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Cblogs of 07/19/13 and bbainisms

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Yesterday, Earthbound, one of my favorite games of all time, was finally re-released on the Wii U's virtual console. This is the first time since 1995 that anything from the Mother series has been available to anyone other than Japan. We never got the Mother 1+2 compilation or Mother 3, which might even be a better game than Earthbound! But now there is finally a glimmer of hope. Nintendo is finally acknowledging the series' existence outside of Japan once more. We just have to prove to Nintendo that we are indeed interesting in this amazing series, and maybe, just maybe, an official translation of Mother 3 will see the light of day (although that possibility still seems highly unlikely).



I am slightly discouraged, however, by the current attitudes of some gamers. This masterpiece of a game has been priced at $10, and somehow, many people seem to find this price to be unreasonable. Really? Ten bucks is too much for a good game? I get that most SNES games on virtual console cost $8, setting aside exceptions for imported titles, so the choice may seem a little odd. But is $2 really worth getting upset over? I could probably walk outside right now and find two bucks lying on the ground. I just could never have imagined waking up to a world where charging $10 for Earthbound was considered unacceptable. I'm utterly flabbergasted. I mean, seriously, $10 for a legal copy of Earthbound is a FUCKING STEAL.

*huff huff huff*

Anyway, I sincerely hope the game sells well, despite the wet blankets. I don't own a Wii U currently, so I can't purchase it yet, but if I ever acquire one, Earthbound will be the first thing on my list of games to buy. One of my friends owns a Wii U, and I'm half-tempted to go over and purchase it for him, even if he doesn't want to play it. I just want Nintendo to know that their game is loved, even outside of Japan.

* - Last Scion of the House of Blue Lions wrote up a BEAST of a blog about Demon's Souls, full of poetry, humor, and useful tips for boss fights! Amazing!

* - TheDustinThomas ranked all of the Borderlands DLC, which is handy because I haven't tried out any of the DLC yet!

* - BobPalindrome's entry for the SMTIV contest also happens to be a very good blog about Nocturne and Digital Devil Saga, and why he loves the Shin Megami Tensei series so much.

P - Scary Granules episode 16, brought to you by Hayden Christensen!

E - An entry for the Shin Megami Tensei IV contest.



E - Want to be included in the new Friday Night Fights banner? Of course you do!

F - Friday Night Fights on the PC + Team Fortress vids!

F - Friday Night Fights on the 360 + A phoenix reborn!

F - Friday Night Fights on the PS3 + A mouth-watering chicken!

F - Friday Night Fights on Nintendo + Fightin' games!

D - TheManchild is working on a game in RPG maker! It seems to be giving him some insight on just how much work goes into making games.

T - SongSeven enjoyed the zany cephalopod action in Octodad, and even gives some thought to a deeper meaning behind the game's story. Interesting theory!

T - I don't know what exactly the 'breakfast quest' is all about, but it sounds like Pixielated is enjoying some Shin Megami Tensei IV, irksome quest logs aside.

N - There appear to be some issues with controls in the fan-made game, Mega Man Unlimited.

$ - July 19th UK releases and bargains!





R - PanaMusica is sick of the term "PC master race," and so am I.

L - whatsacow hits us with a list of the worst games ever, along with a hefty serving of sarcasm.

F - Formatting problems galore!





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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.

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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