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C-Blog Recaps for 6/23/13 + Jinxisms

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My friend Troia sent me this pic a couple days ago. No idea where it's from. Think she was being sarcastic? Naahhh...

Saw Man of Steel Sunday night. 6/10 would not bang. It had some good ideas, but the execution was poor, the editing choppy, and it was visually bland - like someone lowered the color saturation of the movie by about 50%. And, of course, the plot holes and the casual indifference he seems to have toward "collateral damage"...



Had some fun last week finally getting around to making a collar inspired by Gaige's from Borderlands 2. Despite my nerdiness, I frequent and sometimes DJ industrial club nights, so coming up with edgy but geeky stuff to wear is kinda fun. The easiest way to make one is to buy a spiked collar with spikes that are easy to remove (many just screw in). That way it's easy to expand the existing holes to make room for the nuts and bolts, which are only a few bucks at Lowes, Home Depot, etc. Anyway, here ya go. Looks much cooler on, as it gets rid of the kinks:



And now for those C-Blogs!




* - Mass Effect & Gender - Joanna makes a fascinating argument for the possibility that Saren was transgender.



A - Xbox One - KenGreyStar considers how Microsoft might better have handled the DRM situation from a business standpoint, and even mixed policies to get the best of both worlds.











R - The Last of Us - Kovalski gives us an excellent, spoiler-free review of the game - and includes some gameplay tips as well.

N - Ouya - Jabbawocky describes the issues there have been with Ouya units getting delivered to its Kickstarter backers, and how it doesn't look very good for the system or its makers..

T - Xbox One - JenSev explains how Microsoft's DRM reversal may have quite a few loopholes.

T - Super Smash Bros - Salvador introduces himself and offers some advice on how Nintendo might best promote the Wii U version of the new Smash Bros. game.

R - TELEGLITCH - Calzoniburger tells us more about this clever indie title.

T - Fallout - Taterchimp offers a smart critique of certain gameplay mechanics in New Vegas & Fallout 3.



F - Star Trek - Tia discusses how Trek has failed to address LGBT issues. I love Star Trek, but I think she's got a point.





L - Xbox One - Fyrebrand shares a comic about Microsoft's DRM turnaround.






*looks around*

Hmmm. Yeah, I think I've done enough damage for this week. Now check out those blogs.


-Jinx

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Is there a holiday or time of the year more indulgent than Thanksgiving? I mean, we cook a turkey that weighs as much as three newborn babies, whip up about a billion sides consisting mostly of carbs and butter, and top the whole thing off with nine different pies, all featuring the main ingredient of "excess." It's equal parts disgusting and awesome, and is definitely my second favorite holiday behind our dearly departed Halloween.

But we were so occupied with whether we could eat six pounds of food in one sitting, that we didn't stop to think if we should. That brings us to November's Bloggers Wanted prompt: Overstuffed.

Playing through Horizon Zero Dawn really got me thinking on this topic. Don't get me wrong, the game has a really cool and fairly unique sci-fi story, the combat is fun and engaging, and the art direction uses vibrant color - a concept that largely died out near the end of the PS2 era, but man, is it long. The map is huge and stuffed with nooks, crannies and collectibles, and boy, by the time I wrapped the story and collected my Platinum trophy the game had really worn out its welcome. It's a shame really, as I truly enjoyed the game for its main components; but by the time I had picked off my ten-thousandth evil villager and performed my ten-billionth stealth kill on a Ravager, I found myself wishing the game would end soon.

I got this feeling about 3/4 of the way into the game. That is not good.

Modern gaming is great in that developers tend to pack in a metric shit-ton of things to do in their games. Modern gaming is also horrible because developers tend to pack in a metric shit-ton of things to do in their games. This tendency to overstuff their games with content is often overwhelming and can cause an otherwise excellent experience to drag. It was less of a problem when I was 18 and had all the time in the world; at 30 with a day job and a family, it's a complete game-changer.

So, beloved Destructoid Community, tell of us a time you felt overstuffed from gaming! It can be from a game you enjoyed that just felt too long like above, a time you binged on all thirty-two Kingdom Hearts titles, a particularly meaty haul of games you got at a yard sale - anything at all that celebrates or at least discusses your Thanksgiving-like excesses in gaming!

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