Resident Evil 6, and you.

I've played Resident Evil 6 a lot. Hell, I'm still playing it. I went co-op with a friend of mine, and am now going through it, single player, on my own account. Why? so I can unlock mercenaries stages.

I've read a lot of complaints, concerns, knee-jerks about this game, and I may be able to agree with some of it, but being the fanatical Resident Evil fan that I am, I find solace in it's clunky shooter-y ways.

This is no different than Resident Evil 5 in terms of how it controls. Save for little tweaks like movement, and the ability to slide into an enemy, shoot him in the face with a shotgun then repeatedly punch the fuck out of him. If you happened to enjoy the 5th game at least, there's nothing to really hate about this... Well maybe some things, I guess? how picky are you?

What do you want out of resident evil? Survival Horror? sure! But are you going to give me the argument that Resident Evil has always been about Survival Horror? Yesss and no. That's where it got it's start, But you can't expect a franchise to be the same thing over and over and over again can you? Do you want that? Where would we be right now if Resident Evil was the same thing for the 21 games in the franchise?

It's managed to evolve. But it's evolved thanks to the characters that we all know and love. You can't expect Leon S. Kennedy to get out of Racoon City alive and NOT be prepared for any more of that shit, should it ever happen again. There are traces of it's Survival horror element here and there, but you have to realize that the game is a thriller now. A group of individuals with bioweapon combat training who know how to stop these situations, and yeah, guns are pretty effective.

If they decided to go back to their roots, they would have to reinvent everything, change the characters, change the universe. change all that was established, but when that happens, are you going to care? Newcomers to the series, maybe.

They have to make the most out of the fact that people love these characters, and try their best to make a game to please long time fans while still trying to make the game that they want to make. When you're this many games into the franchise, it is going to be hard to find that common ground. especially when it seems so many people want a game from that bygone era, but would also hate playing that dated gameplay. We want to have change that doesn't ruin our ideal of what we think something should be.

I'm trying not to speak in theoreticals and for everybody, But this is more of an analysis then trying to soapbox my way out of a jaded community.

I thought it was humorous.

Why I like these games is BECAUSE I'm invested into the story, the characters. It gets contrived, unfair, boisterous. But it's interesting. At this point if I've played these games since the beginning, I'm not playing them to be scared, I'm playing them to be taken for a ride. Capcom knows this, that's why 6 is more of a thrill ride then another spooky mansion. You even get three different ways to play the game. As close to traditional as you're going to get, a Gears of War shooter (but remember that time Gears of War took inspiration from Resident Evil 4? FULL CIRCLE.), and whatever experiment they tried with Jake and Sherry (A Nemesis like monster, a moment of open world on a mountain, snow mobiles and motorcycles, Stealth!)

It's always going to have a place in my heart, no matter what they do to the franchise. I am for all-intents-and-purposes, a fan. I will play these games over and over again, I waste hours in mercenaries mode, I play those on rails moments without complaints.

It is clunky, it has cheap deaths, camera issues, but nit-picking is not going to destroy my overall experience. A game like this is not going to be perfect and it never was. If you want my recommendation, I say yes! If you're a fan of the series, yes! If you're straight up curious fucking go for it.

Capcom has been getting a lot of flack over the internet's dumb shit for a while now. Resident Evil 6 is a testament of how much they like making their games. What they don't understand is how the internet works the way it does. They developed a system for unlocking things, while everyone seems to think it's DLC. It's also hard to capture a Broader Western audience with what they think they need to do. Shooters are boring, but they're effective. And there's nothing in 6 that 5 doesn't have that 4 doesn't have. One can only hope that if you do have your criticism, that it's constructive and not hateful.

I wanted to at least say something, much like everybody else. When a game like this gets bad reviews, it makes me want to play to find out why. Now that I've played the game for myself I can't see the fuss, and I've managed to find an enjoyable experience. (But I'm obviously looking for something different out of this game.)

I'm going to stop typing now, but before I do, I want to go out on a limb and say, that I think Resident Evil 6 is a game for the fans. That may be an iffy opinion but the way I see it, You either are, or just don't call yourself one.

(subtle joke)
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TL;DL Episode 16: Qatherine Origins (Podcast)

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.
   

In this Episode (You'll love it's quotability):

 
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.
 
Till next week ;)

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TL;DL Episode 15: League of Remnants (Podcast)

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.
 
You will love it. 
   

In this podcast:

  •  The only time you're ever going to hear Tiwi or Ossi, is this exact beginning moment. We talk IGN, E3, and Nintendo, especially Tiwi's distaste for the company! IT LASTS 6 MINUTES! 
  • Then Me and Dolph just right into Talking about CATHERINE. And Spoilers! How Bon thinks spoiler sensitivity can go too far. 
  • Dolphin's Been playing Farmville for totally shallow means (WIN STEVE WIN!) And gives a helpful tip on how to get ahead of Kessler. ;)
  • Dolph's also been playing Dead Space 2
  • League of Legends is a Pretty bad game. 
  • The Last Remnant is also a bad game, but Obviously better than LoL. I mean there's a lot of flaws to the friggin game... but still pretty cool.
  • How Dolphin regrets his 3DS purchase and why games for it are too expensive. Bon begs to differ.
  • EVO happened a while ago.
  • Being better at Video games than ungreatful children.
  • Smash Bros talky-talking.
  • Bon's writing for a cool new site ;)
  • Game of thrones
  • Reviewing games
  • SELF INDULGANCE-CAST: We start talking about things in our life and where we're at.
  • Dolph talks about School, Bon talks about a webseries he's been wanting to do for over a year now
  • here's one way you can support it! Until I get to be in the position to give you more information about it, details in the cast.
  • Japanese Story telling, IS IT HORRIBLE?
  • IT'S OVER (EPICALLY)
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Bummer of Arcade - [SSC 20]

  
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.
 

Bastion

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
 

From Dust

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?
 

FIGHTING GAEMS

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
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TL;DL Episode 14: It's just a Podcast (Podcast)


  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!
            

HERE'S THE RUN-DOWN


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.
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TL;DL Episode 13: L.A. RAIN TACTICS (Podcast)

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.
 
Sometimes that's all you need.
     

What's in store:


  • MORTAL KOMBAT: Dolph bought and mastered DLC. Or did he? Plus Rain jokes, and the possibility of Heavy Rain Characters appearing in the game.
  • Bonbolapti talks about how 'Great' Acting school is.
  • Bon also talks about his struggle with writing a piece about L.A.Noire.
  • Apathy is sitting on Portal 2
  • Operation Rainfall? What the hell are even Current Wii RPGs in North America?
  • Vidiot pops in just in time to talk Localization Bullshit.
  • Hey, you know what nobody does anymore? Rant about Squenix. (that's where we come in.)
  • Bene comes up with the quote of the year.
  • We are close as we'll Ever get to the NeirCast that Bonbolapti so desperately wants. 
  • Remeber when Bene Dropped the line from the last Podcast about playing Half Minute Hero? Well now he finally gets to talk about it.
  • Around this point I was actually looking for an excuse to do something. It will probably never happen again.
  • HARRY POTTER
  • Okay seriously. Let's sit here, and not LEAVE until we figure out what Disgaea 4 is!
  • And with THAT another successfully Fun Podcast. I hope you enjoyed listening. Especially since the after the End part is PROBABLY pretty awesome.



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TL;DL Podcast Ep.12: Late Title Card

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? 

   
 
  • Vidiot doesn't understand how Harry Potter works. (and needs his America in everything.)
  • Actually let's play a game... How many time Have I dropped the F bomb this podcast? When I was listening to it, I was actually kind of surprised in myself.
  • Again, Transformers 3!
  • Tree of Life is probably, if anything, a student film.
  • Steam Salessssssssss
  • An L.A. NOIRE Conversation that hits the spoiler mark at around the 33:00 mark to 43:30
  • Then we talk about the relationship between Team Bondi and Rockstar
  • Bene Throws down a conversation about Radiant Historia
  • Some Sort of Level 5/studio Ghibli game
  • Ossi has been playing Pilotwings Resort on his 3DS.
  • Bon is one of the cool kids that smack talks Journey and Spoils the game for EVERYONE.
  • Then Bon gets to talk about Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D, and discuss the Benefits of having it on your Portable.
  • Then the General Resident Evil conversation begins.
  • The We go from Resident Evil Racism to Metroid Sexism, because the two go hand in hand.
  • Then VOICE ACTING? In NINTENDO GAMES? PSH
  • And before we go, we tease what Bene will be talking about NEXT WEEK.
Thanks for Listening guys! We're happy to be back in the groove of it.



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Oh hey! Didn't see you there. [SSC19]

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...
 
 I'M CALLING THE HOSPITAL BECAUSE I HAVE A HEART ATTACK!
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.
 
Oh hello, I'm the worst part of this game.
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.
 
 
/cough 

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.


OTHER THINGS:

  • 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 : /


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TL;DL Episode 11: Late to our own party(mix) (podcast)

 
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! 
 
   
 


Somewhere in the Podcast we find out who the Murderer is!

BUM BUM BUUUUMMMMMMMM

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Link has been Vanquished [SSC18]


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.
 
 OH MY GOD, THIS OCARINA IS IN 3D!!
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?] 

 This game has Action, and Paction to the Maction!
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!
 
 LOUD NOISES!!!!
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
 

Other things:

  • 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.
  • Spiral Knights is cool not because of what it is, but for the fact that one of my favourite webcomic artists has worked on it.
  • We really haven't Podcasted in a while, I apologize for never having the time to do it. BUT MARK MY WORDS, TL;DL will live again. Hopefully soon.... Someone remind me?
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