid's front page a couple of days ago: the killer Jack the Ripper, arguably the most infamous murderer in h...

 
 
 

Beauty Does Not Equate to Art

It seems I'm getting some good ol' dissenting opinions on my Monthly Musing, which is always good. At least we have some people that aren't just sheep; that's why I love the DTOID community. You guys actually express your opinions, not just...

 
 
 

In-Depth Tuesday: Braid

In-Depth Tuesday is a segment in which I try my my best to explain some of the more difficult narratives that exist in videogames. This means I will dissect and find things such as symbolism, allusion, etc. The main point is to help get acr...

 
 
 

Top Ten Saturday: Top Ten Fallout 3 Moments

Fallout 3 is a game that gets tons of respect from players and critics alike, and as a person who waited months to actually play it (despite getting it on release day; special addition), I feel it necessary to give it some long overdue cred...

 
 
 
 
 
 

Overrated/Underrated Sunday: Women in Gaming

Prelude: Nothing to Do With the Actual Article You know, the other day, I was wondering to myself why it is that I do this segment in particular. My views on popular gaming are kind of different from a lot of people, yet I'm not really big ...

 
 
 

Top Ten Saturday: Top Ten Metal Gear Bosses

Metal Gear. The name alone is enough to inspire either nostalgic goosebumps from fans or vein-popping anger from haters. To say that Metal Gear is controversial would be an understatement; the mastermind Hideo Kojima basically invented the ...

 
 
 

Discussion Friday: The "Valve" Touch

Discussion Friday is a segment in which I look at either a recent news story or an always relevant issue and discuss my personal opinion on it. I try to stay objective, but overall, this is about me and my experience as a videogame player w...

 
 
 

Overlooked Thursday: House of the Dead: Overkill

Overlooked Thursday is a segment in which I look back at a title from either a current or previous generation that got unfairly or prematurely judged, didn't sell well, or was just forgotten and did not deserve such a fate. Not necessarily ...

 
 
 
 

Overlooked Thursday: Folklore

Overlooked Thursday is a segment in which I look back at a title from either a current or previous generation that got unfairly or prematurely judged, didn't sell well, or was just forgotten and did not deserve such a fate. Not necessarily ...

 
 
 

Dissection Wednesday: Valkyria Chronicles

Dissection Wednesday is a segment dedicated to looking into games that do things that should really be applauded, whether it be how the story is told, how the game plays, or even both. These are games that either left an incredible mark on ...

 
 
 

In-Depth Tuesday: Killer 7

In-Depth Tuesday is a segment in which I try my my best to explain some of the more difficult narratives that exist in videogames. This means I will dissect and find things such as symbolism, allusion, etc. The main point is to help get acr...

 
 
 

Post-Mortem Monday: Fallout 3 + DLC

Post-Mortem Monday is a segment dedicated to reviewing games post-release and viewing how they've evolved with extra additions like downloadable content (DLC), updates, fan support, and the like. The reviews are graded on a 1 to 10 scale, w...

 
 
 
 

Top Ten Saturday: Top Ten Mega Man Games

Mega Man is just one of those franchises that will never die. It will live on until people stop liking to have their asses ripped apart by torture-chamber-esque level design that emphasize quick reflexes and memorization. It's one of the fe...

 
 

About Canti-samaone of us since 9:47 PM on 08.03.2009

Hello, I'm Trevor Johnson, also known as Canti-sama. I like to write about things including videogames (that should be paramountly obvious at this point...) music, film, and anime, so what you see in this blog is just one part of my pretentiousness! I'm a nit-picky bitch when it comes to basically everything, so excuse me if I seem like kind of an elitist, even though I try not to be. If I had to sum up who I am, I would do it through top 5 lists, so how about we a do a few right now! But before that, since DTOID tends to remove frontpage posts from my c-blog, here's the list of my frontpages, which I thank everyone very much for!

Frontpage Posts:
1. Monthly Musing - I suck At Videogames: Nostalgia's Curse, 8/12/09
2. Promoted Story - Suda 51 and the "Art" of Videogames, 9/6/09
3. Monthly Musing - Nothing is Sacred: Videogames, 10/7/09

-----FAVORITES-----

Top 5 Favorite Videogames:
5. Fallout 3, PC
4. Mega Man X, SNES
3. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4, PS2
2. Braid, PC
1. Shadow of the Colossus, PS2

Top 5 Favorite Albums:
5. Death From Above 1979 - You're A Woman, I'm a Machine, 2004
4. Radiohead - O.K. Computer, 1997
3. Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works 85-92, 1992
2. Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam, 2007
1. Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation, 1988

Top 5 Films:
5. Brazil, Directed by Terry Gilliam
4. Fargo, Directed by Joel Coen
3. Fight Club, Directed by David Fincher
2. Shaun of the Dead, Directed by Edgar Wright
1. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Directed by Sergio Leone

Top 5 Anime Productions:
5. Spirited Away, Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
4. The Big O, Directed by Kazuyoshi Katayama
3. Cowboy Bebop, Directed by Shinichirō Watanabe
2. Neon Genesis Evangelion, Directed by Hideko Anno
1. Fooly Cooly, Directed by Kazuya Tsurumaki

----OTHER STUFF----
Avery Island: Musical Opinions From Music Geeks
PSN Name: MetalLink1979
Wii Friend Code - 8089-7286-5497-4717
XBL - Metal Link 904 (Note: My Xbox 360 is in possession of my brother, so this is no longer technically my XBL Tag)
 
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