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CBlogs of 6.30.2008 + Zimmerisms


Okay, wow. Seriously, this is the most mind-blowing day I've seen on the blogs in a long time. We've had both major levels of awesome combined with a near equal proportion of fail. And then there was a ton of stuff that just fell in between. After the recap proper, I'll share a few of my thoughts on how everything went down today.

*- The only post you need to read to get my feelings on the console controversy that flamed through the blogs today

*- Do want automatic LEGO crossbow!
*- This DIY Iron Man repulsor is awesome
*- This is one of best Monthly Musings I've ever read, and easily the best this month.
*- Ron should do all of Dtoid's interviews and do them exactly like this.
*- ThisYearsPink sounds like an excellent teacher
*- The funniest video you'll see today, especially in the context of our blog activity

Thank you, lemon. I really appreciated this.

A- In case you were unaware, Capcom's Disney games on the NES ruled. (Zulu)
A- Yojimbo thinks you're stupid to pay for Live (and inadvertantly ruins my day)
A- BFeld writes an intelligent response to Yojimbo's post, which is a refreshing change of pace
A- Knyte gives us a look at some interesting Chinese consoles
A- Comparing the features of popular games, coire finds that some of them might as well be the same series
S- The Aging Gamer gets his ass handed to him by a NES
S- Toneman's Time Portal reminds us of Dynasty Warriors Gundam
S- Cowzilla3 is getting firm and fit... Wii Fit, that is
S- Time to find out what you got last week
M- Justice should have taken the left at Albuquerque, but found gaming love instead
M- Demtor's obsession manifested from Doom II
M- Krash saved themself for Quake
M- Drakonikarma loved his Amstrad
M- For Infinite Obscurity, gaming is as much about the games as the people you play them with
M- KamikazeTutor's desire for a Mega Drive fueled his passion for gaming
M- Lorex888 gives us another Chrono Trigger love letter
M- Joseph Gabaeff lost much time to Warcraft III mods
M- SalvaPot got "lost in translation" but found Mother 3 in the process
M- PaperBowser0 is really into Final Fantasy Tactics
M- boatorious, Ratchet and Clank, witty organization of two aforementioned things
M- unstoppablejuggernaut takes the road less traveled and tells us how comics brought him into everything

C- Make some new Darious Pickman content for me and win a Dreamcast
>9000- glentennis

C- Page cache harnesses the mystical power of the internets to transform EX35 into Niero long enough for screencap
C- Tell The Incredible Edible Egg what his new gamertag should be
C- The Wrath apologizes for being a prick. Thank you.
I- Chasmang gets the introduction right this time. Welcome him.
I- Infinitestrike enters the fray. Go say hello.
I- A lot of new people today, Springsteen is one of them
RIP- blehman red-rings again

N- Hacker accused of penetrating Valve gets caught
N- Sony gives info on 2.40 update (with video)
N- Rock Band 2 announced
N- The Who's Greatest Hits coming to Rock Band July 15th
N- LordRegulus' flash game, Late Again, is released
N- Let the Rock Band 2 tracklist rumors start flying
N- Famitsu has screens of a new MMO based on The Wizard of Oz
N- Wired review of Too Human says it comes up short on length
N- Details on newest Bond game, Quantam Solace
N- Cooking Mama 3D screenshots
N- RUMOR: MS may be swapping out the 20gb hard drive for a 60gb
N- Treyarch lays the smack down on Brothers in Arms
N- Metal Gear Online gets the unbundled treatment
N- List of The Who tracks that are going to hit Rock Band
N- Capcom denies rumors of multi-platform Mega Man 9
R- Another negative review of Alone in the Dark, *sigh*
R- n00b pumpy reviews Ninja Gaiden II impressively
R- JynxShot provides a counterpoint to pumpy's review
T- Fromage is not looking forward to Fallout 3
T- Impressions of Elefunk
T- Why is Harmonix bothering with Rock Band 2?
T- Some disturbing sequels mitchie mouse would hate to see
T- galagabug urges you to buy Boom Blox
T- The fact that MAME is still updating makes me feel warm and fuzzy
T- Battlefield: Bad Company has broken multiplayer
T- njsykora is trading in a 360, has too many controllers
T- MGS4 in Wii packaging is retarded
T- Slick Icarus wants more subtlety in games
T- How developers use psychology on gamers
T- What lies ahead for Metal Gear?
T- Velt is sick of hearing the same old arguments in the console vs PC debate

A- Another art dump from Batthink
M- Trailer for Miyazaki's new film, Ponyo on a Cliff, looks excellent
M- IGN's review of The Dark Knight. Worship our lord Bale.
M- New Bond trailer is out
S- wwjd4bbque has an awesome girlfriend
S- pumpy needs an HDTV

R- Valve has announced TF2 trading cards
V- When escalator tricks go wrong
V- Polar bears, environmentalism, I honestly don't give a damn at this point
V- I am the LAW!
C- Link to a blogspot post about how Shmups aren't hip anymore could use more opinion from the author
C- Post lamenting the inability to play MGS4 needs meat
?- I think I've read too many blogs. This confused the hell out of me

S- 4 years is like a century on the innernets
S- power-glove is a speed demon and I couldn't keep up
S- We saw this breadmaking video a while ago
S- If you're going to post stuff that's been all over the blogs and the front page already, like the firmware videos, please include more than perfunctory commentary on it
F- Please don't tell me to go visit your other blog on some other site
F- Please put posts centered entirely around a question into the forums where they can be discussed more easily
F- That's not a mountain, dude. It's a molehill.

F- This sort of thing is funny and poignant once
F- Maybe twice
F- But some people don't know when a joke has run its course
F- And then some people are just assholes - EDIT: Sorry, Gregor. You're not an asshole, you're just the guy who wound up doing this last when I was already really frustrated with this whole running list of posts. I apologize.
F- But, seriously, don't we have comments for this stuff?

F- Okay, okay, the title of this one is actually pretty funny.

This is the biggest recap I've ever been a part of, and it's really stunning how much output you guys managed to generate in a single day. And I'm not talking about the several running posts that followed Yojimbo's article where he essentially called me (and all Live users) morons because they pay for the service, either. I do want to address that, however.

The internet is serious business, right? Of course it is, and I enjoy a good running gag probably more than the next guy. At the same time, when stuff like this happens, it has a chance of being off-putting to people, especially if they aren't familiar with the site and its personalities. It all ties back to what Nick was posting when the Etrian Odyssey contest was going on, or what Samit contributed to FAILCAST. You guys might be the lifeblood of Dtoid, but we need more if the site is going to grow up big and strong.

Here today, we had several people pop their CBlogging cherry and they weren't even the usual fail we've come to expect from introductions. These were solid posts, one of which even wound up a pick from me, something I rarely do. A couple of other decent posts wound up in the midst of all the other stuff and seemed to go largely unnoticed. I'd hate to see these people look at the chaos that occurred today and just decide to walk away.

I'm not saying we shouldn't be having a good time in the blogs. We aren't Kotaku, after all, and the irreverent spirit and passion of the people involved is what has driven me to the level of participation I have. I guess all I'm asking is that, before you post that third or fourth in a chain of mockingly referential posts, ask yourself if the joke is played out. And if you see posts like this that are running far beyond the point that they're funny, odds are it's trolling fail that doesn't deserve your attention in the first place.

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About Conrad Zimmermanone of us since 2:14 AM on 12.06.2007

An avid player of tabletop and video games throughout his life, Conrad has a passion for unique design mechanics and is a nut for gaming history. He can be heard on the comedy podcast FistShark Marketing (fistshark.com) and streams video games often on Hitbox (hitbox.tv/ConradZimmerman)

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