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

Mar 01 // Mr Andy Dixon
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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Highlights from the Cblogs, Forums, and more!
You Dtoiders have been on an absolute tear lately! Not only are you kicking out awesome new community projects at breakneck speeds, but you're doing so with an enthusiasm and positivity that I haven't seen in years. Seriously...

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Dtoid Community Weekends

Check out these awesome Dtoid community interviews


Dtoid Community Weekends
Dec 14
// Mr Andy Dixon
Need some fun stuff to occupy your time this weekend? The Dtoid community has you covered! Destructoid community all-stars Everyday Legend and OpiumHerz have been absolutely rocking the cocks off the Community Interviews acco...
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Dtoid Community Weekends

Dtoid Community Weekends: You should play more games


Some fun community happenings for your sexy faces and bodies
Nov 23
// Mr Andy Dixon
People are always asking me, "Hey Andy, is there anything fun happening at Dtoid this weekend?" And I'm always like, "You're goddamn right there is!" Here's some of it: Over in our Forums, this weekend is all about the gaming...

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Dtoid Community Weekends

Dtoid Community Weekends: Here's some fun stuff going on


Everyday Legend's NARP, Lion's 999 Werewolf game, Antwhan's movie, and more!
Nov 16
// Mr Andy Dixon
[Gonna try throwing up quick little shout-outs to community activities on the weekends. If you have any suggestions for next weekend's post, email me!] There are some groovy goings on in our Forums and Community Blogs this br...
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Communitoid 022, Nailed it w/Swishiee!


The #1 community manager podcast on Destructoid!
Sep 27
// Conor Elsea
[Communitoid is the Destructoid Community Team's official podcast. Want to join Aaron, Andy, Beccy,Conor, and Jo on a future episode? Send us an email!] This episode we have streamer extraordinai...
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Communitoid 21

Communitoid 021, LIVE at PAX!


The #1 community manager podcast on Destructoid!
Sep 17
// Conor Elsea
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Communitoid 018, featuring jodaniel3!


The #1 community manager podcast on Destructoid!
Aug 04
// Conor Elsea
[Communitoid is the Destructoid Community Team's official podcast. Want to join Aaron, Ali, Andy, Beccy,Conor, and Jo on a future episode? Send us an email!] This episode features Jamie aka ...
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Communitoid ep15/16/17

Communitoid episodes 015, 016 and 017: Because we care


Featuring special guests ZombiePlatypus, TriplZer0, and ScottyG!
Jul 23
// Mr Andy Dixon
[Communitoid is the Destructoid Community Team's official podcast. Want to join Aaron, Ali, Andy, Beccy, Conor, and Jo on a future episode? Send us an email!] We're a bit behind on sharing the latest episodes of Communitoid w...
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Bloggers Wanted

Bloggers Wanted: When did you start loving videogames?


Get your blog on Destructoid's front page!
Jun 02
// Mr Andy Dixon
We all have our origin stories. My first videogame memories are of watching my uncle play his ColecoVision and Atari 2600 in the early '80s at my grandma's house. Q*bert, Frogger, Asteroids, Battlezone, Dig Dug, BurgerTime, D...
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Communitoid 014

Communitoid 014, featuring djnealb and IcarusKills!


The #1 community manager podcast on Destructoid!
May 29
// Mr Andy Dixon
[Communitoid is the Destructoid Community Team's official podcast. Want to join Aaron, Ali, Andy, Beccy, Conor, and Jo on a future episode? Send us an email!] In this double plus good episode of Communitoid, the gang is joine...
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Communitoid 013

Communitoid 013, featuring special guest JJ McCallum!


The #1 community manager podcast on Destructoid!
May 19
// Mr Andy Dixon
In this extra British episode of Communitoid, we're joined by special British guest JJ McCallum! JJ recalls the time he fiddled with Conor's no-no place, Jo gets all hot and bothered by JJ's accent, Aaron is the worst host ev...
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Communitoid 012

Communitoid 012, featuring special guest JohnnyViral!


The #1 community manager podcast on Destructoid!
Apr 28
// Mr Andy Dixon
In this extra special episode of Communitoid, the gang is joined by legendary Dtoider and 321gocast host JohnnyViral! Aaron and Jo grill Johnny on his history at Dtoid, then break into conversations about drinking, video...
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Bloggers Wanted

Bloggers Wanted: Ultra violence?


Get your blog on Destructoid's front page!
Apr 14
// Mr Andy Dixon
[When we're looking for blogs on a specific topic, we'll put out a Bloggers Wanted call. Check out the blog prompt, write a response, and you may see your blog promoted to the front page!] There's been a lot of talk lately ab...
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Communitoid 011

Communitoid 011, featuring special guest AgentMOO!


The #1 community manager podcast on Destructoid!
Apr 14
// Mr Andy Dixon
In this extra bovine episode of Communitoid, we're joined by Dtoid indie game developer extraordinaire AgentMOO! Your usual gang of moovers and shakers udders a few words about the game development scene, chews its cud regard...
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Communitoid 010

Communitoid 010, featuring special guest ArcticFox!


The #1 community manager podcast on Destructoid!
Mar 31
// Mr Andy Dixon
In this super sausagey episode of Communitoid, Dtoider ArcticFox joins our temporarily female-free cast of characters as we discuss videogames, erotic fan fiction, 80s nostalgia, and which cast member we'd like to marry/bang/...
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Bloggers Wanted

Bloggers Wanted: What's your favorite Destructoid memory?


Get your blog on Destructoid's front page!
Mar 16
// Mr Andy Dixon
[When we're looking for blogs on a specific topic, we'll put out a Bloggers Wanted call. Check out the blog prompt, write a response, and you may see your blog promoted to the front page! --Mr Andy Dixon] Did you know that to...
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Communitoid 009

Communitoid 009, featuring special guest digtastik!


The #1 community manager podcast on Destructoid!
Mar 09
// Mr Andy Dixon
In this extra juicy episode of Communitoid, we're joined by Dtoid Forums all-star and southern bell digtastik! On the show, Conor laments how his Halo 4 clan sucks, Jo brags once again about her team of science experts, dig i...
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Communitoid 008

Communitoid 008, featuring special guest Kyle MacGregor!


The #1 community manager podcast on Destructoid!
Mar 02
// Mr Andy Dixon
In this extra special episode of Communitoid, we're joined by Dtoid community-blogger-turned-staff-member Kyle "Cadtalfryn" MacGregor! We talk to Kyle about how he got his start at Dtoid by trolling the IRC about Animal Cross...
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Communitoid 007

Communitoid 007: Stabbing Kittens in Self Defense


The #1 community manager podcast on Destructoid!
Feb 17
// Mr Andy Dixon
No Beccy, no Ali, no guest star... OH MY! In this Brit-free episode of Communitoid, Joanna discovers the healing powers of Smirnoff, Aaron fantasizes about felinicide, Conor goes to bat for Binary Domain, and I spen...
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Bloggers Wanted

Bloggers Wanted: Share your videogame horror stories


Get your blog on Destructoid's front page!
Feb 08
// Mr Andy Dixon
[When we're looking for blogs on a specific topic, we'll put out a Bloggers Wanted call. Check out the blog prompt, write a response, and you may see your blog promoted to the front page! --Mr Andy Dixon] Dead Space 3 release...

How to get your blog on Destructoid's front page

Feb 08 // Mr Andy Dixon
TITLES - THE FIRST THING THEY'LL SEE Perhaps the most important part of your blog is the title. After all, if your title isn't catchy enough to draw in any readers, then what's the point of writing the blog at all?! A good title is something that is a) descriptive, and b) sexy. You shouldn't mislead people by writing something that clearly has nothing to do with your topic, but at the same time, you'll always benefit by drawing people in with a "hook", if appropriate. So instead of, "My thoughts on the Wii U", try something like, "Why I think the Wii U is destined for [success/failure]". They both technically convey the same message (i.e., your thoughts on the Wii U), but one is much more likely to entice people into reading your opinions than the other. Our Community Blogs allow for 80 characters in the title, which means you can get pretty descriptive. However, it's worth noting that we're only allowed 57 characters for the front page side of things, so assuming your blog does get promoted, your title will have to be edited, so keep that in mind! IMAGES - USE YOUR HEAD-ER Adding an appropriate header image to your blog is vital; after all, we can't promote it to the front page without one! A header should be 620 pixels wide by 350 tall, high quality, safe for work, and indicative of the overall theme or topic of your blog. Remember, if you forget to upload your own, I'm going to pick one myself when I promote your blog; the results may frighten you! It's also important that you upload your images to Destructoid as opposed to an outside service like Photobucket, etc. That way, when you inevitably do spring cleaning a few months down the road and mistakenly delete all your photos ("What do I need these for?"), your Destructoid blogs will remain unaffected. BODY - TRIM THE FAT Ah, the meat and potatoes. Unfortunately, just telling you to "write a good blog" isn't entirely helpful, but to get into the real nitty-gritty would require much more space than I currently have. (Thankfully, Andrew Kauz has already written an excellent guide on the subject.) However, I can tell you that the kinds of blogs we promote to the front page normally fall into one of the following categories: Anecdotes (how such-and-such game changed your life, etc.) Editorials (opinion pieces, industry commentary, etc.) Analyses (in-depth looks at what makes a certain game or series great, etc.) Likewise, we don't typically promote user reviews or news stories (yet), no matter how well-written or informed they may be. That said, the only piece of wisdom I can truly impart to you is to develop a voice and use it. Make your blogs personal, stay on topic, and maintain a consistent theme from intro to closing and you're bound to be rewarded. FINE-TUNING - GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY In addition to standard proofreading (spelling, grammar, punctuation -- all the stuff you were supposed to learn in school), keep in mind the following things when writing for a Destructoid audience: We italicize the names of games. Super Mario Bros. Halo. Boob Wars: Big Breasts vs. Flat Chests. You get the idea. We spell "videogame" as "videogame". Remember how "email" used to be "E-mail" before people realized how ridiculous that was? Yeah, me neither. "Videogame" is the future; get with the program! We allow swearing, in moderation. Often times, a well-placed "F bomb" is the only word you can really use to get your point across; however, curse words can just as easily be overused to the point of nonsensical vulgarity. Use your best judgement with this. Other than that, I recommend you read your blog out loud before pushing the publish button; it's amazing how often you'll "hear" mistakes that you couldn't "see"! STRUCTURE - LEGS TO STAND ON "TL;DR." "OMG! WALL OF TEXT!" If either of these comments have ever been left on one of your blogs, it's because people are having a difficult time reading what you wrote. (And also because they're kind of assholes.) To combat this, remember these simple structural guidelines: Use the ENTER key! Seriously, it's there for a reason. Paragraph breaks are your friend. Break up your paragraphs with images. A good practice is one image for every three paragraphs of text, and a maximum of five or six images per blog. (Any more than that and it's highly likely that you've gone off-course and are deep into incoherent rambling territory.) Other than that, strive to make your blog easy on the eyes and you will be rewarded with many more views (and are much more likely to make it to the front page). -------------------- And that's about it! (Thanks for the help, Mario!) If you have any further questions about writing quality blogs, I encourage you to hit me up in the comments section. And if you're feeling inspired, don't waste any more time! GO WRITE A CBLOG NOW!
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Communitoid 006, featuring special guest Cataract!


The #1 community manager podcast on Dtoid!
Feb 01
// Conor Elsea
Finally, Communitoid is back for the long awaited sixth episode! Sorry for the delay ladies and gentlemen, but between MAGFest, babies, family priorities, and all those things that generally constitute life, we got a little b...
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Bloggers Wanted

Bloggers Wanted: Let's get sexy


Call for entries
Jan 23
// Mr Andy Dixon
[When we're looking for blogs on a specific topic, we'll put out a Bloggers Wanted call. Check out the blog prompt, write a response, and you may see your blog promoted to the front page! --Mr Andy Dixon] Thanks to the recent...
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Dtoid Community Updates

This Month in the Community: Coldcocked


A sexy recap of all the things you people do
Jan 22
// Mr Andy Dixon
[Every month or so, we on the Dtoid Community Team throw together a round-up of everything happening in and around the community! We'll scour the C Blogs and Forums for awesome posts, recap our latest community playdates, hig...

Destructoid's community blog highlights of 2012

Jan 01 // CblogRecaps
It's been a weird year for me, but one of the things I really enjoyed about it was Destructoid, and specifically being on the Recaps team. It was my first full year, and it was lovely. There's a bit of work involved, but I love reading all the blogs and I think it's gotten me to interact with more people. I'm constantly blown away by the things I see in the community. The sheer amount of talent, creativity, and general awesomeness is astounding.  Gunpei Yokoi remembered. A well-written, well-researched tribute to one of the most important people to ever be involved with videogames. locketheleisz's wonderful tribute to Gunpei Yokoi. If you don't know who that is, then I suggest you read this blog ASAP. This might be my personal pick for Blog of the Year. Wondering how you could make this list? Maybe you should read this blog by nekobun. Or some of nekobun's other great blogs from this year, like this one about indie horror games, or this one about the unfortunate attitudes that still exist regarding women in the gaming culture. He's got plenty of great stuff to check out, including blogs about Halo 4, The Walking Dead, DLC, this surprising one about Tokyo Jungle, and a whole lot more, or you could just watch him eat Mountain Dew-soaked Doritos. There are some writers, that when you click on their name, you know you'll be getting something worth reading. Something that really has a voice. Something that most definitely sets it apart from anything else. With a somewhat unique perspective, a willingness to speak whatever may be on her mind, and some real chops, I think Elsa is one of the best writers at Destructoid. Period. Even her comments can blow up the 'net. Dark Souls enthusiast, virtual train rider, and PAX HostMaster General, knutaf is the dude with the sandwiches. And blogs. He once stole a pallet of decoder rings; he is Asura's wrath; he is my unknowing soul-sista, he is Occams Electric Toothbrush. A man of discerning tastes; a lover of crying babies; and a most competitive introvert; his name is Corduroy Turtle. If these 3 fine young gentlemen put their minds together, they could do great things, I think. Or at least talk about doing great things for our entertainment.  Dedication is something I see all over the Cblogs. We have many people dedicated in one way or another. The fine folks who do FNF as well as specialized things like TF2sdays, co-run by our beloved mann in hats, Swishiee. When dedication crosses a line, you people like Chris Carter, a.k.a. Magnalon, whose Quests make me wonder how he can still have time to be a regular contributor. In a similar feat, lostleader stuck with his new year's resolution, and finished 60 games in 2012!   Another great example of dedication is Altum Videtur, who was doing an impressive job keeping track of the Cblog stats, and blogging about them. Sir Tobii is all over the place, doing thangs, but many of us know him for his amazing Podtoid posters, which are hilarious. I mean, seriously. Go look at them.  The Biased Picks  Whether writing about writing, late night thoughts, Mass Effect 3, or just plain-old Recappin', StriderHoang is a ninja with words. Well... that might be a crappy analogy. But ya know ninja... Strider... whatever. Read him. Likewise, Wrenchfarm is always on point. His writing is consistently of high quality. I don't know how else to put it, the guy is damn good. It always floors me how open people are on Destructoid, and how supportive everyone is when we share. I wanted to highlight some community moments that stuck out to me this year, because I think it's part of what makes this place unique. PK493 thanked us for being a constant while he learned some moderation. Edd Strid found a home in the forums, while he was struggling with depression. vApathyv's time with Max Payne 3 made him realize that he had a possibly dysfunctional relationship with alcohol. Nihil had some family issues, but we still love him. Solar20XX felt like he didn't fit in at Dtoid, but people stepped in to tell him otherwise and give advice. KingSigy felt the same sort of way. PhilKenSebben felt life, and needed a place to vent. And don't forget Chad Concelmo's last post, about how Final Fantasy VI saved his life.  Destructoid is about videogames, sure, but the people are the important part. The fact that we can be people to each other and not just shitty Internet jerks is special. These folks were brave enough to open up, and the community responded in kind. <3 What would the Cblogs be without the funnies section?  How my face must have looked. A certain spam post, no? No. Thank you for making me laugh, Dao2-SKP. Ouch; I hurt my tongue trying to pronounce that. A sequel to the most popular choose-your-own-adventure game based on E3, by the comment watcher himself, Sean Daisy. UsurpMyProse had some humorous blogs, too, and more importantly, blogs with dads in them. Handy isn't just a funnyman, he's also a good writer. But he is one funny man. His blogs will have you rolfing and his Fanart Flops will leave you reeling. I'm still not sure exactly what happened here, but I'm glad to have been lured in by the most Orwellian writer of all time.  A few more bloggers for whom I couldn't think of a "category", but still want to highlight:  -crackedbat. His ode to the DS is sad and well-written, and his tale of what happens to promoted bloggers will have you laughing, as well as second-guessing. -Necron117, is, as he put it, just a stranger, in a strange land. His only blog on Destructoid was a monthly musing on Location. He then returned to The Void... -His blogs are few and far between, but Revuhlooshun is worth reading. -NickCull came up with the best idea possible for the next Duke Nukem game. -TheManchild writes goooood. -Nick Jones wonders why endings can still suck so bad. -GlowBear is one of those people who can just infuse her personality into her writing so well. Also, she accpets payment in the form of cupcakes. My kind of writer. -ManWithNoName was gone for awhile, but when he returned, he wrote like a whirlwind. Good to have him back! -MisterDonut had some good stuff this year, and it's always fascinating to see someone's first impressions of Metal Gear Solid games. Especially in 2012. -stubbleman discussed the Final Fantasy XIII series (why is that a SERIES?), had some t-shirt ideas, and did several blogs on games you should play but probably haven't. -Another writer with a penchant for second looks, The Gameslinger does a good job in explaining just why you should glance again. There are my overlong pics for the best of the Cblogs this year. Don't worry, you still have the rest of the Recappers for more cohesive thoughts. It's a difficult process, for several reasons, but the hardest part is definitely worrying about the people/blogs you left out. Just know that if you wrote something you think was good, it was probably considered for this post. It was a great year for the community, and I thank you all for making my time here enjoyable. I can't wait to read all the things you write in 2013! Cheers!  ~smurfee mcgee  Happy Holidays everyone! It has been a pleasure to spend another year in your fine collective company. Dtoid is my home on the Internet, and I consider you all my (very strange) family.  This marks my first full year as a recapper and I can't tell you how proud I am to be on the team. I love drinking your brain juice and breathing in the fumes of your creativity. Week after week, I continue to be amazed at the sheer dedication, imagination, and camaraderie that defines our community. I don't get tired of you guys and gals. At the end of every year I spend here at Dtoid, I just want more. I want to be more involved, I want to know more of you. I went from lurking to commenting. From commenting to blogging. From blogging to recapping. And this year I hope to do even more. I would love to make it out to PAX or a NARP and meet some of you awesome peeps in person. I hope I can find even more time this year to write and podcast and share with you all. Please keep being the awesome people you are. And if you are looking for inspiration on how to be even more awesome, take a look at some of my favorite blogs of the year, written by some of the coolest people on the interwebs. Handy – 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand, Tears in my Eyes Handy's piece about 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand was one of my favorite blogs of the year. Handy knows how to be very smart about being very dumb. A lot of people make goofy blogs about terrible games, but rarely with this kind of precision. It doesn't surprise me that Handy can turn on a dime and go from writing goof blogs like his Fanart Flops to serious stuff topics like gender roles in gaming. Strider Hoang – A guy can dream: Mass Effect Multiplayer expansions I got super into ME3's multiplayer for a few months earlier in the year and always enjoyed Strider's blogs about it. He would write both as a fan of the series and lore, and as a ME3 multiplayer nerd, a very specific sub-species of gaming nerd I belonged to as well. I could understand his language of OP geth weapons, infuriating Wave-10 Gold wipes, and kamikaze Vanguards. Good times. Corduroy Turtle – The Binding of Isaac Instruction Manual Corduroy Turtle doesn't blog too often, but when he does he always creates something amazing. His Isaac guide is a crowning achievement in the fields of dedication, explanation, and obsession. The Buy-It/Avoid-It Report continues to be the best review:word ratio in the biz. Knutaf – Weapons in Dark Souls Aren't a Numbers Game I fucking love Dark Souls and Knutaf might just be Lord Gwyn's lost son. He wrote a few Dark Souls blogs this year and everyone of them was pure gold. My favorite pick would have to be "Weapons In Dark Souls Aren't a Number Game" because of the exhaustive detail and illustrative .GIFs. Also, it guest stars the Mask of the Child. Anglorum – It's not just that I rouge-LIKE you. I rouge-Love you! Some wonderful art in Anglorum's blogs. This year seems to have marked a huge resurgence for rougelikes and Anglorum puts his own stamp on them. Perfidious Sinn – I Suck at Fighting Games Perfidious Sinn's "I Suck At Fighting Games" series has been a constant source of chuckles and feels this year. I suck at them too man. MisterDonut - 007 Reasons Hideo Kojima needs to make a 007 game This is the best idea ever. I don't care how cool The Phantom Pain looks, take that money and do this instead. And lastly, some of my favorite moment from Dtoid this year came during the flood of "10 Things" blogs. Big ups to everybody who shared, it was great to get to know you better!  ~Wrenchfarm  So 2012 has come and gone and left us with all sorts of memories and lessons. Women in the industry were discussed at great length, roguelikes were all the rage this year, and Destructoid got a new face lift along with a new comments system plus the return of YouTube of integration! And all of this is apparent in the cblogs along with other things. I've followed some cbloggers over this year and as I look back on my archives, it occurs to me that there's a definite trend among who my favorite cbloggers and topics were. I'll play a little fast and loose with my choices because some of them go down rather nice and fast. First of all, I'll be the first to admit I'm a big fan of SephirothX. Or as I've called him across the recaps this past year, Sephy X, Seph T. Roth, Sephens P. Rutherfords X, SephyP, and the list goes on. For some arbitrary reason, SephirothX's name also fires off the parts of my brain associated with the East Coast fighting game scene which creates loads of unnecessary but hilarious jargon and nicknames. The East Coast is responsible for IFC Yipes and his infamous MAHVEL BABEE video featuring Mango Sentinel. And I think a good example of where this association comes from is his stupidly funny list of the top 5 games that could benefit from the inclusion of Robocop. I mean, seriously, comedy gold. I love good 'ol Seffles when he's poking the ribs, but he's quite a few serious, rebuttle style articles too, like defending EA against rash criticism and thinking through women in games. Speaking of people I'm a fan of, I've generally liked a lot of things Panzadolphin's put out. While he's generally concerned on the horror genre, he provides such fascinating analysis of the genre design I've felt is usually all about jump scares. TheManWithNoName is also quite the active blogger and I've definitely sauced him a few times. A high watermark from me for him is definitely his blog on what makes us the gamers we are. Him being Brazilian creates an interesting image of a gamer, contrasted myself as a lower-middle class 3rd generation Asian living in Southern California. And when it comes to TheManChild, I can define my choice in his OKCupid profile blog with his answer to his question: On a typical Saturday night, I am fat. Plus, I have seen Nathan around, but when it comes to following cbloggers with a style, I loved his abundance of graphs and bars in economic research and Guild Wars 2. Specifically, he has a nice broad cblog on the selling of virtual goods. A lot of my other favorites were also lighthearted in nature. A lot of people want to write quality stuff that will get them noticed. It's an eternal conundrum as to how serious you want to write your prose so that it gets promoted easily, since the actual promotion process doesn't appeal to our lazy community managers and the less work they have to do in editing, the better. At the same time, we all want to write like we talk so that our personality shines through better to make the writing more enjoyable and the reading more fluid. For example, Capm Trevmo pulls no punches in describing a satirical game of the millennium as Hello Kitty. With a wand with a badass heart on it, chill'in, maxx'in and relax'in before shit gets real, all real words he uses to describe a game that has no business being discussed on the same website that holds Ocarina of Time and Mega Man 2 in such high regard. Language like this doesn't fit so well in traditional journalism style guidelines but it's a blast to read when time is a precious commodity you don't want to waste on tough, thinking reading materials. Speaking of reviews, Renegade Panda doesn't come on often enough, but his own snarky comedy reviews of bad games like Hyper Fighters is exactly why I love satirical reviews so much. Straight, no frills thinking and debating couldn't have brought us Kyle MacGregor's PONYTA 2012. Or maybe another hilarious review about Revelations 2012 from shadow2398. And probably the lowest brow cblog I've ever loved on topsauce, Steve Hansen's tips on Halloween. While it was certainly a funny list in it's own right, I've already admitted to loving it simply because he posted a picture from the Scooby-Doo Halloween special where Shaggy turns into a werewolf. ZOINKS! In a more effort oriented point, Nekobun, often called the hardest working cblogger on Dtoid, also had a poignant blog on Ash Ketchum for Ash Wednesday. Something like that is funny and appreciated, especially as it's likely not for the hits but for the love. Of course, there are the blogs of 2012 that just hit all the right notes and were not only beloved by the cblog community but got promoted to prove their mettle. Corduroy Turtle's big fat cblog about leaderboards, the solitary multiplayer, just had it all. Snappy wit, competitive advice, analytical questions, all wrapped around one of this year's favorite games. Ramwar's cblog was also a wake up that cblogs don't need all the work done for the community managers to get a promotion. His blog about the weight of a gun didn't even have a header and community manager Andy Dixon, America's laziest sweetheart, went and got one for him because it was that good. It deserved the effort. Of course, there are the blogs that don't quite fit our beloved video game theme. Those blogs are few and far in between that most people forget about them after a while and recall only the game related ones. But I remember one worth remembering: Pangloss' introduction the tabletop game Legend. Not to spend much more time on it, it's a game with a flexible character creation system. A system that allows anything to be created with a meaningful purpose. For example, he confirmed with me that my at first satirical idea of a velociraptor who's also a demoman is totally doable. So you see, 2012 is about the optimism of writing what you want. Certainly, to get around in life professionally, you'll have to clean up. But there's always time for a curse word and a witty embellishment of how badass the stupidest thing is. Hopefully, 2013 is the year you can free yourself up a bit and talk about how gay Link is or something. Happy holidays, from this future ninja, to you!  ~ StriderHoang  So here we are. I’ve barely been a recapper for a week, and yet here I am writing an end-of-year  Cblog Recap for all the wonderful people of Dtoid. I’m not exaggerating when I say that it is truly an honor, and I hope to do you guys and gals proud in 2013. 2012 was…well… 2012 was a tough year for me to be honest. However, even in difficult times of my life and even despite the fact that I didn’t play a lot of games during those times, Destructoid was always my constant. I love this site to bits as well as each and every one of you. This truly is my home away from home, and I want you all to know that you have been a major support throughout my year, even if you weren’t aware of it. Because Destructoid is a special place. Warning, the following is going to be sappy as fuck. Shut up, it’s my first time so I’m allowed dammit! Dtoid is special because this is one of the few places on the webz where the people are so obviously genuinely passionate about what they do: in our case playing videogames. Sure, the guys at IGN like videogames, as do the people at whatever other site you want to name, but here at Destructoid, we luuuuuurve mudki videogames like nobody else can, and you proved it once again during 2012. Take Chad Concelmo’s farewell article on Final Fantasy VI, for example, a game which he claims has saved his life. It was not a Cblog, true, but it deserves a mention nonetheless. The same goes for vApathyv and Max Payne 3, which helped him overcome his drinking problems. VicYoungblood learned a lesson about commitment from Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love, a game I myself also still really want to play at some point, not least due to his blog. Of course, you don’t have to have a profound story of self-improvement to have a passion for gaming. One particular Silent Protagonist decided this year to be not-so-silent, and instead filled our ears with lots and lots of win by sharing some awesome video game music, as did crackedbat earlier this year, as well as several others. Soundtracks are a part of videogames that I personally believe are often under-appreciated, but come to Destructoid and you’ll find several people who pay tribute to them as they so rightfully deserve. Moreover, both Nathsies and bbain wrote great blogs on Journey this year, on its unique take on relationships and on its anonymous multiplayer, respectively. These too, show that Destructoid’s love for video games is more than skin deep. Rather than just respecting Journey as a good game, we have members who look beyond that and go into what really makes such a game special. This is what makes Destructoid, and the Cblog section in particular, what it is. The people who come here don’t “just play videogames”, they have a passion for them that I’ve never seen anywhere else on the Internet. It is crystal clear that on Destructoid videogames are important to us on a personal level. And everyone who shares this passion is more than welcome with us. We were reminded this year that we also have a strong community of gamers by the flood of “10 things” blogs in which people went: “Hi. I love videogames, and this is me.” I can’t link all of them here but each of them is an example of what makes our site great. GlowBear too gave some love to the community by listing her personal underrated Cbloggers. I’m just going to go ahead and say that she herself deserves to be on such a list as well. Now, I only listed a few people here. The regulars, you know who they are, also all deserve recognition, and I have no doubt that the senior ‘cappers will cover me where I forgot someone, but there are many more awesome people on this site who exemplify our unrivaled passion for videogames on all sorts of levels, so don’t feel left out if you weren’t mentioned by name. If I look beyond the dick jokes, the firmware reviews, the indisputable fact that Fable: The Journey is on rails and everything else, this site makes me feel like I’m part of a group of people who love video games just as much as I do. That, to me, is what makes Destructoid truly special. A passion for videogames. Silly? Many would probably say so. “After all”, they claim, “they’re just videogames, you should just get over those once you pass 20 or so, at the latest.” But as it did in all the years before, in 2012 the Destructoid community looked down and whispered: “No.”  ~ShadeOfLight  Oh man. 2012 was a wonderful year for me. I feel like I've grown much closer to the Destructoid  community this year, for a number of reasons. For starters, I got to know so many things about many of you in all of your 10 Things blogs; thank you to everyone who contributed something! Then I was on my very first podcast! Shout-outs to the Secret Moon Base gang for having me on their show twice, it was a lot of fun! Finally, I went to my very first gaming convention at PAX Prime, and that was definitely the most fun I've had in a very long time! Shout-outs to everyone I met at PAX, and especially to knutaf for being an awesome dude and letting me stay at his place! It was a wonderful year to be a Dtoider, and I hope next year is just as great.  My favorite moment of 2012 :D And of course, I probably wouldn't be here if it weren't for the Community Blogs. You guys wrote so many amazing things this year! Coming across such amazing blogs on occasion makes being a recapper totally worth it! It's difficult to choose only a handful to commemorate, but here were a few of my favorites. My personal Blog of the Year award goes to SephirothX for his contribution to the Beginnings musing topic: Nobody dies on the first Goomba. It's a wonderful personal blog that almost any gamer can relate to, as it concerns a game which the majority of us have played. To me, it was theperfect response to the musing topic, and expertly delivered. Well done, Sephy! This year saw an influx of artists sharing their work with us, thanks in part to Andy Dixon for starting up the Artists Wanted topics! Two of my favorite community artists this year were BeatBeat and Roberto Plankton, both of whom participated in a few Artists Wanted topics, posted some extra artwork unrelated to the topics, and even took inspiration from the community by depicting some of our members! You two are awesome, and I hope to see more from you in the future! Another trend that I appreciated was the numerous blogs filled with helpful, detailed information about some of the games that community members seemed to be obsessed with this year. In particular, Dark Souls influenced several incredible blogs from members trying to help others to enjoy the game better, including knutaf's advice on being a jolly good fellow in co-op and Wrenchfarm's blog about the Drake Sword and choosing the right weapon for your preferred playstyle. Corduroy Turtle also wrote up an impressive instruction manual to help others better understand and enjoy his obsession of the year, The Binding of Isaac! 2012 also saw its fair share of gaming controversies, and while many people took a decidedly serious or angry approach, my favorite blogs on the topics were those that were more tongue-in-cheek. There will always be something for people to be angry about, but sometimes you can't help but see the humor behind such situations. That's why Handy's take on Capcom's treatment of Mega Man and mrplow8's take on the Tomb Raider debacle were my favorite contributions to those particular controversies. You guys cracked me up! A few more random blogs that I thoroughly enjoyed this year: Wrenchfarm took a moment to consider the greatness and mysteriousness of masks, TheManchild reminisced about his childhood gullibility and got everyone else reminiscing as well, and Corduroy Turtle wrote about leaderboards and how they affect his (admittedly impressive) gaming habits! Keep up the great work, everyone! Happy holidays!  ~bbain     Holy crap, what a year. What an amazing year. Being the new guy on the block was pretty scary for me. Silver Dragon was (and still is) a total boss of recapping and those are huge shoes to fill. As promised I did the worst possible job I could of it too. This year was really.... well shitty for me. Some of the hardest most painful things happened to me, but you all were here for me and lifted me back up (whether you realized it or not), with tons of support and a flood of awesome blogs. Destructoid felt like it had been become more and more segregated the past couple years, as people left, moved to the forums, Twitter, etc. But this past year (the past 6 months, especially) I feel that we (new and old, alike) have become closer and made this place better than ever. Destructoid has been a constant in my life for the past (almost) 6 years (damn, I'm old) and I am so proud to be a recapper now and to finally be coming out of the shadows and becoming part of this family. I love you all, so much that it's not even funny. Onto blogs and bloggers that I've enjoyed this year. First up is Zolani13. An amazing writer, with an affinity for shining the light on weird/unusual games, Zolani13 has sadly been MIA since August. Recapper Manchild had a fantastic anniversary blog for Ecco the Dolphin (who got no love). Manchild just has an attitude, that I absolutely love and I would totally give him a handy. Next up, would be ReeceH92 and his series of Resident Evil blogs, that shared a personal story, as well as love for the games. I really enjoyed the hell out his series and hope to see more in the future from him. Another game related series, that I fell in love with, was Bory Borham’s in-depth analysis of the MGS Ground Zeroes trailer and The Phantom Pain trailer. These two were fantastic reads (especially as a long-time MG fan) and were well thought out and detailed. bbain (aka the bastard who made love indie games) nailed us with this fantastic blog, about the indies at PAX. BBAIN I TOTALLY GOT MONACO NOW! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Going to throw out a couple bloggers now, that I just fucking adore. I'm sure you know them, but it wouldn't be right for me not to mention them: Gameslinger just draws in with his writing, GlowBear has an amazing, fun personality and way with infusing her blogs with all the feels, BeatBeat is an artist with no peers and a brain that probably needs meds (don't give them to him) and Panzadolphin56 always brings it, with very interesting and thought provoking blogs. These next three, need no introduction at all, but I still love them and everything they do: Elsa, Occams, and last, but not least, Corduroy Turtle Once again, what an amazing year for blogs. I'm honored to be able to recap all you awesome people and even more honored you let a long time lurker into your family. I'd like to throw a special shout out to Mr. Andy Dixon, who busts his bottom, along with Jon Bloodspray, to keep our Cblog home clean and free of spam and also promote you fine folks to the front page. Great job guys and I appreciate the hell out it. Here's to an even more awesome year, this next one!     ~PhilKenSebben That, ladies and gentleman, is our tribute to the community. All of us Recappers thank you for being completely amazing, and for continuing to make our volunteering worth it. There are blogs that we almost certainly missed, and we would like to encourage you to find them. The past year and beyond can be read at anytime; our archives get updated as regularly as possible. Please, if you feel like catching up, or just randomly delving into past Dtoid, read them. Our Recaps go up everyday, with Topsauces and all. It's a good way to see what happened if you don't feel like going through the entire roll yourself. We work hard to give everyone a look, but the more the merrier. So comment and fap all you can. Even one comment can help encourage someone to write more. Thanks for a great 2012. and here's to an even better 2013!
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