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Cblogs of 2/17/09 + Pendeltonisms

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So, last week, I talked about my friend making a badass Bowser glass piece. That same friend has asked me into the studio tonight to help him out with his next project: the 3 main characters of AAAAH! Real Monsters. Holy shit am I excited! Also, this week, our school has had an old-world (read: Italian born-and-raised) glass "maestro" come in and make glass while people observes. The guy's name is Elio Quarisa, and he makes some of the most beautiful pieces I've ever seen. Check this out:

Yeah, he's been in the shop all week, making stuff like this, and, for some reason, humming "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" all the time. I fucking love this dude.

Speaking of old guys, today's blog contains some old dude's birthday, on top of other things, like the first ever Fail and Top blog by the same user in the same day, and lost of The Lost and The Damned talk.

Cblog Recaps: Ba da bum ba ba, I'm loving it!



*-OH FUCK YES! Over 100 of us fine folks are in the Google Group for PAX 09. WE’RE GONNA TAKE OVER SEATTLE!!!

*-A great look at what I think is the most terrifying segment of gaming ever invented: bullet hells.

*Umm…wow, hell of a way to come out the gate: Welcome Mighty Pinto as he talks about R-type: Dimensions

*-Pretty fantastic round-up of The Lost and The Damned, considering his fail earlier in the day.

*-When is Dtoid just gonna get its own art gallery: Vice shows off some gorgeous Castlevania X and Cave Story art.



A-Crunshii examines the need for game companies to look into dropping game prices back down, what with the Economy in such bad shape.

A-BFeld13 gives us his thoughts on GTA DLC through a children’s storybook-style delivery.

P-FAILCAST recorded tonight. And, apparently, it’s magical and unexplainable.


FUCK YES! Though my guitar broke (=[), I was happy I was finally able to play this on Rock Band today:




S-Wow, Kyvon08 found the only instance of a Gamestop employee who isn’t an inconsiderate moron.

S-Wow, Brilliam IS awesome! Also, fucking rocking dog, Zen!

I-Welcome professional weeaboo to the cblogs, then run away in terror.

B-Some old guy (y0j1mb0) talks about how some other old guy (SantanaClause89) got older today. Those ancient fuckers.



N-Since I know not the loving touch of PC gaming, this means little to me, but probably excites some of you: the Source mod Black Mesa is gonna be out by the end of the year.

V-Mega64 spoofing Elite Beat Agents. Like the costumes and dancing, but the music makes me want to shove a flaming screwdriver in my ear.

R-A pretty cool text-and-video review of the new SF4 Fightpad.

R-COD4 review, with some Dtoiders showing their teeth in the comments. Good read, though.

T-Aparently Demios likes GTA: TLaTD. How do I know? Oh, probably the line “THIS IS HOW THE DLC CONCEPT WORKS BITCHES!”

T-A look at Daemon Bride, which, while gorgeous, is apparently for pussies.

D-This is pretty neat: GamingGoddess shows off some sprites she made for a game she’s working on.



A-Art of Isarar, Maximilian, and Selvaria in the new Valkyria anime. Also, I find out what the fuck Char Aznable means.

A-Aertyr is on the path to failing maths whilst he draws SF4 and Dtoid doodles.



?-Neat little find: F.E.A.R. 2 has some Office Space Easter eggs.

?-I don’t care what he says: Gibbo is the father of that crazy British whore who slept with a 12-year-old.

?-Mix this with Gentleman Dinosaur, and you’ve got the makings of the greatest, classiest, Anti-Semitiest game ever.



F-...are you serious, dude? Do your own work.

F-I don’t understand why you didn’t direct this to the forums…

F-What, pray tell, was the point of this shortblog?

(Pendelton21)

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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!

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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