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Blogs of 07/13/18&07/20/18+State of the Recaps Address

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Hello friends, and welcome to something a bit different than normal. I'll get the recap group affairs out of the way first-as of the end of this week our format will be switched up. In an attempt to change up the recaps and make them a bit more useful for the community at large we're going to be going to a weekly recap system, with a recapper covering an entire week and posting on one day as opposed to the old system of one everyday. There may be some hiccups along the way, but ultimately the group agreed that this was something worth trying and I honestly think its something that will pay off in the long run. Hope you bear with us, and I hope that ultimately you get a better recaps out of it. 

And with that out of the way, I'm also going to announce that I'm stepping down from the recaps. Its been a good ride, and honestly I was happy to be a part of the group as long as I was. I got to read some pretty swell blogs and do a fun community thing for quite a while, but as of now I think that its a good time for me to step back. Simply put, lifes gotten busier for me in other areas and I feel some new fresh blood to the recaps will help strengthen them and make them better overall. I'm hopeful that the recaps continue to be a good way to look at the blogs of the week for a long while still. I got pretty lucky to be able to step up to a full position and help to keep this crazy thing going, and I wish it the best going forward. 

Onto recaps! 

* - Nanashi returns after a long while and muses on their connection to dtoid, as well as offering up gift cards if people offer up their own good memories of the dtoid community.

* - Salador decides to embark on a massive undertaking and will be going into a lot of criticism about ME Andromeda-but first introductions and minor points need to be dealt with. I found this an interesting, and insightful look at how Salador plans on criticizing the game, as well as their thoughts on criticism from two different ends of a spectrum. Its a good read, and I'm excited to see whatever comes next.

* - BBPirate06 puts out an interesting piece about stealth games, how they function as opposed to other genres and how even people who are bad at them can find some sublime enjoyment out of managing to start getting through them better. Its a pretty interesting read and I'd recommend it.

* - The Actual Charlton Heston writes a blog. Its about moth men. I don't really know if it'd be legal for me to not topsauce it, so I'll assume I should and roll with that.

S - Limo takes a break from a spat of disease to bring you those thick, juicy, pulsating comments of the week that you all love so much.

R - stream4sam announces a hiatus from writing blogs about what they've been streaming to go cycling across europe. Hopefully its a good time for them, as cycling and Europe are two good things.

T - Dwavenhobble writes up another blog about lootboxes.

T - Bit by 8 Bit writes up to tell people what the newest No Mans Sky update contains, and argues that with this update the games gotten a lot closer to what it looked like it could be as opposed to what it first came out as. Honestly I've seen this sentiment echoed many times, but its interesting to muse on how much less backlash Hello Games would have gotten if they had simply not made as huge of promises and released this in some form of early access state. The game does look like its at a better place now, and maybe at some point it'll be what people were hoping it could be. Who knows.

T - Bit by 8 Bit also writes about Nintendos online and...I don't know that I agree with the earlier portions of the thoughts. There are two solid ideas for what are offered but these are ideas that have been explored already and I think there was room to consider other facets people might not be talking about as much. As for that first paragraph, I feel that an online service that locks cloud saves and online pay behind a paywalls not ideal, especially as someone on a PC where both features are free on certain platforms. Given that, and Nintendos poor track record with online in the past I think its entirely reasonable to be skeptical of this plan.

R - Flegma does a solid write up of Nocturne from 1999, and explores its mechanics, graphical achievements, and bullshit instadeath traps. Seems like a somewhat interesting game with a fair bit of flawed execution.

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Current "Bloggers Wanted" assignment

Costume Party

When it comes to October, it's pretty easy to come up with an idea for Bloggers Wanted. Halloween presents a lot of options. People will start playing horror games and marathon scary movies, but then there's the ultimate question for the day itself:

"What am I going to wear?"

Costumes are, after all, at the very heart of Halloween's fun. Whether you're playing a game with a canon character like Lara Croft, Spider-Man or a customized character in Monster Hunter World or an MMO, you're still faced with the question of what are you going to look like. Sometimes you even have stat bonuses to further complicate things, while other games have made it so you can have all the lovely stat bonuses and still make something that looks nice to you. Some folks even take this all huge step further and will realize such costumes for real-life cosplay.

As someone that posts often about Final Fantasy XIV, I have spent countless hours obtaining all kinds of armor, weapons and accessories from various corners of the game and only for the reason of it looking cool. In fact, once I have a job at 50, I feel obligated to give each of my jobs a fanciful glowing weapon before I press forward.

And then I give each job their own little pet sidekick, because I have decided my character is a Disney princess. Then I write macros that give them a blend of super sentai/Sailor Moon transformations because henshin a-go-go, baby!

But, if I'm honest, my one true love in regards to outfits in the game is the Invalician Samurai set, which I got from the Rabanastre raid. The design is pulled right from the Final Fantasy Tactics' art concept of the female samurai and is wonderfully realized.

But sometimes looking good comes at a price, too. I remember my favorite look for my Corsair in Final Fantasy XI required me wearing pants that reduced my movement speed by twenty percent and some of the best stat-based builds in Monster Hunter can make you look silly.

So this month's topic for Bloggers Wanted is costumes. Whether the costume is realized in-game or in real-life, we'd like for you to to discuss your favorite creations or tributes to characters, whether it's a custom look, a canon character or even a character skin like you'd find in Overwatch or Fortnite. You can discuss cosplays you've done, or cosplayers you admire. You can even talk about the plights of stat-based function over fashion.

The sky is the limit on this one, so head on over to our community blogs and get to writing! Use the prompt "Costume party: [Your title here]" and be sure to place "Bloggers Wanted" in the tags!

Now if you'll excuse me, I have get Bayonetta dressed up. She's heard about everyone and everything becoming Princess Peach and she would like to remind the world she was ahead of the curve on that.



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