Community Photo Day Blog

I did this many years ago on an old gaming forum and we all had a pretty good time with it. It's easy and fun and a little interesting. What you do is this for tomorrow use your camera (Phone, digital, kodak) and take about 5 to 10 photos of what you are doing for the day. Nothing forced, like you don't have to go out of your way to be like "Oh fuck this is me in Germany!". It's simple, you take a photo and under neath a quick one liner or two showing everyone the excitement of your day. When we first did this a lot of people said "fuck that is stupid" but then when all the peoples little photo blogs came it was either funny as hell or very interesting.

An example was a dude waking up taking a picture of his cereal then watching tv, walking the dog, lunch, riding his bike, BEING SHOT AT IN PAINT BALL, a picture of him with 13 bruises to end it. I thought it was brilliant and I think the duders on here can be just as creative or if not at least it shows a bit about your fellow duder.

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Just like in real life I regret getting married.

I am loving Skyrim to death the game is simply amazing. I am a little frustrated right now because I am having the problem of my menu screens not loading instantly. The lag at times can be up to 30 seconds and when you are trying to switch out weapons or change to magic in a fight this can be really frustrating. Checking my map, looking up quests and gear is affected by this. Instead of putting down the controller to wait for a patch I am just sticking with it because I am enjoying the game way to much to stop.

The only thing that has really bothered me despite her being a damn good sugar momma is my wife in the game. I can't spend 5 minutes in my own home and I think I might just kill her. Below is a photo I made to show my frustration with her.

Is there anything in the game so far that has just kind of driven you mad that isn't a Daedric god?

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My Top Ten Games I played in 2011

My top ten games I played in 2011

It was a great year for games and plenty came out and blew people away. If you look at Giantbomb's top 10 it is hard to argue that fact. I am not in the business though and I am a consumer like most of you and I have limits on what I can and can not play through out the year due to money or other aspects that are out of my control. It would be nice if I could say "Yeah, I did buy all those games or play them" but that is not reality. What is reality is sometimes in life you play a game from 3 years ago for the first time despite all it's hype. That being said, my list is a bit different. It is my top ten games I played in 2011 regardless of when the game was released. My list is not in order they are just my ten favorite games I played this year. Some of the games I chose may not be as good as some of the other games I did play but what added weight to them was how long I played them. For an example Bastion was my favorite downloadable game but I enjoyed Full House poker less but because of the replay value I played so much more of it and then weighs heavy in my heart. I will also add a few category's that I felt needed to be mentioned.

Skyrim

Skyrim

When it comes to most RPG's I have never really been a fan of the western style. I always found them to be boring a bit overwhelming. As much as people loved Fallout and Oblivion I just couldn't do it. I don't like a game that gives you so much freedom. I don't know what I am supposed to do and I always get the response (Whatever you want). Yeah I understand that, but honestly when I find myself dying every 5 seconds and running around for hours not accomplishing anything I feel I am doing it wrong. I rented Skyrim expecting the same thing. I was shocked to find how much they changed this style of game that really made it easier for me to figure out and enjoy. I took it back that same night thinking I'd probably not pick it up again but I did enjoy my time. It wasn't until my roommate bought it that I put it back in my system and started playing again that I realized wow this is probably one of the best games I have played in a long time. It's a fantastic game and I understand why it's number one on some many other peoples lists.

Bastion

Bastion

I was excited about this game when I saw a video for it and with the help of Giantbomb I was able to know more about it before it came out then most any other game I have ever been waiting. I loved the art and the music and it was great to play. I was very impressed with the game so much that it was one of the few games that I told my friends they had to buy. The only thing I did not like was when they were doing the inside coverage on it that guy kept clipping his nails...I think that will stick with me every time I think of this game. The voice that narrated the story was brilliant. I am a big fan of games like Bioshock where you progress a big portion of the game through audio. It's great for pacing.

Saints Row 3

Saints Row the Third

This is another game that as soon as it was announced I was excited about getting. I was a super huge fan of the second game and I was shocked to hear that so many people did not like it. Though the story was a big disappointment and the lack of my favorite character from the second game I enjoyed the dialogue and pure craziness of the game. When you first crash through that plane shooting the pilot I knew that this was a game I would enjoy. It's one of the few games that gave me a chuckle and pure enjoyment.

Mortal Kombat

Mortal Kombat

Growing up I enjoyed the Mortal Kombat games. Now that I am older I am not sure if it was the game play or was it because I was a kid and the pure violence of the game was great but I had such fond memories of it. When they released this version of the game after having such shitty sequels over the years as an adult I was shocked to find not only did it look good but it played amazing. The story mode was the best I have ever seen in a fighting game and it was a nice of them to include MK1,2,3 stories to bring it all together. I thought the online play was great and I had great time playing against players over the world even though it was a bit broken with the connection issues. I bought the season pass and was excited about each new character that was going to come out though I did lose interest in the game by the time the first was released. The game was good enough that I am excited about any future MK's games and I haven't been able to say that in a long time.

Batman Arkham City

Batman: Arkham City

Good luck have Batman, that is something that I started every Starcraft match with because I am a duder at heart. Batman AC is also a duder at heart. Why? Because the game is just great, it knew what was good about the last game and expanded on that. Great story, great voice acting, amazing fighting and plenty to do in the game to keep you going for quite sometime. I loved the graphics in this game as well. It's nice to see a license like this under the control of a team who knows how to make a game and it shows they care. Spiderman is my favorite super hero of all time and I wish they could make a game on this level.

Uncharted 2

Uncharted 2

I rented Uncharted 1 many years ago and after playing 30 minutes of the game I sent it back. I was not impressed and I was bored out of my mind. It wasn't until a few years later my roommate started playing through it that he told "You have to give it a real chance". After he finished the game I put it in and loved it. I couldn't believe that I didn't give it a chance before and luckily after I finished it we had a copy of Uncharted 2 laying around and I put it in. Uncharted 2 has to be in my top 5 of all time. I enjoyed every moment of that game. It was beautiful and super fun. It gave me that Indiana Jones epic feel that I needed and Nolan North's typical hero is exactly what I want when I am punching people in the face and trying to find treasures all over the world. The level designs were great and the visuals were memorizing. We bought U3 on day one but it just wasn't giving me that same feeling so sadly I haven't played it through but I feel that if I just finished it I might enjoy as much but U2 is a very hard game to follow.

Full House Poker

Full House Poker

As a person who has never played poker in real life it is shocking for me to include this game on my list. However, Full House Poker was probably one of the games that I played the most this year. I loved that you could play Poker with a bunch of strangers and have the table full unlike other poker games out there. I think what made that possible is most people loved going into the game with their Xbox live Avatar. I played against a guy who looked like Scorpion who was sitting next to Master Chief and little moments like that made me enjoy the game. What else set it apart from the list was the season play that it had. That mode has now been canceled which is sad because it was fun to play a match for 22 minutes and try to get the best score you could in that time frame and be ranked amongst all who were in the tournament. You would think that going big would get you first but it rewarded you for playing smart by giving you points for folding on hands that you knew you just couldn't win unless you could bluff better then anyone. My highlight moment of the year was taking first place out of 5,000 people in one tournament.

Grandia

Grandia

It took me over ten years but I finally got to play one of the games that I was interested in growing up but was not able to get my hands on. I worked in a video game store for three years and not once did a copy of come into my store to be traded in which would of meant I could of bought the game at reasonable price. The fact that it is on the PS3 for so cheap made me jump in joy. I put it on my roommate PSP and spent many hours enjoying the combat and the story. My only complaint about the game was the voice acting but once you get through that it's just fun to play and how I wish modern RPG's were. I miss those days and it was nice that in the year 2011 I was able to recapture those moments with such a fantastic game like this.

Arc the Lad 2

Arc the Lad 2

My favorite style of game is a turn based strategy game and I felt that I have played them all but I knew there were two games out there that I would enjoy and hadn't played yet and that was Arc the Lad 2 and 3. I enjoyed the first and played it the same year it came out in America but at the time I had to sell my copy to make rent and I regretted that choice back then. Luckily though like Grandia I was able to pick it up on PSN and a very cheap price and was able to pick it up. The game is fun, the story is great and I love all the side quests that you can do such as take jobs and hunt down monsters. The little animations your characters do when they attack are awesome and I am very excited to play Arc the Lad 3 in 2012 and may show up on my list next year. If you want an idea of what this game is like I have posted a video in my last blog showing one of the boss fights in the game.

Persona 3

Persona 3

My last choice for my top 10 games of the year is another RPG that I am late to the party. That being said even though I am late to the party the game doesn't suffer because of it. The graphics are great, the characters are great but the combat alone is super fun and unique. If I read it on paper on what you are supposed to do in this game I would say "Pass". I never thought I would enjoy a game where you spend most of your time trying to build a social link with characters through the game, studying or hanging out in a park with a little girl. It's not one of those typical RPG's where you spend hours in dungeon building up your character so you can be uber powerful because many times has this game proved me wrong by saying "You just spent an hour in this place leveling BAM! mother fucker your dead". I would be turned off on most games by that alone but they do such a great job with this game in every other aspect that I grit my teeth and try again.

There you have it my top ten. Below is random categories just to throw in there.

Game I hated but ended up liking in the end: Bulletstorm

I really hated this game, but for some reason by the end of the game I looked back and said wow I really enjoyed the last 80% of the game. I liked the combat and doing all the different kind of moves. I hate to admit it but I hope to play a Bullestorm 2.

Game I played the most: World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

I thought I was done with the game but when it was released I played a bit of it but it wasn't until 6 months later that I started playing it again. I still think the game is great but I do realize how much time it sucks up. I played for about 3 months straight after my girlfriend and I broke up non stop. I hit my 100,000 kills in pvp with one of my characters after quitting at 67k with another and that is when I knew I needed to step back and play other games that would allow me to get up and leave at any time I wanted.

Worst game I played: X-men Destiny

There are so many things wrong with this game that I think I will create a blog or a review about it later just because of how annoyed I was with it. I am glad we got it free or I would be very angry.

Worst purchase: Zombie Apocalypse

I loved to play games with my girlfriend because of her reactions to them and how amazing she was despite never playing games before she met me. This was a purchase we made because it had co op. The problem is no matter how bad I think the game is because of the years of gaming I have under my belt I was forced to play this to the end each time she wanted to play even though I was bored out of my fucking mind by level 5. After we broke up I realized I was only 1 achievement shy from S-Ranking and I decided to push through it. Worst choice I could have made since you had to complete 7 days which required you to spend almost an hour in each day shooting zombies over and over again in a tiny ass square.

Biggest disappointment: Marvel Vs Capcom 3

I was so excited about this game, I spent so many hours playing the second one that the idea of a new one with new characters and better graphics had me sold. When it came out I spent the day playing it and I realized I was not smiling, I wasn't happy at all, they took what I loved and tried to give it to me but it just didn't feel the same and the online play was broken. I just do not understand why Capcom has had so many issues with their online play when most of their games are much better because of online play. I think they need to out source their internet set up or something because every game I can think of suffer because of bad online. Lost Planet 2, SSF4, Dead Rising 2 and MvC3 all suffer from poor connection problems.

My favorite Giantbomber of the year!

Vinny

This was the year of Vinny. This mother fucker was everywhere. With the cut of the Whiskey Media happy hour I think he really stepped up and said "Hey! This is your content". From fixing his Joust machine, taking us on adventures with old PC games, loading up his old save files and being a fucking HEAD and the funniest guy in the top Ten he really made this year worth being a member. I hope there is more Vinny in 2012.

There you have it folks see you in 2012 (Giant Bomb Duder for life) EBS. I rep the GBD in all my games. Peace.

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The search for the Holy Game.

The last few days I have been reading some posts where someone will say "I beat this game, I didn't like it." and people will either say "Yeah! it was boring" or they will say "What? That game was amazing." It had me thinking, what makes so many people have such different taste? I know we are all different but I have always said personally for games that don't suck entirely "Okay, I think this game sucks dick but I can see the appeal" when I get that thought I don't go to that forum page and tell people that it's dumb and I think they are dumb for liking it.

Everyone hates those game magazines that come out with their top 100 games of all time and put Tetris at the top or something else that makes you say really? Maybe it was number 1 10 years ago but so much has been done since then. So, I am not asking for the greatest game of all time from you the viewers. What I am asking for is there a game that we as a Giant Bomb community can all say "Yeah, that game is bad ass". I'm sure this is an impossible task because there is always someone who hates it for some reason. It's too popular, I don't like the way the character is or something else.

An example of this is Final Fantasy 7, people argue it's the best and other argue it's the shittiest. So let's start a little test, I will post the name of a game that I think is amazing. If you disagree with me reply to me specifically in this thread and say "No" and tell me why you think that, but you have to post the game you think should be that holy game.

So ladies and gents lets see if there is a game that nobody who reads this blog can say "It sucks". Lets being honest when striking out the persons game and if the game has been struck out then I'll mark it off the list.

I'll start with something completely random

Eight Bit Shiks pick!

I choose Skies of Arcadia because it's an RPG, that has a good story, amazing characters, great graphics and you are a mother fucking SKY pirate. Let the games begin.

The game so far, the ones who have lived and the ones who have been killed off.

Skies of Arcaida - Killed off by Enigma777

Aqauria - Killed off by Beachthunder

Valkyria Chronicles - Killed off by SirOptimus Prime

Portal - Killed off by Kingzetta

Doom - Killed off by gamefreak9

Castlevania SOTN - Killed off by Rolyatkcinmai

Baldurs Gate 2: Shadows of Amn

Wizball C64 -

Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time -

Pong - Killed off by Bumpton

Tetris - Killed off by Synaptic

Picross 3D - Killed off by Brad Shoemaker

Half life (All) - Slaker killed them all with his pure hatred of anything with orange in it.

Infamous - Killed off by Example1013

Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts -

Shadow of the Colossus - Killed by Skytylz

Vampire: The Masquerade - Killed by ????

Another World/Out of this World - Killed off by Video_Game_King

Deus Ex - Killed by Eight Bit Shik

Planescape -

Super Metroid - Killed by TotalEklypse

Dragon Quest V - Killed by Xpgamer7

Day of the Tentacle -

Age of Empires 2 -

System Shock 2 -

Black and White -

Legend of Zelda Link to the Past -

Fallout 1 - Killed by Xpgamer7

Fallout 2 - Killed by Xpgamer7

Resident Evil 2 -

Road Rash 2 -

Road Rash 64 - Killed by HotSauceMagik

Final Fantasy Tactics -

Michael Jackon: The experience -

Michael Jackson - Moonwalker

Knights of the old republic -

Reaping the Dungeon - Sigh

Chrono Trigger -

Castlevania IV -

Super Mario World -

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I need to spend more times with my games.

I have a bad habit of renting a game, playing my friends games or buying tons of games and just well not either playing it or spending enough time to enjoy it.  I move on to the next game like it's a girl. I rarely S-Rank a game and if I do it's because well it was pretty fucking easy to begin with. The question is why? What makes me do that? Is it my OCD? or do I just want to see whats going on in the next game thinking I will go back later and finish the game I am playing. 
 
If you were to check out my profile right now on Xbox.com you would see that I have stuck or downloaded 265 games. That may seem like a lot and it is but to be honest the amount of time I have spent with those games is pretty depressing in some cases. I own about 140 live arcade games because  I see it and say HELL YES I remember frogger..that is a game... and then never play it again.  
 
You may not know this but if you look at your friends profile on Xbox.com you are able to compare your achievements which is a neat little feature but what is even more crazy is that it tells you the percentage in which you have completed the game. I don't mean beat the game because we all know I went to the first boss in Avatar the airbender and S-Ranked that mother fucker and never touched the game again.  I am sad at how low it is, but at the same time shocked it's not lower.  According to the site and my own personal nerd spreadsheet I am sitting at 32%.   
 
My buddy but my gaming enemy who I must always try to beat is sitting at 41% and almost 100 less games played then myself but is only 1,000 gamerscore below me. What does that tell you? That I suck? No, it just tells me that there is at least 100 games I should go back and get some easy achievements in. I want to make this goal to you my friends. I want to increase my percentage to 35% by the end of the year. I would like to pass my friend but to be honest I don't think that will happen anytime soon especially since he stopped his renting subscription the bastard. So, he is about to be one dedicated mother fucker in some of his games.  
  
I'll post some of the data from my spreadsheet so you can see how much I love stats and percentages and see that I have too much time on my hands.  After pasting it, well it looks like shit but it goes like this Game name - Earned achievements - Total Achievements - Earned Score - Total Gamerscore and the percentage of how many achievements vs the total.  This is just a small example, maybe I'll screen shot it and add it to this later. But I have this data for all 265 games with color and a graph! Whooo!  
 
I just thought I'd share my weird obsession. 
 
EBS out  
 

  
 Game Name Earned Total Gamerscore %
Costume Quest 20 20 250 250 100
Snoopy Flying Ace 15 15 250 250 100                          Earned 2767
Xbox Live Labs - Not a real game :( 3 3 0 0 100      Left 5674
Galaga 12 12 200 200 100
Dead Rising 2: Case Zero 12 12 200 200 100
Pacman Championship Edition 12 12 200 200 100
Backyard Football '10 10 10 1000 1000 100
Darkest of Days 13 13 1000 1000 100
Uno 12 12 200 200 100
Worms 12 12 200 200 100
Dash of Destruction 12 12 200 200 100
Avatar: The Last Airbender 5 5 1000 1000 100
Tmnt 23 23 1000 1000 100
Fight Night Round 3 8 8 1000 1000 100
NBA 2K6 5 5 1000 1000 100
College Hoops 2K6 5 5 1000 1000 100
Pacman: Champion Edition DX 12 12 200 200 100
Comic Jumper 12 12 200 200 100
Afterburner: Climax 12 12 200 200 100
Harm's Way 12 12 200 200 100
Torchlight 12 12 200 200 100
Full House Poker 26 26 300 300 100
Kinect Me 8 8 50 50 100
Trenched 20 20 200 200 100
Bully Scholarship Ed. 37 38 875 1000 97
NBA Street Homecourt 15 16 930 1000 93
Marvel Vs Capcom 2 11 12 150 200 91
Shank 11 12 175 200 91
Metal Slug XX 11 12 150 200 91
Pacman 11 12 170 200 91
Risk Factions 11 12 170 200 91
Too Human 42 50 900 1000 84
Call of Duty 3 22 26 590 1000 84
Vandal Hearts: Flame of Judgement 10 12 165 200 83
Geometry Wars Evolved 2 10 12 160 200 83
Shinobi 10 12 150 200 83
Halo: Reach 49 59 1000 1400 83
Zombie Apocalypse 10 12 155 200 83
Batman: Arkham Asylum 38 47 710 1000 80
Crackdown 40 50 780 1250 80
Spider-man: Shattered Dimensions 34 42 610 1000 80
NHL 2K6 4 5 750 1000 80
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 46 58 925 1250 79
Bio Shock 40 51 680 1100 78
Army of Two 36 47 960 1250 76
Ncaa Football 08 38 50 685 1000 76
Root Beer Tapper 9 12 120 200 75
Streets of Rage 2 9 12 110 200 75
Puzzle Fighter HD 9 12 105 200 75
Doritos Crash Course 9 12 135 200 75
Shadow Complex 9 12 160 200 75
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A positive videogame experience and how you can help.

If you haven't heard once a year a bunch of guys get together and play Mario until the donations stop coming in. In the past years they were able to raise

As you can see over the years they have greatly increased their donations through word of mouth and because of gamers like you. I personally would love to donate to as many charities as I can but because of a not so stellar income I am only able to choose to help a little when I can. That being said, Mario Marathon and Child's Play are the two that I donate to. All the money raised by Mario Marathon goes to Child's play. As I am writing this the Marathon is almost over and I have done my part by spreading the news to my family and friends to try and help them reach the hundred thousand dollar mark which they are so close they can taste it. They are sitting at $95,093.74 as of right now, so if you can please friends, family and fellow duders if you have some cash laying around go to www.mariomarathon.com and donate what you can. All proceeds go to children who are stuck in hospitals and are very ill. Videogames have always been apart of my life and brought me joy and they can do the same for a sick child. Again, for a bunch of people who play video games for a living we as a whole have raised millions upon millions to the sick, the next time someone wants to say how bad games are they should look at see what we do as a community and how they can bring smiles to millions of people whether it's jumping on a turtle, running over a hooker or playing an important role in our history (which of course I mean the time President Kennedy killed a ton of zombies with a shotgun).

If you can't donate because you are broke (Trust me I know) take some time out of your day to at least spread this. Thanks ;)

EBS out.

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