I'm going to go ahead and start on a negative note and say I never liked Nanbu.
We can just say I can only blame myself for that. Lots of people loved having her around. I just never encountered her on a positive note. It was always the toxic, critical, jaded commenter. And that you'd need to be banned in order to walk away from something on the internet? Can't you just, I don't know, unbookmark the website and start watching cat videos on YouTube?
I mean really now. It's not even 10 seconds away.
You know what I like about Dtoid? The people. I've played Injustice with people like SuperMonk4Ever. And by played, I mean shot arrows back and forth in a super simplified bullet hell. I've already described my GTA Online shenanigans with Wrench and Stahlbrand but we also go back with Mass Effect 3 multiplayer (Geth 4 lyfe son). Then there's that time I played bait with a giant lootmonger on Borderlands 2 and I had to depend on Andy Dixon to kill him for me.
Destructoid can be like a school. Maybe the school has changed due to inflating lease prices or maybe that biker gang a few cities over has decided to make that Jack In The Box across the street their new hang out but I can still hang out with my cliques and friends. School might change but friends don't (necessarily) do.
Those assholes! I want my curly fries!
Also, I'm glad Wrench and Manus recapped those Pokemon blogs that were talking shit about Pokemon. Don't talk shit about Pokemon. Well, I've come to the realization that everything Nintendo is, can be compared to CoD or Madden. The difference is that it's not annual. It'll take more than one year. I no longer make fun of CoD or Madden. Video games you know? It might be the fresh coat of paint or the new Pokemon, the new metagame, the new social interaction, but X and Y has shaped up to be the most engrossing iteration of Pokemon yet. I just spent the last two days training a Gardevoir, Azumarill, Mawile, and Pinsir to be the best Pokemon I could possibly throw into battle against my great asshole friends. You won't know humilation until a blue water fairy pounds you into the ground until you're a stump while dancing around with a happy smile on his face. My Pinsir knows Earthquake, Quick Attack, Storm Throw, and X-Scissor. This is all important information, yes. And when Pinsir mega evolves, Quick Attack becomes a flying-type attack which he gains STAB on for additional damage and...
shit, hold on. I'm sorry. I get carried away. You know how CoD fans will obsessively pour over every little detail on their guns? Well, Pokemon are my guns and every stat must be meticulously tuned. Mawile needs bulky defenses because she sure as hell ain't running on any speed.
The point is, there are two kinds of games at this point: the kind that wow and excite people by being completely different and the kind who know that if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
I'm don't see a need to question my experience in Pokemon. 8 gyms with a variety of designs, a nefarious terrorist organization with a different slant of domination, the Elite Four with it's continually grander presentation. It's all the same yet new every time. When we fought Sabrina back in gen 1, we just pawed our way through invisible walls. In X/Y, we're traveling through the infinite cosmos as created by an arguably more powerful psychic. Brock's gym was full of rocks. Grant from X/Y has a mountain and you have to freaking rock climb your way to him. Same deal but new experience man.
Also, happy birthday to my girlfriend for October 23rd! I'll never forget because she told me her birthday while driving and the clock said 10:23. A moment frozen in time!
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*
Happy blogging, everyone!
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