Great White Delight

14 07 2008

Hey All,

I’m happy to announce the launch of Great White Delight! Ramin and I as well as a few others have been toiling away at the new site for a couple of months now, and are proud to finally launch it. It is your one-stop source for all of your canadian gaming news.

So feel free to head on over and check it out:

–Kyle “Jastrick”



2 05 2008

UPDATE: Okay, okay. So we’re late. Sue us. It will be ready when it’s ready.



JULY 1st, 2008

Please, Bear with us.

21 02 2008

Wow, it’s almost been a month since our last post.

Why is this, you ask? Is it because we’re Lazy fuckers?

Well, that MAY be true, but its not the only reason. We’re currently working on something big-ish.

Well, it’s big for us, maybe not for you.

We may be working on an expansion of sorts.

We ask you to please be patient, all two of you who read our site.

We may be giving you a few hints.

Who? Pix3l Nati0n…and others

What? Thats a secret

Where? The Interwebs

When? When it’s done, Damnit!

Why? Because this is something we feel that the Internet lacks.

Wow, every line starts with a W.

W img_sprite1.gif–Kyle “Jastrick”

REAL Japanese Smash Bros List Confirmed

29 01 2008

To Avoid Spoilers, Hit the Jump

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Best and Worst of ’07……..23 days late.

23 01 2008

Hi Everybody!

My apologies for being away for so long. I’ve been trying to catch up on my game stack. It seems that of my 344 games, I’ve only beaten 85, with only 37 of those being 100% complete (all unlockables, all upgrades, all sidequests, etc.). So, I’ve been trying to catch up on that. While playing Rock Band…… and Guitar Hero 3….. and Ratchet and Clank……… and Folklore…… and Pikmin 2……. and, well…. you get the point.

 But now, I am here to present you with the Pix3lNati0n 2007 GotY awards! and Yes, I realize that it’s already a half-month into 2008. So sue me.

Genre Awards:

Best Action Game: Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune (PS3)


A genius mix of Tomb Raider and Resident Evil 4 style controls makes this newcomer from Naughty Dog one of the biggest Must-Own titles for the PS3

Best Adventure Game: Sam and Max: Season One (PC)


Even though the first two episodes came out in 2006, the majority of the first season appeared in 2007. The triumphant return of Sam and Max (after 14 years, no less), proved that our favorite Dog and Lagomorph duo can still make us shit our pants laughing, as well as trying to figure out their insane puzzles. 

Best Shooter: Bioshock (360)


As one of only two games this year in which I did back to back playthroughs, Bioshock is Pure Awesomeness. A Must Buy.

Best RPG:Mass Effect (360)


Mass Effect once again proves that Bioware are truly the masters of storytelling when it comes to games. Despite a few technical hiccups, this game is by far the best RPG of ’07.

Best Puzzle: Puzzle Quest (DS, PSP, PS2, 360)


Puzzle Quest took your standard “match 3 of the same colors” puzzle game and mixed it with RPG elements to make one of the strangest (yet most addicting) puzzle game combinations in the history of gaming.

Best Rythym-Music Game: Rock Band (360, PS3, PS2)


Rock Band took what Guitar Hero had done and increased the fun-factor 10 fold. With an awesome soundtrack, a constant wave of DLC, and just plain greatness Rock Band manages to fend off his step-brother.

Best Platformer: Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)


The Plumber’s only contender for this position this year was Ratchet and Clank. However, thanks to superb controls, challenging puzzles, beautiful visuals, and a (finally) orchestrated soundtrack, Mario is still able to teach our Lombax friend a thing or two.

Best Racing Game: Dirt (360)


Platform Awards:

Best Xbox 360 Game:  Bioshock


Bioshock is the game that did everything right. From Atmosphere, to Story, to Music, everything was perfectly in place to make it one of the best games of 2007.

Best Playstation 3 Game: Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction


This year marked the first appearance of a ps2-era franchine on the PS3, and Ratchet proved that he still has what it takes to bring the A-game on his new Home console.

Best Wii Game: Super Mario Galaxy


There was virtually no Competition for this award this year. Aside from Metroid Prime 3 and Super Paper Mario, the majority of Wii Games this year seemed to be lacking in excellence until Mario Galaxy came along. The only game that could have wrestled this award away from Mario Galaxy would have been Super Smash Bros Brawl, had it come out on the original date of Dec. 3.

Best PS2 Game: God of War II


Around this time last year one of the greatest titles yet for the PS2 came out proving that even though the PS3 has entered the ring, the old machine isn’t ready to ease back into retirement just yet.

Best DS Game: Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass


It’s hard to believe that 3 years in, and Phantom Hourglass is the only Zelda Game for the DS. The new stylus-only control scheme may take some getting used to, but after a while will become completely intuitive, making for one of the best handheld-zelda games to date.

Best PSP Game: Crush


This game was sadly overlooked by many when it arrived in April. It came out roughly the same time as Super Paper Mario, and as such many criticized it as being a copycat for the use of 2d to 3d transitions. However, Crush is a SUPERB puzzle game that uses this functionality to the fullest potential and never lets up.

Best PC Game: The Orange Box


The game would have won this award JUST for Portal, but it adds so much more, with Half-Life 2, Episodes 1 and 2, and Team Fortress 2, the Orange Box is probably the best value that you’ll get from a Videogame from 2007.

Best Downloadable Title: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night


This year’s best DLC game isn’t even a new title, and that’s ok. The triumphant return of this PSone classic WITHOUT the $100+ pricetag earns it this years spot.

Game of the Year: Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)


2007 proved that Mario is still master of the Videogame domain. Even after 20+ years the plumber still has what it takes to create one of the best games ever. The game builds on what Super Mario 64 did in EVERY way, and shined it into gold. The fact that I managed to play through the game TWICE without getting bored earns Mario Galaxy the title of Game of the Year 2007.

and now for the FUN parts, The 2007 WGotYs!

Worst Wii Game: Chicken Shoot


Soo…..Bad…… can’t think of ways to describe….awfulness……./shudder

Worst PS3 Game: Lair


Epic Fail!

Worst 360 Game: Vampire Rain


Splinter Cell + Vampires = Bad? How’d you fuck this one up, Microsoft?

Worst PSP Game: Aliens vs Predator: Requiem


I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. The PSP is NOT designed for shooters.

Worst DS Game: SNK vs. Capcom Card Fighters DS


 It’s SNK vs. Capcom! on the DS! in a Card Battler! WTF?

Worst PC Game: Empire Earth III


The game has become your run-of the mill RTS, with no standout features.

Worst Game of the Year: Lair (PS3)


What was once one of the most anticipated games for the PS3 turned out to be the biggest shit-piece of the year. Sure, it LOOKS good, but with forced motion sensing and SEVERE clipping issues (ie. the ability to FLY THROUGH A MOUNTAIN), Lair earns our Piece of Shit, I mean, Worst Game of the Year award for 2007.

There we go. It took a while, but I’m back, and you’ll start seeing regular updates from me again.

img_sprite1.gif –Kyle “Jastrick”

Chasing the Purple Nether Drake

16 01 2008

To be fair, I’m actually more on stage five of my WoW withdrawal. After a full two years of playing (at a casual, not end-game pace), I quit last July. Part of it was because I was in Montreal for two months, but had I not grown so weary of the game, I probably would have continued. I’m not sure why I had grown tired of it, really. Perhaps the tedium of it had finally gotten to me–I’m not really one for repetition, which makes it strange that I liked Assassin’s Creed so much. Or maybe it was the fact that I was trapped in Zangarmarsh, with no escape from the mind-numbing effects of the neon-blue sky. The colour was so thick, like a fart that filled the entire room, that I could feel my mind dulling every moment that I was there. Seriously, it gave me headaches.

So here I am, some six months later, and the desire to once again return to Azeroth is upon me. I’m not quite sure why–perhaps it’s the alluring effects of one William “TJ Hooker” Shatner–but I find myself tempted to spend some of the Best Buy bucks I received during the holidays on a WoW time card. It got me thinking about what it is that really draws me to WoW. I mean, I’ve tried every other MMO I could get my hands on: Eve, Everquest I & II, Final Fantasy Online (I refused to adorn that abortion with a numeral), Habbo Hotel, Maple Story. WoW is really the only one that caught my attention–that and Lord of the Rings Online, but we’ll get to that in a minute. Now, the simple yet complicated intricacies of WoW are known quite well, and we won’t go into them other than to say that part of the reason the game is addictive is because, well, it’s fucking fun. The other reason, of course, is because it’s positive reinforcement and therefore develops and continues to feed a strange addiction. Why I bring this up is because I’ve never been one to become addicted to anything. Not alcohol, drugs (of those that I tried), cigarettes, or video games. So I find it kind of unsettling that I have this compulsive urge to go back into a game I know I may dislike after two or three hours of playing it again.

This leads me to wonder if it’s WoW specifically, or just a good MMO in general, that I crave. Why, I could just as easily plow into LOTRO and probably become quite enamored with it. The difference is the social aspect–which, strangely enough, is one of the reasons I quit WoW. It’s hard to start a brand new game with the scale of an MMO, and it’s even harder to do so without anyone there to guide you or play with you, someone who is going or has gone through the same trials and tribulations that you are experiencing. WoW became that way, once my casual guild mates became far less casual, and I was left eating dust while they all glided to 70 and got their tier sets. I’d be interested in trying LOTRO on a regular basis, but not without the support of an established guild that is gentle on the backsides of newbies.

It is a pickle, no doubt about it. MMO’s are truly a strange beast. Maybe I’ll be able to resist this urge, at least until Burnout Paradise comes out, at which point I’ll be far to distracted to want to play anything else. One can hope.

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The Prodigal Son Returns

12 01 2008

Yes, I’m still alive!

It’s been quite a few weeks since I’ve been on this blog. Besides recovering from intensive heart surgery (most accurately drawn by Nicholas Gurewitch) I’ve also been scheming and plotting some things.

What I find most interesting about recovering from a major surgery is, most people assume that it’s when you’re going to get most of your gaming done, perhaps knock off a few names off that wall of shame. Unfortunately, that’s not true at all. Don’t get me wrong, the logic is there. A person needs to rest after such an intense procedure, and what better way to relax than to sit down in front of a nice, long run through of FFXII?

What you quickly learn, though, is that games are in no way a “calming” device. Even the quickest game of puzzle quest can be quite infuriating, and soon you’ll find your heart rate skyrocketing because that stupid Sea Serpent keeps healing itself and taking away all your fucking red orbs, that stupid son of a bitch!

…As I was saying. There’s also the fact that you need to be up and about a lot, and you need to do breathing exercises ten times every hour. It doesn’t really allow for a game-filled environment. Sad, really, since there are a ton of PS2 games I have yet to complete. Maybe if I get a ps3 one day, I’ll hook it up to my monitor and play them that way. If I can buy one that’s backwards compatible, that is.