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Cblogs of 1-18-2015 + Emblem Hunter-isms!
12:20 PM on 01.20.2015
Cblogs of 01/05, 01/12 & 01/19/2015 + Moondays!
12:00 PM on 01.20.2015
Cblogs of 1/17/15 - Does Anyone Else Like Final Fantasy XIII?
10:00 AM on 01.18.2015

To kick things off, I want to give a big shout out to Dtoider Cosmonstropolis. I'm not a big Amiibo collector, but I do grab the ones of my favorite characters like Kirby, Donkey and Diddy Kong, and pretty much all of the Mario characters, but the one I was most pumped for was Little Mac. Well, as most of you know, Little Mac is one of the hardest Amiibo to find. I was smart enough to snag the extra Captain Falcon that my store received with the intention of using it to trade for a Little Mac. I mentioned this in a comment on a Dtoid article, and Cosmo was awesome enough to PM me and we made a deal. For now he's just sitting on my console shelf unit because I'm trying to figure out how I want to display my Amiibos, but man, Mac is beautiful. So, big thanks to Cosmonstropolis for making my week! I have since learned my lesson, and have Mega Man pre-ordered.

Moving on, I may be one of the few hardcore sports fans here on Destructoid, so I apologize in advance if this bit bores you. I've lived in southwest Ohio my entire life, so Cincinnati teams have always been my favorites. In case you don't know, Cincinnati isn't exactly a mecca for good sports teams. Outside of a Reds World Series victory in 1990, there hasn't been a lot of things for me to cheer about in my life. Any time our teams do really well, they mess it up in the playoffs. University of Cincinnati basketball had a great chance at winning the NCAA tournament back in 2000, but then Kenyon Martin broke his leg and they lost in the second round. The Reds go up 2-0 on the Giants in the playoffs a few years ago, and then lose three in a row and get eliminated. And of course, the Bengals go to the playoffs for four straight years, and four straight years they lose in the first round.

But I finally had something to cheer about this past Monday when Ohio State won the college football championship. I don't get as into college sports as I used to, but it's still awesome when your favorite teams finally win the big one. O-H-! I-O!

Cblogs of 1/16/15 + Theisms: Championship Edition EX
5:35 AM on 01.17.2015
Cblog Recaps of 01/14/15 and Striderisms!
4:55 AM on 01.16.2015
Hey everyone, sorry for recapping the blogs of last Tuesday so late. I tried to do the recap, but my mind was just not working properly, so I decided to recap both last week and this week at the same time. This will not be a common occurrence, I assure you!

The Nintendo Direct yesterday was pretty good. Among the most interesting news were the announcement of a new Fire Emblem game, downloadable Wii games for the Wii U (including the Metroid Prime Trilogy) and freaking Tingle as a playable character in Hyrule Warriors!

Tingle was one of the characters I most wanted to see in the game when I saw the first trailer of Hyrule Warriors a year ago. I’m glad he’s in because of how unusual, goofy and creepy he is. Love or hate him, you gotta appreciate the silliness he brings.

Young Link though… that’s possibly the most disappointing character choice they could have made. I wanted to see either Skull Kid or Happy Mask Salesman, both would be fun as heck to play as. But alas, he will have to suffice. He seems to wear masks for some special attacks, so hopefully he’s fun to play as.

Cblogs of 01/06 and 01/13/2015 + Nintendo Directisms
1:40 PM on 01.15.2015





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If you're anything like me as gaming goes, then there probably wasn't much important in the news after last Wednesday's Nintendo Direct. They pretty much had me at "Hello! New Fire Emblem!" Then there was the Zelda and Xenoblade stuff, Project STEAM got a date, the announcment that Metroid Prime Trilogy and other Wii games are coming to Wii U eShop and the New 3DS release dates. It was Nintendo's way of saying "If you thought we owned your wallets last Fall, get ready to hurt some more in 2015!"

I don't have a Wii U yet, but if I did that would be the message. Nintendo started the year with a bang.

Yeah, I wasn't happy there wasn't any Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem news in there, but the new FE game might actually have hinted at the setting we'd be starting out from in the crossover. Fire Emblem usually skews toward western fantasy in terms of setting, but this new FE seems to have a more Japanese setting and all main series SMT ultimately occurs in a post-apocalyptic Tokyo. Shin Megami Tensei IV had a very western setting when they started out with th Eastern Kingdom of Mikado, but the culture within was more Japanese and had samurai. 

Maybe SMTxFE will do what Persona Q did and let you choose a side to start the story from. The casts of this new Fire Emblem and SMT IV would probably be the best starting points for such a game where old and new fans are concerned.

Its also looking like the hero of this new Fire Emblem is a custom Lord rather than a Tactician as in FE12 and Awakening. This new Lord changed hairstyles and gender through the trailer so that was kind of where I figured that out.

That aside, I got to try out the new Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate demo. It took some time to actually get into it, I tend to find MH far too clunky compared to other games of its type and MH4 was no exception. It was clunky as ever in terms of controls and weapon options. I like weapons that leave me a bit more agile and that's a playstyle the series seems rather reluctant to cater to. This is a game that even makes its bard's weapon heavy, unwieldly and needlessly complicated.

I found the Insect Glaive, Light Gunbow and Dual Blades suited me best, though, and I could see myself investing more time into this entry than others in the past. I like that mounting and stabbing beasts was added in, though as expected its not nearly as elegant as it was handled in Freedom Wars - and they still don't let you target monster limbs and appendages at all (another gripe I have with the series). 

Seriously, we've had that kind of targeting since the late 90's Capcom, try to catch up and would it kill you to make these worlds just a bit more seamless? Those loading screens are killing me and these zones are too tiny even by handheld standards.

I know I sound like I'm complaining a lot, but this is looking like the first game in the series I might be able to really sink my teeth into. At least so long as I can build a set of armor that isn't as gaudy as most of what was on display. I want to know there's a person in that armor and that they can get back out of it is what I'm saying. Most of the armor doesn't seem practical. 

What can I say, I like like to slay with in-game fashion as much as weapons. Its just how I am. 

On to the recaps!

* - Nekrosys lists the Top 5 Sexiest Dtoiders!

* - Stellar tunage  from Alphadeus.

* - Seymour posts something gay.

S - Learn the origins of a solar pony! Born on the Pony Planet, he was sent here by his parents and bitten by a solar flare and now cries at the sight of a box of Uncle Ben's.

F - I normally wouldn't fail half-assed intro blogs, but it feels like you just don't care. Better luck next time.

FPotD











I just wanted an excuse to type "Moondays" on the screen.

Hi. I'm the one with the Elesa avatar and the dumb pun for a name. I post on the frontpage articles sometimes and also in the forums, which you should all go to and hang out in, maybe.

So yeah, recaps. That's a thing I do now. But I'm still just a reservist though. You see that? See that sidebar right there? →

See the name next to the "Monday" part? See how it's not mine? Yeah, that's because I'm still just a reservist though. But I will try my best to cover as many Mondays as I can for now.

I've been meaning to contribute a bit more to this site starting this year. Let's be honest here. Dtoid has seen much better days than what was the past year of 2014. But while some have greeted it with frustration and lost of trust and confidence, I believe these times should be viewed as a challenge, an invitation to improve on things, to enact change, and to be a part of that positive change. I want to do my part as well. And so should you and anyone who considers themselves a part of this community.

2015. Let's do the thing.



Also, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, I guess!

I just realized that this is the first time I’ve made an appearance in this C-Blog space since early December, and the last "real" blog I made was back in October. I certainly enjoyed the holidays. If anything, Christmas came early for me last year, with our Japan trip, being done with our thesis and just everything generally going well for me and most people I know. Though it was pretty solemn and I hardly had any loud and exciting celebrations, I certainly felt more than satisfied and relieved by the end of the year.

My actual Christmas was simply spent watching movies, really. Watched Batman Returns and caught Alfred greeting "Merry Christmas" to Bruce right when the clock striked 12 in real life. A lot of "firsts" for me when it comes to movies. Watched Die Hard for the first time just because people keep saying it's a Christmas movie. May it be one or not, it doesn't change that fact that it's really a great and well-executed action film. Also watched A Christmas Story for the first time. I thought it was really funny, watching your typical Christmas season through the overly dramatic perspective of a small child narrated by an adult. Brings me back to my childhood where everything small really felt that way. Being a popular and often quoted film, it gave me a lot of "Oh, so that's where that came from" moments. Also saw Toy Story That Time Forgot which apparently premiered earlier that month. Another one of those "apparently a Christmas special". But it's about dinosaurs. Or dinosaur toys, at least. Really nothing new for the franchise but it's still fun to watch, I guess. Then on New Year's Eve, I decided to watch White Chicks for the first time. I dunno, I just heard "A Thousand Miles" one too many times during the latter half of the year for some reason and people often associate the song with this film. It's alright. I'd still say it's a "bad" film, but entertaining nonetheless. It also dates itself so hard. So early 2000s.

Things didn't go exactly as I planned, at least when blogging is concerned. I didn't even get to write about my Secret Santa gift, so I can't really blame everyone else for not doing theirs as well. I hope everyone enjoyed their gifts at least (and received them, most importantly). I'll get around to writing about mine still, along with my other leftovers from last year. That previous paragraph? That's pieces of a Christmas blog that never materialized. Of course, you can also look forward to whatever dumb blog thing I think of in the near future. I do think this recapping gig and suddenly having "a deadline" is just what I need to get back to writing. With almost everything out of the way now, these last few months of my college life means I have so little to do and hardly anything to worry about in the meantime. Too much comfort can sometimes make you really...



Wait, why am I here again? Oh right. Recaps.



* - Say what you will about amiibos and other NFC figures like Skylanders and Disney Infinity, but you can’t deny how brilliant these things are from a marketing standpoint.

* - Tonich writes music too! So that’s what his voice sounds like :) I don't even know where to begin when it comes to writing music so I’m thoroughly baffled and impressed at those who can. Specifically those who can do it good. Was certainly a treat listening to these while writing this blog post you're reading right now. I really like this particular style/genre though I don’t know what it’s called. 

* - Sometimes, a game’s setting alone can make it worthwhile. Here are some really great ones.



A - Fenriff talks about replayability and the different forms it can take in a game.

A - Forgotten Bastion feels sad about man who feels mad about Rosalina. So he hates her character design because it’s “too hentai” (among other reasons), then proceeds to scalp as many Rosalina amiibos as he possibly can?

A - It still amazes me just how similar Crash and Spyro are in almost every aspect of their existence. From how they rose, to how they fell. Though we still need a Crash NFC toy to restore the balance that was disturbed by the release of Skylanders.

A - Chumble Fuzzly reviews Awesome Games Done Quick 2015 and makes some good suggestions on how to make next year’s event even better.

A - Whether 2014 sucked or not seems to be quite a popular topic of discussion recently. Xeo thought it was pretty nice. I guess it really depends on what type of games you like.

S - Retro concludes his “12 days of Christ-NES“ series with Clash at Demonhead. Hey, that’s the band from the Scott Pilgrims!


You know, this series of blogs, among other things, got me curious on the meaning behind the 12 days of Christmas. Yeah, I didn't really bother with it and for the longest time and just accepted it as a fun Christmas song. Turns out the 12 days represent the days from Christmas up until the day before the Epiphany, another Christian holiday celebrated on January 6 which marks the end of their Christmas season. The Epiphany celebrates the time when those three wise men visited the baby Jesus. Their names are Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar. I learned that from Evangelion.


Some count the days a bit differently (from Dec 26 to Jan 6), but I think the important thing to learn from this is that you can hold off your New Year's greeting and putting down your Christmas decorations up until the 6th of January. Yay laziness. Haha. Yeah...

P - Nana's "ask us questions" blog for PStoid Episode 16 featuring Occams!

Full episode here: PStoid Episode 16: Roomate Fight

P - Long John's "ask us questions" blog for the latest episode of his (what I'm hoping to be a long running) series of community interviews. This one features resident composer Alphadeus, who's hard at work on his “Songs for Gamers Volume III” album, featuring music inspired from fellow community members! Again. H-how... How do you even?  

Full episode here: Community Interviews Podcast - Alphadeus

P - Dustin has another episode of his “Backlogging” podcast, and tries out video podcasting for the first time!




Trainer I used for Pokemon X/Y.



I - ashamasha shares 5 things about himself. You see how his little story about a threesome is longer than all the other parts combined? Now this is someone who knows this community.



V - Joe Jurado talks about adventure games. While I’m inclined to be a bit more critical of these “just a video” blog posts, Joe has written a good number of blogs these past few weeks. So I’m willing to let this one go.

V - A video tribute to Hideo Kojima. Pretty nice but why the tribute all of the sudden? These things scare me sometimes because it makes me think that the person died :| 

V - Smash Bros for Wii U Combo Video.

R - While some are searching for the Citizen Kane of gaming, others are looking for its Plan 9 from Outer Space. Gray Times agrees that Ride to Hell may be it.


R - "Another big step forward", GoofierBrute loves that Pokemon ORAS. I like that girl with the Altaria-inspired costume. 

ORASの絵まとめ | ぐわてふ [pixiv]

R - Shadow Hearts is another one of those Japanese RPG series that kind of got lost during the transition to the “HD era” of gaming. But I’m glad Terry likes the second (third?) entry to the franchise, Shadow Hearts: Covenant. 

T - Fenriff’s best bets for 2015. This certainly looks like a good year for fans of sword-slashy-single-man games rather than shoot-gun-online-man games.

T - Bless bascow42 for finally finishing Sonic 2. On Android, of all things. I got a couple of Sonic games on Android too for free thanks to Amazon’s free app of the day thing. But these are really those kinds of games that don’t work very well on a touchscreen.

T - I don’t play horror games myself, but I’ve heard nothing but praise for REmake ever since it first came out. With the release of the HD remaster, people have yet another opportunity to gush about this game.

D - Twisted Jenius has been posting developer diaries of their upcoming game, Reptile Zoo, since the early half of last year. Here’s a new trailer.



A - The Amazing World of Gumball porn. 


A - Django’s comic book roundup for the weeks of 01/07/15 and 01/14/15.



L - Grand Theft Auto makes a killer out of everyone. Even dogs.

L - More or less how every other 3DS gets bought.

C - Some guy promoting his Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry video review. Now these things I might have to get used to as I do more of these recaps, people dumping their videos, asking for likes and subscribes. Repeatedly as well. I just wish these guys would at least try to participate with the community or tell a little something about them or make a little write-up about that particular work of theirs.

C - Same goes for this one. But for this one in particular, I just don’t really see much value in making a video about how to beat A.I. opponents in Street Fighter IV. Since you can just spam lariats with Zangief and be done with it, especially if it’s achievements you’re after. Why else would you need to get good beating the A.I. in fighting games? I’ll mark these as “Could be better” for now.



Not gonna fail anything on my first day!


Well, that's all for now, forgive me if the categorizing isn’t as best as it could be, especially for video-related stuff. I’ll get better over time. Hopefully, I'll also think of more interesting things to talk about for the "-isms" at the start of every one of these posts. In the meantime, I hope you all make some great blogs this year for me and everyone else in the recap team to recap on.

See ya ♪


これはこれであり | kounog [pixiv]

- Luna Sy

FPotD










So recently, since fellow Dtoider The Scholarly Gamer has been taking the trip back to Final Fantasy XIII's Gran Pulse, I've been diving back into that game myself. I know the game is heavily mixed between players, but personally, it's one of my favorite JRPGs of this generation, and out of all the games I've traded in, Final Fantasy XIII was one of the select group of games that I never let go. I enjoy the game a lot, and I think I was actually pretty obsessed with it at some point, but I've never actually beaten it. Why, you may ask? Well, let me start by explaining that some of the reasons why I like the game are actually the same reasons why some players didn't like it: people disliked how linear it was, and how it lacked an open world typically seen in the series... but I enjoyed getting straight to the point! The game was streamlined to allow players to enjoy an JRPG without too much of the filler. For the first 8 Chapters, more or less, you were effectively running down corridors with limited enemy encounters, so the game obviously doesn't expect you to grind since there's so little opportunities to do so. To me, that was pretty blissful because there's NO game I've played where RPG grinding is fun: even if combat is great (Star Ocean: The Last Hope) or grinding is streamlined (Bravely Default), I still find it a hassle.

However, the reason I stopped playing was because when the game actually opens up, it became such a huge grind fest that I was immediately turned off. Look, I get that many people love gaining levels and doing everything a game has to offer like the side quests in Gran Pulse, but I like to play JRPGs for the story and narrative, and the pacing for the first 8 Chapters were pretty even. Sure, the sections where there's nothing but fights feels like a slog, but at least the story sequences aren't that far away, so it feels like an inconvenience at worse. However, once you hit Chapter 11, even if you went straight to Chapter 12, the areas get longer and you're left fighting tons and tons of enemies, and fights can take upwards to tens of minutes to do. I just want to know what happens next, so obviously needing to grind out levels for possibly hours so I can fight the next boss and get a couple minutes of cutscenes just turns me off. It might not have been so bad had the game always been like this, but after getting so comfortable moving from point A to point B, the transition felt too jarring to me. I still have the desire to finish it though, and apparently, after a couple of hours, I'm really close to the end, and at the time of this post, I am presumably on the final boss. I can't wait to finish this: it's been a long time coming.

Despite not beating the predecessor, I still bought Final Fantasy XIII-2 on the first day, Collector's Edition even (I definitely would've bought one for the original had they sold them)! However much I enjoy the inclusion of its 4-disc soundtrack and clean, white cover package with simply the logo at the front (which is why I like Bravely Default's CE as well) though, and this is what pains me, is that I really didn't enjoy the game. In terms of game mechanics, it does a lot more right in align with traditional JRPGs: there's towns and stores to travel, the combat system gets a little more complex with the new Bleed status, and there's multiple endings to see! Despite all this, I couldn't get into it after around 7 hours of gameplay: I don't really like Serah or Noel, I don't like capturing monsters instead of having human party members (DLC characters like Sazh don't count since he's effectively just a human-skinned monster), and the story feels like it goes nowhere. I do enjoy the whole thing about time-travel and the whole Caius-Yeul dynamic, but other than that, I stopped playing and didn't really regret it: even when I bought Noel's Assassin's Creed: Revelations and Serah's Mass Effect costumes, it still couldn't motivate me to even care, and considering how much costumes appearing in cutscenes AND crossovers affect me, that's really saying something.

I think I should give it a second shot though, especially since I could possibly be beating Final Fantasy XIII soon. However, I have actually been feeling like replaying the original again from the start, especially on the PS3 where the graphics are presumably so much better. Why replay the original when I have the next title? Because I love it so much! I don't want to say too much because I do want to talk about Final Fantasy XIII and the sequels individually with their own dedicated blogs, but I have yet to play them all.

So I've also been thinking of picking up Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, but not just any copy: I've been eyeing the Collector's Edition because, on Amazon from a third-party seller at least, it's around $60 bucks, the cost of a regular launch title. After seeing a couple of unboxing videos, the package looks really neat: Lightning's face on the cover looks lovely (though speaking as someone with a huge crush on her), the hardcover art book looks gorgeous and has pull-out pages, and it comes with pocketwatch! Even though the pocketwatch looks rather simplistic, it actually functions like one, which is more than what I can say for Tale of Xillia 2's pocketwatch... oh, sorry, I mean cosmetic mirror! With my excitement, you'd think I might as well get it, right?

Well, here's the thing: first off, money is pretty tight, and after the recent Nintendo Direct video, I want to give Nintendo all the money I have, especially with The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D right around the corner! Secondly, even though I think I'll enjoy the Collector's Edition of Lightning Returns I don't even know if I'll even like the actual game itself. From the demo I played, I can definitely see why people think the combat is way better: as much as I like the original's ATB Combat system, this game also has some real-time elements to it by giving Lightning three separate ATB gauges for her assaults, plus the ability to dodge and block with the press of a button. I also really love dressing Lightning up because of the aforementioned crush, and I can't wait to see Lightning in a finely tailored suit (I'm a sucker for women in business outfits)! However, the general consensus is that the story, which is the main reason I play JRPGs, is poor, and from the spoilers I read online, I hear that they shafted my favorite character Sazh so hard that he might as well be a cameo: again, I'll write more in detail about it later, but Sazh is the most relatable character of the crew, even having a valid reason for carrying a Chocobo chick in his hair.

Anyway, I'm conflicted: do I get the Collector's Edition of Lightning Returns, do I get just the game by itself for around $25 so I can also get Majora's Mask 3D (since one of them will probably get me hyped for the other), or do I just not get Lightning Returns at all? I'd get them both, but with other Wii U games coming soon (Splatoon in May, YAY!), I wanna pocket whatever cash I can, but I'm really interested in collecting/ finishing the trilogy as well. As a last resort, I could trade in some games, but I'd really rather avoid doing so.

Decisions, decisions.

On a near-final note, today was the start of a The Amazing World of Gumball mini-marathon on Cartoon Network! By the time you read this, it might be over (unless you're on the West Coast!), but there's also another marathon on tommorow around 8:00 AM in case you're interested in checking out one of my favorite shows on television. I wanted to mention this because it directly relates to the blog I'm posting on Monday...

On the actual final note, this week also debuts the season premiere of one of my more mature favorite TV shows Justified, starring Timothy Olyphant (you may know him as "Agent 47" in the live-action Hitman movie and "Grinch" in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3)! I'll talk about the episode next week, but from the trailers I've seen, this final season looks so hype!

* - Fenriff plucks five of us to place on the list of the scientifically proven top 5 Sexiest Dtoiders on the block! I can't say I disagree with a single entry, so click here to see if you're on the list! Not mentioned: the actual scientific process that determines the rankings... but fuck it, I'M on it, so we all know it's objectively correct!

* - With Hotline Miami 2 being banned in the land down under for a scene involving a girl going down under a guy (yeah, that just happened), TheKodu ponders if such a ban should be supported. He uses other examples of implied rape in his discussion such as F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin and brings up the point of "triggering" to add some perspective.

* - Ohh, that's so cool! Pepillou is proud to present a picture of his new pretty pixel painting piece (try saying that ten times fast) and goes to detail a little of the process. I love seeing what people make with their own two hands! Also, if anyone knows what the reference is, let me know: I ain't got a clue.

A - GameCrisis wonders what your favorite "go-to" game when you get home after a long day? It's Destiny for him, as the allure of getting some bounties done are more than enough to entice him back to Earth and enter the addiction once more!

A - Forgotten Bastion wouldn't let me forget (you know what, just accept that this is now your signature recap!) how hard Shin Megami Tensei games are, so he offers a couple of advice for the people who suck at the series! Read on if you're like me and you didn't know anything about how the games work because you're too busy trying to date Mitsuru-senpai, who is obviously best waifu.



T - Chist loves Dragon Age: Inquisition enough to spend over a 100 hours on a single playthrough (and he ain't even finished!), but he might regret upgrading to the Deluxe Edition: see how disappointing the DLC extras are, and how laughable the "undead unicorn" is!

T - The Nintendette is relentless (er, I mean passionate!) when it comes to talking about The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D! For this blog entry, she talks about the comparison of the reception between the original N64 release with the Gamecube release of Wind Waker, and how Majora's Mask embodies the spirit of the series!

V - We may never get the actual Phantom Breaker game (I played the demo once, and it's not great, but not bad either), but LastSeraph decides to play the arcade-styled, side-scrollering beat-them-up Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds for the next entry of his "Infinite Backlog" video series!



F - Sorry, Amymartin009, but these "Important Tips to Win at Sports Betting" just aren't as important enough to make it out of Failtoid... population: you. I'm honestly surprised this blog wasnt deleted though, but it is what it is.


- Dreamweaver

FPotD

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To kick things off, I want to give a big shout out to Dtoider Cosmonstropolis. I'm not a big Amiibo collector, but I do grab the ones of my favorite characters like Kirby, Donkey and Diddy Kong, and pretty much all of the Mario characters, but the one I was most pumped for was Little Mac. Well, as most of you know, Little Mac is one of the hardest Amiibo to find. I was smart enough to snag the extra Captain Falcon that my store received with the intention of using it to trade for a Little Mac. I mentioned this in a comment on a Dtoid article, and Cosmo was awesome enough to PM me and we made a deal. For now he's just sitting on my console shelf unit because I'm trying to figure out how I want to display my Amiibos, but man, Mac is beautiful. So, big thanks to Cosmonstropolis for making my week! I have since learned my lesson, and have Mega Man pre-ordered.

Moving on, I may be one of the few hardcore sports fans here on Destructoid, so I apologize in advance if this bit bores you. I've lived in southwest Ohio my entire life, so Cincinnati teams have always been my favorites. In case you don't know, Cincinnati isn't exactly a mecca for good sports teams. Outside of a Reds World Series victory in 1990, there hasn't been a lot of things for me to cheer about in my life. Any time our teams do really well, they mess it up in the playoffs. University of Cincinnati basketball had a great chance at winning the NCAA tournament back in 2000, but then Kenyon Martin broke his leg and they lost in the second round. The Reds go up 2-0 on the Giants in the playoffs a few years ago, and then lose three in a row and get eliminated. And of course, the Bengals go to the playoffs for four straight years, and four straight years they lose in the first round.

But I finally had something to cheer about this past Monday when Ohio State won the college football championship. I don't get as into college sports as I used to, but it's still awesome when your favorite teams finally win the big one. O-H-! I-O!

Going back to Amiibos, some of you may have read the story about the guy who bought over 100 Rosalina Amiibos just to be a jerk. As a collector, I just want to say that that dude is the reason being a collector really sucks sometimes. His quest is failing on two different fronts. First, if Rosalina upsets you that much, then surely the best way to teach Nintendo a lesson is to give them over $1,000 of your money. Second, you're making it harder for people who genuinely want Rosalina (like myself) to find her. Why would you do that?

I work at a GameStop, and they sell a bunch of Walking Dead merchandise like action figures and posters. Personally, I don't care for the show, but if there were some super rare Walking Dead item up for pre-order, I'm not going to pre-order 100 of that thing just so Walking Dead fans can't have them. You know who does that kind of stuff? Jerks. Jerks do that. Sir, if you are reading, you are a bad person. I almost called you a name with a swear word in it, and I don't swear. That's how angry you make me.

Gaming wise, I replayed The Last of Us. I played it around this time last year, and then my parents bought the Remastered version for me for Christmas. I think it's pretty universally agreed upon that it's a masterpiece of gaming. And if you don't agree, then you haven't played it. That being said, I don't think I need to spend too much talking about the single player, but I finally decided to play the multiplayer.

In most cases, I avoid multiplayer like the plague because I'm just not good at it. But I do enjoy when multiplayer incorporates an element of stealth, which is why I really liked the multiplayer in Assassin's Creed Brotherhood. I'm glad to say that I was pleasantly surprised. In fact, it may be my favorite multiplayer experience ever. I like that sticking together with your team is a preferred strategy, I like the faction-building “game-within-a-game,” and it also helps that I don't completely suck at it. That was perhaps the biggest surprise. I've only played through the first week's worth of matches, but I'm already doing more than just holding my own. I usually find myself near the top of the leaderboard at the end of the match, and there is something strangely satisfying about killing an enemy opponent with a molotov.

It's not the type of multiplayer that I can sit and play for hours, but I could definitely see myself playing two or three matches every couple of days for a long time.

Recap time!

* - Team Ninja dropped the ball with DOA by teasing a run-of-the-mill new character. Of course, we all know that "run-of-the-mill" in DOA means "attractive schoolgirl with big breasts."

* - A very well-researched and well-written piece from Riobux about the “McDonaldisation” of videogames.

P - PStoid is back with episode 16. Listen to it or die.

A - Anyone that can mix thoughts on current gaming goings-on with the timeless comedy of George Costanza is alright in my book.

F - Play vidja gaymes with other Dtoiders. Details inside!

$ - The Hoff gives all of you beat 'em up fans a heads up on a current humble bundle.

R - Lord Spencer wrote a rather in depth review (complete with tips) of the classic SNES RPG: Lufia II

L - Don't get rid of your current 3DS without first making sure that your New 3DS comes complete with buttons, or you could just find your own buttons.

L - Don't worry, guys, there will be a new Call of Duty in 2015. And 2016. And 2017...

R - Miss Brittany is still alive and kickin'. Just like that Nonpoint song.

S - Wow, this Dtoider has the same name as the game they're talking about, what a coincidence. Wait a minute...

Everyone have an awesome Saturday! Now go out and do something nice for someone else, it'll make you feel good, I promise. Now here's a pro wrestler giving you a thumbs up for being awesome.

-TheDustinThomas

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This past week has been shit due to fumigation. I've been out of my house for the past two nights sharing a hotel room with my parents. Sleeping in an unfamiliar bed, sharing a room with my mom with a wandering bladder and big snoring dad, with no privacy whatsoever and deciding to spend most of my time outside instead, not to mention no convenient food or even water without paying for it. I finally got to sleep in my own bed Wednesday night but still had to wake up this past Thursday morning for a communications class aka the racism class.

It totally ruins my feelings on staying in hotels. Normally I associate hotels to a fun weekend with some level of privacy, getting away from home for a while, and of course a fun time with the girlfriend. But now its been encroached upon with stressful time tables and uncomfortable beds. Plus morning classes just further complicating my schedule. But at least I've finally gotten back to some level of normalcy. Plus I think Monday recaps are coming back. I'm not sure why I've tolerated it for as long as I have. But I intend on rectifying it, at least temporarily. I have someone in mind for a reservist position, if at least turning the reservist position into a guest recapping position because I cannot remember the last time we've held a reservist into our group. Remember when Nihil did a day last year? Remember Scissors?

I also finished Shantae and the Pirate's Curse and man is it a quality, polished game. Words can't describe just how enjoyable that game is just by playing it and feeling the love that must've went into designing each and every character. Shantae is especially charming, as a bubbly, gutsy, and ultimately believable character. She has a unique relation and friendship with each character she encounters and knows. And Shantae is especially likable with a surprising amount of spoken one-liners and quips. Shantae doesn't just step off the ship and onto a new island or say hi to Rottytops. When she arrives at an island, she exclaims, "Let's go!" She calls out Rottytops by name in order to voice her annoyance. And when she plows through enemies with her pirate's scimitar a la Metroid power run, she yells, "Take that!" Cristina Vee is certainly one of the more up and coming voice actresses around having done Noel Vermillion on Blazblue as well as Madoka for Puelle Magi Madoka. Shantae is also one of the most beautiful and well animated games I've seen in a long time. Shantae has a perpetual happy bounce to his idle animation, Rottytops' playfully swinging hips are so fluidly animated, and all the bosses and levels have a beautiful paint stroke look to them.

I refuse to acknowledge skeptics saying that $20 is steep for what they feel is a short game. I feel I got the desired length of time, not necessarily short but it clearly doesn't overstay its welcome. But the real cost to price factor goes to the dedication and polish that made Pirate's Curse so obviously well made. If you saw people praising Kirby Triple Deluxe for its polish, this is what I mean. There aren't any rough edges to it in terms of design or presentation. This game handles like a dream in all aspects, you won't believe that Shantae isn't a household name. It's the quality of PC that made me get onto Steam and purchase the previous title with a different approach, Risky's Revenge. Playing a series backwards might sound, well, backwards. But Pirate's Curse revolves around Shantae dealing with the loss of her genie powers and progressing her strength by collecting different sorts of pirate gear. Risky's Revenge not only steps back to explain this glaring plot point but Shantae is still half genie and the game is designed differently to allow for Shantae's magic powers. And easily my favorite part of all this going backwards is having a dedicated belly dance button, of which is used to trigger Shantae's shape shifting magic.

Seriously, go enjoy Shantae. It deserves your money and time and I'm super pumped for its freshly kickstarted HD sequel, Half Genie Hero.

* - Jim's big fat console wars endgame post

* - Dustin's always great top 5 list includes Mega Man X!

* - Hat's Brazilian thoughts on Nintendo's pull out. Don't worry, he's on the level

* - Bardley's final retro game ad exhibit

* - Fove's super informative breakdown of the major players of VR tech

* - The AlphaDeus interview

A - Joe Jurada is actually JonTron and doesn't know amiibo well

A - Grethi got slut shamed by Bill Trinen for Majora's Mask

A - Pefidious Sinn can't believe the smaller New 3DS that's as big as the 3DS XL isn't coming and instead only the New 3DS XL which is bigger than the 3DS XL is coming out

N - GTAV for PC was delayed! Ah. Ok.

R - Koryu's reviews that one Power Rangers fighting zords game

V - G-G-G-G-Gametrip! 1-2!


~Striderhoang

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Hey everyone, sorry for recapping the blogs of last Tuesday so late. I tried to do the recap, but my mind was just not working properly, so I decided to recap both last week and this week at the same time. This will not be a common occurrence, I assure you!

The Nintendo Direct yesterday was pretty good. Among the most interesting news were the announcement of a new Fire Emblem game, downloadable Wii games for the Wii U (including the Metroid Prime Trilogy) and freaking Tingle as a playable character in Hyrule Warriors!

Tingle was one of the characters I most wanted to see in the game when I saw the first trailer of Hyrule Warriors a year ago. I’m glad he’s in because of how unusual, goofy and creepy he is. Love or hate him, you gotta appreciate the silliness he brings.

Young Link though… that’s possibly the most disappointing character choice they could have made. I wanted to see either Skull Kid or Happy Mask Salesman, both would be fun as heck to play as. But alas, he will have to suffice. He seems to wear masks for some special attacks, so hopefully he’s fun to play as.

A new Fire Emblem game is very welcomed news, though it begs the question “What happened to Shin Megami Tensei vs Fire Emblem?”. I have a feeling we will have news on that near E3, alongside the reveal of Animal Crossing Wii U. Yep, I’m pretty confident we will have a AC for the Wii U. Mark my words!

Also, special editions of the New 3DS XL were revealed, one based on Monster Hunter 4 and the other on Majora’s Mask. I won’t even entertain the thought of getting them, because I know I wouldn’t be able to buy it even if I had the money…

As some of you might have heard, Nintendo stopped selling games in Brazil, where I live. And as you might imagine, I’m pretty disappointed. I have always been aware that Nintendo wasn’t as supportive of our market as Sony and Microsoft, who goes so far as to dub their most recent releases and hold annual events here to hype up their games. But I can’t imagine myself not playing Nintendo games, I just love many of their franchises too much, so I will have to find another way to buy their games. It’s not like I bought every single one of their games at retail stores, but I think it will be more difficult to find their games even in the so-called “grey market”. Oh well, all I can do at the moment is wait.

Now excuse me while I go play Majora’s Mask. I just can’t wait for the remake.

* - Like most fan theories, I don’t think this is exactly what the developers intended, but it’s still super enjoyable to read theories like this, especially about a game like Majora’s Mask. I highly recommend reading Nintendette’s blog.

* - bbain is finally joining the Destructoid staff. Congrats!

* - Hamza the Shark is leaving Destructoid to pursue other things. Good luck!

* - Love Its About To Get Gay In Here blogs? Then you will love these cheap and totally worthwhile DLC packs, essential for any true fan of his articles!

* - Fenriff writes a very personal blog about introversion and depression, something I’m sure many people can relate with. I was feeling like you are right now just last week, and got better when I decided to put all trivial stuff aside and get my life back on track.

A - Bardley takes a look at videogames ads from the NES era.

A - TheKodu writes about GamerGate again.

A - TheKodu wasn't too fond of 2014.

A - Here’s a list of five developers who closed their doors too soon. I miss Pandemic, too.

P - Error Machine Podcast want(ed) your questions.

S - donkeyspaceman hasn’t been active in the Cblogs for a while, but he felt the need to write one last blog to properly thank and say farewell to the community for all the good times.

T - Christ shares his thoughts on Dragon Age: Inquisition.

M - Alphadeus writes more music inspired by Dtoid members!

L - Dreamweaver writes part 1 of his Ice Climbers fan-fiction. You know where this is gonna go…

L - IATGGIH delivers the truths and the laughs again.

V - Solar Pony Django has been streaming Oblivion.  It’s better than Skyrim, some would say.

F - Spam.

- Script

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