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C-Blogs of 1-18-10 and Qalamarisms

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*-While they may have the nicest beaches in the world, Australian gamers get shafted while trying to enjoy their favorite pastime. You may be able to make a small difference with the push of a button.
*-RandomBullseye knows two things: you never go full retard, and that there are games that are worth playing, even years after their release.
*-BulletMagnet's brilliant blog offset the big pile o' fail you'll see cloggin' up the bottom of the page. Expect to see this promoted quicklike.


A-Kwazy Nate's essay on Shadow of the Colossus made me want to play it again. Not too hard to get me in that state, mind you.
M-Animated Toupee's Musing channels both Helen Lovejoy and MegaStryke. Definitely worth a look.
S- Darthix's 52 game-a-week challenge continues the Valve love by playing through Half-Life 2.




Jay deserves all this and more, in my humble opinion. I'll never watch Leno again.


E-DtoidNorthwest (that's Seattle and Vancouver) are having a NARP coming up soon. DtoidSF is formally invited.
D-Speaking of whom, for those who are slightly closer to Fogtown than I am, DtoidSF can now be followed on both Facebook and Twitter.
S-And on a related topic, DtoidSF had a NARP on Saturday. Here are the pictures... looks like a lot of fun!
S-And more pictures here, courtesy of Agius. That's it. Next one of these happens, I'ma be there.


N-Fatal Frame fans are almost as dedicated as Earthbound devotees. And they have to be, 'cause Nintendo of Everywhere Except Japan aren't really looking out for them.
N-The Mega Man series has always been one of my favorites, so the news that Capcom will be releasing a DS cartridge with all four Mega Man Zero games on it made me smile.
N-Stevil brings word that Deadly Premonition has released a new Japanese trailer.
N- And word of yet another MW2 hack now infecting a 360 near you. Play with caution... or a PS3, advises Volomon.
N-de BLOO thinks a collector's edition for Super Street Fighter 4 may be forthcoming.
P-HBL shares his thoughts on Capcom's Dark Void demo.
P-Bigby's been playing in the Star Trek Online beta, and this is his journal... a captain's log, if you will.
P-Edco returns to the blogs after a long absence with his impressions of the Modnation Racers beta on the PS3.
R-George Churchill and his hetero life partner tackled Army of Two: The 40th Day on the hardest difficulty. Here's what they experienced.
R-Xelviar shares his thoughts on Darksiders.
R-Son of Bacon Sandwich reviewed a game many others are passing over-- Sands of Destruction, an RPG by the same team who did Xenogears.
T-BilboFraggins has a great name and an interesting question: what games do you think are overrated?
T-BigMex mused about a potentially great concept for a game going back in time in the Street Fighter universe.
T- Leogeo2 loves the music game genre, even though he admits its beginning to stagnate.
T-VGFreak1225 thinks Gunstar Heroes might have been onto something.


M- Zeta Crossfire listed five of his favorite tunes from gaming's past. Good choices, IMO.
S-The Aliens Vs. Predator collectors edition looks appropriately badass. Confession: I first read this blog title as "AP Stylebook." That's what journalism classes will do to you, I s'pose.


L-Crunshii shows off the first look at the Wii's game of the Year contender for 2011.
R-Do ESRB ratings need spoiler tags now? Sebastian Paul Lopez seems to think so.
C-While I'm glad your plea for assistance did not fall on deaf ears, this really would be more appropriate in the forums.
C-Yes, the Legion ads are annoying. But to paraphrase Niero, bandwidth isn't free and servers don't grow on trees. Also, this is a more appropriate length for a forum topic.


F-This was the first blog of the day. And a fine way to start, let me tell you.
F-Yeah. You can hide this, now.
F-Jeez. There a full moon tonight or something?
F-Look, I'd give you a break on this one but your entire oeuvre makes it seem like you're the kind of self-important 12 year old I spend time avoiding in online games.
F-Do you really think anyone is gonna click through your link to read your review? Is your estimation of your own opinion that out of whack?
F-Strike two. Warm up the banhammer.
F-Really? Are you this spoiled and entitled that you're gonna leave a website you claim to love over advertising? Well, fine then, who needs YOU?
F-This is the first time I've ever had to add more slots to the failtoid tag. I weep for all humanity.

Whew. I need something to cleanse the palette after all that fail, don't you? Good thing the inestimable Kauza had this cooked up, isn't it?


<3 you, Kauz. You too, Jennifer.

-(Qalamari)

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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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