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Good morning to you, Destructoid. Hope everyone's having a good one. I offered to fill in for Funk Lord of the entire damn CA last night, little realizing there had been so many blogs over the past two days. The weekly musings alone.... well, you'll see. Fortunately, there was a lot of good quality stuff over the past couple of days. Unfortunately, it took a lot longer to read through than I'd originally anticipated... which is why you're reading this on a Wednesday, if you're reading it at all.



With less than a week to go before PAX, I, for one am beginning to get super excited. It's about this time of year that I like to trot out this blog and this one for people who may be new to the concept. Most of the information contained within is still quite relevant. If you'd like to know more about attending PAX, may I suggest giving them at least a once-over?

It was originally my intention to use this space to fill y'all in on the game-related doings I've experienced over the past week, but I think that might be better suited to my personal blog, as I have some more personal business to attend to. There is one thing I'd like you all to read, though, a Very Special Recaps Message, and I've placed it near the end. I do hope you'll take a moment and take it in.

As I said, lots of great stuff today, Let's dive in, shall we?


*-I'd be remiss if I didn't start here. Ubertalent Alphadeus has unveiled the project he's been working on for well over a month now. Ladies and gentlemen, do your ears a favor and download the first volume of the Destructoid Community album.
*-Sevre's take on the FemShep 5 controversy is pretty much spot-on. Elsa's right, this should get a promotion.
*-I do so love this behind-the-scenes stuff. I was about to say "peek behind the curtain" but in this case that's a double meaning I'd prefer to avoid.
*-It's very nearly PAX time! Best hurry up if you'd like your avatar adopted!
*-Rammstein goes wayyyy back in the vault to resuscitate the "10 things you don't know about me" blog format. Might be a good time for some of our newer members to take his lead.
*-Unless I miss my guess, BulletMagnet's Musing on the East and the West and the Old ones from the past will soon be appearing on a front page near you.
*-The Manchild has utterly destroyed another human life, and he didn't even have to leave his house.
*-I didn't read this NoClip from AwesomeExMachina for fear of Infamous 2 spoilers. However, the man's past output has me thinking that topsaucing this blog is a pretty safe bet.


A-Jaded responds to both BeverlyNoelle and Sevre, taking a different perspective on how ladies are perceived in gaming.
A-Utti wrote a great blog about how the Femshep controversy doesn't really affect her... because that's not her Femshep anyway.
A-Could Dead or Alive really be the best video game movie out there? Manchild mulls over the question.
A-ManWithNoName thinks it might be time to give Virtual Reality another try.
A-Are people seriously avoiding Bastion on Steam because it has no TF2 hats? I weep for humanity.
A-Luis Illingworth lists five simple things Nintendo can do to help make the 3DS a success.
S-It's been a while! Fame Designer's latest installment in the C-blog Fan Fiction is worth shouting about.
S-Bbain's series on freeware games recommends another batch of fine titles. Within a Deep Forest is an especially good one.
S-Dave Flodine's weekly look at what he played over the past week focuses on Persona 4 and Fallout: New Vegas.
S-Mass Debate's results from the genre relevance battle are in. Who emerged victorious, Handy or Elsa?
M-What890 compares the visuals, challenges, and stories of games from the East and West in this Musing.
M-Daniel Starkey responded to last week's prompt with some fightin' words, stating that Japan's day in the sun may well be over.
M-Zanthis's Musing looks at how the prevalance of online gaming may be the biggest divide between East and West.
M-Lou Chou thinks the different methods East and West use to tell a story are the prime difference between them.
M-StickFlick is the first to answer this week's Musing topic with a humorous look back at the Game Gear.
M-MathewRD's Musing on how portable gaming replaced his childhood is nothing if not a cautionary tale.
M-PK493 can't always get what he wants, but got what he needed.
M-Gaygeekdad looks back at how a Tiger handheld game made long car trips fun... for about 10 minutes.
M-Bmart008 takes the arguments against portable gaming apart, one by one.
M-ManWithNoName's Musing touches on iOS games, the 3DS's soft launch, and looks to the future of the PS Vita.
P-Nostaljourney will soon be recording about two SNES classics. Interested in playing Super Mario RPG or Kirby's Super Star? You could be a part of the show!

C-Ckarasu is giving away some of his favorite Atlus titles if you're willing to put some time into a free-to-play game.

E-Dtoid Midwest has an update on their upcoming NARPs and ARPs. And congrats to Glitchy, who'll be representing Dtoid as an Omeganaut at PAX next week!
S-Enkido's been taking some time off from gaming, getting his head together. But he's ready to pick up where he left off.
I-Greetings to Ash Fitzgerald, an MMO enthusiast who thinks the genre could be improved by taking a page from Left 4 Dead. Welcome to Destructoid.

N-In case you missed it, JasonLeavey points out that a familiar face from the Super Mario Bros. live action movie showed up in an unlikely place over the weekend.
N-SirKerrald brings word about the rights to the Dungeons and Dragons franchise name and how that may affect the next Neverwinter title.
R-Patrick ORourke wrote up a review for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D.
R-Meteorscrap reviews some hardware: the PDP versus pad for fighting games on the 360.
R-Graey's review of Braid is pleasantly understated.
R-As is this look at Fl0wer.
T-Kingsharkboi is not impressed with your Gamerscore.
T-Pezz82 wonders why Namco bothered setting Soul Calibur 5 in a different time period since none of the characters have aged a day.
T-TheLongWalk thinks Nintendo is Lucasing up their classics.
D-Our man Sheppy's been working on some analog, offline, cardboard-centric video games. Haiku, dead puppies, and the destruction of entire city blocks are all discussed herein.
D-JediYoshi shares some of the challenges he's faced in crafting a Portal 2 level using the Source SDK.
T-Obero copypasta'd this blog on the difficulty in finishing open world games, but it's worth a read.



S-KrazyKraut got some wicked new shoes for Gamescom. If these don't make you run faster, there's something wrong with this world.


V-Quinnthalas uses this video blog to look at some of the current trends in MMORPGs.
L-DJNealB got his avatar adopted by Muddbstrd!
R-JerreCools could use some help with his thesis on games and education, if you have a few extra minutes.
C-There's a lot of emotion here, and I think it's because the guy is swearing off gaming for a while. There's a lot of spelling and grammar that could use some cleanup though.

F-If this is a joke, it's not funny. If this isn't a joke, it's slightly funnier but also sad.
F-Is it just me or did trolls used to try harder?
F-I'm going to answer my own question. Yes, they did.
F-Beyamor will not be attending PAX. I haven't the words to express my displeasure at this turn of events, so I must risk the vengeance of the Elder Gods by failing one of Bey's writings. Surely the G'zman N'thex of the Plangent dimension will see this display, the Destructoid equivalent of dividing by zero. They will awaken from the sleep of millenia, and rise up as one to destroy this planet and all its inhabitants. Only this could possibly salve the sorrow we all carry with us ever since the grave injustice of Beyamor's PAX non-attendance first came to light.

Still reading? That's a little surprising actually, but I'm going to hope that more than a handful of you are, at this point. Now, my man Beyamor is too nice of a guy to admit it, but I'm pretty sure this PAX thing is, if not a crushing blow, at least a glancing one. So for those of you who are attending PAX, I'd like to ask you a favor; not for myself, but for Bey.


It's dangerous to go alone. Take one of these.

I'd like everyone who's coming to PAX this year to print out their own Cloudlyman and bring him along. If we can't have Beyamor there with us in meatspace, at least we can have him along in spirit. And how awesome would it be if everyone were to hold up a picture of a cloud for one of our epic group photos? SO AWESOME, that's how awesome. Now, obviously, I'm just some guy on the internet. I don't have the power to make you do anything, but if my words have any sway at all, I'd love to see as much of Beyamor as possible at PAX this year. I want people asking other people "what's with the bemused clouds?" as they walk by a group of Dtoiders. I want a sea of teal and white to fill the Unicorn theatre at midday on Sunday. This is my dream. Can you help me make it happen?

-(Qalamari)

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