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Hello once again my lovely Dtoiders! I knew you all couldn't get enough of me over the holidays, so here I am with a slightly belated Friday recap. :D

Why is this belated you ask? Well, for starters I was a bit sick last night. After a nap, despite still being sick, I thought it would be a good idea to play some Team Fortress 2 (try the free weekend! :D :D :D) to see the Demo/Soldier updates. 5 hours later, I realized I was a bit too out of it for the recaps. So here I am, watching Futurama commentaries and doing the recaps.

As someone who has played TF2 regularly for most of the 2+ years it's been out, you might be wondering what I think of the update. My initial impression is that it definitely changes up the way the characters are played. Losing the shotgun really cripples the soldier, but as a lone wolf reducing splash damage and having a potentially devastating melee attack (seriously... holy shit the Equalizer is powerful) make up for it. For the more group focused player the Buff Banner looks like it could be as good as a Kruber. For Demo the Targe and Eyelander really have made it into a different character. Haven't really seen enough of the Scottish Resistance, but even with the "slower" priming rate the idea of what looks like a pure upgrade for stickies still worries me.

Anyways, enough of that I'm going to wrap this up so I can fail at drawing and watch Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland. Happy holidays everybody! <3


*- BulletMagnet gives the latest installment of the Obscurer Tribune


A- What's your "rage phrase"?
M- Only one hour of fun and you still bought the sequels? :\
M- The Silent Protagonist looks at their love/hate with what FF8 does differently


W- Xzyliac really wanted Wheeliedude's Rock Band Touch code


E- DtoidUK had a good time at the Tekken 6 PAL tourney. Jealous!
E- Genki-JAM offers an alternative Wilbo-roll as compensation
F- 360 FNF, with homoerotic necrophilic L4D goodness
F- If the other FNFs are over, the Euro FNF is DEFINITELY over. Hope you had fun!
F- PS3 FNF, which thankfully doesn't seem to be just the same two games week after week
I- Meet AutumnWindz, who can't resist taking a shot at the Wii
I- Nils is Bored says hi and talks about how they want to play their WRPG games
S- Picklemick takes a stab at Zelda fanfiction by depicting the first moments of Ocarina of TIme
S- Klipsched gives a life update, and it appears jambourees have ensued
S- Gortexfogg remembers the beauty of the Zelda cartridges


T- Like Monodi said, if you don't have it play TF2 for free this weekend and listen to me rage! :D
$- Gemsi brings us the latest UK bargains. You should buy TF2 for the PC <3
T- AndrewG009 gives a rather humourous observation about a Heavy Rain gameplay video
V- The FFXIII intro video
N- RAB gives us new SSFIV news and... wait... that does look like a warm embrace
T- sheppy wants people to play Field Commander instead of (or in addition to) Advance Wars
T- Major Tom says hello with thoughts on the latest Army of Two demo and the SC: Conviction videos
[b] DynamicSheep offers a take on the PSN subscription service... and ruins it by fapping to their own cblog
R- Byg Juce gives a retro-review of Ai Cho Aniki
N- EdgyDude notices an inadvertent announcement in an ad


S- Analoge gets their Dtoid Secret Santa gift, and shows it off


V- Acapella Ken music, with EXTREME mouth/nose closeup!!!!
C- Almost fail, just for telling people not to take advantage of the free TF2 weekend


F- Aw, even on a lighter day we can't go without lame trolling

- ScottyG <3
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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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