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C-Blog Recaps for 9/1/13 + Jinxisms

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The C-Blogs are a little quiet lately, though the quality and conversation have been great. Perhaps we'll see some commentaries on PAX Prime and Dragon Con this week? Even if you didn't go, we've gotten a closer look at Dragon Age: Inquisition and several other games, as well as the HD Oculus Rift. All great stuff, ripe for discussion!


DA:I looks great, though I despise the fugly new Morrigan model

When blogs are slower like this, I always consider it an opportunity. Individual blogs get more attention, comments, etc. when there isn't a deluge of them for people to go through. This is a good time to publish your big, detailed blogs, to post your first blog, or anything in between.

I'm working on a couple myself, maybe for later this week. One is the PC game shopping guide I keep promising. The other is a tech blog about how next-gen consoles are no longer the lean, gaming-focused machines of the past. They're multimedia units, even more than the PS3/360, with all the extra operating overhead that entails.


Dishonored Protip: disable in-game anti-aliasing and force high quality SMAA through your video card for cleaner visuals. (use RadeonPro on AMD cards, not sure about Nvidia).

Taterchimp has a blog about backlogs, and I'm starting to work on my backlog as well. Up now: Dishonored. Took a while to get it looking nice enough for my tastes. The in-game anti-aliasing is horrid and makes the game look strange. But now I'm enjoying the hell out of it. Can't believe it took me this long to get to a game I bought - pre-ordered no less - a year ago.


I swear that "shopping guide" covering all the websites is coming, too!

There is a sweet voucher deal going on at Green Man Gaming (PC) 25% off a lot of recent titles, including Saints Row 4, Ducktales, Castlevania, Skullgirls, Rise of the Triad, The Bureau, Lost Planet 3 and some others. I feel like a broken record plugging that site (and no, I don't freaking work for them), but I want to share since get so many deals there - Mortal Kombat, Rise of the Triad, Skullgirls, and Castle of Illusion to name a few recent purchases. Helloooooo backlog. *head/desk*

Now, on to your C-Blogs!

* - Gearbox and Inclusivity - Glowbear is critical of Anthony Burch's recent article about Borderlands 2 being "inclusive".

A - Nintendo and Online - CaimDark notes how the lack of local multiplayer by Nintendo has come at the cost of online play.



I finally unlocked the Portal bar setting in Poker Night 2...!

T - Electronic Assholes (EA) - WeasleX has a short blog about EA's tendency to blame everyone but themselves for their problems.

D - Globalizing Mobile Gaming - Very interesting blog by Turtle, the bits about cultural differences in how/where people play mobile games was fascinating to me.

T - The Price of Nostagia - Titannel talks about how our sense of nostalgia for older games is exploited by the industry.

R - Backloggery - Taterchimp is hitting the backlog. First up: Bastion, Capsized, and DOTA2!











A Bit More Regarding C-Blogs...

One thing to consider when writing a blog: will it spark good conversation? While you can't just throw a question out there and expect others to do the work, often the best blogs get the best comments. I sometimes Topsauce blogs not just because of their content, but because the discussions they spark are great reading as well. We have a lot of brilliant people here on Dtoid, and often the comments are as good as the blogs themselves.

Some people have expressed discomfort about joining in the discussions of their blog - like it's somehow "cheating" to up the comment count. That's bullshit. It's not a popularity contest, and when someone takes the time to read and comment on your blog, of course it's appropriate to respond. In fact, it's discourteous not to, especially when someone directs a question to you. Consider it part of blogging to get in there and engage your readers when they comment. You owe it to them.

ps: you remind me of the babe


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