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Bioshock and Achievement-Induced Paralysis

Bioshock was really only the second real game I've purchased for my 360, the first being Gears of War. Most of the time I hop on for a few minutes to play some XBLA. Soon after I purchased Bioshock I played through the first act and then ...

 
 
 

Insomniac and Breakneck Development

Destructoid ran a front page story (link) about a "hint" in the Ratchet and Clank : Quest for Booty PSN title about a possible 2009 release for a new Ratchet and Clank game. So, will we see a new Ratchet and Clank game in 2009? Of course....

 
 
 

Warhammer : Age of All Hell Breaking Loose

Lots of updates since the destructoid story ran (link). There isn't really a good central location for all the news that comes out, but I'll try to pass on all that I've seen. Closed Beta Invites for Collector's Edition Invites started ...

 
 
 

Relic brings something new to the RTS

I missed this article from two days ago, but there's a good preview of Dawn of War II over at IGN (link). I'm not a huge fan of innovation in video games. I don't think it's bad, just dangerous. In a lot of ways, innovation is like a sco...

 
 
 
 
 

The Start of the Affair : Ratchet and Clank

Picking games to play with your wife is a delicate operation. There are many crucial factors to weigh : do we both think the game would be fun? Do I think I’ll enjoy it? Do I think she’ll enjoy it? Will it be too hard? I don’t know t...

 
 
 

For Ten Cents a Day You Can Prevent Gamer's Block

So far this is my third night in a row with no games. I don't know what to do, but nothing is inspiring me to play. It does remind me of my twice-a-decade resolution to quit video games for a week to prove that I can. I don't twitch or h...

 
 
 

Destructoid WAR (Warhammer) Roll Call

So, we need to make a Destructoid WAR guild. So who's planning on playing, and what ruleset/realm do you want to play? (COMING IN 2011, 40K MMO DESTRUCTOID CHAPTER RECRUITMENT) Incidentally, the rulesets at the moment are: Core PvP (Rv...

 
 
 

Some Thoughts on Birdmen and the Casual Fallacy

Someone named Sean Maelstrom (possibly not a real name) wrote a pretty neat essay on gaming called Birdmen and the Casual Fallacy here. I'm always up for serious discussions on gaming and I highly suggest it. It's interesting, well-writte...

 
 
 

Whereupon I Fill A Blog With Ten Things

10. Churchill, 9. Chamberlain, 8. DoW, 7. More DoW, 6. National Review on GTA IV, 5. OTRSPOD, 4. Iron Man, 3. Indy, 2. Bioshock, 1. ??? 10. Reading Old Copies of Old History Books 10. I just finished Book One ("From War to War, 1919-193...

 
 
 
 

Two Long Overdue Acquisitions

Two nice pickups this weekend. One was released 10 months ago and I balked on the price. Another was released 55 years ago and I was familiar with it though it had long escaped my mind. Behold Bioshock I got for forty bucks. Seventee...

 
 
 

OTRSPOD Out Next Week

So, like many of you (I hope) I've been looking forward to the Penny Arcade game for some time. It's set to be released this coming tuesday for whatever amount of microsoft points 20 bucks is (I do know that 1 Microsoft Point is equal to 1...

 
 
 

Tales of Survival : The Overgame Crisis of 2007

Consider which is worse, the sparrow of too many good video game releases, or the ferret of too few. Confucius I was frightened last fall. Frightened of all the upcoming video game releases. Too much that I had bad been waiting for for t...

 
 
 

Spies in WoW : Gaming Fact or Political Troll?

Despite being interested in both politics and gaming, I always hate to see the two mixed together. Not only does politics destroy everything it touches, but politics is the religion of the elite. Facts matter only slightly in politics. A...

 
 
 

Gold Buying akin to prostitution

Runescapes content boss compares Gold Buying to Prostitution. At least in the sense that it is deeply intertwined with crime. Gold buying leads to credit card and keylogger scams. Id have to agree. Ive always thought Gold Selling has to...

 
 
 

The Sophomore Slump: The Revenge of the WoWlog 2

After making it to twenty last week against all odds the wife and I fell into a slump this week and made only three or four levels. It reminds me of my favorite Guns-N-Roses song : Knock Knock Knockin on Twenty-Fi-i-ive Hey Hey Hey Hey...

 
 
 

Five Random Things : My Return to WoWlog

So, as previously advertised I'm back playing WoW again. Since I love enumerating, here's five random thoughts on coming back. 1. It's fun to play again I made a new character, a mage, and am playing with my wife (who also made a mage)....

 
 
 

Back Into the WoW Maelstrom

So, after a seven month layoff I'm back into WoW. Ultimately, I need my MMORPG fix, because as it turns out Hellgate sucks and WAR is still in beta. I needed a different way of playing as raiding still seems pretty pointless to me. So I ...

 
 
 

What's your favorite 360 racing title and why?

This is definitely my lamest blog post ever, but I buy one racing game per generation and I know nothing about 360 racing titles so it can't be helped. Incidentally, I'm a big fan of the racing and the unlocking things, which is why I alwa...

 
 
 

Ten Things Wrong With WoW

Hello, my name is Boat. I havent played WoW in seven months. I still think its a great game. And in honor of the recent rumblings of a second Blizzard MMOG, I thought I would share ... Ten Things Wrong With WoW (oh, and Ill apologize ...

 
 
 
 

Who's afraid of the Big Bad Fox

I was just watching tv and saw an ad for an R-Rated Hitman, which means the reported Fox/Rumsfeld plot to edit it down to PG-13 was a lie. I don't know what to believe anymore. Speaking of bad commercials, this is about the worst I've eve...

 
 
 

Is it Right or Wrong to Buy Used Games?

AKA If Buying Used Games Is Wrong, I Don't Want To Be Right. I wish I could have some complex moral opinion on the subject, but all I can offer you is an opinion based on my childlike understanding of economics. Namely, a transaction of...

 
 
 

Laughably Bad Game Design: Star Ocean

If you've ever played Star Ocean: Til The End Of Time, I'm very, very sorry. Maybe we can start a support group. I played this game with my wife and we felt obligated to finish it. Now, there were plenty of things to hate in this game bu...

 
 
 

Ten Things to Love in TF2

A little while ago I posted a cblog with some TF2 design gripes called "Ten Things to Fix in TF2". Some people were put off by this, some people thought I didn't like the game. I like the game -- I'm just a nerd, and I want things to be p...

 
 
 

The Constitutional Separation of Church and Halo

There's been a big to-do this last week, ever since a reporter for the New York Times "broke" the story -- Christians play video games. Then Gamepolitics picked it up, then Dtoid, today Slashdot (I think this order is somewhat correct). T...

 
 
 

Ten Things to Fix in TF2

1. Map Balance There are two types of matches : blowouts and stalemates, with little to nothing in between. 2. Scouts Scouts are insanely fast. They can double jump. They cap points much faster than anyone else and they have a weapon t...

 
 
 

The Paid Beta is a Harsh Mistress

For my whole life, up until three or four months ago, I had no good way to get into a video game beta. I had no "in". I (evidently) know no one of consequence. I'm not a member of the press. I don't attend your Blizzconventions or your...

 
 

About boatoriousone of us since 5:45 AM on 08.06.2007

Real Job : Software Engineer
Favorite Author : G.K. Chesterton
Favorite Book : Starship Troopers
Least Favorite Movie : Starship Troopers
 
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