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Cblogs of 07/19/09 + Nintendollisms

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Oh hai guiz, remember me? Some of you young whippersnappers may have no clue who I am ;_; I used to write stuff on the internets! Now that a few more things are settled in my life I can jump back into the blogosphere again. Also, I now am back on Xbox Live after a four month hiatus. Super high fives to ItsTheTino, P3t3Y, Sharpless, Azn Joe, Wardrox, and everyone else who helped me celebrate the occasion with a L4D Expert run in No Mercy.

Don't forget to wish Necros a happy (late-ish) birthday!


*- Kid flips out, Dragon Ball Z-style
*- Take Takeshi's lead and use your imagination, people!

A- Some thoughts on game reviews and scores
A- Can morality exist in games? (Fallout 3 spoilers)
S- Building Video Game Canon: Week 9 (Forum)
S Pathologic Day 0 and Day 1
S- The Obscurer Tribune: Not-So-Mini-Mix #5
M- I, the Author: Ando, Me, and The Great Defence
M- I, the Author: Midnight Run
P- The Backwards Compatible Podcast wants your questions!
P- Episode 2 of Drunkcast records tomorrow

W- Kauza wins some sweet stuff from Dtoid KOF contest

E- EVO Day 2 Update
E- EVO Day 3 Update
E- The PAX '09 Dtoid Meet-Up List (Of Greatness)
C- Pay attention to good blogs, guys!
C- I don't agree with this emotional post, but it IS very well explained
C- People who play games online are annoying
C- Wry Guy talks about healthy food choices. And Idaho.
B- Happy Birthday, Necros! (the fire relived!)

S- Hamza has too much stuff, take it off his hands at PAX!

N- Champions Online gets microtransation store, Volomon is not happy
R- I've Just Completed: Far Cry 2
R- Battlefield Heroes Review
T- Altered decides to do a walkthrough of weird Russian game "Pathologic"Then explains further.
T- Bad translations can ruin great games
T- Monkey Island: Launch of the Screaming Narwhal
T- Slight rebuttal of Jim Sterling's The Conduit review
T- Remakes: Monkey Island vs R-Type
T- Things you may not like about Way of the Samurai 3
D- Mod: Mr. Destructoid Helmet in Fallout 3
D- The guys making Super Ghosts 'n...Ghosts want your mone--er, help
D- Super Ghosts 'N...Ghosts Dev Diary #2

L- My brother hacked the Destructoids because Battlefield 1943 doesn't have any Nazis

F- Some people can blog drunk and be awesome. Some however, cannot

FPoTD
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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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