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MAGfest: The (don't be an) idiot's guide.

I may've only been to one MAGfest out of what's soon to be ten, but there's a lot of convention (and common) sense that can be applied to the Music And Games Festival. Most of this advice is geared towards first-timers, but perhaps even s...

 
 
 

Old Installations, new sensations.

Now that I've had a few weeks to fully digest 343 Industries' revisitation of gamers' original assault on the Covenant, I figure it's high time I shared my impressions of Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary. There are some potential, albeit ...

 
 
 

Xenophilia: Pop pop, shoo wop.

Despite having been around since 1997, Konami's "Bemani" series of rhythm games has only made limited penetration in markets outside Japan. Sure, everyone knows about Dance Dance Revolution to varying extents, Beatmania IIDX saw a North Ame...

 
 
 

Tales from Skyrim: Fallin' down Browntown

Prior to Skyrim, my exposure to Bethesda games had been fairly minimal. The time investment needed to plunge deep into any of the prior Elder Scrolls games, or Fallout 3 or New Vegas, is something that'd eluded me up until a few weeks ago...

 
 
 

Thanksgiving: Texture-mapping the peace pipe.

Rather than trying to crank out one in a crowd of great posts for this week's theme about actually being thankful for something, I thought I'd play with some of the imagery at the core of the holiday. I had this fantastic idea to discuss vi...

 
 
 

Zelda Week: I guess this is growing up.

The Legend Of Zelda series, despite its legacy and considerable fanbase, seems to have developed two primary camps of decriers as the years have rolled on and the series has continued. There are those out there who would have you believe th...

 
 
 

Acquisition: A black Kangaskhan day.

My tale of acquisition is less about getting my hands on a game as it is obtaining an in-game element, but it was a quest enough in and of itself. It was November of 1998, and I was far more into Pokémon than was likely healthy for a 16 ...

 
 
 
 

Space Marine, now in Extreme Nachos flavor

Warhammer 40K: Space Marine's free Exterminatus mode hit two weeks ago, but given that I have the game on 360 and there were some issues, I had to wait an extra week to roll around in it myself. That being said, it was totally worth the w...

 
 
 

MMO Stories: Thank heaven for little girls.

It's been a long, long time since I played World Of Warcraft. After two brief bouts of getting a character or two to levels in the mid-thirties, I manage to break my addiction. Even membership (and friendship with some of the higher-ups) in...

 
 
 

There Would've Been Brawl: It's Not Easy Being Green

Turns out my estimates were correct, and Matthew Mercer, the man who was king of the Gerudo (and Kirby, and Meta Knight, for that matter) in There Will Be Brawl, was busy as all get-out over the past few weeks. But in the end, answers comet...

 
 
 

Stop building a navy. (shortblog)

While it seems to normally be a faux pas to link external article posts rather than writing here, I figured it'd be okay to mention I recently got posted at Ashly Burch's How Games Saved My Life, since she's old-(or mid-?)guard Destructoid,...

 
 
 

Integration: A Place For Everything

The evolution of gaming consoles from chunky plastic boxes that often involved focused breathing-into in order to get them to function to curvy plastic boxes, twice the size of their predecessors, that occasionally need to be wrapped in tow...

 
 
 

There Would've Been Brawl: Let's Keep It Clean

Today's entry got to me just in the nick of time. Saving me by the bell is Reilly Campbell, who portrayed Punch Out!'s Little Mac, garnering a bit more screen time than might've been expected from a support trophy. Can't say it was disappoi...

 
 
 
 

There Would've Been Brawl: You're My Boy, Blue

Today's There Will Be Brawl interview comes from Gavin Niebel, the heartthrob and proud owner of a Cylon Resurrection Tub (no, really, he won it at auction after Battlestar Galactica finished) who played the Mushroom Kingdom police officer,...

 
 
 
 

Villains: Fun With Pork

Nintendo, for the longest time, has not only been adept at creating memorable heroes such as Mario, Link, and Samus Aran, but has had similar skill in crafting villains with staying power. The indominitable Bowser Koopa, the inept but ins...

 
 
 

NanDEMOnai: Once Upon A Monster (360/Kinect)

NanDEMOnai is a semi-regular attempt to profile demos for forthcoming games as unbiasedly as possible, based on their own merits and without any consideration of hype, publisher legacy, place within a franchise, or basis on any existing p...

 
 
 

Obscurity: Fly To Live, Live To Fly

Back in the mid-90s, video game arcades were still a thing that existed in pretty much every mall in America. Fighters actually had quarter lines, plastic guns abounded, and games with seats in front of the cabinet covered more arenas than ...

 
 
 
 

NanDEMOnai: NBA 2K12 (360)

NanDEMOnai is a semi-regular attempt to profile demos for forthcoming games as unbiasedly as possible, based on their own merits and without any consideration of hype, publisher legacy, place within a franchise, or basis on any existing p...

 
 
 

TGS: Go Straight To Hell, Boys

Even with the steady stream of awesome-sounding updates, I can't say I'm as excited as I probably ought to be for the PlayStation Vita. All of the features sound great, and even the games I'm not that interested in look fabulous... but I'm ...

 
 
 

NanDEMOnai: FIFA 12 (360)

NanDEMOnai is a semi-regular attempt to profile demos for forthcoming games as unbiasedly as possible, based on their own merits and without any consideration of hype, publisher legacy, place within a franchise, or basis on any existing pro...

 
 
 

NanDEMOnai: Ace Combat - Assault Horizon (360)

NanDEMOnai is a semi-regular attempt to profile demos for forthcoming games as unbiasedly as possible, based on their own merits and without any consideration of hype, publisher legacy, place within a franchise, or basis on any existing pro...

 
 
 

GB-Style Demake Super Smash Land Releases, Uh, Now

Lost in the shuffle amongst all this big-budget, Tokyo Game Show noise, Dan Fornace's Game-Boy-esque Smash Bros. demake, Super Smash Land, was released in its final form today, 9/14. Judging by the comments on the home page, there may sti...

 
 
 

Fusing Kinstones: Nin-the-end-o?

Fusing Kinstones is a series examining both sides of divisive issues in the world of gaming, both current and recurring, in the hopes of finding some common ground both sides can agree upon. Or, failing that, I'm just going to make fun of b...

 
 
 

NanDEMOnai: Hard Reset (PC)

NanDEMOnai is a semi-regular attempt to profile demos for forthcoming games as unbiasedly as possible, based on their own merits and without any consideration of hype, publisher legacy, place within a franchise, or basis on any existing pro...

 
 
 

Please, Aim It Higher

Normally, I think it's tawdry when people try to tie current affairs to video games for the sake of seeming relevant, but a thought struck me yesterday, so I'm going to become the thing I hate for a bit. It's been a decade now since Americ...

 
 
 

NanDEMOnai: NHL 12 (360)

NanDEMOnai is a semi-regular attempt to profile demos for forthcoming games as unbiasedly as possible, based on their own merits and without any consideration of hype, publisher legacy, place within a franchise, or basis on any existing pro...

 
 

About nekobunone of us since 5:17 PM on 06.29.2007

Hi, I'm Chris, though I've been going by nekobun and variants thereof for so long, I kind of answer to both anymore.

While I've kind of got my own thing going in the realm of indie coverage, at least in the form of playing through (and streaming) (and writing about) the huge backlog I'm developing of games gleaned from various indie bundles, I try to keep my more mainstream, game-related features here, as well as opinion pieces on the industry at large, out of mad love for the 'toid. When I'm not rambling here or trying to be clever in comments threads, you can catch me rambling on Facebook and my Twitter, and trying to be clever in the Dtoid.tv chat.

Now Playing:
360: Halo 4
PC: F.E.A.R.
SNES: Secret Of Mana

Promoted:
I suck at games: PEW PEW LASERS
Improving game communities: Collective consciousness
Nothing is sacred: These walls have torn my world apart
The wrong thing: Only cream and bastards catch them all.
Love/Hate: I love to hate -you-
Love/Hate: B(u)y the book
The Future: Is still what it used to be
My Expertise: Playing the race kart
Something about sex: Sex sells, but who's buying?
E3 Approaches: It's oh so quiet
Freedom: Together, we'll break the chains of HUDs
East vs West: We've got the empire
Handhelds: Graduating as 2000's Catchemaledictorian
Relaxation: Cheesy double Chief burrito
Online Passes: A spoonful of sugar
Peripherals: Many tentacles pimpin' on the keys
This is what MAGfest is all about
Beginnings: Put it on the pizza
Disappointment: Bad(vent) timing

Recap Topsauce:
It's Thinking: Could you quit playing with that radio, love?
Do the wrong thing: And do it right, for once.
Afraid to shoot strangers.
Not if you were the last junkie on Pandora
Is Jim Sterling servicing the video games industry?
Something About Sex: Unsafe at any speed.
Doing DLC right
Congress passes sweeping Elfcare reform bill
Bottom five healthcare systems in videogames.
Pushing my love over the quarter line.
When my life would depend on an eight point none.
Remember the heroes.
Every Journey begins with a single step.
It's all over now, bomber blue.
Being Social: We'll always have Rainbow Road
Labor Day: Of course you realize, this means wark.
Please, aim it higher.
There Would've Been Brawl: Show me 'round your eggplantcage.
Integration: A place for everything
Zelda Week: I guess this is growing up.
MAGfest: the (don't be an) idiot's guide
Promotions: The bees are alright
Now is the winter of on-disc content
This was supposed to be a dozen items about nekobun.
Without Slenderness, there's something missing.
Cheap tricks (and treats) don't come cheaper than free.
The legacy of the (unlikely) wizard.
Cheap Tricks II: Sugar rush boogaloo
Thank you, for bringing me here, for showing me Home.
Burnt flowers fallen: the tragic bitchotry of Lilly Caul
Red and blue, resolving into purple.
Xbox LIVE:nekobun
PSN ID:strictmachine
Steam ID:nekobun
Mii code:2610 8366 7890 1412


 

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