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Cblogs of 8/4/13 + Jinxisms

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Busy week in gaming and game-related stuff for me and everyone I think. Here are some general and personal highlights of the week for me...
 
Andy put up a new Bloggers Wanted assignment Saturday: "What's it like to game with you?" We already have some entries, so check them out. One even seemed Topsauce-worthy to me, wasn't expecting that but it was really good.
 
Alice: Otherlands got funded in the nick of time. McGee is buying the movie rights to Alice back and will be making a series of short animated films based on the Otherlands concept. He sees the original game, Madness Returns, and this as sort of a trilogy. The concept/pitch is really good and I think it's possible we'll get a new game out of this eventually, too *crosses fingers*
 


Legend of Iya's Kickstarter is struggling, though. I hope he manages to get it made even if the Kickstarter fails, I really want this game. Spread the word!
 


I think an interview with the Planetside 2 director on Eurogamer justified my decision to go with an 8-core AMD CPU in the build I made last Thursday. To port the game, they have to optimize it for the PS4's multicore AMD CPU – which he said would benefit PC gamers with AMD CPUs as well. Expect new games to be heavily multithreaded, as it's the only way to get any power out of the slow next-gen console CPUs. On PC, I wouldn't buy a CPU with less than 6 cores at this point
 
Some news also just leaked about the HD9000 Series of graphics cards from AMD. The flagship HD9970 sounds like the Fister Roboto of graphics cards. Might be sticking with AMD after all.
 

 
Speaking of sticky… uh… I mean sticking… I'm really trying hard to stick with games until I complete them. I just finished Strike Suit Zero, a nice space combat title. Now I have to pick something to play next. I have some big titles like Dishonored in my backlog, but I think my next goal will be finishing these games:
                                                                                                                     
Shadowrun Returns
Yes, there will be crazy modding soon, but for now the main campaign is pretty straightforward from what I can tell. Also, elves with collars and neon gas masks? Sign me up! (ps: thank you, Phil!)
 


Remember Me
Enjoyed the first part before I got distracted. Really want to finish this one.
 

 
Skullgirls
It's finally coming out on PC! If you preorder you can play the beta now, I think. Is it sad that I'm super-excited to collect all the trading cards for this? The only bad thing is that you never truly "beat" a fighting game…? Anyway, dibs on Parasoul!
 

 
Misery Mod 2.0 for Stalker: Call of Pripyat
This mod looks incredible, and flat-out brutal. Might wait until I upgrade my GPU, actually, as it sounds really demanding.
 

 
What are you guys planning to play next? And how are you doing at the whole "actually finishing games you start" thing?

And here are you recaps!

* - Gaming With Charlie and Brett - As much origin story as anything, this is a pretty personal and well-written blog about the positive effect games had on Charlie's life.

P - Geek Week Video - VVVGamer's has a couple new video podcasts, focused on the GT Academy competition and racing games complete with some good interviews.

M - Gaming With Crackedbat - Hmmmm I think this blog might be satirical. Nahhhh.

M - Gaming With Troy - TroyFullbuster describes what it's like to game with a perfectionist who doesn't like to lose and is totally hardcore at games like Halo, Mario Party, and Candy Crush. I made one of those up.

M - Gaming With BigBoss0110 - Another Bloggers Wanted response, this time from a guy who seems very much a mix of gaming styles and attitudes - in a good way.

M - Gaming With Alphadeus - Alpha sounds like a fun guy to game with. Positive attitude focused on fun, this I like.




S - The Shattered - Cinderquill tells us why Podtoid's fan community is teh awesome.

T - Politics and Games - Spieler Dad discusses Glorious Mission, a military FPS developed by the Chinese government.

V - Call of Juarez: Gunslinger - General Mills' Plus 10 does a "let's play" sort of video featuring this CoJ title.



Elitist Geek Decor: framed System Shock 2 insert/disc

L - Dudes in Distress - Frank makes a video that is satirizing Tropes vs Women, male gamers' reactions to it, or something. I think it is supposed to be funny so here it is. I hate everything today so my sense of humor is suspect.





It's been a brutal week for me personally. But gaming and my Dtoid time keep me (mostly) sane. You guys rule. And, um, sorry for using a bajillion images...


-Jinx

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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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