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C Blogs of 8/18/10 and 8/19/10 + Ronathan 2010

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The big thing of the day is the Ronathan All-Star Podcast. Community member Alex Barbatsis joined up with Chad Concelmo, Colette Bennett, Brad Nicholson, and Stella Wong to discuss video games. Why? Because they're running a charity drive.

Cblog regulars might have heard lv99ron's harrowing tale. Ron recently underwent heavy-duty surgery and has been slapped with hosptial bills a mile high. That's where the podcast comes in. Go to the link in the paragraph above and hit the fat "donate" button. Even if you don't listen to the podcast, chip in a buck or two. Let's help a brother out. Whaddya cats say?




*- Om Nom On Souls penned a thought-provoking essay on player autonomy in games.

*- The life of LawofThermalDynamics must be awesome.

*- Freefall drops the real with his piece on awesome Star Wars games that will never receive sequels.

*- Topsauced for giving mad props to Brawl in the Family, one of the best gaming webcomics ever.

*- I love a good Jim Sterling roast!


A- mjw282 thinks some games don't have the balls to commit to unpleasant story resolutions.
A- So...are you calling Square Enix a pack of hypocrites?
S- Aniwednesday is moving to Thursdays.
S- McKn Decker continues his "Let's Play" of Terranigma.
S- Kriskitten is a casual girl gamer and finally got around to beating Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.
S- The final part of Louis Garcia's interview with BioWare writer David Gaider.
M- Brandon Holmes says, "Stop picking on video games, World!"
M- chaotical asks, "Buttons, buttons, who's got the buttons?"
P- Animucast 16 is the podcast that will pierce the heavens.
P- LAPD 9 is recording in the back of a Winnebago.





S- Nathsies is writing a free ebook about games.
S- mattrodroid, you have an obsession.
C- chaos oracle wants to start an blog series covering RPGs. What should be his focus?
I- As a young'un, Driogon kicked his brain tumor's ass!
I- CrazEboy7 wants to be Suda 51.
I- Say hi to Manic Maverick...hey! You're not new!


N- No More Heroes coming to PS3 in Europe with Move controls.
N- MISSION COMPROMISED! The PS3 has been hacked!
V- Zippyduda made a very class video showcasing his favorite games ever.
V- Debut trailer for the new Atlus game Catherine. Oh, look! Sheep people!
T- All "Top XX Games of All Time" lists are fail.
T- BobaJettSki refuses to choose between Ace Combat: Assault Horizon and H.A.W.X. 2.
T- dontTrip goes all Nostradamus on the Street Fighter X Tekken lineup.
T- HoodedMiracle proves why the PSP kicks the iPhone to the curb.
T- Now aluzey drops his Street Fighter X Tekken wish list.


M- DimmuJed made a song about zombies and... uh... yeah...


V- Y0j1mb0, this Bud's for you.
C- Might be good, but I can't hear a damn word you're saying.
C- I'd start dropping the shameless plugs for your site at the end if I were you.
C- Spaces and paragraph breaks, guy! This blog needs 'em!
?- GoggleKnocker didn't get his decoder ring. He's out of the club.


COPY-PASTA- We don't take too kindly to copy jobs 'round these parts.
COPY-PASTA- 1UP can keep your review.
F- Off to a bad start, CrookedD.
F- You claim to not be trolling, then you accuse Jim of intentionally troll-baiting. Right.
F- I bet this was really funny when you first thought of it.
F- Hide that shit.
F- Know what else is free? A good kick in the pants.


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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!

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