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Cblogs of 03/08/10 + Sentricisms

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Hey all. Today's been something of a busy day for me, between a few work projects, keeping an eye on the Cblogs (a habit I'm not yet as good at as I'd like to be), rushing home to catch the newly-aired episode of House, and trying to wrap this up before heading back to work to afford my roommate an opportunity to pick up Final Fantasy XIII, so I'm finishing this off a little earlier than I might otherwise prefer to.

I sure hope you won't hold it against me.

Lots of great musings today, and plenty of good reads even if they didn't make it into the Topsauce.

Also, I left a little present in honour of Qalamari's traditional methods:



* - Corduroy Turtle's baconsex musing tickled me JUST ENOUGH to squeak into the Topsauce (though pretty dry visually, throw in an image or something, eh?).

* - covah stared at David Hayter's ass perhaps as much as I stared at Old Snake's (it's magnificent). A parenthetical musing, but still awesome.

* - Stevil offers some solid reasoning as to why sexual conquests in gaming are so ephemeral and meaningless.

* - Metallion's "outside looking in" appreciation of RTS and his anticipation for Starcraft 2. (I, too, appreciate RTS, while being a t0al n00b.)




S - NihonTiger90 reappears to fill us in on his recent (and entirely reasonable) haps.

M - Nude mods, topcatyo affirms, are the true litmus of game greatness.

M - Not until Mass Effect 2 did The Craze find a connection worth visiting a virtual, intimate connection.

M - Sex simply not a necessary element in video-games. According to Analogue, it's little more than spam.

P - Guncannon (alongside other community members) shares a new podcast discussing history's representation in video-games.




Tease - Hamza gives away the remainder of the Blur beta codes in one big slew. (Presumably all gone now.)

Tease - Ramalho does the same with two more. (Most definitely gone now.)

E - Funktastic's suave and stylish entry into the PAX East contest.

E - goodgamer77's entry into the PAX East contest. (He's not wearing any pants!)




S - Silverhertz unboxes for us his awesome contest winnings!

C - LoTD addresses some recent comment concerns.

C - SAMA1984 ponders an overabundance of potential riches.

C - I share GoldenGamerXero's concerns with Dtoid's recent brightness.

I - FireFox516's inagural post acquaints us with his contemporary most and least favourites. Welcome!

I - diztrukted doesn't seem to have much to say and his blog's all wonky. Still, first time, so hello!

I - Welcome Tom Davy to the fold! His blog tastes of delightful donkey puns! (Get it?)




R - "OutRun Online Arcade" review, provided by CoruptAl125.

R - Remember Quest 64 (Holy Magic Century)? Let flameconder tell you a thing or two.

R - turdismiller's thoughts on Mass Effect 2.

T - Aon explores a deeper sense of first-person immersion, and its potential.

T - Goggalor sings the praises of the save-game carry provided in Mass Effect 2.

T - Man, The Silent Protagonist waxes loquacious about the full gamut of FF, Xbox, and Sony fandom.

T - Move over MW2, Etahn 8bit has graduated to Bad Company 2. And he has reasons!

T - Cazza's gardually slipping into the hardcore fighting community and invites us all to come with!

T - Now that you're playing BC2, Kuwanjahbee has some tips for ya'.

T - The only reason I didn't put this in the Topsauce is due to some lavish (though not gratuitous) promotion of another site, but SimonSaysDie provides a KILLER read.

T - Daniel Andres walked away from Heavy Rain feeling exceptionally engaged. Cool beans.

T - NoMore gets the Final Fantasy franchise against the ropes. (Spares FFIX!)

T - Cadtalfryn's argument of historical accuracy vs. player agency resonates strongly (not unlike narrative vs. agency).

T - HoodedMiracle thinks fishing blatantly superior in the war of exclusivity. (Look out fish, I just dropped my bagel!)

T - Practically a meme at this point, ChillyBilly also elaborates on his preference of BC2 over MW2.




A - DJDuffy shares a most excellent recent strip from her comic, featuring Mr. Destructoid!

A - A nifty steampunk version of Peach, outlined and coloured by ekoala2002.

F - wanderingpixel has a thing or two to say about last night's Oscars. (Love the Hughes header.)




C - Fitzybear beat out (by 35 minutes) the Destructoid announcement of Steam on Mac, but didn't say too much.

C - Sorry TheRPGist, not really feeling much by way of content here.




F - Unfortunately, randompowerup's link didn't connect us with a video.

F - Apparently Takeshi is a ... dickhead?


Okiday. That about wraps it up for the evening. Hope you've all had a wonderful Monday and I'll see you around.

Cheers,
Sentry


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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.

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