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I knew this was a bad idea, but in the absence of any good ones, I decided to go for it."

So I started a new semester in school this week, and already I'm feeling overwhelmed: not only do I feel somewhat anxious that I'm getting lectures and assignments that I already feel completely lost in, but I'm even considering dropping the classes. They aren't academic courses, just electives like computer programming and digital animation, so there should be no real loss... however, since these are the classes that are the stepping stones to my future, it makes me feel like I should give up before I even get started: I've been comtemplating dropping out of college for a while now, and this isn't exactly the reinforcement I need. Despite all this, I might as well keep on trucking through: the courses are already paid for, and the deadline for refunds have already come and went... so hey, if I'm gonna drop out anyway, I might as well give it a shot since I only got something to gain and nothing to lose. Hopefully things will get easier, if only because I finally "get it" and everything clicks; that's what happened with the other classes I've had trouble with, so hey: let history repeat itself.

Unforunately, ever since I "lost" my creative spark a couple of weeks ago in a slump, I've been feeling really half-hearted lately: I can't seem to work on my personal projects, and it's frustrating trying to force it out. I want to keep writing since it gives me the nice feeling of working towards a goal... but I don't want to phone it in, and it's making me even more anxious because, even if I do manage to get something down, I just don't feel like it was worth the effort and time. I'm told that all writers need to take a break every now and then, and since I worked on my projects almost every day, I'm inclined to say that I might be feeling burned out. Ugh, all this "artificial" pressure is getting starting to get to me: I should try to relax and focus more on my "priorities", but when I don't write at least a couple of pages in my projects, I feel really stressed out... yet if I'm constantly working on it with a half a heart anyway, then I'm doing more harm than good! Anything you guys can say to give me a boost in my spirits, I'd really appreciate it: sorry to bring this over to the cblog recap, but I needed to get this out. 

On a lighter side of news, like how they always gotta show a funny video after depressing, hard-hitting news, I've been playing Tales of Xillia 2 lately. I'm a huge Tales of fan, so naturally, I had to get the Collector's Edition first day: it took a huge chunk out of my wallet, but with the nifty figure, a nice looking compact mirror with a jewerly box, and an awesomely designed steelbook case, it helps mitigate the blow. I have mixed feelings about the artbook though: it looks and feels really wonderful, like something an adult would read to me when I was a child, but there's a distinct lack of sketches, which is always my favorite part of getting one of these. The game itself is rather rad; I can say that I barely want to put it down! Ludger is such an awesome protagnist to play as too: while I'm not too crazy that he is a silent character in a JRPG, I do like how expressive he has to be to compensate for that, so seeing his facial animations in skits really helps. I also love that he has not only dual swords and a hammer, but also dual-wielding pistols because it's about time the hero started packing heat in a fantasy!

Speaking of fantasies, I also recently bought the next volume of my favorite light novel Spice and Wolf that came out this week, and just from the synopsis does it sound like a real treat! For those of you who don't know, Spice and Wolf is a story about a travelling merchant who meets a wolf goddess who takes on the form of a human female, and they go on adventuring of trying to maximize profit with minimal loss. It's a rather unique take on the fantasy genre since it's all about getting money and selling products, and I encourage everyone to at least give it a shot, though I wouldn't expect anyone to jump at the chance: truth be told, the only reason I even gave it a shot was because Xbox Video was giving away the first episode of the second season of the anime for free. I'm glad I did though because I love this series so much that I bought all the volumes of the source material that is translated to English, and I look forward to every new release! I haven't been reading it though because I've been wrapped up in The Simpsons marathon FXX is having though. Ah... memories.

* - GlowBear must've heard the saying "not by the hair of my chinny-chin chin" when gobbling down some grubby pigs because here's a list of the "Top Chins in the History of Videogames!" Did your favorite chin make it in? Are you now feeling self-conscious when you see how your chin(s) stack up to theirs? That's okay: we can't have everything.

* - For most of us, the Steam library is the abyss of games that we might not ever want to look at... but for Jinx 01, it's a musuem of some fine artwork that you just can't take your eyes off! Check out his blog to see some examples of his creativity and how you can make your Steam library a lot more bearable!

A - Thinking about adventuring through some Sierra games? Then don't miss out on Segastardust's guide for beginners! He has tips that can save you hours of progress, so unless you're really a masochist for wasting time, be sure to check them out! Not listed: drinking Sierra Mist... but you probably already know not to do that. Ugh, that junk's nasty.

C - Reinhold Hoffmann's hosting another art contest on his website game-art-HQ.com, and the topic this time around is all about Horror and Halloween! Can you use your artist chops to conjure up something scary? Then free feel to represent Destructoid for a chance to win 50 bucks! Come on: that's a lot of hookers...

S - Pixielated's blogs of dreams are always such a treat to read through, and now you can have your dreams interpreted by this lovely Dtoider! All you gotta do is shoot Pixie an tweet at the Twitter account provided inside or comment down inside! Maybe Pixie can tell me why I have recurring nightmares of Santa in a tank top telling me I need to keep stroking Rudolph's red nose until sticky white snot comes out...

I - 16-Bit Blast Processing introduces himself to the community by telling us about his Youtube channel Cynical Bastards. Dropping the "A Journalistic Review" series, this channel has decided to tackle a new project called "Infinite Backlog" and provides a couple of examples at the end. Why don't you give it a look: can't be any worse than screaming Let's Play videos.

T - StriderHoang analyzes the newest Mega Evolution announced for the new Pokemon Omega Ruby/ Alpha Sapphire and tells us what does he think of each design, what does he think of the new tricks each one brings to the table, and how viable they might be in a competitive setting. I still can't stop laughing at Mega Slowbro's design: it reminds me of those cartoons when someone's naked and they slip on a barrel to hide themselves.

T - Derek Pietras is so excited at the idea of watching Link zip by on a motorcycle that he bought the Mario Kart 8 DLC in advance, and tells us why he believes Nintendo has the right idea for how DLC should be done. Nintendo may be behind in the times, but considering that Nintendo were kings of the older generations, that ain't such a bad thing...

V - Johnny Burnes reveals just a tiny piece of his commentary for Resident Evil: Dead Aim (because, let's be honest, that game is ripe for it) to pique your interest in his playthroughs. Whether you've played this before and want to revel in nostalgia, or simply just wanna check out an old gem that you have no intentions of ever playing, this guy's got ya covered!

C - Gamingnerd15 lets us know who his favorite sidekicks in videogames are. Now, it isn't my place to criticize blogs, but come on, I know you can do better! Either shoot off a couple of other sidekicks you're fond of (or hate: there's plenty of that here!) or really go into detail with the two you have. It's never too late to fix a blog, so mull on it a bit and really wow us!

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So all the cool people are at PAX this weekend and I am very jealous! I really want to go to PAX again one year just to see everyone again, plus the convention was a lot of fun to explore. Getting to play unreleased games, talking to the devs, looking at all the cosplay, and sharing all of these memories with friends... it's such a magical experience!

While not at PAX, I spent my free time finishing up some Shin Megami Tensei games. I finally beat the first Digital Devil Saga, which I've been playing for the last few weeks. It was a good game, but probably my least favorite SMT game I've played so far (but basically, they've all been really good!). I felt like it had way more cheap deaths than previous games I've played, so a lot of my victories were based purely on luck. I could have spent more time grinding, and having everyone learn the moves that were useful for each particular boss battle, but grinding always manages to suck all of the fun out of a game for me. I refuse to do it if I can avoid it. For that reason, I never managed to beat a lot of the side quest bosses (like fly Beelzebub), but that's OK. At least I was able to beat the final boss with what I had. I still liked the characters a lot, and the game ended on a cliff hanger, so I'll probably pick up the sequel at some point.

I also finished Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. the Soulless Army, which I actually started in December or January, but stopped playing it for some reason or other. Not sure why I stopped, as I actually really enjoyed it! It might be my favorite SMT series after Persona. Since they went with an action-based combat system over a turn-based one, the battles felt a LOT less cheap than some of the battles from other SMT games. If I get hit by an attack in Raidou Kuzunoha, it's because I failed to block or dodge, not because the game decided I got hit. Both combat systems are fine, but I found the action-based combat a lot less frustrating. 

I also felt a lot more of a connection with the demons in Raidou Kuzunoha than I did in other SMT games, since they walk around with you, battle alongside you, talk to you, help you perform certain actions, etc. Some demons I couldn't bring myself to fuse away or release, such as Mokoi and Thoth, because I grew to really like their personalities, even though they were weaker than the other demons in my party. And actually, I'm really glad I kept Thoth around, because he ended up being incredibly useful for the final boss fight! I realized during the fight that Thoth drains all magic elements, making him weak to physical attacks, but the last form of the final boss only uses magic attacks, so Thoth was essentially invincible! 

I'll probably pick up Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon next, since I enjoyed the first game so much. I plan on owning and beating all of the Shin Megami Tensei games released on the PS2, since they're apparently all fantastic. The only ones I have left to play are Devil Summoner 2 and Digital Devil Saga 2, so I've almost got them all!

Also, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is out in September and Persona Q is out in November, so I have some more SMT games to look forward to as well! I can't wait :D

* - Gray Time takes a moment to figure out what's going on with the term "Social Justice Warrior" these days. It feels like people are using the term "SJW" a bit too liberally lately.

S - Retrofraction begins a new series on video game/movie tie-ins, starting with After Burner, which was inspired by Top Gun.

S - TheDustinThomas counts down his top 5 handheld games of the last generation! The Nintendo DS was king.

S - Occam shares some of his favorite podcasts with us! Now you'll have plenty of lovely voices to hear through your headphones.

A - R. Hoffmann talks about some games he wishes had been released in English. There are several Japan-only games I wish I could play, too.

A - Dookysharpgun is worried about the new 3DS and what it might mean for current 3DS owners.

F - Friday Night Fights on Xbox + PAX time!

F - Friday Night Fights on Playstation + Corn's getting a PS4!

R - SeymourDuncan reviews InFamous: First Light, the DLC for Second Son.

T - Dreamweaver really, really likes Akiba's Trip!

T - Matt M discusses the weapons in Sniper Elite.

$ - August 29th UK releases and bargains!

V - A video about Fatal Frame.

C - Terry 309 is confused by the Adventure genre and what it says about a game.

No fails today! Huzzah!

- bbain

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So it looks like the leak was true, and I couldn't be happier!

If you know me a little on this site, and by now I hope that you do, you'll also know that I love me some Xenoblade. I think it's easily one of the best JRPGs ever made. It has some great characters and story, a fun and active combat system, a beautiful expansive world and a stellar soundtrack. I couldn't have wished for anything more from the developers who already made another one of my all-time favorite RPGs years ago with Baten Kaitos.

So image my excitement when I went online this morning and saw this:

Pants were creamed, squeals were heard, and random passersby were hugged to frankly uncomfortable degrees.
It was that good.  

For me, that trailer had a lot of cool stuff in it, which non-fans may or may not appreciate. In fact, I'll make a list.
1. The trailer opens up with a pan of Xenoblade's big draw: its amazing world. Specifically, this is a part of the Gaur Plains. Bowser being distracted by a butterfly is not unlike the player being distracted by all of the little things that there are to see on the Bionis.
2. About thirty seconds in, Shulk jumps out of hiding to attack Bowser. He uses one of his signature Arts ("Backslash!"), which does double damage if you hit a distracted enemy from behind.
3. At that very moment, the Gaur Plains Day Theme starts playing. Easily one of my favorite pieces from one of my favorite soundtracks.
4. "Shulk Foresees a Fight!" is pretty cool, since premonition is one of the Monado's main powers.
5. In fact, Shulk immediately uses this power, which has the exact same graphic effect as it did in Xenoblade.
6. As Link and Marth attack him, the Gaur Plains theme is back, but metalled up a bit. I like it!
7. At 1:00, the most wonderful thing happens as Shulk proclaims that "Now it's Shulk time!" This, of course, is a reference to the single most meme-worthy line from Xenoblade.

- It's Reyn time, baby!

8. As the actual gameplay footage starts, the music changes to You Will Know Our Names. In the game, this was reserved for unique semi-boss fights. It's a great song, and with a title like that it couldn't be more appropriate for Smash Bros. At the same time, Gaur Plains is confirmed as a stage.
9. During gameplay, we see Shulk making use of the Monado's powers to buff himself in various ways. That's not exactly with it did in Xenoblade, but it looks like it works. Similarly, he uses some of his other Arts, and can use his premonitions to counter folks. From the voice clips so far, it sounds like they got the original voice actor back to reprise the role.
10. In Xenoblade, any changes in armor would be reflected in-game, so that shot of Shulk in swimming trunks come straight from the game.
11. Immediately afterwards, Shulk summons two of the other party members to help out for his Final Smash. I hope that these two are not set in stone, and that the other characters can appear as well. As it stands, Dunban and Riki seem pretty random.
12. And finally, in the stinger Metal Face shows up, who is the main antagonist for the first part of the game. He also keeps his voiceactor.

All in all, Shulk looks amazing in this game and this trailer was pretty much perfect. Watch out Luigi and Zero Suit Samus, there's a new contender for Shade's main.

(In the mean time everything in DC is going swimmingly. Classes have just started and they're all fun although they take some getting used to. I also met this gorgeous French girl at one of our opening receptions and we hit it off really well; she's fun. But then when I got invited to have a drink at her place her boyfriend answered the door, and that was the end of that carefully laid-out plan. A huge shame though, I like her a lot)

* - Fenriff hits the nail squarely on the head; overblown hate on the internet needs to stop yesterday.

A - As far as sidekicks go, you could do a whole lot worse than Tails.

P - PStoid is recording this Labor weekend (which I have only found out this week is a thing that exists) so come and ask questions!

C - Reinhold Hoffmann knows the right questions to ask around here. Namely; what are you playing?

E - Go and adopt Brittany Vincent! You know you want to, if only to act out that creepy stepdaughter fantasy of yours.

I - Oscarno has already given us some great writing on video game music, but now it's time for him to take the next step and introduce himself properly.

V - Johnny Burnes plays through Fatal Frame to show that people still care about Fatal Frame.

- Born in a world of strife!

- ShadeOfLight
May you always find water and shade


Last time I put my avatar up for adoption, things were easier. Nowadays, I have new loads of school to worry about and I find myself behind on the whole avatar adoption  thing. Last year my avatar experienced PAX. This year? I might be a bit late to the party. But why should you adopt Domo on a Slurpee?

1) I'm the cutting edge of competitive metagame: Pokemon and fighting games, I'm a walking wikipedia to know what's hot on the edge of victory. New Megas burning up the strip or new strategies and loops eating the championchip pots. Want advice on Pokemon team construction? I'm your guy.

2) I have a wide taste in anime.

3) I work at Disney

Otherwise, I don't have much right now. Just usual things like seeing my girlfriend this Labor Day weekend and playing games whenever I can. I did however get a trial run of Amazon Prime to use on Amazon Instant Video and while the video selection doesn't blow me away, it has Last Airbender and Korra available which are big ones.

I mean, speaking of streaming television, I've been living that big Simpsons marathon vicariously through one of my friends on Facebook. He's been diligently posting screencaps and quotes for everyone to nostalgia blast on and it really makes me miss those times in my 90s childhood when Simpsons was really the only adult-oriented cartoon show on the block. I'm not going to say the Simpsons isn't good anymore. The Simpsons is good to someone who's growing up with Fox programming in their lives. But The Simpsons was good to me because it represents a time in my life that was simpler and at times, more restrictive. The Simpsons was a cartoon show that thrived on poking fun at the restrictions placed on it much like Ren & Stimpy. The grossest shows today are tame compared to what Ren & Stimpy dared to do back then. Ren was straight up chewed up by Stimpy's nasty ass teeth and Powdered Toast Man helped the President get someplace when he was caught in his fly.

Back then, Simpsons reveled in throwing out jokes and references without waiting to see if anyone got it. Like when Ned got tickets to what he thought was a Christian Rock concert and the scene briefly cuts to his ticket which say Chris Rock in Concert. It was a time when the writers would get away with sharp jokes and parodies because who would pay attention to a cartoon show about yellow idiots with four fingers? When Mulder and Scully guest starred, Moe thought the jig was up and hastily carried a stolen orca back to Seaworld.

But nowadays The Simpsons is an anachronistic relic of my past. It still weirds me out to see Bart use the Internet or Homer whip out a fucking iPhone to make a celluar call. The Simpsons to me is a dysfunctional family of the 90s, using a lan line and watching TV on a carthotube SD television. The Catholic Church was still a fresh punchline, Billy Clinton was in office, and Phil Hartman still played the lovable washed up movie star. Also, Seth Macfarlane hadn't embarked on his path of carnage yet. Nothing demonstrates the divide between The Simpsons and Family Guy more than Stewie pulling out a rape joke in front of Bart.


My household has been against paying for regular TV for a few months now. My mom can't take it anymore and demands satellite back in the house, even if it means paying $60 a month for it. But you know what? I'm done advising her against it now. With the show being syndicated on FXX, coming to the app, and a standalone Simpsons World streaming app coming only to those with authentication permissions of having FX on their TVs, I'm ok with it (sort of). I don't watch Netflix often, use Hulu to catch up on older prime time shows, and mostly watch anime on Crunchyroll or my subs on YouTube. But next week and then again on October, I'll be streaming Simpsons 90s like crazy.


* - Super Game! By Crackity Jones and Co. interview Steve Wozniak. If you like Space Ghost Coast to Coast, give this gem a shot. Also, I think Crackity is the Zorak of the show

* - Adopt an Occams today for PAX. Don't give it water past midnight

* - Adapt Nanashi and you adopt Kamina

* - Retrofaction exposed his real face in an attempt for adoption for PAX

* - Voltech tastefully takes the bat to the wasp's nest and talks about female characters

* - A story of wars and commentaries, eternally retold

* - Nekrosys liked his EB Games trip for once

* - adopt vxxyman or whatever

A - Caim Dark doesn't trust Xbox as far as he can throw all of Bill Gates' money

A - Troy doesn't like indie games. Troy doesn't like certain games. Troy doesn't like games.

A - ADDENUM: Linkle is a girl and I still care despite the massive wave of indifference

D - Hoffman opens the floodgates

I - Uncle Terror introduces himself with fetishes

D - Man looks for European podcasting co-hosts

V - It's like, Fatal Frame, dude

T - Super Ghouls and Ghosts love all around buddeh!



I read Lev Grossman's The Magicians this week, and I think you should too. 

The Magicians is about Quentin Coldwater, a bright young man just on the cusp of entering adulthood and exhibiting a scarily accurate portrayal of depression. Despite his impeccable student record and strong collegiate prospects, Quentin is a dour, sullen man who is desperately searching for something, who stays awake at night waiting for the day when he'll start living his “real” life. He's obsessed with the Fillory series of books (a thinly disguised in-universe version of the Narnia series) and is given to escapist fantasies where he's whisked away from the slow steady press of a life of filling out collage applications and watching the girl he loves neck with his best friend, to a world of magic. Then one day, it actually happens. And it sucks.

If you go into this novel thinking your going to be reading another fun fantasy story, it's going to punch you in the gut and laugh. This is a full bore deconstruction of the age old geeky fantasy book. It takes Narnia and Hogwarts and fills them up with real people - the kind of weirdos who would actually have the brains, guts, and various personality disorders to attend and survive a school dedicated to breaking reality over its knee. It makes magic strange and dangerous and decidedly something that probably shouldn't be taught to a bunch of angst filled horny collage kids who drink too much. 

The Magicians examines the practical problems of being a magic-man in a muggle world that most fantasy series gloss over or play for laughs. How exactly do you tell your parents you're blowing off University to go study at an “eccentric trade school” that will teach you how to animate glass figurines and make levitate your desk? What about the process of learning magic? If all it takes is waving around a little stick and speaking some bastardized Latin, why isn't everyone a wizard? So the obvious answer is that magic is actually really hard. More than hard, it's BORING. Imagine if every class you took in collage was calculus mixed with computer science and taught in Greek. How long would it be before you were considering opening your wrists as a favorable alternative to slogging through the required reading? And for that matter, what exactly do you DO when you graduate from magic-school? It's all hush-hush, so you can't just go use your flashy fireball spell to impress that cute coffee barista, you have to pretend to be an ordinary, uninteresting dude. Going off to become middle management at a textile distributor doesn't seem like a challenging career path after you've split the seams of the universe open and gazed upon the infinite mysteries within. It seems the most common post-grad past time for wizards is to experiment with drinking before noon. 

It isn't hateful. The book doesn't delight in ripping apart the fantasy genre or seem overly malicious about it, it's just a bitter spoon of medicine. A fantasy novel not written for children, but for people in their mid-20's and early 30's who might be coming to grips with some harsh realities in their own life. Who realize that maybe THIS really is all there is, that you're getting older and it's getting less and less likely that a friendly owl is going to drop by with your ornate invitation to a better world clutched in its beak.  

I think a lot of us, especially millennials who have inherited a broken economy, are saddled with student debt from courses that landed us primo jobs folding shirts in the mall, and are struggling to actually make it as adults still secretly cling to these fantasies. Maybe not necessarily getting shipped off to Narnia or the Forgotten Realms, but the idea that somehow, even though you don't know how and can't really describe it, one day your life is going to be perfect. You'll get that one chance you always needed and turn it all around. You'll finally find that secret talent buried inside that will change your life. You'll discover an old rusty key that opens up the locked cupboard that's been sealed up in your basement for years and what's inside will change everything. 

I see some criticism online that Quentin doesn't learn anything at the end. That the book does a ruthless job of dismantling the escapism of fantasy, but never provides an uplifting ideal to take its place. I think those people weren't paying attention. If this was just a story about nihilism and giving up and being a miserable twat, I wouldn't be recommending it. What Quentin finds (all too late) is that there isn't a magic way out. That meaning and happiness in your life won't just flutter down from on high and land in your lap, that you have to make it yourself and with the people in your life. That it's hard, tiring, and will never live up to the ideal in your mind, but it can still be achieved. 

Escapism is a theme in games as much as it is in fantasy. In fact you could argue that the entire point of video games is escapism, being someone else for a little while, being capable of doing amazing things, or having the freedom to go nuts. I don't want to paint with too broad a brush, but I think a lot of us are attracted to games, or at least have stayed with games as we get older, because we feel like there is something missing in our lives. They fill some hole in the center of our being that threatens to expand and swallow us unless we do something to stave it off. That's not a bad thing, a little escapism is healthy. But it pays to remember every now and then that it's no substitute for the real thing. 

I suppose it's similar in that way to Ready Player One, a book I've previously recommended in my caps and might be more approachable to video game fans. But where Ready Player One is a largely fun romp through 80's nostalgia, cyberpunk trappings, and video game worship, The Magicians is slower, sadder, and ironically for a book that spends a lot of time in an imaginary land, more real. I'd say check them both out, maybe one after the other for contrast, and see which one resonates with you more.

* - Terry 309 injects his eyeballs with steroids and gets wild with F-Zero.

* - Maybe the payoff wasn't what he hoped for, but Nesscoat did a great job of cracking Hohokums code.

* - Tony Ponce ponders how cool a female Link would be. Sadly, the comments predictably go exactly where you would expect them to go and no reasonable conversation can be heard over the din of "SJW, SJW, SJW, WHAAAA!".

A - Mother 3 is a heck of a game.

D - Always interested in seeing how games get made. Coming from the art designer though, I would have liked to see some more interesting screengrabs.

T - Character roster, mechanics, and quality aside, I mostly expect Pokken Tournament to be super weird.

L - Cute little Metroid reference hidden in DK:TF.

C - Hey it's a podcast that's kinda sorta video game related, but mostly about four people you don't know talking about the Twitter arguments they had earlier in the week. That sounds, well actually that sounds fucking awful.


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"Personally I Like Dreamgasms, because dreamgasms are best gasms." - ShadeofLight

As bbain mentioned in Friday's Cblog Recaps, there's a new face on the crew, and it's yours truly: the one and only Dreamweaver! I'll be in charge in summarizing the Saturday slot for you to read on Sunday mornings when you're kicking back on the couch, trying to take it easy with a cup of coffee in one hand, the newspaper in the other, and your fuzzy pink slippers on both feet... so rest assured that your precious blogs will (hopefully) all be recapped that day: I should mention that I'm new at this so, if I happened to screw up for some weird reason, try not to hold it against me. Now, I know this section is usually reserved for ramble ramblings about our daily lives... but since this is my first post as a recapper anyway, rather than telling you how much I'm loving Akiba's Trip, I suppose I could better introduce myself a little bit by telling you how I got into the Community Blog section of the site.

For the longest time, I was a front page lurker: I would be the person who would casually say a snarky sentence or two but mostly keep to myself. See, back then, this site didn't use Disqus for its comment section, so if someone ever replied to me, I was, for the part, ignorant... but once Disqus has been implemented, it has really made communicating with other Dtoiders a real snap: just simply sign in, look at the notification tab and see who replied to what comment, then head over there post-haste to respond. Once Disqus has been introduced to this site, I've been much more vocal and friendly towards others, and that finally made me decide that, hey: this site seems to have a wonderful community, so why not join the forums? Well, that was the plan, but things never go according to those things (which makes me wonder why we ever come up with them...): apparently, I had to make a new account to use the forums of this site, and while it isn't a hassle, I didn't like the idea of keeping two separate accounts on one site. It's all for the better though, because this is when I turned to writing blogs to keep in touch with the community!

Truth be told though, I was a selfish asshole starting out: I was the kind of person who wrote blogs and never commented on anyone's but my own. Yeah, I was that guy... but since about a year or two ago, I decided to better contribute to the community by actually reading the things that other people posted because I came to a realization: I work hard on my blogs, and it's disappointing when no one reads them... so I started to imagine what it feels like when other people have slaved over their articles and yet get completely shafted. While I can't force everyone, or hell, anyone to read someone's blog, I can be responsible for reading other people's blog myself, and I have been: I've been reading more and more blogs lately (I, er, admittedly have more free time than you think...), and I've been commenting on the ones I can. With all that said,, you can kind of figure that why I suppose trying my hand at recaps wouldn't be so much of a hassle: I'm reading the blogs anyway, and it's not hard to link them, so I just decided to put two and two together!

Hopefully, I'll try to stay on as long as possible: I go back to college next week and I'm pretty deathly afraid... but I don't imagine it would eat up every single second of my life that I can't kick an hour on a Sunday to recap. I've also been weirdly creatively slumped lately as well; I've been meaning to write a blog about how much I love Akiba's Trip, since I spent over 20 hours on it within the first few days I got it... but I can't seem to find the right words to say: I want my love for the game to be apparent, but when I look at what I wrote, I just shake my head and start from scratch. My slump is also affecting my personal project, and it's frustrating: I try to force it, but then I feel like my writing's being "phoned in", and if I try to clear my head and take my mind off of it, all I can think about is how much time I'm wasting not working on it and that stresses me out... Ugh, lately it seems everyone on Dtoid is feeling affected lately, and even some people I know in real life, so I'm hoping this is some freaky cosmic coincidence that will pass. Soon.

* - Marche100 tells us a lovely story of his shift as a security guard at Freddy Fazbear's Pizza. I enjoyed it so much that he earns the first Top Sauce I ever gave out for being highly original, creative in presentation... and letting me know that Rule 34 of animatronic animals exist. Now I know how I'm spending my Sunday.

A - TikiGhost comes back to blog about his thoughts on videogame news like the recent events involving Phil Fish and Zoe Quinn, how he feels about depression and Robin William's passing, and whether Destiny will be the next milestone in gaming.

A - SpielerDad is tired of seeing the same old Madden that EA Sports churns out every year, so he offers his own suggestions of which sports should have games. I don't know about you, but a game that combines both playing chess and boxing sounds awesome: just think of the audience it caters to!

A - CrusaderX seems to think that the Zoe Quinn controversy isn't getting enough attention when it's a huge discredit to the integrity to game journalism when prominent people are not only defending her, but are even claiming that she's the victim.

S - Number 26 of The Nintendette's Daily Easter Eggs features a such blast from the past that it remains on the wall: did you spot it during your trip to the Dark World in Super Mario 64?

T - Fenriff's 8 Video Game Awards that he just totally made up? ...Sounds legit. But hey, don't take my word for it: he hands Naoto of Persona 4 the best waifu award, and that, in itself, is something we can all agree on.

T - SqueakyGreen is taking the plunge and trying to marathon the Metal Gear Solid games before the release of Phantom Pain... for the first time ever, I might add! So, wanna guess what's the first game on the list? Why, the original MGS released on the PS1, of course! Did you guessed right? Liar.

T - Derek Pietras has an addiction of buying cheap videogames as I do buying cheap hookers. The result? We both got a backlog that we're not ever going to see again.

T - Sonic429 tells us why he's not a PC gamer and will probably stick to consoles forever. He weighs the pros and cons of both sides, but somehow I don't think that that's going to matter: PC gamers can get pretty... passionate about their platform.

T - Segastardust shares with us his disappointment over the Syndicate reboot that came out in 2012. He said he bought it for one Canadian dollar and it took him only three hours to beat, so I guess no real loss there, huh?

R - TroyFullBuster writes his thoughts about The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds in the form of a review. Should you hop back into the world of Hyrule, or should you simply sever the link between your world and theirs?

R - Number8Axel isn't having fun with Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition: he finds a lot of the game to be so boring that he has to listen to a podcast to play them. Did the Reaper of Souls claim another victim?

R - Gamingnerd15 writes a short review of Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited. Is it a promise worth keeping, or was there a reason why it wasn't fulfilled the first time?

V - FrankHowley shows us a video of what it would be like if Gamestop opts to hand out crab meat instead of cash. Something tells me I should just take my business elsewhere because telling people you are going to give them crabs isn't exactly a good thing to advertise.


By the way, I changed my avatar, but it looks really dark: anyone know of a way to artifically brighten an image? I took it with my iPhone, if that matters.
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