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Cblog Recaps of 06/09/14 and STRIDERISMS

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It's been a whirlwind week with grad nights ebbing and rising over here in California. Once again, I'll be unable to properly recap Wednesday given I'll working until 2:45am and working another shift at 1:30pm. I've said it before but the people in my scheduling department either have very little resources to work with or they really don't mind handing out barely legal 9 hour turnarounds to us grunts. Most of my free time has been spent on catching up on anime I should have watched from the beginning but held a wait and see attitude on.

For example, I started watching No Game No Life, a quirky action/suspense anime which I'd succinctly describe as Yu-Gi-Oh if they played other games besides the TCG Duel Monsters. It stars two NEETs (shut ins) who whittle the days away playing games and being unbeatable at them. They're so good, a mysterious figure on the Internet challenges them to a game of chess. When the duo beat him, they're suddenly transported to another world built on an entirely different set of principles. In this world, ruled by the last surviving god known as Tet, god of games, violence is forbidden and in the place of using force, the 10 pledges stand in tandem with an attitude of playing games to get what you want. The 10 pledges amount to basic rules that physically enforce the act of betting things and to the victor go the spoils. In this world, you can challenge someone to something as simple as rock, paper, scissors or as complex as a video game and bet anything from the clothes on your back to your basic rights as a sentient being.

The pair of NEETs are dropped in the ruinous kingdom of Imanity, a thinly veiled alternate word for humans. Due to humans being the vanilla of fantasy worlds, they're dead last in terms of combat strength and magical affinity, lagging behind the likes of elves, beast people, and angelic demigods. With the duo's unbroken win streak from their old boring world, they decide to set out on a new adventure sure to be filled with challenge: put Imanity at the top of the world by defeating the the 15 other fantasy races in front of the rankings.

Speaking of rankings, as guess its as good a time as ever to post this again?



Nah, I'm kidding. Partially anyways. Microsoft didn't fuck up. Sony was ok. Maybe boring? EA and Ubisoft were emberassing, so I guess its the third-parties who really fell off the proverbial Mario Party peak. And Nintendo? You know, they don't really need to do anything. They can just prey off of our base fandom natures and be pretty successful or at least have positive buzz to work with.

As I write these isms into Tuesday morning, I have everything to gain from Nintendo's reveals while Sony and Microsoft have to work harder. Halo? That's cool, yeah. Sunset Overdrive? I don't think I'll buy an Xbox One quite yet but sure. Farcry 4? Well that's just cross-generational so alright. But release a bunch of figurines of my favorite Nintendo characters? That just triggers primal section of my brain that is usually reserved for red meat, violence, and sex. A part of my brain that goes back to the primal, neanderthal man of past who would kill things, procreate liberally with cave women, and play Metroid on the NES back in his cave.



* - King Henry was ever hungry for more power, consuming Super Mushrooms, leaping off of Yoshi's back, and all in his quest for a new heir with Peach

* - Legend has been stood up for the last time. It's only somber adult drinking from here on out

* - P. Sinn went to UFGT X and came out a changed man. Still mediocre at fighting but a changed man






C - Hamza "Shark" Aziz puts his thoughts down before E3 were to happen

R - Voex didn't like The Cat Lady but everyone in the comments disagrees

R - Terry review Kirby 64, wombo combo edition

T - Spaz makes requests for the new Smash. Except for the whole energy bar thing. That's a scrubby ass idea



? - Bewbs

L - RIP Last Guardian. Long live Last Guardian

F - Consoles? Spam?


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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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