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C-blogs of 6-04-09 and Qalamarisms

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E3 is winding down in the City of Angels, and by now you've either gotten your fill of the coverage or you're waiting for the in-depth stuff to come out on the games that really piqued your interest. There's a little of the latter by our amateur bloggers today, some of it quite good. There are still some news stories coming out, like aftershocks following the worldbreaking earthquake. It's a lot different than a few years ago... any leak gets broadcast worldwide in seconds, so it's awfully hard for anyone to make a shocking, awesome announcement anymore. The one constant in this world is that if two people know something, it ain't a secret.

It's the first Thursday of the month, so I pulled together a new batch of YTMNDs for you folks, hope you enjoy them. In honor of Majora's Mask's recent release on the Virtual Console, I have several here that were inspired by that game.



The moon is AWESOME.
Link and Sheik have a duel.
The Hyrule orgy. Do I really have to mention this isn't safe for work?
Link is steppin'.
The evil moon stares deep into your soul.
The Happy Mask Salesman copies Batman.
A Mask Mashup. (Maskup? Nah.)
Majora's Mask doesn't change facial expressions. Well-- that's ok, neither does Chad.
A celestial battle.
Eight bits of Ridin' dirty.
Cary Grant aggravates a demon. (It's VG related due to the music... Yell Dead Cell if I'm not mistaken.)
George Costanza likes his chicken Spicy.

And some Random Man Now Dogs:
Chewbacca's printer.
Cosby Airlines flight is going down!
Owl Pacino.



*-Vexed Alex took some time to actually THINK about the Left 4 Dead 2 announcement rather than just reacting emotionally. Please, kids, follow this man's example.
*-RiotMonster breaks down the new motion sensing stuff that seems to have been the big 3's focus at this year's E3.
*-Breaking news about Final Fantasy 14, translated from the original runes by Crunshii. He could use some help if you happen to understand Japanese.


A-Awesomeist wrote a hefty article on how much he's enjoyed the Disgaea series. I'm afraid to start one of those, I think the potential for OCDing out would end me.
S-Gemsi's release list for the E.U. looks an awful lot like this week's U.S. releases. Lots of simultaneous worldwide stuff this week I suppose.
A-Christopher J Oatis wrote a nice little piece lamenting the (ironic!) death of the 1up.
P- Failcast is the first of Destructoid's podcasts to record and release an E3 episode so far. Why... that's not fail... That's not fail at all!
A-Miss Naia shares her experience at E3 so far. Jealous? Why yes, yes I am.
A-Amazing what you can glean from a 2 minute video, Megatron0016. Some nice observations on the trailer for Metroid: Other M.


W-Mix gave away an Uncharted 2 beta code.
C-'Lectro Lemon's MSPaint contest needs some more entries. This week's theme is (naturally enough) E3.


E-rider Chop's hosting a movie night with [i]Maskman, Muppet Treasure Island, & The Dark Crystal.
D-NamelessTed provides a link to a gallery of E3 party pictures. Lookin' good.
S-Coonskin05 whipped up some ads to promote Dtoid's IRC. The problem is... they don't make any sense if you don't already participate.
I-FlyDream introduces him or herself. Go easy on `em, seems to be here for the right reasons. Welcome to Destructoid.
B-Happy birthday, Megastryke! This post also contains a link to a game he made, have a look.
H-JayOhhBee sure likes his acronyms, but he makes a solid introduction by showing off his gaming setup. Welcome to Destructoid.


N-Why must the biggest game company constantly be the biggest collection of jackholes? Covah reports that Activision is taking "sour grapes" to a whole new level, suing to prevent the release of Brutal Legend. Wish I could put in that umlaut.
V-What? What? WHAT? What what what?
R-RandomBullseye takes a look back at one of the more esoteric games on the Super NES, The Twisted Tales of Spike McFang. Y'know, that's a rather odd name for a magician.
R-ShadowsInTheNyte wrote some impressions of the first few hours of Cross Edge.
T-Lookin4domee had some thoughts about Left 4 Dead 2. Not sure where Kevin Bacon fits into this.
T-Musai thinks the "reborn" Castlevania: Lords of Shadow may be just what the series needs.
T-Nilcam had some thoughts regarding E3 in general, and Punch-Out!! specifically.
T-Some thoughts on Konami's announcements from Arttemis.
R-Jhett reviewed Red Faction: Guerilla. Get your ass to Mars.
R-Secret Cow reviewed FF4: The After Years for Wiiware. I didn't know this was out already. Is it just me or does NIntendo do a terrible job of promoting this stuff?
R-Bojangles reviewed the new Wolverine game.
T-LongNameGuy was impressed by the amount of really cool stuff on display at this year's E3. No sir, you're not alone.
N-A better-quality scan of the new Wii Legend of Zelda concept art is now available. Speculation regarding the direction of the game is already rampant, of course.
V-Dnky666 posted a BBC interview with Shigeru Miyamoto, where he recounts a bit of his history and dismisses the notion that NIntendo may be left behind.
D- Kitae is pleased with Mass Effect 2's showing this year, it was nominated for a few "Best of E3" awards. Congratulations!
$-In case you missed it on the front page, you can get Ubisoft games on Flash drives at Woot.com for a few more minutes.


A-Faith is taking a page from Mikey's book and asking the community what perler sprite art to make next.
F-Summer movies and R.I.P. David Carradine. NVGR.
S-Trev recieved...something. I'd say what it is but I haven't finished repacking my eyeballs into my skull.


V-Palidi shared a video mashup between Darker than Black and Devil Summoner.
R-Benson's girlfriend has done some pretty impressive game-themed cosplay... over the years.
R-Speaking of cosplay, those costumes have to come off sometime.
?-Will this be the Giant Enemy Crab or Drumflailing Ravi from this year? I think it just might.
?-Simmy made a pretty decent Destructoid skin in Forza.
C-I agree with the rage, and it comes through clearly in your post. What isn't as clear is the grammar and syntax. Proofread before you post, you'll thank yourself later.
R-Phantom Spaceman doesn't respect North Korea. So ronery.
C-I don't really understand what's going on here. Are you playing through these games on your own? Are you trying to get others to play them with you and compare notes?
C-Whenever you use "M$" in reference to Microsoft I automatically deduct about 50 I.Q. points. To paraphrase Jerry Holkins, there isn't much that's sadder than a well made argument by someone who is determined to make said argument difficult to respect.
C-I won't reiterate, the comments already let you know what to do.


F-This "contest entry" for the Damnation computer contest smells fishy.
F-Gomer would like to meet you in the latrine, "Sarge."


-(Qalamari)

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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.

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