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C-Blog Recaps for 7/21/13 + Jinxisms

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I saw a lot of people complaining there weren't enough great deals during the Steam Summer Sale, or that they already owned most of the games they wanted. First World Problems, eh? But focusing on the sale misses what was really going on: the biggest Free-to-Play game release ever, automatically on 50+ million people's game systems whether they wanted it or not.


Female protagonists rule! Deal with it!

When I wrote that article back in December about Steam being a "game", I still meant more a "meta-game". An upper layer. Frosting on the goodness that were the real games in your catalog. I never thought I'd find myself saying "I played Steam all day." But that's exactly what I did this Sunday. So far I'd give it an 8/10. Quite addictive, though for a free-to-play I sure spend a hell of a lot of money. Yeah, I didn't need that Companion Cube emoticon, certainly not for $3.00. But but but but…. I caved.



It could be worse. I managed to resist spending $3 on poop.

Anyway, you can see how busy I've been on my nicely decorated Steam Profile. Steam has sucked up more of my time today (Sunday) than any "real" game has in a few weeks. It's all quite fun, and part of the attraction with the cards for me is that most expand into beautiful 1080p wallpapers – usually either new art, or high-resolution versions of promotional art and concept art. By the way, even if you turn your cards in for a badge, you can still go back to the empty spot they were at and access their wallpaper. Plus some folks are creating a Google Drive with all of the wallpapers, so you can actually get a lot of wallpapers without buying their cards. There are a few broken wallpaper links on Steam itself, hopefully those get fixed soon.


Valkyl's trading card wallpaper from ARES, a game I hadn't given much attention until the cards.

Anyway, the game isn't over by a long shot. I know the guys from Fly'N are doing a series for that game, and I'm sure we'll see cards rolled out for a few games a week - and many new games will probably have them to start. I'm sure we'll see "Series 2" sets coming out soon as well. And we wonder why Valve hasn't had time to finish Half-Life 3...

On to your C-blog Recaps!



Dr. Girlfriend can top off my sauce any day. And I don't even know what that means.

A - Part-Time Gaming - MBurdock talks about strategies for gaming when you don't have long periods to play, and may be giving us some reviws oriented toward the "part-time gamer" who wants to get the most from the short sessions they get here and there.




E - Hump Day Havok - Nihil has some mid-week gaming get-togethers planned for those who aren't able to play on the weekend!

T - Post-Game Content - crackedbat talks about the frustration of poorly done post-game content in Attack of the Friday Monsters.

T - Console Buying - Joseph shares his formula for deciding which console to buy when.

R - Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros. - Cyrus provides a detailed review of the 3DS game. Sounds like Luiginception...




? - This is a video. I couldn't bring myself to Fail it because it's funny. Not lol funny the way it tries to be, but like WHAT THE FUCK AM WATCHING HOW CAN THIS SHIT EXIST. I think my jaw was dropped the entire two minutes. Seriously, this is to videogame videos what the Star Wars Christmas Special is to science fiction.



Don't judge me! It was totally worth it!

And now if you'll excuse me, I have cards to leech from games I've never played by leaving them running in the background. It's serious business!


-Jinx

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Fake it until you make it

This month's bloggers wanted prompt is something we stole. You see, by stealing this idea, you have no idea how truly inept I actually am. By pretending to know what I'm doing, I have clearly used my ill-gotten status to meet such big-time celebrities as Darlington Woolie "Pie Stealer" Madden or Sara from [insert pixel indie game studio here].

This month's bloggers wanted was inspired by the internal enjoyment we had at reading TheBlondeBass' promoted blog on faking conversational anime knowledge. And now it seems as good a time as ever to pretend to know what's going on since the new Fate/Grand Order game launched and qtoid is talking about it. I am a big fan of the character design of Artoria in the blue dress, or Artoria in the suit, or Artoria in the red dress. But seriously, we enjoyed the format so much that we want to ask the community for their own ideas at faking it at all sorts of things.

But this prompt is not just for anime, of course. The video game industry is fractured with all sorts of niche interests that only an insane rich person with no job could realistically know everything about. This month's bloggers wanted is about taking a subject you want to offer advice on faking knowledge about in order to help the greater community, for better or for worse. If this doesn't sound serious, don't worry, you're not supposed to take it seriously. You don't have to be an expert in whatever you talk about any more than Bass is an expert in anime.

I seriously don't know if that was a compliment or an insult.

Offer advice on anything you can expand your mind on. Want to help people get into character action games? The more Ss you put into its grading system, the cooler it is! Want to convince people to get into the Neptunia series? Just say "Nep-Nep!" and you're all set to convince people of your technical knowledge! Can you get someone into RTS game by just talking about your APM? Someone's bound to believe some random technical jargon you made up!

To get started, start a blog and title it "Faking it: [your blog title here]." Then you can be as serious or facetious as you want as you provide advice on any number of things: learning how to play fighting games, trying a long-running franchise you've probably neglected, or even explaining a game's timeline. Heck, you can probably seriously try on that last one and we still wouldn't believe you.

Good luck this month. Only true cowards rely on facts. Real heroes pretend to know what they're doing!



Current Community Contests
PREPARE TO CONTEST - The Master Gaming List Birthday Giveaway!

Good Morning/Evening/Yesterday, my Friends/Robots/INSERT WAIFU HERE,

More or less a week ago, the Master Gaming List turned one year old. I had a speech prepared, but the blog editor ate it four or five times over the last few days, so I'm kind of winging it now.

Despite all of the threatening and cajoling I initially made to get you all on the list, I never imagined I'd still be adding names a year later (and by "you all", I mostly mean GajKnight). It was kind of a ridiculous undertaking at first, trying to make a semi-permanent, easily-updatable list of everyone's contact info. I'm not even sure what everyone was being hyped over last year that got me to do this.

That said, I'm glad it came together, and this list has lead to many other things for me on Destructoid; whether it was me becoming our laziest, cuddliest Community Manager, or our laziest, cuddliest Reviews-type-person, I have always enjoyed the full love and support of this community.

In thanks, and with the assistance of quite a few others, I've gathered up a number of game keys to give away to you all.

The Contest

I've never run a contest before, so let's keep things simple. Write me a haiku about your favorite game.

Rules

1. The haiku must not include the title of the game.

2. I will accept any other form of structured poetry if you are unable to haiku but can iambic pantameter (you monster).

3. Please state what key you are going for, and a backup if that one is taken (admittedly, it's quantity over variety here)

4. The tentative end date of the contest will be August 13th, and will be bumped at least once during that time.

Available Keys

-Stellaris
-Aporia: Beyond The Valley (Multiple Keys)
-The Witness
-Citadel: Forged With Fire (Multiple Keys)
-Armello
-Undertale
-ABZU

Thank you to all 282 of you who have made the Master List a successful project over the past year! I will continue updating it into the forseeable future.


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