To start Striderisms, I'll start with something I asked my girlfriend to write out to help me as I got off work late last night. I asked her to write about anything and she decided to describe our Christmas together and probably why it was one of the best Christmases she's ever had.
"Yet another year has passed and my yearly trip to Anaheim was underway. I was hoping for an awesome and peaceful weekend with Marcel in celebrating our fifth anniversary. This year did not disappoint. Not only did Marcel treat me to free Disneyland, he showed up with a new puzzle game for me to try out. Puzzle games have always been my favorite, but I have not obsessed this much over a game since Tetris.
Crashmo is a block puzzle game. The main story is that a small grandfather made a contraption for birds (ed. note - the contraption belongs to Grandpa Blox's grand niece). The main character, who looks like a tiny sumo wrestler, disturbs the contraption and the birds fly away. The grandfather becomes upset and the tiny sumo wrestler swears to retrieve each and every bird for the grandfather. The tiny sumo wrestler and the grandfather find that each bird has found nesting atop of a block puzzle which the small grandfather help the tiny sumo wrestler figure out. After a while, you and the tiny sumo wrestler are left on your own to figure out the puzzles in order to climb up and retrieve the birds.
I took every opportunity to play this weekend, and Marcel was more than happy to oblige, making sure his system was fully charged. Of course, his system was always on to gather more street tags. It always amused me when his me continually bragged to his new street tag companions that he works at Disneyland. When it looked around and confirmed that there where no more people street tagged, it amused me even more.
Then we went to Disneyland. His sister and her friend came along, as well and I had to share my time with Marcel since her sister and I both had limited time in Southern California. However, for most of Disneyland, he was all mine. Other than its historic characters, Disneyland is famous for its eternally long lines. However, thanks to this game, the lines were almost non existent. Thanks to last Saturday, Disneyland lines will be special moments which Marcel and I can bond over 2 things that are special to me, our relationship and puzzle games."
To sum it up, our relationship is a strong one. Built on a solid foundation. A foundation made primarily out of colorful blocks.
So what did you guys get for Christmas? I didn't get much physically, but I did get plenty of money to otherwise get myself a few things I wanted. I got VVVVVV and Bit.Trip.SAGA with the 3DS eShop points I got. I also got Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 with the $100 bill I got for Christmas. So my 3DS should be full up on games for awhile at least. I can't believe I have sort of a backlog on it now.
Otherwise, I'm just glad to have my girlfriend's help, as back to back shifts are certainly a thing that Disney likes to do to me after I use up my regular days off for the holidays. Hope you guys are having good holidays too!
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*
Happy blogging, everyone!
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