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Tales of a great big coincidence

Most JRPGs are not shy about rubbing their bollocks in your face. The 'Tales of' series in particular, I have found, has a fondness for made up words and plot devices that are about as easy to swallow as a steel porcupine. (See Tales of Et...

 
 
 

LBW SW

A few days ago I finished playing The Legend of Zelda: A Link between worlds. I thought to myself. “Now there is a good game. It is well better than Skyward sword.”   First thought. Mark, you are an old man. You say things like, “isn’t th...

 
 
 

Animal Crossing

One of the first things I did was design a town flag with the master sword on it. “This is cool.” I thought. “Cool enough to be a t-shirt.” So I’m strutting around Arlia. That’s what I called my town. It’s named after the starting town in S...

 
 
 

Those pesky game designers

The mark of an incredibly well made game? I even love the things I hate about it. Rayman Origins is one of those games. Being excited for Rayman Legends I recently went back to Rayman Origins with the aim of taking on the final level. I r...

 
 
 

Miss Destructoid

Should there be a Miss Destructoid?   I don’t know. I was just larking about. I thought it would be cool to draw a Miss Destructoid then post it on the cblogs to see what people thought.   My first idea was Mr Destructoid with a bow on his ...

 
 
 

Stop buying. Start playing.

About six months ago I decided to clear my backlog. To that end I created a rule for myself. I have to play two games that I already own before I can buy a new one.   To give you an idea, I have games going back to the Game Boy Colour that ...

 
 
 
 
 
 

Emotional Games

Yesterday I finished playing Telltale's Walking Dead. It made me think about what it takes for a game to create an emotional connection with the player. Here is a bit of vague wishy washy talk in that area.

 
 
 

Look at how bad I am at Rayman

We recently were treated to a bunch of new info about the PS4. I don't want to talk about that. I want to play a game from 2011 and talk about a bunch of completely unrelated stuff.

 
 
 

Montowers

I shouldn’t be playing it, but I am. Montowers is a free to play iPhone game. In Montowers you summon monsters to fight other monsters in towers. Apparently I’ve been playing it for twelve hours. I know that because of a game centre ach...

 
 
 
 

2 Harvesty 2 Moony

Which means you’ve already seen the first one. Sean and I return to our Wonderful Life. In part 2 we plant our first crop, eat a psychedelic mushroom and show flowers to a homeless man. This time we act even more childish and do bad swear...

 
 
 

Harvest Moon Brother

Say it in a Liquid Snake Voice. My brother and I take a trip down memory lane and do something we haven't done in a long time. We play a game together. Today we'll be playing Harvest Moon A Wonderful Life on the Gamecube. In this video we...

 
 
 

Little Inferno?

A few days ago I bought my first downloadable game on the Wii U. I was almost certain that first game was going to be Trine 2. Then I caught a look at the trailer for Little Inferno and bought that instead. Spoiler warning straight away, I...

 
 
 

25th Anniversary, anniversary fan art

Last year was the Legend of Zelda's 25th anniversary. (Which makes me older than the Legend of Zelda.) To celebrate the occasion I did a little bit of fan art, which I have just now finished. Even though it is now technically the 26th ann...

 
 
 

Nintendo WiiK (Week): WiiK end

This is it, the final video of Nintendo WiiK, wherein I take a little look at the Wii U. Good times. I hope the Wii U succeeds, I really do. It better had, I just sunk four hundred quid into it. Strangely Nintendo doesn't seem to be adve...

 
 
 

Nintendo WiiK (Week): Top 10 Wii Games

I slow the pace a little for the final top 10. Nintendo WiiK (Week) is coming to an end. Tomorrow I go pick up the Wii U. I can hardly wait. To be honest it was much harder putting this list together than I had anticipated. Not as hard as ...

 
 
 

Nintendo WiiK (Week): Top 10 DS Games

Watch the quality sink further down the toilet as Nintendo WiiK (Week) continues. Today I take bleary incoherent look at my favourite games on the DS. Also as a special bonus, my brother weighs in with his opinion on my entire Gamecube c...

 
 
 
 

Nintendo WiiK (Week): Top 10 GBA Games

Here in the UK we are one WiiK (week) away from the launch of Nintendo's all new home console the Wii U. Well we were a week away when I had the idea to do anything about it. It's an exciting time. In preparation for the launch i've decid...

 
 
 

Wii U turn

I have a bit of a history when it comes to Nintendo. The Nintendo Entertainment System was my first ever console. I used to play Duck Hunt with my brother. The game had no story, ducks appeared and you shot them. I imagined that the person...

 
 
 

Questions for Theatrhythm

Having spent the past three days playing Theatrhythm Final Fantasy. Or to give the game it’s full title Theatrhythm trademark Final Fantasy copyright. I find myself with a few questions. Theatrhythm is a 3DS rhythm game celebrating 25 ye...

 
 

About Mark Smeeone of us since 12:06 PM on 05.19.2012

I started gaming with the NES. I had quite a few games back then which are now mostly forgotten. I remember I had a game called Totally Rad. I never finished it but I always liked it because the bosses filled the screen and you could use magic to turn into animals. Also the game is called Totally Rad.
Back then there was no internet and I never bought magazines so I chose every game based on the box art. Which is how I ended up with Super Turrican. Turrican was my Mega Man, I never finished it.
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