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LONG BLOG

Cblogs of 8/1/09 and 8/2/09 + SilverDragonisms

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Unfortunately I was not able to post a daily recaps last night, due to the website being down as the server transfer took place. It's a good thing though, because I just happened to be a little bit intoxicated last night. Thanks to both of these reasons, I have wrapped the entire weekend's recap until this one gigantic "to rule them all" recap.

Before we get to the recap let me just talk a little bit about the new game I picked up and played this weekend, MadWorld. I bought this game at GameStop earlier this week, thanks to it's new and improved $19.99 price point. After playing through and beating the game in under two days, I have to say I was pretty disappointed. After reading such good reviews, I had my hopes up for what I was expecting to be a great beat'em up. Instead what I got was a short "death simulator", with spotty controls, a difficulty curve that varied all over the place, and bosses that were way to easy to defeat.

Now don't get me wrong, MadWorld did have some great things going for it. Its presentation was top notch, with a look and style that can simply not be found in any other game on the market right now. It also had a pretty cool soundtrack, with some of the funniest background announcers ever heard in a game. Finally, it came up with some very inventive ways to kill people. Past that though the game was just kind of mediocre.

It's a good thing MadWorld only cost me $20, because I would have been pretty angry if I had paid $50 for this. What confuses me the most is that the developers took a simple game idea and tried to add in some confusing convoluted story that just didn't need to be there. When the goal is to kill people in the most horrific ways possible, you do not need a story, especially not one has horrible as the one they came up with. I know a lot of other people enjoyed this game, and that's great, but I am not one of those people. My recommendation is to rent this game to see the awesome art style and all the "fun" and inventive ways you can kill someone, but don't expect much more from it.

Ok let's get to the weekend recaps ....






*-Luke Barnard has created an awesome illustration dedicated to Big-Boss Papa-Burch.

*-Sonc9jct presents his new game "Fun! Fun! Super Fun Bee Assault Party!" Download it and play it now.

*-Wanderinpixel has created "Motivational Posters" using all of the Destructoid Editors. This is really awesome, and you need to check it out!

*-Everyone's favorite music series, dTunes, returns to Destructoid with an all new format. CHeck this out everyone!



A-Tubatic shares his thoughts on the recent "games as art" debate between Jaffe and Anthony.

A-AngryEMOgirl also weighs in with her thoughts on the "Games as Art" debate.

A-Will it never end? Laird responds to Anthony's Rant.

A-Phoenix Gamma chimes in with his thoughts on the whole "games as art and fun" debate.

A-Kommander Kerf shares an essay he wrote on whether the video games industry is recession proof or not.

A-Geneticfoil discusses whether the world is really ready for digital distribution or not.

S-Reverend Macro discusses his distaste for the game "Biand Bloodaxe" in his new series on lousy games from his past.

S-Subenu rises from the forums to bring us another edition of "Building a Video Game Canon".

S-Necros posts the Dtoid June/July Completed Games List. Are you on it?

M-I, The Author: Death of Democracy.

P-Episode 3 of The Drunkcast records tomorrow night, with special guest Kryptinite.

P-Episode 19 of the Backwards Compatible Podcast records tonight!



E-Paul Soth has come up with an idea for an incredibly original fighting game tournament, but he needs your input. Check his idea out here.



E-It's time for the first ever edition of 360 Shoryuken Saturday

E-There's also a PS3 edition of Shoryuken Saturday as well.

E-This weeks ShiMuNi movie is MOONWALKER!

E-Sit down and enjoy watching some movies tonight with Rider Chop

E-CrocBox hosts another Mystery Science Sunday night.

S-Some random person apparently dropped a bunch of old empty video game boxes in front of Monodi's house. WTF!

S-Freefall graces us all with a video blog about what it was like to e a gamer 20 years ago.

S-In case you didn't know already, Cheeburga has returned.

S-If you live in the New Jersey, NYC area, you should go check out SickNasy do a standup routine this Sunday night.

C-RandomBullsEye shares his thoughts on the recent "colorful" discussion between Jaffe and Anthony.

I-TheRico introduces himself to the community.

I-GodsProphet introduces himself to the community.

I-Zyrshnikashnu introduces himself to the Dtoid community.

I-TheRealist871 introduces himself to the Dtoid community.



N-A new Nifflas gfame has been revealed by Nicalis

N-TewDee thinks he has found proof that King of Fighter 13 is being worked on.

N-It looks like FF 13's graphics are getting downgraded thanks to the XBOX 360.

N-It appears the new XBOX 360 dashboard update will reduce the size of full game installs. I'm not exactly sure how that's possible.

V-Check out this new video for the PSP version of LittleBigPlanet

R-Lucky Sevans reviews 'Splosion Man.

T-Reveille talks about how The Maw and 'Splosion Man helped him fall in love with Twisted Pixel.

T-Relic Kylias shares his thoughts on Dawn of War II

T-TheFil returns to share his thoughts on a bunch of games he's been playing lately as he plows through his backlog.

T-Raptorface wonders why Microsoft won't let people download custom content to the console.

T-TheMizarkShow likes the fact the recent Bionic Commando: Rearmed patch makes the game easier.

T-After reading this you'll realize that Koopa Detat really loves his JRPGs!

T-Mcbennet discusses how he balances his love for gaming and the enjoyment of his summer.

T-Koopa Detat thinks we should all celebrate Shark Week by picking up a copy of the 1987 NES version of JAWS.



A-It appears a Wolverine and Iron Man anime is in development. Whoah!

A-After listening to RFGO!, Cadtalfyn came up with the idea for "Super Samit World". Check out the drawings here.

M-Check out this 8-bit Mecha Anime music from "Operation British"



R-In case you missed it, GiantBomb was live streaming the end of the Mtrix Online last night.

R-Did you know that "tula" is a chilean slang for "cock"?

L-Electro Lemon welcomes back Dtoid with another edition of "Late Night Lulz"!



F-This is Destructoid, not Religioustoid!

F-Yeah ... I just don't know ...

F-While funny as hell, this is still full of fail!



-(SilverDragon1979)

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