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Cblogs of 12/15/08 + SilverDragonisms

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Hey Everyone! This is SilverDragon1979, the new Cblog Recapper on the block. I'm taking Qalamari's place the next two Monday nights since he has to work his butt off to get the bills paid. This is my first time doing this, so be gentle with me. I have to be honest and say this takes a lot of freakin' work. I have a lot more respect now for all the regular recappers. They are truely some hard working awesome people to do this for you every week. I'm not sure I can do as good of a job as them, but I'll try my best not to screw up.

For those of you who don't know, I wasted 2 hours of my life last night watching the 2008 Video Game Awards on SpikeTV. It was absolutely horrible. I wrote a pretty long post today actually about the top 15 reasons why I think the VGAs were such an epic failure this year. Did any of you watch it? What did you think?

Well anyways ... let's get to the recaps ... but first an awesome picture of a dragon ...






*-I list the 15 reasons why the 2008 VGAs were an Epic Failure!
*-LaxLuster talks about his experience with gaming universities and why you should avoid them
*-GameZombie lists his top 10 Final Fantasy songs
*-Faith and her Master Chief arts and crafts are really cool!


A-Blindsidedork explains why he thinks legendary shouldn’t have got such a low score
S-GoS-CPT-Stewart provides an update for his new game Pong-Karuga
S-Tubatic's Vault: Zelda Gold Cartridges and a Rare Magazine
S-Sound Test: Starfox Corneria and Remix (jackal27)
S-Michiyoyoshiku explains why Primal Rage is a “Totally F’ed up game”
M-A Time to Destroy: Saint’s Row 2 (zombiekiller13)
M-A TIme to Destroy: A SimCIty Retrospective (LaxLuster)
P-RetroforceGO! Episode 68 (manasteel88)
P-RonBurgandy2010 presents dTunes #46



E-solidgoomba is giving away some awesome HAWP shirts he made!


E-ScottyG presents Blipfet Day 2!
S-Mikey shows off his Dtoid Secret Santa gift
S-NihonTiger90 presents another edition of “What’d You Get?
C-Half left begs Ubisoft for a job!
I-Everyone welcome Fallen North


N-Myst Online? (Danshir)
N-EA announces Dante’s Inferno (Craig Law)
N-Gears of War 2 Easter Egg (Zombutler)
V-Video for new Tales game on Wii (SakuChan)
R-DrachulaX reviews Legendary
T-A Survival Guide to Tatsunoko vs. Capcom (Galagabug)
T-FPSLabs asks PhysX, “Where’s the Beef?”
T-Another bad Left 4 Dead experience on XBOX Live (Fusiontr)
T-Michiyoyoshiku compares the US and Japanese versions of King of Fighters Orochi



A-The Last VGA Developr Fashion Awards (Atlas)
F-Hidden Easter Egg on the Dark Knight DVD (BlindsideDork)
F-Wolverine Movie Trailer (Blindsidedork)
F-Touhou Anime Project: Musou Kakyou (Manasteel88)


L-The MAC actually has games? (Electro Lemon)
V-Pendelton21 thinks Bush is a Ninja President
V-Ocified-Xboxer is angry that shoes got thrown at President Bush
?-WTF!!!


S-I hate seeing Fail blogs about Left 4 Dead
F-NXE vs. Home argument is fail



-(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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