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Cblogs of 04/21/2010 + Sykisms


I remarked last week that I'd burnt out on videogames. This week I got Pokemon Heart Gold. Problem solved. It's amazing not only how well Gold and Silver have aged, but also how much more I appreciate the game now I'm older.

Saying that, the Pokewalker may be the most evil accessory ever created. Everywhere I go I have to have the damn thing with me. I walk to work with it, change Pokemon, wear it during work, change Pokemon on my break, then change Pokemon again before I walk home with it. If the aim was to get people walking then mission accomplished I suppose. Also casually catching Pokemon with it while I'm taking a piss is hugely satisfying (excusing the splatter when a Dratini showed up earlier).

Parting thought directed at Nintendo Europe. CAVE STORY NAO.

* - Tubatic wrote a blog about being old and it's pretty good
* - In just a few short steps, you too can have whirling blades of death
* - I like this, the double jump is sometimes waaaaaay too picky
* - Alpha explains how he thinks, and it's pretty damn interesting (I find autism incredibly interesting)
* - We need to keep having the "games are art" debate, because it worked for photography

A - A speculation/wishlist post for MvC3 by Nekobun
A - Paul Barber talks about post modernist stuff, it makes my brain hurt
M - Red Steel 2
M - Elsa can't jump (no surprise there)
M - GTA4
M - Gears of LAAAAAG
M - That old time rock and roll
S - CB's comment roundup is awesome as always
S - Metallion continues his look back at the X-COM series
S - Aniwednesday is going through the motions somewhat
P - SEGA Addicts 7, you know what to do
P - RDS episode 9, dealing with Splinter Cell

E - Baltimore NARP in 2 days and they want suggestions
C - PC gamers are losing their price advantage
C - Jacob's thoughts on Ebert

T - Thoughts of an Ace Combat fan switching to HAWX
T - Analysing the Dead Rising 2 trailer

A - It's NMH2 erotica, which makes it art
A - This is as basic an artblog as you get
M - Blurryphoenix reviews Videogames Live
F - The Megaman fan film will FINALLY be released on May 7th
F - Jack talks about Yojimbo: The Movie

C - No, put your reasoning in the blog, don't make us email you
R - Thermal brings the thought dump
V - A video on 90s gaming I could swear has been blogged before

F - Embed fail
F - Straight fail
F - Failing simply


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Last week, in the quick posts of Destructoid's community, we saw the rise and fall of community manager Wesley J. Russow. He rose to prominence with his immutable power, only to see it come crashing down as the working class clambered beneath him and tore him down. Truly, the life and times of Westopher G. Raggamuffins was a lesson in live fast, burn hot, crash spectacularly.

Wes went from community darling to lovable despot over the course of a few days. It was a thing of beauty to behold. Truly, nothing is better to witness than a real-life heel turn. Wrestling is nothing without these terms after all. A "Face" is a good guy wrestler who fights the man, stands up for the little guy, and fights fairly while still winning. A "Heel", on the other hand, is a despicable, dastardly villain or even anti-hero. I loved Kurt Angle's antics as this gold medal Olympic winner turned wrestler who wasn't necessarily as likable as his gold medals imply. I loved hating that guy! A good heel is fun to hate, and there's nothing quite like the gasp of shock when watching the turn, when a face uses dirty tricks and turns into a heel.

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