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Cblogs of 1/21/09 + SilverDragonisms

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Yojimbo is supposed to be filling in tonight for njsykora, but he's busy being a dad and doing all those real life things that end up being more important then recapping the Cblogs. How can Yojimbo's real life be more important then Dtoid you might wonder? Well when you get to be as old as Yojimbo is you'll understand. Luckily for him, and all of you guys, I am able to step in and take over his duties. Or am I taking over njsykora's duties? I don't know. Does it matter? I'm here now and that's all that matters!

Before I begin the recap, let me just say that I'm extremely excited about this weekend. Why am I excited you might ask? Well, I'm excited because me and 7 of my friends are getting together all day Saturday to have an 8-person 4v4 LAN party, in which we plan on playing COD4, TF2, and L4D. It's 8 hours filled with lots of smack talking, lots of junk food, lots of beer, and a huge body count. If anyone lives near the Raleigh, NC area and would ever like to participate please let me know. We hold this LAN party about once every 2 months and always on a Saturday. We are looking for more people to kill, I mean to play along with us, so if you are interested please let me know.

Now on to the day's recaps .....






*-Mikey finally fulfills NihonTiger90’s wishes and draws Cammy
*-Left 4 Dead, the early years … this picture is just AWESOME!



A-Guttlesswonder has a conspiracy theory about Sony and the poor release state of SOCOM
S-GamingGoddess continues her long series about Parasite Eve (the girl LOVES this game)
S-dTunes #73 is up, featuring Ween
M-Playing with Others: My Dad and I Love Shaq-Fu



W-Blehman and Bloodylip win EternalDeathSlayer's latest contest!



E-Retrofroce GO! Bittorrent
E-Genki-JAM presents another installment of Aniwednesdays!
E-Conrad is looking for some volunteers to participate in Dtoid discussions!
S-The Ghost shows off some of his newest Dtoid swag!
S-Clance apparently has had some really bad luck as of late with his PS3
S-tsunamikitsune has become addicted to Magic the Gathering
S-Blehman wants to know when the Dtoid Forums are coming back!
S-nilcam found an awesome arcade in Oklahoma City
S-VGMari shares pictures from Otronicon
S-Puppy Licks catches us all up on his life and shows of some sweet new swag!
C-ThePhil wants to know what games he should work on and finish.
C-seigfreid just bought a PS2 and needs some advice on what games to buy!
I-beads introduces himself to the Dtoid community ... everyone say hi!



N-Jaleco gets sold off for only 1 Yen
N-PS3 Firmware 2.60 is now live … go get it!
N-World of Goo soundtrack available for free download
N-I Am Alive is apparently coming out 1st Quarter 2009
N-Gears of War 2 gets a new Update!
N-What is Dan Hsu, previously of EGM, plotting?
V-michiyoyoshiku shows off some videos he made of King of Fighters 2006
V- michiyoyoshiku shows off some videos he made of Tekken Tag
V-Zero Punctuation goes on Safari
V-Tenchu Shadow Assassins meets Girls Gone Wild (NSFW)
R-Phalanxxx reviews Lost Odyssey
R-CWal37 presents Fallout 3 Mode Reviews #1: Basic Game Changes
T-Bigby doesn’t think PC Games are dead yet
T-Novakaine would like to see a third party publisher pick up Winter for the Wii
T-Tyrian 3 also thinks Winter should get backing from a publisher!
T-NHL 09 used to be scals37’s favorite game until ….
T-BlindsideDork is excited about the new PSP game, Yuusha 30
T-unstoppablejuggernaut can’t get enough Left 4 Dead … he needs MORE!
T-SnakeDude4Life would like to see a Citizen Kane-like game.
T-Dudemullet talks about why he loves Valkyria Chronicles so much!



A-garrison reviews the castle crashers 4 figurine set
M-Powerglove is working on a new album
S-Check out this real life PORTAL gun!



?-WTF!
V-galagabug provides some skate boarding videos to hold us over until Skate 2 comes out



F-And so the failing begins …
F-Fail #2
F-Fail #3


-(SilverDragon1979)

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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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