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Cblogs of 12/19/13 + Shadeisms

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Sorry for the lateness of today's caps, but I was out this morning taking a test for English as a Foreign Language. Because apparently writing a Bachelor's thesis in English, following English language classes for years and recapping English blogs every week is still not enough to convince some bureaucrats that your English proficiency is sufficient.

But anyway, no need for being a grumpypants about the whole thing. At least not any more than I've already done. The test is done, it went well although randomly blurting out English phrases in a room full of other people also blurting out English phrases is kind of awkward, so I've got a couple of days to spare. I still want to finish one paper before Christmas, and after Christmas I've got another exam to study for, but all in all there's light at the end of the tunnel. Hopefully in a few weeks I'll finally have time for video games again, not to mention these -isms. It's been too long. Much too long.

In the mean time, I'm finishing up a blog I teased last week (look for it tonight!), and I'm seeing The Hobbit tomorrow.
But first, of course, caps!  

* - Slippery and slidey, it's the best ice levels in video games. Some great choices in here too!

* - It feels like such a long time since Elsa blogged for us. Her new one is about the added value of customizable characters in video games, and as always its incredibly insightful.

S - More censorship? Of course, there is ALWAYS more censorship. Although to be fair I like the censored Bravely Default character better.

A - Christmas. Christmas has changed.

A - Neshoba shares a fun story about his 25th birthday gaming tournaments.

P - The Secret Moon Base makes a glorious return! With mustard!

P - We're already at the second episode of Not'Toid featuring everybody's favorite zombie overlord (who hates me), amazing frog and black grandma.





S - Destructoid is in its 15th chapter of being devastated and destroyed. I'm still not in it because Zombie Orwell hates me now.

D - I know nothing about this game nor its kickstarters, but it's a new dev promoting his stuff, so whatevs.

C - ctu33BSG remembers to play video games for the fun of it.

V - If you really wanted you could watch a video on some dudes favorite Pokémon, but we all know that Eevee wins.



- I know I should be excited about Smaug, but honestly I'm looking forward to Beorn so much.



- ShadeOfLight
May you always find water and shade

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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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