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Cblogs of 05/02/14 + 05/03/14 and bbainisms

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Well, this has been quite a weekend. I was just gonna talk about the new games I've been playing (Mercenary Kings and Child of Light), but then things started getting really serious around the site. Namely, seven staff members (that I've counted so far) have been laid off, including Spencer Hayes, Phil Janca, Casey Baker, Brett Zeidler, Joshua Derocher, Harry Monogenis, and most surprisingly, Conrad Zimmerman. The Dtoid Twitch channel is also going dark for the time being. 

This is a huge bummer... I wish everyone who was laid off the best, and I hope they can find something else soon. They will be missed :(

All of this also has me a little worried about the state of the site, but I dunno... I don't want to jump to any conclusions. I guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens to Destructoid from here on out. There are still some fantastic people on staff, but the lay-offs are certainly disheartening. I mostly stick to the Cblogs anyway, though, and it's not like those will be going anywhere. As long as there's still a community in the Cblogs, then I'll still have a place to call home on the internet!



* - 10 things you didn't know about Nihil. He likes big words and he cannot fabricate!

* - 10 things you didn't know about taterchimp. He's got an impressive repertoire of blogs, jokes and technical know-how!

* - 10 things you didn't know about Pixielated. She's got all of the waifus!

* - Destructoid's Twitch channel is being taken down for now, and nekobun is understandably disappointed. An important conversation ensues in the comments.

* - Hamza takes a moment to discuss what's happening with the Dtoid Twitch channel and answer questions in the comments.

* - Joshua Derocher bids farewell to Dtoid. Good luck with all of your future endeavors, Josh!

* - Casey Baker is also leaving Destructoid. So many awesome people are leaving! :(



A - Titannel tells us about four obscure handheld games, including... Megaman, Bomberman and Batman? Strange choices, but a fun read nonetheless.







S - Jagger Gravning had one of his articles published by Kotaku!

F - Friday Night Fights on Playstation + Drunk cornflakes!

F - Friday Night Fights on Xbox + Zap! Pow! Biff!

F - Friday Night Fights on Nintendo + Fabulous Peach!



T - Derek Pietras thinks there's something sinister about World of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck.

V - Video review for Child of Light, a fantastic game!

V - Another video review for Child of Light!

$ - May 2nd UK releases and bargains!







L - What's your Corgi name? Mine is Mister Squiggy McNubbin.

C - ashrawr is having a lot of fun with Animal Crossing: New Leaf. I'm glad to see Gulliver getting some love; he's my favorite character too!



F - Format fail, although I do love Dillon!



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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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