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

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Currently listening to the wonderful FEZ soundtrack. But I'm confused... I swear haven't heard most of this music in the actual game. Seriously, a lot of the game is silent, is that a bug in the PC version? Regardless, I'm glad I got the soundtrack edition.


You can finally list videogames as an "activity" on Facebook. About freaking time!

I don't usually do this, but I wanted to start by plugging a couple sites/programs worthy of attention. I apologize that today's "–isms" are a bit PC-centric, but I am kinda the PC guy around here soooo....

PC Gaming Wiki

This site is a great resource when you are looking for bug fixes, compatibility fixes on old games, the location of a game's config/save files, and info on just about any other technical aspect of a game. If you have some lesser-known tweaks/fixes for a game, definitely make an account to share them. I've even made a few minor contributions myself. Definitely beats scrounging through forums and Google.

RadeonPro

Not sure how I lived without this program. It more or less replaces the regular Control Center for AMD video cards, and offers a ton of extra options. We're talking FXAA, SMAA, Ambient Occlusion, Dynamic Vsync, and various other tweaks. If you have an AMD card, you really need this program to get the most out of it. I'm a little disgusted that AMD's own control panel fails to provide so many of these options.

Here's a perfect example of RP in action - you can use it to add ambient occlusion (a type of subtle shadowing) to Mortal Kombat Komplete in this tutorial. Which brings us to my "game of the week" as it were:

Mortal Kombat Komplete:


Yes, the PC version is finally out. You might want to read the original game's review for gameplay impressions. Was it worth the wait? I'd say yes. It looks gorgeous, and at a mere $30 avoids the price frustrations of the console release. There have been some issues with bad framerates and slowdown on some machines. Seems related to conflicts with other programs like AVG. The game's files have been decrypted, though, so fixes – and other tweaks and mods – should be incoming soon, even if it isn't patched directly. Enjoy some 1080p screenshots if you want a closer look.



One thing, though. I hate to bring up anything gender-related because it always starts a shitstorm here any more. But as much as I like attractive women in games, MK made me a little uncomfortable. Most of the women's breasts are ridiculously out of proportion, they are barely wearing anything, and battle damage means even parts of that get torn off. I mean, we're talking Dead or Alive ridiculous, it's just over the top. Sonya was my one of my favorites in the original game, but they've just ruined her:



She used to be athletic and badass. Now she just looks like an idiot with a terrible boob job.

At least Kitana still seems fairly believable, and is a bit more clothed (relatively speaking). She's always been my favorite, so I guess there's that at least.


I'm Kitana's biggest fan. *ducks*

Okay, onward to the Recaps!

* - Valkyria Chronicles - Demeris's first blog is an excellent discussion of the Valkyria Chronicles series, covering both why it has meant so much personally to them, and the problems the series suffered such as games not being localized.

P - Zero Cool Episode 73: E3 2013 and Other Cons. This podcast covers a huge number of games, check out the blog entry for a complete list!



I - Amlabella introduces himself by telling us about some of his favorite games. I'm impressed by the variety; too many people obsess about just a couple genres.

R - Ouya – Kovalski's had a Ouya for over a week, and gives us a good idea what to expect if we pick up one ourselves.

R - Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Scrustle provides a detailed analysis of the game's flaws and strengths.

R - Lost Odyssey – KingSigy, in part 2 of this series of 4 blogs, describes the next part of the story and gives some reactions in this extended review.

T - Memory Card Death – Yizzus talks about the death of their PS2 memory card, and losing all the Final Fantasy save games contained therein. Ouch.

D - Duke Nukem Forever – Bennyby talks about the long and tortured development history of Duke Forever, and considers why the game could never be "done" enough.

T - Zelda and Feels – ThisIsTheUltimate talks about finally popping his Zelda fairy errr cherry, and what an emotional experience it was for him.

T - League of Legends – JoshThor, "only" a gold rated player, gives some advice to new and aspiring LoL players.

T - Used Games – Solid Boss takes on the issue of used games.

M - Music Worth Howling About – amxwolf talks about the track "Heliopolis" from the relatively unknown GameCube title Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy.

C - Mario Kart 7 – Retrofaction has some questions about the game for readers.


There were no fails this week. Why? Because Kitana has no time for any of your shit!


See ya next week, peeps!


-Jinx

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Current "Bloggers Wanted" assignment
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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