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Hello friends, I hope you all had a nice Friday!



So who all has watched the much anticipated 4th season of Arrested Development? I still have 3 episodes to go before finishing it, but I like what I've seen so far. I think Maeby's episode was my favorite one so far. I loved her acceptance speech at the Opie's awards show, and I thought she was generally a funnier character than she's been previously. Lucille's episode was also fantastic, of course. She's still my favorite character, and anything she says or does never fails to crack me up! And Gob's episodes were great as well! 

I think the only character I'm kind of disappointed in this season is Tobias. The Fantastic 4 storyline and his new love interest just aren't really doing it for me. He does have his moments, though, so it's not all bad. I still haven't seen Buster's or George Michael's episodes, and I have high hopes for both of them!

And I think it goes without saying that my favorite thing about the new season of Arrested Development is a certain long-necked, feathery individual.


Cindy the Ostrich! Side-note: the ostrich-like sound Lucille 2 makes at one point was possibly my favorite moment of season 4.

* - Pixielated might be angry with Microsoft's current business decisions, but on the bright side, there are sure to be companies who will embrace the things Microsoft is currently fighting, and those are the companies that will likely prevail.

A - Jonathan Holmes makes some very strange comments sometimes, and this one in particular got Alphadeus thinking quite a bit about console innovation.

A - Video games, and Halo in particular, helped Spieler Dad cope with a death in the family.

A - Listening to Super Nintendo themes put ACSlater in a wonderful, nostalgic trance.

A - Retrofaction gained an interesting perspective on video games thanks to Feminist Frequency.

A - Captain Fish Sticks thinks MMOs can be successful in the US; they just have to be more innovative.

A - ClashOfPenguin treats E3 as a gamer's holiday, complete with traditions and everything!

P - Zero Cool Podcast, episode 72!





F - Friday Night Fights on the 360 + Xbone speculation!

F - Friday Night Fights on the PS3 + Trophies!

F - Friday Night Fights on the PC + Boners!

F - Friday Night Fights on Nintendo + Hunting monsters!

T - random j03 felt that DmC was lacking a certain badassness of the earlier games.

P - TheKodu gives us a nice preview of Remember Me, and hopes you'll remember to check out the game when it releases in a few days!

$ - May 31st UK releases and bargains!





R - A Halo Hypothetical: What if Master Chief wasn't a Spartan?

V - This does look like a pretty cool Kickstarter project!

F - Fresh spam straight from Switzerland!



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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!

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