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C-Blog Recaps 1/27 to 2/2 + Kingdom Heartisms

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Kingdom Hearts III is here. I never thought I’d actually say that, but it’s actually, finally here.

The gaming landscape has changed a lot since the last major Kingdom Hearts game (2.8 doesn’t count in my book). With more beloved franchises being reduced to shallow grindfests made not for people to enjoy and lose themselves in, but to extract as much cash as possible, KH3 feels like something that shouldn’t exist in this timeline. I feel like it came from some alternate dimension where the major game industry charted a different course, with no lootboxes or any microtransactions to be found.

I’ve already mentioned this in another C-Blog a while back, but here’s a list of events that’ve occured in my life in the roughly 13 years since I got Kingdom Hearts II.

-I joined the furry fandom.

-Completed college thrice over.

-Shifted from primarily playing console games to PC games.

-Moved to a whole other state.

-Added Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time, Undertale and Mother 3 to my list of all-time favorite games.

-Briefly wrote for another gaming website for a couple years.

-Attended my first convention, which was something I wanted to do for years.

-Pivoted hard from playing games primarily on console to PC.

-Got my first car, drove it ‘till it broke down before getting my next car.

-Lost my grandma and the dogs my family’s had since I was little all in the span of about a year.

-Got a tech certification and bounced around a couple IT jobs.

-Played four generations of Pokemon and three Smash Bros games.

-Witnessed one of my favorite Nintendo franchises rise back to prominence for the first time in a decade, only to watch it crash and burn because of Nintendo.

-Made several friends across all of this who I still think of fondly, even if I'm terrible at keeping in touch.

I can probably think of more stuff that's happened, but I don't wanna waste any more time. So let's get right into the C-Blogs you all wrote this week!

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* - Strider shares a tale from a D&D session he DMs for. It starts right as the party was stood in front of a young dragon.

* - Gamer Fatigue can be a very real problem to deal with. I deal with that all the time with games I love. ShadowKai talks about this issue as someone who is a gaming completionist.

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S - I’m sure several of us in the community have a bunch of unfinished blog drafts lying around somewhere. Dango hit on the clever idea of using a whole bunch of them to talk about the stuff he’s been playing and watching, including the lows, highs and everything in between.

A - Konami is Konami and Konami is the worst, especially with their treatment of the massive, praiseworthy library of its games. Flegma gives us a review of a book detailing Konami’s history with the MSX. It’s called Konami’s MSX History: The Unofficial Story.

A - PhilsPhindings talks about the inspirations for one of gaming’s most icon tunes, the World 1-2 theme from Super Mario Bros.

A - He also dives into the first Sonic the Hedgehog game’s OST and analyzes Labyrinth Zone, another fairly iconic tune.

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B - Birthdays! Everybody has one! Why not share the fated day you escaped your mother’s womb with us?

C - A new month, a new Band of Bloggers theme! This month’s theme, much like my sex life, is “Short but Sweet”.

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T - I think it’s safe to say most of us here on DTOID love 3D Zelda games. But which 3D Zelda is the most 3D Zelda? Boxman214 ranks them all in a handy list.

T - Sharukurusu shares his list of games he played last year.

T - ThisIsMyBoomstick also has a list of his favorite games from the past year.

R - GreatTrickyShitGreat went through the Resident Evil 2 remake. He’s got thoughts on it!

R - Lord Spencer continues his Saturn Reviews Report with ten more games. This time he goes from Last Bronx at #70 to Virtua Cop at #61.

T - For LaTerry’s January Band of Bloggers entry, LaTerry looks back on his time playing through the Spidered-Man game for the PS4.

T - Shoggoth2588 tells us what games he’s been playing throughout the month of January.

D - Osc has his first update of the year for his game project.

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C - The videogame dramaturg asks for people to download their team’s game and answer the questionnaire for their research project. Probably could’ve made this a Q-Post instead.

C - Free Story DLC advertises a stream they’re doing for charity. A noble endeavor for sure, but the C-Blog probably could’ve been fleshed out a bit more.

C - Calvinbrine promotes a game he made by himself, though it could’ve used a bit of formatting and a couple screenshots/videos to show it off a bit. Also, I misread the title of his game as Boyshot Zero.

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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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