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Cblogs of 11/27/2017 + On Constructive Feedback


In an earlier Recap, I called for more engagement with community blogs and ore feedback in general. That’s a way to increase the quality of blogs in the site, as well as to foster a better CBlog community overall.

Ironically, the internet’s problem is rarely a lack of feedback. Usually, there is too much of it, a lot with an aggressive tone and with a know-it-all attitude that rarely any person is entitled to. Outside, in real life, it’s a mixed bag. With people unable to give feedback, some unable to take it. This is where the constructive feedback model comes into place.

First, we must understand why feedback is important. In a controlled system, a feedback loop is included to make sure the system corrects itself as parameters change. For people, feedback is an important part of the learning process, as well as everyday activity, to basically know how you are doing at any particular task.

Here we come to the second point; who is feedback for?

It’s not for the person giving the feedback, to show their superiority or to boast about their own abilities. It’s for the person getting the feedback, and for the organization as a whole because we believe good feedback will improve the overall quality. In Dtoid, feedback is a way for readers to advise the bloggers, and in return the quality of blogs will get better with more engagement.

The constructive feedback model is a uniform way to provide feedback in the best way to achieve its intended goal; for the person receiving the feedback to accept it and use it to improve their work.

 It goes like this:

“I like xxx about your work. To improve on it further, you may try changing yyy by adopting zzz”

You mention something you like about the person’s work, therefore gaining their attention. Don’t mention something you dislike, but something you feel would be better if it changed (meaning you didn’t actually like it that much). Finally, you provide a realistic solution that could be adopted.

An example would go something like this:

“I liked that you showed clear passion and knowledge for your subject. Still, this passion and knowledge would have been more apparent if it was overall more concise. A good solution would be reading through the blog again, and if a point is made more than one time, it probably means it should be deleted at one place. Or, maybe have a blog as a summary, and leave the in-depth analysis for another blog”

The skill to provide such feedback is not only useful in online interactions, but also in real work situations. It allows feedback to be given with minimum confrontation, and improves the chances of it actually going through.


S- The Contra series was one of Konami's most well-known, and Ghoane is taking us here in a retrospective of the entire series with part 4 of the series. This time featuring some of the later Contra games published by Konami, but not actually made by them. An excellent effort by the writer here.

S- Here is another excellent Comments of the Week blog. These compile the funniest, weirdest, and something of the Dtoid comments. Go give these guys some love, preferably the wet kind, because compiling this takes a lot of work.



T- The Metroid series was reportedly inspired by the Aliens series, and so, yelobanan thinks the excellent Alien: Isolation would be a good fit on the Switch.

R- I didn't know about this game that Kerrik52 is reviewing, and I guess that is one thing reviews are useful for. Still, it seems like Skylar & Plux is not a particularly memorable game.


Now, feel free to give me your constructive feedback for this recap :)
Anyway, here are the games I am currently playing. Those in bold I am going to review when completed:
  • Little King's Story (Wii).
  • Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (DS).
  • Gunstar Heroes (Genesis).
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X (Wii U).
  • Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (PS4).
  • Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (PS3).
  • The Adventures of Pip (Wii U).

Also, here are my latest reviews:

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Last week, in the quick posts of Destructoid's community, we saw the rise and fall of community manager Wesley J. Russow. He rose to prominence with his immutable power, only to see it come crashing down as the working class clambered beneath him and tore him down. Truly, the life and times of Westopher G. Raggamuffins was a lesson in live fast, burn hot, crash spectacularly.

Wes went from community darling to lovable despot over the course of a few days. It was a thing of beauty to behold. Truly, nothing is better to witness than a real-life heel turn. Wrestling is nothing without these terms after all. A "Face" is a good guy wrestler who fights the man, stands up for the little guy, and fights fairly while still winning. A "Heel", on the other hand, is a despicable, dastardly villain or even anti-hero. I loved Kurt Angle's antics as this gold medal Olympic winner turned wrestler who wasn't necessarily as likable as his gold medals imply. I loved hating that guy! A good heel is fun to hate, and there's nothing quite like the gasp of shock when watching the turn, when a face uses dirty tricks and turns into a heel.

Let me ask you this: is Kratos a hero? Before we see Kratos return in what I'd call Dad of War, let's not forget Kratos’ sordid past as a hero. In the first game, it was a revenge tale. It was a story of a mythical Spartan warrior who wanted revenge on the God of War who betrayed him. But as the series went on, it became a story about the lengths Kratos would go to justify his vendetta against people who wronged him. He would literally destroy the world just to destroy his enemies. Sure, we played as him, and we were taken on a ride, but would you really put your bet behind him and say, "Yeah, look at that hero!"

This month's Bloggers Wanted is about your favorite heel-turns or anti-heroes (in case a heel turn is too specific). Do you like it when Ryu turns into Evil Ryu? Or maybe you like Injustice, with its built in heel-turn Superman? I won't claim to understand the time line of Revolver Ocelot between Snake Eater and Guns of the Patriots, but I love that knucklehead.

To participate, just start a blog in our community section and title it "Heel-turn: [your blog title here]." Write to your heart's content, and if its up to snuff, you'll see your stuff published on the front page! Just remember, you're telling us about your favorite heel-turns and anti-heroes, not becoming one yourself, like Wes. Rest in spaghetti, never forghetti.

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