Holy Crap! 16 already? Didn't we just do one of these? Well yeah we did! Did you listen to it? Fuck if I know, all I can tell you is I wanted to get back to the proper recording schedule that I wanted us to do in the first place. Hence there's still plenty to talk about. Especially with more people.
Plus Ossi gets to correct me and Dolph on our LoL playing.
And with that, we reach the end yet again my friends. Those of you who play MGO let us know in the comments, with a username, same with LoL. Because next week we're gearing up for a LoLPodcast where we try to do this while playing LoL at the same time. Is that a good idea? Probably not.
Welcome to what we like to call TL;DL After dark! After Dark meaning it's during a time where we should all be sleeping.. So the majority of these people are and it's really just me and Dolphin talking. THIS PROMISES TO BE A PRETTY CONTROVERSIAL PODCAST! SO STRAP IN.
I always say, when you want to take your writing seriously, you should always write on a more professional platform. That's why I have a wordpress. But when it comes to gaming talk, I always find myself writing things up on here. I just feel like video game rambling has found a home in this spot, but when it always comes to more serious pieces I go back to the other one where I feel it belongs.
So, It's been a while since I wrote a Sunday Social Blog. But I feel like this is going to be the last one. When I started these I kept it as a motivation on writing practice. If I kept myself to a schedule and stuck to it every week. That I would be able to improve my ability while talking about things I enjoy. Then I answered a call to arms, about a gig writing about video games and I took a chance. I used examples of reviews and editorial pieces, even used some of these blogs as example of my work. SO because of the Sunday Social's I actually got the job. So now, instead of writing these for fun. I'll probably end up writing these for work.
And I couldn't be happier.
But with that in mind, I thought it would be nice to at least end on a note of being the 20 in this series. SO... let's just get down to it.
A lot of my work has so far, entailed playing all of the summer of arcade games as they've been coming out. Bastion was the first on this list, and as much as Supergiant Games has been a friend of Giantbomb (which in turn, because of the fan-base 'sold quite a few copies') I didn't enjoy it as much as I wanted to. It was the narrative that killed it for me a little. I don't want to get into it as much as I've been talking about it on TL;DL but there's been parts where it took me out of the experience and I just started getitng all blah about it. Maybe I raised the bar a little too high for it, maybe I really just wished for other people to talk.
I mean... it's a good game to play and all.. but... UUUUUGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHH
A hell of a lot more enjoyable, and so much more simpler then your Black and White. I wasted a lot of my time playing it, because it was just so gosh darn easy to. There was something oddly relaxing about that game. It was just so low key in it's civilization building aspect. I'm surprised it never got any more complicated beyond beyond weather disasters. But I think there's something really good here. They really have something here, and heaven forbid if there's a sequel or DLC it would be awesome to see them elaborate on ideas. Just as long as we never see a giant stupid animal. Hahaha
Insanely Twisted Shadow planet
All the fun of a Metroidvania with the bewildering controls of a dual Joystick shooter. It was fun at time and it was frustrating at others. I really did enjoy it enough for the most part and the “Lantern Run” Multiplayer is actually a really cool idea. But as art goes, it's considerably underwhelming. It did get increasingly darker over time though, which I guess is something you expect out of a shadow planet.
So far these Summer of Arcade games are okay. Bation was the weaker one for me by far, but I'm sure Fruit Ninja will knock mediocrity out of the park M I RITE?
If it one thing I can always count on, it's catching the EVO bug. That was such a phenomenal weekend of fighting game prowess, and I wanted it to rub off on me a little but. I know I'm not very good at fighting games but so are a lot of people. Aside from Besting Sleepy_Insomniac Half the time in Marvel vs Capcom 3. I've been trying to give myself serious practice with SF4 especially since I recently purchased Arcade Edition to keep up with the times. I've come a long way, I still can't figure out charge characters for the life of me (and hell I've been practicing.) I think I need to step my game up with an arcade stick because that Xbox controller is still shit after all these years.
I also never thought it was possible to get the Fivepeat achivement, but 10 wins in a row online will look like nothing but a dream right now. :P
That's it, that's all I want to say for this one. Thanks to people who actually read these and enjoy them. I think the only thing I'll try to keep up doing around here is the TL;DL podcast just to ensure that I'm not going away completely anytime soon.
One of the things that I hope I can bring to the table of this new job is a kind of rationality in games Journalism that you never seem to see anymore. I think for more that a couple of years now, it's definitely gone up it's own ass. But I do think that's thanks to most forums and Kotaku itself feeling like if Fox News wrote for video games. It's easy to be jaded about a lot of things now a days. It's like we all feel like we need to be jaded, or it's cool to be. So I've always felt like if I was in this position of writing for games, I wouldn't want to go down that path. It's only a matter of time I guess
Hello friendly happy listener. Guess what. Yeah, yeah... we're late again. But at last we are here for another week. Rejoice! Vidiot, Ossi, Sidescroller, Dolphin_Butter, and Apathylad join Bonbolapti into the fray as we tackle the thing that's been on a lot of people's minds. CAPCOM. That's right. That company that's under a lot of heat for a handful of things right now. Oh yeah.. there's also something about Bastion in there somewhere. DON'T WORRY THOUGH. IT'S A SPOILER FREE AS POSSIBLE!
Bonbolapti almost got the chance to be a furry in a TV show.
New Superman, New Paranormal Activity, New Spidersman
We'll be talking about Catherine Next week. But what would Sides do if he had a Catherine Body Pillow?
Then Dolphin shares what he's been playing.
I forgot to mention this part. but we think it would be hilarious if people just tweeted random shit on the twitters under the hashtag. #Itsjustbaseball It's stems from the Podcast. you'll learn all about it. but man.. that Trending topic needs to be flooded with this kind of greatness.
Earlier than last week, but I like to think of it being on Schedule. The Crew is here again. Bon, Ossi, Vid, Bene, Dolphin with Special Guest Apathylad. With nothing that they've really been playing, they take the time this week to just shoot the shit. That's right, It's just the Brass taxes. About Video games.
TL;DL Episode 12, With Bonbolapti, Ossi, Vidiot, Bene, and Sidescroller. Look it's another episode, how exciting, let's talk about stuff. About what exactly? Well Movies for one thing. Right off the bat. Even before the show starts. Movies movies movies. Oh yeah.. but also videogames...
Well.. Okay Maybe just Transformers 3 and Tree of Life. What else is in store?
The first time I played through Silent Hill: Shattered Memories it was not exactly my favorite experience. It seems that everywhere I was going women just seemed to be hating me left and right. I'm sure it would have been wonderful to read the assessment of my psyche and we could finally get to the bottom of the opposite sex's out-right hatred for me.
But then the game fucked up...
Around the home stretch I passed through a door and I glitched out, falling through the ground, forever falling through darkness, sinking further and further from the game itself. I was screwed. Still, with the ability to move around and check my phone, but no chance in hell of getting back up. Naturally that's when I restart from the last time I saved.
Considering the way this game has been playing out, I can't remember the last time I actually stopped and saved my game. In these situations you can only hope for the best and Load!
I didn't have a saved game though. So 5 hours of playing the game all disappeared and I found myself at the very beginning, for the second time. I felt distraught, defeated... I turned the game off and Dwelled on what might have been the end of my experience. I knew if I were to play it again, it just wouldn't be the same.
I vowed I would play the game again, after everything about it was lost in my mind. I could enjoy it again for the first time.
A year and some later, It's not like I forgot about things completely. I still knew what to do, what to look for. It was definitely a completely different experience from what I remember. I essentially was critical pathing it, only looked at things that I thought were necessary. It's funny how a lot less you get out of the game when you don't stop and smell the roses. Hell, even by not looking at anything sexy has made all of the females in this game rather boring.
Maybe I did it wrong, it breaks the illusion of the game a bit when you don't really participate in the things that it's about. As well as there being a lot of phone and text messages that I missed out on. You know, it feels like I didn't get as complete of an experience than I did when I never got to complete the game the first time. But, I looked at it this way: The game is supposedly analyzing my moves to determine what kind of person I am. So I felt like I might as well play the game, truthful to how I would be in these situations. It was a lot of just getting through and not stopping to look at all the pretty decorations on the wall. It makes me seem boring as a person, thinking about it..
You know, I really ought to do myself some justice. I should play through again, A THIRD TIME, this time being distracted, and veering, and all that.... maybe the memory of my first play through is enough to haunt me.
Let me tell you a story about a man named Vidiot.
I've come to terms with this, I've given it some thought. Vidiot comes across as a bag of wind, because he types a lot. But a lot of what he types is actually really good, informative, thoughtful. I laugh, I cry, I giggle, I fart. He's one of my favorite people on the TL;DL podcast especially when he gets to talking, then that means I don't have to do any talking. I can just sit back and listen to his beautiful voice.
What I'm saying is, I decided I was going to blurb a little bit about Viddles. Because this is filler, and I couldn't think of any better of an Ego to inflate. So let's all follow Vidiot, be his friend, take him out to dinner, read his blogs. Know that our tomorrows will always be better with a man like that.
So L.A. Noire was a thing, and I have to admit RIGHT OFF THE BAT that I haven't actually played it for myself yet. My Roommate has been doing a lot of the driving, so I just sat on the couch with my fruit juice and chippies and watched it all play out.
I spent the entire time not liking Cole at all. He's a hard character to like, his personality felt so insincere to me, maybe it was all that constant blinking, maybe it was the occasional yelling at the people he's interviewing, Maybe it's the major plot points that just totally switched around what kind of person he was actually supposed to be.
Somebody is going to have to explain this guy to me. No I'm serious. Someone spell out for me a compelling case of why Cole Phelps should be a good character! CLASS, I DEMAND ESSAYS!
That's all I have to say about that chapter.
eShop is probably my favourite shop. The virtual console of old Gameboy games tickles my fancy in such a way that I need to buy these games, even if I already own them in some form.
RE: Mercs 3D will be acquired this week (I'm hoping) but judging by popular opinion, I'll be the only one picking it up. Oh well, fun for me! /dance
I've been waiting for eternity to be able to write a big amazing blog on screened.com, but I don't know if it'll ever happen... AUGHHH maybe I should just be an animator for the rest of my life : /
Hey Kids, did you miss us? “Us” as in TL;DL, that really awesome podcast with a cast of characters you know and love? Now do you remember? What, you still don't? Well it has been a month hasn't it. Maybe even longer than that.
Anyway check it out: Bonbolapti is back hosting this award winning podcast about life love and happiness in relation to video games. Joined by the dream team, Ossi, Vidiot and Sidescroller! (and maybe Sleepy_Insomniac.) And would you believe it? We just jump right into the magic. So what will you do? Will you give it a listen? Well then, strap up child and get ready for a ride!
Two Weeks in and My 3DS has kept my little bits of attention when I need something to do. Luckily Ocarina of Time 3D was there to keep my attention. I don't know if there's much to say about the game that I haven't already said thirteen years ago. It's Ocarina of Time and it's pretty great.
It looks sexier at least, smoother, more refined. A lot of the ugliness of N64 games is now wiped completely off the face of this package. If anything that's why I bought this, which actually marks this the 3 time I own this game. Once on it's launch day for the N64, twice when it was packaged as a gamecube game with Zeldas I, II, Majora's Mask, and a wind waker demo (I think?) But from my perspective I don't think I had too much else of a better reason to own this.
I suppose the master quests is a good enough reason.
It's a good enough purchase though, being Ocarina of Time, which a lot of people hail as the greatest Zelda game of all time. The 3D is amazing, that's all I need to say! The depth of field is actually quite complimentary to the world as you play. You really get that sense of how far things are apart from you, so the gameplay is much more immersive. If this whatever 3D gaming was supposed to be about, they really hit the nail on the head here.
Approval all around!
I'm pretty much just starting out in Link's Adult-hood too, and I've just beat the Forest Temple. So I'm actually going to pace myself a little for now, and complete this game before I inevitably pick up Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D. (Is anyone else picking that up by the way? 3DS party?) But I'm actually really glad that Ocarina of Time came out. I know I'm going to be slightly naggy about it and claim that I'm getting some sort of silly Zelda fatigue only because I want them to give it a different build for once. ( I like the game's engine as much as the next guy, but for some reason I just really want a change.) I mean, I'm not sure if I'm really up for playing Skyward Sword. I'm sure with 1:1 it's going to feel like a very different game.
Ocarina of time is just a classic though. It's something that I know I like, and yes if it was presented to me a completely different way, I'm going to buy into it. Hell, I'm all for remakes of old games. That's probably why I'll buy Starfox 64 3D! (also because it's the one Starfox game I never got to play.) But I think there's a lot of good games of older Saturn, N64, or PS1 systems that could really benefit from being redone, retold for the newer Generation. I'm obviously not talking about Upping Textures and calling it a day. I want to see Old games redone from the ground up for the HD era. I do love my Nostalgia a lot. But I also wouldn't mind seeing my Nostalgia prettier.
[This is open to the floor, how do you feel about the idea of remaking older games for the now generation?]
So Vanquish! Here we are, finally! I promised you before 2010 was over that I would play you but I guess I lied. Though I did not lie when I said I would dedicate any and all console gaming time to you when I could. SO THAT'S WHAT I DID.
Vanquish, is a good game, or a Great game... Maybe even an Amazing game, I can't decide which. From begin to end it feels like nothing but a 3rd person Bullet-hell. Seriously. Bullets are flying all over the place and I can't even figure out where they're coming from half the time. So being the cool casual playing dude I am, I played through on Normal and that was a damaging enough experience. I finished the game in 5h 46m and 31 deaths. A lot of the deaths were accidental. Or stupid mistakes, the way you die in Demon's Souls for making stupid mistakes. I was barely in cover because cover is for pussies, which also probably led to a lot of my inevitable deaths. But YOWZA.
My love for this game is that it is all action all the time. When the demo first came out I played it over and over again, because I just couldn't help but be in love with it. It was so fast and flashy. It made me feel awesome, running into the middle of a million gun fight and taking all of them down. So I knew I wanted to tackle the game when I had nothing else on my plate that I'd want to play.
I couldn't be happier. Sure it made me feel incredibly rusty as a gamer but again, I couldn't be happier. It still managed to be really fun, even at times where I was more that a little frustrated with 12 consecutive deaths. And it's theme is so goddamn American Macho Grande, real Hardcore. Sam and Burns throwing their best Solid Snake impressions at each other. It pumped me full of adrenaline and Manliness. If playing this game is a steroid I will happily take it, HOORAH!
Being the short game that it is, I'm sad that I didn't play it sooner. It's worth it's price, and to be honest, I want to come back for more. Missions and things unlocked along the way that I want to try out, and I also wouldn't mind trying my patience to play through it for more trophies. I finished it with only 30% of them collected and I'll be damned if I don't man up and try it all on Hard difficulty. (But there's not fucking way I'm going to play it on God-Hard. I'm not that cool.)
Vanquish, you are my early contender for my 2011's 2010 game of the year. Hell. If I played you sooner, I would have knocked Nier square off of it's pedestal that I made just for it. <3
So I started this thing, and I don't know how long it's going to last. On my personal blog I've been doing a Link a Day. Just drawing him on a Real life Photograph somewhere. I think it's fun, mostly because it's tablet practice. I really want to use my tablet a lot more. So the current goal for myself. I'll be happy if I can at least make it through 20 days because we all know how hard 100 gets after a while.
Remember when E3 happened and we all blogged about it? I sure do, I talked up a storm and probably sound more rational than everyone else. How is that possible? I'm a Smart guy, I'm like the “Superintendent Dean of Funkanomics of Video games”. So because of that, I single-handedly won E3.
Wii U is a contraption that blows everyone's 'mind', because gamers everywhere need to have it owed to them. So Nintendo isn't giving you the shit you want because you already have it twice. Class, I want to see a show of hands! How many of you people got furious at Nintendo? Don't be shy, I know there's a lot of hands. I was Mad at Microsoft for acting like their the New Nintendo. There can only be one Family friendly Game company, and it certainly can't be forced down my throat with acting.
But the 'Wacom University' has sparked a lot of interest in my mind parts. Forgive me for fanning over here, but Nintendo always seems to get me excited every time they actually do something different. I can't remember the last time I sat down and played a Wii game, but I'll sure as hell buy into this. I have a habit of supporting things that I like.
The 3DS for example. I recently bought one, and I couldn't be happier. With very little money for more important things, it was probably a bad idea. Yet E3 was a time for reminding me what was coming out on the fantastical handheld, and I ultimately forgot the PSVita was a thing. It is a thing right? With front and back molestation? (Japan's got something big planned for the V that's for sure. OH HO HO.) I absolutely enjoy the Street Pass in the Mii Plaza, because essentially I'm judging people based on their Mii's and what they've been playing. My favorite was the middle aged Asian lady with the Nintendogs game (There was not a lot of people on the bus ok. So it's really easy to tell who it was.)
Well as this blog is being written, I will probably as of this afternoon bought Ocarina of Time 3D. (really, who isn't?) I'm also probably having lots of FUN with it. But Practically a week later I'd have also bought Resident Evil: The Mercenaries and I'll probably be having EVEN MORE fun, enjoying Mercenaries for what it is, and Fawning over the Demo for RE:velations. (I like my Resident Evil games like I like my women, __________________________ ) I'm not exactly sold on RE:mercs, yet there's enough there to make it a legitimate stand alone.
I think what we're learning about this Blog is that I'm really big into Nintendo, and this is all unintentional. It's easy to get giddy with everything they do because it's all I ever grew up with, and I guess I must be a fanboy or something. GAWDDAMNIT!
I've been really hating on Kotaku a lot lately, I should probably stop reading them, they just get so... dumb, all the time. Is there commentary in calling themselves “The Gamers guide”? Are Gamers idiots? Do I really need you to answer that question? Is Brian Ashcraft a serial molester? ( - _- I read a lot of Gamejournos... )
Getting the Sudden urge to draw horrible comic strips of Kessler.
How Come when some people see “Tech Demo” they immediately think it's a game that's coming out soon?
I can't understand Final Fantasy XIII-2. FFXIII was a bad game, why make a sequel to it? Sure there's a total of 72 reviews on this site and most of them are in the game's favour. But if I'm going to be a video game snob I might as well play the part. Hint:most of these people are wrong...
Speaking Squenix, it seems like more people are starting to play Nier now. It's about time! That game is good for you, it's a good thing to play! We should all play it! Right now! (GOTY-EY)
Duke Nukem Forever is finally out and it's a strange subject matter to be torn up about. Can we all agree that it was destined to be a bad game?
Now that Minecraft is coming to the Xbox, can we all stop liking it? Or are we all making Pixel Art on that version too?
Boston won the Stanley Cup, Color me EXCITED. Also color me safe for getting out of Downtown before it got Full Retard.
It's a short and sweet one because I haven't really been playing any games... Unless you want to hear me talk about Mass Effect 2. We CAN go down that road again. No, I'm gone!