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C Blogs of 09/17/12 + mcgeeisms

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Hey there! Welcome to another (how many of these could there be??) recap of your Monday blogspace. I'm not sure if you guys heard, but we now have recaps of the recaps! It's kind of like the old feature, but focused on the c-blogs. What do you reckon? Should we fold the forums back into it? Should we not? Should we put our finger in there?

Err...what else is going on? Maybe the Wii U. That's a thing to talk about a bit.
Personally, and I know this is a total shocker to some of you, I'm looking forward to it. I like the possibilities of the controller, I like HD Nintendo games, I like the RAM (oh god sweet sweet RAM,) and I like how the launch window is shaping up. (Hmm...there's a lack of negativity here...you guys got that covered? Good.)

I'm actually surprised that more people aren't digging the launch window. With around 50 games in six months (that have been announced anyway,) there's a pretty good range of stuff to play. There are even some further down the line that don't have dates. There are, as expected, a lot of ports, and a few shovelware-looking titles. Shame. However, there are far more things than I thought there would be that I actually want. Games like Pikmin 3, NSMBU, Rayman Legends, Lego City Undercover, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Scribblenauts Unlimited, The Wonderful 101, and Zombi U. Fingers crossed for NGIII: Razer's Edge. It looks more like Ninja Gaiden than the first version. Also, online/offline co-op. True story.

There are some third-party games I want too, but it remains to be seen if there will be any improvements in most of them.
Some of the games without release windows sound good, too: Bayonetta 2, anyone? Then Dragon Quest X (come on, U.S.!,) Medium (haha hopes,) Project CARS (3rd party,) and Retro's game. It's Retro, ffs. Of course there's the surprisingly good-looking eShop, too. It was very lightly touched on at last week's event, but I really think they should have highlighted it more. Almost all the games hold some interest for me. 1001 Spikes, Biker Bash, Runner 2, Chasing Aurora, Cloudberry Kingdom, Little Inferno, Mighty Switch Force HD, Mutant Mudds Deluxe, Nano Assault Neo, Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs (holy crap,) Shantae, The Cave, Toki Tori 2, Ghost Recon Online, and Trine 2, Director's Cut. Seriously, that is some tasty digital candy. Pretty Indie-friendly, too.

I forgot what I was talking about...oh yeah. My point: There is plenty enough software for the Wii U to get me on board. I think it's important to remind people of last gen's launches. It helps put the Wii U launch into perspective.

Maybe I'll be able to do CAPS from the Wii U browser!



* - Handy likes to play with himself; whoulda thunk?!? Handy, oh Handy. I would laugh if I didn't think all of this were going to come true.

* - The people in these pics and videos are pretty, like, amazing. Who's house?? knut's hooouusse!

S - lostleader is putting most others' backlog quests to SHAME. Not only that, but putting good, short impressions up, too. Check it oouuut. This week it's Professor Layton and the Unwound Future, 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors, and -surprise- Wild Guns for the SNES!

A - Echidna has some sound advice for EA. Read why Origin is just...not getting it.

S - Everyone loves a log! Conrad "Pimphand" Zimmerman regales us with the 2nd entry of his TGS travel bloggings. Come learn how to use the remote, you must NOT use the remote.

S - StriderHoang's second chapter in this Pokemon series. I never got quite into competitive Pokemon like this, but it's fascinating nontheless. I hope Strider decides to do ones for B & W 1/2 ;)

C - PhilK3nS3bb3n is holding yet ANOTHER contest for your lucky asses! Enter to win FTL. I hear it rocks. And rolls. All day long. Sweet Suzy.

I - BananaGobbler has entered our (other) midst that is named, "See Bloghgs." Come welcome him forthwith as fellow SNES fans. You..are...cool, right?

T - TheKodu has a recap of his recent time with Smite. The MOBA community sounds...interesting. Come check out his thoughts on this beta.

R - Read this here good review of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney by Elect-Nigma. Maybe soon we can get a new review eh? :)

N - The Sun. That's all anyone needs to see to know there's some bullshit coming at ya.

T - kearns87 has found something more in playing Tekken Tag 2 as a co-op partner.

$ - Have you heard about the MASSIVE Rock Band sale? If you like Rock Band at all, you best check this out.

F - Lowlander2 reviews Resident Evil: Retribution. Honestly, everything I read about this stupid, stupid movie makes me want to see it. That's the first time I can say that about an RE movie!

F - SephirothX is a big Robocop fan (who knew :P,) and isn't quite digging the photos from the set of the remake. That's because they are stupid. Fact.











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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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