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C Blogs of 2/18/12 and 2/19/12 + SilverDragonisms

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I have JEREMY-LIN-FEVER. Do you???

Most of you probably have no idea what that means, so if you don't I highly recommend googling the name "Jeremy Lin" to see what the big deal is. To give you a quick explanation, the kid is a nobody basketball player from Harvard who's suddenly come out of no where to dominate in the NBA. Two weeks ago he was sleeping on someone's couch because he had no where to live, and now he's the most talked about basketball player in the world. It's incredible.

Yeah I know this has nothing to do with video games, but unfortunately I don't really have much to talk about. I haven't played a single game since I beat Gears of War 3 last week. I bought Batman: Arkham City this week but haven't started playing it yet due to a jammed thumb I got while playing basketball this week. It's all black, blue, swollen, and it hurts like hell.

Well I hope you all had a great weekend. Now let's get on with the weekend recaps shall we.






*-Beginnings: The Life and Times of a Video Game Fanatic

*-Panzadolphin56 takes a look back at what made System Shock 2 so great.

*-Nathsies tends to agree with David Jaffe that story telling in games and "cinematic experiences" are doing more harm to games than good.

*-FIghting Game Sequelitis in the Age of DLC: A Po-Faced Rant.



A-SeymourDuncan17 examines how Mass Effect 3 is changing to appeal to the masses, and wonders if it's a scary thing or a good thing.

A-Swishie lists the pros and cons of HD remakes.

M-Beginnings: Life's Not a Game (It's a series of them)

M-Beginnings: Put it on the Pizza

M-Beginnings: Platforming the Playground

P-Pocketoid Episode 15: Resident Evit Revelations Overload!!

P-Pocketoid Ep 16 Records Tonight w/ Tara Long.



S-Tim ONeil tells us about all the hoops he had to jump through to get his 3DS up and running properly.

S-Sweatmode gives us a quick life update ... a really quick update.



R-Chi-Guy reviews Resident Evil: Revelations and gives us all some tips on playing it.

T-Werebear tells us why Link's Awakening is his favorite Zelda game so far.

T-Chi-Guy is excited for Street Fighter X Tekken to come out, and has started preparing for it by playing SF4.

T-Lostleader shares his impressions after beating Mega Man 4, 5 and 6.

T-Jorshes shares his impressions of Catherine.

T-Glowbear has not been the biggest fan of EA recently ... and explains why in his most recent blog.



The Cblog recaps have no culture this weekend



R-This is indeed a blog about games ... and owning game systems. Please beware of Gears of War 3 POSILERS before you read this short blog.



It's a MIRACLE!!!! There are no Failblogs this weekend!



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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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