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I will be marathoning tomorrow for Extra Life.

The eve of G3 is upon me, and you as well if you choose to join me. This year I have chosen to support the University of Mississippi's Batson Children's Hospital. I'm focused on spending most of Saturday October 26th with you lovely people...

 
 
 
 

Testing 1, 2, 3...

Well it is time again to give back to the less fortunate by giving to the hospitals that treat them. That's right, it's Extra Life time. This year at random, I've chosen to randomly represent a hospital system in New Jersey. I encourag...

 
 
 

Stuff...but more importantly, I'm divorced

Hola. Long time no...blog? It has been well over a year since I last communicated with you beautiful people. The reason? Well, to put it lightly, I'm divorced. With a bit of precaution, my lawyer advised me to get off the electronic gri...

 
 
 

I made a game based on Darius! Judge me on it!

So, I made a visual novel for Glorious Trainwrecks' (the Pirate Kart guys) special SPAAAACE themed game jam. Okay, it might not be a game in the traditional sense, but I have absolutely ZERO coding experience. None. So while this might...

 
 
 
 

A short thank you [Update Raffle Items giveaway]

UPDATE Alright, now that I've had some time to think things through, I'm going to return all the codes for this event to their proper owners. That is all except for my game codes. These are all the codes that I personally own, and I thin...

 
 
 
 
 

Stuff...but more importantly, Charity

Wow, it's been a while. I'm not even sure if I remember how to do this...whatever this is. Brain Dump? Yeah, I think that's what it was. It's been a long time coming for one of these. I've been busy at work, my kid is now fully aware t...

 
 
 

RE: Big Bang Bust

This post is a direct response to the super awesome Stephanie K and her blog titled BIG BANG BUST. I just got a bit too wordy in the comments. Read hers first for any kind of clue as to what mine is kinda about. You can watch the episode ...

 
 
 

I'm tired and other stuff...

Ugh...I am tired. I left the hospital not too long ago because my Mom is having chest pains and her PCP refused to see her. EKG/Bloodwork shows nothing serious, but they are keeping her overnight for observation purposes. She's kinda p...

 
 
 
 
 

It's the end of 2011

The year that was 2011 has come to pass. Gaming has taken many great leaps forward this year (and some backwards), but overall the year has been another smash hit for the industry. With all the amazing things that happened this year, I ...

 
 
 
 

Stuff...but more importantly, Happy Holidays!

So I guess we are in the thick of the Holiday ramp up. I celebrated Chanukkah a few days ago and now I've got Christmas around the corner. I haven't celebrated the full 8 nights because of my wife's schedule, but we've still had fun time...

 
 
 

Modifications: Xenophilia

There are mods that can do anything and everything you want with a game. Some are as simple as a nude patch for your character while others change the game in to something revolutionary. Every mod is made with the will to show a new wor...

 
 
 

Comics in Games: Games in Comics

Comic books have been able to easily bridge out to other mediums to showcase their stories. The film industry has grasped the superhero genre so tightly that it would be odd not to have a summer blockbuster superhero film. The video gam...

 
 
 

The Answer: is Metal Gear Solid 5 necessary?

Is any game truly necessary? Since gaming is meant for nothing more than entertainment, it would be easy to write everything off as unnecessary. To do so would potentially abandon the many great things that gaming can bring to a person's...

 
 
 
 

Stuff...but more importantly, Summer is over!

For a lot of you, summer has been long gone for awhile. In Houston, we've just really started to have the weather turn in to some actual Fall type weather. I've been in a bit of a rut with all the seasonal change stuff and it's personal...

 
 
 

Halloween Raffle for Extra Life

I've won a free copy of FLOCK on PSN and I don't know what to do with it. I could use it myself, but I've been looking at Destructoid's totals for Extra Life and I want a bit more. We're just shy of $7,000 raised as a community and I wa...

 
 
 

Rant: Uncharted 3 and Euro Gamer

I had this written up late last night, but wasn't planning on doing anything with it because it's pretty ranty and not that good. However, this issue bled on to the front page and I figured I'd post it instead of deleting it. So apparent...

 
 
 

Online Passes: Nickels and Dimes

In the games industry, a trend has started up that honestly shouldn't be all that surprising. Maximizing profits are the name of the game for any business and what we're seeing follows that. Whether it be online passes, cut content for ...

 
 
 

Extra Life: The Good, The Bad and The Awesome

Sorry guys, I had intended to post this blog yesterday, but sleep happened. I want to thank you all once again for everything you did this month to help hospitals in need. I'm not sure if this will cure cancer like some of the Destructo...

 
 
 
 

About manasteel88one of us since 2:10 AM on 01.09.2008



Front Paged:
E for Effort: Mass Effect 1+2
E3 2010 Recap
Changes: Fatherhood
Technical Difficulties: What A Difference Time Makes
A True Opponent Stands Before Me
P2 Press Start: Chip n' Dale Rescue Rangers
10 Games Captain America Would Play
Looking Out for the Little Guy

Front Paged on Flixist:
The Dichotomy of a Dark Knight
Not Understanding Your Audience
A True Classic: Superman Returns

Articles I wrote that I liked:
That One Mook: Gafgarion
My first playthrough of Resident Evil 2
Love/Hate: Operation Darkness
EVO 2010
Recettear Preview
Teh Bias: Nippon Ichi Software, Dood!
More Than Just Noise: Haunted by Final Fantasy
2010: Year in review and some other musings
Obligatory Destructoid Community Rocks Post
Groundhog Day: Stuck in a Book
A story from the Wasteland
PowerUp 2011
E3 2011: MS, Sony, Ninty, and AWARDS
Freedom: Jetpacks
Handhelds: East vs West
Labor Day: Player 2
Online Passes: Nickles and Dimes
2011: Year in Review and Top 10 XBL Indies
Depression



Twinfinite stuff I wrote that I liked:
Comics:
Before Watchmen: It's Not the End of the World
Retrospection: The X-Men vs The Avengers
DC Kills Again
Lists:
10 Reliable XBLIG Devs You Should Know
10 Disney Classics that Need Remastering
5 Best Moments from EVO 2013
5 Reasons Why the PS2 Was So Successful
5 Ways to Add Flavor to PS Allstars
Editorials:
Did We Really Need to Break Lara Croft?
Father's Day: Bass Armstrong
Why Do We Need Final Fantasy 7 HD?
Wormlight: A Group of No Name Losers
You Can't Fix Bad Parenting
You Don't Deserve Forgiveness
A Forgotten Hero
Future Diary: The Trial of the Father
Silver Haired Devils: Sephiroth, Magneto, Griffith
Sony Made Art Out of Ads
Celebrate the Ridiculousness of Games
The Graying of Gaming
What is Your Deserted Island Game?
An Opinion on How Value is Underappreciated in Gaming
Lazy Brain Games Legacy
Arkham Knight's Knightfall
Next-Gen Gamers: Kinect Party
Interviews:
An Interview with Adam Spragg
An Interview with Miguel Sternberg
An Interview with Nekros Lead Designer
An Interview with Divekick's Adam Heart
An Interview with The Behemoth's Ian Moreno
An Interview with Firebase Studios
An Interview with Lazy Brain Games: Part 1 / Part 2
An Interview with Fun Infused Games
Nonsense:
Should I Be Happy Sonic is Selling Me Insurance
Is the $99 Xbox Worth It?
These Games Don't Belong on Steam?
Quest for Sexy Seaside Beachball: Part 1 / Part 2


Comics in Games
Comics in Games: Games in Comics
Comics in Games: The Original Batman
Comics in Games: Fantastic Four
Comics in Games: Fantastic Four Deleted Scenes
Comics in Games: Superman
Comics in Games: The Best of Marvel 1994

Comics in Crossover Games
- Spider-man and Captain America in Dr. Doom's Revenge!
- Spider-man the Video Game
- Spider-man and the X-men in Arcade's Revenge
- Marvel Super Heroes: War of the Gems
- Iron Man and X-O Manowar in Heavy Metal
- Marvel Brothel
- Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe
- Batman: The Brave and the Bold


It Came From The Quarter Bin

- 1st Edition
- Promised Vengeance
- Sarah's Story Remembered
- First Strike! Extra!
- Fluffie Kiss
- 2112
- The Holiday Spirit
- Days of GLX-Mas Past



Games Created:
Dariaia
Twinfinite Pirate Kart


I was on a podcast! Listen to me!
NJ EP 01: Neo Geo Pocket Color
NJ EP 04: Mega Man Legends


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My Greatest Failure

"We constantly have to revisit 'Why would Donkey Kong do this?' or 'Why would this environment be like this?' And then we start thinking: 'We're making a game about a gorilla wearing a tie.'"
-Michael Kelbaugh of Retro Studios on Donkey Kong Country Returns



"I have to say it's kinda scary how much you know about this game."
-Nicolau Chaud creator of Marvel Brothel
 
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