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Games are art. Games are not art. Games are art again. Games are back to not being art. It's like racquetball up in here. And the fail! Oh God, the fail! What the hell happened?

See, this is what happens when someone doesn't inform certain other people about not being able to cover some specific weekly duty. So... suck this art down.




*- Get to work, Capcom!

*- Steel Squirrel's balls are art. THAT I can get behind!

*- Outtakes from the awesome Man-lympics video.

*- Wry Guy's KoF '94 novel.


A- More games as art stuff.
A- Games are not art.
A- Games are art again.
A- With gameplay and story, it's usually one over the other.
A- Dear BioWare, I want to jump.
A- A response to the first topsauced article.
A- On comparisons and judgments.
A- Elzam responds to Burch's "Wrex Paradox" rant.
S- Mario as an MMO.
S- Zelda as an MMO.
S- Kickin' it old-school with ToeJam & Earl.
S- Kickin' it old-school with Ninja Gaiden.
S- Aniwednesday happened.
S- About the pro FPS gamer.
S- Last of the Star Trek Online impressions.
M- Achievements are out of control.
M- A glut of sameness.
M- Make every cause have a realistic effect.
M- The future should have taken that left turn at Albuquerque.
M- What's old is new.
P- Dtoid New York Brocast records. Jesus...
P- Animucast 5 records.
P- 321gocast 6 is here.


C- SFIV Valentine's tourney.


S- Brandnamecommercial is going to GameStop in the name of higher education.
S- garganroo is going indy at Global Game Jam.
S- Don't call it a comeback! Vigilante8 returns to blow shit up.
C- Occams electric toothbrush needs ideas for a game exhibit at his local art gallery.
I- MisterFox loves the JRPG grind.
B- Xzyliac is 19 and wants 19 things.


V- TvC streaming, no longer streaming.
R- TvC rocks.
R- TvC still rocks.
R- A PS3 trophies app? There really is an app for everything.
R- Review of... Tom and Jerry for the NES?
R- The dirt on DiRT 2.
P- AvP single-player impressions.
P- AvP multiplayer impressions.
T- Borderlands lacks options.
T- So far, Mass Effect 2 disappoints.
T- Alternative GotY awards.
T- Grenade launchers suck.
T- Games that should be BC on the 360.
T- Every Day the Same Dream is sorta... eh.
T- The RPGist doesn't like Battlefield: Bad Company 2.
T- Mass Effect 2 thus far.
T- Metacritic blows.





R- iPad is gonna suck.


F- Apple bot.
F- Pool bot.
F- Same bot as above.
F- sheppy literally asked to be failed.
F- No, not better than the AVGN's review.
F- Faaaabulous bot.
F- Twitterrific.
F- This doesn't tell me anything.
F- Xbot.
F- Announcement that a review is coming. Fanatastic.


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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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