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Here's what's been happening in the Dtoid community

Mar 01 // mrandydixon
New old blood Several long-time community members have joined our ranks lately, and it makes my heart sing! Wrenchfarm (Nic Rowen), bbain (Ben Davis), GlowBear (Claire Sharkey), Stevil (Stephen Turner), and DimmuJed (Jed Whitaker) all accepted promotes to become front page contributors, while Occams Electric Toothbrush, PhilKenSebben (Mike Martin), and StriderHoang all joined on to help out with community stuff! As a community leader, nothing makes me happier than seeing hard-working Dtoiders get the respect and recognition they deserve, and Niero and Holmes have been doing an awesome job at promoting from within lately. Congratulations to everyone! Community blogasms A ton of new community projects have surfaced within the last month, and they've all been fun! Here are just a few of the highlights: Podgasms - Cblog recapper Nanashi has spearheaded this great undertaking to list all the community podcasts published each month, and wow is it a helpful feature! Look for his next edition at the end of March! Cblogs of the Month - And speaking of Cblog recappers, the fine folks on the Cblog Recaps team have been putting out monthly highlights of all their favorite blogs! You can catch January's edition on the front page right here, and February's should be up soon! Comments of the Week - Remember CaptainBus and his amazing Comments of the Week? Well community member Dreamweaver has brought it back, baby! Only five weeks in to its reincarnation, and man has it been popular so far. These things take an incredible amount of time to compile, so be sure to thank Dreamweaver next time you see him! Band of Bloggers - Community blogger The Scholarly Gamer launched a fun new writing assignment this month with the help of the community, called Band of Bloggers. Similar to Occam's and Strider's Monthly Musings, Band of Bloggers tasks the community with writing about a specific game and theme every month, and the community gets to vote on what gets tackled next! February's theme was Fallout; stay tuned to Scholarly's blog to see what's coming up in March! Forums, we (still) have them There have been some significant changes lately down in the basement; most notably, that our long-time Forums admin Mxy retired after five years of service! Here's some of the other stuff that's been going down: How did Mxy do it all?! - As I mentioned above, Mxy is currently enjoying a much-deserved retirement (probably sippin' margaritas by the pool with our beloved Zodiac Eclipse, who retired last year), which means we were forced to fill his enormous shoes. Taking over as our two main admins are community members OpiumHerz and Nihil, and they are being assisted by Brightside and Panzadolphin56 on the mod side of things. Thanks to all of you for your hard work! Redesign - One of Opium's first acts as new head of the Forums was to create a new thread where people could make requests for new features, and that spawned into a massive undertaking involving about eleventy bajillion threads being renamed, moved, or removed! Head on down and take a look around, and be sure to thank all those who joined in on the planning of the redesign! Forum games - One of the best things to spawn from the redesign is the new Forum Games section! In here, you can join in on a random game of word association, rate your fellow community members' avatars, play Werewolf, or enjoy any of the 100 other fun things your fellow Dtoiders do all day every day. Go take a look! New badges for all - March marks Destructoid's 9th anniversary -- NINE FUCKING YEARS, CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?! -- and in keeping with tradition, we've unveiled a sexy new "9" badge for those who want it! Just head on over to this thread to see what it takes to earn! In addition to the anniversary badge, we've also unveiled a few new badges lately, including one for getting your comment featured on a front page article. Check out the Badge Request thread for the full list and start filling out your profile! Legendary Dtoiders - Finally, the Forum authorities have just bestowed a new batch of Legendary badges for those who exemplify all that is wonderful about their community. Congratulations to Alphadeus, GlowBear, Marche100, Occams Electric Toothbrush, PhilKenSebben, RobertoPlankton, Stevil, StriderHoang, and thank you for your dedicated service to your community! ----- And that's it for this month's updates! Thank you for being the best community on Earth!
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Assassin's Creed fans' best guesses for Victory in painstaking detail

Jan 22 // Brett Makedonski
England's Victorian era was designated by the entirety of Queen Victoria's lifespan. That's 1837-1901 A.D. Not exactly a short period of time. However, some fine attention to detail has possibly narrowed down the time-frame that Victory will take place during.  We have deduced that the majority, if not all, of the game will take place from 1878 onwards. This is due to the the fact that: 1. The construction on Big Ben was completed in 1858.2. Electric street lighting in London began in 1878, as seen in the train station and on the street. But there are other things that Alpha (a forum member) has noticed that would lead one to believe the game is set further in time. An ad can be seen for "Havelock Tobacco" in the last screen from Kotaku, among many others. We have traced this product to being sold in 1891, but these are minor details. Although, 1891 easily fits into the time frame. Now that we have a smaller time period nailed down, let's take a look at some of the monuments that'll surely be included. Ubisoft does love to build faithful recreations of landmarks, after all. This is Saint Margaret's. The building Sam (half the users have settled on "Samuel Fey" as the protagonist's name; the other half is outraged by this unfounded designation) is seen sitting on in the first screen. The placement is very accurate and through my research on Google Earth, and heavy analyzation of the screen, I am sure that they are the same place. You can also see a Google Earth pic of Westminster Abbey in the last pic. If you are unfamiliar with London, you may be surprised to find that it and the Notre Dame are very similar. Next up is Saint Paul's Cathedral. It is seen rising highly above the other buildings, so much so that I don't see how the scale is 100% accurate. Buckingham Palace: this London residence and principal workplace of the monarchy of the United Kingdom was built in 1703 but expanded in the 19th century. This magnificent palace is right across the street from Sam's viewpoint in the first pic (you can probably see it from there) so it is very likely that this will be in the game. Fun fact: Wolve's ancestors helped build the palace. Lastly is the train station seen. This has been confirmed to be the Charing Cross Railway Station, because of it's location on the horizon in screenshot #1 and the distance between the two. [embed]286537:56985:0[/embed] About here, some users went into incredible detail about the various ads that appear in the game (like Foster's Beer). Seriously, it's amazing how deep down the rabbit hole they go. None of it does much apart from further cementing the circa 1891 setting and again affirm that Ubisoft does a pretty great job with authenticity as far as things like that go. I guess a series about history should get the "history" part down. Anyway, one person gave the boldest of predictions. It was my absolute favorite. It takes a very critical eye to even venture this sort of crazy thought. there are going to be hats Sadly, this present-day Nostradamus was largely ignored. The Assassin's Creed forums don't know a good thing when they see it. Instead, they turned their attention to some of the more notable figures we might meet in Victory. A decent-sized list included: Isambard Kingdom Brunel: A civil engineer of the Victorian Era. He also built the Great Western Railway from Bristol to London. Known to have developed powerful steam ships. Sir Titus Salt: A successful businessman that unlike other buisnessman, felt a general concern for the workforce. John Stuart Mill: An utilitarian philosopher and supporter of radical / liberal politics and the emancipation of women. Benjamin Disraeli: British prime minister and personal friend of Queen Victoria herself. Charles Darwin: English naturalist; His published theory of Evolution was one of the greatest changes of the Victorian period. George Stephenson: Father of the railways; He was known for making the first railways that changed the Victorian society and their means of travel. Michael Faraday: A scientist who helped electricity become more practical in the Victorian Era. But, later, someone else chimed in with this golden nugget. The new flamboyant De Sade-like character will be Oscar Wilde, no doubt about that. Right time and place. Brilliant, and sure to please subscribers of r/gonewilde. Yet another talking point were the social aspects. As some users pointed out, the era was rife with class division and terrible working and living conditions. One person mentioned that the streets were flooded with sewage (cue comments saying "Perfect. Assassin's Creed is just wading through shit!" Beat you to it, jokesters.) There's also the theme of child labor and the general poor treatment of kids. Another user weighed in hoping there'd be the option to kill kids. It got pretty grim. Luckily, the tension was broken up by this earnest request: I wanna ride a bicycle across London. So do I, Namikaze_17. So do I. Circling back around to the Assassin's Creed-centric bits of speculation, someone wanted to know how the First Civilization elements could be incorporated into Victory. One response had a few likely answers. It is difficult to predict which areas will be related to the first civ. For example, in AC3 it was a nameless cave, and in Dead Kings it was the catacombs of Saint Denis. But I can make a few guesses. If we are going off of underground places, then it could be the London Bridge catacombs, or maybe an offshoot from a deep underground railway tunnel. Both of these are mysterious and secluded places. I was trying to think of places of power and although it's not in London, Stonehenge is very mysterious and has big potential for AC to put its historical "spin" on it. Who knows what kind of crazy ideas the writers may come up with. Of course, there was the requisite person trying to bring everyone down: My speculation: The game will be buggy. The game will be rushed. The modern story will be almost non-existent. People will still buy it. That was not met with kind replies. And then there was the guy that put the cart way ahead of the horse. So what do you think the DLC will be? Slow your roll, pal. We can't even agree on this guy's name yet. We'll tackle the DLC next week. AC Victory Speculation Thread [Assassin's Creed forums]
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