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C-blogs of 12-29-08 and Qalamarisms

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Ah, the final Monday of the year is behind us. Before I get started I'd like to publicly thank our wonderful team of reserve recappers who covered for me the last two weeks while work was kicking me right between the cheeks. SilverDragon in particular has been doing yeoman's work in making sure we didn't miss an update.

We're closing in on the end of the year, and that's often a catalyst for people to look back, take stock, and reminisce about the time gone by. It's also a time to look forward to the year to come, and people have been using their C-blog accounts to do both.

Did 2008 feel especially long to you? You're not just imagining things. In addition to the leap year day at the end of February, 2008 will have one additional Leap Second added before the astral odometer resets for the year. I recommend using that last extra second to play a WarioWare Microgame... or a reasonable facsimile, like Four-Second Frenzy.







*-NihonTiger90 wants the best community moment and story of the year. Help him out, won't you?
*-Laxluster's series on raising a gamer continues with a review of Christmas toys and why you should always keep the remote handy while playing Fallout 3.
*-VGMan wrote a friggin' BOOK about Rhythm Tengoku. He really knows what he's talking about though, so set aside some time and have a look.
*-Atlas and CTZ whip `em out and grab a ruler. I'm not sure who won, but the comments are great.


S-RonBurgandy2010's Dtunes episode 56 records tonight. Or would, if it were a podcast.
S-The final "What'd you get?" of the year. NihonTiger90 got a new sig banner. Very nice.
A-GamingGoddess is playing through one of the early Tomb Raider games and writing about it. I've never played a TR game in my life, but this is quite well written.
A-This'd be better with some pictures to break up the wall of text, but it's clear some thought went into Saint Demon's list of the 10 worst videogame movies.


W-Not sure if this was from a contest, but Shipero got something pretty spiffy from Maxvest.
W-Togail won that sweet, sweet Persona 4 prize pack. I think I speak for everyone here when I say congratulations, you son-of-a-bitch.


I-Cotton McKnight's introductory post. Welcome to Destructoid. Please get an avatar.
I-ShovetheJayOhBee introduces him or herself by sharing some of their favorite Flash games. Welcome, and thank you for ensuring this blog went up late. =p
C-NihonTiger wants some advice on what to get at the Steam Sale.
C-DeadMovieStar has been a D-toid member for 2 years now. Not too shabby.


N-Call of Duty World at War was on sale earlier today. N-gage version ftw.
T-Some thoughts and mockups of the potential future of handhelds. Nintendo isn't gonna drop the touch screen. Haven't you heard it prints money?
T-Covah is surprised that there are idiots on XBL. Well, maybe not. The header image is worth the price of admission.
T-How is the remake of Chrono Trigger selling?
T-Aurion (formerly Funky Goodness) has a top ten of 2008 list you may want to see.
R-AgentMoo reviews Crazy Penguin Catapult. Looks like fun.
D-RandomBullsEye is still doing some clean-up work on BonerQuest. He's hired the best to help.
D-For example, Tascar did a great job on the music.
T-An eclectic top ten list by NotAZombie.
N-News about a possible Tatsunoko vs. Capcom sequel is already being batted around. The original must be good. Shame it'll never come stateside.
R-Review of Virtua Racing by Rider Chop.


A-Faith made a pink, pixelated Master Chief out of Perler beads. Have a look!
A-Miss Rio is having a sale at her Etsy store.
F-ShinjiRightHand reviews an Xbox Live movie called Raptor Island. Clever girl. Boy. Whatever.
F-The Chun Li movie trailer was released today.
S-BlindSideDork got something pretty sweet for Christmas. And tells where to buy a dismemberable zombie doll.
S-DrachulaX's Santa must have gotten a shipment from The Penguin's armorer. A gauntlet is cast down before BlindsideDork.


R-Free Disney ticket on your birthday. That's nice, but NVGR. The last line kinda hurt, too.
V-Mel Brooks does the Hitler Rap. Was this before or after The Producers?
C-Video from an XNA game. Not even a Morgan Freeman soundalike can save this one.
?-Starts out being about fear, morphs into being about boobs, then somehow wraps around to being about fear again. Very entertaining read.
C-Gotta agree with Atlas. 2007 is so 2007.


S-Blindside posted last weeks VGCats about Left4Dead. Christmas was last week, dude.
F-[/Bad blog] indeed.
F-Twitter is thataway.




-(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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