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Cblogs of 2/17/10 + Garisonisms

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As many of you probably (or probably don't) know, I used to be the full time Cblog Recapper for Fridays! I loved doing it, it made me feel a lot closer to you guys, the Dtoid Army, but I had to quit on account of having other shit come up all the time.

When I heard that the Recapper Team needed someone to fill in for tonight, I happily volunteered. You know, just for shits and giggles eh? I have to admit, it takes a lot of work doing this all the time. If you try to read most of the blogs in a day, it takes me about 3 and a half hours to get it all done. Try to remember how much work goes into getting this done every single day, kay?

Yeah, I guess I should finish this off with telling you guys about what I've been spending most of my time on lately. That would be my personal blog. I find it hard to write about only games, so it's a lot of NVGR shit over there. Check it out if you want. :)

PS: I love you all.


Congratulations guys! There was a fucking SHIT load of topsauce material for today. :D Some genuinely awesome writing, I enjoyed reading all of your stuff.

*- GamerCurmudgeon posts some very sensible thoughts on gaming addiction, great read
*- Steph is super rattled at the companies that make gaming related t-shirts, for good reason, too
*- Fame Designer has some AWESOME thoughts on game saves, difficulty, punishment, and reward
*- I LOVE randombullseye's writing, so you should read his Monthly Musing, 'randombullseye plays everything - A Novella'
*- Skoolz's '6 things that MMOs need to dethrone WoW'


A- RAB's interview with Seth Killian and MOAR SSFIV SCREENS!
A- Double Decade Gamer's SUPER LONG-ASS article: 'Gamer's Stagnation Syndrome'
A- XL1ska has like, lots, and lots of thoughts on Half Life 2: Episode 1 and 2
A- My buddy, bovine really loves Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswakers, read his thoughts about the game, yo!
A- Generic Purple Turtle writes two Cblogs today, :D this one is a reply to Fame Designer's post on game saving
A- somnambulist writes a (really, really long) reply to Jim's 'Indie games don't have to act like indie games' article
A- AndrewG009 wrote about how casual is the new hardcore, god I hate both of those words with a passion
M- NateJB's Monthly Musing: Knifey Knifey
P- Brokenface podcast, whatever that is; but the post got zero comments and zero faps, listen if you will


C- Leave a random comment on Solgrim's blog post to win a copy of Odin Sphere, pretty sweet deal if you ask me...
E- beverlynoelle is giving away a Futurama poster!!! =D


I- konkonkon's introduction post, HE'S A YOUNGUN LIKE ME!
I- Dragon1111's intro post
I- Malcor's intro post, READ THIS YO!
I- rickrickRICK's first blawg
H- ChillyBilly has some AWESOME ass videogame swag, thanks for sharing, man


N- RAB is REALLY excited for Super Street Figher 4, posts like 17 quadrillion screenshots
N- janoDX posts some info on the new Xenoblade game, I'm looking forward to it :)
N- Not quite sure if this is news, but Generic Purple Turtle found out some interesting info on S.T.A.L.K.E.R. and the X-Ray engine
R- munkeex's short-ass Alien Vs. Predator review
T- Mitsugeta is really excited for the new Xenoblade game
T- mrplow8 is really upset about the sex scene in Heavy Rain
T- Cazza's thoughts on the new SSFIV trailer
V- ReclusiveSpirit shares a Mortal Kombat video that takes place on a bus
T- It's taking Angel Thanatos forever to install Aliens Vs. Predator... like an hour off a disk, I call shenanigans


S- Hey PreacherMan89, why do you always win stuff you can't use? Oh yeah, because Jesus hates you :p


R- NateT posts some recipes for delicious fooooood, mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
?- Please tell me what the hell LawofThermalDynamics is talking about in this blog


S- Learn how to embed videos, braw
F- Yeah, no


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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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