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The day the gaming died

Last night I threw up a cblog about how my 360 and Wii were stolen. The response from the community was ten times as heartening as I thought it would be. As of writing, there are 40 faps and twenty-something comments -- all of which were he...

 
 
 
 
 
 

Dtoid comment of the week!

So week two of the Dtoid comment of the week proved much harder than week one. First off, I only found one comment I thought was clever/funny during the week (hence this being on Sunday instead of Friday) so I had to dig through and find ...

 
 
 
 

Star Ocean: The Last Hope review

I have never played a game in the Star Ocean series. Depending on your viewpoint, that will either validate or invalidate everything you're about to read. That said, I've recently played Lost Odyssey and some of Mass Effect, I love Square...

 
 
 

Dtoid comment of the week! 3/23-3/27

An underrated part of the Dtoid community is the wealth of hilarious comments users post. This is my way of highlighting those and giving back to the community. These are comments I find clever, witty, funny, pithy and various other synonym...

 
 
 

Dtoid comment of the week coming (shortblog)

So many other blogs do the whole comment of the week thing and I figured, "Hey, I have a ton of time and read Dtoid all day anyway, why don't I do it?" So I'm going to. The first one is slated for Friday, with comments from yesterday to th...

 
 
 
 

The Mt. Rushmore of video games

I am a big sports fan. Sports and video games (oddly, not sports games) take up a ton of my free time. Lately, ESPN has been running with this idea of a Mt. Rushmore of sports basically, the four most influential faces of sports. I thin...

 
 
 

Halo Wars demo impressions

So the Halo Wars demo hit today with very little fanfare. I had no idea it was even dropping until turning on my 360 today. So, how does this console RTS play? The RTS may never be right on the console, and it seems as though Halo Wars ...

 
 
 
 

10 Things you don't know about Grishnack

10. I like to write about a ton of shit. Be it video games, sports, music or ye olde boring news articles, journalism is my passion. I've done quite a bit of quasi-professional writing and hope to remove the quasi part some time soon. I wr...

 
 
 

God of War III demo ... I just don't get it

So I was playing the demo for God of War III and I just don't get it. I mean, we want more than just GoW II with better graphics and on a larger scale. I mean Kratos can't even jump and attack? What the fuck?!?! This series has totally lost...

 
 
 

A Wii owners dilemma: To sell or not to sell?

I really hope people will not take this as fanboyism or flaming - especially concerning the whole "anti-Wii bias" brouhaha - but I am seriously considering trading my Wii and all it's games (a dozen or so) in and buying a PS3. A few days a...

 
 
 
 

Beware WoW 'addicts'; no job for you

Whether an isolated incident or not, some employers are not hiring gamers who play WoW or other MMOs, citing lack of focus and erratic sleeping patterns. From the article: "He replied that employers specifically instruct him not to send th...

 
 
 

A few ways to fix game reviews

As they are in what can be described as the infancy stage, game reviews - and the "best" way to write them - still have a way to go when compared to film, book and even television reviews. Being a quasi-professional game reviewer and avid...

 
 
 
 

Feel the Hatred: Grilgan (Lost Odyssey)

Once I read the topic for this month's Musings I knew the entries would fall into two camps: 1) blogs with a purpose - ones that attempt to deride fanboyism, hack features in games, excessive sequels, basically entries aimed at bettering ...

 
 
 

Instant replay: nothing

As Rev. Anthony said in the explanation for this month's theme, replay value is something developers tout (mostly) to move product. "Game X has Y hours of gameplay! Buy now!" The sad truth is in the day and age of multiple consoles, an ava...

 
 
 

A request from all you Metal Gear fans

I have never played a MGS game, save for like 1/2 hour of Snake Eater. I just bought Sons of Liberty and borrowed MGS to add to that unplayed Snake Eater. So I ask: should I play them in chronological order (Snake Eater, SoL, MGS I think) ...

 
 
 
 

Which of these GTA IV blurbs are fake?

Grand Theft Auto IV may very well be the greatest game ever. I have never been a fan of the GTA series, but judging from reviews, it seems pretty damn amazing. But this amazing? What follows are some (ridiculous) blurbs from reviews about ...

 
 
 

NY ComicCon 2008: Anyone going?

I am headed to NYC for this years ComicCon as a pseudo member of the press! Writing for thatvideogameblog.com about the gaming happenings this year. GoW2 is the highlight for me, but the hands on with Civilization for the 360 should be pret...

 
 
 
 

AP style book for gamers

This is only for journalism dorks, but some journalists have written a pretty comprehensive style book for gaming lingo. At 100+ pages, it's a long read. But things like videogames (one word, even though I think that's dumb. Boardgames isn...

 
 
 

Genre Analysis #2: RPG

As an aspiring journalist (hopefully in the gaming world) game reviews are something that I have a vested interest in. The problem that arises with critiquing any entertainment medium is genre must be taken into consideration, and often is ...

 
 
 

Genre Analysis #1: FPS

As an aspiring journalist (hopefully in the gaming world) game reviews are something that I have a vested interest in. The problem that arises with critiquing any entertainment medium is genre must be taken into consideration, and often is ...

 
 

About Count Grishnackone of us since 3:39 PM on 02.04.2008

My name is Jason Cook, I am a English/journalism grad with a rabid interest in gaming and game writing. I have some reviews on Popmatters.com and would love to work for a gaming site/magazine someday soon.

I grew up on the NES, quickly advancing to Genesis, SNES, PS1, Dreamcast (RIP, brother), Xbox, PS2 and now 360 and Wii. Some favorite genres include RPGs (huge FF geek), Action and Shooters.

I also love music, sports (run-of-the-mill rabid Boston sports fan), reading and am getting into graphic novels and comics.

Currently playing:
SMT: Strange Journey

Ongoing list of games I need to buy/play:
Silent Hill
Viewtiful Joe
Okami
Fatal Frame series
Resident Evil 1 & 2
Eternal Darkness
Beyond Good and Evil
Gears of War 1 & 2
 
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