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Cblogs of 03/07/14 and bbainisms

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Hello everyone! Last weekend, I saw the new Studio Ghibli movie, The Wind Rises, which was really terrific! It was a lot more adult than any of the other Ghibli movies I've seen, dealing with issues such as terminal illness and balancing work and social life. The story was centered around building airplanes; it seems like Miyazaki explores the topic of airplanes quite often in his films. Of course, the airplane designs were really cool; some of the dream planes reminded me of the weird aircraft seen in Howl's Moving Castle, while some of the more realistic planes reminded me of Porco Rosso. I also enjoyed the sound effects they used for the planes, which were all made with human voices. You could tell they weren't real, but they were still impressive, and kind of charming. 

I still haven't seen From Up on Poppy Hill, which came out in the States last year, even though I've been meaning to for a while now. I should get around to finally watching that one soon.

As for the recaps, today was a rather ho-hum day for blogs. Kind of unfortunate, but it happens. Hopefully things start picking up soon, with all of the interesting games coming out in the next month.



No topsauce today :(



P - Enjoy a new episode of the Low(er) Tier Podcast!







F - Friday Night Fights on PC + Diamond Dogs!

F - Friday Night Fights on Nintendo + A farewell...

S - nanashi has begun streaming on Twitch!



D - GyroVorbis is developing a 2D RPG called Elysian Shadows!

R - Spazzh20 reviews Asura's Wrath.

V - drizzt made a video about Titanfall.

$ - March 7th UK releases and bargains!







V - VVVGamer has been gaming with three monitors.

L - Sebastian reviews some strange game about horses.

C - tonicmole writes about the Vita and has a weird sense of humor.

C - tonicmole rambles about female characters.

C - An incredibly brief review of Tomb Raider.



F - No



- bbain

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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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