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by Ethos


Friday, June 11th, 2010

My brother, whom I love dearly, is back after over a year and I have a very short time to see him. Therefore – although I’ve been playing Green Day Rock Band and bought the American Idiot musical soundtrack – I’ll be a little MIA. We’ll see how much Riddles can pick up the slack. Some predict he’ll do well under pressure. Others say he’ll run and hide. Others yet say he’ll be dreaming of Johnny Hockin….

King for a Day

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

While we wait for the SMG2 review…

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

I’m about halfway done, but while you wait, I’ve created Memetok 2.0.

C’mon, Riddles!

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Well I did it. I got 120 (123, actually…) stars without using any internet help. I’m pretty sure that Oliver is capable of getting just 30 as per my challenge. And it’s crazy, but he might have fun doing it! It’s a quick rental, Montok. While we wait, I’ll give you all another Memetok.

Scatter Storming. Issue #031

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

We finally made it, guys! Issue 31! What a big deal. Anyway, I’m tired, so let me write some other words.

Super Mario Galaxy 2? More like Super Mario Galaxy Moo! Amirite?! -
So I beat the final boss and am up to about 105 stars. I’m going to get 120 before penning the review, but it’ll definitely be up this week. Spoilers: I think the game fucking rocks.

More like Brave SHMOREY! -
I’ve been playing Brave Story instead of Lunar on the PSP. Why? I’m not quite sure, I think Lunar is the better game. But Brave Story is charming and perhaps easier to play in smaller doses because I care less about the story.

More like PITTER PUNCH! -
Forgive me, I’m tired and delirious. I downloaded Critter Crunch on the PSN and played it instead of Alan Wake last week. WORTH IT! The game is beautifully hand-drawn and absolutely addictive. It’s often funny too. I like that the PSN and XBLA are really coming into their own with fun, stylish, little games that are priced in stark contrast to retail titles (Critter Crunch cost me $7).

Gimme Da Red Dead –
Yup, I want it. I’m not really a GTA guy, but something about Red Dead has me intrigued. I wasn’t sold on Alan Wake, and I might be retracing my steps with BlazBlue, so I’m sensing a trade-in. Both Riddles and I almost regret our choice for Alan Wake over Red Dead last week, so maybe we’ll see REDEMPTION next week? Enh? ENH?! I’m a fucking genius.

I’m out of material, so let’s post more memes of Riddles -
Now you can too! Just click here to download the template and we can all laugh at Riddles together in new and exciting ways! Here are just some examples. Click on the picture for a bigger version. E-mail your versions to ethos@riddlethos.com!

I challenge thee, Montok

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Taken with thought-capturing technology

I talked to Riddles on the phone today, and while I always knew that he wasn’t a big fan of Mario, I just realized today that that decision is based on a little bit of Mario 64! That game is almost 15 years old, and is – sorry to say – close to unplayable by today’s standards.

While Mario Galaxy may not be everybody’s cup of tea (every genre isn’t for every person), the series is pretty much the only thing Nintendo has done right recently. And man, has it ever done it right. You’ll see my review later in the week, but the game is pure brilliant level design, one after another. The point is that Riddles needs to give the series a proper chance. The fool hasn’t even seen either game in action! Unbelievable. The series is addictive, fun, clever, and increasingly challenging especially because the Mario games in general are doing a great job of implementing systems that make the n00bs happy without causing the whole game to be dumbed down.

Either way, I’m fine if Riddles continues to not be a fan of Mario, but I challenge him to give Mario Galaxy 2 a fair shake. Rent, borrow, or trade in Alan Wake to buy the game and get at least 30 stars in. Are you up for it?