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C-Blog Recaps for 8/11/13 + Jinxisms

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Spent most of the last week playing Shadowrun Returns. I was initially put off by the amount of text not enough gameplay for me but eventually and game won me over. The story is linear, but good, and like Deus Ex you'll find different character builds have different ways of dealing with obstacles. My main complaint is the save system no quicksaves, so make sure you have 45 min free when you start a session. Still, good stuff. There are already tons of mods in the works, including a remake of the SNES title. Plus, with the minimal system requirements this is a game anyone with a PC can enjoy.


Cherry Bomb tending bar <3

**Some other random Jinxisms this week**



* It reached it's Kickstarter goal! I really didn't think this promising little metroidvania would make it. So happy, I love the art style, it's positively pixelicious.




* It's finally out! If you want it, I suggest getting it on their website it's only $8 there, and that gets you a DRM-free version, a Steam version, and the soundtrack. There's a demo there, too. Downloads are handled through the Humble Bundle store. So far the Steam key and soundtrack are up, but not the DRM-free version.
* Hammerwatch is a Gauntlet-like game with pixel graphics, 4-player coop (online and local), and RPG and puzzle elements mixed in for good measure. Comes with a full editor, too. I'll try to have some impressions next week.



* It's like a Humble Bundle, but with Japanese indie games. I don't know much about the Doujin scene, but there are some cool looking titles in here, representing a lot of genres. As a Western gamer, I was caught by War of the Human Tanks (strategy), Ether Vapor (schmup), and Yatagarasu (fighting). Cherry Tree Comedy Club looks fun, too, and it and Ether Vapor come with Steam codes. All offer DRM-free versions as well. The bundle is up for a few more days, and the minimum is based on how many of the games you choose for your bundle. It's a little over $5 max, so it's about the same as the Humble Bundles.

And now, on to those 'caps!

* - Cynicism vs Scepticism - CousinDupree talks about the differences between the two in terms of how we see a game industry that has a lot of bad... but some good as well.

A - Dem SKillz - Underdog talks in depth about a shift he's seeing from permanently selected skills to "equipable skills" in games.

P - The Elite Game Agents - KingSigy and a friend have started a Let's Play YouTube channel focusing mostly on niche and forgotten classics. Up first, it looks like we have Final Fight for SNES!

P - boobz - Jagger lets us know that they'll be talking about the (lack of) outrage over Elizabeth's apparent bust-size boost in Rapture. Preemptive outrage immediately erupts in the comments over the other outrage that doesn't yet exist.

A - Spec Ops: The Line - NeoValis take a retrospective look at a game that got a lot of attention for its grim storyline.




S - HI SCORE - Wraith tells us about his Time Crisis 3 high scores, which endured for years on the same machine. Then he asks us: what gaming feats are we most proud of?

S - Your First Console - Bran describes the first console he *had* to have, and why.

T - Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 - Pope talks about the PS3 version of the game, and what appear to be always-online requirements.

P - Payday 2 - Soupy Hero tells us about some of the, um, "shit parts" of the Payday 2 beta.

T - Awesomenauts - Neeklus gives us a quick look at the ups and downs of Awesomenauts, a great game that's keeping him busy despite his old graphics card.

T - Sequels - Zerocrossing talks about a double-standard in terms of how some games get criticized for excessive sequels, while others are praised indefinitely.

T - Mega Man - Pope talks about how weak Mega Man titles have gotten, and his concerns about the fate of the series.

T - FIFA - Madmurdock details what he thinks could be improved in FIFA 14.

M - Game Music of the 90s - Dpad Joe talks about his favorite tracks of the decade.

V - Billy Baloney - Armlenght Interviews has a video. It's... yeah.



Come on, I can't be the only one who was thinking it...

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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.

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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

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