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Cblog Recaps of 03/19/14 and Striderisms!

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Today was my first day back in a classroom in 5 years. I haven't been a student in so long, someone who submits themselves to the mercy of a teacher, in such a long time. It was disorienting to pick up skills I hadn't used in so long such as math with fractions, solving for x, and other such high school math skills that I simply did not use in my 4 years of college for a BA in journalism.

And yet that degree has served me no better than a scrap of paper that says, "Give me a job."

I'm going back to ITT Tech of all places to try getting an AS in Information Technology, so I can at least aim to be the IT guy in your typical office. It is after all a position that finds no lack of space, unlike the rapidly shrinking writing position with a website or magazine. But first I have to get through unenjoyable periods of homework, assignments, papers, and bureaucratic grade hopping, not to mention the heaps and heaps of student loans I've just gotten myself into. I managed to graduate Cal State Long Beach debt free thanks to using my government afforded Pell grant. But that baby is all dried up and I'm left with money bags with strings attached to them.

If there's anything I can take away from this, its that I feel I have a direction now. The pressure of spending my own money and entering a cruel and unforgiving education feels like there's a tangible goal line in sight for me, however long or expensive it may be.



Also, I get a loaner laptop for e-books and a fresh new laptop is just what I need to enjoy Steam in all its glory.

It's probably no better than my current laptop but the fact that's its fresh and not weighed down by personal data and junk allows me to play games I should've been able to play before but couldn't. Did you know my old laptop could not play FTL of all games? It was eerie playing it so smoothly on this Dell laptop without nary a drop in frame rate. I still need to try a lot of other things I've had trouble with before like Recettear, Hotline Miami, and Prison Architect. I may even give TF2 another go after loading it with a mess of low spec, performance inducing scripts (the kind that make the game butt ugly but super easy to run).

Of course, to make sure it stays this way, this work laptop is purely for use for work and just Steam. No other things like music, movies, streaming, or other seedy unmentionable internet browsing experiences. I have to treat this thing like a holy relic if I want to continue playing at least enjoyable low grade experiences the likes of FTL on it.


* - Sex doesn't fly but violence does huh? What about that General Mills?

* - Mr. Cool-Guy-Gamer-Teacher here thinks he's mister, um, what I just said


A - Which game is the DOTA-iest of the DOTA games?

A - Obscure, awesome, and EXPENSIVE games you should try when you're finally rich

A - Thrashall went from gaming loner to gaming buddy thanks to Dark Souls 2's invite system

A - Can a game be tasteful while pushing the boundaries of what's expected in game narrative?

A - A stroll down Metroidvania lane with Pixelated





F - OpiumHerz wants to play games while he's in an oceanic timezone across from a lot of us


R - Brazilian Wagner gushes big time on MGSV

R - A mechanically unsound review of Final Fight perhaps?

T - Learn about the factions and Covenants of Dark Souls so you can be a dick to real people on the internet!


A - Day of the Metroid








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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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