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C-Blog Recaps for 6/9/13 Jinxisms

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Yes, the worst has come to pass. Jinx is a Cblog Recapper. You may know me from my assinine news comments, or my incongruously mature blogs. What can I say, there is something about comment sections that turns me into (more of) an ass. But don't worry. We're in the Cblogs now, baby, and I plan on keeping these recaps classy.



A quick bit about me:
As a Gen-Xer born in 1975, I've grown up with videogames as an industry. My first system was the Atari 2600, followed by the NES, Genesis, SNES, and N64. At that point I got my first PC, and I really haven't looked back. I love tinkering under the hood of games and hardware, and I even got my mod on as a mapper for Action Half-Life back in the day. I still find console hardware fascinating, though, and I follow The Console Wars as closely as ever.

Anyway, I'm stuck visiting my parents in BFE. Entertained myself last night playing Bunny Must Die on my netbook. It's a great metroid-vania title that deserves more attention, do check it out on Greenlight. Love the music, too. Not sure why it needs to go through Greenlight, as Rockin' Android has ports of other Japanese indie games on Steam already.



E3 is coming! Frankly, I can't remember ever going into an E3 week feeling dread. I'm not looking forward to learning more about how Microsoft and (probably) Sony are going to screw consumers, especially when the industry feels so close to a crash. Maybe there will be some great games to offset the bad? Please?

Maybe we'll learn more about Wolfenstein: The New Order. I didn't expect to want this game, much less be excited about it. But it looks to genuinely capture the over-the-top melodrama and fun of classics like Doom and Duke Nukem 3D. The moment I saw a Nazi get railgunned into red goop they pretty much had my money.



Still, I'm really hoping for some surprises at E3. Some game or piece of hardware that comes out of nowhere and makes everyone's jaw drop. We could use that.

* - bigboss0110 isn't happy to fall in love with gaming just once. Great blog about how a love of gaming can be rekindled over and over again.

A - Wrenchfarm discusses what he'd like to see from The Big Three at E3 this year.
A - MentalGaming discusses why he thinks the Xbox One won't kill used games, or even change much on the consumer's end of things.
A - TheDefenstrator has put together a short but sweet guide to Resident Evil: Revelations' Raid Mode.



You win nothing! Absolutely nothing!

S - Neshoba78 tells the story of his journey to the Animal Crossing: New Leaf  Nintendo World event. Tropical storms were braved, friends were made, and games were acquired!
C - Liz discusses some positive effects of gaming, including how it has helped her through hard times and inspired her. Very good first blog.
I - JoyfulSanity gives us a belated but wonderful introduction.
S - Benjamin discusses the pros and cons of taking a shot in the mouth to get to E3.

V - Ouya! DigitalMase just got his, and is sharing a short unboxing video and an open invitation to ask any questions you might have about the unit.
P - Germaximus shares his first impressions of the beta for Panzar, a PvP MMO. It's a nice write-up and the game sounds promising.
T - PopetheRevXXVIII discusses his love of the Ninja Gaiden franchise. Also, boob physics gone wild video.
T - Zombie Orwell makes some completely serious predictions about E3. I think he needs to eat more brainz.
T - Germaximus with some impressions of the Call of Duty Ghosts All Access livestream.



Do you really want to hurt me?

C - FiggDingo slams the Wii U in a short blog meant to generate discussion. Most of the discussion seems to be about whether or not he was just trolling.



No fails... today...

Oh yeah, screw all you kids in your 20s saying you feel old. And while you're at it, GET OFF MY LAWN!

Good night and good luck, peeps.

-Jinx

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Overstuffed

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!

Write a blog with "Overstuffed:" and then your subject in the title, and let the world know of your girthy gaming experiences! We love promoting blogs to the front page here at Dtoid, and Bloggers Wanted is a great way to get noticed *wink wink nudge nudge hip thrust*

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