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LONG BLOG

Cblogs of 10/8/09 + Strykisms

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I was up in Orlando (technically Kissimmee) this past weekend and visited a little mom-and-pop called Game World. After browsing the store and walking out with a few Genesis games including the clone-tastic Socket: Time Dominator, I have to ask the rest of the country... what the fuck is your problem?

Where are the retro shops? Are people allergic to them? I have a Console Game Exchange and a Play N Trade near my home, but you are lucky if they even dedicate a whole glass cabinet to Game Boy games. The big push is towards the current or previous-generation consoles, essentially pissing all over the past three decades of the hobby. Leave that shit to GameStop. When I go to a retro shop, I want to see walls brimming with gray paks and black cartridges. I expect the staff to understand that it's important to have the damn case for some of these games.

Game World blew my mind. It has everything. It respects the classics. Praise the Lord, the staff will shave a few bucks off a purchase for no reason other than, "Hey, I like you! Lemme give you a break today!" Is there anyone around here with the balls to open a retro shop and blow the fuckin' roof off? Do I need to take out a small business loan and start one up myself?

In other news, a few days ago our perpetual fail machine michiyoyoshiku announced that he was leaving for good. He threatens to leave Destructoid all the time. Just like before, he'll come crawling back eventually as much as we wish he would just stop. He's currently holed up at Blogger.com, making post after post describing how crappy Destructoid is, speaking to an audience that isn't there. He'll be back for the attention. As such, I am instituting:

MICHI WATCH '09!

Technically, this is the second day of the watch seeing as how he left on the sixth. If we are lucky, he'll stay true to his word. Maybe. I doubt it.

Unfortunately, it would appear that a number of clown college dropouts have decided to pick up the slack in michi's absence. I failed nine blogs today. I hypothesize that michi's posts were just so bad that everyone else's seemed brilliant in comparison.




*- In the first entry of sheppy's new blog series "Sacred Cow Slaughter," he tells lit majors to go fuck themselves.

*- walkyourpath breaks shit down with SCIENCE.

*- Yeeeeeaaaaah, boyeeeeeee! Check out the latest Flavor Flav bling makin' the rounds in the Mushroom Kingdom!


S- In randombullseye's latest "Random Select," he reminisces about The Legend of Dragoon.
S- dTunes, the Diverse Omnibus, Day 4: J-Core! Kawaii desu!
M- Nothing is sacred to AKK, not even storytime.
M- Even though review scores aren't sacred, Lurfadur doesn't think they should be axed.





S- The Silent Protagonist got shitcanned a while back and now has too much free time to catch up on games.
S- Mushman's PS3 Home keeps freezing. His solution is in the very first comment.
S- stewie is being paid several hundred bucks to write a guide for Ninja Gaiden 2. GameFAQs contributors meanwhile dig up their backyard for loose change.
S- New dude (see below) The RPGist is on a quest to play every 360 RPG that has been and will be made. Anyone wish to join in on the fun?
I- Konban wa, The RPGist!
I- grafkhun is a long-time Dtoid commenter, first-time Dtoid blogger.
I- Here's another first-time blogger, AstralDrmz!


N- This "special edition" bundle shit is disgusting, Activision.
N- Yes! Yes! Oh God, yes! Europe is getting new games this week!
N- Go play some Miami Shark. Yeeeeeaaaaah!
T- ccesarano is a romantic at heart and desires romantic comedy video games.
T- pedrovay's honeymoon with Demon's Souls has taken a sour turn.
T- Gamers today are cynical jerks.
T- Wolfenstein was based on actual events. Honest to God.
T- No matter the criteria, I doubt gamers will stop going after every single achievement available, even if they have to act like a douchebag.
T- Just because something looks prettiful doesn't make it art.
T- When it comes to achievements, I personally still feel like Mr. Horse from Ren & Stimpy: "No, sir. I didn't like it."
T- Strategy games today are lacking in strategy.
T- Microsoft's Section 8 fuck-up raises a few questions for Brock Hatfield.
T- Arianol wishes to remind you of the Half-Life mod Natural Selection.
T- Major media is sooooo prehistoric when it comes to gaming.
T- Elsa is shocked that she became one of those gamers. You know the ones. The gun-crazies. She doesn't even like guns!
T- Brock Hatfield ponders about a GTA for the Wii very briefly.
D- That crazy procedurally generated MMO Love is requesting players to join the alpha build.


A- GamingGoddess drew a cute Rydia from FFIV and colored her in with colored pencils.
M- Check out some tunes from prolifikstudio's upcoming game Shadow Fox.
S- Sony showed off some sick new OLED tech.







F- Grow up.
F- You spelled "piņata" wrong.
F- That's nice.
F- Oh God.
F- Where's the review? Whoa. Was that it just then? Did I blink and miss it?
F- The stink of entitlement is strong with this one.
F- You have a kid? The way you write I thought you were 13!
F- I'm sorry... did I miss the memo? Was tonight Amateur Mic Night or something?
F- On second thought, these guys are several ranks below "amateur."


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