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The silly world of gaming-related stock photography


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Aug 28
// SpielerDad
[For our next promoted blog, SpielerDad takes us through the weird world of gaming stock photography and video. Prepare to laugh, cry and shake your head. - Pixie The Fairy] As someone who has been gaming for nearly 30 years,...
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What if game characters were ice cream?


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Aug 24
// Adam P
[For the month of August, I have been working at Disney in 90-degree weather outdoors. Usually the weather is a dry heat. Sometimes the weather would spite me with brief rain that only serves to up the humidity. The greatest ...
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On the 1983 video game crash: Context matters


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Aug 21
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[Everyone likes to discuss the video game crash of the '80s every now and then. Thanks to games like E.T. for the Atari, there is a dark, alternate timeline in which video games never progressed past the 8-bit era and Ronald ...

The best of the Destructoid community blogs: July 2015 edition!

Aug 11 // CblogRecaps
It feels really good to get back into writing again. It's like being a Magikarp finally feeling water for the first time in months after splashing all through Rivière Way. Speaking of big events... Band of Bloggers is back and Retrofraction is leading the pack this time! I'm definitely going to get in on that action. June's topic was "Open Range" and the current topic for BoB is "Hideo Games." Have there been any games by the illustrious and praiseworthy Hideo Kojima that just left a mark on you? Stop thinking and write about it, you Bidoof! Thanks for carrying the torch, Retro! There were also some events we weren't ready for. Most importantly, we lost a legend in Satoru Iwata, who was the only suit that actually cared about video games in my opinion. Like Shade said, he WAS the ending for any Nintendo game we played. The man was responsible for reformatting Pokemon Gold & Silver so that we could have both the Johto and Kanto regions to mess around in. We understand now, Mr. Iwata. Rest in peace. Anyway, this here shindig is about THE BLOGS, SON! We've had some awesome blogs this summer, especially from the "Better With Age" prompt. Man, I should have written one when I had the chance. I would have given you guys a beautiful sermon on why Einhänder is amazing. All of you did such a fantastic job and it wasn't easy for us to pick our Topsauces out of the bunch. It wasn't easy for me to pick mine, either. As for the current "Bloggers Wanted" prompt, we've got an exciting new topic still running hot on its heels from this past EVO. This time it's "Challengers Wanted" and we want to know what your favorite characters in competitive multiplayer games are! Got any techniques you love punishing players with? Why is Jigglypuff such a nightmare in the air? Isn't Leona like the best King of Fighters character ever? Get to those keyboards and get your thoughts out. Seriously, I love fighting games with a passion so you can bet your sweet ass I'll be reading every single one of them. Enough of my blabbing, let's get to the good stuff, baby! - Hyper Lemon Buster Cannon To ensure noting slips by us for Recap Team Favorites and to pick up on trending topics, I make a habit of paging back through a month's worth of blogs. July saw nearly 400 blogs posted and we had a lot of promotions to reflect that productivity. Whether it's an in-depth analysis, a story from the heart or just a funny anecdote, our community bloggers really brought the heat. Keep it up! - Pixie What's the deal with Compile Heart? - OverlordZetta The Fire Emblem Fates controversy: Clearing up the muck - Ckarasu Better with age: Inmates running the asylum - ShadeOfLight Better with age: From the bargain bin to Japan - Dengar The Dtoid community's best blogs of July 2015 - CblogRecaps Satoru Iwata loved video games - James Montagna Better with age: Knights of the Old Republic II - James Internet Ego How historically accurate is The Witcher? Part 3 - RedHeadPeak Destructoid Story R - Marche100 New Music Album: FRACTURED - Alphadeus Guilty gaming pleasures - Hyper Lemon Buster Cannon My Gamerscore is BOOBS - mrandydixon "Better With Age" was an idea that I pitched for June's "Blogger's Wanted" prompt and while everyone liked it, we knew any topic we picked would get buried in E3 predictions and reactions. Given that, we saved the idea for July and that turned out to be for the best. The topic ended up resonating strongly with the community, resulting in the most responses to any prompt we've had this year. There were even weird spin-offs of the topic, which I suppose I'll include here for posterity. I still have some blogs from this line-up to promote and hope to get them out soon, in the meantime, our new prompt, "Challengers Wanted," is up and ready to go. Get to it! - Pixie Better with age: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - James Houghton Better with age: Chess / Dungeons & Dragons - Manchild Better with age: Psychonauts - wutangclam Better with age: King of Fighters 2002: Unlimited Match - WiegrafFolles Better with age: Metal Gear Solid - anystrom0 Better with age: Morrowind - Gamemaniac3434 Better with age: Final Fantasy IX - eightbitsamurai Better with age: Nothin' but bits - CH Gorog Better with age: NIN your face! - KingSigy Better with age: Have "faith" in your running skills / Max, dearest of all my friends~ - Rudorlf Better with age: Gotcha! - El Dango Better with Cage: A brilliant baby - SeymourDuncan17 Better with age: Peeling back the layers of Dishonored - naveenwf Better with age: Final Fantasy VI - TheGentleGamer Better with age: Shadow Heart's 2: Covenant - Nikoscho Better with age: A Journey worth retaking - gajknight Better with age: Konami's legendary mystical ninja - StriderHoang Better with age: Actually finishing Megaman - Lord Spencer Better with age: Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - Extatix Better with age: Deadly Premonition - TheLimoMaker Better with age: Megabomber - OverlordZetta *Better with age: All about The Boss - Pixie The Fairy **Better with age: Yoshi's Island - Meanderbot And now the more off-topic versions: Worse with age: Majora's Mask - MannySJ Worse with age: This guy right here - Nanashi Better with age: My cats - KiiWy * Promoted Aug 1st ** Posted August 3rd, but part of the topic. Comments of the Week is still alive and managed to hit 6 months old since it was revived. This popular feature still has all of the head-nodding truths, the gut-busting laughs and the eyebrow-raising weirdness you can expect from Destructoid's finest all in one place. If you happened to miss an edition, why don't you kick back and check them out? - Dreamweaver Comments of the Week 24 - Am I doing it right? Comments of the Week 25 - Doing things in the dark Comments of the Week 26 - What's going on over there? Comments of the Week 27 - Go ahead. Swallow. Cblog Recaps PODGASMS: July 2015 [Added this as a new, possibly regular section so everyone can see what's on the minds of our community managers, whether it's relevant to our roles here on Dtoid, personal updates, thoughts or just being goofy. - Pixie] It's been a pretty trying time for the community. Lots of changes, most of them controversial, plus you see different sides of everyone you know. I personally am afforded some luxury as a community manager since that's all I am in an official capacity. Since the mods will come into direct collision with your opinions about your opinions, they're naturally going to get a lot of flak. It's hard to believe Occams is seen as anything other than the goofy black resplendent grandmother but sure enough, he does mod seriously and it's led him to butting heads a few times. As for me? I just promote blogs on a part-time basis because frankly that's all I have time to do. Though on a few occasions I like to act like a heel when it comes to being a recapper. After all, when it comes to being on the FP, you gotta try as hard as you can. But on the community recaps, I misspell people's name and give their blogs goofy descriptions. Well, at least when it's about the strictly behind the FP, community stuff, I don't mind playing up a sort of heel reputation. After all, the community's persevered against a lot of stuff. What makes this so different (aside from the magnitude I guess)? - StriderHoang Better With Age: My D*ck - Mike Martin Occam Thoughts: Little Moments - Occams Occam Thoughts: Quagmire - Occams *Pixiedust #1: Hello! - Pixie The Fairy Pixiedust #2: Promotions, Bloggers Wanted & BoB - Pixie The Fairy Late night thoughts: better with too many hats - StriderHoang * Shamelessly promoted in July, but it felt more appropriate here. We begin with Adam P wondering what flavors of ice cream video game characters would be and AvtrSpirit returning to discuss a better class of game criticism once more. Also, its about to get CJ Anderson in here. Dinosir tells us how Missingno works. Forsakeneyes faces the loss of a loved one. James Internet Ego wants to know your finest gaming moments and Josh Rivers wonders if Randy Pitchford is from the moon. KiiWy discusses positivity in media. KingSigy has not forgotten Remember Me, doesn't see games as a waste of time and Kyle McGregor is our new weekend editor/hydra head.  TheLimoMaker talks about what games he would like to see as anime and discusses minimalist storytelling. Manchild has the conversation, enters the theater of the mind, goes on a neverending adventure and talks about real value. Mike Martin remembers his brother. OrochiLeona delves into Konami's only foray into laser disc gaming. OverlordZetta is makin' babies in Fire Emblem: Awakening. ScreamAid gives us a smashing music compilation and SeymourDuncan17 shares his cosplay bucket list. Some guy named Firebrand borrows SigfriedLion's blog to talk about making Touhou card games. StriderHoang gets bound with Issac. Sounds kinky. Squareman talks about how story and personality affect games Terry 309 looks at how day and nighttime affect gaming habits. Virtua Kazama gives us some history on EVO and to wrap things up, wutangclam talks about subversive multiplayer. See you next time! - Pixie & The Recap Team
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[July was a big month for us in the community blogs. Lots of content, new blood in the recap team and I found my groove for front page promotions. The recap is only a bit leaner for July since Band of Bloggers had a short hia...


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Band of Bloggers: Hideo Games


Band of Bloggers returns!
Aug 03
// Retrofraction
[When Fenriff left Destructoid for Syfy Games after TheScholarlyGamer, the fate of Band of Bloggers fell into question. Last week, I put out a call to see if anyone wanted to take up Fenriff's mantle and Retrofraction answered! Let's keep this homegrown community feature going! - Pixie]
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Bloggers wanted: Challengers wanted


Now! Fight your rival!
Aug 03
// StriderHoang
Do you guys remember EVO? You know, EVO? Big fighting game tournament? KaneBlueRiver was the first Chilean to take home an EVO title with his low-tier hero team of Hulk/Haggar/Sentinel. It speaks a lot of the player's skill to win with a set of characters that goes against so many expectations.
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Better with Age: All about The Boss


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Aug 01
// Pixie The Fairy
[In the heat of the moment, we decided to bring Pixie's blog on MGS up front. Hope you enjoy it. While I'm at it, check out Band of Bloggers, under new management, starting with Hideo Kojima games! ~Strider] [Heads up: I'm sp...
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Go hug your dad and play some video games. I would if I could


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Aug 01
// ooktar
Hey guys, things are obviously getting a little tense here the past couple of days. As someone who's only lurked in the forums every once in a while, I'm only aware of bits and pieces of what's going on right now with everybo...
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My Gamerscore is BOOBS


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Jul 31
// mrandydixon
[The one and only Andy Dixon finally did it. Let's celebrate with him. Want to see your own stuff appear on the front page? Go write something! --Occams Electric Toothbrush]
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Guilty gaming pleasures


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Jul 29
// Hyper Lemon Buster Cannon
[Hyper Lemon Buster *annoyed grunt* Cannon shows us some of his gaming guilty pleasures. Before this blog was promoted, people were already sharing their own in response and you should too! Personally, if there's a crafting s...
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New Music Album : FRACTURED


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Jul 22
// Alphadeus
[Dtoid community blogger and the Chopin of my heart Alphadeus has produced a new album. It's worth your time. Want to see your own stuff appear on the front page? Go write something! --Occams Electric Toothbrush] Hello friends. I'd like to share with you my most recent album released today. It's called FRACTURED. 
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Check out Destructoid Story R, an RPG based on the Destructoid community!


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Jul 19
// Marche100
[Marche100 has another Dtoid-themed game for you to try. This time it's an RPG, so check it out! - Pixie The Fairy] Update: If you downloaded the game before 1pm EST on July 16, you'll have to download it again. I initially u...
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How historically accurate is The Witcher? Part 3


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Jul 17
// RedHeadPeak
[Dtoid community blogger RedHeadPeak gives us part 3 of his look into the historical accuracy of the Witcher. These are so much fun!  Want to see your own writing appear on the front page? Go write something! -...
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Better with age: Knights of the Old Republic 2


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Jul 16
// James Internet Ego
[James experiences a true aging taste with Knights of the Old Republic 2. The first time might have been an experience, but every subsequent playthrough was about challenging his old notions of morality and re-evaluating his ...
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Satoru Iwata loved video games


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Jul 14
// James Montagna
[In memory of Satoru Iwata, James Montagna of WayForward stopped by our community blogs to share a moment that encapsulated Iwata's love of games perfectly. - Pixie The Fairy] It feels like the world is coming together to mou...
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The Dtoid community's best blogs of June 2015!


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Jul 12
// CblogRecaps
[June was a month of great anticipation and excitement and the Dtoid community showed no shortage of blogging energy before and after E3. There were predictions, surprises, tears, RAGE and lots of front page promotions. Keepi...
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Better with Age: From the bargain bin to Japan


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Jul 11
// Dengar
[For our next Bloggers Wanted promotion, Dengar tells us how EarthBound revealed more and more to him starting from his youth and into adulthood. Keep on truckin' with this month's theme, folks, there's more to come! - Pixie ...
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Better with Age: Inmates running the asylum


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Jul 09
// ShadeOfLight
[In our first promotion from July's Bloggers Wanted prompt, ShadeOfLight takes a look back at Batman: Arkham Asylum and how its pacing still shines -- even over its successors. Want to be the front page hero Destructoid deser...
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Pixiedust #1: Hello!


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Jul 05
// Pixie The Fairy
I should probably be working on the monthly recap right now, but I'm still a bit under the weather and off my sleep cycle. You can expect it to be up in the community blogs sometime soon. That said, I thought I'd take a page ...
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The Fire Emblem Fates controversy: Clearing up the muck


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Jul 04
// Ckarasu
[Editor's note: Following Destructoid's coverage of some questionable dialogue found in the Japanese version of Fire Emblem Fates, community member Ckarasu has delved deeper into the translation and offers his own take on the...
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Bloggers Wanted: Better with age


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Jul 02
// Pixie The Fairy
Each time a new Metal Gear Solid draws closer to release, I find myself replaying the games that came before it. Some of this is done to refresh my memory on the story (which there is a lot of), but I also like getting to exp...
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What's the deal with Compile Heart?


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Jul 01
// OverlordZetta
[It's ok not to like things. I can't get into King of Fighters, for example. But Overlordzetta's interest in Compile Heart's games has led him to believe that a perfectly normal game development company seems to get an inordi...
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An open plea to Square Enix: Don't remove FFVII's turn-based combat


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Jun 25
// Sephzilla
[With the recent announcement of Final Fantasy VII's remake, speculation abounds regarding what will and won't be changed. In today's promoted blog, Sephzilla decides to focus on the one crucial thing that shouldn't: the turn...
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What isn't included in Rare Replay: A comprehensive guide


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Jun 25
// Titannel
[Rare Replay sounds like it's going to make a big splash. But know that for every Blast Corps or Perfect Dark included, there's a slew of games both famous and unknown that aren't included in the humongous pack. Do you r...
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Gaming with OCD: Hobby vs. habit


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Jun 24
// anystrom0
[anystrom0 admits to his mild brand of OCD and how it affects his life, including the surprising lengths he'll go to satisfy that urge in the games he plays. He asks if you've ever had to deal with small, nagging details in a...
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How historically accurate is The Witcher? Part 2


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Jun 23
// RedHeadPeak
[Dtoid community blogger RedHeadPeak gives us part 2 of his look into the historical accuracy of the Witcher.  I'm as happy as a clam in coke.  Want to see your own writing appear on the front page? Go write so...
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Fathers Day


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Jun 22
// Manchild
[Dtoid community blogger Manchild gave us a touching and lovely blog on Father's Day. Beware getting dust in your eyes. Want to see your own writing appear on the front page? Go write something! --Occams Electric To...
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What can Yooka-Laylee do?


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Jun 21
// El Dango
[Yooka-Laylee is on everyone's minds now that the Kickstarter turned out to be wildly successful. Now the big question, something El Dango is curious of, is if the game itself can be successful. Platformers are few and far be...
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The Dtoid community's best blogs of May 2015!


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Jun 21
// CblogRecaps
[In May, somewhat in honor of Dtoid going to paper and also superhero flicks, we invited your friendly neighborhood Meanderbot to turn the recap team into superheroes. Additionally, members of the recap team and community wil...
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June's Band of Bloggers: Open Range!


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Jun 11
// Fenriff
[Band of Bloggers, the community-run game club, is back for June. So read up on what the theme is, pick a game, play it, and come back to talk about it. Just like a book club! Just title it Open Range: [your blog title] and s...

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