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TL;DR: Please Don't Be a Jerk.

Recently I posted something in my Facebook page about how ridiculous it is to think that the Moon landing is a hoax. It was a response to people who are being jerks about Neil Armstrong's death (although I guess this is the Internet so dickish attitude is to be expected).

A "friend" of mine came and comment on the post, saying nothing except TL;DR (Too Long; Didn't Read, or arguably Too Lazy; Didn't Read). It annoyed me, so I became quite snarky about it. He became so pissed off that he started to throw insults in my general direction. He insulted me for apparently being a nerd. He insulted me for having a career choice of being a game designer. He also said something about being a 40 year-old virgin, although I'm 22 so I have no idea why he would mention that.

I mentioned his jerkwad attitude because it's worth mentioning, but that's not the point of this blog. TL;DR is. Bloody hell, that bothers me. Why? Because it's pointless, annoying, rude, and it belittles people who have legitimate things to say. It's not even cool or smart! Yes, there are times in which a post is way too long and it was not formatted properly. Maybe it has no paragraph, punctuation, or even capitalization. But how about this? Instead of replying TL;DR, just don't reply at all. If you want to be helpful, post a constructive criticism. People would even post TL;DR to completely dismiss a person's argument.

The crazy thing is, my post wasn't even long. It was 6 sentences and less than 100 words. Seriously? It's not like I wrote a War and Peace length tome of wisdom. It's a less-than-100-word passage and he already went TL;DR? This is not the first time I've witnessed this behavior. People have replied TL;DR on short, properly formatted posts before. Not to mention that if you think a 100-word post is too long, what the hell are you doing in an internet forum, which primarily uses writing as a medium of discussion, in the first place? It made me wonder. Has our society gotten into a point that reading is no longer viewed as a required skill?

I don't know. I'm may be overreacting, but it bothered me greatly. I probably shouldn't be. I mean, as I've said before, this is the Internet and dickish attitude is to be expected. Anyway, this blog post is a rant. Don't mistake me for trying to make a point or something. I'm just a little upset, I guess. What do you think of people who only reply TL;DR, especially for a post that's not even that long?

What happened to the forums?

Seriously, what the hell happened to the GameSpot forums? Well, specifically the Systems War board. Was there some sort of rules change that I missed or something? Because Christ, that place is a **** now. I just read a thread about The Simpsons review and it was mindblowingly insane! Everyone throwing insults at each other, trolling, flaming. All of that is caused by a review of a 20 year old game that didn't hold up. Really? That review is enough fuel to start a fire, inferno, and the subsequent backdraft in the forums? Thankfully I wasn't there during the Great Fire of Skyward Sword Review. I wonder what happened back then. Must be much much worse.

But in all seriousness, I didn't remember it was being that bad when I just joined this site (or maybe I just wasn't paying that much attention). Do you guys visit that board often? At all? Was it really that bad before? I don't think I'll be visiting that place anymore. BAH...

Gears of War 3 has a...

... good storyline?!

Gears 3 review

WHAT?! Okay that is a pleasant surprise. I loved Gears 1 and 2, but they both have a non-stellar and awfully cheesy story at best. Now I'm a little bit more hyped for Gears 3. 5 days people. Just 5 more days.

My Top 5 Downloadable/Arcade Games of 2010

Ah, a new year. New age, new resolutions to break, and most of all, new games to look forward to. However, we should not forget the great games that we get to play in the previous year. So, like a lot of everyone else here, I will choose which games are the best from all the games I've played on 2010. Since I don't think it's quite fair to categorize both downloadable games and mainstream games as one, I will separate it.

I'll start by listing my Top 5 Downloadable Games of 2010.

5. Toy Soldiers (XBLA):

A tower defense game with a twist. I never cared for tower defense games, but Toy Soldiers managed to hook me in long enough to really enjoy the game. As with other tower defense games, you put stationary units that will attack any enemies that gets close enough to their range. The twist is that you are also able to control those units. So the game then turns to a turret action game, and I do enjoy my action games. The shooting does feel solid most of the time with a little controller annoyances but it's not a big issue. The title of the game clearly explains which art direction the developers are taking. You defend your toy box from approaching enemy toy soldiers by putting toy mortars, toy cannon, etc. It is twistedly funny to see toy limbs get blown apart as you bombard the enemy units with a cannon. It is a fun game, especially for 10 dollars.

4. Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light (XBLA/PSN/PC):

Tomb Raider: Underworld was a disappointment for me, especially after seeing how much I enjoyed Crystal Dynamics' take on the Tomb Raider franchise, Legend and Anniversary. Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light changed the franchise by going downloadable, adding co-op, and using an isometric camera instead of a third person one. It is incredibly fun, and although the game is build for co-op, you'll still have a lot of fun on your own. The story is crap, I'll say that. But where it is lacking in plot, the gameplay makes up for it. The puzzles are smart without getting too frustrating, the combat is fun, and the set pieces are very intense making The Guardian of Light absolutely worth the entry price of 15 dollars.

3. Limbo (XBLA):

Limbo is puzzle-platforming game that immediately grabbed my attention just by its art direction. The game is completely devoid of color. The whole game consists of shades of gray, and your character itself is a shadowy little kid. As I said, Limbo is a puzzle-platformer. So you have to run and jump from one place to another, avoid getting violently torn apart and killed, and solve puzzles to move forward in the game. Oh, and yes, the game is quite violent if your imagination allows it so. The control works well enough and the puzzles feel incredibly satisfying to solve without the need to tore your brains out (most of the time). People complained that this game is too short, and it is short. However, I think the fact that it's short, allows the developers put all their best on to all the puzzles, instead of filling it with fillers just to make the game longer. After all, a game does not need to be long to be awesome.

2. Pac-Man Championship Edition DX (XBLA/PSN):

A shiny new Pac-Man game completely filled with features. I never was a Pac-Man fan, but after hearing so much praises for this game, I caved in and bought it. This game changed what Pac-Man is about. Instead of just using 4 ghosts to chase you, they put twenty or so Ghosts. However, they can only follow you in a straight line and they will only follow you after you went right by them. It quickly turns to a game of snake in which you have to navigate this maze, eating the pac-dots while trying not to hit your body/tail. Every time you complete the cycle of pac-dots, the game will give you a power pellet that allows Pac-Man to devour every ghosts. I giggle like a little girl as the train behind him just went inside his round body. That alone, makes this game worth playing, but Championship Edition DX boasts around 200 game modes or so, making it a steal for 10 dollars.

1. Super Meat Boy (XBLA/PC):

If I could only use one word to describe Super Meat Boy, I would use 'difficult'. If I could use two, it would be "bloody difficult", literally. Super Meat Boy is a platformer game that could basically destroy your controller if you have an anger management issue. It never came to that in my playthrough, but it does get really hard. I wouldn't call it frustrating because the levels are short enough that dying doesn't make you feel like all your progress just disappeared, and it is very quick for you to respawn and try again. Yes, it does feel like N+, but I feel the level design in SMB is better.

I also love the art direction in this game. At every surfaces you touch, Meat Boy leaves blood trails on it, allowing you to know which surface you have touched, and when you die, Meat will burst into a splash of blood. When you complete the level, they will replay all of your attempts at ONCE. Suddenly, multiple Meats jumps out and burst to their death before finally one champion completed the level. To know that you will be rewarded by that replay makes dying a little bit more entertaining. If you haven't bought it, you should. NOW.

That's the list. We'll see if I'll get to write my top 10 games of 2010.

Ornament Scavenger Hunt

CLUE 1: Van Nguyen
CLUE 2: Jody Robinson
CLUE 3: Guy Cocker
CLUE 4: Matthew Gravish
CLUE 5: Chris Watters
CLUE 6: Kevin VanOrd
CLUE 7: Aaron Sampson
CLUE 8: Alex Sassoon Coby
CLUE 9: Wernher Goff
CLUE 10: Jan Heir
CLUE 11: Randolph Ramsay
CLUE 12: Andrew Park
CLUE 13: Mark Walton
CLUE 14: Justin Calvert
CLUE 15: Sophia Tong
CLUE 16: Kurtis Seid
CLUE 17: Giancarlo Varanini
CLUE 18: Justin Porter
CLUE 19: Ryan McDonald
CLUE 20: Tyler Winegarner
CLUE 21: Maxwell McGee
CLUE 22: James Kozanecki
CLUE 23: Frank Adams
CLUE 24: Sarju Shah
CLUE 25: Shaun McInnis
CLUE 26: Ricardo Torres
CLUE 27: Tom Magrino
CLUE 28: Dan Chiappini
CLUE 29: Homer Rabara
CLUE 30: Takeshi Hiraoka
CLUE 31: Tor Thorsen
CLUE 32: Jim Maybury
CLUE 33: Carolyn Petit
CLUE 34: Tom McShea
CLUE 35: Dan Mihoerck
CLUE 36: Jane Douglas
CLUE 37: Brendan Sinclair
CLUE 38: Laura Parker

School project!

I have been busy for the last week or so doing my school projects. It has been brutal and extremely tiring. Okay, it's not that bad, but it's tiring nonetheless. I'm majoring in game design, so it isn't so bad.

Anyway, I just want to share one of the projects that I'm working on. It isn't exactly done, but I did all the things that the school required for grading, so I don't know if I have the will enough to complete it.

school project

There it is. My project in all it's glory. Overall, I quite liked it, but well, it's not that good. However, considering that this is my first attempt with Maya, I feel quite happy with the result. I might want to texture it, but we'll see if I have enough will to do it.

Know what that is? Should be quite obvious if you're a gamer. :P

Black Friday and the death of my wallet.

It has been a while since I last posted here. Mostly because I had nothing to write, but well, I guess today is the best day to write about.... something.

So it's Black Friday. The day when people flock to stores to pick the best deals around. Although some of the deals are crazy, I never really cared for this shopping spree. I just... don't do that. I'm not the sort of person that enjoys getting crammed with hundreds of other sweaty man-arms around. That said, I did try to make the best of today. Thank God for Amazon and their great deals. So I did pick up a few games and here's the list.

1. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit ($29.99)

Driving at 180 mph towards the sun

I'm always interested with this game, but then racing games aren't exactly my favorite genre. I don't avoid them though, and this one seems to be pretty badass. The issue of not having a split-screen puts me off that I didn't pick it up day-1, but I guess the patience rewards me in some way.

2. Demon's Souls ($14.99)

Out of the frying pan and into the demon.

GameSpot's game of the year 2009! Never tried it, but am interested to see if it is actually really THAT good. I've always wanted to try it, but never really got into buying it. The difficulty scares the heck out of me. I'm not really good with frustration, although sometimes I do try to beat some games in the hardest difficulty setting. I heard that Demon's Souls difficulty level is in a whole different league altogether so I wasn't brave enough to go forward with it. Then I saw that it was 15 bucks, so well, why the hell not?

3. The Sims 3 (Xbox 360) ($29.99)

Party burners.

I'm not sure why I actually picked this up. I already bought the PC version, and my laptop can run it just fine. Hmmm... maybe... yea.. I'm not sure. My little impulsive brain just decided to pick it up because it seems like a pretty good deal. I might just be interested with the Karma system and the ability to rain fire on your tiny little Sims while laughing as they panic and run around like a headless chicken. :twisted:

I also picked up Greed Corp for 160 MS points since I have that much points lying around and I could never use them for some reasons until today. (Damn you Microsoft for only allowing us to buy points in a specific increment!)

So those are the games I picked up, and the day is not even over yet, though I doubt I'll buy anymore games. My wallet is dying and I intend to save it before it's too late. Oh well, what discounted stuffs did you guys buy today, if any? For those not living in the States and Canada, are there some sort of shopping spree similar to this in your country?

That's it for today. Thanks for reading, if you did read this far. Most of you probably have closed the page already. :P Anyway, I'll see you guys around!

I've been enjoying..

Mirror's edge demo! I don't know why, I just kept on playing it. It's only a demo, it's not even a full level available yet. But I just kept on playing. There is this feeling of coolness when you are running and jumping off rooftops while in the same time being chased by the authorities. The time trial is very addictive too. You need to take the best path and perform a perfect run to get 3 stars run, which is maximum. It's difficult to find the best path if you're only playing it for a while. A perfect run is something that you need to practice, and it's not as easy as you think it is.

Anyway, if you haven't downloaded it, you should definitely check it out, especially if you love parkour but has been buried under heavy releases. Be warned though, if you have motion sickness this game might not be for you.

Stop complaining about reviews!

The topic title says it all. People should stop complaining about reviews! No offense to those who doesn't complain. But to those who does, you guys should stop saying people s**ks cause the score they gave to a game isn't good or bad enough for you. You complained when GTA IV got 10 and said it's overrated. You complained when Fable 2 got 8.5. You complained when Too Human got 5.5. You guys complained about everything. Reviews are supposed to be a guideline not a justification of a purchase. You read reviews so you know what the game is all about. Scores aren't really important. That's what the reviewers' opinion of the game, and remember that opinion never s**ks. So please stop scolding reviewers or anyone else who gave their review, it will make you look bad.

I apologize if this entry made me look like an idiot or anything. After all this is only my opinion. I just wish you would stop complaining about review scores that doesn't satisfy you.