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I play really old video games and enjoy them.

My parents bought an NES and MM6 and Metroid and that is how i got into gaming.

you could say I am a Nintendo fan boy, but I am starting to get off of that train as of recent.

anyway hope you enjoy my blogs, feel free to comment.
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So with all the random independent projects on Steam lately it has been really hard to sift through to find hidden gems in the massive flow of releases that happen every day.

I do not know if anyone has been celebrating the release of Retro Game Crunch, but I am very excited to for the developers that have put their time and effort into creating such a unique assortment of games.

One of the developers I really like is Shaun Inman who is a independent web developers and a video game maker on the side. I originally found him when I was looking to start developing HTML5 games, and this dude has been on pretty much every HTML5 game jam I have ever seen.

It was his game called "Sinkhole" that originally got me interested in his style of games. By all means is probably one of the most simplistic games I ever played but the way he applied the game mechanics was really interesting and innovative for a 48 hour project to actually make a pretty decent survival horror game.

Which brought me to the Retro Game Crunch: Super Clew Land.

Which is a really cute platformed that takes really good vibes from SNES "E.V.O." and has a bit of Dr. Mario in it. Quite possibly one of the most adorable games I have seen in a while.

Basically Retro Game Crunch is a Kickstarter project that Shaun Inman, Rusty Moyher, and Matt Grimm all worked together to make six games in six months, and have the community vote on themes.

The package has been completed approved on Steam Greenlight and is available on Steam for $15 shortly. (about an hour) I really want to see these guys succeed as most of the game I have played from them have been pretty innovative on spinning common game mechanics into concepts I never thought about before.

There are 72hour versions of all the games they have in the collection available to play right now so you can try basically the beta versions of the games before they spent a whole month on refining them and some of the games have change a ton from the 72hour version. However the retail version has full controller support, and the classic two player Co-op. (the images are links ;D):

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Ever felt like the C-blog editor is hard to use and misleading?

Here are some tips to avoid some problematic parts of the C-blogs.

The best way to copy a C-blog:

If you are like me, as in that you are a horrible writer and can never keep a straight line of thought until you rewrite your blog about 4-5 times. You might want to copy your whole blog so that it makes it on to the day that you post it. Instead of last month...

If you had any text formatting, pictures, and videos it is going to be impossible to simply copy and paste them again.

What you do is click on the view page source button:

Copy all the text and make a new blog with the same titles:

Then click on view page source button on the new blog:

Paste all the text in the blank space
Click Save:

Instantly all the text formatting, pictures, and videos are quickly copied without of all the hassle of re-looking up all the web addresses again.

The text size tool is broken:

Literally someone basically messed up on the coding and instead of giving relative heading sizes they literally size your text from 1px-7px. Which is too small for most readers anyway. (probably was meant to be the heading functions in HTML)

What you do is find the text you want to resize, Highlight the text:

Click on the Resize too and select any number:

Click the Veiw Source button: 

Find the text again:

enter the value in PX or pixels that you want your text to be:

Click the view source button and you text will be updated.

The Blog editor will auto detect and add
elements sometimes:

The blog editor was designed to allow people without coding knowledge to edit text, however its so broken it takes coding knowledge to know how to did things.

Every-time you use a button it creates an element: 

Which is great, but every now and then when you are editing you text in the "normal" mode sometimes the editor does not delete an element.

Which then gets put onto another object in the blog, which will sometimes trigger the smart feature to finish that element, which will change something you did not want changed.

So you sometimes have to go into the View page source mode and delete everyone that does not actually do something, or it will do it again and again and again.

So when you are ever in doubt that something will work or not, save then click the button for pop-up preview:

Some features just don't work:
Here is a list of blog editor features that are broken:

1) Underlines
2) Strikethrough
3) Subscript
4) Superscript
5) Typography Selector
6) Unsorted lists
7) Sorted lists
8) Tables
9) code ( I have tried HTML and CSS and none of it has worked)
10) code quote
11) Horizontal line
12) Right to left ( I do not know why you would want to do that but its in there)
13) Image resize tool (I cannot get it to work consistently)

I really do not understand why these things are broken, except that whatever web app reads the blog editors code is simply rejecting the elements given...

I have seen blogs that were destroyed by people seeing all the wonderful content they had in the editor, and to only have a non legible blog due to the formatting not translating in the post process.

Well I hope this helps anyone that wants to join in the recent surge of C-blogs, hopefully the next site update will fix the editor :D
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12:53 PM on 05.05.2014

Two weeks ago I was out getting my vitamin D and skateboarding at the local skate park. I was talking with someone about video games and one of the younger kids there asked me what systems I owned. I quickly replied that I owned a computer and a Wii. The kid then proceeded to tell me that I needed to get a life.

I might be this guy in 40 years, hopefully :D

The kid's response did not surprise me, because at his age I knew many other children that had the same kind of attitude. But it saddened me that were still having "mature" media being marketed to children which alters their preconception of what is "manly" and what isn't.

So my question is:

What was a time where you faced adversity for things you liked in video games that other considered immature?

Hello there!

It is I, the self-proclaimed king of blogging, here to provide you with the exquisite knowledge how to find a topic to write a bout and how to yell louder... I mean how to find one's voice.

Finding that needle in my spare 

I believe that everyone is capable of having amazing ideas for blogs. Sometimes the most difficult thing is to find a topic to discuss. Most of the time I tend to focus on things that get me really excited, or really upset:

Turrican (excited)

The popular opinions of Metroid: The Other M (upset)

Sometimes it is really hard to get inspired about a topic to write, but I would let your everyday life try to inspire yourself about the topic. Once I was watching a movie and it gave me a wonderful idea for writing about gaming PR politics. That is a really hard topic to cover because if they do their job right no one even notices. I personally take a Sherlockian approach in developing my topic of my blog.

Looking before you leap:

This is important not only can you look up new and interesting information, but you can search throughout the blogs to see if anyone has already covered the topic that you are considering writing about.
Have you ever been in the room where all the people talk about is the weather?

So if the topic you want to cover has been covered more than once that week or day. It might be a good idea to find a different topic, or read throughout them to see what new ideas you can bring into the active conversations.

I have found it that the more original blogs have more chances of being noticed by readers. It is not that content or the thoughts might be better, but the fact that the topic is different is a fresh breath of air in itself. It is usually best to try to avoid topics that have been covered by other bloggers or journalists.

If you are late to the party and everyone has ate all the cake and is gone, leave and make a better party.

Writing is a lot like
playing an instrument:

It takes a lot of practice to be able to express yourself in the way that you want to. Even then the way you express yourself could be less than satisfactory to the people around you. 

For some people it is really easy for them to express their thoughts and feelings. If you are a robot like me, it is going to take a long time for you to be able to figure out who you want to be. Curse you meat bags!

Are you a bounty hunter with the heart of gold? The villain that is not afraid to say anything? An assassin killer droid that simply wants to kill everything?

Yes, Role playing does not end with video games, books and movies. Role-playing in your writing you can take on a personality that will be irresistible. Take some prompts from D&D and take some time to level up your class. You might end up being a Night-elf Mohawk.

The key is to be a fun and or interesting personality, after all most of people that bother reading the blogs want to have a good time reading them.

Some of my favorite personalities:
Angry Video game nerd - personality that loves to hates on bad game desgin
Happy video game nerd - personality that loves under appreciated game design
Classic game room - a guy who loves SHMUPS, beer and classic arcade video games
Alphaomegasin - A guy who loves metal music and video games

Granted those were all videos, but I rather show something visual than write a lot. Hopefully this helps people get new ideas and a voice in their writing.

Now go, you King you!

Hello, it is me, your King of Blogging.

So far I have covered using the blogging system, and titles. ( If you have not read those, I demand that you look at them soon!)

I have come to provide you with even more interesting tid bits of information that will allow you to conquer the internet like the leviathan that you are. So lets get to the steak of what your blogs are and get right to one of the most important elements in your blog.


Is the state of being important, well0known, or noticeable. If no one knows what/who you are talking about, the odds of them taking the time to read your entire blog posting is going to drop faster than a meteor hitting Russia.

There are a couple ways to add prominence to your blog posts:

Identify and connect an experience/concept
that everyone is familiar with:

Pretty good example of this is one of the recently promoted blogs: A love letter to Cacodemons, Carmack, and Doom. With Doom's 20th anniversary passing there was a lot of blog postings about people simply sharing their stories about Doom. But stood out due to many factors, but one of the most important ones was that the author connected Doom with their experience of playing something was forbidden

No one has had to played Doom to understand that universal theme of forbidden fruit. This connection is smart too because it also left room for other people to talk about experiences that were also forbidden.

Talk about famous games or people:

Most people think this is pretty straight forward. But it is a bit more complicated than that as you need have an in-depth experience with the game/person you are talking about.

There are too many people out there today that say small fluffy statements: This game is my favorite game. <---- This sentence ends at the most interesting part.

The fact that people are even on a C-blog is that they want to hear your bias opinion on the games/people. So do not be afraid to state what you feel. After all anyone can name-drop, but it takes skill connect it to the core topic of your blog and actually make it mean something.


I have been following Destructoid since 2007, Jonathan Holmes is one of many reasons that Destructoid is still here. He is a a beast among men, as he goes straight to the source and interviews the people he wants to talk about. One of my favorite series he has done besides his Holmes show is "Talking to Women About Video Games". Where he literally goes around places and ask random women about video games.

How do you get these type of interviews? Ask.

You would be surprised how willing people are to answer question and talk about themselves through email or even Skype. Make sure to be respectful, they are going out of their way to answer your questions.

So do not be a jerk. Show them the quotes you are going to use, show them the video before you post it. That way they get proper representation and respect.

You need to get written permission from anyone that you interview, you might want to google for a "Interview permission form" or "talent release form". Cause feeling can change over time and it might save you from getting sued...

Hopefully this has given you some ideas on how to bring more prominence to you blogs.

Now go claim you land!

You king you!

Hello loyal readers:

It is I, The King of the Blogging, here again to help you get schooled in magnificent art of blog writing. If you have not read part one, I demand that you read it. (But really, the content of a blog is only as good as its skeleton.) I got some really good feedback from the last blog about writing about content. So I figure I would give out some of the stuff I have learned from all the journalism classes. 

One shot, its your title:

I do not have to point out how many more cool and interesting things there are on the internet, but you really only get about one chance to get a reader's attention on Destructoid. There are very few people that manage to click the "community button" and if you ever had any hope of getting to the front page you need to attract the few that do.

The Title of your blog is one sentence to make your blog

 Pop Out 

of the rest of the blogs on Destrutoid.

Write a statement that engages/rules your readers mind:

Analogies, humor, and raw truths are really good ways to engage the minds of your readers. I could have easily named this blog series: How to blog well on Destructoid. But the word "well" or "good" are fluffy statements that are over used. You got to dig deep and search for colorful imagery that engages the reader from passively looking over your blog.

The reason why I used king is because it is a a universal symbol of authority. Plus it also makes me look more macho and fun. It is a bold statement, and it really demands attention as people have to look at the blog to see if I really know what I am talking about. 

Make it short and simple:

Here is a great example:
"Real men play Gradius"
This title is short, but the statement starts to get you to think about: "Who are real men?", "Why are they real men?", and "What is Gradius?."

There really is no need to have long and elaborate title, considering that most people will skip it if they do not have the will power to spend extra time reading it.

There are plenty of great examples of good titles in:
The Promoted blog list - Every C-blog that has ever been shown on the from page of Destructoid is there. So you might as well learn from them.
The Golden Archives - list of ever Destrutoid articles to ever get a huge numbers of likes or cultural importance.


Hopefully, this will help people in developing amazing titles to grab attention and go head to head with the mightiest of bloggers for attention.

Go claim your land you king you!