Good Monday evening/Tuesday morning to you, ladies and gents. I hope you all had a fine weekend. I was fortunate enough to be in attendance at South van Awesome for the San Francisco NARP. It was a great party, I got to meet a lot of really cool people, and of course played a bunch of video games. I'd like to give a huge thank you to Tactix, Ben Perlee, Wedge,
and everyone else living at South Van Awesome for opening their home up over the weekend. And an extra-special thank you to CrimeMinister
and his crew for allowing me to ride over with them. Congrats on that Rape King achievement, bud, you definitely earned it.
Things that happened (in no particular order):
An Atari 2600 was set up in the upstairs living room. Although there was a brand new copy of Halo 2600
awaiting play, the game that got the most playtime was the infamous Custer's Revenge.
Some wag decided that NARP, in this case, stood for "Native American Rape Party."
We played Pokemon almost all the way from Sacramento to San Francisco (and back.). I forgot to exchange Pokewalker info with anyone, though. I consider it a missed opportunity.
I was dressed for Sacramento in the summer midday, not San Francisco in the evening. There's only about a fifty, maybe sixty degree difference. Damn near froze my yarbles off.
Green Day Rock Band
on a projector screen. One group decided they would play through the entirety of the Dookie
album start to finish, though I'm not certain that's what ended up transpiring. Later, this projector was host to a viewing of the modern classic Hot Tub Time Machine.
Many games were played. I got to play quite a bit of the PS3 version of Scott Pilgrim,
the aforementioned Halo 2600,
a bit of Smash Bros. Brawl
(with commentation by Crime Minister), a little Super Street Fighter 4
, and played through most of Chip and Dale's Rescue Rangers
I got to meet and fist-bump Chris Kohler, of Wired's Game|Life
and the Retronauts
podcast. Really nice guy. I got to talk to him for a bit about his collection... he was the one who had brought the 2600 and the games.
About 10 of us watched the blacksploitation parody Black Dynamite
in Tactix's room just before we had to leave. It's easily the funniest movie I've seen in a long time-- you can see a short clip below.
In closing, thank you again to everyone from DtoidSF for putting the party together and inviting us to come. I hope to see you all again soon at PAX!
Lots of good stuff in the blogs today, a curious grouping of pro-PC articles, and a few cross posting failblogs. Let's get to it.
*-Unfortunately for Capm Trevo, the Scott Pilgrim contest running on the site wasn't skill based. Fortunately for the rest of us, we get to see what he did for an entry anyway. *-A fantastic devil's advocate post from GuitarAtomik explores the reasons game developers have a right to bitch about used game sales. *-This fantastic blog by Trioptical explores how two letters help to keep PC gaming civil. *-Louis Garcia12 got to do an interview with David Gaider, one of the lead writers for Dragon Age: Origins. Part one is here, and I'm looking forward to seeing part two. *-Dennis C Scimeca explored the reality of "realistic" first person shooters for his Musing. Expect to see this on the front page soon. A-LawofThermalDynamics will soon be back from Korea, but here's a final travel update before he returns to us. A-Matthew Blevins analyzed what platforms people are spending their money on, and the PC is still a very viable platform. I haven't seen a "PC games are dying" article for at least a month now. A-DinosaurPizza wrote a little bit about what could be improved in any future versions of Borderlands. A-Klipsched wonders why he should be punished for taking the easier path? A-Confessions of a ragequitter. A-Trunxkam45 lists why he thinks PC gaming is the future. It's fairly convincing.
Nothing here. Make sure to check Capm Trevo's Scott Pilgrim entry up above though. It's just that good.
E- Dtoid New England is NARPing it up this weekend. E-PAX is less than a month away, and the list of who's coming is pretty amazing. E-DtoidAustin is having a crazy party at WalkYourPath's place this weekend. S-Zen Albatross shares word of an awesome place in New York full of homemade videogames and other assorted spiffiness. E- KrazyKraut proposes a Dtoid meetup at Gamescom. C-Jawshey looked into how Destructoid responds to community criticism. T-Some thoughts from AfroWalrus (great name, by the way) about the Kinect's potential. T-Three years and two games later, Atlas is still Fontaine. T-Kytherno weighs in on the Medal of Honor playable taliban blowup. T-Chimpsky felt violated by the ending of StarCraft 2. R- Duncor did a video review for Demon's Souls. F-KnuxSonic was a guest on Attack of the Show tonight. R-E-stalking the community manager: probably not a good idea. R-Goggleknocker insulted Google, and now it tells everybody he's a pedophile. Coincidence? Probably! R-Inspired by other such events, Burningsoup and friends will be playing through every Spyro the Dragon game in order. V-I might indeed enjoy this, if it weren't region locked. Well, now we know SexualChocolate lives in the UK. C-Don't tell us what you're going to do. Do it, and let us see how awesome you are based on that. F-This isn't terrible, but it IS mediocre and it's being cross-posted from another site. That's a serious no-no. F-Why why why why why why why? F-Though it's a decent blog, it's still another cross post. This is getting to be a problem.
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